Friday, 25 April 2008

Aww yeah, I gots mah tickets for Interesting 2008

Who knew Russell Davies' first name was Mark. And why he chooses to go by Russell. Interesting 2008. It raises more questions than it answers. And me and the Angustastic will be there.

High Definition on You Tube

This trailer for Hancock, Will Smith's new cool anti-hero action-hero movie is great, but check out the HD sound and vision now available on everyone's favourite stream at

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Obama 2009

Artwork by Shepherd Farey of Andre The Giant and Obey fame. Just beautiful.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Can you smell what the Bar-rack is cookin!

Best election EVER! Go-bama. Go-bama!

"Charlie Rose" by Samuel Beckett

I've loved SB since "Waiting for Godot". Fascinating writer - he harnesses the power of vernacular and language to overwhelm plot and hold attention in place of drama. The Power of Blarney. To be sure.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Schizophrenia linked to pre-natal influenza

A new study by scientists at Columbia University confirmed a link between pre-natal influenza infection and schizophrenia:
One percent of the world’s population suffers from its symptoms of hallucinations, psychosis and impaired cognitive ability. The disease destroys relationships and renders many of its sufferers unable to hold down a job. What could cause such frightening damage to the brain? According to a growing body of research, the culprit is surprising: the flu.
If you are skeptical, you are not alone. Being condemned to a lifetime of harsh antipsychotic drugs seems a far cry from a runny nose and fever. And yet studies have repeatedly linked schizophrenia to prenatal infections with influenza virus and other microbes, showing that the children of mothers who suffer these infections during pregnancy are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia later in life. In 2006 scientists at Columbia University asserted that up to one fifth of all schizophrenia cases are caused by prenatal infections.
Doctors have known for many years that microbes such as syphilis and Streptococcus can, if left untreated, lead to serious psychiatric problems. Now a growing number of scientists are proposing that microbes are to blame for several mental illnesses once thought to have neurological or psychological defects at their roots. The strongest evidence pertains to schizophrenia, but autism, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder have also been linked to bacterial, viral or parasitic infections in utero, in childhood or in maturity. Some of these infections can directly affect the brain, whereas others might trigger immune reactions that interfere with brain development or perhaps even attack our own brain cells in an autoimmune mistake.

Check out the full story here

Brain damaged hilarity.

The Man has style.