We’re all just petri dishes with shoes.

Valerie Brown has a long, humbling piece on the micro-organisms that make up “the vast majority ??? estimated by many scientists at 90 percent ??? of the cells in what you think of as your body”: Researchers have found several reasons to believe that …

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Valerie Brown has a long, humbling piece on the micro-organisms that make up “the vast majority, estimated by many scientists at 90 percent, of the cells in what you think of as your body”:

Researchers have found several reasons to believe that bacteria affect the mental health of humans. For one thing, bacteria produce some of the same types of neurotransmitters that regulate the function of the human brain. The human intestine contains a network of neurons, and the gut network routinely communicates with the brain. Gut bacteria affect that communication. “The bugs are talking to each other, and they’re talking to their host, and their host talks back,” Young says. The phrase “gut feeling” is probably, literally true.

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Hat tip Andrew Sullivan.

George Smitherman: Open Government Candidate? #voteTO #opendata #gov20

I am impressed to see this statement come out of the George Smitherman campaign. Smitherman is the only leading candidate for Mayor of Toronto committed to mandate the release of municipal data in machine-readable formats as a key pillar of his go…

I am impressed to see this statement come out of the George Smitherman campaign. Smitherman is the only leading candidate for Mayor of Toronto committed to mandate the release of municipal data in machine-readable formats as a key pillar of his government transparency and democratic renewal policies.

In these final days of the Toronto municipal election, citizens and advocates looking for more open, transparent, innovative and effective government have had some difficulty sorting through the platforms of the leading mayoral candidates, looking for the signals they need to make an informed choice. Until Smitherman’s announcement, the words “open data” have yet to make it into the language of the other leading candidates.

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Sometimes self-organizing social systems just end in a circle jerk

via andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com An ant mill is a phenomenon where a small group of army ants separated from the main foraging party lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle. The ants will …

An ant mill is a phenomenon where a small group of army ants separated from the main foraging party lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle. The ants will eventually die of exhaustion. This has been reproduced in laboratories and the behaviour has also been produced in ant colony simulations. This phenomenon is a side effect of the self-organizing structure of ant colonies.

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My Wilderness Downtown postcard

I highly recommend this fabulous interactive film/video for Arcade Fire. http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/ Technically and artistically brilliant, I felt it made a great impact by integrating my old childhood address into the storyline. When g…

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I highly recommend this fabulous interactive film/video for Arcade Fire. http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

Technically and artistically brilliant, I felt it made a great impact by integrating my old childhood address into the storyline. When given an opportunity to send a postcard back to that younger version of myself, I felt compelled to give him comfort. He experienced some really difficult, painful times. But he turned out ok.