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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Philosophical Liberty and Happiness .... -- If you can afford it, it might set you free! The description ... "10-volume set, .... a truly global encyclopedia of metaphysical thought--not just philosophy, but theology as well. Although it has noticeable British and American sensibilities, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a multicultural affair with over 2,000 individual articles, including entries for Cheng Hao and Baal Shem Tov along with René Descartes and Immanuel Kant, and it discusses Mahayana Buddhism as ably as it discusses deconstruction theory. Admirable efforts have been made by the individual contributors (all 1,300-plus of them) to maintain such clarity of presentation as to provide a sophisticated yet accessible intellectual primer that requires only a willingness to learn. This is the philosophic equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary, doubling as an indispensable reference and a marvelously indulgent splurge."


Further description: Product Description: "The most exciting, ambitious international philosophy project in many years, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy [REP] brings philosophy reference into the 21st century.

General Editor Edward Craig, with the assistance of 30 specialist subject editors, has compiled over 2,000 entries--thematic, biographical and national--ranging from 500 to 15,000 words in length, written by over 1200 renowned authors from all over the world. REP offers in-depth coverage of vast scope. In addition to covering the core of most Anglo-American philosophy--the metaphysical, epistemological and logical questions, REP provides thorough, expert treatments of world philosophies, including the philosophies and major thinkers of India, Africa and Latin America, as well as Chinese, Arabic and Jewish philosophy. REP brings philosophy reference up to date with entries on new concepts,developing schools and systems and new thinking about older themes. Authoritative, detailed entries cover everything from Heraclitus to Chinese Marxism, from medieval philosophy to philosophies of science, gender, postmodernism, and much, much more.

The preeminient names in the field have contributed to this project: William Alston, Roderick Chisholm, Fred Dretske, Joel Feinberg, Sandra Harding, Larry Laudan, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Popkin, Richard Rorty, Alan Ryan, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Stephen Stich, Patrick Suppes and Bernard Williams, to name just a few.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is the unrivalled source of reference for teachers and students of philosophy. For more information on this ground-breaking project, please contact our New York office."

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 08:37 PM CST [Link] [1 Comment]

Did you know that Routledge is re-issuing The Psycho-Biology of Language by George Kingsley Zipf? Definitely worh a look .... there's also a rumor that they're coming out with an entire series of titles by luminaries such as Jean Piaget, Otto Rank, James Hillman, Erich Fromm, Karen Horney and Susan Isaacs ...

[The entire 202 Volumes International Library of Psychology is a kind of pricey affair with 81600 pages and a price tag to match ... If you're Bill Gates ... or maybe just minor corporate president, it might set you mind at ease ... or if you REALLY REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT REALLY SMART PEOPLE THOUGHT ABOUT ... == Punch it Chewey!]


Do check out George Zipf ... it will assist in your search for intellectual liberty ... Does anyone rember what Philology is all about?

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

According to CNN, reporting on Sunday's online edition of Nature Medicine, sildenafil citrate - The V- Drug .. is good for big (enlarged) hearts hearts. -- the story says "sildenafil citrate, blocked and even reversed some of the heart enlargement in mice with blood pressure stress, said researchers led by Dr. David A. Kass of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. ... Kass said sildenafil blocks the action of an enzyme called PDE5A, which helps break down a molecule known as cyclic GMP. This molecule helps the heart resist stresses and enlargement, researchers said, so protecting it from being broken down allows it to continue the heart-healthy work. Sildenafil has proved useful in erectile dysfunction because PDE5A also is involved in the relaxation of blood vessels ..." awesome !!!

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Happiness is a Toro 38025 1800 Power Curve Snow Thrower-- Carl says this -- it "can make that job a lot less arduous and time-consuming. Powered by a 12 amp electric motor, the Power Curve can clear 4 inches of snow off a 50-by-20-foot driveway in 10 minutes flat. The thrower cuts to a depth of 10 inches and width of 18 inches per pass. A patented two-blade curved rotor scrapes the snow all the way to the pavement and throws it up to 30 feet. The chute rotates 160 degrees, too, for better snow control. Best of all, the Power Curve is lightweight, compact, and maneuverable. Startups are easy. Just squeeze the trigger on the control bar, then release it when you want to stop. A key lock helps prevent unauthorized use, so you don't have to worry about kids, or even the neighbor borrowing it without permission. With the Power Curve, snow removal is quick and easy, so you can spend your time on more important things, like having snowball fights. " -- Neat -- thanks for the commentary Carl ... if it snows it shows ... that Snow thrower is they way to go ...

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Google AdSense - Giving it a try

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Friday, January 21, 2005

IS Fibrinolytics and Antifibrinolytics by F. Bachmann worth the money -- $439 ???- The product description says: This book covers basic aspects of the molecular biology, biochemistry and pharmacology of the plasminogen-plasmin (fibrinolytic) system. Individual chapters, written by well-known experts in the field, are devoted to plasminogen and its activation, the tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA), the urinary-type-plasminogen activator (uPA), inhibitors of the fibrinolytic system, and the assembly of fibrinolytic constituents on cell surfaces. The major part of the book deals with the therapeutic use of thrombolytic agents in myocardial infarction, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, peripheral arterial occlusions and stroke. The newest thrombolytic agents are discussed in depth. Results of major clinical trials up to the end of 1999 are critically evaluated. The volume is a modern up-to-date presentation of the entire field of the treatment of arterial and venous thromboses with thrombolytic agents.

Are Fibrinolytics, plasminogen, thrombolytic agents, thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism worth knowing more about? you decide ...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Where have we seen the mitochondria earlier? It appears we've seen it in several places ... [more]

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Did some one say Botticelli, Dante, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Masaccio, Giotto, Cellini? The Art of Florence by Glenn Andres, John Hunisak, and Richard Turner is striking ... and is a lot cheaper than flying to Italy to visit Florence ... a reviewer describes it "There are two volumes and over 1,300 pages. Volume 1 begins with a brief essay on Florence's prelude to greatness (59 B.C. 0 A.D. 1200). Then the book is organized into sections of varying size: Civic Price and Prosperity (1200 - 1340), An Age of Crisis (1340-1400), Images of a Free Republic (The Early 15th Century), and The Era of Cosimo De' Medici (1430-69). Volume two has: Lorenzo Il Magnifico (1469-92), The End of the Republic (1492-1530, and ends with The Medicean Principate (1530 - c. 1600). Each of these larger sections is organized in the same way - Architecture, then sculpture, and then painting. It is quite fascinating to watch how tastes and techniques evolve over the centuries."

Nice ........ Florence and Art ... always go together ... (what do you say Flo? Where did Beatrice go?) and what about the Paintings in the Uffizi and Pitti Galleries? What about them?

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:51 PM CST [Link] [No Comments]

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Gift Set [UNABRIDGED] by J. R. R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis (Narrator) is still pretty amazing and is still special ...

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:17 PM CST [Link] [No Comments]

... from the INDEPENDENT: "Four national leaders, 5,000 other dignitaries and at least two billionaires will stand before a curtain measuring twice the length of a football pitch in southern France at 10am tomorrow. After a spectacular sound and light show, the fabric barrier in the cavernous Jean-Luc Lagardère hangar will be hauled back to reveal MSN001 - the first production model of the Airbus A380, the "superjumbo". ... From the curtain concealing it to its cabin capable of holding as many as 850 people, everything about the A380 is off the scale of previous achievements in passenger flight."

Airbus Superjumbo or Airbus Superscary ... I vote super scary ... but then ... maybe there something to it ... Paris anyone?

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What are Genograms? Genograms: Assessment and Intervention by Monica McGoldrick, Randy Gerson, Sylvia Shellenberger tells the story ... Focused Genograms: Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families by Rita Demaria, Gerald R. Weeks, Larry Hof tell some more ... ["The interpersonal relationships that make up family life are a complex web between many individuals spanning several generations at one time."] see the rest of the details here ... [more]

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Liberty / Pursuit of Happiness: Move over Rutan ... Blue Origin is swooping ...

According to this story by Sandi Doughton of Seattle Times, "Jeff Bezos bought 165,000 acres of land near the tiny West Texas town [Van Horn]." ... Bezos ... says " he intends to build a rocket-testing range — and possibly a spaceport — on the high desert north of town. ...The plans are part of Bezos' secretive Blue Origin operation, headquartered in a warehouse on East Marginal Way in Seattle. The ultimate goal is to establish an "enduring human presence in space," and ... that his company hopes to progress to orbital vehicles." AWSOME! Hope's he got an affiliate program for Blue Origin ... that would be the enterprise to hook up with ..

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Pursuit of Happiness: The Apple 1 GB iPod Shuffle MP3 Player ... The claim 'Smaller than a pack of gum and much more fun.'

The Shuffle? Just call it the Super Ultra Mini or UltraMini or Minimax -- What ever you call it ... it is sweet. The Specs:

1 GB model holds up to 240 songs; supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV
Up to 12 hours of battery life, with approximately 4 hour charge time
USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatibility through integrated USB connector
Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports) and Windows 2000 with SP 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional with SP 2
Earbud headphones, lanyard, and USB cap included

Get yourself and your best friend an iPod Shuffle MP3 Player today ... now that's pursuit of happiness

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LIFE: mitochondria clues -- University of Florida researchers find that "in the heart muscle, one of the two populations of mitochondria deteriorates more quickly, encouraging the production of age-promoting molecules called free radicals. These are formed when oxygen electrons escape during the mitochondria’s energy-producing process. ... Researchers know that heart muscle cells have two specific populations of life-critical mitochondria residing in two distinct locations: one located just below the cell membrane, called subsarcolemmal mitochondria, and those located deep in the muscle fibers, called the interfibrillar mitochondria, or IFM.

“We discovered that within the heart IFM, there were large increases of the antioxidant defenses,” said Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, director of the Biochemistry of Aging Laboratory in UF’s College of Health and Human Performance, who has been studying human aging for about 10 years. “When you are younger, those antioxidants act like the supermen of your life to eliminate the free radicals. With age, the free radicals begin to win the battle.”

Now there's something to work --

Topics to track: cell respiration, cellular damage

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Pursuit of Happiness: The Next Great Bubble Boom: How to Profit from the Greatest Boom in History --- if you are a believer ... and have the faith ... Harry Dent claims:

* The Dow hitting 40,000 by the end of the decade
* The Nasdaq advancing at least ten times from its October 2001 lows to around 13,500, and potentially as high as 20,000 by 2009
* Another strong advance in stocks in 2005, with a significant correction into around September/October 2006
* The Great Boom resurging into its final and strongest stage in 2007, and even more fully in 2008, lasting until late 2009 to early 2010

Can it be real, it might well be, if the silent inflation / devaluation we're experiencing holds out -- did you check the euro lately?

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 11:31 AM CST [Link] [No Comments]

Saturday, January 15, 2005

"Scientists at the University of Toronto have invented a solar cell that's made of plastic which can be sprayed on and harnesses infrared light so it even works on cloudy days." - this according to Axcess News

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Ace Your Case: The Latest and Greatest -- part of the Ace Your Case series ... from the latest of the latest ...

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Thursday, January 6, 2005

Alaska's getting rattled: - What's shakin? [Update time = Fri Jan 7 2:40:05 UTC 2005] [list includes some California entries also]

MAG -- DATE --- UTC----TIME ----LAT ---- - LON -- - DEPTH -- - LOCATION
3.0 2005/01/07 02:22:16 62.898 -150.658 100.0 58 km ( 36 mi) N of Petersville, AK
3.2 2005/01/07 01:54:50 51.514 -174.498 15.0 79 km ( 49 mi) SSW of Atka, AK
3.8 2005/01/06 23:10:48 51.595 -172.068 120.0 162 km (101 mi) ESE of Atka, AK
3.6 2005/01/06 20:01:35 51.897 -178.190 100.0 106 km ( 66 mi) W of Adak, AK
3.3 2005/01/06 18:45:05 63.544 -148.655 1.0 15 km ( 9 mi) SE of Denali National Park, AK
3.6 2005/01/06 18:33:36 53.732 -165.548 60.0 49 km ( 30 mi) SSE of Akutan, AK
4.4 2005/01/06 14:35:27 34.125 -117.438 4.2 4 km ( 2 mi) NNE of Fontana, CA
3.3 2005/01/06 14:22:38 34.114 -117.435 4.5 3 km ( 2 mi) NE of Fontana, CA
3.6 2005/01/06 12:11:29 34.118 -117.437 4.6 3 km ( 2 mi) NE of Fontana, CA
4.8 2005/01/06 10:14:42 51.449 -174.323 37.9 84 km ( 52 mi) S of Atka, AK
3.6 2005/01/06 07:42:29 61.920 -152.015 108.8 39 km ( 25 mi) W of Skwentna, AK
3.5 2005/01/05 23:03:13 52.456 -169.951 10.0 91 km ( 57 mi) SW of Nikolski, AK
3.1 2005/01/05 15:02:22 59.787 -145.924 1.0 84 km ( 53 mi) S of Cordova, AK
3.2 2005/01/05 13:40:27 59.734 -138.949 4.9 47 km ( 29 mi) ENE of Yakutat, AK
4.4 2005/01/05 13:28:49 52.575 -185.839 95.5 (no nearby locations in database)
3.8 2005/01/05 09:49:28 51.739 -172.856 80.0 106 km ( 66 mi) ESE of Atka, AK
3.7 2005/01/05 04:00:39 51.613 -174.488 30.0 68 km ( 42 mi) SSW of Atka, AK
3.3 2005/01/05 02:09:30 60.188 -151.810 70.0 23 km ( 15 mi) W of Clam Gulch, AK
3.8 2005/01/04 23:03:49 51.414 -174.508 5.0 90 km ( 56 mi) SSW of Atka, AK
3.5 2005/01/04 21:52:41 51.473 -174.353 36.7 81 km ( 51 mi) S of Atka, AK
3.6 2005/01/04 11:55:44 54.731 -156.887 3.8 194 km (121 mi) SE of Perryville, AK
3.1 2005/01/04 08:49:24 34.117 -117.442 4.4 3 km ( 2 mi) NE of Fontana, CA
3.0 2005/01/04 04:15:54 56.983 -156.432 40.0 79 km ( 49 mi) SE of Ugashik, AK
3.2 2005/01/04 02:28:52 53.307 -165.664 10.0 86 km ( 54 mi) SE of Unalaska, AK
3.0 2005/01/03 22:50:58 38.359 -122.226 0.2 9 km ( 5 mi) NE of Napa, CA
3.1 2005/01/03 21:06:25 62.446 -148.920 20.0 60 km ( 37 mi) E of Chase, AK
4.3 2005/01/03 20:58:24 54.731 -160.698 40.0 69 km ( 43 mi) S of Sand Point, AK
3.5 2005/01/03 17:26:51 53.624 -163.776 1.0 136 km ( 85 mi) S of False Pass, AK
3.0 2005/01/03 06:24:06 40.314 -124.475 21.6 16 km ( 10 mi) W of Petrolia, CA
3.8 2005/01/03 02:55:03 51.414 -174.508 5.0 90 km ( 56 mi) SSW of Atka, AK
3.1 2005/01/03 02:39:59 63.089 -143.144 1.0 27 km ( 17 mi) NE of Mentasta Lake, AK
3.3 2005/01/02 14:36:28 60.172 -152.715 100.0 61 km ( 38 mi) WNW of Happy Valley, AK
3.7 2005/01/02 03:55:52 60.478 -152.435 120.0 63 km ( 39 mi) W of Salamatof, AK
3.1 2005/01/02 02:21:39 59.212 -151.834 33.0 15 km ( 9 mi) S of Port Graham, AK
3.1 2005/01/01 23:23:24 57.841 -153.853 35.0 35 km ( 22 mi) NNE of Larsen Bay, AK
3.0 2005/01/01 13:54:24 63.386 -145.648 1.0 38 km ( 24 mi) N of Paxson, AK
3.5 2005/01/01 07:05:43 58.137 -142.641 1.0 230 km (143 mi) SW of Yakutat, AK
3.9 2005/01/01 05:25:38 61.604 -146.425 25.0 46 km ( 29 mi) SSE of Nelchina, AK
4.5 2004/12/31 11:27:49 51.335 -174.162 16.1 96 km ( 60 mi) S of Atka, AK

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 08:56 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

latest M>5 earthquake: A moderate earthquake occurred at 13:00:39 (UTC) on Thursday, January 6, 2005. The magnitude 5.2 event has been located in the HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) -- Gaia nust be restless ...

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 08:27 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Life: C-Reactive Protein is getting a lot of attention. Apparently studies find cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are most effective when they lower both cholesterol and the C-reactive protein, or CRP associated with inflammation. Some say 'Too much inflammation ...appears to damage the lining of artery walls and contribute to the formation and rupture of plaques.' --- you might have found this out if you explored past C-Reactive Protein : Everthing You Need to Know About It and Why It's More Important Than Cholesterol to Your Health by Scott J. Deron, Scott

[professional resources include: C-Reactive Proteins in Health, Disease, Injuries & Diagnostics: Index of New Information, by Jerry U. Simmons C-reactive protein and the plasma protein response to tissue injury (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences), and if you are a pharma and have very deep pockets -- Testing for C-reactive Protein - Impact of New AHA/CDC Guidelines [DOWNLOAD: PDF]]

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Gaia Still Upset: According to the USGS -- this Earthquake event occured today ... Magnitude 4.4 - GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA 2005 January 6 14:35:27 UTC -- the description 'A light earthquake occurred at 14:35:27 (UTC) on Thursday, January 6, 2005. The magnitude 4.4 event has been located in the GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 4 km ( 3 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)' I don't know about you, but there's an awful lot of earth rattlin going around these days ...

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Sunday, January 2, 2005

The Divine Comedy of Dante by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ... also look at The Poetical Works of Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Dante's Combined Works: The Divine Comedy by Robin May, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [divine the devine]

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Friday, December 31, 2004

IN Catallarchy December 31, 2004: The Social Security Trust Fund, a Logical Demonstration of Its Insignificance, Posted by Don Lloyd, has these fascinating observation [edited] "If the Social Security Trust Fund were of actual significance, then it would seem likely that the day that it becomes exhausted in, say, 2042, would be of some note, .... You would expect, for example, that SSTF Exhaustion Day would be marked by an sudden increase in the sale of Treasury Debt to fund the difference between SS payment obligations and payroll tax revenues. ...In fact, anyone who is still living in 2042 could watch the daily reports of Treasury Debt sales and never see ... This is because only the description label of the debt sales changes on SSTFED. Previously the Treasury Debt sales would be classified as redeeming the remaining special Treasury Securities held in the SSTF, and subsequently the sales would be classified as being for the SS payouts more directly. In both cases the amount of the sales would be set by the then current payroll tax shortfall. The redeeming sales of debt actually began more than 20 years earlier when the then current payroll tax receipts first began to fall short of SS payout requirements.... The General Fund is now in deficit to the tune of 5.5% of GDP. Within a generation General Fund taxes will have to go up (or spending will have to go down) by enough to (a) close this deficit, (b) cover cost growth in Medicare and Medicaid, © deal with other unexpected contingencies, and (d) produce a 2.5% of GDP surplus to pay back the Treasury Secretary’s obligations ... It’s a crisis. It’s a big crisis. It’s just not a Social Security crisis per se… "

Read the entire post ... its worth it ...

This analysis is worth reprinting everywhere ... its not the social security program ... its the social contract of our great USA with its citizens ... Definitely worth keeping in mind

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On a serious note, Fight Aging quotes: "DNA double strand breaks are regarded as one of the primary causes of cancer," says Kusch. "While there are natural mechanisms within an organism to detect and repair these breaks, factors involved in DNA damage repair must first bypass histones. Histones are proteins that condense DNA and protect it from mechanical and other stresses, but also make DNA rather inaccessible."

We'll start tracking it as well. Longevity is a key ingredient.

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 06:37 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Can this be really real? Is this an alternative new year's gambit? Does Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose by Paris Hilton come close? Can Pamela Anderson compete with her Star? Does this have anything at all to do with Newlyweds - Nick & Jessica. Did you know that The Beatles's BOX SET The Capitol Albums Vol. 1 is in fact THE #1 best seller? Live and learn, or tell Paris?

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 06:29 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

which will really win? The resolutin of the year , which will be made more often, and which will actually be carried out? Lose Weight or Stop Smoking - resolutions ... resolutions. We wonder what Gwen Stefani will pick? get your hint by checking the deluxe Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 06:15 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Authoratative source: Earthquake Facts and Statistics: USGS Frequency of Occurrence of Earthquakes page

good paper

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 04:30 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Tsunami datapoints: according to yahoo asia ... the recent quake occured "along a long north-south fault where the edge of the Indian plate dives below the Burma plate. A sea floor feature known as the Sunda Trench marks where the Indian plate begins its grinding decent into the Earth's hot mantle. .... Complicating matters, the edges of three other tectonic plates also bump here, with the Indian and Australian plates slowly sliding northwest relative to the Burma plate. ... A magnitude 8.0 earthquake on the island's southern tip was the most deadly tremor of 2000, causing at least 103 fatalities and more than 2,000 injuries. Giant quakes also rocked the area in 1797, 1833 and 1861. .... Most tsunamis occur in the Pacific basin because it is encircled by the "Ring of Fire," the necklace of the world's most tectonically active spots. Sunday's tsunami in the Indian Ocean was the first in that region since 1883, when the Krakatoa volcano exploded. " we'll keep tracking ...

most recent update [Fri Dec 31 21:49:12 UTC 2004] usgs reports the following events:

M
5.1 2004/12/31 20:13:50 36.852 140.867 90.3 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.4 2004/12/31 17:48:05 4.726 95.124 46.1 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.1 2004/12/31 16:15:44 7.670 93.984 20.5 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.6 2004/12/31 14:38:46 5.109 94.835 48.2 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.6 2004/12/31 13:41:48 3.180 95.230 30.3 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
6.1 2004/12/31 12:04:57 6.217 92.913 4.6 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.5 2004/12/31 10:58:25 5.028 94.804 36.4 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.4 2004/12/31 09:57:00 7.621 93.975 23.3 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
6.3 2004/12/31 02:24:01 7.129 92.564 11.9 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION


quite a lot of activity for the past day .


statistics:

largest quakes
largest US quakes
Past and Historical Earthquakes
Earthquakes with 1,000 or More Deaths from 1900
Most Destructive Known Earthquakes on Record with 50,000 or More Deaths

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 03:57 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Pursuit of Happiness: Happy New Year Everyone ... and sincere hopes that this coming year brings sanity to those who've taken a break from reality ...

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 03:46 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Thursday, December 30, 2004

2004 XM29 due for close approach on 2005-Jan-01 miss distance 0.0238 AUs [9.3 LDs] Estimated Diameter between 71 m - 160 m Relative Velocity (km/s) 14.40; latest M>5 quake is ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION magnitude 5.9 2004/12/30 17:58:09 [UTC] [event ussraz] Happy new year ... Best wishes for health and happiness to all.

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:59 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Waiting for Stella ... bevindustry.com says Stella's comin ... According to the story "Labatt USA and Beck’s North America have combined operations to form InBev USA, with a unified operation for distribution in the United States. A wholly owned subsidiary of InBev, Leuven, Begium, the company will be completely reorganized to focus on high-profit international brands such as Stella Artois, Beck’s and Bass. ..." also in the release "...InBev USA plans to triple its spending behind Stella Artois in 2005 to support full national distribution", and "... InBev USA also is considering introducing Brazil’s Brahma to the United States. “We believe that Brahma has the potential to be the next great crossover brand for American beer drinkers” [more about Premium Beers and Stella Artois, Cognac later]

We're waitin ... to see Stella ...

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:49 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Pursuit of Happiness - Unusual Interest ... that's what reality shows ... these items recently had garnered the most interest ... perhaps on the liberty adventure search, there's something you just couldn't articulate, take a look, it might be just what you've been looking for ... ??

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Digital Libraries : The Life Cycle of Information by Su-Shing Chen is also part of the privileged luxuries. There are other privileged luxuries worth exploring.

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:53 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

making news right now: Bobby Darin, Susan Sontag, Fannie Mae, Andaman Islands, Nicobar Island, Oklahoma State, Insight Bowl, George W. Bush, Fiesta Bowl

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:39 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

400 Trademarks on Glass is merely but one of the priveleged luxuries pointed out by Grandpa ...

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

The Australian Antarctic Division's Macquarie Island Station WEBCAM...note that strong quakes have been reported north of the Macquarie Island [Subantarctic Macquarie Island : Environment and Biology (Studies in Polar Research)
by Patricia Selkirk et al is "a fascinating account of the history, geology and biology of Macquarie Island, a speck of land rising from the Southern Ocean, about 1,000 km southeast of Tasmania. The wild and beautiful island was declared a nature reserve in 1933 and possesses immense scientific interest because of its unique geological and biological features. A brief description of the island, its setting, the history of its discovery and subsequent human occupation precedes more detailed accounts of the geomorphology and Quaternary history, the vegetation, avifauna, mammals, microbiology, and marine and freshwater environment. In the concluding chapter the authors discuss past mismanagement and future management strategies, with a view to conserving the island's unique environment and biology."]

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 11:04 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Looking at the M>5.0 data, it looks like the vicinities of the ANDAMAN ISLANDS, NICOBAR ISLANDS, MACQUARIE ISLAND and SUMATRA have been in the eq bulls eyes for the last week ... I am not sure they are the best destinations in the near term ... to my mind, the USGS Big Earthquake list would suggest a trend ...

MAG DATE UTC-TIME LAT LON DEPTH(km) region

6.1 2004/12/29 01:50:53 9.075 93.857 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.8 2004/12/29 01:39:40 8.204 93.096 30.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.4 2004/12/28 21:07:36 53.330 -173.835 251.6 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
5.9 2004/12/28 11:17:43 4.710 95.180 28.2 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.8 2004/12/27 20:10:48 2.864 95.595 10.0 SIMEULUE, INDONESIA
5.4 2004/12/27 19:28:50 8.569 93.643 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.8 2004/12/27 14:46:47 12.361 92.503 19.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.1 2004/12/27 11:57:53 8.068 92.285 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.4 2004/12/27 10:46:46 13.585 93.074 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.2 2004/12/27 10:46:36 13.632 93.102 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
6.0 2004/12/27 10:05:00 4.762 95.111 10.0 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.6 2004/12/27 09:57:53 7.741 92.694 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
6.1 2004/12/27 09:39:07 5.364 94.661 35.0 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.4 2004/12/27 06:59:12 3.010 95.538 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.0 2004/12/27 05:10:50 5.980 93.216 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.2 2004/12/27 03:04:39 -4.256 152.683 64.7 NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
6.1 2004/12/27 00:49:27 12.978 92.449 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
6.0 2004/12/27 00:32:13 5.502 94.465 10.0 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.4 2004/12/27 00:24:30 4.478 93.747 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.8 2004/12/26 20:50:31 6.309 126.855 94.7 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
6.2 2004/12/26 19:19:53 2.770 94.158 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.6 2004/12/26 19:03:47 4.065 94.197 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.3 2004/12/26 18:42:42 13.753 92.977 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.6 2004/12/26 15:12:21 6.698 93.017 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.7 2004/12/26 15:06:33 3.703 94.021 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.9 2004/12/26 14:48:42 13.602 92.873 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.9 2004/12/26 13:56:37 2.792 94.458 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.5 2004/12/26 12:11:56 11.591 92.447 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.4 2004/12/26 12:09:41 12.210 92.618 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
6.3 2004/12/26 11:05:01 13.542 92.877 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
6.2 2004/12/26 10:19:30 13.455 92.791 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.5 2004/12/26 10:18:13 8.950 93.730 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
6.5 2004/12/26 09:20:01 8.867 92.382 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.8 2004/12/26 07:38:25 13.119 93.051 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.7 2004/12/26 07:07:10 10.336 93.756 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.7 2004/12/26 06:21:58 10.623 92.323 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
7.5 2004/12/26 04:21:25 6.891 92.891 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.4 2004/12/26 04:10:09 5.462 92.928 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.8 2004/12/26 03:17:50 7.169 92.911 10.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.9 2004/12/26 03:08:41 13.703 93.049 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.9 2004/12/26 02:59:11 3.194 94.325 10.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
6.0 2004/12/26 02:52:02 12.479 92.566 30.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.9 2004/12/26 02:36:09 12.179 92.955 32.2 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.7 2004/12/26 02:34:52 4.007 94.148 30.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.9 2004/12/26 02:22:04 8.830 92.544 28.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.7 2004/12/26 02:15:57 12.349 92.536 7.9 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.8 2004/12/26 01:48:50 5.408 94.459 32.7 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
6.2 2004/12/26 01:21:21 6.392 93.389 30.0 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
9.0 2004/12/26 00:58:53 3.267 95.821 30.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.2 2004/12/25 22:25:40 -19.102 167.761 35.1 VANUATU REGION
5.3 2004/12/24 19:36:38 -19.210 167.757 32.7 VANUATU REGION
5.2 2004/12/24 13:39:44 -20.151 -178.765 615.5 FIJI REGION
5.4 2004/12/24 05:31:45 -50.120 161.358 10.0 NORTH OF MACQUARIE ISLAND
8.1 2004/12/23 14:59:04 -50.240 160.133 10.0 NORTH OF MACQUARIE ISLAND
6.1 2004/12/22 21:03:39 -56.079 -124.781 10.0 SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 10:13 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Apparently, quakes are currently ongoing - A strong earthquake occurred at 01:50:53 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 29, 2004 [December 28, 2004 at 08:50:53 PM (EST)]. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located in the NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION. [preliminary report] ... looks like a rough ride for India today ... also, usgs automated computer reports for event ak00043428 state "A micro earthquake occurred at 03:12:35 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 29, 2004. The magnitude 2.6 event has been located in CENTRAL ALASKA. (This is a computer-generated message -- this event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.) "

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:53 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

According to the US Geological Survey Earthquake Center, the Tsunami was caused by Earthquake with the following data:
CENTROID, MOMENT TENSOR SOLUTION HARVARD EVENT-FILE NAME M122604A DATA USED: GSN
MANTLE WAVES: 73S,202C, T=300
CENTROID LOCATION: ORIGIN TIME 01:01: 9.0 0.3 LAT 3.09N 0.04;LON 94.26E 0.03
DEP 28.6 1.3;HALF-DURATION 95.0
MOMENT TENSOR; SCALE 1029 D-CM
MRR= 1.04 0.01; MTT=-0.43 0.01
MPP=-0.61 0.01; MRT= 2.98 0.16
MRP=-2.40 0.16; MTP= 0.43 0.00
PRINCIPAL AXES:
1.(T) VAL= 4.01;PLG=52;AZM= 36
2.(N) -0.12; 3; 130
3.(P) -3.89; 38; 222
BEST DOUBLE COUPLE:M0=4.0*10
29
NP1:STRIKE=329;DIP= 8;SLIP= 110
NP2:STRIKE=129;DIP=83;SLIP= 87

Current/ Recent M>2.5 events are located here


We too share the sadness over the casualties resulting from this event.

note, the risk of an Atlantic Tsunami was discussed here earlier. Perhaps its time to instrument the Atlantic and Carribean?

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:43 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Monday, December 27, 2004

The National Interest: An important stopping point for critical debate. On its board, among others, are Conrad Black [owner of the London Daily Telegraph and the Chicago Sun-Times, and other papers, recently authored the must read 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom'], James Schlesinger, Henry A. Kissinger, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Martin Feldstein, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel P. Huntington, Josef Joffe, Charles Krauthammer, Richard Perle, Daniel Pipes, Robert W. Tucker .... pretty awesome cast!

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 10:59 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

GOING DARK? appranetly an increasing trend according to the The Capital Spectator. "The number of firms 'going dark,' as the practice of delisting is known," explains the Union-Tribune, "increased from 67 in 2002 to 198 in 2003, according to a study co-authored by professors at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business." ... got to watch those IPO trends ... [check The Ernst & Young Guide to the IPO Value Journey -- by Stephen C. Blowers]

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 12:16 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Sunday, December 26, 2004

NASA's Near Earth Object Program Office says Don't Worry Yet!

"NASA's Near Earth Object Program Office" - December 23, 2004
A recently rediscovered 400-meter Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) is predicted to pass near the Earth on 13 April 2029. The flyby distance is uncertain and an Earth impact cannot yet be ruled out. The odds of impact, presently around 1 in 300, are unusual enough to merit special monitoring by astronomers, but should not be of public concern. These odds are likely to change on a day-to-day basis as new data are received. In all likelihood, the possibility of impact will eventually be eliminated as the asteroid continues to be tracked by astronomers around the world. ... This object is the first to reach a level 2 (out of 10) on the Torino Scale. According to the Torino Scale, a rating of 2 indicates "a discovery, which may become routine with expanded searches, of an object making a somewhat close but not highly unusual pass near the Earth. While meriting attention by astronomers, there is no cause for public attention or public concern as an actual collision is very unlikely. New telescopic observations very likely will lead to re-assignment to Level 0 [no hazard]." This asteroid should be easily observable throughout the coming months. .... The brightness of 2004 MN4 suggests that its diameter is roughly 400 meters (1300 feet) and our current, but very uncertain, best estimate of the flyby distance in 2029 is about twice the distance of the moon, or about 780,000 km (480,000 miles). On average, an asteroid of this size would be expected to pass within 2 lunar distances of Earth every 5 years or so."

I don't know about you but, APRIL 13 2009 .... TORINO 2 .... that scares me just a little bit ... just a few too many asteroids planning a close call ... is our solar sytem moving into unchartered territories? [I think yes, but am waiting for the astrogurus to clarify the situation].

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 10:18 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

suggestions?

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 10:07 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

Howard Hughes Medical Institute discoveries: "Researchers have discovered that specific cancer-causing genes associated with leukemias can transform mature white blood cells into leukemic cells that have all the properties of stem cells. The findings are noteworthy because they show that certain leukemia oncogenes can commandeer and switch on genetic programs that govern self-renewal, one of the unique characteristics of stem cells." -- Interesting ... one of these days the answer WILL BE FOUND. Howard Hughes will be thanked and, by the way, the aviator was good! [do check the movie].

Posted on LLPOH by EM @ 09:48 PM CST [Link] [2 comments]

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