30 April 2007
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29 April 2007
Congratulations, you won a !
Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. I thought it would be appropriate to include them with the meme.
The participation rules are simple:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).
That was that. Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all - blogs that really get you thinking! Feel free to drop your entry URL in the comments here by all means. If you get nominated more than once, that means you can share 5 more blogs with your readers.
Happy link-love-sharing, whatever it is!
28 April 2007
27 April 2007
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26 April 2007
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24 April 2007
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23 April 2007
There is so much to discuss when it comes to 911. I would start by determining who benefited the most from 911 because people don’t take actions like that unless they think they will benefit from it. Then I would talk about the way the US responded to 911. Then I would talk about the 911 event itself and how it was done, which would lead to the US ’s official investigation and its explanation of how the event unfolded. And from there the endeavor will take on a life of its own if done right. It will polarize people from there on in as there will be some people responding with their emotions not their intellect. That’s when it gets fun to see how people can be so irrational.
I have seen this subject broached on many sites. It drives people to those sites as the issue creates polarizing views and people start telling their friends to join in to support their views. And if it turns into something interesting the main stream media could pick it up. Put up a couple of links to controversial documentaries on YouTube or some other video sharing site and away you go. It is interesting and fun if you don’t take things too seriously even though it is a serious issue. You have to be careful that people can’t not say you are editing the comments as that will kill the fun and people will stop posting. You have to let all the comments be posted in real time as people wait for responses and will respond immediately starting a back and forth posting by a groups of people. I know because I personally have been involved in many controversial conversations.
Other subjects that cause people to start thinking is when you talk about our economic and capitalistic system. For example when you tell people the Federal Reserve is privately own and it prints the US money and then charges the US government interest on the paper money they print without that money being secured with gold or other valuable material. What gives the Federal Reserve the right to print money and then charge the American people interest on their own money? The government gave the Federal Reserve the right to print and charge interest on that money in the early 1900s and it continues to this day.
Another subject that affects us all is our corporate law system in North America and other parts of the world. Let me give you an example of how it promotes everlasting suffering and everlasting pollution. Once you realize that there are only two main legal responsibilities for people who sit on the board of directors of a North American corporation it is simple to see how that hurts us all. The legal responsibilities in order of importance are 1) you must make decisions that make money for the company; 2) you can’t break any laws while you are making all the money possible for the company. Sound simple and harmless at first glance but let me give you a scenario that occurs every day in North America that causes untold harm to our society in general.
Let’s say a corporation is making a billion or so dollars a year by selling equipment and drugs to treat diabetes. And say that corporation’s research and development department discovered by accident a cure for diabetes. I say discovered by accident because it would be against our current economic law for that company to actively look for a cure as it will harm the company financially. Knowing this what do you think the board of directors of the company has to do when the information of the cure is brought to their attention? If you said they have to hide the cure you would be right. If they wanted to release the information and chose to ignore the law, each board member would be held personally responsible for the corporate losses due to their actions. They would have to pay out of their own pockets for those losses as it is the right of the shareholders to sue them for breach of trust because by law they have to make decisions that make money for the company and since it is not illegal to hide the discovery them must hide the discovery or face prosecution and the loss of their personal assets.
I know that discoveries that are in the public interest but would hurt corporations' financial interests are hidden from the public everyday. I have many examples that are not public knowledge that I could use to easily explain how it harms our world and may even destroy us in the end unless we do something about it. But before anything can be fixed you have to know it is broken and not many people even think about our economic system having a problem. All you have to do is figure out who benefits from an action and you can figure out who is doing what and why.
Another good topic is the war on drugs and how making drugs illegal puts drugs into the hands of the criminals because there is money to be made off drugs. Legalize the drugs and have the government sell them like they sell alcohol and that way we could stop the criminals from trying to hook kids on drugs because that will create a long term customer for the drugs. Right now we are allowing the criminals to decide where the drugs will be sold, the potency of the drug, and the quality of the drug and that is harmful to many young people.
Anyway as you can see I am a thinking person, but I can’t put all the things I would like to talk about in one email. I like to share my thoughts even if they are controversial or go against the grain especially if I feel I have a logical argument. I enjoy discussing hard topic as they are usually the topics that if a change in mindset were to occur it would make our world a better place.
It was just a thought as you have the right name (thethinkingblog.com) for this subject mater. Let me know what you think!
Wishing you well,
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22 April 2007
21 April 2007
- Win a Microsoft Zune from the “make money on the internet” guy
- Win a Digital photo frame (Philips) from the twin moms working at home
- Win 2 Return trip Airline Tickets from the guy who is selling his soul for links
- Win a Bluetooth stereo headset for posting a picture of your workstation on your blog
- Win a subscription to Tuition Coach. For students with sharp brains (essay contest)
- Win one year of free hosting for subscribing Bob Meets World RSS feed
If you are in the community and I overlooked your contest, please let us know in the comments.
UPDATE: Bob over at BobmeetsWorld.com is giving away a free Nintendo DS Lite with a few games because it’s his birthday in May. While you’re there, check out some great posts about generating traffic and getting more rss subscribers. Don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday!
20 April 2007
19 April 2007
As leader of the Persian people, Cyrus conquered the Medes and unified the two separate Iranian kingdoms; as the king of Persia, he reigned over the new empire from 559 BC until his death. The empire expanded under his rule, eventually conquering most of Southwest Asia, much of Central Asia, and much of the region just bordering the powerful Indian empire to create the largest nation the world had yet seen.
During his 29-year reign, Cyrus fought against some of the greatest states of the early Classical period, including the Median Empire, the Lydian Empire, and the Neo-Babylonian Empire. Elated by his victories in Asia, Cyrus strove to conquer the Massagetae and venture into Egypt. However, Cyrus waged a war fatal to himself, fighting the Queen of Massagetae along the Syr Darya in 530 BC.
Not much can be deducted from the Babylonian tablets but the Greek historian Herodotus mentions:
"Of all the combats in which the barbarians (a term meaning non-Greeks which was not a derogatory term in those times) have engaged among themselves, I reckon this to have been the fiercest. The following, as I understand, was the manner of it: First, the two armies stood apart and shot their arrows at each other; then, when their quivers were empty, they closed and fought hand-to-hand with lances and daggers; and thus they continued fighting for a length of time, neither choosing to give ground. At length the Massagetai prevailed. The greater part of the army of the Persians was destroyed and Cyrus himself fell, after reigning nine and twenty years. Search was made among the slain by order of the queen for the body of Cyrus, and when it was found she took a skin, and, filling it full of human blood, she dipped the head of Cyrus in the gore, saying, 'I live and have conquered you in fight, and yet by you am I ruined, for you took my man with guile; but thus I make good my threat, and give you your fill of blood.' Of the many different accounts which are given of the death of Cyrus, this which I have followed appears to me most worthy of credit."
This tale has been the inspiration for the Amazons, an ancient nation of female warriors. A society dominated by women where no men were permitted to have sexual encounters or reside in Amazon country; but once a year, in order to prevent their race from dying out, they visited the Gargareans, a neighbouring tribe. The male children who were the result of these visits were either put to death, sent back to their fathers or left in the wilderness to fend for themselves; the females were kept and brought up by their mothers, and trained in agricultural pursuits, hunting, and the art of war. They lived in Pontus, which is part of modern day Turkey near the shore of the Black Sea, where they formed an independent kingdom under the government of another queen, named Hippolyta ("she lets her horses loose").
Now that's food for thought!
18 April 2007
- Remo Aguilar's Leave No Trace
- Brian Heys' Brian Heys Writes
- Kelly Cho's Catch a Falling Star
- Dwayne Reaves' Dwayne's Word
- Martin's Money Blog Site
The winning reviews are... drumroll please
Favicon Winner: Well, there is no favicon winner this time. Since I couldn't decide between these two excellent reviews, we have 2 winners for a full blog re-design worth $2000! Luckily, they were very kind to ask so little for a facelift and it didn't take me much time to make them both.
Blog Design Winners: Shankar Ganesh's Shankar's Tech Blog and Susan Driggers' Life is Risky .
Shankar wanted a Web 2.0 style for his re-design in exchange for this excellent review. Rounded corners, reflections and simplicity.
Susan wanted a Mac style for her re-design in exchange for this excellent review. Rounded corners, reflections and vibrant colors.
Thank you both! So check out their new blog designs and favicon but make sure you don't leave the blogs without reading the content and commenting on the posts.
Quick tips for all the others who didn't review The Thinking Blog yet: it's never too late. The contest is still going on and by reviewing this blog you get quality linkbacks to help your ranking and a chance to win a free blog re-design! Those who read, comment and link to the posts in the archives get extra points. The further down the road, the better. Graphic elements like screenshots or using the "Thinking Alien" logo earns you extra points. If you are really enjoy reading The Thinking Blog, showing some link love in your blogroll will help too!
17 April 2007
16 April 2007
5. Home Delivery
4. Fast Food
3. Online Shopping
2. Forever Young
1. Protect Yourself
[ Via: O Salepito ]
15 April 2007
13 April 2007
Not everyone has the time to read all the posts in the archives and because only one post is published per day, there are posts like this one that are not necessary thought provoking for everyone. However, there is one thing I was thinking about today and I need your help to make a decision. I'm not sure whether sorting the links alphabetically or by date would be the most useful. Currently, they are sorted according to date published but I'm afraid to lose that order if I switch to A-Z and find out that it was better otherwise. It's a simple detail but being a perfectionist doesn't help me at all here.
Please choose either YES or NO for sorting alphabetically in the following poll:
12 April 2007
11 April 2007
- Jeremy Miller's Jemmille dot Com
- James Rissler's Clever Start
- Digital Nomad's The Sovereign Journey
- James Thoenes' Digitalkeyto.info
- Maia Jose's Manila Mom
Favicon Winner: Sean Dinner's Just An Idea . The second best review in round 2 of the contest and you just gotta love that screenshot!
Blog Design Winner: Agent Sully's Life Learning Today .
Not only this fabulous mom wrote a comprehensive, well researched, or put simply an excellent review, but she also filed the entry under Celebrities! When I first read it I thought "no one could come up with a better review than that" and I was right. Thus, I gladly offered my services for free to the best review in this batch. She was extremely kind in her emails and said that she didn't want anything fancy to keep "all things easy to read.. and boxy." So check out her new header image, color combinations and a matching favicon. Please make sure you don't leave her blog without reading the content and commenting on the posts.
Quick tips: For all the others who didn't review The Thinking Blog yet, it's not too late. The contest is still going on and by reviewing this blog you get linkbacks to help your ranking and a chance to win a free re-design! Those who read, comment and link to the posts in the archives get extra points. The further down the road, the better. Graphic elements like screenshots or using the "Thinking Alien" logo earns you extra points. Also I urge you to not make my avatar the main discussion of the post. Everyone knows Natalia! It's overdone and there are much better, timeless quality articles in the archives to talk about.
10 April 2007
UPDATE: Apparently the comments system was down in the past two days and was brought to my attention today when I received an email about it. Now fixed. Thanks for the heads-up Rosemarie!
09 April 2007
08 April 2007
07 April 2007
Until I saw it on TV. Well, not quite "TV" but Justin.tv! If you aren't following the Internet close enough then allow me to update you. Justin Kan had a great idea of attaching a camera to his cap and continuously stream live video and audio of what he is seeing and hearing. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! He went live three weeks ago and has since reached a peak simultaneous viewership of 19,000 viewers. Kind of like a real-life Edtv or The Truman Show.
No more lonely nights. Now Justin takes off his camera at night (switching to a camcorder on a tripod) but you can still see him sleeping in bed. Must be a coincidence that he has beautiful girls all over his bed... sheets! Upon further investigation, I found that these cheeky photos are of the world-renowned photographer Tanya Chalkin. I think her posters decorate almost every guys dorm room (and dreams). Click the links below to see the full sized images. Probably Not Safe For Work [NSFW]?
Dreams become reality! Now you can get the life size print of Tanya Chalkin's iconic images on a bed comforter from Reality Bedding and encourage the college crowd to keep their beds neat and tidy! Now, how come they don't make bedsheets with hot dudes on it?
06 April 2007
05 April 2007
WARNING: These flash games leave no time for anything else. Play at your own risk!
5. 3D Missile. Go through nine levels of obstacle-prone tunnels.
4. 3D Logic Cube. Connect the colored squares to complete the cube.
3. Disorientation. Move to the portal with the arrow keys and try not to die.
2. Desktop Defense. Stop the creeps from getting across the screen with gun towers.
1. ZWOK. Turn-based multiplayer online game with projectile weapons like Worms (or Scorched Earth).
Want to improve your brain reaction speed and have fun at the same time? Consider playing learning games to keep your mind sharp!
04 April 2007
It is also a place where other thinkers come to share their knowledge and engage in "the thinking process" with the rest of us - a community in the purest sense. This is my vision! Here I write about many of the topics that make me think, in a world where most are too busy to stop and take some time out to reflect. The entries are labeled under 18 different categories (ads, arts, cars, computers, creative, design, fun, games, health, hobby, internet, image, music, nature, technology, travel, urban, and video). I hope it will keep you thinking too.
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