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Comment: Re:human overpopulation (Score 1) 146

by kenj123 (#49607669) Attached to: Empty Landscape Looms, If Large Herbivores Continue to Die Out
I'm afraid that when push come to shove, more people will always more care about shopping and upgrading their kitchen and driving a nicer car then they care about wild animals. You might be able to convince some people that there is tourist revenue possible from preserving nature, but I don't think it will work in the long run. real estate is just to valuable to let wild animals be wild animals.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 172

by kenj123 (#49262199) Attached to: Lawsuit Over Quarter Horse's Clone May Redefine Animal Breeding
I thought of that counter argument just as posted, I should have stuck to what the OP said, its a sport, not a hobby. Its also not a race to the bottom, anything goes, just make it cheaper and faster type of economic venture, if it was it would morph into something completely unrecognizable and not fun anymore. you don't have to cap the word 'NONE', I can read .

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 172

by kenj123 (#49261647) Attached to: Lawsuit Over Quarter Horse's Clone May Redefine Animal Breeding
I agree completely. in a few years it will be possible to custom build DNA or 3d print a new horse and then what. Once you open the barn door...... ummm I'm sure there is some old country saying to cover this. At this point breeding a raising horses is a hobby, not an economic venture. I'd like to see places where tradition wins over whatever works. Like somebody said earlier that If you don't like it, start your own registry.

Comment: Re:It's a model (Score 1) 230

by kenj123 (#49244827) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines
I pretty much understood what it was when I read the headline. maybe it would have been more accurate to say articulating in place of working but that would have been pretty awkward. when it comes to transmission and engine and things like that, its not *really* working unless you can put 100,000+ miles on it, under load without any breakdown. and its not ready for production unless you can multiple that by 100,000 units manufactured at a competitive price. I often think about the old Rickover story where people are trying to sell some gadget to the navy. in the story he's on the 6th floor and he tosses it out the window and tells the guy he can come back up and talk about it, if it still works.

Comment: the irony - Lord of the Flies (Score 1) 367

by kenj123 (#49215159) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses
I like the first example in the article. the professors were lecturing about post-apocalyptic culture while the students were anonymously jeering them on yukyuk(my name). There was a book written 60+ years ago exactly about it, 'Lord of the Flies'. Once the veneer of civilization is gone, anything can happen. Sounds like a good episode for Black Mirror.

Comment: StarTrek TOS was of it time. (Score 1) 233

by kenj123 (#49164245) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek
I think TOS was a product of its time. it was developed in 64 and first aired in 66-67 season. By 64 the Civil rights movement was well under way. In May 64 Johnson gave the first Great Society Speech at Athens Ohio. Then, the summer of 64 was when Chaney, Goodman and Scherner were killed. Also, the problems with colonization in Africa and South East Asia were recoginized and lead to the formation of the Prime Directive (I'm looking for more sources on that). One thing I always laugh about it how people say things will be in the future. One thing the future won't be is any particular way, the future will (hopefully) last a long time and there will be lots of change, so there is plenty of time for lots of predictions to come true. If the Star Trek franchise rigidly applied elements from TOS to later series it would have been pretty boring. One humorus (IMO) side note about Spock. Star Trke Enterprise, S2E2 had TPol and 2 other vulcans go to late 1950s united states and were stuck there. they had some postitive interactions with humans so one of the vulcans decided to stay and TPol reported he was killed. I always thought they should have gone a little futher with that plot and had the vulcan (Mestral) go to California and become involved in acting. I tried to explain this to some other trekkies but they didn't see the humor in it.

Comment: Re:1964 must have been a short year... (Score 2) 57

by kenj123 (#49159613) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
American rock was doing pretty good until 1959 when Booper, Holly and Valens died in the place crash, 'the day the music died'. For the next couple years the top music reverted back to lightweight pop crap. I'm not sure why and I am researching it some. I suspect rock music had a 'rocky' start in the US partly because of racism and religion. Once the British invasion started it wasn't black music any more, (at least you could pretend that).

Comment: Re:sorry (Score 1) 57

by kenj123 (#49158795) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
so whats your point, record industry purposely keeps the music from the American people that they really want and instead sells them something else, presumably something else that makes them bigger profits? Or are you saying the billboard numbers are completely fabricated and people are really listening to something else that I've been missing out on all my life?

Comment: My Observations (Score 1) 57

by kenj123 (#49158557) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
I've looked over and listened to the top us sales hits since the 50s. In the late 50s us rock really picked up steam until 59 when Booper, Valens and Holly died. I really understand what the mclean lyric 'day the music died' means now. Until 64 Music really reverted back to the light weight pop tunes popular in the early 50s. Then throughout the 60s the british really dominated the top charts. America had a lot of really good rock bands but the break out was slow until the late 60s when mostly California and Southern bands started doing well. Then wham, in 70-71, Hendrix, Morrison, Joplan, Allman died. Light weight pop took over again in the early 70s, then disco and dance music in late 70s. 80s were a resurgance of rock but it seemed more corporate and marketing oriented, big hair bands. Early 90s the grunge rock, bass guitar was interesting but short lived, there is only so much you can get from a bass guitar. Since the mid 90 good guitar rock has been dead. thats my analysis.

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