Mike the Mad Biologist

Ξ September 28th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

Myanmar : This is What Courage Really Looks Like.

From the page: "I don't have much to add about the situation in Myanmar; maha has some good posts about it, along with AmericaBlog. But the picture to the left is a study in contrasts.

The foreground speaks for itself, but if you look at the upper left background, you'll see an advertisement for the movie 300. To my mind, 300 represents a juvenile, fantastical crusade for freedom from dictatorship. But unlike 300, most struggles against dictatorships and juntas during the last century have not involved smashing things, bellowing, and rippling abdominals, but ordinary people, who simply possess a dreadful hope that, despite all the murderous evidence to the contrary, human decency and the justice of which we can conceive will prevail over unethically-wielded might. Too often, this has not been the case, and there has been a dreadful and bloody price.

Yet the people of Myanmar still march, only armed with the conviction that their government is unjust and that it can be changed through non-violent means. They are awe-inspiring and humbling, not only for their courage, but for their steadfast commitment to dignity in the face of in indignity.



YouTube – Greeting Card Writer (hurts self for inspiration)

Ξ September 27th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Humour |

My sincerest condolences on the death of your raccoon.



Ξ September 26th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Music, Science |

If music be the food of thought...

Oliver Sacks on Earworms, Stevie Wonder and the View From Mescaline Mountain

"I intensely dislike any reference to supernaturalism, but I think there can be profound mystical feelings which do not have to call on fictitious agencies like angels and demons and deities. The whole natural world is bathed in wonder and beauty and mystery. The feeling of the holy, the sacred, the wonderful, the mystical, can be divorced from anything theological, and is conveyed very powerfully in music."

If the link above isn't working (sometimes the Wired web server seems to have problems finding it), it is possible to get to it from the Wired home page.


MySpace.com – The Love Me Nots – PHOENIX, Arizona – Garage / Rock / Surf

Ξ September 25th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Music |

[ "spy-fuzz-surf-gogo" ]


man with an umbrella by Blueprint

Ξ September 25th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Parapluie, Photography |

[ man with an umbrella - Blueprint ]


VQR & The Octopus in the Cathedral of Salt

Ξ September 25th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Regional |

When the trumpet sounded,
everything was prepared on earth,
and Jehovah divided the world
among Coca-Cola Inc., Anaconda,
Ford Motors, and other corporations:
The United Fruit Company Inc.
reserved for itself the juiciest piece,
the central coast of my own land,
the sweet waist of America.

--Pablo Neruda, "The United Fruit Co."


The New Math Of Global Warming

Ξ September 24th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Science |

The new math of global warming...


umbrella trees by veronica [petrova]

Ξ September 23rd, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

[ umbrella trees - veronica petrova ]



Ξ September 22nd, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Computing |

Stumbleupon Review of : http://www.google.com/

    IT'S a little known fact, but if you type 'google' into Google: you break the Internet.

    HOWEVER, it's very important that you don't do this.

    AT least not until I've finished downloading it to my hard drive.

    THANK you for your pleasant co-operation.


MySpace.com – Mahala Raï Banda – Bucharest – Folk / Funk / Jazz – www.my

Ξ September 22nd, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Music |

    "Shaped in the Gypsy ghettos (Mahala) around Bucharest, Mahala Raï Banda (literally Noble Band from the Ghetto), combines a surprising array of trends and styles. Combining Romanian violins & accordions with a brass section consisting of army brass band veterans and a rocking rhythm section, they're the rising band from the Balkans. They effortlessly combine a knack for inventive arrangements with an undeniable ability to turn every single concert into a wild party."