Sunday, November 29, 2009
I was just thinking of what I can say that would take out a little bit of the sting that Ivy is feeling. I don't know her friend, but it is enough that she knows her, for me to sympathize.
I think that is an unexpected side effect that blogging does to us. We get to know each other for a little while, but then become good friends. This type of blog world is not any different, sometimes, than the real world. We get to know each other, little by little, and then at some point we are feeling the same things (as if we knew each other in the flesh).
Strange, this blogging world: that can bring so many diverse people together, that would never have known each other in the real world. I feel that this is part of my real world now!! I feel the happiness and the sadness of all 'here' at the swamp.
Copied and Posted for Solar.
Friday, November 27, 2009
And maybe worrying about it is the last thing we need to do cuz we can't change it. That's why we migrated over here to the Swamp. If you gonna have to deal with all that mud, I'd rather it be the kind you can stick your toes in and wiggle around.
Lately this song keeps popping into my head. I may have already linked it here, cuz recently I can't get it out of my head. Words are appropriate. I even sang it to one of my nurses last week. She just looked at me like I was nuts.
"Try not to get worried, try not turn on to, problems that upset you, don't you know everything's alright now, yes everything's fine and we want you to sleep well tonight, let the world turn without you tonight...."
One thing that working in the joint keeps reminding me is that we can't save people from their plight. Often they don't want saving even if they don't realize that.
And I have everything I need and am very thankful for it all. We can all still do our little part and be thankful that we can. Not worrying doesn't mean not caring or not trying to change things...but try not to get worried....
This may be coming to a city near you.
Coreen wanted to add a pic of one of last year's snow storms. Hope that we, down here in the south, don't have this. Maybe. Might be fun for a day. As long as there is plenty of milk, bread and toilet paper, huh Ivy?
Coreen sent a pic of some deer she photographed in her driveway last month.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
For Carol, who has welcomed us all to come and ponder at her exotic and beautiful 'swamp' along with her sister Mary and of course Carol's beloved Maggie......
She has made us feel comfortable and welcome, so that it is a pleasure to stop by.......
So to all those who drop by, thank you again, and Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Gratitude is more important than prosperity in determining happiness.
The field of positive psychology has established a link between gratitude and health. Grateful people sleep better than highly driven people. They take time to eat with their family rather than working late. They prepare their food more often than eating out. They value recreation and fitness about performance. These traits that coincide with gratitude contribute to physical and mental health, a stronger immune system, and fewer diseases.
Countries with high poverty, such as India possess happier citizens than countries with high prosperity, such as Japan. What is the difference? The people in India are thankful for what they have where the Japanese tend to strive constantly for more in a cultural quest for six-sigma perfection.
People with a healthy sense of well being have more self-confidence and friends, and they make more effective leaders. Therefore, it pays to be thankful for one's life and accomplishments. When someone is always striving for something bigger, better, faster, or more, this striving can be less productive than pausing to give thanks for what is here now.
"True Wealth is Psychological Wealth".
(sorry I can't credit the site that provided me with these facts - can't find it now)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Most people in jail or prison, are not people who know what's going on in the world, only in their world. They are totally into their own needs and wants."
Carol has asked for a new post, and since I'm uncreative, I'm elaborating on something she said this morning, which I quoted above.
Reading that most prisoners are totally into their own needs and wants, it made me think of Don mentioning Abraham Maslow earlier in that same thread. As soon as I hear Maslow's name, whenever I think of Maslow, I always think of his Hierarchy of Needs' (of course). And I think that is the most obvious explanation for what Carol has observed in those inmates. . They are stuck in the bottom of that hierarchy, I think probably in the 'Safety' zone. I'm sure, sometimes (often?) they're even in the 'Physiological zone'.
In my opinion, it's always important that we stay aware of the importance of Maslow's 'Theory of Human Motivation', not only when judging others (something I try not to do), but also when tending to our own needs. It's interesting to focus on how high confidence and self esteem are on that pyramid, and that we need to satisfy all those lower needs before we can achieve our goals. We have to aim very high in order to achieve 'self actualization': Which seems to me to be the only route to real happiness and contentment.
Therefore, I see our most important goal in life, to be that of satisfying our own needs, and that being the only route to contributing to the world we live in and to others living here with us. I once read a book (many, many years ago) called the Art of Selfishness'. Now I realize, this is exactly what the writer was talking about, just using different words. We can contribute to others happiness 'only' by achieving happiness for ourselves. Maslow Hiercarchy of needs
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Time travel will be possible in the future: Once that we can stop them from collapsing almost as soon as they materialize. They are trying to do this by studying the effect of shooting light through it..it slows the process down, and the light appears on the other side.
This will involve looking further into dark matter; the problem with investigating dark matter is that it is reversing the life time of the Universe; as far as I know. Some think that the Universe will never end. This changes; because when you look into dark matter; and studying it; it alters it's positive energy, into negative energy when tampered with; and doing so..we could end the Universe. There are still studies being done all of this. Will explain this picture and book down the road:
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The idea of time traveling into the past has numerous conceptual difficulties. The following paradox is well known: How about going back into the past and killing your own father before he even meets your mother? Then, you wouldn't be born. But if you're out of existence, who killed your would-be father?
Such hypothetic scenarios prevent many people from believing time travel is possible. However, the general theory of relativity allows various space-time deformations to take place and Kurt G�del, the famous mathematician, managed to prove that, according to this theory, time travel into the past can in principle exist (see the "worm hole" in the picture below).
Time travel isn't explicitly made impossible by quantum mechanics either. On the contrary, one's sense of causality is deeply challenged by it.
Some science-fiction writers tried to get around the paradoxes of time travel by using the idea of parallel universes. When one would go into the past and change something, the universe would continue on a different path. But the original universe would still continue to exist in parallel. This Oedipus time traveler comes from one universe and kills his father in a different universe.
By studying this science-fiction
idea with the help of quantum mechanics, three physicists, Daniel M. Greenberger and Karl Svozil on one hand and David T. Pegg on the other, have arrived to the same conclusion independently.
The idea in quantum mechanics is that all the possibilities do exist simultaneously in some abstract way, but they are not parallel, they influence each other. What is actually seen to happen is the result of a certain averaging process over all these possibilities - all the possible universes influence each other and blend together giving rise to the real universe. In this way, one can take into consideration even universes where time flows from future to the past - this is why quantum mechanics isn't explicitly and a priori anti-time-travel.
However, what Greenberger, Svozil and Pegg have found is that as time flows, the alternative universes that could have happened but haven't happened, get erased - these past alternatives cancel each other. Thus, if someone would manage somehow to go back into the past, one wouldn't see the universe as it was back then, one would see a simplified universe which is compatible solely with what has actually happened.
I thought I would start with Jan's hypothetical question; and will make a 2nd post that we can all tell... whom; when; why; we would like to see; share sometime with; from the past....I had 5 candidates going in...and finally settled on the one, that I think would be the most interesting and fun for me...a virtual trip would be worth the money to meet this person; instead of a complete vacation any where in the world. think about it and we can have fun on part two of this..sorry, but there is so much to talk about..that I felt getting the tech stuff out of the way first..would make the 2nd part a little fun.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I like her. She's an attractive women and that always helps. Attractive people catch your eye. She does seem real. I was impressed when she took on her own party while running for governor. You don't see too many people bucking their own party these days unless it is for personal gain and I don't really think her's was for personal reasons. She probably never thought she'd become the governor.
And being a govenor with a family and all those kids just ain't easy. Then having a special needs child really puts it over the top. She's been made fun of every which way she can be made fun of and let me tell you, what they do to her, they do to many of the rest of us women. Watch out people, one day women are going to realize their power, we'll get really tired of putting up and shutting up and wham, we'll just show ya.
And as for that stupid what did you read question that Katie asked her, that all the media thought was so funny, this is what I think. Well, being a govenor, with a large family, and still trying to enjoy a little of life, when in the hell do you have time to sit down and read??? I can't find any time for that and I don't have a family.
And my advice for Sarah is.. just talk from your heart and soul. Don't try to follow some party line. That's what will get you in trouble.
Sorry, I got up this morning in a pissy mood and this is what came out.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
There is no consensus as to the origins of these fears.
Some believe it stems from the Christian religion and the Last Supper, where there were thirteen present including Jesus and Judas. Thus the superstition that 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. And Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
Others believe its origin is in the 'goddess legend' from Norse mythology. Frigga or Freya was the free-spirited goddess of love. In order to stop the worship of the Goddess Freya, she was banished to a mountain top with her beloved black cats, where she was kept a prisoner.
One night the Goddess called to the 12 Wyches (healing wise women/priestesses) by coercing the wind to carry her voice down the mountain. She called the women to gather with her spirit under the light of the full moon & sent her beloved black cats to carry her essence to the circle. The women, thrilled to be reunited with their Goddess, were dancing wildly about, when as the legend goes, the devil was enticed out of the darkness and joined them creating a circle of 13. After that Friday, which had been known as the day of the Goddess, became known as the Witches Sabbath.
Also, from Norse mythology, the story goes, that 12 gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Loki, the god of mischief, was left off the guest list and crashed the party, bringing the number to 13. True to his nature, Loki, the trickster, fooled Hod, the blind god of winter to attack Balder the Good, who was a favorite of the gods. Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki & hurled it at Balder, killing him, causing all of Valhalla to grieve. Again, the unlucky number of guests at the party was 13.
Going further back in time, to the very beginning, some claim that Eve tempted Adam with that forbidden fruit on a Friday, and as we all know, were then kicked out of paradise.
Another theory is that the origin of the superstition was a secret order given by King Philip to have all the Knights Templar in France arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307. The raid resulted in the death of most of the Templars and those that were captured were turned over to the Church charged with blasphemy, tortured and executed.
Regardless of its origins, the fear of Friday the Thirteenth and the number thirteen remains to to this day.
Make of it what you will, but for today.....here's hoping you made it through the day with no mishaps.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
You've seen um, huh? All those turtles sitting on a log sunning themselves. They're cute. See them all the time in the summer here. When you get close they drop off the log, plop, plop, plop, maybe a few more plops, all depends on how many turtles are on the log.
We have about 8 or so turtles here, at least that is how many that have their heads out of the shell. May have a few more that think they're hiding. We see them. Might as well show yourself, you other turtles.
I woulda done a new post but didn't have a pic of a bunch of turtles on a log and didn't want to borrow one from somewhere else when I have so many I coulda taken a pic of out here. I just didn't know I would need a pic of a bunch of turtles on a log. I wonder if Ivy can find a pome about that. If I had more time I could probably write one. Yeah, if only I had more time.
I started this comment and got up to get some coffee. While I was gone, my computer decided to turn itself off to install somethin. I'm sure it probably asked my premission but I wasn't here to say no, don't do it. I just bet it knew I was out of the room.
When I got back and saw that "Window, installing updates, do not turn off your computer", I could have slapped this thing silly. But what good would that have done? It would have gotten me back by breaking. It would have had the last laugh.
It's not nice to screw with an old lady, that had to get up early, in a cold house, cuz it was hot when I went to bed and I didn't want to get hotter by turning on heat that I can't regulate, and it doesn't work that well anyway.
And then to do it before I had several cups of coffee in me. Well maybe if I woulda had those cups of coffee in me I would have slapped this thing and not cared about the consequences. We do have a Best Buy around here and these dumb things don't last that long anyway.
Well I decided to put up a new post anyway. This is not a pic of turtles on a log but if you get a magnifying glass, I'm sure there are probably some turtles on a log over there somewhere. Look really close.
On my way home from work I came up with my poem. Here it is:
Eight Little Turtles Sitting on a Log
Eight little turtles
sitting on a log,
while most of the space
Solar turtle does hog.
Little Carol turtle is
checking for warts,
while little Solar turtle
is looking for tarts.
Little Chloe turtle says
that ain't me,
and little Solar turtle
says he he he.
Little Mary turtle is
stringing some beads,
while little Ivy turtle
just sits and reads.
If little Solar turtle
find him that tart,
then little turtle clothes,
little Jan and Coreen turtle
While little Carol turtle
starts up the sup,
little Tony turtle
cleans it all up.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. Seven years later, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue another proclamation to observe November 11 as the official designation. In 1938, November 11 was made the official legal holiday, a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'.
It was not until 1953, when an Emporia, Kansas shoe store owner, Al King, began his campaign to extend the celebration to all veterans, not just those who served in World War I resulted in the present day observance of Veterans Day. With the help of a U. S. Representative from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was presented to Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 25, 1954.
For me, the most striking reminder of the meaning of Veterans Day, is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (the Wall) in Washington, D.C.
For each, this day may hold a personal remembrance - a father, mother, sister, brother, family member, friend who may have served in the military. No matter who that may be for each of us, I hope that we all pause to remember, regardless of one's politics or beliefs, to remember those individuals who bravely served all of us, and to remember those that continue to serve, as they all deserve our utmost respect and honor.
Monday, November 9, 2009
A couple of weeks ago Jan mentioned that she gets scared when watching a movie even if she has seen it before. There is a reason for this. There were group studies that tested several people when watching something scary. They all knew what was going to happen; but were scared any way..when they were attached to wires, that scanned their brain...the brain re-acted in that way in order to protect the organism, that part tell us to run for safety....evolution is still very strong in our subconscious..
WHAT ABOUT GHOST'S?? Where do ghosts come from?
AS MEDIEVAL CASTLE bedrooms go, this one looks the part. Disturbing Flemish tapestries share the walls with stern portraits. On close inspection, the ornate fireplace's iron firedogs turn out to have devils' heads. This place is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Tom Skelton, a 16th-century jester said to have committed murder. The malevolent face of "Tom Fool" stares from a dimly lit oil painting just outside the bedroom.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!
....and many happy returns!!
November 6, 2009
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Carol, Hope you have the most wonderful Birthday you've ever had.