Creation, Thoughts, and Ideas from a Creator

Without a doubt, the greatest impediment to innovation or creation is not inspiration, but procrastination – most specifically , waiting for the right time, right materials, right circumstance, or right something – if Leonardo or Michelangelo had waited the world would be a poorer place – if Steve Jobs had waited, the world would certainly … Continue reading “Creation, Thoughts, and Ideas from a Creator”

Without a doubt, the greatest impediment to innovation or creation is not inspiration, but procrastination – most specifically , waiting for the right time, right materials, right circumstance, or right something – if Leonardo or Michelangelo had waited the world would be a poorer place – if Steve Jobs had waited, the world would certainly be different – if Henry Ford or countless others had waited – the world would be unrecognizable – which may or may not be a good thing – I haven’t seen that other world, so I don’t really know.

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I only know that our world makes it harder than ever to get started – gone are the days when a poor immigrant can make aprons from cloth bought with his last few dollars and start a grand enterprise – today – to do so legally he needs to have a license, a premisis, a tax ID number, and countless other sanctioned impediments to doing business. Our system is seemingly, a system which does to great length to encourage inertia and to discourage innovation and forward movement.

I, like many others, am a man of ideas. My whole life has been a complex system of coming up with ideas and then working to make them reality – often the only canvas I have had to work with is myself, who I am – and I’ve painted several different me’s through these four decades. My antique shop was born in three days – I spoke with the landlords, I signed the rental agreement, I moved what I had in, and I opened – meanwhile – two shops down the street prepared for months to open their doors – one of them to much better effect than me and the other to about the same lukewarm welcome and success.

My desire is to create, to make new things, to innovate, to paint, to write, to play music, to make art, to start business – that is what I do. I am a creator – not a creative – a creator. I create things. I create books, stories, worlds, websites, magazines, businesses, people (characters and children), and more. I would create far more if I were not stymied by process, procedure, start up costs, regulations, and other artificial impediments to my creative genius. I find it funny, by the way that art is contained in the word artificial – when I find true art to be the most genuine products of humanity…I also find it incredibly annoying to have creators like myself labeled as ‘creatives’ by those who are not. We are not creatives, we are creators. We are not makers, we are creators. We create!

If God did create us in his image, we creators are the ones he must love the most. We create! We understand! And, we also understand how a creation can turn south or end up being disappointing, or not work out the way that we intended.

In the beginning, God created Man and then Man (and woman) started doing all kinds of things God hadn’t intended or thought about – yeah, I get that – the characters in the books I write usually take over at some point and deviate wholly from my preconcieved plotlines – when I paint – it often ends up something completely different from what I started thinking I was painting – even my antique shop is not quite what I had expected it would be – it has been filled with stuff people walked through the door with to sell me – I had no idea this stuff would come here – and so it goes. The stuff I thought would sell has been gathering dust while the stuff I didn’t plan on has paid the rent, I sure hope that continues…

It’s enough for now – although one more thing – I think that perhaps the internet and its offer of allowing me to create whatever I want for the world to see may have dragged me off a path where I would have made more real world things – stuff you can touch and hold.  As a matter of regret – I regret that – all this website crap – it disappears when the power goes out – if I had been making furniture or gardens – they wouldn’t be so ephemeral – or maybe they would. I don’t know. What do you think?

Robot Vacuum

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MY ROBOTIC VACUUM’S CULT OF MYSTERIOUS INTELLIGENCE
| Christopher J. Falvey

We recently welcomed a new member to our household. Along with my girlfriend and four cats, I am now housemates with a robotic vacuum. The little guy sports a subtly futuristic, grey body and three simple buttons, each lit with old-school, computer-style green LEDs labeled “small,” “medium,” and “large.” There is no on/off switch- as I inferred from the instructions, once you start the thing working, it’ll decide when it wants to stop. While it apparently cannot figure out the size of the room, it knows everything else any other sentient being needs to know to clean said room. more at http://www.vnvo.com/stories/my_robotic_vacuums_cult_mysterious_intelligence_p1.asp

Ancient Egyptian City Found from Space

Satellites hovering above Egypt have zoomed in on a 1,600-year-old metropolis, archaeologists say.

Images captured from space pinpoint telltale signs of previous habitation in the swatch of land 200 miles south of Cairo, which digging recently confirmed as an ancient settlement dating from about 400 A.D.

The find is part of a larger project aiming to map as much of ancient Egypt’s archaeological sites, or “tells,” as possible before they are destroyed or covered by modern development.

“It is the biggest site discovered so far,” said project leader Sarah Parcak of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Based on the coins and pottery we found, it appears to be a massive regional center that traded with Greece, Turkey and Libya.”

Another large city dating to 600 B.C. and a monastery from 400 A.D. are some of the four hundred or so sites that Parcak has located during her work with the satellites. The oldest dates back over 5,000 years.

Egypt contains a wealth of already identified archaeological tells like these, but even they represent only about 0.01 percent of what is out there still uncovered, Parcak said.

Most of the ancient settlements still buried are at risk of being lost to looting and urban sprawl. Residential sites, where the Egyptian empire’s millions of citizens lived during its heyday, are especially vulnerable, archaeologists say.

“There are thousands of settlements that Egyptians don’t even know are there,” Parcak told LiveScience. “Nothing will ever destroy the Pyramids or the Temple of Luxor, but these huge settlement sites where we get a lot of information are being threatened. And that’s how we find out how people lived.”

The satellite technology lets archaeologists such as Parcak—the first to use space imagery in Egypt—identify points of interest on a large scale.

“Basically, I’m trying to distinguish the ancient remains from the modern landscape,” she said. “A site is going to appear very differently from space.” Archaeological sites absorb moisture in a different way, she explained, and tend to be covered with specific types of soil and vegetation.

The subtle differences would take much longer to identify on the ground, said Parcak, so Egypt’s government uses her catalog to identify sites and excavate there before development takes over and destroys the site for good.

Ramblin’ Man: The Internet and Masturbation

Stroke it stroke it. The internet and masturbation are connected.

THE INTERNET AND MASTURBATION! by 

rambling man columnA friend of mine mentioned that he thought masturbation had saved the internet. I laughed at first, but as I thought about it, I came to realize he was probably right. In fact, it seems like it’s nearly impossible to find anything about the United Nations without having to wade through the pee-cam and candyland, adult connections.

Porn is definitely what there is the most of on the net. The reason there is porn is because masturbation has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Porn is around because it makes cash, bottom line. First there were adult magazines, then there were 1-900 numbers and now…the pornonet. It’s amazing, but porn is a multi-national, multi-billion dollar industry. I guess, I owe porn a lot. After all, I use e-mail daily, I have a website, I research constantly, and I play several on-line games. But it just doesn’t feel right to say thank you to the porn industry. I’ve looked at plenty of porn both on and off line. Type in any word and you’ll find porn. The more I see, the more I think it’s one of the symptoms of our societies terminal illness. After all, porn is okay…but only if we pay enough. I think it’s another bit of hypocrisy in our self righteous, money grubbing society.

So masturbation saved the net. Great, but what has it done for us? Scientists have determined that when the male body produces semen, it uses only the best resources in said male. So, if a man happens to be a chronic masturbator, he is constantly depleting his body of it’s best materials. Taoists believe that energy flows through the body in a circuit. A lot of this energy is produced in the region of the testicles. Masturbation diverts this energy to the production of semen. Same problem. When this energy is wasted on the bedsheets, it makes sense that intelligence, creativity, vitality, energy, and drive would diminish. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be a liar if I denied ever masturbating, but education has taught me that there is a better way to use my energy. In fact there is even such a thing as a non-ejaculatory, full body, male orgasm. Before you scoff, think about the fact that most women didn’t have multiple orgasms prior to learning about them in the sexual revolution of the sixty’s and seventies. If you’re interested in more information on sexual energy, I highly recommend the book “Taoist Secrets of Love” by Mantak Chia.

Here’s my question. Has the proliferation of porn lowered the cumulative intelligence quotient of the general public by encouraging chronic masturbation? Makes sense to me. Welcome to the United States of Porn, Home of the Pornonet.

Letters:

Hello Bellinghambling man..

Gooten morgan and Heil Hitler. You make me sick, you spout off about armegedon and the corporate bullshit but in reality your a techno nerd.You expect me to Email you “fuck that” I hate e-mail and I hate the net and I hate all the rest of the techno crap. You said that Y2K is going to cause havoc “maybe” thats good, maybe we can restore family values like making the kids weed out the beet patch. I hope Y2K causes the the gas pumps to instantly increase prices a dollar, then we can pay for your high tech radio communication so the wacko fuckheads can play dick tracy on some shit.Personally, I think we should go back to something more reliable like word of mouth and horses. Anyway, I hope you were able to pull yourself from surfing the net and jerking off to Mistress Helga mommy dominatrix extraordinaire to read this . thanks, Bob A. Lou

P.S. I’m sure you will have my handwriting analyzed and find out I’m a neurotic with compusive suicidal tendencies you paranoid son of a bitch. Later.

Bob A. Lou, Thanks for the hatemail. You caught me, I am a bit of a “ techno nerd”. Technology is there and if you think the world is ever going to go back to being peaceful savages forget it. You’ve got to remember, if we don’t keep our eyes open and utilize technology effectively a lot of shit will get done without our knowledge. As for family values, weeding the beet patch sounds better than sitting in daycare because both parents have to work all day every day. I’m with you on gas needing to cost more, right on! I like a lot of technolgy, but I would give it up in a heartbeat if it didn’t leave me vulnerable to others who were using it. Now about jerking off…..

Odd Big Bear Lake


It’s a strange place that I grew up in. The strangest thing is that it hasn’t changed at all since I last lived here 22 years ago. The same businesses, the same houses needing paintjobs, the same old time miner 49er beards on different quirky Big Bear types.

If anything, the place seems smaller but that’s just because I’ve seen a lot more of the world than I had when I was 15 years old. My childhood home looks the same, the same a-frame house next door, nobody is mowing the grass at Community Park still and the same grumpy guy works behind the counter at the Community Market.

My cousins and I used to go in there in the winter and stuff our moon boots full of candy and then go to the park and divvy up our ill gotten spoils.


People here still drive Pintos and most of the men seem to work in construction and grow what I call Mike Rafferty mustaches.

The main industry here still seems to be making ugly log furniture and carving animal totems with chainsaws. I haven’t had the chance to go hiking yet, but I’ll be sure to take some pictures when I do. In the meantime, this will have to do.

About 15 years (1860) after Bear Valley was discovered by Wilson , prospector Bill Holcomb discovered gold in nearby Holcomb Valley . After abandoning his prospecting and mining efforts in Northern California and Oregon where he spent 10 years searching for gold, Holcomb and his partner Jack Martin came to Bear Valley in the winter of 1859. Although the partners worked hard they made only a modest strike. Martin returned to Los Angeles to get his family.

Meanwhile, towards the end of April, while Bill was hunting bear, he crossed the meadow in the center of Bear Valley and climbed up the west side of Bertha Peak and saw what he described as the most beautiful mountain valley I have ever seen. A few days later, he returned to that valley with companions, and while tracking a grizzly he had wounded, along what is now Caribou Creek; Bill noticed glittering specks of gold in a quartz ledge.

News of his find spread fast and soon prospectors began staking and working their claims. The population of Holcomb Valley swelled to over 2,000; buildings and businesses sprung up, including a General Store, Saloon, Grocery Store, Blacksmith Shop and the famous Octagon House where the glitter girls danced and otherwise entertained men in small dimly lit cubicles. As more and more prospectors came to Bear Valley in the hunt for gold and silver ore, the Bear Valley Mining District was founded.

Do it yourself Genetic Modifications

This is the world we live in.

SAN FRANCISCO – The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.

Using homemade lab equipment and the wealth of scientific knowledge available online, these hobbyists are trying to create new life forms through genetic engineering — a field long dominated by Ph.D.s toiling in university and corporate laboratories.

In her San Francisco dining room lab, for example, 31-year-old computer programmer Meredith L. Patterson is trying to develop genetically altered yogurt bacteria that will glow green to signal the presence of melamine, the chemical that turned Chinese-made baby formula and pet food deadly.

“People can really work on projects for the good of humanity while learning about something they want to learn about in the process,” she said.

So far, no major gene-splicing discoveries have come out anybody’s kitchen or garage.

But critics of the movement worry that these amateurs could one day unleash an environmental or medical disaster. Defenders say the future Bill Gates of biotech could be developing a cure for cancer in the garage.

Many of these amateurs may have studied biology in college but have no advanced degrees and are not earning a living in the biotechnology field. Some proudly call themselves “biohackers” — innovators who push technological boundaries and put the spread of knowledge before profits.

In Cambridge, Mass., a group called DIYbio is setting up a community lab where the public could use chemicals and lab equipment, including a used freezer, scored for free off Craigslist, that drops to 80 degrees below zero, the temperature needed to keep many kinds of bacteria alive.

Co-founder Mackenzie Cowell, a 24-year-old who majored in biology in college, said amateurs will probably pursue serious work such as new vaccines and super-efficient biofuels, but they might also try, for example, to use squid genes to create tattoos that glow.

Cowell said such unfettered creativity could produce important discoveries.

“We should try to make science more sexy and more fun and more like a game,” he said.

Patterson, the computer programmer, wants to insert the gene for fluorescence into yogurt bacteria, applying techniques developed in the 1970s.

She learned about genetic engineering by reading scientific papers and getting tips from online forums. She ordered jellyfish DNA for a green fluorescent protein from a biological supply company for less than $100. And she built her own lab equipment, including a gel electrophoresis chamber, or DNA analyzer, which she constructed for less than $25, versus more than $200 for a low-end off-the-shelf model.

Jim Thomas of ETC Group, a biotechnology watchdog organization, warned that synthetic organisms in the hands of amateurs could escape and cause outbreaks of incurable diseases or unpredictable environmental damage.

“Once you move to people working in their garage or other informal location, there’s no safety process in place,” he said.

Some also fear that terrorists might attempt do-it-yourself genetic engineering. But Patterson said: “A terrorist doesn’t need to go to the DIYbio community. They can just enroll in their local community college.”