Friday, September 30, 2011
I've been wondering what it would be like to live in Mongolia. Pictures of this land, like this one, make me want to fly over its mountains and oceans of plains. I think that the part of why Mongolia inspires me is it's vast ruggedness, and the fact that I don't know hardly anything about it. The grass is always greener on the other side.
My fascination with this land of soaringly wide grasslands and rough stone has led me to add it to my list of Places to Live, which grows longer every year, and includes places such as Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, New Zealand, and South Africa. What lands call out to you, and why? What are the countries on your Places to Live list?
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I appreciate this song because it genuinely expresses freedom, at least the freedom I've felt in my life. It's become a part of my life's soundtrack, the songs that stay with me.
Have you ever stumbled on a song that illustrates experiences, thoughts, or feelings you've had before on the deepest level? What are some of the songs from the soundtrack of your life?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Benjamin Hoff mentions a curious story in his book, the Tao of Pooh (in short, the Tao of Pooh is a book illustrating the principles of Taoism through the characters of A.A. Milne's Winne the Pooh):
"In 1933, newspapers around the world announced the death of a man named Li Chun Yun [a Time article titled Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog is notable for spreading the news of this man's life to the Western world]. As officially and irrefutably recorded by the Chinese government, and as verified by a thorough independent investigation, Li had been born in 1677. When over the age of two hundred, he had given a series of twenty-eight, three-hour-long talks on longevity at a Chinese university. Those who saw him at that time claimed that he looked like a man in his fifties, standing straight and tall, with strong teeth and a full head of hair. When he died, he was two hundred and fifty-six years old.
When Li was a child, he left home to follow some wandering herbalists. Int he mountains of China, he learned from them some of the secrets of the earth's medicine. In addition to using various rejuvenative herbs daily, he practiced Taoist exercises, believing that exercise which strains and tires the mind and body shortens life. His favorite way of traveling was what he called "walking lightly." Young men who went for walks with him when he was in his later years could not match his pace, which he maintained for miles. He advised those who wanted strong health to "sit like a turtle, walk like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog." When asked for his major secret, though, he would reply, "inner quiet.""
Li Ching Yuen (also spelled Li Chun Yun) himself believed that he was born in 1736. Certain Chinese documents, however, led some to believe that he was born in 1677. Much of the evidence verifying his lifespan is unsubstantiated, and much of what people say about his age is speculative. What do you think?
"I have done all that I have to do in this world. I will now go home." Some believe that these were Li Ching Yuen's last words. No matter the years that this remarkable man lived, it still seems to me that he found peace with himself and this Earth. He had truly found his "inner quiet."
How do you feel you achieve "inner quiet"?
According to a survey completed by the Council for Research Excellence, as of 2009, adults in the United States spend on average 8.5 hours out of every day exposed to screens: in bed, in airports, at the supermarket, in taxi cabs, at McDonalds, in this very blog post. Throughout your day you are constantly confronted by information presented to you on screens.
Take a look at the video above. The kind of facial puppetry Jason Saragih has created might allow us to show a face to the world (when we are online) that is completely different than the face we were born with: a face that shares all of the warmth and complexity of our facial expressions, but without the attachment to our physical identities.
How are we going to deal with this coming change? Is it a good or bad thing that people will soon be able to look skinnier or fatter, or like President Obama, or like a tiger, or like Naruto? How might this impact how we view ourselves? More importantly, how might this impact how we view other people, when we know that the face they show to us may only be a mask?
by Mr. AB
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Picture by Pictlux
How can a person as succesfull as Michael Phelps use drugs? Phelps is really good at what he does. The sixteen Olympic medals he has won in total is proof of that. He also became the most succesfull athlete in the Olympic Games of 2004 and 2008. Still, he dares to use drugs. He declared himself guilty when he was arrested for driving drunk and a picture of him using a bong, a device used for smoking tobacco or marijuana, was published. It is amazing how he did all that even when he has done so many accomplishments. Besides all that, I think it's pretty dumb how he ruined such a great reputation in that way, don't you think?
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Every once in awhile Josh and me need another funny YouTube video to obsessively quote to each other. One day, Josh showed me "Kid History." This is episode four, probably my favorite, but if you feel like killing time watch all five.
I seriously was gasping for breath, rolling on the floor as I watched those kids. Every day I walk around quoting Kid History to my family. Sometimes I'll remember the jokes and randomly start laughing out loud. Today I was pondering my obsession with Kid History. Why do I find it so stomach-cluchingly funny?
I guess it is because I have little brothers and sisters, and I grew up hearing the little nuances of how they pronounce words. I have this bad habit of copying them; recently I've been talking like David, saying things like "hey, yooooouuu, yoooouuu is doing sumbing?" or "HEY! you is berry stinky!" or "ine so berry much in lub wiz you."
Then I wondered, would Kid History be funny to me if I didn't have little brothers and sisters? On a deeper level, are different things funny to different people based on past life experiences? Why is Kid History hilarious/not hilarious to you, personally?
Monday, September 5, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
What people do not realize is that at least 6 times a week they purchase something new and do not try to refuse it people. In then United States people spend over three thousand dollars every month. Sometimes even without realizing it. Most of the time boys spend it on electronics and games, and although I hate to admit this as a girl, but girls mostly spend money on shopping. Which is why I chose this picture, and also because I thought it was incredibly cute. So in the end 9 words mean a lot more. It also means that cat likes shoes.
This video shows the most amazing Domino course I have ever seen. This is what some one does when they want to get on the Guiness Book of World Records. This is one of those things someone does without mistakes because no one really has the heart to do it again. While you watch the video keep your jaw up and imagine what would happen if he missed the first shot.
By Josh Garcia
This video amazes me in many ways. Maybe some of you guys have already seen it on You Tube. This video explains what happens when you spend all your time doing work for school and studying. You brain gets over heated and stops you from focusing. When you hit that point some people go crazy and laugh hysterically at everything. Some people just can't continue without a snack break (me). Some times when you are stuck on a question in a test, everyone is silent, you here the clock ticking, some one is tapping their foot or clicking their pen when you feel like. . . pulling out a toy gun and start a war with you fellow class mates. Maybe it is just me, but this video shows that pretty well. The Great Office War is a battle of failure at impulse control. A battle where people just can't take it anymore. If there was dialogue in the first part of the video i know what it would say:
SALES LEADER; "JUST STOP CLICKING THAT STUPID PEN!!!"
IT Leader; "I CAN CLICK A PEN IF I WANT!!!"
IT Woman; "I AM SICK OF YOU GETTING DECAF, LIVE A LITTLE!!!"
SALES Woman; "HEY!!! THAT WAS HOT CHOCOLATE!!! GET SOME!!!"
And thus, the Great Office War Began. . .
By Josh Garcia
This picture shows the aggressive side to chicks that we do not see everyday. In my opinion this is a male chick due to the colors of its feathers. From my point of view the worm that the chick is running away and the chick is getting aggravated. Normally when you first see pictures like this you probably think aw it is so cute. In this case you probably laugh out loud or at least smile. From a specific point of view you might say “this is not funny, learn to spell.” Part of what makes it funny is the misspelled words.