Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Tooth n Claw Blog

From Slate:
“As an audience, we grapple with not just the intricate clockwork of a complex and interwoven narrative, but, in postmodern fashion, with the fundamental mechanics of storytelling itself.”

This guy was writing about how we look at STAR WARS. STAR WARS!

I don’t know about you, but when I think about STAR WARS (not often, I grant you), I don’t conjure a “complex and interwoven narrative,” I conjure little teddy bear thingies getting blown up in Redwood trees. But that’s just me.

Same with THE MATRIX TRILOGY. That had a complex and interwoven narrative, all right, but every time the trilogy returned to it, I found myself shouting at the screen, “Stop talking! Stop! Just stop talking!”

From National Geographic:
“Scientists have known for decades that male mice vocalize when they encounter females or female urine pheromones.”

And I’m so glad that science is on top of rodent vocalizations. But now, scientists have learned that “… male rodents sing ultrasonic songs that are inaudible to humans—but quite possibly sweet music to the opposite sex.”

And that’s why they’re called “Nature’s Little Sinatras.”

But what’s up his butt?
From AP: “A curious Argentine newspaper reporter who interviewed President George W. Bush Tuesday asked what he carries. Bush stood up, fished around in his pockets and came up with a single hankie. Said Bush to the Spanish-speaking reporter: ‘No dinero, no mas, no wallet.’

The president doesn't carry any cash, doesn't need a cell phone and doesn't lug around any keys, since all his needs are carefully catered to, including people who open doors everywhere he goes.

When the reporter asked if the president had a watch, Bush proudly thrust out his wrist and said, ‘Si, Timex.’”

More product placement from the Bush administration!
I learned today that Tamiflu, “the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after drug in the world,” according to Fortune, and which will probably be purchased in bulk by the United States, in anticipation of a proposed avian flu pandemic, is made by Gildead Sciences.

Donald Rumsfeld was its chairman from 1997, until he joined the Bush cabal in 2001. He still holds a stake valued between $5 and $25 million. He has been advised that it’s okay to hang on to that stock, as long as he recuses himself from… whatever. From protecting the nation from avian flu, I guess.

Back to nature!
From National Geographic:
“[B]ees can solve complex color puzzles.”


Blogger BonzoGal said...

Slight typo- the maker of Tamiflu is Gilead, not Gildead- although to those of us working in biotechs, that typo raised a chuckle.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Merle Kessler said...

Gildead? Oops. My baad.

9:34 AM  

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