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|20080703 231010 Z||Lego Darth Vader Canteen Incident||www.youtube. … ch?v=muaAZE0M3LU||Oscar||Animation, Chill, Cool, Cute, Funny, Kids, Live Action, Star Wars, Videos||There are a number of Eddie Izzard skits re-enacted with legos, but I think this was the best of the bunch since my son plays so much of the Lego Star Wars computer game. The F-word but my kids loved it!|
|20080716 015502 Z||Harry Enfield - Women Keep Your Virtue||youtube.com/ … ch?v=JZ0jRuASVEQ||Funny, TV, Videos||Funny stuff. Leads to other goodies like Women: Know Your Limits! Public Announcement: Harry Enfield [http://youtube.com/watch?v=LS37SNYjg8w].|
|20080718 222946 Z||Watchmen Trailer||www.trailera … watchmen/trailer||digg.com/mov … Trailer_is_HERE_||Comics, Cool, Images, Live Action, Movies, Videos||This preview is for Watchmen (2009) a movie scheduled for release 2009-03-06. Good timing to release the preview on the Day that The Dark Knight (2009) comes out. The Watchmen (1986) was straight, serious, cynical work, and is probably the most critically acclaimed graphic novel to date. The trailer looks true to the original: beautiful but gritty.|
|20080722 140353 Z||Not Giving a Fuck!||www.youtube. … S5xOZ7Rq8&fmt=18||Crude, Funny, Language, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Videos||Funny, profane stuff by jonlajoie. Leads to other goodies like Everyday Normal Guy [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PsnxDQvQpw]. Of course it's possible to "not give a fuck" (non-fixation) without fucking up.|
|20080722 201616 Z||Font Conference||www.collegeh … om/video:1823766||www.metafilt … onts-Personified||Design, Fonts, Funny, Live Action, Text, Videos||A live action conference with the fonts. The Metafilter thread includes a link to the wonderful thread on Comic Sans [http://www.metafilter.com/64074/Comic-Sans].|
|20080806 130655 Z||Obama Insists Inflating Tires Better Than Oil Drilling||www.youtube. … ch?v=akjXqfvLu28||digg.com/200 … _ignorant?OTC-ig||Funny, Live Action, News, Obama, Politics, Sustainability, Videos||Hahaha! So natural, so true, so funny, so hard hitting.|
|20080806 191539 Z||Steven Pinker: A brief history of violence||www.ted.com/ … of_violence.html||Ethics, History, Live Action, Videos, Violence||A brief 20 minute presentation by Steven Pinker on the descending levels of violence in history, the perception of violence, and four explanations of violence (Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, Life is cheap, Non-zero sum games by Robert Wright, and The Expanding Circle by Peter Singer).|
|20080812 161649 Z||The Seemingly Impossible Is Possible||www.gapminde … is-possible.html||Beauty, Cool, Culture, Economy, Funny, Inspiring, Live Action, Performance, Politics, TECH, Videos, World||There's so much good stuff from the TED conferences (Technology Entertainment Design) [ted.com], that I have a hard time posting any of it. "The Seemingly Impossible Is Possible" by Hans Rosling (a Swedish professor in International Public Health). An incredible presentation. Very hopeful, informative, beautiful, and funny. It has a surprise ending too. It shows hope for progress in the Third World. Combined with the progress in artificial photosynthesis, the outlook for the future is quite bright!|
|20080817 133054 Z||Death Star over San Francisco||current.com/ … er_san_francisco||digg.com/mov … ancisco_2?OTC-ig||Chill, Cool, Funny, Live Action, Movies, Star Wars, Videos||Well done! I'll show it to my kids when they wake up. I'll assume that I won't have to tell them that it was video-chopped.|
|20080911 162400 Z||Damon Condemns Palin||www.youtube. … ch?v=anxkrm9uEJk||digg.com/200 … ney_movie?OTC-ig||Celebrity, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||My views exactly. We know very little about her and yet she barely participates in the public vetting process that all other politicians submit themselves to.|
|20080918 153101 Z||6 Great Martial Arts for Killing a Man With Your Bare Hands||www.cracked. … -bare-hands.html||digg.com/com … _Your_Bare_Hands||Fighting, Filipino Martial Arts, Krav Maga, Live Action, MARTIAL, Military, Muay Thai, Sambo, Videos||I guess they've enjoyed watching Human Weapon from the History Channel too. Kudos for a few good videos and some laughs. FYI: They show Sambo, Muay Thai, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCAP), Silat, Eskrima, and Krav Maga.|
|20080920 033046 Z||Microsoft's "I'm a PC" Ad Beats Seinfeld (But Not Hodgman)||gizmodo.com/ … -but-not-hodgman||digg.com/mic … eld_VIDEO?OTC-ig||Ad, Apple, Cool, Live Action, Microsoft, Videos||Well done video ad by Microsoft. Probably the first ad by Microsoft that effectively counters the Mac versus PC ads by Apple. Macs are nice and all (I still have my old Mac Classic in the closet), but I use a PC everyday. Funny how Macs run Mac OS, PCs run Windows, and machines run Unix/Linux.|
|20080925 225054 Z||This is why McCain canceled the debates. Watch Sarah Palin on CBS tonight. Utter disaster.||www.americab … led-debates.html||www.reddit.c … e_debates_watch/||News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos||OMFG. Even though I'm for Obama, I still feel embarrassed for Palin. We need to see her in a live and unedited format (like the debates).|
|20080926 151200 Z||More on John McCain||lateshow.cbs … php/965757.phtml||Celebrity, Funny, Live Action, News, Politics, Show Biz, TV, USA, Videos||Dave Letterman does more on John McCain after he canceled. Archiving it here for future laughs.|
|20081002 023407 Z||New York International Children's Film Festival 2008||http://www.gkids.com/||Connie||Animation, Cool, Funny, Kids, Live Action, Movies, Videos||Not just for kid! Some really cool movies and videos online and in theaters.|
|20081007 171635 Z||Olbermann: Terrorists? It's Palin doing the pallin'||www.msnbc.ms … 7057346#27057346||www.reddit.c … ent_on_palin_he/||Journalism, Politics, TV, USA, Videos||Olbermann rips into Palin, but you also end up feeling sorry for Palin.|
|20081017 165302 Z||Obama, McCain share laughs at dinner||www.swamppol … laughs_at_d.html||Julia||Funny, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||It has been a hard fought Presidential campaign and it was really refreshing to see Obama, McCain, and Clinton at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual charity fund raiser for Catholic Charities. A good number of genuinely funny jokes by both Obama and McCain last night. By coincidence, I'll be dining with friends tonight and most of them lean much more on to the right than I do.|
|20081023 152526 Z||The Internet and the Death of Rovian Politics||www.huffingt … at_b_136400.html||digg.com/200 … _Rovian_Politics||Cyber Life, Politics, TECH, USA, Videos||I know the link is a left-leaning site, but the subject of the article is partisan to some degree. Basically the Web has made fact-checking so fast and easy, that it is harder to run a campaign based on lies and FUD. YouTube in particular was founded in 2005 so this is the first US Presidential election with a YouTube influence!|
|20081023 161036 Z||Total Fail: McCain's Own Aides Can't Defend Palin||ca.youtube.c … ch?v=m-9VW4ewI1M||www.reddit.c … tenhaeur_spends/||Journalism, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos||Chris Matthews gives Nancy Pfotenhaeur a chance to defend Palin's statements of what the VP does, but Nancy can't. How can Americans let this slide? This is stuff you learn in grade school. The VP has to jobs: 1. To step in as President if the President dies. 2. To break ties.|
|20081023 161949 Z||"I can't imagine a President being named Obama"||nz.youtube.c … ch?v=UwjlUMoLVvA||digg.com/com … eing_named_Obama||Atheism, Faith, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos||Blatant numbing bigotry. I realize that she is just one vile woman but you can't help but feel that her ilk form an important part of the Republican base.|
|20081107 194013 Z||Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008)||www.youtube. … ch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww||Gumby||Cool, Hardware, Live Action, Robotics, TECH, Videos||An adaptive, all-terrain, dog-like robot. I like the forward-bending rear legs and the backward-bending front legs.|
|20090108 160103 Z||Hi Kick||www.youtube. … ch?v=3lZjLCZ4xFk||Roger||Chill, Cool, Cute, Funny, Live Action, MARTIAL, Standup Fighting, Taekwondo, TV, Videos||I'm guessing this related to High Kick! [W], the South Korean situational comedy show. You can't go wrong with punishment and girls in school uniforms. Spankalicious!|
|20090126 184801 Z||Kiss Mr. Spock! (Kirk/Spock)||www.youtube. … ch?v=ln1G8u5RdzY||Julia||Funny, Live Action, Saucy, Star Trek, TV, Videos||Scenes from Classic Star Trek spliced and edited in such a way as that it makes it look like Kirk is romantically chasing Spock. To the tune from the Disney movie, Little Mermaid. Well done!|
|20090127 185711 Z||Fox News Fear Imbalance||www.thedaily … s-fear-imbalance||www.reddit.c … _administration/||Funny, Jon Stewart, News, Sad, TV, Videos||Laughing and crying again. Oh the poor viewers of Fox News. It's as if they've put themselves in a box where all they can hear are the inanities of the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, and Coulter.|
|20090224 160356 Z||Fishmen||www.youtube. … ch?v=3tTHn2tHhcI||Robb||Funny, Live Action, Music, Quirky, Science Fiction, Videos||"It's beginning to look a lot like Fishmen ..."|
|20090226 214611 Z||weird swf nonsense||http://sieni.us/?id=30||www.reddit.c … is_is_but_it_is/||Animation, Flash, Kids, Music, Quirky, Videos||My children must never see this stuff and force me to watch it over and over again.|
|20090227 195931 Z||Don't Judge Too Quickly... We Won't.||www.metacafe … quickly_we_wont/||digg.com/com … ickly_We_Won_t_2||Ad, Crude, Funny, Live Action, Saucy, Videos||5 funny commercials by Ameriquest.|
|20090227 201601 Z||Big Dog Army Robot Will Change the Face of War Forever||i.gizmodo.co … -freaking-us-out||digg.com/gen … Army_Tests_VIDEO||Artificial Intelligence, Cool, Gear, Live Action, MARTIAL, Military, Robotics, TECH, Videos||I've posted about the robotic Big Dog before, but it's cool to see it tested along side soldiers in the field. The link also has a nice video clip from Metal Gear Solid 4.|
|20090302 014405 Z||Everything's amazing, nobody's happy||www.youtube. … =haxa_popt00us13||digg.com/com … Nobody_s_Happy_5||Funny, Live Action, TECH, TV, Videos||Funny guy. It's a twist on ye olde "Why when I was young...".|
|20090303 133029 Z||Tough Guy ESPN Review||www.youtube. … ch?v=F9dep7RKVVA||www.windycit … 009/03/3209.html||Conditioning, Crude, Live Action, Mind, Videos||Crawling through manure has never been made this attractive.|
|20090305 210129 Z||This is the Microsoft I want to see||venturebeat. … t-i-want-to-see/||digg.com/mic … microsoft_vision||Cool, Cyber Life, Gadget, Microsoft, TECH, Videos||Ubiquitous Internet/cloud-enabled, touch pads. I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't been putting out more videos like this, because they've shown them at conventions before.|
|20090305 211245 Z||CNBC Gives Financial Advice||www.thedaily … financial-advice||digg.com/tel … rt_Destroys_CNBC||Funny, Live Action, News, Sad, TV, Videos||Sweet Jon Stewart gold: Ripping into CNBC's financial advice.|
|20090306 004741 Z||TNG episode 15 - "That Jean-Luc Picard"||www.youtube. … &feature=related||www.reddit.c … uc_picard_video/||Funny, Live Action, Saucy, Star Trek, TV, Videos||Bwah ha ha!|
|20090306 005829 Z||Kaiten (conveyor) sushi time in real Japan||www.youtube. … ch?v=491A3Xecwxs||www.reddit.c … e_conveyor_belt/||Chill, Food, Funny, Home Videos, Japan, Live Action, Restaurants, Videos||Oddly satisfying if you have the time for it.|
|20090306 010331 Z||japan funny dance||www.youtube. … ch?v=_rEIDEnDzgw||Funny, Japan, Quirky, TV, Videos||Actually well done.|
|20090325 184205 Z||Marijuana Reform Activist Destroys Former DEA Head||www.youtube. … ch?v=ALc0wVFfIKs||Culture, Live Action, News, TV, USA, Videos||The title of the video is sensationalist but the content is right: Legalize marijuana because it is less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco, and because it has an economic benefit and will crime associated with the black market sales of marijuana.|
|20090326 155323 Z||Iron Man vs Bruce Lee (01:00)||www.youtube. … ch?v=Ywu1DeqXTg4||technorati.c … Fv%3DYwu1DeqXTg4||Animation, Chill, Chinese Martial Arts, Comics, Cool, Funny, MARTIAL, Show Biz, Standup Fighting, Videos||Haha! What hooked me was the surprise ending.|
|20090412 033515 Z||Single-finger text input||blog.makezin … OTC-0D6B48984890||www.reddit.c … nger_text_input/||Cool, Cyber Life, Free Gratis, Free Libre, Software, TECH, Text, Videos||Cool! I downloaded Dasher and I made this post entirely by using one hand and a mouse.|
|20090412 150109 Z||Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009||www.youtube. … ch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY||digg.com/mus … ain_s_Got_Talent||Beauty, Inspiring, Live Action, TV, UK, Videos||One of the most uplifting videos I've seen in a while. Wonderful.|
|20090414 013635 Z||LOON WATCH: Right-wing bets against U.S. in pirate standoff||www.dailykos … tv.com/w/001151/||digg.com/pol … _pirate_standoff||Journalism, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos||To the dicks at Fox: No thanks, you can keep your lousy trash talk. Obama and US military did an awesome job dealing with the pirates!|
|20090414 020240 Z||Disney's templates||www.youtube. … ch?v=zL6FYxIuJlA||Animation, Disney, Kids, Videos||Filing here for my kids.|
|20090414 020532 Z||Hakuho vs Asashoryu - the real SUMO fighting 8||www.youtube. … ch?v=OV5LF8dwd-8||www.reddit.c … d_this_way_just/||Chill, Cool, Fighting, Funny, Japanese Martial Arts, Live Action, Standup Fighting, Videos, Wrestling||I hope the video from the recent Chicago Swordplay Guild (Csg) [Chicagoswordplayguild.Com] prize play that I did has special effects like these.|
|20090414 183849 Z||Stop motion with wolf and pig||www.youtube. … ch?v=rmkLlVzUBn4||digg.com/art … ith_wolf_and_pig||Animation, Chill, Cute, Funny, Kids, Live Action, Videos||Creative and funny. I'll be sure to see this with my kids.|
|20090417 180628 Z||We Didn't Start the Flame War||www.collegeh … om/video:1907543||digg.com/com … _War_Music_Video||Chill, Crude, Cute, Cyber Life, Funny, Live Action, Videos||Good job! Sadly, many of us have seen almost everything in the video.|
|20090420 004246 Z||Paleo in a Nutshell Part 1: Food||www.youtube. … ch?v=uCFZoqmKf5M||www.windycit … 09/04/41509.html||Food, Health, Nature, Sustainability, Videos||My wife and I have been doing roughly the Paleolithic diet, but we do make exceptions for milk. Free range meat is expensive though. And I'm still a sweet tooth and a saltaholic. The recent different diets like Zone/Sears, Atkins, Mediterranean, South Beach, etc. aren't too far different from each other in general.|
|20090420 163109 Z||Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009||www.youtube. … ch?v=Z19zFlPah-o||www.reddit.c … u_will_ever_see/||Chill, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, Play, Sports, Videos||Mad skillz! My balls hurt just watching some of his moves.|
|20090428 203501 Z||Best Video I've Seen Today Will Make You Smile||gizmodo.com/ … l-make-you-smile||digg.com/mus … l_Make_You_Smile||Chill, Culture, Inspiring, Live Action, Music, Videos, World||Folks at playforchange.com recorded street performers around the world to make a mixed recording of "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King. Well executed.|
|20090429 191956 Z||Cliff May Unedited Interview Pt. 1||www.thedaily … edited-interview||www.reddit.c … ain_as_a_gifted/||Ethics, Funny, Jon Stewart, Journalism, Live Action, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos, War||Cliff May and Jon Stewart debate the recent torture issue. It's good to see folks who come from such opposites sides of an issue, but who are able to do an actual exchange. It's not pretty but it seemed sincere. BTW: I'm with Jon Stewart on this issue.|
|20090430 193449 Z||Triumph vs Star Wars Geeks||www.milkandc … ink/2536/detail/||Mary||Crude, Culture, Funny, Live Action, Science Fiction, Star Trek, Star Wars, Tolkien, Videos||An oldie but it's still funny every time I see it. Just for kicks, here's Triumph giving a weather report for Hawaiian TV.|
|20090508 171314 Z||MOON A Film by Duncan Jones||www.sonyclas … oon/trailer.html||www.reddit.c … e_is_coming_out/||Cool, Live Action, Movies, Space, Videos||Haven't seen Sci Fi that's more like Science Fiction in a while.|
|20090511 194441 Z||Bathtub IV||http://vimeo.com/3156959||www.reddit.c … _have_ever_seen/||Chill, Cool, Live Action, Videos||I've always loved how using a small depth of field makes things look like toys. This videos adds a stop motion look to add an additional feeling of smallness.|
|20090519 090632 Z||Surviving Edged Weapons||www.youtube. … ch?v=TFr30p0aZl0||Poji||Fighting, Filipino Martial Arts, Funny, Knives, Live Action, MARTIAL, Self Defense, Survivalism, Videos||What a hoot! By coincidence, I stumbled upon "Black Mama, White Mama" on TV other day. It's fun Filipino funkiness, but it had too many guns and not enough knives.|
|20090519 091054 Z||Selling furniture with racial harmony, melody||www.msnbc.ms … 0814287/from/ET/||Mike||Ad, Chill, Funny, Live Action, Videos||It works for me.|
|20090520 184252 Z||Massage Therapist for Models||www.youtube. … ch?v=l1TcJKFB0sY||www.reddit.c … masseur_nsfw_if/||Ad, Funny, Live Action, Saucy, Videos||Tough job.|
|20090604 002514 Z||Worlds Most Craziest and Dangerous Job||www.metacafe … d_dangerous_job/||Art, Beauty, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, Science, TECH, Videos||Wow. The title is hardly an exaggeration. This is almost spiritual. Much to admire here. "There are only three things I've ever been afraid of: Electricity, heights, and women."|
|20090609 155337 Z||The Hunt For Gollum||www.youtube. … ch?v=9H09xnhlCQU||Chill, Movies, Tolkien, Videos||I saw this a few weeks ago. It's a "fan fiction" video for Lord of the Rings. They had a lot of unpaid volunteers so they were able to make it for less than $5,000. It's done in the style of Peter Jackson's movies and covers the years that Gandalf and Aragorn spent finding out about The Ring and Gollum.|
|20090609 160249 Z||Fit's Soft and long-lasting flavor gum||http://lotte-fits.jp/||Chill, Cool, Funny, Japan, Kids, Live Action, Videos||My daughter, Connie, and I have been watching these short dance videos that people have been turning in for the Fit's gum promotional video contest. Last I checked this girl was number one [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gbx_Hm60U4]. It's a fun little Japanese thing as noted here: Lotte Fit’s Gum Dance Contest with YouTube [http://www.cscoutjapan.com/en/index.php/lotte-fits-gum-dance-contest-with-youtube/].|
|20090609 160404 Z||Dogway Melody - Queenie in Trouble||www.youtube. … ch?v=SOXHtRsTtk0||www.reddit.c … hen_theres_this/||Funny, Live Action, Videos||Dogs drinking.|
|20090609 160607 Z||Re: Re: You, Me, & Problems With the World||www.youtube. … ch?v=wyvUvDUODGw||www.reddit.c … _of_wtf_this_is/||Animation, Chill, Crude, Funny, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Videos||Not everybody's kind of humor (my wife didn't like it), but I thought it was funny.|
|20090611 155344 Z||DEADLINE post-it stop motion||www.youtube. … ch?v=BpWM0FNPZSs||digg.com/art … Motion_Animation||Animation, Chill, Cool, Kids, Live Action, Videos||My kids love animation. Lately there's been some neat real-world animation.|
|20090619 211541 Z||Leonard Nimoy on the Spock "Star Trek" Vulcan Salute||www.youtube. … ch?v=jmkDOzjfSSY||Live Action, Star Trek, TV, Videos, Wikipedia||I've heard explanation of this before but here's Nimoy himself explaining the Vulcan salute. Wikipedia will soon be doing video and it's clear how video will add a lot of validation to the content.|
|20090619 232519 Z||Invisible Rope Prank||www.manolith … ible-rope-prank/||Beauty, Chill, Cool, Funny, Live Action, Videos||Simple and beautiful.|
|20090619 234259 Z||Gene LeBell judo trick||http://www.gifbin.com/982272||www.reddit.c … _judo_trick_gif/||Judo, Live Action, MARTIAL, Videos, Wrestling||Sweet.|
|20090620 000619 Z||Divided Salli saddle chair seat||www.youtube. … ch?v=NMj4R5PeOvI||www.reddit.c … d_chair_ad_ever/||Ad, Crude, Funny, Gadget, Health, Live Action, Videos||I can't help but giggle when he says "genitals"! There are so many good lines in this video. On the other hand, a split saddle seat is good, especially for biking.|
|20090621 132230 Z||Greatest freak out ever (ORIGINAL VIDEO)||www.youtube. … rsIyzsOpc&fmt=18||digg.com/com … ccount_and_Video||Blizzard, Crude, Cyber Life, Funny, Home Videos, Live Action, Quirky, Saucy, Video Games, Videos||Some people are saying fake, but it looks pretty sincere to me. You have to love siblings.|
|20090621 133558 Z||The Coolest PC Game Gun Mod||www.gossipga … pc-game-gun-mod/||digg.com/pc_ … ame_Gun_Mod_Ever||Activity, Cyber Life, Engineering, Gadget, Hardware, Live Action, Video Games, Videos||Interactive immersion play is the way to go. Gryoscopic and motion detecting technology is key, but I like this guys innovation where the screen moves around with you so you get the an even fuller gryoscopic experience from your inner ear. Plus McGuyvered the thing with cheap parts from Walmart. Brilliant!|
|20090720 153211 Z||We Choose The Moon||http://wechoosethemoon.org/||Activity, Audio, Images, Inspiring, News, Space, Videos||Today marks the 40th anniversary of when Man first stepped on the moon with the Apollo 11 [W] mission on 1969-07-20. I was almost nine months old then. Today I'm at work, but in the background I'll be following the recreation of the mission in real time.|
|20090724 193423 Z||JK Wedding Entrance Dance||www.youtube. … ch?v=4-94JhLEiN0||www.reddit.c … y_wedding_video/||Chill, Cool, Cute, Funny, Inspiring, Live Action, Videos||Best wedding entrance I've ever seen. I'm guessing the reception dinner was a blast too!|
|20090724 211444 Z||Horses.swf||http://timonthenet.com/||www.reddit.c … this_site_today/||Activity, Animation, Chill, Flash, Kids, Music, Videos||I may have seen this before, but my kids probably have not.|
|20090728 185622 Z||Blizzard Angered Hitler With No Starcraft 2 Lan Play||www.gossipga … raft-2-lan-play/||digg.com/pc_ … craft_2_Lan_Play||Chill, Live Action, Video Games, Videos||Yes, Blizzard, many of us feel that way. StarCraft II has taken too long to come out --probably because of WoW but we don't care. Three games? We could be suckered into buying two games, but three is just greedy. Then you pull LAN support. Playing with our friends in the same room is so awesome and Blizzard: You should know this. "That was a day 1 purchase for me". Yes, it was. But at this rate I'm leaning towards not getting it at all.|
|20090807 170519 Z||Waterloo Labs: FPS with Real Guns - Episode 02||waterloolabs … -episode-02.html||games.slashd … l-Guns?art_pos=7||Chill, Cool, Crude, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Live Action, Software, TECH, Video Games, Videos||Slap some accelerometers on a wall, feed it to LabVIEW, project your game onto the wall, and bam! All hits on the wall are fed into the game. Up voted for dudes in lab coats.|
|20090808 144312 Z||Bye bye land line||Cyber Life, Family, Home, Kids, Movies, My Stuff, TECH, TV, Videos||All we get on the land line is spam. We have cell phones (which gets spam too). We don't phone/fax much. There's lots of video on the Internet. We don't watch much TV. So... We're going to dump the AT&T land line, DSL (2.58 Mbps), and dish TV at $140/mo. We're going to get Comcast cable Internet (12 Mbps) at $43/mo and Netflix at $9/mo. Wife and kids approve. All is good.|
|20090811 175642 Z||Best Fake Punt Ever (Bills/Titans)||www.youtube. … ch?v=P7xksmk0ghc||www.reddit.c … _fake_punt_ever/||Live Action, Sports, TV, Videos||Well done!|
|20090819 183242 Z||Barney Frank Confronts Woman At Townhall Comparing Obama To Hitler||www.youtube. … ch?v=nYlZiWK2Iy8||digg.com/pol … _Obama_to_Hitler||Health, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||Barney Frank kicks ass! The man has serious patience and poise. This made it to the front page of CNN too: Barney Frank goes toe to toe at health care town hall [http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/18/frank.heath.care/index.html]. I get tired of discussing things with a "dining room table" too. Someone is stoking FUD and noise. "Death panels"? Some folks make this crap up and some folks are foolish enough to spread it.|
|20090819 190722 Z||I made a flow chart, that we might better understand.||jeannr.tumbl … -we-might-better||www.reddit.c … _flow_chart_pic/||Chill, Funny, Music, Quirky, Videos||A flowchart of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=840B27zYfOk], which also led me to this version of the song by Hurrah Torpedo [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br-D7UneS0E].|
|20090904 233327 Z||Optimal Running Form||www.newtonru … mal-running-form||board.crossf … read.php?t=20220||Animation, Conditioning, Flash, Videos||I've been running using the Pose method for a while. It's nice. This is a decent animation about it.|
|20090923 191345 Z||Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet||gizmodo.com/ … ts-secret-tablet||www.reddit.c … s_secret_tablet/||Amazon, Books, Computers, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Images, Microsoft, Reading, TECH, Text, Videos||Some details about the tablet by Microsoft called "Courier". More details than we've ever gotten from Apple about their potential tablet. While I'm biting my nails over the potential choices, my wife is simply enjoying her Kindle. She's so smart.|
|20090925 150607 Z||Girlfriend Scared by Fake Head in Bed||www.break.co … head-in-bed.html||digg.com/com … ting_Head_in_Bed||Chill, Funny, Home Videos, Live Action, Videos||I just know my kids will love this.|
|20090925 155827 Z||Hitler Loses Faith in Reddit||www.youtube. … ch?v=eNW2y6DTwtw||www.reddit.c … nce_with_reddit/||Cyber Life, Funny, Live Action, Videos||The source would have to be reddit. ಠ_ಠ|
|20090925 174359 Z||Bear-4 HD Camera Flight||www.youtube. … ch?v=Lie0diOhfdg||digg.com/spa … he_Edge_of_Space||Beauty, Hardware, Home Videos, Inspiring, Live Action, Space, Videos||Beautiful. For those who still think the Earth is flat, you can learn to do this yourself. More details at BEAR-4 [http://bear.sbszoo.com/bear3-4/bear4.htm].|
|20090925 180916 Z||The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D||www.youtube. … ch?v=oAVjF_7ensg||www.reddit.c … verse_he_is_not/||Animation, Beauty, Inspiring, Science, Space, Videos||It's nice to see the Ultra Deep Field stuff get more exposure these days. This video gives more perspective.|
|20090925 184623 Z||Rachel Maddow Show Sep 16 - Frank Schaeffer Explains the Insanity & Racism of the Religious Right||www.youtube. … ch?v=uYn9at5hiE0||Barack Obama, Faith, News, Politics, TV, USA, Videos||According to a poll in New Jersey, 18% believe President Obama is the Anti-Christ and 17% believe he could be. These are probably the same "Birther" folks who doubt he was born in America. It's amazing that these crazy Evangelicals have such a vise-like grip on the Republicans.|
|20091013 184918 Z||More Trampolining Madness From Oli Lemieux||video.mpora. … watch/INMA5dxhV/||digg.com/odd … rampoline_Skills||Cool, Live Action, Training, Videos||Yeah he's ready for zero gravity.|
|20091013 190437 Z||10/GUI: The Video||http://10gui.com/video/||www.reddit.c … _reimaginations/||Animation, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Hardware, Operating System, Software, TECH, Videos||Not just a multi-touch tablet, but ideas on the interface. Interesting but the whole thing needs trials. The Reddit thread has some ideas too.|
|20091014 193808 Z||Ultra Slo-Mo Video of Bullet Impacts||www.mentalfl … s/archives/36977||digg.com/odd … Glass_Metal_Wood||Chill, Cool, Guns, Live Action, Quirky, Videos||Mesmerizing, especially how the bullets sometimes pulverized on impact, and how the fractures in glass spread faster than the bullet itself. Here's the direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfDoQwIAaXg.|
|20091015 161217 Z||Drunkest Guy Ever Goes for More Beer||www.break.co … r-more-beer.html||digg.com/com … _More_Beer_Video||Chill, Crude, Funny, Live Action, Training, Videos||How to work on your falls and getting up.|
|20091016 171036 Z||Boy Asks Obama, 'Why Do People Hate You?'||www.youtube. … ch?v=Py15owTneag||digg.com/pol … veryone_Hate_You||Barack Obama, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||A clean, intelligent, down-to-earth, and respectful answer.|
|20091018 134735 Z||National Anthem||www.youtube. … ch?v=n9LXHrzOVYA||Cool, Live Action, Music, Videos||Well done with a rock twist. "The Star Spangled banner played on a Louisville Slugger bat by Glenn Donnellan of the National Symphony Orchestra."|
|20091018 183456 Z||Holy Crap!! Franken ANNIHILATES KBR attorney during testimony (w/video)||www.dailykos … ny-%28w-video%29||digg.com/pol … during_testimony||Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||Senator Al Franken totally kicked Halliburton arse on video. How can anyone justify gang raping their own people? The Jon Stewart video nails it too.|
|20091019 232105 Z||Yes you can live in an all-solar house||www.smartpla … olar-house/1817/||Animation, Engineering, Images, Live Action, Photos, Solar, Sustainability, Videos||So much fun to look at this stuff. I'd like some wind capture too.|
|20100107 160111 Z||The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds||www.youtube. … ch?v=YXSEyttblMI||Beauty, Cool, Evolution, Geology, Paleontology, Videos||4.6 billion years in 1 minute.|
|20100117 171134 Z||Bonobo chimp plays Pac-Man||www.youtube. … ch?v=sLLFSUaQsp4||www.reddit.c … vel_2_on_pacman/||Chill, Cool, Fauna, Play, Videos||I love the chemistry between the bonobo and the human.|
|20100120 160142 Z||Hitler Finds Out Scott Brown Won Massachusetts Senate Seat||www.youtube. … ch?v=c4aQCiRjvZY||Gus||Funny, Politics, Sad, USA, Videos||Republicans and Democrats alike will like this video. Kennedy's seat barely got cold and it went to a Republican?!?! OMFG! This had better wake up some folks. Boring old Croakley sat on her ass and took Kennedy's seat for granted. Pretty boy Brown kept smiling, fought hard and won. Congratulations Mr. Brown.|
|20100120 174128 Z||OK Go - This Too Shall Pass||www.youtube. … ch?v=UJKythlXAIY||Julia||Chill, Cool, Live Action, Music, Videos||All in one take!|
|20100126 153857 Z||Ep 1: Waking Up in the Universe - Growing Up in the Universe - Richard Dawkins||www.youtube. … xZF3ZgTo#t=2m55s||www.ted.com/ … he_universe.html||Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, Science, Videos||My family has started watching this mini series. Best of the Web! In this capacity he is reminiscent of Carl Sagan.|
|20100127 025430 Z||www.adme.ru - AIDES GRAFFITI||www.youtube. … ch?v=9WPNhlzGoM0||www.reddit.c … ive_advertising/||Ad, Animation, Funny, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Sex, Videos||Well done.|
|20100130 043515 Z||Richard Dawkins interviews creationist Wendy Wright (Part 1/7)||www.youtube. … ch?v=US8f1w1cYvs||Julia||Atheism, Evolution, Live Action, Politics, Science, USA, Videos||I watched all 7 painful videos. It seems that they agree on the virtue of examination of evidence. They also seem to agree on the humane treatment of people. The difference seems to be that Wright thinks a person's religious belief must influence the certainty of the theory, while Dawkins does not. Knowledge of chemistry, physics, evolution, etc. is objective, testable, open, and separate from ones religious, political, subjective, or ethical point of view. Such objective knowledge can, of course, be used for good or evil, i.e. subjectively applied and interpreted, but that does not change the knowledge itself. Even so, the emotional and spiritual feelings that people have must be dealt with. The woman is clearly pained.|
|20100131 035727 Z||President Obama Full Q&A||www.youtube. … ch?v=oBuG2TdgMn0||digg.com/pol … e_at_GOP_retreat||Barack Obama, Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||Republican congressmen drilling a Democratic President in public. Whee!|
|20100131 042254 Z||The Known Universe by AMNH||www.youtube. … ch?v=17jymDn0W6U||Animation, Beauty, Cool, Space, Videos||A variation of the powers of 10 videos.|
|20100213 042402 Z||FanWing||http://www.fanwing.com/||Engineering, Hardware, Live Action, TECH, Videos||"high lift and thrust efficiency". Interesting design. I wonder how it would handle rain.|
|20100227 234445 Z||"Life in Quarantine," by Fully Sick Rapper||www.collegeh … om/video:1929784||www.reddit.c … i_love_this_man/||Chill, Funny, Live Action, Music, Videos||Time well spent in quarantine: "Christian Van Vuuren was diagnosed with TB and has spent the last 55 days quarantined to a single hospital room. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he made this amazing rap video. I hope he recovers, I want to hang out with him."|
|20100303 030720 Z||Best Fails of 2009||www.funnyord … -2009?rel=player||digg.com/com … _Fails_of_2009_7||Chill, Cyber Life, Funny, Live Action, Videos||The kids and I liked this, but then again we've been keeping up with failblog.|
|20100303 030905 Z||OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - RGM version||www.youtube. … ch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w||digg.com/mus … _a_brand_new_vid||Audio, Chill, Cool, Inspiring, Live Action, Music, Videos||OK Go has done it again! Awesome vid!|
|20100304 154921 Z||Knightshop Rawlings Synthetic Sparring Range - Review||www.swordfor … ead.php?t=100064||Greg||Fighting, Live Action, MARTIAL, Standup Fighting, Swords, Videos, Western Martial Arts||A decent review of synthetic sword wasters. The Chicago Swordplay Guild will be trying these out soon as an alternative to wooden wasters and shinai. The link has a video: Knights Shop Rawlings Synthetic Sparring Range Review [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2knwdZYXotY].|
|20100305 011550 Z||Anthony Weiner Takes it to the FOX Liar Brigade||www.dailykos … FOX-Liar-Brigade||www.reddit.c … iends_in_a_3_vs/||Live Action, News, Politics, USA, Videos||More Democrats walking into Republican camps and doing fine these days!|
|20100309 201228 Z||Math is beautiful||www.metafilt … ath-is-beautiful||Beauty, Education, Live Action, Math, Videos||A MetaFilter thread on Euler's Identity: e ^ (i * pi) + 1 = 0. The educational Khan Academy videos at YouTube are nice too.|
|20100310 190540 Z||Transform Your Hoodie into a Computer Sleeve||www.youtube. … ch?v=sNiP953SCOg||lifehacker.c … %28Lifehacker%29||Gadget, Live Action, Make, Videos||I up-voted this at YouTube, but it was so good I thought I'd log it here too.|
|20100310 200158 Z||The Beast File- Google (HUNGRY BEAST)||www.youtube. … ch?v=dv4j4bguYYk||Cyber Life, Google, Videos||It's not too bad, here in the belly of the beast. This is so well done that you think Google made it themselves!|
|20100313 044939 Z||Russian Singer Eduard Khil Remix||www.youtube. … 78IlJs5JQ&fmt=18||www.reddit.c … y_has_a_bad_day/||Audio, Chill, Funny, Live Action, Videos||Nearly lost my milk and cookies. If you haven't seen the original, then watch it first: Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой .|
|20100322 023451 Z||RAW: Nannycam Video Of Babysitter, 11-Month-Old||www.news4jax … 81088/index.html||www.reddit.c … ter_while_he_is/||Kids, Live Action, News, Videos, Violence||If you showed this video to 1000 people, and polled them afterward, I wonder how many would feel like beating the crap out of her? I certainly did and so did many at the Reddit thread. More details here: http://www.news4jax.com/news/22884296/detail.html.|
|20100323 014700 Z||Still Face Experiment: Dr. Edward Tronick||www.youtube. … ch?v=apzXGEbZht0||Education, Family, Kids, Live Action, Psychology, Relations, Science, Videos||A very powerful experiment and demonstration. Playing kicks ass!|
|20100323 020938 Z||Incestual Undertones in Star Wars||www.youtube. … ch?v=6IPAGXyFvrs||Funny, Movies, Saucy, Star Wars, Videos||Finally: A bit of Star Wars and Kill Bill mash up.|
|20100502 210943 Z||"Checking on Cynthia" by Sextus Propertius (poetry reading)||www.youtube. … ch?v=0_t-BVOQRuE||Beauty, Language, Literature, Reading, Relations, Saucy, Videos||Delightful. I had not thought about finding poetry readings on YouTube.|
|20100510 201333 Z||QUT physicist corrects Oxford English Dictionary (w/ Video)||www.physorg. … ws192688538.html||Books, Language, Physics, Science, TECH, Videos||Yes, a siphon works by means of gravity and where the "column of water acts like a chain with the water molecules pulling on each other via hydrogen bonds". Wiggling the tube in the fish tank can start a siphon because of the initial surge of momentum. No need to suck on the lower end and get fish water in your mouth! A similar phenomena occurs when "sticking" with someone as you "wave" them into a throw and use gravity.|
|20100525 000120 Z||The latest version of the LittleDog Robot||www.youtube. … ch?v=nUQsRPJ1dYw||www.reddit.c … c7e34/holy_crap/||Live Action, Robots, TECH, Videos||I've been witnessing the development of these robotic dogs over the years. I'm surprised at the emotional pride I feel. Seeing the robots struggle and improve is very much like watching a child struggle and improve. Great job roboticists! Great job.|
|20100621 000629 Z||RSA Animate - The Secret Powers of Time||www.youtube. … ch?v=A3oIiH7BLmg||digg.com/edu … t_Powers_of_Time||Animation, Inspiring, Mind, Philosophy, Psychology, Time, Videos||I saw this video a while back but it's so good that I wanted to post it here as well as thumbs up it in YouTube. Meshes well with my personal frameworks.|
|20100621 000958 Z||Jonathan's Cochlear Implant Activation 8 mo., Rt Ear cont'd||www.youtube. … ch?v=ZDD7Ohs5tAk||www.reddit.c … ochlear_implant/||Beauty, Cute, Inspiring, Live Action, SSD, Videos||Another video I saw a while back, but I wanted to post it here as well as thumbs up it at YouTube. A wonderful reaction by an 8 month old to having his ears turned on. You don't even need to have something like SSD/UHD (which I do) in order to appreciate it.|
|20100621 004011 Z||Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man||http://vimeo.com/11431902||Beauty, Live Action, Movies, Relations, Sad, Videos||A short movie (22:48), sweet and sad, well produced. The backstory on the Tin Woodsmen from The Wizard of Oz.|
|20100714 182432 Z||Hans Rosling on global population growth||www.ted.com/ … tion_growth.html||Economy, Education, Food, Inspiring, Live Action, TECH, Videos, World||Hans Rosling always has awesome Ted Talks. In this, his latest one, he does an analog/physical talk which I think will make it quite watchable for my kids.|
|20100730 170438 Z||Knife Attack Myths||www.metacafe … fe_attack_myths/||Allen||Fighting, Knives, Live Action, MARTIAL, Security, Self Defense, Videos, Violence, Western Martial Arts||Some knife attack myths dismissed as shown by surveillance videos. Ends with some pro-WMA stuff.|
|20100918 121032 Z||Geek and Gamer Girls Song||www.break.co … mer-girls-anthem||teague||Chill, Live Action, Saucy, Videos||Awesome.|
|20101103 200607 Z||ACTROID-F in AIST Open Lab 2010 02||www.youtube. … ch?v=cFVlzUAZkHY||Live Action, Robotics, TECH, Videos||I found that the smaller motions, especially around the eyes and mouth, gained the most points towards passing as human.|
|20101123 185447 Z||The Vikings ("Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode)||www.youtube. … ch?v=fIvJ2P0giVc||Cool, History, Music, Videos||Just one of many songs where the lyrics and video have been changed to give a history lesson. Well done! The historyteachers channel rocks!|
|20101126 163009 Z||Chicago Swordplay Guild Thanksgiving Day Parade 2010||www.wgntv.co … -Day-Parade-2010||Chicago, Chicago Swordplay Guild, Culture, Live Action, MARTIAL, Videos||The Chicago Swordplay Guild was in the 2010 Thanksgiving Day Parade here in Chicago. And they were smiling too!|
|20101202 012048 Z||US Naval Academy Performance by the Kings Firecrackers||http://blip.tv/file/1816913||Greg P||Conditioning, Inspiring, Live Action, Sports, Videos||Awesomeness! I've seen tricks before but not so many and so well coordinated.|
|20110207 162015 Z||Captain America and Thor||Keith||Chill, Comics, Cool, Inspiring, Movies, TV, Videos||Man the sneak peek videos look awesome! 'Captain America' Super Bowl spot. Watch the Thor Super Bowl Spot.|
|20110527 143032 Z||Filipino Martial Arts: From Kali and Escrima to Boxing||www.ustream. … ecorded/10460574||Beauty, Filipino Martial Arts, MARTIAL, Philippines, Videos||Inosanto has always moved with great beauty, efficiency, and effectiveness.|
|20110611 232421 Z||Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold||video.nation … dge-honnold.html||www.reddit.c … r_and_a_bj_asap/||Inspiring, Links, Live Action, Play, Videos||I'd like to shake his hand but he'd probably crush mine!|
|20110628 132752 Z||What Tau Sounds Like||www.youtube. … ch?v=3174T-3-59Q||http://tauday.com/||Audio, Live Action, Math, Music, TECH, Videos||Happy Tau Day!|
|19691231 170000 Z||Female Armor Sucks||www.collegeh … male-armor-sucks||David||Armor, Crude, Funny, Live Action, MARTIAL, Saucy, Videos||Go for the shiny parts!|
|20110713 181559 Z||M1911 Animated Assembly Video Remix||www.youtube. … ch?v=UoohXVsQ1NU||Teague||Animation, Cool, Engineering, Gear, Guns, Hardware, MARTIAL, Videos||This is how Magneto puts his M1911 together. He has a harder time with a Glock.|
|20110718 221421 Z||Picasa storage increased||Cyber Life, Free Libre, Google, Images, Videos||So Picasa now has "Photos up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won't count towards your free storage." if you use Google Plus. That's practically free unlimited storage space!|
|20110726 133055 Z||2D Photography Rube Goldberg||http://youtu.be/qKpxd8hzOcQ||Chill, Cool, Cyber Life, Funny, Gear, Live Action, Photography, Photos, TECH, Videos||Photographers have too much time and creativity!|
|20110808 173420 Z||Cosmos Will Get a Sequel Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson||www.wired.co … -degrasse-tyson/||Space, TECH, TV, Videos||Whoot! I loved Cosmos!|
|20111102 235726 Z||Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin||www.ted.com/ … nd_oxytocin.html||Biology, Chemistry, Ethics, Mind, Psychology, Relations, Science, TECH, Videos||I love the intersection of science and ethics. I found his experiments convincing support for his claim that oxytocin is the specific chemical for trust, morality, and empathy. Prescription: 8 hugs a day!|
|20111130 155115 Z||The Hunger Games - Official Theatrical Trailer [1080p HD]||www.youtube. … ch?v=lIVKX4Wu77U||Books, Cool, Movies, Survivalism, Text, Training, Videos||I just read the whole Hunger Games trilogy during Thanksgiving weekend, and I am pumped for the movie coming out March 23! Katniss is played by Jennifer Lawrence who also played Mystique in X-Men: First Class. Woody Harrelson plays Haymitch!|
|20120602 152945 Z||Exclusive Tomb Raider Trailer: Crossroads - E3 2012||http://youtu.be/N3HfmcDRbn8||Chill, Cool, Fighting, Inspiring, Self Defense, Survivalism, Video Games, Videos, Violence||Awesome! A young, inexperienced Lara Croft learning things Hunger Games style! "I hate tombs!"|
|20130113 174615 Z||Live Action Toy Story||http://youtu.be/5G0j_Huv2Fg||/plus.google … osts/3roVE187tFJ||Animation, Cool, Home Videos, Kids, Live Action, Movies, Videos||Using real toys and real people. I've already seen this move a bajillion times with my kids, but I might rewatch it this way.|
|20130501 140018 Z||Stunning new view of Saturn storm shows eye about the size of India||www.world-sc … 30429_Saturn.htm||Beauty, Cool, Images, Inspiring, Space, TECH, Videos||Strange hurricane on Saturn's north pole. The eye is the size of Inida. There is no ocean below to drive it. 530 km/h (330 mph) winds. Nice pictures by NASA's Cassini.|
|20130630 150152 Z||What's The Dumbest Thing You Could Say To A Congresswoman Who Lost Her Legs In Battle? Um, THIS.||www.upworthy … -found-it?c=ufb1||Cool, Military, Politics, USA, Videos||Break out the popcorn. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) lays it on.|
|20130722 235105 Z||Official Trailer from Comic-Con | COSMOS||www.youtube. … ch?v=gMJxjYRXYkU||Beauty, Cool, Inspiring, Physics, Science, Space, TECH, Videos||"Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey" coming 2014 Q2! Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane, and Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan.|
|20130929 152518 Z||Work It - Ylvis [FULL HD] [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]||http://youtu.be/R_AF1qBd2BY||Biology, Chill, Cyber Life, Funny, Gadget, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Science, Videos||Music vid that has stem, sex, & lol!|
|20140110 204516 Z||Display Resolution||/docs.google … RZlE&usp=sharing||Computers, Gadget, Hardware, Images, My Stuff, TECH, Videos||I've decided to publicly share my my "Display Resolution" spreadsheet in honor of all the high resolution displays I've been seeing lately.|
|20140125 225323 Z||Susan Cain: The power of introverts||www.ted.com/ … _introverts.html||Inspiring, Introversion, Live Action, Relations, Videos||Susan Cain took 7 years to write "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"(2012). In this video she talks for 19 minutes about introversion. From personal to real world examples. From the constant group work pressure, to encouraging us to go out into the wilderness, to being ourselves and sharing.|
I've just watched a good number of fights by Lyoto Machida [W], a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter who currently has 13-0 record that includes top opponents like Tito Ortiz, B.J. Penn, Rich Franklin, and Stephan Bonnar. Machida's primary art is Shotokan Karate (his father is an instructor) with some Sumo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He typically uses a "southpaw" stance (in upright fighting this is usually for the left-handed with right-leg forward).
I did Shotokan Karate daily for 13 years myself (to 3rd degree) and it's about time a Shotokan guy started making it in MMA. He does techniques that are very karate. The front leg sweep is tricky because you have to catch the momentum and timing. The "spinning" back kick is a big tempo but very powerful. The one point-orientation of JKA Shotokan fosters very careful live-or-die kind of timing as opposed to brawling slug fests. A fair number of stesso tempo (same time) attacks of slipping while striking. He bows too!
The trend in MMAs is that fighter must now be well rounded in striking, wrestling, and grappling. I haven't seen much of Machida's grappling (not even with BJ!), but his striking is very good, his dirty boxing is good, his take down defense is good, his take downs are good. Machida plays smart: He plays defensively, elusively but also goes for the points and goes for the fight-ending moves. His sense of measure or distance is good, he know what he can reach and what his opponent can reach. He does a lot of feints and draws out openings from his opponent.
There are a lot of videos on youtube that show actual fights. Here is one captured in a mall. Everyone's wearing heavy coats (which is effectively padding).
4 guys in black are talking with 1 guy in blue (probably with security). I'm not sure if they even notice the other tow big guys in blue come in. The violence starts at around 0:29 into the video, as the old lady with the broom stick brushes past everyone (oblivious to the situation), when one of the guys in black punches the first guy in blue. The 2nd punch in the fight is knocks out the guy who threw the first punch. One woman observer promptly (and smartly) leaves (I think she comes back at the end to get some stuff). At around 0:35 a new man in black (but on the blue side) joins the fight. At 0:47 the biggest guy on the black side gets knocked out with a single punch. At 0:50 a man in black and white (but on the black side) comes in and tries to settle things down (he's probably the father of one of the guys on the black side). At 1:00 into the video yet another new man in black (but on the blue side) comes in with a gun.
At the end I think you can see a few people possibly taking advantage of the chaos by shop lifting. Obviously not in America because no paperwork was involved and most of the observers seemed nonplussed. I like the guy with the scarf by the table that keeps getting pushed around; He just stays near, watches, picks things up, leans -- I'm guessing he was just waiting for somebody. Make up your own stories!
Ah the chaos! Small time, lots of info, lots of emotions, lots of random factors. Each person is in their own little world. Keeping centered but with perspective in it all is a skill you can only acquire by experiencing chaos. Which is why raising kids can provide some martialopportunities.
I understand that this recent conservatorship or federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac [W] had to happen or else there could have been a global financial meltdown. However didn't we just have a bailout of Bear Stears [W] in 2008-03? Wasn't it obvious that we've had a subprime mortgage crisis [W]? Wasn't it obvious that the United States housing bubble [W] had burst? There have been a lot of bailouts: Corporate Bailouts Through History [http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/12/1217_bailouts/index_01.htm].
The Republican response: The people paying the mortgages get no help, but the corporations and stockholders making money off the homeowners do. Tax payer money pays for the bailouts. The rich get tax cuts.
The Republicans talk about how Democrats are socialists who want to provide social services and raise taxes, and yet the Republicans are corporate socialists who want to provide socials services for corporations and lower taxes. The role of the government is supposed to provide social services (law and order, roads, disaster relief, etc.) and it needs to collect taxes in order to pay for it. However, the slew of bailouts and fiscal irresponsibility has made the US most socialist country (besides North Korea and Cuba). Heck, China is less socialist than the US! Think of how ugly the US has been in the past eight years with torture and violating privacy and obstructing due process.
Some socialism is needed to regulate industries for the public good, but it also can't be the kind of socialism that lets certain industries become too fat and bloated and a danger to the public. Too many tax breaks. Too many subsidies. Improperly regulated. Iron triangles. Here are some industries that have gotten away with too much:
It is almost sickeningly simple to tell when an artificial market is in place because of run away prices and salaries. The tech industry had its dot com bubble but it quickly learned to keep things real. The entertainment industry (movies, sports, video games, fashion, etc.) is always oddly priced because it's all bravado. The science industry has its costs because, it often almost literally rocket science (and should not be pad the MIC.
We need some bold folks to shake things up. Vote for change! Vote for Obama!
Ah! It's about time that Google fixed their own app running on their own browser.
Note 1: I used Chrome as my primary browser for a week after it came out, but as much as I love the implementation of tabs on Chrome, I can't live without the Tree Style Tab add on for Firefox and the Google Bookmarks via the Google Toolbar in Firefox.
Note 2: I love how Google docs finally implemented an automated table of contents feature (Inserting items: Table of contents [http://documents.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=106342&hl=en]) just like they have with Google Sites.
Note 3: Since Chrome came out, youtube has been working inconsistently. Right now youtube videos play on Chrome but not on Firefox for my machine Windows XP, but on my Windows Vista machine youtube videos play on Firefox but not on Chrome.
It sounds like the lawmakers may have the bailout later today: Lawmakers Say They Have Breakthrough on Rescue Plan (Update3) [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601170&refer=home&sid=afLj7ofnabdc]. I hope they have something good for us but I'm very skeptical. Here's what I emailed a few of my friends 2 days ago:
My thoughts: I'm with Ron Paul as in against price fixing and against the bailout. The over-leveraged stuff needs to be trashed instead of re-circulated. I'm for a true free market (not an artificial one), but with more regulations and transparency to protect the consumers. As in you're free to drive around the country but there should be traffic laws for everybody for safety's sake. Inaction is an action. Certainly Bush-style rule by over-powered, unwatched, constitution-violating fiat is not what I want. I'm $700 billion is an estimate and it could very well be $4 trillion or more. They need to come up with a palatable solution, but eventually they'll come out with something, anything.
My actions: Personally, I transferred my money from JPMorgan Chase to a smaller bank in August. I got better rates and free movie tickets! (On one hand Chase may come out of this quite well, but on the other hand they're going to be very chaotic.) I told you guys ages ago that there was a housing bubble and to buy gold, that's why my house is for living and not so much an investment, while my gold has fared much much better than almost any other investment. I switched 25% of my future 401k transactions to more conservative choices. Investing in solar.
One interesting thing about this bailout is that Bush is pushing it and the Democrats (who have the majority in Congress) are for it, but there are some conservatives and some Democrats who want to think about this a bit more. I think working out a trillion dollar deal in just a few days is indeed something to approach with care.
Two fun links related to the bailout:
The debate skit is funny but the Palin skit is funny and painful because they used words actually spoken by Palin. There are so many articles out there wincing about the Palin and Couric interview. Couric was being nice, Couric was giving Palin opportunities to shine, but all Palin could do was stumble on talking points. If I were prone to believing in conspiracies, then I would propose that this is all a ruse by Palin in order to make the Democrats let their guard down. If not, then it is frightening to think that the GOP machine has such power that it can dupe half the country into wanting Palin to become one 72 year old's heartbeat away from becoming President. There are college kids who know more about the issues than Palin. For the security of America and the world, I sure hope that it is all a ruse.
Just to take away the bad taste that the Republicans leave in my mouth:
Gold, pure gold. Robert Gibbs did the usual defense against the GOP negative attack of association with Ayers, but Gibbs went on a bit more. I've only seen a few people stand up to bully news men who not only use bad arguments but also rudely talk over someone who disagrees with them: Speak calmly and use the same bad arguments against the other side to show how unfair it is. Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow and the rest of the country laugh it up. Brilliant!
Oh oh! I almost forgot that Keith also read a poem that John Cleese of Monty Python fame sent him:
"Ode to Sean Hannity"
Oozing with vanity
Plump as a manatee
Fox Noise insanity
You're a profanity
Powerful and succinct analysis by Colin Powell on why he chose Obama over McCain while remaining entirely respectful towards McCain.
(In case the youtube link breaks, here is another link to the interview by NBC's Tom Brokaw: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27265369/.)
His story about soldier Khan was particularly moving and important. The FUD and rage and hate needs to go away. Branding Americans as un-American or unpatriotic needs to go away. Discrimination by race, religion, ethnicity, gender, class, etc., needs to go away. The denial of the necessity of funding the government needs to go away.
My brother Alan died serving as a Marine in 2003 and my brother John is doing his 3rd tour of duty in Afghanistan right now, so the thought of folks pulling out the hate for not being white or Christian or whatever while we serve and protect really, really gets to me. COL (Crying Out Loud).
I just got this email from a Republican friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous):
Oh my god... you have to hear this... he wants to re-write the constitution for redistribution of wealth... ie socialistic reparations for slavery... listen to this.. its no joke.. its him in a radio interview...
Here was my reply:
Oh my god... you have to hear this... Obama was on a Chicago Public Radio show called Odyssey for an episode called "The Court and Civil Rights" (hear the full 53:22 minute show at http://www.wbez.org/audio_library/od_rajan01.asp#010118), having an intelligent and complex discussion with several law professors, but now the desperate McCain campaign is being intellectually dishonest by snatching a few snippets from the show and distorting it in a youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck.
This lame "news" by Fox [http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/27/radio-interview-obama-laments-lack-supreme-court-ruling-redistributing-wealth/] and the Drudge Report will, of course, fool a few who will hear what they want to hear (and were going to vote for McCain anyway). However this FUD attempt will only once again reveal the truth that Obama is smart and that McCain is pretty sad, thus convincing even more folks to vote for Obama.
The fact-checked counter-punch hits harder than a FUD attack. Fact checking is faster and better this election cycle because people are better at Wikipedia and Google, and because YouTube is clickable TV and was not around in the 2004 election. Maybe the GOP will catch on by 2012.
The prospect that intellectual curiosity and honesty can win is heartening!
Whoo! This is awesome! Amazing what you can do from a chair.
WGN-TV weekend anchors Bob Jordan and Jackie Bange do a little dance number each Saturday and Sunday night during their telecast's first commercial break. Word is that it started out as a short 10-second dance, but now they have choreographed it into the full 2:40 of the break.
Here's a post I'm about to submit to the Chicago Swordplay Guild (CSG) [chicagoswordplayguild.com]:
Sorry, but I haven't been to a class at the Chicago Swordplay Guild since 2008-11-15:
- Nov 22: Carpet cleaning.
- Nov 29, Dec 6: Flu.
- Dec 13: Daughter's aikido test.
- Dec 20: Son's aikido test.
- Dec 27: No class.
However, I have been doing CrossFit Workouts of the Day (WODs) since Nov 23, roughly taking every 4th day off. I've had to scale a few of these. The dates of when I did a WOD are not always the same as the date of the WOD.
- Jan 2: With a continuously running clock do one 135 pound Clean and Jerk the first minute, two 135 pound Clean and Jerks the second minute, three 135 pound Clean and Jerks the third minute... continuing as long as you are able.
- Jan 1: "Murph". For time: 1 mile run 20# vest, 100 Pull Ups, 200 Push Ups, 300 Squats, 1 mile run 20# vest. Partition non-running as needed.
- Jan 1: Dove into Lake Michigan.
- Dec 31: "Fight Gone Bad". 3 rounds with 1 min of each of these exercises with 1 min rest between ronds: Wall Ball 20# 10', Sumo Dead Lift High Pull 75#, Box Jump 20", Push Press 75#, Row (calories).
- Dec 29: Shoulder Press 1x for 5 sets, Push Press 3x for 5 sets, Push Jerk 5x for 5 sets.
- Dec 28: "Michael" 3 rounds for time: Run 800 m, Back Extensions 50x, Sit Ups 50x.
- Dec 27: 20 min of Thrusters 95# 5x, Hang Power Cleans 95# 7x, Sumo Dead Lift High Pulls 95# 10x.
- Dec 24: Back Squats for 5 sets of 5 reps.
- Dec 21: "Cindy" 20 min of 5 Pull Ups, 10 Push Ups, 5 Squats, or "Mary" 5 Handstand Push Ups, 10 Pistols, 15 Pull Ups.
- Dec 21: 800 m run, 4 times, resting between.
- Dec 19: "Filthy Fifty" For time: 50 Box jump, 24 inch box; 50 Jumping pull-ups; 50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood; Walking Lunge, 50 steps; 50 Knees to elbows; 50 Push press, 45 pounds; 50 Back extensions; 50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball; 50 Burpees; 50 Double unders.
- Dec 17 In 20 min rounds of: Run 400 m, 15 L Pull Ups, 15 Hip Ext.
- Dec 17: 7 Split Jerks.
- Dec 14: Run 10 Km/ 6.2 miles.
- Dec 13: 3 rounds for time of Box Jumps 50x on 24" Box, Dead Lifts 21x at 185#, Pull Ups 30.
- Dec 11: "Nasty Girls": 3 rounds for time of 50 Squats, 7 Muscle Ups, 135# Hang Power Cleans 10x.
- Dec 10: "Annie". For time 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 reps of Double Unders and Sit Ups.
- Dec 8: 7 Clean and Jerks.
- Dec 5: In 20 min, as many rounds of these 5 exercises. 5th round jumping pull ups.
- Dec 5: For time: 100 squats, 2 muscle ups, 80-4, 60-6, 40-8, 20-10.
- Dec 4: Five rounds for time of: 50 pound dumbbell, walking lunge, 10 alternating steps. 50 pound dumbbell, swing, 15 reps.
- Dec 3: Three rounds, 21-15- and 9 reps, for time of: 95 pound Thruster, Pull-ups.
- Dec 1: Shoulder Press 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps.
- Nov 30: "Tabata Something Else" Complete 32 intervals of 20 seconds of work followed by ten seconds of rest where the first 8 intervals are pull-ups, the second 8 are push-ups, the third 8 intervals are sit-ups, and finally, the last 8 intervals are squats. There is no rest between exercises.
- Nov 28: Kata
- Nov 27: Swimming
- Nov 23: Three rounds for time of: 21 Knees to elbows; 1 1/2 pood Kettlebell swing, 21 reps; 21 Push-ups; 15 foot Rope climb, 3 ascents; 20 inch Box jump, 21 reps; 21 Back extension; Walking lunge, 150 ft.
I've decided to make "non-practice" notes on CrossFit from a martial perspective, but first a summary of CrossFit:
CrossFit is a strength and training methodology used by hundreds of firemen, military folks, and martial artists that was developed by Greg Glassman, a former gymnast since the 1980s. The CrossFit site provides a great deal of free information including these seminal link explaining themselves:
- "Foundations" (2002-04)
- "What is Fitness?" (2002-10)
- "Understanding CrossFit" (2007-04)
- CrossFit Exercises. Videos of exercises, lectures, and such.
Here are a few other links on different seminal topics in CrossFit:
- "The Garage Gym" (2002-09). The basic equipment (at the time). Also in the first issue of the CrossFit Journal.
- "Garage Gym II: The Revolution" (2005-07). An update on the previous article. The CrossFite home page also has a short list of recommended suppliers.
- "Killer Workouts" (2005-05). Anyone participating in intense physical activity (like CrossFit) needs to be aware of Rhabdomyolysis [W].
- "Broad, General & Inclusive Fitness" (2007-07). Video of part of lecture by Greg Glassman.
- "Sport of Fitness Seminar" (2002-02 and 2003-03). Video of part of lecture by Greg Glassman.
For those who don't want to follow the links, let me summarize CrossFit in a paragraph. In CrossFit (although the concept should be applicable everywhere) health comes in a continuum from sick to well to fit. So engaging in health promoting activity and study is not just for "athletes" but anyone who wants to be healthy. In CrossFit, fitness should be "broad, general, and inclusive" as in the tasks in life, work, and sports varies by a great range. Thus while some may want to specialize, most should be able to do general random tasks. EG: A marathon runner specializes in endurance but may suffer in strength. There are 10 general physical skills that CrossFit wants to cover: Cardiovascular and Resperatory Endurance (oxygen processing), Stamina (energy processing), Strength, Flexibility, Power (more force in less time), Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. There is a hierarchy of components for health: Nutrition, Metabolic Conditioning (cardio and stamina), Gymnastics (calisthenics or moving the self), Weight Lifting and Throwing (moving the non-self), Sport/Life (application and expression of health/fitness). Exercises should be functional (roughly approximate real life functions) and varied (hence widely different WODs). Intensity is preferred because powerful sessions save time and can provide metabolic conditioning too. CrossFit is empirically driven as in measuring, counting, timing, data sharing, experimenting, etc. CrossFit is a sport, the "sport of fitness" because games, playing, and competing are more fun and motivating than simply demanding fitness. CrossFit implements this sport by having people doing WOD all over the world and having them share metrics and experiences over the Internet. The inclusive factor means that the exercises should be scalable (modified depending upon age, gender, capabilities, etc.) and subbable (modified depending on equipment, capabilities, etc.).
Now onto notes on CrossFit from a martial perspective.
As far as improving fitness, CrossFit is broader and more general and more inclusive than martial arts. Martial arts focus on combat activities which most of us rarely, if ever, use in everyday life. In its defense martial arts, is broader and more general than other activities, like say running. In the CrossFit hierarchy of health components, martial arts is a "sport", i.e. a particular application of fitness. Martial arts can develop general fitness, but CrossFit develops general fitness more broadly, more generally, and more efficiently. Six months of CrossFit would advance the 10 general physical skills of a person better than 6 months of martial arts. One of the reasons is a matter of logistics. Martial arts, like CrossFit, can be done solo, but martial arts should usually done with others for two reason: Martial arts is very skills oriented and requires constant instruction at a lower level. Combat requires combatants, and preferably a variety of opponents. Most people probably don't realize it but martial arts is a very social activity! "Extra-curricular", in-person, out-of-home gatherings can be difficult to schedule around work, school, kids, chores, etc. In contrast, you can do most CrossFit workouts alone, at your own home, on your own schedule, even if sick (like I was), all the while feeling connected to the CrossFit community. It is much easier for the average person to do 5-6 days a week of CrossFit than martial arts. I am of the opinion that most people should do something like CrossFit for general fitness. People with specific sports/activities, should spend that precious scheduled time doing things very specific to their sport/activity. Even the warm ups should be largely sport/activity specific if possible.
Another thing I like about CrossFit that most martial arts do is intensity (more work in less time). Most martial arts workouts are intense and 1 hour long, maybe 2 at most. The Chicago Swordplay Guild has 4 hour long workouts, the very length of which reduces intensity. The problem with a 4 hour work out is not just that it is hard to maintain physical intensity, but mental intensity and focus as well. There's a reason that most movies don't run 3-4 hours long. The CSG motto is "ferrum non verbum" (steel, not words), and yet the workouts are padded with scholarly discussions. Some of these are discussions would be better of done after class or over a beer or in a forum or through "homework". In defense of the CSG, some of the discussions have to be done on the floor. Also in defense of the CSG, it's using Chicago Park District space and does not have full control of the space and hours. As much fun as the abrazare/unarmed half of the class is, I've had tons of that already and I want to focus on the armed portion, hence I'm going to start going to just the last half of these 4 hour classes.
I love how both CrossFit and martial arts emphasize technique/mechanics. See "Virtuosity" (2005-08). Good mechanics and beautiful technique is not just pretty but it increases safety, efficacy, and efficiency. Interestingly enough, Greg Glassman points out how you have to push the intensity such that it challenges the the perfection of your technique in this video: "Question & Answer Part 2, Coach Glassman". Perfection of technique v intensity. There is such truth in this. If you don't challenge or risk your technique, then you can't acquire virtuosity in your technique, or innovate new techniques.
I'm impressed by the work CrossFit puts into the core.
- The trunk/torso consists of 3 parts: The thorax/chest, the abdomen, and the pelvis. I consider the "core" to be the lower 2/3 of the trunk/torso. The Japanese would call this the hara.
- Martial artists often say use the "hips", but that's imprecise. The hip is actually the end of the femur (the thigh bone) and should really refer to the joint between the femur and the pelvis. CrossFit does a lot of squats, so they focus on opening/extending and closing/flexing the hip. Just to be absolutely clear: A fully flexed hip would have the knees the chest. There should be a large range of motion (ROM) from the hip joint and a lot of power.
- Not surprisingly, CrossFit does not do much with hip rotation (either laterally/externally or medially/internally), abduction (lateral lift), or adduction (medial lift). In contrast, kicking martial arts cover almost all hip ranges.
- Another major "joint" covers the lumbar vertebrae (lower back) and sacrum (the triangular base of the spine wedged into the pelvis at the sacroiliac or SI joint and just above the coccyx or tailbone). Relative to the hip joint, the SI and lumbar have little ROM and are meant for stabilization. There are two major positions to lock into (as opposed to a relaxed or neutral pelvis):
- Posterior/forward pelvic tilt, aka maintaining the lumbar curve. CrossFit does a lot of lifts, so they focus on maintaining the lumbar curve (which emphasizes stability), instead of letting you rounding your back (which might tempt you to lift with it). This is what they're talking about when they say lift with your legs and not with your back. The Fabris stance in rapier is one of the few times that the lumbar curve is used in martial arts.
- Anterior/backward pelvic tilt. aka hollow back or tucking in your tailbone. CorssFit does in running, gymnastics, at the top of squats, etc. Most upright martial arts utilize the tucked tail because the tucked tail is good for hip extension. Most of the ground martial arts use this too in falls and rolls.
- Midline stability involves stabilizing the abdomen by using your body to form a natural girdle or lifting belt. Usually you tense the obliques and create pressure in the abdominal cavity. This is often done by trying to draw the navel to the anus or similar visualization technique. In martial arts this has to be developed so that you can maintain it pretty much constantly (as in ready to receive a stomach blow) while being relaxed otherwise. Midline stability is what allows you to connect the lower body to the upper body and to transfer power and momentum. Midline stability is used everywhere in CrossFit and martial arts.
I have yet to see it in CrossFit but the above discussion on the core misses misses out on core related movements such as rotating on the vertical axis (think turning to void a bull, or turning into a blow) and traversing (think voiding to the side). While front and back movement (essentially hip flexion and extension) is common (walking, running, lifting), martial arts and chores also do a lot of vertical rotation and traversing. I suppose they'll do it with agility ladders, chopping exercises, and the like.
I'm enjoying seeing so many stance fundamentals in CrossFit: Toes and knees aligned in facing, knees bent, mind center of mass, mind eye placement, be tall. Similarly the aggressiveness in timing required in some techniques (like the Jerk) is very reminiscent many martial techniques.
CrossFit uses a lot of waves of contractions and waves of momentum transfer --very clear in the Olympic lifts. Blows and throws and blocks involves lots of momentum transfer. Of course martial arts must temper maximal momentum transfer with tactical considerations. EG: Lead with the sword forward, then step in.
CrossFit's explorations into the pose technique (pose, fall, lift) for running is also very interesting. Relying on the natural spring board of the arch of the foot makes sense. Using the gravity and the forward fall makes sense. Lifting just the foot instead of pushing makes sense for running (or robotic dogs), but a very quick single step for a blow should take advantage of a push instead of just a lift. Distinctions should be made between many steps (running), few steps (sprinting), very few steps (fighting). Clearly racers start from the balls of their feet. It's all very reminiscent of bare foot, natural foot techniques, which is done in both WMA (with period shoes) and EMA.
One of the reasons that CrossFit appeals to me is the emphasis on functional exercises. Martial arts often does exercises that approximate fighting techniques or movements.
The aikido unbendable arm demo has been around for years, but its nice to see the unbendable arm discussed from a Western perspective via Tony Blauer. I suppose the thrusting sword grip can utilize the unbendable arm if at least some of the fingers open up more. BTW: CrossFit throws in some combatives stuff but I don't think it's really their shtick. I have noticed that a good number of the CrossFit affiliates are Krav Maga folks.
Lastly I wanted to mention that CrossFit focuses on the "lower" general physical skills, while martial arts focus on "higher" skills. In one continuum you might have this: Physical, Tactical, Strategic, and Political. Or with a chess analogy: Physical covers the rules of how the pieces move; Tactical covers responding to the previous move while thinking ahead 1-2 moves; Strategic covers the over all layout leading to the end game; Political covers whether you should win or lose this game and why. A problem with the chess analogy is that the physical skill is equal for all players, but in a fight being able to physically move faster may win the fight. On the other hand: When communicating being able to physically shout louder is a fairly trivial skill compared to having something pithy to say. Or as Herodotus says in Oscar's sig: "Force has no place where there is need of skill.".
Sorry if this ran on and it wasn't edited enough, but I've already spent more time on this than I had intended to.
I have small group of friends from college. I'm the only one who leans left, the others are right of center or far right. One of the die-hard Republican friends sent out this email recently about a speech by Rush Limbaugh on 2009-02-28:
Rush gave the keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) two weeks back. CPAC holds the biggest annual conservative convention in the country. This year FOX aired the keynote address, and knowing this Rush took the opportunity to explain to the nation what conservatism is. It was basically a Conservatism 101 class and really boiled down conservative thinking in one speech.
I thought of myself as a liberal until I listened to Rush. He was my mentor in political thinking. So if you’d like to get a idea of how conservatives in general and myself in particular view the world, please consider listening to this (the link is weird, after getting to the site, I had to hit refresh to start the video):
I replied with the following:
Sigh. The things I do for my friends. I just watched all 1:28:50 of the Rush "address to the nation". I even rewound it a few to times to make sure I heard it right. Unlike his all pro-Rush audience, I personally did not appreciate his going over his allotted time by an hour.
It seemed that his speech was largely to to explain who conservatives are to a larger audience, but he was also giving conservatives suggestions about what to do especially in response to having lost the 2008 Presidential election.
Whether Democratic or Republican, conservative or liberal, I think most Americans love people, the Constitution, life, liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. I find this funny because as much as he accuses libs/Dems of fostering a victim mentality, he and the cons/Repubs so often play as if they are victims to the media. Is the media saying that libs/Dems have those qualities and that cons/Repubs don't? Is he saying that cons/Repubs love those things and foster those things more than libs/Cons? Silly. But in a sense everyone regardless of party has to promote these thing in order to avoid looking like they're not against those things.
In order to define conservatives, Rush had to draw the distinctions between libs/Dems and cons/Repubs with using less general stuff. In many models there are two axes of freedom/permissiveness: personal/social and economic. The usual definitions roughly follow the attached chart.
On the personal/social axes Rush talked about how cons/Repubs like people, see individuals and not groups, how people should live lives according to their values, about how they should make suggestions and then let people do as they wish, they want everybody to succeed, etc. Rush tries to make it sound as if cons/Repubs are live and let live, and are not racist, sexist, or homophobic, but then does not bring up cans of worms like affirmative action, abortion, or gays. (Otherwise his speech would have been even longer!) These are issues of fairness, morality, and taste, and I find it odd to parse these issues by party. If anything, it seems that Rush is leaning toward moderate on these issues (as would be expected of a capitalist according to the chart).
Rush largely focused on the economic axis, especially with taxes, regulations, and role/size of government. (Regulations and role of govt can also fall in the pers/soc axis.)
I think the tax issue is overplayed. Raising taxes is never popular with the voters, so why would either party want to be pro-tax? If anything, Obama is giving 95% of America a tax cut. We've only had income tax since the Civil War, but I consider the existence of taxes a separate issue. As far as punishing achievement (the rich), these Republican Presidents had these tax rates for the rich: Eisenhower 91%, Nixon 70%, Reagan 50%. Obama is just rolling back Bush's tax cuts from 35% to 39.6%. Perhaps cons/Repubs want bigger tax cuts all around and for the rich but then there's the national debt. Obama is setting a moderate progressive tax, he's no wild-eyed socialist, punishing the rich.
As far as regulations: It was lax regulations that enabled bad securities to get AAA ratings. All the politicians can point the fingers this way and that. We, the people, don't care, we just want regulations in there to prevent this from happening again. Perhaps bubbles will always happen but a robust system with redundant systems can handle failures. These securities were opaque, were pervasive enough to take everything down with them, and should be illegal. I don't consider this to be overly authoritarian, any more than having traffic laws for safety. The true costs of things eventually get revealed. Of course we need to weed out the bad regulations too. Keep things simple as possible, but no simpler.
As far as role/size of government: Bush did the bailouts and TARP --everyone agrees we need a stimulus package. As far as a perpetual War on Poverty, a welfare state, entitlements, redistribution of wealth, and destroying ambition: America isn't socialist. In the US budget: 23% is Medicare/Medicaid, 21% Social Security, 21% Defense, 17% discretionary, 10% mandatory, 8% interest. The government is not a for profit organization. It's supposed to provide some public services. I don't think folks are living high on the hog on food stamps, unemployment benefits, NASA, and college grants, or that we aren't following our dreams. Libs/Dems have nothing against people getting rich or being happy.
Rush seems to stress more on what cons/Repubs would not do, as opposed to what they would do. It's almost Taoist in the sense that those in touch with the Tao appear to do nothing and yet accomplish so much. His advice to his flock of beating libs/Dems by talking about principles instead of trying to make better policy, is akin to being more and doing less. I'm greatly amused by this because that's my general mode of operation. I only step in and tweak things as needed, otherwise I let the people live for themselves.
Rush says that libs/Dems are about fostering fear, defining who can have freedom, being authoritarian. That all sounds like the Bush admin to me. The war and the economy foster enough fear by themselves, thank you. I don't think libs/Dems are out to destroy and remake the country, or destroy people's futures: Who's fostering that fear? Libs/Dems have blood in Iraq and Afghanistan and did not want want the Iraq war to fail, period.
What's with all these petty attacks on Biden? Jokes about Indians at the 7-11? Biden forgot the name/number of a website? Perhaps Rush was trying to lighten things up, but it comes across as petty and emotional manipulation. He keeps saying he sees Americans individuals instead of groups, but he keeps playing us versus them.
I find the joke of Rush thinking so highly of himself, as in being God-like or having crowds cheering him wherever he goes, sort of warps his perspective. I don't think too many people cared what Rush was doing while Obama met with moderate cons/Repubs. It's all Rush self-promoting.
I was hopeful that he'd present a view of conservatism that I had not grasped before, but it was pretty familiar stuff. He is still largely concerned about the political GAME of us v them, as opposed to acting like a public servant --which is OK because he's not a public servant --he's a political entertainer profiting off of a captive audience that he cultivates. His statements about wanting to see Obama fail (and his weak defense) highlight this.
The people and I are watching actions, and examining the reasoning, evidence, heart and laws supporting those actions, and the results of the actions. We don't care what you're party is.
His reply so far has been this:
Thank you, Thank you George! A very reasoned response. You’d might be surprise on how many points we agree (I sure was). I will respond when I have more time. Nice chart BTW, although I’m not sure what the "You" button stands for...
Tao? Hmm... I’ll have to give some thought to that one...
To be continued...
So far so good. It's often more fun to "fight" with your friends than your enemies. Even though we may seem politically opposite according to the two party system, I'm hoping that our differences are actually manageable, because on a grander scale we have the same political interests of looking after our friends, family, and neighbors.
Wow. One of the more powerful pieces I have seen in a while. I know that I shift brains but it's amazing to choose to do so.
Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened -- and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.
They have discovered but one portion of my fire-breathing technique! Yes: I consume the bacon/prosciutto and store it about my waist. (Krispy Kreme will do as well)
However they missed two key parts: I have learned special breathing techniques that allow me to expel pure oxygen, and I am also able to generate a spark in my mouth by using strawberry flavored Pop Rocks. Thus I can, upon command, combine the bacon with the pure oxygen in my sinuses, then I light it with the Pop Rocks spark as I rapidly expel it.
The effect is almost as good as laughing while chocolate milk is coming out of my nose.
I've never really followed Jesse Ventura but this is good stuff!
I also liked this presentation by a user at the digg thread. Bonus points for the WarCraft connection.
Prepare to fight
First Blood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSra-McRZEc
Triple Kill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO5QWxaoup4
This comment from the digg thread sums it up:
Wow. Call the guy crazy all you want, but listen carefully to him and you realize not only does he make a valid legal point, he's non-violent, he composes an improvised song while being pinned down by two cops and then *runs away* while being **tazed** and actually takes the time to tell them he considers it self-defense. Dude seemed pretty with it to me. What I want to know is why he was being pinned to the ground by two cops in the first place. And did he get caught?
I want to know how the cops were not able to cuff him? Too much pressure from knowing they were being video taped?
These "Battle Reports" are videos that show game play from the upcoming computer game "StarCraft II" by Blizzard. Battle Report I (Protoss v Terran) and Battle Report II (Zerg v Terran) have been out, but this third and latest Battle Report is Terran v Protoss, so that completes the combinations (PT, ZT, and ZP).
We're left hungry for the actual game release, which is still vaguely described as coming out in late 2009.
Just a quickie tech review:
I've always been a "head in the clouds" sort of fellow. I'm forgetful and my mind wanders off and follows threads that catch my eye. So it's no wonder that when it comes to technology, I'm ready for the cloud.
Google already has a lot of my personal data in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Documents, Google Notebooks.
Surprisingly Google is not generous with storage space at Picasa, because then I might dump all my photos there. Perhaps they're still working on that GDrive or they're worried about the massive amounts of porn pictures people would upload. Perhaps Flickr is the way to go. I don't make many videos, but we need something similar for that.
Intuit or Quicken handles my personal finances. I already pay most of my bills automatically online.
I'd like to Amazon (or Barnes and Noble) to sell and store digital media like ebooks, videos, and music. There are some books that are so beautiful or big or both that I'd prefer a print copy, but for most books, an ebook would do. I don't want physical media disks at my house getting scratched and broken. I don't mind them using some consumer-mindful form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to ensure that I'm not stealing. I'd like to supplement the DRM digital media with DRM-free media from other sources like Google Books and the Gutenberg Project, PDFs, MP3s, etc. Perhaps I'd store it at GDrive. In any case, I should be able to stream digital media (if I'm online) or download them (at least temporarily) for access either on or offline.
I'd like to have my Personal Health Record (PHR) at some place like Google Health or Microsoft Health Vault. I'd like to be able to manage my family's PHRs too. I'd like to be able to import/export my PHR and import/export data from any health provider's Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
Journals or blogs already exist. I'm not so much into the social aspect of blogs but others are. For social two-way "journaling", I think short and fast via Facebook works fine, or a group mailing list. Twitter works for even lighter talks with the masses. RSS readers are OK, but they don't rank like Digg or Reddit.
Apps that are on or offline, smart phone, netbook, or desktop are in the flux and sort of annoying. Phones need bigger and better lenses: We don't need SLR lens but something bigger than a pinhole.
Yada, yada, yada. All this computer cloud stuff still doesn't compare to following the clouds that float by in my own head.
Way to go dude! The revolution has begun! I liked these two comments in the Reddit thread:
Stage 1 - "Haha, look at that guy over there, he looks like a fool"
Stage 2 - "Look, that other guy is making fun of him, let's all point and laugh"
Stage 3 - "Hey, another has joined in making fun of the dancing dude, boy he must be embarrassed, what a tard!"
Stage 4 - "Hmm, there's more people dancing now, what a bunch of followers"
Stage 5 - "Wow, everybody is running over there to dance! I now stand out because I'm NOT dancing"
Stage 6 - "Wait for me! I want to dance too!"
I've done quite a bit of sociological research on the psychology of crowds. What you see in the video is actually a good example of the kind of population distribution needed to, say, start a revolution. The populace can be so incredibly anxious to join in (in a revolution, they'd be pissed and angry, here, they want to dance and have fun), but you still need the first person, or the first few couple people, to actively participate without the safety net provided by numbers. (In revolutions, these guys are either the traitors or patriots, depending on the outcome, and their existence can be caused by any number of factors, from economic status to religion to traditional beliefs to, well, anything that could get them to stand up against authority.) This is typically the stage where large movements either stall out or start to actually have an effect. This was just dancing, but it's a microcosm for how a lot of societal changes in general actually work.Stage 7 - "I always thought dancing dude was cool! I was going to join him earlier, but you guys beat me to it."
In my post Head in the clouds, I stated the following:
I'd like to Amazon (or Barnes and Noble) to sell and store digital media like ebooks, videos, and music. There are some books that are so beautiful or big or both that I'd prefer a print copy, but for most books, an ebook would do. I don't want physical media disks at my house getting scratched and broken. I don't mind them using some consumer-mindful form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to ensure that I'm not stealing. I'd like to supplement the DRM digital media with DRM-free media from other sources like Google Books and the Gutenberg Project, PDFs, MP3s, etc. Perhaps I'd store it at GDrive. In any case, I should be able to stream digital media (if I'm online) or download them (at least temporarily) for access either on or offline.
The whole topic of digital media is a big topic. These days I'm focused on digital books but they're all related.
Before I continue, let me just quickly jot down the sub-topics:
- Media types.
- Physical size.
- Device features.
- Content and Money: Creator, seller, and buyer.
- Social media.
Media types is a seemingly easy sub-topic. The media types are essentially text, pictures, audio, video, and apps. Simple enough. That's the media that the user receives (and the device outputs). The user however also sends "media" (and the device inputs). This includes text, voice, movements, and selections. There are other nuances such as the streaming aspect (EG: radio), the asynchronous aspect (EG: email), and combinations (EG: comics). A lot of sight, sound, motion, and time sensing, but not much in the way taste, touch, or smell. Things like the Wii do some motion and momentum input/output too.
This is actually seemingly simple too.
Device features will vary greatly between makers and models initially, but as the technology matures, the differences between makers and models of the same class will become more subtle.
This is the real heart of the issue. The users/buyers are most concerned about the content, but these days the content is tied to the money.
Users have three kinds of content:
There have been three stages of content:
How do the creators and sellers control the copying of the media? And how can they ensure that they get their fair share of the buyer's money? In the digital media industry, the first medium to face this problem head on has been the music industry. Pirating (or illegal copying) of music still occurs. For a while it seemed that the answer was digital rights managment (DRM), but this seemed to hamper on the buyers right to legally copy media for which they had paid for. So far it seems that the answer is not DRM, but to trust that people will honor copyright laws and pay the seller (and hence the creator) their money. A comparison of online music stores [W] shows that the most successful don't use DRM. The available formats (such as mp3, aac, m4a, aiff, wav, ogg) are trivial given all the available converters.
Copyrighted digital text is in the news lately because e-book readers started becoming good enough and popular enough that major books are being sold in digital format. The different e-book readers are using DRM and different files.
Here's a quick review of different e-book formats. See also Comparison of e-book formats [W]. Some of them can implement DRM.
- .txt. Simple text. Preferably UTF-8, but Unicode, windows-1252, iso-latin-1, or even ASCII will do.
- .htm. Simple HTML. Variants include .chm, .lit, and plucker.
- .pdf. Portable Document Format. Practically universal. Many things can be exported or printed to PDF.
- .rtf. Rich Text Format.
- XML based:
- .opf. Open eBook
- .epub. Supercedes .opf
- .mobi, .prc. Mobipocket. Based on .opf. Available to the iRex/Philips iLiad e-book reader.
- .azw. Amazon Kindle e-book. Based on .mobi.
- .arg. Arghos Diffusion.
- Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY)
- .fb2. FictionBook.
- Text Encoding Initiative.
- .tr2, .tr3. TomeRaider.
- .ps. PostScript.
- .djvu. DjVu. Especially for images.
- .pdb. eReader (formerly Palm Digital Media/Peanut Press). For ereader.com. Also used by the Barnes & Noble Plastic Logic e-reader.
- .lrf, .lrx. Broadband eBooks. For the Sony Reader.
Here are the major e-book readers (see more at List of e-book readers [W] and their primary formats:
Just to make it explicit, one of the issues is that with DRM and no standard format, if you buy stuff from one store, then you have to use their reader. If you want to buy stuff from two stores, then you need two readers, and so on. In contrast, you can buy a CD from any store and play it on any CD player.
The digital music industry went through this DRM issue, i.e. it was a real world experiment done with real creators, sellers, and buyers. The result is that overwhelming majority of buyers are honest folk who will respect copyright laws and will pay the sellers and the creators their money. DRM tried to control illegal copying, but actually it was a stumbling block for buying and fair buyer use of media that they legally paid for. I guess that the print media has a years of physical media experience that it has to over come in this digital media world. Copyright laws still apply. Just because it is easier to copy, doesn't make it legal, and the numbers show that the greater sales without DRM are worth the losses due to piracy. The print media probably also has a psychological issue of going without DRM because digital songs are $0.99 while digital books are $9.99. In any case, print media will experiment with using digital print, and, like digital music, may drop DRM after they run through the same experiment but with text instead of audio, and with different prices and different uses.
Let me gripe a bit about some of the hoops I, as a buyer, have to go through:
My wife bought a Kindle 2 and then the price dropped. Learning from her experience, I want to get a Kindle DX --as soon as the price drops. We each have our own accounts at Amazon. A DRM protected Kindle book must be associated with an Amazon account and can be accessed on up to 6 Kindle-compatible devices, where each device is registered to the same Amazon account. A Kindle-compatible account can only be registered with one Amazon account at a time. This gives us several options:
- Buy Kindle books via both of our separate Amazon accounts. If I wanted to share a Kindle book with her (or any one else), then I'd have to lend someone my Kindle DX, or have an extra Kindle registered to my account that I could lend. Neither option sounds very good. She could also just buy the same book on her own account but that's not sharing something I own --it's buying it again. Separate accounts does have the advantage of privacy in that we could each purchase Kindle books that we don't want the other to know about.
- Buy Kindle books via just her Amazon account. My Kindle DX would be registered to her account. We would be able to share books, but we would have the same Kindle book list, plus I would also be able to see her non-Kindle book purchases and info at Amazon.If we got a 3rd Kindle for the family in general, then we could put particular books on that Kindle, but they could also connect to Amazon with the Kindle and see all our other books.
- Create a new family Amazon account and use that for buying Kindle books. Our Kindles would then be registered to the family Amazon account. This scenario is exactly the same as the previous scenario except that we could continue to use our separate Amazon accounts for non-Kindle purchases and thus have privacy for that stuff from each other.
FYI: The scenario is roughly the same for Barnes & Noble, where the e-books are tied to an account. There is the added difference that Barnes & Noble uses .pdb, whose DRM scheme is also tied to a credit card.
In actuality, my wife, my kids, and I are pretty open and we don't care who sees whose books or Amazon purchases so we're going with option #2. With non-DRM e-books the scenario becomes much easier. We can share copies of e-books that we bought within our family. We know that it would be illegal to copy it and give it to others. Perhaps we should be allowed to lend copies to friends that expire in a week. That should whet their appetites so they might buy the book for themselves. On the other hand wouldn't all those broke college students find some way to get free copies of the books they need? People have to realize that if the sellers and creators don't make money, then how can they continue to give us good content?
In one sense digital print has been around for a while: The Web has lots of text! Social digital print has also been around for a while: Email! Blogs! Groups! Facebook! The "social" aspect of digital media as in songs and books however, is only just starting. It's not just a matter of finding out what's hot as in Pandora, Spotify, etc., but of discussing, note taking, excerpting. Of the e-book readers, only the iRex/Philips iLiad has serious note taking features. Each e-book should have at least one site that's a jumping point for discussions centered around the book.
Anyhow this post is getting a little long. What I do with books is find them, buy them, read them, bookmark my place, take notes, look things up, share them with folks, and reference the books. I'd like to be able to do the same thing with e-books, but with the advantage of portability, some connectivity, and digital notes. I'm tempted by the Apple tablet because it has color, video, and can take notes, but it would also need a big book store, free connectivity, and better battery life. Amazon and Barnes & Noble should continue to compete against each other for a cheaper e-book reader that can take better notes and can read e-books from more sources. The big thing is that more and more books should be digitized. The World Wide Web is amazing, Google is amazing, Wikipedia is amazing. The ability to access all the books, old or new, from anywhere would be amazing too!
Music is something so natural and yet so perplexing. My wife has lots of musical training and talent, and my deceased brother was an advanced classical pianist, but in contrast I'm literally half deaf with my SSD/UHL. In spite of my low self-confidence with music, I have recently been compelled to start fiddling with a soprano recorder and an alto/treble recorder and I plan to get a B flat clarinet. Given my geeky nature, I have found myself delving into music theory and music/brain experiments. As a novice in the field, the more I dig, the more ignorant and talentless I feel.
Bobby McFerrin is referring to a musical sense innate to most of us. However, just as some people are color blind, some people have brains that are "music blind" as in they cannot detect the music (beauty of sounds). Some people have limited abilities in detecting (let alone appreciating or creating) rhythm or pitch or harmony or melody or some combination. So when it comes to teaching or learning music (or other topics), the sensitivity of the audience must be taken into account --especially if teaching smaller classes. My father-in-law apparently has such a bad sense of pitch that when he was in choir, he was once told to just move his lips.
As far as the pentatonic scale, it sounds simple but the theory is odd. An octave is where the interval between 2 notes is double or half in frequency.
Chromatic scales have 11 intervals per octave, which is like pressing white and black keys on a piano sequentially like this:
C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C = 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 semitone = 11 intervals
Octatonic scales have 8 intervals per octave, like this:
C, C#, D#, E, F#, G, A, A#, C = 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2 semitones = 8 intervals
Heptatonic scales have 7 intervals per octave, which in C major is like pressing the white keys on a piano sequentially like this:
C, D, E, F G, A, B, C = 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 1 semitone = 7 intervals
Hexatonic scales have 6 intervals per octave, which is done in whole tones like this:
C, D, E, F#, G#, A#, C = 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2 semitones = 6 intervals
Pentatonic scales have 5 intervals per octave like this:
C, D, E, G, A, C = 2, 2, 3, 2, 3 semitones = 5 intervals
And so on for tetratonic (4 intervals), tritonic (3 intervals), and ditonic (2 intervals).
There are actually many other scales, but what most people hear these days are popular variants of heptatonic scales such as the diatonic/major, harmonic minor, and melodic major. The discussions then get way over my head. Why does a major scale sound bright while a minor scale sounds sad? Tonality and the Circle of Fifths seem nice but they make less sense than the Golden Ratio. Modern music notation is done with heptatonic staffs --why not convert to chromatic staffs and get rid of all those annoying accidentals (sharps, flats, etc.)?
BTW: I posted something about different kinds of breathing, but breathing for musical instruments is it's own world. Getting the right volume and velocity, breathing instead of blowing, and tricks like circular breathing [W] (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVXFONkLPok for an example) are so cool.
Two things to bring it into the Western Martial Arts (WMA) realm:
While there is a certain amount of timelessness and universality to music, there is also an amazing amount of contemporary and cultural musical conditioning that we are not usually conscious of.
Music is very pertinent to martial arts as far as studying rhythm, time, intensity, etc. The key part though is that music is largely about consonance and harmony, and martial arts does that too, but also has an emphasis on creating dissonance and instability.
The rest of the video looks at 5 aspects of HTML 5 and shows simple example code implementing those aspects. The 5 aspects he covers are:
It's annoying and vexing that although Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) [W] has been around for 10 years now, it's not implemented in browsers in a standard fashion, especially Internet Explorer. See:
Until properly implemented, we have to use cheats like embed, object, and iframe in non-IE browsers. IE can show SVG by using stuff like svgweb [http://code.google.com/p/svgweb/] which converts the SVG into Flash. I love Inkscape for SVG images, and there should be more tools for SVG videos, charts, etc.
Initially it looks like some Japanese sexed up thing, but really it's zombie/Tarantino type of gore. More stuff like this will probably be posted as Halloween nears. The Reddit thread leads to other similar youtube goodies including the following:
It's been a while since I've done one of my litte free association scribble sessions, so here goes.
Today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species [W]. It's a good and grand occassion for celebration. I don't mind that Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort are giving away copies of the book with an anti-evolution introduction --the book, the evidence, the testing, and the ideas are simply blow away the stuff that Kirk and Mr. Banana come up with.
I have loved science and the philosophy of science for most of my life. Last month I saw David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation [http://www.ted.com/talks/david_deutsch_a_new_way_to_explain_explanation.html], a video of David Deutsch talking science philosophy. Good stuff espencially its tie ins to Karl Popper [W].
By coincidence, I've been having an email exchange with my Conservative/Republican/Right-leaning friends. They were trying to slam Hawaiiaan health care with this article: Remember Hawaii's Health Care Lessons [http://sweetness-light.com/archive/lessons-from-hawaiis-health-care-system]. I countered with this email (which has been edited for privacy and formatting):
As is in the lowest costs per beneficiary in the country?
The attached chart is from last month's article: In Hawaii's Health System, Lessons for Lawmakers [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/17/health/policy/17hawaii.html].
"Hawaii's health care system insures over 95% of residents. Under the state's plan, businesses are required to provide employees who work more than twenty hours per week with health care. Heavy regulation of insurance companies helps keep the cost to employers down. Due in part to the system's emphasis on preventive care, Hawaiians require hospital treatment less frequently than the rest of the United States, while total health care expenses (measured as a percentage of state GDP) are substantially lower. Given these achievements, proponents of universal health care elsewhere in the U.S. sometimes use Hawaii as a model for proposed federal and state health care plans. Critics, however, claim that Hawaii's success is due at least in part to its mild climate and to its status as a chain of islands whose economy is heavily based on tourism: features that make it more difficult for businesses unhappy with paying the plan's premiums to relocate elsewhere."
My brother lives in Hawaii and so does Linda. We can ask them.
Epistemology [W] because there's more than Fox and Rush.
From the responses, at first I thought I went over with the thing about epistemology, so I wrote this:
Sorry if talking about epistemology sound pretentious, but I've been reading about Karl Popper [W] and the philosophy of science, which all ties in to epistemology, as in what distinguishes common knowledge from scientific knowledge? What makes knowledge objective or subjective? How do we know? I think people like stuff that's very objective (science) or very subjective (art), but when things get in between (politics), it gets very muddy. Another important aspect is that somethings that "should" be objective may actually be quite subjective and vice versa. Certainly scientific/objective knowledge isn't everything, but knowing the distinctions between approximating the weight of a thing versus whether you like your weight are interesting to me.
Popper says some interesting stuff about freedom too, which BTW supports fighting: "The so-called paradox of freedom is the argument that freedom in the sense of absence of any constraining control must lead to very great restraint, since it makes the bully free to enslave the meek. The idea is, in a slightly different form, and with very different tendency, clearly expressed in Plato. Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal."
It's all good considering that today is the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species". It's a theory right? What makes it "better" than say a theory that claims that we were created by Zeus? Knowledge are theories and conjectures, but scientific knowledge is testable and falsifiable.
However, further discussion seemed to indicate that it was actually my quip against Fox and Rush that totally sidetracked what I thought was going to be a discussion about health care. So later on in the email thread I said this:
My exact words: "Epistemology because there's more than Fox and Rush"
My words insult Fox and Rush and those who listen predominantly to them. If you have more sources than Fox and Rush, then you shouldn't be insulted.
You could take the same phrase and replace "Fox and Rush" with a comparable pair of terribly left-leaning sources. Would I be insulted? I don't think so. I for example, don't follow any specific blogs these day.
Hmm. I'm having deja vu. This sounds similar to the race discussion we had a little while ago. Am I really so brusque in my communications? My wife gives me a similar attitude sometimes too. I think we're just talking --and then all of the sudden I'm in trouble. Am I becoming some sort of Archie Bunker?
Ewww. Sorry: I'm over-quoting. Anyhow, it seems that as a species, we can be very good at objective/scientific/mathematical thinking as well as subjective/creative/artistic/magical thinking. We can make great science and great art. What gets me is when they clash poorly or maliciously or both. Religion and politics are the primary examples. Religion and politics can be so inspiring, creative, and constructive for society, but they are often abused, dogmatic, and destructive. It seems to me that the problem is largely political (in the sense of people promoting and protecting their own interests). People squibble about power, resources, time, love, ideas, popularity, money, justice, attention, and so on, but if we could all be less trivial, we could do some really great stuff.
I'm tired of being trivial, of being morose and maroon. I want to do great things, feel great love, think great thoughts, share great wealth, be patient, be "orange", foster the good. It's time to maximize that signal-to-noise ratio. Big bold words, idealistic words. I know, I know. But it's hard to not be so when you watch Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when [http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_asia_s_rise_how_and_when.html], and you clapping and really believe that India and China and other lagging countries will become first-world countries by 2048! OK, so maybe we'll lose our polar caps and polar bears by then as well, and maybe we'll run out of oil too, but still, there's a lot of good we can do.
Is it such terrible hubris to believe? I love science, but I'm a believer. I believe that we want what's best for our kids, for all the kids, for our race, for our species, for our planet. We may indeed be a flash in time, an effervescent moment, a fleeting arrangement of legos [http://xkcd.com/659/], but oh how we dazzle, oh how bright are those shinging eyes [http://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html].
Pffftt! I can almost hear those Republican friends of mine tell me about drinking the tree-hugging kool-aid. You know what I say?!? FFFFFFUUUUUUUU!!!! Yeah baby! I'm living large! I'm breathing fire! I'm eager for my next CrossFit workout! I'm ready to cross swords! I'm watching too much TED and South Park and Heroes!
Phew. Slow down, slow down. Take it easy. I can breath fire calmly. I have the hubris to save the world. I'll do it Kill Bill style: I'll make a list.
Gaah! It's a crappy list, but it's a start. Time's up: Spell check and post. GO DARWIN!
This video was sent by a Republican friend of mine. It's not as adversarial as our past exchanges. Here's how I replied:
I like the video quite a bit. It's a little simple but it's mostly right. It does need some qualifications.
For example, there is a distinction between concepts ("democracy", "republic") and names of parties ("Democratic Party", "Republican Party"). After watching the video, one might simply conclude that the Republican Party is the clear choice over the Democratic Party because we clearly a republic is good, and a democracy is just a transition towards a bad oligarchy.
A party, its name, and what the party stands for are distinct things. For example, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson formed the "Anti-Federalist" factions in opposition to the "Federalist" party of Alexander Hamilton. The "Anti-Federalists" became the "Democratic-Republican" party, which eventually became today's "Democratic" party. It is true that Madison and Jefferson opposed the concept of "direct democracy", they were certainly in favor of a "representative democracy".
The U.S.A. is a republic and a representative democracy. Our representatives are elected by the People.
(It could be argued that neoconservatives like Cheney seemed more like oligarchs and thus even more pro-government than the republican on the chart in the video.)
Math is beautiful. Nature is beautiful.
In "Nature by Numbers," filmmaker Cristobal Vila presents a series of animations illustrating various mathematic principles, beginning with a breathtaking animation of the Fibonacci sequence. Then it moves on to the Golden and Angle Ratios, the Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations. This would be math-class gold, and it's awfully sweet even if math class is years behind you.
Well yes. The article states some stuff that's obvious to some of us, but I support erring on the side of stating the obvious. There are many times where I assumed certain things were obvious and then later I end up wishing that I had said something sooner.
Obvious #1. Yes Mac has always been about a captive audience. They have always wanted to control the hardware, the operating system, the apps, the design, the look-and-feel. Apple equals proprietary. I personally prefer open.
Obvious #2. Hardware, software, and Internet connectivity is getting cheaper, faster, and cooler. Monetizing and staying on the curve is business. Ubiquitous HW with 4G+ and cloud storage and apps is the way to go. Beautiful, powerful, intuitive interfacing is the way to go. Ubiquitous media capture (txt, pic, aud, vid) and geolocation is the way to go.
Obvious #3. For most users the following apps will suffice on an iPad: Media Players (pics, audio, video, books), Browser, Office-like suite. There will of course be hundreds of apps that users want, but the emphasis should be on what users need. What should come soon: Skype/phone-like communications, FTP. Specialized tools that may never come but should: Power editors (text, pics, video, etc.), Remote Desktop access, Development IDEs, Database and Sys Admin tools.
Personally I'm itching to buy a tablet but the iPad is too weak to replace a smart phone and my laptop.
Whoot! We have laser cannons!
During the test, the Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS), guided by Raytheon's Phalanx Close-In Weapon System sensors, engaged and destroyed four UAV targets flying over water near the Navy's weapons and training facility on San Nicolas Island in California's Santa Barbara Channel, about 120 kilometers west of Los Angeles.
We've been distracted by the stunning advances that information technology has brought us, to the exclusion of very deeply held needs that we have in society.
In college I could barely do chemical engineering because I was so distracted by computers! The Web wasn't even up then, so people have even more distractions now.
Cosmos has, as its mission statement, the effort to convey to you why science matters. That is a different motivating factor than "Here's all this science I want to teach you."
There is so much mind in science that people forget that it has so much heart in it too.
My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey", the recently concluded 13 episode science documentary TV series. A sincere thank you to Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane, Ann Druyan, Fox, the National Geographic Channel, and the many who worked on Cosmos.
The show was thoroughly aligned with content my wife and I encourage for our kids. A sense of curiosity and wonder. Openness to different ideas and people. Awareness of the danger and responsibility of climate change: A climate change of a few degrees (or a few ppb of CO2) leads to an Ice Age or a Heat Age. The beauty and explanatory power of evolution. The importance of epistemology and the scientific method, and how it can stray.
I'll conclude with five simple rules that Neil mentioned in the last episode.
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