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Wednesday 2nd May, 2007 22:10 Comments: 8
I've been working for my company for over a year now. Time flies when you're... time flies.

I have other things I plan on posting, as soon as I find the bookmarks and have the energy to write witty things. Okay, here we go:

I don't like spiders, they make me shudder, and occasionally scare the life out of me; but if I ever get myself a horny girlfriend, I've got to get myself one of these. In Brazil, emergency room staff can immediately spot the victims of a bite from the Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria nigriventer). Patients not only experience overall pain and an increase in blood pressure, they also sport an uncomfortable erection. I'm pretty sure the sex will make me forget about the overall pain.

But what also caught my attention was why they think it'll work on humans. Researchers separated the different components of the spider venom and ran tests on rats. A tiny needle-like device inserted into each rat's penis measured the pressure change, which corresponds with the increase in blood flow to the blood vessels inside the penis. Compared with control rats, those injected with the peptide showed a significant increase in penis pressure. Sounds like a fun day at the office :S

Email has changed the world. More specifically, it's allowed teachers to discretely contact their pupils outside of school. This one might not have had sex with her 15 year old pupil, but the fact she sent emails saying she loved and missed him is a little bit disturbing. Mrs Saville-King admitted meeting the boy at two hotels, but said it followed contact from the boy who was said to be distressed and emotional and threatening to commit suicide. I'd have thought there are guidelines on how to treat such students, and going alone to a hotel room to meet them is not one of them. You'd think common sense might have kicked in too. Jurors cleared Mrs Saville-King of seven counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of abuse of trust. Afterwards, she said: "Although it was my job to provide pastoral care for the pupils in my charge, I allowed a situation to develop which he could distort and misrepresent to such a grotesque degree". Being a teacher, you'd think she'd know that young kids are total bastards. They don't go around stabbing each other for fun (have you seen you can buy Kevlar hoodies and some kids wear kevlar vests to school?), they do it because they're hooligans that deserve to be punished for their actions.
Avatar Fab - Thursday 3rd May, 2007 15:11
*cough* I find erectile activity in the office or at any meeting to be highly inconvenient! They also don't say how long the effects last for. Remember all those people who complained that after taking viagra, it wouldn't go down for hours. You had better get one hell of a nymphomanic girlfriend if you go down that route! :p

Gah, I would hate to be a teachers. Those little bastards try absolutely anything.
Avatar Yamahito - Friday 4th May, 2007 08:56
//tiny needle-like device inserted into each rat's penis//

I was pro animal testing, but that might be going a bit far, shirley?!

Dudes, I'm a bit dismayed by your attitudes to the kids. It's not just kids that are bastards, it's people.
Avatar Robert - Friday 4th May, 2007 09:24
It's not just kids that are bastards, it's people.

You're right, but we can properly punish adults. We still give kids warnings, give them ASBOs and eventually stick them into a juvenile facility that's better than half of the hotels I've stayed in, and it doesn't appear to stop most of them from re-offending. Personally I don't think we should treat children as children. Treat them exactly the same as adults, and allow some leniency if necessary (just like you see when adults commit their first offences etc.). The problem with my suggestion is it'd probably lead to more people being locked up in prisons that are already overcrowded, and you'd probably need to provide education to the kids, and it'd be difficult for kids to interact with people their own age so you might be robbing them of a childhood. But by the time they were sent to prison, they probably need straightening out more than they need to be with their friends. Once I've worked out all the kinks to my plan someday, I'll write a proper blog entry.
Avatar Yamahito - Friday 4th May, 2007 10:10
Ah well, since you're someone with a wealth of dealing with children, I'll bow to your obvious expertise ;)
Avatar Robert - Friday 4th May, 2007 10:50
Touché
Avatar Fab - Friday 4th May, 2007 11:05
Kids have problems on so many levels where do you start? The only thing we do know is that the current system/culture is crap. And those nasty kids will one day become adults... Expect the prison population to rise still further!
Avatar Fab - Friday 4th May, 2007 12:21
Oooh good timing by the Beeb - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6621037.stm
Avatar Fab - Friday 4th May, 2007 13:01
And a change of topic relating to the post. This is gonna freak you out Rob - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/03/spider_warming/
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