March 08, 2006

Safe at Home

The freelance deity smiled on me; we cleared the strike at 9:20 pm and two of us Nutmeggers hustled to catch the 9:37 to Bridgeport. (the next train was a problematic 10:22, a LONG 45 minutes later) so I actually popped into bed around 12:15. Not too bad.

The MP3 player did its job; although the songs I ripped came out kind of crappy, quality wise, so I need to look at settings, and redo them. I'm all achey from driving, train riding, doing the walking around in NY thing, wearing heels (albeit sensible ones), and sitting in a cramped control area during the show. The Harvard Club meals were typical freelance flat-meat spreads - except the salads were really good, and they cut the crusts off the bread. Much was made of this by we freelancers, who tend to work pro-sports gigs and have a sort of grunting cave(wo)man attitude regardless of our day rate.

The conference was on Bioethics in a Changing World and Harvard President Lawrence Summers opened things up. It had a sort of "Nero fiddling while Rome burned" kind of vibe; while we were busy discussing the ethical ramifications, we fertilized another 2000 eggs that are now in storage*, and oh by the way, we made a monkey-boy, and your tomatoes now are genetically modified to deliver Ritalin - the marketplace, and the scientific community tend to be running fast with this stuff, and a lot of the ethical stuff lies in the DMZ of the abortion debate - so conservatives refuse to engage because any laws might cross-over into support for abortion, liberals tend to back away for the same reasons, and the free-market folks (who usually line up with the right) abhore government intervention. So the marketplace does its thing, and chaos ensues.

Interesting stuff, really.

* The figure of there being 400,000 fertilized eggs in cryogenic storage in the USA was thrown out there, mostly generated by the unregulated IVF industry. In Europe, where stem cell research is legal, but there are legal limits to the number of eggs that can be fertilized for IVF, this is not a significant issue.

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