Archive for March, 2008

An advantage to having no bones and the ability to change colors.

March 31, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
An advantage to having no bones and the ability to change colors.

In addition to being a very smart animal, the octopus has no bones.  Hence, it can pull off this incredible manuver of sqeezing through a one-inch hole. If you liked the first video, you’ll also enjoy this much more elaborate octopus video from National Geogaphic.

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Visiting Vienna

March 31, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Visiting Vienna

I was visiting a friend of mine in Vienna for the Easter holidays. Here are two things I did which I liked a lot – visiting the Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church) and the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History). If you ever go to Vienna I recommend that you explore them, too (the Arcimboldo exhibition […]

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Institutions of Saint Louis – a little photo safari.

March 30, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Institutions of Saint Louis – a little photo safari.

Because I have a tiny new camera (a Canon SD1100IS), I have lots of excuses for taking photos of familiar things.   It’s amazing how taking photos forces me to see.   It makes me appreciate many of those sights that I otherwise take for granted.  With this new little camera, then, I had an excuse to go […]

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The biggest religious divide: fundamentalists versus everyone else

March 30, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
The biggest religious divide: fundamentalists versus everyone else

In 2006, Andrew Sullivan wrote that there are many forms of belief and that fundamentalism is only one of many forms of religious belief: The alternative to the secular-fundamentalist death spiral is something called spiritual humility and sincere religious doubt. Fundamentalism is not the only valid form of faith, and to say it is, is the […]

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Today’s not so bad news: My bicycle needs major repairs.

March 29, 2008 | By | 6 Replies More
Today’s not so bad news: My bicycle needs major repairs.

My bicycle is not shifting smoothly.  The problem has developed over many months.   I’ve adjusted the cables repeatedly, without success. I received some not so bad news today.   I took my bicycle into a neighborhood bike shop.   The crank teeth are worn down, as are the back sprockets and the chain.  This will be a substantial repair for […]

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Before We Congratulate Ourselves On Our Tolerance and Maturity

March 28, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
Before We Congratulate Ourselves On Our Tolerance and Maturity

The disturbing part of this story is the reactions of so-called medical professionals to this couple’s situation and decision. Now there are two ways to look at this. The one that might make more sense (though certainly no more palatable) is that these physicians et al are concerned with Insurance issues. What’s covered here? How […]

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The daily cost of the Iraq occupation: $720 million

March 27, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
The daily cost of the Iraq occupation: $720 million

What is a meaningful way of understanding the immense amount of money the United States spends in Iraq each day? This simple video by American Friends Service Committee compellingly gets this point across. How does one most fairly frame this issue of what the United States is spending in Iraq? It’s not only a matter […]

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Measure the Dow against anything but dollars, if you dare.

March 27, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Measure the Dow against anything but dollars, if you dare.

Check out the charts in this article by Mike Maloney.  His conclusion?   I think at this point I have proven my point beyond a shadow of a doubt… I think I’ve presented an air tight case… and I think it’s time to pronounce it “case closed”… the general equities markets (a.k.a. stock markets) are crashing, […]

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Charlie Rose tries to understand Iraq

March 26, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Charlie Rose tries to understand Iraq

Charlie Rose is having such a difficult time listening to his guests, because he has so obviously bought into the standard mainstream media view on the Iraq conflict (which is essentially the view developed by the Bush Administration).   He appears simultaneously ignorant yet preachy as two men with genuine familiarity with the people of Iraq repeatedly […]

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