Category Archives: JD

Arabs losing the plot [1]

JD asks:

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Epilepsy

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In the light of the weird 3 a.m. awakening this morning on which I blogged, thought this from JD might put our issues in perspective:

The New Scientist reviewing Dostoyevski – wonders never cease! 🙂

But they are using it as a case study of epilepsy and I found it fascinating, naturally.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129531.000-diagnosing-dostoevsky-understanding-ecstatic-seizures.html#.UukADftFC3Z

“IT WAS one of the most profound experiences of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s life. “A happiness unthinkable in the normal state and unimaginable for anyone who hasn’t experienced it… I am then in perfect harmony with myself and the entire universe,” he told his friend, Russian philosopher Nikolai Strakhov.”

Page two wanders away from the point slightly but comes back to it on page three. Continue reading

Celtic mist

JD replies, [to celebrate the Kinnear departure no doubt]:

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Club culture is paramount

This is from NO’s resident* Toon, in the club’s Mag:

I am old enough to remember the protests and the banners against Joe Harvey and the demands by supporters for his removal and for the club to show more ambition; to win a trophy. And this barely five years after winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (forerunner of today’s Europa League).

“Be careful what you wish for, it might come true!”

The Club duly sacked Harvey and what happened next?

We were ‘rewarded’ with Gordon Lee and Richard Dinning. And then….?

Nothing happened; new faces but same old problems.

We still haven’t won anything since 1969.(The Texaco Cup and the Anglo-Italian Cup don’t really count. Well, do they?)

jackiemilburnIn my book, the passion is the thing, the love of the club or the family or the nation or whatever it is you belong to.

Why is it that some clubs always talk of success, sell the club, bring in a a new board on a New Deal which is going to pave the stands in gold and it never really happens? Continue reading

That German flatulent cow blaze

JD rushes this to us and one wonders if Mark has picked up on it:

Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of the animals, police said.

High levels of the gas had built up in the structure in the central German town of Rasdorf, then “a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames,” the force said in a statement.

One cow was treated for burns, a police spokesman added.

JD adds one commenter’s take:

Is this where the Davos forum on economic theft is taking place? Did all the BS catch on fire?

Messin’ around

Origin of today’s species

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[It’s getting worse – now can’t remember if it is Chuckles, haiku, JD, Wiggia or Amfortas for the H/T]

Psychedelic beach

JD sends:

While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton. These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves crash or when they are otherwise agitated.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/bioluminescent-beach-maldives/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+colossal+%28Colossal%29

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Understanding the orchestrated brain

Another of those articles impossible to summarize, courtesy JD, so a sample and then you can read on if you wish:

A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons.

The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in “microtubules” inside brain neurons corroborates this theory, according to review authors Stuart Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose. They suggest that EEG rhythms (brain waves) also derive from deeper level microtubule vibrations, and that from a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.

The theory, called “orchestrated objective reduction” (‘Orch OR’), was first put forward in the mid-1990s by eminent mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, FRS, Mathematical Institute and Wadham College, University of Oxford, and prominent anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff, MD, Anesthesiology, Psychology and Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson.

They suggested that quantum vibrational computations in microtubules were “orchestrated” (“Orch”) by synaptic inputs and memory stored in microtubules, and terminated by Penrose “objective reduction” (‘OR’), hence “Orch OR.” Microtubules are major components of the cell structural skeleton.

Orch OR was harshly criticized from its inception, as the brain was considered too “warm, wet, and noisy” for seemingly delicate quantum processes.. However, evidence has now shown warm quantum coherence in plant photosynthesis, bird brain navigation, our sense of smell, and brain microtubules.

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Quick bites – wormholes

JD sends this:

Here’s some Dr Who stuff. Looks like it ain’t fiction after all!

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2014/01/16/time-travel-via-wormhole-breaks-the-rules-of-quantum-mechanics/#.Ut2yZ_tFC3Y

My brain hurts 🙂 btw – it was Tom Baker’s 80th birthday yesterday.

Of Hutber’s law, cock-ups and conspiracies

JD responds to the ongoing saga:

Modern technology has begun to eat itself – Hutber’s Law is now compulsory! 🙂

On the other hand……… I mentioned previously about ‘control’ and the best way to achieve that is by spreading confusion and making life as complicated as possible.

Don’t know if you have seen it but Twilight has this on the subject –

http://twilightstarsong.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/netting-net.html

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