The Relative Size Of Your Insignificance

Relative size of things clipPowers Of Ten

…explores the relative size of things from the microscopic to the cosmic. The 1977 film travels from an aerial view of a man in a Chicago park to the outer limits of the universe directly above him and back down into the microscopic world contained in the man’s hand.

The Powers Of Ten website describes the film’s history; and don’t forget to mark October 10, 2006 on your calendar: it’ll be Powers of Ten Day.

Even better: the Simpsons’ version of it (direct link to MOV file).


Fight The Fight: Eat Plants

plants are evilPlants are evil:

That plants are evil is widely regarded as an inherently obvious fact, but this is clearly not sufficient as a basis for scientific research.
Nature tells us to destroy plants: Many animals have devoted their lives to the destruction of plants, most of them have in fact evolved in such a way that their main nutrition today consists of plants. An arbitrary, but particular example for such an animal is the cow, which does not only eat plants, but – as an expression of disgust – even chews them twice.
Most plants can easily be recognised by their green colour and their plant-like, immobile, somewhat pretentious appearance. It is in the nature of plants to be subtle (which is why plants generally choose to be motionless and unspectacular), and that adds to why they are so dangerous.

Vegetarians KNOW plants are evil; that’s one reason why they’re vegetarians, of course.

A Cure For Sleeping

Animated sleepwalkerA drug is being developed to suppress the need for sleep, as noted in From A to Zzzzz:

Tests conducted on rhesus monkeys last year suggest that CX717 can wire users to remain awake for 36 hours without the jitters, euphoria and eventual crash that come after mega-doses of caffeine or amphetamines. Further down the line are even more radical compounds—stimulants that can wipe out sleep for several days at a stretch, and pills that deliver a whole night’s shut-eye in two hours.

The article states how to determine how much sleep you really need:

He [a sleep researcher] believes that everyone has their own individual “sleep need” which can be anywhere between three and 11 hours. “If you’re a three-hour-a-night person, you need three; if you’re 11, you need 11.” To find out, he says, simply sleep until you wake naturally, without the aid of an alarm clock. Feel rested? That’s your sleep need.


I’ll never take medication to prevent sleep.

Don’t Pray For Me

Prayers found ineffective in speeding recovery:

Praying for someone might give you hope, but it won’t help them recover from heart surgery. It may even harm them. That’s the surprising result from a multi-year clinical trial on the therapeutic effects of prayer.
A third group of patients received the same prayers as the first group, but were told they were being prayed for. Of these, 59 per cent suffered complications – significantly more than the patients left unsure of whether they were receiving prayers.


(Thanks Pender)