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All things arise and pass away,
But the awakened are awake forevermore.
-- Dhammapada
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dear friend -- you shine with a radiance that illumines us all. you grasp the ineffable, as well as anyone i know -- and somehow you understand how to share it with others. knowing you makes our lives richer and more beautiful. even before now we have seen your wisdom, your moderation, your justice. now, in this latest stage of your great journey, we see your courage as well. our admiration and good wishes know no bounds. ¶ i am carrying just my staff and begging-bowl as i walk beside you. but have not a moment's doubt -- whatever rice i receive, i share gladly and thankfully with you.
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is G+ a 'utopia' of sorts? and if so, can that last?
Watch out Facebook – Google+ has a number of superior features, and they’re like to continue even as the new platform grows more popular.
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Just writing that made me realize something that I'll throw out as a hypothesis for people to knock around...

Facebook's basic "unit" if you will is the relationship. Everything is built around your "friends" and both parties need to agree to the fact that the relationship exists; all other aspects of the site presuppose a relationship of some kind (or at least with some small degree of remove). This leads to the behaviors of people sending invitations to people they don't really know, and accepting friend requests from people they don't know, and building up collections of "friends" that they don't actually have a relationship with because everything else depends on at least claiming that a relationship exists.

G+ on the other hand, uses as its basic unit the idea (for lack of a better word). When I post a question, or a picture of my hypothetical dog, or a bit of information I've gleaned from a tea book or something, that is the basic unit. All of the tools and mechanics on G+ presuppose that this piece of information, this "idea," has people for whom it is relevant and interesting, and those for whom it is not. In essence, it doesn't matter if you or I have a personal relationship; what matters is if you have ideas that I want to connect with and vice versa...and recognizing that relationship to an idea doesn't need to be mutual. I could love everything you have to say and you could think I was a lame weirdo; I could still have a "relationship" with the ideas you choose to post.
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several others have posted this already, but it's too brilliant not to repost.
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In the Digital Solution, Katherine Boehret (and 15 friends) test out Google's new social network and see how it compares with Facebook
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no. 2 in the series. [HT to lorraine s for this link.] if you own a sigg bottle, depending on when it was manufactured, it may or may not have BPA in it. but -- a' propos of that -- stay tuned for no. 3 in this series ...
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Urg...
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allons enfants de la patrie!
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[the complete lyrics are much longer; for your own downloadable copy, click on http://coraxiom.com/marseillaiselyrics.pdf ]
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this explains a lot.
B LONDON.- /B The conclusion of a recent experiment monitoring what happens in our brains when we view art says that it is more than just good for y
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here's a howdy-doo. scientists have been talking for some time about life extension -- and, in that context, about people now alive perhaps extending their life-spans beyond 100 -- but perhaps to 120 or so. now comes aubrey de grey, with the notion that a THOUSAND-YEAR life-span is a realistic expectation in the foreseeable future.

would you want to live to be 150? would you want to live to be 1000? discuss.
LONDON (Reuters) - If Aubrey de Grey's predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be le...
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See Tennyson's "Tithonus."
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HT to rita r for this link. the online article is short; the podcast interview is half-an-hour long. in a way it doesn't matter whether tapscott is completely right; the issue bears pondering by all educators, right away.
http://www.npr.org/2011/07/14/137853462/rethinking-how-we-teach-the-net-generation
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I find this piece interesting but irritating. I'm not sure that the fact that students are on Facebook while doing their homework means that we should change our educational methods. No defense of the lecture from me, necessarily, but we need to know how students actually learn (and learn well), not just how they get their work done, before we start reforming education.
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no. 3 in the series. [HT to lora h for this link.] i actually posted this several months ago, on that other social network page, and just found it again last night. extremely discouraging -- but forewarned is forearmed, they say ...
Concerns about plastics have centered on those containing BPA, a compound that's been widely criticized because it mimics estrogen. But a new study finds that most plastic products, from sippy cups...
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[the first of three related posts about the dangers of plastic, BPA and otherwise -- each posted here with its own link.] i never seem to hear people talking about the health dangers of BPA. even brief contact with food or drink can increase these. please download, read, & circulate this pdf file. & bear in mind that other plastics besides BPA also present health dangers - they are just not well documented yet.
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what would don draper do? [HT to my old pal ken p for the link]
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