Thursday, August 27, 2009

Weird Al, melanosomes, Loch Monsters, Zombies and Lost

Man, Saturday morning is creeping up quickly - and there's still so much packing to do! I put away the PS2 last night, so that won't be a distraction, but at the same time, I haven't played it that much. If we really wanted to get down to work and pack, we'd unplug the cable and quit watching t.v.

We just have today and tomorrow to finish putting our lives in boxes, labeling them, and putting them in the spare room while we box more things.

Weird Al's new Ringtone from "Internet Leaks"
Again, you can't imbed the video onto your blog, but you can redirect to the link of the song. It's a catchy song that seems to capture my thoughts on ringtones pretty clearly. It's styled after the band Queen, loosely. Enjoy it if you will.

Evidence of iridescence found in 40 million-year-old feather fossil
This means, they've discovered fossilized evidence of colour in a feather that's real old. This may lead to scientists being able to decipher the colour of dinosaurs from their fossilizedd melanosomes. Here are some excerpts from the article that elucidates what this is all about:
... scans of a 40 million-year-old fossil with an electron microscope by a team from Yale yielded a different interpretation. The structures weren’t bacteria; they were melanosomes.

The discovery opens a new range of scientific inquiry. Knowing that the structure of pigments can survive fossilization will undoubtedly start a review of fossils long thought to have already given over all their secrets. It is not yet known if the technique can be applied to other cases, but the team is in a rush to find out. Dr. Derek Briggs said, "The discovery of ultra-structural detail in feather fossils opens up remarkable possibilities for the investigation of other features in soft-bodied fossils, like fur and even internal organs.”
Proof That the Loch Ness Monster Exists?
This is not proof that the Loch Ness Monster exists, but it's kind of neat. Looks like a boat to me. 65 feet long is pretty big, though. Like, that's the size of a boat!

ZombieLand is coming soon
Yeah, a movie that I'm going to be seeing some time soon is ZombieLand.

"The movie takes place in this post-apocalyptic world called Zombieland," explained "The Squid and the Whale" star Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Columbus. "And it tells the story of these four individuals who join together despite different circumstances to survive in this world. I'm obsessed with survival, and I have a list of 47 rules for how to survive in a world of zombies."

Forget about weapons — Eisenberg's list might actually be the most valuable asset in a zombie uprising. "Pre-Zombieland, [my character] has obsessive-compulsive disorder," the actor explained. "Post-Zombieland, he uses that to his advantage. ... The list is comically boring. Like, Ziploc bags, carry a suitcase with wheels on the bottom instead of a duffel bag so that you can run faster while being chased by a zombie. You want to limber up, to make sure you've stretched; do a lot of cardio. Always know your way out; don't be a hero."

"It's hilarious. I think it might be the funniest movie that has ever been made," director Ruben Fleischer deadpanned. "These are the survivors in a zombie-filled, barren landscape. And now they have to kill zombies, get Twinkies, meet some girls and travel across the country."
Perhaps Harvard isn't all it's cracked up to be ... OR
Harvard is awesome, way to go!

How would a zombie's brain work? Harvard psychiatry professor Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, a certified genius and horror movie buff, uses the undead to lecture his students about the functions of the human brain.
He notes that zombies don't have a fully functioning frontal lobe, which controls impulsivity and behavior, and are thus driven mostly by their amygdala, which controls base emotions, like a crocodile. Their aggression is just the way their brain works. "You can't really be mad at zombies, because that's like being mad at a crocodile," Schlozman says. He also goes on to describe how the brain affects their hunger and the slow, unsteady walk of the undead.
This guy must be rich and have tenure to be putting his balls out there like this. He didn't even put out a smokescreen about pedagogy and how to relate details in his curriculum to students through the analogy of something familiar. Big brass ones on this guy.

New Lost casting news
Some new character is being cast for Season 6.
Paul is an overworked, married male, age 30-60 who finds himself in a highly adrenalized situation that forces him to remain calm and tests his ability to keep his wits about him, a test he fails miserably. Must be available for episodes 602 and 603.
I could act like this! I should be a Lost character. I'll have to get my agent working on it.

I've learned of something very hilarious that warrants its own blog post unto itself. I will get it up sometime shortly. Stay tuned. I promise, this will be something that you'll tell your friends about. It's gold!

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