Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Holographic Universe


I recently finished reading a book by Michael Talbot titled The Holographic Universe first published in 1991. In simple terms the idea is based on quantum physics and delves into the idea that "there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it - from snowflakes to maple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons - are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time. "

"The main architects of this astonishing idea are two of the world's most eminent thinkers: University of London physicist David Bohm, a protege of Einstein's and one of the world's most respected quantum physicists: and Karl Pribram, a neurophysiologist at Stanford University and author of the classic neuropsychological textbook Languages of the Brain."

"Most mind-boggling of all are Bohm's fully developed ideas about wholeness. Because everything in the cosmos is made out of the seamless holographic fabric of the implicate order, he believes it is as meaningless to view the universe as composed of "parts", as it is to view the different geysers in a fountain as separate from the water out of which they flow. An electron is not an "elementary particle." It is just a name given to a certain aspect of the holomovement. Dividing reality into parts and then naming those parts is always arbitrary, a product of convention, because subatomic particles, and everything else in the universe, are no more separate from one another than different patterns in an ornate carpet"

"Bohm believes that our almost universal tendency to fragment the world and ignore the dynamic interconnectedness of all things is responsible for many of our problems, not only in science but in our lives and our society as well. For instance, we believe we can extract the valuable parts of the earth without affecting the whole. We believe it is possible to treat parts of our body and not be concerned with the whole. We believe we can deal with various problems in our society, such as crime, poverty and drug addiction, without addressing the problems in our society as a whole, and so on. In his writings Bohm argues passionately that our current way of fragmenting the world into parts not only doesn't work, but may even lead to our extinction."

The book goes on to talk about consciousness in everything, the collective consciousness, how the holographic universe explains out-of-body and near-death experiences and much more.

Its a fascinating read.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The IBM Experience

I worked as an employee for IBM for 5-6 months this year. It was a good experience although not very challenging. I had a nice manager which always helps.

I left at the end of September. Turns out IBM overpaid me and asked me to pay some back. I ended up getting 5 threatening letters with 3 different repayment amounts. Two of the letters did not itemize the details of the overpayment and they arrived on consecutive days. Then it took multiple phone calls with someone in India to get another, hopefully final, itemized account.

At the same time that I received the last letter with the itemized details I received another check from IBM. Get this - the check is for $0.01. One penny! How much did it cost IBM to process and print a check for one penny? Of course this amount does not show up on the other letters with the itemized detail. Of course the check is dated 2 days later so this fiasco may not be finished yet.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What Would Cost $1 Trillion, Unravel GMO Labeling Laws, Ruin Small Farmers, and Affect Sixteen Million Jobs?

Congress trying to overstep its bounds again. Led by another paid-off lackey in Congress. This time its Rep Steve King (R-IA).


http://www.anh-usa.org/2013-farm-bill/


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Investigating Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen is one of nature’s most perfect foods. It is the tiny particles of male flower seeds that are carried from flower to flower on the legs and bodies of bees in the process of pollination. The same ‘magic’ dust which makes several hundred crops grow, also benefits our own health.

http://www.nationofchange.org/bee-pollen-501000th-millimeter-particle-complete-superfood-1383057703

The health benefits of Bee Pollen has come up more than once in this morning's surfing.

Before 1940, more than 85% of the U.S. population used drugless healers

Just 100 years ago in the United States, medicine was not a lucrative business. Scarce was a case of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis or Alzheimer's, and there were no pharmaceutically induced deaths.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Specialization is for insects

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. p.248 - Time Enough For Love, Robert A Heinlein

I have to get to work! :-)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jeff Beck concert in Montclair, NJ Oct 16, 2013

Great show sitting in the front row for Jeff Beck. Also appearing was Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Lots of fun.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Photosynthesis and Mother Nature

This morning, like all mornings, I was making a "green smoothie". I use some green apples, blueberries or strawberries, hemp protein, some avocado and today some big, beautiful collard leaves. They are magnificent. I got to thinking about Mother Nature and the incredible photosynthesis that goes on in those leaves. The leaves take sunlight and transform it into chemical energy. Truly a miracle.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bring Back Industrial Hemp

BRINGING IT HOME:

A fathers search to find the healthiest building materials leads him to the completion of the nations first hemp house in Asheville, NC. Hemp with lime is a non-toxic, energy efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant building material. The drawback industrial hemp is currently illegal to farm in the U.S.A., where it was once an important crop. Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries that makes 1,000′s of sustainable products and offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation. Here in the U.S., hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why cant we grow it here? BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.

The documentary follows the hemp trail to the U.K. to interview hemp business owners, researchers, farmers, a CEO with a hemp block distribution center and Kevin McCloud, author and TV host of Grand Designs, who chose hempcrete for his first housing project. The film includes other international hemp industry leaders and business entrepreneurs, as well as American CEOs David and Mike Bronner of Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps and John Roulac of Nutiva. Industrial hemp farming advocates and the opposition weigh in on current legislation efforts to change policy at state and federal levels.

Bringing It Home premiered in select cities during Hemp History Week special events, June 3-9, 2013 in New York, L.A., San Francisco, San Diego, Bellingham WA, Petaluma, CA and Portland.
- See more at: http://www.screeninghq.org/films/details/88/bringing-it-home#About


Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Government Shutdown and the Collapse of Monetary Systems

Only because the government has gotten so large that a shutdown affects so many people. But that is the way of a military and welfare empire, which is what the United States has become.

Because our money is really bank credit, all money is borrowed into existence, the government must continue to raise the debt ceiling. A bank credit-based monetary system requires more and more borrowing to survive.

If the citizens and the government were to try and pay off all of the outstanding debt, two things would happen. 1) we could not pay off all the debt because all debt has interest and there is not enough money to pay the interest component. 2) we would destroy the money supply. If we p[aid off all the debt, there would be no money in circulation and we would have to revert to barter.

As the US Government (and really all national government with central banks) continue to devalue the money, the system will continue to slowly unravel. We are watching the collapse of the bank credit-based monetary system as we know it today.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Constant Change and Music

Life is constantly changing. Little changes, like another grey (or is it gray) hair and big changes, like a new contract. I start an exciting new contract next week. I am really looking forward to it.

I also saw where Jeff Beck is touring the US starting this month with Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. They will be in the NY-NJ area in Mid October. They will be in Montclair, NJ on Oct 16.

http://tinyurl.com/kdu74om

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Inflation Anecdote

One morning this week I went out to start my vehicle and the battery was dead. After getting a jump start I went up to my usual place for maintenance and got a new battery installed.

The cost of the new battery was $110. The old battery was 4.5 years old installed March, 2009. The cost then was $78. So the cost of the battery had increased 41% in less than 5 years.

The maintenance guys also did a test of the charging system. Last time it cost $17. This time $35. A 100% increase.

I love how central bankers tell us that there is no inflation.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Federal Reserve keeps on buying

Yesterday the US Federal Reserve, the "central bank" announced that it will continue its "quantitative easing" policy and create $85 billion dollars from nothing in order to buy US Treasuries and Mortgage-Based Securities from the open market. The Fed is creating a liquidity crisis in these markets while also feeding a new, more explosive bubble in the stock market.

Each financial crisis over the last 25 years, from 1987, to LTCM in 1998 to the Nasdaq bubble to the housing bubble has been bigger and the end result more devastating. The housing bubble burst in 2007-8 literally vaporized part of Wall St.

Many countries in Europe are still in bad economic condition and because of their poor demographics things look  to only get worse. Japan just keeps slowly sinking again with terrible demographics. In the US the baby boomers are turning 65 years young at the rate of 10,000 per day and this will continue for the next 15 years.

The average age of a farmer in the US is 57 and in Australia its 58. The family farm is disappearing and with it is non-GMO poison from the likes of Monsanto.

All this spells a tough few years coming up. Hang on.

But tonight's full moon sure is lovely.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wallace D Wattles on Being Great

"You can begin to be great to-day in your own home, in your store or office, on the street, everywhere; you can begin to make yourself known as great; and you can do this by doing everything you do in a great way" - Wallace D Wattles
 

Monday, September 2, 2013

IT Business Processes

I uploaded a new slide deck to slideshare.net
http://www.slideshare.net/dchampeau/it-business-processes-ea-sa-and-together

Its a brief intro to some work I have done around the 5 basic IT business processes:

Planning
Architecture
Project Management
Systems Development
Operations

Then there is a little bit about SOA (or shared services) and how that fits into the mix. Enjoy.

The Magic Bow with Stewart Granger - Awesome!

This weekend I watched the movie The Magic Bow with Stewart Granger. It was the story of the Italian violinist Nicolo Paganini. The soundtrack was so good that I went to iTunes and bought a couple of albums of Paganini music.

One of the albums was from another Italian violinist named Uto Ughi. I have seen Uto perform at a small piazza in the walled city-on-a-hill named Cervo about 10 years ago.