Archive for September 2007
This fragile heart wounded, savvy?
Years ago, that love is silent entity — and I lay behind obscurity.
Later, that love used to be an empathy — which is nothing but to feed her insecurity.
Currently, that love is a duality — shared among the “three” with faint responsibility.
Lust is scant of jealousy, tainted with intimate anonymity.
I’m giving up the effort to appreciate the affection, it’s as if it falls on deaf ears. I’m back to basic. Embracing the idea of being in the state of a dune under the starry night — in the dark of its own form, under the scrutiny of caustic wind.
Alone in the howling desert.
Illustrator Ken Taya is an environment artist for Halo 3. “Having lived in the USA and in Japan, I’ve experienced both acceptance and rejection from both sides. My art comes from my unique understanding and misunderstanding of both cultures…”
If the probability of observing a car in 30 minutes on a highway is 0.95, what is the probability of observing a car in 10 minutes (assuming constant default probability)? How many piano tuners are there in the entire world? Google the answers :)
A 45-year-old father of two and former marine who in internet is 18-year-old marine named Tommy; killed his 22-year-old co-worker who have an online romance affair with a hot 17-year-old Jessica who in real-life is a plump 45-year-old married mother.
Good-bye, habeas corpus. Martial law. AFRICOM. Secret trade agreements. Shanghaied slaves construct US embassy in Iraq. FALCON’s talons. Blackwater. KIA: The neoliberal invasion of India. Privatization of America’s infrastructure. The poor’s vulture funds
A mud and bamboo school in Bangladesh, a sleek highrise in Singapore, a tranquil public square in Beirut–this year’s winners of the Aga Khan Awards for architecture reflect a sweeping view of architecture and its potential to make people’s lives better.
Prototype of a really cool-looking portable house with pop-outs for entry, kitchen and bath. The project pupose is to combine with the constraints of surface a space quality, by creating a comfortable space of life at the height identity character.
What I learned from BUSH:
- Lying is O.K.
- Cheating is O.K.
- Torture is O.K.
- Taking people’s rights is O.K.
- Neglecting the poor is O.K.
- Being a religious hypocrite is O.K.
- Killing is O.K.
- Incompetence is O.K.
- Cronyism is O.K.
10. Fucked up foreign policy is A-O.K.
The creator of Spawn discusses Halo collectibles, controllers and bringing Oz to the big screen. Starting today, McFarlane will be known in yet another area of entertainment: videogame controller designs for Xbox 360.
I’m worried about America. Everybody knows we have an energy deficit, a courtesy deficit and a fiscal deficit. But what I’m worried about is the humor deficit. I think I need a new online abbreviation: IWAJD. That stands for, “It was a joke, dude.”
Photographs of people with Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. In case you didn’t know, an ASBO is something invented by the Labour government to give out to people who are seen as a menace to the community they live in, like the “chavs”.
Are the Rich Necessary? Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values. By Hunter Lewis. Lewis presents the arguments both for and against the free market, allowing readers to judge for themselves.
The Second Life Grid is WHAT makes Second Life possible: a service platform that provides scalable server infrastructure, highly detailed and configurable features, and user-created content that can be leveraged in your own virtual world offering.
Did 22 SDI Researchers really ALL Commit Suicide? Alistair Beckham was working on a pilot program for America’s Strategic Defense Initiative–better known as Star Wars. And like at least 21 of his colleagues, he died a bizarre, violent death.
David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians – Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing – whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide.
Learning to play the guitar can take a good deal of patience, perseverance, and good old fashioned practice.
With her dyed-brown long hair and tight designer jeans, Shoko Tendo looks like any other stylish young Japanese woman — until she removes her shirt to reveal the vivid tattoos covering her back and most of her body.
Full Screen 360 degree VR Panoramas: Great Wall China, Machu Picchu, Petra, Colosseum, Taj Mahal, Christ Redeemer, Chichén Itzá. The New 7 Wonders of the World were announced at a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 – 07.07.07.
Durex Global Sex Survey: whether you have unprotected sex isn’t a matter of being male or female, gay or straight. Where you live, maybe matters. 40% Malaysians at risk of STD infection with 10% rate among 6 partners, who lose virginity at 19 years old.
In the 1940s, archaeologists discovered the ancient city of Seuthopolis. Unfortunately, the discovery came too late, because under construction nearby was a reservoir dam. A circular dam wall project was proposed to preserve the ruins.
A quick list of links to old interviews and forthcoming by Geoff Manaugh.
Administering abdominal cardiopulmonary resuscitation is being proposed: the study “provided 25 percent more blood flow through the heart muscle without retrograde flow in the coronary arteries,” all while reducing the chances of damage to the rib cage.
CB amateur radio at 12. Selling biorhythms at 14. Started the school ski club at 16. Graduate with “own” engineering major with a philosophy loophole: to understand the framework of as many disciplines. MBA: willing to talk about the big picture, not no.
Compilation of Congressman Ron Paul at the Fourth GOP Presidential Debate held in the Whittemore Center at the University of New Hampshire on September 5th, 2007.
Transcript: Republican Presidential Primary Debate (Ron Paul)
WALLACE: Congressman Paul…
Congressman Paul, your position on the war is pretty simple: Get out.
What about, though, trying to minimize the bloodbath that would certainly occur if we pull out in a hurry? What about protecting the thousands of Iraqis who have staked their lives in backing the U.S.? And would you leave troops in the region to take out any al Qaeda camps that are developed after we leave?
PAUL: The people who say there will be a bloodbath are the ones who said it will be a cakewalk or it will be a slam dunk, and that it will be paid for by oil. Why believe them? They’ve been wrong on everything they’ve said.
PAUL: So why not ask the people…
… why not ask the people who advised not to go into the region and into the war? The war has not gone well one bit.
Yes, I would leave. I would leave completely. Why leave the troops in the region? It was the fact that we had troops in Saudi Arabia — was one of the three reasons given for the attack on 9/11.
So why leave them in the region? They don’t want our troops on the Arabian Peninsula. We have no need for our national security to have troops on the Arabian Peninsula.
And going into Iraq and Afghanistan and threatening Iran is the worst thing we can do for our national security. I am less safe, the American people are less safe for this.
It’s the policy that is wrong. Tactical movements and shifting troops around and taking in the 30 more and reducing by five — totally irrelevant.
We need a new foreign policy that said we ought to mind our own business, bring our troops home, defend this country, defend our borders…
WALLACE: Congressman Paul — and I’d like you to take 30 seconds to answer this — you’re basically saying that we should take our marching orders from Al Qaida? If they want us off the Arabian Peninsula, we should leave?
PAUL: I’m saying we should take our marching orders from our Constitution. We should not go to war…
PAUL: We should not go to war without a declaration. We should not go to war when it’s an aggressive war. This is an aggressive invasion. We’ve committed the invasion of this war. And it’s illegal under international law.
That’s where I take my marching orders, not from any enemy.
PAUL: Can I respond…
HUME (?): Go ahead. You wanted to respond. He just addressed you. You go ahead and respond.
PAUL: The American people didn’t go in. A few people advising this administration, a small number of people called the neoconservatives hijacked our foreign policy. They’re responsible, not the American people. They’re not responsible. We shouldn’t punish them.
HUCKABEE: Congressman, we are one nation. We can’t be divided. We have to be one nation, under god. That means if we make a mistake, we make it as a single country: the United States of America, not the divided states of America.
PAUL: No, when we make a mistake — when we make a mistake, it is the obligation of the people, through their representatives, to correct the mistake, not to continue the mistake.
HUCKABEE: And that’s what we do on the floor of the Senate.
PAUL: No, we’ve dug a hole for ourselves and we’ve dug a hole for our party. We’re losing elections and we’re going down next year if we don’t change it, and it has all to do with foreign policy and we have to wake up to this fact.
HUCKABEE: Even if we lose elections, we should not lose our honor, and that is more important (inaudible) the Republican Party.
PAUL: We have lost over 5,000 Americans killed in — we’ve lost over 5,000 Americans over there in Afghanistan, in Iraq and plus the civilians killed. How many more you want to lose? How long are you going to be there?
How long — what do we have to pay to save face? That’s all we’re doing, is saving face. It’s time we came home.
HUME: Gentleman, thank you.
WALLACE: Congressman Paul, your answer is to cut both taxes and spending. You say that you would eliminate the IRS, the CIA, the Federal Reserve, the Department of Homeland Security, …
WALLACE: I know that you used to want to end the FBI. I’m not sure whether you still support that idea, sir. Perhaps you can tell us. But if you get rid of the CIA, let alone the FBI, how would President Paul have any idea, any intelligence of what our enemies, foreign and domestic, are up to?
PAUL: Well, you might ask a better question. Before 9/11, we were spending $40 billion a year, and the FBI was producing numerous information about people being trained on airplanes, to fly them but not land them. And they totally ignored them.
So it’s the inefficiency of the bureaucracy that is the problem. So, increasing this with the Department of Homeland Security and spending more money doesn’t absolve us of the problem. Yes, we have every right in the world to know something about intelligence gathering. But we have to have intelligent people interpreting this information.
PAUL: But you know, just going for increasing presidential powers, as has been discussed, is rather disturbing to me. This whole idea that we’re supposed to sacrifice liberty for security, we’re advised against that. Don’t we remember that when you sacrifice liberty for security, you lose both? That’s what’s happening in this country today.
PAUL: We have — we have a national ID card on our doorsteps, it is being implemented right now. We have FISA courts. We have warrantless searches. We’ve lost habeas corpus. We’ve had secret prisons around the world and we have torture going on.
That’s un-American, and we need to use the power of the presidency to get it back in order, in order to take care of us and protect this country and our liberties.
HUME: And we are back, from the University of New Hampshire and the Whittemore Center Arena, known to all here in Durham as the WIC.
This round of questions is going to be based on a scenario which we think is quite plausible, that any of you as president might well end up facing. It concerns Iran.
And these are the circumstances: It’s nuclear program has continued to advance. U.N. weapons inspectors are now saying that it appears that Iran is on the verge of being able to produce and may even be producing nuclear weapons.
Iran has suspended its cooperation with the U.N. nuclear agency and asked the inspectors to leave the country.
Cross-border incidents in Iraq involving elements of the Revolutionary Guards have continued to increase and are a continuing problem for U.S. forces there and for the Iraqis as well.
HUME: The U.N. Security Council has imposed some economic sanctions on Iran, but has refused to authorize the use of force against that country. In addition, the threats by Iran’s leader against Israel have become more pronounced and more extreme. What do you do?
PAUL: Well, one thing I would remember very clearly is the president doesn’t have the authority to go to war.
HUME: So what…
PAUL: He goes to the Congress.
HUME: … do you do? So what do you do?
PAUL: He goes to the Congress and finds out if there’s any threat to our national security. And thinking back to the 1960s, when I was in the Air Force for five years, and there was a Cold War going on, and the Soviets had 40,000, and we stood them down, and we didn’t have to have a nuclear confrontation, I would say that we should go very cautiously.
We should back off. We should be talking to Iran right now. We shouldn’t be looking for the opportunity to attack them. They are at the present time, according to the IAEA, cooperating. And by the end of the year, they’re supposed to be willing to reveal all that they are doing.
PAUL: So instead of looking for this scenario where it is inevitable that we have to attack, I think that we ought to be talking about how to get along with some people that are deadly, like the Soviets and the Chinese and the many others. We don’t have to resort to war every single time there is a confrontation.
They are not a threat to Israel. Israel has 200 or 300 nuclear missiles, and they can take care of themselves. So you shouldn’t assume that we have to jump in and go to war, and we certainly shouldn’t do it without the consent of the Congress.
HUME: Thank you, sir, thank you.
[More: Open Letter to Fox News]
Jon Stewart summarizing current U.S. foreign policy:
The $30.4 billion being promised to Israel is $9.1 billion more than Israel has received over the past decade, an increase of nearly 43%. Meaning the Arabs are sponsoring the Israelis with the $20 billion arms deal to kill themselves in 30.4 billion ways.
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The Meaning of Merdeka
Celebrating Labourers, Migrants and Refugees*
September 8, 2007 : 11am to 8pm
Central Market Annexe, 3rd Floor Kuala Lumpur
Join us for a day of joyous dance, song, music and food as we celebrate the lives of labourers, migrants and refugees in Malaysia! Listen to their stories, look at their photos, taste their traditional food,and see cultural performances from Burma, Nepal and the Philippines. Watch documentaries about the lives of migrants and refugees. See what you can do to protect and help migrants and refugees in Malaysia.
*This programme is organised by the Migration Working Group in conjunction with 50:44, a coalition of civil society groups celebrating the 50th year of the Independence of Malaya and the 44th year of the Federation of Malaysia.
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The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.
Christopher Hitchens is wanking over her bones as we speak: “Where is my faith?” she wrote. “Even deep down? there is nothing but emptiness and darkness… If there be God ? please forgive me.”
He is a British-American author, journalist and literary critic. The former Trotskyist is known for his iconoclasm, atheism, antitheism and anti-monarchism. He is also noted for his acerbic wit and his noisy departure from the Anglo-American leftist.
Europe! 400 million of us dictate the taste of six billion people. We decide what is beautiful and what is good behaviour. Our rules are contagious and are voluntarily complied with by all others. No one is afraid of us, yet we are immensely popular.
It’s not easy to write about prostitution in a totally honest way because it is painful. Painful like being a 13-year-old girl saving her virginity for marriage and being held down and robbed of that. I am embarrassed to talk about my pain, when I’m hur
This is the creation of Justin Sandercoe a London-based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer and educator. Justin leverages his site and YouTube to give FREE guitar lessons. He has over 100 free guitar lessons and more than 17K YouTube subscribers.
Leafy Seadragons, Sun Bear, Komondor Dog, Angora Rabbit, Red Panda, Sloth, Emperor Tamarin, White-faced Saki Monkey, Tapir, Hagfish, Star-Nosed mole, Pink Fairy Armadillo, Axolotl, Aye-Aye, Alpaca, Tarsier, Narwhal, Pygmy Marmoset, Blobfish, Kiwa Hirsuta.
This document describes the various keyboard combinations that you can use with the flight simulator features of Google Earth. To enter the flight simulator mode, press Ctrl + Alt + A (Command/Open Apple Key + Option + A on the Mac).
Because psychiatrists take care of patients struggling with emotional, personal and relational problems, the gap between the religiousness of the average psychiatrist and her average patient may make it difficult for them to connect on a human level.
Use IP address, Use Google cache,Use an Anonymizer, Use Online Translation Tools, Use Google Mobile search, Use a public Proxy server, Get web pages via email, Use Tor Distributed Proxy, Your own proxy server, Use alternate content providers
BB attorney forumer: Rights are not absolute, but exist in a dynamic tension with other people’s rights, legitimate public interests, and governmental interests. Classic example–free speech and the absence of a right to shout “fire” in a crowded theater.
One of his favourite characters was the overly censorious Ambi Mohan (short anagram). “These articles generated quite a few angry responses. Perhaps it was a little mean of me to take advantage of gullible readers.” Satire is lost amongst the Malaysians.
Ars Thanea is creative studio (based in Warsaw, Poland) focused on new technologies, creation and design. The blog tracking the newest trends in interactive design.
The site tells several different stories about people who live in the city. Each room is single tale about people’s life. They are connected together. You can watch one of them or navigate through and watch the whole story. Nice soundtrack and execution
Rythm of the Lines is the promotional site of new Audi A5. Excellent example of use Papervision3D. Users can create their own piece of art on-line using keyboard: creating lines & change camera angles that synchronise with ambient sound.
A plucked string, like that on a guitar, can be described by linear systems theory. So how does a violin string vibrate? This question was first answered by Hermann von Helmholtz 140 years ago. Helmhotz motion: “V”-shape movement along the string.
Far from the fame and glamour of the Booker and bestsellers is a forgotten world of literary treasures – brilliant but underrated novels that deserve a second chance to shine. We asked 50 celebrated writers to nominate their favourites.
The CureHunter is the world’s only fully unified and integrated numeric index of all known drugs, biologically active agents, diseases and empirical statements of all effective clinical outcomes published in the United States National Library of Medicine.
ElectroCity is a new online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It’s great fun to play and also teaches players all about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand.
You’re working long, but “long” and “hard” are now two different things. Hard work meant more work in the past. The future is not about time at all. The future is about work that’s really and truly hard, not time-consuming. Hard work is about risk.
The summer house is built with the purpose to provide artists with time to work in tranquillity. The larch wood cladding on the exterior of the house is designed to provide the interior space with a variety of light and shadows through the day.
The glass box is placed upon the platform–a concrete box–like a hut, is a belvedere to which one rises from within the house. Below, the cave is a refuge. Above the hut, an urn, is a space from which to contemplate nature.
The house design creates a separation between work life and private life: the architectural studio faces north and is public, while the very private living side faces south to the woods, which are appreciated as a natural garden needing no maintenance.