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Dec 19 2006 / Aaron

Oh my

Damnit, I let several weeks go by without posting again. I hate when that happens. I’m back in Edmonton right now. My 90-day visit to Ireland was up so I had to leave the country for a bit, so I took a christmas vacation. That’s a lower-case-‘v’-vacation, as I end up working a few hours each day anyhow… I still haven’t got my work-permit or residency status in Ireland. I’m being told now I shall be freed from bureaucratic purgatory sometime in January or February.

I’ve been writing a big blog-post / essay on some of the theology/science/evolution topics discussed earlier, but I’ve only gotten through a partial draft so who knows when that tasty content shall make an appearance.

I’ve been kicking around the house, getting lots of cuddle-time in with my cat who can’t join us in Ireland until she’s out of quarantine in another month. On Saturday I went to the BioTools christmas party which was good fun. I hung out at the BioTools office yesterday, played a little foozball and had a peek at their top-secret product developments.

I just had a meeting with a tax accountant. This year with the living abroad, renting out our house, self-empllyment, stock options, and a slew of other random financial matters have really made that whole tax thing too complicated for my little brain to work out, without crying. It appears they’ll be recommending I use the simplified revenue canada tax form:


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  1. Tony / Dec 20 2006

    At some point or another we all try to make sense of this world by using the mental models with which we are comfortable such as evolution or creationism.

    The theory of evolution is a scientific theory that can be tested by observations and application of the scientific method. The support for the theory of evolution is based on fossil evidence that has accumulated throughout the geologic history of the Earth.

    Creationism, or Intelligent Design, is the religious belief that a higher power created the animals and everything that exists today through supernatural intervention. Religious beliefs, such as creationism, have to be accepted on faith and cannot be tested or investigated.

    Science requires that a hypothesis or theory should be testable and supported by physical evidence, whereas religion requires acceptance of a doctrine or belief without analysis or judgment. For this reason, conflicts between evolution and creationism can never be resolved.

    For my own education, I set up the following web page about the geologic and biological timeline of the earth:

    Our prospects as a species seem indeed dismal.


  2. rational_guy / Dec 21 2006

    This website has many cogent arguments of exactly the kind that the pious refuse to think about:

    Some of the arguments are presented in videos.

  3. Tony / Dec 27 2006


    It is good to see that you are plugging away at CRON-o-meter. The reaction from the CR Society is very good. Of course, perfection is a moving target. Here is something that I found that you may want to look at:

    I created a “new food” for each of my vitamin pills. I got tired of adding the vitamin pills one at a time every day, so I created a new recipe with my 5 vitamin tablets. Of course, this new recipe has zero calories, and zero Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrate.

    When I add one full serving of the recipe to a day’s list of foods, the pie chart in the summary goes blank and has a caption “00:00:00”, but the bar charts are correct.


  4. Jane / Jan 5 2007

    Oh me, oh my. Somehow I’d been led to believe that the beloved Cron-o-Meter actually refered to that “thing” available on the walford website. Oh be still my beating heart to discover the real Cron-o-meter!!

    That is, until I tried to download it. Is it just me, or is there a problem with the Windows version? I keep getting an error message when I try to install it: “The installer you are trying to use is corrupted or incomplete. This could be the result of a damaged disk, a failed download or a virus.”

    I’ve tried downloading and opening it a good half dozen times, and that is the limit of my techspertise. Can anyone help me?

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