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Archives for July, 2009

Baboons Are Smart Critters

The Knowsley Safari Park wants their visitors to know that the babbons are smart.  They have figured out how to open car-top cargo carriers. This is not actually a candid photo.  It was staged, in order to educate the visitors about his potential problem with their Papio anubis population. Source: Cellar Image of the Day…

What Is Behavior?

Natalie Angier has another interesting article in the NYT.  In the article, she discusses the meaning of the word behavior.  Apparently, this all came from the realization that even standard works on the subject did not contain a “point-by-point definition.”  The realization came to Dan Levitis, a grad student in zoology at Berkeley.  Levitis happens…

Wine Label Nudity Absurdity

Alabama has decide to not allow a particular wine to be sold.  The reason is that the label contains “some nudity.” MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A wine label showing a nude nymph is too much for Alabama’s liquor control agency, which has told restaurants and stores not to sell the product. The label on Cycles Gladiator…

Neighbor’s Cat Finds Catnip

We grow catnip in the garden outside the home-office window.  Our cat likes to lay in front of the window, and stare wistfully at the catnip. But today, he saw something unexpected.  The neighbor’s cat was laying in the catnip.

Color of the Year: Mimosa

The Pantone color of the year for 2009 happens to be: PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa.  Something about this captured my attention. I was casually sipping from the Internet firehose when I encountered this tidbit of information.  Why, I wondered, would I even notice this.  Color matters not to me.  I’d be just as happy, perhaps more…

Tasered Girl Sent To ICU

This is one of those sickening things that is all too common: Tucumcari police chief Tasers 14-year-old Girl recovering after dart surgically removed from her head Friday, Jul 3 2009, 7:08 pm By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico

Real Neuroscientists

I got a kick out of this illustration.  It’s from the coloring book at Neuroscience for Kids, showing what neuroscientists look like: Neuroscience for Kids (link to pdf coloring book) Neuroscience for Kids (link to website)

Art Fairs in 177 Seconds

AnnArbor.com (HT: Edward Vielmetti) has a youtube time-lapse video at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.  Get the whole thing, compressed into 177 seconds: This probably is the very best way to experience it.  I still remember going to the first one, at age 6.  It seemed overwhelming then.  Strangely, the Art Fairs have grown at…

Modem Toasted

I was off-line for several days, because the modem toasted itself.  I didn’t do it, honest!  It had been acting up for a couple of weeks, causing random “web site not found” errors.  If it happened very much, I’d reboot the thing and it would be better for a while. Finally, it failed.  The green…

Why DSM-V Doesn’t Worry Me

A friend sent me a link to an article about the upcoming fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.  The article speaks of flaws in the process, and warning of dire “unintended consequences.” A Warning Sign on the Road to DSM-V: Beware of Its Unintended Consequences Allen Frances, MD June 26,…