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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New York Times: Quotation Of The Day

"No one really cares. Your father goes, gets deployed. War - it's normal. It's not like a big deal that we're still at war."TYISHA SMITH, speaking of the world outside the Fort Campbell military post, where she is a senior in high school.  NY Times 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rudyard Kipling: IF

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all others doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, nor being lied about don't deal in lies, or being hated don't give way to hating, and yet do not look too good nor talk too wise...

If you can dream and not make dreams your master,

If you can think and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same,
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to broken and stoop and build them up with worn out tools;

If you can make a heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss and lose and start against your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss,

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "Hold On!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men can count with you but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distant run;
Yours is the earth and everything that's in it,
And, which is more, you'll be a Man, my son.

Evanescence - Bring Me to Life: Live At Las Vegas How can you see into my eyes like open doors Leading you down into my core Where I've become so numb Without a soul my spirit sleeping somewhere cold Until you find it there and lead it back home (Wake me up) Wake me up inside (I can't wake up) Wake me up inside (Save me) Call my name and save me from the dark (Wake me up) Bid my blood to run (I can't wake up) Before I come undone (Save me) Save me from the nothing I've become Now that I know what I'm without You can't just leave me Breathe into me and make me real Bring me to life (Wake me up) Wake me up inside (I can't wake up) Wake me up inside (Save me) Call my name and save me from the dark (Wake me up) Bid my blood to run (I can't wake up) Before I come undone (Save me) Save me from the nothing I've become Frozen inside without your touch Without your love darling Only you are the life among The dead All this time I can't believe I couldn't see Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems Got to open my eyes to everything Without a thought without a voice without a soul Don't let me die here There must be something more Bring me to life (Wake me up) Wake me up inside (I can't wake up) Wake me up inside (Save me) Call my name and save me from the dark (Wake me up) Bid my blood to run (I can't wake up) Before I come undone (Save me) Save me from the nothing I've become (Bring me to life) I've been living a lie, there's nothing inside (Bring me to life)

Inurement is the hardening, habituation or becoming accustomed to something undesirable by prolonged subjection to it.  Alarms sounding continuously in various environments can produce this reaction so that the populace or personnel in that environment no longer respond diligently. Being overwhelmed by alarms, they are overcome to either ignore, delay response or simply compelled to shut it off without even a response.  If they have little control over the sounding alarm it simply becomes another stressor within their environment with which they must cope somehow.

There are, of course, very real consequences and liabilities to silencing, disabling or ignoring warnings and alarms only because they are unpleasant and stressful or we are not ready, willing or able to respond.  Most have real meaning and require a response beyond just shutting it off.

Emergency Departments are prime examples of how to respond 
systematically by Triage or prioritization based upon what they can and cannot do.  They do not advertise their simplified system because that in itself creates another condition.  For instance, medical triage in a disaster indicates by color, shape, number and so on their collective expectations for acuity and ability to treat people based upon conditions and resources available. If the System's qualifications are discovered, for example when the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic in 1912, the policy of women and children first was followed by whom next? It may have been those in First Class perceived as having more to lose materially.  Reportedly, there were not enough lifeboats and those used were poorly organized to take on any more survivors. All to accommodate a false sense of safety, privilege and relative comfort of Class rather than human lives.

With the proliferation of conditions being monitored people become inured to the warning signs and alarms themselves.  Vigilance becomes a hardened habituation accustomed to prolonged subjection to undesirables over which the populace has diminishing if any control over.  Inurement to alarm results in disaster, chaos and unavoidable Class stratifications at the last minute based upon Power and Entitlement.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Scientists found when they played a video of a group of people engaged in an intense conversation in a room to Autistic Spectrum test subjects outfitted with eye tracking devices, the test subjects looked mostly at objects in the room while a control group of non autistic spectrum subjects similarly outfitted spent much more time paying attention to the faces and body language of the people in the intense conversation, tracking whom were speaking and the subsequent reactions of the others in the video. This seems to validate the observation that Autistic Spectrum individuals fail to identify and connect with others socially and at times exhibit extraordinary abilities to notice and remember physical facts, as a generalization of characteristic traits.  There are, of course degrees and exceptions to these traits.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Comfort Level and The Uncanny Valley: Masahiro Mori - 1970 Japanese Roboticist

In 1970, a Japanese Robotocist Masahiro Mori intuitively proposed on a Baseline of simulacra a Comfort Level; shinwakan, and The Uncanny Valley or Bukimino Tani, of reactions to Humanness of robotic and other human like objects.  Above the simulacra line was the Human, Ordinary, Boring, and Uninspiring while below is the Supernatural, Shocking, and Spine Tingling; Eeriness.

Of course, healthy humans scored highest with the comfort level gradually descending toward Eeriness as non human representations attempted to appear more human.  Zombies and prosthetic hands scored lowest.

Indiana University School of Informatics by Dr. Chin Chang Ho and Karl MacDorman

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

We are attracted to narcissistic spectrums of people precisely because they appear successful and stable without the baggage of feelings we must bear. In the end we call them selfish, still, they are no more selfish than ourselves. Remember first we admired that characteristic in them and sought them out.
Weakness becomes a Strength and Strength a Weakness.  We admire the Corporate Power and Money structures we cultivate to get things done only because they are careless collectives and we view ourselves as weak, alone, and a feeling person; ordinary employees of that unfeeling psychopathic thing. We create by designing, building and maintaining great machines and great Systems within which we can design, build, and maintain more and more. These are great because they can do so much more than we alone with our hands and primitive tools.  They have no baggage of feelings and thought but simply do great things again and again. We admire these psychopathic monoliths as extensions of ourselves. And so our enduring weakness is the identification with strength in these forms.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

We have been very patient, waiting all this time for a peaceful solution.  It is getting to be too much now...It is like they keep poking you and poking you and poking you and poking you and poking you, daring us to do something to them...I don't think they'll be any help coming from anywhere.  We are prisoners of our independence, our sovereignty.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

What it was was bandwidth.  Why music and videos from a few seconds to a few hours in length made by somebody else seem to say so much; so much more than whole rafters of words can express.  Bandwidth of all these videos inflated the capacity that is the InterWeb.  Besides, it's not mine.  If they were, I would be on You Tube counting the Hits.  Instead, it's like a video word picture thing player device.  Remember the Universal Translator? It translated "humans" as "ugly bags of mostly water."  Poets like TS Eliot said:

Trying to use words, and every attempt is a wholly new start, and a different kind of failure because one has only learnt to get the better of words for the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which one is no longer disposed to say it.

And so each venture is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate with shabby equipment always deteriorating in the generalness of imprecision of feeling, undisciplined squads of emotion.

And what there is to conquer by strength and submission, has already been discovered once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope to emulate---but there is no competition---there is only the fight to recover what has been lost and found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions that seem unpropitious.

But perhaps neither gain nor loss, for us, there is only the trying.

The rest is not our business.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Anaïs Nin

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”   

Anaïs Nin

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

For every ailment under the sun,
There is a remedy, or there is none.
If there be one, try to find it,
If there be none, never mind it.

Monday, March 5, 2012