Because You Need to Know

Sunday, November 18, 2001

Nothing’s really happening, exactly, but I thought I’d post a little something anyway just to keep the cobwebs off the page…

I reorganized my studio last night and have happily eliminated the annoying hummm that’d been coming out of my speakers. I don’t know what the problem was, but after taking everything apart and putting every back together, the problem was gone. The wiring configuation’s the same and everything’s still plugged into the same outlets… ?

I would’ve liked to stay up and watch the Leonid meteor shower last night, but it’s been cloudy out, so no dice. I stayed up until 6 a.m. anyway reading Genome by Matt Ridley and looking around on the web. Genome, by the way, tells the story of our genes, chromosome by chromosome. The material’s good, but Matt Ridley seems more interested in dazzling the reader with the enourmity and sheer importance of the subject than in actually delivering information. My dad loaned me the book. I told him that if he really wanted a basic understanding of the genome, I had a college Bio textbook that would do a much better job informing him. My dramatic realization about the scale of time came when I realized that the double-helix structure was only discovered by Crick and Watson a few years before my parents entered high school. I wonder what major discoveries have been made in the past ten years that my kids will make me feel stupid for not knowing all about?