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June 25, 2007, 11:05 am
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The Yes Men strike again! (RTE, Irish Public Broadcasting)

EXCERPT: “Up to 300 oilmen at the GO-EXPO in Calgary, Canada witnessed an unusual presentation about turning human flesh into fuel by ‘representatives of Exxon and the National Petroleum Council (NPC).’ The two ‘representatives’ turned out to be pranksters from the civil disobedience group The Yes Men. Conference organisers billed the speech by a ‘NPC rep’ as a major highlight. The real NPC, which is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, regularly consults with the White House on energy policy.”

AAWW, Roomba has a friend! Clocky runs away and hides to help get you out of bed. (NandaHome.com)

Mr Rogers saves PBS (YouTube)

Nice guys win sometimes.

Not only is the tasty and delicious Brazil nut one of the most nutritious nuts around, it also happens to be the world’s most radioactive food (Noumenon blog)

Beatles on the Brain (Guardian, UK)

EXCERPT: “One hundred years from now Beatles songs may be so well known that every child will learn them as nursery rhymes, and most people will have forgotten who wrote them. They will have become sufficiently entrenched in popular culture that it will seem as if they’ve always existed, like Oh Susannah, This Land Is Your Land, and Frère Jacques. “Why can we listen to certain songs across a lifetime and still find pleasure in them? Great songs activate deep-rooted neural networks in our brains that encode the rules and syntax of our culture’s music. Through a lifetime of listening, we have learned what is essentially a complex calculation of statistical probabilities of what chord is likely to follow what, and how melodies are formed. Skilfull composers play with these expectations, meeting and violating them in interesting ways. In my laboratory we’ve found that listening to a familiar song that you like activates the same parts of the brain as sex or opiates do. But there is no one song that does this for everyone; musical taste is both variable and subjective.”

Proposed convention center Rem Koolhas designed for the United Arab Emirates bears a striking resemblance to the Death Star. Coincidence? Appropriate? (Wired)

Here’s an online exhibition produced by the Chicago Historical Society and Academic Technologies of Northwestern University to mark the 125th anniversary of one of the most famous events in American history, as well as the most formative event in the history of Chicago – The Great Chicago Fire and Web of Memory

“If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” New study shows no correlation between IQ and personal wealth (ABC)

I’ve had more stimulating conversations with homeless people than with some college graduates I know.

Attracting the 20-something worker (CNN)

Interesting “socially responsible designs (Int’l Herald Tribune)

The Smarter Emergency Kit (Wired)


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