Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Evolution observed?

This article came out today:

Favorite quote:
“This is significant to our understanding of how Darwinian evolution works,”
Hmm, I could be wrong, but I believe what was observed was the genetics between two types of mice, not to different animals. Evolution is when there is a change from one species to the next. As far as I can tell here one mouse "evolved" into another mouse.... wow

Why is it that there is such confusion over the issue of adaptation. It is reflected in too many areas of 'life' to count. To my knowledge it has been the only scientifically observed process - so how can it for the basis of an argument for species to species evolution?

An cosmic viewpoint

I recently came across this article on the BBC's website. It seems Mars is giving the scientists a hard time, trying to unlock the planet's secrets.

My favorite part is this
"The problem is if we just take into account the photochemistry as we know it on Earth and if we put it in the model, then we cannot reproduce the model and that was a surprise."
Could this possibly be yet again another example of the Earth's uniqueness? We keep banging on and on to scientists about our privalleged planet - why do you even expect it to work the same way?

I also love how the article keeps saying the gas could come from 'life' or geology - but only goes on to provide a geology explaination.

I dont pretend to know how to measure methane gas on another planet, but I don't expect their findings to ever be as uniformed as at least the 'press' would like to think....

Saturday, November 22, 2008


So turning 30 brings a number of fun thing to life. The latest I can say Ive been given is excess hair.

Not my head.

Suddenly I have fur growing out of my ear. I have a forest growing on the surface of my nose. And worst of all I am going to have to start buying hair gel for my nostrils! Whats the deal with this? What purpose can it possibly fulfill?!!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

7 years ago

Its been 7 years today since I lost my firstborn to SIDS. I cant believe its been so long. I miss her so bad.

I love you my baby, I always will.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Working out

I maintain a very effective weight lifting program, and I wanted to share what I have learned through the years of practicing it.

To start with, Ive learned that ultimately you have to pace yourself - work up to something rather than jump in to the deep end. So here is my 4 step plan:

Step 1. Start with the lightest weight. Bench pressing puts a lot of strain on your arms, so by starting light (see fig 1), you are warming up the joints, preparing them for the pain.

Figure 1

Step 2. Having warmed up your joints in your arms, its time to increase that load a bit. Remember to lie flat distributing all the weight rather than bearing it on a specific point (see fig 2).

Figure 2

Step 3. Its time to increase difficulty as well as weight. This is where things start to get a wee bit tricky. The purpose of this stage is to give you a mental workout aswell as physical. Its all about attitude and approach. Do it without looking. (see Fig 3) Think - Concentration not strength. Think - If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman there to hear it, is he still wrong?

Figure 3

Step 4. The last step in this workout marathon is the chest expanding triple-backweight overload endurance lift. To succeed at the stage has taken me at least 6 years of practice. The key to this is realizing that even when you think your arms can't hold more - some how they over time expand to hold more than you could ever have imagined or dreamed of (see fig 4). And its not just the size of the load - your self confidence increases as you learn what you are capable of. You not only lift the load, but hold it steady and sure with 100% certainty.

Figure 4

At this time I am planning to start a quadruple-backweight overload endurance lift. I will let you know how that goes in due course....

I also gotta give credit to my "personal trainer" for continually showing me what Im capable of. Thank you.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Live with conviction

This may seem to be odd post, but its something that continues to stand out to me. Having been raised in a society where the only conviction ever shown was how much you drank following your football team loosing; (or the DUI conviction on the way home from the pub) I didn't really have an appreciation for how such a self motivation could ever be a good thing. That said, the other day I was checking out my Uncle-in-law's Facebook profile. He lists his political views as moderate, but his religious views as fanatical. It got me thinking - whatever you choose to hold to, don't do it half hearted. Life is too short for wishy-washy pasty white attitudes. Sure we may fight more - but surely we want to better or lives and humanity at large?

Its coming up to the big 3-0 for me soon. Im hoping that is only the first 30 years, but in either case, I figure its about time I actually think about life for a change... ;)

Friday, September 19, 2008

I have a son!

Shocker of shockers I didn't expect that one!

My wife went into labor in the wee hours of Thursday morning (the 18th). 2hrs and 20mins later, my wife delivered her own baby. We had planned a homebirth - it ended up accidently being unassisted (the midwife arrived 10 mins or so later...!)

My wife (aka Wonder Woman) rocks!!! her birth story will become internet folklore.....

And kudos to our midwife, who besides everything else gave "technical support" via cell phone while she was traveling. Now that's hardcore...!

See pictures of my son Glenn Douglas Burton Docherty.....