Archives for November 13, 2008

Imagine that you are a bad guy running from the law, and the sheriff is about to catch up to you. If you want, you can be Butch Cassidy or the Sundance Kid or any other charismatic bad guy. Or maybe you’re a wizard in Harry Potter and Dementors are about to catch up to…

UNISEF in the Congo: NEW YORK (November 12, 2008) — Insecurity persists in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where more than 250,000 people have been forced from their homes in the last two months alone, due to fighting between the army and a rebel group. Today, two more planeloads…

Foreign troops in DRC

Evidence is increasing that foreign forces are being drawn into the conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Eyewitnesses told the BBC Angolan and Zimbabwean troops were on the ground. Meanwhile, journalists report that some of Laurent Nkunda’s rebel fighters are in the pay of the Rwandan army. This has renewed fears…

Protecting mountain gorillas

In July 2007, armed men entered the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park and killed five critically endangered mountain gorillas at point-blank range, leaving the bodies where they fell. Since September 2007, rebel forces have controlled the area, threatening to kill any conservationists or gorilla rangers who attempted to enter the area. Recently, the…

Planets photographed!

Not just ANY planets, but planets outside of our solar system. Planets in another solar system! Observed by the Hubble Space Telescope, the other using other methods. Visible and infrared images have been snapped of a planet orbiting a star 25 light-years away. The planet is believed to be the coolest, lowest-mass object ever seen…

Chuck Norris vs. Barack Obama

You all remember the PZ Myers vs. Chuck Norris meme. Well, Chuck Norris just wrote a letter to Barack Obama which makes me think we need a Chuck Norris vs. Barack Obama meme. First, the letter from Chuck to Barack (which I have because I was cc’ed, of course…)

Bash Programming Quiz

First, a couple of quick news items: What are the Top Ten Open Source productivity applications? You might be surprised. A good open source video editor is just around the corner. The problem is, how far away is that corner. But there is hope on the horizon. And now, for todays Bash Programming Quiz. Create…

The Origin Of Life

In 1953 a student named Stanley Miller did an experiment showing that the simple chemicals present on the early Earth could give rise to the basic building blocks of life. Miller filled a flask with water, methane, hydrogen and ammonia–the main ingredients in the primordial soup. Then he zapped the brew with electricity to simulate…

Lunk Luv On the Blorg Muffin

My blorg muffin* topped out at, IIRC, 348 entries a few weeks ago. That was just after Stephanie kindly did a lot of cleaning up for me. Subsequently, I deleted a number of entries because they were clearly inactive blorgs, or for one reason or another. So we are now down to 307. I am…