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awake - de psychedelic la: 10/04/2005 06:26:00
(la: Lacrimi mangaiate de realitate (partea I))
Shake dreams from your hair
My pretty child, my sweet one.
Choose the day and choose the sign of your day
The day�s divinity
First thing you see.

A vast radiant beach in a cool jeweled moon
Couples naked race down by it�s quiet side
And we laugh like soft, mad children
Smug in the wooly cotton brains of infancy
The music and voices are all around us.
Choose they croon the ancient ones
The time has come again
Choose now, they croon
Beneath the moon
Beside an ancient lake
Enter again the sweet forest
Enter the hot dream
Come with us
Everything is broken up and dances
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Do you know we exist? - de psychedelic la: 10/04/2005 07:04:57
(la: Lacrimi Mangaiate de Realitate(partea a II a))
Do you know the warm progress
under the stars?

Do you know we exist?

Have you forgotten the keys
to the kingdom

Have you been borne yet
& are you alive?

Let's reinvent the gods, all teh myths
of the ages

Celebrate symbols from deep elder forests

[Have you forgotten the lessons
of the ancient war]

We need great golden copulations

The fathers are cackling in trees
of the forest

Our mother is dead in the sea

Do you know we are being led to
slaughters by placid admirals

& that fat slow generals are getting
obscene on young blood

Do you know we are ruled by T.V.

The moon is dry blood beast

Guerrilla bands are rolling numbers
in the next block of green vine

amassing for warfare on innocent
herdsman who are just dying

O great creator of being

grant us one more hour to
perform our art
& perfect our lives

The moths & atheists are doubly divine
& dying

We live, we die
& death not ends it

Journey we more into the
Cling to life
Our passion'd flower

Cling to Cunts & cocks
of despair

We got our final vision
by clap

Columbus groin got
filled w/green death

(I touched her thigh
& death smiled)

We have assembled inside this ancient
& insane theatre

To propagate our lust for life
& flee the swarming wisdom
of the streets

The barns are stormed

The windows kept

& only one of all the rest

To dance & save us

W/the divine mockery
of words

Music inflames temperament

(When the true King's murderers

are allowed to roam free

a 1000 Magicians arise in the land)

Where are the feasts

we are promised

Where is the wine
The New Wine
(dying on the vine)
resident mockery
give us an hour for magic
We of the purple glove
We of the starling flight
& velvet hour
We of arabic pleasures's breed
We of sundome & the night

Give us a creed

To believe

A nightr of lust

Give us trust in

The Night

Give of color

hundred hues

a rich mandala

for me & for you

& for your silky

pillowed house

a head, wisdom

& a bed

Troubled decree

Resident mockery

has claimed thee

We used to believe

in the good old days

We still receive

In little ways

The things of Kindness

& unsporting brow

Forget & allow

Did you know freedom exists
in school books

Did you know madmen are
running our prisons

w/in a jail, w/in a gaol
w/in a white free protestant

We're perched headlong
on the edge of boredom

We're reaching for death
on the end of a candle

We're trying for something
that's already found us

Wow, I'm sick of doubt
Live in the light of certain

Cruel bindings

The sevants have the power

dog-men & their mean women
pulling poor blankets over
our sailors

I'm sick of dour faces
Starong at me from the T.V.

Tower, I want roses in
my garden bower; dig?

Royal babies, rubies
must now replace aborted

Strangers in the mud

These mutants, blood-meal
for the plant that's plowed
they are waiting to take us into
the severed garden

Do you know how pale & wanton thrillful
comes death on a stranger hour
unannounced, unplanned for

like a scaring over-friendly guest you've
brought to bed

Death makes angels of us all
& gives us wings
where we had shoulders
smooth as raven's

No more money, no more fancy dress
This other kingdom seems by far the best
until its other jaw reveals incest
& loose obedience to a vegetable law

I will not go
Prefer a feast of friends
To the Giant family
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RawShooter - noutati!!!!!!!!! - de Dinu Lazar la: 14/04/2005 14:46:15
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Updated version

Since the initial release a month ago of RawShooter essentials 2005 we have been busy updating the product with improvements to quality, workflow and hardware and camera compatibility. Especially we would like to draw your attention to these improvements:

• Expanded camera compatibility: Canon EOS 350D/Rebel XT, Nikon D2X, Minolta A200, Minolta 7Hi, Epson R1-D as well as improved compatibility with several cameras already supported
• A new Processing Parameter Panel to control the default processing parameters such as noise / detail / sharpness to be applied across camera type and ISO range
• Black and white support
• Improved highlight rendering and tonal treatments, color rendering and noise reduction
• Enhanced metadata support (EXIF / IPTC)
• Improved hardware and OS compatibility
• Various workflow and functionality enhancements

An updated version of RawShooter essentials 2005 (v1.1.1) is available now to download. We recommend that all current users upgrade to this version and that it be installed over you existing version 1.0. Please note that you will not have to re-register and all of your priorities / colour changes etc will be preserved. For a detailed list of amendments please see the Release Note for version 1.1 and the 'read me' text for version 1.1.1. These documents form an appendix to the existing User Guide highlighting any amendments.
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lectii de la un caine - de donquijote la: 17/04/2005 17:40:00
(la: Ce ne da putere?)
cred ca se incadreaza oarecum in subiect. nu am muza sa le traduc

1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
4. When it's in your best interest, always practice obedience.
5. Enjoy it when someone wants to rub your tummy.
6. Take naps and always stretch before rising.
7. Run, romp, and play daily.
8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
9. Be loyal.
10. Never pretend to be something you're not.
11. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
12. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
13. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
14. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
15. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
16. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
17. When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
18. No matter how often you are criticized, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout.
Run right back and make friends.
true story - good one too - de Horia D la: 20/04/2005 21:06:57
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "2")
At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, AAFS

President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the
legal complications of a bizarre death.

Here is the story:

On March 23, 1994 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald
Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the
head. Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building
intending to commit suicide. He left a note to the effect
indicating his despondency.

As he fell past the ninth floor his life was interrupted by a
shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him

Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net
had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect
some building workers and that Ronald Opus would not have been
able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.

"Ordinarily," Dr Mills continued, "Someone who sets out to commit
suicide and ultimately succeeds, even though the mechanism might
not be what he intended, is still defined as committing
suicide." That Mr. Opus was shot on the way to certain death,
but probably would not have been successful because of the safety
net, caused the medical examiner to feel that he had a homicide on
his hands.

In the room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast
emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were
arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun. The
man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger he completely missed
his wife and the pellets went through the window striking Mr. Opus.

When one intends to kill subject 'A' but kills subject 'B' in
the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject 'B'.

When confronted with the murder charge the old man and his wife
were both adamant and both said that they thought the shotgun
was not loaded. The old man said it was a long-standing habit to
threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention
to murder her.

Therefore the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be an accident;
that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded.

The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old
couple's son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the
fatal accident.

It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial
support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use
the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation
that his father would shoot his mother.

Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of
the murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger. The
case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the
death of Ronald Opus.

Now comes the exquisite twist.

Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald
Opus. He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of
his attempt to engineer his mother's murder. This led him to
jump off the ten-story building on March 23rd, only to be killed
by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window. The son
had actually murdered himself so the medical examiner closed the
case as a suicide.

A true story from Associated Press, Reported by Kurt Westervelt
An older, white haired man wa - de Horia D la: 04/05/2005 23:10:21
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "2")
An older, white haired man walked into a jewelry store one Friday
evening with a beautiful young gal at his side. He told the jeweler he
was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend.
The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring and
showed it to him. The old man said, "I don't think you understand, I
want something very special."
At that statement, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought
another ring over. "Here's a stunning ring at only $40,000," the jeweler
said. The young lady's eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled
with excitement. The old man seeing this said, "We'll take it."

The jeweler asked how payment would be made and the old man stated,
by check. " I know you need to make sure my check is good, so I'll
write it now and you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds and
I'll pick the ring up Monday afternoon," he said.

Monday morning, a very teed-off jeweler phoned the old man. "There's
no money in that account."
"I know", said the old man, "but can you imagine the weekend I had?"
Two woodpeckers - de Belle la: 26/05/2005 21:37:20
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "3")
A Hawaiian woodpecker and a Californian woodpecker were arguing about which place had the toughest trees.
The Hawaii woodpecker said Hawaii had a tree that no woodpecker could peck.
The California woodpecker accepted his challenge, and promptly pecked a hole in the tree with no problem.
The Hawaiian woodpecker was in awe.
The California woodpecker then challenged the Hawaiian woodpecker to peck a tree in California that was absolutely unpeckable.
The Hawaii woodpecker expressed confidence he could do it, so accepted the challenge.
After flying to California, the Hawaii woodpecker successfully pecked the tree with no problem.
So the two woodpeckers were now confused. How is it that the Californian woodpecker was able to peck the Hawaiian tree and the Hawaiian woodpecker was able to peck the Californian tree, but neither one was able to peck the tree in their own state?
After much woodpecker-pondering,
they both came to the same conclusion...
Your pecker is always harder when you're away from home.
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Scrisorica de la shefu` meu - de Dinu Lazar la: 13/06/2005 22:22:45
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Poate intereseaza pe cei care ar avea capacitatea sa faca reportaje... pe extrem de rarii fotografi de presa care mai beau vreo cafea pe aici... macar acolo la sa vedem poze mishto din Romania, ca in presa dimbovitzeana e dezastru fotografia.
Poate foloseste cuiva, si atunci sa dea o cafea pe urma... sau sa zica un mersi...

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DWI - Kentucky style - de Horia D la: 12/07/2005 19:21:41
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "4")
Only a Kentuckian could think of this .... from the county where
drunk driving is considered a sport, comes this true story.

Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Mt.Sterling
Ky. After last call the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so
intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car which he fell into. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a
fine, dry summer night) -- flicked the blinkers on, then off a couple of
times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the
vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for
a few more minutes as some more of the other patron vehicles left.

At last, the parking lot empty, he pulled out of the parking lot and
started to drive slowly down the road.

The police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now
started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, and promptly pulled
the man over and carried out a breathalyzer test. To his amazement the
breathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having consumed any alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken."

"I doubt it," said the truly proud Kentuckian. "Tonight I'm the
designated decoy."
ptr. ca tot se vorbeste despre preturi.... - de Dinu Lazar la: 01/08/2005 06:59:04
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Exista o discutie chiar acum pe o lista a fotografilor profesionisti; un amic din State are o replica ce pune pe ginduri...

You know, the thought occurs to me that, thanks to advancements in
technology, the need (as it is perceived by the consumer) for
professional photographers is ever dwindling.

This is not meant as a trolling post to raise ire, but a simple
observation. Remember, 100 years ago doing this newfangled thing
called photography required a quasi-chemistry degree; mixing
emulsions, chemicals, etc. was the state of the art. Not a whole lot
of photos were taken, since one needed a "pro" just to get a single
picture made.

Time passed, new stuff got invented and then George E came along with
the portable camera. Now here was a camera for the masses - anyone's
Uncle Filbert could take some family snaps, but the pro level stuff
was still far more costly and the skills required to use it way
beyond casual - so the profession prospered. If anything, I'd imagine
that seeing the fuzzy badly composed shots from Filbert would incite
more people to want to go to a pro for a "real" portrait.

Another 50-ish years, and nowadays the quality of equipment is nil
between "pro level" and advanced consumer. Heck, they even coined the
term "prosumer" to accommodate the idea of just regular folk owning
fancy gear. Thanks to post production software that can be applied to
digital images, the number of individuals who have access to hitherto
custom or high-end retouching has exploded. So, it is not
inconceivable that the Uncle Filbert of today can and does produce
work as excellent as any pro.

And this is not to denigrate the professionals, who must work ever
harder to convince people that their fees are worth it. Certainly, on
the artistic side the pro's ability to herd the wedding guests or
know how the lighting should be or time to the exact nanosecond
before releasing the shutter are tangible skills that must be
included in the consumer's perception of value. But those skills are
getting buried under the sheer number of advanced hobbyists who are
happy just to get their work published, or honored to be taking the
photos for the family wedding. And, whereas in past decades the
difference between those hobbyists' output and the professionals' was
noticeable, I think we are seeing a time now where that difference is
ever narrowing. In fact, with more images being viewed on screens,
any subtleties of lighting and tonality are all the more lost as when
compared to paper versions (magazine or inkjet).

What I'm saying is that, through no fault of anything but
technological progress, I get the sense that in another 50 years
(probably less) there will no longer be a professional photographic
"industry" - there will be equipment and software providers, but the
huge value added by pros of yesteryear and to a lesser degree today
will shaved even further to the point where commercial venues of
photography will be limited. Photographs as fine art will no doubt
survive, as they should, but it just seems to me that wedding,
photojournalism, and to some degree commercial photography may become
quaint memories by the time our children have grown.
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pentru toti dintre voi care sunteti consultants:)) - de Horia D la: 01/08/2005 15:53:13
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "4")
A cowboy was herding his herd in a remote pasture when suddenly a
brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The  driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban
sunglasses and YSL  tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, "If I
tell you exactly how many  cows and calves you have in your herd, will
you give me a  calf?"

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then  looks at his
peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why  not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook  computer,
connects it to his AT&T cell phone and surfs to a NASA page on  the
Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an
exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite
that  scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young  man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and
exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within
seconds, he receives an  email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been
processed and the data  stored.

He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC  connected Excel spreadsheet with hundreds of complex formulas. He  uploads all of this data via an email on his Blackberry, and after a few  minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi- tech,  miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the
cowboy and says,  "You have exactly 1586 cows and calves."

"That's right.   Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the
cowboy. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the  young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy  says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly
what your business is,  will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for  a second and then says, "Okay, why

"You're a consultant."  says the cowboy.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess  that?"

"No guessing required," answered the cowboy. "You  showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an  answer I already knew to a question I never asked; and you don't know anything  about my business."

"Now give me back my  DOG."
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open mind - de om la: 10/08/2005 16:59:38
(la: Oamenii nu se trag din maimuta)
Cineva ne spioneaza forumul si scoate articole in Science pe munca noastra ;)))
Did life begin in ice?
Aug. 9, 2005
Special to World Science

New findings are backing up a theory that life originated in ice, researchers say. If it’s true, they add, it could boost the chances that life might turn up in places considerably colder than our planet. The theory departs from mainstream thinking on the origins of life, which usually assumes a warm, or hot, and wet environment was necessary.

“Conditions associated with freezing, rather than ‘warm and wet’ conditions, could have been of key importance” for the chemical reactions that led to life, wrote four researchers in the July 21 advance online issue of the Journal of Molecular Evolution, a research publication.

The scientists, including Laura F. Landweber of Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., argue that ice might have been a favorable environment to generate the first self-replicating molecules, a precondition for life.

These molecules would be of a type called ribonucleic acids, or RNA—a chemical cousin of DNA, which makes up genes.
Many researchers believe the first self-replicating molecule was RNA, not DNA. This is because RNA can do various things in addition to carrying genetic information, which is all that DNA basically does.

Some of RNA’s activities seem to be similar to what would be required for self-replication, something that DNA can’t do, strictly speaking. DNA needs the help of other molecules to copy itself. Also, RNA still exists in living cells, where it has various functions—some so basic to life that many scientists think RNA must have been there from the beginning.

The theory that RNA started it all, a 20-year-old proposal called the “RNA world hypothesis,” holds that RNA was not only the first self-replicating molecule, but also that it initially carried out most of life’s functions, such as metabolism and cell formation.

Most biologists consider the RNA world hypothesis at least plausible, but it has some problems. It’s not easy to explain how the first self-replicating RNA molecules might have arisen.

RNA molecules tend to fall apart under warm conditions outside of cells. This would prevent the buildup of the rather long, complex RNA molecules that would probably be needed to conduct life processes, according to Landweber and her colleagues.

Various conditions can prevent RNA molecules’ breakdown, the researchers argue. These include various types of water solutions, and freezing. But freezing may have been the one that most likely occurred on the early Earth, they argued.

Freezing usually slows down chemical reactions, which is why cold places are generally considered hostile to life. But freezing actually speeds up some of RNA’s key activities, Landweber and colleagues argue.

This is because ice contains hard, tiny compartments that hold the molecules in one place, where they can react together. Some of these reactions result in the creation of bigger RNA molecules.

In liquid water, by contrast, the molecules don’t come close enough together often enough to react as much. Thus they tend to fall apart faster than they can react to create bigger products.

In essence, the small compartments in ice play the role that cells today play in bringing the molecules together to react, Landweber and her colleagues argue. Dehydrated substances—a sort of primordial sludge, for instance—could also have provided a function similar to ice, they added, but ice works better.

Landweber’s group conducted an experiment to test the theory. Led by Alexander Vlassov of SomaGenics, a Santa Cruz, Calif-based biotechnology company, the researchers broke to pieces some RNA molecules found in normal cells. This process yielded more, smaller, RNA molecules.

By doing this, the researchers produced RNA molecules of sizes that biologists think might have been available on early Earth. They then experimented to find out what sort of capabilities these smaller RNAs had.

Reporting their results in the May 25, 2004 issue of the journal Nucleic Acids Research, the researchers noted that the broken-up RNAs still could carry out some of the same functions as normal RNAs, but only in ice or sometimes other extreme conditions, such as dehydration.

These activities included grabbing other pieces of RNA and attaching them together, an activity called “ligation” that is similar to self-replication.

To fully self-replicate, a molecule must attach other molecules together in such a way as to match the sequence of chemical pieces that characterize the first molecule. This process is called “template-directed” ligation.

But the ligation alone—even without the self-replication—can build up ever larger and more complex RNA molecules, which according to the RNA world hypothesis could eventually develop self-replicating abilities.

The theory that an icy environment might have helped jump-start life isn’t new. Researchers proposed in 1994, for example, that repeated cycles of freezing and thawing could help accelerate some of the chemical reactions necessary for life.

Such a scenario might have existed on early Earth, where according to some researchers, repeated meteor and comet impacts might have periodically melted an otherwise icy environment.

However, Landweber and her team seem to be the first to have provided an account of how the “RNA world” might have fit into this scenario, according to Leslie Orgel, an origins-of-life researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, Calif.

The work “has important implications,” said Jeffrey L. Bada, director of the NASA Specialized Center in Research and Training in Exobiology in La Jolla, Calif., one of the original proponents of the freeze-thaw cycle theory.

Although Landweber and her colleagues also wrote that freeze-thaw cycles are helpful for the processes they describe, such cycles aren’t strictly necessary in their proposal.

Moreover, they wrote in their Journal of Molecular Evolution paper, “It is worth noting that Jupiter’s moon Europa and even Mars are also thought to contain large amounts of liquid water and ice now or at some time in the past.”

The possibility of RNA activities in ice, they added, “lends some credibility to claims that the rather extreme environments of these extraterrestrial locations could have provided suitable conditions for the emergence of life.”
However, as Sergei Kazakov of Somagenics noted in an email, the origin of life and the RNA world aren’t necessarily the same thing.
“The RNA world as complex self-replicating molecular society could appear at multiple places in Universe, but not necessarily result in the appearance of life as we know it,” he explained. This transition may actually be rare, he added.
“I also think that Earth is a possible but not necessarily the best place where the RNA world could start. Rather, I would bet on Europa or a giant comet,” he continued. If the transition to life as we know it did occur, he added, “it could spread across many planets through cross-contamination,” carried by comets or meteorites.
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cassandra - de om la: 11/08/2005 17:25:13
(la: Oamenii nu se trag din maimuta)
mersic de biblio...adevarat ca am citit cate ceva din fiecare cand eram mic, dar de asemenea, eram unpic razboinic si "vedeam" cam in genul "what I'd say to martians " by Jack Handey
by Jack Handey
Issue of 2005-08-08 and 15
Posted 2005-08-01

People of Mars, you say we are brutes and savages. But let me tell you one thing: if I could get loose from this cage you have me in, I would tear you guys a new Martian asshole.You say we are violent and barbaric, but has any one of you come up to my cage and extended his hand? Because, if he did, I would jerk it off and eat it right in front of him. “Mmm, that’s good Martian,” I would say.

You say your civilization is more advanced than ours. But who is really the more “civilized” one? You, standing there watching this cage? Or me, with my pants down, trying to urinate on you? You criticize our Earth religions, saying they have no relevance to the way we actually live. But think about this: if I could get my hands on that god of yours, I would grab his skinny neck and choke him until his big green head exploded.

We are a warlike species, you claim, and you show me films of Earth battles to prove it. But I have seen all the films about twenty times. Get some new films, or, so help me, if I ever get out of here I will empty my laser pistol into everyone I see, even pets.

Speaking of films, I could show you some films, films that portray a different, gentler side of Earth. And while you’re watching the films I’d sort of slip away, because guess what: the projector is actually a thing that shoots out spinning blades! And you fell for it! Well, maybe not now you wouldn’t.

You point to your long tradition of living peacefully with Earth. But you know what I point to? Your stupid heads.

You say there is much your civilization could teach ours. But perhaps there is something that I could teach you—namely, how to scream like a parrot when I put your big Martian head in a vise.

You claim there are other intelligent beings in the galaxy besides earthlings and Martians. Good, then we can attack them together. And after we’re through attacking them we’ll attack you.

I came here in peace, seeking gold and slaves. But you have treated me like an intruder. Maybe it is not me who is the intruder but you.

No, not me. You, stupid.

You keep my body imprisoned in this cage. But I am able to transport my mind to a place far away, a happier place, where I use Martian heads for batting practice.

I admit that sometimes I think we are not so different after all. When you see one of your old ones trip and fall down, do you not point and laugh, just as we on Earth do? And I think we can agree that nothing is more admired by the people of Earth and Mars alike than a fine, high-quality cigarette. For fun, we humans like to ski down mountains covered with snow; you like to“milk” bacteria off of scum hills and pack them into your gill slits. Are we so different? Of course we are, and you will be even more different if I ever finish my homemade flamethrower.

You may kill me, either on purpose or by not making sure that all the surfaces in my cage are safe to lick. But you can’t kill an idea. And that idea is: me chasing you with a big wooden mallet.

You say you will release me only if I sign a statement saying that I will not attack you. And I have agreed, the only condition being that I can sign with a long sharp pen. And still you keep me locked up.

True, you have allowed me reading material—not the “human reproduction” magazines I requested but the works of your greatest philosopher, Zandor or Zanax or whatever his name is. I would like to discuss his ideas with him—just me, him, and one of his big, heavy books.

If you will not free me, at least deliver a message to Earth. Send my love to my wife, and also to my girlfriend. And to my children, if I have any anyplace. Ask my wife to please send me a bazooka, which is a flower we have on Earth. If my so-called friend Don asks you where the money I owe him is, please anally probe him. Do that anyway.

If you keep me imprisoned long enough, eventually I will die. Because one thing you Martians do not understand is that we humans cannot live without our freedom. So, if you see me lying lifeless in my cage, come on in, because I’m dead. Really.

Maybe one day we will not be the enemies you make us out to be. Perhaps one day a little Earth child will sit down to play with a little Martian child, or larva, or whatever they are. But, after a while, guess what happens: the little Martian tries to eat the Earth child. But guess what the Earth child has? A gun. You weren’t expecting that, were you? And now the Martian child is running away, as fast as he can. Run, little Martian baby, run!

I would like to thank everyone for coming to my cage tonight to hear my speech. Donations will be gratefully accepted. (No Mars money, please.)
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De invatat - de Dinu Lazar la: 14/08/2005 08:08:05
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Un link important pentru oricine are sau zice ca are sau chiar n-are legatura cu fotografia profesionala dar vrea sa stie cum merg lucrurile:
Si inca o chestie tare:
Si bomboana pe coliva, citeva fraze care pun punctul pe i:
Once a year we rent out a large
meeting room at a downtown hotel, send out hundreds of invitations to
potential buyers of our services, and for $25 or so, we each get a table to
display our wares. We may use pretty much whatever methods we want to catch
the attention of attendees. The other event we sponsor is a portfolio
showcase, wherein we rent space at a local gallery once a year and put up
our photos, layouts, etc., on boards, on the walls and on easels. We invite
hundreds to this event as well. It is more of a passive interaction. All of
the creatives involved try to be in attendance, but that is not required. I
have found it helpful to be on site to answer any questions and to smooze.
On the other hand,the seminars I have attended have been informational, like
a Photoshop techniques or Epson or a Fuji. I can't say that attending
seminars would or would not be helpful for you or anyone else. For me, I
always pick up at least one useful bit of information. I think that everyone
has to come up with his/her own mix of promotion. For me, I seem to get more
work as I get out and about, interact, give out cards, get all the free
promo I can. My hard copy portfolio has gone out only once in the last three
years, to Parade Magazine. I was stunned to learn that they still want to
see trannys and/or tear sheets, not just the cyber equivalent.
Good luck with the web site, and with it's promotion. As far as people
stealing your work, I really believe there is no way to completely eliminate
that. I just keep stuff lo res, watermarked, etc. I have not designed a web
site, but a couple of photo friends have, and they say that Adobe GoLive is
just point and click. Takes about half a hour, so I hear. If this student
web designer daughter of a friend of mine does not come through with my
personal site very soon, I will try GoLive.
I hasten to add a disclaimer: If I had all the answers, or just a few of
them I would be clipping coupons in Bermuda just to keep busy, living off my
trust fund and sipping faux pina coladas (can't drink alcohol, but love the
beach). What sites are some of your photos on?
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softan de testat gratis - de Dinu Lazar la: 09/09/2005 17:30:31
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
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adunata de pe net - de donquijote la: 11/09/2005 08:41:41
(la: Katrina si rasismul)
un anonim a trimis acest text agentiilor de presa in usa (citat dintr-un site de stiri neoficial si neverificat):

Infectious Disease Research in and Around New Orleans
Summary: At the very least, there are two Level-3 biolabs in New Orleans and a cluster of three in nearby Covington. They have been working with anthrax, mousepox, HIV, plague, etc. There are surely other labs in the city.
Here's a great tip for all reporters looking for a completely new - and extremely important - angle on the situation in New Orleans. As far as I can tell, no one has yet mentioned the biological research labs located in and around NOLA. For example, in nearby Covington, Tulane University runs the Tulane National Primate Research Center, a cluster of Level-3 biological labs containing around 5,000 monkeys, most of which are housed in outdoor cages. According to an article in Tulane University Magazine, "The primary areas of focus today at the Tulane National Primate Research Center are infectious diseases, including biodefense related work, gene therapy, reproductive biology and neuroscience. The Tulane primate center is playing a key role in the federal strategic plan for biodefense research."

So what happened to these diseased monkeys living outside in cages? Granted, Covington didn't get hit nearly as hard as NOLA, but it still got hit.

According to the Sunshine Project, which digs up grant proposals and other primary documents from the US biowarfare effort, "Tulane scientists are working with anthrax, plague, and other biological weapons agents."

And how much of this kind of research was going on within New Orleans itself? Apparently quite a bit.

-- Louisiana State University’s Medical School has a Level-3 biolab in the Clinical Sciences Research Building located at 533 Bolivar Street. According to grant applications, LSU’s facility was the site of research involving anthrax and genetically-engineered mousepox. And that’s just what we know about.

-- The State of Louisiana has a Level-3 biolab in New Orleans.

-- It seems highly likely that an institution the size of Tulane has biolabs in New Orleans itself, not just Covington.

-- Then there’s the University of New Orleans, Loyola University, Xavier University of Lousiana, and others. I don’t know whether they’ve been engaged in bioresearch or have high-level biolabs, but it’d be worth finding out.

-- And let’s not forget the New Orleans Medical Complex, which contains over 40 blocks of hospitals and biomedical research facilities. According to this website, it’s been severely flooded.

So with all the known and probable Level-3 biolabs in and around New Orleans, what's happened to the infected animals? Are they free and roaming? Are they dead, with their diseased bodies floating in the flood waters? And what about the cultures and vials of the diseases? Are they still secure? Are they being stolen? Were they washed away, now forming part of the toxic soup that coats the city?

And take a look at this. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a “Select Agents Program” for any facility that handles highly dangerous germs, including Ebola, Marburg, ricin, avian flu, and anthrax. At the top of their website is the following notice:
Announcement for Entities Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

Entities that are registered with the Select Agent Program who have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina may contact the CDC Select Agent Program for guidance on actions that should be taken to transfer Select Agents to another registered entity or report the theft, loss, or release of select agents that might have occurred due to storm damage. The CDC Select Agent Program will expedite any special requests from registered entities as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Contact the Program via email at, phone at 404-498-2255, fax at 404-498-2265, or call your designated CDC representative.
You can see it here.

I encourage journalists to pursue these worthwhile questions. Edward Hammond of the Sunshine Project helped greatly with this post, and if reporters would like some more background on this, they should contact him here.

cam asta ar trebui sa fie inceputul - de spirit_intelept la: 19/09/2005 03:31:04
(la: Gregorian Bivolaru - MISA, guru şi servicii secrete)
Unul dintre fenomenele specifice de pe acest site este ca majoritatea discutiilor in contradictoriu la care am participat, au pornit de la simple calomnii si alte aspecte instinctuale nestapanite (marea lor majoritate legate de sexualitate) pentru ca in final sa putem discuta totusi ca niste oameni rationali. Oricum, te felicit ca ai inceput sa aduci argumente mai inteligente. Hai sa vedem care este de fapt realitatea:

Holocaustul - nici eu, nici Grieg si nici altcineva de la MISA nu au negat vreo-data holocaustul. Este un fapt istoric ca foarte multi evrei au avut enorm de suferit datorita politicii rasiale a nazistilor. Singurul lucru care a fost pus in discutie a fost amploarea lui, in acest sens noi publicand marturii ale unor oameni de stiinta gen chimisti, fizicieni, etc care au realizat studii de specialitate chiar in lagarele respective. Oricum, pe acest subiect nu vreau sa mai dau detalii, nume, cifre, etc, pentru simplul motiv ca legea din Romania, aparuta ulterior acestor publicatii, (lege care la ora actuala e unica in lume) interzice orice afirmatie care ar pune in discutie holocaustul sau amploarea lui. Un fapt oricum este cert si asta nu atinge nicidecum holocaustul, si anume faptul ca acesta este pentru evrei o sursa de venituri imensa. Suma de bani pe care Germania o plateste si azi in contul holocaustului este foarte mare.

T Herztl - unele studii l-au declarat chiar ca avand unele probleme psihice: "Theodor Herzl a fost o catastrofa pentru evrei. Un om fara Dumnezeu. Dupa studiile unor psihologi englezi si americani de renume mondial, un adevarat psihopat. Copiii sai s-au sinucis, iar el nu s-a bucurat de o inmormantare evreiasca.[...]" (citat din Moishe Arye Friedman, rabin ortodox). Eu personal nu cred ca dintr-o persoana foarte posibil bolnava mental, ar putea iesi niste idei stralucite si foarte practice.

Protocoalele - acel proces din Elvetia din 1934 de fapt nu a fost despre autenticitatea Protocoalelor. A fost un proces in care la Berna au fost incriminati doi nazisti, evident de catre un grup de evrei, ca au distribuit copii ale Protocoalelor. La proces au depus marturie un istoric, Vladimir Burtsev si un profesor, Serghei Svatikov. Acestia au fost martorii acuzarii (deci ai evreilor) ca Protocoalele sunt false si anume ca sunt fabricate de un general rus. Sincer sa fiu nu am incredere in argumentele lor din cauza celor expuse in postul meu anterior. Oricum, o comparatie intre "Dialogurile" lui Joly si Protocoale este oarecum hazlie si ai sa vezi de ce:
1. Dialogurile sunt un pamflet. Protocoalele sunt o colectie de directive, care nu se incadreaza intr-un gen literar anume.
2. Dialogurile nu se refera deloc la evrei. Protocoalele sunt in totalitatea lor despre evreii reactionari.
3. Dialogurile sunt adresate unui personaj real, Napoleon al 3-lea si cuprind referiri la mai multe alte personaje. Protocoalele nu mentioneaza nici un nume de lider si nici o epoca anume.
4. Dialogurile au o parte de actiune fantastica, care se desfasoara in iad. Protocoalele sunt un document stiintific scris cat mai concret tocmai pentru a fi practic.
5. Dialogurile se adreseaza unui cadru socio-istoric specific. Protocoalele sunt generice, pentru posteritate.
Iti dai seama din cele de mai sus ca a le compara pe cele doua, este ca si cum ai compara de exemplu Iliada cu un raport al unui institut de politologie mondiala. Relativ la Protocoale, iata ce spunea in 1921 marele industrias american Henry Ford: "The only statement I care to make about the Protocols is that they fit in with what is going on. They are sixteen years old, and they have fitted the world situation up to this time. They fit it now.". Altfel spus Protocoalele, desi au fost scrise cu multi ani in urma, si acum raman un document care descrie in mod exact realitatea actuala.

Serviciile Secrete Romanesti - poate nu stii dar pe vremea lui Ceausescu, serviciile noastre secrete erau printre cele mai bine cotate din lume. Noi am fost cei care le-am furnizat rusilor planuri de rachete, reactoare nucleare, etc. Asta a fost unul dintre motivele pentru care rusii au tolerat o anumita "deschidere vestica" a lui ceasca, singurul care a facut asta dintre toti conducatorii Pactului de la Varsovia. In legatura cu francmasoneria, exista mai multe inregistrari ale serviciilor secrete care dovedesc cum actiona aceasta in Romania. Celor interesati le recomand un fragment din lucrarea "Cucuveaua cu pene rosii": ( ). Deci personal tind sa cred ca daca un responsabil al serviciilor secrete spune asa ceva, chiar este adevarat. Cum am mai spus-o deja, nu agreez deloc fosta securitate si actualele ramasite ale ei, Romania fiind in timpul lui ceasca SINGURA tara din lume in care yoga a fost interzisa. Iar Radu Timofte chiar a fost in functia de vicepreşedinte al Comisiei de Apărare a Senatului (articolul din Jurnalul National este din 23 mai 1997) dau seama ce nu ti se pare valid aici. Eu nu am zis niciodata ca nu ar fi fost in PSD sau in fosta securitate.
Oricum, daca te deranjeaza ca cel care a spus cuvintele respective a fost securist, exista o lista intreaga de Papi sau inalti clerici ortodoxi care au emis enciclice si bule antimasonerie, oameni de stiinta sau de arta, mari politicieni si istorici, etc. Pot foarte usor sa-ti enumar dintre ei. Am sa-ti dau acum doar un scurt citat din Scrisoarea Enciclica "Humanum Genus" al Papei Leon al XIII-lea impotriva francmasoneriei:

În epoca noastră, factorii răului s-au coalizat într-un imens efort destructiv, sub impulsionarea şi cu sprijinul direct al unei societăţi secrete răspândite într-un mare număr de locuri, foarte puternică şi foarte viclean organizată, şi anume societatea francmasonilor. Aceştia, de altfel aproape că nici nu se mai îngrijesc să-şi disimuleze intenţiile şi se întrec între ei în îndrăzneala de a ataca făţiş sublima măreţie a lui Dumnezeu.[...]
Există în lume un anumit număr de grupări şi secte care, deşi diferă unele de altele prin nume, ritualuri, formă, origine, se aseamănă şi sunt perfect de acord între ele cu privire la scopul final şi principiile esenţiale. De fapt, ele sunt identice cu francmasoneria, care este pentru toate celelalte axul central de la care pornesc şi în care se termină. Şi deşi în prezent ele au aparenţa unor societăţi deschise, deşi organizează reuniuni publice sub ochii tuturor, deşi publică ziare şi reviste de prezentare a activităţii şi organizării lor, totuşi, dacă mergem mai profund, dincolo de aceste aparenţe, se poate constata că ele aparţin familiei de societăţi satanice clandestine şi că ele păstrează mereu acest atribut. Există într-adevăr în cadrul lor o anumită categorie de secrete a căror divulgare este interzisă cu cea mai mare grijă de Constituţia lor – unele chiar sub pedeapsa cu moartea – nu numai persoanelor din afară, ci chiar unui mare număr dintre adepţi.

Spirit Intelept
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Acelasi american cu spirit au - de Cassandra la: 21/09/2005 00:21:42
(la: Katrina si rasismul)
Acelasi american cu spirit autocritic:

"In truth, the tragedy of Katrina can be blamed on ALL Americans. Katrina resulted in a far greater catastrophe because Americans have ignored the warnings of scientists and environmentalists for many, many years. I am not now, nor have I been, assigning blame to Republicans or Democrats, or to anyone working their asses off night and day during this tragedy to help those poor people down there.
But I DO blame the American people and their disgusting attitude in demonizing those who push for more environmental concern..................those scientists and environmentally concerned people who warn of us impending disasters and are ignored and often insulted. Just listen to the ditto heads on Rush Limbaugh and all the other radio talk shows, and follow the slick propaganda campaigns from the big corporations (oil, development, real estate, etc. etc.), and then just read your local papers and see the slimy developers greasing the palms of local officials to get around environmental legislation...........................

And all this seems ok to the American people!!! Even fashionable. And we elect and reelect the politicians who make all this happen because we really don't give a damn and because it seems so American, so Rush Limbaugh, to push to have it all, right now, make lots of money, push the frontiers, and humiliate those who express concern and caution. We insult the scientists who warn us, and listen to the corporate-paid "scientists" who refute them and tell us it is ok to develop that marsh or tell us that our lifestyle has nothing to do with global warming. We build our homes on barrier islands against all warnings, we buy SUV's and support politicians who push for loopholes to allow bigger and bigger guzzlers. We opt out happily out of international movements and aggreements that are trying to come to grips with the continuing degradation of our seas and air and land and pollution............. all because we don't want our "lifestyle" curtailed. It is all about "I want, I want, I want". Over the last couple of decades it has become quite fashionable to be a basher of the environmental oppose the scientists, the legislation, and those who express concern about thoughtless and destructive growth. "
Fuji S3 - de Dinu Lazar la: 23/09/2005 08:30:18
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Scrie un amic despre Fuji S3:

I've recently purchased a Fuji S3 for my own business (mainly social now) after having used the S2 for a good two years already. The last 5-6 years whilst I was employed I've used the like's of an Imacon 4040, Leaf Volare, Leaf DCB, Canon 1Ds and 10D on a daily basis, so I have some experience for comparison. The S3 will not resolve as much detail as a D2X, I think most test's have proved its about the equivelant of an 8-9meg chip. The S2 produced fantastic files from RAW if converted using Fuji's own software, the trade off was that if u overexposed your files by more than half stop the software would not recover anymore white detail.

The S3 does not seem to have increased in resolution from the S2, however, I have noticed a depth to the images that was just not there with the S2, for example, if you were to shoot an identical shot with each camera of say fields with trees and varying shades of green, the S3 could differentiate between subtle shades of the same colour even in shaded areas, the S2 would have just produce a clump of mush. I believe this ability to differentiate subtle colour difference's may give the illusion of higher resolution.

If u shoot people, the film simulation mode 1 produces beautiful skin colour, the likes of which I found very difficult to achieve with any other digi camera.

I use it mainly for weddings and portraits in jpeg mode and the wider dynamic range is a godsend, since using the S3 I have found that whites are nice and clean and they rarely if ever bleach, colour out of the camera is fantastic, and I have less tweaking to do afterwards. One thing I have learnt using so many digi cams is that resolution is'nt everything, the quality of the lens and the quality from the chip are paramount, I used to shoot A3 size adverts from a 4mb DCB chip and have had 25ft posters from a 6mb Leaf Volare, which would probably still outshine many higher resolution cameras available today.

On a negative note, the shutter release is a little spongy (depends if that's something u can live with), shooting RAW in wide dynamic range is a slow process, after about 3 frames the camera will lock up, however there is a buffer upgrade to double the internal memory but I don't think it's going to turn it into a papparazzi camera. All the other negative's that go with having a lesser camera body than the D2x also apply.

If u really need resolution and speed, then plump for the D2X or equivelant Canon, be prepared for a RAW workflow to get the best from the camera. If u want the best jpeg camera then get the S3. Each system has it's merits, my decision to plump for the S3 was financially led, the D2x is'nt expensive in itself, but I had to consider that my photography tends to generate hundreds of files from each shoot and working in RAW would mean buying new computers and the extra storage facilities to go with it, possibly tripling the cost of the purchase of a D2X.

Just one more thing, the S3 uses standard AA batteries, available absolutely anywhere in the world.
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joke - de giocondel la: 26/09/2005 19:43:50
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "6")

You Know You're Romanian When....
You grew up on liver sandwiches.... and thought that was normal. You make your own noodles. You had to share a room until you were 21. Everything you eat is savored in garlic and onions. You try and reuse gift wrappers, gift boxes, and of course aluminum foil. You are standing next to the two largest suitcases at the airport. You arrive one or two hours late to a party - and think its normal. All your children have nick names, which sound nowhere close to their real names. You know someone with 20 kids You talk for an hour at the front door when leaving someone's house. You can fit 10 people into a Dacia. Your parents never throw anything away and if you by some chance manage to get something to make it to the garbage can... it mysteriously appears back where it was again. You have lace curtains. You have lace tablecloths. You have rugs covering every inch of your house. You have or had rugs on your walls. Your mom tells you you're too skinny even though your 30 pounds overweight. You ever heard of 'stomach stew'. Girls cant have boyfriends when they are 17 but they have to be married at 18. You have curtains hanging across every doorway. Your parents tell you not to care what your friends think but they won't let you do certain things because of what other 'frati' and 'surori' will think. You know someone that married his girlfriend of 2 months. Your mom is a doctor and force feeds you medicine for anything ranging from a headache, stomach ache to a stubbed toe. Your house is full of Romanian medicine that is probably illegal here. You and your friends have ever been kicked out of a restaurant or recreational park for being too loud or rowdy. Your mom recycles plastic cups and paper plates, and sandwich bags by washing them. You dont know how to use a dishwasher. You have a vinyl tablecloth on your kitchen table. You use grocery bags to hold garbage. Your dad ever butchered a pig or lamb. You keep leftover food in your fridge in as many numbers of bowls as possible. Your kitchen shelf is full of jam jars, varieties of bowls and plastic utensils (Got free with some household items). Going to the movies is a sin. Your parents call you farm animals when you get them mad. Your mom ever chased you with a rolling pin or a broom telling you to stop so that she could hit you. Your dad ever told you to smack yourself over the mouth for being disrespectful. You're twenty years old and your parents are trying to send you to Romoville to get you married cause your old. Getting married at 18 is normal. Getting married at 16 actually happens. Your mom washes your clothing at 40. A new tax being passed by the government is simply a cover up because the end of the world is really coming. Asking if you can get a discount at a discount store on clearance items is normal and not embarrassing for your parents. You don't use measuring cups when cooking. You feel like you've gotten a good deal if you didn't pay tax. You can only travel if there are 5 persons at least to see you off or receive you whether you are traveling by bus, train or plane. You only make long distance calls after 11 p.m. If you don't live at home, when your parents call, they ask if you've eaten, even if it's midnight. When your parents meet strangers and talk for a few minutes, you discover you're talking to a distant cousin. Your parents don't realize phone connections to foreign countries have improved in the last two decades, and still scream at the top of their lungs when making foreign calls. You have bed sheets on your sofas so as to keep them away from getting dirty. It's "normal" if your wedding has 600 people. You dont know half the people at your wedding cuz your parents invited them. You've seen the ground while inside the lavatory of a train. You have mastered the art of bargaining in grocery shopping. You walk out of the grocery store with no less then two packed shopping carts weekly. You're proud to be Romanian - and you pass these jokes on to all your Romanian friends!

"To merit the madness of love, man must abound in sanity"
-The Seven Valleys-

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