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Hey Boy Hey Girl - The Chemical Brothers

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The Future of the Internet - And How To Stop It

A new generation of internet users are coming up through the ranks - and they , as most young kids - really don't know what's going on. But the difference between this generation and the builders, is that these kids take for granted what they don't know. The builders never took anything for granted. Each new feature, every new connection - was a hard fought victory against the nothingness. When they made a mistake, it cost them greatly. There were very few , at the dawn of the internet - that were able to rescue any from the consequences of a bad decision. The law firm in Arizona that attempted to send the first mass e-mail, and was subsequently burned off the internet by hackers. The net was a place where spammers were hunted down and destroyed. But gradually, after Mosaic morphed into Netscape and Internet Explorer, the user population saw the net as a collection of pages and sites that do not require an equal upload of content in response. They began to believ…

One - Paul David Hewson

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Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same
Will it make it easier on you, now
You got someone to blame

/ Am - D - / Fmaj7 - G - / :

You say, one love, one life
When it's one need in the night
One love, we get to share it
It leaves you baby if you don't care for it


/ C - Am - / Fmaj7 - C - / :

Did I disappoint you
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without

Well it's too late tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We're one but we're not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other
One

Have you come here for forgiveness
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus
To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much, more than a lot
You gave me nothing now it's all I got
We're one but we're not the same
Well, we hurt each other then we do it again

You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law
You ask me to ent…

Beating Yourself Up

I fell this weekend, and cut my leg / bruised my thigh and cut up my hands. I was running hard, away from a wall of color coming at me (at a festival, my daughter was trying to throw color in my hair and I didn't want to be bright pink). I tried to bank hard left running at full speed. I was wearing very old shoes and they slipped and I flipped end over end and hit the concrete on my right side. I rolled instinctively (years of skateboarding paying off) and broke the fall on my right side coming over with my left hand. The hand hit the ground so hard I couldn't feel anything in it. I was bleeding pretty bad. Later that night we tried to raid Bastion of Twilight and a particular combination of drakes were up. I had completed this fight before, but not really thinking things out - I realized later , after multiple epic fail - that the fight really was different than the one I'd done. I was pretty upset about not being able to interrupt a spellcast that seemed to cau…

Ted Talk: Daniel Pink on Motivation

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What I Want to Do With My Life

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Art
unfolds in us
like soft, clean bedsheets laid upon a strong bed
catching the breeze of late evening
soft midnight
beckons us to dream
calls out to us to feel

Art
moves us into a place
where we face ourselves
and find our focus
casting into a liquid ocean
of blue light

Science
is fun
blowing things up in your best friend's
driveway
goose guns
and rigging surfboards on your mother's car
so they don't fall off
using ancient salem knot magic

Games
inspire
spur us on

And the where these three meet
will be the focus of my life
and what I want to do
a quest for peace


peace, love and happiness
learn, grow and play

Ad majorem dei gloriam
Agnus dei
Qui tollis pecatta mundi
In Dei manibus mea est vita
Aeqaut omnes cinis
Debet semper plus esse
virium in vectors quam in onere

..and getting laid

The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

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Smeared black ink..
your palms are sweaty
and I'm barely listening
to last demands..
I'm staring at the asphalt
wondering what's buried underneath?


(where I am)

Wear my badge..
A vinyl sticker with big block letters
adhering to my chest
tells your new friends..
I am a visitor here
I am not permanent


Seems so out of context
in this gaudy apartment complex
A stranger with a doorkey
explaining that I'm just visiting


and I am finally seeing
that I was the one worth leaving


D.C. sleeps
alone tonight.
alone alone alone alone alone alone alone alone

Seems so out of context
In this gaudy apartment complex
A stranger with a doorkey
explaining I'm just visiting

I am finally seeing
why I was the one worth leaving

The district sleeps alone tonight -
after the bars turn out their lights
to send the autos swerving
into the loneliest evening


And I am finally seeing
why I was the one worth leaving.


Born This Way - Lady Gaga

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An Interesting Cancer Question

Why are skin cancers asymmetrical? My answer is that they're not. What people are calling skin cancer, is really just the runaway metastasis of skin cancer. Skin cancers start their life off as symmetrical,damaged tissue that did not repair correctly. They only become asymmetrical in metastasis. Why do they become asymmetrical when they are spreading (metastasizing)? When a cancer attempts metastasis, it's trying to use its genetic combination of keys to the corresponding locks of our organs and organ tissue. Once cancer is established,it can use exosomes for kind of intercellular communication, and jump from place to place. But its first step is to establish a foothold somewhere. Where they establish their first foothold is determined by how successful they are in overtaking local cells and bending them into a mutagenic platform for their own growth. I see skin cancer and irregular patches of skin as a form of measure against the random resistance of a general a…

I have cancer

I noticed that I have cancer. I am not going into intensive, or chemo - I'm just saying that I have noticed places on my skin where the tissue exists. Two spots on my leg are from previous scar tissue but are eternally red. Other places, I have spots that are slightly discolored, small - like the size of a pencil eraser - and slightly raised if you look carefully enough - maybe, 2 mm higher than the rest of the surrounding skin. Everyone has something like this on them. But it is cancer. The skin cells are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. How do you get full-blow cancer from this? I am guessing there are three things that will trigger this kind of low-grade cancer into full-on melanoma. First, I would pick at it. I think that irritating the area will trigger an inflammation response - and my guess is that is what the cancer is hoping for. Second, I would start eating a diet that would suppress my immune system or otherwise eff with me - things like oily foo…

Classical Music and You

Music is a form of art that sometimes brings out more , in us, that we thought existed. It is direct: music is a form of art that makes a physical change within its audience - your physical, inner ear reacts to a piece of music in a way unlike seeing a piece of artwork - fluid rises and falls within your ear, and touches cilia that result in sensation of sound. And then. It is gone. We can experience music on hold, while we are waiting on the telephone - in an elevator, through an mp3 player, by way of our cellphone, and even in the middle of the woods as we listen to the symphony of sound that encompasses the area around us. A bird , if earmuffed, will change its song when it can no longer hear its own. Its song will degrade. Disappear. Wherever we experience music, it is there only for the time that we hear it. That moment in time is traversed by a pattern of sound, and then we are elsewhere and it is gone. Classical Music has a tendency to be more rigid and focussed than …

Us and Them

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Why I Love Pink Floyd

When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
out of the corner of my eye

I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on
it now
the child is grown
the dream is gone

Any Major Dude Will Tell You - Donald Fagen/Steely Dan

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I never seen you looking so bad my funky one
You tell me that your superfine mind has come undone


Any major dude with half a heart surely will tell you my friend
Any minor world that breaks apart falls together again
When the demon is at your door
In the morning it won't be there no more
Any major dude will tell you


Have you ever seen a squonk's tears? Well, look at mine
The people on the street have all seen better times


Any major dude with half a heart surely will tell you my friend
Any minor world that breaks apart falls together again
When the demon is at your door
In the morning it won't be there no more
Any major dude will tell you

Further - The Chemical Brothers

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Click the song you wish to play. :)

Why I don't like Warcraft

Any game which requires you to set aside alot of time for it, can be a problem. Games in and of themselves shouldn't be a part of anyone's primary focus. The thing I don't like about Warcraft is that it takes alot of concentration to play. A good player should have to mull over his or her character and figure out how to play it best. That concentration comes at a terrible cost. Warcraft players sense a hidden bond between themselves - often when two people who play warcraft meet, there is an adopted language of the game that they will use to convey their respective accomplishments and ideas about the game. There is a finite chance that you will use the word "goblin" in a sentence. This is not necessarily a good thing. A conversation is a transaction between two human beings with hidden, implicit expectation. If we talk chess, normally there is a well defined line we cross in which we are discussing the game in a careful manner - and when we are simply talki…

Web Design

I have done alot of web coding, starting from some of the earliest versions of html / cgi and macromedia. I'm currently getting back into it, for a project - and I'm really beginning to notice an evolution of style and interface design. A catholic survey of websites yields little in the way of actual variance from earlier versions - people are using the website, still, as a means of communication. However, if you look more carefully you find that people are beginning to see the website as an integral part of their business and less a sort of technological innovation. It's fairly clear that site design and graphics have now translated into the domain of core marketing and away from experimental reach. There seems to be a trend away from actual functionality and toward a more graphical experience. The first generation of internet users - kids who have utilized the net since they were young - are hitting their sophomore year in college, and they are more than likely dr…

Why I Like Warcraft, Part One.

Warcraft is a game that is at its base, demanding of one's time. To play a character to level may take as long as 24 days (effectively, 48 days straight) of game time. It has been done in less than 100 hours, but in general, those that level aggressively must commit a large amount of time simply to reach the level at which one can play the endgame content. And it is somewhat difficult to master. There are very few opportunities for lazy players in endgame content. But it is also a beautifully drawn alternate world. The experience of casual play is extremely entertaining. Many players enjoy the game simply because of this fact. You too, can be a person with special powers... in a land that is admittedly visually fascinating. Many players find this element of the game appealing. Their character is an expression of themselves - the way that they play it is unique, and the elements of that character's build become a kind of semi-living avatar. These players often enjoy leve…

Naked as We Came - Iron and Wine

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She says wake up it's no use pretending
I'll keep stealing breathing her
Birds are leaving over Autumn's ending
One of us will die inside these arms




Eyes wide open -
Naked as we came
One will spread our -
Ashes 'round the yard.



She says if I leave before you, darling
Don't you waste me in the ground -
I lay smiling
like our sleeping children
One of us will die inside these arms


Eyes wide open
Naked as we came
One will spread our
ashes 'round the yard


Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins

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Bush Republicans, and Mistakes

Unlike people who believe in smart government - when a bush republican makes a mistake, they either cover it up, or pretend it didn't happen. Case in point: GOP candidate Mike Huckabee said that President Obama "grew up in Kenya" ... "I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough," ... "And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American." From a radio interview this past monday. So, more than likely, this bonehead comment will end up being swept under the rug. But the idea of whether or not a sitting president of the United States of America, can be confused to this level and degree indicates a massive amount of disinformation that this one candidate, in particular, seems happy to take on as fact. Still. You have to give the bush republicans credit this week. They accomplished passing a budget that funds the government for two weeks. Good job.…