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1st-Apr-2008 01:07 pm - Life and death
Mandala
 This is a fascinating and melancholy photography study of people before and after dying. Some of the blurbs from the people are heartbreaking.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/gallery/2008/mar/31/lifebeforedeath?picture=333325401
26th-Feb-2008 11:39 am - Science fair pics
Dionysos
 Great pictures from science fairs... I love the Crystal Meth: Friend or Foe? We didn't have science fairs at my school. The extending learning program participated in something called Odyssey of the Mind in which a team of students built something a robot or something. My youngest brother was really into it. Anyway, check this out:

http://www.holytaco.com/2008/02/26/science-fair-photos-are-hilarious-informative/#more-585
13th-Feb-2008 09:16 am - I love you, but you love meat...
Star Map
 is the title of a funny article in the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/dining/13incompatible.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

I can appreciate it, but seems like a funny thing to end a relationship over.
28th-Jan-2008 11:57 am - Veggie Express
Star Map
 There seems to be a growing trend towards considering diets that are primarily vegetarian. There are a number of issues raised in this excellent NY Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html) but to me it breaks down like this:

1)  Raising cattle, pigs and chickens is hard on the environment (space, waste, feed). 
2)  Mass producing livestock requires sacrifices in quality of the meat (antibiotics, cheap feed).
3)  Mass producing livestock requires sacrifices in the quality of the animals' lives.

I'm unlikely to ever give up eating meat entirely. I believe that a great steak or roasted chicken is one of the cornerstone joys of humanity. But I could meat once a week (and sometimes do) without a major modification to my diet. Meat will inevitably have to become more expensive and the standards higher in raising livestock.

The reality is that these same standards will have to apply to seafood too. We're badly overfishing the seas.

This article about my favorite football player, Mr. Tony Gonzales, is very inspirational too. His diet is too extreme for my taste, but I respect what he has accomplished: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120122116182915297.html.
16th-Jan-2008 11:21 am - Clinton / Election
Mandala

I should preface by saying that I'm supporting Hillary for president. But this video is very funny. 

http://slatev.com/player.html?id=1377935786

27th-Nov-2007 04:26 pm - Perfect quote
Dionysos

Came across this quote today and just sighed. It seems perfect to me...


Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are -- chaff and grain together -- certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. 
-George Eliot (pen name of Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880)

19th-Nov-2007 02:53 pm - Figaro, Figaro
Dionysos
I've been listening to the NPR:Music playlists for the last few weeks. I just recently found this site and it has a really great set of live opera performances. I just finished the Le Nozze di Figaro (took me about 2 weeks to get through it all).

At the end of Act 4, there is an absolutely beautiful moment, possibly the finest music every written, when the Count and Countess are reunited. I had to just sit back and enjoy it, set down the keyboard, and shut my eyes. 2 minutes of complete and utter bliss.

And the genius of Mozart is that the music is so beautiful, but it is also set perfectly for the voice. I think that it would almost be difficult to sing it poorly.

Here is a brief excerpt, you can start at 1:30 for the "Contessa, perdono."

 
15th-Nov-2007 11:09 am - Strange story of the day
Star Map

I knew that Europe had a very liberal view of prostitution but I didn't know that it went this far. In Switzerland, there is an organization, appropriately called FABS, that arranges sexual visits for the handicapped. My favorite quote was:

"The big difference between the assistants and prostitutes is that the assistants show tenderness and are conscious of the needs of the disabled, rather than rushing and just taking the money."

Check it out for yourself... http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/front/detail/Disabled_sex_assistants_tackle_taboo.html?siteSect=105&sid=6954192&cKey=1155020070000

15th-Nov-2007 08:47 am - The perfect Christmas gifts
Mandala
Finding unique gifts for children can be really hard. This list has some great gift ideas from overseas: http://www.cracked.com/article_15670_25-most-baffling-toys-from-around-world.html.

One of my favorites for the budget conscious shopper. Note the packaging descriptions: Battery, Operated, Creative, Various Music.

 
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