I have spent the better part of the morning pouring over an article (sorry, no link cuz it’s on a password protected site) and the lately completed mouse genome sequence for a piece of my own that I am writing on the same. As such, I found myself in Starbucks earlier, sipping a Chai Latte and leafing through a printout of the aforementioned article. Interesting. Really. Did you know, for example, that there is a 99% homology between mouse genes and human genes? Next time you slam one of their furry little necks in a trap, just remember that you share approximately 29,700 genes with the pesky little bugger. My travels, somehow, as usual, lead me to slashdot (sorry, no link because the more I read it the more I realize that many of the primary contributors are reclusive computer nerds who use the site as a self-important forum to vent their social frustrations and other inadequecies in the form of flaming insults at each other) where I found a link to the silliness that separates us from the rodents. The Diary of Samuel Pepys is a blog from — yes — the 17th century. Some really bored dude is retyping the diary of another really bored dude, syndicated daily a’la 1660ish. It’s good to see we’re using those 300 genes for something useful.