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Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Large Hadron Collider

This is the largest particle collider in the world. The one people say will create a black hole that will eat up the Earth. Right.

Check out the link to see their live webcam of the collision tube


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Flu vaccine. Please get yours

I've heard several people state that they haven't and won't get vaccinated this year against the flu. This here post is an attempt to put information into YOUR hands so that you make an informed and responsible decision on this matter.

What is the Influenza?

It's basically a disease of the lungs, nose and throat. Severe coughing and running nose are also typical of the disease. Most people will be sick for about one week before feeling better, but some people (specially young children, pregnant women and old people) can get very sick and some may die. More than 60,000 people die every year in the US alone due to the Influenza virus.

How does the vaccine work?

There's 2 types of vaccine: TIV (trivalent inactivated influenza virus) & LAIV (live, attenuated influenza virus). Basically, one is made out of dead or inactivated virus (TIV) and the other is made out of live, but "beaten up" virus. The live version is slightly more effective, but more expensive as well to manufacture.

Does it work?

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states that "The overall efficacy in preventing laboratory-documented influenza from all three influenza strains combined was 85% and 71%" talking about LAIV and TIV respectively. So in short, yes. Most of the time.

Who should get it?
Short answer: Almost everybody.
Long answer: Check this webpage

Any adverse effects I should be aware of ?
There's some chance of getting a fever after the vaccine, but this shouldn't last for long. No other serious side effects have been ovserved in numerous trials as shown here
I'd like to rant for a few paragraphs here. I've heard complaints of people claiming they got sick after getting the vaccine. If you're getting the TIV, there's no way in hell you get the flu out of it, because its DEAD. If you're getting the LAIV, there's a very slight chance you might get it, but as mentioned before, its not a perfect 100% guarantee vaccine. I've also heard people say that they got other kind of sickness after taking the flu vaccine. This is obviously perfectly feasible, as a flu vaccine won't protect you from measles, polio, or getting hit by a car. It's a FLU vaccine, it protects you from the influenza. Correlation is not causation, people. If I get the vaccine and get run-over by a car, the vaccine did NOT cause the car to run over me. They're correlated, but not caused by it. Same goes for other diseases, if you got the vaccine and got sick, its not because you got the vaccine, they're independent events and you would probably have become sick any way.

If it's not 100% effective, why should I take it?
Read above, dummy. There's a 70% - 80% chance it will prevent you from getting sick. And its free. By paying $0 you get 70%- 80% chance of not getting sick, its a no-brainer.

I never get sick, so why should I take it?
Read above, young children, old people and pregnant people are prone to DYING from this shit. Do you have un-vaccinated: little brothers, sisters, friends, grandparents, great-grandparents, old friends, pregnant friends, a pregnant wife, a pregnant little sister (hey, it happens) ?? We'll, if you're in contact with any of these, and other younglins/elders/pregnant women then you're putting THEM at risk. You might be healthy as a horse, and maybe even carrying the virus, but not getting sick. This does NOT mean you're not spreading it. Don't be an ass, care about the people around you.

Also,let's briefly talk about this thing called herd immunity. Basically what this means is that if a certain percentage of the population gets vaccinated, they'll "watch out" for the other members of the "herd". If a lot of people are vaccinated, they won't get the disease, which whill reduce the number of virae out there, which reduces contagion on other members.

Myths about the Flu

That's a great site with some myths about the flu, interesting to read. You can find a dozen other sites with flu myths by just googling it

So. What I hope to communicate here is:
The vaccine is a pretty safe (small chance of very minor fever for a couple of days), pretty effective, free way of protecting yourself and others around you.
Don't be an ass, get yours.


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Friday, November 14, 2008

Y que chingallos le pasa al mundo? / WTF is wrong with the world?

I'm echoing an article posted in the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe blog, only for the sheer horror it caused me when I read this.

I'm definetely not a religious person, but people that know me can tell you that I do, very much, respect other people's religious beliefs. I have the utmost respect for faithful people, the fact that we don't share faith does not stop me from respecting and holding dear people that differ from my viewpoint.

But to read this kind of bullshit just makes me re-state my way of thinking.

I respect any and all beliefs held by anyone, as long as they respect the very basic principles of mutual respect.

Branding people, let alone infants, as witches and wizards is FUCKING MEDIEVAL.

Driving nails through their heads is FUCKING MEDIEVAL

Killing more than a 100 "witches" adn BRAGGING about it is FUCKING MEDIEVAL


It terrifies me that someone out there can pretend to use a "religious" belief in this horrifying way, its just heart-breaking. I mean come on, its the 21st freaking century, we're still doing this kind of shit? Stoning "witches"? Really?

This kind of bullshit just makes me think, as Mr Evans states in the SGU blog, how pseudosciences and supperstition can be harmful and deadly. This is obviously not about religion and letting every one place his chip where he/she wishes. This is not a case of "well, that's the way they think and believe, let them beat the crap out of each other". The world we live in can no longer use tolerance as an excuse to let obvious and outrageouos abuses such as this one to happen. Of course, its hard to avoid falling in the pitfall of becoming the "world's police" as we often criticize the USA, but something has to be done.

Sexual violence against women is not acceptable, regardless of WHERE-THE-FUCK you live and who you claim to worship.

Violence against children is not acceptable, regardless of what these "priests" say and claim about this girl "killing" her mom with her "magic"

Psychological abuse of other human beings is not acceptable, regardless of how many demons you think live inside his head

Killing other people because thousands of years ago two brothers couldn't agree which interpretation of your holy book is correct is NOT ACCEPTABLE




Si, esto de pintar miniaturas es realmente un vicio... Maldito Games-Workshop. Porque hacen figuritas tan bonitas !!!!


Friday, November 07, 2008

Bueno, ahora yo voy a demandar a todos los vendedores de Limon


Batman esta demandando a Batman...
Esto es, la ciudad de Batman en Durka-Durka-landia esta demandando a los productores de las peliculas de Batman por usar el nombre de la ciudad sin permiso ni respeto a los derechos de autor.
Vaya, ahora si se la engraparon en los cachetes.
Entonces inspirado por tan brillante acto legal y dado que mi apellido es Limon, voy a proceder a demandar a todas las compañías que vendan limones, o que incluyan la palabra limon en su publicidad (como incontables marcas de detergentes para trastes, excepto las de P&G porsupuesto)