Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I need castles again, castles! Great stone towers, sheets of snow, driving wind, painful cold, drafty lecture halls, dark basements, old libraries, fireplaces, dusty books, winding stairwells, mugs of coffee, steaming soups, used book stores, thick carpets, high ceilings, stone gargoyles, hard work, long hours, and the sense of power and mystery that surrounds the place I most rightly call home. I miss the University of Chicago; I wish I never had to leave.

"Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling."
--GK Chesterton

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"Biology is a technology for processing information, materials, and energy. As a technology platform, biological systems provide access to artifacts and processes across a range of scales (e.g., the ribosome is a programmable nanoassembler, a bamboo shoot can grow 12” a day). Biology also forms the basis for human welfare (e.g., modest amounts of memory and logic, implemented as genetically encoded systems, would directly impact biological research and medicine). However, our ability to deploy biology as a technology and to interact internationally with the living world is now limited; the charge to our study was to begin to specify enabling technology that, if developed, would provide a general foundation for the engineering of biology and make routine the creation of synthetic biological systems that behave as predicted.”
--Drew Endy, 2003

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

What do I want most?

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