Friday, May 27, 2011
Lately, the NSF has been under fire for funding some pretty jacked up research. The most widely publicized has been the half mill funding for studying the effects of shrimp on treadmills. Now at first this seems straight up stupid and downright retarded but there is some method to the madness as I will get to.
First, as a fellow scientist I'll say that the congress thinks they know about science, but they really don't know jack shit. In fact, we ALL don't know jack shit. If we did, then we wouldn't have to do REEEESEARCH. You form a hypothesis, you test it, you get some result. Boom goes the dynamite.
Sometimes the answers are so obviously in front of our faces and sometimes it's buried in placenta elbow deep.
Second, here is a link from a Nature article published back before your parents were crappin themselves in diapers illustrating the scientific discoveries by accident. By accident you say? Why, dear sir, you must be joking? http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v151/n3825/abs/151215a0.html
(click on the download pdf to get the whole thing)
This is THE biggest reason to fund science no matter how crazy or stupid it sounds. The fact that curious minds are looking to find answers inherently should be supported. It may not be exactly what they were looking for but it could provide some answers to another question.
Truth is some people don't give a rats ass about science or understanding stuff, and thats ok. We won't give them money to find answers to life's questions. If they want to just shoot stuff, play with themselves, and criticize others thats cool. They'll just be existing like astronaut poop in space. Who has the right to decide what research is worth pursuing or not? Not congress, but scientists, like those at the NSF.
Lately, if you do work in science then you know that funding is tighter than fort knox. There are tons of worth while cancer projects that don;t get funded for whatever reason. Bottom line is that money is hard to come by, they are not just handing that shit out.
Sometimes, research doesn't answer something right away, like "my project will cure cancer," but it will lead to something which will lead to something else, which may cure cancer.
The shrimp on a treadmill represents an idea. Although it may be totally stupid, it may just hold an answer that could lead to something more amazing. The thing is I don't know if it will or won't and neither do you. Not every answer to curing disease is a miracle plant in the middle of the congo. Sometimes that shit is right in front of our faces and it's the basic things you need to focus on. For those who don't know alot about science, some of the greatest discoveries in cancer research in the past decades has come from yeast, zebrafish, frogs, and mice.
So before you hop on the "thats the most retarded research I have ever heard," just know that you don't know everything. If it's the money, think about this: The Hadron Collider, which may or may not provide useful information about the universe, cost $9 billion dollars.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
As far as what area 51 is now, well, thats a different story all together.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Sounds simple enough but it's not. You walk around with some headphones and now you have become that guy/girl. The anti-social person who thinks they are the shizz even though you are just trying to get into the zone. If you bring your own tunes, be prepared to crush all. It's the only way that you'll maintain any status in the gym that doesn't make you look like a douche. Also, be prepared to have your headphone cords get in your way every time you move. To practice at home simply take down your blinds, place them around your body and try to do anything at all.
Option2-Turn up the volume
You anticipate that playing inside is in fact the dark lord's concerto number 5, also known as the Rent Soundtrack. Stay in your car.
Begin playing your power song(s) at max volume.
Perform seat reclines tabata and pullups through the sunroof. If you don't have a sunroof work on your grip by doing and undoing the parking break repeatedly. Stay in the car until you see a countdown on the clock. After which you will sprint out of the car and immediately start. You'll be so fired up that not even Kim Kardashians new hit single can keep you down.
In it's most simple terms. The faster you go, the quicker it's over with.
I'm Bane. Plain and simple. Whenever I need to dig deep and I need that mental boost, Bane is who I become.
People use different mechanisms to help them through physical/mental challenges. Whatever you use, well, you use something. If you are reading this than most likely you are not a person who gives up easy. It's fitting for me to picture myself as Bane in the gym because lets face it, the dude is juiced out of his mind. He crushed Batman and he has one sole purpose, to be strong as hell. More importantly it gives me a visual, a cue to that I can use. There are plenty of times in a workout or lift when your mind starts to wonder down the I can't road and it's hard to get out of it. By the time you think you can move a little faster, that bastard mind of yours comes back and crowbars your kneecaps. Motivational speakers and elite athletes will say, "just repeat that you can do it, to yourself over and over." This may work for some but I'll tell you, when I get to the wall, I'm not saying positive stuff to myself. It's just not me. I'm a visual person and you maybe too. So, for that very reason I become Bane. No different than Beyonce is Sasha Fierce, for all you single ladies. I stick to that image and I try and change my mind to think that if I was Bane, I would be crushing it right now like I did Batman. I get that fury in my eyes and the venom starts pumping through my veins. I just grab and go. Pain is Perception. Other visual cues that work could be Seal Team 6, Thor, Sonya Blade, Condoleezza Rice...etc. If you got one, share it.