Life Science Quote

In science, ask why?
In life, ask why not?

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Happy New Baktun and Katun and Tun!

That’s what you say when you’re into a new baktun, like a new year, right? A baktun is a Mayan calendar cycle of 144,000 days or roughly 394 years, the 13th of which just ended on December 21st when all kinds of people were predicting the apocalypse! The baktun has 20 smaller katuns, one of which also ended and coincides with the end of the baktun every 20 katuns 7885.2 years.

Special occasion indeed! How many things are you around to celebrate once every 7885.2 years???

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Facebook Should Have UN-Likes in their Newsfeed

Leading up to the 2012 US election, lots of people Liked Mitt Romney or Barack Obama on Facebook. With Obama winning the election, though, a lot of people are quietly removing evidence they supported Mitt in shame by Un-Liking his Facebook page. What’s a lot? Try 847 per hour as of last Saturday (Mashable). See the current rate on DisappearingRomney.com.

I say “quietly” because it’s not like Facebook puts it through the Newsfeed, or on a Timeline, that you UN-Liked a page. It’s not a good example why Facebook should have UN-Likes in their newsfeed, but it’s certainly a curious one.

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Why Can’t Game Ending Official Rulings Be Reversed?

On Monday night, the NFL replacement officials made a terrible call that robbed the Green Bay Packers of a victory, and gave the Seattle Seahawks one, on the final play of the game. Watch the video through the link and judge for yourself, if you have not seen it. The NFL has tried to support this decision, but I doubt anybody but Seattle fans and their team are buying it.

Back in June, 2010, American League umpire Jim Joyce made a wrong call on the final out of a Indians – Tigers game that robbed Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game. To be fair, Jim Joyce publicly apologized, but he should have pushed major league baseball to reverse the ruling given it had no external impact like game outcome or playoff race, or different outcome the way it was allowed to play out.

Both of these were potentially game ending rulings if done right. That is, what came after would not have mattered. There were no “what ifs” had the rulings been changed, like a mid-game ruling where there were lots to still play for and anything might still have happened.

So why can’t they be reversed and the correct results be placed in the record books?

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