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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Islam and Secularism

In a recent analysis about the necessary reforms needed in the Arab and Muslim world, a Tunisian reformist thinker concluded that secularism is vital for its future... (Via MEMRI)

Online Confession

Today's The New York Times has an article on a this new trend of websites and blogs, where people could confess their sins...I found that some of the posted confessions seem serious but others were really weired and funny. Just have a look at this blog.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Quote of the Day

A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland.
Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, May 29, 2005


While googling I came across this neat website, which consists in
a fantasy stock market for weblogs. Players get to invest a fictional $500, and blogs are valued by incoming links.

This is my own blogshare!

Men's Reading Habits

A group of english academics at Queen Mary College, London, have concluded in a new research study into sex differences in reading habits, that while women read the works of both sexes, men stick to books written by men...

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Quote of the Day

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it.
Mark Twain

Friday, May 27, 2005

Biblical Dietary Laws

In his book titled " What Would Jesus Eat?", a florida doctor explores some of the Old Testament dietary laws and looks at foods mentioned in the Bible. (Via Sploid)

My Linguistic Profile

Our friend at This Set Down has a link (via luthermatrix) to this linguistic profile test.

Your Linguistic Profile:

50% General American English

20% Yankee

15% Dixie

15% Upper Midwestern

0% Midwestern

When Art Meets Faith

The Christian Science Monitor has a piece on the newly opened Museum of Biblical Arts in New York, where visitors from all faiths will have the chance to explore the influence of evangelical Christianity on 73 folk artists and help them envision, places, events and people cited in the Bible.

The Need to Invent A New Language of Love

A neat article in The Australian about how the english language needs to invent, or dragoon from other languages, new words to describe the unique status of players in intimate relationships that are forming in modern households.

Lawmaker Introduces Resolution Condemning Defamation of Quran

Democratic Rep. John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, has proposed a congressional resolution that condemns bigotry and recognizes that the Quran, the holy book of Islam, as any other holy book of any religion, should be treated with dignity and respect.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

First Mediterranean Wine May Be Made By Cypriots

According to an italian archaeologist, the first mediterranean wine was made in Cyprus...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Tunisia's Jews Celebrate Lag Ba'omer Holiday

Synagogue Al Ghriba. Painting by Hanafi

Starting tomorrow, the Island of Djerba, south of Tunisia and site of one of the oldest synagogues, will be celebrating the annual jewish festivities known as Lag Ba'omer.
For hundreds of years the beautiful synagogue served as the Tunisian Jews’ spiritual center, and each year during Lag Ba’omer, a Hilulah that attracts thousands of believers, is held at the site...

Quote of the Day

Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.

Blaise Pascal

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

N.C. Baptist Church Defends Koran Desecration

Unfortunately this has nothing to do with tolerance... (Via Drudge)

Converted Moslem Held In Mental Hospital

In a previous post I have raised the issue of apostasy in Islam and I came by this article via WorldNetDaily claiming that doctors in a Cairo mental hospital are holding an Egyptian Christian against his will, telling the man he'll be a permanent resident there until he recants his faith and returns to Islam...

Place Where Jesus Was Baptized May Have Been Found

Jordanian archaelogists may have located the place where Jesus was baptized...

Monday, May 23, 2005

Peko-Chan Snatcher

Peko-Chan Doll
A Japanese man has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail for snatching mannequins used by a cake shop chain to tout its wares...

Quote of the Day

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Quote of the Day

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Leonard Cohen

Saturday, May 21, 2005

French Philosopher Dies

Paul Ricoeur, a French philosopher whose broad interests included biblical interpretation and the study of human perception, has died. He was 92.

Frisky Fish Stir Up River

There was something fishy going on yesterday in the murky waters of the Elizabeth River...

Quote of the Day

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw

Friday, May 20, 2005

"Annals of the World" Now Available in English

James Ussher's colossal history of the world, titled "Annals of the World", is now available in English after over 300 years of being accessible only to scholars.

Tunisia's Approach To End Poverty

A neat article in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs about Tunisia's national and international model of solidarity fund to fight against the scourage of poverty.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Report: Anti-Americanism is Widespread in Muslim World

According to a recent report released by the Council on Foreign Relations, better communication could change opinions and reduce widespread anti-Americanism throughtout the muslim world. The report is based on the findings of focus groups in three muslim countries : Indonesia, Egypt and Morocco.Though I didn't read the whole report I think it is hard to generalize that the whole muslim world is anti-american by focusing only on three muslim countries.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Quote of the Day

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

"Confuzzled?" You must be a "lingweenie."

The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries got more than 3,000 entries when, in a lighthearted moment, they asked visitors to their Web site to submit their favorite words that aren't in the dictionary.
Here you can find more on this subject.

Roman Amphitheater of El-Jem

An aerial view of the prestigious Roman Amphitheater of El-Jem
(ancient city of Thysdrus)

Monday, May 16, 2005

The Mystery of "Piano Man"

This could be an interesting theme for a movie...

Quran Outcry

Now that Newsweek
has apologized for errors in a story alleging that interrogators at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran
a story that ignited massive protests all over moslem world accompanied by violent incidents resulting in human casualties, who shall we trust?? who shall we blame and who is benefitting from all that???

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Quote of the Day

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus

Saturday, May 14, 2005

US Archbishop Levada To Serve As Pope's Close Collaborator

The Vatican announced yesterday that San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada is the new head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the policy-enforcing arm of the papacy that Pope Benedict XVI headed for 24 years.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Humus War Lessons

Can Humus teach us bigger Lessons?
This is more than just Humus...

Jews According to the Koran

A neat article in today's Washington Times by a moslem turkish writer and columnist on how Jews are portrayed in the Koran.

Red Monkey Thought Extinct Reappears Again

After the rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in Arkansas, snails in Alabama and a rodent in Laos, a rare species of red monkey,thought extinct since 2000 may be alive in some part of Africa, according to a study by the International Journal of Primatology. Well that is the miracle of mother nature!

Quote of the Day

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.


Thursday, May 12, 2005

Would You Like To Win A Toyota

I don't think you will envy this girl...

Tolerant Islam In Mediaeval Spain

My friend at Dappled Things has a neat link to a book by Chris Lowney, A Vanished World : Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment, where the author explores the notion of tolerance that has characterized the relationship between the three monotheistic religions in Mediaeval Spain. I am looking forward to reading this book!

Self-Replicating Robots

An interesting piece via NPR, where researchers say they've come up with primitive robots that can self-replicate...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Capitol, White House Evacuated

The White House and the Capitol building were emptied in a frantic evacuation Wednesday, and initial reports said a small plane had entered the restricted airspace around the capital.

I was by the Capitol the time the alert was issued. That was really scary!

King Tutankhamun's Face Unwrapped

King Tutankhamun

Thanks to a CT scan, three teams of forensic artists and scientists-from France, Egypt and the United States- succeeded in reconstructing the face of King Tutankhamun, revealing what he looked like the day he died nearly 3,300 years ago...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Islam And Apostasy

"Convert to Islam,Repent later", says the Latin Bishop of Jerusalem in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven". When I saw the movie last week, this brief phrase has provoked laughter among the audience, but I think the Bishop's words raise a very serious issue at least for Moslems which is "Apostasy". While I don't totally agree with the author's ideas, this is a worth reading article by Ibn Warraq, where he explains the concept of "Apostasy" in Islam. ( Via Butterfliesandwheels)

Monday, May 09, 2005

When Accents Become A Political Issue

In Virginia, speaking a different accent may affect politics...

In Chicago: 'Virgin Mary' Stain Defaced, Covered

A stain under a highway bridge that had drawn hundreds of faithful who thought it resembled the Virgin Mary was painted over by a road crew on Friday after a vandal defaced the image...

Kingdom of Heaven : A Movie Review

Recently I went to see "Kingdom of Heaven" and despite all the criticism that preceded it I can say that I was not disappointed at all, I found the movie quite interesting in that it presents a new reading of the Crusdaes , which I had the chance to read about as part of my history studies in university.The conclusion that I, pesonnally, came with is that the movie gave a balanced view of both Moslems and Christians and that in any religion there are both "fundamentalists" and "moderates" that try to impose their own ideology. In his movie Sir Ridley Scott succeeded, to some extent,in conveying his message that at the end "moderates" from both sides will overcome "fundamentalists".The following is another reading of the "Kingdom" which I read in The Beirut Daily Star where the author considers Ridley's feature as nothing but a "commercial Crusade"...

Remembering Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)

Germany's national poet and dramatist, Friedrich Schiller, died 200 years ago today. The following article, via signandsight, looks at the poet's life and work.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Quote of the Day

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.

Gibran Khalil Gibran

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Paleo Art Now Available on Internet

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History has opened a Paleo Art Web page featuring years of artwork from its collections...

Friday, May 06, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI on the Contemplation of Beauty

The following is a message that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) sent to a meeting of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation in August 2002. I couldn't find the proper link to this message so I am posting it in its entirety.(Via

Cardinal Ratzinger on the Contemplation of Beauty

2002 Message to the Communion and Liberation

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"The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty"
By Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Every year, in the Liturgy of the Hours for the Season of Lent, I am struck anew by a paradox in Vespers for Monday of the Second Week of the Psalter. Here, side by side, are two antiphons, one for the Season of Lent, the other for Holy Week. Both introduce Psalm 44 [45], but they present strikingly contradictory interpretations. The Psalm describes the wedding of the King, his beauty, his virtues, his mission, and then becomes an exaltation of his bride. In the Season of Lent, Psalm 44 is framed by the same antiphon used for the rest of the year. The third verse of the Psalm says: "You are the fairest of the children of men and grace is poured upon your lips."

Naturally, the Church reads this psalm as a poetic-prophetic representation of Christ's spousal relationship with his Church. She recognizes Christ as the fairest of men, the grace poured upon his lips points to the inner beauty of his words, the glory of his proclamation. So it is not merely the external beauty of the Redeemer's appearance that is glorified: rather, the beauty of Truth appears in him, the beauty of God himself who draws us to himself and, at the same time captures us with the wound of Love, the holy passion ("eros"), that enables us to go forth together, with and in the Church his Bride, to meet the Love who calls us.

On Monday of Holy Week, however, the Church changes the antiphon and invites us to interpret the Psalm in the light of Isaiah 53:2: "He had neither beauty, no majesty, nothing to attract our eyes, no grace to make us delight in him." How can we reconcile this? The appearance of the "fairest of the children of men" is so wretched that no one desires to look at him. Pilate presented him to the crowd saying: "Behold the man!" to rouse sympathy for the crushed and battered Man, in whom no external beauty remained.

Augustine, who in his youth wrote a book on the Beautiful and the Harmonious ["De pulchro et apto"] and who appreciated beauty in words, in music, in the figurative arts, had a keen appreciation of this paradox and realized that in this regard, the great Greek philosophy of the beautiful was not simply rejected but rather, dramatically called into question and what the beautiful might be, what beauty might mean, would have to be debated anew and suffered. Referring to the paradox contained in these texts, he spoke of the contrasting blasts of "two trumpets," produced by the same breath, the same Spirit. He knew that a paradox is contrast and not contradiction. Both quotes come from the same Spirit who inspires all Scripture, but sounds different notes in it. It is in this way that he sets us before the totality of true Beauty, of Truth itself.

In the first place, the text of Isaiah supplies the question that interested the Fathers of the Church, whether or not Christ was beautiful. Implicit here is the more radical question of whether beauty is true or whether it is not ugliness that leads us to the deepest truth of reality. Whoever believes in God, in the God who manifested himself, precisely in the altered appearance of Christ crucified as love "to the end" (John 13:1), knows that beauty is truth and truth beauty; but in the suffering Christ he also learns that the beauty of truth also embraces offence, pain, and even the dark mystery of death, and that this can only be found in accepting suffering, not in ignoring it.

Certainly, the consciousness that beauty has something to do with pain was also present in the Greek world. For example, let us take Plato's "Phaedrus." Plato contemplates the encounter with beauty as the salutary emotional shock that makes man leave his shell and sparks his "enthusiasm" by attracting him to what is other than himself. Man, says Plato, has lost the original perfection that was conceived for him. He is now perennially searching for the healing primitive form. Nostalgia and longing impel him to pursue the quest; beauty prevents him from being content with just daily life. It causes him to suffer.

In a Platonic sense, we could say that the arrow of nostalgia pierces man, wounds him and in this way gives him wings, lifts him upwards toward the transcendent. In his discourse in the Symposium, Aristophanes says that lovers do not know what they really want from each other. From the search for what is more than their pleasure, it is obvious that the souls of both are thirsting for something other than amorous pleasure. But the heart cannot express this "other" thing, "it has only a vague perception of what it truly wants and wonders about it as an enigma."

In the 14th century, in the book "The Life in Christ" by the Byzantine theologian, Nicholas Cabasilas, we rediscover Plato's experience in which the ultimate object of nostalgia, transformed by the new Christian experience, continues to be nameless. Cabasilas says: "When men have a longing so great that it surpasses human nature and eagerly desire and are able to accomplish things beyond human thought, it is the Bridegroom who has smitten them with this longing. It is he who has sent a ray of his beauty into their eyes. The greatness of the wound already shows the arrow which has struck home, the longing indicates who has inflicted the wound" (cf. "The Life in Christ," the Second Book, 15).

The beautiful wounds, but this is exactly how it summons man to his final destiny. What Plato said, and, more than 1,500 years later, Cabasilas, has nothing to do with superficial aestheticism and irrationalism or with the flight from clarity and the importance of reason. The beautiful is knowledge certainly, but, in a superior form, since it arouses man to the real greatness of the truth. Here Cabasilas has remained entirely Greek, since he puts knowledge first when he says, "In fact it is knowing that causes love and gives birth to it. ... Since this knowledge is sometimes very ample and complete and at other times imperfect, it follows that the love potion has the same effect" (cf. ibid.).

He is not content to leave this assertion in general terms. In his characteristically rigorous thought, he distinguishes between two kinds of knowledge: knowledge through instruction which remains, so to speak, "second hand" and does not imply any direct contact with reality itself. The second type of knowledge, on the other hand, is knowledge through personal experience, through a direct relationship with the reality. "Therefore we do not love it to the extent that it is a worthy object of love, and since we have not perceived the very form itself we do not experience its proper effect."

True knowledge is being struck by the arrow of Beauty that wounds man, moved by reality, "how it is Christ himself who is present and in an ineffable way disposes and forms the souls of men" (cf. ibid.).

Being struck and overcome by the beauty of Christ is a more real, more profound knowledge than mere rational deduction. Of course we must not underrate the importance of theological reflection, of exact and precise theological thought; it remains absolutely necessary. But to move from here to disdain or to reject the impact produced by the response of the heart in the encounter with beauty as a true form of knowledge would impoverish us and dry up our faith and our theology. We must rediscover this form of knowledge; it is a pressing need of our time.

Starting with this concept, Hans Urs von Balthasar built his "Opus magnum of Theological Aesthetics." Many of its details have passed into theological work, while his fundamental approach, in truth the essential element of the whole work, has not been so readily accepted. Of course, this is not just, or principally, a theological problem, but a problem of pastoral life that has to foster the human person's encounter with the beauty of faith.

All too often arguments fall on deaf ears because in our world too many contradictory arguments compete with one another, so much so that we are spontaneously reminded of the medieval theologians' description of reason, that it "has a wax nose": In other words, it can be pointed in any direction, if one is clever enough. Everything makes sense, is so convincing, whom should we trust?

The encounter with the beautiful can become the wound of the arrow that strikes the heart and in this way opens our eyes, so that later, from this experience, we take the criteria for judgment and can correctly evaluate the arguments. For me an unforgettable experience was the Bach concert that Leonard Bernstein conducted in Munich after the sudden death of Karl Richter. I was sitting next to the Lutheran Bishop Hanselmann. When the last note of one of the great Thomas-Kantor-Cantatas triumphantly faded away, we looked at each other spontaneously and right then we said: "Anyone who has heard this, knows that the faith is true."

The music had such an extraordinary force of reality that we realized, no longer by deduction, but by the impact on our hearts, that it could not have originated from nothingness, but could only have come to be through the power of the Truth that became real in the composer's inspiration. Isn't the same thing evident when we allow ourselves to be moved by the icon of the Trinity of Rublëv? In the art of the icons, as in the great Western paintings of the Romanesque and Gothic period, the experience described by Cabasilas, starting with interiority, is visibly portrayed and can be shared.

In a rich way Pavel Evdokimov has brought to light the interior pathway that an icon establishes. An icon does not simply reproduce what can be perceived by the senses, but rather it presupposes, as he says, "a fasting of sight." Inner perception must free itself from the impression of the merely sensible, and in prayer and ascetical effort acquire a new and deeper capacity to see, to perform the passage from what is merely external to the profundity of reality, in such a way that the artist can see what the senses as such do not see, and what actually appears in what can be perceived: the splendor of the glory of God, the "glory of God shining on the face of Christ " (2 Corinthians 4:6).

To admire the icons and the great masterpieces of Christian art in general, leads us on an inner way, a way of overcoming ourselves; thus in this purification of vision that is a purification of the heart, it reveals the beautiful to us, or at least a ray of it. In this way we are brought into contact with the power of the truth. I have often affirmed my conviction that the true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth against every denial, are the saints, and the beauty that the faith has generated. Today, for faith to grow, we must lead ourselves and the persons we meet to encounter the saints and to enter into contact with the Beautiful.

Now however, we still have to respond to an objection. We have already rejected the assumption which claims that what has just been said is a flight into the irrational, into mere aestheticism.

Rather, it is the opposite that is true: This is the very way in which reason is freed from dullness and made ready to act.

Today another objection has even greater weight: the message of beauty is thrown into complete doubt by the power of falsehood, seduction, violence and evil. Can the beautiful be genuine, or, in the end, is it only an illusion? Isn't reality perhaps basically evil? The fear that in the end it is not the arrow of the beautiful that leads us to the truth, but that falsehood, all that is ugly and vulgar, may constitute the true "reality" has at all times caused people anguish.

At present this has been expressed in the assertion that after Auschwitz it was no longer possible to write poetry; after Auschwitz it is no longer possible to speak of a God who is good. People wondered: Where was God when the gas chambers were operating? This objection, which seemed reasonable enough before Auschwitz when one realized all the atrocities of history, shows that in any case a purely harmonious concept of beauty is not enough. It cannot stand up to the confrontation with the gravity of the questioning about God, truth and beauty. Apollo, who for Plato's Socrates was "the God" and the guarantor of unruffled beauty as "the truly divine" is absolutely no longer sufficient.

In this way, we return to the "two trumpets" of the Bible with which we started, to the paradox of being able to say of Christ: "You are the fairest of the children of men," and: "He had no beauty, no majesty to draw our eyes, no grace to make us delight in him." In the passion of Christ the Greek aesthetic that deserves admiration for its perceived contact with the Divine but which remained inexpressible for it, in Christ's passion is not removed but overcome.

The experience of the beautiful has received new depth and new realism. The One who is the Beauty itself let himself be slapped in the face, spat upon, crowned with thorns; the Shroud of Turin can help us imagine this in a realistic way. However, in his Face that is so disfigured, there appears the genuine, extreme beauty: the beauty of love that goes "to the very end"; for this reason it is revealed as greater than falsehood and violence. Whoever has perceived this beauty knows that truth, and not falsehood, is the real aspiration of the world. It is not the false that is "true," but indeed, the Truth.

It is, as it were, a new trick of what is false to present itself as "truth" and to say to us: over and above me there is basically nothing, stop seeking or even loving the truth; in doing so you are on the wrong track. The icon of the crucified Christ sets us free from this deception that is so widespread today. However it imposes a condition: that we let ourselves be wounded by him, and that we believe in the Love who can risk setting aside his external beauty to proclaim, in this way, the truth of the beautiful.

Falsehood however has another strategem. A beauty that is deceptive and false, a dazzling beauty that does not bring human beings out of themselves to open them to the ecstasy of rising to the heights, but indeed locks them entirely into themselves. Such beauty does not reawaken a longing for the Ineffable, readiness for sacrifice, the abandonment of self, but instead stirs up the desire, the will for power, possession and pleasure. It is that type of experience of beauty of which Genesis speaks in the account of the Original Sin. Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was "beautiful" to eat and was "delightful to the eyes."

The beautiful, as she experienced it, aroused in her a desire for possession, making her, as it were, turn in upon herself. Who would not recognize, for example, in advertising, the images made with supreme skill that are created to tempt the human being irresistibly, to make him want to grab everything and seek the passing satisfaction rather than be open to others.

So it is that Christian art today is caught between two fires (as perhaps it always has been): It must oppose the cult of the ugly, which says that everything beautiful is a deception and only the representation of what is crude, low and vulgar is the truth, the true illumination of knowledge. Or it has to counter the deceptive beauty that makes the human being seem diminished instead of making him great, and for this reason is false.

Is there anyone who does not know Dostoyevsky's often-quoted sentence: "The Beautiful will save us"? However, people usually forget that Dostoyevsky is referring here to the redeeming Beauty of Christ. We must learn to see him. If we know him, not only in words, but if we are struck by the arrow of his paradoxical beauty, then we will truly know him, and know him not only because we have heard others speak about him. Then we will have found the beauty of Truth, of the Truth that redeems. Nothing can bring us into close contact with the beauty of Christ himself other than the world of beauty created by faith and light that shines out from the faces of the saints, through whom his own light becomes visible.

Fishy's Revenge

A weired story I read in The Australian about a man being attacked by a five-foot mackerel. This might be interesting to I am following my fish!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

What Famous Leader Are You?

Here is a neat test, which I came across via From the Rock. I tried the test and the result is the following:

The State of None

A quite interesting oped in today's The Washington Post that gives somes statistics on the size of "unbelievers" in the United States.

God Vs. Science in Kansas

Defenders of Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection are boycotting four days of hearings — beginning Thursday — over the science curriculum in Kansas, where the state Board of Education is made up of a majority of conservatives critical of what they see as errors in the standard theory.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Kingdom of Heaven III

This is another piece about "Kingdom of Heaven". Even though I hate going to a movie laden with pre-judgements and pre-evaluations,I think the movie is worth going to.

Kingdom of Heaven II

In a previous post, I have referred to a piece by The New York Times on Sir Ridley Scott's new feature " Kingdom of Heaven". Today's The Washington Post has also a piece on this movie. Comparing both articles it made me even more convinced how media play a big role in influencing readers.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Mollusks Thought Extinct Have Been Discovered

The Nature Conservancy announced that three snails listed as extinct have been rediscovered in the Coosa and Cahaba rivers,Alabama...

Quote of the Day

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

Victor Hugo

Monday, May 02, 2005

Rev. Pat Robertson Says Muslims and Hindus Shouldn't Serve in Cabinet

Yesterday on ABC's "This Week" show, Rev. Pat Robertson said that only Jews or Christians should serve in US government... (Via Crooksandliars)

Chemistry Quiz

Test your knowledge of chemical elements (Via MSN Encarta).

My results: Pretty good. You have potential as a chemist. You got 5/10 correct.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Paralysis May Be Behind Da Vinci's Unfinished Mona Lisa

Portrait of Mona Lisa (1479-1528), also known as La Gioconda, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo; 1503-06, Musee du Louvre, Paris

According to The Guardian, an Italian academic claims to have new evidence about why Leonardo da Vinci did not complete the Mona Lisa...

Quote of the Day

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Jean Paul