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Saturday, October 12, 2002

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 Saturday, October 12, 20022002-10-12 22:44
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  • What makes people self-organize? Well, when I ask people, the successful examples I hear are when people have a well-defined shared purpose, and most particularly when there is a common threat. Like, someone just reminded me that when my favorite TV show Farscape got cancelled by the sci-fi channel recently, the loyal fans very quickly organized a huge Save Farscape campaign, involving coordinated letter writing, faxing, phone calls, petitions, t-shirts, demonstrations, media coverage, etc., to try to change it. And we're talking about "just" a tv-show. Nobody's physically threatened or anything. It is not about life or death, or money or jobs or personal security. Just a bunch of people who happen to agree on something. That's a powerful thing.

  • Greg Smith is 13 years old and a senior in college. He's a genius. And he's an activist for world peace. He's getting peace schools built in Kenya, libraries in Rwanda, centers for children at risk in Brazil.

  • A fun essay about the Leidenfrost Effect (in PDF format) describes the scientific principle that makes it possible to put one's hand into molten lead, pour liquid nitrogen into one's mouth, or walk with bare feet over burning coals. I've tried the latter, but the author is crazy enough to attempt the first two as well, in the name of science, and he ended up with some scars, burned feet and damaged teeth from all three, from when he got too casual about it. Most fun is his final suggestion that physics students should be required to walk across burning coals at the final exam. If their belief in physics is big enough, they will be unharmed. If not, they will have badly burned feet.

  • This just in: Terror bombing in Bali. My friend Vila who lives there writes: "An explosion occurred and people died, and on one hand it is terrible what has happened, there is compassion here and alot of feelings of sadness and others. We each react to what happens in our lives in our own individual ways depending on where we are at, thats it. There is no judgment about the reaction. There are no rules and no wrong choices, from my point of view. Sometimes stepping back and sometimes fighting back is of the highest order, only you can know whats true for you in each moment."

    Where your talents and the needs of the world cross lies your calling. -- Aristotle


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    18 Oct 2002 @ 11:49 by gyrfalcon : What a sizzler!!!!
    Yep Ming I must say Farscape is ace. I just wonder what country it's a product of, I know Jim Henson makes the creatures but many of the actors seem to be New Zealanders I think. Perhaps the web-site will answer my question.  


    18 Oct 2002 @ 13:40 by ming : Farscape
    Yeah, it is Australian. Very impressive. And, hey, Chiana is my favorite character.  


    19 Oct 2002 @ 07:42 by gyrfalcon : But is?...
    Ben Browder American or is that a transatlantic twang? Well yeh she's good but I like Zhann.  


    20 Oct 2002 @ 07:25 by gyrfalcon : Furthermore...
    I guess that this show was taken off the Sci-fi channel because the Americans didn't like it that much. I personally took to this program from day one( I think it was first shown in UK starting in Jan2000 ) I take it that the show is not back on? Anyway, when Startrek was first shown it didn't take off that well in USA, first it was reccomended that they get shut of Spock as his ears would put people off? ;)  


    20 Oct 2002 @ 14:17 by ming : Farscape
    I think it was just too expensive for the Sci-Fi channel to finance on their own, compared with what they were getting back, and they didn't figure out how to syndicate it.

    As far as I know, they've dismantled the set and everything. But there are talks of feature movies, games, and other ways of continuing it.

    Yeah, Ben Browder is American.  



    23 Oct 2002 @ 05:14 by gyrfalcon : You have 1023 comments this makes 1024!
    I saw it on Monday and was still entertained. Zhaan is no longer in it, I have missed some of them a lot I got most of Epsiode 1 and 2 so there are gaps in the story.well I don't know what will happen with it, there is some catching up to do and plenty of time to do it in. When I wrote this track it was about going down a worm-hole into another dimension, maybe I could sell it to farscape as backing music?

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