Category Archives: Profundity

Venus Project

Jacques Fresco is the smartest man on Earth. Maybe…, but it’s not debatable he’s got some really great ideas that need to be enacted immediately!

Please sign this petition and get this man’s ideas into action: http://wh.gov/98xb

Something to watch:

If you’re into Netflix, be sure to watch “Future By Design“. Most inspiring video I’ve ever watched. Fun, too!

Thank you for expressing it so clearly…

This is the most succinct rendering of opinion I’ve ever heard:

http://dailycurrant.com

 

I quote the text from The Daily Currant (and correct a few spelling errors, too):

Chicago mayor and former White House Chief-of-Staff Rham Emanuel tore into Fox News host Sean Hannity tonight on live television.

Emanuel was on the conservative network to offer his opinion on the night’s election results, which saw his former boss Barack Obama reelected to the presidency for another four  years.

A devastated Hannity, however, was intent on using the occasion to vent his rage at the nights events and incessantly provoked Emanuel’s ire:

“Is Barack Obama going to move to the center? Or is he going to continue his radical Socialist policies that are destroying America?” Hannity asked, beginning a rapid-fire sequence of badgering questions:

‘Is he going to start paying attention to ordinary Americans? Or his he going to continue his government of, by, and for the welfare queens?

Is he going to ask the keep apologizing to our enemies? Or is he going to show some backbone and invade somebody?”

“Is he ever going to release his real birth certificate? Or is he gonna continuing lying to the American people about his Kenyan heritage?”

Proverbs 11:2

“Sean…sean…,” Emanuel interrupted, “Sean…sean…sean…sean…sean… … shut the fuck up. You Lost. Get over it and move on. Barack Obama is president for the next four years.”

“No amount of childish whining will change that fact. Why don’t you start working on improving yourself as a person, rather than finding fault in others.”

“At the moment you’re a terrible, cynical human being who gets rich off of other people’s ignorance. Your entire existence is defined by intellectual stupor and purposelessness. There’s not a single cell of your body that has any redeeming value whatsoever – not even the intestinal cells which host your parasites.”

“I feel deeply sorry for your children and your children’s children, who will have to bear the stain of their relationship to you for their entire lives.”

“I am a dumber, coarser, less centered individual for even haven spoken to you, and I promise I will never repeat that mistake again.”

Emanuel then removed his microphone and quietly walked off the set.

Thank you Rham Emanuel for making that clear for everyone.

Mandate

Around various pockets of the media one can hear the conservative call to action, the affirmation of a mandate to defend the American people against the government. It is as clear as an azure sky to me that this mandate is real. Consider the following:

  • Republicans almost took the White House. Less than a hundred electoral votes short!
  • The Republican candidate for President of the United States almost won the popular vote (see how completely different ‘almost won’ sounds compared to ‘lost’?).
  • Republicans only lost a net of two seats in the Senate and three in the House of Representatives.

For these reasons and others, I think it is time for Americans across the nation to accept the fact that this shrinking party of miserable, aged white men just knows what’s best for us, and we should let them have their destructive, self-defeating way. I for one am completely confident they have my best interests at heart as they attempt to allow corporate entities to destroy the very earth for short term profit which will surely trickle down to me eventually.

For those of you still reading, here’s a change of tempo. If you’re looking for more Republican bashing, sorry – I’ve shot my load. There’s plenty around the internet, much of it written by smarter and wittier folks than myself. Just open any recent article on the election results and read the comments section… And if any Republican-leaning readers haven’t given up yet, I’d like to offer next a serious assessment of an outsider’s (read independent voter’s) view of the current Republican party, because, seriously, and frankly, I’d like to someday see an election where I’m really not sure who to vote for, and not because I don’t particularly care for either candidate. But as long as the Republican party keeps putting one idiot-zoo-creature after another up for election, I don’t see much choice but to continue near-blind allegiance to the less-evil party (although I do vote for conservative judges – give people a fair chance to live free I say; if they screw it up: hang ’em! Send ’em to the chair!).

For starters, what does the Republican party really stand for? Freedom from government regulation? Then how to explain the abortion issue? Or gay marriage issue? Or, summing these up, the entire religious connection? As far as my public school education has instilled in me, these United States were founded on the principle of religious freedom, and the inherent separation of church and state required to maintain said freedom. So how did the party that eschews government interference with individual’s lives somehow become infested with the intolerant, insidious pestilence that is fundamentalist religion? The two are diametrically opposed, yet are somehow made to seem, at least in the media, like one unified field. [Speaking of unified fields, what’s with the opposition to science? and knowledge in general? Oh yeah, that religion thing again…] Don’t get me wrong – I’m a very spiritual person, but it’s exactly because of my spiritual beliefs that I find the idea of pushing one’s religious beliefs on others to be so repugnant. Spirituality is a very personal thing, and if and when communities share a belief system and want to live within its confines together as a community, there is nothing more beautiful. But the key concept here is ‘want’. When it is a consensual gathering of like minded individuals, it is beautiful. When it is a bunch of power mongers trying to insert their beliefs into, say, a public school system’s policies or curriculum, something is woefully wrong – and this is where the call to remove government from people’s lives is just and necessary.

Then there is the Tea Party movement, which, as far as I can figure, basically wants to eliminate the federal government altogether. Somehow, I don’t see this working out too well. E.G. :

I like to ride trains. Interstate train travel is important to me. I kind of think there should be some kind of overseer in a thing like this. If not a federal government, who? A corporation? So eventually the whole network can be liquidated as the fat cats high-tail it out of Dodge with their ill-gotten gains? Don’t say that wouldn’t happen, because we all know it would sooner or later. No, a people’s railroad run by the people’s government. That’s the ideal.

I’ve got more to say on this issue, but I’ll save it for another post. To sum up, I’m a white guy who ain’t getting any younger, but I feel as if I’m being gypped out of a right of passage: namely to grow politically more conservative as I grow older. Who in their right mind can honestly say they think the nonsense coming out of the current Republican party is the best path forward? Not I. Where’s a good centrist candidate (who doesn’t want to enslave you to either the government or the local lord of the manor) when you need one? 😉

Beauty

beautiful sunset

I don’t know why I like this photo so much, but I do.

The Three Universes

I want you to play along with me today. Read and imagine. Follow me down this rabbit hole. Don’t be afraid.

Imagine, if you can, and you know you can if you try really hard, three universes. Each is completely self contained and has no connection to the others what so ever. In order to do this you must split yourself in three, but don’t worry: it won’t hurt a bit. Now, in order for this story to have any point at all, you must follow the rules. (I know rules can seem oppressive and even arbitrary, but you must trust me that they exist for a reason and must be obeyed.)

Now, let us consider each universe singularly. The first universe is exactly like our own, so this should require very little effort to image, although anyone who has ever actually tried to imagine the universe (even just “as it is”) can tell you it is actually not easy at all to conceive the entire universe in it’s possible infinity. But nonetheless, this is our first universe: it is just like ours; you could even use ours as a substitute for the process of creating a duplicate universe (that is a lot of work for very little reward I suspect!).

Now, on to our second universe. There is a very special rule pertaining to our second universe, a rule which absolutely must be obeyed no matter what. The primary rule of this second universe is that there is no consciousness allowed anywhere in this universe. Maybe it had a beginning. Maybe it has an end. Maybe there are stars and planets, maybe not. Maybe there are hills and mountains and rivers and trees… Maybe not. Regardless, no one and no thing has ever or will ever have any awareness of anything ever in this second universe whatsoever. That is a rule and you must obey it.

Sharp minded readers are already objecting on the basis that to conceive of this second universe is to entertain a certain level of awareness of it de facto, thereby making strict observation of the primary rule of this second universe untenable. Bear with this paradox, for refreshing fruit grows on this tree.

Now, our third universe is not really a universe at all. Scientists and philosophers the world over and throughout history have debated the greatest question ever: “To Be, or Not To Be”. We will explore a leg of this maze with our third universe, for it is an anti-universe: It is To Be NOT. Instead of something, in our third universe there is nothing. No time, no space. Never was, never will be. Nothing to be aware of, no one to be aware of it. [Can anyone else hear Rod Serling at this point?]

Now, stop reading for a moment and ensure that you have a clear and precise grasp of all three universes in your mind, paradox be damned. Take a moment to study each of them in minute detail. Meditate on each universe and familiarize yourself with the particulars of each one. Next I’m going to ask a question of comparison and contrast. Do your best to answer thoughtfully. Don’t rush. There is no prize nor any penalty for any answer given (at least not from or by me – you may consider yourself rewarded or punished based on your self honesty as you answer the question).

Tell me, in all truthfulness, what is the difference between our second universe and our third?

The End of an Era

I was wandering around in the rain today, because that’s the kind of idiot I am, when I arrived at The Atlas Barber School on Third Avenue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Well, I just told a lie. I arrived at what used to be The Atlas Barber School. It’s gone! A sign, which wasn’t even hung in the window but rather was placed (or maybe fell) on top of a plastic bucket of some sort, stated “Thank you for your patronage”.  No forwarding address, so to speak. No announcement of any kind indicating they would be reopening anywhere. Just gone and Thanks for the patronage. I had been getting my hair cut there (at $5 a cut no less) for twelve years, and now they’re gone. Where do regular people go to get their hair cut? I had to ask myself. I now wish I had taken a picture of the place, but it was raining and it was sad… I did find a nearby barber shop and got a decent cut (for quite a bit more than $5 of course) but I don’t think the sadness wave has really even crashed for me yet. I never even got to say goodbye. I was going to post a picture I found online, since I didn’t get to take one myself, but I can’t even find one online. Just damn sad! But here’s a little background. Or maybe it reads like an obit now: http://nymag.com/listings/beauty/atlas-barber-school/

 

Tick

We are all just a number they say…

A great refreshing perspective.

Linda Stone

During the years I worked at Apple, Alan Kay, a creative visionary, was also there.  Kay’s wise memes were often quoted.  One of my favorites, “Point of view is worth 80 IQ points,” is a constant guiding consideration for me.  It comes to mind when I convene groups or organize advisory boards for companies:  Is there a diverse mix of thinkers, personalities, and expertise represented?  It’s on my mind when I organize dinner parties.  In the years I spent working at Apple and Microsoft, it was on my mind when I made hiring decisions and assembled teams to work on any type of project.

In December, I ran into Chris Young, and as we caught up with each other, he related a fascinating, “point of view is worth 80 points,” story.    The story, Milk in Kenya, is below.

Milk in Kenya

For over two years, a group of…

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We Have A Winner!

Sort of… Actually I don’t think the winner was even aware of the puzzle, but minor technicalities aside, a hearty “Best Wishes and Good Luck” to Marte of MarteandKristin, who shared a sad and touching story but kept the emphasis on recovering and moving on in a positive way. That’s the only successful approach to dealing with life!

Here was the puzzle, from a post a little ways back (SPOILER COMING UP SOON, TURN BACK NOW IF YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THE SOLUTION YET) :

I sail on this sea,

For an eagle I stows on me boat.

He who can say unto it

“I verily suffer”

Hunts all.

And the solution is as follows (Obviously, anyone not wanting to read the solution just yet should read no further!) :

This is a simplest form of crypto where a message is merely woven evenly perpendicular to the text. In this case, every fifth letter spells out the message.

I sail         L

on thi        I

s sea,F      F

or an e     E

agle I        I

stows        S

on me b    B

oat.He      E

who ca     A

n say u    U

nto it       T

“I veri      I

ly suf       F

fer”Hu    U

nts al      L

l.

Keep up the good fight to turn every thought into a positive one Marte and Kristin and everyone else! Till next time 🙂

Clever Persons in Old Verses Seldom Mention Learned Curses

Look Venessa! Look upon these woven letters:

Clever persons in old verses

seldom mention lessons they would

love to drone about forever,

for they alone know how enticing

clever persons ever were.

On yesterday,

a day away,

we set our sights,

egad!,

above only the hills and not the clouds.

Our checks are due,

we must align ourselves with that which matters.