-Researchers at the University of Bristol have possibly come across cellular and molecular mechanisms which provide recognition memory; now, we are much closer to understanding the physicality involved in this phenomenon of recognition. This was brought to my attention via this page.
-Some dude named Jack commented on my Atmosphere post, saying he loves the album (When Life Gives You Lemons…) and that he’s listening to it as he writes. I followed the link from his comment to his page jackvalentine.net; it’s a pretty damn good site. He wrote a really great article about “Stuff White People Like”, which I despise (especially now that its been bought by Target Corp.), amongst lots of other great pieces of observation, satire, tribute, and thoughts. Check it out.
-Peace may have a chance in Pakistan. Militants have decided to put down arms (for now) and cooperate with local government.
-I didn’t even know this shit was real… Convening in London this week was the “Hacker’s Panel” to discuss the current state of the Internet, and.. umm… hacking. The panel came to the conclusion that the next big threat to the Internet, and even the world, is “high street chains”. Apparently the country of Estonia was the first large entity to get bitch slapped by the strategy. During a two week ordeal, hackers who “all gathered under the same [Russian] flag” attacked the Estonia infrastructure via “cyber warfare”. They used DoS (denial of service) attacks to shut down government websites, banks, political parties, and much more. Apparently Estonia is one of the world’s more advanced IT countries, which made them even more vulnerable to the attack. Very interesting. Linkage: BBC Article.
-Couple pieces of OUTER SPACE news. Firstly, Scientists have unlocked many secrets to the nature of black holes. This mostly revolves around the jet streams they produce; how they work, why they’re there, dimensions, and power. Secondly, as part of the Hibble telecsopes 18th birthday, images/videos have been released of two galaxies colliding. This is an AMAZING video and I’d suggest watching it. BBC Articles: Video of galaxies colliding and black hole research. Word.
-Batman #675 will be shipped to be soon enough. Which is the middle issue bridging together the “3 Batmen” and “Batman RIP” storylines. I’m a little pissed about Tony Daniel NOT drawing this issue. His Batman has been called a cross between two of the greats’: Jim Lee’s and Neil Adams’. The artist change could be what caused the delay. I’m hoping this involves at least one or two important pieces to the overall Morrison puzzle, and isn’t just a fill-in before “Batman RIP”.
-More Batman shit. There’s a new poster for “The Dark Knight” with the tagline: Welcome to a world without rules. Looks like marketing is playing up on the Joker’s anarchistic philosophies. Rumor had it that one or two very brutal scenes involving Heath Ledger’s Joker would be cut out of the film; I guess these scenes are so brutal it’s almost hard to watch knowing Heath is dead (RIP by the way). But C. Nolan is keeping these scenes in, wanting to show Heath’s last performance totally undoctored and pure to Heath’s vision. Finally, I thought this picture from whysoserious.com was fucking awesome and well worth posting:
And with that, I’m out. For now.