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I am moving many new posts to Google Plus!

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Forums and Minerals, the new Internet tools

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And here’s an explanation of why that is! Can you believe a song that tells you what Google Plus is and isn’t!

Thanx for the reference Guy Kawasaki!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/08/10 at 16:26

I approve of some forms of nudity, even when I am the nude

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This candid view was clicked several years ago. I was hot-tubbing with my bud, Les Yamada, at his place on Vancouver Island, south of Nanaimo!

 

I posted this view elsewhere and some of my prudish friends objected that it revealed too much info!

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/08/06 at 19:00

Depicting the domains of idiot ideologies

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This Venn Diagram is wonderful. It clearly categorizes the idiot ideologies of the right wing nutters:

 

This was snipped from Wikipedia, which I consider a great source!

I guess Gov Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann fit well in the middle of this diagram!

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/08/06 at 18:47

Two posts I really relate to: the first defines 10 books to know all about culture, the other is about the new ‘Net!

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I found both posts via Twitter, which sort of  proves Nova Spivak’s point that Twitter is all about notifications. The first is about all you need to know about Western Culture and the other is about a suggested evolution of Twitter in relation to Facebook and Google Plus.

I will get back to this post with more comments in the next few days.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/20 at 16:15

This picture confirms my agnosticism about India’s economic future

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This picture of chaotic traffic in an Indian city says much of it for me.


The picture says it all. Not one city bus in sight! And the road looks hopelessly blocked. Indian cities = urban chaos!

Everyday I travel several kilometres thru streets in Dalian that seem busy but on the whole not chaotic. Bus fare is cheap and buses are very available offering a dependable service. They are not the most comfortable conveyance but 10 km trips are completed in less than 15 minutes. Cross city taxi rides don’t cost much (about $3CDN) and travel times are manageable. Dalian is a second tier city in China and has a viable infrastructure with good in-city transportation, plentiful drinking water, reliable and affordable electricity and rental housing.

From what I read not even the best organized city in India can offer a viable city infrastructure and the country doesn’t seem to have the kind of government that can deliver it in any foreseeable future. This is not the picture of an emerging world class economy!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/06/16 at 21:30

She was considered the original bikini girl in Hollywood of the ’50s

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She died a few years ago in her eightys. Her name was Bettie Page. Her is one of her photos considered a “bikini original”.

I snipped this image from a HuffPo gallery of iconic swimsuit images.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/05/29 at 22:11

By Vincent Bugliosi in the “Divinity of Doubt”

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Once more twitter leads me to a gem:

Being as helpless and impotent as we are in understanding the meaning of our existence, the majority of mankind turns to organized religion for answers, while a much smaller number of humans turn to learned religious writers and theologians. But all we ever get from any of these sources is unintelligible and/or absurd answers to insoluble mysteries. God, if there is a God, would have all the answers. But he is waiting for us, if at all, outside the reach of our minds — our finite minds cannot comprehend that which is infinite (or as Einstein put it, “The problem is too vast for our limited minds”) — and that is why the effort of religion and theology to define and explain God is inherently futile. Thus, my agnosticism.

Is the conclusion of agnosticism no more than an intellectual exercise? Can it have any value to the human condition? Perhaps. I believe there is an ethical dimension to agnosticism that has the potential, to the degree it is embraced, to make man more honest. We know that untruthfulness, dishonesty, deceit, hypocrisy, and pretense are so much a part of life that we almost expect these things in our daily living and find it refreshing when we see their absence. And it’s not too likely this will ever change. But if man can ever at least hope to reduce the level of dishonesty in his existence, there perhaps is no better place to start than in his relationship with God.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/05/15 at 17:02

Burning WTC towers on 9/11

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I had never seen this image which is part of a collection posted today on the NY Times website LENS.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/05/04 at 16:06

How the iPhone is doing in China – not bad at all thanks!

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Two perceptive $APPL observers (Brian Hall and JL Gassee) have perused Apple’s last quarter report and found this important fact:

In China the iPhone is +250% year-to-year (vs. +155% in the US).The number is especially interesting because this ought to be where iOS goes to die, snuffed out by a swarm of locally produced cheap handsets running Android or its mutant cousins Tapas and Ophone.

My own observation is that there is a class of Chinese consumers who have this thing for gadgets (iPhones and iPads) that seem to come from the US of A, even when they are “made in China”.

And what about the Android vs. iOS wars. Here is what Brian Hall reports:

  1. Looks like iPhone was 65% of total smartphone ATT sales in Q1. (3.6m out of 5.5m).
  2. They didn’t report total Android, but assuming Blackberry was 20%, Android was probably around 0.8m or 15%.
  3. It looks like iPhone was 45% of total ATT phone sales for the quarter. It is unclear if that percentage is growing substantially or stabilized.
My goodness, Apple wins again!
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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/04/25 at 15:59

This may explain why your personality hasn’t fit with your Zodiac sign

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It turns out that until recently we have been offered Astrological explanations based on an inaccurate calculation of the dates used to identify our astrological sign  Check out this link for the explanation.

Most astrological “advice” seems to depend on the imagination of the individual offering that “advice”. Is there an Astrological authority? Well there may be one depending on how you feel about Astrology and what it offers. In an age when scientists can’t even agree whether or not Pluto is a planet, it’s hardly surprising that astrological calendars are now being recalculated.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/01/13 at 18:42