Archive for 2/7/2004
Interesting NY Times story:
Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan, are completely devoted to each other. For nearly six years now, they have been inseparable. They exhibit what in penguin parlance is called “ecstatic behavior”: that is, they entwine their necks, they vocalize to each other, they have sex. Silo and Roy are, to anthropomorphize a bit, gay penguins. When offered female companionship, they have adamantly refused it. And the females aren’t interested in them, either.
What implications does this have for humans? None:
Infanticide is widespread in the animal kingdom. To jump from that to say it is desirable makes no sense. We shouldn’t be using animals to craft moral and social policies for the kinds of human societies we want to live in.
I experienced a “wardrobe malfunction” during a caving trip this weekend. Fortunately, the bastards at the FCC can’t censor these photos…yet. It was a lot of fun, and I hope to start going caving with ASS (Aggie Speleological Society) every other weekend or so.
Check out the new computer I put together. I think I’ll call it “The Ghost”
Case: Aspire X-Dreamer II
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ Barton
Cooling: Thermaltake Volcano 9
Motherboard: MSI K7N2 Delta-L (nForce 2)
Memory: 512-MB PC3200 DDR (w/shims)
Hard Drive: 120GB Generic 10K RPM
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon 9600
Speakers: Altec Lansing 251 5.1 Surround
DVD-ROM: Pioneer 16X Slot Loading
CD Burner: 48x16x48
Monitors: Mag 19″, NEC 17″, & Gateway 14″ (+ tv out as needed)
…and last but not least:
Mouse: Logitech iFeel Optical
Keyboard: Logitech Internet Navigator