It started with the Desert…


I’ve seen this video and had to suffer it now you too must… Apparently in 1992 a Pakistani band were commissioned to write a song for Saudi Arabia’s national day (The 23rd of September). This abomination of a video is apparently the only surviving recording of it… It’s been put on youtube and it looks like it was captured of a seriously screwed video tape.

The Logo in the top left corner is the logo of the state run English television station “Saudi 2”, often referred to as Ghaseb Ithneen, which translates roughly to Forced Two, because it’s the only TV channel you can receive anywhere in the country, this is less the case nowadays due to the wide spread adoption of satellite TV.

Satellite TV is quite controversial in Saudi as there is no control over what is on it, and it’s seen by some to be a corrupting influence on the people. Every now and then some religious leader will put out a fatwa stating that they are an abomination and some crazy people in rural areas will go out and shoot people satellite dishes with shotguns. This doesn’t happen in more westernized areas, my dad for instance has 4 dishes up on the roof…

The lyrics are apparently:

Started with the desert (x2)

Came from the desert (x2)

Came in September (x4)

Life was so difficult nothing in the desert, suddenly with the help of God lfie became much better, proudly attracted by wisdom of the founder (x4)

History to remember desert life was harder, King Saud, Faisal, Khalid and Fahad, together stronger they are the maker (x4)

Make with the desert (x2)

Rise in the desert. divided in th desert, start in September (x4)

Life began in desert (x8)

King Abdul-Aziz (x4)

“Hey this is the song Saudi Arabia, sing the song with us, HEEEYYY OYEE!!!”, Malik Fahad Bin Abdul-Aziz Al- Sauuuddddd, day by day they build up (x2)

Time to time they prosper (x2)

Resided together (x4)

No office were in desert no park were in desert no roads were in desert no cars were in desert (x2)

The flower the water the park in the desert (x4)

Students were zero now they are the million hospitals were zero now they are the hundred (x2)

Pleasure and prosper with guidance of the leader (x2)

King Fahad King Fahad the leader of the nation (x2)

Oil reserve are here (x2)

Gold reserve are here (x2)

LOVE Saudi Arab (x4)

King Fahad is the thinker (x4)

King Fahad is the leader (x4)

We LOVE King Fahad (x4)

Young Mad Scientist Alphabet Blocks in Boing Boing Bazaar

If I had Kids I would already have entered my credit card details to get these gorgeous and geeky young mad scientist alphabet blocks from the BoingBoing Bazaar. As is is I’m fighting the urge to get them anyway to put in our living room.

Here are what the Illustrations say:
A – Appendages
B – Bioengineering
C – Caffeine
D – Dirigible
E – Experiment
F – Freeze ray
G – Goggles
H – Henchmen
I – Invention
J – Jargon
K – Potassium
L – Laser
M – Maniacal
N – Nanotechnology
O – Organs
P – Peasants (with Pitchforks)
Q – Quantum physics
R – Robot
S – Self-experimentation
T – Tentacles
U – Underground Lair
V – Virus
W – Wrench
X – X-Ray
Y – You, the Mad Scientist of Tomorrow
Z – Zombies

Via Boing Boing.

Crochet a Bacteriophage Virus!

Crochet Bacteriophage

Bacteriophages are awesome, stuff you can make is awesome, making a bacteriophage is awesome! If I could crochet this is what I would crochet all day long. Okay maybe not.

Still there is a cool pattern over at instructables on how to crochet your very own bacteriophage. Surely I know at least a couple of life scientist who can pull this off…

Via Instructables.

Anti Face Recognition Make Up

I’m a big fan of subverting the attempts of various governmental and non governmental bodies to monitor our every movement. So when our society becomes so “Minority Report”-esque that they start tracking us using facial recognition, I’ll look into the research of  Adam Harvey.

He’s researching subversive make up that foils facial recognition and has come up with some pretty cool looking designs that look like something straight out of Bladerunner. The key is apparently in breaking the symmetry of the face.

In the image above faces with a red square were recognised by a computer, so the point of this is to make the faces unrecognisable as faces by a computer. The problem is that software companies will just factor this make up into their algorithms. I like the Idea of an arms race between make up artists and facial recognition software companies though.

Via  Geekosystem Via The Register.

Test post from HTC Desire

Writing a test post from my new HTC Desire. So far I like the phone but I’m a bit disappointed with the battery life.

The keyboard is going to take some getting used to, I had been waiting for a good Android phone to be released with a physical keyboard, but it seems like there isn’t one forthcoming so I bit the bullet and drank the koolaide and ordered this phone.

Will blog impressions of it as I go along. I think my battery issues are to do withhold I’m using the phone though as a couple of people that I know who have also bought the phone aren’t seeing the same issues as I am.