Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"Help Adam do a crazy thing and make the world less crazy"

From Adam:

"Hi everyone:

"In January I'll be racing a tuktuk from South India to Nepal for a good cause. Yes, I know it's crazy to race an rickety three-wheeled taxi 2500 miles across the entire subcontinent, but it's for a great charity.

"We're raising $5000 for Mercy Corps, an organization devoted to alleviating suffering, poverty, and oppression by providing disaster relief funds to rebuild communities in places like Darfur and Bangladesh. My hope is that by doing something crazy and getting your support, we can help Mercy Corps make the world a little less crazy. So, please support them by donating here: http://www.quakecitymadcaps.com/donate.html. All donors get a personal hand written postcard from India. And all donations made through PayPal will be matched 100% by an anonymous donor.

"Bay Area friends, please save the date for Sunday, Dec 9th. My teammates and I are having a fundraising party at ShineSF (http://www.rickshaw08.com/). We'll be having a slient auction (lots of art by local artist and restaurant gift certificates, perfect for xmas), raffles (there will be a chance to pie me in the face), bhangra dancing, and bollywood movies.



"PS: You can read more about Mercy Corps at: http://www.mercycorps.org/"

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Happy independence day.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Recommended tags

Material on the Recommended blog is accumulating, so did some categorizing. Highlights:


war poetry

philosophical stories

quotes about love


To come: Mongolian poetry, obscure poetry, and potentially copyright-infringing stories!

Image from Wikipedia

It's either glamour photography or crime scene photography.

Monday, November 12, 2007


"If Drownproofing is so good, why isn't it taught at every local pool?

"That is one of the world's great mysteries, but here are some possible explanations. Fred Lanoue invented his technique when television was in its infancy and the Internet hadn't been thought of. He wrote a book, but didn't have modern methods for gaining widespread publicity. Drownproofing doesn't fit with the conventional lifesaving and swimming establishment. It isn't altruistic - you can only save yourself and it isn't a sport which can win medals. It is difficult to convince people that staying afloat is so easy until they have seen a demonstration and tried it for themselves."


Thursday, November 08, 2007


A friend forwarded to me this link:


Pavlina is using "solipsism" as a belief, a firm belief that my consciousness is the only consciousness in existence. I use "solipsism" as an absence of belief, esentially agnosticism towards all of reality. My consciousness might be the only consciousness in existence, or it might not be; I do not and cannot know.

Within formal circles of philosophical study, Pavlina's usage would be termed "metaphysical solipsism;" my usage would be termed "epistemological solipsism."