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Movin' on up!

Sunday, December 04, 2005
Just to let y'all know, my blog has moved over to and will stay at:

http://seanraf.wordpress.com

Catch ya there!

Science Editorial: Crocodile Antibiotics

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Here is a little editorial a whipped up in lieu of a Website Spotlight. Enjoy!

Australian scientists have been taking blood samples from crocodiles. The process involved capturing wild crocodiles. The scientists would then strap down the crocodiles’ huge jaws. They would then extract blood from a huge vein on top the of the crocodiles’ head, which is called a sinus.  As a result of this study, they found that crocodiles had a far more advanced immune system than that of humans.  The reason for crocodiles’ more advanced immune system is related to their habitat and lifestyle. They are very aggressive creatures and sometimes tear limbs off of each other. When living in swampy environments, crocodiles are exposed to many harmful antibodies. Over time, crocodiles adapted to their environments and developed a much more advanced immune system. Basically, crocodiles are constantly exposed to dangerous bacteria. Australian scientists described it as shooting bacteria in the head and killing it on the spot. Scientists have even gone so far as to mix the crocodile serum with the HIV virus. If you compared the reaction of the HIV virus mixed with a human immune sample to that of a crocodile immune sample, the crocodile’s positive reaction would be almost instantaneous.

I believe this is a great advance in the medical field. Imagine having a cure for HIV with this newfound information. Possibly it could cure something less severe than HIV. It would be great to see a more powerful antibiotic than the standard penicillin. In fact, the crocodile blood killed some proteins that are resistant to the standard penicillin. I hope scientists find a way to utilize the crocodile blood and not have to kill a lot of crocodiles. I believe that would be an unfair tradeoff for the crocodiles. For this research they are performing now, you don’t need to kill a crocodile. However, if this method gets mass produced, the amount of blood needed would kill a lot of crocodiles. Before they even put a crocodile antibiotic out there, they need to find a way to synthesize the crocodile blood. All in all, I consider this to be one of the most interesting advances made in medical science. It will be interesting to see how this project develops over the next 2 to 3 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a newer, more powerful antibiotic.

 

Complete Overhaul

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

You may have noticed, I have completely overhauled my blog. I have put up a cleaner design, added site feeds, and put more news options via digg. Expect a new Website Spotlight tomorrow (I am aiming for every Thursday). I would also expect a few more editorials in the next few days. One of which is a weekly science report I have to do. Expect that, well, weekly! Also, you may have noticed I started a Flickr account. I will be uploading personal pics and camera phone pics in my new Photo Blog. This is a very exciting time for me and I am getting very serious with my blog, internet presence.

-Sean

Walmart Crash

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Walmart Crash
Originally uploaded by seanraf.
Here is a picture I took of a Walmat music preview machine and crashing. Sorry for the poor quality, it was taken with a camera phone. This is another perfect example of why the world whould be running on Mac or Linux instead of Windows. I believe the machine coudnlt find the central server to access the music database. Sad...

Website Spotlight: TUAW

Thursday, September 08, 2005
The Unofficial Apple Weblog (http://www.tuaw.com) has been around for a while. It is a website I visit frequently so I thought it would be a good site to post about in my first Website Spotlight.

Favorite Posts

Engadget upgrades a Sawtooth G4
This post came in handy when I upgraded my Power Mac G4 AGP. Please may the Intel Macs be cheaper so I don't have to upgrade again.

My day in the Mactel underground installing OS x86
A very interesting read about how to install OS X on a beige box PC. I have tried this too with no such luck...

The 2005 Great MacMod Challenge
I love some of the mods they were able to pull off with this. If only I has enough tech savvy to that kind of stuff. Note to self: Learn how to soder.

How to Create Your Own ILM for Almost Nothing
This is one of my favorite posts. As some of you know, I make my own movies as a hobby (thats why I have a mac) so this post was really cool to me.

Install Linux on your iPod - easily
Another great how-to. Anyone with a compatible iPod should try this out. It adds loads of awesome features to everyone's favorite little, white MP3 player. Once you have installed linux, you may want to try this out.

Run OS X on an X-box
I don't have a XBox so I havn't tried this out. Certainly seems very interesting though...

Governor Steve?
I will laugh so hard if Steve Jobs runs for Governor of California in the next elections. This post was good for alaugh when I saw it.

Video iPod-ready iTunes
I will use this post to embody all the iPod Video posts on TUAW. I really wish Apple would just go with it. The iPod Nano was awesome, but I wish they would have announced a video iPod yesterday at the "special event".

Motion-controlled iPod interface
This, I thought, was really neat. It is amazing what people can do with technology nowadays. Will I do this, no, but it doesn't damage the coolness factor.

World's largest iPod!
Of course, I had to end my list with an awesome mod. I would do this for my room, but I do not have enouph money, obviously. This is the kind of thing that will be in the back of my head until I get the money and tools to do it.

All in all, TUAW is an awesome weblog and is a part of my daily bookmarks. Anyone with a mac should go to this website now at:

http://www.tuaw.com

Until next time, this is Sean, signing out.

I'm On A PODCAST!

Friday, September 02, 2005
My email was featured on the Daily Source Code Podcast. I will post my email later. I am now getting over the initial shock.

Update:

I have edited down to my segment and put it on rapidshare.de

Download it Here

you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and select "FREE" to download it.

Until next time, Sean

Game Boy Micro Pricing Bad? See this!

Monday, August 29, 2005
Just when you thought $99 for a Game Boy Micro was bad, try a $599 dollar Nintendo DS. This decorated DS, dubbed "The Paris Hilton DS", is for people like its namesake. It is only available at the Nintendo World Store in NYC. However, if I wanted one, I would just import a pink DS and get beads from an arts and craft store.

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