I used to think I was pretty good at these games, then I realized conscious thought may be something of an inhibitor

Ayumu the chimp can remember the location and order of a set of numbers in less time than it takes the average human to blink.

The prodigous can solve the puzzle in 60 milliseconds, at Kyoto University, Japan.

Ayumu is the son of Ai, a chimpanzee whose intelligence has been studied for over 30 years by Professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa

via BBC Nature – Chimp solves memory test ‘faster than blink of an eye’.

Check out the video and take a moment and reflect on the nature of intelligence and memory.   Fun stuff.

Republicans gather to share delusions of oppression and apocalypse (neighborhood dogs freaking out about all the whistles)

AFP: US conservatives pummel Obama at conference
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iDQF-2ZZTuRZ5W_dgv_P3legMoQA?docId=CNG.02dc6e8d8209dc7a3920d3c887810f44.261

Rubio in his speech sought to tamp down concern that conservatives had yet to coalesce behind one man.

“We have four really good candidates,” he said. “At the end we’re all going to come together, and we know that right?”

wow, there is so much Derp going on here it’s hard to know where to begin.  I will note that I think the four candidates perfectly represent every constituent group of the Republican party, 1) the out of touch 1%, 2) religious extremists trying to force their version of god on everyone else, 3) crass hypocrites and political opportunists, and 4) racist conspiracy nuts. 

I realize that, as a group, politicians aren’t usually going to be thought of in the best of light, but to call this group one of quality really exposes the same lack of quality in one who sees it here.