Quote of the day: The last Poem

image Katana small This quote is from James Clavell’s well known novel Shogun:

The blue sky above the earth
White clouds rise towards heaven
Life is only a butterfly’s dream
Death the way to eternal life

Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell, 1924 – 1994, Shogun



More information:
James Clavell at Wikipedia





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Video: FDR Inaugurated

A video interesting in a few ways.

First historically of course, then because we will almost certainly hear a more or less similar speech in about a week, and third as times of today might turn out to be rather similar too.


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…This nation is asking for action, and action now…

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Advertising: Whopper Sacrifice

A great viral advertising idea. For every 10 (virtual) friends you defriend at Facebook you get a free Whopper from Burger King (U.S. Residents only).

Finally someone is putting a price tag to virtual friendship (1/10 of a burger – xxx calories, xxx USD) and a way to bring all these SEO spammers to a better use. So far more than 12,000 friends have been un-friended.

Interestingly they have chosen Facebook and not, for example, MySpace. Maybe because they want to sell some Burgers as well.


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More information
Whopper Sacrifice web site


info via: Happy Notes

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Music: Julian Bream – J.S Bach-Violin Sonata fugue

Internationally celebrated British guitarist Julian Bream plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata No. 1 for violin (G minor, BWV 1001), second movement Fuga (Allegro) on the guitar.


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More information
If you want to try to play this yourself here are the tabs

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Bartitsu: The Gentleman’s Art of Self Defense

A short documentary on Bartitsu, a self defense system created by E.W. Barton-Wright in 1899 by combining Asian and European defense techniques including jujitsu, boxing, french (kick)-boxing, stick fighting and improvised fighting for example by using your overcoat to defend yourself. It was so popular in the UK at the beginning of the 20. century that Arthur Conan Doyle had his best know character, Sherlock Holmes, practicing Bartitsu in one of his books.


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“…Bartitsu was a method of cross-training between jiujitsu, savate, boxing and stick fighting; it was the first fighting art to have incorporated both Asian and European styles.

After a few brief years of glory, Bartitsu was all but forgotten throughout most of the 20th Century…”



More information
Bartitsu at Wikipedia
Bartitsu.org

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Music: zZz – Running with the Beast

The video “Running with the Beast” for the band zZz is interesting in two ways.

First there is of course the music and then the project shown “…about two artist who have created the conditions to capture rage in a systematic way…” by letting two colored cocks print their fight on a sheet of paper.


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video by: Conditional Design

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