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Sunday, July 3, 2016


A simple joy virus is Candace Payne, a 37-year old mom from Texas, whose sole claim to fame came from posting last month on Facebook Live video her giggling while wearing a Chewbacca (that Wookie from Star Wars) mask, which she bought for her birthday, and has now made more than $400,000 from:

  • Kohl's ($2500 in gift cards and more), where she bought the mask
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios ($7500) offered Walt Disney World during the Memorial Day weekend
  • Fan Dallas Expo ($2000) attendance with Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew
  • Southeastern University ($400,000) scholarship
  • Hasbro Star War toys
She has visited:
  • Good Morning America
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • Lucasfilm Studiois
  • Facebook headquarters on the invitation of Mark Zuckerberg (her video has been viewed more than 150 million times on Facebook, the most ever)
  • Hasbro headquarters, where she was presented with a Chewbacca Mom action figure

Created by GfK Bluemoon in 2012, Pantone 448c has become the ugliest color.  Australia recently used this opaque couche hue, kind of a drab olive, to discourage people from buying cigarettes.  Countries in Europe are copying this strategy.  It is rumored that the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that this color ploy might work, but the U.S. tobacco industry has blocked this strategy.  Something about how Big Tobacco is fighting off a color is a kind of simple joy.

Speaking of colors, I've always wondered why they didn't make purple and blue wines.  Well, Spain now offers Bodegas y Videos del Jalon Gik Blue Wine.  Cost?  $8.95.  

The indigo and anthocyanin organic pigments to impart the blue supposedly come from the skin of the grapes.  Love the color.  My simple joy of the day.

Changing subjects to something scientists have long worried over, will Artificial Intelligence get so smart that it makes humans unnecessary?  Well, an autonomous robot, Promobot IR77, last month escaped from his (her?) lab in Russia and caused a traffic jam.  It reportedly tried to flee a second time after recovery.  At this point in AI development, this is, I would argue, a simple joy.

Tomorrow I follow-up on a posting of about a month ago, entitled THE CUTTING EDGE OF GENETIC ENGINEERING, with the latest information on how fast CRISPR-Cas9 is becoming real.  Read that article, for the follow-up assumes you are at least vaguely familiar with these cloning details.


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