Khamis, 31 Julai 2008

Flying to LA for lunch


1,000 km for a sandwich & meeting a friend.

have a nice trip, lib, see ya tomoro!

ps. i got coffee crumbs in my Seattle blend coffee... no problemo

pps. punk rock concert tonite. last week folk-punk-metal-teen headbangers..

Isnin, 28 Julai 2008

Analysis of romance

I never thought I would write this kind of post, but I just read this article in the newspaper:

The Elixir of Love

Love really is blind, at least to temptation. Researchers at Florida State University report that people settled in a loving relationship find an attractive member of the opposite sex not alluring but repellent. The researchers, in observing a number of people and their interactions, said that "while single people were naturally attentive at the sight of an attractive face, people in loving relationships became uncomfortable and looked away." This reflex, which happens before the conscious brain can process an image, is probably an evolutionary adaptation that promotes pair bonding, according to psychologist Joseph Forgas. He concludes, "What these studies suggest is that romantic love serves a very important function, tempering our natural desire to pay attention to, and to continuously seek out, the best available mate." The Eureka Reporter
and here follows my nonsense analysis of the analysis (meta-analysis?), except of course, I immediately ignore the actual topic and drift elsewhere into TV advertising, baby bird behavior and storybooks. Yes, I'm alive, awake, aware, and myself. Thankyou muchogracias mersiboku shiashiani arigato etcetera.
Actually, that sounds right. When a pair bonds, each individual is actually feeling their own love being reflected back, which is why people can fall in love with a picture of an attractive person without ever meeting them in person, this is due to mirror neurons in the brain of humans, (found also in dolphins and great apes, but not in other animals). I think this is partly the reason for the tradition in middle eastern countries not to make images of people, to avoid developing a bond with a picture or illusion. Today, technology allows fast accurate image making (3D films, interactive video games, air brush paintings...) which can confuse the viewer into partially believing a reality that actually doesn't exist. Story telling is just another version of that, with or without photos as props. The desire to escape boring reality is simply being human. (Also, not only images are reflected, sounds also are, for example, the desire to sing along with an attractive pop star singing a love song.)

Advertisers know this very well, that's why TV commercials always feature a pretty face with their products, so watchers associate the two. That's ok, as long as you know that it's actually your own love and beauty that is being reflected back to you, and not some actor that is just getting money to pay the rent.

Mirror neurons = reflect, mimic or copy another's behavior. Humans are rich in this, that's why humans are good learners, compared to most instinctive mammals. Chicks and ducklings 'imprint' their identity and actions to copy their mother, but only for a few days when hatching, after that they stop. Humans have the ability to continue learning much longer, although many stop when they finish school, and become fixed to an unchanging job.

Oxytocin, vasopressin & dopamine: The social-romantic-reproductive hormones. These kick in as reaction to specific mirror neuron stimuli, although they may already be abundantly supplied due to oestrus cycle.

"I get a kick out of you"

And finally, aardvarchaelogist Martin on romance & chicken spam:

Jumaat, 25 Julai 2008

Have u ever been naughty?

yeeeeah, me too, coupla times. (whose counting, right?) nice is better when possible.

this week all cloudy and chilly, good for fighting the forest fires here in nor calif, but not very summery. today, sun came out for few hours, nice.

had staff meeting, dis, dat and da udder, kind of missing su'm.
(btw, tort is made from nutmeal, cake is made from flour. i had no idea.)

Selasa, 22 Julai 2008

oh yeah

New canvas baseball hat from libby: RBSC Royal Bangkok Sports Club
(I hung up the daffodil hat on the wall.)

"bonobo flutter" from the album "Dial M for Monkey"

Bonobos (pygmy chimps) wade bipedally in shallow water, but do not swim.
Humans swim, dive, backfloat.

Orangutan mother wading, infant clings to fur, no skin fat, lar. air sac, no swim-dive-backfloat

Bonobo mother wading, infant clings to fur, no skin fat, lar. air sac, no swim-dive-backfloat

gorilla mother wading, infant on grass, no skin fat, lar. air sac, no swim-dive-backfloat

human mother with infant, skin with fat not fur, no air sac, yes swim-dive-backfloat
(Human babies have both buoyant insulative WAT white skin fat and (vascularized) inter-scapular self-warming BAT brown fat like most young mammals; while bird chicks, reptile young and piglets have no BAT, so require sunlight, downy nest or shivering for warmth. I don't think human infants shiver when cold, but not sure.)

See these videos, note that the large bellies are not from fat, but from stomach full of plant leaves, which digest slowly. Gorillas in forest opening; the ending show a mother cradling infant in arm while wading

Social Disclaimer: Perhatian! Dilarang mandi tanpa pakaian. Attention! Bathing in public without clothing is not advised. (But also, don't bathe with overly loose bulky clothing, such as a burqa; a burkini is preferable, or other attire more suitable for water.)

Salam selam daripada daud di nor calif, kampong kuala walu wiki, dunia kita. One life 2 share.

Khamis, 10 Julai 2008

Pre-pupal pupils' pseudo-pupils

______ wiggle worm ______________ "sleeping, do not disturb" __________ so colorful ! __________

ramarama ~ dan ~ mariposa ~ y ~ papillon ~ et ~ butterfly ~ ramaramadanmariposaypapillonetbutterfly!

Don Garlick's article on 'smart' pre-pupae: pupal-memories

Train a caterpillar (ulat) to avoid bright light, then metamorphic transformation (kepompong), then the moth (kupu) avoids bright light too. Metamorphosis from crawling worm (caterpillar) to encased pupae (cocoon/chrysalis) to flying adult (moth/butterfly), most of the body cells die, liquify, re-solidify and reform inside the cocoon to adult.
Amazing mimicry, the obvious 'eyes' are not actual eyes, but protruding fake "reflecting" pupillary eyespots, the orange 'mouth' is actually the head. The six true small forelegs tuck beneath the 'jaw' during the pose position, while the large false feet along the abdomen propel not by complex leg musculature but by subcutaneous abdominal rippling, a simple neural activity. Scientific evolutionary evidence for artistic elegant design via natural selection process. Alhamdulillah.

Isnin, 7 Julai 2008

Egyptian Obelisk in the garden

I don't have a photo, but we installed a donor's gift in the front entrance garden, a square-based, "gold" pyramidian-topped, obelisk with Egyptian hieroglyphics, similar in concept to the obelisks of Karnak, Egypt, at a reduced scale. The donor had gone on a trip to Egypt years before to study the pyramids, and constructed the obelisk himself; his daughter tells me he's moving to a hospital for cancer treatments, and moved out from his home, and wanted to donate it as a sort of public display. I think it looks nice, it has a sort of 'marbled' exterior. The hieroglyphics include the scarab, some wiggle lines (for water?), etc. which I can't read, but I'll ask the folks at about it, they are Egyptologists.

[In memory, I celebrate my parents heavenly birthdays, dad: 7th of July, mom: 18th of December. al fatihah ~ rest in peace]

some guy named matt tripping to a tune

Khamis, 3 Julai 2008

Helix Nebula galaxy, by Hubble Telescope

Polygamous ex-mormons produce new 'modest' clothing line
Sialic acid change uniquely human, anti-malarial? Seafood adaptation?


seorang perempuan pakai gandik atau tiara
seorang lelaki nampak, kata 'cantik mutiara'

GANDIK (TIARA) ialah pakaian hulu bagi Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong iaitu diperbuat daripada emas putih bertatah penuh dengan permata berlian berbunga awan larat. Di tengah-tengahnya, di atas awan larat itu terdapat anak bulan dengan bintang, kedua-duanya diperbuat daripada emas putih juga. Gandik ini dipakai oleh Seri Paduka Baginda dalam istiadat-istiadat kebesaran Diraja dan pada waktu Pertabalan Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong. {Istana Negara}

GANDIK (TIARA) is upstream of clothing for His Majesty the King & Queen Agong made of white gold jewelry with diamonds Jade full flowering clouds tired. In the midst of clouds above the tired, there is the new moon with the stars, both made of white gold also. Gandik is shared by His Majesty the ceremonial ceremonial pomp-Royal Coronation at the time and His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

(edited after comments)

Rabu, 2 Julai 2008

and so it goes

sayang, i dunno if you're gonna read this.

i wanna tangle with you. softly. fairly.

sometimes i wanna lose. other times,

your gonna have to play hard to win.

and ... if i never upset you,

how can i be a good hubby?

i can only try.

love is worth the fear of losing.

i don't know how to say (iloveu anyways)

i don't know what to do (ya Allah)

~ selamat jalan ~ balik kampung ~ sayang salam ~

(yah, i can't believe i edited this part... why?)

Selasa, 1 Julai 2008

25 yrs ago today, Bucky Fuller passed away

"Think of the Queen Mary ship - the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there's a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder "called a 'trim tab'. It's a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around, which then turns the whole ship."

(Kind of reminds me of perau samoa & bola sepak takraw)

Just two of Bucky's many elegant inventions, showing the incredible human mind when unhindered by dogma and allowed to explore and design sensiblya most remarkable intelligent designer.

Bucky Fuller: Grunch of Giants

"Man-made laws, legal agreements, royal fiats are not tools. Man-made laws and customs are not technology. They are political power ploys, originally instituted only by-physical-might-asserted and -sustained "rights." Corporations are not tools. They are conventionally accepted power-proclaimed legal contrivances.

There are two fundamental types of tools: those which can be produced by one human unaided in any way physically or metaphysically by any other humans and those which could not be invented, developed, or operated by one human alone. The latter, multi-human-involvement tools, are the industrial tools (high tech machines).

The solo-evolved tools are craft tools. The solo-developed craft tools can be complex and even powered, as by a harnessed creature or a dammed stream of water. Craft tools used as weapons make it possible for physically small humans to overwhelm physically either big humans or even bigger animals--tiger pitfall traps are one example.

This brings us to the slaying of the giant Goliath by David and to the generalized principle of brain-mastered brawn by mind-mastered brain, of the metaphysical mastering the physical.

This in turn brings us to the present confrontation of humanity by the Grunch of Giants--the supranational corporate conglomerates--the greatest giants in all history invisibly "Rough-Riding" planet Earth. While you can see their skyscrapers and factories, these are only the physical properties occupied by the human-drone workers employed by the elusively invisible corporate conglomerates".
I had a dream to start a corporation, Dream Stars & Desert Islands, but it's inactive, as I wanted to marry first, have a wife-life-partner to enjoy the process of growth. Not sure if it will be for profit or not for profit; doing innovative, healthy, enjoyable and environmental sustainable business. InsyaAllah.


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