10 April 2015

Interstellar

I finally got around to watching Interstellar. Since I like most sci-fi (except simplistic human vs. aliens cowboys in space sorts of flix), I found it entertaining. That said, the whole thing was a bit underwhelming. Couldn't they pay a starving students from an astrology department somewhere to come up with a more feasible premise (or perhaps better--simply omit the pseudo-scientific explanations altogether)? Since the film took us to alien planets, it would also be nice to see something more exotic than a couple giants waves and snow covered rocks.

25 March 2015

Luna and Hong An


Hit the Road Jack played on a Korean Gayageum

10 March 2015

LSD appears to reduce suicide risk

After being told for years about the psychological risks of LSD, new research suggests that it may actually reduce the risk of suicide. You gotta love science.

5 March 2015

Chai Jing documentary


I'm glad to see that someone in China is getting the word out. The whole point of economic development is to improve people's lives. It makes no sense if people end up sick and afraid to leave their apartments.

27 February 2015

Americans for criminalizing Congress

Andy Borowitz gets this right...

By a huge majority, Americans support laws legalizing marijuana and criminalizing Congress, according to a poll released on Thursday. While the poll reflects a relaxation of attitudes about recreational pot use, it also suggests that many Americans now view membership in Congress as a problem ravaging the nation. Harland Dorrinson, an activist who has spent years mobilizing support for the criminalization of Congress, said that “this poll reinforces what many of us have been saying for a long time: Congress destroys lives.” “I’ve seen productive members of society get involved with Congress and completely lose the will to work,” he said. “They just sit there, totally numb and out of touch with reality.” He noted that the once prevalent view that membership in Congress was “harmless” is now being discredited. “If you look at what happens to someone’s brain after ten, twenty, or even thirty years in Congress, it’s devastating,” he said. “There is severe impairment.” Additionally, he warned that Congress is a “gateway elective office” that leads many to try running for President.

24 February 2015

Vito Barbieri

This was apparently the only guy who slept through his high school sex-ed class:

 Republican State Representative Vito Barbieri from the state of Idaho apparently believes that a woman's vagina has some sort of direct passageway to her stomach. (How else could the woman's poo come out?) This rather impressive display of anatomical ignorance came during an Idaho House State Affairs Committee hearing where the members heard testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Vito asked Dr. Julie Madsen, who was testifying against the bill, if women could simply swallow a camera so that doctors could perform remote gynecological exams. Madsen had to explain that "swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina."

If the Republic Party ever dissolves, comics around the world will fill the streets in protest.

Apostacy

Saudi Arabia has given the death sentence to a Saudi who openly renounced his Muslim faith.