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This may be the fluffiest, freakiest thing since Alba, the green fluorescent bunny from artist Eduardo Kac.
South Korean scientists tinkering with fluorescence protein genes say they have bred white Turkish Angora cats to glow red under ultraviolet light.
The pair of cats cloned from a mother’s altered skin cell are nearly a year old. The researchers told the AFP that their work could help unravel mysteries of some 250 genetic diseases suffered by both humans and cats. The findings also could be used to clone endangered tigers, leopards, and other animals, the report said.
“I love the idea of Operation Disk Drop.
Back in the day, those of us with long hair, tie-died t-shirts, love beads and backpacks, would spend some of our time hitchhiking around Canada as a means of gaining some sense of the Country and our place in it. Late in the summer of ’71, Hendrix and Joplin had been gone for less than a year and the fall of Saigon was still almost four years in the future (although Australia and New Zealand had already decided to withdraw their troops from Vietnam). Nixon was still in power in the U.S. and Trudeau was Canada’s Prime Minister, with the October Crisis and the War Measures Act almost a year behind him.
While begging rides through northern Ontario and westward into Manitoba, I became aware of a curious custom whereby others traveling the same route and by the same means would leave messages for those of us who would follow their path, in one direction or the other, on the back sides of the signs announcing the identity of the city, town or village you were about to enter or were in the process of leaving.
There would always be, inscribed in felt tipped marker, the date and time that your predecessor had arrived at that spot, where they had originally hailed from, usually some information about the local municipality, such as the temper of the local guardians of the law, or the best place (in their opinion) to crash for the night, or what restaurant might let you earn the price of a meal by washing dishes or floors, and finally, the date and time that their next ride had stopped to pick them up.
It strikes me that Operation Disk Drop is the twenty-first century equivalent of my own twentieth century experience, except that now we are sharing information and opinions about music with the stranger who follows or crosses our path, as opposed to sharing information about the nature of some local municipality and the denizens thereof. In both cases, it is an attempt to connect with another human being who is unknown to us but who shares some common ground. Further, it argues, in my view, against those fears so often expressed about the advent of modern computer technology and the internet, as we know it today, making us less socially interactive by somehow dissuading or diminishing human contact.
Starting with the old local “Bulletin Board Systems” (back when the internet was still, primarily, a text driven phenomenon where the Legend of the Red Dragon was the best game on the ‘net and the “point and click” interface we now take for granted didn’t exist), and continuing through file sharing, blogging, My Space, You Tube, Social Media, Facebook (yes Jenna, I concede your point…) and now bringing Operation Disk Drop into the equation, we human animals have been continually experimenting with and expanding the means by which we reach out to each other. We remain, after all, social animals.
I think I might just burn a CD featuring the Perth County Conspiracy, Three Dog Night, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin and Crosby, Stills and Nash and leave it taped to the back of a sign welcoming you to Glanbrook – just to see what happens.”
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CNN just posted about the Changes in Guantanamo Bay SOP manual that showed up on this wiki, all very intresting!!!
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One of my favourite blogs is “The hour’s blog” by George Stroumboulopoulos, every time I find something kool on the blog (which happens a lot) I always let you guys know about it. So here I go again but this time I’m hoping to get some feedback:
“There’s nothing more satisfying than sharing the joy of music. Disc Drop is your chance to turn a total stranger on to the tunes that changed your life. Who knows? Maybe you’ll change some-one else’s life while you’re at it.
STEP 1: Make a mixed CD of your favourite tunes. Somewhere on the disc write: “DISC DROP -cbc.ca/thehour” Be sure to include a track-listing so people can track down more music by the artists on your disc.
STEP 2: Drop off your disc in a random public place.
STEP 3: Go to the “I Dropped a Disc – What Now”, click on the comments, and write down where you dropped off your disc and the track-listing. Check back later to find out who picked it up, and where it’s heading next.”
So ya let us know what’s on your disk and where you left it and YES for the grumpy people out there I know it asks you to write “disk drop-cbc.ca/thehour” on it and yes “we’re just giving George free advertising (blah,blah,blah…)” relax, how can sharing be wrong????? J
I’m off to make a disk full of Radiohead B-sides
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Everyone knows i’m a BIG fan of radiohead so check this out if you are too
“Low Morale: Creep is a music video of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ song. It took 3 months to create and contains over one million key frames. I know this because I counted them. I counted them because I made the animation and delivered every one of those mewling baby key frames.
Creep was created as an extension to a series of shorts called `Low Morale’ which I began to develop during a well-paid, comfortable yet soul-destroying job as a senior designer in a multimedia agency. The countless days spent in the run down converted office, churning out banal multimedia and animation for faceless, lifeless, clueless blue chips had taken their toll on my soul. Creep became my creative escape tunnel.
The video actually started as a lip-syncing experiment with the central Low Morale character but rapidly grew into a cathartic opus that aimed to reflect my job dissatisfaction and the pain caused by a broken relationship. As I’m sure you’ll glean from the video, they were indeed happy days”. – Laith
Moving to BC will be back soon with pics. For now check this out:
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