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Archives for December, 2006

Inconvenient truths

Darfur. Four hundred thousand and still counting. Poverty. So many lives in the margins moving from one disaster to another. Climate change. Our own death sentence. Or an opportunity for greatness. Global conflicts. Religion, politics, greed and human callousness. The photo above may not be enough to convey ground realities. Humans are easily desensitized. Try…

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the Glis Glis of Amersham! “The Glis Glis is one of Britain’s rarest introduced mammals living in the wild and resembles a small grey squirrel. For some reason it has established itself in the Chilterns (most densely around Chesham Bois) and nowhere else in the country. Their nickname…

What if you don’t feel any pain

Wouldn’t it be nice, you would think. But imagine the consequences. As a child, if you don’t feel pain, you may eat your fingers. The beebs reports on families in Pakistan who have a genetic mutation that releives them of the sensation of pain. “the Cambridge team found six people from the three related families…

The Christmas Sneer

Warning. Rant ahead. As Christmas approaches the advertisements on TV, radio, roadside banners, underarms and butts get more violent and desperate. I saw an ad for a big catalogue ordering company in the UK. It ends with a cheerful and very welcoming sales-counter girl servicing a very satisfied customer. Happiness all over the place. A…

The nature of meaning

Smilack belongs to the group of one to four percent of people worldwide with synesthesia, the neurological mixing of the senses. No two synesthetes have exactly the same perceptual experiences. Many perceive each number, letter of the alphabet, or day of the week as a different color. For others, sounds from the environment are always…

I am a Ink-stained Nice Toothy Juicer

Took a Myers-Briggs Personality Type Test [via reddit.com]. I am a Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging (INTJ) type of personality it seems (that title you read was a bit of a creative excess. Sorry.) Vaguely feels like I’ve read the astrology column in a newspaper… Whether these profiling methods work or not (I have my doubts),…

Indian men don’t measure up

Indian men have their work cut-out for them. And what’s that you ask. It is this: To increase the penis size. Apparently, the international condom size is far too big for Indian men. What isn’t apparent is that this gap in size may not be desirable for very valid medical reasons. Larger unfit condoms will…

The Little Thunder

“First think of the tiny fart that your intestines make. Then consider the heavens: their infinite farting is thunder. For thunder and farting are, in principle, one and the same.” Such obscene words! Who would have dared to utter these, you wonder. Well, surprise, surprise! The exalted farter was Socrates. Socrates!? S O C R…

Go read this at 3 Quarks Daily and come back because I have more. The hand wringing by religious apologists has gotten desperate in the past weeks. Militant atheism is the name given and it is frowned upon. The fundamental reason boils down to what Dawkins has repeatedly pointed out. Religion has a special place…

Books!

A reader contributed list at Creating Passionate Users blog. Wonderful. When I sit at my bedroom these days I face a rack of books. This visual delight has been a long dream of mine. Moving around all these years made book collection almost impossible. During the recent move from US to UK I had to…