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Month: May, 2014

The things we do & the things we become.

Today’s Daily Prompt: What did want to become as a child and what have you made of it today? Let’s see … Read the rest of this entry »


The Druids


Druids have become, in the modern lexicon, a symbol of Celtic magic or mysticism. Part of that is the fault of the early Christians in Britain and Ireland; they portrayed druids as the keepers of the old religion who had to be outshone in order to usher in the new; Columba defeats a Druid several times in bringing Christianity to Brude, king of the Picts. No doubt stories abounded about Patrick accomplishing the same feats in Ireland.

Part of the problem also has to do with our perceptions of magic. Today we see the craft as the province of people who study for years, people who go by the names of witches and wizards. But that was not the case in the ancient and medieval worlds. As has been seen, bards were wordsmiths, and for that reason their creations had a supernatural quality. The king’s power over his people rested…

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SCIENCE Webinar: The Many Roads to Cell Death // Cells moved with Light

© wiseGEEK / Multiple Cells

© wiseGEEK / Multiple Cells


Cell death is, ironically, an essential part of life. In recent years, the study and understanding of cell death pathways has been dramatically transformed by the insights gained into non-apoptotic pathways, including necro-apoptosis and autophagy, together with a deeper understanding of the mechanism of the apoptotic cascade. New discoveries have been enabled by cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the realm of cytometry and cell-death–specific markers. In this webinar, the latest insights into cell death pathways will be discussed, including the molecular markers and cellular changes that characterize each pathway. Viewers will also learn practical cytometry-based strategies for dissecting cell death pathways, and how to use the data to better understand the pathophysiology of diseases such as cancer as well as to uncover new targets for drug discovery and development.

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How to become your own time machine!

The Daily Prompt brings up the following question: if I were one part human and two parts animal (or plant or whatever), what would it be?
I know flying is cool or instead of having to move your mouth to eat, you could just stand around and “photosynthesize”. But …

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(No) Place for Morality

Today’s Daily Prompt asks what I would do, if I found something valuable at the beach.

What do I do with it? Give it back? Keep it? Well…

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Learning Chinese with Pictograms

Chineasy is a website and a corresponding book, which teach you modern chinese through pictograms and visual semantics in very easy steps and from the smallest parts, the words, up to full phrases. And you can learn how they are written in chinese squiggles, how the written signs compose and much more helpful and interesting stuff around the structure of the chinese language.

I myself started just a few days ago and already could ask for some bread or where to sleep (if I had to leave for China any time soon). This method is pretty slick for learning the composition of words, the pattern of translation and the original writing in harmony with your original language; a brilliant way to build bridges between old an new knowledge. You want a little example? Here we go:

Rupture / ©

Rupture / ©

This pretty fella means rupture and composes from the building block symbols for mountain (basically an earthen trident) and twice night (which looks like a window with pulled down jalousie, because it’s dark outside). That’s because when a vulcano (= mountain) ruptures, it would cover the sky with ashes and turn day into night. Tadaa! Isn’t that chin-easy? 🙂

List of sorts

Inspired by the Weekly Challenge of the Daily Post, I shall create a list of my choosing. I can’t really decide, so I’m gonna make a list of potential lists. Here we go…

1. Topics for blog posts
2. New Ben & Jerry’s flavours
3. Wifes of roman consuls and emperors
4. Deadly diseases without effective cure
5. My favourite handheld weapons before 1.500 A.C.

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That’s not counting or anything at all!

Today’s Daily Prompt is all about: what haven’t you said in the past, what you would or should have said?

Well, I really don’t wanna snitch, but …  Read the rest of this entry »

víkingr – Northmen on the Raid

Randas bæron
sæwicingas ofer sealtne mersc,
manna menio; micel angetrum
eode unforht.

Seavikings, many men,
carried their shields over the salty seas,
a selected flock, that walked
withour fear.

Shady men with long, dreaded hair and beards, emerging from the morning fog over the river, wielding mighty axes and brazen swords, calling upon their wild, nordish gods, hiding their muscular, sea-torn bodies behind colourful, round shields and jumping over the planks of their dragon-headed ship. Soon everywhere is fire and blood, for nobody can escape their wrath; nobody can stop their force. And before any help can arrive, the savage northerners are gone with all the supplies and treasures; and all the healthy men and women they didn’t slaughter. They are the demons of the seas, the pest of the coasts – they are Vikings.
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There’s cotton candy in your head!

The Daily Post asks in it’s Daily Prompt, which “good” memories are better: the recent, vivid ones or those covered in a sweet haze?

Let me see what I remember…

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