Archive for March 2008

5 Days to New Year in Iran

March 15, 2008

Just five days remaining to new year in Iran… Todays I review this year and try to find my weakpoints to improve them.

The new year holidays called Norooz (Norouz) – meaning (New Day).

The people in Iran celebrate New Year on the first day of spring. Most of the people in Iran are Muslims and celebrate their New Year with joy and fervor. Noruz or Nowruz, which is the New Year in Iran, is celebrated on the 21st of March according to the Georgian calendar. One can find in the towns and villages cannons. It is believed that until these cannons are not heard the New Year celebrations cannot begin. The preparations for the New Year in Iran begin few days ahead of the New Year.

                          
 The Picture’s name is Haft-sin Table: made up of seven symbols of life and the interaction of human beings with nature, here is a great article about Haft Sin table.

partying, feasting and enjoying throughout the night of the New Year are essential New Year customs that the people in India follow on New Year.

Food, flowers, Money, and gifts are kept on a special tray in Iran.These gifts called Eydy (In Persian) ,The children on New Year’s Day keep their eyes closed until they are led to the tray. Making New Year resolutions are important New Year customs that the people in Iran regard as essential and close to their heart.

p.s: Here you can find more about iranian new year’s habits with some beautifull pictures: Persian New Year

An Iterview With God

March 13, 2008

I dreamed that I had an iterview with God

“So you would  like to iterview me?” God asked.
“If you have the time”. I said.
God smiled
“My time is eternity.”
“What questions do you have in mind for me?”
“Whay surprises you most aboat human kind?”
God answered…
“That they get boared with childhood, they rush to grow up and then long to be children again.”
“That they lose their health to get money, and they lose their money to restore their health.”
“That by thinking anxiously aboat the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neather present nor future.”
“That they live as if they never die, and die if they had never lived.”
   

God’s hand took mine and we where silent for a while.
And then I asked…
“As the creator of people, what are some of life’s lessons you want them to learn?”
God replied with a smile…
“To learn they cannot make anyone love them. what they con do is let themselves be loved.”
“To learn thet it is not good to compare hemselves to others.”
“To learn that a rich person is not onewho has the most, but is one who needs the least.”
“To learn that it takes only a few seconds to open  profound wounds in person we love, and it takes many years to heal them.”
“To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.”
“To learn that there are persons who love them dearly, but simply do noy know how to express or show their feelings.”
“To learn that two people can look at the same thingand see it differenfly.”
“To learn that it is not always enough that they be fogiven by others, they must forgive themselves.”
“And to learn that I am here
                                         ALWAYS.”

Reata strickland

Do People Only Use 10 Percent Of Their Brains?

March 10, 2008

The human brain is complex. Along with performing millions of mundane acts, it composes concertos, issues manifestos and comes up with elegant solutions to equations. It’s the wellspring of all human feelings, behaviors, experiences as well as the repository of memory and self-awareness. So it’s no surprise that the brain remains a mystery unto itself.

Adding to that mystery is the contention that humans “only” employ 10 percent of their brain. If only regular folk could tap that other 90 percent, they too could become savants who remember π to the twenty-thousandth decimal place or perhaps even have telekinetic powers.

Though an alluring idea, the “10 percent myth” is so wrong it is almost laughable, says neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Although there’s no definitive culprit to pin the blame on for starting this legend, the notion has been linked to the American psychologist and author William James, who argued in The Energies of Men that “We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources.” It’s also been associated with to Albert Einstein, who supposedly used it to explain his cosmic towering intellect.

The myth’s durability, Gordon says, stems from people’s conceptions about their own brains: they see their own shortcomings as evidence of the existence of untapped gray matter. This is a false assumption. What is correct, however, is that at certain moments in anyone’s life, such as when we are simply at rest and thinking, we may be using only 10 percent of our brains.

“It turns out though, that we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time,” Gordon adds. “Let’s put it this way: the brain represents three percent of the body’s weight and uses 20 percent of the body’s energy.”

The average human brain weighs about three pounds and comprises the hefty cerebrum, which is the largest portion and performs all higher cognitive functions; the cerebellum, responsible for motor functions, such as the coordination of movement and balance; and the brain stem, dedicated to involuntary functions like breathing. The majority of the energy consumed by the brain powers the rapid firing of millions of neurons communicating with each other. Scientists think it is such neuronal firing and connecting that gives rise to all of the brain’s higher functions. The rest of its energy is used for controlling other activities—both unconscious activities, such as heart rate, and conscious ones, such as driving a car.

Although it’s true that at any given moment all of the brain’s regions are not concurrently firing, brain researchers using imaging technology have shown that, like the body’s muscles, most are continually active over a 24-hour period. “Evidence would show over a day you use 100 percent of the brain,” says John Henley, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Even in sleep, areas such as the frontal cortex, which controls things like higher level thinking and self-awareness, or the somatosensory areas, which help people sense their surroundings, are active, Henley explains.

Take the simple act of pouring coffee in the morning: In walking toward the coffeepot, reaching for it, pouring the brew into the mug, even leaving extra room for cream, the occipital and parietal lobes, motor sensory and sensory motor cortices, basal ganglia, cerebellum and frontal lobes all activate. A lightning storm of neuronal activity occurs almost across the entire brain in the time span of a few seconds.

“This isn’t to say that if the brain were damaged that you wouldn’t be able to perform daily duties,” Henley continues. “There are people who have injured their brains or had parts of it removed who still live fairly normal lives, but that is because the brain has a way of compensating and making sure that what’s left takes over the activity.”

p.s: Do People Only Use 10 Percent Of Their Brains? Part 2

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Falling Slowly …

March 2, 2008

On February 24, 2008, Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Oscar Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” from the film “Once.” here is the lyrics of this nice song:

The Frames

I don’t know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can’t react
And games that never amount
To more than they’re meant
Will play themselves out

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You’ve made it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can’t go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I’m painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It’s time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You’ve made it now

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You’ve made it now
Falling slowly sing your melody
I’ll sing along

15 Amazing Women in Blogging

March 2, 2008

here is the list of 15 Amazing Women in Blogging

* p.s: I edited the text due of David’s Comment.