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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Human Coitus

Found this not-so-recent paper mentioned in Serene’s blog.

In brief:

What is already known on this topic

It has been extremely difficult to investigate anatomical changes during the act of coitus and the female sexual response

Modern magnetic resonance imaging allows exploration of aspects of living anatomy

What this paper adds

Taking MR images of the male and female genitals during coitus is feasible

During `missionary position’ intercourse the penis has the shape of a boomerang

During female sexual arousal without intercourse the uterus rises and the anterior vaginal wall lengthens

The size of the uterus does not increase during sexual arousal

Even more interesting are the authors’ responses to this paper.

Copulating for the sake of science. Hmm…The results are interesting, although the MR tube had rather limited space. Then again, they could only investigate one type of position (missionary) with the room they had inside the equipment.

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August 9, 2005 at 6:29 pm 2 comments

The Power of Procrastination (Grad School); Automatic CS Paper Generator

Jorge G. Cham, the man behind the ever popular Piled Higher and Deeper Comic strip, is in the news with highlights in The Chronicle (subscription needed) and Nature.

Excerpts from The Chronicle:

…His motivational mantra: Stop studying and start procrastinating.

That’s what Mr. Cham, who also writes a comic strip on graduate-student life, is telling audiences at colleges across the country, while promoting his new collection of cartoons. His strip, Piled Higher and Deeper, is a cult classic on some campuses.

Mr. Cham says graduate students should resist pressure to work all the time, and realize that insight most often happens outside the lab.

…”I procrastinate doing research by doing the comic strip and I procrastinate doing comic strips by doing research,” says Mr. Cham.

The strip follows a group of grad-school buddies as they bemoan the status of their theses or love lives, search for free food, and, of course, take breaks.

Now he is being mentioned on Nature and his strips will be a regular feature on their Graduate Channel.

Who says procrastination does not pay? Heh heh.

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Other news: Update on the Bogus CS Paper submitted by three MIT graduate students for a conference back in April 2005.

The Chronicle (again):

Graduate Students Film Their Attempts to Present Randomly Generated Papers at Informatics Conference

By ANDREA L. FOSTER

Three graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology attracted a flurry of attention in April after an academic conference accepted their randomly generated, nonsensical paper. Now the students are stars of a lighthearted video they made when they went to the conference even though their invitations had been withdrawn.

The three, Jeremy A. Stribling, Maxwell Krohn, and Daniel Aguayo, are computer-science students studying parallel and distributed operating systems. The organizer of the conference, called the Ninth World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics, had initially invited them to attend after accepting their phony paper, which was titled “Rooter: a Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy.”

But the organizer, Nagib Callaos, retracted the invitation after the students’ ruse was widely publicized (The Chronicle, April 29), and the conference Web site now includes a lengthy discourse called “With regards to the bogus papers submitted to WMSCI 2005.”

The students were nevertheless able to raise enough money online to travel to the meeting, held in July at an Orlando hotel. Conference officials objected when the students distributed fliers encouraging attendees to go to what the students billed as a “technical session” that had its own randomly generated title, “The 6th Annual North American Symposium on Methodologies, Theory, and Information.” The officials asked the hotel to make the students remove all references to the conference from their materials.

During their session, the students filmed themselves presenting three meaningless, jargon-laden papers written by the computer program they had created.

For additional verisimilitude, the trio assumed fake names and donned wigs and mustaches as each, in turn, presented one of the papers. The titles were “Harnessing Byzantine Fault Tolerance Using Classical Theory,” “Synthesizing Checksums and Lambda Calculus Using Jog,” and “On the Study of the Ethernet.”

On their Web site, the students also commented on whether they thought the conference was genuine. “The talks we saw were fairly vacuous, without any major decipherable insights,” Mr. Stribling wrote. “They may or may not have represented good work, it’s honestly hard to say.”

The students’ video is beefed up with a glam-rock soundtrack, quick cross-cutting, entertaining titles, slow-motion segments, and a sense of immediacy and authenticity that a hand-held camera can lend. It shows the students speaking to a room empty except for one man who appears to have been attracted by the refreshments.

The video is available on the students’ Web site (http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/#talks).

http://chronicle.com
Section: Information Technology
Volume 51, Issue 49, Page A32

The lengthy discourse can be found here.

August 8, 2005 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Genbaku Dome (原爆ドーム)

I am posting this a day late. The significance is all the greater now (as it was then) with more countries wanting to join the nuclear club.

A-Bomb memorial, Hiroshima

Who can forget that this had happened during the setting days of the Empire of the Sun?

Sun sets over Mt Fuji
Sun set over Mt Fuji, Mar 2005

August 7, 2005 at 1:15 pm 3 comments

明天好?

A spat amongst a few editors of Tomorrow has become public. Links: Mr Wang, Singabloodypore,sing-a-pore and La Idler.

I am guessing it has a lot to do with a certain civil servant, which is not surprising if you look at the type of trolling comments this person has made on many people’s blogs. Check out Nick, Mrs Budak and beautifuk. It’s also not funny when folks with legitimate questions are accused of trolling by him.

ms beautifuk commenting on this particular troll:

…I heard all about you and the childish comments you tend to post on other people’s blogs. Read them through other bloggers’ links in fact. Tell me, what makes you think I’d listen to a grown man whu types lyke dis? No, actually the poor reputation you’ve garnered for yourself means that I automatically move your opinions to the waste paper basket. Not to mention the fact that you’re a few good years past the university stage. Perhaps you should devote more time to babysitting and less to surfing blogs and leaving tarty comments.

or the reply by singaporean on Mr Wang’s blog:

AFAIK, jseng may work for the singapore govt but he is not a singapore citizen. Having read his blog regularly just to see what IDA could be doing. Instead, I see him flying all year round and doing ego trips around the world.

Since their own government would rather hire a foreigner to be the face of singapore at international conferences, it is little wonder he sees most singaporeans as dumb serfs to be educated by him.

Update (9 Aug): Cowboycaleb (representing that cabal group of bloggers) responds to the criticism directed at Tomorrow.sg , and mrsbudak replies. The whole thing smacks of what establishments usually do to their critics – they can’t take any of it and go through what mrsbudak says a persecution complex.

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August 5, 2005 at 2:35 pm 4 comments

Rigidity of filing up forms online

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August 5, 2005 at 12:54 am Leave a comment

KO

Found this from the Sammyboy forum:

Heat Stroke

EXIF data suggest that this was taken last weekend during one of the NDP rehearsals. Getting called up to participate in the NDP (because your unit kena for that year) is probably one of the most thankless tasks for the NSFs. Burnt weekends, lots of sai kang and incidents like this.

August 3, 2005 at 4:50 pm 1 comment

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