News Briefs 21-05-2009

‘Easy’; ‘Normal’; ‘Hard’; ‘Insane’. Life doesn’t let you choose these settings before starting the game… or does it?

  • Have you heard the hum?
  • Electrocution: it doesn’t actually kill you the way you think it does — although if you had this in mind, and are thinking it must mother-effing hurt, you’re right.
  • Angels & Demons: What’s Behind those funky ambigrams created by John Langdon — and No, that’s not a coincidence.
  • A (blue) tiger? In Africa China?? (With my excuses to Monty Python.)
  • The Munns Report: A new study of the famous Patterson-Gimly film, conducted by Gigantopithecus creator Bill Munns. Ain’t he a proud dad?
  • BBC’s Primeval will go to the Big Screen —because the Yanks need things to be bigger in order to like them. 😛
  • Komodo dragons don’t spit fire, but the nasty bacteria cocktail in their mouths is just as deadly. ‘Komodo breath’ is my new favorite insult.
  • Majora Carter thinks polar bears are as dated as Michael Jackson. She rather we focused on jobs instead.
  • Solving the mystery of Ice Age cycles is like riding on the back of Moby Dick — and you know how well THAT went…
  • Biologists say planet is undergoing mass species extinction. No worries, though: turns out Life on Earth is pretty darn hard to wipe out.
  • If you don’t like the prospect of getting older, the CDC has something to cheer you up.
  • Widower of the first US citizen to die of swine flu is seeking to file lawsuit against Smithfield Foods (the US company that runs Granjas Carroll in Mexico).
  • Don’t be pigs: WHO urged drugmakers to reserve some of their pandemic swine flu vaccine for poor countries — with little result, I’m afraid.
  • And don’t be dicks, while we’re at it: AstraZeneca launched a public relations push to get doctors to prescribe its best-selling psychiatric drug Seroquel for a string of uses that were not approved by safety regulators.
  • The last flu epidemic shows us that all the world’s a laboratory…. MUAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! >:)
  • Why are boys more at risk of Autism than girls? Researchers say they have found a genetic clue that might explain the disparity. But here’s an Autism activist who hopes he doesn’t get cured!
  • Ancient handle with Hebrew text found in Jerusalem. Proving that ‘Menachem’ has been a favorite name among Jews for 3000 years. Oy Vey!
  • German historians are working on a new exhibition of a Teutonic battle that wiped out 3 Roman legions in 9 A.D. Because there’s nothing like bragging about the deeds of your ancestors, eh Earthling? 😉
  • Meet the first British astronaut.
  • “They flooooat”: A UFO spotted over Arizona was a research balloon launched by NASA to measure gamma rays.
  • UFO Encounter at the Indian Point Nuclear Complex.
  • Acclaimed sci-fi writer Rudy Rucker thinks the hills and everything are alive… but not with the sound of music. Watch a video of one of his presentations (be warned: he’s not the most professional of speakers).
  • Dan Aykroyd is prepared to put on the ole’ proton pack next winter.
  • Uruguay and the entire Spanish-speaking world mourns the loss of the great novelist and poet Mario Benedetti.

Thanks Rick & Mario.

Quote of the Day:

To accept Death is to diminish its importance.

Mario Benedetti (1920-2009)

A person like Mario doesn’t die. He’s seeded [in the earth].

Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay

    1. Scream?
      Don’t you mean… roar?? 😛

      Doesn’t happen with me. Not on my home or office PC anyway.

      PS: I would love to see a blue tiger. I like Russian blue cats; I’d been thinking about getting one of those —considering you can’t get Bengals, Savannahs or Ocicats here in Mexico.

      —–
      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

      1. tigers
        The question with tigers as house pets is not what you do with them.

        The question is what do they do with you. Eat you for lunch or for dinner?

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        It is not how fast you go
        it is when you get there.

        1. Watchmen
          In the movie Watchmen one of the characters —Ozymandias— has a feline pet: a genetic engineered animal that is part lynx, tiger, and don’t know what else —and it was also blue BTW.

          I suppose that in 20 years we’ll be seeing all sorts of design pets. Personally I wouldn’t mind: it would make hip hop videos much more amenable if they start bragging about their mascots than about their stupid cars and cell phones — God, I effing HATE watching close-ups of cell phones in music videos.

          —–
          It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
          It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

          Red Pill Junkie

          1. size matters
            Well Red, perhaps you afre as big as 100kg. I dont want to insult you either way, calling you big or small.

            You average Bengal tiger is, probably, 3 times your weight. And significantly faster and more aggressive.

            Also those tigers are less reasonable than you. You can try to talk to them, but they just don’t understand english, or spanish, or anything.

            Sort of like those big bears we talked about, with the gun control.

            Having said that, I think it is no a problem to bear arms. Or to bare arms for pretty women. Not even to arm bears, the bears can’t aim for shit.

            Sorry about the language.
            —-
            It is not how fast you go
            it is when you get there.

          2. horses
            Horses can be just as heavy. And they are not considered a particularly aggressive species —although I suspect there are more deaths a year due to horses than tigers in the world.

            My point is, I’m sure that in the future someone won’t resist the temptation to come up with a designer tamed version of a wild big cat. Ever heard of the toygers?

            PS: And it’s closer to 110kg, actually (yeah I know I know!!!)

            —–
            It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
            It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

            Red Pill Junkie

    1. It’s a freebie
      Like everything in TDG, it’s open source and free to use —provided you credit me once in a while 😉

      —–
      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

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