"Tisquantum, who we know as 'Squanto,' was an amazing man. American schoolchildren are taught that he was a simple Indian who befriended the Pilgrims, but in fact he was nothing of the sort. Tisquantum was captured and enslaved, and taken to Europe, where he learned English and European ways. After his first enslavement and return to America, he was captured and enslaved again, to be sold in Spain. He was rescued by some Spanish friars who took control of the slaves and tried to convert them to Christianity. After four years and at least one aborted journey, Tisquantum made his way back to America, only to discover that his entire family and village, everyone he knew, had been killed by a plague, probably smallpox."
Saturday, 28 November 2009
"I was at UCLA during the LSD years and actually broke thru suicidal depression steming from young childhood abuse using high dose LSD. My small world became 10 trillion times bigger and my problems became small in comparison with all the love in this ten-trillion faceted universe. Thank you Lorenzo, some of the information that comes thru you continually changes my life. And as Leary said, 'you're only as old as the last time you changed your mind'. Gary's last sentence about 'give it to everybody' was what I tried to do back in the day, and still think it is what should be done now. I can easily mourn the loss of LSD as a tool to help others, and that our society so sucessfully has blocked the transformative use of this good, which seems like the evil empire strangling the good, and it is. However, as psychedelics can show the opposites occuring simultaneously and more than that, when I've broken thru by letting go to the highest states of bliss, the highest state of knowledge and being, I see that it all is perfect just as it is right now. The unfolding has its secrets."
"Encrypt the data to a key you don't know. It sounds crazy, but stay with me. Caveat: Don't try this at home if you're not very familiar with whatever encryption product you're using. Failure results in a bricked computer. Don't blame me."
"The most consistent effects of psychedelic therapy reported in these studies included: (a) improved speech behavior in otherwise mute children; (b) increased emotional responsiveness to other children and adults; (c) an elevation in positive mood including frequent laughter; and (d) decreases in compulsive ritualistic behavior."
Monday, 23 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
"Amongst his more amazing findings was the discovery that when AUM is sounded the shape produced is that of the ancient symbol for AUM (the Sri Yantra). This suggests that the ancients knew something! Perhaps when sounding in meditation, the vibration created the form in their minds. Hebrew, Sanskrit, Egyptian and Tibetan are generally considered to be sacred languages, that have the power of shaping reality. This suggests that by sounding sacred texts, by singing sacred vowels, our cells resonate into a more coherent shape, in which our energies are synchronised with those of God / Universe / Source."
cymatic-created sri yantra (top), compared to the traditional design (bottom)
"Barbara Hero has demonstrated a similar effect of harmonics using a laser and scanner system. Barbara placed a mirror under a speaker system which vibrated the mirror when two different frequencies were created. She then projected a laser at the mirror and the laser was reflected on to a screen, revealing the images created by the sounds. Barbara found that those intervals which were created by the harmonic series created shapes which were geometrically perfect. These shapes, such as a circle, remained stationary as long as the intervals were sounding. Intervals which were not harmonically related created shapes that were not geometrically perfect and their shapes decayed."
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
"The last recession ended in November 2001, but job losses continued for more than a year and half until June of 2003; ditto for the 1990-91 recession. So we can expect that job losses will continue until the end of 2010 at the earliest. In other words, if you are unemployed and looking for work and just waiting for the economy to turn the corner, you had better hunker down. All the economic numbers suggest this will take a while. The jobs just are not coming back. There's really just one hope for our leaders to turn things around: a bold prescription that increases the fiscal stimulus with another round of labor-intensive, shovel-ready infrastructure projects, helps fiscally strapped state and local governments and provides a temporary tax credit to the private sector to hire more workers."
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
"What’s happened with the Twitter and Linkedin connection is that most people have simply connected Twitter to Linkedin without using the #in tag. The result is that a lot of non-professional tweets and responses to people in twitter are showing up on Linkedin, but the material isn’t really relevant to Linkedin as a social networking site. This diminishes the usefulness of Linkedin, in terms of status updates, because many of the status updates aren’t relevant to the purpose for using Linkedin."
Monday, 16 November 2009
"Dow said the solar shingles reduce installation costs since it eliminates the need for separate installation of roof shingles and solar generating shingles. The solar shingles are expected to be available in limited quantities by mid-2010 and more widely available in 2011. In October, the solar shingle was named on a list of the 'Top 10 Solar Technologies to Watch Out For.'"
Saturday, 14 November 2009
"(photo: Seth Wenig/AP. caption:Code Talkers Samuel Holiday, right, Joe Vandever, center, and Frank Chee Willetto look over the USS Intrepid after a birthday celebration for the Marine Corp in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. The young Navajo Marines, using secret Navajo language-encrypted military terms, helped the U.S. prevail at Iwo Jima and other World War II Pacific battles. The Navajo Code Talkers are in New York to march in the Veterans Day Parade and drum up support for a museum that will preserve their story.)"
"So far, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received five reports of GBS in people who received the H1N1 vaccine since Oct. 6, not including Jordan’s case, said Dr. Claudia J. Vellozzi, deputy director for immunization safety. Out of about 40 million doses of H1N1 vaccine available to date, that’s a far lower rate of GBS than the 1 case that develops in every 1 million people who receive the regular flu vaccine. “It’s much less than we’d expect,” she said, adding that many cases go unreported.
"Sanningen om Ikea (The Truth about Ikea), contains wide-ranging allegations about a company which has become a global household name. Justifying the book to Gemany’s Der Spiegel magazine, he said: “I did not want to go along with it any more, but I could not stay silent.” Mr Stenebo claims that Ikea, which employs 135,000 staff in 44 countries, is run with an iron fist by founder Ingvar Kamprad and his two sons Mathias and Peter, who were promoted to top management five years ago. He describes Ikea as “one of the most secretive companies in the world”"
Friday, 13 November 2009
"For the last seven months, deputies assigned to the Special Problems unit of the Sheriff's Transit Bureau have been trying to determine the identity of an 'older' vandal who had been placing orange and black 'Who Is John Scott?' stickers on buses in Baldwin Hills and other areas concentrated on the Westside of Los Angeles. Deputies involved in a saturation patrol this morning at the downtown 7th and Metro Center subway station encountered the septuagenarian suspect, later identified as 74-year-old John Scott of Los Angeles, as he was putting slap tags in one of the main stairwells at the transit hub."
"“He tried to run. I looked over and saw two sheriff’s deputies holding a kid down,” Gamble said. “Mom took off, she couldn’t take it. You had one nurse with the needle, two deputies holding him, one nurse is grabbing hands – because that’s what they want to do, to go after the needle. And that’s the last thing you want.”"
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
View Larger Map aviator lane came into existence because we put the sign there. now it's searchable on google maps
Saturday, 7 November 2009
"Jerome Corsi, of Swift Boat infamy, has written a piece connecting Nidal Malik Hasan to Obama on WorldNetDaily (”the leading source of disinformation that the president wasn’t born an American.”) Corsi points to a Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University paper titled “Thinking Anew – Security Priorities for the Next Administration: Proceedings Report of the HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force” which lists Hasan as “Task Force Event Participant.” What does that mean? It means Hasan, as Spencer Ackerman writes: “Hasan attended a meeting of a private organization that gave the transition some unsolicited advice.”"
Friday, 6 November 2009
"‘OSO’ – or ‘Online Social Optimization’ – which encompasses three interrelated fields, online reputation management or ORM, search engine optimization or SEO, and social media optimization or SMO. The principle is simple – each of these three fields overlaps the next, and by approaching each situation through a holistic, top-down view rather than the more narrow adherence to one methodology over another, a more successful organic structure can be built for longer-lasting results and greater communicative reach throughout society. Using lifestream technologies online is one of the trends I predicted early on, and the development of these mashups of social networks, social media, and status update trackers has exploded over the last few months."
Thursday, 5 November 2009
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Part 1: Memetics in Theory and Practice
"One person who was killed in the PX appears to be part of the first response team to the shootings. This is not a ramage but premeditated and cowardly murder. And, quite frankly, appears to target families by hitting the PX and theater in the middle of the afternoon (although in the military, post theaters are often used as classrooms or briefing platforms)."
Gunmen have killed seven people at the Ft. Hood Army post in Killeen, Texas. According to reports cited by Fox News, there were...
The U.S. Army has closed its massive Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, amid reports that several people have been shot and killed...
At least seven people are dead and 12 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, the base's public affairs office told...
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MSNBC reports 1 gunman in custody, at least 1 gunman still at large... We've learned an incident has taken place at the sports dome,...
"Microsoft's interactive table, dubbed Surface, brings the heady dream of interactive computing closer to reality. As developers find ways to make Surface's gorgeous multi-user interface shine, more and more companies are turning to the device to reinvent their customer experience. Here is a list of the Surface apps already in use, and a few that are coming soon."
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
"As social media continues to evolve, businesses that employ it also need to evolve. In this article I’ll discuss some of my recent changes to my social media presence, based on how my understanding of it has evolved with the technology itself."
"A friend whose child was once diagnosed with autism, but no longer (he attends school at his grade level and had three developmental assessments showing he no longer merits the diagnosis), wanted to embark on a kind of karmic mission to help other children. After extensive research, she landed on cannabis the way I had. “It has dramatic implications for the autism community,” she says, and it’s true. We have pictures of J. from a year ago when he would actually claw at his own face. None of the experts had a clue what to do. That little child with the horrifically bleeding and scabbed face looks to us now like a visitor from another world. The J. we know now doesn’t look stoned. He just looks like a happy little boy. And cannabis still can surprise us. We worried that “the munchies” would severely aggravate J.’s problems with overeating in response to his stomach pangs. Instead, the marijuana seems to have modulated these symptoms. Perhaps the pain signals from his stomach were coming through as hunger. J. still can get overexcited if he likes a food too much, so sometimes when he’s eating my husband and I leave the room to minimize distractions."
"Early returns Tuesday night showed the proposal winning with 72 percent of the vote. The measure would allow adults over 21 to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana. The measure is largely symbolic because pot possession remains a state crime for people without medical clearance. But supporters said they wanted to send a message to local law enforcement to stop busting small-time pot smokers."
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
"In the 911 call, Strey said she wanted to report a drunken driver and the dispatcher asked if she was behind the suspect vehicle. 'I am them,' Strey said. She then followed the dispatcher's advice to pull over and turn on her flashers, telling him she had been 'drinking all night long.'"
"In his book, Gladwell describes 'agents of change' like the Connectors who are the people who 'link us up with the world”. He characterizes these individuals as having social networks of over one hundred people. And the Mavens who are 'information specialists', or 'people we rely upon to connect us with new information.' They accumulate knowledge, especially about the marketplace, and know how to share it with others. So in effect the Contact Center Manager acts as the Social Agent of Change, more specifically in the role as the “Connector” linking up the worlds social requests to the best qualified Agent who then plays the role of the “Maven” or information specialist."
"The fire started around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and was reported by a passing driver. It was quickly extinguished, according to the Killeen Daily Herald. No animals were burned. Instead, the fire’s smoke killed all the animals. The fire remains under investigation, but it is believed to have started in or near a kitchen close to the building’s entrance. Only one dog and two cats in the front of the building survived the fire."this makes me sad