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If you can't solve a problem, it's because you are playing by the rules.
~ Paul Arden

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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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When Our Diet Goes Ape - The Evo Diet

Nine volunteers, with a reality TV camera crew taping, decided to go ape with their diet (sometimes called the EVO diet). For 12 days the volunteers avoided all processed foods and ate only from a generous ration of fruits and vegetables -- a diet of the apes.

The results: Blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels dropped significantly for all.

What they ate: 2,300 calories of fruit, vegetables, nuts and honey

Typical 3-day Rotation included:

  • Broccoli, carrots, radishes
  • Cabbage, tomatoes, watercress
  • Strawberries, apricots, bananas
  • Mangoes, melons, figs, plums
  • Satsumas, hazelnuts

Interesting stories of the volunteers' experiences.

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Bridge to Terabithia - A REAL Children's Story


Bridge to Terabithia

An enemy is one whose story we have not heard.
~ Gene Knudsen Hoffman

Bridge to Terabithia - What a wonderful and deep children's story - a real children's story. I say real because the story illustrates how relationships and people change and are not set in stone. This is so refreshing.

Most kids stories -- most stories in general -- seem to follow a rigid formula where the good guys remain good, and bad guys remain bad. In contrast, in the Bridge to Terabithiam some of the bad guys (or gals) turn out to be real people; real people who changed and who turned out to have the same vulnerabilities as anyone else. Try to find that in a typical TV show, movie, or novel. So refreshing!

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How to Train a Killer Whale

Training Whales - I found information on training a killer whales some time ago. It's a popular topic for parenting sites--and with good reason. Some of the 'lessons' we learn from training killer whales are very helpful to consider when teaching our kids.


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Value of a Library - In Its Read or Unread Books?

In his book The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses the following question with Umberto Eco, who happens to possess a rather significant, personal library.

Is the value of a library in the books you've read or in the books you have not read?

Most people are disappointed to learn that Eco hasn't read most of the books it contains. Eco feels precisely the opposite. To him, the value of the library lies in the unread books--the books yet to be discovered.

Which is why he continues adding to his collection. So to Eco (and Taleb), the library's value lies in its undiscovered volumes, which echo's Shakespeare's line about the "undiscovered country."

But others answer the question differently...

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Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Near Elementary Schools

Cops wanting to fulfill their traffic ticket quota can easily do so by staking out any elementary school during morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up.

Parents dropping off or picking up their kids from school are absolutely the WORST and MOST DANGEROUS drivers on the road -- even when compared to drunk drivers. Here's a list of routine violations...

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Baby Turtle Eating Strawberry - Great Picture!

Baby Turtle Eating Strawberry - Gwen Turner-Juarez took this photo of a baby turtle eating a strawberry. I couldn't resist sharing.

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Hell Explained by Chemistry Student

Rec'd from email chain

HELL EXPLAINED BY CHEMISTRY STUDENT

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term.

The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

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Bee Sting Remedies

Advice below is adapted from the Dr. Greene site, which seems pretty sensible compared to others.

Bee Stings Remedies

If stung by bee, consider trying one or more of the following bee sting remedies...

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Perfect Happiness Requires Perfect Ignorance - Cartoon

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10 Things Your Casino Won't Tell You

Key points of the original Smart Money article, which explores each statement in more depth. Interesting, but no real surprises; just good reminders for casino junkies (who won't listen anyway).

  1. "The house always wins, and it's now winning more."
  2. "There's nothing complimentary about our comp cards."
  3. "Our ATM machines are the real one-armed bandits."

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What Love Means - Kids Explain The Mystery

My wonderful sister-in-law shared this. It gave me a big smile, especially at the end to be reminded of the USC "Professor of Love," Leo Buscaglia, who died a few years ago. I'm sure he would have "loved" this...

 

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No Sex Tonight

Classic piece off of craigslist. Totally hilarious. If link dies, read cached copy below.

best of craigslist : NO SEX TONIGHT!

NO SEX TONIGHT!

I never quite figured out why the sexual urge of men and women differ so much. And I never have figured out the whole Venus and Mars thing. I have never figured out why men think with their head and women with their heart.

FOR EXAMPLE: One evening last week, my girlfriend and I were getting into bed...

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Spielberg's Munich


Ayelet Zorer

Recently watched Steven Spielberg's Munich with Eric Bana. It's a long film, about 2 hrs. 45 min. Eric Bana was great, as were all the other actors, but I was particularly mesmerized by the woman who played Bana's wife, though she was in only a few scenes.

Turns out she's a very well respected Israeli actress. I get it. She was perfect, communicating the whole/soul of her character in seconds. Her name...well, she seems to go by a few. The movie credits her as Ayelet Zorer, but I've seen Zurer and variations of Ayelet too. Her middle name seems stable and is "July." Maybe it was because she was one of the few women who appeared in the film, but I found her performance right on, rich and textured. All in probably less than five or ten minutes of screen time.

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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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Merrell Moab Ventilator - Lightweight Hiking Boots

I LOVE THESE BOOTS! - Lightweight, comfortable, durable. These Merrell Moab Ventilator lightweight hiking boots are great! I'm using them to hike around a local steep trail with lots of gravel and rocks. I feel very stable and, since they are so lightweight, my legs and feet don't feel so tired as compared to other, heavier boots. I'm very happy with my purchase, and would recommend them to friends and family.

I've tried waterproof (Gortex) boots. But the problem with waterproof boots is that they are hot to wear, and if they do get wet (from water entering over the boot's cuff), then it takes forever for them to dry out (a guy did a test, and the boots took 4 days to dry). In moderate conditions, these Merrell Ventilator boots should dry out overnight (again, a guy did a test).

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Favorite Music Videos

Most are from the 80's

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Take on me - A-Ha!

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4-Hour Workweek - Quotes

My favorite quotes from 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. Unless otherwise attributed, all quotes direct from the author.

Identify the few critical tasks that contribute most to income and schedule them with very short and clear deadlines.

Most inputs are useless and time is wasted in proportion to the amount of time that is available.

A task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. ~ Parkinson's Law

Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing...

Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

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Lisa Hannigan - I Don't Know - Lyrics

Lisa Hannigan - I Don't Know - I love the studio version of this song by Lisa Hannigan. It's amazing the group pulled this one off. Didn't sound too bad given the circumstances, though Lisa's voice seems a bit hoarse.

(:youtube 7WwaPv1rZiQ:)

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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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