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Archives for October, 2009

The Ghost Mall

The world’s largest shopping mall boasts some impressive statistics:  7.1 million square feet (659,612 square meters) of leasable space and 890,000 square meters of total floor space; attractions, including a roller coaster and a Venice-like canal; and over 1,500 shops, with an occupancy rate of 0.8%.   That’s right.  Although it opened in 2005, 99.2%…

Windows Launch Party Photo

It’s not photoshopped, and it really was for the Windows 7 launch. The picture was taken in Sietes, Spain, which had been decorated for an advertisement for the event.  In point of fact, the people of Sietes are not a particularly good customer base: The tiny village of Sietes Spain will be the new location…

Making Fun of Scientology

In general, I try to be respectful of cultural groups, even ones that are rather aberrant.  Somehow, though, I find it exceedingly difficult to muster any sympathy or respect for Scientology. By now, you probably have heard that Scientologists were fined $600,00 Euros in France: Scientologists convicted of fraud in France …The Paris case followed…

In 2007, the American Psychological Association commissioned their Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation.  The background is this: early in the history of mental health treatment efforts, homosexuality was considered to be an illness.  Therefore, it was thought to be appropriate for therapists to try to change the sexual orientation of persons…

Yet Another Annoying Cartoon

We used to see a lot of cartoons that portray a psychiatrist’s couch.  That is not so common anymore.  When we do see them, they tend to be annoying.  This is no different, because it is so unrealistic. No psychiatrist would put the couch under the window like that.  It would defeat the purpose of…

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photos

The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photography competition winners have been announced. (The spelling, Environnement, is correct; it’s a French company.)  The competition is operated by the Natural History Museum (London) and BBC Wildlife Magazine, sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services. The overall winner is this one (click to enlarge) My favorite is one of the Highly Commended…

Gang Mentality

I spend a lot of time working with gang kids.  One of the amusing things, is to see some of these kids strutting around, feeling like a million bucks, because they are so smart.  In actuality, they have IQs in the 90-100 range.  But the rest of their crew is down in the 70-80 range. …

Gorilla in a CAT Scanner

Sometimes I think I have difficult patients.  Then I saw this: Yes, it is a gorilla in a CT scanner.  The poor animal had mastoiditis; the scan was used prior to surgery.  The surgery was successful.  See The Big Picture at the Boston Globe for the original, from a series on World Animal Day 2009.…

Just goes to show how lobbying reform hasn’t gone anywhere near far enough: Bank Lobbyists Are Not Only Trying to Kill NEW Legislation, They Are Trying to Weaken EXISTING Regulations By George Washington of Washington’s Blog. Everyone knows that the lobbyists for the financial giants are trying to kill any tough new regulations. But they…

Giant Mucus Blobs Increasing

National Geographic reports on a new consequence of global climate change: giant, mucus-like sea blobs.  They’ve been around for a while, actually, but now there are more of them.  This is from the on-line article, Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger.  The danger comes from the fact that these blobs harbor bacteria:…