Being a man of science, I have spent many hours learning new things. For instance, I have been fascinated by this stuff called DNA. I don't think anyone has ever been able to appropriately enunciate it's name, when I asked Daniel he told me it was "Dangerously Nuclear Acidic-stuff", and I'm quite uncertain that this is the correct definition. I was informed that it's used for forensics to find criminals, along with fingerprints, the very fine intimate details of the fingers that truthfully I never noticed until it was pointed out to me, each features virtually unique to all humans, with the rare exception of identical twins. I even speculate that this might help someday bring an end to all crime. Daniel interjected that the state's ability to arrest and fine Tri-Met fare violators has risen 100% this year alone. I am glad to see the state with it's priorities ruling the day.
Another issue, apparently of some controversy, is the Darwinian theory of Evolution. I was discussing this issue with Natalie just the other day, in casual conversation.
Then there is this cloning. To tell you the truth I was really scared when I first heard of cloning, it just seems unnatural and evil, where marauding clone slaves march on some evil army of the damned. Then I found out that cloning has been used to reproduce sheep. The image of thousands of evil cloned zombies somehow differs from a field of identically groomed sheep. I immediately thought that a complex science like this would reap untold scientific benefit, but then I heard of a woman paid $50,000 to have her cat cloned, and feared it would become a scientific novelty act.
One particular educational outlet for me has been a recent marathon of a series of informative shows called "Mr. Wizard's World". While described as old, it made much more sense and was very informative towards modern science. Daniel informed me that it was now common knowledge that Mr. Wizard had in fact "jumped the shark" right when they started to bring in children who would often say "wicked", poorly feigning their actual interest. Whatever he means by that, I definitely felt a show that can inform someone in such a timeless manner cannot ever grow too old. Perhaps if he was still around, he could do an episode on time travelling? Truly, this would be informative.
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- TH. Jefferson
I just wanted to lay out a basic update, not much to add unfortunately. I might as well be honest, I have had a terrible case of writer's block and couldn't excuse myself for not updating TeeJ at least once during my 4 days in a row off of work. So I took science, stuck with what I knew, and ran with it. For nostalgics, Mr. Wizard's World is now available on DVD, at Don Herbert's official website http://www.mrwizardstudios.com/. And yes, he's still alive (87), although I don't think anyone has heard much from him since the mid-80's right after his second (somewhat more popular) series for Nickelodeon got cancelled.
And there is no way in hell I would pay $50,000 for Mr. Colby Jones version 2.0.