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May 12th, 2005

May 12th, 2005
04:59 pm


Some Humor
News That Isn't
May 11, 2005
We Knew That

Unnecessary Story of the Day, submitted by reader Matthew Blaschko and distilled to its original headline form:

"Satan no match for God, says pope"[1]

Sadly, the story is completely one-sided, as neither Satan nor his church[2] were reached for comment.

--Brian Montopoli

[1] http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/05/11/vatican.pope.satan.reut/index.html
[2] http://fcos.us/
From USA Today's best seller list
14. Hidden Prey
John Sandford, Berkley
Russian is killed with 50-year-old bullets (F) (P) $7.99

"See? I was right not to throw them away!"
"It has defiled all forms of medical treatment...."

'One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me "Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident."'

If you don't know why I laughed at this, ask someone who's been around farm animals.

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05:42 pm


The Eggcorn Database

This site collects unusual spellings of a particular kind, which have come to be called eggcorns. Typical examples include free reign (instead of free rein) or hone in on (instead of home in on), and many more or less common reshapings of words and expressions: a word or part of a word is semantically reanalyzed, and the spelling reflects the new interpretation. The About page offers more information on the history of the term and of this collection.
11:15 am - Question: What-If Political Boundaries?

From the maproom LiveJournal feed

John Frum is on a mission to collect maps showing political boundaries that never existed -- "what I for want of a better word call 'what if'-maps," he writes. For example, the map of Europe drawn up by the Germans...

Later, a pointer to this:
The Geograph British Isles project aims to collect a geographically representative photograph for every square kilometre of the British Isles and you can be part of it.
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 12-May-2005
Journal of Gerontology
Older people are better at picking their battles, studies show
Older people are less likely than younger people to react aggressively when problems come up in their relationships, University of Michigan research shows.
NIH/National Institutes on Aging

Public Release: 12-May-2005
Journal of Neuroscience
Mice brains shrink during winter, impairing some learning and memory
The brains of one species of mouse actually shrink during the winter, causing the mice to have more difficulty with some types of learning, a new study found. The results showed that, during the short days of winter, white-footed mice had impaired spatial memory ? the mental map that helps them remember important places in their environment.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Public Release: 12-May-2005
International team determines geographic origin of leprosy
Leprosy likely originated in East Africa and spread to Asia and Europe before being imported into West Africa by explorers, report scientists in this week's issue of Science. The findings enrich the historical understanding of leprosy's global migration and contradict a commonly held view that leprosy spread to West Africa directly from East Africa, say the researchers.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 12-May-2005
For young canaries learning their song, freedom in youth gives way to rules in adulthood
Rockefeller University scientists have found that young canaries can learn to accurately imitate a computer-generated song that sounds nothing like a canary. But as the birds mature, they edit their song, dropping some elements, rearranging others, and adding repetitions and phrasing typical of an adult canary melody.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Public Release: 11-May-2005
Journal of Experimental Biology
University of Chicago researchers reveal secrets of snake flight
On the cover of the May 15, 2005, issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, University of Chicago researchers described the effects of size and behavior of flying snakes, and found that the smaller animals were better gliders.
National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration

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09:40 pm


Another Day in the Ketchup Mine
Thursday May 12, 2005. This is more personal than some of the things I don't post here:

There are people who need danger to feel alive. They drive too fast, engage in unsafe sex, or take other risks.

Others can get the same edge by almost missing deadlines. (They also add excitement to the lives of their employees and employers.)

In some cases, these people have ADD/ADHD. I'd been considering myself lucky because that was one symptom I didn't have.

Before I woke up this morning, I realized I'd been doing the same kind of thing in a more subtle fashion.

And for the rest of today, I stopped doing it.
The weather has changed from chilly and rainy to cold and rainy.
Writing: "Dreams Do Kill Themselves" --

Self-help information: http://www.livejournal.com/community/clutterers_anon/
Decluttering: http://www.livejournal.com/community/clutterers_anon/

Mindwork: See above


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