Saturday, February 20, 2010

Palin pwned by Actress with Down's Syndrome

I do not by any means wish to suggest that the former partial-term governor of Alaska, mayor of Wasilla, AK, and Action News sport reporter Sarah Palin is in any way retarded, but she did get completely burned by an actress with Down's syndrome who voiced the character of Ellen in a recent controversial episode of "Family Guy":

My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the "Extra Large Medium" episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine's day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in " Smudge" but I was a blonde in "Life Goes On". I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line "I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska" was very funny. I think the word is "sarcasm".

In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.

Rest of the statement is here.

Now, I have mixed feelings about Family Guy. It is really juvenile and low-brow and often I kind of dirty for having watched it. But like South Park, and to a lesser extent The Simpsons, it is about the only TV show that dares to push the envelope in social commentary and satire. I think it is a truism of satire that it misses more than times than it is on the money (SNL, anyone?) but at least they try.

(One of these women is more qualified than the other to comment on current events...)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Is it a pioneer of a brave new world, or someone with OCD?

H+ magazine, which champions the idea of Transhumanism, has a blog by an anonymous author who has decided to take up the motto of "Just Do It" and take the step into transhumanism himself. He has started mounting various eletronic interfaces to his body. Is this cool, or disgusting or what? I realli cannot make up my mind about it. Reminds of a late 80s Japanese horror movie I vaguely remember.

Scrapheap Transhumanism | h Magazine

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Waaaaaay down the rabbit hole!

I teach a nonlinear dynamics course, and at some we talk about fractal dimensionality and self-similar structures like Mandelbrot sets. I LOVE this video, which zooms down into a Mandelbrot set through 214 orders of magnitude. I will let you figure out what an outrageous change in scale that is.

Mandelbrot Fractal Set Trip To e214 HD from teamfresh on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Eureka's Top 30 Science Blogs

Word of warning - the last one is a climate-change denialist, but I suppose the Times Online felt they had to give "equal time to opposing views"(tm). The first one is great, full of steam punk style comics. I plan to read through the archives.

Times Online - Eureka Zone - WBLG: Eureka's Top 30 Science Blogs

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Me and Bobby Mcgee

This is probably the song I want to be listening to when I finally step off this train.

Now, all together -