21st Century Paladin’s Dojo Info – 12/22/12

Can be built by a team of five in a week and with materials that we’re generally throwing away. No brainer!
  1. How to put a roof over the world’s poorest people: Ingenious idea for recycling 700m discarded wooden pallets unveiled
    Now here’s a truly green concept that I can get behind. Where can I invest?
  2. Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor scores NCAA record 138 points
    What a ball hog. ;^)
  3. The amazing pacemaker powered by your own heartbeat instead of batteries – and is smaller than a one penny piece
    How incredible is this? Incredible potential here.
  4. Wine lovers boot camp lets you make your own wine
    Paso Robles is quite a trip from Louisville, but perhaps we could make this happen.
  5. Grocer, 70, gives stores to his employees — for free
    I wonder if going this route helps him avoid the evil inheritance tax… hmmm…

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World’s Largest Mall Is in Dubai, But Don’t Miss the Fountain

Incredible! Dubai, the city where money is unlimited.

From their website:

The world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. The Dubai Mall, with its 1,200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores, and over 160 food and beverage outlets is one of the Dubai Shopping Festival strategic partners.

Watch the video for that amazing fountain too! And I didn’t even mention the world’s tallest building. Wow.

Truth About National Debt, Comparing Reagan, Bush, Clinton, W Bush, Obama

The folks behind 10,000 Pennies are brilliant. Truly. Far more of our information needs to be delivered in this way.

In this clip, we learn how our most recent Presidents have increased the United States National Debt via a memorable trip across the map, using speed as the rate at which our debt increased. Did I mention these guys are brilliant?

Here’s their tally. (All the numbers are adjusted for inflation.)

Ronald Reagan: 55mph (2 terms)
George HW Bush: 78mph (1 term)
Bill Clinton: 18mph (2 terms)
George W Bush: 82mph (2 terms)
Barack Obama: 237mph (1st term)
Barack Obama: 173mph (2nd term: projected)

If that’s not fiscally irresponsible, I don’t know what is.

Government spending needs to be cut, and cut drastically. Which happens to be the first, great 10,000 Pennies clip I saw: Obama Budget Cuts Visualization.

So Who’s Missing from the Best 100 Video Games of All Time? I’ll Tell You!

For it’s time, Ultima Underworld was beyond belief It’s hard to fathom now but it wasn’t long after Zork and top down grid games. Here you were actually walking in a 3D world!

So Time magazine comes out with their list of All-TIME 100 Video Games. You’ve heard of Time, right? The magazine that will soon be a relic and something only old people talk about, sorta like CDs, home phones and watches (all things replaced by your standard smart phone).

Looking through their list, it’s not bad.

Some are a stretch, added merely for the games popularity. Others a reach in the other direction because the game has a feature or theme was outstanding while the game itself, fell flat.

They aren’t ranked, which is a good thing, because the nerd-fight that would ensue might begin Armageddon.

But after pouring over their list, I felt compelled to share some video games that *definitely* should have made the list. And few more that… might deserve honorable mention.

Deserve Inclusion in Best 100 Video Games of All Time

  • Ultima Underworld: First came Wizardry and I suddenly decided I needed to buy a computer… for games. When, the Ultima games came up I actually did! But when Ultima Underworld was released, it was like I died and went to heaven.
    (Time’s list include Ultima IV, which was a great game, but if I could only pick one from the series, the immersion found in Ultima Underworld wins easily.)
  • System Shock & System Shock 2: Two extremely strong games, especially for those that like sci-fi. Amazingly well written and one of the only games that I later re-installed to play again.
  • X-Com: The original was addictive as crack and innovative too. Loved that game. Spawned a whole series too.
  • Left 4 Dead: The 4v4 versus mode on this game is unlike any I’ve seen. Left 4 Dead 2 is even better!
  • Miner 2049er: Sure it borrowed heavily from Donkey Kong but it was better! Way more maps, starting off easy then growing to almost humanly impossible. When I finally beat that game, it was a golden moment that forever changed the course of human history. Plus it was fun.

Honorable Mention for Best 100 Video Games of All Time

  • Solomon’s Key: Challenging puzzle game that kept you coming back for more!
  • Bionic Commando: Wonderful new twist on the platform jumper.
  • NHL Hitz 2002: Hours and hours of competitive, button smashing fun with tons of customization. “Needlenose!”
  • Shamus: For the Atari 8-bit back in the day. I still have my printed maps in the vault!
  • Soltice: Released in 1990 it was pretty innovative with the 3-dimensional trapfest.
  • Half-Life: Again, they Half-Life 2 but the I’d give the nod to Half-Life for it’s innovation, unheard of in 1998.
  • Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: They included The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion so it’s hard to complain about Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind being left off but in some ways, it’s the better game.
  • F.E.A.R.: The cinematics paired with precise sound made this a strong game experience. However way too short.

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21st Century Paladin’s Dojo Info – 11/8/12

The devastation of Hurricane Sandy is immense, yet not unprecedented. Samaritan’s Purse is a wonderful organization that gets its hands and feet dirty helping, all in the name of Jesus.
  1. Responding To Hurricane Sandy
    The Red Cross gets most of the mainstream press for disaster relief but the work of Samaritan’s Purse is outstanding, and they comes in the name of Jesus.
  2. Lemonade stand vs. cancer: Boy raises $80,000 to aid research
    Max Igoe is a hero. There are many more like him that need more press!
  3. Paragliders’ stunning views during seven-hour, 204-mile record-breaking flight across America’s Red Desert
    You gotta follow this link… the photos are INCREDIBLE!
  4. Ditch that crossword and take a walk if you want to beat dementia
    “A study has found physical exercise, rather than mind-stretching activities, offers the best protection against excessive shrinking of the brain in later life.”
  5. Stray Cat Saves a Homeless Man’s Life
    No, he didn’t go all Lassie and rescue James Bowen from a well but the emotional support to a hurting man can not be undervalued.

Game Recognizes Game: Rondo Among Celtic All-Time Elite Point Guards

Rondo showed incredible toughness coming back to play after dislocating his elbow in the Celtics game against the Heat.

As Jim Rome says, “Game recognizes game.”

So when Tiny Archibald said the following, people take note. “But if you look at all the great point guards who have worn the Celtics uniform, Rajon Rondo does more than any of us put together.”

Check out this great story about the progression of Rondo as a point guard.

Rajon Rondo ranks among Celtics greats
He earns the praise of his point-guard predecessors

Big Blue Nation has produced some incredible players over the years, especially with John Calipari in the past three years, but Rajon Rondo may be the best of them all.

Science Proves Heaven Is Real

So, is heaven real? This brain doctor died and came back to analyze his own brain function charts.

Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, was in a coma for 7 days. Afterwards, he came back with a wildly different view of how the soul exists by itself, and is distinct from the body.

Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife

There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the bacteria that had attacked them, my brain-free consciousness journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy to explain was a simple impossibility.

After reading that, see if you agree with his claim that science proves heaven is real.

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Game Based Learning Starting to Change Some Educators’ Minds

If I was a high school student thinking about where to go to college, these certainly would deserve some scrutiny.

Learning, at its core, is truly all about problem solving. Games present problems in environments that are more engaging so more people like to endeavor to solve them.

How 10 Colleges Are Using Game-Based Learning Right Now

Finally, “higher” education is starting to get smart.

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