MonthDecember 2005

Elephant libido and our sixth sense

Gotta love that headline:

The jury is out on whether humans have the ability to communicate using pheromones but the research into elephants is considered a significant step forward in the understanding of this signalling in mammals.

Full Story: iAfrica: Elephant libido and our sixth sense

(via Great News Network)

The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2005

1. The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
2. Filming of the First Live Giant Squid
3. New Homo floresiensis Discoveries
4. New Animal Discovered in Borneo
5. First Cryptozoology and Art Symposium at Bates College
6. Bobby Clarke’s Manitoba Bigfoot Video
7. Bigfoot Bounty
8. Mystery Photos of Cryptid Felids and Fish
9. Disney Yeti Expedition
10. The Laotian Rock Rat is Discovered at a Meat Market

Full Story: Cryptomundo: The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2005

Think Away the Pain

Wired News reports:

Pain can be mysterious, untreatable and debilitating, and its causes can be unknown. But if you could see the pain — or, at least, your brain’s reaction to it — you might be able to master it.

The researchers asked people in pain to try to control a pain-regulating region of the brain by watching activity in that area from inside a real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, machine. Initial results showed subjects could reduce their pain, some quite dramatically.

Full Article: Wired News: Think Away the Pain

“The Parallels!” Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges

John Barth on Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges:

Here, I thought, was a sort of Borges without tears, or better, a Borges con molto brio: lighter-spirited than the great Argentine, often downright funny (as Sr. Borges almost never is), yet comparably virtuosic in form and language, comparably rich in intelligence and imagination.

Full Article: “The Parallels!” Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges.

Another Subcircuit to the Leary 8 Circuit Model?

Alessandra asked me how I drove, and not really thinking about it mimiced a space cadet and then I realized there was another circuit to the Leary Model: Internal vs External

I would say that it is woven between the first 3. The idea is thus: While all people view the world through the screens of World View (however THAT is shaped), people tend to favor either noticing the world through their eyes (External) or watching the world through their mental television sets (Internal).

Full Story: Everyday Avatar.

Patanjali defined 5 ” movements of the mind” in the Yoga Sutras. This internal/external dichotomy seems similar:

proven theory (correct observations?)
wrong knowledge (flawed perceptions?)
imagination
sleep
memory

Graffiti Hackers

beautiful

Wired Magazine has a round-up of digital graffiti art projects. I’ve mentioned most of these here before

See also: Wired News on fake PSP graffiti

Doctor Strange Grimoire: The Lesser Book of the Vishanti

doctor strange

A collection of spells, enchantments, etc. used by Doctor Strange, compiled from numerous comic books.

The Book of the Vishanti, that storehouse of occult wisdom, said to contain every counter-spell known to the mystic arts [ST 116] exists in but one copy, that being at present in the library of Stephen Strange. Far be it from the intent of this humble compilator to presume to duplicate the immense wealth of knowledge said volume contains — but greater would be my shame should i let pass into unending oblivion those lesser spells & enchantments which the deathless Vishanti have seen fit to allow Dr. Strange to reveal, if not to the world at large, then at least some small, select portion thereof.

The Lesser Book of the Vishanti

(Thanks Brenden)

(image snagged from The Jade Galleries)

I’m moving to Portand

I just turned in my letter of resignation, so I feel like I’m free to announce this publicly now:

I’m moving to Portland next month. Probably the beginning of the second week of January.

I have a place to stay lined up, and a back-up. I’m still looking for work. I have not quite 4 years of IT experience, almost a year of marketing experience, and several years of digital publishing experience. If there’s anyone out there from the Portland area that has any job leads, feel free to e-mail at [redacted]. Or if anyone wants to hang-out once I get there, drop me a line or comment here.

My blogging activities may well be interrupted this month by moving, wrapping up things at work, looking for work in Portland, and the holidays.

Gematriculator determines how good or evil a web site is

The Gematriculator is a service that uses the infallible methods of Gematria developed by Mr. Ivan Panin to determine how good or evil a web site or a text passage is.

Basically, Gematria is searching for different patterns through the text, such as the amount of words beginning with a vowel. If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to be God’s number), there is an incontestable argument that the Spirit of God is ever present in the text. Another important aspect in gematria are the numerical values of letters: A=1, B=2 … I=9, J=10, K=20 and so on. The Gematriculator uses Finnish alphabet, in which Y is a vowel.

Experts consider the mathematical patterns in the text of the Holy Bible as God’s watermark of authenticity. Thus, the Gematriculator provides only results that are absolutely correct.

Gematriculator.

(via GPOD)

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