30 November 2007

Senate Bill to Criminalize Thoughts, Blogs, Books and Free Speech

The end of Free Speech in America has arrived at our doorstep. It's a new law called the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, and it is worded in a clever way that could allow the U.S. government to arrest and incarcerate any individual who speaks out against the Bush Administration, the war on Iraq, the Department of

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Jet Lag Part Two

So it is Friday morning after 5:30 a.m. and I still have not gotten to sleep. Tomorrow is going to suck… HARD!

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Jet Lag

When I flew to China, I arrived tired, and went to sleep early that first night at about 20:30, and awoke at around 3:30 the next morning, but after that I returned to a sleep pattern of going to sleep at 22:30 each night and waking at 6:30 each morning. So jet lag was not too much of an issue although I did get very sleepy every afternoon at 16:30 for some reason. But on my return home to America, I find myself unable to go to sleep before midnight and so tired in the afternoon that I must simply nap for a few hours and wake up feeling like crap! This jet lag sucks!

So tomorrow, I am going to awake at 6:30 in the morning, take my daughter to school, go to my restaurant for some breakfast, and spend much of the day walking, in hopes that it will keep me awake and allow me to get plenty of sleep tomorrow ^later tonight. I have to be at work early this Saturday morning, so I need my regular sleeping pattern stat!

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22 November 2007

20 November 2007

Thanksgiving in China

Thanksgiving is an American holiday. How can it be connected in any tangible way to people living on the opposite side of the world, in abject poverty, groveling under the tyranny of Communism? And yet I think that the kernel of this story, the very heart and meaning of it, comes clearly into view when we compare China with America at Thanksgiving.

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19 November 2007

First Step to Reunite Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches

Efforts to reunite the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, split for nearly 1,000 years, took a cautious step forward as a joint commission agreed that the pope has primacy over bishops of both churches.

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Having Lots of Kids Helps Dads Live to 100

A young, trim farmer with four or more children: According to a new study, that's the ideal profile for American men hoping to reach 100 years of age.

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Announcing the Terra Soft Solutions 2007 Holiday Gift Box for under $100 U.S.!

I want one! The Terra Soft 2007 Holiday Gift Box is now available from the TSS Store. It includes a wonderful assembly of Yellow Dog goodies including YDL 5.0.2 (PS3/Mac Install & Source DVDs), Getting Started with YDL book, YDL Coffee Mug, YDL T-shirt, YDL Zipper Case, Flippy Flier, 2 YDL Stickers, YDL Beanie, and Delicious, Colorado Cherry Company jelly.

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Philosophy of Anarchy..It's catching on! Provocative piece

"No sane person believes that anarchy generates order. The idea that anarchy could be superior to government in some cases seems even more absurd .... Self-governance, however, might work better than you think"........ Read on with an open mind. Very intriguing and thought provoking.

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Wal-mart's "Secret Sale" on PS3, 15 free Blu-Ray Movies !

On 11/24 at 8:00am (running through 11:59pm on 11/25), the 80GB PS3 ($499) will come with 10 FREE Blu-ray movies instantly. You choose any 10 BD titles under $30 within the store and they will override the prices to zero. For those stores that carry BD already, additional titles are being sent in for the sale. And you still get 5 free movies by mail too!

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18 November 2007

Updated Weight Chart

My Weight Chart:
Weight Chart

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Only 2 pounds to go! My original idea was to be down to 199 lbs. by Thanksgiving and I may make it yet! So for those counting, I have lost at least 80 pounds since I started tracking it in April!

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U.S. Government Considers US Constitution "Terrorist Literature"

The U.S. Government now officially considers people who "make numerous references to the Constitution" to be "potential terrorists" (Google Video)

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15 November 2007

Hitting the Open Source Road With a Linux-Powered Driverless Vehicle

"Any time something creative is done with Linux on Power, it showcases a unique solution and stimulates others to also think outside of the box to recognize that we can choose to live in an other than Wintel world and still be viable, even thrive," Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions...

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14 November 2007

Li Ching-Yuen

Li Ching-Yuen or Li Ching Yun (Pinyin: lǐ qīng yún; Traditional Chinese: 李清雲) (Szechuan, China, 1677 A.D. - 1933 A.D.) is said to be one of the oldest persons who ever lived in our century, dying at 256 years of age.

Li Chung Yun was born in 1677 in Chyi Jiang Hsie, Szechuan province. He spent most of his life in the mountain ranges gathering herbs and knowledge of longevity methods.
In 1748, when he was 71 years old, moved to Kai Hsien to join the Chinese army as teacher of the martial arts and as a tactical advisor.

In 1927 Li Ching-Yuen was invited by General Yang Sen to visit him in Wann Hsien, Szechuan. The general was fascinated by his youthfulness, strength and prowess in spite of his advanced age. His famous photo was obtained there.
Returning home, he died a year later, some say of natural causes, others claim that he told friends that "I have done all I have to do in this world. I will now go home.", and then allowed his spirit to depart.

After Li's death, General Yang Sen investigated the truth about his claimed background and age. He wrote a report that was later published. In 1933, people interviewed from his home province remembered seeing him when they were children, and that he hadn't aged much during their lifetime. Others reported that he had been friends with their grandfathers. The truth about his long life may never be solved.

The Time Magazine article says that in 1930 Professor Wu Chung-chieh, from Chengdu University, found records from the Chinese Imperial Government congratulating Li Ching Yuen in his 150th birthday in 1827.

In his book "Ancient Secrets of Youth" Peter Kelder brings a remarkable tale about Li Ching Yuen, told by one of his disciples, the Taiji Quan Master Da Liu. He told that at 130 years old Master Li encountered an older hermit in the mountains who taught him Baguazhang and a set of Qigong with breathing instructions, movements training coordinated with specific sounds, and dietary recommendations. Da Liu reports that his master's said that his longevity "is due to the fact that I performed the exercises every day - regularly, correctly, and with sincerity - for 120 years."
Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, in his book "Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Chi Kung." says that Li Ching-Yuen was a Chinese herbalist skilled in Qigong who spent most of his life in the mountains. In 1927 the National Revolutionary Army General Yang Sen (揚森), invited him to his residence in Wann Hsien, Szechuan province, where the picture shown in this article was taken.

Chinese General Yang Sen wrote a report about him, "A Factual Account of the 250 Year-Old Good-Luck Man.", where he described Li Ching Yuen's appearance: "He has good eyesight and a brisk stride; Li stands seven feet tall, has very long fingernails, and a ruddy complexion."

Stuart Alve Olson wrote in 2002 the book "Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal: The Eight Essential Exercises of Master Li Ching-Yun". In this book he teaches the practice of the "Eight Brocade Qigong" learned with the Taiji Quan Master T. T. Liang (Liang Tung Tsai), who learned it from the General Yang Sen.

The praticants of Jiulong Baguazhang, also known as Nine Dragon Eight Diagram Palm, claims that his art was conceived by the Daoist sage Li Ching-Yuen (follow the reference among the "External links").

The Taoist Master Liu Pai Lin (劉百齡), who inhabited São Paulo, Brazil, from 1975 until 2000, had in his classroom another photograph of Master Li Ching Yuen unknown in occident. In this photo his face is clearly visible, as are his long and curled fingernails. Master Liu had met him personally in China, and considered him as one of his Masters. He used to say that Master Li answered to him that the fundamental taoist practice is learn to keep the "Emptiness" (Wu Wei). Master Liu's son, Master Liu Chih Ming, teaches in CEMETRAC the 12 Silks Qigong, as transmitted by Master Li.
[edit]Chinese herbalist

Li Ching-Yuen is also reported to be a real Chinese herbalist, proponent of the use of Gotu Kola and others Chinese herbs to conquer longevity.

An interesting sidelight was thrown upon the unique properties of fo-ti-tieng (Gotu Kola) by a 107 year old Indian sage named Nanddo Narian, who claimed that the herb provides the missing ingredient in a man's diet, without which, he can never control disease and decay. He found it to be, in practice, the finest of all herbal tonics and nutrients.

The results of the studies performed upon Gotu Kola by the French in Algeria revealed what appears to be a new vitamin not known in any other food or herb. It was described as the "youth vitamin X" that exerts a rejuvenating influence upon the ductless glands, the healthy functioning of which is, the means by which the brain and body are maintained for healthy activity.

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13 November 2007

Fedora 8 sees strong adoption in first week

Fedora 8 has been installed over 54,000 times since its release last week according to statistics from Red Hat.

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One Laptop Per Child Now On Sale

For a donation of $399, one XO laptop will be sent to empower a child in a developing nation and one will be sent to the child in your life in recognition of your contribution. $200 of your donation is tax-deductible (your $399 donation minus the fair market value of the XO laptop you will be receiving). Between November 12 and November 26.

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12 November 2007

Linux Goes Hollywood With New Terra Soft Film Rendering Tool

Y-Film is a product formed from two separate applications. First is a cluster construction suite supported by TerraSoft's Y-HPC platform. The second is the Artist Productivity and Asset Management Tools developed by Scott Frankel, president of Circle-S Studios and the lead developer of Y-Film. The tool set runs on x86 or Power Linux and  Mac OS X.

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08 November 2007

Fedora 8 Officially released!

One of the most impressive new features included in Fedora 8 is the PulseAudio sound daemon, which will allow users to set the volume for each application individually, move streams between devices, redirect audio streams to other computers on the local network, and much more.

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HOW-TO: Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour

Secrets Unlocked to learning new languages

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06 November 2007

Another Reason the Apple Macintosh is Superior…

Power adaptability from 110v to 140v (AC) without any adapter is not an often touted advantage, but a very important one to world travelers!

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04 November 2007

PS3 enters DARPA Urban Challenge

Terrasoft Solutions posted an article on their development of a stereo vision object detection system built upon Sony'sPS3 for Axion Racing's entry into the DARPA Urban Challenge.The PS3 running Yellow Dog Linux replaced one of the on-boardDell servers to process the realtime stereoscopic sensor data.

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The State of the Linux Gaming Industry

When I read reports on the Linux gaming industry, I can't help but wonder where the Linux gamers are at? Can we find them on the Nintendo Wii or perhaps the Playstation 3 (PS3)? After all, I have heard that PS3 actually works rather well with Yellow Dog Linux.

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HOW-TO: Yellow Dog Linux 5.0.2 W/ WIFI!!!!!!

How to install on PS3

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Supercomputing with a stack of PlayStations

Khanna's system runs Yellow Dog Linux, chosen because there is a PS3-centric version.

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Diggity: Digg Dugg

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