Leonard Cohen: Love Itself

Internet: It’s Complicated

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There is a problem with the internet.  It has forgotten its roots.  It has forgotten HTML.  It has forgotten LaTeX. It has forgotten WordPerfect.  It has forgotten television.  It has forgotten radio.  It has forgotten film.  It has forgotten phonographs.  It has forgotten photographs.  It has forgotten the Gutenberg Press.  It has forgotten the Alphabet.  It has forgotten Arabic Numerals.  It has forgotten Hieroglyphics.  It has forgotten music.  It has forgotten speech.

The internet is fascinated with digital waveforms.  They don’t realize that digital waveforms are phenomenally primitive.  As a consequence the internet is phenomenally complicated.  We have a whole generation trying to use metaphors of analog media equipment represented on digital media equipment.  It is complete crap and it does not occur to anyone.  Word processors are crap.  Spreadsheets are crap.  Presentations are crap.  Vector Graphics are crap.  Audios are crap.  Videos are crap.  Their formats and editors are crap.  Complex useless crap that many people are making a good living making more complicated to guarantee their meal tickets and they don’t even know it.  They use words like “organic”, “innovative”, “2.0”, “web”, “village”, “technology”, “entertainment”, “design”, “thinking”, “visual”, “global”, “climate”, “change”, “open”, “source”, “search”, “apple”, “i”, “my”, “face”, “google”, “twit”, “social”, “network”, “pirate”.  They hire lots of “numerati”, “literati”, “vidirati”, “audirati”, “timerati”, “grapherati”.  The words are meaningless and the people don’t know their assholes from first base.  They measure their credibility by their credit rating.

You ask them a “Simple” question and you get the “Complex” answer.  They don’t hear the question and don’t speak the answer.

They are shotgun happy pretending to be rifle sad.

Simplicity eats when it is hungry, sleeps when it is tired, doesn’t work or play.  Simplicity never leaves and never arrives.  Simplicity neither asks nor tells the time.  Simplicity is the crooked path that is the shortest distance.  Simplicity is periodic and chaotic.  Simplicity folows but has no leaders; leads but has no followers.

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Music: This is Your Music on the Internet

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Source and full article: SixDegrees.hu

This is a representation of every musician, band, etc. that creates music as rated on last.fm.  The graph was created by sixdegrees.hu using a new visualization tool.

Literacy and Numeracy: Stone Axes and Bone Knives

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Ultimately, everything is metaphor, whether we relate a taste to a strawberry or a color to a sound.  I use the word synesthesis broadly to describe the mechanism in memory that makes this possible.  The more I read, the more I am discovering that the structure is relatively the same in most individuals, but the perceptual history of every individual shapes the content of this structure differently.

There is some research that shows identical twins when together take different paths, however separated identical twins take similar paths.  You can find this in the work of Steven Pinker.

What is known is multiple sensory cues are better than individual sensory cues.  A visual cue will have a synergistic effect in memory when accompanied by other sensory cues including what I call the “cognitive sense”.  This being the case, the classroom is a terrible environment for learning and it is generally better to be immersed and learning in an environment with as many real sensory cues as possible right from the start.  This is why immersion is regarded as the best way to learn language although there are some caveats.

Steven Pinker has found that restricting language does limit people in their thinking, however in a generation the children build complete grammars with the language they are given and even coin new words as their experience dictates.  Language is a living, evolving thing within and across generations and cannot be contained in a 1984 fashion.  Nor is it wise to attempt to freeze a language you are studying, because it is a moving target.  Spelling guides, pronunciation keys, dictionaries, thesauruses, quotations, encyclopedias, news was never meant to police your thinking, but to equip you to think more broadly than your current abilities.  You weren’t meant to follow these books, you were meant to read to lead.  The books were meant to follow you.

Memory is infinitely flexible.  We are continually living a life where our mental data is accumulating and where we encounter crisis, climax and resolution or some variation mentally and we make the mental leap or stand on the cliff edge unable to evolve and cornered by our past.

Physics, Chemistry, Chronology, Geology, Psychology, Biology, Mathematics are the foundation stones of our sensory perception and our symbol systems and every one of these symbol systems evolves as we accomplish a phase change in any one due to an accumulation of exceptions until the system on which the symbols are based breaks down.  We call these phase change points “zero” and “infinity”, but zero and infinity are only place holders on a continuum be it linear, geometric, exponential or hyperbolic that has yet to show a limit of any kind.  All they mark are phase changes.

As Goedel demonstrated mathematically no system is complete, therefore no symbol system is complete.  There will always be phenomena that have yet to be represented and cannot be represented by the present system.  This is true for any language as well.  Listen to the phenomenal aural vocabulary of our youth as they imitate the sounds of their environment such as instruments and devices that our previous generation never heard.  Can we capture those “sound effects” with our current alphabet or icons?  I listen to children and youths communicating without uttering a single word in any language.  They communicate in the sounds and visual action of their home entertainment systems!  Anime is creating a world of children who speak a language their parents cannot fathom unless they are watching what their children watch.

And don’t be surprised to find children are no less intelligent than we were.  They don’t need the literacy we had to function in their environment quite effectively.  Measures of literacy and numeracy are irrelevant justifications for perpetuating an obsolete educational system.  The problem isn’t your children, it’s your educators.  Your children will define what communication will be in the future and we have to learn their lingua, not teach them ours.  Educators refusing to make the leap are, as Elliot said, “hollow men”.  Our children’s communication tools and cognitive abilities are in many ways superior to the cognitive tricks we use to think literally and mathematically with alphabets and numbers.  And that is all they are, a bag of tricks hammered into us for over twelve years.  Our literacy and numeracy tools are like stone axes and bone knives compared to what our children are using now.  Children can compose in video, audio, events, graphics, text, gesture and digits faster than we ever could read, rite and rithmatic with our pencils.  What makes our technology so exceptional or even worth preserving?  Are you still using a stone axe?

Welcome to the world of Marshall McLuhan.  Make the leap and learn the new media.  Let your children get on with computing.

The next time your child gets poor results on a literacy or numeracy test, tell the teachers to get their shit together and teach new media or find another job.

Love your children not your herd teachers.

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Metta Chant: The Dissemination and the New Semination

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Beautiful Buddhist chanting on metta – loving kindness with English subtitles, but without disturbing English speech.  One of the most beautiful “prayers” among all religions.

The Metta Chant Text

Aham avero homi
May I be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjho homi
May I be free from mental suffering

anigha homi
May I be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharami
May I take care of myself happily

Mama matapitu
May my parents

acariya ca natimitta ca
teacher relatives and friends

sabrahma – carino ca
fellow Dhamma farers

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Imasmim arame sabbe yogino
May all meditators in this compound

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Imasmim arame sabbe bhikkhu
May all monks in this compound

samanera ca
novice monks

upasaka – upasikaya ca
laymen and laywomen disciples

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Amhakam catupaccaya – dayaka
May our donors of the four supports: clothing, food, medicine and lodging

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
May they take care of themselves happily

Amhakam arakkha devata
May our guardian devas

Ismasmim vihare
in this monastery

Ismasmim avase
in this dwelling

Ismasmim arame
in this compound

arakkha devata
May the guardian devas

avera hontu
be free from enmity and danger

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Sabbe satta
May all beings

sabbe pana
all breathing things

sabbe bhutta
all creatures

sabbe puggala
all individuals (all beings)

sabbe attabhava – pariyapanna
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

sabbe itthoyo
may all females

sabbe purisa
all males

sabbe ariya
all noble ones (saints)

sabbe anariya
all worldlings (those yet to attain sainthood)

sabbe deva
all devas (deities)

sabbe manussa
all humans

sabbe vinipatika
all those in the four woeful planes

avera hontu
be free from enmity and dangers

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering
sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Dukkha muccantu
May all being be free from suffering

Yattha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
May whatever they have gained not be lost

Kammassaka
All beings are owners of their own Kamma

Purathimaya disaya
in the eastern direction

pacchimaya disaya
in the western direction

uttara disaya
in the northern direction

dakkhinaya disaya
in the southern direction

purathimaya anudisaya
in the southeast direction

pacchimaya anudisaya
in the northwest direction

uttara anudisaya
in the northeast direction

dakkhinaya anudisaya
in the southwest direction

hetthimaya disaya
in the direction below

uparimaya disaya
in the direction above

Sabbe satta
May all beings

sabbe pana
all breathing things

sabbe bhutta
all creatures

sabbe puggala
all individuals (all beings)

sabbe attabhava – pariyapanna
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

sabbe itthoyo
may all females

sabbe purisa
all males

sabbe ariya
all noble ones (saints)

sabbe anariya
(those yet to attain sainthood)

sabbe deva
all devas (deities)

sabbe manussa
all humans

sabbe vinipatika
all those in the 4 woeful planes

avera hontu
be free from enmity and dangers

abyapajjha hontu
be free from mental suffering

anigha hontu
be free from physical suffering

sukhi – attanam pariharantu
may they take care of themselves happily

Dukkha muccantu
May all beings be free from suffering

Yattha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
May whatever they have gained not be lost

Kammassaka
All beings are owners of their own kamma

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta pathavicara
whatever beings that move on earth

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta udakecara
whatever beings that move on water

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
As far as the highest plane of existence

adho yava aviccito
to as far down as the lowest plane

samanta cakkavalesu
in the entire universe

ye satta akasecara
whatever beings that move in air

abyapajjha nivera ca
may they are free of mental suffering and enmity

nidukkha ca nupaddava
and from physical suffering and danger.

However, this is only half a Mantra.  This mantra describes what it doesn’t want instead of what it does want.  This is a giant spiritual shit, a defecation, a bath.  For all the beauty of the music, this is a mantra of universal waste management.  This is necessary particularly when you are angry.

There should be a second part, a filling of words should be what we want for the world.  The writer of this mantra is afraid of what he wants. Mental health, Love, Safety, Physical Comfort, Caring for Others.  And so I offer part two, The Semination of Metta.  The spiritual feast.  This is necessary when you are emotionally empty or exhausted.  It’s also fun when you are happy.

May I be filled with love and safety

May I be filled with mental health

May I be filled with physical pleasure

May I take care of others happily

May my parents

teacher relatives and friends

fellow Dhamma farers

Be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

may they take care of others happily

May all meditators in this compound

be filled with love and safety

be filled wth mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all monks in this compound

novice monks

laymen and laywomen disciples

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May our donors of the four supports: clothing, food, medicine and lodging

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May our guardian devas

in this monastery

in this dwelling

in this compound

May the guardian devas

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all beings

all breathing things

all creatures

all individuals (all beings)

all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

may all females

all males

all noble ones (saints)

all worldlings (those yet to attain sainthood)

all devas (deities)

all humans

all those in the four woeful planes

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all being be filled with comfort

May whatever they have lost be gained

All beings are owners of their own Kamma

in the eastern direction

in the western direction

in the northern direction

in the southern direction

in the southeast direction

in the northwest direction

in the northeast direction

in the southwest direction

in the direction below

in the direction above

May all beings

all breathing things

all creatures

all individuals (all beings)

all personalities (all beings with mind and body)

may all females

all males

all noble ones (saints)

(those yet to attain sainthood)

all devas (deities)

all humans

all those in the 4 woeful planes

be filled with love and safety

be filled with mental health

be filled with physical pleasure

May they take care of others happily

May all beings be filled with comfort

May whatever they have lost be gained

All beings are owners of their own kamma

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move on earth

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move on water

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

As far as the highest plane of existence

to as far down as the lowest plane

in the entire universe

whatever beings that move in air

may they be filled with mental health and love

and filled with physical pleasure and safety

Mother’s Day

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I would like to dedicate this post to Evelyn, my maternal grandmother.  Evelyn raised two daughters and two sons single handedly after her divorce from her first husband.  She remarried in 1972 to Edwin.  Together Evelyn and Edwin bought one half acre of land with a small bungalow on it and turned the entire thing into flower and vegetable gardens.  To come to their home was to come to relax and enjoy Evelyn’s excellent cooking and Evelyn’s and Edwin’s sense of humor while enjoying the beauty of their gardening.  Edwin has since passed away and Evelyn is staying at a senior’s apartment.  She still enjoys cooking for herself and her family.  She has many friends and one special gentleman friend, Gus, with whom she goes to Birds Hill Park and feeds wild deer, squirrels and birds.  In the evenings Gus plays piano for the residents of the senior’s apartment and Evelyn suggests music for him to play for them.

Evelyn has four children, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Happy Mother’s Day, Evelyn.  We all love you dearly.

Search: SearchMe.com

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SearchMe.com currently allows you to perform page search, image search, video search, music search, news search and shopping search  using the Apple iTunes Stack metaphor.

SearchMe.com also lets you create custom stacks.

I would like to be able to place a SearchMe style page image as a link in a Prezi.com presentation as well.

The thing I would like to see in SearchMe is the following by going into cooperation with Google:

  • Visual Queries by submitting submitting video  bytes bigits.
  • Aural Queries by submitting audio rates rigits.
  • Nasal Queries by submitting nadio dates tigits.
  • Tactal Queries by submitting tadio numbers ligits.
  • Mental Queries by submitting medio text digits.
  • Factual Queries by submitting ideo states figits.

All of the above queries can be supported by selecting the media object on the current wepage, then using the sites categories and tags for the object as search criteria.

I would also like to see each of the queries have several levels as I describe below using the most international websites as examples:

Search HOW:

The IMAGE Network Search

Search WHO:

The GROUP Network Search

Search WHAT:

The EVENT Network Search

Search WHEN:

The TREND Network Search

Search WHERE:

The CHASE  Network Search

Search WHY:

The AGENT Network Search

The above are the most global sites I could find.  I recommend that each site be fully indexed by SearchMe.

Link: