26 Feb 2008

And The Oscar Goes To...


Winners for 80th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role
  • George Clooney in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
  • Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah” (Warner Independent)
  • Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises” (Focus Features)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
  • Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (Warner Bros.)
  • Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (Universal)
  • Hal Holbrook in “Into the Wild” (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment)
  • Tom Wilkinson in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
  • Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (Universal)
  • Julie Christie in “Away from Her” (Lionsgate)
  • Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse)
  • Laura Linney in “The Savages” (Fox Searchlight)
  • Ellen Page in “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)


Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Ruby Dee in “American Gangster” (Universal)
  • Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement” (Focus Features)
  • Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone” (Miramax)
  • Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse)

Best animated feature film of the year
  • “Persepolis” (Sony Pictures Classics) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
  • Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse)
  • “Surf's Up” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Ash Brannon and Chris Buck

Achievement in art direction
  • “American Gangster” (Universal)
Art Direction: Arthur Max
Set Decoration: Beth A. Rubino
  • “Atonement” (Focus Features)
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • “The Golden Compass” (New Line in association with Ingenious Film Partners)
Art Direction: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Art Direction: Dante Ferretti
Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
Art Direction: Jack Fisk
Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Achievement in cinematography
  • “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (Warner Bros.) Roger Deakins
  • “Atonement” (Focus Features) Seamus McGarvey
  • “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Janusz Kaminski
  • “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Roger Deakins
  • "There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Robert Elswit

Achievement in costume design
  • “Across the Universe” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Albert Wolsky
  • “Atonement” (Focus Features) Jacqueline Durran
  • “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (Universal) Alexandra Byrne
  • “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse) Marit Allen
  • “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount) Colleen Atwood

Achievement in directing
  • “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Julian Schnabel
  • “Juno” (Fox Searchlight) Jason Reitman
  • “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) Tony Gilroy
  • “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Paul Thomas Anderson

Best documentary feature

  • “No End in Sight” (Magnolia Pictures)
A Representational Pictures Production
Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience” (The Documentary Group)
A Documentary Group Production
Richard E. Robbins

  • “Sicko” (Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company)
A Dog Eat Dog Films Production
Michael Moore and Meghan O’Hara
  • “Taxi to the Dark Side” (THINKFilm)
An X-Ray Production
Alex Gibney and Eva Orner
  • “War/Dance” (THINKFilm)
A Shine Global and Fine Films Production
Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine


Best documentary short subject
  • “Freeheld”
A Lieutenant Films Production
Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth
  • “La Corona (The Crown)”
A Runaway Films and Vega Films Production
Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega
  • “Salim Baba”
A Ropa Vieja Films and Paradox Smoke Production
Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello
  • “Sari’s Mother” (Cinema Guild)
A Daylight Factory Production
James Longley


  • Achievement in film editing
  • “The Bourne Ultimatum” (Universal) Christopher Rouse
  • “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Juliette Welfling
  • “Into the Wild” (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment) Jay Cassidy
  • “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Roderick Jaynes
  • “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Dylan Tichenor

Best foreign language film of the year
  • “Beaufort” A Metro Communications, Movie Plus Production Israel
  • *“The Counterfeiters” An Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Magnolia Filmproduktion Production Austria
  • “Katyn” An Akson Studio Production Poland
  • “Mongol” A Eurasia Film Production Kazakhstan
  • “12” A Three T Production Russia

Achievement in makeup
  • “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse) Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
  • “Norbit” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount) Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (Walt Disney) Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • “Atonement” (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli
  • “The Kite Runner” (DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions, Distributed by Paramount Classics) Alberto Iglesias
  • “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.) James Newton Howard
  • “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino
  • “3:10 to Yuma” (Lionsgate) Marco Beltrami

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  • “Falling Slowly” from “Once”
(Fox Searchlight)
Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  • “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted”
(Walt Disney)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
  • “Raise It Up” from “August Rush”
(Warner Bros.)
Music and lyric by Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas
  • “So Close” from “Enchanted”
(Walt Disney)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
  • “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted”
(Walt Disney)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Best motion picture of the year
  • “Atonement” (Focus Features)
A Working Title Production
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster, Producers
  • “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
A Mandate Pictures/Mr. Mudd Production
Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick and Russell Smith, Producers
  • “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
A Clayton Productions, LLC Production
Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox and Kerry Orent, Producers
  • “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production
Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
A JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production
JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Lupi, Producers


Best animated short film
  • “I Met the Walrus”
A Kids & Explosions Production
Josh Raskin
  • “Madame Tutli-Putli” (National Film Board of Canada)
A National Film Board of Canada Production
Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
  • “Même les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)” (Premium Films)
A BUF Compagnie Production
Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse
  • “My Love (Moya Lyubov)” (Channel One Russia)
A Dago-Film Studio, Channel One Russia and Dentsu Tec Production
Alexander Petrov
  • “Peter & the Wolf” (BreakThru Films)
A BreakThru Films/Se-ma-for Studios Production
Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman


Best live action short film
  • “At Night”
A Zentropa Entertainments 10 Production
Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth
“Il Supplente (The Substitute)” (Sky Cinema Italia)
A Frame by Frame Italia Production
Andrea Jublin
  • “Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)” (Premium Films)
A Karé Production
Philippe Pollet-Villard
  • “Tanghi Argentini” (Premium Films)
An Another Dimension of an Idea Production
Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans
  • “The Tonto Woman”
A Knucklehead, Little Mo and Rose Hackney Barber Production
Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown


Achievement in sound editing
  • “The Bourne Ultimatum” (Universal)
Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg
  • “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
Skip Lievsay
  • “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney)
Randy Thom and Michael Silvers
  • “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
Christopher Scarabosio and Matthew Wood
  • “Transformers” (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro)
Ethan Van der Ryn and Mike Hopkins


Achievement in sound mixing
  • “The Bourne Ultimatum” (Universal)
Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis
  • “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland
  • “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney)
Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane
  • “3:10 to Yuma” (Lionsgate)
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Jim Stuebe
  • “Transformers” (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro)
Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin


Achievement in visual effects
  • “The Golden Compass” (New Line in association with Ingenious Film Partners)
Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (Walt Disney)
John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier
  • “Transformers” (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro)
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier


Adapted screenplay
  • “Atonement” (Focus Features)
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
  • “Away from Her” (Lionsgate)
Written by Sarah Polley
  • “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn)
Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
  • “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson


Original screenplay
  • “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
Written by Diablo Cody
  • “Lars and the Real Girl” (MGM)
Written by Nancy Oliver
  • “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
Written by Tony Gilroy
  • “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney)
Screenplay by Brad Bird
Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
  • “The Savages” (Fox Searchlight)
Written by Tamara Jenkins


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21 Feb 2008

Biodiesel...

Biodiesel Facts And Information
The global fuel market is one of the greatest fluctuating markets that exist
today. The price of gasoline all over the world has jumped at alarming rates. If there is a decrease in the prices, it is a painfully slow one. When a national disaster happens, you as a consumer can expect gasoline prices to increase by dollars, literally.

The Need for Alternatives
Alternative fuels have many benefits when compared to that of the regular fuels most often used now.
Generally, alternative fuels are better for the environment and country as a whole. Right now within the United States only, more than 30 Billion gallons of gas are burned every year. The government has finally begun to see the damage gasoline is doing to our environment.

Not only can alternatives be safer for our environment, they can also benefit our entire country and its pocketbook. Gasoline is generally created as a combination of a country efforts and the efforts of other countries.

What is Biodiesel?
Biodie
sel is a form of alternative fuel that is made from vegetable oil. No, I would not suggest you use it in cooking but it creates a perfect alternative to gasoline. There is a specific process that animal fat and vegetable oil go through "transesterification" and is then turned into esterified oil. Esterified oil is then used as diesel fuel for diesel engines that are unmodified. Biodiesel can also be mixed with regular diesel fuel if desired.

What is great about this technology is that any type of animal fat or vegetable oil can be used in making biodiesel. The most common type that is used is rapeseed or soybean oil.

Why is biodiesel becoming an alternative?
Because biodiesel can be created from any type of vegetable oil, it is more readily available and made from renewable resources. Furthermore, it is bet
ter for our environment. Biodiesel produces fewer exhaust emissions and causes less harm to the environment if there is a spill. It will not harm the water supply, animals, or plants because it is non-toxic.

Another way it is environmentally safer than regular diesel is that it produces less carbon dioxide, monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. Your vehicle may even get better mileage per gallon.

Biodiesel, the New Energy Revolution
Fuels are the energy-boosters for vehicles. Without it no automobile
can run on the road. But these fuels have always been a major factor in pollution problem. That is why alternative fuels or eco-friendly fuels have been discovered.

Biodiesel is one of them. It is equivalent to diesel, which is derived from biological sources. It is a non-toxic, eco-friendly processed fuel, and can be used in vehicles having diesel-driven engine. It is useful as it has less emission than petroleum and diesel. It can also possibly be used in the place of fossil fuels.

Biodiesel looks like a dark yellow colored fluid and is light. It easily gets immersed in water and thus has low density than water, and possess high boiling point with low vapor pressure. It is also non-flammable.

Several countries in the world now prefer biodiesel in their cars than other fuels and thus are also producing them. Australia. Canada Germany, India Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil are some of the countries that produce biodiesel.

Biodiesel has many environmental benefits that make it very resourceful.
1. It produces less emission of carbon monoxide (CO) and Carbon dioxide (CO2).
2. It con
tains less aromatic hydrocarbons like benzofluoranthene.
3. It reduces the emission of small particles of solid combustion products.
4. It can produce more nitrogen oxide (NO).
5. Sulphur content in biodiesel is low than that of others.
6. It ignites more quickly than other fuels, when added to the engine.

Biodiesel is prepared from hydrocarbon oil or fats. The most common ingredient used in its making is fresh soybean oil. Other things that are used for its production are mustered seed oil and waste vegetable oil.

T
hese oils are mixed, mainly with methanol and sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, which acts as a catalyst and then filtered. The product produce is biodiesel and glycerol. It can be used in two ways- directly that is in pure form or with petroleum. Biodiesel is gradually becoming the favorite all over the world for its eco-friendly nature as today's world is facing the problem of pollution.

Moreover, it is also free from those additional problems that are common in case of fuels like petroleum diesel, and thus can be said that in the coming years it can be the world's primary energy source for transports. For this reason many companies are becoming interested in commercial level production of biodiesel for its good business prospect

Apart from this biodiesel is still a subject of research. Different researchers are working on it to discover other positive aspects of such a valuable product


How Can I Benefit From Bio Diesel?
If you have an interest in being environmentally friendly, then no doubt you're aware of the damage fossil fuels are doing to our environment. Not only that, but at some point they will run out. Add in the recent jump in gas prices, and it's hardly surprising that more people are talking about making their own biodiesel fuel. Although it sounds like a great idea, you need to consider a few points before going ahead and making your own biodiesel fuel.

What Is Biodiesel?
To start with, let's take a look at what biodiesel fuel actually is. At its most simple, biodiesel fuel is made from either vegetable oil, animal fat, or mixture of the two. It's a clean burning fuel that is made from renewable resources hence the name biodiesel.

Generally, biodiesel fuel is made from straight vegetable oil, sometimes referred to as SVO. So if you want to make your own biodiesel fuel, you'll need to have an adequate supply of the basic ingredients. Unfortunately, most households don't produce enough waste animal fat or vegetable fat to come anywhere close to making enough biodiesel fuel to keep the family car running.

Using Recycled oil
This has led to a whole new industry, with the basic aim of sourcing much larger quantities of raw product. They get together with restaurants, bakeries, and any other business that uses a deep fryer, so that they can collect the used oil for recycling. The oils are then blended and used as the basis for biodiesel fuel. The processes are the same as you'd use to make biodiesel fuel at home, but by having access to a much larger supply of raw products, these companies can produce biodiesel in quantities that are more viable.

Can I make it at Home?
One thing to remember is that it's not quite this simple! Used vegetable oil needs to be mixed and stored, which can be quite a problem if you have large amounts of it. You also need to dewater, filter and deacidify the waste oil before it can be used for making biodiesel. This makes the production of biodiesel fuel at home a lot more complicated.

Having said that, it's certainly still quite possible to make biodiesel fuel at home, simply by buying straight vegetable oil, rather than using waste products. Even though it will cost you a lot more, when you compare it to the cost of buying the necessary amount of gas to run your car for a year, you can still save an enormous amount - somewhere around 75 percent. Even better, you're saving the environment too.

Can I mix it with Petroleum?
The short answer is yes! It can be blended with petroleum in any percentages and used as fuel. There is a fuel called B20 which is 20 percent biodiesel that has shown significant environmental benefits. It can be used in an existing diesel engine with either little or no modifications. The only thing to be aware of is that biodiesel acts as a solvent and can remove old deposits on on your fuel tank walls and your fuel lines. This may lead to a clogging of your filters so care should be taken. But hey - then you have a clean system!

So if you're interested in saving money and helping out the environment, look at the option of making biodiesel fuel at home. It takes a little bit of effort, but the rewards are definitely worthwhile.


14 Feb 2008

Hitler Gets Banned!

Part I





Part II






How To Recruit The Right Person For The Right Job...



Put about 100 bricks in some particular order in a closed room with an open window. Then send 2 or 3 candidates in the room and close the door. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours and then analyze the situation.

If they are counting the bricks.
Put them in the accounts Department.

If they are recounting them..
Put them in auditing .

If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks.
Put them in engineering.

If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order.
Put them in planning.

If they are throwing the bricks at each other.
Put them in operations ..

If they are sleeping.
Put them in security.

If they have broken the bricks into pieces.
Put them in information technology.

If they are sitting idle.
Put them in human resources.

If they say they have tried different combinations, yet not a brick has Been moved. Put them in sales.

If they have already left for the day.
Put them in marketing.

If they are staring out of the window.
Put them on strategic planning.

And then last but not least.
If they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been moved...
Congratulate them and put them in top management.

10 Feb 2008

Headphones To Please Any Type of Audiophile...

There are many different types of headphones on the market today. This is in high contrast to the headphone market just a few decades ago, where your choices were either studio monitor headsets (the big, clunky type worn over the ears) or cheap portable units.

There have been many advances in headphone technology over the past few decades, and now the consumer has a plethora of different shapes, sizes, styles and technologies to choose from. Ear buds, Back phones, Canal phones and Electrostatic headphones are just a few of the types offered in today's high tech headphone market. In the article we will review the different types of headphones available today and touch on the features and benefits of the individual types.

For the home user, the main type of headphone that is purchased would fit in the studio monitor category. This style of headphone has been around for years and certain models have not changed in years. The studio monitor is the standard over the ear variety that are common in radio and music studios. They typically have a 1 inch plug (as opposed to the smaller 1/8 inch or mini plug). Vendors of this type of headphone include AKG, Sony, Sennheiser, Grado Labs and Fostex. They are available "closed" and "open" varieties. Audiophiles will typically tell you that the open variety sounds more robust and has a fuller soundstage, at the expense of sound leakage (people around you will be able to hear what you are listening to and vice versa) that is not as noticeable in closed variety phones which provide a higher level of sonic isolation.

For the listener on the go, there are many varieties to choose from. Ear buds are a very popular type of headphone which are commonly included in the packaging when you purchase a new audio player. These bud type headphones slip into the outer ear and provide minimal isolation from the outside world. While there are a few exceptions, the majority of bud type headphones on the market are cheap and do not sound very good to the discerning ear.

If you like the small form factor of buds but want something with a little more oomph, you may wish to consider canal phones. Canal phones are much like buds, but actually fit inside the ear canal (buds never make it past the outer ear lobe). Because they actually fit inside the canal, canal phones provide a much better seal than ear buds which allows for a higher degree of sound isolation and bass response for the listener. Silicone or foam ear plug type tips allow for comfort and safety during prolonged use. Be prepared to shell out a little more cash for the better quality canal phones...

The last type of phone we will discuss is back phones. Back phones are very similar to the open, circum aural phones popularized in the 70s and 80s, with the notable exception of the headband's placement which, instead of being over the head like the older variety, is behind the head, which results in a more comfortable fit for athletics or the listener on the go.

No matter what you are looking for, there are many different types of headphones out there to suit your needs. Have fun shopping and happy listening!


8 Feb 2008

Ancient Inventions And Anthropology...

Troas in Alexandria, Egypt

ANCIENT INVENTIONS: - In Alexandria and in the Cave of Hathor there appeared to be reasons to believe we had electricity. There is no doubt that fraudulent traders were using electrum plating techniques to make gold plate on other metals to sell as pure gold. Some think the cave drawings show electrical wiring conduits, and I think it might be phosphorous slush in hoses to make the light by which the cave was painted by artists. There are professors who would have us believe the reason there is no carbon deposits from oil or wax burning lamps has to do with blind artisans. Thales had a small steam engine, the lighthouse at Alexandria and their tri-level sea-going ships, slot machines and other things lead the authors of Ancient Inventions to say they could build anything we could build until the mid-20th century. They detail the skill of port construction and many other things. There is much more than they talk about for us to re-learn or know, and many whole disciplines or things we've not yet re-discovered.

ANTHROPOLOGY: - There are so many examples of forced 'direct inference' theorization rather than 'observation and conclusion' to fit all facts in every
area of science. Anthropologists in Polynesia kept telling the native people that they came from S. E. Asia despite the native assertions that they came from South America or even the Nootka/Haida nation of the Pacific Northwest. Thor Heyerdahl proved the natives were correct. The lack of willingness to accept that humans were inventive and ingenious enough to create rafts is nearly funny. There is botanical proof that Hawaii's vegetation is not all indigenous and came from the Caroline Islands of 1500 miles away. A cable TV documentary showed how the rites of the Caroline Islanders involve a bailing kind of movement and they established that as long ago as 150,000 BC these islanders traveled to Hawaii on huge rafts with outriggers. The jungles' vines and logs would make a raft in even the earliest times of hominid development.

The anthropologists as a whole are more open-minded despite having made many judgement errors that conventional thinking and the funding process have contributed to in a big way. We are constantly finding the facts and opinions of what academia calls mavericks are able to enlighten the past in all disciplines of anthropology and archeology. Gimbutas and Campbell have followed a long line of independent thought from
Humboldt and Hawkes through Petrie and Marshack. In the end they have brought mythology to the foreground through the use of techniques like the space photos and now we have solid state chemistry and genetics to blaze new trails.

There is still a lot of small-minded provincial 'pissing-contests' between the differing disciplines but there are a lot of exciting things being ac
hieved. The cases of researchers spending up to twenty years working and living with natives, who tell them what they want to hear because they are gracious and kind, are numerous. (6) The value systems of our researchers who want to position themselves and the Euro-Centric financial backers as more civilized are rife in the annals of what some say is far from a science.

When a native group being held under academic scrutiny and subject to logical linear mindsets actually is able to educate the 'experts' about their culture it is the exception. Often such things are not funded because the data doesn't 'fit' the prevailing literature. Carlos Castaneda was an anthropologist from UCLA who made a major breakthrough on his own. Even his debunkers have to admit he has brought a great deal of insight to the field as a whole. Dr. Wayne Dyer owes a great deal of the thought involved in his You'll See it, W
hen You Believe It! to the work of Carlos Castaneda and his Toltec mentor Don Juan. It is possible that all of our research into human behavior has more to learn than we think we already know. That might mean we are wrong about many key things. One of the most obvious things that our cultural bias foists upon the data is the relative importance we place on intellect rather than spirit.


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7 Feb 2008

GONG XI FA CHAI!..!

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4706 begins on Feb. 7, 2008. It's a year of RAT.


Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest.

What Say You wishing
all Chinese in Malaysia and all over the world a
Very Happy and Prosperous
Chinese New Year...

GONG XI FA CHAI!!!



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