Thursday, March 29, 2007
The World Health Organization and UNAIDS said circumcision should be added to current interventions to reduce the spread of HIV. Three African trials have shown that circumcision halved the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men.Which may be a reason why HIV infection rate in the Philippines is relatively low. I had a previous post on this.
The recommendations largely apply to countries where rates of heterosexual transmission is high.
Experts warned that greater use of circumcision would not replace the need for other prevention methods, such as condoms.
read more | digg story
Monday, March 26, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Maybe pregnant women should expose themselves to metal rather than classical music.
"The results of a study of more than 1,000 of the brightest five per cent of young people will come as relief to parents whose offspring, usually long-haired, are devotees of Iron Maiden, AC/DC and their musical descendants.
Researchers found that, far from being a sign of delinquency and poor academic ability, many adolescent "metalheads" are extremely bright and often use the music to help them deal with the stresses and strains of being gifted social outsiders."
"We think that being more organized and ordered and neat is a good thing and it turns out, that's not always the case," said Freedman.
"Most of us are messy, and most of us are messy at a level that works very, very well for us," he said in an interview. "In most cases, if we got a lot neater and more organized, we would be less effective."
Friday, March 16, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Put the ones you've read in bold.
- The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
- Dune, Frank Herbert
- Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein (started not finished)
- A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
- Neuromancer, William Gibson
- Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
- The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
- The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
- A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
- The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
- Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
- Cities in Flight, James Blish
- The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett (looking for a cheap copy to buy)
- Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
- Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
- The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
- Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
- Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
- Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
- The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
- The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
- Gateway, Frederik Pohl
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
- I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
- Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
- The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
- Little, Big, John Crowley
- Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
- The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
- Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
- More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
- The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
- On the Beach, Nevil Shute
- Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
- Ringworld, Larry Niven
- Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
- The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
- Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
- Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
- Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner (started, not finished)
- The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
- Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
- Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
- The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks (just started reading)
- Timescape, Gregory Benford
- To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
"Returning to the main thesis of the argument: Will the consumer really switch to Linux over Vista's annoyances? I believe a few will but the majority won't - this isn't an operating system for the easily frustrated. Certainly the group of people who get easily frustrated at the thought of increased DRM in the Vista system and the group of people who would get frustrated at the Linux learning curve probably overlap a great deal.read more | digg story
However, for those who stick it out throughout the learning curve period, the rewards are great.
Linux has some glaring flaws but it also has some amazing capabilities that can't be found anywhere else - at least without spending a hell of a lot of money.
I find that there are some things I just can't do in Linux – notably, gaming and Photoshop. For me, these are two very important tasks. I also find that there's much more that I can do in Linux that I can't in Windows. I'm mostly referring to the vast levels of consumer-oriented free software - software that I often didn't even know existed - whose equivalent often is price-prohibitive for most to obtain for Windows."
Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
"WTF Department: Danton Remoto, according to an interview he had with Twink Macaraig, didn’t file his candidacy for senator. So he can’t run for senator. And the Comelec has rejected Ang Ladlad’s bid for party list accreditation. Which leaves Danton mulling over running for congressman in the 3rd congressional district of Quezon City. So that leaves me and faithful reader of this blog in the lurch, doesn’t it? Neither of us can vote for Remoto for senator. Which leaves me back to voting for Kiko Pangilinan, I guess…"And I was glad Danton Remoto was running for the senate because that is the only way I can vote for him.
It seems that Mr. Danton Remoto did file his certificate of candidacy with the COMELEC on time. Only the COMELEC disqualified him for being a nuisance candidate.
I think the renaming is so clever that I will henceforth use these terms when I refer to them.:)