Monday, February 27, 2006

But not milk chocolate, dammit

Chocolate Does a Man's Heart Good
02.27.06, 12:00 AM ET

MONDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Chocolate lovers, take heart: Dutch research suggests that eating or drinking cocoa appears to lower blood pressure and even reduce the death risks for older men.

Since the 1700s, cocoa has been associated with healthy hearts, but only recently has scientific evidence backed up these claims, according to a new report in the Feb. 27 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

According to the study, cocoa contains flavan-3-ols, which have been linked to lower blood pressure and improved function of the cells lining the blood vessels.

In their study, researchers led by Brian Buijsse, of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in Bilthoven, examined links between cocoa and cardiovascular health in 470 men aged 65 to 84 years. The men had physical examinations and were interviewed about their diet at the start of the study in 1985 and then again in 1990 and 1995.

The researchers found that over a 15-year period, men who ate cocoa -- including chocolate -- regularly had significantly lower blood pressure compared with those who didn't.

Those wacky Indians

Click below to see some people who are on a VERY different trip. No value judgements here, just marveling at the diversity of human experience.

Sound optional, but kinda interesting.

I usually don't like "feel-good" stories, but this is good

Make sure your sound is on.

Cool stuff

Firstly, I appreciate your patience with the fact that I have not been as active here as I would have liked. What can I say., it's a full life, but I will try to be better in the future.
Now to that cool stuff referenced above:

Not cheap, but pretty neato.

But wait, there will soon be more.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Wonderful art and music

Oh those wonderful Japanese.


Thursday, February 23, 2006


If you don't have Skype, you should absolutely check it out. Two cents a minute to anywhere in the world, and free if you're calling another Skype user. And there is now a device, that can be accessed at that allows you to use Skype not tethered to your computer. You can even use it from your cell phone. It costs $60.
Technology is often very good.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

watch this and be amazed


I could describe it, but too much would get lost in the translation. One of those
"you'll have to trust me" things.

What I want to know

is why so many of the anti-abortion are in favor of the death penalty.
And, to quote Harold Bloom, way are Catholics against the death penalty. They wouldn't have a religion without it.

Monday, February 13, 2006

some of the most memorable and beautiful pictures from 2005

The link below will take you to some truly breathtaking photographs. Some are just too gorgeous for words, a few are heartbreaking, but they're all true. Left click to go the the next picture, right click to end the show.
I know you'll be moved.


Some of you have complained, and rightly so, I might add, that in order to post a comment, you first had to register, a pain in the ass, I would think. Well, all is well. A few simple clicks at the appropriate page and now anyone can post without registering. As this blog is new and still in its formative stage, I welcome any feedback you would like to give to let me make it more relevent, interesting, useful, whatever. More pictures will be forthcoming, as soon as I can figure out how to do that part easily.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

at last! the cartoons themselves.

Obviously, Muslims object to any depiction of whatshisname. And whatever happened to the biblical commandment about not having graven images. Oh well, I think this is quite enough on this subject. I promise to move on.

wonderful, useful site

The address below will take you to a free, downloadable site that will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about your computer and everything that is installed on it. It even gives you product code numbers for both your hardware and your software (necessary for gettting support, and I can never find the suckers). Just click on it and it will take you to the site. Hope you like it.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Do not go see this movie

In the interest of saving you time and money, avoid Cache, a predictably pretentious French movie, that is boring to boot. Any culture that views Jerry Lewis as a genius is suspect at best, and this movie just confirms that they are on a different planet, taste-wise. I'll hand it to them for old Citroens and great croissants, and Paris, but when it comes to movies, fuggedaboutit.

some thoughts on the cartoons

Before one writes off the Muslims for getting so upset about the whole Mohamad thing, it is interesting, is it not, that the Americans most likely to write the whole thing off as "those crazy Muslims: are the same Americans that get apoplectic at the "desecration" of the American flag. There all just symbols, folks, they ain't the real thing, so let's everybody take a deep breath and relax.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Some thoughts on the Danish cartoons

While, in general, I understand the anger of the Muslims over what they see as a desecration, I don't understand why they are angry at the Danish government, which had nothing to do with anything. The cartoons were published in a privately owned newspaper.
And one more thing: don't those people have anything better to do than riot over every little thing that bothers them. I mean, meditate or something. It's like rioting is the national pastime. And why are the rioters always men. Don't they have any crazy women over there.

Friday, February 03, 2006

A very funny site

A wonderful list of the 50 most loathesome people of 2005. Giraldo Rivera was 50, Bush was 3, Cheney 2, just to give you a flavor. Also, for each a suitable perfect punishment. But they inexplicably excluded Barbra Streisand.

A friend's cool site

A friend of mine, a woman named Piper, is a wonderful, albeit wacky, artist and she has a cool site of her stuff. You might enjoy checking it out.

Piper's web site

This is a picture of Alexander at Christmas. I include it just 'cause it's a pretty classic Chrismas picture.

The best bumper sticker

It came to me sometime: Free God from religion. it is my new mantra. Spread the word. It can only do good.