Nepalese cave paintings reveal 12th-C Buddhist art

A team of art experts are restoring some of the works in an old temple in north-eastern Nepal. Foreigners have been permitted to enter Mustang only since 1992, and the team began work nine years ago, restoring the spectacular wall paintings in a 15th century Tibetan monastery. A shepherd told them that he had seen other paintings in a cave when he was a child sheltering from rain. He led them to the cave, where they found a 12th-century mural with fifty-five panels depicting the life of Buddha. Other paintings were more recent, and there were inscriptions in Tibetan as well. The researchers photographed everything. They will translate the text and hope to return next year.

Article on CBC
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Guardian article

If you happen to be in Toronto, try to visit the Royal Ontario Museum’s Bishop White Gallery of Chinese Temple Art.

Melamine-tainted food was fed to "wild" fish

Since so many wild-caught salmon a d trout start their lives in hatcheries, when young they eat what humans feed them. Unfortunately, some of their fish kibble contained ingredients from China. And in China, the suppliers routinely adulterated the food with melamine to make it appear to have more protein than it does. A Canadian supplier of fish food has recalled the fish-food sent to almost 200 U.S. hatcheries and 60 Canadian ones.

See also “Tainted pet food gets into our food supply through chickens.”

STC’s 2007 annual conference in Minneapolis

My friends and colleagues who have employers to send them or who found the money themselves are back from days of concentrated Technical Communication learning in Minneapolis. The conference had six content streams:

  • Designing and Assessing User Experiences
  • Developing and Delivering Content
  • Producing and Publishing Information
  • Managing People, Projects and Business
  • Developing Your Skills and Promoting Your Profession
  • Applying Theory and Research to Practice

I would have liked to go, both for the conference and to glimpse an interesting city, but I’m saving my pennies for training closer to home.

Thursday’s Friday cephalopod on Saturday

After the end of Thursday night’s hockey playoff game (Anaheim 5, Detroit 3), someone threw an octopus onto the ice. That’s apparently a playoff tradition of the Detroit Red Wings’ fans. After a couple of tries at picking the slippery thing up with a shovel and having it fall back to the ice again, the cleanup guy just grabbed it and left the ice nonchalantly clutching it to his bosom.

Scienctific LOLcats

Blake Stacey’s blog Science after Sunclipse has posted an example of and linked to science-themed LOLcats. A “LOLcat” is a picture of cats with humorous captions.

I love his example:

Alliance for Science contest winners

The Alliance for Science sponsored an essay for students to write about “Why I would want my doctor to have studied evolution.”

CORRECTION: Coincidentally, after the topic was chosen, one Michael Egnor stated that knowledge of evolution was useless in the medcial profession, although as a doctor he should know better.

The winners of the national high school essay contest are

  • First place, Gregory Simonian, a 10th-grade student in Los Angeles
  • Second place, Merve Fejzula, a 12th-grade student in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Third place, Shobha Topgi, an 11th-grade student in Aurora Illinois
  • Fourth Place, Linda Zhou, a 9th-grade student in Hackensack, New Jersey

You can see more details and read the essays here (hat tip to Pharyngula for linking to them first.

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