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Pope John Paul II Death

3 February, 2004 3:43 PM

For all the latest news about Pope John Paul II see this Pope John Paul II News blog.

Catholics everywhere are praying for Pope John Paul II's health as he battles another bout with the flu. Media are reporting that his death may be imminent.

Pope John Paul II (often referred to as His Holiness by Catholics), n� Karol J�zef Wojty?a (born May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland), is the current Pope � the Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on October 16, 1978, becoming the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first pope of Slavic origin in the history of the Church.

Pope John Paul II crusades against political oppression have been praised, but his conservative social positions have been more controversial. His more than 100 trips abroad have attracted enormous crowds (some of the largest ever assembled). With these trips, John Paul has covered a distance far greater than that traveled by all other popes combined. They have been seen as an outward sign of the efforts at global bridge-building between nations and between religions that have been central to his pontificate.

Pope John Paul II has beatified and canonized far more persons than any other previous pope in history. It is reported that as of October 2004, he has beatified 1,340 people. Whether he has canonized more saints than all his predecessors put together, as is sometimes claimed, is difficult to prove, as the records of many early canonizations are incomplete or missing.

On March 14, 2004, his pontificate overtook Leo XIII's as the third-longest pontificate in the history of the Papacy (after Pius IX and St. Peter). In February 2010, if still reigning, he will overtake Pius IX as having the longest proven papal reign ever. The length of his term is in extreme contrast with that of his predecessor John Paul I, who died suddenly after only 33 days in office (and in whose memory John Paul II named himself).

Pope John Paul II has been increasingly ill of late and many expect his death is imminent.

Read more atWikipedia: Pope John Paul II

His Holiness John Paul II Short Biography

So what happens at the death of a Pope?

When a Pope dies is a good explanation of this occourance.

'When the pope dies, the cardinal chamberlain (Camerlengo) of the holy Roman Church (currently Eduardo Cardinal Martinez Somalo) ascertains the pope�s death, traditionally by calling the pope three times by his baptismal name without response. The ritual of striking the head with a silver hammer (which would later be used to break the Fisherman�s Ring and the papal seal) may be replaced by covering the face with a cloth. He then authorizes the secretary-chancellor to issue a death certificate and seals the pope's private apartments. After notifying the cardinal vicar for the diocese of Rome, the chamberlain secures the temporal goods and rights of the Holy See and attends to the details of the pope�s burial.'...

What Happens when a pope dies is another good article with similar information.

'When a pope dies, a formal process begins that certifies his death, carries out his funeral, and ensures that the selection of his successor takes place according to the prescribed procedures. The busiest person during this period is the camerlengo, or papal chamberlain, who functions something like a chief of staff.

The camerlengo's first task is to certify that the pope is dead. Traditionally, this has included tapping the pope's forehead, perhaps with a little silver hammer, and calling him three times by his first name. No response means that the pope is dead, but more precise medical equipment may be used today....'

Also see When a Pope Dies

'Regardless of the circumstances, when a Pope dies certain procedures specified in Church law, specifically the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis, must be followed. First among these is the certification that he is truly dead. This task falls to the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church.

In the presence of the Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, the Cleric Prelates of the Apostolic Camera, and the Secretary and the Chancellor of the Apostolic Camera, the Camerlengo ascertains that the Pope is dead. Naturally, this could require the assistance of medical personnel. Having made this determination, the Chancellor of the Apostolic Camera draws up the official death certificate. The Camerlengo then seals the Pope�s bedroom and study. Its unsealing and the� disposition of its contents must wait the election of his successor. If the deceased Pope has left a will naming an executor for his personnel belongings, the executor is responsible for faithfully carrying out the will, and for giving an account of his service to the new Pope....'

Mike Rowe Settles with Microsoft

30 January, 2004 4:42 PM

During the 24 hour blogathon last week (or was it the week before?) I linked up to an amusing story about Mike Rowe who was battling with Microsoft over the name of his website (mikerowesoft.com).

The latest is that he has settled with Microsoft out of court. CNet takes up the story:

'In the end, Microsoft and Mike Rowe came to an agreement. In exchange for transferring control of his domain name, the software maker has promised to help Rowe set up a new Web site; pay for a Microsoft certification course and subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network Web site; and pay for his family to visit Microsoft Research Tech Fest in Redmond, Wash., in March. To top it all off, he will get an Xbox with some games.'

It seems that Mike has captured the imagination of a lot of people with over 700 having already signed up for his new website.

I wonder if I should start up www.darrenrowsesoft.com? doesn't quite have the same ring to it I guess.

Instant Messaging

30 January, 2004 9:48 AM

Rachel would like your help in answering a question about Instant Messaging. If you use it (ie MSN Messenger, Yahoo etc) head over and leave your answers to two simple questions in her comments.

- How many are on your list?
- How many of these have you never met in person?

I'm going to be interested in her results.

No more text messages from Jesus

28 January, 2004 2:22 PM

'A service promising to answer people's prayers with a text message apparently sent by Jesus has been shut down after complaints by Finland's mobile services watchdog.

The heavenly service offered answers from Jesus in response to a text message prayer at the cost of a hefty 1.20 euros ($1.52) per message'

Link

Dear Harriette

27 January, 2004 11:21 PM

'Dear Harriette: When my wife gets mad at me, she writes on her Web site what I did wrong that day. We are in counseling, but sometimes my words will be twisted around on the site. She tells me not to go to the site, but I know one of our neighbors does and I want to know what is being said about me on a public Web site. Any advice? -- Tom, Texas' See Harriette's Reply

I wonder if this might be a problem we'll see more of in future.

Amazon Restaurants

26 January, 2004 4:48 PM

Amazon are now doing Restaurants Pretty useless for us Aussies - but I'm sure someone out there will benefit from it.

McDonald's Diet

24 January, 2004 11:53 AM

Ever wondered what would happen to you if you ate McDonald's morning noon and night? Well now you can find out because someone has decided to be the guinea pig for us all and eat three meals every day for thirty days at McDonald's.

The New York Post has the details.

'His mission: To eat three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald's and document the impact on his health.

Scores of cheeseburgers, hundreds of fries and dozens of chocolate shakes later, the formerly strapping 6-foot-2 New Yorker - who started out at a healthy 185 pounds - had packed on 25 pounds.

But his supersized shape was the least of his problems.

Within a few days of beginning his drive-through diet, Spurlock, 33, was vomiting out the window of his car, and doctors who examined him were shocked at how rapidly Spurlock's entire body deteriorated.

"It was really crazy - my body basically fell apart over the course of 30 days," Spurlock told The Post.

His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from a low 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression. '

The Introvert Coach

24 January, 2004 11:43 AM

Some might remember me linking up a couple of weeks back to a great little article entitled Marketing to Introverts. Its got some great advice for people not only marketing to introverts but also living and working with them.

Since linking up I've had contact with the author of the article, Nancy R. Fenn.

Nancy is the owner of another site that might be of interest to both introverts and those trying to 'work them out' - her site is the Introvert Coach. It has a great collection of articles and resources well worth checking out on Introvertism (is there such a thing!?)

Check out some of the following links on the site

- Introverts and Dating
- Introverted Children
- The 8 types of Introverts
- 10 ways Jackie Kennedy was the perfect Introvert
- Successful Group or TeamWork with Introverts
- Introverts: Sell Yourself First!

What a week in Digital Photography

16 January, 2004 9:49 AM

This past week has been a huge week in Digital Photography. The Digital Camera industry is booming and some amazing developments have been breaking.

At my digital photography blog in the last week my posts have included the following breaking news:

- National Geographic's First all Digital Shoot

- NASA's Mars photos were taken on a 1 Megapixel Camera

- Kodak are winding down production on film based cameras

- Digital Photo Vending Machines are coming

- Digital opportunities develop for tech groups

- Sony Aiwa release new concept camera

I also worked on collating a list of quality online Digital Photography tutorials and short courses.

Marriage Survey

14 January, 2004 8:54 AM

Richard Bott is doing a fascinating marriage survey.

He asks people to anonamously answer the following question in his comments section.

a) define "marriage"
b) on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being EVERYTHING, 10 being NOTHING) please indicate what you believe the institution of marriage has to do with parenting.
c) state if you believe that same-sex couples should be able to be married.
d) state if you believe that same-sex couples should have the equivalent rights to married couples, but under a different name.
e) let me know what decade you were born in - 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
f) let me know the country you currently reside in (just the country!).

I will be very interested to see these results.

Marketing to Introverts

13 January, 2004 9:36 AM

How to Market to Introverts. Saw this article over at Jordon Cooper yesterday and as an introvert (see last post) I found it very interesting. Here are the 10 points - there is more written about each on the original article.

1. Introverts are territorial. This includes their personal space.
2. Introverts love to read.
3. Introverts, despite appearances, are not shy and they are frequently not braindead just because they don't say anything while you are talking to them.
4. Introverts are not impressed by personality.
5. The assumptions, guiding principles, underlying beliefs and expectations of introverts are so different from the extroverted majority that you may not even realize you have a bad map to the territory.
6. Introverts hate being rushed.
7. Introverts are greatly afraid of making mistakes in public and of humiliation in public during a learning period.
8. Introverts hate small talk.
9. Introverts hate phones and especially cell phones.
10. Introverts say what they mean.

A lot of that resonates with me. I think there are a lot of applications for this type of information. Churches, bloggers, partners/friends of introverts etc - take note!

Jesus Tomb Found

13 January, 2004 8:36 AM

Breaking News - they've found the tomb of Jesus - it is in Shingo Village (Japan). Source.

The Happiness Equation

12 January, 2004 12:00 PM

CNN reports that Happiness is an Equation.

Apparently happiness = P + 5E + 3H

P = Personal Characteristics (outlook on life, adaptability and resilience); E = Existence (health, friendships and financial stability) and H = Higher Order (self-esteem, expectations and ambitions).

Men and Women found happiness differently (well der!)

'Sunny weather, being with family and losing weight were more of an influence on women's happiness, while romance, sex, hobbies and victories by their favourite sports teams were more important to men.'

I think i'd better go out and get me a little more E and H.

Manhood Week

11 January, 2004 11:45 AM

The Green Man is holding his inaugural Manhood Wek next week on his blog. Might be worth stopping by!

'It is manhood week next week at The Green Man. If you are a man then be prepared to have some assumptions about who you are and what your life really means challenged.

Every now and then we all need to take a step back and challenge the assumptions by which we lead our lives. For the male readers of The Green Man this will hopefully provide such an opportunity.

If you are a woman then you are welcome to drop by and perhaps gain a glimpse behind that big macho fasade behind which most men live their lives, even if they don't realise it themselves.'

Do it yourself UAVs

11 January, 2004 11:43 AM

Update: For some great information on UAVs check out the UAV Blog

Ever wanted to have your own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like the ones the military use to spy on other countries. Now you can with DIY UAVs. Watch out!

We're building a system for autonomous aerial vehicles for the hobbiest.

I wonder if this is what Bush is trying to ban fearing that terrorists will get their hands upon them! (Bush Wants to Ban Spy Plane Technology)

Update: For some great information on UAVs check out the UAV Blog

Lord of the Rings Box Office Results

9 January, 2004 11:19 PM

Lord of the Rings - Return of the King is set to be the trilogy's most successful film. It's already taken more than $560 million (US) which is 27% ahead of the 2nd film at the same stage (which eventually took $922 million).

Hmmmm - Maybe I should take a film making class instead of that painting one.

By the way - feel free to add your links to the Lord of the Rings and Religion post - thanks to those that have already.

Gender Genie

8 January, 2004 11:22 AM

The Gender Genie is an interesting little tool that uses a simple algorithm to predict the gender of an author of a passage of 500 words. Try it out by pasting a passage of your blog into it and see what it says. It predicted that I was a Male - phew.

Thanks to Michael from the Main Point for the link. It said he was a female so I won't guarantee it's accuracy. :

Mesothelioma

6 January, 2004 11:55 PM

Mesothelioma resources and links


  • What is Mesothelioma? 'Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body's internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles.' - From: Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers
  • 'Mesothelioma Treatment: What You Can Do - If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, remember that time matters. The faster you consult your doctor and get professional care the better your chances will be of dealing with this dangerous cancer. There are three traditional methods of fighting cancerous mesothelioma: surgery, chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy. Please contact your doctor as soon as possible to get more information.' From: Mesothelioma Information
  • 'Who is at risk of Mesothelioma? - The only cause that is known to cause Mesothelioma is past exposure to Asbestos. Workers were often not told that they were working around Asbestos. If the manufacturers revealed this secret, they would lose huge profits. Generally, anyone who has inhaled asbestos fibers is at risk of Mesothelioma.

    Even the friends/family of a person who has had asbestos exposure are at risk. This is because Asbestos can often be carried on clothings. From: Mesothelioma Online Advice

  • Coping with Mesothelioma - 'It can be very difficult coping with a diagnosis of mesothelioma both practically and emotionally.��You are likely to be feeling very upset and confused. Mesothelioma is often diagnosed at quite an advanced stage.��As well as coping with your diagnosis, you may also have to cope with being told that your cancer is very difficult to treat and unlikely to be cured.�

    As well as coping with the fear and anxiety that any diagnosis of cancer brings, you have to work out how to manage practically.��There may be money matters to sort out.��Who do you tell that you have cancer?��And how do you find the words?��There may be children to consider.

    It is important that you have enough information to enable you to make decisions about your treatment if that is what you want.��At every stage you and your relatives or carers should be offered clear and comprehensive information both verbally and in writing about all aspects of your cancer and its treatment.' Read more at Cancer Help - Coping with Mesothelioma

  • Mesothelioma Treatment - 'The type of treatment available for Mesothelioma depends largely on its location in the body and its stage of development diagnosis. The patient's age and physical health are also taken into consideration. The most common types of treatment for mesothelioma are surgery, radiation treatment and chemotherapy.'Mesothelioma Treatment
  • 'The Thoracic Oncology Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center is one of the pioneering institutions nationally using a finely tuned multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. 'Center for Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Diseases

  • 'Mesothelioma Information at MesoInfo.com is an educational resource for those who suffer from the lung cancer mesothelioma, also known as asbestos cancer, or who know someone who does.' From: Mesothelioma Information - Asbestos Cancer Resource
  • 'Mesothelioma is increasing in frequency and presents many diagnostic and management challenges. An optimal universal staging system is still awaiting definition and validation. Prognosis is best for patients with localized disease and epithelial histology. Surgical techniques including pleurectomy/decortication and EPP can result in a major debulking of disease, and studies are ongoing to determine if the addition of chemotherapy and radiation has an impact on survival. Several new investigational approaches are now being tested, including intrapleural interferon gamma, photodynamic therapy, immunotherapy, and gene therapy'Current Therapy for Mesothelioma
  • '"It is no longer acceptable to dismiss mesothelioma as untreatable, for 'untreatable' implies an acceptance of failure. We must dispel this attitude of nihilism by education and establishment of treatment networks.

    If we can be as aggressive with our investigations of novel therapies for mesothelioma as we are with breast and prostate cancer, we may avoid the perpetuation of this tragedy into the new millennium."' Found at - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

  • 'What can someone with mesothelioma do?
    - Seek out the best and most up-to-date information
    - Seek out the best medical care.
    - Stay in close contact with your doctor.
    - Consider whether or not you want to bring a lawsuit because of this asbestos-related injury.

    Remember that resources are available to you through community and medical support groups, asbestos victims' organizations, your place of worship, as well as your family and friends.' From: Mesothelioma FAQs

  • 'The Mesothelioma Information and Resource Group [MIRG] is an organization created to assist patients, and family in learning about mesothelioma and other asbestos-related injuries. It is the aim of MIRG to provide information about the disease, its causes, its treatment and its personal and legal impact.' Source - Mesothelioma Information Resource Group
  • 'The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, and Education (ALCASE) has had many requests to provide information about mesothelioma, resources for treatment options, and support to those dealing with mesothelioma. We hope this Web site will help to meet that need.' From: Mesothelioma Information, Support, and Resources

Mesothelioma Information

6 January, 2004 11:34 PM

Following is a list of information and helpful resources on Mesothelioma

  • What is Mesothelioma? 'Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body's internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles.' - From: Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers
  • 'Mesothelioma Treatment: What You Can Do - If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, remember that time matters. The faster you consult your doctor and get professional care the better your chances will be of dealing with this dangerous cancer. There are three traditional methods of fighting cancerous mesothelioma: surgery, chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy. Please contact your doctor as soon as possible to get more information.' From: Mesothelioma Information
  • 'Who is at risk of Mesothelioma? - The only cause that is known to cause Mesothelioma is past exposure to Asbestos. Workers were often not told that they were working around Asbestos. If the manufacturers revealed this secret, they would lose huge profits. Generally, anyone who has inhaled asbestos fibers is at risk of Mesothelioma.

    Even the friends/family of a person who has had asbestos exposure are at risk. This is because Asbestos can often be carried on clothings. From: Mesothelioma Online Advice

  • Coping with Mesothelioma - 'It can be very difficult coping with a diagnosis of mesothelioma both practically and emotionally.��You are likely to be feeling very upset and confused. Mesothelioma is often diagnosed at quite an advanced stage.��As well as coping with your diagnosis, you may also have to cope with being told that your cancer is very difficult to treat and unlikely to be cured.�

    As well as coping with the fear and anxiety that any diagnosis of cancer brings, you have to work out how to manage practically.��There may be money matters to sort out.��Who do you tell that you have cancer?��And how do you find the words?��There may be children to consider.

    It is important that you have enough information to enable you to make decisions about your treatment if that is what you want.��At every stage you and your relatives or carers should be offered clear and comprehensive information both verbally and in writing about all aspects of your cancer and its treatment.' Read more at Cancer Help - Coping with Mesothelioma

  • 'Mesothelioma Information at MesoInfo.com is an educational resource for those who suffer from the lung cancer mesothelioma, also known as asbestos cancer, or who know someone who does.' From: Mesothelioma Information - Asbestos Cancer Resource
  • '"It is no longer acceptable to dismiss mesothelioma as untreatable, for 'untreatable' implies an acceptance of failure. We must dispel this attitude of nihilism by education and establishment of treatment networks.

    If we can be as aggressive with our investigations of novel therapies for mesothelioma as we are with breast and prostate cancer, we may avoid the perpetuation of this tragedy into the new millennium."' Found at - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

  • 'What can someone with mesothelioma do?
    - Seek out the best and most up-to-date information
    - Seek out the best medical care.
    - Stay in close contact with your doctor.
    - Consider whether or not you want to bring a lawsuit because of this asbestos-related injury.

    Remember that resources are available to you through community and medical support groups, asbestos victims' organizations, your place of worship, as well as your family and friends.' From: Mesothelioma FAQs

  • 'The Mesothelioma Information and Resource Group [MIRG] is an organization created to assist patients, and family in learning about mesothelioma and other asbestos-related injuries. It is the aim of MIRG to provide information about the disease, its causes, its treatment and its personal and legal impact.' Source - Mesothelioma Information Resource Group
  • 'The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, and Education (ALCASE) has had many requests to provide information about mesothelioma, resources for treatment options, and support to those dealing with mesothelioma. We hope this Web site will help to meet that need.' From: Mesothelioma Information, Support, and Resources

Detouching

20 December, 2003 12:04 AM

15268_w.jpgSick of seeing celebrities in magazines who have had their photographs retouched to the point where they're so 'perfect' that they barely look human?

Head over to the Detouching site where they are having a photoshop competition with the brief of 'Removing the retouching from airbrushed celebs.' The results are quite funny. For example see a 'detouched' Julia Roberts left.

Link found at Presurfer.

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