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The Passion Paradox

December 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Nowhere in Africa
I saw this movie Nowhere in Africa, which was a nice movie and all that. What caught my attention was a dialogue in the movie, where the father of the protagonist says, “One always loves more than the other – that is the problem.” I thought that was a very insightful statement.

Now I come across the Passion Paradox. Briefly, it says:

Passion Paradox is a theory about romantic relationships created by Dean Delis in his book “Passion Paradox”. According to Delis, one partner is more in love – or emotionally invested in the relationship – than the other. The more love the loving partner wants from the other, the less the other feels like giving.

The more in love partner is in the one-down position, whilst the less in love partner occupies the one-up position. Men and women can occupy both positions at various times.

I now wonder if the script writer or the author actually knew that there was a name for what he/she wrote down for that dialogue.

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A scarf made red by your own blood!

December 17th, 2006 · No Comments

This body mod is quite amazing:

Bloody Scarf

The scarf has the wearer’s blood circulating through it. I wonder if it really circulates though. More gory details at the modblog.

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The Sweet Sound of Stradivarius’ Insecticides

December 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment

So apparently the tone and sound of the Stradivari violins are due to the chemicals used to treat the wood the violins were made of. I do not envy the scientist who spent 30 years proving his hypothesis that the unique and rich sound of the violins derive from the treatment done to the wood. Imagine having to collect wood samples from million dollar violins!

Mystery solved
Answering a question that has lingered for centuries, a team of scientists has proved that chemicals used to treat the wood used in Stradivarius and Guarneri violins are the reasons for the distinct sound produced by the world-famous instruments.

The conclusions, published in the current issue of Nature magazine, have confirmed 30 years of work into the subject by Joseph Nagyvary, professor emeritus of biochemistry at Texas A&M University, who was the first to theorize that chemicals – not necessarily the wood – created the unique sound of the two violins. Nagyvary teamed with collaborators Joseph DiVerdi of Colorado State University and Noel Owen of Brigham Young University on the project.

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Synesthesia – Art that Simulates the Feeling

December 15th, 2006 · No Comments

I have often wondered what life would be like as a Synesthetic

Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia, plural synesthesiae) is a neurological condition in which two or more bodily senses are coupled


Wouldn’t it be fun if you could see different digits (numerals) in different colors, or if you could “see” sounds and “smell” colors. I guess I will never know what it feels like, but I really, truly wish I were synesthetic.

This article from seed, The most beautiful painting you’ve ever heard explores the world of synesthetics – a very interesting article. In it, there is a link to a youtube video of music composed by Ravel. The way it turned out, a synesthetic found out that the photos she was leafing through and the music that was playing (Ravel) were suggestive of one another:

“All of a sudden an adagio came on,” she recalled, “and the music looked exactly as the pictures sounded. I was having it in both directions at the same time. So I thought, I wonder if I could do this on purpose.”

The result is the video. Probably this is as close as I am ever gonna get to feeling what a synesthetic does. Enjoy!

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Chinese Freshwater Dolphin (Baiji) extinct!

December 14th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Baiji
Man has driven yet another large mammal to extinction. Extinction is such a sad thing – the generations to follow will never know what they lost to the fullest.

The Baiji, or Chinese freshwater river dolphins are almost blind and were driven to extinction by ships which interfere with their sonar, pollution, fishing and such. The baiji.org website reports:

The Baiji Yangtze Dolphin is with all probability extinct. On Wednesday, in the city of Wuhan in central China, a search expedition, under the direction of the Institute for Hydrobiology Wuhan and the Swiss-based baiji.org Foundation, drew to a finish without any results. During the six-week expedition scientists from six nations desperately searched the Yangtze in vain.

In the past, the baiji had been protected by custom, since the Chinese considered it to be an incarnation of a drowned princess (Burton & Pearson 1987). It also has a nickname in China – “Giant Panda of the Yangtze River” – that may reflect the general affection for this aquatic mammal,. I guess with modernization, people lose touch with fairy tales, themselves and the world around them.

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Linux – Words and a Picture

December 13th, 2006 · No Comments

xentheon – where is my mind is a visual representation of the source code that makes Linux.

Ok, just a part of the source code. Alright, alright, the visual representation is a big let down, but hey, I had to share this with you. No way I would pass up on this!

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Dear Economist – Economist on Long-distance Relationships

December 12th, 2006 · No Comments

The Economist is now in the agony aunt business. Well, if all agony aunts were like this, I would watch more TV, I guess.

Dear Natasha,

I understand your concern, but your future looks bright. A long-distance relationship will always put pressure on both of you, but it’s a question of how you use that to your advantage.

Economist Tyler Cowen, a professor at George Mason University, has pointed out that the Alchian-Allen theorem applies to any long-distance relationship.


Read it all, it is hilarious:
FT.com / Weekend columnists / Tim Harford – Dear Economist

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Video: The James Bond title sequences

December 11th, 2006 · No Comments

A youtube playlist with all the James Bond movie titles (shown at the start of the movie). I have loved each of the ones I have seen at the theater. The latest one was too gorgeous for words, though I must say I missed the Bond Music Theme sorely this time.

Martin Klasch: Video: The James Bond title sequences

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Logical Paradoxes

December 10th, 2006 · No Comments

A list and explanation of some of the more famous paradoxes. Of course, most of these are also on wikipedia, but this is a site you can spend a couple of hours on, if you so desire.

Logical Paradoxes .info

This site explains many of the classic paradoxes, including Achilles and the Tortoise, The Paradox of the Heap, and The Liar Paradox, along with some less familiar paradoxes such as The Problem of the Specious Present.I hope that you’ll leave the site perplexed and confused.

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Highest-Paying Jobs in the US : from CareerBuilder.com

December 9th, 2006 · No Comments

Highest-Paying Jobs in the US : Career Advice Article at CareerBuilder.com
Top Paying Jobs Overall

The message is clear, don’t waste time blogging – go get working at the flight simulator game instead ;)

# Physicians and surgeons — $147,000
# Aircraft pilots — $133,500
# Chief executives — $116,000
# Electrical and electronic engineers — $112,000
# Lawyers and judges — $99,800
# Dentists — $90,000
# Pharmacists — $85,500
# Management analysts — $84,700
# Computer and information system managers — $83,000
# Financial analysts, managers and advisors — $84,000
# Marketing and sales managers — $80,000
# Education administrators — $80,000

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