Archive for February, 2012

February 18, 2012

The role of vaccines in society

Vaccine development: Man vs MRSA

For decades, Robert Daum has studied the havoc wreaked by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Now he thinks he can stop it for good.

 

I just want to comment on one sentence from this article:

“Meanwhile, pharmaceutical manufacturers are backing away from making new antibiotics, arguing that resistance is undermining compounds too quickly for them to recoup their costs.”

 

It boggles my mind that making new medicines and vaccines is still primarily run by private industry. This seriously biases what gets made in the first place, as those that aren’t seen as profitable do not get as much research.

I think it’s reasonable to think that making medicines and vaccines that ensure the health of the general population should be researched by the government itself. This is a not a field where capitalism should play a role. The government should ensure that research is being done to help the lives of as many people as possible. When medicines and vaccines do get made, they should be made available to who needs them, as cheaply as possible. That anything other than this happens, seems like a needless sacrifice of peoples lives, to me. And the fact that this doesn’t happen reflects how much more progress is needed in regards to medicine and society.

February 16, 2012

Alltime Personal Favorite Rap Songs: #5

Chamillionaire – Hip Hop Police

Hip Hop Police are listening.

February 14, 2012

Alltime Personal Favorite Rap Songs: #4

Bad Meets Evil – I’m On Everything

Bad Meets Evil equals one of the best combos of all time.

February 13, 2012

Guidelines for choosing what movie to go see

“You sunk my battleship!” = “OK, let’s MOVIE this.”

 

If you’re like me, you get disappointed by the movies that you see in theatres. The tactics used to promote the movie often do not reflect the actual quality of the movie. If anything, when the advertising for a movie especially overstates the level of entertainment actually derived from said movie, it ends up backfiring and makes me rate the movie lower than if I had gone in with more realistic expectations.

Therefore, here are some helpful guidelines for choosing what movies to watch. They work for me, maybe they will work for someone who is not me.

Go see a movie only based on:

  • actual movie clips
  • The movie poster is also an acceptable factor in your decision.

Do not go see a movie based on:

  • The names of the actors/actresses
  • The names of the directors/producers/writers
  • Movie critic opinions
  • Friends and relatives and coworkers opinions
  • Random strangers opinions
  • Awards the movie won
  • Amazingly badass voiceovers

Good movies will be advertised primarily using the first category. Movies you will not want to see will rely mostly on the second. Good movies will have numerous quality clips, which is what we go to the theaters to see, and likewise, lesser movies will have a lot less. Movie studios don’t want to give away the best parts of the movie in the commercials, obviously, but if there are more to go around, they will divulge some if it means better advertising.

This movie opened as the #1 movie at the box office that weekend. A part of me dies inside whenever that happens.

 

I do not blame the people whose job it is to advertise lame movies. That also does not mean you need to fall for their tricks.

These are my guidelines for choosing which movies to see. Use them well.

February 13, 2012

Alltime Personal Favorite Rap Songs: #3

KRS-One Black Cop

February 11, 2012

Alltime Personal Favorite Rap Songs: #2

LL Cool J – I’m Bad

 

February 10, 2012

Alltime Personal Favorite Rap Songs: #1

In lieu of being able to think of practically anything else to blog about, I thought I might as well just post some rap songs I like.

These are in no particular order.

Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

One of my sayings, inspired by this song: If hip hop should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.

February 9, 2012

Hello world!

Pleased to make your acquaintance, world.