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The Neuroscience of Inception – LINK

Thanks to the subdued activity of the frontal lobes and the excited visual cortex, we sit in our plush chairs munching on popcorn and confuse the fake with the real. We don’t question the non-sequiturs or complain about the imperfect special effects or the shallow characters. Instead, we just sit back and watch and lose track of the time together.

This article is a fascinating read and puts Inception into a context I hadn’t thought of before.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t read this article. It’s full of spoilers.

My First Act of Free Will – LINK

There’s a certain frivolousness to all these eloquent arguments over free will. The fact is, we are deeply wired to believe in our freedom. We feel like willful creatures, blessed with elbow room and endowed with the capacity to pick our own breakfast cereal.

Free will, and whether or not it exists, is one of my favorite philosophical topics. This article over at Wired points highlights a take on the discussion I hadn’t thought of before. Very interesting read.

What do you think? Do we have free will, or is it an illusion we create to feel we have control over our lives?

Check it out!

Photoshop of Horrors: Wired Readers Show BP How It’s Done – LINK

We asked you last week to help us show BP that when hiring unethical photographers (or photo editors) in the future, they should look for Photoshop proficiency on their resumes.

In response, you put the company’s pathetic photo-doctoring of oil-cleanup press photos to shame. Your work was not only more skilled, it was far more imaginative. Why just remove the ground beneath a parked helicopter when you could put that chopper on the moon instead?

We’ve all heard the stories of BP hiring photo editors for their PR shots and the backlash from that.

In response, Wired sent out a call for submission from their readers to, “lend poor, embattled BP a hand and show them what people who actually know how to use Photoshop can do.”

The results have been release and are AWESOME!

Enjoy.

Federal judge blocks key parts of SB 1070 – LINK

Key parts of Senate Bill 1070 that will not go into effect Thursday:

•  The portion of the law that requires an officer make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there’s reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.

•  The portion that creates a crime of failure to apply for or carry “alien-registration papers.”

•  The portion that makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit, apply for or perform work. (This does not include the section on day laborers.)

•  The portion that allows for a warrantless arrest of a person where there is probable cause to believe they have committed a public offense that makes them removable from the United States.

Surprised? Not surprised? What do you think of this development?

GeekDad Interviews Phineas and Ferb Creators – LINK

As the 104 days of  summer vacation start to dwindle into the hot and lazy dog days, our favorite creative and inventive pair of stepbrothers, Phineas and Ferb, have a couple of summer spectacular events on the way to put a little bounce in your house before the kids head back to school.

This is one of my favorite shows to watch with the kids… and maybe sometimes on my own. WHAT!?

Check it out!

Mango Salsa Recipe

I made some mango salsa this afternoon and thought it would be a great thing to share since it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here.
So here goes:

Mango Salsa:

1 Ripe Mango

1/2 Med. Red Onion

1/2 Med. Red Bell Pepper

1/8 Cup Cilantro

Chop them all up and mix together. Simple as that. The secret is to finely chop the onion and pepper. You could add a little fresh squeezed lime juice to taste as well.

Great as a dip or a topping. Quick, easy and delicious. Enjoy!