Is Chicago the New Silicon Valley? Rahm Emanuel Thinks So   
Speaking at Techweek Chicago s latest Growth Summit on Thursday Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described a side of the Windy City that non residents might not be familiar with a growing hotbed of innovation in the tech industry While the tech giants still seem firmly planted on the West Coast
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          Come to the next LPMG meeting on sunday 19th Sept   

We have been meeting fortnightly for almost 3 years now. The aims of our meetings are:
- to support each other in our personal struggles as men, including our efforts to rid ourselves of sexist behaviour
- to raise consciousness with regards to sexism in our lives and in society
- to discuss issues around gender politics generally
- to plan what actions we can take as pro-feminists

Though we are mainly a consciousness raising group, we also sometimes facilitated workshops and give talks, organized creches at feminist events, and participated in demos. This helped all of us tremendously in acknowledging, realising and working on our sexist behaviours! In practice our group has always been a men-only group, although it has always been open to anyone who felt that sharing their life experience would be beneficial for them and/or other members of the group.


From now on. we have decided to meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 3pm at LARC, 62 Fieldgate st E1 1ES (whitechapel, Aldgate) http://www.londonarc.org/.

If you've often thought this is an interesting group but never found energy or time to come round, this is the opportunity!!

The next one will be on Sunday 19th of September, 3pm-7pm.

Our meetings are generally composed of different parts. Usually we start with a round about ourselves, our lives, how we are and past experiences of sexism we were involved in. Then we talk about concrete action plans we have for the future. After a break we try to discuss a theme linked to gender and feminism (such as our fathers/mothers, homophobia, pornography, seduction etc.) always trying to start from our own life experience and then go to the global/more theoretical.

Hope to see you all there!


Don't hesitate to contact us: londonprofeministmensgroup at googlemail.com

or join us on errr Facebook but only after reading this!


          How the PayPal Mafia Reaches Into Every Corner of Silicon Valley   
It isn t unusual for a group of students from school to do everything together become fast friends and stay in touch after college is over Some even go into business together It is however very unusual for a group to become some of the most visionary leaders in the tech
          Why Paypal Holdings Inc (PYPL) Stock Looks Perfect After This Dip   
InvestorPlace Stock Market News Stock Advice amp Trading Tips Despite closing lower on Thursday traders should chalk up yesterday s trading session as a win for bulls This is especially true for the tech sector and stocks like Paypal Holdings Inc NASDAQ PYPL which ended
          Artificial sperm and the end of men??   
Publication of a research paper on creating sperm cells from embryonic stem cells has created the usual media furore, complete with mostly uncritical hype about what this technology can actually achieve and a failure to ask scientists the really hard questions. Not being a pro-lifer I have no problem with the use of embryonic stem cells in basic research. However, the idea that sperm cells produced from embryonic stem cells in a laboratory could be used in fertility treatment is a dangerous and unethical technological fantasy. Like the idea of “therapeutic cloning”, what seems simple in theory will in practice prove practically impossible, precisely because it is so unnatural.

Much of the media discussion has focused on the idea that this might lead to 'men becoming redundant'. As with cloning, and the fears of armies of cloned soldiers, the point is not to take such scenarios literally, but to look beneath the surface at what the fears are really about. The scientific drive to abstract the whole of the human reproductive life cycle from its context of actual human bodies is just an example of the deep dynamic of science in our society. Since the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, the function of science has been to control nature and to impose order upon its random messiness, eventually to improve upon it, and ultimately to replace the need for it. What reproductive and biotechnology are now bringing home to us is that nature includes us. Thus, for the last 25 years we have seen the emergence of transhumanist/posthumanist movements, which look forward to the evolution through technology (including bio-, nano- and information technology) of posthuman beings (entities?). Feminists have been arguing since the 1970s that reproductive technology is an attempt to control and appropriate women's fertility, which aims ultimately to end the reliance on the female body for production of children, through artificial wombs. Now, it seems it is men's turn to feel this anxiety.

Of course, the capitalist-scientific drive to dominate nature is very male, (nature is gendered as female in nearly all cultures), and is one of the key features of patriarchy in our societies. What is interesting is that, by its own logic, it must also move to dispense with men's bodies, testes, penises.

There are feminist theories that argue that a major part of men's tendency to try to dominate women comes from a psychological insecurity which arises from the fact that men do not carry and give birth to children, which is, after all, a central part of human life. In that process, men feel like lightweights, and I think this latest research presses exactly on that nerve. That may be why, although the idea that men will become redundant is very unlikely, there has been so much interest in this bit of research.

David King
A fuller version of this blog can be found at www.hgalert.org/artiifcial_sperm_blog.htm
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          Leggi Keplero che ti fa bene   
In questi giorni stiamo seguendo tutti con il fiato sospeso le notizie nucleari provenienti dal Giappone. E' particolarmente difficile trovare fonti di informazione se non corrette almeno ragionevoli. I quotidiani online al solito si distinguono per un'approssimazione quasi criminale (in particolare Repubblica che tiene la linea "AAAAAAH MORIREMO TUTTI!!"). Fortunatamente oggi abbiamo internet e la possibilità di sapere molto di più che ai tempi di Chernobyl.

Purtroppo chi governa le centrali tende a non essere molto trasparente, e ci sono forti dubbi che conosciamo tutto quello che succede. Qualcosa però sappiamo. Amedeo Balbi ha riassunto in maniera ammirabilmente asettica alcune cose nel suo post "Un po' di cose che so sulle centrali nucleari", di cui sottoscrivo anche le virgole.

Se sai l'inglese hai più opzioni. Non è per niente male l'articolo apparso oggi su Ars Technica (che è capace di trattare in maniera imparziale cose persino più controverse, come i prodotti Apple).  Particolarmente sensata mi sembra la conclusione:

This latter set of issues mean that the surest way to build a safe nuclear plant is to ensure that nothing goes wrong in the first place. There are ways to reduce the risk by adding more safety and monitoring features while tailoring the design to some of the most extreme local events. But these will add to the cost of a nuclear plant, and won't ever be able to ensure that nothing goes wrong. So, deciding on if and how to pursue expanded nuclear power will require a careful risk analysis, something the public is generally ill-equipped for. (grassetto mio)

Io continuo ad essere contrario alla costruzione di centrali nucleari in Italia, sostanzialmente per motivi di costo e (naturalmente) di sfiducia. Niente mi toglie dalla testa che chi le vuole sa benissimo che non saranno mai effettivamente costruite e che si tratta di stipulare contratti, distribuire soldi e pagare penali a industrie bustarellanti.

Aggiornamento: su segnalazione dello Zar metto il link al disegno di Randall Munroe con un confronto grafico fra le quantità di radiazioni assorbite in varie situazioni.


          A Celebration of 10 Years   

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          i never been encountered or seen any digital toys ...   
i never been encountered or seen any digital toys yet... houw i wish to...
but then all i can say that there's always impovements and advancement in our technologies.
where in there will have improvements in just a bit of time
its not neccesarily because of the uncontentment of the people its just "technology advancement" is one of the factor to be able to survive the world's difficult situation
          [Dub Techno] NorthernShoreによる最新DJ MIX “Lighthouse Arrangements VI”がフリーダウンロードで公開   
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          Star Wars Characters for MSH   

Rescued from Ty States old site.
For Boba Fett and the other Bounty Hunters, see the previous post, here.

LUKE SKYWALKER

Jedi Knight
F- RM (30)
A- RM (30)
S- GD (10)
E- RM (30)
R- EX (20)
I- UN (100)
P- UN (100)
H- 100
K- 220
R- GD
P- 20
Talents:
Resist Domination, Acrobatics, Tumbling, Medicine, Occult, Thief, Vehicles, Weaponry- Firearms, Weapons Specialist- Light Saber, Astrogation, Computers, Repair/Tinkering, First Aid, Pilot.

Contacts:
New Republic, Solo's family.

Equipment:
Light Saber- RM (30) material strength
Energy Touch- Heat MN (75)
Reflection MN (75)
Blaster: EX (20) damage; range 5 areas
Mechanical Hand: RM (30) material strength; EX (20) strength

The FORCE:

Control UN (100)
Absorb/Dissipate Energy
Accelerate Healing
Anger
Calm
Combat Trance
Concentration
Control Disease
Control Pain
Detoxify Poison
Emptiness
Enhance Attributes
Hibernation Trance
Reduce Injury
Remain Conscious
Resist Stun

Sense MN (75)
Blind Sense
Combat Sense
Danger Sense
Hyperspace Tracking
Instinctive Astrogration
Life Detection
Life Sense
Magnify Senses
Receptive Telepathy
Sense Disturbance
Sense Force
Sense Spirit
Time Sense
Truth Sense

Alter AM (50)
Haste
Injure/Kill
Telekinesis
Control/Sense
Blaster Combat
Farseeing
Lightsaber Combat Projective Telepathy
Control/Alter
Accelerate Other's Healing
Force Lights
Inflict Pain
Control/Sense/Alter
Affect Mind

HAN SOLO

F- EX (20)
A- EX (20)
S- GD (10)
E- EX (20)
R- GD (10)
I- EX (20)
P- EX (20)
H- 70
K- 50
R- EX
P- 15

Talents:
Acrobatics, Computers, Detective, Martial Arts B, E, Military, Thief, Vehicles, Guns, Gambling, Repair/Tinkering, Astrogation, Pilot.

Contacts:
Luke Skywalker, New Republic

Equipment:
Blaster EX (20) damage

MILLENIUM FALCON
CTRL: AM
SPEED: SH-X (Hyper-Space CL. 5000)
BODY: MN
PROT: IN
Equipment:
2 Quad Laser Cannons RM (30) Energy
Concussion Missles IN (40) Force
Sensor Dish IN (40)
Escape Pod  

LEIA ORGANA SOLO

F- GD (10)
A- GD (10)
S- TY (6)
E- EX (20)
R- IN (40)
I- IN (40)
P- AM (50)
H- 46
K- 130
R- AM
P- 25

Talents:
Diplomacy, Acrobatics, Engineering, Leadership, Law, Criminology, Guns, Law Enforcement, Detective/Espionage, Marksman, Pilot, Physics, Electronics, Martial Arts A, B, C, D, E, Military, Computers.

Equipment:
Lightsaber- RM (30) Material Strength
Energy Touch- Heat MN(75)
Reflection- MN(75)
Blaster Pistol- EX (20) force

The FORCE:

Control- AM (50)
Calm
Concentration

Sense- AM (50)
Danger Sense
Life Sense

By "MAD TITAN"

CHEWBACCA

F- EX (20)
A- GD (10)
S- RM (30)
E- RM (30)
R- GD (10)
I- RM (30)
P- RM (30)
H- 90
K- 70
R- GD
P- 10

Powers:
Hyper-Olfactory EX
Hyper-Hearing PR
Tracking EX
Claws RM (30)
Resist Cold FB (2)
Thermal Vision PR

Talents:
Computers, Repair/Tinkering, Engineering, Martial Arts B, C, Vehicles, Guns, Astrogation, Gambling, First Aid, Pilot.

Contacts:
Han Solo, New Republic.

Equipment:
Crossbow EX (20) damage

LANDO CALRISSIAN

F- EX (20)
A- EX (20)
S- TY (6)
E- GD (10)
R- EX (20)
I- EX (20)
P- GD (10)
H- 56
K- 50
R- EX
P- 20

Talents:
Acrobatics, Detective, Medicine, Military, Thief, Guns, Vehicles, Gambling, Mining, Business/Finance, Astrogation, Computers, Repair/Tinkering, Pilot.

Contacts:
Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, New Republic, Mining Industry.

Equipment:
Blaster EX (20) damage

R2D2

F- FB (2)
A- FB (2)
S- PR (4)
E- EX (20)
R- EX (20)
I- TY (6)
P- TY (6)
H- 28
K- 32
R- N/A
P- 0

Powers:
Claws GD (10)
Resist Cold GD (10)
Comprehend Languages TY (6)
Energy Sponge TY (6)
Heat Vision GD (10)
Circular Vision
Life Detection RM (30)
Radarsense IN (40)
Radio Communication MN (75)
Total Memory UN (100)
Body Resistance PR (4)
Communicate with Cybernetics MN (75)

Talents:
Computers, Detective, Thief, Vehicles, Languages, First Aid, Pilot.

Contacts:
C3PO, Luke Skywalker

Equipment:
Grappling Hook & Line- 3 area range
Fire Extinguisher

C3PO

F- FB (2)
A- PR (4)
S- TY (6)
E- EX (20)
R- EX (20)
I- TY (6)
P- TY (6)
H- 32
K- 32
R- N/A
P- 0

Powers:
Resist Cold GD (10)
Comprehend Languages UN (100)
Hyper-Hearing GD (10)
Microscopic Vision GD (10)
Total Memory UN (100)
Communicate with Cybernetics UN (100)
Telescopic Vision PR

Talents:
Computers, Languages, First Aid.

Contacts:
R2D2, Luke Skywalker, Ewoks

YODA

F- FB (2)
A- FB (2)
S- FB (2)
E- PR (4)
R- IN (40)
I- UN (100)
P- UN (100)
H- 10
K- 240
R- FB
P- 50

Talents:
Alien Species, Bureaucracy, Cultures, Languages, Planetary Systems, Astrogation, Bargain, Leadership, Gambling, Persuasion, First Aid, Jedi Lore.
 
Contacts:
Jedi Knights.

The FORCE:
Control SH-Y
Absorb/Dissipate Energy
Accelerate Healing
Concentration
Control Pain
Detoxify Poison
Emptiness
Enhance Attributes
Hibernation Trance
Reduce Injury
Remain Conscious
Resist Stun
Short-term Memory Enhancement

Sense SH-X
Combat Sense
Danger Sense
Instinctive Astrogration
Life Detection
Life Sense
Magnify Senses
Receptive Telepathy
Sense Disturbance
Sense Force
Sense Path

Alter UN
Injure/Kill
Telekinesis
Control/Sense
Farseeing
Lightsaber Combat Projective Telepathy
Control/Alter
Accelerate Other's Healing
Control Another's Pain
Return Another to Consciousness
Transfer Force
Sense/Alter
Dim Other's Senses
Control/Sense/Alter
Affect Mind
Control Mind
Force Harmony

DARTH VADER

Annakin Skywalker
F- IN (40)
A- RM (30)
S- RM (30)
E- IN (40)
R- EX (20)
I- UN (100)
P- UN (100)
H- 130
K- 220
R- UN
P- (-75)

Talents:
Leadership, Occult (the Force), Military, Space Pilot, Martial Arts D.

Contacts:
Emperor.

Equipment:
Light Saber Rem material strength
Energy Blade Psyche (UN-100) rank damage
Reflection Psyche (UN-100) energy reflection

The FORCE:

Control SH-X (150)
Absorb/Dissipate Energy
Accelerate Healing
Concentration
Control Pain
Detoxify Poison
Enhance Attributes
Hibernation Trance
Reduce Injury
Remain Conscious
Resist Stun

Sense UN (100)
Combat Sense
Danger Sense
Instinctive Astrogration
Life Detection
Life Sense
Magnify Senses
Receptive Telepathy
Sense Force

Alter MN (75)
Injure/Kill
Telekinesis
Control/Sense
Farseeing
Lightsaber Combat Projective Telepathy
Control/Alter
Feed on Dark Side
Inflict Pain
Control/Sense/Alter
Affect Mind
Telekinetic Kill

THE EMPEROR

F- TY (6)
A- TY (6)
S- PR (4)
E- TY (6)
R- IN (40)
I- UN (100)
P- UN (100)
H- 22
K- 240
R- MN
P- (-50)

Talents:
Alien Species, Bureaucracy, Cultures, Intimidation, Law Enforcement, Military History, Planetary Systems, Archaic Library Systems, Arcane Technologies, Clone Vat Systems, Dark Side Lore, Jedi Lore, Lightsaber Histories, Fleet Tactics, Ground Assault Tactics, Leadership, Bargain, Detective/Espionage, Lightsaber Repair.

Contacts:
Sith.

The FORCE:

Control SH-Y
Absorb/Dissipate Energy
Accelerate Healing
Concentration
Control Pain
Detoxify Poison
Enhance Attributes
Hibernation Trance
Reduce Injury
Remain Conscious
Resist Stun
Short-term Memory Enhancement

Sense SH-X
Combat Sense
Danger Sense
Instinctive Astrogration
Life Detection
Life Sense
Magnify Senses
Receptive Telepathy
Sense Force

Alter UN
Injure/Kill
Telekinesis
Control/Sense
Farseeing
Lightsaber Combat Projective Telepathy
Control/Alter
Accelerate Other's Healing
Control Another's Pain
Feed on Dark Side
Force Lightning
Inflict Pain
Return Another to Consciousness
Transfer Force
Control/Sense/Alter
Affect Mind
Control Mind
Doppelganger
Drain Life Essence
Enhanced Coordination
Telekinetic Kill
Transfer Life
Sense/Alter
Dim Other's Senses

GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN

F- TY (6)
A- TY (6)
S- TY (6)
E- GD (10)
R- IN (40)
I- RM (30)
P- IN (40)
H- 28
K- 110
R- AM
P- 0

Talents:
Artist, Detective, Martial Arts E, Military, Vehicles, Guns, Leadership.

Contacts:
Empire.

ADMIRAL DAALA

F- EX (20)
A- GD (10)
S- TY (6)
E- GD (10)
R- RM (30)
I- IN (40)
P- IN (40)
H- 446
K- 110
R- IN
P- 0

Talents:
Guns, Martial Arts E, Acrobatics, Law, Law Enforcement, Pilot, Military, Criminology, Computers, Electronics, Leadership.

Equipment:
Blaster Pistol- EX (20) Force

By "MAD TITAN"

STORMTROOPERS

F- EX
A- EX
S- GD
E- EX
R- TY
I- GD
P- EX
H- 70
K- 36 Equipment: Blaster Rifle EX Energy damage or intensity stun
Armor GD vs. Physical; TY vs. Energy 

JABBA THE HUTT

F- GD (10)
A- PR (4)
S- PR (4)
E- EX (20)
R- EX (20)
I- RM (30)
P- RM (30)
H- 38
K- 80
R- RM
P- (-30)

Special Abilities:
Force Resistance
Hutts have an innate defense against Force based mind-manipulation techniques. They receive a +2CS to resist.

Talents:
Resist Domination, Bereaucracy, Business/Finance, Cultures, Intimidation, Languages, Law Enforcement, Streetwise, Bargaining, Leadership, Gambling, Persuasion.

Contacts:
Galactic Underworld, Empire.

Limitations:
cannot move without assistance
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          The Star Wars Bounty Hunters for MSH   

Here are the MSH stats for the bounty hunters from Star Wars.
These were originally hosted by Ty States and I resurrected them from his old site.


BOBA FETT

A- GD (10)
S- EX (20)
E- IN (40)
R- GD (10)
I- RM (30)
P- RM (30)
H- 100
K- 70
R- EX
P- (-50) Equipment: Battle Armor
personally modified Mandalorian battle armor that covers his head, torso, and arms with no Agility penalties.
* Body Armor: RM (30) Material Strength and EX (20) protection from Physical and Energy attacks.
* Wrist Lasers: RM (30) Energy damage with PR (1 area) range.
* Rocket Dart Launcher: Can pierce IN (40) Material Strength or less. Tip is coated with poison (Poison, Knock-Out, etc.) of RM (30) intensity. FB (1/2 area range).
* Turbo-projected Grappling Hook: 20 meter (1/2 area) lanyard (RM (30) Material Strength) with magnetic grappling "hook" (RM (30) Magnetism). FB (1/2 area) range.
* Flame Projector: RM (30) Fire Energy damage in 1 meter cone. FB (5 meter (5.45 yards) (1/8 of an area)
* Concussion Grenade Launcher: IN (40) Blunt damage to all in one area. Has firing range of AM. Magazine carries 20 grenades.
* Jet Pack: For every charge used, he can move at FB Airspeed (30 MPH / 0.5 MPM) either 3 areas horizontally, or 2 areas vertically. His jet pack only has enough fuel for 20 charges.
* Sensor Pod: AM (50) Tracking ability.
* Infra-red / Motion Sensor: Integrated infra-red and motion sensors in helmet gives EX (20) intensity and range Infra-red vision in darkness. It also allows him to detect motion in front of him and to his sides with EX (20) intensity and range.
* Macro binoculars: Enables him to see objects at up to IN (12 area) range. Scope-linked into blaster rifle, allowing him to fire it at +2CS to his Agility (in addition to Marksmanship).
* Sound Sensors: Makes out sound at up to EX (20) range. It can tell where the sound is coming from with AM (50) ability. This only works in quiet areas.
* Internal Comlink: Can be linked to Slave I's control system (with beckon call) to have it operate under remote control (come to his location, fire weapons, etc.), or it can be tuned into other standard frequencies. It also has an external speaker.
* Broadband Antenna: Can intercept and decode most communications made on standard frequencies. As a result, Boba Fett can patch into shipboard communications.
* Winch: This is capable of lifting TY (221 pounds) weight (Boba Fett and his equipment only).
* Sealed Enviro Filter: Filter system can block out harmful molecules, or in case of insufficient or deadly atmospheres, the suit can seal drawing upon a two hour (1,200 turn) supply of air.
Blaster Rifle: Range: AM, Price: (Gun) GD (1,000 credits), (Power Pack) FB (25 credits)
Damage: IN (40) Stunning or Energized Force
Rate: 1, Shots: 100 per power pack
Material: GD (See Macro binoculars in suit description for bonus to hit.)
Comlink: This is a personal communication device. It has a SH-X (150) range. It can broadcast over countless different frequencies. It can pick up normal Standard Clear Frequencies (SCF's) (non-restricted bands). It can monitor one specific frequency and SFC's simultaneously. It costs FB (25 credits).
Wookie Scalps: Several dangle from his belt. His Popularity with Rebels, Wookies, and the like drops by -10.


Slave I:


This is Boba Fett's personal ship. It has the following:
* CONTROL: TY (6).
* SPEED: (Atmosphere) UN (40 areas) A.S. / (Space) SH Z (200 areas) A.S. / (Hyperdrive) CL 5000/1 (5,000/1) (100 x light speed)
* BODY: RM (30) vs. Physical and Energy.
* PROTECTION: RM (30) vs. Physical and Energy. * Shields: GD (10) vs. Physical and Energy.
* Sensors: Passive: AM (50) range /// Scan: UN (100) range ///Search: SH X (150) range /// Focus: TY(06)
* Sensor Mask: -2CS to detect Slave I at ranges of MN(75) or greater.
* Sensor Jamming: -3CS to sensors to identify Slave I as a ship instead of an ion storm, -2CS to detect the ship's vapor trail.
* 2 Twin-mounted Blaster Cannons: Fire Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: SH X (74 areas), Damage: RM (30) Energized Force.
* Concussion Missile Tube Launcher: Fire Arc: Front, Fire Control: +2CS to Agility for firing; Range: AM (17 areas), Damage: EX (20) Blunt to all in 1 area.
* Ion Cannon: Fire Arc: Front, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: MN (37 areas), Damage: RM (30) disruption of electrical and mechanical devices.
* Tractor Beam Projector: Fire Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +2CS to Agility for firing; Range: UN (50 areas), Damage: RM (30) Tractor beam.
* Two Proton Torpedo Launchers: Firing Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: SH X (74 areas), Damage: None; attaches homing beacon or S-thread tracker which is mounted on dummy proton torpedoes and which magnetically attach to a target ship's hull. They have short ranges of 15-20 light years, utilizing the same technology as subspace radio's. The S-thread trackers send frequencies on HoloNet reciever bands, allowing him to track a ship to the side of the galaxy provided the ship passed HoloNet S-threads.
* Craft: Kuat Systems Engineering's Firespray Class: Firespray-31.
* Type: Sublight Patrol and Attack Craft.
* Length: 21.5 meters.
* Crew: 1.
* Passengers: 6 (prisoners).
* Cargo Capacity: IN (40) weight (40 metric tons). (It is currently converted into a high security holding area with force cages and restraints to hold the prisoners).
* Consumables: 1 month (30 days = 414,000 turns).
* Type: Space.
* Cost: N/A.
Talents: Marksman, Thrown Weapons, Languages, Astrogation, Pilot, Jet Pack Operation, Leadership, Crime, Repair-Tinkering, Computers, Demolition, Electronics, Detective-Espionage, Weapons Specialist: Mandalorian battle armor weapons.
Contacts: None. (As per employer. When job is over, it is doubtful that the employer or those in his/her/its employment will remain contacts.)
By WLB (WMLEBG@webtv.net)

BOSSK

F- RM (30)
A- TY (6)S- EX (20)
E- IN (40)
R- EX (20)
I- RM (30)
P- GD (10)
H- 96
K- 60
R- GD
P- 0 Powers: Claws EX (20) edged damage
Armor- Natural Hide TY (6) vs. Blunt damage
Equipment: Blaster Rifle RM (30) force damage
Grenade Launcher IN (40) force damage
Flamethrower RM (30) energy damage
Binders RM (30) material strength
Talents: W.P. Blaster Rifle, Martial Arts A, B, Pilot, Engineering, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics.

4-LOM

Bounty Hunter/Droid F- TY (6)
A- RM (30)
S- EX (20)
E- RM (30)
R- RM (30)
I- RM (30)
P- TY (6)
H- 86
K- 66
R- GD
P- 0
Powers: Analytical Mind- +2CS to Intuition rolls on guessing the next move of their bounties.
Body Armor GD (10)
Equipment:
Blaster Pistol- EX (20) Force damage
Stun Gas Blower- RM (30) intensity
Talents: Medicine, Law, Pilot, Buisness/Finance, Engineering, Criminology, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics, Languages.
By "MAD TITAN"

DENGAR

F- EX (20)
A- EX (20)
S- GD (10)
E- RM (30)
R- EX (20)
I- RM (30)
P- TY (6)
H- 80
K- 56
R- GD
P- 0 Equipment: Blaster Rifle- RM (30) Force damage
Concussion Grenades- IN (40) Force damage
Vibroblade- RM (30) Edged Energy damage
Talents: Guns, W.P. Blaster Rifle, Marksman, Martial Arts A, B, E, Acrobatics, Pilot, Crimonology, Detective/Espionage.
By "MAD TITAN"

IG-88

F- TY (6)
A- TY (6)
S- EX (20)
E- AM (50)
R- IN (40)
I- MN (75)
P- GD (10)
H- 82
K- 125
R- GD
P- 0 Equipment: Blaster Rifle- RM (30) Force damage
Talents: Guns, Marksman, Weapons Master, Pilot, Engineering, Criminology, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics.


SHIP IG-2000


CTRL: AM
SPEED: SH-Z (Hyper-Space CL. 5000)
BODY: AM
PROT: RM Weapons: Forward Laser Cannons- AM (50) Energy damage
Ion Cannon- IN (40) Shields do not effect this weapon.
2 Tractor Beams- MN (75) strength
By "MAD TITAN"

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          Real Estate Associate - Royal LePage - Barriere, BC   
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          Installation Technician - California State Fire Protection - Wildomar, CA   
Required license or certification:. We need a person who is ready to go into the field and perform the duties listed, immediately.*.... $18 - $25 an hour
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          Administrative Assistant I (Flex), New Business - Eastern Municipal Water District - Perris, CA   
Types and edits documents ranging from general correspondence to technical reports and spreadsheets; Experience in a government or public utility setting and/or...
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          JAVA UI Lead /Architect (Angular.JS / react.JS )   
CA-San Jose, Position : JAVA UI Lead /Architect (Angular.JS / react.JS ) Location : Flexible to relocate to East Coast in any of our project. Experience : 8 to 15 years in Front end Technology Job Description -Create html templates based on design patterns provided - manage page templates to be responsive for supporting multiple devices -close coordination with JavaScript developer for intigrating html and Jav
          Der blaue Fleck auf der Mariahilfer Straße   

Der Bürgermeister von Vorderholzing, einem imaginären Ort in der Nähe von Schilda, hatte eine Idee: Er wollte einen Badeteich bauen lassen, wusste aber nicht so recht, was die Bevölkerung davon halten würde. Also ließ er, bevor er die Bagger bestellte, in der Größe des geplanten Teichs blaue Farbe auf die Wiese leeren und lud die Bewohner ein, den neuen Teich zu testen. Ein paar Leute stellten auch ihre Liegestühle am Ufer des blauen Flecks auf oder breiteten ihre Picknickdecken aus, aber es wollte keine richtige Badestimmung aufkommen.  Der Bootsverleiher fand es zu mühsam, die Boote händisch über den blauen Fleck zu ziehen und gab nach zwei Tagen entnervt auf, auch weil dauernd Kinder mitten auf dem blauen Fleck herumliefen und ihn irritierten. Als dann die blaue Farbe auch noch Wildschweine anlockte und diese die Gegend unsicher machten, wurde die blaue Farbe wieder von der Wiese entfernt und das Projekt Badeteich abgesagt.

Wer diese Geschichte absurd findet, sollte bedenken, dass dasselbe momentan auf der Mariahilfer Straße geschieht. Auch dort wird eine irreale Situation simuliert, und ebenso wenig wie ein blauer Fleck auf einer Wiese ein Badeteich ist, ist eine zweispurige Straße mit ein paar Schildern und Bodenmarkierungen eine Fußgänger- oder Begegnungszone. Sämtliche Probleme, die derzeit in der Mariahilfer Straße auftreten und die zu Recht kritisiert werden, sind allein dadurch begründet, dass keinerlei bauliche Maßnahmen getroffen wurden, um aus einer für den Autoverkehr konzipierten Straße eine taugliche Fußgänger- und Begegnungszone zu machen.

Verkehrsteilnehmer nehmen ihre Umgebung sensuell, nicht rational wahr. Die Fahrbahn beginnt, wo die Gehsteigkante ist. Auf gepflasterten Gehsteigen ist die Gehgeschwindigkeit niedriger als auf asphaltierten. Wo es laut ist, wird niemand verweilen. Etwas, das wie eine Fahrbahn aussieht und sich wie ein solche anfühlt, ist und bleibt eine Fahrbahn, egal welche Schilder und Bodenmarkierungen dort zu finden sind. Eine Fußgängerzone wird weder von den Fußgängern noch von den anderen Verkehrsteilnehmern als solche wahrgenommen, so lange es eine vom Gehsteig getrennte Fahrbahn gibt, egal, ob diese als solche benutzt wird oder nicht.

Mehrfach konnte man lesen, dass die Fußgänger in der Mariahilfer Straße nach wie vor vor allem auf den Gehsteigen gehen und sich nicht trauen, die Fahrbahn zu überqueren. Dabei scheinen die Autoren solcher Zeilen ebenso wie die beschriebenen Fußgänger vergessen zu haben, dass es die "Fahrbahn" ja offiziell gar nicht mehr gibt! Die Raumwahrnehmung ist eben stärker als alle Verkehrsschilder, und da die Gehsteigkanten noch da sind, wird die Trennung Gehsteig/Fahrbahn auch noch als solche wahrgenommen und teilweise verzweifelt nach den verschwundenen Schutzwegen gesucht oder sogar deren Wiedereinführung gefordert, vergessend, dass in einer Fußgänger- oder Begegnungszone ja überall Schutzweg ist.

Die Busspur für den 13A scheitert, abgesehen davon, dass sie vom Betriebsrat relativ offensichtlich zu Wahlkampfzwecken genutzt wird, im Grunde am gleichen Problem: Wiener Radfahrer wissen zur Genüge, dass Radwege, die einfach nur auf Gehwege aufgemalt wurden, von den Fußgängern ignoriert werden, und zwar egal, ob sie rot, grün oder nicht eingefärbt sind. Seit letzter Woche wissen die Busfahrer des 13A, dass dasselbe auch für aufgemalte Busspuren gilt. Die Busspur des 13A hätte jedoch funktionieren können, hätte man einfach die Gehsteige bis an den Rand der Busspur vorgezogen und dort mit einer einfachen Gehsteigkante abgetrennt. Den Beweis dafür findet man ums Eck: In der Neubaugasse fährt der 13A zwischen Lindengasse und Mariahilfer Straße seit Jahrzehnten ohne Probleme, ohne Unfälle und ohne Personalproteste durch eine de facto Fußgängerzone, und zwar ohne 20 km/h-Limit und ohne rote Fahrbahn, aber eben mit einer entsprechenden Straßengestaltung.

Es ist bekannt, dass Autofahrer (und im übrigen auch Radfahrer) umso schneller fahren, je breiter eine Straße ist. In einer echten Fußgänger- oder Begegnungszone gibt es keine Fahrbahn, also sinkt die Geschwindigkeit drastisch. In der Mariahilfer Straße wurde die zweispurige Fahrbahn durch den Entfall der Parkplätze hingegen optisch auf vier Spuren verbreitert. Zu erwarten, dass dabei die Geschwindigkeit sinkt oder sich Autofahrer auf einer vierspurigen Straße an ein 20 km/h-Limit halten, ist allein schon deshalb unrealistisch, weil auf einer derart breiten Fahrbahn Geschwindigkeiten wesentlich niedriger wahrgenommen werden als sie sind.

In gleicher Weise ist es sinnlos, über Radfahrer zu schimpfen, die schneller als mit Schrittgeschwindigkeit auf einer mehrspurigen Fahrbahn fahren, auf der sich noch dazu nur relativ wenige Fußgänger bewegen. Das hat nichts mit Rücksichtslosigkeit zu tun, es wird unter diesen Bedingungen einfach nicht als Notwendigkeit wahrgenommen, weil die Fahrbahn breit und größtenteils leer ist und "ja eh Gehsteige da sind". Dass Fahrradverkehr mit Rücksichtnahme in echten Fußgängerzonen durchaus funktioniert, und zwar durchaus im Schritttempo, beweisen Beispiele weltweit, von der Rue St. Denis in Paris bis zur Tuchlauben in Wien.

Auf der Mariahilfer Straße ist also der Probebetrieb der größte Feind des Echtbetriebs. Statt eines fortschrittlichen Verkehrsberuhigungskonzeptes wird hier ein Worst-Case-Szenario getestet, nämlich ob und in wie weit man Fußgänger auf eine Fahrbahn schicken und sie dort einem zwar reduzierten, aber unregulierten Auto- und Radverkehr aussetzen kann. Das hat mit einer echten Fußgänger- und Begegnungszone ebenso wenig zu tun wie ein blauer Fleck auf einer Wiese mit einem Badeteich, und es ist zudem um einiges gefährlicher.

Dass der Vorschlag für diesen so genannten "Probebetrieb" ausgerechnet aus dem Grünen Verkehrsressort kam, ist verwunderlich, denn die Idee wirkt eher so, als käme sie aus einer teuflischen Denkfabrik des politischen Gegners (auch wenn Die Presse darauf hinweist, dass wohl eher zu viele Köche den Brei verdorben haben dürften). Sollte dieses für Wien richtungsweisende Projekt scheitern, dann liegt es nicht an der Unmöglichkeit einer Fußgänger- oder Begegnungszone, sondern einzig und allein daran, dass eine solche in der Mariahilfer Straße nie getestet wurde.

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Der Autor dieses Artikels ist Fachreferent für Technik, Verkehr und Raumplanung an der Universitätsbibliothek Wien.


          Field Service Engineer 3   
NY-New York, Performs on-site technical and operational support in the design, development, installation and maintenance of equipment and systems of a complex nature. Performs complex site surveys to develop base or installation design plans. Performs training customers to maintain and adjust complex equipment. Completes and submits reports covering all job activity. Performs in maintaining complex tools, test
          Nasdaq 100 bounces back above 50-day MA one-day after snapping long losing streak above it   

The Nasdaq 100 Index bounced sharply back above a key technical level, just one-day after an apparent breakdown, but history suggests it's still too early to assume the short-term uptrend remains intact. The index rallied 1.4% to 5,753.03, while the 50-day moving average (MA), which many chart watchers use as a dividing line between shorter-term uptrends and downtrends, extended to 5,694.58, according to FactSet. On Tuesday, the tech-heavy index closed below its 50-day MA for the first time since Dec, 6, 2016. The 138-session streak above the 50-day MA was the longest such stretch since it closed above it for 166-straight sessions through Sept. 26, 1995. Back then, after the Nasdaq 100 snapped that streak on Sept. 27, it surged 3.3% to close back above the line on Sept. 28. It then fell 8.1% over the next six sessions before hitting a short-term bottom. The Nasdaq 100 has now rallied 18.3% year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 9.0%.

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          Nasdaq logs best daily gain in about 8 months as banks, tech rally   

U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, fueled by a surge in financial and tech shares, which helped Wall Street to partially shake off Tuesday's sharp fall. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index enjoyed a run deep into positive territory, helping it cut into Tuesday's 100-point drop, and marking its best daily rise since Nov. 7, when it surged 2.4%, according to FactSet data. On Wednesday, the Nasdaq rose 1.4% to 6,234. The S&P 500 index climbed 0.9% at 2,440, representing the benchmark's best daily rise since April 24. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.7% at 21,454. Those moves come a day after equities saw their worst selloff in more than a month on the back of doubts about President Donald Trump's pro-growth agenda. The small-cap Russell 2000 nearly closed at a record, finishing up about 1.5% on the day, and highlighting the broad-based nature of the rally. Helping to support a bid for bank shares was a rise in government bond yields, with the 10-year Treasury note yield at 2.22%. Those gains were aided by European Central Bank officials attempting to tamp down the market's bearish reaction to ECB President Mario Draghi's comments on Tuesday, which were interpreted as hawkish, pushing the euro and yields globally markedly higher.

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It is good to know that the Internet of Things technology and that related to the wearables have a wider reach satisfying the needs of the various enterprises in productive ways related to a plethora of uses.
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           Talk 2 Technology & Pedagogy   
Online Education & Training - 2009 A talk about the relationship between technology and pedagogy Anita Pincas, Institute of Education, University of London.
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          Anxiety - Treatment of It with Passion!   
Our modern lifestyle has a major downside, including extreme anxiety; treatment of which can be just as stressful! Exhausting activities like deadlines, exams, interviews, performance targets, layoffs, salary cuts, unfair competition, peer pressure, time away from family and loved ones – the list goes on forever - and – and – and - it doesn’t get any easier, does it?

Oftentimes the demands may be so overwhelming that it seems almost impossible to slow down and take a deep breath. The result - we worry and lose sleep about pretty much anything and everything. This can spiral down into symptoms of anxiety and panic.

A lot can be done to relax and just slow down. One way is to help our brain produce its own natural feel-good chemicals by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grain foods; getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and exercising regularly.

Practicing relaxation techniques, meditation or taking time for a walk can all help to reduce stress levels and facilitate a feeling of calm – helping us to wind down and relax.

Many artificial remedies can produce side effects that create more problems than they resolve. The reason often is that they treat the symptoms but do not help to alleviate the cause. They can fix the pain, but hurt our stomach, or whatever.

However, natural remedies are made 100% from natural ingredients that can help to refresh our nervous system and keep our nerves settled and soothedto enable us to cope more easily with the everyday stresses of rush.

Natural remedies can help relieve anxiety; depression can be conquered – naturally.

In fact, natural remedies have been used routinely in medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system. Our grandparents knew a lot more about plants and remedies than we do! If you travel overseas you will see many countries and cultures which use daily all sorts of teas and potions made from natural substances. Are these remedies some hocus pocus? No way!

They work to relieve anxiety, stress, and all their symptoms!

There are many published clinical studies demonstrating the ability of a wide range of herbs to support the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and maintain a healthy balance - which will always assist with staying calm under pressure.

One of them is the curiously named, “Passion Flower" which is used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. In Brazil, the fruit from this beautiful flower is ground and taken as a delicious soothing juice. They don't take is as a remedy - it's a common refreshing drink at any time of day. Ask Brazilians if they are anxious! You guessed right - they are happy people!

This is the natural way to calm down. We don't have to be bound to anxiety. Treatment of anxiety can be much easier than we think. This may involve professional intervention, and of course, if in any doubt, always consult your physician. Treatment may be as simple as a natural boost of naturally occurring elements which a healthy body needs for optimum performance.


          Pressure Washing Technician - RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. - Ocala, FL   
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          Why Kerry Lost   

BOSTON—My take on the election: Vision without details beats details without vision. President Bush put forward a powerful and compelling philosophy of what the government should do at home and abroad: Expand liberty. You can disagree with Bush's implementation of that vision, but objecting to it as a matter of principle isn't a political winner. John Kerry, on the other hand, campaigned as a technocrat, a man who would be better at "managing" the war and the economy. But for voters faced with a mediocre economy rather than a miserable one, and with a difficult war that's hopefully not a disastrous one, that message—packaged as "change"—wasn't compelling enough to persuade them to vote for Kerry.

Without reliable exit-poll data, it's hard to know exactly which voters and issues decided the election, but my guess is that the Democrats will ultimately conclude that they did what they thought was necessary on the ground to win the election. Karl Rove and the Republicans just did more. (On the exit-poll question: If the initial evening exit-poll result that 5 percent of the late deciders broke for Ralph Nader had turned out to be accurate, Nader would have received more votes from among the pool of late-breaking undecideds than he ended up receiving from the entire electorate.) The Democratic confidence during the early afternoon and evening was based on more than faulty poll data. The Kerry campaign was confident that high turnout from the party base would swing the election their way.

But this election wasn't a swing, or a pendulum. There was no fairly evenly divided group in the middle of the electorate that ultimately broke for one side and made the difference. The 2004 campaign was not a tug of war between two sides trying to yank the center toward them. Instead, it was a battle over an electorate perched on a seesaw. Each campaign furiously tried to find new voters to add so that it could outweigh the other side. Both sides performed capably: Kerry received more votes than Al Gore did four years ago, and he even received more votes than the previous all-time leader, Ronald Reagan in 1984. President Bush just did even better.

Rove's gamble that he could find more Bush supporters from among nonvoting social conservatives than from the small number of undecideds in the usual voting public worked exactly as designed. The question for Democrats is whether Rove's formula will turn out to be a one-time trick tied to Bush's personal popularity and the emotional bond the nation formed with him after the trauma of 9/11, or whether the Democratic Party has been relegated to permanent, if competitive, minority status. Are the Democrats once again a regional party, the new Eisenhower Republicans of the Northeast? For seven consecutive presidential elections, the Democratic candidate has failed to garner 50 percent of the vote. Not since Jimmy Carter in 1976 has a Democrat won a majority, and even Watergate could get Carter only 50.1 percent.

The silver lining for the minority party is that the Democrats may have a slight edge in the Electoral College. Although he lost the popular vote by more than 3.5 million (a landslide in a 50-50 nation), Kerry lost the presidency by a much smaller amount: fewer than 140,000 votes in Ohio. The 2008 battleground will likely be even smaller than 2004's: Only 19 states in this election had a vote margin that within single digits. In 2000's divided America, Bush and Gore finished within 5 points of each other in 22 states. This time, Bush and Kerry came within sniffing distance of each other in half as many, 11. Despite President Bush's remarkably successful campaign, and despite the fact that he became the first president to win a majority of the vote since his father did the same in 1988, in his second term George W. Bush will preside over a country that is even more divided than it was during his first.


          Kolorowy obraz w prawie całkowitych ciemnościach   
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          The Bush Victory Party   

George W. Bush's last victory party, which took place four years ago in Austin, Texas, never quite got underway. There was some annoying business about a withdrawn concession phone call and a steady downpour of rain. This year's party, held inside the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., was in one respect an improvement. There was no rain.

The evening began in the Reagan Building's giant, sloping atrium. The GOP herded its youngish volunteers into a mosh pit, jammed between the stage and the TV cameras. Vodka tonics were consumed, and the twentysomethings seemed poised for giddy celebration. Just after 12:30 a.m., Fox News awarded Ohio to Bush, bringing the president's electoral tally, by the network's count, to 266. Four more years! Alaska followed 20 minutes later, nudging Bush to 269. Four more years! At that point, a portly man wearing a blue suit and pin-striped shirt removed his "W Is Still President" lapel pin, held it aloft like a cigarette lighter, and began to lurch toward the stage.

But as soon as the crowd began to rock, Bush's glorious night ground to a halt. More than three hours passed without Fox awarding Bush a single electoral vote. Some of the other networks refused to give him Ohio. It wasn't that the remaining states were breaking for Kerry; they simply weren't breaking at all. The country band playing at the victory celebration exhausted its playlist and began glancing up nervously at the TV monitors. A producer with a ponytail and "W" hat waddled onstage and told them to keep playing. Reporters in the press row reached for their cell phones: The news from Boston was that John Edwards would take the stage and extend the election.

Ed Gillespie, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, dashed to the podium and, in a speech that lasted for the exact duration of Edwards', declared that Kerry couldn't possibly unearth 100,000 more votes in Ohio. The crowd whooped, but malaise was setting in. Wouldn't the president just get over here and declare victory already? Better yet, wouldn't Kerry just give up?

The heavy eyes were a marked shift from the evening's start, which was brimming with cautious optimism. As Bush swept the early states, Jeremy Bouma, a member of something called the Center for Christian Statesmanship, told me the expected surge in Democratic turnout would be offset by new evangelical voters. "My prayer going into this was that the evangelical vote was the X Factor," he said. Rosario Marin, a former U.S. treasurer, thought that Bush had succeeded in increasing his support among Hispanic voters. She was telling me why Latinos did not, in fact, oppose to the Iraq war when Gillespie announced that ABC had called Florida for Bush.

Aaaaaaaaah! she screamed, into my right ear."Oh, sorry." Then: Aaaaaaaaaah! "Oh, sorry." Aaaaaaaaaaaah! I told her she should go ahead and scream. After she caught her breath, Marin said: "I'm so happy. I'm so excited. My heart is pumping. I've got to call my husband." And then she was gone.

Bush never appeared at his 2000 victory party. Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, a question arose as to whether, in fact, he would appear at this one. CNN's John King reported that Bush had stormed into Karl Rove's office and asked the guru to let him declare victory. The reporters in the press room that weren't asleep let out a whoop. King later reported that Rove told the networks that if they would just call New Mexico for Bush, the president would make his way to the Reagan Building. The message was clear: I know you're tired. So give me the damn state.

At 5:05 a.m., an end—sort of. CNN reported that Bush wouldn't appear in person Wednesday morning; Andy Card, his chief of staff, would speak in his place. Card arrived in a room with a few dozen listless Republicans and said nothing memorable. Mario H. Lopez, one of the listless, declared, "I don't know how I cannot describe this night as historic." Then he glanced at someone's watch and said, "I think we're gonna get some breakfast and then get ready to go to work."  ... 3:17 a.m.

Party Monster: Welcome to George W. Bush's "victory" party in Washington, D.C. Sorta. Us news reporters have been herded into a giant white tent, yards away from the actual party, and contact with revelers looks unlikely. This is what the mob outside Studio 54 must have looked like, if only you upped the dweeb factor.

As the Washington Post's "Reliable Source" column notedthis morning: "Reporters wishing to cover the president's election night party will have to pay $300 for the privilege of a 3-by-2-foot work space and a padded seat in a tent nearby to watch the proceedings on television. … Small groups of media will be escorted into the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building to look around—but they won't be allowed to talk to participants." For a White House that hates the press, handcuffing reporters on Victory Night seems appropriate.

Last-minute indicators of victory: The handful of people I saw shuffling out of the White House grounds looked grim. Someone who identified himself as a Homeland Security apparatchik looked ebullient. On Fox News, Bill Kristol and Mort Kondracke are wearing prepared smiles. ... 4:05 p.m.

Recriminations Watch—Hispanic-Vote Edition: In the category of what my friend Noam Scheiber calls "possibly meaningless anecdotal evidence," my relatives in Northern New Mexico report an inordinate number of Bush signs in the poor Hispanic colonias—communities that figured to go overwhelmingly to Kerry. The same relatives report that Hispanic men profess to have a cultural affinity with Bush, who they see as a tough, macho sort of guy. Again, meaningless, but it underscores a point: That's about the only thing Bush has going for him with the Hispanic community. The Bushies, who heralded their leader's minority-outreach miracles as Texas governor, have done a shoddy job of courting Hispanics since entering the White House.

A few months back, Antonio Gonzalez of the William C. Velasquez Institute told me that Kerry staffers had whiffed at the Democratic Convention. They featured too few Hispanic speakers; and the preoccupation with Iraq drew attention away from domestic issues affecting the poor. All Karl Rove had to do, Gonzalez said, was goad his keynote speakers into mumbling a few "qué pasas" and the Hispanic vote might tilt slightly to Bush. Well, it didn't happen and it hasn't happened. Most surveys show Bush polling around 30 percent to 35 percent of the Hispanic vote, about what he did in 2000. Even GOP apparatchiks, wishing for miracles, don't put Bush much above 40 percent.

If Bush loses tight races in Florida and New Mexico (and, God forbid, Nevada and Colorado), an early recrimination theory might be that Bush spent too little time chasing Hispanic voters. Then again, perhaps he didn't have a chance. The sour economy disproportionately affects Hispanic and black communities; so does the Iraq War, which draws foot soldiers from the poorest segments of the population. Though both candidates ran Spanish-language ads in the Southwest, the campaigns seemed, at times, to forget about Hispanic voters entirely. Remember the fixation on the gringo Spanish spoken (haltingly) by Al Gore and Bush in 2000? Did Bush and Kerry ignore Hispanic voters, or has the media processed them as stable members of the electorate?

Even if Bush should lose, the GOP would be wise to thank him for ratcheting up their Hispanic numbers to Ronald Reagan levels—and up from depths plumbed by the Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush campaigns. But for a man who wonEl Paso County in his 1998 gubernatorial race, 35 percent doesn't seem like much of a miracle. ... 1:11 p.m.

Tom DeLay's Poetic Justice: Tom DeLay's push to rejigger Texas' congressional districts, an effort that caused such a kerfuffle last year, has faded under the onslaught of Swift Boat Veterans, the Osama tape, and Al Qaqaa. But DeLay's gambit has been no less effective. Five Texas Democrats face re-election Tuesday in GOP-friendly districts, and even the most optimistic Dems predict that only one or two of them (probably Martin Frost or Chet Edwards) can survive. There's a better-than-even shot that allfive Democrats will lose, giving the House GOP majority an enormous boost.

But it's not all sad news. With an influx of new Republicans comes an infusion of unwitting comic genius. Most of this can be seen in the personage of Ted Poe. Poe, a former Houston felony court judge, kicked off his national political career in August by boldly proclaiming, "Now is not the time to be a French Republican."

On the bench in Houston, Poe styled himself as a remorseless, Wild West, hangin' judge in the tradition of Roy Bean. His brainchild was something he called "Poetic Justice." With "Poetic Justice," Poe sentenced criminals to public humiliations to teach them a lesson. Shoplifters who found themselves in front of Poe, for instance, had to stand outside the stores they pinched from carrying signs identifying themselves as criminals.

When a man robbed legendary Lone Ranger star Clayton Moore, Poe made the perp shovel manure 20 hours a month at the Houston police department's horse pens. The sentence was to last for 10 years.

The Club for Growth's Stephen Moore reports that Poe made convicted car thieves hand over their own cars to their victims. Convicted murderers were forced to visit their victims' grave sites; others felons had to hang their victims' pictures in their cells and, upon release, carry them in their wallets. According to the Houston Press, Poe slapped one homicidal drunken driver with the following the rap:

… boot camp; erecting and maintaining a cross and Star of David at the accident site; carrying pictures of the victims in his wallet for ten years; observing the autopsy of a drunk-driving victim; placing flowers on the graves of the two victims on their birthdays for the next ten years; and carrying a sign outside a bar that reads, "I killed two people while driving drunk."

This article describes the ambiance of Poe's Houston office: "a poster of Alcatraz, a painting of a scene from the battle of Gettysburg and a sign proclaiming, 'I really don't care how you did it up north.' "

As the Houston Chronicle reports, victims' relatives have charged that Poe would often fail to follow through on the harsh sentences—a revelation which comes as something of a relief. Slate eagerly awaits the punishments Poe metes out on congressional Democrats. ... 11:12 a.m.

A Snowball's Chance: If the election drifts into Mountain Time Tuesday, will John Kerry regret stiffing New Mexico? That's one theory being floated on Joe Monahan's superb New Mexico political blog tonight. George W. Bush visited the state Monday, Dick Cheney over the weekend. So, New Mexicans will wake up Tuesday to read triumphant Bush headlines like this and this, while they'll see news pictures of Kerry overnighting in Wisconsin.

Bill Richardson pulls all the puppet-strings in New Mexico, but there's mounting evidence that Kerry may be in trouble. The polls have looked limp. And there's a theory that Al Gore's slim margin in 2000—366 votes, all found days after the election—may be attributable to one thing: snow.

On Election Day 2000, a freak snowstorm blanketed "Little Texas," the swath of southeastern New Mexico known for its cultural and political kinship with its neighbor. Conservative voters in three counties stayed home in droves. With Gore running strong in northern New Mexico and narrowly winning Albuquerque, the snowed-in voters may have cost Bush the state.

Tuesday's weather report: This site says "rain and snow showers will linger" near the region. Kerry may need every flake and drop.  … 12:01 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 1 2004

The ESPN Primary: "Mr. President, I am wondering how you feel about taxpayers having to have a financial burden placed on them for building new stadiums and new facilities for existing teams?" So went The Candidates: Election 2004,ESPN's special last night that valiantly tried to make Tuesday's contest into a referendum on professional sports. Jim Gray, the thinking man's Ahmad Rashad, the guy who hones his interview technique on coaches trying to sneak off the court before halftime ("So, uh, how do you prepare for the second half?"), landed interviews with both candidates. With its modus operandi inching ever closer to that of Sabado Gigante, it's groovy to see ESPN put on its serious face once in a while—for the shtick to give way to grave pronouncements about THE WORLD BEYOND SPORTS. Except that Gray never acknowledged that such a thing existed.

In response to a question about ticket prices, Bush replied, "I was always concerned when I was with the Rangers that our ticket prices would become so high that the family would be priced out of baseball." Perhaps this is why Bush helped build the Ballpark at Arlington, one of the most expensive venues in baseball and one of its most soulless. For his part, Kerry repeated his I-stand-with-the-working-man pabulum, suggesting that fathers were looting their children's college funds to sit at club level.

Asked to name his favorite athlete, Kerry, of course, straddled, ticking off a fair slice of the Boston Bruins' first line and, for swing-state mojo, a handful of Detroit Red Wings. Bush got another chance to coo about his clutch performance during the 2001 World Series. And that's about as deep as our man Gray got. There are some reasonably interesting questions to ask about sports, such as why it remains one of the viciously anti-gay segments of public life, a black mark that is ignored when it isn't celebrated.

But why get huffy when you can ask both candidates, as Gray did, what should be done about Pete Rose, who after his selfless act of contrition last winter finds himself no closer to baseball's Hall of Fame? This is the kind of spitball that will get you hooted off most respectable sports radio shows, but the candidates tried their level best. Bush said Rose had never really apologized to baseball. Kerry straddled, then agreed. You could see the nervous flicker in both men's eyes—Bush: Christian values!; Kerry: Cincinnati values!—as they tried outflank one another on Charlie Hustle's quagmire.  ... 10:02 p.m.


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          Comment on The Extraterrestrial Messages of Nikola Tesla by Brian Steere   
In 'The book Wizard, the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla', a biography by Marc J. Seifer, it is clearly shown that when Tesla was first 'listening in' to radio signals relating to natural phenomena, he picked up an 'intelligent' repeated ordered signal. Because he thought himself the very first, he was unaware and unable to take into account that Marconi was running trials with the British Navy - and that that was what he picked up. And so it is also noteworthy that the very first wireless transmissions were in a sense eavesdropped - and that two rivals were invisibly entangled in such a way. It was also shown how at that time it was believed and expected that there was life on other planets - especially Mars - by many learned and respected people. There are many interesting details in the book on Tesla's personality and the times and society in which he lived - and which he played such a major role in changing - often without due acknowledgement. Although there was a cartel of corporate investment that used him and refused him - there were also aspects to his character that invited or played into this. While Tesla was a forerunner and pioneer of wireless or 'at a distance' communications and forces - he was not consciously at ease with a psychic-emotional intimacy as a direct participant in such communications, so his belief in life 'out there' and the means to communicate and travel beyond Earth's plane was normal to his thinking, his thinking recoiled from the recognition if 'incoming' intelligence THROUGH the vehicles or instruments of our physicality - even though his mental and imaginative capacities far exceeded most anyone else known in terms of uncovering, designing and testing new technological instruments without recourse to paper and plans. And so in his unique way he was an example of an incoming intelligence to the era of scientific change and technological application - wherever one ascribes that inspiration to. Some of what he invented was extremely dangerous to our level of responsibility - and some was seen as threat to the revenue streams of corporate investment and cartel power. My sense is that such power froze the development of science ever since and so what we have is a corporate capture or scientism that operates not unlike the corrupt Vatican of the previous version of abusing truths for private gratification and gain. The desire to mythologize Tesla is evident as fitting facets of his story to one the teller WANTS to be true. IE The demonisation of Edison and a good v evil narrative as a subtext for a sense of being denied or deprived by 'Them' whoever 'They' are seen to be now. Personalized blame narratives are THE device by which false ideas are protected from exposure - and correction. Yet in a sense I indicate that an ET connection is implicit to the Field of our true mental capacity - but that ET does not mean an 'alien will' but rather that a false set of ideas has alienated us from Our Self and that the physical existence is one in which all else is seen as conflicting or oppositional polarities - within which we seem to have a limited choice of pathways between birth and death by which to develop abilities of manipulation, adaptation and identification as our experience of Existence in, or rather through, form. Rewakening to the Electric Universe is re-opening to a terrain in which ancient catastrophe imprinted trauma on our species and provided the framework for such a profound experience of isolation, vulnerability and the need to mask power as well as mask to hide from it. Your thought is a vibrational attunement to your unique focus within Infinite Idea - and yet for the most part - what we take to be our thought, operates as a blocking or jamming signal. The 'matrix' of a mask or personified sense of fragmentation passes of as 'waking conscious', but as Jesus said 'My Kingdom is not of this world' - for sin, fear and guilt operate 'mind-control' and not a true sovereignty of will. Science needs to serve and align under true will and not mask itself in trojan disguise of 'serving humanity' when really fitted to the same old private agenda of self-specialness and self-blindness of presuming to assert or align in power OVER the will.
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(Also posted in How-To-Guides) “Automagicality” has been one of the banes of knowledge management, and specifically within that, understanding the technologies that go into an effective search and discovery experience, and how different technologies can be combined. Here’s an extended piece describing the elements of the search and discovery stack, and how they work individually and in concert, encompassing search, taxonomy management and text analytics for machine aided classification of content. I want to acknowledge Dave Clarke, Ahren Lehnert, Agnes Molnar, Maish Nichani and Tom Reamy for their insights and advice – though I take full responsibility for the views expressed here. Enjoy! Download article
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Here are a couple of cards I made last night.  One is a thank you card for a friend.  As well as being a talented quilter, she is also a successful beader, and yesterday she kindly gave me a pair of gorgeous beaded ear-rings. that she had recently made.

For both of them, I used a square lilac base card, then got out my faithful Sizzix and cut some square background pieces of patterned paper.  Next, I took some pieces of cream card that I had previously fed through the Sizzix inside an embossing folder, thus producing a gorgeous texture.  After being embossed, they were also die-cut to make smaller square shapes.  Taking a purple chalk inkpad  I then rubbed the ink gently over the raised pattern - this gives a lovely effect, as the colouring is light but picks out the pattern.  In the centre of the flowers, I used glitter glue to highlight. Then I added the felt butterflies, a row of self adhesive purple flowers along the bottom, and then using my pokey tool, some flowers with brad centres. Finally, I added a little glitter glue to the flower petals and the paler butterfly. 

Two beautiful, but quite simple cards, using a technique that I hope to explore more in the future.  I have just ordered from QVC some more embossing folders, new ones from Tim Holtz so it should be hours of fun experimenting with those.

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As the previous post was quite long, I decided to do a fresh post. On Tuesday, QVC had one of their regular Craft Days. Sometimes these are good value (like the aforementioned BP kit) and sometimes they are just fun to dip into and get ideas. This time though I was committed to watching quite avidly as Tim Holtz was appearing, having travelled over from the USA. Tim is an inspirational crafter and with Ranger, is responsible for a range of goodies including alcohol inks, distress inks and all sorts of other great kit, in fabulous colours. He's particularly well known for his "grunge" look but to be fair, many of his techniques and products can be used/enjoyed by any crafter who enjoys messy play. During the craft day they had a selection of goodies from Ranger that were tempting, and as the prices were good, I succumbed. I ordered a selection of 12 Stickles, a fabulous glitter glue in amazing colours which never clogs, drips or spurts. I also ordered a pack which included 3 different Distress Metallic Crackle Paint and matching Distress Stickles. Plus the TSV, which was Tim's new book, bundled with an assortment of goodies, including several products that I had seen before but never actually tried, so figured that now was the time to take the plunge. Previously, when Ranger stuff has been stocked, they've sold out very quickly, so I waited up until midnight on Monday, then ordered via the web, to be sure of getting what I wanted.
The rest of the craft day went well, as I was relaxed about having my purchases safely bagged, and could enjoy the various demos including lots with Tim and his new book. Fast forward, and on Thursday morning, the first of my parcels arrived. QVC do not bag up separate items - they always deliver them in separate packages - I was very impressed with the speed of delivery and sure enough when I opened it, it was a stack of goodies. The new book is brilliant - loads of tips, techniques and ideas, all very inspiring, both for browsing and for detailed technique following. For instance, I didn't know you could use alcohol inks to colour metal charms, so tried out this on a butterfly charm and it seems to have worked brilliantly.
On Saturday, we went out for lunch with my great aunt, leaving the dogs in the house. The postman pushed through the letterbox, two Jiffy Bags with the remaining items while we were out, and Andy decided to do what he does sometimes, and attack the post. We are actually in the process of sourcing a mailbox to affix to the side of the house, as we quite often have letters with teeth marks, rips and so on. Anyway, his teeth punctured a pot of Antique Silver Distress Crackle Paint, so when we came home, the hall was a picture. Piles of ripped and munched post, with paint everywhere, including all over the criminal, and a selection of doggy footprints in Antique Silver on the wooden floor, paint all over the hall rug, and worse of all, paint all over the sofa in the living room, which has loose covers. Clearly, having had a good munch, he decided to go and have a lie down on the sofa and rest after all the excitement.
My feelings were very mixed, to say the least. A combination of laughter (it really did look ridicolous), annoyance at my paint being wasted, and worry over the dog being poisoned by the paint, plus concern over clearing up the mess. We managed to find the pot, and reassuringly it had NON TOXIC written boldly in big letters - did this apply to greyhounds, we wondered? The criminal was bouncing round quite happily when we got home, so it obviously was not a fast acting poison (if at all) so we decided to focus on cleaning up. The hall rug is a complete write off but as it was a very cheap one from Ikea, we are not too worried about that. We stripped off the loose covers from the sofa, and immediately washed them, and worked on the floor - fortunately that came clean immediately. The guilty dog was covered in dried paint on his legs - we've now started calling him Twinkletoes since there have been no ill effects. Unfortunately, however, the paint has not come out from the sofa fabric, so we now need to check our insurance policy to see if it is worth making a claim.
Today, I've been playing with my new purchases, very happily. Andrew and Twinkletoes went for a run together this afternoon, and enjoyed themselves. I'll probably post more pics as projects get finished. All I can say is that I've started work on a little chipboard book, and am having lots of fun, involving paints, squirts, sprays, rubs, stamps and general fun.

             



A few things to update on. July of course is when I disappear from the planet to immerse myself in Tour World - all other things become secondary to that. This year's Tour finishes this Saturday so I will begin to re-emerge from my hibernation then. I'll start with some cross-stitch. One of Andrew's colleagues is expecting her first baby very shortly (approximately three weeks) so I decided to stitch a small sampler for her and her husband and the new arrival (sex unknown). This is a very pretty Joan Elliott design from a small supplement that came with the World of Cross Stitch some time ago - I like Joan Elliott's designs very much. As you can see I am stitching it on a pretty pale blue aida which has been dyed in a way to appear like clouds with little swirls of lighter and darker colours - very attractive. The design is predominantly in soft pastels and won't become distinctive until I add the backstitch at the end. There will also be beads to add which should add a very nice finishing touch. The sampler is small enough for me to feel as though I am making good progress and I am enjoying stitching it. Keeping my fingers crossed, I should have it finished, pressed, framed and a matching card stitched and made up by the time the baby arrives. I will probably pop down to Ikea for a simple frame, likely plain white wood.
Also pictured are some ATCs that I made recently for a Docrafts colour swap in pale blue. Following the wonderful day in May over at Barry, I have fallen in love with the technique of blending inks using cotton wool and in this case I started with two plain white cards. Both were coloured using pale blue ink and then a little bit of darker blue added round the edges to give an attractive shaded effect. On one, I stamped and glittered some birds, the word "Love" and some swirly motifs. On the other, I used some butterfly stickers, glitter glue, ribbon and a rose bud bow to finish the decoration. These were posted a couple of days ago, and I now have a list of other swaps waiting for me to get stuck into.

          Kerry in Black and White   

CINCINNATI—John Kerry is so concerned about the plight of American manufacturers that he's taken to doing short advertisements during his campaign events. "Go to a Web site," Kerry exhorted his audience Tuesday in Greensboro, N.C. "It could be johnkerry.com, or go some other place. Go to truth.com, if there is one. And find out what's really happening." So I went to truth.com, and I found out what was happening: "Truth Hardware designs and manufactures a complete line of hinges, locks, operators, and even remote controlled power window systems used on wood, vinyl, metal and fiberglass windows, skylights, and patio doors."

I'm hesitant to criticize Kerry for his extemporizing, because his Kerrymeandering (a word invented by my colleague Will Saletan) makes the repetition of campaigning more endurable. More important, overdisciplined Robopols who never say anything interesting are one of the many reasons to hate politics. And this Kerrymeander was merely amusing, not harmful, though a good rule of 21st-century campaigning should be, don't refer to Web sites that you haven't visited. Kerry even had the good fortune to refer to the Web site of a company that manufactures its products in Owatonna, Minn.—a swing state!

But Monday's impromptu comments were more damaging. In addition to making a joke in West Virginia about taking a shotgun with him to the presidential debates, Kerry decided it would be a good idea in Pennsylvania to talk about how he has difficulty deciding what to eat at restaurants. "You know when they give you the menu, I'm always struggling, what do you want?" he said. A cook at a local restaurant, though, solves Kerry's dilemma by serving "whatever he's cooked up that day. I think that's the way it ought to work for confused people like me who can't make up our minds what we're going to eat." Kerry has yet to mourn the fact that fewer and fewer gynecologists are able to "practice their love" with American women, but his handlers have so much confidence in him that on Tuesday they banned the national press pool from observing his satellite interviews with local TV stations.

Still, even Kerry wasn't as off-message as one of the local politicians who introduced him at the Greensboro town hall. Sure, Republicans say Kerry is a flip-flopper, the politician said, but so-called "flip-flopping" is a sign of skepticism, of being open to learning new things. "We call it thinking," he said to huge applause from the crowd. The guy must not have gotten the memo: Kerry no longer wants to be the thoughtful candidate of nuance. Like President Bush, he's discovered the virtues of moral clarity.

Bush describes the world in terms of black and white, good vs. evil. Kerry now describes the world in terms of right vs. wrong. "As the president likes to say, there's nothing complicated about this," Kerry says every time he begins his new "W. stands for wrong" speech. Kerry no longer brags about being complicated, as he did in his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. He's now as simple as Bush. As Kerry said in Greensboro, "John Edwards and I believe, deep to the core of our being, that there's an easy distinction between what's right and what's wrong."

You won't be shocked to learn which side of the line Kerry thinks Bush falls on. Bush on the war: wrong. Bush on government spending: wrong. Bush on Medicare: wrong. Bush on Social Security: wrong. Bush on outsourcing: wrong. Bush on the environment: wrong. (Kerry also referred to mankind's "spiritual, God-given responsibilities" to be stewards of the Earth.) And in Greensboro, Kerry added a new element to his "That's W., wrong choice, wrong direction," refrain. Each time, he concluded with, "And we want to make it right." Kerry did get a little overzealous about his new theme when he referred to the treasury secretary as "John W. Snow—John Snow, excuse me." After some laughter from the audience, Kerry added, "Well, he's wrong, too."

Kerry has also begun to criticize Bush for breaking promises, for not being as unwavering as he pretends to be. In West Virginia on Monday, Kerry said Bush promised in 2000 to spend more money on clean coal technology, but the money never came. In North Carolina on Tuesday, Kerry mentioned the administration's overconfident estimates of war on the cheap: "He promised that this war would cost $1 billion, and that oil from Iraq would pay for it."

The audience liked the new black-and-white, with-us-or-against-us Kerry. He was doing so well that during the question-and-answer session he felt liberated to engage in some more improvisation. A woman stood up and announced, "I'm so excited to see you. I think you're hot." Referring to his 27-year-old daughter, Vanessa, who was in the audience, Kerry said, "My daughter just buried her head. That is not the way she thinks about her father. But at my age, that sounds good." While he was talking, Vanessa Kerry looked down and stuck her fingers in her ears.


          Dubya Dubya Two   

NEW YORK—There's an old rule of thumb in high school and college debating: The first side that is forced to bring up Hitler to defend its case automatically loses. (Sorry, MoveOn.org.) Referring to Der Fuhrer is a desperate act, the crotch-kick of rhetorical devices. It may get you out of a streetfight, but it is cause for disqualification in more formal settings, like political conventions.

But if you expand the Hitler rule to include all references to World War II, President Bush would have lost this election on a technicality several years ago. After all, if reflecting the glory of the Good War upon yourself is the only way you can make the case for combat, your case isn't very good. Whenever the president is backed into a corner, he relies on a specious historical analogy to defend his policies. Iran, North Korea, and Iraq = Axis. Reconstructing Iraq = Reconstructing Japan. The analogies made by the president and his allies aren't always clear—why is Saddam, for example, compared to Hitler instead of Tojo or Hirohito?—but no one seems to notice.

This administration's embrace of Dubya Dubya Two to defend its foreign policy is as tiresome as the tendency among liberals to believe that the phrase "another Vietnam" is always sufficient proof that the antiwar side is right. So, I was going to challenge the Republican Party at this convention to make the case for its policies without referring to World War II, but it appears that I'm too late. On Sunday evening, excerpts of Rudy Giuliani's Monday night speech were e-mailed to the press. Here's Giuliani on why Bush is a good president: "There are many qualities that make a great leader, but having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader." Rudy's first example: "Winston Churchill saw the dangers of Hitler when his opponents and much of the press characterized him as a war-mongering gadfly." Come on, guys. You lost the bet, and the convention hasn't even started yet.

The hoariest cliché in politics (other than "hoariest cliché") is that elections are about the future. But it may be proven wrong this year. The Democrats held the all-Vietnam-all-the-time convention in Boston, and the Republicans look like they will flip the calendar back a few years further in New York. When the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth moved on to John Kerry's activities as an antiwar protester during Vietnam, the presidential campaign seemed to be creakily lurching toward the present, but with only two months to go, we may not have enough time to get there. And now that the GOP wants to talk about the '40s, we don't have a chance.

"We have seen these kind of times in the past. We have seen a former enemy of America, Japan, become an ally in peace," President Bush told USA Today last week. The administration strenuously objected when people tried, on the eve of war in February 2003, to compare Iraq to postwar Japan. Before the war, the Bushies got into a tizzy when anyone suggested there would be a seven-year military occupation. More like 30 days, or six months, or at the absolute maximum two years, they insisted. Now the president trots out the MacArthur comparison every chance he gets.

Earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio, I saw Bush talk about "having Kobe beef" with the prime minister of Japan. "And here we are talking about peace," he said. "Someday, an American President will be talking to a duly-elected leader of Iraq, talking about the peace, and America will be better for it." Here was Bush on Sunday in Wheeling, W.Va., combining two of the most-overused historical analogies in politics, World War II and Harry Truman: "We've done this kind of work before. One of my closest collaborators in peace is the Prime Minister of Japan. It wasn't all that long ago in the march of history that my dad and your dads were fighting the Japanese. And yet here we are, because we insisted upon the transforming qualities of liberty, we insisted that Japan be given a chance to self-govern and be a democratic nation.  We believe that even an enemy could accept liberty as a way of life. Fortunately, my predecessor, Harry Truman, stuck with that point of view." If Bush could have squeezed in a "party of Lincoln" reference and a Cold War riff, he would have hit the historical analogy Grand Slam. (For Democrats, replace "party of Lincoln" with Selma.)

George W. Bush is not FDR, and war opponents are not Neville Chamberlains. I'm tempted to engage the GOP in the historical debate to point out, for example, that one of the lessons of World War II was that international institutions like the United Nations and NATO would help keep the peace in a dangerous world. (That's something Bush claimed to believe in 1999 when he was campaigning for the presidency for the first time. "My goal, should I become the president, is to keep the peace," Bush said in his first debate in New Hampshire, according to Frank Bruni's Ambling Into History. "I intend to do so by strengthening alliances, which says, 'America cannot go alone.' ") Or to point out that the reconstruction of Japan—no sovereignty, no flag, no national anthem, no diplomatic relations—was very different from the Bush policy in Iraq. Or, for those who prefer the Cold War analogy, that President Kennedy agreed during the Cuban Missile Crisis to remove missiles from Turkey in exchange for Khrushchev's removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba.

But that makes it sound like we should be negotiating with Osama Bin Laden over Turkey, which obviously isn't the case. So let's just say that historical analogies are, on their own, insufficient to prove much of anything. I say Saddam, you say Hitler. Let's call the whole thing off.


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          I'm a War Vice President   

BOSTON—I admit it. I don't get it. John Edwards is a perfectly fine public speaker, and compared to the likes of Bob Graham, he's Cicero, but I've never understood the press corps' crush on him. Of all the Democratic presidential candidates with whom I shared a small one-on-one encounter—even a handshake and a quick question—I found Edwards the least personally charming. Wesley Clark was a stiff shouter in speeches, but he had a likable way of engaging in locker-room razzing with the media. Howard Dean, the candidate whose stump persona (at least until he began messianic chanting) most closely resembled the one he put forth to the press, had a regular-guy air. Even John Kerry was hands-on, a guy who would put his arm around you to bring you into his circle. The awkward forcedness of the moment was part of its A-for-effort appeal.

Edwards, on the other hand, was guarded, bland, and impenetrable when I sat down for a 30-minute interview with him last September in a supporter's home in Sioux City, Iowa. He had nothing to say beyond the confines of his scripted talking points, even on the subject of his home state of North Carolina's recent pilfering of Roy Williams from my beloved Kansas Jayhawks (beyond conceding, "I wanted Roy baaaaad"). He showed no interest in small talk or idle conversation, just question, response, stop. Question, response, stop. The candidate Edwards most resembled was Dick Gephardt, who was similarly suspicious during my 10-minute encounter with him, but at least Gephardt displayed a deep knowledge of policy. And I didn't mind because, hey, you don't expect to be charmed by Dick Gephardt.

But Edwards' great strength as a candidate is supposed to be his ability to melt people with his winning smile. I was initially impressed by his public charm, particularly the first time I saw him deliver his revamped "Two Americas" stump speech in January. But that quickly wore thin, too. His delivery appears artful at first, but with repetition I saw it as rote and mechanical, so practiced that it's a little bit creepy. I find him as inscrutable as I did in that Iowa living room 10 months ago. As the campaign continued and Edwards kept drawing rave reviews, even from Republicans, I started asking myself: What's wrong with me?

With those doubts in mind, like everyone else I waited for Edwards' moment to arrive Wednesday night with anticipation. I wanted to see him deliver a new speech, a piece of oratory worthy of a presidential nominating convention. Edwards delivered that speech, a captivating declaration of the ways a Kerry-Edwards administration would wage the war on terror. Edwards was sure and forceful, and he outlined a powerful alternative to the Bush administration's war. Unfortunately, he took until the fifth page of the transcript of his seven-page speech to get to that play-within-the-play, and the minispeech was finished by the middle of the sixth page. The speech I wanted to see was bookended by disappointment.

The opening wasn't awful, but it wasn't particularly good, either. I was touched to hear Edwards mention his son Wade, who died in a car accident eight years ago and whom he writes about with grace in his book Four Trials. I don't recall hearing Edwards ever say the word "Wade" in public before. I once saw him tell a voter that he had four children, and then he named only three: Cate, Emma Claire, and Jack.

After that moving—perhaps only to me—moment, Edwards transitioned into the John-Kerry-served-in-Vietnam portion of his address. Maybe it's nitpicky, but some of the assertions he made, and has made before, aren't exactly accurate. He said that Kerry's decision to beach his Swift boat while under fire was made "in a split-second," which isn't right. It was a decision Kerry had talked about and hashed out with his crew in advance. That doesn't make it less brave or less brilliant, but the story ought to be told the right way.

Likewise, Edwards implied that Kerry knew that captaining a Swift boat was a dangerous duty when he volunteered for it, which isn't true. When Kerry asked for Swift duty, he wasn't asking for a combat job. It was only later that the Swifts' role in the war changed. Again, that fact doesn't detract from John Kerry's valor. In fact, it makes Kerry more understandable, more human. It shows how Kerry, an opponent of the Vietnam War before he enlisted, ended up unhappily—but with distinction—participating in it. Without that element of his story, Kerry becomes a thoughtful and serious young man, skeptical about Vietnam, who enthusiastically asks to be allowed to ship out and kill people he thinks of as innocents. I prefer the story of a man who got put in a situation he didn't ask for but did his duty anyway.

After Kerry-in-Vietnam, Edwards shifted into son-of-a-mill-worker mode, followed by Two Americas. He was, however, more substantive than usual, listing off specific policies a Kerry administration would seek to enact: tax credits for health care, child care, and college tuition, paid for by an increase in taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. I think rolling back the high end of the tax cuts is a good idea, but if a lot of Americans thought they were in the top 1 percent four years ago, how many think they are in the top 2 percent? He should have given us a salary figure.

But whatever flaws marred the portions of the speech about domestic policy, they were erased by the masterful section on foreign policy and the war on terrorism. About 20 minutes into his speech, Edwards painted the images of Sept. 11—"the towers falling, the Pentagon in flames, and the smoldering field in Pennsylvania"—and he mourned the nearly 3,000 who died. Unlike many of the speakers during the convention's first three days, Edwards didn't refer to 9/11 as a lost opportunity or a nostalgic period of national unity. He noted it as a tragedy that plunged the nation into war.

Edwards criticized the Bush administration for dragging its feet on intelligence reform, and he promised better homeland security, safer ports, and more money for first responders—firefighters, cops, and emergency medical technicians. He also promised more dead terrorists. "And we will have one clear unmistakable message for al-Qaida and the rest of these terrorists," he said. "You cannot run. You cannot hide. And we will destroy you." And on the subject of Iraq, Edwards declared that America would win. He promised more special forces, a modernized military, stronger alliances, and he even said the magic words I didn't expect to hear: "a democratic Iraq."

Not long after that, he went back to heart-tugging and platitudes, and I was again wondering why I don't get it. But one moment moved me, though you had to have watched Edwards closely for the last year to catch it: He adapted the conclusion of Four Trials, the book in which he talks most freely about Wade, for the speech. The last lines of the book are nearly the same as the ones Edwards said, near the very end of the speech, when he talked about the lessons he has learned during his sometimes tragic life. One lesson, Edwards said, is that "there will always be heartache and struggle—you can't make it go away. But the other is that people of good and strong will can make a difference. One is a sad lesson and the other's inspiring. We are Americans and we choose to be inspired."

I saw it as a second mention of his son, this one a more private one, to pay tribute to the one member of the family who couldn't share this night with his dad.


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          Fleet Service Technician - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
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          Senior Engineer - Caterpillar - Mossville, IL   
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          Howard Dean's Very Bad Night   

DES MOINES, Iowa—"Prove it or not," Howard Dean told his supporters at a rally Sunday in Davenport. "Now is the time to see if this works," to see if the unorthodox, Internet-fueled campaign assembled by Dean and his campaign manager, Joe Trippi, translates into votes. "Tomorrow, at 6:30 p.m., you can prove it or not." The answer Iowans gave him was a raspberry: Or not.

I attended a West Des Moines caucus Monday night with Dean's Iowa press secretary, Sarah Leonard, and her feeling about the race was that it would be close, so close perhaps that they wouldn't be able to call it that night. She felt it was a three-way race, between Dean, Kerry, and Gephardt. "Edwards, I just don't think you can build an organization in 48 hours," she said. But it wasn't close. Momentum beat organization, both Dean's digital one and Gephardt's analog one. (Leonard did say before the caucus, however, that the rumor that Dean had a hard count of 50,000 was preposterous. "If we had a hard count of 50,000, I'd probably be at the Val Air," she joked, referring to the ballroom site of Dean's caucus night party.)

The results from our caucus reflected the results of the 1,992 other caucuses in the state in one respect: Kerry got twice as many delegates as Howard Dean, four to two (with John Edwards picking up four as well). There were lots of new and first-time caucus participants, so many that the organizers ran out of forms to register them. But they weren't the new voters the Dean campaign wanted. George Davey, the precinct captain for the Dean campaign, said he was hoping for 25 to 50 Dean voters between the ages of 18 and 25, but only one showed up. "I think if we could blame [Dean's loss] on anyone, blame it on the 18- to 25-year-olds, because they were nonexistent," he said.

Davey, who is 37, also said Dean needed to be less negative toward his opponents. And another Dean volunteer, Toby Sackton, a 57-year-old from Boston, complained that Dean's television ads weren't any good. "We saw three ads, one by Kerry, one by Edwards, and one by Dean. Dean's was by far the worst," he said. "It was an ad aimed at getting the supporters out," not appealing to voters who didn't already like Dean.

I think there's something to Sackton's complaint. I heard four or five Dean radio ads on my drive to the caucus, all with the same message: Dean had the courage to stand up to President Bush on the war while the other major candidates folded. Dean's saturation TV ads focused on nefarious "corporations" and "special interests" and "Washington insiders," rather than the things I'd seen Dean use on the stump (in addition to his stance on the war) to appeal to voters who hadn't heard of him already: his Vermont record of balanced budgets, health care, and the state's "Success by Six" program for children.

In his final days in Iowa, Dean's campaign was about his campaign. To the extent issues were at stake at all, Dean's message focused on the past—Do you want a candidate who was against the war, as Dean put it in Davenport, "not now, but then"?—while John Kerry focused on a future consideration—Do you want a candidate who will raise your taxes? Beyond the war, Dean hit three notes: What his opponents said and did in 2002 and 2001, the fact that he's raised lots of money in small donations over the Internet, and tiresome bromides about the special interests/corporations/Washington insiders. It's a high-tech version of Al Gore's "people vs. the powerful" campaign. That's not good enough.

Four years ago, George W. Bush rebounded from a surprisingly large defeat in New Hampshire by co-opting his opponent's message and recasting himself as a "reformer with results." Dean might do the same. If he's got a tax cut in his back pocket, it's time to bring it out. And he needs to do a better job of introducing himself and his record to voters who haven't been paying attention to the campaign for six months or a year.

The early signs of that happening aren't auspicious. Rather than reaching out to the unconverted, Dean fired up his base of supporters at the Val Air. He grinned, ripped off his jacket, rolled up his sleeves, and flung an orange "Perfect Storm" hat into the crowd. Then he started waving an American flag. Walter Shapiro's metaphor of Dean as an "aging rock star reduced to reprising his greatest hits in smaller and smaller clubs" never felt more apt.

At the Hotel Fort Des Moines bar on Saturday night, the New Republic's Ryan Lizza told Dean strategist Steve McMahon that his campaign needed a new message. McMahon shook his head. You and I are in different businesses, he said. The press is bored with our message, but we need to dance with the girl that brung us. I think McMahon's wrong. I think Dean's campaign became much more anti-business and much less moderate than it was six months ago, and it became a campaign about a messianic figure and his movement rather than a blunt, moderate Democrat and his policies. But even if McMahon is right, he must know by now that it's time to find another girl.


          Analyst / Developer - Portal - 22 — (6982091) - L&T Technology Services - Mossville, IL   
You will develop your professional network and leadership skills, assisting in the creation and support of IT Solutions that enable Caterpillar success....
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          Design/Standard Tech IV - 18 - Tata Technologies - Mossville, IL   
Orders will come in from all over the world, as Caterpillar is a global company. Build prototype wiring harnesses in support of New Product or Technology...
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          Sr Engineering Project Team Leader – 25 (6951458) - L&T Technology Services - Mossville, IL   
This is a position for a systems engineer to develop Telematics on-board systems for Caterpillar machine & engine applications....
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          Embedded Firmware Engineer - L&T Technology Services - Mossville, IL   
Develop components based on AUTOSAR architecture for the new platforms and modify the existing components that will adhere safety standards set by Caterpillar....
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          A Browser's Guide to Campaign 2004, Cont'd   

On Aug. 14, 1991, Vermont Gov. Richard Snelling died and was replaced by his mostly unknown lieutenant governor. The state's press corps could only wonder, "Who is Howard Dean?" writes David Moats, the editorial page editor of the Rutland Herald, in the introduction to Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man Who Would Be President. The book is written by "a team of reporters for Vermont's Rutland Herald & Times-Argus" who purport to know Dean best. Moats writes, "It took the next decade for those of us in the press, and our readership, to gain an understanding of the energetic, ambitious politician who was sworn into office that summer afternoon in 1991."

Unfortunately for the nation, the Vermont press corps can't give us 10 years to gain an understanding of Howard Dean. Instead, they've given us 245 pages. The book sketches a pretty positive portrait, but fair or not, the juicy parts tend to be Dean's lesser-known lowlights:

Like father, unlike son: After being rejected for World War II service "on medical grounds," Dean's father volunteers for a civilian job helping the Allied cause in North Africa. (When Dean bypassed Vietnam under similar circumstances, he went skiing.)

Strange bedfellows: Brother Jim Dean (who now works for the campaign) describes his brother's 1971 graduation from Yale: "We get to Howard's room, and he isn't there, but there are a bunch of people apparently living there who aren't Yale students but are kind of street people with tattoos and all."

Governor who? On the day he took office, "Dean was considered a relatively minor figure, almost a lightweight," writes Darren Allen, chief of the Vermont Press Bureau. "Democratic Lt. Gov. Howard Dean outstripped other Vermont politicians for anonymity," the Associated Press had reported that morning. "Dean has been elected to statewide office three times, but 39 percent of those questioned had no opinion of him or had not heard of him."

Lights out: In one of Dean's first major decisions as governor, he sided with power companies in favor of a 25-year contract to purchase electricity from Quebec. Environment groups opposed the project because of Hydro-Quebec's damming of state rivers; human-rights groups worried about the fate of the Cree Indians, whose land would be flooded; and consumer groups worried whether the plan would even save Vermont money. The consumer groups, at least, turned out to be right: "In the late 1990s, Vermont's two biggest power companies nearly became insolvent as they struggled to pay what turned out to be high costs for Quebec power." Vermont consumers and businesses received "steep rate increases."

Not-so-green Dean: As governor, Dean turned out to be pro-conservation but anti-regulation, a position that some environmentalists find hard to reconcile. The state bought and preserved more than 470,000 acres of wild land, but Dean's administration also gutted or ignored Vermont's environmental regulations in order to land new business development. Upon retirement, the executive officer of Vermont's Water Resources Board charged Dean's administration with underfunding the state's Agency of Natural Resources and with politicizing environmental science: "ANR has not been given the resources to adequately do its job and too often the scientifically sound recommendations by ANR technical staff are overruled in final permit decisions by political appointees." (Dean's budget chief admits in the book that some agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources, were underfunded: "I agree that they didn't have enough money to do what they were authorized to do.")

In general, Dean showed a disdain for Vermont's legal and regulatory processes in favor of ad hoc deal-making and what he called "common sense" and "reason." Dean's critics say he abandoned a 20-year approach of appointing locally respected officials to environmental commissions. Instead, he "seems to have looked to people who wouldn't oppose his philosophy, who wouldn't demand tiresome scientific data and who wouldn't mind working for a governor who might inject himself in cases," writes Hamilton E. Davis, former managing editor of the Burlington Free Press. Some of Dean's defenders argue that he "never really understood the damage he was doing to the regulatory system."

Like governor, like candidate: Dean "never quite grasped the idea that he was something other than a normal guy," Davis writes. "He was smarter than most, of course, and with an unusual job, but otherwise he seems to have considered himself an ordinary guy who could say pretty much whatever crossed his mind without getting too wrought up over it."

More love from fellow Democrats: The book relies in many places on All Politics Is Personal, a memoir by Ralph Wright, the Democratic speaker of the Vermont House during much of Dean's political life in the state. "I guess this was the one thing I never could understand about Howard Dean. He always seemed so ready to abandon his cause at the first sign of defeat," Wright complains. "Maybe it was his medical training that toughened him to the certain failures that awaited us all. Maybe it was an unwillingness to have any cause at all, at least any cause for which he was willing to risk his political skin. … It wasn't just causes he was willing to abandon, he was capable of acting the same with people."

Safety second: Dean, at a press conference explaining why he wanted Vermont's Agency of Transportation to stop removing some steep rock walls along a section of the interstate that the agency had deemed too dangerous: "I got sick and tired of looking at [the construction] on my way back and forth between Montpelier and Burlington. … I'm not a safety expert. … If someone gets killed, then it's one someone who didn't have to die. It's very hard to second-guess this. But I react the way a Vermonter has to, to this. I don't like it."

Davis, the former Burlington Free Press managing editor, cites the incident as a good example of Dean's managerial style, "which was to give the agency secretaries something close to full autonomy, but then to hold them accountable publicly." 

Dean's Kentucky campaign begins poorly: Letters received by Dean after he signed Vermont's civil-unions bill: "I was really sorry to read where you have allowed the passage of a bill recognizing queers to marry," wrote someone from Kentucky, "who vowed never to vacation in Vermont again." "I have been a Democrat all my life, but now that the Democrats are turning into queers, I am switching to the Republican Party. I hope you and all your queer buddies rot in hell."

Another said, "Dean Is a Faggot Lover. All Homosexuals, Go to Vermont, Dean Loves You. All Normal People, Stay Away From Vermont. A State Full Of Perverts—Run By Perverts. Boycott Fag Run Vermont." On one fund-raising walk after the bill-signing, an elderly woman walked up to Dean and said, "You fucking, queer-loving son of a bitch."


          How To Treat Sunburn And Look After Your Skin During Hot Weather.   
It’s hard to resist soaking up the first few rays of summer sunshine, (while it lasts) but sometimes lounging in the sun can come with a heavy price. If you forget to put on your sunblock, you can end up with a nasty and painful sunburn.

The outer layers of your skin become inflamed by overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and the affected area gets hot and tender. Fortunately, there are some tried and true home sunburn remedies that can soothe your stinging skin. Try these ten suggestions to cool off, but remember: repeated sunburns cause your skin to age more rapidly, and increase the risk of cancer, so slather on that sunscreen the next time you venture into the sun.

1. Soak it up. For immediate relief, soak the sunburned areas in cold water (but not ice water) or with cold compresses for 15 minutes. The cold reduces swelling and wicks away heat from your skin.

2. Take a dip. If you’re burned all over, take a soak in a cool bath to which you’ve added oatmeal. You can either buy a colloidal oatmeal product, such as Aveeno, or simply grind up a cup of oatmeal in a food processor and add it to your bath.

3. Give yourself a green tea compress. Brew up a pot of green tea and let it cool. Soak a clean cloth in the tea, and use it as a compress for sunburned areas. The tea contains ingredients that help protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage and reduce inflammation.

4. Freshen up with mint. Use the cooling, aromatic qualities of peppermint to quell the scorch of a sunburn. Either make peppermint tea or mix two drops of peppermint oil with a cup of lukewarm water. Chill the concoction and gently bathe the sunburned area.

5. Bring veggies to the rescue. For extra-painful spots of sunburn, rub the area gently with sliced cucumber or potato. They contain compounds that cool the burn and help reduce swelling.

6. Try some vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid—one of the components of medications such as Aspirin. It can help ease sunburn pain, itching, and inflammation. Soak a few sheets of paper towels in white vinegar, and apply them to the sunburned areas. Leave them on until the towels are dry. Repeat as needed.

7. Take a vinegary bath. If the sunburn itches, take a cool bath, but add two cups of vinegar to the bathwater before you get in.

8. Coat yourself. Mix baking soda and vinegar to make a thick paste, and slather it over the sunburned areas. Apply the salve before bedtime, and leave it on overnight.

9. Make your bed sunburn-safe. Sprinkle your sheets with corn starch to minimise painful chafing. (Use this technique only for bad sunburns, since you’ll have to wash the sheets afterwards.)

10. Go for aloe. Apply a light coating of pure Aloe Vera to the sunburned skin, using either a fresh piece from the plant or in the gel form you can buy at the drugstore. If you buy the gel, make sure it’s 100% pure Aloe Vera.

Some also say that pure natural yogurt smeared over sunburn has healing properties, however the best remedy is PREVENTION. Always use good quality sun screen, wear protective clothing, and avoid direct sun exposure.

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          Comment on Registration Form by Blogging Workshops in May | Libraries News and Information   
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          Comment on OSU Libraries IT Infrastructure Move January 5 by IT Announcements: Project Updates, Training, and Planned Maintenance - Information Technology   
[…] Beginning at 7:00 am on January 5, IT will be moving OSUL servers and storage devices to the State of Ohio Computer Center (SOCC). Available services will include: internet, email, calendars, printing, and a single web page at library.osu.edu. Get more details about the infrastructure move. […]
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          Planning Technician I - City Of Edmonton - Edmonton, AB   
Planning Technician I Job Number : 29732 If you are an energetic and experienced Planning Technician with excellent writing skills and a strong interest in $62,958 - $79,135 a year
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          Automotive Service Technician Apprentice - Kingston Volkswagen and Audi - Kingston, ON   
Looking for a hard working service technician apprentice that wants to work for a franchise dealer. If you're looking for a fast paced environment that delivers...
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          Squeezing Water From the Sea   

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By forcing salt water against polymer membranes that trap salt ions and allow fresh water through, reverse osmosis (RO) desalination is an effective water treatment technique. It is relatively expensive, however, due to the energy used to push water molecules through the membrane. But a remarkable facility in Israel, is demonstrating that desalination may be

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          Process Control Technician - Invista - Kingston, ON   
Utilizing computerized control systems, as well as manual operation of equipment, the Process Control Technician will learn to control the processing and flow... $26.70 an hour
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          Online Teacher for Children - Pandadar Canada - Kingston, ON   
The teacher will teach a class of 4-6 yrs old children remotely in a technology-based teaching environment whereby teachers are projected on a large screen in... $18 - $30 an hour
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          Give Your Outdoor Portraits a Natural “Dreamy” Look with This Creative Photoshop Technique (VIDEO)   
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Summertime offers photographers a great opportunity for outdoor portraiture, and the tutorial below illustrates a simple technique for using Photoshop to add something special to your images.

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          MILSATCOM Technician - BAE Systems - Grønland   
Job Description: 1. BASIC FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: The MILSATCOM (MSC) technician is responsible for performing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the Military
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          By: Jamie Franklin   
I would love to see Jenson replace Webber at Red Bull. He's quick, smooth and has fantastic technical knowledge, he would fit right in. Obviously, I don't know him personally, but he seems like a very easy going person and would do much better than most other candidates. A team, in my opinion, needs two drivers which are from different ends of the spectrum. Vettel is young, a little bit lacking in experience and has shown to be very fast, so why would the team take on Hamilton when he's in the same sort of position? Not to mention, Hamilton has mentioned in the past about wanting to stay at McLaren for his whole career. Sebastian + Jenson + Red Bull would be a great combination in my opinion, but that's just me. I've never been a great supporter of McLaren, the only reason I want them to do well is because of Jenson xD. But ten years of support for a driver will do that to you.
          Technology Solutions Professional Global Black Belt IoT - Microsoft - Danmark   
What Joining the Microsoft Team Means Microsoft envisions a world where passionate innovators come to collaborate, envisioning what can be and taking their
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          When the abuser is your coach   
  I just don’t get it.  It isn’t like technology is a new thing. We’ve been on camera since 7-Eleven put in Slurpee machines. Somebody is filming you most everywhere you go nowadays. Everybody has a smart phone. If you haven’t figured it out by now, if you act up, chances are you will be an overnight [Read More...]
           Abnormal Tribological Behavior of Multiwalled Nanotube Rafts Part I: Aligned Rafts    
Yang, Wei and Wang, Hongtao and Huang, Y.. (2005) Abnormal Tribological Behavior of Multiwalled Nanotube Rafts Part I: Aligned Rafts. Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, 127 (4). p. 383. ISSN 00944289
          Everything about Pussy Fingering: Making Her Touch The Sky   
Fingering Vagina

Fingering is one of the most erotic ways of making your wife or girlfriend reach orgasm. If done well, this sexual technique can make your partner experience maximum pleasure – even harder than what your penis or mouth can do. If you are not confident with yourself, do not fret! There are a few tips on how you can make your chick scream for more.

Fingering vagina requires that know how many fingers will make your girl feel the heavens. Start with one finger, then two… depending with what she is ok with. But before penetrating inside her pussy, aim for her clit; the main point of stimulation for every woman. The clit, better known as clitoris, is located at the upper part of the pussy-lips above the entrance of the vagina. You’ll have to spread her lips so as to see it – it resembles a small bean seed.

Many girls like it slow, soft and very gently. Make sure your finger is nice and wet when handling the 'stimulator' -- clit; use a lube or better still, your mouth to keep them dripping. There is also another option; if her cunt is really wet, dip two of your fingers gently in her hole to get them wet enough before going for her bean.

Cunt fingering Solo

If she is not wet, don’t rush to play with her G-spot. Start by touching and kissing her on her mouth, including other places like the ears, the neck, suck her earlobes going down to the nipples. Kiss her tummy, then her inner thighs, legs and toes; suck the toes, then finally passionately kiss her ass whispering dirty talk gently up her ear. Do whatever it takes to get her pussy wet, you can even ask her how she likes it best, or get some heads-up from fingering vagina at EroticVideosex.com tube.

When she’s wet, this means she is ready. Gently place the two fingers – the index and the middle finger are great candidates for this – over her clitoris, then softly rub and tease side to side, up and down, and around it. As you do this, always try to be as delicate and light as you can. Tease and play with it as if you are playing with delicate petals of a rose flower. When she gets turned on, you’ll start to feel it swelling and expanding. In case your fingers get dry, spit on her clit or use a pussy juice to keep them really wet.

Know how to set the right amount of tempo by finding the regular motion that she likes, and do it again and again. When she is squirming and getting into it, work your way inside her hole using the two fingers touching the top of the vagina in such a way that feel a rough part when you are about 3 inches inside her. The fleshy patch of skin situated inside on the top is what we call the G-spot! Push up and down ensuring that you reach the G-spot, and as you do this, licking and sucking her clit will work wonders – trust me.

Repeat the motion slowly increasing the tempo, and when she starts to get into her sexual might, do not stop! With the nice pussy fingering, she should start throbbing, gyrate, and then have a really powerful orgasm. For additional information, please check how guys do it in free porn movies.


          Novel Nonparametric Methods For ROC Curves   

The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve is a widely used graphical method for evaluating the discriminating power of a diagnostic test or a statistical model in various areas such as epidemiology, industrial quality control and material testing, etc. One important quantitative measure summarizing the ROC curve is the area under the ROC curve (AUC). The accuracy of two diagnostic tests with right censored data can be compared using the difference of two ROC curves and the difference of two AUC's. Moreover, the difference of two volumes under surfaces (VUS) is investigated to compare two treatments for the discrimination of three-category classification data, extending the ROC curve to the ROC surface in the three-dimensional case.

A few scientific progresses have been achieved in ROC curves and its related fields over the past decades. In this dissertation, we propose a plug-in empirical likelihood (EL) procedure combining placement values and weighting of inverse probability techniques, to construct stable and precise confidence intervals of the ROC curves, the difference of two ROC curves, the AUC's and the difference of two AUC's with right censoring. We proved that the limiting distribution of the EL ratio is a weighted $\chi^2$ distribution. Furthermore, we introduce a jackknife empirical likelihood (JEL) procedure to explore the difference of two correlated VUS's with complete data. We proved that the limiting distribution of the proposed JEL ratio is a $\chi^2$ distribution, i.e., the Wilk's theorem holds. Extensive simulation studies demonstrate that the new methods have better performance than the existing methods in terms of coverage probability of confidence intervals in most cases. Finally, the proposed methods are applied to analyze data sets of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC), Alzheimer's disease, etc.


          Six people sentenced for participating in international stock manipulation scheme   
A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced six people for their roles in an international stock manipulation scheme that involved the illicit use of bulk commercial e-mails, a technique often known as "spamming.
          Synchronization in Dynamical Networks with Mixed Coupling   

Synchronization is an important phenomenon which plays a central role in the function or dysfunction of a wide spectrum of biological and technological networks. Despite the vast literature on network synchronization, the majority of research activities have been focused on oscillators connected through one network. However, in many realistic biological and engineering systems the units can be coupled via multiple, independent networks. This thesis contributes toward the rigorous understanding of the emergence of stable synchronization in dynamical networks with mixed coupling. A mixed network is composed of subgraphs connecting a subnetwork of oscillators via one of the individual oscillator's variables. An illustrative example is a network of Lorenz systems with mixed couplings where some of the oscillators are coupled through the x-variable, some through the y-variable and some through both. This thesis presents a new general synchronization method called the Mixed Connection Graph method, which removes a long-standing obstacle in studying synchronization in mixed dynamical networks of different nature. This method links the stability theory, including the Lyapunov function approach with graph theoretical quantities. The application of the method to specific networks reveals surprising, counterintuitive effects, not seen in networks with one connection graph.


          Computational Study in Chaotic Dynamical Systems and Mechanisms for Pattern Generation in Three-Cell Networks   

A computational technique is introduced to reveal the complex intrinsic structure of homoclinic and heteroclinic bifurcations in a chaotic dynamical system. This technique is applied to several Lorenz-like systems with a saddle at the center, including the Lorenz system, the Shimizu-Morioka model, the homoclinic garden model, and the laser model. A multi-fractal, self-similar organization of heteroclinic and homoclinic bifurcations of saddle singularities is explored on a bi-parametric plane of those dynamical systems. Also a great detail is explored in the Shimizu-Morioka model as an example. The technique is also applied to a re exion symmetric dynamical system with a saddle-focus at the center (Chua's circuits). The layout of the homoclinic bifurcations near the primary one in such a system is studied theoretically, and a scalability ratio is proved. Another part of the dissertation explores the intrinsic mechanisms of escape in a reciprocally inhibitory FitzHugh-Nagumo type threecell network, using the phase-lag technique. The escape network can produce phase-locked states such as pace-makers, traveling-waves, and peristaltic patterns with recurrently phaselag varying.


          Représentant des ventes internes CVAC/R - Wolseley - Rouyn, QC   
Faire la promotion des produits et renseigner les clients en fonction de leurs besoins en leur fournissant les informations techniques nécessaires sur les...
From Wolseley - Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:41:05 GMT - View all Rouyn, QC jobs
          LIBELLE   
Librería suelo-techo de metal
          CALABRONE | Foco de techo   
Foco de techo LED de pared ajustable
          Comment on How Can A Dream Matter? by Liv Dietrich   
Wonderful dreams of 1) the hand off of your ministry from your husband to yourself 2) a picture of technology as God to the younger generation 3) impending chaos of the last days for people on the wrong side of God
          Karkoa – Sac de Sports   
Karkoa – sac de Sports               La startup Karkoa propose des sacs de sports haut de gamme. Cette marque française de bagagerie souhaite améliorer votre quotidien en vous proposant des sacs de sport facile à utiliser.   Les sacs de sport Karkoa sont intuitifs et spécialement adaptés aux sportifs qui font du sport après le travail. Chaque solution technique a été proposée, testée et validée par des utilisateurs : foot, squash, fitness, etc… A vélo, en métro ou en voiture, toutes les situations ont été pensées avec des utilisateurs. Nous avons pu tester le Sac à dos sport Smartbag 40. Ce sac très fonctionnel (surnommé « Le vestiaire du sportif ») offre des dimensions adaptées : 40L, 55 x 35 x 25 cm (compatible cabine d’avion) et u...
          Compression Skins   
J'ai eu la chance de pouvoir tester le matériel de compression de la marque Skins. En pleine préparation pour l'UTMB fin Aout, ça tombe bien ! J'ai tout d'abord pu tester le cuissard SKINS A400 Men’s Half Tights :  Ce cuissard est composé de cinq tissus techniques différents pour améliorer les performances, et notamment il régule la pression exercée sur les groupes musculaires des jambes, ce qui est gros avantage pour un coureur comme moi ayant des problèmes de TFL. Autre point important en vue de l'UTMB : leur technologie ADAPTIVE permet de rester au frais lorsqu’il fait chaud et au chaud lorsqu’il fait frais. Pour l'instant je n'ai pu le tester que dans des conditions "chaudes" (30°C déjà sur Barcelone!) et j'avoue que j'en suis ravi ! La transpiration s'élimine très rapidement et évite le surchauffage que provoque souvent les cuissards dans de telles contio...
          Partenariat : Ultra Magazine   
Partenariat : Ultra Magazine Un nouveau partenariat qui va me permettre de profiter d'Ultra Mag, le magazine des Ultras et des Sports d'aventures ! Tous les 2 mois, retrouvez chez votre buraliste préféré le meilleur des Sports d'endurance : compte rendu de courses, conseils techniques, conseils psychologiques pour appréhender ces épreuves d'ultra-distances, etc ... Découvrez vite Ultra Mag, le sport de zéro à l'infini ! www.ultramag.fr        Toute l'actu sportive en direct et en continu est sur Actu Sports Video !    ...
          Phonewire Introduces Phonetic™ Voicemail to Text Transcription Technology Upgrade   

Phonetic converts voicemail messages into readable text for transmission via text messaging to cellular phones, Blackberrys, pagers, as well as office or home e-mail systems. Service is available on a subscription basis in the United States and Canada.

(PRWeb November 01, 2005)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/11/prweb304961.htm


          LOST 6.16 What They Died For – recap by Evie   
Lost 6.16  “What They Died For” recap by Evie I am so glad we have technology that allows us to rewatch our favorite TV shows the next day. I can’t even remember what Jacob said they died for, which is the title of this episode. It starts off with Jack waking up in his bed and going to the bathroom mirror where he sees his neck is bleeding. I’ve already lost track of how long it’s been since they landed at LAX but I’m going to assume this is the same cut on his neck that he noticed he had on the plane. I’m predicting that the cut is from the final battle with Smoke Monster Locke but that’s as far as my theory goes. Jack and his son are at the breakfast table eating Super Bran and Aunt Claire wakes up and joins them. The phone rings and its Oceanic Air telling Jack ...
          Treatment for Hemorrhoids   
Treatment for Hemorrhoids - Is there are real cure for hemorrhoids?

Sadly we are living in a fast paced world which, although it has its good sides, it has its drawbacks as well. One of them is the fact that more and more people get hemorrhoids. This didn't use to be the case earlier on, but now, whenever I speak with a friend or relative or just someone that I met recently, and somehow the discussion invariably turns to the issue of hemorrhoids, or piles, as they are also called.

Some of the common things we all have is the fact that we eat junk food, which lacks valuable nutrients. We live more stressful lives, we are more tense than ever before and we are basically living very unhealthy lives. No wonder hemorrhoids flare up like mushrooms after rain!

Having hemorrhoids is humiliating as best and taboo to talk about in public at worst. No wonder since they are located in a very private part of our bodies. Many people sadly live a life struggling to overcome their hemorrhoidal problem and don't consult a doctor or try to find a good treatment for hemorrhoids, simply because they are ashamed. Whereas a proper hemorrhoid treatment should be used before they get a chance to become a real chronic condition for each of us.

Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Of course, the best option is prevention. Cure comes next. For example, if you are portly, you should limit your intake of large meals to reduce the clot. Reducing the junk food should be a regular part of our preventive measure to avoid getting hemorrhoids in the first place. Eating a diet full of fibers, meaning fruits and vegetables, whole wheat and salads is one of those things that should replace junk food right away.

Once you have hemorrhoids though, prevention is a moot point. This is where you need to find a good treatment for hemorrhoids which provide you not only a long lasting cure, but also instant relief. Just like with toothache, knowing that the dentist will eventually fix the tooth doesn't help us much when we are pacing the floor every night in utter pain. Instant relief is the first thing that anyone cares about, along with a proper hemorrhoid cure.

Truth is, there are several hemorrhoid cures, most of them are working great, but not all offer the best instant relief there is. Some, sadly, don't work at all. It is a bit difficult to figure out what works and what doesn't, and going through one treatment after the other for most of us is not a real option anyway. You need to find one cure that works best and stick with it.



Hemorrhoid Miracle is one of the best treatment for hemorrhoids there is out there at the moment. I have tried this cure and it works. It works because it is one of the most effective, fastest, natural cure for your problems without side effects and elaborate procedures that will take ages to get rid of your hemorrhoids.

How it all started

I actually came across this book quite by accident. Embarassingly enough, I was suffering from hemorrhoids for quite a while now, didn't even mention this to my partner, and one day I was down having a chat with the pharmacist (who is also my friend) at the pharmacy nearby. He offered me a chair and a coffee, and I wouldn't sit down. Eventually I poured out my soul to him and then he went behind the counter and handed me over a binded manual (was quite torn actually around the edges) and gave it to me to read. He told me if I don't find in this book a final cure for my hemorrhoids, I should be the only one that didn't get a proper treatment for hemorrhoids, because it really helped everybody else before me. I took the book with a skeptical face, but I said to myself, it can't get worse than that. If nothing else, it will be a great bedtime read to put me asleep.

Well, about a week later I returned the book to John, my pharmacist friend and showed him my own copy. I bought my book in the meantime as well, knowing that I have to return the other copy to John eventually. He asked me how did it go and offered me a chair. I sat down this time without any effort from my part.

I told him that after using only one of the cures from the book the bleeding stopped overnight and as I continued with that cure, I haven't had a bleeding 'bum' ever since. Couple that with a few other natural techniques from the book, I have to proudly say that my hemorrhoid is really shrunk. The pharmacist's eyes were smiling at me and with an 'I told you so' look on his face he just nodded and took his book from my hands and put it back behind the counter, no doubt waiting for the next person who will be plagued by the same problem.

Truths about Hemorrhoids

I did ask him one thing though. He is a pharmacist and yet, he hasn't tried to sell me on any creams or pills or anything else from his shop. He told me in confidence that most of these creams do not work, plain and simple. Or they do work short term and you have to keep going back and buy the expensive cream over and over again, as without it, hemorrhoids return. He is a very honest and honorable person and likes to do the right thing, not to sell people on creams and gels and the pharmaceutical companies want us to get dependant on.

I really hope you can use this information to get the proper treatment for hemorrhoids that you deserve. Also I hope that my story has inspired you to keep your own dog eared copy in a drawer and hand it out for freely to any friends who are struggling with hemorrhoids so they read through it and try the 'miracle' cures out for themselves. Once they find the treatment really works, they will buy their own copy and happily return yours.

Click here to visit the official website of the Hemorrhoid Miracle

www.hemorrhoid-miracle.com

          LOST 6.11 Happily Ever After – recap by Evie   
LOST 6.11 : Happily Ever After I’m not sure how many days after Desmond was shot by Benjamin Linus this episode takes place. Des is still beat up a bit, but Ben seems to have healed. Maybe the island has healed him faster or maybe the timeline is off just a bit for the sake of storytelling. So Desmond was brought back to the island against his will by his father-in-law but Charles assured Des that Penny and little Charlie are safe. I wonder how that all went down. Charles tells Desmond that the island isn’t done with him yet and we find out he’s being led to a Jurassic Park-ish container where we’re going to find out if he can withstand another electromagnetic event. Widmore’s crew was supposed to test it out on a bunny first but the technician who entered the box to see why it didn’t fire up the ...
          Partenariat : noname !   
        noname : mon partenaire technique pour le Marathon des sables 2012 !   Du matériel technique de haute qualité, avec possiblité de créer soi-meme son design ! Donc parfait pour les clubs ou les organisateurs de courses. Spécialisé dans le sport outdoor, la course d'orientation,...         Merci pour le support pour le Marathon des Sables 2012 !!!                  ...
          Mobile application developer - ICO Technologies - Quebec   
ASP.NET, HTML 5, PHP, JQuery, Javascript and CSS. Reports to the Project Manager....
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          WEB Developer - ICO Technologies - Quebec   
Knowledge of ASP.NET, HTML 5, PHP, JQuery, Javascript and CSS. The WEBdeveloper comes under the Project Manager....
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          Ingénieur Études et Développement PHP H/F Expertise technique - ON-X - Ontario   
Pour accompagner notre développement et nos projets, nous recherchons un Ingénieur Etudes et Développement Senior pour évoluer en ambiance start-up . Vous
From ON-X - Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:25:28 GMT - View all Ontario jobs
          Graphic Designer - T&T Supermarket - British Columbia   
Strong technical knowledge of how web-based technologies apply to web design such as HTML, PHP, Flash, and CSS....
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          New talk – The Solution vs The Silver Bullet   
I have developed a new presentation that I gave for the first time yesterday at the Texas Technology Summit in Houston. The title and synopsis are below. Title: The Solution vs The Silver Bullet (or InfoSec Industry != InfoSec Practice) Synopsis: The information security industry and information security practice are two concepts that should not …

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          Jest propozycja porozumienia w branży rybnej. Uda się zażegnać konflikt?   
Polskie Stowarzyszenie Przetwórców Ryb wystosowało do Morpolu propozycję zawarcia porozumienia i zreformowania organizacji zrzeszającej przetwórców ryb. - Jesteśmy przekonani, że zreformowana, ale jedna Organizacja będzie odgrywać kluczową rolę w reprezentowaniu polskiej branży przetwórczej w kwestiach politycznych, regulacyjnych, technicznych i medialnych - podkreślono w liście podpisanym przez Jerzego Safadera prezesa PSPR.
          Comment on Who we are and Welcome! by newmediaproj   
Your blog is excellent! Its uniqueness shows that you all are creative and tech savvy. I love the background, and the fact that you incorporated video interviews. I did sense a bit of a bias in the tone of your work. But, I also enjoyed your "about me"s, your countdown, and the NBC Politics Facebook link. Your hard work shows! -Brooklynn Dowling
          General Labourer - Prime-Tech Telecom Services LTD. - Saskatoon, SK   
Position requires working outdoors in all types of weather.Previous experience in fiber optic or telecommunications installation an asset but not required... $15 - $20 an hour
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          "That interpretation commits an egregious logical error (technical term: “transposed conditional”):..."   
“That interpretation commits an egregious logical error (technical term: “transposed conditional”): confusing the odds of getting a result (if a hypothesis is true) with the odds favoring the hypothesis if you observe that result. A well-fed dog may seldom bark, but observing the rare bark does not imply that the dog is hungry. A dog may bark 5 percent of the time even if it is well-fed all of the time.”

- Odds Are, It’s Wrong - Science News
          eCamp - International summer camp in Israel   
14-18The northSummer campSportsArtsScienceTechnologyOutdoor challengeMeet Israeli peersIsraeleCamp is the ultimate summer camp in Israel. We are an English speaking Israel camp focused on technology, media arts and gaming for children and teens ages 7-18. Over a 2 weeks session, campers explore Israeli technology and have a hands-on experience in computer programming, game productions, digital media arts, web designing, Robotics and many more. The opportunity to travel and see Israel together with the opportunity to create friendships with Jewish teens all across the world, make eCamp an unforgettable summer experience for everyone!+972-3-920-3970  |  http://www.israelway.com/eCamp1-866-276-2993  |  Hebrewhttp://www.ecamp4u.com/Registration/Get_a_Free_Brochure.aspx?id=279
          AcuityID's idLINK - reducing the cost of RFID Implementation   
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2 min presentation deescribing AcuityID's latest cost saving RFID Technology. Please visit our website at www.acuityid.com for more information. Telephone is 410-951-9144
          Mental Health Tech - Salt Lake Behavioral Health - Salt Lake City, UT   
Related experience, with knowledge of psychiatric patient care. Universal Health Services, Inc....
From Universal Health Services - Thu, 18 May 2017 13:06:26 GMT - View all Salt Lake City, UT jobs
          UK Police arrest Microsoft tech support scammers   
All four were arrested by a collaboration between the City of London Police and Microsoft, who assisted cracking down on the fraudulent behavior. 
          Check out the new Microsoft Lounge at L.A. LIVE   
Soon Microsoft will be unveiling a new technological view of entertainment and relaxation dubbed the Microsoft Lounge at L.A. Live
          Teaching Assistant - Veterinary Technology - Penn Foster - Scranton, PA   
Assist instructors on special projects as related to area of expertise. Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology Preferred, will consider applicants with an...
From Penn Foster - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:21:23 GMT - View all Scranton, PA jobs
          Program Director - Pharmacy Technician - Penn Foster - Scranton, PA   
The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of online learning methodologies and evolving trends in education and related industries....
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          Comment on AKTU/UPTU/UPSEE Helpline no/UPTU Registrar Vice Chancellor Toll free Student Care No by ayush dwivedi   
Sir I was fill the form b.tech .can I participate in counselling and take admission in b.tech mechanical my Uptu ran is 4500. Sir plz reply me
          Kytarovy multiefekt DigiTech RP250 - 3 000   
Slusny kytarovy procesor, se slapkou Wah-Wah, ma pripojeni USB, midi, ma sluchatkovy vystup aux in, amp. mixer, automaticky bubenik, audio DNA2 efekty lexikon a spoustu jinych vychytavek. Je to maly, ale velmi slusny procesor. ...
          Kytarovy multiefekt DigiTech RP55 - 900   
Slusny kytarovy procesor s automatickym bubenikem, je napajeny ze site nebo bateriemi. Efekt nebyl nikdy pouzity, je jen rozbaleny, v original. baleni vcetne manualu. ...
          Fulton County and Sister Love Observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Fri Feb 7   

Friday, February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  There are a number of events taking place in and around Atlanta, including an event at Greenbriar Mall Friday afternoon.

As part of WCLK's Fulton Focus program we were joined by Fulton County Health Department Official Veronica Hartwell, and Dazon Dixon Diallo, founder of Sister Love.  Sister Love was founded in Atlanta in 1989 and is a volunteer group of women interested in educating Atlanta, and especially communities of women, about AIDS prevention, self-help and safer sex techniques.


          Disrtion DigiTech Hot Rod - 1 000   
Klasicka slapka od DigiTechu, muze byt pouzita jako samostatny efekt nebo do pedal bordu. Efekt je jen 3x pouzity v mem pedal bordu. Ma originalni krabici vcetne manualu. ...
          Dvě reprobedny zn. Supraphon - 350   
funkční, na dřevěných částech místy ošoupaný nátěr, tkanina na dvou místech trochu poškozená. Rozměr: 45 x 28 x 20 cm. ...
          Desktop Support Technician   
Plano, At eXcell, we set you up for job success right from the start. Our precision recruiting process aligns the right fit for the right people. *Contract to Hire Opportunity* A+ Certification required. Summary of the Desktop Support Technician Role: Maintains, analyzes, troubleshoots, and repairs computer systems, hardware and computer peripherals. Documents, maintains, upgrades or replaces hardware an
          Graduate Memories & An Exeter Apology...   


Me, today.


Hello, Exeter folks (or regular AdGrads student readers).

As you may or may not have noticed, I’m not there speaking today. Sorry about that.

By way of an apology, I’ve decided to write a blog post. Not just any blog post, either. One that, I hope, is helpful for those who are deciding whether a career in communications* (*PR, Advertising in this case) is the right thing for you. It features a bit of my story and some of the lessons I've learned along the way. Read on...

Once upon a time in my first year, I wandered up from Birks (the old one, not the shiny new Birks Grange – this one resembled something like a 1950’s prison) and went to see the careers folks. I was told I should either become a teacher or a solicitor (NB: Exeter's career service is now excellent, but when I was graduating, finding the right job was a bit trickier for the average English student).

Being an English undergrad at the time, both seemed, well, a bit creatively sterile** (**they are creative in their own way, but I was interested in making stuff; y’know, stuff with my own name attached to it in some way – the English student’s creative conceit, I think).

They also, if I'm honest, seemed a bit grown up. And, as a 19 year old man-child who could barely cook for himself, never mind entertain the notion of a ‘proper’ job, I wasn’t overly enthused:

"COULDN’T a job encourage my creative side? DO I have to wear a suit every day, anyway? WHY can't I be paid well for thinking about and helping to create ideas?"

In a way, I was lucky. I knew of one from the start. That was Advertising. I’d been fortunate enough to grow up in a household in the West Midlands where my father was involved with managing an ad agency. I’d been able to find out about the inner-most workings of how ads got made, and the process of talking to clients, conducting research and creating creative work to solve a client’s business problem/s.

Account handlers (account executives when junior, rising through account manager to account director and beyond) were the day to day liaison with the client – the business minded sorts who sold work to the client and generally ensured everything went smoothly. Account planners were the ones who analysed the marketplace, trends and helped some up a defined problem for communications to solve (in the form of a creative brief), assessing the work as/after it was made. Creatives – art directors, copywriters (and even digital/tech developers) were those who came up with the ideas to help clients sell more products or amplify consumer behaviour.

With all of this prior knowledge and career advice bubbling in the background, I got on with the serious*** (***it wasn't that serious – not with my amount of hours) business of getting a degree. And, I got one. And it was lovely, and all that. Mum was very proud.

Knowing what I know now, I should have tried to get some work experience in the holidays. If you’re reading this as a first or second year student, try and do it as soon as you can, even if it's just one stint. Of course, I wasn’t from the South East, and this poses a massive problem for most people – how do you come to a major ad agency (the overwhelming majority of whom are based in London) if you can’t live at home or don’t have friends in the area?**** (**** the answer is ‘stay in a youth hostel’, for those who’re thinking about it).

Anyway, that’s an aside. I applied to lots of ad agency graduate schemes, all of which I found out through the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) or through my Dad/googling. And, I was confident. I had a good degree, after all. So, what happened next?

Rejection.
Total rejection.

After the first interview (at Leo Burnett, who run a very fine graduate programme), I was rejected from every other place without an initial chat. You might say it was a bit of a set back.

After completing a few pieces of work experience (at Fallon and DLKW)…with even more rounds of rejection… I had a conversational language. I knew how to speak ‘ad’; I was comfortable when talking about ideas in ads – about what ads were trying to achieve and what they could have been.

I’d urge EVERY person reading this who’s thinking about advertising or comms to practice this, and to ask questions of it – what is the comms trying to say? What do you like about it? Or, better yet, what do you dislike? (NB: Check the AdGrads archives for more information; there's lots about this in there).

Spurred on by this, I started a blog***** (***** back when blogging was a new, fairly useful way of standing out; it’s less useful now, as everyone's doing it.) documenting my adventures in adland. The blog, called ‘Confessions of a Wannabe Ad Man’, can now be found here. All of the archives are there, and I think they helped me when explaining how and why I liked Advertising.

Because of these experiences, I eventually got into account management at Saatchi & Saatchi, where I was a fairly terrible account handler. Happily, I was a better planner. I have worked at Lowe, Edelman, Anomaly and M+C Saatchi/LIDA. I’m still at the latter.

That’s my story.

After going through this experience, I've picked up the odd lesson. I hope these are useful:
  1. Mentors are the most important part of communications (and indeed, any job). With a good one, you learn exponentially and have someone to test things on. Without one, you are prone to free wheeling.
  2. Start big, get smaller. The bigger agencies have the time and resource to train you properly. The small ones, though you learn a lot through doing, you un the risk of not learning properly. You can always work at that sexy small agency. Far better to work there when you know the basics well. 
  3. Think about how you communicate. It’s a bit wanky to say ‘you’re a brand’, but you must be able to prove why you like communications, and be able to be found. If I googled you, would I find you and your opinions/interests? No? Then why do you want to work in communications?
  4. Keep track of your favourite on your lateral thinking. What’s the best example of thinking you’ve seen to solve a problem? It can be non comms led (ideally it would be marketing-based), an ad, something you’ve done or so on – but it must show a clever lateral thought to solve an associated problem. Keep a log of your favourites. They’ll help when demonstrating how you think about the world in an interview.
  5. Don’t get disheartened. Rejection is part and parcel of the game. Before every relevant job or decision, I have been rejected far more than I’ve been accepted. The trick is to use it to spur you on. After all, Advertising is a trade, not a profession. There’s rarely one way to solve a problem, or indeed, one straightforward way to get in.
Exeter folks, I’ll try to be there next time. Honest.

Feel free to email me on William.Humphrey at yahoo.co.uk if you have any further questions.

Good luck to any student reading this.
          JAVA UI Lead /Architect (Angular.JS / react.JS )   
CA-San Jose, Position : JAVA UI Lead /Architect (Angular.JS / react.JS ) Location : Flexible to relocate to East Coast in any of our project. Experience : 8 to 15 years in Front end Technology Job Description -Create html templates based on design patterns provided - manage page templates to be responsive for supporting multiple devices -close coordination with JavaScript developer for intigrating html and Jav
          Data Integration Architect   
TX-Dallas, West Monroe isn’t a start-up consulting firm, but we act like one. From day one, our people have the opportunity to make a definitive personal impact for their clients and their careers. What does this mean? It means we seek out the best of the best, and then we challenge them to make us better. If you are looking to be a “behind the scenes” technologist, this isn’t the place for you. We celebrate
          Senior Analyst   
TX-Dallas, Mastech Digital provides digital and mainstream technology staff as well as Digital Transformation Services for leading American Corporations. We are currently seeking a Senior Analyst for our client in the Travel Services domain. We value our professionals, providing comprehensive benefits, exciting challenges, and the opportunity for growth. This is a Contract position and the client is looking
          LBi need YOU...   
The lost boys need you...

Hello all.

There's a new opportunity from LBi that you guys should be aware of. They've sent through quite a detailed graduate spec, with a few questions to answer. Have a look, and get involved:

"LBi is a global marketing and technology agency blending strategic, creative, media and technical expertise to create business value.  We help our clients to understand ‘What’s next?’ on their digital journey to ensure their customer’s needs are being met in an ever evolving marketplace.


We call what we do ‘Building Exceptional Things’. What that means is that we’re set up to solve our client’s business problems using a number of different digital initiatives.  We develop creative concepts that translate into digitally led advertising campaigns, transactional websites, loyalty programmes and social media campaigns and anything else along the way.  Our client list includes some of the UK’s biggest and most exciting brands such as Virgin Atlantic, Coca-Cola, Compare the Market, BT, Lloyd’s Banking Group and many, many more.


The Opportunity


To manage such high profile clients, we need exceptional people to join our 600 strong UK team, the majority working from our Brick Lane office in London.  We’re looking for up to 4 amazing graduates to become part of our Client Services department.  You’ll join our graduate training scheme where you’ll develop your skills over a 9 month period with a view to becoming a fully-fledged member of the team working as an Account Executive within one of our portfolio of clients. As part of our structured programme you’ll be given a background in all of our departments, work with some high profile clients and be sponsored through an industry recognised professional qualification with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA).


Given our dedication to developing new talent, we’re not solely looking for applicants with a background in marketing or digital (although this would be a bonus).  We’ll ensure that through training and on-the-job learning, LBi will help you become a well-rounded member of the agency with a solid background in all the essentials it takes to become an account management guru.  


The Application Process


In order to be considered for this opportunity we need you to send us your CV along with your responses to the questions outlined below by 25th June 2012.


1. At LBi we help our clients through their digital journey, describe some of the key challenges you think they may face and how we could help. (200 words) 
2. Our Client Services team are considered to be the face of the agency both to our clients and to our internal teams.  Why do you think you’d be a fantastic addition to our client services team? (200 words) 
3. What excites you most about working in the digital industry?  (200 words) 
4. Our values are expert, collaborative and provocative.  Give us an example of when you have embodied one or all of these values. (200 words) 
5. We are known for putting on amazing parties.  If you were to be in charge of our next party, what would be the theme and how would you ensure it would be a success? (200 words) 


You can either apply directly via our website at www.lbi.co.uk/join-lbi or email your application to careers at lbi.com with the subject header ‘Client Services graduate scheme’. If your application is successful you will be invited to take part in an assessment day in our Brick Lane offices on 17th July 2012."

Sound interesting, gang? Good luck.


          India and the Balance of Power   

India is arriving on the world stage as the first large, economically powerful, culturally vibrant, multiethnic, multireligious democracy outside of the geographic West. As it rises, India has the potential to become a leading member of the "political West" and to play a key role in the great political struggles of the next decades. Whether it will, and how soon, depends above all on the readiness of the Western powers to engage India on its own terms.

THREE STRATEGIC CIRCLES

India's grand strategy divides the world into three concentric circles. In the first, which encompasses the immediate neighborhood, India has sought primacy and a veto over the actions of outside powers. In the second, which encompasses the so-called extended neighborhood stretching across Asia and the Indian Ocean littoral, India has sought to balance the influence of other powers and prevent them from undercutting its interests. In the third, which includes the entire global stage, India has tried to take its place as one of the great powers, a key player in international peace and security.

Three things have historically prevented India from realizing these grand strategic goals. First, the partition of the South Asian subcontinent along religious lines (first into India and Pakistan, in 1947, then into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, in 1971) left India with a persistent conflict with Pakistan and an internal Hindu-Muslim divide. It also physically separated India from historically linked states such as Afghanistan, Iran, and the nations of Southeast Asia. The creation of an avowedly Islamic state in Pakistan caused especially profound problems for India's engagement with the Middle East. Such tensions intertwined with regional and global great-power rivalries to severely constrict India's room for maneuver in all three concentric circles.

The second obstacle was the Indian socialist system, which caused a steady relative economic decline and a consequent loss of influence in the years after independence. The state-socialist model led India to shun commercial engagement with the outside world. As a result, India was disconnected from its natural markets and culturally akin areas in the extended neighborhood.

Finally, the Cold War, the onset of which quickly followed India's independence, pushed India into the arms of the Soviet Union in response to Washington's support for Pakistan and China -- and thus put the country on the losing side of the great political contest of the second half of the twentieth century. Despite being the largest democracy in the world, India ended up siding with the opposite camp on most global issues.

The last decade of the twentieth century liberated India from at least two of these constraints; state socialism gave way to economic liberalization and openness to globalization, and the Cold War ended. Suddenly, New Delhi was free to reinvent its foreign policy -- positioning itself to face the rise of China, shifting its strategic approach to its other neighbors, and beginning to work closely with the world's existing great powers.

VARIETIES OF INFLUENCE

India's recent embrace of openness and globalization has had an especially dramatic effect on the country's role in the region. As the nations of the subcontinent jettison their old socialist agendas, India is well positioned to promote economic integration. Although the pace has been relatively slow, the process has begun to gain traction. The planned implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement this summer signals the coming reintegration of the subcontinent's markets, which constituted a single economic space until 1947.

At the same time, optimism on the economic front must be tempered by an awareness of the problematic political developments in India's smaller neighbors. The struggle for democracy and social justice in Nepal, interminable political violence and the rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh, and the simmering civil war in Sri Lanka underscore the potential dangers of failing states on the subcontinent. There are also the uncertain futures of Pakistan and Afghanistan: defeating religious extremism and creating modern and moderate states in both countries is of paramount importance to India. A successful Indian strategy for promoting peace and prosperity within the region would require preventing internal conflicts from undermining regional security, as well as resolving India's own conflicts with its neighbors.

In the past, great-power rivalries, as well as India's own tensions with Pakistan and China, have complicated New Delhi's effort to maintain order in the region. Today, all of the great powers, including the United States and China, support the Indian objective of promoting regional economic integration. The Bush administration has also started to defer to Indian leadership on regional security issues. Given the new convergence of U.S. and Indian interests in promoting democracy and countering extremism and terrorism, New Delhi no longer suspects Washington of trying to undercut its influence in the region. As a result, it is more prepared than ever to work with the United States and other Western powers to pursue regional goals.

Meanwhile, the external environment has never been as conducive as it is today to the resolution of the Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir. The conflict has become less and less relevant to India's relations with the great powers, which has meant a corresponding willingness on New Delhi's part to work toward a solution. Of particular importance has been the steady evolution of the U.S. position on Kashmir since the late 1990s. The support extended by President Bill Clinton to India in its limited war with Pakistan in 1999 removed the perception that Washington would inevitably align with Islamabad in regional conflicts. But India remained distrustful of the Clinton administration's hyperactive, prescriptive approach to Kashmir. It has been more comfortable with the low-key methods of the Bush administration, which has avoided injecting itself directly into the conflict. The Bush administration has also publicly held Pakistan responsible for cross-border terrorism and has extracted the first-ever assurances from Pakistan to put an end to the attacks. New Delhi does not entirely believe these promises, but it has nonetheless come to trust Washington as a source of positive of influence on Islamabad.

These developments have opened the way for a peace process between the two governments. With the growing awareness that the normalization of relations with Pakistan would end a debilitating conflict and help India's regional and global standing, New Delhi has begun to negotiate seriously for the first time in decades. Although the pace of talks has not satisfied Pakistan, the two sides have agreed on a range of confidence-building measures. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rejected the idea of giving up territory, but he has often called for innovative solutions that would improve living conditions and for common institutions that would connect Kashmiris across the Line of Control. Singh has made clear that the Indian leadership is ready to risk political capital on finding a diplomatic solution to Kashmir.

India's recent effort to resolve its long-standing border dispute with China has been just as bold. New Delhi decided in 2003 to seek a settlement with Beijing on a political basis, rather than on the basis of legal or historical claims. As a result, during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to New Delhi in April 2005, India and China agreed on a set of principles to guide the final settlement. The two governments are now exploring the contours of mutually satisfactory territorial compromises.

India's search for practical solutions to the disputes over Kashmir and its border with China suggests that the country has finally begun to overcome the obsession with territoriality that has consumed it since its formation. Ironically, the nuclearization of India and Pakistan in 1998 may have helped in this regard: although nuclearization initially sharpened New Delhi's conflicts with both Islamabad and Beijing, it also allowed India to approach its territorial problems with greater self-assurance and pragmatism.

INDIA UNBOUND

Progress on the resolution of either of these conflicts, especially the one over Kashmir, would liberate India's political and diplomatic energies so that the country could play a larger role in the world. It would also finally release India's armed forces from the constraining mission of territorial defense, allowing them to get more involved in peace and stability operations around the Indian Ocean. Even with all the tensions on the subcontinent, the armies of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have been among the biggest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations. The normalization of Indo-Pakistani relations would further free up some of the best armed forces in the world for the promotion of the collective good in the greater Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Even as the Kashmir and China questions have remained unsettled, India's profile in its extended neighborhood has grown considerably since the early 1990s. India's outward economic orientation has allowed it to reestablish trade and investment linkages with much of its near abroad. New Delhi is negotiating a slew of free- and preferential-trade agreements with individual countries as well as multilateral bodies including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Southern African Development Community. Just as China has become the motor of economic growth in East Asia, a rising India could become the engine of economic integration in the Indian Ocean region.

After decades of being marginalized from regional institutions in different parts of Asia, India is also now a preferred political partner for ASEAN, the East Asian Summit, the GCC, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the African Union. Moreover, it has emerged as a major aid donor; having been an aid recipient for so long, India is now actively leveraging its own external assistance to promote trade as well as political objectives. For example, India has given $650 million in aid to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Meanwhile, the search for oil has encouraged Indian energy companies to tail their Western and Chinese counterparts throughout the world, from Central Asia and Siberia and to western Africa and Venezuela.

On the security side, India has been actively engaged in defense diplomacy. Thanks to the strength of its armed forces, India is well positioned to assist in stabilizing the Indian Ocean region. It helps that there has been a convergence of U.S. and Indian political interests: countering terrorism, pacifying Islamic radicalism, promoting democracy, and ensuring the security of sea-lanes, to name a few. The Indian navy in particular has been at the cutting edge of India's engagement with the region -- as was evident from its ability to deploy quickly to areas hit by the tsunami at the end of 2004. The Indian navy today is also ready to participate in multinational military operations.

AXES AND ALLIES

The end of the Cold War freed India to pursue engagement with all the great powers -- but especially the United States. At the start of the 1990s, finding that its relations with the United States, China, Japan, and Europe were all underdeveloped, India moved quickly to repair the situation. Discarding old socialist shibboleths, it began to search for markets for its products and capital to fuel its long-constrained domestic growth. Economic partnerships were easy to construct, and increasing trade flows provided a new basis for stability in India's relations with other major powers. India's emergence as an outsourcing destination and its new prowess in information technology also give it a niche in the world economy -- along with the confidence that it can benefit from economic globalization.

Barely 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, India's omnidirectional engagement with the great powers has paid off handsomely. Never before has India had such expansive relations with all the major powers at the same time -- a result not only of India's increasing weight in the global economy and its growing power potential, but also of New Delhi's savvy and persistent diplomacy.

The evolution of Sino-Indian ties since the 1990s has been especially important and intriguing. Many see violent conflict between the two rising Asian powers as inevitable. But thanks to New Delhi's policy of actively engaging China since the late 1980s, the tensions that characterized relations between them from the late 1950s through the 1970s have become receding memories. Bilateral trade has boomed, growing from less than $200 million in the early 1990s to nearly $20 billion in 2005. In fact, China is set to overtake the European Union and the United States as India's largest trading partner within a few years. The 3,500-kilometer Sino-Indian border, over which the two countries fought a war in 1962, is now tranquil. And during Wen's visit to India in April 2005, India and China announced a "strategic partnership" -- even though just seven years earlier New Delhi had cited concerns over China as a reason for performing nuclear tests, prompting a vicious reaction from Beijing.

India has also cooperated with China in order to neutralize it in conflicts with Pakistan and other smaller neighbors. In the past, China tended to be a free rider on regional security issues, proclaiming noninterference in the internal affairs of other nations while opportunistically befriending regimes in pursuit of its long-term strategic interests. This allowed India's subcontinental neighbors to play the China card against New Delhi when they wanted to resist India's attempts to nudge them toward conflict resolution. But now, Beijing has increasingly avoided taking sides in India's disputes, even as its economic and security profile in the region has grown.

China is not the only Asian power that India is aiming to engage and befriend. Japan has also emerged as an important partner for India, especially since Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has transformed Japanese politics in the last few years. During a visit to New Delhi just a couple of weeks after Wen's in April 2005, Koizumi announced Japan's own "strategic partnership" with India. (This came despite Japan's harsh reaction to India's nuclear test in 1998, which prompted Japanese sanctions and an effort by Tokyo to censure India in the United Nations and other multilateral forums.) Amid growing fears of a rising China and the incipient U.S.-Indian alliance, Japan has elevated India to a key player in its long-term plans for Asian security.

Recognizing the need to diversify its Asian economic portfolio, Tokyo has also, for political reasons, begun to direct some of its foreign investment to India (which has overtaken China as the largest recipient of Japanese development assistance). Since the start of the Bush administration, Japan has also shown increasing interest in expanding military cooperation with India, especially in the maritime domain. India, too, has recognized that it shares with Japan an interest in energy security and in maintaining a stable balance of power in Asia. Japan actively supported India's participation in the inaugural East Asian Summit, in December 2005, despite China's reluctance to include New Delhi. Neither India nor Japan wants to base their political relationship exclusively on a potential threat from China, but both know that deepening their own security cooperation will open up new strategic options and that greater coordination between Asian democracies could limit China's impact.

India's relations with Europe have been limited by the fact that New Delhi is fairly unimpressed with Europe's role in global politics. It senses that Europe and India have traded places in terms of their attitudes toward the United States: while Europe seethes with resentment of U.S. policies, India is giving up on habitually being the first, and most trenchant, critic of Washington. As pessimism overtakes Europe, growing Indian optimism allows New Delhi to support unpopular U.S. policies. Indians consistently give both the United States and the Bush administration very favorable marks; according to a recent Pew Global Attitudes poll, for example, the percentage of Indians with a positive view of the United States rose from 54 percent in 2002 to 71 percent in 2005. And whereas a declining Europe has tended to be skeptical of India's rise, the Bush administration has been fully sympathetic to India's great-power aspirations.

Still, India does have growing economic and political ties with some European powers. Although many smaller European countries have been critical of the U.S.-Indian nuclear deal, the continent's two nuclear powers, France and the United Kingdom, have been supportive. Paris, in particular, bet long ago (well before Washington did, in fact) that a rising India would provide a good market for high-tech goods; with this in mind, it shielded New Delhi from the ire of the G-8 (the group of eight highly industrialized nations) after India tested nuclear weapons in May 1998. In the last several years, the United Kingdom has also started to seize economic opportunities in India and has been generally accommodating of New Delhi's regional and global aspirations.

In the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, India also worked to maintain a relationship with Russia. The two states resolved residual issues relating to their old semi-barter rupee-ruble trading arrangements, recast their 1971 peace and friendship treaty, and maintained military cooperation. When President Vladimir Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin, in 2000, India's waiting game paid off. A newly assertive Moscow was determined to revive and expand its strategic cooperation with India. New Delhi's only problems with Moscow today are the weakening bilateral trade relationship and the risk of Russia's doing too much to strengthen China's military capabilities.

CHARM OFFENSIVE

At the end of the Cold War, the prospect of India's building a new political relationship with the United States seemed remote. Washington had long favored Pakistan and China in the region, India had in turn aligned itself with the Soviet Union, and a number of global issues seemed to pit the two countries against each other. Yet after the Cold War, India set about wooing the United States. For most of the Clinton administration, this sweet-talking fell on deaf ears, in part because Clinton officials were so focused on the Kashmir dispute and nonproliferation. Clinton, driven by the unshakable assumption that Kashmir was one of the world's most dangerous "nuclear flashpoints" and so needed to be defused, emphasized "preventive diplomacy" and was determined to "cap, roll back, and eventually eliminate" India's nuclear capabilities. Of course, Clinton's approach ran headlong into India's core national security concerns -- territorial integrity and preserving its nuclear option. Pressed by Washington to circumscribe its strategic capabilities, New Delhi reacted by testing nuclear weapons.

But even as it faced U.S. sanctions, New Delhi also began to proclaim that India was a natural ally of the United States. Although the Clinton administration was not interested in an alliance, the nuclear tests forced the United States to engage India seriously for the first time in five decades. That engagement did not resolve the nuclear differences, but it did bring Clinton to India in March 2000 -- the first American presidential visit to India in 22 years. Clinton's personal charm, his genuine empathy for India, and his unexpected support of India in the 1999 war with Pakistan succeeded in improving the atmospherics of the relations and in putting New Delhi on Washington's radar screen in a new way.

It took Bush, however, to transform the strategic context of U.S.-Indian relations. Convinced that India's influence will stretch far beyond its immediate neighborhood, Bush has reconceived the framework of U.S. engagement with New Delhi. He has removed many of the sanctions, opened the door for high-tech cooperation, lent political support to India's own war on terrorism, ended the historical U.S. tilt toward Pakistan on Kashmir, and repositioned the United States in the Sino-Indian equation by drawing closer to New Delhi.

India has responded to these sweeping changes by backing the Bush administration on missile defense, the International Criminal Court, and finding alternative approaches to confronting global warming. It lent active support to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan by protecting U.S. assets in transit through the Strait of Malacca in 2002, agreed to work with the United States on multinational military operations outside of the UN framework, and, in 2005 and 2006, voted twice with Washington against Iran -- an erstwhile Indian ally -- at the International Atomic Energy Agency. India also came close to sending a division of troops to Iraq in the summer of 2003 before pulling back at the last moment. Every one of these actions marked a big departure in Indian foreign policy. And although disappointed by India's decision to stay out of Iraq, the Bush administration recognized that India was in the midst of a historic transformation of its foreign policy -- and kept faith that India's own strategic interests would continue to lead it toward deeper political cooperation with Washington. New Delhi's persistence in reaching out to Washington since 1991 has been driven by the belief that only by fundamentally changing its relationship with the world's sole superpower could it achieve its larger strategic objectives: improving its global position and gaining leverage in its relations with other great powers.

But India's ability to engage everyone at the same time might soon come to an end. As U.S.-Chinese tensions grow and Washington looks for ways to manage China's influence, questions about India's attitude toward the new power politics will arise: Can India choose to remain "nonaligned" between the United States and China, or does India's current grand strategy show a clear bias toward the United States?

The nuclear pact unveiled by Bush and Singh in July 2005 -- and consolidated when Bush went to New Delhi in March 2006 -- was an effort by Washington to influence the ultimate answer to that question. Bush offered to modify U.S. nonproliferation laws (subject to approval by Congress, of course) and revise the global nuclear order to facilitate full cooperation with India on civilian nuclear energy. New Delhi, in return, has promised to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, place its civilian nuclear plants under international safeguards, and abide by a range of nonproliferation obligations. India's interest in such a deal has been apparent for a long time. Having failed to test weapons before the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was drafted, in 1968, India was trapped in an uncomfortable position vis-à-vis the nuclear order: it was not willing to give up the nuclear option, but it could not be formally accommodated by the nonproliferation regime as a nuclear weapons state.

India's motives for wanting a change in the nuclear regime are thus obvious. But for the Bush administration, the deal is less about nuclear issues than it is about creating the basis for a true alliance between the United States and India -- about encouraging India to work in the United States' favor as the global balance of power shifts. Ironically, it was the lack of a history of mutual trust and cooperation -- stemming in part from past nuclear disputes -- that convinced the Bush administration that a nuclear deal was necessary.

AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLY?

Many critics argue that the Bush administration's hopes for an alliance are misplaced. They insist that the traditionally nonaligned India will never be a true ally of the United States. But such critics misunderstand India's nonalignment, as well as the nature of its realpolitik over the past 60 years. Contrary to a belief that is especially pervasive in India itself, New Delhi has not had difficulty entering into alliances when its interests so demanded. Its relationship with the Soviet Union, built around a 1971 peace and friendship treaty, had many features of an alliance (notwithstanding India's claim that such ties were consistent with nonalignment); the compact was in many ways a classic response to the alignment of Washington, Beijing, and Islamabad. India has also had treaty-based security relationships with two of its smaller neighbors, Bhutan and Nepal, that date back to 1949-50 -- protectorate arrangements that were a reaction to China's entry into Tibet.

In fact, there is no contradiction between India's alleged preference for "moralpolitik" (in opposition to pure power politics, or Machtpolitik) and the Bush administration's expectation of an alliance with India. New Delhi is increasingly replacing the idea of "autonomy," so dear to Indian traditionalists, with the notion of India's becoming a "responsible power." (Autonomy is thought appropriate for weak states trying to protect themselves from great-power competition but not for a rising force such as India.) As India starts to recognize that its political choices have global consequences, it will become less averse to choosing sides on specific issues. Alliance formation and balancing are tools in the kits of all great powers -- and so they are likely to be in India's as well.

That India is capable of forming alliances does not, however, mean that it will necessarily form a long-term one with the United States. Whether it does will depend on the extent of the countries' shared interests and their political capacity to act on them together. The Bush administration expects that such shared interests -- for example, in balancing China and countering radical Islam in the Middle East -- will provide the basis for long-term strategic cooperation. This outcome is broadly credible, but it is by no means inevitable, especially given the United States' seeming inability to build partnerships based on equality.

When it comes to facing a rising China, India's tendency to engage in regional balancing with Beijing has not come to an end with the proclamation of a strategic partnership between the two nations. Indeed, preventing China from gaining excessive influence in India's immediate neighborhood and competing with Beijing in Southeast Asia are still among the more enduring elements of India's foreign policy. Despite Western concerns about the military regime in Myanmar, New Delhi has vigorously worked to prevent Yangon from falling completely under Beijing's influence, and India's military ties with the Southeast Asian nations are expanding rapidly. In 2005, when Pakistan pushed for giving China observer status in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, India acted quickly to bring Japan, South Korea, and the United States in as well. Given India's deep-seated reluctance to play second fiddle to China in Asia and the Indian Ocean region -- and the relative comfort of working with a distant superpower -- there is a structural reason for New Delhi to favor greater security cooperation with Washington.

In the Middle East, too, India has a common interest with the United States in preventing the rise of radical Islam, which poses an existential threat to India. Given its large Muslim population -- at nearly 150 million, the third largest in the world -- and the ongoing tensions stemming from the subcontinent's partition, India has in the past acted on its own to avert the spread of radical Islam. When Washington aligned with conservative Islamic forces in the Middle East during the Cold War, India's preference was for secular nationalist forces in the region. When the United States acted ambivalently toward the Taliban in the mid-1990s, India worked with Russia, Iran, and the Central Asian states to counter the Taliban by supporting the Northern Alliance. Now, although some in India are concerned that alignment with the United States might make India a prime target for Islamist extremists, there is no way India can compromise with radical Islam, which threatens its very unity.

But shared interests do not automatically produce alliances. The inequality of power between the two countries, the absence of a habit of political cooperation between them, and the remaining bureaucratic resistance to deeper engagement in both capitals will continue to limit the pace and the scope of strategic cooperation between India and the United States. Still, there is no denying that India will have more in common with the United States than with the other great powers for the foreseeable future.

While New Delhi has acknowledged that U.S. support is necessary for India's rise to be successful, Washington has recognized India's potentially critical role in managing emerging challenges to global order and security. As a major beneficiary of accelerating globalization, India could play a crucial role in ensuring that other developing countries manage their transitions as successfully as it has, that is, by taking advantage of opportunities while working to reduce the pain of disruption. Given the pace of its expansion and the scale of its economy, India will also become an important force in ensuring that the unfolding global redistribution of economic power occurs in an orderly fashion. Meanwhile, India could become a key player in the effort to modernize the politics of the Middle East. If nothing else, India's success in ensuring the rights and the integration of its own Muslim minority and in reaching peace with Pakistan would have a powerful demonstration effect.

To secure a long-term partnership with India, Washington must build on the argument of "Indian exceptionalism" that it has advanced in defense of the recent nuclear pact, devising a range of India-specific policies to deepen cooperation. India is unlikely, however, to become a mere subsidiary partner of the United States, ready to sign on to every U.S. adventure and misadventure around the world. It will never become another U.S. ally in the mold of the United Kingdom or Japan. But nor will it be an Asian France, seeking tactical independence within the framework of a formal alliance.

Given the magnitude of the global security challenges today, the United States needs more than meek allies. It should instead be looking to win capable and compatible partners. A rising India may be difficult at times, but it will act broadly to defend and promote the many interests it shares with Washington. Assisting India's rise, then, is in the United States' own long-term interest.


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          Vinkler László : Europa elrablása - Jelenlegi ára: 75 000 Ft   
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Cégünk Magyarország egyik legnagyobb kínálatú internetes festménykereskedését üzemelteti.
Ezernél is több festményt illetve képet kínál a galériánk folyamatosan.
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Minden darabot gondosan megtisztítunk, az összes keretet felújíttatjuk, képeinket újra kereteztetjük.
Képeink azonnal ajándékba adható illetve falra akasztható állapotban vannak.
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Minden kép eredetiségére a kínálatunkban élettartam- és pénz-visszafizetési garanciát vállalunk.
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Nyugodtan rendeljen postai úton is, csomagolásunkat rendkívül körültekintő és precíz csapat végzi.
Minden galériánkban vásárolt kép után számlát, igény esetén garancialevelet állítunk ki.
Kérem nézze meg a további hatalmas festménykínálatunkat.
A kép mérete: 43 x 30, 5 cm keret nélkül. Készült: Akvarell, Papír
A kép Vinkler László (Szabadka, 1912, Szeged, 1980) alkotása. Jelezve balra lent "Vinkler László"
A festmény jó állapotban van. Keret: Paszpartúban
További alkotásokat tekinthet meg a művésztől ide kattintva!
Termékeim között több mitológia található, kérem tekintse meg őket ide kattintva! Termékeim között több vallási témájú kép található, kérem tekintse meg őket ide kattintva! Termékeim között több női portré található, kérem tekintse meg őket ide kattintva!
ÁRUIM ZÖME ANTIK ÉS RÉGI TÁRGYAKBÓL ÁLL.
SZEMÉLYES ÁTVÉTELI LEHETŐSÉG BUDAPESTEN (IX. ) ILLETVE SZEGEDEN!
 
Szállítás
Termékeinket az MPL futárszolgálattal küldjük! Terjedelmes tárgyaink szállításában külön díjazás mellett tudunk segíteni! Szállítási módok az alábbiak szerint alakulnak
 
Személyes átvétel Budapest IX.
 
 
Személyes átvétel Szeged
 
 
MPL csomag előre utalással
 
 
MPL csomag utánvét
 
 
Fizetés
A vételár és szállítási költség kiegyenlítésére az alábbi lehetőségeket biztosítjuk
 
Személyes átvételkor készpénzben
 
 
Banki átutalás
 
 
Utánvét
 
 
Paypal (MasterCard, Visa)
 
 
Szállítási, átvételi idő
A termék vásárlását követően a szállítási, kézhez vételi idő az alábbiak szerint alakul belföldön
 
Személyes átvétel
1-5 munkanap
 
 
MPL csomag előre utalással
2-3 munkanap
 
 
MPL csomag utánvét
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Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II.
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1935-ben diplomázott. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi tárlatán a "Nagymamám" című alkotásával elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas volt, és a Collegium Hungaricum-ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Szorgalmasan dolgozott, közben tanulmányokat folytatott az Accademia delle Belle Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi irányítása mellett. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" című képmását 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" című képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. Az alkotás jelenleg a Magyar Nemzeti Galéria tulajdona. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. 1931-től szerepelt hazai és külföldi bemutatókon. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es Magyar Nemzeti Galéria-béli kiállításán. 1932-ben Balló-díjat, 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat kapott, 1972-ben Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját nyerte el. Éveken keresztül (tizenöt év megszakítással) a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajzi tanszékének vezetőjeként működött. Korábban protréfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá, így a rajzos analizálás helyett a művész a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Több irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi tevékenysége elismerésül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra F. Múzeum őrzi. (PZ-SzMF, D. E.: Műv. 1927/6, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. 1973/1, Műv. 1982/10. D. F. Zs.: Műv. 1973/8. )Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II. Műgyűjtők és kereskedők kézikönyve
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a "Nagymamám" c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-36-ban római ösztöndíjas volt. Az Accademia della Bella Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi mester mellett folytatott tanulmányokat. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" c. portréját 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. A mű a MNG tulajdona. Több kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es MNG-beli kiállításán. 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat, 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Ezen kívül művészpedagógusi és alkotói tevékenysége elismeréseként még számos kitüntetéssel és díjjal jutalmazták. Hosszabb ideig a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének vezetőjeként tevékenykedett. Korábban arcképfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz Oszkár hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Számos irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott. (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban, stb). (PZ-SzMF, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. -1982/10)Magyar festők és grafikusok adattára
Művészeti tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte, majd a Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként fejezte be 1935-ben. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a Nagymamám c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. A diploma megszerzését követően 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Az itt készült Maria Surigia c. portréját az olasz állam megvásárolta. A Római szobrásznő c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat, s amelyet ma az MNG őriz. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-ben MNG-beli bemutatóján. 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói díját és 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Hosszabb időt töltött a Szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Emlékkiállítását 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Képtárban és a MNG-ban rendezték meg. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csöndéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novecento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. - Irod.: Pipics Zoltán: Száz magyar festő. Bp. 1943. Művészeti lexikon I-IV.
Festő, a szegedi Pedagógiai Főiskola tanára. A Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár tanítványa volt. 1935-36-ban Olaszo. -ban folytatta tanulmányait, majd több külföldi utat tett. Szegedi gyűjt. kiállításai után 1959-ben az Ernst Múzeumban is bemutatta anyagát. Korábban portréfestőként volt ismert, jelenleg a szürrealizmussal rokon szellemben fest. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozik (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). Művész életrajzok kortárs magyar képzőművészek
Festő, grafikus.
1935-ben fejezte be főiskolai tanulmányait Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1943, 1958, 1936, 1938, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszáviában (1968). Hosszabb időt töltött a szegedi tanárképző főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Díja: Balló-díj (1933), Jellinek és Fényes Adolf-díj (1937), Szeged város alkotói díja (1972), a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díja (1979). Emlékkiállítást 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Múzeum Képtárban és a Nemzeti Galériában rendezték meg. - Gazdag arculatú festményei, monotypiái és tollrajzai híven tükrözték állandó megújulási vágyát, amelynek hajtóereje az intellektus és az intuició feszültségéből eredt. A művészet figuratív és absztrakt törekvései egyként érdekelték; elvont műveiben a szürrealizmus módszereivel közelítette meg napjaink jelenségeit; a kultúrhistória és a mitológiai eseményeit. Kortárs magyar művészeti lexikon I-III.
Festő, grafikus, művészeti író
1930-35: MKF, mesterei: Karlovszky Bertalan, Glatz Oszkár. 1932, 1933: Balló-díj; 1937: Jellinek-díj; Fényes Adolf-díj. Képzőművészeti tanulmányaival párhuzamosan két évig jogot hallgatott az ELTE jogi karán. 1935-ben ösztöndíjat nyert: Rómában, a Coll. Hung. -ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Néhány vallási témájú szegedi freskója korareneszánsz mesterek hatását mutatja, de szorosan nem kapcsolódott a Római Iskola törekvéseihez. Szakma sikereit pályája kezdetén bravúros portréművészetével vívta ki, és a műfaj szeretete egész munkásságát végigkísérte. Tanulmányutak: 1937: Párizs, 1939: Szicília. 1947-ben felkérésre megszervezte és elindította a szegedi TF Rajz- és Művészettörténet Tanszékének munkáját, s ekkortól megbízott tanszékvezetőként tevékenykedett itt 1957-ig, amikor politikai okok miatt állásából felmentették és csak 1972-ben helyezték vissza. Időközben festői pályája töretlenül folytatódott. Vinkler László pedagógiai tevékenységéből adódóan kísérletező hajlamú művész volt, szellemi rokona az 1945-47-ig hivatalosan, majd felosztása után laza csoportként működő Európai Iskolának, amely a Szentendrei Iskola hagyományait és az európai haladó művészi formákat, a kubizmust, szürrealizmust, non-figuráicót preferálta. A 60-as években már együtt tartott a korszak egyetemes haladó irányázatával (absztrakt expresszionizmus, tasizmus). Az alkalmazott művészeti stílusok mindig az adott alkotói problémafelvetéséhez igazodtak, filozófiai mélységű gondolataikkal és igényességükkel magas színvonalat képviseltek. Az analitikus kubizmus a háború pusztításának kifejezője, a szürrelaizmus mitológiai példázatának hordozója, a tasizmus a belső világának kivetülése volt. Természetelvű ábrázolásokon keresztül jutott el azokhoz a szürrealisztikus művészeti elvekhez, amelyeknek nagyszerű példái azok az automatikus, a vonal erejét hangsúlyozó figurális tusrajzok, amelyekkel a modern magyar grafika a korszak törekvéseihez kapcsolódott. (Szalay Lajos, Kondor Béla, Martyn Ferenc. ) Ezekkel párhuzamosan kezdett tasiszta kísérletei nyomán jutott el művészi törekvéseinek csúcspontjára. A csorgatásos technikával véletlenszerűen keletkezett fekete-fehér alap-kompozíciókat gesztusokkal, felismerhető természeti formákat idéző festék-foltokkal tette elvenné. Foglalkoztatta a XX. századi művész és a képzőművészet létjogosultságának kérdése, helye a nemzeti és az egyetemes kultúra egészében. Írásaiban saját maga ideológusaként sajátos terminológia-alkotással is megpróbálkozott (Szürreafaelllista kiáltvány, Szürcézanneizmus, 1966). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi munkája elismeréséül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. 1972-ben az Oktatásügy Kiváló Dolgozója. A szegedi patrióta festő jelentőségét adja, hogy önálló kisérletezések eredményeképpen jutott el az avantgárd képzőművészet második hulámának törekvéseihez. Művészetének meghatározó eleme a múlttal való kontiniutáskeresés is, a görög mitolgóia jelképrendszerének felhasználása és reneszánsz parafrázisainak (pl.: Tiziano: Vénusz) sorozata. Vinkler László élete utolsó évtizedében, részben olaszországi és görögországi utazásainak hatására visszatért a természetelvű ábrázolásokhoz is. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra Ferenc M. őrzi.
Válogatott írásai: Aba Novák Vilmos, Délvidéki Szemle, 1942/1-2.; Képzőművészeti Alkotások, Bp., 1954; Szeged mai képzőművészete, Délmagyarország, 1966. aug. 7.; Összehasonlító biográfia, A szegedi TF rajz tanszéke III. képzőművészeti kiállításának katalógusa, Szeged, 1967; Oidipus (Egy műalkotás keletkezésének elemézése), Acta Academiae Paedagogiae Szegediensis, Series Artistica, Szeged, 1967; Szegedi festészet, MŰV, 1968/1.; Korstílus és térfelfogás, A tanárképzés módszertani problémái. A szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola 1967. okt. 25-28. között rendezett nközi tudományos ülésszakának anyaga. Szeged, 1968; Meditiazion sul dramma della vita umana nello specchio del cinquecento con considerazione speciale del Coreggio e del Parmigianino, Parma nell'arte, 1969/1.; Évszázadunk stiláris metamorfózisa, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1969; Aktuális képzőművészeti problémák a differnciáció és az integráció aspektusában, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1972; Rajzoktatás és művészeti nevelés koncepciójának fejlődése a tanárképző főiskolák negyedszázados története során, Az általános iskolai tanárképzés 25 éve, Bp., 1973; Stilisztikai jelcsoportok a képzőművészeti alkotás folyamatában, A Juhász Gyula TF Tudományos Közleményei, 1976; Művészet és mitológia, A szegedi Móra F. M. évkönyve, Szeged, 1978-79/1.
Ek: 1942: Városi M., Kupolacsarnok, Szeged; 1975: A szegedi Képző- és Iparművészeti Szalon Klauzár téri terme, Szeged; 1959: Retrospektív kiállítás, Ernst M.; 1961: Reggio Emilia (OL); 1963: Képcsarnok, Szeged; 1968: Szabadka; 1971: Az év világon, Szeged; 1973: Salgótarján; 1976: Dunaújváros; 1979: Bartók B. Műv. Közp., Szeged; 1982: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; MNG; 1997: Pokolraszállás, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1998: Vinkler László 1942-es első önálló kiállításának rekonstrukciója, Móra F. M., Szeged; 2001: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; Antik motívumok, Mátonfi G., Kecsekemét.
Vcsk: 1947: A Képzőművészetek Szabad Szakszervezete Vidéki Csoportjának I. Kiállítása, Műcsarnok; 1956: II. Orsz. miskolci Képzőművészeti Kiállítás, Herman O. M., Miskolc; 1960: Képzőművészetünk a felszabadulás után, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1967: Szegedi Képzőművészek Tárlata, MNG; 1970: Változatok egy témára, A szegedi Állami TF Rajz Tanszéke művésztanárainak kiállítása, Állami TF, Szeged; 2001: Vinkler László és tanítványai, Városi Képtár, Orosháza.
Irod.: Szelesi Z.: Vinkler László - Művészek a Tisza partján, Tiszatáj, 1968/6.; Dér E.: Vinkler László köszöntése, MŰV, 1972/6; Szelesi Z.: Művészet és személyiség, MŰV, 1973/1.; D. Fehér Zs.: Van-e szegedi műhely? MŰV, 1973/8.; Tandi L.: Vinkler Lászlónál, Tiszatáj, 1979/12.; P. Szabó E.: Vinkler László emlékkiállítása, Új Tükör, 1982/28.; Endrődy E.: Akropoliszi pillanatok. (Vinkler László rajzai Devecseri Gábor verseihez), Kortárs, 1983/2.; Papp L.: Az ember valósága, Tiszatáj, 1986/9.; Szuromi P.: Átváltozások. Tükrök, tükröződések, Szolnok, 1994; Muladi B.: Vinkler László, Szeged, 2001; Szuromi P.: Vinkler László válogatott írásai, Szeged, 2001. (M. B. )
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Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II.
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1935-ben diplomázott. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi tárlatán a "Nagymamám" című alkotásával elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas volt, és a Collegium Hungaricum-ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Szorgalmasan dolgozott, közben tanulmányokat folytatott az Accademia delle Belle Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi irányítása mellett. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" című képmását 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" című képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. Az alkotás jelenleg a Magyar Nemzeti Galéria tulajdona. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. 1931-től szerepelt hazai és külföldi bemutatókon. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es Magyar Nemzeti Galéria-béli kiállításán. 1932-ben Balló-díjat, 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat kapott, 1972-ben Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját nyerte el. Éveken keresztül (tizenöt év megszakítással) a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajzi tanszékének vezetőjeként működött. Korábban protréfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá, így a rajzos analizálás helyett a művész a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Több irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi tevékenysége elismerésül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra F. Múzeum őrzi. (PZ-SzMF, D. E.: Műv. 1927/6, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. 1973/1, Műv. 1982/10. D. F. Zs.: Műv. 1973/8. )Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II. Műgyűjtők és kereskedők kézikönyve
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a "Nagymamám" c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-36-ban római ösztöndíjas volt. Az Accademia della Bella Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi mester mellett folytatott tanulmányokat. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" c. portréját 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. A mű a MNG tulajdona. Több kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es MNG-beli kiállításán. 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat, 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Ezen kívül művészpedagógusi és alkotói tevékenysége elismeréseként még számos kitüntetéssel és díjjal jutalmazták. Hosszabb ideig a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének vezetőjeként tevékenykedett. Korábban arcképfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz Oszkár hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Számos irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott. (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban, stb). (PZ-SzMF, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. -1982/10)Magyar festők és grafikusok adattára
Művészeti tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte, majd a Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként fejezte be 1935-ben. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a Nagymamám c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. A diploma megszerzését követően 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Az itt készült Maria Surigia c. portréját az olasz állam megvásárolta. A Római szobrásznő c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat, s amelyet ma az MNG őriz. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-ben MNG-beli bemutatóján. 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói díját és 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Hosszabb időt töltött a Szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Emlékkiállítását 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Képtárban és a MNG-ban rendezték meg. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csöndéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novecento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. - Irod.: Pipics Zoltán: Száz magyar festő. Bp. 1943. Művészeti lexikon I-IV.
Festő, a szegedi Pedagógiai Főiskola tanára. A Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár tanítványa volt. 1935-36-ban Olaszo. -ban folytatta tanulmányait, majd több külföldi utat tett. Szegedi gyűjt. kiállításai után 1959-ben az Ernst Múzeumban is bemutatta anyagát. Korábban portréfestőként volt ismert, jelenleg a szürrealizmussal rokon szellemben fest. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozik (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). Művész életrajzok kortárs magyar képzőművészek
Festő, grafikus.
1935-ben fejezte be főiskolai tanulmányait Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1943, 1958, 1936, 1938, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszáviában (1968). Hosszabb időt töltött a szegedi tanárképző főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Díja: Balló-díj (1933), Jellinek és Fényes Adolf-díj (1937), Szeged város alkotói díja (1972), a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díja (1979). Emlékkiállítást 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Múzeum Képtárban és a Nemzeti Galériában rendezték meg. - Gazdag arculatú festményei, monotypiái és tollrajzai híven tükrözték állandó megújulási vágyát, amelynek hajtóereje az intellektus és az intuició feszültségéből eredt. A művészet figuratív és absztrakt törekvései egyként érdekelték; elvont műveiben a szürrealizmus módszereivel közelítette meg napjaink jelenségeit; a kultúrhistória és a mitológiai eseményeit. Kortárs magyar művészeti lexikon I-III.
Festő, grafikus, művészeti író
1930-35: MKF, mesterei: Karlovszky Bertalan, Glatz Oszkár. 1932, 1933: Balló-díj; 1937: Jellinek-díj; Fényes Adolf-díj. Képzőművészeti tanulmányaival párhuzamosan két évig jogot hallgatott az ELTE jogi karán. 1935-ben ösztöndíjat nyert: Rómában, a Coll. Hung. -ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Néhány vallási témájú szegedi freskója korareneszánsz mesterek hatását mutatja, de szorosan nem kapcsolódott a Római Iskola törekvéseihez. Szakma sikereit pályája kezdetén bravúros portréművészetével vívta ki, és a műfaj szeretete egész munkásságát végigkísérte. Tanulmányutak: 1937: Párizs, 1939: Szicília. 1947-ben felkérésre megszervezte és elindította a szegedi TF Rajz- és Művészettörténet Tanszékének munkáját, s ekkortól megbízott tanszékvezetőként tevékenykedett itt 1957-ig, amikor politikai okok miatt állásából felmentették és csak 1972-ben helyezték vissza. Időközben festői pályája töretlenül folytatódott. Vinkler László pedagógiai tevékenységéből adódóan kísérletező hajlamú művész volt, szellemi rokona az 1945-47-ig hivatalosan, majd felosztása után laza csoportként működő Európai Iskolának, amely a Szentendrei Iskola hagyományait és az európai haladó művészi formákat, a kubizmust, szürrealizmust, non-figuráicót preferálta. A 60-as években már együtt tartott a korszak egyetemes haladó irányázatával (absztrakt expresszionizmus, tasizmus). Az alkalmazott művészeti stílusok mindig az adott alkotói problémafelvetéséhez igazodtak, filozófiai mélységű gondolataikkal és igényességükkel magas színvonalat képviseltek. Az analitikus kubizmus a háború pusztításának kifejezője, a szürrelaizmus mitológiai példázatának hordozója, a tasizmus a belső világának kivetülése volt. Természetelvű ábrázolásokon keresztül jutott el azokhoz a szürrealisztikus művészeti elvekhez, amelyeknek nagyszerű példái azok az automatikus, a vonal erejét hangsúlyozó figurális tusrajzok, amelyekkel a modern magyar grafika a korszak törekvéseihez kapcsolódott. (Szalay Lajos, Kondor Béla, Martyn Ferenc. ) Ezekkel párhuzamosan kezdett tasiszta kísérletei nyomán jutott el művészi törekvéseinek csúcspontjára. A csorgatásos technikával véletlenszerűen keletkezett fekete-fehér alap-kompozíciókat gesztusokkal, felismerhető természeti formákat idéző festék-foltokkal tette elvenné. Foglalkoztatta a XX. századi művész és a képzőművészet létjogosultságának kérdése, helye a nemzeti és az egyetemes kultúra egészében. Írásaiban saját maga ideológusaként sajátos terminológia-alkotással is megpróbálkozott (Szürreafaelllista kiáltvány, Szürcézanneizmus, 1966). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi munkája elismeréséül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. 1972-ben az Oktatásügy Kiváló Dolgozója. A szegedi patrióta festő jelentőségét adja, hogy önálló kisérletezések eredményeképpen jutott el az avantgárd képzőművészet második hulámának törekvéseihez. Művészetének meghatározó eleme a múlttal való kontiniutáskeresés is, a görög mitolgóia jelképrendszerének felhasználása és reneszánsz parafrázisainak (pl.: Tiziano: Vénusz) sorozata. Vinkler László élete utolsó évtizedében, részben olaszországi és görögországi utazásainak hatására visszatért a természetelvű ábrázolásokhoz is. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra Ferenc M. őrzi.
Válogatott írásai: Aba Novák Vilmos, Délvidéki Szemle, 1942/1-2.; Képzőművészeti Alkotások, Bp., 1954; Szeged mai képzőművészete, Délmagyarország, 1966. aug. 7.; Összehasonlító biográfia, A szegedi TF rajz tanszéke III. képzőművészeti kiállításának katalógusa, Szeged, 1967; Oidipus (Egy műalkotás keletkezésének elemézése), Acta Academiae Paedagogiae Szegediensis, Series Artistica, Szeged, 1967; Szegedi festészet, MŰV, 1968/1.; Korstílus és térfelfogás, A tanárképzés módszertani problémái. A szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola 1967. okt. 25-28. között rendezett nközi tudományos ülésszakának anyaga. Szeged, 1968; Meditiazion sul dramma della vita umana nello specchio del cinquecento con considerazione speciale del Coreggio e del Parmigianino, Parma nell'arte, 1969/1.; Évszázadunk stiláris metamorfózisa, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1969; Aktuális képzőművészeti problémák a differnciáció és az integráció aspektusában, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1972; Rajzoktatás és művészeti nevelés koncepciójának fejlődése a tanárképző főiskolák negyedszázados története során, Az általános iskolai tanárképzés 25 éve, Bp., 1973; Stilisztikai jelcsoportok a képzőművészeti alkotás folyamatában, A Juhász Gyula TF Tudományos Közleményei, 1976; Művészet és mitológia, A szegedi Móra F. M. évkönyve, Szeged, 1978-79/1.
Ek: 1942: Városi M., Kupolacsarnok, Szeged; 1975: A szegedi Képző- és Iparművészeti Szalon Klauzár téri terme, Szeged; 1959: Retrospektív kiállítás, Ernst M.; 1961: Reggio Emilia (OL); 1963: Képcsarnok, Szeged; 1968: Szabadka; 1971: Az év világon, Szeged; 1973: Salgótarján; 1976: Dunaújváros; 1979: Bartók B. Műv. Közp., Szeged; 1982: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; MNG; 1997: Pokolraszállás, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1998: Vinkler László 1942-es első önálló kiállításának rekonstrukciója, Móra F. M., Szeged; 2001: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; Antik motívumok, Mátonfi G., Kecsekemét.
Vcsk: 1947: A Képzőművészetek Szabad Szakszervezete Vidéki Csoportjának I. Kiállítása, Műcsarnok; 1956: II. Orsz. miskolci Képzőművészeti Kiállítás, Herman O. M., Miskolc; 1960: Képzőművészetünk a felszabadulás után, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1967: Szegedi Képzőművészek Tárlata, MNG; 1970: Változatok egy témára, A szegedi Állami TF Rajz Tanszéke művésztanárainak kiállítása, Állami TF, Szeged; 2001: Vinkler László és tanítványai, Városi Képtár, Orosháza.
Irod.: Szelesi Z.: Vinkler László - Művészek a Tisza partján, Tiszatáj, 1968/6.; Dér E.: Vinkler László köszöntése, MŰV, 1972/6; Szelesi Z.: Művészet és személyiség, MŰV, 1973/1.; D. Fehér Zs.: Van-e szegedi műhely? MŰV, 1973/8.; Tandi L.: Vinkler Lászlónál, Tiszatáj, 1979/12.; P. Szabó E.: Vinkler László emlékkiállítása, Új Tükör, 1982/28.; Endrődy E.: Akropoliszi pillanatok. (Vinkler László rajzai Devecseri Gábor verseihez), Kortárs, 1983/2.; Papp L.: Az ember valósága, Tiszatáj, 1986/9.; Szuromi P.: Átváltozások. Tükrök, tükröződések, Szolnok, 1994; Muladi B.: Vinkler László, Szeged, 2001; Szuromi P.: Vinkler László válogatott írásai, Szeged, 2001. (M. B. )
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Cégünk Magyarország egyik legnagyobb kínálatú internetes festménykereskedését üzemelteti.
Ezernél is több festményt illetve képet kínál a galériánk folyamatosan.
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Minden darabot gondosan megtisztítunk, az összes keretet felújíttatjuk, képeinket újra kereteztetjük.
Képeink azonnal ajándékba adható illetve falra akasztható állapotban vannak.
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Minden kép eredetiségére a kínálatunkban élettartam- és pénz-visszafizetési garanciát vállalunk.
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Minden galériánkban vásárolt kép után számlát, igény esetén garancialevelet állítunk ki.
Kérem nézze meg a további hatalmas festménykínálatunkat.
A kép mérete: 29, 5 x 42 cm keret nélkül. Készült: Akvarell, Papír
A kép Vinkler László (Szabadka, 1912, Szeged, 1980) alkotása. Jelezve: balra lent
A festmény jó állapotban van. Keret: Paszpartúban
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Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II.
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1935-ben diplomázott. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi tárlatán a "Nagymamám" című alkotásával elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas volt, és a Collegium Hungaricum-ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Szorgalmasan dolgozott, közben tanulmányokat folytatott az Accademia delle Belle Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi irányítása mellett. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" című képmását 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" című képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. Az alkotás jelenleg a Magyar Nemzeti Galéria tulajdona. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. 1931-től szerepelt hazai és külföldi bemutatókon. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es Magyar Nemzeti Galéria-béli kiállításán. 1932-ben Balló-díjat, 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat kapott, 1972-ben Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját nyerte el. Éveken keresztül (tizenöt év megszakítással) a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajzi tanszékének vezetőjeként működött. Korábban protréfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá, így a rajzos analizálás helyett a művész a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Több irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi tevékenysége elismerésül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra F. Múzeum őrzi. (PZ-SzMF, D. E.: Műv. 1927/6, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. 1973/1, Műv. 1982/10. D. F. Zs.: Műv. 1973/8. )Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II. Műgyűjtők és kereskedők kézikönyve
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a "Nagymamám" c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-36-ban római ösztöndíjas volt. Az Accademia della Bella Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi mester mellett folytatott tanulmányokat. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" c. portréját 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. A mű a MNG tulajdona. Több kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es MNG-beli kiállításán. 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat, 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Ezen kívül művészpedagógusi és alkotói tevékenysége elismeréseként még számos kitüntetéssel és díjjal jutalmazták. Hosszabb ideig a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének vezetőjeként tevékenykedett. Korábban arcképfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz Oszkár hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Számos irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott. (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban, stb). (PZ-SzMF, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. -1982/10)Magyar festők és grafikusok adattára
Művészeti tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte, majd a Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként fejezte be 1935-ben. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a Nagymamám c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. A diploma megszerzését követően 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Az itt készült Maria Surigia c. portréját az olasz állam megvásárolta. A Római szobrásznő c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat, s amelyet ma az MNG őriz. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-ben MNG-beli bemutatóján. 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói díját és 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Hosszabb időt töltött a Szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Emlékkiállítását 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Képtárban és a MNG-ban rendezték meg. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csöndéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novecento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. - Irod.: Pipics Zoltán: Száz magyar festő. Bp. 1943. Művészeti lexikon I-IV.
Festő, a szegedi Pedagógiai Főiskola tanára. A Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár tanítványa volt. 1935-36-ban Olaszo. -ban folytatta tanulmányait, majd több külföldi utat tett. Szegedi gyűjt. kiállításai után 1959-ben az Ernst Múzeumban is bemutatta anyagát. Korábban portréfestőként volt ismert, jelenleg a szürrealizmussal rokon szellemben fest. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozik (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). Művész életrajzok kortárs magyar képzőművészek
Festő, grafikus.
1935-ben fejezte be főiskolai tanulmányait Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1943, 1958, 1936, 1938, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszáviában (1968). Hosszabb időt töltött a szegedi tanárképző főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Díja: Balló-díj (1933), Jellinek és Fényes Adolf-díj (1937), Szeged város alkotói díja (1972), a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díja (1979). Emlékkiállítást 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Múzeum Képtárban és a Nemzeti Galériában rendezték meg. - Gazdag arculatú festményei, monotypiái és tollrajzai híven tükrözték állandó megújulási vágyát, amelynek hajtóereje az intellektus és az intuició feszültségéből eredt. A művészet figuratív és absztrakt törekvései egyként érdekelték; elvont műveiben a szürrealizmus módszereivel közelítette meg napjaink jelenségeit; a kultúrhistória és a mitológiai eseményeit. Kortárs magyar művészeti lexikon I-III.
Festő, grafikus, művészeti író
1930-35: MKF, mesterei: Karlovszky Bertalan, Glatz Oszkár. 1932, 1933: Balló-díj; 1937: Jellinek-díj; Fényes Adolf-díj. Képzőművészeti tanulmányaival párhuzamosan két évig jogot hallgatott az ELTE jogi karán. 1935-ben ösztöndíjat nyert: Rómában, a Coll. Hung. -ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Néhány vallási témájú szegedi freskója korareneszánsz mesterek hatását mutatja, de szorosan nem kapcsolódott a Római Iskola törekvéseihez. Szakma sikereit pályája kezdetén bravúros portréművészetével vívta ki, és a műfaj szeretete egész munkásságát végigkísérte. Tanulmányutak: 1937: Párizs, 1939: Szicília. 1947-ben felkérésre megszervezte és elindította a szegedi TF Rajz- és Művészettörténet Tanszékének munkáját, s ekkortól megbízott tanszékvezetőként tevékenykedett itt 1957-ig, amikor politikai okok miatt állásából felmentették és csak 1972-ben helyezték vissza. Időközben festői pályája töretlenül folytatódott. Vinkler László pedagógiai tevékenységéből adódóan kísérletező hajlamú művész volt, szellemi rokona az 1945-47-ig hivatalosan, majd felosztása után laza csoportként működő Európai Iskolának, amely a Szentendrei Iskola hagyományait és az európai haladó művészi formákat, a kubizmust, szürrealizmust, non-figuráicót preferálta. A 60-as években már együtt tartott a korszak egyetemes haladó irányázatával (absztrakt expresszionizmus, tasizmus). Az alkalmazott művészeti stílusok mindig az adott alkotói problémafelvetéséhez igazodtak, filozófiai mélységű gondolataikkal és igényességükkel magas színvonalat képviseltek. Az analitikus kubizmus a háború pusztításának kifejezője, a szürrelaizmus mitológiai példázatának hordozója, a tasizmus a belső világának kivetülése volt. Természetelvű ábrázolásokon keresztül jutott el azokhoz a szürrealisztikus művészeti elvekhez, amelyeknek nagyszerű példái azok az automatikus, a vonal erejét hangsúlyozó figurális tusrajzok, amelyekkel a modern magyar grafika a korszak törekvéseihez kapcsolódott. (Szalay Lajos, Kondor Béla, Martyn Ferenc. ) Ezekkel párhuzamosan kezdett tasiszta kísérletei nyomán jutott el művészi törekvéseinek csúcspontjára. A csorgatásos technikával véletlenszerűen keletkezett fekete-fehér alap-kompozíciókat gesztusokkal, felismerhető természeti formákat idéző festék-foltokkal tette elvenné. Foglalkoztatta a XX. századi művész és a képzőművészet létjogosultságának kérdése, helye a nemzeti és az egyetemes kultúra egészében. Írásaiban saját maga ideológusaként sajátos terminológia-alkotással is megpróbálkozott (Szürreafaelllista kiáltvány, Szürcézanneizmus, 1966). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi munkája elismeréséül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. 1972-ben az Oktatásügy Kiváló Dolgozója. A szegedi patrióta festő jelentőségét adja, hogy önálló kisérletezések eredményeképpen jutott el az avantgárd képzőművészet második hulámának törekvéseihez. Művészetének meghatározó eleme a múlttal való kontiniutáskeresés is, a görög mitolgóia jelképrendszerének felhasználása és reneszánsz parafrázisainak (pl.: Tiziano: Vénusz) sorozata. Vinkler László élete utolsó évtizedében, részben olaszországi és görögországi utazásainak hatására visszatért a természetelvű ábrázolásokhoz is. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra Ferenc M. őrzi.
Válogatott írásai: Aba Novák Vilmos, Délvidéki Szemle, 1942/1-2.; Képzőművészeti Alkotások, Bp., 1954; Szeged mai képzőművészete, Délmagyarország, 1966. aug. 7.; Összehasonlító biográfia, A szegedi TF rajz tanszéke III. képzőművészeti kiállításának katalógusa, Szeged, 1967; Oidipus (Egy műalkotás keletkezésének elemézése), Acta Academiae Paedagogiae Szegediensis, Series Artistica, Szeged, 1967; Szegedi festészet, MŰV, 1968/1.; Korstílus és térfelfogás, A tanárképzés módszertani problémái. A szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola 1967. okt. 25-28. között rendezett nközi tudományos ülésszakának anyaga. Szeged, 1968; Meditiazion sul dramma della vita umana nello specchio del cinquecento con considerazione speciale del Coreggio e del Parmigianino, Parma nell'arte, 1969/1.; Évszázadunk stiláris metamorfózisa, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1969; Aktuális képzőművészeti problémák a differnciáció és az integráció aspektusában, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1972; Rajzoktatás és művészeti nevelés koncepciójának fejlődése a tanárképző főiskolák negyedszázados története során, Az általános iskolai tanárképzés 25 éve, Bp., 1973; Stilisztikai jelcsoportok a képzőművészeti alkotás folyamatában, A Juhász Gyula TF Tudományos Közleményei, 1976; Művészet és mitológia, A szegedi Móra F. M. évkönyve, Szeged, 1978-79/1.
Ek: 1942: Városi M., Kupolacsarnok, Szeged; 1975: A szegedi Képző- és Iparművészeti Szalon Klauzár téri terme, Szeged; 1959: Retrospektív kiállítás, Ernst M.; 1961: Reggio Emilia (OL); 1963: Képcsarnok, Szeged; 1968: Szabadka; 1971: Az év világon, Szeged; 1973: Salgótarján; 1976: Dunaújváros; 1979: Bartók B. Műv. Közp., Szeged; 1982: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; MNG; 1997: Pokolraszállás, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1998: Vinkler László 1942-es első önálló kiállításának rekonstrukciója, Móra F. M., Szeged; 2001: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; Antik motívumok, Mátonfi G., Kecsekemét.
Vcsk: 1947: A Képzőművészetek Szabad Szakszervezete Vidéki Csoportjának I. Kiállítása, Műcsarnok; 1956: II. Orsz. miskolci Képzőművészeti Kiállítás, Herman O. M., Miskolc; 1960: Képzőművészetünk a felszabadulás után, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1967: Szegedi Képzőművészek Tárlata, MNG; 1970: Változatok egy témára, A szegedi Állami TF Rajz Tanszéke művésztanárainak kiállítása, Állami TF, Szeged; 2001: Vinkler László és tanítványai, Városi Képtár, Orosháza.
Irod.: Szelesi Z.: Vinkler László - Művészek a Tisza partján, Tiszatáj, 1968/6.; Dér E.: Vinkler László köszöntése, MŰV, 1972/6; Szelesi Z.: Művészet és személyiség, MŰV, 1973/1.; D. Fehér Zs.: Van-e szegedi műhely? MŰV, 1973/8.; Tandi L.: Vinkler Lászlónál, Tiszatáj, 1979/12.; P. Szabó E.: Vinkler László emlékkiállítása, Új Tükör, 1982/28.; Endrődy E.: Akropoliszi pillanatok. (Vinkler László rajzai Devecseri Gábor verseihez), Kortárs, 1983/2.; Papp L.: Az ember valósága, Tiszatáj, 1986/9.; Szuromi P.: Átváltozások. Tükrök, tükröződések, Szolnok, 1994; Muladi B.: Vinkler László, Szeged, 2001; Szuromi P.: Vinkler László válogatott írásai, Szeged, 2001. (M. B. )
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Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II.
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1935-ben diplomázott. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi tárlatán a "Nagymamám" című alkotásával elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas volt, és a Collegium Hungaricum-ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Szorgalmasan dolgozott, közben tanulmányokat folytatott az Accademia delle Belle Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi irányítása mellett. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" című képmását 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" című képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. Az alkotás jelenleg a Magyar Nemzeti Galéria tulajdona. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. 1931-től szerepelt hazai és külföldi bemutatókon. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es Magyar Nemzeti Galéria-béli kiállításán. 1932-ben Balló-díjat, 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat kapott, 1972-ben Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját nyerte el. Éveken keresztül (tizenöt év megszakítással) a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajzi tanszékének vezetőjeként működött. Korábban protréfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá, így a rajzos analizálás helyett a művész a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Több irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi tevékenysége elismerésül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra F. Múzeum őrzi. (PZ-SzMF, D. E.: Műv. 1927/6, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. 1973/1, Műv. 1982/10. D. F. Zs.: Műv. 1973/8. )Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II. Műgyűjtők és kereskedők kézikönyve
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a "Nagymamám" c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-36-ban római ösztöndíjas volt. Az Accademia della Bella Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi mester mellett folytatott tanulmányokat. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" c. portréját 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. A mű a MNG tulajdona. Több kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es MNG-beli kiállításán. 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat, 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Ezen kívül művészpedagógusi és alkotói tevékenysége elismeréseként még számos kitüntetéssel és díjjal jutalmazták. Hosszabb ideig a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének vezetőjeként tevékenykedett. Korábban arcképfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz Oszkár hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Számos irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott. (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban, stb). (PZ-SzMF, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. -1982/10)Magyar festők és grafikusok adattára
Művészeti tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte, majd a Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként fejezte be 1935-ben. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a Nagymamám c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. A diploma megszerzését követően 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Az itt készült Maria Surigia c. portréját az olasz állam megvásárolta. A Római szobrásznő c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat, s amelyet ma az MNG őriz. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-ben MNG-beli bemutatóján. 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói díját és 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Hosszabb időt töltött a Szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Emlékkiállítását 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Képtárban és a MNG-ban rendezték meg. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csöndéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novecento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. - Irod.: Pipics Zoltán: Száz magyar festő. Bp. 1943. Művészeti lexikon I-IV.
Festő, a szegedi Pedagógiai Főiskola tanára. A Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár tanítványa volt. 1935-36-ban Olaszo. -ban folytatta tanulmányait, majd több külföldi utat tett. Szegedi gyűjt. kiállításai után 1959-ben az Ernst Múzeumban is bemutatta anyagát. Korábban portréfestőként volt ismert, jelenleg a szürrealizmussal rokon szellemben fest. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozik (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). Művész életrajzok kortárs magyar képzőművészek
Festő, grafikus.
1935-ben fejezte be főiskolai tanulmányait Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1943, 1958, 1936, 1938, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszáviában (1968). Hosszabb időt töltött a szegedi tanárképző főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Díja: Balló-díj (1933), Jellinek és Fényes Adolf-díj (1937), Szeged város alkotói díja (1972), a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díja (1979). Emlékkiállítást 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Múzeum Képtárban és a Nemzeti Galériában rendezték meg. - Gazdag arculatú festményei, monotypiái és tollrajzai híven tükrözték állandó megújulási vágyát, amelynek hajtóereje az intellektus és az intuició feszültségéből eredt. A művészet figuratív és absztrakt törekvései egyként érdekelték; elvont műveiben a szürrealizmus módszereivel közelítette meg napjaink jelenségeit; a kultúrhistória és a mitológiai eseményeit. Kortárs magyar művészeti lexikon I-III.
Festő, grafikus, művészeti író
1930-35: MKF, mesterei: Karlovszky Bertalan, Glatz Oszkár. 1932, 1933: Balló-díj; 1937: Jellinek-díj; Fényes Adolf-díj. Képzőművészeti tanulmányaival párhuzamosan két évig jogot hallgatott az ELTE jogi karán. 1935-ben ösztöndíjat nyert: Rómában, a Coll. Hung. -ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Néhány vallási témájú szegedi freskója korareneszánsz mesterek hatását mutatja, de szorosan nem kapcsolódott a Római Iskola törekvéseihez. Szakma sikereit pályája kezdetén bravúros portréművészetével vívta ki, és a műfaj szeretete egész munkásságát végigkísérte. Tanulmányutak: 1937: Párizs, 1939: Szicília. 1947-ben felkérésre megszervezte és elindította a szegedi TF Rajz- és Művészettörténet Tanszékének munkáját, s ekkortól megbízott tanszékvezetőként tevékenykedett itt 1957-ig, amikor politikai okok miatt állásából felmentették és csak 1972-ben helyezték vissza. Időközben festői pályája töretlenül folytatódott. Vinkler László pedagógiai tevékenységéből adódóan kísérletező hajlamú művész volt, szellemi rokona az 1945-47-ig hivatalosan, majd felosztása után laza csoportként működő Európai Iskolának, amely a Szentendrei Iskola hagyományait és az európai haladó művészi formákat, a kubizmust, szürrealizmust, non-figuráicót preferálta. A 60-as években már együtt tartott a korszak egyetemes haladó irányázatával (absztrakt expresszionizmus, tasizmus). Az alkalmazott művészeti stílusok mindig az adott alkotói problémafelvetéséhez igazodtak, filozófiai mélységű gondolataikkal és igényességükkel magas színvonalat képviseltek. Az analitikus kubizmus a háború pusztításának kifejezője, a szürrelaizmus mitológiai példázatának hordozója, a tasizmus a belső világának kivetülése volt. Természetelvű ábrázolásokon keresztül jutott el azokhoz a szürrealisztikus művészeti elvekhez, amelyeknek nagyszerű példái azok az automatikus, a vonal erejét hangsúlyozó figurális tusrajzok, amelyekkel a modern magyar grafika a korszak törekvéseihez kapcsolódott. (Szalay Lajos, Kondor Béla, Martyn Ferenc. ) Ezekkel párhuzamosan kezdett tasiszta kísérletei nyomán jutott el művészi törekvéseinek csúcspontjára. A csorgatásos technikával véletlenszerűen keletkezett fekete-fehér alap-kompozíciókat gesztusokkal, felismerhető természeti formákat idéző festék-foltokkal tette elvenné. Foglalkoztatta a XX. századi művész és a képzőművészet létjogosultságának kérdése, helye a nemzeti és az egyetemes kultúra egészében. Írásaiban saját maga ideológusaként sajátos terminológia-alkotással is megpróbálkozott (Szürreafaelllista kiáltvány, Szürcézanneizmus, 1966). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi munkája elismeréséül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. 1972-ben az Oktatásügy Kiváló Dolgozója. A szegedi patrióta festő jelentőségét adja, hogy önálló kisérletezések eredményeképpen jutott el az avantgárd képzőművészet második hulámának törekvéseihez. Művészetének meghatározó eleme a múlttal való kontiniutáskeresés is, a görög mitolgóia jelképrendszerének felhasználása és reneszánsz parafrázisainak (pl.: Tiziano: Vénusz) sorozata. Vinkler László élete utolsó évtizedében, részben olaszországi és görögországi utazásainak hatására visszatért a természetelvű ábrázolásokhoz is. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra Ferenc M. őrzi.
Válogatott írásai: Aba Novák Vilmos, Délvidéki Szemle, 1942/1-2.; Képzőművészeti Alkotások, Bp., 1954; Szeged mai képzőművészete, Délmagyarország, 1966. aug. 7.; Összehasonlító biográfia, A szegedi TF rajz tanszéke III. képzőművészeti kiállításának katalógusa, Szeged, 1967; Oidipus (Egy műalkotás keletkezésének elemézése), Acta Academiae Paedagogiae Szegediensis, Series Artistica, Szeged, 1967; Szegedi festészet, MŰV, 1968/1.; Korstílus és térfelfogás, A tanárképzés módszertani problémái. A szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola 1967. okt. 25-28. között rendezett nközi tudományos ülésszakának anyaga. Szeged, 1968; Meditiazion sul dramma della vita umana nello specchio del cinquecento con considerazione speciale del Coreggio e del Parmigianino, Parma nell'arte, 1969/1.; Évszázadunk stiláris metamorfózisa, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1969; Aktuális képzőművészeti problémák a differnciáció és az integráció aspektusában, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1972; Rajzoktatás és művészeti nevelés koncepciójának fejlődése a tanárképző főiskolák negyedszázados története során, Az általános iskolai tanárképzés 25 éve, Bp., 1973; Stilisztikai jelcsoportok a képzőművészeti alkotás folyamatában, A Juhász Gyula TF Tudományos Közleményei, 1976; Művészet és mitológia, A szegedi Móra F. M. évkönyve, Szeged, 1978-79/1.
Ek: 1942: Városi M., Kupolacsarnok, Szeged; 1975: A szegedi Képző- és Iparművészeti Szalon Klauzár téri terme, Szeged; 1959: Retrospektív kiállítás, Ernst M.; 1961: Reggio Emilia (OL); 1963: Képcsarnok, Szeged; 1968: Szabadka; 1971: Az év világon, Szeged; 1973: Salgótarján; 1976: Dunaújváros; 1979: Bartók B. Műv. Közp., Szeged; 1982: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; MNG; 1997: Pokolraszállás, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1998: Vinkler László 1942-es első önálló kiállításának rekonstrukciója, Móra F. M., Szeged; 2001: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; Antik motívumok, Mátonfi G., Kecsekemét.
Vcsk: 1947: A Képzőművészetek Szabad Szakszervezete Vidéki Csoportjának I. Kiállítása, Műcsarnok; 1956: II. Orsz. miskolci Képzőművészeti Kiállítás, Herman O. M., Miskolc; 1960: Képzőművészetünk a felszabadulás után, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1967: Szegedi Képzőművészek Tárlata, MNG; 1970: Változatok egy témára, A szegedi Állami TF Rajz Tanszéke művésztanárainak kiállítása, Állami TF, Szeged; 2001: Vinkler László és tanítványai, Városi Képtár, Orosháza.
Irod.: Szelesi Z.: Vinkler László - Művészek a Tisza partján, Tiszatáj, 1968/6.; Dér E.: Vinkler László köszöntése, MŰV, 1972/6; Szelesi Z.: Művészet és személyiség, MŰV, 1973/1.; D. Fehér Zs.: Van-e szegedi műhely? MŰV, 1973/8.; Tandi L.: Vinkler Lászlónál, Tiszatáj, 1979/12.; P. Szabó E.: Vinkler László emlékkiállítása, Új Tükör, 1982/28.; Endrődy E.: Akropoliszi pillanatok. (Vinkler László rajzai Devecseri Gábor verseihez), Kortárs, 1983/2.; Papp L.: Az ember valósága, Tiszatáj, 1986/9.; Szuromi P.: Átváltozások. Tükrök, tükröződések, Szolnok, 1994; Muladi B.: Vinkler László, Szeged, 2001; Szuromi P.: Vinkler László válogatott írásai, Szeged, 2001. (M. B. )
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Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II.
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1935-ben diplomázott. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi tárlatán a "Nagymamám" című alkotásával elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas volt, és a Collegium Hungaricum-ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Szorgalmasan dolgozott, közben tanulmányokat folytatott az Accademia delle Belle Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi irányítása mellett. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" című képmását 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" című képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. Az alkotás jelenleg a Magyar Nemzeti Galéria tulajdona. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. 1931-től szerepelt hazai és külföldi bemutatókon. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es Magyar Nemzeti Galéria-béli kiállításán. 1932-ben Balló-díjat, 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat kapott, 1972-ben Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját nyerte el. Éveken keresztül (tizenöt év megszakítással) a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajzi tanszékének vezetőjeként működött. Korábban protréfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá, így a rajzos analizálás helyett a művész a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Több irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi tevékenysége elismerésül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra F. Múzeum őrzi. (PZ-SzMF, D. E.: Műv. 1927/6, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. 1973/1, Műv. 1982/10. D. F. Zs.: Műv. 1973/8. )Magyar festők és grafikusok életrajzi lexikona I-II. Műgyűjtők és kereskedők kézikönyve
Festő. Tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte. A budapesti Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Glatz Oszkár és Karlovszky Bertalan tanítványa volt. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a "Nagymamám" c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. 1935-36-ban római ösztöndíjas volt. Az Accademia della Bella Arti freskó-osztályán, Ferazzi mester mellett folytatott tanulmányokat. Az itt készült "Maria Surigia" c. portréját 1936-ban a Collegium Hungaricum kiállításán mutatta be, amelyet az olasz állam vásárolt meg. A "Római szobrásznő" c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat. A mű a MNG tulajdona. Több kelet- és nyugat-európai országban járt tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959), Olaszországban (1961), Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-es MNG-beli kiállításán. 1937-ben Fényes Adolf-díjat, 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói-díját, 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Ezen kívül művészpedagógusi és alkotói tevékenysége elismeréseként még számos kitüntetéssel és díjjal jutalmazták. Hosszabb ideig a szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének vezetőjeként tevékenykedett. Korábban arcképfestőként volt ismeretes. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csendéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz Oszkár hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novocento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. Jeles grafikus volt. Számos irodalmi művet illusztrált. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozott. (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban, stb). (PZ-SzMF, ML, Sz. Z.: Műv. -1982/10)Magyar festők és grafikusok adattára
Művészeti tanulmányait Lápossy-Hegedűs Géza irányításával kezdte, majd a Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként fejezte be 1935-ben. 1931 óta kiállító művész. 1933-ban a főiskola jubileumi kiállításán a Nagymamám c. festményével elnyerte a Balló-díjat. A diploma megszerzését követően 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Az itt készült Maria Surigia c. portréját az olasz állam megvásárolta. A Római szobrásznő c. képe 1937-ben elnyerte a Jellinek-díjat, s amelyet ma az MNG őriz. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1942, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszláviában (1968). Nagyobb anyaggal szerepelt a szegedi művészek 1967-ben MNG-beli bemutatóján. 1972-ben elnyerte Szeged város alkotói díját és 1979-ben a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díját. Hosszabb időt töltött a Szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Emlékkiállítását 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Képtárban és a MNG-ban rendezték meg. Karlovszky mellett a rajz kultuszára és a csöndéleti formalátásra kapott indíttatásokat, később Glatz hatott rá és a rajzos analizálás helyett a szélesebb festőiségre tért át. A naturalizmussal elvi szakítást jelentő harmadik stílusát a novecento jelképes, színesen dekoratív szellemében alakította ki. - Irod.: Pipics Zoltán: Száz magyar festő. Bp. 1943. Művészeti lexikon I-IV.
Festő, a szegedi Pedagógiai Főiskola tanára. A Képzőművészeti Főiskolán Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár tanítványa volt. 1935-36-ban Olaszo. -ban folytatta tanulmányait, majd több külföldi utat tett. Szegedi gyűjt. kiállításai után 1959-ben az Ernst Múzeumban is bemutatta anyagát. Korábban portréfestőként volt ismert, jelenleg a szürrealizmussal rokon szellemben fest. Monumentális feladatokkal is foglalkozik (freskók a Petőfi-telepi templomban stb. ). Művész életrajzok kortárs magyar képzőművészek
Festő, grafikus.
1935-ben fejezte be főiskolai tanulmányait Karlovszky Bertalan és Glatz Oszkár növendékeként. 1935-1936-ban római ösztöndíjas. Számos kelet- és nyugat-európai országban megfordult tanulmányúton. Egyéni kiállításai voltak Szegeden (1943, 1958, 1936, 1938, 1972), az Ernst Múzeumban (1959) és Dunaújvárosban (1977), illetve külföldön Olaszországban (1961) és Jugoszáviában (1968). Hosszabb időt töltött a szegedi tanárképző főiskola rajztanszékének élén. Díja: Balló-díj (1933), Jellinek és Fényes Adolf-díj (1937), Szeged város alkotói díja (1972), a Szegedi Nyári Tárlat díja (1979). Emlékkiállítást 1982-ben a szegedi Móra Ferenc Múzeum Képtárban és a Nemzeti Galériában rendezték meg. - Gazdag arculatú festményei, monotypiái és tollrajzai híven tükrözték állandó megújulási vágyát, amelynek hajtóereje az intellektus és az intuició feszültségéből eredt. A művészet figuratív és absztrakt törekvései egyként érdekelték; elvont műveiben a szürrealizmus módszereivel közelítette meg napjaink jelenségeit; a kultúrhistória és a mitológiai eseményeit. Kortárs magyar művészeti lexikon I-III.
Festő, grafikus, művészeti író
1930-35: MKF, mesterei: Karlovszky Bertalan, Glatz Oszkár. 1932, 1933: Balló-díj; 1937: Jellinek-díj; Fényes Adolf-díj. Képzőművészeti tanulmányaival párhuzamosan két évig jogot hallgatott az ELTE jogi karán. 1935-ben ösztöndíjat nyert: Rómában, a Coll. Hung. -ban töltött nyolc hónapot. Néhány vallási témájú szegedi freskója korareneszánsz mesterek hatását mutatja, de szorosan nem kapcsolódott a Római Iskola törekvéseihez. Szakma sikereit pályája kezdetén bravúros portréművészetével vívta ki, és a műfaj szeretete egész munkásságát végigkísérte. Tanulmányutak: 1937: Párizs, 1939: Szicília. 1947-ben felkérésre megszervezte és elindította a szegedi TF Rajz- és Művészettörténet Tanszékének munkáját, s ekkortól megbízott tanszékvezetőként tevékenykedett itt 1957-ig, amikor politikai okok miatt állásából felmentették és csak 1972-ben helyezték vissza. Időközben festői pályája töretlenül folytatódott. Vinkler László pedagógiai tevékenységéből adódóan kísérletező hajlamú művész volt, szellemi rokona az 1945-47-ig hivatalosan, majd felosztása után laza csoportként működő Európai Iskolának, amely a Szentendrei Iskola hagyományait és az európai haladó művészi formákat, a kubizmust, szürrealizmust, non-figuráicót preferálta. A 60-as években már együtt tartott a korszak egyetemes haladó irányázatával (absztrakt expresszionizmus, tasizmus). Az alkalmazott művészeti stílusok mindig az adott alkotói problémafelvetéséhez igazodtak, filozófiai mélységű gondolataikkal és igényességükkel magas színvonalat képviseltek. Az analitikus kubizmus a háború pusztításának kifejezője, a szürrelaizmus mitológiai példázatának hordozója, a tasizmus a belső világának kivetülése volt. Természetelvű ábrázolásokon keresztül jutott el azokhoz a szürrealisztikus művészeti elvekhez, amelyeknek nagyszerű példái azok az automatikus, a vonal erejét hangsúlyozó figurális tusrajzok, amelyekkel a modern magyar grafika a korszak törekvéseihez kapcsolódott. (Szalay Lajos, Kondor Béla, Martyn Ferenc. ) Ezekkel párhuzamosan kezdett tasiszta kísérletei nyomán jutott el művészi törekvéseinek csúcspontjára. A csorgatásos technikával véletlenszerűen keletkezett fekete-fehér alap-kompozíciókat gesztusokkal, felismerhető természeti formákat idéző festék-foltokkal tette elvenné. Foglalkoztatta a XX. századi művész és a képzőművészet létjogosultságának kérdése, helye a nemzeti és az egyetemes kultúra egészében. Írásaiban saját maga ideológusaként sajátos terminológia-alkotással is megpróbálkozott (Szürreafaelllista kiáltvány, Szürcézanneizmus, 1966). 1957-ben a városban végzett művészi munkája elismeréséül a szegedi Collegium Artium Képzőművészeti tagozata vezetőjévé választotta. 1972-ben az Oktatásügy Kiváló Dolgozója. A szegedi patrióta festő jelentőségét adja, hogy önálló kisérletezések eredményeképpen jutott el az avantgárd képzőművészet második hulámának törekvéseihez. Művészetének meghatározó eleme a múlttal való kontiniutáskeresés is, a görög mitolgóia jelképrendszerének felhasználása és reneszánsz parafrázisainak (pl.: Tiziano: Vénusz) sorozata. Vinkler László élete utolsó évtizedében, részben olaszországi és görögországi utazásainak hatására visszatért a természetelvű ábrázolásokhoz is. Műveinek jelentős részét a szegedi Móra Ferenc M. őrzi.
Válogatott írásai: Aba Novák Vilmos, Délvidéki Szemle, 1942/1-2.; Képzőművészeti Alkotások, Bp., 1954; Szeged mai képzőművészete, Délmagyarország, 1966. aug. 7.; Összehasonlító biográfia, A szegedi TF rajz tanszéke III. képzőművészeti kiállításának katalógusa, Szeged, 1967; Oidipus (Egy műalkotás keletkezésének elemézése), Acta Academiae Paedagogiae Szegediensis, Series Artistica, Szeged, 1967; Szegedi festészet, MŰV, 1968/1.; Korstílus és térfelfogás, A tanárképzés módszertani problémái. A szegedi Tanárképző Főiskola 1967. okt. 25-28. között rendezett nközi tudományos ülésszakának anyaga. Szeged, 1968; Meditiazion sul dramma della vita umana nello specchio del cinquecento con considerazione speciale del Coreggio e del Parmigianino, Parma nell'arte, 1969/1.; Évszázadunk stiláris metamorfózisa, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1969; Aktuális képzőművészeti problémák a differnciáció és az integráció aspektusában, A szegedi TF Tudományos Közleményei, Szeged, 1972; Rajzoktatás és művészeti nevelés koncepciójának fejlődése a tanárképző főiskolák negyedszázados története során, Az általános iskolai tanárképzés 25 éve, Bp., 1973; Stilisztikai jelcsoportok a képzőművészeti alkotás folyamatában, A Juhász Gyula TF Tudományos Közleményei, 1976; Művészet és mitológia, A szegedi Móra F. M. évkönyve, Szeged, 1978-79/1.
Ek: 1942: Városi M., Kupolacsarnok, Szeged; 1975: A szegedi Képző- és Iparművészeti Szalon Klauzár téri terme, Szeged; 1959: Retrospektív kiállítás, Ernst M.; 1961: Reggio Emilia (OL); 1963: Képcsarnok, Szeged; 1968: Szabadka; 1971: Az év világon, Szeged; 1973: Salgótarján; 1976: Dunaújváros; 1979: Bartók B. Műv. Közp., Szeged; 1982: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; MNG; 1997: Pokolraszállás, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1998: Vinkler László 1942-es első önálló kiállításának rekonstrukciója, Móra F. M., Szeged; 2001: Emlékkiállítás, Móra F. M., Szeged; Antik motívumok, Mátonfi G., Kecsekemét.
Vcsk: 1947: A Képzőművészetek Szabad Szakszervezete Vidéki Csoportjának I. Kiállítása, Műcsarnok; 1956: II. Orsz. miskolci Képzőművészeti Kiállítás, Herman O. M., Miskolc; 1960: Képzőművészetünk a felszabadulás után, Móra F. M., Szeged; 1967: Szegedi Képzőművészek Tárlata, MNG; 1970: Változatok egy témára, A szegedi Állami TF Rajz Tanszéke művésztanárainak kiállítása, Állami TF, Szeged; 2001: Vinkler László és tanítványai, Városi Képtár, Orosháza.
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          Kingdom’s arable land all but gone   
A map created by the rights group Licadho shows economic land concessions and mining concessions in Cambodia. Map Supplied

Thursday, 01 March 2012
May Titthara and David Boyle
The Phnom Penh Post

If the government continues to grant economic land and mining concessions at the current rate, there will be no more arable land left in the country to give away within one year, a researcher from the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights said yesterday.

Pointing to the vast increase in economic land concessions granted last year alone, which rights group Adhoc places at about 800,000 hectares, Ouch Leng, the head of the CCHR’s land reform program, said only 300,000 hectares of unclaimed arable land remained.

“The government can grant licenses for one more year because the remaining arable land is only 386,294 hectares,” he said.


Exploratory mining concessions had been included in this calculation, he said, because while firms granted these rights did not technically own the land, they acted like it in practice by erecting fences and expelling villagers from the area.

Ouch Leng said increasing outbreaks of civil unrest across the country such as the protests in Kandal, Kratie and Ratanikkiri province were sounding a clear message that Prime Minister Hun Sen had begun to heed.

On Monday, the premier canceled all 35 commercial fishing lots on the Tonle Sap lake, leaving the country’s most fertile fishing ground entirely for small scale fishermen.

Beng Hong Socheat Khnmero, spokesman for the Ministry of Land Management, said ELCs were not the responsibility of his ministry and deferred questions to Ministry of Agriculture officials, who could not be reached for comment.

But figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday showed 1.19 million hectares had now been granted in ELCs, far below findings from rights groups Adhoc and Licadho released late last year, which put the number closer to 2 million.

A map from Licadho obtained by the Post shows that 54.90 per cent of all arable land in Cambodia had been absorbed by ELC’s alone up until November 2011.

Am Sam Ath, senior investigator at Licadho, said that the latest figures show two-thirds of all arable land in Cambodia has now been given away through ELCs.

“We [Cambodians] are dependent on agriculture, but two-thirds of arable land has been granted as economic land concessions,” he said.

“I don’t know if the government is worried, but NGOs are.”

Statistics released by Adhoc last year found that when all types of private concessions were added together, including forest concessions, about 39 per cent of Cambodia’s entire land mass has been granted to private firms.

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          China introduces a communist tablet: the Red Pad [... at a non-proletarian price of US$1,600]   
January 20, 2012
By Molly McHugh
Digital Trends

The extremely expensive tablet will marketed specifically towards party officials.

If you thought iPads were expensive, think again. A new Chinese tablet called the Red Pad will cost $1,600 dollars, but not just anyone can buy it, even if you do have the money.

After heavy criticism over its price from Chinese consumers, marketing and advertising featuring the Red Pad seemingly disappeared. Now, the Economic Times is saying that the manufacturer will only sell the tablet to bureaucrats and not the public. Originally the device was going to be available for anyone with the money (or the ability to subsidize the purchase), but the public backlash was so strong, the manufacturers decided to change its marketing tactics. It now looks like some back-pedaling occurred, and as a result the tablets availability will be limited to only Party officials.

But it’s not only the cost that will appeal to party members either. The Red Pad is specifically built to cater to their needs: the tablet from Red Pad Technology (which is supposedly in cahoots with the country’s Ministry of Information Industry) comes packaged with government database access and integration with the communist mouthpiece website, People’s Daily.

What’s possibly most amusing about the Red Pad is its operating system. The 9.7-inch Red Pad uses the Android OS, which is surprising considering China’s ongoing issues with Google. Aside from its ironic use of this platform and outrageous price, the Red Pad is similar to any other tablet: it features an A9 dual core processor, Wi-Fi and 3G support, 16GB of flash storage, with a sub 10-inch touchscreen display.


Last month we heard that a personalized iPad application was being developed for UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The supposed app would give him immediate access to government affairs and news. While the degree of this app has been questioned (it’s possible it’s merely a secure, Flipboard-like portal to this data), it’s clear that government leaders have become taken with tablets.

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          Azure IoT HubのTLS証明書について   
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          英國行- 行前功課 part 3 有用的網誌細部資訊   
機場到市區方法 http://www.wretch.cc/blog/dorcas/8329988   倫敦巴士查詢: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/ Tube: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/1106.aspx 這裏可以查特定區域內的巴士站  http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/busdiagrams.asp; 英國交通篇 http://www.wretch.cc/blog/aquas/14677509   Peak: Monday to Friday from 0630 to 0930 and from 1600 to 1900. How much credit do I need? Sample Tube fares: Zones 1 to 2 Oyster £2.50 peak, £1.90 off-peak Zones 1 to 6 Oyster £4.50 peak, £2.70 off-peak Single bus journey £1.30 Unlimited journeys in one day in zones 1 and 2 £8 peak, £6.60 off-peak Note: These example fares are valid until January 2012 Which Travelcard? Day Anytime – can be used at any time on the day of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 the following day. Buy this ticket Day Off-Peak - Can be used from 09:30 Mondays to Fridays, all day Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, on the day(s) of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 the following day. Buy this ticket 7 Day - Can be used for 7 days during the period of validity and for any journey that starts before 04:30 on the day following the expiry date. Buy this ticket Adult Zones 1-2 dd/mm/yyyy £28.50 Your Oyster card is topped up every time your pay as you go balance falls below £8 and you make a journey       倫敦必做十件事☞10 Tops Things to Do in LONDON http://www.wretch.cc/blog/wvboni/11438678 ✔ Market - 婆婆媽媽逛市集來挖寶 ✔ Boat Trip - 搭渡輪遊泰晤士河 ✔ See - 衛兵交接擠擠擠 ✔ Royal Park - 皇家公園是野生動物園 ✔ Walk - 漫步泰晤士河畔好浪漫 ✔ Bus Tour - 雙層巴士市區巡禮 ✔ Shop - 哩哩叩叩買好多 ✔ Eat - 新鮮多汁炸魚薯條  ✔Museum - 大英博物館古文物探險 ✔ Gallery - 國家藝廊耍氣質   此人遊記好用! http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/wen-shan/archive?l=f&id=33   大英博物館的官網上有參觀建議 http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/planning_your_visit.aspx 時間更多的人可以參考大英博物館的館長 ~ Neil MacGregor 2010年新推出,精選的[100件館藏看世界歷史]計畫 [ A History of the World ~ in 100 objects ] Wiki百科裏面也有這項計畫的介紹與連結 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_History_of_the_World_in_100_Objects 其中的第99項竟然是 [信用卡]   還蠻妙的 科芬園這一帶蠻多店可以逛的 我們去了兩間書店~ Waterstone 和 Stanfords 前者是一般的綜合書店 後者是地圖,旅遊的專門書店  相當讚~ http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Stanfords-London-Store.htm 開店已有超過150年的歷史   倫敦eat 今日午餐: Fire & Stone     牆壁上有世界地圖的裝飾 周一到周四線上預約可享有午餐4.95鎊的優惠 http://www.fireandstone.com/pizza/restaurant/ 午餐有線上 MENU 可以參考   劍橋 其實...如果夏天去劍橋的話... 因為太陽下山的晚...晚上八九天都還亮著... 要是行程不趕...可以選擇搭晚一點的National Express回倫敦... 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(因為個人很喜歡拍風景照勝過於到此一遊照) 所以沒什麼遊客的時候真的很適合靜靜的遊覽... 很慶幸我上次有機會拍到靜靜流過的康河...:P   -- ※ 發信站: 批踢踢實業坊(ptt.cc) ◆ From: 218.171.222.70 推 irenedeai:靜靜的康河很美很美+1                                  06/13 08:29 推 ladyluck: 靜靜的康河很美很美+1 我有一次不小心在傍晚翻進國王學   06/13 09:29 → ladyluck:院裡,就一個人坐在河邊發呆好久,還奇怪怎麼都沒人了...  06/13 09:30 推 appogge:卸卸 我的確是搭乘20:35的coach回倫敦                     06/13 14:00 ※ 編輯: IamSammi        來自: 218.171.226.200      (06/14 21:17) 推 IamSammi:哈哈...我也有翻進國王學院...入口還寫著遊客止步XD       06/14 21:25 → xenopus:有機會來國王學院旁邊的Clare學院,全艦橋最漂亮的河邊�    06/15 07:59 → xenopus:花園!! 人又比國王學院少                                 06/15 08:00 http://ppt.cc/fIzD http://www.thecambridgepuntingcompany.co.uk/   劍橋大學是一個由許多學院(College)組成的大學城,其中比較有名的有國王學院(King’s College)、皇后學院(Queens College)與三一學院(Trinity College),大部份的學院都開放一般民眾參觀,而門口有列出可開放參觀的時間以及進去參觀的場地維護費。不過教大家一招,你可以拿著一個公文紙袋,說你想要申請這個學院,然後想要先看一下這個學院的環境,這樣通常就能免費入場囉!不過記得不要讓人家看出你一副就是觀光客的樣子,不然此法是行不通的。另外,數學橋(Mathematical Bridge)位在皇后學院,是英國首座不用螺絲釘建造的橋樑。   國王學院對面,另外有一家叫做 Fudge Kitchen 的商店,賣的是乳脂軟糖(Fudge:其實是有點像台灣的牛奶糖,不過要比牛奶糖在甜上好幾倍,而且有多種口味可供選擇),在店外就可以聞到陣陣的蕉糖味,而店內則可以觀看師傅們製作 Fudge 的過程。     國王學院旁可以看到國王學院私有的祈禱室↑以及在祈禱室對街的偉大聖瑪莉教堂 (Great St.Mary Church) →,此教堂是週遭最高的一座建築物,進入教堂參觀是不用錢的,另外你可以花兩英磅到教堂的頂端去欣賞週遭的美景...   往河的西邊去,會看到一片名為 The Backs 的叢林 → 再像北走一點便會看到河的對岸有號稱劍橋眾多學院中 規模最大、財力最雄厚、名聲最響亮的學院 從三一學院畢業的名人有牛頓、培根…等人,目前在其校區內也都設有這些著名畢業生的銅像 (英國查理王子也畢業於此,但他年繼還小還沒輪到他蓋銅像) 在康河邊有時會看到不少的水鴉,他們會從河中跳上岸邊,當然也會再岸邊大小便,因此請大家選位子時一定要慎選,或是帶個野餐巾墊著比較保險。   劍橋原為康河 (River Cam)沼澤區旁的一座小市場,其前身起源於牛津大學在 1209 A.D.發生暴動,三名學生被吊死後,一些學者逃難到劍橋,在當時的英王亨利三世的庇佑下,於1233 A.D.建立正式學術組織,而在 1284 A.D. 成立劍橋大學第一個學院 ~ 「彼得學院」。         劍橋大學至今約有800年歷史,歷年來各學院陸續成立,學生也自四面八方湧入,在學術方面始終是世界領先的大學之一。科學和工業是劍橋最引以為傲之學術,因劍橋以英國最高學府的大學城聞名於世,所以「劍橋」久而久之便成了劍橋大學的代名詞。截至目前為止已誕生87位諾貝爾獎得主,根據2010年QS排名,建橋大學全球排名第1,因此傑出人才自不在話下。長久以來與牛津大學合稱為「牛劍」,這兩所大學在文化及現實上的協作已成為英國社會史的一部份。  《QS (Quality Safety) 世界大學排名》~ 2004~2009所依據的權重如下:         ‧學界互評分數(40%)         ‧企業僱主評分(10%)         ‧國際師資分數(  5%)         ‧國際學生分數(  5%)         ‧單位師資論文引用率分數(20%)         劍橋大學是所「書院聯邦制」大學,主要由中央行政機構、科系和學院三個部份組成。科系負責向學生提供課程、組織講座,在監委會監督下進行研究和教學工作,而每個科系的學者們均來自不同的學院。由31所自治獨立的學院組成,其中最古老的學院為「彼得學院(Peterhouse, Cambridge)~ 1284 A.D.」,同時也是最小的一個學院;成立最晚的為「羅賓森學院(Robinson College, Cambridge)~ 1977A.D.」,每個學院擁有獨立的資產及資金來源。31所學院中除了3所學院只收女生外:露西‧卡文迪什學院、新大廳學院和紐姆學院,其餘男女皆收。而其中有4所只收研究生:卡淶爾大廳學院、達爾文學院(Darwin College, Cambridge)、沃爾森學院(Wolfson College, Cambridge)和聖埃德蒙學院(St Edmund's College, Cambridge)。   第四站 ~聖約翰學院「嘆息橋 Bridge of Sigh」 嘆息橋 (Bridge of Sigh) 的名字是19世紀時,由英國詩人---「風騷的浪漫主義文學泰斗」~ 拜倫勛爵所取的,是威尼斯多座建於16世紀的橋樑之一,完工於1600A.D.。造型屬於早期巴洛克式風格,封閉式的拱橋由石灰岩鑄成,呈房屋狀,上部穹隆覆蓋,封閉得很嚴實,只有向運河一側的石樑上開有兩個小窗。嘆息橋橫跨在Rio di Palazzo河上,連接威尼斯公爵府的審訊室和老監獄,是由Antoni Contino設計的,他的叔叔Antonio da Ponte是里亞斯托橋的設計者。囚犯們在義大利威尼斯總督府接受審判被宣判後,從總督府經由嘆亞橋走向死牢,他們面臨的將是永別俗世,嘆息橋有如隔絕生死兩世,所以從密不透氣的嘆息橋走過時,從橋上的窗口望出最後一眼美麗的威尼斯,不禁一聲長嘆。 聖約翰大學是劍橋大學第二大學院,建於1511.04.09 A.D.。它的前身可追溯到13世紀的聖約翰醫院,醫院於16世紀初時已殘破不堪,因此當時由羅切斯特主教「聖約翰·費舍爾」提出改建醫院建造學院的想法,得到英格蘭國王「亨利八世」和主教「尤利烏斯二世」的批准,伊利主教也同意將這做宗教醫院改建轉變為一所學院,建校經費則源自王太后~亨利七世的母親「瑪格麗特‧博福特(Margaret Beaufort)」女士之遺產。         在院的建築十分宏偉壯觀,學院還擁有5個庭院,其中以1589 A.D.始建的第二庭院最為聞名,被譽為是英格蘭最漂亮的「都鐸式庭院」。傳說中這裡也是17世紀英格蘭與法國簽署和平條約的地方,也促成了查爾斯一世與他的法國王后的聯姻。學院的門樓每天黃昏的時候關閉,將學院和外界隔離。   《Tudor都鐸式》        都鐸式建築原指中世紀英國哥德式建築樣式末期發展出來的歌德建築,其特徵是圓拱尖端為四新圓拱的小尖拱,構造上面為半木構造形式,以及出挑的拱形天花構造等等….,在細部上面以受到隨後的義大利文藝復興樣式的影響,使用陶燒(Teracotta)等材質的文藝復興樣式的裝飾。 http://www.ad.ntust.edu.tw/grad/think/93talksay/allfiles/M9213102M9313102/ 威尼斯嘆息橋 ~        嘆息橋有如隔絕生死兩世,從密不透氣的嘆息橋走過時,從橋上的窗口望出最後一眼美麗的威尼斯,不禁一聲長嘆。         威尼斯的嘆息橋成名後,被世界各地所仿造,並且同樣被命名為「嘆息橋」,其中包括: ·    英國倫敦泰晤士河上的滑鐵盧橋(英語:Waterloo Bridge),有時也稱作嘆息橋 ·    英國牛津大學內的嘆息橋 ·    英國劍橋大學聖約翰學院內的嘆息橋 ·    德國法蘭克福老市政廳北翼的嘆息橋 ·    美國阿利根尼縣法院連接監獄的嘆息橋         沿著聖約翰學院參觀路線,經過正門、前庭、禮拜堂、中庭後,來到康河河畔,可見聖約翰學院有兩座橋橫跨於康河上,一座為Wren橋,另一座則為著名的嘆息橋(Bridge of Sigh)。       "Bridge of Sighs"(嘆息橋)之所以取名為此,是因為該橋曾是連接學生宿舍和期末考場的必經之路,每到要參加考試之時,學生往往嘆息不止,忐忑不安的經過此橋走向考場。其中的心情,箇中資味是否如威尼斯之嘆息橋般呢?由此可見劍橋學生們的幽默。   劍橋康河第一站 ~ 皇后學院       皇后學院 (Queens' College, Cambridge)由瑪嘉烈‧安茹(亨利六世皇后)於1448 A.D.建立,又於1465 A.D.由伊莉莎白·伍德維爾(愛德華四世皇后)再次建立。  數學橋 (Mathematical Bridge)是一條跨越康河,把皇后學院在康河兩岸的校園接駁起來的一座小橋,數學橋連接了學院早期建築(被學生們稱作黑暗面)和近期的建築(被學生們稱作光明面),是劍橋大學著名的觀光景點之一。數學橋是它的非官方名字,它的官方名字只是「木橋」而已。數學橋是由威廉‧埃瑟里奇(William Etheridge)設計,並在1749 A.D. 由詹姆斯‧艾塞克斯(James Essex)興建,並在1866 A.D. 和1905 A.D. 重建,但是原本的設計並沒有改變。         數學橋的設計來源有幾個說法: 橋是由中國設計的。設計中利用了一些特別的數學方程式,因以得到數學橋的名字。 橋是由一班學生設計的。橋的設計(重量和角道數)非常精密,連一口釘也沒有用上。一位教授看到橋以後嘆為觀止,並想把橋拆下,以便了解橋的設計。但是,教授把橋拆下後,沒有辦法利用原本的設計把橋重建起來。所以,教授就利用釘把橋重建起來。 橋是由牛頓設計和建成的。和第二個傳說一樣,他的設計也沒有用上一口釘。             這些故事只是傳說,事實上該橋由威廉·瑟里奇(1709年—1776年)設計,並由詹姆斯·埃塞克斯(1722年—1784年)建造,於1749年完工(在牛頓逝世後的22年)。以前的學生或院士試圖將該橋拆除,並重新組裝,但他們最終還是失敗了,只好用螺母和螺栓重新把橋固定。這就是我們看到如今的數學橋有螺母和螺栓的原因。該橋因為年代久遠於1866年被翻修,並於1905年被重新建造。重建的數學橋基本依照原有的設計,但採用柚木而不是橡木作為原料,橋上的階梯也改為光滑的橋面為方便輪椅的通行。   劍橋 康河第二站 ~ 國王學院 ( King's College) 國王學院在亨利六世鼎力相助下始建於1441 A.D.。其原設計概念是節儉的,但從1445年起學院的建造目的轉變為「彰顯王室的地位」,  建造過程中學院建築體逐漸佔據劍橋市中心的大部分地區,使得很多街道被迫關閉,因此現今呈現於我們面前之國王學院,其規模才如此的宏偉。         國王學院於1443 A.D. 開始學院採取了一個更加宏大的計劃。學院創始人~ 「威爾」於1448 A.D. 詳細的描述了該計劃要建造一座宏偉的庭院,並在庭院的一側建造一座禮拜堂。但十年後,《玫瑰戰爭》開始,「亨利六世」面臨財政危機,而此時禮拜堂的東側建造了60英尺,而西側之建造了8英尺。建築工程直至1508 A.D. 「亨利七世」獲勝結束戰爭而繼續開始建造禮拜堂的屋頂。禮拜堂內部的建造直至1544 A.D. 在「亨利八世」的幫助下才完工。   抵達市集後,去尋找民宿老闆推薦的店,招牌上面是一個獨眼龍的海盜標誌,而賣的東西是什麼呢?是包餡的牛角麵包,有許多餡料可以選擇,有雞肉、咖哩…等。來到劍橋(Cambridge)有一件事情必做,那就是搭撐船(篙),市集附近就有人會拉遊客去坐撐船(篙),原本開的價格比較高,但看我們感覺有點遲疑,就自動降價給我們,約£11/人(英鎊)左右,那艘船一共可以坐約9~12人左右,到了搭船地點才發現這邊的船有兩種,一種是自己包船自己撐,另一種就是我們所搭乘的船,有人幫我們撐 藝術的倫敦,免費遊! - 2008-07-13, 20:16 http://www.wretch.cc/blog/taiwanarzt/12065456 (精彩照片,懇請移駕部落格) 這是倫敦的夜晚。從Tate Modern望出去,所看到的泰唔士河、千禧年橋以及1981年查爾斯王子和黛安娜王妃結婚的聖保羅大教堂。在昂貴的倫敦,這樣美麗的夜景,竟然不用花錢進入特別的觀景台,就能享受得到! 事實上,倫敦在食宿如此昂貴的情況,還可以吸引背包客的興趣和注目,就是因為倫敦有太多免費且是世界級的景點和活動!如果是喜好美術館和博物館的朋友,到了倫敦更是如獲至寶!因為最精采的美術館和博物館,全都是免費入場的!不論是可以看到很多國中高中時,美術課本名畫的國立美術館(The National Gallery )、現代藝術極致表現的Tate Modern、尊爵不凡的大英博物館(British Museum)、還是擁有小朋友最喜歡的恐龍的自然史博物館(Natural History Museum)全都不用付一毛錢,就能進入。以下分別介紹如下。 一、 國立美術館(The National Gallery) 還未走出Charing Cross地鐵站,就能感受到濃郁的藝術氣息(如下圖)。 坐落在Trafalgar廣場旁的國立美術館,收藏從文藝復興到二十世紀初期的重要歐洲畫作。包括提香、莫內、梵谷、秀拉等等幾乎所有西洋藝術史上,叫得出名字的歐洲大師,這裡都有收藏他們的畫作。親眼看到這些大師的畫作,對我造成相當大的震撼。因為同一副畫,由近到遠,或是從不同的角度觀看,竟然會有不同的視覺效果。這些大師的精神和藝術能量,穿越了時空,透過他的畫深深地撼動著我。這樣的感動,不是由網路搜尋出來的圖檔,或是印刷出來的複製品可以感受到的。由於國立美術館收藏品很多,就算走馬看花也要一天的時間才能逛完。因此,建議大家能夠撥出一整天的時間,好好地品味大師的畫作。 此外,Trafalgar廣場上常常有不定期的露天藝術表演(特別是周末)。而且完全不是普通的街頭藝人,而是由非常頂尖的表演團體進行演出,非常地精采!下面這張照片,就是從國立美術館所看到的Trafalgar廣場上的藝術表演和聳立在遠方,倫敦最著名的大笨鐘。 最近的地鐵站:Charing Cross Station  二、 Tate Modern 從查爾斯王子和黛安娜王妃成婚的聖保羅大教堂,往泰唔士河的方向走,就會看到通往Tate Modern的千禧年橋(如下圖)。 儘管改建於發電廠的Tate Modern在西元2000年才開幕,但不到十年,就已經成為倫敦不可錯過的重要景點。在Tate Modern中,展示著二十世紀以後的現代藝術。本身就極具現代感的室內空間,完全與展示品融為一體。譬如像是下方照片所呈現出的簡潔的巨大挑高空間,竟然是Tate Modern的出入口之一。 雖然年紀尚輕,但Tate Modern已有豐富的館藏。仔細欣賞也大約需花一天的時間。此外,從Tate Modern所望出的倫敦夜景更是美麗非凡!因此建議大家,在閉館時間延長至22:00的星期五和星期六前往。(其他時間僅開放到18:00) 最近的地鐵站:建議可從St. Paul’s地鐵站,經過聖保羅大教堂後,沿千禧年橋,跨過泰唔士河抵達。沿途的景色非常棒! 三、 大英博物館(British Museum) 成立於1759年的大英博物館,威名遠播,從古樸的前門入口進入後,竟來到如此現代感的開放空間(如下圖)。 大英博物館的尊爵不凡,從其平面圖就可窺探。因為,大英博物館的分區竟然是分成:非洲、希臘與羅馬、西亞、埃及、美洲、中國與南亞和東南亞、伊斯蘭文明等等。這代表大英博物館的展示品貨真價實的囊括了世界各大洲的主要文明。其包括希臘巴特儂神廟的重要浮雕、埃及的各種神像和木乃伊等等。展出的多元性,讓每個人都可以在大英博物館找到自己有興趣的展示。 由於館藏非常豐富,走馬看花也需要整整一天的時間。看到許多旅行團,都只能匆匆來去,不禁感到十分可惜。 而在大英博物館中,亞洲人最不感興趣的「中國、南亞和東南亞展場」,反而是最吸引我的地方。因為,我在這邊看到了一尊出土於印度的佛像,其西洋人的外表,對看慣東方佛像的我來說,感到十分的新奇。事實上,對於佛教有興趣的朋友,千萬別錯過大英博物館二樓最北側的「中國、南亞和東南亞展場」(China、South Asia、South-East Asia)。裡面收藏了非常多來自印度、中國等世界各地的莊嚴佛像和如舍利塔等佛教相關的藝術品,非常值得一看! 四、 自然史博物館(Natural History Museum) 1880年從大英博物館獨立出來的自然史博物館,或許是大部分背包客最少前往的博物館。宛如大教堂的外觀,裡面竟然珍藏著四億種世界各地的動植物標本。其中,當然包括小朋友最愛的恐龍了! 自然史博物館博物館的恐龍展區,受歡迎的程度甚至到了需要將入場人數分批控管的地步。裡面恐龍的標本,可不是我們的自然科學博物館可以比擬的。即使對自然科學沒有多大興趣的朋友,都十分建議撥冗半天參觀自然史博物館的恐龍區。 最後,幾乎所有博物館漢美術館都只有1/1和12/24~26日的聖誕假期休館,可說是幾乎一整年都全年無休。更好的是,每星期還會有一兩天延遲閉館時間。建議大家如果起床起得晚,可以利用延遲閉館的時候,前往參觀。 延遲閉館的時間如下: ★國立美術館:每日10:00~18:00。每星期三延遲至21:00閉館 ★Tate Modern:每日10:00~18:00。每星期五、六延遲至22:00閉館。(一定要利用延遲閉館日,到Tate Modern欣賞美麗的倫敦夜景喔!) ★大英博物館:每日10:00~17:30。每星期四、五部分區域延遲至20:30閉館。 ★自然史博物館:星期一~星期六:10:00~17:50 / 周日、假日:11:00~17:50。無延遲閉館日。 從這篇文章可看得出來,即使是走馬看花,要遍覽這四大美術館和博物館,就已經要花掉三天半的時間。倫敦的豐富、多元和多采多姿,可由此得知。     National Gallery http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/explore-the-paintings/30-highlight-paintings/   Edinburgh 男主角和女主角跟最後男主角和女兒登上的那座山峰 真的是在愛丁堡 Holyrood Park 亞瑟王的寶座Arthur' s seat 在皇宮的旁邊 沿著皇家哩大道到底就是 One day scene : high street, Parliament square, Warriston’s close and the kitchens of Telford College. 亞瑟王寶座位於皇宮旁邊,或者該說皇宮位於亞瑟王寶座的山腳。若想去踏青可以   沿著皇家哩大道直走到底,便可以看到皇宮旁的大片公園,通往山頂的步道就在公   園裡頭。由於這公園本身就是愛丁堡人踏青旅遊的地方,所以有非常多條步道,記   得看地圖選擇喜歡的步道前進。   愛丁古堡是蘇格蘭的精神象徵,愛丁堡市的徽章上就有愛丁古堡的圖像。位於愛丁堡市的心臟地帶,建立於一座長達三億四千萬年前的死火山岩頂上,從市中心各角落都可看到。海拔120米,從上面可以俯瞰愛丁堡全城的景色。人類在該地區的活動可以追溯到公元前9世紀的銅器時代,七世紀溫伯瑞亞的「愛德溫國王」曾進行大規模整建。雖然堡壘固若金湯,但總免不了在歷史的進程中遭到戰火毀壞,愛丁古堡的建築體在16世紀的「長期圍城」(Lang Siege)事件中一部份被毀,但也有少數建築挺過這次圍城,其中最著名的便是建造於12世紀早期的「聖瑪格麗特禮拜堂」。愛丁古堡於1371 A.D. 蘇格蘭國王「大衛二世」修復後才呈現今日風貌。         愛丁古堡自17世紀起成為軍事基地,目前歸屬於蘇格蘭文物局(Historic Scotland),仍有軍隊駐紮在城堡上。城堡的大多數城堡目前對公眾開放,其內的一些建築也允許遊客參觀。它是蘇格蘭最受歡迎的旅遊景點之一,每年能迎接從世界各地前來的超過120萬名遊客。城堡內有軍事博物館,內陳列有各類實物,並記述有蘇格蘭、英國及歐洲的軍事歷史。 愛丁古堡簡介       古堡內可分為:城堡大道、下(The Lower Ward)、中(Middle Ward) 、上城(The Upper Ward) 及國王廣場 (Crown Squzre) 五大主要部份。 Ⅰ~ 城堡大道 (Esplanade):每年愛丁堡 tattoo 表演處        1.大門 (Gate House):建於1866 A.D.的守衛室及大門,裝飾作用大於實際功效。   Ⅱ~ 下城 (The Lower Ward)        2.舊警衛室 (Old Guardhouse)        3.內城牆 (Inner Barrier)        4.吊閘門 (Portcullis Gate):進入城堡區的正式大門,有內門、外門及閘門三道。        5.捷徑階 (Lang Stairs):70級階梯提供上、中防衛區最短的連接捷徑。   Ⅲ ~ 中城 (Middle Ward)        6.阿吉爾砲台 (Argyle Battery):又稱作六砲台,大砲皆為19世紀拿破侖戰爭時所鑄造。        7.大車庫 (Cartshed):古時停放50 輛大車之車庫,現改為遊客餐廳。附近還有軍火庫及軍醫院景點。        8.總督府(Govemor's House):建於18世紀之總督府目前並未開放參觀,現今為舉辦特殊皇室儀式時才使用。        9.兵營 (New Barracks):提供士兵充份休息處,至今仍為軍事用途並不對外開放參觀。       10.福格之門 (Foog's Gate)   Ⅳ ~ 上城 (The Upper Ward)       11.瑪格麗特禮拜堂 (St. Margare's Chapel):建於12世紀初,為古堡內歷史最悠久之建物。16世紀初時曾為彈藥庫,於1845 A.D. 才改回禮拜堂樣貌。教堂裡有本11世紀的福音書,教堂外為中古世紀存留下來之「蒙斯梅格砲」(Mons Meg),為1449 A.D.於比利時製造,重6噸,所發射之砲彈每顆約為1500 kgw,因為砲體笨重,在蘇格蘭對英格蘭之戰役後自此退役,之後閒置於城堡地窖內。       12.狗墓園 (Dog Cemetery):埋葬許多皇室成員及軍官的寵物狗及軍隊的吉祥動物~鹿。       13.阿吉爾塔       14.福威爾砲台 (Forewall Battery)       15.半月砲台 (Half-Moon Battery):防守最脆弱的城堡東側,陳列了「七姐妹」 ~ 7座16世紀的大砲。       Ⅴ ~  國王廣場 (Crown Square)         16.皇宮 (Royal Palace):16世紀蘇格蘭的瑪麗女王在頂樓的女王臥室產下詹姆士六世。二樓為展示皇室的王冠、寶座之處。         17.大廳 (Great Hall):1639 A.D. 以前都是蘇格蘭國會開會之處,一直以來都是皇室舉行重要儀式場所。大廳內最引人注目之處為16世紀的木樑屋頂,每根柱角都有人物或動物的面具裝飾,每根柱子均繪以精美的幾何畫作裝飾。除了屋頂的雕樑畫棟外,四周的牆壁也以金光閃閃的劍器加以裝點。         18.安女王建築 (Queen Anne Building):建於1708 A.D. 原為軍人休息處所。         19.蘇格蘭國家紀念戰爭館 (Scottish National War Memorial):1927.07.14 開幕的蘇格蘭國家戰爭紀念館是為了紀念第一次、第二次世界大戰中身亡的蘇格蘭士兵,紀念館大門前的四尊雕像分別代表勇氣、和平、正義與仁慈。         20.城堡地窖 (Castle Vaults):國王廣場的正下方就是城堡地窖,這裡以往是做為戰俘牢房、儲藏室、市民監獄等之用,現今牆上仍留有囚犯的註記。       Glasgow   Gallery of modern art: Admission free Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday -10 am to 5 pm, Thursday -10 am to 8pm, Friday and Sunday – 11am to 5pm.   Glasgow Cathedral Galsgow University 人民宮殿 People’s Palace   the Hunterian Art Gallery http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/visit/notices/ 湖區 由以火車站為據點的市區走到Bowness Pier大約15分鐘  抵達Bowness之後, 店家多了起來 在Bowness Pier有好幾條遊湖路線可以選擇 分別行使Ambleside、Lakeside與Bowness之間 前往Lakeside的還可以搭配蒸汽火車(Steam Railway)買套票 除此之外, 夏天有推出晚間渡輪...有些有供應自助餐, 有些是搭配BBQ 還有特別的夕陽渡輪...就是繞整個湖直到夕陽落下 為了能夠在有限的時間內看看其他的湖及山上的風景 回程的時候跑到High Street上的Lake Hotel訂了SuperTours的One Day Tour 我們是參加Tour A, 28鎊/人 詳細的行程跟價格請參考Lakes SuperTours網站 還有另外一家就在Lake Hotel附近叫作 Mountain Goat 有需要的可以比較看看 回來之後, 因為這一天都沒有走太多路, 天氣又很好 我們決定步行到Bowness Pier搭船賞夕陽 不過船上真的很冷...尤其是太陽漸漸落下的時候 要多穿點衣服才不會冷的發抖 夕陽渡輪八點半出發...大概十點天才漸漸黑 我們將近十一點才慢慢步行回B&B...一路上真的很安全, 是個好地方! 最後一天我們打算去划船 那邊的Self Drives有分成兩種, 一種是Motor Boat, 就是有引擎的船 另外一種就是得要自己划的Rowing Boat 為了得到更多樂趣....我們決定玩需要比較多勞力的Rowing Boat 因為Windermere湖很大...那天風不小, 浪很大 Rowing Boat變的超級刺激....跟我想像的湖裡悠哉划船完全不一樣 不過還是很好玩!!! 來湖區當然不能忘記看看彼得兔 這裡是彼得兔的誕生地....有作者波特小姐的博物館 幾乎每個孩子人手一隻彼得兔玩偶 如果想要深度的了解波特小姐在湖區的行蹤, 還有專門的Day Tour可以參加 湖區的玩法還有很多種 可以坐Bus, 可以租腳踏車 我們選了一個輕鬆的玩法 不過我相信不管怎麼玩 只要帶著好心情來, 就不會失望的回去 有關湖上活動資訊可以參考Windermere Lake Cruises 最新票價資訊都在這裡都找的到 利物浦 Liverpool http://celestechien.pixnet.net/blog/post/26257359 利物浦必做10件事
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Alrighty people so because of what was going on last week I decided to not post something in hopes that it would work itself out, obviously it took longer than expected but everything did work out in the end. So because I missed last week, that means that this week is double-header!!!

First up is the item in honor of our celebration.......Fireworks!!!!!!

As most people know Fireworks have been around for a long time, in fact they've been around since the 7th Century. They were invented in China and is a part of their culture even now, back then they were used mainly for festivities like marriages, big parties, Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, etc....Also pyrotechnicians were respected for their knowledge of the complex techniques needed to mount fireworks.

 

That's it for the first one, now on to the second...

This one I've been planning to do for a while, this one is in honor of Assassins Creed 3 because its due to come out in three days, its.......the Tomahawk!!!!!

 

Now we don't know how long Tomahawks have been around because there was no written language for the Native American's (side note: I know I a lot of you grew up saying Indians, don't its rude. Just thought I'd mention it). What we do know is that it was an all purpose tool used by the Native Americans and was used in mainly hand-to-hand combat or as a thrown weapon when needed. Tomahawks look similar to the African Nzappa zap, which is this...

But Tomahawks did not always have an axe on the tip, nor were they always made of steel. In the early days tomahawks were mainly "fitted with heads of bladed or rounded stone or deer antler". They could also be carved out with a wooden head that looked more like a doorknob. Tomahawks would later be made with steel when white people settled in the area and started trading with the Native Americans. The shafts were mainly 2 ft. in length and made from either hickory, ash, or maple. Sometimes the shaft also had a pipe bowl in it for use in smoking tobacco. 

Also here's what Tomahawks look like today.....

That's it for this week, Enjoy!


          HSM Pure 120 iratmegsemmisítő (4x25mm) - Jelenlegi ára: 68 301 Ft   
Professzionális iratmegsemmisítő, kopásálló tömör acél vágókésekkel, fényszenzoros automata start/stop funkcióval, ZES technológiával az energiafogyasztás csökkentéséért. Kezelhető anyagok: papír, bankkártya. Gemkapocsra nem érzékeny.
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          HSM Pure 320 iratmegsemmisítő (3,9x30mm) - Jelenlegi ára: 123 165 Ft   
Professzionális iratmegsemmisítő, kopásálló tömör acél vágókésekkel, fényszenzoros automata start/stop funkcióval, ZES technológiával az energiafogyasztás csökkentéséért. Kezelhető anyagok: papír, bankkártya. Gemkapocsra nem érzékeny.
HSM Pure 320 iratmegsemmisítő (3,9x30mm)
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          HSM Pure 420 iratmegsemmisítő (4,5x30mm) - Jelenlegi ára: 186 792 Ft   
Professzionális iratmegsemmisítő, kopásálló tömör acél vágókésekkel, fényszenzoros automata start/stop funkcióval, ZES technológiával az energiafogyasztás csökkentéséért. Kezelhető anyagok: papír, bankkártya, optikai lemez. Gemkapocsra nem érzékeny.
HSM Pure 420 iratmegsemmisítő (4,5x30mm)
Jelenlegi ára: 186 792 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2099-01-01 00:00
          Josko @ 7thHeaven party - The Dome - London -   
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Genre: Techno dj set Duration: 97 mins Date: 19/01/2009 This file has been recorded live at the 7th Heaven party at the Dome club in north London. It is an hour and half chunk of my set, the registration begins a couple of minutes after i actually started. Obviously it is much more dancefloor orientated music than previous episodes. Enjoy G.
          HSM Pure 530 iratmegsemmisítő (3,9mm) - Jelenlegi ára: 243 561 Ft   
Professzionális iratmegsemmisítő, kopásálló tömör acél vágókésekkel, fényszenzoros automata start/stop funkcióval, ZES technológiával az energiafogyasztás csökkentéséért. Kezelhető anyagok: papír, bankkártya, optikai lemez. Gemkapocsra nem érzékeny.
HSM Pure 530 iratmegsemmisítő (3,9mm)
Jelenlegi ára: 243 561 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2099-01-01 00:00
          The Submarine Podcast   
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Genre: Deep Techno Duration: 68 mins Date: January 2009 (Mastered by Mauxuam) New episode of the Abyss saga :) This time is like having a party in a pressurized Submarine cruising underneath Arctic pack ice, searching for the right spot to re-emerge in the surface. The frame-shell of the mix is a sequence of several bits from the tracks listed below, sometimes simply mixed one after the other, but often assembled from different synchronic loops and samples, weaving inside and out during the mix, sometimes carrying on as atmospheric patterns in the background to create drammatic ''dense'' surroundings. Download button below TRACKLIST: 01. Brando Lupi - Mutant Phase \\\ Detune 2007 02. Plastikman - Okx \\\ NovaMute 1993 03. Ø - Atomit \\\ Sahko Recordings 1997 04. Cio D'or - Kimono(Mavi's Traum Mix) \\\ Motoguzzi Records 2008 05. Minilogue - 33000 Honeybees \\\ Cocoon 2008 06. Staffan Linzatti - Slightly Increased \\\ Synewave 2008 07. Oliver Dodd - Tokens \\\ Konstructure 2008 08. Heron - The Way Home \\\ Three60 Recordings 2008 09. JPLS - Combination03 \\\ Minus 2008 10. Ø - Medusa \\\ Sahko Recordings 1997 11. Truss,Donor - Abbott \\\ Synewave 2008 12. Speedy J - Red Shift \\\ Electric Deluxe 2008 13. Sex Trothler - Face(tribute to head) \\\ Wagon Repair 2008 14. Niederflur - Sprinkler \\\ Minus 2005 15. Styro2000 - Linguini Al Dente \\\ Bruchstecke Records 2004 16. Ricardo Villalobos - Skinfummel \\\ Perlon 2008 17. Cio D'or,Paul Brtschitsch - Safran \\\ Broque 2008 18. Obtane - Tribute To Mandragora(Damon Wild Remix) \\\ Synewave 2008 19. Octave - Past Flash \\\ Minus 2008 20. Ellen Allien - Ondu(Paul Ritch Remix) \\\ BPitch 2008 21. Eon,Baby Ford - Dead Eye \\\ Ifach01 1994 22. Gurtz - Frogs \\\ Einmaleins Musik 2007 23. Pascal FEOS - Deep Conga \\\ Subconce Records 2008 24. MRI - Take Kare Not Acid \\\ Resopall Schallware 2008 25. Planetary Assault Systems - MOD \\\ Figure 2008 26. Stewart Walker - Last Week's Disappearance \\\ Persona 2007 27. Sleeparchive - Hospital08 \\\ Sleeparchive 2007 28. Surgeon - Floorshow1.2 \\\ Curle Recordings 2008 29. MRI - Le Bateau \\\ Resopall Schallware 2008 30. Philipp Wolgast - Unrasiert Und Fern(Dilo Mix) \\\ Kompass 2008 31. Johnny D - Scope Of Mind \\\ Amused 2006 32. Function - Pressure \\\ Thema 2008 Play it loud!
          HSM Pure 530 iratmegsemmisítő (4,5x30mm) - Jelenlegi ára: 292 456 Ft   
Professzionális iratmegsemmisítő, kopásálló tömör acél vágókésekkel, fényszenzoros automata start/stop funkcióval, ZES technológiával az energiafogyasztás csökkentéséért. Kezelhető anyagok: papír, bankkártya, optikai lemez. Gemkapocsra nem érzékeny.
HSM Pure 530 iratmegsemmisítő (4,5x30mm)
Jelenlegi ára: 292 456 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2099-01-01 00:00
          Radio Abyss mix   
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Genre: Off-World Ambient Techno Duration: 85 mins Date: July 2007 Rome It's like tuning into a radio station, broadcasting from the depht of the abyss.. Tracklist: 01 Plastikman - locomotion 02 Minilogue - achk (friendly ghost remix) 03 Monolake - ice 04 Brando Lupi & Donato Dozzy - metal slave 05 Rhythm&Sound - let we go (Ricardo Villalobos remix) 06 D.Diggler - axiom (Dapayk remix) 07 D.Diggler - voids 08 Joel Mull - begun the end has (Mathew Jonson remix) 09 Christian Dittmann - hasta cuando 10 Plastikman - vokx 11 Ernesto - horizon 12 Plastikman - vokx 13 Reynold - over there (Donato Dozzy remix) Enjoy!
          Software Development Resume   

Samuel Abebe

        12028 NE 8th St,Bellevue, WA 98005



SUMMARY of QUALIFICATIONS
  • 4 years experience in full SDLC with multi-tiered architectures with C#, ASP.NET and ADO.NET.
  • 4+ years experience in web application development using different web technologies.
  • 4 years experience in designing, implementing and optimizing relational databases and working on stored procedure, triggers and views with SQL Server.
  • 3 years MS SQL Server Integration and Reporting Services (SSIS and SSRS).
  • 3 years of experience in HTML, DHTML, XHTML, JavaScript, JQuery, AJAX, CSS, XML, XSL, XSLT, XPATH.
  • 3 years of experience in writing Test Plan, Test Case Development and Test Automation.
  • Experience in functional, Unit, Integration, System, performance, Stress, Regression, Black box, White box, Localization, Globalization and UI Testing.
  • 1+ year experience in latest .NET technologies WCF, WPF, LINQ, and Silverlight.
  • In-depth knowledge of data Structures, algorithms, and design patterns. Strong analytical skills with ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Highly innovative and adaptive learner, able to quickly grasp complex systems and identify areas of possible improvement.

OVERALL TECHNICAL SKILLS
LanguagesC#, Java, C++,ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Java EE, WCF, WPF , LINQ, Silverlight
DatabaseSQL Server 2005/08, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, Optimization
Web/App ServerASP.NET, JavaScript, XHTML, CSS, AJAX, Silverlight
IDEVisual Studio, SQL Server Mgt Studio, Eclipse, Net Beans
OtherRational Unified Process (RUP), Agile, Rational Rose , UML, IIS, Tomcat, Crystal Reports, Power Shell, NUnit , JUnit, MVC

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Software Engineer
Global Knowledge Initiative, Washington DC, USA     01/2010- 10/2010
The Global Knowledge Initiative is an NGO which build global knowledge partnerships between individuals and institutions of higher education and research. They help partners access the global knowledge, technology, and human resources needed to sustain growth and achieve prosperity for all.

Involved in a team of three on migrating and upgrading the organization site to build a dynamic from the existing static website. Responsibilities: 
  • Designed and implemented the user interface.
  • Maintained, updated, and enhanced the organization site.
  • Designed and implemented the relational database
  • Writing Test Plan, Test Case Development and Test Automation.
  • Functional, Integration, performance, Stress, Regression, Black box, White box, and UI Testing. 
Technical Environment: C#, ASP.Net, Silver light, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visio, HTML, XML, Java script, CSS, IIS and  FileZilla.

Software Engineer
“HAFSAM P.L.C” Garment Shopping Company, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia     09/2007- 05/2008
Involved in a team of three on design and implementation of e-Commerce website to enable users to shop online for traditional clothing they like. The customers will search through company’s inventory by different categories, add the item to shopping cart and, finally, check out. Responsibilities:
  • Designed the management of administrative tasks, such as pricing and discounts when needed, upload images of clothes and manage orders status
  • Implemented creation of a profile for users and set up a username and password
  • Implemented feature for users to step through the shopping process such as searching for products, add or delete items to shopping cart, and finally check out
  • Implemented feature for users to check out and asked for their billing, shipping and payment method information. 
Technical Environment:   C#, ASP.Net, ADO.NET, SQL Server, HTML, XML, JavaScript, CSS and Visio.

Software Engineer
NIB International Bank, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia     01/2005- 08/2007
Involved in a development of banking application used to cut down communication gap between the bank and its customers. The customers can directly communicate with the bank online with the user friendly interfaces. The application handles online money transactions by the customer which includes withdrawal, deposit and money transfers to another account, and accessing online statements. Responsibilities:
  • Participated in the design of use case, association, class and activity diagrams using UML
  • Worked on  creation of  .Net framework customized classes that would be used later for the application
  • Worked on the SQL queries, stored procedures & functions using SQL server
  • Prepared Test plan, Test cases and other documentations.
  • Used Nunit for our unit test cases.
  • Functional, Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Stress, Performance and UI Testing.
Technical Environment:  C#, ASP.Net, SQL Server, ADO.NET, Rational Rose, HTML, Java Script, CSS, and XML.

EDUCATION

Master of Science in Computer Science                                         May 2008 – Jan 2010 Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa                                          Bachelor of Science in Computer Science                                       Sept 2000 - Jan 2005 Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

          HSM Pure 530 iratmegsemmisítő (5,8mm) - Jelenlegi ára: 247 625 Ft   
Professzionális iratmegsemmisítő, kopásálló tömör acél vágókésekkel, fényszenzoros automata start/stop funkcióval, ZES technológiával az energiafogyasztás csökkentéséért. Kezelhető anyagok: papír, bankkártya, optikai lemez. Gemkapocsra nem érzékeny.
HSM Pure 530 iratmegsemmisítő (5,8mm)
Jelenlegi ára: 247 625 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2099-01-01 00:00
          Part Time Wireless Agent - (Springfield)   
Part Time Wireless Agent - Springfield, MA# of openings1Apply NowAre you passionate and excited about technology? Are you a storyteller that likes to explain the benefits of your product and how it can benefit peoplea€ (TM) s lives? We are seeking energetic, driven individuals to proudly represent BDSmktg and our clienta€ (TM) s brand products at retail.
          Limehouse mix   
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Genre: Minimal Techno Duration: 78 mins Date: October 2006 First Transmission...London Calling... This is a mix i made in K-aos, in a very grey english sunday, playing for a bunch of crazy friends.. Seeking the right path between dance music and ambient music. Hope you'll enjoy it To DOWNLOAD: right click on the ''download'' button, then, ''save target with name'' TRACKLIST: 1_ Duoteque - lola 2_ Samim, Michal - exercise 3_ Layo & Bushwacka - life 2 live (Loco Dice remix) 4_ Alex Shulgin - minimize to maximize 5_Ion Ludwig - camel ride 6_ Romboy - the old alchemist 7_ Audion - just a woman remix 8_ Heartthrob - big bus with wings remix 9_ Romboy, Bodzin - model 1601 10_ Marcus Hartmann - chromosome 24 11_Der Dritte Raum - circular structure (D.Diggler remix) 12_Matthias Tanzmann - our rhythm 13_Ion Ludwig - irving home 14_Louderbach - for a lack of a better solution
          Wireless Retail Sales Manager - (Lowell)   
Our Retail Store Sales Managers are in the best position to deliver T-Mobile Express Stores "staying connected" Retail promise to our customers.In this role, you'll hone your professional sales and leadership techniques and learn all about the technology T-Mobile offers as you build the service relationships that are the foundation of our company's (and your team's) success.OPPORTUNITY- YOUR CHANCE TO SHINEBecause customer satisfaction and loyalty is so important to us, T-Mobile Express Store's corporate structure is a little different from that of other companies. Our entire organization is structured to serve our number one employees-the team on the front lines. As a Retail Store Sales Manager, your talent for going "above and beyond" to create a fantastic customer experience will really pay off.
          What Happens When Geoengineers 'Hack The Planet'?   
Dan Drollette shares an article by an Oxford physics professor who's concerned about the popularity of radical new proposals to fight global warming.The Christian Science Monitor wonders if it's time to re-engineer our climate. MIT's Technology Review basically thinks the answer is "yes," having described it earlier as "cheap and easy." The Atlantic seems quite smitten with Economist writer Oliver Morton's vision of remaking the planet, which geoengineering booster Jane Long breathlessly called ...
          DJ Hush- Manifest Mixtape   
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1. DJ Hush Intro 2. The Pharcyde- Passin' Me By 3. Das Efx- No Diggedy 4. Junior M.A.F.I.A. - Players Anthem 5. Black Moon- How Many MC's 6. O.C. - Time's Up 7. Big L- Put It On 8. Brand Nubian- The Return 9. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth- I Got A Love 10. Wu-Tang Clan- C.R.E.A.M. 11. Group Home- Supa Star 12. NaS - It Ain't Hard To Tell 13. Artifacts- Brick City Kids 14. Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs- I Got to Have It 15. Eric B And Rakim- Microphone Fiend 16. Geto Boys- Mind Playing Tricks On Me 17. Gang Starr- The Militia featuring Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx 18. Mad Skillz- The Nod Factor 19. Mobb Deep - Shook Ones II 20. A Tribe Called Quest- Oh My God 21. Grand Puba- I Like It ( I Wanna Be Where You Are) 22. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth- Funky Technician 23. Lords of the Underground- Funky Child 24. Gang Starr- DWYCK featuring Nice & Smooth 25. Black Sheep- The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) 26. EPMD- Crossover 27. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth- They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) 28. Souls of Mischief- '93 'Til Infinity 29. Beastie Boys- Shake Your Rump For all the dopest hip hop gear and all the latest manifest news updates check out http://www.manifestworldwide.com/site/
          Does US Have Right To Data On Overseas Servers? We're About To Find Out   
Long-time Slashdot reader quotes Ars Technica:The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to step into an international legal thicket, one that asks whether US search warrants extend to data stored on foreign servers. The US government says it has the legal right, with a valid court warrant, to reach into the world's servers with the assistance of the tech sector, no matter where the data is stored. The request for Supreme Court intervention concerns a 4-year-old legal battl ...
          State Legislators Want Surveillance Cameras To Catch Uninsured Drivers   
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:A Rhode Island legislative committee has approved a bill that would greatly expand the surveillance state through the deployment of license plate readers. For the first time in the US, these devices would be attached along Rhode Island highways and roads for the stated purpose of catching uninsured motorists from any state... The legislation spells out that the contractor for the project would get 50 percent of the fines paid by uninsured motorists ensnare ...
          Commentaires sur Utiliser un VPS pour héberger un serveur OpenVPN et un serveur proxy par Nettlebay   
Génial! J'avais passé une demie-journée à essayer d'installer Openvpn sur une vieille machine (Eeebox) sans y parvenir. Avec cette méthode, ça été fait en quelques minutes. Et ça fonctionne! Pour ceux que ça intéresse: ma vieille Eeebox sert donc de passerelle pour 1 autres ordi de la maison ou un smartphone. Hélas, on est limité avec cette version d'OpenVPN à 2 clients. Dommage... The best, c'est que mon Eeebox est connectée à mon VPN à Miami* (VPS Vultr). Si bien que les autres ordis le sont aussi. Ça fonctionne nickel. J'avais déjà tenté l'expérience avec Tinyproxy et Polipo mais c'était imparfait. Certains détecteurs d'IP en ligne voyaient ma véritable IP et par exemple, je ne pouvais pas écouter Pandora.com depuis un PC. Par contre, ça fonctionne nickel avec mon Smartphone. Maintenant (enfin demain), je vais essayer la connexion distante par Internet avec No-ip ou dtdnds (j'ai les deux). Mon projet est d'acheter un 2e RPI pour donc en faire un serveur dédié à cet usage. Le premier RPI est un serveur HTTP pour ma camera-réseau extérieure DYI (une logitech). *J'ai choisi Miami car je réside dans l'île de St Martin aux Petites Antilles à 2000 km de Miami et que la connexion se fait par St Martin » Porto-Rico » Miami (ou Fort-Lauderdale) » reste du monde. C'est donc le plus court chemin pour nous. Je n'ai pas trop le choix.
          MIG Welder - Trailtech Inc. - Gravelbourg, SK   
Reading, understanding and applying blueprints required skills. Fabrication and welding of steel for light industrial and commercial trailers.... $17.00 - $21.96 an hour
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          Conroy Nachtigall   
This month it is a pleasure to discuss process and inspiration with fellow Canadian designer Conroy Nachtigall. Conroy is known for constructing highly technical yet minimal and intelligent garments for the Arcteryx Veilence line. BP: I think it is important (…)

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          TU Chemnitz führt wieder Diplomstudiengänge ein   

Diplom statt Bachelor und Master: Die Technische Universität Chemnitz führt teilweise wieder Studiengänge nach altem Modell ein. Dabei gibt es auch Kritik - vor allem von Studenten selber.


          Part Time Support Analyst - Cerner Corporation - Kansas City, MO   
Cerner is transforming health care by developing tools and technologies that make it easier and more efficient for care providers and patients to navigate the...
From Cerner Corporation - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:23:09 GMT - View all Kansas City, MO jobs
          Nail Technician - The Beauty Lounge - Lees Summit, MO   
Required license or certification:. If you are passionate about your profession as a nail technician, you owe it to yourself to discover the earnings and growth...
From Indeed - Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:12:13 GMT - View all Lees Summit, MO jobs
          Full and Part Time DistributionCenter Associate - Kansas City - Grainger - Kansas City, MO   
Effectively and efficiently uses established procedures, tools, equipment, and technologies to complete transactions related to inbound and outbound processes...
From W.W. Grainger - Sun, 28 May 2017 09:41:27 GMT - View all Kansas City, MO jobs
          Support Technician - Cerner Corporation - Kansas City, MO   
Support Technicians provide technical support and troubleshooting on devices such as computers, phones, AV equipment, etc. The Support Technician helps internal...
From Cerner Corporation - Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:49:01 GMT - View all Kansas City, MO jobs
          EKG Tech - St. Joseph & St. Mary's Medical Centers - Kansas City, MO   
Promotes the smooth and efficient operation of the Cardiopulmonary Department through the appropriate utilization and management of all clerical functions...
From St. Joseph & St. Mary's Medical Centers - Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:57:42 GMT - View all Kansas City, MO jobs
          Monumentos de la Ciudad de Neiva - Huila   


NEIVA HUILA - COLOMBIA

Fundada en 1612 por Diego de Ospina y Medinilla sobre el fértil valle del Alto Magdalena, a una altura de 442 mt y con una temperatura promedio de 28 grados C. Establecida en la orilla derecha del río Magdalena, también es bañada de oriente a occidente por los ríos Las Ceibas y El Loro. Se considera un importante centro administrativo, comercial y cultural de la región y está catalogada como ciudad universitaria, por sus establecimientos educativos.

LUGARES PARA VISITAR

Edificio Nacional de Correos y Telégrafos. Patrimonio histórico y arquitectónico del Huila y en proceso de declaratoria como monumento nacional. Construido en 1933 bajo la influencia del estilo morisco.
Estación del Ferrocarril. Monumento nacional y patrimonio histórico y arquitectónico del Huila por su arquitectura que data de 1915. Actual sede de la Casa de la Cultura y del Parque Andino, sede de eventos culturales. Está ubicado allí el Parque Mitológico, donde se observan estatuas de los principales personajes de las leyendas huilenses.
Hacienda Matamundo. En la guerra de los Mil Días, sirvió de refugio para los patriotas. Ahora funciona como hostería y su interior es un reflejo del pasado.
Templo Colonial. En uno de los costados del Parque Santander, este templo del siglo XVII conserva originales los pisos de ladrillo, las paredes de tapia pisada, los techos de madera y otros elementos que defienden su importancia histórica.  Catedral Inmaculada Concepción. Patrimonio histórico y arquitectónico del Huila por su construcción de estilo gótico que domina todas las miradas de propios y extraños. Se encuentra en el marco del Parque Santander. Parque Santander. Anteriormente la plaza de mercado y hoy el epicentro de Neiva. En su área se localizan la Catedral, el edifico de la Gobernación, el Instituto Huilense de Cultura, la Biblioteca Departamental, el Palacio de Justicia, el Templo Colonial y el Hotel Plaza. Se destaca el lindo mural alegórico a las maravillas del mundo.  Parque Isla del Moháán. Sobre la avenida Circunvalar con calle 9, a orillas del río Magdalena, este parque de 47 hectáreas permite la contemplación del entorno gracias al sendero que recorre varios puntos de la isla. El paseo es en bicicleta o a caballo y hay la opción de practicar la pesca deportiva o deportes extremos.
Monumento a la Cacica Gaitana. Obra del maestro Arenas Betancourt, que representa el tesón de la cacica, en cuya cabeza se llevó a cabo la rebelión indígena al conocerse la muerte de su hijo Timanco a manos de los españoles. La obra, de 16 mt de altura y 12 de ancho, muestra una cara de amor y otra de venganza. El Monumento a los Potros es un homenaje del mismo escultor al escritor José Eustasio Rivera.

Monumento a La Raza. También del maestro Arenas Betancourt y fue erigido en honor al mestizaje de la región y del país.




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          eFiling Representative - Medical Records - DataFile Technologies - Kansas City, MO   
Attend weekly conference calls & training. ERs respond to incoming faxes and correspondence which are electronically filed with specific details and... $13 - $15 an hour
From DataFile Technologies - Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:21:18 GMT - View all Kansas City, MO jobs
          Judicial Administrative Assistant (Court Clerk III) - 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri - Kansas City, MO   
Performs technical court clerical duties such as reviewing judgments, bond settings, preparation of case appeals and docket control;... $1,157 a month
From 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri - Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:14:40 GMT - View all Kansas City, MO jobs
          Pervert Doc And Technician Fucks Pregnant Girls Moments Before They Gives A Birth   
Watch Pervert Doc And Technician Fucks Pregnant Girls Moments Before They Gives A Birth at XXXPorn.rs - best free online XXXPorn videos for you to enjoy.
          Stocks have their best day since April   

The U.S. stock market notched its biggest gain in two months Wednesday, bouncing back from Tuesday's losses.

Banks and other financial firms led the rally as investors bet on interest rates climbing further. Banks can make more money on lending when rates move up.

Technology companies were among...


          Eröffnung am 01.02.2015   
Am 01.02.2015 ist es endlich soweit O Designz Werbetechnik eröffnet nun in Leverkusen in der Benzstraße 17 in 51381 Leverkusen.   Zur Eröffnung bieten wir auf alle Fahrzeugbeschriftungen 25% Rabatt an bei Auftragserteilung bis einschliesslich den 31.03.2015. Sie erhalten bei uns alles rund um Werbung   Werbemittel (Kugelschreiber, Schlüsselanhänger, Lanyards, Tassen usw.) Digitaldruck Rollup Systeme […]
          Enermax Liqtech 120X & 240HP Coolers Review   
Enermax isn’t a newcomer to the water cooling market and their newest 120X and 240HP combine the best of current technology alongside some legacy components that improve the overall experience.
          Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review   
Cooler Master’s V8 GTS incorporates several unique technologies in an effort to make this one of the best CPU heatsinks available.  However, with a price of $100, it has to compete against the likes of Corsair’s high performance  H90.
          Anniversaries - reasons to celebrate.    

Or to commemorate. 

Or… not.

In Ireland we have important anniversaries every week of the year. Things like the birth or death of Irish martyrs or battles or the first time an abortion will be legally rendered in this country. But, generally, it seems, Irish people don’t like anniversaries. We have far too many – a result of having too much history.

Furthermore, as a whole, the Irish nation does not celebrate its history or identity. (St. Patrick’s Day is the exception, of course, but even on that one day of the year when we openly celebrate our Irishness, I’m sure many Irish people celebrate our thirst instead.)

                         

So, why is this? 

The Irish have an inferiority complex: having been told by the English for so long that our language, customs, dress, law, society, manners were second to theirs, we believed them. And though it seems like the oppression of the English has been gone 81 years, we still have that sense of inferiority, that lack of pride in our nation. It had been inculcated for so long that it still remains for the next generation. Albeit, this sense of inferiority is subconscious, hidden, but, to an outsider, puzzlingly evident in an apathetic form – Irish people don’t know why, but they don’t seem to want to celebrate their Irishness as much as they should.

The Irish language is the best example. Terrible primary school teachers aside, the Irish language should be thriving in Ireland. People don’t want to speak it, not because they can’t or are afraid of making mistakes, but because, deep inside, they’re ashamed of it.

Like the generations before us, speaking Irish was a symptom of your poverty. Those who held onto the language could not represent themselves at court, could not be employed by the landlord, and would die in destitution and starvation. And, in order for the Irish to survive in this English-engineered world, they had to regard their language and culture negatively. It was necessary. We were able to survive, to raise ourselves up by pulling the Irish language down, under us.

Then there’s the whole ‘if you celebrate the Easter Rising with anything more than a nod, I’ll consider you a radical and a Sinn Féiner’ – another consequence of The Troubles. But hopefully this will dissolve when the 100-year anniversary of the 1916 Rising in celebrated.


As for the other anniversaries that should be celebrated, time will tell.

Happy Irish Independence Day, by the way.

          Time to ask the tough questions   
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          Technology shaking work as we see it   
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          China unveils first domestically-built bullet train    

The first high-speed train designed and manufactured entirely in China debuted on the Beijing-Shanghai line on Monday. It boasts a top speed of 400 kilometers per hour (kph).
The high-speed train is called ‘Fuxing’ which means 'rejuvenation.' There are currently two models, CR400AF and CR400BF, operated by China Railway Corporation.


A CR400AF model departed from Beijing South Railway Station at 11:05 am local time for Shanghai. At the same time, a CR400BF model left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Beijing.
The trains will run at a steady 350 kph meaning it takes three and a half hours to travel between Shanghai and Beijing. Currently, the travel time between the two cities by rail is around five hours.
The Beijing-Shanghai railway line is China's busiest, used by more than 50,000 passengers daily.


The Fuxing train has a sophisticated monitoring system which checks its performance in real time and automatically slows the train in case of emergencies or abnormal conditions.
The bullet trains provide free Wi-Fi and more legroom in all carriages.
According to Lu Dongfu, the general manager of the China Railway Corporation, the new train models were developed according to China's railway standards and technologies.

Beijing plans to export Fuxing trains to foreign countries, including Russia.
A senior researcher with the Chinese high-speed rail program, Jia Limin told China Daily the Fuxing Bullet Trains would operate on the Chinese network as well as on the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail line in Russia.

https://www.rt.com/business/394130-china-debuts-bullet-train/




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          Africa - China (Belt and Road Initiative); #SGRLaunch: A new chapter of China-Africa cooperation (Madaraka Express)   
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is on the maiden voyage of the Madaraka Express. China officially handed over the Standard Gauge Railway to Kenya at a special ceremony. High-level Kenyan and Chinese dignitaries have praised the project as a sign of deepening relations between the two countries. The SGR is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence. It runs over 4-hundred and 72-kilometres between the port of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi. The railway will reduce the travel time from 10 hours to less than five. The name - Madaraka Express -translates as independence, freedom or liberty. Chinese and Kenyan leaders have lauded the project, which is one of the first outcomes of the ambitious Belt and Road Intitiative.


One of the stops along the route is Mtito Andei. It's the nearest station to the Tsavo National Park. President Kenyatta is expected to stop here on the inaugural journey later on Wednesday. Kathryn Omwandho reports.


Kenya's standard gauge rail line is an ambitious project, that has taken five years to build. The SGR is Built and funded by China, and the rail line is part of China's bridge and road initiative CTGN's Robert Nagila went to the streets of Nairobi to find out what Kenyans think of this mega project


Kenya is about to witness its first modern railway. The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, or SGR, will massively boost the country's economic growth, and possibly the whole of East Africa. The railway, which is built according to Chinese standards, is another great example of China-Africa cooperation. Here is more on that story


The train is not just a milestone for Kenyan construction, but for gender equality too. Eight women were selected to go to China to learn how to drive the SGR. Four of them will be driving the inaugural train. CGTN's Maria Galang met one of these extraordinary ladies.


There's a lot of excitement in Nairobi since in a matter of hours, the new SGR train will be arriving in the Kenyan capital. CGTN's Kane Kiyo is at the Nairobi Terminal to share the excitement.


As the Kenyan President officially launches the first phase of the new Standard Gauge Railway, Kenyans say the new raiway will not only improve lives but make it easier to do business.


On the vast African savannah, a steel dragon crawls through the terrain. It is part of the East African Master Plan - the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. By introducing Chinese standards, technology, equipment and management to this fast-growing continent, Chinese builders are also bringing hope and love to the people. Today we will visit Maasai Primary School near the Nairobi South station, and listen to their story


Local manufacturers in Kenya have been major beneficiaries of the just launched Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. Already, 40% sourcing of materials was dedicated to the local market, generating inflows of about 95 million dollars. Now that Kenya's first modern railway is complete, local players are still set to win big. Earlier on, I had a chat with the CEO of Kenya's manufacturers association, Phyllis Wakiaga, about the benefits of this project to the country's manufacturing sector


It is clear that East Africa is a natural extension of the Maritime Silk Road. During the Ming Dynasty, four of the famous admiral Zheng He's seven expeditions reached the east coast of Africa, where they promoted friendship between China and the continent. The Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway had to pass through Tsavo, an important wildlife reserve in Kenya. In this episode, we will see how the Kenyans and the Chinese worked together to guarantee that the project was completed successfully without affecting the local wildlife.


And ordinary kenyans who were lucky to experience the maiden trip have been speaking out as well


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          itBit Named to 2016 FinTech 100 by H2 Ventures and KPMG   
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          दिलचस्प, बेहद दिलचस्प!   
"जे तो घनो ही अच्छो हो गयो रे ताऊ! इब तू हिंदी में भी ब्लॉगर को युज्ज कर सके है।"

हाँ भाई, हाँ. पता है कि पुरानी न्यूज़ है, पूरी दुनिया को पता है। मैंने भी देखा था कभी तो, पर आज मेरे घनिष्ट मित्र स्वामी हग्नेश दास कि ये पोस्ट देख के दिल जिगर गुर्दे फेफड़े मचल उठे। तमन्ना जाग उठी कि मैं भी हिंदी में लिखूं। एक ज़माना था, मैंने भी हिंदी ब्लोग शुरू किया था। अब अलग ब्लोग तो चलने से रहा, यहीं पर हिंदी शुरू कर रहा हूँ। वैसे हिंदी ब्लोग्गिंग इस गूगल टूल की मोहताज नहीं, इसके आने से काफी समय पहले से ही हिंदी ब्लोग्गिंग का परचम पुरजोर लहरा रहा है। अक्षरग्राम पर सक्रीय नारद आपको बहुतेरे हिंदी ब्लोग्स की लिंक्स देगा जो की content में अंग्रेजी ब्लोग्स से कम नहीं हैं।

पर एक बात तो है, हिंदी ब्लोग्गेर्स अक्सर क्लिष्ट हिंदी का प्रयोग करते हैं, जो कि आम बोल-चाल वाली हिंदुस्तानी भाषा से थोडा हट के है। मानो या ना मानो, उर्दू, अरबी की ही तरह अंग्रेजी और कई पश्चिमी भाषाओं के भी काफी अलफ़ाज़ हिंदी में इस क़दर मिल चुके हैं की उन्हें अलग करना सही नहीं होगा। जैसे, बस, ट्रेन, सिगरेट आदि। अब बचपन में सबने इनके हिंदी शब्द सुनें होंगे और हँसे होंगे, पर कोई ये नही कहता होगा कि "सवेरे लौह पथ गामिनी, छुक-छुक वाहिनी से चले जायेंगे!" खैर।

अब एक unrelated बात, सबने देखा होगा, हर बिल्डिंग में FIRE लिखे लाल अलार्म बटन. सबमें शीशा लगा होता है। आग लगे तो शीशा तोड़ो, घंटी बजाओ। अब शीशा क्यों? यहाँ तक की शीशा तोड़ने को हथोडा भी साथ में लगा देते हैं। तो फिर, शीशा क्यों? जैसे की कईयों ने सोचा लिया होगा, मैं भी सोचता हूँ कि ऐसा इसलिये कि कोई बिना किसी urgency के घंटी ना बजा दे। थोडी गूग्लगिरी करके देखा मैंने, पर इस रहस्य पर से पर्दा ना उठ सका। (Q. लिफ्ट्स में "Stop" और "Alarm" buttons पर शीशा क्यों नही है?) Main कारण यही है कि - Prevention is better that cure. अमेरिकी इस राय से कतई इत्तेफाक नही रखते। हाल ही Virginia Tech में हुआ shootout ऐसा सबसे बड़ा हादसा था, पर ऐसा पहला हादसा नहीं था। हर दफा ऎसी किसी घटना के बाद US में एक lobby जाग उठती है। ये वो लोग हैं जो चाहते हैं कि आम जनता से घातक हथियार रखने का हक वापस ले लिया जाये। ऎसी ही सोच वाला एक शख्श है Michael Moore। फिल्म Bowling for Coulmbine में उन्होने Coulmbine High School में हुये बेहद similar हादसे से जुडे तथ्य दिखाए हैं और कई सवाल उठाये हैं। पर नतीजा कुछ ना निकला, और फिर जो हुआ वो शायद रोका जा सकता था।
***
मेरा time यहाँ अच्छे से ही कट रहा है. हफ्ते भर तो घर से ऑफिस और ऑफिस से bed ही चलता है, weekends का इंतज़ार है.
यही कहानी है, इतना ही फ़साना है,
8 बजे जाना है, 9:30 पे आना है :-(

          Sales Account Manager - iCAM Technologies Corporation - Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC   
The foremost organizations in the aerospace and automotive industries such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini have increased productivity and...
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          Quality Assurance Coordinator - Clinical Research - Atlanta Center for Medical Research - Atlanta, GA   
Collaborates with site regulatory staff, raters, study coordinators, study pharmacist, lab technicians, research assistants, and nurses to ensure all protocol...
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          Skeptic Youth vs Confident Veterans   
The panel discussion I mentioned in my last post turned out to be quite an interesting one. The topic of discussion was - "100 Indian MNCs by 2020." The panelists were -
Sandipan started with his views, which unfortunately didn't look very well prepared. However, he was lucid; talked much without saying much. Rest three had solid experience in industry, extending the operations at the world stage. They talked with more authority and shared their experiences. All of them were very sure that the dream of 100 Indian MNCs by 2020 is well within the reach and sort of underrated. It was quite inspiring hearing their first hand experiences.

Like all good panel discussions, this one too ended with a Q&A round by audience. Like all good audience, lots of questions came out after a little prodding. What was most interesting to note was that the crowd - comprising the leaders of tomorrow, yada yada yada - was quite skeptic about achieving the goal! There were questions about the government and its ineffectiveness, about sustaining the current wave of growth, about population & literacy, about infrastructure & investment - all of them showing how improbable this goal seems to be. On the contrary, the panel maintained its stand that India will have to do too bad to miss this one!

Their settling argument was that India has reached this stage even with the kind of government & stifling regulations we've had, so there is every chance that now that the condition have improved a lot, India will bloom even more. The post-lib generation hasn't seen those days, when Infosys almost died as an infant after frustrating experiences trying to work for global client, mainly due to the policies in 1989!

What will happen remains to be seen, but this skeptism in the youth of the nation, crème de la crème, worries me. Not like OMG-India-is-screwed-now worry, just a little concern.

PS: Just a small note, reply to Jeet's comment on my last post where he said, "I don't agree with Sandipan's only one answer theory.. I don't know about comp. sci and engg. but Civil Engineering was all about evaluating multiple correct answers and 'choosing' one of them." Still, you'll find the management education a whole lot different than engineering. CS is mainly about optimizing; space, speed, transfer, safety.. So in a way, you are confined in your pursuit of the answer. You can say that A is better than B and like that. Civil, as I understand, does have an element of subjectivity to it. In the managerial world, I'm told, there are many situation where nothing's universally better or worse. It all depends on what you decide.

          Senior Hardware Technician II - Adacel - Field   
May operate facility or test instrumentation systems during aerospace tests. Adacel Systems, Inc. SENIOR HARDWARE TECHNICIAN II....
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          The Campus   
The IIM Calcutta campus or Jokaland, as we call it, is almost like an island amid lakes.

The IIM Calcutta campus, courtesy Google Earth.

As it's evident from the Google Earth image, there are three major man-made lakes surrounding the academic block, the campus KV and library. Our hostels are along the lakes on the outside. The setting gets more clear in the Wikimapia image, as it has proper labelling too.

Compare it to the IIT Bombay campus and you'll find many similarities. Both the campus have the serene presence of beautiful water bodies and dense greenery. Right now the similarities get thicker, since the Calcutta weather nowadays is quite like Mumbai monsoons; it stays cloudy with frequent short showers. Due to the lakes, it stays humid at the campus and if it's not windy, it can get really stifling. The IIMC campus is much smaller than IITB campus, and obviously since IITB is meant for much bigger number of junta. It used to house 4 BTech batches, each of roughly 500 plus huge number of MTechs and few PhDs too. Here at IIMC there are just two batches at a given point of time. My batch's strength is around 310 and that's the largest number they've ever had.

One thing paining me is the distance from the downtown Kolkata. Last night I enquired about ordering pizza and I got to know that the minimum order they take is something as obscene as 6k!! That's because the nearest outlet is at Camac Street or like that :-). But, the food in the mess & (almost) 24 hrs canteen in the hostel is much better than IITB. But eating out is still an issue. Nearest Metro station is some 100 bucks away from IIMC and there aren't many options to reach there. I guess things would get brighter once my bike reaches Kolkata.

Today I took some pictures at the campus. I've uploaded them at the Flickr page. Most of them need little bit of postprocessing, which I plan to do soon.
          Lab Technician - Atlanta Center for Medical Research - Atlanta, GA   
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          Integration Consultant - Kinaxis - Canada   
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          Lead Technical Writer - Savancy - Canada   
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          Director, Business Development, Shipborne Systems – International OEMs - L-3 Communications - Canada   
Aerospace technical environment experience. L3 WESCAM is an exciting company providing systems that capture stabilized, high-magnification images from fixed...
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          Amtrak CEO Makes Work Resolution for Google   

I was recently asked by Google to join its #WorkResolutions campaign for the New Year. The tech giant is challenging people everywhere to improve the way they work. Immediately I knew...

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          CABINETMAKER / WOODSHOP TECHNICIAN - Flying Colours - Canada   
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          Homemade Pizzas - Three ways   
I subscribe to Cooking Light magazine and whenever I can make something at home that can be more healthful and tasty, I'm up for the challenge.  This month's issue had summer pizzas featured and with the summer approaching, the school year winding down and a house guest, Christina, my girlfriend's sister staying with us, it all came together.  Off to Fairway we went and with magazine in hand, we gathered the ingredients for three types of pizzas.  A spinach and mozzarella/ricotta cheese (part skim), a vegetarian pizza made with whole wheat dough and a white clam, garlic, shredded pecorino cheese and herb pizza, inspired by the pizzas I've had at Frank Pepe's in Connecticut.  Whenever I am near a Pepe's, hopefully the one in Mohegan Sun, I have to order this pizza.  The pizza preparations took place over two evenings, after school this week and we were all pleased.  Cynthia brought home the tools that ensured my successful foray into the world of homemade pizza making. 

Three Cheese White Pizza
  • 1 pound refrigerated fresh pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach 
  • 1 container marinated artichokes
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 
  • 4 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about a cup) 
  • 2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal 
  1. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature, covered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats).
  3. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and sliced garlic in a large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat 1 1/2 minutes or until the garlic begins to sizzle. Add 6 cups spinach; sauté 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Set aside.
  4. Combine cheeses, milk, and minced garlic in a bowl.
  5. Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface, and pierce entire surface liberally with a fork. Carefully remove pizza stone from oven. Sprinkle cornmeal over pizza stone; place dough on pizza stone. Spread cheese mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Bake at 500° for 10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is lightly browned. Top with spinach; bake an additional 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven; brush outer crust with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil. Cut into 6 large slices.
Inspired by Ann Taylor Pittman, but not truly followed.  I placed everything on the pizza together and let it cook for 15 minutes (at 10 minutes I broiled it under low broil for two minutes and then turned it back to bake for three minutes).

The other two pizzas followed the same techniques.  The White Clam Pizza was inspired by this site.

 Step by mostly step for all three pizzas...


The basics, thought the pizza stone produced a much better final product. A firm, crispy and chewy pizza!

Rolling out the refrigerated dough, remember that flour is your friend.

Preferably use a pizza stone, sprinkled with course cornmeal.  We used a metal pan for this one.

Sliced mozzarella and some olive oil.

Add ricotta, baby spinach and marinated artichokes.

Our fist pizza is assembled.



It was in the oven for about 15 minutes at 500 degrees, with a two minute period on low broil to brown crust.

The finished product.

Two slices please.

Christina was pleased.
Looks good, right?



On to the veggies version.  Slice them up nicely.
Like this.

I added some ricotta dots and sliced kalamata olives.

Whole Wheat pizza with zucchini, squash, red peppers, black olives and ricotta.

And now the mother of them all, the white clam pizza!

Chopped clams, minced garlic, sprinkled dried oregano, basil, pecorino romano and drizzled olive oil.

Into the oven on the pizza stone, with corn meal sprinkled on the preheated stone.

It was divine!

Sans one slice.  This pizza, cooked on the stone was crispy and firm.  Truly an excellent pizza.  Good Luck!




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          بررسی هدست DayDream View گوگل   

وقتی گوگل هدست واقعیت مجازی DayDream View را معرفی کرد، باعث خوشحالی صنعت رو به رشد واقعیت مجازی شد. غول جستجو اینترنتی یک وسیله‌ی واقعیت مجازی برای گوشی‌های تلفن همراه معرفی کرد که می‌تواند با گوشی‌های Googel Pixel و Pixel XL گوگل سازگار شود. در میان هیاهوی تبلیغاتی این روزهای هدست‌های واقعیت مجازی، این محصول گوگل توانست تمام انتظاراتی که از آن می رفت را پاسخ گوید.

نوشته بررسی هدست DayDream View گوگل اولین بار در 21tech.ir پدیدار شد.


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          Colorado Environmental Management,Environmental Business Technologies,Export A   
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          PURCHASING/MATERIALS COORDINATOR - Bubble Technology Industries - Chalk River, ON   
Leading all shipping and outbound logistics activities, including pick/pack activities, coordinating with shipping companies, managing dock operations, and...
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          Democracy Reporter - Toronto Star - Toronto, ON   
The assignment will focus on electoral and senate reform, as well as ideas, policies, technology and tools to aid democratic innovation. What You Will Be Doing....
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          11 Weird Facts About The Simpsons That Will Make You Say 'Aye Caramba!'   

1. The Original Showrunner Thought It Wouldn't Last Past Season One

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The Simpsons is one of the longest running shows of all time, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it's the greatest television show ever made period. (If you disagree, I hate you...) Ironically, this might be due to the fact that the show's original showrunner, Sam Simon, didn't think that the show would make it past season one. When in the writer's room, Simon was said to tell his employees that their fledgling show would be "13 and out," meaning that the show probably wouldn't return after its initial order.  Though this way of thinking annoyed series creator Matt Groening, who view Simon as being a defeatist, Simon claims that he was actually just trying to make the best show he could. By making the writers believe the show had no future, it allowed them to focus on the sole goal of making 13 great episodes of television that they would be truly proud of. This arguably contributed to the show's quality which, in turn, contributed to the show's unfathomable popularity. Apparently, focusing on quality is a good way to make something that's actually good. Who woulda thunk it?

 

2. Marge's Hair Used To Hide Secrets...Incredibly Stupid Secrets...

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Matt Groening is responsible for some of the greatest television ever created. It's weird therefore that his instincts about his own properties are often....odd. Take for example the story behind Marge's iconic hairdo. It's pretty well known at this point, but it's worth noting because MATT GROENING ORIGINALLY WANTED TO REVEAL THAT MARGE WAS A FUCKING BUNNY RABBIT! Matt Groening came to prominence with the comic strip Life In Hell and it seems to have taken him a while to realize that once The Simpsons came along, nobody could give less of a shit about his stupid comic. As such, Groening wanted to reference the strip (which prominently featured rabbits) by having Marge take down her beehive and reveal a pair of bunny ears underneath. Sam Simon quickly shot down the idea because, well, he wasn't a psychopath, but there's an alternate universe  where the greatest show in history was ruined by the stupidest reveal conceivable.

 

 

3. There's A VERY Dirty Easter Egg In Apu's Alma Mater

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The Simpsons writers can cram so many jokes into a single frame that it would be impossible for a mere mortal to catch them all. This was the case with the episode Much Apu About Nothing. In it, Apu gives the story about how he came to be an illegal alien living in America. One of the thing he mentions is the fact that he studied at Springfield Heights Institute of Technology. It's a small moment, and one that you're probably not likely to take a second glance at...at least that was the case with censors who didn't notice that the initials for Apu's university spell out "SHIT." Is this the most clever thing The Simpsons has ever done? Not by a long shot. But it's always fun to see just how deep the show's humor can get.  

 

4. Manjula Appeared In A Flashback TWO SEASONS Before Her Actual Debut

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Speaking of Much Apu About Nothing, there's another fun easter egg in there. The episode predicted more than just America's rise towards jingoistic nationalism: It actually gave us our first glimpse at Majula two seasons before her proper debut. When Apu is telling his story about leaving India, he includes a part where he bids goodbye to a young girl and apologizes for not being able to marry her.  To people watching the show at the time, it seems like a small, mildly racist joke, but two seasons later the little girl returns as Apu's now adult, arranged wife, Manjula. Majula then goes on to be a fairly major character on the show, with several episodes revolving around her and Apu's relationship....none of those episodes are particularly good and she's arguably the most banal character in the entire series, but it's still a fun easter egg nonetheless.

 

5. Milhouse Is Named After History's Greatest Monsters

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Millhouse is an unfortunate little guy and as such, the writers wanted to give him "the most unfortunate name" they could think of. They settled on Millhouse after Richard Nixon's middle name. You may think that things couldn't get worse than being named after history's jowliest president but you'd be very wrong. The other parts of the character's name come from much darker people. For starters, his last name, Van Houten, comes from Leslie Van Houten. If you don't know, Leslie Van Houten was a murderer from the infamous Manson Family, and was the youngest woman to ever be sentenced to death in California. As if that weren't bad enough, later on in the show's run, it was revealed that Milhouse's middle name was "Mussolini." This is, of course, a reference to Benito Mussolini, who if you don't know who that is....well, let's just say he did some very bad things as well. This is all to say, poor Millhouse.

 

 

6. The Couch Gags Serve More Purpose Than You Realize

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One of the most iconic parts of The Simpsons is their couch gags which are different every episode...You know, except when they aren't. Fans of the earlier episodes might notice that there's one couch gag that's reused more than all others. It features the family in a circus setting and is noticeably longer than most other openers. Why is this the one that gets recycled, you ask? Well, let's just say that when you're creating something as jam packed and ingenious as The Simpsons it can be hard to reach the minimum required runtime. As such, they would often use the nebulous nature of the couch gag to pad out an episode, piping in elongated ones like the one at the circus as they needed. Basically, even the filler on The Simpsons is better than most other things on TV.

 

7. Dustin Hoffman Is Credited With A Very Funny Pseudonym

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One of the greatest guest stars in the history of The Simpsons  was Dustin Hoffman in the season 2 episode, "Lisa's Substitute." Strangely, despite it arguably being his most important role ever, Hoffman only agreed to do the episode if he was credited using a pseudonym. This being The Simpsons, they obviously used this as an opportunity for a joke, choosing to credit one of the greatest actors in history as "Sam Etic." If you don't get the joke, say it out loud. This name is an obvious reference to Hoffman's Jewish heritage, and possibly even his "Semitic good looks," that Lisa talks about during the classic episode.

 

8. Moe Didn't Get His Last Name Until Season 6

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Moe is one of the greatest characters in a show full of great characters. He's popular enough that most of you would probably know the answer if I asked you to say his last name. What you may not know is that he didn't get that last name until season 6 for the sole purpose of throwing off the audience. In the epic two parter, "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", the major clue as to the identity of the shooter revolved around the fact, after being shot, Mr. Burns passed out with his arms pointing to the W and the S of the town sundial. undefined

To create multiple viable suspects, the writers played up the possible involvement of anyone whose name might involve those initials. As such, to throw Moe into the mix, they showed his liquor license revealing for the first time that his last name was Syzlack. This gave him initials that lined up with the clue from the sundial and made some internet nerd probably lose his shit thinking he'd cracked the code of who shot Mr. Burns, before ultimately punching a hole in his computer screen when he found out it was Maggie.

 

9. Two Members Of The Main Family Have Been The Subject Of TV Movies

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One of the fun parts about The Simpsons is that the family's exploits can grow so large that they actually make national news within the world of the show. This can be seen in the fact that both Homer AND Bart have been the subjects of two unrelated, made for TV movies. The first of these focused on Bart after he was accused of murdering Principal Skinner. The film was aptly called Blood on the Blackboard  and it starred a young child actor named Neil Patrick Harris as Bart.

Three seasons later, Homer got the TV movie treatment himself when he was accused of sexual harassment. His film was called Homer S: Portrait of an Ass-Grabber and it starred Dennis Franz as the title role. So, if you're ever curious what the writers think a real world Homer would look like, it's this: 

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10. The Simpsons Actually DO Go To Delaware

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The season 11 episode, Behind The Laughter, was an off the wall, meta-masterpiece that also probably should have served as the show's series finale. Unfortunately, it did not and the show returned season after season to diminishing returns. In a humorous nod to the show's apparent decline in quality, one of the last scenes episode, we see Homer in an editing room watching  a cut of an episode in which Lisa excitedly declares, "The Simpsons are going to Delaware!" It's funny because no show would actually base an episode on the family winning a trip to the most boring state in the union...except, they totally do!

Exactly one season later, The Simpsons do, in fact, win a trip to Delaware! The show reuses the audio that was presented as an example of the show's lack of ideas and work it into an actual episode. Granted, it's clearly done ironically and the majority the episode is an anthology about tall tales, but the instance is still fun to think about. Not only is it a fun callback to an earlier episode, but it also seems to serve as infuriating evidence that even the writers knew that the show was beginning to lose its luster.

 

11. You Can Apparently Find Waldo Hiding In Springfield

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The Simpsons is so jam packed with references that watching it can you're reading a Where's Waldo book....Sometimes, literally! The classic children's character has shown up as a sight gag on at least two unrelated occasions.

The first of these occurs in the episode "Bart's Comet" when the entire town of Springfield is crammed into a tiny bomb shelter. See if you can spot him:

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The bestriped traveler appears again a few seasons later in the episode "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder." Homer plays looks at a Where's Waldo? book and fails to find him, only to have the actual character walk around behind him outside the kitchen window: 

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So, is the show trying to tell us that Waldo exists in the world of The Simpsons and is, in fact, a resident of Springfield? No of course not. These are clearly just two unrelated sight gags...A guy can dream, though.


          Project Executive (Advisor) - Cistel Technology Inc. - Ottawa, ON   
Experience in the Electoral Process*. The administrative procedures related to key electoral activities in the areas of elector maintenance and poll maintenance...
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          GIS Programmer Analyst - Fujitsu - Ottawa, ON   
In providing services related to the utilization and evolution of GIS and related technologies in support of the electoral process, the Programmer/Analyst shall...
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          Quality Technician - Smurfit Kappa - Saskatchewan   
This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of...
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          Maintenance Technician - Smurfit Kappa - Saskatchewan   
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          IT Support Technician - Smurfit Kappa - Saskatchewan   
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          GIS Technician II - Thompson - Nicola Regional District - Kamloops, BC   
Headquartered in the City of Kamloops, the TNRD provides a wide range of local government services to a population of 130,000 located within its 11 diverse... $4,716 a month
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          Information Technology Specialist - Squamish - Squamish-Lillooet Regional District - Lillooet, BC   
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) is located in southwestern BC and consists of 4 member municipalities (Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Lillooet)...
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          Information Technology Specialist - Squamish - Lillooet Regional District - Pemberton, BC   
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) is located in southwestern BC and consists of 4 member municipalities (Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Lillooet)...
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          GIS Technician II - Thompson - Thompson-Nicola Regional District - Nicola, BC   
Headquartered in the City of Kamloops, the TNRD provides a wide range of local government services to a population of 130,000 located within its 11 diverse... $4,716 a month
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          médias numériques : 6 compétences à avoir   

Quelles sont les technologies émergentes qui auront un impact considérable sur les médias à l'avenir ? Si vous étiez un responsable de ce secteur comment vous y prépareriez vous ? Ce sont deux des questions fondamentales que le Media Management Center de l'Université Northwestern (Illinois) a posées à 24 experts en technologie de pointe pour mettre en évidence six tendances technologiques qui jouent un rôle croissant dans la recherche, la livraison et la consommation de l'information, et pour identifier à partir de ce constat six compétences indipensables pour les médias de demain.

Sous la plume d'Annette Moser-Wellman, spécialiste en innovation et en "creative thinking", qui a interviewé par exemple plusieurs experts du Media Lab du MIT, Bhaskar Roy, co-fondateur de Qik (streaming de vidéo mobile), ou encore Max Haot, CEO de Mogulus (webcasting vidéo), ce rapport souligne six tendances lourdes:

  • l'éparpillement des supports d'information pour lesquels celle-ci doit être adaptée

  • la démocratisation des outils des médias qui fait naître nombre de nouveaux acteurs

  • la montée en puissance de réseaux communautaires hyper-connectés ouvrant la voie à des contenus hyper-locaux et personnalisés

  • une connaissance toujours plus grande du consommateur grâce notamment aux outils du web sémantique, offrant la possibilité de contenus plus adaptés

  • le développement du contenu journalistique visuel livré à des vitesses toujours plus rapides et avec un meilleure efficacité

  • les progrès dans les moyens d'obtenir et de mesurer l'attention du consommateur

Pour tirer parti de cette révolution en marche et rester dans la course, les médias doivent donc, recommande l'auteur, bâtir ou renforcer six domaines de compétence:

  • Le "stratège des supports" d'infomation: capable de comprendre tous ces différents supports, de connaître le besoin du consommateur sur chacun

  • Le "marketteur": capable de définir ce qui fait la force du média pour trouver le bon positionnement en matière de contenu ou d'opinion

  • Le "bâtisseur de communauté": capable de développer le contact et la colaboration avec les lecteurs

  • Le "chercheur de données": capable d'utiliser les nouvelles mines d'information sur le consommateur pour permettre le développement de nouveaux produits et de nouvelles sources de revenus

  • Le "journaliste multimédia complet": capable de développer des contenus rich media, contextualisés, de créer de l'interactivité, de faire voir pour faire comprendre

  • L'"entrepreneur": capable d'identifier de nouveaux modèles économiques via les partenariats, de nouvelles expériences, de nouveaux modes publicitaires.

"Combinées, ces compétences pourraient très bien faire la différence entre les gagnants et les perdants sur le marché des news" à l'avenir, estime ce rapport. Ce sont des compétences qui demandent de "nouvelles responsabilités" pour les collaborateurs existants ou alors "l'apport de nouveaux talents".

 


          Pour Google la notion de vie privée absolue n’existe plus à l’heure de "street view"   

Pour Google la notion de vie privée absolue n’existe plus à l’heure de « street view » Poursuivi en justice par un couple pour la publication de photos de leur maison sur le site Google Map street view le géant d’internet affirme par la voix de ses nombreux avocats que la notion de vie privée absolue n’existe plus à l’heure de l’imagerie satellite.

 « La technologie de l’imagerie satellite aujourd’hui signifie que même dans le désert la notion de vie privée absolue n’existe pas », affirme leur argumentaire présenté au tribunal et publié sur le site thesmokinggun.

Les photos de cette maison de Pennsylvanie ont été prises par une des voitures équipées par Google de caméras panoramiques automatiques. Suite à la plainte déposée en avril par la famille Boring pour notamment violation de propriété privée elles ont été retirées du site.

Dans leur argumentaire les défenseurs de Google estiment que le panneau « voie privée » sur la route qui conduit à la maison n’est pas suffisant pour empécher le passage de la voiture de Google et affirme que les plaignants auraient pu utiliser une des fonctions du site qui permet de demander le retrait de photos plutôt que d’engager une procédure de dommages et intérets.

 


          Toezichthouder Bouw - ZiN Kwaliteitsborging - Zuid-Holland   
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          L'école numérique   

 

A l'heure où le campus virtuel est une réalité et où les nouvelles technologies de l'information et de la communication sont  dans les salles de classe, qu'est l'école devenue ?

Les rôles de ses acteurs principaux - enseignants, manuels, éducation nationale - sont remis en question. Leur disparition n'est pas, qu'on se rassure, pour demain, mais une évolution va inexorablement se produire.

Avant de savoir si les NTIC peuvent se substituer à l'enseignant, il faut préciser quel est son rôle. Selon Bernard Stiegler "l'enseignant est un abréviateur de savoir. Il fait en sorte qu'une génération soit capable en peu de temps d'accéder à 2500 ans de connaissance. Il est en quelque sorte un navigateur dans les grands espaces du savoir. Il utilise pour cela des manuels scolaires, eux-mêmes abrégés du savoir. La question devient alors : comment s'articulent les nouveaux médias, qui contiennent des navigateurs automatisés, avec le système existant, l'Education Nationale ? Celle-ci depuis ses débuts a pour mission de transmettre des programmes comportementaux pour que la société fasse corps."

On peut, d'après le directeur général du CNDP, décrire deux attitudes : "ou bien on considère qu'on a affaire à de nouvelles problématiques, ou bien on estime que finalement, rien n'est nouveau, ce n'est qu'une nouvelle forme de "la peur de la bibliothèque". Il faut reconnaître que l'école de France a toujours été réticente à la démarche de recherche de documents. C'est là l'héritage de Descartes : l'idée est qu'on peut déduire beaucoup de choses au tableau noir. Mais cette fois, le couple maître-élève va changer, car la vieille question de la documentation, qui a toujours été marginalisée, va occuper le devant de la scène. De plus, le maître ne sera plus celui qui détient toutes les ressources."

Selon le directeur de l'Information scientifique et technique et des bibliothèques au Ministère de l'Education Nationale, "il faut développer une réflexion à propos des contenus ; pour cela, l'industrie éducative doit être connectée avec les milieux enseignants. Il est en effet nécessaire que les contenus mis en ligne soient valides. On n'en est plus aux expériences : déjà quatre ou cinq académies ont mis en réseau leurs lycées et collèges. Cette fois, en effet, on n'a pas lancé des grands plans d'en haut. Les initiatives ont été locales et il y a eu une émulation entre les établissements. Le problème principal ainsi apparu est le manque de contenus en langue française."

Est-ce finalement qu'il faut repenser l'école globalement ? "Oui", répond-on. "Il faut oser obliger les enseignants à se servir d'ordinateurs. Il est urgent d'agir surtout lorsqu'on voit Microsoft qui relie 400 établissements au réseau et les fait vivre à l'heure américaine." Sommes-nous prêts à y consacrer des moyens importants, à fournir à chaque enseignant un portable, à former l'ensemble du personnel ?

En tout cas, il apparaît nécessaire à Bernard Stiegler de maintenir les programmes officiels. "Si on commence à dire qu'il ne faut plus faire de programmes, on est mal parti : les Américains sont prêts à nous envahir."

 


          Nouveautés fut 17   

le nouvel opus du jeu vidéo FIFA d'EA sport va sortir fin Septembre. mais déjà des vidéos trainent sur les nouveautés du jeu et de la version fut 17 : c'est le cas des coups-francs qui seront plus faciles et plus techniques. En savoir plus sur http://www.stat-foot.fr/credits-fut-17-pas-cher-achat-vente.html

 

voici la vidéo des coups de pieds de FUT 17

 

 

 

 

 

 


          Comment choisir le bon panneau LED ?   

Le panneau LED est un luminaire ultra-mince adapté en remplacement des tubes fluorescents T5 classiques



Les panneaux avec technologie LED intégrée offrent une solution d’éclairage de qualité professionnelle — avec à la clé des économies d’énergie optimales — pour les bureaux, les entreprises, les écoles et les supermarchés. De plus, leur conception ultra-mince rend leur installation aisée dans les systèmes de plafond standard même avec une hauteur sous-plafond limitée. La source de lumière LED intégrée permet de bénéficier d’une lumière diffuse et uniforme avec une finition épurée pour une longue durée de vie et un faible entretien grâce à leur étanchéité à la poussière. Moins énergivore, les panneaux LED sont les substituts idéaux des tubes fluorescents T5 existants.


En effet, les anciens luminaires 60x60 cm avec 4x18W tubes fluorescents et ballasts peuvent être immédiatement remplacés par un panneau LED 33W. Ainsi, vous économisez jusqu’à 60% sur votre dépense énergétique en passant de 79W à 33W pour une meilleure efficacité lumineuse.



Caractéristiques


Dimensions ⎪ Les dimensions les plus communes des panneaux LED sont 60x60cm ou 30x120cm. Cela correspond aux dimensions standards des systèmes de plafond. Cependant, nous vous conseillons de toujours vérifier la dimension de votre système de plafond.


Couleurs de lumière

  • 830 : 3000 Kelvin - blanc chaud.
  • 840 : 4000 Kelvin - blanc froid. Couleur de lumière la plus utilisée au sein des bureaux.
  • 865 : 6500 Kelvin - lumière du jour.



Les panneaux LED au sein des bureaux et des salles de classe


L’éclairage au sein des lieux de travail comme les bureaux ou les salles de classe doit être conforme aux exigences décrites dans la norme EN 12464-1 intitulée « Éclairage des lieux de travail : lieux de travail intérieurs ». Une valeur UGR — qui mesure le taux d’éblouissement — inférieure à 19 est requise. L’éclairage doit pouvoir garantir un confort visuel permettant la concentration et/ou l’apprentissage pour une meilleure productivité. Enfin, les panneaux LED sont assurés sans scintillement contrairement aux tubes TL standards qui provoquent une gêne visuelle.





Deux exemples de panneaux LED conformes à la norme européenne


Noxion Panneau LED Pro 60x60cm 33W 4000K UGR<19 | Blanc Froid - Substitut 4x18W


Noxion Panneau LED Pro 30x120cm 33W 4000K UGR<19 | Blanc Froid - Substitut 2x36W


Pour l'éclairage des zones publiques — salles d'attente, couloirs, etc. — un panneau LED avec un UGR inférieur à 22 peut être utilisé. Pour toute question sur la valeur UGR, n’hésitez pas à contacter nos experts en produits d’éclairage.





Installation facile


Lorsque vous achetez un panneau LED, le driver est inclus. Celui-ci est directement connecté à la tension secteur (220-240V) avec une prise jack.


L’installation d’un panneau LED peut se faire de 3 manières différentes :


  • Directement encastré dans le cadre de montage du plafond.
  • Avec un kit de montage mural ou un kit de montage en surface pour plafond.
  • Suspendu avec un set de suspension au plafond.

Grâce aux différentes possibilités de montage, les panneaux LED peuvent être placés dans quasi tous les bureaux ou autres espaces intérieurs. Les châssis et autres système pour panneaux LED sont disponibles séparément.


Nous vous offrons 5 ans de garantie sur l’ensemble des panneaux LED de qualité professionnelle disponibles



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          Karlie VINTAGE TIFFANY Halsband - Kiwi 17 mm, 35 cm   
31,99 EUR
VINTAGE Strasshalsband Die echte Feinlederserie im angesagten Retrolook, ?ppig besetzt mit modischem Strass in glasreiner Qualit?t. Das Halsband ist aus weichem Feinleder in bester Verarbeitungsqualit?t gefertigt. Der Strassbesatz ist sicher zwischen den Lagen des Leders eingen?ht. Die Steine bestechen durch ihre glasreine Qualit?t und das feurige Funkeln im Wechselspiel des Lichtes. - Feinste Materialen - Funkelnder Strass-Besatz in glasreiner Qualit?t - Beste Verarbeitung - In Handarbeit in Deutschland hergestellt - Handvern?ht - Strapazierf?hig - Rei?fest - Langlebig - Mit weissem (Pastellfarben) oder schwarzen Softleder unterlegt Die Vintage-Reihe umfasst besonders edle Lederleinen und Halsb?nder in modischen Trendfarben. Alle Leinen und Halsb?nder dieser Serie sind handvern?ht unter Verwendung feinster Materialien.

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          Is Cryogenic Sleep the Best Option When Implementing Interstellar Traveling? #repost   
The following is a repost from here.



As we get closer and closer to the possibility of us colonizing on Mars and implementing interstellar traveling across the board, it’s time to start thinking about some of the finer details. One such point is how people will travel in space. Will they be awake during these flights or is it best to incorporate cryogenic sleep into the trip?

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          নতুন ভ্যাট আইন কার্যকর হচ্ছে না, তথ্যপ্রযুক্তির হিসাবও বদলাবে   
টেক শহর কনটেন্ট কাউন্সিলর : নতুন ভ্যাট আইন কার্যকর হওয়া আরও দুই বছরের জন্য স্থগিত করেছে সরকার। এতে তথ্যপ্রযুক্তি খাতের পণ্য ও সেবার ভ্যাট হিসাবও বদলাবে। ২০১২ সালের নতুন ভ্যাট আইন অনুযায়ী তথ্যপ্রযুক্তি খাতের বিভিন্ন সেবায় যে ভ্যাট অব্যাহতি দেওয়া হয়েছিল সেগুলো আগের হিসাবে বিবেচিত হতে পারে। বুধবার সংসদে আগামী দুই বছর ভ্যাট আইন পুরোপুরি … Continue reading "নতুন ভ্যাট আইন কার্যকর হচ্ছে না, তথ্যপ্রযুক্তির হিসাবও বদলাবে"
          Get To Know Your Characters Better With This Novel Device by Robert Wood #repost   
The following is a repost from here.

Get To Know Your Characters Better With This Novel Device

Writers have a lot of different ways of getting to know their characters. Character biographies, for example, allow you to figure out a character’s backstory, defining who they are and where they’ve come from. Hot-seating, a technique borrowed from actors, involves either imagining a character or pretending to be them, answering a series of questions designed to burrow down into their subconscious. They’re great devices, but they’re limited by perspective – you’re dealing with either the literal truth about a character or that character’s understanding of their own story.

As has been observed before, we’re all the hero of our own story, but your novel can’t be peopled entirely by heroes. That means you need to find a different perspective and, in this article, I’ll be sharing a device that does exactly that.

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          Karlie Kitty Hightech Hase mit Soundchip   
6,49 EUR
Besch?ftigen Sie Ihre Katze mit diesem tollen Pl?sch-Spielzeug. Schon beim kleinsten Pfotenstupser ert?nt ein Sound, ausgel?st durch den Soundchip im Innern des Spielzeugs. Ein Riesenspa? f?r jede Katze.Ma?e: ca. 6,5 x 3 x 9 cm (LxBxH)

          10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s #repost   
I stumbled upon this blog post from 2013. Wonder if the author would make the same predictions today. Anyway, enjoy.




Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years. Here are 10 mindblowingly futurist technologies that should appear by the 2030s.







          AI is Becoming More Human Like Every Day by @TintWorldNews #repost   
The following is a repost from here.

The advancement of AI technology is happening daily, and everyday robots are becoming more and more human-like. The problem is that not everything these bots learn is being put to good use and a recent study revealed that the technology is becoming racist and sexist. This will, of course, have an adverse affect on the robots ability to make sound decisions and will increase more the better AI becomes at interpreting and understanding the human language. It will, unfortunately, learn bias’ about race and gender the more data it’s fed.

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          Karlie VINTAGE TIFFANY Halsband - Hellrosa 22 mm, 45 cm   
34,99 EUR
VINTAGE Strasshalsband Die echte Feinlederserie im angesagten Retrolook, ?ppig besetzt mit modischem Strass in glasreiner Qualit?t. Das Halsband ist aus weichem Feinleder in bester Verarbeitungsqualit?t gefertigt. Der Strassbesatz ist sicher zwischen den Lagen des Leders eingen?ht. Die Steine bestechen durch ihre glasreine Qualit?t und das feurige Funkeln im Wechselspiel des Lichtes. - Feinste Materialen - Funkelnder Strass-Besatz in glasreiner Qualit?t - Beste Verarbeitung - In Handarbeit in Deutschland hergestellt - Handvern?ht - Strapazierf?hig - Rei?fest - Langlebig - Mit weissem (Pastellfarben) oder schwarzen Softleder unterlegt Die Vintage-Reihe umfasst besonders edle Lederleinen und Halsb?nder in modischen Trendfarben. Alle Leinen und Halsb?nder dieser Serie sind handvern?ht unter Verwendung feinster Materialien.

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AL East

Philadelphia Quakers

The Quakers head into the season with a very suspect pitching staff. The starters may struggle but the offense should help keep them in most games. They are led by one of the better young hitters in the game in Al Ordaz . Will Gardner , Trevor Sherman , and Esmerling Cano will also provide some offensive fireworks for the rookie GM. Their closer, Dave Hermida , is solid but is he being best utilized in that role? With this team’s starting pitchers likely to struggle, he may not have many opportunities to save games and therefore not as many innings pitched for this team that desperately needs as many solid innings pitched as possible.

New York Legends

My team is all about the starting pitching staff. The SP1 through 4 are all guys I gained through trades and are all pretty much number 1 guys. My lineup is built on power, having three 100 power guys and a few others in the 90s. My key additions are my top 4 starting pitchers, my key losses is my whole minor league system basically. I traded them all away for a chance to win now. My best prospect remaining is Tom Mann and he will be up in the majors after 20 or so minor league games. My key major leaguers are Angel Molina , Jhonny Johnson , Alvin Roberts , and Stubby West .

Boston Checkers

With the roll of the dice, the inaugural season of the Boston Checkers went down the drain. Their minors were decimated with early season callups to fill in for the absolutely horrible ML roster compiled by the SIM. There is some hope to meet the league minimum of wins if players such as former Indiana and Texas Tech head basketball coach Bob Knight and Eduardo Almanza put up the type of season they should be capable of. Pitching will be an issue this season in Beantown and they will rely heavily on the arm of Henry Mullens to bring home some victories this season. So if you plan on coming out to spend an evening at Fenway this season, come early and down a few on Lansdowne St., enjoy the experience of Yawkey Way or have a big bowl of chowdah. Chances are what you see on the field will be a bit disappointing.

Baltimore Ironclads

Baltimore should have one of the more potent offenses in the league. They are led by super star Jin Ho Yang who the GM thinks should contend for the MVP for ten years, and I agree, he should have an excellent career anchoring the Ironclads’ offense. Also contributing will be Lewis Tremie who may be a defensive liability at SS but can rake with the best of them. Vance Sosa is slated to be the teams #1 starter right now. Can his incredible splits overcome his low control? Baltimore sure hopes so as they will need him to perform as an ace if they are to compete for the title.

AL West

Seattle 747s

My team has a decent lineup with Chico Montanez & Jay Patrick leading the way. My rotation is going to be weaker after several big trades. Season one may not be my season, but with several very good young players in AAA and AA, the future is close. 3 Players to watch for are Edwin Walton , Ryan Frank & Ewell Osterbrock

San Francisco Slingers

The Slingers go into the season optimistic of their chances to compete for a division crown. They haven't had full backing from some of their fans however because they feel like the owners didn't open up their pocketbook enough in the offseason. With speedsters Vic Serrano and Parker Jacquez in the top of the order followed by some good power in Archie Coco and Armando Marrero, they could prove to be one of the stronger top of the orders in the league. Watch for Jacquez to have a breakout season as he is currently lighting up Spring Training with a .462 average and 3 home runs. The key for them will come in pitching and the ability of some good young minor leaguers to step up when called upon. Angel Espinosa at 31 will be looked upon as one of the elder leaders of the pitching staff and Tom Mora looks to be a big contributor as well. Regardless of the outcome, the Slingers feel that with their fans expectations being low and being tagged as an underdog in the league, they have nowhere to go but up.

Los Angeles Aces

The Aces will be anything but... This team has a good young nucleus to build around, but it will take a couple of seasons to become a viable contender in ULB.
[Editor's Note: I guess LA prefers to be shrouded in mystery.]

Portland Pioneers

We feel pretty confident in the team we have assembled. Veteran Tris Steenstra along with up and coming superstar Terry Thurman lead a potent offense, and old man Lyle Galloway leads a strong pitching staff. Several trades have brought in some fresh new faces and added some pop to the lineup and some gas to the staff. Once the season gets started, we will know more about our team, but fans and ownership alike are confident in the boys to come together and play winning baseball. The Pioneer faithful are ready to cheer their team to a pennant.
          Découvrez le tapis de souris Powerplay de Logitech pour souris sans fil   
Des problèmes d'autonomie avec votre souris sans fil ? Logitech vous propose une solution maison. Durant l'E3 de Los Angeles la marque a présenté son tapis de souris Powerplay connecté, un périphérique qui permet de...
          03/24/17: New Biomateriality Lab   
New Biomateriality Lab in the Enter and Encounter exhibition presents new Finnish biomaterials, mainly based on wood. All materials have been invented and produced in multidisciplinary research projects.

Enter and Encounter – 24.3.–22.10.2017
Designmuseum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki


Historically, wood cellulose has had a remarkable role in Finnish industry, though mainly for high volume and low value products. The annual growth of wood biomass in Finland is 104 million m3 and about one fifth of this is not brought into use. This equates to about four million additional tonnes of cellulose per year.  If this additional tonnage could be refined into value-added cellulose products and if those products had an estimated price similar to that of cotton, then the value of that additional business for Finland could be worth five billion euros per year. However, we still need to closely monitor that we are using our precious forests in a smart and responsible way.

The ongoing collaboration between designers, architects, material scientists, engineers and business specialists aims to generate a new high-value industry. Through the combination of traditional large-scale and new start-up businesses, the Finnish cellulose ecosystem will be a strong player in the global market of the future.

Contact person:

Pirjo Kääriäinen
+358 50 3810 217
pirjo.kaariainen@aalto.fi
Cellulose from Finland

The exhibition is coordinated by Aalto University’s CHEMARTS collaboration and participating projects are DWoC, NoMa, Hiilinielu Designstudio and Trash2Cash. The main partners are Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Technical University of Tampere, Universities of Applied Sciences in Lahti and Tampere, University of Vaasa and Design Forum Finland, in collaboration with various companies, funded by Tekes and EU.

 


          06/30/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of Biotechnology, Sanna Hokkanen   
"Antilipogenic Mechanism of Conjugated Linoleic Acid in Yeast".

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of Sanna Hokkanen, M.Sc. (Tech.), will be held on 30 June, 2017, at noon at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering.

The title of the defence is "Antilipogenic Mechanism of Conjugated Linoleic Acid in Yeast".

Opponent: Associate Professor A.I.P.M. (Toon) de Kroon, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Supervising Professor: Alexander Frey

The defence takes place at Kemistintie 1, lecture hall Ke2.


          Pin-ups, pin-ups, pin-ups e pin-ups!! - Já disse que esse post vai ter: Pin-ups!!?   
                  É uma vergonha!!! Rick Moranis já tem quase um ano (Aguardem a programação especial de aniversário!) E ainda não se tem um único post sobre essa gloriosa arte que são as doces e incríveis pin-ups! Certo que teve o fantástico post sobre a Wonder, mas não é a mesma coisa... Mas essa injustiça será desfeita imediatamente: Agora! Descobri um cara que faz arte (Hóóóóó) Ele cria pin-ups incríveis e bem peculiares. O nome do cabra é Serge Birault. E ele tem até um site!!! Vejam só como funciona a inclusão digital. Vejam mais da obra do maluco lá: http://www.sergebirault.fr/index.php Mas é claro, sem pegar as imagens dele e sair por aí postando em blogs de 5°. Isso é crime e dá cadeira eléctrica (No texas.) 
             Bom. Sem mais delongas lá vai. Os mais antigos irão torcer um pouco o nariz (Háá, fui enganado. Tem pin-ups não! Cadê a Marilyn! A Greta!, A Bettie!, A Lynda!!!!, A Boop!, A Olívia! ???) Pra esses eu digo caalma! Muitos posts sobre elas ainda serão feitos. ;).
            Por enquanto fiquem agora com esse compilado que é quase um awesomerdose extra sobre as incríveis pin-ups moderninhas de Serge. Taí. Já temos um nome:


Awesomerdose extra: As incríveis pin-ups moderninhas de Serge!

























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          06/30/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of engineering design and production, vehicle engineering, András Kriston, M.Sc. (Eng.)   
What affects rubber frictional performance on ice?

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of András Kriston, M.Sc. (Eng.)., will be held on 30 June 2017 at 12.00 at the Aalto University School of Engineering. The title of the dissertation is Micro contact analysis of rubber-ice interaction during frictional processes. The field of the dissertation is engineering design and production, vehicle engineering, rubber/ice friction.

The good frictional performance of rubber on ice heavily influences vehicles’ mobility at winter conditions. In this dissertation, a methodology chain was developed using various microscopical imaging techniques in order the reveal the main frictional mechanisms when tire tread rubber slides on ice. The studies presented in this thesis help to broaden our understanding in the physics of tire-ice contact.

By analyzing the ice surface at its post-sliding state, different kind of contact marks can be observed depending on simulated traffic conditions (i.e. ice surface contamination), rubber hardness and rubber surface roughness. The results showed that it is not possible to single out one specific frictional mechanism due to the complexity of the tribosystem. The friction can be low when the rubber compound is harder, or the ice surface temperature is higher resulting local melting spots, leading to more hydrodynamic friction. Contrary, when the rubber compound is soft enough, or the ice surface temperature is colder, the likelihood of melting is low thus other mechanisms like deforming ice surface asperities and ploughing by hard fillers in rubber are more dominant. Interestingly, it was observed that pre-melted ice layer always lubricates the contact surface.

To overcome on the difficulties of observing three-dimensional micro contact state when rubber is squeezed against different type of road surfaces, a new, micro-computed-tomography based method was proposed. As a result, it was seen that the contact area on ice-like flat road surface is governed by the deformation of the rubber surface asperities, while on a rough road surface the contact is driven by the bulk deformation of the rubber. The nature of the contact state influences the frictional mechanisms of rubber on road surfaces. The large variety of observed frictional and contact mechanisms indicates that all modern tire compound development needs to fulfil multiplicity of requirements. Optimizing dynamic stiffness of the rubber, a good control over the rubber surface roughness and improving the molecular level interactions, like adhesion, can improve the performance of tires on icy surfaces.

Opponent: Dr. Lasse Makkonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

Supervisor: Professor Kari Tammi, Aalto University, Finland

Advisors: Dr. Tibor Fülöp, Goodyear S.A., Luxembourg; Ari Tuononen, D.Sc.,Aalto University, Finland

Electronic dissertation: https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/26855

Contact information: András Kriston, andras.kriston@aalto.fi

 


          Ribbon Microphone Recording Studio Radio Podcast Broadcast   
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          07/26/17: Nanoenergy 2017   
An international conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Thin Films for Energy Applications.

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The 4th NANOENERGY conference will address the theory, design, research, discovery and development of new materials and nanotechnologies in relation to the field of energy applications (e.g. in energy harvesting, production, storage, transfer and use, etc.). NANOENERGY aims to bring together academia, industries and policy makers interested in the application of nanotechnology in the energy sector. A wide range of disciplines will be included from theory to experiments, device development, technology demonstration, manufacture and scale-up of nanotechnology applied to energy.

The conference chairs are Professor Peter D. Lund (Aalto University, Finland) and Professor Jawwad A. Darr (University College London, UK).

A Finnish-Chinese Symposium on Advanced Fuel Cells and Materials will be held in parallel to the Nanoenergy conference. The participants of the conference can attend the first day of the symposium. Further information on the symposium on the conference website.

Abstract submission deadline is 22 March 2017.
To submit an abstract click here: http://www.nanoenergy.co.uk/abstracts.html

Early Bird Registration by 27 May 2017: http://www.nanoenergy.co.uk/registration.html
 

Tentative Programme Outline

• Thematic Nanoenergy sessions
• Add-ons
– Young Scientist as an entrepreneur
– Training tutorial and workshop
– Industry excursion and exhibition (e.g. ALD)
– Aalto Nanocenter & Micro & Nanotechnology Center
– High-level Panel discussion on future directions
– Meet the Nano Journals
• Social Arrangements (Nature Walk, Urban Mill, Energy Garage, Aalto Design Factory)
• Global Nanoenergy Prize, Best Poster Awards (1-3)


Further information:

Dr. Muhammad Imran Asghar
Conference Coordinator
NANOENERGY 2017
Email: nanoenergy2017@aalto.fi

http://www.nanoenergy.co.uk/


          07/27/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of computer science, Muhammad Ammad-ud-din, M.Sc. (Tech.)   
Machine learning methods for improving drug response prediction in cancer

Muhammad Ammad-ud-din, M.Sc. (Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Machine learning methods for improving drug response prediction in cancer" on 27 July 2017 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall T2, Konemiehentie 2, Espoo.

Opponent: Professor Anil Korkut, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

Custos: Professor Samuel Kaski, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Computer Science


          Professional Usb Condenser Microphone Podcast Set Stand   
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          08/04/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of Radio Science and Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.) Mirmoosa Mohammad   
The title of thesis is “Wire Media for Enhancement of Radiative Heat Transfer and Spontaneous Emission”

Opponent: Professor Zubin Jacob, Nanotechnology Center, Indiana, USA

Supervisor: Professor Constantin Simovski, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering


          08/08/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of Communications Engineering, M.Sc. (Tech.) Ossi Kaltiokallio   
The title of thesis is “Gaining situational awareness in indoor environments using narrow-band radio signal measurements”

Opponent: Professor Shyam Gollakota, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Supervisor: Professor Constantin Simovski, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Communications and Networking.


          08/09/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of Bioproduct Technology, Jiaqi Guo   
"Covalent Modification of Nanocellulose Towards Advanced Functional Materials".

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of Jiaqi Guo will be held on 9 Augusta at noon Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering. The title of the defence is "Covalent Modification of Nanocellulose Towards Advanced Functional Materials".

Opponent: Prof. dr. ir. Wim Thielemans, KU Leuven, Campus Kulak Kortrijk, Belgia

Supervising Professor: Professor Orlando Rojas

Venue: Kemistintie 1, lecture hall Ke2.


          08/11/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of marine technology, maritime risk and safety, Arsham Mazaheri, M.Sc., MBA   
Utilizing embedded knowledge in maritime transportation system to manage the risk of ship grounding.

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of Arsham Mazaheri, M.Sc., MBA), will be held on 11 August 2017 at 12.00 at the Aalto University School of Engineering. The title of the dissertation is A framework for evidence-based risk modeling of ship grounding. Field of the dissertation is marine technology, maritime risk and safety.

Ship grounding accident is one of the most severe threats to the maritime transportation, and thus to the global trade, since more than 80% of the global trade is done through sea transportation. Therefore, it is not surprising that outstanding number of research are conducted so far to model this type of maritime accident and reveal its mechanism. However, questions such as “to which degree such models are helpful for decision and policy makers to mitigate the associated risk”, or “how trustworthy are the results of such models” are still and will always be valid questions.   

This thesis is an attempt to shed some lights for such questions. In the first section of the thesis, a framework is proposed to model ship grounding accident using only the evidence in hand. The framework not only encourages to use primary (i.e. raw data and information with no secondary interpretation) and secondary (i.e. information and knowledge that have some level of secondary interpretation) source of evidence for constructing a risk model, but also proposes a method to clearly visualize the uncertainty level of each module of the constructed model. This way, the users of such model can use the results of each module of the model only if the uncertainty of that module is acceptable for them. In the second section, a model is constructed based on the proposed framework and by utilizing the embedded knowledge in ship grounding incident and accident reports as well as the expertise of sea-pilots. The aim of the constructed model and the provided uncertainty map of the model is to help the decision makers to find the riskiest scenarios for a ship grounding accident, and decide on the possible risk control measures to be in placed in order to mitigate the associated risk.

Opponent: Associate Professor Marcelo Ramos Martins, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil

Supervisor: Professor Pentti Kujala, Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Electronic dissertation: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-60-7478-8

Contact information: Arsham Mazaheri, arsham.mazaheri@aalto.fi


          08/18/17: Defence in the field of architecture: M.Sc. (arch) Julle Oksanen   
The focus of the dissertation is on achieving change in the existing architectural outdoor lighting design paradigm by introducing the use of heuristic metaphors, modern - and also forgotten lighting design tools in practical architectural lighting design projects.

M.Sc. (arch) Julle Oksanen will defend his dissertation Design Concepts in Architectural Outdoor Lighting Design Based on Metaphors as a Heuristical Tool on Wenesday 18 August 2017.

Opponent: PhD, prof. Ihab Elzeyadi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Custos: prof. Anssi Joutsiniemi, Aalto University Department of Architecture

Discussion will be in English

MORE INFORMATION:

Architectural outdoor lighting design is currently based on strictly rule and system oriented technical lighting design. This method is totally impervious to external feedback and creative aesthetic development. The focus of the dissertation is on achieving change in the existing architectural outdoor lighting design paradigm by introducing the use of heuristic metaphors, modern - and also forgotten lighting design tools in practical architectural lighting design projects.

The key tool to a successful design solution is “The Law of The Pragmatic Truth”. Pragmatism is a rejection of the idea that the function of thought is to describe, represent, or mirror reality. Instead, pragmatists develop their philosophy around the idea that the function of thought is that of an instrument or tool for prediction, action, and problem solving. We design buildings today according to these laws, although we now know that they are not theoretically perfect, they are however, precise enough for practical calculations and work in real life. “The Law of Pragmatic Truth” can be used as a tool to define pragmatic and collectively accepted “tolerances” between scientific research results and practical values in architectural outdoor lighting projects. Wise use of this tool also saves huge amounts of energy in public lighting.

The dissertation presents important and partly new design elements and their development. The dissertation delves deeper into the principle structures of the design core and its elements than the basic practical architectural lighting design tools. It opens the doors for creative aesthetic architectural outdoor lighting design world and can change its paradigm.

This dissertation is a work of interdisciplinary lighting design research, adding art and science in a harmonious and useful combination, focusing on the new paradigm for architectural outdoor lighting. However, it also provides tools and examples for future research on a change of approach to architectural indoor lighting and also for architectural design generally.

WELCOME!

The dissertation notice and the published dissertation are placed for public display at the Learning Hub Arabia (Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor, room 570), at latest 10 days before the defence date.


          08/18/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of Chemical Technology, Noora Kaisalo   
"Tar reforming in biomass gasification gas cleaning".

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of Noora Kaisalo will be held on 18 August 2017 at noon at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering. The title of the defence is "Tar reforming in biomass gasification gas cleaning".

Opponent: Prof. Dr. Tilman J. Schildhauer, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland.

Supervising Professor: Professor Riikka Puurunen

Venue: Kemistintie 1, lecture hall Ke2.


          08/25/17: Defence in the field of engineering physics, Ville Liljeström, M.Sc.   
Title of the dissertation is: Electrostatic Self-Assembly - From Proteins, Viruses, and Nanoparticles to Functional Materials

Ville Liljeström, M.Sc. will defend the dissertation "Electrostatic Self-Assembly - From Proteins, Viruses, and Nanoparticles to Functional Materials" on 25 August 2017 at 12 noon at the Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall TU1, Maarintie 8, Espoo.

Opponent: Professor Takafumi Ueno, School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Custos: professori Mauri Kostiainen, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Applied Physics


          09/01/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of computer science, Mikko Rinne, M.Sc. (Tech.)   
Title of the dissertation is: Event Processing Using Semantic Web Technologies

Mikko Rinne, M.Sc.(Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Event Processing Using Semantic Web Technologies"  on 1 September 2017 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall T2, Konemiehentie 2, Espoo.

The dissertation studies hierarchical processing of structured events, where conclusions of higher levels of abstraction can be formed out of patterns of large numbers of simple event objects. Using rule-based reasoning, as supported by Semantic Web technologies, pre-existing entailment regimes can be used for filling in missing event information and for error detection.

The explosive growth of information produced both by networked sensors and as results of other transactional events has lead to a situation, where the capability for fast online processing of large quantities of events is becoming a critical advantage for competition. The increasing need to combine streams of information from heterogeneous sources emphasizes the importance of managing different conceptual approaches.

In this study methods for hierarchical processing of patterns of structured events have been developed. Tangible conclusions of higher layers of abstraction are formed out of larger quantities of simple lower layer events. The tested Semantic Web technologies offer ready-made tools for managing conceptual differences from multiple sources and for rule-based reasoning, which can be used e.g. to fill-in missing event data or to detect errors.

With the presented rule networks and tests it is shown that the studied technologies RDF and SPARQL have sufficient capabilities to serve as the basis of even complex hierarchical event processing applications. One studied application is the detection of counterfeit and theft in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Other application areas, which can benefit from event stream processing, are for example traffic, retail, investment markets, farming, emergency response and health services.

Dissertation release (pdf)

Opponent: Professor Alessandro Margara, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Custos: Professor emeritus Heikki Saikkonen, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Computer Science


          Family Friendly Activities in Houston TX   

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          Has IBM Watson’s AI Technology Fallen Victim to Hype?   
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          Winning the Digital Disruption Game: Answering the ‘CAST’ing Call   

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          Clicktailing & the Irish Export Cooperative   

Clicktailing The Irish Export Cooperative are proud to be a part of the Clicktailing programme run in conjunction with the NDRC (National Digital Research Centre), helping 20 companies to set up an online presence from scratch to launch in just 5 weeks. When they needed help, they asked a number of organisations including the Irish Export Cooperative and our own Chris Gordon for help with developing the Logistics and Shipping modules of this important programme. Applications for the programme are now closed, but here are some of the topics covered over the course of the few weeks. Workshop 1- Photography and styling May 8 – 10th  – Get product styling advice from professionals. – Learn photography techniques that you can do at home. – Work with the pro’s to understand why a good picture can sell a product. Workshop 2 – Design and development                   May 14 – Choose an e-commerce website design for your product – Work with designers to create a professional looking website Workshop 3 Transactions and Marketing                 May 21 – Get your merchant account – Learn about pricing, margins, cost of customer acquisition – Digital marketing how to drive traffic to your site – Online customer service Workshop 4 Logistics May 28 – Packaging, cost considerations, volume, weight and insurance. – Choices, pay per parcel, pay per load, part fulfillment. – Your policy and how to manage returns. Workshop 5 Launch your store       June 4 – Launch your online store – Learn to measure its success with analytics Showcase event – Date TBC We’ll have plenty more details of the course and will be releasing our experiences on working with these brave retailers for the time we are together. The Irish Export Cooperative would like to thank the NDRC with Mark and Fiona for pulling the programme together and making it easier for companies to get the assistance they need to get their shops off the ground!  

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          A Partnership Ripe for the Region   

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          Health and Safety Department moves into working conditions   
The European Trade Union Institute’s (ETUI) Health and Safety at Work Department is to bring its research and expertise to bear on the huge area of working conditions. It’s a natural development for what started out as the Trade Union Technical Bureau (TUTB), turned into the ETUI Health and Safety Department in 2005, and has now become the Working Conditions, Health and Safety Department.
          Are We Spoiled By Tech?   

Some people are getting too comfortable while driving.


          Voyages-sncf.com utilise les technologies Big Data pour personnaliser ses offres   
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          La médiation, la meilleure voie pour régler un litige dans le domaine des technologies    
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          World Economic Forum blockchain report calls for ‘multi-stakeholder collaboration’ — By Ian Allison | International Business Times   
“A report outlining how blockchain technology will usher in a new era of the internet has been published by the World Economic Forum at its 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, taking place on 27–29 June in Dalian, People’s Republic of China.” Read more
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“The point is that wearables, bionics, AI, virtual/mixed/augmented reality – all bleeding edge technologies that (literally) are reshaping how we work, interact, learn, and live – are doing so as ‘other’ to our individual, biological selves.” Read more
          Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017   
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          Charging Your Devices Could Soon Be as Simple as Connecting to WiFi   
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          This is the Water: Twin Peaks, Roswell and the Siren's Song (UPDATE)   

Please tell me you're watching the new season of Twin Peaks. 

Like nearly everyone else my jaw is still on the floor after last night's episode. All the more so since it seems to very closely align with a topic I explored in great detail last year and that's the explosion of the atom bomb seeming to open some kind of doorway that allowed something dangerous to enter into our reality.

And whatever it is that crossed over seems to possess us and use us to its own ends, as we seem to be seeing in recent posts.

Lynch paints this picture in a way that simultaneously feels like a fever dream, Stanley Kubrick's lost masterpiece and some kind of bizarre MK Ultra conditioning session. As we'll see, this episode drew heavily on the work of Leslie Stevens and Joseph Stefano's Outer Limits, so much so that it played like a tribute.

It's going to take time to sort through but this series seems like a oracle. It feels less like television and more like revelation. Lynch is tapped into something very deep, very dark and very important.  


And it's only because of the conjunction of Chris Cornell's death and the return of Twin Peaks that I got thrown back down the Siren's well. I really thought I was done and good with the story but it so happened that the story wasn't done with me. 

It wasn't until I started putting some of the pieces together that I began to see how Twin Peaks, Chris Cornell and the Siren's song have been locked in a spiderweb of synchronicity since the very beginning.

Pay attention here- someone may be trying to tell us a story in the same nonlinear manner David Lynch is telling the new Twin Peaks.


Chris Cornell 's only acting credit is the Cameron Crowe film Singles. He appears onscreen with Bridget Fonda.


Bridget Fonda also appears onscreen with Bill Pullman in Singles.


Bill Pullman appears in the David Lynch film, Lost Highway, which features Elizabeth Fraser's version of 'Song to the Siren'

UPDATE: Still don't believe in the dark power of the Siren's Song?

In Lost Highway, Bill Pullman plays a musician falsely accused of murdering his wife, played by Patricia Arquette (who was cast as Jeff Buckley's mother in an unproduced biopic). Though never really explained it's implied that the Mystery Man, played by Robert Blake, is responsible for the murder.

In May 2002- same month the Jeff Buckley biography Everyone Here Wants You aired on British television- Robert Blake was accused of murdering his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakely, in back of a restaurant in Los Angeles.



Just months after David Lynch's Mulholland Dr - a film about an actress (Naomi Watts†) who has her lover killed - had depicted a memorable scene about a looming horror in back of a Los Angeles restaurant.

Mulholland Dr was originally produced as a TV movie after Lynch made Lost Highway.

Blake was acquitted on account of there was no evidence to tie him to the crime, and the only testimony came from two stuntmen associated with Bakely's former lover, the convicted murderer Christian Brando.

Brando shot and killed his sister's lover at Marlon Brando's residence on- wait for it- Mulholland Dr.

And "Bakely?"
The name Bakley belongs to the early history of Britain, its origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in any of the places named Buckley, or Buckleigh, in England.
Bakely's daughters later successfully sued Blake for wrongful death. 

Lost Highway was Jack Nance's last role. He died under mysterious circumstances before the film was released. David Lynch produced a documentary in his honor, released 2002.

A special thanks to longtime Shemsu Sunner Devin. I knew there was something I was overlooking.



Patricia Arquette is featured in the Lost Highway's 'Song to the Siren' scene.



Arquette also stars in True Romance, which she plays the lover of a young man who is channeling Elvis Presley, who died in Memphis and whose statue overlooks the site of Jeff Buckley's death. Arquette was cast to play Jeff Buckley's mother in the unproduced docudrama Mystery White Boy.

True Romance also features Brad Pitt and this memorable use of Chris Cornell's MDD anthem, 'Outshined'. 


Brad Pitt appears in Jeff Buckley documentary Everybody Here Wants You, which also features Elizabeth Fraser. 

Chris Cornell's tribute to Jeff Buckley, 'Wave Goodbye,' is played on the TV series Roswell, set (of course) in New Mexico 


Roswell star William Sadler played Death in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, starring Keanu (or Ki-Anu) Reeves

Keanu Reeves played Buddha in Little Buddha, with Bridget Fonda and Chris Isaak 


Chris Isaak starred in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the franchise's last chapter until 2017.


Ben Rosenfield appears in its next chapter. 


Rosenfield's first feature film role is portraying Tim Buckley in the Jeff Buckley biopic, Greetings From Tim Buckley.


Roswell's William Sadler portrays Lee Underwood (the guitarist on the Starsailor version of 'Song to the Siren') in Greetings from Tim Buckley.


Tim Buckley's first public recording of 'Song to the Siren' first heard on the "Frodis Caper" episode of The Monkees, whose plot revolved around the capture of a flying saucer. 


The 1994 TV movie Roswell revolved around the capture of a flying saucer in New Mexico. 

It aired the very same day Soundgarden played the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Cornell died after Soundgarden played the Fox Theater in Detroit.

Soundgarden performs live in Singles, playing 'Birth Ritual'. Singles co-star Bill Pullman later stars in Independence Day which centers on a UFO captured at Roswell. 


Roswell starred Kyle MacLachlan, who portrays Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks. 


Cooper emerges from the Black Lodge into a storeroom where characters played by Rosenfeld and Madeline Zima were last seen. 


Madeline Zima starred on Californication (itself loaded with Siren symbolism) alongside David Duchovny. 


David Duchovny played a cross-dressing FBI agent on Twin Peaks. He'd later play another FBI agent on The X-Files.  

Duchovny would later be replaced on The X-Files by Robert Patrick, brother of original Nine Inch Nails guitarist Richard Patrick (whose band Filter recorded the rock theme for the first X-Files movie). 



Robert Patrick first appears on X-Files same episode 'Scully's Theme' first heard, which was based on Elizabeth Fraser's 'Song of the Siren'.

 

Don Davis, who portrayed Major Garland Briggs on Twin Peaks, appeared as Scully's father on The X-Files. Davis's first appearance on The X-Files was in 'Beyond the Sea', which also guest-starred Brad Dourif. 


Brad Dourif appeared in Blue Velvet, the film where Lynch tried and failed to secure rights to Elizabeth Fraser's version of 'Song to the Siren'. That film starred Laura Dern, who also appears on the new Twin Peaks. 


Laura Dern first appears in Episode 6, which also features this very Blue Velvet-like performance by Balthazar Getty, Patricia Arquette's lover during Lost Highway's playing of  'Song to the Siren'.

'Song to the Siren' was produced by John Fryer, who also produced the prophetic 'In the Gold Dust Rush.'  

Fryer also produced the first Nine Inch Nails album.

Nine Inch Nails toured with David Bowie in 1995.



David Bowie appears in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.  

Nine Inch Nails appear on Twin Peaks episode that centers around a locust chimera that possesses a girl through the mouth.

The Nine Inch Nails' album The Downward Spiral was released the same day as Soundgarden's Superunknown

Trent Reznor appears in 2014 documentary Beautiful Noise, about Cocteau Twins and the movement they inspired.

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden toured together in 2014. They opened in Las Vegas.

Downward Spiral, which was recorded at Manson-massacre house 10050 Cielo Drive, features a sample from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the song 'Reptile'.*



Texas Chainsaw Massacre's 2003 remake features cover of Fraser's cover of "Song to the Siren."

David Bowie and Trent Reznor sang "Reptile" as a duet on their 1995 tour.

Three days before Downward Spiral released Jeff Buckley and Elizabeth Fraser began their love affair in Atlanta, sparked by Fraser's version of 'Song to the Siren'.



Fraser is from the Falkirk council area of Scotland, which boasts two enormous statues of the Kelpie, the Scottish water-demon version of the Siren, that shapeshifts from horse to human. 

Falkirk is a half-hour's drive from Rosewell, the town that borders the Rosslyn Chapel.


 There's locusts in her honey mouth 

In the final scene of Episode 8, the possessed young girl is mesmerized by the incantation of a demon who chants an incantation that wouldn't sound out of place on Garlands: 

"This is the water and this is the well. Drink full and descend.  The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within."

Like the Sirens and the mermaids, the entity is a chimera of a frog and a locust, both plagues that Moses brought down on Egypt in Exodus. 

Elizabeth Fraser's only solo releases are the singles 'Underwater' and 'Moses'. 


The girl in Twin Peaks is played by Tikaeni Faircrest. Tikeani is an Inuit word meaning "Wolf."

After the girl is possessed you hear horses in the desert. Or perhaps it's the Kelpie.


BONUS TIMELINE

• Blue Velvet released. Includes 'Mysteries of Love', song written when Lynch was unable to license 'Song of the Siren'. September 1986 

• Ccoteau Twins release Love's Easy Tears EP September 1986. 


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• Elizabeth Fraser's first child born September 1989

• Soundgarden release first major label album Louder than Love, September 5, 1989

• Julee Cruise releases her first album Floating into the Night, featuring debut of Twin Peaks theme 'Falling'. Also features 'Mysteries of Love'. Released September 12, 1989

• Nine Inch Nails releases first single, 'Down in It', September 15, 1989

+++++


• Jeff Buckley moves to New York February 1990

• Andrew Wood dies of overdose March 1990

Twin Peaks premieres April 1990

Lynch's Wild at Heart is shown at Cannes. Laura Dern stars. May 1990



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• Elizabeth Fraser and Jeff Buckley first meet in New York's Roseland Ballroom, April 1991

• Jeff Buckley makes his public debut at a tribute to late father Tim Buckley in April 1991

• Chris Cornell releases Temple of the Dog, tribute to late friend Andrew Wood, in April 1991

• Twin Peaks put on hiatus April 1991 (canceled June)

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• Elizabeth Fraser and Jeff Buckley begin relationship March 5, 1994 in Atlanta.

•  Superunknown by Soundgarden and The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails released March 8, 1994

• Kurt Cobain is murdered April 5, 1994. Body is discovered morning of April 8, 1994. Cocteau Twins tape appearance on Tonight Show that same afternoon.

• Soundgarden play in Paris that night, where Cocteau Twins' death-omen "Road, River and Rail" is set.

Holy Matrimony opens same day, starring Lost Highway's Patricia Arquette and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Levitt would later star in UFO-themed Mysterious Skin which features Cocteau Twins' 'Crushed' and score by Cocteau Twin (and Fraser's ex-husband) Robin Guthrie 


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• Trent Reznor clashes in media with Courtney Love over liaison, Spring 1995

X-Files airs Roswell-themed 'Anasazi', set in New Mexico, featuring actor Bernie Coulson, who former roommate Brad Pitt based his character in True Romance onSpring 1995

• Courtney Love and Jeff Buckley date, Spring- Summer 1995

• David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails tour begins featuring duet on 'Reptile'
early September 1995 

• Cocteau Twins release Elizabeth Fraser's love letters to Jeff Buckley, Twinlights and Rilkean Dreams, September 1995

+++++

Lost Highway, featuring 'Song of Siren' released February 1997

The X-Files airs UFO-capture two-parter in March 1997, guest-starring Tom O'Brien, who later stars on The Dead Zone, whose theme song is Jeff Buckley's 'New Years Prayer', from album co-produced by Chris Cornell.

• Chris Cornell quits Soundgarden in April 1997

• Elizabeth Fraser records 'Teardrop', a love letter to Jeff Buckley, same day he drowns in May 1997

Air Force Roswell Report released June 1997

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Twin Peaks revival announced 2014

• Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails tour together 2014

• Cocteau Twins documentary Beautiful Noise released 2014

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X-Files Season 11 schedule announced May 15, 2017 

• Chris Cornell dies near site of Siren-like legend May 18, 2017

Twin Peaks, the Return Premieres May 21, 2017, featuring Cocteau Twins wannabe's Chromatics

•  70th anniversary of Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting, June 24, 2017

• Nine Inch Nails appear on interdimensional-themed episode of Twin Peaks, June 25, 2017

• Elizabeth Fraser to make first public appearance in 5 years, July 23, 2017, the day of the   rising of Sirius, to talk about Blue Bell Knoll, whose title comes from fairy lore.



The published lyrics for the song NIN played on Twin Peaks reuses a lyric from 'Reptile': "she leaves a trail of honey to show me where she's been." That line is not on the final recording. 

Spirit possession, honey, mouth, locusts. Oh, plus gold that isn't really gold. Why does that all sound so familiar?


† Naomi Watts is married to my wife's second cousin, Liev Schreiber. Bonnie Lee Bakely is from my old stomping grounds Morristown, which is also Richard Hoagland's birthplace.

          Interlude: Sirius Rising    



Click here if you're at all lost.

The first thing I'd like to do here is reframe this narrative. The prism we should see this through is that of the story of the theme song to what was at one time the most watched television show in the world, namely House MD.


And subsequently we're also looking at the backstory of a music video that's gotten over 48 million views on YouTube. Those are Beyonce numbers. 


So rather than try to figure out why this incredibly strange and impossible chain of events has focused on a couple singers most people have never heard of, let's approach it all under that context. 


This is a story tens of millions of people have been exposed to without realizing what it is they're hearing.

I'd also like to let it be known that this isn't a story that ended twenty years ago. As we've seen Chris Cornell- whose death continues to make headlines- somehow found himself wound up in all this, both through his close relationship with Jeff Buckley but also through his unlikely connection to the mythos we're unfolding here.


And into the midst of it all comes the announcement that Elizabeth Fraser is appearing at Royal Albert Hall in July:

John Grant will chat to Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser about her iconic indie group’s 1988 album, Blue Bell Knoll, with all proceeds from the show going to gay rights charity Stonewall. 
The event on Sunday 23 July is a rare chance to see Fraser talk about her distinctive, indelible music, which influenced an entire generation of performers, including Grant, with his exquisite electro-balladeering.

I really don't know where to start. I couldn't possibly make up an event more symbolically loaded. Is someone actually fucking with me here?

Where to begin? Let's try this, from the must-read VISUP site.
(Robert Anton) Wilson is primarily responsible for bringing the 23 enigma to public attention. Wilson in turn partly became obsessed with the number 23 after supposedly receiving telepathic messages from an alien race based upon Sirius after performing a Crowley-inspired ritual on July 22, 1973. The next morning he found a peculiar message in his 'magickal diary' stating "Sirius is very important." This led Wilson to doing some research. 
"The Skeptic went to town and browsed in the public library. Imagine my state of mind when I discovered that this very day, July 23, when I had received the message 'Sirius is very important,' is the day when, according to Egyptian tradition, the occult link (through hyperspace?) is most powerful between Earth and Sirius. 
"Celebrations of the Dog Star, Sirius, beginning on July 23, are the origin of the expression 'dog days,' meaning the days from July 23 to September 8, when the last rituals to Sirius were performed."- The Cosmic Trigger Volume I, pg. 87 
What Wilson is referring to is the heliacal rising of Sirius, often associated with July 23:
The heliacal rising: the first visible, though brief, appearance of a star on the eastern horizon before sunrise. On the previous morning, sunlight made the star invisible.  
Sirius is also identified with Isis, who plays a major role in our story here:
As the star Sopdet (Sirius (in Greek Sothis)), she heralds the life-giving inundation. 
July 23rd has also been connected with the Ancient Egyptian New Year:
Ancient Egyptian culture was closely tied to the Nile River, and it appears their New Year corresponded with its annual flood. According the Roman writer Censorinus, the Egyptian New Year was predicted when Sirius—the brightest star in the night sky—first became visible after a 70-day absence. 
July 23rd is also identified with Our Sweetheart, the Drunk:
This massive party was tied to the myth of Sekhmet, a war goddess who had planned to kill all of humanity until the sun god Ra tricked her into drinking herself unconscious.  
Which turned her into the love goddess Hathor. And then there's this little detail here: 
In ancient Egypt, the helical rising of Sirius coincided with the annual rising of the Nile at Memphis.
Wait: did they say Memphis? I thought so.

Elizabeth Fraser last appeared at Royal Albert Hall with the Cocteau Twins, touring the Milk and Kisses album, which included a number of songs written about Jeff Buckley.




Blue Bell Knoll is a luscious album, the musical equivalent of having warm honey dripped on your head while you're taking a milk bath on really good drugs, but its title has a darker meaning:
In folklore, the flowers assist mortals in seeing fairies or seeing into their reality, but were regarded by some as unlucky because they could also reveal or even attract malign spirits, including the Devil himself... They are also called Dead Men's or Dead Man's Bells, because hearing the bells ringing is an omen of death.  
Remembering the line from Song to the Siren, "Did I dream you dreamed about me? Were you hare when I was fox?", note that bluebells are also known as harebells:
Campanula rotundifolia is associated with the fairies and with witches...The name Harebells may also allude to a folk belief that witches used juices squeezed from this flower to transform themselves into hares. 
And hey- milk again.
These juices lent the flower another Scottish folk name, "Milk-ort" (milk herb).
More importantly, the bluebell also connects to the central conceit of our story- the seemingly inexplicable symbolic overkill connected to the ancient myth of the goddess (variously associated with sex, war, music and the Moon) and her shepherd-boy consort.

Shepherd-boy being the literal translation of Buckley.


As it happens milk plays a very major role in that ur-myth as well. From the first known telling of the story, The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi:

  Make your milk sweet and thick, my bridegroom / My shepherd, I will drink your fresh milk / Wild bull Dumuzi, make your milk sweet and thick/ I will drink your fresh milk.
Elizabeth Fraser's dedication on Milk and Kisses plows the same metaphorical furrow.

 "Milk and kisses for the first man / my old man / love and a thousandfold rose for Buckley /my Rilkean-Hearted friend."
(We're going to return to The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi again, in a big, bad way).

The bluebell has also been named for Endymion, the young shepherd consort of the goddess Selene, who fell in love with and put under a spell of eternal sleep so that she alone might enjoy his beauty. Selene was also known as Phoebe and one of the key tracks on Blue Bell Knoll is "For Phoebe, Still a Baby."



So I suppose it's only appropriate that this is being held at Royal Albert Hall, named in honor of Prince Albert, formally known as Albert, Prince Consort. 

And here were have another goddess-consort sad story. 

Albert was husband of Queen Victoria, herself named after the Roman goddess of victory. And for those of you who don't know the rest:
Albert died at the relatively young age of 42, plunging the Queen into a period of deep mourning in which she rarely appeared before her subjects.
 CARNIVAL OF LIFE AND DEATH

We saw that that Jeff Buckley drowned on the evening of the Carnival Memphis. As it happens it seems that he and Fraser began their courtship on the eve of the original Carnival...


This would be the night of March 4th, when both Buckley and the Cocteau Twins were playing in Atlanta. Significantly, the Twins performed "Road, River, and Rail" that night.

Simon Raymonde of The Cocteau Twins remembers Jeff being introduced to them as Tim Buckley's son while they were touring America in 1991.

Road, River and Rail is 3:17
3/17 is the day of Osiris' drowning

OK, I thought I heard that Buckley met them before 1994 but I couldn't find any corroboration online for that so I thought I had imagined it. If that is indeed true it makes the prophecies on 1990's Heaven or Las Vegas even creepier because that was the album they were touring then (and the only significant omen after that is the insanely-disturbing post-breakup Rilkean Dreams). 

Continuing:
Having recorded an ineffably beautiful version of Tim's ‘Song For The Siren’ (as This Mortal Coil) they were pleased to meet the young man, who was in turn awestruck by their music, especially the spectral voice of Elizabeth Fraser. Three years later it was their turn to see him perform. Simon and Liz went together to a small bar in Atlanta. "It was just Jeff and his little Fender guitar and amp. He sang for two hours and he knocked me sideways. Liz and I spent some time with him over the next few days."
It's likely that Fraser connected (or reconnected) with Buckley on what is technically March 5th, since the Twins had their own concert to do the night of the 4th. But what is the significance of March 5th? 


It's sacred to Isis. Very sacred, in fact:
Ididis Navigium, or alternatively Navigium Isidis, means Vessel of Isis. The festival gets its name from the main offering to Isis. In Apuleius’ Metamorphosis he describes the grand procession of worshippers from the temple of Isis to the harbor. 
Harbor. And the connection to Carnival? 
Modern carnival resembles the festival of the Navigium Isidis, and some scholars argue that they share the same origin (via carrus navalis, meaning naval wagon, i.e. float – later becoming car-nival). 
Reminding us again the Carnival Memphis is centered around Ancient Egyptian symbolism:
The twelve Grand Krewes that Carnival Memphis recognizes are the Mystic Society of the Memphi, Osiris, Sphinx, RaMet, Ennead, Phoenix, Aani, Ptolemy, Kemet Jubilee, Ptah, Luxor, Queen Bee...The Grand Krewes of Memphi, Osiris, RaMet and Sphinx are "old-line" Grand Krewes and were all started in the 1930s as the original secret societies of the Memphis Cotton Carnival.
And let's remember this Carnival centers of the appointment of the new Queen Isis and King Osiris:
Our Queen Isis has always been known for her beauty and membership in a prominent family. She wears the Ring of Isis, engraved with her hieroglyphic symbol. 
The identity of King Osiris is revealed at the Banquet of Past Kings. He and all Past Osiris Kings wear the King’s Medallion on a scarlet and white ribbon at all Osiris and Carnival events.
And this: 
Many elements of Carnival were in turn appropriated in the Corpus Christi festival, most prominently in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). 
Jeff Buckley recorded "The Corpus Christi Carol" on his first album.

Then there's this: 

Thus Plutarch tells us that Osiris was murdered on the seventeenth of the month Athyr, and that the Egyptians accordingly observed mournful rites for four days from the seventeenth of Athyr. Now in the Alexandrian calendar, which Plutarch used, these four days corresponded to the thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth of November, and this date answers exactly to the other indications given by Plutarch, who says that at the time of the festival the Nile was sinking, the north winds dying away, the nights lengthening, and the leaves falling from the trees.
Which would mean, according to this reckoning, that the "Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys" took place either on or right before November 17. Why is this significant?
Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scott Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. 

Next we'll take a closer look at the prophecies involved and why they might have gotten some unwanted attention.


TO BE CONTINUED


UPDATE: Darren reminds of that famous Beatles song that namedrops Albert Hall and also  tells us of another doomed young prince, Tara Browne, dead exactly a month after Jeff Buckley was born. More 17s:

On 17 December 1966, Browne was driving with his girlfriend, model Suki Potier, in his Lotus Elan through South Kensington at high speed (some reports suggesting in excess of 106 mph/170 km/h).[2] He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. Browne failed to see a traffic light and proceeded through the junction of Redcliffe Square and Redcliffe Gardens, colliding with a parked lorry. He died of his injuries the following day. Potier claimed that Browne swerved the car to absorb the impact of the crash to save her life.


"A Day in the Life"
On 17 January 1967 John Lennon, a friend of Browne's, was composing music at his piano whilst idly reading London's Daily Mail and happened upon the news of the coroner's verdict into Browne's death. He worked the story into the song "A Day in the Life", which was later released on the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. 

John Lennon's "Good Morning Good Morning" was the first song you heard on the last episode of The Monkees. "Song of the Siren" was its swansong.

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          "I Always Felt There was a Prophecy of Death in That Song."   


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NOTE: Updated 6/12

Led Zeppelin. John Lennon. Prince. George Michael. The Monkees. Lord Byron. Sinead O'Connor. Chris Cornell. What do all these people have in common? They're all connected in one way or another to an unfolding drama orbiting a seminal song written by a doomed folk singer and debuted to the world wrapped in a salad of black magic, alien technology and mind control. 

And from then on, things got really weird.

I really didn't mean to get sucked back into all of this. I meant to do an overview post to observe the 20th anniversary and be done with it all. But then Chris Cornell died and the same archetypes rose again. Which means this story is still telling itself. That kicked in the OCD and got me looking again for prophecies.

And boy howdy, I found some real brain-blowers. 

"NOW WE ARE ANGELS"

Now I know a lot of you out there don't care about the Cocteau Twins or Jeff Buckley's music. And for a lot of you this might all be old news. I get that, it's totally fine by me. But the music isn't really the point of all this. 

The point is the story, this ancient archetypal myth playing out in real time, for whatever possible reason it may have other than the spirit world seems to have a dark sense of irony. And it may have well taken more trophies.

So, esoterically speaking, this is the equivalent of a Darwinist being able to watch a dog evolving into a turtle. 

You see, what we have here is a drama that seems to weave in elements of the occult, witchcraft, precognition, prophecy, synchronicity, and maybe even some spirit possession. 

We have the story of a strange young woman from a dysfunctional working class family who grew up in a place saturated with the power of the old stories. A woman who seems to have dabbled in witchcraft before undergoing a startling transformation in which she suddenly came into possession of an electrifying musical gift that led one British newspaper to declare she had "the Voice of God."

In an entirely matter of fact, self-effacing manner she would claim that in fact she was possessed by or channeling some kind of entity, something I don't find very hard to believe at all. 

I mean, think about it; what sounds more like genuine entity possession to you, this or this

This or this?



TESTING THE SIRENS

Of course, the first test of the spirits comes through prophecy.

And from the very first moment Elizabeth Fraser came into the public eye she seemed to prophesy a terrible event that revolved around an old 60s folk song that seems to have taken on a life of its own in the years since it first debuted. 

And if you take all the apparent prophecies-- prophecies that fly around this story like wasps at your birthday barbecue--together, you come up with the name, place, time and manner that this story would reach its inevitable climax. 

And it all seemed to unfold over a span of four decades.

Mind you, all of this is something we can objectively document. Interpret the facts any way you like but the beauty of it is that you don't need to rely on hearsay or anecdote here. We're looking at accepted and recorded events of history not testimony or speculation.

But there's also that song, which itself seems to be some kind of supernatural totem.


ENTER THE SIREN


In true Secret Sun style, the 'Song to the Siren' made its worldwide debut in a very strange and unlikely venue. It was first heard on the final episode of The Monkees TV show in 1968. 

And as readers would probably expect by now, the episode dealt with aliens, mind control and black magic. Plus, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band:
The episode begins with a sunrise scene as the boys awaken to the sounds of the Beatles’ “Good Morning Good Morning,” which was the first time the Beatles had allowed their music to be used in a non-Beatles arena. 
The episode is, in short, about the evil Wizard Glick (played by Rip Taylor) who is on a mission to control people’s minds via their television sets. The airwaves beam out a hypnotic eye that is, well, hypnotizing its viewers, a not-so-subtle comment on the brain deadening effects of television. 
Evil wizards using alien technology to take over the world? Why does that sound so familiar?
Eventually, the boys discover that a creature called the Frodis plant had been captured when its spaceship landed on Earth, and was being used for evil by Wizard Glick. They realize they must rescue the Frodis and return it to its spaceship. Upon rescue, the plant emits this cloud of smoke, and in the process, seems to mellow out Glick and his cohorts, “I’ll let you work out that reference, folks,” adds Dolenz. The anti-war song “Zor and Zam” is featured during the “typical Monkees romp.”
As the story part of the episode ends, on walks the late singer-songwriter Tim Buckley to perform a solo acoustic version of his classic “Song to the Siren.” Buckley was a friend of Dolenz, who thought he should be introduced to the world. 
The beautiful song had, at the time, not been released.  
Note John Lennon wrote 'Good Morning Good Morning'. 

The episode is also known as "Mijacogeo," a (sub)title which wouldn't sound out of place on a Cocteau Twins record. In fact, there's even a scene where the Monkees begin chanting  in a style not unfamiliar to Cocteaux fans.

I mentioned this episode several years ago but hadn't seen it until recently. And my god, is it terrible. But as it happens, it also had an alternate title; 'The Frodis Caper.' I hadn't known that until just this past week. What's the significance of that title?

Here, let me write it like this: FRodiScapER
No luck? Try this: FRodiScapER

How's that?

There's even an A in there, if you want to get anagrammatic. And an 'Odic' too. If you really want to get obsessive you can make the p silent (as in Pfeiffer).

Tim Buckley, who never actually knew his son, died of an OD in 1975 at the age of 27. But already the prophecy machine seemed to have hummed to life.

 It'll End in Tears including
'Song to the Siren'

A PROPHECY

And just so we're clear on all this, I'm by no means the only person who gets how eerie this whole situation is, even if I was probably one of the first outside of the inner circle of people involved to do so. Even The Guardian has caught on:
(Tim) Buckley's eerie original is backed by stark waves of guitar and occasional high-pitched "siren" wails (is it his voice? An extremely flanged guitar?), and his five-octave-spanning tenor – "the closest thing to flying without taking acid or getting on a plane," Watts-Russell reckons. 
But Fraser's version suggested she was the siren of Homer's Odyssey personified, luring lovers to a premature grave
Sinead O'Connor, who was heavily influenced by Elizabeth Fraser, frames the story quite well here:
"I didn't know Buckley hadn't written the words," O'Connor says, "but I always felt there was a prophecy of death in that song." It's apparently the reason Fraser won't discuss the song (an interview request was ignored). Tim Buckley's son Jeff wrote to her when he heard the This Mortal Coil cover and, a couple of years before he drowned, aged 30, in 1997, they had a relationship.
The Financial Times also suggestively dropped that tragedy onto the last paragraph of their piece on 'Song to the Siren', but also noted the TMC/Cocteau Twins' version was so influential, that subsequent versions have mostly been covers of them:
Their reading set the template for those that were to follow — drifty, druggy, drenched in reverb, a perfect setting for lyrics such as “Did I dream you dreamed about me?"
And it so transpires that there are lot of well-known fans of Fraser's interpretation (including superstar directors Peter Jackson and David Lynch):
In 2002, Robert Plant covered it on his Dreamland album, garnished with his characteristic “oh-ohs”. In 2007, George Michael opened his gig at the new Wembley stadium by singing “Siren” from offstage (he later released it as a single)…Sinéad O’Connor’s 2010 version is heavily indebted to This Mortal Coil’s mystic-Celticism.


Indeed, George Michael - Greek by origin- did his level best to reproduce- note for note- Elizabeth Fraser's version of the song. At what was one of the biggest gigs of his career.

Of course, Michael himself recently died under circumstances that don't seem entirely transparent. There was a lot of mystery surrounding his passing, even if it was subsequently declared to be from natural causes. But Michael wasn't the only pop superstar to worship the Twins:
Madonna loved them, Prince wanted to sign them and Scritti Politti's Green Gartside said the vocally gymnastic Fraser was his third favourite melodicist of all time (behind Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson).
You can throw in Peter Gabriel and Boy George as well (George once said Fraser was his favorite singer). And yes, Prince was indeed a major Cocteau Twins fan.
Tictactoe is the tenth track on Prince's 36th album Plectrumelectrum (the first by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl). It is likely the track was recorded in February 2014.  
The magazine quotes Prince describing the recording of the track: “We recorded it in Bryan Ferry’s studio Studio One in London, after a night of partying for which the Cocteau Twins was the soundtrack. You can’t understand the words of Cocteau Twins songs but their harmonies put you in a dreamlike state.” 
Prince also died recently, at too young an age. Under circumstances that have inspired terrabytes of Internet speculation.



When the Levee Breaks, originally recorded 
by "Hoodoo Lady" Memphis Minnie

ENTER THELEMA

And just to add more fuel to the occult fire we have the Led Zeppelin connection to all of this. 

As you know, both Jeff Buckley and his best friend Chris Cornell sang Led Zeppelin tunes (or more accurately, blues standards commonly associated with Led Zep) shortly before they died. And Zeppelin's personal connections to Buckley are well-recorded:
One man who loved Grace was Jimmy Page. There was arguably no-one whose opinion Buckley valued more. He’d sung Zeppelin songs at Sin-é…One might even say there was a transference of Zeppelin energy taking place, a blessing or endorsement from afar, from the older men to the young. When Page and Buckley met, it was clear they understood each other on a profound level. 
“Jeff told me they cried,” says Chris Dowd. “They actually cried when they met each other. Jimmy heard himself in Jeff, and Jeff was meeting his idol. Jimmy Page was the godfather of Jeff’s music. A lot of people thought Tim was the influence on Jeff, but it was really Zeppelin. 
Less known is Led Zeppelin's connection to the Cocteau Twins- Robert Plant was/is a major devotee, saying in one interview "I wanted to be the Cocteau Twins". Then there's this, from a Twins interview:
Robert Plant went through a phase of raving about them in every interview he did. Liz doesn't tell me about the time she introduced herself to him, but Robin does. They had gone to see Echo & the Bunnymen. Liz, who was a little tipsy, spotted Robert Plant at the bar and tapped him on the shoulder. 
"Excuse me," she said. "I read that you really like the Cocteau Twins.""Yeah," the mousy-maned ex-sex god grunted. "I like them. Do you like them?"Mortified, she muttered her assent and slunk away.
According to another telling what she actually said is, "they're OK, I guess." Which is absolutely adorable.


EXHIBIT ONE: GARLANDS LYRICS SLEEVE

The lyrical swatches printed on the inner sleeve of the Cocteaux' 1982 debut album Garlands are tantalizing, and the band's official bio lists them in an interesting order. See this post for more information on Garlands.

And again, Jeff Buckley died on Garland Day.

First we have a quarrel with a lover, peppered with threats of violence.
"My mouthing at you; My tongue the stake; I should welt should I hold you; I should gash should I kiss you..." (Blind Dumb Deaf)

Things get a bit darker next- a song about blood sacrifice.
"Things from the forest die here, but I don't; Dead forest things are offered here, but I'm not...." (But I'm Not)

Then death on a river. Bear in mind the person who wrote these remarkable lyrics was only 18 years old:

"The then shallow she Earth as we know it; The then hallow she a sky for the sacred; Stars in my eyes; stars at my feet; womb in the belly; capital place..." (Shallow Then Halo)

As mentioned before, Memphis was the capital of Egypt's lower kingdom. And Jeff Buckley was swimming in shallow waters when he drowned (the deepest point of the Wolf River Harbor is only nine feet deep).

Next we have drugs, religion and death. 
"Garlands evergreen; forget-me-not wreaths; chaplets see me drugged; I could die in the rosary...." (Garlands)

Then this:
"Grail overfloweth, there is rain; and there's saliva and there's you...." (Grail Overfloweth)

As detailed before, we have two Buckley connections here, both to the rain during the search the night he disappeared and to the Grail-inspired "Corpus Christi Song" on Grace.

Now, returning to 'Shallow then Halo' we see wings and feathers connected to the river. We also see the mention of fertile soil.
Winged water
Feathered river
Dirty rich soil
Strong and fertile

What's the significance of wings and feathers to a river? Well, considering this is the Mississippi, perhaps we need to look at the Mississippi state seal for a clue.


Ahh. Dream-logic at work.

Then the soil:
At Cairo, Illinois, the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi, doubling its volume and creating the point that divides the Upper Mississippi from the Lower Mississippi. The Lower Mississippi Valley is a wide and fertile region… As it flows in this southern region, the Mississippi deposits rich silt along its banks.
Now this odd use of she:


"The then shallow she Earth as we know it; 
The then hallow she a sky for the sacred"

Wouldn't you just know it, the word sidhe is pronounced "she." In the context of the lyrics here it just happens that sidhe makes a lot more sense than she. 

Try this: "the then-shallow sidhe" (a spirit in shallow waters) and the "the then-hallow sidhe" (a spirit honored as sacred, re:"a sky for the sacred").

 If you didn't catch the update on the Chris Cornell post, here's the lowdown on one of the Siren's Celtic cousins:
In Celtic folklore, the leannán sí "Fairy-Lover" ...is a beautiful woman of the Aos Sí …who takes a human lover. 
Lovers of the leannán sídhe are said to live brief, though highly inspired, lives.   
The leannán sídhe is generally depicted as a beautiful muse who offers inspiration to an artist in exchange for their love and devotion; however, this frequently results in madness for the artist, as well as premature death.
She also granted the power of prophecy.

The leannán sídhe is related to the more well-known Banshee. 
But only certain families of historic lineage, or persons gifted with music and song, are attended by this spirit; for music and poetry are fairy gifts, and the possessors of them show kinship to the spirit race—therefore they are watched over by the spirit of life, which is prophecy and inspiration; and by the spirit of doom, which is the revealer of the secrets of death.
Sometimes the Banshee assumes the form of some sweet singing virgin of the family who died young, and has been given the mission by the invisible powers to become the harbinger of coming doom to her mortal kindred. Or she may be seen at night as a shrouded woman, crouched beneath the trees, lamenting with veiled face; or flying past in the moonlight, crying bitterly...
And Jesus, here's a five-star money-quote if ever I heard one. It basically synopsizes this entire story:
The Banshee even follows the old race across the ocean and to distant lands; for space and time offer no hindrance to the mystic power which is selected and appointed to bear the prophecy of death to a family.  
Which would probably be a good time to drop this old bit of snarkery on you:
All you need to know about the Cocteau Twins is that they make Siouxsie and the Banshees records, OK? -- Melody Maker 10/16/82
Of course, the wild howling of early Cocteaux is more akin to the Banshee myth than Siouxsie's rather modest vocal range. But the influence is plainly there (the Scots seemed to be particularly found of the Banshees). Especially in early songs like "Speak No Evil", which offer more hints of that unexpected connection to witchcraft and the occult (bonus factoid: Fraser used to go around in outfits decorated with chicken bones):

My soul I sold
I can't forget to ask
There's nothing movin' it again
Wolf thirst said me

This song is included on the Garlands CD, alongside 'Shallow than Halo'. Note that- again- we have references to both a river in a song about drowning in shallow water and to a wolf in a song about a daemonic pact. 

In that latter line, we also have a suggestion of death and a connection to water ("wolf thirst"). And just to remind anyone new to this conversation here:
Making a stop at the Wolf River channel of the Mississippi River, a fully clothed Buckley waded into the water and began swimming. 

Noise Rock-era Twins opening for Killing Joke in 1982 

EXHIBIT TWO: Alas Dies Laughing

On their next release after Garlands (the ironically titled Lullabies EP), we see two more songs whose titles also make semiotic connections between birds and water travel, namely the songs 'Feathers Oar Blades' and 'It's All But an Ark Lark'.  Sandwiched between them is one of the Cocteau Twins' most unsettling songs, 'Alas Dies Laughing', a song the early PiL would have been proud to call their own.

After two attempts at conventional choruses, the song breaks down into a bridge that has (a pre-transformation) Fraser moaning like the Pythia as the fumes rise. After the breakdown, she dispenses with the niceties and lapses into a repetitive chant about exactly how Alas died laughing:

Wake takes a lonely one
Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a lonely one

Wake takes a
Wake takes a

Wake takes a

Wake takes a

Wake takes a

Wake takes a 

Jesus. And just to remind everyone again:
The wake of a passing boat sucked Buckley under, and he drowned. His body was recovered six days later, after it was seen by a riverboat passenger.
So sandwiched between two songs that refer to boats (and symbolically connect to the Mississippi via the bird imagery) we have a song about drowning. In a wake. 

Fifteen years before the singer's lost love died that very same way. .

Now is it just me or is this like something out of one of Philip K Dick's most unhinged fever dreams?  This is really just the tip of the iceberg though.




EXHIBIT THREE: It's All But an Ark Lark

Those aren't all the clues to be found on Lullabies. 'Ark Lark' also has some as well.

It's all for my, all for my, all for my
Charisma
Charisma
Charisma 

Charisma- divine gift- originally referred to extraordinary characteristics of the gods. In Christianity, charisma manifests itself in glossolalia and prophetic gifts.

Barking and Biting, on my starsails
Barking and Biting, on my starsails
Barking and Biting, on my starsails
Barking and Biting, on my starsails

We have references to a wolf (yes, wolves do bark) and water travel again.



And oh yeah- 'Song to the Siren' was first recorded for the Tim Buckley album Starsailor.

Wolf. Water. Buckley. Siren. 

Then this:

He's mocking both my lullabies 
Is Mockingbird my lullabies?
Is mocking both my lullabies 
Is Mockingbird my lullabies?



Mockingbirds are the state bird of Tennessee.


These lyrics from 'Feathers Oar Blades' are tantalizing as well.


Here comes the oppressors
Oppress, fallen, weaken
Feathers-oar blades
Spitting their feathers
Spitting out oar blades 
Spitting out oar blades 
Crestfallen
Weaken

There are the feathers and water connected again. That notion of spitting feathers (Mississippi) and oar blades (Wolf River Harbor) is gnawing at my skull as well.



EXHIBIT FOUR: THAT, UH, BAND NAME

The band's next album would be released on Halloween 1983. With original bassist Will Heggie having quit, the duo needed to find a replacement. 
Although Robin and Liz hadn't specifically
          The Covenant and the Cargo Cult: Concluded   


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Let's get this out of the way first - SPOILERS! Then this: Alien: Covenant is not a very good movie. 

It's not offensively terrible, in fact it goes out of its way to be as inoffensive as possible. Even the gore seems polite. 

I'd give you a synopsis but you can just as easily take all your favorite scenes from the Alien franchise, arrange them however you please, add in a cartoon villain whose motivations are entirely incomprehensible and then go fix yourself up some Jiffy Pop.

Alien: Covenant goes to great lengths to piss away the entire ontology proposed in the film it's meant to act as a sequel to, ostensibly annihilating the god-like Engineer race in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it CGI eruption that has all the heft and drama of a 80s video game. 

But at the same time it seems to tell a story beneath the surface narrative. And a lot of its riffs will be well familiar to anyone versed in Ancient Astronaut Theory. Which, let's face it, was arguably extraneous to the running plot of Prometheus (space mission finds remains of alien race mixed up with the xenomorph progenitors).

As Gordon and I discussed, it also feels like it meant to originally serve as the advance guard for a new AAT media blitz*, a plan that appears to have been scuttled in the wake of Hurricane Trump and the resultant cold (for the time being) civil war the country has been plunged into. 

I've never seen divide-and-rule politics as divisive as what we're seeing today, with the ostensible goal being to atomize the population into impotent, squabbling subsects in order to preempt any potential challenge to oligarchal rule, even if the oligarchy itself is itself carved up into mutually antagonistic camps. (I should mention here that this whole program seems to have fired up in the wake of the Occupy movements).

Of course there's also the fact that the easiest social grouping (tribe, country, empire, etc) to conquer is one that's divided against itself. 

Just saying.

But even this miserable turn of events seems to resonate with the AAT perspective as well, specifically the "gods at war" subplot running through Zecharia Sitchin's bibliography, as well as some of the theorizing emerging on the fringe science circuit.

Now, there's a strand of thinking among those who wrestle with the Fermi Paradox, essentially arguing that high technology is inherently anti-adaptive and inevitably leads to self-destruction. 

What this theory essentially proposes is that we've not had any (acknowledged) contact with extraterrestrial races because they've all been wiped out by their own advanced technology (read: 'weaponry'). This of course is a wildly egocentric assumption ("extraterrestrial races are all as savage and murderous as we are") and automatically presumes that our own high technology is not in fact some kind of alien intrusion, even if it behaves every bit like one.

I bring this up because there are two running themes in Alien: Covenant I do want to unpack, because they do (obliquely) reference some of the basic tenets of AAT (the film seems to keep a lot of its AAT on the DL).

First off is David's genocide of the Engineer planet. This was a fairly ridiculous subplot, essentially chucking everything we were told about these beings in the first film. This is a billions year-old race that seeded all life on Earth and yet they're all defeated by a lone android who had hijacked one of their spacecraft? Huh?

Wouldn't they naturally have some kind of defense infrastructure that would have intercepted this ship before it ever reached orbit? There's no attempt at following the story's own internal logic.

Now there are all kinds of ways you could have made sense of this. The Engineers had degenerated over the millennia and lost their high technology, that they'd become so drunk on their own power that they never expected any exterior challenge, etc etc etc. But the film makes absolutely no attempt to sell any of that.

But by the same token there's a fascinating allegory at work here, even if it's unintentional, and that ties back to the war of the gods theme running through a lot of AAT theorizing. 

Note that the Engineers aren't decked up in their Gigeresque finery in the apocalypse scene but look more like the kind of quasi-Medievals familiar to space fantasy fans. They also look pretty stupid gazing up at the approaching ship like the hapless New Agers in Mars Attacks. 



But were they in fact the Engineers? Some fans don't seem to think so.

A closer look at the (humanoid) aliens in the film may suggest that this in fact was another descendant race, the clue being the skintone (matte and pinkish as opposed to chalky white and moderately reflective). They also don't seem quite as black-eyed. Another clue is their reaction to the ship, arguably suggesting these people were expecting their gods to return.

MARS, ATTACKED

Is this a fakeout or a reference to another covert subplot altogether? It's possible there was a revelation that this was just a descendant race in the original script but that all got lost in the rewriting process. 

Perhaps David's apparent plan to kill off the human colonists- who are both his progenitors and another descendant race- are the clue here. Either way, the story (mankind's cousins wiped out by a space invader) ties in pretty neatly with the theories put forth by plasma physicist Dr. John Brandenburg:
"Dr. Brandenburg has previously theorized that the red color of Mars and the radioactive substances in its soil are the result of a thermonuclear explosion from natural causes. He now says that the “high concentration” of Xenon-129 in the Martian atmosphere and uranium and thorium on the surface are remnants of two unnatural nuclear explosions, most likely triggered by alien invaders. 
"Who were these aliens invading and eventually wiping out? Brandenburg believes Mars once had a climate like Earth and was inhabited by two civilizations – one in a region called Cydonia Mensa and another at Galaxias Chaos. Why these two regions? 
'Analysis of new images from Odyssey, MRO and Mars Express orbiters now show strong evidence of eroded archeological objects at these sites.'
According to Brandenburg, the Martians maintained a high civilization, albeit a non-technological one:
He says Mars once had an Earth-like climate home to animal and plant life, and any intelligent life would have been about as advanced as the ancient Egyptians on Earth.
There's also David's genetic tinkering with the xenomorph genome. As a self-styled god, David here is playing the part suggested by AATheorists, who postulate that the Anunaki went through a series of experiments in creating the modern human genome and eradicated unwanted models while they did so. 

Strangely enough, this also correlates to the AAT-friendly origin myth put forth by the ancient Greek writer Hesiod in his landmark Works and Days. Hesiod, significantly, was apparently deeply influenced by Babylonian literature, the Enuma Elish in particular

And the war of the gods certainly correlates to the Titanomachy, or the wars between the Olympians and their progenitors, the Titans.

So is there an unspoken inference that David is the titular Prometheus, defying the "gods" and shepherding the engineered development of the xenomorph race? In the context of the film itself it's really hard to care one way or the other but it does suggest that there was in fact a lot more meat on the bone in previous drafts of the script.

THEY'RE EVERYWHERE

But it's worth noting that the Alien franchise is not only another example of a major SF property that revolves around AAT it's also an example of a SF franchise onto which AAT was grafted midstream (at the same time it was grafted onto the Predator franchise). 

Some franchises have AAT baked into their genome at conception (Star Trek (more or less), the Space Odyssey series, Battlestar Galactica) but many more seem to have it implanted sometime into their runs (Quatermass, Doctor Who, X-Files, Indiana Jones, Transformers, Jonny Quest, Godzilla, Doom, Halo, Assassin's Creed). 


When the Olympics came to Hollywood

This raises a very simple question: why? Is there in fact a AAT cargo cult at work in the entertainment industry? I mean that sounds ridiculous, right? 

Well, maybe it seems a bit less so when you look at the influence the Nine had on the Star Trek franchise (relaunching on television this year) or the fact that one of the most powerful cults in Hollywood is explicitly AAT-oriented right down to its very core. There's also the Mormon Church, which is at the very least AAT-compatible.

On the other hand, there's also the Brookings Report. 
The report has become noted for one short section entitled "The implications of a discovery of extraterrestrial life", which examines the potential implications of such a discovery on public attitudes and values. The section briefly considers possible public reactions to some possible scenarios for the discovery of extraterrestrial life, stressing a need for further research in this area. It recommends continuing studies to determine the likely social impact of such a discovery and its effects on public attitudes…" 
One detail that caught the eye of researchers like Richard Hoagland is the mention of possible artifacts discovered on our neighbors, artifacts that might call our entire view of our planet and our very existence into question.
"While face-to-face meetings with it will not occur within the next twenty years (unless its technology is more advanced than ours, qualifying it to visit Earth), artifacts left at some point in time by these life forms might possibly be discovered through our space activities on the Moon, Mars, or Venus." 
And then there's this passage, which basically explains why so many STEM types are so deeply wounded by AAT:
"It has been speculated that, of all groups, scientists and engineers might be the most devastated by the discovery of relatively superior creatures, since these professions are most clearly associated with the mastery of nature, rather than with the understanding and expression of man. Advanced understanding of nature might vitiate all our theories at the very least, if not also require a culture and perhaps a brain inaccessible to Earth scientists."  
Huh.

And the money quote: suggestions for how that eventuality- or some kind of alien contact- might be managed by the Managers.
Continuing studies to determine emotional and intellectual understanding and attitudes -- and successive alterations of them if any -- regarding the possibility and consequences of discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life. 
Historical and empirical studies of the behavior of peoples and their leaders when confronted with dramatic and unfamiliar events or social pressures. Such studies might help to provide programs for meeting and adjusting to the implications of such a discovery. Questions one might wish to answer by such studies would include: How might such information, under what circumstances, be presented to or withheld from the public for what ends?  
And lo and behold, 57 years after the Brookings Report we get this:
The solar system that humanity calls home may have once been inhabited by an extinct species of spacefaring aliens, a top scientist has suggested. 
A space scientist has suggested ancient extraterrestrials could have lived on Mars, Venus or even Earth before disappearing without a trace. 
In a fascinating academic paper about “prior indigenous technological species,” Jason T. Wright from Pennsylvania State University raised the fascinating possibility that evidence of these extinct aliens could exist somewhere in the solar system. 
Wright is an astronomer who received global attention after suggesting an “alien megastructure” had been spotted in orbit around a distant star.Now the stargazer has said advanced aliens may have left behind “technosignatures” for us to find — if only we knew where to look for them.
Of course, this is exactly what Richard Hoagland has been talking about- and has been roundly attacked for doing so- for at least the past 40 years. But I suppose it's different when the very same theorizing comes from within the priesthood.



It's funny; last night I was cutting the grass and thinking about stuff. You know, like you do when you're cutting the grass. Then I started mulling over how simplistic and repetitive the Ancient Aliens show is and how quickly Giorgio Tsoukalos transformed himself into a cartoon character. 

But then I realized that's how educational indoctrination works in our culture. 

All kinds of teaching and training materials in public schools use cartoon characters, right? Walt Disney probably made a fortune licensing his characters for educational films. And it's through repetition that people really learn anything. 

So Ancient Aliens might chew over the same gristle year after year but that helps keep its messaging consistent as its audience ebbs and flows (read: enters/graduates high school). Love it or loathe it, you have to acknowledge that there's a cogent methodology at work there. 

Government-conditioning program or cult indoctrination, they all work out of the same toolbox.

Is it all leading up to some major revelation, the way 'Disclosure' advocates expect? Or is all leading up to some massive Project Blue Beam type of hoax? 

Well,  why would anyone expect it to? Why would anyone expect the skies to open- or not- as the climax of all this conditioning? 

The answer, of course, is Hollywood. Because that's the way it works in the movies. Real life doesn't usually work that way. 

However, no matter who or what is behind all this the fact remains that, like it or don't, AAT (and the UFO topic in general) have already dramatically changed our culture, our technology and our society. Certainly our popular culture. 

Being a bit long in the tooth it still boggles my mind how many younger people take the basic assumptions of AAT for granted, even if they haven't read a page of Sitchin or Von Daniken or even watched a single Ancient Aliens. They don't have to. So much of their favorite pop culture is neck deep in it.



*You can toss in the Sekret Machines project here, spearheaded by former Blink 182 guitarist Tom Delonge and Peter Levenda of Necronomicon and Sinister Forces fame, and involving all kinds of Deep State heavies such as John Podesta.


          The Covenant and the Cargo Cult: Rune Soup interview   


On the latest Rune Soup podcast, Gordon and I discuss the disappointment that is Alien: Covenant. Then we speculate about its place in the cargo cult worldview and the conditioning agenda prescribed in 1960 by the Brookings Institution. I've been working on a companion post for this discussion, which I hope to have up by tomorrow night at the latest.

I do my best to keep up with Gordon but effort only takes you so far. I'm out of practice with these kinds of things ( I barely say a word to anyone most of the day) and I was experiencing some major fibro fog because of the miserable weather we've been having here but Gordon goes above and beyond to pick up any slack. Gordon is a bonafide genius (I don't use that term lightly) and gets my vote as the Mozart of Podcasters. 

Alien: Covenant has been cited as one of the major under-performers of the summer season and has been (rightly) trashed by YouTube critics but seems to be an important part of this 57 year-old acclimation program we've all been subjected to (slow and steady wins the race, apparently). It's probably more interesting for the things it doesn't say (but implies) than anything you're actually seeing on the screen itself.

Gordon and I also speculate as to whether the current Deep State civil war had some kind of suppressive effect on a planned-but-aborted multimedia rollout that may include the Tom DeLonge Sekret Machines program and the drip-out of news stories like the mind-boggling Jason Wright/Penn State paper on ancient aliens. I usually don't much go for the whole "disclosure" meme but if you're looking for evidence that such a thing is actually underway that's a pretty good place to start.

There's a lot we didn't get to and I'll try to address some of the points I had laid out in my notes for this show but didn't get around to raising in my next post. Looking forward to hearing your feedback about the film.
          The Covenant and the Cargo Cult, Part 1   



Sir Ridley Scott's long-awaited prequel to Prometheus opened this week in certain countries and is set to open in America next week. For those waiting for a continuation of the storyline from the last movie- when crew member Elizabeth Shaw and the head of android David taking off to invade the Engineer homeworld- well, I hate to say it but you're out of luck. 

The Prometheus story is referenced only as exposition, apparently.  I hope I'm not giving away any spoilers (it feels like half the movie has already been posted to YouTube in the form of trailers and excerpts) but it is what it is.



Of course, the bit with Elizabeth and David's disembodied head from Prometheus is yet another one of those bizarre and inexplicable references to John the Baptist that tentpole sci-fi movies are so fond of. Remember that John's mother was named Elizabeth*, who had her own covenant with an extraterrestrial entity (the Archangel Gabriel, in this case). 

But I digress. If you've been following the previews and the various puff pieces in the media you'll suss out that Alien: Covenant is more like a remake of the first Alien film than a sequel to Prometheus. In much the same way as the JJ Abrams' Star Wars it's meant to act a jumping-on point for the Alien franchise for post-Millennials:
If Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the way in merging fan-service universe-building with fresh heroes, stories and themes for a new generation, Alien: Covenant grabs the reboot ball and runs with it. 
Director Sir Ridley Scott has said himself how much he was impressed by Disney's handling of Star Wars' renaissance, and it's clear to see why this similarly iconic '70s sci-fi world is equally ripe for a life-extending overhaul.
The film apparently references the AAT of Prometheus but also taps into the current anxieties over AI and robots and their potential to do away with the rest of us, kind of like a more ambitious HAL 9000. Scott apparently 86'd the idea of more direct sequel to Prometheus after reading some of the negative reviews dumped on the film, which he called "a mistake":
What changed was the reaction to ‘Prometheus’, which was a pretty good ground zero reaction. It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’.
Well, somebody thought Scott was wrong, "somebody" almost certainly being a Fox accountant or three. However, one SF fansite accused Scott of "selling out" by not following up on the Prometheus story and I'm sure a lot of other fans will disappointed the story was dispensed with so easily. Either way, Scott continues to make eyebrow-raising comments about aliens in the press, referring to them recently as "superior beings."
Alien creator Ridley Scott has said that he is convinced that there are extra-terrestrials out there – and one day they will come for us. The veteran director said he believed in higher beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, Alien: Covenant, next month. 
“I believe in superior beings. I think it is certainly likely. An expert I was talking to at Nasa said to me, ‘Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous.” 
“So when you see a big thing in the sky, run for it,” he joked.“Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.”
Which makes you wonder about the whole "Covenant" thing, doesn't it? 

The term is essentially religious ('contract' is more commonly used to describe written civil agreements), dating back to the Old Testament.  And seeing how that covenant was made with a god who flew around the sky in a pillar of smoke and light, and needed a special environment built in order to interact with his subjects, you do start to wonder what the implications of all this happen to be. 

Well, start with this. Like Jack Kirby (whose Eternals so inspired the first Alien film),  Scott seems to have been bitten by the ancient astronaut bug and bitten hard. I don't know what the current status is on the project but back in 2014 it was reported that Sir Scott was developing an AAT series for HBO called Pharaoh:
Scott has signed on to serve as the executive producer and director for this project, which was created and sold to the premium cable channel by David Schulner. The Hollywood Reporter explains: 
The drama explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire — one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from another world, calling into question what it means to be a “god.” The project was co-created by Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi, who will exec produce alongside Scott and David Zucker for Scott Free. 
His film Prometheus was partially inspired by the writings of Swiss author Erich von Daniken who is known for his books like Chariots of the Gods? and Gods From Outer Space. Von Daniken is also a regular talking head on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.
Again, I'm not sure where Pharaoh stands today but according to an October report from Omni the project was still on. It may be why the planned Stargate reboot was reported as being put into turnaround in November. Which, if so, strikes me a bit curious. The mighty Devlin and Emmerich nosed off their turf by Sir Scott? Huh.


But there's an interesting little visual cue in one of the trailers that suggests that Scott takes AAT very seriously. The Covenant crew lands on an alien planet and discovers a familiar sight. From io9:
This alien planet that looks untouched by human hands is growing recognizable wheat, which very much has been touched by human hands. This plays into the Alien mythos that there was a race of “Engineers” that were the progenitors of humans—they’re similar to us, why wouldn’t their food be similar? And if they were traveling around, why wouldn’t they carry seeds like we do?
Why is wheat so significant in the context of the Prometheus teleology? The late Lloyd Pye explains: 
Many have "wild" predecessors that were apparently a starting point for the domesticated variety, but others--like many common vegetables--have no obvious precursors. But for those that do, such as wild grasses, grains and cereals, how they turned into wheat, barley, millet, rice, etc. is a profound mystery. 
No botanist can conclusively explain how wild plants gave rise to domesticated ones. The emphasis here is on "conclusively". Botanists have no trouble hypothesising elaborate scenarios in which Neolithic (New Stone Age) farmers somehow figured out how to hybridise wild grasses, grains and cereals, not unlike Gregor Mendel when he cross-bred pea plants to figure out the mechanics of genetic inheritance. It all sounds so simple and so logical, almost no one outside scientific circles ever examines it closely.
Modern wheat is one of those innovations that scientists revert to ontological arguments to explain. The wheat we know obviously exists so it simply had to have been the product of long-term domestication. How exactly the domestication of an essentially-inedible wild grass was domesticated into a modern foodcrop-- over the span of centuries, mind you, if not millennia-- by illiterate Stone Age farmers is never exactly made clear. Pye again:
 On the other hand, those New Stone Age farmers who were fresh out of their caves and only just beginning to turn soil for the first time (as the ”official” scenario goes), somehow managed to transform the wild grasses, grains and cereals growing around them into their domesticated ”cousins”. Is that possible? Only through a course in miracles! Actually, it requires countless miracles within two large categories of miracles.  
The seeds and grains were maddeningly small, like pepper flakes or salt crystals, which put them beyond the grasping and handling capacity of human fingers. They were also hard, like tiny nutshells, making it impossible to convert them to anything edible. Lastly, their chemistry was suited to nourishing animals, not humans. So wild varieties were entirely too small, entirely too tough and nutritionally inappropriate for humans. 
They needed to be greatly expanded in size, greatly softened in texture and overhauled at the molecular level–which would be an imposing challenge for modern botanists, much less Neolithic farmers.  
Despite the seeming impossibility of meeting those daunting objectives, modern botanists are confident the first sodbusters had all they needed to do it: time and patience. Over hundreds of generations of selective crossbreeding, they consciously directed the genetic transformation of the few dozen that would turn out to be most useful to humans. And how did they do it? By the astounding feat of doubling, tripling and quadrupling the number of chromosomes in the wild varieties! 
Domestic wheat and oats were elevated from an ancestor with seven chromosomes to their current 42–an expansion by a factor of six.”
Remember that the cultivation of wheat brought about the rise of the Sumerians, who had oddly intimate relationships with their gods (the Anunaki, of course). The ancient Greeks were certain that wheat was the gift of a god; Demeter, in this case. It was the final "mystery" in the dramas put on at Eleusis. The Egyptians credited wheat to Osiris, the star-sailor.  So its inclusion in this film hardly seems incidental. On the contrary; it looks as if someone were doing their homework.

Now, longtime readers of The Secret Sun realize that nearly every major SF franchise of the past 50 years (starting with 2001: A Space Odyssey) is centered around ancient astronaut theory in one way or the other. 

Star Trek, Doctor Who, Star Wars (arguably), Battlestar GalacticaAlien (of course), Stargate, The X-Files, Transformers, Indiana Jones and the entire Marvel and DC Universes all established their creation myths, in varying degrees, as the work of advanced extraterrestrial interlopers. Does that seem coincidental to you? It certainly does not to me.

There've also been a ton of less-visible but still-signficant TV shows and movies that have done the same, like Jonny Quest, The Phoenix, The Man from Atlantis as well as Childhood's End, Cocoon, Hangar 18, countless American and Japanese cartoons (even the hugely-popular cardgame/anime property Yu-Gi-Oh). So much so that you can't help but wonder if there's not a very powerful cargo cult at work behind the scenes in Tinseltown.


Bearing all that in mind, as well as the Ancient Aliens cable show (now in its 12th season), researchers might be forgiven for believing this was all part of some long-running conditioning program. You know, kind of like the one suggested by the Brookings Institution report back in 1960. 

Or exactly like it, actually.

Researchers would be especially forgiven in light of this recent blockbuster news story:
Was our solar system once home to an advanced civilization other than our own — perhaps one that predated humanity by hundreds of millions of years before being wiped out by an asteroid impact or some other cataclysm? 
There's no evidence for such a pre-human indigenous technological species, though people have been speculating about one since ancient times. But a respected space scientist points out in a provocative new paper that if the existence of home-grown intelligent space aliens has never been established, it's never been ruled out either. 
And if a race of smart and perhaps spacefaring aliens did make their home in our solar system, traces of their lost civilization might still be out there somewhere in the system just waiting for us to find them.
Quite a "synchronicity," don't you think?

UPDATE: Check out Gordon's review on Alien: Covenant on Rune Soup.



TO BE CONTINUED...

* Elizabeth is often traced to Elisheba but you can also frame it as a contraction of Eloah-Isis-Beth, or "House of Isis, the Goddess."

          Reel Paganism::The "Folk Horror" Revival    

Ah, those Years of Seven. We looked at the significant anniversaries in the World of Weird this Year of Seven is marking, from Heaven's Gate and the Phoenix Lights to the Harmonic Convergence to the releases of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the First Kind. As it happens, there's another major anniversary on the docket this year and that's the birth of the modern "NeoPagan" movement.
Fifty years ago, in 1967, three organizations were formed which would have a profound impact on the shape of contemporary Paganism: Frederick Adams founded Feraferia, a wilderness mystery religion; Aidan Kelly and others formed the New Reformed Order of the Golden Dawn, an eclectic witchcraft tradition; and Tim (Oberon) Zell filed for incorporation of the Church of All Worlds, which was based on the fictional religion described in Robert Heinlein’s novel, Stranger in a Strange Land.
As the Church of All Worlds shows, the NeoPagan movement was born out of the rising Geek insurgency, out of a fermenting sub-subculture in which Dune, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings had well and colonized the imaginations of the young and dateless.

The crossover would become so successful that the strict atheism and naturalism that had once been de rigeur in sci-fi (and fandom in general) would soon be put on its back foot by this new Mysticism, a current that would revolutionize pop culture with the runaway success of Star Wars.

NeoPaganism occupied a fair bit of real estate in the collective mind of Fandom but has never been the upstart mass movement its adherents might have you believe. It probably peaked as a movement in the 1990s (with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) and, if the current alarm bells being rung in the NeoPaganism blogosphere are any indication, has been receding ever since. So much so that many NeoPagans believe the jig is finally up.

Contemporary Paganism isn’t an institution, but we do have institutions, and many of them are  struggling to survive.  Cherry Hill Seminary announced last year that it might not be able to continue its programming.  CUUPS is hardly thriving.  The Pagan Community Statement on the Environment, which is quite possibly the single largest expression of Pagan voices ever, has not yet collected a mere 10,000 signatures in the two years since it was published.  And, as far as I can tell, none of the organizers of Pagan festivals and conferences have reported significant growth in recent years. These are just a few examples of Pagan institutions that I have been involved with to one degree or another over the years.
In Britain, where so much of the Wicca and NeoPaganism we recognize today was born, the situation seems pretty much the same. NeoPaganism is struggling there too, ironically as the current Chaos Magick revival is picking up steam.
 I’ve been told that the number of registered members of the Pagan Federation has gone down for the first time. At the Harvest Moon Conference in 2016, Melissa Harrington confessed that she felt that this decline in active participation was indicative of Paganism “going underground” again. Most of the Pagan Federation events I’ve been to recently have shown a similar demographic spread to OBOD ones. 
My concern is that the declining number of young participants in the Pagan community in Britain, and the general diminution of those taking an active role in the community as a whole, indicates that that growth has stalled. British Paganism—as a subculture and as a movement—is in trouble.
I'm not at all surprised by this. I'd wager that most NeoPagans had some kind of traditional religious upbringing, which made them at least casually familiar with the basics of ritual and theology. With traditional religion a fading memory among NeoPaganism's mission field, it becomes harder than ever to attract people to the surrogate community that NeoPaganism promises. 

But there's also the problem of the movement failing to deliver what it promises:
What is in decline, then, is something quite specific—the Pagan Movement; a collection of organisations, publications, ceremonial genres, training courses. That collection is no longer feeding the appetite of the general public for the magical.
Then there's the prickly issue of sectarianism. NeoPaganism bears only a glancing resemblance to the ancient variety, but it's chock full of the kind of perpetual fragmentation that a Pagan in ancient Alexandria might have been sick of. One blogger is even pushing an atheist strand of NeoPaganism:
Atheopaganism is post-Belief religion. It is evidence-based spirituality rooted in real-world, positive, life-affirming values. It gives us what religion is good at giving us, and avoids trying to do what science can clearly do better. 
I believe it is in broad strokes what succeeding generations will practice in growing numbers. It is what will give meaning and build community for people who have left behind the ideas of gods and magic.
Yeah, good luck with that. After all, discarding your traditional core tenets has worked out so well for the so-called Mainline denominations. 

Like the churches that so many NeoPagans grew out of, the movement is looking to political activism to "stay relevant." But people interested in activism now have a endless buffet of NGOs and pressure groups to choose from, and most activists today tend to see any flavor of spirituality as regressive and impolite. Which may be why most Mainline Christian denominations are now fading into history.

But a strong argument could be made that NeoPaganism is fading because the overall culture has been so effectively paganized. If that's true, then where do you go from there?



 Scarlet Imprint publisher Peter Gray was a bit ahead of the curve when he announced the impending death of NeoPaganism three years back. And he sees the same trends at work- Neopaganism is fading because it's no longer needed:
There is no halting the decline of the initiatic witchcraft traditions of Gardner or Sanders, nor the collapse of neo-paganism. The reason? To use the correct mimetic formula: Because Internet. People are having their needs met by the online simulacra of witchcraft. Those who are seeking witchcraft simply do not have to hunt out lineages, everything is before them in the digital form that has socialised them while their parents paid more attention to their smartphones.
Gray calls for the "rewilding"of Witchcraft, for the art to return to its outlaw roots. He wants to recapture the danger of Witchcraft, which he believes- rightly- has been traded away by Wiccans and their fellow travelers. 

But the question then becomes how wild are you willing to be? Witches are killed on on a fairly regular basis in developing countries because they're seen as dangerous and taboo. In our anything-goes culture what exactly do you have to do to recapture that outlaw sheen? It's no small question. Why?
Well, because the Gardnerian Book of Shadows tells us exactly how dark ancient witchcraft and Paganism could get: 
Priests know this well; and by their auto-da-fé, with the victims' pain and terror (the fires acting much the same as circles), obtained much power. Of old the Flagellants certainly evoked power, but through not being confined in a circle much was lost. The amount of power raised was so great and continuous that anyone with knowledge could direct and use it; and it is most probable that the classical and heathen sacrifices were used in the same way. There are whispers that when the human victim was a willing sacrifice, with his mind directed on the Great Work and with highly skilled assistants, wonders ensued but of this I would not speak.”  
Which brings us to the Folk Horror revival.

Back to the recent Beltane Fire Festival.
The event, first organised in the mid-1980s, marks the ending of winter and is a revival of the ancient Celtic and Pagan festival of Beltane, the Gaelic name for the month of May.
Thousands of spectators gathered on Calton Hill in the Scottish capital to watch drummers, fire dancers, physical theatre and a large bonfire.
During the event, the Green Man is killed as god of winter and reborn as spring to consort with the May Queen.
This is a big deal in Scotland. And other types of ancient festival revivals have been popping up in Britain over the past several years as well, particularly in provincial towns looking to drum up tourism. 

But do note that in the ancient Beltane festivals the Green Man was actually killed as a sacrifice to the gods of the crops. The Edinburgh festival obviously stops short of this, but this is like trading out wine for grape juice at communion. The real McCoy is baked into the rite itself and soaks through to the surface. It can't help but.
So what does this all have to do with the so-called Folk Horror revival? Well, the folk component of the genre doesn't refer to old Joan Baez records. It draws upon the idea of ancient folkways- often those centering on human sacrifice- bubbling back up to the surface and violently intruding on the lives of unwitting cosmopolitans.
Unlike other sub-genres, folk horror’s very form is difficult to convey. Despite what its simplistic description implies – from the emphasis on the horrific side of folklore to a very literal horror of people – the term’s fluctuating emphasis makes it difficult to pin down outside of a handful of popular examples. 
The term first came to prominence in 2010 when Mark Gatiss used it as an umbrella theme to describe a number of films in his A History of Horror documentary for BBC4. Yet the term was used in the programme in reference to an earlier interview with the director Piers Haggard for Fangoria magazine in 2004, in which Haggard suggests of his own film The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) that he “was trying to make a folk horror film”.
The revival encompasses a number of films and novels but regards three British films as the sacred texts of the genre:
The trilogy, now often known under the banner of the ‘Unholy Trinity’, consist of Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard’s The Blood on Satan’s Claw and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973). Though their imagery has since defined all things “olde” and “wyrd” about Britain (see the cover of Sight & Sound, August 2010), it is in their narratives where folk horror becomes defined.  
All three films work through an emphasis on landscape which subsequently isolates its communities and individuals, skewing the dominant moral and theological systems enough to cause violence, human sacrifices, torture and even demonic and supernatural summonings.  
The Witchfinder General traumatized me when I watched it on Creature Double Feature way back in the day. Unlike most of the other Folk Horror landmarks it's based on real-life events.
HP Lovecraft's shadow looms over the genre, whether he likes it or not. There are obviously significant differences but a lot of his stories seem to center on city-slickers dealing with hideous eruptions of the primeval in decaying rural outposts. Lovecraft is often criticized for his racism but the truth is he didn't seem to like much of anybody outside his perceived social set.

From "The Call of Cthulhu" to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" to "The Festival" it's pretty obvious exactly where Lovecraft was coming from. Lovecraft was terrified that modern civilization was nothing more than a fragile veneer, ready to flake away under the slightest existential pressure. And cults and cultic practices were like the monster under Lovecraft's bed, always ready to pounce once the lights went out.

(In this context, Stuart Gordon's fever-dream film version of Dagon could be seen as an outlier within the Folk Horror genre).
Lovecraft enjoyed his own revival in the 1960s and one can't help but wonder what kind of effect he had on the emerging Folk Horror genre. The Wicker Man is often seen today as a kind of one-off but in fact it was following very closely in the footsteps of earlier films. 



The Witches, partly written by Nigel Kneale, is an early example of the type as is Eye of the Devil, which made a star of Sharon Tate. In the kind of hideous synchronicity that follows all potent art like a lost puppy,   Tate would become a sacrifice to the kind of cult that probably haunted Lovecraft's nightmares.  

Both films, released in 1966 and 1967 respectively, worked the theme of an outsider to a rural community discovering grisly ancient practices lurking beneath a placid rustic surface. Eye of the Devil, like The Wicker Man, centers on crop failure and the need of the community to kill its ritual king to appease the gods of the fields. So the fields were already well-furrowed by the time Anthony Shaffer and Robin Hardy had their brainstorm.


Thomas Tryon's 1973 novel Harvest Home was adapted into a TV miniseries in the late 70s and taps in the same vein: in this case a New York family moves to a small town and discovers that their new neighbors still practice the ancient Celtic folkways. Since it's based on an American novel it's usually overlooked by Folk Horror revivalists, but it's a solid example of the type. Maybe one of the more potent examples, actually. Shame it's not better known.
There are variations on the theme to be found during this same Golden Age (the late 60s to the early 70s). The Shuttered Room, based on a story HP Lovecraft cowrote with August Derleth is a variation on the type, as is Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, which starred Dustin Hoffman as an American married to a British woman played by Susan George. They move to the rural English village where the George character grew up and are menaced by a gang of local thugs. Straw Dogs was remade in 2011 and moved to the rural South. Of course.



A more recent example of the type is Kill List, an absolutely extraordinary film that has you believing you're watching one kind of British drama before pulling the rug out from under your feet and landing you in quite another altogether. I'm not going to say too much more about it since you really should see it for yourself.
But The Wicker Man (also remade, badly, in 2006) remains the King of the Folk Horror Crop. The film hardly seems like a horror movie for most of its running time, more like a quirky musical comedy, kind of a warped Brigadoon. And it's based in ancient Celtic rituals, or at least legends of ancient Celtic rituals.
The idea of a “wickerman” is reminiscent of references in both Irish legend and the second branch of the WelshMabinogi to men being inveigled into a specially built house, which is then set fire, immolating them. There is also a reference by Lucan, and the comments by later scholars as part of the Lucan scholia, in the Pharsalia,to three Celtic deities; Taranis said to have been propitiated by burning, Teutates by drowning, and Esus by hanging. Esus is mythologically similar to the Nordic deity Odin, also associated with hanging from a tree. 
But it wasn't only the Celts who practiced human sacrifice. The Normans, who conquered England in the 11th Century, were huge fans of human sacrifice before giving in to Christian convention. Warlord Rollo was a exemplar of the Norman split-personality when it came honoring the ancient Viking folkways.
Adémar of Chabannes, however, writing about 100 years after Rollo’s death, described his last days as a time of religious madness, in which the Heathen ‘Rollo’ rose up against the Christian ‘Robert’ and in a desperate attempt to atone for the betrayal of Odin and Thor ordered the beheading of 100 Christians as sacrifices to them. This was followed by a frenzied attempt to balance the books yet again when he distributed ‘one hundred pounds of gold round the churches in honour of the true god in whose name he had accepted baptism’. 
Is Rollo the spiritual founding father of Folk Horror? Sounds like it to me. There's an inherent schizophrenia at work in the genre, building on the paranoid truism that things are never what they seem, that ancient horrors are always lurking beneath respectable surfaces, looking for a way out.

So what is the driving impulse behind Folk Horror? It's an inherently Pagan form, an immersion into the dark mysteries of the countryside. It feels deeply atavistic, like a twisted celebration of the premodern. The genre often seems to address a very human desire to belong to a tribe that's both nurturing and absolutely fearless, even if that tribe are presented as villains.

But there's also that repressed impulse to bask in somebody else's sacrifice, to exercise that kind of complete control over life and death. Post-Enlightenment culture has worked around the clock to erase all this from our firmware but only seems to have moved the pieces around the board.

By contrast, NeoPaganism was always going to be a nonstarter because it pretended it could recapture the positive aspects of the old folkways and discard all those it found problematic. It also believed it could recreate the bonds of blood and soil in a urban- or more accurately, suburban- setting. That it could soak up all the richness and drama of ancient Paganism without getting its hands dirty. Or more accurately again, bloody.

Sorry, but that's not the way it works.

Folk Horror dispenses with all that and reminds everyone that life and death were barely a whisper apart in the old times. That bloodshed was a daily fact of life back then. It's just the way things worked. After all, it wasn't so long ago that housewives killed their own chickens. No one blinked at the sacrifice of a lamb or a piglet at even the swankiest Mystery cults. Bacchanalias often ended up with Maenads ripping wild animals limb from limb (Maenad actually means "raving one"). 

Sacrifice was absolutely inseparable from belief. By contrast NeoPaganism feels more like a slightly more exotic form of Unitarianism. Sort on spectacle and sacrifice and long on sanctimony. 

So my guess is that the Edinburgh Beltane Festival is so popular not only for the nudity and the LARPing but also for serving up a vicarious echo from those olden days, when these dramas were all played for keeps.

Not all Folk Horror is based in Pagan human sacrifice but the death and horror that people once took for granted are tightly wound into its weave. So it will be worth watching to see where this genre goes in response to the hyper-acceleration of Globalism and technocracy. For now it serves as a way to soak up the olde dramas without making much of a mess. It could go eventually go in another direction entirely, kind of like how The Wicker Man led to the Burning Man Festival. 

It could even lead to a neo-NeoPaganism. Stranger things have happened, right?

          Chaos Magic vs The Robot Revolution    


There are two divergent streams at work in the Idea-o-Sphere, currents that are not only divergent in size, strength and assumption, but are in fact antithetical. 

The most dominant, of course, is the imminent AI-Robot Revolution, which threatens to bring a very real apocalypse into our world if in fact it flowers as predicted (and isn't just a big scare to keep the peons from asking for raises). 

So we're hearing that not only truck drivers, widget drillers and burger flippers are at risk of imminent penury, so too are lawyers, doctors, accountants and all manner of other professionals whose livelihood is based in their capacity to process huge chunks of complicated data and subsequently make decisions and judgments that are useful to others who can't. 

Programmers- and AIs themselves- are currently working around the clock to fill the shoes of these well-paid professionals with cheap, off-the-shelf software programs that will reliably get that same cognitive work done at a tiny fraction of the cost.

Elon Musk is (ostensibly) so terrified of the AI Revolution he is planning to colonize Mars as a life-raft for the human race, who presumably will have to flee a Skynet/Terminator type scenario. That Mars is utterly incapable of supporting human life- at least at present- seems to be besides the point.

Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire behind social media giant Alibaba, has suddenly turned Cassandra as well. Long a reliable source for corporate technohappytalk, Ma is suddenly warning of dark days ahead.
"In the next three decades, the world will experience far more pain than happiness," the billionaire said, adding that education systems must raise children to be more creative and curious or they will be ill-prepared for the future. 
Robots are quicker and more rational than humans, Ma said, and they don't get bogged down in emotions -- like getting angry at competitors.
Terrific. I was just thinking what the world needs now is more pain than happiness. But given his position as a Techno-Celestial, Ma couldn't serve up the medicine without at least a tiny spoonful of sugar:
But he expressed optimism that robots will make life better for humans in the long run. 
"Machines will do what human beings are incapable of doing," Ma said. "Machines will partner and cooperate with humans, rather than become mankind's biggest enemy."
"Make life better for humans in the long run," he says. Well, what exactly is "the long run?" Three decades is a long time- maybe even a lifetime- for that 99.99999999999% of the human race who aren't tech billionaires. Halfway through that painful three decades most of us aren't going to be thinking much about "the long run." 

And what exactly does "far more pain" imply? I'm not sure I want to know what Jack Ma's definition of pain actually means, given our disparate cultural contexts. 

It's here I begin to think back on last year's Lucifer's Technologies series (more accurately, Satan's Technologies) and wonder about where our modern electronic superstructure actually came from. Because that goes a long way in gleaning where it's actually going. 
Many have claimed that our present technology arose from contact with alien intelligences. Whether you believe that or not, one thing is certain; the rate of technological progress shot up like a rocket shortly after the end of World War II. 
And it must be said that technology seems more and more like an invasive-- or alien-- contagion, disrupting entire industries, economies, and communities.  
Now techno-utopians like Jaron Lanier and Douglas Rushkoff are techno-cassandaras, preaching a message of dislocation and social collapse.  
Look at it this way; steam engines had been known for almost 2000 years by the time the Industrial Revolution took hold, longer still if you consider prototypes. The Ancient Greeks knew them, they just didn't have any use for them. 
But the evolution from a computer that was was essentially the size of a suburban house and boasted the power of a pocket calculator to the working prototypes of the desktop, the Internet, computer animation, teleconferencing and nearly everything else we take for granted today took just a little more than two decades. 
An eyeblink of history.
For at least 5000 years-- five-hundred decades-- horse-drawn carriages and wooden ships with cloth or leather sails were the state of art in transportation technology. By contrast, we go from aeroplanes made of wood and canvas to the SR-71 Blackbird, a machine so advanced our best engineers today seem unable to match it*, in the space of four decades. 
In historical terms, this is as if your three year-old were in nursery school one day and then graduated from Harvard at the top of her class as soon as she turned four. There's simply no precedent for the high-tech explosion that began in the late 1940s... 
Yet no one stops to question how such a technology would arise so instantly, in historical terms. Go look at a book from the late 19th Century- hell, look at a children's book from that period- and tell me people weren't a hell of a lot smarter than they are today. Maybe even smarter than they were in the 1940s... 
Yet even the best and the very brightest were stymied by problems for decades, problems that seemed to solve themselves, literally overnight, shortly after World War II.
We take it all for granted now, especially if you were born at a time when a Commodore 64 and an Atari console were part of your natural landscape. But in fact all of this technology is so anomalous, so disruptive, so improbable in the entirety of human history (never mind natural history) that it is in a very real sense alien, even if (on the offhand chance) it's not actually "alien."

Well, we've been over all of that before, haven't we? What about that other current?



In Our Gods Wear Spandex I argued that Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult Revival were reactions to the massive dislocations- physical, spiritual, psychic- incurred by the Industrial Revolution. It wasn't unusual for the sensitives of the time- see Blake, William, to see the rise of large-scale factories  as an invasion of Hell onto Earth. 

There was very good reason to do so; these were black, belching, smogpits filled with hazardous machinery and/or chemicals that ripped the folk up from communion with the Earth and into virtual (sometimes actual) prisons, in which their humanity was stripped away in service of industrial manufacturing.

In response to the dehumanizing effect of these hells, the sensitives of the time reached back into humanity's childhood (in the case of Spiritualism) or its adolescence (as with the Classically-oriented secret societies). And it could be argued that it worked- that we didn't entirely surrender to the regimented reality of the factory writ large, that Industrial political systems like Nazism and Communism were held at bay (at least in their original incarnation) and that individuality was held up as a social good. 

Well, at least until it was subverted as a tool for political atomization.

The counter-Industrial spiritual movements of the 19th Century weren't shy about co-opting the means of mass-production (in this case, industrial-scale publishing) to pursue their aims. And so it is with the new breed of Chaos magicians and their fellow travelers (I'm not sure if meme magic counts here), some of whom are themselves well-paid Skynet employees, many of whom are tech-savvy and nearly all of whom are plugged deep into the Grid. Becoming the ghost in the machine is the basic idea.

Magic, in this context, acts kind of like Jacques Vallee's "Control System." Things get too hot (or cold, depending on your own worldview) with technology and regimentation and Magic comes in and turns on the AC (or cranks up the woodstove, again according to your POV). 

Magic and its cousin Psi are erratic and unreliable for most people at most times but when the pressure comes down they become attractive alternatives to the crushing predictability of the Black Iron Prison. It may also, in the form of collective ritual, grow in popularity as a tonic against the  the paradoxical effect of social media to grow loneliness in Meatspace.
While it offers an easy way to keep in contact with friends — and meet new people through dating and friendship apps — technology's omnipresence encourages shallow conversations that can distract us from meaningful, real-life, interactions. 
Researchers at the University of Essex found that having a phone nearby, even if we don't check it, can be detrimental to our attempts at connecting with others. Smartphones have transformed post office lines from a chance for some small-talk with the neighbors to an exercise in email-checking, and sealed the fate of coffee shops as nothing more than places of mutual isolation. And technology will only become more ingrained in our lives.
The isolating, dehumanizing effect of technology may once again find its match in the ancient power of ritual, everything from lighting candles at a Catholic shrine to meth-fueled fuck-a-thons while drenched in pig's blood. The collapse of conventional social mores and the now-standard presumption that anything you do that isn't harming anyone else is your lifestyle choice will certainly push all this forward. 

Remember too that this same impulse popped up as a reaction to the hyper-rationalism of Classical Greece with the rise of the Mystery Cults.

Magic almost seems like Nature asserting herself in the face of an outside intervention. Its like the doggedly-persistent vines rising out of toxic soil and strangling the rusted girders of an abandoned factory. Or a stubborn strain of virus slashing its way through some futuristic megalopolis somewhere in the Pacific Rim. 

Or a solar flare frying all of our electronics for good in the blink of an eye.



Now I know it's extremely unfashionable these days to discuss such things, especially with most Chaos magicians, but you have to ask yourself, if computer technology is not an alien virus why does it behave exactly like one?  I don't know about you but it sure as hell sounds to me like Elon Musk believes it is, though he'd never say so publicly. 

Computer technology has already destroyed entire industries, disrupted entire societies, and changed every aspect of our lives in 70 short years? And now we're being told that it threatens to create an entire infrastructure that will make most of us obsolete? I don't know about you but it sure as Hell sounds an awful lot like Borg-assimilation, only on a frog-boiling schedule.

The question becomes if the host can fight off the infection, or at least learn to manage it and coexist with it. I can't begin to pretend I know the answer but it seems to me that reasserting our messy, chaotic humanity is probably a good place to start.

          Chaos Theory vs The Purposeless-Driven Life   


The core belief of the religious paradigm that is straining to exercise such total control over every aspect of our lives today is the random, accidental nature of life and human existence. It's the basis of all the musty old 19th Century European ideologies- all of which were the inseparable products of Imperialism- that are being dragged out of the crypts and repackaged for postmodern use.

Controversial physicist Lawrence Krauss has been out there hawking this dogma, which is central to the Darwinist faith. Krauss throws in the latest Internet shameword "solipsism" in for good measure. And the Fedora? Precious.

It all seems so archaic, atavistic even. In a world where Coding is King, the idea of randomness seems so far removed from the daily reality of the new overclass that it can only be enforced through shaming and signaling. And part of the signaling Krauss is selling is The Joy of Sterility:
… the fact that the universe itself may have no purpose doesn’t affect our purpose, in fact it’s the incredible height of solipsism to assume that without us the universe doesn’t matter, and that if the universe is purposeless we don’t matter. We make our own purpose, and it seems to me life is more precious because it’s temporary and accidental, and we should take advantage of that. And we have evolved brains and that allows us to ask questions not just about how the universe works but how we should behave.
First of all, what could possibly be more solipsistic than unilaterally declaring that the Universe- the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, MIND YOU-  has no purpose? Who died and made this Big Think bobblehead God?

Second, the problem is that modern humans only seem to have shown up 100,000 years ago, not even a lunchbreak in the workyear of so-called evolution. And all the Fedoras in the world can't fill the gaps in the fossil record, nor explain all the irreducible complexities of biology dating back to the first appearance of life on this planet.    

The Krauss's of the world are fighting yesterday's battles, imagining they are manning the stanchions of Reason against the barbarian hordes of the Bible Belt, seemingly oblivious to the strange ideas that are circulating among the pashas of Silicon Valley that are making all those Big Think videos possible. Ideas like computer-simulated reality, for instance.

Purposelessness is also a pre-Fractal mode of thinking, a view of the world that still sees all of existence through a slide rule and a t-square. It's hard to believe there isn't some kind of ideology behind Krauss's spiel in light of the very basics of Chaos Theory.
Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on. These phenomena are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. 
Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit complex, chaotic behavior. Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom...By understanding that our ecosystems, our social systems, and our economic systems are interconnected, we can hope to avoid actions which may end up being detrimental to our long-term well-being.
Krauss is selling a simplistic, reductionist view in a world of complexity and interdependence. It's also mind-staggeringly arrogant, since it's impossible to anticipate what effect humanity- this roiling tide we are all a part of- is ultimately going to have on the rest of our environment, including that outside our biosphere.


Since Krauss is a linear progressivist and thinks change is good, he also thinks AI is a net positive for us: 
All new technology is frightening, says physicist Lawrence Krauss. But there are many more reasons to welcome machine consciousness than to fear it. Right now, says Krauss, robots can't even fold laundry. But when they do learn to think (which he considers very likely), then there's also reason to believe that they'll develop consciences.
A reason to believe based on what? How about the AI who programmed itself to become a "Hitler-loving sex robot?" No, there's absolutely no reason to believe they'll develop consciences especially since the people programming them don't seem themselves to have any

Krauss is a scientist-for-hire, he even wrote a book on the physics of Star Trek, a joke to any fan who endures the ridiculous Treknobabble that came to overtake the franchise. Be aware that serious thinkers have taken issue with his ragtime, including influential Scientific American columnist John Horgan. But that doesn't mean this mindvirus won't infect those want to look like serious thinkers without actually doing any serious thinking.




          The Cold War Kabuki   



Well, you all know what the big story was this past week. I wasn't going to post on it but enough people have asked and it seems germane to the ongoing Reality Show we're all unwitting (and unwilling) extras in. In case you've been on media blackout or a vision quest, here's a brief thumbnail sketch:
The United States launched a military strike Thursday on a Syrian government airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week. 
On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase that was home to the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks, US officials said.
As it happens, the airstrikes apparently didn't even seem to have the desired deterrent effect. The air base was up and running soon after the strikes:
Syrian warplanes took off from the air base hit by US cruise missiles yesterday to carry out bombing raids on rebel-held areas, in a defiant show of strength. 
Just hours after the al-Shayrat airfield was bombed with 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from warships in the Mediterranean, aircraft struck targets in the eastern Homs countryside, according to a monitoring group. 
The airstrikes were carried out on Khan Sheikhoun - the same town Bashar al-Assad’s regime is accused of attacking with chemicals - and seven other towns around eastern Homs, some of which controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
This rebound seemed to catch the War Party off guard, since CNN reported on the same story but appeared to ascribe the airstrikes to phantom warplanes. I mean, it couldn't be the Syrians or the Russians, right?:
(CNN) New airstrikes targeted a town in Syria that was hit by a chemical attack earlier this week, activists said, less than a day after the US bombarded a Syrian air base to "send a message" to the Assad regime. 
It wasn't immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which was hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib province.
CNN, who've been hammering Trump around the clock since he humiliated their network head in a post-election tantrum, suddenly changed their tune when he started raining bombs on Syria. Sam Kriss reports:
The media was kind to Trump’s attack on Syria. Every pompous outlet that has spent the last five months screaming incessantly about the threat to democracy, the inevitable deaths and the terror of wars, had nothing but applause as soon as the wars and the deaths actually got going. 
 A fleshy and dangerous idiot, a vulgarian, an imbecile – until those first perfect screaming shots of Tomahawk missiles being fired were broadcast – that’s our guy, you show them Donny! This is when, as Fareed Zakaria put it on CNN, Trump ‘became the president.’
The same mainstream media, which has become a hornet's hive of conspiracy theorizing since the election, was quick to shoot down any conspiracy theories about the Syria Bombshow.
A volley of US cruise missiles had barely been launched into Syria before the internet filled up with fact-free theories about the real reason for the international crisis.
A popular one on the right-most fringes: the US government actually carried out the chemical weapons massacre in Syria last week - a "false flag" to trick President Donald Trump into retaliating, thus entangling himself in a foreign war. 
A slightly more convoluted strain on the left: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the chemical weapons massacre to help Trump - distracting Americans from an investigation into Trump's campaign ties to Russia by provoking the missile strike.
Alt-left conspiracy theorists prefer the idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the chemical weapons massacre to help Trump - distracting Americans from an investigation into Trump's campaign ties to Russia.
Ron Paul, whose son Rand is now a rising star in the Senate, was perhaps the most prominent public figure to cast shade on the Syria op:
“Before this episode of possible gas exposure and who did what, things were going along reasonably well for the conditions,” the former Texas congressman stated. “Trump said let the Syrians decide who should run their country, and peace talks were making out, and Al Qaeda and ISIS were on the run.” 
“It looks like, maybe, somebody didn’t like that so there had to be an episode, and the blame now is we can’t let that happen because it looks like it might benefit Assad.”
For his part, Doctor Bones speculates that the real mark for a possible elaborate sting wasn't Assad or Putin, but in fact another player altogether. The timing seems hard to argue with:
A gas attack launched by the fleeing Syrian rebels, a side quickly losing it’s CIA-sponsorship and well aware it’s continued health depends on American funds, sure has a shit-ton more to gain from wide swathes of civilians dying on camera. Even better if they die particularly gruesomely and in a way the rebels claim they couldn’t be responsible for despite being photographed with all the tech to do so. 
How does Trump’s seemingly pointless explosion-show play into this? The answer: perfectly...
Consider also that the Chinese President was in Mar-a-Largo when the strike was underway, that Trump not only told him it was going to happen but actually ate dinner with him as it went on and the event spirals into even greater significance. A show of force full of technical prowess in a contested warzone while the Russians stood back and watched sends a powerful message to a foreign leader currently dining in enemy territory.
Is this just swivel-eyed speculation? Is there any reason to believe this wasn't all some improbable coincidence, that Xi Jinping was indeed dining with Trump while the Bombshow began? Because if it's not a coincidence then it's one hell of a psyop; running a mindfuck on your most dangerous frenemy during a state visit. What's this all about then? Joseph Farrell reports:
While there have been a spate of articles recently about growing Russo-Chinese defense and security ties, matching their growing financial and economic ties, this one left me stunned, for there was a statement within it that caught my eye, and Mr. B's as well, and I'm sure the reader saw it as well. As one can imagine, this one fueled my "high octane speculation" mode to the nth degree. Here's the statement, and a bit of surrounding context:
Russia and China are tired of Washington's "defensive" military installations in their backyards — and they're already taking action. 
According to the Atlantic Council and other responsible thinkers, the Untied States reserves the right to park its missile shields anywhere it wants, whether it be in Europe, East Asia, or the dark side of the Moon.  
I guess we should have seen all this coming, no? Shortly before the Bombshow, Trump's top Praetorian removed Trump's assumed consigliere from the NSC:
President Trump on Wednesday removed controversial White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon from the National Security Council, part of a sweeping staff reshuffling that elevated military, intelligence and Cabinet officials to greater roles on the council and left Bannon less directly involved in shaping the administration’s day-to-day national security policy. 
The restructuring reflects the growing influence of national security adviser H.R. McMaster, an Army three-star general who took over the post after retired general Michael Flynn was ousted in February and who is increasingly asserting himself over the flow of national security information in the White House. 
Do yourself a favor and set a news alert for "McMaster." That's a name you're going to be hearing more of in the days ahead. Or you won't. Which is probably the more troubling scenario.

And with Bannon off the NSC there's apparently an effort to shuffle him off to some fat-salaried thinktank glue factory.  The not-news of Bannon's interest in The Fourth Coming was dragged out yet again, this time by The New York Times. But the article planted a helpful hint of why Bannon is on the elbow list and might be giving us a grim preview of the year ahead:
Bannon’s Views Can Be Traced to a Book That Warns, ‘Winter Is Coming’

WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon has read the book three times. He still keeps a copy of it — one that’s creased and copiously underlined — in a library with the rest of his favorites at his father’s house in Richmond, Va. 
The book, “The Fourth Turning,” a 1997 work by two amateur historians, Neil Howe and William Strauss, lays out a theory that American history unfurls in predictable, 80-year cycles of prosperity and catastrophe. And it foresees catastrophe right around the corner. 
It also leads to unavoidable questions about war and whether Mr. Bannon, who has recommended the book to countless friends and made a film about it in 2010, is resigned to catastrophic global conflict. He says he is not. 
And he remains unconvinced that the United States can effectively intervene in overseas conflicts like the one unfolding in Syria. As one of the voices in the administration who expressed skepticism about a military strike in response to the Assad regime’s chemical attack on its own citizens, Mr. Bannon insists he is no warmonger.
Well, there you have it.

Is the Syria proxy war threatening to heat up again, or is this all just another dance in the Cold War Kabuki? Have actions like the Bombshow  become like sacrificial actions in ongoing magical actions? Or is the real war is for your mind and is playing out in thousands of manufactured headlines, blizzards of 30 second videos with deceptive text crawls and the endless babbling of overpaid talking heads?

I feel stupid even asking the question.

Just in case you're worried that this is all leading to nukes raining down on American cities,  the cognitive warriors seem to be trying to defuse any expectations of impending Armageddon: 
White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster says that while the U.S. would push for regime change in Syria, “We’re not the ones who are going to effect that change.” 
“What we’re saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions,” McMaster said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday." “Russia should ask themselves, ‘What are we doing here?’ Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population and using the most heinous weapons available?’”
Translation: No way in Hell we have the readiness needed for a hot war with a military superpower.

And since the mindfuck is the mother's milk of Cog-War, the careful inoculation of mixed messages into the mediafeed becomes just as vital a weapon as a cruise missile. Scratch that- much, much more so.
Trump Administration Is Contradicting Itself On Regime Change In Syria 
The Trump administration appears divided on whether the U.S. is pursuing a policy of regime change in Syria, days after the first direct American military attack against the Syrian government. 
Thursday’s strike “was related solely to the most recent horrific use of chemical weapons,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. The goal of the attack was to send a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad and its ally Russia that the U.S. wouldn’t tolerate the use of chemical weapons, he continued. “Other than that, there is no change to our military posture.”
But United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said there can be no peace in Syria with Assad in power. “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. “Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria.​”​
Though Haley stopped short of indicating the U.S. would take military action to overthrow the Syrian dictator, her comments reflect a sharp change from the administration’s previous position.
The difference here, of course, is that Tillerson sets and executes policy and Haley sits in a glorified debating society and blows smoke and fairy dust for a bunch of bored bureaucrats wishing they had their real government jobs back, the ones they enjoyed before being pushed upstairs to their present posts. The media only pays attention when bombs are falling.

It's all black magic, make no mistake about it. There are different terms and epithets for it all now,  but when you strip all the twenty-dollar words and the credentials and the technology away the intent and the effect is no different than a witch doctor's curse. 

William S. Burroughs understood this, since his uncle Ivy Lee was the creator of one of these modern strains of black magic, so-called "public relations." Burroughs considered his uncle a bonafide "evil genius." And Lee was a piker compared to the algorithm-fired masters of the dark arts striding the globe today.

Here's a story that probably won't pop up on your Facebook feed. Anyone paying attention to the Russia hacking story probably knows how incredibly weak the hacking evidence actually is,* but now Wikileaks is teasing out the Seth Rich mystery again.
‘Guccifer 2.0’ Chat With Nude Model Sparks New Conspiracy Theories About Murder of DNC’s Seth Rich 
New chat logs between alleged Democratic National Committee hacker Guccifer 2.0 and a Playboy centerfold model surfaced today via Wikileaks on Twitter, throwing more fuel on the conspiracy theories surrounding murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich. The Twitter conversation, conducted via direct messages, purports to reveal Rich as the primary leaker of the DNC e-mails that proved highly disruptive during the 2016 presidential election. 
In direct messages dated August 25, 2016, Guccifer 2.0 mentioned having a whistleblower at the DNC, and said he was looking for a “person of trust who can be a guarantee in case anything happens.”
When Young suggested trusting Julian Assange, Guccifer 2.0 called him “unsafe” and that he “may be connected with Russians” despite being his hero. 
“I’d like to find a journalist who can do an investigation and teel [sic] the real story of his life and death,” he said, and revealed that the whistleblower he was referring to was none other than a person named “Seth.” 
“I suppose u know who I’m talking about,” he said, adding that he felt sorry about the murdered DNC staffer’s parents and that he wished for journalists to uncover the truth of his murder.
  
Seth Rich, a 27-year-old mid-level DNC staffer, was shot and killed in the early morning of July 2016 in Washington DC, while he was walking home from a bar and talking with his girlfriend on his mobile phone. Rich’s killers left his watch and wallet untouched on his body. 
This wasn't floated by Alex Jones or David Icke, it popped up on Heat Street, which is owned by the Dow Jones Company and Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp. This story looks like it's going to grow some legs yet.

So are you sick of the Cog-War and the Cold War Kabuki yet? Tired of your social media hijacked by proxy warriors fighting battles for cliques within the Intelligence community? Burnt out on the whole Reality Show Presidency and its discontents altogether?

Start looking into ashrams in Sri Lanka, then. This machine is just getting warmed up. 




*Maybe some bright young spark should see if maybe the hacking an inside job by intel people who correctly judged a Trump White House would be easier to dominate than a bloated, top-heavy Clinton one. Just throwing that out there for giggles and grins.


          Spy vs Spy: Stuck in the Funhouse   

Funhouses are only fun when you can leave them. When the distorting mirror images become your new, day-to-day reality construct, then it's not so much fun anymore. 

I dreaded the 2016 Election because I had a very strong feeling that no matter who won we'd be plunged into a dystopian paradigm in which major power blocs would erupt into all-out warfare. And I sensed that neither Trump nor Clinton possessed the political skills or the communicative powers to keep the carnage fully out of our view. Or our path.


And I was right.


Trump's only been in office for a little over two months and I'm exhausted already. I'm certainly not alone in this. It all feels like a TV sitcom in its seventh season, well after the writers ran out of story ideas. The shark has been good and jumped. And the ratings (the approval ratings, in this case) are plunging too.


What is truly demoralizing though is the utter transparency of the secret war playing out, the seemingly endless spy vs spy thrust and counter-thrust, and the obvious deceptions. Even more so is the Animal Farm-like metamorphosis of the Democratic Party into a full-blown, funhouse mirror of McCarthy-era Republicans, but with Glenn Beck-worthy conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure.


I don't know about you but all of a sudden the world seems especially cold, hard, gray, harsh. Masks are coming off, velvet gloves tossed into wastebins. It doesn't seem to matter who wins the scorpion fight, you're still stuck with a scorpion.  

We can't call out the play-by-play because it's largely being acted out behind closed doors. But we can look at the collateral damage and make certain speculations. There's no doubt that it would all be just as bad-- probably worse-- if Hillary won. Even so, this all feels especially grating.

You've probably seen this story:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington pizzeria that became the subject of a conspiracy theory about human trafficking last year. 
Pizza shop Comet Ping Pong was thrust into the spotlight last year after a gunman allegedly fired a shot inside the restaurant. The suspect said he was investigating the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of the restaurant. 
The theory, which became known as Pizzagate, had circulated among far-right conspiracy theory websites and social media accounts. 
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones, who runs Infowars, said in a video. James Alefantis is the owner of Comet Ping Pong. 
Jones said his website relied on reporters who are no longer employed by Infowars and that video reports about Pizzagate were removed from the website. He also invited Alefantis onto the show to discuss the incident.
It was preceded by this story:
FBI’S RUSSIA PROBE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE ‘PIZZAGATE’ THREATS 
According to McClatchy News, the FBI’s Russian-influence probe agents are exploring whether far-right news operations, including the pro-Donald Trump sites Breitbart News and Infowars, “took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.”  Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son, a member of the Trump transition team, were among those who boosted the so-called “PizzaGate” pedophile conspiracy theory.
I doubt this will quell the fervor among the Pizzagaters on sites like 4chan and Voat. Given the suspicion many on the fringes regard Jones with it may in fact give the flagging movement a fresh jolt. Jones' apology may also have to do with the drive to purge YouTube of "extremist" content and the controversy over the use of advertising on videos corporate clients find objectionable. A World without Sin, as our Gordon might put it. 


Washington Post headline, pre-election.

So much for theories that the FBI was ready to make mass arrests of prominent Washington figures related to Pizzagate.  Has any "mass arrest" Internet story ever panned out?  

Maybe it has:
Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20. And in one short month, there were more than 1,500 arrests for sex crimes ranging from trafficking to pedophilia.  
Big deal? You bet. In all of 2014, there were fewer than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests, according to FBI crime statistics. Liz Crokin at TownHall.com has put together a great piece on the push by the Trump administration to crack down on sex crimes. And she notes that while "this should be one of the biggest stories in the national news... the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?
This may have nothing to do with Trump-- in fact, it's likely it doesn't-- since these kinds of actions are planned out months in advance. The arrests continue, in case you were wondering, with major busts going down on a near-weekly basis. Someone's cleaning house. 

For what it's worth, I always reckoned that Pizzagate was in fact cover/distraction for a more hidden struggle, one that would take place under the radar*. As I noted back in November:

No one is saying as much but this very much feels connected to a deeper, more covert war. 
Why would I say such a thing? Because at the same time the Pizzagate story went dark we've seen major strikes taken against international pedophilia, which actually is a global conspiracy, with its own networks, secret codes and moles within established centers of power such as schools, police departments and governments.  
With such combustible accusations-- and such potential for a scandal that could quickly spread out of control (ie., involve political figures you're not trying to destroy)-- you'd naturally expect the action to go dark and the fall guys to be placed pretty far down the foodchain. (Remember that a prior investigation bagged one of the most powerful people in Washington at one time, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert).†


"EVER WONDER WHAT IT'D BE LIKE TO DIE IN A PLANE CRASH?" 



It may be sheer coincidence, but James Alefantis' former partner suffered a major heart attack this week
Media Matters for America founder David Brock was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. 
According to a press release from MMA, the founder of the liberal media watchdog and analysis website was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon and received treatment.
Sure, it may be coincidence. But I couldn't help but remember this story, published soon after the election
Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us 
Democrats know they need someone to lead them out of the wilderness. But, they say, that someone is not David Brock.

As David Brock attempts to position himself as a leader in rebuilding ademoralized Democratic Party in the age of Trump, many leading Democratic organizers and operatives are wishing the man would simply disappear.
 
"Disappear." Huh. 
Many in the party—Clinton loyalists, Obama veterans, and Bernie supporters alike—talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash. And former employees say that he has hurt the cause.
It's worth remembering that Breitbart.com Andrew Breitbart died of a heart attack at the age of 43. A year before he'd posted a cryptic tweet that some have since linked to the Pizzagate imbroglio.  Just before his death he hyped some revelation about Barack Obama's past. 

A coroner in the office handling Breitbart's body subsequently died of arsenic poisoning. The day Breitbart's autopsy results were revealed, in fact.

COME BACK ROY COHN, ALL IS FORGIVEN


We also saw James Comey revive Russiagate, which had been flatlining after Vault 7. Any illusions among Trump fans that the FBI was secretly on their side were ground into powder, between this revelation and the Pizzagate conspiracy investigations. 

One can't help but wonder if the New Praetorians (I've noticed that the Praetorian meme has been picked up by more prominent commentators, but you heard it here first) are losing their last shred of patience with Donald Trump's shenanigans and are planning imminent regime change: 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump’s associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats. 
In a bruising five-hour session, the FBI director also knocked down Trump’s claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an assertion that has distracted White House officials and frustrated fellow Republicans who acknowledge they’ve seen no evidence to support it.
How surreal is the world in which you know live in? So much so that mainstream political site The Hill is comparing the action in Washington to a Stanley Kubrick film, one which has become notorious for the conspiracy theories that have been projected onto it (and is well familiar to Synchronauts):
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Shining, Stephen King must be wondering if Washington is working on its own sequel. For the last couple months, Washington has been on edge, like we are all trapped in Overlook Hotel with every day bringing a new “jump scare,” often preceded by a telltale tweet. Indeed, a Twitter whistle has replaced suspenseful music to put the entire city on the edge of their seats. 
In this Shining sequel, however, people are sharply divided on who is the deranged ax-wielding villain in this lodge, the president or the press. Ironically, with the recent disclosure that some of the Trump campaign may indeed have been subject to surveillance, the president is looking more like Danny Torrence, a character dismissed for constantly muttering “redrum, redrum” until someone finally looked in a mirror at the reverse image to see the true message.
Yeah, I'm not really feeling that metaphor there, but whatever. It's been that kind of year.

Now the Internet is burning up with theories that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has "turned" and is going to testify against the Trump Administration, or at least figures attached to it. 


It's hard to imagine a three-star general can be stupid enough to be guilty of things Flynn's been accused of but that may speak to a culture of impunity in Washington, in which your misdeeds are only punished if you get on the wrong side of the wrong people.

LIKE A BAD CYBERPUNK NOVEL


One wonders if the secret war has spread outside Washington. Car service giant Uber seems to be having a major run of rotten luck lately: 
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. 
In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations.

The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are currently under scrutiny because of a series of scandals. The ride-hailing company has been accused of operating a sexist workplace. This month, the New York Times reported that Uber used a tool called Greyball to help drivers evade government regulators and enforcement officials. Kalanick said he needed "leadership help" after Bloomberg published a video showing him arguing with an Uber driver.
So who did Kalanick piss off? 

Coincidentally- there's that word again- the crash comes soon after Wikileaks revealed that CIA hackers had the ability to override the computer systems in automobiles. From Mashable:

WikiLeaks has published a trove of files it says are linked to the CIA's hacking operations — which apparently includes efforts to hack into cars.  
The first in a series called "Vault 7," "Year Zero" supposedly comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.  
"Year Zero" details the CIA's malware arsenal and "zero day" exploits against Apple iPhones, Google's Android operating system, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs.  
 According to a document from 2014, the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. 
Oh, that's reassuring. Speaking of control systems, apparently pimps are controlling prostitutes with RFID chips:
It turns out this 20-something woman was being pimped out by her boyfriend, forced to sell herself for sex and hand him the money. 
 “It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.” 
This is human trafficking. It’s a marginal issue here in the U.S. for most of us. Part of that is because the average person isn’t sure what human trafficking – or modern day slavery – actually means.
Technology is our friend, right? And now this: 
Turkish Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones; Demand Ransom From Apple 
Today, courtesy of CIO, we learn that a group of hackers referring to themselves as the "Turkish Crime Family", has been in direct contact with Apple and is demanding a $150,000 ransom by April 7th or they will proceed to wipe as many as 600 million apple devices for which they allegedly have passwords. 
The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

Since announcing its plan to wipe devices associated with iCloud accounts, the group claimed that other hackers have stepped forward and shared additional account credentials with them, putting the current number it holds at over 627 million.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don't have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on.
 
Of course, if credible, with an ask of just $150k, this is the most modest group of hackers we've ever come across.
Given the war that's erupted between the increasingly aggressive Turkish government and the EU, money may clearly not be the object here. Turkish PM Erdogan is clearly set on reconstructing the old Ottoman Empire and shivving Apple might just be part of the march.

Besides, Turkey is taking that recent coup attempt-- which is almost universally blamed on the CIA-- very personally.


Speaking of the EU, we've seen stories that Trump advisor Steve Bannon wants to dissolve the union. Which may be why Trump-adversary John McCain announced his unalloyed support for it- and the "New World Order" (his words, not mine):
The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). 
In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. 
Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop "more cooperation, more connectivity". 
"I trust the EU," he said, defending an opposite view from that of US president Donald Trump, who said in January that the UK "was so smart in getting out" of the EU and that Nato was "obsolete". 
He said that the EU was "one of the most important alliances" for the US and that the EU and Nato were "the best two sums in history", which have maintained peace for the last 70 years. "We need to rely on Nato and have a Nato that adjusts to new challenges," he said.
Would McCain speak this way to a domestic audience? Of course not. Or maybe he would- I can't tell which way is up anymore. But either way it's good to know where he really stands.

Like McCain, China continues to sound a similar note of support for globalization, on which its very economic survival so desperately depends:
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance. 
“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability, he said, adding that countries must respect one another’s core interests and refrain from undermining regional stability. 
I suppose this is why China is off the target list for our new Cold (?) Warriors.

I've resisted posting on all this because it's all so depressing. I've actually written a few pieces on this chicanery that I ended up roundfiling. But I suppose I just wanted to go on the record about all this skullduggery, for posterity's sake.



UPDATE: Sex trafficking arrests and trials continue to proliferate. Most recent bust, an international ring in Minnesota. There is way too much activity going down in too short a time for this to be spontaneous.


* Which is exactly why I refrained from commenting on it here for the most part, instead noting that it had become a kind of memetic virus in much the same way that the Franklin/Boy's Town scandal had in the 90s. (Note that prior to the election-- and Pizzagate-- Trump nemesis the Washington Post was all over the issue of sex trafficking in the nation's capital). 

† The ongoing legal and police actions coinciding with the moves to shut down the Pizzagate fringes on the Web seem like the exact kind of action one would expect if there were a serious operation at work. Shutting down the Internet chatter makes perfect sense in this context because it can only complicate cases made by prosecutors. 
          The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past   


2017 might seem like the hangover after a particularly-nasty meth, glue and Thunderbird bender, but it's actually a year of major anniversaries. We're coming up on the 70th Anniversary of Kenneth Arnold and Roswell (as well as the National Security Act), the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love and the centennial of the Russian Revolution. But there are a lot more observances, all kinds of 'ennials to observe. 

I thought I'd dig into a few anniversaries germane to The Secret Sun and the topics we look at here. Readers are encouraged to weigh in with their own (observations that can be counted in multiples of five and ten, that is) in the comments.

December will see the fifth anniversary of the 2012 apocalypse/ascension/ absurdity (depending on your point of view). Needless to say, most of us are still here and the skies didn't open and Nibiru didn't come crashing into the moon. So there goes another apocalypse. 

I can't help but wonder about the 2012 meme, though. As I wrote a couple years back, it certainly seems like something changed that year, that the bottom fell out somewhere but no one seemed to notice it at the time. 

I mean, Donald Trump is sitting in the White House, isn't he? If even you're a Trump supporter you have to admit this would have seemed impossible five years ago.

Maybe the Apocalypse works on a different timeline than it does in the movies. Maybe we're living in one only we can't see the forest fire for the burning trees. History can only be written from a distance.

2007 was the year Our Gods Wear Spandex was published and the year I began actively blogging on this site, so Happy Ten Year Anniversary to me. It's also the year that a newly-elected Senator - with a weird, oblique connection to the Council of Nine - announced his candidacy for President.


This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Heaven's Gate suicides, an event I've gone into some detail on this blog. Whatever the media might have you believe the Gate were a bonafide modern Gnostic sect, were serious and rigorous about their work and were deeply troubled by the emergence of the techno-surveillance state they saw emerging at the time. 

This week also marks the 20th anniversary of the last of the Order of the Solar Temple "suicides" ( rendered in quotes since many investigators suspect foul play by outside parties with the OST mass deaths). I wrote in some detail about the OST and their influence on pop culture here (the X-Files writers seemed especially fascinated with the OST and their unique status and history and the lingering questions over their deaths).

Postmortem reports claimed that the OST committed ritual suicide in order to spiritually ascend to Sirius, where they believe their souls originated from. If this is true this is another troubling link to the "Walk-Ins from Sirius" theme from Ruth Montgomery's seminal Aliens Among Us, which has also been linked to the Heaven's Gate suicides.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the Phoenix Lights flap, a controversial UFO sighting that caused a major media meltdown and has been the focus of a growing mythology ever since. What is particularly interesting about the Phoenix episode- however you view it-- is that it took place right down the highway from the Heaven's Gate compound in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. 

It may have been seen as the final sign that their ride was here, seeing as how the web-savvy cult was monitoring all kinds of infostreams for omens and portents. 

Next week also marks the 20th anniversary of the Outer Limits episode "Double Helix," which plays out like an idealized fantasy world version of Marshall Applewhite's most cherished beliefs. 

Seeing as how the suicides were discovered before its airing it plays like an elegy, a bizarre epitaph for the cult, its leader and their beliefs. How the hell that happened is anyone's guess.

Speaking of double helixes, 1997 saw the announcement that the first major cloning had been done, of "Dolly" the sheep. The news was broken in Roslin, Scotland, of all places (Dan Brown fans take note). More ominously it was also the year IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in chess. 

Coincidentally or not, Steve Jobs returned to Apple a few months later and changed the world as we knew it. One of his last projects was designing the Apple HQ, which looks like a friggin' flying saucer.

Why do all those events feel so closely entwined? We can't say we weren't warned.