Archive for November, 2004

What the Phinnaeus?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

“Psychologist Cleveland Kent Evans, who studies names and their social effects, says the unusual-name trend among celebrities is a kind of self-reinforcing phenomenon. ‘I don’t think of these names as coming just from celebrities so much as coming from creative celebrities, or at least those that want to be thought of as creative,’ he says. ‘It’s the musicians and actresses and to some extent the visual artists who give those sorts of names to their children. You don’t find the politicians and athletes giving names like that to their kids.’ “

Whether you give a rats-about Julia Roberts or not, everyone will have an opinion about the names she has chosen for her new twins. When you decide to reproduce, be kind when selecting a name. While you might think its cute or trendy, imagine what your offspring will be thinking when they are having the crap beat out of them on the playground for being “different”.

Thanks, mom and dad, for giving me a name that I have always liked – Steve.

engrish.com

Monday, November 29th, 2004

Pictules wolth a thousand wolds.

pareidolia

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

a type of illusion or misperception involving a vague or obscure stimulus being perceived as something clear and distinct (i.e., wisdom, caring and true leadership openly demonstrated by executive management)

WhatIsFlashWiki – What Is Flash? Wiki

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

“Welcome to What Is Flash? Phase One. You’ve reached a very dynamic site involved in a very exciting project: To define Flash through a manifesto written by leading members of the Flash community and to educate designers and developers of all levels by demonstrating best practices methods in Flash design and development. The Flash Manifesto will outline acceptable uses of Flash and will be written by the Flash Consortium Steering Committee, a group of leading voices within the Flash community. It will be subscribed to by these members as well as members who are part of the Flash Consortium. “

Staring at Computers May Cause Glaucoma

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Researchers warned that there could be a drastic rise in the number of glaucoma cases if action was not taken to evaluate people who spend long time in front of screens and have existing eye conditions. ‘Computer stress is reaching higher levels than have ever been experienced before,’ the team from the Toho University School of Medicine in Tokyo said.” By Charles Arthur / The Independent / 11/16/04 10:00 AM PT

Hmmmm. So, if I recall from my intense medical training and my highly-perceptive understanding of human nature, it is highly likely we will see hundreds of grassroot organizations begin movements and create petitions to make medicinal use of marijuana legal for computer geeks. However, if you ask me, I think a good parental website filter would probably do a better job of helping these geeks keep their eyesight intact.

In the blink of an eye…

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

something that has taken a long time to conceive, nourish, grow, build and develop can be completely undone.

It’s hard to really identify when you first decide what you want to do in life – what your vocation is to be. It is later in your life, when you truly realize that every single minute of your existence has been spent processing input from every conceivable source (i.e., personal observation, listening, experience, education, training, reading) and stowing pieces of this eclectic knowledge away in your internal memory banks.

Through the years, your mind assembles and reassembles these ever-expanding, and sometimes long-forgotten concepts until you begin to personally define where you believe you fit into the social and vocational structure of life. Some people are good with their hands; others with their minds; others with their voices and a million other possible talents. And it is through applying those talents, in an ideal world, you can transform your job into a career with which you bring a true passion and energy; giving you a sincere sense of purpose. And if you love what you do – and can make it a paying vocation – you can consider yourself successful.

Until.

You can never forget that as human beings, we are all living on this planet simultaneously; and that there will come a time when someone else’s vision of the way the world should be fails to coincide with your personal vision. In a matter of seconds, EVERYTHING you took for granted about what you have achieved can be destroyed.

If you believe you are in a position where you are successful and the world is your oyster, imagine for a moment that driving your Porsche home from work one Friday evening, after a long hard week at work, you are run off the road by someone who happened to doze off behind the wheel. As a result of your car hitting a tree at 60 miles per hour, you end up paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. It really doesn’t matter if your accident was intentional or not – YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN ALTERED.

Should it have happened? Could you have avoided it? Will the driver be caught and punished? The answers to these questions really don’t matter. What DOES matter is that YOU must decide where you take your life from here.

Your life is always ahead of you. Your past continues to provide you with input and knowledge from which you will make your future choices.

Choose life.

LOGO-Magazine.com

Friday, November 12th, 2004

“LOGO doesn’t toe a company line, we don’t provide a platform for bands based on how much revenue we can generate from them, and we’re honest. On this site and in the pages of LOGO magazine you will find unbiased opinion based entirely on the quality of a performance, be it live or in a studio. If we like a record, we’ll tell you. If we don’t like it we’ll tell you why. If we think a band is great on record but can’t cut it live, we’ll tell you that as well. Not to cut bands down to size, but because we all need accurate information on the music that we love. Not many of us have money to burn, and when the light at the end of your working day is a trip to your local record shop or venue you don’t want to waste your hard-earned cash. ”

Tired of Rolling Stone? (I am) Add LOGO to your list of magazines that provide you with teasers about new bands that probably get little play on the radio… And that is a good thing – since the only stuff you get on FM anymore is those 40 overplayed classic rock cuts by the Eagles, Who and Led Zepp.

I’m also a big fan of UNCut!

PERSONAL AND SPECIAL UFO REPORTS

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Because sometimes you get in the mood for some out of the ordinary reading. The nightly news is becoming quite bland, so what better way to spice up your evening than to explore the world of personal abduction.

Flower of Life Research, LLC.

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Guilty Pleasures

Friday, November 5th, 2004

This compilation album features 22 amazing and timeless songs by artists such as 10cc, David Essex, Pilot and Alessi. There is no need to feel guilty. Confess and you will be redeemed!

Take a minute and contribute your favorite guilty pleasures for a possible future compilation.