Monthly Archives: January 2010

ideas are always changing and we should be open to all these new ideas. but then again, this idea that everyone is right is one of those new changing ideas. what a loop. so can we accept this new idea of accepting new ideas? sounds dangerous.

Caucasians and Asians Don’t Examine Faces in the Same Way

ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2010) — Caucasians and Asians don’t examine faces in the same way, according to new research. PhD student Caroline Blais, of the Université de Montréal Department of Psychology, has published two studies on the subject: one in Current Biology and the other in PLoS One.

Previous studies have shown that people collect information by mostly studying the eyes as well as the mouth of a face. “The problem is that these studies always used Caucasian test subjects,” says Blais.

Questioning the universality of facial recognition began after studies showed that Asians study faces in an overall fashion, while Caucasians break down faces into distinct parts.

Blais used a camera designed to track eye movements to study 14 Caucasian and 14 Asian participants. As part of the experiment, subjects were shown 112 Caucasian and Asian faces and asked to report if they had seen the face before and to name the dominating trait. The study confirmed that Caucasians study the triangle of the eyes and mouth, while Asians focus on the nose.

Caucasian and Asian subjects excelled at recognizing someone of their race, yet both had the same level of difficulty in identifying someone of another ethnic group. According to Blais, this says more about the analytical approach of Caucasians and the holistic approach of Asians.

In a second experiment, test subjects had to pinpoint an emotion: surprise, fear, disgust or joy. Asians mostly focused on the eyes and not enough on the mouth, which meant some emotions were wrongly identified.

“Asians had particular problems with negative emotions. They confused fear and surprise as well as disgust and anger,” says Blais. “This is because they avoided looking at the mouth which provides a lot of information about these emotions.”

Cultural or biological causes, Blais says, might explain why humans don’t read faces in a universal fashion.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100126111953.htm

spent so much time trying to code something in javascript. i was reading code that was like 50 lines long and trying to edit from there. turns out, it could be done in one line of code. and such is life.

YEA SMOOTHIE!

yesterday, went to utada hikaru’s “UTADA IN THE FLESH” tour thing. it was good, except they had a lousy dj play for an hour as an opener, which kind of delayed everything, and i got back an hour later than expected. oh well. she played keyboard for sakura drops and stay gold. the backing band was pretty good. actually changed the style to less r&b; and more rock, which was very nice. devil inside was pretty heavy metal. it was completely unexpected, but then, i never listened to the album that song is on. she had some mic problems, but she was like “oh, i guess you know i’m not lipsyncing now.” she was telling some story about how she took a walk to the pier, and everyone just clapped and cheered, and she was like “… the pier? … YEAAAA PIER!!” and everyone cheered randomly. lol. then she went to some cafe named “plant” *cheer* “.. YEA PLANT!!” *cheer!YAYAY*. “i had a smoothie. YEA SMOOTHIE!!” anyway, i took pictures on camera phone, but camera phone doesn’t have zoom, so it doesn’t look that great. and then they sent a big black guy to tell me to stop. oh well.

and after the show, there were free apples? i didn’t get one though. it was too weird for me. (edit: apparently, the apples are part of the venue’s [fillmore] tradition)

setlist:
1. On and On
2. Merry Xmas Mr. Lawrence – FYI
3. Poppin
4. This One (Crying Like A Child)
5. Sanctuary
6. Sakura Drops
7. Stay Gold
8. Devil Inside
9. Kremlin Dusk
10. You Make Me Want To Be a Man
11. The Bitter End (Placebo cover)
12. Apples and Cinnamon
13. Come Back to Me
14. First Love
15. Can You Keep a Secret?
16. Automatic
17. Dirty Desire

Encore:
1. Simple and Clean
2. Me Muero

a video, before they gave me a warning.

Woman kills lover by sitting on him
17:30 AEST Fri Jan 22 2010
By ninemsn staff

A US woman weighing 136kg has admitted to killing her much smaller boyfriend by sitting on him.

Mia Landingham pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Mikal Middleston-Bey, who weighs just 54.4kg, FOX8 News reports.

Landingham was sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours community service. She was immediately released from jail.

Police said the couple, who share three children together, were arguing last August when Landingham sat on Middleston-Bey.

Middleston-Bey died of asphyxiation .

The pair had a long history of domestic abuse, according to Landingham’s lawyer.

Landingham said she was sorry for squashing her boyfriend.

“I just want to say that I am sincerely sorry about this situation… I wish I could take it back.”

Middleston-Bey’s family were angered by the sentence.

“So basically you can say that I can go sit on somebody and get probation?” a family member said.

“I feel there wasn’t no justice.”

Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/1003011/woman-kills-lover-by-sitting-on-him

there are two theories as to how people live:
A) we are kept alive by a complicated system of veins, nerves, organs, etc
B) magic
so by occam’s razor, people are kept alive by magic.

we just don’t learn. well, at least i don’t. overgeneralize from myself to everyone. i should learn to stop doing that. mistakes. mistakes. wrong. wrong.