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Earth Day Competition: 350 is the New Green

350 is the new green is the new black is the new new. 350 is the number that scientists have determined will define the future of the Earth. 350 parts per million is the critical atmospheric CO2 concentration we need to achieve, and with haste. Currently, we are at 385 ppm. Bill McKibben and 350.org have started an international campaign to create awareness about 350 and to get people active in making it happen.

We at GreenMNP want to get active. And we want YOU to help! So, herein lies a challenge: design a dope 350 postcard for 350.orga€™s 350 Postcard Project and submit a photo/PDF of your postcard to green.suggest@myninjaplease.com. We will pick a winner 35.0 days from now, on Tuesday, May 27. Winner will receive their choice of these three books: a signed copy of The Bill McKibben Reader, Green Roof - A Case Study by Christian Werthmann, and Shopping Our Way to Safety by Andrew Szasz, not to mention supreme ninja credibility. First runner up will get their choice of the remaining two books and second runner up will get the third book. Furthermore, we at GreenMNP will distribute copies of all the 350 postcard entries we receive to 350 important politicians/organizations/thinkers/Earth lovers/Earth haters and anyone else you want. If you can think of someone in particular you would like us to send a postcard to, comment to this post with their name and postal and/or email address (if you dona€™t know their address, wea€™ll do our best to find thema€¦ninjas are fairly resourceful).

The postcard should be an expression of YOU, why you love the planet and why you want to see our atmospheric CO2 concentration drop down to 350 ppm. A word from the 350ers themselves:

In words, collages, drawings, or any other form on the back of these postcards, we want to hear from people all around the world why ita€™s worth it for you, your community, and the rest of the world to aim for 350 parts per million.

Of course, you should submit your entries to 350.org as well. Or, if you prefer, we will submit your entry to them anyway.

Mail a scanned image or photo to postcards@350.org or attach a stamp and drop it in the mail to our San Francisco office at 1370 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.

If you are from another land, fear not: 350 is the same in every language, and words are easily translated c®€aA"aAAae-a Deutsch EspaA±ol FranA§ais Hrvatski Italiano i•oeeµAi-A PortuguAASs Svenska aea¥aeoeAeAS A§U"AAA±AAUSA©

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Posted: April 22nd, 2008
at 11:28am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,green,web,politricks,weaponry,design,science,diy,competitions

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Happy Earth Day! Again!

When MyNinjaPlease started, one of our stated goals was to improve the Earth by improving the internets. Sorta like trickle up economics. Well… ninjanomics work on an 8 year cycle like most good things. To speed up the process we are putting out a call to ninjas worldwide: Help ninjas, save the Earth, before it’s too late.

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One thing that has always intrigued me about this vast earth is the scale on which mother nature works. I’ve always had a fascination for those things that seem larger than life. Many of those things, at least of the ones that are animals, exist in the depths of the ocean. I’m not about to start talking about the wonders of sea turtles and Manta Rays and Blue whales (click the pics for links), but I will say this. My Ninja, Please, those things are craaazy.

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With all the beauty and variety in the world, it’s a wonder to me that ninjas don’t want to do all they can to protect it. Real ninjas are all tree huggers at the bottoms of their hearts. In that spirit, we dedicate the remainder of this week to the Earth and all her bounty. Today we will focus on a couple of noteworthy peculiar animals. How could you not want to walk the earfs and see all these animals you’ve never seen before? Let’s just make sure they’re here for our children. Tomorrow we will do plants. Thursday is landscapes and Friday is a little something special for the uber-ninjas. We hope you enjoy.

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Thanks to our very own Jessie for co-ordinating this site wide event. MAKE SURE you check out the green page today, my ninjas. They even have an Earth Day Contest for you. Also, architecture, music, politricks, and robot ninja are all participating!

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Posted: April 22nd, 2008
at 8:52am by Black Ock


Categories: myninjaplease,green,science,mnp features,10th dan

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The Duckbill Platypus

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The platypus is one of the few mammals to produce venom. The male has a pair of spurs on the hind limbs through which it delivers a cocktail of poisons that, while excruciatingly painful, is not lethal to most animals.

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The bizarre appearance of this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud. It is one of the few venomous mammals; the male Platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the Platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognizable and iconic symbol of Australia; it has appeared as a mascot at national events and is featured on the reverse of the Australian 20 cent coin.

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Boy, those "European naturalists" sure were easily impressed.

…and yes, I DID steal my pictures from Wikipedia.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2008
at 8:20am by Black Ock


Categories: science,walk the earf,10th dan

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The Narwhal

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In Inuit legend, the narwhal was created when a woman holding onto a harpoon had been pulled into the ocean and twisted around the harpoon. The submerged woman was wrapped around a beluga whale on the other end of the harpoon, and that is how the narwhal was created.

The truth of the tusk’s origin developed gradually during the Age of Exploration, as explorers and naturalists began to visit Arctic regions themselves. In 1555, Olaus Magnus published a drawing of a fish-like creature with a horn on its forehead.

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My Ninja, Please! I ain’t swimmin’ wit ya’ll no more!

But the tusked whale is as real as its land equivalent, the unicorn, is a figment of the imagination.

And this beautiful picture, showing a pod of a couple of dozen of the creatures breaching through the sea ice in the Canadian High Arctic, is no fake.

The narwhal (Monodon monoceros), which has been hunted by the Inuit peoples of the Arctic for centuries, is a large species of whale which lives exclusively around the pack ice of the far north.

Resembling a large dolphin, it grows to up to 18ft in length, but its extraordinary spiral tusk - possessed by all males and only very rarely by females - sets it apart from all its large sea mammal cousins.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2008
at 8:20am by Black Ock


Categories: science,walk the earf,10th dan

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Where is Melchizedec?

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The Most Serene Republic of Melchizedec is a massive, devout nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 3.068 billion enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people’s right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Social Welfare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 20%. A robust private sector is led by the Trout Farming, Soda Sales, and Gambling industries.

Voting is voluntary. Crime is moderate. Melchizedec’s national animal is the blessed soul and its currency is the eternal life.

Melchizedec is ranked 4th in the region and 16,047th in the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector. [nationstates]

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Posted: April 21st, 2008
at 5:41pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,celebrity,too good to be true,web,home,politricks,design,fo' real?,science

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Quote of the day

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"..while trying to quantify the response of an insulated rod to a nearby storm."

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Posted: April 18th, 2008
at 4:00am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,design,science,quote of the day

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The New Math

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For a man whose flagship hedge fund is running on fumes, Marek Fludzinski couldna€™t be calmer. The founder and CEO of New Yorka€"based Thales Fund Management has watched his firma€™s assets plummet by more than $1 billion during the past year, as Thales, like most quantitative managers, has suffered as a result of the global credit crisis that began last summer. But Fludzinski, who has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton University and was one of the first two dozen employees at famed quant shop D.E. Shaw Group, is on a mission that means far more to him than profit and loss. He believes science is the key to unlocking the inner workings of the markets, and he intends to devote significant resources to prove it.

a€oeI think there is a law tying everything together,a€A says Fludzinski, 52.

Science, however, didna€™t much help Fludzinski last summer, when the onset of the credit crunch shook Thales and other quantitative hedge funds. Many of these firms specialize in a computer-powered strategy called statistical arbitrage, which uses mathematical models to profit from tiny mispricings of stocks and other assets. But in early August their models faltered after a large manager decided to liquidate its equity portfolio, most likely to meet margin calls on its credit positions. Partly because their strategies are based on many of the same academic theories, quant firms like AQR Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies Corp., D.E. Shaw and Thales held some of the same positions and began racking up huge losses. Sucker punched by the market, the quants didna€™t know whether to cash out or stay in. Fludzinski and his peers came off like a bunch of propeller heads who had naively tried to bend reality to their models. [alphamagazine]

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Posted: April 17th, 2008
at 6:08am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: business,science

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Masaaki Hatsumi - Hand Positions

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Posted: April 14th, 2008
at 6:45am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,youtube,games,weaponry,fo' real?,9th dan,science

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Stefanie Posavec "On the Map"

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Posted: April 7th, 2008
at 1:50am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,too good to be true,design,science,maps

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