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  • DNA crime scene analysis -- a wonderfully useful investigative tool. Or is it?
"It turns out that standard molecular biology techniques (...) enable anyone with basic equipment and know-how to produce practically unlimited amounts of in vitro synthesized (artificial) DNA with any desired genetic profile. This artificial DNA can then be applied to surfaces of objects or incorporated into genuine human tissues and planted in crime scenes. Here we show that the current forensic procedure fails to distinguish between such samples..."
  • This excellent site collects the Daily Heil's ongoing efforts to divide the world into things that give you cancer and things that cure it. Their assiduity is indeed remarkable.
  • Evan Dahm, of Rice Boy and Order of Tales fame, has just started his new webcomic, Vattu. I'm interested in his work because I think he has a peculiar kind of imaginative genius unrelated to what anyone else is doing. If these first three pages pique your interest, you may want to friend [livejournal.com profile] riceboyart.
  • Another rather unusual webcomic is Lackadaisy, which is about a bunch of anthopomorphic cats who run a speakeasy in Prohibition-era St Louis. I like it because I find the artwork and overall design rather beautiful -- and the characters are fun. Just don't ask me why they're all cats: it probably has all sorts of furry overtones that I'd rather not know about. This page of button art gives you a feel of it.
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  • DNA crime scene analysis -- a wonderfully useful investigative tool. Or is it?
"It turns out that standard molecular biology techniques (...) enable anyone with basic equipment and know-how to produce practically unlimited amounts of in vitro synthesized (artificial) DNA with any desired genetic profile. This artificial DNA can then be applied to surfaces of objects or incorporated into genuine human tissues and planted in crime scenes. Here we show that the current forensic procedure fails to distinguish between such samples..."
  • This excellent site collects the Daily Heil's ongoing efforts to divide the world into things that give you cancer and things that cure it. Their assiduity is indeed remarkable.
  • Evan Dahm, of Rice Boy and Order of Tales fame, has just started his new webcomic, Vattu. I'm interested in his work because I think he has a peculiar kind of imaginative genius unrelated to what anyone else is doing. If these first three pages pique your interest, you may want to friend [livejournal.com profile] riceboyart.
  • Another rather unusual webcomic is Lackadaisy, which is about a bunch of anthopomorphic cats who run a speakeasy in Prohibition-era St Louis. I like it because I find the artwork and overall design rather beautiful -- and the characters are fun. Just don't ask me why they're all cats: it probably has all sorts of furry overtones that I'd rather not know about. This page of button art gives you a feel of it.
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... or Lovecraft is Missing is written to very short deadlines.

You should read it, by the way, if you're at all interested in Lovecraft-type stuff (and why wouldn't you be?) -- an excellent style, setting and story which so far has just been deepening and deepening in all sorts of interesting directions.
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Two webcomics I often find amusing are [livejournal.com profile] scp_feed and [livejournal.com profile] optipess_feed, which have a pretty similar kind of PBF-ish humour and also a fairly similar visual style.

Doubly so today, as it could easily be the same narwhal. On a good day, vs. on a bad day.

[Poll #1351286]
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I think this is funny, because it's true. And also very nicely conceived and executed.

Actually this comic is generally pretty good. I liked this one too.
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(I can't draw, so you'll have to imagine this in the style of Slow Wave.)


I am a corporate predator. I've invited my latest victim to dinner to seal the deal.


Afterwards, he's chatting about his hobby of making cider.
"You certainly know a lot about apples!" my wife says, impressed.


I interrupt "Yeah, that's why he's just had to sell his company to me for half what it's worth!"


I expect him to angrily throw his glass of wine over me, but instead he just seems sad.
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Yay, I finally got some money from Predictify. This is the site where you make wisdom-of-crowds type predictions, and if they turn out to be correct, you get a share in the money put up by whoever it was wanted to know the answer. I've so far shared in about 35 payouts, the biggest being $12.86 for predicting Clinton's % share of the vote in the Iowa caucus, and I've made a total of $41.42 (over a period of about 6 months). Which puts me 125th in the rankings -- the most successful predictor has made over $200.
I must admit that I'm highly doubtful about the business model1, and I was wondering whether they were ever going to be able to afford to actually pay out. But they had a venture capital round to raise the money to do so. Click here if you'd like to give it a go!

In sadder news, one of my favourite webcomics, Rice Boy, has finished. I've probably talked about this before, but if you missed that, it's a fabulously strange and beautiful thing. The Wikipedia entry seems rather baffled but gives a little idea. Anyway, read it, it's great.


1 Partly beause the "game" aspect of it is somewhat broken, and when players realize this, they stop behaving in a business-helpful way. I can go into more detail about this, if anyone's interested (don't all rush at once though).
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I'm in a state of woe today, with a stinking cold, not much sleep, and would really like to take the morning off -- particularly as will be driving up to Derbyshire this afternoon -- but unfortunately I have some complicated urgent stuff that needs doing before the weekend. Ho hum. To cheer up, some snippets.
  • An interesting piece here by Scott Adams about hypnosis and how he uses it in his writing. If you've never read his blog or think of him as just the guy who draws Dilbert, you might want to take a look: he covers some interesting thoughts. (Best to ignore the comments, though.) Also available at [livejournal.com profile] dilbert_blog.
  • An excellent webcomic I've been reading lately is the rather beautiful Minus, with art reminiscent of The Little Prince. (Also at [livejournal.com profile] kiwifeed). And yesterday this led me to discover Jonny Crossbones, a kind of surreal Tintin homage, accompanied by Little Jonny Crossbones which is nicely Photoshopped to look like a vintage kids' comic. It is not clear whether Jonny is actually a skeleton or just looks like one. (Or what either of those options might mean.) [livejournal.com profile] lesmcclaine is the creator.
OK, better get to work now.

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