Beaufort County computer recycle events set        
BEAUFORT, S.C (OS) — The next Beaufort County Public Works Department Solid Waste and Recycling Office free electronics recycling events for county residents will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations on Dec. 5: Beaufort County Public Works, 9 Benton Field Road, Bluffton Beaufort County Public Works, 140 Shanklin Road, […]
          '..the mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens plan to banish diesels from their city centres by 2025.' (no replies)        
'In Germany, for example, Deutsche Post has started building its own electric vans and will soon start selling them to other companies..'

'The clock may be ticking for petrol and diesel-powered cars, but it's vans, trucks and buses that are driving the electric vehicle revolution on the world's roads.

This week the UK government followed France in announcing it would ban the sale of such vehicles by 2040, while the mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens plan to banish diesels from their city centres by 2025.


In Germany, for example, Deutsche Post has started building its own electric vans and will soon start selling them to other companies. Meanwhile, in the US, the city of Los Angeles plans to make its entire bus fleet emissions-free by 2030.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) believes that keeping global temperature rises below 2C by the end of the century will in part depend on the electrification of some 600 million vehicles worldwide.


Frost & Sullivan's Ananth Srinivasan says it it easier for freight fleet owners to justify investment in electric vehicles because "when they look at the cost for miles travelled over, say, two years with an electric van versus one powered by petrol or diesel", the financial benefits are obvious.'

- Chris Baraniuk, Electric trucks and vans cut pollution faster than cars, 28 July 2017


Team Solid: Metal Fuels

' get rid of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025..' - Britain bans gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040

'..wood burning is the single largest source of hazardous particle pollution during winter, creating even more particle pollution than vehicles and industry.'

          ' get rid of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025..' - Britain bans gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040 (no replies)        
'..The Netherlands and Norway previously said they wanted to get rid of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025 and Germany and India announced similar plans ahead of 2030.'

- Chloe Farand, France will 'ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040', July 6, 2017

'..Dirty air has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, among other health issues. The problem is especially pronounced in big cities including London.'

'Britain will ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040 as part of a bid to clean up the country's air.

The decision to phase out the internal combustion engine heralds a new era of low-emission technologies with major implications for the auto industry, society and the environment.

"We can't carry on with diesel and petrol cars," U.K. environment secretary Michael Gove told the BBC on Wednesday. "There is no alternative to embracing new technology."

Gove said the government's air quality plan, which is set to be officially announced later on Wednesday, was needed because gasoline and diesel engines contribute to health problems, "accelerate climate change, do damage to the planet and the next generation."

Roughly 40,000 deaths in Britain each year are attributable to outdoor air pollution, according to a study published last year by the Royal College of Physicians. Dirty air has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, among other health issues. The problem is especially pronounced in big cities including London.

The timeline for ending sales of internal combustion engines mirrors one proposed in early July by France. President Emmanuel Macron has given the auto industry the same deadline to make the switch to cleaner tech.

"We are quite rightly in a position of global leadership when it comes to shaping new technology," Gove said.

- Charles Riley, Britain bans gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040, July 26, 2017


' Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2030'

'..committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.'

(Global) - '..a revolutionary shift to net zero emissions by 2080..'

'Thorium reactor: cleaner, safer and sustainable nuclear energy within sight'

(Fusion Power) - LPP Focus Fusion 1; '..FF-1 results are right now far ahead..'

' develop a series of electric and hybrid aircraft..'

The "CityTree" - 'Air pollution is one of the world's invisible killers.'

          (To Heal) - Genesis - Driving the last spike (no replies)        
We came from the North,
and we came from the South
with picks and with spades
and a new kind of order
showing no fear of what lies up ahead
They'll never see the likes of us again

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
Don't you hear me?
Don't you see?

Genesis - Driving the last spike

Leaving my family behind me
not knowing what lay ahead
waving goodbye, as I left them in tears
remembering all we'd said

I looked to the sky, I offered my prayers
I asked Him for guidance and strength
but the simple beliefs of a simple man
lay in His hands, and on my head (my head)

I gave everything that they wanted
but still they wanted more
we sweat and we toiled
good men lost their lives
I don't think they knew what for

I sold them my heart
I sold them my soul
I gave everything I had
Ah, but they couldn't break my spirit
my dignity fought back

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
Don't you hear me?
Don't you see?

We worked in gangs for all we were worth
the young boys pulling the wagons
We were digging the tunnel, shifting the earth
It was then that it happened.

No one knew how the cracks appeared,
but as it fell they all disappeared
stone fell like rain

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
Don't you hear me?
(Can) Can you breathe?

The smoke cleared, the dust it settled
No one knew how many had died
All around there were broken men
They'd said it was safe, they'd lied
you could hear the cries, you could smell our fear
but good fortune that day was mine
and it occurred to me that the heart of a good man
it seems is hard to find.

Ah, can you hear me?
Can you see?
Don't you hear me?
Don't you see?

We worked, how we worked like
the devil for our pay
through the wind, through the snow,
and through the rain

Blasting, and cutting through God's country like a knife
sweat stinging my eyes, there has to be a better life

Ah but I can hear my childrens' cry
I can see the tears in their eyes
memories of those I've left behind
still ringing in my ears
Will I ever go back again?
Will I ever see her face again?
O, I'll never forget that night
As they waved goodbye to their fathers

We came from the North,
and we came from the South
with picks and with spades
and a new kind of order
showing no fear of what lies up ahead
They'll never see the likes of us again

Driving the last spike,
lifting and laying the track
with blistering hands,
the sun burning your back

Oh, but I can hear my childrens' cry
I can see the tears in their eyes
memories of those I've left behind
still ringing in my ears
Well I'll always remember that night,
As they waved goodbye to their fathers

We followed the rail, we slept under the stars
digging in darkness, and living with danger
showing no fear of what lies up ahead
they'll never see the likes of us again.

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
(Don't) Don't you hear me?
(Don't) Don't you see?


(To Heal)(Management innovation) - '..Teal Organizations to start healing the world..'

(In The Electric Universe) - '..Reading “The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences” caused me to reconsider my views on death..'

(Bazaarmodel - To Heal - Teal) Dream - Semco Style

Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross

You just feel what you want it to be

          '..FORGET fuel-powered jet engines .. looking into hybrid planes .. plasma engine..' (no replies)        
'FORGET fuel-powered jet engines. We’re on the verge of having aircraft that can fly from the ground up to the edge of space using air and electricity alone.


Berkant Göksel at the Technical University of Berlin and his team now want to fit plasma engines to planes. “We want to develop a system that can operate above an altitude of 30 kilometres where standard jet engines cannot go,” he says. These could even take passengers to the edge of the atmosphere and beyond.


Göksel is hoping for a breakthrough in compact fusion reactors to power his system..

In the meantime, he is looking into hybrid planes, in which his plasma engine would be combined with pulse detonation combustion engines or rockets to save on fuel.'

- Sandrine Ceurstemont, Plasma jet engines that could take you from the ground to space, May 17, 2017


(Fusion Power) - LPP Focus Fusion 1; '..FF-1 results are right now far ahead..'

(The Electric Universe) - SAFIRE as Astrophysical Laboratory | EU2016

'Open source is now mainstream..'

The New Fusion Race - Part 4 - Fusion Race: Who is Ahead, April 6, 2017

          The "CityTree" - 'Air pollution is one of the world's invisible killers.' (no replies)        
'..the "CityTree", a mobile installation which removes pollutants from the air, has been popping up in cities around the world, including Oslo, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong.'

'(CNN) Air pollution is one of the world's invisible killers.

It causes seven million premature deaths a year, making it the largest single environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization.

In urban areas, air quality is particularly problematic. More than 80% of people living in areas where pollution is monitored are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. And given that by 2050 two thirds of the global population will be urban, cleaning up our cities' air is a matter of urgency.

One well-established way to reduce air pollutants is to plant trees, as their leaves catch and absorb harmful particulates.

But planting new trees is not always a viable option.

That's why the "CityTree", a mobile installation which removes pollutants from the air, has been popping up in cities around the world, including Oslo, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong.

Moss is in the air

Each CityTree is just under 4 meters tall, nearly 3 meters wide and 2.19 meters deep, available in two versions: with or without a bench. A display is included for information or advertising.

Berlin-based Green City Solutions claims its invention has the environmental benefit of up to 275 actual trees.

But the CityTree isn't, in fact, a tree at all -- it's a moss culture.

"Moss cultures have a much larger leaf surface area than any other plant. That means we can capture more pollutants," said Zhengliang Wu, co-founder of Green City Solutions.


So far, around 20 CityTrees have been successfully installed, with each costing about $25,000.


Wu also argued that the CityTree is just one piece of a larger puzzle.

"Our ultimate goal is to incorporate technology from the CityTree into existing buildings," he said.

"We dream of creating a climate infrastructure so we can regulate what kind of air and also what kind of temperature we have in a city." '

- By Chris Giles, This 'tree' has the environmental benefits of a forest, June 8, 2017


' Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2030'

'..committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.'

'The future of shipping is, without a doubt, silent and emission free.'

(Global Infrastructure Upgrade) - Mexico's former president: Global infrastructure needs an upgrade

'Thorium reactor: cleaner, safer and sustainable nuclear energy within sight'

'..reductions in air pollution and lower costs .. moving to low-carbon electricity generation..'

Crowdfunding Focus Fusion (since May 6, 2014) - 'Focus Fusion: Clean Energy For All'

(Fusion Power) - LPP Focus Fusion 1; '..FF-1 results are right now far ahead..'

June, 2017 - 'Renewable sources of energy have generated more electricity than coal and gas in Great Britain..'

          '..committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.' (no replies)        
'Leaders from the City of Portland and Multnomah County have committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.

In an announcement earlier this week, authorities said that their goal was to meet the community's electricity needs with renewables by the year 2035 and to move all remaining energy sources to renewable ones by 2050.


Multnomah County is the most populous county in Oregon. Its Chair, Deborah Kafoury, welcomed the news. "This is a pledge to our children's future,'' she said. "100 percent renewables means a future with cleaner air, a stable climate and more jobs and economic opportunity.''

Portland is among a number of U.S. cities looking to embrace renewables. Over the weekend Chicago's Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, announced that city buildings there were to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.'

- Anmar Frangoul, Portland commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, April 12, 2017


(Fusion Power) - LPP Focus Fusion 1; '..FF-1 results are right now far ahead..'

(Fusion Power) - '..LPP has so far has two out of the three necessary ingredients for successful breakeven..'

' Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2030'

The nuclear retreat - '..the global transition to sustainable 100 percent renewable energy.' - ' Europe by 2050.'

(To Heal) - '..the forces and forms of nature -- clouds, mountains, waves -- in cities of the future.'

(In The Electric Universe) Open Source Infrastructure, beginning of the Enterprise Nervous System (ENS)

          Vision of Humanity - Global Peace (no replies)        
'Economists on Peace aims to stimulate global discussion and shared learning on economic aspects of peace and conflict leading to appropriate action for peace, security and the world economy.'

- An Economists for Peace and Security editorial collaboration

'The need to understand what works in peacebuilding, how to measure its impact and cost-effectiveness is essential to long-term efforts to prevent violence and build peace. Yet, there is much we collectively do not know about peacebuilding, what works and doesn’t work, let alone what activities broadly define it. At a time when the international community’s resources to international development and aid are under strain due to tightened national budgets and stress from humanitarian action, the need to understand and invest in the most cost-effective ways to build long term peace is more crucial than ever.'

- Report: Measuring Peace Building Cost-Effectiveness

Context (Haptopraxeology) - '..We have lost three centuries as a result of ignoring our scholars!'

Global Peace Index

The Book of Peace

Four Ways Peace Research Made an Impact in Nuevo León, Mexico

Gold, Peace, and Prosperity

In The Electric Universe a Future of Peace and Love

'..tell your boss you think the company has a love deficit.' - Hamel

(To Heal)(Reinventing Organizations) - ' about what happening in the space of organizations going Teal.'

(In The Electric Universe) Open Source Infrastructure, beginning of the Enterprise Nervous System (ENS)

          Update (February 11, 2017) - '..ethical standards..' ('.. Dr. Bates appeared to distance himself from some of what he wrote in the blog post..') (no replies)        
Update February 11, 2017: 'In an interview on Monday with E&E News, Dr. Bates appeared to distance himself from some of what he wrote in the blog post, and from the way his criticisms were portrayed in the Mail on Sunday article.

“The issue here is not an issue of tampering with data,” he said, “but rather really of timing of a release of a paper that had not properly disclosed everything it was.”

Climate Home, a nonprofit site based in London that offers news and analysis, also weighed in on one of the central contentions of Mr. Rose’s article, that the publication of the NOAA paper had "duped” policy makers into adopting the Paris accord. The site contacted representatives to the talks from 10 countries; none said that the paper had any influence.'

- Henry Fountain, No Data Manipulation in 2015 Climate Study, Researchers Say, February 7, 2016

Update February 09, 2017: 'Dr Bates’ main complaint is that Dr Karl and his co-authors did not follow strict procedures required for NOAA’s ‘operational’ data. It is not yet clear whether Dr Karl should have subjected his research data to the same procedures. Dr Karl, who retired from NOAA in August 2016, has not yet had the opportunity to respond fully to Dr Bates’ allegations.'

- LSE: More fake news in ‘The Mail on Sunday’, February 5, 2017 (Wikipedia Bans Daily Mail As 'Unreliable' Source, February 08, 2017))

'..a failure to observe proper ethical standards..'

'Dr John Bates’s disclosures about the manipulation of data behind the ‘Pausebuster’ paper is the biggest scientific scandal since ‘Climategate’ in 2009 when, as this paper reported, thousands of leaked emails revealed scientists were trying to block access to data, and using a ‘trick’ to conceal embarrassing flaws in their claims about global warming.

Both scandals suggest a lack of transparency and, according to Dr Bates, a failure to observe proper ethical standards.

Because of NOAA ’s failure to ‘archive’ data used in the paper, its results can never be verified.

Like Climategate, this scandal is likely to reverberate around the world, and reignite some of science’s most hotly contested debates.'

- Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data, February 4, 2017

'Whatever takes its place, said Dr Bates, ‘there needs to be a fundamental change to the way NOAA deals with data so that people can check and validate scientific results. I’m hoping that this will be a wake-up call to the climate science community – a signal that we have to put in place processes to make sure this kind of crap doesn’t happen again.


Dr Bates said: ‘How ironic it is that there is now this idea that Trump is going to trash climate data, when key decisions were earlier taken by someone whose responsibility it was to maintain its integrity – and failed.’ '

'Dr Bates retired from NOAA at the end of last year after a 40-year career in meteorology and climate science. As recently as 2014, the Obama administration awarded him a special gold medal for his work in setting new, supposedly binding standards ‘to produce and preserve climate data records’.


Less than two years earlier, a blockbuster report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which drew on the work of hundreds of scientists around the world, had found ‘a much smaller increasing trend over the past 15 years 1998-2012 than over the past 30 to 60 years’. Explaining the pause became a key issue for climate science. It was seized on by global warming sceptics, because the level of CO2 in the atmosphere had continued to rise.


In the weeks after the Pausebuster paper was published, Dr Bates conducted a one-man investigation into this. His findings were extraordinary. Not only had Mr Karl and his colleagues failed to follow any of the formal procedures required to approve and archive their data, they had used a ‘highly experimental early run’ of a programme that tried to combine two previously separate sets of records.


Dr Bates revealed that the failure to archive and make available fully documented data not only violated NOAA rules, but also those set down by Science. Before he retired last year, he continued to raise the issue internally. Then came the final bombshell. Dr Bates said: ‘I learned that the computer used to process the software had suffered a complete failure.’

The reason for the failure is unknown, but it means the Pausebuster paper can never be replicated or verified by other scientists.


Whatever takes its place, said Dr Bates, ‘there needs to be a fundamental change to the way NOAA deals with data so that people can check and validate scientific results. I’m hoping that this will be a wake-up call to the climate science community – a signal that we have to put in place processes to make sure this kind of crap doesn’t happen again.

Dr Bates said: ‘How ironic it is that there is now this idea that Trump is going to trash climate data, when key decisions were earlier taken by someone whose responsibility it was to maintain its integrity – and failed.’

NOAA not only failed, but it effectively mounted a cover-up when challenged over its data. After the paper was published, the US House of Representatives Science Committee launched an inquiry into its Pausebuster claims. NOAA refused to comply with subpoenas demanding internal emails from the committee chairman, the Texas Republican Lamar Smith, and falsely claimed that no one had raised concerns about the paper internally.'

- Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data, February 4, 2017

Context '..conduct more meetings on ethics .. Respectful discussion of different points of view should be encouraged.' - John Bates

Climategate: Follow the Money - By Bret Stephens

Those Who Control the Past Control the Future, Climate Data Edition, February 5, 2017

'..Earth is warming more rapidly than previously thought was correct..'

'Trees are the best known ‘technology’ to cool our planet'

Focus Fusion - '..So, production reactors by 2020 or so.'

(Earth Defence - Earth Shield) - Faraday - Tesla - 'The Accelerating Winds of Venus.' (Electric Universe - Solar Climate Change)

(The Electric Universe - Earth Defence - Earth Shield) - Electric Fossils and Thundercrabs

(The Electric Universe) - ' systems .. an electric “wind” surrounds and often precedes an electric arc.'

(Thymology - Haptopraxeology) - '..entrepreneurship .. actions he will carry out and estimates the future effect of those actions..'

'...The peer review process is broken...' - '...don't have the "situational awareness"...'

On the Mail on Sunday article on Karl et al., 2015, February 5, 2017

          '..Earth is warming more rapidly than previously thought was correct..' (no replies)        
Update February 11, 2017: '..ethical standards..' ('.. Dr. Bates appeared to distance himself from some of what he wrote in the blog post..')

'A new study has shown that a 2015 NOAA paper finding that the Earth is warming more rapidly than previously thought was correct.


This paper is another reminder why it is so important to invest in the temperature measurements that are needed to create long-term climate records. We really need uninterrupted measurements that span many years/decades if we want to truly understand the Earth’s changing climate.

..Now let’s move on to solving the problem.'

- New study confirms NOAA finding of faster global warming, January 4, 2017


Focus Fusion - '..So, production reactors by 2020 or so.'

(The Electric Universe) - ' systems .. an electric “wind” surrounds and often precedes an electric arc.'

(Global Infrastructure Upgrade) - Mexico's former president: Global infrastructure needs an upgrade

          (Haptopraxeology) - Students of Civilization (no replies)        
'I remain optimistic, but even more cautiously than before. If 2016 taught me anything, it was that we economists should stick to our jobs as "students of civilization" as the founding members of the Austrian School saw their intellectual mission.


..We have the tools and mentality to be 'students of civilization" as our intellectual tradition demands.'

- Peter Boettke, 2016: A Year in a Life, December 29, 2016

'This book argues that the work of the Austrian economists, including Carl Menger, Joseph Schumpeter, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek, has been too narrowly interpreted. Through a study of Viennese politics and culture, it demonstrates that the project they were engaged in was much broader: the study and defense of a liberal civilization. Erwin Dekker shows the importance of the civilization in their work and how they conceptualized their own responsibilities toward that civilization, which was attacked left and right during the interwar period. Dekker argues that what differentiates their position is that they thought of themselves primarily as students of that civilization rather than as social scientists, or engineers. This unique focus and approach is related to the Viennese setting of the circles, which constitute the heart of Viennese intellectual life in the interwar period.

• Corrects the one-sided view on Austrian economists which dominates the literature • Investigates how economics was transformed into a modern engineering science and what was lost in the process • Helps the reader understand how the Austrian economists regarded their role and responsibilities as scholars and citizens'

- The Viennese Students of Civilization, 2014

Context 'A judgment of value .. a man's affective response to definite conditions of the universe..' - Ludwig von Mises

'..dismantle the Marxist myth..' - 'Karl Marx, False consciousness'

(Bazaarmodel - To Heal - Teal) - ' it possible to build a truly Evolutionary-Teal school?'

(The Electric Universe) - SAFIRE as Astrophysical Laboratory | EU2016

The Christmas Truce of 1914 - '..what might have happened if the truce had spread and this had caused the war to end earlier..'

(To Heal - Teal - Bazaarmodel) - Striving for wholeness '..We have let our busy egos trump the quiet voice of our soul; many cultures often celebrate the mind and neglect the body..'

' socialism actually produces a superclass of elites and a form of socio-economic apartheid..'

Presentation: Phase I (2012 - 2022) - The Beginning

          (The Electric Universe) - SAFIRE as Astrophysical Laboratory | EU2016 (no replies)        
'You are only suprised when you have the wrong model.' (minute 9:38)

- Michael Clarage, SAFIRE as Astrophysical Laboratory | EU2016)


Dr. Hannes Tager, who has done significant historical research into the origins and the evolution of the electrical concepts of comets, going back hundreds of years, December 20, 2016

(Electric Universe) - '..the SAFIRE Project has moved into Phase 2..'

(LENR) - It's Not Cold Fusion... But It's Something

(Fusion Power) - LPP Focus Fusion 1; '..FF-1 results are right now far ahead..'

'Thorium reactor: cleaner, safer and sustainable nuclear energy within sight'

'..the first-ever 2000 horsepower (HP) electric class 8 semi-truck, called the Nikola One..'

(Project C - MDE, The Electric Universe, Fusion Power) - Montgomery Childs: SAFIRE Project Update | EU2015

(Electric Universe) - '..a Birkeland current may be responsible for the planetary spacings described by the Titius-Bode Law..'

          The Christmas Truce of 1914 - '..what might have happened if the truce had spread and this had caused the war to end earlier..' (no replies)        
'.."What If," points out that he thinks … and of course this is speculation, counterfactual history ... that if we had had no Russian Revolution, we wouldn’t have gotten to that point where communism took over, no Lenin, no Stalin, there would be no Treaty of Versailles, mistreated Germany, therefore Hitler would not have had his cause to rise and no Hitler and Nazism and World War II..'

'Deist: One thing that’s so remarkable about the Christmas Truce is this whole question of what might have happened if the truce had spread and this had caused the war to end earlier or be somehow limited. Weintraub addresses this in his book. We may not have had the rise of communism, the Russian Revolution and Stalin and Lenin, we certainly would not have had Versailles. As a result, we might not have had Hitler or Nazism or maybe even FDR. I mean, it’s remarkable to think about, isn’t it?

Denson: That’s right and that’s counterfactual history at its best. Weintraub, in his last chapter, entitled "What If," points out that he thinks … and of course this is speculation, counterfactual history ... that if we had had no Russian Revolution, we wouldn’t have gotten to that point where communism took over, no Lenin, no Stalin, there would be no Treaty of Versailles, mistreated Germany, therefore Hitler would not have had his cause to rise and no Hitler and Nazism and World War II, as I have argued in the past, World War II was simply a continuation of World War I with a truce, and World War I was to see if you could remake the world to benefit the English, the British, and the Russian Czar. World War II was to see if you could keep it that way, what they’d done in World War I. So, it would have changed the whole history, in my opinion, of the twentieth century. And, we are still in the Middle East, suffering the results of the treaties that ended World War I. I mean, the treaties that created Iraq, tried to give Syria to the French, and Israel was created in the middle of an Arab world and it’s still a problem that was created by the World War I treaties. So, all of that, the whole twentieth century, I think, would have been completely different, if it could have ended, say when the troops stopped at Christmas of 1914. It’s amazing to think about that.


..H. Kingsley Wood, a cabinet minister, got up and made a speech and he said, he had been in the trenches, he said in the front trenches in Christmas 1914 and he said, I took part in what was well known at the time as a truce. We went over in front of the trenches and shook hands with many of our German enemies and a great number of people and I think we did something that was degrading or wrong and refused to stop, he said, the fact is, we did it. And I then came to the conclusion that I have held very firmly ever since, that if we had been left to ourselves, there never would have been another shot fired. For a fortnight, the troops went on and we were on the most friendly terms and it was only the fact that we were being controlled by others that made it necessary for us to start trying to shoot one another again.

And he blamed the resumption of war on “the grip of the political system which was bad, and I and others who were there at the time, determined there and then, never to rest until we had seen whether we could change it.” And then it concludes. There are people that thrive on war, the military industrial complex and one of the results of the World War I revisionism showed that the people that do the armaments and make money off that, help cause war. There are people, bankers, that have an interest. JP Morgan had a big interest in America getting into World War I and he financed the British Army..'

- The Christmas Truce and the Future of War, December 24, 2016


(Haptopraxeology) - '..We have lost three centuries as a result of ignoring our scholars!'

Christmas Truce of 1914

In The Electric Universe a Future of Peace and Love

'..the mismanagement and corruption of bankers and politicians..

Economics in One Lesson

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          Candlelight Sustainability Dinner        

In celebration of Campus Sustainability Day, join the Office of Sustainability for dinner in the Piazza dining center. Information about campus sustanability, food waste and electricity consumption will be available. Students and staff with meal plans may enter using a normal meal, those without are asked to pay the standard fee.

Special Events
Piazza dining center
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 5:00 pm
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          Cedar Falls Practical Backyard Tour        
Sponsored by UNI's Center for Energy & Environmental Education and Green Iowa AmeriCorps, the Practical Backyard Tour highlights several backyards around Cedar Falls where practical and effective methods have been utilized.  From composting to solar and rain barrels to gardening, the tour features backyards that work!
Beginning at 2 p.m., participants are welcome to arrive at any of the  backyards listed below where tickets will be available (one ticket gains  participant access to all five backyards). After 5 p.m., participants are encouraged to visit Beck's on The Hill afterwards for dinner, a prize drawing, and open discussion on practical uses for backyards.
Tickets ($5, does not include dinner) will be available the day of the event at each of the backyards. Proceeds from the event will support Green Iowa AmeriCorps work in the Cedar Valley. Please direct any questions to Green Iowa AmeriCorps. We hope to see you there!
The five backyards featured during the tour include:
1. Cedar Falls Community Garden, 600 Block Lincoln Street, Cedar Falls “Taking Back, Giving
Back” this garden is flood-reclaimed land and features a sitting area, water collection
system, and composting [from Cup of Joe]. With 50 of the 80 available plots rented and four
organizations actively growing food to be donated to the Cedar Valley Food Bank and other
charities, this location is full of vast and diversified garden delights  growing for a great cause.
2. Dave Gibson, 524 West Lone Tree Road, Cedar Falls “Twin Cedars, a Gated  Community” this
wonderful stop in North Cedar will feature fruit trees, vegetable garden, hens, passive solar
kitchen, solar electric system, and 140 recently planted trees.
3. Kamyar Enshayan, 1703 Washington Street, Cedar Falls “Lawn & Order” featuring backyard
hens, easy-going compost, native prairie pollinator heaven, local wood  shed, solar hot water,
linear evaporative drying system (clothes lines), 20 years of pesticide-free lawn, vegetable
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Είναι αδιαμφισβήτητο το γεγονός ότι ο άλλοτε κραταιός browser βρίσκεται πια σε δεύτερη, ίσως και τρίτη, μοίρα στη γνωστή «μάχη». Δε θα σταθούμε ιδιαίτερα στα πώς και τα γιατί, εντούτοις θα αναγνωρίσουμε ότι η αλεπού υστερεί έναντι του ανταγωνισμού. Ενίοτε και δραματικά.
Εδώ και κάμποσα χρόνια, ο Firefox, η εφαρμογή που κάποτε όριζε τις εξελίξεις στην πλοήγηση του διαδικτύου, έχει καταλήξει να τις κυνηγά ασθμαίνοντας, ενώ γίνεται όλο και πιο ορατός ο κίνδυνος να βρεθεί στην αφάνεια.
Φυσικά, αυτό δεν πέρασε απαρατήρητο από τη μαμά Mozilla, η οποία έλαβε την -τολμηρή, είναι η αλήθεια- απόφαση να τον διαλύσει σχεδόν στα εξ ων συνετέθη και να τον δημιουργήσει ξανά. Όσο κι αν φαίνεται περίεργο, είναι ίσως η πρώτη φορά έπειτα από πολύ καιρό που υπάρχει ολοκληρωμένο πλάνο για τη δημιουργία ενός σύγχρονου browser, με κάθε επιλογή να είναι απόλυτα αιτιολογημένη από τεχνικής πλευράς. Ταυτόχρονα, οι προγραμματιστές φροντίζουν με κάθε δυνατό τρόπο ώστε οι αλλαγές να επέλθουν ομαλά και να μη βρεθούν ξαφνικά οι χρήστες μπροστά σε κάτι εντελώς άγνωστο.
Στην πραγματικότητα, η νέα εποχή για τον Firefox σηματοδοτήθηκε από την επιτάχυνση του κύκλου εκδόσεων και την υιοθέτηση του αποκαλούμενου «Rapid Release», σύμφωνα με το οποίο προκύπτει μία νέα σταθερή έκδοση κάθε πέντε με οκτώ εβδομάδες περίπου. Τώρα ο κύκλος αυτός θα επιταχυνθεί ακόμα περισσότερο, με την αφαίρεση ενός βήματος. Η πορεία των εκδόσεων ήταν κατά σειρά Nightly -> Aurora (από εδώ προέκυπτε η Developer Edition) -> Beta -> Stable και στο εξής δε θα βγαίνει η Aurora, με την Developer να πηγάζει από την εκάστοτε Beta.
Ακολουθώντας την ίδια λογική ως προς την αύξηση της ταχύτητας ανάπτυξης, δεν προκάλεσε ακριβώς έκπληξη η επιλογή να απαλλαγεί ο browser από το μικρότερο ξαδερφάκι του, το Thunderbird, με το δεύτερο να (εξ)αναγκάζεται να ενηλικιωθεί σχετικά απότομα και να ορίσει τη δική του μοίρα. Αν θέλετε περισσότερες πληροφορίες για αυτό, πεταχτείτε στα γρήγορα προς το τέλος του άρθρου.
Στη συνέχεια θα δούμε πώς ακριβώς θα μεταμορφωθεί ο Firefox και θα προσπαθήσουμε να εξηγήσουμε τους λόγους που οδήγησαν στις συγκεκριμένες αλλαγές. Στόχος δεν είναι να πειστεί κανείς για το αξιόλογο της συγκεκριμένης εφαρμογής αλλά απλά και μόνο η επαρκής πληροφόρηση. Να σημειώσουμε εδώ ότι δε θα αναφερθούμε εκτενώς σε όλες τις μεταβολές, γιατί αρκετές από αυτές είναι σε πρώιμο στάδιο ακόμα. Θα παραμείνουμε περισσότερο σε αυτές που είναι ήδη εδώ αλλά και σε εκείνες που θα υλοποιηθούν στο άμεσο μέλλον.

Ξεκινάμε με κάτι που, πριν καν ολοκληρωθεί, έχει συγκεντρώσει μεγάλο αριθμό αντιδράσεων, οι οποίες αναμένεται να ενταθούν όσο πλησιάζει η στιγμή της εφαρμογής του. Πρόκειται για το φαινόμενο «τα πρόσθετά μας πέθαναν, τα πρόσθετά μας πάνε». Δηλαδή, δεν πάνε ακριβώς. Και οι αντιδράσεις, αν και κατανοητές, είναι υπερβολικές μερικές φορές, ειδικά αν αναλογιστεί κανείς την ανάγκη πίσω από αυτή την απόφαση.
Τι θα συμβεί; Ένας αρκετά μεγάλος αριθμός πρόσθετων (add-ons) θα πάψει να λειτουργεί. Απλά και ξεκάθαρα. Όπως είπαμε, o Firefox αλλάζει και μία από τις σημαντικότερες αλλαγές είναι η εμφάνιση ενός νέου τύπου πρόσθετων, των WebExtensions. Αναπόφευκτα, μια τέτοια αλλαγή σημαίνει ότι ορισμένοι χρήστες θα αναγκαστούν να αναζητήσουν εναλλακτικές λύσεις για τα πρόσθετα εκείνα που δε θα δουλεύουν πια ή σε ορισμένες περιπτώσεις να συμβιβαστούν με την έλλειψη αυτών.
Γιατί όμως αποφασίστηκε κάτι τέτοιο; Είναι τρελοί οι προγραμματιστές και δεν τους ενδιαφέρουν οι χρήστες; Μήπως απλά δεν ξέρουν τι κάνουν; Εννοείται βέβαια πως δεν ισχύει κάτι από αυτά. Αυτό που ισχύει, χωρίς να αναλωθούμε σε υπερβολικά τεχνικές αναλύσεις, είναι ότι ο Firefox στα σωθικά του είναι γερασμένος. Η γλώσσα που χρησιμοποιεί, η XUL, είναι σχετικά παρωχημένη, είναι δεμένη με την επίσης γερασμένη και προγραμματισμένη για αντικατάσταση μηχανή Gecko, ενώ δε χρησιμοποιείται ιδιαίτερα σε περιβάλλοντα εκτός της Mozilla. Αντί λοιπόν να παραμείνουν δέσμιοι στη συντήρηση της γλώσσας αυτής, επέλεξαν να την αλλάξουν σταδιακά. Το πρόβλημα όμως είναι ότι τα πρόσθετα χρησιμοποιούν επίσης τη XUL.
Ας δούμε όμως λίγες περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες, ώστε να καταλάβουμε καλύτερα το όλο θέμα. Να πούμε πρώτα τα αρνητικά, τι θα χάσουν δηλαδή οι χρήστες: θα χάσουν προφανώς κάποια από τα πρόσθετα που έχουν συνηθίσει να χρησιμοποιούν. Αυτό βέβαια δεν είναι απαραίτητο να συμβεί σε όλους. Αρκετά από τα ήδη υπάρχοντα πρόσθετα έχουν είτε ολοκληρώσει, είτε ξεκινήσει τη μετατροπή σε WebExtensions. Θα χάσουν επίσης -ανάλογα με την περίπτωση πάντα- λίγη ή περισσότερη λειτουργικότητα από τα πρόσθετά τους, ακόμα κι αν αυτά υπάρχουν στη νέα εκδοχή τους. Αυτό το τελευταίο φαίνεται ιδιαίτερα άσχημο, είναι όμως αναγκαίο αντάλλαγμα για κάτι που θα κερδηθεί.
Πάμε τώρα σε αυτά που θα μας προσφέρουν τα WebExtensions. Το πρώτο είναι η διαλειτουργικότητα. Θα χρησιμοποιούν APIs συμβατά με αυτά του Chrome (και των browsers που βασίζονται στη μηχανή Blink), κάτι που σημαίνει ότι αφενός μεν τα διαθέσιμα για άλλους browsers πρόσθετα θα μπορούν να τρέξουν -με κάποιες μικρές αλλαγές- και στον Firefox, αφετέρου δε κάποιος που θέλει να δημιουργήσει ένα πρόσθετο, δε θα βρεθεί στο δίλημμα επιλογής browser και θα καταλήξει στον Chrome ως πρωτοπόρο σε αριθμό χρηστών αλλά θα μπορεί κατ’ ουσίαν να φτιάξει ένα για όλους.
Το δεύτερο σημαντικό στοιχείο που προσμετράται στα θετικά (έχοντας όμως το «αρνητικό» ότι αποτελεί το αντάλλαγμα που προαναφέραμε) είναι ότι με τη χρήση των WebExtensions ενισχύεται σημαντικά η ασφάλεια στο περιβάλλον του browser και η ευελιξία στην ανάπτυξή του. Αρκετά σοβαρός λόγος για να γίνει η αλλαγή, δε βρίσκετε; Για να συμβούν αυτά όμως, θα περιοριστούν όσα μπορεί να κάνει ένα πρόσθετο. Με το τωρινό σύστημα και μέσω της XUL, κάθε πρόσθετο έχει εν δυνάμει απεριόριστη πρόσβαση στον browser. Αυτό του δίνει πολλές δυνατότητες, τόσες ώστε να μπορεί να αλλάξει την εμφάνιση της ίδιας της εφαρμογής αλλά και τη λειτουργία της. Είναι ωραίο, μας αρέσει και το χαίρονται ιδιαίτερα οι «power users», δεν αντιλέγει κανένας. Εγκυμονεί κινδύνους όμως. Έχοντας πρόσβαση στα ενδότερα, ένα κακόβουλο ή απλά κακογραμμένο πρόσθετο -και υπάρχουν δεκάδες τέτοια- μπορεί από το να αυξήσει σημαντικά την κατανάλωση πόρων του συστήματος (βλέπε AdBlock) μέχρι και να οδηγήσει στη δημιουργία κενών στη διαδικτυακή μας ασφάλεια. Επίσης, δεν είναι δυνατό το πέρασμα σε νεότερη έκδοση του Firefox χωρίς να «σπάσουν» κάποια πρόσθετα.
Αυτά θα επιχειρηθεί να αντιμετωπιστούν με τη μετάβαση στα WebExtensions. Τα νέα πρόσθετα θα έχουν λιγότερες δυνατότητες, θα είναι όμως πιο εύκολο για τους προγραμματιστές να γράψουν σωστό κώδικα, άρα και να έχουμε μελλοντικά πρόσθετα καλύτερης ποιότητας. Θα είναι επίσης αρκετά πιο ασφαλή, ενώ δε θα μπορούν να «γονατίσουν» τον browser, όπως συμβαίνει μέχρι τώρα.

Στη βελτίωση της λειτουργίας της εφαρμογής θα συμβάλει μία ακόμα πολυπόθητη αλλαγή: το Electrolysis (e10s). Η αλεπού αποκτά επιτέλους τη δυνατότητα να τρέχει τις επιμέρους διεργασίες της με τρόπο που θα τις κάνει ανεξάρτητες μεταξύ τους, όπως συμβαίνει ήδη με το αντίπαλο δέος της Google.
Με το υπάρχον μοντέλο, ολόκληρη η λειτουργία του Firefox γίνεται μονοδιάστατα. Η διεπαφή χρήστη, η διαχείριση των καρτελών, τα πρόσθετα, η παρουσίαση του διαδικτυακού περιεχομένου, όλα βρίσκονται στον ίδιο νοητό χώρο και μπορούν να αλληλεπιδρούν. Αυτό παρουσιάζει σοβαρά μειονεκτήματα. Ένα-δύο ενδεικτικά, που θα τα έχετε συναντήσει σίγουρα αρκετοί από εσάς, είναι η καθυστέρηση στην απόκριση της διεπαφής (λ.χ. στο άνοιγμα του μενού) επειδή μια ιστοσελίδα είναι προβληματική ή η ενημέρωση ότι κάποιο script επηρεάζει αρνητικά τη λειτουργία της εφαρμογής. Στοιχεία που θα έπρεπε να είναι άσχετα μεταξύ τους, δεν είναι όμως. Πλέον θα πάψει να υφίσταται κάτι τέτοιο, γιατί τα επιμέρους συστατικά θα έχουν τη δική τους διεργασία (process). Όλο αυτό θα ενισχύσει την ταχύτητα και την αποκρισιμότητα του browser, θα αυξήσει όμως λίγο και την κατανάλωση πόρων.
Με μία σημαντική λεπτομέρεια εδώ: μαθαίνοντας ίσως από τα λάθη των άλλων, η multiprocess δραστηριότητα του Firefox δε θα λειτουργεί ακριβώς όπως στον Chrome. Δε θα δημιουργείται δηλαδή ένα process για κάθε νέα καρτέλα, οδηγώντας την κατανάλωση της RAM σε υπερβολικά επίπεδα. Αντίθετα, θα υπάρχει συγκεκριμένος αριθμός που θα αναλογεί στις καρτέλες, άλλος που θα αφορά τα πρόσθετα, τρίτος για τη γραφική διεπαφή κ.ο.κ. Τεχνικός συμβιβασμός δηλαδή που προσπαθεί να αποφέρει όσα περισσότερα πλεονεκτήματα μπορεί, προσφέροντας το ελάχιστο δυνατό αντίτιμο.
Το Electrolysis ενεργοποιήθηκε αρχικά εν είδει δοκιμής για περιορισμένο αριθμό χρηστών, ο οποίος αυξάνεται σταδιακά, ενώ από την έκδοση 54 θα είναι προενεργοποιημένο για τους χρήστες εκείνους που δε χρησιμοποιούν κανένα πρόσθετο. Γιατί μόνο για εκείνους; Ένα χαρακτηριστικό δείγμα του πόσο απαραίτητες είναι οι αλλαγές και η εγκατάλειψη του παλιότερου τρόπου λειτουργίας είναι το ότι το Electrolysis μπλοκάρεται (και απενεργοποιείται αυτόματα) αν εγκαταστήσουμε κάποιο πρόσθετο που δεν είναι συμβατό αυτό.
Τονίζουμε ότι το ορόσημο είναι η έκδοση 57, η οποία έχει προγραμματιστεί για τον ερχόμενο Νοέμβριο. Με την έλευσή της, θα είναι ενεργό για όλους το e10s, πιθανότατα με τέσσερα processes ως προεπιλογή, και παράλληλα κάθε μη WebExtension πρόσθετο θα αχρηστευθεί. Σε περίπτωση τώρα που κάποιος χρειαστεί λίγο περισσότερο χρόνο, θα μπορεί να περάσει στην αντίστοιχη ESR (Έκδοση Εκτεταμένης Υποστήριξης).
Για την εξυπηρέτηση των χρηστών υπάρχει ήδη διαθέσιμη σελίδα όπου καταχωρούνται τα συμβατά πρόσθετα. Υπάρχει επίσης σχετικό tag στη σελίδα με όλα τα πρόσθετα του Firefox ενώ στις επόμενες εκδόσεις και μέχρι την οριστική αποπομπή τους θα εμφανίζεται μέσα στον browser η ένδειξη «LEGACY» δίπλα σε όποιο πρόσθετο δεν είναι συμβατό και θα γίνεται παραπομπή σε αντίστοιχης λειτουργίας πρόσθετα.

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          LG Introduces The Curved Phone G Flex 2        
LG Introduces The Curved Phone G Flex 2

Back in 2014, LG released the G Flex handset, a 6-inch smartphone with a unique curved body design and a self-healing coating that clears up scratches or any damage done to the device's casing.  

Now, the South Korean company is introducing an enhanced and more streamlined version, the G Flex 2. This time around, the newest version comes with a smaller but more handy 5.5-inch display screen, and Qualcomm's most powerful chip set.

The G Flex 2 smartphone was introduced by LG during its very recent press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES 2015) held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States. 

With its introduction, LG's G Flex 2 handset is the first of many phones this year expected to feature Qualcomm's newest offering -- the Snapdragon 810 processor. It is an eight-core 2.0 GigaHertz chip set that is 64-bit compatible for Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system. The 810 processor functions with 2 gigabytes of memory, and can support 3 x 20 MegaHertz LTE carrier aggregation for all networks that support it.

For the device's display screen, LG employed its own plastic OLED display technology. Techies may recall that this is the same display technology utilized in LG's G Watch R wearable device. But in G Flex 2's case, the resolution is set higher to 1080 pixels. 

As for its camera, the G Flex 2 smartphone sports a 13-megapixel camera that has laser autofocus system and optical image stabilization -- features that users may also find in LG's current flagship device (the LG G3).

The G Flex 2 features a 3,000 mAh battery that takes full advantage of Qualcomm's fast charging technology available via the latest Snapdragon chip sets. This technology significantly reduces the recharging time by up to 75 percent. Thus, users can get the G Flex 2 half-charged in just 40 minutes.

But what really makes the G Flex 2 unique is its curved body. The front side (display screen) has a 700 millimeter curved radius, while the rear side is curved just a bit less (650 millimeter radius). This is by design, by the way. According to LG, this helps users hold the phone more easily and also, allows the device to fit more easily in users' pockets.

Naturally, the G Flex 2 will be launched first in South Korea before the end of the month. But American users will not have long to wait. Major carriers AT&T and Sprint have already confirmed that they will be including the device in their respective smartphone line-ups this year. Regional carrier US Cellular has also announced that they will be offering the device in spring. No specific release dates and pricing details have been provided yet, but LG fans in the US should be pretty excited nonetheless. 

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Gabriel Granados Vergara, 52, received a double arm transplant at the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition (INCMN) in Mexico City.A Mexican man whose arms were severely burned by electricity became the first patient in Latin America to receive a double arm transplant, doctors said Thursday.

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          The worlds energy crisis        
The world’s energy crisis The world is gradually marching towards a severe energy crisis, what with an ever-increasing demand of energy overstepping its supply. We have always known that the energy we use everyday is not unlimited, yet we take it for granted. Oil, gas, power, even water has limited availability. Yet, we have not taken enough precautions to deal with a possible energy crisis. When I say ‘we’, I am not referring to the governments but to all of us, the common people.

Oil and gas have already become too expensive, and with each passing day, they are moving towards being extinct. Some ignorant people think that energy crisis is a myth. They fail to see the big picture. There have been three major energy crises so far – the 1973 oil crisis, the 1979 energy crisis, and the 1990 oil-price hike, apart from several regional crisis. Prices have been rapidly increasing for the last five years, thanks to the ever-increasing demand and the increasing shortage of energy resources. How soon will it be all gone?
Are the cynics right in saying that we are making a mountain of a molehill, or is the energy crisis for real? Picture this: We have already exhausted 50 percent of the available oil. At the current rate of consumption, the rest of the oil will finish in 32 years! Imagine if the rate of consumption increases! We all know it is bound to increase. So, even the present generation will face an acute energy crisis in the later years, let alone future generations.

What are we doing about it? Are we equipped to face the impending energy crisis? What can you and I do to tackle it? For starters, we need to understand the importance of energy in our lives and stop taking it for granted. We have to minimize the use of oil, gas, electricity, or any other fuel. We cannot afford to waste any available energy. It is also important to spread awareness about limited availability of energy resources. Simple things like joining a car pool, switching off car engines at traffic lights, and minimizing the use of gas and oil in everyday activities will help a long way in crisis-readiness.

What are the alternate energy options?
As a responsible world citizen, start looking for alternate energy solutions like solar energy and wind energy. Employing these alternate power solutions is extremely feasible and cost-effective. You will not only cut down your power bills but also contribute to a better future of the world.

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          The future of electricity        
The future of electricity

When the future of electricity is discussed, quite a number of thoughts come into mind. Let’s look at a few of such ideas. Electricity will be wireless!
Wouldn’t it be delightful to see no wires in the house even with an uninterrupted supply of electricity? Will the future see wireless supply of electricity? Apparently, it will, according to industry experts. Last year, a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted a wireless electricity experiment successfully. This dream has never been far-fetched, and with the success of wireless electricity experiments, this dream will soon come true. So, it is not very far that we will see electrical appliances charging themselves off air!

Consumers will have complete control!
Industry experts believe that in future, your power supply will not be dependent on the electricity department but on you. You will have complete control on how you want the power supply to reach your place. You may not be required to pay the mandatory amount when you are vacationing around the world, shutting off the house. Experts see a variety of control options for consumers in the future. Now, whether this future is in the next ten years, or twenty, or a fifty years is not known, but what is known is that the future will see the consumers in control of what they use.

Electrical energy will be clean!
Do you know that the remains of electricity production emit enormous amounts of carbon dioxide in the air? The future of electricity is perceived as green and clean. Given the concern for the environment, the electricity in future will make use of renewable sources of energy, leading to a clean environment. Currently, electricity is produced mostly by consuming fuels that are on the verge of being extinct. All things will be electric!
OK, we have already seen electric cars and electric shavers, what else will the future see? May be, electric shoes! Combs, toothbrushes, watches, glasses, even clothes may become electrical gadgets. If these sound far-fetched ideas, visit the futuristic shops at Akihabara in Japan for a glimpse of the future.

There will be no outages!
More than anything, consumers look forward to seeing a future with absolutely no power outages. Alternate power solutions promise to take us into a future that has no power interruptions. With increased dependency on power for everything, consumers need to have an uninterrupted supply of power.

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Who’s Who
What’s What

In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors


The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9

Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].


From the Introduction

One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate – all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agency’s payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.


An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIA’s use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.

"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”


The 21st century’s CIA’s partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIA’s top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.


As this book went to press, the smart phone game application Pokémon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line game’s avid fan’s was the connection of the game’s developers to the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.


Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.

American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.

American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the institute’s director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.

AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the “first in” at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym “Fletcher M. Knight,” among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a “secret arm” of the CIA, Bechtel’s executives included those who would join President Reagan’s Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.

Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in King’s Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.

Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.

Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.

DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.

Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran “Wild Bill” Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.

Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.

Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enron’s payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIA’s Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.

Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.

In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.

General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIA’s Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.

Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the “google project.”

Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC “connected” law firm.

Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banister’s own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.

Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIA’s New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIA’s Independence and Brown Foundations.

Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the world’s largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.

Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.

Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.

Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowlton’s numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.

Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.

Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.

Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.

Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Kroll’s Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John O’Neill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.

Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.

Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.

Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Black’s Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsanto’s agri-business operations worldwide.

National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloid’s founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIA’s psychological warfare unit and the agency’s Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.

Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweek’s stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.

Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.

Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called “DC Madam.” During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfrey’s request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.

Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazine’s co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.

Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.

Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.

Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that “the Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.”

Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUE’s board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.

Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Harold’s Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIA’s Glomar Explorer project.

Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdings’s intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.

Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his father’s presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.

Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.

The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughes’s Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.

United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIA’s training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.

U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.

Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIA’s coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhut’s outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.

Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.

Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agency’s media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nation’s capital.

W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.

  • News story about Madsen's book via The Justice Integrity Project

  •           Early Beginnings         
    Perfumer's Garden - Mountain Path

    Do not mistake my lack of posting for lack of action. It's been quite the opposite - the most action-packed few months of my life. Here is what I've accomplished - to put your minds at ease and satisfy any curiosity that might have remained among those of you who haven't given up on SmellyBlog yet:

    - Designed, planned agonized over and built a new Perfume studio, Pilates studio - and renovated my old home) while making new friends with the builders and architects involved
    - Lived in a yurt for 4 months (November through March) while I was at it - and also found myself adopting a cat of all creatures (not intentional, but seems to work out)
    - Transitioned my daughter into a Hebrew-speaking high school for another two years of education
    - Moved from the yurt to the house
    - Adopted a rescued female Doberman (that was a dream come true)
    - Taught two Perfumery Courses back to back: Fougere and Orientals (while meeting with Dan Riegler - a Canadian- Israeli from Ontario who gifted me with the most incredible incense resins imaginable - more on that in a separate post
    - Became auntie to one more niece and nephew (that was quite effortless!)
    - Continue to try and establish my perfumery studio (and Pilates studio) in the new surroundings
    - Try my best to be with my grandma, who's 93 years young and had a heart event about a month ago. Every moment with her is so pure and precious.
    - Planning and beginning to plant my Perfumer's Botanical Garden, which is truly taking much of my time and is the main reason I haven't been blogging. The photo above is from the section of it that is on the mountain and is dedicated to fragrant Mediterranean plans and medicine herbs.

    I spend very little time around the computer (after months of wifi & electricity-free yurt life and bad battery in my laptop - old habits have been broken to little shreds and I only post quick updates via my phone on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts)
    Hopefully I've gotten to the point when I'm settled down to return to regular blogging - as demanding as life has been all these months, I know deep in my heart that it does do me good to write regularly. It's not just a fragrance/perfumery blog, but also functions as a personal journal to me.
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    Esta mañana me encontré este artículo en el muro de un amigo El artículo por un imperialismo ecológico critica el imperialismo económico, pero su crítica, aunque razonable en algunos puntos, no deja de tener el trasfondo errado de muchos ecologistas: ¡imponer condiciones a los países subdesarrollados para que los ecologistas de los desarrollados sigan contaminando en paz! Pero lo irónico es que The ecologist critica una de las fuentes de generación de energía renovable más bonitas, eficientes y que puede darle a la gente que vive en ese territorio que llaman Colombia fuentes de riqueza. Además, la crítica se hace de manera ligera pasando por alto las consideraciones del International Panel on Climate Change acerca de sus ventajas.  En el punto que acierta es precisamente en los abusos del estado sobre las comunidades, donde vale la pena resaltar que el aprovechamiento del potencial hidroeléctrico no da derecho a expropiar, en favor del que sea. 

    Este escrito consta de varias partes. El primero es que hay una confusión entre inversión extranjera y concesión de monopolios extranjeros, donde los ecologistas aciertan. Y para la aclaración cito a un a un profesor de la Universidad de New York, a Murray Rothbard. Luego, muestro que tras el ecologismo hay también imperialismo, pero uno que suele gustarle a ciertas izquierdas, uno que impone condiciones insoportables a los países pobres, para que los ecologistas nórdicos no tengan cargos de conciencia por prender la calefacción, dado que en las zonas tropicales hay selvas que se beneficiarán de su cariño al planeta. En ella explico que hay una falacia en cuanto a la consideración que hace el artículo de las hidroeléctricas, incluso basándome en el IPCC. Posteriormente, se muestra que las hidroeléctricas además de ser tecnologías que producen energía eficiente sin emisiones de CO2 (no se discute acá el tema de si el cambio climático es originado o no por el hombre) es una oportunidad de ofrecer energía barata. El precio de la energía se relaciona con el crecimiento económico, inclusive una disminución de la demanda de energía puede ser un indicio previo a una crisis económica. La energía eléctrica es clave en la industria y una energía más barata puede disminuir costos. Finalmente, ante un planteamiento del artículo que menciona las pérdidas de energía en transmisión y distribución (o sea los cables que llevan la energía de la planta a su casa) que denuncian a que se deben ¿a las leyes de la física? ¿a viabilidad técnica pero no económica? ¿a ineficiencia? Esto porque consideraban que era más importante disminuir las pérdidas que construir hidroeléctricas. Hasta cierto punto, por física, las pérdidas en transmisión son inevitables, no sé cuál sea el punto. Pero eso no es una excusa para no mejorar la oferta. 

    El imperialismo ecológico es una realidad. Sin embargo, muchos partidos de izquierda al ser ecologistas están convencidos de que no es imperialismo. Ya Hayek denunciaba que existía una imposición de países ricos y contaminados que obligaban a países pobres y selváticos a generar amplias áreas protegidas. Esto genera como dice don Alpiniano en El Tomismo Desdeñado unos beneficios a unas personas que no les corresponden, imponiendo cargas a otros que no las merecen. Sin embargo, luego de que en estos países -como Colombia- nadie puede hacer nada, ni tiene cómo adquirir recursos para explotar sus ventajas ahí sí llegan empresas extranjeras que, haciendo convenios con el gobierno, adquieren los beneficios que los nacionales no han tenido. 

    Hace Murray Rothbard, citado por el instituto Mises Hispano una distinción importante entre la sana inversión extranjera y la alianza de empresas ricas con gobiernos ineptos pobres:

    "Los conservadores norteamericanos insisten en particular en resaltar ante los países retrasados las grandes posibilidades y la importancia de las inversiones privadas procedentes de los países avanzados, y les incitan a crear un clima favorable a las mismas, de modo que no se vean sujetas al instigamiento de los gobernantes. Todo ello es muy cierto, pero, una vez más, a menudo es irreal, dada la situación de estos países. Estos conservadores caen persistentemente en el error de no saber distinguir entre las inversiones exteriores legítimas del mercado libre y las basadas en concesiones monopolistas y en donaciones de vastas extensiones de tierras otorgadas por los Estados subdesarrollados. En la medida en que las inversiones exteriores se basan en monopolios y en agresiones contra el campesinado, en esa misma medida adquiere el capitalismo extranjero las características de los señores feudales y debe ser combatido con los mismos medios"

    En este sentido, estoy de acuerdo con el artículo -y en contra del imperialismo económico- en que el estado confunde inversión extranjera con monopolio extranjero. Y el monopolio es desagradable venga de donde venga, sea el monopolio estatal tan "nacional", como cualquier otro. Por eso, cuando Robledo, senador del Polo, defendía a los arroceros por la imposición ridícula de tener que comprar nuevas semillas estaba promoviendo algo anarcocapitalista y liberal, aunque con argumentos de izquierda. 

    Lo mismo pasa en este caso, si se trata de una inversión privada ¿por qué el estado entra y desaloja campesinos? ¿Por qué expropia? Y por más que la ley diga que la expropiación requiere una indemnización al precio del avalúo comercial, ¿es el avalúo comercial el precio de venta? Hombre, no estoy en momento de calcular las rentas campesinas vs las rentas hidroeléctricas, pero sospecho que las rentas hidroeléctricas son más altas. Ahora, si el campesino no quiere vender al precio que dice el avaluador ¿por qué le quita el estado su tierra bajo la excusa del "bien común" para las rentas particulares? No creo que si la transacción se diera en condiciones de libre mercado los campesinos salieran a protestar. Hay alrededor de un millón de kilómetros de líneas de transmisión eléctrica, y si uno viaja por carretera suele ver vacas o sembrados alrededor. ¿Por qué esos campesinos no protestan? Porque 1. esos terrenos no son expropiados sino que cuentan con servidumbres de paso, 2. Se suelen hacer arreglos de mercado. Hombre, hay casos de casos, pero en general no se ve un descontento generalizado. 

    Pero, no, la herramienta de la expropiación es el arma para el bien común, como en Venezuela que hay mucho "bien común", siendo tan paradisiado que prefieren venirse para Colombia. La expropiación existe pero tiene sus límites. En todo caso, sin estado Â¿quién expropiaría para que se hicieran las vías? 


    Sin embargo, las razones ecológicas que plantean para oponerse a las hidroeléctricas son más bien pobres. En primer lugar, las consideran también causa del calentamiento global. ¿Cómo? No quiero citar el artículo porque me da pereza pero la idea se resume en 1. cortan bosques tropicales que recogen el CO2, 2. son fuentes de Metano. Hombre ¿cómo un artículo que cita el Panel Intergubernamental sobre el Cambio Climático para defender a los campesinos y el agro sale a decir que son más contaminantes? En primer lugar, si uno revisa lo que dice el IPCC en materia de energía hidoeléctrica (sacaron un documento sobre energías alternativas) su resumen -de la IPCC- arranca así: "Hydropower offers significant potential for carbon emissions reductions" Creo que en ese punto "The ecologist" se equivoca. 

    Por otro lado argumenta que las represas (reservoirs) son fuentes de Metano. La verdad, lo que dicen los científicos climáticos es que si bien el metano CH4 es un gas efecto invernadero, su absorción es más rápida que el CO2, una diferencia que va desde unas décadas en el metano, hasta miles de años para el dióxido de carbono. Además, de acuerdo con la siguiente imagen que proviene del último reporte del IPCC parte del CO2 proviene del uso de la tierra
    Francamente, si queremos disminuir TODAS las emisiones humanas de CO2 hay que empezar por dejar de respirar. ¿Y todas las artificiales? Dudo que la energía que utiliza "The ecologist" sea propiamente energía que no emita CO2 -bueno, puede ser nuclear que no les gusta tampoco- pero no es de las "terribles" hidroeléctricas. 

    ¿Qué otra razón puede tener "The ecologist"? ¿Proteger los bosques de los países subdesarrollados? ¿Para qué? ¿Para que haya bosques que puedan chuparse el CO2 que producen sus plantas a carbón, gas, petróleo, etc. a costa de energía más costosa, menor productividad, entre otras, en nuestros países? ¿Para que ellos puedan seguir subsidiando sus industrias a cambio de que las nuestras no puedan competir en sus mercados por el costo de la energía?


    Lago Calima.
    Uno de los embalses en Colombia.
    En un apartado anterior cuestioné el manejo del monopolio estatal con la empresa. El estado es una asociación de políticos corruptos con empresarios ineficientes. Pero tanto la oportunidad a nivel de recursos hídricos que hay en Colombia, la eficiencia energética de las hidroeléctricas, su costo en comparación con las térmicas a base de carbón, gas, gasolina, su posibilidad de cambiar potencia (a diferencia de otras renovables de potencia inestable) y almacenar la energía, entre muchas otras, me hacen tenerle cariño a esta tecnología. Creo que en el punto anterior quedó desvirtuado que las hidroeléctricas tengan impactos a nivel global vía CO2 (lo que hacen es quitar el calmadero de conciencia de los ecologistas ricos que les permite seguir emitiendo CO2 bajo la tranquilidad que los bosques tropicales los recogerán). El metano no me preocupa realmente y creo que es una afirmación que no estaba fundamentada, al fin y al cabo, los embalses no son aguas estancadas. 

    El potencial hidroeléctrico de ese territorio que llaman Colombia es una maravilla. Eso sin contar con el potencial energético de otras tecnologías renovables como las fotovoltaicas por su ubicación terrestre, las mareomotrices, entre otras. Que cualquiera venga y lo explote es necesario, aunque en condiciones de mercado, no monopólicas ni imperialistas. Adicionalmente, la energía hidroeléctrica es más barata. En el siguiente gráfico hay un promedio de los precios mensuales en comparación al porcentaje de generación térmica en Colombia:

    Por puro azar puede observarse con claridad la correlación entre el porcentaje de generación térmica en Colombia y el precio constante (deflactado con IPC) de la energía. Como la gráfica de generación térmica de alguna manera encaja con la hidráulica (la cogeneración y la eólica representan porcentajes insignificantes) podría afirmarse que a mayor generación hidráulica en general menos precio. ¿Por qué se presentan esos baches en la generación? La razón es muy simple, el agua es renovable pero no predecible. Si uno mira las correlaciones de series de ingresos los caudales en dos o tres días tienen altas correlaciones, pero alrededor de dos meses -algo que corroboré con un ex empleado de ISA e ISAGEN- las correlaciones son nulas. 

    Hay incertidumbre en el ingreso del agua. Adicionalmente, en unas ocasiones por década se presenta el fenómeno del niño. El fenómeno del niño genera lluvias en Perú -un país desértico- y trae sequía a un país lluvioso como Colombia. Como el agua escasea hay que producir la energía con un sustituto: las termoeléctricas. El costo de la energía se dispara. En este momento parece que están las condiciones para que se dé el fenómeno del Niño si es que no estamos ya en él. De ese fenómeno se ha venido especulando desde que empecé a investigar este tema en Junio del año pasado (o sea el 2014). Esa especulación posiblemente también influye en los precios, el aumento de la producción térmica y la disminución de la hidroeléctrica porque ante el riesgo de escasez se empieza a guardar el agua. El profesor John Jairo García y otros de EAFIT en un paper al respecto proponía medir las expectativas de aportes al sistema en relación con el precio: 

    "Una variable importante sobre la determinación del precio en el mercado no regulado que debiera incluirse en estudios futuros son las expectativas climatológicas; en la medida en que se espere una disminución del recurso hídrico, generará expectativas de aumentos en el precio.".

    La intuición tras el análisis es muy buena, pero dudo que pueda encontrarse una variable de expectativas climatológicas. Aunque si algo me soprendió de John Jairo era esa capacidad de creatividad econométrica. El caso es que la ventaja de tener un sistema donde el "combustible"que es el agua es variable, permite inferir que, al menos en las condiciones geográficas de los Andes Colombianas, es más barato que el uso de otros combustibles.

    Es así como la construcción de hidroeléctricas -aunque respetando los derechos de propiedad privada- es una necesidad para mantener bajos los precios de la energía. Hay muchos trabajos que buscan predecir el precio de la energía y lo hacen en función de variables hídricas. Pero nada mejor que leer los errores de las predicciones pasadas de los economistas. En este artículo participó mi amigo y profesor de econometría Mauricio Lopera y dice lo siguiente:

    " La coherencia del resultado se corrobora en el mes de enero de 2014, donde se aprecia una caída grande en el precio producto de la entrada en operación de El Quimbo y Sogamoso, las cuales en conjunto aumentan la oferta de electricidad en 1220 MW"
    Mauricio nos insistía mucho que verificáramos que el resultado econométrico coincidiera con la "intuición" económica.  El problema es que las predicciones se equivocan y fuertemente. En el artículo citado, se muestra que los precios caerían en enero de 2014, la razón sería lógica la entrada de hidrosogamoso y quimbo (que es la que menciona The ecologist). Los precios en 2014 en bolsa fueron altísimos, y apenas hoy 16/01/2015 leí que estaban inaugurando la planta de hidrosogamoso. Lo que es cierto es que esas plantas deberían influir en la disminución del precio por el aumento de la oferta, además, de un insumo mucho más barato como "combustible" que el carbón. En eso acertó el trabajo de Mauricio y otros. Pero el cómo o cuánto bajarán los precios no podemos calcularlo con exactitud. 

    Los cables suelen dañar las fotos de paisajes.
    Pero ¿no puede haber buenas fotos de cables de alta tensión?

    El sistema de energía que nace con las leyes 142 y en concreto 143 de 1994 tiene muchas deficiencias. Aunque la L143/94 trataba de dar paso a un modelo más parecido al de un mercado, esa distinción del mercado regulado del consumidor de energía hace que nos saquen un ojo de la cara porque sus precios están muy por encima de los de bolsa; aunque relativamente influidos por ellos como lo mostraba el profesor John Jairo García. El modelo aunque avanza hacia tratar de liberar lo que considera de mercado y regular lo que considera "monopolio natural" se queda corto. Pero realmente si hay algo aburrido es la regulación del sistema de energía, como todas las regulaciones. Hablemos más bien de leyes bonitas, las del "fatum" o de la naturaleza... las humanas dan asco. 

    Quiero enfocarme más en los problemas que mencionaba "The ecologist" y es las "pérdidas" de energía del sistema de transmisión y distribución. Una de las leyes de la física es la ley de la entropía. Básicamente consiste en que aunque la energía no se destruye, solamente se transforma, se degrada a formas de energía más "desordenadas". Básicamente la energía se transforma en "calor", o que es lo mismo que movimiento y vibración molecular. Utilizaremos el término "pérdida" de energía en un sentido amplio, o económico, pero entendiendo que solamente es una transformación no utilizable.  Esta es la razón por la cual no existe una máquina perfecta, sin desgaste y de movimiento absoluto. Por esta razón los relojes de péndulo necesitaban que les dieran "cuerda". 

    De esta manera, por cada 1 KWh (3.600.000 Joules) que produce uno recibe una cantidad menor de energía porque esta se ha "pérdido" transformándose en calor. Esto se debe a que los transformadores -que no entiendo cómo funcionan pero cambian el voltaje- generan pérdidas, la transmisión de energía puede generar calor, en la costa el desgaste de los cables genera pérdidas. Todo esto, como me decía un ex trabajador del sector eso es parte del costo de la energía. Dice textualmente "The ecologist" que se pierde alrededor del 16% de la energía generada:

    "Yet the Government is neglecting simple options to raise power supply - like reducing the high level of losses in transmission and distribution, which run at about 16% of power generation and amount to some 10,000 GWh per year - more than four times the energy production of El Quimbo."
    Pero es que por las leyes de la física: ¡tiene que "perderse" parte de la energía generada! De la energía potencial del agua embalsada el 80%-90% se transmite por medio de la electricidad y el 10%-20% se "pierde" o sea se transforma en "calor". ¡Y es de las más bajas! Las térmicas pierden el 59% de la energía contenida en el combustible, las nucleares el 70%  (CARTA GONZÁLEZ, CALERO PÉREZ, COLMENAR SANTOS, CASTRO GIL, & COLLADO FERNÁNDEZ, 2013, pp. 113-114). Puede que pueda perderse menos bajo un mantenimiento mucho más costoso, o puede que efectivamente pueda perderse menos. El caso es que siempre se va a "perder" algo de la energía. 

    Puede que The Ecologist tenga razón en que se aumente la eficiencia energética. Algo que puede ser inviable o física o económicamente. Pero eso no es razón para impedir que se produzcan plantas de producción de energía eléctrica, es bueno aumentar la oferta por todos los medios. 

    Lo que no puede el gobierno es ordenar que se cree energía, ni que no se degrade una parte en otras formas. Gracias a Dios las leyes de la física son inderogables, imprescriptibles, inembargables, anteriores al ser humano mismo. ¿Puede imaginarse una ley que cree energía? El Congreso de Colombia Decreta "Créase energía a partir de la nada...". Gracias a Dios eso no es posible, no soy capaz de imaginarme la inflación energética lo que produciría, al menos la moneda de la naturaleza es absolutamente neutral. O una ley que diga "Derógase la gravedad", el totazo que se pegarían de cuenta de creer en su validez sería de lo lindo...

    En primer lugar pido perdón al lector por tratar la energía de una forma tan política. Es decir, es demasiado pobre, aunque no más pobre que el Ministro de Minas que confundió potencia con energía, pero ¿quién es uno para cuestionar a los "doctores" Ministros? ¡De pronto ignoro una ley que asimila energía con potencia! En segundo lugar, no es esta, ni más faltaba una defensa al régimen de energía eléctrica Colombiana, tan no lo es, que arranco dándole la razón a los ecologistas en que muchas de esas empresas grandes y concesionadas arrasan con las comunidades. El problema de esas empresas grandes, no es la falta de estado, por el contrario, su exceso, lo que falta es libertad. 

    Lo que sí creo es que en sanas condiciones de mercado y con precios justos a los dueños de las tierras, la construcción de hidroeléctricas es una de las ventajas que tiene este territorio geográficamente llamado Colombia. Es vital empezar a utilizar en este territorio las ventajas que ofrece el desarrollo de miles de tecnologías de energía renovable, como la solar, la mareomotriz, la eólica y la más fuerte la hidroeléctrica. En esta región se podría utilizar un potencial enorme para producir energía barata, renovable y libre de elementos contaminantes. Esta energía se podría exportar. ¿Por qué no hay líneas de transmisión a Panamá y Centro América? ¿Por qué no hay líneas de transmisión al Perú? ¿Imposibilidad logística? ¿No serán más bien los elevados costos regulatorios -que agudizan las barreras de entrada- sumado al monopolio estatal? ¿O el monopolio de la transmisión es "natural"? 

    Casi todas las citas salen de internet así que si no refiero la fuente, está el link. Las formalidades APA o lo que sea me parecen demasiado engorrosas para escribir informalmente. Con el internet debería bastar con el link. El único libro que cito, con todas las normas mamonas para probar su existencia, es:

    CARTA GONZÁLEZ, J. A., CALERO PÉREZ, R., COLMENAR SANTOS, A., CASTRO GIL, A., & COLLADO FERNÁNDEZ, E. (2013). Centrales de energías renovables. Generación eléctrica con energías renovables. (P. E. S.A. Ed. SEGUNDA ed.). Madrid, España.

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              The "Green" Jobs Canard        

    For too long, politicians, environmentalists and subsidized proponents of “green” jobs have been peddling the notions that “investing” in green technologies is the illuminating endeavor and beneficent job creator of our time.  With scant evidence, these green jobs postulates are bulwarked by so much hot air it rivals the amount of subsidized dollars used to sustain them.

    The main dilemma of green jobs and investing is that they defy the reality of basic economics.  Jobs are created by entrepreneurs willing to invest in capital, coupled with demand for their goods and services.  The economic environment fostered by government (taxes, regulations, etc.) plays an immensely important role as well.

    The experience in Europe with investment in greed jobs sheds a glaring light on the fallacious nature of the purported success of these initiatives.   In Spain, which has a 20.4 percent unemployment rate, every green job created destroyed an additional 2.2 regular jobs. In addition, every “green” megawatt created destroys 5.28 jobs in the rest of the economy.  Aggregately, these green jobs programs killed 110,500 elsewhere in the economy.

    The amount of money invested in these programs is exorbitantly costly when compared with private sector job creation.  In Italy, the amount of capital invested in the creation of 1 green job was equivalent to the amount of capital invested to create 5 jobs in the rest of the economy.

    The reason these programs are such colossal failures, is that government subsidies to inefficient and unsustainable green initiatives divert resources from other productive sectors of the economy and result in the loss of jobs.  Price-controls and central planning have long been considered an abject failure, why do we believe that these policies are any more palatable in the energy sector of our economy?

    The reason these economically suicidal green job schemes continue to seem viable is that somehow they represent drastically new technology and innovation.  It’s like a burgeoning plant, just give it a little water and it will rapidly expand, right?

    Wrong.  These propositions elucidate an inherent myopia within the green jobs cheerleaders.  The truth is that the wind-powered electricity was commercialized in 1881 and solar power received its first patent in 1892.  Mean ugly coal-fired electricity was commercialized in 1882.  

    The house that contains the green jobs myth has been set ablaze.  Do we want the dubious distinction of running in?

              Popular Science: "Are We Alone: Searching for Life in Space"         

    Popular Science (part of Time) is offering a supermarket glossy booklet “Are We Alone? Searching for Life in Space”. 96 pages.

    There are some highlights not seen before in other booklets like this.  One is an examination of the seven earth-like planets around the Trappist M-star 39 light years away, with planet E having the best chance for Earth-like temperatures, and an artist’s rendition of the surface of a moderately cold Planet F.

    There is some discussion of the earth-like planet around Proxima B. an M-star and the closest to Earth at 4.2 light years.

    There is a lot of attention to Europa and its subsurface ocean and likelihood of life, as well as Encedalus.  But Titan gets mentioned only in passing with the possibility of silicon-and-methane based life.  Ironically, my own Science Honor Society project in 1960  had speculated about silicon-based life, but I was hardly as accomplished as Jack Andraka (who came 53 years later, however, and that matters).  I had tried some experiments in my father’s workshop with an acetylene torch that I recall very little about now.

    There is also an article about the idea of aliens eating electricity, which has been the subject of horror movies before (“Kronos”).

    There is mention of the possibility of a Dyson Sphere around Tabby’s Star, as well as other theories, and a nice drawing of what it could look like.

    There’s also an essay about keeping Mars biologically clean. 

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    AN/TPQ-53 AN/TPQ-53
    Originální název:
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    AN/TPQ-53 Quick Reaction Capability Radar
    mobilní dělostřelecký rádiolokátor mobile artillery radar
    Lockheed Martin Corp., Syracuse, New York
    Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York
    Lockheed Martin Corp., Moorestown, New Jersey
    Lockheed Martin Corp., Clearwater, Florida
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    Pracovná frekvencia: pásmo S (2-4 GHz)
    Dosah: 60 km
    Frequency: S-Band (2-4 GHz)
    Range: 60 km
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    Systém sa skladá z dvojice vozidiel (anténa, riadiace pracovisko) a dvoch prívesov s energetickými jednotkami.
    Rádiolokátor s elektronicky vychyľovaným lúčom je schopný zamerať letiace delostrelecké rakety, projektily a mínometné granáty na vzdialenosť až 60 km a na základe ich dráhy určiť miesto odpálenia a miesto dopadu.
    Radar consist of 2 vehicles (antenna and command vehicle) and 2 trailers (energy units).
    Mobile Active electronically scanned array counter-battery radar is specifically designed to locate the firing positions of both rocket and mortar launchers to 60 km range.

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    Que nos puede quedar mejor?. Vestidos de novia para los que podéis estar buscando tocado?. Tanto si se hace elección desde el principio como si es para cuando os quitéis el velo o mantilla, para dar un toque diferente a vuesto estilismo.

    Pues que mejor oportunidad que esta para resolver vuestras dudas, una reunión de novias (#noviasconencanto) en donde os podré aconsejar del diseño que mejor os quedaría para vestir vuestras cabezas.

    Os enseñare diseños de diferentes estilos, probaremos, aconsejaremos, echaremos fotitos y como no!!! todo bien acompañado de un desayuno. Todo esto será el próximo sábado, 28 de Septiembre  a las 11:00 en mi atelier situado en C/Mayor, 55 Espinardo Murcia.

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              Sandy Springs considers fining dealers for false alarms        

    The new Sandy Springs, Ga. alarm ordinance, which is set to be voted on July 18, is alarming many in the security industry as it looks to force alarm dealers to pay their subscriber's false alarm fees and fines.

    “This makes as much sense as a car rental company being responsible for paying your speeding tickets if you get caught speeding in their car,” Dan Gordon, president of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Security Association (GELSSA), and owner of Ga.-based Gordon Security, told Security System News.

    Gordon, as well as many security companies working in Georgia, including LOUD Security and Ackerman Security, are rallying others in the industry to pay attention to what is going on in Sandy Springs.

    “If Sandy Springs passes this, which city goes next?” John Loud, president of LOUD Security Systems, told SSN, noting that he does not think this ordinance will help Sandy Springs reduce false dispatches.

    “They outsource the collections to a firm called CryWolf (Public Safety Corporation),” Loud explained. “Their service includes collecting the assessed fines. The cost to Sandy Springs is the same, whether the bill goes to the end users of the alarm system or the alarm company. But the alarm company’s costs will increase. They will now have to bill their customers and establish a collection process, increasing the workload for their personnel.”

    Loud and others in opposition to the ordinance believe this will actually cause an increase in the amount of false dispatches.

    “Citizens will usually respond to citations from their local police or city municipality,” he explained. “If a vendor or service provider sends an assessment, they could very easily change monitoring companies and get additional false alarms through new providers. They can choose to never pay and continually change companies.”

    He noted that this would result in more false dispatches as the end user would never be forced to change their behavior.

    Loud also pointed out that the court systems of Sandy Springs will have a lot more cases. ”Either the alarm companies will be filing suit to collect monies from customers refusing to pay or the city will be pursuing alarm companies for nonpayment of fines they do not have the money to pay.”

    He continued, “You will likely see many alarm companies choosing to not do business with residents/businesses that must comply with this ordinance. In Sandy Springs, most alarm companies charge only $25 per month. While false alarm fees can cost hundreds of dollars, the accounts receivable process will likely make it financially impossible for fire/alarm companies to take on such risk.”

    He said that Sandy Springs could achieve greater reduction in the false dispatches if they would enforce all of their current ordinance provisions, such as:

    - Follow the Enhanced Call Verification Georgia State law that went into effect in 2013. “The 911 operator could very easily ask for the two phone numbers the alarm company called prior to dispatch request,” said Loud.

    - Do not allow dispatch on the subscribers that have not paid for previous fines—put them on a do not dispatch list.

    - Do not allow dispatch for subscribers that have had 10 false alarms in a permit year.

    - Activate the false alarm school the ordinance allows for, which will provide the training and prevention of future false alarms.

    “Another step Sandy Springs could pursue is a higher fee structure for excessive false alarms,” said Loud. “This would force subscribers to either fix their system, teach others to use it properly or they could choose to stop arming their system. All three of the options result in reduced dispatches.”

    He continued, “While I certainly see there are many ways to help unite with the City of Sandy Springs and help them achieve their ultimate goal of reducing false dispatches and wasting government recourses, I do not believe requiring the alarm companies to pay the fees is the answer.”

    The GELSSA, along with strong industry voices like Loud's, are urging those in the industry to reach out to the mayor of Sandy Springs to voice their concerns, and for security dealers in the Sandy Springs area to attend the planned vote on July 18.


              Better Arc Performance, System Modularity Improve MIG Productivity        
    Miller Electric’s Continuum 500 industrial MIG welding system improves arc starts and maintains more stable arc performance.

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              Pre-Engineered Robotic Welding Cells for First Timers        

    Lincoln Electric Company is introducing a new option for manufacturers adopting automated welding capability for the first time. The Auto-Mate pre-engineered robotic welding cells, available in two designs, are described as “affordable” units that allow new adoptees of automated welding capability to establish the operation in their plant or shop, quickly and easily.

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              Underwater Aluminum Welding with Lincoln Electric        
    Phoenix International has created a unique dry-chamber underwater welding system to repair the US Navy's fleet of LCS2 Aluminum vessels.

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    Lincoln Electric partnered with National FFA Organization to manufacture and sell contest winner welding helmet design.

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              Westinghouse to Supply Advanced Safety System to Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine (NNEGC Energoatom) to provide a passive hydrogen control system for VVER Units 1 and 2 at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.

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              Westinghouse Signs Eight Additional U.S. Nuclear Fuel Contracts; Continues Leak-Free Leadership        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced it has booked nearly $500M worth of additional nuclear fuel contracts with eight utility customers in its Americas region within the past year. Also, all Westinghouse nuclear fuel loaded into U.S. pressurized water reactors (PWRs) and boiling water reactors (BWRs) has been operating at a 100-percent leak-free status since May 2014.

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              Westinghouse Completes Acquisition; Accelerates Energy Market Opportunities        

    Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, as a Toshiba group company, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Mangiarotti S.p.A., an Italy-based manufacturer of components for the nuclear, oil and gas industries.

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              Westinghouse Launches New Outage Control Center        

    Westinghouse Electric Company LLC today announced the opening of the company’s first outage control center to provide vital central monitoring and response to its utility customers’ outage operations at U.S. nuclear power plant sites on a 24/7 basis, during outage seasons.

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              Westinghouse Signs Cooperation Agreements with China’s State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Company        

    Westinghouse Electric Company LLC today announced it signed two instrumentation and control system cooperation agreements with China’s State Nuclear Power Automation System Engineering Company.

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              Westinghouse to Fuel Oskarshamn Nuclear Reactors in Sweden        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has been selected by OKG AB in Sweden to provide replacement nuclear fuel deliveries for all of their three reactors, Oskarshamn Units 1, 2 and 3.

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              Westinghouse, Blue Castle Working to Bring Benefits of AP1000® Plant Technology to Western US        

    Westinghouse Electric Company and Blue Castle Holdings today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to pursue the development of a two-unit AP1000® nuclear power plant at the Green River site in Utah.

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              Westinghouse to Provide Finland’s TVO with Advanced Reactor Internal Pumps        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it received a contract in excess of 40 million euros from Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) to deliver 12 advanced reactor internal pumps for Finland’s Olkiluoto Units 1 and 2 boiling water reactors.

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              Westinghouse Completes Shareholder Agreement for Kozloduy AP1000® Plant in Bulgaria        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has signed a shareholder agreement following consultations with all Bulgarian political parties for the expansion of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant. This and subsequent agreements will be subject to future government oversight.

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              Innovative Westinghouse Technology Addresses Nuclear Industry Concern        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced the successful installation of its spent fuel pool level instrumentation system at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, operated by Tennessee Valley Authority.

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              Westinghouse Acquisition to Expand Nuclear, Oil and Gas Business        

    Westinghouse Electric Company LLC today announced its intent to purchase 100 percent ownership of Mangiarotti S.p.A., an Italy-based manufacturer of components for the nuclear, oil and gas industries.

    (PRWeb July 02, 2014)

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              Westinghouse Extends New-plant Market with Specialized Seismic Option        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it is developing a specialized option of its AP1000® nuclear power plant for use in locations with higher seismic levels seen in some portions of the western U.S. and certain other countries.

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              Westinghouse Chosen to Fuel Three Vattenfall Reactors        

    Westinghouse Electric Company was selected by Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel AB in Sweden to provide replacement nuclear fuel deliveries and related engineering services for three of their reactors.

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              Westinghouse Expands to Meet Latin America’s Energy Needs        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced the formation of Westinghouse Electric do Brasil Ltda in Rio de Janeiro to better serve its customers and partners, strengthen its ties with regional suppliers, and align itself more appropriately with the growing demands of the energy sector in Brazil and other countries in the region.

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              Westinghouse and Ontario Power Generation Sign Agreement to Service Global Nuclear Markets; MOU Covers Service, Refurbishment, Decommissioning and New Plant Projects        

    Westinghouse Electric Company and Ontario Power Generation, Inc., through its subsidiary, Canadian Nuclear Partners, today announced an agreement that would enable the two companies to work together on a wide range of global nuclear projects.

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              Westinghouse Disappointed in ČEZ Tender Cancellation; Reasserts the Strength of its Proposal, Technology and Business Model        

    Westinghouse Electric Company is deeply disappointed in the decision by ČEZ, a.s. to cancel the Temelín nuclear power plant tender in the very final stages of the process. The company also stated that the termination negates the significant safety, environmental and economic benefits that are inherent to the Westinghouse AP1000® technology and the company’s “Buy Where We Build™” business model.

    (PRWeb April 14, 2014)

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              Westinghouse and Ukraine’s Energoatom Extend Long-term Nuclear Fuel Contract        

    Westinghouse Electric Company and Ukraine’s Energoatom today agreed to a contract extension for fuel deliveries to Ukrainian nuclear power plants through 2020. The contract provides for the continuation of the long-standing partnership between the two companies in providing competitive and secure nuclear fuel supplies for Ukraine’s reactor fleet.

    (PRWeb April 11, 2014)

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              Westinghouse Achieves Major Milestone: Main Control Room at World’s First AP1000® Plant Operational        

    Westinghouse Electric Company announced the successful completion of a significant milestone at the AP1000® nuclear power plant currently under construction in Sanmen, China, when the Unit 1 main control room was declared operational by Sanmen Nuclear Power Company, Ltd. and State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation. Once the plant is online and operating, certified reactor operators will work from the main control room to monitor and control plant processes.

    (PRWeb March 31, 2014)

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              Westinghouse Connects Rural South Africa Child Care Center to Eskom Electricity Grid        

    Westinghouse Electric Company signed an agreement with Sprinkle vzw to support a South African rural child care center close to the Drakensberg Ukhahlamba National Park. Westinghouse is providing the necessary funding to connect the child care center to the national electricity grid, operated by Eskom, as well as to cover the costs of the monthly power consumption.

    (PRWeb March 13, 2014)

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              Westinghouse Awarded BWR Reactor Core Safety Systems Contract at TVO        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it received a contract from Teollisuuden Voima Oyj to provide two new traversing incore probe systems for the two boiling water reactors at Olkiluoto, Finland. The systems are used to calibrate the Nuclear Reactor Power measurement. The contract will be executed jointly between Westinghouse and Toshiba Corporation.

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              Westinghouse Completes Passive Safety Upgrade at Slovenia’s KrÅ¡ko Nuclear Power Plant        

    Westinghouse Electric Company announced that it has successfully completed the installation of a fully passive containment filtered venting system at the Nuklearna Elektrarna Krško Nuclear Power Plant located in Slovenia. This system enhances safety in the area of severe accident management and was required by the Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station accident in Japan.

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              Westinghouse Welcomes Poland’s Plan to Build First Nuclear Power Plant in 2024        

    Westinghouse Electric Company welcomes the decision by the Polish government to adopt its new program for nuclear power, which will pave the way for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant. This new program corresponds with the aims of the European Commission’s proposed energy and climate objectives to be met by 2030.

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              Westinghouse Welcomes European Commission’s 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies        

    Westinghouse Electric Company, a leading voice for the nuclear industry in Europe and worldwide, welcomes the European Commission’s 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies, which aims to establish a more competitive, sustainable and energy-secure European economy

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              Westinghouse Takes Next Steps To Build Three AP1000(R) Nuclear Reactors In UK With NuGen        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that Toshiba Corporation has agreed in principle to buy a 60 percent share in the NuGeneration Limited Moorside project in West Cumbria, U.K., and they intend to move forward with the AP1000 new-build project in partnership with GDF SUEZ.

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              Westinghouse Announces Successful Setting of AP1000® Plant Shield Building Conical Roofs at China’s Sanmen Unit 1 and Haiyang Unit 1        

    Westinghouse Electric Company, its consortium team member CB&I and China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation announce the successful setting of the shield building conical roofs on the first units of the AP1000 nuclear power plants under construction in Sanmen and Haiyang, China.

    (PRWeb December 23, 2013)

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              Westinghouse Expands Capacity of European Maintenance Center to Meet Growing Customer Demand        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today inaugurated the extension of its European Maintenance Center in Nivelles, Belgium to provide scalable growth to support an increasing customer base, including Electricité de France, as well as Spanish energy giants Endesa and Iberdrola.

    (PRWeb December 19, 2013)

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              Westinghouse and Bulgaria Take Steps Toward AP1000® Nuclear Power Plant Construction        

    Westinghouse Electric Company and Toshiba Corporation welcome the decision of Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD to enter into exclusive talks to advance the opportunity to develop and construct an AP1000® nuclear power plant for Kozloduy Unit 7 in Kozloduy, Bulgaria.

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              Westinghouse Continues to Serve Leibstadt Nuclear Power Station Fuel Needs in Switzerland        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG has decided to extend its fuel contract with Westinghouse for manufacturing and delivery of fuel to the nuclear power plant in Leibstadt, Switzerland.

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              Westinghouse, U.S. Rep. John Barrow Celebrate Construction Progress at Plant Vogtle        

    Westinghouse Electric Company and its nuclear construction consortium partners achieved a significant milestone today as the 40 hour and 46 minute continuous placement of nuclear concrete for Georgia Power’s Vogtle Unit 4 AP1000® nuclear reactor was safely concluded.

    (PRWeb November 21, 2013)

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              Westinghouse Nuclear Power Plants Senior Vice President Statement on Concrete Pour at V.C. Summer        

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              Westinghouse Appoints Steve Hamilton as Senior Vice President, Quality, Environment, Health and Safety        

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              Westinghouse Announces Strategic Agreement with Leading South African Engineering Company        

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              Westinghouse to Provide Significant Engineering Services for Centralized Waste Storage Facility in Spain        

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              Westinghouse Receives Final NRC Approval for Advanced Logic System® Safety System Solution        

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              Westinghouse Contracted to Segment Spain’s José Cabrera Nuclear Reactor Vessel        

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              Westinghouse, Toshiba and Exelon Nuclear Partners to Collaborate on Nuclear Project in Saudi Arabia        

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              BWRPLUS Formed to Leverage Synergy between Westinghouse and Toshiba Bentley to Lead Efforts of Providing Customers with a Single Communication Channel        

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              Westinghouse AP1000® Completes Phase 2 of Canadian Pre-Project Design Review        

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that its AP1000® pressurized water reactor has completed Phase 2 of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Pre-Project Design Review.

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    Hello everyone! 

    It seems like a long time ago since I last posted but it's only been 24 days. In that time I've been to Donegal for two weeks and my cousin from Ireland came to visit me here in Bedford. I have had a wonderful three weeks and it was also good to have a break from blogging! I did miss everyone else's blogs and have tried to catch up since I returned.

    I'm going to dedicate this part of the post to Fiona of 'Made in a Muddle' here. Fiona has a mobile home in France and asked me to do a post about about my mobile home in Ireland - so here goes.

    The site we stay at  is at the top of a hill and has about 180 mobile homes in total. It is split into two separate areas by a road. There is a children's playground; a green play space with trees and tyre swings; a football/tennis/basketball pitch; picnic sites and a hut for wet weather activities, on site. There are also woods to the rear of the site, two nearby lakes and lots of local beaches.  Our mobile home is on the upper slope of the hill and at the end of a row. It is a truly beautiful spot and we are surrounded by mountains.

    We are 17 miles from the town of Donegal; 3.5 miles from Killybegs and about 7 miles from Ardara. There is a garage cum post office cum grocery shop cum deli at the bottom of the hill, about 4 miles away and it's our nearest shop.

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    This is 'Ruby Super' hereafter referred to as the 'caravan'. She is a static caravan or mobile home made by Atlas and was originally made in the mid to late 1990s. I bought her in April 2014 after I retired in March. I had the wooden decking/patio and base around the caravan made especially. Ruby Super has three bedrooms but can sleep eight people as the seating area in the living area pulls down into a double bed.

    There is no central heating but I do have a gas fire in the living room and two other electric heaters. However, electric voltage is is limited in a caravan and you learn pretty quickly how many electrical items can be in use at the same time. When the electricity is 'tripped' it's only a short walk to the decking to 'throw' the switch. As it can get very cold, in the evenings especially, I always have a good supply of throws and blankets which are stored in the large basket.

    I like the layout in the caravan  - apart from the sleeping areas and bathroom, everything else is open plan. From the kitchen window and two of the bedroom windows I can see St. John's Point which is one of the longest peninsulas in Ireland.  The peninsula is separated on either side by McSwyne's Bay and Inver Bay; which feed into Donegal Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, I can also see Ben Bulben mountain  across Donegal Bay in Co. Sligo. If you look very carefully at the picture below, in the distance on the left hand side you can just make out Ben Bulben. There were very few clear days on this trip but when it is clear it's as if I can lean out of the window and touch the sea!

    The kitchen is compact but has lots of storage space. I have no washing machine but there is a laundry on site with two washing machines and two tumble dryers. They are not free; unfortunately...

    This is the bathroom. There is a shower to the left of the photo.

    There is a separate loo

    One double bedroom complete with another wardrobe of clothes, shoes, jewellery and perfume!

    Two twin bedrooms.

    When we've been away from the caravan between September to Easter, the caravan suffers from mildew. We leave plates of salt and humidifiers (non electrical) bought at hard ware shops to help with the mildew. This year we've left the blinds up and curtains open to maximise any sunshine and warmth; until I return in July. The caravan heats up really quickly when it's sunny. 

    We also have to pack any clothing or textiles, including bedding, away in plastic bags to avoid them becoming mildewed. If we were able to visit more frequently this would be less of an issue. So far though, it has been the only problem we've experienced and we love Ruby Super. When I return in July, I shall be applying weather protection stain to the decking and washing the outside of the caravan with a mop and bucket. Thanks to Fiona for alerting me to this - it was in the terms and conditions,  but I had completely missed it!


    Are you ready for some outfit posts? Not many I'm afraid; I was too busy having a good time!

    I only managed one selfie with the selfie stick. Everything charity shopped. Cardigan; 50p at a jumble sale, top; £1.00 rail somewhere, can't remember where I bought the trousers.

    All jewellery and headscarf charity shopped.

    When OH arrived we spent a day in Derry.

    Taken outside the Guildhall in Co.Derry. Everything charity shopped except the bag; online retail and the boots; Christmas present. The mac is by Max Mara and I bought it for 4 euros at my favourite charity shop in Killybegs, Co. Donegal. I also bought a pair of brown trousers and a green and black pair of trousers there for 2 euros each and a tunic by Apricot for 3 euros. It was a chilly day in Derry hence the gloves and scarf!

    I'm standing against the wall that once surrounded the city of Derry. This plaque is in memory of all those who were killed  by weapon systems within the city and district of Derry.

    Another part of the wall. 
    OH and I had a really good rummage in the charity shops of Derry on Easter Saturday. There were nine in total that we found and only one was closed. I was quite restrained for a change (!) and bought a necklace in a hospice shop and a Desigual tunic top in the Red Cross shop; where I got discount bringing the price down from £6.00 to £4.80! On the way to Derry we stopped at Ballyboffey to have a rummage and I bought a pair of trainers and a pair of walking shoes for 99 cents each. In the Donkey Sanctuary charity shop I bought a ring for 5 euros and a couple of books.

    This picture was taken in Letterkenny, where we stopped for a meal on the way back from Derry. I have no idea what the sculpture is and there was no information about it that I could see.

     We also spent a day in Sligo where we went rummaging as well as visiting family. I bought some white jeans for 2.50 euros and a couple of bangles. I also visited another cousin and his wife in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo before OH came out. This the view of the Atlantic from their garden:

    On that occasion my cousin's wife, Martina and another cousin Caroline, and I, went walking around the base of Ben Bulben. It was a beautiful walk and we had two dogs with us who were very well behaved throughout. 

    And other than reading, eating, sleeping, a bit of walking, listening to the radio and starting (finally) a new crochet blanket, I did very little else! 

    Only another 100+ rows to go....
    I'll post about my cousin's visit in my next post. It's good to be back!

              Donegal is calling me...        
    Saturday was such a beautiful day. Warm, sunny but there was a chilly breeze at times. Spring is most definitely here with warmer weather forecast for this week.

    OH and I had a rummage in Rushden and we also visited Emmaeus in Carlton on Saturday. Emmaeus is a charity for homeless people and is international in its scope. At Emmaeus they do furniture; household goods, electrical items, antiques and vintage items, bikes, garden equipment, clothes, shoes, bags. jewellery, craft materials, toys, books, DVDs, CDs and LPs. I bought a bangle and a ring, a small terrarium for plants, 2 succulent plants and a cafetiere for my daughter who's been after a small one for ages. I spent 6.50 in total.

    This is how I started out. I soon discarded the scarf and gloves - too warm!

    Everything except the handbag is charity shopped. Trousers from Monsoon; felted wool jacket by Paraphase; bought in the Donkey Sanctuary Charity shop in Ballyboffey in Donegal. Apart from the lovely embroidery on the jacket; it has golden bugle beads up near the neckline. It cost 10 euros, but I love this jacket and need to wear it more often. Boots from Red Cross shop winter 2015; for 1.99.

    I was getting a bit of practice in with my selfie stick. I'm off to Donegal on the 4th April for two weeks and OH won't be out for the first 8 days I'm there, so I'll have to take my own OOTD photos!

    The floral top is from the Red Cross 1.00 rail and the cardigan was bought in Barnardo's in Golders Green for 1.99.

    Both scarves charity shopped; watch, necklace, ring and bangles charity shopped. Earrings; a present from my friend Natalie in Cambridge. See my nice, clean, shiny kitchen? 4.5 hours it took me on Friday; my arms were aching on Saturday.

    In Rushden I bought a grey dress by East for 4.00 in the Salvation Army. I may not get any wear out of it now but it will be useful for next autumn and winter. East clothing is very expensive so I had to snap it up. I also bought a small wool picnic/lap blanket for 1.00; this will be taken to the caravan as it can be very chilly in the evenings. I also bought a lovely velvet patterned top in Cancer Research for 3.00. All in all a good day's rummaging. OH did well, too.

    I got up early on Sunday and walked 6.8 miles. With Wednesday's 6.7 miles my total for this week was 13.5 miles - 6.5 miles short of my target of 20 miles.

    Sunday afternoon was tea at the Swan Hotel in Bedford courtesy of my wonderful daughter. It was delicious and I was so stuffed at the end of it.

    This is the African print skirt I bought at the 3:16 charity shop last week for 3.50. The top is by Cotton Traders and the jacket is by Country Casuals; both charity shopped at he Red Cross for 1.99.

    Headscarf and all jewellery charity shopped. Boots; Christmas 2016 present from daughter.

    On Monday there was no Red Cross volunteering. The manager had rung me on Friday to say there was a flood in the shop from a leak upstairs and that the shop would be closed until Wednesday. It felt really strange not going into the shop but I had errands to run in town so walked past the shop anyway. There were buckets everywhere catching the drips! There was also what looked like a 1970s maxi dress on the model in the window! I decided to go back on Wednesday and see if it was my size.

     I had plans to go for a walk in the afternoon but the weather was so horrible I didn't bother. Cold and windy and grey...

    On Tuesday I was at the Food Bank and in the afternoon I walked 8.25 miles. It was a good day; sunny and warm but with a cold breeze and eventually the clouds got darker and it rained a little.

    Everything charity shopped except the loafers bought on sale at Tesco's outlet shop about 3 years ago.

    Earrings; a present from my friend Natalie. All other jewellery charity shopped.

    On Wednesday afternoon I went back to the Red Cross; wouldn't you flipping know it they had sold the dress from the window! I bought a brown patterned tunic and a Planet summer jacket in bright orange as a consolation prize; both 1.99 each. In the morning I walked with the group from Great Denham; we walked 7 miles and it was a a very pleasant walk. As we finished back in Great Denham I had a quick browse in Barnardo's and bought a white linen shift dress and a pair of navy blue leather loafers - both 99p each.

    It was such a gorgeous day on Thursday! It registered 21.5 degrees centigrade on my car barometer.  It felt like a summer's day so I dug a summer dress out of the chest where I store my summer clothes. I bought this dress which is by Studio from a 1.00/99p sale rail somewhere at the end of last summer when it was too late wear it, so this is its first outing.

    The jacket was one of the first things I bought at the Guildhouse when I started there; it's linen and made by an Italian company. I paid 3.50 for it. I wore tights and a long slip underneath the dress and the boots were a Christmas 2016 present from my daughter.

    Headscarf, bangles, necklace and watch all charity shopped. Earrings are from Jamaica and are made of copper in the shape of steel pans...present from OH.

    On Friday I went on a bus walk with the Ramblers from Kempston via Wootton and Bromham. We walked 8.75 miles culminating with tea and cake at Bromham Mill. The best way to finish any walk I think!  The weather was fine. By the time I got home I had to go straight to collect the grandchildren from school so stayed in my walking gear. My walking total this week was 24 miles over 3 walks.

    On Saturday I went to see my son and wore this:

    Everything is charity shopped except the loafers which were bought from the Tesco outlet sale about three years ago.

    Necklace was a present from my youngest Grandson's dad some years ago. All other jewellery charity shopped.

    I shall spend Sunday packing for Ireland; I've had the car checked, got my euros and the ferry's been booked for ages. I shall be taking a break from blogging and when I get back my lovely cousin, Linda is coming to stay with me. It will be her first visit to England and guess what she wants to do? She wants to come charity shopping! That can be arranged with no difficulty...

    I hope you all have a lovely Easter and if you don't celebrate Easter that you at least get a nice break. Take care everyone and see you on the other side!

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              Home computer repair - Home computer repair Tampa troubleshooting        
    The basic parts of a Home computer repair are monitor, motherboard, SMPS, processor, daughter board, network cards, RAM, CMOS battery, hard disk, buses (cables), keyboard, mouse, UPS and modem. So these components will face damage as they are electronic components.

     Long beep sound heard while starting custom pc repair tampa and OS is not loading. Your RAM is damaged. So buy a RAM either D RAM or SD RAM after checking the slot in your motherboard and install new RAM.

    Your Operating system OS may be damaged due to improper shutdown or due to missing of some files. Please re install your OS. Another problem can be your hard disk damage.

    Huge sound coming from CPU. Your cabinet cooling fan may be making that huge noise while working. Try to replace that bad cooling fan with a good one.

    Sometimes there will be problem in Home PC repair Tampa booting. So Home computer repair boot troubleshooting can be done by pressing delete button while restarting PC and providing appropriate settings in BIOS.

    If you are like most people who often use computer repairs Tampa at work or in your home, then you must also know how frustrating it can be when your Home computer repair crashes in the middle of an important task. Home computer repair errors such as crashes and file corruption are often a result of registry problems. To make sure your PC always performs efficiently, you have to invest in registry repair software.

    Do you use a free windows registry repair for your Laptop computer repair? There are a few guidelines that you need to keep in mind when purchasing software and these are:

    It is important to note however, that software that can find many errors aren’t necessarily the best kind. Some dubious repair programs list errors where there aren’t actually any so choose well.

    Unless you are a certified Home computer repair genius, it is best to choose user friendly software. Everyone needs free window registry repair programs.


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              Mi arbol de Navidad        
    Hoy me siento tan feliz

    adoro ADORO Diciembre, me encanta y lo adoro en todo su blanco esplendor en toda su gama de blancos y azules y grises..
    Me encantan los tesoros que encuentro en cada escaparate, me encanta como sonríen los niños, me encanta como la luz de mil colores es difuminada por la niebla
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    quereis ver como quedó? aquí teneis una ventanita abierta a mi salón ambientado para Las Navidades...


    Y mi árbol tan tan brillante!!


    Entre los adornos que le he colocado se encuentra este pequeño buho!

    es un preciosisimo amigurumi que me ha enviado la preciosa Luna. Ella se llevo uno de los dos dragones del sorteo que hice hace unas semanas y me envió esta maravilla como agradecimiento, lo llevaba colgado del bolso pero cuando monté el árbol decidí que lo colocaría allí durante estas fiestas para que todos mis invitados lo vean!!

    Muchísimas gracias Luna, es tan bonito!!!

    Lo que también trae consigo Diciembre es sin duda mucho trabajo, yo trabajo en una tienda de electrodomésticos así que imaginaros cómo están siendo estos días, se alargan, viene mucha gente, eso conlleva que tengo menos tiempo para coser y mis cositas... aun así robaré minutos a las madrugadas antes de salir a trabajar para tener listas si no muchas, al menos algunas cositas :)
    Esta semana acabé estos dos bolsitos erizo para Los Tesoros de Senda

     Yolanda, su dueña me pidió algunas piezas para estas Navidades y como disfruté mucho haciendo el pequeño ericito para la subasta benéfica, le he hecho dos bolsos erizo más grandes para que tenga en su tienda
    Me encanta como han quedado!!!!!!!

    Recordad que la Subasta para ayudar a perros y gatos sin hogar sigue y sigue, hay un montón de cosas nuevas cada semana!!

    Y ahora voy a relajarme jugando a mi nuevo juego de SuperMario!!
    Muchas gracias por leerme, de verdad, qué alegría cada comentario y cada visita...
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              The Art of Lovin' Trees --- Featuring Joel Tauber        

    The Art of Lovin’ Trees-- 
    Featuring Artist Joel Tauber
    Story dedicated to Joel and Alison
    in celebration of their joyous engagement on November 9th,

    Written and Researched by Enilde Van Hook
    Story Consult and Editing by Luke Van Hook

     America is having a love affair with trees and California is second to none in leading its appreciation of trees. Digging deep into the roots of this story, I have followed and researched the tree culture specifically in Los Angeles where our love of trees has spawned a unique pop tree culture relating to art. Our popular tree culture today includes but is not limited to tree sculptures, tree paintings, tree photographs, tree videos, tree poetry, tree songs, tree jewelry, tree movies and even tree love affairs. 

    Tree Earing created by Joel Tauber for his Sick-Amour Tree in Pasadena, California.
    Additional Tree Jewelry created by Joel Tauber to adorn the Sick-Amour Tree includes leaf jewelry, as well as the male earing and the female earing that hang from the tree below.  
    Photos of tree jewelry courtesy of  Susanne Vielmetter Gallery 5795 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, California 90232 (323-933-2117)

    Sick-Amour Tree in the parkinglot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl, protected by barriers installed by Joel Tauber in his quest to save his beloved tree. Tree wearing the earings looks hot!  Photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery.
    Leaf sculpture by Joel Tauber
    Female tree earing by Joel Tauber.
    Male tree earing created by Joel Tauber, photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, 2008

    For the record, our love of trees goes way back to the dawn of time when we were swinging in the trees, however, our love has grown and matured since then. The Greek and Roman heritage of literature and art bestows us with intoxicating stories of their Gods having entanglements with humans. Some of their deities were known as protectors of trees and nature such as Dionysus the Greek god of agriculture, fertility, wine and merriment. He was later renamed Bacchus by the Romans and reported to be the Tree God. Back in the day when artists carved trees into stone and marble relief sculptures to worship in the temples of their mythological gods, people celebrated the sacredness of trees, grapevines and sometimes the unions of gods and mortals. There was Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees who married Vertumnus, the god of fruits and gardens. Digging deep enough, one is sure to find stories of deities mating with trees and spawning children of the harvest for instance.

    In modern literary circles there are a number of great imaginative family favorites written about trees, like “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. Then there’s the infamous story of how Robinson Crusoe lived in a tree-house, and of utmost importance to our American history of trees, we propagate the very memorable legend of ‘Johnny Appleseed’.

    In our contemporary times we have a legend in the making too. I have been fortunate to witness the emergence of a new ‘Johnny Appleseed’ and interestingly enough, the story involves a recent romantic love affair between one special tree and a mortal that is well worth pursuing the story. Sometime in the fall of in 2007, I met Joel Tauber. This is the artist who I believe was struck by a mythological bolt of lighting, so to speak, pertaining to one of the Greek or Roman deities’. Joel Tauber is said to have fallen head over heels in love with one particular Sycamore Tree in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. My chance meeting with this now famous mortal under the influence of an enchanted mystical spell, has led me to research the mysteries intrinsic in the charms of trees. I too have been struck with the frailty of trees, their vulnerabilities, and their enormous strengths and inspiration. This together with my own personal experiences with trees has prompted me to come out of my shell and discuss the subject in all seriousness.

    My own personal background is not in trees. I am simply a tree-lover from childhood. For a little over ten years, my professional background was in radio as a disc jockey and on-air personality. I listened to music, reviewed songs and kept tabs on the pop music culture. I worked in the Los Angeles market as well as Santa Barbara, California; Eventually I moved to expand my work experience in neighboring radio markets like Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe and Gardnerville/Minden, Nevada. It was through traveling that I saw some of the most beautiful trees along the routes through Northern California and Northern Nevada!
    While I drove from one radio market to another over the years, I watched the trees go by at the various speed limits along the highways of my life’s journeys. Thus you will understand when I tell you that often I see art and life, for that matter, through a series of moving images in my head which include a music bed. 
    I was eleven years old when in 1970, Joni Mitchell wrote and released a song called ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ whose lyrics surpassed the test of time and is currently in airplay by a glut of new groups. The lyrics began with “…They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum and they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em.” One of the barometers I use to gage the influence of any particular song, music or artwork that I come into contact with is if it will surpass the test of time, among other important criteria. This song became one of my favorite songs of all time. The lyrics made so much sense to me.
    When I met Joel Tauber, I was introduced to the enormous scope of his Sick-Amour Tree-Baby Project. It was then that I suddenly started hearing Joni Mitchell’s song in my mind again, only this time, as I got in my car, Counting Crows was performing the song. When I started doing more research on the song that I could not get out of my head, I was struck by how many artists had re-recorded the song and barely changed anything about the words. There is Amy Grant, who upgraded the dollar amount from $1.50 to $25 when singing about how much the museums charged people to enter. Additionally there is Green Day, Sarah McLachlan, Charlie Barker, Bob Dylan, Moya Brennan, Ireen Sheer, Donnie Eidt and a host of so many others that have recorded ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ it was simply overwhelming!
    I think the importance of the lyrics to this one particular song is that it reveals the fact that people love trees and hate parking lots. The message is that if it weren’t for our trees, we could be living in a frying pan! The impact of this single song is that it reveals what is really going on in people’s minds. There is a reason why so many artists are flocking to re-record the lyrics in their own way.

    Not only are trees involved in the music arena, trees as subjects, are very involved in politics as well. Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin at the time, took a leading role in developing the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd 1970 as a way to commemorate our environmental concerns. Arbor Day is presently celebrated as well with the first ceremonial tree planting in Washington D.C. on April 27th in 2001, all evidence that goes to prove the people of our planet do care about what happens to our trees.

    Trees stand as a testiment and memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King

    Dr. Martin Luther King is memorialized with trees along Expositon Blvd. across from the Los Angeles Coliseum and down the street from the University of Southern California.
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Online sources on the subject of trees are rich in number. For instance, eighteen years ago, here in Los Angeles, a multi racial group of volunteers planted 400 Canary Island Pine trees along seven miles of road on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. Today, this living homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to thrive and keep the dream alive for his followers. The founder and President of is Mr. Andy Lipkis and he keeps tabs on the trees to make sure all 400 trees stay healthy.

    Mayor Antonio Villarigosa is the person to thank for the ‘Million Trees Initiative’ he signed into effect in May of 2006 and Los Angeles residents can learn how they too can receive up to 7 free trees to plant on their property. Visit the website at to learn the details.   Also in Portland, Oregon there is and in Bellingham Washington you will find There is also the International Society of Arboriculture called ISA and can be accessed by visiting You will also find a great deal of valuable advise on the growth and care of trees at and check out Tree Care Industry Association TCIA as well.

    Mark Dion created an art piece titled "Library for the Birds of Antwerp" which is also a good example of how art is vitally connected with our tree culture and how it connects Mark Dion to his PBS special where he removed a dead tree from the forest and recreated its living components in a city scape in Washington.  From the "20th Century Artbook Phaidon Press 1996", the caption reads: "Using props from the natural and man-made world, Dion has constructed an installation that explores contemporary attitudes to science and the environment. He has created a fictional and hybridized situation in which the trappings associated with knowledge, learning and classification--such as books and photographs--are juxtaposed with natural elements including birds and wood.   The representation of nature is a fundamental subject in Dion's art, and here he takes on the role of sociologist/anthropologist and blurring the boundaries between authentic and fake, representation and parody. By adopting the persona of a scientist and by satirizing man's obsession with categorization, Dion questions the values of the Western world.  His subject matter is heavily influence by popular culture.  In Dion's world we might witness Mickey Mouse as an explorer, or Clark Kent interviewing Dr. Frankenstein." (Photo and contents are used in this story for purposes of artistic review.)

    In the art world, an artist named Mark Dion was featured in a documentary film report that aired in 2007. To view the video one may visit on the Internet by going to and find Mark Dion as he took the subject of trees and made an art piece that explored what would happen if one were to take a tree after its death, take it out of its familial context of natural forest, and re-create the ecosystem in an environment that would otherwise be a hostile urban setting, needless to say, a cityscape. Just outside of Seattle Washington, he states, a Hemlock fell on February 8th, 1996…and so begins an elaborate experiment that pits optimism against reality." The PBS special is very detailed and you will enjoy the depth of research and work that Mark Dion went to to take a tree out of the forest and recreate the setting in the city.  The difference between the artwork presented by Mark Dion and  the artwork presented by Joel Tauber is in the nature of the life of the tree. Mark Dion works with a dead tree and its living components, and Joel Tauber creates life out of a tree seed and duplicates it all over his community.

    Thus I’ve discovered for myself that when I researched the subject of trees, I discovered Joel Tauber wasn’t alone! However, instead of creating an experiment in ecology, Joel Tauber goes further than Mark Dion does with this concept of eco-systems and their frailties. Joel Tauber begins a journey that could eventually repair the eco-systems that man has destroyed. This is where Joel Tauber takes the lead in the art world and becomes not only the realist but the optimistic hope for trees in desecrated forests all over the country.
    Joel Tauber’s work as a living project of art in 2008 has resonance and his story is well worth telling again and again. He is certainly not the first, nor the last to get involved in the love of trees, but he is the first in contemporary times to have been associated with a mythological and mystical occurrence of reproducing tree babies out of just hugging one lonely tree.

    The last time I saw a man hugging a tree, he was hugging the tree for all the wrong reasons. At the MOCA, Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, some years back I was viewing an exhibition that was in town by the Utah born artist now working in Los Angeles, Paul McCarthy. While this work of art depicted a very raw and unsettling sculpture of ‘tree-lovin’ it had nothing whatsoever to do with the love of any tree. The work displayed a timely political statement about our government rather than the love for trees, but bear in mind that the thought involved images from man’s intimate involvement with trees both in the biblical sense and in the sense of man’s raping of the planet. Joel Tauber’s work counteracts the devastation of many years of neglect for our trees with a very basic recipe for the renewal of our commitment to our green-leafed friends. Now, when I see the image of Joel Tauber hugging his Sycamore Tree in Pasadena, I get a whole new perspective for the love for our planet, our trees and our environment as a whole.

    "The Garden" by Paul McCarthy from The 20th Century Art Book, 
    Phaidon Press Limited, page 280. Photo is used for purposes of artistic review.
    The caption in the book reads as follows: " 'The Garden'  is a full-scale tableau of an outdoor, woodland scene, complete with leafy trees, shrubs and rocks.  This tranquil picture of nature is rudely interrupted by the presence of a middle-aged, balding man with his trousers round his ankles, engaged in a wholly unnatural act. From one side of the installation, his actions are not immediately apparent, being partially hidden by the tree trunks and foliage, but the sound of mechanical activity draws the viewer in to discover the shocking sight of a man copulating with a tree.  This robotic figure, with its endlessly repetitive movements, is both comical and crude, and is intended by McCarthy to question notions of acceptable public behavior and sexual morality.  McCarthy is a lecturer at UCLA as well as an artist. His sculptural installations evolved out of his earlier performance work which focused on his own body engaged in extreme and disturbing acts."

    To further explain this romantic entanglement between a tree and a mortal, I cite some important historical facts. Back in 2005, Joel Tauber was in the parking lot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl, when he spotted a particularly lonely and neglected Sycamore Tree. There are hundreds of thousands of trees in Pasadena, and a great number of them thrive very well on the grounds of the Rose Bowl, should you ever drive through this luscious community of tree and rose-lovers, you will see. But Joel Tauber focused his attention on one specific lonely tree. He started to note more and more how cars would hit the bark of the tree and scrape it, injuring the tree repeatedly. Joel Tauber became a witness to this tree’s life. Taking compassion and friendship upon this particular tree, Tauber began to film the area of the parking lot where the tree was growing. He got the idea to put up solid barriers to protect it from cars and also carried water in large plastic bags to irrigate the tree. Soon, Tauber found himself as a one-man band, orchestrating a symphony of activities leading to editing mass quantities of tree footage, fighting City Hall, and embarking on a quest to save this tree from infertility using tried and true guerilla tactics that would make tree-huggers stand and salute. To personally view the Sick-Amour project, along with the giant scale tree sculpture installation exhibited at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery in 2007, you may visit

                   Recently, I had the privilege and opportunity to discuss Joel Tauber’s work with Susanne Vielmetter and she was delighted to tell me what a wonderful sense of humor that Tauber exhibits in all of his works of art. Susanne Vielmetter reviewed the Underwater project with me as well as the Flying Project which Tauber presented.
    She explained how deep down, she feels Tauber is on a quest for meaning in his work and that he has a keen sense of humor that unifies and makes his ideas successful. She states that he uses the comical and the tragic in the Tree-Baby project to address the issues of urban living in our time and very subtly pokes fun at the problems innate in urban planning. The real irony of a small Sycamore tree dying of thirst in a parking lot of a beautiful park in a paradise-like valley, alongside the 110 Pasadena Freeway where 80% of the territory is plastered with concrete and the water below runs along asphalt channels of the Los Angeles River is not lost on Tauber, she explained. To contrast, Susanne Vielmetter cited that parks in Europe allow for weeds to grow naturally on landscapes that are not covered with concrete. Joel Tauber’s projects were initially presented at the Susanne Vielmetter Gallery located at 5795 Washington Blvd., in Culver City, California. The response Susanne Vielmetter’s Gallery received was incredibly exciting, even though at first, some folks thought Joel Tauber was a nut; he went on to prove just how serious he really is about changing the landscape of our environment, one tree at a time.

    Joel Tauber has a large body of video artwork, photographs and developing tree babies, (the children of a mortal and a Charmed Sycamore Tree) and one may also visit
    As I learned more and more about Joel Tauber’s project, I realized how blessed we all are that tree-lovin’ is not a singular act of love or even a fleeting love of art. I realized how connected we all are to our environment and how the idea of having a special friend ‘the tree’, any tree in any state, in any country for that matter is a beautiful connection to have. The connection that Joel Tauber has to his Sycamore Tree is in synch with the love that the country is experiencing during our new millennium. We have all become acutely aware of the fragility of life; we realize now more than ever that we must respect our dependence on our environment and value our trees.

    The first thing that struck me about Joel Tauber was that we had the love of trees in common. He seemed a bit shy, unassuming and humble yet I was later to learn the enormous power he wielded for this one frail and neglected tree in the parking lot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California. I was truly inspired by the level of involvement and commitment he had demonstrated for his own beloved Sycamore Tree which he had turned into a full-blown art-project including video, photography and sculptured jewelry. (He did it all!) He named this work the Sick-Amour Project mainly because he said he felt this tree was ill from the lack of love and the inability to have tree babies to fulfill its legacy. I had never personally met someone with such an extreme love and dedication to one particular tree. In our local newscasts, I had heard stories of people who became very emotional when a land developer was about to cut down a tree they considered a relic of their community; in which case people got very nasty about the issue and would chain themselves to the trees or surround the location with demonstrators that would shut down the jobsite. That’s when the news crews would come in with their cameras and boom mikes and the news helicopters would hover in circles above the trees trying to capture the ‘event’ that was creating all the uproar. A very recent example of this type of community behavior is written about on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times where Eric Bailey, a Times Staff Writer, wrote an extensive story about the tree-issues pertaining to Scotia, California where activists are protesting the logging of the Great California REDWOODS! Read the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times, August 24th, 2008 or visit online to learn how the tree-sitters are doing today.

    But Joel Tauber is a different type of activist. He doesn’t consider himself an activist at all. He merely states, humbly, just for the record, that he loves this one particular Sycamore Tree and it is an outrage to him to see how his new best friend is being suffocated under a six-inch blanket of black tar and asphalt. Better yet, Joel Tauber does something about it. Not with a crew of forty thousand demonstrators, not even with a crew of forty residents. He does this on his own, quietly challenging the laws of the city of Pasadena and humbly takes responsibility for the care and nurturing of his new best friend. I was touched. At once I began to marvel at his potent idea.

    The art of loving our trees has grown roots in the higher levels of the art world as well. For instance, if one were to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum both at the Getty Villa which recently re-opened in Malibu and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, you will find the love of trees has grown branches on all the hillsides surrounding both properties. There are lucky Sycamores and fortunate Pines; there are Pomegranate trees, Apple trees, Pear trees, Jacaranda trees and trees that just look good in a vista overlooking the ocean. Millions of dollars went into the development of artistic gardens which envelope the California landscape against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean on one edge and the rolling hills of Malibu on the other.

    Over in the area of the Miracle Mile, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating an enormous renovation of its facilities and you guessed it, there are aisles and isles of gigantic palm trees lining the walkways to the entrance of the museum in concert with a unique and flamboyant architecture that has drawn the attention of the art-world with the generosity of Eli and Edythe Broad of the Broad Foundation. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum is the new wing at the LACMA and is considered the largest space in the country devoted exclusively to contemporary art. With a ‘living art display’ dedicated to the iconic palm trees, not native to California, Robert Irwin has developed a plein-air walkway through ‘Palm Gardens’ as one makes their way to the entrances of the museum.

    Lush green trees thrive all over Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Bowl where Joel Tauber fell in love with a Sycamore Tree.  Photo by Ginger Van Hook, 2008

     The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California  is also home to some of the most exquisite antiquities in its museum history which includes sculptures amid a forest like atmosphere. Currently at the Norton Simon Museum, among its many exhibitions, one may enjoy the artwork of Ruth Weisberg, Dean of the Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Opening on October 17, 2008 the Weisberg exhibition at the Norton Simon runs through March 2, 2009. Additionally a lecture by the artist is planned where Weisberg discusses: Guido Cagnacci and the Resonant Image on Sunday November 16, 2008.  The Norton Simon Museum of Art is located at 411 West Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California. Ruth Weisberg was instrumental in selecting the work of Joel Tauber to be permanently planted on the Main University Campus of USC on January 24, 2008 where a tree planting ceremony was held and attended by numerous members of USC faculty, staff, students and guests. The location of the new tree-baby, child of the Sick-Amour Project, currently exists on the Exposition side of the campus between Gate one and the Fischer Gallery, across the street from the Museum of Natural History. 

    In Pasadena, where lovers of trees line every street of the city as the landscapes are lush with all types of trees and where these wonderful healthy trees keep cool the throngs of tourists who visit the Rose Bowl every year, is also home to the Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Both locations are areas where tree-lovin’ may be experienced alongside some of California’s best-known artworks. Visit the NORTON SIMON MUSEUM at located at 411 West Colorado, Pasadena, California 91105 or visit the PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART at at 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, California.

    In San Marino, California, the art of trees, gardens and succulents has found a worthy haven at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens spanning an area of 120 acres dedicated to the fine arts founded by Henry E. Huntington in 1928 as the very first public art gallery in Southern California. Along with English portraits and French eighteenth-century furniture, one will delight in tours of the unique garden paradise established for the pure love of the botanical arts.

    On the hillside along the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, one may also enjoy walking along the elegant landscapes of the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum grounds and witness the serenity of the trees as Weeping Willows slope their leaves to the ground, and gentle breezes sway the branches of Sycamores, Oaks and Birch trees. Visit the Skirball Museum online at, or enjoy a personal walk along the grounds and explore the tributes to culture at 2701 North Sepulveda, Los Angeles 90049.

    Trees at the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center thrive and enjoy the mild California climate.

    In San Diego, one enjoys walking through a vast museum complex housing 15 unique museums in Balboa Park, not to mention to the collection of rare cactus and enormous Eucalyptus trees (just to name one tree type out of numerous ones) which shade the paths leading from one museum to another.

    Each of the locations I have mentioned or described here is where I personally walked through, witnessed, and or photographed sophisticated artistic tree landscapes of the California terrain.

    The Roots of my personal anxieties: Why I care.

    The impact of my meeting Joel Tauber coincided with an important event that took place for me way before I knew about his Sick-Amour Tree project and was what eventually led me to throw myself into this frenzied study of trees over this summer. Thus I do not necessarily consider myself struck by any of the Greek or Roman gods. I believe my influence came with a special awareness of the frailty of trees with this personal story:

    A little over one year ago, on June 30th, 2007 I was walking our dog Sasha, around the block for one of our frequent walks. I rounded the corner to the next block when I was taken aback as I witnessed a set of ‘city’ crewmembers slaughtering what appeared to be a California Oak tree. I had grown quite fond of that particular Oak on my many walks while I was writing my first novel. As a matter of fact, I had used that model of tree to describe a forest of these trees in a chapter in my first fiction novel. I especially love the sculptured texture of the Mighty gnarly Oaks. This tree had been the one to rekindle my relationship with the trees of my imagination. My stomach got queasy when I saw how it was being destroyed. I would have thrown-up, but I got a hold of my emotions and took Sasha home. Not only did I return to the scene of the slaughter, but I brought my camera to document the death and dismemberment of this great oak; I was so distraught that I returned again to the site, without my camera this time, and begged the men to stop for a moment while I sought out the seeds for this tree. To my surprise, the men stopped and helped me search for the seeds.

    When I got home, I had no idea what to do with the seeds. I called a couple of nurseries until a gentleman at a nursery in Marina del Rey explained to me that I had to wait until the pods dried up and slit to get at the seeds and plant them. So, I waited until the pods were black and wrinkled. I split them according to the directions I had gotten from this kind anonymous arborist. (He suggested a process much like that which squirrels have for cracking the pods.) I photographed the seeds and compared them with the larger seed of an apricot fruit tree and the seed of a maple tree.

    Once properly documented, I planted them in a small brown pot. Two weeks later, the first seed came up. A few days later another seed appeared to take root. On the one-year anniversary of the re-birth day of this Great Knurly Oak tree, July 20th, 2008, I documented how large the great twin oaks had become. The highest little bitty branch was about fourteen inches tall. I estimated this tree had grown a little over an inch every month. A compassionate act of kindness yielded a new life on the impulse of grief. The impulse of grief affected not only me; there is an entire world of tree-lovers mourning the losses of their favorite tree friends in surrounding communities.

    What about the subconscious feelings innate in developing a relationship with a tree? For instance, what draws people to want to save a particular tree? 

    I can really only speak to my own experience in that my relationship with trees started when I was a child.

              The Art of Reading Leads to the Art of Writing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus in Westwood! by Enilde Van Hook        

    When is a library, not a library? When it’s a Book Festival where the books come out to play! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated its 13th year of book promotions on the UCLA campus with an estimated attendance of over 140,000 people who love to read books!
    Here is where the traditional library, once thought to be a stuffy, hush-hush, nerdy and quiet setting transforms itself into a megalomaniac fair of books and stories and documentaries just waiting to come alive. Books become the roller coaster of emotions, the merry-go-round of ideas, the bumper cars of change and the Ferris wheels of fiction.

    In this day and age, the traditional library has undergone a radical change in our culture…it has gone outside, yes outside the box, outside the building and outside under yonder shade trees to re-invent itself. Unlike the regular library, where one checks out a book and must return it within a specific amount of time, this type of literary environment goes beyond just borrowing a book. This activity steps into the realm of personal libraries. This is where the reader amasses his or her own library collection of favorite authors, books, books on tape, digital recordings of books, even recordings for the blind and dyslexic by going outside the comfort of indoor lighting and venturing into the elements of nature.

    The weekend of April 26th and 27th, under weather conditions reaching over 90 degrees in Westwood, the Pacific Ocean breeze quietly slipped in and around the leaves of Ficus trees, Great Oaks, Pines, and luscious landscaped lawns of one of our most prestigious institutions of higher learning; on the campus of UCLA, surrounded by noble buildings of great learning and ample gardens of exquisite greenery, what promised to be adventure at first, had indeed become an obsession for learning, an unquenchable thirst for more information about one’s world…who was in it in the past? Who’s in it now? Where’s the planet going? Who killed who? Or Whom? What artist leapt to his death from the bridge of misunderstanding? The answers were all there waiting to be revealed once you ventured out into the Festival of Books to bring home some new friends! This was my third year visiting the LA Times Festival of Books.

    As I came upon the first of the booths, I saw a long line of people, fanning themselves in the hot sun with only partial shade for some while others brought lawn chairs, umbrellas and water bottles or coolers and bared the heat while reading the LA Times or a comic book they’d purchased while sipping lemonades from the local vendors. “Get your lemonade!” a man shouted from the center of another line of readers waiting for an author. As I made my way down the narrow aisles of celebrity book fans I looked up in time to see that Valerie Bertinelli was about to emerge and I could already see a wave of nervous cameramen and camerawomen with their trigger fingers anxiously poised above their focused lenses. I felt in good company. I too was about to sign copies of my book today. The Kingdom Of Nuts and Bolts, was being released to the reading public and I was headed over to join the authors at booth 715 sponsored by THE GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITER’S SOCIETY.

    I was invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society recently and have discovered the treasures of its membership as well as the benefits to career and community. The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring writers of all levels in the craft and business of writing. The society works to provide continuing education and a forum for the marketing of a writer’s work. The society is guided by a philosophy of “writers mentoring writers of all disciplines” and their website ( details their variety of resources, welcoming writers from all over California and the country to learn more about the craft.

    I knew I had gotten to the right booth when I saw the buttons they were passing out. “What’s Your Story?” As I was about to take the hot seat of an author…I kid you not; the seat was hot because the sun cast its rays upon the storytellers’ table; I thought to myself again, ‘I’m in fine company!’ I had heard that Gay Talese, Julie Andrews and Tommy Lasorda were telling their stories and here I was, a humble little writer of my first fiction novel about to tell my own.
    I resorted to taking pictures to relax my own photo-happy-trigger finger. I always enjoy a good shutterbug moment and this was no exception. So, I took pictures of the authors I was with, while I signed a few books myself.

    I met Leslie Ann Moore, the author of Griffin’s Daughter, and I learned she wrote romantic fantasy (which I overheard her telling a reader that she had won an award). I visited her website at and was inspired by her story that she is a veterinarian, writer and belly dancer too!

    I also met Mike Robinson the author of Too Much Dark Matter, Too Little Gray (which personally as a photographer, I liked the title.) I learned that Mike Robinson is the author of seven novels and two collections. Mike also sold a number of short stories to print and electronic magazines, anthologies and podcasts. Visit Mike’s website at and learn that he too is stalking BIG FOOT!

    On Saturday, another author I had the opportunity to meet at the GLAWS booth was Matt Pallamary. We sat together as our fans lined up to talk to us about our books. (Maybe our lines weren’t as long as Valerie Bertinelli’s for her book “Losing it: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time” but we had a following, nonetheless!) Matt has written his memoirs detailing his spiritual journeys to Peru where he worked with shamanic plant medicines. His most recent book is titled Spirit Matters and his website is This was a serendipitous place to be sharing space with Matt Pallamary as I had the rare opportunity to discuss some of my own spiritual stories from my early childhood in Argentina. The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts is a story about a five-year-old boy named Miguelito, who can see things that others can’t and this makes him special and extra inventive. He has a special magic friend named Hector (made out of nuts and bolts) who teaches him to fix things. The story, a comedy, is set in Buenos Aires, Argentina using the popular genre of South American writers, that of Magical Realism. The story explores an imaginative spirit world set in the 1930’s and is told from the perspectives of a fly, a witch, a seagull, an angel, a demon and two little brothers. The paperback version is available through
    and coming soon to so check the website in mid May for available stock.

    Several new, emerging and established writers joined us at the Festival of Books in the GLAWS booth #715. Among them was Joan A. Friedman, a Ph.D. who is an identical twin, herself, and has over thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of twin-related issues. Her new novel, Emotionally Healthy Twins is a comprehensive guide on how to raise twins who are self-realized and distinct individuals.

    Dr. Joan Friedman posed for a photo-op alongside two of the movers and shakers of GLAWS; Tony Todaro, one of its original founders (Sci-Fi aficionado) and an established strategic consultant (Todaro Communications) as well as John Weiskopf, the author of The Ascendancy.

    The Ascendancy is an appropriate story for today’s times, as John Weiskopf has created a new world mythology at a volatile point in history. His latest novel brings modern day imagination to the old story of Jack in the Beanstalk. The premise of this novel is that a beanstalk starts growing out of the rubble of the World Trade Center and the protagonist Jack Tott, a twenty-six-year-old musician, believes that if he climbs the beanstalk, he will somehow find the means to help save his dying sister. This book is available through

    I met Sandra Walter, the author of The Creator State ( a story where actors discover a unique state of consciousness and art changes reality. Pictured here to the right is the author of Akira's Army by Keith Kowalczyk as he tells the story of Ray Quincy who becomes a prisoner of war while on his family vacation on a small South Pacific Island (a novel available through Also pictured in booth #715 are Tony Todaro, Neil Citrin, and John Weiskopf.

    I also had an opportunity to talk to Robin Reed who was also releasing her first novel called Xanthan Gumm. Robin Reed writes in the science fiction genre about hard working creatures called ‘Humans’ who labor to make stories that are loved throughout the Galaxy. One young alien dreams of going to the ‘Forbidden Planet Earth’ to perform in the movies and wants to become famous like his idol, E.T. This book is available through

    On Sunday at the LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, I had the distinct privilege of sitting at the author’s table with Film Educator and author Charles Domokos. His work in education especially in the cinema and film-editing field has a long history of contributing extremely technical post-production knowledge to film students at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Loyola Marymount and Los Angeles City College. His book titled: Non-linear Editing: The Cutting Edge provides the foundation for the college-level media student to make the leap into the world of film and HD-based professional post-production, as practiced in the Hollywood media community. His book is available through; Barnes& or

    While sitting under the canopy of a nearby Elm tree, our booth enjoyed a little more shade and relief from the heat on Sunday, just enough to share our experiences and challenges of our publishing our first books. Charles and I also shared some of our inspirations to write and joked around that in our booth alone, we had the resources for taking my story of The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts and turning it into a movie using stop-frame animation to create a Hollywood environment for my animated critter made of nuts and bolts and feathers named ‘Hector’. We figured we had a whole production team from writing the screenplay to filming, editing and strategic marketing with Tony Todaro!

    Speaking of Tony Todaro, one of the founders of GLAWS, I learned he is a prolific fiction writer as well. He is now working on a final draft of his next novel, “What Comes Around” a story set in a future city by the name of San Angeles, a metropolis divided by rivers and gangs after the ‘Big One’ (the big anticipated earthquake Angelino’s often fear, has already happened in this story) has rearranged the real estate and politics of the Southland. Just a little sneak preview of his upcoming book, finds Fed Corp Special Crimes investigator Major Xander Hunt in the midst of two murder mysteries to solve: the death of prominent physicist Allan Dunwharton, and after a series of battles and attempted assassinations, (perhaps even his own death). Hunt has kept his aging body alive with a concoction of drugs and nanobots, despite decades of damage as a black-ops agent, and the terminal cancer eating at his guts. (Imagine here the actor Sean Connery as the wise, aging officer in the Untouchables, though Hunt thinks of himself as the younger version of a Kevin Costner character.) Tony Todaro is a strategic marketing consultant with a long history in the music business and now shares his expertise with his fellow authors in GLAWS!

    With a philosophy of “writers mentoring writers of all disciplines” GLAWS holds monthly informative meetings, often with nationally-known guest speakers, offers critique groups, advice in the craft and business of writing, conducts special events including writers conferences and seminars, and promotes its vision through many businesses and social opportunities.
    In April I had the opportunity to attend one of the membership meetings to hear the science fiction and fantasy writer, Tim Powers, author of Anubis Gates and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. He spoke at length about the essence of “plot” or what actually happens in a story. He encouraged writers to think of the question ‘why’ and then dig deeper and ask no, ‘why, really?’; ‘why really is the character motivated?’ He also gave us an overview of what it is like to be a writer at work. He stated that he had cultivated a sense of both guilt and fear. “Afterall, I play with the cat while truckers have jobs…” In a brief moment I had to talk with him before he got on the podium, he stated that I should write down imaginary bets… but not to do it in my head. He urged me to write thoughts down directly onto the keyboard. In his presentation, he also shared some of the advantages to writing down your ideas and character traits onto index cards and spreading them around your workspace. Maybe one day, if you are experiencing ‘writers block’; maybe the landlord comes around knocking, blows open your door and tromps all over the index cards mixing them up every which way; well, he said, ‘you never know when that might have helped your plot strategy a little!’ TIM POWERS chuckled.

    The headline of today’s blog stated that the Art of Reading leads to the Art of Writing. I strongly believe this because I can attest to the significant verbal, literary and visual growth that a child can attain while immersed in a supportive community reading program. That, in and of it-self is where the art of reading leads directly to the successful art of writing. Exposure to the arts at a young age in a person’s life greatly enhances the chances this experience will foster a love of story telling as well as an appreciation for the authors and artists of these works that influence the mind at a critical stage in our development.
    I am an example of an After School Reading Program child. My first exposure to library books came about at approximately the age of 8 when I stated participating in the Duarte Public Library After School Reading Program and simultaneously the Monrovia Public Library system in California.

    I personally see this important correlation between early reading and early writing because I began to keep a diary at the age of twelve after reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I went on to improve my reading skills by practicing my writing skills in my journal and reading even more each month until I had practically consumed all the books I could in the children’s section of the Duarte Library. I seem to recall that by the age of thirteen I was already into the adult section where I promptly fell in love with science fiction and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. (At the time, I made no physical distinction between the right or left section of the Duarte Library but I did get into trouble with my mother who discovered one day that one of my books had an identifying label from the adult section of the library…I no longer remember what the name of that book was, because I didn’t get to read it…only that it had a harmless picture of a cat on the cover and I distinctly recall how disappointed and rather humiliated I was when I had to return the book to the librarian and admit that I had rules at home I had to follow that superceded library freedoms.)

    My consolation was that I was a rebellious child so after that, I no longer checked out the adult books to take home—I just spent my free time reading the contraband stories, sitting cross legged on the floor between the stacks by the light of a window where a beautiful oak tree cast intermittent sun, shade and childhood inspiration; Under these conditions, I finished reading Pearl Buck’s novel The Good Earth. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading in a young person’s life. I admired writers without even knowing what they looked like. Often I didn’t see pictures on the covers. I just knew their voices by the way they would write their sentences. I feel I learned about life, lived through the characters and had adventures I couldn’t even dream of having all through the art of reading a wonderful book.

    By the time I was sixteen, I had obtained my first job away from home. The Duarte Public Library hired me to work as a ‘page’ part time while I attended high school. I was able to devote even more time to filing and flipping through the pages of my most beloved writers and fondest friends. I recall taking a whole summer to finish the novel Hawaii by James Mitchner. These books were my education and entertainment away from the classroom and the schoolyard. By the age of eighteen, I was working for the USC Bookstore during freshman year of college and the Doheny Library by my sophomore year of college.

    Now fast forward to the present day in 2008. I have written and self-published five books of poetry and recently released my first novel, The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts here at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA. Was it an accident that I developed into a writer? (In my particular case, I am also a photographer and an artist.) ( ( I don’t think this is a random event. I think there are no accidents in the universe. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe in cause and effect. I believe that if you want to end up with a delicious cake, you need to prepare the recipe with proper ingredients. The ingredients leading to the successful art of writing requires nothing short of fresh time, young minds, good books and positive parental and community encouragement to read. The art develops naturally as the heat of age ripens the stories into cupcakes of our culture for everyone to enjoy!

    I attended the Duarte Festival of Authors in October of 2005 in Westminster Gardens, in Duarte California just to visit with and enjoy a moment listening to Ray Bradbury as the featured keynote speaker, presented by The Friends of the Duarte Library.

    We also support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association which is undergoing a change of name this year. In addition to the changes featured in Monrovia Library Park, with the new Library construction, Monrovia Arts Festival Association is about to be renamed the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts to better define the role of the arts in the community of Monrovia.
    The Monrovia Arts Festival Association will continue to serve the arts and artists as well as the after school art programs in Monrovia as well as surrounding communities and schools. I firmly believe, the younger a child is exposed to the arts, in terms of reading, writing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, digital media, comic book art and art history just to name a few of the variety of arts, the more creative a child will grow into adulthood and the more rewarding our communities will be to thrive in.
              Best Time To Invest in Art, NOW! by Ginger Van Hook        
    TV celebrity Jason Alexander supports the arts at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, California on August 18, 2007 for the CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION show juried by Peter Frank. Now showing NEW WORKS, painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video through September 1st 2007. Jason Alexander, an actor who played the part of "George" in the long running and popular hit TV show "Seinfeld",
    is pictured here beside sculpture artist Ali Alinejad.
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Christine Owens, president of the Focus One Community Credit Union and sponsor of the
    Focus One Gallery in Monrovia, California is presented with the Renaissance Award
    by Monrovia City Councilman, Joe Garcia at the Monrovia Arts Festival Association Gala Black Tie Annual Fund-raising Event May 12, 2007. The Renaissance Award is given to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole. Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Photographer and Actor, David Newsom poses with his dog in front of his latest photographs (Thistle #1) being exhibited at the DCA Fine Arts Gallery, in Santa Monica, California, (June 1, 2007 through July 14th, 2007). Three miles of Idaho is an exhibit focusing on the landscape between his brother and his sister's properties in a unique and poignant family setting. David Newsom released large scale renditions of his work currently published from his best-selling book titled SKIP.
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Peter Frank, Jurist, for the TAG Gallery, CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION,
    stands beside emerging Los Angeles based artist, Luke Van Hook, August 18th, 2007.
    The Painting in background, oil on canvas, "May", the study of Giotto's perfect circle.
    by Luke Van Hook
    (Investigating the legend that Giotto drew a perfect circle for the Pope)

    As the economy goes up and down, so do the trends in the arts and art collecting. This is an exciting time for the arts because we have many historical markers and world conditions that exist today that make it a good time to invest in the arts. For instance, instability in the stock market often releases money to make investments in art, that, like real estate, also goes up in value as the years progress. Additionally, there are wars raging around the world so instability in world economic markets are impacting the art market too. The best impact that market instability plays upon the arts is that it gives incentives to support artists in your local communities. These artists are here and now. Their work is presently available, and like property, it too can be insured, placed into a family trust or safety deposit vault and along with the family heirlooms, art can be bequeathed as a legacy or inheritance to members of your family. Both the housing market and the stock market have been riding a roller-coaster in recent years making a good piece of tangible artwork a far more solid investment than betting on governments, point spreads or Las Vegas Mega Slots.

    y husband Luke and I have explored a number of fine art galleries and art communities that will interest the art lover, the art collector and fellow artists in the pursuit of great works being created in the NOW, as well as some works that have survived the test of time. In my Blog I intend to discuss some of the hot spots and hot artists in Sunny Southern California. I'll share photos with you of some of these exciting options available to the every day collector, the seasoned collector, the art aficionados, or the emerging collectors eager with new money to infuse into an already thriving and ripe harvest of works in Oil Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Conceptual works, Collage, Digital Photography, Digital Film and Electronic Visual Art.

    Through this summer we visited communities on the West side such as Santa Monica, West LA, and Culver City. In the inland areas, we visited some of the foothill mountain art communities such as Glendale and a little further inland, we visited Old Town Monrovia. Starting with the inland foothills we find the quaint town of Monrovia where I grew up and went to school at Immaculate Conception Elementary on Shamrock Avenue. In Monrovia, the City of Art and in Duarte, the City of Health, I grew up as a child. I volunteered about 300 hours as a candy striper for the City of Hope in my teenage years, went on to work for the Duarte Library and attended Alverno High School for girls in Sierra Madre. This is the place where I was raised marching in parades with the Brownies and the Girl Scouts and where I learned to tap dance, twirl a baton and where I rode a ferris wheel for the first time at the fiesta, (as well as ate a lot of cotton candy), I came back as an adult to find an incredible amount of support for the arts in local schools. The arts are not limited to crayons and pencils either. There is an extensive array of art mediums in which students, and some very young students at that, learn to hone their creative skills. For instance, at Paint N Play on Myrtle Avenue, they learn how to throw pottery. Also, with after school teacher, Rouzanna Berberian, children learn the art of drawing, photography and gallery showmanship as well. There are art lessons going on, on almost every street corner you encounter in the busy Old Town Center on Myrtle near the Krikorian Movie theatre. You'll find this charming section of town both soothing and exhilarating. You ought to try walking up and down the main street where there are sidewalk activities, new park benches to rest under shade trees, new lampposts and lanterns all reminiscent of a nostalgic time. Artists show their work on wide city blocks and inside cool and dim lit gallery spaces. The mountains loom in the distance and the afternoons yeild a light summer breeze in the early evening.

    We support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association in their endeavors to promote the arts to the children at a very young age. It is not uncommon for lots of families that are raised to appreciate art to blossom into artists later in life. MAFA is a nonprofit organization led by President Bill Beebe with a history of supporting local artists and local after-school art programs. Over the years, the Monrovia community has begun to expand its outreach of art by developing local talent through a number of venues: Focus One Gallery for instance, is located in the lobby of the Focus One Community Credit Union at 404 East Huntington Drive on the corner of California and Huntington Drive. The president of Focus One Community Credit Union, Christine Owens is known for her support of local artists and was recently nominated for and awarded the annual Renaissance Award by Monrovia City Councilman Joe Garcia at the MAFA Black Tie Fundraiser in May 2007. This is a prestigious award that goes to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole.

    MAFA Marketing coordinator, (on left)Denise Daniels is pictured here with Christine Owens, President of Focus One Community Credit Union and Bill Beebe, President of MAFA at their annual Black Tie Fundraiser that occurs in May.

    Monrovia, California
    Foothill Mountain Communities
    Some Artists in Action...

    THE MONROVIA ARTS FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION otherwise known as MAFA, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is dedicated to the cultivation and support of the arts in children's after school programs as well as educational awareness of the arts in the community at large. MAFA P.O. Box 92 Monrovia, CA 91017 ( 626-256-3124

    Several galleries and art venues have developed over the years which participate and support MAFA. The following information is current as of August 2007: If your event or venue is not listed, please contact Ginger Van Hook, press liaison, for MAFA at (

    The AZTEK ART GALLERY, is located beside the Aztek Hotel at 305 West Foothill Blvd. Exhibits local artists work as well as holds art classes during scheduled times. The contact person is Bill Hyatt, (

    California Wine and Cheese, LLC supports local artists. New Artist reception for Frank Zgonc, Photographer is scheduled for the evening of Friday August 24th, 2007. Frank Zgonc shares images from his travels through Europe, scenes from Bodie Flats, Nevada and local scenes in Monrovia along with his signature digital watercolor manipulations. California Wine and Cheese is located at 115 W. Foothill Blvd., Owned by Janet and Tom Dugan, their website can be located at (Contact by phone 626-358-6500 for reservations.)

    The MONROVIA COFFEE COMPANY supports local artists and is located at 425 South Myrtle Avenue. Exhibits contemporary and emerging artists work. Next artists showing September 1 through December 30th, Ginger and Luke Van Hook Photography exhibit, Methusula in the Bristlecone Pine Forest. (Landscape photographs of some of the oldest pine trees on the planet. Some trees aged over 4,700 years, older than the Egyptian Pyramids.) (Additional digital photography of flowers and collage by Ginger Van Hook.) For artist schedules, contact person is Carol Curtis, (

    The PAINT 'N PLAY ART GALLERY is affiliated with Monrovia Arts Festival Association in its' support of the arts by providing a meeting place for MAFA members to discuss and plan their upcoming events for the community on a monthly basis. Contact Lisa or Rachel at Paint 'N Play is located at 418 South Myrtle Avenue. Paint N Play sponsors the SUMMER ARTWALKS in Old Town Monrovia along with several merchants who participate every year. KidsArt, Segil Fine Art, Oh My Goddard Gallery, Family Festival Productions, Scoops, Joy Print and Design, Box Jewelers and Baldwin's Baked Potatoes as well as the Outback SteakHouse- Arcadia and Trader Joe's also participate in art festivities that promote the education of art in schools through Summer Artwalks. For more information regarding Summer Art Walks and how you may participate, you may also contact Betsy Thurmond (626-358-7800) or The next SUMMER ARTWALK is scheduled for Saturday evening, August 25, 2007 from 6:30 to 9pm.



    August 11 - September 28th, 2007.
    Glendale Public Library Associates of Brand Library
    1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201

    A group show Titled: PATTERN PLAY. Four artists demonstrate the variety of patterns available in color schemes, pattern originality, unique images in oil paints, sculpture, and graphic designs. Artist reception August 18, 2007. Artists featured are Patsy Cox, Yuriko Etue, Melanie Rothschild, and Jerrin Wagstaff. Definitely a great show for the entire family. You'll experience a great variety of brilliant colors and patterns that pop out of the walls, rise from the floor and reveal creative abstract patterns that draw you in, spiral you out and make you feel good.

    Artist, Melanie Rothschild

    Artist, Patsy Cox

    Artist, Yuriko Etue

    Artist, Jerrin Wagstaff



    16:1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California Summer 2007


    Kathryn Andrews
    Chris Lipomi
    Donald Morgan
    Stephanie Taylor
    organized by Kathryn Andrews

    Showing August 11 through September 8, 2007

    2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B
    Santa Monica, CA 90405



    Delia Cabral, Gallery Director
    3107 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

    From Exhibition, THREE MENDACIOUS MINDS, (The Return of Paris' New Pestilence School) David Schoffman, Currado Malaspina, Micah Carpenter July 23- August 31, 2007 310-770-2525
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook



    TAG Gallery
    Elizabeth Sadoff
    Gallery Director
    2903 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90404

    Elizabeth Sadoff, Gallery Director, TAG Gallery
    handing out awards to the winning artists.

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Jason Cimenski accepts award from Peter Frank and Elizabeth Sadoff
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    First Place Winner, Artist, Jason Cimenski with his daughter "The Flooded Room" TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist Kim Kimbro, TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Lorien Suarez,
    TAG Gallery August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Carlos Daub,
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Derek McMullen, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola Three artists, oil painters, from the same graduating class at Otis College of Art and Design, 2004
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artists, and fine art painters, Carlos Daub, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Artist, Carole Garland, "Midnight Mystery", oil on canvas
    TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California
    August 18, 2007
    Standing room only at the popular show

    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

    Peter Frank thanks the artists and their guests who have participated
    at the TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California Open Exhibition,
    August 18, 2007
    Photo by Ginger Van Hook

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              interview with guenter schlienz        

    Guenter Schlienz (Stuttgart, Germany) is known for his vast catalogue of tape & cdr releases on different great labels around the world – Sacred Phrases, SicSic, Goldtimers, Constellation Tatsu, etc. He is the man behind wonderful Cosmic Winnetou label, releasing all kinds of experimental/drone/ambient artists — maybe not as frequently as we'd like, but each time pleasing the taste of any tape music geek. Creating his minimalist compositions by means of d.i.y modular synths, tape loops and field recordings, Guenter achieves the serenity of classic ambient works, while keeping the vibe of 70s kosmische musik (think Cluster or Harmonia) and sometimes reaches the territories of academic minimalism, exploring the sound as ding an sich, inspiring the listener to invent its own narrative. Being part of Navel band since mid 90s, Guenter's place in music world has a long, but still almost unknown story which continues nowadays with further explorations of all kinds of ambient music.


    Pied Paper: First of all, I'm curious about how it all started for you — ambient music, synth building, tape releases, etc. I know that you were involved in many other projects before, call you tell a bit about them too?

    GS: phew, where did it all started… definitely many many moons ago. was active mid till end 90s in some heavy stoner psychedelic rock band. was the guy responsible for producing some "far out sounds" with his guitar and some delay pedal. so there already was this drone element in what i did. but far from recognizing it as this for myself. bit later during the same decade i did a session with a guy who did guitar and singing for another noise rock outfit. we just fiddled around with our guitars and with every pedal we could get our hands on. we recorded our very first session with some broken 4track and quite liked the results. after presenting the finished cdr people came back and reported "this is quite cool drone music". so yep, that's how we learned the name of this style. and after having the name we were able to dig deeper and learned names like Stars of the Lid, Flying Saucer Attack, Brian Eno etc pp. this guitar drone project of us is called Navel and we are still recording and doing live shows.

    beginning of the 00's i quit doing this rock band stuff, so there was plenty time to do some other things. after getting introduced to all this amazing kraut and kosmische musik (during a navel live show in france by an english man, but that's another story) there was the idea to do some kind of electronic music solo. so i needed an instrument, and after bit of research i discovered that the schematics for some modular synthesizer would be something i could manage with the training in electronics i already had. so i started soldering, first quite simple filters, later more and more sophisticated modules.

    the tapes, yep, fast forward to the end of last decade. stumbled over this tape scene thing by accident via the internet (god bless it). those days i was pretty frustrated and bored by the music all the labels and magazines i knew presented, so this occurred to me like a big relief. yes. so many people and projects and bands and labels are doing fantastic stuff, exactly the music i love, right at the moment, and sell it for very low money to people all around the world. yes! couldn't belief my eyes. that the favorite medium of all those labels and projects were cassettes don't really bothered me (of course i had this "ugh? on tape? strange…" moment like everybody else i guess), because i never really stopped using this media since my early childhood days.

    I like to dramatize a bit some things some times, but this discovery of the tape label scene kind of saved my artistic live. it gave me so much energy and confirmation and countless hours of joy during listening sessions that i got the feeling that i have to give something back. hence i started my own tape label.

    Pied Paper: Your music sounds almost academic sometimes, especially works as Organ Studies, Loop Studies and Furniture Sounds — which, as I understand is a homage to Eric Satie. But your name is strongly associated with "underground tape scene", as we call it. Did you ever thought about making your music open for the interpretations, to write it down on a paper maybe, letting the others perform it?

    GS: huh, not sure if i my music sounds bit like academic music. for sure i'm quite interested in this genre, mean contemporary composers with "classical" musical education composing pieces for concert halls and operas and stuff. like their approach to their art through quite rigid concepts, their huge knowledge about musical structures and about music of many centuries and cultures. perhaps you see my enthusiasm for their rigidness shining through my stuff? that would be a compliment for sure, at least in my opinion. and of course, if there would be a small ensemble crazy enough to perform it, i would love to write a score for them (though not sure if i would like to conduct it). but i guess your name must be some lou reed or some other in the same league to be honored like this. actually i'm pretty sure that many of those academic contemporary composers would be happily release their stuff on tape if they would only know this special scene around it.

    Pied Paper: It's clear that ambient music is a wide field for interpretation, same sound can be perceived in different ways depending on the artwork, liner notes, track titles, etc. Can you tell something about your own perception of your music? Does it have some stories within, or it's just abstract form which everyone can fill with its own meaning?

    as you see in the answer of the last question i like some kind of concept around the music. and if this concept even gets its visual equal with the artwork i'm more than happy. so of course, there is a story in every piece. but hey, its music, its a form of art, so who am i to dictate what some listener and spectator wants to see in it? isn't it the very meaning of any art, that the consumer of it knits his very personal meaning to it?

    actually i am not able to describe what i hear in my music anyway. for me the answer to this question would lead to some kind of poem, some painting, some huge novel, some dance or any other arty abstraction. in none of the mentioned techniques 'm very good at, so please, listen to the music.

    Pied Paper: Imagine a situation when you someone asks you to create music with specific mood, theme, etc. — like for a movie scene or something — would it be easy for you? What you enjoy more - improvisation or composition?

    already did this, i mean creating some music for a specific use (to earn some money), and hey, that is pretty hard work (and hard earned money)! to create some music without some customers needs to be satisfied, just the personal ones, isn't really easy to do as well, but much more gratifying for the soul. its an privilege to be able to do this, and i have a (pretty time consuming) bread and butter job to create the circumstances to fulfill it.

    can't really separate those strategies during my performances, both live and during my recording sessions. its always a mixture of plan and being ready to include some coincidences respectively enlightenments. actually my believe is, gained through many observations and talks about such things, that nearly every work in which i am interested in is created this way.

    Pied Paper: I know that you enjoy recording outdoor, do you have any specific set-up for this?

    not really specific, the equipment just have to have some possibility to work battery driven. luckily my modulars fall into this category. just to improve the handling of such adventure i have build my modulars as small and compact as possible, and since a couple of months a work on some modules who will be included into some water proofed case.

    Pied Paper: Probably you've noticed that releases of first wave of cassette drone/ambient in 2009-11 was mostly lo-fi and many of same artists still doing tapes nowadays came to much cleared and well-produced sound - is that natural growth or trying to be more "mainstream"?

    yes, i'm aware of this development as well. i think it just was some other group of people with bit different background which had been running those labels you' mention. In those early days of the reemerging of this medium the leading actors had had mostly a background in the noise scene. hence the tape as favorite medium, hence the cheap and ugly aesthetics of the chosen instruments. these different (don't like to ad some other evaluative adjective) sounding tapes of lately are from people without this background, they just take over the torch and work with it out of their musical socialization. so in my opinion it is either "natural growth", this sounds like some kind of improvement who isn't any need for, nor a try to reach broader audiences. the good stuff of recently is produced by people who are just as true to their own style as their ancestors had been, and therefore it is as important and equal beautiful as the old stuff.

    Pied Paper: As a label owner, can you tell how many demos you receive? Which kind of styles you receive most? I'm asking because it seems that ambient/psych/drone music isn't that popular anymore - I see tons of vaporwave/webpunk tapes at new-born labels, while such imprints as Stunned, Tranquility tapes, Goldtimers are long gone (or maybe it's just old man's talk, huh).

    yes, and i'm very happy about it, i receive quite a lot of demos. always love to get some new sounds for my ears. mostly the artists are very good informed about the style of the music i usually release and about the aesthetics i'm interested in. perhaps you are right, there are less people out there which do their own style of ambient/psych/drone as perhaps eight years ago, but i'm not sure about that. and as i stated in the last paragraph i think those vaporwave labels and the like took the torch of the cassette celebration and run with it their own way. and this is a good thing. who needs the 16th or whatever version of the emeralds (insert here the name of your favorite release of those years)? isn't this exactly what have happened with pop and rock music and what makes this stuff sometimes unbearable to listen to?

    Pied Paper: And what are your plans for the Cosmic Winnetou in the foreseeable future?

    prepare my next batch right now which will be released in a couple of weeks. but after this 13th cosmic winnetou bundle of cassettes i will need a hiatus, unfortunately. i love to do the label work, but it is very time consuming. have lots of projects for this year, music and private stuff, so i have to pull the brakes to this project for this year. but really looking forward to restart the tape label with new ideas and energies end of this year.

    Pied Paper: Do you ever think about future of music? Is it possible to invent something new, or we are doomed to retro-mania, returning to same tunes from different angles?

    of course there will some day somebody release some music which haven't been heard before and will blow all of us completely into the void. don't know which day this will happen, but i'm pretty sure someday it will. just look around, not only the music is stuck into retro mode. clothing, hair style, performing arts, pictorial arts, industrial design, i think that in our days nearly every form of artefacts are done with quite old ideas, just a few new kind of tools here and there. the whole mood, you can call it "zeitgeist" if you like, is like "let's try to preserve what we have", not "perhaps this is a better idea for the future, let's work on it". in my opinion everything is linked together somehow, and we have this retro mania since the 90s, starting with this global change of the modus vivendi. but nothing is forever, so i'm sure this will change someday. these thoughts are just my 50cents about a very complex question. but yeah, i think about this, and love to exchange ideas about this kind of topic.

    Pied Paper: Humans already sent some music with space probes - which titles would you choose for such mission? I know you won't choose Wagner, huh :)

    really nice question, this is. indeed already thought about that, and i think the nasa did a quite good job with the "golden record" for the voyager mission. very good selection which shows how wonderfully diverse sounds humans are able to produce, and each and all of them aim at the listeners heart. but always wondered if it would be perhaps a good idea to send some field recordings of this strange planet into the void, and f so, which i would chose.

    some people laughing, some people fighting, a mother singing her baby to sleep, the audience at a soccer game, a sundown at the shore of a calm sea with waves and cicades and everything? what else?

    Pied Paper: Okay, that's it — you can send high fives here or add something if needed! Thank you!

    hey, high five to you and many thanks for those questions! took my a while to type the answers, because you found some topics and ideas i love to share my thoughts on it. and of course many thanks for your support!

    perhaps i would like to ad a big "thank you" to all the readers of those lines, time is precious and i'm happy that you waste it reading them. and a big "thank you" to all the people who listen to my music and perhaps even bought the cassettes and cds and vinyls with my music on it. to know that somebody out there cares about my music means a lot to me. hugs.

    selected albums:
    guenter's bandcamp
    sterne uber der stadt
    organ studies
    tape studies

              electric sound bath        

    electric sound bath ~ moon drip (fluere tapes, 2016)

    Sound form perception of moon found within in order to perceive its lunar gift vision of itself at a hearts arms magnetic pulse distance ~ fluere tapes

    Latest release from Sweden cozy label Fluere Tapes follows the aesthetics of best ambient-drone outfits blossomed on tape scene in 2009-2011 – shimmering lo-fi soundscapes taken from guitars and synths, slowly evolving atmosphere, calming/meditative touch, feeling of something personal, as if played on private event for a few friends... Seems predictable at first glance, especially for one who's not that much into lengthy drone tapestries, but hides gorgeous moments of serenity and pure bliss for those who know how to listen. Nothing special, actually – get rid of any expectations, turn off analyzing parts of your mind, make yourself comfortable and simply enjoy the ride of slow waves of sound. Then every change of mood in music seems so natural to current time and space – something that was truly needed right-here-right-now but wasn't clear until the very moment of appearance. Expected and surprising at the same time – that's the magic of this tape. Quite often perception of music has certain competitive aspect, like you're testing the ability of musicians to surprise you, evaluating their skills, knowledge of technical side, etc.. And a lot of artists and listeners are good with that, even at ambient/drone scene... Yet, ambient music shouldn't be perceived such way, it's purpose and it's possibility stretches far more forward. Without getting too new-agey, I'd say that music like "Moon Drip" (which is actually a very fine example of non-centered sound continuum usually called ambient) is a wonderful mood changer – calming and transparent, gentle enveloping wave full of bright glares and distant echoes, yet dynamic enough and always changing, every time at any angle if you look close enough. Highly enjoyable background for evening chill and perfect companion for morning walk along the waterfront. And don't forget about the last track "Music For Train Stations", which spans over 40 minutes and suits its name very-very well. Now you know which tape you should take to the next train trip! 

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              eva geist ~ äquator system        

    eva geist ~ äquator system (elestial sound, 2016)

    «Dedicated to dreams, lost paradises, and new horizons of human belonging, Äquator System transcends a musical journey from a hidden center to an endless distance, reminding us that we are made of galaxies.» ~ eva geist

    Exploring the vastness of modern retromania, I often ask myself one question – what if there is actually no such thing as "past" in music and maybe even no such thing as "music development"? Evolution of music usually means the technical side of its creation, hence almost all changes are simply consequences of new gear's features or simple invention of new terms for already existing things - as it was with Brian Eno "inventing" the ambient music. Of course, music history had some major shifts, but talking about them we can't avoid discussion of the gear (and by gear I mean any instrument) and methods to work with it, be it physical or digital, composition or performance, etc. Such things say more about form of music, but much less about it's essence. Maybe nostalgia always was a big part of this "essence", tuning the aural visions through personal experience. Some kind of universal feeling that connects our minds to the idea of some "golden era" in time and space coordinates. This can be expressed in many ways, but the very idea of creation of some sound continuum, which comforts its creator (and likely the audience) remains fundamental for music evolution.

    Reading the liner notes for Elestial Sound tape release of this album brings the same perspective on the so-called "retro-ambient" scene. As Steve Roach recently said in the interview for Bandcamp, it never was about styles or fashion, it's all about space which music creates for the listener and the author himself, as reflection of his personal story line. I don't really know was the "Äquator System" taken from childhood memories about educational films and TV show soundtracks or not – what really matters is the timeline it contains inside itself. It's a story, enigmatic one. It brings so many colorful pictures, visions and narratives not necessarily associated with past, though it sounds really "retro". Actually, all differences between modern styles of music are based on the timbre, on the particular sound, and each timbre, especially when it comes to electronics, is already has its place on styles map. But the essence is avoided, it seems that we forget to look inside the sounds, to see beyond the surface. Because when we do it, whole universe unfolds before our inner gaze and it may be hard to navigate inside it, since we need to lose yourself to some degree, to step out of  our customary coordinate system. Anchors of style definitions or even mere labeling are good when (and where) they needed, but don't forget about sails! "Äquator System" is a playfully created soundworld, full of mesmerizing beauty, fun moments and dramatic shifts – so let yourself explore, it will be a great adventure.

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              rod hamilton and tiffany seal ~ versatile ambience        

    rod hamilton and tiffany seal ~ versatile ambience
    (ehse records, 2016)

    Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal are an electronic music duo from Baltimore, MD. Their instrumental album, Versatile Ambience, was performed live to cassette. eshe records

    When I enjoy something very much it seems hard to write about it just because I have some kind of fear – so many things to express, such intense feelings... Sometimes it feels like trying to embrace the sea waves. Thinking about this tape I tried to avoid comparisons, but it's impossible not to mention Tuluum Shimmering or Dream Safari or Black Joker or early High Wolf to describe the feeling this recording gives me. Being a huge fan of 2009-11 psych drone tape music, when everything was so lo-fi, psychedelic and sweet, I can't avoid nostalgia while listening to something like this. Blissful vibes of xylophone sound, calm ambiences, tape-hiss-infused loops and weird new-agey feeling of relaxation on the edge with psychedelic revelation... So deeply warm and embracing sound, that it's almost impossible to break the listening into parts – only pressing repeat button feels like right choice. Your trip will feature tropical islands, jungle & mighty rivers, warm deserts and calm oases, therapeutic relaxation sessions, third eye opening, flying with the bees over unearthly beautiful flowers... Okay, think you already get what to expect here! So don't hesitate and grab your piece of this charming exotic beauty. Absolutely recommended and highly gratifying sounds for your inner self.

    listen ~ buy

              matthew barlow / ashan        

    matthew barlow ~ hatha (inner islands, 2016)

    «Just being, without striving. A place of stillness». inner islands

    Focusing on sound healing practices, Matt Barlow took a vacation with his renowned Twin Springs Tapes label and started recording more and more music, which takes new turn in unfolding American New Age music. His latest tape for Inner Islands gives you not only the opportunity to relax and get nice background music for 30 minutes but also the possibility of deepest meditation on the nature of music. Combining simple drones with electronic melodies and contemplative flute playing, this tape reflects the idea, which I run through my haed so many times, while listening to some good ambient records - you don't need to be focused, to perceive everything in this flow of aural sensations, but at the same time, staying out any activity in mind and environment you actually start feeling everything so clearly! I think this state cannot be achieved by means of intentional focusing, so this state feels much more natural and I'm always so childishly happy when it happens. Of course, not only music can bring it, nature can too - bird songs, streaming water, whisper of the leaves... And you can actually hear and feel same energies in these two compositions. There is nothing supernatural about it, but still I have no other word than magic.

    listen ~ buy tape

    ashan ~ death is new life (heavy mess, 2016)

     Â«Sean Conrad (Channelers, Orra, Inner Islands) returns as Ashan with a collection of new songs exploring where the physical meets the spiritual and how the two influence and dialogue each other». heavy mess

    For the new label run by Braeyden Jae (former boss of Inner Islands label), Sean Conrad (current Inner Islands mastermind) put an exclusive recording which brings to light new facet of his Ashan alias. Usually taking place somewhere far from city hum and electricity circuits, Ashan (almost) always was about instrumental psych-new-age jams, self-invented mantra singing and celebration of simple joys of life – this time Sean takes electric guitar, some distortion and drums, blending the rock music benefits with Ashan's usual sound. You already curious how it sounds? Okay, just hit play on Bandcamp and read further. And I'll continue playing this on repeat, each time wondering how same energy can take so many forms. This is obviously same Ashan I used to and behind all those walls of sounds, electronic drones, krautrock beats and psychedelic solos I hear same magic, that once entered this complicate world with "To Return To" album. Folk music can take many forms and I suppose that there is nothing hard for experienced artist as Mr. Conrad to transform his music into powerful rock outfit without losing primary inspiration. Actually this is fun synchronism between to friends – putting softest side of Braeyden Jae's music at Inner Islands and heavier side of Ashan on Heavy Mess. Consider this as "anti-unplugged" album and simply enjoy it!

    listen ~ buy tape

              dugout canoe ~ over unity        

    dugout canoe ~ over unity (self-released, 2016)

    «A 54 minute tapestry of transcendental motifs caterwauling fizzy manifestations hurled forth from the Unified Field. Professionally dubbed and duplicated blue-green glitter tape with printed art and full color J-card in a soft poly case». dugout canoe

    Imagine Terry Riley playing some old video game and realizing that instead of actually playing it, he can play music with it. So he starts pushing all those buttons in a manner he does with electronic organ and the game becomes more and more chaotic, yet doesn't want to end anyway. At some point game gains awareness and transcends its own code, achieving digital enlightenment and disappearing from the physical plan... Now you get an idea how this tapes sounds, with the only difference that instead of Terry there is Jacob Isaacs behind the wheel and you may heard his tunes already in Bridgetown Records catalogue. Speed is really high, so all your attempts to analyse this music are doomed to vanish in abundance of 8-bit tunes, voice samples and rumbling drones somewhere deep beneath all of this. It may seem pretty hard-core, but actually this music has certain New Age and bright futuristic feeling about it, sounding like dynamic Osho meditation for cybernetic mind or minimal techno party for androids on the loose. Take Kara-Lis Coverdale and Giant Claw, let them dance, smoke few joints and flirt (only musically speaking, of course) and you'll get "Over Unity" in result. 

    listen ~ buy tape 

    PS: By the way, one of this album's perks is the fact that you can listen to it from any point, it works perfectly from any tape position and at any player / volume / speakers / headphones, etc. Just amazing! 

              pandelindio & bird people        

     pandelindio & bird people (frente al fuego, 2016)

    ~ native american flute, mapuche ~


    Federico Fossati _ Bamboo Clarinet, Phytagorean Harp, Bansuri, Native American Flute.
    Corina Inveninato _ Bamboo Clarinet, Citarina, Tanpura
    Alfredo Vidal drum and Chaska Voice on "La fuerza de la palabra"

    Bird People:

    Roy Culbertson III _ banjo, sruti box
    Uli Rois _ banjo, sruti boxRéka Kutas _ cello
    Tom Gaskell _ sitar
    Ben Kingsbury _ electric guitar
    Noamie Randall _ acoustic guitar
    listen ~ buy/name your price

              creation VI ~ everywhereness / omnipresence        

    creation VI ~ everywhereness (πάνθεον, 2015)

    «Listen to the spring!». pantheon

    Quiet album of field recordings and bright impressions collected on different locations in Yaroslavl, Kyiv and Crimea. Small birds and crickets in the steppe, nightingales near Volga shore, soft rain over countryside field, summer bees in the flower garden and warm drones obtained from electric guitar, flutes and voices. Three tracks which would definitely please lovers of slow quiet drones – Celer, Hakobune, Chihei Hatakeyama, etc. Also suits very well for Chinese tea ceremony :) 

    listen ~ buy
     creation VI ~ omnipresence (πάνθεον, 2015)

    «...the river is everywhere at once, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the sea, in the mountains, everywhere at once, and that there is only the present time for it, not the shadow of the past, not the shadow of the future» ~ Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

    Two tracks of hindustani raga inspired improvisational drone music performed with Chinese flute hulusi and Indian shruti-box (surpeti) along with some other instruments, effects and voices. Raga for midday sun in the greenwood, music of spring currents of the mighty Volga, song of birches, rushing sweet juice in its branches...

    listen ~ buy

    ps: both releases are available as one bundle with additional booklet, wrapped in handmade envelope and including download code for previous Creation VI release "Reminiscence" 

              Aam Aadmi Party: the political start-up        

    "Aaj hum yahaan aayein hain sabse ye kehne, ki kuch to karna hoga. Hum sabko kuch karna hoga."

    "Koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota. Use perfect banaana hota hai. Police mai bharti honge, military join karenge, IAS banenge, politics ka hissa ban ke iss desh ki sarkaar chalaayenge. Ye desh badlega, hum badlenge ise."

    -- Rang De Basanti (2006)

    I quoted from Rang De Basanti, but it does not mean that this is going to be an incensed hysterical rant of a twenty-something someone which goes "Inquilab Zindabad!". Inquilab, sure. But let's put it into perspective and context. Inquilab will happen. One step at a time.

    Election is coming.

    It's easy to talk about politics sitting in our rooms, dissing any and everything that is happening around us. Heck, even this post qualifies. People here in India, and people abroad too - US, Europe, or farther east, you name it. "India has gone beyond a point-of-no-return." Sure, it must have sounded profound sitting in a room in a high-rise with a city skyline view in some sophisticated corner of the world, or here, in India. Sorry, no. But I have no interest in a conversation that begins or ends with that sentence, whether you live in India, or live abroad and intend to come back. It does not sound profound to me because I intend to spend my life in this country, by choice. Hopefully.

    I would not care if haters and dissers shoot holes into this post. By all means, go ahead. I admit I don't know my politics or economics. Let the intellectual masturbation begin. But I will not engage you in a conversation unless you give me a viable choice in the upcoming Delhi elections in November. We'll talk about NaMo vs Rahul Gandhi, sure, after the Delhi elections.

    It is really sad that after 66 years of our country's independence, the issues today, still, in the capital of India are Water, Electricity, Safety of Women, and Corruption. Forget Infrastructure, Public Health, or a healthy eco-system for entrepreneurs, we haven't afforded ourselves that luxury. Not yet.

    We, the youth, are lucky to have been born at a very opportune moment in the history of our country. We have the privilege to be a part of the 'Indian growth story', to be the Indian growth story. Be a part of it. Engage. Of course, it is unreasonable to ask people to quit whatever they wish to do with their lives and set out "to clean the system". No. But help those who are trying, in whatever little way. You can still be a part of it. That's why I am writing this.

    I know about a start-up that is trying to win the Delhi elections. I hope they do. It was unthinkable until a year ago, that a newly formed political party could think of forming a state government, let alone contesting elections with a strong foothold, or even fielding candidates in all the contested constituencies with confidence. Today, not so much. AAP doesn't have a long history, nor do they have the money or the adequate resources even, but they do have the passion and the will to do something. They believe they can, I believe they can. Sure, you or me might not agree with everything that they say or want to do, but do you agree with anyone a hundred percent? And if not them, who is your pick, and why? The question is whether anyone, anyone with the will and the passion can make a difference if they want? This is the test.

    Santosh died. No, I am not using her name to sensationalize this and drive my point across. The fact is, a good person wanted to contest the elections, and she died. It is NOT trivial. Can you do something about it?

    Take a look at their candidates list. Go ahead, look at their profiles. There is a commando who lost his hearing a hundred percent during 26/11, and was fired from the Army after that. Or this construction worker living in the slums, who is looking to contest from Rajouri Garden. And then, there is an ex-IRS IITian who championed the cause of RTI. He is pitting himself against Sheila Dixit. These people are getting their voice heard. We are getting our voice heard.

    At the very least what I'm confident of is this, that these candidates won't be murderers or rapists, and that if they are deemed incapable or corrupt, they will be sacked by their own party. Atleast give these people a chance. One chance. And like all start-ups, they need money to scale. They have been angel funded by several investors, and are looking to mobilize resources through crowdsourcing.

    What are you doing, Delhi? I'm jealous because you got this opportunity before I did. And things are happening and will, with or without you. Here's what the donations to AAP from our country looks like [link] :

    Almost as much from Maharashtra as from Delhi?! And it's not even Maharashtra's elections! There is still time. Get on board with this, man.

    1) You can donate in kind. There is much more than just money that is required to contest elections. You can give whatever you have to spare. [link]

    2) You can adopt a constituency. From anywhere. [link]

    3) You can make a recurring donation every month. [link]

    4) Or, you can just donate once and be done with it. [link]

    5) And the least you can do is get your voter i-card made and exercise your franchise. Vote. [link]

    An incident happened not so long ago. Arvind Kejriwal was asked by a journalist, "What would you do if you don't win the Delhi elections?". He responded by saying, "If we lose, what will you do?"

    Atleast we are talking about the right things.

    So... what will you do?

    Oh, and in this interview, Arvind Kejriwal answers most of the questions commonly posed by the haters and the dissers. Do watch. You might not agree with him or still be unsatisfied, but atleast hear what he has got to say.

    If you know me personally, or have been following this blog, you would know that I am not someone who begs for likes and shares. But this one time, I will. If this post struck a chord, please share it. It's only a click, and is much less to ask than an Inquilab.

              most beautiful        

    I will say that you are the most beautiful girl in the world, and it will not be true.

    In an absolute sense, that is. For one, to call you the most beautiful girl in the world, I would have to see (meet?) all the girls in this world. Not that I don't like this idea, but it would be an impossible thing to do. And that is not the only problem. I mean, you could easily dismiss it as me talking in hyperbole, not that you would have a problem with it, would you? And even otherwise, it could be dismissed as me being cheesy, albeit in a good way, cheesy still. Or, it could be challenged by anyone, no?


    What songs, what words, sentences should I write?
    She walks with unsaid words and unshed eyes;
    A few steps behind me in the moonlight.
    She knows, and that I know not, yet she shies.
    Behind me, even the moonlight cries;
    So her lips unseal, eyes weep, wrong made right.
    She knows, and that I know not, yet she shies.
    Doth mystery revealed make romance bright?
    Her silence I hear and away I glide.
    Romance be mystery, and mystery tries
    the truth of my heart, healing from hurt pride.
    The shadow remains still, the water dries...
    Songs, words, sentences I could never write
    A few steps behind me in the moonlight.


    "I love you."

    Heh, saying it even in front of the mirror is seeming so ridiculous, and I can only imagine how ridiculous it would be in front of her. Maybe I could put it differently.

    "Jab se tumse milaa hoon, bas tumhaare hi khayaalo mai khoya rehta hoon. Tumhaare bina mera naa aar hai naa paar. Mai tumse aur sirf tumse pyaar kartaa hoon." Yeah, right. Bollywood would be such a perfect way to go. Damn you, Bollywood! Real cinema, please?

    I have to get every expression, every gesture right. It has to be perfect. I will put on a smile first, give an elegant pause, look into her eyes, and just say it. If only I had some practice before! How, I know not, this mirror thing is surely not helping me.

    I should also be prepared for everything that she could say. I have to play every scenario in my head, and have an appropriate response for her every response, so that I do not look like a fool after saying it. She could say "Huh?! What?!", and then maybe leave or something. I am a little scared of this scenario, I wouldn't know what to do or say. Well, I kind of know what to say.

    I know that I have to tell her. She must know.

    On an off-chance, she could also say, "I love you too." And that would make me the happiest person on this planet, not that it is going to happen. But if I am getting prepared for everything, I might as well do an exhaustive job.

    We think that a number coming on a dice is a random event. It is not. It is a direct function of how a dice is thrown, and we could come up with a perfect model which could exactly predict the outcome on the dice. This, on the other hand, is a completely random event for me. For I have absolutely no control over it, nor am I in a position to predict the outcome. It has to be lived through to know.

    I met her in the evening. She looked beautiful, like always. It is amazing how when I meet her even today, I still feel like how I felt when I met her for the first time. It is such an amazing feeling, something one would want to hold on to for life.

    We ordered something to eat, while I was still trying to figure out the perfect time to pop the words. I was nervous. No matter how much prepared one is, when the time comes, it seems like an impossible thing to do. I decided to say it between the food and the dessert, that way, atleast the evening would surely end on a sweet note. And while I made this decision, a part of me hoped that the food never finishes.

    Time passed quickly, as is always the case when I am with her, and we ordered dessert. I now had a small window within which I had to say it. How?! My heart was racing! I think I let my nervousness show, even. "I love you", I said. The world around me moved in slow motion, and it seemed like there she was, in front of me, in suspended animation.

    Phew, here comes the dessert.


    When I met you for the first time, I remember the electricity. You looked beautiful. Enchanting, really. I don't really remember the major parts from that evening, what we talked about etc. But I remember such minor details that I amaze myself. Details which would never matter otherwise. I remember the sounds of your laughter. I remember the heating up of my ears when I embarrassed myself because of something really stupid I said, and you giggled still. And how I kept on going about something so obvious and trivial, and you looked and smiled. And how you kept going about something so obvious and trivial, while your hands rolled a chocolate-wrapper, which we had had then and there, before finishing up the whole box. I remember how you said that you needed to leave in another 5 minutes, and then stayed on for half-n-hour. And then before leaving, gently added, "So when do I see you again?". I remember how the entire evening felt like 2 minutes. The minor things about that encounter were the major parts of the evening, really.

    And then so many other times.

    People say that love is nothing more than a bunch of chemical reactions in our head. But isn't it amazing, that this other person could cause such strong feelings? I mean, if we were to dismiss love like this, then we should also dismiss having good food, coffee, chocolates, life, us, because even those are just a set of chemical reactions.

    I remember when we met one afternoon, and we were just walking along the street. It was just you between me and the setting sun. The sun-rays trickled through your hair, glistening. I couldn't look away. It seemed like nothing else in the world really mattered in that moment. And in that moment, in that one, single moment, you were the most beautiful girl in the world, in an absolute sense. And then several such times, again.

    I'll tell you every day of my life, that you are the most beautiful girl in the world. And when I do, I do not mean right then. I would really mean the moment in which you really were, and I would mean that because I have seen you in those moments, and so many such moments we would have spent together in which you would have been.

    I will say that you are the most beautiful girl in the world, and it will be true.

              Special 313: L.A. Auto Show        

    TWiT Live Specials (Video-HD)

    In the market for a new ride? Or just interested in the latest automotive tech news available? We checked out some insane custom rides, Chevy's extended electric vehicle the Volt, Ford's EcoBoost motors pack power in a small package, Tim Stevens from CNet's RoadShow explains the future of tech in the automotive industry and BMW makes an Olympic wheelchair.

    • Chevrolet, Michelle Malcho- The Volt delivers 53 miles when only using the battery or up to 420 miles with a fuel tank of gas.
    • Galpin Auto Sports, Mad Mike - Take a look into the artistic and sometimes strange world of custom cars with Mad Mike from the TV show "Pimp My Ride".
    • RoadShow, Tim Stevens - Tim and Padre go over the hot tech from this years AutoShow and where the future of tech is going with the automobile industry.
    • BMW Olympic Wheelchair, Brad Cracchiola - BMW carries over years of automotive technology to create the most advanced Wheelchair in the world.
    • Ford EcoBoost and Echo Sport, Eric Loefler - Making an engine powerful and economic Ford's EcoBoost technology continues to innovate in a compact package.

    Host: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

    Guest: Tim Stevens

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              Makesound par Jean-Philippe Renoult: le tableau électrique de la CNC        
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              ASÍ ES CON LA DICTADURA DELASOTISTA...        
    El vicepresidente del Centro de Estudiantes del IPEF, Franco Balaguer, estuvo detenido unas horas por la policía por "disturbios en la vía pública" (como de costumbre, abusando del inconstitucional Código de Faltas), tan solo por discutir con una periodista del programa "El Show de la Mañana" de Canal 12, un medio que recibe millones de pesos en pauta publicitaria para ocultar temas perjudiciales para la mafia que gobierna Córdoba desde hace 16 años.

    Todo comenzó con una toma pacífica de las instalaciones del IPEF en reclamo de mayor participación de los estudiantes en el gobierno de la Universidad Provincial de Córdoba (así como la tienen los estudiantes de la UNC y la UTN), más personal docente, y mayor presupuesto para el establecimiento (que bien podría sacarse de los millones que les paga a medios mercenarios de comunicación, a twitteros y facebookeros, la floja campaña presidencial de De la Sota, y a pagar las "zanahorias" que mueven a los burros para que los sigan votando).

    Parece que el narcogobierno de Unión Contra Córdoba ve como enemigos a los estudiantes, ya que no les sirve la gente pensante. Creyeron que podían comprar a los estudiantes terciarios y universitarios con el Boleto Educativo Gratuito, pero lamentablemente se encontraron con gente inteligente que no se deja forrear por dos mangos. Yo utilicé por 2 años ese beneficio, y no tengo por qué agradecerle a De la Droga, ya que es un beneficio otorgado por el Estado, no por un partido político ni por una persona. Mientras otros recibían casas gratis, era justo que nos pagaran el boleto.

    Señores, Córdoba se está convirtiendo en Formosa, la democracia de acá es muy deficiente (y la de Formosa es mucho peor). Se puede ser gobernador con apenas el 25% de los votos, si la oposición está débil y dividida, no da la chance de sacar a alguien del gobierno y poner a un opositor, sea quien sea, como la da el ballotage. Además, con la composición de la Unicameral, se puede tener mayoría aún con menos de la mitad de los votos para distrito único, ya que se aseguran las bancas por departamento vendiendo espejitos de colores a los del interior de la provincia (no es por ser discriminador, pero hay localidades en que manipulan la TV por cable y la electricidad para que no se vea el programa ADN, de Tomás Méndez, afortunadamente no pueden manipular la internet).

    Yo creo que va a ganar Schoretti, lamentablemente. La gente es demasiado boluda. Yo no lo votaré ni a él, ni a Aguad, ni a Accastello. O voto a un partido chico, o garabateo la boleta.
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              High Mortality Among Patients With Opioid Use Disorder in a Large Healthcare System        
    imageObjectives: Elevated mortality has been observed among individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) treated in addiction specialty clinics or programs. Information about OUD patients in general healthcare settings is needed in light of the current effort to integrate addiction services into primary healthcare systems. This study examined mortality rates, causes of death, and associated risk factors among patients with OUD in a large general healthcare system. Methods: Mortality data were linked with electronic health records of 2576 OUD patients cared for in a large university health system from 2006 to 2014. Results: There were 465 deaths confirmed (18.1% of the study participants), corresponding to a crude mortality rate of 48.6 per 1000 person-years and standardized mortality ratio of 10.3 (95% confidence interval [CI] 9.4–11.3). Drug overdose and disorder (19.8%), cardiovascular diseases (17.4%), cancer (16.8%), and infectious diseases (13.5%, including 12% hepatitis C virus [HCV]) were the leading causes of death. HCV (hazard ratio [HR] 1.99, 95% CI 1.62–2.46) and alcohol use disorder (HR 1.27, 95% CI 1.05–1.55) were 2 clinically important indicators of overall mortality risk. Tobacco use disorder (adjusted HR [AHR] 2.58, 95% CI 1.60–4.17) was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular death, HCV infection (AHR 2.55, 95% CI 1.52–4.26) with cancer mortality risk, and HCV (AHR 1.92, 95% CI 1.03–3.60) and alcohol use disorder (AHR 5.44, 95% CI 2.95–10.05) with liver-related mortality risk. Conclusions: Patients with OUD in a general healthcare system demonstrated alarmingly high morbidity and mortality, which challenges healthcare systems to find innovative ways to identify and treat patients with substance use disorder.
              Alcohol, Cannabis, and Opioid Use Disorders, and Disease Burden in an Integrated Health Care System        
    imageObjectives: We examined prevalence of major medical conditions and extent of disease burden among patients with and without substance use disorders (SUDs) in an integrated health care system serving 3.8 million members. Methods: Medical conditions and SUDs were extracted from electronic health records in 2010. Patients with SUDs (n = 45,461; alcohol, amphetamine, barbiturate, cocaine, hallucinogen, and opioid) and demographically matched patients without SUDs (n = 45,461) were compared on the prevalence of 19 major medical conditions. Disease burden was measured as a function of 10-year mortality risk using the Charlson Comorbidity Index. P-values were adjusted using Hochberg's correction for multiple-inference testing within each medical condition category. Results: The most frequently diagnosed SUDs in 2010 were alcohol (57.6%), cannabis (14.9%), and opioid (12.9%). Patients with these SUDs had higher prevalence of major medical conditions than non-SUD patients (alcohol use disorders, 85.3% vs 55.3%; cannabis use disorders, 41.9% vs 23.0%; and opioid use disorders, 44.9% vs 26.1%; all P < 0.001). Patients with these SUDs also had higher disease burden than non-SUD patients; patients with opioid use disorders (M = 0.48; SE = 1.46) had particularly high disease burden (M = 0.23; SE = 0.09; P < 0.001). Conclusions: Common SUDs, particularly opioid use disorders, are associated with substantial disease burden for privately insured individuals without significant impediments to care. This signals the need to explore the full impact SUDs have on the course and outcome of prevalent conditions and initiate enhanced service engagement strategies to improve disease burden.
              Wire Harness Assembly - Lead Technician        

    Wire Harness Assembly - Lead Technician | Full Time Position

    Bazzaz, Inc. is currently seeking to fill a full-time position for a Wire Harness Assembly - Lead Technician.

    Bazzaz is a designer and manufacturer of superior-quality motorcycle & ATV electronics and dynamometers located in Chino Hills, CA.
    We are committed to providing customers the very best experience which we believe stems from hiring the best employees.
    For more information on the company please visit

    Location: Chino Hills, CA

    Description: Seeking an individual who is proficient in operating wire cut and strip, and terminal press machines.
    Able to perform cable harnessing, wire harnessing, assembly and subassembly using drawings, schematics, and wire diagrams.
    Candidate should be acutely focused on quality and will perform quality inspections. Listed below are the basic duties and requirements of the position:

    • Assemble wire & cable harnesses, subassemblies, wiring, crimping, soldering, plugging stripping, routing, inspecting, and potting.
    • Understand and be to operate wire cut & strip machine & terminal presses
    • Basic knowledge of components & maintain inventory of parts
    • Perform quality inspections
    • Perform regular maintenance and upkeep of the equipment
    • Monitor production runs
    • Follow strict quality control process
    • Must be able to work 40 hours per week 7AM-4PM
    • Able to read, write, and communicate in English
    • Explain assembly procedures or techniques to other workers
    • Set up and maintain a clean work environment at all times
    • Understand and follow all safety policies, codes, and procedures
    • Lead a team of 4-10 wire harness assemblers

    We are looking for a responsible, highly motivated and detail oriented individual, who wants to be part of an exciting and dynamic company.
    Bazzaz is on the leading edge of technology in the motorcycle aftermarket industry.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • 2 years electro-mechanical assembly experience with cable and wire harnessing
    • Must be able to accurately identify components
    • Committed to quality
    • Detailed
    • Good eye / hand coordination is a must
    • Able to work in MS Outlook and Excel
    • Able to meet strict deadlines
    • Bi-lingual, English & Spanish a plus


    • Starting Wage is $12.00 - $16.00 per hour, based on experience.
    • After six months eligible for company Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
    • 1 week vacation. Paid personal days. Paid Holidays.
    • Monthly bonus plan.

    Applicant must successfully pass a drug screening, E-Verify, and background check in order to qualify.

    Bazzaz, Inc. is an at-will, equal opportunity employer. If you believe yourself to be a good candidate and meet all requirements,
    please e-mail a brief description of your qualifications and resume to Josef Buxton.

    *Position descriptions and anticipated skills acquired are neither conclusive nor definite and can be expected to change throughout term of employment.



              Purchasing & Production Manager        

    Production & Purchasing Manager | Full Time Position

    Bazzaz, Inc. is seeking to fill a full-time position for a Purchasing & Production Manager. 

    Bazzaz is a designer and manufacturer of superior-quality motorcycle & ATV electronics and dynamometers located in Chino Hills, CA. We are committed to providing customers the very best experience which we believe stems from hiring the best employees. For more information on the company please visit

    Location: Chino Hills, CA

    Description: Seeking an individual who will plan, organize, and control production at Bazzaz Z-Fi fuel controller factory, which produces harnesses, strain gages, and printed circuit boards. Candidate must be committed to ensuring that Bazzaz products are produced efficiently, on time, within budget and to the highest quality standard. Issues Purchase Orders for the raw materials. Candidate should be solution-driven and acutely focused on quality. Listed below are the basic duties and requirements of the position:

      • Supervises production assembly team of 12-20 persons. Subordinates perform assembly of products or sub-assemblies according to verbal or written instructions, or by following drawings or diagrams. Provides work direction and reviews work performance.
      • Responsible for light maintenance of production machinery for harnessing and SMT.
      • Production Planning and ability to apply LEAN manufacturing techniques.
      • Manages the purchasing function according to department policy and procedure. Accepts and scrutinizes vendor bids or proposals. Selects sources based upon analysis. Arranges vendor contracts, bargains for best costs, and observes quality of purchased materials. Prepares reports and required documents. Organizes activities with sales, engineering, production, or warehouse personnel.
      • Manages inventory of materials, parts, and finished product to maintain required supply. Maintains records, replenishes stock, and plans for future requirements based on orders, production schedules and forecasts. Strives to achieve JIT.
      • Quality assurance - Manages quality assurance operations for the factory. Comes up with new ideas to enforce and improve quality programs. Monitors Production Department's conformance with QA standards and procedures. Conducts quality assurance training for employees engaged in materials handling or product assembly. Suggests methods for improving product quality or design, or manufacturing processes.
      • Manages shipping & receiving staff. With an emphasis on efficiency and accuracy.
      • Provide production updates to Bazzaz Team.
      • Harness Documentation / Create BOM.
      • Assist R&D.
      • Reports to Vice President.

    We are looking for a responsible, highly motivated and detail oriented individual, who wants to be part of a growing and dynamic company. This person must be a problem solver, have a get it done attitude, and enjoys working with a team. Bazzaz is on the leading edge of technology in the motorcycle aftermarket industry and this position plays a critical role in delivering the ultimate customer experience.

    Desired Qualifications:

      • Minimum of a 2 year degree.
      • Minimum of 2 years of experience in production and/or purchasing for wiring harnesses and/or printed circuit board assembly.
      • Winning attitude. Must be a team player and enjoy working in a fun yet focused atmosphere.
      • Experience with MRP/ERP software.
      • Computer literate with accurate data entry skills.
      • Able to read a wiring diagram.
      • Person shall demonstrate competency when using scales and other hand tools. Individuals should exhibit strong communication and organizational skills.
      • Mechanically inclined.
      • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
      • Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred but not required.


      • Starting salary is $40-50K annually, based on experience.
      • After six months eligible for company Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
      • 1 week vacation. 6 Paid personal days. Paid Holidays.
      • Monthly bonus plan.

    Applicant must successfully pass a drug screening, E-Verify, and background check in order to qualify.

    Bazzaz, Inc. is an at-will, equal opportunity employer. If you believe yourself to be a good candidate and meet all requirements, please e-mail a brief description of your qualifications and resume to

    *Position descriptions and anticipated skills acquired are neither conclusive nor definite and can be expected to change throughout term of employment. 

              This new plant-inspired tech could be the first step towards self-powered smartphones        

    We’re living in a marvellous technological age. With the touch of button, we can summon cars, transfer money and do pretty much anything on our magical smartphones. But we still need to charge them, which sucks. However, Australian scientists at RMIT University have created a new electrode that might be the first step to self-powering smartphones, laptops, and cars — all thanks to ferns. Sunlight possess enough energy to power all of our daily gadgets, but the problem is how to make them work when the sun isn’t shining. That’s where storage steps in. Supercaps are frequently combined with solar technologies to store and discharge harnessed…

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              Elon Musk promises to fix South Australia’s electricity woes in 100 days        

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised to fix the Australian state of South Australia’s electricity crisis in 100 days – or it’s free. For context, South Australia has recently experienced a series of electricity blackouts. The causes of this are twofold: demand exceeding supply, and recurring failures in the state’s power generation infrastructure. On Thursday, Lyndon Rive, Tesla VP for Energy Products and Solar City CEO, said that the company could install between 100 and 300 megawatt hours of batteries. It also said that the company could do the same in the neighboring state of Victoria, which lingers under the…

    This story continues at The Next Web
              Australia first to introduce a solar energy digital marketplace        

    Australia is famous for its crazy inhospitable environment, but with the introduction of new technology, Australians might actually be able to make money off the burning hot sun. According to the Guardian, Australia will be the first country in the world to implement a network of “virtual” power stations. Instead of building actual power stations, the “virtual” ones will be made by linking rooftop solar panels and batteries of households together with a smart grid, bringing new additional energy into the system. Australian homeowners who have installed solar panels and batteries, will soon be able to trade their excess electricity in a digital…

    This story continues at The Next Web
              #151 Powering Your Electronics in Ireland – Audio        

    Whether it’s your phone, tablet, laptop, curling iron, or sleep apnea machine, here’s a look at how you can power up all your devices while visiting the Emerald Isle. SHOW NOTES 00:24 Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets are the same as the United Kingdom and therefore do not fit plugs from North America, Australia, or many other […]

    The post #151 Powering Your Electronics in Ireland – Audio appeared first on Irish Fireside Travel and Culture.

              We’re Thrilled to Share Some of Last Year’s Highlights from the Irish Fireside        

    Here are links to the articles mentioned in the video: Farmette Cookbook Budgeting in Ireland Flying a €10 flight from Ireland Planning an itinerary Could my holiday rental be a scam? What kind of adapter do I need Best Irish Castles for Kids Should I book ahead or […]

    The post We’re Thrilled to Share Some of Last Year’s Highlights from the Irish Fireside appeared first on Irish Fireside Travel and Culture.

              Q&A: What kind of adapter do I need to keep my electronics charged in Ireland?        

    We’re from the U.S., and we’ll be traveling Ireland with our iphones and ipad. What kind of adapter do we need? — Marie There are two things you need to know before “plugging” in your devices in Ireland: Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets deliver 220 volts (countries like the US and Canada only use 110 volts). Ireland’s […]

    The post Q&A: What kind of adapter do I need to keep my electronics charged in Ireland? appeared first on Irish Fireside Travel and Culture.

              Comment on Guestbook by Freja Amanda Langevang        
    I stayed in the Guesthouse for about 1 month from March - April. This was my second stay in the Guesthouse, and again, I give both CYC and the Guesthouse my very best recommendations. This time I had the honor of living together with a Syrian, a British and three Italians. Since my last stay, there's been installed Solar, which means that there is now electricity 24/7 in the Guesthouse :) As always, I was welcomed by the staff and the residents of Shatila, and it was an amazing month of great experiences. When living in Shatila, I recommend that you do all of your shopping in the camp. When buying groceries, falafel or new shoes, one always end up with a new friend and amazing, real-life stories from the residents of Shatila <3 Freja, Denmark.
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    【發行日期】 2013-12-06
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    1. Life Is Short | 05:09
    2. Parasite (Terrolokaust Mix) | 04:17
    3. Life Is Short (Cosmic Armchair Club Mix) | 05:28
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              The 2014 Acura RLX will be ready to drive in Spring 2013        

    The word 'innovative' is thrown around quite a bit - and nine times out of ten, it's not warranted. That one time where it is, belongs to the 2014 Acura RLX.

    Considered the most advanced Acura ever produced, the RLX took the L.A. Auto Show by storm, and people can't stop talking about it.

    Jeff Conrad, VP and general manager of Acura Sales says that "The 2014 Acura RLX heralds the introduction of a number of new signature Acura technologies that provide the driver a feeling of connection to the product, to the road, and to the world from the very moment they enter the vehicle." He goes on to add, "The RLX embodies the Acura commitment to create vehicles with outstanding handling that truly respond to the will of the driver."

    To make this car go really fast, an all-new 3.5L direct-injected SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine sits under the hood, and produces up to 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. With the engine comes a brand new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission. The accessible 'Sport Mode' provides the driver with more aggressive shift points and greater engine braking when decelerating. Fuel economy is projected to get a 'best-in-class' rating, getting up to 31 mpg highway and 24 combined. Another option is the RLX featuring Acura's new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, creating 370 hp and a fuel-efficiency rating of 30 mpg combined, will become available late 2013.

    One innovative feature of the 2014 RLX comes in the form of Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS), which is the first technology to showcase independent and continuous control of the left and right rear-wheel steering angles which helps not only the handling of agility, but also the maneuverability at all types of speeds. Along with P-AWS, the RLX comes with Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking system. The RLX comes equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS). Plus, more firsts for Acura include the Electronic Parking Brake, Automatic Brake Hold, and Agile Handling Assist.

    Inside the cabin, best-in-class rear-seat legroom and overall shoulder room begin the experience for both driver and passenger. Premium metal and wood-grain accents set the tone, while the dual-screens provide both navigation and one-touch access to everything from radio to air-conditioning to SMS text message function. In addition to the screens, the RLX offers up push-button start, power sunroof, try-zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth.

    With Acura taking safety very seriously, the 2014 RLX offers many current standout features, as well as some brand new ones. The all-new Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Jewel-Eye LED headlights join current standards like Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and the popular multi-angle camera.

    It's no doubt that Acura will hit a home run with the 2014 RLX, when it becomes available in Spring 2013. For more information on this or any of Acura's current models, visit your local Acura dealer at Muller Acura of Merrillville. For quality and professional service, please call to set up an appointment.
              It's reasonable to check out the 2013 Acura MDX        

    When looking for a reasonable, yet reliable SUV, there's only one place to turn…the 2013 Acura MDX.

    The 7-passenger SUV is a popular choice amongst luxury car buyers, and it's mostly because of its great safety track record, its host of standard features and the fact that it's an Acura. Under the hood sits a 3.7L V6 engine that kicks out 300hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, which distributes torque between both the front and rear, as well as the left and right rear wheels.

    Inside the MDX sits 3-rows of comfort, with 15 cu.ft. of cargo room behind the back. Leg room is pronounced, especially for those in the second row, whose seats actually recline. Everyone in the vehicle, except the driver, can take a nap while listening to tunes on the standard 253-watt, 8-speaker audio system, which includes a 6-disc CD/MP3/WMA changer. Other standard features include 18-in alloy wheels, heated front seats, power moonroof, Bluetooth hands-free system, 3-zone climate control, rear view camera, six airbags and electronic traction and stability controls.

    Optional packages such as the Technology Package and the Advance Package offer everything from an 8-in LCD screen with navigation to a DVD system all the way to state-of-the-art safety features like the Collision Mitigating Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control.

    To check out the 2013 MDX, visit your local Acura Dealers at Muller Acura of Merrillville. For quality and professional service, please call to set up an appointment.
              Innovation comes standard on the Acura RLX        


    It's a term used all the time these days, whether it's for a new steering wheel control, or back seat leg room. True innovation comes in the form of the Acura RLX - and it's a car unlike any other.

    The latest technology is at the driver's fingertips, and it comes from all around. Starting with performance, the RLX uses a dedicated electric motor for each wheel, while the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system perfects all-wheel drive during cornering, sending just the right amount of torque to each wheel as needed. Under the hood sits a 3.5L V-6 with DCT transmission.

    Technology on the inside comes in form of the next-gen AcuraLink, which gives you a bit of home and the office while on the road. Some features of the AcuraLink include built-in cellular communication, a security alarm notification and stolen vehicle tracking, airbag deployment notification, Pandora and AHA internet radio, and SMS/email capability. Also included is the 7-in On Demand Screen for climate and audio controls, as well as a premium 14-speaker audio system.

    The RLX also includes safety features such as Lane Keeping Assist System, which alerts you when veering out of the lane, and Acura's Signature Jewel Eye LED headlights, offering a greater brightness and precisely-tuned beam pattern.

    More info on the RLX will be on the way in the coming months, but to check out Acura's latest lineup, visit Muller Acura of Merrillville. For professional and quality repairs and service, please call or visit our website to set up an appointment.
              Whirling Dervishes        
    On both the way to and from my holiday in Central Asia I had a day and a half in transit in Istanbul. This was a great opportunity to finally see the whirling dervishes in action, and I booked myself an online ticket to a Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the Hodja Paşa Cultural Centre, a 550-year-old converted hammam.

    To the Mevlevi order, everything in the universe revolves - from electrons round an atom, to the blood in our bodies, to the planets around the sun.  The whirling of the dervishes - which they refer to as revolving - reflects this and is a way of casting off bad habits and becoming one with God.

    The dervishes enter wearing long, black cloaks, and beige felt hats which resemble a foot-high fez; these hats represents tombstones for the ego, which is shed (or dies temporarily) during the ceremony.  After many bows, and the removal of their cloaks, they slowly start to revolve.  Initially their arms are crossed with the their hands on their shoulders, but as they begin to revolve, their arms gradually loosen and open, ultmately held up in the air as they turn.  This revolving, at 1-2 revolutions per second, goes on for some forty minutes in total, although with some brief pauses as the ceremony has a number of stages.  Any ordinary mortals would be dizzy to the point of nausea but these guys are apparently experiencing an "intoxication of the soul", and so suffer no such worldly discomforts.

    To my surprise there is no joy shown on the dervishes' faces, which remain expressionless throughout.

    Although performed for tourists in this location (in fact the Mevlevi order is still outlawed in Turkey and licenced to 'perform' only for tourists), it is still really a devotional ceremony, and so we were told not only not to take photos but not to applaud either.  I found it quite moving but then I have always enjoyed the mystical side of religion, from the incense of the Ethiopian and Greek orthodox churches to the trance music of the Moroccan Gnaoua.  In fact the two things I most want to experience during my remaining time in West Africa are a Lebu exorcism (Senegal) and a voodoo ceremony (Benin).  Both are unlikely, unfortunately.

    But in Istanbul on my second transit coming back from my holiday I found another venue with a Mevlani Sema ceremony, not in such an atmospheric venue but one where photos were allowed.

              Blog Post: Rooted In Shallow Soil        

    Gamers were dumbfounded when PopCap announced it was transplanting the Plants vs. Zombies series from the backyard to the battlefield. To say the multiplayer-shooter spinoff is a huge departure for the casual game developer is an understatement, but the aesthetics and lighthearted tone are a wonderful change of pace for the violence-obsessed genre. Dig beneath the surface, though, and you find some fundamental flaws that hold back this family-friendly shooter.[Excerpt]

    PopCap is known for making highly polished games that virtually anyone can pick up and play. Unfortunately, that equation only rings half true for Garden Warfare. The developer's simplified approach to the genre does away with basic concepts like sprinting, melee attacks, and limited ammo, making it easy for anyone to get into the swing of battle. However, the gameplay is uncharacteristically buggy; players get hung up on other characters and geometry, corpses twitch on the ground, and even the slightest bit of network lag renders some abilities (like the all-star zombie's dash attack) ineffective. A variety of classes and unlockable characters add some nuance to the simple fun, but PopCap's limited mode offerings hamstring replayability.

    Garden Warfare only features two main competitive modes: Team Vanquish and Gardens & Graveyards. Team Vanquish is your run-of-the-mill team deathmatch. Gardens & Graveyards tasks zombies with assaulting a series of consecutive capture points in a map, similar to Battlefield's rush mode. A classic variant of each mode disables upgrades and unlockable characters (making them less interesting), and the beginner mode gives you more health the more you die, but you're still playing one of two basic formulas.

    Gardens & Graveyards is clearly the main attraction. Maps have unique themes, and capture points are built around interesting locations that facilitate large-scale confrontations. Every map features an interesting final objective, such as sneaking five zombies into Crazy Dave's mansion or destroying the roots of a giant sunflower growing inside of a lighthouse. Gardens & Graveyards provides hours of fun, but eventually you get tired of assaulting or defending the same points on the same handful of maps, and Team Vanquish does little to alleviate the boredom.

    Garden Warfare's co-op offerings are equally uninspired. Garden Ops is a four-player horde mode, which tasks players with defending a garden against ten increasingly difficult waves of zombies. Aside from the occasional zombie boss or special wave, you don't have much to draw you in once you've beaten a few matches. 

    Garden Warfare's most interesting twist is how it incorporates the series' tower-defense elements into matches. Players can spawn zombies or plants in designated locations on the map, which then attack opponents autonomously. Unfortunately, these characters are treated as consumable items that players must purchase before matches using Garden Warfare's microtransaction-ready economy.

    The vast majority of Garden Warfare's content is locked behind its PvZ Coin currency. Support plants and zombies, customization items, weapon upgrades, and even new class characters are bought with the coins you earn from matches. However, can't just buy what you want; instead you must purchase blind card packs of varying prices. Consumable card packs give you a handful of zombies and plants to summon during matches, while more expensive packs provide random upgrades or character stickers – though you have to collect all of the stickers for a character before you can actually play as them. Like any good pusher, EA gives you a couple packs for free, but after that the grinding for coins begins.

    This faux free-to-play approach undermines Garden Warfare's promising tower-defense elements. Each plant or zombie you spawn feels like a waste of money; regardless of how helpful they may be on the battlefield, buying consumable packs just holds you back from the larger goal of unlocking more playable characters, which is the only motivator to continue playing after you've learned the maps inside and out.

    Those extra playable characters are worth unlocking. Although they have the same class abilities, each character has its own unique twist on gameplay. For instance, the marine-biologist zombie features a higher rate of fire than the regular scientist zombie, and the fire sunflower deals extra elemental damage. Unfortunately, characters take an exorbitant amount of time to unlock, and because card packs are random, you can't just unlock upgrades or characters for the class you're interested in.


    Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the economy is that there's no option to purchase coins with real money, but EA says it may institute such an option in the future. Frankly, I can't imagine a world where that change doesn't happen, but it doesn't really matter. The progression system and tower-defense elements are already broken to accommodate the possibility. Garden Warfare is designed like a free-to-play game, despite the $30 price tag.

    PopCap's approach to class progression also plays out for the worse. Instead of gaining experience points, you level up classes by completing a series of challenges. Things start out easy – deploy five potato mines, kill three plants with rockets – but more specific challenges distract players from what's best for the match and make leveling up a pain. Killing two scientist zombies with a sun beam or shooting down three garlic drones seems easy enough, but what if the other team isn't using those characters? I went entire matches making zero progress with characters simply because the right elements weren't on the battlefield. Some challenges are downright devious; spawning five conehead zombies first requires you to buy consumable card packs until you randomly receive enough of them to complete the challenge. Luckily, you unlock all of the abilities for a class in the first few levels anyway, so you can abandon the progression scheme after that.

    Before the tedium set in, I had fun with Garden Warfare. Spending a few hours with the accessible combat and charming world was entertaining, but the random card packs and achievement-style leveling system killed my desire to keep playing. Garden Warfare's simplified gameplay and limited map selection can only entertain for so long – without rewarding progression, there's no carrot (or brain) at the end of the stick.

    The Xbox 360 Difference
    While both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions have their share of problems, the last-gen incarnation fares considerably worse. While testing the 360 version, I ran into increased gameplay bugs, load times, pop-up, and embarrassingly blurry visuals as the game struggled to stream in the high-resolution textures. These shortcomings don’t ruin the experience, but they are significant enough to earn the Xbox 360 entry a lower score than the Xbox One version. 

              Blog Post: Rooted In Shallow Soil        

    Gamers were dumbfounded when PopCap announced it was transplanting the Plants vs. Zombies series from the backyard to the battlefield. To say the multiplayer-shooter spinoff is a huge departure for the casual game developer is an understatement, but the aesthetics and lighthearted tone are a wonderful change of pace for the violence-obsessed genre. Dig beneath the surface, though, and you find some fundamental flaws that hold back this family-friendly shooter.[Excerpt]

    PopCap is known for making highly polished games that virtually anyone can pick up and play. Unfortunately, that equation only rings half true for Garden Warfare. The developer's simplified approach to the genre does away with basic concepts like sprinting, melee attacks, and limited ammo, making it easy for anyone to get into the swing of battle. However, the gameplay is uncharacteristically buggy; players get hung up on other characters and geometry, corpses twitch on the ground, and even the slightest bit of network lag renders some abilities (like the all-star zombie's dash attack) ineffective. A variety of classes and unlockable characters add some nuance to the simple fun, but PopCap's limited mode offerings hamstring replayability.

    Garden Warfare only features two main competitive modes: Team Vanquish and Gardens & Graveyards. Team Vanquish is your run-of-the-mill team deathmatch. Gardens & Graveyards tasks zombies with assaulting a series of consecutive capture points in a map, similar to Battlefield's rush mode. A classic variant of each mode disables upgrades and unlockable characters (making them less interesting), and the beginner mode gives you more health the more you die, but you're still playing one of two basic formulas.

    Gardens & Graveyards is clearly the main attraction. Maps have unique themes, and capture points are built around interesting locations that facilitate large-scale confrontations. Every map features an interesting final objective, such as sneaking five zombies into Crazy Dave's mansion or destroying the roots of a giant sunflower growing inside of a lighthouse. Gardens & Graveyards provides hours of fun, but eventually you get tired of assaulting or defending the same points on the same handful of maps, and Team Vanquish does little to alleviate the boredom.

    Garden Warfare's co-op offerings are equally uninspired. Garden Ops is a four-player horde mode, which tasks players with defending a garden against ten increasingly difficult waves of zombies. Aside from the occasional zombie boss or special wave, you don't have much to draw you in once you've beaten a few matches. The Xbox One-exclusive modes are even more disappointing. The splitscreen mode is an endless version of Garden Ops, where the second player doesn't get to save his or her progress and the boss mode relegates you to providing support to your team during competitive matches from a topdown map of the battlefield.  

    Garden Warfare's most interesting twist is how it incorporates the series' tower-defense elements into matches. Players can spawn zombies or plants in designated locations on the map, which then attack opponents autonomously. Unfortunately, these characters are treated as consumable items that players must purchase before matches using Garden Warfare's microtransaction-ready economy.

    The vast majority of Garden Warfare's content is locked behind its PvZ Coin currency. Support plants and zombies, customization items, weapon upgrades, and even new class characters are bought with the coins you earn from matches. However, can't just buy what you want; instead you must purchase blind card packs of varying prices. Consumable card packs give you a handful of zombies and plants to summon during matches, while more expensive packs provide random upgrades or character stickers – though you have to collect all of the stickers for a character before you can actually play as them. Like any good pusher, EA gives you a couple packs for free, but after that the grinding for coins begins.

    This faux free-to-play approach undermines Garden Warfare's promising tower-defense elements. Each plant or zombie you spawn feels like a waste of money; regardless of how helpful they may be on the battlefield, buying consumable packs just holds you back from the larger goal of unlocking more playable characters, which is the only motivator to continue playing after you've learned the maps inside and out.

    Those extra playable characters are worth unlocking. Although they have the same class abilities, each character has its own unique twist on gameplay. For instance, the marine-biologist zombie features a higher rate of fire than the regular scientist zombie, and the fire sunflower deals extra elemental damage. Unfortunately, characters take an exorbitant amount of time to unlock, and because card packs are random, you can't just unlock upgrades or characters for the class you're interested in.


    Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the economy is that there's no option to purchase coins with real money, but EA says it may institute such an option in the future. Frankly, I can't imagine a world where that change doesn't happen, but it doesn't really matter. The progression system and tower-defense elements are already broken to accommodate the possibility. Garden Warfare is designed like a free-to-play game, despite the $40 price tag.

    PopCap's approach to class progression also plays out for the worse. Instead of gaining experience points, you level up classes by completing a series of challenges. Things start out easy – deploy five potato mines, kill three plants with rockets – but more specific challenges distract players from what's best for the match and make leveling up a pain. Killing two scientist zombies with a sun beam or shooting down three garlic drones seems easy enough, but what if the other team isn't using those characters? I went entire matches making zero progress with characters simply because the right elements weren't on the battlefield. Some challenges are downright devious; spawning five conehead zombies first requires you to buy consumable card packs until you randomly receive enough of them to complete the challenge. Luckily, you unlock all of the abilities for a class in the first few levels anyway, so you can abandon the progression scheme after that.

    Before the tedium set in, I had fun with Garden Warfare. Spending a few hours with the accessible combat and charming world was entertaining, but the random card packs and achievement-style leveling system killed my desire to keep playing. Garden Warfare's simplified gameplay and limited map selection can only entertain for so long – without rewarding progression, there's no carrot (or brain) at the end of the stick.


    Photo: A SMRT passenger who was unable to take it in any longer.

    by Wan Dan Liao, Straight Times

    Singapore - More than 250,000 commuters were stranded in SMRT train stations yesterday evening (7 Jul) when a power outage caused the shutdown of the entire North-South-East-West line.

    It is the first time that services the entire North-South-East-West line broken down at the same time. This is possibly the worst MRT breakdown Singapore has experienced.

    Initial investigations suspected a faulty train could have triggered the power surge which led to the massive breakdown.

    SMRT insiders have informed ST that the public listed company have convened a board meeting late last night and approved plans to purchase 154 diesel-powered trains to replace the current fleet of aging trains and resolve electrical power lines issue that has plagued SMRT for years.

    According to tender documents ST has received, the diesel-powered trains will be six carriages long with five passenger cabins. The last carriage carries more than 900 liters of liquid diesel fuel that could last the train for close to 3 days.

    ST got in touch with SMRT Corp's Commuters Moving Group Director Mr Ma Sai di who acknowledged the ambitious S$122.5 million plan.

    "We have to do it," Mr Ma said wearily. "Our primary concern is ensuring we keep moving people and enhance their lives."

    When asked if this would affect future transport fares, Mr Ma declined to comment and directed the query to Public Transport Council, the government-linked body that regulates public transport fees.

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    Tama the stationmaster was a well known sight to visitors at the Kishi railway station in Western Japan. Hired in 2007, she was appointed as stationmaster in 2007 and received her very own stationmaster's uniform - a cap and a jacket. Sitting quietly at the gates to Kishi railway station, she would greet and see off passengers to the station diligently everyday like most stationmasters would.

    But Tama was no ordinary stationmaster - she was a cat. Her "service" to Kishi railway station soon became world famous.

    Legend has it that Tama drew in enough curious tourists and passengers to the station that her employer went from near-bankrupt to profitable. Tourism flourished and even the local economy in Tama's town felt the effects of her popularity.

    On 22nd June last Sunday, Tama passed away in hospital of heart failure. After her death, Tama's employers held a short Shinto-style funeral at the station where she served, where Shinto priests elevated Tama to a "goddess".

    Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her "service", and said Tama would be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine next month.

    “Tama-chan really emerged like a savior, a goddess. It was truly my honor to have been able to work with her,” Kojima said in eulogy to the cat.

    During her tenure, Tama had contributed an estimated 1.1 billion yen ($8.9 million) to the local economy.

    Kojima said that when he visited Tama at an animal hospital the day before she died, the cat woke up and reached out to him with her paws, as if asking for a hug, and looked straight into his eyes. He said he told Tama to get well so they can celebrate the cat’s upcoming 10th anniversary as a stationmaster, and said the cat responded with a “meow.”

    Tama had climbed the corporate ladder from stationmaster to “ultra-stationmaster” and vice president of the company before receiving the additional title Sunday of “honorable eternal stationmaster.”

    She will be succeeded by another calico cat, Nitama, now an apprentice stationmaster.

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              Scientists invent Neural Lace        
    Scientists have invented a flexible electronic mesh which can be injected into the brain of a mouse. Once injected the mesh unfurls and meshes with the mouse's brain. Neural nets of this kind have appeared in such famous works as William Gibson's Neuromancer, Larry Niven's Known Space and Episode 41 of the 1986 cartoon series The Centurions
              BRAIN Initiative        
    President Obama recently announced a big new effort to map and understand the human brain. What are we trying to learn about our brains? One thing we will earn is how our brains are structured, "not this well-organized hierarchical control system where everything is in order." Another is how much of mental illness is shaped by experience and society, as opposed to chemical or structural factors. What do we already know about our brains? 12 Things We Know About How The Brain Works. And we know that unconcious processing improves decision-making. That brain structure may be linked to placebo response. And that unconcious brains can read and do math. We know a little bit more about how the brain responds to addiction. And we know that "genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms" in childhood can have permanent ill effects. We think that differences in our brain reflect political differences. But we know that a lot of pop neuroscience is bollocks. What could we do with new information? Could we reverse-engineer AI? Manipulate our brains, neuron-by-neuron? Make better soldiers? Or record dreams? Or activate neurons with light? Or make better, crowdsourced brain maps? Neurotechnology, Social Control, And Revolution
    In our neuro-centric world-view, a person is equated to his brain. The neuro-discourse has penetrated all aspects of our lives from law to politics to literature to medicine to physics. As part of this neuro-revolution, huge military funding is supporting neuro-scientific research; a huge body of basic knowledge on memory, belief formation, cognition and sensory modalities has been gathered over years, with fieldslike social neuroscience, cultural neuroscience, neuroeconomics and neuromarketing has emerging to improve our lifestyle; neurotechnological know-how from wireless non invasive technologies to neuroelectronic interfaces is exponentially advancing; and neurotechnology business reports indicates the rapid increase in neurotechnological start ups and the willingness of bringing neurotechnological products to the market. In my opinion, all the aforementioned indicators indicate that neurotechnology can be potentially used to control social dynamics.

              New Study of Student Athletes with Persisting Concussion Symptoms Shows Improvement following High-resolution, Relational, Resonance-based, Electroencephalic Mirroring (HIRREM)        
    A small pilot study of male and female high school- and college-age athletes found improvement in persisting post-concussion symptoms after undergoing High-resolution, relational, resonance-based, electroencephalic mirroring (HIRREM®).
              Comment on Si te blesh dhe te shesesh ne internet (Online) me paypal apo karte krediti by Ilverso        
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              Una vez aparecen en morder uñas        
    Conducen a más tensión y un problema de tensión adicional de la función. Cómo dejar de morderse las uñas con un solo usted está empleado su cabeza, utilizando otro ha cuerpo y posee igualmente un gran efecto en la disminución de nuestras gamas de tensión. Es porque el momento que pusiste los dedos a la boca, usted conseguirá el inesperado estilo terrible y podrá rechazar le mucho que simplemente no necesita morder tus uñas más de largo.

    Permite comenzar con el acto de colocación de la uña o dedo dentro de la boca, en el caso que se imagina que no es pobre, detener, reflexionar para el segundo. Otra vez se siente ansioso o presionado, participar en tener una bola de tensión o distraer a las palmas con otra cosa que es ciertamente reconfortante y no va a sostenerte en el borde de su asiento.

    Desencadenar una reacción corporal perjudicial, dicen, ajustar una banda elástica versus la muñeca cada vez que atrapes, podría apoyarle para detener la rutina. Todavía será mejor si usted podría conseguir pero otro clavo mordiendo buddy para evitar morder demasiado, de esta manera es posible ayudar a inspirar a cada uno de los demás y conjuntamente son capaces de dividir la práctica.

    Son capaces de utilizar un esmalte amargo en lo que sigue siendo de sus respectivos clavos. Así que ahora no suelen incluso tratar y asesorar a este pensamiento no se pudo realizar en su caso, simplemente porque eres un miembro de la douleur de la uña morder la cultura.Desnuda tonos de esmalte de uñas se ofrecen a su disposición que le apoyará con este tipo de problema.

    Debido a que no ha habido ahora bordes duros para tentarme, podía preservarlos prolongada con cabo mordisqueando los pedacitos difíciles, además pude pintarlos en bastante esmalte de uñas que creó también parecen totalmente no las uñas que me había mordido anteriormente. Numerosos pinzas cortantes de uñas están inclinados a pensar que morder las uñas no es negativa para ellos. Hipnosis obliga a considerar la gestión y dividir sus comportamientos.

    El daño comienza a ocurrir cuando uña de tipos tan modesta, morderlo daña cerca por carne, provocando dolor, o en un casos peor montón, sangrado. La altura de los hábitos es generalmente evidente en el momento de la pubertad. Al final encontrará algunos uso funcional en la mercancía de belleza costoso llamada esmalte de uñas del dedo.

    Desnuda tonos de esmalte de uñas se ofrecen a su disposición que le apoyará con este tipo de dilema. Morderse las uñas es con frecuencia tiempo una rutina ansiosa, algo que haces una vez incluso un poco ansioso de emoción.

     Obviamente, no es sólo las uñas breves, desagradables y desfiguradas le preocupa porque su vida propia y experta ha ya sido negativamente afectada, también. A mi hermana del estado que crecí Mostrar desagrado por lo estaba considerablemente de un eufemismo y seguramente era bastante racking que reside en una casa donde argumentos terminaron una función día a día, y una persona fue casi generalmente en lágrimas como un resultado de la final de la conducta de nuestro padre.

    El clavo morder es realmente un hábitos que sin duda está también situados en animales, particularmente de cachorros, demostrando un estado de histeria. ¿Se debe mantener sus uñas caza saludable, es considerablemente menos probablemente a morderlos.

    El propósito de la es siempre a poco a poco conseguir su auto apagado la práctica sin producir modificaciones drásticas, obviamente sus uñas se buscar algo extraño junto con los crecimientos de uñas irregulares, pero se adhieren a cabo ya que probablemente se valorarlo.

    Clavo morder es mucho menos de los síntomas de ansiedad o problemas psicológicos y aún más de su rutina pobre que ha se ha incubado al inconsciente por encima de varios años. Su generalmente popular método de gestión particulares interiores pensamientos, sentimientos, problemas, circunstancias o situación.

    Después de empleados el empujador de cutícula dentro la manicura establecido presionar mis cutículas en términos podría. Conseguir una botella de sistema de uñas amargas que está específicamente formulado para ayudar a igualmente jóvenes y ancianos, dividir el comportamiento penetrante de uñas.

    El primer proceso para terminar el clavo mordiendo hábitos va a ser para determinar las actividades reales y además situaciones durante el cual es una inclinación a morder las uñas. El más sencillo 1 conseguir un clavo transparente polaco que su área con sus uñas.

     Lamentablemente, sufrió numerosos problemas de salud, problemas coronarios del corazón, un coágulo a la mente, enfermedad de Parkinson, gota y así sucesivamente. El objetivo sería cambiar el comportamiento de morder las uñas con una particular que es mucho más constructivo. Clavo afilado y uñas arte no sólo es emocionante, pero muy inventiva al mismo tiempo.

    Un número de personas como yoga, que también es un excelente ejercicio físico. También normalmente se logra cuando estás aburrido de lo contrario no tienes nada para llevar a cabo.

    El clavo morder sanar que llevará a cabo en su caso será diferente, Considerando que no haya clavos morder el método de tratamiento funciona exactamente de la misma manera para todos. Dañados los poros y la piel con la cutícula – un uñero – pueden resultar contaminados cuando indebidamente eliminados así como el lugar que alrededor de las uñas pueden volverse rojo y angustiante. La mayoría de las personas que están tratando de detener el clavo morder con la electricidad de su voluntad por sí mismo Descubra en sus propias apropiado dentro de la práctica de rutinariamente.

    En caso de estar sin duda una mujer es posible pintar las uñas y también tienen el objetivo de intentar parecer bueno el fin de semana. Dividir la rutina justo antes de que los dedos se rompen significativamente.

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              Candy Jelly Watch        
    Electronic LED Touch Candy Jelly Watch You save 46% off the regular price of $30.00, plus free shipping 1, press button A for 3 second to enter to set hour mode, then press button A for one second to set hour;2, after setting hour, press button A f
              CD-i 180 internals        
    In the previous post I promised some ROM and chip finds. Well, here goes. To understand some of the details, you'll need some microprocessor and/or digital electronics knowledge, but even without that the gist of the text should be understandable.

    The CDI 181 MMC unit contains the so-called Maxi-MMC board that is not used in any other CD-i player. Its closest cousin is the Mini-MMC board that is used in the CD-i 605 and CD-i 220 F1 players (a derivative of it is used in the CD-i 350/360 players).

    The Mini-MMC board uses two 68HC05 slave processors for CD and pointing device control (they are usually called SERVO and SLAVE). The Maxi-MMC board does not have these chips, but it does have two PCF80C21 slave processors labeled RSX and TRANSDUCER that perform similar functions.

    From their locations on the board I surmise that the RSX performs CD control functions; I know for sure that the TRANSDUCER performs only pointing device control. The latter is connected to the main 68070 processor via an I2C bus (I've actually traced the connections); I'm not completely sure yet about the RSX.

    In order to emulate the pointing devices in CD-i Emulator, I had to reverse engineer the I2C protocol spoken by the TRANSDUCER chip; this was mostly a question of disassembling the "ceniic" and "periic" drivers in the ROM. The first of these is the low-level driver that serves as the common control point for the I2C bus; the second is the high-level driver that is instantiated separately for each type of pointing device. The ROMs support three such devices: /cdikeys, /ptr and /ptr2, corresponding to the player control keys and first and second pointing devices (the first pointing device is probably shared between the infrared remote sensor and the left pointing device port). Both pointing devices support absolute (e.g. touchpad) as well as relative (e.g. mouse) positioning.

    Note that there is no built-in support for a CD-i keyboard or modem (you could use a serial port for this purpose).

    However, knowing the I2C protocol does not tell me the exact protocol of the pointing devices, which therefore brings me no closer to constructing a "pointing device" that works with the two front panel MiniDIN-9 connectors. Note that these connectors are physically different from the MiniDIN 8 pointing device connectors used on most other CD-i players. According to the Philips flyers, these connectors have 6 (presumably digital) input signals and a "strobe" (STB) output signal. From the signal names I can make some educated guesses about the probable functions of the signals, but some quick tests with the BTN1 and BTN2 inputs did not pan out and it could be too complicated to figure out without measurement of a connected and working pointing device.

    There is, however, also an infrared remote sensor that is supposed to expect the RC5 infrared signal protocol. This protocol supports only 2048 separate functions (32 groups of 64 each) so it should not be impossible to figure out, given a suitably programmable RC5 remote control or in the best case a PC RC5 adapter. I've been thinking about building one of the latter.

    There is also a third possibility of getting a working pointing device. Although the case label of the front MiniDIN 8 connecter is "CONTROL", the Philips flyers label it "IIC" which is another way of writing "I2C", although they don't give a pinout of the port. It seems plausible that the connector is connected to the I2C bus of the 68070, although I haven't been able to verify that yet (the multimeter finds no direct connections except GND, so some buffering must be involved). If there is indeed a connection, I would be able to externally connect to that bus and send and receive the I2C bus commands that I've already reverse engineered.

    If even this doesn't work, I can always connect directly to the internal I2C bus, but that involves running three wires from inside the player to outside and I'm not very keen on that (yet, anyway).

    Now, about the (so far) missing serial port. There is a driver for the 68070 on-chip UART in the ROMs (the u68070 driver which is accessible via the /t2 device), and the boot code actually writes a boot message to it (CD-i Emulator output):
      PHILIPS CD-I 181 - ROM version 23rd January, 1992.
    Using CD_RTOS kernel edition $53 revison $00
    At first I thought that the UART would be connected to the "CONTROL" port on the front, but that does not appear to be the case. Tonight I verified (by tracing PCB connections with my multimeter) that the 68070 serial pins are connected to the PCB connector on the right side (they go through a pair of SN75188/SN75189 chips and some protection resistors; these chips are well-known RS232 line drivers/receivers). I even know the actual PCB pins, so if I can find a suitable 100-pins 0.01" spaced double edge print connector I can actually wire up the serial port.

    Now for the bad news, however: the ROMs do not contain a serial port download routine. They contain a host of other goodies (more below) but not this particular beast. There is also no pointing device support for this port, contrary to all other players, so connecting up the serial port would not immediately gain me anything, I still need a working pointing device to actually start a CD-i disc…

    There are no drivers for other serial ports in the ROMs, but the boot code does contain some support for a UART chip at address $340001 (probably a 68681 DUART included in the CDI 182 unit which I don't have). The support, however, is limited to the output of boot messages although the ROMs will actually prefer this port over the 68070 on-chip device if they find it.

    As is to be expected from a development and test player, there is an elaborate set of boot options, but they can only be used if the ROMs contain the signature "IMS-TC" at byte offset $400 (the ROMs in my player contains FF bytes at these locations). And even then the options prompt will not appear unless you press the space bar on your serial terminal during player reset.

    However, adding a -bootprompt option that handles both the signature and the space bar press to CD-i Emulator was not hard, and if you use that option with the 180 ROMs the following appears when resetting the player:
      PHILIPS CD-I 181 - ROM version 23rd January, 1992.

    A-Z = change option : <BSP> = clear options : <RETURN> = Boot Now

    Boot options:- BQRS
    As specified, you can change the options by typing letters and pressing Enter will start the boot process with the specified options.

    From disassembling the boot code of the ROMs I've so far found the following options:

    D = Download/Debug
    F = Boot from Floppy
    L = Apply options and present another options prompt (Loop)
    M = Set NTSC Monitor mode
    P = Set PAL mode
    S = Set NTSC/PAL mode from switch
    T = Set NTSC mode
    W = Boot from SCSI disk (Winchester)

    It could be that there's also a C option, and I've as yet not found any implementations of the Q and R options that the ROMs include in the default, but they could be hidden in OS-9 drivers instead of the boot code.

    Once set, the options are saved in NVRAM at address $313FE0 as default for prompts during subsequent reboots, they are not used for reboots where the option prompt is not invoked.

    Options D, F and W look interesting, but further investigation leads to the conclusion that they are mostly useless without additional hardware.

    Pressing lower-case D followed by Enter / Enter results in the following:
    Boot options:- BQRSd
    Boot options:- BDQRS
    Enter size of download area in hex - just RETURN for none
    called debugger

    Rel: 00000000
    Dn: 00000000 0000E430 0007000A 00000000 00000000 00000001 FFFFE000 00000000
    An: 00180B84 00180570 00313FE0 00410000 00002500 00000500 00001500 000014B0
    SR: 2704 (--S--7-----Z--) SSP: 000014B0 USP: 00000000
    PC: 00180D2E - 08020016 btst #$0016,d2
    One might think that entering a download size would perform some kind of download (hopefully via the serial port) but that is not the case. The "download" code just looks at location $2500 in RAM that's apparently supposed to be already filled (presumably via an In-Circuit Emulator or something like it).

    However, invoking the debugger is interesting in itself. It looks like the Microware low-level RomBug debugger that is described in the Microware documentation, although I haven't found it in any other CD-i players. One could "download" data with the change command:
    debug: c0
    00000000 00 : 1
    00000001 00 : 2
    00000002 15 : 3
    00000003 00 :
    Not very userfriendly but it could be done. The immediate catch is that it doesn't work with unmodified ROMs because of the "IMS-TC" signature check!

    Trying the F option results in the following:
    Boot options:- BQRSf
    Boot options:- BFQRS
    Booting from Floppy (WD 179x controller) - Please wait
    This, however, needs the hardware in the CDI 182 set (it lives at $330001). I could emulate that in CD-i Emulator of course, but there's no real point at this time. It is interesting to note that the floppy controller in the CD-i 605 (which I haven't emulated either at this point) is a DP8473 which is register compatible with the uPD765A used in the original IBM PC but requires a totally different driver (it also lives at a different memory address, namely $282001).

    Finally, trying the W options gives this:
    Boot options:- BQRSw
    Boot options:- BQRSW
    Booting from RODIME RO 650 disk drive (NCR 5380 SCSI) - Please wait
    Exception Error, vector offset $0008 addr $00181908
    Fatal System Error; rebooting system
    The hardware is apparently supposed to live at $410000 and presumably emulatable; it's identical or at least similar to the DP5380 chip that is found on the CD-i 605 extension board where it lives at $AA0000).

    Some other things that I've found out:

    The CDI 181 unit has 8 KB of NVRAM but it does not use the M48T08 chip that's in all other Philips players, it's just a piece of RAM that lives at $310000 (even addresses only) and is supported by the "nvdrv" driver via the /nvr device.

    In the CD-i 180 player the timekeeping functions are instead performed by a RICOH RP5C15 chip, the driver is appropriately called "rp5c15".

    And there is a separate changeable battery inside the case; no "dead NVRAM" problems with this player! I don't know when the battery in my player was last changed but at the moment it's still functioning and had not lost the date/time when I first powered it on just over a week ago.

    The IC CARD slot at the front of the player is handled like just another piece of NVRAM; it uses the same "nvdrv" driver but a different device: /icard. According to the device descriptor it can hold 32 KB of data, I would love to have one of those!
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              This is what privatisation did to Australia's household electricity bills        

    When three eastern and one southern state formed the National Electricity Market in December 1998 Australia had the lowest retail prices in the world along with the United States and Canada.

    The rules which underpin this National Electricity Market are created by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) set up by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) - through the COAG Energy Council - for that purpose and to advise federal & state governments on how best to develop energy markets over time.

    The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) sets the amount of revenue that network businesses can recover from customers for using networks (electricity poles and wires and gas pipelines) that transport energy.

    So far so good. There's a defined market and there are rules.

    Then the privatisation of electricity supply and infrastructure began in earnest.

    It should come as no surprise that this push towards full privatisation, with its downhill spiral in service delivery and uphill climb in cost to retail customers, began and was progressed during the term of Liberal Prime Minister John Howard.

    By 2017 the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government has almost completed its three-stage privatisation of state power infrastructure by selling off poles and wires and, it goes without saying that the retail cost of electricity is expected to rise again next year.

    This is where we stand today……………………

    [Graphs in Financial Review, 4 August 2017]
    The Financial Review, 4 Augut 2017:

    The annual cost to households of accepting a standing offer from one of the big three retailers instead of the best offer in the market has been estimated at $830 in Victoria, $900 in Queensland and $1400-$1500 in NSW and SA by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

    Mr Mountain said power bills are constructed in such a complex way that ordinary customers without sophisticated spreadsheet and analytical skills have little hope of analysing competing offers to work out which offers them the best deal.

    Private comparison websites do not include all market offers and charge retailers for switching customers, while the websites offered by the Australian Energy Regulator and the Victorian government do not provide the tools customers need to discriminate among offers.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to conduct an inquiry into electricity supply, costs and pricing, including retail pricing.

    The Treasurer should have a preliminary report from the ACCC in his hands by the end of September this year, however this body does not submit a final report until 30 June 2018 with no guarantee that any recommendations will be adopted by government and industry.

    Quite frankly, it appears the privatisation train left the platform some time ago and there is no way to halt or divert it in order to genuinely benefit household consumers.

              Windswept Meadows and Mermaid Vibes        
    Having fallen fully in love with Topshop's Snake Valley collection, I have been filled lately with the desire to throw on a fringed kimono over a tye-dye tee, add heaps of sparkling turquoise jewels and gold gypsy- style chains, shake down my hair, dance through the pine-scented forests and run in open fields beneath a flaming pink sky. This seems like a perfect plan, apart from a few teeeeny drawbacks. Firstly, the sky here is currently more of a dark, menacing grey or just an open, freezing white than flaming pink, and I don't think there are any pine forests in my neck of the woods, and if there are , the air is not warm and summery and sweetly scented. It's more icy cold and full of those little flecks which you're not quite sure weather are rain, snow, or something in between. Here lies my problem. My head is full of warmth, summer rain, bare feet in the sand and dream catcher earrings. The English weather,on the other hand, calls more for wooly hats, scarves and furs. Oh-and don't forget brollies. If it rains in the summer while you're camping by the sea, you can just stroll through the downpour, (in theory) letting the pretty rain drops fall all around you, adding to the wavy beachy-ness of your tousled do. If it rains in winter, however, you simply freeze.

    So, to avoid this problem (sort of), I decided that I could work the look with added layers of knitwear, my fur coat, chunky winter boots and black opaques. Therefore, I decided to treat myself to a new outfit from Topshop's Snake Valley collection, which I can wear in the summer but which can also be styled up for colder weather. Another thing I've been dying to try for a while now is coloured streaks in my hair. I used to wear pink spray-in streaks when I was fifteen and I loved it, and have always secretly hoped I'd be able to rock them again one day without looking like a fifteen-year old circa 2004. Just lately, colourful cartoon-esque wigs have been seen on everyone from Katy Perry to Nikki Minaj, and coloured streaks were worn in the models' hair in the Topshop SS 11 campaign. Not to mention my beautiful friend Bee, who has been working electric blue streaks for as long as I've known her, and has now moved on to shocking purple (you go girl!) Every time I see a new celeb rocking a bright colbolt wig or pastel pink do, I fall in love with the look a hundred times more. I decided that my favourite colour, pink, wouldn't quite work with my red hair (although I will still give it a try!), so I decided on blue as the perfect compliment for my amber locks. Today, I headed straight for boots to buy my 'Azure Blue' coloured hairspray. Yay!     

    Just to make me adore this look even more- to me, blue and green ocean hues worn in beachy, mussed- up hair scream 'mermaid'. Ever since I can remember, I have always had a strong fascination with these imaginary beauties of the sea, and have always been enthralled by the ocean. It may have started with Disney's 'A Little Mermaid.' Nothing can inspire me quite the way the ocean can- the sound, the smell, the atmosphere that seems to hang around it, it's hypnotic, compelling, powerful beauty. Being near the sea makes me want to write about it, paint it, draw it, take pictures of it...and basically just become a mermaid. But seriously, I once read a book when I was eleven, called 'Daughter of the Sea', by Berlie Doherty. I found it in the year six book box at school, and fell in love with the first line. It begins: 'My tale is of the sea.' Wow. STILL gives me chills. Anyway, I hungrily devoured the book within a matter of hours and begged my mum to buy it for me, which she did. I still read it every few years. The story is about a little girl who is a Selke- a seal who can shed her silken skin and walk upon the land as a human. However, the sea will always run in her veins. Selke's feel the very ebb and flow of the tide within them, whenever they are on land, they long with all their hearts for the sea. One night, a childless fisherman, caught in a hideous storm, sees a baby in the water, thinking she must have come from a wreaked ship, and that she will surely be dead. The man fishes the child from the sea, finding that she is alive and well, and takes her home to his barren wife.  The wife is overcome with joy, and together they raise the sea-child as if she were their own, always afraid that one day the sea will claim her back. They name her Gioga, after the name of a sea-princess from a folk-tale. The narrative is woven with local myths and stories and tales of the sea in the far North of England, and the language itself seems to imitate the rushing sound of the tide, and whisper to you of shells and ships and Selkes and ship-wreaks. Ever since then, the sea has lived inside my head. The haunting tales and startling imagery of jagged black rocks and ferocious towers of sea spray  have stayed with me, and are called instantly to mind when ever I am near to the ocean. Seriously, EVERYONE should read this book.

    Anyway, before I go any more off tangent, I think that blue-streaked, mythical hair really adds a mermaid-y, sea-princess vibe to the snake valley look, and gives it that little touch of under-water magic. Here are some photos which capture the blue hair/mermaid vibe I am SO into right now:
        Katy Perry
    STUNNING picture that I found when I googled 'mermaids'.
    Amber Rose carries off the trend with a hip-hop edge
    Serious mermaid vibes. Oh GaGa, how I adore you.
    The oh-so-fabulous Nicki Minaj. She amazes me with both her music and her style.
    Found this when I googled 'blue hair.' Wow. Words cannot describe...

    I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this look. Am I brave enough to try it..? Hm, maybe only in celeb-land!

    My gorgeous friend Bee!

    So, moving on, here are some pics of me modeling the Snake-Valley/ mermaid look in a local park/woodland area. To my extreme happiness, my boyfriend has just bought an amazing new camera, as I've wanted a really decent camera to take professional pictures for this blog for absolutely forever. Unfortunately, neither of us knows the first thing about photography or how to use this amazing camera at the moment- but we are going to try and find out. We're hoping to take a short photography course, and still need to attack the manual (which is like a textbook) so please forgive the extreme amateur-ness of these photos- I just couldn't wait to give it a go and have an experiment! I hope you like them!

    Love and kisses, The Porcelain Princess xxx
              You Stole My Heart At Seventeen...The Story of a Vintage Love Affair        
    Stepping into the treasure trove, you pause for a moment to take it all in. All around you are rails upon rails of odd, unevenly placed garments, shelves and shelves of battered, elegantly pointed shoes and heaps of quilted handbags in all the colours of the rainbow. Immediately you are hit with that musty, faded smell which is simultaneously stale and yet somehow strangely comforting- like the soft, enveloping smell of a beloved Grandapent's home that isn't unpleasant and yet, unmistakeably signifies 'oldness'. You move deeper into the dustiness of the shop, running your hands over the rows of hanging fabric, scanning the room for those glints of sparkle or pops of print, the ones that catch your eye and flirt with it outrageously, twinkling or calling at you to touch them, hold them, try them against your skin in the mirror- just to see. You run your hands over age-yellowed lace with delicately scalloped edges, fondle the fronds of the flowing fabric of a 1950s prom dress, feast your eyes on cute-as-a-button pearl embellishment...Welcome to the world of vintage shopping.

        The first vintage item I ever bought was a little red printed sundress from Peekaboo Vintage at Topshop, when I was seventeen, about to turn eighteen. It was sixty five pounds, and it was from the Topshop in Bromley, when the store had only just moved to its new location, and they had one rail on the top floor of vintage clothes. It was my first encounter with vintage, and I fell in love with the uniqueness of the items right away. I thought that the dress was expensive, and it took a big chunk out of the holiday allowance that my mum had given me for my first holiday away with my boyfriend. But I didn't care. I had to have it, and it was worth every single penny. I still wear it every summer to this day.

    At the time, the high-street was overflowing with smock- tops and empire line dresses. I'd searched high and low, but for the life of me, could not find a summer top or dress that didn't make me look like I was pregnant. (For the record, I'm not personally a fan of the empire-line). I was desperate, I mean DESPERATE for a dress that cinched in at the waist. Since the revival of waisted belts in 2005, something which I had never encountered before in my life-time, I had fallen in love with the idea of defining my waist. There was always the option of belting a smock with a waisted belt, but it didn't achieve that cute but sexy 1950's hourglass shape that I was after. When I found the row of Peekaboo Vintage clothes, I felt like I'd stumbled upon a little piece of heaven. Ok, so the clothes were pricey, but they were beautiful. They came in all sorts of wacky colours, cutesy prints and figure- enhancing shapes that I'd never really seen anywhere else on the highstreet. These clothes were funky; they were edgy, and best of all, they were just different.

    I will never forget the feeling that I had that day after trying on that dress, of milling around Topshop, picking out colourful neon holiday pieces (I was in love with the nu-rave look, and had just discovered electric blue), with the little red sundress flung over my arm. I felt like I'd discovered a hidden gem; I had finally found a dress that showed off my waist and no one else in the whole wide world had the exact same one. None of my friends owned anything like it, and I knew that it would make me feel like a pin-up amid a sea of identical smock dresses. As I picked out the rest of my holiday wardrobe with the money I had over, I could smell my new pink Johnson's 24 hour moisture hand cream. To this day, when I smell that hand cream, I am seventeen about to turn eighteen again, browsing the rails in Topshop in Bromley, an array of colourful clothes hanging off of each arm, and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world because I am about to be whisked off on my first grown-up holiday with my first proper boyfriend.

    Since that day, my love of vintage has just grown and grown. I've learned a lot about it too- what suits me, where to shop, and what kind of price I should be paying (you wouldn't catch me paying 65 quid for a cheaply-made sundress these days!) There is something so satisfying about going into a shop and digging out an undiscovered beauty that nobody else has noticed yet, hiding beneath a pile of musty old scarves in the 'everything for a fiver' bin. I am aware of the argument that these days, whilst vintage dressing was originally  a reaction against mass-produced clothing and mainstream style, it has now become so popular and on-trend that it has started to become mainstream in itself. However, I would argue that, whilst you might get girls walking around in Brick Lane with a similar sense of style- no two outfits are ever the same. I don't care what you say about the way vintage lovers dress- you'll never see someone in an identical dress/coat/skirt/top walking past you in the street, or see someone who has put their outfit together in exactly the same way you have. That's another thing- girls you see in East London who dress in vintage are so much more experimental with their hair and makeup, that everyone has such a totally outlandish and unique look.

    What's more- vintage clothing is so varied and spans so many decades, that it allows you to be so much more creative in the way you put it together. You can go for a top-to-toe vintage look which perfectly emulates the style of a specific decade, mix vintage pieces together from different decades to totally put your own spin on the look, or mix vintage with high-street and/or designer pieces.

    To be honest though, I think what appeals to me most about vintage is that it proves that clothes aren't just clothes, as so many people think. All of the clothes that you buy have a story behind them, and vintage clothes especially, because not only do they have your story behind them, but they also have someone else's story before you. Everything in my wardrobe has a story. Everything is special. Maybe it's just me with my romantic ways, sentimentalizing the clothes, and maybe it's because I am a writer and a lover of stories...but it's why I just can't bring myself to throw away the stacks of rainbow-hued, high heeled shoes I have mouldering away in a drawer under my bed. They are all hideously outdated now, not to mention battered and worn, and are actually about a fraction of the height of the heels I wear now (no one embraced the birth of the sky-scraper like I did!) But I can never throw them away. To me, they represent my acceptance of being tall and being proud of it for the first time in my life. Each pair has it's own special story.  It's like a little piece of the magic I felt when I wore them is still encased within each pair, like the magic in Dorothy's ruby slippers. They represent a time of happiness, a time of freedom, friendship, sixth form parties, underage drinking at Amadeus nightclub and hair extensions...I have a whole drawer of ruby slippers, and I can't ever throw that away.  

    So, now that I've won you over to the joys of vintage, let me take you on a little account of my recent vintage adventures...

    I recently payed a little visit to my favourite vintage shop, Rokit, which is pricey for vintage, but has such an amazing collection of pieces that you don't even have to rifle through to find something decent. I like to think of Rokit as vintage shopping made easy. I get generally the same feeling in there that I do in Topshop and Urban Outfitters, that I love EVERYTHING on the rails and want to take it all home...

     Outside the Covent Garden store

        Inside one of the Brick Lane stores
    Moi, showing off my bags of purchases outside the Covent Garden Store way back in the lovely summer (God, I'd actually forgotten what sunshine looked like!)

    So here's what I bought: an amazingly sweet white/cream summer dress which enables me to work the all-white trend I wrote about in my last post (plus- it was only £16 in the sale!), a cute headscarf and a faded green blouse.

    Here I am rocking the scarf and blouse! I wore it to uni today.
    I actually wanted to wear this outfit with sheer black tights- maybe patterned- with little beige ankle socks, and with the blouse knotted, but it's WAY too cold for thin leg coverage and midriff-exposure, so I had to settle for the tucked in option and the good old black opaques. Sigh.

    After my Rokit rendezvous, I popped into Urban Outfitters and found this AMAAAZING book on how to do vintage hairstyles! I snapped it up immediately.
    How amazing is this book?! I actually feel like it was made for me. Watch this space for 40's victory rolls and 50's peekaboo waves!

    After that. I set off home back to Orpington and headed straight for one of the charity shops in the Highstreet I'd popped into a few days before after work. I'd seen an adorable little cream lace blouse in there which was only FOUR POUNDS. It was another one of those things that I saw, left, and then couldn't stop thinking about! I wore it to my night out on Friday to an uber-trendy bar in Brick Lane, called 93 Feet East. What do you think?
    Blouse: Charity shop in Orpington Highstreet
    Skirt: Topshop
    Ankle Boots: Miss Selfridge
    Belt: Vintage from Rokit
    Bag: Charity shop in Orpington Highstreet
    Eyelashes: Mac
    Fur coat: Vintage from Ebay.

    To add to my brilliant day of shopping, I even discovered another gorgeous little vintage-esque blouse in the charity shop which I'd failed to notice before! It was just as cute as some of the blouses I'd seen in Rokit (all £20) but this one was THREE POUNDS! Now is that a bargain or what? Plus, it's for a good cause :-)
    Here it is:
    I'm still totally obsessed with ice-cream shades in muted tones as a way to ease my wardrobe into Sping, so when I saw this vintage blouse for only a fiver in Beehive today, I snapped it up:
    It may not look like much here, but trust me, once I've styled it up, this will look adorable :-)

    I hope you enjoyed the story of how my heart was stolen by a vintage dress, and why I've never looked back....

    love and kisses,
    The Porcelain Princess xoxo
              I got love for you, if you were born in the 80s...        
    I was...although only just! This is just a quick post really, to update you with the outfit I've been rocking all week! Anyone that is familiar with the way I dress probably knows that I'm huuugely into oversized 80s knitwear. In fact, I am just hugely into the 80s full stop. It's one of my favorite decades, along with the 40s and 50s. I love the ladylike elegance of the 40s and the sexy pin up style of the 50s, but you just can't beat the 80s for pure fashion fun. I love the way that in the 80s, everything was just thrown together in such a crazy, OTT way, so that you could mix lace, neon brights, gym wear, pearls, sequins, tutus, corsets, shoulder pads, stonewashed denim, leopard print, metallics, ruching- and then top it all off with bright pink lips,electric blue eyeshadow and a perm! Not that you'll catch me rocking the perm look, (or the blue eyes and pink lips combo!) but I think a lot of the aspects of 80s style were pretty cool, and I love the look of 80s vintage clothes combined with the benefits of modern day makeup and hair styling, which make the whole look more sleek and fresh! I've heard the 80s described as the decade that style forgot- but I prefer to think of it as the decade that the rule book was thrown out of the window! I guess I just love the fun and boldness of it all- I love any look that makes you stand out from the crowd and that allows you to make a statement.
                                                        I loved Carrie and Samantha's 80s looks in the flashback scenes  in                                                  SATC2- especially Carrie's Madonna inspired look!

    I also really love the exaggerated proportions of wearing something really oversized like a baggy 80s jumper contrasted with something skin-tight on the bottom half, like leggings, jeggings, a bodycon skirt or tiny hotpants. A very unlikely film that really made me fall head over heels for this look was 'Little Voice', something my mum randomly got me to watch when it was on TV. The film was set in the 80s (I think!), and it was the main character's wickedly hilarious mother, Mari Hoff, that stole the show for me, character and style-wise. Her character is a total bitch- she's mouthy, gloriously tacky and basically meant to be a bit of an 'old trollop,' as my mum would say! The actress, Brenda Blethyn,  plays it so so brilliantly. Mari is one of those hilarious characters that you can't help but love- she's funny and fun to watch, even though she can be totally selfish and vulgar. I also couldn't help but fall in love with her array of over-sized, patterned baggy knits worn belted over leggings, gaudy sequined tops and leopard print pieces. The look is clearly meant to be a bit 'mutton dressed as lamb', but I totally loved the outfits and could seriously see myself rocking them! The film was actually released in 1998, but I'm pretty sure it must have been set in the 80s, although I can't find anything on the net that actually says when it's set.

    I now have a pretty expansive collection of baggy vintage jumpers and cardis from the 80s, but here is my latest purchase, the green jumper that I mentioned in my last post that I got from Beehive. I've been wearing it all week!

                 Jumper: Vintage
                 Bag: Vintage
                 Skirt: Topshop
                 Boots: Urban Outfitters

    I hope you like it! Please feel free to comment and tell me what you think :-)

    lots of love,
    The Porcelain Princess
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              Wifi Password Hack v2.3.2 Latest        
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    How to hack a Wi-Fi network and how to find it’s password?

    First, let me tell you what Wi-Fi is! Wi-fi is a recent technology used by gadgets to connect to the Internet without the use of wires. The Wi-Fi Alliance says that Wi-Fi represent “any wireless local area network (WLAN) products that are based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 standards”. Because many WLAN use the same standard, WLAN became a synonym for the Wi-Fi word. Interbrand invented Wi-Fi as a play on words with Hi-Fi (high fidelity), and also created the Wi-Fi logo. This certified trademark can be used only by those Wi-Fi adaptors which pass the Wi-Fi Alliance tests and standards. If it has to do with a connected cable, then the Wi-Fi network is much more vulnerable to hackers attacks. Sites which aren’t sertified with SSL and are usually unencrypted are those which will try to steal the Wi-Fi password and any other private datas such as images or account passworrds. Even this intruder will try to take them, it will be harder for them if the router is protected with WPA, WPA2 or WEP encyption security. An extra feature extra from 2007, known as Wi-Fi Shielded Startup (WPS), experienced a serious catch in which let a great hacker to recoupy the actual router. The latest router devices come with the strongest protection ever known and are very hard for hackers to be breaken into. That’s, of course, if you don’t change the password with which is proveded. Ussualy, the routers have generic names and passwords such as the brand or name of the router, or even admin or 1234 as username and password.

    The Wi-Fi is used nowdays for devices such as PC, Video Console such as PS 2, Ps 3, Xbox 360, PS portable (except the E-1000 one) and any other console which have 3G or Wi-Fi connection toghether with laptops and smart and non-smart phones. Those devices can access the Wi-Fi by using the sho called hotspots, where free internet is ussually given by restaurants or Internet providers. You need to be within 100 m to receive the signal, and it can only be received outdoors. What you receive indoors is the signal of a neighbour’s router, not a hotspot one. Hotspots can have low signals (10-20 meters) to strong signals, which take a few kilometers.
    Any device which has Wi-Fi connectivity can receive Internet signal from this hotspots. The interconected devices are called hang-outs and can be seen each other for distances of over several miles. Outdoor open public Wi-Fi technologies have been used properly with wifi mesh networks with Liverpool, London, and gennerally in the big cities from all the United Kngdom. Wi-Fi is a great way for companies to promote their businessess; it’s very clear that, if there are two restaurants with the same prices and services, but one have also Wi-Fi connectivity, the one with the Wi-Fi will win. And it is not too expensive to provide Wi-Fi, just connect the Internet cable to a router and let it flow. Enthusiasts or perhaps specialists who want to offer products and services or even to enhance company with selected parts at times offer no cost Wi-Fi gain access to. Also there are companies which, in exchage for space used by antena’s on the rooftop of the flat of blocks, gife free internet in that flat. The are radions risks but who cares when you have free Internet, right? I thought so!
    If you want to aquire a router, take a brand one, like Belkin or D-link, because the no-name chinese ones are very vulnerable to hacker attacks and can break easely. Don’t risk to lose all your money from the bank accounts or images with your daughter naked posted on the Internet just because you did’t wanted to spend a couple of extra pennies at the right time.

    The same can apply to a mobile, battery powerd router, which is included in every cellphone existent. Many phone provider give free traffic for their clients in WAP, 2G, 3G or even 4G connectivity, depending on the country you live. Almost all smartphones have nowdays a easy OS to use such as Android, iOS, and the now dead Symbian OS, which make possible to connect to any Wi-Fi decive and also to interconnect. Internet pucksgive separate services in this sort at the same time, without use of any touch screen phone; these include this MiFi, as well as WiBro branded equipment. Out there are also many devices such as notebooks, ultrabooks and even laptops which use Wi-Fi to find any information the users want.

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    Wi-Fi password Hack v5. With a beautifull design, a silverish skin and a blueish font, this is one hack which is very, vet, very easy to use! Even my granddaughter Mary managed to use it in order to play with her virtual friends on the Internet. What do you have to do? First, type the SSID of the router. Ussualy is admin or the model of the router: you can just find it by scanning with the Windows utilities. Next, choose the security type: it could be WEP, WEP 2 or even WSK, it depends on the router. It doesn’t matter what type of security is, every type is hackable. Next, press on Start hacking and the program will handle you the password. Now you have free internet. Congratulations!

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              DICE Talks Battlefield 4 For PlayStation 4 In New Interview        

    In a new interview, DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson talks about how the studio helped optimize Battlefield 4 for Sony's next-gen console. Check it out.

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              No One Gets Left Behind In The Battlefield 4 Single-Player Campaign Trailer        

    Most of Battlefield 4's coverage has been focused on the game's multiplayer component, but there will be a single-player, story-driven campaign in the game.

    The story follows the exploits of a small squad evacuating American VIPs from Shanghai as they try to make their way home. They also adamantly refuse to leave anyone behind, which will you learn in the trailer below.

    Battlefield 4 is coming to PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 29. Next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be available when the consoles launch on November 15 and 22.

    Fore more on Battlefield 4 and its recent beta, head here.

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              The Value Of Battlefield 4's Spectator Mode        

    Spectator mode is back for Battlefield 4, and the developers at DICE excitedly talk about it in the game's latest blog entry.

    DICE developers Daniel Matros and Dennis Brannvall discuss the usefulness of spectator mode in Battlefield 4 in the game's latest official blog entry.

    The duo go over the different cameras at your disposal, the UI, and the mode's tie to competitive e-sports.

    Battlefield 4 hits the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 29; PlayStation 4 on November 12; and Xbox One on November 19.

    For some footage of the game's beta, take a look at this recent video.

    [Source: DICE]

              New Battlefield 4 Video Gives Sneak Peek At Beta        

    EA released new footage of the Battlefield 4 beta, which goes live to the public tomorrow.

    The level seen is called Siege of Shanghai, and it's the stage that was chosen to best showcase the game in the beta. Looks pretty impressive. This is Xbox 360 footage, but tomorrow, October 4, the beta will also be open on PS3 and PC.

    For general information and links to a FAQ on the Battlefield 4 beta, head over to our previous coverage.

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              DICE Reveals And Details Battlefield 4's Multiplayer Modes        

    Along with revealing a full list of Battlefield 4's multiplayer maps, DICE has also revealed and detailed every multiplayer mode. You can check out the full list below which also details the Conquest and Domination modes in case you haven't had a chance to check them out during the game's beta. DICE promises that every mode will be playable on every map in the game, "by carefully zoning the playable combat areas, adapting flag layouts, and catering for a variety of gameplay styles," according to as post on the Battlefield Blog.

    You can also check out a few images showcasing four of the modes in the gallery below.

    • Conquest – All-out vehicle warfare mixed with intense infantry action across land, air and sea
    • Domination – Fast-paced infantry variant of Conquest
    • Obliteration – Mad dash in vehicles and on foot to deliver explosives
    • Defuse – Competitive close quarters combat
    • Team Deathmatch – The classic shooter mode – Battlefield 4 style
    • Rush – Fight deep into enemy territory by detonating their M-COM stations
    • Squad Deathmatch – Four squads fight on the ground with limited vehicle support in a race to the top of the leaderboard

    Battlefield 4 is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 29. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will be available on November 12 and 19 respectively. For more Battlefield 4 info, head here and here.

    [Source: Battlefield Blog]

              DICE Reveals Full List Of Battlefield 4 Multiplayer Maps        

    DICE has revealed the full list of multiplayer maps coming Battlefield 4, and offered a single screenshot showcasing new map Zavod 311.

    Battlefield 4's maps will take players to China, Shanghai, a stormy ocean, a flooded city, and the woods, as you can see in the screen above. Zavod 311 takes place in and around an abandoned Cold War tank factory that houses an active warhead. The warhead be detonated to open up new navigation options in the level.

    You can check out the full list of levels below:

    • Siege of Shanghai
    • Paracel Storm
    • Zavod 311
    • Lancang Dam
    • Flood Zone
    • Rogue Transmission
    • Hainan Resort
    • Dawnbreaker
    • Operation Locker
    • Golmud Railway

    Battlefield 4 is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 29. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will be available on November 12 and 19 respectively. For more Battlefield 4 info, head here and here.

    [Source: Battlefield Blog]

              EA And Dice Confirm Battlefield 4 Beta Details, Release Multiplayer Trailer        

    EA and DICE have released a new trailer showcasing some of the features of Battlefield 4's multiplayer modes. The video serves to show the breadth of experiences, from close-quarters combat to the more open theaters for which the series is known.

    The ten maps and seven modes offer a variety of encounters and  the landscape deformation made possible by Frostbite 3. Bringing down large structures or simply cutting the power to get the jump on enemies are both elements that DICE expects players to factor into their strategies.

    You'll get an early chance to try out some of the new offerings when the Battlefield 4 beta launches early next month. If you've pre-ordered the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe edition, are currently a Battlefield 3 Premium member, or have registered Medal of Honor: Warfighter's Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe edition, you'll be able to get into the beta on October 1. Everyone else can jump on October 4.

    During the beta, players can experience the Siege of Shanghai map. Two modes will be available: Conquest and Domination. You'll be able to play the full version on October 29, 2013, on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. For discounted upgrade offers for both next-generation consoles, visit the Battlefield website.

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              DICE Details Battlefield 4 Weapon Customization        

    In the latest update on the official Battlefield blog, DICE has offered new details and a video on just how customizable the weapons of Battlefield 4 will be.

    DICE has tripled the number of available accessories from Battlefield 3, and increased the number of available slots on all of the guns. Taking cosmetic options into account, for example, the assault rifle (one of many different classes of weapons) will have 240,000 different variations alone.

    Battlefield 4 is coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC October 29, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions available at the launches of those consoles, which will be November 15 and and 22 respectively.

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    [Source: Battlefield blog]

              See Battlefield 4's Dynamic Level Elements In Action        

    Destructible environments are only one way soldiers can interact with levels in Battlefield 4. This new video from DICE shows a few of the other options awaiting players.

    DICE has dubbed its interactive level design "levolution," and as stupid as the term may be, the environments offer players a number of enticing opportunities to get the drop on their opponents. These include blasting open new pathways, raising security posts to block incoming vehicles, closing shutter gates to block off invading forces, and throwing grenades inside enemy-occupied boxcars and locking the door behind them. Some levels feature more large-scale changes, such as collapsing skyscrapers (which stunned E3 goers), ambient weather, and a city-wide flood. The video also shows a sneak peek at the China Rising expansion pack, which will be available to players who preorder the game or purchase Battlefield 4 Premium.

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    Battlefield 4 is coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 29. It will be a launch title for PlayStation 4 (November 15) and Xbox One (TBA). For gameplay impressions, read Mike Futter's Gamescom preview.

              Battlefield 4's New Map: Paracel Storm        

    The south China Sea can be a rough place – even if people aren't shooting at you. Here's a new trailer showcasing a new map in the game called Paracel Storm.

    The map is notable not only for its naval combat but for its weather. Stormy seas and high winds add a twist to the usual gameplay concerns.

    For more on the game's beta and what it means to be a Premium member, check out this previous story.

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    Battlefield 4 comes out for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 29, on November 15 on PlayStation 4, and sometime in November for Xbox One.

              Battlefield 4 Augmented With Battlelog        

    Battlefield 4 players will have new tools at their fingertips thanks to the game's Battlelog integration of your smartphone or tablet.

    Your tablet or mobile phone can be used to see stats, configure your loadout, or find a server whether you're away from home or are playing and waiting between matches.

    While you're playing the game you can also use your phone or tablet as a Battlescreen to bring up a real-time mini-map or set attack points.

    Battlelog also allows you to set up Missions, which are challenges among your friends based around in-game achievements. Furthermore, a new Geo Leaderboards system lets you divide up the community to see who is the best in your city, country, or continent.

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    Battlefield 4 comes out on October 29 for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Versions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are also planned.

              New Details On Single-Player Campaign        

    We know. It's the multiplayer portion of the Battlefield series that keeps you coming back for more. For those of you who do like diving into the scripted scenario, there's some new information that EA and DICE have revealed about Battlefield 4.

    Players will step into the boots of Sergeant Daniel Recker. He and Tombstone squad are in China on the verge of coup. Should Admiral Cheng make his move, the Russian government will back him up, possibly sending the entire world into turmoil.

    Accompanying Recker are Marine Combat Lifesaver Clayton "PAC" Pakowski and Staff Seargeant Kimble "Irish" Graves. As we saw in the E3 trailer, Battlefield is looking stunning, with the kind of destructible environments that fans of the series crave.

    Battlefield 4 arrives on October 25, 2013, on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will be coming later.

    [Source: Battlefield Blog]

              Two New Battlefield 4 Screens Offer Single And Multiplayer Peeks        

    Dice has offered two new Battlefield 4 screens that offer glimpses at both the game's single and multiplayer modes.

    The image above is form the single-player game, specifically a mission called Angry Sea. The image below is from the multiplayer map, Siege of Shangai.

    We recently gathered everything we know about Battlefield 4's multiplayer into one convenient bulleted list, which you can check out here. You can also check out the latest trailer for the game by heading here.

    Battlefield 4 is coming to every home console (except Wii U) and PC in October.

              Commander Mode Brings DICE's Biggest Shooter To Tablets        

    You may not need swift first-person shooter skills to excel at Battlefield 4, but only if you have a sharp mind.

    Though it was rumored in April, DICE officially revealed Commander Mode for Battlefield 4 at E3. Beloved by players from Battlefield 2, the strategic leadership role was missing from Battlefield 3. Whether the match is happening on consoles or PCs, the leader's overhead map can be accessed from tablet devices.

    Commander Mode grants one player an overhead view of the battle and access to various support abilities. In the trailer below, Lars Gustavsson, creative director at DICE, describes the three responsibilities a commanding player will have to take on.

    The commander will engage in a data war with the opposing team's leader by calling in UAVs and denying enemy intelligence gathering attempts. To fuel the war machine, commanders can also drop supplies and vehicles directly into a war zone. Lastly, the leader can go on the offensive with missile strikes and other aerial bombardments.

    Though this role is undoubtedly powerful, a good commander can't win a game alone. Gustavsson said the range of abilities available to a leader is directly tied to the team's overall performance.

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              Everything We Know About Battlefield 4 Multiplayer        

    At the EA booth I jumped into a 64-player conquest battle in the Siege at Shanghai map. After playing through a couple rounds and speaking with executive producer Patrick Bach, here is what I learned.

    • The Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions eac h support 64-player maps and run at a solid 60 frames per second. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, however, are still limited to 24-players per match and 30 frames per second. 
    • Squads can now include five soldiers instead of just four.
    • Given the larger squad size, Squad Deathmatch mode now includes more competitors. 
    • Like Battlefield 3, the soldier classes you can play as are assault, engineer, recon, and support. All classes now have more shared weapons so players have more versatility when selecting their loadout.
    • Each class and weapon has a deeper persistance tree than previous Battlefield games.
    • DICE is changing how specializations work. It won't go into the finer details, but the developer is creating a system where you and your squad can bump up your specializations as you play if you are doing well. 
    • Gun and player customization are being broadened. You can now have multiple sights on your weapons and add optical magnifiers on the fly.
    • Vehicle progression is deeper as well. 
    • DICE has two new game modes it plans to reveal in the near future, and it plans to drop a few modes that were featured in Battlefield 3. The confirmed modes thus far are squad deathmatch, conquest, rush, and team deathmatch. 
    • Hardcore mode is returning.
    • The crazy wave technology featured in the E3 single-player demo is also coming to multiplayer. All the wave data is being pushed over the network, which means that every player will have the same sea experience at the same time.
    • Given the increased focus on naval combat, DICE is making sure you aren't a sitting duck if you lose your sea vessel or parachute into a body of water. Soldiers can now swim sprint, use sidearms in the water, hit the crounch button to dive underneath the surface of the water, and even deploy C4 to take out boats.
    • Players can rent their own Battlefield 4 servers on consoles from day one, and DICE plans to give them more server modifiers than were available in Battlefield 4.   
    • DICE knows the destruction in BF3 was disappointing so destructibility is coming back in a major way. Expect to see the microdestruction introduced in the Close Quarters map pack, plus large-scale destruction like the crumbling skyscraper in the E3 demo. 
    • You won't be able to completely flatten urban areas, which is a design choice rather than a technical limitation. 
    • Like Titanfall, DICE is using a proprietary matchmaking service instead of using the Xbox One native service.
    • DICE is also incorporating a skill level system on top of your player rank to help match you with players of a similar ability. You can set your rented server to only accept players of a certain ability.
    • DICE learned its lesson with Battlefield 3, and plans to keep a healthy amount of DICE sponsored servers for people who don't want to deal with the quirky rented servers.
    • Rather than build its own battle recorder, however, DICE plans to use the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 recorders.
    • Battlefield 4 also includes a spectator mode.
    • Given the difficult learning curve for some of the more powerful vehicles like jets and helicopters, DICE is including a practice mode or tutorial system of sorts so you can learn the tricks of the trade without hurting your team in a ranked match.
    • Battlelog is being revamped to be more directly integrated into the game and to give console players the same experience as the PC version. DICE wants the console players to have the ALT-TAB experience just like PC players, so you can check your stats at any time.
    • You can alter your loadout directly from the Battlelog app so it will be ready for you when you jump into a match.

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    Commander Mode

    • You can play as a commmander on consoles, PC, and tablets.
    • Right now commanders are featured in two modes - conquest and rush. DICE also has some new modes that it isn't talk about yet.
    • Commanders gain experience and have a persistant skill tree just like other classes.
    • Unlike Battlefield 2, commanders don't have a physical presence on the battelfield. 
    • The commander roles are not counted against the player count. This means 64 soldiers will be on the battlefield with two commanders overseeing the battle.
    • DICE is aware that given the small number of commanders per server, there could be a supply/demand issue. To address this issue, it has created a gating system that prevents everyone from being allowed to play as commander.
    • If you are having trouble getting a commander role, you can always rent a server yourself and assume the role.
    • Commanders can issue orders to squads and deploy UAVs to spot troops. When the squads follow directives, the commander and soldiers are rewarded with XP. 
    • As they gain XP, commanders can use it to drop in ammo, med packs, and vehicles to their troops.
    • The more flags a team captures in conquest, the more weapons a commander has at his or her disposal. These offensive capabilities include tomahawk missiles and artillery strikes.
    • DICE views the commander mode as a game of chess between the two commanders. They are scored against one another. 
    • You can keep an eye on what the rival commmander is doing and counter their moves. For instance, if they scan an area you can try to jam their signals. If they drop in specific gear you can counter that in different ways. 
    • The commander's eye in the sky view is also used for respawns and spectator mode. It works the same way on all platforms.
    • DICE has rulesets to help populate maps with two commanders, but if one of the two commanders drops out the developer doesn't believe it will be a big issue for the guys on the ground.

    Battlefield 4 is coming to PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 29. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release dates have yet to be announced.

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              Lamborghini Said to be Planning Electric Supercar Based on Porsche Mission E        

    Lamborghini has been bitten by the electric car bug according to the German publication AutoBild, and will raid the Porsche Mission E battery electric car’s parts bin to build it. The electric supercar program even has a name, “Vitola,” which gives the impression that the Italian car manufacturer is serious about this. It’s possible that […]

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              Ð˜ÑÑ‚ория компании Hunter        
    Американская фирма «Hunter Engineering» (Хантер Инжиниринг) заслуженно занимает место мирового лидера в области производства стендов «ÑÑ…Ð¾Ð´-развал». На предприятии производится не менее половины всех стендов для регулировки углов положения колес в мире. Многие кажущиеся сегодня обыкновенными для стендов «ÑÑ…Ð¾Ð´-развала» свойства, такие как использование монитора и общей базы данных было впервые реализовано на автоинструменте Hunter. Стенд Hunter S211 (1992 год) был первым в мире прибором для регулирования развала-схождения, использовавшим Microsoft Windows в качестве операционной системы. Hunter Engineering — масштабная частная фирма, объединяющая четыре завода в районе Юга и Среднего Запада США. Президент и обладатель компании Стивен Франклин Брауэр был назначен в 2000 году послом США в Бельгии, занимал эту должность до 2004 года. Оборудование Hunter рекомендуется большим количеством производителей автомобилей и шин, а также их официальными представителями во мире. Hunter производит специальные «Ð´Ð¸Ð»ÐµÑ€ÑÐºÐ¸Ðµ» стенды для моделей Skoda, Audi, Volkswagen, Seat (VAG 1944, VAS 6232), Opel и Renault, Mercedes-Benz (HTA-MB, HTA-MB-R), BMW (KDS и KDS II), Jaguar&Land Rover. Предприятие Hunter Engineering — общепризнанный лидер в области производства оборудования для обслуживания и ремонта автомобилей. Ли Хантер первым применил способ быстрой зарядки аккумуляторных батарей, когда все утверждали что это нереально. Он продолжил поступательное развитие успешной компании, которая претворяла в жизнь остальные его идеи, которые вскоре сделали революцию в сфере оборудования для автомобильных колес. В настоящее время фирма Hunter Engineering изготавливает и продает широкий ассортимент автосервисного оборудования для всего мира. Среди продуктов Hunter − стенды проверки подвески, компьютеризированные стенды «ÑÑ…од-развал», расточки тормозных дисков, компьютеризированные балансировки колес, шиномонтажные станки (стенды), автоподъемники. Hunter Engineering Company обязана своим основанием разряженной АКБ. Ли Хантер младший, 23-летний студент архитектурного колледжа в Сент-Луисе, мучился с постоянно подводившим его аккумулятором его Паккарда. В 1936 году требовалось несколько дней для зарядки аккумуляторной батареи. Хантер стал искать метод более оперативного решения подобных проблем. При помощи бывшего профессора электротехники Университета Вашингтона в Сент-Луисе, он занялся опытами и вскоре это дало плоды. Его зарядное устройство для быстрой зарядки было основано на принципе дивертерного генератора. Началось массовое производство нового прибора. Во времена Великой Депрессии, Lee Hunter, Jr., Manufacturing Co. сбывала установку Kwikurent так быстро, как только успевала ее изготавливать. Отслужив в Армии США в годы Второй Мировой Войны, Хантер прибыл обратно в Сент-Луис в 1946 году. Он возобновил бизнес, на этот раз под эмблемой Hunter Engineering. Фирма начала выпускать новое детище Хантера — установку для балансировки колес автомашин. Одновременно Хантер приступил к созданию сети продаж, впоследствии ставшей крупнейшей в сфере продаж и сервиса в США. Ли Хантер заложил хорошую базу для начала продаж автоинструмента Hunter Engineering во всем мире. 1955 год стал годом изобретения Хантером нового стенда регулировки развала-схождения «Lite-A-Line», ставшего новой основой отрасли. Этот стенд стал первым упрощенным лучевым прибором для регулировки углов установки колес. Датчики, которые крепились на колеса, позволяли анализировать прохождение лучей света для получения правильного расположения колес. Инновации в области автомобильной промышленности сделали компанию Хантера лидером отрасли в 1960-е годы. В 1962 году «Tune-Align» стал первым оптомеханическим стендом с применением компенсации биения колес, важнейшего фактора точности измерений. Хантер продолжил увеличивать объемы экспорта, и в 1964 годы получил от Департамента Торговли США награду за развитие экспортного направления. Когда старый завод на Лейдью Роад стал мал, фирма Hunter в 1964 году переместилась в новый комплекс площадью 9,3 га возле международного аэропорта Сент-Луиса, где было производство, офис и учебный центр. Очередной ступенью развития Hunter стал в 1969 г. “F60 Compute-A-Line”, первый надежный компьютеризированный динамический стенд регулировки «Ñ€Ð°Ð·Ð²Ð°Ð» схождения». В 1973 г. открыт учебный центр в Бриджтоне, рядом с основным офисом Hunter, с 18ю полностью оборудованными постами общей площадью почти 4000 квадратных метров. Этот центр быстро стал ведущим в отрасли. В 70-е Хантер выпускал все более совершенные стенды. “ Electron-A-Line”, представленный в 1974 году, использовал электронные датчики, а информация обрабатывалась компьютером. Через 3 года стенд S7 Electron-A-Line применил технологию регулировки четырех колес, удовлетворяя спрос на обслуживание набирающих популярность машин с независимой задней и передней подвеской. В 1981 году Стивен Брауер назначен главой компании, это была первая смена руководства после основания предприятия. Брауер работал на фирму с 1971 года, и был назначен на должность вице-президента в 1978 году. Именно ему суждено вести компанию во времена ускоренного расширения и создания новых технологий. В последующие 10 лет предприятие увеличилось в 5 раз, расширяя экспортные и внутренние отделы продаж, и приобрело крупнейший коллектив разработчиков. “Hunter A111” выпущен в 1982 году. Он стал прототипом новейших компьютерных стендов «Ñ€Ð°Ð·Ð²Ð°Ð»-схождения». Основной инноваций стало первое использование ЭЛТ-монитора и встроенная база данных спецификаций. Через 3 года стенд “Hunter C111” уже производился с более производительным процессором и был оснащен системой подсказок для начинающих. Стенд “Hunter D111”, (1986 г.) уже снабжен цветным дисплеем. Линейка стендов “111” продолжилась с выпуском 311 стенда и далее модифицированного 511 стенда (2002 г.). Компьютер уже имел процессор Motorola, обеспечивает полноцветную графику при очень приемлемой цене. В 1992 году стенд компании Hunter уже оснащен операционной системой Windows. Программа Winalign автоматизировала многие этапы регулировки, ранее производившиеся вручную. Она демонстрировала фотографии подвески и видеоролики, автоматически вычисляла все необходимые параметры для ровного положения рулевого колеса, корректировочные размеры шайб и втулок и даже рекомендовала инструмент для регулировки. Программа Winalign получила множество призов в США. Через полвека после создания Hunter Engineering, Ли Хантер введен в Автомобильный Зал Славы, находящийся в Деарборне рядом с Детройтом. Имя его красуется рядом с именами Генри Форда, Луи Шевроле, Вальтера Крайслера, Сокиро Хонды. Надпись гласит, что Хантер «Ð²Ð½ÐµÑ огромный вклад в развитие автомобиля и автомобильной промышленности». В 1993 году фирма Hunter изобрела беспроводную передачу данных от датчиков «Ñ€Ð°Ð·Ð²Ð°Ð»Ð°-схождения» и выпустила новую линейку балансировочных станков на процессорах Hunter DSP. Очередное новшество Hunter внедрил в 1997 году, когда была обнародована новая технология. Стенд GSP9700 имел устройство для вычисления вибраций, вызванных деформацией колесного диска и неоднородностью свойств резины. Это было первое и единственное устройство, измеряющее силовую неоднородность от неравномерной жесткости резины и биения диска, доступное по цене. Стенды Hunter серии 811 управляются 32-битной версией WinAlign 9.0, оснащены приводом DVD, содержат обучающее видео MPEG-2. Обновляемая в реальном времени трехмерная анимация помогает упростить процедуру регулировки. Цифровые фото и видео справочные материалы помогают обеспечить механику мгновенный доступ к необходимой информации. Возможно обновление спецификаций через Интернет. В 1998 году Hunter начал производство DSP400, первой системы измерения 3D-технологии на основе цифровых фотокамер. Новые датчики имеют надежные мишени-отражатели. Защищенная патентами технология обработки изображений позволяет с помощью видеокамер измерять положение и ориентацию колес в пространстве, быстро обеспечивая результат. Фирма “Hunter” с гордостью афиширует, что корпуса датчиков DSP300 и DSP500 изготовлены из «Ð¿ÑƒÐ»ÐµÐ½ÐµÐ¿Ñ€Ð¾Ð±Ð¸Ð²Ð°ÐµÐ¼Ð¾Ð³Ð¾» пластика, используемого в изготовлении истребителя F16. В датчиках DSP400 и DSP600 применяются четыре цифровых камеры вместо двух, устанавливаемых другими фирмами. Многие считают, что стенды развал-схождения “Hunter” являются наиболее точными, долговечными, надежными из всех стендов развал-схождения. Новейшая модель “HawkEye” (3D) является продолжения высочайших стандартов качества оборудования “Hunter”.
              Secure Digital Privacy With Sen. Lee's ECPA Modernization Act        

    Over 250 years ago, courageous colonists took up arms and defended the right against unlawful search and seizure in the American Revolution. Fueled by outrageous searches by British law enforcement, our founding fathers enshrined within our constitution the Fourth Amendment, which reads, in part: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

    Sadly, government lost its way between then and now, spying on private information that it shouldn’t see. At the dawn of the internet era, Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a law establishing privacy protections for digital communications. But the law was written well before most people even knew what email was. Written for the technology of its time, ECPA permits warrantless search of stored electronic communications that are 180 days old. At that point, barely any electronics had high-memory capacity to store information like email does, so it wasn’t particularly egregious to assume old communications were abandoned. It’s a totally different story today, where email and digital communications have moved to the cloud, which has become the standard for data storage.

    Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) want to upgrade this archaic privacy-breaching law with the ECPA Modernization Act. This bill would erase the 180 days exception for law enforcement searches of electronic communications and replace it with the constitutional requirement of probable cause and a warrant. If the government obtains an individual’s communications through a third party provider, it must send a copy of its warrant to said individual within ten days. Without a warrant, law enforcement would have zero access to private electronic communications.

    The bill also establishes the same privacy protections for third-party geolocation information, an area left wide-open by existing law. Third party companies servicing devices and programs that track your location such as cell phone carriers or Snapchat will only provide geolocation information upon receiving a warrant. The person whose location is sought will be notified by mail within ten days.

    Occasionally, law enforcement claims that notifying the intended target of a warrant or criminal investigation could compromise effectiveness. For example, a suspect could destroy relevant records and evidence for a crime if they know that they are being targeted. Under existing law, law enforcement can request a “gag order” that stops a suspect from receiving a warrant notice. The ECPA Modernization Act would require law enforcement to provide specific facts proving that a gag order is necessary, a more stringent standard.

    Government’s respect for privacy has diminished over time, especially for electronic communications. The ECPA Modernization Act would ensure that Americans enjoy the same Fourth Amendment protections for digital communications as they do in the physical world.

              Support the ECPA Modernization Act, S. 1657        

    On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and urge them to support the ECPA Modernization Act, S. 1657, introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The bill would greatly increase individual privacy by adding warrant requirements to email collection by legal authorities and add other legal protections to defend citizens’ rights.

    The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was originally written in 1986, more than 30 years ago, well before the widespread use of email. Under existing statute, law enforcement to access emails and online data that are older than 180 days without a warrant.

    Email and cloud computing have transformed the way we use electronic data, and ECPA is sorely in need of an upgrade. Sen. Lee has noted, “Americans don’t believe the federal government should have warrantless access to their emails just because they are 180 days old.”

    The ECPA Modernization Act is the answer to that exact problem. The bill would add warrant requirements for authorities to get content from emails, regardless of how old they are. This would include both historical and real-time information for the location of an individual. Also, any individual whose information has been accessed must be notified within ten days of what content has been acquired.

    It also adds significant burden of proof requirements in order to get a warrant. Case in point, a gag order can only be required by the presentation of “specific and articulable facts.” The same is true for a pen register/trap and trace. This will greatly defend the rights of the individuals and their content.

    The importance of the Fourth Amendment is without question and our laws must be updated to ensure that we also enjoy fourth amendment protections in the digital world. This bill would greatly expand due process to the Internet and bring federal legislation into the 21st Century. For these reasons, I urge you to contact your senators and urge them to support the ECPA Modernization Act, S. 1657.


    Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks

              Support the Email Privacy Act, S. 1654        

    On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and them to support the Email Privacy Act, S. 1654, introduced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The bill would greatly increase individual privacy by adding warrant requirements for authorities before they can acquire electronic content that is held by technology companies.

    The 1986 Electronic Communications Protect Act (ECPA) currently holds that there are no warrant requirements for electronic information that is older than 180 days. The bill, however, was originally written well over thirty years ago before email and other electronic communications became commonplace or in some cases even existed. ECPA is woefully out of date and does not reflect the digital world in which we operate. In commenting on the bill, Sen. Lee noted “Americans now expect that their email communications will have the same privacy protections as their written communications. This bill would provide that common sense protection.”

    Unfortunately, the original ECPA puts the law at odds with the Fourth Amendment, which holds that “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    Warrantless searches of electronic communications clearly raises constitutional questions. Fortunately, the Email Privacy Act would restore our Fourth Amendment protections and put the ECPA in line with the Constitution.

    The bill would require law enforcement to acquire a warrant from a judge before it can collect an individual’s emails, photos, or texts. The reforms would defend our privacy from unconstitutional search and seizure while protecting due process In a world where more and more people and businesses are using electronic equipment to communicate, engage in commerce, and live their day to day lives. As the scope of the digital world expands, our fourth amendment rights must be protected.

    The Email Privacy Act, which the House passed earlier this year by voice vote, is vital legislation that updates a tragically outdated law. This bill would reinstate privacy protections and restore personal liberty. For these reasons, I urge you to contact your senators to support the Email Privacy Act, S.1654.


    Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks

              Venezuela is Socialism's Last Nail in the Coffin        

    From a so-called “economic miracle” to a human rights disaster, Venezuela has followed in the footsteps of literally every single socialist or communist country ever with its country in complete collapse. Crime is on the rise, the people are starving, protests are going all throughout the country, and unconfirmed rumors are coming out that President Nicolas Maduro is considering leaving.

    In the never ending desire to achieve an impossible utopia, Venezuela is living in a nightmare that may serve as the best evidence against government mismanagement.

    To be blunt, the people are starving. Roughly 75 percent of the country lost 19 pounds in 2016. This actually coincides with reports that Venezuelans were looking for food in the trash.

    It is not just food that Venezuelans seem to be running out of at the moment. The country is lacking medicine, toilet paper, and even goods for religious sacraments as well. All sorts of goods are disappearing from the country faster and faster.

    Meanwhile, their economy is in complete shambles. At the start of the year, inflation had hit 800 percent while their GDP had shrunk by 19 percent. To make matters worse, 2016 marked its third year of recession.

    Of course, the elite of the country have not seemed to notice the problems their citizens are facing. Accusations fly of the leaders of Venezuela living luxurious lifestyles despite the recession. Unsurprisingly, reports have the daughter of Venezuela’s last President Hugo Chavez at a networth of $4.2 billion.

    So the big question is: why is Venezuela falling apart? The simplest answer is government mismanagement as it started taking over the economy. Under the watch of Socialists Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro, the socialist leadership in the country has greatly increased its influence in economic affairs, resulting in decreased investment, business failures, and scarcity.

    Over the past decade and a half, the Venezuelan government has nationalized multiple industries, including oil, agriculture, finance, steel, electricity, and telecommunications. Unsurprisingly, this led to significant ruin in the various industries it controlled, especially oil. Case in point, the Chavez regime largely underfunded the investment necessary to bring about increased oil production.

    Large portions of oil revenues were transferred to generous social programs but there was lackluster reinvestment to make sure that more oil was produced to keep revenue flowing. As a result, oil production starting dropping consistently after 2007 which saw a major decline in revenue (and helped lead to the debt that caused hyper inflation). Additionally, Chavez demanded more money from oil companies investing in the country and the ones that refused saw their assets seized. With such a clear lack of respect for human rights, it should come as no surprise that foreign investment has been on the decline recently in the country which is also hurting business and revenue.

    To make matters worse, many workers were fired and replaced with government loyalists. In one case, a company that had never created an oil well was hired to create several since it had ties to the government. The lack of experienced workers unsurprisingly has also added to the decline of the oil industry that was a huge part of the government’s revenue.

    Just about every industry the government has touched has fallen apart. Steel production was reduced by 70 percent after it was nationalized, food production has been on the decline while the government redistributed farmland for the production of food the land was not suited for, and the Venezuelan government is instituting blackouts to reduce consumption to reduce electricity use due to decreased supply. Overall, it seems Venezuela is in the process of running its economy into the ground.

    Venezuela has also added newer regulations and laws to improve the economic situation of its country that had the opposite effect. Case in point, the minimum wage was increased recently by 50 percent despite the fact overall wages still decreased by 17 percent. Other reports have increased labor protections actually hurting business while price controls that were implemented to reduce profits and keep prices low also helped to reduce food productions which also helped cause the food crisis. With all this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the number of businesses in Venezuela has gone down from 800,000 in 1998 to 230,000 in 2016, a decline of 570,000.

    It is important to remember though that none of this should even be looked at as being done as a love for the people from the state. As was noted by a former education minister, the goal of the people reforms is “‘not to take the people out of poverty so they become middle class and then turn into escuálidos’ (a derogatory term to denote opposition members).” Translation: it’s not for their benefit but to create a dependent class of supporters.

    For more evidence of how the government does not care about its people, look no further than its human rights records. The Maduro government has been seizing power by stacking the courts with supportive justices and then met the protests against that with violent crackdowns on dissenters. Meanwhile, accusations of sham elections are now flying in the wake of an election referendum to give him the power to rewrite the country’s constitution. In the end, the increase in power has come to the detriment of the people backed by phony promises.

    As is always the case, the promise of helping the people through government intervention completely falls apart. Just like with China and Russia, the result is always economic ruin with the well connected few reaping the benefits. Unfortunately, the US is not free from these mistakes as states like Connecticut or cities like Seattle implementing their own interventions in the economy that results in disaster. If the US wants to head down the path same economic path as Venezuela that leads to destruction and corruption, it will inevitably end there.

              The Weekly Fix: Double Standard        

    The fix is in. Did you know, corporations like General Electric Co. (GE) spend more money on lobbyists than they pay in taxes?

    The federal government currently taxes corporations at 35 percent. While many argue the rate is too high, you don’t hear companies like GE complaining about it. That’s because they aren’t paying it.

    Over the past 15 years, GE’s federal income tax rate averaged only 5.2 percent. General Electric paid no federal taxes in 2010, despite earning $5.1 billion in U.S. profits. Instead, the company claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

    Meanwhile, GE executives awarded themselves more than $75 million in compensation and paid lobbyists a total of $39 million that same year- all while laying off their own employees.

    How was this possible? It was an inside job. General Electric’s tax planning team includes former employees from the Treasury, IRS, and congressional tax-writing committees. GE doesn’t have a tax compliance team, it has a tax defiance team.

    This is how the revolving door of power works in Washington. Entry-level staffers move to our nation’s capital and work as “public servants” for a few years. They learn the rules of the game, then cash out in the private sector to help lobbying firms and corporations like General Electric manipulate the system.

    And the door spins ‘round and ‘round ...

    No wonder Fortune 500 companies are so quiet on the sidelines while grassroots America fights to reform the tax code. They’ve already cut a deal behind closed doors.

    With a Republican-led Congress and White House, there is a serious opportunity for tax and welfare reform in 2018. It’s time to finally level the playing field. Any serious GOP entitlement reform effort must begin with corporate welfare reform.

    Everyday families can’t afford entire teams of lawyers and lobbyists dedicated to avoiding taxes. We work hard, and play by the rules. Political insiders and corporate America should do the same.

    The American people aren’t being heard by government because the game is rigged. Washington isn’t broken. It’s “fixed.”

              Lee and Leahy Move to Protect Email with Due Process        

    FreedomWorks supports the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017 by Senators Mike Lee and Patrick Leahy to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of every American by amending the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. This outdated law was written before most people even knew what the word internet meant, and well before the world of cloud-computing and online data storage. This legislation is in dire need of an upgrade, and Sens. Lee and Leahy should be applauded for taking the lead on this important issue.

    Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, federal agencies do not need a warrant to search emails and other digital communications that are over 180 days old. But under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution, Americans are explicitly protected from having their physical property compromised without due process. These same protections should apply in the digital world as well. Additionally, the Fourth Amendment clearly protects Americans against unreasonable search and seizure and requires probable cause prior to issuing a warrant. ECPA’s outdated standards for warrantless searches do not comport with the Fourth Amendment’s protection against warrantless searches.

    FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon issued the following statement:

    “In the digital world, Americans deserve the same privacy protections that we have for our papers and personal information in the physical world. Senator Lee’s efforts to reform ECPA’s outdated standards will restore the protections that our founder’s enshrined in the Constitution. I’m glad to see Sens. Lee and Leahy's continued leadership on this important issue.”

              â€¦LA ELECTRONICA…        
      La electrónica es el campo de la ingeniería y de la física aplicada relativo al diseño y aplicación de dispositivos, por lo general circuitos electrónicos, cuyo funcionamiento depende del flujo de electrones para la generación, transmisión, recepción, almacenamiento de información, entre otros. Esta información puede consistir en voz o música como en un receptor […]
    Nº70 MOTO REPORT Outubro 2007
    Nos EUA – berço das polegadas cúbicas, medida tão característica das míticas Harley-Davidson – há quem ouse especializar-se na construção e transformação de choppers baseadas no sistema métrico internacional (centímetros cúbicos). Os estúdios BMS (Broward MotorSports Choppers) são talvez a elite desta nova tendência que teima em se afirmar no país considerado como o mais improvável para tal empreitada. A Nehmesis, deixou de ser uma Yamaha Road Star, para passar a ser a estrela de uma outra constelação. O resultado – além de absolutamente soberbo – firmou créditos em várias frentes e prepara-se para deixar uma legião de seguidores do conceito.

    No país dos automóveis estilo “banheira” com seus motores V8, as motos customizadas não são, de todo, conhecidas por economizarem nos equipamentos, cromados, acessórios e pinturas. Muitos são os dólares investidos neste nicho de mercado. Mas até então, por razões óbvias, o alvo das mais radicais customizações era a prata da casa, ou seja, as Harley-Davidson e os seus clássicos motores como o Twin Cam 88. De há uns tempos para cá, os fãs das custom nipónicas resolveram fazer uma “revolução métrica” para exaltar as qualidades das motos com capacidades expressas no sistema métrico internacional, ou seja, em centímetros cúbicos. A bandeira dessa “revolução” é o programa de TV, “Metric Revolution”, que vai para o ar pela ESPN2, nos EUA. Cada episódio conta a história da personalização de uma moto (não-americana) feita por alguns dos melhores transformadores do país.

    Entre as estrelas do “Metric Revolution” está a Nehmesis, baptizada com o nome do proprietário do estúdio BMS Chopper, da Flórida, Sam Nehme. Adepto dos motores em centímetros cúbicos, Sam, fundou o maior centro de customizações de motos Yamaha do mundo inteiro. O aviso deixado no seu site www. não deixa margem para dúvidas: “Nós somos exclusivamente especializados em motos métricas (desculpem-nos os proprietários de Harleys). O nosso objectivo é transformar/construir as customs métricas mais fantásticas do mercado e ainda assim garantir a fiabilidade a que esta tecnologia nos habituou.” O projecto da extraordinária Nehmesis começou quando Sam e a equipa da oficina BMS foram convidados a participar no programa “Metric Revolution”. Não havia restrições de custo e material, a única exigência era que a moto fosse projectada e construída em seis meses, prazo que Sam e seus colaboradores consideraram impossível de cumprir. Mesmo assim, com a ajuda de seus 50 funcionários, o desafio foi aceite. De uma Yamaha Road Star 1700, com zero quilómetros, aproveitaram apenas o motor, os seus apoios e a caixa de velocidades (esta por conter o número de identificação do veículo). A partir daí, tudo – com excepção da pintura e das rodas – foi idealizado e executado pela BMS. O inédito mono-braço dianteiro, feito em alumínio, consumiu muitas horas de desenvolvimento para se tornar uma realidade. Incorporado, nesta bela peça, estão dois amortecedores pneumáticos que, em conjunto com o monobraço da suspensão traseira, ajudam a erguer, literalmente, a moto até 25 cm ou baixá-la até o chão, dispensando o descanso lateral, uma vez que a Nehmesis apoia-se sobre o próprio quadro. Mas a ousadia não pára por aí. Em vez do tradicional quadro de duplo-berço com tubos na parte dianteira, a BMS criou um quadro no qual o enorme V2 de 1.700 cm³ fizesse parte da estrutura ficando assim mais visível. Por onde quer que se olhe a Nehmesis surpreende com suas soluções de engenharia. Atrás, o enorme pneu de 360 mm (mais largo que o de um Dodge Viper) da marca Vee Rubber impressiona. Foi preciso desenvolver um braço oscilante tipo mono-braço para comportar este que, até agora, é o maior pneu alguma vez usado numa moto.
    Cobrindo-o está outra peça impressionante, o guarda-lamas traseiro que já traz embutido lateralmente os LEDs.
    Destaque também para a embraiagem automática, que permite trocas de caixa apenas girando o punho esquerdo. Além disso, todos os cabos e fiação estão ocultos. Há ainda ou tras dúzias de curiosidades: a pinça do travão dianteiro está embutida no mono-braço; já a traseira fica junto ao pinhão-de-ataque, também escondida. Isto sem falar no refinado acabamento, com muitas peças cromadas e estilizadas, algumas até folheadas a ouro (como, por exemplo, as tampas da cabeça do motor). Os motivos de esqueletos da pintura estendem-se até mesmo na cobertura do filtro-de-ar que está bem à vista. O guiador é bastante largo. Os escapes também são directos e o banco, forrado, é só para o condutor. A injecção é electrónica e a refrigeração é a ar. Este modelo é um delirante exercício de criação sobre rodas, uma espécie de obra de arte, feita quase exclusivamente para ser admirada. Mas, se for preciso, também anda. Aliás, ela pode mesmo circular nas estradas, desde que sem muitas irregularidades, já que a sua altura ao solo não permite grandes extravagâncias.

    O que fez da Nehmesis uma moto tão especial foi o prémio que recebeu na Biketoberfest, realizada em Outubro de 2006, em Daytona Beach, na Flórida. Com a sua extrema beleza e soluções para lá de inovadoras, a Nehmesis foi “autorizada” pelo júri do Rat’s Hole (prestigiado concurso de motos customizadas) a competir na categoria de motos acima de 1.000 cm³. “Foi a primeira vez em 38 anos que eles permitiram que uma moto métrica participasse na categoria americana” ressalta Sam. Mais surpreendente que a participação foi a Nehmesis ser eleita a grande vencedora do famoso concurso. Como estrela que se preze, esta belíssima criação além de vencer o concurso em Daytona, conquistou outros prémios, como a escolha popular entre outras centenas de motos no Las Vegas Metric Revolution Show. Mas, para Sam, o prémio mais importante continua a ser o do Rat’s Hole. “Foi realmente emocionante derrotar as motos americanas construídas com base nas Harley-Davidson”, comemora o construtor. O preço não está ao alcance de qualquer um. Fruto da nobreza dos materiais, das avançadas soluções de engenharia, das 3.000 horas de trabalho e currículo de prémios entretanto conquistado, quem quiser levar esta original criação para a sua garagem terá de desembolsar perto de 250 mil dólares (cerca de 178 mil euros).

    Road Star é a denominação escolhida pela Yamaha para o modelo Wild Star (ou XV 1600) no mercado americano. Crê-se que a diferença na nomenclatura esteja relacionada com o posicionamento estratégico do produto face ao seu principal concorrente: a Harley-Davidson Road King. Contudo a versão 1700 da Wild Star nunca foi comercializada na Europa. Em Portugal, até 2005 era possível encontrar a Wild Star 1600, e durante cerca de dois anos foi possível adquirir a Road Star Warrior 1700, que era um outro modelo, mais desportivo e arrojado, estilo muscle bike, criado com base no motor da retro bike XV 1700 que, como se disse, só esteve à venda nos EUA.
    © Todos os direitos do texto estão reservados para MOTO REPORT, uma publicação da JPJ EDITORA. Contacto para adquirir edições já publicadas: +351 253 215 466.
    © General Moto, by Hélder Dias da Silva 2008

              GÓIS 2007 - NA CAPITAL DO CEIRA        

    Nº69 MOTO REPORT Setembro 2007

    Com a gentil colaboração do S. Pedro, que expulsou a chuva para outras paragens entre 16 e 19 de Agosto, Góis foi o ponto de encontro para milhares de motociclistas que se fizeram à estrada para um fim-de-semana de animada confraternização, desfrutando de uma belíssima paisagem natural e uma banda sonora com muito Rock. Com estes condimentos, e muitos outros, o resultado não podia ser melhor. A viagem até Góis vale sempre a pena!

    O Rio Ceira, que atravessa todo o recinto, com as suas sombras e açudes, será sempre o ex-líbris da Concentração de Góis. O vale do Ceira, com as várias praias fluviais, as piscinas naturais da Lousã, o Rio Alva, na zona de Arganil e a barragem de Santa Luzia na Pampilhosa da Serra, são excelentes locais para refrescar. Para alguns, à falta de um guronsan para a ressaca, sempre se pode dar um mergulho logo pela manhã. O efeito é praticamente o mesmo…

    9.º BIKE SHOW
    Durante a tarde de sábado, as repousantes sombras do Parque do Cerejal serviram, uma vez mais, de palco para uma boa mostra de motos transformadas, contando, mais uma vez, com a excelente organização do MC Aço na Estrada. Este ano, o local escolhido para a exibição das motos a concurso foi num cenário militar.

    Classificação por categorias
    RAT - 2.º Francisco – Kawasaki, 1.º Costinha – Yamaha XJ 700 - STRANGE - 2.º António Martins – Suzuki Bandit 600, 1.º Sérgio Silva – Honda Modo - STREETFIGHTER - 3.º Jorge Bastos – Honda CBR 600, 2.º Luís Ribeiro – Suzuki RF 600, 1.º Alexandre Magalhães – Honda Hornet 600 - CUSTOM - 3.º Mr. Lobo – Honda Shadow 600, 2.º Nando – Horex, 1.º João Santos – Yamaha XV1600 Wild Star - HARLEY - 2.º Costinha – H-D Sportster, 1.º Padacha – H-D Night Train - CHOPPER - 3.º Marco Vasco – Zundapp Ecila, 2.º Carlos Cruz (Patinhas) – Yamaha DT 125 MX, 1.º Estrondo – Estravagancia, BEST PAINT - Mr. Lobo – Honda Shadow 600, BEST BIKE - João Santos - Yamaha XV1600 Wild Star

    Chave de ouro a fechar as actuações no palco principal.
    Após 28 anos de carreira, o tempo parece não passar por eles. Com o recinto a abarrotar, brindaram o imenso público com um concerto grandioso fazendo, inclusivamente, três encores. Um palco bem iluminado, decoração interessante (uma Jukebox insuflável), grande presença, uma atitude altamente positiva, e claro, um rol de excelentes canções, foram os trunfos lançados por Tim, Zé Pedro, Gui, Kalú e João Cabeleira na noite de sábado. Os temas do reportório são autênticos hinos para várias gerações. Por tudo o que significam para a música em Portugal, mas também pelo exemplo que são de determinação, confiança e respeito pelo próximo, os Xutos & Pontapés merecem sempre o carinho com que o público os acolhe.

    Quase a completarem 30 anos de existência, António Manuel Ribeiro, alma e mentor da banda, presenteou-nos com um espectro de canções que abrange todos os períodos da banda. Desde o seminal “Cavalos de Corrida” até ao último sucesso “Matas-me Com o Teu Olhar”. A banda, que na verdade foi a mãe do movimento “Rock Português”, agitou o público fazendo-o vibrar com a actuação.

    IRIS c/ Orquestra Ensemble Petrov
    Directamente do Algarve, os Iris fizeram-se acompanhar pela Orquestra Ensemble Petrov, que emprestou uma sonoridade sinfónica às composições originais e às versões que os Iris habitualmente tocam ao vivo. Domingos Caetano, guitarrista virtuoso, e vocalista de voz aguda, influenciado pelo som que ouviu na juventude nos anos 80 (Hard-Rock e Heavy-Metal), terminou o espectáculo dedicando a emocionante versão do famoso “Adágio” de Albinoni a todos os motociclistas que já partiram.

    Extravagantes até mais não! Este colectivo de Coimbra, que foi buscar o nome à mundialmente famosa “casa de meninas” em Nevada, EUA, aposta num Rock’N’Roll competente que, por vezes, parece beber influências da sonoridade Rockabilly dos anos 60. O vocalista – Kaló – é precisamente o baterista, toca de pé, e dá-lhe com uma força impressionante. Parecia até estar “possuído”…

    Como toda a regra tem a sua excepção, os “Quem é o Bob?” foram a única banda no palco principal a não interpretar Rock. Mas souberam compensar-nos bem. Este projecto de Leiria é um grupo de tributo a Bob Marley & The Wailers e bastava escrever isso para dizer quase tudo. Prestar homenagem à música reggae é sinónimo de boa disposição, “boa onda” e de “tá-se bem”. Porém, os “Quem é o Bob?” acrescentam, ainda, a experiência de dois anos de estrada, espectáculos em semanas académicas em Leiria, Abrantes ou Évora e músicos de primeira craveira que, normalmente, acompanham David Fonseca, Wonderland ou Pop Del Bar.

    Banda de covers, os Stone são um colectivo com boa presença e som possante que aqueceu o público que se assomava ao recinto da concentração na noite de sexta-feira.

    Este ano a oferta, embora menos “violenta” (sim porque o bungee jumping do ano passado não era para todos…), foi mais variada. As opções disponíveis eram o Laser Tag, Sky Bike, Orbit Ball, Human Loop, Parede de Escalada e Slide.

    O habitual passeio, em velocidade reduzida, terminou em desfile pelas ruas da vila de Góis, fazendo-se assim a despedida até ao ano seguinte. É sempre um momento que atrai muito a atenção da população, por serem centenas de motos a desfilar, das mais bonitas às mais bizarras.

    Vários restaurantes, com extensas esplanadas, onde se pôde apreciar a boa e variada gastronomia beirã. Uma excelente oportunidade para uma pausa, num ambiente calmo e sereno, saboreando um bom vinho em convívio com os amigos.

    A habitual e procurada feira onde é possível encontrar de tudo, desde as farturas aos fatos de cabedal, de algumas novidades do sector motociclístico às representações de clubes.

    Inseridos no espaço da Feira, este ano havia ainda mais tatuadores do que no ano passado, ou não fosse este um clássico complemento do visual motard. De dia e de noite, eles perpetuavam a sua arte nos corpos dos participantes. Era visível a satisfação dos clientes, quando a tatuagem ficava finalmente pronta. Qualquer resquício da dor provocada pela agulha era eliminado nesse momento. E dizem que o mal é começar! Depois de feita a primeira tatuagem, não faltarão novas ideias para as próximas.

    Depois das actuações no grande palco, a tenda electrónica garantiu a animação pela noite dentro com excelentes DJ’s. O mote era pôr todo o tipo de pessoal “a bombar”, e pelo que vimos, o objectivo foi atingido.

    Distribuídos com a inscrição, os roteiros turísticos são duas diferentes propostas de passeio pela região, percorrendo
    as suas melhores paisagens, a gastronomia, as tradições, o artesanato e a hospitalidade beirã.

    Esta novidade apareceu na forma de passatempos e concursos de pintura para várias categorias.

    Como a consciência social do Góis Moto Clube é uma realidade, no domingo, durante a cerimónia de encerramento, foi feita a entrega simbólica de um cheque de 1500 euros ao projecto “Escolhas de Futuro”, promovido pela edilidade, que visa a inclusão escolar e integração comunitária, qualificação pessoal, empregabilidade e participação cívica dos jovens e das organizações.

    9.º ENCONTRO
    Mais uma edição deste carismático encontro, apoiado desde a primeira hora pela Honda Portugal, onde as pequenas motos são as vedetas. Decorreu sábado, dia 18.

    Pela terceira vez consecutiva, o Góis Moto Clube promoveu uma reunião dos característicos e prestigiados modelos Vespa. Estes modelos, cada vez mais populares em Portugal, proporcionaram um verdadeiro toque de alegria ao ambiente da concentração. Por lá, pudemos assistir a muito bons trabalhos de recuperação e restauro dos clássicos modelos da década de 60 e 70.

    GNR no local
    De presença discreta, mas efectuando algumas operações Stop, o balanço foi positivo, uma vez que não houve ocorrência de acidentes graves durante o período da concentração. Não foram interceptadas motos roubadas, houve sim alguns autos de contra-ordenação levantados por excesso de álcool, ausência de seguro ou de licença de condução, e matrículas tapadas ou retiradas. Mas mesmo assim, estas ocorrências foram em menor número absoluto do que em 2006. Tendo em conta que este ano houve uma maior afluência de motos do que no ano passado, podemos afirmar que, de um modo geral, os motociclistas tiveram um comportamento verdadeiramente exemplar.

    Já se sabe que erguer um evento desta dimensão não é tarefa fácil. Todavia, e com o passar dos anos, a experiência adquirida ajuda a soltar muitos nós, a notoriedade conquistada arrasta novos voluntários, e o amor pela região e pelas motos encarrega-se de fazer o resto. Esta 14ª. Concentração de Góis não foi excepção. A logística no local foi adequada para as solicitações e foi até perceptível a diminuição do tempo de espera na fila para as refeições. O palco principal estava munido de um sistema de luzes mais adequado do que no ano anterior. O INEM também esteve no recinto, mas felizmente não atendeu a nenhuma situação complicada. Em termos gerais, o Góis Moto Clube promoveu e realizou um evento pacífico e ordeiro, grandioso para a região (o segundo maior do género no nosso país, este ano com cerca de 16 mil pessoas entre inscritos e visitantes), reconhecido pelas mais diversas instâncias (políticas, sociais, económicas, culturais, policiais) e pela própria comunicação social como algo que dignifica o motociclismo em Portugal. Os amantes das motos agradecem!
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    Nº65 MOTO REPORT Maio 2007

    As motorizadas construídas em Portugal deram origem a uma classe de mecânicos que teve o seu auge nos anos 60, 70 e 80. A partir da década de 90 instaurouse um declínio natural. As causas? Várias. Desde o envelhecimento do parque circulante por consequência do fim da produção, ao envelhecimento dos próprios mecânicos, passando pela mutação nos gostos dos motociclistas que aos poucos se inclinavam para motos de outra gama, com outra tecnologia e vocacionadas para outros fins, a qual estes técnicos não conseguiam acompanhar, não esquecendo também o advento dos “papareformas” - aqueles “carros” que se podem conduzir sem carta de condução. Todos estes motivos ditaram a morte lenta das oficinas que prestavam serviços técnicos aos veículos de duas rodas construídos no nosso país. A MOTO REPORT resolveu visitar uma dessas casas. Fomos até à zona saloia, no concelho de Mafra, e falámos com um resistente dessa época: o Sr. José Frederico Bernardo Alves. Demos de caras com um presente que se confunde com as memórias do passado. O tempo em que as motos eram declaradamente taxadas com o Imposto de Luxo. Hoje também o são, mas sub-repticiamente.

    ”Trabalho nisto há já 50 anos. Antes de ir para a tropa tinha aqui uma oficina com o meu pai. Nessa altura trabalhava-se muito com bicicletas. Não havia muitas motorizadas. Depois apareceram aquelas marcas feitas em Portugal... e agora começam a desaparecer. Entretanto, fui para Angola cumprir o serviço militar e acabei por ter lá uma oficina de motos durante nove anos. Reparei muitas Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Vespa e Lambretta. Quando regressei, em 1972, abri esta casa... já lá vão 34 anos.” “Havia em tempos os vendedores de gelados que vinham de Lisboa em triciclos com motor Sachs para vender na feira da Malveira à quinta-feira. De vez em quando ficavam enrascados... e lá se dava um jeitinho.” O Sr. José Frederico Alves repara hoje exactamente os mesmos modelos de há três décadas atrás. Movimenta-se diariamente naquilo que a nós nos parece um filme de época. Na sua oficina à beira da estrada nacional, na Venda do Pinheiro, as motorizadas que vemos são Casal, Zündapp e Sachs. Ocasionalmente, uns triciclos e umas Vespa dão o ar da sua graça. Todas estas motos passaram o rigoroso teste do tempo. Ainda por cá andam. São fiáveis e aos poucos vão mostrando apetência para integrar colecções. No entanto, nota-se uma grande quebra no movimento. O fecho das fábricas, por exemplo, de Águeda, Anadia, Cantanhede e Aveiro ditou o fim desta actividade. A tendência será inevitavelmente para acabar. Talvez por isso sejam as bicicletas a ajudar a equilibrar o movimento da casa, já que – pelo menos por estes lados – vai havendo míngua daqueles motores de outrora. Só muito de vez em quando passam por lá uns amoladores da região. Vão sendo igualmente poucos... este também já não é o tempo deles. Há duas dezenas de anos eram clientes habituais e em quantidade. Trabalhos de bate-chapa e pintura não faz porque não tem instalações para isso. Agora, no que concerne a motores e outros componentes mecânicos, revira tudo do avesso. Monta pistões, bielas, rolamentos, carretos, tudo e mais alguma coisa. Apesar da idade destes modelos, há sempre peças novas à venda. Pelo menos as de mecânica. Algumas são portuguesas, mas muitas vêm de Itália. O trabalho que sobra para si é mesmo o de montagem. Selins, com mais ou menos dificuldade, ainda se conseguem desencantar. O problema é com depósitos e guarda-lamas. “É preciso vasculhar muito até encontrar... só usado”, revela. Quando lhe questionámos sobre as “manhas” mais comuns destas máquinas, o Sr. José não hesitou em apontar o dedo à introdução da electrónica, se bem que rudimentar, nalgumas Sachs. “Dantes, se a bobine se queimava, levava uma bobine. Depois, se precisasse de platinados, punham-se os platinados. Com os condensadores a mesma coisa. Era mais prático. Quando começaram a levar umas coisitas de electrónica foi mais complicado, porque obrigavam a substituir o conjunto todo.” O Sr. José não se aventura a mexer em motos “grandes”. Mas nas Yamaha DT e nas Honda NSR diz não ter problemas porque a mecânica é simples. Estes modelos são a imagem de uma geração mais nova, ao passo que os anteriores pertencem a pessoas de uma outra idade. Perguntámos-lhe se ainda dá umas voltinhas de moto, ao que nos responde: “Quando era mais novo andava. Agora só quando preciso.”

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    Nº64 MOTO REPORT Abril 2007

    O tuning das motos, tal como o dos carros, cativa quem o faz e quem o vê. Nos automóveis, os modelos sofrem “restylings”, grosso modo, a cada três anos, mas nos ciclomotores os intervalos de tempo são mais espaçados. As pessoas vão-se cansando de ver os mesmos modelos, durante anos a fio, sem alterações. Esse cansaço acumulado – de ver sempre a mesma coisa – começa então a disseminar-se um pouco por toda a parte e os utilizadores resolvem, eles próprios, iniciar um qualquer processo de transformação da sua moto. Se, por um lado, existe algum constrangimento financeiro, por outro acaba por ser ele, muitas vezes, o impulsionador para se tomar a decisão de “quitar” a motinha actual ao invés de comprar uma nova mais potente. Perde um sector do mercado mas ganha outro, o dedicado ao fornecimento de componentes de tuning. Como desafio até se torna interessante fazer com que uma “cinquenta” pareça tão bem decorada e tão desenvolta quanto uma “125”. Saiba este sector adaptar-se às novas realidades e nunca há-de morrer.

    Desde finais dos anos 90 que há um declínio geral do mercado, qualquer que seja a cilindrada. A legislação não ajudou, os incentivos desapareceram, os seguros agravaram-se e a sociedade adquiriu novos hábitos. Hoje, até as bicicletas estão em declínio. As que circulam por aí são modelos de topo de gama, compradas por gente adulta que as usa ao fim-de-semana para passear calmamente ou fazer BTT. Já não vemos crianças a andar de bicicleta naturalmente. É-lhes simplesmente vedada a oportunidade de se iniciarem nesse mundo das duas rodas. Há 30 atrás, a primeira bicicleta na vida das crianças surgia por volta dos três ou quatro anos de idade. Hoje em dia, se uma criança recebe a primeira bicicleta, na melhor das hipóteses, aos 11 ou 12 anos, dificilmente irá desenvolver daí o hobby, porque já teve um percurso anterior que a impede de apreciar e dedicar atenção àquele veículo, muito menos às motos e ao seu tuning. Quando tentámos aquilatar a faixa etária dos entusiastas deste tipo muito específico de actividade, Jorge Custódio, da Motoclasse, é peremptório na sua resposta: “Infelizmente são só pessoas a partir dos 17 anos.” Explica: “Aquela faixa etária dos 13 aos 17 anos, que dantes tinha muita «pica» pelas motos, que tantas vezes se iniciava nas scooters e evoluía mais tarde para uma moto com mudanças, está a desaparecer. Por razões sociais, que vão desde a gestão das prioridades familiares, ao mito de que as motos são perigosas, etc. Muitas vezes os adolescentes estão trancados em casa
    com outro tipo de actividades. Já os jovens a partir dos 18 anos, como alguns trabalham, têm mais disponibilidade financeira para desenvolverem o seu gosto pelo tuning.” E de facto esta conclusão é reveladora da importância que esta actividade tem para o sector, como, aliás, mais adiante desenvolve: “O tuning das cinquentas promove todo o sector, porque é um gosto que se cria, se desenvolve e se desmultiplica para os outros segmentos do mercado das motos, acompanhando a evolução desde a fase da adolescência até à vida adulta dos motociclistas. O que move o nosso ramo, a nível geral, são as 50cc e as 125cc. São o embrião de um gosto pessoal que perdurará e consequentemente promovem um sector inteiro a vários níveis (comércio de peças, vestuário, oficinas, eventos, etc.). Estas motos, de tão simples que são, quase que nos ensinam a andar... e a cair, o que também é importante. São o ritual de iniciação, sem o qual existirão cada vez menos motociclistas.” Habitualmente, os modelos favoritos para o tuning são, em scooters, as Yamaha Aerox e BWS, as Gilera Typhoon, Runner e NRG. Se falarmos de motos com mudanças, as mais populares são a Yamaha DT (embora as novas versões não sejam tão afamadas como as anteriores em termos de fiabilidade), as Honda CRM e NSR, Aprilia RX e RS50 Xtrema e a Suzuki RMX. Na classe 125cc, as rainhas são a Yamaha DTR e Honda NSR.

    Transformar a estética ou a mecânica?
    As duas coisas. Pela estética é mais fácil e o resultado mais imediato. Este tuning é cada vez mais ousado e acaba por conferir uma certa graça aos modelos que todos conhecemos, se bem que por vezes a transformação acaba por roçar o espampanante. Quanto ao tuning de potência, sempre existiu e a “malta” mais radical – que tem sempre uma costela a puxar para a competição – acaba, na medida das suas possibilidades, por se aventurar a “mexer” na mecânica. Aqui convém frisar que existe sempre um compromisso entre prestações e durabilidade. Os motores são concebidos com uma determinada fiabilidade, sujeita a intervalos de
    tolerância, e quando optamos por encurtar esses intervalos, por via do incremento das três variáveis (modificações, prestações e desgaste), devemos ter consciência de que a longevidade “de origem” já não poderá ser garantida. Parte dos componentes já não são os mesmos, e os que ainda o são, encontram-se sujeitos a esforços adicionais. Todavia, o que se perde na fiabilidade, poder-se-á ganhar no gozo e na satisfação. É uma relação de compromisso como qualquer outra.

    O que modificar
    Vamos partir da Yamaha DT como base, por sabermos que é um modelo muito vulgar. A receita do Jorge Custódio é a seguinte: “Temos de colocá-la supermotard. Transformam-se as rodas, o estilo do guiador, suspensões, ou seja, torna-se a moto mais pequena, mas também mais encorpada, e isso vai fazer com que haja realmente uma mudança para uma estética totalmente diferente, o que muitas vezes leva a que a «cinquenta» se pareça com uma «125». Devemos transformar os aros, pelo menos à frente, de roda grande para roda pequena, ou seja, de roda 19’’ para roda 17’’. Os pneus deixam de ser cardados e passam a ser uns racing para utilização em estrada. Depois os aros devem ser em alumínio. O guiador estilo fat-bar, mais largo, requer umas abraçadeiras próprias para fixação ao “Tê”. A moto fica mais baixa, com uma maior distância entre punhos, o que a torna mais resistente e com maior sensação de aderência à estrada. Muitas vezes altera-se também o amortecedor de trás. Os guarda-lamas devem ser mais curtos para acompanharem a alteração feita ao nível das rodas. Depois há imensas carenagens que se podem adequar ao estilo dos novos guarda-lamas colocados. As micas e os farolins devem também ser substituídas de forma a ficar tudo enquadrado com a estética final. Os aceleradores também se mudam. Em vez de terem as manetes acopladas, passam a ter acelerador rápido com o curso maior. Os comandos da iluminação ficam à parte, com interruptores pequenos. As cores a utilizar variam entre o muito garrido e os verde-água ou azul-água o que atribui à moto um estilo muito diferente. Os pousa-pés deixam de ser de borracha e passam a ser de alumínio, tanto à frente como atrás, e de preferência coloridos (da cor da moto).” “Na mecânica as transformações podem ser variadíssimas. O mais comum é colocar uma cambota nova, com um curso superior, porque os cilindros que existem para o efeito são de 54/55mm, praticamente iguais aos da DTR (56mm), portanto a diferença é mínima. Esses cilindros por serem mais altos exigem que a cambota tenha um curso superior para que o pistão chegue à parte de cima e fique nivelado com o respectivo cilindro. Logicamente, é preciso alterar o carburador. Este é um componente fundamental porque a moto vai precisar de admitir mais gasolina e só o consegue com um de corpo mais largo (28mm, 30mm, 32mm ou 34mm). Outro componente importante é um rotor electrónico. Ele dá mais potência. Ideal para complementar um cilindro largo. Nessa sequência, falta também um filtro de ar cónico reutilizável para melhorar a mistura. O escape, que muito interfere no rendimento dos motores, deverá ser igualmente alterado no caso de se terem feito as modificações anteriores. Seja industrial ou artesanal, um escape é caro (entre 150 a 250 euros), pelo que devemos contar com verba para ele logo desde o início do processo de transformação. A embraiagem deixa de ser de três discos e passa a ser de quatro. Muitas vezes utilizam-se até embraiagens de modelos de competição de Cross (YZ80 ou da CR80). Mas isso é muito ousado, e em caso de necessidade de substituição é preciso vasculhar um pouco à procura de um sistema igual. A transmissão (pinhão de ataque e cremalheira) deve também ser ajustada. Provavelmente terá de ser toda nova. Mas só analisando caso a caso. Por fim, a travagem. Os discos de travão devem ser em flor porque dão um aspecto mais radical. As bombas de travão devem ser duas em vez de uma, pois se a moto vai ser muito mais potente, requererá maior prontidão ao travar”, concluiu. Bom... e após tantas dicas que aqui ficaram, indicadas por quem realmente percebe do assunto, resta-nos aguardar para ver algumas destas pequenas “grandes” motos a circular por aí, influenciadas por este artigo. Aguardamos essas fotos!

    Agradecimentos: A MOTO REPORT agradece a toda a equipa da Motoclasse o apoio e facilidades concedidas para a realização deste trabalho, especialmente ao Jorge Custódio, que, mesmo engripado e atarefado, partilhou connosco humildemente os seus conhecimentos. Também uma palavra de apreço ao Hugo Faustino. Bem hajam!

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              BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Close Theatre in the Park's 2017 Season This Weekend        

    With a tale as old as time, Disney's enchanting musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST continues to waltz onstage at Theatre in the Park tonight, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 5. Curtain time is 8:30 p.m.

    Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a co-production with the Jewish Community Center featuring an all-local cast. The musical had a three-week run a The J's White Theatre prior to its magical transformation to the park amphitheater. Steven Eubank directs this production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with musical direction by Pam Williamson and choreography by Mindy Moritz. It is rated G.

    With Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is based on the Academy Award-winning animated film. This classic story centers on Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. When Belle finds herself held captive by the Beast, she meets the most unusual enchanted servants if the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

    "Beauty and the Beast has it all - drama, comedy, fantasy and adventure," Eubank said. "In addition, the score contains well-loved songs, the musical has large group dance numbers, the costumes and sets are imaginative and creative. Disney always invites us to escape into a fantastic and fabulous world."

    Eubank said Belle exemplifies a powerful, young independent woman. "She does not conform to the pressures of her community. She dares to be different," Eubank said. "She embraces her intelligence and values education. Although this musical is set in a time period before electric lights, running water, automobiles or modern technology, Belle is an ideal role model for children in the 21st century."

    Tickets for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST $8 for adults, $6 for youth, and children three and under may attend for free (but require a ticket for entrance). Limited reserve seating and parking is available; lawn chairs may also be rented nightly at the theatre. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the theatre box office the nights of performance.

    Early this season, TTIP inaugurated its INDOOR theatre program at the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center with the musical GREASE. The remainder of the INDOOR season will be announced soon.

    The Theatre in the Park Outdoor is located in Shawnee Mission Park at 7710 Renner Road, in Shawnee, KS, and is a program of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. TTIP is the largest outdoor community theater in the country, and has been providing quality theatre entertainment in the community for more than four decades. Sponsors of the 2017 season include First National Bank and Shawnee Mission Health. For more information, visit

    Cast of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST:

    (Performer, Character Name, City, State)

    Tyler Armer, Ensemble - Prairie Village, KS

    Whitney Armstrong, Madam - Overland Park, KS

    Morgan Ball, Ensemble - Lees Summit, MO

    Jerry Birts, Ensemble - Kansas City, KS

    Cole Bracken, Ensemble - Kansas City, MO

    Lauren Chandler, Silly Girl - Olathe, KS

    Madeline Clem, Babette - Liberty, MO

    Amanda Dulny, Silly Girl- Shawnee, KS

    Scott Fagan, Beast- Kansas City, MO

    Dalton Homolka, Lumier - Leawood, KS

    Katie Hulla, Silly Girl - Overland Park, KS

    Finnegan Jones, Chip -Overland Park, KS

    Curt Knupp, Maurice - Kansas City, MO

    Matt Messing, Gaston - Overland Park, KS

    Anna Murrow, Ensemble, Olathe, KS

    Wendy Musick, Mrs. Potts - Raymore, MO

    Paris Naster, Belle - Overland Park, KS

    McKenna Neef, Ensemble - Leawood, KS

    Colin Rohach, Lefou - Leawood, KS

    Austin Shively, Cogsworth - Olathe, KS

    Brant Stacy, Ensemble- Olathe, KS

              BWW Review: LIMINAL STATE at 2017 KC Fringe Festival        

    "Liminal State - A Travel's Guide" now in performance at Musical Theatre Heritage's Main Stage in Crown Center as part of the 2017 Kansas City Fringe Festival is absolute experimental theater. Directed by Fishtank Theatre Founder Heidi Van and Logan Black, the directors offer an experiential hour spent in a state of being between what the audience knows and what the performers and directors want them to feel.

    If all this seems a little too mystic, I suspect that is because that was the intent. Honesty, this viewer didn't get it. That doesn't mean that there isn't a bunch to chew on from this presentation. There is value. "Limanal State" is deliberately conceived, impressively scored, inventively lit, delicately performed, and detailed in a most intimate way.

    The audience enters the theater and elements of the performance are already in progress. Sparse settings and set pieces in various states of being refer to more than we can know. Seven women dancers / actors flow around the stage, occasionally connecting with each other before spinning off in various orbits as if they were electrons circling a nuclear center. It would seem random if the movements were not so obviously calculated.

    The women are dressed in spandex white tops and flowing black bottoms slit up the sides to reveAl White tights. Around their necks are translucent hats, scarves, costume acoutrements - call them what you will - that can be used as props during the performance. The actors are Lindsay Adams, Jamie Turner, Emily Sukolics, Mackenzie Goodwin, Aimee Nelson, Stephanie Laaker, and Bethany Elliot.

    The show is divided into a number of scenes. Some depict birth, some life, some coming of age, some age, some death, and some show the essence of existence in between. There is no dialogue or leading character. Different ladies take the lead in different sections of the piece. A deliberateness to the performances demonstrates the seriousness and intent.

    Prior to the beginning of the exhibition, the directors explain just enough of what is going to be displayed to make the audience wonder. They say it has it roots in an idea that manifested during the U.S. post World War II occupation of Japan and the Japanese cultural reaction to thousands of new American personnel suddenly in their midst. One wonders about the possibility of a statement about current political turmoil or a comment about the introduction of nuclear weapons into 1945 Japan, but l cannot be sure what were the creator's intents.

    There is a tendency, especially on the part of my twisted mind, to say something flip about "Liminal State." Instead, I am reminded of exercises in movement and improvisation that I experienced while briefly a student at the Goodman in Chicago only in this case the exercise is taken to the next level.

    If there is a place for proper experimental theater, than Fringe is it. I didn't get it, but that doesn't mean that you (as an audience member) won't. Find your own bliss and level of involvement. "Liminal State" closes Saturday night at MTH.

              Regional Roundup 7/28: WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre, MAMMA MIA! at The Gateway, and SOMETHING ROTTEN in Kansas City!        

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Something Rotten, and More!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!

    St. Louis: Check out video highlights from The Muny's production of UNSINKABLE Molly Brown! Hannibal Missouri's own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson's 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and new songs from the Meredith Willson songbook. The tempestuous can't-live-with-him/can't-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage with more fun and flair than ever. This is one of those classic musicals that will have your heart soaring! The show is directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, with Michael Rafter as Music Adaptation, Music Director, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements.

    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews WEST SIDE STORY at the Lyric Theatre! He writes "Matthew Gardiner directs this show with conviction and authenticity. Placing the acting front-and-center (let's face it, acting is often the forgotten component in many musical productions) Gardiner carefully crafts the scenes for maximum emotional impact, building the symphony of Arthur Laurents' script as precisely as he does Leonard Bernstein's score. It's definitely worth noting how fabulous the orchestra sounds, led by the baton of music director Jan McDaniel. Choreographer Amy Reynolds-Reed recreates the critical and iconic moments of Jerome Robbins' original staging, but adds quite a few novel and contemporary surprises without ever taking us out of the world of the play."

    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews MAMMA MIA at The Gateway! She writes "Briana Rapa is adorable as Sophie. An outstanding voice and a youthful quality make her a natural for the role. Donna is effortlessly and beautifully portrayed by Joan Hess. Indeed an audience favorite is Ms. Hess's lead on the iconic title song and a heart tugging rendition of "The Winner Takes It All". Also a treat is Patrick Cassidy who portrays Sam, one of the men believed to be Sophie's father. It is especially entertaining to see Mr. Cassidy share the stage with David Engel and Fred Inkley who portray Harry and Bill, respectively (the other men believed to be Sophie's father). They appear like old buddies rather than strangers."

    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews SOMETHING ROTTEN on tour! He writes "This is where the show really takes off and never lands. There are more funny allusions to musical shows of the next three hundred years than a retrospective at the Tony Awards. Some of them you get - Others fly on by. It is like watching an Elizabethan Henny Youngman throwing out one-liners. Their first idea for a show subject is the "Black Death." Close, but no cigar. Back to Shakespeare! The real man was a little pudgy and bald. This Shakespeare is a blond, nasty, literal rock star who presides over a rave. If this sounds a little bit like Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, you've got the idea. It is the kind of creative anachronism you enjoyed in "A Knight's Tale" with the late Heath Ledger."

    Seattle: Contributor Jay Irwin reviews CURIOUS INCIDENT at the Paramount. He writes "Director Marianne Elliott took the genius tact of staging the entire show so the audience is forced to see the world the way Christopher does with intense lights, overlapping sounds, and stylized movement making the piece a fully immersive journey into an already emotional tale. And this is where we may lose some people. I find the world they've created fascinating and revel in the innovation of it all but it's not a comfortable show. This is certainly not a happy little jaunt where you can wander through the story, these folks make you work for it and even when you think you've finally got the rhythm of the show down they make a sharp left turn to throw you off again. But if you are up for the work, the payoff is immense."

    Raleigh: Contributor Jeffrey Kare reviews BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at North Carolina Theatre. He writes "As for this production, it's got a very talented cast led by Catherine Charlebois, who perfectly captures all of the characteristics of Belle. She's spunky, funny, charismatic, and a woman who can easily stand up for herself. As the Beast (a role originated on Broadway by NCT alumni Terrence Mann), actor Ben Michael not only shows us the monster that character can be on the outside, but also the human he is on the inside. He very successfully sells the audience on the arc he goes on from selfish prince, to a real gentleman. Peter Saide steals the show as the narcissistic, yet villainous Gaston, who will stop at nothing to marry Belle. Heartfelt performances come from Ann Van Cleave as the maternal head of the castle's kitchen turned teapot, Mrs. Potts and Lamont Wade as Belle's loving, yet eccentric father, Maurice. Comedic highlights include Dirk Lumbard as the maitre turned candelabra, Lumiere; Michael Brian Dunn as the head of the castle turned mantle clock, Cogsworth; Matthew Simpkins as Gaston's bumbling sidekick, Lefou; Talia Robinson as the maid turned feather duster, Babette; and Aimee Henderson as the opera singer turned wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche."

    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews The Muny's THE UNSINKABLE Molly Brown. He writes "Beth Malone is a self assured wonder as Molly, engaging and full of life, she brings her knowledge of the role to the stage of the MUNY and completely captures your heart with her performance. Since we view every other character through her prism, it's essential that she stands out, and Malone definitely does. Mark Kudisch fights a tug of war with Molly as her beleaguered, but supportive husband, J.J. Brown. Molly isn't typical of the times by anyone's standards, so it's a true test of love that keeps them together when that bond is strained, and it is, often. Whitney Bashor is quite good as a recent widow (there's that miner superstition coming true) Molly encounters, and Justin Guarini (Vincenzo), David Abeles (Erich), and Paolo Montalban (Arthur) contribute nicely as miners. The ensemble also does splendid work."

    Connecticut: Contributor Sherry Shameer Cohen reviews GROUNDED at Wesport Theatre. She writes "This portrait, flawlessly played by Stahlmann, is not unusual. Many soldiers suffer from PTST. The play evokes questions about that, especially since women are twice as likely to get it. How do women soldiers reconcile their ability to kill and their ability to give life? StahlmAnn Humanizes the pilot and her meltdown in a credible way. Riccardo Hernandez's simple military/industrial set design complements the dismal work conditions of the drone operators. Kate Marvin's sound design and Solomon Weisbard's lighting are perfect. But Yana Birÿkova's projections are spectacular. Kudos also to Liz Diamond for her excellent direction. This is a play that is especially timely because this year is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. military service's using clones (also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles) and the fact that the U.S. is still at war in Afghanistan after nearly 16 years. The Air Force is training more pilots for drones than for conventional aircraft. As of mid-2016, there have been an estimated 4,189 militants and 479 civilians killed by drones."

    Central NY: Contrinutor Natasha Ashley reviews AMERICAN IDIOT at the Centreal NY Playhouse. She writes "The set is not the only strong element though. Let's discuss the dancing and music. The production features high energy choreography by Sami Hoerner which consisted mostly of moshing, a type of dance that is commonly seen at punk rock live music show. It, along with the music performed by a talented orchestra under the direction of Abel Searor, helped fuel the electric atmosphere. Together, they offer a headbanging good time, but unfortunately, at times the sound design/mixing work by Robert Searle (Sound Designer) and Dusten Blake (Sound Mixer) made it hard to hear and/or understand the lyrics in various musical numbers.:

    Baltimore: Contributor Charles Shubow reviews THE KING AND I on tour at the Kennedy Centre. He writes "The hit musical has been revived four times on Broadway. The latest incarnation was the Lincoln Center Theatre production in 1995 which garnered four Tony Awards starring Kelli O'Hara in the leading role of Anna and the DC production is based on that success with about 1/3 of the Lincoln Center cast still involved and has a total of 37 actors on stage. "Anna" is now played by lovely Laura Michele Kelly who I listen to almost every day on the CD of the hit musical FINDING NEVERLAND. Kelly is just plain marvelous."

    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Ronn Burton
    Oklahoma Contributing Editor

    Ronn Burton splits his time between NYC and OKC working as an actor, filmmaker, and director. Selected credits... ACTOR: TV/Film: Celebrity Ghost Stories, Enchantments. Off-Broadway/New York Theatre: Carnegie Hall concerts with Kelli O'Hara and Stephen Sondheim, Iron Curtain, Wonderful Town, The House of Blue Leaves, Marat/Sade, Angelina Ballerina the Musical. Regional Theatre: Red, Dog Sees God, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Little Women, The Last Five Years, Rent, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hello, Dolly! DIRECTOR: Stage: The Agony and The Agony, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Hello Again; Film: Encounters, Abandon, and the firsr live webseries Watch Us Fail. Follow him @RonnBurton.

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              Un compendio de estupidez humana        
    Un compendio de estupidez humana

    Por Edgardo Civallero

    Caminamos con Sara por las destrozadas calles de nuestro barrio de Córdoba. Vamos indignados, charlando sobre los altos impuestos que debemos pagar los ciudadanos para (sobre)vivir en una urbe con un aspecto y un funcionamiento deplorables. A nuestro lado pasan una docena de carros de cartoneros, tirados por caballos flacos como el famoso Rocinante, toda una estampa del tan mentado "subdesarrollo". Entramos a un supermercado y padecemos el desabastecimiento, los exagerados precios de la inflación y los manejos especuladores de los comerciantes. Compramos muy poco, lo básico para poder seguir comiendo. Hay alimentos que no vemos o no podemos comprar desde hace meses. De retorno a casa, nos cruzamos con varias unidades de transporte urbano que parecen sacadas de una película de la Guerra Mundial (la Primera). Antes de llegar a la puerta de nuestro edificio, debemos sortear basuras no recogidas desde hace dos días y tres derrames de aguas fecales que inundan las aceras... y que nadie se preocupa por reparar.

    Tras eso, encendemos la radio y escuchamos las noticias y los discursos políticos y presidenciales. Hablan del "crecimiento" y el "bienestar" del país, de "políticas redistributivas" para "los pobres", y de las cifras y porcentajes (datos falsos, todos lo sabemos) que el Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas argentino genera para dar placer a la cúpula presidencial, que de esa forma puede mantener su discurso "salvador". Hablan también de los planes presidenciales para construir un tren de alta velocidad y para construir algunos hospitales y escuelas.

    Al lado de esas declaraciones oficiales, escuchamos las denuncias de escuelas rurales, que cuentan como sus niños deben viajar tres o cuatro horas a lomo de caballería para llegar a clases, padeciendo fríos de bajo cero, para luego soportar el mismo frío dentro del aula, pues no hay ni gas ni electricidad. Son los mismos niños que llevan los carros cartoneros. Escuchamos las narraciones de los que trabajan en las rutas del interior del país, esas que son apenas transitables. Escuchamos las quejas de los ancianos, que apenas si pueden comprar un medicamento. Y vemos, con nuestros propios ojos, el funcionamiento de los hospitales y transportes públicos... que, por cierto, funcionan cuando quieren o pueden.

    En ese punto, tanto Sara como yo nos permitimos preguntar lo siguiente: los que escriben los discursos oficiales ¿creen que somos estúpidos? ¿Creen que no vivimos todos los días una realidad opresiva, que apesta, que nos toma a todos los ciudadanos de rehenes de una situación deprimente, contra la cual nada podemos hacer, por mucho que luchemos?

    ¿O quizás los estúpidos son ellos? ¿O los medios de comunicación, que aún difunden esas noticias? ¿O los libros de historia y sociología, que en años venideros escribirán verdaderos mitos, lejanos a la vida real de la gente de la calle, de todos nosotros?

    Hace casi medio siglo, el escritor húngaro Paul Tabori escribió un libro que considero magnífico. El título original era "Natural History of Stupidity". En castellano se tradujo como "Historia de la Estupidez Humana".

    Además de intentar definir el término "estupidez" en un denso primer capítulo, Tabori realiza una revisión más o menos académica de numerosos documentos (manuscritos, archivos, incunables, ediciones antiguas) y extrae de ellos una colección variopinta de ejemplos de verdadera estupidez humana. Tales ejemplos abarcan temas como el ansia por el oro, el ceremonial de las cortes, los árboles genealógicos falsos, la densa (y ridícula) burocracia, las leyes (muchas de ellas, más ridículas aún), las dudas, los mitos y el amor.

    El libro no tiene desperdicio. Cada párrafo es asombroso, y el lector va saltando de estupidez en estupidez –a cual más increíble, todas ellas bien documentadas– a lo largo de la historia de la humanidad. Si pueden conseguirlo, no dejen de leerlo.

    Creo que Tabori olvidó incluir, en su libro, un capítulo sobre discurso político y medios de comunicación. Porque las cosas que allí se creen, se dicen y se hacen (al menos en este país nuestro) son magníficos ejemplos de idiotez profunda. Una idiotez contra la que nada podemos hacer. Sólo podemos soportarla y aprender a tomárnosla con risas (por no llorar, claro).

    Paul Tabori nació en Budapest, Hungría, en 1908. Se educó en Hungría, Austria y Alemania, y se graduó como doctor en Ciencias Económicas y Políticas por la Universidad de Budapest. Entre las dos guerras mundiales, vivió en 17 países como corresponsal. En 1937 se asentó en Londres, donde desarrolló una actividad verdaderamente febril, como periodista y autor. Entre 1943 y 1948 escribió numerosos guiones para London Films, y en los 50' hizo lo mismo en Hollywood. Para la década de los 70', Tabori había escrito más de 30 guiones cinematográficos y un centenar para series de televisión. Participó como miembro en numerosas asociaciones internacionales de escritores, siendo cofundador de la International Writer's Fund. En sus últimos tiempos dictó clases en universidades como la Fairfield Dickinson, el City College de Nueva York y la Universidad de Illinois.

    "Historia de la estupidez humana" comienza con el siguiente párrafo. ¿Necesita este libro mejor presentación que la que proporciona el propio autor?

    "Este libro trata de la estupidez, la tontería, la imbecilidad, la incapacidad, la torpeza, la vacuidad, la estrechez de miras, la fatuidad, la idiotez, la locura, el desvarío. Estudia a los estúpidos, los necios, los seres de inteligencia menguada, los de pocas luces, los débiles mentales, los tontos, los bobos, los superficiales, los mentecatos, los novatos y los que chochean, los simples, los desequilibrados, los chiflados, los irresponsables, los embrutecidos. En él nos proponemos presentar una galería de payasos, simplotes, badulaques, papanatas, peleles, zotes, bodoques, pazguatos, zopencos, estólidos, majaderos y energúmenos de ayer y de hoy. Describirá y analizará hechos irracionales, insensatos, absurdos, tontos, mal concebidos, imbéciles... y por ahí adelante. ¿Hay algo más característico de nuestra humanidad que el hecho de que el Thesaurus de Roget consagre seis columnas a los sinónimos, verbos, nombres y adjetivos de la "estupidez", mientras la palabra "sensatez" apenas ocupa una?"

    Algún día, alguien escribirá una "historia de la estupidez política". Y estoy seguro de que encontrará bastante material en los periódicos y anales argentinos. Aunque, si debo ser sincero, en ningún periódico internacional, nacional o regional se muestra todo lo que vivimos a diario muchos argentinos (situación que quizás se replique en otros países). Sólo se publica y difunde el discurso oficial, o el opositor, igual de vacío. Los de abajo, los de siempre, quedamos mudos y con las manos atadas. Quizás ese libro futuro debería incluir también a los medios de comunicación entre sus temas...

    Aunque, ahora que lo pienso, me pregunto si debería hablar de estupidez o de hipocresía, opresión y abuso.

    Un abrazo desde Córdoba

    PD. Para aquellos desinformados, les comento que acabamos de "salir" de un conflicto entre el gobierno nacional argentino y parte del sector agrario, que ha durado 100 días. Los problemas que motivaron el conflicto han comenzado a discutirse en el Congreso de la Nación. Eso ha sido lo que han cubierto los periódicos internacionales. Pero nadie ha hablado de lo que padecía antes de ese conflicto el pueblo argentino, ni de lo que sigue padeciendo. Como pantalla de humo para ocultar otros problemas más graves, el conflicto ha sido estupendo. Mientras tanto, nosotros seguimos aquí. Sobreviviendo.


              El calentamiento global y nosotros        
    El calentamiento global y nosotros

    Evaluando nuestra responsabilidad ambiental y profesional

    Por Elaine Harger
    Traducido por Sara Plaza

    Mientras iba conduciendo por las Montañas Rocosas en Montana el verano pasado, se me rompió el corazón al ver un montón de árboles de color óxido esparcidos entre los bosques de un verde imponente habitualmente. En algunos lugares parecía que entre un 20 y un 30 % de ellos estuvieran muertos, y de hecho lo están – asesinados por un escarabajo cuyo único depredador es el frío extremo de los inviernos de Montana, ellos mismos enfrentados a la amenaza de verse extinguidos debido al calentamiento global.

    ¿Qué tiene que ver la muerte de los pinares con la bibliotecología? ¿Es el calentamiento global una "cuestión bibliotecaria"? Muchos bibliotecarios opinan que la provisión de libros, programación y otro tipo de información relacionada con temas medioambientales es suficiente para cumplir con las obligaciones de la bibliotecología. Algunos consideran que necesitamos equilibrar la crisis medioambiental con fuentes que nieguen la responsabilidad humana en ella. Sin embargo, me he dado cuenta de que el calentamiento global está en el corazón de nuestras preocupaciones profesionales de varias formas.

    Hace poco, participando en un grupo de discusión del Northwest Earth Institute, denominado: Changing CO2urse, calculé mi perfil de CO2. La producción media de emisiones de CO2 por persona en los Estados Unidos es de 122 libras [una libra equivale a 454 gramos]. Alrededor de 65 libras están bajo el control de cada individuo, mientras que las otras 57 libras es la parte proporcional que le corresponde a cada persona de las emisiones producidas por los negocios, las industrias, los generadores eléctricos y los sistemas de transporte que constituyen parte de nuestra sociedad actual.

    Comparativamente, la media diaria de las emisiones de CO2 por personas en el resto del mundo es de 24 libras. Y, según parece, los ecosistemas terrestres pueden procesar completamente solo 9 libras de CO2 por día por persona.

    Para calcular nuestro perfil personal de carbono, recogemos las facturas de gas de nuestros vehículos y las de nuestros servicios públicos, y contabilizamos el número de viajes en avión que realizamos al año.

    Mi producción de CO2 alcanza las 34 libras por día, más baja que la media norteamericana, en primer lugar porque voy caminando al trabajo y utilizo mi coche lo menos posible.

    Esta información planteaba una cuestión profunda y desencadenó un periodo de total desmoralización surgida al contemplar sus implicaciones: ¿Cómo puedo reducir mi producción personal de CO2 de 34 + 57 = 91 libras por día a 9? Lo que me permitió salir de mis sentimientos absolutamente derrotistas fue darme cuenta de lo siguiente:

    – En primer lugar, yo personalmente no tengo la responsabilidad de reducir 57 de esas libras: es una tarea que corresponde a toda la sociedad, incluida la bibliotecología.
    – Segundo, cualquier reducción de mis 34 libras personales tendría que incluir mis viajes en avión a los congresos profesionales, que normalmente son los únicos vuelos que realizo.
    – Tercero, formo parte de la tercera generación de productores de CO2. La mayoría de mis antecesores vivieron bien produciendo mucho menos de 9 libras de CO2 por día.
    – Cuarto, la tarea de convertir nuestras vidas de destructoras de la tierra en sostenedoras de la misma está llena de aventura y es tan prometedora como cualquiera de las tareas que ha encarado siempre la humanidad. Todo lo que necesitamos es reactivar algo de ese espíritu humano tan positivo de poder hacerlo, y la bibliotecología puede ayudar enormemente a ello.

    Para quienes comienzan, podéis organizar en vuestra biblioteca una proyección del documental del año 2006, Who Killed the Electric Car?, y preguntarle a la audiencia que imaginen cada estación de gas albergando baterías recargables de energía solar en lugar de gasolina.

    Patrocinar y participar en los grupos de discusión del Northwest Earth Institute, de manera que vuestra comunidad pueda explorar las posibilidades de crear relaciones sostenibles con vuestra región bio–región.

    Viajar por el mundo a través de los libros en lugar de hacerlo como turistas escupiendo CO2.

    Y por último, vamos a repensar los congresos del ALA [Asociación Estadounidense de Bibliotecas]. Dar a los encuentros de invierno y anuales del ALA un toque "verde" no consiste en discutir si los centros de convenciones reciclan o no el papel. Necesitamos repensar la necesidad real de estos encuentros nacionales porque no son sostenibles dadas las actuales condiciones.

    Elaine Harger es bibliotecaria de la Mount Si High School en Snoqualmie, Washington, y miembro del consejo del ALA.
    American Libraries / April 2008 / On my Mind / Opinion


              Reflexiones sobre las herramientas manuales        
    Reflexiones sobre las herramientas manuales

    Por Jan Stürmann
    Extraído del libro The Hand-Sculpted House escrito por Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, y Linda Smiley

    La creencia incuestionable de la carpintería actual revela que sin el uso extensivo de herramientas eléctricas no podemos construir eficazmente ni de manera rentable, ni siquiera bien. Yo cuestiono esa creencia.

    Yo construyo tanto casas convencionales, donde lo primero que te encuentras es la electricidad, como casas naturales, donde a menudo se incorpora con posterioridad.

    Trabajar en estas casas naturales me ha servido para confrontar mis propios prejuicios y los placeres de utilizar herramientas manuales.

    De ellas obtengo un sentido de profunda satisfacción que jamás he encontrado en las herramientas eléctricas. Al entrar en la caseta de las herramientas, mis manos automáticamente alcanzan mi formón favorito, el hacha, la hachuela. Una necesidad de tocar, de acariciar. Sopeso el formón de tres pulgadas de grosor. Le encontré oxidado en un viejo granero, el filo mellado, el hueco del mango enmohecido donde algún idiota lo había golpeado con un martillo. Me lo llevé a casa como a un animal herido, le retiré la rebaba, limpié la herrumbre, tallé el mango a partir de un trozo de madera de arce y lo afilé. El formón revivió para mí, canta en mis manos, recortando gruesos bucles de madera. Me encanta mirarlo, sostenerlo. Nunca me he sentido así con una herramienta eléctrica. Mi mano nunca se estira para alcanzar esos pesos muertos de plástico y metal en la estantería.

    ¿Por qué cuando uso una sierra circular, el taladro o la sierra de cadena durante cierto tiempo me siento como el hombre biónico, duro, rígido, en guerra con alguien o algo, forzado a llevar gafas protectoras, protección en los oídos y mascarillas para proteger mi frágil cuerpo? ¿Por qué después de un día utilizando el berbiquí y la barrena, los formones, un cepillo, mi cuerpo está relajado, mi mente tranquila, como cuando se puede escuchar el silencio del universo después de hacer el amor? Una cosa te debilita, la otra te nutre. Un misterio.

    Sin embargo, el poderío seduce. El peso bruto de una sierra de cadena en tus manos. Los berridos del motor, agridulces volutas de humo ascendiendo a través de la cavidad nasal hasta el cerebro. Los árboles caen como alfileres. Menudo subidón, una euforia que no tenemos la responsabilidad de manejar.

    Las herramientas eléctricas nos dan un poder que no nos pertenece. Nos lo prestan de manera indiscriminada. Pero en algún punto de la cadena lo tenemos que devolver – con intereses. Inevitablemente terminamos pagando mucho más por el poder que no es nuestro de lo que ganamos con él. Poco a poco me voy dando cuenta de que esto es verdad, no abstracta o intuitivamente, sino prácticamente.

    Mientras escribía esto conseguí un trabajo para colocar unos armarios en una casa enorme de Los Ángeles. Juntas complejas, piezas a la medida – un dolor de cabeza, pero una oportunidad para examinar el sentido práctico de utilizar herramientas manuales cuando las convenciones dictan herramientas eléctricas. Cada mañana, para apaciguar al contratista, desenrollé los alargues, pero a partir de ese momento actué y experimenté.

    Trabajar con madera consiste sobre todo en cortar elementos de una cierta longitud y colocarlos en su lugar. Si todo fuese lo mismo, yo trabajo más rápido con una sierra mecánica y una pistola de clavos que con un serrucho y un martillo. Pero me di cuenta de que no todo es igual. Tardo un minuto en inclinarme hacia mi cinturón de herramientas, donde se encuentran mi martillo y mi serrucho. Sin embargo me lleva veinte minutos desenrollar los alargues, luchar con las distintas cuchillas, arrastrar el compresor, colocar los tubos de aspiración y conseguir que la electricidad llegue hasta donde yo quiero.

    Tardo medio minuto en cortar 1 x 4 con el serrucho kataba japonés, o diez segundos con una mecánica. Pero si quiero seguir escuchando a Beethoven y leyendo Funny Times a los ochenta, necesito ponerme gafas protectoras y protectores en los oídos antes de apretar el interruptor; por ende, hay que sumar algunos segundos más. El susurro del serrucho no requiere ningún tipo de protección.

    Un serrucho deja polvo grueso que rápidamente se asienta en el suelo, pero las sierras mecánicas lanzan un polvo tan fino que se queda suspendido en el aire hasta que nosotros lo aspiramos, tapando senos nasales, provocando alergias y asma. En una profesión que cada vez utiliza más colas tóxicas y productos químicos en los laminados y aglomerados, haríamos bien en reducir al mínimo el polvo transportado por el aire si queremos respirar profundamente y poder oler las rosas en nuestros años dorados.

    El serrucho pesa media libra, la sierra mecánica diez. Utilicé tanto esfuerzo –calorías– para levantar y maniobrar la pesada sierra mecánica como para colocarme y realizar el corte con el kataba. Incluso si hubiera tenido que introducir algo más de aire en mis pulmones, el placer de usar un serrucho que ha evolucionado durante setecientos años, bien valdría el tiempo y esfuerzo extras.

    Tengo unas pocas hojas de serrucho intercambiables que coloco en el mango de madera: una hoja de apertura, tres hojas de través con dientes suficientemente finos para las ensambladuras de cola de milano y lo suficientemente gruesos para cortar palos de 12 pulgadas, una hoja curva para comenzar un corte en el medio, una estrecha de pelo para cortar curvas y una para el metal. Todas estas hojas y el mango los envuelvo en una bolsa de lona. El coste total pueden ser unos $120. Una vez pensé en ser un verdadero carpintero y tuve que gastarme miles en sierras mecánicas. Ahora nunca más.

    Agarro la tabla, la corto y la atornillo en su lugar. Clavar con la pistola de clavos lleva un segundo. Utilizar el martillo, cinco. Pero un martillo cuelga siempre de un cinturón de herramientas. Sólo hace falta un sencillo movimiento para agarrar el mango con la palma y dejar la cabeza balanceándose. A la pistola de clavos la tengo que levantar y arrastrar como si se tratase de un albatros muerto. El tubo de aspiración es demasiado corto, hace falta mover el compresor. Con todo este mover de un sitio a otro y ponerse de nuevo los protectores, prácticamente he gastado los cuatro segundos que me separaban de la manera actual de clavar. Además, disfruto balanceando el martillo con gracia. Cualquier estúpido puede apretar el gatillo.

    Consideremos de nuevo la economía. Mi martillo, un Hart Decker, me costó $25 hace siete años. No se ha roto ni una sola vez. Un compresor y una pistola de clavos costarán $500. Calcula el coste de las reparaciones y del tiempo muerto durante siete años. Los clavos para la pistola cuestan cinco veces más que los ordinarios. Pero ¡qué demonios!, paga el dueño de la casa (con un préstamo del banco, así es que el precio se multiplica si incluimos el porcentaje de interés de una hipoteca a 30 años).

    Puedo desvelar costes escondidos. Accidentes, por ejemplo. Nunca he oído de alguien que se cortase un dedo con un serrucho, pero gracias a las hojas mecánicas que motores imparciales hacen girar con fuerzas extraordinarias, hay un montón de carpinteros sin dedos de la mano o de los pies. Lo mismo que pequeños trabajos de acupuntura sobre el terreno con la pistola de clavos, globos oculares perforados, oídos sordos... pero bueno, para eso están las compensaciones. Con esto no quiero decir que no sucedan accidentes con las herramientas manuales, pero su gravedad y su frecuencia son muchísimo menores.

    Me estoy fijando en la economía y en la velocidad porque formo parte de una cultura que valora la productividad por encima del proceso, tener las cosas terminadas por encima de hacerlas, la complejidad sobre la creación. Pero para llegar al corazón de este cuestionamiento necesito mirar más profundamente lo que no es cuantificable.

    Los carpinteros fueron una vez artesanos que sabían cómo hacer, adaptar y ajustar sus herramientas de manera que reflejasen su singularidad y sus necesidades individuales. Ahora los carpinteros son operarios de la máquina, trabajadores de una fábrica sin la fábrica, que ensamblan unidades modulares. El orgullo de lo artesanal se ha perdido. Ya no se utilizan más herramientas de carácter personal sino las de producción masiva diseñadas y comercializadas de acuerdo al mínimo común denominador. Unas herramientas que son inadaptables y demasiado complejas para que uno mismo las pueda reparar. El ciclo vital de una herramienta eléctrica es de unos pocos años, y estos cada vez disminuyen más debido a la obsolescencia planificada. Mis hijos o mis nietos que aún no han nacido, no podrán heredar mi sierra circular, ni mi taladro ni mi lijadora. Sin embargo, sí podrán disfrutar mis herramientas manuales – que ya han visto una o dos generaciones.

    No hay ninguna duda, las herramientas eléctricas facilitan algunos trabajos. Se tarda mucho menos en serrar media pulgada de 4 x 4 con una sierra eléctrica que haciéndolo con un serrucho. Pero he notado una pequeña diferencia en mi cuerpo entre los días que trabajo utilizando sobre todo las herramientas manuales y los que paso trabajando con las herramientas eléctricas. Usando herramientas manuales puedo trabajar con atención, con alegría y con garbo durante más tiempo: al final de una jornada de nueve o diez horas puedo estar cansado pero nunca exhausto, mientras que después de cinco o seis horas con una máquina estoy agotado; aunque gaste menos calorías, me han exprimido todo el jugo de la vitalidad.

    ¿Por qué? La potencia que estas herramientas tienen para dañarme consume mis fuerzas. Mi cuerpo –asustado, tenso–, al estar en alerta continua, transforma la sutil flexibilidad en músculos rígidos y tensos. Los reflejos se vuelven más lentos, la mente falla, se cometen errores y la sangre corre. En cuerpos tensos, las posibilidades de padecer problemas de espalda son mayores que en aquellos que todos los días se ejercitan y estiran con ejercicios moderados mientras utilizan herramientas manuales. Tal vez de aquí venga la vitalidad extra. Cuando mis células son alimentadas regularmente con sangre llena de oxígeno y nutrientes, mi cuerpo responde con más vida.

    Además está la fatiga que producen los decibelios de todos los sonidos estridentes que hallamos en una obra. Cada vez más, esta es la razón predominante por la que me inclino hacia las herramientas manuales. Nuestros oídos, en sintonía con los suspiros de un amante, el sonido de la lluvia al caer, la risa de un amigo, los susurros del viento, no están adaptados para las frecuencias de los ruidos fuertes. Nos retraemos dentro de un caparazón insensible, sordos ante el mundo. Yo quiero trabajar en un ambiente donde mis tímidos sentidos se revelen en el silencio para participar de la creación, donde el flujo de la conversación o el pensamiento tenga libertad para circular, explorar y volver a caer en el silencio sin la censura, las interrupciones y las rupturas que provocan las máquinas.

    Mucha de la mala prensa que han cosechado las herramientas manuales está justificada. Sin la minuciosa vigilancia de los artesanos demandando lo mejor, el fabricante de herramientas moderno vende unas herramientas de calidad lamentable. No causa sorpresa que el comprador se de media vuelta disgustado y busque la fuerza eléctrica para realizar el trabajo. Es raro el negocio cuyos empleados sean vendedores competentes y donde se pueda encontrar una amplia selección de herramientas manuales. ¿Pero qué se puede comparar con la alegría de encontrar casi por casualidad una herramienta de calidad en una feria de objetos usados?

    Con la cada vez mayor falta de accesibilidad a las herramientas de calidad, la sabiduría de cómo usarlas también se está perdiendo y necesita ser redescubierta si queremos sacar el mayor partido de su potencial. ¿Cuál es la mejor manera de fijar, asegurar y sostener el material mientras lo cortamos, lo tallamos o lo lijamos? ¿Cómo utilizo la fuerza de mi cuerpo de manera eficiente y garbosa para que no parezca que estoy luchando contra la herramienta o contra la madera, sino que el trabajo se convierta en algo así como una danza? Este es un estudio, una investigación que requiere mi atención.

    Trabajar manualmente permite sopesar el tiempo: ¿Es mejor cuanto más rápido? ¿Que hemos ganado con el exceso de potencia? Construir de forma manual nos anima a hacerlo de manera deliberada, reflexiva, consciente de las acciones que se extienden más allá de nosotros. ¿Habría permitido la dignidad humana la construcción de arterias de salida, McMansions y super autopistas con sólo la mano de obra directa? ¿Qué les ocurre a nuestras almas recubiertas con objetos de aburrida perfección hechos mecánicamente? Para saber que existimos como seres humanos necesitamos el toque de alguien más en las creaciones que nos rodean.

    No soy un purista. Mis herramientas eléctricas, bien utilizadas, cuidadas, continuarán siendo usadas, aunque con menos frecuencia a medida que redescubra la alegría de emplear mi cuerpo para impulsar a las herramientas a hacer su magia. Porque la magia está ahí, un misterio. Me alimento con cereales y miel, pan, queso y pimientos morrones. Aspiro el aire con grandes dosis del oxigeno que transpiran los árboles. Y milagrosamente mi cuerpo convierte todo eso en movimiento, fuerza, destreza. Levanto el cepillo, afilado y a punto y lo apoyo para trabajar la madera. Entonces en algún lugar del reino infinito entre mi mano y la herramienta, sucede la alquimia. La carne, el acero y la madera se combinan en el movimiento, y recibo traslúcidos jirones de virutas que se rizan a través de mis dedos, liberando su aroma, revelando su belleza. Un obsequio.


              HyperText ... Not all what I thought.        

    Because the creative hypertext we have been dealing with in class is all similar to story form, that is what I was expecting within the sites I chose from the Electronic Literature Collection Volume One site. That was not at all the case. The different creative sites I visited were all very different. They all involved different sorts of creative ideas using text and the web.

    Stud Poetry
    Stud Poetry, by Marko Niemi, is an interesting take on poker. Words take the place of numbers on the cards. Words such as nature, infinite, and balsam can now be found on the cards. You play just as you would play poke, betting, calling, raising, and folding, hoping to win the hand. The people you play with can include Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine.

    I found this game really interesting because it emphasizes the importance of words. Words hold the power that numbers often do.

    Carving in Possibilities
    This site focuses on the face of Michaelangelo's David. The interaction starts with the introduction "Mouse slowly to carve out your existence ... and remember where you put your ghosts." The player is to slowly move the mouse over the blurry face of David to find new phrases and to slowly reveal David's sculpted face.

    I liked this creative hypertext because of the phrasing used: 
    "Did they keep you company in polyphonic harmony?"
    "ancient bodies compressed in calcite structures"
    "How do you know this David did not lie?"

    The wording seemed so poetic and striking.

    Inanimate Alice, Episode 1: China
    This site was a pretty straight-forward story. After a few sentences, a button would appear to click through to the next part of the story. It told the story of a little girl who lived with her parents in China. She and her mother go to look for the father when he gets lost.

    I didn't much like this because there was not much interaction. The user clicks to go on to the next page and that is pretty much it. At one point, the user cannot move on until he or she "takes a picture" of each flower that Alice wants to. After images of the four flowers are captured on Alice's little communication device/game player, the user is able to click to the next part of the story. 

    I, You, We
    I loved this site. While very simple, this page could be explore for a long time. The user of the site seems to be in an infinite cube in which there are many, many words. The words I, you, and we randomly fill the space. The rest of the space is filled with other words. All of these words are striking because they seem to be able to describe the user.

    Stir Fry Texts
    The idea of this site is very interesting. As you move the mouse over the words, the words seem to spasm, and then they change. A new piece of writing is created with each move of the mouse. There are five different stir fry texts, Log, Spastext, Blue Hyacinth, Correspondence, and Divine Mind Fragment Theater. Each seperate page contains the same idea with different writings.

    I really liked this page and I'd like to spend more time with it. It was fun to roll my mouse quickly over the entire text, read what appeared, and repeat.


    Overall, I found some of these to be really interesting. Of the five I looked at, only two were interesting enough to play for more than a few minutes. More on that in my next blog =]

    Back to the original assignment. 

              Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe!!        
    As promised our first recipe post is here! Featuring the star of fall, the pumpkin, this recipe is for Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting. These are great as little cookies or you can make them slightly bigger and sandwich two around the cream cheese frosting - a great Pumpkin Whoopie Pie!

    Pumpkin Cookies:

    2 cups all purpose flour
    1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
    1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 large eggs, room temperature
    1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
    1/2 cup canola oil 
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 cup pumpkin puree

    Cream Cheese Frosting:

    4 ounces room temperature cream cheese
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    For Pumpkin Cookies:Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and place oven rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    Ina large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, and salt.
    In an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and smooth (about 2 minutes).  Beat in the oil, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Using 1/4 cup of batter (can use a small ice cream scoop or measuring cup) place small mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. You can also pipe the batter from a pastry bag.
    Bake for about 15 -18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean.Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.  Place small dollops of the frosting on each cookie or put the frosting in a piping bag, fitted with a small plain tip, and pipe swirls of frosting on the top of each cookie. Store frosted cookies in the refrigerator.
    Frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter until soft and creamy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla until the frosting is soft and creamy and of spreading consistency.  
    Makes about 18 cookies.

              O caça IAI Kfir        

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              Microsoft apuesta por el aluminio transparante en su smartwatch        
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    El próximo paso de la industria de la electrónica de consumo se dirige hacia nuestras muñecas, ya que tanto Google como Apple y Samsung están desarrollando sus propios smartwatches. Los de Redmond no quieren perder la posibilidad de hacerse con[...]

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              What ails Indian farmers         
    A study finds faulty agricultural policies and practices and not just indebtedness to blame for rising suicides among farmers.
    Loans are not the only reason for farmers' distress. (Source: India Water Portal)

    Over the last few months, we saw protests by distressed farmers of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other states over farming crisis and farmer suicides. In what seemed like a knee-jerk reaction, many state governments announced farm loan waivers without thinking if it would actually help the farmers. 

    Are loan waivers enough to improve the situation of farmers? Experts think otherwise. They believe that certain core issues of farming have been left unaddressed and need urgent consideration.

    What do farmers have to say about the increasing crisis in agriculture and rising suicides? This article titled Lives in debt: Narratives of agrarian distress and farmer suicides published in the Economic and Political Weekly discusses the findings of a study on farmers’ experiences from two districts with high suicide rates in the country--Yavatmal in Maharashtra and Sangrur in Punjab.

    The article argues that farmer suicides need to be understood in the context of the broader crisis in agriculture. It is not only indebtedness but a number of core issues related to faulty agricultural policies and practices that contribute to the distress among farmers.

    Glaring signs of the crisis in agriculture

    • The contribution of the agricultural sector to India’s GDP has been declining steadily. Nearly half of the workforce in the country, however, is involved in farming.

    • There has been a steady increase in the percentage of farmers having small landholdings. Small landholdings do not support mechanisation and irrigation. Moreover, the absence of land records in many cases prevent these farmers from accessing formal credit, government benefits or crop insurance.

    • A large number of small farm holders are accessing credit mainly from informal sources.

    • Indebtedness among farmers is on the rise with 52 percent of agricultural households in the country being plagued by it.

    What causes distress among farmers in Yavatmal and Sangrur?

    Although Yavatmal and Sangrur are very different in terms of socioeconomic backgrounds, crop patterns, agricultural practices, the underlying reasons for distress are found to be similar.

    • Flawed cropping patterns aggravating water scarcity

    In Sangrur and Yavatmal, where paddy and cotton are grown, the crop choice is not harmonious with the agroclimatic features of the region. BT cotton is very sensitive to the timing and intensity of rainfall. Growing it in Yavatmal that has unpredictable rainfall and no alternative source of irrigation is unsuitable for the region.

    As much as 2,000–4,000 litres of water are required to produce one kilo of rice. The high water demand makes rice unsuitable for a place like Sangrur which is highly water stressed with falling water tables due to severe depletion of groundwater resources.

    • Rising input costs

    Farmers in both regions complain of rising input prices (seed, water, electricity, fertiliser, pesticide and land rent) and the absence of a proportionate increase in minimum support prices (MSP). In Yavatmal, BT cotton producers are barely able to meet the costs of production, while traders and middlemen make profits at the cost of farmers who are not able to store the harvest and wait for the right price. Farmers in the study question the instability of prices and demand an enhancement of the loan amount from formal credit sources so that they can cover input costs and make farming viable.

    In Sangrur, in addition to the high input prices needed for farming, dependence on paddy cultivation increases the demand for water, forcing farmers to spend huge amounts on digging borewells in an area that suffers from severe depletion of groundwater resources.

    • The unending cycle of borrowing, non-repayment and the shame of debt

    Rising input costs force farmers to borrow. Since the bank loans are insufficient to meet these high input costs, farmers are compelled to access informal sources of credit. At times, farmers prioritise repayment of loans taken from informal sources over bank loans due to high rates of interest and to retain their rapport with the moneylender to remain credit-worthy. Also borrowing from different sources to repay bank loans to stay within the banking system further pushes farmers into the spiral of debt. This, coupled with crop failure, worsens their situation.

    At times, farmers are forced to borrow from their close relatives when other avenues of borrowing such as moneylenders have been tried and exhausted. The shame associated with one’s inability to repay is immense in village society and it is worse if money is borrowed from relatives, which forces many farmers to commit suicide.

    • Rising aspirations and absence of alternative sources of income

    Recently, rising aspirations have also led to farmers taking huge loans for non-farming activities such as marriages, ceremonies, cars, gadgets, contributing to their financial burden as many do not have any other source of income.

    What is the way out?

    The article suggests some fundamental changes to alter the situation.

    • Moving towards cropping patterns that are suitable for the agro-climatic zones and encouraging indigenous patterns of farming that are less cost intensive.
    • Modifying the institutional credit disbursal system by introducing the option of repayment in instalments.
    • Introducing a proportionate loan–land ratio which would enable the farmer to retain his rights for the rest of his landholdings, which can then be used as a source of liquidity.
    • Introducing specific farming credit policies for dryland and rainfed areas.
    • The introduction of cashless loan components to avoid diversion of crop loans towards non-farm expenditures.
    • Restructuring of loans against localised crop failures where specific and targeted compensation packages take extreme weather events or natural calamities into account.
    • Introducing land reforms, correcting the terms of trade that work against farmers and providing them with alternative sources of livelihoods.

    A copy of the paper can be downloaded from below:

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              Solar irrigation cooperative to solve groundwater crisis        
    News this week
    A solar water pump (Source: Sehgal Foundation)

    India's groundwater crisis: Gujarat's solar irrigation cooperative embarks on a solution

    The world's first Solar Pump Irrigators’ Cooperative Enterprise (SPICE) has been formed in Dhundi village in Gujarat's Kheda district. Members of the enterprise have not only made a switch from diesel to solar pumps but are also selling power to the local electricity utility, thereby creating a parallel revenue stream. The project has been initiated and partly funded by IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program. By December 2016, the six members had together earned more than Rs 1,60,000 from the sale of surplus energy to the local power utility.

    Storage capacity of Karnataka reservoirs lost to siltation

    With the accumulation of silt in Karnataka's 11 major reservoirs, nearly 10 percent of the storage capacity, that can annually cater to at least five cities as large as Bengaluru, is being lost. The loss of storage is primarily in the reservoirs of north Karnataka. The worst affected is the Tungabhadra dam which witnesses nearly 17 days of overflow due to high siltation levels. To tackle the issue, a proposal to construct a dam that will hold 30 tmcft of Tungabhadra water is made. 

    Wetland panel formed in Gujarat

    The Gujarat government has finally formed a 23-member state wetlands conservation authority under the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules. Apart from government officials, the committee has representatives of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bhaskaracharya Institute For Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG) among others. The aim of the committee is to examine wetlands, review conservation activities and make suggestions to the central government and financial agencies for various conservation projects.

    Centre adopts two villages along the Ganga river

    The Ministry of Drinking Water And Sanitation, in collaboration with Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), has adopted two villages along the bank of Ganga river to make them model Ganga villages. The two villages are Veerpur Khurd in Dehradun and Mala in Pauri Garhwal. With the help of various stakeholders and ministries involved, these two villages will be provided with solid and liquid waste management facilities, drainage systems and groundwater recharge. 

    Odisha blames Chhattisgarh for providing wrong information on water

    The Odisha government has blamed the neighbouring Chhattisgarh government for giving wrong information on the flow of water to Hirakud reservoir in the downstream of the Mahanadi river. As per the claims, the latter is operating the gates at Kalma barrage in an improper manner to intentionally restrict the water flow to Hirakud. The matter will be taken up with the Central Water Commission to ensure the free flow of water in Mahanadi river through Odisha.  

    This is a roundup of important news from May 29 - June 5, 2017. Also read the policy matters this week. 

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              Comment on GOP Viewpoint: Republican budget is a new direction by Michael Trahan        
    The Connecticut Senate Republican "No Tax Increase" budget proposal may move Connecticut in a new direction, but it certainly relies heavily on a utility customer bailout and revenue gimmicks to get there. nnLittle mention is made of Senate Republican's reach into the pockets of CT electric and gas utility customers to take $162 million in existing utility customer energy efficiency and renewable energy account money over the next two years. nnSenate Republicans plan to take another $52 million from a second account called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that also funded by electric bill payers. That money is used to lower energy bills for oil customers. nnnnTogether, that's more than $200 million in new taxes in Senate Republican plan. nnThis is the kind of budget trickery that got us into the state budget mess in the first place. Senate Republicans were critical of taking utility customer money when Democrats tried this gimmick last year. Now this utility customer bailout is part of the Republican's new direction for CT.nn The Senate GOP plan impacts all Eversource or United Illuminating electric customers, and also customers from Connecticut Natural Gas, Connecticut Yankee or Southern Connecticut Gas.nnGoing outside the normal budget process and sweeping in off-budget account money paid for, and built by, utility customers to serve utility customers is short-sighted. To suggest to utility customers that using THEIR money to bail out state government is a good method for repairing CT's failing fiscal climate and that this raid on utility customers money is not really a tax in disguise is wrong.
              #19 La carta de los científicos a Rajoy: «Van a firmar la sentencia de muerte de la ciencia»        

    #15 Lo mismo decían de la electricidad cuando la descubrieron, y mira tú que al final ha servido para algo :-S

    » autor: celyo

              By: poed        
    It's rumored that Marine View tenants had to begin paying for their own electric last year and that they were given a 33% rent increase for this year. If I am not mistaken a pilot can start increasing/charging market rate when their Pilot ends. Sounds like somebody got the heads up. :x
              Vera Blue-Perennial-2017-C4        
    Description: 2017 debut album from Sydney singer-songwriter, blending her folk roots with modern electronica featuring ‘Private’ & ‘Mended’. Housed in a 6-panel card sleeve with lyric booklet & BONUS 2-track CD for a limited time! 01. First Week 4:14 02. Give In 3:41 03. Regular Touch 3:28 04. We Used To 3:21 05. Said Goodbye […]
              AJR The Click 2017-MTD        
    Description: Formed in 2005, New York City-based indie pop trio AJR mix barbershop harmonies, electronic music, and other styles into their eclectic sound. AJR feature the talents of the Met brothers, Adam (vocals/bass), Jack (vocals/guitar), and Ryan (guitar/piano/vocals), who grew up in New York and got their start busking around the city, covering songs by […]
              First Lines of New Acquisitions        

    There are many new acquisitions for Spring 2014, mostly from the Robert Smithson Collection. Each new book and their first sentence is listed below, and starting with:
    1.  The Language of Magic and Gardening by Bronislaw Malinowski:
    The linguistic problem before the ethnographer is to give as full a presentation of language as of any other aspect of culture.

    2.  Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson:

    An ambiguity, in ordinary speech, means something very pronounced, and as a rule witty or deceitful.

    3.  Changing: Essays in Art Criticism by Lucy Lippard: (seen above)

    André Ferminier writes: “What has perhaps been most damaging to the art critic is the prodigious gobbledygook that with him takes the place of vocabulary; and the prefaces to exhibition catalogs in particular would provide a classic anthology of the art of saying nothing.”

    4.  The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society by Norbert Wiener:

    The beginning of the twentieth century marked more than the end of one hundred-year period and the start of another.

    5.  Logic Machines & Diagrams by Martin Gardner: (seen above)

    A logic machine is a device, electrical or mechanical, designed specifically for solving problems in formal logic.

    6.  Field Book of Ponds and Streams by Ann Haven Morgan: (seen above)

    Minnows and frogs and brown water beetles, scurrying to cover as we approach the shore of a still clear pond, show us that the water has some very lively inhabitants.

    7.  The Modern Technique of Rock Blasting by U. Langefors and B. Kihlström:

    Within some thousandths of a second after the initiation of the explosive there occurs in a charged hole a series of events which, in drama and violence, have few equivalents in civil technology.

    8.   The Message of the Stars by Max and Augusta Heindel: (seen above, outside + next to its dust jacket)

    It is a matter of common knowledge among mystics that the evolutionary career of mankind is indissolubly bound up with the divine hierarchies who rule the planets and the signs of the Zodiac, and that the passage of the Sun and the planets through the twelve signs of the Zodiac, marks man’s progress in time and in space.

    9.  Field Book of Seashore Life by Roy Waldo Miner: (seen above and with Message of the Stars)

    Protozoa are single-celled animals.

    10.  Tropical Trees of Hawaii by Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves: (seen above)

    High among the list of reasons people love to visit Hawaii is the lovely tropical foliage to be enjoyed everywhere and at all times of the year.
    11.  Geography Made Easy by Jedidiah Morse: (from the Maria Mitchell Library)

    Geography is a science, which describes the figure, motion, magnitude, and component parts of the earth; the situations, extent, and appearances of the various parts of its surface; its productions animal and vegetable; its natural and political divisions; and the history, manners, customs, and religion of its inhabitants.

    For any questions about the Library, Collections or books, please contact the Librarian at personallibraries{at}gmail{dot}com. 

              Expensive new trains on the Midland main line will be slower than the current diesels        

    You may recall that it was announced last month that plans to electrify the line from St Pancras to Sheffield have been scrapped.

    The line is currently electrified to Bedford. That will be extended to Kettering and Corby, but no further.

    Services to Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield will be provided by new bi-mode trains that will take power from the overhead lines as far as Kettering and use diesel engines north of there.

    Then the other day there was this story from Chris Doidge, BBC Radio Derby's political reporter:
    BBC Radio Derby's learned that the government's decision to scrap the electrification of trains between Derby and London will mean slower journeys. 
    Three weeks ago, the government said its new bi-mode trains - that run on electric and diesel - would mean "quicker journey times", but now it's admitted that's not quite the whole story. 
    Journey times will reduce - because lines are being straightened and junctions improved. 
    The trains will actually be slower than the electric ones the government has scrapped.
    Today I met an old friend who knows far more about railways than I do. He explained why this may be the case.

    The overhead electrification from St Pancras to Bedford was erected to serve commuter trains not faster long-distance services.

    As a result, the maximum speed for trains using it is 100mph. So, unless a lot of money is spent to upgrade this electrification, that will be the maximum speed of the bi-mode trains using electric power on this section of the line,

    Yet the diesels currently providing the service can travel at up to 125mph.

    I suppose the bi-mode trains could use diesel power throughout, but then there is not much point paying extra for them.

    Mind you, as Chris Doidge went on to say:
    The group which represents rail operators says the bi-mode trains are heavier, less powerful and more expensive to buy, more expensive to maintain and more expensive to operate than their electric cousins.
    And that is not the bottom of this mess.

    As I said in my post when electrification to Sheffield was cancelled, a great deal of work has already been carried out along the line to raise bridges to make room for overhead wires.

    The Leicester Mercury has also reported this and quoted my old friend Simon Galton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Leicestershire County Council:
    "We have already had the road closure and the disruption and for what – for the Government to scrap the scheme almost everyone else says is vital to the region. 
    "The money that has already wasted adds insult to injury. 
    "It would not surprise me if £50 million at least had been spent."
    This whole affair has highlighted how hopelessly inefficient and centralised our current way of running the railways is. The Department for Transport is intimately involved in every decision.

    In fact, the railways had far more autonomy when they were nationalised under British Rail.
              The Power Wagon        
    I worked on the 1945 power wagon. A new diesel engine, transmission, and some special electronics that make it impossible for anyone other than me to drive the beast. This truck is going to be big and powerful. With six tires, two in the front and four in the rear on two axles, it looked impressive.
              White House dragging its feet on wiretapping rules        
    Citing the need to protect intellectual property and consumer information like the emails that were leaked in this week’s massive Epsilon hack, the Senate Judiciary Committee called a hearing Wednesday to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Committee member Sen. Sheldon Whitehous...
              Links from Hanselminutes 349        
    As if I had nothing better to do (I'm supposed to be cleaning the bathroom), I collected a bunch of links whilst listening to the Hanselminutes podcast episode 349. This show was one of the Hanselminutia episodes where Scott chats with Richard Campbell. They were talking about a lot of home automation stuff that's interesting to me so I gathered links to follow up on later (after the bathroom is clean, of course).

              HTTPS Everywhere        
    Electronic Frontier Foundation: HTTPS Everywhere
    "HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox extension produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your communications with a number of major websites."

              Driving the BMW i3 with only one pedal (video)        

    Regenerative braking occurs in most plug-in hybrid and electric cars whenever the driver releases the throttle. With a little practice and attention to the driving situation around the car, a careful driver can actually stop an electric car like the BMW i3 without ever touching the brake pedal. In the new 2016 Chevy Volt, there ...

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              Renault offers tips to maximize range for electric cars        

    The Renault ZOE is offered only in Europe, but it is a close cousin to the Nissan LEAF available in the US. Renault has put together an informative video that shows drivers how to maximize range for electric cars. For many people, maximizing range is not a major concern during daily driving, such as commuting. ...

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              Tesla Model S long term parking strategy        

    The owner’s manual says a good Tesla Model S long term parking strategy is to expect to lose about 1% of range for every day the car is parked without being recharged. “Even when Model S is not being driven, its Battery discharges very slowly to power the onboard electronics. On average, the Battery discharges ...

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              Tesla Model S P85D wins AAA Green Car awards        

    The Tesla Model S P85D won two awards in the annual AAA Green Car Guide. Compiled by the Club’s Southern California based Automotive Research Center (ARC), the guide rates 88 battery electric vehicles, compressed natural gas-powered (CNG) vehicles, clean diesels, hybrids, partial zero emission vehicles (PZEVs), and vehicles with high fuel economy. “The center….has a long-term ...

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              BMW talks i3 real-world electric range (video)        

    It’s no secret that the EPA-estimated driving range for an electric car is based primarily on ideal driving circumstances. The real-world range of a car like the BMW i3 depends heavily on how you drive it, where you drive it, and even when you drive it. That’s why BMW put this short video together explaining ...

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              Understanding electric car tax credits & rebates        

    The folks at The Motley Fool are not car guys or tree huggers. They are money men who look at the world with the cold, calculating stare of accountants. Their focus is not on miles per gallon or carbon emissions but on the bottom line. They have compiled data from the National Council of State Legislatures ...

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              The best way to manage EV charging at work        

    Electric car advocates and employers are just starting to understand how to manage EV charging at work. Should a company install a lot of Level 1 charge points or fewer, more expensive Level 2 chargers? And what about DC fast chargers? Should they be part of the mix as well? An analysis by Plug In ...

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              Electronic Medical Records software programs        
    When your office needs electronic medical records software, then look no further than Medical Charting. Our EMR software will improve the efficiency of your office, and improving satisfaction among your clinic visitors.
              February 2012 Daring Bakers’ Challenge - Quick Breads        

    Blog-checking lines: The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lis stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

    Posting Date: February 27, 2012

    Recipe Source: The basic quick bread recipe is from Sara Schewe. The prune bread recipe was my Aunty Ann’s recipe. The Meyer Lemon Loaf and Green Onion, Cheddar & Asiago Beer Batter Bread were adapted from Recipe Girl ( & ). The Pumpkin Bread with Maple Cream Cheese Filling was adapted from Dana Ramsey’s recipe located on Just a Pinch Recipe Club.

    Basic Quick Bread
    Makes one 9” x 5” (23×13 cm) loaf
    Recipe from Sara Schewe
    2 cups (480 ml) (250 gm/9 oz) all-purpose (plain) flour
    1 cup (240 ml) (225 gm/8 oz) granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon (2½ ml) (3 gm) fine sea salt or table salt
    1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk or soured milk*
    1 large egg
    1/4 cup (60 ml) mild- or non-flavored oil, like canola
    1 teaspoon (5 ml) flavored extract, such as vanilla or almond

    for the glaze
    1/3 cup (80 ml) (35 gm/1-1/3 oz) confectioners’ (icing) sugar
    1-2 teaspoons (5-10 ml) milk


    1. Preheat oven to moderate 350ºF/180ºC/gas mark 4. Grease a 9×5 inch (23×13 centimeter) loaf pan with butter and line with parchment paper cut to fit the length and width of the pan, with enough overhang to allow easy removal after baking. Grease the top sheet of parchment.
    2. In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and salt to combine. Make a well in the center and set aside.
    3. Lightly whisk (butter)milk, egg, oil, and extract to combine. Pour into well and stir until just mixed into a batter. The batter will be lumpy and may still show a few streaks of flour.
    4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely before slicing. Drizzle with glaze, if desired.
    5. For the glaze: Slowly whisk confectioners’ (icing) sugar and half of the milk, adding more milk as needed to thin the glaze to the desired consistency.
    Note: To make soured milk, combine 1 cup milk (240 ml) with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vinegar or lemon juice and let sit for 10 minutes.

    I really liked this challenge so many possibilities for the flavourings I made seven versions.

    Roasted banana and coconut cream bread
    I make banana bread at least once a week (an oversupply of bananas and it's super easy and quick to make and most of my friends and family love it) so I have developed a good feel for making it any way I want, below are some general guidelines on how to manipulate the ingredients and what techniques to use to obtain the banana loaf you want.

    For this challenge I made a brunt butter, brown sugar, coconut cream, roasted banana loaf. I roasted 4 bananas until they were like syrup I combined this with brunt (actually well browned) butter, brown sugar I used coconut cream for the liquid soured with some lime juice. I wanted a dense moist bread-like loaf, so I used the two bowl method to make the quick bread.