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March 18, 2010

Nujabes dead at 36

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Sad news %u2014 the amazing musician Nujabes (real name Jun Seba) is confirmed dead today. He was in a car accident late at night on February 26 when getting off the Shuto Expressway. He was only 36 and ridiculously talented. I first discovered his music at a tiny wine bar in Golden-Gai, and have been a huge fan ever since. He will be missed.

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this is sad news indeed, Feather is one of my most fave songs ever and I was looking forward for more of his work… may he rest in peace

Posted by: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707333478 | March 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Garrett Chan

Terrible news!

At least his music will live on… I agree “Feather” is one of his most beautiful songs along with my other faves “Beat Laments The World” / “Shiki no Uta” with MINMI and “luv sic” with shing02.

Posted by: Garrett Chan | March 18, 2010 at 06:55 PM

Haro!

I found out through Taku Takahashi’s Twitter late last night. Didn’t sleep, just played his music all night.

Posted by: Haro! | March 18, 2010 at 09:33 PM

katiemuffett

It’s always sad to find out about an artist because they died, but at least I found out. Wish it could have been any other way – I’m loving these chillout tracks.

Posted by: katiemuffett | March 18, 2010 at 10:11 PM

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Gary Vaynerchuk – I was pranked called at 5 am at SXSW What I think…

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Seth’s Blog: Not for me

A worthwhile discipline: when giving feedback, separate “not for me” from “not for anyone.”

If someone brings you a business plan for a power plant that will use perpetual motion as a power supply, it’s fair to say, “this will never work, it’s impossible.”

If someone brings you a business plan for a chain of hot dog sushi restaurants, it’s fair to say, “this is disgusting, I will never go here,” but not helpful to assume that it won’t work anywhere under any circumstances.

You can say you don’t like a book or a movie or a political candidate, but without more data, it’s impossible to say that it won’t succeed, get great reviews or even get elected.

Brilliant editors and venture capitalists have the ability to get excited about a project that perhaps doesn’t match their taste–or to criticize it based on experience, not selfishness. This is a really valuable skill, as it requires empathy, experience and judgment, not just the knee-jerk ability to pontificate.

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Seth’s Blog: Anxiety is nothing…

but repeatedly re-experiencing failure in advance. What a waste.

[and a bonus from George Orwell: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”]

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How Grenades Work – How grenades work – Gizmodo

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The HIV-AIDS of the Catholic Church | Filipino Voices

US based Catholic journalist and commentator John Allen (who is orthodox and a fan of Opus Dei) was objective enough to say on CNN that the child sex abuse scandals is no longer particular to the US, Irish or German church for that matter, but is of the Global (Universal) Catholic Church. Allen says that it is a matter of time before many of the particular national churches will be embroiled in similar scandals. If Allen is right, then the Philippine Church will soon get its taste of pedophile sex scandals.

The latest scandal involving choir boys in Papa Ratzinger%u2019s former diocese has come so close to the Papal throne and may involve his brother. To be fair to Benedict XVI, the allegations and purported abuse were made after he had moved to Rome and had the governing of the archdiocese to less senior clerics.  But he will have to dispel notions that he did not know that the sex predator priest was not punished but rather moved from one parish to another. But some people are not convinced. They want the Pope to resign. And the uber realistic Allen says that this would happen only %u201Cif another planet%u201D hits the earth tomorrow.

The Roman Church according to Allen has adopted a more serious policy under Pope Ratzinger. A child sex predator priest will immediately be sanctioned, defrocked and turned over to the secular authorities. But Allen sadly says that this was not the practice 30-40 years ago. The Church had a hush up policy.

Allen summarizes the problem as a problem of accountability. Bureaucratic clerics were not that accountable to the bishop and the bishop was not that accountable to the Pope and the whole hierarchy was not accountable to the laity. If Allen read it right, then there must be a radical reformation of the Church bureaucracy and the laity must be involved. The Pope is at the apex of the whole shebang. The Catholic Church in fact invented subsidiarity that now makes secular bureaucracies work. Lower executives have latitude to make decisions based on their competence. It is expected that the decisions should inform the higher ups and in some cases the highest up does make a ministerial decision. In secular bureaucracies, there is a strict code of accountability and thus we hear of bureaucrats being asked to face the ombudsman. The Roman Church has none of that. The Pope could be the ombudsman but he has sacramental duties too and one of these is to hear confessions! (and confessions cannot be made public without the Father confessor going to Hell!)

The child sex predator priests first became an issue in the American church and Cardinal Bernard Law resigned his Boston diocese but instead of being punished was given a Roman sinecure during John Paul II%u2019s papacy. This had Americans rightfully outraged. Benedict to his credit is unlikely to do something similar and has privately apologized to victims in person in most candid terms, something that John Paul never did.

Pope Benedict may be the right man for the massive clean up (not cover up) of the Church hierarchy. But will his bishops follow? The Pope cannot govern without the bishops and will he axe the bishops? The Vatican can easily axe priests, but bishops?

The child sex abuse by priests is the HIV-AIDS of the Catholic Church and if Allen is right, it is systemic. The Pope is the only physician that can prescribe the cure but he cannot do the healing. It is up to the Body of Christ which is composed by an overwhelming majority of laypeople. Too bad we don%u2019t have a condom to prevent this kind of hideous infection. I write this to accuse some Philippine Catholic bishops for their myopia on  condoms while the immunodeficiency is eating the Body of Christ.

I will pray for the Holy Father Benedict  each day as I am a Catholic. May God grant him the grace to overcome this crisis in the Church.

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About Author: blackshama has written 149 articles. blackshama is an ex-academic OFW, now an academic at home involved in mentoring hardheaded postgraduate students and terrorizing undergrads who think they can have it easy! He blogs at “Blackshama’s Blog”.

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HowStuffWorks “5 Myths About Renewable Energy”

How do we maintain our modern electric bliss?
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How can we run this world on renewable power sources? Naturally, the problem raises quite a few fears and concerns.

Residents of the early 21st century live in quite an exciting time. We have a thriving Internet culture, an unprecedented understanding of the natural world and we can even watch episodes of “America’s Next Top Model” on our mobile phones.

But of course, the world is ever in transition, and we currently find ourselves suspended between two ages: a time dependent on fossil fuels such as oil and coal, and a future dominated by renewable energy sources. Yet not everyone is sold on this vision. Options vary on just how dependable some of these renewable energy sources are, as well as how well they’ll be able to sustain us in a post-fossil fuel era.

Indeed, it’s a lot like leaving the leaky, polluting and ultimately doomed tugboat we know for the sleek, green, carbon neutral sloop that we don’t. Sure, the ideas behind the new boat are encouraging, but we still want to stay above water — and we’d like to bring all our things with us too.

Out of all this uncertainty, a number of myths, misconceptions and outright lies have risen to the surface. In this article, we’ll forgo the loonier notions out there concerning new world orders and Area 51 battery packs. Instead, we’ll look at five of the bigger renewable energy myths currently making the rounds.

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