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KINDA WONDERFUL


http://www.answerbag.com/

I like this site a lot, only 2 minutes after finding it. You can submit any question, and submit any answer to any question, and your answers and the questions are rated by others (the way digg.com works) with the most popular questions appearing first and the most popular answers to those questions appearing first on that question's page.

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I really should create a 'North Korea' tag.


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6951629397402742053&q=%22north+korea%22&hl=en

EDIT: I like this comment to that video: "Listen everyone, they are not brainwashed. They are indoctrinated from early ages with fabricated information. Technically it is very different. Brainwashing means to change someone their way of thinking. Means "washing" someone's beliefs and "dying" it with others. What can you "wash", if the original color is the intended."

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Statistics On Charity


http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2682730&page=1

Surprising findings: conservatives give more to charity than liberals do, despite having a lower average income (which itself is surprising). Also, the poor give more to charity than the middle class do!

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Freud's Family


http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=8339

Semi-conspiracy'ish documentary on the Freud family and their role in mass control, recommended.

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News


http://www.informationliberation.com/

A good collection of news, mostly of the undergroundish type. Some of it I found funny. Most of it is more interesting than normal news. From today's headlines:

- A 92-year-old woman opens fire on police, wounding 3, during a drug bust.
- A couple calls 911 accidentally, and as retribution the police break their ribs and jail them.
- Britain's cameras get loudspeakers, which can bark orders at people (such as people who litter).
- Torture by Russian police to extract confessions goes beyond political prisoners and is normal even for petty crimes.
- This year's new Chinese textbooks no longer mention Mao or Communism, at all.
- China admits it had a program to sell the organs of prisoners, but says that that program is over now.

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Nov. 12th, 2006


Yeah I just said I don't want to post these, but:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_and_Loeb

To counterbalance those depressing things here's a quote I found recently which I like:

"Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy." -Picasso

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Wow


http://www.youtube.com/v/PHhdNEKwN50 http://www.gapminder.org/

Speaking of Microsoft...


http://youtube.com/watch?v=7Lh-AJS8sC8

Parody of that, comparing to Apple's: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4pqYDJSQbvo

Vista looks great. Both look great, but I think I prefer Vista.

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Bettina Bush

rainbow brite
I was watching Rainbow Brite videos on YouTube again, and got curious as to who did the voice of Rainbow Brite (because I thought she was a really good voice actor). It turns out the voice actor is Bettina Bush (check that link -- she doesn't look like like you might expect), who also did Megan in My Little Pony, Lucy Little in The Littles, and (wow) Elena in Final Fantasy Advent Children.

She also does music (writes and sings her own songs), and is pretty good at that; I don't like lyrical music normally but I can stand listening to her (though I probably wouldn't buy her CD unless I had a lot of extra money).

There's also a chat log with her on a Rainbow Brite fan-site -- turns out she did the voice of Rainbow Brite (excellently acted as it is) when she was only 6 years old, and began voice acting for cartoons at age 3. She was the youngest cast member, which is amazing because if you've seen the show her character is by far the most mature and intelligent.

Overall, she appears to be an impressive person, and once I get more successful maybe I'll look into hiring her as a voice actor for a game.

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Condi vs. Hillary (Animated)




!!!

Also:

Condi exercising (1, 2, 3)
Condi playing piano

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World Coding Champions != America


"
The results have been carefully tabulated by a computer and, thus, are beyond dispute: Of the 48 best computer programmers in the world, only four of them are Americans. But what that bit of data says about the state of the U.S. education system is open to debate.

American contestant Po-Shen Loh recalled recently happening upon an afternoon TV cartoon aimed at toddlers, in which a stereotypically brainy student was being teased by his classmates. "They were making fun of the smart one," he sighed. "If this is what American kids are watching even before they know any better, it can't help but affect them later on."
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http://webreprints.djreprints.com/1466111183234.html

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Goggles: Google Maps Flight Sim


http://www.isoma.net/games/goggles.html

I love this -- it's a flash game where you fly over Google Maps! See to believe. Use arrows to control it, you can fly up or down and the map changes its zoomed-in level to compensate.

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Games by Radical Poesis Games & Creations


http://studioeres.com/games/

Orchard-L and I created a site for our games (and SoJ, because it's great). We'll be adding a previews page for upcoming games soon.

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Article on Taito


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Gaping Void Says,


Tips on being creative by that guy who writes those cartoons on the backs of business cards (I linked to a few of his in a LJ entry a long time ago, you may remember this one).

"The world is changing. Some people are hip to it, others are not. If you want to be able to afford groceries in 5 years, I'd recommend listening closely to the former and avoiding the latter. Just my two cents. Your job is probably worth 50% what it was in real terms 10 years ago. And who knows? It may very well not exist in 5-10 years."

"In order to navigate The New Realities you have to be creative- not just within your particular profession, but in EVERYTHING. Your way of looking at the world will need to become ever more fertile and original. And this isn't just true for artists, writers, techies, Creative Directors and CEOs; this is true for EVERYBODY. Janitors, receptionists and bus drivers, too. The game has just been ratcheted up a notch."

"Avoid the dullards; avoid the folk who play it safe. They can't help you any more. Their stability model no longer offers that much stability. They are extinct, they are extinction."

"Wanting to change the world is not a noble calling, it's a primal calling."

http://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/000932.html

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Boo to the FDA


According to a paper, deaths caused by the side effects of medical drugs and other errors of the medical system (including malpractise, bedsores, infections caught at a hospital, accidents, unnecessary producers, etc.) now exceed cancer and heart disease as the number one killer in the United States. Deaths due to the medical system are nearly 800,000 per year, cancer is nearly 700,000 per year, and heart disease is just over 550,000 per year.

Source: http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2004/mar2004_awsi_death_01.htm

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Presidential IQ's Meme & Its Rebuttal


Interesting forum post on an oft-quoted study (which claims Bush's IQ is 91 and Clinton's is 182 -- on the basis of their writing and vocabulary) and some data debunking it (for instance, that Bush's SAT score was in the top 83rd precentile): http://lists.ccil.org/pipermail/sophia/2001q3/005323.html

Curiously, the highest IQ of any president on record seems to be Nixon, who scored 143.

Speaking of IQ, I love these questions. If you get even one right, it means your IQ is much, much higher than average:

1. STRIP : MÖBIUS :: BOTTLE : ?
2. THOUGHT : ACTION :: OBSESSIVE : ?
3. LACKING MONEY : PENURIOUS :: DOTING ON ONE'S WIFE : ?
4. MICE : MEN :: CABBAGES : ?
5. TIRE : RETREAD :: PARCHMENT : ?
6. ALL IS ONE : MONISM :: ALL IS SELF : ?
7. SWORD : DAMOCLES :: BED : ?
8. THING : DANGEROUS :: SPRING : ?
9. HOLLOW VICTORY : PYRRHIC :: HOLLOW VILLAGE : ?
10. PILLAR : OBELISK :: MONSTER : ?
11. 4 : HAND :: 9 : ?
12. GOLD : MALLEABLE :: CHALK : ?
13. EASY JOB : SINECURE :: GUIDING LIGHT : ?
14. LEG : AMBULATE :: ARM : ?
15. MOSQUITO : MALARIA :: CANNIBALISM : ?
16. HEAR : SEE :: TEMPORAL : ?
17. ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS : ASTROPHYSICS :: HISTORY AND STATISTICS : ?
18. JEKYLL : HYDE :: ELOI : ?
19. UNIVERSE : COSMO- :: UNIVERSAL LAWS : ?
20. SET OF SETS NOT MEMBERS OF THEMSELVES : RUSSELL :: DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT SKY IN AN INFINITE UNIVERSE : ?
21. TEACHING : UPLIFTING :: PEDAGOGIC : ?
22. LANGUAGE GAMES : LUDWIG :: PIANO CONCERTI FOR THE LEFT HAND : ?
23. IDOLS : TWILIGHT :: MORALS : ?
24. SWEETNESS : SUFFIX :: BOATSWAIN : ?

The Sitayana


Just what are the following two images??

http://www.ninapaley.com/Sitayana/SitaJpegs/01.FlyingDemons.jpg
http://www.ninapaley.com/Sitayana/SitaJpegs/01.SitaRamaFlowers.jpg

Intrigued? It's a retelling of the Ramayana, created by a lone cartoonist in flash, done to the wonderful music of Annette Hanshaw. It's the greatest thing I've seen all month, and sent chills down me. Go watch it, even if you've never heard of the Ramayana.

[The Ramayana: "The poem is not a mere literary monument, it is a part of Hinduism, and is held in such reverence that the mere reading or hearing of it, or certain passages of it, is believed by the Hindus to free them from sin and grant every desire to the reader or hearer." -Wikipedia. It's a love story involves demons, a man with 10 heads, and a monkey that can jump from Sri Lanka to the Indian subcontinent in a single bound. I haven't read it yet but am looking forward to it very much after seeing this.]

http://www.ninapaley.com/Sitayana/

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