Friday, 29 August 2003
BBC: World cheap drugs deal clinched
Thursday, 28 August 2003
R*'s birthday wish list
R* has been planning her birthday even though its two months away. Here's her current birthday present wish list.
- game boy
- mobil phone
- Harry Potter broom
- Harry Potter kit
- since kit (science kit)
- face paits (face paints)
- morchk cuntol car (remote control car)
Wednesday, 27 August 2003
Musical Bill Of Right
I really like this Musical Bill Of Rights from Music For People. Everyone is capable of improvisational music. Performing music from a score is like painting by numbers.
Tuesday, 26 August 2003
Roving Web Cam
Horsing Around #12
Tree Spirit Reading
Tooth Fairy Visits
R* lost her fourth tooth today. She's now missing both of her upper front teeth and has a big toothless smile. However, tonight is the first night she's ever decided to give her tooth to the tooth fairy. She kept the last three. We've given her two pounds for it.
Turns out that a survey by Crest discovered that the average payout has doubled in the last year to two pounds probably due to the spread of the two pound coin. Up until 1985, it was only 10p!
Sunday, 24 August 2003
Almost A Diver
I just finished an intense PADI Open Water Diving Referral course held at a nearby pool over the last two days. Before the course, it required reading a book, watching some video's and answering some quizes. The course itself alternated between pool sessions practising scuba skills and classroom work which concludes with a final exam you had to pass. The theory is easy but practice is more challenging. It went well but I did find it a bit freaky at times.
Right in the beginning, I felt my nerve dissolving as diving underwater is such a strange environment! But as you stick with it, you slowly get more comfortable. I'm not a keen swimmer in the first place. Funny enough, the whole trick is to just relax. Much easier said than done! You really do have to concentrate on staying focused, trusting the equipment and swallowing any doubts. The worse bit I think was taking off the mask underwater and swimming with only the regulator and then putting the mask back on and clearing it. Or maybe the worse bit was shivering with cold underwater while waiting for my turn to try something. Or maybe the worse bit is knowing that I have to repeat the whole thing in a dirty cold lake in deeper water to complete my Open Water certificate! Coming this September...
Saturday, 23 August 2003
Wild Animal Essences
I was browsing through our issue of Kindred Spirit when I ran across their ad for Wild Animal Essences. To the best of my knowlege, it's water that contains the "vibrational essences" from either a dolphin, elephant, dragonfly, dove, hummingbird, mountain lion, jaguar or owl. For example, the owl essence is
"For accessing one's highest wisdom. Enhances intuition. Encourages clarity of mind and seeing the truth even in the darkest moments. Assists a compassionate voice even when facing directly things that need your attention."
So HOW do they make this stuff? Is it bath water? I dug a bit deeper and found the guy who makes the stuff. There's 41 animals essences in all!
"These vibrational essences are natural, energetic remedies that are made during a ceremonial process in the Virginia wilderness of the USA. This ceremonial process includes attuning with and invoking the spirit of the animal involved. The resulting liquid contains the vibrational imprint and energy of the animal but does not contain any animal parts. No animals are captured or harmed in the development of these remedies."
Diggering deeper, there's even more detail here that describes the ceremony.
Well I'm almost speechless. I guess it might work for some people through the sheer power of belief. And who can argue against something that works?
Friday, 22 August 2003
Camping in the USA
It's been a week since we got back from our camping trip and, as promised, I've written up a travelogue which you can now read here.
Thursday, 21 August 2003
God Bless America?
Tuesday, 19 August 2003
Horsing Around #11
Monday, 18 August 2003
Jenny Can Dive!
Sunday, 17 August 2003
Interesting website site. "You might call it a search-engine to find things you don't know about." So for the movie "After Life" it suggests I should watch one called "Sonatine". Click the link and check out the dynamic association map. Also does books, music and websites. Very cool.