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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Don't judge a book....

So, I'm at church again for the first time in months. Not sure how it's going to go. Came to a location that is similar in size (number of members) to White's Chapel, but already it doesn't feel like WC. I'm reminding myself over and over and over again that you can't judge a book by its cover. I don't know, though.
Don't judge.
Don't judge.
Don't judge.....


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Fastest Rising Population in the US (Originally Published on 12-22-2008)


Well, it's official. I heard today that Utah, my state of origin, is officially the fastest growing state in population in the United States. It's population grew 2.5% between July of '07 and July of '08. Nevada, the state that grew the most last year, was only at 1.8% this year.

California remains the most populous state, although it also had the highest shift of population - or people leaving California to move to other states. Also, Michigan and Rhode Island were the only two states to decrease their total population.

So, why do I care about this? First, it's one of those random things that is fun to claim - "I'm from the fastest growing state in the US!". Second, Electoral Numbers are NOT static. The amount of votes a state gets in the Electoral College are based on their population, and there are great changes afoot. You would think, with Texas gaining this highest number of people (don't get "number" mixed up with "percentage", which is what Utah has), that conservatives near and far would be celebrating. However, the demographic of people that are moving so rapidly into the Lone Star State are NOT a demographic that strongly supported Republics. In fact, it is quite the opposite. So, come 2010, things could get real interesting. And, in order for them to survive, Republicans are going to have to figure out exactly what they want their message to be and how they are going to deliver it without alienating even more people. And they are going to have to do it quickly, because we are not a sedentary nation!

Genetic Pasta (Originally Published on 1-22-2009)


Okay - the following paragraph is from my great friend Dr. Jamie O'Rourke, PhD. She basically looks at a ton of gene information all day long, and was emailing me earlier using terms I've never heard. Being the curious person, I asked her what the pasta words were ("Bonferroni" sounds like a pasta type name!), and she sent the following explanation:




A parser is a program that goes through a file and pulls out the relevent information you've told it to get. You just have to spell out the format of the document you're intending to parse and make sure it's uniform. Bonferroni statistics is a statistical test to determine what is present more often than would be expected. I'm running the statistics on GO #'s, which are gene ontology terms - a defined set of universal terms to explain the function of gene products.

~ Mel's Movie of The Week ~

The movie this week is The Holiday, staring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black.
This is one of those amazing romantic comedies that isn't so heavy that you can't get some fun out of it, but it also isn't so light that you have felt you wasted two hours of your life (or in my case, many many more!!).
First off - I know everyone hates Jude Law, because he's all annoying and stuff, but man, those eyes. And then, when he puts on the glasses, well, I could honestly care less about his real-life personality! One of the most touching scenes in this movie is when he is trying to explain how hard it is for him to find a life outside being a single parent, and not be totally unfair to those he meets or, most importantly, his children.
My other favorite in this movie is Jack Black. Before I saw the film I had some serious doubts. I mean, seriously, could the master of The Pick of Destiny really pull off a role like this, without it becoming a total farce?? The answer is a resounding YES. Thankfully, though, we still get some great "classic Jack" in the Blockbuster scene, with him enthusiasticaly singing theme songs from movie classics to a quite embarrassed Kate Winslet.
All in all, I could watch this movie over and over and over again, each time wishing that I had the movie guy in my head narrating my life too, so I could have some clue as to what I should do next!
Rent it now, because you won't be sorry, and enjoy!!