Sabtu, 31 Mei 2008

Good Song

I remember riding on the looooong highway from Los Angeles, California to Phoenix, Arizona, while I worked on a carnival summer job with the Kastl crew, setting up, slawing, testing and operating the High Miler roller coaster, for the Arizona State Fair, during the really hot summer days. (Also did the swinging musical chairs and the twirling teacups for the kiddos

One song, by Sixpence None The Richer, was Kiss Me, which I heard while riding in the truck (lorry) cab. I also got to enjoy listening to them at a live performance, that was sweet. Simple song, heartfelt.

Matt Slocum wrote the song for his wife. Pretty neat. I'm hoping and praying I will soon have a lady to write songs for n dance with n dive with n marry, and other important stuff like changing baby's diapers and monthly sore-back scrubs and pampering during the irritable times. (and teach her to swim and float to prevent drowning) Sabar siket. InsyaAllah.

[Bearded barley is Russian grain (mcm beras), see the "whiskers" on the seed pod 1/2 way down the page here: linky]

lirik lagu Kiss Me

Kiss me out of the bearded barley. Lightly, beside the green, green grass.
Swing, swing, swing the spinning step. You wear those shoes and I will wear that dress.

Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight. Lead me out on the moonlit floor.
Lift your open hand. Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance, silver moon's sparkling. So kiss me.

Kiss me down by the broken tree house. Swing me high upon its hanging tire.
Bring, bring, bring your flowered hat. We'll take the trail marked on your father's map.

Rabu, 28 Mei 2008

Mothers & Daughters : mengerti?

in two dimensions (with added colors), looks like butterflies, but in three dimension, it's hominid pelvis configurations, from Lovejoy, 2005, fig. 5

...attention: this post is considered veiled...

She and her rainforest ancestors: hanging, standing or sitting while plucking/tree climbing/bipedal wading/quadrupedal walking on knuckles and feet but no swimming/diving/back-floating. Note the huge biceps/triceps and long arms but short legs, and long fingers-toes but short palm-sole and hyper-erect ear pinnae, lack of subcutaneous fat, hyper-trophic muscles, very short achilles tendon.
11 yr old female

She and our seashore ancestors: standing, sitting or mid-dive while plucking/cliff climbing and bipedal shoreside beachcombing wading and walking and running/swimming/diving/back-floating. Note the long legs but short arms, long flat palm-sole (paddle-like) but short toes, slightly erect ear pinnae and long hydrodynamic scalp hair, subcutaneous fat, (comparatively) atrophic muscles, very long achilles tendon. [Note: wearing high-heeled shoes daily causes shrinkage of the achilles tendon, best to combine with barefoot walking and stretching]
10 yr old female

Newborn infant: mother grips branch, eats birth mucus and afterbirth (same as deer), infant no fat layer, face emerges ventrally.

Newborn infant: mother immersed, does not eat mucus or afterbirth (same as dolphin), infant SC fat layer, face emerges dorsally. (midway through and end of video)

labour progression and birth of human, bipedal-linear pelvic structure requires newborn to rotate on axis, no other primate does this. The afterbirth remains viable and continues to pump blood and oxygen for a minute after birth, allowing extended full submersion of infant. This may indicate that the human ancestral condition was a slow birth, semi-immersed in warm water.

One way to flip a breech baby?: handstand (vertical diving posture) in water

Hominid pelvis structure and bipedalism (but lacks semi-aquatic information)

Human vs chimp pelvic structure, birth process

Pregnant mums swimming, diving, back-floating: (big tummies, Spanish vid)

380,000,000 year old mother placoderm giving birth, umbilical cord present internal.
(I've no idea why I put this here, rather than in the arc.)

your money or your life

Social status & derived financial valuation

"This suggests that money and social standing are evaluated similarly, and can substitute for each other. However, it should be of little surprise that the same part of the brain that evaluates status also evaluates money. But money hasn’t been around forever… some part of the brain had to take on the task of handling it. This may explain why money equates so easily to social status; not just because we think of it in similar terms, but that the brain function that developed to measure social status took on the task of evaluating money."

translation: money-trade stemmed from social selection.

"During the game, they were told that fake contestants were doing better or worse than them. Individual's brains apparently react very strongly to the status of other players. So it seems like thinking that you are doing better than someone else has a stronger reaction than a monetary reward, even if it’s a complete stranger."

translation: you don't have to run faster than the lion, as long as you can run faster than the other person, preferably a stranger. Therefore, if a stranger seems to be ahead in the race, fear motivates and invigorates. In an anonymous society (cities), a clique of like-minded individuals forms to maintain a perceived lead against outgroups and non-group individuals, and expresses fitness (activity, glittery stuff to show up others), conformism (ritual, rule) to show allegiance.

Selasa, 27 Mei 2008

Membuatkan Nature-Path "Housepital"?

Note: this post is better with a grain of salt.
Nature-Path differs from both natural path and naturopathy, as defined by wikipedia.
اهدِنَــــا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ ihdinā ṣ-ṣirāṭ al mustaqīm

They focus on herbal remedies and "cleansing" of often imaginary toxins from the body, as well as vegetarianism and yoga and other techniques, many of which are more or less placebos.

Basically, nature-path is individually optimal health and wellness or eunoia, not just simply stasis, and the opposite of disease and illness.

I formerly worked at the National Wellness Institute at the University of Wisconsin system, for Dr. Bill Hettler, assisting in establishing their wellness network database, where I learned of the medical industry's dilemma: the propensity to treat patients by killing the pain and quieting the symptoms rather than to heal by tuning into and magnifying (not increasing) the pain and symptoms for analysis and treatment.

If you ask a typical medical practitioner, what is apnoea or paranoia, they will respond immediately with the right answer, but if you ask about eunoia, they may need time to recall, because they are so completely focused on returning a patient to average (not optimal) health stasis, thus allowing unhealthy habits (which may have caused the disease) to be retained.

But if one's attention zooms in on treatment of the negative symptoms, one cannot effectively treat the whole person. It is the positive equilibrium which actually heals the body, the drugs and surgery only assist it. (Obviously, I'm not including acute traumatic injuries, chronic genetic defects, etc. which require specialized conventional medical treatment at some stages, but still gain long term advantage with holistic treatment such as naturopathy.)

Eureka Eunoia Ecostay: organic foods, sea shore rehab, radioscopy, fitness, balance.
Locale: adjacent to the Wharfinger (= syahbandar) building and marina.
There has been interest in developing an eco-hostel here, but how about an eco-hospice or eco-hospital?

not sure why, i have this feeling to design and construct an eco-hospital & human physiology complex. There are already 2 conventional hospitals nearby, mad river hospital and st. josephs hospital, which serve humboldt county.

{i call this one a pipe dream, since there is no financial funding for it.}

there's a veterans memorial clinic, and a red cross blood bank clinic, a skin health & beauty college and two hotels (closed- empty) very near here. this all could be converted to a pro-active health center spa complex.

basically, featuring less chemical medicines and invasive surgery and more health-focused lifestyle adaptation, including dietary habituation, fitness habituation, socio-mental stress reduction (surfing through the peaks and valleys of life's challenges), with a view that "the body heals itself when allowed and encouraged", rather than pumping bodies full of artificial chemicals from Big Pharma or even worse, pushing homeopathic snake oil (unnecessary colonic cleansing) and ritualized magic cures (this pill/herb/prayer/chant/suppository) will cure anything!). mostly people don't need to be cured, just rebalanced.

the local billionaires might be induced to support this, and there's another one, a malaysian indian real estate moghul that might also, named roy i think. i won't ask warren buffett, he's too busy buying hydroelectic dams that destroy the salmon fishing for local native tribes (dayak merah).

(ps. wearing my brown slacks, brown summer sweater, tan sports jacket, grey sox & white sneakers and a camouflage baseball cap "hunting and fishing news"; fashion police jangan datang lah...hehe)

pps. this tea is yummy: evening in missoula herbal tea, from missoula, montana, usa linky

Isnin, 26 Mei 2008

What's in your genes?

Woman's genome sequenced.

I was wondering if they'd ever get around to that, after sequencing men, chimpanzees, monkeys, cows, platypuses, etc.

I mean, goodness sakes, they are human, yah?!

Ahad, 25 Mei 2008

Kinetics update

I sure enjoyed seeing these crazy craft and crews, splashing and cruising along the trail. (Some of them even reminded me of the kavadi of the Hindu Thaipusam festival, and the rainbow colored becaks and tuk-tuks.)

Some pics I copied from Radio station KHUM blog: (see photo credits there)

the wooden yacht with wagon wheels

the happy hippy hippo, with wiggling ears and opening mouth

The glorified viking ship, and the oops! factor. The floats were too close together, no stability in the water, so when it rolled into the water it flipped on it's side; I watched but couldn't do anything to stop the roll-over, try again guys!

Note: Safety equipment required: Life vest float, toothbrush, teddy bear. Do not try this at home without supervision.

Oh, yeah, I also toured a US Navy ship (real one) docked at the pier, enjoyed checking out the huge propeller screw engines and electrical generators, listening to the grease monkey engineer talk about diesel power in the noisy engine room and galley and crowded bunks area, fun time, open to the public during Memorial Day weekend. The ship was used to launch aircraft, as troop carrier and then a hospital ship IIRC, during WWII and is being restored. Coolness!

OTOH, (the left one) George Bush, US president stupidly supports increased oil consumption and waste, by tax payback economic stimuli which is used to pay for more expensive gasoline ($4./gallon <-> today price up to $4.35/gallon). bodoh betui. More oily wars coming soon? Mucho loco Señor George.

Much better idea (but not yet public), from the common sense calif: traix, mass transport that allows independent individual expression without fossil fuel, that improves health and efficiency, and reduces smoggy city air and congestion.

Khamis, 22 Mei 2008

Kinetic Sculpture Festival is here again!

Kinetic coffee 2004

[katak] croak slough
[Features live streaming on internet during the race saturday-monday]

"For the Glory!" Hobart Brown, the glorious founder. The 40th annual race, this week. "NO petrol engines were used in this event" me, the humble nor calif. All Kinetic Sculpture Races provide healthy challenges to their pedaling competitors over 40 miles of: * Sand * Mud * Water * Pavement ^ people pedal together power ^

While other races may only last one or two days, the Grand Championship course is long and grueling, subjecting the racers and their machines to extreme stresses; some planned, others not. But not to worry, the racers are in top shape or as the Hobart Brown, the Glorious Founder says, "If you aren't in top shape when you start, you will be when you finish." "Kinetic Sculpture Racing is human powered engineering and art all wrapped up in the most imaginative racing machines you've ever seen!"

I'll be walking down to watch it as they cross the bridge to downtown Eureka Calif. and then the next morning as they go into the water of Humboldt Bay (Kuala Walu Wiki).

Rabu, 21 Mei 2008


[Since the song is called linger, why did they cut off the last 15 seconds? hmm? hmm? alas...]

Portuguese translation of the pretty Irish lilting song Linger by the Cranberries

(P) prolongar = (E) linger = (M) berlengah lengah

(L) cor = (P) coração = (E) heart = (M) hati

(P) ~ meu coracao ainda bate forte cuando te veio
(E) ~ my heart still beats strong whenever I see you
(M) ~ hati saya masih memukulkan kuat bila bila saya nampak saudari
(M yg medical: plz see comments)


If you, if you could return, don't let it burn, don't let it fade. I'm sure I'm not being rude, but it's just your attitude, It's tearing me apart, It's ruining everything. I swore, I swore I would be true, and honey, so did you. So why were you holding her hand? Is that the way we stand? Were you lying all the time? Was it just a game to you? But I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you. You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha. Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to, Do you have to let it linger? Oh, I thought the world of you.
I thought nothing could go wrong, But I was wrong. I was wrong. If you, if you could get by, trying not to lie, Things wouldn't be so confused and I wouldn't feel so used, But you always really knew, I just wanna be with you. But I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you. You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha. Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to, Do you have to let it linger? And I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you. You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha. Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to, Do you have to let it linger? You know I'm such a fool for you. You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha. Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to, Do you have to let it linger?

Muhammed Ali berkata

a man who has

no imagination

has no wings

Is it just a coincidence that these names are similar: mehemot (great) and muhammed ali (who boasted so famously, "I am the greatest!"? I think so, but I don't know. Please, someone inform me, ok? I know some persons names are mehemot, like mehemot ali, who had a trained tiger.

"Several etymologies have been given for the name 'mammoth'; among others, the word 'behemoth' in the Book of Job, and the Arabic word ' mehemot,' signifying an elephant of very large size. One of the most interesting is the Tartar word ' mamma,' meaning the earth, suggested by Pallas, a Russian scientist, who first gave a description of the animal. " The Tungooses and Yakoots," he says, "believed that this animal worked its way in the earth like a mole. The mammoths had retired, they say, into great caverns from which they never emerge, but wander to and fro in the galleries" [actually, they found the mammoth corpses which had fallen through thin ice into crevices and swamps and froze, but they didn't live underground in caverns.)

At the time of the Great pyramids of Egypt were built, there were probably still some mammoths alive on coastal islands near Siberia (Wrangels Island), and there were still some giant sloths on Caribbean Isles, which probably gave rise to the Bigfoot legends of native Americans.

the call of the mighty mehemot: mammoth trumpet

Khamis, 15 Mei 2008

Happy Teachers Day to all cikgu's

Life is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, and the lesson aferward.

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(hard to draw a school of fish hehe)

Girls are smart, yeh? This from Sciencewoman Blog:

Three talented, hard working, and lucky students are the recipients of the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, which includes a $50,000 college scholarship. This year's winners are:

* Efficient Hydrogen Production Using Cu-Zn-Al Catalysts Prepared by Homogeneous Precipitation Method by Yi-Han Su, 17 from Taipei Municipal First Girls' Senior High School in Taipei. (A girl! From Taiwan! And I happened to pick up her abstract and take a picture of her board! (I'll have the pic and highlights from the abstract later this afternoon)

* Development of Biosensors for Detecting Hazardous Chemicals by Natalie Saranga Omattage, 17, from The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. (Another girl!)

* Computation of the Alexander-Conway Polynomial on the Chord Diagrams of Singular Knots by Sana Raoof, 17 of Jericho High School in Jericho, New York. (Another girl! It's a sweep!)

And another one:

Three students were also awarded the Seaborg SIYSS Award, which consists of a trip to the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm in December. These students, the three top high school seniors, will get a chance to hob-nob with the Nobel laureates, hear them give their lectures, see the medals get awarded, and attend a glamorous feast and ball at the Stockholm town hall. They'll also get to interact with other top young scientists from the European Union and around the world. Short of winning a Nobel prize itself, this is the closest you can come to being at the center of the events. These smart, dedicated, lucky soon-to-be world travelers are:

* Kaleigh Anne Eichel, 17, of Strongsville Senior High School, in Strongsville, Ohio for her project
The Ability to Learn: Learning and Communication between Comet Goldfish

( congrads to the champs! and to their gurus !)

Rabu, 14 Mei 2008

Gate = Bridge = Pass = Pax = Peace = Salam = Shalom = Taarak

Palesraeli Hadhari

lihat sabar, young padawan... Do not make me take a Jedi stance and draw out my Jedi Light Sabre Kris and wave it about menacingly!

The reason I was disappointed in the behavior of the Serbs (and not much more with the Montenegrens, Croats, Macedonians) was that I had such high regard for their rich, ancient cultural history. They had greed but no need to harm their neighbors.

of the innocent on all sides who died, al fatiha ~ blessed and rest in peace

for those interested, this is one path one might take, among many equally valid:

however, being, of nor calif, my singular responsibilities differ from imams ~ an example is that i don't count prayers, as there are never enough for those who lead, nor do i count the footsteps nor swimming strokes or breaths taken and given.

i do not support the nation of israel,
i do not support the nation of palestine,
i do offer my whole hearted but just symbolic support to de` caffienate krislamarina caliphate of palesrael, in peace, via resource allocation, manufacturing, trade, technology, etc. as chief executive officer (ceo) of the non-profit corporate caliphate, pro the dream maker program in the form noted as 'dream stars & desert islands' (dsdi), once i've found a lady and married, insyaAllah. Until then, i can only watch the suffering in silence, since i cannot claim this position if i'm solo, sad to say. i lost `my' princess to an imam, which is why i do not follow or submit to the imam, though i do not oppose them; they have their duties, i have mine, alhamdulillah.

اهدِنَــــا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ ihdinā ṣ-ṣirāṭ al mustaqīm
guide us to the straight path ~ guide us along the arc of life

The Quran says:

“Let there be no compulsion in the religion: Clearly the Righteous Path is distinct from the crooked path.” (Quran 2:256)

The righteous or straight path is a smooth curvilinear arc, not jagged or crooked.
Of course, real life is bumpy, but the ideal is to go through it smoothly.

please note that straight = curved because earth is spherical in the space-time continuum, it is not a flat surface. an example of this, is the making of window glass: a puddle of molten glass must rest upon a puddle of molten tin, in order to have a consistent thickness, since both puddles, like the oceans follow the earth's curvature. in two dimensions (X, Y), the path is straight, in three dimensions (X, Y, Z) the path follows an arc, in four dimensions it follows an orbital cycle (X, Y, Z, T (T = Temporal)). life is fluid and therefore spherical and cyclical following planetary orbital seasons, through the temporal dimension of light years of time, not crystaline like a rock which cracks and erodes into alluvial fans or eluvium, therefore, the straight path is an arc, by definition. those who have been to the moon and outer space have verified this fact. earth is not flat land, it is curved. all paths are curvilinear made up of arcs. many do not understand this, and do not understand scientific theory of geology, ecology, biology, spatial geometry, etc. it is nature, it is the primal gift. sela. salud. salam. shalom.

Isnin, 12 Mei 2008

on the other side

so far away ... je ne comprends pas

courage, diva, iloveurightoutloud through tears and fears,
cramps and cries, chores and snores, giggles and sighs...

both sides now: Joni Mitchell

Nice instrumental version by Sungha Jung:

Ahad, 11 Mei 2008

Oh poo! Replication of chemostat E coli

Dirty diapers and the beginnings of life

[Random selections from Carl Zimmer's blog The Loom]

"If you type in "Escherichia coli" into PubMed, the search engine for the National Library of Medicine, you get 253,128 scientific papers. Today millions of diabetics get their insulin from E. coli that carry human insulin genes.

So you might think there must have been some eminently rational plan to select E. coli to become the creature science knows best. But there wasn't. It was discovered by Theodor Escherich, a pediatrician. In 1885 he delivered a lecture announcing the discovery of a rod-shaped microbe in the diapers of healthy babies. He was struck by how fast it grew on all sorts of food--milk, potatoes, blood. Scientists in the early 1900s used it to study metabolism, but they also used a lot of other bacteria. It was one among many.

As the French E. coli biologist Jacques Monod declared, what is true for E. coli is true for the elephant (regarding reproduction)".

Larry Moran at Sandwalk blog: Carl Zimmer is among the very best—possibly the best—of the modern science writers. His new book Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life is going to be on sale May 6, 2008. I was mildly disappointed to see Carl repeat a common myth about DNA replication in E. coli on page 29.

Larry: Here's the problem. How can E. coli divide faster than it can replicate it's chromosome?

Me: (Probably completely wrong, since it's purely guessing) light-dark cycle as a factor in replication timing, ability to speed up dependent on if light-dark cycle is speeded up? The thing is, of course the light-dark cycle (diurnal-nocturnal, day-night) can't directly affect the gut bacteria, since they are inside the body. But is there a clock which synchronizes the GI tract according to a) body temp = activity, b) glandular secretion / biochemical stimulation via the eyes, skin, transparent fingernails etc.? Well I just wanted to throw that in at his blog comments.

Here's Larry's solution:

It seems to me to be a tidal phenomenon, waves of replication of DNA daughters, making new ones before the old ones have fully separated, in the same way waves at the seashore will overlap one another. Well, that's cool, tidal is cooler than temporal clocks, possibly being subjective to solunar effects hypothetically. I'd like to know the wavelength and frequency of these waves, and compare to heart rate and oceanic waves, might be a correlation there.

Carl's post-operative articles at his blog, the loom, scroll down to see his top 5 questions about E coli and his book Microcosm:

and his honest admission of his booboo: "Meanwhile, Larry Moran is going over the book with a fine-tooth comb and catching at least one mistake. Ouch. I knew I should have been more careful about how fast chromosomes replicate. Something to fix in the next printing..."

coolness for any biofreaks, right? hehe. Nature rules people's stools! ahaks.

Rabu, 7 Mei 2008

Mothers Day * Hari Ibu

In memory of Byrde and her daughter Caryl (my mother), and appreciation for present & future moms. [oleh abang daud di nor qalif]

Mothers and Daughters

Without mothers and daughters, where would we be?
sitting in an empty boat, out on the open sea...
They make a cold cruel world a much warmer place
they deserve all our love and almost all of our space

It would be hard to find a trace
of a smile on a little boy's face
without mothers and daughters
a^m^a^z^i^n^g ~ g^r^a^c^e.

Well that's what teddy bears are for
when loved ones have gone through the door
Yeah that's what teddy bears are for
when loved ones have gone through the door
and that's what wings and prayers are for

[A gentleman's poetic reflections on Mothers Day, DDeden]

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining like the sun,
We've no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun

The lyrics are based on a prayer of King David (prophet Daud) in which he marvels at God's choosing him and his house. John Newton, the author of the lyrics to Amazing Grace, had a turning point in his spiritual life when a violent storm occurred one night while piloting a ship at sea, he realized his helplessness and concluded that only the grace of God could save him. My mom really liked this song, especially when accompanied by Scottish bagpipes and guitar, me too.

al fatiha ~ mama ~ rest in peace

cari entry: Selamat Hari Ibu Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Isnin, 5 Mei 2008

lost a friend and a hope

just one more day, xayang,

just one more day, saya seorang sendiri.

looking into your eyes, even so briefly, i believed.

fear, trust, innocent, honesty, humble, peaceful, kind, loving.

i'm so sad that we didn't have sons & daughters together.

i'm so sad that we didn't hold hands together gether.

i'm so sad that i never saw you again.

saya harap mazy dan anak dan suami sedang rasa yang baik dan sihat.

Protecting the herd, the flock, the school, the team


Interviewer : "Just imagine you're in the 20th floor of a building and
it's on fire. How will you escape?"

Muthu: "It's simple.. I will just stop my imagination. "

[copied from a mirian duckie's blog]

Religion and imagination
Category: Evolution • Philosophy of Science • Religion • Social evolution
Posted on: May 5, 2008 10:04 PM, by John S. Wilkins

Blogging on Peer-Reviewed ResearchIn a piece reported on in New Scientist, Maurice Bloch has proposed another basis for religion: imagination. Because we can project ourselves and imagine the "transcendental" relation in social and personal relationships, we can imagine that there are agents not visible or present, he claims. The paper is also a good historical review of theories of religion, and makes the point that "religion" is not well defined as a topic of investigation of explanation.

Like many others, Bloch infers that religion is a byproduct of things that were evolutionarily adaptive, such as cognitive skills. His critics also think there are other aspects of evolved psychology that apply here, like "theory of mind", or the ability to infer that others have minds like our own, which underwrites the tendency to see agency in natural processes:

Chris Frith of University College London, a co-organiser of a "Sapient Mind" meeting in Cambridge last September, thinks Bloch is right, but that "theory of mind" – the ability to recognise that other people or creatures exist, and think for themselves – might be as important as evolution of imagination.

"As soon as you have theory of mind, you have the possibility of deceiving others, or being deceived," he says. This, in turn, generates a sense of fairness and unfairness, which could lead to moral codes and the possibility of an unseen "enforcer" - God – who can see and punish all wrong-doers.

A recent paper [pdf] by Shariff and Norenzayan claims that humans who believe they are being watched in their social transactions are (marginally) more likely to cooperate rather than cheat; another argument is made by Barbara King, that religion derives from the faculty of empathy that social apes must have. There are a plethora of explanations of "religion".

"But it seems to me that we need to be more careful in our choice of explananda. These different explanations explain different things. A principled division of things to be accounted for would resolve much confusion. As it happens, I'm proposing just that in a talk I'm giving at Sydney Uni Philosophy Department tomorrow at 3 - if you are in town, come by and hear me."

silly mat salleh di bule land

omg hilarious answers to this Brit's interrogation. Brilliance + Ignorance.

Q. What is the religion of Israel?
A. "Diaperhead?" [DD: WHAT????]

Q. What is a mosque?
A. "Some kind of animal?" [DD: alamak, mina ta paham soalan tu?? bukan nyamuk aise]

Q. Where is France?
A. (pointing to Australia) "here, south" [DD: hmm give up]

Ahad, 4 Mei 2008

alles kaput


hey what you lookin at ??

........(O O)........

so then again ~*~ u so de


so desu ne

Sabtu, 3 Mei 2008

Codeword: Gold Show

gold show here today for Arts Alive (every 1st saturday of the month is Arts Alive, lots of open houses at art shops, theatres, coffee shops). Nice art pieces, abstract paintings and sculptures etc. My favorite was outside though, the beautiful sunny day. :) I stopped by Russian Innocence dome to see their creative icons, quite nice.

Golden Sunrise Saturday.

Morning has broken

Nature provide seed
for everyones' need
but not enough feed
for all of your greed

paraphrase: MGandhi