Monday, November 17, 2008

Life Expectancy

Last night at the Dining Commons they served chicken and swordfish. I felt better about eating the swordfish because, out of the two, swordfish can defend themselves. They are fast swimmers and also have swords on their faces. Swordfish are second to narwhals for being the greatest animal with a weapon on its face. At the end of the day they are both equally delicious.

Lev believes saber-tooth tigers are the best animal in the animal kingdom with face weapons. Although they do have sabers for teeth, they are also extinct. I'll meet him half way and say that the saber-tooth tiger is the best land animal in this category.

After dinner, Lev and I talked about where we would live in Europe if we ever got the chance. Lev said that he would like to live in Switzerland because it is a neutral country. If Switzerland had a pH level, it would be 7. Its a good choice.

This is the UMass Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois library. I've heard that it is not only the tallest masonry structure in the world, but also the tallest academic library (not the largest, just the tallest). When it was built, the engineers did not anticipate the books to weigh as much as they did, so bricks began shooting out from the base of the structure. There is now a fence around the building and books in every other floor. When I am afraid that my entire day will be devoured by my dorm room, I take a stroll over to the 12th floor and do some leisurely reading.

Yesterday I noticed that sliding box cat was featured on Yahoo for two days in a row. Take that Obama!

My friend, Steph, told me that chipmunks live for 3-4 years in the wild, apposed to the 12 years that they live in captivity. This got me thinking. What if the average life expectancy of a human boosted to 300 years while in captivity? By captivity I mean being abducted by aliens, which I am pretty sure is our equivalent to chipmunk abduction.

Speak easy,

Today's Playlist:
C:\>music for robots.wav (or Yes Virginia, There Is a Robot Overlord)

1. Radiohead - Fitter Happier (OK Computer)
10. Say Hi To Your Mom - Pop Music of the Future (Numbers & Mumbles)
11. Tokyo (Lost In Translation OST)
100. The Olivia Tremor Contol - The Gravity Car (Music From the Unrealized...)
101. Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Attack Of the 60 ft Lesbian Octopus (You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into)
110. Crystal Castles - No Skin (Thrash Thrash Thrash)
111. The Robot Ate Me - Tied To The Car (They Ate Themselves)
1000. onelinedrawing - Smile (Visitor)
1001. Grandaddy - I'm On Standby (Sumday)
1010. Flight of the Conchords - Robots (Flight of the Conchords)
1011. Architecture In Helsinki - One Heavy February (Fingers Crossed)
1100. Sufjan Stevens - Joy! Joy! Joy! (A Sun Came!)
1101. The Most Serene Republic - Prologue (Underwater Cinematographer)

*Numerals coded in binary for your convenience.


Look closely at today's headline picture and you can see a flying 'V'!

If you listen to any music that I've posted it ought to be Fiona Apple's rendition of Across The Universe. Her voice is like warm bubbles in your head that never pop...they just kind of float around.

1 comment:

Selina said...

That music video is pretty awesome. It's from the Pleasantville soundtrack which is certainly an excellent movie.

What do you think is the life expectancy of an alien?? If we were to capture one would it live longer here or would it die a slow painful death because of all the pollution??