Sunday, March 31, 2013

And Whether Pigs Have Wings



Through the Looking Glass has been a long time favorite of yours truly for years. From Butterflies to the Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll's book is a treasure trove of the nonsensical and wise, concepts most dear to this writer's heart but, as usual, this piece is not about Through the Looking Glass per se but rather about the collusion of government with Wall Street banks and big corporations in creating a nation state that is beginning to resemble  the Fascist model as seen in Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany.

Note: This is but a tiny sampling of the move toward Fascism where inequality rules. 




  • Patenting genes - to date, more then 40,000 + genes have been patented, something BRT talked about in Reducto ad Absurduma piece asking if any company has the right to patent DNA, the double helix construct found in every living thing on planet earth.


  • The XL Pipeline - the dirtiest fuel on earth, will make it way to Texas for export in order to prop up oil prices because big oil holds our nation hostage while countries like Germany move toward solar and renewables at warp speed (50%) while the US lags behind at less then 2%. 
  • 6 companies control 90% of news in America. Question, do you think extremely well paid "reporters" working for the big 6 are going to rock the boat and tell the truth about what's going on in America?
  • Stupidity - Stupid and unaware people (37% & counting) are letting this slow descent into fascism happen by being functionally and intellectually illiterate  If one does not know what's going on, the ability of government to deceive one becomes eminently doable.
  • Surveillance 24/7 - From the NSA to the FBI, we are being watched without our permission.
  • Global corporate control of finance is Network writ large,  a world controlled by the banks and the corporations who serve them 24/7. 

Any Questions?





Early Spring



Early Spring, the harbinger of things to come, is the time the earth wakes up, ready to put forth new life into the world. Recycling to the max, it's a good time to be alive. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Irreplaceability


PHD Comics rocks as seen by the terrific graphic seen above as this is what yours truly is going through regarding a provisional patent I wrote, (which passed muster) because once some fool knows the drill, then the irreplaceability equation no longer equates.


Projecting Mapping to the Max


from a dandypunk on Vimeo.


Have to put this up. Outrageous video using computers, lasers and light. Outrageous to the max.


The Art of Invention :)


Yours Truly is back from building databases and solving the world's problems, this time with a riff on Rube Goldberg and why Rube's unique approach to design applies to government in ways that can't be made up. For starters, the F 35, the multi trillion dollar fubar unable to fly through clouds. 








And we haven't even discussed healthcare, the siloed, proprietary and closed system operating totally outside of the net, complexified beyond belief, a system that will never, ever work as intended as long as the environment remains as uncompetitive and closed as it truly is.

Taxes, 20,000 pages and counting, the most complex document on earth, keeps metastasizing every month, only accessible to the upper 1/10th of 1% and big corporations able to grease the system by paying top dollar to minions to enable the GEs of the world to pay no taxes. 


And the beat goes on. :)



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Life, Anyone?


It seems life may be more plentiful then previously thought as researchers are expanding the Goldilocks zone for planets, to whit...



As for Mars, it looks like it could have supported life without question. 



In the Sheepbed image on the right, these very fine-grained sediments represent the record of an ancient habitable environment. The Sheepbed sediments were likely deposited under water. Scientists think the water cemented the sediments, and also formed the concretions. The rock was then fractured and filled with sulfate minerals when water flowed through subsurface fracture networks (white lines running through rock). Data from several instruments on Curiosity -- the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer, the Chemistry and Camera instrument, the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument, the Mars Hand Lens Imager, the Mast Camera, and the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument -- all support these interpretations. They indicate a habitable environment characterized by neutral pH, chemical gradients that would have created energy for microbes, and a distinctly low salinity, which would have helped metabolism if microorganisms had ever been present. 

It gets better.

Scientists were surprised to find a mixture of oxidized, less-oxidized, and even non-oxidized chemicals, providing an energy gradient of the sort many microbes on Earth exploit to live. This partial oxidation was first hinted at when the drill cuttings were revealed to be gray rather than red.

Me thinks, "Something's afoot" - Sherlock Holmes

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gradients



In every case, nature abhors gradients as she is wont to make connections to everything as seamless as possible and late winter storms proves this in indirect fashion as snow softens the contours of everything it touches, something readily seen in this short clip of the same name. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Nutritious Value of Food


As a follow up to the wonderful animation What It... , the hilarious piece depicting the impact of fast food on African wildlife, comes the news NuVal is generating in evaluating the nutritious value of food, something the process food giants are apoplectic about and for good reason.












Pushback from the public regarding corporate control over our lives in terms of the harm it has caused, particularly regarding processed food and the deleterious impact it has had on our health, is finally starting to happen and it's about time. 

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Saturday, March 02, 2013

By Moonlight


Moonlight, the myth of madness and werewolves also presents some pretty interesting images as shadows issue forth with astounding clarity and the look is something different thanks to the inherent coolness of the light source itself. Enjoy.


Friday, March 01, 2013

A Need to Know


A definite need to know from a company knowing why there is a need to know. :)