Thursday, 29 November 2007

10 People with Bizarre Abilities

Including: The Incredible Brain, The Boy with Sonar Vision, and The Man Who Doesn't Sleep...

Real-life Superheroes: 10 People with Incredible Abilities [w/ pics and vids]

With so many superhero movies around, such as Spiderman or Hulk, we are used to see people with special abilities in fiction. But people with amazing abilities actually do exist in real life; here's a list of 10 of the most amazing of these people!

7 Incredible Natural Phenomena

7 Incredible Natural Phenomena you've never seen

From Honduras' Rain of Fishes to Morocco's Climbing Goats, nature still caPublishrries surprises to those who think to have seen it all.

4 Most Compelling Theories of Everything

The 4 Most Compelling Theories of Everything

A theory of everything (ToE) is a hypothetical theory of theoretical physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena. There have been numerous theories of everything proposed by theoretical physicists over the last century, but as yet none has been able to stand up to experimental scrutiny, there being tremendous difficulty in getting the theories to produce experimentally testable results. So here are the top 4 most important Theories of Everything nowdays.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Petition to save BEMAC!!!

BEMAC is far too important for the Brisbane multicultural and world music community to lose. I urge you to sign this petition.

Aum Mani Padme Hum

Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the petition: "SAVE THE BRISBANE MULTICULTURAL ART CENTRE"

Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. We are trying to reach 3,000 signatures - please sign here:

Once you have signed, you can help even more by asking your friends and family to sign as well.

Thank you!

Bronte Morris

petition at

Thank you again for making a difference!


Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre
Yungaba 120 Main St Kangaroo Point Qld 4169
PO Box 7299 East Brisbane Qld 4169
Tel: 07 3391 4433 Fax:07 3391 2802


Monday, 26 November 2007

CD: John Neptune, Kenny Endo, Joji Hirota (shakuhachi/percussion)

Introspective Japan
from World Music Central - Links: Indian Music

Three heavy weights in Japanese music join forces on the CD On the Way [Michi Yuki] (2007). Virtuoso taiko drummer Kenny Endo, master percussionist Joji Hirota and shakuhachi player John Kaizan Neptune collaborate under the artistic name of JJK. The result is an enchanting collection of acoustic pieces. At times, shakuhachi melodic phrases appear accompanied by intricate rhythmic patterns. Other pieces only feature percussion exercises, with the participation of various types of drums and percussion. The composition "Heavenly Bells" has a Buddhist meditative sensibility, with the inclusion of gongs, bells and shakuhachi. Get the CD from

On Kaidan Suite (2007) the Kitsune Ensemble's introspective cinematic sound draws its inspiration from ...

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Dhammapada 4CD Set

Complete Dhammapada 4CD Set on Audio chanted in Original Pali with English explanations

The Complete Dhammapada is now available on audio, chanted in Original Pali with English explanations spanning into 4 audio Compact Discs

Dhammapada is one of the greatest literary products of Buddhist literature and philosophy. It is considered by many as Buddha's own teaching and hence undoubtedly is the most popular canonical text of Buddhism contained in Tri-Pitaka. Dhammapada, the wisdom and insight of Buddha, consists of 26 chapters called Vagga spanning into 423 verses.

Written as a text to be read, re-read, and followed to lead a better life, Dhammapada is suitable for people of all religious backgrounds. It has been translated to many languages and is revered by all sects of Buddhist thought. There are hundreds of various translations of Dhammapada to English and Sinhala and is a commonly quoted by many in their day to day life. Thi...

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Dalai Lama talks with Neuroscientists

The Dalai Lama talks with neuroscientist about craving, suffering and choice

Traveling a lot this weekend? Long drive, plane or train ride? You can use that transit time to listen to the Dalai Lama talk for more than four hours with neuroscientists and Buddhist scholars on the topic of craving, suffering and choice. Part one. Part two. [iTunes links] If you're stuck at home, you can watch the video. The video link has the full list of participants.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Arithmetic, Population and Energy (Al Bartlett)

“It's one minute before 12.”

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” (RealVideo) Al Bartlett, retired University of Colorado Professor of Physics, gives a stunning hour-long old-school lecture (overhead projector!) on exponential growth and its inevitable results.
The full title of the lecture is “Arithmetic, Population and Energy”, so yes, it does eventually deal with peak oil, but not until three-quarters of the way in. MP3, if you'd prefer an audio version. More from Barlett. Previous FPPs on the exponential function on the blue and the green.

Monday, 19 November 2007

Performing Arts Healthcare

Posted on behalf of Fatima...

This is specific to performing artists/musicians/music teachers etc, so thought it could be of interest. My brother who is an occupational GP as well as a drummer is branching into Music Medicine. He is on the committee of this society.
The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare has been recently established to promote health and well-being amongst performing artists in Australia, and to provide resources to that end. Further details about the society, its aims and philosophies, as well as the benefits of membership are detailed on the website:

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Vintage Veena DVD from Benares

Celestial Music of Pandit Lalmani Misra DVD

Hi everyone,

I recently came across a DVD of a live veena performance by Pt. Lalmani Misra, entitled Celestial Music of Pandit Lalmani Misra. He is one of the major artists to come out of Benares, and in addition to being a performer, he was equally important as a researcher, musicologist, educator, and composer. To my knowledge, there is only one CD of his that is widely available, making this DVD an incredible resource. The DVD has been independently produced by one of Panditji's disciples, Laxmi Tewari, and so has not received widespread advertising, and is not sold in online stores.

Veena recordings of this quality are extremely rare and so I highly reccomend this DVD. The icing on the cake is that the tabla accompanist is Pt. Chote Lal Mishra.

To order your copy, send 20$ US (cheque) to:
Laxmi G. Tewari
c/o Music Department, Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928


All the proceeds from the sale of this DVD will go towards establishing a trust fund for a scholarship in the name of Pandit Lalmani Misra for music students at Sonoma State University.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Top 25 Monty Python Sketches

Top 25 Monty Python Sketches

The following is a list of the 25 greatest Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketches. Scenes from movies are excluded and have not been considered. They would just further muddy up the waters, which are quite murky enough already. 25. Bruces The Bruces sketch involves a group of stereotypical Australians who are members of the Philosophy Department at [...]