Archive for November, 2012

“I won’t be the one to disappoint you anymore”

Best Kaiser Chiefs cover ever? Yes. Yes it is.

Aubrey de Grey on the Reasons for Defeating Aging

Dr Aubrey de Grey Humanity Plus summit 2012 Melbourne from Wiggett's Totally Cy Show on Vimeo.

UPDATE 2012.11.25: It looks like the person who hosted this video on Vimeo has restricted embedding. Here’s a direct link to the video on Vimeo.

It’s well established that this house is strongly in favor of working to defeat aging and helping to ensure a long, healthy life for everyone. So strongly in favor, in fact, that I personally have a hard time fathoming the counter-arguments. How anyone can see the suffering, loss, and death caused by aging and still judge it, on balance, to be a good thing is well beyond me.

But such people do exist, which is why I’m very glad that Aubrey de Grey and others like him are working to be popularizers for the idea that aging can be defeated and that such an accomplishment is one of the most important project in which human beings are currently engaged.

In the video above, Dr. de Grey takes a break from describing how he plans to defeat aging and spends an hour articulating some of the important reasons why and answering some of the more common objections. I strongly recommend the talk to skeptics and proponents of anti-aging research. The former might get some answers to their critiques, while the latter will get some good arguments to use next time they find themselves in conversation with a skeptic.

One of the Most Chilling Passages I’ve Ever Read

Context: A study of some of the most decorated bomb-disposal experts in the US discovered that, when they get to work on an explosive device, their heart-rate doesn’t just stay flat, it actually goes down.

“To throw another methodological monkey wrench in the works, it turns out that bomb-disposal operatives aren’t the only ones who experience a drop in heart rate when they get down to business. Relationship experts Neil Jacobson and John Gottman, authors of the popular book When Men Batter Women, have observed identical cardiovascular profiles in certain types of abusers, who, research has shown, actually become more relaxed when beating up their partners than when they’re lounging in an armchair with their eyes closed.” – Kevin Dutton, The Wisdom of Psycopaths

“What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”

“Rained in ’til next week at the earliest…”

Work has kind exploded on me, as it does every fourth quarter. I’ve got big deadlines both tomorrow and a week from tomorrow, and then it’s the holiday season with all the craziness that entails for a retail company.

So posting will be light for probably the next few weeks, and definitely for another week and a half. In the meantime, here’s a track that you should just put on repeat until I resurface:

Credit Where It’s Due

Dear King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg,

Good on you, sir.

Thanks and respect,

“Cease to resist, I’m givin’ my goodbyes”

Frank Black performs “Wave of Mutilation” at a ‘precore’ before a show in Copenhagen.

Dear WA State

Your election results page is downright enraging. We here in Washington State have been mailing our votes in for weeks. Your site claims to be real time-ish, reporting results from districts as they are available.

Which makes it maddening for a data junky like myself that, as of 19:57 local time on Election Day, you still report 0% returns for every single item on every ballot.

Please get your shit together.

Naught but frustrated derision,

“‘Til the light shines on me…”

PJ Harvey is genius. Her lyrical and compositional skills are incredible on their own, but seeing her perform live really drives home just incredible an artist she is.

This tune, “Catherine” is off her brilliant Is This Desire? album.

“Can we settle down please?”

Ever since I saw the Kuala Lumpur video I posted a few days ago, I’ve been seriously digging on this track:

Clams Casino, “I’m God”, featuring samples from the always-excellent Imogen Heap.

Related: there needs to be a word for an artist that creates unusually sample-able music. Whatever that word is, it perfectly describes Imogen Heap. She’s a brilliant artist in her own right, but I’m constantly amazed and the amazing tracks made using samples of her stuff. It seems she can’t open her mouth or touch a keyboard without creating a perfect hook just begging for sampling.

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