The Tweeting Puffin is the latest animal to be identified after the 2009 text messaging sensation known as “Twitter”. The Tweeting Puffin shares several traits with its service namesake, so it only made sense that the biologists who discovered it in 2008 would think of naming it as they have. The Latin, and scientific name for the bird, microverbe aviflockus, refers to the short bursts of chirping the Tweeting Puffin makes, reminiscent of the 140 character “tweets” that humans can submit to the Twitter service from their cell phones and computers.
Because you can’t make money from curing a disease, you might as well spend $1,500,000,000.00 on a giant ship with “neighbourhoods”. Imagine 8400 people pooping directly into the ocean (unless this behemoth has on board septic tanks).
Imagine what could be done with one and a half billion dollars of human effort, other than constructing the 21st century’s version of the Titanic? I guess we can take comfort in the fact that it’s $1.5B that didn’t go to a weapon of war.
There’s a graphical interpretation of swine flu’s impact to this point. It could get a lot worse quickly, but it’s been minor so far.
Hat tip to Alec
Civic election results in Regina. Not too surprising, and I was high in my prediction by 6%, for mayor.
I can’t believe this news didn’t make it to my eyeballs earlier this month:
A large meteor exploded over Indonesia with the force of a small atomic weapon. No reports of injuries were available in the news I read about it.
To the conspiracy theorists out there that think protesters faked being beaten up by House of Commons security the other day, feast your eyes on this bit of video evidence:
The conspiracy theorists should hope that Custer isn’t eager to jump into lawsuits against people who have defamed him by saying he staged a beating for sympathy.
You can hear/see the protest here.
Look what happens when the will of Canadians is not represented on the floor of the House of Commons. It’s up to those in the Gallery to make the news instead. And not surprisingly, the HoC security roughed the protesters up as they escorted them from the building.
“The youth in the gallery showed more leadership than the MPs on the floor,” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said at a news conference on Parliament Hill on Monday afternoon following the demonstration.
More at Stageleft
In other news, the Pirate Party of Canada has arrived. They favour copyright and patent laws that reflect the widespread use of file sharing of even copyrighted material.