Web links related to the Back of the Book program of May 1,2000

It's currently Wednesday, 5/3/2000 09:04:54, and I think I've gotten this page updated. So it appears to be done. Unfortunately, I screwed up the flip of the air check cassette at 2:30 AM on Sunday night/Monday morning, so I don't have an air check of the last half hour of the program. Boo hoo! If you can help me out on this please write to me.

The job action ongoing by the freelance reporters and stringers for Pacifica Network News has been extended. Look at the Pacifica Theft Menu to find out more.

The Web cast of tonight's program should be working for Back of the Book. Unfortunately, this may not be the case for much longer. WBAI's wacky General Manager, Valerie Van Isler, has not paid Porus dot com the $2,500 she'd promised to upgrade their carriage of WBAI. This feed may cease to exist soon.

Paul Williams of UFO Desk is arranging for this feed. And we thank Porus dot com for providing this feed.

The “Middle Third” of the year has begun! This is the best time of the year, in my opinion. The “Middle Third” consists of the months May, June, July and August. Mid-Spring will occur this Friday, May 5, 2000, at 12:41 PM EDT.

I mentioned on the program that the New York City Parks Department is going to have a nature tour titled “Horseshoe Crab Romance” on Saturday, June 17, at 8:30 PM at Marine Park in Brooklyn. I've gone on about these creatures in the past, and so I may attend this event. Look down this page for June 17, for more details.

Everybody knows about the big rock from space that landed on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and killed off the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago, but it was a much deadlier rock that cleared out enough of the terrestrial biota for the dinosaurs to flourish more than 200 million years ago. It's a smoking gun with “trilobite” written all over it!

This was one big rock because it left a crater 75 miles wide in Woodleigh, Australia. This is now the fourth largest crater discovered on Earth. But there is also a 25 mile wide crater in Brazil of something near the same age. This gives rise to speculation that there was really a one-two punch from space that served to kill off 90% of the animals on Earth around a quarter of a billion years ago.

Speaking of dinosaurs, there's the Pacifica National Board. Um, no. This can't be about them. This is about a dinosaur with a heart.

As I said on the program, a scientist has found and examined the remains of a dinosaur that includes the creature's heart. It's on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Organs and soft tissues are rarely found in dinosaur fossils. They usually rot away long before the mineralization begins to fossilize the bones.

This is a pretty important find because the heart turns out to be more similar to the mammalian or avian four chambered heart than to the reptilian heart. The mammalian heart, which you and I have pumping away in our chests, is a lot more efficient than the reptilian one. This also bolsters the theory that at least some dinosaurs were warm blooded, which would make them very different from the slow, lumbering creatures they were previously thought to be by most scientists.

Forget about a flat Earth, we may be living in a flat universe!

One of the above links tells you pretty much everything about this research into the fine details of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation. The BOOMERANG CMB Project actually measured differences of 0.0001° Celsius in the CMB, which reflects the condition of the universe when it was about 300,000 years old. The universe is estimated to be about 13 to 14 billion years old now.

My beef is that they're finding what they wanted to find, and I always cast a hairy eyeball at that sort of thing. But they really are presenting quite a lot of logical sounding evidence for it. Perhaps they've really gotten it. Hey, who am I to argue with a bunch of people who use a micromachined mesh of silicon nitride cooled to 0.3° C. above absolute zero to make their measurements?

They say that their findings are also consistent with the emerging information about dark matter and “quintessence” which seem to dominate the universe and which are making it accelerate its expansion. And they also say that Euclid was right.

This is major, profound research and we're bound to have more information coming out of it, and more conclusions based on it, in the future. Bigger brains than I will poke at these findings. I guess we'll all see what happens as time goes by.

There was a Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender “Millennium March on Washington” on April 30th. I didn't go. Lots of people didn't go. It was a very top down thing and the event organizers' communication with various communities was pretty poor. I wasn't the only one who didn't think this event was done well.

Regular listener and E-mail writer North American Shirley had something to contribute on gay subjects, so I read her E-mail out of order on the program. Here it is, it's basically an interesting link about a book that debunks this silly idea that some people have that homosexuality is something that only gay men and lesbians do. Sexual orientation is just so much more complex than anyone seems to want to admit.

Subject: Biological Exuberance, Animal Homosexuality, and Natural Diversity
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 10:24:44 -0400
From: North American Shirley
To: rpm@glib.com

you might find interesting ....


I did manage to read some of the backlog of mail during this program. You can see that I'm pretty far behind on it, but I'm catching up.

Subject: RPM Radio Show of Sunday/Monday 1/10(?) I think
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 03:26:00 EST
From: EZ at UndergroundTRAX
To: rpm@glib.com

RPM, you read my eMail on Sheperd, Hendrix, WOR-AM, et friggin' cetera, and I ain't happy. NO, I'm ex-friggin-static!!!! Un-friggin-believing!!! In fact, I am as happy as a clam & a horseshoe crab celebrating evolution together!! Thanks, my man, just THANKS. I am glad you found the content of worth & passed it along. That's the sort of oral tradition side of even our own cyber-animated culture, and it reassures me that we still have outlets for same (on WBAI, tu sabe?)
As far as my name, it isn't E--Zutrax -- it is EZ at UndergroundTRAX. We have a record,CD, book store on the main drag of Hoboken, NJ -where the super-entitled yupsters roam. I am the computer-guy- EZ. But my brother and his partner are the fellas in the store, they are: ———— and ——— (I am always ashamed that we are on stinking AOL -who's barely able to call itself a “service provider” ). That's not a plug, just an explanation. Clearly, I did NOT get in contact with you just to solicit a mention on your WBAI air.

Keep it up, R Paul, never give them an inch!

Best Regards, Ed Z—— (also Ray Z—— & Harris M—— at UTRAX

Subject: ISP search
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 19:12:20 -0500
From: “Rainey”
To: <rpm@glib.com>

I listen to your show every fortnight. (One of the few benefits to working nights) Since I also spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer I also hit your website while I'm surfing. Anyway, I just wanted to say keep up the good work.

I'm sorry to hear about your ISP problems. It's actually quite the coincidence because I saw RCN trucks in my neighborhood and they claimed that they were going to be in the neighborhood soon and I was considering getting a new cable company I might have to reconsider. I thought I might return the favor.

I don't know if you're still looking for a new ISP. If you are may I suggest Earthlink. I've been using Earthlink since August when MSN took it upon themselves to close down the newsgroup style forums in exchange for these god awful things called User Created Communities which are Browser based message boards which cannot be used as easily by people overseas without running up huge phone bills because there's no way to download them for offline reading. (Phew! That's some run on sentence.) Anyway, Earthlink is 19.95 a month, you get 6 Mb of free space (although I doubt that's a huge draw as you have your own space already) and they have both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator available on the disk. (They said something about the availability of a browser which I assume is a proprietary one like AOHell but I refuse to break from IE or Netscape browsers and haven't bothered getting it.) The technical support number is a toll free number and it is open 24 hours a day. There's even a free digital video camera offer if you're the type to be bribed. Here's the link so you can check it out yourself. http://www.earthlink.net

I don't know if this is what you're looking for but I hope it is of some help.

Rainey from Brooklyn

Subject: just wondering ...
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 19:22:50 -0500
From: North American Shirley
To: rpm@glib.com

Could I be in the studio audience for the R. Paul Martin show?

North American Shirley

Well, there is no studio audience for Back of the Book. It's just a tiny studio. Besides, it would be boring as all hell. At least with the radio you can turn it off when it gets boring. In the studio you'd just have to sit there and slump over when you passed out.

North American Shirley gave us a couple of more E-mails next.

Subject: SuperBowl L Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 22:59:09 -0500
From: North American Shirley
To: rpm@glib.com

are they painting themselves into a corner with these SuperBowl Roman numerals or what? I mean it still looks pretty cool; this time it was what? SuperBowl XXXIV or something? Looks really nice on the logos. But what are they going to do when it hits 50? Superbowl L? Won't that look pretty strange? Almost like a y2k problem, don't you think?

Subject: A Great Unanswered Question
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 23:09:49 -0500
From: North American Shirley
To: rpm@glib.com

How did dinosaurs lie down? And an even more pointed question, how did they get up again? Think of the T-rex with those dinky little arms,could he push himself back up with those spindly things? I've never seen this addressed by any paleontologist. Think about it. It's one of the great unanswered questions of science.

[Karl and I wonder about this]

Actually, this has been a point of debate among paleontologists for decades. Of the ordinary quadrupeds, many would lie down and get up just as an elephant or other large mammal would today. Tyrannosaurus Rex posed a problem though because of those tiny arms. Some suggest that Tyrannosaurus Rex just dug those little arms into the dirt and braced him/herself with them while the huge hind legs got the beast upright; others think that the giant carnivore just used its hind legs in conjunction with its powerful tail to get up.

Subject: Frenchifying
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 03:28:04 EST
From: Black Lotus
To: rpm@glib.com

On your Feb. 6th/7th radio show, you were making fun of the French insistence that borrowed words be pronounced in a French manner (_pipeline_ being Frenchified to “peepleen,” for example).

It was somewhat ironic to hear, only a few minutes later, you performing a wee bit of Frenchifying of your own! The new astronomical satellite, Chandra, you pronounced as “Shondra,” which would make a nice name for a Parisian supermodel. The word's origin, however, is Sanskrit (Chandra is the very male Hindu Moon-god, who seduces the 27 female lunar asterisms of the monthly moon-orbit). The “Ch-” is pronounced like “chicken,” “church,” or “Chapstick,” and the word rhymes with the English word “tundra.” It ain't French!

Nice that you got Valentine's greetings from some of your lady listeners. Here comes a wet, sloppy kiss from one of your bearded, male fans. <Mwah!> I slipped you a little tongue -- hope Pickles isn't the jealous type. Oh, Tish! That's French!

As all the world prepares to fall in love for Valentine's Day, it's interesting to learn that even the very galaxies are busy gently humping each other.

All my best witches,

-- Len/ Black Lotus

Subject: RCN
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 22:06:52 EST
From: DoloresNocturni@cs.com
To: rpm@glib.com

Funny you should mention RCN. They're aggressively recruiting customers in my building, with literature and a salesperson in the lobby. They want to sell a combination of cable TV, local phone service and ISP for a monthly flat fee. In view of your titanic struggle, I think I'll pass -- not that Time Warner, Bell Atlantic and CompuServe are any bargain. What ISP would you recommend, and why?

Sharon, the Wicked Witch of the East (Side)

I don't think I could recommend an ISP at this point in time. I'm certainly still dissatisfied with RCN.

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