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A few requests

1) Please tell me something you learned recently that you think I would find interesting.

2) Please paste in an excerpt from something interesting you've read on-line along with the url for the full article (or whatever).

3) Please share some song lyrics and tell me how you relate or apply them to your thinking on some topic of interest to you.

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saint_monkey
Aug. 31st, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
1) Science is attempting to bio-engineer mosquitos to make them inhospitable to the parasite that carries malaria. The intent is to have them outcompete the mosquitos that currently occupy the biological niches in countries that suffer malaria.

2) The internet is devoid of interesting things lately. However, the last bookmark I added was the Rockridge Institute, which wants to teach liberals (or "progressives") how to agressively "re-frame" their political image through debate:

http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/

For fun, the funnest thing I've encountered lately is the bizarre celery related art of Art Frahm, as featured on lileks.com This work is risque, ala 1950's pin ups, but entirely Safe for Work in that there is no nudity:

http://www.lileks.com/institute/frahm/index.html

3) Hold on to Your Ego, by Brian Wilson (But I am partial to the cover by Frank Black.)

It is really an incredible song, in that the lyrics are so thoughtful, and really, very buddhist, (it is hard to find a song that isn't about love or pain,) as well as the unpredictable nature of the song itself, which sort of meanders along.

I know so many people who think they can do it all.
They isolate their heads and stand in their safety zones.
But what can you tell them?
What can you say that won't make them defensive?

Hang on to your ego.
Hang on but I know that you’re gonna lose the fight.
They come on like they're peaceful,
But inside they're so uptight.
They chip through the day and waste all their thoughts at night.
But how can I say it?
How can I? Come on, when I know I’m guilty?
Hang on to your ego.
Hang on, because I know that you’re gonna lose the fight.
And how can I say it?
How can I? Come on, when I know I’m guilty?
Hang on to your ego.
Hang on.
Hang on but I know that you’re gonna lose the fight.
kmo
Sep. 1st, 2004 09:28 am (UTC)
Great Lyrics!
I loved the Lyrics to that Brian Wilson song. Thank you.

There's a feature in the current issue of Wired about genetically modified insects.

I thank you for answering my request for interesting tidbits. I have one small quibble. You wrote, "Science is attempting to bio-engineer mosquitos..." where I would write, "Scientists are attempting to bio-engineer mosquitos..."
sutut
Sep. 1st, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
1. Two recent tragic news stories of fathers losing sons to this Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.). One was a Vietnam vet who thought his son would be at his funeral, and was quite outspoken against the war. Before that a man got in the van of the bad news marines and set himself on fire. More on my LJ about the latter one.

Tragic, but giving a source of determination as as the cost continues to mount, so too does the number of people who oppose and question the war.

2. An early bit of proto Transhumanism, from the LSD creator himself:



Just posted a few pages. One of the classic Undergrounds that get scanned and posted. I like the themes of space exploration and the evolution of consciousness.

3. Jethro Tull: "Cup of Wonder"

On the surface just a holiday merryment song, it is chock full of subtle references to ancient celtic myth and tradition. I developed a little interest in that recently.

Ask the green man where he comes from, ask the cup that fills with red.
Ask the old grey standing stones that show the sun its way to bed.
Question all as to their ways, and learn the secrets that they hold.
Walk the lines of nature's palm crossed with silver and with gold.
kmo
Sep. 1st, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
Neuro Comix
I can't wait to check out the Tim Leary comix. I won't do so at work because we're on a pokey dial-up connection here (and given that I am at work, I should at least look as though I'm working - even though I'm the only person here).

Thanks.
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kmo
Sep. 2nd, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: Neuro Comix
That'd be grand. Thanks.
sutut
Sep. 2nd, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: Neuro Comix
Ok, sorry for the delay, I uploaded the complete issue since you are interested!
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