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When I visited home, my brother spouted the old, "We only use ten percent of our brains" myth at me. When I told him, "You know, that isn't actually true," he seemed to almost get offended. I think he likes the idea that if we could just "unlock" that 90%, we'd all have access to special abilities or whatnot.

Unfortunately, I couldn't recite exactly where I had heard that the 10% business isn't true, so I lost the arguement.

So anyway, I'm putting these links here so I can find him later, so that the next time this arguement comes up I can say, "I told you so." :)

Myths About the Brain: 10 percent and Counting
Neuroscience for Kids: Do We Only Use 10% Of Our Brains?
Snopes.com

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know the saying. "Well, if it's on the internet, is has to be true!" But still, I think I'll believe Snopes over assorted satellite TV commercials.
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
I love it when Dini writes Batman. He uses the same characterization for most of these characters as he did in B:TAS (naturally), so when I'm reading the comic, I can hear the B:TAS VAs saying the lines in my head.

That said, the following lines made me cringe:

Talia: How did you find this?
Batman: Echo-location. The ice around this part of the glacier has been deliberately cut to reflect on optical illusion. It looked like a solid wall when it wasn't. I sent a radar signal through the circuitry in my cowl. The waves bounced back, showing the outline of the opening. Light can't fool sound.

Erm, Mr. Dini? Radar =/= echo-location, and sound =/= radio waves.
slyjinks: (Marvel Rodimus: Alt Mode)
GM envisions driverless cars on horizon

I gotta say, my reaction is pretty well split between, "Cool!!" and, "ogodogod, let me know when these things are first getting on the road so I can get off it for a bit." I'm not quite sure why I'm getting that second reaction, though. I mean, when you think about it, can they really be that much worse than human drivers?
slyjinks: (Head: Orange Soda Or Death)
Mirror Considered for Sunless Village

To me, this totally sounded like something out of a Discworld novel, although some of the other folks in my chatroom thought it sounded like a wacky Decepticon plot. Either way, I find it amusing, especially considering this is apparently not the first place to try it.
slyjinks: (Confused Haze)
The idea of screening for embryos for intentionally 'defective' babies has come up. This is weird and kind of disturbing.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16299656/wid/11915773?GT1=8816

Lines that jump out at me:

“You cannot tell me that I cannot have a child who’s going to look like me,” Reynolds said. “It’s just unbelievably presumptuous and they’re playing God.”

Wha-? Who's playing God here? "Playing God" usually refers to science running amok, not... people who oppose science running amok.

Karen Krogstad, a 25-year-old partly deaf student in Bozeman, Mont., said she understands why parents “would go to great lengths to make sure their child will be deaf.”

She and her deaf friends “see ourselves as fully functional human beings who can’t hear. People who wear glasses, are they disabled? No, but if you have hearing aids, to assist with hearing, you are labeled as disabled.”


You know... I wear glasses, and I know a lot of people who wear glasses. Most of them wouldn't "go to great lengths" to make sure their children need glasses.

One thing's for certain. Whether this is true now, or just has the potential for becoming true, Natural Selection is living on borrowed time.

GIP

Nov. 1st, 2006 01:58 am
slyjinks: (Hubble Shot: Glory)
So, I was reading a news article about how Hubble's getting it's life extended today (hooray!), and the article included a bunch of nifty Hubble shots. This inspired me to make and upload lots of Hubble icons.

They have no words, they don't move, they aren't assigned particular moods (although I guess the Eye of Sauron makes for a nice glare). They're just pretty. ^_^
slyjinks: (Two Face: Eeeeeeevil)
Black holes probably won't swallow the Earth, after all!

Whew! That's good to hear! I was really worried about that one! XD

Also: I totally need a mad science icon.
slyjinks: (DigiSaph: Hiya Kick)
Pluto has been demoted from a 'planet' to a 'dwarf planet.'

Charon's back to being Pluto's satellite. Ceres and Xena are up for consideration for 'dwarf planet' status.

Cybertron has been reclassified as 'a big hunk of metal floating around in space,' while Unicron has been declared, 'a nucking huge, scary robot.'

Don't talk to me about Cybertron transforming into Primus. This is my universe, dammit!
slyjinks: (DigiSaph: Breakdance)
There's been a lot of talk lately over whether or not Pluto gets to stay a planet. The latest proposal under consideration would not only allow it to stay a planet, but would add three new planets to our solar system, and possibly bunches more.

That's all well and good, but what I really want to know is, does Cybertron get to keep its planet status?

According to the definition being proposed, apparently not! One of the requirements of being a planet is that you have to be orbiting a star, and ol' Cybertron has lost its a long long time ago. Thus, Cybertron would not be a planet, but a big round chunk o' metal in space. Poor Cybertron!

This does not mean it can't improve its lot, though! Most variations of Transformers canon have planetary (or now, round-chunk-o'-metal-tary) thrusters included sooner or later, so it's not hard to imagine the Transformers eventually parking the thing around some star some day. Good source of energon, too, and hell, Cybertron almost ent up as part of our solar system not once, but twice in the cartoon! In fact, since American G1 cartoon continuity ends with Rebirth, those who decide not to move on to Beast Wars can quite cheerfully just move Cybertron back a bit, otherwise leave it around Sol, and be done with it. Instant planet status!

Unicron, however, is in quite a mess. His wandering, gypsy ways means that he can never regain the "planet" classification. On the up side, the new definition means a decidedly larger array of potential snacking material for the planet-eating spheroid (numnumnum!).

As you all should know by now, I've never much cared for the Primus origin for Transformers, instead preferring the goods-to-be-sold origin. For those who complain that it's more mundane, that's the point! From the perspective of my own species, I think humans and their accomplishments seem so much cooler when seen from the perspective of beings that are descended from amoebas, rather than a species plopped on this Earth fully formed and already having their full array of abilities. Same thing applies to fictional species. A species created as a product and began existence as slaves but had to overcome that just strikes me as a lot more interesting than a random god just waved their god-wand and *poof!* Instant transforming robots (that, for some reason, have driver's cabs and cockpits).

But I digress.

What I'm saying is, although I don't like the Primus origin and will never use it for any ficverse I might have (assuming, for a moment, that I will one day get unlazy enough to write fic), for some reason I'm now getting a very silly mental image of Cybertron finding a nice, new solar neighborhood, settling down in a proper orbit around a respectable star... just so Primus can point and laugh at Unicron because Primus gets to be a planet and Unicron does not!

"Ha ha! Not a planet, not a planet!"

This, of course, would backfire because in order for Primus to point and laugh, he'd have to transform, and once he transforms, he stops being round and therefore FAILS at planethood himself. D'oh!
slyjinks: (BOOM! Bwahahahaha!)
About three or so years ago I came to a realization: reality has become a science fiction movie.

As evidence, I present this article.

You know, for a species that's been extinct for so long, the mammoths have certainly been making the news a lot lately.

Sadly, these guys aren't trying to do it on the sly with misappropriated funds, so it's not quite so entertaining. Ah, well.
slyjinks: (Confused Haze)
"Shark fins and human arms share genes"

And, of course, my mind immediately starts to try making gene/jean puns and making observations about how sharing pants would probably be uncomfortable for the shark alone, nevermind the human...

*sigh*
slyjinks: (DigiSaph: Laughing)
Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk said on Tuesday he spent part of private donations for his research in failed attempts to clone mammoths, extinct members of the elephant family.

(Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060725/sc_nm/science_korea_dc )

He used misappropriated funds to try to... clone... mammoths.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Oh, those wacky cloners!
slyjinks: (Goddamn Batman)
When I posted my last poll, I had kind of been hoping to get more actual opinions than I did. I thought about just posting questions to force people to actually say something, but then I realized I can't force anyone to say anything, anyway. And besides, since answering a poll is so easy, I had some people respond that don't normally respond in my LJ, so I'm going to go ahead and keep this format.

[Poll #766422]

Are CRPGs RPGs? )

Should gods be active in a gameworld, or distant? )

Is poison inherently evil or just another weapon? )

And now onto other stuff...

Why I Love Weekly World News )

My crack Catwoman theory for the week )

Planetary Jibber-Jabber )

Detective Comics #821 )

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