June 18, 2007

Swami Vivekananda’s Speech – Amazing Audio From 1893

Swami Vivekananda (January 12, 1863 – July 4, 1902) was one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of the philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga and a major figure in the history of Hinduism and India. He was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the founder of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.

While he is widely credited with having uplifted his own nation, simultaneously he introduced Yoga and Vedanta to America and England with his popular lectures and private discourses on Vedanta philosophy. Vivekananda was the first known Hindu Swami to come to the West, where he introduced Eastern thought at the World’s Parliament of Religions, in connection with the World’s Fair in Chicago, in 1893. It was there that he was catapulted to fame by his by wide audiences in Chicago and then later elsewhere in America.

Here’s one such speech from the year 1893. This is the one with his now famous opening statement “Sisters and Brothers of America”. The audio is split into 4 parts. Click on the big “Play” symbol on each of the videos below. The video primarily shows the transcript.

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

Part IV:

Introduction text source: Wikipedia

June 16, 2007

Dad’s New Favorite Pastime: Digital Pictures

(ARA) – Face it: Dads and technological gadgetry go together like barbecues and the month of June. And, when you add digital photos to the mix, the fit’s an even better one.

Just ask Derek Whiteside, a 33 year-old father of two daughters, Alice, who just turned two, and six-month old Helen. An entrepreneur at heart, Whiteside spent the last five years establishing and managing a boutique beer and wine shop that he recently sold.

So, as he ponders his next business adventure — likely something service oriented he says — in addition to caring for two young daughters, he fills his time by using his PC to enjoy all kinds of entertainment, especially digital photography.

I have a sassy new computer in the living room,” Whiteside says proudly.

But in the Whiteside household, the PC does way more than serve as a gateway to the Internet and a repository for spreadsheets and other documents: powered by Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Vista, Whiteside’s computer is his family’s photography nerve center.

Using a Canon Powershot digital camera, Whiteside has rendered the shoeboxes full of photos stacked on closet shelves as relevant as the rotary telephone. “We’ve been comfortable with digital photography since before the girls were born,” he says. Drawing on Windows Vista, he uses the PC to organize photos in several ways — by the month they were taken, for example, or by subject matter – and shares photos with family and friends across the nation via email. One of Whiteside’s more noteworthy recipients of his photographs is his 87 year-old grandmother, who recently bought a computer.

Whiteside also enjoys the ability to edit his photos instantly, resizing, for example, and eliminating red-eye shots.

“One of the great things about Windows Vista is that it has functionality for photography, music and home theater built into the system,” Whiteside says. “Having an operating system that can do those kinds of things easily is very nice.”

And, he adds, the entire operation is integrated into the living room. “There are no wires showing,” he says. “It looks pretty. It has a lot of polish.”

Finally, Whiteside is wading into the world of video chatting, following the lead of his sister-in-law’s family. “They’re into it,” he says. “It’s a really fun thing to do and only requires a Web cam, which is pretty affordable. It’s sort of like the Jetsons.”

For more information on Microsoft Windows Vista, click here

Courtesy of ARAcontent

June 11, 2007

Keep an eye on your kids – ALWAYS!

When accidents happen to a child, it is almost always the fault of the parent(s).

See video for proof. It is not the child’s fault – it is the idiotic parent (or caregiver) who is responsible.

June 8, 2007

A Hobby that Reduces Stress, Exercises Your Brain and is Fun at Any Age

(ARA) – Looking for a hobby that’s not only fun but great for your health? How about taking up music?

According to studies conducted by NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, playing a musical instrument can increase memory, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, build confidence and result in greater academic success. So it’s no surprise that a stunning 82 percent of Americans who don’t currently play an instrument wish they did.

“At age 5 or 85, everyone can benefit socially, mentally and physically from playing an instrument,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM and a life-long drummer. “It’s never too late to start, and playing an instrument is something that can last a lifetime.”

NAMM is spreading the word about the benefits of music making through its national Wanna Play? campaign, designed to inspire people to get involved in making music, whether by taking lessons or purchasing an instrument they’ve always wanted to play. And it looks like people are getting the message. More and more Americans are dusting off their old instruments or trying one out for the first time. Garage bands are no longer exclusively teen-aged rockers. They are now made up of everyone from middle-aged moms wanting to reduce stress to the elderly aiming to improve their memory through playing a musical instrument.

Even the government is behind the benefits of making music. Recently, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 121, showing support for music education as part of a complete curriculum for all children. NAMM-funded research has found that 96 percent of public school principals believe that participating in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school longer. Additionally, on the SAT Reasoning Test, students taking courses in music performance scored 57 points higher on critical reading, 58 points higher on writing and 43 points higher on mathematics than students with no arts and music participation, according to the 2006 College-Bound Seniors Annual Report.

Celebrities and public figures have also come forward in their support for NAMM’s Wanna Play? campaign and its message. Gavin DeGraw, the talented singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist who broke onto the music scene with his hit “I Don’t Want to Be,” brings his passion for making music to people of all ages as the first ambassador of the campaign.

“You can feel the excitement and sense of possibility in everyone who picks up an instrument, whether they are my age or my dad’s age,” says DeGraw. “To play music, I don’t need any money in my pocket or anyone else around. Music has changed my life; are you ready to let it change yours?”

DeGraw is reaching out to kids and adults alike, convincing people to pursue — or perhaps revisit — their passion for playing an instrument.

You can visit www.namm.org for more information on the Wanna Play? campaign and the positive impact of music making.  

Courtesy of ARAcontent

June 4, 2007

Rolling sneakers blamed for rise in kid injuries

Doctors recommend safety gear for kids who wear trendy ‘Heelys’.

CHICAGO – Trendy wheeled sneakers that let kids zip down sidewalks, across playgrounds and through mall crowds could also send them rolling into emergency rooms on a stretcher, say doctors who blame a rash of injuries on the international craze.

It’s called “heeling,” named after Heelys, the most popular brand. They’re sold in 70 countries and are so hot that their Carrollton, Texas, maker, Heelys Inc., recently landed atop BusinessWeek’s annual list of fastest growing companies.

But doctors from Ireland to Singapore have reported treating broken wrists, arms and ankles; dislocated elbows and even cracked skulls in children injured while wearing roller shoes.

Full story: Rolling sneakers blamed for rise in kid injuries