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{ Saturday, 31 July, 2004 }

This is a moblog* post:

This is a moblog* post:

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Ecstatic ritual


*Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

jaybird found this for you @ 21:56 in Live from the road... | | permalink



Bizarre deep-sea worms dine

Bizarre deep-sea worms dine on whale bones.
Newly discovered genus lacks mouth, stomach, legs, eyes...

They feed only by infiltrating the drowned bones of dead whales -- a nutritional strategy unique in the animal kingdom -- and their sex lives are as bizarre as their diet.

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A giant ecosystem that has

A giant ecosystem that has functioned for millions of years has begun to break down

They are disaster zones: professional ornithologists who have spent their careers monitoring the teeming, screaming bird life of Orkney and Shetland have never seen anything like it.

On cliff ledges, on moorlands, on shingle banks, the nesting attempts of hundreds of thousands of seabirds in Scotland's Northern Isles have come to grief in the summer of 2004.

It is the year without young. Eggs have not been laid; where eggs have been laid, they have not hatched; where they have hatched, the chicks have died in the nest, and the tiny numbers of chicks that have left the nest have not lasted long.

A giant ecosystem that has functioned for millions of years has broken down. The reason is starvation, and the reason for the starvation is thought to be climate change: this is a taste of things to come.

jaybird found this for you @ 16:00 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



This doesn't necessarily justify anything,

This doesn't necessarily justify anything, but... Ancient brewery uncovered in Peru

A team of scientists from Chicago’s Field Museum in July uncovered a brewery in the mountains of southern Peru, where members of the Wari Empire made an alcoholic beerlike drink called chicha more than 1,000 years ago. It wasn’t just a mom-and-pop operation, but something that could deliver the goods when dozens, if not hundreds, of Wari decided it was chicha time.

jaybird found this for you @ 13:06 in History, Civilization & Anthropology | | permalink



quiet american presents one-minute vacations

quiet american presents one-minute vacations

I love doing this, recording the sounds of the environment where I'm travelling. I'm especially excited about this December's Haitian journey and the wonderful music there.

jaybird found this for you @ 10:28 in Culture, People & Customs | | permalink



{ Friday, 30 July, 2004 }

"Would You?"

They say there's a thousand angels
Dancing on the head of a pin
But what if there were a million souls
Camped out in the tent-city of your heart?
Would you bring them handouts and blankets,
Would you make room in your soul
For a nation of wandering refugees
Who have sought sanctuary in an enclave of love?

jaybird found this for you @ 22:20 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



Very powerful video (Windows media)

Very powerful video (Windows media) and song: Make Love, Fuck War by Moby/Public Enemy.

jaybird found this for you @ 18:48 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



Shahriar S. Afshar: Quantum Rebel

Shahriar S. Afshar: Quantum Rebel

It has been widely accepted that the rival interpretations of quantum mechanics, e.g., the Copenhagen Interpretation, the Many-Worlds Interpretation, and my father John Cramer's Transactional Interpretation, cannot be distinguished or falsified by experiment, because the experimental predictions come from the formalism that all such interpretations describe. However, the Afshar Experiment demonstrates in an interaction-free way that there is a loophole in this logic: if the interpretation is inconsistent with the formalism, then it can be falsified. In particular, the Afshar Experiment falsifies the Copenhagen Interpretation, which requires the absence of interference in a particle-type measurement. It also falsifies the Many-Worlds Interpretation which tells us to expect no interference between "worlds" that are physically distinguishable...

jaybird found this for you @ 15:42 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



In His Own Words (Shrub,

In His Own Words (Shrub, Quicktime req'd)

jaybird found this for you @ 13:05 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



Now reopened for comments.

Now reopened for comments.

jaybird found this for you @ 08:26 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



Dream #23

Stranded on an icy mountain top with my cats,
I coughed up a peacock feather and tied it to a twig
Like a Tibetan prayer flag, for help.
We were rescued by a dark man who knew my name
And taken to a farm for a fire ritual
Even though I was late for work.

jaybird found this for you @ 07:59 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



{ Thursday, 29 July, 2004 }

Pakistan delivers on the July

Pakistan delivers on the July surprise, but alas, it's not the big cheese. Good going on capturing a dangerous figitive, but nice try to divert attention away from a major step tonight toward overthrowing Prince George.

We're having a Kerry fundraiser here tonight, and despite the cats' own political ambitions, they will mingle as big John takes the reins.

jaybird found this for you @ 18:35 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



Comments are temporarily disabled due

Comments are temporarily disabled due to spam, aaargh! Overnight there's 3,300 more comments, bastards!

jaybird found this for you @ 15:23 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



'Frozen Ark' to save animal

'Frozen Ark' to save animal DNA

A tissue bank that will store genetic material from thousands of endangered animals has been set up in the UK. The Frozen Ark, as it is called, will preserve animal "life codes" even after their species have become extinct.

jaybird found this for you @ 14:50 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



Krugman: Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist:

Krugman: Fear of Fraud

It's election night, and early returns suggest trouble for the incumbent. Then, mysteriously, the vote count stops and observers from the challenger's campaign see employees of a voting-machine company, one wearing a badge that identifies him as a county official, typing instructions at computers with access to the vote-tabulating software. When the count resumes, the incumbent pulls ahead. The challenger demands an investigation. But there are no ballots to recount, and election officials allied with the incumbent refuse to release data that could shed light on whether there was tampering with the electronic records. This isn't a paranoid fantasy. It's a true account of a recent election in Riverside County, Calif., reported by Andrew Gumbel of the British newspaper The Independent. Mr. Gumbel's full-length report, printed in Los Angeles City Beat, makes hair-raising reading not just because it reinforces concerns about touch-screen voting, but also because it shows how easily officials can stonewall after a suspect election.

jaybird found this for you @ 07:44 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



{ Wednesday, 28 July, 2004 }

Squirrels emit 'silent scream' Ground

Squirrels emit 'silent scream'

Ground squirrels make an alarm call so high pitched that we cannot even hear it, scientists report in Nature. While studying the little rodents, researchers noticed that some of them made faint whispering sounds, as if they had lost their voices. But when these "silent screams" were processed by a bat detector, an abundance of ultrasound was detected. The researchers believe the whispers might be "secret" alarm calls - that the squirrels' predators cannot hear.

jaybird found this for you @ 16:52 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



Rent A Peasant: Living History

Rent A Peasant: Living History With Livestock

...a variety of options to suit outdoor and indoor events at historic monuments, school visits and adult education. Both the Peasants and the livestock have been used for television work. The Peasants are suitably humble and will gladly consider slightly unusual requests, such as Witches for Hallowe'en.

jaybird found this for you @ 14:58 in Interesting People | | permalink



The Metrosexual Superpower: The stylish

The Metrosexual Superpower: The stylish European Union struts past the bumbling United States on the catwalk of global diplomacy.

jaybird found this for you @ 13:03 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



Mystery Creature Lurks In


Mystery Creature Lurks In Baltimore County

"Very bizarre. I went and got my father and cousin and they came and looked at it and their reactions were pretty much the same -- what in the world are we looking at?"

jaybird found this for you @ 07:49 in Forteana, Phenomena & the Bizarre | | permalink



{ Tuesday, 27 July, 2004 }

Ursula Accepts Nomination

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Woodfin, NC- Ursula the Cat accepted the Puss Party's nomination for President of the United States today at the nation's first ever Catvention, held inside a comfy cardboard box by the hole in the fence. Unanimously nominated also was her running mate and main competitor for food-dish access, Avatar, the country's first openly gay and feline Vice Presidential nominee. The delegates, which consisted of a beheaded grasshopper, a previously chewed stick of gum, an ambitious flea and a very liberal grass clipping, expressed their desire for candidates worthy of bringing radical change to American politics. United under the banner "cutefying America," the conspicuously non-feline delegates held fast nonetheless to the Puss Party's platform by choosing the duo:

  • Increased cuteness in American foreign policy
  • A reinvigoration of a progressive domestic policy by utilizing the philosophy of compassionate cuteness
  • More jobs for cats if cats could have or want jobs
  • Subsidization of family farms to grow more nip
  • Mandatory jail time for using Photoshop in a silly way
  • If we look really really cute, terrorists won't attack.

    In her nomination speech, Ursula implored her revolutionary footsoldiers onward by meowing, scoffed at main competitor Ralph Nader by hissing, and concluded by coughing up a hairball with contained her human's sock bits. Avatar was busy chasing raindrops and promised the attendees he will accept his nomination by presenting them with another beheaded grasshopper.

    Twinkleface, the team's campaign manager and hallucinatory holographic orb, released this statement in honor of the day's historic event:

    "The Puss Party has bravely demonstrated that they are the party of unity, diversity, and incomprehensible cuteness by choosing two of the most substantive, charismatic and fluffy creatures on Earth to lead America out of a recession, out of war, and into a cuter, prettier, paradigm. I dare Ralph Nader to lick this Puss with his evil monster Cthulhu, and he'll be forced with John Kerry and George Bush to beg for soymilk in mercy!" She then trailed off, distracted by a solar neutrino that had collided with a nearby tachyonic particle, which created nothing really as a result.

    Stand by with the Birdonthemoon.com Official Catpaign Blog for the latest in the road to the White House Solid Oak Litter Box.

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:12 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    The Earth Sings (stories and

    The Earth Sings (stories and music, Real req'd)

    The Earth Sings" is a sixty-minute HearingVoices.com radio special of sounds for and from Mother Earth. With ears wide open we trek through Nepal, New Zealand, and North America.

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:02 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    Psychologists are dusting off 19th-century

    Psychologists are dusting off 19th-century explanations of déjà vu. Have we been here before? The Tease of Memory

    Psychology has generally filed déjà vu away in a drawer marked "Interesting but Insoluble." During the past two decades, however, a few hardy souls have reopened the scientific study of déjà vu. They hope to nail down a persuasive explanation of the phenomenon, as well as shed light on some fundamental elements of memory and cognition.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:39 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    UN plan to save Iraq's

    UN plan to save Iraq's marshlands

    The United Nations has announced a major project to help restore the lost marshlands of Iraq, which supported the ancient way of life of the Marsh Arabs.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:34 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    { Monday, 26 July, 2004 }

    Academy of European Medieval Martial

    Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:54 in History, Civilization & Anthropology | | permalink



    No, not again! Yes, again

    No, not again! Yes, again (well, sort of, Flash)

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:52 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    This is a moblog* post:

    This is a moblog* post:

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    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:49 in Live from the road... | | permalink



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    This is a moblog* post:

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    Flowerboy attacks!


    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:46 in Live from the road... | | permalink



    I'll be out of blog

    I'll be out of blog range for most of the day, doing flowers for my friend Jenny's wedding (on a Monday, yeah, I know). I'll try to moblog some pics of some kind.

    Regular readers deserve to be filled in on some news, and hopefully I'll get to that tonight.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:14 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



    What are the ideas that

    What are the ideas that will shape the 21st century?

  • Rediscover a common cause or die: We used to find unity in a shared heritage. Yet we are set on defining our difference.
  • As long as a piece of string: Albert Einstein sought unsuccessfully for a "theory of everything" that would combine quantum mechanics with relativity, and explain both the very tiny (the atom) and the inconceivably large (the universe). Now, physicists think they've found it.
  • The triumph of the ''I'': The future lies with the individual, not with the collective. And we now understand more about what makes individuals tick than we do about society.
  • The race against time: The hot money is on "brain science". Why? Because the people who hold the purse strings are getting older and fear dementia.
  • Our economists are no longer autistic: "Monetarism lite" may rule the world, but "the dismal science" has begun a renaissance because at last it has the tools to study how human beings behave.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:20 in Conjecture & Speculation | | permalink



    { Sunday, 25 July, 2004 }

    Ecce Homo: Ruminations on a

    Ecce Homo: Ruminations on a Theology of My Queer Body

    Because of my Queerness, I was profoundly wounded by my family, my religion, my government, my culture, my society. But I have chosen to feel that wounding as a site for rebirth and renewal. Those gaping wounds have become openings, entrances into the mystical Silence that (for me) is "God". And there, in that Silence I have found Voice. In that Silence I have found ways to articulate and speak my body - this body of a Gay, white, bourgeois, able-bodied North American male. In that Silence I have found ways to articulate my difference(s), my queerness(es). And there in that Silence I have found the beauty of other Queer men's bodies. In the past, I referred to these articulations as a "gaialogy". While theology is the study of "theos" (the male god), gaialogy is the study of Gaia, the Greek Earth Goddess. (Some, like Lesbian poet and cultural anthropologist Judy Grahn, have theorized that we Gay people are named after Gaia - a tempting theory but not likely.) For me, gaialogy emphasizes earth, connectedness, bodies, cycles of life and death, fluidity, the lack of opposites, chthonian tensions, and joy. Gaialogy celebrates what is.

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:24 in Gay, Lesbian, Queer & Free | | permalink



    Entheogens and the Mystical State

    Entheogens and the Mystical State [via abbudha's memes]

    Mysticism is about the potentials of human experience, and the mystical journey is a lifelong path which culminates in a direct encounter with the unknown. Regardless of its verifiable authenticity, the mystical experience remains the zenith of human endeavor into the hidden regions of the mind, and could hold the key to explaining the nature of subjective conscious experience.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:55 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    World's tiniest fish identified The

    World's tiniest fish identified

    The smallest, lightest animal with a backbone has been described for the first time, by scientists... The minuscule fish, called a stout infantfish, is only about 7mm (just under a quarter of an inch) long.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:44 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    { Saturday, 24 July, 2004 }

    "A Free Walking Ritual"

    There'a a folk singer telling us we're free to go,
    And as the street faire is buoyant with balloons that soar beyond sight,
    And the cotton candy slips out of the hand as pigeons race to the treasure,
    I'm walking among them, with a little ritual going on inside;
    Burning the papers with promises sealed
    Releasing the seeds that'd begun to sprout
    Casting to the sky a million cooped up cares.
    The sunglasses hide the work in my eyes
    My lips conceal the heat of the embers from broken whispers,
    My sway does not reveal I'm letting go of hopes unborn
    And inviting in the light of newer ventures,
    And as the clowns juggle and the sights bedazzle
    My work is underway,
    And through yesterday's tears and tomorrow's questions,
    It's looking more like a festival,
    And I'm feeling more like I'm free to go.

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:17 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



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    Helicopter ride!


    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

    UPDATE: This three minute ride meant the world to me; two of the foster children we serve and I took to the skies in a surprise, swerving in flight to avoid balloons ascending, with absolute, sheer joy on their faces. It did a world of good for me to do them some good, and I feel like it was a real good spin on the karma wheel. This view is dedicated to them.

    jaybird found this for you @ 15:06 in Live from the road... | | permalink



    This is a moblog* post:

    This is a moblog* post:

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    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:38 in Live from the road... | | permalink



    Just what is this?

    Just what is this?

    jaybird found this for you @ 09:33 in Spirituality, Religion & Mythos | | permalink



    "Surviving a Crash"

    As the night falls and the moths scatter to various attractions,
    Somehow, someway, the receding light will persevere in smaller venues,
    And those left along the margins
    In an awkward darkness will somehow grapple their way
    Toward meaningful place, even with the safety of only a single star.
    To live at all, running a gauntlet of destiny,
    One must confront inevitable loss.
    But destiny doesn't stop even for a crash and burn
    Even for those overconfident with joy which are felled by quick despair,
    And a trail of delusion.
    Think of the creatures scourged by frost that find ecstasy in the emerging green,
    Think of the lone warrior that emerges, soul intact, from devastation,
    Think indeed, of the travails of your own self,
    Who wears scars with silent pride, and the stories behind their blood,
    No trick of time is too cruel to overlay your own prescient love,
    No design of circumstance too unbearable to transmute into
    The pride of survival.
    Endurance?
    Consider the brave who peacefully wage justice even as their hunger
    Makes brittle their bones, and voices faint..
    Faith?
    Consider the rising and setting of the sun, the ebb and flow of tide,
    The sureness of the few absolutes.
    Love?
    Consider a fleeting moment of absolute passionate involvement,
    Where the world faded from view and you kissed the quintessence,
    The archetype, the very virtue of Love Itself,
    Even as the messenger simpers away befuddled with delivery.
    Ignore the repercussions of daring,
    For even the seconds elapsed now are riddled and sculpted by the same chance
    That makes a fool to fly and dethrones the mighty.
    Enter bravely yet the next few seconds with the resolve
    To care more, give more, in spite of the dark and this fiery collision
    With the governing principle of galactic twirling,
    Betting on thriving in the night
    And becoming more
    Than that which has momentarily obscured your starstruck whims.

    jaybird found this for you @ 02:16 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Friday, 23 July, 2004 }

    Party at my place tonight,

    Party at my place tonight, any entries likely to be few or fuzzy.

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:15 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



    May I present to you,

    May I present to you, for the advancement of audiophilia, wingspan, my new mp3 blog. Right now, I've got a catchy little German pop tune up. I expect to post a few times a week, maybe more, maybe less. Enjoy!

    jaybird found this for you @ 15:20 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



    Evolution? Natasha, a 5-year-old

    Evolution?



    Natasha, a 5-year-old black macaque walks at the Safari Park near Tel Aviv Tuesday July 20, 2004. The young monkey began recently walking exclusively on her hind legs after a stomach ailment nearly killed her, zookeepers said.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:35 in Environment, Ecology & Nature | | permalink



    "Dinner Party Animals"

    I just awoke from trying to find a horse escaped from a dinner party.

    In the dream, I was hosting a party in this apartment above a barn, where 'my' horse 'Merlin' lived below. A partygoer had the thought of inviting my horse upstairs, where for a short time it mingled, then freaked and bolted into the neighborhood. I ran for him, only to crash two other parties along the way, until coming across him sniffing a mailbox. I approach, but he turns and gallops. I decide it would be wise to summon others' help from my party, and return, only to discover that a great many animals were now leaving my apartment; a sheep, some geese, and a very large crocodile, who was very unhappy with the situation.

    The apartment was trashed, and I immediately set about damage repair, for there was another party later in the evening. I trust that Merlin found his way home.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:20 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Thursday, 22 July, 2004 }

    Words Without Borders is an

    Words Without Borders is an online magazine for international literature. This issue features religious lit of many faiths. Thanks Ellen for the link!

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:27 in Authors, Books & Words | | permalink



    "Synchronicity & Coincidence Update"

    Lately, the levels of synchronicity and coinkydinks have been overwhelming; it makes me wonder just how thin the veil of consensus reality is, and how interconnected and pervasive the mysterious working that lie just beneath the surface are. Since Saturday, in fact, including the events leading up to meeting the amazing being I went out on a date with this week that continues to rock my world, there has been a steady, sacredly uncanny super-string of connection after connection.

    Here are a few examples, just from today:

  • Thinking of making a mix CD for Aaron (yes, that's his name), starting off with a track from my wonderfriend Jen Wo CD, "The Journey is my Home." I felt at that very moment like calling her, which I led off by telling her the news and my intention to include her song. She's wowed, and said that she was just thinking about me and how much that song means to me.
  • I had a dream last night about a 'rogue wave." There was a post this morning on Metafilter about... rogue waves.
  • My boss calls asking if I'd faxed these silly papers yet, and they were in my hand as I was standing by the fax machine (doesn't sound like much but if you knew the situation...).
  • Yesterday, I counted at least 5 major, mind-blowing, earth-shaking synchronicities.

    I think that these phenomena are going on incessantly, but when we're tuned into consensus reality, they're much harder to detect. When we're expanding our energies, tuning in with the deeper nature of our lives and the frightening sum of the Universe, they come out of the woodwork as we 'phaseshift' into different perceptual means of operating within All-This.

    Whoa.

    Or, maybe I'm just a crazy fool swooning and painting the world in impossible colors. Either way, fine with me.

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    This is a moblog* post:

    This is a moblog* post:

    The world's worst pizza is in Morganton, NC ,in case you were wondering.


    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

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    "Newsflash!"

    Yes indeed, it's true, I did go on a date Tuesday night, and have posted about the experience by way of an interprative poem on the Wednesday AM entry. Wow, folks. Wow. He is an amazingly bright, sentient, affirming, soulful, passionate and transformed being. We have a connection so intense and profound that it's hard to describe with mere words, which is a bit positively overwhelming after only a few day's contact. We're both floored, going with the flow, and feeling groovy. I'm flitting around with a song in my heart and floating off the ground, and the glow is so obvious that it leaves a shadow of its own. To my friends, thanks for the love and support as I poke my head out of the cloister to glimpse for once the promised light of desire.

    And to you, oh wonderful You, I've said it before and I'll say it again: awestruck, startstruck, blessed by luck.

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    { Wednesday, 21 July, 2004 }

    Magical Trevor [flash]

    Magical Trevor [flash]

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    Riffing on Creation Life flows

    Riffing on Creation

    Life flows ever forward in a myriad of shifting forms, feeding back on each other like eddies in a stream. Iteration of structures evolves morphology as life literally feeds upon itself, the unified hologram of creation expressing itself through an infinitude of shapes and affiliations. Creation, it would seem, is playing in the field of time, like a harlequin dancing with itself in hermaphroditic meiosis. Life begins through asexual reproduction of clone populations, exposed to cosmic rays and radiation, environmental scalpels capable of the most minute alterations of DNA, breaking the genotype and altering phenotype. Over millions of years these variations, so dependent upon the random interjection of exogenous events, gave rise to sexual differentiation and the mechanism of meiosis critical to sexual reproduction. Organisms seized control over the random updating of genotypes by environmental factors and, instead, crossed genetics with each other, pushing evolution of the biota radically forward as genotypes mixed and matched to create a myriad of natural forms.

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    Giant Rabbit Is As

    Giant Rabbit Is As Big As 3-Year-Old

    Roberto the 2-year-old Continental Giant is almost 4 feet long and sleeps on a dog's bed because he can't fit into a normal-sized hutch. Roberto is larger most 3-year-old children... which, in turn, are larger than most rabbits.

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    "Summoning Light"

    Wordless, speechless, timeless, breathless,
    All these things, as beheld by a sliver of ruddy moon,
    In swoon as the bats circle for their quarry,
    The bullfrogs intone the primal rush of love,
    And all around, a billion year glow
    That leads the way down the spiral path
    The dark of the unknown
    Where all that matters in that black of mystery
    Is the touch that reaches through
    And boldly, bravely, beautifully,
    To make a pact toward a deepening of trust
    To trace the patterns of faith on good, holy skin.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:38 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Tuesday, 20 July, 2004 }

    The Tao of Love, Passion,

    The Tao of Love, Passion, and Sex

    "From the world of passions returning to the world of passions:
    There is a moments pause.
    If it rains, let it rain; if the wind blows, let it blow."

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:03 in Spirituality, Religion & Mythos | | permalink



    Biological Diversity in a Crowded

    Biological Diversity in a Crowded World: Past, Present and Likely Future

    How much do we know about the diversity of organisms on our planet? First, estimates of the number of distinct species of plants, animals and fungi (eukaryotes) that have been named and recorded — a simple, factual question, like how many books in the library catalogue — range from 1.4 million to 1.8 million. Second, estimates of the total number of species present on Earth today range over more than an order-of-magnitude, from a low of around 3 million, to a high of 30 million or possibly much more. And third, we have even less idea of the rates at which species may currently be going extinct as a result of habitat destruction, introduced aliens, overexploitation and other consequences of human population growth.

    jaybird found this for you @ 15:06 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    Some Blend In, Others Dazzle:

    Some Blend In, Others Dazzle: The Mysteries of Animal Colors

    The impulse to colorize is normal. It is not partisan. It is not even particularly hominoid. From the neon sass of a... clownfish to the peridot flash of a golden poison-dart frog, the whole world is a pigsty of pigment. The feathers of an Eastern bluebird are saturated in such a fat, matte lapis blue, you wonder how the creature gets airborne, while the cardinal is that perfect, can-can shade of lipstick you can't even find in Paris...

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:22 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    Pablo Neruda: a Life Consumed

    Pablo Neruda: a Life Consumed by Poetry and Politics

    Neruda, born Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in the lonesome town of Parral, Chile, proclaimed that "there is no insurmountable solitude." He added: "All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song."

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:14 in Authors, Books & Words | | permalink



    "Fabric"

    The world is made of reflective material-
    Everywhere you amble or strut or gallop
    Is shiny pretty with reflections of you
    Bright and gleaming with the loom yarn of your soul.
    Let's make something of it,
    A glittery fabric made of thought,
    A glistening prayer shawl for your star-struck yearning
    Something real, true, and beyond artful reproduction.
    I'll wear you in the rain if you'll wear me in the sun,
    Each adorned with jewels of the rarest price,
    Mined from within, sewn without,
    Traded in the exuberant exaltations of spirits alight
    With the desire for sky and the height of love.

    jaybird found this for you @ 01:12 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Monday, 19 July, 2004 }

    Just say no... ...to

    Just say no...
    dumkopf.jpg ...to homophobic, sexist, mean and repugant movie-star governors.

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:07 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Here's hundreds of inexplicable objects!

    Here's hundreds of inexplicable objects!

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    "Hunch Break"

    I took my lunch break in the woods, put in a solid little hike. While ambling down the path and considering the inner work I've been doing for so long, paired with a recent influx of sage wisdom from varied and unexpected sources, I got hit with this:

    "You cannot imagine the inner without the outer; if you are looking for yourself, don't begin with mirrors and knocking on the endlessly smaller secret doors within. Look outside, find the places in the world where your soul is reflected back at you. The world, in all it's big green glory, is already you in context, it speaks your language, it illuminates your vision, it is the music that always plays in the back of your mind. All this gazing into your guts would be much more effective if you gaze too at how the spider web is like you, the gnarled tree, the water skeeters on the spring. These are you, and in turn you contain them. Ask a wildflower how you're doing before sinking into people-talk with yourself; you'll be very surprised at the answer."

    That was quite an exclamation point poking at me, a sweet glimpse to how to do the kind of personal revelation I've been working on. I think I'm going to do lunch like this more often.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:06 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Everything you see has its

    Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same. Every wonderful sight will vanish, every sweet word will fade, But do not be disheartened, The source they come from is eternal, growing, Branching out, giving new life and new joy. Why do you weep? The source is within you And this whole world is springing up from it.

    ~Melvana Jelaluddin Rumi

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:14 in Spirituality, Religion & Mythos | | permalink



    Ammonia on Mars could mean

    Ammonia on Mars could mean life

    Researchers say its spectral signature has been tentatively detected by sensors on board the European Space Agency's orbiting Mars Express craft. Ammonia survives for only a short time in the Martian atmosphere so it must be getting constantly replenished. There are two possible sources: either active volcanoes, none of which have been found yet on Mars, or microbes.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:21 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Sunday, 18 July, 2004 }

    "Seven Beautiful Things"

  • A beautiful baby girl, on the occasion of her first birthday, who likes to point to beautiful things, was playing with a leaf from a tree... she gave me the leaf.
  • The river is swollen with all this rain, and I followed it for about 15 miles. Despite our best inventions, nothing can stop it, and we're just the same- despite our best attempts, we can't invent anything to truly defeat the soul.
  • Watching a drag queen work her way through a major foible in her act last night, all she could do is laugh and dance her way through until she got the beat back. Good for her... good for us.
  • A musician and a dancer both show up to the same church, to perform different numbers at different points in the service, without the knowledge of the other. They both had picked, unbeknownst to the other, the same artist for dancing and singing. What are the chances?
  • The sun this morning was playing hide and seek, darting between the ridgeline and a cloud-soaked sky, under which strangers gave themselves permission to run red lights.
  • An email blessing from a friend: "May your dream make you laugh." Thanks, Kari (wink).
  • This quiet moment, waiting for sleep: it's peaceful, still, and cool- a warm snuggling blanket of contentment, a rare thing, has wrapped up this scene and this chronicler of things that have not only caught my eye, but hooked my heartstrings. This feeling is beauty, it is golden, and thus, of value beyond the spare change in my holey pockets. I can only describe it in the most symbolic and personal of terms, for words are a very intimate alchemy. You may choose to accept the beauty I'm promising you is here, whoever you're so fortunate to be, that it's as aesthetic as it is rock-solid and as real as the leftover purple gladiolas in the window or the daddy longlegs I just returned to the more familiar environs of the backyard. It's a feeling you can touch. I don't know why the contentment has come, when the spreadsheet of my life is anything but ordered and sane, but I won't question it; it's welcome here, I've rolled out the plush violet carpet of my soul, come and stay awhile. And... thank you.

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:49 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Not-a-Joke: Bush Channels God "Bush

    Not-a-Joke: Bush Channels God

    "Bush reportedly told [a group of Amish], 'I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.’"

    So, of course, that means that Kerry channels the Prince of Darkness. Poor fellow. I think he's confused with Yog-Sothoth, the Soul Eater.

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:31 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    This is a moblog* post:

    This is a moblog* post:

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    Somebody is 1 year old tommorow!


    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

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    While the phantom limbs of

    While the phantom limbs of some people can move, either voluntarily or involuntarily, those of others cannot; they are "paralyzed." This can be the result of what Ramachandran calls "learned paralysis." In such cases, the brain, having become used to receiving no signals from, say, an actual arm paralyzed after an accident, continues after amputation to register the new phantom arm as paralyzed. Ramachandran wondered: If the brain can learn paralysis, can it unlearn it? He answered this question with a mirror.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:27 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    S(t)imulacrum(b): Welcome to the World

    S(t)imulacrum(b): Welcome to the World of Jean Baudrillard

    Baudrillard is "a talisman: a symptom, a sign, a charm, and above all, a password into the next universe,"

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:41 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    "Supplications"

    If you were the sun
    And I gave you rain,
    Would you make from it
    A sky full of lovely colors,
    Ribbons for the Starling
    Garlands for the offering to
    Earth-bound would-be lovers,
    Eyes heaven-cast?
    From this mad gifting,
    Sweet supplications for the elements divine.
    Let rivers rush and blossoms emerge
    For the delight of hummingbirds
    And their nectar bless'd wings.
    From this improbable prayer of questions,
    May the inherent goodness of this obscured desire
    Make a hand to hold out of hyperbole,
    And from the allure of dizzied metaphor,
    A kiss in the deep sanctuary of night.

    jaybird found this for you @ 01:38 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    This is a moblog* post:

    This is a moblog* post:

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    Yes, i am here afterall


    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

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    { Saturday, 17 July, 2004 }

    "Boat of Yesterday"

    We live by the rain-
    It fills our cups, washes our misgivings down the gutter,
    Weds the Earth for the promise of harvest.
    This ratty umbrella, what good is it?
    Why hide from a deluge that sustains,
    Why cower in the presence of tomorrow's whetted thirst?
    Tumble down you sweet music,
    For there is much to be carried in the spontaneous currents
    That make a steady vein of this tired street.
    I'll make a boat of yesterday
    And with a child's heart release it in the downpour
    To drift and bob to a beyond
    Made of infinite tiny drops
    That began as a cloud
    A puff of breath
    With a little word
    Wrapped inside.

    jaybird found this for you @ 21:31 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Amazing Body Art Gallery

    Amazing Body Art Gallery

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:06 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    This is too neat: Plankton

    This is too neat: Plankton Cool Off With Own Clouds

    A recent study funded by NASA's Earth Science Department shows that the tiny sea plants release high quantities of cloud-forming compounds on days when the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays are especially strong. The compounds evaporate into the air through a series of chemical processes that result in especially reflective clouds. This, in turn, blocks the radiation from bothering the phytoplankton.

    jaybird found this for you @ 16:12 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

    The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra includes music samples, pics of their veginstruments, and dip. (via)
    Contains scattered German, not fully translated, but you'll get the point.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:32 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    A brief conversation about the

    A brief conversation about the blueness of the sky turns out to be yet another hint at what might be happening in the billions of brains every split second, forever, now.

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:58 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    Hawking cracks black hole paradox

    Hawking cracks black hole paradox

    After nearly 30 years of arguing that a black hole destroys everything that falls into it, Stephen Hawking is saying he was wrong. It seems that black holes may after all allow information within them to escape. Hawking will present his latest finding at a conference in Ireland next week.

    The about-turn might cost Hawking, a physicist at the University of Cambridge, an encyclopaedia because of a bet he made in 1997. More importantly, it might solve one of the long-standing puzzles in modern physics, known as the black hole information paradox.

    jaybird found this for you @ 11:50 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Friday, 16 July, 2004 }

    Monkey in the Stream

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    jaybird found this for you @ 21:10 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink



    Friday scary-flash spook-a-thon: The Minister

    Friday scary-flash spook-a-thon: The Minister of Fear

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:53 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    A computer asking 20 Questions

    A computer asking 20 Questions guessed an object or abstract idea I had in mind 9/10 times...! It's a bit spooky!

    jaybird found this for you @ 16:38 in High Weirdness | | permalink



    Ugh, sick again with a

    Ugh, sick again with a sinus/allergy attack. I was hoping to go to a local international dance festival today, but that had to go the way of so many wadded up tissues. I'm going to push for a movie outing later, nose willing and the snot don't rise, or anything at all to get out of the house with all the anonymity due a person with inflamed eyeballs and monster sneezes.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:01 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



    Gay with God The gay

    Gay with God

    The gay community is coming out of the closet again – spiritually. "The movement is in its infancy, but it's just starting to gel," says Steve Kammon, editor of Circuitnoize.com, a website devoted to circuit parties. Kammon attended the first ever gay spiritual summit, held in upstate New York in May – an event that serves as testament to the community's burgeoning shift from cruising to consecration. "New connections are being forged. We're trying to make way for a kind of communal energy that supports and uplifts," he says.

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:15 in Gay, Lesbian, Queer & Free | | permalink



    You will get $40 trillion

    You will get $40 trillion just by reading this essay and understanding what it says: The Law of Accelerating Returns

    An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense "intuitive linear" view. So we won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century -- it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate).

    jaybird found this for you @ 09:43 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Thursday, 15 July, 2004 }

    The UN: 10 Stories the

    The UN: 10 Stories the world needs to know more about

    The stories are not ones that have never been reported, but are often second-rung issues that need more thorough, balanced and regular attention. The list itself is a snapshot of the most compelling stories that, at this point in time, the Department of Public Information believes are in need of more media attention. And the top story is merely the first among equals.

    jaybird found this for you @ 23:01 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Moyers: Democracy in the Balance

    Moyers: Democracy in the Balance [via MeFi]

    How do we nurture the healing side of religion over the killing side? How do we protect the soul of democracy against bad theology in service of an imperial state?

    jaybird found this for you @ 20:33 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Snippets

  • Had a dream of a large, irridescent bird leading two others with a string in their beaks across a fence that was a 'boundary' between today and yesterday.
  • Insomina is back... I'm averaging 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Last night I tried melatonin, with little effect. I think it might be stress related (ya think?!?!?!).
  • Just found out that I am indeed hired for a permanent position with my crazy company, but it may be up to three weeks until I can start due to funding. Not enough time to start another job temporarily, and barely enough to qualify for some kind of unemployment. Those of a highly philanthropic nature might be so inclined to make a small donation during this grey area using the sidebar on the left (humble thanks).

    UPDATE: MY boss just showered some doubt on the 100% chance of being hired full-time, and not working will at least be a three week, if not longer, span of the unknown.

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:04 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Neutrinos 'topple matter theory' Neutrinos

    Neutrinos 'topple matter theory'

    Neutrinos do not interact very much with matter, but they can be detected as flashes of light in the 50,000-tonne Super-Kamiokande detector in Japan. Many of them come from the Sun while others are formed in the Earth's atmosphere by cosmic ray impacts. The new data confirms that they change as they travel through space which is contrary to current theories of matter.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:36 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Wednesday, 14 July, 2004 }

    The Age of Simulation: Phony

    The Age of Simulation: Phony Transcendence in an Age of Media, Computers and Fabricated Environments. [via wood's lot]


    We are using science and technology to gain power over the world and to create fictional substitute "worlds" in which we have complete control. This overview looks at how this is changing our lives.

    jaybird found this for you @ 20:38 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    Osama bin LOTTO!!! [via Easybake

    Osama bin LOTTO!!! [via Easybake Coven]

    jaybird found this for you @ 16:25 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    Strange Brew Brings Chemicals to

    Strange Brew Brings Chemicals to Life, and more on inorganic life-like activities over at Reality Carnival...

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:56 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    "A Fractal Sleep"

    Dreams within dreams within dreams...

    Had a dream that I was sleeping and started to dream that I was blacking out suddenly and was trying to summon help from the neighbors... already a dream within a dream. Later, I had another dream where I told a friend about this dream within a dream.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:08 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Tuesday, 13 July, 2004 }

    OK. OK. I'll do it!

    OK. OK. I'll do it! Ladies and Gentlepersonns, lock up your children to protect them from Testicle Theater

    jaybird found this for you @ 22:27 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    "Three Random People"

    1) While coming back from my chilly splashing at Skinny Dip Falls yesterday, I saw a buxom blond lady astride her red Corvette, blowing a ram's horn at a scenic overlook.

    2) A street performer on Sunday... dressed as some sort of Nordic mystical creature, he/she stood on a crate with a large magical stick carved with runes, face painted white. A very squat man in a self-propelled wheelchair came up, wheeled around, and stared hard into the spectre's eyes for over a minute before leaving expressionless.

    3) A little boy, Aiden, insisted out of the blue that I have one of his pancakes. I did.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:45 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Science > Will Compasses

    Will Compasses Point South?

    The collapse of the Earth's magnetic field, which both guards the planet and guides many of its creatures, appears to have started in earnest about 150 years ago. The field's strength has waned 10 to 15 percent, and the deterioration has accelerated of late, increasing debate over whether it portends a reversal of the lines of magnetic force that normally envelop the Earth.

    During a reversal, the main field weakens, almost vanishes, then reappears with opposite polarity. Afterward, compass needles that normally point north would point south, and during the thousands of years of transition, much in the heavens and Earth would go askew.

    A reversal could knock out power grids, hurt astronauts and satellites, widen atmospheric ozone holes, send polar auroras flashing to the equator and confuse birds, fish and migratory animals that rely on the steadiness of the magnetic field as a navigation aid. But experts said the repercussions would fall short of catastrophic, despite a few proclamations of doom and sketchy evidence of past links between field reversals and species extinctions.

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:39 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    New theory on how we

    New theory on how we smell? [via MeFi

    An amazing theory about how we smell is set to put noses out of joint everywhere...read on to find out why the vibrations up your nose might be more important to the sweet smell of success than picking molecular locks. Many molecules smell. That's a fact. What they smell of is not usually obvious from looking at their molecular structure though. For instance, some molecules that have very different shapes smell very similar, for instance hydrogen cyanide, trans-hex-2-enal and benzaldehyde all smell of bitter almonds, while others such as acetophenones, which look almost identical, can smell very different.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:43 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    "Worthwhile"

    I may or may not be objective
    I may or may not have tipped the wine to absurdity
    But there is a surety in the upcoming declaration regardless;
    Love is the ultimate truth,
    Friendship is the most relevant of expressions of the Divine,
    Philosophies are mere arrows shot to chase down comets,
    And even in divergence of thought,
    To think at all is worthy of admiration,
    And to think with you is the summation of all that is worthwhile.

    jaybird found this for you @ 00:26 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Monday, 12 July, 2004 }

    "The Water, the Falling"

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    You are the waterfall
    Carry me down in oh so pretty ways
    Reshape the stone
    Love trickle down all the days.

    I am the river
    Oh so hard to believe
    Come and go as rain and snow
    For the breadth surpassed, none to grieve.

    We shall leave eachother
    And then return in some familiar passage
    For now, enchant me sweet down the mountain
    You'll retain the memory, and I'll get your message.

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:46 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Well, I'm sloughing off to

    Well, I'm sloughing off to explore the trail that leads to "Skinny Dip Falls." Another vacation day due to job instability, so it goes. The upside of this downer is the free pass it offers to nature, sweet nature. Will I skinny dip? We'll see... !

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:59 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    I didn't see that coming:

    I didn't see that coming: Most of universe invisible

    Everything you can see – from a distant nebula to the family dog – makes up only about 5 per cent of the universe. The rest is mystery stuff – dark matter and dark energy. We should be wary of equating existence with visibility because most of the universe is not something we can see...

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:13 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    Excellent... this could be the

    Excellent... this could be the first shoe to fall in recognizing some natural plants as a religious sacrament: Church's peyote use OK'd

    Members of a Utah County American Indian church, whatever their race, can continue to use peyote as part of their religious ceremonies without fear of state prosecution, the Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The unanimous decision applies to all 200 members of the Oklevueha Earth Walks Native American Church and may result in the complete dismissal of criminal charges against the church's founder, James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney. "The bona fide religious use of peyote cannot serve as the basis for prosecuting members of the Native American Church under state law," Justice Jill Parrish wrote in Tuesday's opinion.

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:41 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    A comprehensive list of banned

    A comprehensive list of banned and challenged books over at the The Forbidden Library, via MeFi.

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:35 in Authors, Books & Words | | permalink



    The first DVD of the

    The first DVD of the cartoon series I've been doing voiceover work on is out! More volumes will be released over the summer.

    jaybird found this for you @ 00:24 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    { Sunday, 11 July, 2004 }

    This site is presently being

    This site is presently being backed-up to my hard drive as there was an outage that affected hundreds of blogomania customers, possibly due to a billing kerfuffle. If anyone could recommend a good hosting company, please leave it in the comments. I really like Blogomania but I'm a bit apprehensive now of the whole 'reseller' thing, as they don't physically control the servers.

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    Timeline of invention from Wikipedia.

    Timeline of invention from Wikipedia.

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    “What passes for holiness these

    “What passes for holiness these days is merely the wrapping paper scattered about while the present itself, a surprise in a very humble box, goes unopened for fear. What’s the worst that could happen, a spring-loaded dragon? Emptiness? Or something so mundane that you say “You must be joking!” Well, I am joking, in fact, because there’s no other way to describe accurately the true holiness hid right under our eyes, I am reduced to pratfalls because of it. A child would understand... she would not retreat from such a massive surprise as would her parents.”

    -Isador M. Upinsky, “Neo-Somatic Rituals for Advanced Monkeys”

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    1500 year old jokes Although

    1500 year old jokes

    Although The Laugher Lover is the oldest surviving example, joke-books already had a long pedigree. According to Athenaeus 614d-e, Philip the Great of Macedon had paid handsomely for a social club in Athens to write down its members' witticisms. At the dawn of the second century BCE, Plautus twice has a character refer to joke-books.

    An incompetent astrologer cast a boy's horoscope and said: "He will be a lawyer, then a city-official, then a governor." But when this child died, the mother confronted the astrologer: "He's dead -- the one you said was going to be a lawyer and an official and a governor." "By his holy memory," he replied, "if he had lived, he would have been all of those things!"

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    "Holding On"

    Grasping at straws and drawing hexagrams
    Under rearranging constellations and shifting skies
    There's a wind that's blowing us all in a tizzy
    And my kite dances the Apocrypha in the gale.
    Where are you, O Gilded One,
    Who they say is writ in the leaves of trees,
    That brings ease to my voice
    And steadiness to my feet?
    Are you indeed secreted in the dark of passing shadows,
    Are you the graffiti under the bridge
    Or the troll holding the spraypaint and an inkling of the truth?
    Don't you see,
    There's a destiny missing it's fulcrum,
    A soul sans the shape it belongs in.
    And the whole thing is reduced to poetry in your absence?
    There is a somewhere and a somewho
    Which began as fledglings,
    Now on the nest's edge,
    The verge of realization,
    And maybe... maybe...
    This mere ink and this mere paper
    And those mere glancing eyes
    Are the tickets indeed to improbable crossroads
    Where Choice lane and Challenge street meet
    And I'll wait for you on the corner
    A dandelion in one hand and a thank you in the other,
    And where we'll wander is the Sage's provenance,
    But I'm willing to trespass through the crazed neighbor's yard
    And on to the witching wood
    If only you would come down the way to hold me, fearless,
    Chancing the wilds of the winds
    With this lonely, mad and gentle fool,
    And my pockets stuffed with dreams.

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    { Saturday, 10 July, 2004 }

    Ponder this thing: Haha you

    Ponder this thing: Haha you thought it was drawings

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    Humanity's Team is a prject

    Humanity's Team is a prject of Neale Donald Walsh to "to renew and restore our connection with God and with each other, by freeing humanity from the oppression of its beliefs about God, about life, and about each other in order to create a different world."

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    "Six Scenes Past, present, future"

  • PAST (Yesterday) a six year old child in a waiting room, coloring in a picture. He invites his aunt to join him three times, she declines each time, saying "that's for kids." I so wanted to join him, to color regardless of line or logic, but of course 'could not' because I am a 'stranger' and God Forbid I color in a smiling river otter in rainbow colors too. The kid had it right.... instead of staring off into space or some three year old magazine with tips and tricks for around the home, we could dare to tap into some deep fun and creativity by shrugging off our strange ideas of adulthood. The wisdom? The best art is as fearless as connect the dots.
  • Same yesterday, same waiting room: a baby is having the most fun blowing air out her lips, gurgling, giggling, and exploring all the possibilities a face provides. I told the lady with Alzheimer's sitting next to me that "if one of us tried to have fun like that, they'd haul us off." The lady replied "they'd never haul away a baby!" The wisdom? Be as a baby, avoid getting hauled off.
  • PRESENT: I just made some revisions of my manuscript for the new book, I'm 95% complete. I'm especially proud that i backed it up, a strange new concept that might actually catch on.
  • PRESENT: There's a spider web just outside the window; I've never seen one so tightly formed. It glows rainbowesque when hit by the sun, is a perfect circle, and the space between strands is about a millimeter. There's an open space in the center, so that it resembles in size and appearance a CD. You could play it, if fact, and discover the most perfect music. No appliances required, only the creative cortices within your cranium
  • FUTURE: Later today, I go into the cartoon voiceover studio to be a drunk henchman singing karaoke.
  • FUTURE: Perhaps the hardest thing to write about. It'd be easier to just go like this __________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________
    and fill in the blanks later.

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    Blast Off to Democracy! [dialup

    Blast Off to Democracy! [dialup or broadband, Quicktime req'd]... the second installment of the Partisan Jab project. Remember the Ashcroft fear remix?

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    { Friday, 09 July, 2004 }

    This is a moblog* post:

    This is a moblog* post:

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    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

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    This is a moblog* post:

    This is a moblog* post:

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    That grainy blur is in fact "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" being shown outside, under very threatening skies, to a drunken crowd of about 300. You can see an apartment building in the foreground.


    *Moblogging is posting from a cellphone or other wireless device- if a picture, it's taken from the phone.

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    "I Love You, Rest Easy"

    I've got to write this down.
    Lightening, hold off a minute,
    You'll get your turn.

    Renewed sense of purpose, even if obscured by details.
    Energized sense of place, even if the compass needle break dances off the dial.
    Stubborn sense of hope, even as the wild dogs bear down on the trail.
    Total sense of strength, even as the body drags through a technicolor daydream

    Even as the excuses run dry
    And the birds hush in awe of the heat
    See the flood waters rise from the inside
    You'll hop the fence with love to bounce you... rest easy, now, I love you.

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    It's extreme kitten Friday! Boaters

    It's extreme kitten Friday!

    Boaters find kitten swimming 3 miles offshore in Gulf of Mexico

    When Maggie Rogers spotted something bobbing in the water three miles into the Gulf of Mexico while on a scalloping trip with friends, she assumed it was a turtle, or a piece of sea kelp. But as the boat got closer and slowed down, she found it was a tiny, apricot-colored kitten. Nine inches long and screaming at the top of its lungs, the cat was paddling furiously.

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    Conservationists report finding bird

    Conservationists report finding bird thought extinct

    A bird thought by some to be extinct has been discovered on the island of Cozumel off Mexico's Caribbean coast, conservationists announced Friday.

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    Short, sweet: constrained.org is a

    Short, sweet: constrained.org is a community site for short stories that adhere to various literary constraints, ranging from the well-known (anagrams, acrostics, palindromes) to the obscure and arbitrary...

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:27 in Authors, Books & Words | | permalink



    { Thursday, 08 July, 2004 }

    "Three Point Five Amusing (at least, self referentially) Observations re: Thursday"

  • Today, I had the opportunity to make use of a diving board. For some odd reason, you don't see these too much anymore. I re-leared that when cannonballing off of a high jump, the water by way of physics tries to implode your head. Diving achieves the opposite, by displacing ears and offsetting eyebrows.
  • Ah yes, the B-12 is kicking in. I have these shots infrequently, and this most recent prick seems to have answered the void of low-energy, low-emotion, low-interest thing, I feel great.
  • The stars are peeking out through the most wonderful cotton-candy clouds... blueberry I think. While there's still a weird lingering chill, summer is finally at almost-full tilt-a-whirl in these here parts. The lillies, Queen Anne's Lace, and honeysuckle are bodacious, and the blackberries are beginning to burst out.
  • Shhh, don't tell anyone, but my libido is suddenly on an odyssey of epic proportions... all dressed up and nowhere to rampage!

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    Will Chimpy and the goon

    Will Chimpy and the goon squad, led by a seething, drooling Karl Rove, pull off a July Surprise?

    This public pressure [to capture bin Laden] would be appropriate, even laudable, had it not been accompanied by an unseemly private insistence that the Pakistanis deliver these high-value targets (HVTs) before Americans go to the polls in November... Pakistani security officials have been told they must produce HVTs by the election. According to one source in Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), "The Pakistani government is really desperate and wants to flush out bin Laden and his associates after the latest pressures from the U.S. administration to deliver before the [upcoming] U.S. elections."

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:00 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    Man Tries to Get Rid

    Man Tries to Get Rid of Million Pennies

    A man is trying to get rid of his pennies - all 1 million of them. Ron England bet his brother 30 years ago that he could save a million pennies in exchange for a dinner in Paris. And he did, eventually stacking up 20,000 rolls that fill 13 boxes in his garage. Now that he's moving, England wants to cash in the $10,000 in coppers, which weigh 3.6 tons, but is having a tough time finding someone who will take them without a price.

    jaybird found this for you @ 17:48 in Radical Undertakings | | permalink



    The entry that was here

    The entry that was here was one I tried to post yesterday from a computer at my other office when the network went down. I came home to find it posted at 1pm today. Weird. Anyway, that entry is no longer relevant, that's why you're reading this.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:41 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



    Sadhus, The Great Renouncers

    Sadhus, The Great Renouncers [via Plep]

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    They've outgrown thumbsucking: Glimpse at

    They've outgrown thumbsucking: Glimpse at Early Universe Reveals Surprisingly Mature Galaxies

    "Up until now, we assumed that galaxies were just beginning to form between 8 and 11 billion years ago, but what we found suggests that that is not the case... It seems that an unexpectedly large fraction of stars in big galaxies were already in place early in the universe's formation, and that challenges what we've believed. We thought massive galaxies came much later."

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:35 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Wednesday, 07 July, 2004 }

    Because I care: How To

    Because I care: How To Say "I Love You" In (well over a hundred) Different Languages

    My favorite?

    telugu= Neenu ninnu pra'mistu'nnanu

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:20 in Culture, People & Customs | | permalink



    OK, so work didn't happen,

    OK, so work didn't happen, so technically, this is a sick day. In honor of illness... it's Disease Trading Cards! Here's set two! There's diseases for everyone at the CDC 'kids' page!
    [warning; squeam factor, PDF. Does not include bubble gum]

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:31 in Health, Medicine & Bio-Happiness | | permalink



    I'll be working away from

    I'll be working away from computers most of the day, so light posting until afternoonish- by light I mean none, I suppose.

    I slept a full last night for the first time in days... I'd been averaging a measly 3 to 4 hours, if that recently. I think I'm out of the weeds sick-wise, but I'm not really into working today; I just want a free pass for paradise as an excuse to get out of the house and back into the world.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:57 in Misc. Babble | | permalink



    Sunspots reaching 1,000-year high A

    Sunspots reaching 1,000-year high

    A new analysis shows that the Sun is more active now than it has been at anytime in the previous 1,000 years. Scientists based at the Institute for Astronomy in Zurich used ice cores from Greenland to construct a picture of our star's activity in the past.

    jaybird found this for you @ 07:43 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Tuesday, 06 July, 2004 }

    "Something to Feel"

    The blue is shuffled off another day, The rains overtook the gutter, And thunder startled the cats.

    I've lived the life of this day
    Through the square lens of this window
    The breeze that came, something to feel.

    Emotion, sensation, thoughtforms,
    So many leaves at sway overhead
    Where to begin, where to end... branches and roots.

    I could shyly fetter at the passing of a day
    Or set fires for freedom beneath the surfeting clouds
    Or simply wait, or even pray, that the breeze blows through me again.

    Sweet wind of a green season,
    Find this body and breathe through it
    That the blue of tomorrow may be light within.

    jaybird found this for you @ 22:26 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Amazing microscopy: Secretory Structures of


    Amazing microscopy: Secretory Structures of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants

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    in my place is a

    in my place is a blog about living with HIV. Powerful stuff. [via MeFi]

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    My Cat is Running for President Part II

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    Feline Candidate Announces Running Mate

    Woodfin, NC- Not to be overshadowed by the Democrats, Ursula the Cat announced her running-mate for the US presidency while attempting to eat a fallen leaf on the sunny deck of her home. Attending the rally were a gnat, a few startled houseplants, and the ghost of "Lambchop."

    Among recent candidates in speculation for the number two spot were a a patch of dirt, her human's left sandal, a brick that holds up the hibachi, and her food dish. Her housemate Avatar, known for his fondness of watching the toilet flush and the Backyard Production of "Cat on a Rather Warm Piece of Cardboard," won out over the competition.

    "Um, okay..." was the reaction of the human owned by Ursula and Avatar, Mr. Jay Joslin, currently off work due to pink eye. "My concern is that Avatar's incessant pleading for cheese will cause some members of the voting public to question his readiness for the nation's second highest office. Begging isn't a statesmanlike quality, but he's cute, especially when his tongue sticks out, so whatever."

    The team's campaign manager Twinkleface, an interdimensional and invisible ball of light, had a different opinion: "Avatar is ready for the job and is qualified to the hilt. What human-centric detractors see as begging for cheese is actually a struggle to demand equal rights and fair access to resources. He is a tireless advocate for the proletariat, while maintaining his chosen lifestyle of fabulosity and charm. He's an outside the Beltway candidate for those willing to think outside the litterbox."

    Pundits, however, note several key differences in the duo. Conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan, writing on today's edition of the Daily Zealot, states that "big green eyes and a simpering meow won't win this election. Avatar is a peacenik and pure bleeding heart liberal. No way can Ursula justify this choice, she should've gone for the brick. At least that can be used as a weapon against All The Evil People Out To Get Us in case of terrorism on US soil." Bill O'Reilly struck a more personal tone: "Gay cats are against Jesus. The French will love him"

    Twinkleface defends the Ursula-Avatar '04 campaign before bouncing off for the cats' Victory Tour of various shady places, including the key swing constituency of the muddy crawlspace; "You know, I'm tired of all these Washington blowhards and their pandering platitudes for what the underestimate to be a gullible America. These cats bring to an otherwise bland contest charisma and a level of experience no one else can claim- that of dust bunnies, window sills, and claw sharpening. Can Bush or Kerry offer the same?"

    Neither camp has yet responded, but the Nader organization is considering summoning Cthulhu for strategic advice.

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    The Post has a

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    The Post has a 'Dewey beats Truman' moment.

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    Edwards Vp" href="http://www.usaviation.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=11966">It's John

    It's John Edwards!

    At least, according to this aviation board, with sightings of new decals being applied to the campaign plane in Pittsburgh. If not, than that makes quite a few people, including yours truly, total fools for calling this one based on silly criteria. The buzz is 9am tomorrow, he'll announce without the veep there, for total surprise factor.

    Maybe it's the Buddha...? Or Tutankhamen? There's gravitas for ya.*

    *Keeping in mind that all politics is an illusory game.

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    { Monday, 05 July, 2004 }

    Sequency is this amazingly fun

    Sequency is this amazingly fun and wonderful thing. Requires flash, and sunglasses for coolness. [via MeFi]

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    "Declaration of Interdependence"

    I declare these truths to be as evident
    As you care to observe;
    That all beings are created with equal parts love and curiosity
    With the supremely betrothed chore
    To pursue as much ecstatic joy in this life
    As they dare to manifest.
    We the people,
    With our jittery preoccupations and troubled expressions
    Have nothing to fear but- wait a minute,
    We have nothing to fear
    Unless we are so terribly bored that we
    Choose anxiety over contentment.
    We've got freedom, anyway,
    And it comes not from other humans with gavels and insignia,
    But from the green Earth from which we sprout like buttercups.
    No law can abridge our right
    To experience as much as possible,
    To be infinitely groovy,
    To nestle in closer so we can hear the heart beat,
    To surf the storm surges that trouble generations but reshape our islands,
    To grow like weeds where hope seems unlikely, only to blossom exuberant.
    United we stand or cartwheel or foxtrot,
    In a sweet land made of liberty and snailshells,
    Of arrowheads and circus tents,
    Of thee we sing to the tune of seagulls and turtledoves,
    With the sweet cadence of cicadas,
    Basking in the summertime where the livin' is easy.
    I declare that we inherit the jazzy rhythms of waves of grain in the breeze,
    Swinging in syncopation with jazz quartets and pipe dreams,
    Where purple mountains majesty defuse bombs that would burst in air,
    Scaring the children and knocking knick-knacks off the mantelpiece.
    Onward, vivacious peacemakers,
    In a conga-line off to rediscover America,
    Stand beside her, and she'll guide you for a change,
    To a revolution of sun and moon and all sweet things
    Through the night,
    With a light from within.

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    "Post-dependence Day"

    I'm a bit under the rather heavenly weather today... no energy, allergies, and a harsh inrtrusion of conjunctivitis, which will mean a day off tomorrow.

    Last night's adventures with Joshua and Robin were supreme in the extreme. No pics to show you, as I forgot all the key requirements of such an undertaking (I did record the sound of various explosions, but alas). But we celebrated the fourth in very silly but cosmologically allegorical ways, and would like to pay tribute to two unsung heroes we encountered in our extensive travels: Jesus the Fire Hydrant and the Lesser Prophet Wa, a trashcan.

    Doncha just love in-jokes? I do, especially since we're all living within a divine In-joke, a cornball zinger by God-as-Comic. The Earth was created as a one liner, and we, my friends, are the punchline.

    Back to summoning energy... poem or rant later.

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    Cassini probes Titan's mysteries The

    Cassini probes Titan's mysteries

    The latest images from Cassini are completely reversing scientists' ideas about Saturn's giant moon Titan.

    The space probe flew within 340,000 kilometres of Titan on Friday. It has revealed methane clouds and a strangely smeary surface that may include tectonic features and huge impact craters.

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    Autopoiesis and Spirituality "When we

    Autopoiesis and Spirituality

    "When we speak of living beings, we presuppose something in common between them... Our proposition is that living beings are characterised in that, literally, they are continually self-producing. We indicate this process when we call the organization that defines them an autopoietic system... The most striking feature of an autopoietic system is that it pulls itself up by its own bootstraps and becomes distinct from its environment through its own dynamics, in such a way that both things are inseparable."

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    { Sunday, 04 July, 2004 }

    I'm off to enjoy fireworks

    I'm off to enjoy fireworks of a great many kinds... field reports possible, pics tomorrow!

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    Decision emergence out of Complexity

    Decision emergence out of Complexity and Chaos

    In human systems, emergence implies serendipity and creativity both at individual (intrapersonal) and group (interpersonal) levels of interaction. For creativity to take hold and flourish, emergence needs space and freedom. Emergence cannot be designed. Emergence cannot be imposed. It simply happens - as a spontaneous burst of energy accumulated through the complex interplay of interactions. At an individual level this is the enigmatic and often paradoxical interplay between physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual fractals of human personality. At a group level, this is the autopoiesis of communications - people in dialogue with people, people in communication with their environment, people in communion with the spiritual essence of the universe...

    jaybird found this for you @ 16:46 in Consciousness, Psychology & Philosophy | | permalink



    AUDIO ENTRY: "Fox Whiskers" live

    AUDIO ENTRY: "Fox Whiskers" live at Jubilee Community... 4.1mb mp3.

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    "Four Quizzical Wonders About July 4th, 2004"

  • I'm addled by strange dreams last night: a stolen piano replaced by a tinker toy, an additional 'member' that spontaneously grew out of my right leg (with the embarassment of wearing shorts at the time), and a a peculiar absence of things to say when confronted by my former self.
  • I just delivered a modified version of my poem 'Fox Whiskers' at church... theres a gentleman who is standing around the service who is shouting out things like 'Happy June 28th!" and "I'm an Iraqi mother of 22 children!" Presently, he's just outside and has stripped down to his shorts. I suspect a streaker in the making. It's ok, I don't think anything that wacky could faze this congregation.
  • It is Independence Day, but should be Interdependence Day, yet as a country, we behave more like it's Codependence Day.
  • I'm reminded of a walk that Joshua and I took about 11 years ago, a spur of the moment journey of 18 miles from where we were socially trapped at the time, back to home. Later today, I get together with him and with his Goddess/Wife Robin, and I hope that we can pull off at least one eightteenth of that. Either way, it will be a lovely celebration of interdepedence...

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    Nepalis bare all to call

    Nepalis bare all to call for rain

    Women in Nepal are reportedly ploughing fields in the nude to please the rain god during a dry spell. The Himalayan Times said about a dozen Tharu women in south-west Baijapur bared all as concern grows over lack of rain during the rice planting season. "My mother-in-law said the God would be pleased and make rain fall if women till the land naked..."

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    { Saturday, 03 July, 2004 }

    Report on Resistentialism A convenient

    Report on Resistentialism

    A convenient point of departure is provided by the famous Clark-Trimble experiments of 1935. Clark-Trimble was not primarily a physicist, and his great discovery of the Graduated Hostility of Things was made almost accidentally. During some research into the relation between periods of the day and human bad temper, Clark-Trimble, a leading Cambridge psychologist, came to the conclusion that low human dynamics in the early morning could not sufficiently explain the apparent hostility of Things at the breakfast table - the way honey gets between the fingers, the unfoldability of newspapers, etc. In the experiments which finally confirmed him in this view, and which he demonstrated before the Royal Society in London, Clark-Trimble arranged four hundred pieces of carpet in ascending degrees of quality, from coarse matting to priceless Chinese silk. Pieces of toast and marmalade, graded, weighed, and measured, were then dropped on each piece of carpet, and the marmalade-downwards incidence was statistically analysed. The toast fell right-side-up every time on the cheap carpet, except when the cheap carpet was screened from the rest (in which case the toast didn't know that Clark-Trimble had other and better carpets), and it fell marmalade-downwards every time on the Chinese silk. Most remarkable of all, the marmalade- downwards incidence for the intermediate grades was found to vary exactly with the quality of carpet.

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    Creature of the Week:

    Creature of the Week: the Luna Moth

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    My Cat is Running for President

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    Woodfin, NC-- A feline resident of Buncombe County announced her intention to run for the nation's highest office just after coughing up a hairball. She will run as an independent and lists her platform thusly:

  • Increased funding for cat owners to stay home more to enable faster feeding.
  • More funny little things on string dangling here and there.
  • Aggressive tactics to prevent disruption of sleep cycles.
  • Birds without a license must allow themselves to be caught and mangled by less-lazy cats that are inclined to do so.
  • The little black cat that Bush has sucks.

    The owner of the cat, mild-mannered and mostly naked Jay Joslin, was taken by surprise by the announcement. "I'd just signed up to host a house party for John Kerry when she threw up and meowed in a way that suggested... that she wanted to be president." When asked if his cat's political opinions agree with his own, Joslin said: "Well, she's definitely a leftist, but it's clear that her ideas of social welfare, like a constantly filled food bowl, occasionally conflict with my needs or food funding. She has to get a better grasp on economics."

    Will America take to a feline, and female, candidate? "She's bold, butch, and a mass of muscle and well-toned fat. Whether it's licking her butthole or opening the bathroom door, she gets the job done," says her campaign manager, an imaginary ball of light called Twinkleface. The non-existent sphere of antimatter also went on to say that Ursula is ready to debate both Bush and Kerry on security issues, and come out on top. "Ursula's foreign and domestic security policy is practical and trumps both Bush and Kerry's corporate influences and namby-pambyism. If a cat comes through a hole in the fence, chase them out. If Ursula needs to go through the fence, no other cats should stop her, because she's Ursula. That's American interventionism in a nutshell. PLus, her recent buzz-cut would bring out some military votes."

    Ursula is widely expected to tap her co-resident of Mr. Joslin's apartment, the famously gay and dovish cat Avatar, as her vice-presidential running mate. While they don't see whisker-to-whisker on several issues, including who has the right to be in the bathroom with Mr. Joslin while having a 'sit-down,' the pair provide a contrast that Twinkleface thinks the American electorate will respond to. "We are ready for an alliance that crosses ethic (Avatar is Persian in origin), gender, and overly anthropomorphized divides. With Ursula-Avatar 2004, America has a choice; four white men, or two cute cats with more combined mental power than a dozen penguins," said Twinkleface, as it dashed off into another dimension in it's dual-role there as a dragon's booger.

    Ursula is due to be on the campaign trail after she awakens from her nap. The planned route is around the backyard, on top of a car, and through the hole in the fence. Bush and Kerry were unavailable for comment.

    jaybird found this for you @ 13:33 in Silly People, Satire & Strange Behaviors | | permalink



    The Stop Bush Project This

    The Stop Bush Project

    This site is a documentation of anti-Bush sentiment from around the world expressed through graffiti, placards, flyers and other spontaneous, 'guerilla' means. The images are a gallery of visitor donated photos.

    jaybird found this for you @ 11:09 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    { Friday, 02 July, 2004 }

    The Top 100 Wonders of

    The Top 100 Wonders of the World

    My green couch, which is being feted tonight with a gala reception (a "couch warming party"), is 101 on the list. Really.

    jaybird found this for you @ 18:17 in Culture, People & Customs | | permalink



    US chihuahua wows Japanese crowds

    US chihuahua wows Japanese crowds

    A wheelchair-bound chihuahua from the US is on a tour of Japan with his owner to tell his story of hope. Wheely Willy was crippled and abandoned before being rescued by Deborah Turner and helped to gain mobility by using a specially-designed wheelchair.

    jaybird found this for you @ 15:31 in Radical Undertakings | | permalink



    Deja Jay?

    Strange... I was working on a friend's computer, and she told me that her 3 year old son had said that "jay was coming for a visit," and they did not speak of it nor could he have had foreknowledge. Weird, but with this kid, another in a series of prognostications.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:32 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Hubble discovers 100 new planets

    Hubble discovers 100 new planets

    The Hubble Space Telescope may have discovered as many as 100 new planets orbiting stars in our galaxy. Hubble's harvest comes from a sweep of thousands of stars in the dome-like bulge of the Milky Way. If confirmed it would almost double the number of planets known to be circling other stars to about 230.

    jaybird found this for you @ 10:27 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    "It was beyond description,

    "It was beyond description, really, it was mind-blowing," she said. "I'm
    surprised at how surprised I am at the beauty and the clarity of these images. They are shocking to me."

    jaybird found this for you @ 09:05 in Science, Quantum & Space | | permalink



    { Thursday, 01 July, 2004 }

    June's Puzzling Searches

    Let's begin with an explanation. A friend who visits regularly became a little freaked at last month's contestants in the strangest search requset posting. She found it all rather disturbing, and had no idea what the hell was going on. Neither do I, but these are keyphrases that are typed into a search engine which ultimately link, in some decrepit or obscene way, to my site. My server collects those search strings, and I geekily rifle through them, trying to discern how you people wind up here, of all places.

    This month, several requests have become a regular theme and have been omitted because they were funny then and not now. With regard to that, there were scores of people interested in finding 'tea-bagging' content here. Look, I've been single forever now and I love tea-bagging just as much as the next leftyhomo, but just quit askin' kids, it ain't here.

    As is standard, the actual request is in italics, the snarky reply in regular type.


  • weird things / Ask and ye shall receive!

  • screen of comic worldless / But is it art?

  • conception gent webcam / A very fine fellow, conceiving on webcam
    and all.

  • eating a june bug? / No, just had some mashed potatoes with bleu
    cheese; yummier than june bug.

  • fairy straddling a half of a moon / Must be some kind of a
    stunt-fairy.

  • strange behaviors of the badger / They multiply, they dance, they
    interact with snakes and mushrooms.

  • what are some ways to remember things in memory? / I don't
    remember.

  • picture of sex with a traffic cone / Definitely a traffic problem!

  • phenomena behind the rise of juice in high trees / If the trees are
    high, what kind of juice are they drinking, man?

  • active birthing in worcestershire / I always use barbeque sauce,
    but whatever marinates your baby...

  • psychedelic binary computers / I think binary systems cancel out
    psychedelia; it's totally beyond dualism...

  • f*** my wife asheville nc / If you have to search for it, you'll
    never find it.

  • in a contest that a radio station is having they said to think fishbowl
    what does that mean
    / I think that means to think fishbowl, I think.

  • how does the new mafia differ from the old mafia / Well, the
    fabrics are breathier, with brighter colors are bolder shoes, darling.


  • And June's 'winner,' for which there is no prize other than your own mania:



    • man riding rooster devil wife moon poland / There is no snarky
      comment worthy of this strange prediliction.

    jaybird found this for you @ 20:13 in Blogosphere, Tech & Internet | | permalink



    The Devil made me do

    The Devil made me do it: NC Supreme Court Orders God's Return to Courtroom

    North Carolina's Supreme Court ordered a judge Tuesday to restore references to God used when he enters the courtroom and when witnesses swear to tell the truth.

    jaybird found this for you @ 19:01 in News, Opinion & Politique | | permalink



    I am Mahabir Pun. I

    I am Mahabir Pun. I would like to take you on a tour of my village (Nangi), and my country (Nepal and the Himalayas). I would like you to learn about our High School in Nangi Village, Nepal. Some people from abroad have visited and worked in Nangi and have interesting stories to tell you of their time here.

    jaybird found this for you @ 14:16 in Culture, People & Customs | | permalink



    Two Interesting Things About Right Now

  • I've just driven 62 miles for nothing. I'm at our sister office for no apparent reason. Fine by me I suppose, it was a lovely drive.
  • Speculation is rife in the blogosphere about Kerry's Veep, both the date and the person. There's two old bees buzzing and two new ones; Edwards and Vilsack, and Hillary and Joe Biden. If you recall the poll we had here a while back, my readers chose Mr./Mrs/ Other, followed by Edwards, Gephardt, Sen. Phil Graham, Sen. Diane Feinsteinand, (but not Vilsack_, with the rest polling in low numbers. The presumptive announcement date is Tuesday the 6th, according to those quizzical 'well placed sources.' Is all this silly? Yes. American politics is a useless charade. But will all this hooplah help overturn the current repressive paradigm? Possibly, and that's why I marginally care about the results of the guessing game and how that strategy will elect Someone Else in 2004. Me... I can think of a million folks just as qualified which won't get it, it should be Edwards but will probably be Vilsack. Let's hope to heck it works.

    jaybird found this for you @ 12:26 in Journaling the Infinite | | permalink



    Space Art through the Ages

    Space Art through the Ages

    jaybird found this for you @ 08:05 in Art, Music, Theater & Film | | permalink




     
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    2. You will be called upon to use your mind and your vision in ways I cannot possibly glimpse. Never turn down an offer to shine that light so uniquely yours to help others in their darkness, and you’ll find that when it’s your turn to be in the night that there’ll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to share .

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    5. You’ll find that some of your choices could’ve been better, or at times were downright stupid. That’s okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what a good one might feel like if I tried it on.

    6. Your growth will be a mysterious, comic, ecstatic and sometimes scary ride, and I pray that you strive to savor each minute of it, even the most difficult or embarrassing minutes. Don’t count on second chances.

    7. In those times when everything collapses around you, and what’s left won’t go right, don’t forget your chances of being alive in this solar system, in this galaxy, are a little on the slim side. So slim in fact that it could be called a miracle to breathe this air, drink this water, and have whet ever predicament you’re having no matter how you shake, rattle and roll it. So go with the cosmic flow and always choose something over nothing, while remembering that there’s a little of each one hidden in both.

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