VOTD:: How To Play Like Philip Glass

This video made me happy. There is a way that good music just seems to be. Like there is no other way that the notes could have been arranged. The music of Philip Glass never fails to move me and though videos like this in the vein of demystifying Philip Glass’ music may be oft-putting for some, It is not for me. Must practice this when I make time!

In Memoriam::20th anniversary of Montreal Massacre: We remember : Sciencewomen

20th anniversary of Montreal Massacre: We remember

Category: Alice shares…

Posted on: December 6, 2009 5:22 PM, by Alice

On December 6, 1989, an armed gunman named Marc Lepine entered an engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. He demanded all 48 men in the class leave the room, lined up all 9 women against a wall, and, shouting “You are all a bunch of [expletive] feminists!”, proceeded to shoot them. He went into the hall and shot 18 more people, mostly at random. He finally shot himself.

He had killed 14 women all together, and injured 9 more women and 4 men.

The women who died could have been anyone. They could have been your friends, your mothers, your sisters, your lovers, your daughters, your neighbors, your students, your teachers, maybe even you.

They were killed because they were women.

Remember those who died in the Montreal Massacre:

Genevieve Bergeron, 21, was a 2nd year scholarship student in civil engineering.

Helene Colgan, 23, was in her final year of mechanical engineering and planned to take her master's degree.

Nathalie Croteau, 23, was in her final year of mechanical engineering.

Barbara Daigneault, 22, was in her final year of mechanical engineering and held a teaching assistantship.

Anne-Marie Edward, 21, was a first year student in chemical engineering.

Maud Haviernick, 29, was a 2nd year student in engineering materials, and a graduate in environmental design.

Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31, was a 2nd year engineering student specializing in engineering materials.

Maryse Laganiere, 25, worked in the budget department of the Polytechnique.

Maryse Leclair, 23, was a 4th year student in engineering materials.

Anne-Marie Lemay, 27, was a 4th year student in mechanical engineering.

Sonia Pelletier, 28, was to graduate the next day in mechanical engineering. She was awarded a degree posthumously.

Michele Richard, 21, was a 2nd year student in engineering materials.

Annie St-Arneault, 23, was a mechanical engineering student.

Annie Turcotte, 21, was a first year student in engineering materials.

Please honour the white ribbon as a symbol of the fight against violence against women.

via 20th anniversary of Montreal Massacre: We remember : Sciencewomen.

ROTD::Do Working Men Rebel? Insurgency and Unemployment

Do Working Men Rebel? Insurgency and Unemployment in Iraq and the Philippines

Most aid spending by governments seeking to rebuild social and political order is based on an opportunity-cost theory of distracting potential recruits. The logic is that gainfully employed young men are less likely to participate in political violence, implying a positive correlation between unemployment and violence in places with active insurgencies. We test that prediction on insurgencies in Iraq and the Philippines, using survey data on unemployment and two newly- available measures of insurgency: (1) attacks against government and allied forces; and (2) violence that kills civilians. Contrary to the opportunity-cost theory, we find a robust negative correlation between unemployment and attacks against government and allied forces and no significant relationship between unemployment and the rate of insurgent attacks that kill civilians. [Emphasis mine]

via Do Working Men Rebel? Insurgency and Unemployment.

This is discouraging. Please remember that GMA is still an economist and in some accounts a sharp person. Does this mean that keeping people in poverty a viable strategy in minimizing rebellion? It seems to be what the warlords and government are actually doing.

rePost::God and real life « Paulo Coelho’s Blog

Christian tradition

A protestant priest, having started a family, no longer had any peace for his prayers. One night, when he knelt down, he was disturbed by the children in the living room.“Have the children keep quiet!” he shouted.His startled wife obeyed. Thereafter, whenever the priest came home, they all maintained silence during prayers. But he realized that God was no longer listening.One night, during his prayers, he asked the Lord: “what is going on? I have the necessary peace, and I cannot pray!”An angel replied: “He hears words, but no longer hears the laughter. He notices the devotion, but can no longer see the joy.”The priest stood and shouted once again to his wife: “Let the children play! They are part of praying!”And his words were heard by God once again.

via God and real life « Paulo Coelho’s Blog.

It is easy to understand the apprehension towards religion of a lot of people, It is in a sense because religion boxes what is intuitively boundless. FIND the JOY, FIND the LAUGHTER!

Advice:: Alex Payne — Criticism, Cheerleading, and Negativity

Everyone Wants A Cheerleader

Everyone says they’re comfortable with criticism and with critics, because not being able to handle criticism is a sign of immaturity. What people really want, though, are cheerleaders. Nowhere in life is this more true than in business.

A healthy business needs passionate employees to succeed. Critics are the most passionate people you can find, but we’re conditioned to assume that critics are negative curmudgeons with nothing more than slings and arrows to contribute. So rather than seeking out critics, employers seek out cheerleaders.

Cheerleaders are, on the face of it, lovely people to have around an office. They’re just super excited to be there, even if they haven’t had the time or inclination to really think about why. They abhor any suggestion of negativity, and pave over it with empty can-dos. A cheerleader might be a good worker or he might not be. It doesn’t really matter, because the guy is just so damn nice.

via Alex Payne — Criticism, Cheerleading, and Negativity.

I use to be a vortex of negativity. I believe everyone goes through a I’m mad towards the world for no fucking reason phase.

After I got through some of my hang-ups I believe I started to criticize most things/people/stuff. People don’t really like this.

Now; I believe I am in a If I care for this/for you I will not shut up. As most things balance is needed. I accept you/this for what you/this is , But I still yearn for you to meet your potential, yet if you don’t it’s not an issue.  It is this constant battle between loving/accepting who we/they are , and wanting to change/improve who we/they are.

If we love ourselves too much we don’t change, If we hate ourselves too much we become powerless to change.

It’s this dualism that keeps us going forward one step at a time.

What does this mean to you? Some friends will push your patience. Some friends will make you hate them. Some fill question what you believe in. Some will tell you flat out you are wrong. Don’t go for the primal reaction of wanting only cheerleaders. If your friends can’t be honest with you, who can?