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Baseball as a road to God

As it turns out, there are 108 Taoist Heavens, 108 beads on a Catholic Rosary and 108 beads on a Buddhist Mala. Also, 108 is said to be the number that somehow unlocks the Zodiac calendar. The kicker, though, is this: there are 108 stitches on a baseball.

The Church Of Baseball By David Larson

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Incredible Contact Juggling

2012 Japan Juggling Festival Championship


mr. div

All hail the GIF king: mr. div.


Snowy Range Perseids Meteor Shower

Time Lapseof the Snowy Range Perseids Meteor Shower. by David Kingham.

You really get the sense that earth is hurtling through space at incredible speeds.

(Actually velocity of the earth through space is somewhere around 1 kilometer per second)


An Underwater Tree in Jiuzhaigou Valley


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Metal Band Name Candidate Of The Week


Stygimoloch (meaning “horned devil from the Styx (river of death)”) is a putative genus of pachycephalosaurid dinosaur from the end of the Cretaceous period, roughly 65 million years ago. It is currently known from the Hell Creek Formation, Ferris Formation, and Lance Formation of the Western Interior (United States), where it lived alongside Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops. It may represent a sub-adult form of Pachycephalosaurus.


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Pleasure in Intelligent Dissent

Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent that in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

– Bertrand Russell

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The archipod is all over the interwebs today, but today seems very small little pod building oriented. Perfect for a little office out back.

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Whiskey Holster

Clearly inspired by my Booze Sling™ this whiskey holster looks more more manly than the nouveau-hobo feel you get from the Booze Sling™.


Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club

With the Rebirth Brass Band.


Pendulum Waves


Magnets and Balls!

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Question Assumptions

So often the traditional methods and means of getting things done are built around assumptions that are either outdated, or don’t apply in a novel situation. Mark Wahlberg was able to shoot several fight scenes, which typically take 20 days each, for a movie whose entire shooting schedule was 35 days. How did he do it? He actually filmed real fights, the same way that HBO films live fights for pay per view.

From 37 signals:

Experts go with what they know. And they’ll often insist something needs to take a long time. But when you don’t have tons of resources, you need to ask if there’s a simpler, judo way to get the impact you desire. Sometimes there’s a better way than the “best” way.

The question becomes, then, how can you tell if there is a simpler way? That is the result of being honest with yourself about what it is you are trying to achieve.

The goal was to make the fights seem real. Not to make them look good. To seem real. Focusing on that changes the requirements.

It enables you to switch mental modes: We aren’t making a movie, we are shooting a fight. That happens all the time, in real time, on TV. When you re-examine your requirements, you can see where there are shortcuts to be made not only because restrictions that previously existed no longer do, but a clearer understanding of the goal enables you to step outside your current domain and re-examine other domains for best practices. In the case of “The Fighter”, the other domain was that of sports television: literally brimming with expertise and best practices around capturing live action in a compelling way.

The enemy isn’t best practices and acquired wisdom, it’s a failure to understand truly what it is your want to achieve, and from there search for expertise in other domains.


Our Lives Are Spent Trying To Pixellate A Fractal.