Archive for November, 2011

On the radio this morning I laughed while listening. The show I was listening to was “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning“. The host is very funny and he was commenting on how he was going to use the words “I choose not to retain that as opposed to the words I forgot”. He compared his brain to a storage locker that you rent by the month (you know the type you have one right now full of your moms pictures and holiday decorations as well as the livingroom set that smells like smoke and was given to you by uncle Walter). Kidd pointed out that like the storage locker his brain was full so he couldn’t accumulate that much more junk and made the decision not to retain things.

I thought Kidds comment was very funny and laughed but I began to wonder about the limits of the human brain.   I remember reading about the tremendous potential and power of the brain last year in Discovery magazine. The human brain works on many levels that are still undiscovered and understanding how the brain works and in some cases doesn’t work could unlock the secrets to immortality and understanding how humans where made. Our worry should never be that we will run out of room in our brains in our quest for the truth but it should be that if we waste it we will run out of a life to live. I have heard it again and again by people closer to the end of their lives than I mine “live your life to the fullest.” What I don’t hear is be careful you will run out of space. The analogy is funny because it is absurd and ridiculous. I remember the movie “Angela’s Ashes“. The movie ,which was one of the best movies I have seen, was based on a memoir written by the author Frank McCourt. His family is one of the few families who leaves the United States for the poverty-stricken war-torn Ireland. In Ireland Frank and his brother go to school and the instructor utters a line that I am convinced I will always remember. “Fill your brains boys with all the knowledge you can. They can take your home and possessions but they cannot take what you put here (he points to his head)” So we will never run out of room and we should never ever stop learning.

peace

john3c

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Under the microscope

Posted: November 29, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Chris and Jessica, Kate and John, Chris and Kim what do these couples have in common? If you are not a fan of reality television or sleaze news you may not know it but these couples are all broken marriages and have all shattered while under the microscope (isn’t that cool how I incorporated the post title into the dialogue?) of reality television. 

The show was named “Newlyweds” and stared the newlywed couple Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey two music super stars of the time. Both Ashley and Nick make no bones about it televising their lives for MTV did nothing but hurt their marriage. Kate and John’s show was John and Kate plus 8 and starred the couple and their 8 children. John and Kates marriage went up in flames and the show didn’t help either. Chris married into the “Kardashian” brand.  Kim Kardashians show was called “Keeping up with the Kardashians” it has been retooled and renamed it is now called “Kim and Khloe take Manhattan”. But the brand destroyed a marriage and looks like it is taking another marriage in the Kardashian brand. The step father and mother of Kim and Khloe may be involved in a relationship that is on the rocks.

Here is an obvious secret. I know it makes no sense, but seeing how quick people are to marry it is a secret right? Marriage is hard really hard, and no matter how many jokes I make acting is hard as well. So who is the individual who decided to combine the two together and not expect disaster. Or did this evil executive producer expect to bring to fruition a Machevilian type of plan?  The earliest reality tv couple I can think of and I am younger you can probably think of others is Lucile Ball and Ricky Ricardo, and any fan worth half their weight can tell you the marriage was a  disaster, their carrers however stellar. Actors whether it is tv, broadway, or reality tv exsist when performing under the microscope of their fans, and when you are in reality tv the state of being under the microscope never ends. With marriage being as hard as it is why make it harder with adding the reality tv to the melee?  According to fox news Kim Kardashian made 18 million from her wedding and will now make even more as a single woman. It seems Kim could give you at least 18 million reasons for putting more pressure on something that is already pressure filled. 

peace

john3c

Recharge you batteries

Posted: November 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
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In July of this year I embarked on the yearly vacation to northeast Ohio. The journey is a 16 hour trek on some long stretches of open and more often congested highways. After arriving at grandmas house the journey was not over. We all rallied there in Lorain Ohio, added to the caravan fired back up the cars and headed northwest to Sandusky. What is in Sandusky you ask? Why Cedar Point of course. What is Cedar Point? Cedar Point is the roller coaster capital of the world!! This amusement park has the claim to the most and some of the fastest roller coasters in the world. So when visiting this part of the Union one just has to pay this place a visit. The trip is nowhere near the 16 hours, it is about 45 minutes, so this is a good thing. The 45 minute drive is along a stretch of road that weaves in and out of the quintessential small town rural America red barns, cows and corn are spotted all along the way as well as a couple of glimpses of the massive Lake Erie. As you get close to the town of Sandusky and Cedar Point you will see a few highway billboards that are in stark contrast to the rural landscape. The boards reach up to the heavens and the theme of them, at least this year, was (you guessed it) “recharge your batteries”. There is tis picture of an alkaline battery and behind it the cedar point logo. I loved this theme on the  high rising heralds (billboards).

The idea of recharging your batteries is a neat one. When I was a kid I loved remote control anything. Cars, trucks trains planes a friend of mine had a hover craft! It was so cool. The only problem was the battery life. The batteries could get expensive and did not last long and that was when my dad introduced me to the amazing rechargeable battery. I love the idea of a rechargeable battery and the idea! They kept me outside and running for a longer time. The four switch loop designed by Nikola Tesla also called a 4 battery system is the ultimate rechargeable battery and it works!   With Teslas system recharging of batteries took place while the system was using energy. I am convinced that if Tesla was as politically connected as Edison our energy use would be completely different (by different I mean better). Tesla’s 4 battery system can be complicated and “techy” however, it is based on balance and a life lived with balance can really work in the same manner as the Tesla system. Sometimes though even the best of this get this balance in our life’s knocked of kilter and we need to unplug from work plug into fun and get our charge on! So stay level-headed and when you aren’t unplug and recharge.

Peace

john3c

Throw some ninjas in there

Posted: November 23, 2011 in Uncategorized
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So I am in a contest. The goal of the contest is to write a novel in a month. The novel has to contain 50,000 words. The contest started on November 1st. I started on November 5th. To accomplish this you must do approximately 1,667 words a day. I am currently averaging 1,159 words per day. Yeah you can do the math. It is looking bleak for me. I am however the eternal optimist and I feel good about my final push here I have some steam built up and I am really digging my story. Despite my optimism a pep talk is always good to get. So on the website that is sponsoring this contest their are (lo and behold) pep talks from published authors. I click on the link for a pep talk from the author Erin Morgenstern. Erin writes mostly fiction, very good fiction, one of her best works is “The Night Circus” and she doesn’t do a shabby  job a writing pep talks either. So towards the end of the talk I read a wonderful line of Erin’s and yes you guessed it she writes “when all else fails throw in some ninjas.”

A former coworker before leaving this wonderful place I work at left me a parting gift and it was a set of cursed ninja figurines.  The ninjas, not the figurines, where an elite fighting force in feaudal Japan. Kind of like guerilla warfare black ops specail forces all rolled into one. When the Japanese leaders needed something done under the radar, efficently and cllean they would call on the ninjas. They where in stark contrast to the regimented Samuari warriors. The Samaurai had a code of honor and many rules and polisies to follow. Sometimes when we are faced with tasks requiring much, like writing a 50, 000 word document in one month, we can get bogged down with the process of the task and the best way to break free sometimes  is to operate like a ninja.  Ninjas get the job done. We still operate within the guidelines just a little unorthodox.

peace

john3c

1 or 1,000

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I attended a concert last weekend the crowd was not one and it was also not 1000. I really couldn’t tell you how many where there. The comment made by the bands lead guitar player was if I play for one or 1000 I don’t care I just love playing. The band was Kings Cross  and the event was a fall festival outdoor concert.  We live in the southeast area of GA so despite being fall and later in the evening about 8 pm the air was cool but not cold (no jacket required). Me and the party attending with me arrived, of course, fashionably late (before 8:30 after 8) and walked right in on one of the bands songs. We entered the field at the end of a long line of yellow hazard do not pass tape and dropped off our small canned food donation at the table, which was dutifully manned by two women who by notification on the sweatshirt where with the fire department auxiliary for the small town. We walked to the front of a flat-bed trailer that was laden down with a full band kit. A lead singer, lead guitar, bass guitar drum kit, and backup singer. Behind the band was a black curtain and in front of the band where lights, controlled by the man behind the curtain. The show was great, the evening a lot of fun and like I mentioned earlier the crowd could have been fatter. Seeing the thin crowd I merely thought about the comment of the lead guitar player 1 or 1000 it doesn’t matter. This attitude worked for him and the band and can work for everyone else as well. To do something we love and do it well despite the outcome will bring so much more joy to your lives, quality to your craft and just help you in leading a robust life. So today no matter how small or meaningless your tasks seem just remember 1 or 1000 it shouldn’t make a difference.

peace

john3c

Watching reading and participating in group activities is really very interesting. It seems every time there is some type of group doing something people in the group take on roles and work towards that goal within these roles. One of the most common groups in the world is the family.

David Kantor a psychologist who specializes in family relations has spent some serious time studying family and group dynamics and he has been kind enough to catalog the roles of individuals within groups. Of course here they are: the initiatior, the supporter, the dissenter and the neutural party.  When anyone looks at this list they will almost always find fault with “the dissenter”. “He is a curmudgeon”  “a naysayer”, the current president has labeled the republican party (who are often dissenters of his initiatives) as “the party of no”. Despite the negative connotations we immediately have for the dissenters and the word no we should keep in mind that no is often time a necessary word and that within a group everyone is needed.

Let’s play it out…. The family decides to buy a new car. The dad drives the family to the dealership, he finds the most cherry mustang there is. Dad in this case is the initiator. The mother points out the struggles of fitting the family in the, yes cherry however small stang, and moves towards the suvs and vans. Mom in this case is the dissenter. The son Jimmy loves the Stang idea and wants the stang despite his ever lengthening appendages and the catortionist like movements he will have to do to fit in the back seat of the two door American muscle machine. Jimmy is the supporter. Sally wants to be home skyping with her bff about the boys they meet at the mall last week. She is totally neatural in the car process. The MOm and dad compromise on a new Ford Flex. Dad and Jimmy like it because it is not quite a suv mom loves the space and Sally looks at the time and is happy because she still has time to log in before she gets to bed.

I know the scenario is silly but we need everyone and we all have our parts to play. when we lack one of the parts of the group we lack the proper tools to make good informed decisions so while we can get at each others throats sometimes. If we keep in mind there is a need for everyone’s view points we may find that our situations will go more smoothly and our day-to-day interactions will be just a lot better

peace

john3c

Who begat Who?

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I remember some of my (limited) time I spent in a parochial school and the lesson in bible class. We would plow through the “so and so begat so and so” geneology passages of the old testament and I never understood why the religious leaders at the council of nicaea   decided to include these passages in the cannon for the christian bible. It wasn’t until bible class was taught to me by a very Irish old school minister who had a habit of spitting when he talked that I understood the lack of the exclusion (which would be the inclusion of right?) of the genealogies. The minister whose face and flying spit are seared into my memory as well as the wonderful spirit he had but unfortunately not his name went on to explain that these “so and so begat so and so” sections are important because they are a map of the lineage of the presence (in the christian religion) of God on earth (Jesus Christ). So when christianity was being created and the scripture canonized the leaders at the council felt it was important to show the believers where the leader came from here on earth.

Where we come from is kind of important it is good to see the sacrifices made by our ancestors for us and the legacy we have to live up to but what is more important is to remember that one day we will be in the lineage of someone somewhere and I know the jury is still out on the whole nature vs nurture debate. I will not even start on this debate but I will say (having participated in both good and bad actions) that good actions are harder at the time but later usually require less hardship, create lasting legacies and make the world an all around better place.

So let’s take a page from my moms book and all “just be good to each other”.

peace john3c