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May 17, 2008

Illustrations for paradise lost

Filed under: artists, found — Tags: , , , — wisterium @ 12:35 pm

Illustrations for paradise lost

Haven’t read much of the poem myself, but I plan to. In any case, the link send you to a gallery that shows different (‘older’) artist’s renditions of parts of paradise lost. They are rather interesting since you can see other artistic depictions of famous scenes. I quite like the engravings as well as Westall’s and Tintoretto’s, though they all are worth looking at.

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May 5, 2008

Free Rice- Learn and Help -downside?

Filed under: food, found — Tags: , — wisterium @ 10:21 am

This may be old news, but for those of you who don’t know, Free Rice is a vocabulary game where you give rice to the needy through the United Nations World Food Program.

For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice go to help the needy. I played the game and it wasn’t bad. There is something rewarding in playing a game thats altruistic, but I wonder if it’s too good to be true. I recognize that there has been lots of good press on this, and rightly so , since its well deserved. But I can’t help wondering if there is another side to this. I’d like to know where the money is so to speak and where they are getting the rice. Somehow I feel there is a hidden downside to all this. I’m not saying its a scam… it just seems too kind.
Recently there’s been a rise in world food prices that is affecting everyone, especially the poor in third world countries. The price of rice has also been raised and it can be seen even in superstores in the Americas and Canada. I wonder what the rise in rice prices means for the Free Rice program.
Reading the FAQ is a great thing to do, because it is very to the point and understandable as well as seeming down to earth. Don’t get me wrong, the program seems indisputable legit and I’m not bashing the site.

It honestly seems like a great idea and a great service. I just wish I knew more about what was going on and other benefits.

May 2, 2008

Prisoner’s dilemma

Filed under: found — Tags: , — wisterium @ 1:44 pm

Oh Wikipedia, thou art so knowledgeable and all knowing (even when your wrong- but hey, we’re all human).

Here is a link to an interesting game / game theory about altruism and human behavior. I haven’t actually read the article yet, but this entry will serve as a place holder and remind me to.

Wiki rules of Prisoner’s Dilemma

April 30, 2008

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April 29, 2008

Ester = methyl valerate

Filed under: found — Tags: , — wisterium @ 6:52 am

Unless you know Ester this won’t make much sense. But, I’ve finally picked an ester for the lady. (whom I am very excited to draw)

Its Methyl Pentanoate,commonly known as methyl valerate.

Info from wiki :

Methyl pentanoate, commonly known as methyl valerate, is the methyl] ester of pentanoic acid (valeric acid) with a fruity odor. It is marketed under the trade name Validol as a sedative. It is also used in the manufacture of plastics and as an insecticide.

Methyl pentanoate is commonly used in fragrances, beauty care, soap, laundry detergents at levels of 0.1 – 1%. In a very pure form (greater than 99.5%) it is used as a plasticizer in plastics.

Validol has a moderate vascular dilatative action and sedative properties and is commonly used as a medication in Eastern Europe as a treatment against nausea, mild heart disorders (cardalgia), motion sickness (including seasickness), nervousness and heartaches.

Methyl pentanoate[1]
IUPAC name Methyl pentanoate
Other names Methyl valerate
Identifiers
CAS number [624-24-8]
SMILES CCCCC(=O)OC
Properties
Molecular formula C6H12O2
Molar mass 116.16 g/mol
Density 0.89 g/cm3
Melting point <25 °C
Boiling point 126 °C