30 September 2009

Lamebook

Lame and awkward posts from Facebook. Hilarious.

[via:snuf]

Windows users: switch to Microsoft’s new free Anti-Virus

Anti-malware companies must be panicking. Microsoft’s competition might finally force them to make their software usable. Microsoft Security Essentials is available for free for users of “Genuine” validated Windows copies.

[via:Slashdot]

This is the Dream Time

“As we move into the far future, and our descendants spread out across space and redesign their minds and bodies to explode Cambrian-style into a vast space of possible creatures, they will remember the fleeting period we now live in as a dream time, one that will never return again.”

28 September 2009

Fortune interviews Mark Whitacre, ADM price-fixing whistleblower and compulsive liar

Whitacre discusses bipolar disorder, prison, his marriage, lying to Fortune in an earlier interview and Steven Soderbergh’s new film, “The Informant!” where his person is presented by Matt Damon. The book on which “The Informant!” is based comes highly recommended.

[via:Slashdot]

Why women have sex

“Meston and Buss have interviewed 1,006 women from all over the world about their sexual motivation, and in doing so they have identified 237 different reasons why women have sex.”

26 September 2009

The best Amazon review ever

Janne Strang skriver om fiaskot Peppar & Papper AB

“Tack vare sin naturliga drivenhet och engagemang i diverse förtroendeuppdrag hade Haglund invalts också till Kulturfondens delegation som varje år bestämmer vilka ansökningar som beviljas och förkastas. Det är inget nytt eller unikt i att en bidragsansökare själv sitter i delegationen, tvärtom har de flesta kring bordet oftast en sjuk moster i rummet bredvid, men för att behålla något slags hygien ”går man utanför dörren och väntar medan de andra behandlar ens ansökan”.”

[via:snuf]

Straight Porn Makes You Gay

“Schwartz told the crowd about Jim Johnson, a friend of his who turned an old hotel into a hospice for gay men dying of AIDS. “One of the things he said to me,” said Schwartz, “that I think is an astonishingly insightful remark…he said ‘All pornography is homosexual pornography, because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards.””

25 September 2009

Dungeons & Dragons Limited Edition Spellcasting Soda

My favorite has to be the Illithid Brain Juice flavor.

Jan Guillou: Propagandan lever och blomstrar

“Det råder fortfarande en uppfattning om att det kan vara av demokratiskt intresse att ljuga […] Det finns ännu inte skäl att vara helt optimistisk kring mediebilden av omvärlden…”

Sen myönnän, että luottamus poliittiseen järjestelmään on varmasti monen silmissä horjunut. Toisaalta meillä on tutkimuksia, joiden mukaan luottamus ei ole horjunut, koska se ei ole ollut alunperinkään kovin korkealla - Jyrki Katainen, MTV3 aamu 24.09.2009

Jyrki Katainen puhuu kansalaisten luottamuksesta poliittiseen järjestelmään

Katso myös: video-tallenne Kataisen MTV3 Aamu-esiintymisestä

[via:Tapio B.]

French parliament suggesting warning labels on manipulated images used in advertising

…in order to combat body image issues.

[via:Bökä]

Suomella on nukkepääministeri

[via:Mummila]

24 September 2009

Why Parents May Cause Gender Differences in Kids


For her new book, Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps—And What We Can Do About It, Eliot immersed herself in hundreds of scientific papers (her bibliography runs 46 pages). Marching through the claims like Sherman through Georgia, she explains that assertions of innate sex differences in the brain are either “blatantly false,” “cherry-picked from single studies,” or “extrapolated from rodent research” without being confirmed in people. For instance, the idea that the band of fibers connecting the right and left brain is larger in women, supposedly supporting their more “holistic” thinking, is based on a single 1982 study of only 14 brains. Fifty other studies, taken together, found no such sex difference—not in adults, not in newborns. Other baseless claims: that women are hard-wired to read faces and tone of voice, to defuse conflict, and to form deep friendships; and that “girls’ brains are wired for communication and boys’ for aggression.” Eliot’s inescapable conclusion: there is “little solid evidence of sex differences in children’s brains.”

Yet there are differences in adults’ brains, and here Eliot is at her most original and persuasive: explaining how they arise from tiny sex differences in infancy. For instance, baby boys are more irritable than girls. That makes parents likely to interact less with their “nonsocial” sons, which could cause the sexes’ developmental pathways to diverge. By 4 months of age, boys and girls differ in how much eye contact they make, and differences in sociability, emotional expressivity, and verbal ability—all of which depend on interactions with parents—grow throughout childhood. The message that sons are wired to be nonverbal and emotionally distant thus becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The sexes “start out a little bit different” in fussiness, says Eliot, and parents “react differently to them,” producing the differences seen in adults.

Unambiguous evidence of water on the surface of the moon

[via:Paaki]

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