What Do You See? A plainclothes cop walks into a diner and finds no less than five gun-wielding criminals holding up the crowded joint. “We’re not just going to let you walk out of here,” the cop says. “Who’s we, sucka?” says one of the criminals. Bleeding Tooth Fungus and Other Creepy Plants That Shouldn’t Exist David Dietle wrote a highly entertaining post on Cracked about the 10 Creepy Plants That Shouldn't Exist. The list starts off with a bang with this one: #10. Bleeding Tooth FungusThe bleeding tooth fungus looks kind of like a wad of chewing gum that leaks blood like a rejected prop from The Shining.They're also called the strawberries and cream, the red-juice tooth, and the devil's tooth. Whoever is in charge of naming scary bullshit seems really insistent that this thing looks like a tooth, while mostly skirting over the fact that it freaking sweats blood.Oh, and they are listed as "inedible," which implies that someone attempted to eat one at some point.
Lost Tribe On Small Island In The Indian Ocean remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. (Before It's News) Anything and everything anytime The Sentinelese (also Sentineli, Senteneli, Sentenelese, North Sentinel Islanders) are one of the Andamanese indigenous peoples and one of the most uncontacted peoples of the Andaman Islands, located in India in the Bay of Bengal. They inhabit North Sentinel Island which lies westward off the southern tip of the Great Andaman archipelago. They are noted for vigorously resisting attempts at contact by outsiders. History's Greatest Monsters - Ta-Nehisi Coates I did a reading at Wesleyan last week. Some nice folks took me out to lunch and dinner, and then dinner afterward, because I can't eat before a reading or talk. A few of the people there were from Wesleyan's African-American Studies department.
The Truth about Violence : 3 Principles of Self-Defense (Photo by Pensiero) As a teenager, I once had an opportunity to fly in a police helicopter over a major American city. Naively, I thought the experience might be uneventful. Perhaps there would be no crime between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. on a Saturday night. However, from the moment we were airborne, there was a fresh emergency every fifteen seconds: Shots fired… rape in progress… victim stabbed…It was a deluge. Of course, the impression this left on me was, in part, the result of a sampling bias: I was hearing nothing but incident reports from a city of 4 million people, most of whom would never encounter violence directly.
Einstein's Zurich Notebook John D. Norton Center for Philosophy of Science Department of History and Philosophy of Science University of Pittsburgh This page at www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/Goodies For more images and much more commentary on the Zurich Notebook, look here. Setting the Stage In the half century and more of Einstein's work in science, one discovery stands above all as his greatest achievement. It is his general theory of relativity.
Articles Inclusion! The Bigger Picture by Marsha Forest & Jack Pearpoint Our key question as we initiate a new millennium is "How do we live with one another?" Inclusion is about learning to live WITH one another. FMX2012 Virtual Production Events/Sessions Opening The Virtual Production track at FMX 2012 is curated by a team from Autodesk, the 5D Institute, the Previsualization Society, the Virtual Production Committee, and Weta Digital. In this opening session the curators will share the current thinking on virtual production from the point of view of their respective organization, and they will set the stage for the 16 presentations focused on Virtual Production that will take place over the next 3-days. It is a roadmap for the track that you don’t want to miss. World Building
List of long-living organisms This is a list of the oldest individual bioforms. This is usually defined as: Biological immortality If the mortality rate of a species does not increase after maturity, the species does not age and is said to be biologically immortal. Modeling Social Complexity Back to War, Peace, and the Evolution of Social Complexity An Investigative Workshop at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), Knoxville, TN; Feb. 6-8, 2012 Organizers: Peter Turchin (University of Connecticut and the Evolution Institute), Laura Fortunato (Santa Fe Institute), and Sergey Gavrilets (University of Tennessee and NIMBioS)