Archive for April, 2008

27
Apr
08

Fire Marshal Bill in Space

Remember Fire Marshal “Bill Burns” from In Living Color? Back when Jim Carey was still funny?

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26
Apr
08

Bill Joy: “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us”

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy_pr.html

24
Apr
08

PSAS: Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome

Via mymultiplesclerosis.co.uk

PSAS Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome

One Big Climax
Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson’s life is one big climax – for a rare condition called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS) means she has up to 300 orgasms a day. This does not mean she has a high sex drive, probably the opposite, she wants the arousal to stop. It has its down-sides, finding a partner who can cope with such sexual demands can be difficult.

The cause of PSAS has not yet been established. But it must be something in the part of the brain called the limbic system which controls pleasure and sexual function. Although there is no cure, psychological treatments can help modify the symptoms and enable sufferers and their partners to cope.

It is not related to hypersexuality, sometimes known as nymphomania or satyriasis. A number of women have reported these symptoms after they stop taking antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors….

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24
Apr
08

Teachings of Diogenes

Diogenes of SinopeIn the midst of serious discourse in the Craneum, Diogenes realised no one was listening. So he instead began to whistle and dance about to attract attention. Immediately, people flocked round him. Diogenes stopped and said, “You idiots, you are not interested to stop and pay attention to wisdom, yet you rush up to observe a foolish display.”

(Makes me think of the internet, and blogging)

More teachings of Diogenes.

24
Apr
08

Awesome Weather Photos

Weather Underground Photo Galleries

24
Apr
08

13 years of NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

All, thirteen years, in text links. It’s going to take a while for you to get through this:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html

21
Apr
08

Mike Oldfield

I like Mike Oldfield’s music. A lot. I’m sure that many Americans don’t even recognize the name, especially the younger set, although many have heard at least a fragment of his music: namely “the theme from The Exorcist.” However, the “Exorcist theme” is only a tiny fragment of a much larger piece called “Tubular Bells,” which just happened to be the first album released by Richard Branson’s Virgin label. The portion used in the Exorcist was also extracted and sold to Hollywood without Oldfield’s knowledge, and he received no remuneration for it.

As an interesting aside, Oldfield wrote the song “Family Man,” which was picked up by Hall and Oates within a year of its writing, “Dolbyized” and palatized for the American pop scene. Oldfield’s version, originally sung by Maggie Reilly, sung by Pepsi DeMacque below (who is just dead sexy, imho), is rather more “dynamic,” as you will see if you watch the clip of the live performance in Montreux, below.

Enough of that. I’ll let the music speak for itself. The three clips that follow are:

1.) A live performance of a segment from “Tubular Bells” in Montreux Switzerland (?? or London, or Berlin – I’ve heard three opinions and haven’t been able to track this down yet). Oldfield is playing the guitar, his first instrument of choice, although he is a multi-instrumentalist. Turn off the lights, put on the earphones, and turn up the volume for this one.

2.) “Five Miles Out,” from the album by the same name. A hit in England, it got precious little, if any, airplay in the U.S. Oldfield created this video himself, on his home computer. Oldfield is singing mostly through the vocoder in this tune, while Maggie Reilly sings mostly in her clean, pure voice.

3.) “Family Man,” a la Oldfield, from the same concert noted above in No. 1.

I’ll be sharing more Oldfield here, in the future.

Note: If the video feed via WordPress is herky jerky or just plain spazzes out (as it has been doing this evening), just click on the video window to go directly to YouTube and watch.

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