Tuesday, July 26, 2005

instant beer

It's alcohol-free, too, sez the Financial Times.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

where I would be...

Originally uploaded by kaatje85.

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Transgenic Neural Stem Cells by John Dimos, from Princeton's Art of Science competition: "This image depicts neural stem cells that were genetically modified with an engineered form of HIV. Visualized in green is a transgenic protein introduced by HIV; red is a stem cell stain, and blue depicts neuronal progeny."

. . . . Imagine that, swirling inside your skull.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

y not 2?

....Zheng He was China's first big ocean trader, presenting gifts from the emperor to leaders in foreign ports and hauling back crabapples, myrrh, mastic gum and even a giraffe.... [nyt]

far away from home & lonely

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Long Live Boldly Orbiting Socialist Swine Jism Revolutionary Vanguard!

According to the BBC:
China is planning to study the effects of outer space on sperm by sending the semen from pedigree pigs into orbit.

Where are the Reds?

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


U.S. military investigators told senators today that forcing a top male detainee to wear lingerie and perform dog tricks was "no evidence of inhumane treatment" at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison for terror suspects.

... read it and weep: Guantanamo 'Dog Tricks' Defended as Valid Interrogation Tactic, Bloomberg, 13 June 2005

"all dressed up, nowhere to go"

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

bright summer day, dark monkey-mind

undiagnosed musical hallucinations

....Each day, the music returns. "They're all songs I've heard during my lifetime," said Mr. King, 83. "One would come on, and then it would run into another one, and that's how it goes on in my head. It's driving me bonkers, to be quite honest."

Last year, Mr. King was referred to Dr. Victor Aziz, a psychiatrist at St. Cadoc's Hospital in Wales. Dr. Aziz explained to him that there was a name for his experience: musical hallucinations.

Dr. Aziz belongs to a small circle of psychiatrists and neurologists who are investigating this condition. They suspect that the hallucinations experienced by Mr. King and others are a result of malfunctioning brain networks that normally allow us to perceive music.

They also suspect that many cases of musical hallucinations go undiagnosed.

"You just need to look for it," Dr. Aziz said. And based on his studies of the hallucinations, he suspects that in the next few decades, they will be far more common.

Musical hallucinations were invading people's minds long before they were recognized as a medical condition. "Plenty of musical composers have had musical hallucinations," Dr. Aziz said.

Toward the end of his life, for instance, Robert Schumann wrote down the music he hallucinated; legend has it that he said he was taking dictation from Schubert's ghost....

...read it all: Neuron Network Goes Awry, and Brain Becomes an IPod, New York Times, 12 July 2005

Monday, July 04, 2005

Independence Day

1. Liberation from ____ .

2. Free to do, free to be ____ .

This is a test.

Friday, July 01, 2005



None better



Gotta getta


You bet