Monday, February 28, 2011

Real Life Ouroboros


So apparently there is a REAL LIFE OUROBOROS.  (This picture is actually of an armadillo lizard.
When they get scared they bit their tales so that they protect their soft underside. Still pretty cool)

If you don't know the Ouroboros is an ancient alchemical symbol dating as far back as  ~2400BC (it is described in the pyramid of UNAS  (~2375 BC), and visual being recorded in the egyptian book of the dead around ~1500 BC.  The idea is that life is cyclical and continually devouring and creating itself. For you computer science nerds, this should sound familiar as recursion.

Here is an old version from the Middle ages.




From the wikipedia entry, apparently the dude who discovered the structure of the Benzene said this about how he came up with the idea.
The new understanding of benzene, and hence of all aromatic compounds, proved to be so important for both pure and applied chemistry after 1865 that in 1890 the German Chemical Society organized an elaborate appreciation in KekulĂ©'s honor, celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his first benzene paper. Here KekulĂ© spoke of the creation of the theory. He said that he had discovered the ring shape of the benzene molecule after having a reverie or day-dream of a snake seizing its own tail (this is a common symbol in many ancient cultures known as the Ouroboros).


Here is a BBC video on the Ouroboros (armadillo lizard)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Best Animal Name Ever

From fark.com, we have the Smil(e)-o-don, aka Sabre Tooth Cat. 

Excerpt:


The study also looked back at the earliest and most primitive sabretoothed animals.
"Smilodon was outrageous in terms of its anatomy," said Dr Christiansen.

This is way sweeter than these 10 lame dinosaur names... courtesy of cracked.com
Excerpt:
Bambi Raptor
Scrotum Humanum (yes that's actually a dinosaur name)
Stephanosaurus
Technosaurus
Erectopus
etc...



Friday, February 18, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Anderson Silva Front Kick


The dhalsim pic is from a thread on sherdog where everyone is debating what to call the kick... (almost 200 posts worth)

BAM! Anderson Silva does a video game perfect front kick knockout and attributes perfecting the kick to Steven Seagal.

Check the link out here

http://www.5thround.com/67143/steven-seagal-schooled-ufc-champ-anderson-silva-in-art-of-front-kick/

Here is an interview with Seagal... the best part is at 2:20 where apparently Anderson Silva sent him a letter saying "Will you please teach me your deadly stuff" LOL

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Homunculus

Since I'm on the topic of Alchemy (see Isaac Newton and the Philosopher's stone post here), here is a quick painting I did in acrylic (i'm still a 1000% newb)

I title it Homunculus.


This makes me wonder if Newton invented calculus so he could do physics so that he could do alchemy. =p