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Raspberry-sized Turtle - Cool Photo

Raspberry Sized Turtle - Too cute...and somehow I don't think this is photoshopped, but perhaps I'm naive. Love the image in any case...

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Spiral Fantasy - Fractal Art Contest Winner


Fractal Art Contest Winner Spiral Fantasy

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A Peaceful Marriage is Not Always 50/50

Absolutely brilliant!!! This woman nails the situation on the head:

If it bothers you, do something about it.

DO READ her original post: A Peaceful Marriage is Not Always 50/50

In fact, subscribe to her blog Violent Acres - it's hilarious and insightful.

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Ben Stein Gets Expelled - Commentary


Ben Stein
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Ben Stein hosts a documentary called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. I have not seen the film yet, and at first I was quite critical about the film's position, as I saw it, of supporting creationism. But as I read more, I realize that while I don't agree with Stein's position on creationism, I do agree that those who support the hypothesis should not be persecuted--IF indeed they are exploring a hypothesis of intelligent design scientifically and not simply foisting or promulgating religious beliefs.* But if people, scientific or not, want to explore the idea that there is an intelligence behind the creation of the universe, more power to them. It's an hypothesis worth exploring scientifically. However, it is not dogma that should be accepted without evidence...or taught in our schools. As dogma, such a belief is personal and/or religious. As a hypothesis, it's worth exploring.

Regarding the film's production, I've heard accounts that some of the scientists who criticize creationism (Dawkins, etc.) were mislead by producers as to the film's intent and how their participation would be used. If true, that's really offends me and greatly reduces my interest in seeing the film.

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"I Don't Believe in Happy Endings"

"I Don't Believe in Stories with Happy Endings"

I heard director Todd Field say this on AMC's Shoot Out program while promoting his film Little Children. The statement has stuck with me like an irritating thorn ever since. It certainly doesn't encourage me to see any of his films (I don't seek out stories with unhappy endings), but is he right? Or perhaps a better question: Is that perspective useful?


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MRSA - Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus - Research

MRSA - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - Saw a 60 Minutes piece on MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant strain of staph. It's spread by person-to-person contact, and vulnerable to only one antibiotic--the antibiotic of last resort--vincomycin. And doctors expect this "superbug" to soon develop a resistance to that sole, remaining weapon. What do we do? More research. They hope for a vaccine, and other antibiotic treatments are expected on the horizon. Will this happen fast enough?

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Zero Population Growth or Bust! - Albert A. Bartlett Ph.D. Video

Arithmetic, Population, and Energy - by Albert A. Bartlett - Fascinating yet simple illustration of why continued growth (of the population, of oil consumption, etc.) cannot go on forever. Intuitively, that much is obvious. Not so obvious is how near impossible it is for us (as a society) to recognize when we've gone too far, when our resources have been consumed to the point that it's too late to do anything about it.

The reason it's hard to recognize that point has everything to do with the simple yet profound implications of how compounding growth rates behave. Compounding growth rates are our friend when receiving interest. Compounding growth rates are our enemy when it comes to consumption and population growth.

This third video of the series carries a devastating message. The core problem of our unsustainable economy is the rate of population growth and the rate of resource consumption. When we think about China and India and their impact on global consumption in the coming years, it's essential to remember that what brought us to this point was U.S. consumption.

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Dear God, I have a question

Dear God, I have a question - Here's a charming collection of letters kids have written to God, letters with their questions of the creator. Here are a few samples...

Dear God, Are you really invisible or is that just a trick?
~Lucy

Dear God, Did you mean for giraffe to look like that or was it an accident.
~Norma

Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't you keep the ones you got now?
~Jane

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Average Playboy Playmate by Jason Salavon


Jason Salavon created a photo of the Average Playboy Playmate. As Salavon describes:

This photograph is the result of digitally averaging every Playboy centerfold foldout for the 10 years beginning Jan. 1988 through Dec. 1997.

Unfortunately, the resulting image IS safe for work...

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Walking Robot Powered by Wind


Walking Robot Powered by Wind - Fascinating video, it's actually a commercial for BMW, but...Wow! This contraption doesn't look like it should work. Have a look...

Walking Robot Powered by Wind

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25 Worst High School Essay Analogies

Rec'd via email...a couple times. Popular and funny list of analogies used in high school essays. I think some of them are pretty inventive.

  1. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
  2. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
  3. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
  4. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.
  5. Her hair glistened in the rain, like a nose hair after a sneeze.

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Everything I Needed to Know - I Learned From President Bush

What I learned from President Bush - A sad statement that reflects current sentiment about President Bush and his legacy.

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How Long to Boil Water - So It's Safe to Drink

How Long to Boil Water So It's Safe to Drink - It's a critical issue when hiking in the wilderness or traveling in some foreign lands. Filters and purifiers can work well, HOWEVER:

The ONLY 100% reliable method for killing waterborne pathogens is boiling.

According to the Wilderness Medical Society...

  • water temperatures above 160° F (70° C) kill all pathogens within 30 minutes and
  • water temperatures above 185° F (85° C) kill all pathogens within a few minutes.

So by the time water temperature goes from 160° F (70° C) to the boiling point (212° F or 100° C), all pathogens have been killed, even at high altitude.

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Tan Lines From Typical Summer Activities

Hilarious!

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Howard Glasser - The Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting

Howard Glasser teaches parents, educators, and therapists his Nurtured Heart Approach for "transforming difficult children." At his Transforming the Difficult Child website, Howard Glasser describes his approach this way...

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Surface Protein TRPA1 Increases Pain After Surgery / Anesthesia


Surface Protein TRPA1 Increases Pain After Surgery Anesthesia - Studies in mice suggest that certain commonly used anesthetics activate the TRPA1 surface protein on nerve cells. When activated, the TRPA1 protein increases or intensifies feelings of pain after waking up from surgery. Anesthesiologists may try to use medications that don't activate TRPA1.

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Practice Does NOT Make Perfect

Practice does NOT make perfect - Scientists believe that striving to consistently repeat a physical action (like shooting a basketball free-throw or serving a tennis ball) is unnatural. Our bodies and brains are simply not designed to repeat the same motion in the same way over and over again. Variation invariably sneaks in, and the culprit for the inconsistency is the brain. It simply won't let you perform the same action in an identical way over and over again.

So the lesson is not to focus on the same physical action but the same outcome. Slight variations in form are a good thing and more natural to the body. Keep you eyes on the prize, not on perfect, repeatable form.

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Heaven, 1963 - by Kim Noriega

Heaven, 1963
by Kim Noriega

It's my favorite photo--
captioned, "Daddy and His Sweetheart."
It's in black and white,
it's before Pabst Blue Ribbon,
before his tongue became a knife
that made my mother bleed,
and before he blackened my eye
the time he thought I meant to end my life.

He's standing in our yard on Porter Road
beneath the old chestnut tree.
He's wearing sunglasses,
a light cotton shirt,
and a dreamy expression.

He's twenty-seven.
I'm two.
My hair, still baby curls,
is being tossed by a gentle breeze.
I'm fast asleep in his arms.

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Why Men Have Better Friends

Friendship between Women

A woman didn't come home one night. The next morning she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend's house. The man called his wife's 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

Friendship between Men

A man didn't come home one night. The next morning he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend's house. The woman called her husband's 10 best friends, eight of which confirmed that he had slept over, and two said that he was still there.

Source - Why Men Have Better Friends

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I'm Yours - Lyrics - Jason Mraz

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.

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