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That Ain’t Science

Cat eyes, 2011/10/31 

I’ve started posting on my blog again. Below is an excerpt. If any one is interested in the latest post you can find it here.

I keep reading headlines about how our schools are failing to teach science. Well, duh. But it doesn’t fall all on the poor kids for not learning, nor should it fall directly on the teachers as being responsible for the low scores. The adults in this country don’t know science any better by in large. When we have politicians that promote mythology and simply don’t have a clue about much of anything – math, science, history, geography, even their native English language, let alone simple civil discourse we should be surprised that the schools aren’t worse.

Fabric Softener of the Cosmos?…

SkyHarbor,  

Physicist and noted ‘science explainer’ Brian Greene offers an extended spin through the latest findings on what the heck is really going on in the Universe(s) in a new 4-part Nova special series: PBS/Nova: “The Fabric of the Cosmos”

If Greene’s very well done “The Elegant Universe” (2003, which focused largely on ‘string theory’) was an indicator, this might be worth tracking down a TV for the next few Wednesday evenings…

She blinded me with Science!

SkyHarbor, 2011/10/28 

Argghhh! Hilarious and horrifying at the same time! Can actual human beings REALLY be this willfully ignorant? Well… YES, they CAN… and they seem to REVEL in it!

I think this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Homo neanderthalensis DID in fact survive the Ice Ages… to become the Tea Party Republican and Fundamentalist Christian Americans we see today!

How could this way of so-called ‘thinking’ EVER have gained ascendancy in this once-great nation?? And as the piece shows, their circular logic prevents ANY sort of argument! This represents the ‘dumbing down’ of America writ LARGE! It’s very sad, but these people must be left behind… they simply can’t keep up…

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make ‘em THINK!”

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OMG The Secret Curry Recipe.

byronius,  

At the post office I go to, there’s a native of India that I’ve badgered for years to give me her secret family curry recipe. Finally, at last, she has relented. This is her great-grandmother’s recipe, handed down and guarded jealously. And now, I’m going to post it on the intertubes for the world. Because I tried it. And it’s so fricking amazingly good it makes me want to cry.

I’m making it again tonight, vegan-style (fake yogurt, fake chicken), ladled over steaming, fake-buttered zucchini or cauliflower. And that is the finest argument for some sort of universal spiritual content I have ever experienced. OMG, the Secret Curry Recipe. So good.

OMG The Secret Curry

2 potatoes (I omit this)
1 1/2 cup peas
1 tomato (I use three)
1 onion
1 inch ginger
2 green chili peppers (I used serranos, but the traditional pepper is the Bhut Jolokia, the hottest pepper in the world)
1/2 tsp chili powder (to taste)
1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 1/2 tsp oil (I used canola)
1 tsp garam masala (I found this at Safeway in the spice section, can be made from scratch, see the first comment)
1 cup water
fresh cilantro
1/2 cup plain yogurt

Peel and cube the potatoes. Grind onion and ginger to paste. (I used a Cuisinart). Heat the oil and fry the paste to a golden brown. Add all spices, green chilies, tomatoes, and fry briefly. Add yogurt and cook until oil separates. Add peas and potatoes, fry for 5 minutes. Add water and cook for 20 to 25 minutes on medium heat. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Veganizer: All organic produce, and soy yogurt from the co-op. I fry up pieces of fake chicken in the oil before I add the paste. I omit the potatoes (low fiber), add tomatoes (as fresh as possible), and I add chili powder and chili peppers, because I like the spicy, man.

When I make this recipe, it takes me back to a scene in my life: Lying on the fifth bunk up in the cattle hold of the Kampala, heading for Bombay from Mombassa. Everyone was cooking on small stoves down in this barely-ventilated hold, and the smell of super-hot curry infused every cell in my body. There were perhaps four hundred of us down there, men from every corner of the Earth, but mostly Indians, Africans, Sri Lankans, Arabs, and Afghanis. This recipe is very close to what they were making; I can tell because the cooking smell makes me see their faces.

I asked my father about the thin cable holding up the massive doors that would swing down to seal the hold, and he told me that if the ship were sinking, those doors would slam tight and lock us all in. (That’s my pa!) So at night, I would lay there, hoping the ship wouldn’t start taking on water so that they would seal us all in together to share a watery fate at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. The old guy in the Arabic clothing and the turban residing across the aisle from me, up in the rarified air of the fifth bunk, maybe twenty feet feet up, appeared to be as nervous as I was about it. When we were lining up to leave the ship, we smiled at each other.

OMG. The Secret Curry. It’s so beautiful.

PS: If anyone has a favorite curry recipe, please post it here. I’m collecting. This is the thread for all Glorious OMG Curries.

Everything’s ‘relative’… er, I guess…

SkyHarbor, 2011/10/27 

On a lighter note, from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 vaults, enjoy this clip from the really bad “Women of the Prehistoric Planet”

Here, ‘interstellar science officer’ John Agar expounds on the finer points of relativistic time-dilation… delivering perhaps the most mind-poppingly goofy (and WRONG) explanation ever yet foisted upon an unsuspecting drive-in audience! (not that the kids were there to learn physics… drive-in pursuits tended more toward biological investigations ;-P)

Sorry guys; no ‘prehistoric women’ in this clip… still, *I* found it amusing! ;-)

Cool Japanese Stuff.

byronius,  

It just never ends. Sure, they’ve got their dark side, what with the Yakuza, and the tendency to buy GE nuclear plants; but the best part of Nippon is the best part of the human race, and I look forward to their growing past the recent awful disaster to master their fate, and lead the Accelerando.

Muzzle or abolish the EPA… for ‘more jobs’…

SkyHarbor, 2011/10/25 

Just how f*cking dumb does the ‘Energy sector’ think we are anyway? (pretty damn dumb apparently)… and then they attempt to blackmail America by claiming the EPA is ‘riding roughshod’ on the Energy (coal) producers… attempting to make us believe that stopping the EPA is the only way get cheap energy and more jobs.

It is a measure of the power elites’ smugness that they don’t even TRY very hard to mask their lies anymore!

‘clean coal’ makes as much sense as ‘healthy cancer’.

Everybody’s Somebody’s Monster.

byronius, 2011/10/24 

and you’re trying to be mine
scaring me all the time
with your sharpish air claws
and your talk of dark moons
and ice empty space

It’s the End of the World… AGAIN!

SkyHarbor,  

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the world ended on Friday!

The same idiot (Harold Camping) who had proclaimed the May 21st ‘Final Judgement’ admitted he’d made a small miscalculation in his ‘millennial arithmetic’ (apparently he’d forgotten to carry the ‘ten-horned beast’), so the ‘Rapture’ and the ‘End of the Universe’ would actually coincide on 21 October, 2011 (‘at supper time’)… No really! I mean it this time!

To which I can only say:

It’s the End of The World as We Know it… and I feel fine!

Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” finally restored…

SkyHarbor, 2011/10/20 

Metropolis (restored): notice how sharp this still of Maria/The Robot is!

Everyone with even a passing interest in the history of the cinematic arts has seen Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent German expressionist masterpiece “Metropolis”.

It was almost immediately cut way down (butchered actually) from about 2 and a half hours to various 90-120 minute pastiches which left the plot murky and the subplots gone altogether… On top of that, Lang’s timing was unfortunate, as later that same year the first big-budget ‘talkie’ (“The Jazz Singer”) was released, sounding the death knell for commercial silent films…

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