Visualizing World History: Historical Atlas

I am fascinated by the dynamic nature in which countries rise and fall as intelligent agents in a complex system. The website provides a program that can be used to visualization the evolution of entire regions of the world starting from the 11th century. The example video of Europe is amazing to watch. Critical points (i.e., wars) can clearly be seen in the video as countries expand and contract.

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Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

This book combines mindfulness teachings with a touch of fantasy as a gas station attendant dishes out sage advice to those interested in listening. An interesting connection is that I learned of this book during a recent family reunion. I was told that Socrates, the wise old gas station attendant was actually based off the life of my grandfather in the late 60’s in Berkeley, CA. After reading the book and then watching the movie adaptation, it was like looking through a lens in the past to see my grandfather in a new light.

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“Way of the Peaceful Warrior has become one of the most beloved spiritual sagas of our time. Shared among friends and families, this million-copy word-of-mouth bestseller has inspired men and women of all ages in twenty languages worldwide.

Despite all his success, college student and world-champion athlete Dan Millman is haunted by a feeling that something is missing from his life. Awakened one night by dark dreams, he wanders into an all-night gas station, meets an old man named Socrates, and his world is changed forever. Guided by this eccentric old warrior, drawn to an elusive young woman named Joy, Dan begins a spiritual odyssey into realms of light and shadow, romance and mystery, toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him.

This classic tale, a blend of autobiographical fact and narrative fiction, told with heart and humor, speaks to the peaceful warrior in each of us. Countless readers have been moved to laughter and tears-even moments of illumination-as they rediscover life’s larger meaning and purpose. Journey with Dan on the peaceful warrior’s path to unreasonable happiness. Find out for yourself why this book changes lives.”

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