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Shipwreck in the Sea of Samsara
May 13, 2005, 2:18a - 2 photos

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Sachin's 25th Birthday
May 13, 2005, 1:35a - 11 photos

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Shri Shri Ravi Shankar at Stanford
May 13, 2005, 1:22a - 2 photos

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Santa Cruz
May 13, 2005, 12:35a - 8 photos

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Castro St, Mountain View
May 12, 2005, 11:44p - 4 photos

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Sex Sells
May 12, 2005, 11:29p - 1 photos

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Ethics of Stem Cell Research
May 21, 2005, 4:01p - Ethics
With the development of technology to create personalized stem cells, we'll soon be able to order personalized organs that are virtually identical to our own. If you suffer from kidney failure and you need a new kidney, you'll no longer have to spend a year on a waiting list hoping for a donor organ, which your body may very ... more »

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Mind Ruts
May 13, 2005, 2:11a - Thinking
I often find my mind getting stuck in ruts, like a wheel-barrow taking the same path over and over again, constraining the flow of my mind with its walls. Some types of mind ruts:

1) Circular Rut - Often I think the same thought over and over again, sometimes for as long as an hour. For example, when I wake ... more »

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Blogging instead of Jobbing
May 8, 2005, 10:05p - Business
I think it would be cool to be able to blog for a living. I was thinking about this the other day on the long drive to the WC (Walnut Creek) from my job in the MV (Mountain View). In thinking about how I could pull something like that off, it became clear that this problem was but a single ... more »

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May 1, 2005, 8:54p - Health and Medicine
My mom finally launched a website for her work, available at

She works at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, in the Center for Humane and Ethical Medical Care (CHEC). Dr. Arthur Rivin founded CHEC, which is a non-profit, several years ago. One of the goals of CHEC is to educate the public on medicine, ethics and human values. Dr. ... more »

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May 1, 2005, 8:31p - Friends
My friends Sachin Agarwal and Aki Jain recently launched a new website for buying and selling goods and services, called Meepster and available at They've been working on it for more than half a year.

The site's goal is to provide a marketplace for people to buy and sell stuff, similar to craigslist and ebay. They weren't happy ... more »

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Book Notes: Don't think of an elephant! by George Lakoff
May 1, 2005, 9:05a - Book Notes
Don't Think of an Elephant! by George Lakoff

I read this book while in India, and it has definitely given me a new perspective on American politics and the present divide between progressives and conservatives. I highly recommend it, and it's really short (only about 100 pages). Notes from the book:

- "Thinking differently requires speaking differently" (xv). This is ... more »

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