Endless Curiosity

April 19, 2009

Opting out of Cookies

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alec @ 9:58 am

You know those little cookies that web sites leave on your computer? Many of them are used to more effectively target ads that appear on web sites you visit. If you’d prefer that web sites do NOT place cookies on your computer, you can opt out at this web site.

Of course, who knows if it really works.

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April 17, 2009

Surviving Uncertainty

Filed under: Psychology — Alec @ 7:12 am

There’s a wonderful free e-book (pdf format) available from the web site No Map. No Guide. No Limits.

The book is called Surviving Uncertainty: Taking a Hero’s Journey, and you can download it for free. If you want more information, this page describes the book and the motivation for creating it. It’s 102 pages long but is a much quicker read than this implies because the font is large and the lines are well-spaced. I copied the whole thing into a Word document with an 11 point Calibri font and it was 26 pages.

The only drawback to downloading the book is that for some reason you have to provide an email address. If you prefer not to give out your email address, you can read or download the book here.

April 16, 2009

Hit by a bus on Wall Street

Filed under: Economics, Psychology — Alec @ 4:23 pm

There’s a great article in The Atlantic Monthly about how the financial crisis has affected the writer. The thing that caught my eye was when he talked about how there seems to be an air of passivity and resignation among the public, one that I completely relate to.

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April 15, 2009

Tears rolling down my cheeks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alec @ 10:41 am

I just watched this video of Susan Boyle and am sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks. It is one of the most incredibly moving things I’ve seen. It also helps that the song is from Les Miserables, which is for me the best and most moving of all the musicals.

If this video doesn’t bring tears to your eyes you are a cold, heartless person, seriously in need of therapy 🙂

If you press Play it will tell you that the video is disabled by request. Click on the black area and it will take you to YouTube.

If this confuses you, just click here.

There’s a longer video that shows Susan before and after the performance. You can watch this by clicking here.

April 13, 2009

Happy Easter Monday

Filed under: God — Alec @ 5:44 am

Here are a couple of Easter comic strips from one of my favorites – Jesus and Mo. Click the image for a larger version.

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April 12, 2009

The problems of renewable energy

Filed under: Climate Change — Alec @ 5:14 pm

A while back I went to a private screening of an incredible DVD called What A Way To Go, which is described as “A middle class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American Lifestyle“. After watching the documentary there was a discussion about what we could do to help the situation. Since no one else wanted to talk, I offered the perspective that there wasn’t much we could do other than vote for the correct Presidential candidate in the next election.

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