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Duvet-Dayz: 1000 Posts!

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Finally, after more than two years and almost 450,000 spam messages received, here it is: Our 1000nd blog post!

We did a break last year for almost four months, but have many plans to expand this place and hope we will get the opportunity to share it with all of you.

Many thanks to all our readers and we hope you will continue coming back to this blog.

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How to pay for National Health Care – The Wall Street way

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For those who still don’t believe that something is substantially wrong with the way Wall Street and so-called investment banks / Hedge funds around the world have siphoned astronomical amounts into their pockets, here’s another example how the pyramid scheme worked / is being used.

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Quote of the day: The Myth of Sisyphus

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I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions.

Albert Camus, 1913 – 1960, The Myth of Sisyphus

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Images: The Manhattan Street Corners

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Between March and November 2006 NYC photographer Richard Howe has created a collection of photographs of every one of the about 11,000 street corners in Manhattan.

So far about half of these images are available through online galleries on his web site with more being added step-by-step.

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Animation: Genre

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In this animation creator Don Hertzfeldt examines almost every movie genre in existence, plus a few he made up himself. And all that of course with rabbits.

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Weekend Activity: Build your own Zen Garden

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Japanese Zen Gardens are known for their calming effects and for centuries gardeners in Japan have cultivated, groomed and maintained Zen rock gardens and their dry landscape style called Karesansui (“withered landscape”).

Scientist analyzing one of the World most famous Zen gardens, the Zen rock garden of the Ryoanji Temple (Temple of the Peaceful Dragon) in Kyoto revealed that the calming effect is due to subliminal messages created by the arrangement of rocks and gravel. If they would have also asked the gardeners maintaining the beauty of that place, they would have learned that – as known to many practicing Zen – that maintaining or arranging such a garden has a calming effect of its own.

While you might not be able to feel the gravel passing through the teeth of your rake within one of these old gardens, you could create yourself a miniature version of a Zen rock garden and enjoy peace and quietness that way.

There are ready made miniature Zen garden sets available, but we put together a few links demonstrating how to create one yourself with parts you might…

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