Archive for April, 2008

Off to Vegas

Friday, April 25th, 2008

We're off to spend a week at the luxurious Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas! Several reality TV shows were filmed there, and it was also the site of 2007 MTV Video Music Awards; how odd it is that the resort is also the venue for the mental ...

Update on the triops invasion

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Their horrific cannibalism continued; now only four big triops remain out of the three dozen or so that hatched almost two weeks ago. How's that for a survival tactic? I've been reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy; the novel describes apocalypse survivors who resort to cannibalism due to ...

Triops critter lab, day 3

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

There are much fewer little triops swimming around today. Looks like somewhere around 15 or so. I don't see any floaters or sinkers, so I think the stronger triops have turned the weaker/smaller ones into tasty snacks. Triops Thunderdome! It is almost magical how these things can came ...

Triops critter lab, day 2

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Day two of growing triops is going well. The little triops seem slightly larger already; it is easier to make out their legs and tails. They are very active. It is hard to see if cannibalism has ensued, since I didn't count all those tiny little dots ...

How long before they eat each other?

Monday, April 7th, 2008

I bought Iris a triops kit a while back. Triops are like sea monkeys, but cooler. You get these tiny, dried out eggs that are in a state of diapause, or dormancy. Just add distilled water at the right temperature, and watch the triops hatch and grow. ...

Atlanta suicide

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

These burgers are offered by The Vortex Bar & Grill in Atlanta: I should try them when I go to Atlanta in July. That way, I won't have to buy the return ticket to fly back to Roanoke. I wish more businesses shared The Vortex's policies: WARNING The Vortex Bar & Grill is ...

Get your ass to Mars!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Sergey and Larry have released an important announcement: (youtube link)

Free genetic programming book available

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

At the EvoStar 2008 evolutionary computation conference in Naples, Italy (man, I wish I could have gone), three scientists have released the completely free and downloadable book, "A Field Guide To Genetic Programming". Genetic programming (GP) is a systematic, domain-independent method for getting computers to solve problems automatically ...