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  1. I'm taken aback by this statement, considering how arbitrary and nonsensical it is. I'm curious as to what you base this upon, and specifically what article of Provenzo's you are referring to.
  2. I've shared this with a few in chat and they've gone on to deliver it to all their friends. It's great for scientist and layman alike. Enjoy. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/80
  3. It's very difficult to beat the 19th century as far as art goes. Let's get some Leighton in here too!
  4. Masculinity (Bill Toma's sculpture of Ulysses): Femininity (Draper's Gates of Dawn): Romantic (Dicksee's La Belle Sans Merci):
  5. The first time I looked at it, I saw it rotate clockwise. The second time I looked at it, it was counter-clockwise. After looking at it for some time, I figured that I only need to focus or imagine in my head that she was going one way or the other in order to have it rotate that direction. I don't see how it proves that you use one side more than another. Edit: after a few seconds of practice, I can make it go whichever direction I want, at any point in time.
  6. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...7/MNJDVF0F1.DTL
  7. West

    Fabian Perez

    His works look incredibly familiar. I think I've seen many of his originals in a gallery in San Diego, California.
  8. Because life is what makes values possible and necessary.
  9. Wow, that is absolutely fascinating. Here's to the future!
  10. Relevant movie update: http://www.theatlasphere.com/columns/08022...ugged-movie.php They're aiming for Russell Crowe for Rearden, as I had hoped!
  11. The Prisoner is by far the best show I have ever seen. I liked the original Twilight Zone series as a kid. My favorite shows now (even though we don't own a television) are Penn and Teller's Bullshit!, Modern Marvels, and various other History Channel/Discovery Channel shows.
  12. Bringing politics to a science class near you! http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_8269190
  13. I'm where you're at now. Trying to figure out how to maneuver college so as to avoid damaging my brain. I find that it's terribly taxing trying to sift through all of the material without integrating the wrong things. I figured out early on that I hated the education system, and wouldn't have been able to get my high school diploma had I not found a Charter School where I could burn through all the shitty classes while working full time. Now I still work full time, but have begun taking college classes. The class that is a prerequisite to all the other classes I need to take is English 300 with the theme of 'The Presence of Others'. On the first day of class, the teacher tells the students that writing is pointless unless you are writing for other people, and then quotes a two-bit philosopher in saying "for excellence, the presence of others is always required". I'm glad that most of the classes I'll have to take are engineering/math classes. I still fear for my physics courses though. Thomas: I appreciate your note taking advice. I had a similar idea, and will begin testing it out.
  14. He prefers McCain to Romney. I also have the sneaking suspicion that he wants a McCain/Giuliani ticket.
  15. Microsoft did the same thing to Google when they purchased doubleclick. Sickens me every time I hear this sort of thing. Thanks Sherman Antitrust Act!
  16. Greedy Capitalist beat me to it, but here's my original post anyway: The "fire department" was a private venture by insurance companies. I saw a film on it a while ago, but wikipedia has this to offer: I think you have some confusion about economics--in a laissez faire system, there wouldn't be "public lands". All property would be privately owned and dealt with accordingly. Fire fighting is just like any other service.
  17. When you hear a knock on your bathroom stall while you're at the gym, don't answer it. It could be a jury duty summons. http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=84623 http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_7992294
  18. Bye the way, can anyone explain to me what an 'org' is?
  19. http://defamer.com/344987/the-tom-cruise-i...want-you-to-see
  20. Didn't paste the URL correctly. Here's the correct one: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080114/ap_on_...iuliani_florida
  21. All the people that have a chance of acquiring the Republican party nomination are greater evils to me. Even Giuliani seems like a religious threat. I've realized in the last few weeks that the religious factor is the greatest threat in the long run, and that includes Ron Paul who authored the We The People Act and the Sanctity of Life Act.
  22. haha yeah moebius, that's the one. It's been a long time, but I remember it being funny. Typical 80s music and sass.
  23. First, I love this series. I'm just about finished with Sparrowhawk 2: Hugh Kenrick. The heroes are affirmable, the historical period is one of the most fascinating (to me, at least) and the action and dialogue keep me on my seat. I find myself laughing a great deal too, for the right reasons. Like Snerd said, it's because of the prospects. Since it's considered a value in society, the pirates are willing to invest the time to pirate it. It's a great compliment in Redmagne's mind. I gathered that Redmagne's value rested in the fact that people found his book to be of great interest and value, and if another printing was not possible, at least there's pirates out there supplying the people with this great work of art! For many artists, money is not the goal. In this context and period of history, it was not possible for Redmagne to attain the wealth he may have demanded for such a piece, without being tried for sedition and blasphemy, among other things. He knew this, which is why he used the nom de plume. Besides that, creating a piece of art that is of immense value to oneself and shared by others is even more rewarding.
  24. Dicksee - Belle Dame Sans Merci Alexandre Benois - Peter the Great Meditating the Idea of Building St Petersburg at the Shore of the Baltic Sea.
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