Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Muppets Swedish Chef gourmet cooking approach

Cooking has never been so crazy and fun, although maybe not for the pumpkins!

The Discovery of Dolphin Language by scientists

The Discovery of Dolphin Language | Wake Up World

The Discovery of the Dolphin Language

Researchers in the United States and Great Britain have made a significant breakthrough in deciphering dolphin language in which a series of eight objects have been sonically identified by dolphins. Team leader, Jack Kassewitz of, ‘spoke’ to dolphins with the dolphin’s own sound picture words. Dolphins in two separate research centers understood the words, presenting convincing evidence that dolphins employ a universal “sono-pictorial” language of communication.

The team was able to teach the dolphins simple and complex sentences involving nouns and verbs, revealing that dolphins comprehend elements of human language, as well as having a complex visual language of their own. Kassewitz commented,
"We are beginning to understand the visual aspects of their language, for example in the identification of eight dolphin visual sounds for nouns, recorded by hydrophone as the dolphins echo located on a range of submersed plastic objects."

The British member of the research team, John Stuart Reid, used aCymaScope instrument, a device that makes sound visible, to gain a better understanding of how dolphins see with sound. He imaged a series of the test objects as sono-pictorially created by one of the research dolphins. In his bid to “speak dolphin” Jack Kassewitz of, based in Miami, Florida, designed an experiment in which he recorded dolphin echolocation sounds as they reflected off a range of eight submersed objects, including a plastic cube, a toy duck and a flowerpot. He discovered that the reflected sounds actually contain sound pictures and when replayed to the dolphin in the form of a game, the dolphin was able to identify the objects with 86% accuracy, providing evidence that dolphins understand echolocation sounds as pictures. Kassewitz then drove to a different facility and replayed the sound pictures to a dolphin that had not previously experienced them. The second dolphin identified the objects with a similar high success rate, confirming that dolphins possess a sono-pictorial form of communication. It has been suspected by some researchers that dolphins employ a sono-visual sense to ‘photograph’ (in sound) a predator approaching their family pod, in order to beam the picture to other members of their pod, alerting them of danger. In this scenario it is assumed that the picture of the predator will be perceived in the mind’s eye of the other dolphins.

When Reid imaged the reflected echolocation sounds on the CymaScope it became possible for the first time to see the sono-pictorial images that the dolphin created. The resulting pictures resemble typical ultrasound images seen in hospitals. Reid explained: When a dolphin scans an object with its high frequency sound beam, emitted in the form of short clicks, each click captures a still image, similar to a camera taking photographs. Each dolphin click is a pulse of pure sound that becomes modulated by the shape of the object. In other words, the pulse of reflected sound contains a semi-holographic representation of the object. A portion of the reflected sound is collected by the dolphin’s lower jaw, its mandible,where it travels through twin fat-filled ‘acoustic horns’ to the dolphin’s inner ears to create the sono-pictorial image.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Octopus Walks on Land at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Fascinating clip! Octopus walks on land! Octopus are extremely smart and affectionate.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Art of Ray Caesar & Music Clip

Divine music and bizarre but beautiful imagery! Listen and watch, and am sure you will find this combination totally captivating! Thank you Barry for sharing this one!

10 Fascinating Cases of Mind Control

10 Fascinating Cases of Mind Control

Information about insects, animals and parasites that will have your head spinning! The site from which this article comes from covers so many different, unusual topics! Truly fascinating!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Crow adopts kitten

A wild crow adopts an abandoned kitten and they become the best of friends!

Happy thankful turkeys playing soccer!

Happy, thankful turkeys playing soccer!

Audiomachine - Akkadian Empire

Let's make it three incredible songs in a row! Sounds very classical. Like one of Puccini's arias!

Future World Music - Moments

Another beautiful, uplifting piece! Hard not to be moved by this music!

Future World Music - Divinus Consensio

This song is amazing! Such stirring music! A modern "classical" piece.

Linkin Park - Numb

"Numb" by Linkin Park - A fabulous song!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Abandonded dog commercial

A clever clip showing the trust our pets have for us, their child-like trust. Only adopt an animal if you are ready for the commitment for the duration of their lives (which can be ten or more years), never give a pet as a gift (because the person you give the pet to may not be a responsible pet parent, or interested in having an animal) and NEVER EVER abandon your pet. If you decide pet parenting/guardianship is not for you, find a responsible person with a proven history of loving, sensible pet parenting who will take on your job of care for the pet, or bring your animal to a no-kill shelter for surrender.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Your chance to help starving dogs rescued from dogmeat truck.

Miracle Dogs Recovering After Volunteers Blockaded Truck | Care2 Causes

800 dogs, starved and dehydrated, many still wearing collars (dogs obviously stolen,) bound for the dog meat trade were saved by volunteers who blockaded the truck. Now these poor dogs need our help. To make a donation to an accredited charity, please follow the link. Small one-off paypal donations also accepted.

Japanese Duo Rocks the Ukulele

Amazing Ukulele playing and a very cute film clip!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

William Blake † The Human Abstract † Rock Symphony 2010

A wonderful clip with fantastical images and stirring music, celebrating the talent of William Blake!

Great Mystery Publishing – The Sarina Damen Interview by Cran Herlihy | Motley Press

Great Mystery Publishing – The Sarina Damen Interview by Cran Herlihy | Motley Press
Article on Great Mystery Publishing and its' online publisher and founder.

Sarina Damen is one of my favourite Australians. That she is also an author, and founder of the Great Mystery Publishing website, gave me the perfect excuse to trek the steamy wilds of Queensland, dodge drop-bears and rogue roos, Bundy rum and Four Ex beer parties, just to interview Sarina Damen on (read more here...)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Definition of a writer by Ursula K. Le Guin

“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

Saturday, November 5, 2011

This is what happens when we destroy the forests!

A poor sloth trying to cross a road to get back to the trees! What are we doing to our planet?! Without the forests, we are dooming so many animals to painful and certain death! And when that happens, humanity will not be so far behind. We also need the forests, for they generate the air we need to survive. Kill off the forests, and we kill ourselves in the process.


A fun, probably "un-pc", song from the eighties. Enjoy your dose of retro!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes

Tarra & Bella / A Match Made in Ele-Heaven

Writing a successful book proposal

SPAWN: Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network

The Seven Vital Elements of a Successful Nonfiction Book Proposal By Mary Embree

Whether you have already written a nonfiction book or are contemplating writing one you will need to know what it takes to sell it. A book proposal can be prepared no matter what stage of writing you are currently in. In fact, the preparation of a book proposal is recommended even before you start writing because it can become a guide to the process, an outline for your book and a checklist of what your book should contain in order to have a chance for success.
There are seven major factors that make for a best-selling nonfiction book. There are also seven major parts to a book proposal. If you address all of these issues carefully and your book meets most of the following criteria, your chances of getting published will be greatly improved. Even if you are planning to self-publish, your book will sell better if it is well organized and has a professional appearance. Your standards must be as high as any other publisher.
What Makes a Nonfiction Book Successful? Read more here ...