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Thursday, April 14th, 2005
9:07 pm
lookin forward to manchestery goodness
I will be paying one of my far too infrequent visits to manchester this weekend, so i will tun up at the house of doom at some point on friday evening. am looking forward to seeing ya soon :)
Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
10:16 pm
I came across an interesting fact today, apparently the ratio of the second digit (index finger) to the fourth digit (ring finger) in men is is correlated with various factors related to early testosterone exposure including agression, percieved masculinity, and many other things.

So i decided to see if these results hold true for me.

I scanned my right hand (photocopying also works), then measured the legth of the two fingers in pixels in photoshop and divided length of index finger by ring finger. The results are as follows:

1054 : 1040 = 1.013

1056 : 1031 = 1.024

That is higher than the male average of 0.947 (n=136) this isn't the highest male score but
is higher than most other men. This means that i am percieved as less masculine and dominant and i am probably less likely to be agressive. I would say those results are
pretty much what i expected, i am a big girl.

can anybody else be bothered to do this (it unfortunately only works for men)?

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Saturday, March 19th, 2005
2:09 pm
missed opportunities
i was in a bookshop today and saw a book that looked interesting called "BEETLES OF THE BRITISH ISLES" by E.F. LINSSEN for £1.50, i couldn't decide if i wanted it or not so i browsed the rest of the shop, when i went back someone else had bought the book. No great loss i thought. when i went home i looked it up on the internet and the price for a second-hand copy of that book is £200!!!! Fuckin 200 fuckin quid. GAagh!!!!

i am not best pleased.
Thursday, February 10th, 2005
8:40 pm
i want one!! (& other stuff)

Some research has just been published on the experimental domestication of foxes now this is all very interesting (no really it is)  but what is more important is that the results of these experiments are absolutely adorable:

awwww aint it cute!!!

See: http://www.current-biology.com/content/article/fulltext?uid=PIIS0960982205000928

http://www.floridalupine.org/publications/PDF/trut-fox-study.pdf 

In other news i have finally got round to visiting manchester so expect me some time friday evening, if you weren't expecting me - surprise! anyway, am looking forward to seeing you all :)

Monday, January 10th, 2005
10:10 pm
Tsunami and the Ladyboys
Thought some people might be interested in this story i saw in the paper:

Patong's ladyboys struggle to cope in badly damaged tourist industry

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
10:56 pm
I am still sad about the death of John Peel, i never met him but he introduced me to so much strange and wonderful music and i will always be glad about that.

Current Mood: sad
Monday, October 18th, 2004
10:02 pm
recent things that have happened
last weekend i visited manchester and had a great time there, it was fantastic seeing everyone even if it did make me a bit nostalgic.

On Friday it was m_isanthrope's birthday cocktail party where i got very drunk and was a bit sick (i could tell where things were going when at 8.30 i was already quite drunk) but still had a good time met lots of nice people etc.

Saturday was spent recovering friday and then it was off to rhythmus-maschine it was ok but didn't have a great time due to still feeling a bit sick.

Sunday was mostly spent sleeping and then traveling, and i missed fajitas! :(

I will definately visit manchester again soon, as this will hopefully stop me going insane in this backwater.
Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
1:00 pm
woo manchester
Just a warning to whom it may concern that i will be turning up in manchester some time tomorrow (probably early evening) in advance of whatever elf cocktail parties are called. It seems like (er and actually is) ages since i have seen all you manchester people, am really looking forward to see all you guys :) :) :)
Sunday, September 5th, 2004
10:33 pm
wonderings through 'deathtraps' and a squirrel
Here are some pictures of stuff that i took in various places, included are ducks a donkey and squirrel and lots of pictures of an empty factory that has been referred to as a deathtrap by the local paper:

http://www.thisisstourbridge.co.uk/the_black_country/stourbridge/news/STOURB_NEWS_WEEKLY0.html

although you would have to bee a real 'tard to even injure yourself there - its called natural selection and its not a bad thing.

anyway enjoy :P

http://web.onetel.com/~adrianlarge/stourbridge.html
10:13 pm
The hero shrew!
Wow i have just read about a most marvellous shrew!

It's callled Scutisorex somereni or the hero shrew and it has the largest (proportinally) and strongest backbone of any known animal. The vertebral colum is so strong that a grown man can stand on its back and not harm it thus:

"Whenever [the Mangbetu] have a chance they take great delight in showing to the easily fascinated crowd its extraordinary resistance to weight and pressure. After the usual hubbub of various invocations, a full-grown man weighing some 160 pounds steps barefotted upon the shrew. Steadily trying to balance upon one leg, he continues to vociferate several minutes. The poor creature seems certainly to be doomed. But as soon as his tormentor jumps off, the shrew, after a few shivering movements, tries to escape, none of the worse for this made experience and apparently in no need of the wild applause and exhortations of the throng. During this demonstration the head is always left free. The strenght of the vertebral column, together with the strong convex curve behind the shoulder, evidently protects the heart and other viscera from being crushed and this is undoubtedly the reason why this shrew can submit to such rough treatment that instantly kills, as we have convinced ourselves, any other shrew or small rodent." (cited in Dieterlen and Heim de Balsac, 1979, p. 279) http://www.uvm.edu/~jdecher/Lecture09.html

More info and a picture of the skeleton can be found here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mammal/hero.shtml

Amazing, shrews rule!

Also there appears to be no reason for this remarkable spine which makes it even odder.

This reminds me of another odd creature, a snail with armour plating: http://www.genomenewsnetwork.org/articles/11_03/snails.shtml
Thursday, August 5th, 2004
10:37 pm
London pics
Just put some of the pictures from my recent trip to london on the web:

London, a few views of london and a picture of David Blunkett!

and

stuff from various museums
Saturday, July 17th, 2004
4:06 pm
woo london yay!
i have just booked my tickets for a short trip to our fair capital (if you are english) to stay with my sister who is doing soem work in the british library for my distant relative Richard Lynn. I still havn't decided what to do there thought but it shouldn't be hard to find exciting exciting stuff. I also booked my journey to Manc so i should arrive sometime next friday - looking forward to seeing all you manchester peoples again :)

Theres nothing much to say about 'near birmingham' (stourbridge) it sucks somewhat except for the hundreds of fluffy bees i have for company.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2004
7:01 pm
very firstest post
So i finally got me one of these things, i guess i will have to wait and see if i make any productive/interesting/not utterly lame use of it.
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