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January 22, 2010

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This is my last post on grow-a-brain.

Thanks for the nearly 20,000,000 visitors who checked in during the 7 years I blogged here.

I can be found at my new, personal site, Grow-a-baby, dedicated to Adora, the person above. You may contact me through the email there.

Hanan Levin

January 22, 2010 in A new Direction, Personal | Permalink | Comments (49) | TrackBack

January 08, 2010

De nero casino On Monday, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin announced that it had made available more than 1,300 boxes of papers, film, movie props and costumes donated by Robert De Niro to researchers and the public. The collection, which has been appraised at $5 million, covers Mr. De Niro’s career from the 1968 Brian De Palma feature “Greetings” through 2005’s “Hide and Seek,” and includes everything from the leopard-print boxing robe the actor wore in “Raging Bull” to the coats he donned as the Creature in “Frankenstein". (From NYT)

January 8, 2010 in Cinema - "The Godfather" | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Taco head

De Cabeza by Spanish photographer Jorge Miguel

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Leaf Lines, another flicker set

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Museum Goers Series by artist Karen Jurick. (Thanks, Dafna)

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2009 Evening Standard Billboards

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Sir Jefferey Hudson: A dwarf presented in a pie to King Charles I. 1619-1682

January 8, 2010 in Photography | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Books You Can Live Without

Throw away books “…As an 81-year-old bookseller at one of the largest used bookstores in America, I am frequently asked about which books should be discarded from a personal library. In New York, where real estate is at a premium, space for personal libraries is limited so I encourage my customers to assess their collections periodically and weed out books…”

January 8, 2010 in Bookstores | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What to do with your ‘third week of March’

Pope Benedict

When Pope John Paul died, Rogers Cadenhead quickly registered www.BenedictXVI.com thinking this might be the name chosen by the new pope. When Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope he did choose the name Pope Benedict XVI, causing many to question what the Vatican would do to get the rights to that domain name.

Cadenhead didn't ask the Vatican for money. Instead, in a humorous manner on his blog he suggested a few things he would trade for:

1. Three days, two nights at the Vatican hotel.

2. One of those hats (referring to the bishop's hat).

3. Complete absolution, no questions asked, for the third week of March 1987.

Wonder what Rogers did the third week of March in 1987? Me too. Most of us have at least a week we'd like total forgiveness for.

January 8, 2010 in Spirituality | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


A fascinating ‘Ask Me Anything’ thread on Reddit: I was once a homeless meth addict living on the streets for two full years and have since turned my life around.

Also, from homelessness to becoming a billionaire: The story of john Paul DeJoria

January 8, 2010 in Crime & Punishment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


Top 10 Biggest Food Network Foodgasms Of 2009

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Ghost signs of Chicago

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Parisian murals by Street artist Gorellaume

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Life in a Yurt, with a NYT article behind the slideshow

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Concrete mushrooms: A project about the 750,000 bunkers left over from the communist era of Albania

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The 56 Geeks Project, by Scott Johnson

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Street installations by Mark Jenkins

January 8, 2010 in Do Something with your Life | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Riverside homes for sale

Selma Blair, photographed by Norman Jean Roy at the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, North of here, in San Bernardino County

Actually, things are not looking that hot around here. More like This or like this

January 8, 2010 in Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Glass ring

Meet Michael Amyx. The Tennessee man, 28, was wearing a Nazi military uniform when he was arrested Saturday for public intoxication

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Alan Taylor about the year after he developed “The Big Picture” blog

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Lucite & glass rings, arranged by color swatches

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Why chicks cry –Images of women and girls crying, taken from DC romance comics 1957 to 1968

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A 100 trillion dollar note from Zimbabwe, the perfect holiday present

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Corporate takeover 9, at ‘Worth 1000’

January 8, 2010 in Crime & Punishment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Snakes Portraits of the Hadza people by Martin Schoeller

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Inch by inch, Barack Obama is moving mountains, by Andrew Sullivan

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Colorful photos of slithering snakes

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Taboo Question for Israelis

January 8, 2010 in Middle East | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blue moon In 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono took time off to buy second-hand jeans at a flea market in Paris. Photographer Henry Pessar was there and shot over one hundred pictures. They're now part of an exhibition in Paris

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Lather was thirty years old today,
They took away all of his toys.
His mother sent newspaper clippings to him,
About his old friends who'd stopped being boys.
There was Harwitz E. Green, just turned thirty-three,
His leather chair waits at the bank.
And Sergeant Dow Jones, twenty-seven years old,
Commanding his very own tank.
But Lather still finds it a nice thing to do,
To lie about nude in the sand,
Drawing pictures of mountains that look like bumps,
And thrashing the air with his hands

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Chris Isaak sings ‘Blue moon

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And on the eighth day of Chanukah my true love gave to me an official Richard Nixon showerhead

January 8, 2010 in Music - Beatles | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 01, 2010

Our Swedish hero

Make yourself or someone you know into a hero

January 1, 2010 in Heroes | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Vegetarian cow 40 years ago today, I stopped eating meat. Time surely flies fast when you're having fun.

(I only remember the date because this was when I left my parents' home & moved to Jerusalem, to become a poor beatnik/poet). Anyway, Happy New Year and Happier New Decade, everyone.

January 1, 2010 in Food - Meat & Vegetables | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack