Banned Book Week (Sept 25 – Oct 2)

The American Library Association kicked off it’s annual banned book week starting Sept 25th.  I’m including a list of some favorites that I feel are worthy of not being burned or banned.

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Hey Lula, Don’t Blame Me for this mess!

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown got an earful from the Brazilian President about the current financial crisis.

“This was a crisis that was fostered and boosted by the irrational behavior of people who were white and blue-eyed, who before the crisis they looked like they knew everything about economics, but now have demonstrated they know nothing about economics,”

— President Lula da Silva of Brazil

I want to assure everyone that I had absolutely nothing to do with this crisis. I know nothing about economics except that my k401 is greatly diminished. My eyes have invoked comments before. In China a few children would call me Gweilo and seemed genuinely afraid of me. My eye color is listed as blue on my driver license, but over time I think it is changing to more of a grey to match my financial mood. It’s hard for me to judge because I’m on the inside looking out. You decide:

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Lula, This is all genetically determined

Thanks Maureen for writing an Op-Ed about this:

Blue Eyed Greed

Twitter, Skype, TweetDeck Oh My!

Let’s face it, we don’t build stuff anymore. Our economy is in free fall but we are really only good at finding ways to be distracted. I’m as open to distractions as anyone else so I’m onboard with all the micro-blogging tools (as well as traditional blogs and forums).

I tweet, blog, set facebook status, chat, GTalk, Communicate with Communicator, but I no longer Jabber.

I’m LinkdIn, connected to my Facebook friends, EONS bound, but no Classmates for me… they ask for $$

So how does one deal with all this? Obviously you need a social aggregator program. I’m using Digsby.

The CEO of Twitter was on CSpan last night. He did not inspire awe. The audience looked comatose. I bet they were twittering each other. He mentioned that Twitter has a good search function but it is difficult to find. Can’t search for the search, amusing isn’t it?

So what does a techno-geek do? Add more software of course. I now have TweetDeck running besides Digsby and Skype. Tweetdeck has search, TwitPic and TwitScoop. Of course the big news today is the Oscars. Can you guess what the twitterers are tweeping about?

Take a look:

TweetDeck

Let’s get together

Is this any way to elect a President? The candidates must be exhausted, I know that I am….

John McCain is stopping in Peterborough, NH today. I went to see him on his last visit (he appears in the running slideshow on the right side of this blog). I’ll probably swing by and see what’s happening.

But I’m fatigued with all this, neither candidate is going to do half of what they claim and we’ll be living in that reality. So I’m moving on and changing the subject to something we can all agree on …. MUSIC!

I’ve been intrigued with an organization called “Playing for Change” which is NOT connected with the Obama or any other campaign!

Here is a YouTube excerpt:

Gaden Jangtse Monks at the Mariposa Museum

The Mariposa Museum is located at 26 Main Street in Peterborough NH (603-924-4555). It has a simple mission:

When children are raised with respect and curiosity towards
other cultures, the world will know more peace and less war.

On Sept 5 -10th 2008, the Gaden Jangtse Monks came and created a beautiful sand mandala. On the 10th they disassembled the creation, indicative of the impermanence of things, even things of great beauty. The mandala was created for the compassionate Buddha which they explained that all mankind can relate to. It was truly a special event.