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The Swedish Way

From a blog by Bensen Jakob found at http://www.kenneyjacob.com/2008/12/21/. “The first time I was in Sweden , one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, so a bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive […]

Dare to be Different

Deep Springs

http://www.deepsprings.edu Deep Springs is a 26-person all-male college—on a ranch in the desert—governed by its students and isolated completely from society at large. It was founded by electricity tycoon L. L. Nunn in 1917 with the goal of educating future leaders away from influence by what Nunn saw as the evils of modern society. His […]

No Safe Harbor: Essays about Pirate Politics

The United States Pirate Party December 1, 2011 The first Pirate Party was founded on January 1, 2006 by Rick Falkvinge in Sweden. Six months later, similar parties started to spring up all over the world. All of these parties started off with the same singular goal of intellectual property reform. But, these disparate parties […]

Tobu World Square, Nikko, Japan

http://www.tobuws.co.jp/en/about/index.html Tobu World Square is a theme park with 1:25 scale miniature reproductions of  historic relics and buildings around the world. It took 5 years to complete  and cost 14 billion yen.  It opened in April, 1993. The park consists of 6 zones: Japan, modern Japan, Asia, America, Egypt and Europe. 102 buildings from 21 […]

NEAT (Non exercise activity thermogenesis)

American College of Sports Medicine 58th Annual Meeting Denver, CO · May 31 – June 4, 2011 http://www.acsmannualmeeting.org/    http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/neat.pdf Symposium on Non Exercise Induced Activity Thermogenesis, headed up by Dr. Levine from the Mayo clinic and his colleagues. During the seminar all the speakers in the symposium stood for the duration of the talk, meaning even while one individual was speaking the […]

Teasers

(Answers at the bottom of the page.) 1. A certain large animal lives happily and thrives here on Earth. One day, every single one of these critters is wiped out by a mysterious disease which affects only this particular animal. There are none left anywhere on earth — they are all gone. About a year […]