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The Ambler
Sunday, August 26, 2012
One giant loss for mankind. RIP.
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Science and Health

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Sex on the MoonSex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History is a non-fiction book by Ben Mezrich, author of New York Times Best Seller Bringing Down the House and of The Accidental Billionaires. It describes the theft and attempted sale of lunar samples plus a Martian meteorite from a vault at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center by a cooperative education student assisted by another co-op, an intern, plus an acquaintance.

 The story follows Thad Ryan Roberts, a University of Utah student and high-achieving NASA co-op in Houston, dreaming of doing great things such as becoming an astronaut, his love interest Rebecca (Tiffany Fowler) and his accomplices Sandra (Shae Saur) and Gordon Sean McWhorter. In 2002, the group stole lunar samples from Building 31, made love on a bed covered by the precious stones, were arrested by the FBI during a sting operation in Orlando, and sentenced.

At a book signing at Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Massachusetts on July 16, 2012, Mezrich stated that a film adaptation of it is in the works, to be written and directed by Will Gluck.

On July 20, 1969, Commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. His first words after stepping on the moon, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind", were televised to Earth and heard by millions. But just before he reentered the Lander he made the enigmatic remark, "Good luck Mr. Gorsky." Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs.

Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good Luck Mr. Gorsky statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.

On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26 year old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mr. Gorsky had died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question. In 1938 when he was a kid in a small Midwest town, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit a fly ball, which landed in his neighbor's yard by the bedroom windows. His neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, "Sex! you want sex?, you'll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"



 Oh and of course it was the Germans who invented rocket science and if not for them America would still be in the dark ages ---sickly cold feeling German imbued sarcasm on. Hahahaha!

  But kidding ab0ut the German scientist contribution to rocket science aside , apparently he was awash in humility upon "getting back down to earth" and never understood the fixation with his great quote regarding one small step for a man", later instead remarking how he guesses everyone would like to be noticed for a fireworks event rather than the daily ledger of their work.

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Harper’s enthusiasm for the North a very familiar refrain


"Yes, see the north, feel the north, BE the north. Its cold up there."

I think the most interesting and laudable and significant discoveries of this new era wll be made by the comparitive discoveries of earth science melded with astronomy and space exploration.

You dont need a science degree to realize that, only a brain. Sure, people credit  a mathematician and physicist named Sir Isaac Newton with "discovering" a force field called "gravity"-,...BUT, how likely is it that other lesser important and unknowns, everyone from shop keepers to farmers also had the very same thought in their minds. Thus, he became the first person to extropolate the idea of gravity and use the words to encapsulate and deliver the idea.Words my friends-,...words! :)


 The "Original Thought Theory" states that anything anyone can ever say, has already been said by someone else.(credited to


  One giant loss for mankind. RIP. (credited to

Retweeted 267 times.


 Do you want to go to the moon? -

Ralph: What ever happened to the sweet, unspoiled girl I married before? What ever happened to that girl, Alice? Do you remember what you said to me before we got married? "Ralph, I'd be happy to live in a tent with you."

Alice: I'm still willing. I think it would be an improvement.

Ralph: Do you wanna go to the moon? Do you wanna go to the moon?!

Alice: That would be an improvement, too.


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Interesting slices of American pop history and touchtone generational moments, Honeymooners ran throughout the first half of the 50's.

The Honeymooners was one of the first U.S. television shows to portray working-class married couples in a grittier non-idyllic manner living in a run down Brooklyn apartment complex

 The Honeymooners was the embodiment of working-class masculinity in the character of Ralph Kramden, and postwar ideals in American society regarding work, housing, consumerism, and consumer satisfaction. The series demonstrated visually the burdens of material obligations and participation in consumer culture, as well as the common use of threats of domestic violence in working class households.

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My how things change don't they? MAN really did go the moon and took a step, and subsequently all of mankind over the next 50 years made a great leap over the decades in overcoming the threat of a domestic goddess on their livelihoods and pride.



Posted by mach1231 at 2:53 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:08 PM PDT
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
We dont want American think twice.
Mood:  energetic
Topic: Science and Health

Apparently there was a study out about two years ago that pinpointed Americans as more charitable than Canadians when it came to supporting charities monetarily.

What a pickle we might find ourselves in then with a government; less charitable as you might say, and with a government that cuts its size and provides less services.

I guess it might be ok; if you follow the logic, that as Canadians pay less taxes, we can all rush in to fill the vac left by vanishing government services.

But I wonder what Vivian Krause ( )

thinks of Chagas disease.

Since it is being quickly branded as the new HIV of the world, and given the past slow uncoordinated response when the 'gay mans disease' came upon the world and its resultant controversy, instead of being alarmist, should we not at least be learning from the past and being at least vigilant in protecting the health and well being of all Canadians?

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The environment is anything that is not my self - Albert Einsten

Posted by mach1231 at 8:36 AM PDT
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
True North,uhm...and also free
Mood:  bright
Topic: Science and Health

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Really "Like"d some of the comments. Just goes to show you what an intellectual powerhouse Canada really is. A view and opinion I have always held.

Posted by mach1231 at 5:23 PM PST
Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011 11:48 AM PST
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Monday, December 20, 2010
Let your kids
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Science and Health

Let your kids think you are smarter than you actually are :)

Posted by mach1231 at 11:19 AM PST
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Monday, October 25, 2010
Down the hatch?
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Science and Health

so!...this just in..

"...many kids drinks contain lead..."

You can blink increduously if you like, I know I did

You think I like reporting this type of news? Obviously it needs more investigation

Posted by mach1231 at 1:21 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010 1:44 AM PDT
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
Women and Science.
Mood:  bright
Topic: Science and Health

Blogging is actually a form of journeying online. A memorandum of where you have surfed online, as the vast ocean of information one encounters, it is a good way of flesching wheat from chaff and collating information, proving cohesiveness from othewise disparate bits of information to form a larger picture.

It can streamline your base generalizations and bookmark foundation support  of your most basic assertions.

 It appears mine has become a scrapbook of the world, interspersed with human memory and my events, a MySpace for moi, but deeper than rock videos and flashy gifs; it chronicles my net experiences in dips and dives in net-time, in peaks and flatlines, and is not dissimilar to a growth chart.

Or, on a larger scale of a word picture: sedimentary rock; as one level of an information layer is covered by another.

It is utterly amazing to think, through the act of sharing and telling, in remembering that the surest way to actually help your self remember something is to immediately tell someone else;  by commiting things to blog with a purpose in mind: to enlighten, entertain, inform, educate my self, offer an alternative creatively to strictly intellectual blogs, I can actually remember blog entries I made a few years ago.

Specifically, an entry I made about Nobel Prize winners for discoveries about bacterial infection being implicated in stomach ulcers. 

Those that have read about it in The Economist may have simply forgotten about it, those that read it in the paper may have forgotten about it, even those who read it in my blog when it actually WAS news may have forgotten about it. But because of the effort involved in making such an entry, it becomes something that becomes indelibily  a part of you.


Which brings me to todays entry and a book cover, a quote and snippet from the forward to that book, a link to a YouTube video for a fascinating riveting 10 minute dissertion on women and science (you will be surprised) and a current event that also highlights and plays UP the role women have played in science over the years.

During my film industry related course last year, in a public presentation I made on G.E. (I was so glad and proud to be feeling that special attachment to Geoff Immelt , who surely could be the next President of the United States as far as I'm concerned), I was thrilled to learn and later report that the first woman scientist ever employed by General Electric was responsible for inventing reflection free glass, and other discoveries that are used in the photo and film industries today.

I hope you enjoy making these types of discoveries, as there always seems to be something new to learn everyday, and how often do we hear of such discoveries made quite literally by sheer accident?

From Viagra creation taking a left turn on its way to help heart patients, from Post-It notes incubated in a accidental lab of convenience and velcro being invented by chance, there are a lot of stories that share that common thread.

But today, as I wrote here trapped inside my den of a makeshift office,the very remains of the day. i.e.  the smell of campfire and soot still penetrating my senses, my town is enshrouded in a deep fog like cloud of forest fire smoke.

And peoples nerves are frayed to edges. Its definitely not pretty, and its utterly annoying as a mere afterthought to think human carelessness (or even outright stupidity) could be a causal factor, and yet we think of children and the elderly first, and in between news of shootings, robberies and unsolved crimes in our city ..try to stuff it into the book ends of politics and love. And our outright love of the forest and its wildness and beauty and support of life itself.

So , for today, in my location with the forest burning in hundreds of places in my province, and people I share a province with now living on the edge wondering if an evacuation notice will come and force them to leave their homes; its fitting to try to look beyond the immediate horizon, which may be obfuscated from view; to try to see the reasoning behind the pure logic of a planet for the sharing, to find some solace in solidarity with others ...whether it be flooding in Pakistan to forest fires in Russia.

Together we can learn and work towards some common good.


"The rising temperature of the Earth is seeking to say something about the arrogance of man that has become the biggest challenge of the future of the Earth. The Earth is changing and has stopped enduring all..."-






and as promised...

Book TV: Julie Des Jardins, "The Madame Curie Complex"

Julie Des Jardins talks about the many contributions that women have made to science. She talks about the work of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, and Rachel Carson.-

 post bloggers note: equally fascinating to me is that the stalwart stubborness of Madame Curie ..would only be met with the pitched passion and ferocity in equal form only from the man who later become her husband ...who convinced her to give up her ideal of teaching to continue with her experiments. How much he prized her.


Posted by mach1231 at 8:30 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 9:32 PM PDT
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
If life is short...why does it feel so-o long?
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Science and Health

National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives.


And in this dynamic book he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

You’ll meet a 94-year-old farmer and self-confessed "ladies man" in Costa Rica, a 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day, and others. By observing their lifestyles, Buettner's team has identified critical everyday choices.

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Like the Internet and its nodes of communication mean to portend information "sharing" , so it is so with the actual point of practice and impact the book has had on the real world around us.


Just ask the people of  the southern Minnesota community of Albert Lea, close enough to the Canadian border..for us to realise, such dreams and ambitions need not be thought of as far away.

See more on How Public Policy Can Help Prevent Heart Disease here.

Sorry no easy-piecy 'click here' links to the actual book from my blog site. Face it, if you're really interested in it, you'll just have to discover the links to living a longer life by making the effort for your self. :)



Posted by mach1231 at 10:08 AM PDT
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
Whats -on- *your* mind?
Mood:  chillin'
Topic: Science and Health

Are you kidding? There is probably not a blog out there with out at least some jibe,mentioning of Britney Spears. Its practically synonymous with mickey mouse ears...and hey, it rhymes. Sort of.

Anyway! On with the show this is a world crammed with shows like Desperate Housewives, MAd MEn, Sexy and the City programing and 1 and 2, and films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Mamma Mia screaming for our attention

It would be a real tragedy if we didnt set aside some quality time to reeducate ourselves-,... in this thoroughly modern age-,... about this newly introduced contradiction on the paradigm of successful sexual achievement satisfaction (called for our purposes: SSAS! laughs)


You absolutely must see the web site...if not the film it self.

Orgasm Inc.


 (note: she had initially took a job editing erotic video for a pharmaceutical company's clinical trial of a Viagra-type drug for women, of course not knwoing the end result would be ten year sojourn documenting pharmas search to unlock the secret to unlocking female sexual desire)

FDA considers endorsement of drug that some call a Viagra for women

The New Panty-Dropping Pill from Germany

Will it cause more panties to drop than sugar pills?

picture of couple kissing passionately


I dont care if its from Monrovia.
I am a firm beleiver that in our increasingly modernized and tech dependent society, in a sea of sexualized images through advertising and magazine covers, stress and hormones have more to do with unacknowledged impact on such conditions than we care to admit. Stress is probably a bigger precursor that leads to such things as depression and other conditions more than we have time to contemplate. From lack of interest in sex to depression....effectively countering stress with bolstering back ups is probably such a wonderful simple effective solution that is not well examined enough because its just too boring.

At least thats what I used to think. Lol. Note: you can watch the whole film here. Fascinating stuff.

Posted by mach1231 at 10:02 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, May 30, 2010 10:37 PM PDT
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
You'll like this one, I am sure
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Science and Health

I found this one with some excitement.

This is the worlds first autistic biographer and now a world reknowned animal/agricultural expert in constant demand for her knowlege.

It is a fascinating story that incorporates interesting aspects of mans void treatment, reaction  and early natural ingorance of this condition now refered to as autism.


Please see

The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow


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PS She is on a speaking tour this summer in Canada.


And thanks for visiting Machs Cafe today.

Posted by mach1231 at 5:44 PM PDT
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Deadly fungi spread
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: Science and Health

Train spotted and blogged an entry about this seemingly tame and slightly innocuous science story several days ago and it looks like there is more interest mounting daily..

...with good reason.


 CNN reports

Killer fungus seen in Pacific Northwest

 and the CBC







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This could be a consequence of global warming (man made or not!) as it would appear the warmer temperatures may be giving it a higher proliferation rate.


 Quite fascinating really on how it relates to travel, shrinking trade borders (alien species), globalization and also the hyper global activity of anitbiotic use.

Yahoo news.

Posted by mach1231 at 5:34 PM PDT
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