An Update and Hints of What’s to Come…

Hello everyone,

I haven’t posted as much recently as I would have liked to, but it’s that season again. Not the holiday season, but the cold/flu season. With three kids in school and my dear hubby out at work almost every day, the carnival of assaults on my immune system is in full swing. Most of the time I’m a pretty healthy person, bad habits notwithstanding. But almost every time I’ve caught any kind of cold in the last so many years, it’s gone right into my sinuses and taken up residence. And almost every spring and fall I get my share of bugs. This is one of those times. I’m certainly not as sick as I could be; I’m up on my feet and puttering at the housework, but my focus for things like writing is simply lacking.

I do have some plans for upcoming posts I thought I would share with you in the meantime. First, I’ll be reviewing one of the books by Cory Doctorow that I’ve read recently, most likely Little Brother, though I’ve enjoyed so many of his works. Another topic I want to cover soon is Net Neutrality, because I feel protecting the open internet is vital to our freedoms of speech, thought and trade. When the ‘Net was first created, no one could have imagined what it would be useful for. And I think we have only just begun to see what the free flow of information can do for us as a global people. I was born just shortly before ARPANET was introduced to the public. The Internet and I grew up as childhood friends, and I would hate to see it squeezed and shredded by corporate interests and government mismanagement into a phantom of what it could be.

I’m following the responses to NASA’s arsenic-loving bacteria story with interest. (Read my article here) The skepticism I’m hearing from other scientists really doesn’t surprise me. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” as Carl Sagan so beautifully put it. It will take the work of many more scientists and independent researchers to verify what Felisa Wolfe-Simon and her team believe they have observed. Whichever way it goes, we should learn from it, but I am hopeful that their initial theories will bear scrutiny. It’s a really exciting potential. And as an amusing aside, I heard that the team’s name for their discovery, GFAJ-1 stands for “Give Felisa A Job” which really tickles my funny bone. ( Wall Street Journal article )

With luck I’ll be well and back to posting more soon!

Geargoyle