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I Am Legend ~ Alternate Ending Video (Official)

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.

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Value of a Library - In Its Read or Unread Books?

In his book The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses the following question with Umberto Eco, who happens to possess a rather significant, personal library.

Is the value of a library in the books you've read or in the books you have not read?

Most people are disappointed to learn that Eco hasn't read most of the books it contains. Eco feels precisely the opposite. To him, the value of the library lies in the unread books--the books yet to be discovered.

Which is why he continues adding to his collection. So to Eco (and Taleb), the library's value lies in its undiscovered volumes, which echo's Shakespeare's line about the "undiscovered country."

But others answer the question differently...

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Mother Teresa's Faith ~ In Her Own Words

Mother Teresa expressed grave doubts about God's existence and pain over her lack of faith...

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How American Indians Should Have Handled Illegal Aliens

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I Need Forgiveness

Forgiveness - As a former Catholic, I have experienced the sacrament of reconciliation. It begins with confessing your sins to a priest. After hearing your confession, the priest will usually offer some advice and penance. After that, the priest will declare you absolved or forgiven by God.

During my junior high and high school years, I was a fairly devout Catholic, and I found this reconciliation experience incredibly powerful. After confession, I had a clean slate and felt pure. What a marvelous feeling, especially for a guilty Catholic boy.

I remember a particularly powerful experience. During a high school retreat, we had the opportunity to ask forgiveness from any classmates we had sinned against. In essence, we asked forgiveness directly from those we'd wronged. WOW! I took this very seriously, and went up to a guy I had really hated...He was a big, strong, jock, and I really didn't like him...I can't remember why now...

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"1234" Lyrics - by Feist

1234 Lyrics by Feist - First heard this song on an Apple Ipod Nano commercial. The tune caught my attention big time. I found the original video for the song (see below). It's actually really clever little vid. Looks like it's a single shot (though certainly not the reality). I'm gonna have to investigate Feist a bit more.

Feist was on The Colbert Report in April 2008. Silly interview but she also performed a song, while Colbert wore the outfit she wore for her 1234 video. Feist said as part of the deal for using her 1234 song for Apple, Steve Jobs somehow managed to get the Canadian a U.S. passport, so Feist has dual Canadian/U.S. citizenship...At least I think she was serious about that.


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Paramount's Great America - Ain't So Great

  • Poorly managed in general (food concessions and parking especially)
  • Disinterested employees
  • No magic, bland spirit or feel about the park
  • Criminally negligent parking lot pedestrian management
  • Theme Park without a "Theme"*

* Great America has changed hands many times. Current Parmount owner sprinkles a very few movie artifacts and posters around the park, but little else.

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What's Missing from Education? ~ Tinkering

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 what leads to success 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. Highlighting is mine

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Joaquin Phoenix Interview on Shootout - Peter Guber and Peter Bart

Heard a fascinating interview with Joaquin Phoenix on AMC's Sunday Morning Shootout with Peter Guber and Peter Bart. Phoenix was there with director James Mangold promoting their movie Walk the Line. I heard somewhere that Phoenix had been odd and uncooperative in his interviews. However, in this one he was great, giving sensible, insightful answers.

Here are some highlights.

NOTE: Just heard that Phoenix has decided to quit his acting career...to pursue his music career?

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Keisha Castle-Hughes - From Whale Rider to Virgin Mary


Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle-Hughes got an early start in her professional life. At 12, she was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award (Oscar) for her wonderful portrayal of Paikea in Whale Rider. Four years later, she's in the holiday feature film The Nativity Story playing the Virgin Mary. In a strange parallel with the film, the 16 year-old Keisha has admitted to being pregnant with her first child.

Not an immaculate conception, the father is long-time boyfriend Bradley Hull. The couple are not currently married. Indeed, Keisha's own parents never married, so perhaps we should expect the same with Keisha and Bradley. Whatever the case, both are said to be "happy and excited" about the coming child -- though Vatican officials certainly are not. They reportedly uninvited Keisha from the The Nativity Story's world premiere being held at the Vatican.

I dearly hope Keisha remains proud and true to herself amidst this political storm. I also hope she and Bradley finds great joy in the birth of their child. As with The Nativity Story...

...it's the child that matters, not the political posturing of the Catholic Church.

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No Wonder English Is So Hard to Learn

Rec'd via email.

  • We polish the Polish furniture.
  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • A farm can produce produce.
  • The dump was so full it had to refuse refuse.
  • The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
  • The present is a good time to present the present.

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What the Buddha Did NOT Teach

What Buddha Did NOT Teach - This is a brilliant review by Geoff Hunt of "the difference between the right (simple) and wrong (complicated) view of the Buddha's teaching."

Geoff Hunt's words are lucid and grounded. Nothing superfluous, abstract or spiritual, really. It's all about the individual practice that relieves suffering. That's it.

Hunt emphasizes that Buddha didn't theorize or philosophize. Others did that later. Buddha simple taught a practice that helps set one free from pain and suffering.

This practice MUST be an individual journey and discovery. Buddha can teach a method, but the individual must experience and observe the practice and its effects for him or herself.

You can lead a person to the Buddha, but you can't make him practice.

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Practicing ~ A Poem by Maria Howe

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...


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Sick Notes

Found this somewhere recently...I think by email. At first I just found it funny. But then I thought it was sad. Now I'm not sure how to take it.

These are real notes written by parents in a Tennessee school district...(spellings have been left intact.)

1. My son is under a doctor's care and should not take PE today. Please execute him.

2. Please exkuce lisa for being absent she was sick and i had her shot.

3. Dear school: please ecsc's john being absent on jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and also 33.

4. Please excuse gloria from jim today. She is administrating.

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Dora the Explorer Aquapet Sex Toy?


Dora the Explorer Aquapet

What exactly is Dora exploring with this toy?

Dora the Explorer Aquapet - This is an actual child's toy listed (until recently) on Amazon. Looks like a sex ed. prop gone wrong. What were the Dora the Explorer toy designers thinking when they created this?

In my defense, my wife thought the same thing when she saw the toy. So did Dave Barry! And his readers made these comments about Dora's Aquapet Toy

Looks like Amazon has already pulled the Dora the Explorer Aquapet product.

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David Duchovny - House of 'D'


House of D

House of D by David Duchovny - Just watched a marvelous film written and directed by David Duchovny titled The House of D. It tells two stories: one of a 13 year-old boy coming of age in New York in the early 70's; the second of a 40-something man trying to remember his painful past and share it for the first time with his wife and his own 13 year-old son.

It's a wonderful, touching film, though I was left wanting in one respect. I wanted to know more about the struggle of Tommy, the man. How had his past affected him as an adult? We only see the result after 30 years.

But if telling that story meant taking anything away from the story of 13 year-old Tommy...then I accept the gap. That storyline hooked me to the core.

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Post Heart Attack, Late Use Of Stents May Not Help

Angioplasty & Stents Post Heart Attack - This was a little unexpected. Study indicates that using angioplasty or inserting stents more than 25 hours after a heart attack does NOT increase survival rates.

Where's the logic in that?

This article doesn't attempt to explain--in fact, doctors are perplexed by the result--but the piece is still worth reading.

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Poem from a True Friend

From Dion in Idaho

Are you tired of all those sissy "friendship" poems that always sound good but never actually come close to reality? Well, here is a series of promises that really speaks to true friendship:

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Med Student's Decision Tree for Choosing Specialty

Choosing Medical Specialty - Medical Students must choose a medical specialty at some point, and here is clever decision tree to help.

Med Student's Decision Tree for Choosing Medical Specialty

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Favorite Music Videos

Most are from the 80's

Take on me - A-Ha!

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