Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Add Hormones And Stir

This post is a little off color so if you are particularly sensitive I suggest you stop here. I was walking through the woods the other day and spotted a hole in the ground. When boys are young they can’t resist finding a stick and poking it in a hole and stirring it around. Little boys must be wired for that sort of thing. There isn’t anything particular being thought about before the poking of the stick in the hole, stirring it around and no gratification afterward except the gratification of curiosity being satisfied. Time progresses, hormones appear and boys start to think about poking their own stick in any available hole and stirring it around which can cause the fairer sex much consternation as various blogs will reveal. More time passes, the hormones disappear, and the interest of poking any stick, personal or otherwise in any hole approaches the satisfaction of going to work on Monday morning.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Ole Holla

My dear Ole Granny has asked me to blog some information on her business. You don’t know my Granny, but she operates a micro brewery commonly know in the 1920’s - 1930’s as a Still. Granny may be old but she sure is up to date. She was at the hair dressers the other day and was reading one of them there dating magazines. Granny is in the market so to speak seeing that Grandfather has been dead for nigh on 40 year and Granny ain’t had no action!! Anyway back to the story!! Granny was reading that the new thing is to go to one of those dating parlors and interview a potential mate in 10 minutes and then rotate to the next one. Granny tell me that if it takes 10 minutes you aren’t focused on the problem!! Granny being a progressive business woman suddenly had a brain wave!! She got to wondering what would one do if you interviewed someone, rejected him or her and then had a change of heart?? Granny realized that you have to have courage to go back and a little liquid courage is not out of line in the dating context. Granny got to thinking and she suddenly realized her booze business could be expanded through the development of a drink called "Ole Holla". Granny is also good at marketing. Since you want to appear "natural" in the dating scene she thought the marketing tag line should be a "Holla back guy" or a "Holla back gal". In fact, Granny say the more Holla you do the more action you get. Granny tell me she shore does appreciate my help as she ain’t into that sort of thing but business is business!!

Thursday, December 16, 2004

What The Hell

We all exist in 3 dimensions including Time in the real world. The people that surround us live in 3 dimensions including Time. Psychologically speaking, however, the people surrounding us live in the 1st , 2nd or 3rd dimension including Time. The 1st dimensional people in our lives are acquaintances that we never really get to know. They are the largest category. We never get beyond the phase of politeness. Friends come in 2 dimensions and although it seems to be a putdown describing them in this way it is surprising what we can endlessly draw in two dimensions. Just look at any two dimensional Geometry Book!! Soulmates are harder to define. They occupy the 3rd dimension plus Time as in Timeless. For some unknown reason, people’s souls are able to connect with other people’s souls. Soul to soul contact is the ultimate reality!! If it should happen to you, you want to be with your Soul person even though another 2 dimensional friend is more fascinating, exciting etc.. When you’re young and full of hormones the greater attraction lies with the 2nd dimensional friend because our species has to survive. This is the reason that 99% of us marry our best friend because we have never met a soulmate. Unfortunately, the hormones go, life in 2 dimensions becomes dull, gravity takes over and everything sags. One day you look at each other in 2 dimensions and although you may say "What the hell." you don’t have the energy, prospects, or means to do anything about it!!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The Law Of Unforeseen Consequences

I got to thinking about Free Will and The Law Of Unforeseen Consequences. Free Will is the ultimate form of democracy. Each of us can do pretty much as we please providing we don’t interfere with someone else’s enjoyment of life. The Law Of Unforeseen Consequences or The Butterfly Effect arises because our personal decision to do something causes a change in future events or a different path to be taken. There are lots of examples: Adam’s decision to eat the apple caused mankind to be kicked out of the Garden Of Eden. Lots has been written on our choice to invade Iraq. Opinions exist on both sides as to the importance / dumbness of that decision. Sometimes we get dragged into things that have nothing to do with us. Millions of people lost their lives in WW11 because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. If Free Will didn’t exist what would we do with our time??? Some people have said that they are not interested in going to Heaven because it would be too, too boring if Free Will didn’t exist. Perhaps if we didn’t have any havoc in our life none of us would have any use for God. For instance most of us are only interested in God if we can’t get out of our personal poo under our own steam. Perhaps a little grief in our lives is good for the soul. No grief, no soul development. Interesting thought!!

Saturday, November 20, 2004

A Real Weapon Of Mass Destruction

I came across something really scary. It seems an individual has built an Internet connected platform with a camera and rifle which can be used by a hunter in any part of the world to hunt animals. The implications of this development are mind boggling. It means that anyone, anywhere, can cause mass havoc, by constructing a camera connected to a gun on a miniature platform or even mounted on wheels that can be fired from anywhere in the world because Internet connections can also be wireless. I hope someone has a solution.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

A New Way To Calculate The Number Of Primes

I got to thinking about Prime Numbers Again. A Prime Number is any number that can only be divided evenly by itself and 1. For instance the number 11 is a Prime Number because it can only be divided evenly by 1 or 11 without leaving any fractions. One of the problems associated with Prime Numbers is trying to figure out how many prime numbers come before any randomly chosen number. For instance, if we randomly chose the number 12, how many prime numbers come before 12??? The most popular method is taking any number (X) or 12 in this instance and dividing it by the number of times 2.718281828 or "e" as it is popularly known can be multiplied to make 12 (Ln 12). For instance Ln(12) is 2.48490665. In other words if we took 2.718281828 and multiplied it 2.48490665 times (2.718281828 X 2.718281828 X (2.718281828 X .48490665)) we would get 12.
Therefore (12/Ln(12)) or (12 / 2.48490665) = 4.829155253
This number 4.829155253 rounded to the next whole number (no fractions) is 5. Therefore there are 5 prime numbers before random number 12. The prime numbers before 12 are 1,2,3,5,7,11, or 6 in number. The formula appears to be quite accurate which it is for low numbers. The problem arises because as the numbers increase the Prime Numbers become less and less and this formula starts to really get inaccurate.
Here is a new method:
If you examine a Prime Number Table you will see that the number in the farthest right column of any prime number greater than 7 contains the digits 1,3,7,9. For example 11, 13, 17, 19.
To calculate the number of Primes up to that number take any random number and multiply by 10. For example (18 X 10 = 180) Add 1 or 3 or 7 or 9 to the random number multiplied by 10. For example I chose (180 + 1= 181).
Calculating Number Of Primes Up To number 181, the far right column ending in 1.
1 Divide 181 by Ln(181) =181 / 5.198497031 = 34.81775577.
2 Round (181 / 5.198497031 = 35 to the next whole number
3 Add the number found in the units position of 181 (1) to Round number (35) equals (35 + 1) 36. There are actually 42 primes up to 181.
This result may look a little ridiculous but tests have shown that the total number of primes up to any number will be within a range of +/- 7 numbers of the total number of prime numbers up to that number which is more accurate overall than the present system.
For the mathematically inclined:
Calculating Number Of Primes Up To number X with unit ending 1,3,5,7,9:
1 Divide X by Ln(X).
2 Round (X/Ln(X))
3 Add the number found in the units position of the number (1,3,7,9) to Round(X/Ln(X)).
4 The resulting number will be dead on or within +/- 7 numbers of the total number of prime numbers up to that number.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Learning How To Be Successful

In my blog "Daddy’s Advice" I mentioned that dear old dad said "If you want to be successful, study someone who is successful." After looking around I decided that the only truly successful long term person was God. God is approachable through prayer. Unfortunately, most of us only use prayer when we are in deep personal do do. If we aren’t in deep personal do do, then we use prayer to ask God to give us something that we really don’t need such as a new car or help winning the lottery. God is like everyone else, he’s not interested in giving you something for nothing unless it is going to teach you a valuable lesson like don’t do that sort of thing. God is willing to listen to you, providing you are willing to listen to him. God is something like your parents, he is not going to give you an immediate answer. God sometimes doesn’t give a verbal answer which is equivalent to your parent’s unspoken "No" so don’t get all whiny about it. God teaches us to listen. Sometimes God’s answer comes through a casual conversation with another person. Of course, people say a lot of things to you, so you have to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. Sometimes, God starts a series of events which will take you to your goal providing you’re paying enough attention to get on board. Sometimes this series of events starts long after you have given up waiting for whatever you thought was important at the time. It is important therefore to pay attention as well as listen. Sometimes in your life, things get a little confusing, so God might just let you know he is looking after you. Sort of call you up to see how you’re doing. God tends to look after you when you do something stupid and arranges events to get you out of trouble. All this, of course, demands that you be basically trainable and constantly listening, thinking, observing and evaluating the day’s events. Does this sound vaguely familiar?????

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Soulmates

Got thinking about soulmates again. In our 3 dimensional existence people come as enemies, acquaintances and friends. Enemies are people that don’t like you for some reason. Enemies are people that are hard to spot. Their reasons for not liking you don’t have to be rational. Maybe you remind them of someone they had to put up with.
Acquaintances are those people that respond to you with the personality of a brick wall. In fact, when you think about it, a brick wall has more personality. Hell, maybe that’s why you want to change your house wall to stucco. Friends are a bit harder to define. Mostly, friends are people you like, but not known well enough to spill your guts to. On the other hand, sometimes you have a friend to whom you are willing to reveal everything. A really, really, good friend can be mistaken for a soulmate if you aren’t careful. Soulmates are a different kettle of fish. Soulmates involve the soul. Souls are timeless and according to some philosophies / religions , go on forever. There can be young souls and old souls. At some time in the process of body creation a soul becomes part of our 3 dimensional being. Due to the foufou in your 3 dimensional life sometimes your soul bears no resemblance to what most people recognize in you 3 dimensionally speaking. This is why I find it somewhat amusing here in the ‘hood that some people think a 10 minute date masquerading as an interview in which you "reveal" yourself will find you a soulmate. Jeez, you can’t even find a good employee in 10 minutes!! My observation is there are several soulmates for each of us. One soulmate you will marry and other soulmates will add something vital to our life. The "rub" to misquote Shakespeare is to find them. A soulmate usually comes into your life when your brain is in neutral, your 3 dimensional persona is idling, and your soul is emoting. So the operative words are disconnect, chill , emote.!!!

Monday, November 08, 2004

Finding True Love

How do we find true love???? The problem lies in the fact that we all exist in a 3 dimensional environment and lie like hell to each other. Immediate love in a 3 dimensional environment is chiefly concerned with perpetuating us. Therefore the men look for the most gorgeous girl they can find and lie like hell. The girls, on the other hand, gild the lily, and look for the most nurturing (an oxymoron if ever there was one) male. Someone who looks like he possesses a good set of genes, has the ability to earn a living, has enough other attributes so that the girl’s friends don’t think she is nutso, etc., etc.. Unfortunately, over time gravity gets its’ grip on you and everything sags. Suddenly you wake up one morning and you don’t recognize the creature beside you. Plastic surgery doesn’t help. If you happen to have lucked out, True Love remains. True Love is soul based and occasionally, just occasionally, two compatible, loving Souls find each other. Thank God for Random Chance!!!

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Morality = Faith = Mother’s Values

I thought it was interesting that most people have concluded that Bush won the election based on "morality". I don’t think that morality had anything to do with it except in the peripheral sense. I’m inclined to believe that the election was won because 9/11 generated a crisis of confidence in the American Psyche that has yet to be psychologically recognized. Let’s face it, when something physically / psychologically happens it usually scares the bejabbers out of you, and the next thing you know you are returning to something loosely summarized as Faith. Nations are no different. Bush linked morality to your mother’s down home values. Kerry didn’t and Kerry lost. Faith doesn’t automatically resolve things like the deficit, the Israeli Palestine conflict, or the North Korean nuclear problem. Most people want to take the simple route by asking / demanding through prayer that God takes ownership of the problem. I don’t think that God is going to take ownership of the problem in this instance because he gave us the brains to solve the problem. God may be open for questions should we need advice. God also gave our nation the means to accomplish the task. So quit whining and get a grip!!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

God Ain’t Never Promised A Rose Garden Down Here

I got to thinking about Lions and Tigers this morning. A lot of Christians got ate by those things during Roman Entertainment Day in ancient times. One of the popular tenets / advertisements of Christianity is that if you accept Christ into your life you get the equivalent of a Rose Garden. What the Brothers and Sisters forgot to mention is that the Rose Garden is reserved for the Soul and not for our 3 dimensional existence. Oh sure, there are a few Christians that accepted God and seem to be doing quite well for themselves but the majority of us Christians have to do the grunt work down here first. Most of us are just Privates in God’s Army. It’s quite fascinating to me that God only wrote one thing down and that is the 10 Commandments. I personally have written scads of stuff, however, God and I have one thing in common. People generally ignore the 10 Commandments and people generally ignore the scads of stuff I write. It is all very depressing for the both of us. God had to send the Flood to clean up the mess. I’ve been told that I have to clean up my own mess. Sometimes I’ve even had a bit of a flood. If you believe in God then Jesus is part of the package. Jesus doesn’t appear to have written anything down including crib notes for his speeches. Maybe God dictated the speech to Jesus as Jesus made the speech. Sort of an early version of lip synching. The people, excluding the disciples, wrote their chapters 100’s of years after Jesus’ death. Their writings often reflected the social problems / culture of the period and their solutions were written invoking Jesus’ name and prestige. Sort of reminds me of politics. You’d kind of think that God doesn’t care. On the other hand, God isn’t stupid contrary to popular thought. Your 3 dimensional eyeballed existence is going to end someday and we all get to stand in front of God. I have a recurring dream that God opens my Life Book and after reading my total life’s accomplishments in ½ a page, looks me in the eye (or the soul equivalent) and says: "Geez you were a major screw up and you don’t listen either!!"

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Women, God, Love, & Faith

One of the hardest things in this life is to deal with faith. You’re not going to get off this Vale of Tears with your soul in one piece without it. Faith is an abstract. You can’t see it, taste it, feel it, or even understand it. Faith is a journey. There’re no guarantees. You can’t even see what you’re getting if you choose the "faith" path. First of all you have to put your faith in something that you don’t understand and frequently it is associated with some abstract concept called "love". The 3 dimensional configuration on this earth is women. There are literally billions of them but which one is right for you??? Where is your Faith Goddess in this collection of false idols??? Heaven knows, there is a false idol for every situation that a man can dream up. Faith in God is a little different. There is only one God so that part is simple. The upside is while faith in God means his love is unconditional. The downside is that he wants you to do something for him in return. It sort of reminds me of a long dead TV program wherein the hero got someone out of his / her personal do do on the condition that he / she do something for the hero, once, sometime, no questions asked or protests made. Each episode involved the hero and someone whom he rescued in eons past that was called upon just once to help the hero rescue the latest unfortunate. God is similar. He needs someone to do something for him, sometimes, no questions asked or protests made. This means that Faith and Rose Gardens aren’t synonyms . God also works long term. God isn’t going to give you a long song and dance about the why’s and wherefore’s of your assigned task beyond setting up the events "To make it so". You can ask questions if you get confused. One of my frequent questions to God is "Are you sure you know what you are doing???"

Monday, November 01, 2004

Bush vs. Kerry (11)

I got to thinking about the election last night. On one side we have the environment, women's choices / rights, people in general, the economy, the Iraqi's, and having to send young people to fight the war. These issues are associated with Kerry. On the other side we have the terrorist problem which is primarily associated with Bush. I'm a poor student of WW11. The British (Chamberlain), Czechs, French, etc. tried appeasement, averting their eyes (Austria). Finally Germany invaded Czechoslovakia and due to alliances between the nations plus being generally fed up all hell broke loose. It then became a down and dirty war with each side being equally rude to each other. We were isolationists until the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor and then all hell broke loose. It turned out to be a down and dirty war for us too. It took the British 12 years to get rid of the insurgents in Malaysia so we're in for a long haul. I just think that the terrorists take precedence over everything else as they are quite capable of giving us a second whack. They also don’t appear to have any intention of giving in and their spirit isn’t flagging . Like it or not, I think that we have to go with Bush if you think that the terrorists take precedence over everything else. If times were normal without the terrorists I'd vote for Kerry. Bush is a known quantity and Kerry is an unknown quantity. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet!!

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Bush vs. Kerry

Well boys and girls what will we do now???? We’ve heard the debates, we’ve seen the advertisements, we’ve listened to the rhetoric. What does all the foufou come down to???? I don’t know about you but in order to have better jobs, improve the economy, end outsourcing, etc., etc.…… you have to be alive. Now I realize that Kerry has fought in Vietnam, has 3 Purple Hearts, and appears to be a nice guy. The downside is that Kerry got involved in the anti-war protest and testified before Congress. Bush, on the other hand, joined the National Guard. Other people fought in Vietnam, and did there level best but they’re not running for President. Pretty well Even Stephen to me. Kerry tells us he will wipe out the terrorists. Bush tells us he will wipe out the terrorists. Bush has on the job experience at wiping out the terrorists which must count for something. Bush has management experience which must count for something. Kerry, as far as I know, has had no management experience, but may have management potential. As far as I can see, the terrorists don’t intend to make my life pleasant in the foreseeable future. On the balance of probabilities, and the fact that when the rubber hits the road, I want to live my only rational choice is to vote for job and management experience. May my God forgive me as I hold my nose and vote for Bush!!!

Friday, October 29, 2004

How Many Prime Numbers ????

I got to thinking about prime numbers the other day. A prime number is any number that can only be divided evenly by itself and 1. For example the numbers 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43 are all examples of prime numbers because they can only be divided evenly by 1 and themselves. If you look at the first digit in column 1 of any prime number you will see it will only contain the numbers 1, 3, 7, 9. The other numbers in the columns after the first column will have 10 choices of digits from 0 to 9 (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9). Take any random number and add 1,3,7,9 to it. The new number is probably a prime. Divide it by all the preceding numbers to see if it is a prime. Therefore in a 10’s based number system the number of available digits to put in a column is 10 numbers. Since the prime numbers end in 1,3,7,9 which are 4 numbers out of the available 10 digits then the number of prime numbers is about 4/10 of the total numbers or approximately 40%. Unfortunately numbers ending in 9 are not always primes (39 for example) but the numbers 1,3,7 are always primes. Since the prime numbers ending in 1,3,7 are 3 numbers out of the available 10 digits then the number of definite prime numbers are about 3/10 of the total numbers or approximately 30%. Therefore the number of prime numbers are between 30% to 40% of all the integer numbers (1, 30, 40 etc.).

Saturday, October 23, 2004

How Do You Like Them Apples???

In my blog "Daddy’s Advice" I mentioned that dear old dad said "If you want to be successful, study someone who is successful." After looking around I decided that the only truly successful person / being / whatever depending on your belief, culture etc. was God or his equivalent. The more I thought about God the more I realized he / she / whatever was the originator of the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). God has based the universe on simple principles , that are essentially maintenance free, capable of evolving on their own, and are the bricks for more complicated structures in life, relationships, events etc.. I’m no scholar, but it occurred to me that if you looked around at the various disciplines such as Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Business, Relationships, etc. they all primarily emphasized something that could be useful to solve something elsewhere with a few minor changes to fit the situation. Here’s an example: Scientists have recently confirmed that Earth's spin warps space around the planet. If space is warped so is time. They call the effect Frame Dragging. Any object with mass warps the space-time around it, in much the same way as a heavy object deforms a stretched elastic sheet. Hell, anyone that has ever worked knows that !!! For instance: Your boss tells you to have an important package delivered to the business’s most important client by 5:00 p.m. Your boss thinks it is a big deal ( big deal = big mass). You have from now to 5:00 p.m. to get it there ( frame contains item to be dragged). The package doesn’t get there by 5:00 p.m.. Boss is as mad as hell at you. Boss thinks it is a big deal. (lots of mass). Bosses anger (mass) warps the space-time fabric of your existence ( time drag is indeterminable while boss yells at you). Your space is warped (shortened time to fix the problem if you don’t want to ruin your career / be fired). Therefore your personal life is in a space-time warp with Frame Dragging (will problem ever be resolved??). For the mathematical inclined here is some formula to keep in mind:
Space varies as to 1/event. ( Shorter the allotted space to the importance of the event).
Time varies as to 1/event. ( Shorter the allotted time to the importance of the event).
Force varies as to event. ( The amount of force allotted is proportional to the importance of the event).
Energy varies as to event. ( The amount of energy allotted is proportional to the importance of the event).

Sunday, October 17, 2004

The Love Signal

Back on August 21st , in a blog titled "Life & / Or Success Needs Lies To Function" I mentioned that our brain works on the principle of pattern analysis or management by exception. For instance, If you walk down the street you automatically notice the person that is not conforming to standard patterns whether it be in the physical or mental realm. Another way to look at it is to say that our mind is wired for stereotypical or patterned thinking based on statistical analysis of a group of objects. The best way to demonstrate this principle is contained in the question "How do you tell when someone of the opposite sex is attracted to you"? Simple question, but hard to answer. Basically, each sex has to learn to send out the proper signal which is most likely to be received by the intended target (boy / girl) without causing other receivers (boy / girl companions) to pick up and create "noise" that causes the the intended receiver (boy / girl to respond in a manner to protect her standing with her boy / girl companions. In other words, subtlety at all costs. The best way if you see someone is to reconnoiter first and try to come up with a way to "casually" meet him / her in an innocuous way as possible without raising alarm bells. For instance, if he / she frequents a book store stand close to him / her without invading his / her space and then casually pick up a book and off handedly make a comment (fake like hell) that can allow a conversation to continue if he / she thinks you are worthwhile. Another way is to borrow your friends dog if he / she has a dog and walk the dog right past him / her. Usually you can come up with a comment on how nice his / her dog or if all else fails subtlely allow the dogs to become involved so that he / she is forced to talk to you. If completely disperate get the dogs entangled with each other and at least have some fun. If none of these ruses are possible try meeting him / her while out walking, saying hello to begin with and gradually adding words as you continue to meet him / her. The last problem is how do I know if I’m getting anywhere if his / her body language has left me clueless?? Subtlely look into his / her eyes. If the window to his / her soul is transmitting a "Your toast" message you have lost. If the window to his / her soul says "You’re interesting, but you need work" you’ve been accepted into his / her life!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Love, Soulmates, And All That Jazz

Back in June I posted something on "Love". Somewhere in the piece I mentioned that there are three kinds of relationships being acquaintances, friends and soulmates. You can put most people in the acquaintance or friend category simply by eyeballing and talking to them. Soulmates are a different kettle of fish. Soulmates involve your soul which may be entirely different from your persona as a friend or acquaintance. I think the problem arises because when we are young everyone gets together and lies to each other in the name of "competition". If the "lie" is repeated long enough with the right amount of passion we start to believe it. We all eventually get old, mellow out, don't care, become too tired to lie, and generally let it all hang out or be "honest" with each other. Our Soul starts to break through and we become open to ourselves, others, and lastly to God. We also suddenly realize that we don’t know anything and God graduates in our mind from a "What Is There In It For Me God", to an admission that God is much bigger than we can imagine and we are indeed humble individuals that only exist because of God’s grace. We also start to realize that Jesus was God’s earthly demonstration of his love for us and if we pay attention and listen to God maybe in the great expanse of Random Chance and Consequences we can add something of value before we cash in our chips and if we are really hot find the plan that God left us to discover through interacting with Him.

Friday, October 08, 2004

One Of Life’s Nagging Questions

I got to thinking about Noah’s Ark this morning. The Christian Religion says Noah was told by God to gather all the animal pairs together and put them in an Arc because a gigantic flood was going to cover the earth. So far so good. I also have been reading a lot about the causes of homosexuality lately. It seems that contrary to popular belief homosexuality is not solely a lifestyle choice but rather the result of the wrong genes in the wrong place at the wrong time. Essentially the result of randomness which is a part of our existence. I also read somewhere that homosexuality is not confined to us as a species but also exists in the animal kingdom. I think it is about 10% of the population. Assuming God simply told Noah to gather all the animals in the Arc by a certain date and left it up to Noah to work out the details, then how did Noah select the animal pairs that had the inclination to reproduce???

Friday, October 01, 2004

Bare Bones Of Life

We all have different adventures and believe certain things but when the bare bones of life are examined this is how it works. We arrive with nothing, accumulate like hell, go over the top realizing most things are meaningless including your career and promotional opportunities, down the other side where your possessions are graded for function like bathroom handholds and finally out the door and you can't take anything with you. The final indignity is that you have to explain to God / Fickle Finger Of Fate what you accomplished and he knows when you are lying. If you don’t believe in anything after death you still get it in the ear. Is there irony here or what????

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

1, 2, 3 Personalities

I belong to the Christian Faith and in that Faith we are taught there is one God of the universe who has disclosed himself in three distinct personalities. They are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I’m not familiar with other faiths but maybe you have something equivalent based on the number 3. God the Father is usually seen as the Creator of the universe. God the Son is Jesus Christ .God is also the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can give us the ability to believe. God is the ultimate complicated Being to understand. God really doesn’t need us for his existence. God has an immense capacity for love and that is why you and I probably exist even though when push comes to shove we don’t deserve to be here. God the Son became human so we would have a three dimensional illustration of God. God the Son literally went through hell for us, died a horrible death and then rose again as a Soul to sit on the right hand of God. God the Son showed us what could be accomplished if we got a grip on ourselves and got down to work and quit fooling around. God the Spirit is the personification of God’s Love as demonstrated through his love and treatment of Jesus following Jesus’ 3 dimensional death. God the Spirit is the reality of God’s Love towards the Soul which is part of every living creature / thing in this Universe. I suspect when the rubber hits the road that God is us in disguise!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

God Does "Interesting"

In my Blog "Ain’t God Clever" I mentioned that in addition to Objects and Structures, God had to make life interesting or we would all get bored . God did "interesting" by inventing Time, Gravity, and Randomness. Universe Time never stops and moves only in one direction which is forward. You may stop doing something but that doesn’t stop the forward March Of Time. We all experience this phenomena in the workplace. This is why your Manager yells at you, along with your customers and other assorted Objects. Gravity is something that tends to keep things in place so Objects don’t go wandering off Willy Nilly. Do you remember the old phrase "Everything In Its’ Place and A Place For Everything" or "Neatness is close to Godliness." Typical motherhood statements used to restore order or what passes for it. Randomness is designed to keep things interesting. That is why we don’t know when the next set of truck headlights is due or when our favorite stock is going to tank. This is why nobody can "Time" the market accurately. This is why "Past Performance" is not indicative of future results. This phrase is usually applied to the Stock Market but also could be applied to certain situations after you marry, however, that is another Blog subject. If the Randomness Do Do starts it only lasts over about 3 cycles of things happening. There may be a problem with the length of Time associated with Random Do Do but it won’t be covered in this Blog.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Ain’t God Clever

This universe seems to need 3 essentials. First of all we have objects which are like single particles. Objects can be constructed out of a lot of neat stuff and do interesting things. Something like you or me for example. The second thing is structures. Structures are needed because the Objects have to be put in, on, or close to something. The third thing is that you have to have something interesting going on or the Objects (you and me) will lose interest. This involves Free Choice and its’ downside, Randomness. If you have too much randomness then total chaos is the result. This means that have to have an Attractor that will bring Randomness back into line. The Attractor in this Universe seems to be 3. Most things that involve you and me doing stuff, the Arts such as painting, Work, or even Construction are based on the number 3. Even mathematics, based on the Power Of Three, is attracted back to 3 as I demonstrated in my Blog "God’s Favorite Number" as in (3X3X3 = 27, 2 + 7 = 9, 3X3 = 9, 3 is the square root of 9). Gee, ain’t God clever!! He has the KISS principle by using the smallest number to make the universe work, he has given us Free Choice, and lastly has given us 3 dimensions to give us lots of room to move in and do our own thing!! Then after all that, some of us Objects still say "God Doesn’t Exist." H-mmmmmmm.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Stupidity Is Important In Life

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you finally realize that you aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed. If you have a philosophical bend you can express it as wondering if you are naturally stupid or do you have to work at it?? Anyway even the most careful of us sometimes live life on the edge. Today was one of those days!! I took a cracked tea cup out of the cupboard and filled it with hot tea this morning. This was my start of living life on the edge for today. I started to drink it and all of a sudden the tea cup finished cracking and spilled its’ contents into private parts that won’t be discussed in this blog!! Have you often noticed in your own life that some of the best things in life are discovered through stupidity??? For instance Goodyear discovered the vulcanization of rubber when he spilled some concoction on the stove. Someone else invented Velcro after he stupidly walked through nettles and they stuck to his pants. I suspect that stupidity is just another form of deterioration. Everything that has to do with life deteriorates over time. The prime example is that we all get older. I bet even in your own life you have done something stupid and benefited from it.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

God’s Favorite Number

I have always been fascinated with Quantum Mechanics. Only heaven knows why. I seem to have a natural philosophical insight into things but no aptitude for proving it mathematically. Mathematicians, on the other hand, can solve anything mathematically but can’t come up with a decent theory / explanation. Anyway, while surfing the net I came across this little gem: "Physicists have so far identified 57 species of elementary particles. In particular, the Standard Model contains quarks and leptons, grouped into three families that differ only in their masses. Why the pattern of particles is repeated three times with enormous variations in mass but with other properties seemingly identical is an open question. Quantum physics has shown that three families are the minimum necessary to accommodate CP violation in the Standard Model. Such CP violation is necessary for matter to predominate over antimatter in the universe, but its’ effects observed so far are insufficient to explain this predominance." Here we go again: grouped into three families that differ only in their masses, three families are the minimum necessary to accommodate CP violation in the Standard Model, physicists have so far identified 57 species of elementary particles. All I know about CP violation is that if it didn’t happen you and I would never have gotten our personal show on the road!! God’s favorite number is 3 and 3 is the major universe attractor leading to stability over time. Here are some fascinating things about 3! If you take 3 and multiply 3 X 3 any number of times (Power is number of times 3 is multiplied) you get an answer. If you add all the digits in the answer together until you get one total occupying one column you get 9. 9 is 3 X 3 or stability. Physicists have so far identified 57 species of elementary particles. If you take 3^5=243 and 3^7=2187 and then multiply 243 X 2187 you get 531441 which is equivalent to (5 + 7 = 12 or 3^12!! Fascinating wot????

3 multiplied 5 X = 243, (2+4+3) =9
3 multiplied 7 X = 2187 (2+1+8+7) = 18 = (1 +8) =9
3 multiplied 12 X = 531441 = (5+3+1+4+4+1) = 18 = (1 + 8) = 9
243 X 2167 = 531441

Monday, September 13, 2004

Daddy’s Advice

Daddy only gave me one piece of advice: "If you want to be successful, study someone who is successful." Sounds simple but it isn’t!! The problem is what exactly is a successful person?? Is it someone who is a famous religious person?? Someone who has done great things for humanity?? Someone who has accumulated a lot of money?? Generally speaking in our me centered world, with the devil take the hindmost philosophy it is someone who has accumulated a lot of money!! I remember reading somewhere that a rich person once said that money was only a score keeper that measured your progress in the business world. The problem is that we only have stewardship of that money for a limited period of time and once we die we have to give it up. Doesn’t sound much like success to me!! Anyway I thought about it for awhile and the only successful person I know is God. God is the beginning and the end so he is likely to be around when you need him. God designed this universe and on the whole he has made it interesting for us if we care to get involved. He is the original inventor of the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). God has based the universe on simple principles , that are essentially maintenance free, capable of evolving on their own, and are the bricks for more complicated structures in life, relationships, events etc.. God is approachable and reasonable if you are nice to him. God has time for you if you accept the fact that he might not get back to you right away. God has given you a brain and expects you to use it. God wants you to put some sweat equity into the relationship. God has given you Free Will but the downside is you have to deal with the consequences if you screw up. Sometimes he will get you out of your personal pickle and other times he will let you sweat for awhile. God also improves your listening skills. He’s not one to give you a laundry list of things to do that day, but he does expect you to listen for hints in the form of events that come your way and things people say to you that have originated with him. Come to think about it he is a famous religious person, has done great things for humanity and as far as money is concerned, who cares, because God has a plan for you if you will stop whining and pay attention.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Trinity

I’m haunted by Art and believe me, I’m no artist!! I never got past the colours red, white, and blue, however, I must admit I finally managed to colour between the lines in about Grade 5 or 6. My current angst over Art started about 3 weeks ago when the Fickle Finger Of Fate got me sneakily standing in front of a portrait by an artist which was simply haunting. I read somewhere that portraits were the original camera or digital picture of a person or person(s) and it is certainly true if you happen to hit a first rate artist. If you have been reading my blogs you will notice that I have become rather obsessive about the number 3, so you will be relieved to know that I have got off that topic and moved on to numbers 1 and 2. The most famous portrait in the World is the Mona Lisa. 1 solitary image on a dark background!! In Art you could almost say that 1 represents the solitary that brings one’s soul into the painting to wonder about things that can only involve the soul and the speculative future. If we move onto 2 things such as a distant sail boat on a lake or ocean or a young girl staring out onto a lake we enter into a sort of intimacy. You have the same effect if you stand in front of a painting or sculpture of Christ on the Cross. 2 intimate things. You can’t help but be drawn in and become intimate with the painting or wonder what was going on in Christ’s mind at the time in a thoroughly intimate way!! It is probably the closest some of us will ever get to God in a personal, intimate way when push comes to shove or the old rubber has to hit the road. 3 things in a picture related to each other by the artist brings stability and by extension peace. The ultimate 3 or trinity, of course, is the painting, the artist and the viewer!!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Newton Simplified

I don’t know about you, but I can never seem to understand all those laws they put in physics books. Take old Newton for example!! In my blog "How Was This Universe Designed??" my central theme was that just because God is all powerful and can do things lickety split he is like the rest of us as far as being saddled with a bunch of extra work. God has been around long enough to realize that if you don’t want to go to a lot of work, you have to have something that is as simple as possible, essentially maintenance free, able to evolve on its’ own, and with some changes applicable to everything in sight. For instance, Newton didn’t have to have an apple hit him on the head to develop his Laws Of Motion. All he had to do was analyze his home life!!
Newton's first law of motion states that an object continues in its state of rest or of uniform motion unless compelled to change that state by an external force.
Home Life: If you sit all day on the couch (inertia) you don’t move. If you stay there too long father (an external force) is going to feel compelled to get you moving (change your state).
Newton's second law of motion states that if a net force acts on an object, it will cause an acceleration of that object.
Home Life: Father decides to take a boot to your ass (net force acts on an object) that will cause your ass to accelerate (acceleration of that object).
Newton's third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Home Life: Father has now accelerated your ass in a forward direction through the air. Ass follows an parabolic curve proportional to father’s boot (input) and starts to decelerate by getting rid of energy imparted by father’s boot (equal and opposite reaction) .

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Little Children, Adulation & God

I was thinking about how little children idolize their older brothers and sisters. They are always tagging along and want to do something with you. They are always telling you how much they like you. After a while it generally drives you nuts!!! It suddenly occurred to me that we, as a collective group, are treating God exactly the same way. We idolize him by building great buildings in his honour. We tell him how great he is. We sometimes whine about not getting something and when that fails we lay guilt on him by saying "He has abandoned us". I don’t know about you, but if I was a God I’d be sick and tired of the lot of us by now. I have suspected for a long time that God is getting set to change things and here are a few comments about the train coming down the track. God will direct us. All we have to do is listen and talk to him on a regular basis. Sometimes he won't answer right away and sometimes he will set up a series of seemingly innocuous events to lead you in a certain direction. He will also sweat the details to make things happen like, huh, reaching into your heart where to all intends and purposes you should always remain as mad as hell about something. Don't get antsy if he doesn't reply to you right away. Don't forget God has been around for a hell of a long time and his time scale / future events schedule tends to be longer than what you and I might consider reasonable. If you want to do something don't hesitate to ask him as he might decide it’s a good idea and set it in motion long after you forgot about it and moved on to something else. He also happens to have a habit of not telling you what happened if he needs you to do something in a chain of events that doesn't necessarily involve you directly. He also works on a need to know basis and in most cases "You don't need to know". He also doesn’t need a lot of Generals but there is a need for Privates. So, "Welcome, to God's army!!"

Friday, August 27, 2004

Life Is A Glorified Bell Curve

I saw the Liberty Bell in the United States the other day and it suddenly reminded me of a Bell Curve and Life in general. Let’s see!! Most of us start out as a particle in a sack of water with three square meals a day and the garbage is taken out for us. We float in water which has got to be a pretty neat existence. Finally our little particle becomes a collection of particles in a three dimensional container or in other words a body. As usual in life, people and /or events aren’t satisfied to leave well enough alone and start stirring the pot as in Nature Abhors A Vacuum . The next thing we know our water tank has sprung a leak and some clown has grabbed our softest and most vulnerable part being the head with a pair of monstrous clamps. I suspect this is the basis of men in later life talking about someone grabbing and twisting their balls in some business situation and the ladies getting hot and bothered about breast pulling / fondling / touching. Anyway back to the subject at hand. You are born into a room that isn’t as hot as the one you left. No wonder you want to close your eyes, and cry. Most of us still do it when we can't believe it’s happening to us. The first stage of climbing the Bell Curve is the Accumulation stage. This involves, in the early stages, eating, drinking and pooping into the environment. Next comes learning at school, selecting a mate, career, accumulation of wealth, possessions, friends, ideas, dreams, business mentors. The next and shortest section is what I call "Over The Top." Your job is out sourced, you are unemployable due to perceived obsolescence, sex goes out the door, and your wife / husband leaves you to find herself / himself. The final section is the "Slide". Your body starts to droop, your possession’s importance is proportional to function. You start to notice that a whole lot of people are dying in your age group. Finally it dawns on you that you are getting close to "Out The Proverbial Door" Time. At this stage, you start to wonder if there is an after life. If you believe in God back to the Bible and some heavy thinking. If you don’t believe in God can you afford to take a chance?? I have a recurring dream in which I have died and suddenly I’m in front of God who says "Surprise, I do exist!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Mother Told Me Never To Scratch In Public

I woke up this morning with the horrible thought that Mom gave me a lot of bad advice. One of the most popular bits was to always change my underwear and wash my face. On the surface it sounds like a reasonable request but now I read in the newspaper that too much washing has lowered the immune system and all the antibiotics has created super bugs. Fortunately, I managed to revert to my original state just in time so I’m pleased to report that while no one wants to associate with me for obvious reasons, I’m in good health because most bugs are smart enough to tackle an easier target. Anyway, what really jars my preserves is the fact that mom never told me to scratch in public. On the surface this doesn’t sound like a big deal does it? Well, it seems that life generally goes from the particular experience, such as my boyfriend / girlfriend gave me the shaft, to the general wave, every boyfriend / girlfriend will give me the shaft. In other words from small acorns mighty oaks grow. Mom always told me to shut my mouth and listen so I might learn something. Sounds simple?? Yeah, right!! My whole working career went down the toilet because of mom’s advice. It seems that most communication starts and ends with a motherhood statement such as "Work hard and you will be successful" and /or "Management has its’ eye on you." I also like the phrases " It will be good for you" and "You’ll learn something." or "It will be for the greater good." If I had learned to scratch the motherhood statement I would have known there was a Blarney Stone supporting the motherhood statement in all its’ glory. What fascinates me, is how the politicians / pundits drop certain phrases / words if there is too much psychological baggage or the phrases / words have reached the great unwashed to such a degree that it is impossible to explain it away with a straight face and a sincere demeanor . For instance "Time Portioning" for "We’re always too late." There are also code phrases that are used to disguise less that socially acceptable ideas if spoken plainly. For instance, the time honored phrase "Well, what can you expect??" I also enjoy watching some news stations that repeat some "facts" with a perfectly straight face and with the sincerity that no man of the cloth has ever surpassed even though the facts were proved incorrect long ago. It also helps the "belief index" if it is repeated ad nauseum. It’s a pity that such talent should go unrecognized. Perhaps we could have a rewards program for the media with categories such as "Most believable newscast based on nonsense" or " Best / most Clich├ęs in ten seconds or less."

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Life & / Or Success Needs Lies To Function

Would society cease to function if the truth was known to everyone?? Mothers exhort their children to tell the truth . Children are generally punished if they don’t tell the truth. There once was a line in a movie in which the character says: "You can’t handle the truth!!". It is safe to tell the truth if it can be verified as in "Did you cut the grass?". Adults don’t tell the truth about Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy. Since children have absolute faith in their parents does this simple untruth in the guise of tradition subtly teach the child it is okay to lie if it makes people happy?? Most people can’t see their true future in specific terms. If you knew the date, time, and hour you were going to die would you be willing to follow tomorrow’s future events ?? Highly unlikely!! Society, in general, and relationships in particular can’t function in an orderly and efficient manner without lies. Our economy would wither if everyone knew the truth as in "This product is a clunker" and "This stock is destined for the financial toilet". Mankind can only function if lies are told and / or believed. That is the reason that whoever / whatever designed this universe wisely limited our mind to stereotypical thinking based on statistical analysis. Obviously working / looking outside the box is a non starter in spite of its’ perceived popularity in management circles . Our brain works on the principle of pattern analysis or management by exception. If you walk down the street you automatically notice the person that is not conforming to standards whether it be in the physical or mental realm. When you ask someone "How are you today" you want a patterned answer like "Fine" or "OK". You don’t want them to tell the truth and say something like "My wife just left me." "My seven children are on drugs" and "I need $1,000 or my bookie will kill me before 5:00 p.m.." The key to a successful marriage to a reasonably functioning individual is a stereotypical / patterned response to all questions. For instance you always say they are fashionable / handsome, have impeccable taste and have always been the most important thing to you since sliced bread. If you want career success you have to suck up (lie) to your superiors. Your superior is not interested in being reminded of a crappie decision (truth) or his management skills were learned from Vlad The Impaler (truth again). Truth would also lead to mass starvation. If everyone knew the truth about someone they wouldn’t be able to make any money as they either wouldn’t be hired or alternately would be locked up as a future menace to society!! Therefore, it is easily seen that lies and hopefully still bigger, believable lies are essential for true and continuing success!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Last Steps To Success

Lets see, Life, Relationships, Shit. What is left??? Oh, yeah Success!! I am thoroughly convinced that the universe is based on strict mathematical principles. You know, the old (1 + 1 = 2) kind of thing providing you are counting in the 10’s system. Personally, I have never been successful in business because I could never figure out what giving more than 100% really meant beyond a motherhood statement like "Study more" , "Study harder" etc. I was staring at the alphabet one day and it suddenly hit me between the eyes!! Here’s what I discovered!!!

If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then:
H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

and

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

And,

B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND,

A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will pull you up the corporate ladder. You may think that Bullshit and Ass Kissing is a little over the top but when you stop and think about it the human race as a stereotypical group is highly insecure. That’s where Ass Kissing comes in as a confidence builder for management. It gives them a sense that they are on track. Bullshit is a little harder to quantify. You don’t want to appear insincere as that habit is a career breaker. It is best to give it an innocuous name like Better Business Bureau as an example or BBB for short if you want to appear to "belong". Of course BBB can also stand for Bullshit Baffles Brains but that is a story for another day.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

98% Guts, No Glory????

Life, Relationships, Shit!! The more I go through the blogs it seems to me that one of the topics that literally spins most people’s crank was their job. I haven’t a clue about other people’s religion, beliefs, culture so what I’m about to blog is only from my little world and may not be totally accurate because my understanding isn’t complete. Well, so much for my disclaimer!!! The person that seems to have had the worst job in my organized religion was Jesus. I’m not up on the complete story beyond the popular stuff but since I’m plagued with intellectual inquisitiveness with a dose of philosophy thrown in for a topping I got to thinking about who has had the second worst job as recorded by my organized religion. There must be a poor smuck that only came in second and got it in the ear from everyone for such a poor showing!!! Jesus definitely had the worst job because I suspect that God told Jesus exactly what was going to happen and allowed him to remember it after he was born. After all Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness doing something , which may have been asking / discussing the question "Why me??" Question sound familiar???? Anyway back to the topic!! All Jesus had to do was stay the course. At least you and I, unless we are particularly gifted psychics, haven’t got a clue about what’s coming down our personal pipe!! If our life is preordained by God, with our chore being to find it in real life by whatever method that yields bottom line results then it stands to reason that God had to find someone to be the trigger man, for lack of a better expression, to put the Crucifixion of Christ into gear. It sort of reminds me of one of those guy movies in which the boss says to the selected smuck "I need a volunteer for this dangerous mission. There are no rewards, no one will love you, you will probably be vilified for all time, and if you get caught I’ll remain silent and never set the record straight." Who was the smuck who had the second worst job?? Judas!! Just think, no Judas, no betrayal, no crucifixion, no rising of Christ into heaven, no redemption!!

Saturday, August 07, 2004

What Me Abnormal???

I got to thinking about relationships again. Excluding true love which involves the mind meld of two people on a soul to soul level thus creating a soulmate, the most frequent relationship involves the desire to change the other person. Good Luck!! Most changes only involve the external eyeball things like getting them to bath, change their shirt, underwear and pants regularly and to comb / brush their hair to a reasonable standard. In other words the same thing any mother would do to raise a child. Effecting internal changes, like attitude, social propensities, tendency to violence, etc. can only be made internally by the affected person. The problem is most people with a problem don’t know they have a problem. They have always been thus and so and have managed their way through life reasonably successfully. If we realize we have a problem most of us don’t know how to change it. Yeah, I know that statement sounds silly but in reality beyond motherhood statements like "I will try harder" or "I didn’t realize I was doing that" most of us cannot manage an effective change. The basic reason is that we don’t know the source of the problem in our prior life experience beyond a guess if someone presses us. The other problem is that our mind develops certain responses to situations that are similar to our negative prior life experience and that reaction kicks in automatically in response to anything that is remotely similar. Lastly to add to the fun most of us can’t recognize the automatic response when it happens!! In other words our normality is someone else’s abnormality!!

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Stereotypical Willy Nillys

I was looking at a glass of water the other day when my nephew came over and grabbed it from in front of my face. He was doing an experiment on Browning Movement and wanted the water. For you that don’t know, this experiment consists of taking some slowly dissolving blue colored crystals, putting them into a glass and then adding some water in order to see what happens when the crystals dissolve. The result is that the dissolving crystals will totally mix with the water over time and the mixture will be totally blue. It got me to thinking about stereotyping which is getting everyone hot and bothered in my ‘ hood. Everyone wants to be an individual which is okay by me. The fun starts because each of us has a natural curiosity as to why people do things or why events happen as in Life, Relationships, and Shit. None of us can read minds and ½ the time we haven’t got a clue why we do things as individuals. If pressed, we all can come up with a passable reason as to why we did something stupid. The blue dissolving crystals in the glass are something like us in real life. Each blue crystal is darting randomly here and there at all possible speed without any concrete objective as in the Willy Nilly Syndrome. If we don’t know what each individual is doing or where they are located at any particular time we can analyze them statistically. We know that as a group, the atoms of blue crystal will disperse although we don’t know what path each one will follow nor what they will be thinking about during the process. Same with us. If you sit in a park and watch people, each person is rushing around like Willy Nillys yet none of us have a reliable clue as to what the Willy Nillys are thinking in specific terms. We can make statistical guesses for the group as a whole as far as characteristics, attitude, occupations, economic status, potential etc. are concerned but nothing for a specific individual. It seems that our brain is wired for patterns, but hasn’t a clue about individuals as an exception unless we get to know them on a personal level. Kind of ironic don’t your think??? Everyone wants to be treated as an individual but we are all wired for patterns. Perhaps God has a sense of humor after all!!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

What I Learned About Shit From The Compost Heap

It seems to me that Blogs are primarily concerned with the following three things: Life, Relationships, Shit. Shit is that stuff that happens to you out of the blue and is generally considered to be unpleasant. Whether we like it or not, we live in a world where things naturally get worse over time, so deal with it. For those of you who don’t know what a Compost Heap is, it is a pile of shit which you have to clean up. Here are some pointers:

1 Shit smells. Most people generally recognize its’ presence.

2 Shit tends to deteriorate so the smell increases. Your friends will recognize that you are in shit.

3 Shit tends to accumulate. Your friends will ask you what you intend to do about your shit.

4 Shit requires an action plan. Your friends will ask you how you plan to deal with your shit.

5 Shit requires immediate action. Your friends will ask if they can help.

6 Shit tends to stick to other things. Some of your friends will start to avoid you in the interests of self preservation.

7 Shit requires you to get serious. Wear old clothes if you intend to move it. Develop an attitude.

8 Shit has to be shoveled somewhere. If you like to throw your shit, stand up wind so it doesn’t blow back on you. This is important.

9 Shit sticks to everything. Use a Teflon shovel.

10 Shit loves to victimize. At all costs, avoid responsibility. Blame anything that is reasonably believable to the great unwashed.

11 Shit tends to come in piles. Start at the top with the easiest shit. Use it as a confidence builder.

12 Shit tends to keep falling on you due to gravity. Never shovel shit from the bottom or it will fall on you

13 Bury your old clothes covered in shit. Over time, you will forget all about your shit.

14 Think positively. Positive thinking is like an antibiotic to shit.

15 Smile. Smiling allows you to spot incoming shit at a greater distance.

16 Never open your mouth without having your brain in gear. Missed shit tends to come out.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Just Deal With The Top

I was reading about how to complain intelligently the other day. The contents of that piece was generally along the lines of "Just deal with the top". It sort of makes sense, because if you deal with anyone under the top the leader has to support his staff or they will stop making decisions and the organization will go to pot. It got me to thinking about God. Why not contact him directly??? God knows full well what is coming down the pipe and what he / she chooses to tell you / do with you isn’t filtered through any subordinates. Sometimes God doesn't answer, because the question is something that you can work out for yourself. Sometimes if you happen to think about something you want to do and God thinks it’s a good idea he / she will set you off on a series of events to make it so. Other times, if you are in a mess he / she will get you out of it with a little sweat equity on your part to remind you not to do it again. Of course, he / she does not come down and say, "Here is your itinerary for the day". Naturally, you can always say no to God because you have "free will" but then again where else can you have a wild, yet interesting ride??

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Deja Vu

I got up today with the horrible thought that everything is always the same but it just seems different because we use different words and phrases to describe things. In other words we are living in a swamp called Deja Vu populated with eventful alligators which sometimes bite us on the proverbial ass just to be mean. Here’s an example. Most of us are going to be parents someday or are parents now, or have been parents. Some of us may never be parents, but will be managers of either our personal lives or maybe even managers of subordinates. Anyway you get the point. Here is a view of the American Election written in parental terms. The United States, God Bless Them, have become accidental parents to the world whether they like it or not. I don’t know how it happened as parenthood is a mysterious happening beyond my simple mind. I’m not very good at history but didn’t previous parenting go like this: Spain in the 1500’s, Britain from about 1600 - 1950 up to the political dissolution of the Commonwealth although Commonwealth membership may still exist??? In fact I seem to recall that the United States was very naughty somewhere in the 1700’s with their fight for independence somewhat along what the Iraqui’s are doing today. The United States probably used the same methods commensurate with the available technology of the 1700’s. I suspect that the British soldier in 1700 wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about going over to America to fight uncivilized natives in awful surroundings when compared to cultured Britain and its’ obvious benefits. In other words I don’t think that people have changed much over the millania. Parents also cannot abandon their children even if you are sick to death of them and they are collectively driving you batty. To continue the analogy doesn’t the child think that his parents are the worst abomination on earth and hopelessly out of touch with reality??? Like it or not, it seems to me in its’ simplest terms President Bush is stuck in the role of the parent and since there is no parenting manual it’s learn on the run and feverently hope for the best or even better yet guess right for the long term. The Kerry / Edwards ticket plays the role of the "parental expert" which has lots of advice, such as Let America be America Again,, do everything faster, quicker, more humane, at least accurately, or even let the children find their own way on their own again. Same old, same old again, the expert providing guidance on something without having any real world hands on experience beyond academia known collequally as the Congress and / or Senate.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Iraq

There seems to be a lot of angst about Iraq and it’s getting to the point where it fair makes one’s head swim in circles. Since I read somewhere that a child looks upon things very simply without a lot of complications here is a little question and answer session between a Daddy and his little child to explain Iraq.
 
Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?
A: Because they had weapons of mass destruction.
Q: But the inspectors didn't find any weapons of mass destruction.
A: That's because the Iraqis were hiding them.
Q: And that's why we invaded Iraq?
A: Yep. Invasions always work better than inspections.
Q: But after we invaded them, we STILL didn't find any weapons of mass destruction, did we?
A: That's because the weapons are so well hidden. Don't worry, we'll find something, probably right before the 2004 election.
Q: Why did Iraq want all those weapons of mass destruction?
A: To use them in a war, silly.
Q: I'm confused. If they had all those weapons that they planned to use in a war, then why didn't they use any of those weapons when we went to war with them?
A: Well, obviously they didn't want anyone to know they had those weapons, so they chose to die by the thousands rather than defend themselves.
Q: That doesn't make sense. Why would they choose to die if they had all those big weapons with which they could have fought back?
A: It's a different culture. It's not supposed to make sense.
Q: I don't know about you, but I don't think they had any of those weapons our government said they did.
A: Well, you know, it doesn't matter whether or not they had those weapons. We had another good reason to invade them anyway.
Q: And what was that?
A: Even if Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was a cruel dictator, which is another good reason to invade another country.
Q: Why? What does a cruel dictator do that makes it OK to invade his country?
A: Well, for one thing, he tortured his own people.
Q: Kind of like what they do in China?
A: Don't go comparing China to Iraq. China is a good economic competitor, where millions of people work for slave wages in sweatshops to make U.S. corporations richer.
Q: So if a country lets its people be exploited for American corporate gain, it's a good country, even if that country tortures people?
A: Right.
Q: Why were people in Iraq being tortured?
A: For political crimes, mostly, like criticizing the government.
People who criticized the government in Iraq were sent to prison and tortured.
Q: Isn't that exactly what happens in China?
A: I told you, China is different.
Q: What's the difference between China and Iraq?
A: Well, for one thing, Iraq was ruled by the Ba'ath party, while China is Communist.
Q: Didn't you once tell me Communists were bad?
A: No, just Cuban Communists are bad.
Q: How are the Cuban Communists bad?
A: Well, for one thing, people who criticize the government in Cuba are sent to prison and tortured.
Q: Like in Iraq?
A: Exactly.
Q: And like in China, too?
A: I told you, China's a good economic competitor. Cuba, on the other hand, is not.
Q: How come Cuba isn't a good economic competitor?
A: Well, you see, back in the early 1960s, our government passed some laws that made it illegal for Americans to trade or do any business with Cuba until they stopped being Communists and started being capitalists like us.
Q: But if we got rid of those laws, opened up trade with Cuba, and started doing business with them, wouldn't that help the Cubans become capitalists?
A: Uh?? Well, anyway, they also don't have freedom of religion in Cuba.
Q: Kind of like China and the Falun Gong movement?
A: I told you, stop saying bad things about China. Anyway, Saddam Hussein came to power through a military coup, so he's not really a legitimate leader anyway.
Q: What's a military coup?
A: That's when a military general takes over the government of a country by force, instead of holding free elections like we do in the United States.
Q: Didn't the ruler of Pakistan come to power by a military coup?
A: You mean General Pervez Musharraf? Uh, yeah, he did, but Pakistan is our friend.
Q: Why is Pakistan our friend if their leader is illegitimate?
A: I never said Pervez Musharraf was illegitimate.
Q: Didn't you just say a military general who comes to power by forcibly overthrowing the legitimate government of a nation is an illegitimate leader?
A: Only Saddam Hussein. Pervez Musharraf is our friend, because he helped us invade Afghanistan.
Q: Why did we invade Afghanistan?
A: Because of what they did to us on September 11th.
Q: What did Afghanistan do to us on September 11th?
A: Well, on September 11th, nineteen men - fifteen of them Saudi Arabians - hijacked four airplanes and flew three of them into buildings in New York and Washington, killing 3,000 innocent people.
Q: So how did Afghanistan figure into all that?
A: Afghanistan was where those bad men trained, under the oppressive rule of the Taliban.
Q: Aren't the Taliban those bad radical Islamics who chopped off people's heads and hands?
A: Yes, that's exactly who they were. Not only did they chop off people's heads and hands, but they oppressed women, too.
Q: Didn't the Bush administration give the Taliban 43 million dollars back in May of 2001?
A: Yes, but that money was a reward because they did such a good job fighting drugs.
Q: Fighting drugs?
A: Yes, the Taliban were very helpful in stopping people from growing opium poppies.
Q: How did they do such a good job?
A: Simple. If people were caught growing opium poppies, the Taliban would have their hands and heads cut off.
Q: So, when the Taliban cut off people's heads and hands for growing flowers, that was OK, but not if they cut people's heads and hands off for other reasons?
A: Yes. It's OK with us if radical Islamic fundamentalists cut off people's hands for growing flowers, but it's cruel if they cut off people's hands for stealing bread.
Q: Don't they also cut off people's hands and heads in Saudi Arabia?
A: That's different. Afghanistan was ruled by a tyrannical patriarchy that oppressed women and forced them to wear burqas whenever they were in public, with death by stoning as the penalty for women who did not comply.
Q: Don't Saudi women have to wear burqas in public, too?
A: No, Saudi women merely wear a traditional Islamic body covering.
Q: What's the difference?
A: The traditional Islamic covering worn by Saudi women is a modest yet fashionable garment that covers all of a woman's body except for her eyes and fingers. The burqa, on the other hand, is an evil tool of patriarchal oppression that covers all of a woman's body except for her eyes and fingers.
Q: It sounds like the same thing with a different name.
A: Now, don't go comparing Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are our friends.
Q: But I thought you said 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11th were from Saudi Arabia.
A: Yes, but they trained in Afghanistan.
Q: Who trained them?
A: A very bad man named Osama bin Laden.
Q: Was he from Afghanistan?
A: Uh, no, he was from Saudi Arabia too. But he was a bad man, a very bad man.
Q: I seem to recall he was our friend once.
A: Only when we helped him and the mujahadeen repel the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan back in the 1980s.
Q: Who are the Soviets? Was that the Evil Communist Empire Ronald Reagan talked about?
A: There are no more Soviets. The Soviet Union broke up in 1990 or thereabouts, and now they have elections and capitalism like us. We call them Russians now.
Q: So the Soviets - I mean, the Russians - are now our friends?
A: Well, not really. You see, they were our friends for many years after they stopped being Soviets, but then they decided not to support our invasion of Iraq, so we're mad at them now. We're also mad at the French and the Germans because they didn't help us invade Iraq either.
Q: So the French and Germans are evil, too?
A: Not exactly evil, but just bad enough that we had to rename French fries and French toast to Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.
Q: Do we always rename foods whenever another country doesn't do what we want them to do?
A: No, we just do that to our friends. Our enemies, we invade.
Q: But wasn't Iraq one of our friends back in the 1980s?
A: Well, yeah. For a while.
Q: Was Saddam Hussein ruler of Iraq back then?
A: Yes, but at the time he was fighting against Iran, which made him our friend, temporarily.
Q: Why did that make him our friend?
A: Because at that time, Iran was our enemy.
Q: Isn't that when he gassed the Kurds?
A: Yeah, but since he was fighting against Iran at the time, we looked the other way, to show him we were his friend.
Q: So anyone who fights against one of our enemies automatically becomes our friend?
A: Most of the time, yes.
Q: And anyone who fights against one of our friends is automatically an enemy?
A: Sometimes that's true, too. However, if American corporations can profit by selling weapons to both sides at the same time, all the better.
Q: Why?
A: Because war is good for the economy, which means war is good for America. Also, since God is on America's side, anyone who opposes war is a godless un-American Communist. Do you understand now why we attacked Iraq?
Q: I think so. We attacked them because God wanted us to, right?
A: Yes.
Q: But how did we know God wanted us to attack Iraq?
A: Well, you see, God personally speaks to the American Administration and tells them what to do.
Q: So basically, what you're saying is that we attacked Iraq because the American Administration hears voices.
A: Yes! Democracy listens!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

True Love

True love is selfless love. Without interfering with anyone’s beliefs, culture, etc. the only person that can give you true selfless love is God because he / she is the only one who is 100% "soul". All you have to do is ask !! Selfless love won’t cost you a thing but after awhile you might get the urge to pass it on. If this urge should occur God might ask you to do something for him / her . He / she may not tell you outright but, hey, a little sweat equity into something worthwhile is not a bad thing. The rest of us mortals, are part "soul" and part three dimensional occupants of a 3 dimensional world which is basically deteriorating over time. Since everything is deteriorating then sometimes we fall short of selfless love because of aches, pains, tiredness, disease etc. and unexpected events that may plague us out of nowhere. Thus when the rubber hits the road "Love for a man / woman means tolerance and patience ,just like to a little child" .

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Relationships

I have been reading a lot of blogs and most of them seem to concern relationships. One of the major problems seems to be how do you know if a relationship is going anywhere? Well, if a young lady hears any one of, or multiples of the following from a gentleman than there is room for serious doubts:

1) I love you.
2) I won't do anything to hurt you.
3) I respect you.
4) I like spending time with you.
5) I'm not seeing anyone else.
6) I wouldn’t / won't lie to you.
7) I've been checked (for name your poison) and I'm clean.
8) I have never cheated on anyone.
9) I’m always sincere.
10) I’ve never known anyone like you.

These are obviously comic book responses from an acquaintance / friend that has other things on his mind. On the other side of the fence if a young lady says "Let's Be Friends" the young gentleman has just been hit by an euphemism which means "Go away as fast as possible without causing any social bloodshed and preferably before my friends realize I made a mistake."

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Interpretation

One nice thing about blogging is that you learn things that you might not have otherwise learned. For instance, I always assumed that when interpreters signed for deaf people they literally translated what was being said word by word. T’ain’t necessarily so. It seems that deaf students, just like the hearing students, need to use their eyes for visual communication clues in order to accurately interpret what is being said. Deaf sign language in North America, is not the same language as BSL in Britain or Auslan in Australia. All three sign systems developed independently with different lexicons, grammars and syntax’s. When hearing people see interpreters communicating ASL messages into English and vice versa, they get the impression that the interpreters are literally translating both languages word for word, but what they are really doing is not translation, it’s interpretation. The difference being that the interpreters must rearrange word order, delete words that don’t add meaning, and add words that do add meaning. Interpretation is a judgment call in many cases, and as such, is more of an art than a science. Here is an example:

English Sentence:

In any language of a particular group, everyone agrees upon and follows the same social rules, and agrees upon common rules for their language so the entire group can communicate.

Here's the ASL version:

Language that for people one group same together, each other social understand same rule share. People one group together polite agree same, all same way agree proper with language for same rule all share communication.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

People

We all live in an universe where things naturally deteriorate over time. Most people, unless they have horseshoes, lead ordinary lives with only a variation on the details. People are predominately insecure creatures. That’s why they want to dress, think the same, and belong to organizations that have their "values". The trick for success is to become an independent thinker and to look for opportunities that the ordinary person misses or ignores because of their in built lack of confidence.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Novels In A Nutshell

Successful novels seem to be based on the 3 essential ingredients of story, relationships and objectives.The story is what you want to do with the characters, events, and changing circumstances to make it interesting for the reader. Relationships are about how the characters relate to their acquaintances, friends and soulmates and the events that come between them. Objectives involve the resolution to the following questions:

1. We always want what we can't have.
2. We always dream of what we can't have.
3. We're always attracted to the ones that don't want us.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

If You Were God

If you were God for the sake of argument and you knew that the top 1/6th of humanity was controlling the other 5/6th ‘s of humanity including the 4/6th ‘s of humanity consisting of the Middle Class through the use of economics, organized religion, and opinion what would you do to break the monopoly?? Why not let everyone deal direct?? Let’s see. If we are made in the "image" of God then the reverse is also true that God is the same as our "image". Thus it follows that our relationship to God is no worse or better than a relationship to any living, dynamic and wildly creative person. There is nothing that prevents us from having God as a personal friend and to talk to him / her directly without intermediaries. If you want to take it a step further and give God first "dibs" just remember it doesn't automatically mean a nice house, riches, and lots of "neat" friends. It also means that you might be called upon to put some sweat equity into the relationship through the use of your brain with a lot of hard thinking and questioning. God also thinks long term well past your lifetime so it doesn't necessarily mean you will know what part you played in God’s drama. This is the basis of "faith" because you can’t see the future and you are dependent on someone that doesn’t necessarily tell you what is going on. Anyone for a wild yet interesting ride??

Sunday, June 27, 2004

How Was This Universe Designed??

Have you ever wondered how this universe was designed? By how I don’t mean by whom, whether you believe in the Fickle Finger of Fate, a God or other Being compatable with your religious beliefs / culture / whatever or even the workings of chance. First of all, you don’t want to go to a lot of work and you want something that is as simple as possible, essentially maintenance free, yet able to evolve on its’ own. If you want randomness or chance you don’t want everything to wander off willy nilly. Randomness means that you have to have some sort of an attractor which limits the effects of randomness. It would also help if this basic building block applied to inanimate things, living inhabitants and random events to keep the universe interesting but not maintenance intense as far as system repairs are concerned.
Here is a possible design:

Line, Plate or Plane: Everything would rest on a line, plate, or plane. See Planet Theory, String Theory, Quantum Theory, Calculus based on taking mathematical "slices" of something as examples.

Constituents: Constituents are inanimate things such as a car, house, etc., living things including ourselves, and events which can be either random as in happened out of nowhere or planned such as next month’s vacation.

Time: Time provides randomness. See Stephen Hawking’s Book on Time. Time flows outward and is powered by energy which is taken from the inanimate and living occupants of this universe including the presence of events whether planned or unplanned. This taking of energy from the occupants and events causes the universe to deteriorate or be chaos driven. This is why everyone gets older and inanimate objects deteriorate. Events such as marriages deteriorate, business plans change, projects change etc.. Time moving forward in only one direction causes things to start randomly, run for random lengths of time and to stop at a random time. That is why it is difficult to "time" the market, market cycles, or even project the future based on extrapolating from present events.

Attractor: The Attractor limits the effects of randomness. This particular universe is based on the number 3 or alternately this universe is brought to you by the number 3. The number 3 is this universe’s attractor. This universe contains the previous universes numbered 0, 1, 2. Universe 0 is a point or a singularity. Universe 1 is a line. Universe 2 is length and width. Universe 3 contains length, width, and height. The 4th dimension Time is the randomizer for universes 0, 1, 2, and 3 . Universe 3 contains the preceding 0, 1st and 2nd dimensions. Anything in the first 3 dimensions is contained in the 3rd. This is why our most common useful fractions are combinations of our 3 dimensions. For example ½ , 1/3rd , 2/3rd ‘s and the concept of 0 is significant in mathematics.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Management Tectonics

If we imagine that a management problem is similar to a tectonic plate floating around on a sea of liquid unknowns similar to a tectonic plate holding the continent, people, and their ideas then what ideas should be on the tectonic plate in order to solve any problem??

Here are the ideas:

1. Define the problem beyond motherhood statements.
2. What exactly needs to be done in precisely stated points?
3. Is what exactly needs to be done in harmony with what is right for the business?
4. What is the action plan in terms of a stated series of steps.
5. Who carries the can in terms of the decisions to be made as circumstances change?
6. Remember that the world in which we live is chaos driven so plans have to be capable of alteration to deal with unforeseen events.
7. Who carries the communication can?
8. Circumstances may change, so stay alert for opportunities that might arise because of the problem.
9. For problem ownership think "we" instead of "I".

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

To America

You're the only country that can keep the baddies away from everyone's door. Yeah, I know the rest of us probably make you feel that you're unappreciated but hey you're only being treated like an older brother. Everyone likes to complain, criticize, offer suggestions, and generally second guess as well as playing Monday morning quarter back. When push comes to shove and if most of us who are reasonably sane want to stay alive the first thing we want to know is "Where is our older brother??"

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

How Blogging Just Might Save The World

There is a possibility that Blogging might just save the world. If you take a look at the old Bell Curve and divide it into thirds you will find that about 2/3rd of the area is in the middle and about 1/6th of the area is at either end. Our "betters" occupy the top 1/6th . The bottom 1/6th are those people that are worse off than the middle 2/3rd for a variety of reasons which won’t be discussed in this blog. The middle 2/3rd is the fabled middle class which everyone likes to talk about. The chief function of the top 1/6th is to control the middle class through economics, organized religion, and opinion. Economics, organized religion and opinion are The Gang of 3 a natural grouping which I alluded to in my Blog "Our Universe Is Brought To You By The Number 3". I’ll leave economics and organized religion out of this blog and discuss "opinion". Classical "opinion" is brought to you by those who control the media through economics and their employees that have the ability to write, the willingness to met their "mark" on cue, and the coherent thinking to fill the allotted column space. (Gang of 3 again). The media which brings the "message" has a limited circulation. Effective Communication is influenced by 3 things if we ignore the mechanics of communication for this blog. The old Gang of 3 consists of eyeballing, qualification, and the groupie syndrome.

Eyeballing:

99% of our initial information is concerned with eyeballing. The "buff" boy on the street, the girl with "Je ne sais quoi", the well dressed man / woman ---- Anyway you get the picture.

Qualifications: Why should I listen to you if you are not equivalent to me???

Groupie: Why should I listen to you if you are not part of my (interest) group, occupation, social class etc.???

Enter Blogging !!! Blogging doesn’t have to reveal anything about you other than what can be gleaned through your use of the written language. Hence no eyeball problems. Qualifications are only revealed vicariously through what I write. Groupie?? Who can tell?? If I’m reasonable clever I can duplicate the patois of any generation. Blogging is economically cheap, only the cost of a connection. Blogging means I don’t have to toe any "mark" on cue providing I have the minimal acceptable social writing graces. Blogging is world wide. Blogging is interactive. I can personally comment on anything written by people or even contact them directly or even (heavens to Betsey) tell them they are off the mark or on the mark.

What Might You Accidentally Learn:

1. People all come from the same Template with the same wants, desires, opinions, ideas, hope tailored to their own culture, environment etc..
2. It is awfully hard to get mad at someone you "like."
3. The upper 1/6th treat us like mushrooms. You know keep the middle 2/3rd in the dark and feed us B.S..





Saturday, June 12, 2004

Template Management

In my blog "Who Designed This Place Etc..???" I made a passing reference to how our universe rests on a variety of Templates similar to the Tectonic Plates which carry various parts of the earth’s surface whether it be land or ocean.

Here are the fundamentals to keep in mind for designing your own personal Management Template:

1. First you try motivating your subordinates / children by threats. This is the most cost effective approach in terms of dollars spent. Your working career is assured. If properly done, upper management will applaud your devotion to the bottom line. If children are involved you can apply your devotion to their bottom line.

2. If this is ineffective then you complain to your "peer" group that your workers aren’t motivated in spite of your "best" efforts. A sincere demeanor is a prerequisite at this stage for maximum effectiveness.

3. If nothing is happening in spite of 1 and 2, try motivating them artificially by bribing them with cash. For maximum effectiveness have the specific tasks performance based.

4. If the workers do the work your response is to complain that you have to pay them. Be sure to notify your "peer" group that your subordinates / children are not self motivated.

5. If circumstances beyond your control force you to pay them then complain about their performance standard. Be
sure to emphasize in spite of your personal "standards" you are paying them out of the goodness of your heart. It will endear you to upper Management as a "caring" professional. It will also "screw" your subordinates out of any chance of career advancement. If you are a parent everyone will want to emulate your techniques. If you are really on the ball you can appear on TV as an authority on "How To Raise Hellions". This will also "screw" your children out of any chances to make friends or be successful in a structured environment.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Ironic Life

Life is a series of ironies if you think about it. Isn't life based on starting at the bottom if you are not born through a "C" section?? You start out in a cold, wet atmosphere (womb) and then are injected into a world (birth) where you immediately take your chances (rich, poor, indifferent). You accumulate like mad (up the old Bell Curve) over the top (kids on own, lots of money, traveling) down the other side of the Bell Curve ( retirement, sickness, reducing resources) and finally out the door (death) without showing anything for it (can’t take it with you). Then you go off to be judged (if you believe in the hereafter) and have nothing to show for it (can’t take anything physical with you).

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Our Universe Is Brought To You By The Number 3

I don’t know if you are familiar with Sesame Street, however, at the beginning of the program the Count said that "This Program Is Being Brought to you By the Number (fill in the blank). It suddenly occurred to me that the Universe in which we live is brought to us by the number 3. I realize this statement only applies if you don’t believe in God or alternately whatever your religion / culture / beliefs call the higher force / being / whatever. We have 3 dimensions, length, width and height. Three strikes and you’re out. Things, good or bad, usually happen in 3’s. Most discussions have 3 major points. Traffic lights usually have 3 lights, red for stop, yellow for caution and green for go. You are usually given 3 chances to accomplish something. Most people can only remember 3 things on a list. The triangle, consisting of 3 sides is the strongest form of construction. The people you know in your life can be classified as acquaintances, friends and soulmates. If you organize a speech, tell them what you are going to say, say it and tell them what you said. If you think about your life, there are probable many more examples. Anyway you get the basic idea.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Who Designed This Place Etc..???

We are Bloggers from all over the world from different cultures, beliefs, life experiences and a whole lot of other "whatevers". I’m not so much interested in whether or not who has the "better" culture, belief, life experiences or "whatever" but rather how did "whatever" design this place?? I mean when we drink water it is always water and never water one day and acid the next day. If you were to design a world for the sake of argument wouldn’t it be easier to design it from one basic template and then introduce a randomizing factor so everything is "different" at first glance? I thought it would be a neat idea to explore this idea and in future Blogs I intend to do it. Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Love

What is love? When we are young love is a 3 dimensional experience which is generally defined in terms of what we can see in 3 dimensions such as a gorgeous body, a smart car, or a good job. True and lasting love involves your soul which may be an entirely different kettle of fish when compared to a 3 dimensional body you occupy for a relatively limited time. Love is a marriage of one soul with another soul or in short a soulmate. There are 3 kinds of relationships. The first one is acquaintances who are people that you have met but have never graduated to become friends. Friends are obvious but what is the difference between a very good friend and a soulmate? Obviously you will do a lot of the same things for a friend that you will do for a soulmate so where’s the difference? To keep it simple the "tingle" for lack of a better word. If you can find someone that you want to be with through thick and thin and someone who has "Je ne sais pas quoi" then it is likely you have someone who is a little more than at the high end of your "friends" spectrum and hence a soulmate.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

The Law Of Threes and Discussions

Think of a discussion as dividing a Bell Curve into three parts. The middle 1/3rd is where all the reasonable pro and con intellectual points for your discussion are situated. The top 1/3rd is where the extreme exceptions to your reasoned points lie and the bottom 1/3rd is where all the personalized slagging points lie if the middle and top 1/3rds can't help you. Most discussions start out in the middle 1/3rd of the Bell Curve with each side taking a pro or con position. When that well runs dry you move into the upper 1/3rd with the pro and cons taking the extreme examples to prove their pro or con argument. If that fails and the pro and con positions become hardened you then move into the bottom 1/3rd. Here the personalized summations of the other debaters character are discussed. If that fails try to get the other person off topic. If all else fails walk away or turn of the "anonymous" section of your Blog.

Friday, May 28, 2004

The Law Of Threes

I am developing a theory called The Law Of Threes which essentially states that everything including events tries to stabilize around the prime number 3. The "prime" stability number 3 forms a natural triangle attractor within our four dimensional universe . For instance, usually 3 well known people die in sequence over a short span of time. If you have something relatively disconcerting happen in your life it generally ends up being 3 things in a row. The 3 sided triangle is the strongest structure and is used to construct a geodesic dome. For the mathematically inclined EXP(1) = 2.718281828) and Pi (3.141592654)are close to the number 3 to one "significant" digit. If you are presenting an argument or making a speech it is usually 3 major points. If you make a speech there are 3 sections: Tell them what you are going to say, Say it, Tell them what you just said.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Politicians

Most people, including future politicians, start out in life with a simple desire to do their own thing without harming anyone. If you become successful at doing your own thing through no fault of your own the next step is to help the less fortunate realize their own dreams. Now the fun starts. Where can you do the most good? Here you are with high ideals and a genuine belief that you can improve the world. If you don’t have any professional "do gooder" skills the easiest thing is to become a politician. Your first chore is to get elected yet how are you going to do it without compromising your ideals? You have to appeal to each and every voter in order to reach a critical mass yet every person is uniquely different. If you start out tailoring your message to the needs of each and every individual the media say you are suffering from "mixed message syndrome". You then realize that the "KISS" principle is really necessary but what are the "flavors" that will appeal to most voters? Usually it is lower taxes and increased benefits which are economically at opposite ends of the old teeter totter. The result? Goodbye ideals and dreams. Hello cynicism.