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Faissal aka Md. Faisal Halim
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Hey, what's the name.of the first song?
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Germany crowned world champions at Brazil 2014Putin, Kutcher … Dacourt? Fifa's invitees to the finalPictures: the best images from the World Cup finalIn case of World Cup withdrawal, help is at handSend your thoughts to scott.murray@theguardian.com
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A friend of mine once remarked that the moon landings had to be faked because back then the Apollo's onboard electronic computer was less powerful than a modern watch.

I think I should tell him to get himself a (classical) Swiss tachymeter watch with a calendar. Even a model predating the lunar landings will do.

It's still got far less (nil) electronic computational power than even a calculator watch (some of you might remember those from the 1990's), but with it you can calculate speeds, distances, add, subtract, multiply, divide, take square roots, use conversion factors, and basically do a whole lot of things that you could not dream about with a pocket calculator, like navigation (guess how the Apollo 13 Astronauts got back home -- while their computer was down).

Of course, this video might do a better job.
This video is so good, so incredibly brilliant, solid and simple, that you will want to paste it all over your Facebooks and Twitters just to piss off all the IMBECILES who still claim that the Moon landings were faked.* The reason is simple: the technology to fake it didn't exist.
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"The greatest teachers I ever had were Miss Frizzle and Bill Nye the Science Guy."

"It never once occurred to me... that there could be any sort of a conflict between my faith and science; to me both were part of the same things: This universe and my existence within it."

"And yet, here we are today being told that the two are irreconcilable; that religion begets an anti-science crusade and science pushes anti-religion valor. When did this become the only conversation on religion and science that we’re allowed to have?"

BEAUTIFULLY written article.



Acolytes of Dawkins & Hitchens pretend that ignorant evangelicals represent all of religion. Here's what they miss
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Yvonne Roberts: Amid Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's talk of 'conscious uncoupling', more over-50s are splitting up. With damaging effects
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Faissal aka Md. Faisal Halim

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Once again, leave it to U2 to bring out the most beautiful.

Leave it to U2 to bring out the grandeur in the mundane.

The little things, the banal, the little unnoticed things of life -- those are the important things that accumulate over time.

The big events, the memorable ones, all those are great, but if you find yourself hurt real bad, and your life flashes before your eyes, it is the ordinary things that come to mind. And if you live you attach so much to what to others may not be so important, you seem to attach a romantic feel to everything.

That quiet company of just being there, needing to say nothing at all; that simple entertainment of a parent at the end of her wits passing a toy car just for company; the relaxed feel of the company around an otherwise seriously boring board game; it's all those little ordinary things that polish one's life.

Sure, road trips are great. Wild adventures are even better. While these things have a lasting impact, however, they're things that merely build up experiences -- they may not mould who you are.

One can live a long time without exciting, fascinating, or wild adventures. Take away the ordinary, however, and you can kill a man from the inside.

Leave it to U2 to bring out the grandeur in the mundane. Leave it to them to show you a subtle high in a truth that can otherwise be darkly neurotic. Leave it to U2 to bring out cheerfully the darkly real themes of life at its end in say, Jason Statham movies. Leave it to a song like this to bring out succinctly, and without developing the context, how people like Benedict Cumberbatch appreciate more vividly the simpler things in life, having survived a bomb blast and a gun to his head. Leave it to U2 and a song like this to bring on a mood lightly, and to express such extrordinary matters in such seemingly lightweight, seemingly ordinary ways.

Leave it to a song like this to bring out a cheerful mood, to show rather than forcefully and dismissably tell that life can be beautiful.

It's a relaxing song. It brings back a lot, and it makes a lot go away.
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200 Runs! Awesome!
 
Hakuba ski resort, Japan

Along this mountain range are nine main ski resorts, with more than 200 runs. About a third of the terrain is considered to be ‘beginner’ level and about a third is ‘advanced’. There are plenty of wide open runs, challenging steep slopes, powdery sections and even some back country areas. From the top, it can take more than an hour to work your way down to the bottom. Restaurants and cafes along the way are perfect places to stop for a rest with a nice hot bowl of ramen.

When I look in the other direction, down the mountain, the Hakuba valley spreads out beneath me. It’s almost as if the whole landscape has been carved out of the earth and designed as the perfect ski destination (nothing would surprise me in Japan). It’s a large flat basin where all the accommodation and other facilities can be collected at the base of the ski runs.

Read more: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/02/hakuba-ski-resort-japan/

#travel   #travelphotography   #travel   #japan    #ski   #snow  
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Corruption impedes progress in Thailand, and workers die in both because of conditions, says US state department's report
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Someone once told a friend:
"Don't be surprised if, one day, you have to decide that your parents can't be a part of your life any more."

Well,... :D

Maybe, he knew:
"Loved ones and friends—sometimes even therapists—who urge reconnecting with a parent often speak as if forgiveness will be a psychic aloe vera, a balm that will heal the wounds of the past. They warn of the guilt that will dog the victim if the perpetrator dies estranged. What these people fail to take into account is the potential psychological cost of reconnecting, of dredging up painful memories and reviving destructive patterns."

“[F]orgiveness is in danger of being debased into a kind of cheap grace, a waiving of standards of justice without which such transactions have no meaning.”
What do we owe our tormentors? It’s a question that haunts those who had childhoods marked by years of neglect and deprivation, or of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of one or both parents. Despite this terrible beginning, many people make it out successfully and go on...
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Faissal aka Md. Faisal Halim

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I'd tell you that what's strongly encouraged but still not required is really nobody's business to try to 'enforce' -- but as for the whole drama with the headscarf, a guy has no business in trying to 'enforce' it on a girl, whether he is bearded or not.

Religion is about fiding ways to live well, and appreciate God, not about picking and enforcing your choices of social norms -- for that is about control, not religion.
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Cool!
 
I am speechless! How is this not viral? Flying a drone into a volcano and filming it? Yep, you read right! The footage is just insane! 
#nature 
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