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May 07, 2009

I have a good feeling about this. Ads promoting Star Wars weekends at Disney World. Pepsi Blue, yet cute. more inside
Freeze Frame - Historic Polar Images, 1845-1982 from the Scott Polar Research Institute "Freeze Frame is the result of a two-year digitisation project that brings together photographs from both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions." more inside

May 06, 2009

ChickenFilter KFC is apparently giving away free chicken, if you can beat the server traffic. Coupon printable today only! Monkeys eat chicken, don't they?

May 05, 2009

Six transcripts from the UK's 999 service.
My First Dictionary Introduce your young'uns early to the strangeness, quiet misery and despair that are modern living.

May 04, 2009

A look inside the baby mind: "A recent brain scanning experiment by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that jazz musicians in the midst of improvisation - they were playing a specially designed keyboard in a brain scanner - showed dramatically reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex. It was only by 'deactivating' this brain area that the musicians were able to spontaneously invent new melodies. The scientists compare this unwound state of mind with that of dreaming during REM sleep, meditation, and other creative pursuits, such as the composition of poetry. But it also resembles the thought process of a young child, albeit one with musical talent. Baudelaire was right: 'Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will.'"

May 03, 2009

Every one a classic.
Raise your Spirits.

May 01, 2009

It's a record!!! (plus it looks like they only painted one side).

April 30, 2009

seizure: the copper sulphate crystal flat. Silvery shards of cold light spangle and wink and beckon. Every surface is furred and infested; big blue crystals dangle like cubist bats from the light fittings. Little wonder the flat has been abandoned: you’d move out, too, if the crystals moved in.
The series "Little Adults" explores "the recently growing society of the "Nouveau-Riche" [in Russia], in which children have been raised to become the "Elite" and to behave like little adults."

April 29, 2009

Globe-trotting soft toys.
'Hidden photons' to send secret emails through Earth. [Via]

April 28, 2009

Curious George: Air Force One photo-flop? Normally, I just roll my eyes at this kind of media/public reaction to non-events, but in this case, I tend to agree with the "what the hell were they thinking" crowd. Comments?

April 24, 2009

Curious George: Lyme disease advice? It's that time of year again! I've heard that if you can pull the deer tick bastards off within 24 hours, you're safe. But is that really true, or not? Same thing with the old folk tale about taking two hits of doxycyclene and forgetting about consequences, other than, what? Sunburn? Is that really much true for most people? more inside
For those who found my last post too lowbrow. Okay, so alcohol-imbibing monkeys aren't for all tastes... here's something that's bar-related but a tad more refined. Another classic.
So, a chimp walks into a bar... Apologies to those whose delicate sensibilities I may have offended... I just figured we could all use a laugh, even if this is kind of an oldie.

April 23, 2009

Mythical end of rainbow captured by cellphone camera - commenters skewer "science writer-editor". Heh heh. I see the UK's classy Telegraph also presented this modern-day miracle.

April 22, 2009

Become a work of Art. Applications are now open for a period standing on Trafalgar Square's Empty Plinth. Originally meant for an equestrian statue of George IV, the plinth has recently been used to exhibit a miscellaneous set of modern art works. Anthony Gormley wants the plinth to be occupied by a succession of people - put your application in now (I have).
If you lived a quarter mile from school, this would have been the fastest way to get there. more inside
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