I pulled my head out of my coffee cup today long enough to notice the calendar. Today is December 2, 2012. 19 days to go until the winter solstice; December 21, 2012...but I paid rent for the whole month anyway.
Just push play:
Finals week at Central Washington University officially started today as well. I've already been working non-stop for a week finishing up final projects. The sad truth is, I'm pretty frazzled spinning all these plates, and the worst is yet to come. So much has been going on in my head (I'll spare you the whiny details), that I decided it was time to clear the mechanism a bit. Deadlines be damned, I need a break.
Approaching burnout threshold ...
It's amazing how the stress of academic overload feels a lot like sexual tension. That brings this golden oldie to mind:
My particular case feels a lot more like these chestnuts:
By now everyone has heard about this press release:
Researchers Claim To Have Sequenced Bigfoot DNA:
And so far (fingers crossed admittedly) that's all that it is...a press release:
A Texas veterinarian says she and fellow genetic researchers have confirmed the existence of "Bigfoot," though their findings have yet to pass peer review.
Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, founder of DNA Diagnostics Inc. in the eastern Texas town of Timpson, said she and her team spent five years on their study of purported Bigfoot hair and concluded they have confirmed the existence of a hominin hybrid species, the legendary creature commonly called "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch," living in North America.
I'd be very interested in seeing their actual data. Until that time, it's just hearsay. What's a fact though, is that DNA Diagnostics Inc. is currently saddled with a dozen complaints at the Better Business Bureau for substandard practices. It's very suspicious when findings of this type are released outside of a scientific publication and prior to peer review as well.
In a release posted on the company's Web site Saturday, the researchers say their DNA sequencing suggests the animal is a human relative that developed about 15,000 years ago as a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.
An obvious problem exists in the fact that they don't have a 'known' Sasquatch sample to use for comparison.
Ketchum said her team has sequenced three complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and concluded the species is a human hybrid.
Another fact is that Dr. Ketchum is scheduled to release a documentary film on this subject soon. This supposed 'premature' information leak would serve to generate much greater interest in such a project, especially with little details like this thrown in:
"Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens."
Another thing that rubs my rhubarb the wrong way is this:
Government at all levels must recognize them as an indigenous people and immediately protect their human and Constitutional rights against those who would see in their physical and cultural differences a ‘license’ to hunt, trap, or kill them.
This strikes me as obvious grandstanding (or a teaser trailer). If these creatures exist (and I personally and professionally hope they do) they have thus far successfully evaded all efforts at hunting, trapping, and killing them for 15, 000 years! Let's not panic now! Show us the peer-reviewed data first Dr. Ketchum. Let us verify your conclusions before we call a special session of Congress...if you don't mind...maybe...please?
Christopher Loring Knowles turned me on to this...for the 'just in case crowd' expecting Planet 'X,' or Nibiru in 19 days.
From Etsy: "Whether or not you believe that the Anunnaki are alien/gods from planet Nibiru that spliced our DNA and gave us human culture or merely the mythic stories of ancient Sumeria, it's certainly a good idea to keep these powerful beings happy by paying homage to them on your car! Turn your car into a chariot of the gods with this Anunnaki custom car emblem!
Maybe for the subject of this post, this is more appropriate:
Speaking of human-like primates...on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, I spent a couple hours at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute with my biological anthropology class. We met some amazing chimps...and we were some of the last to meet this one...Dar.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- The chimpanzee Dar, one of a family of chimpanzees at Central Washington University who learned to use American Sign Language, died November 24 at the age of 36. The director of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI), Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold, said that a post-mortem examination, performed at the University of Washington Primate Center, indicated that Dar died of sudden cardiac failure, the most common cause of death in captive male chimpanzees. The average life span of this population is 30 years. He was in otherwise good health...A memorial for Dar will be held at 1:00 p.m., December 9, in the lobby of Dean Hall on CWU’s Ellensburg campus.
So it's back to the books for me for another week...more monkey business. Don't slip on any banana peels out there. Pretty soon it will be a brand new year.
Dave ~ Thanks for your time. I hope we get to know each other better