May 15, 2009
Klonoa is an old school plataformer, and it seems like it isn’t doing too well. Well, my job is to create awareness for underappreciated treasures like old school plataformer games. I thought I could do it by posting a review by GameTrailers.
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Secondly, there is a British museum that covers gaming history. Looks pretty cool.
Oh, and in gonintendo, I found this fun T shirt on the evolution of Tetris pieces. ^_^
February 12, 2009
Today is February 12, Darwin’s day (hat tip skepchick)! It is the day the man who came up with the theory of evolution (he did have help, of course) was born. I also give kudos to Alfred Wallace who came up with the same idea shortly after Darwin. Now, evolution as we know it today has evolved (haha! pun intended) over time and have been modified to fit data. Even then, the core idea has survived over a century, which is natural selection. Basically, it says that species evolve because every organisms have the capacity to overproduce and tax the resources, but each organism born is slightly different from others. Those with traits that enable them better survival will allow them to pass on their genes into the next generation, and over time, the species will adapt to the environment. This theory is remarkably simple, yet at the same time, it is not obvious until you have known it. Then, it will seem obvious, and you will think “duh!” Anyways, this theory is really cool, it basically explains all life and why they are that way.
Anyways (argh! too much anyways!), as a celebration, I give you this blog, which as you can guess by the name, blogs on the book Origins of Species.
Oh, and I love this quote from Darwin, since I can relate to him: “I have tried lately to read Shakespeare and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.”
August 31, 2008
While I was reading my biology textbook, I read something really interesting. No, it is not about any science thingy. In one part, the book was actually defending from the argument that evolution is “just a theory.” Not that it was surprising at all. No. It was interesting. It was interesting because the book actually had to defend a scientific theory from such a fallacious argument. No textbooks defends the theory of gravity, mechanic, germs, quantum mechanic, relativity, electromagnetism, and other gazillions of theories from the idiocy “it is just a theory.” Not that there aren’t people denying those things, because there are. For all those other theories, though, giving evidence for them and doing the experiments are convincing enough, but not for this one, isn’t it? That kind of say something about the state of things in the U.S., don’t you think? Especially with the creationists trying to undermine science in the classrooms, and all. Think about it.
June 26, 2008
The experiment has been a while since it came out, but it is so fascinating and exciting that I have to post about it. It is basically about an experiment done by Richard Lenski with bacterias that could only eat glucose, and after 20 years, around 40,000 generations, they could eat ascorbate. That is amazing! It is a big leap. According to the paper, three mutations had to occur. After this one mutation around generation 20,000, they found out it made it easier for the bacterias to mutate into ascorbate eating ones. They did it by freezing bacterias every some generations and reviving them to repeat it.
More details in: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/06/historical_contingency_in_the.php
And if you want to look at the abstracts and summary by the author himself: https://myxo.css.msu.edu/ecoli/