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Anna-Maria’s Triumphant Return!

Anna’s last play goes down at 1:45pm today and then she’s on the bus back to good ol’ Alberta. Because the greyhound doesn’t leave Medicine Hat for Lethbridge until early tomorrow morning, I’m heading back to the Hat to pick her up. I’m more than just a little excited.

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My Swimming on the Weekend

This weekend at the meet in Medicine Hat I swam a 1:21 200m Free, a 25.01 50m Free and I did my 100m Free in 57.6 (or so). So three personal best times and a pretty good weekend. I also saw the movie “Brother Bear”. It’s a good Disney movie – so if you like Disney movies then I recommend it.

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Fire at the Lethbridge YMCA

Ok, it turned out that it wasn’t really a fire. On Friday night while I was lifeguarding at the Y, the other guard and I smelled smoke so we evacuated the pool. The whole building was evacuated but after the firemen checked it out, it turned out to be nothing more than the motor in one of the vents short circuited itself (or something like that). We reopened and everyone was happy – except me and Phil of course, because we thought we might get to go home early.

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Medicine Hat Swim Meet

There is a swim meet in Medicine Hat today. It starts at 1:45 at the Family Leisure Centre. I’ll be swimming in the 200m free, 100m free, and 50m free. I’m hoping for a new personal best time.

I leave at 10:00 this morning. I better get some sleep.

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Nano-transistor self-assembles using biology

In a major step towards developing nanoscale electronics, researchers have successfully coaxed DNA into acting as a self-assembling nanoscale transistors.

The key component in all modern electronics, transistors regulate current and act as switches or gates for electronic signals. The allure of DNA is that it can self-assemble into transistors far smaller than those used in conventional silicon-based chips.

Researcher Erez Braun and colleagues at Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa created the new nanotechnology “by coating a central part of a long DNA molecule with proteins from an E. coli bacterium. Next, graphite nanotubes coated with antibodies were added, which bound onto the protein.”

“But while DNA by itself is a very good self-assembling building block, it doesn’t conduct electrical current,” explains Braun.

“After this, a solution of silver ions was added. The ions chemically attach to the phosphate backbone of the DNA, but only where no protein has attached. Aldehyde then reduces the ions to silver metal, forming the foundation of a conducting wire.”

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A List of Alternatives

What to do if your Internet connection goes down.

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Are You Ok Michael? You Look So…. Pale

Authorities issued a warrant yesterday for Michael Jackson’s arrest, based on multiple charges of molesting a child and asked the self declared King of Pop to surrender his passport and turn himself in.

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Lethbridge Man Dies

A man was crushed to death outside the UFA farm store when he dived under a slow-moving semi-trailer to retrieve his baseball cap that was blown off in high winds. “The truck was rolling forward and he dove under to grab the hat. He tried to grab it and wiggle out quickly,” a witness said. He never made it.

Not to make light of a very sad situation, but to me, having your hat run over by a semi truck is a lot like dropping your keys in a river of molten lava. Forget ’em man, because they’re gone.

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Newspaper Plants Fake Footman in Palace

Despite higher security with the arrival of Bush in London, or maybe because of it, reporter from the Daily Mirror yesterday revealed that using false credentials he got a job as a Palace Guard.

As conflicted as I feel about bringing attention to the Royal family (negative or positive) the details in this story are just too good to pass up.

On a related note, George W. Bush just never ceases to amaze me. During his speech at the Banqueting House in Whitehall, Mr. Bush acknowledged that he is not a very popular visitor. “I’ve been here only a short time, but I’ve noticed the tradition of free speech, exercised with enthusiasm, is alive and well here in London. We have that at home, too.”

Need I say more?

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I’m so tired

It’s 2:00 AM. I’m sort of done my animation for the DVD I have to burn tomorrow. My hands feel like they are going to fall off at the wrists they are so sore from using the mouse and keyboard all day. I’m so tired.