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Archive for June, 2007

Bacteria evolution observed in flasks provides interesting insights on evolution

Posted by bert5 on 30 June 2007

Link Bacteria reproduce quickly enough that it’s quite an interesting real time experiment. It seems obvious that bacteria with interesting characteristics could be sort of designed this way. There’s danger and hope there.

Related: Human genome shows 5 main genetic clusters [Link].

And genes aren’t the full reason for different adaptations. It seems that the same gene can be turned on or off or used differently in development to result in different adaptations [Link].

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Awesome map mashup with near real-time clouds

Posted by bert5 on 28 June 2007


Google maps mashup with clouds and day/night

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Attraction: Guys that gay men like versus guys that girls like

Posted by bert5 on 20 June 2007

Do girls like men with long hair? Perhaps it’s a Texas thing. I read somewhere women love the men with long hair in Texas. Maybe because I’ve never lived in Texas, I just can’t get into it. Once in awhile I see a guy with long hair, and I think there’s no way that guy is gay. In fact, I think the long haired guys do this purposefully, to ensure they don’t get hit on by gay guys. I gotta believe it must work. It’s a super repellent for me. I’ve seen really unattractive guys with long hair get their hair cut and become super attractive.

cosmo long vs short hair on men poll

cosmo long vs short hair on men poll

» The Oh la la blog comments on this very issue and agrees: women LOVE long haired men and gay men LOVE short.

» A Cosmo “study” (image left) shows it’s a little less clear that women like long haired men.   I agreed with the women who shied away from long haired Penn Badgley, because he looks too much like a girl with the shaved face, pale white skin, plunging neckline and cute button nose, but I disagreed with them on the long haired Colin Farrell.  There on the right he’s got Gere-like gray hair, has a stash and soul patch and wears a slight status boosting suit.  None of the aforementioned brings particular appeal to me, but it seems girls really dig that stuff.  Perhaps, a summary might be that it’s hard to pull off being an attractive long haired male, although I think women might be forgiving (more on this below).

Women supposedly like guys with chiseled masculine faces at the most fertile time of their period and then look for less masculine faced guys at their least fertile — in their search for a responsible father. I.e. the hyper-testosterone makes for an unreliable parent. Since I don’t get a monthly hormone cycle, I don’t think my opinion changes. And I tend to aim for the boyish faced guys. I think a good percentage of gay guys tastes run similarly, though obviously tastes vary greatly.

But women in general don’t find looks as important as status and money — basically ability to provide for offspring — in men. On the other hand, I think gay guys pretty much look at physical attraction and youthfulness first. This shows that gay guys are parallel to straight guys, where women’s looks are paramount.

Women do seem to like: Josh Lucas and Matthew McConaughey. To me, these are puzzling choices, but they definitely have the mega extreme chiseled face thing going.  They seem to have taken the whole box of testosterone arm patches and pasted them on their faces.  I think gay guys would shy away if only to stay away from overly macho scary jerks.

And beards. I don’t really take to the full on beards, but here again some women seem to like them. McConaughey and Lucas sport some form of beard pretty much all the time. Another higher testosterone, evolutionary selection for offspring survivability thing I guess. Still, a small amount of facial hair often works for me.

From studies it’s clear females like tall guys.  So much so that it’s worth more than $150k in annual earnings for a short guy to be equally attractive to a woman as a significantly taller guy.  It’s true, short guys have even written books bemoaning the lust of women for tall guys.  Tall, dark and handsome in that order.  In fact, you can leave off the last two, it seems.

But for gay guys, I don’t have much general insight into preferences I think because the preferences will vary. I.e. short guys may like guys still shorter than themselves, or not. Tall guys may yet prefer guys even taller than themselves, or not.  There’s been a theory put out there that there are alpha and beta gay males — er, the top and bottom analogy.  Attempting to go along with that setup, my guess is the alpha gay male would want to be taller than their mate.  And I guess the beta gay male wouldn’t mind being the shorter one.  But perhaps top vs bottom is misdirection, and vers is the answer.

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Circumcision less common in US

Posted by bert5 on 20 June 2007

UPI Link Apparently the US still has the highest rate of circumcision among developed countries. The US rate used to 90% in 1960. In many states, it’s below 50% now.

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New York Magazine: hair whorl and gayness

Posted by bert5 on 19 June 2007

Link  All the gay bloggers have posted this, so here I go.  Which way does your hair turn and do your left thumb and pinky have increased density of ridges?  Also the index versus ring finger and handedness factors mentioned again.

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Safari on Windows a mistake?

Posted by bert5 on 18 June 2007

Link  Slashdot poster reports on people who think so.  I must say that I’ve been disappointed by iTunes software, so I’m not even bothering to try Safari especially with the reports of security flaws and lackluster features.

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Krugman: Americans shorter than Europeans

Posted by bert5 on 17 June 2007

Link (link fixed again) Reasons are poor care for children and too much junk food. See my other post about the downsides of being short.

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Powell’s City of Books, Portland

Posted by bert5 on 16 June 2007

I drove to downtown from the suburbs to hit the gay bars. The drive didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I guess I’m too used to LA and SF (and other cities) where suburbs seemingly go on for miles and miles. The bars were nothing spectacular, but perhaps mid-week wasn’t a good time to take my survey. I was drawn to Powell’s massive, multi-floor store. It’s sort of like a big college library in that it’s open late and books smell. However, all the books are for sale and many of them are more interesting and recent than those in a library. A fun place to browse.

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BusinessWeek says offshoring is really bad for US

Posted by bert5 on 11 June 2007

Link Based on faulty GDP numbers tracking and phantom GDP, the reported effect of offshoring has hidden its true costs. After correcting these numbers, BW says offshoring costs a great deal more to the US economy than previously thought. There are a bunch of associated articles, diagrams and charts which make the main article (a little) easier to understand.

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Class struggle exists in America

Posted by bert5 on 11 June 2007

Link  The perpetuation of poor generations and reduction in class mobility is an old story, but one woman is trying to help educators overcome it.

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Using a realtor might not add up

Posted by bert5 on 11 June 2007

Link  For sale by owner might be the way to go if you’re willing to learn some basics.

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Bicycles can save the environment, but can be bad for your health

Posted by bert5 on 11 June 2007

Link Perhaps it’s even more dangerous than being on a motorcycle. But some rules for drivers and cyclists stated in the article help make it safer.

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