Archive for April 2007
The track listing for the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack consists of alt-rock and pop bands. Last night with headphone on, the looping tracks “lullabied” me to sleep as the indie-friendly tune (read: Zach Braff’s Garden State soundtrack) drowned my addled mind in the emo-stream.
- Snow Patrol – Signal Fire
- The Killers – Move Away
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sealings
- Wolfmother – Pleased to Meet You
- Beatsteaks – Cut Off The Top (Timo Maas Dirty Rocker Remix)
- The Walkmen – Red River
- Black Mountain – Stay Free
- The Flaming Lips – The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to be In Love (originally titled “Spider-Man Vs. Muhammad Ali”)
- Simon Dawes – Scared of Myself
- Chubby Checker – The Twist
- Rogue Wave – Sight Lines
- Coconut Records (Jason Schwartzman and Kirsten Dunst) – Summer Day
- Jet – Falling Star
- Sounds Under Radio – Portrait of a Summer Thief
- The Wyos (Wasted Youth Orchestra) – A Letter to St. Jude
- The Oohlas – Small Parts
Beautiful imagery by Spiral. Love the muse series of works and some great compositions in the “Spiral graphique” series.
The main function of the heart is to deliver the oxygen-rich blood to every cell in the body. to understand the anatomy and function, the exterior and the interior section is explained in 3D presentation.
Rod McFarland’s “Commodore” theme for WordPress turns your blog into a command-line driven Commodore 64 interface. It’s endlessly fascinating and deliciously pointless.
Sim Theme Park on diet.
Sculpted prims for the discerning tastes of imaginative avatars.A prim whose shape is determined by a texture – its “sculpt texture”. Sculpted prims can create organic shapes that are not currently possible with Second Life’s prim system.
Harvard Business Review, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones of the London Business School discussed the issues surrounding leading people who may not really want to be led – but must be led anyway: specifically, clever people.
A few months back, a human resource manager at an international bank approach me. He wanted my help to find top young Malays for the bank’s fast-track management programme. “Where are the young Malays?” he asked.
Melbourne’s Nathan Jurevicius started our week with a double-whammy, first with his Shag-channeled illustrations, where the octopus, the snowglobe and pieces of meat share the stage with more conventional characters.
I hate reading the ads that marketing companies post over some urinals. I would much rather have something else to look at — like a skyline view. Here’s a round-up of 13 of the world’s best (urinal) views.
An Analysis of the Presidents Who Are Responsible For Excessive Spending.
If you’re really looking for some processor power, Google is a great solution. This is recommended for anybody who wishes to engage in extensive editing of images and movies from their cellphone without any trouble.
Final year project in information design. Two big (200cm x 90cm, 80 x 36 inch) posters show the variety and attitudes of members from an internet community like MySpace.
The cast is intended for emergency use. It comes flat packed. To use it is folded up and the injured arm is slid in. After locking the velcro strips around the arm, then air is pumped inside the inflatable lining to hold the arm in place securely.
Is that a gigabyte in your pocket? And are you putting it to good use? The explosion of USB thumb drives gives anyone the ability take some serious file storage space along with their house keys.
Urban installation guerilla with tape sculpture, resulting a humourous notion.
The imaging technique is known as Schlieren photography. Traditionally achieved with optics, this method is used to display variations in fluid density. Here’s a peek inside the cylinder at the moment of combustion.
Sometimes they’re used with sinister motive, sometimes with healing in mind. Today, as they have for centuries, poisons often turn up where you least expect them.
Here’s my pick from National Geographic Magazine May 2005: Pick Your Poison – 12 Toxic Tales feature.
Bad things come in small packages. On August 14, 1996, Karen Wetterhahn, a toxicologist and professor of chemistry at Dartmouth College, spilled a drop, a tiny speck, of dimethylmercury on her left hand. Wetterhahn, tall, thin, intense, was an expert on how toxic metals cause cancer once they penetrate cell membranes. When she spilled the poisonous droplet in her lab, she thought nothing of it; she was wearing latex gloves. What she didn’t know killed her.
The dimethylmercury was volatile enough to penetrate the glove. Five months later Wetterhahn began stumbling into doors and slurring words. After three weeks in a hospital, she slipped into a coma.
“I went to see her, but it wasn’t the kind of coma I’d expected,” recalled Diane Stearns, one of her postdoctoral students, now a professor of chemistry herself. “She was thrashing about. Her husband saw tears rolling down her face. I asked if she was in pain. The doctors said it didn’t appear that her brain could even register pain.”
Karen Wetterhahn died five months later. She was 48 years old, a wife and mother of two. The mercury had devoured her brain cells “like termites eating away for months,” one of her doctors said. How could such a brilliant, meticulous, world-class toxicologist come to such an end?
“Only lion tamers are killed by lions,” said Kent Sugdan, one of her postdoctoral fellows.
Poison surrounds us. It’s not just too much of a bad thing like arsenic that can cause trouble; it’s too much of nearly everything. Too much vitamin A, hypervitaminosis A, can cause liver damage. Too much vitamin D can damage the kidneys. Too much water can result in hyponatremia, a dilution of the blood’s salt content, which disrupts brain, heart, and muscle function.
Even oxygen has a sinister side. “Oxygen is the ultimate toxin,” says Michael Trush, a toxicologist at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Oxygen combines with food to produce energy, but our bodies also produce oxygen radicals — atoms with an extra electron that damage biomolecules, DNA, proteins, and lipids. “We are oxidizing all the time,” says Trush. “The biochemical price of breathing is aging,” Which is to say, we rust.
Oxygen is the ultimate toxin, we’re oxidizing all the time, biochemical price of breathing is aging — we rust.
Secreto Secretissima (Top “Top” Secret).
The Borgias–Alexander VI and his son Cesare–specialized in faith-based poisonings. As pope, Alexander appointed wealthy men as bishops and cardinals, allowed them to increase their holdings, and then invited them to dinner. The house wine, dry, with overtones of arsenic, neatly dispatched the guests, whose wealth, by church law, then reverted to their host. English essayist Max Beerbohm wrote:
“The Borgias selected and laid down rare poisons in their cellars with as much thought as they gave to their vintage wines. Though you would often in the 15th century have heard the snobbish Roman say…‘I’m dining with the Borgias tonight,’ no Roman ever was able to say ‘I dined last night with Borgias.’”
But the capital of conspiracy in Italy was Venice, where the architects of evil were the Council of Ten, a special tribunal created to avert plots and crimes against the state.
Ion channels are conduits, like gates, that control the transmission of electrical impulses within cells. Because their opening and shutting in the cell’s membrane controls the entry of potassium, calcium, sodium, or chloride ions, the channels and their receptors act as on-off switches that allow a thought, a heartbeat, a breath, a lift of an eyebrow to proceed — or not.
Tarantula toxins can stimulate receptors to hold a gate open in the neurological equivalent of an electrical surge, or slam it shut in the equivalent of a power failure. A busted gate provokes conditions ranging from numbing to outright paralysis on one end to muscle contractions or convulsions on the other. The same malfunction can provoke high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, or epilepsy.
Spider venoms provoke such potent physiological responses that they turn a spider into a virtual Svengali.
So scientists seek the chemical mastery of the spider. Says Chuck Kristensen, head of SpiderPharm in Yarnell, Arizona:
“Who controls potassium channels, controls the world.”
The worst poison would be our own corrupted humanity — feeding our selfish needs with mortal gratification on this fleeting life. Religion itself is the opium of the masses.
Feeds well, mortal.
- Feature Main Page: Pick Your Poison.
- Photo Gallery: From Deadly Delicacy to Venom Farm.
- On Assignment: The Best. The Worst. The Quirkiest.
- Learn More: Toxicology gives you the chance to understand biology.
- Video: Fatal Attraction – Watch Texan Jackie Bibby relax in a tub full of rattlers.
- Video: Deadly Delicacy – See how Japanese fugu chefs separate the poisonous from the palatable.
- Audio: Botox & Piano – Hear selections from Leon Fleisher’s CD, Two Hands.
- Online Extra: Toxic Tale 13 – Take Two Starfish and Call Me in the Morning.
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