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surviving the world

May 31st, 2009 No comments

http://survivingtheworld.net

You won’t be able to stop clicking!

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An elephant never forgets?

May 27th, 2009 No comments

There is an oft-quoted story about how elephants are trained for the circus.  As this story is related, the elephant trainer will attach one of the elephant’s rear legs to a post in the ground via an iron chain.  Hard as it might try, the elephant cannot pull free and eventually it gives up.  For the remainder of the elephant’s life, it can now be held with a simple string tied to the back leg.

A bit of research into actual training techniques shows this to be a simplification, though the essence is apparently true.  It seems there are actually two posts used, one on the front and one on the rear, and the elephant is also beaten in order to achieve complete dominance.

But let’s stick to the simpler story for now, as it is more useful in illustrating the point.  And the point is?  The story is of course a metaphor for how we live our own lives. 

How many things did we learn to accept as children that are no longer valid?

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Machinist? Artist? Fanatic?

May 25th, 2009 No comments

Whatever you call it, this is an amazing photo-journal of what must be a labor of love.

http://acidcow.com/pics/2059-russian-wall-e-case-mod-110-pics.html

What could you create with your own skills with that kind of commitment?

 

Statue

Categories: Inspirational Tags: ,

My (Personal) Space

May 24th, 2009 No comments

Turns out there is a neurological basis for personal space – mirror neurons.  Though this obviously begs the question of how cultural differences affect how we perceive this space.  I wonder how mirror neurons react to bad breath.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/04/mirrormirror/

 

wooden moose

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Where do you find meaning?

May 23rd, 2009 No comments

Let’s start with something meaningful.  More than five minutes, but if you’re the deep-thinking type you’ll get a kick out of it.

http://users.aristotle.net/~diogenes/meaning1.htm

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Categories: Thinker Tags: , , ,