Friday, December 31

Somebody needs to just put a sock in this guy's mouth!

Aragones worsens row over racism

He told Spanish newspaper El Mundo:
"Reyes is ethnically a gypsy. I have got a lot of gypsy and black friends."
He added:
"All I did was to motivate the gypsy by telling him he was better than the black."

I'm not trying anything groudbreaking just a little "look at me, look at me"

Blogs take on the mainstream

Boondocks & Kwanzaa continued

Ain't no stopping us now. Posted by Hello

Thanks UComics for the daily email!

Thursday, December 30

For All You Lovers Out There

Get Closer to Your Mate in 2005

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Buddha's teachings are so simple and straightforward. If you find them complicated, it is only because you have made them so. You may think, I have a Ph.D. and have amassed all this knowledge, yet I still can't figure out how to begin practicing Dharma. The remedy is to take a good look at your own mind.
Lama Thubten Yeshe, in "Wisdom Energy"

I find this laughable in it's simplicity, absurdity and truthfulness. Buddha's teaching are very simple but to put them into practice ain't so simple, ya know?!

Brazil goes to Spain

Luxemburgo named Madrid coach
Wanderley is going to bring true football to Real Madrid

Roberto Carlos

Got him!

Morientes 'will join Liverpool'

Boondocks & Kwanzaa


Sarcasm & Cynicism from the mouths of babes...

See more photos by bmitd67.

Wednesday, December 29

Big stories of 2004 from Nashville, Tennessee

The year that was

More of 2004 in review

Tennessee's top 10 business stories of 2004

Once upon a time...

this was a regular ol' grade school. I walked to it for 3rd & 4th grades. I learned how to write (cursive), I learned music (we played recorder) and I won a 10-spd bike (magazine subscriptions). Now it's an "alternative learning center".
School takes alternative tack


U.S. Soccer Postpones Start of Training Camp

you'll have to get an ID & password so click here first.

Somebody needs to talk to this kid

Rooney charged over Bolton clash

Political/Social/Religious Question of the Day

Is Christianity under attack in America?

I read that Fox has run a series of reports about this but what piqued my interest was this 2 day conversation on my alumni mailing list.

I just don't see it. Christian conservatives are under attack, maybe, but if you are not following the ideals of Christ you should be attacked (IF you proclaim to be a Christian). Right?

Buddhist Thought of the Day

It is extremely important to investigate the causes or origins of suffering. One must begin that process by appreciating the impermanent, transient nature of our existence. All things, events and phenomena are dynamic, changing every moment, nothing remains static. Meditating on one’s blood circulation could serve to reinforce this idea: the blood is constantly flowing, it never stands still…

More Kwanzaa fun.

Posted by Hello
I just realized I hadn't been trusting "Hello" to post correctly and had been doing more work than necessary on posting these photos. Oh well, you live and learn.

Footie in 04

A year to remember

Movie Best of 2004 - Afro Style

I'm gonna take a stab at this and say that these aren't necessarily the best, they are just the movies that featured Black folk.
The best of black 2004:


Directed by Blacks:
BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS - directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan
NEVER DIE ALONE - directed by Ernest R.Dickerson
WALKING TALL - directed by Kevin Bray
JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION - directed by Christopher Erskin
BAADASSSSS! - directed by Mario Van Peebles
WHITE CHICKS - directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans
SHE HATE ME - directed by Spike Lee
MR.3000 - directed by Charles Stone III
MY BABY'S MAMA - directed by Cheryl Dunye
TAXI - directed by Tim Story
YOU GOT SERVED - directed by Christopher B. Stokes

Boy Wonder needs an attitude adjustment

Sir Alex defends Rooney over Tal Ben Haim pushing incident

Tennessee's own. RIP Reggie

NFL great Reggie White dies at age 43.

Looks like we have a winner

Yushchenko won by more than two million votes

Tuesday, December 28

Janet's Boob

That was the year that was 2004

More classic movies I have to see

National Film Registry adds 25 films to list:
  1. "Ben Hur" (1959)
  2. "The Blue Bird" (1918)
  3. "A Bronx Morning" (1931)
  4. "Clash of the Wolves" (1925)
  5. "The Court Jester" (1956)
  6. "D.O.A" (1950)
  7. "Daughters of the Dust" (1991)
  8. "Duck and Cover" (1951)
  9. "Empire" (1964)
  10. "Enter the Dragon" (1973)
  11. "Eraserhead" (1978)
  12. "Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers" (1980)
  13. "Going My Way" (1944)
  14. "Jailhouse Rock" (1957)
  15. "Kannapolis, NC" (1941)
  16. "Lady Helen's Escapade" (1909)
  17. "The Nutty Professor" (1963)
  18. "OffOn" (1968)
  19. "Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor" (1936)
  20. "Pups is Pups (Our Gang)" (1930)
  21. "Schindler's List" (1993)
  22. "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954)
  23. "Swing Time" (1936)
  24. "There It Is" (1928)
  25. "Unforgiven" (1992)

Happy Kwanzaa, continued.

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Monday, December 27

2004: Review of the year

Have fun with this interactive timeline

Buddhist Thought of the Day

If you really want freedom, happiness will arise
From happiness will come rapture
When your mind is enraptured, your body is tranquil
When your body is tranquil, you will know bliss
Because you are blissful, your mind will concentrate easily
Being concentrated, you will see things as they really are
In so seeing, you will become aware that life is a miracle
Being so aware, you will lose all your attachments
As you cease grasping, so you will be freed.
Digha Nikaya

Now that I am a blog junkie...

10 Things We Learned About Blogs

Happy Kwanzaa. ;-)

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Mr. Popular

Four English clubs eye Morientes

Washington Recount

For those who think their vote doesn't count this decision was made by 130 people, that's less than most people's high school graduating class or less than your church on Sunday morn.


Do Over!

US Style:

County recount gives win to Democrat

Ukraine Style:

Yushchenko: Ukraine finally free

The best of late night TV

Letterman in Iraq: 'Anybody here from out of town?'

More on the DNC Superstar

Obama Lands Three-book Deal with Crown/Random Children's:
Barack Obama, who in January will be the only African American U.S. Senator, has cut a $1.9 million three-book deal with Crown/Random House Children's Books. The contract, which is still pending approval from the Senate Ethics Committee, calls for two adult books and one children's book, for which Obama will receive $1.7 million and $200,000, respectively. The AP reported that the first two volumes--a political treatise and a autobiographical YA story about his growing up to be a senator--will appear in 2006. Crown released Obama's first book, Dreams From My Father, in 1995. After Obama's keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention last summer, the autobiography became a best-seller. Proceeds from the sale of the Random title will be given to charity. Neither the publishers nor the author provided information on the third volume.

Saturday, December 25

Buddhist Thought of the Day

This is the work of those who are skilled and peaceful, who seek the good:
May they be able and upright, straightforward, of gentle speech and not proud.
May they be content and easily supported, unburdened, with their senses calmed.
May they be wise, not arrogant and without desire for the possessions of others.
May they do nothing mean or that the wise would reprove.

May all things be happy.
May they live in safety and joy.
Metta Suta

Friday, December 24

Are you positive or negative?

In my current, and seemingly perpetual, quest for self improvement I came across a book called Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming fatigue, Stress & Fear Into Vibrance, Strength & Love (Judith Orloff, MD).

I've only glanced through it but I did find this one passage where she defines positive people.

positive People(Persons) Are:
  • Committed to developing compassion toward themselves and others, and having an open heart
  • Courageous about following their dreams
  • Authentic; they believe in themselves, even when the world is crumbling around them
  • Aware of their dark side and are trying to heal it
  • Willing to learn from their mistakes
Positive People(Persons) Aren't:
  • Obsessed with seeming perfect or positive all the time
  • Beating themselves to a pulp over their shortcomings or floundering in a black hole of pessimism
  • Constantly mired in fear or tolerant of letting their hearts harden
  • Squeaky-clean do-gooders who neglect their own well-being
  • Saccharine pleasers who ignore their dark side and unconsciously act it out at the expense of others
Now I'm sure most of us are a mixture, or, at the least, not all points apply all the time. I know I am trying very hard to be aware of my dark side which can sometimes include, "beating themselves(myself) to a pulp over their shortcomings or floundering in a black hole of pessimism," and heal it.

She speaks about "Energy Vampires" a lot, which seem to be people, places and situations that zap your energy, replacing your positive with negative.

I am still learning.

This is crazy!

Colombian coach left paralyzed after shooting

Good luck my friends.

Nigerian FA given major overhaul

Thursday, December 23

Recipe for a Healthy Christmas Season

I know this is cheesy but hey! It's Christmas!
  • Start with a heaping scoop of simplicity. Though some cools prefer to use perfection as the primary ingredient, most people find that it leaves a bitter aftertaste.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of holiday cheer and 1/4 cup of Christmas spirit.
  • Add a cup of the milk of human kindness.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup each of thoughts, wishes and memories, then warm in the heart till bubbly & delicious.
  • Season with generosity, garnish with a sprig of mistletow and serve with hugs & kisses.

Tuesday, December 21

Stephen King's Movies of the Year

10. Red Lights
9. The Bourne Supremacy
8. Collateral
7. The Incredibles
6. Shrek 2
5. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Fahrenheit 9/11
3. Manchurian Candidate
2. Dawn of the Dead
1. Maria Full of Grace

from EW 12/24/04

Buddhist Thought of the Day - Mental Non-Virtues

Even though the training in ethics takes many forms, the ethics of abandoning the ten non-virtues is their basis. Of the ten non-virtues, three pertain to bodily actions, four to verbal actions, and three to mental actions.

The three mental non-virtues are:
  1. Covetousness: thinking, "May this become mine," desiring something that belongs to another.
  2. Harmful intent: wishing to injure others, be it great or small injury.
  3. Wrong view: viewing some existent thing, such as rebirth, cause and effect, or the Three Jewels*, as non-existent.
The opposite of these ten non-virtues are the ten virtues, and engaging in them is called the practice of ethics.

*The core of Buddhism: Buddha, his doctrine (Dharma), and the Spiritual Community.

The financial costs of Racism

Spanish federation hit with fine for racism

Other items from the FIFA Gala

Presidential Award for Haiti, Fair Play Award to Brazil

Women's player: Birgit Prinz
Most improved team: China
Team of the year: Brazil

The greatest player in the World!

The wonder of Ronaldinho
If you don't believe me, watch this:
Zidane vs Ronaldinho(a compilation of the 03 Player of the Year and the 2004 Play of the Year)

In addition to producing hundreds of TV commercials in the last year, Film House also produced our first independent feature film, "No Regrets". (

"No Regrets" has its world television premiere next Monday. We hope you enjoy it! (And please help us promote "No Regrets" by forwarding this email to friends and family who might be interested.)



Curt Hahn
Film House, Inc.
810 Dominican Drive
Nashville, TN 37228

Monday, December 20


Woman barred from men's football


Ronaldinho wins Fifa player award

Robinho, the new Pelé

Random Articles about the Santos Champ:

This is what I call a strong endorsement

FIFA president Sepp Blatter tips Henry for FIFA award

I'll vote for him just based on his wardrobe!

He tries again.

Glazer considers new Man Utd bid

Good player going to waste?

Liverpool bid 3.5m (pounds) for Morientes

Sunday, December 19

Buddhist Thought of the Day

To have your mind set on calmness, you must take power over sleepiness, drowsiness and lethargy. There is no place for laziness and no recourse for pride.

Friday, December 17

Thursday, December 16

Jai's Place - updated for the season

Check out the short but sweet year end reports...
Jai's Place :: Last Month of the Year Edition

Title IX, the Mexican version.

Woman signs for Mexico men's team

Big ups to my high school classmate

From Tennessean music writer Nicole Keiper via Brad Schmitt's column:

If Nashville-born singer Laura Cantrell hasn't landed on your radar before, she's sure fixin' to now. Influential indie-rock label Matador (responsible for indie mainstays such as Guided By Voices, Interpol and Pavement) just announced her addition to its roster.

For perspective: Matador's pretty much to indie rock what Coke is to soda. Her first Matador release is slated for release next spring.

The New York transplant is a traditional country singer who draws comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. She has toured with Elvis Costello, and brilliant, legendary and recently departed BBC DJ John Peel called her first CD ''my favorite record of the last ten years and possibly my life.''

Keep an ear out.

Stand up for your rights!

I hope she's doing the right thing.
Jones files lawsuit against Conte

Wednesday, December 15

Please don't buy these bad boys up b4 I get a chance.

NEW RAD T'S: in case you didn't notice the big-ass banner to your left, we quietly launched our winter 2005 line of t-shirts which takes us around the globe and back in the name of unity. click here to get yours now. stay tuned for the next batch of worldwide rad - including the long awaited track suits!
RAD Store

rope*a*dope Records sale

REDUNKULOUS CD SALE: moving the old, making way for the new. slashing and burning all cd prices. get any ropeadope record for $9.99, and get up on two of our favorite djs - logic (presenting project logic) and king britt (philly exp. remixed) for only 5.99! our prices are insane! load up and load out. click here for yours.

rope*a*dope store

I love it!

Man Utd considering Africa trip

Ol Dirty was doing some dirty!

Coroner: O.D.B. died of drug mixture4

Looks like we're getting a baseball stadium.

Will ballpark make SoBro soar?

A start

Spain coach faces racism inquiry by Spanish Footbal Federation

Tuesday, December 14

Big Discipline!

UEFA ban Angulo for seven games

It's interesting to see the influence of the governing body of Soccer compared with that of pro football, baseball and basketball. We are almost shocked when we hear from the NFL Commissioner's office but hearing fro FIFA or UEFA seems so normal. I guess it's an American thing...

Google to the Rescue

Google Announces Plans to Digitize Public Library Holdings:
Google announces a plan to make the collections of some of the world's leading libraries available on the Web. Google will scan and digitize material, creating a huge virtual library for books, research papers and special collections.

McCain: 'No confidence' in Rumsfeld - Dec 14, 2004

I have strenuously argued for larger troop numbers in Iraq, including the right kind of troops -- linguists, special forces, civil affairs, etc...There are very strong differences of opinion between myself and Secretary Rumsfeld on that issue.
John McCain, R-Arizona.

Discipline in Sports.

Celtic's Camara suspended

Netflix, the greatest invention of the Digital Age!

I'll stick with Netflix

Sign up for the Trib
Use a fake ID & password.

"If you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something more."


Holy Moly Batman!

Blockbuster dropping late fees as of Jan. 1

I worked at BB Video for several years and "extended rental fees" were a HUGE part of the business. It's hard to imagine they did this instead of dropping prices...considering how easily rental copies pay for themselves!

A $20.00 DVD, which BBV probably gets for $15; if it rents 5x at $4.00 or so, everything after that is profit. Add late fees and you are getting an additional $2 per copy. If they drop the price it will take more rentals but the potential for charging late fees remains whereas without late fees they potential for loss due to copies not on the shelf and stolen merch increases.

Seems like a really odd choice.

Top 5 Reasons Why Blogs Are Important

5. Can magically turn gossip to fact
4. Give teens a new way to complain
3. Abbreviations like "obvs"
2. Let you know what Ed ate for lunch
1. Give you something to read at work

compiled by The Screen Savers (G4TechTV)

Buddhist Thought of the Day - Verbal Non-Virtues

Even though the training in ethics takes many forms, the ethics of abandoning the ten non-virtues is their basis. Of the ten non-virtues, three pertain to bodily actions, four to verbal actions, and three to mental actions.

The four verbal non-virtues are:

1. Lying: deceiving others through spoken words or physical gestures.
2. Divisiveness: creating dissension by causing those in agreement to disagree still further.
3. Harshness: abusing others.
4. Senselessness: talking about foolish things motivated by desire and so forth.

The opposite of these ten non-virtues are the ten virtues, and engaging in them is called the practice of ethics.

Monday, December 13

News I slept on.

50 Cent Involved In Scuffle At Airport In Nigeria

Bravo! Shevchenko!

Shevchenko voted Europe's finest

The home team
The player
The nation

For all my blog geeks!

2004 Weblog Awards

He is a Hero, no matter what they say!

Calls for Marley to be named hero

The Nominees are in

Foxx bags Golden Globes hat-trick

What an ass!

Swazi king splashes on luxury car

They attacked the Virgin Mary!

Beckham Nativity scene attacked

2 in a row!

UNAM have won their second Mexican title in a row, which is a first in the history of the Primera División Nacional, as no club had ever managed to successfully defend a championship.

Saturday, December 11

Soldier says he, Rumsfeld talked about armor in '03

When a fellow Tennessee National Guardsman raised a pointed question to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld this week, Iraq war veteran Brandon Sandrell was proud.

It wasn't the first time the defense chief had been personally quizzed by a Guardsman about the lack of armor for Guard vehicles in the war zone.

TSU candidate ignored blacks' concerns at his school, report says

A semifinalist for Tennessee State University's top job has been criticized on the campus where he works for ignoring the concerns of African-American programs and faculty members.

Handy Williamson, a University of Missouri-Columbia administrator in charge of minority affairs, was singled out in a report commissioned by the university last April as being ''indifferent and sometimes hostile to African-American concerns.''

Buddhist Thought of the Day

How boundless and free is the sky of Awareness!
How bright the full moon of wisdom!
Truly, is anything missing now?
Nirvana is right here, before our eyes; this very place is the Lotus Land; this very body, the Buddha.
Hakuin Zenji, Song of Zazen

Friday, December 10

Don't you love irony with your sports commentary?

The Unofficial Notre Dame Coaching Search

A very odd but entertaining set of Top 10 Lists

Yop 10 College Football Helmets

Top 10 Logo Helmets
Top 10 Letter Helmets

A global sport that understands the global issues

FIFA and WHO join forces to promote a Human Rights approach to HIV/AIDS: 'HIV/AIDS - Stand Up for Human Rights'

Now, this sounds like a tourney!

As of 2005, the Toyota Cup, traditionally a one-off match between the champions of Europe and South America, will take on a whole new dimension when it becomes the "FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005", disputed by the champion clubs from all six continents.

Africa, land of football powerhouses

We'll see two African teams in 2010 semi-finals

And the winners are:

World Soccer Mag's Top 10 coaches, players & teams

Coach of the year - Jose Mourinho (FC Porto/Chelsea)
Player - Ronaldinho (Barcelona, Brazil)
Team - Greece National Team

So, it's not just Spain, England and Germany...

S.S. Lazio must play their next European home game behind closed doors as punishment for the racist behaviour of their supporters in a UEFA Cup tie last month.

Spain is cracking down on the facist (or racist) bastards...or something like that

Aragones faces disciplinary case

Jigga got richa

Rapper Jay-Z becomes Def Jam boss

Fight the Power.

James Brown has prostate cancer

If they don't get my time, I pitch a pregnant dog.

First Hand Account of playing with Ray Charles.
Perfection was drummer's sole mission. Ray Charles moved to his own beat, demanded that others do the same
By JOHN BRYANT / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

With Ray's generation of jazz musicians, every time on a stage was a contest to see who could cut it and who couldn't. There was no forgiving or forgetting. Ray demanded that a musician play with his tempo and dynamics, and be able to read music and improvise. You had to be comfortable with rock, pop, blues, country, and most important, jazz. And so, there was a price to pay if you hit a wrong note, played too loudly or, if you're the drummer, failed to attach your mind and soul to his feet. The punishment was immediate, usually delivered with a quick upper body turn in a burst of fury. He combined hot directives with a look that burned a hole through you and made you freeze at the same time. If the drummer listened to his own clock instead of watching those size 10s ... look out! That's why drumming for Ray was considered to be a hazardous endeavor. And because Ray had to know whether you were watching him, he was known to speed up or slow down, just to make sure you were with him. On Ray's stage, it had to be played his way.

Go here for the rest.

It is a signup site so go here for your id & password.

John Bryant lives in Dallas and is 52. He is a music producer, drummer and co-owner of a music production company, Bryant-Hames Music. He is also a member of D'Drum, a world music percussion group.

Thursday, December 9

Nike & Freddy to the rescue

Adu helps out
D.C. United player Freddy Adu (left) demonstrates an exercise with Adaiah Brown of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington on December 8, 2004. Adu was at the club as part of a Nike afterschool event.
(Nike/Max Taylor/Associated Press)
How many "Swoosh Stripes" can you find?

I'm gonna cancel my Spanish citizenship!

Racism continues
Espanyol's Antonio Alvarez (left) tries to calm the team's goalkeeper Carlos Idris Kameni of Cameroon, after a section of the crowd shouted racist remarks at him during a Spanish La Liga match against Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain on December 5, 2004.
(EFE/Javier Cebollada/Associated Press)

OK. I don't actually have Spanish citizenship but still! Damn!

Sniffle, sniffle. She's gone.

Hamm bows out for US

See also: Football's Most Famous Female

This is cool.

klnX: The Open Swahili Localization Project

Stupid Kids!

Gunman kills Pantera guitarist on stage

And he got a Yellow Card too

Soccer Player Loses Finger On Fence While Celebrating Goal

The end of an era...

Hamm, Foudy retire in style

Wednesday, December 8

On This Day 1928

Jimmy Smith born

On This Day 1980

John Lennon shot dead

As if we expected anything less...but you know I'll be there

'Blade: Trinity' an unholy mess

Official Site

If this was all you had to do in academia, I'd be there tomorrow!

Dude -- professor studies 'dude'

Bush Joke of the Day

The President, the First Lady and Dick Cheney are flying on Air Force One.

George looks at Laura, chuckles and says, "You know, I could throw a $1,000.00 bill out the window right now and make somebody very happy." Laura shrugs her shoulders and says, "Well, I could throw ten $100.00 bills out the window and make 10 people very happy." Cheney says, "Of course then, I could throw one-hundred $10.00 bills out the window and make a hundred people very happy."

The pilot rolls his eyes, looks at all of them and says to his co-pilot, "Such bigshots back there.....hell, I could throw all of them out the window and make 56 million people very happy."

Remember it's a joke. I do not endorse throwing people out of a plane. I do endorse dropping money from a plane

Tuesday, December 7

Brother Tavis Speaks Out!

10 Questions For Tavis Smiley

Shame on you NPR! Shame. Shame on you!

47th Grammy Nominees

Welcome to the Year of Kanye

Ray Charles is nominated abunch of times for a crappy album. Ray deserves so much more!

On a personal note...Nashville Symphony is nominated for 2 awards including Best Classical Album

Who's ready to wager on the winners?

President Mbeki's blood rejected b/c he's Black

We have a very strict protocol to follow," South African National Blood Service (SANBS) director of technical services Ravi Reddy told the Sunday Independent newspaper.

"We had to take a decision whether to abort bleeding the president, which would have been a disaster from a publicity point of view, or whether to draw blood and then dispose of it," Mr Reddy said.

May the Best Man Win, Please.

High turnout in Ghana's election

Well this explains alot!!

Studies: Lost sleep equals gained weight

Why has no progress been made here?

Annan: Chaos looms in Darfur

Good luck Mr. President.

Karzai sworn in as Afghan leader

I hope this guy isn't a tool.

To learn more about where Karzai is from pick up the new National Geographic, which has an article about the Pustan.

Monday, December 6

Congrats to the happy couple!

Laura Dern Delivers

As long as it doesn't stop the flow

New Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick wants television replays to help referees.

Who's your choice?

2004 BBC African Footballer of the Year
Stephen Appiah - Ghana and Juventus
Didier Drogba - Ivory Coast and Chelsea
Samuel Eto'o Fils - Cameroon and Barcelona
Obafemi Martins - Nigeria and Inter Milan
Jay-Jay Okocha - Nigerian and Bolton Wanderers

What the hell is wrong with you people!? Idiots! The whole lot of you!

Abanda anger over Czech racism

This is so sad. She's talented, she's beautiful and she's a cheater (maybe).

Jones medals 'must go if guilty'

Harry Reid, I think I like this guy.

Dems' new Senate leader criticizes Justice Thomas
"I cannot dispute the fact, as I have said, that this is one smart guy," Reid said of Scalia. "And I disagree with many of the results that he arrives at, but his reasons for arriving at those results are very hard to dispute."

Speaking of Buddhism and Christ

I am reading this great book right now. The book is called Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Best Pal by Christopher Moore.

If you don't like your Jesus stories told irreverently, don't bother, but if you think there is more to the story than we've been told or if you have heard and like John Prine's "Jesus, The Missing Years" you are gonna love this book. It's funny. It's told from the perspective of Jesus' childhood friend and from the perspective of this same person who's been dead for 2000 years. It's insightful. The purpose seems to be to flesh out the years between Jesus challenging the Pharisee and his return to be baptized. It makes Jesus into a real person not a mythological character...he thinks, he feels, he wonders, he has friends and family.

I don't know if it's completely accuate, historically, but it works for my level of knowledge of the history of world in that era. Like I said it's quite irrevernt but it maintains the general principal all Christians believe - Jesus was the Son of God and the Messiah.

Buddhist Thought of the Day - Ethics

The 1st of the Four Noble Truths is the "Truth of Suffering", the 2nd is "absolute understanding" (Loosely translated). The following is related to the law of cause and effect and the the law of Karma which will help us understand our attachment to desire:

Even though the training in ethics takes many forms, the ethics of abandoning the ten non-virtues is their basis. Of the ten non-virtues, three pertain to bodily actions, four to verbal actions, and three to mental actions.

The three physical non-virtues are:

1. Taking the life of a living being: ranging from killing an insect to killing a human.

2. Stealing: taking away another's property without his consent, regardless of its value, whether the deed is done by oneself or through another.

3. Sexual misconduct: committing adultery.

The opposite of these ten non-virtues are the ten virtues, and engaging in them is called the practice of ethics.

The interesting thing I've discovered while studying Buddhism is how similar Christ's teachings are to Buddhist teachings.

Quirkiest News of 2004

Quirkiest News of 2004:
10. Bloodthirsty Bedbugs Stage Comeback in U.S., Europe
9. Ancient Olympics Mixed Naked Sports, Pagan Partying
8. Unknown Life of Lobsters: Sex, Robots, and Beyond
7. Camel Spiders: Behind an E-Mail Sensation From Iraq
6. Huge, Freed Pet Pythons Invade Florida Everglades
5. Alien Contact More Likely by "Mail" Than Radio, Study Says
4. Hobbit-Like Human Ancestor Found in Asia
3. "Brain" in Dish Flies Simulated Fighter Jet
2. Cat Cloning Offered to Pet Owners
1. Herring Break Wind to Communicate, Study Suggests

Saturday, December 4

This is crazy!

Faith-Based DVRs? Maybe If Congress Has Its Way

Is It a Stroke?

Is It a Stroke?

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately,the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
Ask the individual to smile.
Ask him or her to raise both arms.
Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

Remember if they can't smile, raise their arms and speak a simple sentence......CALL 911

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The darkness of ages cannot shroud the glowing sun;
The long eons of Samsara never can hide the Mind's brilliant Light.
Tilopa, The Song of Mahamudra

Friday, December 3

League Leaders

Finally something else on my Top 10 of 2004!

This has been a really hard year finding disks for my Top 10 and I've probably bought more CDs this year than in many years.

In the next few weeks I'll put together a list but here's my new entry. Listen here:
Buy here: Tower Records

Oh, it's called Tangle Eye - Alan Lomax's Southern Journey Remixed

And who said money doesn't bring happiness?!?!

Magistrate orders Powerball winner's arrest

The Details : Selections from 2004 MLS Expansion Draft

Chivas USA:

1. MF Arturo Torres (from Los Angeles)
2. Def. Orlando Perez (from Chicago)
3. Def. Ezra Hendrickson (from DC United)
4. MF Francisco Gomez (from Kansas City)
5. Def. Antonio de la Torre (from Colorado)
6. Striker Matt Taylor (from Kansas City)
7. Def. Craig Ziadie (from MetroStars)
8. Striker Jamil Walker (from San Jose)
9. Striker Thiago Martins (from DC United)
10. Def. Jeff Stewart (from Colorado)

Real Salt Lake:

1. MF Andy Williams (from Chicago)
2. GK D.J. Countess (from Chicago)
3. MF Pablo Brenes (from MetroStars)
4. MF Brian Kamler (from New England)
5. Def. Nelson Akwari (from Columbus)
6. Striker/MF Chris Brown (from San Jose)
7. Def. Matt Behncke (from Dallas)
8. Def. Rusty Pierce (from New England)
9. MF Kevin Ara (from DC United)
10. Striker Erick Scott (from Columbus)

Mixing it up in the MLS

MLS Expansion Teams Stock Up

And so it continues

Eto'o targeted by racist chants

Speaking of religious conservatives...

The Religious Right's Rise, on Film an NPR story

Do you think the religious conservatives had anything to do with this?

Abstinence courses flawed - Dec 2, 2004

More downloading madness

Napster creator reveals next step

December Movie news

2004 Preview: December