Monday, April 14, 2014

Total lunar eclipse tonight: How to see the 'blood moon'

via latimes.com:

Sky watchers, get ready! There is a total eclipse of the moon coming Monday night and you don't want to miss it.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth align so that Earth's shadow falls across the moon's surface. Monday night's lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, which means Earth's shadow will cover the moon completely.

The moon won't be blacked out by our planet's shadow. Instead, it will take on a reddish hue -- anywhere from a bright copper to the brownish red of dried blood.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropbox’s Board

I've generally assumed that everybody knew Dropbox was a honeypot operation, but if there were any lingering doubts in the peanut gallery...

via techcrunch.com:
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Rice is a famous figure, known in almost equal parts for her ferocious intelligence, and controversial role in the Bush administration, which included comments on alleged weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein was thought at the time to possess.

BusinessWeek initially reported the board pickup in a longer piece on the company. According to the magazine, Rice’s firm RiceHadleyGates has been an active advisor to Dropbox. TechCrunch confirmed the hire.

What’s interesting about bringing Rice onto Dropbox’s board is how normal it feels. Dropbox needs people with international experience to help it at once deal with foreign governments that have blocked its use — China, for example — and as it works to spread a product developed in one country to others that are culturally different.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Citizens United 2.0: Major Supreme Court Ruling Will Further Expand Reach Of Money In U.S. Elections

via disinfo.com:

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority feels that any limit on the flow of money into political campaigns is a violation of free speech, the New York Times reports:
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down some limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and most likely increase the already large role money plays in American politics.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

ZEP TEPI

5 Brain Hacks That Give You Mind-Blowing Powers

via cracked.com:

#5. Remember Long Lists With a "Memory Palace"

The human brain sucks at remembering lists. Think about it: When you go to the grocery store, how many items can you manage before you have to write them down? Three? Five? For most of us, if there's any more than that, we're going to get back home and find out we forgot the milk (which by the way was the whole fucking reason we went to the store in the first place).

That's weird, because there are other things in life we have no problem with. For instance, we don't have much trouble remembering the locations of a hundred different spots around town, even if we don't know the addresses (do you even know the street address of your favorite coffee shop?), or the locations of a thousand items around the house. Sure, you couldn't write them all down, but if a friend asks you where they can find a flashlight, you're probably going to have an answer. If only there was a way to exploit this strength to overcome the other weakness ...

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TRANSMOGRIFIED


TRANSMOGRIFIED

Mysterious coded messages at university library

I love things like this, it's like a gift from someone out there courteous enough to make the world a weirder place at random. 

via boingboing.net:



Someone is leaving coded messages and items such as a plastic leaf with paint dots inside envelopes between the pages of books at Western University. “It’s completely baffling!” says assistant professor Mike Moffatt, who has been tracking the messages on his blog.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Indian Student Jumps into Zoo Enclosure to Challenge Full-Grown Tigers, Walks Away Unscathed

Of course the mainstream viewpoint immediately jumps to a negative/fear-based interpretation... I like to think he was manifesting an incarnation of Narashima. Note the red dye markings on his chest. Just sayin'. ;)



via odditycentral.com:
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College students are known to do the stupidest things at times, but this one just takes the cake. Yashonandan Kaushik, a 23-year-old student of Engineering from Madhya Pradesh, India, actually jumped into a tiger’s enclosure at Gwalior Zoo. The bizarre incident that took place around 5pm on Monday stunned spectators and zoo staff alike. Kaushik completely ignored their cries to come out. He took off his shirt, challenged the tigers to a fight and tried to chase one of the beasts into its cave. Surprisingly, he made it out of the enclosure unharmed.
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Some reports suggest that Kaushik may have been drunk. Others say that he might be mentally unstable. Just as the police were going to charge him with suicide – a serious crime in India – his father Ashok Kaushik got him out with promises of medical care and psychiatric counselling. Officer Narayan Singh of Inderganj Police Station said: “The boy has been missing from home for about five days. He is mentally unstable and needs medical assistance. His parents will now take charge of him.”


Friday, March 28, 2014

Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia

via publicdomainreview.org:


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Besant and Leadbeater were not romantically linked, but they were nonetheless a power couple in the world of British secret societies and occult orders. Leadbeater had originally been ordained as a priest in the Church of England, but he developed an intense fascination with Buddhism and Hinduism following travels in Burma and Sri Lanka with Henry Steel Olcott in 1885. He grew convinced that he possessed powerful psychic abilities and became a disciple of Madame Blavatsky (later immortalized as Madame Sesostris in T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland). Following Blavatsky’s death, Leadbeater met Annie Besant, a women’s rights activist and socialist orator, and the two struck up an unorthodox partnership. By the 1890s they had emerged as the leaders of the preeminent theosophist group in London.

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SPIRIT OF THE AGE


SPIRIT OF THE AGE