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Pirate Bay SOPA/PIPA Press Release

Cut the cake...Check...Remove chastity belt...

Pirate Bay press release regarding SOPA & PIPA. Some very interesting points made.

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ~ Helpful Links

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How to Kill Skyrim Giants (and Mammoths)

I discovered this method to kill Giants fairly easily, even if you're a low level character.

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Andy Rooney on Atheism (Quote)

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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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What the Living Do ~ A Poem by Marie Howe

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...

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David Graeber on Debt & Money

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...

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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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10 Years Ago We Had...

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Steve Jobs ~ Rest in Peace ~ October 5, 2011

Saw this on the Apple.com site after announcement that Steve Jobs died. He was only 56 years-old.

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Hugh Laurie Can Sing the Blues

Hugh Laurie can sing the blues...Who knew? Such a pleasant surprise.

(:youtube 0XELb86iO8U:)

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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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(This has gotta be the) Good Life ~ One Republic ~ Lyrics & Video

LOVE this song...

(:youtube jZhQOvvV45w:)

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Morality and Religion

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Skinny Dipping? ~ Think Fast

My wife was emailed this image & funny little story and passed it my way. Quick thinking wins again!

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Leona Lewis ~ I Got You ~ Lyrics ~ Dance Video

Totally love this song, and the dance performance by Melanie and Marko on So You Think You Can Dance.

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It's all good...

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Touch of Grey (I will get by) ~ Grateful Dead

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.

(:youtube pmT6udys8Tc:)

Lyrics below...

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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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Insults with Class

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.

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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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Owl Named FOD - Aircraft Carrier Crew's Pet Owl

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 Foreign Object, Debris...Could be true.


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Aurora Borealis - Superb Time-Lapse Video ~ Terje Sorgjerd

Wanna experience what the Aurora Borealis is like?

Watch this incredible video by Terje Sorgjerd.

(:vimeo 21294655:)

The Aurora on Vimeo

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Historically Hardcore ~ Fake Smithsonian Ads?

These ads were from a school project (per brobible.com). Very clever and funny.

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Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts

So these are the trade-offs...

Via ~ Infographic: Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts

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Life Atop a Cauldron ~ Brooks Walker

Life Atop a Cauldron
by Brooks Walker

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It's Class Warfare...Guess Who's Winning ~ Andy Singer

Via ~ Cagle Post - Class Warfare Collective Bargaining by Andy Singer

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If I a Gun and Two Bullets...

This line from The Office (U.S. version) cracks me up every time.

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HTML Code Prevents Browser from Using Cache

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...

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It's All About the People - by Lynch & Worden

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...

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Funny Things to Ponder

  1. I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
  2. There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
  3. Life is sexually transmitted.
  4. Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
  5. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

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Atheists - Believe in One Less God

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

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The Art Of War - History Channel Documentary

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.

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A Dog's Purpose

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.

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Toast to the Absent Ones

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,

a future without dear family members and friends,

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

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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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And Then the Fight Started

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...

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Missing Beauty

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.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again...

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Come In / Go Away - Doormat

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Not Had Sex in a While - Sperm to Frog Comic - by Whyatt

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.

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