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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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He Who Cast the First Stone...Probably Didnít

Escalating violence is natural - Fascinating NY Times piece by Daniel Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard, and author of Stumbling on Happiness. In this article, Gilbert explains how our faulty human perception in a tit-for-tat exchange can lead to escalating violence. Apropos of the Middle Earth...uh, Middle East conflicts between Israel and Hezbollah, the civil war in Iraq, and so many other conflicts...

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Namaste Yoga by Kate Porter

Namaste Yoga by Kate Porter - Saw a gorgeous yoga program on FitTV called Namaste Yoga by Kate Porter. Appears to be a Canadian series. Absolutely gorgeous throughout. Seems to emphasize creating a series of poses in each program that focus on moving with the breath (Hatha Vinyasa). Very much like the power yoga (ashtanga yoga) series approach, but this isn't aggressive at all. Very relaxing with slow movement coordinated with the breath.


Evangeline Duy

In the series, Evangeline Duy is so far my favorite instructor. She's been featured in the programs I have viewed. Her favorite pose is the triangle, and she appears to be quite aware of her beauty. As stated on her page at the Namaste Yoga website:

Evangeline was generous enough to tie back her mane of gorgeous hair, so as to not outshine her fellow cast members. But we couldnít do anything about how good she looked in the shorts!

I'll second that, but all the instructors are gorgeous, as are the settings used in the program, the music, the lighting. Really top-notch "production values" and what appears to be an excellent, well thought out program designed by Kate Porter.

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Creating Border Around Images in Photoshop

Using the Basic Stroke

  1. Open an image in Photoshop
  2. Click Select and then All
  3. Select Edit and click Stroke
  4. In the dialog box, select width, color, and other options for border
  5. Click OK

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Before You Enlist - Watch This Video!!

Here's an excellent reality check for those thinking about enlisting in the military. Among the lessons you'll learn:

Recruitment Contracts Are UNILATERAL

Which means you, the recruit, are legally bound and obligated to fulfill the terms of the contract.

HOWEVER, the government is NOT.

In fact, the government can CHANGE the terms of the contract as they desire, and they routinely do.

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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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Teens and Sex - New Study

Teens and Sex - New Study - Interesting observations from this study reviewed in Psychology Today. As a parent of a pre-teen, it caught my interest. Quotes and notes from the article below...

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What Teachers Make - by Taylor Mali

What a Teacher Makes by Taylor Mali - Found this video recently, and the performance knocked me out of my PJs. Below are both the video and transcript of Taylor Mali's poem/rant. Absolutely fantastic. BTW, there are a couple performances available online. IMHO this one is the best.

(:youtube RxsOVK4syxU:)

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Investment Advice


In Fooled by Randomness, Nassim Nicholas Taleb teases us with the idea that we can take advantage of black swan events in our life and in our investments. I say tease because he's very short (pardon pun) on specifics in my reading. I want to try to flesh out the ideas as best I can.


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So You Want To Convert To Buddhism


Buddism Introduction - Here's a nice summary or primer to Buddhism. Very friendly, accessible presentation; not advanced in any way, but I just found it pleasing and informative to read.

BTW, my favorite book introducing Buddism is Walpola Rahula's What the Buddha Taught.

So you want to convert to Buddhism

What the Buddha Taught

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Why Fat People Always Feel Hungry

Why Fat People Always Feel Hungry - I've been reading a lot about diets and obesity, and I've finally come to some conclusions which have been corroborated in Gary Taubes' paradigm-shattering book, Good Calories, Bad Calories.

The body regulates fat metabolism very precisely in ALL people--fat, lean, and in-between.

In a few sentences - Digestion of carbs and sugars leads to insulin secretion. Insulin secretion tells your body to store fat in fat cells. Insulin secretion also prevents your body from releasing fat from fat cells. You cannot lose weight (burn fat) with insulin in your bloodstream.

In other words - Insulin prevents your fat cells from releasing fat. So if you reduce your blood insulin levels (through low-carb eating), you enable your body to burn fat. But if you keep insulin levels high (through high-carb eating), you absolutely CANNOT burn fat.

The model 1 below explains why people get fat and why fat people constantly feel hungry.

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Steps for Avoiding Swine Flu - H1N1 Virus


Received via email. Seems like sensible advice, and none of the steps would hurt.

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PETA - "Angel For Animals" Ad - Joanna Krupa


Catholics slam PETA nude adopt-a-mutt poster | The Register -

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Mother Duck Loses Babies Down Sewer Grate


So very sad...


Mother Duck Loses Ducklings Down Sewer Grate

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Seven Blunders of the World - by Mahatma Gandhi

Seven Blunders of the World

  1. Wealth without work
  2. Pleasure without conscience
  3. Knowledge without character
  4. Commerce without morality
  5. Science without humanity
  6. Worship without sacrifice
  7. Politics without principle
~ Mahatma Gandhi


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Creative Canine Crossbreeding

Creative Canine Crossbreeding - Hereís 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 doesnít matter.
  • Collie + Malamute = Commute: A dog that travels to work.
  • Deerhound + Terrier = Derriere: A dog thatís true to the end.

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A Loving Husband


Received this in an email

A Loving Husband...

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150." The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.

The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only $150?"

The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance."

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Marc LeRoy Roach - Obituary

My cousin Marc Roach was a kind, gentle, and adventurous man--the kind of person who, after you met him, you'd say, "Damn, I want to get to know that guy better!" Sadly, none of us will have that opportunity. Below is the obituary written by his father LeRoy--with kibitzing/editing from his brother Mike.

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RealAge Makeover by Michael F. Roizen


Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

RealAge Makeover and Michael Roizen - I read YOU: The Owner's Manual about a year ago, and was so impress with its clear, accessible explanations about how the human body works. Just saw the PBS "info-mercial" on Michael Roizen, M.D.'s new program/book The RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life. Very impressive. Not partnered with Mehmet Oz this time, Michael Roizen again presents simple, clear advice on what you can do to stay healthier and younger.

As Roizen said, no one can do them all, but even doing an important few (like walking 30 minutes a day and avoiding saturated and trans fats) will help keep you significantly healthier and younger.

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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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