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I don’t remember how I first found out about Derren Brown – the English magician and mentalist. I’ve since become an intrigued and amazed follower of videos on YouTube of his shows broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. Some of his acts are explained by him, most are left to the viewers to deconstruct.

His recent video, The System, is both interesting and intriguing, and I will not saying anything more lest I break the suspense. Here are parts 1,2,3,4,5, and 6

It hailed here in San Diego – yes, pea-sized hailstones that caught me unawares when coming back from lunch this past Wednesday – very unusual for this part of the world. It sure did generate a lot of buzz that day that far outlived the few minutes of hail. So much for all my eulogizing of the sun and shine. Adding an iota of pain to surprise was one particular hailstone that hit me square on the collarbone before falling off to the ground- I hadn’t known until then how sensitive the collarbone can be.

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This must have been a week of being under the weather, literally and idiomatically. I was hostage to “a contagious, viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system, primarily caused by rhinoviruses (a picornaviruses) or coronaviruses”, according to Wikipedia, which further adds “It is the most common infectious disease in humans; there is no known cure, but it is never fatal.” Yes, the bothersome cold. No, not the swine flu H1N1 flu, or at least I hope not. I am much better now, albeit the sniffling.

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The latest Star Trek movie, I liked. Perhaps a biased view, I’ve enjoyed the Star trek series on TV, and it was good to see the familiar characters of yore make their comeback, especially Spock. \\///.