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Mount Shinmoedake Is Erupting, With Feeling January 30, 2011

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Mount Etna looks pretty cool, but it doesn’t have a light show like this…at least, not yet.

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Once Again, Convergence January 29, 2011

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I have often thought I might crawl into a beer bottle and never come out.  I never dreamed it was possible, but again my octopi brethren show me the way.

The List Which Cannot Be Named January 28, 2011

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Like most of us old enough to be your grandfather, i have had many interesting acquaintances in my long life, some of them pen-pals.  On an e-mail list which predates the Web and is still active, I recently read this gem.  This is not the first brilliant thing I have heard here, but I just love these guys.  This list is populated by scientists, authors, geeks and weirdoes, nearly all of whom I am proud to be virtually acquainted with and who have inspired me to greater heights of strangeness than most folk.  S-T, this is for you.

 

Last night I was checking my answers to a crossword puzzle and decided to
look up an unfamiliar word, Dzongkha.  Despite my having been in Bhutan, I never realized that its national language is Dzongkha, which is related to Sikkimese.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzongkha. Further clicking led me to the factoid that Dzongkha is in the Sino-Tibetan family which includes Chinese,
Thai, and Laotian but not Vietnamese, which is in the Austro-Asiatic family.

I also learned that there are approx. 7,000 languages in the world, and that
adpero is the Amarakaeri word for cockroach. Amarakaeri is an official language of Peru, and it is in the Harakmbut family. The complete list of languages is here, together with links to dictionaries and other resources:
http://www.ethnologue.com/language_index.asp. Yikes! You can get lost in this. At least Coca-Cola is the same in all languages, a fact that must infuriate proponents of the other universal language, Esperanto.

Researching Esperanto, I found that it was the official language of only one
"country", the Republic of Rose Island, a 400 sq. meter platform built on
pylons off the coast of Italy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rose_Island. That led me to this
page about other "micronations" –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micronation.
I could only find two examples of Esperanto humor:

1. A Monty Python-esque sketch called "The Book Is On The Table":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpxnWvMESQc; and

2. A joke:  Two beginners meet on the street. "How long have you been
learning Esperanto?" asks the first. "About three weeks," answers the
second. "Really? How many books of poetry have you published?" (It must lose
something in the translation.   A close variant is here, in Esperanto:
http://www.transparent.com/esperanto/jokes-in-esperanto-part-ii/)

However, I also found a research paper called "Esperanto: The International
Language of Humor, or What’s Funny About Esperanto" from the International
Journal of Humor Research
(
http://www.reference-global.com/doi/abs/10.1515/humr.1988.1.2.143) . It
costs $40.00 to access it. Now that’s funny! For free, you can read "Breaking ground in cross-cultural research on the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): A multi-national study involving 73 countries"
http://www.reference-global.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1515/HUMR.2009.012 which cites a recent study identifying 102 different reasons for being laughed at.

Or 103, if you include conducting such a study.

I think that’s enough work for one night.

Someday I will publish in this space other gems from this mine of Mind.  Lucky you.

Not Too Many of These Left January 21, 2011

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20,000 golden snub-nosed monkeys live in China.

 

I don’t have a category for “cuddly”.  Sorry about that.

Kronos Quartet Does “Purple Haze” January 17, 2011

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It’s faithful to the thought, anyway.  Was apparently used in the Bowie “Glass Spider” tour, although I wasn’t there, so this could be a myth.

It should have been, though.

Keep searching YouTube; you will find this, which might be even better:

Perpetuum Jazzile a Capella “Africa” January 16, 2011

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I’m a big fan of a capella-style renditions of unlikely tunes…like this one.  not so much a fan of Toto but, oh well.

Aetna is Erupting January 13, 2011

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How much does a ticket to Sicily cost?

Beautiful Nightmare January 13, 2011

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windup hand

It could only be better if it worked.

Mental Demons January 13, 2011

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from Picture Is Unrelated, by way of Jorn Barger’s Google Reader feed.  Jorn B. invented the word blog.

Child Star From “Men in Black” January 7, 2011

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This little darling was found off the coast of Newfoundland, rather farther down than is comfortable.  Isn’t that the cutest picture?  Makes Hello Kitty look, well, less cute.

I am having trouble finding out more about it.

I found this through Pharyngula, a delightful (mostly) science blog by someone with more to say of interest than I ever have…
although admittedly that is also true of most every other blog.  They publish pin-up photos of octopi regularly:

Friday Cephalopod: Cute widdle snuggleums!

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I Just Want to Clear This Up January 4, 2011

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I would prefer the OED to weigh in on this; they would insist that there is only one correct pronunciation, I’m sure.