Appy Polly Loggies!

Posted by Somnium Exertus | Posted in , , , , | Posted on 17:44

Alright! I didn't post for like a bazillion days! SORRY! GEEZE! I was rather busy this past week - 4 meetings with professional people, uber-healthy grocery run, 2 loads of laundry, food logging, room cleaning, 2 art galleries visited and more!

Needless to say, I was focused on getting things done. We'll call it being in "professional mode" for now. I'll backpost the missing days as I can, and remove this sentence when they're done. As for today...

My current thought is that I'd like to find a program that analyzes your web history and produces a graph of links traversed. Each URL you type in manually would be the root of a new tree, links visited from that page will then become branches and/or leaves in the overall tree diagram. Place the root of each tree on a time line and you'd have an interesting forest develop over the course of a week! Last night I got sucked into a Wikipedia black hole of XKCD-like proportions; all I can say is that the tree would be huge!

Hopefully this will be a case where someone has already created such a program... otherwise I'll quietly mumble myself to sleep. If not, I might consider doing a week's worth out of sheer interest and artistic merit.

Last night's foray started off with the Wiki article for the autoclave, as I made a joke with a friend about turning my espresso machine's boiler into an autoclave, but was held back by the volume of the boiler. After much dancing around through Wiki links, I arrived at a page that hosted a rather curious image of a man sporting dual phalli, with a third appendage (no pun intended!) that could be called an arm dangling from the same region. No, this isn't some sick pornographic fetish I'm owning up to, just a fascination of the range of mutations that can occur in the body. In his case the extra limb was an example of a complex teratoma, a tumor that is made up of recognizable tissues. If you are so inclined to look this up, the guy's name is Jean Baptista dos Santos.

African pygmies and a European explorer.

 Along the way to discovering that interesting tidbit I had branched off and read a bit about Pygmies (there's really no safe way to say that you didn't study them that hard). Pygmies are, by definition, "any group whose adult men grow to less than 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches) in average height". More Wiki searching says "[w]hen populations share genetic background and environmental factors, average height is frequently characteristic within the group. Exceptional height variation (around 20% deviation from average) within such a population is usually due to gigantism or dwarfism; which are medical conditions due to specific genes or to endocrine abnormalities". Add all this together and what do you get? The fact that the tallest possible anthropological Pygmy dwarf, by medical standards, would be 3'11".

Song of the day: Shpongle - No Turn Unstoned (Live) (try not to laugh at 2:19!)
Page of the day: Super kayak man, sans cape.
Pocket change: $5.00

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