Sunday, September 25, 2011

Deeper Meanings

Faster Than Light

From News Daily:

"Faster than light" particles threaten Einstein

By Robert EvansPosted 2011/09/23 at 6:16 pm EDT

GENEVA, Sep. 23, 2011 (Reuters) — Sub-atomic particles apparently traveling faster than light could force a major rethink of theories about how the cosmos works and even allow dreams of time travel and extra dimensions, scientists said on Friday.

Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain's Manchester University, said the results, if confirmed, would mean it would be possible in theory "to send information into the past."

"In other words, time travel into the past would become possible ... (though) that does not mean we'll be building time machines any time soon," he told Reuters

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How Love Works

Kick Daddy

50 Best Movies Of The 2000's

ZombieRoom lays down its list of the 50 Best Movies Of The 2000's - I must say, I haven't seen anywhere near all of them, but there's quite a few that I've wanted to watch, so maybe this will give me the incentive to get busy.

Great Artsy Blog


For Relaxing Times

The Answer

Designing a Smarter Patient

From WSJ:

Designing a Smarter Patient
The hidden influences that sway our medical decisions.


When given clearer information, patients weigh risks and benefits differently from their doctors.

"I'm comfortable with that," or "No, it wouldn't be comfortable for me."

That's what our patients often tell us when faced with a choice about taking a medication or undergoing a procedure. And the discussion usually stops there.

But what makes someone comfortable or uncomfortable with one treatment or another, or with no treatment at all? Where do these views come from? And how can patients make better decisions?

For answers, we spent four years interviewing scores of patients of different ages. We found that a host of powerful and often hidden influences, inside and outside the patient's mind, can sway thinking and distort judgment. We also discovered that, by unmasking those influences, it is possible for patients to gain greater confidence and control over their medical decisions.

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The Game Layer

Sometimes You Fly

Just Being Sure

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In My Head - MS

"I Love You"


"First Day Of My Life"
Bright Eyes




"Thank You"


Friday, September 09, 2011


Bright Eyes - "Lua"


Amanda And Neil On Tour


"Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure."

- Stephen King

Songs In My Head - New Jonathan Coulton

"Sticking It To Myself"
Jonathan Coulton


"Nobody Loves You Like Me"
Jonathan Coulton


"Alone At Home"
Jonathan Coulton


Jonathan Coulton


"Today With Your Wife"
Jonathan Coulton


Lady Pasta


"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But, then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope you're getting this down."

- Woody Allen

I < Forever

The Most Important Things

"The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear."

- Stephen King

Sunday, September 04, 2011

On Fairness

"Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not."

- Oscar Wilde


"Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it."

- George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Re-Posting The Fair

From Blogizdat LJ:

I first posted the following in 2003 on an old blog I used to keep, and since very little ever changes at the Fair from year to year, I'm reposting it, slightly updated, with apologies on style to H.L. Mencken.

Read the post here.


"Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle
Everything I do is stitched with its color."

- W.S. Merwin


"Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls; for thus friends absent speak."

- John Donne

How She Walks

“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies”

- Lord Byron


“If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain."

- Lord Byron

Today's Randomnimity

From Blogizdat LJ:

Going to the State Fair today.

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Songs In My Head

Ben Lee


"My Shit's Fucked Up"
Warren Zevon


"I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Amy Winehouse and Paul Weller


"Oh My Love"
John Lennon


"Coming Back"