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Archive: January, 2008
Last year Len Foley was reading a book by Morgan Spurlock (who wrote and directed the documentary Super Size Me!) called “Eat This Book” where he exposes the truth behind what is really in fast food. On page 117 Spurlock mentions a truly crazy story. I dont want to give anything away by before you see the video, but its important to note that Len actually went out to meet the guy behind the story because he was sceptical about it being true and ended up making this short film. This is no urban legend – it’s 100% for real!
Watch it on YouTube.
The Buckland Romani Tarot Deck
This exquisitely illustrated and rare deck has sadly been out of print for years and can only be found through collectors these days. It is in the English Romani tradition and comes with the Romany Tarot Gypsy Book of Wisdom. Every years or so I check to see if it’s back in print so I can get a deck… I’ll definitely post an update on the site if it comes back.
Today I discovered this quirky little deck.
This deck is based on a set created for Svetlana Alexandrovna Touchkoff by her mother who was taught this art by an 80-year-old Russian woman after WWII.
These are highly unusual cards in that each square picture has been split in half with the halves scattered among the set – only 25 cards in all. This means each card has four different half-scenes. In readings, the cards are laid down in 5 rows of 5 cards, and the reader looks for ways to rotate cards next to each other to make matching halves. Completed objects are then interpreted according to their orientation: up, down, facing left or facing right.
Excerpt from the book:
“Fortune telling was once an integral part of people’s lives in Russia, especially before 1917. During the week they told fortunes, while on Sundays they went to church and prayed. Everyone in the house participated. One person would do the reading, while the rest of the family or friends would sit around the table, listen, and make contributions. This was a time before table games or encounter sessions were developed. People wanted to have their fortunes told because it was a time they could concentrate on themselves, talk about their feelings or frustrations, and formulate strategies for the future. It was generally a happy time with everyone participating. The people believed in the predictions, yet they were not controlled by them. An individual’s free will or God’s intercession could turn any situation around. This open attitude by the Russian people toward fortune telling and the psychic world has remained to this day.”
~ Svetlana Alexandrovna Touchkoff
Introduction from Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards
Or you might not want to take the risk… I’m interested to see which cities get put on cheap street.
Cassy and Jim are a sweet couple who run an awesome little business from home called Dogs Love Life making Tshirts and gifts for dog lovers. One of their beloved dogs, Cali, was recently diagnosed with chronic liver failure and is undergoing incredibly expensive treatments to save her life at this critical stage. Cassy and Jim are determined to spend everything they have to save her life, but bills have already run through to $5,000 and they’re climbing with each visit to the emergency room. It’s an incredibly heart-wrenching time for them and since they have no insurance the financial worries are extreme. As they are running low on funds Cali and her mom paint and sell small paintings for donations on eBay. They are also accepting paypal donations.
Cali is fighting bravely and started pepping up today. You can follow her progress and see her cute pictures on Cali’s blog.
Please help this sweet couple by buying one of her paintings on eBay, simply donating what you can afford or even help spread the word on your blog. Feel free to use the banners from my site and theirs. Thank you!
Lois: [after seeing Chris' penis] Oh, my! Well, no wonder he’s always slouching.
Peter: How the hell did this happen? I’m supposed to be the man of the house. You must be so ashamed of me.
Lois: Oh, Peter, I care as much about the size of your penis as you care about the size of my breasts.
Peter: OH, MY GOD! [runs away crying]
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The UK’s national lost and found! – locate your missing jewelry or parrot
Just hours after Apple launched their update for the iPhone — which now allows users to add icons to the desktop for web-applications and sites — Nathan figured out how to make a custom icon for his web-based Gmail. Fantastic tip!
One of the best things about the way that Apple has let you put web snippets on your iPhone’s home screen is that it really makes web applications seem more like native apps. For instance, there is really very little difference between checking email in your Gmail account and routing your Gmail to the Mail app on the home screen, from a web app vs. native app perspective.
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