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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New York Times: Quotation Of The Day

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)

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

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 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

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