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The original computer game


Each player will be given an island, forested or slightly so, but intentionally inhabited so as to give your actions in the game an element of real consequence.

Without intervention, your tropical paradise is predicted to go under exactly ten years from the start of play. And lest some bothersome Republican Apologist or a second-rate SF novelist obfuscate the science, the data is irrefutable and the analysis is impeccable, unassailable.

Per island is a lone seaside village. You will notice that its plan follows the principles of New Urbanism. This is either because the executive producers have read too much Nicolai Ouroussoff and consequently have turned homicidal against anything quaint and earnest, or have been roselytised by Andrés Duany enough to have developed a raging hero complex for things wholesome and bourgeois.

But whatever.

The waters are coming, and you are tasked to prevent the island and the village from sinking.

You will have a budget of $1 trillion, of course, and have all the structures and widgets ever used in the long history of hydroengineering.


As this is being sponsored by IKEA®, the challenge will be in their assembly.


From Alexander Trevi’s Pruned.  A blog which should be on your blogroll.

Lego’s new love

Lego, Make anything!


Been tagged

Bloggers’ responsibilities includes tagging.
– NotScientific

Deux noms auxquels tu réponds:
1. Khalllll
2. Tom (Everybody at school knows that I’m a huge fan of KEANE and one of my friends decided to call me Tom after Tom Chaplin, the band’s singer.)

Deux choses que tu portes sur toi en ce moment:
1. A blue jean.
2. The same green shirt I wore yesterday in Port Louis.  I know, I know…

Deux choses que tu cherches dans une relation:
1. Kindness
2. Compatibility

Deux choses que tu préfères faire :
1. Write
2. Hang out with my best friends

Deux choses dont tu as vraiment TRES envie maintenant:
1. A good lunch.
2. That an episode of The Office would download more rapidly.

Deux animaux de compagnie que tu as/as eu:
1. My kid brother
2. My stuffed toys (peluches)

Deux personnes qui vont répondre à ces questions aussi:
1. Avinash
2. Yash
I spare thee, Mr. Eddy.

Deux choses que tu as fait hier soir:
1. Played violin
2. Watched FA Premier League Highlights

Deux personnes qui vivent dans ta maison:
1. My brother
2. My brother… hehe

Deux choses que tu as mangé aujourd’hui:
1. Cereals for breakfast
2. Swallowed loads of saliva

Deux personnes à qui tu as parlé en dernier:
1. My dad who wakes me up at 8.15 a.m even though I’m in hols (WTF?) everyday before going to work.
2. A friend, on MSN.  That was yesterday night actually!

Deux choses que tu vas faire demain:
1. Write something; anything.
2. Listening to music.

Deux voyages en voiture les plus longs:
1. Covered Botswana from North to South in a day and a half.
2. Plaisance Airport to Pereybere.

Deux jours feriés préférés :
1. Eid
2. New Year

Deux boissons préférées:
1. Coffee
2. The fruit juice my dad makes.

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Photograph by Luis A. Mazariegos, National Geographic, January 2007

Pollen grains decorate the crown of a
male velvet-purple coronet resting on a bromeliad in Ecuador, evidence
of the bird’s value as a reliable pollinator. Hummingbirds spend almost
80 percent of their waking hours perched like this to conserve energy.
During chilly nights they can also enter torpor, a state in which their
body temperature can drop more than 40°F (22°C), curbing their need for
food until dawn. “Hummingbirds are incredibly flexible and adaptable,”
says Karl Schuchmann, an ornithologist at Germany’s Alexander Koenig
Zoological Research Institute and the Brehm Fund. “That’s the secret of
their success.”

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I was tagged before you, damnit!

It’s amazing how fast this tagging thing flows through the web.


Pourquoi ce pseudo?
My column was named Not Scientific Science by backwash so it seemed to make sense to get a pseudo close to the column thingy.  Just more easy for the readers, you know.  Looking back, I must say that I like my pseudo loads!

Dernier coup de coeur littéraire?
My family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.  This guy is a genius.

Anime, manga ou comic US préféré?
Anime: GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka)
Manga: [Never read one… too freaking expensive!]
Comic/BD: I’m currently reading Sir Arthur Benton.  It’s based on true facts from the Second World War.  It’s all about spies and treason and stuff.  I like.

Gouts musicaux?
Rock, Alternative, Gothic Rock

Groupes écoutés actuellement?
KEANE, Coldplay, Travis, Snow Patrol, The Fray, Secret Garden.  And more…

Suis tu la mode?
For a 18 year old, I don’t think I’m addicted to la mode.  I have long hair though.  Counts, I suppose.

Comment te decrirais tu?
Damn, I hate those type of questions.  Let’s just say that I’m introvert, shy but I’m a considerate guy.  True!

Comment as tu trouvé ce questionaire?
I was cool.  Not long, that’s probably why.

Qui vas tu tagger maintenant?
I would’ve loved to tag Mr. Eddy again (haha) but he’s already been tagged it seems.  So, I’ll just try: Everybody who’s never ever been tagged before!

UPDATE: This is my 250th post on this blog!

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What’s up in my life?

1. Best friends: I love you people.
2. My own company: sky media
3. Science is so very cool
4. 6 month sabbatical.




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