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You sometimes hear it said amongst "spiritual" types that all religions are equally true. I can't really argue with this, although personally I find it more informative when worded as "all religions are equally false."
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+Matthew J Price Hi! ;P
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A masterpiece of delicate mechanical design lies inside a pistol covered in jewels and gold filigree. The surprise will make your heart sing.
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Quite stunning. I am trying to imagine the life of someone with the skills to build such a thing. Commissioned? Repairing watches on the side? I suppose in some ways similar to the company that restored it. 
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Here are some tributes to the late great David Bowie:

#1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8f_XCH3zmM

Flight of the Conchords: "Bowie's in Space". Loving parody of Bowie's long and multi-faceted musical career.

#2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

Bowie's first hit "Space Oddity" performed in space by a real astronaut.

#3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcuXYlzxmF4

King Crimson performing Bowie's "Heroes". Adrian Belew sounding remarkably like David Bowie and Robert Fripp sounding EXACTLY like Robert Fripp.
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There's a big difference between "We have no clothing policy" and "We have a no clothing policy".
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In these troubled and worrying times with messages of hatred and fear dominating the media and the public consciousness, it is important that we all remember the True Spirit of Christmas.

And the True Spirit of Christmas this year is....

Rum!

Upon learning that the production of alcoholic beverages requires a sugar source for fermentation, the inventors of rum showed admirable pragmatism in going straight for sugar cane.

Winston Churchill once famously observed that rum was one of the key elements of naval tradition. The New Zealand navy abolished the rum ration in 1990, the last navy to do so. Fortunately the other key elements of naval tradition are still alive and well.

The number one Christmas film this year is of course Star Wars the Force Awakens and, like the Force, rum comes in two varieties: Light and Dark. An important Christmas message was derived from this fact in the immortal song by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder:

Light rum and dark rum
Live together in perfect harmony
Side by side in my liquor cabinet,
Oh Lord, why can't we?

A very good question, Paul and Stevie. A very merry and perfectly harmonious Christmas to all.
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Swamp Wallaby - on the Vernon Circle roundabout in Canberra - literally in the middle of the city.
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This is a swamp or black wallaby, Wallabia bicolor. So unique they have their own genus. One of the last widespread fungi and truffle eating marsupials - the bettongs and the bandicoots and other fungi spreaders are nearly all gone. This specimen is a male - as evidenced by his muscular forearms (and his testicles).
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Actually really solid social psychology research.
 
"On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit"

Surprisingly enlightening research.
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+Paul Haesler no debate. I'm waiting on the prank side of the fence, just because - if it is a prank - it's pretty funny...
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Mmm.... pretty..
WebGL Water. Made by Evan Wallace. This demo requires a decent graphics card and up-to-date drivers. If you can't run the demo, you can still see it on YouTube. Interactions: Draw on the water to make ripples; Drag the background to rotate the camera; Press SPACEBAR to pause and unpause ...
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Shame.  It's very nice to play with interactively.
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This looks pretty funny +AdmiralLadyPaula Rizzuto +Katherine Phelps
It's called "Well, I Should Have...Learned How To Play Piano." It is a work of genius.
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Of Oz The Wizard.

https://vimeo.com/150423718

The most brilliant piece of deconstructive cultural re-appropriation I've seen in years, "Of Oz The Wizard" is "The Wizard of Oz" re-edited so that all the dialog is in alphabetic order. Obviously your first reaction is "that's just stupid". But I urge you to watch at least the first 15 minutes or so (at least up to the C's) to properly appreciate just how amazing a work of art this is. The better you know the original film, the more you will get out of it, and I promise you that you will get far, far more out of it than you expect.

Personal highlights for me included: "bears", "because", "dead", "dorothy", "help", "hhh", "home", "lions", "rainbow", "road", "the", and "tigers".
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"Because" was pretty special.
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Swamp Wallaby - on the Vernon Circle roundabout in Canberra - literally in the middle of the city.
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And for cultural relevance, Vernon Circle is in the centre of the surrounds a circular park. Although often referred to as such by locals, it is not a true roundabout. The park is called City Hill and was part of Walter Burley-Griffin's original plans for Canberra. Quoting Wikipedia:

The park is centrally located and well-known, but it is rarely visited as it is away from shops and public areas and is difficult to access because it is surrounded by a major road. The prominent flagpole at the centre of Vernon Circle is not actually at the highest point of City Hill. The highest point of City Hill is to the south east, overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Unusually for the centre of a large city and as a result of the relative isolation of City Hill, a small variety of mushrooms can be found growing under the pine trees.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Hill,_Canberra
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"On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit"

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