Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Fairly Certain You're Not The One For Me Press
Poor Man's Orangina:
1) pour 1/2 bottle carbonated water
2) into 1/2 cart orange juice
3) shake or stir gently
5) have you noticed that there is "no pulp" juice, "some pulp" juice, and "most pulp" juice? how does "most pulp" get to claim most? what if some company comes out with even more pulp, then does the original "most pulp" have to call themselves "almost pulp"?
6) why are all these people looking at slides of Orangina?
Orangina is a carbonated soft drink made from oranges and tangerines. According to its English website, "The exact formula is a closely guarded secret, but Orangina is made up of a high content of orange juice and pulp: The bottle claims 12% juice, and 2% pulp."  It has a long history, but was produced in colonized Algeria, and later in France after Algeria won its independence. The brand's popularity extends from its unique flavour to the iconic design of its 25cl size bottle made in the shape of a pear with a pebbly texture meant to recall the peel of an orange or other citrus fruit.
So China has a new law for bloggers. Basically, the rule is: you can't say anything nasty about China because we know who you are:
BEIJING - New rules by a Chinese government-backed Internet group maintain strict controls over the country's bloggers, requiring them to register with their real names and identification cards.
The guidelines from the Internet Society of China, a group made up of China's major Internet companies, contradict state media reports this week claiming that China was considering loosening registration requirements for bloggers to allow anonymous online journaling.
The society's new draft code of conduct seen on its Web site Wednesday says Web log service providers must still get their users' real names and contact information.
Critics say the requirement violates a blogger's right to freedom of expression and puts them at risk of punishment or imprisonment if they post controversial opinions about politics, religion or other issues.
The society's proposed code of conduct for blog service providers comes in addition to already existing government regulations that govern China's Internet. The country's official Internet watchdog banned anonymous Web site and blog registration in 2005.
Online bulletin boards and blogs are the only forum for most Chinese to express opinions before a large audience in a society where all media are state-controlled.
China has the world's second-biggest population of Internet users after the United States, with 137 million people online. It also has some 20 million blogs, according to government figures.
Also in the news, stubby fingers might mean bad SAT scores:
A quick look at the lengths of children's index and ring fingers can be used to predict how well students will perform on SATs, new research claims.
Kids with longer ring fingers compared to index fingers are likely to have higher math scores than literacy or verbal scores on the college entrance exam, while children with the reverse finger-length ratio are likely to have higher reading and writing, or verbal, scores versus math scores.
Scientists have known that different levels of the hormones testosterone and estrogen in the womb account for the different finger lengths, which are a reflection of areas of the brain that are more highly developed than others, said psychologist Mark Brosnan of the University of Bath, who led the study.
Exposure to testosterone in the womb is said to promote development of areas of the brain often associated with spatial and mathematical skills, he said. That hormone makes the ring finger longer. Estrogen exposure does the same for areas of the brain associated with verbal ability and tends to lengthen the index finger relative to the ring finger.
To test the link to children's scores on the College Board's Scholastic Assessment Test (for which the name has changed a number of times in the past 100 years), Brosnan and his colleagues made photocopies of children's palms and measured the length of their index and ring fingers using calipers accurate to 0.01 millimeters. They used the finger-length ratios as a proxy for the levels of testosterone and estrogen exposure.
The researchers then looked at boys' and girls' test performances separately and compared them to finger-length ratio measurements. They found a clear link between high prenatal testosterone exposure, indicated by the longer index finger compared to the ring finger, and higher scores on the math SAT.
Similarly, they found higher literacy SAT scores for the girls among those who had lower prenatal testosterone exposure, as indicated by a shorter ring finger compared with the index finger.
The researchers also compared the finger-lengths ratios to all the children's SAT scores and found that a relatively longer ring finger—indicating greater prenatal exposure to testosterone—meant a wider gap in scores for math versus literacy (writing and critical reading).
"Finger ratio provides us with an interesting insight into our innate abilities in key cognitive areas," Brosnan said, in a prepared statement. The results will be detailed in an upcoming issue of the British Journal of Psychology.
In the future, his team will see if finger-length ratios are related to other cognitive and behavioral issues, such as technophobia, career paths and possibly dyslexia.
....I can't even begin to comment on this article.