Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Left is the 25-foot tall statue of Anubis, who is believed to be a guide and protector for the dead in ancient Egypt. The statue is at the Midway in front of the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas Museum of Art will host the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," which opens October 3. The exhibit will run through May 15, 2009.
Click HERE for more info on the exhibit.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Aristotle believed that the human soul had a purpose unlike any other thing, which is unique to each individual. If body, mind and soul are all connected, it is vital that all three work in unison. Joy prevails when all three perform together. Aristotle called this the Good Life.
Paid jobs set the mind up for failure. Employees are forced to follow the employer, instead of thinking for themselves. Individuals are so dependent on money that employers have all the power in the relationship, which forces a separation between mind, body and soul. Employees are like lab rats--racing in any direction to find cheese. If cheese is the only thing being chased, the Good Life is never found. Corporations have made this division greater with the McDonaldization of the workplace.
Aristotle said that in order to achieve the Good Life one must find the golden mean. In statistics the mean is the average. In the world gold is a symbol of wealth. Seeking the middle ground between rags and riches will upgrade the mind instead of degrading it. Finding the golden mean is discovering an individual balance and harmony of the mind, body and soul--then the Good Life will come. The Good Life can be realized by grasping the fact that money isn't the only important thing, but doing what you love is.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Michael and Tun Flancman turn elephant dung into paper products. They own a gift shop at the Toronto Zoo, Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Co. They sell journals, photo albums, gift bags, wrapping paper and Christmas ornaments.
The Flancman's want to make our way of life sustainable. They want to make a product from waste and turn it into something useful. Also, they donate a portion of their income to assist elephants.
Read the Forbes article HERE.
Monday, September 22, 2008
For the first time in 40 years a historic archeological dig has discovered evidence that Stonehenge was a healing site. Archeologists believe that many would travel from near and far for the power of the blue stones (which were brought after the site was erected). It is believed that the blue stones where brought to the site around 2300BC. Around the site an extraordinary amount of bodies were found, indicating that it was too late for some to be healed.
Apparently, this puts an end to the "mystery" of Stonehenge.
Read more about the discovery here.
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed in 1984, but prior to that states adopted their own drinking ages with out penalty. If any state chose a drinking under 21 the federal government would deprive the state 10 percent of their highway funds.
Read the Forbes article here.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
William Yuan is a 12-year-old boy from Beaverton, Oregon who is on the way to solving our energy crisis. The epiphany to create a 3D solar cell came to him one day while playing with Legos.
Yuan's new solar cells are capable of absorbing both UV light and visible light in order to harness more energy. The 3D cells, compared to the current 2D cells, will be able to catch 500 times more sunlight.
Read more here.
On September 18th the FDA released their new standards for genetically engineered food. You can view the guidelines here. The FDA is accepting public comment until November 18.
The only genetically altered animal to reach consumers so far are GloFish.
All animals must be tested and approved by the FDA. GE animals' environmental impact must also be evaluated before approval.
Friday, September 19, 2008
The term McDonaldization was term coined by sociologist George Ritzer in his book titled, The McDonaldizaiton of the Workplace. Ritzer used Max Weber's ideas on bureaucracy as a spring board to demonstrate how corporations can affect society.
The book points out that a company cannot have power over it's workers without efficiency, calculability, predictability and control. If any of these four things are missing there can (and will be) a shift in power.
On Wednesday, September 17 Meghan McCain (John McCain's daughter) was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She admitted to voting for John Kerry in 2004. Recently, she registered as a Republican as a father's day gift.
Meghan said that she used to be an Independent because she felt it was "more representative of my beliefs."
She's currently blogging for her Dad at McCainBlogette.com.
Ray Moon (#41) is almost 80 years old. He's had prostate issues, open-heart surgery, polio and financial woes. I guess what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Picture at Victorian Bodybuilding Championships in Melbourne, Australia. More pics here.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
MacGregor and Mitre voluntarily recalled an estimated 190,000 soccer goals yesterday. The recall was set into motion by a deadly incident involving a toddler.
The 20-month-old Texas boy got his head stuck in the net and died due to strangulation.
Sadly, the death occurred last year and Regent Sports Corporation continued selling this product until yesterday.
The nets were sold at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and other smaller stores nationwide from May 2002 to May 2008.
For additional information, contact Regent Sports at (877) 516-9707 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
- The MacGregor's model number, 97236, is printed on the assembly instructions. Its UPC code, 029807972365, is printed on the net's packaging.
- The Mitre soccer goal is model number 89186, printed on the assembly instructions; UPC code number: 029807891864.