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Pirate Bay press release regarding SOPA & PIPA. Some very interesting points made.
I discovered this method to kill Giants fairly easily, even if you're a low level character.
Listened to Terry Gross' Fresh Air interview with poet Marie Howe. They covered many topics, most centered around death, but did include a discussion of this poem about practicing to kiss as a 7th grader...
Listened to Terry Gross' Fresh Air interview with poet Marie Howe. They covered many topics, but most centered around death: the death of her younger brother, Johnny; the death of her mother; and the death of her first true boyfriend from high school.
I was moved by her poems, she read three or four on air, and by her view of poetry, that the essence of poem is what cannot be expressed in words, its silent voice.
Her poem What the Living do is about her brother Johnny who was dying because of AIDS. She originally wrote it not as a poem, but as a letter to her brother...
Saw David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years, on Up with Chris Hayes. He had an interesting perspective on debt. Within the current financial crisis, we tend to think this is something unique, that having such a high debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio never happened before. But it has...
Mother Teresa expressed grave doubts about God's existence and pain over her lack of faith...
Saw this on the Apple.com site after announcement that Steve Jobs died. He was only 56 years-old.
Hugh Laurie can sing the blues...Who knew? Such a pleasant surprise.
Playboy: If life is so purposeless, do you feel its worth living?
LOVE this song...
My wife was emailed this image & funny little story and passed it my way. Quick thinking wins again!
Totally love this song, and the dance performance by Melanie and Marko on So You Think You Can Dance.
Got Touch of Grey stuck in my head the other day, but didn't know the lyrics. Remembered this video for my early days. Sadly, it's not great quality, but at least it exists.
What's Missing from Education - Grabbed the excerpts below from an excellent article by Peter Sims, What Bill Gates Could Learn from Chris Rock. The point is that currently we focus on spoon feeding existing knowledge and call that education. Yet in life, to progress is new ideas from creativity and innovation.
How do people generate new ideas? What skills or activities do the utilize? My answer to that question is also a favorite word: tinker. It's a less scary or daunting assignment than "be creative" or "let's innovate", or even "do an experiment".
The skill that's missing from education (but perhaps more focused on in video games?) is tinkering. Playing with existing ideas to create new ones. The concept of "failure", which may lead to giving up, is re-labeled "feedback," which is less emotionally charged and, if anything, a stimulant for trying something different—for tinkering.
Below are excerpts from Peter Sims excellent article in Techcrunch. is mine
Maryannaville collected some great quotes for her blog post When Insults Had Class. I notice almost all were from or about men.
I am not insulted.
Here are some of my favorites, with a couple others I found.
I Am Legend Alternate Ending (Official) - I love how Neville handles his last encounter with the "Darkseekers." Totally different from the original ending and, to my mind, a bit better.
Youtube video was removed. Here's another source.
An Owl Named FOD - Story behind the picture: An aircraft carrier crew found a screech owl in the wheel well of F/A 18 Hornet jet, adopted it, and named it "FOD," an airforce acronym which stands for oreign bject, ebris...Could be true.
Wanna experience what the Aurora Borealis is like?
Watch this incredible video by .
So these are the trade-offs...
This line from The Office (U.S. version) cracks me up every time.
Prevent Page Caching in Browsers - Surprisingly, there isn't an easy, 100% reliable method and success depends a bit on the type of content you are targeting (Flash, vidoe, images, text). Here are some approaches to try...
It's All About the People — This article by Doug Lynch and Jennifer M. Worden compares complex, "human-capital-intensive" services/businesses: teaching/education, luxury hotel, business consulting with the goal of taking what works in business and applying it to teachers/education. My take aways...
- I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
- There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
- Life is sexually transmitted.
- Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
- The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
There's a logic here that I cannot deny.
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer gods than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all other other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
~ Stephen F. Roberts
- YouTube - The Art of War PART 1
- Superb! I learned so much by watching this History Channel documentary as it analyzes certain wars and battles through history (Vietnam, Invasion of Normandy, Battle of Gettysburg) using the principles of Sun Tsu's treatise, The Art of War. So much clearer than reading the book alone.
I received this by email. I can't find the origin (look up "Dog's Purpose" and you'll get all kinds of hits). But it's worth repeating here. Very cute.
It's a tradition in our family to say a toast at 2:00 PM on Christmas day. Here is the toast I gave this year, the first Christmas since my Mom passed away.
Here's a toast...
To the laughter of children on Christmas morning
To The taste of a meal shared with family and friends
To transcending grief with music, memory, and beer
To the journey we all take to the future,
We'll do our best to celebrate without you, even while we carry your spirits in our hearts
We miss you dearly, we love you so much it aches,
But we know that life is for the living, and our lives are so much richer because of you...
We raise our glasses in a toast to you all
A toast to the absent ones
This was the CD my Mom had in her player when she got sick. I imagine this is the last album she listened to before she died. My sister gave it to her, and it's wonderful, particularly this cut, I'm yours.
I rec'd this by email from my wife. I told her I wasn't sure what she was trying to communicate...And then the fight started!
One year, a husband decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift...
The next year, he didn't buy her a gift.
When she asked him why, he replied,
"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"
And that's how the fight started...
I received this from a dear friend by email...Enjoy!
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning. A man with a violin plays six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people passed through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule....
4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again...
Not Had Sex in a While - Whyatt Comic - My wife said the comparable image for a woman would be show her eggs turning into little chick--chicks and frogs.