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It seems to me that you are just another, rather egregious, example of a self-publicizing fanatic, who is ready to spend all that time on a highly biased position! Aren't you really saying "I don't care what you call me, just call me and call me and ...
This from current issue of Newsweek: Posted Friday, October 23, 2009 1:46 PM Sarah Palin's Book Is Already on Clearance Holly Bailey screenshot of Amazon.com, 10/23/09 With just under a month to go before it’s released to the masses, Sarah Palin’s upcoming autobiography, Going Rogue, has already been near the top of Amazon’s bestseller list for weeks. But lately the books pricing by Amazon is sinking seriously! Of course, it would be absolutely positively un-American for Wal-Mart to back down from its promise of offering people the absolute lowest price, and now they’re reportedly charging $8.98 for the Palin opus.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2009 at My Blog
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and here is charming evidence of it snapped in a model town: There are many Mao statues in China, but obviously a few other "socialist heros" are remembered!Related articles by Zemanta China Gang Bust: Chongqing Communist Officials on Trial (time.com) Mining Taiwan's Darker History (nytimes.com) Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at My Blog
From telegraph.co.uk, but where else! 50 most annoying things about the internet Last month we listed 50 things being killed by the internet. Now here's a selection of the trends we wish could be consigned to the waste bin - the most annoying things on the web. Related articles by Zemanta "Sarah Palin To Go On Oprah, Winfrey's Fans Aren't Pleased" and related posts (newsbusters.org) Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at My Blog
I subscribe to Twine (http://bit.ly/4mkzON) and got this pearl concept there: The Power of Inquiry “We’re all naturally curious,” says Allyson Graul, who worked with commissioners as director of the Youth Civic Engagement Center at Alternatives, Inc. in Hampton. “But in so many ways our society has shut down our curiosity and replaced it with these right-wrong answers. Our school system has created young people who are just about getting the ‘right’ answer without really looking beyond that.” Melia Reschools Herself Last fall, Melia Dicker, 28, went to her middle-school dance. And to third-grade recess. And senior English. For her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at My Blog
Image via Wikipedia Here's the lede from the G&M: In reaching out to Anglicans, is Pope a peacemaker or a poacher? In a bold move, Benedict XVI offers a home to Anglicans who have broken with their church over women priests and gay unions So much for the moralizing rectitude of Pope Benny and the Vatican and Opus Dei and . . . In my book they're all phonies anyway! Do you, like me, detect some evil presence in that smile?Related articles by Zemanta The Anglican Communion did WHAT? (getreligion.org) Pope: Anglicans, Liturgy, Welcome! .. (firstthings.com) Vatican Lets Dissatisfied Anglicans... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at My Blog
Image by Piero Sierra via Flickr Now that I am a few weeks into my 75th year I realize that I have become more ruminative. I realize that I don't eat KFC, except when I'm in China and as little MacDo as possible. I don't know if there is a direct connection but I also have little "stomach acid" or headaches or joint pain. I am one lucky dude, heh! Will Self, who pens many useful thoughts, some constructive but these are destructive about KFC or whatever they call themselves this year: But what does it taste like? A tricky... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2009 at My Blog
Image via Wikipedia On a day like this it seems to be pouring serendipity out there and it seems that there is never enough time to do all, read all, know all and enjoy all as you would like. That's what I am feeling today, a downpour of serendipity! But maybe I am an older and possibly wiser bipolar because I can and do take the time to consider the torrent of notions and "great ideas" pouring through my mind. It also helps me to take time off and play some duplicate Bridge because I have to face my mental... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at My Blog
Image by Getty Images via Daylife In his NY Times column this morning he uses his interpretation of the movie "Where the Wild Thngs are" and a 21st century philosopher's view about character to zero in on a significant aspect of our way of being. Here's an excerpt: In the philosopher’s picture, the good life is won through direct assault. Heroes use reason to separate virtue from vice. Then they use willpower to conquer weakness, fear, selfishness and the dark passions lurking inside. Once they achieve virtue they do virtuous things. In the psychologist’s version, the good life is won... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at My Blog
Image by Getty Images via Daylife Here's a new word "gazumped" as in " Apple gazumped Microsoft’s party"! The sense I get is that today Apple will make product announcements that could steal thunder from Microsoft's Thursday launch of Win 7. Related articles by Zemanta "Apple Earnings up on strong iPhone, Mac sales" and related posts (inquisitr.com) "Motorola Droid hands on!" and related posts (boygeniusreport.com) Windows 7 works fine with Zune HD, iTunes 9 (news.cnet.com) Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at My Blog
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I got a sendoff in the Dalian Airport: Yes, that's me in the middle. The frazzled look was caused by lack of sleep during my last night in my studio apt and my stunned joy because I was finally leaving D. That's a view of construction cranes looking away from Dalian's International Airport. Now the Domestic airlines Terminal in Beijing. I am still 20 minutes from the International Terminal which we get to by shuttle train. The main lobby of the International Terminal, And what else in a the biggest airport terminal in China but a piece of fine pottery... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at My Blog
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I live close to the North Arm of the Fraser River in South Vancouver, just by Burnaby. We have a special pathway here, Alder Walk. I know that's no Alder. Just some funny flowers that adorn the way into the Walk! On the way down I spotted Désirée and Shara perched on a rock that juts out of the ground part way down the walk. Earlier I visited my favorite used book store on Commercial Drive, the Bibliofile. Scott who owns the books and the store improvements likes to talk about books and politics and . . . As you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at My Blog
Image by Camilla Ferrari via Flickr I kinda liked this stuff from a weirdness angle from HuffPo! Related articles by Zemanta "Kourtney Kardashian: Burglarized!" and related posts (thehollywoodgossip.com) "Balloon Boy declared a hoax" and related posts (theblemish.com) Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at My Blog
Image by Getty Images via Daylife We haven't heard the last about this: Your request is being processed... Emaciation Proclamation: Ralph Lauren Makes A Super-Skinny Statement On The Runway, Too (PHOTOS) Read more at: Related articles by Zemanta De-touching the lollipop-headed Ralph Lauren image that prompted a legal threat (boingboing.net) Another impossibly skinny Ralph Lauren model (boingboing.net) Photoshopped Model Says Ralph Lauren Fired Her Because She Was Overweight [Badvertising] (consumerist.com) Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at My Blog
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Gives me the impression of a David Hockney landscape! This was skitched (clipped) from a BBC page! Related articles by Zemanta RBS to make art collection public (news.bbc.co.uk) Instant Art (digital-teacher.co.uk) A brush with the digital art revolution (guardian.co.uk) Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at My Blog
Image via Wikipedia With the death of William Safire some who admired his version of English language standards have written thus: With computer communication threatening to corrupt our language beyond intelligibility, it is more important than ever to uphold usage that has precedent and to limit change to what is sensible and useful. Our criteria should be Fowler, Strunk and White, the O.E.D., Webster — not Chaucer. A few key words here; usage that has precedent and limit change to what is sensible and useful. So correct usage in English depends on it having a precedent. But the English language... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at My Blog
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at My Blog
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Image by Getty Images via DaylifeThis was skitched from a slideshow in this morning's NY Times: You must go to the article site to view the audio slideshow. Also look for the link to videos of Hockney doing and explaining where and why he is at where he is now as an artist. Great stuff. I especially love the vivid colours and the freshness of composition. For me he is showing me an enhancement of nature that I usually see! The camera can't do that, no matter how intrepid the photographer. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at My Blog
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China is mostly about authoritarian governance and soul-less capitalism. Here's visual evidence of that: There are so many images of perverse materialism in China. I have lived there and most of the time images on the street seem to be parodies of what we in the West consider normality. And then because China has an authoritarian government, we read this about the future of coal in China! Related articles by Zemanta Architects of Ruin (powerlineblog.com) "The engine of unbridled capitalism, with its unfair system of thought, has reached the end of the road and is unable to move." (althouse.blogspot.com) Greed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at My Blog
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Image via WikipediaGiven all that has been said before court, during court and after, I probably won't cover new territory. But I gotta have my say! The purveyors of this kind of junk must be full time perverts since they have to resort to Photoshop to fine tune the original. They are perverts in the same sense that Michael Jackson had a perverted sense about his own physical appearance! To think that these appearance perverts have the exagerated sense of their aesthetic sense! What a sad joke! Now let's contemplate the morphed image: The sooner our Western culture gets immired... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at My Blog
Image via Wikipedia Yes, I feel like I am in the middle of a bipolar up period. I fantasize about spending money and find ways of spending within my means today. So I'm feeling the euphoria but I can mostly control it. It's obvious to me that if I had lotsa money I would be spending like a drunken sailor for food, drink of all kinds, cars, electronic toys, travel and on and on! In a way it's kinda neat to muse about the fantasizing because it seems to give me better inner perspective on what is going on in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at My Blog
Image via Wikipedia By David Runciman, an excerpt: The evidence that Wilkinson and Pickett supply to make their case is overwhelming. Whether the test is life expectancy, infant mortality, obesity levels, crime rates, literacy scores, even the amount of rubbish that gets recycled, the more equal the society the better the performance invariably is. In graph after graph measuring various welfare functions, the authors show that the best predictor of how countries will rank is not the differences in wealth between them (which would result in the US coming top, with the Scandinavian countries and the UK not too far... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2009 at My Blog
Excerpted from cbc.ca: Naked baby ad rejected by Calgary Transit Last Updated: Friday, October 16, 2009 | 4:56 PM MT Comments90Recommend27 CBC News Calgary Transit rejected this image of Ron Mueck's 2006 sculpture, A Girl, taken at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in Ottawa. (Photo courtesy of NGC) Calgary Transit has rejected a Glenbow Museum advertising campaign showing a sculpture of a naked newborn baby. Senior managers made the decision after reviewing a photo of the sculpture, said spokeswoman Theresa Keddy. "We have to take into consideration opinions from all Calgarians, and community standards, so it was our decision... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2009 at My Blog
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A collection of photos in NY Times tweaked my memory and I surfed to a Wikipedia article about Charlevoix County which is on the north shore of the St-Lawrence River. Yes, the Manoir Richelieu and Cap à l'Aigle are the main tourist attractions but I find that this view of La Malbaie is a standout and using the photo doesn't make me feel even slightly guilty: The first time I drove in this beautiful part of Québec I was a young wet behind the ears systems engineer with IBM Canada Ltd. The purpose of my ride was to continue on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2009 at My Blog