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A year and a half later after one of our readers here called touchscreen merely “evolutionary” rather than “revolutionary”–people still prefer solid physical keyboards over virtual touch screen ones.

Vox populi. At least for now. (Paging Jeff Han please).

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Critical Coffee

This critical thinker can’t do without 2 liquids: alcohol and coffee.

We will talk about alcohol elsewhere (and inevitably), but regarding some coffee facts look here if you’re curious.

This blogger has Starbucks to thank for coffee love. In case one finds themselves in Starbucks, it helps to have the following guide handy.

It’s a fine line between a Misto and a Latte, but sometimes it’s almost as useful as, in other occasions, choosing between Merlot and Shiraz, or as this blogger recently prefers: Malbec.

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An old friend’s blog, and fellow Crackberry addict.

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How does this happen?  I receive this every year. 

  

YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH 

             

Don’t tell me your age; you’d probably lie anyway; 

but the Cadbury’s Man will know! 

  


DON’T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST!
It takes less than a minute .
Work this out as you read .
Be sure you don’t read the bottom until you’ve worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it’s fun.
 

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than 1 but less than 10) 

 

 

 
 
 

  

 

 
 
 
 

  

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold) 


3. Add 5
 

  

   

4. Multiply it by 50 — I’ll wait while you get the calculator 

  

 

5. If you have already had your birthday this year; 

add 1760 . 


If you haven’t;
 

add 1759. 


 


6.. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.
 

  

You should have a three digit number
 

  



 
 
 

  

The first digit of this was your original number
(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week). 


 
 
 

  

The next two numbers are 
  
YOUR AGE!  

 (Oh YES, it is!!!!!) 

   

                                 THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2010) IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS.     

Chocolate Calculator. 

  

  

   

  

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I find it amazing to think that mind tricks are played bothways and I wonder how it happens…   I haven’t figured out how these photos work.

ENLIGHTENMENT IS A GAMBLE

Adyashanti

Time to cash in your chips
put your ideas and beliefs on the table.
See who has the bigger hand
you or the Mystery that pervades you.

Time to scrape the mind’s shit
off your shoes
undo the laces
that hold your prison together
and dangle your toes into emptiness.

Once you’ve put everything
on the table
once all of your currency is gone
and your pockets are full of air
all you’ve got left to gamble with
is yourself.

Go ahead, climb up onto the velvet top
of the highest stakes table.
Place yourself as the bet.
Look God in the eyes
and finally
for once in your life
lose.

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Leading up to Avatar, James Cameron talks about his mindset on creativity, and the fascination with Science Fiction that led him into filmmaking and ultimately into the blockbuster movies he has produced over the years.

My main takeaways from this talk is about not establishing boundaries to creativity, and furthermore pursuing one’s dreams with a passion. Also one must be prepared to make mistakes in the process of learning, and that’s what ultimately leads one to excellence.

His closing statement: Failure is an option, but fear is not.

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After RickyM‘s and D.M. Murdock‘s review pieces, you might want to compare and contrast hip Christian preacher Mark Driscoll’s view on the film:

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Stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic, George Carlin will be best remembered for his irreverent political views and incisive humor.

His material, thoughts and sentiments are best encapsulated in the introduction of his 1997 book: Brain Droppings, which you can hear live from his audiobook of the same title in the video below:

For a long time my stand-up material has drawn from three sources. The first is the English language, you know words, phrases, sayings, and the ways we speak. The second source, as with most comedians, has been what I think of as ‘the little world’–those things we all experience everyday: driving, food, pets, relationships, and idle thoughts. The third area, is what I call ‘the big world’–war, politics, race, death, the social issues. So without actually having measured, I would say this book reflects the balance very closely.

Now the first two areas in the book will speak for themselves, but concerning ‘the big world’, let me say a few things…

I’m happy to tell you there’s very little in this world that I believe in. Listening to the comedians who comment on political, social, and cultural issues, I notice that most of their material reflects kind of an underlying belief that somehow things were better once, and with just a little effort we could set them right again. They’re looking for solutions and rooting for particular results, and I think that limits the tone and substance of what they say. They’re talented and funny people but they’re really nothing more than cheerleaders attached to a specific wished-for outcome.

I don’t feel so confined.

I frankly don’t give a fuck how it all turns out in this country or anywhere else for that matter. I think the human game was up a long time ago when the high priests and traders took over, and now we’re just playing out the string. And that is of course precisely what I find so amusing! The slow circling of the drain by a once promising species and the sappy ever more desperate belief in this country that there is actually some sort of an ‘American Dream’ which has merely been misplaced.

The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you’re emotionally detached from it. And I’ve always viewed it from a safe distance, knowing I don’t belong. Doesn’t include me, it never has. No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group, planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neigborhood-improvement committee. I have no interest in any of it.

I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.

So if you hear something in this book that sounds like advocacy of a particular political point of view, please reject the notion. My interest in issues is merely to point out how badly we’re doing, not to suggest a way we might do better.

Don’t confuse me with those who cling to hope. I enjoy describing how things are, I have no interest in how they ought to be. And I certainly have no interest in fixing them. I sincerely believe that if you think there’s a solution, you’re part of the problem.

My motto: Fuck Hope.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, personally I’m a joyful individual, I had a long happy marriage and a close and loving family, my career has turned out better than I ever dreamed, and it continues to expand. I’m a personal optimist, but a skeptic about all else. What may sound to some like anger, is really nothing more than sympathetic contempt. I view my species with a combination of wonder and pity, and I root for its destruction. And please don’t confuse my point of view with cynicism–the real cynics are the ones who tell you everything’s gonna be all right.

And P.P.S., by the way, if by some chance you folks do manage to straighten things out and make everything better, I still don’t wish to be included.

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D. M. Murdock – also known as Acharya S. is a religious scholar and controversial author of books detailing the connection between modern Christianity and ancient world religion (e.g. Egyptian myths) such as The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold and Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled.

D.M. also wrote a couple of insightful bits about Avatar and I thought it would be interesting to quote them here. She touches on a few ideas about the message (whether intended or not) of the movie.

On anti-militarism

“Avatar’s” critical commentary of American incursions into foreign lands in search of precious resources is lost on few sentient adults. Nor does it represent a cautionary tale we should ignore. Yet, even though the main goon is an older white male – the favorite villain globally these days, it seems – “Avatar” is careful to depict the Americans as multiethnic and both genders, which they truly are. As such, Cameron’s statement is not really “anti-American” per se but represents a critique of any organized and well-funded incursion and invasion into other lands at the expense of the natives. The Very Big Corporation of America just happens to be pretty good at it at the moment.

On Ecomania

Yet, while I was watching the film’s passionate environmentalism, I couldn’t help but think that none of it would have been possible without a serious “carbon footprint,” from the moment Cameron conceived the project to the day it was released into theaters.  And then add all the energy needs of getting the individual films created and distributed, and all the people traveling to the theaters, which themselves would need to be powered, etc. Obviously, at this point in time we cannot have huge global releases of megafilms like “Avatar” without a significant cost to the environment! Rather than becoming Luddites, again, there are alternatives that we must pursue now.

On Sexuality

My initial, visceral reaction to this scene between Jake and the ikran was that I was watching an act of homosexual rape – the ikran is a male – as well as a form of bestiality. Moreover, my studies in mythology and anthropology brought to mind primitive cultures who have regularly practiced homosexual rape as a form of societal domination. One myth I thought of, unfortunately, is a homosexual rape scene from the ancient Egyptian story of Horus and Set, in which, after battling with him, Set/Seth sodomizes Horus and then brags he has “done a man’s deed.” This mentality of domination through rape has festered for millennia and been practiced in far too many locations. This brutal and violent form of dominance exists to this day in several cultures, especially, of course, the prison culture in a sickening amount of places. 

Read more here.

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I am not the typical movie watcher. I hardly watch movies since my short attention span would not allow me to stay put watching a movie. “Avatar” is nearly 3 hours long. But with all the positive reviews coming in from film critics and typical movie watchers, I could not help but watch it myself.

James Cameron has done it again. “Avatar” has greatly impressed a very large audience. Film critics as well as the typical moviegoers have given it an outstanding rating. The volume of movie tickets sold show the enthusiasm of the typical moviegoers to watch it. Other people like me who don’t usually watch movies also end up seeing it. Several people are watching it multiple times probably impressed by the 3d version in several moviehouses.

Although the film’s genre is science fiction, a broad spectrum of people are watching it too. The film has an anti-war theme. The humans even used the phrases, “shock and awe” and “fight terror with terror”. The film could could even be considered environmentalist. This is not a typical war film like James Cameron’s “Terminator” that appeals to your masculinity, but also a highly sensitive film that appeals to your feminine side with its angles of environmentalism and yes, spirituality.

Although some reviews have stated that some of the lines in the movie have been seen elsewhere, there are other angles which are quite new to me. In this film, the aliens are not exactly the enemy. The aliens are not the conquerors, but instead the ones to be conquered. The aliens though technically inferior, have a spirituality which is seemingly more evolved than that of humans.

Below is a good youtube that explains the planet Pandora

James Cameron has had this film in the back of his mind years back, but hesitated to produce it since the technology at that time was not good enough to create good visual effects. The first time I glanced at the trailer at “youtube”, I assumed that the film was a cartoon.

James Cameron in this “youtube” post explains the techology in the film. The film is not an animation.

(This review has been shortened since this is a “critical thinking” website. The full review is titled “”Avatar” and Spirituality” and and can be seen inhttp://theintuitivethinker.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/avatar-and-spirituality/ done by the same author.)

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