Thursday, June 30, 2005

Top 100 Science Questions

The journal Science has published a list (because even the pocket protector set love a good list) of the Top 100 Questions Science wants to answer in the next 25 years. Its basically everything. Always such ambitious dreamers, those crazy scientists. Next up... the Swimsuit Issue.

Even if only a handfull of these questions can be answered once and for all (Are we alone if the universe? The biological basis of consciousness? What controls organ regeneration? etc.), it will change everything. Here's to what's hopefully an evolutionary 25 years.

And yet still no flying cars. [Via]

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Silver Arrows

I've only just begun to pay attention to the Silver Arrows as they get ready to leave. They played what will probably be their last show for awhile a few nights ago before moving from Denton to New York... without the drummer, who's staying behind.

The band had a song on Pyramid Scheme's Long Con Compilation last year that I didn't really like at first but which really grew on me. They play a sort of energetic, snotty art-rock that sounds like it would be really fun live. I hope their next Texas show isn't too far away.

I don't think they have released much (or anything, really) beyond the Long Con track at this point. They have been recording all they can before they leave and posting the results on their site. The plan is to find a new drummer once they get to New York and, I guess, become indie rock sensations. I wish them luck and hope this isn't the end of this very interesting band. We know how this goes. Of course, they can always go back home to Denton again if it turns out the rest of the world sucks. It worked for Centro-Matic.

Silver Arrows - "Parade" [MP3, 3.5MB, 128kbps]

Silver Arrows - "Up and Down" [MP3, 2.4MB, 128kbps]

Silver Arrows - "Gonna Do Those Things" [MP3, 2.6MB, 128kbps]


Silver Arrows @ MySpace

"Stay away from street RPS"

the International Rock Paper Scissors World Championships Site has had this clip up for awhile. Its supposedly from the dvd Playing RPS to Win: Secrets of the Masters. The site doesn't refer to the dvd as "upcoming" anymore but gives no information about how to obtain one. I don't know what the deal is - I just know I want one really bad. This clip is maybe one of the best things I've ever seen in my life. If it's all a joke then its brilliant.

It's not a joke though, as far as I can tell, but until I meet a hardcore RPS enthusiast in person there will always be part of me that questions whether this is all some grand hoax or not. Either way, it's fascinating.

There's also a film that's supposed to see release in "Summer 2005". I have hunch it might not make that window. There's a site and a trailer.

And you might as well take a look at the site for the World RPS Society or the Rollingstone news story on these nuts. Here's hoping they they picket for Olympic recognition soon.