MGM Shenanigans

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/28/0235245&from=rss
“Apparently all of MGM's 'theatrical wide screen' DVD releases for the last few years have been the pan-scanned versions with the top and bottoms cut off.”

Man, that's sleazy.

–YY


Funniest Corrections of the Year

Another one of my favorite blogs, Regret the Error, has a list of some of the funniest newspaper corrections of the year.  Good Stuff!

–YY


Wooden Mirror

http://fargo.itp.tsoa.nyu.edu/~danny/mirror.html

Just saw this on AnandTech News.  I agree with their assessment – wow!  It's actually a mirror made of wood!

–YY


Neuroscience and Gender

http://my.webmd.com/content/article/99/105307

WebMD reports that men and women have different proportions of grey to white matter in their brains,  “suggesting that men and women may derive their intelligence in different ways… Gray matter represents information processing centers in the brain, and white matter represents the network or connections between those processing centers… in areas related to intelligence men had much more gray matter, which is typically needed for isolated tasks, such as doing a math problem. Women, on the other hand, had much more white matter, which is necessary for integrating information.”

I find this fascinating since Kabballah talks about three kinds of intelligence – Chokhmah, Bina, and Da'at.  It says that men have more Chokhmah, and women have more Bina.  Can this be related to these new findings?  Unfortunately, I don't know enough Kabballah to compare…

Also, interesting timing for something like this, what with the Summers brouhaha

–YY


A good reason to keep your woman happy

 Woman arrested for deleting ex's Lineage savegame

Quote from the article:  “I did it as revenge for breaking up with me.”

So all you gamers out there – keep your girlfriend happy, or at least, make sure they don't know how to hack into Lineage…

Whew.

–YY


120 Days to the New Star Wars

Yay!!! :-)

–YY


IP gone mad

I had to agree to some Terms and Conditions to read an electronic brochure about IBM Websphere.  This is freaking marketing literature and I have to do the equivalent of signing a contract to read it.  Have Intellectual Property lawyers really gone so completely insane?  Apparently they have…

–YY


Back from Florida

Just got back from Florida – had an amazing trip!  But I'm WAY too tired to write about it now, so stay tuned…

–YY


Better Off?

I've been reading a new book called “Better Off” – about an MIT graduate who decided to spend a year without electricity, living in an extra-strict Amish village.  I'm only a few chapters in, but so far he makes a good argument that living low-tech can be far more fulfilling.  Now bear in mind that one of my earliest posts was about how doctors were able to cure a paralyzed woman in South Korea.  And of course, I'm posting this on an Internet Blog.  So I'm certainly not a technophobe.

But the day after I started reading “Better Off”, a woman I met told me a horrible story.  She had gone to the doctor because of a particularly nasty head cold, and the doctor prescribed some antibiotics.  She had a very bad reaction (three days of vomitting), and needed to go to the Emergency Room, where they told her that it was because of the antibiotics.  Their solution: more antibiotics.  That didn't help, and she ended up going through medical tests that she described as “torture” that she “wouldn't wish on [her] worst enemy”.  They then told her that she had Krohn's Disease, a chronic disease that requires intense treatment and an ultra-strict diet.  At her parents' behest, she decided to go to one of the foremost experts on the disease.  She was then told that it wasn't Krohn's at all (although the symptoms were similar), but simply that the antibiotics had killed off essential bacteria in her stomach necessary for digestion.  His prescription was an over-the-counter probiotic: yogurt.  She was better within days.  This whole ordeal took three months, and would never have happened if she had decided to take extra vitamin C and some herbal tea instead of visiting the doctor for her cold.

Now, I'm not suggesting that we throw out all our hard-earned technology.  But I think it definitely makes sense to take a hard, critical look at how different technology has changed our lives – the good and the bad –  and at least start to consider that certain advances may be doing more harm than good.  For starters, how much of our technology goes toward fixing something that other technology broke (like new cancer treatments to counter all the new carcinogens we've introduced into our environment).

It's always important to think critically, and this is an issue that affects everyone.

–YY


Yellow Ribbon Magnets

I noticed something interesting with those yellow and red-white-and-blue “ribbon” magnets that so many people have on their cars these days – a lot of people (presumably Christians) are turning them sideways so they look like a “Jesus Fish”.  Just like the magnets themselves, I'm seeing that more and more now.

Unless I'm totally misinterpreting what's going on…

–YY