The Spider Web Trees Of Pakistan

Just before my last few exams.

This from flood-stricken Pakistan:

An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters. Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenomenon before but, they also report that there are now far fewer mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around. It is thought that the mosquitoes are getting caught in the spiders web, thus, reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships after the floods.

Via some dudes facebook. Stupid social networking.

Makes me think of some lectures I’ve watched where it’s strongly suggested that evolution – both biological and cultural – will react to current climates much faster, and obviously with greater efficiency than any purposeful human effort to change or save the world.
Yay for long sentences. And Paul McCartney. And Wings. And clarinets.


New York Times Change Their Angle

Apparently it only takes 20 minutes to shift the blame.
The Context: Occupy Wall Street.
The Current Situation: US Marines are marching to Wall St to Protect The Protesters from the NYPD.
As I read somewhere “shit is about to get real”.

Via the internets.

Is Osama Really Dead? Behold A Photoshop Disaster.

With the announcement from the Obama administration that Osama Bin Laden was killed in a ‘firefight’ at his mansion in Pakistan, a tonne of questions have started to arise. And not even crazy conspiracy questions, although no doubt these will be labelled as such. As revealed by the /b/tards of 4chan, a photo of Osama’s alleged “corpse” released hours after the kill is clearly a terrible photoshop job (below). You don’t even need to be an adolescent hypergeek to see this. Not that I am. The bottom half of that dead face is identical to that in the photo of Osama on the right. And as an photography/film geek, the angle and position of the shot is exactly the same. Not to mention that the dead man’s beard is much more ‘pixelated’ than the rest of his face. This ain’t no trick of the light. It’s a trick from the Obama Administration. Check out the link below the image at the IBT. They raise some very commonsense questions; the most obvious of which is ‘Is Osama really dead?’. Consider it, yeah?

Via the International Business Times.