The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.09.27

Mnemonic to remember the waning moonphase (des...

Mnemonic to remember the waning moonphase (descending – after full moon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day! This week, I prepare for guests to visit sometime this October, and part of that involves working on efficient study techniques, some of those involving mnemonic devices, a recent one I’ve put together I use to remember a sequence of numbers for the months of the year in the Gregorian calendar.

It’s a simple, grammatically discernible, memorable, but in fact nonsensical phrase: “Chennai, no less, may later shun Ray.” In this simple phrase is the number sequence 6, 2, 2, 5, 0, 3, 5, 1, 4, 6, 2, 4, encoded into each separately pronounced consonant sound, ch, n, n, l, s, m, l, t, r, sh, n, and r, for the months from January to December.

You see, there’s a neat little parlor trick I’m practicing on to improve my mental mathematics chops: Calculating, from a month code, a weekday code, and a year code, the day of the week for any date in recent history, at least after the adoption of the Gregorian system of dates, upon which the reasoning for the calculations is based.

Mnemonic to remember the waxing moonphase (beg...

Mnemonic to remember the waxing moonphase (beginning after new moon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve kind of abandoned the use of mnemonics for language studies, and focusing mostly on retrieval practice and spaced repetition until I improve my ability for mnemonics in other areas. Some things you just have to know in themselves, and can’t simply be encoded, not unless you’re really good at it….which, I am not.

Next month, beginning later this week, I resume full study of Bengali, as right now I’m revising previous material while studying other subjects and working on lecture notes from my courses as well.


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Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.09.26

approximate trajectory of New Horizons after P...

approximate trajectory of New Horizons after Pluto flyby (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day! This Caturday, there’s been a bit to glom on in astroscience, with NASA’s announcement of an upcoming solution to a Martian mystery, China’s plan to send a mission to dear old Luna’s far side within the next five years or so, US presidential candidate Ben Carson’s absurd anti-science views, and the bizarre “snakeskin” terrain of Pluto discovered in pics sent back by New Horizons as it ventures deeper into the Kuiper belt.

I’ve been informed of the upcoming total lunar eclipse on the 27th by the awesome Sharmishtha Basu (With one of her many wonderful blogs here.). I’ve been reading further, and will be watching it live via webcast if the sky is cloudy in my region as it has been so far this week (grumble…). This will be extremely cool, as it is a relatively rare occurrence, but NOT a sign of the End Times as is trendy and hysterical to claim during these astronomical events.


Global Ocean Suspected on Saturn’s Enceladus

Spiral Galaxy M96 from Hubble

Milky Way over Bosque Alegre Station in Argentina

Antarctic Analemma

LDN 988 and Friends

Pluto’s Snakeskin Terrain

M31 versus M33

Image of the Week:

The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme

Weekly Astrognuz:

Carnival of Space #424

Pluto: Stunning Full Disc Color Image

September 27: Watch a Total Eclipse of the Moon

Weekly Space Hangout | Sept 25 2015

Ben Carson: Anti-Science

Completing the Census of Exoplanetary Systems by Microlensing

Astonishing “Snakeskin” Textured Mountains Discovered on Pluto

Earth Without Water: Nope

Big Picture Science Radio Show | No Face to Hide

Is the Universe Dying?

NGC 1783: An LMC Globular Cluster

Could We Really Find ET?

Dramatic Imagery from NASA of Supersonic Shockwaves

Microburst: Sudden Downpour

Integrating Planetary Protection in Human Missions

China Plans Lunar Far Side Landing by 2020

VLT: Lightning over the Observatory

Jill Tarter Elected President of California Academy of Sciences

NASA to Announce Mars Mystery Solved

Hubble’s Pluto Mission

Caturday’s (Big) Cat


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Cannabis and Psychosis | C0nc0rdance

I don’t use cannabis, never have, and probably never will due to possible interference with my treatment plan and exacerbation of my condition. But I thought that this was interesting, relevant, and worth embedding here.

The narrator suggests checking out the studies he references yourselves, and fairly examining the evidence offered.

Courtesy of C0nc0rdance

Published on Sep 19, 2015

I’ll be recording a podcast on this topic with the League of Nerds this weekend, to be posted soon.…

I invite you to read the same systematic reviews I did. Sources cited on-screen. I want to acknowledge that I borrowed heavily from Radhakrishnan et al 2014, including some whole sentences and phrases.

1. Front Psychiatry. 2014 May 22;5:54.
Gone to Pot – A Review of the Association between Cannabis and Psychosis.…

2. Curr Addict Rep. 2014 Jun 1; 1(2): 115–128.…

3. Front Psychiatry. 2014; 5: 159.…

4. Front Psychiatry. 2013; 4: 128.…

5. Schizophr Res. 2013 Dec; 151(0)…

6. Psychol Med. 2014 Dec; 44(16): 3435–3444.…

7. Schizophr Res. 2012 Aug; 139(1-3): 157–160.…

8. Curr Pharm Des. 2012 Nov; 18(32): 5070–5080.…

9. Schizophr Res. 2008 Dec; 106(2-3): 286–293.…

10. Schizophr Bull. 2011 May; 37(3): 631–639.…

Cat Thursday | Gorgeous, in Seven Lines

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Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

I owe my knowledge of the style this is written in to Miss Sharmishtha Basu, who is the first one I know to have used it! This is a septet that follows the word count form of 1/2/3/4/5/6/7.


Fractal of the Week | Indra’s Spheres

Good evening! Here, I use another formula, a coloring algorithm that renders Kleinian groups in 3-D, to generate a new wallpaper, 1,280 x 960 pixels in size, with the graceful spirals so cool to see for images of this fractal type, described in detail in the book Indra’s Pearls. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with these, and I’m testing out ways to use this formula set for even larger images. Let’s see what can be done without making my computer cranky…

Double-click the image to translargify.



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