Gawd this is crap. My computer is now over three years old which means it would be drawing a pension and peeing it’s pants in human years. I can’t have more than three applications open at once without it crapping itself and freezing up for a couple of minutes at a time once every thirty seconds or so. It’s already done it twice just typing up this paragraph, so I hope you appreciate the frustration I’ve endured to bring this to you, dear Reader. A new PC would be appreciated if you’re feeling generous… I didn’t think so either.

The scientific world was very pleased to note the discovery of a 47 million year old fossil of a primate, Darwinius masillae, nicknamed Ida. This fossil is very interesting as it is a distant relative of chimps, apes – and us. The article goes into some detail about why this discovery is so interesting.

Speaking of things archaeological, a brewery in Delaware has starting brewing beers based on ancient recipes, including one Finnish ninth-century brew, one based on cocoa and one dating from 9000 years ago in China. I wish I could get my paws on these for a taste!

My latest bit of conspiracy entertainment has been the activity over the 2012 collapse of civilization or new beginning of an age of enlightenment. Basically it’s a New Age apocalypse (since the Christians got their hooks into 2000) and deserving of such suspicion and ire as any other end-of-days scenario. It’s really got the new-agers’ knickers in a tizzy and some of the ‘docos’ I’ve been downloading have been hysterical in their leaps of faith and gaps in logic.

U2 put out an album recently in case you didn’t know, and it’s likely you didn’t since no one’s buying it. In other news, the mainstream media have caught on to the idea that U2 haven’t done anything good for at least 10 years and should’ve quit while they were ahead – you know, after The Joshua Tree… wait… that was 20 years ago!

A DVD that stores data in five dimensions and can hold up to four terabytes of data!? Sign me up! The online dictionary built into Firefox desn’t even recognise the word ‘terabytes’, that’s how crazy (and awesome) it is!

Jake Nyberg is a hero and should at least be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize or something like that. These men are also legends. So are these men.

Sesame Street is 40. Wow.

In Japan, the declining birthrate is still the elephant in the corner of the room. It’s going to completely change this country over the next fifty years and yet no one is seriously doing anything about it. As the economy declines and women hold off on marrying for longer, some men are simply giving up on the idea of finding a decent job and a woman and becoming ‘herbivorous men’.

Some Japanese women haven’t forgotten the art of shameless self-promotion though…

The H1N1 debacle continues and even though they aren’t shutting down schools in Japan (or in other places) any more, it makes you wonder what they’re going to come up with next. One scenario is that vaccinations against the flu will become mandatory, using the fear of a second wave to coerce people into agreeing to it. The problem with that is that what goes into the vaccines. Just ask any US military personnel. Vaccines have becomes places to experiment on human subjects, often without their knowledge or consent. Scary? You betcha.

If you love travelling and you also happen to be paranoid – like me – then this could likely make you want to stay in your room forever.

Speaking of staying indoors, stories like this make me so grateful I live here in Japan and not in Australia. What a sad place it has become if people have to live in fear – and those with the power to do something about it, don’t.

In a shocking development a study has concluded that eating too much makes you fat. Sounds pretty obvious hey, but the interesting thing from this study is that exercise – or a lack of exercise – has almost no impact. It’s the food, fatty.

The US has mislaid quite a few items of military hardware over the past few decades; guns, ammo, tanks, even a whole destroyer. However it’s the missing nukes that we should be really worried about…

George Friedman has seen the future – and it aint pretty

Americans have often been described as ‘cowboys’, but it turns out that ‘pirates’ may have been a more accurate description, at last of the ‘Founding Fathers’ who penned the constitution. It looks like they (Thomas Jefferson at least) could have been influenced by the model of pirate democracy that was practiced on the ships that haunted the Caribbean and Atlantic.

So what are some of the former Bush war criminals aides up to these days? A lot are busy making money in their former fields, but Condi Rice is now a professor at Stanford, an appointment which is being met with some resistance by the students of that university.

An interesting piece about the continued rise of single motherhood.

Enough for now – more later…