- With all the recent hyperbole re. the ‘creation’ of synthetic life, Micah Hanks asks: Could mankind be hijacked? Personally, I’m more worried about copyright issues.
- Jon Ronson: the man who stares at other people’s writing —he’s not a spell check Nazi, though.
- The next Moon race is not US vs China: it’s humans vs robots.
- First human ‘infected with computer virus’. Rick has been complaining recently that his laptop gave him the clap 😛
- Tracking the ancestry of corn back 9,000 years. Man & tortillas have been almost inseparable.
- Blame the methane: are the accursed hydrate crystals responsible for the Deep Water explosion? IMO what we’re dealing with here is Lord Chtulhu’s poop.
- Do humans need a golden rule 2.0? Great, *another* gold scam…
- The unlikely Jesus: reading & unreading the Gospels.
- Beware of Prince William, for he is the Anti-Christ, cloned from the shroud of Turin! At least this is the theory of Dr. Joye Pughe, recently interviewed by the unbeatable Tim Binnall. Listen, if you dare [Caveat auditor].
- The Large Hadron Collider is not only good for, you know, colliding hadrons —it’s also the world’s biggest (and most expensive!) musical instrument. Harmonics & Creation makes good food for thought, no?
- 13-year-old Jordan Romero is the youngest climber to conquer the Everest —shouldn’t you be playing some videogame or something, you overachieving brat?? [Video]
- Vindicated!! Playing video games can train you to experience lucid dreaming.
- House for sale: great opportunity for young couples with children —with just one minor irrelevant kink…
- Big surprise: British government does a 180 on Gary McKinnon.
- How to Train a Human, by Chris Holly —to be followed next week by How to Spay & Neuter a Human.
- 1977: Best year in Science Fiction —Hey, Close Encounter is NOT fiction; it was real!
- DARPA’s new sniper rifle gives perfect shot across 12 football fields —painting my windows black, BRB.
- Russian general says Stalin blocked two attempts to assassinate Hitler. He was probably waiting for his army of humanzees to be ready.
- The subtleties of time travel…
- Movie product licensing: U r doin it WRONG!! >_<
Thanks to Greg, Rick, Kat, Susan & Borola Burrón.
Quote of the Day:
“I have an immense respect for Craig Venter, whom I consider one of the smartest men who ever breathed, but, giving fallible humans such powers is similar to giving a small child a bunch of explosives.”
Nassim N. Taleb. Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, NYU-Polytechnic.