Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Brain scans of Nasa astronauts reveal serious deformities

Reid, this one is for you.

From the Irish Times:

HOUSTON – Brain scans of Nasa astronauts who have returned to Earth after more than a month in space have revealed potentially serious abnormalities that could jeopardise long-term space missions.

Doctors examined 27 astronauts who had flown long-duration missions with the US space agency and found a pattern of deformities in their eyeballs, optic nerves and pituitary glands that remain unexplained.

(continue reading at link above)

Monday, March 05, 2012

30 yrs Gone, & Still Far Ahead

Philip K. Dick passed 30 yrs ago today. Listen to this excellent radio piece about his life and work. His mind was so unique, and his interpretations of life and "reality" are infinitely priceless. You don't even have to read any of his books to know this, his perspective was so powerful that it has pervaded throughout mainstream culture. And you don't have to be a fan or be familiar with him to gain something from listening to these interviews and analysis.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.”

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Fruit Feb / Meatless March

Quick goal update. I was 100% compliant with my Fruit Feb goal of 2 pieces of fruit a day. I have come to crave it, and definitely kicked my habit into high gear. Good habits.

Here's my new favorite breakfast: handful of almonds and some sliced fruit (peach in this case).

And on a cabin trip, I came up with this happy happenstance - guacamole with papaya. It is really, surprisingly, great. You have to try it sometime, trust me.


Who's ready for the next food challenge? I'm doing Meat Free Mondays for all of March. I'm going completely vegan, but meat-free will be good enough for my books if you want to join along. "Meatless Monday" is a term I've heard for awhile now (championed by Sir Paul McCartney, no less) and have already tried to do it for the most part. Now, I'm committing full force for March. Why? Because, why not. Life's boring, push yourself, have fun, try something new. OK?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Click Here. Listen Now. Common sense on the march!


That's what I'm doing.

(the letter thing, at least.)

When I heard this on the radio this morning, I nearly crashed by car in shock. A politician, nay, a Republican politician, breaking ranks and following his inner good sense instead of being lead around on a leash by big business interests.  HOLY SMOKES!

What he's doing makes so much sense, it really almost turned me blind, I'm so not used to hearing this. Short summary: they want to build a huge open-pit mine in northern Wisconsin. It will bring jobs to the area, so most people are for it. Schultz is for it. But they have to rewrite mining regulations in the process. So Senator Schultz, seeing that reforms & legislations were being rushed through too quickly to dissect, were going too far in some cases, and just generally "heavy on what the mining company wants, and weak on public input", put the brakes on, voted against party lines, and therefore swung the vote.


As Schultz is quoted: 

 “It was quite clear.that the people are interested in mining and mining jobs, they just want it done right. I think one person summed it up pretty well, and I’ve heard Senator Jauch say this before, we want the mine – we fear the mine. And our job is to put together a framework for operation and oversight that should give people confidence”

Fucking balls!

(pardon my french).

I just get so amped when I see people with backbone these days.  As he goes on to explain why that is not the case with his peers: 

 “But what I have seen lately has been disheartening....I’ve watched as more and more of my legislator colleagues are reluctant to speak their minds for fear that they’re going to become a target and I think that’s bad for all of us, regardless of what issues we have,” Schultz says."

cupcakes. high-fives. great job at being a decent, thoughtful human being and caring for your community and our collective health and well-being letter. He deserves all that. We need to encourage things like this!


Seriously you guys, listen to this story. You gotta hear the full thing. I don't care where you live, this is not a local issue, this is an example of a small victory for common sense.

Georgia: Stalwart Supporter of Liberty? Or Just a Big Ugly Wart?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

There is Still a Choice

Between this and the new tracking specifications, I'm avoiding Google from now on. New Browser, New Search Engine.

(made this to illustrate my point)

from The Daily What

As of this morning, the infamous definition of the word “Santorum” is no longer the top search result on Google.

Spreading Santorum, the website that helped popularize Dan Savage’s alternative meaning, was stripped of its top search result status two nights ago. It was replaced for a time by the markedly filthier Urban Dictionary definition (which even grossed Savage out), but now that too appears to have been moved down (at the time of writing, it is in the number three spot).

SearchEngineLand took a wonky look at what exactly happened, and came back with a pretty troubling response.

It seems Google has been working behind the scenes to implement new SafeSearch features that are left on even when you’ve turned SafeSearch off. One of these features prevents “adult” results from showing up when Google has deemed them irrelevant to the search.

In other words, if you’ve searched “Santorum,” Google “assumes” you’re not looking for frothy fecaled lube, but for the presidential candidate.

Another newly implemented feature aims to return “official sites” as the most relevant search result, and Google again “assumes” that Spreading Santorum is not Rick Santorum’s official site.

So, no more Google Problem for Rick, but an even bigger Google Problem for the rest of us. Fair trade?