News from the web.

Earlier this morning I noticed that Google Reader had the ability to make a widget that would show the news items that you have decided to share show up on any site that supported javascript.  So, being the adventurous person that I am, I inserted it into the sidebar of www.laneholloway.com.  Now you can read not only my amazing posts with my amazing wit and sarcasm you can also see the news articles I find interesting enough to share wih other people.

Memories stored in your DNA

The game Assassin’s Creed would have you believe that you hold the memories of your ancestors in your DNA.  At first, it seems ridiculous and a good way for the creators of the game to let you run around and assassinate people in The Dark Ages.  However, I stumbled upon this article that says the idea of your DNA storing memories isn’t so far fetched.

Many genes are already coated with methyl groups. When a cell divides, this “cellular memory” is passed on and tells the new cell what type it is – a kidney cell, for example. Miller and Sweatt argue that in neurons, methyl groups also help to control the exact pattern of protein expression needed to maintain the synapses that make up memories.

So given this, there is potential that your memories could be enscribed in your DNA and passed down to your progeny.  Now we can start wondering if people experincing ‘past lives’ are actually recalling their ancestors memories (even if it is impossible it is fun to imagine).  Oh, the craziness.

AIG still giving cash bonuses..

Color me surprised… not. As if AIG wasn’t in enough trouble given their current predicament, this surfaces:

…the insurer that said yesterday it scrapped bonuses for top executives after a U.S. bailout, will still pay 130 managers “cash awards” to stay with the firm, including $3 million to retirement services chief Jay Wintrob.

Now a company that is drowning in red ink and was thrown money by Congress (who should have tied some strings to the money) is wasting it like they did the rest of their cash.  Am I surprised?  Not really.  Congress and the rest of the government should have stopped and thought about what they were doing instead of being all Chicken Little and throwing the money into a hole.

Doing something good

It seems every time you open the sports page or look at a sports web site it is always about how some athlete knocked out a random guy, is doing ‘roids, spit in a woman’s face at a bar, is ‘making it rain’ at a strip club and other such stupid things.  So it surprised me when I read on Foxsports that Tony Romo paid for a homeless guy’s ticket to see the movie ‘Role Models’ and then talked with him for 90 minutes during the movie.  And the kicker is (ha sports pun!) this isn’t the first time Tony has randomly been nice to people.

So hats off to you Tony Romo for being a nice guy.

Something to think about

“We had a bad banking situation. Some of our bankers had shown themselves either incompetent or dishonest in their handling of the people’s funds. They had used the money entrusted to them in speculations and unwise loans. … It was the government’s job to straighten out this situation and do it as quickly as possible, and the job is being performed.”

FDR, March 1933