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Think Fast - Be Happy

Don't worry, be happy--by thinking fast! - A new study out of Harvard and Princeton suggests that "thinking fast" can help your mood. In the study, subjects were encouraged to "think fast" by generating as many problem-solving ideas as possible in 10 minutes; by reading a list of ideas on a computer screen at a brisk pace; and by watching a video clip of I Love Lucy--in fast-forward!

When compared with other study subjects who performed the same tasks at a "relaxed speed," the fast thinker reported feeling more happy and, to a lesser degree, more energetic. So fast thinking activities, such as racing through an easy crossword puzzle or quickly brain-storming ideas, can boost energy and mood.

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Wrist Computer From 1984


Seiko's 1984 wristwatch computer for very early adopters

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25 Signs That You Are Grown Up

Signs You've Grown Up - Here are my favorites from this perenial email:

Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you - That's a funny transition that I've seen coming for some time...very weird in some cases, think mother-in-law.

Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up - I fight this one everyday.

Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one - Sad, so sad, but true.

You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests - My list of medication has increased significantly recently, which is VERY bothersome. I never used to take anything, and now I'm comparing prices and buy in bulk at Costco.

You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save your sorry old ass - Yep, all the way...shame, shame, shame.

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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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Ocarina: Sweet Potato Hand Flute to Legend of Zelda

Anyone interested in the ocarina must visit the Songbird Ocarina website. The fellow that put the website together sells his handmade ocarinas (and other hand flutes), but he also provides history, videos and audio files on him playing, tips, sheet music, etc. I quickly got the sense that this guy loves what he does, which made paying the price for one of his ocarinas much easier to accept.

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Happiness - A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

Happiness by Matthieu Ricard - Started reading this a bit ago. Nice primer on Buddhism. Absolutely loved the book that traces a dialog with his father, The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life.

Happiness does not come automatically. It is not a gift that good fortune bestows upon us and a reversal of fortune takes back. It depends on us alone. One does not become happy overnight, but with patient labor, day after day. Happiness is constructed, and that requires effort and time. In order to become happy, we have to learn how to change ourselves.

~ Luca and Francesco Cavalli-Sforza

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Ocean and a Rock - by Lisa Hannigan - Lyrics

Let's get lost, me and you...Indeed...I think of the long distance courtship with my sweet wife when I hear those words. Hannigan's music and poetic words haunt me...To say I love her stuff doesn't do justice to my feelings. I want to live her music, body and spirit. Gorgeous in melody and sentiment.

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Why Religion Is Poor Guide to Morality

Defiling the Eucharist, which Catholics believe is the body and blood of Christ, is also considered a sin of extreme gravity and one which is on the increase, the high-ranking members of the tribunal said.

Such sins, which can only be dealt with by the Pope, acting through the tribunal, bring automatic excommunication from the Church. If the Pope decides to grant absolution, the excommunication is lifted.

~ Vatican reveals secrets of worst sins - Telegraph

This illustrates why religious values are a poor guide for human morality. Desecration of a symbol (though Catholic believe the Eucharist IS the body of Christ) is ranked as a worse sin than, say, a priest molesting a child or a man murdering his wife.

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Unix Commands for Sex

Unix Commands for Sex - If you're not doing it right, try this...

 gawk; grep; unzip; touch; strip; init,
 uncompress, gasp; finger; find,
 route, whereis, which, mount; fsck; nice,
 more; yes; gasp; umount; head, halt,
 renice, restore, touch, whereis, which,
 route, mount,
 more, yes, gasp, umount, expand, ping,
 make clean; sleep

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Uncharted 2 - How to Defeat Final Boss - Lazaravic - Cheat/Hint/Tip


Uncharted 2 Final Boss - Lazaravic

After some frustration, I found a clue about how the final boss in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves can easily be defeated.

Obviously...SPOILERS ahead...This is a cheat in my mind, so it does take away from the fun of this fight, making it quite boring. Don't resort to this cheat until your thumbs are about to fall off.

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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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Superb Celebrity Face Transplants


Photoshopped Celebrity Faces - What is wrong with this picture?

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Escher In Frame

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Timothy Treadwell Grizzly Man


Timothy Treadwell & Grizzly Bear

Timothy Treadwell Grizzly Man - I recently watched a commercial-riddled presentation of Grizzly Man on the Discovery Channel. Aside from the fact commercials interrupted the flow of the film every five minutes at times, this documentary about “grizzly man” Timothy Treadwell remained powerful and intimate.

For 13 summers, Timothy Treadwell communed with Alaskan grizzly bears. During his last five summers, he videotaped his experiences, structuring the footage for a documentary. However, he was not able to finish the project because during his last visit he and his girlfriend were killed and eaten by a grizzly.

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7 Reasons Not to Mess With Children

Another funny piece rec'd via email

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.

She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"

Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

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Portrait of a Father - by Karyn Sigurdsson


Love this image by Karyn Sigurdsson. She titled it Portrait of a Father...which I think is perfect.

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How to Import Large MySQL Data Files


How to Import Large MySQL Data Files

One Step: Use BigDump

I've been so frustrated at the file size limits for uploading large MySQL data files, and BigDump is the answer. Works like a charm.

More details below...

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Wade Davis TED Talk - Worldwide Web of Belief & Ritual - Video


Wade Davis TED Talk - Riveting talk by anthropologist Wade Davis about the "worldwide web of belief and ritual." Davis is such passionate advocate for all cultures, maintaining that no culture is a "failed attempt at modern life." Instead, each is a unique, creative expression that strives to answer life's questions of why? and how? If anything, Davis considers these ancient and ongoing cultures (Mayan, Inuit, etc.) as much richer and complex than the culture(s) of our modern industrial age. After hearing Davis' talk, he certainly has good reason to feel that way.

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My Bird Watching List


Photo by Len Blumin
California Quail - THIS is the bird that got me hooked on birding. Spotted one in a tree on 17-mile drive near Monterey, California after puzzling over the queer call I was hearing. Gorgeous bird. Quite distinctive and easy to identify. Not much of a flier--very rapid wing beat. 6/30/2008. Spotted another in Sunol Regional Wilderness (Maguire area) perched on a post, just like this picture. 7/6/2008.

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Ordinary Day - by Emilie Mover - Lyrics

Ordinary Day by Emilie Mover was used for a Bounce laundry sheet commercial. What I thought to be a simple commercial jingle is actually a neat little tune. How embarrassed am I that my musical tastes are seeded by Bounce, Apple computer (Feist 1234), and other commercials?


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