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{ Friday, 24 March, 2006 }

Bring on the freeze-dried ludefisk: Swedes plan to colonise Moon

We always knew the Swedes were a shifty bunch - softening hearts worldwide with a pleasing blend of inoffensive europop, cheap yet effortlessly stylish flat-pack furniture and fun-loving, pnemuatic blonde fillies - but now the horrible truth can now be revealed: they're planning to colonise the Moon thereby ensuring their own survival as the Earth's resources dwindle and lesser nations are returned to a primitive Stone-Age state enslaved to Sweden's galactic ambitions*.

The proof comes in the form of the innocent-looking SMART-Centre which, according to various reports, has assembled a consortium of more than 50 partners - including Japan's Shimizu Corporation, US NASA contractor Orbitech and the UK's Cranfield University - to turn the centre's Dr. Niklas JšrvstrŚt's dreams of extraterrestrial conquest into reality.

JšrvstrŚt first pitched the idea of colonising the Moon over ten years ago. His plan is to establish a self-sustaining community "where the great circle of life can be sustained in its entirety by lunar raw materials and where all life-sustaining products will be manufactured in situ".

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{ Wednesday, 30 November, 2005 }

I pray to simulacra of self-fulfilling prophecies in the trees: Islanders pray to Jesus image on plant pot

Mexicans have set up a shrine at a plant pot on the grounds of a beach resort on the Caribbean island of Cozumel after an image said to depict Jesus appeared on it following Hurricane Wilma a month ago,

A receptionist at the Occidental Grand resort noticed the image likened to Jesus' face as shaken guests emerged from a storm shelter after huddling for three days while the hurricane hurled rain and debris.

Local media are calling it a miracle and draw a link between the apparition and the fact that none of the 200 guests had suffered so much as a bruise during the storm, which tore up other beach resorts on Cozumel, bit holes in concrete buildings, ripped up sections of highway and flattened trees.

The image stands out clearly as a Jesus-like face on the side of the enameled terra cotta planter -- whose plants also survived the storm despite being outside for its duration.

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{ Tuesday, 21 June, 2005 }

reverse immigration

To Cuba (almost) by Outrigger Sailing Canoe

I'd be sailing with my eyes open, and what I was seeing would sort of freeze. From then on I was dreaming, but my arm would still steer the boat, and the waves that hit the boat didn't quite line up with the dream waves. They'd hit the boat from a wrong angle and I'd jerk awake, able to see again, and straighten the boat out. I couldn't always tell if I was awake. I thought it would be a good rule to not do anything dangerous in my dreams since I might not really be asleep. Day came and I slept, less afraid of being run down by a ship. I'd wake up a few minutes or hours later and sail again til I couldn't stay awake, it would get dark and the stars would come out, and I didn't really know how many days it had been or if I'd missed some.

After sailing for a while and getting really tired, the waves and sails started sounding like voices. I ignored them for a long time, but they didn't seem to do anything scary and they were mumbling anyway. Eventually I started tuning them in, and it was pretty funny stuff. There were some evil aliens that lived in my transom. When I went fast the transom made kind of a hissy alien sound. It was the soundtrack from a cable-tv sciencefiction show. These aliens had landed at a goth disco and were trying to fit in. They dressed up like vampires and looked really evil and talked in scary voices and were the coolest couple at the disco. They were really into evil in theory but they never actually harmed anyone. They said it was a "big-picture" approach to evil rather than a "street-crime" approach.

Sea birds made calls sounded like people shouting things at me, I could never tell what.

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{ Wednesday, 18 May, 2005 }

nesting behavior

Poet to live in bird's nest

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{ Friday, 28 January, 2005 }

Another man who walked a great distance

To give up on a dream is a terribly difficult thing, especially when you still have legs to move. Despite its gentle and human nature, it was a life or death thing. How could I live the whole rest of my life with the failure round my neck? So, the focus to keep going was the drive to see it through. No other person had ever done so and that leads to geographic priority of some kind, and I was British and there was a time, not so much now, when such things mattered.

The initial motivation was that the world is not so big after all. Also, like most young people I suspect, I had the desire to make a mark on the great tree of life, although eventually this became overladen with a desperate need to return home and be with my young family. I always loved England and children. In this respect it changed, grew, as I got deeper into it and wondered whether I would ever get out of it alive. The gent who crossed South America on foot first (I was second), the late Sebastian Snow, put it this way: It has not been done, and it ought to be done. It was a wonderful challenge!

jaybird found this for you @ 12:16 in Radical Undertakings | | permalink

{ Thursday, 27 January, 2005 }

One man dances his way around the world [.wmv 36MB]. This singular dancing man's blog about his walk around the world is here. [via MeFi]

jaybird found this for you @ 20:34 in Radical Undertakings | | permalink

{ Tuesday, 28 December, 2004 }

Build an Atomic Rocket to Outer Space! (via blort)

jaybird found this for you @ 20:12 in Radical Undertakings | | permalink

{ Thursday, 23 December, 2004 }

Brilliant: Academic turns city into a social experiment

The fact that he was seen as an unusual leader gave the new mayor the opportunity to try extraordinary things, such as hiring 420 mimes to control traffic in BogotŠ's chaotic and dangerous streets. He launched a "Night for Women" and asked the city's men to stay home in the evening and care for the children; 700,000 women went out on the first of three nights that Mockus dedicated to them. When there was a water shortage, Mockus appeared on TV programs taking a shower and turning off the water as he soaped, asking his fellow citizens to do the same.

"The distribution of knowledge is the key contemporary task," Mockus said. "Knowledge empowers people. If people know the rules, and are sensitized by art, humor, and creativity, they are much more likely to accept change."

jaybird found this for you @ 12:01 in Radical Undertakings | | permalink

{ Sunday, 19 December, 2004 }

A Winding Path: Why a microbiologist turned to the New Age art of building labyrinths -- by hand, out of dirt. (via homunculus)

Champion, 62, was once a microbiologist, and is now one of the most recognized names on the shortlist of modern labyrinth builders in the world. He dug this structure himself, with just a shovel, two decades ago, but the design -- a seven-ring-style labyrinth named after the Greek island of Crete -- is ancient. These patterns have appeared through the ages in art, architecture, literature, myth, and religion; this particular one represents the labyrinth at its most primitive. The spiraling form appears in etchings and artifacts of cultures around the globe -- from native North Americans to the indigenous peoples of Scandinavia. The shape appears everywhere to Champion -- in knotted wood grains and constellations, in cloud formations and DNA. And it appears here, a few hundred yards from the front steps of his home in the hills above the Anderson Valley near Philo, its waist-high walls made from a few hundred thousand pounds of dirt, the whole structure a few hundred feet wide.

jaybird found this for you @ 18:00 in Radical Undertakings | | permalink

{ Saturday, 04 December, 2004 }

One man, lots of helium, and tons of chutzpah: Ballooning into the Sky

There's a sense of anticipation as the balloons are attached to you, and you grow lighter and lighter. The balloons are so big, it's like being a child again, and small. You're paying attention to the details, making sure everything is being rigged correctly. But even after you've done it many times before, there's still something a bit unreal to it. You wonder: am I really doing this?

(related: Cloudhopping)

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You're a peace bomb...

Thai military drops "peace bombs"

Hundreds of Thai school children and air force recruits have loaded an estimated 100 million origami birds onto military transport planes in preparation for a "peace bombing" of the violent Muslim south of the country.

The little pieces of folded paper, to be dropped from the air on Sunday to mark the birthday of Thailand's revered king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, are meant to sow peace, harmony and goodwill in the three southernmost provinces, where an 11-month insurgency has claimed nearly 500 lives.

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{ Monday, 08 November, 2004 }

See it, believe it: i'll find my frog

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{ Wednesday, 13 October, 2004 }

Cultivating your naval

Six days later, I was finally back home. The first thing I wanted to do was to change clothes and take a shower. But when I took off my sweater, to my amazement, I could see something sticking out of my belly button! I couldnít believe it: something was growing in there!

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{ Friday, 08 October, 2004 }

The Flying Man (via Reality Carnival)

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{ Monday, 06 September, 2004 }

Probable Discovery Of A New,

Probable Discovery Of A New, Supersolid, Phase Of Matter

"Solid helium-4 appears to behave like a superfluid when it is so cold that the laws of quantum mechanics govern its behavior... One of the most intriguing predictions of the theory of quantum mechanics is the possibility of superfluid behavior in a solid, particularly solid helium-4, and we have strong experimental evidence for this behavior..."

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{ Tuesday, 31 August, 2004 }

Berlin bear's break-out bid fails

Berlin bear's break-out bid fails

A bold amphibious escape bid by a bear at Berlin zoo has been foiled... Juan the Andean spectacled bear first paddled across a moat using a log for a raft, then scaled a wall. Finally he appeared to commandeer a bicycle, before zookeepers with brooms cornered him, and a colleague picked him off with a tranquiliser gun.

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{ Wednesday, 11 August, 2004 }

I love this guy: Turkmen

I love this guy: Turkmen leader orders ice palace

President Niyazov of Turkmenistan has ordered the construction of a palace made of ice in the heart of his desert country, one of the hottest on earth. "Let us build a palace of ice... big and grand enough for 1,000 people... Our children can learn to ski... we can build cafes there, and restaurants." As well as the ice palace, there is to be a vast aquarium. The projects tend now to be sites of recreation for the people, like a Disney-style theme park instead of state palaces.

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{ Friday, 09 July, 2004 }

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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{ Thursday, 08 July, 2004 }

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.

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{ Friday, 02 July, 2004 }

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.

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{ Tuesday, 22 June, 2004 }

I don't really link much

I don't really link much to sports, but this qualifies for an entirely different reason: Jumbo footballers take on Thais

Huge footballing talents are on show at the Euro 2004 championship, but in Thailand the star players are just huge - jumbo-sized, in fact. Ten elephants took on a Thai prison team on Sunday in a game that officials hoped would show playing football is more fun than gambling on it.

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{ Friday, 11 June, 2004 }

Tomorrow is the World Naked

Tomorrow is the World Naked Bike Ride, with Asheville listed as a participant city. Woo-hoo, but alas, my bike is out of comish.

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{ Monday, 24 May, 2004 }

Nomad vagabonding along the backroads

Nomad vagabonding along the backroads of America

On the spur of the moment I drove from Maryland to Nevada and Oregon to South Carolina back to Maryland over 5 weeks and 9500 miles. For the majority of the time I lived in a Toyota 4Runner SUV camping in the outdoors. Except for the first week the trip was on back roads and off the highways, the less direct and more difficult the road the better. I had a laptop and GPS and real-time navigation software as a guide in finding off-beat routes.

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{ Friday, 21 May, 2004 }

Sherpa sets record Everest time

Sherpa sets record Everest time

A new record for the fastest ascent of Mount Everest, government officials say. Pemba Dorje Sherpa climbed the mountain in eight hours and 10 minutes on Friday, tourism ministry official Purna Bhakta Tandukar confirmed.

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{ Tuesday, 20 January, 2004 }

Extreme Peace: On January 1st,

Extreme Peace:

On January 1st, 2004, four Israelis and four Palestinians (two women and six men) will set off on a sea and land expedition to the distant reaches of Antarctica. Their goal is to summit and name a previously unclimbed mountain. Their expedition is called : 'Breaking the Ice'. This journey combines the spirit of adventure with a quest for understanding. It will force people separated by deep political and religious differences to cooperate in pursuit of a shared goal.
[via MeFi]

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{ Saturday, 06 December, 2003 }

French 'love' artist discovered France

French 'love' artist discovered

France has solved the mystery of the graffiti artist who has been covering the walls of its capital city with the word Amour, or Love, for months.

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{ Wednesday, 26 November, 2003 }

You can do it on

You can do it on a snowy mountain top, underwater, or falling from the sky. Liberated from being yet another menial chore, let's consider the vast new leisure-time possibilities of [extreme] ironing.

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{ Friday, 31 October, 2003 }

Extreme Pumpkin Carving We will

Extreme Pumpkin Carving

We will carve that sumbitch into something ugly and plop it on the front porch. October 31st we will light it brightly enough to give visiting children suntans.

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{ Thursday, 23 October, 2003 }

Solo flight record attempt Sir

Solo flight record attempt

Sir Richard Branson and Steve Fossett are announcing the launch of the first solo-piloted aircraft to fly non-stop round the world without refuelling.

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{ Friday, 10 October, 2003 }

I'm posting this just so

I'm posting this just so I can say 'harrowing ordeal:'

Woman falls overboard, swims to oil rig

After falling overboard Tuesday from the shrimp boat where she worked, Lopez swam and floated until she reached safety at an oil platform, spray-painted a distress signal and managed to activate an alarm system to summon help.

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{ Wednesday, 08 October, 2003 }

An A.D.D. Huck Finn: Boy's

An A.D.D. Huck Finn: Boy's adventure ends safely After two nights away from home, Ryan McAniff [12]was wet, cold, and hungry, surviving on cheese slices and Capri Sun drink packets from his new residence inside someone else's $100,000 boat.

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{ Tuesday, 30 September, 2003 }

Shoeshine man donates $89,000 in

Shoeshine man donates $89,000 in tips to hospital Lexie goes to an office building about three blocks from the hospital and hands over his weekly donation ó shoeshine tips, gifts from customers and contributions ó to the hospitalís Free Care Fund.

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{ Friday, 05 September, 2003 }

Man encased in a plastic

Man encased in a plastic box over the River Thames. He will spend 44 days suspended beside the London river. During that time he will apparently go without food and will only have access to water fed through a tube.

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{ Thursday, 04 September, 2003 }

On teaching summer school: Failing

On teaching summer school: Failing at Living / It's a blackboard jungle out there: It's bad enough when the students don't want to learn, but when they can't even spell dirty words correctly, can a teacher really expect them to grasp Stephen Sondheim?

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{ Friday, 08 August, 2003 }

Injured Dog Amazes By Taking

Injured Dog Amazes By Taking Self To Vet Scooby... somehow walked miles to a local animal clinic and was waiting on the doorstep when employees arrived for work. After proving just how smart he is, he is petitioning to change his name to something less stupid.

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{ Tuesday, 29 July, 2003 }

Oh F***! This could be

Oh F***! This could be the best legal defence, EVER!

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{ Monday, 28 July, 2003 }

Nude bikers rally in Tennessee

Nude bikers rally in Tennessee

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{ Monday, 26 May, 2003 }

Boy sets sail to cure

Boy sets sail to cure asthma "AN ITALIAN couple driven to desperation by their six-year-old sonís acute form of asthma set sail with him yesterday on a home-made boat in the hope that living permanently at sea will help to cure him. "

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Ten Considerations for Being Well n this Goofy Universe


0. If you find yourself wonderstruck, donít forget to return the favor.

1. Always be of service to the whole and the Holy. Youíll find that the Holy will reciprocate by being of service to your becoming Whole.

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 youíll find that when itís your turn to be in the night that thereíll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to share .

3. The rewards of being true to yourself  are infinite, even when outwardly your efforts are met with nothing.

4. Youíll also see that  knowledge and wisdom will come from within yourself through your own struggle and curiosity... your loved ones may guide you to insight, but yours is the power to choose it.

5. Youíll find that some of your choices couldíve been better, or at times were downright stupid. Thatís okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them I wouldnít 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. Donít count on second chances.

7. In those times when everything collapses around you, and whatís left wonít go right, donít 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 youíre 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 thereís a little of each one hidden in both.

8. Respond as best as you can with love to adversity rather than reacting with fear... Love, in any situation and  being the primordial source and essence of ALL THIS STUFF, leaves / enters us with the most possible ways out / in.

9. Whatever youíre doing, celebrate the process of doing as much, if not more, than what youíve got when youíre done. Magic lives in the action.

9 Ĺ . All matter is energy. All energy is infinite. We are but raindrops falling to the ocean, a short time in this shape until weíre reunited with the expanse from which we came. Your delicate yet sturdy, resilient body is a temporary shelter of energy that has swam the universe eternally and will continue eternally. You are a sudden crystallization of the infinite. One must ask themself, therefore, why be bored?

9 3/4 . Choosing to live in the moment is courageous but becomes effortless once you begin...feeling obligated to survive in the past or future is dangerous and is difficult to continue. Itís one of the few risks Iíd recommend not taking, right up there with trusting icons and shrugging off coincidences.

10. The Universe itself it not confusing, we humans just like it that way. Do frogs seem bewildered , butterflies befuddled and amoebas addled? Nope, just us, my child. So, whenever things just donít make sense, just take a deep breath and laugh as best you can, because thatís what you get for choosing this goofy, unpredictable place called Earth to embody yourself upon.