Tunisian democrats fight on


This video from Tunisia says about itself:

WELL no idea where to start but the first thing that comes to mind or occupies my mind rather is the deaths of all the innocent people that paid the ultime price or sacrifice to pave the way for the rest of us as tunisians to have our freedom as smart educated peoeple …I was always proud to be a TUNISIAN and even more proud to be from KASSERINE today I’m twice as proud our small town was a forgotton city when it comes to employment oppurtinities and big projects they all go to other places where the thieves of our goverment wants them to be.

history tell us even before the french occupation that uprise of the TUNISIAN people starts from KASSERINE.

we lost more of our youth than any other city …and we broke the wall of fear to open the gate wide open to the freedom fighters …and from now on we will never stop fighting for our rights enough is enough ..( YOU CAN FOOL PEOPLE SOME TIMES BUT YOU CAN’T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME ).

our next president better be aware not to put KASSERINE aside or ignore us.

we will not be silent again.

I want to salute SIDI BOUZID our neighbor that shares with us the same things and concerns.01/14/2011 should be named a BOUAZIZI day maybe even be an official holiday.

About a thousand people rallied in central Tunis today to demand the abolition of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s ruling Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party: here.

Transitional government in Tunisia: here. See also here.

The self-immolation that sparked the ousting of Tunisia’s leader has led to similar desperate protests in other north African states, with four men setting themselves on fire in Algeria and one each in Egypt and Mauritania: here.

Play computer games with living organisms


From New Scientist:

Play Pacman, Pinball and Pong with a paramecium

17:59 14 January 2011

Sandrine Ceurstemont, video editor

Using the latest computer graphics is one way to make video games more life-like – but what about incorporating life itself into them?

Physicist Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and his team from Stanford University have done just that by creating versions of classic games that you can navigate by physically controlling living organisms. A game called PAC-mecium is Pacman with a twist: players use a console to change the polarity of an electrical field in a fluid chamber filled with paramecia, which makes the organisms move in different directions. A camera sends real-time images to a computer, where they are superimposed onto a game board (see video above). By looking at the screen, a player can guide the paramecia to eat virtual yeast cells and make them avoid Pacman-like fish. A microprocessor tracks the movement of the organisms to keep score. Another game called Ciliaball uses the same principle to play virtual soccer with paramecia stars (see video).

Biotic pinball uses a slightly different method to flick away paramecium “pinballs”. A player controls a tiny needle that squirts a chemical repellant at approaching organisms (see video). An alternate two-player version of the game called Pond Pong places two needles on opposing sides of the gameboard and challenges you to aim paramecia into your opponent’s pond.

Although the games are fun to play, Riedel-Kruse and his team also see them as educational tools. “Everyone should have sufficient knowledge about the basics of biomedicine and biotechnology. Biotic games could promote that,” says Riedel-Kruse. The team hopes that other life sciences researchers will develop games that illustrate their work. They also think that the games could be used to run experiments during play and allow for crowdsourced results.

All of the team’s game designs are published in a paper this month in Lab on a Chip.

If you enjoyed this video, you may also like to see a laser gadget that plays Pong with cells.

See also here.

Call of Duty: Black Ops – game with glimpses horrors of war: here.

Australian floods spreading


This video from Australia is called Victoria Floods: Record Peaks | 15 Jan 2011 – ABC News.

Australia’s flooding has spread to the southern states of Victoria and Tasmania over the past few days, adding to the devastation already experienced by people in Brisbane and across Queensland, northern New South Wales and the central coast of Western Australia: here.

South Africa to declare flood disaster: here.

Tunisian democrats’ struggle continues


This video is called Tunisia solidarity protests & clashes.

Tunisia’s ruling elite is seeking to secure its rule in the aftermath of the popular insurgency that forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country and take refuge in Saudi Arabia: here.

Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in France’s urban centres, in support of the popular uprising which forced the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali to flee two days before: here.

This is a video from Belgium about solidarity with Tunisia.