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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #225 on: June 13, 2014, 02:51:39 PM »
This is interesting.  Not in a generate discussion type of way (anything like that would probably end up in the basement), but interesting enough that I thought a wider audience might be interesting in seeing it.

political-parties-left-right.gifInteresting "stuff"

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« Reply #226 on: June 13, 2014, 05:30:27 PM »
@wraith - Thanks for that! I'm going to print it out for closer study. Although there may be a few things anybody could quibble over from either side of the spectrum, a quick look and skim seems to say it's spot on. :Thmbsup:
« Last Edit: June 17, 2014, 08:30:21 AM by 40hz »

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« Reply #227 on: June 13, 2014, 10:04:55 PM »
This is interesting.  Not in a generate discussion type of way (anything like that would probably end up in the basement), but interesting enough that I thought a wider audience might be interesting in seeing it.
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i love things like this.

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #228 on: June 15, 2014, 07:31:39 PM »
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« Reply #230 on: June 17, 2014, 12:56:55 AM »
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« Reply #231 on: June 19, 2014, 06:41:03 PM »
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A hundred years ago they said that masturbating would make you go blind. We’ve progressed. Today, we’re told that watching moderate amounts of pornography will shrink your brain. The claim arrives courtesy of a brain imaging paper published last month in JAMA Psychiatry, a respected medical journal.

Among the global hyperbolic headlines that followed, my favourite was from a German site: “Pea brain: watching porn online will wear out your brain and make it shrivel.” Others included “Viewing porn shrinks the brain” (from the reliably untrustworthy Daily Mail) and Watching Porn Linked To Less Gray Matter In The Brain (from Huffington Post).

Is It Really True That Watching Porn Will Shrink Your Brain  Science Blogs  WIRED

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« Reply #232 on: June 19, 2014, 06:45:32 PM »


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« Reply #234 on: June 19, 2014, 07:00:25 PM »


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« Reply #235 on: June 21, 2014, 01:51:27 PM »
Remember reading Shelly's famous sonnet Ozymandias back in school?

In case you don't
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Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."


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Think about Shelly's words while taking a look at this article.


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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #236 on: June 21, 2014, 02:48:44 PM »
@40hz: Interesting find! Thanks for sharing.
Building is as depressing as Ozymandias...

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« Reply #237 on: June 21, 2014, 03:34:50 PM »
@IainB - Glad you liked it! I found the article particularly resonant since (in one of my former incarnations) I was an avid urban/hidden/lost-places explorer. I got started in 1973. But it really took off after the film The Last Wave came out in 1977 and people learned about some of the locations found in the movie. More on hidden/lost places here and here.

It also reminded me a little of the scene in Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness where the exploration team first enters an eon dead, frozen city in Antarctica and begins to piece out it's history from the murals on the walls. (Good read if you haven't btw. I've included the link to an electronic edition.)

Ia! Cthulhu ftaghn! ;D :Thmbsup:

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« Reply #238 on: June 22, 2014, 12:07:06 AM »
@40hz: Thanks for the references/links. I hadn't read that.
As for that building, well it is a just a huge artefact - a church - built to worship what turned out to be a short-lived religio-political ideology. Just another religion, and there are so many of them, and we keep making up new ones - e.g., including Moonies, Scientology, Apple, Green, Global Warming™ (aka Climate Change™) - not to mention Swedenborgianism, Spiritualism, all the newly-invented US "Christian"-based sects and the Islamic sectarian branches, the EU, and the USA.
So many prayers to say, sins to confess, and tithes to pay to placate all of their gods ... so little time...

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #240 on: June 27, 2014, 10:04:09 PM »
(see attachment in previous post)
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 Review & Rating  PCMag.com

Thanks. Nice coincidence - I can use that. I am long overdue to update my DCF mini-review of MWB. After migrating to Win8-64 and then updating to Win8.1 this month, I had been intending to do it this week anyway. You just save me some research effort.    :Thmbsup:

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #241 on: June 27, 2014, 10:16:16 PM »
This is interesting.  Not in a generate discussion type of way (anything like that would probably end up in the basement), but interesting enough that I thought a wider audience might be interesting in seeing it.
 (see attachment in previous post)
Thanks for that. Being as ignorant as I am about US politics, I found it interesting - though somewhat alarming. It seems to engage in an awful lot of "labelling" (some of which seems pejorative), and the result looks like a simplistic view of a strongly polarised religio-political ideological dichotomy. Is that how it actually seems to be perceived by the majority of Americans? (I see @40hz thinks it is spot-on.)
@wraith - Thanks for that! I'm going to print it out for closer study. Although there may be a few things anybody could quibble over from either side of the spectrum, a quick look and skim seems to say it's spot on. :Thmbsup:

If, as a broad generalisation, it is largely true, then I think I begin to understand why I find some aspects of US politics so incomprehensible, though unfortunately it doesn't make them any more comprehensible for me.     :huh:
« Last Edit: June 28, 2014, 03:20:27 AM by IainB, Reason: Minor corrections for clarity. »

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #242 on: June 29, 2014, 11:10:40 AM »
3 very short clips in the vid at the link.
I'd never seen the first or the third before. The  third is amazing and gets me every time.
I had seen the second one (or one similar to it) before and the first time I watched it I got the count right and passed the test, but I suspect that it's a matter of concentration and awareness as much as anything.

LiveLeak.com - Proof Your Senses Are Lying To You

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #243 on: June 29, 2014, 03:45:09 PM »
3 very short clips in the vid at the link.
I'd never seen the first or the third before. The  third is amazing and gets me every time.
I had seen the second one (or one similar to it) before and the first time I watched it I got the count right and passed the test, but I suspect that it's a matter of concentration and awareness as much as anything.

LiveLeak.com - Proof Your Senses Are Lying To You

I dunno, I'm not at all impressed with the "bah/fah" thing at the end. They are very close sounds, so being fed context and then switching it of course moves it a bit. The same thing happens to me all the time while I am meeting people with accents and I miss about one of every five words they say.

The "Babe" test is just a spin on the "Gorilla" version, and it's been around for a while. It's an artificial test, where we are "promised" a "reward" for counting basketballs, when if you sorta think sideways and don't bother, then you see the babe/gorilla pretty easily.

The mind can only process X stuff. This stuff has been known for a thousand years. That's why pickpockets do their thing - they tap and bump you too fast for you to know what's going on.


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Re: Interesting "stuff"
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« Reply #248 on: July 04, 2014, 11:30:58 PM »
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How many of you national security threats here need something like this?

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« Reply #249 on: July 08, 2014, 02:39:50 AM »
Hopefully this could only happen in Spain:
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A video filmed at Barcelona airport shows two planes almost crashing on the runway. An Airbus 340 is shown crossing the runway at El Prat Airport in Spain as a flight from Moscow is coming in to land. Seeing the Airbus in its path, the pilot of the Boeing 767 from Russia aborts the landing. The plane then lands safely on the runway shortly afterwards.