I am a theatre technician from Eindhoven, Netherlands. I have a wide area of interests and I travel a lot. Science, art, history and sex are my most wanted items. I am leftish, alternative, atheist and a reality-based, cynical optimist.
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I wasn't raised bilingual but we used to watch a lot of television and luckily us dutch don't dub but subtitle everything. So I spoke fairly good english and german before I started learning it at school. My english is still a bit of a mish-mash between english and american english. Later I added french and spanish to my vocabulary, but I noticed that the older you get the harder it is to learn a new language. When I was working in Berlin for a while I started to dream in german. And the use of english is now a very large part of my life that I do that in english too. And sometimes a specific language has the best way of communicating a certain meaning that others don't.
This site has some good documentaries, although it has a lot of crackpots (mostly in the conpiracy theory section) in it too: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ My personal favorites are Cosmos by Carl sagan and The History of Britain by Simon Schama.
So any people with the same birth date will have the same former lives?
Slower as relative to what? My guess is that the observation of the slow photon is in fact a small change in spacetime due to the mass/energy influence of the "mask". The photon was travelling at the speed of light, but time went just a bit faster.
I thought it was strange that the saunas in Finland separated men and women. We don't do that in the Netherlands. The sauna I go to has one day per week for women only and invites families with children on sundays. But the rest of the week it's all unisex. There's no rule against talking but there's an advisement to keep down the volume.
There's so much great music coming out of Sweden these days. This band, Jeniferever, from Uppsala is one of my favoites:
By the mid century it will be clear that wars are no longer fought between two armies but that they,ve become a media show where the object is to kill as many civilians as possible and then blame the "other" side. Armies become state sponsored terrorists who keep their populations hostage, with a silent agreement not to shoot other armed forces (because they might shoot back!). Refugees will be the responsability and social/economic burden for your enemy, so if they flee your way, turn them around or kill them. (actually what Julius Caesar did in Gaul.