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links for 2008-07-30

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July 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm

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links for 2008-07-27

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July 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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Missing Someone?

What benefit will I get out of that?


If it isn’t mutual affection — I’m spending £££.


“We have become a nation of shoppers. Our heroes? ‘Sex and the City’ types. Consumerism has replaced soulfulness.”

–Readers’ Comments at NYTimes.com Given a Shovel, Americans Dig Deeper Into Debt (The Debt Trap: A series about the surge in consumer debt and the lenders who made it possible.)

If it isn’t for material convenience — I’m saving £££.

Written by cthulhu

July 26, 2008 at 1:16 am

since feeling is first (1926)

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

— e. e. cummings (1894-1962)


His tools were secular, but he practiced a religion nonetheless. It was the romantic individualist’s religion of the heart, in which love is not an emotion but a deity. Its creed was faith in the miracle of man’s individuality, his capacity for delight in beauty, in spring, in flowers, in girls. Its galaxy of devils, which grew as Cummings observed the modern world (“a hoax of clocks and calendars”), included dry intellects, science, mass thought, security worship, Sigmund Freud—everything inside man or outside him that tends to limit his individualism, to reduce his sense of wonder.

(Source:TIME – E. E. Cummings: Poet of the Heart)

Written by cthulhu

July 22, 2008 at 10:50 am

Real World ‘CSI’

I came across this entry.

She reminds me of this (among the morass of bookmark tags in del.ico.us):

The popularity of television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Files, he says, has turned millions of viewers into real-life science sleuths.

The phenomenon has reached into both classrooms and courtrooms. Universities have seen a dramatic increase in applications to forensic science programs. Prosecutors, meanwhile, are facing greater pressure from science-savvy juries to present sophisticated forensic evidence in court.

In ‘CSI’ crime lab, the technology is on Hollywood adrenaline.

For example, on CSI, a computer automatically matches fingerprints to those in its database. But in real life, scientists must perform such detailed work. And while DNA testing on the show is instant, in real life it takes at least a week.

[Source: National Geographic – “‘CSI’ Effect” Is Mixed Blessing for Real Crime Labs (September 23, 2004)]

Got to love the visualizations and infographics though — comparable to Autodesk TED2008 – The BIG VIZ Production presentation.


When science crushes the near-infallible wall of pseudo-science, please proceed to cover into the tunnel of enlightenment.

Written by cthulhu

July 20, 2008 at 1:46 pm