Sunday, December 18, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Undercover clergy

A minister, a priest and a rabbi went for a hike one day. It was very hot. They were sweating and exhausted when they came upon a small lake. Since it was fairly secluded, they took off all their clothes and jumped in the water.

Feeling refreshed, the trio decided to pick a few berries while enjoying their "freedom." As they were crossing an open area, who should come along but a group of ladies from town.

Unable to get to their clothes in time, the minister and the priest covered their privates and the rabbi covered his face while they ran for cover.

After the ladies had left and the men got their clothes back on, the minister and the priest asked the rabbi why he covered his face rather than his privates.

The rabbi replied, "I don't know about you, but in MY congregation, it's my face they would recognize."

Griffon meets cat

I have noticed that I have posted my latest home vid everywhere but here. The people who have seen it seem to enjoy Nero's encounter with Felix. Quite frankly, I had not expected he would be that prudent.

You know when it is the devil

This ad arrived in my mailbox this morning. I almost got glued to the ceiling when I started watching it, but.... all is well that ends well.

from MrPrice2U on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Koko is having fun

Do you remember Koko? She is a smart lowland gorilla. Here she meets Robin Williams. Tickle, Tickle!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The avalanches: frontier psychiatrist

Alex Wer is an awesome artist who can take just about any image and turn it into a piece of everlasting art, by carving it into a craft pumpkin. His Halloween creations look so almost to good to be real.
Alex Wer, also known as “The Pumpkin Geek” first started exercising his awesome talent as a pumpkin carver two years ago, by accident. His wife asked him to carve a pumpkin for her office Open House, and since he had always enjoyed carving pumpkins, he thought it would be fun. He only has a few weeks until Halloween, so he had to decide between carving a real pumpkin that would spoil within a week, or go for a craft pumpkin that could theoretically last forever. He went for the second option, and although he only created a logo and some script, Alex’s pumpkin was a hit at his wife’s event. Before he knew it he had 35 orders for custom logos and children pictures, and his “Orange Empire” was born.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Science of Partying

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While many living things live their lives in organized groups, some take socialism to strange extremes; some link their bodies together to essentially build one large body, others may produce young physically adapted to fill specific roles.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beards from below

You must grow a beard in order to have a beard from below. Begin the process by not shaving. Occasionally look up and ask your friends if you have a beard from below yet. Since friends usually lie, it's best to take a picture of your beard from below and send it to for confirmation.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Zero Gravity

There are thousands of people that are exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. This chapter we will take you to Norway Switzerland and France where people are jumping cliffs as high as 6,000 feet.

Experience Zero Gravity will hopefully provide you with the feeling and the emotion that we feel when we think about the experience of Base Jumping in the most scenic locations of the world.

We hope you can see this world from our eyes.

Experience Zero Gravity from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.

Domestic Camouflage

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Different Dishes

Cheese lovers listen up, as here comes a cheesy dish that originated on the pleasant island of Sardinia. The dish, however, is far from pleasant and was actually banned by the EU because of the health risks associated with it. The name of this local delicacy is called ‘Casu Marzu’ which literally means rotten cheese.

Now I’m sure we’ve all seen or even eaten mouldy cheese before, but this type of cheese actually contains thousands of live maggots! Yes, that’s right. The cheese is deliberately left outside in the heat in order for festering cheese flies to lay their eggs inside and there you have it, a maggot-ridden cheese dish. In order for this recipe to be eaten, the maggots have to remain living or else the locals will even tell you that it is too toxic to eat.

The maggots still remain dangerous even when alive, however, as they can cause allergic reactions and even lead to intestinal larval infection. If the maggots survive in the stomach, they could eventually feed their way into the intestinal walls causing horrendous stomach pains, sessions of vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and even death. I think I’ll stick to cheddar thanks!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lab Chimps See Daylight For The First Time In 30 Years

THIS is the moment a group of chimpanzees sees daylight for the first time in 30 years — after being locked in cages for medical testing.
The animals hugged each other in delight before they took their first steps outside.
Emotional footage, below, shows how they reacted to their new surroundings.
The outing marked the end of a 14-year bid to re-integrate the 38 primates after they spent most of their lives cooped up inside.
One commentator said: "They hugged as if saying, 'We're finally free'. And then they laughed."



Van Morrison Interview - Orphanage Concert, 1974

After seeing this interview on Facebook, I wanted to share it here. Some parts are difficult to understand (for me), but I just blame it on Van and the noisy rooom (LOL).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bill Graham presents...

...A Night @ The Fillmore East

This is great footage, and it is all out there. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Neil Young busking in Glasgow, 1976

Here is a piece of rare footage: Neil Young busking in Glasgow:


Thursday, August 11, 2011

CBS Documentary - The Homosexuals (1967)

"The Homosexuals" is a 1967 episode of the documentary television series CBS Reports. The hour-long broadcast featured a discussion of a number of topics related to homosexuality and homosexuals. Mike Wallace anchored the episode, which aired on March 7, 1967. Although this was the first network documentary dealing with the topic of homosexuality, it was not the first televised in the United States. That was The Rejected, produced and aired in 1961 on KQED, a public television station out of San Francisco.

Three years in the making, "The Homosexuals" went through two producers and multiple revisions. The episode included interviews with several gay men, psychiatrists, legal experts and cultural critics, interspersed with footage of a gay bar and a police sex sting. "The Homosexuals" garnered mixed critical response. The network received praise from some quarters and criticism from others for even airing the program.

Dallas County Hospital - Office Memorandum, 1963

On November 27th of 1963, Charles Jack Price, then-Administrator of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, sent the following memo to all staff and made clear his appreciation for their professional conduct over the past week; a period during which, as the world's population looked on in horror, the hospital had seen the deaths of two people on its premises: John F. Kennedy, and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.


Office Memorandum
November 27, 1963

To: All Employees

At 12:38 p.m., Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and Texas' Governor John Connally were brought to the Emergency Room of Parkland Memorial Hospital after being struck down by the bullets of an assassin.

At 1:07 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 1963, Lee. H. Oswald, accused assassin of the late president, died in an operating room of Parkland Memorial Hospital after being shot by a bystander in the basement of Dallas' City Hall. In the intervening 48 hours and 31 minutes Parkland Memorial Hospital had:

1. Become the temporary seat of the government of the United States.

2. Become the temporary seat of the government of the State of Texas.

3. Become the site of the death of the 35th President.

4. Become the site of the ascendency of the 36th President.

5. Become site of the death of President Kennedy's accused assassin.

6. Twice become the center of the attention of the world.

7. Continued to function at close to normal pace as a large charity hospital.

What is it that enables an institution to take in stride such a series of history jolting events? Spirit? Dedication? Preparedness? Certainly, all of these are important, but the underlying factor is people. People whose education and training is sound. People whose judgement is calm and perceptive. People whose actions are deliberate and definitive. Our pride is not that we were swept up by the whirlwind of tragic history, but that when we were, we were not found wanting.


C. J. Price

Letters of note

Highlining in France

If you are looking for some excitement I suggest you try highlining in France.

Monday, August 8, 2011

7 August 2011: Arno 13 years old

Another year has gone by. Arno has grown a bit older, but he is still going strong. We take it one step at a time. May the coming months bring him lots of joy. And good health.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Nature By Numbers

A movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila. Go to for more info.

Paint by numbers

It is paint-by-numbers for neuroscientists. At the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany, researchers have devised a faster way of computing the neural connections that make up the brain. Mapping out this intricate web previously depended on the human eye as no computer was powerful enough to handle the brain's complex network of 70 billion neurons and thousands of kilometres of circuits. For this gargantuan task, even the smallest sliver of neural tissue was painstaking, demanding an experienced team to make modest progress.
Now with the help of two computer programs, Moritz Helmstaedter, Kevin Briggman and Winfried Denk have developed a faster and more accurate way of completing this neural cartography.
The first program, KNOSSOS - named after an ancient palace labyrinth in Crete - lets untrained users visualise and annotate 3D image data while the second, RESCOP summarises their work. In a test of this method, a team of 70 students created a detailed rendering of the connections between more than 100 retinal neurons in a mouse. Pictured above, the reconstruction outlines the dense bundles their projections form to receive input from photoreceptors.
The new programs could make the difficult but vital task of plotting out the brain's neural circuitry possible.

Journal reference: Nature Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1038/nn.2868

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Warning. Tiger Death in Indonesia

Greenpeace has released distressing footage about the death of a Sumatran tiger. The animal was trapped for six days in total without food or water. After a week of suffering forest officers arrived to evacuate the tiger – but it was too late. The tiger died during the rescue attempt.
I started watching the video, but had to stop. It is truly extremely upsetting.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

St. James' Infirmary (BBC Four Sessions)

Van Morrison and his full band, featuring Georgie Fame and Mick Green, treat a select few at St. Luke's Church in London to a memorable performance.

Harmonica Boogie (Montreux 1974)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Listen to your heart

Mike Rowland has a master's degree in electro acoustic composition and is the composer of The Fairy Ring, the most successful New Age album of all time. He has composed and released albums that inspire and heal and the qualities of his music are beneficial and relaxing. It is used in hospitals, healing centers, sensory environments and homes across the world. He enjoys using electronics, recordings of nature as well as live instruments to create his beautiful music.

Mike is currently compiling a book about the power of healing through music. Mike invites you to contribute by sending details of your experiences when you listen to his healing music. The details will aid in creating important research that goes into proving that music and healing are related.

Feature film: An Emperor Penguins documentary. I have the impression that to penguins, man is a different kind of penguin, unpredictable, occasionally violent, but tolerable company when he sits still and admires Nature and leaves it as he found it. ~Aetopus

Friday, July 22, 2011

20 things you need to know about Einstein

Time has published "20 things you need to know about Einstein". I am copying the first bit here:

Was Einstein a slow learner as a child?

Einstein was slow in learning how to speak. His parents even consulted a doctor. He also had a cheeky rebelliousness toward authority, which led one headmaster to expel him and another to amuse history by saying that he would never amount to much. But these traits helped make him a genius. His cocky contempt for authority led him to question conventional wisdom. His slow verbal development made him curious about ordinary things – such as space and time – that most adults take for granted. His father gave him a compass at age five, and he puzzled over the nature of a magnetic field for the rest of his life. And he tended to think in pictures rather than words.  
more here

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Do not watch!

How to cross a street in Vietnam...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Saving Valentina

Michael Fishbach narrates his encounter with a humpback whale entangled in a fishing net. Gershon Cohen and he have founded The Great Whale Conservancy to help and protect whales.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Flashed Face Distortion Effect

Like many interesting scientific discoveries, this one was an accident. Sean Murphy, an undergraduate student, was working alone in the lab on a set of faces for one of his experiments. He aligned a set of faces at the eyes and started to skim through them. After a few seconds, he noticed that some of the faces began to appear highly deformed and grotesque. He looked at the especially ugly faces individually, but each of them appeared normal or even attractive. It was called the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”.
The effect seems to depend on processing each face in light of the others. By aligning the faces at the eyes and presenting them quickly, it becomes much easier to compare them, so the differences between the faces are more extreme. If someone has a large jaw, it looks almost ogre-like. If they have an especially large forehead, then it looks particularly bulbous.

M B Thompson

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Germany versus Greece

One of the best games I have seen so far.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

H2Oh!: nice commercial

Linda McCartney: Life in photographs

The quest to know the private Beatles is catapulted into a whole other dimension in Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs — a remarkable retrospective volume of work by the late and great Linda McCartney, wife of Paul, passionate animal rights activist and, above all, formidable music photographer.

The lavish retrospective features the most compelling photographs culled from her archive of over 200,000 images. From her early portraits of the Swingin’ Sixties to her final years with The Beatles, McCartney’s work spans an incredible range of cultural history and energy, ranging from the quiet poetry of private moments to the palpable creative energy of studio sessions to the riveting exhilaration of life on and behind the stage.

Via Brain Pickings.

Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis from Per Byhring on Vimeo.

This video with animations explains how particles originating from deep inside the core of the sun create northern lights, also called aurora borealis, on our planet.

It was produced by in collaboration with the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Steel is cold, or so they say. But this material can become the most delicate ingredient in the hands of skilled artists, who turn it into special works of art.
Hereby, you are invited to take a journey into the world of art that requires steel as the main material. Presenting 10 extraordinary artists and their beautiful, extremely delicate, funny, real-life like, sometimes even ridiculous works and their visions as artists. Freedom of expression reflects itself perfectly in art, and you will see that even a “cold” piece of steel can become beautifully animated.

Below you see one of Mary Tailor's works. And there is more.

The Talks

I think I will add "The Talks" to my list of Cool Cyber Places. Here is a small part of today's interview with Jack Nicholson.

Mr. Nicholson, do you often think about dying?
Yes, these are subjects that we think about all the time but don’t necessarily talk about. Everybody has thought about if they want to be cremated, buried, or whatever.

What’s your preference?
I want a big 25-foot pink statue that holds my grave. Or I also might like the way the Indians did it. They hang you up on the top of a tree and the birds eat you. No, really I would probably choose cremating.

Are there any positive aspects of aging?
Plenty. You are more thoughtful because you don’t act as quickly anymore. When I turned 70 it was the first time I felt young for my age. Fifty dropped on me like a ton of bricks – there is something about that number – but when 70 came along I felt good about it.

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I wonder how I will feel when I turn 50. In 2013, the year I will graduate (again).

Friday, June 17, 2011

Watching TV

No one ever claimed that watching TV was healthy, but doctors are only now discovering just how bad it can be.
Evidence from a spate of recent studies suggests that the more TV you watch, the more likely you are to develop a host of health problems and to die at an earlier age.
In a new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers combined data from eight such studies and found that for every additional two hours people spend glued to the tube on a typical day, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases by 20% and their risk of heart disease increases by 15%.
And for every additional three hours the study participants spent in front of the TV, their risk of dying from any cause during the respective studies jumped 13%, on average.

Abstract art

Do you see the difference?  

Some of the images displayed  in Mikhail Simkin's site are masterpieces of abstract art, created by immortal artists. They carry profound meanings, which are, however, beyond the apprehensions of the vulgar. The rest were produced by the author of the quiz. They mean nothing. Find out if you can see the difference here. Some are real easy.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Let us be friends

It was a scene that perhaps would not have made the final cut of King Kong. This gorilla shares a moment of quiet reflection with a tiny mallard duckling, who seems fairly nonplussed about being in the presence of one of nature's most powerful beasts. The heart-warming image is among Nature's Best Photography Magazine's wildlife photograph winners. There is more here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Well, here he is: Arno. Almost 13 years old, looking fluffy.Do not worry, the hairdo will look better soon. And he does not mind.


Karakuri from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

Craftsmanship at its best in Japan. Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks.
Japans modern day robots can be traced back to the Karakuri. Today Hideki Higashino is one of the few remaining craftsmen who is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese Karakuri alive.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gimme Shelter

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

This song expresses the urgency we all face to unite together as a planet and offers us wisdom with the words, "War, children, it's just a shot away... Love, sister, it's just a kiss away". It really is that simple. We dedicate this song to all the lost, homeless and forgotten people in this world. It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

Talking Funny

Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais and Louis CK sit down for a revealing (and hilarious) chat on this HBO special. The four stand-up legends get serious about comedy, discussing how they first got into the business, the merits of on-stage profanity, and the science behind getting a laugh.

You get part 1 of 4 here. There is more out there. Out there is You Tube; Enjoy.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The weeks ahead

The coming weeks will be busy. First of all I have to survive my exams one way or another. If I pass all of them without problems, which I doubt, I will have lots of time off.
In July I will start working on my nephew's pictures. That is going to be fun. And maybe, just maybe, I will start thinking about a new design for my website. In the end,  I want it to be easier to add new information. The current format does not allow that. I always have to add more pages. In addition I would also like to spend more time on this blog.
First things first though: tomorrow is party time and I am taking pictures. The next couple of days will be hectic, for I do not have enough time to go through my anatomy, social skills and pathology again. Let us hope these exams will turn out to be reasonable. My first two exams were decent. I hope.

Monday, May 16, 2011


About to make a real big catch!


Studying pathology is a waste of time if you ask me. The subject is interesting enough, but we do not have a decent couse. Since I am a good girl, I took notes all year, but they are as good as worthless. The more I read them, the more I (want to) change them. Alas, there is no time for that. So let us move on to something else.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


A New York gallery on Sunday offered adventurous eaters the opportunity to sample cheese made from human breast milk, getting mixed reviews and some puzzled looks.
The Lady Cheese Shop is a temporary art installation by Miriam Simun, a graduate student at New York University who hopes to use the craft of cheese-making to raise questions about the ethics of modern biotechnologies.

"Cheese is the conversation starter," Simun said. "Some people are loving it, and some people are gagging."


Chuckles: a poor start, but a good finish

SYDNEY — Claude Stanley Choules, the last known combat veteran of World War I, died Thursday at a nursing home in the Western Australia city of Perth, his family said. He was 110.

"We all loved him," his 84-year-old daughter Daphne Edinger told The Associated Press. "It's going to be sad to think of him not being here any longer, but that's the way things go."

Beloved for his wry sense of humour and humble nature, the British-born Choules — nicknamed "Chuckles" by his comrades in the Australian Navy — never liked to fuss over his achievements, which included a 41-year military career and the publication of his first book at the age of 108.

He usually told the curious that the secret to a long life was simply to "keep breathing." Sometimes, he chalked up his longevity to cod liver oil. But his children say in his heart, he believed it was the love of his family that kept him going for so many years.

read more: about Chuckles

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Because I just have to make this type of jokes now:

A professor was giving a big test one day to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait.

Once the test was over the students all handed the tests back in. The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying "A dollar per point."

The next class the professor handed the graded tests back out.

This student got back his test, his test grade, and $64 change.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


A 2nd grader asked her mother the age-old question, "How did I get here?"

Her mother told her, "God sent you."

"Did God send you, too?" asked the child.

"Yes, Dear," the mother replied.

"What about Grandma and Grandpa?" the child persisted.

"He sent them also" the mother said.

"Did he send their parents, too?" asked the child.

"Yes, Dear, He did," said the mother patiently.

"So you're telling me that there has been NO sex in this family for 200 years? No wonder everyone's so damn grumpy around here."

Dog takes blanket

The Peacock Spider

Australia is home to many strange and unusual animals, something the majority of us know. When asked, most people would say that it is the marsupials of the country that are the most significantly different to the rest of the world. Perhaps that assumption should be questioned – Australia is also home to the tiny Peacock Spider, whose behaviour and appearance is nothing short of startling.


Farmer paints sheep orange

John Heard decided desperate measures were needed to stop the raids that were decimating his flocks.

And his solution to the problem has created an eye-catching sensation on his farm after he turned his sheep orange.

The 48-year-old has put his flock of 250 blackface ewes through a harmless dip of orange dye making them so highly visible wary thieves are giving them a wide berth.

Mr Heard, who runs his livestock farm near Okehampton, Devon had lost 200 sheep over the past few years but says the orange dye is working wonders.

He explained:"Sheep rustling has become a big problem with ewes worth around £140 each. My flock roams Dartmoor and I was getting mighty fed-up with losing so many.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sometimes you need bacon. Really?

Flowers make a nice gift to the friend that needs a smile or for that special someone in your life. Roses are even better. But sometimes even roses don't cut it. Sometimes you need something a little more non-cliché, something...extraordinary... Sometimes, you need BACON.

My new camera

Well, I have a new camera. It is mine since January 2011, but I have not had much time to try it out yet. All I know is that the pictures look sharp and bright. In my humble opinion this tulip looks rather charming.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Douche

For a few weeks, the BBC film crew had the opportunity to follow a unique specimen, they were able to observe and record its mannerisms, rituals and way of life. The result of this is BBC Human Planet: The Douche.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Choose your silver as you choose your husband

Arctic 'Unicorns' - Nature's Great Events: The Great Melt - BBC One


Ever thought that the zebra's black-and-white striped markings resemble a biological barcode? Well now a team of US computer scientists and biologists have come up with a scanner, allowing them to identify individual animals from a single still photo.

The system, dubbed StripeSpotter, only requires a small amount of human input. Users draw a rectangle around the zebra's side, then this part of the image is automatically sliced into a number of horizontal bands and each pixel is made fully black or fully white, creating a low-resolution version of the zebra's stripes.

Each band is then encoded as a StripeString, a sequence of coloured blocks with particular lengths - for example, white for two blocks, black for three, white for one - and the collection of StripeStrings forms a StripeCode, the zebra equivalent of a barcode.

When a zebra has been entered into the database and given a StripeCode, the researchers match another picture of the same animal by comparing the StripeStrings of the new and original images. Each image will generate a different set of StripeStrings, but the underlying ratios of black and white should remain similar.

By finding the StripeCode with the most similar StripeStrings in the database, the system is able to accurately identify the correct animal. Other existing zebra identification systems are less accurate, more complex, and require a greater level of manual input from the user.

The zebra scanner is not the first algorithm developed to identify animals in the field - there are also systems for tagging turtles, penguins and rhinos. This new system could also be applied to tigers and giraffes, or any animal with large markings in a small number of distinctive colours. The researchers will present their work at the International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval in Trento, Italy later this month.


Food ball

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Static Motion Illusion

Biblical Temple

A retired farmer has spent more than 30 years building an enormous scale model of a Biblical temple.

Alec Garrard, 78, has dedicated a massive 33,000 hours to constructing the ancient Herod's Temple, which measures a whopping 20ft by 12ft. The pensioner has hand-baked and painted every clay brick and tile and even sculpted 4,000 tiny human figures to populate the courtyards.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kitty Dance

Spiders in Pakistan encase whole trees in webs

Eerie phenomenon may be a blessing in disguise, as the hungry spiders have significantly reduced the mosquito population.

Even the elders in Pakistan's Sindh province admit they've never seen anything like it: whole trees encased in webs by millions of invading spiders. The mysterious phenomenon may be an unexpected result of the devastating floods that swept over Sindh in 2010, reports Wired.

According to scientists, the spiders likely collected in the trees after fleeing from the rising floodwaters. At their height, the floods covered as much as a fifth of the country and displaced as many as 20 million people.


Sunday, March 6, 2011


A new year full of hopefully pleasant surprises has started.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The King's Speech

With the predictable Oscar circus behind us it is maybe time to listen to the real king. His stutter comes through.

Horses save milk truck in the snow

See that mouse running?

Fifth wheel parking

This device was invented in the 1950s. Exactly what I need

Sunday, February 20, 2011


If only I would look this convincing when spending time in the arms of Morpheus. There are more inviting sleeping positions here.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Coca Cola Recipe revealed???

While it is rumoured to be kept under 24-hour surveillance in Atlanta — all that security might have gone to waste to protect Coca Cola’s secret recipe, now that reports say the formula might have been revealed.

ABC News reports that radio program This American Life believes it has discovered the ingredients and measurements in the soft drink’s classified mixture, after analyzing a photo found in a February 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And the recipe actually involves words you can pronounce. However, their findings have not been verified.

Host Ira Glass noticed the newspaper featured a photograph of an old pharmacist’s recipe book, and sought out author Mark Pendergrast, a writer who claimed to have found the secret concoction in 1993 while writing an expose about the soft drink giant. The formula found by Pendergrast was very similar, and Glass decided to have a batch made to test out the version he discovered.

But Coke denies that the recipe is real.

“Many third parties have tried over time to crack our secret formula,” spokeswoman Kerry Tressler told ABC News. “Try as they might, there’s only one real thing. And that was not it.”

Who to believe? Regardless, Glass’ findings seem to be close to the real thing.

ABC News also provides a great rundown of other secret corporate recipes, like KFC and the Big Mac’s Special Sauce (you probably don’t want to know anyway).

Here is the recipe found by This American Life. Note that the real story is the breakdown of secret ingredient “7X”. Coriander! Cinnamon! And more:

Fluid extract of Coca, 3 drams USP (cocoa leaves stripped of cocaine)
Citric acid 3 oz
Caffeine 1oz
Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required)
Water 2.5 gal
Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt
Vanilla 1oz
Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour
7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup):
Alcohol 8oz
Orange oil 20 drops
Lemon oil 30 drops
Nutmeg oil 10 drops
Coriander 5 drops
Neroli 10 drops
Cinnamon 10 drops

I do not know folks... This story just crosed my path:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Rhino poaching

WASHINGTON, DC – An astonishing 333 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa in 2010, including 10 critically endangered black rhinos, according to South African national park officials.

The annual total is the highest ever experienced in South Africa and nearly triple 2009 numbers when 122 rhinos were killed. An additional five rhinos have already been lost to poaching in the first week of 2011.

Kruger National Park, the world famous safari destination, was hardest hit, losing 146 rhinos to poaching in 2010, authorities said. The park is home to the largest populations of both white and black rhinos in the country.

“Rhino poaching in South Africa has doubled annually for the past three years, and shows no sign of slowing down in 2011,” said Matthew Lewis, Senior Program Officer for African species conservation at World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “The time for action to stop this poaching onslaught is now, we cannot afford to wait.”

Rhinos constitute one of the much-revered “Big 5” of African wildlife tourism, in addition to elephants, lions, leopards and Cape buffalo. Rhino poaching across Africa has risen sharply in the past few years, threatening to reverse hard-won population increases achieved by governments and conservation groups during the 20th century.


Monday, January 24, 2011


They might perhaps be at risk of coming across like characters in a scene from a certain Monty Python film, but some people still insist on asking the question what have computers ever done for us? One mooted answer could certainly be blobitecture (or, blobism, blobismus or blob architecture) for this architectural term could not have become reality without them


Yet what is blobitecture? It is a term for an architectural school in which organic shapes are the aim, bulging, cellular, amoeba-like buildings its expression. Although the term did not appear in print until 2002, blob architecture had been used as an expression in architectural circles since the middle of the previous decade. Notably it was the New York Times which first brought it to greater attention, as part of William Safire’s On Language column.


Smooth Criminal

Two Croation musicians play "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson on cello.

De Slimste Mens

Deleted scenes.