Posts tagged “evolution”

The Scarlet M

I’ve been thinking lately that there should be some way to flag others on Facebook to remind yourself to ignore them. Of course you can unfriend people; I’m not talking about that. I’m primarily talking about friends of friends. I kind of like the idea of a scarlet M, for moron. Frequently I’ll read a

Genetics and Evolution

… some wonderful comments on genetics and evolution from the USS Clueless …


Life began with direct coding on bare, carbon-chemistry hardware, like amino acids and proteins. Higher programming languages, like DNA and RNA, evolved gradually. Computers began in a similar fashion, with programmers coding on to the bare machinery of their circuits. Higher programming languages have followed, each generation more powerful than the last. There is, of

Far Side

“I know you miss the Wainwrights, Bobby, but they were weak and stupid people – and that’s why we have wolves and other large predators.” Update: I received an email from Gary Larson’s attorneys requesting very, very strongly that I remove the image. :0(

University of Otago Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology program

New Zealand My good friend Chris O’Brien was tentatively accepted into the University of Otago‘s Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology’s program to work on his PhD in Bio-Archaeology and Human Evolution.

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.