Saturday, October 30, 2010

ספרים בכפר עין הוד ein hod books

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הסטודיו לקדרות של נעמי וזאב הוא הרבה יותר מסטודיו לקדרות. הוא יהיה הקינוח שלכם ליממה האמנותית. מה אפשר לעשות כאן? חובבי ספרים ישמחו לגלות אלפי כותרים נושנים, מסודרים ברישול מלא חן, בערימות, במחסן חורק או תחת כיפת השמים. מצאנו כאן, למשל, את "פתגמים ומכתמים" האלמותי של חנניה רייכמן, את המחזה "מחכים לגודו" של סמואל בקט, ואפילו ספר הדרכה ישן ומוזר בשם -שיפור הראייה ושחרור העיניים מהמשקפיים כיצד
רוצים ליצור אמנות ולא רק לצפות בה? נעמי מעבירה סדנאות קדרות לילדים (שמפסלים) ולמבוגרים (שגם מתנסים בעבודת אובניים). גם משפחה אחת יכולה לתאם, להגיע, ולזכות בחוויית יצירה יוצאת דופן. נכון, זו רק טעימה זעירה מעולם הקדרות, אבל גם מטעימות יוצאים לעיתים דברים מופלאים. תהיו חייבים להודות שמדובר במקום עם נשמה, שהולכת ומתמעטת
יותר ויותר במחוזותינו. פרטים בטלפון 04-9841107
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Riga's Lions


Vrmanes Garden (Latvian: ) is the oldest public garden in the city of Riga, Latvia and currently comprises an area of approximately 5 hectares . The current name is a Latvian transliteration of the gardens original German name. Vrmanes Garden was originally created as Wöhrmann Park in 1814 on behalf of the Governor General of Governorate of Livonia Philip Paulucci , just a couple of years after the outskirts of Riga was burned down during the French invasion of Russia prior to the Siege of Riga . Financing and land for the park was sponsored by the Prussian Consul General to Riga Johann Christoph Wöhrmann (1784-1843) and his mother Anna Gertrud Wöhrmann (née Abels, 1750-1827). The Anna Wöhrmann Memorial depicted on a vintage picture postcardWöhrmann Park was inaugurated with festivities on 8 June 1817 as a fenced 0.8 hectares park with exotic trees, a rose garden and restaurant. A granite obelisk was erected 1829 in the park as a posthumous memorial to Anna Wöhrmann. The memorial was dismantled prior to World War II and recreated 2000 . 1836 the Riga Chemist and Pharmacist Society initiated a mineral water shop in the park restaurant. When the premises became to narrow, reconstructions were conducted according to a project by architect Heinrich Scheel in the years from 1863 to 1864 and 1870 to 1871. 1869 the park had a sundial and fountain installed. Picture postcard dated 1911 showing view of daily life in the garden 1881, the director of the Riga City Gardens and Parks Georg Kuphaldt expanded the park territory considerably

В Верманском парке после реставрации открыли скульптуры львов.
Анна Гертруда Верман (1750-1827) вложила большие средства, чтобы создать парк, который в настоящее время носит ее имя. Открытие парка состоялось в 1817 году. В 1829 году сын Верман, генконсул Пруссии И.К. Германис, в честь матери установил в парке небольшой обелиск. В 1884 году около обелиска были установлены каменные львы скульптора Августа Фольца, а рядом были посажены цветы.
В 1954 году обелиск был снесен, а львы перенесены в другое место. Ансамбль был восстановлен лишь в 2000 году.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Things of Beauty


Scientific and mathematical geniuses are distinguished by a particular elegance of mind. Fiendish complexity becomes something the non-specialist can comprehend. Rarer still is the scientist whose mental elegance creates, or reveals, something of physical beauty. Watson and Crick might have staked a claim for the double helix that is the molecular structure of DNA.
Benoit Mandelbrot, whose death has just been announced, was a mathematician who made it his life's work to find beautiful shapes in nature and decode their secrets. In minute ways, he saw perfect order in apparent chaos, and enabled others to see it, too. He devised, and developed the study of, fractals – seemingly random shapes that conformed to patterns when broken down into one repeating form.

His fractals were invariably things of beauty – seen in phenomena as different as snowflakes and cauliflowers. But his methods also had practical applications that included generating graphics and producing actual works of art. He turned his mind also to economics, declaring the global financial system too complex to function properly. How right he turned out to be. If yesterday belonged to the economists, perhaps tomorrow will be the mathematician's world.(via independent)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Credibility of Research Findings


“I assumed that everything we physicians did was basically right, but now I was going to help verify it,” he says. “All we’d have to do was systematically review the evidence, trust what it told us, and then everything would be perfect.”

It didn’t turn out that way. In poring over medical journals, he was struck by how many findings of all types were refuted by later findings. Of course, medical-science “never minds” are hardly secret. And they sometimes make headlines, as when in recent years large studies or growing consensuses of researchers concluded that mammograms, colonoscopies, and PSA tests are far less useful cancer-detection tools than we had been told; or when widely prescribed antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil were revealed to be no more effective than a placebo for most cases of depression; or when we learned that staying out of the sun entirely can actually increase cancer risks; or when we were told that the advice to drink lots of water during intense exercise was potentially fatal; or when, last April, we were informed that taking fish oil, exercising, and doing puzzles doesn’t really help fend off Alzheimer’s disease, as long claimed.
Peer-reviewed studies have come to opposite conclusions on whether using cell phones can cause brain cancer, whether sleeping more than eight hours a night is healthful or dangerous, whether taking aspirin every day is more likely to save your life or cut it short, and whether routine angioplasty works better than pills to unclog heart arteries.
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and "The cranks pile on John Ioannidis' work on the reliability of science"

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The answer?


"...The town of my birth, Stoke on Trent, is busily turning itself into a giant demolition site, under the auspices of what the City Council like to call "regeneration". Everywhere you turn a new fenced-in empty space has appeared overnight. I suppose I should take an optomistic view and believe that change is a good thing - the city is certainly a lot cleaner than it was when I was a child - but somehow I can't help but look at these urban deserts and hear the distant voices of the of my ancestors, who gave their lives to make the creative, exploitative, desease-ridden, hell-hole that was "The Potteries" famous the world over and make a few men and their families very rich.
All the video footage for this project was filmed during the spring of 2006 on the sites upon which stood the factories ("Potbanks" as we call them around here) of the greatest names in the pottery industry. But, you may say, these companies still exist - you can still go into the finest stores in the world and spend a fortune on their wares - what has happened?
The answer?
Outsourcing!"
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Ass to waist ratio...no boobs

Traditional studies of attractiveness have been bound to the Darwinian idea of natural selection, which argues that an individual will always choose the best possible mate that circumstances will allow. Such studies have focused on torso, waist, bust and hip measurements.
In this study the team measured the attractiveness of scans of 96 bodies of Chinese women who were either students or volunteers, aged between 20-49 years of age.
The study also revealed that BMI (Body mass index) and HWR (Hip to waist ratio) were both strong predictors of attractiveness. Scans of taller women who had longer arms were also rated highly, however leg size did not contribute significantly to the ratings.




"Our results showed consistent attractiveness ratings by men and women and by Hong Kong Chinese and Australian raters, suggesting considerable cross cultural consistency," concluded Brooks. "In part this may be due to shared media experiences. Nonetheless when models are stripped of their most obvious racial and cultural features, the features that make bodies attractive tend to be shared by men and women across cultural divides."
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