Quarterly Search Term Poetry Results (Overdue!)

Due to my time-out from social media search terms submitted in Q2 2013 have not yet seen the light of day. Shareholders, I apologize! Going for a new level of efficiency in creating poetry I try to anticipate your comments and questions. I have announced it several times: I am poeticizing your comments now! I … Continue reading Quarterly Search Term Poetry Results (Overdue!)

Greatest Innovation Ever

I like silly Top Something Lists. In a more serious state of mind I wondered what a list of the top inventions or top innovations of humankind might comprise. Random googling yields list items such as The Internet, Money, Plumbing, and The Power of Story. This list contains what my biased mind was searching for: … Continue reading Greatest Innovation Ever

Theory and Practice of Trying to Combine Physics with Anything

You have told me, you miss my physics posts. I have missed them, too, and I give it a try. But I cannot help turning this into a cross-over again, smashing together half-digested psychology, physics, IT networking, and badly hidden autobiographical anecdotes. In 2005 I did research on the incorporation of physics-style thinking and mathematical … Continue reading Theory and Practice of Trying to Combine Physics with Anything

Cyber Security Satire?

I am a science fiction fan. In particular, I am a fan of movies featuring Those Lonesome Nerds who are capable of controlling this planet's critical infrastructure - from their gloomy basements. But is it science fiction? In the year Die Hard 4.0 has been released a classified video - showing an electrical generator dying … Continue reading Cyber Security Satire?

The BLAHS #4–Geek of the Year

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Earthlings, bow to me. I am famous. The Elkement has been bestowed upon the most prestigious blog award in the universe – non-propagate-able, handed out exclusively by the founder: The BLAHS – BLog Awards Handed out by Sackler. Yes, this is THE Mark Sackler – serial innovator in Search Term Haiku Art and discerning commenter on The Ridiculous and The Sublime. EDIT: Remove [s] from [https] in the links to Mark’s blog to get rid of the false security warnings. See my comment on this alleged bug below.

The Millennium Conjectures™

“Beware of geeks bearing formulas.”–Warren Buffett

I know what you’re thinking.   Why don’t I give the Geek of the Year BLAHS to myself?   Short answer:  I almost won an award like that in my youth, but lost out to the guy in the picture above.   It was no fair really;  I look far cooler in a leopard skin toga than he does.  Anyway, I am only half geek.  In my ancient past I was both a sportscaster and a classical music radio announcer.  How is that for a cognitive dissonance?

Jokes aside, let’s get down to the serious satire.  It’s time to give out another BLAHS (BLog Awards Handed out by Sackler).   A quick review of the rules is in order:

  1. Unlike the various chain-letters going around that masquerade as awards, this one is given out only one at a time–by me.
  2. The only thing the winner has to…

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Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag

I follow the call to arms by fellow spam poet Michelle(*)(**). Every time she blogs about spam poetry, I have a spam poem in my drafts folder - so I think I need to release the current one now. This time I defined the following goals: there should be a topic and a narrative, and … Continue reading Existential Spam Poem: The Soul of This Bag

Kicking off the ILFB Award: Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere

As announced in one of my recent off-the-wall posts I have been pondering about founding an award of my own. I am on a mission this week - now I need to get it done! My goals are as follows: Create rules that are self-consistent, loophole-free, but nonetheless rather simple to describe and to follow. … Continue reading Kicking off the ILFB Award: Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere

Fourth dimension surfing

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If anybody ever said biologists and biology aren’t geeky, this post disproves it. Have you been aware of the three-dimensional morphospace occupied by molluscs or can you surf four-dimensional waves? This post covers so many different aspects – it needs to be reblogged at a blog that aims at “combining everything”.


The second image below has marked time in the drafts section of my dashboard for well over a month. It was taken at the Jacoby Falls on one of the very first mild weekends of our Pennsylvania spring. An earlier post which described that visit concerned a topic altogether divorced from that of tree trunks, and so too does this one. I have thought much, as part of my professional responsibilities, about a construct called morphospace. Let me explain. Imagine how you might describe, by measurement, an animal such as a garden snail, for example. You’d have to measure the length of the shell, the width of the shell, and the dimensions of the shell opening … and then you’d have to count the number of whorls and somehow determine their rate of expansion. When you were done you might have ten measures. Now consider that this shell, because…

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Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors

Dear reader, enclosed you find my latest spam poem. Each line is verbatim from a spam comment (including typos). The meme pool had comprised about 400 spam comments collected in the past three weeks. This time I forced myself to compile the poem extremely fast, scrolling through these comments in Data-from-Star-Trek-style and letting my subconsciousness … Continue reading Remarks Written by Brain-Dead Visitors

Liebster Blog Award: This Time I Try to Respond in a More Normal Way

It happened again - I have been bestowed a blog award despite the way I handled my last nomination. This time I will respond in a different way. I - the Subversive El(k)ement - will adhere to the rules! Geeks, please bear with me though! I still think that blog awards are just ridiculous chain … Continue reading Liebster Blog Award: This Time I Try to Respond in a More Normal Way