Stranger In An Even Stranger Land - blog by Gurdur


A blog of random jottings on events, science, renfairs, travel, reading, music, humanism, religion, atheism, and even the odd spot of gardening.


Evolutionary Forecasting. Because your money AND your life.

Posted 12-Nov-2014 at 09:35 PM (21:35) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 12-Nov-2014 at 10:02 PM (22:02) by Gurdur

Evolutionary forecasting is the new name given to predicting what genetic changes might happen to a whole population. So it's looking at how statistically a total population changes, at what bundle of traits might change with respect to the percent of each trait, and at what new traits might come into being, and what other traits might die out. Is it important? Only if both your money and your life matter to you!

In the years 1918 to 1921, no less than at least 50 million people died...
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The Black Death (plague) is still a mystery, still not explained

Posted 16-Oct-2011 at 06:14 PM (18:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 16-Oct-2011 at 06:28 PM (18:28) by Gurdur

There's been a fair bit of news over the last two months about studies into the Black Death, that epidemic of the 14th century (mainly between 1347 and 1353 AD). The good news is that the studies appear to add to our knowledge. The bad news is that they contradict each other.

First off, usually the Black Death is blamed on plague, Yersina pestis, and more specfically, on one form of the illness that Yersina pestis can cause, bubonic plague. It can also cause pneumonic plague (spread...
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What I'm reading / have just read / will read this month, Part 1

Posted 16-Aug-2009 at 08:45 PM (20:45) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Mar-2010 at 09:18 AM (09:18) by Gurdur

This is a bit of a departure from normal practices for me, announcing my reading list. I have not been doing anywhere near as much reading as I would like, since from illness and work schedules (including adminning), I don't get as much free time to read as I would like, plus finding good stuff to read can be difficult, and being able to financially afford it all even more so, but this last month I have managed to do more reading than usual.

The below books are what I have read in...
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