Wednesday, July 12, 2006

I am Gomo, hear me purr.

Gomo is a term that Alden from Secret Simon introduced me to not long ago. It's a portmanteau, combining the "G" of geek and the "omo" of homo. Gomo.

Well just how gomo do you think I can be? Let me tell you.

One of the perks, as I see it, in working in a research institute is very often one can donate their blood for research (those of us that donate are considered the "healthy donor" controls) at the rate of $10 a tube, a maximum of 4 tubes per donation per day. The institute is a cornucopia of races and nationalities which is good for control samples because it accounts for a lot of the background noise in the general human population. Some people donate more than others and often times are turned down for donation. However, I, as a white male from the US, am a minority in my work place and am always welcome to donate blood and I like to max out my contribution.

So what do I purchase after I've transmuted my liquid life into liquid cash?

Advance Wars: Dual Strike for my DS (GEEK)



Mommy Dearest: Hollywood Royalty Edition (HOMO)


I am gomo!


Blogger gayborhood gringo said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was told years ago that Red Cross doesn't want my blood because I have had intercourse with someone of the same sex. I figure our blood is just as good as a straight person's, but apparently it's not. So now I don't donate...the other reason is that I have a fear of needles.

I'm a gomo, too, and proud of it!

3:30 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Adam you are not just a gomo, but a GOMO! :) LOL

What Gayborhood Gringo said is the same exact reason I refuse to do American Red Cross Blood drives when they are at my work or anywhere else. I am not going to lie about my sexuality for money. So they don't want my blood, I'm not giving it to them.

They definately have the technology to detech HIV in the blood stream...they just chose not to.

3:58 PM  
Blogger DanNation said...

This is why we call you Gadam - BTW, I LOVE the cover art on the "Mommie Dearest" DVD...sort of drag queenish I would say.

5:14 PM  
Blogger NoteWorthyIMs said...

The best way to spend money is on Joan. Anytime, Anyplace.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

My blood is for experiments, not for transfusion so they don't care. The requirements for donation of blood is set by the researcher and you shouldn't be discouraged from donating blood to further research. :)

5:28 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

"Gomo"? I like it. I think I'm a total gomo when watching any episode of the new Doctor Who that features John Barrowman.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Signalite said...

Credit where it's due, of course, as heard with liberal usage by Peter & Mike P.

Long live the gomo.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Sterling said...

At some point...we are all GOMO!!
Love your blog !

From a fellow Dallas Scientist

6:20 PM  
Blogger alessandro said...

I suppose I am somewhat of a "gomo" but it is an interesting term.

7:28 PM  
Blogger diablo said...

what about "geemo"? i just want to hear more of the geek part in the term!

8:43 PM  
Blogger gayborhood gringo said...

Adam - to clarify, I don't donate to Red Cross. I don't donate period cause of a fear of needles. I know, I'm a wuss.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

I don't donate to Red Cross either...I am not sure about other places as I never hear of anyone else asking for blood...

9:21 PM  
Blogger tim said...

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11:30 PM  
Blogger tim said...

Good God, you are one ginormous gomo!

11:31 PM  
Blogger GayProf said...

I am a Gomo wannabe. My lack of technical skill leaves me wanting. Sigh

Just what types of experiments are they doing with that blood? Are there little mini-Adam clones running around in a Dallas lab somewhere? If so, are they available for purchase on e-bay?

12:45 AM  
Blogger JayT said...

I donate to the Red Cross to SHOW THEM - ha - tell me I can't - they got themselves some gay blood -

LOL - gay blood - how fucking stupid does that sound?

7:14 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Mommie Dearest says:


(Instead use plastic clips to keep those wires together)

I love Mommie Dearest and I love the term Gomo. I'm a Super Gomo

7:40 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Gay blood! Haha. That is funny.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I love video games. I guess I'm a gomo too. Oh well. I'm used to name calling.

10:45 AM  
Blogger JayT said...

Wait a minute -

Maybe because I am not a scientist, but why does it matter what the nationality of people give blood? You said "background noise in the general human population."

If it does matter, then why do they not keep blood by nationality? For example I should only have 50% norweign, 25%Dutch, and 25% Scottish???

That would be tough to mix!

12:28 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Because of environmental factors in various parts of world the molecular and genetic signatures of each persons blood is slightly different. However, these differences do not affect the ability of a Chinese person to recieve a Brazilian's blood as long as the blood types match. When performing research of "healthy" donors versus a patient who is, for example, suffering from an autoimmune disease you need to be sure to subtract out as much variability in the human population so as to eliminate false positive differences in an effort to understand the true mechanisms of the disease.

On similar topic, this is one of the many values of animal based research. With animals you can inbreed populations of mice, or whatever species you choose to work with, so that you have the same background. This makes it possible for researchers to compare data from similar studies even though they are not working in the same lab and this makes the data more statistically significant when you do duplicate experiments because variability between generations of the species you are working with is close to zero due to inbreeding.

1:13 PM  
Blogger JayT said...

Do they ever breed humans for the same purpose?


Ok, I'll stop now.


3:21 PM  
Blogger Hypoxic said...

Gomo. I like that LOL

7:53 PM  

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