Archive for August, 2014

Hey it is Friday

Posted: August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I don’t know about you but this week has dragged for me. I feel like it has lasted for two weeks. This feeling can come from both boredom and just being too tired. There is an interesting article about time warping and the different kind of it and I thought about going into a whole rumination about it, but it is Friday. If you want to read about it here http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/06/10-ways-our-minds-warp-time.php  that is the link to a pretty good story but for today watch the video I posted crank the sound wherever you are and enjoy Friday!!!

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The human eye is an incredible machine.  With our eyes we see the beauty in the world around us.  The white part of the eye that is composed of fibrous tissue that protects the inner workings of the eye. Lens: located directly behind the pupil, it focuses light rays onto the retina. Retina: membrane at the back of the eye that changes light into nerve signals. The lens of the eye is made up of fibrous tissue and the tissue is held together through the use of suture lines. These lines make the images translated by the nerves look a little different than the actual shape. So a star which is round will appear like well a star. There are points. Stars and light shine because of diffraction. Diffraction happens because of  suture lines.  Diffraction, is also caused through any apertures imperfections.

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There is a wonderful song called “All of Me”. The song is a love song and sings about the lovers need to be with each other.

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections’

Perfect imperfections, you know like suture lines.  It can be tempting to try and pursue perfection, however perfection is not real. There you have it. Stop doing it. You will save yourself so much effort and headache. Embrace your perfect imperfections and you will find that there is no ceiling to your happiness and success!

peace

john3c

 

So I am in the middle of binge watching the newest reboot of a wonderful science fiction series called “Battlestar Galactica”. The series is about the war between human and robots. The robots however look human and the series gives you point of view from both the humans and the robots. It is a really good show! I am in the beginning of season 3.  It seems that a robot and a human fell in love and had a baby! It is wild.

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I just read an article yesterday.  The article mentioned that Facebook has been full of #icebucketchallenges. #Icebucketchallenge is simple and powerful. The concept is simple you make a donation to ALS challenge your friends to do the same and then dump a bucket of ice water on yourself. Great right! The article also mentioned that Twitter was full of Ferguson MO stories and updates.  Ferguson MO is a small town in MO just outside of St. Louis MO. In Ferguson an unarmed black male was shot and killed by a white police officer. Shortly after protests were held and looting as well as riots ensued.

So I read the article, which was full of analytics figures that supported the claims, then I looked and found that my twitter feed was full of Ferguson stories and Facebook Ice Bucket. Immediately I thought about the way I update twitter and facebook.  I update my Facebook page with my Twitter account. I like this because I like the Twitter format of only 140 characters and I like both of my accounts to match. So when people see either feed from me they see it all. However other groups and users do not do this. That is obvious.  I know it can seem very tempting to keep our lives separated.  We build boxes. We have a work box, a family box, a friends box, a church box, but the older I get, the less I try and define and use these boxes, it is all just life. I really think that the idea that everything is connected has some serious truth to it

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

“All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” – Chief Seattle – See more at:

 

 

 

What may come…..

Posted: August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

I read an interesting article this morning and I couldn’t help but wax a little poetic.

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d!”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

 

The article was about the  Voyager 2′s flight past Neptune, the most distant planet ever seen up close, and  the New Horizons spacecraft crossing Neptune’s orbit on its way to Pluto. Two incidents that are now happening in tandem!  For those who are not really all that interested in space let me put it this way both of the devices in space are going to send back images to earth that have never been seen before.

 

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The possibilities are endless. Neptune, the last planet in our solar system is being past. So, what is there after this solar system? We can see stars and planets with telescopes but are they gaseous, rocky, watery we have no idea? Well there are ideas but soon there will be proof and fact!  This is big news huge news and it makes me feel  a little poetic. That is why I pasted the Hamlet quote. Of course the quote is kind of Macabre, but I love the feelings it brings to my concise thought concerning life death and dreams.

We look forward to the future with hope as well as a little bit of anxious energy because it is unknown. It makes life exciting. Not knowing what is around the corner we have an inclination but we really do not know. Now we will learn and then the thing is more than likely there is more even beyond what is beyond and with human curiosity and good funding NASA will bring us back what is beyond the beyond. Isn’t that cool?

My advice to me and you today is to never stop learning discovering exploring. Basically it is to be like Voyager 2. Voyager 2 is a hero… Who says?

A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.

peace

john3c

 

 

A way out

Posted: August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

An industry leader and from the outside looking in a pretty cool company Starbucks made the news again. In a recent article Starbucks stated that they would revise their erratic work schedules. The article is very interesting but in case you do not have time to read it, let me give you the breakdown. The company has realized that their baristas  have been asked to work an erratic schedule and as such they cannot live a life that will give them a way out.

I was listening to a radio show called on point (great show love it). A caller called in and let the host know that she was a barissta at Starbucks and because of the erratic hours she lost her child care support. The host asked her if she could see a way out of this. She mentioned that her way out was going to be hard work at Starbucks then moving up the corporate ladder. This at the time of the call was not an option, however now with the policy change maybe it is back on the table. To that I say good job StarBucks!

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Not sure what you are doing, or what your situation is however it seems that the light is just around the corner. I encourage you today.. Don’t quit or give up. put your hand to the plow and move forward. It will not be long before a policy is changed or your situation is improved. There is a way out.

peace

john3c

I am still sad. The world without Robin Willams will never be the same. I didn’t know him personally but I got to see him on tv and movies and it was a real treat.  In 2006 “Night at the Museum” was released me and the kids loved this movie. I think I may have liked it a little more than the kids. The movie stars Ben Stiller as single dad Larry.

Larry is down on his luck with work and his relationship with his kid he sees every other weekend (divorce) (be honest when you read the word divorce in the () did you picture one of the gossips at church putting her hand up next to her mouth and whispering the word divorce? I did ). Larry takes the only job available which is a night time security guard at a museum.  The job seems pretty innate and almost mundane and then… The whole museum comes alive at night! All the exhibits it is mayhem! One of the exhibits is a wax statue of Theodore Roosevelt (who happens to be one of my heroes). Teddy is played by Robin Williams (another hero of mine).   Larry had enough of the mayhem and is ready to quit, when Teddy talks him out of it. What happens is dialogue that I think everyone needs to hear or read. Wait you know what when reading this read the following part out loud, then you can read and hear it.

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Larry: Well, you know what? 

You seem to know what you're doing, so I'm gonna let you take over.
Teddy:No, no. My dear boy, you can't put up the white flag now. 

The museum is on the verge of total anarchy.
Larry: I tried! I came back tonight, didn't I? 

Tried?
Teddy:That was one night. I didn't build the Panama Canal in one day.
Larry:That's great, but I'm dealing with the most ridiculous job in history.
Teddy:Some men are born great, Lawrence...
Larry: Yeah, I know. Others have greatness thrust upon them. 

You hit me with that chestnut last night. 

The thing is, not everyone is great. 

That's the problem. Some of us are just ordinary.
Teddy:No, you're not, Lawrence. Stop wallowing in self-pity. 

Every journey begins with a footstep.

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No matter what anyone says. To include yourself, you are not ordinary. No Human being is ordinary!!

peace

john3c

 

Read the classics

Posted: August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I am in the middle of “The Time Machine” by H G Wells. I have forgotten how well written this book is. The Time Machine. Most of us have read the classics in literature. High school,middle school and college, if you haven’t read the classics you probably read cliff notes of the classics. These books and works are the corner stone for much of western culture. They have stood and are still standing the test of time.

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So much of what we now see in pop culture are either direct derivatives or are built on some of the principles of the classics.  I am not sure what you are reading now, but I encourage you to pick up a classic and read it simply for pleasure. You will find that some of the classics are not really for you. I did not like “Brave New World” however, I am falling in love again with “The Time Machine”

Read some classics, learn some knew things and enjoy yourself.

peace

john3c