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This dude is taking things to the next level. As quoted in the Malaysian Digest:

“Externally, I am now a platypus,” he said. “My resemblance is the way I want it to be. It takes bravery to do what I’ve done and I will keep modifying my body until I am happy.”

And from Lidtime:

He added “Even after these transformation, I can normally eat, talk and even sing. I feel everything normal”.

Singing is the essence of the human spirit. Rock on dude, and happy Platypus Friday!

a week at angaza

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It’s been an exciting first week at Angaza, ramping up and getting to know my new team.

Things move fast here. Not only am I trying to internalize a new set of business partners, product lines, roadmaps, and metrics, but of course the new code base as well.

Speaking of which, I’ve already pushed code to production twice this week, with my first deploy on Wednesday. Not quite as fast as Facebook, who famously have their new engineers deploy on day 1, but for us, day 3 surely ain’t bad.

And after multiple mind-melds with the team, I’m even more excited than ever about our mission to bring energy independence to those most in need.

Finally, the icing (or perhaps more accurately, the home made thousand island dressing) on top is the amazingly delicious food provided by Hattery.

Happy Platypus Friday!

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Another jawesome reported from Jaustralia: Fleshy comb discovered on duck-billed dinosaur.

The finding provides further insight into the evolution of head crests and behaviour in hadrosaurs, commonly known as duck-billed dinosaurs.

The fleshy comb in Edmontosaurus would not have been capable of making sound, leading the researchers to think it was for display.

“If we compare that to other animals today that have a similar type of crest then these things were probably brightly coloured, and would have been used to show off how attractive a male was and perhaps who was head of the herd,” Dr Bell said.

Happy not-quite-Friday!

folding proteinpus

There’s an awesome tool/game out there called FoldIt, which allows you to play with folding proteins for fun and science. Best part? The platypus venom protein is included!

From:
http://fold.it/portal/node/993621:

This is a short 42-residue protein found in duckbilled platypus venom for new players to try out after completing the Introductory Puzzles.

The game runs on all major platforms (including Linux! nb, apt-get install freeglut3 on Ubuntu to make it work) and now I know how I’m spending my weekend.

Happy Platypus Friday!