October 2005

Thanks for photo Jaya Murari


Found on the web:

This should be proof enough, we don’t always see what we think we see.

If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green. Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating if you’re lucky!

It’s amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don’t disappear. This should be proof enough, we don’t always see what we think we see.


Alex Chadwick Explores Vrindavan, India, and Its Role on Hindus’ Beliefs in the Afterlife

Washington, D.C. — Is there really heaven on earth? For the latest NPR/National Geographic “Radio Expeditions” series, “Geography of Heaven,” Alex Chadwick explores Vrindavan, India, an ancient town south of Delhi that is regarded by devotees of the Hindu god Krishna as the most sacred place on earth.

“Radio Expeditions: Geography of Heaven – Vrindavan” will air on Morning Edition October 31, November 1 and November 2.

Using state-of-the-art digital stereo audio equipment, “Radio Expeditions'” travels beyond the motorbikes and diesel engines of 21st century Vrindavan and ventures through the city’s countless shrines celebrating Krishna and inside the temples built by maharajas to experience Krishna traditions and rituals during the Hindu New Year.

Enriching the three-part series will be an extensive Radio Expeditions section on NPR.org providing additional information, photos, soundscapes and transcripts. Chadwick also shares his Vrindavan experience in a feature in the November 2005 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Lots of entities really enjoy Halloween, like this cat fashioned from a gourd by my wife.

For others, it can be a very stressful time.

This post is not for the faint hearted or faint faithed. It will take some mental energy so some carbo loading may be in order before beginning. Carbo loading has been going on for a long time, as has been discovered recently.

From “Oldest Noodles Unearthed In China”:”The remains of the world’s oldest noodles have been unearthed in China. The 50cm-long, yellow strands were found in a pot that had probably been buried during a catastrophic flood.

Radiocarbon dating of the material taken from the Lajia archaeological site on the Yellow River indicates the food was about 4,000 years old…”

Okay, now that the body is fed, let us feed the mind. You know you must be onto something when they start intelligently parodying you.

From “Origin of the Novel Species Noodleous doubleous: Evidence for Intelligent Design”:


Penne Rigate will spontaneously insert itself into Rigatoni (order pasta) under liquid to gas transition conditions of H2O to create the previously unobserved species Noodleous doubleous. The estimated probability of this spontaneous generation event is too low to be explained by thermodynamics and therefore apparently represents intelligent design…”

The key here is to read the article, enjoy it, but then follow the The AND-Multiplication Error link. (okay, one side trip into the Flying Spaghetti Monster allowed.)

This time around it’s trips to the library,
reading everything catalogued
under bitterness and redemption.
Listening to piano adagios
in C sharp minor.

Viewing a subtitled film about releasees
from a state run institution
adjusting to life in normal land,
learning to shop and talk
without dizziness and anxiety.

Watching peony blooms
tinge brown and drop;
a growing pattern of dung
splatters under the robin’s nest
in the garage rafters.

Breathing soft air
of cushioned descent;
having been here before
it’s easier to believe
this doesn’t exist.

“Tonight OnQ


Also Tonight: OnQ contributor Dave Crawley tours the mystical Palace of Gold, an exotic temple built in honor of Hari Krishna founder Srila Prabhupada at New Vindraban, West Virginia.

And: OnQ viewers can attend a Krishna wedding at New Vindraban – as seen through the lens of producer/photographer/editor Dave Forstate. ”

Surprising well done and pleasant segments. The wedding one included interviews with a lot of gurukulis and their curent thinking.

Photo courtesy of Jaya Murari

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