Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Monkey King

Sun Wukong ,the Monkey King, is perhaps the most famous and beloved fictional character in all of classical Chinese literature and the main character in Journey to the West. A magician, priest, ruler, sage, and warrior in the shape of a monkey, he is the mischievous protagonist of Journey to the West, based on popular tales dating back to the Tang dynasty. The novel narrates his adventures from birth, in particular how he accompanied the monk Xuanzang, also known as Sanzang or Tangseng, to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India. Some scholars believe he is based upon the legend of Hanuman, the Indian monkey hero from the ancient Ramayana epic.
Sun Wukong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Defense contractor: I paid $1 million in bribes: "Defense contractor: I paid $1 million in bribes - A defense contractor admitted Friday that he paid a California congressman more than $1 million in bribes in exchange for millions more in government contracts."

What if we all paid off our credit cards: "What if we all paid off our credit cards - As another month draws to a close, and we send off another payment to our credit card company, Bryan in New Haven, Conn., has had a little daydream. What would happen if we all paid off our credit card balances -- in full, all at once"

Two Cents: "Two Cents - The most mind-boggling cell-phone behavior you've ever witnessed From cw"

Monday, February 27, 2006

Ancient Chinese: Language of God: "Ancient Chinese: Language of God - Is God real Where did man come from What about the Bible, is it true
Where can you find such answers One place to look is back in history. There ar some intriguing explanations found in a culture that existed over one thousand years before the first words of the Bible were written down. ....From SDFLKJ"

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American Conservative: War in Error: "American Conservative: War in Error - ... When President Bush in September 2001 launched the United States on a global war against terrorism, he scornfully abandoned the law-enforcement approach to which previous administrations had adhered. To all but the most militant true believers, it has become increasingly evident that in doing so Bush committed an error of the first order...From Juniper"

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Fellowship of the Ring - HD vs DVD quality comparison

Wonder if the quality of HD is going to be much better than DVD? Check out these screenshots from "The Fellowship of the Ring" DVD transfer and rollover to compare them to their HD counterpart. The difference is amazing!

The HD screencaps have been sampled down to DVD resolution, so be sure to click on them to get the full effect.

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I.R.S. Goes after churches: "I.R.S. Goes after churches - The I.R.S. said yesterday that it saw a sharp increase in prohibited political activity by charities and churches in the last election cycle, a trend that it aims to reverse as the country heads into the midterm elections."

You'll be missed Don.

Don Knotts, TV's Lovable Nerd, Dies at 81: "Don Knotts, TV's Lovable Nerd, Dies at 81 - Don Knotts, the skinny, lovable nerd who kept generations of television audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on 'TheAndy Griffith Show,' has died. He was 81.From cw"

Friday, February 24, 2006

Blacks in Nazi Germany

In 1920s there were 24,000 blacks living in Germany. Here's how it happened and how many of them were eventually caught unawares by the events of the Holocaust. blog.myspace.com/queenrulahzigzagziggala

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Hanging With The Homeless 02/22/06: Why dude clean my rims in the rain!?: "Man! It was raining so hard in AtlantaI had to call the team and make sure we were still onHonestly even I thought about calling it offBut the more I thought that people actually depend on that Wednes..."

(Via DAndresDREAM.com - MySpace Blog.)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

How Things Work - Explaining the physics of everyday life

A colossal list of digg-worthy questions.

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Save your battery while watching DVDs in OS X

Instructions on how to copy DVDs to your hard drive so you can watch them without running down your battery. Looks like a good way to get through an entire movie on a plane without running out of power.

This use to be a feature of the operating system, but Apple removed it in recent versions.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Archaeologists get ancient audio from grooves on Pompeii pottery

French archaeologists have taken pottery from ancient Pompeii and played the grooves back like a record to get the sounds of the pottery workshop, including laughter. Click "Lire la vidéo" to play the short video which contains a sample of the audio.

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Chris Boden gets his ass kicked by a 10 year old.: "Chris Boden gets his ass kicked by a 10 year old. - Owned, hardcore.From Alphageek"

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Millions of Katrina aid wasted, review finds: "Millions of Katrina aid wasted, review finds - Well, we have to give Team Bush this: they are consistent. So far, every single thing the administration has touched has been found to be rife with fraud and abuse. They steal form every pot.From Exposing the Criminals"

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Psychology of Color

"Like death and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous. Yet what does it all mean? Why are people more relaxed in green rooms? Why do weightlifters do their best in blue gyms?"

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Arrested for asking for quiet in cinema

An Australian tourist has been charged with assault after telling a Texas woman to stop talking on her mobile phone at the movies.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Young Bush Appointee Resigns His Post at NASA

George C. Deutsch, the presidential appointee at NASA who told a Web designer to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang, resigned yesterday. Common sense has prevailed.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Black sergeant was 'loyal Klansman': "Black sergeant was 'loyal Klansman' - About 25 years ago, Ron Stallworth was asked to lead the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Colorado Springs. Problem was, the outgoing Klan leader didn't know that Stallworth is black.
'He asked me to take over the lead because I was a good, loyal Klansman,' said Stallworth, who had been in constant phone contact with the Klan leader while leading a yearlong Colorado Springs police investigation into the Klan.From Nony"

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Theories of Creation: "Theories of Creation - If not all, then most of them. I wonder which one is the only True One!"

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Blair-Bush deal before Iraq war revealed in secret memo: "Blair-Bush deal before Iraq war revealed in secret memo - ...A memo of a two-hour meeting between the two leaders at the White House on January 31 2003 - nearly two months before the invasion - reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons programme."

Hundreds of dead pets found in woods: "Hundreds of dead pets found in woods - Hundreds of dead cats, dogs and other animals were found in two wooded areas of West Virginia, the state Division of Natural Resources said Thursday.More than 250 dead animals have been identified, inventoried and photographed, the state said. They included animals with rabies vaccination and name tags, indicating they were pets."

WHY BUSH WILL NOT BE IMPEACHED: "WHY BUSH WILL NOT BE IMPEACHED - There are 100 US Senators and 435 US Representatives in the USCongress; the impeachment process begins in the House ofRepresentatives and is completed with a form of 'trial' in the USSenate. Most people have no idea of the many steps involved in theimpeachment process. New Chief Justice John Roberts isConstitutionally required as the Chief Justice to be the 'Judge' overany impeachment trial in the US Senate"

The Wisdom of Parasites

Ampulex compressa, a species of wasp, is able to modify the neural networks of cockroaches, turning them into "zombies".

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Diablo III may happen after all

Company job postings call for art leads to work on unannounced PC title from the crew behind the first two Diablo games.

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Search Companys Reveal What They Know About You!

This is what they said through a survey by CNet. Interesting reading.

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Jan 2006 // This Month In Finity: "

This Month In Finity is a regular installment of artifacts and developments in humanity’s never-ending quest for truth and meaning. In Finity recognizes the importance that science, philosophy, religion, etc. play in establishing our identities and satisfying our eternal curiosity, not to mention in finding peace and balance. Be it quantum physics, zen meditation, tribal dance and music, Epictetus’ Discourses, or The Sermon on the Mount — all will find common ground here, and hopefully, a common voice with which to share their insight.

This month*: Clarence Larkin’s Bible Charts, Empathy Neurons, Michael Sosteric’s Mystical-Scientific Bridge, The Neuroscience Of Meditation, & Are Animals Self-Aware?

*a little late, due to a weekend trip and some technical problems.

Press play to start this issue’s music inside your browser (requires Flash), or use the title link to do with it as you will.

Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint (excerpt) - played by Pat Metheny

Clarence Larkin’s Bible Charts

The books and charts by Clarence Larkin have been extremely helpful to Christians since they were first published over 75 years ago. They have passed into the public domain and we are making some of the charts available here as an aid to Bible study. Larkin’s charts are well thought out and Scriptually sound. Some of the more detailed are books in themselves. They reveal Larkin’s vast knowledge of the Scriptures and phenomenal grasp of prophecy. Practically all of the prophecy teachers today got their basic prophecy knowledge directly or indirectly from Larkin and C. I. Scolfield. Larkin’s works, as well as Scolfield’s, are definitive, works that will endure until Christ’s return. No other book since their publishing over 75 years ago has much improved on them.

Empathy Neurons

Six years ago, Edge published a now-famous essay by neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran (…) entitled ‘Mirror Neurons and imitation learning as the driving force behind ‘the great leap forward’ in human evolution’. This was the first time that many in the Edge community heard of mirror neurons which were discovered by Iaccomo Rizzolati of the University of Parma in 1995. In his essay, Rama made the startling prediction that mirror neurons would do for psychology what DNA did for biology by providing a unifying framework and help explain a host of mental abilities that have hitherto remained mysterious and inaccessible to experiments. He further suggested ‘that the emergence of a sophisticated mirror neuron system set the stage for the emergence, in early hominids, of a number of uniquely human abilities such as proto-language (facilitated by mapping phonemes on to lip and tongue movements), empathy, ‘theory of other minds’, and the ability to ‘adopt another’s point of view’.

In the past few years, mirror neurons have come into their own as the next big thing in neuroscience, and while the jury is still out on Rama’s prediction, it’s obvious that something important is unfolding (…)

Michael Sosteric’s Mystical-Scientific Bridge

Back when I started this in 2002 I couldn’t talk about this to my colleagues. The problem was, I had no scientific frame of reference. The only reference I had was the New Age movement or New Age spiritualities and while I personally had to admit that something was going on that couldn’t be explained within the standard materialist cannon, there was no way I could use the lingo of the New Age movement in respectable scientific circles. (…)

And so there I was existing in two worlds all at once. I had a traditional academic career and a blossoming career as a mystic and I couldn’t figure out how to bridge the two. (…)

The mantra is simple: ’Consciousness is the root of all things.’

It is the collective realization of this simple axiomatic principle and the gradual unfolding of our understanding of it that will unify science, bridge it with mysticism, and usher in an entirely new paradigm of scholarly inquiry.

The Neuroscience Of Meditation

The 14th incarnation of the Living Buddha of Compassion approaches the podium, clears his throat, and blows his nose loudly. ‘So now I am releasing my stress,’ he says. The audience dissolves into laughter.

The Dalai Lama is here to give a speech titled ‘The Neuroscience of Meditation.’ Over the past few years, he has supplied about a dozen Tibetan Buddhist monks to Richard Davidson, a prominent neuroscience professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Davidson’s research created a stir among brain scientists when his results suggested that, in the course of meditating for tens of thousands of hours, the monks had actually altered the structure and function of their brains.

Are Animals Self-Aware?

The central issue in this volume is where self-reflective consciousness should be situated among the numberless gradations hypothesized by Darwin. One can ask, perhaps too simplistically, did self-reflective consciousness evolve before or after language? A better question would be, which gradations of self-reflective consciousness require language and which do not?


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How to Know When Unsubscribing Isn't Safe: "What if unsubscribing from an e-mail newsletter actually prompted the publisher to sell your e-mail address to spammers? This article describes an easy, free way to know in advance whether it's safe to unsubscribe from an e-mail list. It also reveals secrets of some innocent-looking unsubscribe forms that are not safe to use."

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NPR reviews under-the-radar fuel source that may be ideal for US: "Switch grass can produce 1000 gallons of fuel per acre. At even $1.50/gallon, that's a gross of $1500/acre. No other crop we grow has that potential."

(Via digg.)

HA HA HA AMERICA: "HA HA HA AMERICA - A translated harangue from China to the U.S.A. that laughs at our missteps."

The Top Ten Hybrid Myths: "The Top Ten Hybrid Myths - The Top Ten Hybrid MythsFrom Surfer"

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Women sue Wal-Mart over (lack of) contraception: "Women sue Wal-Mart over (lack of) contraception - Three Massachusetts women backed by pro-abortion rights groups sued Wal-Mart on Wednesday, saying the retail giant violated state law by failing to stock emergency contraception pills in its pharmacies.From cw"

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Kenya outraged by Kiwi 'dog food' relief: "Kenya outraged by Kiwi 'dog food' relief - Officials in drought-stricken Kenya recoiled with outrage to a plan by a New Zealand woman to send 'dog food' for starving children, even as she said the product was fit for human consumption.

Describing the idea as 'absurd,' 'insulting,' 'offensive' and 'immoral,' officials vehemently rejected the donation for children threatened by famine and said they would put measures in place to prevent any similar assistance.From Popper"

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Billy Smith's Psychic Test: "Billy Smith's Psychic Test - Focus all of your psychic energies on the pictures below.When you have determined which person is the real Billy Smith,click on that picture and discover if you indeed are psychic!From cw"

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BitTorrent Client Shootout

Good article comparing Popular BitTorrent Clients including BitTorrent, µTorrent, BitTornado, Azureus, BitComet, BitLord

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