TED Treat

Posted June 30, 2008 by licious
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“Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.”

Especially coming from a Harvard scientist, where this talk led to went past my expectations. Beautifully so.

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Protection with Teeth

Posted November 8, 2007 by licious
Categories: gizmo, news

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“Rapex – dubbed the ‘rape trap’ – is a product worn internally by women. The hollow inside is lined with rows of razor-sharp hooks, which are designed to latch on to a rapist’s penis during penetration. They can only be removed by a doctor.”

With the world’s highest rape incidence (and relevantly high HIV/AIDS transmission in South Aftrica at 5 million, and where 200,000 people die of AIDS yearly), a call for a defense product such as this was answered by Sonette Ehlers. According to the First Post article, feminist groups oppose the contraption for being medieval and akin to chastity belts. This puts the burden of addressing a male problem on women.

My take is, welcome to reality where you can get raped for wearing your favorite sexy dress. It happens. And in South Africa, the danger is exponentially higher. You don’t always get your ideal government who’s aggressive in protecting women’s welfare. Or at least, not quickly enough. You want a male morality overhaul, you won’t be getting it on time, at 1.7 M rape cases annually.

Logically, this does not and should not derail whatever legislative action is being undertaken in repairing this social atrocity, but merely provides an option of protection or, at least, deterrence. Feminist groups should be badgering and reprimanding the government instead for its apathetic stance on the issue. Then maybe one day it would be ridiculous for women to even consder an invention like this.

“She believes the product, priced at one Rand, will be particularly useful for poorer black women who walk long distances to and from work.” I think the possibility that a potential victim is wearing one of these will serve as a significant deterrence. On the question of victim safety, they argue that it could provoke further violence once the contraption takes a bite. Although the level of pain is untested on a real member, assuming the microscopic barbs inflict enough pain, I would bank greater on the possibility that the perp would be more concerned about his appendage than retaliating. Besides, a defensive claw across the face, kick in the jewels or drawing out a gun, mace, or pocketknife from your purse equally presents a deadly retaliation.

Ideally, I wish there was no need for it, but there is. I do not consider myself less of a feminist by welcoming this option on the shelf. At the least, I would be more concerned about the (dis)comfort it gives the wearer.

However, further product efficacy testing would be most welcome

H/T and more interesting info on David Boles’ post.

Ridiculous News Network

Posted November 8, 2007 by licious
Categories: humor, news

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A Mascoutah Middle School student was given 2 days detention for hugging. Breaking the No-PDA rule, the goodbye hug Megan Coulter, 13,  bestowed on two of her friends earned her a day each. District Superintendent Sam McGowen feels the punishment is fitting, as per student handbook:

“Displays of affection should not occur on the school campus at any time. It is in poor taste, reflects poor judgment, and brings discredit to the school and to the persons involved.”

Gravity of punishment depends according to the number of arms used (i.e. one-arm hug, bear hug), torque exerted on hugee, and whether hugger’s eyes were open or closed at the time of the act.

The Artful Art of Procrastination

Posted October 31, 2007 by licious
Categories: humor

Arranged your books according to color, check. Genre? Check. Size? Check. Spent 30 minutes looking for the one and only perfect pen to write with, check. Sudden interest in how your stapler works, check. Spent an hour fixing all the wires nesting on your desk, check. I think I need to clean my tape dispenser. Check, check, check.

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If you need to pile on more of those Need to Do NOW tasks, check out this candy vid by John Kelly.

Snagged from designboom

And if you get bad rap for this spontaneous ability to multi-task, don’t worry, it’s more productive than it appears to be– and even the scholarliest of them all catches the bug. Mr. Philosopher John Perry’s practically got it down to a science.

Amen, آمين, Amen

Posted September 22, 2007 by licious
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Religion is definitely a force no one can afford to not understand. For believers, there appears to be a need, now more than ever, to assert their right and/or way of life, especially in this modern world that is deemed deteriorating with the aid of secularism and is corrupting certain values. Some take a more aggressive stand and, consequently, steps to take back what they feel is being lost. They are God’s Warriors. Politics, faith, biblical history, democracy– lines must be drawn, but it is hard especially when points of conflict overlap each other, implying the only solution is to obliterate the others.

I finally saw the documentary God’s Warriors by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. It is a fascinating reportage on three powerful and controversial groups (Jewish, Christian and Muslims), with commentaries from inside people that range from fleshing out their struggle, to some moderates speaking against the fundies. Some questions are answered, to a chilling degree; some raise more questions; however, a peek into what moves these groups is very much needed and make everyone more aware of how to take action.

If you prefer to catch it on YouTube:
God’s Warriors: Islam, Judaism, Christianity.

Givin’ Some Blog TLC

Posted September 11, 2007 by licious
Categories: cool stash, design

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Content may be king, but giving him fine threads to strut in rakes you in royal points. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to spice up your blog visually or just plain want to browse some eyecandy, Smashing Mag picked out their creme de la creme of blogville, 45 Excellent Blog Designs. Check it out. Very cool and smart designs, some don’t even look like blogs.

So pretty, makes me want to pick up a book on CSS and learn the whole technical shebang. Well, almost.

90/90 Vision

Posted September 9, 2007 by licious
Categories: cool stash, design, gizmo

The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (NY) is showcasing life-changing works from designers out to make a difference. The exhibition Design for the Other 90% features innovative designs from individuals, organizations and private companies with the objective of providing most needed solutions to underserved populations, especially from Third World countries.

Modern design largely benefits people who are in the position and opportunity of access, unfortunately, this is a minority as 90% of the world’s population stuggle even with the basics to survive, such as food, shelter and livelihood. Admirably, a movement has been gaining steam as more and more designers desire to address this imbalance and invent products that not only would be gratifying, but sustainable and productive.

Six areas are covered by the exhibit: Shelter, Health, Water, Education, Energy and Transport. Start here for the product briefs.

Three favorite picks:

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Q Drum: “Millions around the world, especially in rural Africa, live kilometers from a reliable source of clean water. Water in adequate quantities is too heavy to carry. The Q Drum is a durable container designed to roll easily, and can transport seventy-five liters of clean and potable water; rather than lifting and carrying it, this eases the burden of bringing water to those who need it.”

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Pot-in-Pot Cooler: “Consists of two pots, a smaller earthenware pot nestled within another pot, with the space in between filled with sand and water. When that water evaporates, it pulls heat from the interior of the smaller pot, in which vegetables and fruits can be kept. In rural Nigeria, many farmers lack transportation, water, and electricity, but one of their biggest problems is the inability to preserve their crops. With the Pot-in-Pot, tomatoes last for twenty-one days, rather than two or three days without this technology. Fresher produce can be sold at the market, generating more income for the farmers.”

Best of all, a product designed in 2005 and has been reaping awards left and right since then for its revolutionary application:

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LifeStraw: “About half of the world’s poor suffer from waterborne diseases, and more than 6,000 people, mainly children, die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water. LifeStraw, a personal mobile water-purification tool is designed to turn any surface water into drinking water. It has proven to be effective against waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and diarrhea, and removes particles as small as fifteen microns.” And this nifty gadget costs only $3.00 each!