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The column revival

So after many many months, I’m finally going to publish an article over at my backwash column, Not Scientific Science.  There are no links whatsoever in this below version, but i’ll drop a link in here so that you can check the final version of the article when it’s published at backwash.

I was also thinking about writing on how I got the idea and how I proceeded to write it in the first place, as well.  We’ll see.

The WOW list
by Khalil A. Cassimally aka NotScientific.

In no particular order.

1.Your body produces about 80 million neutrophils per minute.  Neutrophils form about 60% of all white blood cells travelling in the blood-flow.  White blood cells are those cells which fight pathogens during an infection.  Now, that makes you wonder how many cells your body actually produces in one day, doesn’t it?

2.Next time you’re in the loo, do recall to take to take a long and good sniff before you flush.  No jokes! Then think how your body’s inside stinks.

3.Homosexual animals exist, in case you didn’t know.  Male big horn sheeps bond through anal intercourse and genital licking and yes, ejaculation does occur.  Other gay animals include giraffes, bottlenose dolphins, killer whales and gray whales amongst others.  With this, some scientists are starting to question Darwin’s sexual selection because the father of biology apparently neglected all gay animals.  Oh yeah, Japanese macaques are lesbians by the way.

4.According to de Broglie’s wave-particle duality theory, any wave can also be treated as particles and consequently one can also expect a particle to act like a wave, in some circumstances.  But when does a wave actually behave as a particle or vice-versa? Bring on the next Einstein, I say!

5.Einstein’s theory of relativity.  Don’t worry it’s in simple terms.  I mean, it is in plain English all right.

6.A vaccine is in fact an injection of antigenic material, which may be dead pathogens or some living one themselves.  This results in an immune response.  The immune system is, in this way, prepared for any “natural” attacks by this same pathogen that may occur in the future.

7.HIV is short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus while AIDS is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.  As you see, the causative agent is HIV while the disease is AIDS and not vice-versa. Not to be confused, people.

8.Bind two amino acids together and you’ll end up with a dipeptide.  Bind three of them and you’ll obtain a tripeptide.  Now, bind many hyundreds of them and you’ll get a protein.  Now same thing with nucleotides: bind two of them to get a dinucleotide, three of them and you get a trinucleotide and a multitude of them so you get a nucleic acid.  Yep, RNA and DNA and stuff.

9.Biology + Chemistry = Biochemistry, Physics + Chemistry = Physical Chemistry, Biology + Physics = Biophysics!


Poetry Thursday (My week 5.0)

by Khalil A. Cassimally

Definition of love

If love is to care about one
Think of one when one’s crying
And do anything to stop the deluge,
Then yes, I am in love.

If love is seeing one’s reflection in every mirror
Hearing one’s voice along with every breeze
Smelling one’s perfume in every flower,
Then yes, I am in love.

But if love is anything;
Anything more blunt that it does not hurt
Anything less divine that I do not lose track of time
Anything less insane that I do not gaze out of the window every minute
Anything at all that does not make me feel special,
Then no, I am not in love.


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Poetry Thursday (My week 4.0)

by Khalil A. Cassimally

To be complete

It flies amongst the crowd
Looking for two new preys:
The girl with the dark lustrous hair
And the boy she cared about;
There they were.

A magic spell
Is enough to achieve magical things
Because love is magic;
Hearts beating faster,
Cheeks turning pink.

The boy turns to look around
And the girl turns around to see whether he’s looking
Eyes cross, all fiery
“There, t’is done,” it says
“Let the love flow through their veins
Let them feel the lust
And they’ll know
How incomplete they are
Without one another.”


  • This Thursday we were totally free: write a poem or share one, you decide.
  • Check out Poetry Thursday and cry your heart out every Thursdays. The concept is simple: share poetry on your blog.

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Poetry Thursday (My week 3.0)

by Khalil A. Cassimally

The beginning and the end

Walking along the corridors of time
Seeing the sun set before it rises
Seeing birds die before the eggs are hatched
Seeing friends laugh before they’ve met.

I live that first time again
The first time we met
Barely a smile back then
We didn’t know yet.

Smiling until I’m back in reality
Feeling that same breeze rustling through the leaves
Feeling the pain in my body
Feeling the joy in my mother’s smile.

I live my precious life again
And our paths cross yet another time
We embrass, we smile, we laugh
Ah, now we know some of it.

Running faster than light
I only see darkness
I only feel cold
I can only hope for the best.

I glance into the future
And I see us again
We are… We are
No, Stop!
I don’t want to see
I don’t want to know.

Because seeing is believing
And believing is knowing,
I don’t want to see this friendship’s ending
I don’t want to believe in that kiss.


  • This Thursday I have totally ignored the writing prompt of Poetry Thursday.  Strange thing: I thought it was a really cool idea they had but then, I don’t think I was inspired.
  • Check out Poetry Thursday and cry your heart out every Thursdays. The concept is simple: share poetry on your blog.

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Poetry Thursday (My week 2.0)

by Khalil A. Cassimally

Lakeside Shadow: the poem

It's greyish up there
The mood is rebarbative
The silence is creepy.

The once green grass of the hill
Is covered under layers of snow
As white as a sick patient's face.

The goats that used to graze there
Are all stocked at the farmer's
Left behind is only a corpse of a deer
Half buried in whiteness.

In the hill's shadows
Lies a lake
Now ivory in colour
Due to the depressingg winter times.

Ice flakes, half melted
Are still floating on the translucent water
A branch nearby
Is meanwhile drowning.

In the distance
Cries and children sobs are heard
And dark smoke from the chimneys appear.

The village is glum
No kids outside, no cars horning
No movements, except from those
Of a wanned, hoary dog.

Across the alleys of the village
Newspaper sheets are hovering around
Carried to and fro
By the chilly wind.

Windows are closed
Blinds are raised
Curtains are pulled.

From time to time
A dog's howls would be heard in the distance
Or a baby's whines would be caught.

Rain is pouring
Watering the flooded lawns
Immersing the village
Deeper into the deluge.

A tramp sits in the shelter of a shop
His thick greasy black beard
Covers his face
A bottle of whisky is in his left hand
To warm him a little
Then he stands up, laughs madly to himself
And runs off in the unmistakable mist of nothingness
His whisky in his hand.

Zooming out of the alleys
Backing away from the village
But returning to the lake
The miserable translucent lake.

Where suddenly
The jaws of a gigantic creature
Followed by the monster's body
Appear from the water.

The creature walks out of the lake
Making its way toward the village
Leaving behind the connection
Between the lake and the village,
Its footsteps
Anchored in the white snow.


  • This poem was written more like the lyrics of a song, which could go along with Lakside Shadow, the ambient tune, composed by blogger Wil Wheaton.
  • Download: Lakeside Shadow (right-click and save) by Wil Wheaton + The True Lakeside Shadow (right-click and save), me reading the poem aloud (sound quality is kind of poor to be honest – hosted by sky media).
  • Check out Poetry Thursday and cry your heart out every Thursdays. The concept is simple: share poetry on your blog.

Poetry Thursday

by Khalil A. Cassimally


The shade of friendship

To see me in this shade
Is comfort to me
Because being in your shade
Is much better than being illuminated by the sun.

Friendship is everything, really
It's a voice that whispers delicate words to mine ears
It's a hand that holds me when I'm falling
It's an eye that always looks upon me when I'm alone.

Without friendship,
I would be standing in the shade of the sun
And would fall in love with something
As far away as a star.

With friendship,
I am standing in the shade of a heart
And falling in love with the music it sings
Everytime I come nearer.

To see me in this shade
Makes me feel at home
To see me as a shade
Makes me feel in heaven.

That's friendship
That's what it's all about
So, don't blame the sun
Don't blame me
Don't blame friendship either.
[Blame yourself.]


  • This poem was inspired from a line of Jeffrey Yamaguchi's poem.  That special line being: To see me in this shade.  Thanks for sharing it with me, Jeffrey!
  • Check out Poetry Thursday and cry your heart out every Thursdays.  The concept is simple: share poetry on your blog.

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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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