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Charlotte Parent: Stay-At-Home To-Do List

Stay time is play time.

I’m a big believer in stay-at-home dads making the time to play with the little dudes they’re rearing.

Having a daily to-do list of errands and projects SAHDs think they need to get done makes it likely that they will forget the most important job they’ve got: Having fun with the little dude or little dudette.

I advise SAHDs to ditch the to-do list. However, because I truly believe a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, I’m getting ready to drop an essential to-do list over at Charlotte Parent. As usual, I’ll be blogging under our Stay-At-Home Dudes column name.

Why not come over there and join the conversation?

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How Bigfoot Fits Into His Genes

Bigfoot still is a mystery, dudes. I know. It’s a bit shocking.

Especially considering all the hoo-ha a couple of months ago when a researcher claimed she had a some viable Bigfoot cells and was on the cusp of being able to sequence the entire Bigfoot genome.

You might recall, reputable scientists did just that a number of years ago, under the aegis of the Human Genome Project. We know where every single AGCT goes in our randy little genes. That knowledge should enable us, in the years to come, to delicately craft designer medications that will work best for you, or for that guy over there. Or maybe that dudette in the front row.

Handy thing, knowing yer entire genome.

Imagine my excitement when I learned that Dr. Melba Ketchum, a Texas-based forensic scientist and the face in front of the genome-sequencing effort, announced to a disbelieving world that she was getting ready to map the elusive possibly-primate’s genetic sequence.

Of course, the disbelieving LAME-stream science community poo-pooed the idea. So Ketchum and the others in her group, took their paper describing the Bigfoot genome and got it published in a scientific journal: the online De Novo . In case you don’t keep up with the scientific literature and find you don’t know the name of this journal, that’s because, prior to this paper being published, it didn’t actually exist. And the only paper that the De Novo ever printed was Ketchum’s paper on Bigfoot.

That’s right. Ketchum and her group purchased an existing journal, renamed it De Novo and then published their paper. A paper which: conclusively proves that the Sasquatch exist as an extant hominin and are a direct maternal descendant of modern humans.”

According to Ketchum and her group, the DNA shows a distinct speciation effect, showing that Bigfoot is not human, but a mix of human and something else.

So, yeah. That’s that. Case closed. Bigfoot exists and is the product of relatively recent intermingling between humans and some other primate. By relatively recently, of course, we’re talking tens of thousands of years. Geologic time, you see. Unfortunately for Ketchum and the rest of her group, there’s a whole bunch of scientists who don’t see it the same way she does, including John Timmer, the science editor for Ars Technica.

Timmer and other biologists looked at the samples and saw contamination of the sample, bad science and decomposition of the supposed DNA sample. In other words, it wouldn’t work. Period.

My initial analysis suggested that the “genome sequence” was an artifact, the product of a combination of contamination, degradation, and poor assembly methods. And every other biologist I showed it to reached the same conclusion. Ketchum couldn’t disagree more. “We’ve done everything in our power to make sure the paper was absolutely above-board and well done,” she told Ars. “I don’t know what else we could have done short of spending another few years working on the genome. But all we wanted to do was prove they existed, and I think we did that.”

Timmer has a fantastic article that goes through Ketchum’s research, talking with the good doctor herself, step by step and points out where things got a little wonky.

This is a great example of public science journalism. He’s not out there to make fun of Ketchum. He’s not some sort of rabid disbeliever out to debunk the “TRUTH” (notice the all-caps. Yeah, it’s that kind of truth.). He’s a scientist, a journalist and a curious man.

Go check it out. It makes for a fascinating read.

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Help Out Frazier Park Here In Charlotte

by Richard

I’m a big believer in the idea that sports can make any young dude or dudette’s life safer, more secure and better. Playing sports is an almost surefire way to help reach a better life, not just because of how you play, but because of the skills and character you develop as a player both on and off the court.

Of course, for you to really reach your potential, you will need some good equipment. Which is one reason why cities and other local governments put up parks. Well, here in Charlotte, we’ve got Frazier Park. It’s got a basketball area, but it’s more than a little run down and needs some help the city’s just not going to cough up.

So I guess it’s a good idea that Sprite is around. Yeah, I know. I can hardly believe it either. Still, here’s the deal.

Sprite and the National Recreation and Parks Association have identified 25 courts (including Charlotte’s Frazier Park) across the country to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to be used to refurbish rims, backboards, lights, benches, playing surfaces, etc. – sparking new life in these active public spaces.

As you can tell, Frazier Park needs the refresh.

 

The good news is that Frazier Park will be getting some money to refresh the playing area. The better news is that it might be getting a lot more, like $15,000 to really go to town. But to get all those Benjamins, the park needs your help.

Normally, you’d have to buy a Sprite and then go to SpriteSparkParks.com and enter the code you found under the cap of the Sprite. However, because I love you dudes so much, and because, frankly, somebody sent me some information on this and I thought it would be a good idea to run it, I’ve got a special code you can use once a day from now until May 31. No need to buy a Sprite if you want to help Frazier Park win $15,000.

Now, if you go to SpriteSparkParks.com, all you have to do is enter spriteparksvote. Again, that code can be used by you only once per day from now until May 31. The good news is that anyone can use it. So those once per days can really add up, if a whole bunch of you decide to get off your duffs and help a park out.

It’s not that hard, dudes. Just click, type a bit, and then come back tomorrow and do the same. Let’s help Charlotte’s own Frazier Park start looking better, attracting more of the young dudes to its new surface, and helping more of them begin to earn the benefits that come from playing sports.

Remember: type in spriteparksvote when you go to SpriteSparkParks.com.

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