Dr Rubbia says a tonne of the silvery metal – named after the Norse god of thunder, who also gave us Thor’s day or Thursday - produces as much energy as 200 tonnes of uranium, or 3,500,000 tonnes of coal. A mere fistful would light London for a week.
The impulse is partially a consequence of our pattern-seeking nature—we are, after all, creatures of the savanna, programmed to uncover trends in the natural world. It is in our nature to weave a simple story from a complex set of data points. (In recent years this tendency has been amplified by news media that are very good at turning complex events into cartoon crises.) The desire to treat terrible events as the harbinger of the end of civilization itself also has roots in another human trait: vanity.
A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.
Have to say I was pretty happy about the whole she-bang. I’ve been in Sydney for a number of months now, and been looking for somewhere cool to hangout, but, generally speaking, everywhere so far has been slightly, or more than slightly, crap. Enter ‘Dirty Shirlows’….. Dirty Shirlows = sweet. It lives up to its name, its a dirty grungy cool warehouse… cheap beer, cushions… etc… can’t explain, but it was pretty massive! Suddenly my list of good sydney places to go out in skyrocketed from 0 to 1! Kudos. Needed a couple of billion more people to really fill it out, but the people I got chatting to were of high quality, so that more than made up for it.
Music was solid. Got there to see Godinpants, which was kinda cool, the next few guys were absolutely sick…. not a big fan of going into details with reviews… so “Sick” is my review. The later dudes kinda sounded very compressed or perhaps they were clipping… quite flat, although by that time by ears, as were various other parts of my body, were running around naked drunk so I may be wrong. But yeah, great night all-round! I did record some audio, but it didn’t turn out well, and it was too dark to record any video so I guess you will just have to take my word for it. MORE SYDNEY CHIPTUNE PLEASE! (…please?) Even Melbourne isn’t keeping up with Brisbane… whats happening here?!?!? And Sydney isn’t keeping up with Melbourne (which is of course to be expected … *ducks for cover*)
It is clear that while the fastest-growing cities of the world have expanded in size, number and wealth, most of those in the developing world have become home to large numbers of people living on very few resources. In Asia, Africa and Latin America, high rates of urbanisation have been accompanied by high levels of poverty and inequality, creating serious challenges for good governance and urban leadership.
Conceding to this hidden love is enough to drown my sanity in delusional desires. The sea of green sways, rustled by the wind, stretching for the horizon. Oh, the petals wilted in peace, merely to be shed like lifeless husks. Pierce beyond this perpetual eternity, oh timeless spiral of life, And once this blazing season passes, they will all bloom to perish, flowers of the sun.
Yes, forget even to breathe, Ah, bewitched by its beauty. Now, I offer the entirety of my soul, So, let us tie this transient vow. Passion shepherds us to that distant radiance, while we blindly wander this twisted fate. Vividly do our exclamations of love resonate, vanquishing the flames of karma. My courage, unscathed by contempt, stands steadfast like a lightning that subdues a tempest.Through the sky, beyond the clouds, the rainbow, race across the sky embracing that red light.Nothing more could replace the things your “I’m happy” imparts unto me.So, I will protect you throughout the cruel seasons to come, until the final day.
….. Corny,yes. Powerpop, yes. But its in another dimension compared to western pop music! To quote someone off youtube : “The guitar solo that starts at 1:02 pwns most things in existence.”
Where you grow up can have a big impact on the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and even how your brain works. In a report in a special section on Culture and Psychology in the July Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, psychological scientists Denise C. Park from the University of Texas at Dallas and Chih-Mao Huang from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discuss ways in which brain structure and function may be influenced by culture.
A pioneering study published Online First in the Lancet has shown that failing joints can be replaced with a joint grown naturally using the host’s own stem cells. The work paves the way for a future of naturally grown joints that would last longer than currently used artificial joints. The work was carried out by Professor Jeremy J Mao, and his team at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA, and colleagues from University of Missouri and Clemson University.
I wonder why people like complaining in preference to ermmmm what’s a good word…. Confirming perhaps? Get two people in a room and they seem to tend to bond over what they don’t like than what they do.. that’s just an anecdotal hunch, but I wonder what it is about shared dislikes that may be more powerful than shared likes?
You are correct, Google is taking over the world. Not arguing with you at all. But they are taking over the world in a good way… making free handy indispensible things…. like a calendar that attaches to your email and gets out of bed at 3am to wake you up so you can get to meetings. You used to have to pay for calendars… now they are free intelligent (ish) calendars. I like them.
Anyway, I have a few different Google Calendars… one for work, one for me and one for events that is somewhat me…. but sorta not…. so I thought I’d put up the events calendar on Utopian Trace to keep track of Sydney-esque goings on… not much there yet, but it’ll get there. It’ll basically keep track of all the chip-tune, art, talks, sciency events that I think are cool….. which works well with my general short news item-y posts covering chip-tune, art, talks, sciency things….. so yeah.
Too bad if you don’t live in Sydney. Perhaps I will keep some Melbourne stuff updated as well….. but ya know… whatever :)