Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Synchronicity of Indeterminacy

The Synchronicity of Indeterminacy: "Found Photo Stories: Life and Art Linked by Photographs
A study in creativity, this site features one-minute short stories inspired by found photos, an idea based on the Indeterminacy recordings by John Cage, pairing one-minute short stories with random sounds.
All stories © 2004-2009"

Monday, October 19, 2009

'Who do you think you are?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Perfection of Giving

Perfection of Giving - The Practice of Giving in Buddhism: "The Buddha taught that when we give to others, we give without expectation of reward. We give without attaching to either the gift or the recipient. We practice giving to release greed and self-clinging."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Positive thinking is positively bad for you so always look on the glum slide of life | Mail Online

Positive thinking is positively bad for you so always look on the glum slide of life | Mail Online: "But, I pointed out, the therapist had not advocated positive thinking. She'd advocated realistic thinking, which is what we all need to focus on.

Had the client come to her banging on about her brilliance, it would have been sensible for my friend to point out that yes, she was brilliant, but that didn't stop the fact that she was also bankrupt and her husband was leaving her.

It's interesting that in an age when the current mantras run thus: 'Every time a door closes another opens,' 'Every crisis is an opportunity in disguise,' 'When life hands out lemons, squeeze out a smile,' everything seems to be going wrong, and particularly for those in America and the UK, where positive thinking thrives.

Far from being the greatest nation on earth, more children die in infancy in the U.S. or grew up in poverty than in many other industrialised nations.

Healthcare is broken. It has the highest proportion of the population in prison, and is plagued by gun crime and personal debt.

However, in the days when the West did well - during and after World War II for example - we were all taught the opposite of positive thinking.

We were encouraged 'not to get too big for our boots'. 'Who do you think you are? The Queen of Sheba?' our mothers would say, if we were too proud of any achievement. Or 'Don't let it go to your head.'

Interestingly, a study recently published in the journal Psychological Science showed that people with low self-esteem felt worse after repeating positive mantras about themselves.

In 1986, the Californian State Assembly appointed a task-force to investigate the subject of self-esteem, examining more than 30,000 research findings.

The conclusion was that there was no correlation between levels of self-esteem and educational failure, crime, alcoholism, drug-taking, teenage pregnancies or child abuse.

In other words, feeling good about yourself will not stop you going off the rails.

Indeed, the pre-occupation with self-esteem could actually be a disadvantage. In an international study, it was found that American students who ranked last in international comparisons of maths abilities ranked first when asked how they felt about their maths abilities."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

blood tests

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Rockwatching

Rockwatching: "So here is where you slip down the incline from beneath all the tangled wire deeper into the cave. Right next to my helmet there is an old milk churn and in sliding over it I bruised my ribs quite badly and I’m still feeling it today. I am looking down a slope that is strewn with broken glass and old bottles and wondering wheter I’ll be getting my belly slashed today. The cave is likely unexplored by people, but it certainly shows signs of their human presence by the trash that has tumbled in over the years. One thought would be to clear the garbage and restore the cave to a relatively pristine state.

This cave kind of reminds me of the XS wired project that I had been involved with, though also something like Olmstead Cave. It seems like farmers viewed sinks and cave openings as the place to dump all their old fencing. Something else that seems to be quite noticeable is that most dismiss the caves as tiny holes around which they played as children – a fox hole, or an overhang. Most know of the cave presences on their land, though most have a fanciful memory of them. Most wont have even seen the actual opening as it would have been buried under trash heaps from as far back as the 1800s. When I got home last night from the cave trip I found an 8 inch long spine of rusting wire threaded into the back of my pants and through my belt. Fortunatly the wire had passed parallel to my backside as opposed to something a little more noticeable."

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Food Issue - The Calorie-Restriction Experiment - NYTimes.com

The Food Issue - The Calorie-Restriction Experiment - NYTimes.com: "THERE’S A JOKE that says calorie restriction may or may not extend your life, but it will most assuredly make your life feel longer. At least in theory, you must accept endless days of grinding asceticism. Starbucks ventis without a breakfast scone (460 calories). Sandwiches without Swiss (106), mayo (57) or potato chips (155). Coffee breaks without a cookie (130). Work parties and weddings that, limited to just a single glass of cabernet (127), become tedious affairs. Some aspects of calorie-deprivation diets may sound familiar because of the Calorie Restriction Society, a group of several hundred men and women who have acquired a degree of notoriety by harshly curtailing their food consumption."

Friday, October 09, 2009

Internet-Genealogy Blog

Internet-Genealogy Blog: Back After a Long Layoff: "I know many of you in the genealogy world are aware of my recent fight with prostate cancer, but I just wanted to let everyone know that I am doing fine and I received an excellent report on my recovery from my doctor on September 1, 2009"

Saturday, October 03, 2009

medication mine

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Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for Aging Parents - The New Old Age Blog - NYTimes.com: "In my father’s apartment building in South Jersey, the older tenants start drifting into the small lobby each day around 1 p.m., taking up positions on chairs and couches. The ostensible reason: The mail is about to arrive. The real reason: They relish a chance to schmooze.

“There’s a lot of discussion about the economy,” Dad reports. “And what the president said about the police and that fellow in Massachusetts.” Lesser issues arise, too. Whose daughter is coming to visit. What is on sale at the ShopRite supermarket.

Twenty-five years ago, a University of Wisconsin professor coined a great term for this kind of residence. It is a naturally occurring retirement community, or NORC. The place wasn’t built for seniors; its tenants are all ages, infants through nonagenarians. But a substantial number of residents have been there long enough to grow old together."