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Sadly, an Honest Creationist - de Cassandra la: 18/12/2005 23:11:34
(la: Oamenii nu se trag din maimuta)
by Richard Dawkins

Reproduc acest articol, este lung dar merita lectura cu prisosinta:

Creation “scientists” have more need than most of us to parade their degrees and qualifications, but it pays to look closely at the institutions that awarded them and the subjects in which they were taken. Those vaunted Ph.D.s tend to be in subjects such as marine engineering or gas kinetics rather than in relevant disciplines like zoology or geology. And often they are earned not at real universities, but at little-known Bible colleges deep in Bush country.

There are, however, a few shining exceptions. Kurt Wise now makes his living at Bryan College (motto “Christ Above All”) located in Dayton, Tennessee, home of the famed Scopes trial. And yet, he originally obtained an authentic degree in geophysics from the University of Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard, no less, where he studied under (the name is milked for all it is worth in creationist propaganda) Stephen Jay Gould.

Kurt Wise is a contributor to , a compendium edited by John F. Ashton (Ph.D., of course). I recommend this book. It is a revelation. I would not have believed such wishful thinking and self-deception possible. At least some of the authors seem to be sincere, and they don’t water down their beliefs. Much of their fire is aimed at weaker brethren who think God works through evolution, or who clutch at the feeble hope that one “day” in Genesis might mean not twenty-four hours but a hundred million years. These are hard-core “young earth creationists” who believe that the universe and all of life came into existence within one week, less than 10,000 years ago. And Wise—flying valiantly in the face of reason, evidence, and education—is among them. If there were a prize for Virtuoso Believing (it is surely only a matter of time before the Templeton Foundation awards one) Kurt Wise, B.A. (Chicago), Ph.D. (Harvard), would have to be a prime candidate.

Wise stands out among young earth creationists not only for his impeccable education, but because he displays a modicum of scientific honesty and integrity. I have seen a published letter in which he comments on alleged “human bones” in Carboniferous coal deposits. If authenticated as human, these “bones” would blow the theory of evolution out of the water (incidentally giving lie to the canard that evolution is unfalsifiable and therefore unscientific: J. B. S. Haldane, asked by an overzealous Popperian what empirical finding might falsify evolution, famously growled, “Fossil rabbits in the Precambrian!”). Most creationists would not go out of their way to debunk a promising story of human remains in the Pennsylvanian Coal Measures. Yet Wise patiently and seriously examined the specimens as a trained paleontologist, and concluded unequivocally that they were “inorganically precipitated iron siderite nodules and not fossil material at all.” Unusually among the motley denizens of the “big tent” of creationism and intelligent design, he seems to accept that God needs no help from false witness.

All the more interesting, then, to read his personal testimony in In . It is actually quite moving, in a pathetic kind of way. He begins with his childhood ambition. Where other boys wanted to be astronauts or firemen, the young Kurt touchingly dreamed of getting a Ph.D. from Harvard and teaching science at a major university. He achieved the first part of his goal, but became increasingly uneasy as his scientific learning conflicted with his religious faith. When he could bear the strain no longer, he clinched the matter with a Bible and a pair of scissors. He went right through from Genesis 1 to Revelations 22, literally cutting out every verse that would have to go if the scientific worldview were true. At the end of this exercise, there was so little left of his Bible that

. . . try as I might, and even with the benefit of intact margins throughout the pages of Scripture, I found it impossible to pick up the Bible without it being rent in two. I had to make a decision between evolution and Scripture. Either the Scripture was true and evolution was wrong or evolution was true and I must toss out the Bible. . . . It was there that night that I accepted the Word of God and rejected all that would ever counter it, including evolution. With that, in great sorrow, I tossed into the fire all my dreams and hopes in science.

See what I mean about pathetic? Most revealing of all is Wise’s concluding paragraph:

Although there are scientific reasons for accepting a young earth, I am a young-age creationist because that is my understanding of the Scripture. As I shared with my professors years ago when I was in college, if all the evidence in the universe turns against creationism, I would be the first to admit it, but I would still be a creationist because that is what the Word of God seems to indicate. Here I must stand.

See what I mean about honest? Understandably enough, creationists who aspire to be taken seriously as scientists don’t go out of their way to admit that Scripture—a local origin myth of a tribe of Middle-Eastern camel-herders—trumps evidence. The great evolutionist John Maynard Smith, who once publicly wiped the floor with Duane P. Gish (up until then a highly regarded creationist debater), did it by going on the offensive right from the outset and challenging him directly: “Do you seriously mean to tell me you believe that all life was created within one week?”

Kurt Wise doesn’t need the challenge; he volunteers that, even if all the evidence in the universe flatly contradicted Scripture, and even if he had reached the point of admitting this to himself, he would still take his stand on Scripture and deny the evidence. This leaves me, as a scientist, speechless. I cannot imagine what it must be like to have a mind capable of such doublethink. It reminds me of Winston Smith in struggling to believe that two plus two equals five if Big Brother said so. But that was fiction and, anyway, Winston was tortured into submission. Kurt Wise—and presumably others like him who are less candid—has suffered no such physical coercion. But, as I hinted at the end of my previous column, I do wonder whether childhood indoctrination could wreak a sufficiently powerful brainwashing effect to account for this bizarre phenomenon.

Whatever the underlying explanation, this example suggests a fascinating, if pessimistic, conclusion about human psychology. It implies that there is no sensible limit to what the human mind is capable of believing, against any amount of contrary evidence. Depending upon how many Kurt Wises are out there, it could mean that we are completely wasting our time arguing the case and presenting the evidence for evolution. We have it on the authority of a man who may well be creationism’s most highly qualified and most intelligent scientist that no evidence, no matter how overwhelming, no matter how all-embracing, no matter how devastatingly convincing, can ever make any difference.

Can you imagine believing that and at the same time accepting a salary, month after month, to teach science? Even at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee? I’m not sure that I could live with myself. And I think I would curse my God for leading me to such a pass.

Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. An evolutionary biologist and prolific author and lecturer

"Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived" Isaac Asimov
imaginginfo - de Dinu Lazar la: 22/12/2005 17:14:37
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Esteee! Acum merge. E foarte interesant, adevarat. Site de site.

Dau si eu aici citeva situri care mi-au placut in ultimul timp si care merita a fi vazute intre caltaboshi, cozonaci si friptane; sunt de la diversi amici, cu descrierile lor:


I've made a couple of CS2 scripts that are useful to me, and I thought they may be useful to others too. they are at:

I use them when preparing submissions to my stock library. If anyone cares to improve or modify them go right ahead, and I would be interested in any constructive feedback.


That link ( comes from a very interesting site for photographers and graphic artists with lots more info on marketing and other subjects, but I'm posting again to tell you about a service offered by Acclaim Images. If you sell with them, they will construct a website for you which will include all of your images and links back to their site where they may be purchased.

Here is mine... Of course, it is not highly individualized as far as design is concerned (I think there were choices concerning background color and one other attribute that I can't remember right now), but since it's free, there's not much to complain about and if you take a look, I think you'll agree that it isn't bad!!
Have been following the discussion about web design and coincidentally came across this article that I thought might add to the discussion...

"Marketing With Your Website," at
For every photographer selling prints there's a differing menu of
prices. Ultimately, only you can decide what your images are worth.
I've decided on mine, you can see my prices here..... http://
It may be of interest to some to look at new guidelines on best practice for supply of digital imagery that have just been released:-

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concurs la - de Dinu Lazar la: 22/12/2005 22:58:48
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Dear Photographers, photo editors and friends of POYi,

We are pleased to invite you to enter your work in the world's oldest and one of the world's most prestigious photojournalism competitions, Pictures of the Year International.

This year we will again have entry forms online and entries will be submitted online as well, making the process of entering easier and more efficient.We will also be accepting editing entries online as PDFs, while still asking for the actual published work for best use of photographs in a newspaper, magazine or book. Multimedia entries will be judged online from the URL you provide.

Entries will be accepted online beginning January 3, 2006. The deadline for all entries is two weeks later, January 17.

So, for now, you are welcome to review the contest categories and preparation of entry procedures at our Web site,

There you'll also see several years-worth of recent winners, a mere portion of the 63-year-old archive.

We look forward to your participation.

Best regards,

David Rees
Director POYi
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fotografia, aurul si ardelenii - de Dinu Lazar la: 31/12/2005 19:41:05
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Multi pushtani cistiga nesperat din fotografii puse pe situri de royaltee free. Iata parerea unui amic de-al meu despre acest fenomen...

The real problem with the micropayment stock is not weather you make some cash or not.
The real problem is that you follow a fundamentally wrong business model.

Instead of investing your time and energy to increase your per image profits you spend your time and energy to decrease your per image profits.

If you had some experience in the retail industry you'd know that mass production and distribution is all about logistics, not about art.

And logistics are the major benefit of large, well organized companies; small businesses and professionals have to follow a very different way to succeed in their field especially in the long term, a way that has to do more with specialization and very high quality, personalized products/services along with high profits on a per product/case basis.

Of course I completely understand that most low-end professionals haven't got any idea about business models, business plans and long term goals, and this is not about art either.

La care alt amic raspunde:

micropay agencies will have the effect that China have on Made in Italy....
Many Italian industries went to China to produce at less price to have more income. Yes, short term income rised up a lot but... now they complaint about all the chinese stuff imported in Italy causing a big crisis.
Sorry for those who submit images on that sites, but is a mass suicide!
Until 10 years ago I worked mainly as photojournalist then I discovered that stock imagery have higher fees. I changed because fees on photojournalism dropped down a lot, thanks to "colleagues"
that had the good idea to propose story for peanuts... Now many of those who proposed stories for peanuts have changed job, probably they make pizzas or something like that. And the old good photojournalist are now involved in stock...
I don't event think to submit images to micropay like "suckerstock"!
I don't want to kill myself!
Altfel la multi ani, sanatate si virtute, restul cumparam sau luam in rate...
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Belele neasteptate la inceput de an; virusi - de Dinu Lazar la: 04/01/2006 21:45:17
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
The attacking image can arrive in an email or come from a maliciously
designed web page. The filename of the image can end in something
innocuous such as GIF or JPG: this is because Windows, when it
displays an image, checks the true format of the image rather than its
filename. So if the disguised "GIF" or "JPG" image is in fact in WMF
format, Windows will treat it as being in WMF format and will infect itself automatically when it tries to display the image.

"a new wave of attacks on a flaw in the way versions of Windows from
98 through XP handle malicious files in the WMF (Windows Metafile) format. One such attack arrives in an e-mail message entitled "happy new year," bearing a malicious file attachment
called "HappyNewYear.jpg" that is really a disguised WMF file. Even though the file is labelled as a JPEG, Windows recognizes the content as
a WMF and attempts to execute the code it contains."
a report from TechWorld. - - a report from the Financial Times. Jan 3rd part copied below

"The potential [security threat] is huge," said Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer at F-Secure, an antivirus company. "It's probably bigger
than for any other vulnerability we've seen. Any version of Windows is
vulnerable right now."
The flaw, which allows hackers to infect computers using programs
maliciously inserted into seemingly innocuous image files, was first
discovered last week. But the potential for damaging attacks increased
dramatically at the weekend after a group of computer hackers
published the source code they used to exploit it. Unlike most attacks,
which require victims to download or execute a suspect file, the new
vulnerability makes it possible for users to infect their computers with spyware or a virus simply by viewing a web page, e-mail or instant
message that contains a contaminated image.

"We haven't seen anything that bad yet, but multiple individuals and
groups are exploiting this vulnerability," Mr Hyppönen said. He said that
every Windows system shipped since 1990 contained the flaw.

Microsoft said in a security bulletin on its website that it was aware
that the vulnerability was being actively exploited. However an official
patch to correct the flaw was not expected to be released until January 10. "

- a report from the Guardian, giving more technical details and
recommendations for protecting your computer.
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coincidente? - de Pasagerul la: 10/01/2006 21:55:35
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "8")
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln 's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford.'
Kennedy was shot in a car called ' Lincoln' made by 'Ford.'

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker...

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant
Un zimbet de dimineata - de Pasagerul la: 22/01/2006 07:38:30
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "8")
A Russian and an American wrestler were set to square off for
the Olympic Gold medal.

Before the final match, the American wrestler's trainer came
to him and said, "Now, don't forget all the research we've done on
this Russian. He's never lost a match because of this 'pretzel' hold
he has. Whatever you do, do not let him get you in that hold! If he
does, you're finished!"

The Yankee nodded in acknowledgment. As the match started,
the Yank and the Russian circled each other several times, looking
for an opening. All of a sudden, the Russian lunged forward, grabbing
the Yankee and wrapping him up in the dreaded pretzel hold. A sigh of
disappointment arose from the crowd, and the trainer buried his face
in his hands, for he knew all was lost. He couldn't watch the
inevitable happen.

Suddenly, there was a scream then a cheer from the crowd, and
the trainer raised h is eyes just in time to watch the Russian go
flying up in the air. His back hit the mat with a thud, and the
American collapsed on top of him making the pin and winning the match.

The trainer was astounded. When he finally got his wrestler
alone he asked, "How did you ever get out of that hold? No one has
ever done it before!"

The wrestler answered, "Well, I was ready to give up when he
got me in that hold, but at the last moment, I opened my eyes and saw
this pair of testicles right in front of my face. I had nothing to
lose so with my last ounce of strength I stretched out my neck and
bit those babies just as hard as I could."

"So," the trainer exclaimed, "that's what finished him off!"

"Not really. You'd be amazed how strong you get when you bite
your own nuts."
My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant
din intelepciunea populara - de Pasagerul la: 22/01/2006 07:50:29
(la: Motto-uri)
1. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't.

2. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.

3. I Work Hard Because Millions On Welfare Depend on Me!

4. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.

5. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
6. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.

7. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me

8. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

9. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.

10. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are missing.
11. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

12. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.

13. God must love stupid people; He made so many.

14. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

15. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
16. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

17. Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it!

18. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.

19. Procrastinate Now!

20. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?
21. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

22. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance

23. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!

24. They call it PMS because MadCow Disease was already taken.

25. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.

26..A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.

27. Ham and eggs. A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

28. The trouble with life is there's no background music

29. The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.

30. I smile because I don't know what the hell is going on!

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant
dendrofilie sau arbofilie - de Cassandra la: 12/02/2006 23:38:04
(la: Granitele sexului normal.)
excitare sexuala produsa de copaci. phitofilie - de plante in general.
pentru delectarea cititorilor, reproduc un fragment cules de prin internet:

"The practice of dendrophilia covers a vast range of tree-related activities. Most commonly reported cases include men who enjoy rubbing their genitals against rough tree bark to climax, or women using tree branches as penetrating masturbatory aids. Dendrophilia also applies to sexual attraction to objects made from trees, such as dildoes carved from wood.

Other, less painful-sounding methods adopted by those who lust after nature also include wrapping large leaves around the penis as a masturbating sleeve, brushing leafy branches or vines against the body for stimulation, or using the crevices or squirrel-holes found in trees for the obvious insertion purposes.

The sight of a sap-laden opening in a tree trunk is very suggestive of aroused female genitalia, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by cultures that worshipped trees and vegetation as a means to promote their own fertility. In some varieties of trees, particularly those with long, twisting branches and roots such as the mandrake, the plants can have an appearance likened to the voluptuous curves of a woman’s body or the protruding appendages of an aroused male. Many trees have been associated with beautiful women in popular mythology, such as the nymph Acantha being turned into a tree to escape an unwanted suitor.
The flowers, buds and other reproductive parts of many plants also appear to share visual characteristics with human anatomy, making them popular courting gifts and fetish objects. Romantic poets may describe their lover’s vulva as they would the parting of petals of a flower. The fragrance of many flowers, intended to attract insects for pollination purposes, has long been a favorite ingredient for many human aphrodisiacs and perfumes.

Perhaps the most amusing practice associated with phytophilia is the talking to a plant in a sexual manner. While it’s a well-known and commonly practiced myth that speaking to houseplants or garden vegetation will encourage them to grow, some phytophiliacs take this to a whole new level by "talking dirty" to their green friends, even tenderly caressing the stems or leaves.

While diddling with plant life may take the fancy of someone just exploring new textures or novelties, the reasons that many true dendrophiliacs and phytophiliacs offer for their sexual deviances often take their roots in enjoying completely submissive lovers, ones who cannot tell tales or ridicule them as a human partner might. There are also theories that these types of attractions are also displaced paraphilias, stemming from a great emotional love for nature that evolves into a sexual love."
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Buna Dimineata - de Pasagerul la: 19/02/2006 07:42:01
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "8")
If they had a Jewish Mother:
MONA LISA'S JEWISH MOTHER: "This you call a smile, after all the money your father and I spent on braces?"
discovered, you still should have written."
MICHELANGELO'S JEWISH MOTHER: "Why can't you paint on walls like other children? Do you know how hard it is to get that schmutz off of the
NAPOLEON'S JEWISH MOTHER: "All right, if you're not hiding your report
card inside your jacket, take your hand out of there and show me!"
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S JEWISH MOTHER: "Again with the hat! Why can't you wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S JEWISH MOTHER: "Next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!"
THOMAS EDISON'S JEWISH MOTHER: "Of course I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and go to sleep!"
ALBERT EINSTEIN'S JEWISH MOTHER: "But it's your senior photograph!
Couldn't you have done something with your hair? And that tongue???"
MOSES' JEWISH MOTHER: "That's a good story! Now tell me where you've really been for the last forty years!"
BILL CLINTON'S JEWISH MOTHER: "At least Monica was a nice Jewish
My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant
Lectia pentru azi :))) - de fefe la: 03/03/2006 18:26:35
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "8")
First-year students at Oklahoma State Veterinary School were receiving their first anatomy class, with a real dead cow.

They all gathered around the surgery table with the body covered with a white sheet.

The visiting OU Professor started the class by telling them, "In veterinary medicine, it is necessary to have two important qualities as a doctor. The first is not to be disgusted by anything involving the animal's body.

The Professor then pulled back the sheet, stuck his finger in the dead cow's rectum, withdrew it, and stuck it in his mouth.

"Go ahead and do the same thing," he told his students. The students freaked out, hesitating for several minutes; but, eventually, took turns sticking a finger in the dead cow's butt and then sticking it in their mouths.

When everyone finished, the visiting OU Professor looked at them and told them, "The second most important quality is observation. I stuck in my middle finger and sucked on my index finger. Now learn to pay attention."
Un newsletter - de Dinu Lazar la: 06/03/2006 06:38:08
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
March Newsletter

We are now well over 400 members strong!! – Not bad for the forth month.
Another 100 people joined in February. Welcome to all our new members.
I hope you enjoy the forum and hopefully get involved post some of your images.
There have now been nearly 9000 messages posted – I am sure there is something to interest everybody.

You will notice that the forum has now got its own web address I hope this helps the forum load more quickly
and people can link direct to the forum rather than going via my website first.
As mentioned on the forum I have now had some flyers printed. If anybody would
like some please email or message me with your address and Ill post some to you.
I will post to anywhere in the world this isn’t just open to UK members.

If you haven’t voted for this months “Subject of the Month” the poll closes in 5
days. Vote for the theme for this months pictures and then go and take some new images.

Februarys “Image of the Month” has now closed and voting has started to find the
best image from February. Again place your vote (You don’t have to have entered an
image to vote) – voting lasts 10 days. Have a look as there are some quality images,
every month the standard is getting better and better.

You will notice that StagePhotography (George) has kindly agreed to help moderate
the forum. Regulars to the forum will already be aware of his obvious photographic
talent. This together with his “unique” outlook on life is a great addition to the forum.
A big thank you to him !!

If you haven’t visited the forum for a while please take a look as things are changing
very quickly. New forums have been added and the post count in increasing rapidly.
Hopefully there is something there for everybody. If you have any suggestions on
how to better the forum please get in contact.

Please remember if you have any questions about the forum please send me a message.

Speak soon

Martin Stembridge
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ziua buna:) - de anisia la: 15/03/2006 10:52:15
am venit, va tzuc, va las cateva glumite si ma intorc la treaba... ne vedem diseara :)

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America .
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
CLASS: Maria.
TEACHER: Why are you late, Frank?
FRANK: Because of the sign.
TEACHER: What sign?
FRANK: The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow."
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell "crocodile?"
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it s wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: &n bsp; What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.
TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.
TEACHER: Goss, why do you always get so dirty?
GOSS: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.
TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with "I."
MILLIE: I is...
TEACHER: No, Millie.... . Always say, "I am."
MILLIE: All right... "I am the ninth letter of the alphabet."
TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's
cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his
father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the ax in his hand.
TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
T EACHER: Clyde, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the
same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE: No, teacher, it's the same dog.
TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher.
doar pentru ca toate pasarile au aripi, nu inseamna ca zboara toate la aceeasi inaltime...
oye vey - de Belle la: 17/03/2006 14:58:22
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "8")
misto bancul!!!

hai sa pun si eu unul pentru tema zilei ca tot e sf. patrick azi... a se citi cu accent irlandez ;)

John O'Reilly hoisted his beer and said, "Here's to spending the rest
of me life! , between the legs of me wife!"

That won him the top prize at the pub for the best toast of the night!

He went home and told his wife, Mary, "I won the prize for the Best
toast of the night"

She said, "Aye, did ye now. And what was your toast?"

John said, "Here's to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church
beside me wife."

"Oh, that is very nice indeed, John!" Mary said.

The next day, Mary ran into one of John's drinking buddies on the
street corner. The man chuckled leeringly and said, "John won the prize the other night at the pub
with a toast about you, Mary."

She said, "Aye, he told me, and I was a bit surprised myself. You
know, he's only been there twice in the last four years. Once he fell asleep, and the other time
I had to pull him by the ears to make him come."
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Happy St Pats day!! - de Horia D la: 17/03/2006 16:27:00
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "8")
An Irish Blessing

May you always have...
A sunbeam to warm you,
Good luck to charm you,
And a sheltering angel
so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you,
And whenever you pray...
Heaven to hear you.

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Love your neighbour as much as yourself.

May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your Purse always hold a coin or two; 
May the sun always shine on your windowpane; 
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; 
May the hand of a friend always be near you; 
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Hills as green as emeralds
Cover the countryside
Lakes as blue as sapphires-
And Ireland's special pride
And rivers that shine like silver
Make Ireland look so fair-
But the friendliness of her people
Is the richest treasure there.

When the first light of sun- Bless you
When the long day is done- Bless you
In your smiles and your tears- Bless you
Through each day of your years- Bless you.
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What makes a man a man(Marc Almond) - de Pasagerul la: 19/03/2006 22:40:25
(la: Minoritati)
My mum and I we live alone
A great apartment is our home
In fairhome towers
I have to keep me company
Two dogs, a cat, a parakeet
Some plants and flowers
I help my mother with the chores
I wash, she dries, I do the floors
We work together
I shop and cook and sew a bit
Though mum does too I must admit
I do it better
At night I work in a strange bar
Impersonating every star
I'm quite deceiving
The customers come in with doubt
And wonder what I'm all about
But leave believing
I do a very special show
Where I am nude from head to toe
After stripteasing
Each night the men look so surprised
I change my sex before their eyes
Tell me if you can
What makes a man a man

At 3 o'clock or so I meet
With friends to have a bite to eat
And conversation
We love to empty out our hearts
With every subject from the arts
To liberation
We love to pull apart someone
And spread some gossip just for fun
Or start a rumour
We let our hair down, so to speak
And mock ourselves with tongue-in-cheek
And inside humour
So many times we have to pay
For having fun and being gay
It's not amusing
There's always those that spoil our games
By finding fault and calling names
Always accusing
They draw attention to themselves
At the expense of someone else
It's so confusing
Yet they make fun of how I talk
And imitate the way I walk
Tell me if you can
What makes a man a man

My masquerade comes to an end
And I go home to bed again
Alone and friendless
I close my eyes, I think of him
I fantasise what might have been
My dreams are endless
We love each other but it seems
The love is only in my dreams
It's so one sided
But in this life I must confess
The search for love and hapiness
Is unrequited
I ask myself what I have got
Of what I am and what I'm not
What have I given
The answers come from those who make
The rules that some of us must break
Just to keep living
I know my life is not a crime
I'm just a victim of my time
I stand defenceless
Nobody has the right to be
The judge of what is right for me
Tell me if you can
What make a man a man

Tell me if you can
Tell me if you can
Tell me if you can
What makes a man a man

Trebuie ascultat!!!
O fi bine in Rai, dar cele mai interesante persoane nu ajung acolo
:) - de donquijote la: 29/03/2006 06:57:01
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "9")
Okie, coffe drinkers, think of a letter between A and W.

Repeat the letter out loud as you continue.

Keep going ... Don't stop ...

Now think of an animal that begins with that letter.

Repeat it out loud as you continue.

This is really cool, keep going.

Now think of either a man's or woman's name that begins with the last letter in the animal's name.

Almost there...

Now count out the letters in that name on the fingers of the hand that you are not using to move your mouse.

Take the hand you counted with and hold it in front of you at face level.

Look at the your palm very closely and notice the lines in your hand.

Do the lines take the form of the first letter in the person's name?

Of course not!

Now smack yourself in the head, get a life, and quit playing stupid games! Hehehe!
alex - de om la: 31/03/2006 04:12:46
(la: Despre agresivitate)
excuses moi, mais il faut le dire...en anglais ;))
men strike back ... How do you now when a woman is about to say something smart?
When she starts her sentence with, "A man once told me..." :)))

Nimic personal, dar la tinta ca prea sunt agresat ;) Mais biensure va voi sunteti exceptia care intareste regula...poate ne aliem cumva ;))
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Intrebari la care s-a si intrebari la care nu s-a - de Dinu Lazar la: 31/03/2006 18:48:38
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Intreaba unu` cit sa ceara pe o lucrare foto.
Un alt fotograf ii raspunde pe larg.
Chestia se intimpla desigur in alta tzara.
Dar, oricum, e interesant.

Try anywhere between £1.00 and £10,000.00 per day. That should cover it!

A bit of a pointless statement you might say. And indeed you are correct.
Much as anyone else's might be, without knowing the first thing about your
circumstances. After all, £250.00, £500.00, £1000.00, £2000.00 per day could
all be wide of the mark, in terms of your client and for yourself!

The first thing you have to do is to work out how much it is costing you to
breathe. What are your outgoings?

Do you work from home or rent a studio?

Do you own the property and have a mortgage?

Utility bills, council tax, maintenance on same?

Do you own a car? How much is it costing you to run? Annual bills for fuel,
insurance, tax, maintenance, depreciation, HP, leasing etc., cost to renew?

Digital photographic equipment? (Phew-LM!) Cameras, lenses, computers and all
the peripherals needed to join it all up into a seamless working unit.
Office equipment? Insurance again. How much is it all costing you? Leasing?
Buy out right - then interest lost on savings?

Pension? Life insurance? Public liability? Servicing an overdraft to the bank!!?

And so on and so on and so on. It never ends. But that’s just for starters!
There will be many more things you will need, just supply clients with your talent.

After the night session, then you need something to buy breakfast in the morning.

Work out all those costs and you come to a frightening figure.

There are then 365 days in the year and I don't believe you will be able to work
every one of those days, so break it down into a realistic figure.

You might want weekends off just like so many of your clients. You might not get
them, but you might get two days of forced holiday in the week, without wishing
to have them by not having any work! So that balances that out. You are down to 265 days.

You might like at least two weeks holiday. After all, many of your clients will
be on four, five, even six weeks holiday a year all paid for. Well you can possibly count
on another five weeks of unpaid holiday in the form of no work. Down to say 230 days.

Now supposing you get a one day job. It maybe necessary to spend one day preparing
for the shoot. It maybe complicated, it may not, but it might take another day to
finish off sitting in front of the computer and then try to get the next job. You
get the drift? For every shooting day, you get another down day. So you are now down
to 115 days of full fee earning days.

Give yourself a bit of a leeway, because you will need to see clients and persuade them
with all your charms. Then there is Aunt Agatha who is coming to London to do a day's
shopping and wouldn't her nephew just like to take her to Harrod's? She might buy you
your first decent meal in a month though, so you do it without protest. Then there is
all that faffing about creating your book, not to mention all the training days and other
trivia that gets in the way of earning money.

And you will soon realise that you will do well to shoot at full fees for more than 100 days
in a year. I say 100 as that happens to be an easy number for us all, to divide all those costs
by, that you are going to run up in the year.

Let's face it, the costs are easy to calculate, but not easy to anticipate.
The end result could be a frightening figure, simply because this is what you need to breathe
for one year. It takes no account of re-investment into the business. It makes no allowance to
put money by for that ocean going yacht you have promised yourself within five years!
It certainly takes no account of your talent. If you are the bee's knees why shouldn't
you charge more than the next guy?

Do some sums first. At least you get some idea of where to start from. Don't take any
notice of moneys promised in the future. We would all be millionaires if all that came to fruition.
Be careful of supposed retainers.
They have a habit of being cut short!

There is a figure out there below which you will take your last breath.
Don't go there. It is easy to be a busy fool!
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un link si un banc - de donquijote la: 15/04/2006 13:51:00
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "9") .

The Blonde Cowboy

The Sheriff in a small town walks out into the street and sees a blonde cowboy coming down the walk with nothing on but his cowboy hat, gun and his boots. So he arrests him for indecent exposure.

As he is locking the cowboy up, the sheriff asked, "Why in the world are walking around like this?"

"Well, it's like this, Sheriff," the cowboy explained. "I was in the bar down the road and this pretty little redhead asks me to out to her motor home with her. So I did. We do inside and she pulls off her top and asks me to pull off my shirt ... so I did. Then she pull off her skirt and asks me to pull of my pants, so I did. Then she pulls off her panties and asks me to pull off my shorts ... so I did.

"The she gets on the bed and looks at me kind of sexy and says, 'Now, go to town, Cowboy...!'

And here I am."

pt slang (go to town) - .

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