Friday, November 21, 2014

Stuff below the fold

Watership Down, the lectures at Mythgard continues.

no, I didn't bring my copy with me to the Philippines, and only vaguely remember the story, but found the audiobook on Youtube. And like the other Mythgard series, they discuss the book, not the movies, which sometimes are different.


PopehatBlog gets poetic on modern femifascist censorship:

Then out spake prim Horatius,The Censor of the Gate:"To every persyn upon this earthBut*hurt cometh soon or late.And how can we do betterWhen facing fearful speech,Than shut down all discussion,And stop the crimethink's reach?

The problem is that I doubt any students know the story of Horatio's stand, or the famous "Lays of Rome", because their themes are patriotism and honor, and of course, they are "bad poetry".

FYI: A snip from the original poem, 

Then out spake brave Horatius,
  The Captain of the gate:
“To every man upon this earth
  Death cometh soon or late.        
And how can man die better
  Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
  And the temples of his gods

nah, can't have such things taught in our schools.

But the ideas are found in modern juvi lit: Percy Jackson, anyone? And then there is Katnis, Harry, and Bilbo, all of whom hold the honorable idea to sacrifice self for their friends...even the wimpy Bella sacrifices herself for her child...


Improbable research suggests this leisurely book for your reading pleasure:

you can find a cope at internet Archives.


Science article of the day is also from Improbable research:

A randomised crossover trial of the acute effects of a deep-fried Mars bar or porridge on the cerebral vasculature,” William G. Dunn, and Matthew R. Walters, Scottish Medical Journal, epub 2014..... 

Conclusion Ingestion of a bolus of sugar and fat caused no overall difference in cerebrovascular reactivity, but there was a modest decrease in males. Impaired cerebrovascular reactivity is associated with increased stroke risk, and therefore deep-fried Mars bar ingestion may acutely contribute to cerebral hypoperfusion in men.

science news you can use:

Kissing transfers 80 million bacteria.

but not all kissing: French kissing for ten seconds was the criteria used.


Instapundit plugs his relatives' site for Nollywood movies.

Yes. And there are a lot of them on Youtube too...


and the headline of the day:

UK's first 'poo bus' goes into service between Bristol and Bath

The 40-seat "Bio-Bus" runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste

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