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Do you like a good SuperHero?

Posted by mergryphon on August 6, 2008

Then go immediately to and sign up for the podcast, audiocast of the book coming out Aug 25th. Upper left had corner of the site offers three ways to download it.

I’ve been amused by Mur since her early Geek-Fu Morning Podcasts and essays, but this is the first fiction piece I’ve tried, and it made for a very amusing drive on the trip this weekend. And for a free audiobook, it can’t be beat.

If you like it, donate to Mur via paypal or Podiobook site; or just buy the print version at the end of the month if you like. I believe she’ll be at DragonCon to sign.


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Brain Overclocking

Posted by mergryphon on August 4, 2008

22 Ways To Overclock Your Brain, some are quite obvious, and number 12 is my favorite I-Told-You-So!

Take time to play. Make time to play. Play cards. Play video games. Play board games. Play Ring Around the Rosie. Play tug of war. It doesn’t matter what you play. Just play! It is good for your spirit and good for your brain. It gives your brain a chance to think strategically, and keeps it working.

I have to admit, I’m very fond of this point. Its a wonderful thought, even if not completely demonstrable:

A decade ago Frances Rauscher, a psychologist now at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and her colleagues made waves with the discovery that listening to Mozart improved people’s mathematical and spatial reasoning. Even rats ran mazes faster and more accurately after hearing Mozart than after white noise or music by the minimalist composer Philip Glass. Last year, Rauscher reported that, for rats at least, a Mozart piano sonata seems to stimulate activity in three genes involved in nerve-cell signalling in the brain.

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What was Natalie Portman Thinking?

Posted by mergryphon on August 3, 2008

Or was it just plain blackmail? I’m quite fond of Hindu mythology and certainly don’t mind ‘world fusion’ styles of music, but, seriously.

Devendra Banhart – Carmensita

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Olympic Backward Slide

Posted by mergryphon on August 3, 2008

I’m so glad the International Olympic Committee awarded the games to Beijing. They certainly have lived up to expectations on their promises to improve social conditions.

The Olympic Games have become the occasion for a broad crackdown
against dissidents, gadflies and malcontents this summer. Although
human rights activists say they have no accurate estimate of how many
people have been imprisoned, they believe the figure to be in the

The crackdown comes seven years after the secretary general of the
Beijing Olympic Bid Committee declared that staging the Games in the
Chinese capital would “not only promote our economy but also enhance
all social conditions, including education, health and human rights.”

I’ve also seen assorted news items showing that the “Great Firewall” of China is not allowing journalists and others entering for the games from reaching certain Internet sites that are being blocked.

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Insecurity much?

Posted by mergryphon on August 2, 2008

Sometimes I’m embarassed to work for them. I mean really, I have no idea what they think they are doing half the time.

Federal agents may take a traveler’s laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.

Also, officials may share copies of the laptop’s contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

That is very Orwellian, and incredibly alarming.

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Turin, but no Tuor?

Posted by mergryphon on April 18, 2007

Alright, I suppose I should be happy Christoper finished another of his father’s books. And even happier someone has purchased the movie rights to The Children of Hurin.

In most of the other places shortened versions of the story of Turin Turamabar and Nienor are told the story of his cousin, Tuor gets equal time. They balance each other, Tokien has them pass each other in their travels.

One, Turin, takes all of Morgoth’s ire, while Tuor leads to his downfall. One is a story of bad luck, bad circumstance, and love gone ignorantly wrong. Tuor’s story is luck, good circumstance and a perfect love. I like them in balance. Turin’s story on its own is more depressing the Job and Romeo and Juliet rolled into one. One gets to be the amazing hero, one gets nothing but cow poo.

Alright, you can argue Turin is more important because of Earendil and eventually Elrond. But if you want to go that far, tell a truly heroic story of love and romance in the tale of Beren and Luthien.

Maybe it will get more people to read beyond the Hobbit and the LoTR. They are far more amazing when you see the stories, history and world built as their foundation.

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Google gets humor?

Posted by mergryphon on April 1, 2007

If you are in to ‘potty net’ as opposed to sneaker net.

Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service

“Dark porcelain” project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet access

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1, 2007 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users’ plumbing systems. The Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP) project is a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will be offered entirely free to any consumer with a WiFi-capable PC and a toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system.


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Infrequent Musical Interlude

Posted by mergryphon on March 31, 2007

.. and new artist discovery. For me, anyway. The Knife, a swedish duo, who are a bit left wing and odd, protesting award ceremonies, refusing live performances, wearing masks. Electronic, slightly industrial although this track tends toward the more creepily ambient. They won, best album, best artist, best production, etc at the 2004 Swedish equivilent of the Grammy’s. The song is called Marble House.

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A whole new way to plug and play.

Posted by mergryphon on March 25, 2007

All I can say is: Oh. My. #@&#(&@. The OhMiBod can be found on its own website. The video scares me. Truly.

Anyone else here the sounds of San Jose lawyers getting richer?

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A Hard Day’s Night of the Living Dead

Posted by mergryphon on March 25, 2007

This morning’s amusement is provided by YouTube and whoever created this fake moving preview. I give you The Beatles vs. the Zombies. Please put your tray tables in their upright position and secure all liquids.

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