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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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Tristan and Isolde


Sophia Myles

Watched Tristan and Isolde recently, and have to say I was disappointed. It's such an important and seminal story in literature, I really hoped for a wonderful treatment from producers Ridley and Tony Scott. But with Kevin Reynolds directing, it turned out a bit too much like Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves (another Reynolds film).

Sophia Myles was wonderful, but I wasn't much impressed with the portrayal by James Franco. He was great in the fight scenes, but the rest of his performance seemed rather one dimensionally sullen. In short...

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If You're Guilty - Use Trial by Jury

Our Justice system is NOT a good method for finding the truth. If it were, in the O.J. trail we would expect all possible juries to produce the same verdict. But we know that is not true. We know a trial verdict always depends on the composition of the jury, which is why trial attorneys fight so vigorously during jury selection (and why our system has the double-jeopardy rule).

In this piece, famous atheist/biologist Richard Dawkins offers his analysis of our justice system. His conclusion:

"Should I be charged with a serious crime here’s how I want to be tried. If I know myself to be guilty, I’ll go with the loose cannon of a jury, the more ignorant, prejudiced and capricious the better. But if I am innocent, and the ideal of multiple independent decision-takers is unavailable, please give me a judge."

The bad thing about Dawkins' admission is that if he's ever charged, we'll easily be able to tell his guilt or innocence.

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Can You Read This?

Can you read this?

 Fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid, too.
 Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 precnet plepoe can.

 i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd
 waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the
 hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde
 Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the
 ltteres in a wrod are, 
 the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat
 ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a
 taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a
 pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not
 raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a
 wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot
 slpeling was ipmorantt! 

As long as the first and last letter are correct, we can read just about any scramble of letters...

It's become my literary inspiration.

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REAL Myers-Briggs Personality Types

Myers-Briggs Personality Types - Here's a hilarious version of the famous Myers-Briggs Personality Types. Totally loved the often comic book perspective. It's a lot of fun to guess where where you and others fit into this personality universe....I'm either an idealist or conspiracy theorist.


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How to Get 59 MPG Out of a Honda Accord

As a driver, Wayne Gerdes is schizophrenic - one moment he's driving like an old lady, the next like Michael Schumacher. He's a maniac on a mission, getting 59-plus miles per gallon with an unmodified Honda Accord. However, it's not the car that generates the great mileage; it's the driver. Wayne's driving philosophy can be summed up with two of his favorite driving techniques...

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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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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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Embarrassing Company URLs

Wonderful samples of inadvertently embarrassing URLs used by well-intentioned businesses and companies. So many more out there, I'm sure.

Guess the industry of this URL...

powergenitalia.com


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Scrubs Cast Performs Charlie Brown Christmas

Scrubs Charlie Brown Christmas - For a Scrubs obsessed nut like myself, this was a blessed find...

(:youtube 20Of_mna-Rs:)

Scrubs Cast Performs Charlie Brown Christmas - Brilliant!

Rumor has it this was done for a Scrubs Christmas party. Voices clearly come from the real Scrubs cast. Totally hilarious!

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Van Morrison Opens The Rolling Stones


The Rolling StonesVan Morrison opened for The Rolling Stones at the Oakland Coliseum. A full moon complemented a gorgeous November night. Van's voice sounded as good (or bad) as it does in recordings he did 20-plus years ago. Wild Nights, Bright Side of the Road. Awesome set. However, Morrison was out of place performing in the Oakland coliseum....Seemed like he was just warming up at the end. Morrison's natural environment is after-hours in a smokey pub; I'd love to see him perform at 2 AM in a Dublin pub after proper intoxication. That's when we'd see some action, some soul. But still, it was great to see the 60-plus year-old legend. How many more performances are in that man?

And the Stones -- The Rolling Stones! Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and Charlie Watts. Absolutely fantastic. Mick is amazing -- how can Mick be 63 and jumping around like a spastic schoolboy? His energy (and limberness) must baffle scientists. Compared to Morrison's aged and stiff body, Mick appears to have some fountain of youth elixir coursing through him.

"I'll have what he's having."

We got some satisfaction.

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Flickr Batch Download Utilities

I love flickr. It's great for sharing my photos, and for finding some wonderful imagery to support my posts (per creative commons licensing in most cases).

But I was bummed that I couldn't batch download my flickr photos to my local machine--until I found these utilities:


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Laws of the House of God

House of God Laws - Rumor has it, when medical interns, residents, and nurses need an attitude adjustment because of what they face all day, they refer to the Laws of The House of God.

The laws come from Samuel Shem's book The House of God. A work of fiction, the novel is loosely based on Shem's year as a medical intern. It's a fast pace, cynical view of medical training that bombs all the Marcus Welby M.D. illusions our culture used to carry about the medical profession.

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The Judoka by W.D. Norwood

The Judoka by W.D. Norwood is a very special book in my life. I first read it many years ago, and find myself returning to it often. As a teen, I trained in Judo for a short while, but with the focus on "Judo" as sport. The practices were physical and focused on technique and competition. So I never considered that Judo was a "Way," in the Eastern sense. Reading The Judoka taught me different.


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Pride and Prejudice - 2005 Version Review

I'm an unusual man, at least in one sense: I love movies adapted from Jane Austen novels.

Note, I've never actually read a Jane Austen novel.

I just like the movies...Well, most of them.

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Unheathly Restaurant Food - Surprise Winners

Worst Unhealthy Restaurant Food - I was shocked with some of the "winners" from Men's Health's 20 Worst Foods In America. Below are a few that surprised me.

Worst Mexican Entree

Chipotle Mexican Grill Chicken Burrito

1,179 calories
47 g fat
125 g carbs
2,656 milligrams (mg) sodium

Sadly, I really like this chicken burrito. I don't have cheese with it, which helps. I guess nixing the tortilla and cheese and going for the chicken bowl instead would be better. Chipotle tortilla is 330 calories.

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Ben Stein Remembers President Gerald Ford

Ben Stein wrote a beautiful obituary/eulogy for President Gerald Ford. His closing is just priceless, and I have to quote it here. Stein said that President Gerald Ford was...

..."A Ford, not a Lincoln, but what a glorious Michigan-made vehicle of the human spirit."

Perfectly Stein, the quote balances humor with an honest sentiment of respect. Well done Ben!

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Miller Ad About Beer and Makeup

Miller Ad About Beer and Makeup - This advertisement (photoshopped?) had me grinning for quite a while...

Miller Ad About Beer and Makeup

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"1234" Lyrics - by Feist

1234 Lyrics by Feist - First heard this song on an Apple Ipod Nano commercial. The tune caught my attention big time. I found the original video for the song (see below). It's actually really clever little vid. Looks like it's a single shot (though certainly not the reality). I'm gonna have to investigate Feist a bit more.

Feist was on The Colbert Report in April 2008. Silly interview but she also performed a song, while Colbert wore the outfit she wore for her 1234 video. Feist said as part of the deal for using her 1234 song for Apple, Steve Jobs somehow managed to get the Canadian a U.S. passport, so Feist has dual Canadian/U.S. citizenship...At least I think she was serious about that.


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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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