Looked around at some other people’s logs, and some logs of logs, this evening. One conclusion: very few people out there have anything approaching a clever NAME for their weblog. (Not that “Follow Me Here” is anything to write home about…) Another: it really is getting to be a movement, or a community, out there. Not necessary in a laudable sense; there’s something really incestuous about people’s reciprocal pointers to the other weblogs they each follow. Everyone seems to circulate the same stories, which I won’t dignify by recycling here. Perhaps they were interesting the first time they were referenced. Must be sort of like the frenzied efforts reporters take not to get scooped. The important thing, it would seem, is to find something original that your readers would find enlightening and/or enlivening…

Looked around at some other people’s logs, and some logs of logs, this evening. One conclusion: very few people out there have anything approaching a clever NAME for their weblog. (Not that “Follow Me Here” is anything to write home about…) Another: it really is getting to be a movement, or a community, out there. Not necessary in a laudable sense; there’s something really incestuous about people’s reciprocal pointers to the other weblogs they each follow. Everyone seems to circulate the same stories, which I won’t dignify by recycling here. Perhaps they were interesting the first time they were referenced. Must be sort of like the frenzied efforts reporters take not to get scooped. The important thing, it would seem, is to find something original that your readers would find enlightening and/or enlivening…

Rapture Index How is the world doing today on each of forty-five millenial indicators? The author of this website apparently finds that these indicate how close the Biblical “rapture” is…

Who Are the Tibetan Lamas? by Matt Alsdorf

Last week the Karmapa Lama, a 14-year-old Tibetan

Buddhist Leader, fled to India from Chinese-controlled Tibet.

Five years ago, the Chinese government sparked controversy

by nominating a different boy for the position of Panchen

Lama than the one the Dalai Lama had chosen. Who are all

these lamas?

Rapture Index How is the world doing today on each of forty-five millenial indicators? The author of this website apparently finds that these indicate how close the Biblical “rapture” is…

Who Are the Tibetan Lamas? by Matt Alsdorf

Last week the Karmapa Lama, a 14-year-old Tibetan

Buddhist Leader, fled to India from Chinese-controlled Tibet.

Five years ago, the Chinese government sparked controversy

by nominating a different boy for the position of Panchen

Lama than the one the Dalai Lama had chosen. Who are all

these lamas?

Salon Technology | Fear of links

“The occasion was a panel discussion at a new media conference at the UC-Berkeley Journalism School earlier this year, and the message was clear: People who provide links to other people are performing a low, menial task that any boob can handle… Well, I beg to differ. And, more importantly, the behavior of millions of Web users suggests that they place an extremely high value on the reliable, timely provision of useful — or quirky, or overlooked — links.”

Salon Technology | Fear of links

“The occasion was a panel discussion at a new media conference at the UC-Berkeley Journalism School earlier this year, and the message was clear: People who provide links to other people are performing a low, menial task that any boob can handle… Well, I beg to differ. And, more importantly, the behavior of millions of Web users suggests that they place an extremely high value on the reliable, timely provision of useful — or quirky, or overlooked — links.”

Trance-Formation of America: “The lives of Mark Phillips and Cathy O’Brien and their involvement with project MK-Ultra are fully exposed in “Trance-Formation of America”. This book is the documented autobiography of a victim of government mind control. Cathy O’Brien is the only vocal and recovered survivor of the Central Intelligence Agency’s MK-Ultra Project Monarch operation.”

Drug money

How the White House secretly hooked network TV on its anti-drug message (from Salon).

Can Psychology Cure Racism? by Peter D. Kramer and Walter Reich: about the ongoing tension between the “mad” and the “bad” in society’s approach to objectionable behavior. Peter Kramer is the psychiatrist author of “Listening to Prozac”, and Walter Reich a distinguished professor of psychiatry and Reich’s former supervisor.

Trance-Formation of America: “The lives of Mark Phillips and Cathy O’Brien and their involvement with project MK-Ultra are fully exposed in “Trance-Formation of America”. This book is the documented autobiography of a victim of government mind control. Cathy O’Brien is the only vocal and recovered survivor of the Central Intelligence Agency’s MK-Ultra Project Monarch operation.”

Drug money

How the White House secretly hooked network TV on its anti-drug message (from Salon).

Can Psychology Cure Racism? by Peter D. Kramer and Walter Reich: about the ongoing tension between the “mad” and the “bad” in society’s approach to objectionable behavior. Peter Kramer is the psychiatrist author of “Listening to Prozac”, and Walter Reich a distinguished professor of psychiatry and Reich’s former supervisor.

How to read a paper by Trisha Greenhalgh et al (from the eBMJ): Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about); Assessing the methodological quality of published papers; Statistics for the non-statistician; “Significant” relations and their pitfalls; Papers that report drug trials; Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests; Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses); Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses); Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research).

Play “5’s” (from the eBMJ):

“Shall I compare thee to a…..” Imre Loefler sent us his comparison of the “big five” general medical journals with the big five game animals of Africa. Then he compared them

with ships. Read “The Big Five”. Read “Five Ships” . Clearly, the possibilities of this are endless, and we thought that more people might like to join in the game…Remember the

field from which you choose your five examples is wide open:composers, political regimes, trees, psychiatric states, intestinal parasites, cartoon characters, odours…. For the record, the five general medical journals are: Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine.

Rationalizing the Cannabis Debate:

Rational debate has

often been obstructed because the media present a forced choice between two sets of views. One of these constructed views is that

cannabis is harmless when used recreationally, is therapeutically useful, and hence should be legalised. The other is that recreational use

is harmful to health and that cannabis should continue to be prohibited for recreational or therapeutic purposes.4

This oversimplification of the cannabis debate has prevented a more considered examination of eight conceptually separate issues (box).

We believe that a competent consideration of these issues would contribute to a more informed debate about the appropriate public

policies that could be adopted towards cannabis use for recreational or therapeutic purposes.

How to read a paper by Trisha Greenhalgh et al (from the eBMJ): Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about); Assessing the methodological quality of published papers; Statistics for the non-statistician; “Significant” relations and their pitfalls; Papers that report drug trials; Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests; Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses); Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses); Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research).

Play “5’s” (from the eBMJ):

“Shall I compare thee to a…..” Imre Loefler sent us his comparison of the “big five” general medical journals with the big five game animals of Africa. Then he compared them

with ships. Read “The Big Five”. Read “Five Ships” . Clearly, the possibilities of this are endless, and we thought that more people might like to join in the game…Remember the

field from which you choose your five examples is wide open:composers, political regimes, trees, psychiatric states, intestinal parasites, cartoon characters, odours…. For the record, the five general medical journals are: Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine.

Rationalizing the Cannabis Debate:

Rational debate has

often been obstructed because the media present a forced choice between two sets of views. One of these constructed views is that

cannabis is harmless when used recreationally, is therapeutically useful, and hence should be legalised. The other is that recreational use

is harmful to health and that cannabis should continue to be prohibited for recreational or therapeutic purposes.4

This oversimplification of the cannabis debate has prevented a more considered examination of eight conceptually separate issues (box).

We believe that a competent consideration of these issues would contribute to a more informed debate about the appropriate public

policies that could be adopted towards cannabis use for recreational or therapeutic purposes.

The Long Now Foundation: Update “The prototype of the clock began working on Dec 31,1999, just in time to display the transition to the new year. At midnight, the date indicator changed from 01999 to 02000. The chime struck twice, to ring in the second millennium.”

The Long Now Foundation: Update “The prototype of the clock began working on Dec 31,1999, just in time to display the transition to the new year. At midnight, the date indicator changed from 01999 to 02000. The chime struck twice, to ring in the second millennium.”

EVMT Project Home Page

In 1912, Wilfrid M. Voynich (a book collector) bought a medieval manuscript (235 pages) written in an unknown script and what appears to be an

unknown language or a cipher from the Jesuit College at the Villa Mondragone, Frascati, in Italy (near Rome). Apparently, Voynich wanted to

have the mysterious manuscript deciphered and provided photographic copies to a number of experts. However, despite the efforts of many well

known cryptologists and scholars, the book remains unread. There are some claims of decipherment, but to date, none of these can be

substantiated with a complete translation.

Lobster: Journal of parapolitics, intelligence and State Research “…Stalker, Lockerbie, Northern Ireland and Colin Wallace, British trade unions, Shooting the Pope, espionage,

disinformation, Right-wing Terrorists, anti-Labour forgeries, the fifth Man, KAL 007, the Fiji coup, MI5’s

plots to smear British politicians, “Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher”, Counter-insurgency, Watergate,

Falklands conspiracy theories, JFK, DEA, Oliver North, SAS, Combat 18, MI5, CIA, DoD, conspiracies, British

nuke deployments, “Cyberspace, Secrecy and Spooks”, British Fascism, the Communist threat’, US Army

Intelligence LSD testing, and much more…”

TASTE – The Archives of Scientists’ Transcendent Experiences “An “online journal devoted to transcendent

experiences that scientists have reported”.

It lets scientists express these experiences in a

safe space, collects and shares them to debunk

the idea stereotype that ‘real’ scientists’ don’t

have ‘spiritual’ or ‘mystical experiences’’. Taste

campaigns against the image of science that

pervades public perception.”

EVMT Project Home Page

In 1912, Wilfrid M. Voynich (a book collector) bought a medieval manuscript (235 pages) written in an unknown script and what appears to be an

unknown language or a cipher from the Jesuit College at the Villa Mondragone, Frascati, in Italy (near Rome). Apparently, Voynich wanted to

have the mysterious manuscript deciphered and provided photographic copies to a number of experts. However, despite the efforts of many well

known cryptologists and scholars, the book remains unread. There are some claims of decipherment, but to date, none of these can be

substantiated with a complete translation.

Lobster: Journal of parapolitics, intelligence and State Research “…Stalker, Lockerbie, Northern Ireland and Colin Wallace, British trade unions, Shooting the Pope, espionage,

disinformation, Right-wing Terrorists, anti-Labour forgeries, the fifth Man, KAL 007, the Fiji coup, MI5’s

plots to smear British politicians, “Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher”, Counter-insurgency, Watergate,

Falklands conspiracy theories, JFK, DEA, Oliver North, SAS, Combat 18, MI5, CIA, DoD, conspiracies, British

nuke deployments, “Cyberspace, Secrecy and Spooks”, British Fascism, the Communist threat’, US Army

Intelligence LSD testing, and much more…”

TASTE – The Archives of Scientists’ Transcendent Experiences “An “online journal devoted to transcendent

experiences that scientists have reported”.

It lets scientists express these experiences in a

safe space, collects and shares them to debunk

the idea stereotype that ‘real’ scientists’ don’t

have ‘spiritual’ or ‘mystical experiences’’. Taste

campaigns against the image of science that

pervades public perception.”

3 networks to form news cooperative to further homogenize your news consumption. The excluded network cries in its beer about not being invited rather than celebrating diversity…

Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium from the LA Times

“With the turn of the millennial odometer now hard upon us, we asked a number of writers to share with us their neglected classics of the century, books they love but which, for one reason or another, have yet to find the readers they so richly deserve.”

Sony’s PSI Lab – FT115

Patrick Huyghe investigates the truth behind the closure of Sony’s seven-year paranormal research effort.

3 networks to form news cooperative to further homogenize your news consumption. The excluded network cries in its beer about not being invited rather than celebrating diversity…

Forgotten Treasures: A Symposium from the LA Times

“With the turn of the millennial odometer now hard upon us, we asked a number of writers to share with us their neglected classics of the century, books they love but which, for one reason or another, have yet to find the readers they so richly deserve.”

Sony’s PSI Lab – FT115

Patrick Huyghe investigates the truth behind the closure of Sony’s seven-year paranormal research effort.

Apocalypse Pretty Soon: “…a coast-to-coast guide to our favorite millenial and utopian players…” (from author Alex Heard)

Apocalypse Pretty Soon: “…a coast-to-coast guide to our favorite millenial and utopian players…” (from author Alex Heard)

Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang

‘If you’ve ever read a hardboiled detective story, you may have come across a sentence like, “I jammed the roscoe in his button and said, ‘Close your yap, bo, or I squirt metal.'” Something like this isn’t too hard to decipher. But what if you encounter, “The flim-flammer jumped in the flivver and faded.”?’

Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang

‘If you’ve ever read a hardboiled detective story, you may have come across a sentence like, “I jammed the roscoe in his button and said, ‘Close your yap, bo, or I squirt metal.'” Something like this isn’t too hard to decipher. But what if you encounter, “The flim-flammer jumped in the flivver and faded.”?’

FEED: Wiring Baby’s Brain, by Erik Davis “Faced with new findings in neurobiology, not to mention signal saturation in the 3-to-the-grave market, mediatech producers are paying close attention to the cognitive demands of babies and toddlers.”

Mind Waves: An Interview with Francisco Varela by Erik Davis

FEED: Wiring Baby’s Brain, by Erik Davis “Faced with new findings in neurobiology, not to mention signal saturation in the 3-to-the-grave market, mediatech producers are paying close attention to the cognitive demands of babies and toddlers.”

Mind Waves: An Interview with Francisco Varela by Erik Davis