Americans “smell like freedom” says one fellow in this video about how people from other countries spot people from the USA when they travel overseas. It seems we are fat, loud, greedy, sloppy and uptight. Well, gee, tell us how you really feel!… Read the rest
Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have seen explosive growth because of their stunning 99 percent price drop in the past quarter century. As a result, the other form of solar power — concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) — is a small fraction of the solar market.… Read the rest
Abuse on social media platforms is an ongoing phenomena, one that’s largely a product of instant, easy access to hurl one’s thoughts or beliefs at a complete stranger. Twitter has earned a top spot in the public eye for rampant harassment that too frequently goes unchecked.… Read the rest
Gilbert Ross writes:
The idea of parallel universes is certainly not something new. It has been entertained in popular media since the existence of universes existing simultaneously has been theorised in Quantum Physics. Many Sci-fi novels and T.V series scripts have been written based on the idea.… Read the rest
City Theatre’s groundbreaking CityWrights Professional Weekend for Playwrights, will take place from June 25 – 28, 2015 at the EPIC Hotel in Miami. This convocation of playwrights continues to grow as a nationally recognized event that puts South Florida center stage as a cultural destination for theatre professionals.… Read the rest
Mary Allan has a series of posts on her adventures as a travel agent. Here is part of her trip to French Polynesia and the dark stranger who stole her heart!
As I travel I keep a day-to-day diary of where I go and what I see. … Read the rest
It coos, it giggles, it finger-wiggles. Watch Pepper, the humanoid android, come alive in this video called Pepper’s Wake Up. It is haunting how alive this thing looks and acts. Without a word it engenders warm feelings and wonder. Could it really be alive? … Read the rest
Out with the guns, in with the wildlife! That is the plan for military bases in Germany. Sixty-two disused military bases on what used to be the edge of the Iron Curtain in West Germany will be turned into bio reserves for rare eagles and woodpeckers, as well as threatened bats and beetles and other critters.… Read the rest
At last! A practical guide to astral travel for dummies made easy. Thanks to Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s series on the Siddha Tradition we have this speech on the topic Parakaaya Pravesha or astral travel. He reluctantly used the word astral travel, as there really isn’t an English word to explain this phenomenal concept.… Read the rest
Why does the broadcast of the Tony Awards fail to celebrate playwrights, those who start the entire process and “face down the blank page”? The new president of the Dramatists Guild of America wrote this letter to CBS, asking why commercial breaks preempted honoring the all-female writing team to take home awards for Best Score, Best Book and, ultimately, Best Musical.… Read the rest
Just cuz they pretty, here are some extraordinary toroidal vortices produced by dolphins, beluga whales, humpback whales, volcanoes, hydrogen/atomic bombs, and well, you will see!.
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A toroidal vortex, also called a vortex ring, is a region of rotating fluid moving through the same or different fluid where the flow pattern takes on a toroidal (doughnut) shape.
The southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are humid and warm, crisscrossed by swift-flowing rivers and mountain streams.… Read the rest
What do you call someone who makes sweeping generalizations on billions of people based on the actions of a few? A bigot. Bill Maher, says Mary Elizabeth Williams, is such a bigot.
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Maher has famously said, “Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do” — which is pretty funny, given the know-it-all arrogance of the anti-religion big leaguers like Maher himself.
Facebook’s top snoop and social engineer Mark Zuckerberg said, “We have a historic opportunity ahead of us to improve the lives of billions of people. It’s just the right thing to do.”
Internet.org is essentially a mobile application that provides free access to a handful of other applications, platforms and websites, including Facebook, Wikipedia and the BBC.… Read the rest
So many of my gay friends think “why bother?” now that society encourages us to shack up legally like the rest of our herd. Maybe that is not such a bad idea, after all, warns the “incomparable and prolific” playwright Michael McKeever in his tear-jerker Daniel’s Husband, now playing at Empire Stage as Island City Stage’s season finale.… Read the rest
Mary Allan shares another overseas adventure:
As I travel, I begin to realize how large our planet is, the endless countries with towns and cities…the diversity of each city and country’s language and dialects and, in many cases, occupation by another country. … Read the rest
Nobody knows how serious personal computing security is better than the folks at the Intercept, who broke the story about Edward Snowden and continue with revelations based on the information he provided. The Intercept has recently published an article on the top tips for encyrpting your laptop.… Read the rest
Famous gay porn director Chichi Larue says “I’m learning so much here it’s crazy! I thought I was gonna come here knowing everything, but I’m learning” because times have seriously changed since AIDS first emerged. Are you ready to hear explicit talk about gay sex and Truvada, the anti-reteroviral drug that may prevent you from contracting HIV if exposed to the virus? … Read the rest
According to the aptly named Intercept, there is too much data gushing into the snoop trough. So looking at everyone’s pubes and philosophies for bad apples is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Like this mixed up metaphor, the sun-setting of recently revealed spy tactics merely sets the stage for new things.… Read the rest
OK. Maybe I’m only an extra. And maybe there are a few others involved too, like Maestro Mark Sfortzini and the ever “kind, gentle” director Marc Asafan – not to mention the glass-shattering eponymous Canadian soprano Susan Tsagkaris or Casey Finnigan AKA the Unknown Prince. … Read the rest
Today Mary Allan shares her memories of moving to England.
In the 1970’s my nine-year old son and I and moved from the States to England with my new husband who worked there. I sent my furniture earlier by sea, and we flew to London. … Read the rest
Bee colonies are still struggling, but did you know that there are hundreds of native bee species in Florida? The European honey bee is an import, but native bees are also pollinators. Native bees are mostly solitary, living in a narrow nest either below ground or in wood cavities near the ground, and most of them don’t make any honey.… Read the rest
ThinkProgress says France will ban supermarkets from tossing food in the trash, no doubt much to the dismay of gourmands who have even made haute cuisine cook books of dumpster derived delights. The news paints this as a victory against food waste, but Mikee says it is just an effort by the French government to discourage bin-diving, containering, shopping at the D-mart, dumpstering, tatting, skipping, or as they say in Australia “skip dipping.”
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Grocery stores in France will soon be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food, under a bill passed unanimously by the French parliament last week.
Have you seen this video for solar freaking roadways? It is all about replacing the roads with solar roads. They could generate triple the power needed to run the world as we know it, and with built in sensors and LED lights solar roads could be transformative, fun and safer than that ugly black tarmac we all love to hate. … Read the rest
Do you talk to you dog like it is a person? How about your bird? A new legal case for animal rights has been filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) on behalf of Hercules and Leo, two chimpanzees who are being used in locomotion research at Stony Brook University to explore how humans evolved to walk on two feet.… Read the rest
On Saturday, in often sweltering heat, more than 44,000 people in Ecuador reportedly sowed their way into the Guinness Book of World Records by planting 647,250 trees of over 200 species in one day. The effort was organized by the Ecuadoran government under an initiative called “Siembratón.”
Ecuador’s record was set based on the number of species of trees planted.… Read the rest
OK. So a lady thinks being gay is a sin. I suppose she also believes her God will punish sinners. But that isn’t enough. So she has hand-written a petition to the courts to determine, once and for all, if homosexuality is a sin. … Read the rest
Thanks to Geoff for sharing this farcical response to pleas from Texas Governor Greg Abbott from the White House:
“We plan to withdraw all US military personnel and close all bases by December 2015”
In a brief statement President Obama said
“The US Occupation of Texas is over, the troops will finally be coming home after so many years.”
Some 250,000 personnel will be immediately affected.… Read the rest
OK. Is this a Thursday thing? I am not sure what to do with this one, but it certainly is interesting for numerologists and folks who just like to have fun with their days. And dates. This week every day is a palindrome, when written the correct way.… Read the rest