Monthly Archives: November 2007

Great news about stem cells

A breakthrough

Scientists have made ordinary human skin cells take on the chameleon-like powers of embryonic stem cells, a startling breakthrough that might someday deliver the medical payoffs of embryo cloning without the controversy.

Excellent news!  Look, I’m not the most conservative about abortion, but I think this is an excellent development.  I’ve always been unsettled about people, even ones not born yet, giving their bodies to science without their consent.   This development also makes it much harder for people who advocate for embyonic stem cell research to claim the moral high ground…not that they had it anyway.

By the way, you think this advancement still happens if President Bush doesn’t force this issue?  I certainly don’t think so.  Way to go Mr. President.

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Consequences

will stay with you forever

Duane Harms died Sunday, losing a battle to a brain tumor. Some will remember him as a father, others as a school district electrician. But many will think of Harms and remember Dec. 14, 1961.

In the spring of 1962, Duane Harms left Colorado with his wife and baby daughter, determined to get away from the heartache of Dec. 14, 1961 – the day his school bus collided with a high-speed passenger train.

Over the years he found satisfaction as a school district electrician and contentment collecting gems and minerals, but he couldn’t escape tragedy in his personal life.

And he never shook the burden of having been at the wheel of a school bus in the worst traffic accident in Colorado history – a collision that killed 20 children and injured 16 others, several seriously.

Remember this guy if you decide to tailgate, or speed, or drive aggressively, or drink too much during this holiday season.

You may live to regret it.  It’s a lesson for all of us.

I only hope this guy finally found some peace.

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If you’ve been to a Denver Blogger Bash you’d know

this….

In the upcoming December issue of Men’s Health, Denver is again named the No. 1 drunkest city — and to put a capper on it, we’re the “most dangerously drunk city.”

I’m feeling kind of mixed on this one, but I’m not opposed to drinking as long as theirs no driving. Remember, if you’re gonna be a drinker, be a safe, non-obnoxious drinker, and remember to read your bible.

I must point this out…

Colorado Springs comes in as the third drunkest city.

There’s only one reason they’re #3, it’s the one we call “the Liver“.

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Broncos v Titans Monday Night Football

Not fun getting here late and finding you’ve got more work to do, but anyway…..

Titans move the ball but get stopped, then the Broncos go 80 yards for a touchdown. A very nice play.

Now it’s Tennessee’s turn.

And another punt. What’s going on with the Broncos tonight. It’s o.k. they have plenty of time to blow this….and a td punt return.

WOW!! 80 yards by Glenn Martinez!!! The definition of a fast start.

END OF THE FIRST QUARTER…14-0 Broncos. Didn’t see that coming. Let’s see if they can add to the lead and win comfortably at home for a change.

By the way…each new line is an UPDATE: Just so you know.

UPDATE: Titans score. Dang it! 14 – 7 Broncos.

UPDATE: Broncos score a field goal….yes a score, but they should be disappointed. More trouble in the red zone. Gotta turn those into touchdowns. 17-7 Broncos.

UPDATE: The Broncos let up lots of yards, but the Titans fumble it. The Broncos take it down the field but only get a field goal. 20-7 Broncos.

UPDATE: So the Broncos call a timeout on a 56 yard field goal. He missed, but gets a second shot and makes it. This is the reason they won’t outlaw the whole “calling a timeout to ice the kicker”. You take a chance when you call the timeout. Gambling doesn’t always work. By the way, 20-10 Broncos.

UPDATE: Halftime. Time to get some ice cream, and hot dog, and chips, and maybe a cookie, oh yeah, and something to drink. Be back in a while.

UPDATE: Awesome halftime show…dogs hurdle racing. That was fun. Time for the second half.

UPDATE: Nice drive by the Broncos to start second half. Finish it with a 41 yard strike to Brandon Marshall. 27-10 Broncos.

UPDATE: Broncos force a punt..and then fumble. Not good. Martinez is lucky he scored a touchdown on a punt before, or he might have been seeing a waiver.

UPDATE: It sure looked like Young scored, but they don’t review it and Young gets knocked out of bounds…But Denver calls timeout. Timeout? Why? They’ll review this and Young will get a touchdown. Two stupid timeouts to keep Tennessee in the game. Sheesh.

UPDATE: Young did score a touchdown. So lets see, the Broncos lose a timeout, lose the fourth down, lose the challenge, and the Titans score. Not good. Broncos still lead though, 27-17.

UPDATE: Selvin Young is having a tough game. He has a sprained knee and his return is questionable. No word on John Lynch and his injury.

UPDATE: Titans add another field goal to make it 27-20 Broncos. Feeling nervous? Yeah, me too.

UPDATE: Not anymore thanks to Andre Hall and his 62 yard TD run. 34-20 Broncos.

UPDATE: Surfing the web and thought this might be fun.

UPDATE: Titans drive down the field and get intercepted by Dre Bly. That’s been the story of the Titans tonight, move the ball and don’t score.

UPDATE:  About 4:00 minutes left and it’s time for me to head down to the locker rooms.  Should be fun.

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I can’t say I’m surprised

By this….

The race for valedictorian will end, starting with the Boulder Valley School District’s class of 2010.

A district committee studying the issue agreed to mirror colleges by recognizing groups of high-achieving seniors with summa, magna and cum laude honors instead of crowning a single valedictorian. The change is the result of a previous Boulder Valley decision to no longer calculate class rank.

Of course this should be no surprise coming from Boulder, but I still think most people miss this very basic point.  If people don’t need to strive to be the best, they won’t.  All this “making people feel good about themselves” stuff doesn’t do any good in the real world if they’ve never learned to “do your best” in school.  A person who is valedictorian is someone who has spent hours making sure that their homework is perfect, their studying habit are sound, their test taking is excellent, and even their attendance is exemplary.  Basically, being valedictorian is the reward for excellence in academics.  But now that another incentive to work hard academically has been removed, you’ll see more people not work as hard.

Will the kid who’s getting A’s, but could still do more work put in those hours?  Doubtful.  Will a kid study extra for a test if he/she knows that there is no difference between a 100% and 93%?  Not likely. Will there be those kids who have to study or they’ll go crazy?  Sure, but that won’t be the norm and for the other kids who had a reason to work hard…well that reason’s gone.

Think about it.  How many times have we heard that athletes get rewarded and acknowledged but not people who excel in academics.  In fact, one of the reasons a Nobel Prize winning professor left the University of Colorado is because he believed there was not enough emphasis on academics.  And yet, when we have ways of acknowledging excellence in academics, we just trash it and do away with it.

I was never close to being valedictorian, but I respected ours greatly and looked up to them.  They were role models.  It’s a shame that the Boulder Valley School District has taken that away from future students.

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The “just got my head above water” post

Well, let’s see, between coaching soccer, running my business, grad school, and bunches of other stuff I’ve been swamped.  And really the last thing I wanted to do was to write more.

But I think I have a bit of a second wind now that some of this stuff is getting more manageable.  Additionally, my soccer team had a tough season.  4 – 11 tough.  The worst part is that this is the first losing season I’ve ever had as boy’s coach so I’m sure they had it tough this year.  The good news is we have everyone back next year so we could be good.

Business is looking o.k.  We’re not in any debt so that’s good news.

Grad school is winding down, but there is just so much writing…so…much…writing.

So after all that, hopefully the blog bug will come back.

Thanks to the very few of you who wander by every once in awhile.  don’t be strangers.

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This is cool if it’s true

As an unabashed monster guy, I hope this is true.

Bigfoot is awesome!!!

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