Tuesday, July 28

Like a River

An old zen master was on his dieing bed, surrounded by his disciples. He prepared to speak and everybody waited in silence.

He said: After years of investigation, I can certainly tell you that wisdom is like a river.

After a minute, one student broke the silence and asked: Master, forgive me, but what does that mean "wisdom is like a river"?

Ok, the master said - it's not like a river.

Then he died.

Monday, July 27

B

B
B, taking pictures on the beach in Knokke.

no-bathing

no-bathing
No-bathing sigh on the beach in Knokke.

Knokke beach

Knokke beach
Moody beach, yesterday afternoon in Knokke. We had gone to see the Northern Sea and maybe get a beer by the seaside.

Unfortunately, the beer was very expensive, and the weather was rainy. It made for a decent picture though.

speeding home

speeding home
There were traffic jams on the highway as we came back from Kokke. We exitted the highway and took some minor road through a forrest.

Sunday, July 19

Midnight Ramblings - and the Half-Blood Prince

It's midnight and I felt the need to write. I'm not sure why; maybe I needed somebody to listen to my thoughts and ramblings and there was nobody available. It doesn't matter much 'why' I guess.

We went and saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tonight (just got home). I found it entertaining (in the same way I used to find fan fiction entertaining), but the party I was with, got bored.

I can see where they're coming from: the movie is a continuation of the previous one, and ends by opening the path to the action in the last book of the Harry Potter series. Thus, you have no introduction at the beginning and no ending at the end and the characters are completely unknown if you haven't seen the previous ones.

I wanted to post some more random stuff (like "hey, when I go to sleep I like standing in the dark in my room and watching the clouds pass by in the sky outside") but I'm getting sleepy, tomorrow is a long day, and it's around my usual bed time.

As such, good night and all that.
Pleasant dreams!
utnapistim

Tuesday, July 14

production and quality control ... sort of

production and quality control ... sort of

About the Most Important Question

A zen master told his student: If you ask the most important question, I will give you a completely truthful answer.
The student asked: Master, what is the most important question?
The master said: This one. And this answer is completely truthful.


So ... what is the most important question?

chillout

chillout

No Comment

respectfully

Thursday, July 9

Antwerpen Station

This is cheesy.

And funny.

It reminded me of the Frozen Grand Central by improveverywhere.



I understand it may be a commercial to something.

Monday, July 6

A Study on the Effect of Reiki on Cells

I found a post on The Reiki Digest that Gloria A. Gronowicz performed a vigorously designed three-year study on applying Reiki treatments to test-tube cells. The study was designed so the application of Reiki did not involve touching the tubes, heating them, or manipulating them phisicaly in any way.

The results showed (against her expectations) that Reiki had no effect on cancer cells, "but that the process improved bone cell growth by a statistically significant percent. Skin and tendon cells also grew under the Reiki regimen.".

The study was performed by the University of Connecticut Health Center and financed by the US National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and apparently* published in the Journal of Orthopedic Research.



*) "apparently" means that I could't find or access the study dirrectly (but then again, I didn't want to pay for access on the CCAM website).



Later Edit: Following a discussion on reddit, It seems there are some points of this study that were contested as part of peer review (as I said in the discussion, the statistics part is a bit above my statistics-fu and I'm not willing to put in the effort to understand the issue, so I'll take the affirmations in the critique at face-value). Please take the conclusions of the study with a grain of salt though.

A Disaster ,,,

Is this a comedy?

Thursday, July 2

Wednesday, July 1

I Didn't Come to See You Naked

An elderly man in Texas had owned a large farm for several years. He had a beautiful large pond at the back of the property next to the road, and he’d fixed it up real nice with picnic tables, horseshoe pits, and he’d planted some nice flowers and fruit trees next to the pond. One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond to look it over, as he hadn’t been down there for a while. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard splashing and female voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer he saw that 5 young women had parked their car at the side of the road, climbed the fence and were skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went hurriedly splashing to the deep end.

One of the women shouted to him, “We’re naked and we’re not coming out until you leave!” The old man frowned and yelled back, “I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond.” Holding the bucket up he said, “I’m just here to feed the alligator.”

(taken from twitfall)

biking / beer outing

R&G
biking / beer outing

A. on the phone
beer2