Wednesday, March 02, 2005
- Like, this is really cool, eh? The Canadian Encyclopedia bills itself as the "most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on all things Canadian," and they just might be right. A good place to check out bios and discographies of Canadian bands is the Jam! Pop Music encyclopedia on canoe.ca.
- Losergeek's Bob and Doug McKenzie tribute page
- Protect your banana(s) (and everything in your bag or briefcase from mashed banana goo) with the Banana Bunker; but can you ship one to Alabama? [via Gizmodo]
- Do a monster mash again: listening to CCC's Revolved, a Grey Album-like mashup of the classic Beatles album - get it while it's hot (and online)
- The iPod, hacked: Francis Hwang's one-off U2-vs-Negativland iPod draws the ire and fire of Apple, Inc., forcing its withdrawal from eBay. However, he's still auctioning off the parody piece/artwork on his own website. [via Wired mp3 News]
- Reasons to love the miltary/industrial complex, No. 87: New Scientist reports that military R&D is using medical technology originally designed to relieve the suffering of intense, intractable pain to create a weapon that produces maximum pain without damaging the body.
The research came to light in documents unearthed by the Sunshine Project, an organisation based in Texas and in Hamburg, Germany, that exposes biological weapons research. The papers were released under the US's Freedom of Information Act. One document, a research contract between the Office of Naval Research and the University of Florida in Gainsville, US, is entitled "Sensory consequences of electromagnetic pulses emitted by laser induced plasmas"."Sadists? Us?"
It concerns so-called Pulsed Energy Projectiles (PEPs), which fire a laser pulse that generates a burst of expanding plasma when it hits something solid, like a person (New Scientist print edition, 12 October 2002). The weapon, destined for use in 2007, could literally knock rioters off their feet. According to a 2003 review of non-lethal weapons by the US Naval Studies Board, which advises the navy and marine corps, PEPs produced "pain and temporary paralysis" in tests on animals. This appears to be the result of an electromagnetic pulse produced by the expanding plasma which triggers impulses in nerve cells.
- Amanda at Mouse Words at last weighs in on the Larry Summers-ignited "women and math" debate with a great post:
The miracle is not that most historical geniuses are men. The real miracle that there are any female historical geniuses at all, considering all the obstacles in women's way. For instance, the exceptional Marie Curie did what none of the men nodding away in agreement with Summers's low assessment of women's scientific abilities have probably done--she taught herself physics and acquired her degree by exam.More: read the official transcript of Summers' speech, the words that launched a thousand blog posts
Mozart was a genius, and also a prodigy that was pretty much forced to practice day in and out from the time he could reach the piano keys. I think it's safe to say that if Mozart were born a girl, this would not have happened. We can't know if there could have been a female Michelangelo--a woman in his time would not have been allowed to paint the Sistine Chapel.
We don't have evidence that points definitely one way or another on whether or not women are mentally limited compared to men, but we have mountains of evidence that women have been socially limited for all of history. It's a shame to see otherwise smart people ignore the known--the historical oppression of women--in favor of a bunch of cobbled together theories about women's genetic inferiority that have rather scant evidence to support them. [read full article]