Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Video: Michael Moore cut this scene from Sicko because no one would believe it

Sicko: Out-takes - Michael Moore cut this scene from Sicko because no one would believe it.
A film from a place where everyone is equal, where families vacation with murderers, where sewage is fuel. Sci-Fi? No, but it is so unbelievable, Michael Moore chose not to include it in his film because he thought it would shock people way too much -- sure enough, I cited this clip on the Sun-Times Community Blog website and received heaps and heaps of nasty abuse from other readers.

Video: Michael Moore cut this scene from Sicko because no one would believe it

Sicko: Out-takes - Michael Moore cut this scene from Sicko because no one would believe it.
A film from a place where everyone is equal, where families vacation with murderers, where sewage is fuel. Sci-Fi? No, but it is so unbelievable, Michael Moore chose not to include it in his film because he thought it would shock people way too much -- sure enough, I cited this clip on the Sun-Times Community Blog website and received heaps and heaps of nasty abuse from other readers.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

My Photos - Mobile Uploads


Another copy!

What are the chances of TWO copies showing up in the delete bins in Owen Sound? But there they were - I had phoned the desk clerk last night, and yes, I would have driven out to get it right then and there, but he said it was gone - fortunately he didn't check all that well because we fished this second copy out in about 10 seconds.

I hope it plays!

My Photos - Mobile Uploads

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Another copy!

What are the chances of TWO copies showing up in the delete bins in Owen Sound? But there they were - I had phoned the desk clerk last night, and yes, I would have driven out to get it right then and there, but he said it was gone - fortunately he didn't check all that well because we fished this second copy out in about 10 seconds.

I hope it plays!

Friday, 16 November 2007

Conspiracy of Science - Earth is in fact growing

Time to rip up all the geology books: Neal Adams thinks he knows why Eurasia and Canada have the same trees, and why the oldest fossils are all found on dry land. It's because the Earth is growing ...



tip: Neil's argument is a great deal more convincing so long as you stick with this film and don't check out his other YouTube posts ;)

Conspiracy of Science - Earth is in fact growing

Time to rip up all the geology books: Neal Adams thinks he knows why Eurasia and Canada have the same trees, and why the oldest fossils are all found on dry land. It's because the Earth is growing ...


tip: Neil's argument is a great deal more convincing so long as you stick with this film and don't check out his other YouTube posts ;)

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

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taking the family outside to look at the comet. "Wow!" they say. Yeah, it's somethin' else...

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taking the family outside to look at the comet. "Wow!" they say. Yeah, it's somethin' else...

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Comment: The Secret is Bull Shit

The Secret is Bull Shit: "First off, Danny, Jeff el al, it is not a 'theory' it is a recipe; do you know why cakes rise? Do you REALLY know? if so, then you are some kick-ass physicists who truly deserve a lot of letters after your name, and perhaps you can then get on to some other big mysteries like 'WTF _is_ electricity anyway?' and subscribe to Jack Sarfatti's blog so you can argue with him.

It is my guess, and just a guess, that none of you have been at all scientific about this, and by that I mean, you haven't actually TRIED the recipe, have you. Admit it. You think it is foolish and bunk and cannot possibly be for ten thousand reasons, but the evidence that you miss is how there are clearly a great many people out there who did take the empirical approach and lo, they got results. We don't need you to judge their results, they are the one's to do that, you get to judge your own results, that is how it works.

I can give you fifty-thousand good solid cognitive science reasons why The Secret works; buy me another martini and I'll probably come up with a few thousand more, but dig, that doesn't matter either because the story told in this book/movie is one of an EXPERIENTIAL reality, it is wholly cognitive, and dag blast it, as Feynmann so rightly said, "I don't care how beautiful your theory is, if it disagrees with experiment, it is WRONG"

So do stop the moaning and dogmatic pronouncements, you sound like a bunch of medieval priests. If you doubt it, then doubt it while you try it out, and don't be absurd about it, don't ask someone to give you the Queen Elizabeth II (tho you might get it ... in a way) just follow the recipe, start with a small first step, let your EXPECTATIONS guide the focus of your thoughts, your actions and your reactions. Maybe it will work, maybe you just have super-bad karma built up from so many years of being a cynical dogmatist; it is a very very easy experiment to spoil so you still have to appeal to the empirical result that "it works for others, so why not me?" and go from that.

I will qualify all this now: I'm afraid if all you have is The Secret or even the new Masters of The Secret, there may be some small details that are actually stated, but are not given perhaps the emphasis that some folks need: When you ask, you must ask WITH YOUR WHOLE BEING, and that means you must ask with your convictions, with your behaviours, with your awareness and with the choices you make. For example, if you ask to lose 15 lbs by Christmas, you have to ask that question every time you see a Twinkie :) Right there I think you may see a cognitive framework that will lure you into a belief that this may be possible, but what I'm going to leave you with is the further idea that while that may be true, you're going to see "spooky action at a distance" effects too, so just be on the lookout for them :)

btw, I'm not an American, if that matters.

Comment: The Secret is Bull Shit

The Secret is Bull Shit: "First off, Danny, Jeff el al, it is not a 'theory' it is a recipe; do you know why cakes rise? Do you REALLY know? if so, then you are some kick-ass physicists who truly deserve a lot of letters after your name, and perhaps you can then get on to some other big mysteries like 'WTF _is_ electricity anyway?' and subscribe to Jack Sarfatti's blog so you can argue with him.

It is my guess, and just a guess, that none of you have been at all scientific about this, and by that I mean, you haven't actually TRIED the recipe, have you. Admit it. You think it is foolish and bunk and cannot possibly be for ten thousand reasons, but the evidence that you miss is how there are clearly a great many people out there who did take the empirical approach and lo, they got results. We don't need you to judge their results, they are the one's to do that, you get to judge your own results, that is how it works.

I can give you fifty-thousand good solid cognitive science reasons why The Secret works; buy me another martini and I'll probably come up with a few thousand more, but dig, that doesn't matter either because the story told in this book/movie is one of an EXPERIENTIAL reality, it is wholly cognitive, and dag blast it, as Feynmann so rightly said, "I don't care how beautiful your theory is, if it disagrees with experiment, it is WRONG"

So do stop the moaning and dogmatic pronouncements, you sound like a bunch of medieval priests. If you doubt it, then doubt it while you try it out, and don't be absurd about it, don't ask someone to give you the Queen Elizabeth II (tho you might get it ... in a way) just follow the recipe, start with a small first step, let your EXPECTATIONS guide the focus of your thoughts, your actions and your reactions. Maybe it will work, maybe you just have super-bad karma built up from so many years of being a cynical dogmatist; it is a very very easy experiment to spoil so you still have to appeal to the empirical result that "it works for others, so why not me?" and go from that.

I will qualify all this now: I'm afraid if all you have is The Secret or even the new Masters of The Secret, there may be some small details that are actually stated, but are not given perhaps the emphasis that some folks need: When you ask, you must ask WITH YOUR WHOLE BEING, and that means you must ask with your convictions, with your behaviours, with your awareness and with the choices you make. For example, if you ask to lose 15 lbs by Christmas, you have to ask that question every time you see a Twinkie :) Right there I think you may see a cognitive framework that will lure you into a belief that this may be possible, but what I'm going to leave you with is the further idea that while that may be true, you're going to see "spooky action at a distance" effects too, so just be on the lookout for them :)

btw, I'm not an American, if that matters.

Second Rotation

Second Rotation: Sell Your Old Powerbook, Cell Phone, Digital Camera and More. Earn Some Cash and Save the World!
You can either stuff them in a landfill where the tantalum will slowly leech into the water-table ... or you can help ensure that just one less of the damn things gets sold in the marketplace by sending your old units out for a second run, and with secondrotation, they say they'll even pay you a bit on your efforts

Second Rotation

Second Rotation: Sell Your Old Powerbook, Cell Phone, Digital Camera and More. Earn Some Cash and Save the World!
You can either stuff them in a landfill where the tantalum will slowly leech into the water-table ... or you can help ensure that just one less of the damn things gets sold in the marketplace by sending your old units out for a second run, and with secondrotation, they say they'll even pay you a bit on your efforts

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Jane Goodall on what separates us from the apes

Jane Goodall on what separates us from the apes: Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.
2003 talk by Jane Goodall on where we differ from the other primates, and where we don't, and how we shirk our great responsibility for being the master communicator that we are.

Jane Goodall on what separates us from the apes

Jane Goodall on what separates us from the apes: Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.
2003 talk by Jane Goodall on where we differ from the other primates, and where we don't, and how we shirk our great responsibility for being the master communicator that we are.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup: A Canadian filmmaker travels to the north Pacific Ocean to discover a world of unknown plastic pollution.
Anyone up for a really scary movie? ...

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup: A Canadian filmmaker travels to the north Pacific Ocean to discover a world of unknown plastic pollution.
Anyone up for a really scary movie? ...

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Oggling WikipediaVision: Anonymous edits to Wikipedia (almost) in real-time.

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Oggling WikipediaVision: Anonymous edits to Wikipedia (almost) in real-time.