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Paul

Book review - Darwinia

Title: Darwinia Author: Robert Charles Wilson Genre: Alternate history Science Fiction Rating: Darwinia plays on different levels, where human greed and desires are no match for the plans that are unfolding on a higher plain. Some people in Darwinia turn out to have more of a background than they thought, and that makes them important for the future. 5 stars and worth every one of them.

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Meditation. 2. Ways and techniques.

So, meditation. What ways and techniques are there? Really, that would yield a list far too long to start here, so let's look at the most common ones and a few you may not know. Everyone has probably heard of yoga. It comes from India and encompasses a large number of meditation techniques. Some are spiritual, some physical, some mental, but they all pursue a common goal to 'attach' or 'join'. The general idea is…

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EU Set to Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics Forever

Found on the Goodnewsnetwork: After over 20 years of campaigning, ethical beauty retailer The Body Shop and non-profit organization Cruelty Free International are finally celebrating the end to animal testing for cosmetics in Europe with the anticipated announcement that the import and sale of animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients is to be banned in the EU on March 11, 2013. The proposed ban sends a strong message worldwide in support of cruelty free beauty…

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More wind, less coal

On January 21st the Dutch site "Happy News" reported that the USA produced more wind energy than coal or gas energy. They did not support this with links and sources, but I want to believe them. There's energy everywhere around us. Let's use it. Well done, America, please keep doing it more and more.

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There Are Whales Living Now That Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written

via tor.com Recently the Smithsonian Magazine highlighted an interesting tidbit from this Alaska Dispatch article about the recovering bowhead whale population. Since bowheads live for over 200 years, that means the older whales amongst the current population were born before Moby Dick was written! Not only that, but these bowhead whales also avoided being killed by a massively active whaling industry that reduced their numbers to a mere 1000. Spit your last breath at that, Ahab! [News via The Smithsonian, Art via Arctic…

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Meditation. 1. What is it?

I meditate. Since long. I think I discovered it when I was 13 or 14. It started with a little book by Dr. Gisela Eberlein called "Health through autogenic training" (in Dutch: "Gezond door autogene training".) It worked well for me for a while. After that I ventured into yoga and even a short bout of Zen, but that was too foreign for me. Then I discovered TM. Transcendental Meditation. That was an eye opener.

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Aztec Dancer

Just had to repost this picture of an Aztec Dancer. It's brilliant for me. (You can click the image for a full sized version.) (Image found on facebook, if this is your image and you don't want it shown here, or you want to be credited, please let me know.)

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Whales and harpoons

Are Some Whales More Valuable Than Others? When nature is the enemy, the world rallies to save the whales from being trapped in ice or stranded on the beach. I am happy that people are so compassionate and so eager to lend their help. I am happy that the media covers the plight of the whales, like the orcas trapped in the ice in Canada or pilot whales stranded on the beach in New Zealand or…

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Have you ever thought of nuking your beer?

Found on Slashdot: "Is bottled beer nuclear bombproof? The United States government conducted a couple tests in the 1950s to find out—it exploded nuclear bombs with 'packaged commercial beverages' deposited at varying distances from the blast center to see if beer and soda would be safe to drink afterwards. The finding? Yep, surviving bottled and canned drinks can be consumed in the event of a nuclear holocaust, without major health risks." This must be a relief…

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