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A friend of mine is visting a relative in Abu Dhabi and sent me this priceless screen shot, which he got when he was trying to access YouTube.

Well, apparently you make it *pink.* This is just weird. “We wanted to make sure that it was something that people were comfortable carrying and didn’t make it look like they were ‘Dirty Harry,’” said Tom Smith, the company’s co-founder and board chairman, referring to the Clint Eastwood movie. “And it does the job.” What’s…

Quid Pro Quo, Clarice

I received an email today to this effect, which was rather interesting: You seem to be sincere in your presentation. Before I cast a vote, would you be kind enough to answer this, please: You are the only person around and you are wandering on a isolated beach. You do not have a care in…

Parrot Starts a Knife Fight

Yours truly is currently on a plane which left Detroit at 2pm today (well, or I will be shortly) and is headed towards Shanghai, China. I’m off to visit my parents in Suzhou and then a week each in Malaysian Borneo and Phi Phi/Koh Phenang Thailand. I’m so unbelievably psyched! I’m posting an open thread…

So, I’m trying to learn Mandarin right now, in order to be able to communicate when I go visit my parents in China. I’m learning from a student here at UM, for a modest per hour wage. However apparently some people think that all those tones and characters will just jump into your brain if…

So Mike over at The Questionable Authority posted an excellent critique/synthesis/etc of the comment thread going on in the Obama vs. pedophile case, which I thought deserved its own post. Check it out.

I can’t believe some of the stuff that Presidential hopefuls have to endure. Barack Obama is currently involved in a lawsuit with a self-professed pedophile over pictures of his kids. It’s enough to make any father lash out in anger. A self-professed pedophile posts photos of your young daughters on his Web site, where he…

Water is water….unless its holy water, of course! I’m not quite sure what’s special about this gimmicky beverage, except its from Canada and might raise my eyebrows slightly more than Aquafina or Evian. I’m pretty sure this water isn’t any holier than Detroit’s finest tap water. Uh oh, looks like THOSE holy water sellers have…

Kazakh Man + 500 Parrots in an Audi

If Kazakhstan wants to clean up its image (remember how much they protested about “Borat”?), they might want to curb the rampant parrot-smuggling-by-Audi practices going on. Kazakh border guards arrested a man trying to smuggle 500 parrots in his car from neighbouring Uzbekistan, media reported on Tuesday. “Border guards discovered a live cargo of 500…

I once had a friend who’s dog, Cuddles, *loved* beer. Cuddles would beg and whine if anyone had a cold tasty brew in the room. You can imagine how that scernio usually ended up: “Hey guys, watch what Cuddles can do!” It always seemed like a waste of good (or even bad) beer to me,…