6795 – Picture pages…

Photo/doodle palm sync time.

A friendly, balding, talking ape. Solovar, perhaps? Maybe a cousin to Rafiki?

Homeless (or Crazy… or both) woman on the bus. That mound to the right is a bunch of possessions, including bags of empty, but used soda cups from Burger King, and at least 4 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes. I don’t know how she manages it all with a walker.

Site Meter

White balance wasn’t set properly on the low-light of my apartment, on the bed. Newt comes to investigate my palm-doodling (see ape above) and tries to get a snootful of stylus.

I adjusted the white balance to auto, and this is the result… Newt looks like a powdered doughnut.

Weird how his eyes are so dark, when the rest is so faint. You can tell how dark the room is by the size of his pupils. If you look closely, you can see the lamp, and me taking his picture in his eye-reflection.


Notes from the Road is a sharp project in experimental travel writing. (pointed at this great entry point by juliabee… Thanks!)


Got $20 less than I requested (and marked on the receipt ) out of the ATM at my local Subway… so my $4 veggie sub probably ended up costing me as much as a large Sicilian pizza and 2 liters of soda-pop delivered to my door. The manager of the subway was of little help, saying that they’d just fixed it. My response was that whoever they were didn’t quite get it right. I put a call into the ATM company’s message machine, and I’ll be calling my bank midday today. I imagine that I’ll get it back, but what a PITA.


New CoH stuff (Thanks, Whims!)

The new generation of heroes knew they would find chaos in Paragon City. They knew they would find the wreckage of war, the cruelty of the wicked, and people badly in need of aid. They didn’t know the half of it. Now, new threats reveal themselves. The heroes must journey beneath the streets, where an ancient evil lurks. And they must travel to a twisted realm beyond this dimension, to confront:

A Shadow of the Past

The Shadow Shard hosts
numerous perils for adventuring heroes.2 New Zones:

  • The Hollows – A subterranean realm beneath the city holds dangers beyond imagining – and a gateway of almost limitless power.
  • The Shadow Shard – This deadly dimension is a mystery badly in need of solving, but at what cost?

New Villain Groups:

  • Rularuu – Battle massive Brutes and fearsome Sentries in your efforts to learn about the Shadow Shard.
  • Igneous – Face deadly Pumicites and molten Magmites in the Hollows.

Trials:

  • Terra Volta – In the devastation following the Rikti War, the Terra Volta reactor is Paragon City’s sole source of power. Unfortunately, the villains know this all too well.
  • Eden – Battle the Devouring Earth and free captured heroes before they become the Devoured.
  • Cavern of Transcendence – Discover what lies at the core of The Hollows.

Mission Enhancements:

  • New custom mission artwork – See the marks the many strange villain groups have left upon their surroundings.
  • New mission gameplay features – Smash stolen weapons to smithereens. Use teamwork to bypass Crey’s security protocols. Seek the key to the Outcasts’ inner sanctum – but watch out for the wandering patrols!

Features:

  • Power Re-specification – The Terra Volta reactor has been running beyond full capacity for quite some time. Heroes who venture within it may experience untold side-effects.
  • Capes at level 20 – Only those heroes who prove themselves worthy may wear this symbol of heroic might.
  • Effects at level 30 – New visual effects add a whole new dimension to your character.
  • Badges – Explore Paragon City and achieve badges to proudly display your accomplishments to other heroes.

Many Quality of Life issues, including:

  • Sidekick system – Sidekicking is now easier and more convenient than ever.
  • Enhancement Inventory – View, remove and trade enhancements more easily.
  • Give – Trade Inspirations or Enhancements quickly and easily – even during combat!
  • Looking For Groups across zones – Put together a crack team on the fly.
  • TeleportationResurrection confirmation – Confirmation windows put the power in your hands.
  • Email Notification – In game alert when you receive email.
  • Change Team Leader – Change your leader after team formation.

What a cute meme!

I am flower named scottobear !

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I consist of my friends!
Are you flower too?

via pilarcruz


Yawning Is Contagious Among Chimpanzees

TOKYO – Ai, a 27-year-old chimpanzee in western Japan, watches another chimp yawn, quickly rolls back her head and soon is showing the pink inside of her mouth in a gaping yawn of her own.

“It’s another good example of how chimpanzees are so like us,” Tetsuro Matsuzawa, professor at the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University who took part in the Japan-based study, told the Associated Press Monday.

The study, published this month in the British online journal The Royal Society Biology Letters, says that out of six chimpanzees under observation, two clearly yawned repeatedly in response to videos of other chimps yawning.

Three infant chimps accompanying their mothers did not respond at all, it said.

Meanwhile, none yawned in response to images of other chimps just opening their mouths.

The pattern fits that of humans, Matsuzawa said.

When people watch yawning videos, roughly half yawn in response, while children under five do not appear to find yawning contagious, he said.

Contagious yawning is thought to be a result of empathy and self-awareness, both of which require a sophisticated intellect, the study concluded.

Previously, it was believed that only older humans yawned contagiously because young children and animals did not have the intellectual development necessary.

But the study said its findings provide further evidence that apes may possess an advanced level of self-awareness and empathy like mature humans.

Matsuzawa said the next step was to see whether chimpanzees found human yawns contagious, predicting that they would.

“Humans have a strong belief in our differences,” Matsuzawa said. “Objectively, we should be one member of the apes.”

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On the Net:

Kyoto University Primate Research Institute: http://www.pri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/hope/index.html

The Royal Society Biology Letters: http://www.pubs.royalsoc.ac.uk/bio_let_homepage.shtml via shoo

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