June 26th, 2009

The comic

Oy oy oy, this was bound to happen. In the comics section of a well respected newspaper here.

“Fokke and Sukke have red cheeks of shame – God only wanted to hold him over the balcony railing, and then accidently dropped him”

March 12th, 2008

The stroke of insight

Jill Bolte Taylor became a neuro-anatomist, motivated by the deep schizophrenia her brother suffered. Then one morning when she was 37 years old, she woke up with a splitting slowly pulsating headache behind her left eye. It didn’t take very long for her to rationalize she was suffering from a massive and expanding stroke, a process she tried to study and observe (“what a chance!!”), while trying at the same time fading in and out of different levels of consciousness, understanding of her surroundings, ability to control her body and speech, to get help.

Jill’s 19 minute talk on TED is jaw-dropping and emotional, and gives you a peek over edge into the fierce blazing opposing forces in our brains that somehow are normally delicately balanced to make us who we are. More than recommended.

Here is the link that will play the video in flash, but of course I discovered it through the TED channel on Miro.

February 16th, 2008

The ape

While waiting for that PBS show to download, National Geographic presented me with this amazing 1 minute clip.

 So you think you are smarter than a chimp

Too funny!

July 27th, 2007

The free hugs campaign

Now of course when this whole thing started, he was banned by the police.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.