Thursday, June 30, 2005
I had not heard about this...take the virtual tour. The museum seems virtual tour, very nice!
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
- "Wars almost never end the way starters had in mind"---Malcom Forbes
- "Great spenders are bad lenders"---Ben Franklin
- "Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes"---Thomas Wentworth Storrow Higginson
- "The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immotality"---John Quincy Adams
- "Times of general calamity and confusion have been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. "---C. C. Colton
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
"Smart goggles that help swimmers log lengths have been designed by a UK engineering student.
The Inview goggles display a lap count and time elapsed on their lenses so swimmers can track their progress.
Invented by industrial design student Katie Williams, the goggles use an in-built compass to spot when swimmers complete lengths."
Friday, June 24, 2005
I can not even imagine doing the solo ride...Mind boggling...unfortunately they had a death this year when one of teh riders (Bob Breedlove) was hit by a pick-up truck.
Watch the tribute video to him. It is very good...
Also check out the animated map. Amazing!
I am disappointed with the ruling. Seems to be a vote against freedom and property rights.
NPR : Development Trumps Property, Says High Court
Study: Chickadee Song Warns of Danger - Yahoo! News
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
A.M.A. to Study Effect of Marketing Drugs to Consumers - New York Times: "The American Medical Association, the nation's largest organization of physicians, agreed yesterday to study whether consumer drug advertising leads to unnecessary prescriptions, potentially harming patients and driving up health costs."
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Good Game Of Golf -- Mind Over Matter
"In general, effective coping involved gaining a sense of control, while
ineffective coping involved the golfers trying to force their play,' said
co-author Dr. Nick Holt, a professor of Physical Education and Recreation at the
University of Alberta, and a Certified Consultant with the Association for the
Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. The study, published in the June
edition of The Sport Psychologist, was conducted jointly with Dr. Adam Nicholls
from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom."
The key point is summarized in the following two paragraphs. (again from Science Daily)
"During effective coping golfers maintained a positive mindset by using positive
self-talk, blocking negative thoughts, and focusing on the next shot (rather
than on past shots). They stayed physically relaxed by using deep breathing
exercises and stretching. Finally, they sought advice from their caddies, and
were sure to follow their playing routine.
Alternatively, the golfers had very different thoughts and behaviors during ineffective coping episodes. Ineffective coping strategies were identified as trying too hard, speeding up,
and making sudden changes to their learned playing routine. Changing the playing
routine is a common mistake, Dr. Holt said. "Rather than making changes during a
round, they should be sticking with what they know. Pre-shot routines can be
adapted during practice, but not under the stress of competition." "
Insects Develop Resistance To Engineered Crops: "Genetically modified crops containing two insecticidal proteins in a single plant efficiently kill insects. But when crops engineered with just one of those toxins grow nearby, insects may more rapidly develop resistance to all the insect-killing plants, report Cornell University researchers."
""Our findings suggest that concurrent use of single- and dual-gene Bt plants can put the dual-gene plants at risk if single-gene plants are deployed in the same area simultaneously," said Anthony Shelton, professor of entomology at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an author of the study, which was posted online June 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and is in the June 14 print edition of the journal. "Single-gene plants really function as a steppingstone in resistance of two-gene plants if the single gene plants contain one of the same Bt proteins as in the two-gene plant.""
Saturday, June 18, 2005
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | New model 'permits time travel': "Researchers speculate that time travel can occur within a kind of feedback loop where backwards movement is possible, but only in a way that is 'complementary' to the present."
Friday, June 17, 2005
Here is the newsletter archive
PowerBar: Newsletter Archive
A scientific look at what makes Lance Lance.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Health News Article | Reuters.com
"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The gastric microbe, Helicobacter pylori, that's the cause of most stomach ulcers also takes it out on the heart, Italian investigators report.
They found that people with rapid beating of the upper chamber of the heart, atrial fibrillation, are nearly 20 times more likely to be infected with Helicobacter than are healthy "controls," according to a report in the medical journal Heart.
While the exact mechanism is unknown, Dr. A. S. Montenero, from Policlinico Multimedica in Milan, and colleagues theorize that it may relate to autoantibodies that develop in some H. pylori-infected patients. These antibodies, which normally attack an acid pump found on gastric cells, may instead attack a similar pump on cardiac cells, ultimately triggering atrial fibrillation. "
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Media Violence May Affect Children's Minds: "researchers found that nonaggressive children who had high levels of media violence exposure also displayed a similar pattern of low activity in the frontal cortex. Children in this group who weren't exposed to high levels of media violence had more frontal cortex activity."
The research was done by Vincent Mathews, MD, of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
In a way supports the yoga Mind-Body view
Ava's Yoga--check out her Animated Hatha Yoga Postures!
Speaking of Steve Ross, I am almost done with his Happy Yoga Book. I like much of it but do disagree with parts (sorry, I just can not grasp the idea that water can read). And his CD is literally one of my favorites!
Thursday, June 09, 2005
oh and it happened in Harrisonburg (home of JMU!)
200-pound bear charges into home in 40-minute rampage, attacks dog
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Dolphins Protect Their Snouts With Sponges - Yahoo! News
Saturday, June 04, 2005
117 miles to top of Mt Mitchell
Pictures of my ride up...with worst helmet EVER.
Friday, June 03, 2005
Amazon.com Plans Audio Book Download Store - Yahoo! News: "On its Web site, Amazon.com Inc. is asking publishers for audiobooks for a new download store it says it plans to open. But the Internet retailer is being coy about such key details as a launch date. "
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Ristening is finally getting some of the respect it deserves!...Breaking the DaVinci Code is predictable so far...Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a good author. While I loved Guns, Germs, and Steel it was became too predictable after the first quarter. That said, many great insights in first quarter!...Hotel Rwanda is a great movie...Cory was right, 24 is VERY VERY good! Just got the second season on DVD.
Thoughts from on the bike: often the only difference between a yard sale and a messy yard is a sign...going up is often more fun than going down, but you go down much faster....it is more difficult to lead than it is to follow...
Spring may be my favorite time of year just because it ends winter which is my least favorite time...After the first two days, having a birds' nest in your garage really is not as cool as it sounds...there are few things better than a hot spring day...I have zero idea why people use pesticides and weedkillers on their yards both seem to me to be worse than a total waste of money....instant stress relief? Blow a dandelion and watch for all the seeds to hit the ground...Best smells? Lilac followed by Wild Phlox followed by Honeysuckle. I think.
The Mets are very inconsistent and need relief pitching...I was disappointed to see Strickland not called up...being a landlord is really no fun...the NFL draft was anticlimatic...the lack of pitching for the Yankees was not a surprise, the lack of hitting is...