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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

music from space

here on earth, we have the bass. but out on saturn, they have the theramin.

this explains all the sci-fi movie background mood music. coulda been ripped right off the rings…

posted by roj at 12:39 pm  

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

the sound of an earthquake

this has made the rounds while i was otherwise occupied, but i thought i’d add my own comments anyway…

The Sound of a Distant Rumble: Researchers Track Underwater Noise Generated by December 26 Earthquake

i think it needs more cowbell.

posted by roj at 12:33 pm  

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Eugene Record


posted by roj at 12:34 am  

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Long John Baldry


posted by roj at 12:33 am  

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Charles Chibitty

code talker

posted by roj at 12:31 am  

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

James Doohan

off to the final frontier

posted by roj at 7:50 pm  

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

body counts for that other perpetual war

inspired by my own post on iraqi civilian deaths, i thought i’d scratch a little deeper and see what i could find.

two years in iraq (march 2003-march 2005)
iraqi civilian deaths: 24,865 (source)
coalition deaths: 1712 (source)

kill ratio: 14.52 (24,865/1712)

four and a half years in israel (september 2000-april 2005)
palestinian deaths: 3596 (source)
israeli deaths: 953 (source)

kill ratio: 3.77 (3596/953)

i realize this isn’t entirely fair – since there’s lots of room for interpretation in the concept of “civilian” and i’m quite confident that the definition is never going to be the same twice, but… i thought a moment of reflection on the “us vs. them” (and “them vs. us”) was worth a few words.

posted by roj at 7:02 am  

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

missed by just 135

ow available from the folks over at, a report [pdf] documenting 24,865 civilians killed in iraq in the first two years after invasion.

i’m sure the friends (let’s say 10 each) and family (let’s say 4 each) of each of these dead civilians (let’s call that 348,110 friends and family) are very happy with the united states at the moment.

speak truth. all wars are crimes.

posted by roj at 6:50 am  

Saturday, July 16, 2005

buckle up, taiwan – haitang got serious

sustained @ 155mph (250km/h), gusts @ 190mph (305km/h), a big fat eye and as near as i can tell, coming right at ya…


(imagery from digital typhoon)

posted by roj at 6:17 am  

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

chemically-induced pathological gambling

how long will it take to aerosolize and pump into casinos?

All 11 patients with PD [Parkinson’s Disease] and pathological gambling were taking therapeutic doses of a dopamine agonist; 3 of these patients were not treated with levodopa. In 7 patients, pathological gambling developed within 3 months of starting to take or escalating the dose of the agonist; in the other 4 with a longer latency, gambling resolved after the agonist use was discontinued. Pramipexole dihydrochloride was the agonist in 9 of 11 cases in our series and 10 of 17 in the literature (68% in total).

then again, pramipexole dihydrochloride is a white powder, so maybe it’s not worth the effort to aerosolize… nah. we’re talking about gambling. it’s worth the chance…

posted by roj at 6:12 am  
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