The Corpus Callosum

Archives for July, 2006

Even though electronic music is all the rage these days, people are still figuring out new ways to make music without digital intervention. Samuel Gaudet and Claude Gauthier, mathematicians at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, have developed the tritare.  This is like a guitar, but the strings branch in a Y-shape.  This results…

First, Do No Harm

Medical interventions alway carry risks.  So do other types of interventions, such as those carried out in the name of national security.  Just as physicians must not let their enthusiasm for healing carry them into the realm of medical misadventure, we, as a country, must exercise prudence and restraint in the application of force.  We…

Outsourcing Transplant Surgery

I wonder how long it will be, before Blue Cross starts requiring people to fly to the other side of the planet for liver transplants. Indian medical care goes global By Jagpreet Luthra in Delhi Sunday 18 June 2006, 21:22 Makka Time, 18:22 GMT  With hospitals in India’s cities boasting first world medical care at…

Losing the War on Terrorism

Foreign Policy magazine has an article (The Terrorism Index) about the Global and Perpetual War on Terrorism.  It is a compilation and analysis of the results of a survey of 117 experts on foregin policy and terrorism.  The main finding is that 86% of the experts agree that we are losing the war on terrorism.  …

Toda Hut

The Toda people are a small pastoral tribe of less than 1,000 people who reside in the Nilgiri hills of Southern India. Shown here is a typical Toda hut, about 3 m (10 ft.) high, 5.5 m (18 ft.) long and 2.7 m (9 ft.) wide. They are built of bamboo fastened with rattan and…

the Vietnamese boy

There are a two poems written by veterans, on the site for Yes! magazine. The magazine is a written by progressives, with the intention of trying to keep their messages positive. When it comes to war, it is hard to put it in a positive light. But if you consider that the men who wrote…

Patches Modiglianized

One of our cats is called Microsoft; another is called Patches.  I chuckle about that, sometimes.   Above is a picture of Patches, transformed by a java applet that can be found here.  It appears that the original intent of the program was to transform human faces to resemble those found among persons of different…

Are You Popular?

Are You Popular? FYI News/Coronet Instructional Film 9 min 52 sec This is a 1947 film from Coronet Instructional Films, presumably intended for use in high schools.  It was put together by Alice Sowers, Ph.D, the director of the Family Life Institute at the University of Oklahoma.     The idea was to show it…

The Equator Principles

I was happy to see this article in the New York Times: More Lenders Join in Pledge to Safeguard Environment By CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH Published: July 6, 2006 Three years ago, 10 financial institutions — with Citigroup the only United States company on the list — announced that they would abide by the Equator Principles,…

Precondition Not Met

I am having a bit of trouble publishing posts. So it may be a couple of days before substantive posting resumes.