March 3, 2021


It's all jetsam, unless it's flotsam

What's the Difference Between Flotsam and Jetsam? (

Flotsam or jetsam? I never knew the difference until today. Turns out, it's a legal distinction based on intent.

"...[I]f it ended up in the water on purpose, it's jetsam. Everything else floating around the site of the incident is flotsam."

tags: maritime

link published in /2021/03/03

Suppression of RNA Recognition by Toll-like Receptors: The Impact of Nucleoside Modification and the Evolutionary Origin of RNA (

This is the paper that lead directly to the mRNA technology underlying both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines. Talk of a Nobel Prize has started.

"This work was supported by National Institutes of Health grants...."

This paper is, quite possibly, the best argument of all time for supporting federal spending on basic scientific research. The entire world is aware of the benefit the research produced.

Whatever we're spending on basic research isn't enough. Figure out how to pay for it...and triple it.

tags: scienceresearchvaccinepfizermoderna

link published in /2021/03/03

United States Patent: 8278036 (

Oh, and applications of the mRNA technology in the Kariko paper were patented in 2012. The patents describe the process for practicing the technology in painstaking detail, as the law requires. And they expire in five years - in 2026, opening up incredible opportunities for new applications of the technology.

tags: patentssciencelawcovid19vaccine

link published in /2021/03/03

I added audio capabilities to Daystream today. You can now upload mp3's to your journals. This is something I've wanted to do for awhile, and I have some bigger plans for the feature in the future. Should be fun.

So where's the first recording? I used our Post to the Past feature to add a recording of water draining into a sewer to my journal for last Saturday.

tags: daystreamdev

post published in /2021/03/03