Monday, June 23, 2008


The deep sea dragonfish, or Grammatostomias flagellibarba, is a ferocious predator in spite of its small size. It is one of many species known to inhabit the deep oceans of the world. This fish grows to about six inches in length. It has a large head and mouth equipped with many sharp, fang-like teeth.

The dragonfish has a long barbel attached to its chin. This barbel is tipped with a light-producing organ known as a photophore. The dragonfish uses this organ like a fishing lure, flashing it on and off and waving it back and forth. Once an unsuspecting fish gets too close, it is snapped up in the dragonfish's powerful jaws. The dragonfish also has photophores along the sides of its body. These light organs may be used to signal other dragonfish during mating. They may also serve to attract and disorient prey fishes from deep below. Dragonfishes live in deep ocean waters at depths of up to 5000 feet (1,500 meters). They are found in most tropical regions around the world.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

●●●●~Liηкiη ραяк~●●●●

OK...Linkin Park -- in my eyes -- is the rockingest rock band alive!! Therefore moi has decided to do a sort of biography on them for my next blog post...

Who is Linkin Park?

Linkin Park is a nu-metal rock band that originates from Agoura Hills, California. Since their debut album Hybrid Theory in 2000, they have sold over 50 million records worldwide + secured 2 Grammy Awards.
Their second studio record Meteora topped the Billboard Top 200 chart in the year 2003.

Linkin Park originally consisted of 3 high school friends -- Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson & Rob Bourdon. After graduation, they began to take music more seriously, and recruited Joe Hahn, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell & Mark Wakefield to perform in their band. Linkin Park was then called 'XERO'.

The Beginning of the Band
^^Mike Shinoda ^^Brad Delson ^^ Rob Bourdon

With limited resources, the band began recording & producing songs within Mike Shinoda's small bedroom studio in 1996. But they failed to land any recording deals, and because of this, frustration grew within the band.

Mark Wakefield -- the vocalist of the band -- left to tour with another band, Tasty Snax.
^^ Chester Bennington (love the tattoos on his wrists!)

After a lot of time searching, Mike Shinoda finally recruited Chester Bennington from Arizona to replace Mark. They met Chester (formerly part of a band named Grey Daze) through Jeff Blue, executive of Zomba Music, who later on became vice president of Warner Bros. Records (WBR). After Chester joined, Xero changed their name to Hybrid Theory.

Before Jeff Blue became the VP of WBR, the band had failed to get a contract on 3 previous reviews & also received numerous rejections from several major record companies. But in 1999, after joining WBR, he helped the band to get a record deal with them.

Hybrid Theory

The awesome new vocal chemistry between Mike Shinoda & Chester Bennington helped revive the band and incited them to work on new material. Before releasing their first ever album Hybrid Theory, the band changed their name to Linkin Park, a homage to Lincoln Park of Santa Monica.

Hybrid Theory sold 4.8 million copies on being released, and became the best-selling album of 2001, Crawling and One Step Closer being the most popular numbers of all. The album was also nominated for 3 Grammys, BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST ROCK ALBUM and BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE for Crawling.

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^^ (1) @ 2001 Billboard Music Awards ^^ (2) Crawling ^^ (3) In The End

They received the MTV Awards for BEST ROCK VIDEO as well as BEST DIRECTION for In The End. They also bagged the 2001 Billboard Music Award for MODERN ROCK BAND OF THE YEAR.
Getting nominated and awarded so much threw Linkin Park into the mainstream attention.

Reanimation, Meteora & Minutes to Midnight
^^(1) Meteora ^^(2) Minutes to Midnight

Next came LP's new album Reanimation, which consisted of remixes of their previous album Hybrid Theory.

After this, Linkin Park announced their next album, Meteora, which was inspired by the rocky region of Meteora in Greece
, where numerous monasteries have been built on top of the rocks.

In its 1st week itself, Meteora sold over 800,000 copies and within 10 months it had sold more than 3 million copies.

Singles from Meteora like "Somewhere I Belong" (which also won the MTV Best Rock Video Award), "Breaking the Habit", "Faint" and "Numb" got a lot of radio attention.

Overall, LP has secured 20+ awards and over 30 nominations for its music.


The current members & their role in Linkin Park are:

Left to right: Chester, Rob, Brad, Phoenix, Joe, Mike

1) Chester Bennington ~ vocalist (1999

2) Rob Bourdon ~ drummer, percussionist (1996

3) Brad Delson ~ lead guitarist
4) Dave Farrell a.k.a. Phoenix ~ bass guitarist, backup vocalist (1996–1999, 2001–present)

5) Joe Hahn ~ turntables, programmer, samples (1996–present)

6) Mike Shinoda ~ emcee, vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist (1996–present)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Giant Isopod

Looking like it just crawled out of a bad science fiction movie, the giant isopod is without a doubt one of the strangest creatures found in the deep sea. Known scientifically as Bathynomus giganteus, it is one of about nine members of the genus Bathynomus. It is also the largest known members of the isopod family, a group of crustaceans closely related to shrimps and crabs. The giant isopod is also related to the small pillbugs that you can find in the garden. In fact, this insect-like creature is sometimes referred to as the giant pillbug. Giant isopods are not usually fished commercially, although some can be found in the occasional oceanside restaurant in northern Taiwan, where they are boiled and served with rice.

The enormous size of the giant isopod is a result of a phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism. This is the tendency of deep sea crustaceans and other animals to grow to a much larger size than similar species in shallower waters. Other examples of this would be the giant squid and the giant tube worm. The giant squid grows to a length of up to 60 feet in the deep sea. In comparison, its shallow water cousins only grow to about two feet in length. The reason for these size differences remains a mystery, although some researchers believe it may be an adaptation to help the animal deal with the enormous pressures.

The giant isopod can grow to a length of over 16 inches, which makes it one of the largest members of the crustacean family. Like its terrestrial cousin, the pillbug, the giant isopod's body is protected by a hard shell that is divided into segments. This allows it to be strong and flexible at the same time. When threatened, this animal can roll itself into a ball to protect its vulnerable underside. And just like its land-based counterpart, the isopod has compound eyes, with over 4,000 individual facets. This gives the animal a large field of view, and makes it extremely sensitive to fast movements. Because light is extremely faint in the deep sea, the giant isopod has developed large antennae to help it feel its way around as it crawls along the ocean floor.

The giant isopod is a carnivorous crustacean that spends its time scavenging the deep sea floor. Food is extremely scarce at these great depths, so the isopod has adapted to eat what ever happens to fall from above. This includes the bodies of dead whales, fish, and squid. It is believed that the isopod will also feed on some slow-moving animals such as sea cucumbers and sponges. The giant isopod has a complex mouth that with many components that work together to pierce, shred, and disembowel their prey. The isopod can go for long periods of time without eating and has been known to survive over eight weeks without food in when kept in captivity.

Giant isopods reproduce by laying eggs. These eggs are thought to be the largest of all the marine invertebrates. The females develop a pouch known as a marsupium, where the eggs are stored until the young are ready to emerge. When this happens, the young isopods escape from the marsupium as fully formed miniatures of the adults. At this stage, they are known as manca and are nearly fully developed. Bypassing the larval stage greatly enhances the young isopod's chances of survival.

Giant isopods are found in most oceans of the world. Their habitat ranges in depth from the dimly lit sublittoral zone at 550 ft (170 m) to the pitch darkness of the bathypelagic zone at 7,020 ft (2,140 m). They prefer mud or clay ocean bottom areas where they prefer to live solitary lives.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


OK, we're not talking about the twilight meaning 'daybreak to sunrise/sunset to nightfall' here, duh, or what's it doing in here? Yeah, I be talking about TWILIGHT (click here to see a picture of the cover) the novel by Stephenie Meyer (yes, it's Stephenie, not Stephanie).

What's it all about? People who haven't read it, get your hands on a copy. A summary for the non-Twilight-reader's benefit...

Bella has always shared her mother's hatred of the small Washington town of Forks where her father lives, but now she's voluntarily choosing to move there to live with her dad while her mother pursues a more mobile lifestyle with her new husband. At the high school in Forks, Bella is an immediate success, befriended by one of the most popular girls in school and pursued by one of the most popular boys. Everyone loves Bella. Everyone except the movie-star perfect Edward, who seems to loathe Bella on sight. But when Edward saves Bella from being hit by a car despite having been on the other side of the parking lot mere seconds before, it seems that Edward must not hate her so much after all. Bella's quest to discover who (and what) Edward really is eventually leads to the realization that he is a vampire...and he craves Bella's blood more than any he's ever encountered before. While Edward and Bella endeavor to work out their relationship, another vampire scents a challenge, and soon Bella's life is at risk from more than just Edward's blood lust.

So. Hope you've decided to read the book. If you already have, I trust you skipped the summary, or you are -- in the true sense -- a bored moron.
Anyway...some of you might be knowing already...they're making a movie out of this perfectly awesome bit of literature. A lot about the movie is known. Which yours truly, being the considerate INFINITELY AWESOME individual she is, has listed out for you, right here, right now...

~ C A S T ~

Kristen Stewart


Isabella Swan

Robert Pattinson


Edward Cullen

Taylor Lautner


Jacob Black

Michael Welch


Mike Newton

Justin Chon


Eric Yorkie

Peter Facinelli


Carlisle Cullen

Kellan Lutz


Emmett Cullen

Christian Serratos


Angela Weber

Elizabeth Reaser


Esme Cullen

Nikki Reed


Rosalie Hale

Ashley Greene


Alice Cullen

Rachelle Lefevre



Anna Kendrick


Jessica Stanley

Jackson Rathbone


Jasper Hale

Cam Gigandet



Personally, my favorite Twilight character is (of course...all romance-besotted chicaz should agree) Edward Cullen, in all his hot vampiric glory. Bella comes in a close second...a bit bland for my taste. But I wouldn't criticize dear Edward's choice.

Frankly, I feel Edward has been not-so-greatly cast. I mean...not that Robert Pattinson is BAD or anything -- he did a half-decent job as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter -- but, like my friend D puts it, "he's too boy-next-door types to play a vampire."
The original choice for the role (by Stephenie Meyer herself) was Henry Cavill whom I found quite tasteful for the hot vampire, but unfortunately he was already 23 by the time they actually got around to making the movie, so the feller got dumped. =(

The movie, according to different sources, is due to release in the USA between November & December 2008. I am trying my bestest to find out when it releases in India, and as soon as I find out, I will put it up.

Meanwhile, entertain yourselves with my personal opinions on each of the Twilight characters...

є∂ωαя∂ ¢υℓℓєη ~ Quite irresistably hawte! I used to think the name 'Edward' is geeky, but Stephenie M did a good job of changing my opinion on that. Now, on the mention of the name, you'll catch moi thinking "hot vampire." His thought-reading gift might be spooky, but the fact that Bella's not on the list keeps me pacified. Bella Swan fends well. I love how he's so protective of her about everything, and his temper & overall mysterious nature make his character veeeery likeable! ;)

вєℓℓα ѕωαη ~ A little bland and klutzy, but lovable all the same. The way her heart doubles up when Edward is nearby is cutely adorable. Brave girl.

נα¢σв вℓα¢к ~ A little cracked, but a cool guy on the whole. But of course I don't blame Edward for getting annoyed by him. Too bad for 2 things, though: his got a nutsy dad & his little crush is sadly unrequited.

мιкє ηєωтση ~ Ick. I find him really quite annoying, most of the time. I mean, hello, the lady's made herself clear that her heart belongs to another. Move on, Romeo!

נєѕѕι¢α ѕтαηℓєу ~ A typical teen chica...the most normal of the lot, in my book. Her Green-Eyed Monster (read, dumb people: jealousy) gets a little outta hand @ times, but she's a sweet girl otherwise.

¢αяℓιѕє ¢υℓℓєη ~ A very nice guy...good father. I quite admire him for the rotten potatoes thing. And of course, it helps he saved Edward's life... *flutters eyelashes prettily*

єѕмє ¢υℓℓєη ~ A nice mom & a sweet woman, overall.

єммєтт ¢υℓℓєη ~ The big ol' teddy bear. Basically your nice-big-guy-who-loves-his-little-bro.

яσѕαℓιє нαℓє ~ I do not like this particular bloodsucka. I mean, hellaw, what does she have against sweet klutzy li'l Bells? She makes your little brother happy! Bear it!

αℓι¢є ¢υℓℓєη ~ Sweet girl...I like her chirpy happy-go-lucky type of nature. Her future-seeing is pretty cool, too!

נαѕρєя нαℓє ~ A little weird but overall a nice guy. Handles his thing well for a newbie, and I like his emotion-controlling gift.

Anyway...I know I could blabber on forever about this particular topic, but I shall spare you, my toffee tarts. =)