Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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The United States is set to overhaul its anti-drug strategy in Afghanistan by phasing out the destruction of opium poppy crops. Richard Holbrooke, the US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, says the US policy has only put farmers out of business and engendered sympathy for the Taliban. -AljazeeraFinally a somewhat more rational policy. Change we can believe in?
Saturday, June 27, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
At long last, here's the trailer for HBO's "The Pacific," the long-awaited follow-up to Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's beloved WWII war epic "Band of Brothers." ... "I believe in ammunition!" "The Pacific" has reportedly a budget around $200 million which, if correct, would almost certainly make it the most expensive TV project of all time. The new mini has quite a legacy to live up to when it debuts next year.I've blogged about this before when it was supposed to air in 2009 but it has been delayed to March 2010 :( I hope it's worth the wait. It's been delayed
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Big air utrecht 2009
Anyway they did it a lot better in the fiftheys and seventys in America. I found this intrestting blog post at about this giant ski jumps http://www.deputy-dog.com/:
tempory ski jump in chichago 1954
ski jump in vencouver 1958 , +/- 50 meter high ( that the same as a 16 storey high flat)
Wonder why they don't make this tempory ski jumps anymore (i couldn't find them online anyway). Maybe the construction saftey rules are stringent now days, or itsn't lucrative anymore.
13 governments spent US $83 billion last year on space, with the United States accounting for four-fifths of that amount. By itself, NASA outspent the other 12 countries taken together, and the U.S. Department of Defense spent even more—quite a bit more, in fact. Yet for every dollar governments spent, corporations spent two. A little over half of that commercial spending was on satellite services, mainly direct-to-home television; most of the rest went to infrastructure.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I couldn't find much detailed information in the vast web of internet stupidity, but their chemical workings seem similar. The surface area and the way to create this surface area appear to be the only difference between lungs and gills. It's a structural difference and not a chemical one. Water contains about 20 times less oxygen than air, which explains why we can't breathe water. However, this makes you think fish should be able to breathe air.
The problem is that the structure that creates the enormous surface area of their gills has to be supported by water. "Out of water, the gills collapse like wet tissue paper, and very little surface area is left exposed for gas exchange. Most fish, therefore, can only survive a short time out of water before oxygen deficiency catches up with them and they asphyxiate." What about zero-g? "even in a humid air-filled chamber at zero gravity, the gill filaments will simply adhere to one another.". Too bad...
Can we breathe a liquid if it contains enough oxygen? "If water could hold about 20 times more oxygen than it does, things would be different - there are apparently a few liquids (though not water) that can hold that much dissolved oxygen, and one can breathe a liquid of this sort". Despite their similarities, it is currently believed that lungs evolved from gas bladder that fish use to float, and not from their gills. All vertebrates use Hemoglobin for oxygen transport.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Mantis Shrimp Boasts Most Advanced Eyes A mantis shrimp, or stomatopod, scans an area using two compound eyes that are mounted on two high stalks which enable each eye to move independently. "It is like having 10,000 telescopes looking out at the world," Caldwell said. Each eye is broken up into three sections and each of these sections has a pseudo-pupil, something very similar to a human's pupil. Because each one of these sections has the ability to see an object the mantis shrimp is able to triangulate the depth of any object using only one eye. In addition to their advanced depth perception, stomatopods have an extensive ability to see polarized light. [...] These stomatopods also have an incredible ability to see color. One look at the vibrant shell of a stomatopod will tell you that color is very important to their life. It is essential for identification and other aspects of their life. "Where our eyes have three different photopigments dedicated to see color, some stomatopods have as many as a dozen different pigments," Caldwell said. Full Article...But that's not all, they also posses a club which is used to bludgeon and smash their meals apart with an acceleration of 10,400 g and speeds of 23 m/s from a standing start. Sometimes referred to as "thumb splitters" by modern divers — because of the relative ease the creature has in mutilating small appendages They can reach up to 18 cm, they will kill most other tank occupants in an aquarium, and can break very thick aquarium glass. It is for these reasons that they are often kept as solitary creatures in acrylic tanks. They are active, intelligent, curious animals, capable of interacting with their keepers. Mantis Shrimp @ wiki. Mantis Shrimp vs Crab Also found a TED Talk on the Mantis Shrimp.
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From: David Thorne Date: Thursday 21 May 2009 10.16am To: Helen Bailey Subject: Pets in the building Dear Helen, Thankyou for your letter concerning pets in my apartment. I understand that having dogs in the apartment is a violation of the agreement due to the comfort and wellbeing of my neighbours and I am currently soundproofing my apartment with egg cartons as I realise my dogs can cause quite a bit of noise. Especially during feeding time when I release live rabbits. Regards, David. Read the rest of the e-mail exchange.This is by the guy who brought you the spider.gif to pay his bills. Another good one: Matthew's non theme based fancy dress party. i don't know if these are real or fake, but they are quite funny.