Tuesday, May 31, 2011
We devise astounding means of communication, but do we communicate with one another?
We move our bodies to and fro at incredible speeds,
but do we really leave the spot we started from?
Mentally, morally, spiritually, we are fettered.
What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces,
if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before?
To call such activity progress is utter delusion.
We may succeed in altering the face of the earth until it is unrecognizable even to the Creator, but if we are unaffected wherein lies the meaning?
Monday, May 30, 2011
The UK is now 18th-most connected country in the world, up from 25th last year
Britain is climbing the broadband league tables, but still lags 17 other countries
Typical British web users can “comfortably enjoy” the latest web applications, a new survey has said.
The survey, conducted for Cisco by the Said Business School and the University of Oviedo, found that the UK had improved 23 per cent in a single year.
Overall the study, the third annual report, showed that global broadband quality has improved by 50 per cent in three years, and that South Korea has set a new benchmark for the world’s broadband standards by achieving 100 per cent penetration.
The survey defines quality as a both the speed of the connection and the amount of time it takes data to arrive at a machine.
Top broadband nations:
Switzerland; Luxembourg; Singapore
United Arab Emirates; Qatar
Source: Said Business School
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Here is a new twist on the humble escalator
Architects and developers are queuing up for a chance to install the Levytator
The moving staircase which can glide round corners
After being forced to go in just two directions, up and down, for more than a century, escalators are finally getting a little freedom.
A newly invented moving staircase will be able to twist, bend, spiral and even snake around sharp corners.
The Levytator – named for its inventor, Jack Levy, professor of mechanical engineering at London's City University – consists of curved modules like those used in sushi restaurant conveyor belts.
A YouTube film showing a working model went viral following its release, scoring almost 250,000 hits.
Among those it has attracted are architects and developers keen to put it into new buildings.
Sweeping Levytator arcs could appear in shopping centres and public buildings in as little as 18 months, said David Chan, of City University.
A science museum could even turn its escalators into a DNA-like double helix, the university suggested.
One private finance company said the invention had clinched crucial funding for a still-secret property development worth several hundred million pounds.
The question now is whether to buy 16 or 32 of them," said Tony Clark of Bond Asian Ventures (UK).
Professor Levy said he got the idea after a lifetime travelling on the London Underground.
I wondered why all the escalators had to be straight, he said.
Sometimes it's really convenient to go round a corner.
In conventional escalators, the steps are turned upside down and looped underneath the staircase to take them back to the start.
So an "up" escalator and a "down" escalator would have two separate loops, typically costing £100,000 each.
But in the Levytator, when the steps reach the top, they turn left or right under the floor until they get to the start of the down flight, forming a single closed loop.
This means that fewer steps are required, reducing the cost.
And since maintenance can all be done from above, it won't take weeks or months to rebuild them.
Traditional escalators developed topsy-turvy, but we're starting with a clean sheet of paper, said Professor Levy.
However, if one side has a fault, both have to be taken out of service and they can't run in the same direction.
He believes the Levytator will be safer than other models since it won't have a gap between the stairs and the walls into which people and things can become jammed, he said.
Worldwide, there are 10,000 accidents on escalators every year, including several deaths.
On two occasions I've seen people piling up at the bottom of an escalator and had to press the emergency stop button.
The first working escalators were invented in the US in 1896, and the first in Britain was installed at Harrods in Knightsbridge in 1898.
By Paul Rodgers
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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Typically, the less processed and heat-treated the food is, the more nutritious and healthier it is going to be.
Nevertheless, most people prefer to cook their food, at least occasionally.
The question is, what's the best, healthiest type of oil to use when cooking?
Dr. Rudi Moerck has studied oils for a long time, and offers some intriguing insights.
Cooking with Tropical Oils – Your Healthiest Alternative
He has, for many years now, recommended coconut oil on the basis and the supposition that it doesn't contain much unsaturated fat.
It won't store it in your body..
So from that point of view, if you're going to use oil then that's a good one to use.
Interestingly, unlike carbohydrates, which can also deliver quick energy to your body, coconut oil does this without producing an insulin spike.
But that's merely the beginning. the health benefits of coconut oil, include:
Promoting heart health
Promoting weight loss, when needed
Supporting your immune system health
Supporting a healthy metabolism
Providing you with an immediate energy source
Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking
Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland
Part of what makes coconut oil such a healthful oil for cooking is that 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid.
Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.
In addition, coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs.
Best of all, coconut oil is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage, which you cannot say for other oils.
One can recommend using coconut oil in lieu of every other oil, whether your recipe calls for butter, olive oil, vegetable oil or margarine.
Now the taste that's another matter again!
Friday, May 27, 2011
The more we own
You are already more did you but reflect
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The researcher has worked out a mathematical model that calculates how much carbohydrate each individual runner needs to eat in order to stop their body reserves running out during the race.
Hitting the wall occurs when those stored carbohydrates are completely depleted, forcing the body to start burning fat.
When that happens, the runner's pace can drop about a third and byproducts from the fat, start building up in the body, causing pain and fatigue
And often forcing runners to pull up.
Runners often think this is an inevitable hurdle to jump but according to Benjamin Rapoport, a medical student at Harvard, proper planning means it should never happen.
Hundreds of thousands of people run marathons a year and 40 per cent of them hit the wall, he said.
That is not necessary and with this formula you should not hit it again.
The wall is not inevitable if you run at the right speed and prepare with the right food you should not hit it.
At the moment there are rules of thumb that people follow but they are just not accurate enough.
Mr Rapoport has come up with the Marathon Formula which uses simple factors such as body weight, age, resting heart beat and fitness levels
The amateur runner was inspired by his experience in the 2005 New York Marathon.
As he entered the last few miles of the race, his legs just didn't want to keep up the pace.
He was experiencing a common phenomenon among marathoners, known as "hitting the wall."
You feel like you're not going anywhere.
It's a big psychological let-down, because you feel powerless.
Of the hundreds of thousands of people who run a marathon each year
During strenuous exercise such as running, the body relies on carbohydrates for most of its energy, even though fat stores are usually much larger.
Leg muscles can be saturated with carbohydrate between 36 and 12 hours before the race.
Using the calculator, which is available online, an 11 stone man, who is 35 years-old and wants to run 4 hours, 30 mins, is told to eat 1,600 calories of carbohydrate – eight bowls of rice or five of pasta, in addition to their normal diet before the race.
If he wants to go faster, it calculates he should eat 3,000 calories – 15 bowls of rice or 10 of pasta.
People think hitting the wall is inevitable, but it's not, said Mr Rapoport, who has run 18 marathons, including a personal best of 2:55 at this year's Boston Marathon.
In order to avoid it, you need to know what your capabilities are.
Once you do that, you need to make sure you appropriately carbo-load.
To create his new model, Mr Rapoport identified two fundamental physiologic factors that limit performance in endurance runners
Aerobic capacity is a measure of how much oxygen the body can transport to the muscles and consume during aerobic exercise.
The journal PLoS Computational Biology.
Aerobic capacity can be measured by measuring resting heart rate or when running at a constant pace on a treadmill.
The model's predictions also depend on the runner's leg muscle mass, because larger muscles can store more glycogen.
One of the most important things a runner should do during a marathon is stick to his or her target pace, Mr Rapoport said.
"When runners start out too fast, they burn a higher percentage of carbohydrates, increasing the risk of hitting the wall.
Once you figure out your target pace, you have to stay at it.
People sometimes get too excited or change their game plan on the day of the race, and that's a tactical mistake.
The Marathon Formula calculator can be accessed at endurancecalculator.com.
Mc =dmfc (i)
Carbs needed (Mc) = distance in kilometres (d) X weight in kilograms (m) X intensity factor (fc(i) *
*This is how fit you are and how hard you are pushing your body
For an averagely fit, 11 stone runner aged 35
The Marathon Formula calculates that to run 4 hours 35 mins he needs to eat 1,546 calories of carbohydrate (eight servings of pasta or 10 of rice) 36 hours to 12 hours before the race. (This is on top of normal meals)
To run 3 hours 10 mins need to eat 2,900 calories (15 servings of pasta or 20 of rice)
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
As if hell bent on self destruction the benefits are described in glowing terms and the negatives downplayed
Sadly it is those we have not thought of that really do the damage
Time to slow down and think a bit more
Not possible where money and perceived short term gain are King
And that is where we are today
Like frozen rabbits in a car's headlights
Issues that will most likely be addressed once the genie is out of the bottle
Once the aspect no one thought becomes apparent
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
People 'lower voices to attract the opposite sex'
Men with monotonous voices are irresistible, scientists say
The researchers, at Pennsylvania State University, believe that higher voices in women may have evolved to sound youthful, flirty and attractive to prospective partners.
These results support the prediction that women use vocal characteristics to track the threat potential of their competitors, said Dr David Puts, the anthropologist who led the study.
They shed new light on how men choose and women compete for mates.
It was found that women were most threatened by a high, youthful-sounding voice in another woman.
In a study, men who were played recordings of a range of women's voices judged those with higher-pitched tones the most attractive – especially when asked to choose who they would favour for a one-night stand.
When women listened to the same range of voices, they accurately predicted which would be the most appealing to the men
The findings, reported in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, suggest that women's high voices may signal youth and fertility to men who are listening
In the same way that men's deep voices are believed to signal dominance.
Because men prefer feminine voices, one might also expect that women vying for the attentions of men would elevate vocal femininity by raising the pitch and timbre of their voices.
Monday, May 23, 2011
A Boddhisatva is a Master or a teacher and they are wise in their thoughts and teachings
In this case pointing out how most do not see that what they try to avoid or prevent are symptoms not causes
For example we never give a thought to the word boredom
Boredom was not even a concept before the word was invented around 1760, along with the word "interesting".
The tide of boredom that has risen ever since coincides with the progress of the Industrial Revolution and all the subsequent so called technological advances
Could this be a reason why it has, until recently, been an exclusively Western phenomenon?
The reality that the factory system created was a mass-produced reality
A generic reality of standardized products
And then finally standardized lives.
The more we came to live in that artificial reality
The more separate we became from each other
The more nature became something out there distinct from us
The more community disapeared
Today we apply ever more technology to relieve the boredom that results from our immersion in a world of technology.
We call it entertainment.
Have you ever thought about that word?
To entertain a guest means to bring him into your house
To entertain a thought means to bring it into your mind.
To be entertained means to be brought into the television, the game, the movie.
It means to be removed from your self and the real world.
When a television show does this successfully, we applaud it as entertaining.
Our craving for entertainment points to the impoverishment of our reality.
We find nature wet cold boring
We find community too much trouble
We prefer to sit eight hours a day or so watching TV or playing games
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Immortality is a long shot, I admit. But somebody has to be first.
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as it is white is not all that's beautiful.
Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge.
Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries.
Men and women belong to different species and communications between them is still in its infancy.
My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children.
No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.
Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
Old is always fifteen years from now.
Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.
Poets have said that the reason to have children is to give yourself immortality. Immortality? Now that I have five children, my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.
Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.
Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle that the Vatican has overlooked.
The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.
The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods.
The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.
The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.
There is hope for the future because God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God.
There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right.
Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
When you become senile, you won't know it.
Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice.
You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any
Saturday, May 21, 2011
That we are playing.
That life is play
Play is not just for children
And heaven alone knows they do not get much of that either today
Play is a way of experiencing life
A better way we would suggest
Notice this when you meet people who are fully participating in our modern technological society
And yet they have thrown off its hurried, anxious, mindsets and adopted a more easy-going, playful attitude toward life.
Often they came to this approach after a major illness
After a personal disaster
Something that showed them the emptiness of previous ambitions and preoccupations.
Yet despite not taking it so seriously, they are not detached from life.
They will tell you that they stopped taking life so seriously
They found what was really important
They are not passionless or indifferent
But if anything more involved and more fully engaged in the moment,
Because it is precisely the anxiety of modern life that removes us from the moment,
That makes us feel we cannot afford to "be here now" or to fully engage in whatever we are doing.
Another thing these people say is, "I stopped taking myself so seriously," pointing toward the original source of modern ugliness, suffering, and anxiety in our misconception of self.
The forms and structures of our society conspire to instill a false conception of ourselves
Whereas primitive societies naturally fostered adults secure enough and connected enough to live playfully, our own holds us hostage through subtle, omnipresent fears
And for many this is something they do not even want to consider
Their lives so important and busy
The idea that life could be play, a nonsense life is so serious they say
And that is just it they say....................
Time to think is life really so serious?
Need it be?
Or is it you?
Do you play?
Friday, May 20, 2011
If we look at Hindu burial customs we can see how there is a strong belief in an afterlife
Other religions too in their original teachings all taught karma and reincarnation
They all believed in an afterlife
A spiritual life was part of everybody's life
Today in the West it is almost poor form to even use the word spiritual
Spirits are ha ha not real
Spiritual is for flaky people
Even the Christian church hardly talks about the spirit any longer
The holy trinity has come down to body and mind
There is little knowledge of what the spirit is even
In polite society it is not cool to talk about this subject
The above lays bare a deep cultural prejudice
Which is that matters of spirit are in a separate realm from life in this world
Things of the spirit are somehow separate from the here and now.
Well for the record we all have a spirit
This spirit is our higher guide, our higher self
It is that voice that people call intuition
it is that sudden feeling not to do something
Not to go there
Not to do it
Women will on sight not trust someone, or conversely they will like someone
That is their spirit talking to them
To have more conscious access to our spirit is very, very cool
Because this allows us to know and see the truth of things
Our spirit does not lie
It does not play games
It is honest
However to access it is not so easy
It is only approachable if we give up our bad habits
Essentially when we lift our thoughts and interests above the belly button
When we clean up our act
When we sincerly truly decide to grow and to be better people
Then we can learn to listen to our spirit
To bring it into our daily life
To trust it's wisdom and guidance.
Then and only then can you feel yourself more relaxed
Because with a better relationship to our spirit comes peace of mind
Can you think of anything else you would rather have?
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The equally false idea that we can dominate nature is forever in our media
In our minds
Then we look at the floods and tsunamis, the cyclones and the droughts, and know this to be absurd
And this childish idea of an escalating domination of nature is only because we do not use our common sense
Common sense says why would you want to?
Why would we want to deny the universe's inherent creative energy and purpose.
When we can recognize that nature is itself dynamic, creative, and growing.
Then these short sighted ideas of domination can be let go.
Then and only then can we serve nature instead of fighting her
A battle we are losing in every sphere we choose to think of
So many of today's "victories over nature" turn out to be disasters over time
Then we need no longer transcend it, but simply participate in it more fully.
And this is part of the bigger movement towards seeing ourselves as part of and not separate from nature
Sadly it takes so long for us to admit we screwed up
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Around half of US teens meet the criteria for a mental disorder and nearly one in four report having a mood, behavior or anxiety disorder that interferes with daily life, American researchers say.
Fifty-one percent of boys and 49 percent of girls aged 13-19 have a mood, behavior, anxiety or substance use disorder, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
In 22.2 percent of teens, the disorder was so severe it impaired their daily activities and caused great distress, says the study led by Kathleen Merikangas of the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH).
"The prevalence of severe emotional and behavior disorders is even higher than the most frequent major physical conditions in adolescence, including asthma or diabetes," the study says.
Mental problems do not get the same attention from public health authorities even though they cost US families around a quarter of a trillion dollars a year, according to the study.
Around nine percent of all US children have asthma and less than a quarter of one percent of all people under the age of 20 have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Merikangas and a team of researchers analyzed data from the National Comorbidity Study-Adolescent Supplement, which surveyed more than 10,000 US teens.
The study is the first to track the prevalence of a broad range of mental disorders in a nationally representative sample of US teens.
They found that nearly a third of the teens met the criteria for the most common mental disorder among US youth, anxiety disorders, which include social phobia and panic "attacks".
This class of disorder also had the earliest median onset age, occurring in children as young as six years old.
Behavior disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, were the next most common condition (19.1 percent), followed by mood disorders (14.3 percent) such as depression.
Eleven percent of teens with a mood disorder, 10 percent with behavior disorders and eight percent who had anxiety disorders, especially social phobics, met the criteria for severe impairment, meaning their condition affected their day-to-day life and caused them great distress.
Teen mental disorder rates mirror those seen in adults, suggesting that most adults develop a mental disorder before adulthood, say the researchers, calling for earlier intervention and prevention, and more research to determine what the risk factors are for mental disorders in youth.
Notice how the article says that teen mental disorders mirror those of adults
Hang on we are talking about "Fifty-one percent of men and 49 percent of women have a mood, behavior, anxiety or substance use disorder"
Mental isssues receive less coverage than other issues and are something not so nice to talk about in our media
Yes most modern humans are stressed and yes most are depressed
One wonders if these figures apply to other Western countries
One would have to guess yes
And if it is yes then ever more are taking drugs for these conditions
Not a good idea at all
What way out then?
Get a life, a life based on some understanding of why you are here and what life is for
Understanding nothing about life other than what is offered in the media is a recipe for disaster
The media loves sensation
Now society is reaping what has been sown by this very same media
No easy way out except to fill everyone with drugs
Drugs that blur
Just tone you down a bit
Take away the fears
Never mind the long term or side effects
And of course there are many
Guess what doctors are now doing today?
Yes for larger and larger segments of society
They offer pills for life, time after time, visit after visit just more pills
Pills take away your life leading you to no life
Do not go down this road
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sir Isaac Newton subscribed to this realist view, and hence it is sometimes referred to as Newtonian time.
Time travel, in this view, becomes a possibility as other "times" persist like frames of a film strip, spread out across the time line.
The opposing view is that time does not refer to any kind of "container" that events and objects "move through", nor to any entity that "flows"
But that it is instead part of a fundamental intellectual structure (together with space and number within which humans sequence and compare events.
This second view, in the tradition of Gottfried Leibniz and Immanuel Kant, holds that time is neither an event nor a thing, and thus is not itself measurable nor can it be travelled.
Whatever our views of time, we can only live in this moment now however we choose to think of it
And that is the greatest help you can also give to letting go of your fears
Because if you live in this moment now you are not worrying about things
Your mind is in this moment now nowhere else
And that takes away stress
And that in turn makes life more comfortable............ enjoyable even