COSMOTE WiFi Calling: Σήμα και στα πιο δύσκολα σημεία        

Δελτίο Τύπου:

Σήμα και στα πιο δύσκολα σημεία απολαμβάνουν πρώτοι οι συνδρομητές COSMOTE κινητής με τη νέα, καινοτόμο υπηρεσία COSMOTE WiFi Calling.

Χωρίς καμία επιπλέον χρέωση, οι πελάτες COSMOTE 4G θα μπορούν να πραγματοποιούν και να δέχονται κλήσεις και SMS μέσα από το κινητό τους τηλέφωνο ακόμα και όταν το σήμα τους είναι ασθενές, αρκεί να βρίσκονται στην εμβέλεια οποιουδήποτε δικτύου WiFi, στο οποίο έχουν πρόσβαση. Η μετάβαση από το δίκτυο κινητής 4G στο δίκτυο WiFi γίνεται αυτόματα, ανεξάρτητα από τον πάροχο και τον κάτοχο του δικτύου WiFi.

«Θέλουμε να κάνουμε την καθημερινότητα των πελατών μας ευκολότερη με την τεχνολογία. Να απολαμβάνουν πρώτοι καινοτόμες υπηρεσίες που καλύπτουν τις ανάγκες τους. Με τη νέα υπηρεσία COSMOTE WiFi Calling αξιοποιούμε την υψηλή τεχνολογία για να επεκτείνουμε πρακτικά την κάλυψη του δικτύου COSMOTE κινητής όπου υπάρχει διαθέσιμο WiFi. Φροντίζουμε ώστε οι συνδρομητές μας να μη χάσουν ούτε μία κλήση, ακόμα και εάν βρίσκονται σε κλειστό, εσωτερικό χώρο με περιορισμένο σήμα 4G. Έτσι προσφέρουμε επιπλέον αξία στην επικοινωνία τους», δήλωσε σχετικά ο Chief Commercial Officer Consumer Segment Ομίλου ΟΤΕ, κ. Κώστας Νεμπής.

Η υπηρεσία θα είναι αρχικά διαθέσιμη για συσκευές Samsung Galaxy S7 & Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge σε πελάτες συμβολαίου. Σύντομα, θα επεκταθεί σε ακόμη περισσότερες συσκευές και συνδρομητές. Περισσότερες πληροφορίες, στο www.cosmote.gr.

Το COSMOTE WiFi Calling ενσωματώνει τις τεχνολογίες Voice over WiFi και Voice over LTE και μαζί όλα τα οφέλη της IP τηλεφωνίας μέσω κινητού δικτύου. Οι τεχνολογίες αυτές προσφέρουν, μεταξύ άλλων, ταχύτερη επικοινωνία, καλύτερη ποιότητα ήχου και μείωση κατανάλωσης ενέργειας της μπαταρίας.
          Î¤Î—ΛΕΓΝΟΥΣ: Ο «Τειρεσίας» της κινητής μόλις ξεκίνησε. Πώς μπαίνεις και πώς βγαίνεις από την black list        

Το σενάριο γνωστό και επαναλαμβανόμενο. Χρήστες υπηρεσιών κινητής τηλεφωνίας “φέσωναν” τις εταιρείες και προχωρούσαν ακάθεκτοι προς τον επόμενο πάροχο. Όλα αυτά από σήμερα τέλος καθώς παίρνει μπροστά ο “Τηλεγνούς“, φορέας αντίστοιχος με το ‘Τειρεσία” που πιάνει στην τσιμπίδα του τους ασυνεπείς στις τραπεζικές συναλλαγές.

Ο Τηλεγνούς που συμμετέχουν με ισόποσα μερίδια Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind και Cyta ξεκινάει την λειτουργία του μετά από την θετική γνωμοδότηση της Αρχής Προστασίας Δεδομένων Προσωπικού Χαρακτήρα. Σκοπός του είναι η σύσταση και λειτουργία κοινού αρχείου με δεδομένα οικονομικής συμπεριφοράς συνδρομητών – πελατών (φυσικών ή νομικών προσώπων) των εταιρειών κινητών επικοινωνιών.

Πηγές των δεδομένων και αποδέκτες της πληροφορίας που θα προκύπτει από το αρχείο θα είναι αποκλειστικά οι εταιρείες κινητών επικοινωνιών, που εκάστοτε συμμετέχουν στο φορέα.

Όπως αναφέρεται, δύο είναι τα κριτήρια για την ένταξη κάποιου στον Τηλεγνού:

1. Οφειλή ίση ή μεγαλύτερη των διακοσίων ευρώ, η οποία έχει καταστεί ληξιπρόθεσμη για πάνω από ενενήντα ημέρες.
2. Ληξιπρόθεσμη οφειλή συνεπεία μη πληρωμής κανενός λογαριασμού και αποσύνδεση ή μεταφορά σε άλλο δίκτυο μέσω φορητότητας. Εδώ θα πρέπει να διευκρινισθεί ότι ληξιπρόθεσμη καθίσταται η οφειλή που παραμένει μετά την παρέλευση τριάντα ημερών από την ημερομηνία έκδοσης του λογαριασμού χρέωσης που αναγράφεται επ΄αυτού.

Πόσο εύκολο είναι τώρα να βγει κάποιος από το αρχείο δεδομένων οικονομικής συμπεριφοράς που διατηρεί η Τηλεγνούς;
Με την τακτοποίηση της ληξιπρόθεσμης οφειλής στην εκάστοτε εταιρεία κινητών επικοινωνιών, η εταιρεία διαγράφει άμεσα την εγγραφή από το αρχείο της Τηλεγνούς.
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          COSMOTE: Wi-Fi σε 20 αρχαιολογικούς χώρους σε όλη την Ελλάδα        

Δελτίο Τύπου:
Το Ακρωτήρι Σαντορίνης, οι Δελφοί και η Δήλος προστίθενται φέτος το καλοκαίρι στους αρχαιολογικούς χώρους με πρόσβαση σε δίκτυο Wi-Fi από την COSMOTE σε συνεργασία με το Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού. Συνολικά, 20 από τους μεγαλύτερους αρχαιολογικούς χώρους και μουσεία της Ελλάδας, που έχουν επιλεγεί από το υπουργείο βάσει κριτηρίων σπουδαιότητας και επισκεψιμότητας, θα αποκτήσουν σταδιακά πρόσβαση σε προηγμένες ευρυζωνικές υπηρεσίες από την COSMOTE. Με αυτό τον τρόπο, θα μπορούν να αναπτύξουν νέους διαδραστικούς τρόπους ξενάγησης και παρουσίασης των εκθεμάτων τους, αλλά και να αφηγηθούν την ιστορία της χώρας μας, με σύγχρονο τρόπο.

Πρόκειται για μία συνολική επένδυση άνω των €2 εκατ. της COSMOTE, που στόχο έχει να αναδείξει την ελληνική πολιτιστική κληρονομιά με τη δύναμη της τεχνολογίας. Το έργο περιλαμβάνει τη μελέτη, τον σχεδιασμό και την ανάπτυξη υποδομών ασύρματου δικτύου σε επιλεγμένα από το Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού σημεία, την προμήθεια του αναγκαίου εξοπλισμού, τη λειτουργία και συντήρηση των δικτύων, αλλά και την δωρεάν παροχή των υπηρεσιών ασύρματου Wi Fi internet για τρία χρόνια.

Ήδη, πρόσβαση σε Wi-Fi υπάρχει στο Βυζαντινό και Χριστιανικό Μουσείο της Αθήνας και το Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο της Μεσαιωνικής πόλης της Ρόδου, ενώ επόμενος προορισμός της COSMOTE, είναι η Ακρόπολη Αθηνών. Έχουν προγραμματιστεί να ακολουθήσουν επίσης οι Αρχαιολογικοί χώροι στην Κνωσό και το Σούνιο, οι Βασιλικοί Τάφοι Αιγών (Βεργίνα), το Εθνικό και Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο, η Αρχαία Ολυμπία, τα Αρχαιολογικά Μουσεία Ηρακλείου και Θεσσαλονίκης, η Ακρόπολη Λίνδου, η Αρχαία Επίδαυρος, η Ακρόπολη Μυκηνών, η Σπιναλόγκα, το Μουσείο Βυζαντινού Πολιτισμού, η Αρχαία Δωδώνη και η Αρχαία Κόρινθος.

          COLABORADORES        



Mitzin Cuéllar García nació el 29 de noviembre de 1985, niña precoz con intereses en la lectura y los colores, siempre inventiva y traviesa demostró predilección por las imágenes a muy corta edad. En 1996 participó en la convocatoria “Vida y Obra de Carlos Pellicer”(lanzada por el museo de Tepoztlán, Morelos ) donde obtuvo el segundo lugar en la categoría de dibujo.
En 2004 tomó talleres de pintura y expresión plástica, con el pintor Eduardo Robles (Profesor de dibujo en “La Esmeralda”).

Sus raíces Jalicienses, la cercanía con el Distrito Federal y el marcado ambiente cosmopolita de Tepoztlán, Morelos, (donde vivió la mayor parte del tiempo) le proporcionaron destreza inventiva y una tendencia rebelde y original, tanto para el dibujo como para el diseño.
Del 2001 al 2003 participa en el grupo de poesía “La oveja negra” donde se ejercían tertulias literarias y lecturas de grandes escritores como Augusto Monterroso (de donde el grupo obtiene el nombre), y redacciones y poemas escritos por los integrantes, bajo la tutela de Malena.
A mediados del 2003 y hasta el año 2004 labora para López Orfebres, de manera permanente en el área de ventas y eventualmente tanto en el taller de fabricación de las joyas como en el montaje de exhibiciones y desfiles donde coordinaba los eventos y de ser necesario participaba como modelo. Aquí adquiere conocimiento sobre relaciones públicas, y en el ámbito estético se relaciona por primera vez con la pedrería y la plata, así como en el diseño de bolsas y chalinas.
En el 2004 inicia la carrera de diseño industrial, y a la par se crea un proyecto propio llamado “Aerografílicos”, también en Tepoztlán, donde se realizaban playeras de diseños propios y del artista plástico y diseñador Ian Attie Sánchez, principalmente en las técnicas de aerografía y serigrafía. El proyecto le proporciona a Mitzin conocimiento de las técnicas y experimentación de su creatividad.
En 2006, colaboró como asistente del fotógrafo Víctor Benítez, en el Estudio G130, ahí se capturan reproducciones de artistas plásticos como el célebre escultor Javier Marín y el finado Juan Soriano; y obras arquitectónicas de reconocidos creadores como Nogal y Artigas, entre otros.

A mediados del 2007 inicia la colaboración creativa en el diseño de producción para Facto Teatro en el proyecto "Panteón de Fiesta" de donde surgen distintas propuestas para la marca Mexiqueño, culminando en la línea de productos “Mictlancito”.

En 2008 , gracias al diseño del marco principal se otorga al proyecto una beca por parte de Jim Henson Foundation de N.Y. EUA, como apoyo para la producción.
La obra se estrena en “The Music Center of Los Angeles Country”.

En Marzo del 2009 la obra se presenta en el festival “Titerías de la Ciudad de México”.
En Mayo del 2009 participa en el “Festival de Títeres de Paris” y en Junio del mismo año se presentan en “La Puntual”, en Barcelona, España.

En Septiembre del 2008 culmina la carrera de Diseño Industrial.

En Febrero del 2009 comienza a participar con la fabricación de títeres para TV Educativa de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, diseñando y fabricando la mascota oficial de rectoría general y a Chiko, personajes creados para la “Coordinación de Vinculación” de la Institución.

Actualmente labora en Mexiqueño como creadora y directora general de la marca, y trabaja en colaboración con el Departamento de Métodos y Sistemas de la División de Ciencias y Artes para el Diseño, en la UAM-X, investigando, experimentando y proponiendo diseño con fibras, pigmentos y aglutinantes naturales.

          COLCIENCIAS ¿PROMOTORA O TRABA?: CIENCIA A LA COLOMBIANA...        
¿Ciencia a la Colombiana? Este es un artículo que va en contra de la corriente actual, de alguna manera podrán decir que estoy en contra de la "ciencia" lo que me parece en cierto sentido excelente. Hace pocos días se desató el escándalo de que le iban a quitar plata a Colciencias. Para mí fue motivo de decepción: ¡Deberían cerrarla! Si yo fuera presidente lo primero que cerraría sería Colciencias y eso que es complicado dado como se comporta la academia actual, deseo que eso pase, que cierren a Colciencias... no ser presidente.

¿Qué ha pasado? La verdad hay un exceso de noticias que impiden afirmar científicamente qué fue lo que pasó. Hay dos hechos que creo claros: 

1. "La directora de COLCIENCIAS dijo que iban a quitarles presupuesto"
2. "La directora de COLCIENCIAS dejó su cargo a los pocos días"

COL CIENCIA... RAZONAMIENTO INDUCTIVO A LA COLOMBIANA...
¿Qué pasó realmente? ¿Cómo se supo la "noticia" difundida como escándalo nacional? Lo primero que genera inquietud es ¿cómo sabía la directora que les iban a quitar presupuesto? ¿Le escribieron el ministro o el presidente? De acuerdo con un artículo de "El Tiempo" (al que hay que leer a favor de Colciencias por el sesgo a favor del presidente) http://www.eltiempo.com/estilo-de-vida/ciencia/colciencias-recibira-menos-presupuesto-en-el-2015/14203881 manifestó que recibió un correo de su director de planeación, es decir, un funcionario de ella. ¿Y ese funcionario de dónde la recibió? El confuso artículo del periódico El Tiempo menciona al Departamento Nacional de Planeación. Esa mención parece una "Colcienciada..." es decir una imprecisión de tipo periodístico como se da en Colombia. Pero ¿y si viniera del DNP? Si uno mira las funciones del DNP frente al presupuesto sus funciones son más de carácter burocrático y asesor que realmente quien elabora el presupuesto https://www.dnp.gov.co/Qui%C3%A9nesSomos/Funciones.aspx . Por su parte, quien realmente elabora y sigue el presupuesto, por tener la misión de la política fiscal y la definición del gasto público es el Ministerio de Hacienda http://www.minhacienda.gov.co/HomeMinhacienda/presupuestogeneraldelanacion. 

¿Entonces era información veraz con la que se basaba la directora de Colciencias? Es factible que la información fuera veraz. ¿Y cómo lo comprueba? Pero no es una información que uno pueda tomar como concluyente.  Lo sería si hubiera conocido el proyecto de ley del presupuesto presentado al congreso, ni siquiera un borrador permitiría una inferencia que "les quitaron el presupuesto". Solamente podría hablarse de una intención. Pero releamos las palabras: "Voy a dar la mala noticia que me acaba de llegar en un correo. Me dice mi jefe de Planeación: 'Directora, le mando la confirmación del presupuesto del año entrante, que es 289.000 millones de pesos. Estamos ya a 125.000 millones del presupuesto del año pasado". Pero bueno esa es la ciencia a la colombiana, una declaración no confirmada de una funcionaria -con autoridad de dirigir la "ciencia colombiana"- da para que toda una academia proteste porque "le van a bajar el presupuesto a Colciencias". 

Pero bueno ese es el ridículo argumento de autoridad -no verdaderamente científico- por el que la "academia" reconoce un hecho probado: le van a disminuir el presupuesto a "Colciencias". Ni el más formalista, ni el menos riguroso de los académicos validaría una información de ese calibre. Es más ni siquiera hace bien el único trabajo que ese el estado: ¡producir formularios y saber llenarlos! Es como si un científico dijera que en su laboratorio la presión atmosférica es de 900 HPa porque se lo dijo su "asistente". Uno como mínimo mira el barómetro. Pero es ciencia a la colombiana... una mentalidad que se cree pensadora porque sabe muchos chismes... Recuerdo que hablaba una vez con una niña que estudiaba periodismo y ella leía "las fuentes son... el ministro". Y yo le dije que eso no era real, que la fuente es el acto -que es como se comunica el ministro como ministro- no la opinión -política además-del ministro. Bueno, tal vez la directora de "ciencias a la colombiana" quería rebelarse contra la ¡producción de formularios! y ver que puede haber verdad confirmada más allá del formulario... en especial lo referente al futuro...

UNA INSTITUCIÓN PARA "FOMENTAR" LA "INVESTIGACIÓN"
"Deseo tener el país más educado: ¡todos tendrán un diploma!"
¿Qué es Colciencias? Uno podría quedarse por lo que dicen los decretos que la crean, que es el mismo copy paste de esos sueños que quedan en las leyes. Acá creemos que el tiempo y el reloj se mueven por decreto, sino pregúntele a Juan Manuel Santos su ridícula e improvisada propuesta que pasó a la historia como "la hora Gaviria" y que cancelaron casualmente en el momento en que astronómicamente era inconveniente... manifestando que "ya era económicamente viable". Así como creemos que por decreto va a salir la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación, creemos que necesitamos gente "trabajando" para hacer magia el decreto. Y eso hace "Colciencias":

Colciencias es el Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación.
Promueve las políticas públicas para fomentar la CT+I en Colombia. Las actividades alrededor del cumplimiento de su misión implican concertar políticas de fomento a la producción de conocimientos, construir capacidades para CT+I, y propiciar la circulación y usos de los mismos para el desarrollo integral del país y el bienestar de los colombianos.  http://www.colciencias.gov.co/sobre_colciencias?vdt=info_portal%7Cpage_1

¿Las cosas se conocen por el qué o por el cómo? Seguramente por el cómo. ¿Cómo promueve, fomenta, (y mil sinónimos de la burocracia para enfatizar sus objetivos) la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación? Contaré mi experiencia. ¿Qué hace Colciencias?

Siendo uno de los pocos privilegiados que pudo pasar por la universidad recuerdo varias cosas. Una de mis grandes amigas (que seguro estará en desacuerdo y podrá precisar este artículo) era la Directora del Centro de Investigaciones. También intentaba entrar al mundo de la investigación universitaria con un Semillero de Investigación. Y bueno he encontrado más cosas en las universidades. 

En aquellas épocas mi amiga trabajaba con otra amiga que se encargaba de arreglar todos los asuntos de la investigación. Bueno "investigación". Recuerdo que una de sus tareas era ayudar a los profesores a actualizar el CVLac ¿Qué es el CVLac? En Colciencias http://www.colciencias.gov.co/tutorialcvlac puede verse un tutorial especial para hacer el CVLac. Esto es básicamente la hoja de vida del investigador. ¿Por qué para investigar en las universidades se requiere una hoja de vida? El tutorial para hacer el CVLac tiene unas 66 páginas http://es.calameo.com/read/000051811450cdee35ceb cuya lectura muy posiblemente serán horas de investigación... perdidas... Y eso que luego de leerlo hay que llenarlo... Una labor que podrá ayudar a la paciencia, la templanza, la fortaleza pero no la investigación, mucho menos la innovación... Bueno, puede servir a crear el llenado automático de formularios, ¿se le ocurrirá eso a la brillantez colombiana? Espero que como un chiste bastante picante el programador del llenado automático de formularios sea colombiano...

Alguna vez renegaba del colegio del que salí diciendo "en este colegio no quieren científicos sino secretarias". Pero el colegio no era más que un mini-Colciencias. Creo que Colombia solamente necesita una profesión "elaboración y llenado de formularios", así que el colegio pensaba en mi bien cuando me hablaba de la importancia de no salirme de los márgenes. De paso no debía enseñar nada más, porque los que "estudiamos" comemos cuando llenamos formularios, y comemos mejor cuando llenamos formularios más elaborados. Pero entre llenar un CVLac para decir que investigo o una declaración de renta por plata prefiero llenar una declaración de renta.

Ahora bien, no bastaba con llenar la hoja de vida. También las universidades hacen grupos de investigación. Aunque la curiositas es amplia la investigación suele centrarse, no en el macrocosmos sino en el primer pelo de la segunda pata de la hormiga culona santandereana.Y allí tenemos los grupos de investigación. Esos grupos se mueven por proyectos. Por ejemplo "El crecimiento del primer pelo de la segunda pata de la hormiga culona santandereana en la disminución  del consumo de la misma en la dieta de los habitantes de San Gil, Santander". Esos grupos también tienen hoja de vida... efectivamente, más formularios. Pero bueno, eso no es lo que hace Colciencias, lo que hace es tomar esas hojas de vida y "pesarlas" y es básicamente comparar la investigación con la producción de bienes y servicios. La calidad de la investigación es "cantidad" http://www.colciencias.gov.co/sites/default/files/ckeditor_files/files/DOCUMENTO%20Modelo%20de%20Medici%C3%B3n%20Grupos%202013-VERSI%C3%93N%20II%20Definitiva%20DIC%2010%202013%20_protected.pdf.

Es así como los investigadores ya tienen un buen tiempo llenando formularios -e investigando cómo se llenan esos formularios-. Pero uno tal vez piensa "bueno, ese no es el día a día de la 'apasionante' investigación". Pero no es extraño encontrar a los profesores llenando esos formularios que tienen plazo para enviarlos. Eso sin contar con los miles de informes que deben mandar. Creo que Colciencias también financia proyectos o autoriza sumas pero eso por lo menos no lo vi. Bueno, vi los jóvenes investigadores de Colciencias ¿Un incentivo para destruir la investigación verdadera con dudosas vinculaciones a universidades?

EL PELIGROSO MIX DE CIENCIA Y ESTADO
¿Formularios o celdas? Difícil volar alto dentro de una jaula...
Supongamos que Colciencias sí financia los proyectos de investigación y supongamos que es una financiación eficiente: la burocracia es simple papeleo en comparación al apoyo a la investigación. Esto es un peligro porque queda centralizada a los intereses y compromisos del gobierno de turno. Supóngase que un grupo de investigación investiga las vías para la paz en Colombia y encuentra "peligroso negociar en la Habana por la inviabilidad y efectividad del acuerdo para generar un desarme efectivo". O supóngase que un grupo de investigación en "Energías renovables" investiga "la generación eléctrica mediante el uso de las olas" que afecta a los monopolios del carbón y de las energías en petróleo, carbón o gas que de paso son empresas "industriales y comerciales del estado" que le generan regalías o pueden subastar para mejorar su cash flow... O algo un poco más de frente "La necesaria liberalización de la investigación para asumir los retos del mundo moderno" o algo con un tono más marxista "el factor alienante del estado en sus 'oficinas de fomento' de ciencia y tecnología". 

La primera es una investigación que puede estar en el rigor legítimo y que está en todo su derecho a disentir de las políticas del gobierno. Pero como "la investigación debe realizarse dentro de los marcos, planes y programas" del estado posiblemente no se le acuse de frente, pero sí le exigirán hasta por un milímetro demás en los márgenes. Mejor dicho le dirán "claro que puedes abrir las alas... dentro de la jaula que hemos construido para ti". La segunda tampoco saldrá de plano, pero le exigirán todo y de paso se fomentarán investigaciones para demostrar "la inviabilidad del uso de las olas en la generación eléctrica". La tercera tampoco se aprobará. El estado  no es el garante, ni el promotor, ni la ciencia nace por decreto, ni llenando formularios. Bueno, sí salen libros sobre cómo llenar formularios, 66 páginas sobre cómo llenar la hoja de vida del investigador, algo que nos "facilita" la vida...   

El nacimiento de la innovación, la tecnología y la ciencia se da de una forma totalmente contraria al planteamiento burocrático y centralizado de Colciencias. Al respecto puede leerse "El Tomismo Desdeñado" donde explican con claridad cómo el descubrimiento, el aprendizaje y demás son cuestiones que se dan en el marco de cada persona en concreto. Esa novedad, eso que estaba 'under my very nose' para parafrasear a un autor judío-norteamericano citado en "El Tomismo Desdeñado", no es algo sujeto a la forma, la cantidad o la temporalidad. De esa misma forma investigo yo, abierto a la naturaleza, al mundo y a los hechos... En esa forma de investigar no tengo que llenar formularios, a veces ni dejar registro -aunque sea mejor hacerlo- sino una permanente observación. 

No niego que en el sistema de ciencia a la colombiana pueda haber buenos, incluso genios en la investigación y verdaderos aportes a la ciencia. Pero me parece que el sistema de "ciencia a la colombiana" o "investigación de llenado de formularios" anula, restringe o excluye a aquellos que son a mi juicio los mejores investigadores y restringe el alcance de los que lo logran. Los mejores investigadores son los niños sin lugar a dudas, su permanente contacto con la magia de la naturaleza y su capacidad de asombro los lleva a proponer las mejores soluciones y conclusiones sobre el mundo. La investigación necesita también del error, cosa que no se puede si está centrada en el llenado de formularios que considera el error como incorrecto... y de paso delito...

Y seamos sinceros ¿cómo se dio el aporte a la ciencia en la historia? ¿Por órganos centralizados que fomentaran la "innovación, la ciencia y la tecnología"? Entre algunos ejemplos Fermat era un matemático aficionado cuyo oficio era el de abogado, y tener un diploma en derecho hace 'necesariamente' que uno no sepa de matemáticas. Conclusión a la que los "col-científicos" han decretado como dogma. Fermat jugaba con los números y hacía continuos descubrimientos que sorprendieron a muchos matemáticos posteriores como Euler. Pitágoras necesitaba seguramente un proyecto de investigación -y financiación de "Crotociencias"- para probar que "en un triángulo rectángulo la suma de los cuadrados de los catetos es igual al cuadrado de la hipotenusa". Se dice que Pitágoras huyó de su ciudad natal a Crotonas entre otras porque no quería participar en cuestiones de política http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit%C3%A1goras. Eso sin contar con notables condenas y asesinatos a genios del calibre de Sócrates, asesinado entre otras porque pidió como condena que "Colciencias" lo financiara de por vida por sus aportes a la sociedad...

Acabo de citar a Wikipedia que en ciencias colombianas "no es una fuente de fiar porque lo modifica cualquiera", el problema creo no es que cualquiera pueda modificarlo sino que lo hace gente que no tiene "CVLac". Probablemente los que modifican Wikipedia sean unos mediocres que pasan todo el día de fuente en fuente y no se gradúen con honores como Newton http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton que pasaba todo el día en la biblioteca y no iba a clase. Un artículo académico trae mil fuentes -CITADAS CON NORMAS APA- wikipedia trae ¡las fuentes! con link directo. O sino vea lo que trae la Wikipedia cuando uno busca a Newton: http://gravitee.tripod.com/booki1.htm ¡Su obra maestra!

IN CONCLUSIÓN...CIERRE, CIERRE!!
Espero que todos sean científicos e innovadores como yo.
Atte: Colciencias.
El conocimiento, la verdad y demás, es dialéctico y por eso no debería concluir un debate. Pero yo concluiría, cerraría, a Colciencias. Una tímida disminución de presupuesto es poco por la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación... pero, si eso es cierto ¡hay que reconocerle la buena obra al gobierno! Los críticos -simplemente porque no es el gobierno que quieren- critican cualquier cosa que haga o digan que haga el gobierno, es un deporte, hasta bueno, el caso es que ver algo bueno en un gobierno es TAN difícil que hay que felicitarlo si estuviera haciendo las cosas bien... 

Sin embargo, así es la realidad de este alienante y desmoralizador país cuya única profesión es el llenado de formularios... Si alguien pregunta por Colombia y lo que hacen... ¿Qué hacen? las empresas "llenar formularios" y si les queda tiempo producir bienes y servicios, las universidades "llenar formularios" y si les queda tiempo dan clases pero ¿investigan? Y los abogados "llenan formularios" y ¿en su tiempo libre? Piensan cómo hacerlos más enredados ¿Y qué hace el gobierno? ¡Produce formularios!  

Y ¿qué son entonces El Tiempo, El Espacio, El Asombro o Espectador, El Colombiano, La República, Portafolio, El Nuevo Siglo, El País, El Universal? ¿Realidades? ¡Qué va! ¿Formularios? No, eso tiene su ciencia... ¡Periódicos! Pero los dueños de los periódicos son los mismos que hacen los formularios... Esa es la ciencia a la colombiana, basta leer un periódico, e improvisar su resumen como lo hacía un mediocre profesor del colegio que estaba allí porque sabía cómo ser un buen policía... ah y sabía verificar que el "desprendible" -formulario para niños- se llenara bien so pena de llamar "negligentes" a sus alumnos... Ese era mi "modelo" de "diligencia"... Clases improvisadas, formularios bien llenados... 

Esa es la ciencia a la colombiana: producción de formularios. Y su proceso o método:

- Justificación o discusión del formulario: periódicos
- Producción del formulario: gobierno/estado
- Control y auditoria para garantizar su incomprensión: abogados, lobbies, grupos de poder. Su objetivo es que entre más incomprensible, mejor...¡calidad!

¿Y Colciencias? Una tuerca sin aceite en medio del engranaje decadente... al que muchos encuentran por donde elogiar sus "grandezas"...

NOTA: Si quiere comentar este artículo escriba 1. para queja, 2. para ironía, 3. para felicitación y agradecimiento, 4. Para reclamo... ¡Qué! Si le da la gana de escribir hágalo como quiera... si quiere insúlteme, internamente me ofenderé y reiré de usted al mismo tiempo, pero bienvenido...

NOTA 2: O uno escribe o se dedica a recopilar fuentes, ahí están los links y un libro "El Tomismo Desdeñado" de paso le dejo el "CVLac" del autor http://190.216.132.131:8081/cvlac/visualizador/generarCurriculoCv.do?cod_rh=0000534471. Algunos me entenderán que ese CVLac es ridículo...De investigador junior no tiene ni un pelo...




          Siendo humanos ¿Qué somos cuando somos? ¿Qué somos cuando no somos?        
La mula pensante, mujer mantequilla y demás auto-apelativos de los cuales ya me desactualicé me puso el reto de hacer un video en respuesta a la inquietud de alguien. ¿Qué es lo que somos? ¿Qué significa ser humano? Ella lo hace en un simple video de 57 segundos. Me impone el mismo reto ¿seré capaz? La verdad me da pereza quedarme horas buscando fotos y editando, por eso prefiero soltarme en el blog y escribir. Sé que si me dedicara a editar un video, mi exagerado perfeccionismo me llevaría a quedarme horas editando sin contar aquellas en las que se bloquearía el computador.

El video con el que inicia la discusión pueden verlo aquí, parto de la base que es bueno, por eso, absolutamente digno de dedicarme a criticarlo. Como prefiero lo escrito, lo describiré. En primer lugar, su visión del ser humano parte con el vicio de la esperanza, ¿acaso todos estamos llamados al conocimiento? Por lo que he aprendido de ella, sí, todos estamos llamados al conocimiento, pero no todos lo desarrollamos de tal forma tan trascendente como la que describe el video. Si no fuera una amiga, ¿qué no me impediría para poner -como ella dice- una vieja chismosa que demuestre el afán de conocimiento? Y si lo hiciera ¿implica que lo que ella plantea es falso? No, es real ¿Qué pasa entonces? ¡Es incompleto! Es tan real la descripción de la vieja chismosa para describir al ser humano, como el filósofo con su mano en su quijada sentado. Mi primera crítica, no se enfocó en el vicio de la esperanza, se centró en la ausencia de lo cotidiano.

1. Cotidianidad, gloria y grandeza.
MOVIMIENTO CONGELADO
Movimiento congelado.
¿Es cotidiano encontrar al ser humano creando? ¿Es cotidiano ver obras de arte como Van Gogh? Eso no es cotidiano, pero ¿significa que no hay obras de ese calibre en el hombre imago Dei? O ¿Será más bien que hay muchas formas más sutiles y ocultas de desarrollar esa creación? ¿Acaso no hay estética en la contemplación diaria de mi gata? ¿Acaso no hay estética en todos los días de aquellos que silenciosamente trabajan para producir el alimento que comemos y que nos hace que ese ser permanezca Siendo? ¿No es eso creación? ¿No es eso poesía diaria? ¿Qué será de esa madre abnegada que da la vida por su hijo enfermo? ¿Qué será de aquel que sonríe al pobre? Indiscutiblemente Van Gog es un genio, lo son muchos seres humanos pero ¿dónde está nuestra percepción de la belleza cotidiana? 

El deseo de gloria y grandeza está viciado, pero ¿no hace parte ese vicio también del siendo? Anhelamos grandes obras milagrosas, que el sol se salga de cauce para creer en un Dios que todas las mañanas permite que el sol nos ilumine con su amanecer y de paso a la noche con su hermoso atardecer. ¿Por qué nos perdemos de esta estética cotidiana? ¿Por qué nos perdemos de ese asombro agradecido de lo cotidiano? 

Efectivamente somos seres infinitos, pero, también, somos finitos. Ese infinito requiere de incontables sucesos finitos, ¿carecen de belleza esos finitos? ¿Cómo podrían hacerlo si en ellos está, paradójicamente el infinito? Desde el momento mismo de nuestra concepción inicia un proceso que poco a poco va desarrollando diversas fases, desde una sola célula hasta las millones que somos ahora. Esa fase celular es un estado finito, pero tanto en ella, como cada momento de nuestra vida, contiene ese siendo. Desde nuestros momentos más trascendentes, hasta nuestro sueño, mostramos aquello finito que somos.

Tal posible interpretación del video nos lleva a que ese siendo sea una fotografía, sea como congelar el movimiento. ¿Acaso la foto muestra el movimiento del niño? Lo congela, pero nosotros intuimos que se mueve. La vida, es una sucesión de instantes, de videos, que reflejan una imagen eterna, imago Dei pero una imagen que se mueve instante tras instante.


2. La nostalgia y la inmovilidad... el ridículo.
Hoy en día, la civilización nos aliena. No al nivel de gloria que cree la mula, sino a la cotidianidad. De repente, el finito nos absorbe, al punto que nos desespera. Cada instante se sucede sin descubrir ese infinito que nos hace, en el que somos siendo.Al perder de rumbo tanto el instante como el infinito, nos alienamos, estamos siendo sin ser, siendo en o para otra cosa, no siendo ese fin en sí mismo que es el ser humano. Es allí donde la vida pierde sentido y la angustia nace como consecuencia irremediable de no ser lo que somos. 

NOSTALGIA DE ANTAÑO by ElAlispruz
No ser en nosotros, ser en otro es la alienación. Esa alienación que nos hace irónicos, absurdos y ridículos. Es hacer el papel que no nos corresponde. Es como aquel que se equivoca en el libreto que le corresponde y todos se ríen, es como aquel golpe sordo en medio de una melodía. La situación no es solamente ridícula, es triste. 

¿Por qué nostalgia de antaño? Hace una semana tomé la foto de la derecha. Aquel mimo, solo, desesperado por unos pesos, refleja aquel pasado nuestro que sufre porque ya no es. Cada instante que se sucede sin percibir el infinito nos paraliza e inmoviliza, en esa inmovilidad del instante perdido es cuando de repente recordamos y desesperamos. Esa es la nostalgia de antaño, ese verbo tan usado pero tan irreal como el hubiera, el habría o hubiese. Nietzsche nos recuerda que la voluntad no puede querer hacia atrás, pero, la voluntad suele querer en proporciones viciadas aquello que no puede, pero que pudo en un instante anterior.

¿Por qué de repente se empieza a querer hacia atrás cuando no se puede? ¿Qué nos indica esa desesperante agonía de nostalgia y desesperación? ¿Qué en un siendo no fuimos? ¿Pero cómo si permanecimos? ¿Acaso el existencialismo de Sartre acierta en que podemos subsistir, simplemente existir, sin esencia? Tal vez en el instante más pobre de la filosofía, más lejano al ser como el siglo XX, es en el instante donde más se logró comprender lo que somos. Tal vez tener ese contacto absurdo con la nada, es la mejor forma de comprender el ser. 

Sin ese delirio agotante de la desesperación ¿cómo podría el auténtico saber que va por el camino correcto?   En ese camino donde el siendo no es, pero el ser persiste, es donde más nos llama esa sed de absoluto. De repente, en el fondo, podríamos permanecer en esa sucesión de instantes sin sentido o buscar aquello que da sentido a cada uno de los instantes. 

3. Ser o no ser, ¿no ser siendo?
"All is vanity"
El ser humano es quizás lo que denota el video de la mula filosofante, pero ese ser humano, ese being Â¿no incluye instantes en los que sigue siendo being? La sucesión de instantes sin sentido o el desconocer que los instantes suceden [las dos formas de desesperación Kierkegaana] son instantes donde no somos lo que somos pero seguimos siendo ¿cómo resolver la evidente contradicción? Si partimos de una lógica rigurosa la contradicción y la violación de que un ser no puede ser y no ser al mismo tiempo nos indican un error o al menos una paradoja pero ¿es que acaso la realidad no trasciende la lógica misma? Ese es un problema a resolver ¿qué es el hombre cuando no deviene lo que es? ¿Qué es el hombre cuando está alienado? ¿Pierde el hombre su condición humana por el simple hecho de caer en la desesperación? 

Una primera respuesta podría ser el academicismo aristótelico-fastidioso de plantear una distinción entre el ser humano y el actuar humano. Pero esa distinción sería como decir que el hombre visto desde atrás es espalda y desde adelante pecho, nariz, ojos. Los aristotélicos suelen hacer eso, partir, dividir, distinguir. El aristotélico es como el lujurioso cree que la mujer es únicamente cuerpo y el reprimido cree que la mujer es espíritu sin ser cuerpo. Aristóteles les diría que ambos tienen razón porque están distinguiendo. No es que las distinciones sean malas, son necesarias, siempre y cuando procedan de la realidad. La distinción con fines académicos no permite intuir, sino solamente, partir. 

En todo caso esa cuerdísima distinción aristótelica tendría algo de razón, que el hombre actúe como burro ¿lo hace burro? El actuar como rata ¿nos hace ratas? Esta inquietud para el que lee de paso puede ser ridícula, pero, si eso fuera así, el más degradado y desesperado sería menos humanos y por ende carecería de derechos, lo cual tanto en esencia como por su consecuencia antropológica es un error. No perdemos nuestra calidad de humanos por actuar contrario a lo humano, al fin y al cabo ¿qué hay más humano que actuar y querer así sea contra nosotros? ¿Qué hay más humano que querer, así sea querer no ser lo que somos?

Así que ¿cómo resolver este problema?  La verdad, en este momento, no se me ocurre una respuesta. Lo único que se me ocurre es que, ese yo como la relación que se refiere a sí misma (Kierkegaard), cuando actúa contrario a su ser, no deja de ser, es un ser en contradicción. ¿Qué quiere decir ello? No tengo ni idea. O tal vez no sea más que ironía, ridículo, absurdo. 

4. Volviendo al video, repensando la vida misma. 
El video muestra aquello que nos llama, aquello que tenemos que devenir pero, ¿qué pasa si no devenimos aquello? Esa es la carencia, carencia del video, carencia de la vida, porque ¿siempre nos descubrimos en ese cosmos, en esa contemplación estética directa? ¿Acaso actuamos acorde con esa imago Dei? Aparte de cotidianidad, esa sucesión de instantes en los que somos aquel being, el video no responde a la complejísima pregunta ¿qué somos cuando no somos lo que somos?  

El video muestra una humanidad viciada de esperanza y alienada por el infinito. Bueno, realmente no lo hace, pero desprevenidamente podríamos tomar esa interpretación. Sí, somos lo del video, pero, también somos lo contrario al video. ¿Siendo y no siendo al mismo tiempo? Quizás, pero, al fin y al cabo... siendo...

          Primer Vistazo a la Campaña de Robert Pattinson para Dior Homme + Detalles sobre la Conferencia de Prensa        
La espera ha terminado: POR FIN tenemos las primeras imagenes (aunque estén en mala calidad, mejor que nada) de Robert Pattinson en el famoso y esperadísimo anuncio para Dior. OMG tiene muy buena pinta.

Para ver el video tendremos que esperar un poquito más :(

Dior: Dior se complace en anunciar que el actor Robert Pattinson es la nueva cara de la fragancia Dior Homme fragrance. #DiorRob

De la web de Dior Mag

"El hombre detrás del perfume"
Él ha vuelto de Autralia dónde estaba rodando la nueva película de David Michod con Guy Pierce, The Rover. Y pronto comenzará el rodaje de Maps to the Stars de David Cronenberg junto a John Cusack y Julianne Moore. Y luego será el turno de Hold On To Me, de James Marsh. Alguna idea? Preciavente, estuvo en Cosmopolis y Water For Elephants. Los cinéfilos deberían haberlo averiguado ya... Y su primer papel? Cedric Diggory en la cuarta entrega de la serie de Harry Potter. Caliente? Y luego... Bueno luego, por supuesto, vino la inolvidable Twilight Saga. No puede quedar ninguna duda, y lo has averiguado: Robert Pattinson dará cuerpo al nuevo hombre Dior, el nuevo Dior Homme.

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• Yves Bongarçon: Rob dice en el anuncio: "Sueña como si fueras a vivir para siempre. Vive como si fueras a morir hoy"
 
  
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Conferencia de Prensa: 

*Es una periodista famosa aquí en España. Ella escribe para revistas como Vogue y GQ ;)*
#Dior y #RobertPattinson que combinación para esta noche...

Tiempo para él
Estamos listos amantes del tumblr, el anuncio de #Dior con #RobertPattinson es muy sexy
#RobertPattinson está delante de mí hablando, es agradable, lindo, dulce y dice que le encanta el olor de Londres

"Como un actor tu estas por tu cuenta" #RobertPattinson

Lo siento no permiten tomar Fotos de él
Fiesta de Dior Homme en Soho House

Tweets



_analeia 

Rob?

tommyraffa

Sí, Rob esta aquí

*Este chico se encuentra en la fiesta y efectivamente ha confirmado que Rob ya se encuentra en Soho House :)*
Cenando con #RobertPattinson. Realmente genial
*Natalie Portman también se encuentra allí, recuerden que ella es imagen de Miss Dior*

Artículos

• De Women's Wear Daily:

PARIS - Christian Dior Perfumes ha confirmado que el actor Robert Pattinson es la nueva cara de la fragancia de Dior Homme.
La estrella de "Crepúsculo" se une a una lista de embajadores famosos iluestres para las fragancias de Dior, que incluyen a Jude Law, Alain Delon, Natalie Portman y Charlize Theron.
El fotógrafo americano Nan Goldin y el director francés Romain Gavrais grabaron las campañas que protagoniza Pattinson, dijo Dior, haciendo notar que serán difundidas en Europa excluyendo UK, y Asia, excluyendo China y Japón.

• Comunicado Oficial de Dior - De Marie Claire UK

Después de meses de especulación sobre la colaboración de la estrella con la marca, la casa de Dior ha lanzado un comunicado oficial hoy confirmando la campaña.
Ellos han dicho: 'La Casa de Dior está encantada de anunciar que el actor Robert Pattinson va a ser la nueva cara de la fragancia Dior Homme'.
El comunicado después alaba la exitosa carrera de Robert en un gran número de películas de alto-perfil, diciendo: 'Desde su primer papel relevante en 2005 en la 4º secuela de Harry Potter, la estrella de cine Robert Pattinson ha sido más conocido recientemente por su papel en el éxito de taquilla, The Twilight Saga.
'Desde entonces él ha probado el alacance de sus talentos actorales eligiendo películas tan variadas como Remember Me de Allen Coulter, Water for Elephants de Francia Lawrence, en la que fue protagonista junto a Reese Witherspoon, o con su papel como Bel-Ami, el famoso personaje de Maupassant.
En el último tributo a su talento, David Cronenberg le escogió para protagonizar su última película, Cosmopolis, adaptada de la novela de Don De Lillo. Un papel sorprendente como el chico de oro que se estrenó en el Festival de Cine de Cannes de 2012.
Recientemente ha terminado de grabar The Rover, de David Michod, en Australia con Guy Pearce y pronto estará en el set en la próxima película de David Cronenberg, Maps To The Stars. Después, protagonizará Hold On To Me, dirigida por James Marsh y co-protagonizada por Carey Mulligan'.
(...)
Dior Homme añade: 'Hoy estamos emocionados de anunciar que se unirá al privilegiado círculo de caras de Dior. Fotografiado por el artista americano Nan Goldin y grabado por el director francés Romain Gavras, esta nueva campaña publicitaria de Dior Homme será distribuida ahora exclusivamente en Europa (excepto UK) y Asia (excepto China y Japón).

• Glamour.es

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Y es que acabamos de saber que la maison le ha nombrado imagen de la nueva fragancia masculina de Dior Homme. El 'estreno' de esta nueva faceta lo podremos ver en septiembre, cuando se presentarán el perfume y la campaña con Robert como protagonista.

Además, Glamour será la primera de las revistas femeninas en tener una entrevista exclusiva con el actor. Será en el número de septiembre, y en ella nos contará todos los detalles de su nueva faceta como embajador de una firma de lujo. No es la primera vez que Robert Pattinson trabaja como modelo (recordemos que los inicios de su carrera fueron posando) pero sí lo es como imagen de una casa como Dior.

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Todo Twilight Saga
          Coup de coeur DVD : Une merveilleuse histoire du temps        
Réalisé par James Marsh Avec Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior Disponible dès le 2 juin en DVD et Blu-ray 1963, en Angleterre, Stephen, brillant étudiant en Cosmologie à l'Université de Cambridge, [...]
          Human Suffering and Humanitarian Emergencies [Audio]        
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun | Humanitarian emergencies are not simply brute facts, appealing directly to our emotions or our moral sensibilities. They are one of the important ways in which perceptions of human life, sympathy for suffering, and responses to social upheaval have come to be organized in recent decades. Like nations and business corporations, they are creatures of social imaginaries, but no less materially influential for that. They are shaped by a history of changing ideas about the human; moral responsibility for strangers; structures of chance and causality; and the imperative and capacity for effective action, even at a distance. They reflect the context of the modern era generally and more specific features of the era since the 1970s. And they are embedded in a complex institutionalization of responses. First, grasping human suffering as humanitarian emergencies is made possible by a long history of changes in how we – Westerners especially – construct the categories of the human, the emergency, and moral obligation. Second, though they are influenced by both state politics and economic activity, humanitarian emergencies appear as anomalies outside the putatively normal stable functioning of political and economic systems. Third, emergencies and humanitarian sympathies are produced importantly through large-scale media systems, including especially visual media. Fourth, they have commanded attention especially since the 1970s as responses to an era of market-driven globalization and declining faith in political action. Fifth, they have occasioned a new institutional field of response in which NGOs and voluntary action are pivotal (even though states remain crucial funders), and they are shaped by the way such response organizes both what we see and what happens materially on the ground. Sixth, they reflect a view from relatively ‘core’ locations in the modern world-system on seeming chaos in its periphery, a view often linked at once to a managerial orientation, an idea of charity, and the reassurance of grasping suffering and chaos precisely as distant. The specific historical circumstances that gave rise to humanitarian response are changing, and with them this specific project of cosmopolitan care for distant strangers may be undergoing a deep transformation. Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Calhoun is an American citizen but has deep connections with the United Kingdom. He took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes. He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012).
          E pra não dizer que não falei de Amor... e Erotismo...        
AMOR, POIS QUE É PALAVRA ESSENCIAL
(Carlos Drummond de Andrade)



Amor – pois que é palavra essencial
comece esta canção e toda a envolva.
Amor guie o meu verso, e enquanto o guia,
reúna alma e desejo, membro e vulva.


Quem ousará dizer que ele é só alma?
Quem não sente no corpo a alma expandir-se
até desabrochar em puro grito
de orgasmo, num instante de infinito?


O corpo noutro corpo entrelaçado,
fundido, dissolvido, volta à origem
dos seres, que Platão viu completados:
é um, perfeito em dois; são dois em um.


Integração na cama ou já no cosmo?
Onde termina o quarto e chega aos astros?
Que força em nossos flancos nos transporta
a essa extrema região, etérea, eterna?


Ao delicioso toque do clitóris,
já tudo se transforma, num relâmpago.
Em pequenino ponto desse corpo,
a fonte, o fogo, o mel se concentraram.


Vai a penetração rompendo nuvens
e devassando sóis tão fulgurantes
que nunca a vista humana os suportara,
mas, varado de luz, o coito segue.


E prossegue e se espraia de tal sorte
que, além de nós, além da prórpia vida,
como ativa abstração que se faz carne,
a idéia de gozar está gozando.


E num sofrer de gozo entre palavras,
menos que isto, sons, arquejos, ais,
um só espasmo em nós atinge o climax:
é quando o amor morre de amor, divino.


Quantas vezes morremos um no outro,
no úmido subterrâneo da vagina,
nessa morte mais suave do que o sono:
a pausa dos sentidos, satisfeita.


Então a paz se instaura. A paz dos deuses,
estendidos na cama, qual estátuas
vestidas de suor, agradecendo
o que a um deus acrescenta o amor terrestre.


          guenter schlienz / alineko / lunar devotion        



«"Night Music Bundle" is our new batch of gorgeous ambient & drone music received from great artists around the world! New full-length album by modular synth guru Guenter Schlientz, whose music we are proud to release; huge one-track work by Alineko, whose stellar drones we already had in catalogue; and, finally, long-awaited Lunar Devotion compilation album, featuring many different styles of ambient on one disc, all dedicated to the beauty of the Night! 

Bundle is available in collectors edition - hand-painted wooden box with many inserts, including mandala prints, postcards, moss & custom made star finder» ~ pantheophania

guenter schlienz ~ sterne über der stadt (πάνθεον, 2017)

«Dedicated to the barely visible stars above your home town.» ~ guenter schlienz

In the gleam light of night streets we always see the same. City envelopes us, creating space inside itself, which is almost flat compared to the actual world around. Sometimes it seems that we live inside a dome of glass, like ones from sci-fi books about distant future in post-apocalyptic world. We don't look at the sky, unless it's raining, we are losing the feeling of vastness, of the universal endlessness, which surrounds our little tiny home planet. Cosmos doesn't fit in coordinate system produced by the rows of street lights. But still there are some dreamers, inspired by the blinking stars above the never sleeping towns, bringing the melodies of this elusive beauty, which hides between the city blocks, trembles over the rivers and dissipates in roars of the streets... This exquisite album by our favorite modular synth wizard Guenter Schlienz is a dreamlike journey over the routine of life, perfect companion for late night walks and leisurely stargazing.



«A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.» ~ wikipedia

Second full-length work by Alineko is an aural excursion to the ancient art of lucid dreaming, personal reflection of the interest in Yoga Nidra and modern dreaming techniques. Being minimalist drone piece only at first glance, «A Guide To Lucid Dreaming» reveals a truly mesmerizing deepness and variety during the listening, unfolding hidden, but always present possibilities of our mind. One may hear choir or orchestra, humming of the wind or murmuring water, distant voices, whale songs, etc. – but nothing of it is present here, only play of perception. This music can be anything: meditation session, simple relaxing background or a truly deep listening experience, depending on the one's mood and surrounding. 


various artists ~ lunar devotion (πάνθεον, 2017)

Nytt Land, Tmavy Kruh, SiJ, Чайник Болотных Богов, Med Gen, lost-radio, Ugasanie, Sunmoonstar, Gamardah Fungus, Nubiferous, Ongo Oruulaa

«Lunar Devotion» is a long-awaited successor of our «Solar Devotion» release made back in 2014. For this compilation we asked artists for their vision of the Moon and everything connected with it – seasons & cycles, religions & cults, dreams, fantasies, insomnia, cosmic landscapes... All of this can be found on this release, intertwined, slowly changing moods from light ambiences to deepest dark drones and back to purest silver light of our Mistress of the Night.


          Rolex Watches: ROLEX DAYTONA        
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ice Blue Dial Platinum Mens Watch 116506 -Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph Watch. -Model # 116506 -40mm Platinum Case; -Ceramic Chestnut Brown Bezel, Ice Blue Dial, -Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal; -Screw-Down
          Cosmos consequences        
We have been watching episodes of Cosmos as a family. (Colleen is now 4 years old.) This is best when Colleen is engaged and asks us to pause the show and answer her questions every other minute. The good thing about that of course is that we can gauge how much she’s absorbing, as opposed […]
          Javier Echeverría en educ.ar        
Ayer, en educ.ar contamos con la presencia del profesor Javier Echeverría, autor de Telépolis, Cosmopolitas domésticos, Filosofía de la ciencia, Los señores del aire: Telépolis y el Tercer Entorno, Un mundo virtual y La revolución tecnocientífica, entre otros libros. La conferencia de Echeverría contó con la participación de alrededor de sesenta docentes que, luego de …
          Un cosmonaute russe et un astronaute américain révèlent leurs observations d’OVNIS dans l’espace        

En avril 1979, le cosmonaute Victor Afanasyev a quitté Star City pour rejoindre la station spatiale soviétique Solyut 6. Mais pendant le trajet, quelque chose d’étrange s’est produit. Le cosmonaute Afanasyev a vu un objet non identifié se diriger vers...
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Cet article Un cosmonaute russe et un astronaute américain révèlent leurs observations d’OVNIS dans l’espace est apparu en premier sur Anguille sous roche.


          El Primer Cosmonauta Crónica Vick Gómez Miller        
El Primer Cosmonauta de Latino América: Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

El 18 de septiembre de 1980 es una Efemérides de Honor para los cubanos.
Ese día ascendió al cosmos, el primer cosmonauta americano no estadounidense
Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.
Convencidos del trascendental hecho, en que un niño pobre, nacido en Baracoa
Provincia de Guantánamo el 29 de enero de 1942
Huérfano, comenzó a trabajar desde los 13 años en el oficio de los humildes: limpiabotas,
También como ayudante de carpintero
Después del Triunfo de la Revolución ingresó al Instituto Tecnológico Ejército Rebelde y
Luego a las FAR. Se hizo piloto de combate y continuó en el curso de piloto del Caza
MIG 15 en la Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas contando solo con 19 años
De edad.
En el año 1962 durante la Crisis de Octubre realizó múltiples misiones de patrullajes.
Por cuatro años hasta el 1975 fue Jefe de Estado Mayor de la Brigada de Aviación Santa
Clara en 1976 fue ascendido a Teniente Coronel. En 1978 le seleccionan para integrarse
Al programa intercosmos y se traslada a la Ciudad de las Estrellas en la Unión Soviética
Para su entrenamiento.
El 18 de Septiembre de 1980, como nos referimos al inicio tuvo lugar el histórico vuelo
Al espacio de un cubano, en la cosmonve soviética Soyuz. A su retorno fue condecorado
Con la primera medalla honorífica de Heroe de la República de Cuba.
En Moscú recibió la Orden Lenin y la Estrella de Oro de Heroe de la Unión Soviética
Por parte del gobierno de ese país.
Desde ese mismo año 1980 Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez se eligió Diputado de la Asamblea
Nacional del Poder Popular. Es presidente del Grupo Parlamentario de Amistad
Cuba Rusia y de la Asamblea de Amistad Cuba Rusia. A partir de 1981-1982 fue
Presidente de la Sociedad Patriótica Militar SEPMI disuelta a principios del año 1990.
El 28 de octubre de 1983 Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez y Yuri Romanenko establecieron
El primer radio-puente Cuba-Cosmos con científicos y periodistas cubanos a través de
Un enlace radial que enlazaba el Complejo Orbital MIR donde Romanenko cumplía
Su tercera misión al espacio. Arnaldo aparte de sus labores como legislador, se desempeña
Como Jefe del Departamento de Relaciones Exteriores de las FAR. Y es el orgulloso
Padre de dos hijos.
          El Primer Cosmonauta Crónica Vick Gómez Miller        
El Primer Cosmonauta de Latino América: Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez

El 18 de septiembre de 1980 es una Efemérides de Honor para los cubanos.
Ese día ascendió al cosmos, el primer cosmonauta americano no estadounidense
Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.
Convencidos del trascendental hecho, en que un niño pobre, nacido en Baracoa
Provincia de Guantánamo el 29 de enero de 1942
Huérfano, comenzó a trabajar desde los 13 años en el oficio de los humildes: limpiabotas,
También como ayudante de carpintero
Después del Triunfo de la Revolución ingresó al Instituto Tecnológico Ejército Rebelde y
Luego a las FAR. Se hizo piloto de combate y continuó en el curso de piloto del Caza
MIG 15 en la Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas contando solo con 19 años
De edad.
En el año 1962 durante la Crisis de Octubre realizó múltiples misiones de patrullajes.
Por cuatro años hasta el 1975 fue Jefe de Estado Mayor de la Brigada de Aviación Santa
Clara en 1976 fue ascendido a Teniente Coronel. En 1978 le seleccionan para integrarse
Al programa intercosmos y se traslada a la Ciudad de las Estrellas en la Unión Soviética
Para su entrenamiento.
El 18 de Septiembre de 1980, como nos referimos al inicio tuvo lugar el histórico vuelo
Al espacio de un cubano, en la cosmonve soviética Soyuz. A su retorno fue condecorado
Con la primera medalla honorífica de Heroe de la República de Cuba.
En Moscú recibió la Orden Lenin y la Estrella de Oro de Heroe de la Unión Soviética
Por parte del gobierno de ese país.
Desde ese mismo año 1980 Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez se eligió Diputado de la Asamblea
Nacional del Poder Popular. Es presidente del Grupo Parlamentario de Amistad
Cuba Rusia y de la Asamblea de Amistad Cuba Rusia. A partir de 1981-1982 fue
Presidente de la Sociedad Patriótica Militar SEPMI disuelta a principios del año 1990.
El 28 de octubre de 1983 Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez y Yuri Romanenko establecieron
El primer radio-puente Cuba-Cosmos con científicos y periodistas cubanos a través de
Un enlace radial que enlazaba el Complejo Orbital MIR donde Romanenko cumplía
Su tercera misión al espacio. Arnaldo aparte de sus labores como legislador, se desempeña
Como Jefe del Departamento de Relaciones Exteriores de las FAR. Y es el orgulloso
Padre de dos hijos.
          Peace on the patio        
Enjoying  a little moi time, which is in really short supply at the moment. I decided to sit quietly on the new Patio set from Chez Moi, out now at the latest round of Cosmopolitan. I’ve only set out one single chair but of course you can have more! deets: ♥ 28 single poses (male and female) ♥ 24 animations for couples in love (12 x 2)
♥ 48 hot sex animations (24 x 2)
♥ Automatic Rezzing Props – attaches when an animation is chosen. Texture change options: Tap the Chair to display the colour menu. There are 18 combinations to choose ♥ Chair: 2 LI | Copy | Modifiable
♥ Coffee Table: 1 LI | Copy | Modifiable
♥ Teapot: 1 LI | Copy | Modifiable
♥ Tea Cup: 1 LI | Copy | Modifiable 100% Original Mesh Available in Adult and PG version. My outfit is another promo at just $50L from Stars. Its called Kaitlyn, sweet mini skirt and tank with frilly bits – the Hud is ginormous so make sure to check it out! Cosmopolitan Chez Moi blog (for more info) Stars Fashion store Stars fashion market place La Bohemia sandals $120L (with massive colour hud) Beautiful Dirty Rich Plants & flowers by Dysfuntionality
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          Lounging around        
SO much newness to share my little blonde head is reeeeling! Pretties from Neve @ Fameshed. I’m wearing the new Magnolia top and Layla shorts – really retro vibe going on with both of these, mesh body fits and a whole range of patterns & colours. Damm fine fit on the derriere I have to say, even when bending and moving about – verrrrry bottom hugging! My delicious lounger, table , parasol and decor items are from Chez Moi @ the latest round of  Cosmopolitan. Each item is for sale as seperates with a PG & Adult version up for grabs. Simply divine retro pink tone – I love it. The loungers are suitable for both males & females, positively oooodles of great poses. Oh oh oh – I almost forgot – the vintage camera prop is by Fin – gawd I lurve that store. Everything is 50’s inspired and this camera is awesome, lots of poses and you get a whole pack of sweet colours. FREE hair is by Murray – huge fatpack of every colour imaginable, you can find this at the SLB14 event.… Read the rest
          Greenland and the End of Exploration        

The roving celestial beasts of Lascaux’s Paleolithic hunting scenes and the scurvy-ridden, snow-blinding odyssey of Shackleton’s Antarctic survival may be distant in time and space, but the events and their retelling share a coeval impulse. Remote exploration and extreme risk are palpable vestiges of our intrepid and predatory ways, but that these acts inform our oldest tales about our place in the world seems almost unrecognized today. 

Among the "uses of adventure" in traditional societies--from Greek mythology, the Upanishads and ecstatic shamanism in Siberia to creation myths across the Americas--individual heroism and group survival often recur, followed by revelations of nature's secrets, the cosmos, and our own origins. Adventure is possibly the oldest, most persistent subject matter we share through our stories. This historical pairing of legendary feats and their retelling appears so intrinsic to our being that we're numb to its remarkable peculiarity.

In today's literary marketplace, daunting feats in wild nature hold little appeal. How did this reversal come about? We remain fascinated by secrets, yet contemporary writing (fact and fiction) revels in individual experience, where the inner lives of characters are explored as exotic landscapes, conjured or real. Besides this turn toward inner landscapes, narrative style is emphasized equally if not more than the tale recounted--Salinger, Hemingway, DF Wallace are pioneers of this mannered approach. 

A surfeit of grandiose Everest accounts surely helped dig this grave, but the bulk of adventure writing today is low-brow, unartful or vain, approaching kitsch. Few adventure writers escape the scorn of the high-brow critic--Thesiger, Mathiessen and Gretel Ehrlich are prominent exceptions. A random pick from my Africa shelves reveals Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness by acclaimed travel writer Jeffrey Tayler. A literary expatriate attempts Conrad's famous voyage, this time in a dugout canoe. Instead he collides with Congo's surreal poverty and extreme destitution, recoils, then finds himself grander for the experience. Self-glorification and the voyeurism of disaster tourism disguised as adventure lit? Little surprise then that the genre feels spent of originality and nuance, resorting instead to spectacle, gimmick or humor. 

I've started a short survey of expedition writing in Greenland, beginning with Knud Rasmussen's canonical Across Arctic America (1924) through to Gretel Ehrlich's lyrical This Cold Heaven (2001). The series comprises an array of accounts that track the genre's high points in the post-Heroic Age of exploration. Epic exploration effectively died in Greenland, which had long served as a staging ground for attempts on the North Pole and elusive Northwest Passage. Once these prizes were claimed, their sponsors and celebrity explorers feted, exploration's Heroic Age ended with Peary's 1909 contested claim to the pole.

Undervalued and invisible to the prize seekers of the former era, in Greenland arose a new vision of exploration and the writing it produced. The new crop of adventurers was void of fame seekers, wealthy patrons seeking new lands in their name, nations stalking glory by funding high-risk/high-return expeditions.

Rasmussen was the first figure to break the lull of this hiatus, famously testing his hypothesis of the continuity of Inuit peoples from Greenland to Siberia over five years of dogsledding, inaugurating a new mode of inquiry and exploration into human origins. Thor Heyerdahl would try a similar approach in the South Pacific (Kon Tiki, 1947), sailing a balsa raft from Peru to Easter Island and demonstrating, he believed, that the culture behind the island's famous monoliths originated not in Polynesia but with Amerindians of South America.

Subsequent Greenland explorers like Jean Malaurie deepened this appreciation of indigenous peoples as terra nova, inspiring similar approaches in the Amazon (Levi-Strauss) and Congo (Colin Turnbull). Other notable Greenland travelers arrived by accident; their nearly fatal encounters with the island rewrote their artistic careers and legacy entirely (Rockwell Kent). More recent adventurers such as TM Kpomassie (An African in Greenland, 1977and Gretel Ehrlich are more lyrical and romantic than outright expeditionary, but chronicle the deep power of remote and hostile locales to ignite our imagination by testing our physical and psychological limits. In Greenland, art and the trials of endurance have a long synergy. The literature around these efforts avoids the clunky kitsch seen elsewhere, Congo and Everest being the two most obvious examples. 

I'll be shopping this one around, so stay tuned for the full article. 

          My 10 Least Favorite Things About Living and Teaching in Korea        
I've got a week left here in Korea before I go home to start grad school and say goodbye to the Sparkling Hermit Kingdom of Morning Calm for good. I've lived and taught here for two years, and it has been wonderful and terrible, glorious and excruciating, boring and exciting, eye opening and let-me-just-tune-out-the-world-and-watch-television-for-weeks-on-end.

I thought I'd finish out the year with two last posts: my ten favorite things about living here and my ten least favorite things. So that we end on a positive note, here are ten things that I have found consistently, repeatedly, powerfully annoying.

10. "Hello! Howareyou! Whereareyoufrom!" This is at the bottom of the list because in slightly modified form, it can actually be nice. When I pass an ajuma and her 4 year old granddaughter and the ajuma smiles and tells her granddaughter to say hello, it's really sweet. When I'm in the right mood, it can make me smile for a bunch of middle school girls to get over themselves and say hello and then giggle for fifteen seconds. But when I pass a group of college aged boys (or grown men!) across the street and one yells out "whereareyoufrom!" and the others start laughing uproariously, that's annoying.

9. Auto exhaust. I like to run and I walk everywhere, so I spend a lot of time "with" cars, trucks and scooters. I don't know what it is that our exhaust tests in the states get off the road, but the majority of autos here put out a foul, noxious gas that I'm sure is just destroying my lungs. Of course the tractors and scooters are even worse.

8. Sewers rising. Again, I don't know what they've done in the US to prevent the smells of sewers from rising into the streets, but they certainly haven't figured it out here. The national dish is kimchi -- rotting (er, sorry, fermenting) cabbage with garlic, fish sauce, shrimp paste and chilies. Unfortunately, that's what everyone shits and it smells even worse than you would imagine.

7. Fan death and other insanity. A lot of Koreans (maybe a majority. really. even doctors.) think that if you sleep with a fan on in your room you will die. A lot of Koreans also think that Korea is the pinnacle of culture and accomplishment. Logic here is... to be culturally sensitive, I'll say different, though having studied symbolic logic, I feel pretty comfortable saying it's just either missing or gets beat out by antiquated cultural beliefs. Ignorance and delusion are everywhere.

6. Logistical challenges. A lot of things are a lot harder in a foreign country. Often to buy something, I have to ask a Korean friend for help. I'm not going to miss feeling like a retarded four year old.

5. Volume and style of speech. Korean men are much worse than the women on this, though plenty of women are plenty annoying as well. Fresh from the west, you would honestly think a discussion on where to go to lunch was a boiling blood feud. Koreans love to eat and drink outside (which I love), and there's a nice spot just below my apartment window (which I don't love). For hours on end two women will sit pouring soju (the Korean version of sake, except it's vile) for men talking and yelling and interrupting and gesticulating at volumes I thought impossible. No time of day or location is off limits for this manner of communication.

4. Confucianism. Confucius mapped out social relationships to try to produce social harmony (the ultimate goal of Confucianism) in any situation. According to Confucianism, the younger, female or lower status should be deferential and obedient, which often seems more like meek and unquestioning. I think social harmony is an admiral goal, and I think deference and humility are lacking in westerners, but the rigid way Confucianism operates in modern Korea creates manifold problems. As my coteacher (a 31 year old woman) said when she learned we wouldn't be having a retirement party for our principal (a 64 year old man) because the government found out he has been stealing money from the school, "Why does he still have job? If I am stealing, I don't have job one more day!"

3. The staring. Maybe now I know what it's like to be a gorgeous woman. No, not the same. I am stared at constantly. This was less true (though still common) in the big city, but in this rural little town, I'd say around half of the people I see on the streets just fix their gaze on me. I almost always look back, try to summon compassion and acknowledge them. Maybe one in ten gives me a nice smile and bows back (usually the older women), the rest look away until I've stopped looking at them, and then fix their stare right back on me. What really makes this hard is what's behind the stare:

2. Xenophobia. Korea has long been called the Hermit Kingdom and with good reason. Throughout its existence, Korea has had to fight off domination from China and empires of the Japanese, Mongolians and others. Even in modern times, Korea has remained remarkably isolated. Besides the utter unfamiliarity with anything not-Korean, there is also a deep (and historically valid) antipathy toward foreigners. I once asked three wealthy, cosmopolitan middle school students from Busan if they would allow their children to marry foreigners and all three said absolutely not. I have received a tremendous amount of kindness and welcome from Koreans, but with a few notable exceptions, there is always an element of my being not quite the same, not quite human. What I'm about to write is completely unfair -- there are so many differences and what I have faced here doesn't even enter into the same arena -- but living here has given me emotional insight into what it must have been (and be) like to be black in many times and places in the United States.

1. Missing events and holidays at home. All of the above end when I leave in a week. But one of my best friends got married this summer, and I missed two Christmases with my family, and those are gone forever. I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had for those that I missed, but without exception, the hardest days here have been the days I have most wanted to be home.


What do you think waegookin seonsaengnim... what would you have included that I've left out?
          Teaching in Korea FAQ        
In my ongoing efforts to help people decide if teaching English in Korea is right for them, I thought I would post my responses to some questions I got from a friend of a friend who is thinking about making the move to Korea. I hope this helps. If there are any questions you think should be added to the list, let me know.


1. How did you apply for the position?

Through a recruiter. It is possible to apply to public school jobs directly, but there isn't any advantage to doing it that way, and it's more difficult and you have one less person in your corner should any issues come up. You could also come here to look for work... I think that makes the most sense for those with experience who are trying to land a highly competitive position, such as a university gig. One of the greatest benefits to starting in Korea is that everything is taken care of for you.... the recruiter will find you positions (for free, they're paid by the school), help you get everything in order for your visa and such, and then you'll be set up with a ticket (or airfare) and when you get here you'll have an apartment waiting for you. I can't imagine landing in Taiwan or Vietnam and trying to find a place to live at the same time as all the other new-arrival stuff.

2. Are you TESL/TEFLO certified?

No, and there's no need to be in Korea. For those who think Korea is a good fit, I would suggest starting here without it, and if after a year or two hear, you decide you want to stick with TEFL and possibly move somewhere where the certification is more important (particularly in the Middle East and a few particular Asian countries), then look into that.

3. How long did it take you from the begginning of your application process till ending up in Korea?

I started in May-ish, knowing that I wanted to come at the begining of the semester Sept. 1. One guy in my town did the whole thing in a couple weeks, but that's definitely on the fast end. The new school year just started last week.... there are always positions available, in public and private schools, but the big hiring pushes are for 3/1 and 9/1... I'd suggest starting several months before you want to come.


4. Is it easy to transfer teachig positions throughout Korea/Asia/World

I'm not sure what you mean by transfer. Korea runs almost 100% on 1-year contracts. One downside to Korea is that visas are non-transferable, so if you don't finish your contract, you have to get a release from your employer and go through the whole visa process again with your new employer. My understanding is that in Japan, for example, the visa is transferable. If you mean at the end of the contract, it's certainly easy to transfer within Korea... a year of experience here is a big plus because employers know you know what you're in for and that you can handle it. I imagine that's true with employers in other countries too. Two years experience and/or TEFL seems to be a commonly listed necessary experience for some of the more desireable jobs I've seen.

5. How hard is it to adapt socially (i.e. nightlife, dating,)

This is a huge question, and there are a lot of variables, most importantly you. I would suggest reading blogs of English teachers here... that's a nice window. Mine is at viewfromgangwon.blogspot.com... I'll probably refer you to a couple specific posts at some point.

In sum, Korea is not an easy place to adapt to. It is probably one of the lesser foreigner-friendly places on the planet. I have friends that have married into Korean families and are happy and plan to spend the rest of their lives here. But I know a lot more people that have come, foudn it very difficult, and are anxious to get out at the end of their contract. I think much of that is culture shock... the experience of living and working in a foreign culture after the novelty has worn off, and I do hear similar complaints from teachers in Japan and Thailand, but I'm not sure they are as ubiquitous or as strong as they are here.

If nightlife and dating are real concerns for you, I would suggest Seoul, or possibly Busan. Seoul is one of the biggest cities in the world, and you can find just about anything there, though I have never heard it refered to as cosmopolitan. Busan is a city of something like 3 million... I lived there for a year and quite liked it... it's on the beach and has a more moderate climate and a less hectic feel than Seoul, but also many many less foreigners and services for foreigners. Now I'm in a tiny town on the east coast, far from everything and very isolated. I took the job largely for the 5 week vacation, but it makes the other 47 weeks pretty tough, and I'm someone who likes a lot of time to himself for reading, guitar, exercise, etc.. Again, search for blogs of folks teaching in Seoul, Busan and other random places... the differences will be obvious.

6. What happens if i get sick/injured?

Korea has wonderful socialized medicine. About 50,000 won (~$30) of your monthly paycheck gets you medical care at prices you won't believe ($2 for a dentist visit, $.85 for a perscription fill, $300 for a crown treatment). Many doctors are trained at US medical schools. The bigger the city, the better in terms of quality of care and availability of ENglish speakers.

7. Have you been able to save money fairly easy?

Yes. This is the other advantage to living in the sticks... there's nothing to spend money on! Unfortunately, over the last six months, the exchange rate has moved massively against those of us saving won to convert to dollars (~40%). It hasn't affected prices here much, but it sucks when you transfer money home. Still, I will bank 5-figures this year, and that's with a 3-week trip to Thailand, buying the nicest food I can find and taking regular trips around the country. I don't, however, drink or smoke or eat meat, so I save money on all of those. The maxim is that you should be able to save half of your salary without trying. I save around 70%. When thinking about savings, don't forget that at the end of your contract you effectively get 2 months extra pay - one called severence and one from a pension.

8. How much stuff did you bring to Korea?

I brought the two largest suitcases I could get my hands on, and packed things like Clif bars, books, and a tennis racket. My parents send me a package every few months with my favorite foods and toiletries, which helps a lot.

9. have you picked up much of the language since your inception?

No, and most people don't, but that's stupid. Korean is one of the hardest languages for an English speaker to learn, but it can be done. Especially in Seoul, if you really wanted to commit to it, there are hagwons (a hagwon is like a tutoring center, they offer after school classes to students, especially in English, and employ most of the foreigners here) that teach Korean to foreigners.... If there were one here, I would do it. I have enough of the language to get around, but embarrassingly little for having lived 18 months here. I bought some books before coming and while here, but just haven't dug into it. I've heard people talk about acquiring languages like Hindi and Italian in less than a year because they loved the culture and always wanted to be immersed in it. I think the converse explains why most of us don't make much of an effort at Korean.



So there are some thoughts. Here are a few blog entries that might be valuable to consider:

several videos, if you want to get an idea of what life looks like in Korea.

differences between hagwon and public school teaching

general thoughts about being and teaching here. be sure to check out the comments section, as there are lots of valuable insights from readers there.


I hope all that helps. If it brings up any more questions, feel free to ask. If you decide you want to come, my recruiter was great before we got here, and in helping us when we needed to move. I'd be happy to set you up with them (I get a little kick-back if you end up signing on.)
          Busan Trip        
It's been too long since I've last posted. Here's a long-winded write-up of our trip to Busan last weekend...

Last Friday, we left school at noon to catch a bus for Busan where we would celebrate my birthday and soak up the refreshing cosmopolitanism of Korea's second city.

Because we live in the middle of nowhere in the mountains, we had to take a bus 45 minutes north in order to get the bus that would take us five hours south. That's frustrating. In fact, the time expense to travel around the country from eastern Gangwon-do has been one of the most frustrating aspects of living here, especially when half of the population is connected by a bullet train that crosses the country in two hours. If I had it to over again, I would probably ask to be on the western (Seoul) side of the province for this reason alone.

With that said, the bus ride wasn't too uncomfortable, and we got into Busan early enough to head to “Kebapistan,” the famous-among-foreigners Turkish restaurant in the PNU neighborhood of Busan. My multiple falafel sandwiches were lovely, though not quite as good as they were when I lived in Busan in 2006. That or my memory has inflated their taste in the intervening years.

One of the great things about traveling in Korea is the ubiquity of cheap accommodation. Koreans typically live with their parents until they are married, so, in response to the demand for private space for young men and women, thousands of “love motels” have sprung up across the country, where one can stay in a reasonable, clean room for between 20 and 50,000 won (US$15 – 37). We asked a table of foreigners if they knew of any such places near by and they pointed us to a neighborhood with two in every alley (half way to Jangjeon-dong on the main street in PNU) and we found a nice place for 20,000 won and after a brief walk around the neighborhood promptly crashed.

I had planned the whole trip around the restaurants I wanted to eat at in Busan, and on Saturday morning we headed to a place, also in the university district of Busan, that I remembered for their vegetable panini and tomato soup. We found it with surprising ease, and while it had the same cute decor and English books and games, the menu had taken a significant change for the worse. Gone were paninis and soups, in were sausages and ham sandwiches. The consolation prizes of a couple onion bagels and cup of coffee at Starbucks were not unwelcome though.

From their we went up to Beomeo-sa, the biggest and most famous Buddhist temple in Busan. It was lovely, as it has been every time I've been there. There were lots of paper lanterns strung up today, which was especially nice, something a little different.

We went for a lovely hike above the temple, up to a prominent ridge-line that can be seen from all over the northern part of the city. The weather was shockingly good for mid-December, the day was clear and it felt great to be out and get the blood pumping. We live in the middle of nowhere as far as Korea goes, yet the air was cleaner in Busan, because we live in coal-central in the middle of nowhere Korea, so that was a nice change as well. We met a nice man from Gwang-ju, a recently retired principal, with whom we had a nice conversation on the way up the trail, and who kindly took and emailed us our only picture of the trip.



From there we headed to the vegetarian buffet in Seomyeon, but found it closed (restaurant failure #2 for the day), so we grabbed a quick bi-bim-bap (mixed veggies and rice) and headed for Jagalchi, the gigantic fish market on the pier of Busan. It was as busy, smelly and strange as ever, and we had fully taken that in, we headed a few blocks over to Nampo-dong, the trendy downtown area of Busan.

Nampo-dong on a Saturday night was totally overwhelming. Thousands and thousands of little shops in maze like alleys, all illuminated by dozens of hanging fluorescent lights – shoe designers, clothes consolidators, traditional Korean goods for tourists. After what felt like hours of sifting through piles of clothes (a pastime for Melanie), we had a pieces of clothing we like and headed for the hole-in-the-wall Indian place in Nampo-dong, that I absolutely love. To get there, walk down the main street in Nampo-dong to the Pizza Hut, turn into that alley, walking on the Pizza Hut side, look for a steep, green staircase on your right, about 2/3 of the way down that alley. It's up there on the right.

The Indian Restaurant has only one vegetarian dish – masala curry, and it turned out to be too spicy for Melanie, which was big bummer. So I enjoyed mine as quickly as possible and we hit a second bi-bim-bap place on our way out of Nampo-dong.

Then we got foolish. We headed all the way across the city to go to what is reputed to be the largest bathhouse in Asia. When we got off the subway, we looked at our guidebook to see how to get there and learned that it closed at 9:00. Most bathhouses in Korea are open 24 hours and will let you sleep there, which was our plan, but not this one. So we back across the city, to the Haeundae Beach area, for another jimjilbang that was open 24 hours.

I had a nice soak, especially on the balcony that overlooks the beach – that was special. Melanie had an unfortunate run-in with what may have been a would-be thief (averted by her quick action), and when we met in the clothed, co-ed part of the jimjilbang, we realized there was no way we were going to sleep there. Some jimjilbangs have big sleeping rooms that are closed off from the activity of the rest of the place. This one didn't. So we left, nearing 11:00, eyes shutting and all.

Fortunately we found a reasonable motel fairly quickly (the first one tried to put us in a dirty room) and we got a much-needed good night's sleep.

On Sunday morning we went for a nice walk on Haeundae Beach, which was largely empty, so we tried to imagine what it would look like in July with tens of thousands of Koreans packed onto it. It was cold though, so we headed back to the vegetarian restaurant in Seomyeon, which was open this time. We had our favorite meal of the weekend here, and picked up some oatmeal, flax seed and dried mango on our way out.

I knew it would be pushing it to head to Busan for a normal weekend like this, but for Turkish and Indian food, it was well worth it. And, yes, the Korean temple, restaurant and bathhouse were nice too.
          Iniciais de até R$ 2,2 mil - Cosmorama/SP abre concurso com 20 vagas - Inscrições para o concurso da Prefeitura de Cosmorama, no interior paulista, vão até 28 de maio. Chances estão distribuídas entre funções destinadas a profissionais de todas as escolaridades        
Inscrições para o concurso da Prefeitura de Cosmorama, no interior paulista, vão até 28 de maio. Chances estão distribuídas entre funções destinadas a profissionais de todas as escolaridades
          1/64 京商 Beads 56 MAZDA COSMO SPORT POLICE CAR(L10B)1968        
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          Interview with Aubrey de Grey        
I meet Aubrey de Grey after his lecture at the CosmoCaixa Barcelona Museum.  He’s had an intense day: several press, radio and television interviews in the morning,  followed by a  two hours lecture in front of a demanding public. Fatigue … Sigue leyendo
          Mobile Learning in a Cortina        



As a kid, it was always fun to ride in my uncle' John's Cortina. Why ? Because unlike other family members' cars which only had an AM radio to listen to (usually playing "Ed Stewart's Junior Choice" each weekend from what I remember), Uncle John had an 8 track cartridge car stereo.

For those of you who can't remember a time when televisions did not have remote controls, instamatic cameras used spools of film and Vulcan bombers graced our skies, you'll have to Google "8 track cartridge" to find out what I'm on about. I hope that many of you though will be transported back to a nostalgic time of riding along to the sounds of 'Tubular Bells', 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' and 10CC's 'How Dare You' etc.

But there was something else. Amidst the motley collection of tapes was a course of Linguaphone cartridges; a popular choice among cosmopolitan motorists of the 1970's wishing to learn a foreign language whilst driving along. It was my first ever memory of mobile learning.

In today's hi-tech age of iPods and mobile phones, it's easy to think of Mobile Learning as being a phenomenon of the current millenium. But a quick look at Wikipedia revealed a startling fact - way back in time a generation before Uncle John's 8 track system was even on the drawing board, Linguaphone started their Mobile Learning business in 1901 using Wax Cylinders !

Admittedly, since wax cylinder players were not exactly the epitome of portability, the word "Mobile" has to be taken in quite a loose sense. But it goes to show how long the concept of mobile learning has been around.
          The Finja        

The Finja

Photo by cosmonautirussi


          How I Feel About The Brickyard 400        

Being a native of Indiana and one of the few NASCAR fans who can form an articulate sentence and can say with absolute certainty that I have never kissed my cousin, the last week of July is typically a week that I spend doing a lot of explaining to people.  That’s because the last week of July is when the Brickyard 400 is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and is therefore the time of year that all sorts of people over here in Ohio ask me if I’m going back home for the race and then look at me like I just pulled my testicles out of my pants and rested them on their forehead when I tell them “absolutely not.” 

Part of their disbelief comes from the fact that it’s no secret that I think the Indy 500 is the single most sacred event (sporting event or otherwise) in the world and that I’ve actually ended relationships with my friends and girlfriends when they didn’t want to accompany me to the race because they claimed that it didn’t appeal to them.  I’ve made it well-known that the Indy 500 is a really big f’ing deal to me, so people assume that because I actually prefer NASCAR to the IndyCar series, I must really be pitching a tent towards the end of July because I get to watch my favorite drivers race on my favorite track just a few miles from my hometown.  After all, the Brickyard 400 is essentially just the Indy 500 for NASCAR, right? 

The answer is of course not, stupid.  Much like Disney’s Doug and a deep fried hand job, the Brickyard 400 is a perfect example of how it’s entirely possible to put two otherwise great things together and create something far worse than the individual parts.

Let me first say that my disdain for the Brickyard 400 doesn’t come from me being some sort of traditionalist who hates the fact that the 500 isn’t the only race run on the sacred IMS track anymore, which is how some people in Indy felt when the Brickyard first started in 1994.  I’m perfectly fine with the idea of there being another race at IMS.  Hell, I’d be fine with there being a race every weekend at IMS so long as they all featured quality racing and a crazy party.  But that’s where the Brickyard 400 falls short and is really why I have such an issue with it – the racing sucks and the party is even worse.  On the surface, it seems like the Brickyard 400 has all the necessary elements to make for an awesome experience, but it only takes one trip to the Indy 500 and one trip to the Brickyard 400 to notice the vast difference and get the overwhelming feeling that, like a dry college campus or a prude supermodel, there are serious problems that completely outweigh any and all positives.

First let’s tackle the racing.  Now, I don’t pretend to be a racing expert and even though I’ve been watching NASCAR for as long as I can remember, I admittedly have no idea what the hell the commentators are talking about most of the time because my knowledge of the terminology is pretty limited.  Truth be told, I probably know more about elephants than I do racing strategy or the anatomy of cars in general (here’s proof: elephants have up to six sets of teeth in their lifetime and once their sixth set falls out, they die from starvation because they can no longer eat.  Also, did you know that if you just went to your local zoo and picked out any elephant at random, removed all of its organs including its trunk, and laid them all end-to-end on the ground, you would certainly get arrested and would probably spend a significant amount of time in prison?).

But despite my shortcomings in car knowledge, I am able to tell if what I am watching is boring or not.  Of course, some would argue that all racing is boring because it’s nothing more than a bunch of left turns.  And yet others would argue that this is all a moot point anyway because when I go to the IMS, I typically sit in the infield and don’t watch any of the race at all because I’m too busy slamming back a case of Bud heavies while trying to get trashy chicks to show me their goods.  But I’ve been to enough of these races to know how to pay attention to both the race and the Tweety Bird tattoo on the breast of some chain smoking lady in a tube top, so really that’s an invalid argument.  Besides, I went to a bunch of races before I turned 10 and started drinking and trying to get girls to flash me, and even back then I could tell that the Brickyard 400 just wasn’t getting the job done.

The fatal flaw with the Brickyard 400 is that the track simply wasn’t built for NASCAR cars.  Again, I don’t know much about car engineering or the science behind racetracks and whatnot, but even a Michigan fan could figure out pretty quickly that IMS has relatively no banking.  This lack of banking means that most of the entertainment at IMS comes from watching cars fight physics and try to make a turn going 200+ mph without much help from the track itself, which might be boring to watch on TV but I assure you is pretty nuts to see in person for the first time (and really every time).  This fighting of physics is exactly what the founders of the IMS wanted, seeing as how they built the track in 1909 primarily as a way to test the limits of high performance cars (fun fact: the guy who was in charge of building the track thought that cars wouldn’t be able to go any faster than 120 mph around IMS, so the fact that the modern day cars run at almost double that speed during the Indy 500 is pretty remarkable).

Anyway, my point is that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built and exists for one reason – to see how fast cars can go around it.  It was a track built to test speed and the Indy 500 does just that, which is why that particular race is so entertaining.  The cars are literally going as fast as the physics will allow them and if the drivers make even a fraction of a mistake, it could cost them a win (JR Hildebrand on the final turn this year) or in some cases – God forbid – even their lives.

The Brickyard 400, on the other hand, doesn’t provide that balls to the wall speed that the 500 does because NASCAR cars are built entirely differently.  NASCAR races, relatively speaking, are often predicated more on physicality than speed (at Indy, NASCAR cars average about 50 mph less than the open wheel cars do), so when they race on a track like IMS that was built solely to test speed, they go relatively slowly through the turns and the race turns out to essentially just be a parade of what appear to be elaborately painted refrigerators.  Plus, throw in the fact that NASCAR guys like to bump each other and IMS is most certainly not a track for bumping, and it makes things even worse because all that bumping results in a lot of crashes and caution flags (when people say they like crashes, what they really mean is they like seeing fiery crashes where the car rolls a few times and looks completely decimated when it’s all said and done.  Most crashes, though, are entirely unexciting and just drag out the race and make it even more boring).  Throw all of these factors together and what you’ve got is a race that can’t even sniff the jock of the Indy 500.

Of course, this is just my theory that I’ve established solely through years of observation.  I don’t have stats to back me up and I certainly don’t have any real knowledge of racing whatsoever, so there’s a good chance my explanation is way off.  Either way, the fact of the matter is that the racing at the Brickyard 400 just isn’t that exciting.  Regardless of why, there’s no denying that it’s pretty boring when compared to the 500.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to the real issue – the partying (or more accurately, the lack thereof).  There are really only four words needed to explain why the Indy 500 party scene makes the Brickyard 400 party scene look like a Sunday morning trip to church with your grandparents – general admission infield tickets.  I’ve written about this before, but the infield at the Indy 500 is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my life (and yes, I’ve been to the Kentucky Derby), primarily because I’ve seen just about anything you can imagine short of rape and murder.  I’ve seen people having sex (I’ve even seen what appeared to be a 3-way), I’ve seen people doing hardcore drugs, and I’ve seen a woman try to piss in a busy men’s restroom by removing her jean shorts, propping her foot up to get a better angle, and pointing her vajeen toward the community urinal tub (admit it – you’re jealous).  It might be a typical Tuesday afternoon for Charlie Sheen, but for average people like you and me the infield at the 500 is mind-blowingly wild.

Why is the Indy 500 infield so rowdy, you ask? It’s simple – because it’s stupidly cheap and you can damn near bring anything into the track that you can carry.  This is really what separates it from the Kentucky Derby infield in my mind (not to mention the fact that horse racing can lick auto racing’s chode), since Derby infield tickets are more expensive and you can’t bring in outside food or drinks.  You can get a ticket for the Indy 500 infield for $30 and bring in a huge cooler full of food and beer (or if you’re like The Villain, stuff to make Cosmos).  Hell, for the 2010 race, I brought two kegs into the infield and tapped those bitches about 100 yards away from the track (it’s the only major sporting event I can think of that you can legally bring your own personal kegs to).  It’s essentially just a BYOB party with a $30 cover charge that 150,000 people are invited to and literally lasts all day, so there’s really no excuse for it not to be the most bitchingest party in America each and every year.

The Brickyard 400, though, doesn’t have these coveted general admission infield tickets.  I’ll say it again, this time using bold text to help emphasize what I’m saying: the Brickyard 400 does not have general admission infield tickets.  If that confuses the hell out of you and makes you think whoever is in charge of this decision should be immediately fired, you now have something in common with every 18-34 year old (white) male in the greater Indianapolis area. 

Now, it should be noted that you can buy a regular ticket with an actual seat assigned to it for the Brickyard 400 and walk into the infield and watch the race from there, but that completely defeats the purpose of the infield ticket.  Regular tickets aren’t as cheap as the infield tickets would be, so the poor white trash people that can afford to come party at the Indy 500 (and are typically the rowdiest people at the track) don’t show up for the 400.  As a result, the infield for the Brickyard basically just consists of legitimate race fans who have no interest in partying and just want to sit closer to the track to enhance their experience, college kids who think they’re cool because they’re drinking beer at a race at IMS and don’t know that the Brickyard is the JV race, and middle class people who don’t completely hate their lives like the poor people do and therefore don’t turn to drugs and alcohol as a way of coping with their failures.  So yeah, the party kinda sucks.

Basically, here’s the ultimate problem: In my opinion, the only way to make the Brickyard 400 as awesome as it should be and to make it a must-attend event is to sell the infield tickets.  But they won’t start selling infield tickets any time soon because they don’t even come close to selling all the normal tickets, so they’re obviously going to focus more on trying to figure out a way to get more people to buy the relatively expensive seat-assigned tickets because those tickets bring in more money for them than the infield tickets do.  But they’re never going to sell out of the normal tickets until the quality of racing improves.  But the quality of racing won’t improve because the track simply isn’t a good fit for those cars.  So really, the way I see it, the only way to improve the overall event is to completely change the type of cars NASCAR uses.  Obviously this can’t happen, which is why the Brickyard 400 seems like it’s on track (pun absolutely intended) to be a perpetual letdown.

And let’s not kid ourselves.  Even though I said earlier that I wouldn’t mind there being a race at IMS every weekend, that doesn’t mean that all of the races there should be treated equally.  Regardless of the quality of racing or the party scene, the Indy 500 is in a class on its own just because of the history associated with it, and there’s legitimately no way in hell the Brickyard could ever come close to being as big of a deal to the people of Indianapolis (the Brickyard is like the NIT final four – just because it’s being held at a historic venue doesn’t make it a big deal).  That in and of itself is enough for some to think that it’s sacrilege to go to IMS for a race at any time other than Memorial Day weekend because the experience is borderline laughable and it makes the Indy 500 feel less special (another reason why the Indy 500 rules – Memorial Day is a built in recovery day for the day after the race). 

For as long as I can remember, I haven’t been included in that group, but with each passing year it seems like I’m getting closer and closer to feeling the exact same way.


It goes without saying that you should feel free to call me out on anything I screwed up.  As I said earlier, everything I just wrote is based on nothing more than my own personal experience, which typically means I’m embarrassingly wrong.  So if I was way off with my reasoning for why the Brickyard just isn’t what it seems like it could be, by all means send me an email and put me in my place.  If your email has enough vitriol in it, we might even become pen pals.

Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

Mark Titus

Club Trillion Founder


          What are good documentaries to watch with my kids?        
I watched Reel Injun with my kids and we loved it. We also liked the new Cosmos. One of us loved the Katy Perry biopic. What are other recent documentaries we might enjoy? They need to be roughly PG-rated. I appreciate how Reel Injun handled the most grim parts of the subject; that's about as dark as I want to get, for now. Entertaining is good, funny is good, educational is good. Need to be legally available in the US, preferably on Netflix or Amazon, and in English. All sorts of topics are fine, but I'm more interested in people than in nature.
          WRITE OUT LOUD presents 8th Annual TWAINFEST, 8/19        

WRITE OUT LOUD, an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for a live audience - announces the 8th Annual TwainFest to take place on Saturday, August 19th from 11am - 5pm in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego. New this year, TwainFest expands into the evening with Twain After Dark, a ticketed event for adults at the Cosmopolitan Hotel which starts at 6:00pm. TwainFest is produced by Write Out Loud and sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes in association with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

TwainFest, now a tradition for many San Diego families, is an all day FREE festival celebrating Mark Twain and the literature and culture of 19th Century America. There is something for everyone at this festive old-fashioned gathering at the park. Presentations occur at a variety of park venues throughout the day.

Returning Festival Favorites:

  • Local San Diego performers present 19th Century stories and poems by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walt Whitman, Eugene Field, Cervantes and many more at venues throughout the park.

  • Cygnet Theatre's Storytelling on the Green presents abridged Shakespeare designed for all ages.

  • Giant puppets of Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edgar Allan Poe will wander the green.

  • An arcade of unique literary games and activities designed especially for TwainFest will entertain players of all ages on the green. The Election of 1872, Jim Hawkins Treasure Hunt, Wheel of Fiction and Telegraph Crunch are just a few activities that join sack races, ring toss and other games of the period to assure a fun-filled yet educational day for all ages.

  • The Authors Salon provides the opportunity to meet Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson and other beloved writers of the period.

  • The Armory Band recreates the only band that played for both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, providing patriot music of the time played on vintage instruments.

  • Civil War Field Encampment, complete with General Grant, provides classes for all ages in fife and drum and artillery.

  • For those who want to dress up in period attire there's a 19th Century Literary Costume Contest.

  • A backdrop of 19th Century music enlivens the day's activities.

  • Free books are provided to all who participate in 5 or more activities.

New To TwainFest for 2017:

Twain After Dark - a new ticketed event starting at 6pm at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Audience will move from room to room for:

  • Literary Seance is conducted by medium Madame Caprella who will conjure literary figures from the 19th Century

  • Literary Bordello - Madama Rosalina and her 'girls' will entice you with 'spicey' literature of the day

  • Literary Tarot Readings - Have your fortune told as it relates to literature

In addition to TwainFest, Write Out Loud - led by Artistic Director, Veronica Murphy and Executive Director, Walter Ritter - provides the community five other core programs serving over 18,500 people annually. Additional programs include a six show season of Story Concerts presented at Old Town Theatre, Stories for Seniors, StoryBox Theatre for elementary students, Read Imagine Create for teens and Poetry Out Loud for high school students. More information at www.writeoutloudsd.com.


          Russian launch services operator eyes lunar mission in early 2020s        

While several private companies are vying to claim their share of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) by landing a spacecraft on the Moon before 2017 ends, they aren't the only ones with a focus on Earth's natural satellite. Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Russia's Roscosmos, has announced their intention of launching small vehicles as co-manifested payloads on larger Moon-bound missions.

The post Russian launch services operator eyes lunar mission in early 2020s appeared first on SpaceFlight Insider.


          Frøplanter og lidt af det andet...        
Det er nu høsten af vinterens udforskning på diverse online frøbutikker, frøindkøb og blomsterdrømme bliver indfriet. Det er altid spændende at prøve lidt nye frø og selvfølgelig er der også de faste gengangere, som bliver sået hvert år.

Disse skønne duft levkøjer er en stor succes, de står og spreder deres helt fantastiske duft lige ved terrassedøren.



Cynoglossum amabile, kinesisk forglemmigej eller kinesisk hundetunge, som den også kaldes, har jeg ikke prøvet før. Men nøjs hvor er den skøn og jeg er helt pjattet med de fine små blomster.



Den er pænt høj og skulle fortætte blomstringen hele sommeren.



Løvemund har jeg sået mange gange og den er altid et sikkert hit. Disse skulle være svagt pastelfarvede, men indtilvidere er der ikke megen pastel på paletten.





Chokolade cosmos sået for første men bestemt ikke sidste gang.



Den yndige cosmos Xanthos skal helt sikkert også sås til næste år.



Det var nogle af de nye frøplanter jeg nyder i øjeblikket, men der er jo også meget andet der fanger øjet.

Floks festen er lige startet.






 Jackmanii purpurea gruppe 3, er heldigvis ikke visnet ned, som sÃ¥ mange andre klematis i Ã¥r.



Denne lækre digitalis har fået sløjfe på så der kan samles frø. Vi har næsten kun lilla digitalis, så nye farver er velkomne.



 Hvid stormhat er ogsÃ¥ lige startet.


Den blæsende sommer giver daglige udfordringer, når de skønne blomster skal indfanges med linsen. Heldigvis skinner solen, så havens blomster kan nydes i fulde drag, for det er virkelig højsommer i haven.

Mange hverdags hilsner herfra :)
          Sol og sommer....        
 Sikke en fantastisk varm og solrig lørdag vi har nydt idag. Hele dagen er blevet brugt i haven pÃ¥ smÃ¥ hyggelige gøremÃ¥l og masser af pauser i solen :).

Jeg fik klippet de sørgelige rester af pæonerne væk og midt i det hele dukkede denne perfekte Sarah Bernhardt frem, helt upåvirket af regn og blæst.



Endelig en dag hvor det ikke blæste, så vi kunne få Rosenholm tilbage i træet hvor den hører hjemme.




Blæsten havde revet den helt fri, men nu er den atter på plads og inden længe kommer der masser af blomster.



Under træet blomstrer den skønne Hagley på et lavt stakit.



I samme bed er der også fuld gang i stjerneskærm.



Jeg syntes den lille dværglupin matcher de mørke alunrod perfekt. Det bliver fint når resten af dem springer ud.



Jeg har også hvide som matcher de små fine cosmos Xanthos perfekt.




 Enlig valmue mod den blomstrende timian.



Da vi var i Nordjylland faldt vi for disse herlige frøbasser. Vi glemte dog at købe dem, men heldigvis havde vi efterladt lidt familie deroppe, så idag kom svigerfar forbi med dem. Ovenikøbet som en gave...Tak svigerfar :)



Nu sidder de og hygger ved vandbaljen og kan ta en dukkert når behovet opstår.



Det ene af de to tårne med Giardina.



Campanula.




 New Dawn.



 Hækken blev klippet og de sidste frøplanter og dahlia kom i jorden. Der er ikke mange blomster endnu, men midt i billedet svæver en enkelt chokoladeblomst.



Frøplanterne er helt anderledes i kronbladene end dem man køber i potter, men jeg er vild med den.



 Da Odyssey kom til haven, fik jeg den plantet midt i en violfrøstjerne. Heldigvis deles de fint om pladsen.



Under en pause i solen kom jeg til at kigge på vores store græs, som efterhånden fylder en del. Tænkte at den trængte til at blive strammet lidt op, så manden var hurtig til at finde rionettet frem.



En simpel ring blev lavet og jeg glæder mig allerede til næste gang plænen skal klippes.



Hvid aconitum med store knopper.



 Det blev en god og udbytterig dag i haven, hvor der blev klippet og nusset om planterne. Et par besøg og masser af hygge var med til at gøre dagen perfekt :). I morgen ser det desværre ikke ud til at solen vil kigge frem, men der er ogsÃ¥ nok af gøremÃ¥l at kaste sig over indendørs.

Mange solrige hilsner herfra :)


          Den første pæon og et godt fundament...        
 Efter en smuk start pÃ¥ dagen, var det desværre blevet overskyet og blæsende da jeg fik fri. Jeg var næsten sikker pÃ¥ at festiva maxima var sprunget ud, sÃ¥ det skulle der jo tjekkes op pÃ¥. Og helt rigtigt den første blomst stod i fuld flor. Den har de sidste Ã¥r kommet med bÃ¥de svagt rosa og hvide blomster, men den er ogsÃ¥ rigtig gammel, sÃ¥ mÃ¥ske er den blevet lidt dement :)




Denne knop holder farven bedre.



Lupin Noble Maiden og blomsterkørvel i smuk forening.



Her så en helt anden lupin, nemlig en hvid dværglupin som jeg såede i foråret. Jeg skal da lige love for den er mini, tror at plantens samlede højde med blomst er 20 cm. Håber den er flerårig for den er da super skøn.



Nyslået græsplæne er altid fint.



Den store jasmin står fyldt med skønne blomster, desværre ikke så let at fotografere mod den grå himmel.




Ny fin ridderspore der endnu ikke er kommet i jorden.



Den megen nedbør har været hård ved Miss Batemann, der allerede er ved at tabe pusten.



Til gengæld har Hagley Hybrid forsigtigt Ã¥bnet lÃ¥gen pÃ¥ klem, sÃ¥ vi kan se hvad der venter.



Endnu engang blev planterne i skyggebedet gravet op, så vandbaljen kunne blive flyttet.



Manden min fik lavet en solid ramme og støbt et godt fundament til baljen så den ikke kommer i kontakt med jorden og dermed forhåbentlig holder i flere år. Det er en kær julegave fra min hr fader :)


Det bliver rigtigt godt med baljens nye placering, det føles helt rigtigt, så nu må det gerne hærde op i en fart så jeg atter kan få planterne i jorden mens den er våd og let at arbejde i.



Nogen tid efter jeg havde tømt bajlen opdagede manden disse haletusser eller hvad det er, der desperat ledte efter vand. Baljen blev hurtigt rejst og tilført en masse regnvand. Nu håber vi de klarer tørlægningen, for det bliver spændende at finde ud af hvad de er for nogle. Mandens bud er salamander, jeg har ikke noget bud ????. Jeg hælde sikkert en masse ud på plænen da baljen blev tømt, men der er stadig en god del tilbage og det ser ud til der stadig er liv......men kønne det er de ikke.



 Forhadt skvalderkÃ¥l med skønne blomster.



De første knopper er ved at vise sig i chokolade cosmos, jeg syntes ikke de ser så mørke ud som de burde, så det bliver spændende at se blomsten.







Vi slutter som vi startede med sæsonens første pæon.


En god start på ugen som først lige er skudt igang.

Mange mandags hilsner herfra :)
          Forældede motiver.....        
Tirsdag aften brød den længe ventede regn endelig igennem og det regner stadig :). Jeg kan næsten høre helt herinde i tørvejr hvordan alle havens planter træer og buske stÃ¥r og klapper begejstret med bladene. Da jeg tømte regnmÃ¥leren igÃ¥r var der kommet 42 mm og der er sikkert kommet en god del i dag ogsÃ¥. Billlederne er fra i tirsdags og sidste weekend og er helt sikkert forældet.

Det hjalp åbenbart med lidt omtale og brok i efteråret, for nu blomstrer den fine iris for første gang i mange år. Jeg kunne slet ikke huske hvilken farve de havde, men den er godtaget.




Miss Bateman blomstrer så smukt bag vandposten.



Blomsterne ligger nærmest i lag.



Pileurt og bjergknopurt er jeg ret vild med. Den lettere invasive pileurt skal justeres kraftigt efter blomstring, men det skal den jo hver år, så den ikke kvæler alt andet i bedet.





De første blomster i den uægte jasmin.



Siden billedet blev taget er den store busk/træ sprunget meget mere ud.



Et par skønne alunrod som klæder hinanden godt.






Tre deutzia i fuld flor.




Herlig høneballe storkenæb.



De cremegule prærieliljer er sprunget ud. De blomstrer senere og holder betydeligt længere end deres blå fætre.





En stor del af småplanterne i drivhuset nåede at blive plantet inden jorden blev for tør. Så nu er der ryddet op og alle spor efter planteskolen er væk.



Resten af planterne står stadig og venter, men nu er jorden klar til at modtage dem.




Straks blev der en helt anden stemning i drivhuset og nu er det de spiselige planter der skal i focus.




Der står dog stadig noget småkravl tilbage, små chili sået i påsken og en del klatreløvemund som er gået helt i stå og sikkert ikke bliver til noget.



Årets største frø succes er helt sikkert chokolade cosmos, som jeg ikke har prøvet at så før. Nu venter jeg bare på lidt knopper så bliver de også plantet ud.



Den skønne kinesiske engblomme jeg købte på plantemarked i maj, er super fin og det syntes sneglene desværre også. Øv altså... jeg bliver så træt, når jeg bringer endnu en sneglelivret hjem.






I højbedet bag drivhuset holder alium og pæoner boldfest i øjeblikket. 






Blomsterkørvel kan jeg simpelthen ikke stå for.



Indtil i søndags stod Green passion, den sidste af de klematis der blev købt i april stadig i drivhuset. Nu har vi endelig fået mere rionet hjem og manden lavede fluks et tårn til den.







De nye blomster er dog ikke helt så grønne som den første, men meget charmende med de forskellig farver.


Tårnet er nok lige med det højeste, men let at klippe af hvis det bliver for underligt.




Nu håber jeg at vejrudsigten holder, så jeg kan få de sidste planter i jorden i morgen eftermiddag efter arbejde. Jeg trænger også til at komme ud og rode i jorden og gå på opdagelse efter nye blomster som er sprunget ud de sidste dage.

Mange regnvåde hilsner herfra :)
          The Lost World of Genesis One        
One of the books I read over my Christmas vacation was John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate—highly recommended for anyone unsatisfied with the major interpretations of Genesis 1: Young Earth Creationism and the Framework, Day-Age and Gap Theories.For instance, Young Earth Creationism (YEC) had become increasingly problematic for me, as I read about the geological and astronomical evidence for an ancient universe and began to ponder the theological significance of living in a cosmos that was created 14 billion years before my arrival. Additionally, I did not see an exegetical necessity for a...
          Sceneskift......        
De lune temperaturer og mange solskinstimer den sidste ugestid, har virkelig sat gang i en helt ny akt og det helt store sceneskift. De smukke tulipaner som vi har nydt rigtigt længe, har takket af og givet pladsen videre til nye aktører. Billederne er taget i løbet af den sidste uge og kommer i en skøn blanding, både med langt og nyklippet græs.

Træpæon med morgendug.



Det første billede er allerede forældet, sådan så den ud idag.



Prærielilje Camassia i fuld flor. Der er dog kun kommet to blÃ¥ i Ã¥r.




SÃ¥ er det allium tid.




Jakobsstige.



Lupin noble maiden med stor knop.



I efteråret brokkede jeg mig over mine iris, der ikke havde blomstret i flere år. Det råder de bod på nu hvor der er flere blomsterstængler med knopper på vej.




Jeg kan ikke huske hvilken farve de har, men det tegner da meget godt.



Den lille magnolie blomstrer helt vildt i år.



Det gør det jo ikke lettere at grave den op, men der venter jo en skøn erstatning i kulissen som gerne vil i jorden.





Der er jo den skønne Styrax japonica / Japansk Sneklokke der skulle overtage pladsen.




Nu står den så i bedet, overgået i højde af både stormhat og pæon. Men pyt... jeg syntes den passer perfekt til dråbebedet, der lige nu tager en blomster slapper og står næsten helt grønt. Jeg skal vist lige ha rettet dens støtte pind til lodret.




Der er dog lidt småtterier i blomst, cosmos og fjeldarve.




Den lille magnolie er foreløbig endt i en stor zinkbalje og har indtilvidere klaret opgravningen fint.



Dagligt springer nye akelejer ud.







I det bagerste æbletræ ca midt i billedet, blomstrer klematis Monatana Rubens. Nu har den nÃ¥et toppen og til næste Ã¥r begynder den forhÃ¥bentlig at vælte ud over træet og blive mere synlig.


Den er bestemt ikke let at tage billeder af, nu hvor den gemmer sig blandt æbleblomster og blade.





Bag vandposten klatrer miss bateman i et stativ af rionet. Det er måske ikke så let at se i alt det grønne, men den er fyldt med masser af skønne knopper.




De første blomster er sprunget ud.




Hagley Hybrid har en fest på stakittet i tøsebedet, og skyder lange fine skud lige op i luften.



Og hvor er jeg glad for alle de smukke klematis der trives. Dette sørgelige syn mødte mig i gÃ¥r da jeg kom fra arbejde. Nøje har jeg fulgt og vogtet over Duchess of Edinburgh, som bar knopper og skulle blomstre for første gang. I første omgang hÃ¥bede jeg at vand kunne udføre mirakler, men jeg mÃ¥ jo nok se i øjnene at det er visnesyge der har slÃ¥et til....øv altsÃ¥. Heldigvis ser dens lille makker uden knopper til at trives endnu.


Trekantsbedet med dansende allium.



Det plejer at være fra denne side jeg tager billeder.



 Den yndige porcelænsblomst væver sig rundt i bedet.



Til sidst noget helt andet, nemlig lidt sommerfugle erotik. Det var fascinerende at se dem flyve fortumlet rundt, mens de var hægtet sammen. Det er åbenbart en langsommelig proces og de var totalt ligeglade med at blive taget på fersk gerning :)




Det blev et langt indlæg, med lidt af det der blomstrer i haven lige nu. Jeg elsker denne tid, hvor hver dag byder på skattejagt efter nye juveler.


Mange solskins hilsner herfra :)


          Blandet maj stemning / Смешанное настроение мая.....        
Ja.... med alle de russere, der har kastet deres kærlighed på min og mange andres haveblogge i øjeblikket, overvejede jeg et kort øjeblik, at lave hele indlægget på russisk :)

Nå spøg til side... de russiske spam maskiner er egentlig nok ikke spor interesseret i, at den første akeleje er sprunget ud.



Da det er den første kommer, der lige et enkelt billede mere.



Flere af vores æbletræer er begyndt at blomstre. En med helt lyse knopper.



En anden med sart rosa.



Den der råber højest er det lille paradistræ med pink knopper.



Min store gamle Festiva Maxima pæon, står som sædvanligt med masser af knopper.



Træpæonen står også fint, men her er kun to knopper. Det er en fordobling i forhold til sidste år, og nu håber jeg den fortsætter med at fordoble de kommende år.




Den sidste af mine nye klematis står stadig i drivhuset. Green passion lever virkelig op til sit navn, den første blomst er sprunget ud og går næsten helt i et med bladene. Jeg havde ikke troet at blomsten blev så grøn, men det er da også lidt sejt med skjulte blomster :). Den skulle komme med en efterblomstring sidst på sommeren, hvor blomsterne bliver mere hvide.









Rosa klokkescilla begynder så småt at springe ud.



Den yndige porcelæns ærenpris med fine knopper.



 Tulipanerne stÃ¥r stadig fint.




Det kan ikke vare mange dage, inden de får selskab af disse bristefærdige allium.








Først på ugen var vi så heldige at få 17 mm meget tiltrængt regn. I går blev en god del af de største frøplanter befriet fra deres små potter og plantet ud.



Jeg fik helt dårlig samvittighed da jeg så de klemte rødder.





Det hjalp gevaldigt, men der er stadig en del tilbage.



Jeg har sået løbende og nu kan resten af småplanterne nyde lyset uden at stå i skygge af de store.



Frøplanter af chokolade cosmos står stadig i drivhuset. Jeg har lige knebet dem igen, for at få nogle godt forgrenede planter.



Tulipanernes dronning den tidlige purrisima takker af for denne sæson.



De forstår at ældes med ynde og er smukke selv lige inden tæppefald.



Til gengæld er der fuld knald på disse liljeblomstrende midt i eftermiddags solen.



De står i retro bedet der er holdt i orange/brune farver. Dog krydret en del blå scilla og en enkelt pink tulipan.



Show aurikler med fine blomster.




De står bag bænken på damernes plads.



Den lille magnolie har fået selskab af en narcis.



Nå.... det blev et langt indlæg med masser maj stemning fra de sidste dage med sol og skyet vejr. De sidste timer har det øset ned, mens torden rumler i det fjerne, jeg håber ikke mine småplanter bliver slået helt omkuld.

Mange regnvejrs hilsner herfra :)


          Sløret sol og kold blæst...        
Ja selv om solen forsøgte at gøre sit og fik temperaturen op i nærheden af 15 grader, var det alligevel en kold fornøjelse i haven idag, da den forbistrede østenvind bestemt ikke har megen varme i sig.

Selvsået forglemmigej er så fin og yndig.



Heuchera med masser af knopper.



Klematis alpina springer stille og roligt ud.



Ny darling i haven Sweet love.




Orange Rosalie begynder også at vise farve nu.



Hvad sker der lige her, et enkelt skud i Carl Nielsen rosen hænger slemt, mon frosten har været på spil.



Hvid løjtnantshjerte i skønt selskab med Thalia og stribet græs.



Let at se på hjerterne at det blæser.



På jagt efter æbleblomstknopper i æbletræet ved terrassen.



Træet står fyldt med store knopper.



Endnu en fin trillium er sprunget ud.



De to blomster vender hver sin vej.



Narcis minnow er også ny i haven.



Skønne liljeformede tulipaner i retrobedet.




I drivhuset er den første blomst i frøplanterne sprunget ud. Det er den fine cosmos Xanthos som vandt.



Nede på vores brændeplads står to mindre søjle bævreasp. Det er rodskud som kommer inde fra naboen. Vi rykker dem op lige så hurtigt som de kommer, men disse to har fået lov at stå. De er ikke så lette at se uden blade, så jeg har sat krydser ved dem.



For nogen tid siden hvor jeg sad og drømte i drivhuset, slog det mig at de ville være oplagte klatrestativer til klematis. De har den masse smågrene som jeg tror klematis vil elske at boltre sig i.


























Så nu er de to Dorothy Walton der blev indkøbt til formålet plantet. Ja lige nu ser de jo ikke ud af meget, men de har vel nogle måneder at vokse i inden de skal igang med at blomstre. De er i gruppe 3.







Fyldte anemoner og kugleprimula er et fint match.



Klematis Duchess of Edinburgh blev plantet ved portalen, hvor den kan kigge på sin kusine der står med store knopper.


























Det er ikke kun i bedene blomsterne springer ud, græsplænen vil også være med. Så det kan ikke vare længe inden der igen skal gang i mælkebøtteoptageren.



Vel inde efter en dejlig men blæsende dag i haven, skulle jeg lige tjekke vejrudsigten og hvad ser jeg.... nattefrost i næste uge!!!. Det er forhåbentlig løgn, for jeg tror bestemt ikke mine nyplantede klematis og alt det andet har godt af det Øv Øv.

Mange onsdags hilsner herfra :)


          ORIGEN DEL UNIVERSO        
¡Observa el siguiente video para saber qué estudiaremos hoy!

Video Introducción Origen del Universo



Desde tiempos inmemoriales el ser humano ha intentado explicarse el origen del Universo, surgiendo muchísimas teorías al respecto.

Una de las más asombrosas ideas en astronomía comenzó en 1929, cuando el americano Edwin Hubble dijo que el Universo se hallaba en expansión y que había comenzado con una gigantesca explosión que arrojó una gran cantidad de materia, formando las galaxias que hoy conocemos.
La teoría del Big Bang, o gran explosión, dice que el Universo comenzó siendo una pequeña y densa bola que explotó hace aproximadamente 18 millones de años. Una enorme llamarada radiactiva habría inundado el Universo y las partículas resultantes de la explosión se unieron formando las estrellas, galaxias y planetas que conforman el Cosmos.


Gif Big bang 








A continuación te entregamos las siguientes direcciones para que profundices tus conocimientos:

- Biblioteca para niños: El Universo
-   Â¿Cómo se formó el Universo?
- Astronomía para niños y niñas




          Cosmological Arguments        
What does this argument state? Does it help prove the existence of God and the origin of life? Find out here.
          Cosmological Arguments and the Expansion of the Universe        
Study the references to the beginning of the universe and to its expansion. Did the authors have inside information?
          Prominent Scientists and the Cosmological Arguments        
What do prominent scientists say about this argument for the existence of God? Read their views here.
          Cosmological Arguments and the Laws of Thermodynamics        
How does the Laws of Conservation of Energy and the Law of Increased Entropy relate to the Cosmological Argument? Find out here.
          Large Hadron Collider Experiment Video        
What is the The ultimate intent of the LHC? It is to help scientists understand the nature of matter at the moment the cosmos was created.
          Cosmic Fine Tuning -- Mass of the cosmos        
How does the cosmic mass density exhibit fine-tuning and the activity of an intelligent agent? Must the density of protons and neutrons be finely-tuned to permit life?
          videos: La Big Vic, Outer Space, Dolphins into the Future        
Sik .MOVs



A few of my favorite videos of the moment. The (above) La Big Vic session at Newtown Radio is really something special. Hi-fi to the max, this is them peaking on a song I've been hearing them jam locally for a long while now. Couldn't be more excited for the LP to drop (Ed note: there is a song called "Bobka Jam" on the Actually Shout out Russ & Daughters!). Also, sick video for "Mr. Broken Bird" by Mr. Luke Wyatt below. Watch out.






Outer Space recently ripped arpeggios throughout the Schoolhouse and Market Hotel. The latter encounter left me with mild brain damage for 26 hours. I woke up the next day with mind ooze all over my pillow, kinda flabbergasted as to how I got home. Shout out Dunkin Donut's Egg & Cheese on Croissants.

Dophins Into The Future from Records: Experimental Sydney on Vimeo.


Tequilla Rambo homie Lieven Martins brought his Dolphins into the Future enterprise to NYC for the first time in a few years. The result was a cosmo-coral submergence, not unlike the time I went diving in Thailand and this Dutch dude named Remi put a sea urchin in my hand and it stung me and I had to squeeze purple poison out of my hand for, like, 10 minutes while breathing underwater. This video from Sydney is sublte, and awesome.
          Origin of the Cosmos Video        
Randall Niles reviews the two major cosmogonies: 1) Something Did It OR 2) It Did Itself.
          Experimental setup and procedure for the measurement of the 7Be(n,p)7Li reaction at n_TOF        
Following the completion of the second neutron beam line and the related experimental area (EAR2) at the n_TOF spallation neutron source at CERN, several experiments were planned and performed. The high instantaneous neutron flux available in EAR2 allows to investigate neutron indiced reactions with charged particles in the exit channel even employing targets made out of small amounts of short-lived radioactive isotopes. After the successful measurement of the 7Be(n,{\alpha}){\alpha} cross section, the 7Be(n,p)7Li reaction was studied in order to provide still missing cross section data of relevance for Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN), in an attempt to find a solution to the cosmological Lithium abundance problem. This paper describes the experimental setup employed in such a measurement and its characterization.
          Review: Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization        
Paperback, 280 pages Published :April 5th 2006 by The Johns Hopkins University Press ISBN : 0801883806 (ISBN13: 9780801883804) edition language: English original title : Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization As an academic discipline built upon Enlightenment thought and a cosmopolitan worldview—not grounded in the literary tradition of any single language or nation—comparative literature has benefited from regular reexamination of its basic principles and practices. The American Comparative Literature Association 1993 report on the state of the discipline, prepared under the leadership of Charles Bernheimer, focused on the influence of multiculturalism as a concept transforming literary and cultural studies. That report and the vigorous responses it generated, published together as Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism, offered a comprehensive survey of comparative criticism in the 1990s. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, globalization has emerged as a defining paradigm in nearly every area of human activity. This latest report from the ACLA demonstrates that comparative critical strategies today can provide unique insights into the world's changing—and, increasingly, colliding—cultures. Incorporating an even wider range of voices than had its predecessor, the report examines how the condition (or myth) of globalization in all its modes and moods, affirms or undercuts the intuitions of comparative literature; how world literatures whether seen as utopian project or as classroom practice, intersect with the canons and interpretive styles of national literatures, and how material conditions of practice such as language, media, history, gender, and culture appear under the conditions of the present moment. Responding to the frequent attacks against contemporary literary studies, Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization establishes the continuing vitality of the discipline and its rigorous intellectual engagement with the issues facing today's global society. Contributors: Emily Apter, Christopher Braider, Marshall Brown, Jonathan Culler, David Damrosch, Caroline Eckhardt, Caryl Emerson, David Ferris, Gail Finney, Roland Greene, Linda Hutcheon, Djelal Kadir, Françoise Lionnet, Fedwa Malti-Douglas, Richard Rorty, Haun Saussy, Katie Trumpener, Steven Ungar, Zhang Longxi

          Huge data leak reveals the hidden wealth of the rich and famous        
In one of the biggest data leaks ever (even larger than the NSA wires leak in 2013), Panama-based legal firm Mossack Fonseca has seen 2.6 terabytes of its private data leaked to journalists. Shared with German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, it was then spread to a wider network of journalists globally -- 370 reporters from 100 media organizations have looked into the leak for a year. The research has already unearthed that 12 national leaders, including monarchs, presidents and prime ministers, have been using offshore tax havens, including a $2 billion paper trail that leads to Russia's Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, FIFA's attempts to clean itself up faces fresh criticism after the leak appears to connect executives being investigated to members of the ethics committee itself.

Source: The Guardian, Reddit


          The Exegetical Errors of the Day-Age Theory        

When is a day not a day? That question lies at the heart of a pivotal and long-standing argument against the literal interpretation of the creation account in Genesis 1, commonly known as the Day-Age theory.

Day-Age proponents attempt to read incalculable stretches of time into the white spaces of Genesis 1, starting with the biblical account of God’s activity on that first day of creation:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. (Genesis 1:1–5)

Defining “Day”

The first day of creation defines what the Bible means by the word day throughout the context of the first chapter of Genesis. Those who believe the days of creation were long ages invariably make much of the fact that the sun was not created until the fourth day, and on this basis they argue that the days could not have been solar, twenty–four–hour days. The word day, they point out, is used elsewhere in Scripture to speak of long or indeterminate periods of time.

For example, “the day of the Lord” is an expression used throughout Scripture to signify an eschatological era in which God pours out His wrath upon the earth. Moreover, 2 Peter 3:8 says, “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” Thus old–earth creationists argue that the days of creation might well have been long eras that roughly correspond to modern geological theories about the so–called Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Tertiary, and Quaternary eras.

The problem with this view is that nothing in the passage itself suggests that the days were long epochs. The days are defined in Genesis 1:5: “God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” Night and day, evening and morning are demarcated by rhythmic phases of light and darkness from the very beginning. The very same expression, “there was evening and there was morning, a [nth] day” is employed for each of the six days of creation (vv. 8, 13, 19, 23, 31), underscoring the fact that the days were the same and that they had clearly defined boundaries.

The only cadence of light and darkness defined anywhere in this context is the day–night cycle that (after day four) is governed by the sun and moon (Genesis 1:18). There is no reason to believe the rhythm was greatly altered on day four. That means the duration of “the evening and the morning” on the first day of creation was the same as the evening and morning of any solar day.

Indeed, the word day is sometimes used figuratively in Scripture to speak of an indeterminate period of time (“the day of your gladness”—Numbers 10:10). But throughout Scripture, wherever the word is modified by a number (“He was raised on the third day”—1 Corinthians 15:4), the clear reference is to a normal solar day.

Nothing in Scripture itself permits the view that the days of creation were anything other than literal twenty–four–hour days. Only extrabiblical influences—such as the theories of modern science, the views of higher criticism, or other attacks against the historicity of Scripture—would lead anyone to interpret the days of Genesis 1 as long epochs. In effect, old–earth creationists have subjugated Scripture to certain theories currently popular in big bang cosmology. Cosmological theories have been imposed on Scripture as an interpretive grid and allowed to redefine the length of the creation days.

Such an approach is not evangelical, and because it compromises the authority of Scripture at the start, it will inevitably move people away from an evangelical understanding of Scripture, no matter how tenaciously the proponents of the view attempt to hold to evangelical doctrine. To accommodate our understanding of Scripture to secular and scientific theory is to undermine biblical authority.

An Augustinian Problem?

Hugh Ross and other old–earth creationists respond to this argument by pointing out that Augustine and certain other church fathers interpreted the days of creation nonliterally. “Their scriptural views cannot be said to have been shaped to accommodate secular opinion,” Ross claims. [1] Hugh Ross, The Fingerprint of God (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1989), 141.

Indeed, Augustine did take a nonliteral view of the six days of creation. He wrote, “What kind of days these were it is extremely difficult, or perhaps impossible for us to conceive, and how much more to say!” [2] Augustine, The City of God, 11:6.

But what Ross doesn’t tell his readers is that Augustine and those who shared his views were arguing that God created the entire universe instantly, in a less than a nanosecond—indeed, outside the realm of time completely. Far from agreeing with Ross and modern science that creation was spread over billions of years, Augustine and others who shared his view went the opposite direction and foreshortened the time of creation to a single instant.

They did this because they had been influenced by Greek philosophy to believe that a God who transcends time and space could not create in the realm of time. So they collapsed the six days to a single instant. Augustine wrote, “Assuredly the world was made, not in time, but simultaneously with time.” [3] The City of God, 11:6. That was precisely what Augustine’s study of the works of secular philosophers had taught him. In other words, his views on this question were, after all, an accommodation to secular opinion. (And such opinions did eventually erode the early church’s commitment to the authority of Scripture.)

However, Augustine opposed the notion of an ancient earth as vigorously as any modern evangelical critic of old–earthism. He included an entire chapter in The City of God titled, “Of the Falseness of the History Which Allots Many Thousand Years to the World’s Past.” His criticism of those who believed the earth is ancient was straightforward:

They say what they think, not what they know. They are deceived, too, by those highly mendacious documents which profess to give the history of many thousand years, though, reckoning by the sacred writings, we find that not 6,000 years have yet passed. [4] The City of God, 12:10.

Sowing Confusion into Scripture’s Clarity

Indeed, nothing in Scripture itself would ever lead anyone to think that the world is billions of years old or that the days of creation were long eras. Instead, by defining the days of creation according to the light cycle that separates day from night, Scripture states as explicitly as possible that the days of creation were equal in length to normal solar days. And part of the wonder of creation is the ease and speed with which God formed something so unimaginably vast, complex, intricate, and beautiful. The emphasis is not, as Hugh Ross suggests, on “time and attention to detail.” [5] The Fingerprint of God, 160.Rather, what the biblical account aims to stress is the infinite majesty and power of the Almighty One who accomplished so much, so perfectly, in so short a time, with nothing more than His word.

Old–earth creationism diminishes the biblical emphasis on creation by divine fiat, setting up a scenario where God tinkers with creation over long epochs until the world is finally ready to be inhabited by humans made in His image. This is quite contrary to what Genesis teaches.

That is not to suggest, as Augustine did, that everything was created in an instant. According to Scripture, there is a progression to God’s creative work. He did it over six days’ time and rested on the seventh day. This is not because He needed that much time to create, and certainly not because He needed the rest. But He thereby gave a pattern for the cycle of work and rest He deemed right for humanity to live by. This established the measure of a week, which to this day is reflected in the calendar by which the entire world measures time.

The specificity of Genesis 1:1-5 is undeniable. God’s people must not surrender the details of the creation narrative to be redefined or reinterpreted by those whose agenda is to dethrone God. We must hold to the clear testimony of Scripture and the authority of God’s Word against all assaults. And we must not be intimidated into modifying our view or the Bible to accommodate and appease an aggressively secular society or its “scientific” standard.

(Adapted from The Battle for the Beginning.)

       

          TRAVEL ESSENTIALS: TRAVALO | PERFUME POD        
One of my airport fears is being held up for something that's inside my hand-carry luggage. I recently experienced that on my way back home from my Taiwan trip and it was nerve-wracking! I overlooked packing this 100ml canister of Super volcanic clay mousse mask I bought from innisfree in my check-in baggage and there I was at the security checkpoint realizing that fear. But luck was on my side that day. They let me through upon checking the product (even though it's 100ml) without taking it. It was not liquid anyway. I was kinda ready to give it up since I bought it for just less than a Php1,000 but a part of me will regret it for sure if the case was otherwise. It's a good product, by the way.

Now if it was a 100ml bottle of perfume, then that'd be a different story. You know how much a good bottle of perfume costs, right? Add that to the personal fact that I love smelling good always especially on travels.
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I usually bring two kinds of scents. One for when it's hot and the other, for when it's cold. But bringing two bottles of perfume can be a hassle especially at times when the trip is short and when I don't have baggage allowance. In comes Travalo.
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Let's get to know the brand first.

Travalo originated from the United Kingdom and was launched in October 2009. The brand has won six international awards that include a Red Dot Design Award and a Beauty Challenger Award. Not only has it been raved by bloggers and Youtubers and featured in various publications such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and Style, but it also has won the favor of over 10 million users around the world.

I'm featuring two atomizers today. The stylish Travalo Classic and it's more affordable sister, the Perfume Pod.

The Travalo atomizer uses the innovative, patented Genie-S system that allows you to "pump to refill" and instantly transfer your favorite fragrance.
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The Travalo Classic comes in a sleek, rounded casing that makes it easy to slip into bags and pockets and it is also made in lightweight aircraft grade aluminum that doesn't have an ounce of glass on it. It is a little over three inches long and is small enough to fit inside an evening clutch or even your pocket. It stores up to 5ml of perfume and can spray between 65 to 80 times before needing a refill.
This unique system allows the Travalo to refill in seconds without spillage or exposing it to air. All you have to do is remove the spray nozzle,
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connect the bottom part of the Travalo to the exposed tube, then start pumping the same way you spray your perfume. You can actually check through the clear part of the tube if the content is filled to your liking.
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Travalo Classic is available at the 2F of Travalo SM North EDSA, Lazada Philippines, and at 4L SM Aura and retails at Php999.75.

Now if you prefer a cheaper alternative, then there's the Perfume Pod for you. Same as the Travalo, it comes with the patented Genie-S refill system. The atomizer is durable, scratch-resistant and shatterproof, and is crystal clear so you can see the perfume inside.
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The Perfume Pod measures three inches in length and carries 5ml of perfume to last you the whole weekend and can spray up to 65 to 80 times before needing to be refilled.
Perfume Pod is available at the 2F of Travalo SM North EDSA, Lazada Philippines, and at 4L SM Aura and retails at Php349.75.
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Is this something you would like to include in your travel essentials? Sound off in the comments below.

For more information, follow @travaloph on Instagram and like Travalo Philippines on Facebook.

          Naturalism as Religion        

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the earliest days of the GTY Blog. As we recently culled through the ministry archives in preparation for a new blog series on God’s work of creation—which coincides with the broadcast of The Battle for the Beginning sermon series on “Grace to You”—we believed this post deserved further consideration.]

Thanks to the theory of evolution, naturalism is now the dominant religion of modern society. Less than a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin popularized the credo for this secular religion with his book The Origin of Species. Although most of Darwin's theories about the mechanisms of evolution were discarded long ago, the doctrine of evolution itself has managed to achieve the status of a fundamental article of faith in the popular modern mind. Naturalism has now replaced Christianity as the main religion of the Western world, and evolution has become naturalism's principal dogma.

Naturalism is the view that every law and every force operating in the universe is natural rather than moral, spiritual, or supernatural. Naturalism is inherently anti-theistic, rejecting the very concept of a personal God. Many assume naturalism therefore has nothing to do with religion. In fact, it is a common misconception that naturalism embodies the very essence of scientific objectivity. Naturalists themselves like to portray their system as a philosophy that stands in opposition to all faith-based world-views, pretending that it is scientifically and intellectually superior precisely because of its supposed non-religious character.

Not so. Religion is exactly the right word to describe naturalism. The entire philosophy is built on a faith-based premise. Its basic presupposition—an a priori rejection of everything supernatural—requires a giant leap of faith. And nearly all its supporting theories must be taken by faith as well.

Consider the dogma of evolution, for example. The notion that natural evolutionary processes can account for the origin of all living species has never been and never will be established as fact. Nor is it "scientific" in any true sense of the word. Science deals with what can be observed and reproduced by experimentation. The origin of life can be neither observed nor reproduced in any laboratory. By definition, then, true science can give us no knowledge whatsoever about where we came from or how we got here. Belief in evolutionary theory is a matter of sheer faith. And dogmatic belief in any naturalistic theory is no more "scientific" than any other kind of religious faith.

Modern naturalism is often promulgated with a missionary zeal that has powerful religious overtones. The popular fish symbol many Christians put on their cars now has a naturalist counterpart: a fish with feet and the word "Darwin" embossed into its side. The Internet has become naturalism's busiest mission field, where evangelists for the cause aggressively try to deliver benighted souls who still cling to their theistic presuppositions. Judging from the tenor of some of the material I have read seeking to win converts to naturalism, naturalists are often dedicated to their faith with a devout passion that rivals or easily exceeds the fanaticism of any radical religious zealot. Naturalism is clearly as much a religion as any theistic world-view.

The point is further proved by examining the beliefs of those naturalists who claim to be most unfettered by religious beliefs. Take, for example, the case of Carl Sagan, perhaps the best-known scientific celebrity of the past couple of decades. A renowned astronomer and media figure, Sagan was overtly antagonistic to biblical theism. But he became the chief televangelist for the religion of naturalism. He preached a world-view that was based entirely on naturalistic assumptions. Underlying all he taught was the firm conviction that everything in the universe has a natural cause and a natural explanation. That belief—a matter of faith, not a truly scientific observation—governed and shaped every one of his theories about the universe.

Sagan examined the vastness and complexity of the universe and concluded—as he was bound to do, given his starting point—that there is nothing greater than the universe itself. So he borrowed divine attributes such as infinitude, eternality, and omnipotence, and he made them properties of the universe itself.

Sagan's religion was actually a kind of naturalistic pantheism, and his motto sums it up perfectly. He deified the universe and everything in it—insisting that the cosmos itself is that which was, and is, and is to come (cf. Revelation 4:8). Having examined enough of the cosmos to see evidence of the Creator's infinite power and majesty, he imputed that omnipotence and glory to creation itself—precisely the error the apostle Paul describes in Romans 1:20-22:

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.

Exactly like the idolaters Paul was describing, Sagan put creation in the Creator's rightful place.

Carl Sagan looked at the universe and saw its greatness and concluded nothing could possibly be greater. His religious presuppositions forced him to deny that the universe was the result of intelligent design. In fact, as a devoted naturalist, he had to deny that it was created at all. Therefore he saw it as eternal and infinite—so it naturally took the place of God in his thinking.

The religious character of the philosophy that shaped Sagan's world-view is evident in much of what he wrote and said. His novel Contact (made into a major motion picture in 1997) is loaded with religious metaphors and imagery. It's about the discovery of extraterrestrial life, which occurs in December 1999, at the dawn of a new millennium, when the world is rife with Messianic expectations and apocalyptic fears. In Sagan's imagination, the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe becomes the "revelation" that affords a basis for the fusing of science and religion into a world-view that perfectly mirrors Sagan's own belief system—with the cosmos as God and scientists as the new priesthood.

Although not every naturalist is as explicit in their use of religious language, their worldview is inherently the same. If there is no God, the only way to make sense of creation is to turn the natural into the supernatural. While naturalism cannot explain why people would believe in God, God tells us why people would believe in naturalism.

(Adapted from The Battle for the Beginning.)

       

          Para mi compadre, 'El Zambo' Gregorio Martínez        
Enrique Sánchez Hernani escribe sobre el escritor fallecido recientemente. Un autor que abordó con maestría, y un singular sentido del humor, la cosmovisión de la cultura afroperuana. 
          Only now does it occur to me... THE WICKER MAN        
Only now does it occur to me... that perennial recording artist Cher is clearly Christopher Lee's spirit animal.

(As evidenced by these screencaps from the pagan revelries at the heart of THE WICKER MAN and THE SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR.)

It's even more astonishing that this attachment was not confined to the 1970s. In fact, late '90s "Believe"-era Cher exerted a notable influence on THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

Is it any wonder that both went on to inspire macabre vintage toys?

Feel free to debate the cultural (and cosmological) significance in the comments section.
          Fort4Fitness Inaugural Marathon {A Race Recap}        
"Ran a marathon to train for a marathon. And casually PR'd in the process." 

Well, when you put it like that ... but I have to say my Nuun teammate pretty much nailed my day on Saturday.

About the race: Fort4Fitness is the largest running event in Fort Wayne and hosts a weekend of races – Kids and Seniors marathons on Friday night and a 4-Mile, 10K and half marathon on Saturday. This year, Fort4Fitness added a marathon, which would consist of four loops – a bonus loop and then courses for the other races. The bonus loop, around 3 miles, was followed by the 10K, the half and, finally, the 4-mile race. The marathon began at 7 a.m.; 10K at 7:30 a.m.; half marathon, 8:30; and 4-mile, 10:30. These start times might seem insignificant but they come into play later as unless you were running a sub-9 pace, marathoners would be smack dab in the middle of the other races.

The plan: As I said earlier in the week, Fort4Fitness was to be a supported training with friends. To keep it a steady pace, I would run with my friends leading the 4:40 pace group (10:40 pace). If I was having trouble, endurance wise, I would back off on the last loop – the 4-mile course.

Pre-race: I was nervous as hell. I didn't feel ready to run a marathon, having only ran 18 miles before and one of my long runs was Ragnar Trail Cascades. I was glad to have my friend Kim there to distract me from the 26.2 miles ahead of us.

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It was one of those perfect days. The temperature at the start was in the high 50s, where it was going to stay for most of the day. Clouds blanketed the sky and though the threat of rain had the humidity near 100 percent, it was one of those damp cold days.

The kind of day you want to run. And run I did.

Just shy of 6:50 a.m., I headed to Corral D and lined up with the 4:40 group. Joe shared the pace team's plan to keep the pace around 10:30 and bank a bit of time. While for most races, this strategy wouldn't be recommended but with the anticipation that we'd hit gridlock on the fourth loop when we hit folks at the back of the pack for the 4-mile race.

There was a silent countdown and then the cannon fired. We were off.

The pacers did a great job keeping the pace controlled and smooth on the first loop, as well as engaging everyone around us. There was a new mom who had a 6-month-old at home. A fan of Tough Mudders was running her first marathon. A Michigan man who liked to go on racecations was running his third marathon in as many weeks.

And then there was me. The girl everyone said wouldn't stick with the 4:40 group. But I did. There were times where I'd creep up and have force myself to slow down to let the group catch up. However, I was really conscientious to take it loop by loop, mile by mile.

Splits, 1-3: 10:30, 10:21, 10:10

The first loop seemed to be over in the blink of an eye, and we found ourselves turning right on Baker Street and heading toward the start on Harrison. We were about a minute behind the start of the 10K and once we were on course, we quickly found ourselves weaving around walkers.

With as much politeness as one could have in the situation, the pacers tried to advise the other participants to keep to the right so that we could pass. Thankfully, a course marshal on a bike cleared a path on the left side of the course so that we could make our way south down Calhoun Street.

Again, I found myself creating distance between myself in the pacers. Again, I tried to slow down. Again, I reminded myself that his was a training run. I needed to race smart so that I could recover and continuing training for Monumental. So I did what anyone would do – I turned around and busted out some quick dance moves for the entertainment of the group.

Just before the third mile of the 10K course (and mile 6 for us), we hit a spot that was added purely for mileage. We turned left down a side street, ran a half-block, around a cone and then rejoined the previous course. When we previewed the route three weeks ago, we identified it as an area of congestion – and we were right. But it was probably for the best because, as Stacey said, the group was running hot.

As hot as the pace was for the group, the first two loops felt like a warm-up and I was on cruise control. My mind started trying to go places but I fought it. Fought it hard.

Splits, 4-9: 10:11, 10:22, 10:30, 10:16, 10:07, 10:23

When Fort4Fitness announced the marathon earlier this year, I was skeptical. I did not like the idea of the four loops, and I thought it was a recipe for boredom and DNFs. Surely, passing the turn off to the finish three times would be too tempting for some runners.

However, I really found myself liking it. The loops broke up the race, and I felt like I just had to get through that loop. A marathon is much easier to take on when it feels like it's only 6.2 miles or 13.1.

As we started the half marathon, we again found ourselves navigating walkers but I was thankful to see that the crowd thinned out quickly enough – and by quickly enough, I mean within 3 miles.

But the work to get through it mean that I had lost the 4:40 group. I knew that this could mean trouble. There would be no one to keep me on pace but me. I'm terrible on not running like an asshole, and I have began doing my tempos on the treadmill to stay in the right zone.

Just keep it at 10:15, I told myself. If you're not going to do 10:30, make it 10:15. 10:15 is just fine.

I turned west onto Tillman Road and headed down one of my favorite stretches of the course. It's a fairly wide four-lane road that feels like it's in the middle of the country but is right in the middle of the city. It can be really hard not to open up on the stretch and more so on Saturday because I got a high-five and well wishes from the Fort4Fitness creator, whom I've gotten to know well over the years.

From Tillman Road, the race joins with the Greenway and we run nearly three miles through Foster Park – my home turf. It can be a monotonous part of the race because there's little crowd support and not much to see beyond trees and trees and, well, trees. For me, though, it was like a game of cat and mouse. I saw a pace sign ahead of me and wondered it was the 2:20 group for the half. I did a couple strides to catch up and told myself that I'd stay with them. But, it was the 2:30 group going at an 11-something pace and so I moved on.

I passed my BRF's husband, punched him in the arm (nicely, of course) and continued. I found the 2:20 group tried to slow to stick with them but couldn't, so I ran on.

Earlier in the week, I had been Athlinks-stalking someone and decided to see what my time was from the Columbus Marathon in 2012, my first 26.2 and my PR. (I ran Veterans in 2013 but ran a 4:35.) My time that day was 4:26 and change. As I made my way toward mile 9 of the half and mile 18 for me, I started doing some math.

Let me just say this: Math while running, much less racing, is never a good idea.

I looked at my watch. I looked at overall time. I looked at total distance. I factored in the extra distance I had already accumulated. And even still, if I ran a 10-minute mile, there was a chance I could PR.

Just then, as if the cosmos read my watch, I came up on the 4:25 pacer. I asked him if they were on pace and how he was feeling. They had lost time on the 10K loop but were running about a 10:03. I started to slow down to stick with him but I could tell he wasn't feeling it and so I moved on.

But with the discovery that a PR would be a possibility with a 10-minute pace, I tried to rein it in and stick to 10 minutes as I made my way to the last loop.

Splits, 10-22: 10:12, 10:04, 9:57, 9:51, 9:45, 9:42, 9:50, 9:43, 9:40, 9:50, 9:40, 9:26, 9:35

I like walking. I think walking is good. I think walking in a race is fantastic. I love that Fort4Fitness brings out so many first-time racers and walkers to its events, too. I really, really do.

That said, the last loop was a cluster.

I turned down Baker Street toward Harrison Street where I got the best surprise – my BRF was there with not one but two cowbells. She was there cheering on a host of folks racing (like her husband) but we'll pretend she was there just for me.

I was in near solitude as I made my way down this stretch, nary another marathoner in sight (there were less than 500). I grabbed a Gu and some water and headed toward the mats to begin the last of the race.

But by the time I made the two turns toward Calhoun, I found myself in a sea of walkers, 10 wide headed south. I debated going down the right. Or maybe left. At one point, I wondered what would happen if I spread my arms and just blasted down the middle. But the truth of it was that there was no good way to run it. I was either sacrificing my race or coming off like a complete asshole. At one point, around 1.5 miles into the last loop, I had to walk a block as the congestion at a water stop was impossible to navigate.

I tried to control it but I couldn't: I was pissed.

And when I rounded the corner with 2 miles to go and saw the boys, Mark could see the intensity in my face. He thought I looked strong, and I did feel strong, but really I was frustrated. So I ran with it.

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It might have been that annoyance that pushed me through any potential wall because, I'll be honest, I never felt like I hit one. I felt good and capable, and I think my fueling was on point. I took Gu at 5, 10, 15, 20 and 23 and salt tabs at 7, 13 and 21. I drank from my hydration pack through the first three loops and then hit the water stations. Hard.

There were other stations, too. With beer. I had told myself that I would stop at the beer stations in the Williams Woodland Neighborhood during the fourth loop but I was ready to get it done. Beer, sadly, could wait.

Even having moved past walkers for the better part of 3 miles, I was still weaving in the final stretches. I finally gave in and started yelling, "Marathoner on PR pace coming through. Make room for marathoner."

And as I made the turn, I finally got to go left toward the stadium. I had made it. I ran down the drive and onto the red dirt of Parkview Field, the baseball stadium for our minor league baseball team. I had two tenths to go but it seemed so much farther. I stuck to the inside, not antsy to run any more than I could, and picked it up.

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I picked it up and took it home ... in 4:23:33 – a nearly 3-minute PR.

Splits, 23-26.2: 9:48, 9:26, 9:53, 9:33, 8:47 pace
           Long-term panmixia in a cosmopolitan Indo-Pacific coral reef fish and a nebulous genetic boundary with its broadly sympatric sister species         
Horne, J.B., and van Herwerden, L. (2013) Long-term panmixia in a cosmopolitan Indo-Pacific coral reef fish and a nebulous genetic boundary with its broadly sympatric sister species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26 (4). pp. 783-799.
          Tea Party 101        

Heather,

If I didn't respond, I apologize. I'm just coming off of an intensive political campaign. I'm just now returning to normal life activities like laundry, grocery shopping, getting to the salon, seeing friends, etc. For about 1 month, I was waking up every 2 hours to check email at night. I wasn't able to respond to all comments.

Sometimes, I think it would be helpful to do a Tea Party 101 post with the history and organization of the movement.

There is no such thing as Official Tea Party (TM) like there is a Democratic National Party or the Republican Party.

Some grassroots members have organized after starting rallies and events in their hometowns. Following the 2008 election, conservatives were able to largely take over Twitter using the #tcot hashtag. From there, conservatives organized events around the country and it took off.

Please note that most of these events were in reaction to Republican votes. Most conservatives were upset at the 2008 results, but even more angry that Republicans voted for TARP.

Groups like Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party Express have been successful in fundraising and organizing, but they are only part of the movement. Not every tea party chapter is affliated with any national movement. Some choose to be. Some aren't.

There's no clear leadership. No top-down government. And the movement wants it to stay that way.

I've never said that there wasn't racism, but it is a very small percentage.

My emphatic response was that this is not a theme we can allow to progress. When racism does occur at Tea Parties (I've never personally seen it), people react and shut those people up.

This is the media focusing on a subject that they don't understand. Most of it is hyperbole.

As noted earlier, for every "sign" of racism, I can give you evidence of death threats, Nazi propaganda from the left. And this is personal. I've been the target of a lot of hate mail and have been called Nazi/Brownshirt/Fascist more times than can be counted.

Neither side has clean hands here.

As to your comment on voting, really? With 10% unemployment, it seems pretty easy to get to the polls on election day.

Furthermore, if your state doesn't have early voting, you can request an absentee ballot if you know that you won't be able to go vote.

Most polls are open from 6 a.m. to at least 7 or 8 p.m. If asked, employers are supposed to let you off to vote.

I've worked in retail, I've worked for the government, I've worked for nonprofits of all stripes and I've worked in the private sector in TWO different states.

Never had a problem voting.

Aside from laziness, there is absolutely no excuse to not vote.

Keep trying...

Adrienne works in the conservative movement and blogs at Cosmopolitan Conservative.


          This is personal        

I can find just as much racism googling liberal events and anti-war protests that occurred under President Bush.

I have attended rallies on both the right and the left. Have either of you done that? I documented in first person the messages of hate and death threats that liberals carried around. In my opinion, this is just as bad as some of the supposed racism.

Karen, in what ways am I distorting your words? I've asked you to directly respond to FACTS that I've presented. You refuse to do that.

My qualm with this post is that it was allowed to be published. As someone who has submitted a number of front-page Blogher posts, I am REQUIRED to document and link almost every sentence that I write. Sometimes my posts go through a number of rounds of edits and compromises.Most of my paragraphs are almost solid blue to back up what I write.

There is absolutely no evidence that this occurred with Karen's article.

All I want are fair and equal standards to apply to everyone who covers politics.

If the personal is political, then Karen needs to learn to face the people that she is calling racists.

She needs to know that she's is personally insulting grandmas, housewives and women business owners. She's calling ministers, nonprofit managers and fellow bloggers racist with her blanket and unproven language.

The tea party is a large, unorganized group of people. There probably are racists, but I've never encountered any in the untold number of events that I've attended in both DC and Tennessee.

How many have either of you attended? Are you just basing these opinions on HuffPo or DailyKos articles?

Have you talked to people in the Tea Party? Have you asked the little grandmas why they're protesting for the first time in their lives?

Oh, and consider this study the next time you scream, "RACISM."

I am outraged that this type of writing is tolerated here and I will continue to be angry until this issue is addressed, and Karen apologizes.

Adrienne works in the conservative movement and blogs at Cosmopolitan Conservative.


          Î ÏÏ‰Ï„ιές για τις περιβαλλοντικές πρακτικές του ΟΤΕ και της COSMOTE        

Δελτίο Τύπου Αθήνα, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2014 Με σημαντικές πρωτιές στον διαγωνισμό Environmental Awards 2015, έκλεισε ακόμη μια χρονιά για τον ΟΤΕ και την COSMOTE. Ξεχωρίζοντας σταθερά για τις πρακτικές και τις επιδόσεις τους για με την προστασία του περιβάλλοντος και την αειφορία, οι δύο εταιρείες βραβεύτηκαν με Grand Award, που τις κατέταξε και ανάμεσα στους Μεγάλους […]

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          Beatrix Potter Syndrome        

When trying to understand something new, we automatically look for parallels in our previous experience: we seek examples from the familiar in order to better understand the unfamiliar. Often, this can be helpful, as when we learn a new language and we draw on our knowledge of another language with a common root.

Unfortunately, this strategy can also take us down a path that leads not to greater understanding, but to the confusion of fact with conditioned thought and to a form of distorted vision.

This can readily be observed in the interpretation of animal behaviour by reference to human behaviour, which is one form of what we call anthropomorphism. Myths and fables and children's tales are so suffused with the granting of human values and character traits to animals that it is hard to think of a creature that has not, in our imaginations, been stereotyped and imprinted with characteristics ascribed to it by someone with a particular point to make, or axe to grind. Thus the fox is 'wily and cunning'; the dog is 'faithful and obedient'; the elephant is a 'gentle giant' and the snake is 'sneaky and deceitful'. Aesop probably started the trend, but I prefer to call it the 'Beatrix Potter Syndrome', in recognition of her influence on the developing minds of 20th-century children, of whom I was one.

Beatrix Potter was an accomplished illustrator and observer of nature, who, had she been born a century later, may well have had a distinguished career in science. Sadly, she is now only remembered for her children's books depicting animals in human clothing who walk on their hind legs. From her stories, a direct line can be drawn to the emotionally charged portrayals of animals in many Disney films, while the brutal reality of the lives of wild animals is hidden beneath a veil of sugary sentimentality.

Potter's assignation of human attributes and behaviour to animals is only one form of anthropomorphism. There are at least two other ways in which we routinely corrupt our understanding of the non-human world by our choice of language: the use of words to name or describe an animal and the description of animal behaviour in human terms.

We can draw examples from the world of bees to illustrate both of these phenomena.

When we label the egg-laying mother of the colony as 'queen' bee, we impose on her by implication all the meaning with which that English word is loaded. Thus we may expect to find her as a monarch in charge of the colony, issuing orders and, perhaps, punishments for infringements of 'colony law'. The term 'queen bee' has passed back into the English language as a description of a woman with a controlling and manipulate nature, who likes to have people around her to serve her needs and give her attention. This reinforces the popular but inappropriate picture of a real 'queen' bee, which should really be more accurately thought of as the egg-laying servant of the colony and certainly not its ruler. While the queen bee does indeed have a retinue of attendants to feed and groom her, it is they who lead her around and prepare places for her to lay. When she begins to show any signs of a decline in her ability to provide eggs, she will be superseded, ignored and left to starve.

Likewise the male bee, or drone, which has inherited the popular meaning of its name as a parasitic loafer, or one who lives off the labours of others. While the male bees do no obvious and visible work compared to their sometimes hyper-active sisters, we know remarkably little about their day-to-day activities due to the comparatively small amount of research that has been conducted on them. I suggest it is highly improbable that a colony would deliberately encumber itself with a 'useless' 10-15% of its population at a time when gathering food is its primary concern. Simply because we have so far failed to study them with due care does not entitle us to label them as 'surplus to requirements', which is how they are regarded by most conventional beekeepers. In fact, research by Juergen Tautz at Wurtzburg University has shown that drones may indeed have hitherto unsuspected duties within the hive and may well have functions in the outside world that have so far eluded detection. As long ago as 1852, Moses Quinby (Mysteries of Beekeeping Explained) suggested that drones would likely have functions beyond mating with a queen, perhaps including helping to keep the brood warm. R.O.B.Manley noted that his best honey-producing hives generally had "a large number of drones" (Honey Farming, 1947).

When we come to bee behaviour, so much of it is alien to us that we struggle to make sense of it, so it is not surprising that we resort to attempts to explain aspects of their world in human terms. We talk freely of bees foraging for food, scouting for a nest site, communicating by means of the 'waggle dance', defending their home, mating and carrying out their dead because these are all activities that we can easily relate to and make practical sense in terms of day-to-day survival in a colony.

What is perhaps more surprising - and infinitely less helpful - is when people concoct mystical 'explanations' derived entirely from their imaginations and pass them on as if they had some scientific validity or foundation in fact.

Myths and legends, populated by gods and heroes, are poetic allegories through which we have conveyed information - both oral and written - from generation to generation and thus gained some understanding of our cultural history. Many myths are anthropomorphic in their personification of natural phenomena, but as long as we understand their origins and true nature, we can learn from them without confusing their content with objective reality.

However, as our scientific understanding of the natural world grew rapidly throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there was a parallel growth of popular interest in such things as clairvoyance, telekinesis, telepathy, reincarnation, ghosts, out-of-body experiences and suchlike para-psychological phenomena that appear not to be subject to the known laws of physics, chemistry or biology. Despite the lack of verifiable evidence for such phenomena, they appear to occupy a nether region that stubbornly persists in popular culture.

In the context of this article, the consideration of whether or not such phenomena really exist is less relevant than the fact that they have, since Victorian times at least, been routinely presented as if they were genuine by people with a considerably greater talent for showmanship than for scientific rigour. Demonstrations of 'manifestations from the spirit world' were fashionable in late nineteenth century society, while Ouija boards and 'table-tipping' have floated in and out of fashion almost to the present day, despite the efforts of rationalists such as James Randi and Derren Brown to expose the trickery behind them. Variations on the 'clairvoyance' theme have been around at least since the days of the Delphic Oracle - probably the first example of a tourist industry built around a mystical cult - and show no signs of losing popularity, despite various myth-busting public exposures of fraud and trickery.

Rudolf Steiner, in his lectures on bees, delivered in November and December of 1923 at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, sought to interpret the world of bees by means of 'Anthroposophy', a Christianized, version of the mystical 19th century eastern-derived 'religious philosophy' of Theosophy, whose best-known proponent, Helena Blavatsky, was also a performing clairvoyant. Both Steiner and Blavatsky claimed to derive their occult knowledge from outside the material world, by a process that would nowadays be called 'channeling'.

Steiner believed that mankind had existed on Earth - although not necessarily in material form - since its creation, and that bees (as well as other animals) were created for our benefit. This chronological reversal of the truth as revealed by fossil evidence - bees having certainly been around for more than 100 million years before Homo sapiens - sets the scene for further dubious assertions, such as when he talks of embryonic queens "giving off light" that somehow causes a colony to swarm from "fear that 'it no longer possesses the bee poison".

Anyone unfamiliar with Steiner's idiosyncratic cosmology and his other writings about the supposed history of the Earth may be surprised by passages such as:

"Our earth was once in a condition of which one could say that it was surrounded by clouds that had plant-life within them; from the periphery, other clouds approached and fertilised them; these clouds had an animal nature. From cosmic spaces came the animal nature; from the earth the essence of plant-being rose upwards." (Lecture VIII)

Back in the world of bees, Steiner makes much of the 21-day gestation period of a worker bee as being equivalent to "a single rotation of the sun on its axis" (Lecture II), apparently unaware that the equatorial regions of the sun perform a single rotation in 25.6 days, while polar regions rotate once in about 36 days (NASA).

He goes on to say that 'the drone is thus an earthly being' (because its completion takes longer than the sun's rotation - which in fact, as we now know, it does not).

He further elaborates on this thesis:

"The drones are the males; they can fertilize; this power of fertilization comes from the earth; the drones acquire it in the few days during which they continue their growth within the earth-evolution and before they reach maturity. So we can now say: in the bees it is clearly to be seen that fertilization (male fecundation) comes from the earthly forces, and the female capacity to develop the egg comes from the forces of the Sun. So you see, you can easily imagine how significant is the length of time during which a creature develops. This is very important for, naturally, something happens within a definite time which could not occur in either a shorter or a longer time, for then quite other things would happen."

As happens numerous times in the Lectures, Steiner makes a statement that is demonstrably erroneous, and then goes on to elaborate a sequence of specious arguments from it, which, being derived from false premises, must inevitably lead to false conclusions.

It would be tedious to cite every instance where Steiner is obfuscatory, unnecessarily mystical or just plain wrong. Suffice to say that, while not being totally devoid of interest, his Lectures are about as useful a source of insights into bees as a medieval book of medicinal herbs would be for conducting modern surgery. Indeed, Steiner even betrays his lack of basic understanding of the functions of the human body (Lecture VII) in saying that:

"...it is represented as though the heart were a kind of pump, and that this pumping of the heart sends the blood all over the body. This is nonsense, because it is in reality the blood which is brought into motion by the ego-organization, and moves throughout the body."

However, Steiner does make some non-mystical statements that must be considered, as they at least fall into alignment with observable reality. He warns against pushing bees for over-production, drawing a parallel with the dairy industry (Lecture V); he emphasizes that "... the bee-colony is a totality. It must be seen as a totality." (Lecture V); The one much-vaunted but often mis-quoted, 'prediction' made by Steiner, usually misrepresented as a 'prophesy' of the general demise of bees, amounts to a rather mild criticism of the then relatively new practice of artificial insemination: "...we must see how things will be in fifty to eighty years time...".

Right at the end of the final Lecture, we find clear evidence that Steiner's view of nature is actually highly anthropocentric:

'Thus we can say: When we observe things in the right way, we see how the processes of Nature are actually images and symbols of what happens in human life. These men of olden times watched the birds on the juniper trees with the same love with which we look at the little cakes and gifts on the Christmas tree. "...I have therefore spoken of the juniper tree which can truly be regarded as a kind of Christmas tree, and which is the same for the birds as the blossoms for the bees, the wood for the ants, and for the wood-bees and insects in general."

And so Steiner's personal mysticism, as well as his sentimentality, turns out to have a large component of anthropomorphism lurking within it.

Having reached this point in our analysis, we have to consider what is left to us: what would be a legitimate methodology for the study of bees, that would be free from the elephant traps of anthropocentrism, anthropomorphism, sentimentality and mysticism, yet can encompass the sense experienced by many who come into contact with bees that there is 'something else' present, beyond the purely material?

A rationalist would say, 'observe without interpretation: see what is there and describe it as accurately as possible, but without overlaying it with meaning. Be true to observable reality'.

And yet, many people report some kind of transcendental experience in the presence of bees en masse, so are their reports to be written off as mere whimsy?

Speaking from my own experience, I can say that while working with bees and maintaining a calm, unhurried demeanour, I have had moments of inner peace akin to that I have also experienced while meditating or engaging in certain martial arts practices that aim to 'still the mind'. Having one's unprotected hands in a hive containing 50,000 fully-armed bees has a way of focusing the mind very much in the moment, while any deviation from the 'now' is likely to be punished more rapidly and more severely than by a Zen master's staff.

Being present 'in the moment' is a rarer - and thus more precious - experience for the 21st-century Twitter-dweller than for our ancestors. For the opportunity to experience that sense of timelessness in the company of a wild creature so many millennia our senior is a privilege that beekeepers should celebrate and cherish.

Mysticism has had its day. We are grown-ups now: we have seen the atom bomb and the double helix and we need to come to terms with objective reality in all its wonderful forms without ascribing all phenomena just beyond our understanding to the work of gods, aliens, faeries or gnomes. We can appreciate nature without projecting our aspirations or values onto it. We can observe without always needing to know the 'hidden meaning' of what we see hear, smell and taste. We can be elevated by what is around us and enjoy all the sensations available in this remarkable, natural world. We can even compose poems and songs, myths and fables to entertain us and our children, but we no longer need to sit at the feet of all-too-mortal men who exert power over the ignorant by interposing themselves between us and authentic experience of the mysteries of life.

Philip Chandler



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The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins DebateBy Walton, John H.

£8.79   01 Jul 2009   Paperback   IVP Academic

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          Edinburgh Cocktail Recommendations        
Given that my blog is called Cocktails & Daydreams, I publish surprisingly little content on the former.  Well today I'm making up for that with a bumper cocktail related post with my tips on good places to grab a drink in my favourite city.


Foundry 39
A newbie on the Edinburgh food & drink scene is Foundry 39 on Queensferry Street.  I was invited recently to try out their cocktail menu so I took along my mum to help me (she didn't need much persuading).

For my first drink I went for an East 8 Hold Up - Absolut Vodka, Aperol, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, lime juice, and sugar syrup.  This was the perfect thirst-quencher - it fell into that category of tasting just like juice, so I could have quite easily drank the whole thing in about 5 minutes.  My mum went for a Peach & Rhubarb Bellini - Prosecco, white peach purée, and rhubarb liqueur - which she enjoyed so much that she had the same for her second drink too.  I however went for a different choice and picked a Purple Rain - Lavender-infused Bombay Dry Gin, violet droplets, blueberries, lemon juice, and honey - which came in an Instagram friendly copper mug (unfortunately it was too dark to take a photo, but it was so cute I was tempted to nick it for my new house).  


We also ordered a couple of burgers to soak up all that booze - cheeseburger for mum, maple-glazed bacon for me.  The food definitely hit the spot - especially the sweet potato fries which were crisped to perfection.  

There's still several more cocktails I want to try on the menu (starting with the Watermelon Collins) so I'll definitely be back soon.  I also fancy trying their sourdough pizzas, oh and definitely more of those sweet potato fries!


All Bar One
One of my favourite girls night activities is a cocktail class - I've been to quite a few over the years, so I was excited to be asked to try out the new offering at All Bar One a few months ago. I took along my pal Jemma to the Festival Square bar one Thursday after work where we were seated with a couple of other bloggers and introduced to our lovely French barman (insert whistle and winky face here).  The format for the class was very relaxed, we were talked through a cocktail recipe and then we all got to make it at our seats at the same time (and then drink it obvs).  The other classes I've been to have involved a lot of standing around watching other people make cocktails and waiting for your turn, so you got to drink a lot quicker here!

Another thing slightly different to the other classes I've been to was the cocktail shaker - instead of the usual metal shaker and glass method, at All Bar One they have mason jars with lids - so no more trying to slap the shaker at exactly the right spot to dislodge your glass (which I once did so violently that I knocked a stone out of my engagement ring).  

We made 3 cocktails, a Cosmopolitan, a Pomegranate Daiquiri (my favourite!) and an Espresso Martini.  So that's 3 pretty bloody strong cocktails in the space of about 1.5 hours.  May I remind you that this was a Thursday at 6pm.  A school night.  On an empty stomach.  Needless to say that Jemma and I were so pissed we had to go for a burger at Byron before heading home.  If it had been a Saturday then I think it would have been an ideal warm up for a night out.

Btw I vlogged the class which you can watch here if you fancy!


Tried & Tested Faves
All Bar One and Foundry 39 are new discoveries for me on the cocktails front, but here's some of my old Edinburgh favourites that I'd also recommend:


Apologies for all the shite photos by the way - I find it impossible to take good pictures of cocktails as it's either a) too dark, or b) I'm too busy drinking to remember to take one.

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          The 7 Best Science Documentaries On Netflix Right Now        
These science docs on Netflix will get you excited about the cosmos, volcanos, and electric cars.
          BANG BANG: Adam Hartzell        
[BANG BANG is our week-long look back at 20!!, or "Twenty-bang-bang," or 2011, with contributions from all over aiming to cover all sorts of enthusiasms from film to music to words and beyond.]


by Adam Hartzell

I spend most of my time watching movies out of sync with my time and place. Since I prefer cinema from elsewhere, only one U.S. film makes my Top Ten, though it does make the top spot. Work and financial constraints keep me from traveling abroad for film festival premieres, which means I have to wait until they make it here to San Francisco. So my Top Ten lists usually say something about my cosmopolitan dreams that are anchored awake by my restricted finances and mobility. But here are 10 films which were released this year, or made their way to Bay Area festivals in 2011, about which I have found myself still ruminating in a positive way since they shined their light and heat on my eyes.
 
10. Passion (Khusel Shunal) (Byamba Sakhya, 2010, Mongolia) I knew nothing about Mongolian cinema until this documentary about said cinema, told through a lonely road movie, found its way into the program of this year's San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival. Now I want to know more, which is ironic since the film presents a pessimistic view of Mongolian cinema's future. But it's at least caught the fascination of one viewer even more isolated from this nation's cinema than the Mongolian residents portrayed in the documentary.

9. Aurélie Laflamme's Diary (Christian Laurence, 2010, Canada) A French language film from Quebec that was part of the NY/SF International Children's Film Festival that ran from October 21-23 at Viz Cinema, it ended up winning an audience award. I would have voted for it as well, had I seen it in the theater along with that awarding audience rather than on DVD for an sf360.org overview I wrote on the festival. It's a teen film that doesn't have to throw an American-Pie in our faces thinking that will entertain the kids and kidults. Marianne Verville is a refreshing presence in the lead role, allowed to be awkward in what is an awkward time of our lives. Plus, although she gets the boy the genre demands, she isn't swan-ed away from her duckling beginnings.


8. The Trip (Michael Winterbottom, 2011, United Kingdom) I am still laughing about the scene where Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are riffing on announcing the inexact time of an ancient battle. Adding to this comedic pleasure was that I got to laugh at this scene along with a friend I hadn’t seen in some time whom I randomly ran into in the lobby of The Bridge theatre before the screening. It was a nice day in the Richmond neighborhood thanks to the run-ins such local establishments afford.


7. Oki's Movie (Hong Sang-soo, 2010, South Korea) I got to see three of my favorite director’s films for the first time this year. (The others were Ha Ha Ha on DVD because I couldn't make the screenings at the San Francisco International Film Festival and The Day He Arrives on screen at the Starz Denver Film Festival in mid-November with the proprietor of the Coffee, Coffee and More Coffee blog, Peter Nellhaus.) Thanks to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, I was able to watch Oki's Movie in the theatre in late June after having already seen it on DVD to prepare a piece for sf360. I'm biased in that I always find something to ruminate on endlessly in a Hong film (even with my least favorite, Woman Is the Future of Man). But Oki's Movie seems to have won over those who haven't been fans of his work. I think a big reason is the auditioning of men in Oki's movie nested within "Oki's Movie" that Andrew Tracy expertly analyzes in the Fall 2010 issue of Cinema Scope magazine.

6. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (Leanne Pooley, 2009, New Zealand) Finally getting the theatre release it deserved, The Topp Twins graced our local screens outside of the film festivals that started the momentum (Frameline in 2010 and Mostly British in 2011). I own the DVD and saw the film in the theatre three times, once each at those festivals and once in Berkeley at Shattuck Cinemas with my cousin when it was released. Even after all these screenings, I'm still moved by how much major moments of the lives of these yodeling, country singing lesbian twins are tied up with major political successes in New Zealand history. I am still giddy about getting to meet them for an interview for sf360, the most nervous I have ever been for an interview.

5. Poetry (Lee Chang-dong, 2010, South Korea) Poetry definitively represents what I have been appreciating lately about South Korean cinema - how much it has opened up cinematic space for its senior actresses. Yun Jung-hee came out of retirement for this virtuoso performance of Lee Chang-dong's as he continues to explore the life of the outsider in South Korea. During my first draft of this brief commentary on Poetry, I went into a rant about how, if there failed to be a Best Actress nom nod to Yun, the Oscars would continue to be irrelevant in my cinematic life. But after writing that draft, I went to talk with Brian Darr of Hell on Frisco Bay blog and he informed me the Los Angeles Critic Circle gave Yun their Best Actress award. As a result, I put my seething rage at the Oscars as a failed institution back into its cage to be unleashed some other day.


4. The Salesman (Sébastian Pilote, 2011, Canada) I am someone upon whom car commercials fail to make the intended impact. I don't desire the products they advertise. And I don't buy into the false sense of freedom the commercials purport to symbolize. (The streets are usually much more crowded than as portrayed in the commercials and buying a car shackles you with debt, high gas prices, and vast acres of asphalt requirements for roads and parking.) That said, I'm primed to appreciate the tragedy in The Salesman, a perfect example of a genre I'm calling 'Post Peak Oil Cinema', where the life of a successful car salesman is turned on its head by the very products he sells so successfully. The Salesman is a sad, sad film that doesn't pummel you but rather slowly piles upon you like the snow that surrounds this little Quebec town.

3. The Life of Fish (Matías Bize, 2010, Chile) My wife and I caught this film during our yearly Caltrain trip to Cinequest in San Jose because it fit with our schedule and it's one of those happy accident, eeny-meeny-miney-mo(e)ments where you select a film with no real sense of what you are getting yourself into and you realize the programmers have made an excellent choice for you. In this film, we travel through a party held in a single house as our main character relives his younger self through his memories and those of others. Simple, poignant, and delightful.


2. Nostalgia for the Light (Patrico Guzmán, 2010, France/Chile/Germany) This was a truly amazing film I saw in the Dolby screening room as part of the press screenings for the San Francisco International Film Festival this year. Guzmán’s pairing of professional astronomers with amateur archaeologists works on so many levels. Even though the archaeologists are searching for the remains of family members killed by their own government, somehow, in spite of all this, Guzmán leaves us with tremendous hope for humanity.

1. Deaf Jam (Judy Lieff, 2011, USA) I have not had the experience with a film for a long time like I had with Lieff’s documentary about high school Deaf poets venturing out into the venues of a (hearing) poetry slam. Cinema transfixed me again at the Mill Valley Film Festival like it did the first time I could not stopping about the impact a film had on me. Lieff captures the vibrancy of American Sign Language through several tactics of translation. Her willingness to mess with the text of subtitling the poems in the opening sequence is mesmerizing. At the same time, she even took the risk not to translate the ASL later in the film and it is just as powerful sans subtitles. Mixed in with this story of the life of young Deaf folk is a story about the struggles of immigrant children whose parents’ citizenship comes after they enter adulthood and a friendship between a young Israeli Jew and Palestinian Muslim. Lieff and the subjects of her documentary show us how ASL is as perfect a language of cinema as any other, leaving you hoping Lieff and the students she films don’t stop here. We need these stories. We need this kind of active, engaged cinema.


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Adam Hartzell is totally bummed that sf360.org is no longer publishing because he had a blast writing for them for three years. He continues to write for Brian Darr's San Francisco film blog, Hell on Frisco Bay, and the premier English language website on South Korean cinema, Koreanfilm.org. He began this year as a guest on an episode of the VCinema podcast where he discussed the original version and the recent re-visioning of the South Korean classic The Housemaid (MP3). He has had a few magazine pieces in Kyoto Journal, a chapter on The Power of Kangwon Province for The Cinema of Japan and Korea (Wallflower Press), and next year he will have a bunch of essays in the upcoming publication of World Directory of Cinema: Korea (Intellect, Ltd.).

          Born Rational        
The oxford dictionaries definition of Atheist is "A person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods", which is the condition of ALL babies prior to magical indoctrination.
Now you may think...
"A baby lacks belief in everything, so it's absence of a belief in a god or gods is meaningless and, of itself, is not an indication that no god exists. Born atheist isn't an argument for atheism!"
...and I'd agree, it isn't an argument for the absence of a god. 'Born atheist' is just a fact; merely a recognition of the status quo. We're all implicit atheists before the society into which we are born brands us, imprinting dogma and tradition. Our lack of any indoctrination, spiritual or otherwise, is a fact across almost every area of the baby's existence, however, for those proffering...
"Babies are also free of all rational thinking."
...the evidence before us, in every child ever born to every species, is that is not so and, once again, the human eye, already much discussed in the theological debate, offers example.
When we are born we see the world as it is presented by the lens of our eye, which projects it inverted onto the retina.
Over a period of time the baby rationalises that clear and fulsome but poorly presented data from the eye against the data it is receiving from other bodily sensations, including the extremely reliable and ever present gravity data stream.
With no human intervention possible, there can be no complex communication with a being which has no means of complex communication, one may only assume the baby's rationalisation of the disparate data streams indicates we're all born as innately rational beings. And, as supporting evidence for that assumption, if we examine from the converse perspective, a being without the ability to rationalise the data streams(an irrational being) would fail to survive or survive less well.
Further, no matter how we feel about this world's natural disasters, tragedies etc, it's a rational, internally cohesive, generally predictable system. It is unsurprising that therein the beings functioning most rationally thrive best, which conforms beautifully with 'the survival of the fittest'; the most suitable to fit the rational environment survives through harnessing rationality. Or, to put it more lyrically...
In any rational environment the most rational being rationalises most rationally.
Seems to me, as I've shown above, whereas supernatural fables may only be learnt after the child has developed the complex communication skills required for indoctrination, acting rationally is innate, a necessity for the survival of any life-form; any baby of any species must act rationally to properly process the rational data of the world and progress from infancy to childhood.
When then you consider, to our current knowledge, humanity is the pinnacle of rational thought in the cosmos, is it rational to claim an offspring thereof, is born contrary to the evidence visible in any human baby's development and, frankly, all other known life, in a state of irrationality?
Finally, is one who implies or directly claims "Babies are born without rationality" doing so to dishonestly promote the notion that rational thought has parity with religious concepts, by implying they are both taught/learnt? Or that it has parity because they are both innate?
And, as promotion of either would be a dishonest representation of the situation, can one who lies so openly, merely to sooth their ego by crowbarring a wish for eternal life into the topic, be trusted to be honest on any topic?


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          An Absence of Afterlife.        
In the King James version of the Bible is a verse that tears the 'immortal soul' from every believer's belief system. And it's not in some obscure mouldy old tome in the locked and secret, shhh, Vatican archives, it's as clear as day for anyone really reading to see.
And you don't have to read far either; it's right there up the front!
Genesis. Chapter 3.
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
See what I mean?
No? I'll attempt to clarify with a spot of paraphrasing...
Genesis. Chapter 3.
22 And God said, Humans were never supposed to become like me, with the power to discern good from evil; they were supposed to remain my playthings, gamboling like puppies, but now they have that power! Grrr; I didn't see that coming!! Curse my lack of omniscience! Now one day they'll be able to figure out my actions here are wholly immoral, verging on unconscionable evil! The last thing I need is for 'em to be chasing me around the cosmos looking for justice forever! Hey, you two disappointments! Get out! And don't eat from that immortality tree on the way out neither!
23 And so, learning the lesson the young learn young, 'never trust anyone over 30', the disappointments left, mortal but wiser than the god who fashioned them.
So...
As Humans were banished specifically to avoid them becoming immortal is unarguable, immortality was not an original design feature of humans.

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          So Much Less Than The Great I Am        
If there is one single mental component which engenders the belief that one has, or is in possession of, humanity's longest held zeitgeist the 'immortal soul' it is a person's ego. Only via egotistical thinking can one conclude human consciousness(the 'person'/'self') is not engendered by the biology in which it manifests but instead is somehow independent thereof and can therefore continue to exist, intact, indefinitely and independent of the only location ever known for that 'person', its functioning biology.
While it's likely, after centuries of "slaughter the unbeliever" and elevated breeding levels among the doctrinally oppressed, some are born with an 'Id' that's genetically predisposed to believe the 'immortal soul' notion, I think one may suggest that the presence of such among the population is born of the existence of the egotistical notion triggering epigenetic changes over time.
Could one suggest then that it's the presence of Ego alone that engenders the ready acceptance of eternal life fantasies?

I think so; here's why.
I, one of the soulless, an unbeliever, consider the "I" that is me to be the current culmination of this biochemical genetic colony's life experiences and its current chemical state. The "I" that is me "exists"(has power in the cosmos) for only 1/40th of a second1, then is gone, lost forever, an imprint on the chronology of the cosmos. And is instantly replaced by a new version of "I" with 1/40th of a second more experience2, a new chemical state and responsibility for all this colony's prior acts. When, after a lifetime of about 100 trillion conscious moments, this genetic colony finally fails beyond the capacity for internal or external maintenance or repair, there will be one final "I" before the consecutive stream of "I's" that made up the "me" can no longer be generated. The memory of that recorded "me", who imprinted on the shape of the cosmos for the merest blink of the cosmological timescale, lingers in the consciousness of all or a portion of society then diminishes over a period of time relating roughly to the recorded accomplishments. For the "I" that is "me" the "I" does not extend beyond the single conscious moment and the recorded "me" cannot exist beyond the means which engendered it.

You, one of the soulful, a believer, consider the "I" that is you to be an eternal entity, able to live beyond the biochemistry, extending from before conception, way beyond the single moment and long past the death of the genetic colony stretching on into an distant, possibly unending, future. An "I" of such importance the cosmos will not allow it to expire.

So the question here is...
Which "I" has the bigger Ego?

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1 "1/40th of a second" : Supporting evidence/explanation here
2 "1/40th of a second more experience" : The nature and depth of the experience available in this time period is determined by the complexity of the "I" experiencing the moment. For more on this see Conscious Of Consciousness.

ego: Oxford Dictionaries
1. A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.
1.1 Psychoanalysis - The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity. Compare with id and superego.
1.2 Philosophy (In metaphysics) a conscious thinking subject.

id: Oxford Dictionaries
Psychoanalysis - The part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest


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          Here's the doozy of a post...as promised over a year ago.        
I dunno what happened; the year got away from me without a post. I hope that this one will make up for it.

If anyone ever told me that I'd be a spokesperson for anything, there was a time when quiet, shy, reserved me wouldn't even have the nerve to laugh in their face. Now, however, not only am I a spokesperson, I represent a revolution!

I am the 99%. I am what democracy looks like. I "twinkle" when I like something. In the cold and the rain and the wet and the wind of an early winter, I am living in a tent in a camp with electricity from a generator that is run for only a few hours a day. And I've never been happier. How could that possibly be?

It all started just over a month ago, when I was compelled to march with in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement in my local community of Bellingham, Washington. I was swept into something much bigger, meeting new best friends and friends I've had again and again in this wild, wacky, and mysterious cosmos. I've experienced magic in this little rag-tag camp of amazing young people and dynamic individuals who make up oh, so much more than the sum of their parts. We are changing things. Changing ourselves. Becoming the change we wish to see in the world. And it all seems to blossom and grow, flourishing with the nurturing of the Oneness of the camp.

That's not to say that living here is all Bavarian Bismarcks from Rocket Donuts and a lovely cuppa tea from Woods (where cold revolutionaries go to charge their cell phones and other 'lectronics). It's hard work to keep the Occupy movement going, as it is primarily double in scope for me; creating an awareness of the situation with the banks and corporations in order to bring about the necessary separation of the greed and corruption of the 1% from our democratic process, and to keep the camp running...to avoid losing valuable members of our community. To be sure my new family has enough to eat and dry socks and "austerity blankets", the blankets most of us wear about our shoulders as an additional layer against the cold that settled into camp as soon as we did. Layers are our friends. I am determined to make long johns (thermal underwear) a staple in every woman's winter wardrobe.

We do phenomenal things here. We are feeding, clothing, and sheltering the homeless. We are dealing with scary-ass situations with peace and love. Compassion and non-violence. The diversity in our camp is rainbows and thunderstorms and sunshine. Meadows and badlands. Oceans and deserts. And yet, somehow, with all the little niggly things you'll encounter in any and every family, we have come together to support one another completely as we, the Whole, support the other Occupy movements that are popping up all over the globe. Thank Cow! We're way past due for a decent revolution. And that is indeed what this is. Welcome to an inside seat to what it's like to be changing the government, just as our ancestors did when it became necessary to right the injustices of the corrupt.

Stay tuned as I blog what it's like to be on the front lines of a peaceful war against the lies, the greed, the slavery, the dumbing-down, the selfishness of those who perpetuate hate and fear. I am a love-based Being, determined to win this fight to create a better world for my granddaughter, for my Mother Earth, and for you. Doing that is the hard thing that requires the sacrifices I am honoured to make with my new comrades at our camp, Noisy Waters, in Bellingham. Namaste'.

          Comment on Common Arguments, Refuted: the Cosmological Argument by Silvio        
I like the idea of connecting with the peolpe he's talking to. These sorts of superstitions will pass just as many other mistaken ideas about the world have passed. But it takes time, maybe many more generations of humans, before it would naturally go away and in the meantime I'd much rather be friendly and find a way to understand each other. That way we can all play together instead of fighting all the time, which is really boring.
          Comment on Common Arguments, Refuted: the Cosmological Argument by Nataly        
I think every university souhld have at least one freethinking-relevant group! It’s not too hard, and if you’re on a campus you can usually get free money to have events I souhld point out that some schools put groups like ours into the Religious category. And, here at UNB, such groups do not get any money from the school.
          Comment on Common Arguments, Refuted: the Cosmological Argument by Venkatesh        
I watched them both, and I love them.(Although Greta Christina is pfteecrly correct in pointing out that we should not waste our time with labels, it still would benefit us to have that atheist-agnosticism discussion, not only because it is not exactly comparable to the gay-bi example she gave, but also because there is a facepalm-worthy disparity between who atheists are and what non-atheists think atheists ought to be).Our movement (such as it is) needs more diversity. I keep asking, Where are all of the other Native Americans/First Nations peoples (other than Dan Barker)?
          Margot Loyola: los sonidos nacen en la naturaleza        
Margot Loyola ha viajado hacia el misterio. Con ella mantuvimos una amena plática, a mediados de los noventa, para el libro “Bolero de Almas: conversaciones de Fin de Siglo con Viejos Sabios”*. Este es un extracto de aquella. Aquí nos habla de su vida, de su relación con Violeta y de la música y cosmovisión […]
          Estão vendendo a casa do Harry Potter e é magicamente fascinante        
Ponto negativo: você vai ter que dormir lembrando que o Voldemort já fez uma visita nada agradável por lá
          Tribalistas estão de volta e já lançaram quatro músicas novas        
O retorno, tão comentado nos últimos tempos, realmente aconteceu e já podemos ouvir!
          Os vestidos de noiva mais lindos do Instagram        
Escolha o que mais combina com você!
          Senado aprova projeto que torna o crime de estupro imprescritível        
Uma vitória para comemorarmos.
          Channing Tatum surpreende e mostra seu gingado em loja        
Sonhando com o dia que esse encontro vai acontecer com a gente...
          Gal Gadot comemora o sucesso de Mulher Maravilha dançando        
Ela merece! Ela merece!
          Kate Middleton ganha joia e continua tradição da Princesa Diana        
Uma das coisas mais lindas que você verá hoje
          Quanto custa viver como a Kylie Jenner        
Que a caçula das Kardashian/Jenner ama luxo e glamour, todos já sabem, né? Mas quanto ela gasta realmente ?
          10 destinos românticos para viajar com o mozão e curtir a dois        
Parece um sonho.
          Disney vai tirar todo seu conteúdo da Netflix até o final de 2019        
Decisão afetará apenas os assinantes do serviço de streaming nos Estados Unidos.
          "Hand" - part three Telephone Jesus and the falling man        
  
Flutter
 
I know I said we would start Flutters story this post, but I actually have to talk about a few other things first which are part of the social layering of the society for the narrative.  While the overall story is for a very close but alternative version of our world, it does over lap.    Across the street from the Rebirth Store you will notice Flutter walking towards some ramps and boards which lead into the apartment building.  I think I have mentioned in previous posts about creating a composition using the "eyepath" to lead the viewers attention to different focal points.   In a static image the eyepath is easy to use but with a virtual space where the viewer might
Telephone Jesus
Duck lipped selfie
look at a scene from many different angles it is a bit more tricky.  Some might notice a stone sculpture haphazardly nailed to a telephone pole.  Different things point or lead to it and should the viewer stand before him and follow his gaze they will see he looks down upon a broken cell phone.  A piece of detritus from the past.   I think the social commentary of the telephone Jesus is self explanatory so lets move on to the cell phone.  People who are familiar with my work know that interaction is an important element in my creations.  You have to click on things to find other layers or hidden parts.  The cell phone is one such thing.   When you click it you will be teleported to the last image taken on the phone..  a selfie. The selfie is of a girl making duck lips in front of the burning Twin Towers from 911.  The duck face or duck lip selfie was a craze for a while and it has already passed actually.   We are now in the time of the Fish Gape selfie.  I imagined this after reading about a trend where people were taking smiling selfies around dead people.  At accident scenes etc.  The total lack of empathy and the ... I guess emotional detachment?  A type of desensitization that maybe comes from the over saturation of similar content we find online.  Over the last ten years we have seen the simon cowells and that angry chef guy and others who TV has engineered into a type of hero.  Trump in a way is a product of that.   So the Duck lipped selfie comments on a person who could take such an image of themselves to post imagining that it is something others will "like".  You can see behind her a tiny dot... again if you zoom in and touch you will discover the falling man.  Building the falling man was one of the more difficult things I have had to make.  It is a man who gracefully falls to his own death.  He almost appears calm and at peace.  I tried to find out who he was, so I could then understand if he was there delivering something.. if he worked there, if he had a family,
The falling man
girlfriend, parents and grandparents.  I wanted to know who he was but he remained a mystery.  I have not found anywhere that identifies him, he is an anonymous falling man.  He falls and perhaps his life flashes before his eyes as they say it does.  Maybe he has regrets, things he wishes he could have said or done.  In the end though, within the social mediaverse he is a prop for the duck faced selfie. 
Ironically people would "like" his death.
          Winona Laura Horowitz professional name Winona Ryder        
Winona Laura Horowitz born October 29, 1971 , better known under her professional name Winona Ryder, is an American actress. She made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas. Ryder's first significant role came in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988) as a goth teenager, which won her critical and commercial recognition. After making various appearances in film and television, Ryder continued her career with the cult film Heathers (1989), a controversial satire of teenage suicide and high school life, which drew Ryder further critical and commercial attention.
Having played diverse roles in many well-received films, Ryder won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination in the same category for her role in The Age of Innocence in 1993, as well as another Academy Award nomination for Little Women the following year for Best Actress. In 2000, Ryder received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.
Ryder's personal life has been widely reported by the media. Her relationship with actor Johnny Depp in the early 1990s was highly publicized and received much scrutiny by the media and tabloid press. A much talked about 2001 shoplifting incident led to a four-year hiatus from acting. She has also revealed her personal struggle with anxiety and depression, briefly checking into a clinic. In 2006, Ryder returned to the screen, and some media outlets called her performance "a remarkable comeback" to acting, having appeared in high-profile films such as Star Trek.In 2010, she was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as the lead actress of When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story, and as part of the cast of Black Swan.
Contents
* 1 Early life and education
* 2 Career
o 2.1 Early works, 1985–1990
o 2.2 1991–1995
o 2.3 1996–2000
o 2.4 Hiatus, 2001–2005
o 2.5 2006–present
* 3 Personal life
o 3.1 Relationships
o 3.2 Polly Klaas
o 3.3 2001 arrest
* 4 Filmography
o 4.1 Television series
* 5 Awards and nominations
* 6 References
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Early life and education
Born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, she was named after the nearby city of Winona. She was given her middle name, Laura, because of her parents' friendship with Aldous Huxley's wife, Laura Huxley. Her mother, Cynthia Palmer (née Istas), is an author, as well as a video producer and editor. Her father, Michael Horowitz, is an author, editor, publisher, and antiquarian bookseller. Ryder is Jewish on her father's side, and has described herself as Jewish. Her paternal grandparents were immigrants from Russia and Romania; her father's family was originally named "Tomchin", but was wrongly assigned the surname "Horowitz" by U.S. immigration officials at Ellis Island. Ryder's mother is a Buddhist and her father is an atheist. Ryder has one full sibling, a younger brother, Uri (named in honor of the first Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin), an older half-brother, Jubal, and an older half-sister, Sunyata. Ryder's family friends included her godfather, LSD guru Timothy Leary, as well as the beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick.
In 1978, when Ryder was seven years old, she and her family relocated to Rainbow, a commune near Elk, Mendocino County, California, where they lived with seven other families on a 300-acre (120 ha) plot of land. As the remote property had no electricity or television sets, Ryder began to devote her time to reading, and became an avid fan of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.She developed an interest in acting after her mother showed her a few movies on a screen in the family barn. At age 10, Ryder and her family moved on again, this time to Petaluma, California. During her first week at the Kenilworth Junior High, she was bullied by a group of her peers who mistook her for an effeminate, scrawny boy. As a result, she ended up being homeschooled that year. In 1983, when Ryder was 12, she enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater in nearby San Francisco, where she took her first acting lessons. Ryder graduated from Petaluma High School with a 4.0 GPA in 1989. She suffers from aquaphobia because of a traumatic near-drowning at age 12. This caused problems with the underwater scenes in Alien Resurrection (1997), some of which had to be reshot numerous times.

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          Singapore Oracle Sessions - Beginnings        

Last Monday evening we had the first Singapore Oracle Sessions - an informal meetup of Oracle professionals thrown together at the last minute by a few of us.

Morten Egan (or as I believe he is called in Denmark now - The Traitor ;-)) mentioned to me months ago that if there was no user group when we arrived in Singapore, then we should start one. At the time he was the current (now retired) chairman of the Danish Oracle User Group (DOUG, strangely enough) and, as I've presented at and supported various Oracle user events over the years and am an ACE Director, it seemed fitting that we should try to build something for the Singapore Oracle community.

The fact that the Oracle ACE Hemant Chitale works for the same company and that the ACE Director Bjoern Rost would be spending a few days at my place before continuing on to the OTN APAC Tour was too much of an opportunity. After a short chat on Twitter we decided to bite the bullet and I started researching venues and contacted some of the locals. We only had 6 days to arrange it so it was either brave or stupid!

As it came together and (through a few very good contacts) we had more and more attendees registering it started to seem like a reality and eventually Bjoern, Madeleine and I found ourselves walking along to the Bugis area on Monday, hoping for the best. Despite some initial problems finding the venue, we arrived to find the extremely helpful Sean Low of Seminar Room who took excellent care of us. 

Within the matter of 15 minutes or so, 33 of the 36 or so who had registered were safely settled in their seats (including my other half Madeleine who *never* attends Oracle stuff!) for my brief introduction during which Sean insisted I try out the hand-held microphone.

My big Sinatra moment (Not)


My big Sinatra moment (not).

First up was Bjoern Rost of Portrix with "Change the way you think about tuning with SQL Plan Management" which, as those who've seen me present on the subject at Openworld, BGOUG or UKOUG would know is a subject dear to my heart. However, Bjoern seems to have had much more success with it than my failed attempts that were damned by literal values and Dynamic SQL. (I've since had a little more success, but mainly as a narrow solution to very specific problems.)

Bjoern and attentive audience

As you can see, the room was pretty full and the audience very attentive (except for a few people who appear to be mucking around with their phones!). They weren't afraid to ask some interesting and challenging questions too, which I always find very encouraging. 

Early in Bjoern's presentation we suffered what I would say was the only significant disappointment of the night as both the drinks and the pizza turned up early! It was nice of the delivery companies not to be late, but my stupid expectation that 7pm meant 7pm ensured that I was standing at the back of the room surrounded by obviously gorgeous pizza that was slowly going cold, not knowing whether I should stop Bjoern in his tracks or not. Manners dictated not (particularly as there were so many people in a small room) but the pizza experience later suggests I was wrong. Lesson learned! (Note that I had to ask others about the pizza as it's on my extensive list of things I don't eat.)

What obviously didn't go wrong at all was the social interaction between all of the attendees and speakers. It probably helped that there were a few attendees from some organisations and that people from different organisations had worked with each other in the past but it's a *long* time since I've felt such a vibrant energy during a break.

Attendees enjoying pizza and conversation

I was on next, presenting on "Real Time SQL Monitoring" and apart from a few hiccups with the clicker I borrowed from Bjoern and a couple of slide corrections I need to make, I think it went reasonably well and people seemed as enthused by SQL Mon reports as I've come to expect! With that done, and a quick smoke (I *love* organising an agenda :-)), it was time for Morten with his "Big Data Primer" 

Morten doing his thing

I think this might have been lots of peoples favourite presentation because it wasn't just about Oracle and Morten packed in plenty of the humour I've come to expect from him. Better still, it seemed to work for a quite cosmopolitan audience, so good work!

Afterwards he said a few words asking for people's feedback and whether there was a desire to setup a local user group or just continue with these informal sessions (sponsors permitting) and all of the feedback I heard later showed that people are very keen for a repeat run. 

Overall, Monday night felt like a great success. 

The passion and enthusiasm of the attendees was very encouraging and reflected in the subsequent feedback which has been consistently positive but also thoughtful so far. There's no question that a decent minority of the local Oracle community are looking for regular opportunities to hear decent speakers on subjects that interest them, meet and discuss issues with each other and also offer to present themselves, which is a great start for any Oracle User Group.

Strangely, I discovered a day or so later that there are already plans for a User Group and the Singapore launch event is next Wednesday. Coincidentally this is only 9 days after SOS! You can look into the APOUG website here and a number of colleagues and I will attend the launch event. I suppose it's a small shame that it's an APAC-wide user group, rather than specific to Singapore, which the number of attendees at such short notice would suggest Singapore can justify, but I'll be interested to see what APOUG has planned.

Big thanks for Alvin from Oracle for endless supplies of fine pizza and Bjoern Rost of Portrix Systems for the room hire (I bought the drinks, which some would say was appropriate but I couldn't possibly comment) and thanks again to all the attendees for making it a fun night!

I didn't notice until I was about to post this that Bjoern had already blogged about the evening and I think he's captured it perfectly.


          Sanoma Uitgevers voorziet honderden medewerkers van effectiever communicatiemiddelen met slimme ‘appliance’        
Met ruim 85 publiekstijdschriften en zo’n 200 websites is Sanoma Uitgevers BV de grootste multimediale uitgever van Nederland. Tot de tijdschriften behoren onder meer AutoWeek, Cosmopolitan, Donald Duck, Linda en Margriet. In de hoofdvestiging in Hoofddorp werken circa 1.000 medewerkers op redacties en ondersteunende afdelingen. E-mail is een prima communicatiemiddel, behalve als de mail niet of te laat gelezen wordt. Sanoma Uitgevers zocht daarom een oplossing voor presence en Instant Messaging, met een minimum aan beheer en hardware. Het werd een combinatie van Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007, Windows Server 2008 en één stekkerklare ‘doos’: de UC appliance van StartReady. Microsoft Office Communication Server biedt Sanoma de mogelijkheid om telefonie, Instant Messaging (IM), presence en vergadermogelijkheden te combineren binnen een voor de medewerkers vertrouwde werkomgeving. Dennis Groenendijk, IT Architect bij Sanoma Uitgevers: "Veel van de gebruikers van OCS werken buiten de deur of maken deel uit van een internationaal team. Het presence aspect is daarbij belangrijk, omdat je direct ziet wie bereikbaar is. Zo kan een gebruiker via IM heel snel contact maken met zijn collega’s, maar ook een vergadering plannen of een document delen. Ik zie OCS als medium tussen telefonie en mail: een deel van het mailverkeer verschuift naar chatten, maar zodra een chat serieus wordt, pakt men over het algemeen de telefoon. OCS kan je dan met één muisklik verbinden met de medewerker waarmee je aan het chatten was."
          A Few Tidbits From Bisnow's Capitol Riverfront Shindig        
To prove (to myself) that I am not completely out of commission, I attended this morning's Bisnow event focusing on current goings-on development-wise in the Capitol Riverfront.

Here are a few bullet points of the development-type items I found of most interest:

* Dock 79 is 92 percent leased, and MRP Realty expects to begin construction on the residential building next door (71 Potomac) late this year or early next year--and that it is expected to have a lot more 2-bedroom units than Dock 79. I was also told that All-Purpose will probably open in the fall, and Dacha in the spring--and also that the planned small additional storefront for All-Purpose fronting Potomac Avenue has fallen by the wayside.

* One Hill South is 60 percent leased, and the developers have just begun design meetings for the project's second phase, another 300ish-unit building fronting South Capitol Street. That could get underway in a year or so.

* As the attendees were taking their seats at Arena Stage, a splashy video was played for the 25 M Street office building project planned by Brandywine REIT and Akridge. I can't link directly, but go to the (new to me) official web site at 25mst.com and scroll down to click on Property Video. Janet Davis of Brandywine did say that this building will not get underway until it's about 50 percent leased.

* Skanska's 99 M office building at 1st and M is expected to top out in about a month or so. Skanska's EVP Mark Carroll said that they expect to announce their first signed tenants soon, and that they are "not typical tenants." Both Carroll and Davis agreed that there has been a clear uptick in interest in Capitol Riverfront office space in the past six months or so.

* District Winery is crossing its fingers for a September opening. (Perhaps even earlier than September, but best not to get ahead of the permitting process.) Owner Brian Leventhal was on the Yards panel, and told the story of branching out from the original operations in Brooklyn without having any specific location in mind, and how once they narrowed to DC, everything about the lot at the Yards "was perfect, [so] we didn't consider any other space." (He also has moved to DC from Brooklyn, and said that living at the Yards is "like living in a resort.")

* 1221 Van is expected to begin move-ins later this year, and leasing should start in the relative near future.

* Forest City's Debbie Ratner Salzberg talked about how the Yards came to be, and said that "the minute Bluejacket opened [in 2013], we were on the map."

* And we definitely appear to be referring to the blocks immediately north of Nats Park as the "Ballpark District" once again.

* It was only mentioned in passing, but I should still officially note here that Cosmopolitan Nail Salon is now open in Arris at the Yards.


Tags: 1221 Van, 20 M, One Hill South, 99m, Development News, Florida Rock, West Half St.


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          Dacha, Punch Bowl Social, and Other Retail Catching Up        
Running down a few things that happened while I was otherwise occupied, but that I want to finally mention in an actual blog post for those who don't camp out in the comments for weeks at a time.

* DACHA: Way back in March it was learned that Shaw's popular beer garden Dacha will be coming to Dock 79, and signage now confirms that. It will occupy the space along the riverwalk on the building's southwest corner--closest to Bardo, for some hot beer garden-on-beer garden action.

* PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL: Less way back, in May, it was announced that "eatertainment" venue Punch Bowl Social will occupy 24,000 square feet on two floors at 1250 Half Street, aka the residential building that will soon fill the Half Street Hole directly north of Nats Park. To quote from the press release, Punch Bowl "has made a name for itself with its remarkably balanced execution of the eat, drink, play concept, pairing a Chef Hugh Acheson designed, southern inspired scratch-made menu and craft beverage program with social activities including pinball, skee-ball, karaoke, vintage video games, bocce, bowling, and more."

* STEADFAST SUPPLY: The "unique marketplace that connects brands with consumers" has opened anew, now at the Boilermaker Shops on Tingey Street in the space formerly occupied by Hugh & Crye. Hours are 12-6 pm Tuesdays-Sundays. (Alas, I got my photo about 24 hours too soon, so it's out of date already, but "progress, not perfection" is the current JDLand motto.)

* OTHER COMING SOONS: While wandering a week ago, I procured photographic evidence of the work going on at Roti at F1rst on 1st Street, as well as some of the recent Coming Soon window signage that I don't think I have posted, for Cava Grill next door to Shake Shack at the Homewood Suites at 50 M, and both the Juice Laundry and Cosmopolitan Nail Salon at Arris. (I didn't get Eighteen Eight Salon because I know I posted that at some point. Not sure if I missed window signage for Shilling Canning Company and/or Chloe, though?)

There. Now I feel a little better.


Tags: cava, cosmonails, dacha, juicelaundry, Monument Valley/Half St., punchbowl, Retail, roti, steadfast


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          Jobs to be Done in April        
Pause to Admire the Tulips It’s a really good year for tulips – the cool nights mean that they are lasting well – as long as you water those growing in containers regularly. Pinch out Now for Bushy Cosmos If you have grown cosmos from seed, or have bought plug plants, it’s time to pinch […]
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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-17-2017 with Dj Swingsett        
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          Friedrich Kittler's Technosublime        
by
Bruce Clarke
1999-12-30

In the 1970s a number of texts came into English translation bearing titles with a 1-2-3 punch, mixing exemplary authors with generic modes and methodological issues; for instance, Roland Barthes’s Sade, Fourier, Loyola and Image, Music, Text, containing the essays “Diderot, Brecht, Eisenstein” and “Writers, Intellectuals, Teachers,” and Michel Foucault’s Language, Counter-Memory, Practice with the essay “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History.” The title Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, a cognate translation of the German, echoes these theoretical signatures. Matt Kirschenbaum tries his hand at this with “Media, Geneology, History,” his review of Bolter and Grusin

In Gramophone, Film, Typewriter Kittler contrasts the restriction of Foucault’s discourse theory to textual archives with his own wider media band, in which phonographic and cinematic data streams decenter the channel of literary writing. But his commentators agree that Kittler’s “media discourse theory” follows from Foucault as the prime member of the triumvirate Foucault, Lacan, Derrida. Lacan runs a close second. Kittler writes: “Lacan was the first (and last) writer whose book titles only described positions in the media system. The writings were called Writings, the seminars, Seminar, the radio interview, Radiophonie, and the TV broadcast, Television ” (170). Gramophone, Film, Typewriter partakes of this same postsymbolic media literalism.

I write about Kittler from the standpoint of a scholar of British and American literature who dropped from the tree of Columbia’s core humanities curriculum to the seed-bed of canonical romanticism and modernism and the theory culture of the 1970s and 1980s, then passed through the forcing house of literature and science in the 1990s, to arrive at the threshold of contemporary media studies. In the process I seem to have become posthuman, but Kittler’s work reassures me that I had no choice in the matter: “media determine our situation” (xxxix). Kittler parlays high poststructuralism into a historical media theory that humbles the subject of humanistic hermeneutics by interpellation into the discrete material channels of communication. Media studies bids to become a hegemonic site within the new academic order of a wired culture. For Kittler, media determine our posthumanity and have been doing so in technological earnest at least since the phonograph broke the storage monopoly of writing.

As a kind of media theory of History, a requiem and good-riddance for the era of so-called Man, Gramophone, Film, Typewriter transmits the tenor of its own historical moment. The German edition appeared in 1986, the year after the opening of MIT’s Media Lab and the release of Talking Heads’ post-hermeneutic concert film and album Stop Making Sense. Other resonant events in American culture include the publication of William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984), Donna Haraway’s Manifesto for Cyborgs (1985), and Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (1987-89). Memories and premonitions of mushroom clouds loomed over these three speculative and/or scholarly scenarios published during the final decade of the Cold War; each text imagines the form of a posthuman or post-nuclear world. Gramophone, Film, Typewriter posits its posthumanity on the premise that the Strategic Defense Initiative has already set off the fireworks, that the future is always already a prequel to Star Wars. The text begins with the observation that optical fiber networks are “immune…to the bomb. As is well known, nuclear blasts send an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) through the usual copper cables, which would infect all connected computers” (1), and the book ends with before-and-after photos of Hiroshima (262).

Many of Kittler’s sublime effects result from a kind of hyperbolic digitality, i.e., all-or-nothing assertions pressing seemingly local instances into global histories. For instance, Kittler is fond of audacious chronologies that parody the popular media’s demand for appearances of journalistic exactitude: “around 1880 poetry turned into literature” (14), or “around 1900, love’s wholeness disintegrates into the partial objects of particular drives” (70). One thinks of Virginia Woolf’s famous dictum: “in or about December, 1910, human character changed,” and, thanks to Kittler, perhaps now we know why. A related rhetorical scheme mediating the grand transformations of modernism is the from/to formation: “literature defects from erotics to stochastics, from red lips to white noise” (51), or as combined with an audacious chronology: “from imagination to data processing, from the arts to the particulars of information technology and physiology - that is the historic shift of 1900” (73). Again, and as the volume is coming to a conclusion with the arrival of Turing’s universal computer, “the hypothetical determinism of a Laplacian universe, with its humanist loopholes (1795), was replaced by the factual predictability of finite-state machines” (245).

Kittler wrote Gramophone, Film, Typewriter just as chaos theory was arriving to throw a wrench into such stark digital determinism, precisely through the operational finitude as well as non-linear iterations of “finite-state machines.” As John von Neumann pointed out in 1948 in “The General and Logical Theory of Automata,” digital computers could produce perfect results, “as long as the operation of each component produced only fluctuations within its preassigned tolerance limits” (294). But, von Neumann continued, even so, computational error is reintroduced by the lack of the infinite digits necessary to carry out all calculations with perfect precision. Kittler melodramatizes Turing’s work, it seems to me, because he is captivated by the towering image of an informatic colossus.

Such an all-determining and inescapable imago of media induces a productive critical paranoia. The media are always already watching us, putting their needles into our veins: “humans change their position - they turn from the agency of writing to become an inscription surface” (210). Neuromancer ‘s Wintermute is everywhere, or as Kittler phrases it, “data flows…are disappearing into black holes and…bidding us farewell on their way to nameless high commands” (xxxix). At the same time, he enables one to see the particular and pandemic pathologies of modern paranoia precisely as psychic effects driven by the panoptic reach of media technologies in their surveillance and punishment modes. Not for nothing is the apocalypse according to Schreber’s Memoirs a prophetic book of prominent proportions in Kittler’s media cosmos.

In Gramophone, Film, Typewriter the objects of science are subsumed into the will-to-power of media technology. By way of contrast, despite his coinage of “technoscience” to underscore the sociological inextricability of the two, Bruno Latour sorts science and technology into separate treatments and preserves their disciplinary and epistemological distinctions. Yet one should not see Kittler falling under Latour’s blanket indictment of (Baudrillardian) postmodernism: “Instead of moving on to empirical studies of the networks that give meaning to the work of purification it denounces, postmodernism rejects all empirical work as illusory and deceptively scientistic” (Latour 46). Kittler busts open the realm of the real to examine the nonsymbolic and nonimaginary residues of communication technology, all that which cannot be posted: “Bodies themselves generate noise. And the impossible real transpires” (Kittler 46). Where Latour finds the proliferating quasi-objects of mediation, Kittler finds the literal networks of communications media.

For the most part Kittler elides the history of physics concurrent with his media history - the cross-over from late-classical determinism to statistical mechanics, from thermodynamic entropy to information entropy. On the one hand, he scants the ether and the electromagnetic field theories which made possible many developments from analog to digital processing, and from pre-electrical storage technology (photography, phonography) to broadcast transmission (radio, television), electronic storage and manipulation (tape deck, video camera), and digital computation (microprocessor, fiber optic cable) technologies. But on the other hand, that lacuna has opened the door for major efforts among Kittler’s German and American scholarly associates, including the editors of Stanford’s Writing Science series, who have both midwived Kittler’s delivery into North American discourse and paralleled Kittler’s media emphasis with research projects that bring to science studies a thoroughgoing “materiality of communication.”

“Once the technological differentiation of optics, acoustics, and writing exploded Gutenberg’s writing monopoly around 1880, the fabrication of so-called Man became possible” (16). I take it that the “fabrication” in question here is not the discursive construction of the humanist subject but the simulation of its spiritual activities by media devices. One notes Kittler’s detour around physics in the continuation of this passage: so-called Man’s “essence escapes into apparatuses…. And with this differentiation - and not with steam engines and railroads - a clear division occurs between matter and information, the real and the symbolic” (16). Missing from this formulation is the mode of energy, which would correspond by structural default to the Lacanian register of the imaginary. Indeed, Kittler runs up against numerous phantasmagorias of energy, but elides them by metonymic reification in media receivers and inscription devices.

The phantasmagorias of energy I have in mind are those that emanated from the nineteenth-century wave theories connecting the physics of optics and acoustics through an analogy between vibratory media - the air and the luminiferous ether. As sanctioned by the first law of thermodynamics, i.e., the conservation and interconvertibility of energy, the optical imaginary of ether waves is easily displaced to sound waves propagated through the air. We see this concatenation and transposition of physical and technological media in a delightful short story by Salomo Friedlaender, “Goethe Speaks into the Phonograph” (1916), which Kittler republishes in its entirety.

Friedlaender’s comic narrator unveils the thoughts of Professor Abnossah Pschorr, Edisonian inventor-extraordinaire of media gadgetry: “When Goethe spoke, his voice produced vibrations…. These vibrations encounter obstacles and are reflected, resulting in a to and fro which becomes weaker in the passage of time but which does not actually cease” (60). Pschorr extends to the air trapped in Goethe’s study a hypothetical characteristic much discussed in the late nineteenth-century popularization of the ether, its cosmic storage capacity. For instance, in 1875 British thermodynamicists Balfour Stewart and P. G. Tait wrote that the luminiferous ether

may only be an arrangement in virtue of which our universe keeps up a memory of the past at the expense of the present…. A picture of the sun may be said to be travelling through space with an inconceivable velocity, and, in fact, continual photographs of all occurrences are thus produced and retained. A large portion of the energy of the universe may thus be said to be invested in such pictures (156).

While rehearsing the same imaginary accessing of physical (as opposed to technological) media archives, Kittler leaves unmentioned the contemporary vogue connecting the spirits of the dead to the storage and transmission capacities of the luminiferous ether. Kittler cites from another (unnamed) Friedlaender story the assertion that “all the waves of all bygone events are still oscillating in space…. All that happens falls into accidental, unintentional receivers. It is stored, photographed, and phonographed by nature itself,” and comments, “Loyally and deliriously, Friedlaender’s philosophy follows in the wake of media technology” (77). But it also follows from prior scientistic anticipations of new storage capacities projected onto the ether medium. In an 1884 discussion of ether as a surface that forms at the interface of the third and fourth dimensions of space, hyperspace theorist Charles Howard Hinton completed this technoscientific circuit by conceiving the ether medium itself as a cosmic phonograph:

For suppose the æther, instead of being perfectly smooth, to be corrugated, and to have all manner of definite marks and furrows. Then the earth, coming in its course round the sun on this corrugated surface would behave exactly like the phonograph behaves. In the case of the phonograph the indented metal sheet is moved past the metal point attached to the membrane. In the case of the earth it is the indented æther which remains still while the material earth slips along it. Corresponding to each of the marks in the æther there would be a movement of matter, and the consistency and laws of the movements of matter would depend on the predetermined disposition of the furrows and indentations of the solid surface along which it slips (196-97).

My point is that the multiplicity of the concept of “media” extends beyond its particular technological instantiations to include both scientific and spiritualistic registers. A history of media could concern itself as well with the luminiferous ether and the Anima Mundi, the subtle fluids and strange angels that intermingled with the departed souls and trick shots of phonography and cinema; but for the most part, Kittler displaces this business to premodernist media:

the invention of the Morse alphabet in 1837 was promptly followed by the tapping specters of spiritistic seances sending their messages from the realm of the dead. Promptly as well, photographic plates - even and especially those taken with the camera shutter closed - furnished reproductions of ghosts or specters (12).

The telegraph and daguerreotype remain outside Gramophone, Film, Typewriter’s primary historical field. Even here, however, the Kittler effect opens up research corridors by insisting on the material basis, and thus empirical examinability, of the media that mediate the cultural imaginary: “The realm of the dead is as extensive as the storage and transmission capabilities of a given culture” (13).

Beyond that I have nothing but admiration for this volume. Kittler’s fundamental derivation of Lacan’s real, imaginary, and symbolic from the data channels of phonograph, cinema, and typewriter is an astonishing theoretical event. It offers a comprehensive reading of psychoanalysis into technoscience that grows more convincing the more one gets acclimated to Kittler’s methods of channel processing across the cybernetic bridge from the nervous system and its “psychic apparatus” to the Aufschreibesysteme of his media discourse networks. In this reading, the hallucinatory powers and spiritual effects of literature derived from a storage-and-transmission monopoly that could only funnel and traduce the real and the imaginary into the narrow band of the symbolic. As the translators remark in their excellent Introduction: “in short, people were programmed to operate upon media in ways that enabled them to elide the materialities of communication” (xxii). It is both exhilarating and disquieting to submit to Kittler’s deprogramming. But the institutional regimes that sustained the privileges of literary discourse networks (and of us who still inhabit them) are increasingly caught up in the media transformations Kittler describes. The daemonic angel of our history is being driven by the electronic differentiation and digital reintegration of data flows.

At another level, Kittler passes on a wealth of useful engineering expertise: matters of time-axis manipulation from Edison to Jimi Hendrix; the historical mathematics of music and sound: “Overtones are frequencies…. Intervals and chords, by contrast, were ratios” (24); the non-negligible difference between a phonograph and a gramophone (the latter is restricted to playback, the former also records); the physical differences between acoustic and optical waves, such that “cuts stood at the beginning of visual data processing but entered acoustic data processing only at the end” (117-18); the reasons why the first mass-produced typewriters were developed for blind people by arms manufacturers; the pervasive loops between warfare and media, e.g., the revolving cylinder that unites typewriters, film-projectors, and machine-guns, and the collusion of the piano, the typewriter, and Turing’s universal computer; the enigmas of the Enigma machine.

And then, in the midst of this media mayhem, a canny persuasion - a literary core of archival gems. In addition to valuable translations of Friedlaender’s “Goethe Speaks into the Phonograph” and “Fata Morgana Machine” (which limns the eversion of virtual reality eighty years before Marcos Novak), this volume also contains complete texts of Jean-Marie Guyau’s “Memory and Phonograph” (1880); Rilke’s amazing meditation on the phonograph, “Primal Sound” (1919); Maurice Renard’s audio phantasms in “Death and the Shell” (1907); the sonnet “ ‘Radio Wave,’ which the factory carpenter Karl August Düppengiesser of Stolberg submitted to Radio Cologne in 1928”; Richard A. Bermann’s spoof of the sex war between male poets and female typists “Lyre and Typewriter” (1913); and Carl Schmitt’s facetious but telling “world history of inscription,” “The Buribunks: A Historico-Philosophical Meditation” (1918).

In sum, ranging over literature, music and opera from Wagner to acid rock, philosophy, cinema, psychoanalysis classical and structural, history, mathematics, communications technology, and computer science, Kittler’s broadband scholarly panoptics afford a sublime techno-discursive vista, and in particular a point of lucid observation on the ongoing relativization of literary production. Kittler transposes Kant’s mathematical sublime into the mechanical transcendence of communications technology over individual subjects, displacing human psychology into machine being, setting off repeated implosions by which so-called Man is apocalypsed into infinite media loops. His high-prophetic meld of Lacan’s laconism and Zarathustra’s hammer facilitates a neuromantic network of discursive intensities. Under the conditions of technological mediation, however, theory remains viable, or inevitable. Ineluctably funneled through the “bottleneck of the signifier” (4) but pieced out with a tremendous portfolio of period graphics, Kittler’s illuminated writings operate a machine aesthetic tooled to the posthumanist discursivities of his intellectual heroes, but going beyond them to place the stylus of technology on the groove of inscripted bodies.

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-11-2017 with Bob Cosmo        
Playlist:

Sam Amidon- Fortune - The Following Mountain
Mac DeMarco- This Old Dog Instrumental - This Old Dog Instrumentals
Hand Habits- All The While - Wildly Idle Humble Before The Void
Imaginary Tricks- Mr Big Idea - Skommel
Tinariwen- Imidiwn NkallIn - Elwan
Jay Som- Remain - Everybody Works
Blondes- Kdm - Warmth
Steve Lacy- Dark Red - Steve Lacys Demo EP
Cuddle Magic- Spinning - AshesAxis
Beach Fossils- Social Jetlag - Somersault
Bonobo- Bambro Koyo Ganda feat Innov Gnawa - Bambro Koyo Ganda Single
Janka Nabay The Bubu Gang- Sabanoh - Build Music
The Como Mamas- Count Your Blessings - Move Upstairs
Hoops- Benjals - Routines
Nicholas Payton- El Guajiro - AfroCaribbean Mixtape
Jain- Lil Mama - Zanaka Deluxe
Jain- So Peaceful - Zanaka Deluxe
Arthur Verocai- Presente Grego - Arthur Verocai
Thundercat- Jethro - Drunk
Handsome Boy Modeling School- Ive Been Thinking - White People
Ebo Taylor- Will You Promise - My Love And Music
Xiu Xiu- Falling - Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks
Bob Weir- Cottonwood Lullaby - Blue Mountain
Luciano Pavarotti And James Brown- Its A Mans World - Luciano Pavarotti And James Brown
David Axelrod- Mucho Chupar - Heavy Axe
Cocteau Twins- Iceblink Luck - Heaven Or Las Vegas Remastered
Captain Beefheart His Magic Band- Big Eyed Beans From Venus The Country Club Reseda CAUSA 2911981 - Magnetism The Best Of Captain Beefheart His Magic Bands Live 7281
Kraftwerk- Robots - The Man Machine
Alexander skip Spence- Broken Heart - Oar
Magma- Lirik Nekronomikus Kahnt - Attahk
My Bloody Valentine- We Have All The Time In The World - My Bloody Valentine
Stereolab- Cybeles Reverie - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Orchestra Baobab- Sey - Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng
Botany- Au Revoir with Milo - Dimming Awe The Light Is Raw


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-09-2017 with James Weise        
Playlist:

Hot Lips Page- Feeling High And Happy - Hot Lips Page
Nostalgia 77- Seven Nation Army - Worlds Funkiest Covers
Janka Nabay The Bubu Gang- Santa Monica - Build Music
Greg Skaff- Somewhere In The Middle East feat Fima Ephron Jonathan Barber - Soulmation
Wild Children- Incantation - Lost In China
Alice Coltrane- Journey To Satchidananda - World Spirituality Classics 1 The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane
Julie Byrne- Sea As It Glides - Not Even Happiness
Midnight Oil- River Runs Red - Blue Sky Mining Remastered
various Artists- Aavalance IV - Im Your Fan
Various Artists- The Letters Light For Fire - PDX Pop Now 2010
Various- A Day In The Life - Downtown Does Beatles
Courtney Barnett- An Illustration Of Loneliness Sleepless In New York - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
Kristin Hersh- Teeth - Hips And Makers
Julia Holter- So Lillies - In The Same Room
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- Down Is Where I Want To Be - The Tourist
Ruthie Foster- Working Woman - Joy Comes Back
The Styletones- Say Yes - The Styletones
DON BRYANT- A Nickel And A Nail - Dont Give Up On Love
Talking Heads- Drugs - Fear Of Music Remastered
Jesca Hoop- Cut Connection - Memories Are Now
Various Artists- Monty Le College - Pop A Paris Rock And Roll And Mini Skirts
Methyl Ethel- Femme Maison One Man House - Everything Is Forgotten
Daniel Johnston- Story Of An Artist - Late Great Dj
Blackberry Smoke- The Rover - Physical Graffitti Redrawn
PJ Harvey- Big Exit - Stories From The City
Codiene- D - Yo Yo A Go Go
Reverend Freakchild- In My Time Of Dyin - Preachin Blues
John Rice Lu Edmonds The Pine Valley Cosmonauts- Gulag Blues - The Executioners Last Songs Vols 2 3
Lee Fields- Moonlight Mile - Sticky Soul Fingers A Rolling Stones Tribute
Bill Anschell- No You Go - Rumbler


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          A Cupcake that’s Guaranteed to be Non-Fattening        
I was invited to look round Thompson & Morgan’s trial grounds this week and of all the flowers that I saw there, the one that stole my heart was a new cosmos that they are trialling – I think it looks rather like a cross between a cosmos and an Angels Choir poppy.  I’m not […]
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-20-2017 with Bob Cosmo        
Playlist:

Curta- Bouncy House - Replica
Teebs- Holiday feat Jonti - E S T A R A
Church Fire- Trash Time - Pussy Blood
Baseck- Excel - Erisfall EP
Four Tet- 0181 - 0181
Height Keech- Bring Your Soul To The Function - Talk Singer
Ed Balloon- Pink Walls - Yellow 20Somethings
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone- White Jetta - Vs Children
Teebs- NY Pt 2 feat Prefuse 73 - E S T A R A
The Gaslamp Killer- Gaslamp And Heliocentrics - Helio Gk
Larry Harlow- Gracia Divina - La Herencia
Botany- Au Revoir with Milo - Dimming Awe The Light Is Raw
Odd Nosdam- Untitled One - Burner
4734- Master Of Deception - SkyRider


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-09-2017 with Bob Cosmo        
Playlist:

RUMTUM- Good Places - Good Places Single
Zavala- Mirrors - Fantasmas
Mr Jackson My Way- Mr Jackson My Way - Mr Jackson My Way
Dirty Projectors- Work Together - Dirty Projectors
Illingsworth- Took Two Buses - ACT Natural EP
Ed Balloon- Bounce Back - Yellow 20Somethings
WHY- One Mississippi - Moh Lhean
MonoPoly- Flooded - Cryptic
Young Fathers- Only God Knows feat Leith Congregational Choir - Only God Knows feat Leith Congregational Choir Single
Botany- Crowd Nothings - Raw Light II
Botany- Janis Joplin - Raw Light II
Sampha- Under - Process
Tennyson Mr Carmack- Tuesday - Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Single
Slaraffenland- Sleep Tight - Private Cinema
Thundercat- Them Changes - The Beyond Where The Giants Roam
Loden- Circle Leaf - Tsar
WHY- The Barely Blur - Moh Lhean
Tall Tall Trees- Being There - Freedays
Sleaford Mods- I Feel So Wrong - English Tapas
Skyjelly- Sixes - Blank Panthers EP
Tinariwen- Asswt - Elwan
Xenon Superstar- First Base Tapes - Xenon Superstar
Reverb And The Verse- Come And Get Me - V
Bonobo- 7th Sevens - Migration
Paperhaus- Silent Speaking - Silent Speaking Single
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya- IVyTRA - Drool
Of Montreal- Island Life - Rune Husk EP
Cool Devices- Rumsteppers Remix - Follow The MoneyLong Pig Single
The Mountain Goats- Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds - Goths Deluxe Version
Foxygen- America - Hang
Loden- Wax Rose Open Up - Tsar
Quelle Chris- Popeye feat I Ced Mndsgn - Being You Is Great I Wish I Could Be You More Often
Animal Collective- Jimmy Mack - The Painters EP


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          Her Majesty’s SPIFFING - A funny little tale of Earthxit in point and click adventure Her Majesty’s Spiffing        

Her Majesty’s Spiffing is a point and click adventure for fans of British comedy like Faulty Towers, Monty Python, and The Young Ones. It’s wacky in all the right ways while remaining a fun to play adventure game. Assuming command of the near futuristic space ship HMSS Imperialise and her crew (distinguished veteran and gentleman Captain Frank Lee English and Aled, his mild-mannered South Walean colleague) YOU will venture into the cosmos, solving puzzles, engaging in witty banter, deal with crippling claustrophobia, gradually succumb to the sustained exposure of cosmic radiation and so on, all for Queen and Country.

Available For: iOS

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          Cosmo Race - Thumb Run is now Cosmo Race – And it’s still a load of fun        

A few months ago we wrote about Thumb Run. It recently disappeared from the App Store with no explanation given. Turns out it was purchased by Nanoo and has now been updated and re-released as Cosmo Race. More from the game description: Run in any direction you like! It’s a race between 6 cosmonauts! Run towards the ultimate victory every week. Features – Race among 6 cosmonauts – Play against online players worldwide – Take any route towards the checkpoints – Use special items for upset wins – Participate in weekly seasonal rankings Go beyond Earth. Become the ultimate racing victor in the cosmos.

Available For: iOS

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-02-2017 with Bob Cosmo        
Playlist:

Connan Mockasin- Forever Dolphin Love Erol Alkans Extended Rework Version 2 - Erol Alkan Another Bugged Out Mix
PJ Harvey- The Wheel - The Hope Six Demolition Project
Solomon Burke- None Of Us Are Free - Dont Give Up On Me
WHY- Distance - Mumps Etc
Bracken- Ghostly - High Passes
Zavala- Mirrors - Fantasmas
Bonobo- Outlier - Migration
Daisy Mortem- I Love U - BetterBetterBetter EP
Andy Shauf- Alexander All Alone - The Party
Botany- Simple Creatures - Lava Diviner Truestory
Busdriver- Kill Your Employer Recreational Paranoia Is The Sport Of Now - RoadKillOvercoat
Fiona Apple- Hot Knife - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Deluxe Version
Deantoni Parks- Down - Technoself
Jeff Parker- Slight Freedom - Slight Freedom
Trance Farmers- Werewolf Of Love - For Whom The Scarecrows
Serengeti Sicker Man- Doctor My Own Patience - Doctor My Own Patience
The Nile Project- Allah Baqy - Jinja
Serengeti- Friends - Saal
Sharon Van Etten- All I Can - Tramp
Multicast- Pulse - Multicaster
Maggie Rogers- Alaska - Alaska Single
Pfarmers- Red Vermin - Our Puram
POS- Pieces Ruins feat Dwynell Roland Busdriver - Chill Dummy
Stef Chura- Faded Heart - Messes
Sophagus- Dafuq Inqita - Dafuq Inqita
Milo- Re Animist - So The Flies Dont Come
Owen Ambarchi- Hubris Pt 3 - Owen Ambarchi
Charleston Okafor- Fire - America
Marco Benevento- Dropkick - Dropkick Single
65daysofstatic- Supermoon - No Mans Sky Music For An Infinite Universe Original Soundtrack
Friendships- When I Feel Like Killing I Murder - Nullarbor 19881989
Scallops Hotel- Lavender Chunk feat Hemlock Ernst - Plain Speaking


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          Reply #4        
I was just about to say that too,lol. Okay,McGinn....didn't I just see that photo in an ad for a men's cologne in my Cosmo magazine? Hot To Trot or something it was called...LOL

Cin-Cin...so pretty! Thanks for sharing your photo
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-30-2016 with Andy Zicklin        
Playlist:

Leonard Cohen- You Want It Darker - You Want It Darker
David Bowie- Tvc15 - Who Can I Be Now
The Handsome Family- Green Willow Valley - Unseen
The Raveonettes- This Is Where It Ends - This Is Where It Ends Single
Alejandro Escovedo- Heartbeat Smile - Burn Something Beautiful
Pixies- Head Carrier - Head Carrier
Kim Gordon- Murdered Out - Murdered Out Single
The Monochrome Set- Cosmonaut - Cosmonaut
The Lonely Wild- Scar - Chasing White Light
Nick Cave The Bad Seeds- Jesus Alone - Skeleton Tree
The Shelters- Fortune Teller - The Shelters
Special AKA- What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend 2002 Remaster - The Best Of The Specials
The Replacements- Another Girl Another Planet Live - All For NothingNothing For All
The Interrupters- By My Side - Say It Out Loud
The Longest Day Of The Year- Help Me Hang On - Seth May Single
The Bluebells- Cath - The Singles Collection
Lloyd Cole The Commotions- Perfect Skin - Rattlesnakes Deluxe Edition
Altered Images- Dead Pop Stars - Best Of Altered Images
The London Suede- No Tomorrow - Night Thoughts
Gasoline Lollipops- Longest Night - Dawn
Paula ORourke- Jolene - Wrestle
Clarence Gatemouth Brown- Caldonia - Anthology Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Chook Race- Hard To Clean - Around The House
Split Enz- Message To My Girl Live - Extravagenza Live
Ex Hex- Hot And Cold - Rips
The Hold Steady- Chips Ahoy - Boys And Girls In America
Elliot Schneider- Youve Got Me Up Against The Wall - Better A Fool Than Aloof
Sunnyboys- Alone With You - Mushroom 25 Live
The Pinker Tones- Pool Party Time - El Pregn Original Motion Picture Sound Track
We Are Standard- Police On My Back - We Are Standard Plays The Clash Live
The Widows Bane- Dont Be Afraid Its Only Death - Dont Be Afraid Its Only Death
X- Johnny Hit And Run Pauline - Los Angeles
Ricky Warwick- If Youre Not Gonna Leave Me Ill Find Someone Who Will - When Patsy Cline Was Crazy And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues Hearts On Trees


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 08-16-2016 with Barry Roark        
Playlist:

Nat King Cole- Naturre Boy Featuring TV On The Radio - Re Generations
Suns Of Thyme- Cascades Bonus Track - Cascades
The Jesus And Mary Chain- Sundown - Honeys Dead
Material- Obsessed - Material Live In Japan
Beck- Golden Age - Live At Austin City Limits
- voicebreak -
Highway 50- Gonna Make It Anyway - The Violet Project EP
Car Seat Headrest- 1937 State Park - Teens Of Denial
Marc Ribot- New Sad - Rootless Cosmopolitans
Modern Lights- Feel It - Trip Hop Nation Volume Ii More Dementia
Oscar- Gone Forever - Cut And Paste
Spring Heel Jack- Plates - 68 Million Shades
Minor Victories- For You Always - Minor Victories
- voicebreak -
Jonsi- Tornado - Go
Can- Father Cannot Yell Pete Shelley Black Radio Mix - Sacrilege
The Waterboys- Savage Earth Heart - Rare Live In 1990 Portland Or
- voicebreak -
Ultimate Painting- Riverside - Live At Third Man Records
Beat Pharmacy- Slow Down - Constant Pressure
Antnio Dos Santos- Djal Bai Si Camin - Space Echo
- voicebreak -
Kraftwerk- The Robots - The Man Machine Remastered
Holger Czukay- Cool In The Pool - Movie
Thin White Rope- Red Sun - In The Spanish Cave
The Jonez- Attack Of The Irie Dub - Bad De Funk Mo
The Avalanches- Subways - Wildflower
- voicebreak -
Various Artists- Taste The Great Humpback Whale - Just Another Taste Of Electronic Watusi Boogaloo
Bright Eyes- No One Would Riot For Less - Cassadaga


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 05-31-2016 with Bob Cosmo        
Playlist:

Erotnas- Erotnas - Erotnas
Yawl- Ships - A Pile To Keep A Pile To Burn
Yoni Geti- Frank - Testarossa
Paperbark- Forgotten Narratives - Forgotten Narratives
Zukatii- Zukatii - Zukatii
Bumswweat- Bumswweat - Bumswweat
Ed Balloon- Graduate - No Smoking EP
Coultrain- Streams Rivers - Jungle Mumbo Jumbo
Ulver- Lost In Moments - Perdition City
Hiatus Kaiyote- Laputa Taylor McFerrin Remix feat Anderson Paak - Recalibrations Vol 1 EP
Quelle Chris- In The Bridge - Mello Music Group
Stumblesome- Danger - Before The Glacier
The Mighty Jones- The Spell - Gone Long
Teebs- View Point - E S T A R A
Hannibi Hachio- Hannibi Hachio - Hannibi Hachio
Damien Jurado- Walrus - Visions Of Us On The Land
Capital Steez- Free The Robots - Amerikkkan Korruption Reloaded
Nevermen- At Your Service - Nevermen
Mr Arcade- Don Halpin - Mr Arcade
Luke Atencio- Sky Fortress - Dynamic Opposition
Yawl- The Snake Serenade - A Pile To Keep A Pile To Burn
Brotherhood Of Machines- Luca Brasi - Brotherhood Of Machines
Clarence Clarity- Bloodbarf - No Now
Maids- Do This Better - These Days EP
Candy Claws- White Seal Shell Spine - Ceres Calypso In The Deep Time
Norty- Find A New Home - Find A New Home Single
Algiers- Remains - Algiers
Fuck Buttons- The Red Wing - The Red Wing Single
Dareas Plumes- 1 - Sarcastic Instructions


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-30-2016 with Alicia        
Playlist:

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Bombino- Akhar Zaman - Azel
Rokia Traor- Nil - N So
- voicebreak -
Paul Peche- Leave The Cave - Madelife Collective Vol 2
Malaena Cadiz- Goes Without Saying - Sunfair
- voicebreak -
Mavis Staples- Action - Livin On A High Note
Charles Bradley- Changes - Changes
The Heavy- The Apology - Hurt The Merciless
- voicebreak -
Esperanza Spalding- Ebony And Ivy - Emilys DEvolution
Fela Kuti- Lady - The Best Of The Black President
Santigold- All I Got - 99 Cents
- voicebreak -
Emmy The Great- Constantly - Second Love
Skylar Gudasz- Just Friends - Oleander
Laura Gibson- Two Kids - Empire Builder
- voicebreak -
Frankie Cosmos- On The Lips - Next Thing
Pete Yorn- She Was Weird - ArrangingTime
- voicebreak -
Andrew Bird- Left Handed Kisses feat Fiona Apple - Are You Serious Deluxe Edition
Ray LaMontagne- Part One Hey No Pressure - Ouroboros
M Ward- Girl From Conejo Valley - More Rain
- voicebreak -
Yuck- Only Silence - Stranger Things
The Black Watch- PershingHarvard Square - Highs And Lows
Summer Twins- Fire - Limbo
- voicebreak -
Thao The Get Down Stay Down- The Evening - A Man Alive
Tacocat- Men Explain Things To Me - Lost Time
Sunflower Bean- Come On - Human Ceremony
- voicebreak -
Mirror Travel- Melt You - Cruise Deal EP
The Shelters- The Ghost Is Gone - EP
Marco Benevento- Heavy Metal Floating Upstream - The Story Of Fred Short
- voicebreak -
DMAS- Lay Down - Hills End
Father John Misty- Chateau Lobby 4 in C For Two Virgins - I Love You Honeybear
Underlined Passages- Everyone Was There - Everyone Was There Single
- voicebreak -
Animal Collective- FloriDada - Painting With
Yeasayer- Silly Me - Amen Goodbye
M83- Do It Try It - Junk
- voicebreak -
Moderat- Eating Hooks - III
RFS DU SOL- Daylight - Bloom
Straight White Teeth- Hot Blood Shaking In A Cage - Medicine Sword EP
Seth Bogart- Eating Makeup feat Kathleen Hanna - Seth Bogart
Matt Gresham- Small Voices - Small Voices Single
Teddybears- Punk Rocker Ft Iggy Pop - Soft Machine


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-15-2016 with Alicia        
Playlist:

Lucero- This Old Death Reprise - All A Man Should Do
Okkervil River- No Key No Plan - Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary Edition
The Chapin Sisters- Angelino - Todays Not Yesterday
Mothers- Too Small For Eyes - When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired
King Gizzard The Lizard Wizard- The Bitter Boogie - Paper Mch Dream Balloon
Cass McCombs- Twins - A Folk Set Apart
Martin Courtney- Foto - Many Moons
Ane Brun- Black Notebook - When Im Free
Silver Firs- Been Here Before - 1 Single
Tommy Guerrero- The Spirit Form - Perpetual Deluxe Version
Painted Zeros- Ex Best - Floriography
Sunflower Bean- Easier Said - Human Ceremony
Violent Femmes- Memory - We Can Do Anything
The I Dont Cares- King Of America - Wild Stab
Wray- Hypatia - Hypatia
Jaye Bartell- The Papers - Loyalty
Rare Monk- Warning Pulse - Rare Monk EP
Courtney Barnett- Boxing Day Blues Revisited - Boxing Day Blues Revisited Single
Beat Happening- Angel Gone - Look Around
Night Beats- Sunday Mourning - Who Sold My Generation
Gnarwolves- Blondie - Adolescence EP
Jehnny Beth Julian Casablancas- Boy Girl - Boy Girl Single
Slaughter Beach- ClearInsight - LoveVenice EP
Frankie Cosmos- Young - Fit Me In EP
Warm Brains- White Monitor Screens - Big Wow
Yeasayer- I Am Chemistry - Amen Goodbye
Other Houses- Yellow And Starships - Bad Reputation
Gang Of Youths- Magnolia - The Positions
David Bowie- Rebel Rebel - Diamond Dogs
David Bowie- Life On Mars - Hunky Dory
David Bowie- Andy Warhol 2015 Remastered Version - Hunky Dory 2015 Remastered Version
David Bowie- Lazarus - Blackstar
Kelley Stoltz- Crossed Mind Blues - In Triangle Time
PUJOL- Circles - Kludge
The Brainstems- Simple Joys - No Place Else
Spoon- Dear Mr Landlord Home Demo - Gimme Fiction Deluxe Edition
Noun- Dirty Mind - Throw Your Body On The Gears And Stop The Machine With Your Blood
Animal Collective- FloriDada - Painting With
Ra Ra Riot Rostam- Water - Need Your Light
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart- Laid - Hell Single
Lucius- Born Again Teen - Good Grief Deluxe
Sheer Agony- Fizzical Lime - Masterpiece


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-27-2015 with Bob Cosmo        
Playlist:

Dirty Ghosts- Shout It In - Shout It In 7 Single Single
Dan Deacon- When I Was Done Dying - Gliss Riffer
The Gaslamp Killer- Veins with Gonjasufi - Breakthrough
Tennyson- With You - With You Single
TV On The Radio- I Was A Lover - Return To Cookie Mountain
Mount Kimbie- You Took Your Time feat King Krule - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Flying Lotus- Melt - Los Angeles
Koes Barat- Mister Time - Mister Time Koes Bara
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey- Olomi Gbo Temi - Evergreen Songs Original 1
Cavanaugh- Screen Play - Time Materials
Animal Collective- Fireworks - Strawberry Jam
Otem Rellik- Warm Pockets feat Astronautalis - Chain Reaction Robot
Roots Manuva- Dont Breathe Out - Bleeds
Young Fathers- 27 - White Men Are Black Men Too
EASTGHOST- I Cant Show You The World But I Can Show You This - Idiot Eastghost
Curta- Eponymous - Replica
Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats- I Need Never Get Old - Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats
Ali Farka Toure- 12 - Savane
Ukandanz- End Iyrusalm - Lantchi Biy End Iyrusalm Single
Yoko Ono- Soul Got Out Of The Box - Yoko Ono And The Band
Jimi Hendrix- Hear My Train AComin Acoustic Version - Blues
Joe Strummer- Nina Simone To Love Somebody - The Future Is Unwritten
JJ DOOM- Retarded Fren - Key To The Kuffs
Roots Manuva- I Know Your Face - Bleeds
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Maps - Fever To Tell
Young Fathers- 27 - White Men Are Black Men Too


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2015-11-27
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-30-2015 with Farrell Lowe        
Playlist:

Krystof Penderecki Jonny Greenwood- Threnody Of The Victims Of Hiroshima - Krystof PendereckiJonny Greenwood
Flying Lotus- Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph - Cosmogramma
Dino JA DeaneAva Mendoza- Without Desires - Without Desires
Van Dyke Parks- The All Golden - Song Cycle
David Torn- Gidya Hana - What Means Solid Traveller
Secret Chiefs 3- UR AnthropomorphisisBoxleitner - Satellite Supersonic Vol 1
The Tony Williams Lifetime- To Whom It May Concern Them - Turn It Over
The Mothers Of Invention- Brown Shoes Dont Make It - Absolutely Free
The Guess Who- Talisman - American Woman
Frank Pahl- Ode To Ukes - Remove The Cork
Lords Of Howling- Strand Ghosts - Baltimore Pearl Crescent White Admiral
Brian Eno- Sombre Reptiles - Another Green World
Critters Buggin- Fast Johnson - Bumpa
Brian Eno- Needles In The Camels Eye 2004 Remaster - Here Come The Warm Jets
The Jimi Hendrix Experience- Voodoo Child Slight Return - Electric Ladyland
Stanley Clarke- Vulcan Princess - Stanley Clarke
Flying Lotus- Galaxy In Janaki - Cosmogramma
Pat Metheny- Tharsis - Tap John Zorns Book Of Angels Vol 20
Fred Frith- What A Dilemma - Gravity
King Crimson- Larks Tongue In Aspic Part IV - Happy With Whatyou Have To Be Happy With
Look De Bouk- Androgyne De Poitrine - Lcre Hymne Arait Rome
David Bowie- Breaking Glass - Low
David Bowie- Always Crashing In The Same Car - Low
Eyvind Kang- Invisus Natalis - The Narrow Garden
Donovan- Season Of The Witch - The Essential Donovan
Nils Petter Molvaer- Mercury Heart - Baboon Moon
Art Bears- Three Wheels - Winter Songsthe Worls As It Is Today
Pentangle- Bruton Town - Early Classics
The Ventures- Journey To The Stars - Walk Dont Run The Best Of The Ventures
Statler Brothers- Little Liza Jane - The Complete Lester Roadhog Moran The Cadillac Cowboys
Rahsaan Roland Kirk- Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said - Natural Black Inventions Root Strata
Debile Menthol- Trs Amusant Major - Emile La Campagne
Look De Book- Bises Cornues - Bec Et Ongles
Bob Drake- Plinth Shriveller - 13 Songs And A Thing
Buffy SainteMarie- God Is Alive Magic Is Afoot - The Best Of Buffy SainteMarie
Nels Cline- Thurston County - Coward
David Sylvian- The Heart Knows Better - Blemish


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2015-10-30
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-22-2015 with Rett Rogers        
Playlist:

Mahalia Jackson- Didnt It Rain - Gospels Spirituals Hymns
The Dramatics- In The Rain - The Best Of The Dramatics Remastered
Bruce Ruffin- Rain - Rain The Best Of Bruce Ruffin 19671971
Bob Dylan- Shelter From The Storm - Hard Rain Live Remastered
Charles Bradley- Through The Storm feat Menahan Street Band - Victim Of Love
Siouxsie The Banshees- Helter Skelter - The Scream Remastered Expanded
The Misfits- Skulls - Walk Among Us
Goblin- Witch - Suspiria Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film
Whodini- Freaks Come Out At Night - Whodini Greatest Hits
Dana Dane- Nightmares - Dana Dane With Fame
The Sonics- The Witch - Introducing The Sonics
Victor Peraino- I Put A Spell On You feat Kingdom Come Arthur Brown - Journey In Time feat Kingdom Come Arthur Brown
The Strangeloves- NightTime - I Want Candy The Best Of The Strangeloves
Sam The Sham The Pharoahs- Lil Red Riding Hood - Sam The Sham The Pharoahs Vol 2
Reverend Deadeye- Chased Ol Satan - The Trials Tribulations Of Reverend Deadeye
The Louvin Brothers- Satan Is Real - Satan Is Real
Chet Atkins- Satans Doll - Guitar Legend The RCA Years Remastered
Sister Lucille Pope The Pearly Gates- Get Back Satan - Live Real Christians Stand Up
Sister Rosetta Tharpe- Rock Me - Gospel Of The Blues
John Lee Hooker- Devils Jump - Lets Move A Heavy Blues Collection
Howlin Wolf- Evil Going On - The Memphis Recordings
UFO Club- Bo Diddley - Ufo Club
Cosmonauts- My Alba - Persona Non Grata
Soupy Sales- My Baby Got A Crush On Frankenstein - Halloween Hits Vol 1
The Marauders- Nightmare - Glimpses Volumes 1 And 2
The Zombies- Time Of The Season Live - Odessey Oracle 40th Anniversary Concert Live
Ike Tina Turner- Black Angel - Halloween Big Hits
The Dramatics- The Devil Is Dope - The Best Of The Dramatics Remastered
The Village Callers- Evil Ways - The Chicano Alliance
R Dean Taylor- Theres A Ghost In My House - The Complete Motown Singles Vol 7 1967
Son House- Death Letter Blues - The Delta Blues Of Son House
Five Jones Boys- Mr Ghost Goes To Town - Ted
Lefty Frizzell- The Long Black Veil - Look What Thoughts Will Do
Various Artists- Dark Was The Night Kronos Quartet Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2015-10-22
          Namaste London        
First weekend in the city. Glorious day; bright, warm, sunny. Will go and check out the various summer sales going on in the city. Only hitch - short on cash before the first stipend payment. But hey, window shopping doesn't cost a penny! And since I've got the monthly travel card made, travel is also free. So, wait there London city, me cometh.

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First day in office, day filled with form-filling and other stuff. The highlight of the day was the walking tour we had around the office with an official walking tour guide. As the gentleman said - "Every stone has some history in London." Starting with the Roman era, to the great fire of 1666, to the Victorian times - the city is filled with relics and monuments. Of course, we Indians do have lot deeper historical roots, but one has to appreciate the way the Western World preserves its past. Makes me sad to think about all the history spread all over India, ruining & dying slow death.

By the way, death does have some part to play in the history of London. All big monuments are either churches, with big grave yards (tombstones are still there, though all the bodies were exhumed and taken out of the city sometime in 1800's) or have someone important murdered there, after elaborate torture, of course. We saw a square where William Wallace, aka Braveheart, was executed.
[..]On 22 August 1305, following the trial, Wallace was taken from the hall, stripped naked and dragged through the city at the heels of a horse to Smithfield Market. He was hanged, drawn and quartered — strangled by hanging but released while still alive, emasculated, eviscerated and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, then cut into four parts — at the Elms in Smithfield. His preserved head was placed on a pike atop London Bridge. It was later joined by the heads of his brother, John, and Simon Fraser. His limbs were displayed, separately, in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling, and Aberdeen.
Who the hell used to come up with all that. Yikes! And yeah, the guide told us the executions there were still carried out even after London got the tube in 1860s. So you could actually come using the tube to see an execution. Beat that!

***

First day at the desk - mostly easy. Some stuff to be read and understood. Met almost the entire team. Had lunch at Subway with the two analysts from IIT Delhi. Left early. My manager was not in. London accounts for almost 50% of credit derivatives volume in the world and the volume runs in billion $; sitting on the floor where millions are made and lost was some thrill. Still don't understand many things, but surely this stuff ain't no rocket science!

Eventually got to meet my manager on the next day. Pretty busy and pretty aggressive guy. Heard he joined here after working in Chicago for quite some time. No wonder he is all full of the typical american aggression. Check out the meeting we had recently (all in good humor, mind you. Not really menacing)
Manager: We seriously are f**king around here. What happened to the slide I asked you to do?
Subordinate: Oh yeah. I know I was supposed to do it, but I guess it got lost in the process.
Manager: Yeah. In your world its "lost in process", in my world its called "f**king around!" See basically you f**k around because I am basically a nice guy.
Only if I could get a penny everytime he says f**k, my cash crunch will be solved for a very long time. Almost the entire desk works pretty hard and leaving before 7-8 is kind of stuff hallucinations are made of. Around me, I keep hearing lots of different languages, seeing lots of different colored people. The office is quite cosmopolitan and location wise its in the downtown London, sitting pretty just opposite the London Stock Exchange.

***

The place we (six of us: 3 from IIMC, 2 from A and 1 from B) are staying in is pretty cool too! Full of interesting restaurants (Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Malaysian, blah blah) and shops, its considered among the better residential areas in London. We of course are staying in the company provided service apartments. The room, although a bit on the smaller side, is sufficient and quite comfortable. Usually I take a 15 minute ride in the tube to reach the office. The morning rush is nothing compared to the rush in Mumbai locals or even Kolkata metro.

So there, the routine is almost set and life is good.
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-11-2015 with Nat        
Playlist:

Monokle- Umbriel - Rings
Bjrk- Army Of Me - Post
Depeche Mode- Love In Itself - Construction Time Again
Valgeir Sigursson- Reverse Erased - Architecture Of Loss
No- Evol - III
Obfusc- Close Your Eyes And Daydream - Cities Of Cedar
Erik Satie- Trois Gnossiennes - Pianoworks Riri Shimada
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Catherine Feeny- Fourth Of July - America
Mirah- Archipelago - You Think Its Like This But Really Its Like This
Anas Mitchell Justin Vernon- Wedding Song feat Justin Vernon - Hadestown
Stelth Ulvang- Delicate Waxing Light - And As Always The Infinite Cosmos
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Taraf De Hadouks- The Return Of The Magic Horses - Band Of Gypsies
Fishtank Ensemble- Djordjes Rachenitza - Woman In Sin
Estradasphere- Colossal Risk - Palace Of Mirrors
The Cramps- Domino - How To Make A Monster
Davie Allan The Arrows- The Unknown Rider - The Wild Angels Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Dick Dale His DelTones- Mag Wheels - Checkered Flag
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DeVotchKa- The Oblivion - Una Volta
Timbre- Chicago Pier - Sun Moon
Vieo Abiungo- Treading Water - And The World Is Still Yawning
Scientist- Red Shift - Meets The Space Invaders
Dub Syndicate- The Corporation - Ital Breakfast
Dub Syndicate- Wadada Means Love Pt 2 - Stoned Immaculate
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Four Tet- My Angel Rocks Back And Forth - Rounds
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Green Velvet Carl Craig- So What - Green Velvet Carl Craig Unity LP
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult- Blue Buddha - 13 Above The Night
The Buggles- Living In The Plastic Age - The Age Of Plastic
Beach House- Wildflower - Depression Cherry
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Black Uhuru- Guess Whos Coming To Dinner - Live 84


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2015-09-11
          New Post: Hello Just wanted to ask how to save a file and then open it in cosmos?        
Hello, I just have a question about cosmos, my question is, do I have to have a file system in order to have a text editor in cosmos and writing text and saving it, so basically I just want to be able to write a file and save it and open it, can this be done with out a file system, I know that fat is not programmed all the way yet and thats why I'm asking this. Thank you :)

          Created Unassigned: Memory segment is unavailable [17737]        
I have cosmos user kit installed with visual studio 2010.I created my OS and created an ISO image for it. However, The following popped up:

ISOLINUX 4.05 2011-12-9 ETCD copyright (C) 1994-2011 H. Peter Anvin et al
Loading cosmos.bin... ok
Memory segment at 0x02000000 (len 0x0009ecf4) is unavailable.
Boot:

when I typed mboot.c32, it showed settings
when I typed cosmos.bin, this appeared:
![Image](https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5l998B7V_NmRnRJNFR2c3NkV00?usp=sharing/cosmos.bin run.png)

Please Help!
P.S. This may not have anything to do with you, but it is a cosmos problem. I used VirtualBox to run the ISO image.

          New Post: cosmos help and question?        
Hello I made a really easy cosmos operating system, by the way its really fun making one. Anyways I was just wandering if or how can I make my cosmos os read and write batch files, and show what I have in a folder, kind of like how dos dose. I dont really want a file system just yet, I just want to see if theres away I can read and write batch files. Thank you very much.

Andrew

          New Post: How to implement a Filesystem in Cosmos C#        
Alright... basically i don't know how to create a filesystem in Cosmos.

I have been looking up tutorial after tutorial after tutorial, finding nothing.

Can someone help me or show me their code that they used?

-Thanks
-Wh1te_H4ck

          New Post: Writing a driver for high resolution        
There's some old code in the devkit that supports VMware driver to really high resolutions. We only need someone to work on it...


2016-08-04 23:18 GMT+02:00 CrystalBlue <[email removed]>:

From: CrystalBlue

I want to a GUI in cosmos but I hate ANY resolution below 1366x768!! All tutorials I have seen are for a maximum of 720x480. Is there any way I can write my own driver that can support WXGA+ resolutions?

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          Closed Unassigned: Unable To Build OS [17693]        
I've followed the instructions in many tutorial videos, Ive clicked Start without debugging, but I always get an error. I am using Visual Studio 2013. Here is the error.


1>------ Build started: Project: GhostOSBoot, Configuration: Debug x86 ------
1> IL2CPU invoked with DebugMode='Source', DebugEnabled='True', TraceAssemblies='{NULL}', IgnoreDebugStub='False'
1>C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Cosmos\Cosmos.targets(31,5): error : Native code encountered, plug required. Please see http://cosmos.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Plugs). System.String System.Number.FormatDecimal(System.Decimal, System.String, System.Globalization.NumberFormatInfo).
1> Called from :
1>System.String System.Decimal.ToString()
1>System.Decimal
1>
1> at Cosmos.IL2CPU.ILScanner.ScanMethod(MethodBase aMethod, Boolean aIsPlug, String sourceItem) in g:\IL2CPU\source2\IL2CPU\Cosmos.IL2CPU\ILScanner.cs:line 541
1> at Cosmos.IL2CPU.ILScanner.ScanQueue() in g:\IL2CPU\source2\IL2CPU\Cosmos.IL2CPU\ILScanner.cs:line 686
1> at Cosmos.IL2CPU.ILScanner.Execute(MethodBase aStartMethod) in g:\IL2CPU\source2\IL2CPU\Cosmos.IL2CPU\ILScanner.cs:line 277
1> at Cosmos.Build.MSBuild.IL2CPUTask.Execute() in g:\IL2CPU\source2\Build\Cosmos.Build.MSBuild\IL2CPUTask.cs:line 239
1> IL2CPU task took 00:00:00.9456406
1>Done building project "GhostOSBoot.Cosmos" -- FAILED.
1>
Build has been canceled.
Comments: not a bug
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-24-2015 with Yukari        
Playlist:

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Ryksopp- Goodnite Mr Sweetheart Prologue - The Inevitable End
Rough Fields- High Time - High Time Single
Mogwai- Like Herod - Special Moves
Lowell- The Bells - We Loved Her Dearly
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California Guitar Trio- Cosmo Calypso - Whitewater
Yura Yura Teikoku- Lonely Satellite - Hollow Me Beautiful
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Ryksopp Robyn- Monument - Do It Again
Stephan Micus- The Second Day - Athos
Prem Joshua- Bolo Hari - Dakini Lounge
Bell Gardens- Darker Side Of Sunshine - Slow Dawns For Lost Conclusions
Moby- Almost Home feat Damien Jurado - Innocents
High Highs- Love Is All - Open Season
Tape- Alioth - Casino
Sinkane- Moonstruck - Mean Love
Gala Drop- Sun Gun - II
John Trudell- Across My Heart - Johnny Damas And Me
Lenny Rancher- Easy Days - Loyd Ruby
I Am Kloot- Even The Stars - From There To Here Original Television Soundtrack
Buckethead- Melting Man Part 2 - The Silent Picture Book
Goldfrapp- Clay - Tales Of Us
Spoon- Inside Out - They Want My Soul
Lillian Allen- Revolutionary Tea Party - Revolutionary Tea Party
Turiya Nada- Dance Of The Siddhars - Dreaming Didgeridoo Music Mosaic Compilation
MC Yogi- Shanti Peace Out - Elephant Power
The Wailin Jennys- One Voice - 40 Days
Soname- Sun And Moon - Plateau
SHAKTI- Lotus Feet - The Believer
ChingYuen Hsu- Young Girls Mantra Of Joy - Mantra Of Joy


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2015-03-24
          KINGDOM OF COLOURS (By Oilhack & Thomas Blanchard)        

"KINGDOM OF COLOURS" is an experimental dreamlike video rocking us smoothly through circular moves.
The visual compositions have been created out of paint, oil and soap liquid.
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Music by Velvet Coffee : Facebook : facebook.com/velvetcoffeemusic/?fref=ts
Souncloud : soundcloud.com/velvetcoffee/tracks

Directors: Oilhack
oilhack.org/

Thomas blanchard
thomas-blanchard.com

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-DAILY DOT-
dailydot.com/upstream/this-beautiful-video-of-paint-will-calm-you-down/

-MY MODERN MET-
facebook.com/mymodernmet/videos/10154617305279299/

-NOWNESS-
nowness.com/picks/kingdom-of-colors-thomas-blanchard

-MASHABLE-
mashable.com/2016/11/10/post-election-soothing-art-/

-WE AND THE COLOR-
weandthecolor.com/kingdom-of-colours/79701

-LAUGHING SQUID-
laughingsquid.com/kingdom-of-colour-a-visual-composition-of-swirling-royal-colors-that-evoke-a-noble-sense-of-calm/

-THE CREATORS PROJECT VICE-
thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/marbleized-shimmering-liquid-thomas-blanchard

-JUXTAPOZ-
juxtapoz.com/news/film/watch-kingdom-of-colors/

-COSMOPOLITAN-
cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a8273805/this-soothing-video-of-sparkly-paint-swirls-is-exactly-what-you-need-right-now/

-BORED PANDA-
facebook.com/BoredPandaArt/videos/588763227977473/

-DESIGN TAXI-
designtaxi.com/news/389679/Watch-This-Oddly-Satisfying-Short-Film-Is-Just-What-We-All-Need-Post-Election/

-THE AWESOMER-
theawesomer.com/kingdom-of-colours/391244/

-FOLLOW THE COLOURS-
followthecolours.com.br/art-attack/kingdom-of-colours/

Cast: Thomas Blanchard, Oilhack and Velvet Coffee

Tags: colours, paintings, oil, colors, macro, 4K, colors of feelings, kingdom and gold


          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-01-2015 with Yukari        
Playlist:

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John Trudell- Make A Chant - Madness And The Moremes
Kaki King- Frame - Legs To Make Us Longer
Janssen Jensen- Free For The Taking - Plague Of Crafty Guitarists
California Guitar Trio- Cosmo Calypso - Whitewater
Trevor Hall- Rebel - Rebel
Trevor Hall- Brand New Day - Everything Everytime Everywhere
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CSNY- Someday Soon - Csny Looking Forward
Sampson Catterlin- Just For You - Undiscovered
Crosby Stills Nash Young- Sanibel - Looking Forward
Prem Joshua- Bolo Hari - Dharma Dogz
MC Yogi- Krishna Dub Remix feat Sharon Gannon - Elephant Power
Jugon- Song Of Danmardan - For Children
Buckethead- Melting Man Part 2 - The Silent Picture Book
Zuno Keisatsu- Black Graphic - We Haveno Future
Loyd Ruby- Easy Days - Noises From A Malcheck Past
Flobots- Anne Braden - Fight With Tools
Lost In The Trees- Upstairs - Past Life
Mojave 3- Bluebird Of Happiness - Spoon And Rafter
Patty Griffin- Mary - A Kiss In Time
The New Basement Tapes- Down On The Bottom - Lost On The River
Mirah- I Am The Garden - Changing Light
Second Sky- Purpose - Touching The Surface
Second Sky- Free - Touching The Surface
West Papua Poeple- Bird Of Paradise - Sound Of The Morning Star
Apparat- Swayzak Smile And Receive - Things To Be Frickled Parts Remixes
Various Artists- Sparklehorse W The Flaming Lips Go - The Late Great Daniel Johnston Discovered Covered
Parquet Courts- Black And White - Sunbathing Animal
Guided By Voices- Authoritarian Zoo - Cool Planet
Patti Smith- Smells Like Teen Spirit - Twelve


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2015-01-01
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-21-2014 with DJ Segue        
Playlist:

Daniel Higgs- a3 - Devotional Songs Of Daniel Higgs
DJ Food- Extract From Stolen Moments - One Mans Weird Is Another Mans World
Ken Nordine- The Vidiot - Beat Generation Music Poetry
Paul White- I Call You - Running On A Rainy Day
Krokodil- 08 Raga 1971 - The Psychedelic Tapes
Oneness Of Juju- Bootsies Lament - Space Jungle Luv
Karl Hector the Malcouns- Mhammad - Unstraight Ahead
Flying Lotus- Eyes Above - Youre Dead
Brock Berrigan- A Strange Predicament - Four Walls and an Amplifier
Cut Chemist- Bunkys Pick - The Litmus Test
Cookin Soul x Gil Scott Heron- A sign of the ages - The Revolution is being televised tribute
Onra- Welcome To Vietnam - Chinoiseries
Onra- Chop Your Hands - Chinoiseries
Paul White- Sleep Clapping - The Strange Dreams Of Paul White
Fumaa Preta- Perdidos - Fumaa Preta
Shawn Lees Ping Pong Orchestra- Hey Ya - Rewind Vol6
Guts- Come Alive feat Lorine Chia - Hip Hop After All
Deela- Maria Death Squad - Fantastic Freeriding 4 Now
DJ Shadow- Ghost Town - The Liquid Amber EP
Clap Clap- Kuj Yato - Tayi Bebba
Brock Berrigan- Four Walls and an Amplifier - Four Walls and an Amplifier
llmind- Straight Ahead Produced by llmind M31RK - BFKW llmind Beats For Kanye West EP
Jaro Milko The Cubalkanics- Cumbia Orientale - Cigarros Explosivos
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Brock Berrigan- Thats All - Four Walls and an Amplifier
Denaun Porter- mOnTeZ tHeMe - Porter Chops Glasper
Onra- Hope - Chinoiseries
The Electric Peanut Butter Company- Backstreet Wall - TransAtlantic Psych Classics Vol2
Lefties Soul Connection- Skit A - Akathisia
Can- Halleluwah - Tago Mago
Lou Jimmy- Walk On The Spinning Wheel J Rocc Edit - Flaunt Edwards
The Beatstalkers- Edgelactic - Pyramid Funk Dynamite Reggae
Gramatik- Doin It - SB1
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VA Near East Psych- Degmen Benim Gamli Yasli Gnlme - Ince Ince Bir Kar Yagar
DJ Dolores- Alcool Bolero Filosofico - Banda Sonora Musica para Filmes
M Ashraf feat Nahid Akhtar- Dilbar Dilbara - The Sound Of Wonder
Lack of Afro- Freedom The Gene Dudley Group Remix Instrumental feat Jack Tyson Charles - Freedom
VA Near East Psych- Niye Cattin Kaslarini - Ince Ince Bir Kar Yagar
Baris Manco- Lambaya Pf De - Daglar Daglar
Swindle- Summer Fruits - Walters Call
Slugabed- 1 Badman - Activia Frenz Vol 1
Chinese Man- pandi groove - The Groove Sessions
Brock Berrigan- Scotch on a Yacht - Four Walls and an Amplifier
The Survivors- Rawhide - Scratchy Sounds Ska Dub Roots Reggae Nuggets Disc 2
Pyramid Blue- African Jungle - Dis Is Good For You Tropical Grooves and Afrofunk International
Pete Rodriguez- I Like It Like That - Chef Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Butch Clancy- Ratchet Anthem - A Beautiful Mind LP
Roses Gabor- Rush Instrumental - Rush
Krts- Hold On Glenn Astro Remix - Hold On LP
Gorgon Sound vs Dubkasm- Dub Mirror - The Versions
Hi Tech Roots Dynamics- MSG Dub - New York Dub
Hoodz- Bad Mind - Bad Mind Digi12
The Spy From Cairo- Gypsy Stepper - The Wonderwheel Spins 2013
80s Casual- Likkle Sound - In Dub
1000names- Paper Trip - Invisible Architect
Clap Clap- Sahkii Xirhuu - Tayi Bebba
AfroMassive- Por Ejemplo - Fill the Void
Helado Negro- Triangulate - Double Youth
Paul White- Where You Gonna Go - Shaker Notes
Skalpel- Theme From Behind The Curtain - Skalpel
DJ Shepdog- Bigger Than Jamrock - Greatest Licks vol 1
Taiwan Mc- Roll It Up featuring Plex Rock - Heavy This Year EP
Mikael- Smiling Face - Smiling Face
Anouk Aiata Taiwan MC- One Last Dub - One Last Dance
Dennis Brown- Dub Around The World - Dennis Brown In Dub
Lennie Hibbert- Chinese Beauty - More Creation
Mos Dub- Shroud The Stars instrumental - Mos Dub
Kalbata Mixmonster- Major Mackerel When the Congo Hit the Drum - Congo Beat the Drum
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ElP- Twin Back Hype - Run The Jewels Instrumentals
Run The Jewels- Twin Hype Back Clean - Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels- Oh My Darling Dont Cry Inst - RTJ2
Run The Jewels- Oh My Darling Dont Cry Clean - RTJ2
Taku- Clik Clak - RE TWERK
Taku- Kendrick Lamar Swimming Pools Taku Remix - RE TWERK
Taku- Electronic Relaxation - RETWERK VOLII
Taku- Cosmos Midnight The Dofflin Taku Remix - RETWERK VOLII
Taku- Shimmy Shimmy - RETWERK VOLII
Hucci- The Fall - Rose Gold
Taku- Closet Drake Fans - DRIZZY REWORKS
Sub Swara- Traffic Jam Sub Swara Refix -
The Beta Club- Brassa Nova - Paris Djs Soundsystem Presents Killas Thrillas Chillas Foot Stompers Freaky Soul Vol1


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          Looking Good in the Garden at the End of October        
Rose Graham Stuart Thomas always seems to send up a few perfect blooms in October and November The ever gorgeou acer has deepened in colour for a final flourish before the leaves fall Cosmos flowers keep on coming – they are remarkable plants – they are about to enter their 6th month of flowering Flowers […]
          The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos        
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
author: Brian Greene
name: Kim
average rating: 4.04
book published: 2011
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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-27-2014 with 99 & Barry        
Playlist:

- Wheres Garvey - Studio One Ska Fever
Papaya Republik- Cumbia Del Pescaito - Papaya Republik Volumen 1
Henry Mancini- Touch Of Evil - The Big Latin Band Of Henry Mancini
Rat City Brass- Third Man Theme - Live At KEXP
The Bran Flakes- Stumble Out Of Bed - I Have Hands
Felix Kubin Coolhaven- There Is A Garden - Suppe Fr Die Nacht
Bruno Speorri- The Silliest Song - Teddy Bar Lilith
- voicebreak -
Bryan The Haggards- Fightin Side Of Me - Merles Just Want To Have Fun feat Dr Eugene Chadbourne
The Ex- Maybe I Was The Pilot - Catch My Shoe
Bingo Gazingo- Im A Wabbit - Bingo Gazingo
Pere Ubu- Feuksley Maam The Hearing - Lady From Shanghai
Cyro Baptista- Bottles - Love The Donkey
Need New Body- Show Me Your Heart - UFO
Melt Yourself Down- Tuna - Melt Yourself Down
- voicebreak -
Samla Mammas Manna- Dundrets Frjder - Mltid
The Bombay Royale- Give Me Back My Bunty Bunty - The Island Of Dr Electrico
The Ed Palermo Big Band- The Black Page 2 - Oh No Not Jazz
- voicebreak -
The Phantom- Love Me - The Roots Of The Cramps
Gabo Brown Orchestre PolyRythmo- Its A Vanity - African Scream Contest Raw Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin Togo 70s
AutorYno- Greifswald - Cosmopolitan Traffic
Soraia Drummond- Sorriso Forte Na Luta - Daora Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil HipHop Beats Afro Dub Deluxe Edition
The Residents- Shortys Lament Intermission - Intermission For The Mole Trilogy EP
Alexei Lubimov Natalia Pschenitschnikova- Nowth Upon Nacht - John Cage As It Is
Porest- Composition Of Sheep - Prude Juice For The Heritage Swinger
- voicebreak -
John Zorn- The Nameless God - Psychomagia
Leland- Ive Got Some Happiness - This Is My World
Meridian Brothers- Escuchen El Grito Del Tigrillo - Devocin Works 20052011
Survival- Jungle Justice - Simmer Down
Zafari- Addis Ababa - Beyond Addis Contemporary Jazz Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds From The 70s
People Like Us- Once A Pun A Time - Dont Think Right Its All Twice
Finis Africae- Hybla - A Last Discovery The Essential Recordings 1984 20001
Xiu Xiu- Blood Of The Lamb - Unclouded Sky
Fela Kuti- Roforofo Fight - The Best Of The Black President


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-05-2014 with Michael Buck        
Playlist:

Real Estate- Talking Backwards - Atlas
- voicebreak -
Ana Alcaide- Como La Luna Y El Sol - Como La Luna Y El Sol
Andrew Bird- Ethio Invention No 1 - I Want To See Pulaski At Night
Nathaniel Rateliff- Falling Faster Than You Can Run - Falling Faster Than You Can Run
Laura Veirs- Dorothy Of The Island - Warp And Weft
- voicebreak -
Yellow Ostrich- Things Are Fallin - Cosmos
Trentemller- Still On Fire - Lost
Daughn Gibson- The Right Signs - Me Moan
Holy Wave- Sol Love - Relax
Death Vessel- Mercury Dime - Island Intervals
Jaune Toujours- Nous Maintenant - Routes
The Low Frequency In Stereo- Colette Subie Subie - Pop Obskura
- voicebreak -
Anglique Kidjo- MBaamba Kenyan Song - Eve
Woods Of Desolation- Ad Infinitum - As The Stars
The Crystal Method- Dosimeter feat Nick Thayer - The Crystal Method
Ceo- Ultrakaos - Wonderland
The Notwist- Into Another Tune - Close To The Glass
Pretty Lights- Yellow Bird Michal Menert Remix - A Color Map Of The Sun Remixes
Cheatahs- Mission Creep - Cheatahs
- voicebreak -
The Souljazz Orchestra- Kingdom Come - Inner Fire
St Vincent- Digital Witness - St Vincent
Roberto Fonseca- Chabani feat Faudel Amil - Yo
West Water Outlaws- Bless Your Soul - West Water Outlaws
Solids- Terminal - Blame Confusion
- voicebreak -
The Plates- Boombox Vibin - Punky Reggae
Juakali- Rootz - Feathers Too Bright
Milosh- Dont Call It - Jetlag
PINS- Velvet Morning - Girls Like Us
Tinariwen- Imdiwanin Ahi Tifhamam - Emmaar
Ghostpoet- Comatose - Some Say I So I Say Light
Les Claypools Duo De Twang- Pipe Line - Four Foot Shack
- voicebreak -
Robert Pollard- Drawing A Picture - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
Orchestra Of Spheres- Smash Hit1 - Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music
Eagulls- Possessed - Eagulls
Ane Brun- Falling Down - Rarities
Cate Le Bon- Sisters - Mug Museum
Hospitality- Rockets And Jets - Trouble
Angel Olsen- ForgivenForgotten - Burn Your Fire For No Witness


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-24-2014 with 99 & Barry        
Playlist:

Herman Dune And Cerberus Shoal- Sweetie - The Whys And Hows Of Herman Dune And Cerberus Shoal
M Takara 3- Rei Da Cocada - Daora Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil HipHop Beats Afro Dub Deluxe Edition
King Coya- Villa Donde - Cumbias De Villa Donde
Heliocentrics- Nico Winter Song Heliocentrics Remix - Out There
- voicebreak -
Tinariwen- Toumast Tincha - Emmaar Deluxe Edition
The Velvet Underground- Here She Comes Now - White Light White Heat
Minutemen- History Lesson Part 2 - Double Nickels On The Dime
The Byrds- My Back Pages - Greatest Hits
Little Axe- Soul Of A Man - Bought For A Dollar Sold For A Dime Bonus Track Version
Henry Cow- Nirvana For Mice - Leg End
Polyrhythmics- Skin The Fat - Libra Stripes
Secret Chiefs 3 UR- Personae Halloween - Book Of Souls Folio A
- voicebreak -
Le Peuple De LHerbe- Heart Soul - Tilt
Mamelo Sound System- Minha Me Diz - VelhaGuarda 22
Bapi Das Baul Baul Bishwa- Divana Hoy Dil Miracle Love - Sufi Baul Madness Happiness
Les Reines Prochaines- I Hate Diets - Le Coeur En Beurre Double Gras
Die Kndel- In Die Ribisl - Verkochte Tiroler Overcooked Tyroleans
Jon Rose- Temptation - Violin Music In The Age Of Shopping
Xiu Xiu- Wild Is The Wind - Nina
John Coltrane Quartet- Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - Live At The Village Vanguard
- voicebreak -
- Its Tricky - March 4th
Kitchen The Plastic Spoons- Liberty - Killed By Deathrock Vol 1
Guerilla Toss- Diluted Fetus Circuit Tycoon - Guerilla Toss
Jonathan And Darlene Edwards- Stayin Alive - Jonathan And Darlenes Greatest Hits Vol 1
Betty Harris- Trouble With My Lover - New Orleans Funk 3
- voicebreak -
Ogi Stereodubs- Talarico - Daora Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil HipHop Beats Afro Dub Deluxe Edition
Mike Monday- Catnip - Songs Without Words
Ikue Mori- Fatal Weaver - Class Insecta
John Zorn- Saigon Pickup - Naked City
Robotmonkeyarm- Il Brutto - Robot Senza Nome
- voicebreak -
People Like Us- Recycling Is Nothing New - Dont Think Right Its All Twice
John Lurie- The Beast - Fishing With John Original Music From The Series By John Lurie
Autor Yno- Wroclaw - Cosmopolitan Traffic
Angelo Michajlov- Saxana - Saxana
Archie Shepp- Attica Blues - Attica Blues
Junior Murvin- Workin In The Cornfield - Police Thieves Remastered
Khmer Jazz Fusion- Footprints - Khmer Jazz Fusion Recordings Merging Cambodian Musical Instruments And Forms With Western Jazz


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-01-2013 with 99 & Barry        
Playlist:

Suphala- Bazaar - Alien Ancestry
Dora Juarez- Una Tarde De Verano - Cantos Para Una Diaspora
Superhuman Happiness- ITT feat Sahr Ngaujah Abena Koomson Rubblebucket - Red Hot Fela
El Michels Affair- Shimmy Shimmy Ya - Enter The 37th Chamber
Ras G- G Spot Connection - Back On The Planet
Mocean Worker- SummertimeSometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Home Movies From The Brainforest
- voicebreak -
William Onyeabor- Why Go To War - World Psychedelic Classics 5 Who Is William Onyeabor
Blind Idiot God- Clockwork Dub - Undertow
Serge Gainsbourg- Pauvre Lola - Gainsbourg Percussions
The Wrong Object- Spanish Fly - After The Exhibition
Pest- Heard Yer Bird Moved In - Necessary Measures
- voicebreak -
Moondog Julie Andrews Martyn Green- Songs Of Fun And Nonsense - Songs Of Sense And Nonsense EP
Otarie- Trifle Trifle - Juicy Panic
Al Hirt- The Monkees Theme - Music For Mentalists
- Hey Boy Hey Girl - Island Records Presents Ska 40 Original Ska Classics
The Billy Nayer Show- Hey Boy - The American Astronaut Soundtrack
- Ice Man - Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands Vol 8
Frank Pahl- Rotten Corpse - Songs Of War And Peace
- voicebreak -
Juana Molina- Wed 21 - Wed 21
Elastic Bond- More Music - Real
Meridian Brothers- Eschuchen El Grito Del Tigrillo - Devocion Works 20052011
Ambitious Lovers Arto Lindsey- Trouble Maker - Envy
African Head Charge- Crocodile Hand Luggage - Environmental Studies
The Three Suns- High Noon Do Not Forsake Me From High Noon - On A Magic Carpet
- voicebreak -
Autor Yno- Warsaw - Cosmopolitan Traffic
Lee Ranaldo And The Dust- Home Chds - Last Night On Earth
Seu Jorge And Almaz- The Model - Seu Jorge And Almaz
Various Artists- Hey Boy - Tribute To Os Mutantes El Justiciero Cha Cha Cha
Mike Monday- Bad Wind With A Touch Of Acid - Songs Without Words
Oleg Kostrow- Barmens Theme - Amerika
- Rock n Robot By Kim And Buran - Russkie Wigout Demented Surfelectroexotica From Behind The Iron Curtain
- voicebreak -
Noah Creshevky- The Four Seasons IV Interlude 2 - The Four Seasons
Meredith Monk- Falling - Songs Of Ascension
Elliott Sharp- Aquaphilia - Crossing The Waters
Ligeia Mare- Where Is Thew Moon - Songs We Never Thought Of
Land Of Kush- Sharm El Bango - The Big Mango


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-11-2013 with 99 & Barry        
Playlist:

Ry Cooder Corridos Famosos- Why Dont You Try Me - Live In San Francisco
Lone Star- Mi Generacin - Los Nuggetz 60s Punk Pop And Psychedelic From Latin America
The Billy Nayer Show- Henry Joe - Bns Presents
- Superman - Sensacional Soul Vol 3
The Bombay Royale- Monkey Fight Snake - You Me Bullets Love
The Hot 8 Brass Band- Milwaukee Fat - Tombstone
- voicebreak -
Amadou Mariam- Dougou Badia - Folila
Brian Eno David Byrne- Very Very Hungry - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
AsaChang Junray- Xylophone - Tsu Gi Ne Pu
- Love Will Tear Us Apart - Cover The Earth Vol 3
- voicebreak -
Man Man- Loot My Body - On Oni Pond
Autor Yno- Trencin - Cosmopolitan Traffic
Frank Zappa- Montana - ApostropheOvernight Sensation
DJ Spooky Jing Zhou- The Secret Song - The Secret Song
- voicebreak -
Meridian Brothers- Sostengan Al Angel Entusiasta - Devocion Works 20052011
Birdy Nam Nam- Abbesses - Birdy Nam Nam
- South Pacific Twist - ChineaGoGo
- Stick Evans - Bent Batty bnoxious
- Panta Siklja Nafta - Cover The Earth
- voicebreak -
Chicha Libre- Number 17 - Canabalismo
Los Shains- 96 Lagrimas - Los Nuggetz 60s Punk Pop And Psychedelic From Latin America
- Theme From Bonanza - Cover The Earth
Andre Williams The Sadies- Weapon Of Mass Destruction - Red Dirt
- I Dont Know What To Do - The Unscratchable Itch A Tribute To Little Fyodor
Big Harp- Waiting For Some Drunk - Chain Letters
Mandeng Eletrik- Oya Oye Celebration Chant - Mandeng Eletrik
Marnie Stern- Patterns Of A Diamond Ceiling - In Advance Of The Broken Arm
- voicebreak -
Bruce McCulloch- Daves I Know - Shame Based Man
Fanfara Tirana Transglobal Underground- Three Beauties - Kabatronics Bonus Track Version
Stratman- Tria KaraviaLounge Thrace - Demotic Remix greeks Indians Vol 1


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          National Geographic's Night Sky of North America        
Cover to National Geographic's Night Sky of North America

Take a look at this pocket guide from National Geographic before you go out for a gaze on a cloudless evening. Night Sky of North America is the perfect book to bring along with you anywhere a lack of light pollution permits you to see the stars, the planets, and more.


          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-04-2013 with 99 & Barry        
Playlist:

Cyro Baptistas Banquet Of The Spirits- Batida De Coco - Infinito
Cyro Baptistas Banquet Of The Spirits- Batida De Coco - Infinito
Tal National- Kaani - Kaani
- Kon Togethy Come Together - Cover The Earth Vol 3
- Kon Togethy Come Together - Cover The Earth Vol 3
Ras G- All Is Well - Back On The Planet
Ras G- All Is Well - Back On The Planet
Jungle By Night- Rangda - Hidden
- voicebreak -
- voicebreak -
Man Man- King Shiv - On Oni Pond
The Residents- Hit The Road Jack Remix - Our Tired Poor Huddled Ma
OOIOO- Ina - Gold And Green
Hello Skinny- Crush - Revolutions EP
Hello Skinny- Crush - Revolutions EP
Yuka Honda- Hydrosphere - Heart Chamber Phantoms
- voicebreak -
Baba Brooks- Catch A Fire - This Is Dub Rare Jamaican Ska Reggae
Meridian Brothers- El Jazz Del Chupasangres - Devocion Works 20052011
Myeck Waters- The Banjo - Myecks Big Waste Of Time
Messer Chups- Midnight Preacher - Heretic Channel
La Vida- Peace Of Mind - Los Nuggetz 60s Punk Pop And Psychedelic From Latin America
Yamasuki Singers- Yama Yama - Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki
Count Stocky The Upsetters- To Hell And Back - The Sound Doctor
- voicebreak -
AutorYno- Poznan - Cosmopolitan Traffic
Melvin Gibbs Elevated Entity- Represent Do Rio - Ancients Speak
- I Beg - Afrobeat Airways 2
Abdellah El Magana- Kassidat El Hakka The Poem Of The Truth - Kassidat Raw 45s From Morocco
Ornette Coleman- Blues Connotation - This Is Our Music
Todd Snider- Conservative Christian RightWing Republican Straight White American Males - East Nashville Skyline
The Clash- Straight To Hell - Hits Back
African Head Charge- Some Bizarre - Off The Beaten Track
Yann Tomita- Medical Service - Doopee Time
Matias Aguayo- Lleg El Don - The Visitor
- voicebreak -
John Zorn- Light Chapels - Dreamachines
Hellebore- Artefact - Il Y A Des Jours
Les Enfants Du Monde- Les Bara Jeux Travail Et Funrailles DihimBoro Omaly Loiseau Qui A Dans Hier - Chant Des Enfants Du Monde Vol 14 Madagascar Chants De Brousse
Aya Nishina- Flora Ode To Infinity - Flora
Senking- Pathogenic Agent - List
Mylab- Earthbound - Mylab


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-27-2013 with 99 & Barry        
Playlist:

Odetta- Hit Or Miss - Odetta Sings
Andre Williams The Sadies- Mississippi Joliet - Night Day
Nina Simone- Mississippi Goddam - In Concert 1964New York
Ras Sam Brown- Victory - History Past Present A Journey With Teacher Ras Sam Brown
The Hot 8 Brass Band- Wolf Burger - Tombstone
The Cactus Channel- How Did This Happen - Wooden Boy
Meridian Brothers- El Enamorado - Devocion Works 20052011
Melt Yourself Down- Kingdom Of Kush - Melt Yourself Down
Need New Body- Show Me Your Heart - UFO
Nurses- Mile After Mile - Apples Acre
- voicebreak -
The Wrong Object- Yantra - After The Exhibition
Messer Fur Frau Muller- Smile - Triangle Dot Devil
People Like Us- Stand By Your - All Together Now
Leroy Young The Grandmaster- Que Sera Sera - Just Like That
Chenard Walcker- Edge Of Time - Metamorphoses
Rabbit Rabbit- In The Dead Of Night - Rabbit Rabbit Radio Vol 1
Roberto Musci Giovanni Venosta- Old Time Religion - Messages Portraits
- voicebreak -
- Three Blind Mice - Island Records Presents Ska 40 Original Ska Classics
Shankar Jaikishan Rais Khan- Raga Kalavati - Raga Jazz Style
Fanfara Tirana Transglobal Underground- Flowers Lament - Kabatronics Bonus Track Version
The Golden Palominos- Belfast - Dead Inside
Maga Bo- 3akel feat Bigg - Archipelagoes
- voicebreak -
Papa Chango- Heavy Load - The Matador
AutorYno- Greifswald - Cosmopolitan Traffic
Pardon Kimura- SnowCovered Volcano - Frozen Hawaii
Nels Cline- The Androgyne - Coward
Etran Finatawa- Djojarr - The Sahara Sessions


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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-18-2013 with Stephen Whitehead        
Playlist:

Mother Falcon- I Dream Of Water - You Knew
Last Good Tooth- Look What I Made - Not Without Work And Rest
Anna Von Hausswolff- Sova - Ceremony
SoKo- Destruction Of The Disgusting Ugly Hate - I Thought I Was An Alien
Julia Holter- In The Green Wild - Loud City Song
James Brown- September Song - Soul On Top
- voicebreak -
You Me Us- Warm Dry - Stay Inside EP
West Water Outlaws- Real Killer Live Acoustic Bonus Track - Real Killer
Lumerians- High Frontier - The High Frontier
- Coat Check - PDX Pop Now 2013 Compilation
Tijuana Panthers- Father Figure - SemiSweet
Daughn Gibson- Kissin On The Blacktop - Me Moan
Major Lazer- Jessica feat Ezra Koenig - Free The Universe
- voicebreak -
Prince Fatty- Say What Youre Saying feat George Dekker - Prince Fatty Versus The Drunken Gambler
Danny Michel The Garifuna Collective- Survivors Guilt - Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
The Cave Singers- Have To Pretend - Naomi
Chimney Choir- Dark Side - Compass
Cults Percussion Ensemble- Percussion Suite 3rd Movement - Cults Percussion Ensemble
John Browns Body- New Blood - Pressure Points
- voicebreak -
Elephant Revival- Birds And Stars - These Changing Skies
Typhoon- Artificial Light - White Lighter
Jagwar Ma- What Love - Howlin
Vampire Weekend- Obvious Bicycle - Modern Vampires Of The City
Ty Segall- Come Outside - Sleeper
Light Heat- Dance The Cosmos Light - Light Heat
- voicebreak -
Bare Mutants- Inside My Head - The Affliction
The Family Crest- Brittle Bones - The Headwinds EP
Golden Suits- Swimming In 99 - Golden Suits
Richard Buckner- When You Tell Me How It Is - Surrounded
The Robby Wicks Band- Pitchfork - Songs From The Biltmore
San Cisco- Awkward EP Version - San Cisco
- voicebreak -
Edward Sharpe The Magnetic Zeros- This Life - Edward Sharpe The Magnetic Zeros
Woods- September With Pete - Songs Of Shame
Bongwater- What If - The Power Of Pussy
- voicebreak -
The Seven Hats- Over The Rainbow - Scientific American


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          Cosmic Carrot Lemon Cheesecake with Red Raspberry Sauce        


I’ve got a bit of a bakery habit. While I rarely feel any pull to actually buy one of the gorgeous cakes – I know that despite their lovely appearances, they’re made of low-energy, dead food products like white flour, sugar and butter – I really love to ogle them. I admire the artistry that is patisserie. In fact I know that many of the master bakers out there, while they may differ with me on matters of diet, hold the same core philosophy close to their hearts: namely, using the best quality ingredients and preparing their little delicacies with the utmost attention to detail. Ultimately, it comes back to that old hang-up of mine: integrity.

Look, I’m not trying to argue the merits of pastry. No matter if your baker is using the finest flour and organic butter imported from France. That croissant is still nutritionally dead. Despite its beauty, it’s not doing anything to make you a glowing diva radiating an aura of earthly energy. I’m just giving credit where credit is due: to the creativity and artistry of the patissiere.

My latest addiction is a little cake shop on Little Collins Street in Melbourne. They make the most delicate, gorgeously petit cakes – miniature versions of French classics with contemporary twists. One that I’ve really admired lately is the “cosmopolitan:” a layer of carrot cake, a layer of cheesecake, and a topping of raspberry jam. I just had to have a go at rawifying it.
I’ll be the first to admit that mine didn’t come out nearly as pretty as the delicacies on display at Le Petit Gateaux. Then again, I haven’t been disciplined under the exacting eye of a French patissiere! So I’ll give myself a break in terms of design, and suffice it to say that the flavors are HOT. Sweet, spicy carrot cake, given a depth of flavour with the additional superfood boost of mesquite meal, layered with lemony cashew cheesecake and tied together with the sweet-tart, lip smacking sensuality of raspberry-honey sauce. This is a super-powered cake. Carrots, coconut, mesquite, cashews, lemons (from my lemon tree!), dates, berries, honey – this cake is seriously nutritious. Yup, my cake packs more vitamins than most people’s so called “healthy” meals, but don’t eat it for that reason. Eat it because it’s delicious, it makes you feel great, and because there’s absolutely no reason that every single bite you put into your mouth shouldn’t satisfy on every level.

Cosmic Carrot Lemon Cheesecake with Red Raspberry Sauce


Crust

1 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup dates
pinch himalayan salt

Carrot Cake Layer

3 1/3 cups finely grated carrot
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups medjoool dates (pitted)
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
2/3 cup mesquite meal
1 tsp grated nutmeg
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Cheesecake Layer

2 cups cashews
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 small vanilla bean
water, as needed

Raspberry Sauce

2 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen and defrosted
2 Tbsp honey, softened

For the crust: Grind macadamias and coconut in food processor. Add dates. Press into the bottom of a cake pan.

For the carrot cake layer: Squeeze as much moisture as possible out of the shredded carrots. Grind the sunflower seeds to a powder in the food processor. Add dates and process to combine. Add shredded coconut, mesquite meal, nutmeg and cinnamon, and pulse a few times. Add carrots and process until combined, leaving some texture.

Press half (or all, of you prefer 2 layers) of the carrot cake mixture on top of the crust, and place the cake in the freezer to set a bit while preparing the next layer.

For the lemon cheesecake layer: If honey and coconut oil are firm, melt over a double boiler. Combine cashews, lemon juice, melted honey and coconut oil and vanilla bean in food processor or high powered blender and whir until smooth, adding water slowly as needed (up to 1/2 cup).

Smooth half of the cheesecake mixture over the carrot cake layer. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to solidify, then top with the remaining carrot cake mixture. Again, freeze to solidify, then top with remaining cheesecake mixture.

Will keep frozen for a few weeks, about 1 week in the refrigerator.

Make sauce just before serving: Soften honey over a double boiler, then combine with raspberries and mash with a fork. Drizzle over each serving of cake.
          Introducing Weekly Wine @ Raw Gastronomy        
I've been harboring a dilemma for a while now. Here it goes:

I love a good drop.

But I hate a hangover.

Obviously not drinking in excess is one key factor that leaves no room for debate. But what about the comforting embrace of a glass of merlot on a Friday evening, the first sip instantly melting the tedium of the (office) work week through its magical spell of round, robust fruity goodness. Or an evening shared with friends, sipping cabernet and swapping life stories over a meal made with love. Or a lazy warm afternoon, passing the hours between beach frolicking and a late summer supper with a glass of mineraly riesling and a plate of juicy summer tomatoes. As a gastronome, these are intense pleasures for me.

On the other hand, I am deeply concerned about health on every level - my body's health, my mental health, and the health of the environment in which I live (which are all, ultimately, the same thing). Over the past few years as I've journied down the path of nutritious eating, I've become increasingly convinced that everything that I put into my body has a profound impact on the way I feel. And I want to feel great, all the time! If I'm going to enjoy a drink or two tonight, I still want to wake up feeling great and energetic tomorrow morning. So therein lies the great question: is it possible to enjoy alcohol (responsibly) without detriment to my overall well-being?

I've spent a bit of time researching this question, and the best solution I have so far is to keep my wine, like my food, as natural and local as possible. It seems kind of obvious: I wouldn't buy Woolworth's apples, tainted with unknown pesticides and preservatives and possibly sitting in cold storage for a year, no matter how cheap they were. So why would I buy an $8 bottle of Jacob's Creek made from high-yield, heavily sprayed, machine harvested, lesser quality grapes that have been pumped full or preservatives? But it's not obvious, because many people who eat really healthy food don't apply the same principles to their plonk. They think, "It's just alcohol, it's not good for me anyway, so I might as well buy the cheaper stuff, right?"

Wrong.

The truth is, a good organic/biodynamic/natural (and I'll get into the distinction soon) wine is good for you. First of all, it's raw, which is something that few other alcohols can claim. Beer is usually made from roasted malt, and spirits require heat for distillation. But wine, in its pure form, is a really natural product. Grapes, left to their own devices, will ferment into wine, provided some yeast is present (and it will be in a vineyard that isn't sprayed with chemicals that kill the majority of living things that cross its path). Which means that the resulting beverage is not only potentially tasty and pleasantly inebriating, but also full of beneficial bacteria, as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from the grapes themselves. Look, I'm not arguing that you should drink wine to get your vitamins. I'm just pointing out that like any food product, wine can be as good for you as the ingredients from which it is made - even more so than many products because heat hasn't been introduced to degrade the nutrients.

Which is why if you're like me and get massive enjoyment out of a bottle, I seriously recommend you spend a bit more and go for the good stuff. There are a few options here, all of which I have been, um, researching with amazing results. First off, there's organic. In Australia, as in most countries today, "organic" means certified, which basically means no chemicals. Of course the fact that a wine is certified organic doesn't mean it's going to be any good (in fact, until a few years ago, it almost guaranteed that it wouldn't be, but that's changing). But it does mean that no chemicals have been used in the vineyard, though it doesn't guarantee a lack of preservatives or non-vegan fining agents (such as egg whites or isinglass). Most organic wines tend to use a far smaller quantity of preservatives, because they are using a higher quality fruit harvested and fermented with more care, so less spoilage is likely to occur. So going organic with you wine is a really good bet.

Then there's biodynamic, which again in Australia is a certificiation issue. This simply means that the grapes have been grown according to the principles of biodynamics, which encompasses organics but also includes a close attention paid to the rhythms of the planet, the seasons and the cosmos. In terms of the winemaking, there's not a huge distinction here from organic. But through conversations with both organic and biodynamic certified winemakers, I've found that most people who have taken the time to grow their grapes with these labor-intensive methods are also making the effort to mirror such natural practices in the winery in order to produce the most authentic wine possible.

Finally there's natural wine. This has nothing to do with certification and everything to do with integrity. And if you're read any of my previous posts, you'll know that I'm all about integrity when it comes to what I eat and drink. Drinking natural wine is sort of like buying your produce from the farmer's market. They may not be certified, but you've gotten to know them and you know that they are growing good quality food without chemicals and with the utmost respect for the land. Like organic and biodynamic, these grapes tend to be grown in a chemical-free environment and are always hand-harvested. Where natural wine most differs is in the winery. Strict adherents to the concept of natural wine shun preservatives, fining agents and pretty much any other intervention while the grapes are doing their fermentation thing. In terms of flavor, this is it - rustic, alive. Not all natural wines are great, but the great natural wines are the best wines. They are deep expressions of terroir, with nothing but the flavor of excellent fruit grown in healthy soil coming through - or so I'm told. I have yet to find an Australian natural wine, but I'm on the lookout, and when I do I promise to deliver a full report. (For a more in-depth exploration of natural wines, check out Pameladevi Govinda's fantastic article in Imbibe.)

There are lots of really, really good organic, biodynamic and natural wines out there these days. Unlike the early days of the recent re-birth of organic winemaking, many of the people making these drops today know a thing or two about winemaking. They are passionate about the land and organics, sure, but they are also trained winemakers who know how to gently coax the grape on its journey from fruit to wine like a concerned, responsible and loving parent. Its an idea a bit late in coming to Australia, but in France the most revered wines have been the biodynamics for years now, and natural wines are now considered by many to be where it's at.

It's also worth mentioning that many organic and biodynamic winemakers are following the natural wine ethos. But it's not a certification, not something you're going to find stamped on the bottle, at least not in Australia. If you want to find the best wines out there, both in terms of flavor and natural methods, you're going to have to get out there and talk to winemakers - which is exactly what I intend to do here in this space. If you're lucky enough to have a boutique wine shop near you, start by talking to the staff, and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

For my Aussie readers out there who enjoy a good, natural drop, I'm starting a new segment on this blog called "Weekly Wine." Each week I'll introduce you to a different organic, biodynamic or natural wine, and tell you a bit about its story as well as how it tastes and what sort of raw dishes would complement it. Look out for the first post in the next few days. Please feel free to leave suggestions for wines you'd like to hear more about in the comments.

Cheers! To your health.
          What Does Your Website Sound Like?        

If you're looking for something uniquely brilliant that could bust boredom, then go to http://codeorgan.com. CodeOrgan is a spankin' new web craze that translates web page codes into music. A brainchild of Andy Morris and Andy Goodridge of DLKW, a London-based marketing and advertising firm, this fantastic on-line musical contraption reads your blog's and just about any website's body content via a complex alogorithm that defines key, synth style and drum pattern. Cool, huh?

Well, I had a ball listening to my URL's melodious cosmos, and it sounded out-and-out techno on the first try. Just the way I like it. After a few minutes, I changed my background color, played it again, and the notes aren't as groovy anymore. Still, sound tripping on CodeOrgan is one nifty way to kill time.

Andy Morris, DLKW Head of Technology, and Andy Goodridge, DLKW Head of Digital Design, on CNN

          Pascal Nègre parle de Bare Wires        
PDG d'Universal Music France, président de l'influente Société Civile des Producteurs Phonographiques, mais surtout ami de longue date, Pascal Nègre nous a gentiment adressé une lettre, nous priant de bien vouloir la diffuser aux lecteurs d'Infrasons.

C'est avec joie que nous en divulguons aujourd'hui le contenu, profitant de l'occasion pour transmettre nos amitiés à Pascal ainsi qu'à Ouafou, le fidèle labrador qui lui permet de mener une vie normale malgré ses problèmes d'audition. Profitez pleinement de vos vacances à Saint-Paul-de-Vence et revenez-nous aussi frais et joviaux qu'à l'habitude !

«Cher Infrason, si je prends aujourd'hui ma plus belle plume, c'est pour mettre en garde tes lecteurs contre un groupe nommé Bare Wires. Je dois en effet l'avouer : un certain nombre d'éléments m'indisposent, pour ne pas dire m'inquiètent, chez ce trio.»

«Je suis tout d'abord scandalisé par l'anarchie capillaire dont font montre ces jeunes gens. À quel jeu jouent-ils ? À celui qui aura la coiffure la plus tombante ? La rouflaquette la plus touffue ? Une chose est sûre : je refuse de me voir infliger plus longtemps ces espèces de Ramones à moustache. Leur place est au zoo.»

«Certes, ce genre de considérations esthétiques peut vous paraître accessoire, mais c'est bien mal me connaître. J'ai toujours prôné l'harmonie et l'élégance, cherchant constamment à distiller une subtilité délicate dans les productions d'Universal Music, qu'il s'agisse de Bon Jovi ou de Zebda. Aussi suis-je particulièrement mal à l'aise devant cette flagrante absence de goût affichée par Bare Wires.»

«Passons le reste de l'accoutrement, par simple charité chrétienne, et intéressons-nous aux visuels proposés par le groupe. Je pense évidemment à la pochette de Seeking Love, leur deuxième album, certainement la chose la plus dégoulinement rose qu'il m'ait été donné de voir. Une pochette rose ? C'est absurde. De Figaro Madame à Cosmopolitan en passant par Elle, tout le monde s'accorde : cette couleur sera à bannir la prochaine saison. Cet hiver, il nous faudra plutôt miser sur des camaïeux grenats ou caramels que l'on associera hardiment au bleu de Prusse ou au vert mélèze. Mais du rose ! Ces Bare Wires ne peuvent-ils pas être sérieux cinq minutes ? C'est à croire que non.»

«Dernière chose qui me tracasse : Bare Wires n'est finalement qu'un énième groupe provenant de San Francisco. Je n'ai rien contre cette ville, mais c'est un véritable matraquage que l'on nous impose : Ty Segall, Oh Sees, Fresh & Onlys, White Fence, Sonny et les Sunsets, ... , il n'est plus possible d'aller où que ce soit sans entendre l'un de ces groupes. Pour quelqu'un qui, comme moi, croit aux bienfaits de la diversité musicale, cette situation est quelque peu gênante. Misons au contraire sur des artistes issus d'horizons différents, et notamment sur la scène francophone : Michel Sardou, Hélène Segara, Amaury Vassili, Mylène Farmer : autant d'artistes que je continuerai à défendre vaille que vaille chez Universal Music.»

«En espérant que les lecteurs d'Infrasons puissent entendre mon appel, je salue à nouveau la qualité de ce blog qui défend avec brio les valeurs défendues par Universal Music et par la Société Civile des Producteurs Phonographiques.»
«Amicalement,
Pascal Nègre.
»

Note biographique : sur sa page Wikipédia, il est précisé que Pascal Nègre «a découvert les artistes Khaled, Zebda et No One Is Innocent», qu'il est «l'interlocuteur privilégié de Mylène Farmer, Michel Ponareff, Michel Sardou, Lara Fabian, Marc Lavoine et Bernard Lavilliers», qu'il «supervise pour le territoire français les carrières de U2, Eminem, Sting, Lionel Richie, Melody Gardot, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas». Pascal Nègre est Officier des Arts et des Lettres et Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.

Bravo Pascal, tes combats t'honorent.

♫ Bare Wires - Dancing on a Dime (2010)
(extrait de Seeking Love)
♫ Bare Wires - Don't Ever Change (2011)
(extrait du simple Don't Ever Change/Ready to Go)
♫ Bare Wires - Wanna Fight (2011)
(extrait de la compilation Group Flex de Castle Face Records )





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PICS: Nude McKayla Maroney Hangs Out With Topless Ashley Benson, Naked Lucy Hale on Pretty Little Liars Set

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Ashley Benson and McKayla Maroney Credit: Instagram

Silver medal? Not impressed. Pretty Little Liars set visit? Now that's worth a smile.

Olympic gymnast (and proud Fierce Five team member) McKayla Maroney, 16, headed to the L.A. set of the hit ABC Family thriller Tuesday afternoon, where she hung with cast members -- including Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson.

PHOTOS: Get the Pretty Little Liars cast's wardrobe

Following her visit, Maroney tweeted her thanks to both Hale, 23, and Benson, 22.

"Had a good time hanging with you @AshBenzo," she wrote to the actress who plays Hanna Marin. "Can't wait for Spring Breakers . . . You got me pumped!"

"So nice to meet you @LucyHale," Maroney tweeted just a few minutes later, before complimenting Cosmo's latest cover girl. "#Gorgeous."

VIDEO: LOL! Lucy Hale shaves her face on Punk'd

McKayla Maroney and Lucy Hale
Credit: Twitter

The young stars seemed equally thrilled to have hung out with the pint-size London standout.

"The cutest @mckaylamaroney stopped by our set today," Hale wrote, sharing a photo from her visit.

Added Benson, "She's a doll!"



          What if we ARE utterly alone in the galaxy?        
[+23] Discussion by rosborne979 on 11/01/14 7:32 PM Replies: 159 Views: 7,940
Tags: Science, Aliens, Space, Universe, Cosmology
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          Life on Mars        
[0] Discussion by gungasnake on 12/24/15 9:14 AM Replies: 4 Views: 1,079
Tags: Mars, Space Science, Cosmology, Science, Space
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          Extra-Terrestrial Megastructures detected around a star?        
[+11] Discussion by rosborne979 on 10/16/15 10:36 AM Replies: 111 Views: 5,042
Tags: Astronomy, Aliens, Space, Cosmology
Last Post by farmerman on 08/16/16 4:28 PM
          If the Universe has no beginning?        
[+20] Discussion by edgarblythe on 02/22/16 4:06 PM Replies: 37 Views: 2,183
Tags: Science, Space, Universe, Big Bang, Cosmology
Last Post by InfraBlue on 05/24/16 1:30 PM
          Fairly OddParents Guts n Glory         
Wanda was swalled by Pappy and now she s stuck in his incredibly gross digestive system Cosmo can t seem to wish her out so it s up to Timmy to go microscopic and rescue her br
          Podcast N°62 : Sens Chaos, enfin libres !        





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Dans Sens Renaissance, les participants arpentaient un long couloir. Dans Sens Mort, ce couloir s'était vaguement élargi donnant même accès à certaines pièces de la maison. Mais, dans Sens Cosmo et Chaos, c'est la maison tout entière qui se laisse ENFIN explorer. Grâce à ses nombreuses épreuves libres, le jeu offre beaucoup plus de libertés aux meneurs et aux Joueurs de Sens.


Avec Adrien, Maxime, Vincent et Jérôme, nous revenons sur les avantages et les inconvénients de ces fameuses épreuves libres, dans leur déroulement et dans leur présentation. Sont-elles aussi libres qu'elles en ont l'air ? Que permettent-elles en terme de mises en scène, de problématiques et de discussions. On dit ces épreuves libres, mais n'est ce pas plutôt le meneur de Sens qui se trouve soudain libéré, délivré et décomplexé du seul fait de disposer ENFIN de tous les faits ?

Bonne semaine à tous ! Portez-vous bien et surtout jouez bien !

          Watsons Big White Blowout: Crazy Deals & Discounts on Whitening Products        
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You might have already seen the buzz on social media, but Watsons is currently throwing a Big White Blowout to help you become your fairest, most confident self! Now is the perfect time to fight off uneven skin tone and dull looking skin because this means you can get so many choices and the most amazing deals and discounts on your whitening needs.

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Watsons put together shelves upon shelves of whitening soaps, facial creams, body lotions, and deodorants at whopping 20-30% off and BOGO offers so you can find the right kind of white for you. Those in the know, like my fellow bloggers, really do know that these products work. Take the Kojie San Lightening Soap and Body Lotion, for example. Both are almost permanent on my Watsons-To-Buy List because I see results every time I finish a bar or a tube.

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My other whitening picks include: Watsons Collagen line, Cosmo Skin Glutathione, L’Oreal Revitalift line, Belo Whitening Bar (to alternate with the Kojie San), and SkinWhite Lotion (for its built-in SPF).

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The Watsons Team: Krisel Macatangay, Kim Reyes, Precy Hentoloro, Karen Fabres and Rosana Bonifacio.

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But that’s not all. When you use your SM Advantage or BDO Rewards card for every PhP500 purchase on Watsons’ whitening products, you can even get a chance to win a brand-new iPhone 7! So run right over to a Watsons store near you, promo ends February 22, 2016.

That’s all for now, gorgeous friends! It’s time for me to take a shower and do my night ritual using my Watsons finds, and then get lost in a book. Thanks for reading!

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          Les événements indés de l'été        





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Les Ateliers Imaginaires dans JDR Mag !


Cet été, Jeu de rôle Magazine a consacré un très grand dossier aux Ateliers Imaginaires : dix pleines pages dans lesquelles les auteurs des Ateliers s'expliquent sur leur démarche. Je vous invite vivement à acheter ce numéro d'été 2016, voire, si vous en avez les moyens, à vous abonnez à Jeu de Rôle Magazine.


En effet jusqu'à maintenant, ce trimestriel s'est toujours montré très favorable aux démarches nouvelles en matière d'édition de jeu de rôle. A mon sens, la nouvelle mouture de ce magazine crédibilise le média et donne enfin une part non négligeable de ses pages aux articles théoriques et à l'indépendance. On y trouve des tests de jeux indépendants, des critiques sérieuses et des articles théoriques écrits par des auteurs de jeux indépendants. Ce n'est pas le magazine de l'indépendance, puisqu'il appartient à Titam, mais vous pourrez compter sur lui pour vous faire découvrir les pépites de l'indé francophone. Et puis eux au moins, ils jouent aux jeux qu'ils critiquent...

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Les Illustrations de Démiurges


Elles sortent au compte goutte, mais Frédéric Sintes, auteur de Prosopopée, continue les illustrations de son autre projet d'envergure : Démiurges. On sait qu'à la fin de son travail d'illustration, ce jeu de rôle arrivera à son terme. Ainsi chacune de ces illustrations nous rapproche un peu plus de la sortie de Démiurges.


Retrouvez toutes les illustrations de Démiurges sur Lymbic Systems.
http://www.limbicsystemsjdr.com/category/jeux-de-role/demiurges/

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Rapport de partie pour Babel


Fabien Hildwein aurait même inventé un langage pour développer ce nouveau projet, l'auteur de Monostatos revient au jeu de rôle traditionnel et dévoile un premier rapport de partie de Babel ou du Langage de Babel. Avec Natacha, Fabien élabore une première partie dont la fiction se déroule à Paris.


Babel est vraisemblablement un jeu de rôle contemporain, à gros secrets, dans lequel le fantastique n'apparaît pas immédiatement. Comme dans Sphynx, les personnages des joueurs semblent personnellement impliqués et affectés par les mystères de l'univers.

Voici le rapport complet de la partie :
http://lesateliersimaginaires.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=3953

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Thomas Munier's Motel


Thomas Munier continue la création à temps plein et dresse un premier bilan de sa nouvelle activité sur son blog Outsider. Son folklore d'oxymores s'est également enrichi d'une nouvelle perle noire : Dragonfly Motel. Il s'agit d'un jeu de rôle initialement créé pour le gamechef et dans lequel, paraît-il, la musique joue un rôle prépondérant. Connaissant les gouts musicaux du monsieur, il y a de fortes chances pour que l'onirisme sludgecore soit encore de la partie.


Je signale également la parution d'une critique écrite par Steve Jakoubi... Steve Jackobofix... Steve Ja... Steve J, quoi ! Le chroniqueur de chez Radio Rôliste dresse un portrait très fidèle d'Inflorenza sur Hugin et Munin

J'ajoute que Thomas Munier participe à présent théoriquement et régulièrement aux podcasts Cendrones et Voix d'Altaride. Peuple rôliste, fan de Thomas Munier, à mon avis, il est grand temps que tu écoutes les Voix d'Altaride de Julien Pouard, si tu veux rester brancher à ton outsider favori.

Le Bilan de Thomas Munier :
http://outsider.rolepod.net/saison-4-le-bilan/

Les podcasts de Julien Pouard :
http://www.cendrones.fr/

La critique de Steve J :
http://hu-mu.blogspot.fr/2016/08/inflorenza.html

Dragonfly Motel :
http://outsider.rolepod.net/catalogue/dragonfly-motel/

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Les premières lignes d'Eveille ! dévoilées


Sur le forum d'Adrien Cahuzac se trouve une image qui nous livre enfin quelques indices sur le contenu d'Eveille !, son prochain jeu de rœle... 



On y devine des règles pour un jeu de rœle entièrement écrit en vers... (espèce de cinglé, Adrien !) scotchés sur une sorte de béton gris et parcouru de graphes noirs. On rappelle que le but des joueurs sera d'y mettre de la couleur. Nous avions fait le playest du jeu lors de notre dernière saison.

L'image d'Eveille ! :
http://nsa38.casimages.com/img/2016/07/30//160730072212218751.png

Le fil de discussion consacré au jeu (t'as perdu, Adrien) :
http://lesateliersimaginaires.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=3452

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Vivien Féasson se renforce


En attendant Libreté, Contes et histoires à vivre, le site de Vivien Féasson continue la publication de ses articles théoriques sur le jeu de rôle. Il avait déjà frappé fort avec notamment deux très très bons articles sur l'humour et sur le jeu de rôle comme art métafictionnel, mais, cette fois, sa cosmo-énergie s'intensifie, il se renforce de plus en plus !


Vivien continue sa petit grammaire du jeu de rôle en y introduisant le concept de Renforcement. Au cours d'une partie de jeu de rôle, il est des choses qu'il vaut mieux laisser partir dans les limbes de l'oubli et d'autres qu'il vaut mieux rappeler au bon souvenir de ses camarades. Évidemment ces petites choses que l'on doit oublier et ces petites choses dont on doit se souvenir ne sont jamais les mêmes en fonction des joueurs, de la partie et du jeu en cours. C'est le principe du Renforcement développé par Vivien dans ce nouvel article.

A noter également que Vivien est le premier meneur de Sens à avoir fini sa campagne de Sens Cosmo et Chaos cet été, avec ses joueurs Côme et Steve Jacholobo... Steve Jakoulecro... Steve et puis merde ! Steve J quoi...

Retrouvez tous les articles de Vivien :
http://www.vivienfeasson.com/articles/

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Romaric est sur Le Val !


Quant à moi, contrairement aux rumeurs colportées par Paris Match, je n'ai pas fait que glander en fêtant la sortie de Sens Cosmo et Chaos. Non. J'ai travaillé sur Le Val des étoiles. Nous avons organisé une petite rencontre sur Paris aux Caves Alliées et au Dernier Bar avant la fin du monde. Les photos de la rencontre sont disponibles sur la page du Val des étoiles sur Facebook. Au passage, je ne saurais trop remercier Valentin de m'avoir offert un somptueux jeu de cartes Saint Seiya.


Nous avons également, avec Darky, diffusé l'épisode 2 du Val TV. Épisode dans lequel, une fois de plus, je prends une branlée monumentale.


Mais, surtout, cerise sur le gâteau, grâce à Loïc Girault, Le Val, cet été, s'est doté d'un jeu vidéo en ligne. Après des débuts plutôt difficiles, comme ont pu en témoigner les nombreux messages diffusés sur Facebook, le jeu est enfin lancé et parfaitement fonctionnel. Vous pouvez le télécharger gratuitement sur les Ateliers Imaginaires dans le forum dédié au Val. Merci à tous les Loïc ! Loïc Cyol et Loïc Girault. Le premier, créateur de l'application. Le second, créateur d'un jeu vidéo. Décidément, les Loïc sont de majestueux auteurs pour le Val. Moi je dis : "ça devrait rapporter de la Force Céleste, un tel boulot !"

Le Val TV épisode 2 :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KVuwX25aLk&feature=youtu.be

Le Jeu Vidéo, Le Val de Loïc Girault :
http://lesateliersimaginaires.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=3949

La Page Facebook du Val :
https://www.facebook.com/levaldesetoiles/?fref=ts

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Il ne me reste plus qu'à vous souhaiter, à tous et à toutes, une joyeuse semaine de rentrée en attendant notre podcast Jeudi prochain. On y parlera d'une campagne mythique de Néphilim. D'ici là, portez-vous bien et surtout jouez-bien !

          Yookos : le réseau social pour les religieux africains        

Yookos est un réseau social nigérian spécialisé dans la religion. Lancé le 1er janvier 2011, son nom découle de la contraction de « You own Kosmos », traduit en français « Vous possédez le cosmos ». La plateforme permet de connecter les membres de l’église Christ Embassy du Pasteur Chris autour d’échanges religieux, d’enseignements bibliques, […]

Cet article Yookos : le réseau social pour les religieux africains est apparu en premier sur TechOfAfrica.


          Love/Sick: 13 Songs To Get Drunk & Ugly-Cry To For Valentine’s Day        

Part 2 of Freddie Cosmo’s “Love/Sick Series” running all month long.   When you crack open that bottle of wine vodka whiskey… Mary J. Blige – I’m Going Down (Welcome to the pity party.) Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Misery has RSVP’d.) Kelis – Caught Out There

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          Christopher Hitchens on Religion        

Christopher Hitchens's most recent book is an in-your-face critique of religion entitled God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. (1) Hitchens offers the reader a long list of complaints about religion, including:

  • The teachings of religion about the origin of the cosmos and the origin and development of biological species contradict well-established science;
  • All of the traditional arguments for the existence of God have significant defects;
  • All of the traditional attempts to explain how the enormous suffering that afflicts sentient creatures is compatible with an all-powerful and all-good God are an exercise in sophistry;
  • Religious scriptures amount to myths and fables that are contradictory, unhistorical, and, in the case of the Koran, largely plagiarized;
  • Religion is patriarchal and denigrates women;
  • Religion inflames tribal and ethnic hostility;
  • Religions are intolerant of those who reject or question them, including seculars, heretics, and adherents of other religions;
  • The moral codes which religions promote are shallow and incomplete, and in some cases, "positively immoral"; (2)
  • Religion inflicts physical and psychological harm on children;
  • Religion finds a problem for every sensible solution in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and elsewhere; and
  • Prayer doesn't work.

Hitchens will find support on these points among most seculars, including myself, and among many religious. Yet his book has serious defects which detract from its value. While he blames religion for virtually every problem from erectile dysfunction to terrorism, he finds nothing at all praiseworthy in religion. He overlooks the fact that religion can change for the better. For instance, in the United States 175 years ago, thousands of clergy endorsed slavery; today none do. And for generations Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland carried on a bloody, senseless civil war; today a peace accord between these groups is holding up despite recent attempts by domestic terrorists to destroy it. Similarly, Hitchens ignores the fact that many religious organizations provide valuable humanitarian services to people in need. Take, for example, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, Catholic Charities, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, among others, which help millions of young and old each year around the nation, and Beatitude House, Potter's Wheel, and Angela's Place, among others, which help hundreds of young and old each year locally. Further, Hitchens is silent about the thousands of American schools and colleges with religious affiliations that have educated millions over the generations. Finally, Hitchens mentions but downplays the harm produced by secular regimes in the past century such as Mao's China, Stalin's Russia, and Pol Pot's Cambodia. (3) All this points to serious blind spots. (4)

If you want to read a more balanced, less rhetorical critique of religion, take a look at The Transcendental Temptation. This classic was published 23 years ago by philosopher Paul Kurtz, a much kinder, gentler atheist than Hitchens.


  1. Twelve, Hatchett Book Group USA, 2007.
  2. Page 205.
  3. Hitchens acknowledges that the excesses of communist dictators caused him to abandon the Marxism of his youth. See page 151. On the record of secular regimes, see Rabbi David J. Wolpe, Why Faith Matters, pp. 51-67. It is interesting to note that Hitchens has gone through multiple identities including Anglican, Methodist, Marxist, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, and most recently atheist. One wonders if he's finished. See p. 195.
  4. Hitchens's refusal to grant religion any credit is reflected in his comments about two twentieth-century leaders. After insisting that Mohandas Gandhi was only a minor force in the successful drive for independence in India, he tells us that Gandhi's Hinduism had little impact on his behavior. (See p. 184) Further, he informs us that Christianity provided no inspiration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the U.S. civil rights struggle. (See p. 180) This amounts to historical revisionism.

© 2009 Tom Shipka


          Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District        

Next month marks the second anniversary of the landmark ruling by Judge John E. Jones III in the U. S. District Court in Harrisburg in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. (1) Tammy Kitzmiller was one of eleven parents of students in the public schools of Dover, a township about twenty miles south of Harrisburg, who sued the school district after the Board of Education adopted a policy requiring the reading of a statement in ninth-grade biology classes which cast doubt on the scientific adequacy of evolution, said that "Intelligent Design" is a plausible alternative explanation, and referred students to an intelligent-design textbook entitled Of Pandas and People. (2) Intelligent Design, or ID, holds that "living organisms are so complex that they must have been created by some kind of a higher force." (3) In their lawsuit, the first challenge to ID in the federal courts, the plaintiffs asked the Court to stop the reading of the pro-ID statement because ID is a religious doctrine, not a scientific theory.
In his 139-page ruling on December 20, 2005, Judge Jones found for the plaintiffs. He said that ID is not science but a thinly veiled form of creationism and that it is unconstitutional to teach it in a public school. (4)
Judge Jones learned a lot during the trial about science and the relation of science to religion, thanks to the testimony of expert witnesses for the plaintiffs, including Kenneth R. Miller, a cell biologist from Brown University, and John F. Haught, a theologian from Georgetown University, both of whom are practicing Roman Catholics. They pointed out that scientists seek natural causes of natural events, a strategy called methodological naturalism, and that ID violates this because it posits non-natural or supernatural causes. For this reason, Dr. Miller said, ID is a "science stopper."
We can illustrate this point with an example. Suppose you visit your doctor to seek relief of pain in your right arm, your doctor examines you and reviews the results of an MRI, and then reports that a herniated disk is the cause, a problem correctible with surgery. Here your doctor followed methodological naturalism. But suppose that instead of doing this, your doctor tells you that your pain has no cause within your body but is due to an evil spirit. By hypothesizing a non-natural or supernatural explanation of a natural condition, your doctor, like the advocates of ID, abandons science.
Judge Jones took no stance on whether the cosmos has an intelligent cause, declaring, properly, that such matters are outside the province of science. His ruling was informed and brave. And who appointed this Republican church-goer to the federal bench? None other than ID enthusiast President George W. Bush in 2002!
You can learn more about this famous case on NOVA on your local PBS station at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, when a two-hour film entitled "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" will be aired.
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  1. Case No. 04cv2688.
  2. The vote was 6-3. The three Board members who opposed the ID policy resigned in protest. At the next election, all of the Board members who voted for the ID policy and sought reelection were defeated by candidates opposed to the policy.
  3. MSNBC.com, December 20, 2005.
  4. Judge Jones also lambasted the members of the pro-ID faction of the Dover Board of Education who, he charged, lied under oath "time and again" to camouflage the religious motives behind the ID policy. See page 132 of the ruling. Judge Jones awarded attorneys' fees to the plaintiffs, costing the school district over $1 million. The newly constituted Board declined to appeal Judge Jones's ruling.

© 2007 Tom Shipka


          Bad Language: “Riemannian Manifold”        
Physicists: Stop saying “Riemannian” when you mean “pseudo-Riemannian”. Yes, it does matter.

Some informal background: a Riemannian manifold is a differentiable manifold (where the tangent space at each point has an inner product) with a positive-definite metric tensor, d(x,y) ≥ 0.

A familiar Riemannian manifold is a Euclidean manifold (where one has to add a smoothly varying inner product on the tangent space of the standard Euclidean space), with the familiar Euclidean (distance) metric (our 3-space, for example).

What is NOT a Riemannian manifold is the familiar Lorentzian manifold of general relativity (of which the Minkowskian manifold of special relativity is a special case). The Lorentzian manifold is a pseudo-Riemannian manifold, the generalization of the Riemannian manifold, such that the metric tensor need not be positive-definite. This apparently seems like a minor point to some, but pseudo-Riemannian and Riemannian manifolds are incredibly different because of this.

One of the underlying assumptions of general relativity is that spacetime can be represented by a Lorentzian manifold with signature (+,-,-,-) or (-,+,+,+) - where the signature of a metric tensor is just the number of positive and negative eigenvalues of the corresponding real symmetric matrix once it is diagonalised.

Unlike a Riemannian manifold, with a positive-definite metric, a Lorentzian manifold M, with non-positive-definite metric, g, allows tangent vectors, X, to be classified into timelike g(X,X) > 0, null g(X,X) = 0, or spacelike g(X,X) < 0.

The causal structure of relativity comes from this classification.

Interestingly, when you most often are reading a paper in a physics journal though, instead of seeing “pseudo-Riemannian” you will see the word “Riemannian”; doing a search in the Physical Review Letters this afternoon for “Riemannian Manifold” yields 526 results, while searching for “pseudo-Riemannian Manifold” only yields 51. While I am sure a few of those authors were actually are working with Riemannian manifolds (and the obvious overlap with the “pseudo-Riemannian” search), the vast majority are simply misusing the term.

Some sample offenders:

Stephen A. Fulling, “Nonuniqueness of Canonical Field Quantization in Riemannian Space-Time” (Phys. Rev. D 7, 2850 (1973), Cited 211 times) : Fulling technically means “pseudo-Riemannian space-time”, else he wouldn’t have any causal structure.

C. N. Yang, “Integral Formalism for Gauge Fields” (Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 445 (1974), Cited 208 times). Yang starts a paragraph off with “Introduction of a Riemannian metric”, when he then must actually be introducting a pseudo-Riemannian metric. Later, when Yang is defining “Pure Spaces”, he says, “A Riemannian manifold for which the parallel-displacement gauge field is sourceless will be called a pure space.” He then asserts, “A four-dimensional Einstein space, ie. For which Rαβ = 0, is a pure space.” From the definition, if he really mean a Riemannian metric, he could not conclude that “a four-dimensional Einstein space” was a pure space, because an Einstein space must have a different signature to be causal (even though with Rαβ = 0 he is specifying that the metric tensor is locally isometric to a Euclidean space).

Almost anytime you see the phrase “Riemannian space-time”, they are being sloppy. There is no such thing as a Riemannian space-time.

All of these highly respected papers incorrectly refer to the spacetimes they are working in as Riemannian:

Friedrich W. Hehl, Paul von der Heyde, G. David Kerlick, and James M. Nester, “General relativity with spin and torsion: Foundations and prospects” (Rev. Mod. Phys. 48, 393 (1976), Cited 612 times)

David G. Boulware, "Quantum field theory in Schwarzschild and Rindler spaces" (Phys. Rev. D 11, 1404 (1975), Cited 117 times)

Kenneth Nordtvedt, “Equivalence Principle for Massive Bodies. II. Theory” (Phys. Rev. 169, 1017 (1968), Cited 88 times)

Leonard Parker and S. A. Fulling, “Quantized Matter Fields and the Avoidance of Singularities in General Relativity” (Phys. Rev. D 7, 2357 (1973), Cited 87 times)

M. J. Rebouças and J. Tiomno, “Homogeneity of Riemannian space-times of Gödel type” (Phys. Rev. D 28, 1251 (1983), Cited 65 times)

J. S. Dowker and Raymond Critchley, “Stress-tensor conformal anomaly for scalar, spinor, and vector fields” (Phys. Rev. D 16, 3390 (1977), Cited 59 times)

M. A. Melvin, "Dynamics of Cylindrical Electromagnetic Universes" (Phys. Rev. 139, B225 (1965), Cited 43 times)

Leonard Parker, "Conformal Energy-Momentum Tensor in Riemannian Space-Time" (Phys. Rev. D 7, 976 (1973), Cited 36 times)

A. A. Coley, N. Pelavas, and R. M. Zalaletdinov, "Cosmological Solutions in Macroscopic Gravity" (Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 151102 (2005), Cited 32 times)

F. W. Hehl, E. A. Lord, and Y. Ne'eman, "Hypermomentum in hadron dynamics and in gravitation" (Phys. Rev. D 17, 428 (1978), Cited 20 times)

The list goes on, and on, and on…

Physicists (& Journal Editors): if you’re working in a causal spacetime (and you know you should be), don’t say “Riemannian”. Say, “Lorentzian”, or “pseudo-Riemannian”, or “non-Riemannian”, don’t be lazy.

You wouldn't say "positive" when you mean "positive, zero, or negative", so why would you say "Riemannian" when you mean "pseudo-Riemannian"?

-S.C. Kavassalis
          Interview of Donald McLean by Brian Shoemaker        
Interview of Donald McLean by Brian Shoemaker McLean, Donald Dr. Donald McLean, a medical doctor and surgeon, participated in the Ronne Antarctic Expedition during 1946 and 1947. After being interviewed by Finn and Jackie Ronne in Washington, D.C., McLean joined the ship in December 1946 for the voyage south to Antarctica. En route he visited Panama, Valparaiso and Punta Arenas. In Chile there was discussion about the wisdom of having two women, Jackie Ronne, and Jenny Darlington, wife of the pilot, Harry, join the expedition. In fact, they did so, and became the first women to over-winter in Antarctica. At first the two women were good friends, but when Finn Ronne demoted Harry Darlington as Chief Pilot of the expedition, even before the ship reached Antarctica, the women’s friendship abruptly ended. Approaching Antarctica, the ship anchored near Stonington Island. Admiral Byrd had established his East Base there previously, although it had since been abandoned, and was later ransacked by the Chileans and Argentines. There were 23 members of the Ronne Antarctic Expedition counting the two women. The British had already established another base just a quarter mile away. It had 13 members, including Bernard Stonehouse, an ornithologist. Ronne ordered the Americans to have little to do with the British. The Americans, however, did need to use the British dog teams to run cover for the planes. Most of the dogs Ronne had brought from home had died en route. What was left of the American dog team was unreliable. The dog teams also functioned as potential rescue backups for the planes in the event of a crash. One British plane crashed and the crew was rescued. Several dog sled trips were made to different locations. One trip of about 400 miles lasted for eight weeks. McLean participated with the British in one survey trip of several weeks across the Palmer Peninsula. Control points were surveyed where caches, including 50-gallon drums of fuel, could be left to service the planes. The British dog team also proved invaluable when one of the Americans, Harris-Clichy Peterson, fell in a crevasse, and with the aid of the dog team was found alive and rescued two days later. He suffered no permanent ill effects. Nelson McClary once tumbled 50 feet over the edge of a glacier, but he too was rescued unharmed. In fact Mclean reports there were no serious injuries or any serious illness during the Expedition, although he himself once suffered a broken ankle. The split between Finn Ronne and Harry Darlington caused tension in the camp. About one-third of the crew sided with the Darlingtons, about one-third with Ronne, and about one-third in the middle. One’s position at the dinner table was a clear indication of his personal relationship to Ronne. Darlington and Ronne always sat at opposite ends of the table. What Ronne really wanted from the team was “a great deal of respect, but didn’t get it because he didn’t seem to deserve it.” For example he resorted to petty punishments of his critics by taking away their jam and jelly. Despite Ronne’s objections, McLean cultivated a relationship with the nearby British team, especially the British doctor, Dick Budson. The British were never invited to visit the American base, and there was never any mutual socializing on holidays such as Christmas or New Year’s. McLean, however, visited the British base on several occasions for scones and tea. For many years he maintained a friendship with Kevin Walton. Years later, Walton gave McLean an American flag that he had stolen from the American base. McLean donated it to the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State. There were several principal scientists on the Expedition. These included two geologists, Bob Nickles and Bob Dodson; Andy Thompson, a geophysicist; and H.C. Peterson, a cosmologist. As for Finn Ronne, McLean said that he did a great job of organizing and planning the expedition, including fund raising, but he was very petty in his criticisms and not a great leader. He once drew a beautiful map of a penguin rookery McLean planned to visit, but usually he was not seen as a sharing individual or one who had warm feelings for others. He had a “tremendous ego,” and sometimes became emotionally upset. Typically he would turn his back and walk away from confrontational situations. Most of McLean’s usual duties were not related to medicine. Aboard ship he stood regular watch, and took care of the sick dogs. On shore he helped Andy Thompson with his seismograph recordings. He sought to keep in personal contact with all team members, including Finn Ronne. Ronne did not come to realize until the end of the Expedition how little respect McLean had for him. McLean was very close to Harry Darlington and Andy Thompson, and they remained friends for life. Ike Schlossback was a valuable member of the expedition. He had been a submariner and a pilot, and was always friendly and fair. Many years later he lived with the McLean’s for two months before entering a retirement home. The Ronne Antarctic Expedition ended in March, 1948, and arrived back in the states in June. Their departure from Antarctica was facilitated by the icebreakers Edisto and Burton Island. Had Jenny Darlington not been pregnant, the expedition might have stayed on an additional year. McLean returned to active duty in the Navy and served for two years in Greenland. He became a specialist in micro-surgery. After his service in Greenland ended, McLean left the Navy and went into private practice in Alaska. But he considers his polar experiences to have been instrumental in his later interests and successes in life. Major Topics Recollections of the Finn Ronne Antarctic Expedition, 1947-1948 Leadership style of Finn Ronne Contributions of other team members of the Expedition Personal interactions and occasional conflicts Occasional contacts with a nearby British base, including use of their dog teams Adams, Chuck, pilot, pp. 4-5, 10, 25 Budson, Dick, British physician, pp. 17 Darlington, Harry, pilot, pp. 2-5, 14-16, 18, 22 Darlington, Jenny, wife of Harry, pp. 2-5, 16 Dodson, Bob, pp. 9, 12, 27 Gutenko, Sig, camp cook, pp. 11 Lassiter, Jim, head pilot, pp. 4-5 Latady, Bill, photographer, pp. 3, 27 McClary, Nelson, pp. 2, 9-11, 17, 26 Nickles, Bob, geologist, p. 19 Peterson, Harris-Clichy, expert on cosmic rays, pp. 9, 19 Robertson, Jim, airplane mechanic, p. 3 Ronne, Edith “Jackie,” wife of Finn, pp. 2-6, 16 Ronne, Finn, mentioned throughout document Schlossback, Ike, pilot, pp. 3, 9, 22-24 Stonehouse, Bernard, British ornithologist, p. 7 Thompson, Andy, geophysicist, pp. 2, 11, 19, 21-11 Walton, Kevin, member of British Antarctic team, pp. 7, 17
          Deocamda, in cosmos nu e razboi! Dar nici pace nu e!        
In ultimele decenii, cosmosul a devenit un spatiu militarizat, pentru ca marile puteri depind in mare parte de sistemele spatiale. Si, chiar daca zona din jurul Pamantului se transforma, treptat, intr-un fel de camp de batalie, nu s-a intamplat inca un razboi pentru simplul motiv ca toti se tem de un astfel de scenariu, scrie Business Insider.
          Flying Lotus “Pattern + Grid World”        

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          piCture pOlish - Cosmos         

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          By: Cosmology in Crisis – Unger & Smolin sweeping away the metaphysical gloss. | Psybertron Asks        
[…] Purely logical (timeless) objective structural descriptions of reality overlook the value of historical “becoming” explanations (to paraphrase Mary Midgeley berating Larry Krauss). […]
          Marlboro Deepens Commitment to Sustainability        
Marlboro College has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. Through membership in AASHE, Marlboro will receive support in advancing its … Continue reading
          Graduate Center Grows Solar        
The addition of new solar panels on the south-facing awning of the Marlboro College Graduate Center, on October 28, marked the latest stage in the greening of Marlboro. The new system includes a series of 16 grid-tied photovoltaic panels, rated … Continue reading
          EQAs Raise the Bar on Sustainability           
Students employed by the college as Environmental Quality Assistants, or EQAs, have been an integral part of sustainability programs at Marlboro for several years. But this year there is a bumper crop of EQAs on the job, six in all, … Continue reading
          Sustainable Rice is Nice        
The dining hall staff has made great gains in buying more local foods, in line with the recent Real Food Campus Commitment, but not all their efforts have been local. A new partnership with Lotus Foods, an importer of ecologically … Continue reading
          Students Bullish on Bikes        
Bicycles are not only good for the environment, they are a great way to get exercise and blow off steam after 300 pages of The Brothers Karamazov. It’s therefore not surprising that Town Meeting voted in favor of paying $1,000 … Continue reading
          Marlboro Signs Real Food Challenge        
“I am thrilled to be a part of the solution to our troubled food system,” said Benjamin Newcomb, chef manager at Marlboro through Metz Culinary Management. On April 15, Benjamin and Marlboro President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell signed the Real Food Campus … Continue reading
          Marlboro Farm Highlighted as “Outdoor Learning Space”        
“The garden and greenhouse are spaces of experimentation to relearn essential human skills—i.e. how to grow food,” said a recent article in College Planning & Management, referring to Marlboro College’s “farm.” “The students build knowledge by building community, while decreasing dependency … Continue reading
          Greenhouse Gets Closer Look        
Although there are still a couple feet of snow on the Marlboro Farm, things are warming up in the greenhouse this spring. That’s because there is a class this semester called Finishing the Greenhouse: Collaborative Research & Action that is … Continue reading
          Marlboro Welcomes VCSN        
On August 26, Marlboro hosted the annual meeting of the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network, a group of sustainability coordinators from colleges and universities across the state. Seven colleges were represented, including University of Vermont, Green Mountain College, and Norwich University, … Continue reading
          Marlboro ranks silver for sustainability        
While Marlboro College is making every effort to be more sustainable, in its operations, academic programs, and administration, how does it stack up to other colleges? Marlboro now has a window into this important issue through the Sustainability Tracking Assessment … Continue reading
          Film | Call Me Madam (1953)        

Today, as a part of their 31 Days of Oscar programming, TCM was celebrating past nominees of the Best Costume Design category. Being stuck in bed not feeling well, I decided to check out a couple of the films. First up was the 1953 film Call Me Madam. Up until now, I had seen Ethel Merman in only one other film (1954's There's No Business Like Show Business), so I was excited to see what she had to offer. Having Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, and George Sanders along for the ride also sweetened the deal.

Call Me Madam (1954)



The Players:
Ethel Merman as Sally Adams
Donald O'Connor as Kenneth Gibson
Vera-Ellen as Princess Maria
George Sanders as General Cosmo Constantine

The Story:
Sally Adams is a social butterfly whose hobby of knowing everyone of value in Washington, D.C., pays off when she's chosen to serve as United States Ambassador to the fictional country of Lichtenburg. Once settled in her new position, she strikes up a romance with the country's smooth foreign minister, Cosmo Constantine, and her assistant Kenneth catches the eye of Princess Maria. [Netflix]


My Favorite Scene:
Hands down my favorite scene(s) were when we were treated to the beautifully choreographed dances between Donald O'Connor and Vera'Ellen. That being said it was at the royal party where Kenneth and Princess Maria dance in the garden that has to take the top spot. I was mesmerized by Maria's dress every time she spun. The way it flowed and spun around was beautiful and graceful. This pairing was on point because they complimented each other so well.


Trivia and Tidbits:
For almost 20 years the film was withdrawn from exhibition because Fox's music rights had expired. It wasn't until 2004 when the film was released on DVD that it was seen again. Something I didn't know prior to viewing this film was that Vera-Ellen suffered from anorexia, which is why most of her costumes in the film were designed to cover her neck because it was thin and pre-maturely wrinkled. Prior to this film Ethel Merman originated her role on Broadway from 1950-1952 in 644 performances.


My Thoughts:
I've yet to see an Irving Berlin film I didn't enjoy. Even if the story isn't up to par, the musical numbers always make up for that. This film isn't one of those because this film was quite charming. From the exquisite singing from the entire cast (this was George Sanders only full musical film) to the double love story lines, I couldn't look away from the screen.

Overall Rating:



          Day Six: Don't Pass The Salt, Please!        
Well kids, week one of being fruity has blessed me with so many digestive and mental freedoms, but now it is time to refine even more. One thing is certain: Fruit feels great, BUT my little salty meal at night with the greens, taste good, but makes me look and feel SO puffy in the morning. I already have a round shaped face, so actively making it rounder by eating salt is no good. Mentally it has been hard for me not to have a BIG salad with lots of avocado and a savory dressing, because that has been my staple evening meal for almost a year. Habits are hard to kick. So going from that to either just fruit or a smaller salad with a sweeter dressing has just not been the same. But I know I will get used to it with time and learn to love my new, no salt routine. Funny, in the past, I have always blamed the sugar for being the source of all my issues, but now that I have really simplified things, it has become very clear that it is the salt that needs to go. So it will.

I also got my period today and didn't feel a thing! I only knew it was coming because of the date, not because of any uncomfortable PMS symptoms! I have never had painful periods, but the week before my body tells me loud and clear that it is on its way, namely with chocolate cravings, mild low back pain, breakouts, etc. This time, nahdah --or at least very mild. SO that is good news.

Other good news is that I went and say the Sex in the City movie today with a gaggle of girlfriends and have a total blast! The movie was shockingly well done and I can't wait to see it again. Feeling very celebratory, we went out to one of my favorite raw food joints and had scrumptious salads with avocado and some nuts (just like old times). Definitely more fat than necessary, but I have not had any fats for a couple of days now, so I didn't sweat it and just savored every bite knowing I would not have something this decadent in a good while. But I suppose better to over indulge in avocados than going out to a bar and drinking cosmopolitans all night ;)

Today I had:

Upon awakening:
Water, water, water

Breakfast:
1/3 Honey Dew Melon

45 Min Run (not sure how many miles)

Lunch:
1/3 Honey Dew Melon

Snack:
3/4 Cantaloupe

2 hours later

4 sm bananas

Dinner:
Lg raw salad with avocado, almonds and a oily dressing! Ekkk...but so yummy!

One observation to close with is that I tend to have a few dry, itchy scalp, which has been a lot less so this week since being on fruit, however, almost immediately after eating dinner with all the fats, its started itching like mad! Not sure if it is coincidental or not, but I have a feeling that it has to do with the fats...hummm....I will keep a close eye on this!
          Cause & Effect: The CFI Newsletter - No. 85        

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The Main Events


600_pulpit-freedom-sunday_1015.jpgHouse Committee Schemes to Let Churches Evade Electioneering Law 

When Donald Trump was courting the religious conservative vote during the 2016 presidential campaign, one of the prizes he offered them was the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, the provision of federal law that prevents churches and other tax-exempt organizations (such as this one) from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Though he vowed to “totally destroy” the amendment, so far he has only been able to soften it, and mostly symbolically, through an executive order signed in May.

The fact remains, however, that the Johnson Amendment is quite popular, with well over two-thirds of the public in support, including over half of white evangelicals, because they understand that churches don’t belong in the business of electioneering, nor do they want to see their houses of worship turning into political action committees. This is really a project of the extreme religious right, which would like to use churches as a means of bankrolling their favored candidates.

How then could Republicans help Trump make good on his promise to “destroy” the Amendment? On June 29, GOP members of the House Financial Services subcommittee inserted language into the 2018 appropriations bill saying that Congress would deny the IRS the necessary funds to investigate any potential violations of the Johnson Amendment…on the part of churches. Secular nonprofits aren’t mentioned. In fact, while the law change would apply to all houses of worship, the political intent was telegraphed by the failure to mention any places of worship other than churches.

1060x600-f3743dd76b24992e202b1e92fb1d0930.jpgThis sneaky attempt at a “backdoor” repeal of the Johnson Amendment through the congressional budget process did not go unnoticed. The Center for Inquiry joined a coalition of organizations from across the political and theological spectrum urging Congress to reject this attempt to defang the Johnson Amendment, sounding the alarm about what this House committee was up to, and CFI quickly got word to the press.

As a result, the Associated Press ran an excellent report on the scheme, which featured expert commentary from CFI Legal Director Nick Little, who made clear who this was intended to benefit. “All they care about is the Christian groups, and in particular, it will end up as the extreme religious right Christian groups,” said Nick. “If this goes through, this would add just another way in which unregulated dark money could be used.” Newsweek also featured Nick in its coverage of the story.

Unfortunately, the measure survived its subcommittee markup, and this Thursday it heads to the full House Appropriations Committee, so this fight is far from over.

 


joe vox copya.pngVideo: Joe Nickell Talks to Vox about Ghosts

Belief in ghosts, the disembodied spirits of those who have passed on, is seemingly intractable. Forty-five percent of Americans say they believe in ghosts, and speculation about the afterlife goes all the way back to the beginnings of human culture.

But if anyone can begin to move the needle toward reason, it just might be Joe Nickell.

Joe Nickell is of course senior research fellow for CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the world’s foremost evidence-based investigator of the paranormal. This week, he was the star of a video for Vox on what causes people to believe they’ve encountered a ghost and the reality-based explanations for these experiences.

“Not only have I never found a single case that I thought was proof of a ghost,” Joe tells Vox reporter Dean Peterson, “neither has science.”

But what sets Joe apart from many other “debunkers” of the paranormal is his compassion and empathy for those who think they have truly had these otherworldly experiences. Joe says they “all have to do with our hopes and our fears,” adding, “The ghost idea … is powerful, because who doesn’t have an instance in which he or she would say, I just wish I could have told my mother that one thing.”

Check out the video right here.

 

News from the CFI Community


fi naturalism cover copy.pngFree Inquiry and Daniel Dennett Present a “Symposium in Print” on Naturalism

Naturalism, simply put, holds that all things arise from natural causes and that the supernatural need never be invoked in the quest for knowledge or meaning. While to many in the freethought community this is a statement of the obvious, in the world of philosophy—particularly secular humanist philosophy—naturalism’s role is both consequential and complex. What better way to explore this important topic than in the pages of Free Inquiry magazine?

The latest issue of Free Inquiry features a “symposium in print” on naturalism’s centrality in secular humanism, led by the inimitable Daniel Dennett. The renowned philosopher discusses the intractability of supernaturalism in philosophical discourse, but notes that its impact is minimal owing to philosophy’s place as “the Las Vegas of inquiry,” because what happens in philosophy stays in philosophy.

This special symposium includes substantive and deeply researched essays from Australian philosopher Russell Blackford, Acadia University’s Stephen Maitzen, Barbara Forrest of Southeastern Louisiana University, and a combined effort from Scott Aikin, Thomas Dabay, and Robert B. Talisse of Vanderbilt University.

The August/September 2017 issue also features opinion and commentary from Ex-Muslim activist Sarah Haider, psychologist and author Valerie Tarico, CFI President and CEO Robyn Blumner, and much more. You can subscribe to Free Inquiry in print or on the web at secularhumanism.org/fi.

 


Screen-Shot-2017-07-03-at-11.28.09-AM.pngCountdown to CSICon 2017: Lawrence Krauss and Ron Lindsay Justify Your Existence

As the skeptosphere gears up for CSICon 2017 in Las Vegas, CFI’s video series Reasonable Talk offers two brand new presentations from CSICon 2016. Together, these two talks answer fundamental questions for the skeptical movement: Where did we come from and what are we doing here?

  • Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss tackles the question of our origins: Not just of the skeptic community or even of humans as a whole but of the entire cosmos. In an engaging, funny, and enlightening talk, Krauss shows how today’s experiments in physics back up the theories of how everything came into being. Krauss, an honorary member of CFI’s board of directors, will return for CSICon 2017.
  • As to what it is we’re all doing here, we turn to CFI’s former president and CEO, Ronald Lindsay. In this important presentation, Ron takes a broad look at the aims of the skeptic movement and eloquently illustrates why this work is so vital. Skepticism, says Ron, serves as a crucial bridge of understanding between the scientific community and the general public, sifting the facts from the fantastical and encouraging critical thinking from everyone.

Of course, you’ll want to see all of this year’s talks in person! CSICon 2017, taking place October 26–29 in Las Vegas, will be the biggest skeptics’ event of the year, with an incredible lineup of speakers including the amazing James Randi, Richard Dawkins, Eugenie Scott, Cara Santa Maria, Michael Mann, Richard Wiseman, Massimo Polidoro, Carrie Poppy, and once again serving as master of ceremonies, comic-musician George Hrab.

Held in the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, you’ll also get to experience a Tournament of Kings Joust Dinner, a magic show by Banachek, special lunch events with skeptic stars, a Halloween 70’s Disco Party (not a typo), a Sunday Papers session, and so much more. Get registered now.

 

CFI Highlights on the Web


  • handmaids_tale.jpgWith the release of Hulu’s television version of The Handmaid’s Tale, CFI Los Angeles’s Jim Underdown notes the similarities between the oppressive fictional state of Gilead and the real Church of Scientology, which, Jim notes, also happens to include the show’s star Elizabeth Moss among its members.
  • The Xbox Kinect is a piece of camera and sensor technology intended for enhanced kinds of video game playing, but did you know it could also help hunt for ghosts? Actually, it can’t, as Kenny Biddle explains at CSICOP.org.
  • TV psychic Tyler Henry appeared to make some pretty startling connections during a reading on his show, but Susan Gerbic lays out all the ways that this “grief vampire” could have made lucky guesses, gotten the information in advance, and been helped out a great deal by editing.
  • Joe Nickell looks back to a version of alternative medicine that vied for prominence in the nineteenth century, “Eclecticism” (which is a good marketing name).
  • CFI’s master librarian Tim Binga reveals a very cool addition to the library’s collection. Donated by Douglas Kinney, it’s a signed and framed photo of the amazing James Randi with the late Martin Gardner, “the father of modern skepticism.”

And of course, you can keep up with news relevant to skeptics and seculars every weekday with The Morning Heresy.


Upcoming CFI Events


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  • CFI Michigan hosts a presentation on environmental health after the Flint water crisis by Paul Hann, executive director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

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          Ê¬ The Secret Space Program and Breakaway Civilization - Richard Dolan Lecture YouTube        
ʬ The Secret Space Program: In this lecture Richard Dolan argues that the UFO phenomenon is infinitely more complex than many have previously suggested, and that human and non-human groups are behind what we call UFOs. Within the human, classified part, breakthroughs have leap-frogged over each other to produce a society with substantially more advanced scientific, technological, and cosmological ideas -- a society that can accurately be called a "breakaway civilization." This covert civilization has continued to interact with our own "official" society, but at the same time appears to have interactions or encounters with one or more of the non-human groups that are here on Planet Earth. The result is a clandestine cold war, very possibly with multiple human and non-human factions. ʬ The Secret Space Program and Breakaway Civilization - Richard Dolan Lecture YouTube === Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsPIBD6plBg Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/ on Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:27:18 GMT Available for 30 days after download
          The Pseudoscientists Episode 122: An Important Time in Cosmology        

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Liz, Joanna and Jack brave apocalyptically-bleak Melbourne weather to delve into news about the efficacy of homeopathy, why a recent Melbourne study into acupuncture might not be so great, and how scientists found water under the surface of one of Saturn's moons, while Jargonauts gets personally drugged-up with "pharmacogenomics".
          Un libro doblemente felino        


Un libro doblemente felino:
Catorce vidas de María Ángeles Pérez López
 
Por José Ben-Kotel


‘Solo el misterio nos hace vivir, solo el misterio’, escribió García Lorca en una de sus gacelas del Diván del Tamarit. Pero en el caso de este libro la claridad sin claroscuros nos hace entrar en la maraña legible de estos poemas que se nos van descubriendo como el cuerpo desnudo en las sombras. Para asombrarse y venerar la palabra y sus actos fueron escritos; están llenos de sentido y de cuerpo amado, en la tierra y en el légamo que dejan en el lector para que siga reverberando con ellos, vivo en ellos. En estos encontramos una voz que viene de lejos, tan de lejos como los primeros pasos del Ser; y a la vez son de ahora, de este tiempo en que es el amor al sujeto amado nos rescata y nos descubre y nos lleva a estar de cuerpo entero en el cuerpo del poema – el amado –  para vivirlo en plenitud. He ahí el fuego y la fragua de estos poemas.
      Hay un estilo Pérez López en esta poesía; una originalidad de signo y significado, imbricados en la madeja de la poeta que teje sus poemas combinando arte y artesanía. La llaneza de su poética no significa superficie, es profundidad del pensamiento de la médium que es la poeta; camina con acento propio en este bosque de hoy – su poesía – y en los páramos de ayer. La travesía de su habla viene de allá, y de este ahora que la poeta imbrica como una hilandera que continúa perfectamente su trazado desde un tiempo remoto, haciéndolo actual. La arquitectura de este corpus es como si los versos perfectos fueran olas que van y vienen en la construcción de su casa, que es la Casa del Ser, y del sujeto amado: el poema. Eso es lo que hay en Catorce vidas: la libertad de ser amada/o y a la vez vivencia del acto de amar en todas sus consecuencias.
       A éste lo vive, y sobrevive,  –  gozosa  –  la escriba de estas historias y su continuum. Usa, como si fuera médium, el elogio al amor en su obra, para de ese modo encaminarlo a la perfección del verbo y la palabra. En ellas encontramos la consagración de su entrega en cuerpo y alma a la carnalidad del poema y los esposos.
    Ritmo, melodía, connotación, denotación poéticas desde un lenguaje erudito, en apariencia simple, pero – gracias a su clarividencia – alejado de lo académico. Es sabido que cada poeta es su propio estilo; Pérez López se nos sale de ese paradigma; ella es todo estilo posible es… Voz ‘mundana’ en el propio sentido del término, y voz sublime, pero que aparea como los primeros místicos que gozaban en cuerpo y alma el don del otro, de la otra sin vacilaciones ni culpas ni mecanismos de defensa. Es un rasgo esencial en la poesía de Pérez López  descubrir ese hallazgo que nos acerca y que nos lleva hacia lo pretérito. Poesía al amor, al acto/coito de amor, amorosa en su rebeldía y revelación de Eros en el ‘paisaje de lo que uno ama’. Poesía de cuerpo, corporal, de la sublimación del poema/cuerpo. Elogio a la vida a través/por medio del cuerpo del poema: verbo y carne son unánime en  Pérez López. Éste tiene su aire, llega al corazón, al cuerpo de lo amado, al epicentro del lector: sin lectores el poema no tiene vida, y sin poesía el Ser se queda sin hálito vital.
      He ahí el quid de la poesía de Pérez López, nos da vida cual madre/amada generosa, como nos la sigue dando Gabriela Mistral; en ambas poetas hay una poesía de la tierra y para el polvo, el enamorado y el que nos cubre. La poeta le descubre al lector el sentido de la vida: amar y ser amados en toda su belleza y consecuencias, cotidianas y de las otras.
      En los fluidos del poema  â€“  de estos poemas  –  van los fluidos del Ser, del cuerpo hecho poema transgrediendo la noción del decir religioso. La religión que hay en la poesía de Pérez López es la del cuerpo amado, de la mujer que ama con todas sus consecuencias sin caer en el abismo de la separación de género. Ninguno está sobre el otro. Su poesía/poema es una cópula perfecta en contenido y forma, en texto y contexto, en textura y tesitura. Hay situación binaria en ellos y a la vez cosmogónica, o fractal.
      Catorce vidas es una aventura, y ventura, que es permanente. En ellos hay una ‘revolución permanente’ que va más allá de esa ‘totalidad’ porque el poema sobrepasa cualquier red que lo atrape. En Pérez López la poesía no es un reflejo del poeta sino su consecuencia. Me explico, no es su Yo el que existe en éstos; va más allá de la individualidad: la poeta es voz tribal, por lo que la copulación, lo copulario es de todos: supervivencia de la especie, del poema. Una iluminación con luz y discurso propio. Su poesía es un poema de amor al Uno, al Todo: es la ‘Casa del Ser’.
      Memoria de ahora, no de ayer. El amor se vive en la poeta en presente, en ‘cuerpo presente’. No como religión sino como geografía y gramática y morfología. Convierte, subvierte, ‘pervierte’ el signo de la lengua y a la lengua la vuelve signo; es decir, transgresión.
      Una poesía que no tiene adjetivo; ningún poema debe tenerlo, si es que no le da vida a éste. Huidobro siempre tiene que estar cerca. O es poema, o no lo es.
   Catorce vidas que son siete – doblemente felinas – es la posteridad y un unánime palpitar.
    “He leído el cuerpo de su poesía”, le habré dicho en algún momento a la poeta.
      Ahora os invito a leer las Catorce vidas de María Ángeles Pérez López, en cuerpo y alma. Hay misterio en ellos, claridad, magisterio. Viajes a la semilla.

Silver Spring, marzo 2013

          Athena’s Passion for Reincarnation        

The Real Housewives of Sydney features seven colourful Housewives who enjoy the extravagant, stylish and cosmopolitan lifestyle of Sydney. Between them they run successful companies, travel the world in luxury, attend the most exclusive parties and are the matriarch of their million dollar mansions. All women are fascinating in their own right and when put

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          Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage        
Beirut is usually one of the pleasanter places in the Middle East — a bright, cosmopolitan city squeezed between the Mediterranean Sea and a green ridge of mountains. But for the past two weeks or so, the stench from mounds of festering garbage has filled its gaudy streets.

"The trash is climbing up, the mountain is getting higher and higher," says one immaculately dressed, middle-aged woman with a perfect bouffant, wrinkling her nose.

          Thor: Ragnarok's Valkyrie and Grandmaster film costumes on display at D23 Expo 2017...        
In his third solo Marvel movie, Chris Hemsworth takes 'Thor' into outer space for a new cosmic adventure with his fellow Avenger the 'Hulk' in Thor: Ragnarok. With the Goddess of Death 'Hela' out to destroy Asgard, Thor find himself pitted against the green Gamma behemoth in the gladiatorial arena of the 'Grandmaster', incorporating elements of the acclaimed Planet Hulk comic book story.
Valkyrie and Grandmaster costumes
from Thor: Ragnarok
Thor Ragnarok Valkyrie Grandmaster costumes
Valkyrie Grandmaster Thor Ragnarok costumes
Thor Ragnarok movie costumes
Thor Ragnarok Valkyrie Grandmaster costumes
Thor Ragnarok Valkyrie Grandmaster costumes
This costume exhibit from the movie was photographed on display at the Marvel Studios booth at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on July 14, 2017.

Be sure to also check out Chris Hemsworth's new gladiatorial costume from Thor: Ragnarok on display too.

Thor: Ragnarok movie poster
Thor Ragnarok movie poster
Mayes C. Rubeo was Costume Designer on this new Thor movie directed by Taiki Waititi and you can also check out her other cosmic wardrobe work with these John Carter movie costumes and these Avatar movie costumes.

Valkyrie costume worn by Tessa Thompson
in Thor: Ragnarok
Tessa Thompson Thor Ragnarok Valkyrie film costume
Valkyrie Thor Ragnarok movie costume
Valkyrie Thor Ragnarok movie costume
Tessa Thompson Thor Ragnarok Valkyrie costume
Valkyrie Thor Ragnarok chainmail costume detail
Valkyrie Thor Ragnarok costume detail
Valkyrie Thor Ragnarok movie costume
Valkyrie Thor: Ragnarok gloves
Valkyrie Thor Ragnarok costume boots
Valkyrie Thor Ragnarok costume boots
Valkyrie Thor Ragnarok costume cape
Thor Ragnarok Valkyrie blue costume cape
Thor Grandmaster Valkyrie costume back
In the movie the Asgardian character 'Valkyrie' is reimagined from her Norse mythology origins, no longer blonde, the fierce female goddess is played by Tessa Thompson.

It appears that this version of Valkyrie has some kind of business relationship with the Grandmaster, finding Thor for him to fight in his arena on the planet of Sakaar.

Her leather, chainmail and caped look certainly makes her look every bit the warrior woman, and be sure to compare her outfit to Lady Sif's costume from Thor: The Dark World.

Grandmaster costume worn by Jeff Goldblum
in Thor: Ragnarok
Jeff Goldblum Thor Ragnarok Grandmaster costume
Thor Ragnarok Grandmaster movie costume
Thor Ragnarok Grandmaster coat back
Thor Ragnarok Grandmaster costume sandals
In the movie Jeff Goldblum plays the 'Grandmaster', who in the comic books is a long-lived Elder of the Universe and lover of games. We've already met one of his fellow Elders in the form of 'The Collector' in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

His look is certainly flamboyant and alien (although not blue-skinned), and as a point of difference, Marvel Studios is definitely continuing to make their sprawling cosmos much more colourful than other sci-fi universes.

Thor: Ragnarok movie exhibit at Disney's D23 Expo 2017
Thor Ragnarok movie exhibit D23 Expo 2017
Go further behind-the-scenes of the movie with this book: Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok - The Art of the Movie

          Introducing Hogarth        
Christine Riding, co-curator of Hogarth, introduces the key theme of the exhibition, which presents Hogarth’s work as strikingly modern and urban in nature and contextualises his celebrated patriotism and Britishness within the remarkably cosmopolitan art
          TEMAS PARA EXPOSICIONES        
-PIXAR (Animation Studios)
Sobre los estudios en los que se han creado: Toy Story, Los increíbles, Cars.…

- INSTRUMENTOS MUSICALES. Familias de instrumentos

- DARWIN. LA TEORÍA DE LA EVOLUCIÓN

EL AGUA
Un tema que nos pone en contacto con el medio ambiente y la necesidad de conservación-
- LOS DINOSAURIOS

- LA CARRERA ESPACIAL
Webquest  sobre la carrera espacial que ofrece una serie de enlaces:  https://sites.google.com/site/muralnatural/carrera-espacial/carrera-espacial-2-recursos

- EL INVENTO DE LA TELEVISIÓN -puede ser de la radio o teléfono-
INTERNET

- LOS BEATLES
Se conmemora el 8 de diciembre el asesinato (en 1980), de uno de los miembros del grupo: Jonh Lennon, así que, aunque os resulten prácticamente desconocidos, no está mal aprovechar la ocasión para que sepáis algo de uno de los grupos fundamentales en la historia de la música actual.

- EL CID CAMPEADOR

-COMPETICIONES DEPORTIVAS
(En este caso deberíais centraros solo en un tipo: motor, judo, fútbol, tenis, Copa Davis…, fueron algunas de las que salieron)
Copa Davis, página oficial:  http://www.daviscup.com/es/portada.aspx

- LA MINA DE LA CAMOCHA
La zona
noticia en La Nueva España
sobre el ferrocarril de la Camocha al Museo, con algunos datos sobre la mina
Artículo en La Nueva EspañaProtección hullera, con abundantes datos sobre la mina

- ANA FRANK
El 27 de enero de 1945 el campo de concentración de Auschwitz-Birkenau fue liberado, por eso la Asamblea de Naciones Unidas decidió dedicar el 27 de enero a recordar el Holocausto.
A propósito de ello hay una exposición en el instituto y, además, vuestro libro (página 127), incluye algunas actividades de búsqueda de información que os pueden ser útiles para elaborar la exposición oral.
Blog de Actividades del instituto Encontraréis referencias a la exposición del instituto con enlaces a páginas con información sobre el holocausto (Enciclopedia del holocausto)

NOTA:
PUEDES BUSCAR OTRAS FUENTES DE INFORMACIÓN....PROF. NANCY A.
          Review: The Big Bucket List Book: 133 Experiences of a Lifetime by Gin Sander        

SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Everyone has an extensive, daunting bucket list of things to complete “before you die.” But it’s time to stop listing and start living. The Big Bucket List Book will change the way you look at the world and empower you to reach for all of the big and little things you want to achieve. Gin Sander offers 133 fresh ideas for infusing your life with a bit of glamour, adventure and style—whatever your budget. Learn to make your next chapter the most enriching and personally fulfilling of them all...and maybe change the world while you’re at it!
Jennifer “Gin” Sander is the New York Times bestselling author of many popular lifestyle books. A former senior editor and chief book developer for Prima Publishing, her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, People, the Boston Globe and USA Today, and she has appeared on Fox & Friends, C-Span’s Book TV, NBC and more.

MY TAKE:
I found the description for this book intriguing so I just had to read it for myself.

In The Big Bucket List Book: 133 Experiences of a Lifetime, you get to learn more about a wide range of activities that you can add to your bucket list.

While there weren't a lot of items here that interested me, I think a lot of people would find many things to add to their list from here (become a film extra, etc.). I actually found a few things that I hadn't thought of and which I'll probably add to my list. These are: creating an ultimate list of my favorite food, visiting Christmas markets, and dining at the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

I thought it was a good idea that the table of contents for this book included dollar signs for each item, corresponding to how expensive it is. I wish that this was included in the main entries, though, or at least cost estimates as of press time.

Each entry is short, but has resources (books or websites) you can see for more information. Some of the entries also have anecdotes from people who have done that particular activity before. You can also find tips at the start of and throughout the book about affording the things on your list.

Since the entries are concise, this book is better for considering what else you can add to your bucket list as opposed to learning as much as you can about certain activities. It's a good starting point, though.

Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. You can find new things to add to your list.
  2. There are additional resources listed for each entry.
  3. There are a wide range of activities to choose from. 

THE BAD:

  1. Some may wish for more details for each item. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You are looking for more things to add to your bucket list.
  2. You are looking for fun things to do.
  3. You want to go on an adventure. 

RATING:
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          Oh Laura        

Cinco años después de que se publicara "A Song Inside My Head, A Demon In My Bed", álbum de debut del grupo sueco Oh Laura, el sello discográfico Cosmos Music nos ofrece nuevo material de la banda, en un álbum llamado "The Mess We Left Behind", publicado el día 13 de junio.

Oh Laura gozó de una gran popularidad, no sólo en su país, sino que en países como Polonia, Australia,  Japan o Estados Unidos debido al gran éxito de su primer disco, y más concretamente de la canción "Release Me", la cual sirvió de banda sonora en un anuncio de Saab.

Sin embargo, la historia de la banda no fue mucho más allá, rompiéndose poco tiempo después. Por suerte, dejaron bastante material inédito preparado, con el que se ha podido grabar este nuevo álbum, un disco doble compuesto por 20 canciones, entre las que se incluyen algunas nuevas y otras anteriores en versiones distintas, una de ellas la versión para la radio británica de la famosa "Release Me".

"The Mess We Left Behind" es una colección de preciosas canciones con un sonido muy variado, que va desde el pop melódico de temas como "California" al country-pop de "A Way To Make You Hate Me", pasando por el Soul en piezas como "Prove Me Wrong". Sin duda, este trabajo es una perfecta recopilación de uno de los grupos suecos más interesantes de los últimos años, no os lo perdáis.

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          La Prehistoria del Gato.        


El animal que conocemos actualmente se desarrolló en el curso de una evolución de por lo menos cuarenta millones de años. Numerosos fósiles permiten reconstituir el origen de los félidos salvajes, de los que el gato forma parte.
Los félidos salvajes constituyen a una familia muy homogénea. Hembras y machos son similares, los machos son solamente más grandes y más pesados, sólo el león marca una diferencia, con su melena.
Son los carnívoros por excelencia y los animales mejor adaptados a la captura de presas vivas. Cosmopolitas, sólo están ausentes de la Antártida, Australia, Madagascar, Las Antillas y algunas otras islas.
La familia de los félidos (Felinae) comprende tres subfamilias: Nimravinae, actualmente extinta, Acynonichinae, que incluye el Gueopardo, y Felinae, con dos grupos de especies, los grandes felinos (género Panthera) y los pequeños felinos (genero Felis), de los que proviene el gato doméstico.

EL ORIGEN DE LOS FELINOS:
Trás la extinción de los dinosaurios, hacia el final de era secundaria, aparecen los primeros mamíferos. De hecho, unos sobrevivientes, los insectívoros, habrían originados los carnívoros y los primates, en el Crestáceo superior, hace unos setenta millones de años.
Los félidos primitivos:
En el Oligoceno, se perfila claramente entre los félidos una tendencia que conduce a la individualización de dos líneas diferentes de felinos. Por una parte, aparece el género Eusmilus, animales grandes y robustos, pero lentos, provistos de enormes colmillos en forma de hoja de sable; por otra, grandes gatos más ágiles y más rápidos, con una dentición similar a la de los actuales félidos.
El gato domestico actual, desciende, sin duda, del gato salvaje africano. De hecho, descendería de muchas especies salvajes, entre las que se halla el gato indio del desierto, que vive en Irán, Pakistán y en la India, y que se acerca naturalmente al hombre. Su pelaje es gris amarillento, con manchas negras redondaeadas, y tiene una cola larga, anillada, negra en la punta. El gato salvaje africano, que se cruzó con el anterior y fue domesticado en Egipto 2.500 a. C.



          Historia de una semilla        
Hace ya mucho tiempo, cuando las estaciones no se sucedían aún en el orden actual, ocurrió que una semillita de árbol emprendió el más intenso viaje de todos a los que las semillas de árbol han estado habituadas y eso que, como todo el mundo sabe, estas semillas son las más viajeras de todas.



La nuestra era una semilla pequeña, como todo lo que es aún semilla, pero muy inquieta y dispuesta a buscar lo que la vida le deparase de goce y aventura, cuando era todavía una flor se había quedado embobada con el vuelo de una mariposa que buscó su polen, con una puesta de sol más naranja de lo que era habitual o con una gota de rocío que la visitaba con frecuencia para hablarle del mar y de unos animalitos muy raros sin patas que pasaban el día haciendo nadamientos con el agua(o algo así)…


Un día, el viento del sur le habló de los países que había visitado y de todas las cosas bonitas que había encontrado en sus constantes abrazos a la tierra. A nuestra semilla se le encendía poco a poco un fuego interior del camino nuevo, que comienza siendo tan pequeñito como la luz de una vela o un candil y termina provocando un auténtico incendio de sentimientos. Hasta que un día voló con el viento, con el vuelo de las cosas que son sencillas, como vuela las horas que se comparten o las voces que entrelazan sus notas poco a poco en una canción de Amor.

Y llegó, como llega una carta de Amigo, a un prado fantástico.No era el más espacioso de todos, ni el más verde,ni el que tenía más animales, pero a esta semilla le pareció el lugar más bonito del mundo, y decidió que se plantaría y no iba a volar más (después de despedirse del viento del sur, naturalmente, y de agradecerle su calidez de trato y esa forma tan sutil de llevarla cuando entre cerro y cerro se habían encontrado nubes de tormenta y casi se hizo daño con las zarzas).


Nadie nunca le explicó lo que se siente cuando uno se planta.Pero la sensación, al contrario de lo que podría pensar, resulta de lo más agradable, es como sumergirse en un baño de aguas calentitas y descubrir que ese es tu lugar en el cosmos, a pesar de que afuera todo sea lluvia y frío.



La Madre Tierra fue recibiendo a nuestra semillita como algo esperado largo tiempo y la colmó con todo tipo de atenciones hasta que un día, fruto del Amor entre ambas, le fueron creciendo raíces.
Se sintió entonces más estable y más feliz de lo que nunca había estado y sintió mucha pena de todos aquellos seres que por miedo a perder su propia esencia temen unirse a otros seres y no pueden experimentar lo grande que resulta ser "yo" en un "Tú", allí descubrió quién era en realidad y como una explosión le brotó un tallo esbelto, que más tarde se volvió robusto y fuerte, del que le brotaron ramas en las que los pájaros fueron haciendo nidos para vivir. Y de esta manera se fue transformando en un hermoso y robusto árbol, su pequeño amor de semilla la había transformado en un inmenso signo de amor para todos.


Pasó un día, y pasó un año, primaveras e inviernos en los que notas la caricia del sol, el dulce murmullo del agua, sentir el roce de las pequeñas flores en sus raíces más superficiales cuando azotaba el viento del norte.También pudo escuchar las voces ocultas tras cada gota de agua; el cantar del rocío matutino, la suave música de la neblina, los coros intensos de la lluvia… toda esta música entonaba el canto de Amor que la madre Tierra iba regalando a nuestra semillita tras su abrazo eterno y fecundo.


Pero también llegó el día gris, el que se reduce a la burocracia del firmar papeles, vender tierras como meras posesiones; sin importarnos las manos de aquellos que han de adquirirlas como una mera propiedad y no como parte de nuestra vida. Y llegaron los árboles metálicos que fueron empujando, allanando y recubriendo la tierra de una sustancia rara de un desagradable olor: el alquitrán.
Fueron días terribles en los que muchos amigos de nuestra semilla se marcharon despavoridos por haber perdido su casa en beneficio de aquella lengua larga y negra por la que comenzaron a circular unos animales metálicos muy veloces, soltando humo. Ningún ruido mínimamente clasificable para esta semilla convertida en árbol salía de ellos... todo el mundo sabe que los perros ladran, las ovejas balan o los lobos aúllan, pero : "¿qué animales podrían emitir un ruido tan desagradable?"…



Aquel joven árbol no podía entender nada, pero aún tenía motivos para sentirse bien, teniendo en cuenta que no le habían eliminado, como le ocurrió a otros muchos amigos para dar paso a la carretera, pero se quedó muy solo, en medio del prado, sin ningún árbol cerca, sólo le acompañaba la hierba hasta que se secaba con el verano, bueno....y con aquella ruidosa carretera.
Desde este momento, alguien que siempre se había sentido especial comenzó a sentirse muy solo y desgraciado a pesar de los mimos de la Madre Tierra.



Así un día, así un año, invierno en primavera monotonía de las horas que se consumen sin poder compartirlas con nadie, … todo el mundo sabe que lo peor de toda soledad es la de tener la seguridad de que tampoco lejos nos quedan amigos, que no hay más árboles como yo, aunque me encuentre en el medio del bosque.
Hasta que un buen día, desde uno de esos vehículos extraños... (no sabría muy bien como explicarlo)... nuestra semillita, convertida ya en árbol se sintió parte de un todo... y es que de una forma extraña, como ocurren los milagros y los partos, dos seres que viajaban en uno de aquellos cascos de lata de la carretera lo miraron por primera vez, no LO VIERON simplemente, como habían hecho antes tantos otros. Su historia cambió porque aquellos dos seres lo miraron de verdad, como se mira el mar por primera vez o la casa en la que han de jugar nuestros hijos.
Fue, desde luego, todo un flechazo. En aquel instante preciso éste dejó de ser un árbol más para quedar transformado para siempre en “nuestro árbol”;una realidad nueva, fruto de la elección libre de estos seres, que también se eligieron un día libremente para dar y recibir Amor.
Entonces nuestro árbol comenzó a vivir para ellos... como se dedica una canción o como se cuenta un cuento, como se puede acariciar el rostro de los seres que amamos.



Vivir es dar y compartir, porque en esta vida, todo lo que no se da se queda dentro y se hace dañino, como los sueños que nunca confesamos y acaban convertidos en terribles pesadillas.




Para quien sabe, como yo; mirar un árbol.

Te amo eternamente
Os amo eternamente.
Javier(Papi).




          LA GENTE DE PAZ EN GUERRA CONTRA LOS INFRARREALISTAS        
Este episodio de la historia de la literatura mexicana empezó en mayo de 2014 debido a la publicación de una antología: Perros habitados por las voces del desierto (430 páginas) en Aldus, de Rubén Medina, y siguió en agosto, con una entrevista con el compilador y en diciembre seguía resonando en las páginas de una revista del D.F., Letras libres.

UNO
Un boletín del Museo del Chopo, enviado por la oficina de difusión cultural de la Unam, informaba:

“Perros habitados por las voces del desierto: Poesía infrarrealista entre dos siglos”, de Rubén Medina, antología que reúne por primera vez a 19 de los poetas latinoamericanos pertenecientes al infrarrealismo. Incluye a José Rosas Ribeyro, Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, Roberto Bolaño, Édgar Artaud Jarry, Víctor Monjaraz, Jorge Hernández Piel Divina, Pedro Damián Bautista, Ramón Méndez, Rubén Medina, Mara Larrosa, José Peguero, Rafael Catana, Cuauhtémoc Méndez, Bruno Montané, Claudia Kérik, Óscar Altamirano, Guadalupe Ochoa, Juan Esteban Harrington y Mario Raúl Guzmán.

DOS
El lunes 19 de mayo, otra nota de prensa, más amplia, anunciaba que la presentación del libro sería el 28 de mayo, que los presentadores serían Rubén Medina, José Paguero, Guadalupe Ochoa, Pedro Damián, Mario Raúl Guzmán, Gerardo González y Juan Esteban Harrington, y que habría música interpretada por Armando Rosas, Rafael Catana y Baldíos.

“La antología Perros habitados por las voces del desierto. Poesía infrarrealista entre dos siglos, a cargo de Rubén Medina, reúne textos de 19 escritores pertenecientes al infrarrealismo, movimiento del que hasta hace algunos años se sabía muy poco a causa de su posición crítica y algunas veces abiertamente hostil hacia la cultura oficial. La actividad se inscribe en el marco de Literatura expandida.
Bajo el sello editorial Aldus, el libro presenta el trabajo de los poetas José Rosas Ribeyro, Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, Roberto Bolaño, Édgar Artaud Jarry, Víctor Monjarás, Jorge Hernández Piel Divina, Pedro Damián Bautista, Ramón Méndez, Rubén Medina, Mara Larrosa, José Peguero, Rafael Catana, Cuauhtémoc Méndez, Bruno Montané, Claudia Kérik, Óscar Altamirano, Guadalupe Ochoa, Juan Esteban Harrington y Mario Raúl Guzmán. Cabe mencionar que una tercera parte de los poemas incluidos se publican por primera vez.
La publicación cuenta con la introducción, selección y notas de Rubén Medina, poeta mexicano-chicano y uno de los fundadores del movimiento infrarrealista. Vive desde finales de la década de los setenta en Estados Unidos, donde es profesor en la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison.
El movimiento infrarrealista surgió en México en 1975 durante el proceso de masificación de la educación superior, que comenzó en 1968, la politización de la cultura latinoamericana durante los setenta, la euforia por la revolución cubana y la crítica de la herencia estalinista y de la complicidad profesional de la izquierda oficial.
Para los integrantes de este movimiento las ciencias sociales no logran explicar en toda su amplitud la emergencia del infrarrealismo y de montones de subjetividades afines incluyendo la nueva dimensión que adquiere el cuerpo, el deseo, el cambio en la percepción de las otredades sexuales y étnicas, la crítica de la izquierda desde la izquierda y el colapso de las fronteras entre alta cultura y cultura popular en la transformación de los imaginarios y las estructuras de los sentimientos.
Los poemas incluidos no desmienten lo dicho ya que el sujeto lírico expresa su propia situación existencial, triangulada por las fuerzas que conforman su identidad y que incluyen las circunstancias del momento, la manera de ser y la acción ética como procedimiento vital “busco / ojeo / cavo / rasguño todo lo que sé / y lo que no sé / por encontrar las palabras exactas / las únicas / que pueden deletrear / mi auténtico aire salvaje / mi humano perdido”, Claudia Kerik.
Mara Larrosa, poeta incluida en dicha antología, escribe sobre la consideración de la vida desde su perspectiva biológica-social “no hemos alcanzado un grado superior de racionalidad para existir,  8600 millones de siglos para que tuviéramos uñas, tobillos, amor por los lápices, por la verdadera lucha social”.
Poemas de calor y de respiración entrecortada es lo que aporta Pedro Damián Bautista “A 165 kilómetros por hora me desintegraré”, así como otros de poetas salidos de las colonias-pueblo, de los hoyos de la modernidad periférica que ahora es una modernidad de contrabando.
La presentación de este libro se llevará a cabo en la cafetería del Museo Universitario del Chopo el miércoles 28 de mayo a las 20:00 horas.Entrada libre. Participan: Rubén Medina, José Paguero, Guadalupe Ochoa, Pedro Damián, Mario Raúl Guzmán, Gerardo González y Juan Esteban Harringon.

TRES
El 26 de mayo, el periódico Enfoque publicó un despacho de Notimex:

Perros habitados por las voces del desierto. Poesía infrarrealista entre dos siglos”, antología a cargo de Rubén Medina, que reúne textos de 19 escritores pertenecientes a dicho movimiento poético, se presentará el próximo 28 de mayo en el Museo Universitario del Chopo.
Bajo el sello editorial Aldus, el libro da a conocer el trabajo de poetas como José Rosas Ribeyro, Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, Roberto Bolaño, Édgar Artaud Jarry, Víctor Monjarás y Mario Raúl Guzmán, entre otros.
La publicación, un tercio de la cual es inédita, cuenta con la introducción, selección y notas de Rubén Medina, poeta mexicano-chicano y uno de los fundadores del movimiento infrarrealista fundado en la Ciudad de México, en 1975, por un grupo de poetas jóvenes.
Para los integrantes de este movimiento, las ciencias sociales no logran explicar en toda su amplitud la emergencia del infrarrealismo y de montones de subjetividades afines, incluyendo la nueva dimensión que adquiere el cuerpo, el deseo, el cambio en la percepción de las otredades sexuales y étnicas.
Mara Larrosa, poeta incluida en dicha antología, escribe sobre la consideración de la vida desde su perspectiva biológica-social y afirma que “no hemos alcanzado un grado superior de racionalidad para existir, ocho mil 600 millones de siglos para que tuviéramos uñas, tobillos, amor por los lápices, por la verdadera lucha social”.
Los poemas incluidos en la antología no desmienten lo dicho ya que el sujeto lírico expresa su propia situación existencial, triangulada por las fuerzas que conforman su identidad y que incluyen las circunstancias del momento, la manera de ser y la acción ética como procedimiento vital.
“Busco / ojeo / cavo / rasguño todo lo que sé / y lo que no sé / por encontrar las palabras exactas / las únicas / que pueden deletrear / mi auténtico aire salvaje / mi humano perdido”, expone la poeta Claudia Kerik.
Poemas de calor y de respiración entrecortada es lo que aporta el artista Pedro Damián Bautista en “A 165 kilómetros por hora me desintegraré”, así como otros poetas salidos de las colonias-pueblo, de los hoyos de la modernidad periférica que ahora es una modernidad de contrabando.
En la presentación del libro participarán Rubén Medina, José Paguero, Guadalupe Ochoa, Pedro Damián, Mario Raúl Guzmán, Gerardo González y Juan Esteban Harrington.

CUATRO
Gabriela Cervantes y Mario Castro en Scribd

Un buen día hace unos 40 años, un grupo de jóvenes (clasemedieros, izquierdosos, hartos del régimen cultural y con dos chilenos y un peruano incluidos! decidieron formar un movimiento que prometía romperle la madre a Octavio Paz, el aún monolítico poeta del México contemporáneo (como forma de romperle la madre a la cultura oficial mexicana!). Reuniéronse para recopilar su poesía, hacer lecturas que terminaban en borracheras de proporciones y atmósferas dionisiacas, irrumpir en lecturas abiertas oficiales donde las palabras, en no pocas ocasiones, se catafixiaron por puños: el movimiento comenzó a invadir los “altos y refinados círculos culturales”).
Aun así, el infrarrealismo no nació en México: su concepción, por lo menos la base teórica, fue creada por el también chileno Roberto Matta, personaje iniciado, expulsado y perdonado por el surrealismo de Bretón). A finales de123, Matta entregó al poeta francés Jean Schuster una serie de notas guía, esquema de una ponencia presentada durante un congreso en la Cuba recién encaminada al socialismo; dichas notas fueron publicadas con comentarios del francés bajo el título de Développements sur l’infra-réalisme de Matta
en1970. Esta historia se cuenta aparte)

Probablemente, Roberto Bolaño —el narrador tan aclamado como escupido— supo de la existencia de este libro casi cuando se publicó. Como sea, ambos chilenos apostaban por una misma tendencia estética: la revolucionaria en su sentido más estricto. Siendo jóvenes en una Latinoamérica gobernada por dictaduras, más o menos viles, la opresión los conduce a revertir órdenes morales y políticos: su poesía no respeta la melosidad de un López Velarde ni mucho menos el frac con que visten los versos de un Paz preNobel; se aliena a la embriaguez de la calle que acompaña a los poemas de infraín Huerta o al sentimiento de extrañeza y automarginación propia de los
beatniks.

CINCO
La revista Siempre! incluye el 23 de agosto una amplia entrevista de Adriana Cortés Kiloffon

Se reúne a diecinueve poetas del movimiento infrarrealista fundado en 1975 por Rubén Medina, compilador del libro Perros habitados por las voces del desierto (Aldus, 2014) y catedrático de la Universidad de Wisconsin, quien se propuso desde sus inicios confrontar a los grupos de poder literarios. Medina vive desde hace 37 años en Estados Unidos integrado a la comunidad chicana y latina. Roberto Bolaño, además de una veintena de poetas (Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, José Vicente Anaya, José Rosas Ribeyro, Bruno Montané, Juan Esteban Harrigton, Mara Larrosa, Gelles Lebrija, José Peguero, Guadalupe Ochoa, Jorge Hernández, entre otros) participaron en este movimiento y salieron de México para “buscar otros espacios de acción y supervivencia, lugares que al menos nos permitieran mantener la dignidad, y poder existir fuera o al margen de las mafias y grupos de poder literario”, de acuerdo con Medina.

—El desierto, el callejón sin salida, los márgenes son imágenes claves en el infrarrealismo, según lo dice en la introducción. ¿La poesía: una salida a ese callejón? ¿Un oasis en el desierto?

—La poesía no es una “salida” sino una forma de navegar por ese desierto, una manera de entrar al callejón sin salida y habitar los márgenes, y ocupar el centro temporalmente. La metáfora del oasis tiene una dimensión romántica en el imaginario y supone siempre una realidad de excepción a lo ordinario; es el espacio de revelación y conciencia que crea o descubre una individualidad “privilegiada” que es el poeta. Aunque, por otra parte, sí podría ser un “oasis” pero en el sentido que Baudelaire da en su poema “Le voyage”, como ese lugar del horror en el desierto del aburrimiento, un oasis de horror en el centro de la vida cotidiana. Es decir, Baudelaire invierte o convulsiona la metáfora de la tradición romántica, y tal inversión proporciona otra conceptualización del poeta.

—La vida como arte / El arte como vida: ¿la consigna del infrarrealismo?

—Se trata de mover nuevamente el arte o la poesía a la vida, de asumirlosde esa manera, pues la institución busca mayormente domesticar el arte, separarlo de lo que verdaderamente importa (y que esto implica considerar toda clase de problemas humanos y sociales).

—¿Cuál es el papel de Papasquiaro en la consolidación del infrarrealismo?

—Es, por supuesto, clave. Mario regresa de Europa e Israel a finales de 1978 y reagrupa a los infras que se habían quedado en México, cuando ya nos habíamos ido del país Bruno Montané, Roberto Bolaño, José Rosas Ribeyro y yo. La existencia y continuidad del infrarrealismo se debe mayormente a él, pues durante los años ochenta varios poetas se suman al grupo, precisamente por la labor de Mario. En los noventa asimismo crea las ediciones Al este del paraíso. Su labor es consistente durante tres décadas. Y aún antes de que emerja el infrarrealismo Mario introduce la actividad neo-vanguardista en México a principios de los setenta; de hecho en enero de 1974 publica Zarazo, una revista informada por la actividad del surrealismo, dadaísmo, los Beat, Hora Zero, los situacionistas, y la teoría marxista posterior a 1968. Mario nunca se desvía de este camino que emprende cuando apenas cuenta con dieciocho años. Por eso digo en la introducción de Perros habitados que él es la figura radical de la neo-vanguardia latinoamericana.

—¿Qué significado tiene “Déjenlo todo, nuevamente” de Bolaño para el infrarrealismo?

—Es una reconsideración crítica de las vanguardias históricas y el punto de partida del infrarrealismo como movimiento y colectivo. Ahí se expone, telegráficamente, la ética y estética del infrarrealismo. Ese manifiesto emerge durante las caminatas diarias y discusiones de varios miembros del grupo, y a la necesidad de exponer algunas ideas básicas. Roberto tomaba notas, discutía, nos leía párrafos de lo que había escrito la noche anterior, y cada uno opinaba o elaboraba a partir de lo que se decía. Lo publicamos cuando Peguero y yo sacamos el primer y único número de Correspondencia infra en 1977.

—¿La publicación de Los detectives salvajes de Roberto Bolaño por una parte recrea “una mitología seductora del infrarrealismo, y por otra convierte al infrarrealismo en un hueso bastante manoseado y duro de roer”?

—La novela de Bolaño captura aspectos importantes del infrarrealismo, y cobra ahí una existencia, complejidad y proyección (si bien ficticia y por ello enormemente más poderosa) que se le había negado en México y que muchos ignoraban. La novela inmediatamente tiene una recepciónestupenda en todas partes del mundo hispánico y los lectores (sobre todo jóvenes) se entusiasman con la novela y las aventuras de sus miembros e integrantes. Se adentran en la polifonía de la novela y ésta los invita a la aventura y los caminos, a repensar la literatura, la poesía en el mundo actual, el riesgo, las cuestiones éticas, el amor y la sexualidad.

—¿Por qué Bolaño introduce en esta novela a la poeta Concha Urquiza como personaje?

—Creo que al leer a Bolaño hay que entender su inmensa habilidad y creatividad ficcional, esto es, el modo en que toma lo real o histórico y lo adapta para sus propios fines. Eso es típico de su narrativa. Cesárea como personaje en la novela ofrece una manera de reconsiderar la vanguardia histórica a través de la experiencia de una mujer y poeta marginada, perdida por el norte de México; es como imaginar la figura femenina en México de César Vallejo, el más complejo y original de los vanguardistas latinoamericanos, a la que buscan los visceralrealistas a fin de poder descifrar los misterios de la poesía y de la vanguardia. Todo esto a fin de liberarse de ese pasado, y asumir plenamente su orfandad, una nueva y emergente subjetividad. Este tránsito se puede ver al comparar esas dos figuras fundamentales en la novela: Cesárea Tinajero y María Font. Vanguardia y neovanguardia.


SEIS
Y en diciembre, David Medina Portillo publica un artículo, “Vanguardias de salón”. Sobre este autor la revista incluye una tarjeta de presentación: nació en la Ciudad de México en 1963, es poeta, ensayista y editor. Y también es “editor-in-chief de la revista bilingüe Literal: Latin American Voices”.

Como toda vanguardia que se respete, el infrarrealismo tuvo una vida breve y, según José Vicente Anaya, murió de muerte natural hacia finales de los años setenta. Sin embargo, para Rubén Medina, responsable de esta antología, el infrarrealismo no es una vanguardia cualquiera sino un fenómeno heterodoxo, una suerte de revolución permanente destinada a poner de cabeza el panorama de la poesía tal y como se concibe en nuestro medio local-global contemporáneo. Contra la realidad endémica y atávica de una tradición excluyente, mafiosa y oficiosa que durante décadas y décadas ha contado con “todos los recursos de una nación” (sí, señor) y que, en esa medida, se reparte puestos y canonjías perpetuándose dentro de las intrincada redes del poder en México, el infrarrealismo se ha propuesto, desde su fundación en 1975, como “la aventura, el callejón sin salida, una nueva ética del escritor, el nomadismo, el constante movimiento entre los márgenes y los centros, la crítica y la autocrítica; experiencias todas ellas que deben definir más profundamente a los poetas y la poesía en la época contemporánea”. Todo un plan de acción maestro, como se ve, lo suficientemente espeso como para que cualquiera entienda lo que sea; entre otras cosas que el infrarrealismo no-está-de-vuelta porque, para ser honestos, nunca se fue.

En efecto, la intención principal –si no es que única– de Perros habitados por las voces del desierto es llamar la atención sobre cómo el infrarrealismo es capaz de reinventarse y reaparecer hoy bajo un carácter de neovanguardia post. Según Rubén Medina la revuelta de los ismos históricos (dadaísmo, futurismo, surrealismo, etcétera) nunca sobrepasó los márgenes de la página; las vanguardias sesenteras y setenteras, en cambio, pusieron todo su empeño en fundir vida y poesía. Las casi sesenta páginas del prólogo reclaman para sí esa herencia y, siguiendo en más de un sentido los ejemplos de la Internacional Situacionista, aspiran a reconstituir el infrarrealismo actualizando, en pleno siglo XXI, ya no una insurrección utópica a la vieja usanza sino un arte pro, experimental y multidisciplinario, como quizá habría querido Guy Debord. De este modo, la antología reúne a diecinueve infras con obras tan tempranas como Reinventar el amor (Martín Pescador, 1976), de Roberto Bolaño, hasta el recientísimo Mapas de bolsillo (Tajamar Editores, 2014), de Bruno Montané. En el arco que va del invisible Bolaño a Montané, Rubén Medina recurre a algunos libros marginales –de cartoneras e incluso inéditos– lo mismo que a un gran número de títulos publicados con presupuestos universitarios y del Estado y, en un solo caso, el de Bolaño, bajo sellos globales como Random House (Lumen) o independientes y trasatlánticos como Anagrama y Acantilado. En este contexto, la probable vigencia del infrarrealismo estaría en relación directa con su inquebrantable vocación nómada, la que le ha permitido no solo atravesar el siglo sino adoptar y adaptarse a los previsibles tópicos de la posestética. Qué importa si, en su momento, Bolaño y Papasquiaro hablaron del infrarrealismo como un episodio fechado y dejado atrás.

El proyecto de un infrarrealismo activo es una posibilidad tentadora. Sin embargo, apenas si resiste la prueba de un sentido común mínimo. En efecto, Rubén Medina hace hincapié en una “nueva radicalidad”, determinada por una fuerte conciencia de la realidad y del papel del “productor de cultura” en la sociedad, lo que conduciría a una “ética de la vida diaria” que, supongo, también es nueva. De acuerdo con esto, el poeta infra se definiría por “una vida precaria pero no como precondición de su verdadera identidad y búsqueda (no estamos en tiempos de san Juan de la Cruz, ni tampoco se puede entender el infrarrealismo solamente a través de un esquema de clase social), sino como resultado de mantener una ética en la impositiva economía del mundo moderno global”. Dicho de otro modo, no tenemos por qué vivir como Darío Galicia, el infra de quien corrían leyendas sobre su trepanación (por lo demás cierta, hay poema de Bolaño al respecto), y al que solo Huberto Batis tenía la extravagancia de publicar en el suplemento Sábado de los años ochenta. Al parecer, Darío quiso fundar el primer partido comunista homosexual mexicano y alcanzó a publicar un solo libro, La ciencia de la tristeza, antes de apagarse en el anonimato, según testimonio del también infra Uriel Martínez. ¿Podríamos imaginar a Darío Galicia como autor de Perros habitados por las voces del desierto. Poesía infrarrealista entre dos siglos? Esto o algo parecido sería lo lógico. Pero no nos engañemos, en su nueva versión el infarrealismo no exige una marginalidad patética y patente. Quizá por ello, Darío ni siquiera aparece en esta antología, pese a que Bolaño lo consideraba el mejor poeta entre los infrarrealistas, junto con Mario Santiago. Aunque ya sabemos, Bolaño dijo tantas cosas, contradictorias entre sí muchas veces. La cuestión es que Rubén Medina es un PhD adscrito al área internacional de la Universidad de Wisconsin, en donde asiste como director del Global Cultures Certificate Program. Ejerciendo una ley no escrita característica de la academia en general y de la norteamericana en particular, desde ahí puede suscribir el discurso de la marginalidad y hasta manifestarse como antisistémico, siempre y cuando sea gracias al mismo sistema. ¿Hace falta decirlo? Si al igual que las vanguardias de principios del siglo XX el infrarrealismo “histórico” emergió espontáneamente, las neovanguardias de hoy parecen inconcebibles fuera del claustro universitario, las fundaciones y demás circuitos institucionales encargados de la “producción de cultura”. Para algunos de los fans del infrarrealismo la antología de Rubén Medina es todo un acontecimiento. Heriberto Yépez ha celebrado el volumen como una de las “obras literarias más importantes publicadas en México en esta época”, junto con su prólogo, “uno de los ensayos más completos que haya escrito un poeta mexicano en los últimos cuarenta años. […] Sospecho que vienen en camino otros ovnis”. Sin embargo, ahí donde Yépez ha comenzado a presentir ovnis yo apenas si puedo ver algo más que los despropósitos de una vanguardia de salón.

José Vicente Anaya dejó atrás el infrarrealismo y siguió escribiendo ya solo como José Vicente Anaya. Por simple lógica no cupo en esta antología. A Darío Galicia, acaso igual que a otros infras excluidos por Rubén Medina, lo condenó su propia radicalidad extenuada hasta el anonimato. Con Roberto Bolaño sucedió lo contrario: la demasiada fama nos privó de verlo aparecer en esta antología y de sus poemas aparecen solo los títulos seleccionados pero no el texto. Tales ausencias me parecen un tropo estupendo: el infrarrealismo se hace a un lado..., viva el infrarrealismo.

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Anónimo (no verificado) - Diciembre 23, 2014.
Dos modestas aclaraciones: 1. Darío Galicia nunca fue infrarrealista, sólo era un amigo. La confusión viene a partir del personaje Ernesto San Epifanio de Los detectives salvajes. La novela está inspirada en un grupo de amigos, pero no es la foto o crónica maniquea de ese grupo, ni tampoco del infrarrealismo, como casi todo el mundo, leyendo mal la novela, ha aceptado o querido creer. 2. Uriel Martínez tampoco fue infrarrealista.

Elmer Werner (no verificado) - Diciembre 19, 2014.
no poems? just gossip? Vileness.

Nibaldo (no verificado) - Diciembre 19, 2014.Sin ninguna duda, Perros habitados por las voces del desierto es una antología crítica de un alto nivel reflexivo, histórico y estético, con gestos lúdicos provocativos, como el de dejar en blanco el espacio donde debieron estar los textos de Bolaño, con un vocabulario que roza lo insurrecto y con una estructura que permite engarzar una lectura que no se detiene, como no lo hace esta poesía. Celebro la publicación de un libro de tanta potencia poética y crítica, celebro que se distancie del típico texto hecho para agradar y evitar la discusión. Celebro, por último, que haya llegado a manos de un crítico que, sin mucha astucia, a través de su desprecio, solo logra exhibir lo que el poder sigue creyendo y temiendo del Infrarrealismo.

El episodio no termina aquí, sigue con el mismo reseñista Medina Portilla, quien ya se había ocupado, en 2013, de uno de los autores infrarrealistas, Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, lo agrego. Arte & basura, selección y prólogo de Luis Felipe Fabre (Almadía, 2012, 96 pp.)


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Papasquiaro es una leyenda alentada por Bolaño, un mal sueño de Ulises Lima que –mira tú– no acredita en Anagrama. Un bardo, habitualmente convulso entre lumpen y dadá, envuelto hoy en el incienso de una mistificación que subvierte al intratable en víctima: nuestro olvidado en la república de las letras. Arte & basura, libro de Papasquiaro solo gracias a la “curaduría” de Luis Felipe Fabre, es el capítulo más reciente y más pretencioso de esta mistificación.

Qué incómodo ver al curador empeñado en acentuar la afectación retórica: “Papasquiaro es un topónimo adoptado como apellido en homenaje al escritor José Revueltas pues así se llamaba el lugar donde nació: ¡literatura!” Tras la exclamación, el personaje reaparece como un as del terrorismo cultural y el adefesio. Como si Mario Santiago Papasquiaro (Ciudad de México, 1953-1998) recayera en la lírica solo por sus azotes heavy y no como el crispado desdén, precisamente, a la literatura y sus instituciones. Arte & basura es un conjunto heterogéneo de materiales, entre textos sueltos e “intervenciones”: poemas y anotaciones escritos al margen o sobre libros, revistas, boletos, servilletas, envolturas, etc. Claro, al infrarrealista jamás se le ocurrió un paquete así. Pero el propósito de Fabre al darle forma de libro fue evidenciar que para Papasquiaro la poesía fue una manera de estar en el mundo antes que una vocación convenenciera. El resultado es una distracción estetizante. El impresentable resuelto en artista conceptual, por si las moscas. Su manera de estar en el mundo, la de un coqueto adorno para la mesilla de centro. 

Previsiblemente, Fabre no deja pasar la ocasión de amonestar y enmendar la “historia oficial” de la poesía mexicana en el último siglo. Ya se sabe, la fastidiosa lucha entre buenos y malos contada –otra vez– desde los lugares comunes de la épica contestataria. Papasquiaro es poco más que la excusa para reactivar la disputa en esa esquina tan socorrida a últimas fechas, la obra de Roberto Bolaño y su equívoca genealogía, del estridentismo al infrarrealismo.

El curador advierte en el prólogo que el texto le importa menos que el contexto: si cambia, quizá los personajes retornen transformados. Hay que renovar no solo las formas de escribir ahora, afirma Fabre, sino también la idea de cómo se escribió antes. ¿Reinventar una tradición otra, como haría un Borges trasudando postestructuralismo? Bastaría con recurrir a algunas de las santísimas oposiciones de rigor: Estridentismo vs. Contemporáneos, Efraín Huerta vs. Octavio Paz. O de otro modo: proletarios vs. exquisitos, populacheros vs. cosmopolitas. Etcétera. Con el subterfugio, claro, de suplir la historia por un puñado de anécdotas. Una cuenta que el Estridentismo fue algo más que una versión periférica de las vanguardias: una insurrección frontal a los poderes dominantes de la poesía y su filántropo mecenas, el Estado. List Arzubide puede presumir así al desinformado empíreo, en contra de Contemporáneos: “opusimos nuestra gran risa despreciativa y altanera, que todavía duele a los poetas de los ministerios que, usufructuando el favor del Estado, no fueron capaces sino de adquirir una gloria de papel” (El movimiento estridentista). Pero cualquier monografía básica registra que en 1925 Maples Arce despachaba como secretario de Estado en Veracruz y una hojeada a la revista Horizonte (1926-1927; FCE, 2011) regala al lector con loas a estadios y carreteras. El delirio más bien charro de una Estridentópolis en Xalapa, sufragado por el gobernador Heriberto Jara.

Corre la especie de que Bolaño se la jugó arrebatando del olvido la rijosa leyenda del estridentismo. Según La era de la discrepancia (2007), el libro de Cuauhtémoc Medina y Olivier Debroise sobre las vanguardias artísticas de los años setenta en México, los infrarrealistas “fueron publicados en Plural, la revista de Octavio Paz, [aunque] pronto el grupo fue marginado por su afán de provocación contra las mafias literarias”. Falso: la revista en que Bolaño firma, en los números 61 y 62, una semblanza, digamos, lírica del estridentismo y una en
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          CEP Marbella 2014: Dankers conquista el sur estando de celebración        

El torneo de Marbella ha coronado a Sven Dankers, el cual ha mostrado gran clase en la mesa final para llevarse un torneo el día del cumpleaños de su hija.

La sexta parada de la novena temporada del Campeonato de España de Poker ha tenido lugar en el Casino de Marbella, escenario en el que Sven Dankers ha conseguido una excelente victoria basada en un gran juego a lo largo de la mesa final.

El jugador belga ha celebrado su victoria en el CEP Marbella 2014 por partida doble ya que además de su triunfo en las mesas de poker, también era un día especial por ser el cumpleaños de su hija.

Configuración de la mesa final del CEP Marbella 2014

Jesús Ruiloba era el jugador que más fichas había acumulado tras el día 2 del torneo de Marbella, aunque todavía faltaban dos eliminaciones para que quedase configurada la mesa final al ser 11 los jugadores que habían accedido a este último día.

El inicio del día 3 ha servido a Marco van Opzeeland para demostrar su buen estado de forma y alcanzar la mesa final del CEP Marbella 2014 como líder del torneo, posición que ya consiguió ocupar tras el día 1.

Entre el inicio del día 3 y la configuración definitiva de la mesa final tan solo han hecho falta unos pocos minutos ya que Damian Charuf y Sergio Bloeme se habían depedido del torneo en tan solo media hora de juego.

Tras la eliminación de ambos, ya teníamos configurada la mesa definitiva de la que saldría el campeón del torneo de Marbella.


CEP Marbella 2014 – Configuración de la mesa final

1º

Marco van Opzeeland

1,036.000 fichas

2º

Esteban Martínez

882.000 fichas

3º

Óscar Orive

836.000 fichas

4º

Jesús Ruiloba

613.000 fichas

5º

Leonid

501.000 fichas

6º

Sven Dankers

276.000 fichas

7º

Frederick Sánchez

177.000 fichas

8º

Cristobal Vílchez

160.000 fichas

9º

Vasil Vitanov

120.000 fichas

Sven Dankers conquista Marbella

El jugador belga ha comenzado la mesa final en sexta posición, necesitando un buen día para poder ascender hasta las posiciones iniciales y desde allí luchar por la vicoira, algo que fue consiguiendo hasta alcanzar el cara a cara final contra Vasil Vitanov.

Jesus Ruiloba
Jesús Ruiloba (3º), mejor español clasificado.

El jugador búlgaro Vitanov, conocido por Sven Dankers por haber coincidido en multitud de ocasiones en las mesas, protagonizó la gran remontada del día ya que tras comenzar como short-stack con tan solo 120.000 fichas (casi diez veces menos que el líder van Opzeeland), consiguió alcanzar el heads-up y hacerlo con una pila de fichas similar a su rival.

Dicho conocimiento entre ambos ha servido para que el pacto llegase de forma rápida, repartiéndose ambos la mitad del premio tras haber retirado el 10% de este, el cual iría a parar a las manos del ganador.

Finalmente el cuento de hadas de Vitanov no ha terminado de hacerse realidad y Dankers se ha impuesto tras llevarse las dos manos decisivas del torneo.

La clasificación final (con tres jugadores extranjeros entre los cuatro primeros clasificados) vuelve a demostrar que Marbella es una ciudad cosmopolita y que los torneos celebrados en ella tienen gran participación extranjera.

Sin más dilación, os dejamos con los premios conseguidos por los componentes de la mesa final.


CEP Marbella 2014 – Premios de la mesa final

1ª posición

Sven Dankers

18.860 euros (tras pacto)

2ª posición

Vasil Vitanov

15.430 euros (tras pacto)

3ª posición

Jesús Ruiloba

9.000 euros

4ª posición

Marco van Opzeeland

7.290 euros

5ª posición

Leonid

5.570 euros

6ª posición

Óscar Orive

4.715 euros

7ª posición

Esteban Martínez

3.860 euros

8ª posición

Cristóbal Vílchez

3.000 euros

9ª posición

Frederick Sánchez

2.570 euros


El total de jugadores que han alcanzado los puestos de premios en el CEP Marbella 2014 ha sido de 18, siendo el hombre burbuja (primer jugador fuera de los puestos de premios) Juan Ramón Llatche, quien finalizase el día 1B como líder de la jornada.


CEP Marbella 2014 – Resto de jugadores premiados

10ª posición

Sergio Bloeme

2.145 euros

11ª posición

Damian Charuf

2.145 euros

12ª posición

Petri Heinanen

2.145 euros

13ª posición

Oksana Gerasymenko

1.715 euros

14ª posición

Anselmo Bornay

1.715 euros

15ª posición

Francisco Zamanillo

1.715 euros

16ª posición

José Bordás

1.285 euros

17ª posición

Yiyi Barreña

1.285 euros

18ª posición

Carlos Durán

1.285 euros


La novena temporada del Campeonato de España de Poker descansa hasta el próximo día 13 de noviembre, fecha en la que se reunirá la caravana del CEP en el Casino Peralada.



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          Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 28th, 2017s        

Hey, it's HighScalability time:

 

Jackson Pollock painting? Cortical column? Nope, it's a 2 trillion particle cosmological simulation using 4000+ GPUs. (paper, Joachim Stadel, UZH)

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  • 1.8x: faster code on iPad MacBook Pro; 1 billion: WhatsApp daily active users; 100 milliamps: heart stopping current; $25m: surprisingly low take from ransomware; 2,700x: improvement in throughput with TCP BBR; 620: Uber locations; $35.5 billion: Facebook's cash hoard; 2 billion: Facebook monthly active users; #1: Apple is the world's most profitable [legal] company; 500,000x: return on destroying an arms depot with a drone; 

  • Quotable Quotes:
    • Alasdair Allan: Jeff Bezos’ statement that “there’s not that much interesting about CubeSats” may well turn out to be the twenty first century’s “nobody needs more than 640kb.”
    • @hardmaru: Decoding the Enigma with RNNs. They trained a LSTM with 3000 hidden units to decode ciphertext with 96%+ accuracy. 
    • @tj_waldorf: Morningstar achieved 97% cost reduction by moving to AWS. #AWSSummit Chicago
    • Ed Sperling: Moore’s Law is alive and well, but it is no longer the only approach. And depending on the market or slice of a market, it may no longer be the best approach.
    • @asymco: With the end of Shuffle and Nano iPods Apple now sells only Unix-enabled products. Amazing how far that Bell Labs invention has come.
    • @peteskomoroch: 2017: RAM is the new Hadoop
    • Carlo Pescio: What if focusing on the problem domain, while still understanding the machine that will execute your code, could improve maintainability and collaterally speed up execution by a factor of over 100x compared to popular hipster code?
    • @stevesi: Something ppl forget: moving products to cloud, margins go down due to costs to operate scale services—costs move from Customer to vendor.
    • @brianalvey: The most popular software for writing fiction isn't Word. It's Excel.
    • @pczarkowski: How to make a monolithic app cloud native: 1) run it in a docker 2) change the url from .com to .io
    • @tj_waldorf: Morningstar achieved 97% cost reduction by moving to AWS. #AWSSummit Chicago
    • drinkzima: There is a huge general misunderstanding in the profitability of directing hotel bookings vs flight bookings or other types of travel consumables. Rate parity and high commission rates mean that directing hotel rooms is hugely profitable and Expedia (hotels.com, trivago, expedia) and Priceline (booking.com) operate as a duopoly in most markets. They are both marketing machines that turn brand + paid traffic into highly profitable room nights.
    • Animats: This is a classic problem with AI researchers. Somebody gets a good result, and then they start thinking strong human-level AI is right around the corner. AI went through this with search, planning, the General Problem Solver, perceptrons, the first generation of neural networks, and expert systems. Then came the "AI winter", late 1980s to early 2000s, when almost all the AI startups went bust. We're seeing some of it again in the machine learning / deep neural net era.
    • Charity Majors: So no, ops isn't going anywhere. It just doesn't look like it used to. Soon it might even look like a software engineer.
    • @mthenw: As long as I need to pay for idle it’s not “serverless”. Pricing is different because in Lambda you pay for invocation not for the runtime.
    • Kelly Shortridge: The goal is to make the attacker uncertain of your defensive environment and profile. So you really want to mess with their ability to profile where their target is
    • @CompSciFact: 'About 1,000 instructions is a reasonable upper limit for the complexity of problems now envisioned.' -- John von Neumann, 1946
    • hn_throwaway_99: Few barriers to entry, really?? Sorry, but this sounds a bit like an inexperienced developer saying "Hey, I could build most of Facebook's functionality in 2 weeks." Booking.com is THE largest spender of advertising on Google. They have giant teams that A/B test the living shite out of every pixel on their screens, and huge teams of data scientists squeezing out every last bit of optimization on their site. It's a huge barrier to entry. 
    • callahad: It's real [performance improvements]. We've [Firefox] landed enormous performance improvements this year, including migrating most Firefox users to a full multi-process architecture, as well as integrating parts of the Servo parallel browser engine project into Firefox. There are still many improvements yet-to-land, but in most cases we're on track for Firefox 57 in November.
    • Samer Buna: One important threat that GraphQL makes easier is resource exhaustion attacks (AKA Denial of Service attacks). A GraphQL server can be attacked with overly complex queries that will consume all the resources of the server.
    • wheaties: This is stupid. Really. Here we are in a world where the companies that own the assets (you know, the things that cost a lot of money) are worth less than the things that don't own anything. This doesn't seem "right" or "fair" in the sense that Priceline should be a middleman, unable to exercise any or all pricing power because it does not control the assets producing the revenue. I wonder how long this can last?
    • platz: Apparently deep-learning and algae are the same thing.
    • @CompSciFact: "If you don't run experiments before you start designing a new system, your entire system will be an experiment." -- Mike Williams
    • Scott Aaronson: our laws of physics are structured in such a way that even pure information often has “nowhere to hide”: if the bits are there at all in the abstract machinery of the world, then they’re forced to pipe up and have a measurable effect. 
    • The Internet said many more interesting things this week. To read them all please click through to the full article.

  • Cool interview with Margaret Hamilton--NASA's First Software Engineer--on Makers. Programmers, you'll love this. One of the stories she tells is how her daughter was playing around and selected the prelaunch program during flight. That crashed the simulator. So like a good programmer she wanted to prevent this from happening. She tried to get a protection put in because an astronaut could actually do this during flight. Management would certainly allow this, right? She was denied. They said astronauts are trained never to make a mistake so it could never happen. Eventually she won the argument and was able to add code to protect against human error. So little has changed :-)

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          Hikari        

We came to this earth without words. And in our thoughts we dreamt of the cosmos; looking towards the sky. It was only until we defined it, that we knew what it was. We thought it was unreachable. But we looked back and could see our own footsteps, tracing the path from long ago; where we came from all along. They both meet together at this single point: the end and the beginning. We are born without knowing who we are and we grow our lives to seek the answer to ‘I am’. This video is an epitaph for Hikari-san who’s life was cut short from that struggle.

In Memory of HIKARI-SAN ひかりさん
Directed by CASEY WARREN & DANIELLE KRIEGER
Voice Talent NATSUKO KURE
SPECIAL THANKS
Kiry Yonetani
Lucinda Cowing
Filmed on location in Kyoto, Japan 京都日本
Poem By SHUNTARO TANIKAWA "Epitaph For a Poet's Tomb"
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This film was made in honor and remembrance of Hikari-san. A vlogger who made videos reading and speaking in Japanese ASMR in an effort to help others who shared her struggles with depression and anxiety. She lost her battle with her own internal struggle February 2016.
On her channel she would read in a quiet whisper voice, called ASMR which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response which creates a calming sensation in listeners. Often used in helping those battle depression or anxiety, this technique creates a unique head sensation.

Her name ひかりさん (Hikari) in kanji 光 in means 'Light'

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Booooooom tv.booooooom.com/2017/06/20/hikari-mindcastle/
NOWNESS nowness.com/series/poetic-license/hikari-japan

Cast: MINDCASTLE

Tags: hikari, Geisha, mindcastle, epitaph, poem, Casey warren, Danielle Krieger, MōVI pro, Freefly and Steadicam


          FIESTAS Y COMIDAS TIPICAS DEL ESTADO DE QUINTANAROO.,        

Comida:
En primer plano está la cocina indígena, con ingredientes que no han variado desde hace miles de años.Con maíz, frijoles y chiles, ellos hacen poco menos que milagros. Sabrosos tamales y tortillas se rellenan y cubren con toda clase de ingredientes, desde semillas de calabaza hasta carne de puerco.El frijol es usado como relleno y el arroz, cultivo introducido por los españoles, se utiliza como guarnición o postre.El chile también es un ingrediente básico de la auténtica cocina maya, particularmente en México, donde aparece en cualquiera de sus diferentes variedades, como elemento integral de cualquier platillo.En el sureste de México, de los más importantes son: el chile serrano y el chile habanero, que se utiliza como base de salsas, crudas y guisadas, y su sabor va desde lo ligero hasta muy picoso. Para no quedarse atrás, Chiapas produjo el chile más picoso del país: el chile de siete caldos.
El pollo y el puerco, ambos traídos a la región por colonizadores españoles en el siglo XVI, son ingredientes muy populares en el Mundo Maya, mientras que la carne de res juega un papel más importante en Chiapas, Tabasco y Guatemala. La cacería formaba parte de la dieta básica de los mayas y el venado, conejo y armadillo aún se encuentran en algunos menús de Yucatán y Chiapas.El pavo, la versión doméstica del guajolote silvestre que cazaban los mayas, es popular en Yucatán.En Belice y Guatemala se puede probar el armadillo, el venado y el agutí.
La cocina yucateca es realzada con leguminosas, hierbas, semillas y hasta capullos de flores que se añaden a su preparación. Ejemplos de esto son el epazote, una hierba que se agrega a los tamales y frijoles; la semilla de calabaza, utilizada en Tabasco, Chiapas y Yucatán; el achiote (semillas de annatto) muy popular en Yucatán, es un adobo de naranja utilizado para marinar pollo y pescado; y también muy popular es la hoja de chaya (legumbre parecida a la espinaca). La influencia caribeña nos aporta platillos preparados a base de plátanos machos y cocos.El Camarón al Coco es una deliciosa sorpresa.
Sin embargo el marisco es la especialidad que usted encontrará en la mayoría de los menús.La pesca del día puede incluir desde robalo, mero o huachinango hasta camarón, langosta o caracol.En Tabasco vale la pena probar el cangrejo y el pejelagarto, un pescado nativo de agua dulce. Algunos platillos típicos de la región son: el Cebiche (de pescado crudo, camarón, caracol, langosta o calamar marinado y cocido en limón con jitomate, cebolla, cilantro y chile picados); Tikinxic (delicioso pescado cocinado al estilo barbacoa maya); el Pan de Cazón (una cazuela de exquisito pescado); y Camarones al Curry (popular de Belice y Quintana Roo). La frutas tropicales están muy presentes en los postres, las aguas frescas, las bebidas fermentadas y las conservas de la cocina del Mundo Maya.Los plátanos, limones, naranjas, piñas, mangos, sandías, guayabas y papayas se dan por toda la región.Las frutas exóticas que bien vale la pena probar son las guayas, chicozapotes ( o sapodillas), pitahayas, nances, mameyes y guanábanas. Por supuesto, también se sirve comida internacional en toda ciudad cosmopolita típica del Mundo Maya. La cocina típica de las diferentes naciones está bien representada en los polos turísticos de Cancún, Cozumel, y en la Ciudad de Guatemala, Ciudad de Belice, Tegucigalpa, San Salvador y Mérida, capital del estado de Yucatán.

Fiestas:

Ciudad
Evento
Fecha
Playa del Carmen
Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte
1er. Fin de Semana de Noviembre
Riviera Maya
Fiesta global J&B
Playa del Carmen
Festival de Jazz en la Riviera Maya
Noviembre
Isla Mujeres
Carnaval de Isla Mujeres
Finales de Febrero