Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Wrong Side of History

In Michelle Wie's Gallery, Artistry Off the Course

The golfer Michelle Wie looked up from her artwork and said with a laugh, “It’s like drawings you do in fifth grade and someone says, ‘You need help.’ ”

The 20-year-old Wie is America’s kid sister, a 6-foot Hawaiian of Korean descent who hits the ball as far as male professionals and talks like a Valley Girl. That is her public image, but Wie’s artwork reveals another side, her stylized drawings illuminating an interior life that is more Tim Burton than Walt Disney.

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/sports/golf/31wie.html

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Earth Hour 2010


These two photos show Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers before, left, and after being turned off its lights to mark Earth Hour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)


Overview of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with lights on and off to mark Earth Hour 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Ringo Ma, via WWF) #


A before-and-after view of the Las Vegas Strip seen during Earth Hour from Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay March 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) #


Before and after views of Seattle's Pacific Science Center on Earth Day, March 27th, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Jason Ayres Gift Enevoldsen) #


A pair of photos of Ion Orchard, one of the largest shopping malls on Orchard Road during Earth Hour in Singapore March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Tim Chong) #


The National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", before and during Earth Hour in Beijing, China March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Grace Liang) #


Moscow State University seen before and after the lights are turned off during the worldwide Earth Hour, a global campaign to highlight the threat of climate change in Moscow Saturday, March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #


The Sydney skyline is seen before and after the lights are switched off for Earth Hour on March 27, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. Earth hour this year aims to highlight everyone’s environmental footprint on the earth, encouraging individuals to reduce their impact on the planet and help reduce pollution and climate change.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) #


The hill of the Acropolis before and during Earth Hour in Athens, Greece on March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis) #


A before-and-during view of a square near the Bundaran Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF-Indonesia / Alfonso Reno) #


The Forbidden City, seen before and during the Earth Hour 2010 power switch off on March 27, 2010 in Beijing, China.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (Feng Li/Getty Images) #


A view of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during Earth Hour March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Bruno Domingos) #


Malaysia's landmarks Petronas Twin Towers after and during Earth Hour in Kuala Lumpur on March 27, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad  [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad) #


Lights switched off in Toronto's financial district, Ontario, Canada.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Bill Ivy/WWF-Canada) #


The Capitol building in Atlanta, Georgia marking Earth Hour 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF) #


A general view of commercial buildings before and after turning off lights in Hong Kong's central district Saturday, March 27, 2010 to mark the annual Earth Hour.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #


The Oslo Opera House in Oslo, Norway on March 27th, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Heiko Junge / SCANPIX via WWF) #


The Capitol building in Albany, New York, during Earth Hour 2010 on March 27th.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF / Emerson) #


Hiroshima Castle before and during Earth Hour in Hiroshima, Japan on March 27th, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Kenji Matsuo, via WWF) #


The Empire State Building, in New York City, New York with lights on, then off in support of Earth Hour 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF / Rob Johnson) #


The brightly lit YAS Marina Hotel on Yas Island is dimmed during Earth Hour 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© EAA, via WWF) #


Romania's Parliament building before and during Earth Hour at 8:30pm in central Bucharest March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #


Table Mountain, above Capetown, South Africa, seen before and during Earth Hour 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF/South Africa) #


The Forbidden City, seen before and during Earth Hour in Beijing, China on March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Jason Lee) #


Buildings in the central business district before and after Earth Hour in Singapore March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Nicky Loh) #


The Mohammed Ali mosque at the Salaheddine Citadel before and during Earth Hour in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it

 

 

https://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/03/earth_hour_2010.html

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Earth Hour 2010


These two photos show Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers before, left, and after being turned off its lights to mark Earth Hour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)


Overview of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with lights on and off to mark Earth Hour 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Ringo Ma, via WWF) #


A before-and-after view of the Las Vegas Strip seen during Earth Hour from Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay March 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) #


Before and after views of Seattle's Pacific Science Center on Earth Day, March 27th, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Jason Ayres Gift Enevoldsen) #


A pair of photos of Ion Orchard, one of the largest shopping malls on Orchard Road during Earth Hour in Singapore March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Tim Chong) #


The National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", before and during Earth Hour in Beijing, China March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Grace Liang) #


Moscow State University seen before and after the lights are turned off during the worldwide Earth Hour, a global campaign to highlight the threat of climate change in Moscow Saturday, March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #


The Sydney skyline is seen before and after the lights are switched off for Earth Hour on March 27, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. Earth hour this year aims to highlight everyone’s environmental footprint on the earth, encouraging individuals to reduce their impact on the planet and help reduce pollution and climate change.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) #


The hill of the Acropolis before and during Earth Hour in Athens, Greece on March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis) #


A before-and-during view of a square near the Bundaran Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF-Indonesia / Alfonso Reno) #


The Forbidden City, seen before and during the Earth Hour 2010 power switch off on March 27, 2010 in Beijing, China.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (Feng Li/Getty Images) #


A view of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during Earth Hour March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Bruno Domingos) #


Malaysia's landmarks Petronas Twin Towers after and during Earth Hour in Kuala Lumpur on March 27, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad  [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad) #


Lights switched off in Toronto's financial district, Ontario, Canada.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Bill Ivy/WWF-Canada) #


The Capitol building in Atlanta, Georgia marking Earth Hour 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF) #


A general view of commercial buildings before and after turning off lights in Hong Kong's central district Saturday, March 27, 2010 to mark the annual Earth Hour.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #


The Oslo Opera House in Oslo, Norway on March 27th, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Heiko Junge / SCANPIX via WWF) #


The Capitol building in Albany, New York, during Earth Hour 2010 on March 27th.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF / Emerson) #


Hiroshima Castle before and during Earth Hour in Hiroshima, Japan on March 27th, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© Kenji Matsuo, via WWF) #


The Empire State Building, in New York City, New York with lights on, then off in support of Earth Hour 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF / Rob Johnson) #


The brightly lit YAS Marina Hotel on Yas Island is dimmed during Earth Hour 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© EAA, via WWF) #


Romania's Parliament building before and during Earth Hour at 8:30pm in central Bucharest March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #


Table Mountain, above Capetown, South Africa, seen before and during Earth Hour 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (© WWF/South Africa) #


The Forbidden City, seen before and during Earth Hour in Beijing, China on March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Jason Lee) #


Buildings in the central business district before and after Earth Hour in Singapore March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it fade - javascript required]   (REUTERS/Nicky Loh) #


The Mohammed Ali mosque at the Salaheddine Citadel before and during Earth Hour in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on March 27, 2010.   [click image to see it

 

 

https://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/03/earth_hour_2010.html

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HOW TO WRITE GOOD

HOW TO WRITE GOOD

by Frank L. Visco

My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:
  1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
  2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
  4. Employ the vernacular.
  5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren't necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
  12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
  14. Profanity sucks.
  15. Be more or less specific.
  16. Understatement is always best.
  17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  22. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  23. Who needs rhetorical questions?

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Flame Dragon

Responding to Dr. Laura regarding God's Law

On her radio show, Dr. Laura Schlesinger (a popular conservative radio
talk show host in the USA) said that homosexuality is an abomination
according to the Bible Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under
any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr.
Laura, penned by James M. Kauffman, Ed. D. It's funny, as well as
informative.
_______________________

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I
have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that
knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend
the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that
Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination... end of
debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other
elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and
female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A
friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not
Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in
Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair
price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in
her period of menstrual unseemliness - Lev. 15: 19-24. The problem is
how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev. 1:9. The problem is my neighbours.
They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus
35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated
to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than
homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees'
of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I
have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading
glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room
here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair
around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.
19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes
me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two
different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing
garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester
blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really
necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town
together to stone them? Lev. 24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to
death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep
with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy
considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can
help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,

James M. Kauffman, Ed. D.
Professor Emeritus Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Virginia

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Business Booms & Busts, 1775 - 1944

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wrecking ball lamp

That Clown is Whack

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