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Rules For Drawing Cute Animation Character

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Creative Canine Crossbreeding

Creative Canine Crossbreeding - Here’s what you get when you cross a......

  • Collie + Lhasa Apso = Collapso: A dog that folds up for easy transport.
  • Spitz + Chow Chow = Spitz-Chow: A dog that throws up a lot.
  • Maltese + any other breed = Maltese Cross
  • Pointer + Setter = Poinsetter: A traditional Christmas pet
  • Kerry Blue Terrier + Skye Terrier = Blue Skye: A dog for visionaries.
  • Great Pyrenees + Dachshund = Pyradachs: A puzzling breed.
  • Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel = Irish Springer: A dog fresh and clean as a whistle.
  • Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso = Peekasso: An absract dog.
  • Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever = Lab Coat Retriever: The choice of research scientists.
  • Newfoundland + Basset Hound = Newfound Asset Hound: A dog for financial advisors.
  • Terrier + Bulldog = Terribull: A dog that makes awful mistakes.
  • Bloodhound + Labrador = Blabador: A dog that barks incessantly.
  • Malamute + Pointer = Moot Point: Owned by.... oh well, it doesn’t matter.
  • Collie + Malamute = Commute: A dog that travels to work.
  • Deerhound + Terrier = Derriere: A dog that’s true to the end.

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Stanley Kubrick on Life ~ Playboy Interview Excerpt

Self Portrait by Stanley Kubrick

Playboy: If life is so purposeless, do you feel its worth living?

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Biomimicry - Innovation Inspired by Nature - by Janine Benyus

Biomimicry by Janine Benyus - Fascinating idea--philosophy, really--that we should look to the existing designs of nature for "innovation."

Not that such an approach isn't being used. Look at how pharmaceutical companies develop compounds found in rainforests into new drugs.

But biomimicry as Benyus describes it is something deeper. It's about changing how we view ourselves in the world as much as how we seek out nature-inspired design.

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Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device - Honest Review

Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device - I thought this Amazon Kindle user review on the Amazon site said it all...and very succinctly:

2.0 out of 5 stars

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

By Alex P Keaton "AlexP" (PA, USA)

The Good:

The screen is actually pretty nice on this device. This is one of those new style of paper screens that make it much easier to read on than an on your PC, iPhone, or PDA. +1 points.

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Cure Cancer with Rice Bran?

Rice Bran Cures Cancer - This article exposes a potential cancer cure from Japan that's been overlooked. Here's the basic idea:

Cancer cells contain more iron than other cells (to support growth). Seed and rice bran contains a compound (inositol hexaphosphate or IP6) that "chelates" or binds iron, making it unavailable to fuel the tumor cell's growth. Man-made chelating drugs can work, too, but most have dangerous (even toxic) side effects, and their effectiveness appears to be inferior to the natural sources found in seed or rice bran.

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New Think - by Edward de Bono


New Think by Edward de Bono

New Think - In this classic, Edward de Bono presents an accessible, practical handbook on how to generate new ideas or lateral thinking. His original book Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step is excellent, but a bit difficult to get through. New Think is quite the opposite. It's an easy, informative read. Below are my notes.
New Think by Edward de Bono

Below are notes from Edward de Bono's book New Think.

Notes

Hallucinogenic drugs alter our perceptions, the direction of our gaze, our focus. Many drugs alter perceptions. Funny. Altering perceptions is the goal of lateral thinking, too. Techniques of lateral thinking are like hallucinogenic drugs. And this, the 100th birthday of LSD's creator, Albert Hofmann.

Is the way we try to solve a problem, part of what makes the problem difficult to solve?

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What Happens When You Stun Gun (Taser) Yourself

This hilarious piece came from DirectionZero.com (dead link), who received it by email, so I don't know who wrote it. Best part comes at the end, but you need to read the rest to get the picture of what happened...It's one of those "You know you're a redneck when..." moments.

This was the advertisement in Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop window next to the condo we rented last month in Florida:

Pocket Taser Stun Gun
Great Gift for the Wife

So I went in to check it out. I saw something that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 30th anniversary, and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Gisele. What I came across was a 100,000 volt, pocket/purse-sized taser...

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The Soul's Code - by James Hillman

I was reading The Soul's Code: In search of Character and Calling by James Hillman. In lieu of a preface, he presents a small collection of quotations. Here are my favorites.

Adolescents sense a secret, unique greatness in themselves that seeks expression. They gesture toward the heart when trying to express any of this, a significant clue to the whole affair.
~ Joseph Chilton Pearce, Evolution's End
I don't develop; I am.
~ Pablo Picasso
One always learns one's mystery at the price of one's innocence.
~ Robertson Davies, Fifth Business
In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.
~ C. G. Jung

And this by Nabokov is...beautiful

Neither in environment nor in heredity can I find the exact instrument that fashioned me, the anonymous roller that passed upon my life a certain intricate watermark whose unique design becomes visible when the lamp of art is made to shine through life's foolscap.
~ Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory


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Stumbling On Happiness - Flaws of the Human Mind

In Stumbling On Happiness, Daniel Gilbert exposes the flaws of the human mind.

Quite disillusioning, this expose of the human mind. His thesis is simple. Humans cannot reliably predict what will make us happy, nor can we accurately recall what made us happy in the past. That leaves us with the present.

The reasons for our failure to find happiness are many, and revolve around the idiocyncracies of the human mind.

One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world's end somewhere, and holds fast to the days, as to fortune or fame.

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Final Goodbyes for Two Brothers

Final Goodbyes for Two Brothers - These two photographs gave me chills.

Steve says goodbye to his brother, who's off to Iraq.

Months later, Steve says final goodbye at his brother's funeral.

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The Engineer and the Manager - Classic Modern Parable

I've bumped into variations of this parable in many places. May help us recognize when our energies are not...productive.

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man below says: "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees N. latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees W. longitude."

"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.

"I am" replies the man. "How did you know."

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Mediterranean Diet NOT Best for Blood Sugar Control

A new study found that a diet of "low-glycemic foods" -- such as beans, nuts, peas, lentils and pasta -- was superior to a high-cereal-fiber diet -- think pumpernickel, rye pita, quinoa, large flake oatmeal and oat bran -- when it comes to lowering blood sugar and other risk factors for heart disease in people with diabetes.
~ 'Mediterranean'-Style Diet Best for Blood Sugar Control - washingtonpost.com



It's a step in the right direction, but overlooks the obvious: people with diabetes 2 are producing insulin but many of their cells have reduced sensitivity to insulin. Without insulin sensitivity, blood glucose levels (from sugar and carbs) remain high causing all kinds of problems.

So why not simply focus on reducing carbs in diabetic 2 people? That way blood sugar doesn't elevate and their body doesn't pump out insulin, which isn't working anyway. Seems so obvious.

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For Lexophiles


Rec'd from email chain. A play on words (29 of them actually) that all word lovers, lexophiles and humorists will enjoy.

1. A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.

2. What's the definition of a will? It's a dead giveaway.

3. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

4. A backward poet writes inverse.

5. In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism, it's your Count that votes.

6. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

7. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed.

8. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.

9. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A- flat minor.

10. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

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Busty Virgin Mary - Outrages Catholic Church


Busty Virgin Mary Outrages Catholic Church

Busty Virgin Mary Outrages Catholics - For his fashion show in Chile, designer Ricardo Oyarzun plans to dress models according to his vision of the Virgin Mary. True to his industry, that vision features women with ample, near-naked breasts. True to their mission, the Roman Catholic Church has condemned Ricardo Oyarzun and his show, and a conservative group has tried and failed to block the show's production in court.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Never Buy Diamonds

I wish my wife would read this list. I saw a documentary on PBS about De Beers that totally turned me off to supporting this industry in any way. Liz Stanton has summarized much of the ugly side of this beautiful gem.

Also see Apollo: Real diamonds "grown" in a machine.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Never Accept a Diamond Ring from Anyone, Under Any Circumstances, Even If They Really Want to Give You One - Dead Link

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Children of Men


Clive Owen - Children of Men

Children of Men - Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), the film seems to be shot almost entirely with a hand-held camera, and most scenes play out without any cuts (single shot sequence), so you get the feeling your walking through the events as a participant or observer. Very cool. That climactic scene at near the end looks like it's entirely one shot, no cuts, and it goes on for many minutes, all with bullets, sfx, movement, action, dialog...amazing accomplishment for a single shot...though it turns out they did use CGI to blend some cuts and elements, but still...the impact is substantial. You feel like you're right there.


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Where Does Money Come From?

Permit me to issue and control the money of the nation, and I care not who makes the laws.
~ Mayer Anselm Rothschild, Banker

I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Where does money come from? - As best I can tell, money is literally created from debt. So when a bank is established, it makes a deposit into a Federal reserve bank. The amount they deposit determines how much money the bank can (initially) loan. So if a bank puts $10,000 into the Federal reserve, they can loan something like 10 times that, or $100,000. In other words, the act of depositing into Federal reserve gives them the right to loan $100,000. Where does the extra $90,000 come from?

That's the sleight of hand that no one talks about.

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Avoid Hospitals on Weekends!

Avoid Hospitals on Weekends!

In the past decade, studies have found that patients treated at hospitals on weekends have inferior outcomes when compared with those receiving care on weekdays. In some cases, researchers have found, that can also mean a higher death rate.
~ If Possible, Avoid Hospitals on Weekends


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Jeremy Brett - Bio Notes

Jeremy Brett's performance as Sherlock Holmes generated a worldwide fan base for Brett. Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins) died in 1995 of heart failure related to a childhood case of rheumatic fever (and smoking). Some say he died from prolonged grief after the death of his second wife in 1985. In The New York Times obituary, Mel Gussow wrote: "Mr. Brett was regarded as the quintessential Holmes: breathtakingly analytical, given to outrageous disguises and the blackest moods and relentless in his enthusiasm for solving the most intricate crimes." Below are a few more details found on Wikipedia about Jeremy Brett's life and death...

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