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Vacation as a Journey instead of a Trip

February 14, 2014

Letting go to reach a state of mind.

Have you ever thought why vacations today seem so scripted, almost like a rule book going from one step to another. It almost seems like a prescription description, take three-times daily before each meal, drink lots of liquids and make sure to limit strains on your body. In a way people have become so automated not just for the sake of convenience when they go through a search engine or a trip site to get a deal on hotel, air fare, and few theater tickets but to some degree like a ritual. Bang, bang, bang, you are done vacation blast-off in three, two, one, lay on your back sip some drink snooze, lose, let your worries about the hamster wheel wither away, OK done, now you are good to go back. Congratulations you completed your rest cycle welcome back to work little drone follow the leader, and so on.

Remember when you read a book when you were young. That world you immersed yourself in, the imagery in your mind that is where you’re supposed to go. A journey into not just an environment but yourself your own identity and reflect on nature and let it reflect on you. You are part of it. What about those fishing trips with dad or going to a beach with your family when you were little. The surroundings mattered much less than your intake of them, you felt the exposure to light and water and sand, and everything felt so much more not just real but surreal. You almost felt small changes in nature around you and in people, their little waves of joy or contentment.

Today all of it is still there but it is so compartmentalized and organized, separated into bite sized pieces at ‘affordable’ prices and little venues which simply expose you to a caricature of society where you are your own parody.

Why not let your soul smile for a bit, and just enjoy something simple. Reflect with your mind like the ocean reflects the sky.

Everyone wants to get away and in a way they do until they realize all they are getting away from are themselves. The scenery changes but everything you have you bring with you. All those problems and expectations, the things you did and those you wanted to do, and everything else. The whole point of journeys is to let things go, and start fresh. It is in some sense finding your own self, anew, vigorously looking life in the eyes and accepting everything that is, was, and will be. One journeys to reinforce self, be it right or wrong, it is not just an escape for the body but also something of a sharpening for the mind. You have to think, break out of the cycle of routine, and let things go in your head, just enjoy the thoughts as a spectator for a while, they don’t have to make sense. Just enjoy whatever thoughts you have coming in, they are all good.

Luck and Imagination

February 13, 2014

Going to go a little philosophical here or a lot.

Sometimes we seem to forget that luck is a very fateful concept and yet we assume that we cannot tip it on balance in our favor by thinking. Why the hell not? Well most of the attribution we make to luck is post-fact but we never actually close our eyes and think carefully about the scales slowly moving towards us as we throw a pair of dice, pick up our hand of cards, press a button as we apply for a job, walk by a coffee shop, etc. There is no premonitionary promotion of self only post-self.

Imagine a world where things tip your way, naturally and effortlessly. All you have to do is just think it and the wind blows your way, a girl steps your way, an outcome comes out closer to what you want, all you have to do is just wish for it in your mind and be pleasantly surprised when it happens. What about when it doesn’t? well that’s also good perhaps next time, so hopefully that time comes around sooner. Perhaps making that next time happen sooner is the whole point. A series of reverberating steps that go in a Mandelbrodt circle of repetition off by one whole number here or there, periodically shaping into a different shape or a completely different line at all.

Luck as a concept is very godlike it seems almost euphorically inclined to produce magical outcomes for the bearer and yet it exists because outcomes have to favor someone, sometime, over others. Today its’ you tomorrow someone else. Which way it goes nobody knows.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/justice-bad-luck/

There is a lot of psychological nuance in how people approach luck. Some people assume bad decisions and suffering in order to ‘purchase’ deservance of luck it seems. Almost a pay-it-forward for yourself except you never actually enjoy the pay-it aspect and it is in some sense very desirously unfulfilling. Everything in our society is promoted as a purchase decision or a choice and thus there is an increased impetus on ‘payment’ of some sort, paying dues in time, space, matter, or otherwise. If you simply free yourself to enjoy whatever comes your way it will probably be much easier for you and far closer to the way nature intended.

Nature is the ultimate arbiter in this game and yet we try to control the outcomes by predisposition of outcomes and determinants ad-hoc or post-hoc to our actions or inactions and the environment. Credit has to be given to someone and we shun giving it to the universe, because that seems silly.  Deservance has nothing to do with, that is a judgement based on some notion of today and the society around you, Nature does not play that game, what it does play is boldness and a few roads versus the many because it tests the robustness of our actions.

Good Luck :P

Certification and Tactical Obsolescence

January 21, 2014

The currency of today revolves around being certified in your abilities by someone else. Weather it be by a person on Linkedin, a chartered designation by a third party, a simple certified testing aspect, a semi-fiduciary agency, a government agency. Yet all of these aspects become more and more ingrained in our lives without people realizing how absurd it is becoming.

Do you really need to be certified in handling food? are people that retarded that they cannot be told and expected to wash their hands and be hygienic around food preparation or in those facilities. Do you really need a license or a permit for every venue of participation in the economy to guide others to your competence? Wouldn’t your product speak for itself or not? What about being certified in typing speed, writing skills, or basic math? It seems everyone wants continued reassurance of competence at the expense of the participant. Because all these things cost time and money, what you have is a continuous pressing out of actually able people whom cannot cope with the overhead of keeping paper certifications that expire every few years requiring the requisite training. In reality it is all a racket by the “education” industry that gets to extract a continuous flow of training or certification course work that teaches nothing.

All this overhead becomes a very real burden on every participant in a given industry and yet they continue to request these aspects from applicants in one form or another. Everyone pays for these in lower supply of able people, higher costs for both payment and upkeep, but the real tragedy is the time loss and waste this endeavors. All those extra venues to siphon time to garner earnings by other participants between employer and employee by consulting agencies, bureaus, etc. The fun part is the musical chairs game every participants plays to offload the cost of these things on the employee.

The real world is so much more dynamic than these things. We have things come out that make others obsolete daily. By the time someone learns a program or passes a test making them “qualified” in one thing or another a dozen new programs learned by others without certifications make the later more competent. How many of those certified in Java, Unix, or any other major language become start-up entrepreneurs and created a dynamic money making enterprise? few to none in the past decade. In real life by the time someone gets certified others have created an enterprise as a venue to overcome the barrier of non-demand. In real world people learn to build in the world of today people get certified for a chance to participate for someone else. Yet those whom learn to build always outdo and ignore all these stairways of malaise and ingrained necessity mandated by the treadmill educational environment where you need to go another mile. But as soon as you get one certification it becomes obsolete and you need to treadmill after another or requirements get boosted by the availability of median hamster jumpers like you to necessitate another funnel. Tedious and yet so very real.

I guess to win in this type of setting one only has to bow out of the race and simply go on his own, to do what the heart desires.

Yum Yum Heart Attack (Ractopamine)

January 3, 2014
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Imagine a world where your government helps you by banning a known heart attack improving substance from the food supply. Don’t worry this is the complete opposite. Here we get to enjoy the reverse what has been banned in 160 countries we savor every day ‘yum’ ‘yum’ Heart Attack improving (Ractopamine is a beta-adrenoceptor agonist), you can thank the FDA they have been helpfully hiding information that gives many Americans an early stairway to heaven. But hey science data that is hidden from the public for their own good, right? Cause we can’t trust you to eat toxic meat that we know is good for you because it might help you drop dead faster. Hell, why don’t you just trust the government and nod like a good slave I mean citizen. Yep good ole government knows how to feed you right FDA will make sure you eat only the healthiest cancer improving food so that then you could go on chemotherapy with the worst possible success-rate so that you could be milked through the feeding process into the final frontier and don’t worry in-between that journey the bankers take their cut. All those payments have to go through someone.

Ah, the good life Uncle Sam really a great uncle treats you right almost makes you want to shed a tear, oh you can’t cause your heart rate is speeding up and you feel all hyper like, well don’t worry there is a drug for that *wink* *wink* its’ only going to cause some other side effect which will have to be treated of-course but nothing but the best for ya, you know.

We can’t even find out how much of it is in the beef we it or other things cause the FDA is really really “helpful” to the degree that it is being sued to release information, they don’t let us know. For our own good I am certain, duh.

http://www.mintpressnews.com/russia-bans-import-of-us-meat/49683/

Many European nations have placed bans on meat imported from the U.S. not just because of ractopamine, but more generally, European Union officials are concerned about all hormone-treated meats, citing potential health risks like cancer as a major concern.

http://www.decodedscience.com/ractopamine-its-whats-for-dinner/26921

The Committee also researched studies that looked at the long-term effects of the therapeutic use of beta-adrenoceptor agonists. The reported side effects of using this drug includes tachycardia (fast heart rate, over 100 beats per minute), vasodilation (widening of blood vessel , skeletal muscle tremor, nervousness, metabolic disturbances such as hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) and hypokalaemia (lower than normal potassium in the blood.) “These effects are pharmacologically predictable, dose-related and potency related, with cardiovascular effects being the most commonly reported side-effects. Non-pharmacological effects include airway hyper-responsiveness and increased airway inflammation” reports the National Library of Medicine.

http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/ractopamine-meat-additive-your-plate-thats-banned-almost-everywhere-america

http://www.inquisitr.com/1031901/fda-lawsuit-filed-over-meat-industry-drug/

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/12/millions-but-not-billions-lost-in-beef-and-pork-sales-to-russia-over-ractopamine/#.UsRnzX-z7xU

P.S. satirical sarcasm with a very heavy dose of truth is up top, deal with it like a normal human being or take a paper bag and hyperventilate until you can go back to ignoring reality

Automation Nation

December 31, 2013

Automation seems to be the thing businesses are craving. They want everything streamlined and processed via a predictable routine. Notice those self-checkout-counters in CVS and other places, yep you are now officially working for free to check yourself out so that some company exec could pat himself on the back while he expenses a nice escort as a travel expense.
Predictability and idiocy go hand in hand though. I remember seeing only self-checkouts in CVS and huge line and simply dropping the juice I had and leaving the store going next door to buy the same exact product and getting out of the store as a clerk checked me out in seconds. It seems strange that companies expect their customers to behave as their employees for no pay and actually waste their time through longer waits and trying to figure out what to press and how to work a machine.

Everyone is desperately trying to get rid of labor to put their perpetual motion business into profit recycling mode. I remember reading about restaurant robot chef in china making noodles, Japanese robot bartender, robot server etc… Why go out to seek social company and the mood of a place if its all robotic? mind as well stay home and make something yourself. Fast food automation replacing all those workers it seems is almost there. But prey tell where is the savings for the consumer???

Generally the reasons consumers agree to technical progress is two-fold one its better or more satisfying than things are currently, and two it lowers prices for them and allows them to enjoy more things. Thus far automation provides neither. Psychologically people enjoy social atmosphere and it is better to be served by a human where you can at least not only interact but feel that you are being taken care of, for a price of-course. You elevated your status somewhat egoistically as well and feel socially well for being in public. So why would you pay for an overpriced drink or food from robot-Joe for the sake of company-B getting 1.2% margin improvement while the prices not only stay the same but actually go up? Makes no sense to me.

Automation has its’ place in hazardous areas for sure, uranium mining, welding on an assembly line, chemical plants, etc… The problem is when you apply it everywhere you get something quiet ‘UN’-expected. Its common sense to expect people to simply turn around and leave when the proposition you offer them is absurd.

I seem to recall automated loan parameters during and still continuing housing boom and bust. How did that work out? Not so good did it. Some banks still think they can get rid of their workers automate loan protocols and not loose a customer, very “realistic”. (sarcasm). Especially if you put yourself in the shoes of one of those customers whom has a problem lets say they own a few shops and they need resolution on a multimillion dollar credit line they have outstanding. Think about them punching those buttons on a terminal to resolve it for a while and then just going to a different bank and transferring ALL of their business. Multiply that event by a few thousand per day and you will see the light, perhaps, or not. Because, it is a recurring theme and crunching the numbers it works out great but on the ground not so much once it is implemented.

The biggest aspect that comes to mind is aren’t you also reducing your market access when you automate? Workforce is generally the best evangelist for a business or the worst but they do get the word out that it exists, because robots don’t shop (yet) and customers are generally humans that are breathing. So if you automate to the point of labor contact being 0% human aren’t you also reducing your customer exposure to 0% as well outside of the location you have or the service you provide? I am certain your robotic barman is great its’ just nobody really wants to go to a dead place. That is basically it, when your bank is fully automated and I can’t discuss business problems or solve things right away, why go there? No point really.

I find it odd that while labor is the current looser in the capital/labor world of economics at some point you have to pay it and if you do not your asset and capital prices recycle through the wages with which labor is able to bid on products and those same capital/asset prices.

Because you can’t really sell anything to someone whom earns nothing.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/could-robotic-chef-help-boost-china-economy-192842095.html

http://narwilliams.com/blog/2008/07/07/beer-robot-video/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/14/us-barclays-jobs-idUSBRE9AD12M20131114

Cholesterol Propoganda

December 19, 2013

It seems interesting to note that cholesterol itself is not actually bad for your health.
HDL and LDL, good/bad its all crap simply focusing on aspect of our health to then go on to the next creating a festering need for some sort of approval from the higher powers that say this is bad or this is bad, even though studies that were conducted over the past 50 years contradict them. Its’ OK doctoring studies is totally fine, and if they don’t support your thesis heck just chuck out the results and repeat until you get a graph that supports your supposition in the first place.

But hey its’ not just me saying this I am just the messenger.

http://www.thincs.org/

It seems kind of funny that if your bad cholesterol drops in half you actually increase your chances of having a stroke 2X(times) unfortunately since that was an undesirable knowledge result the researchers regrouped and decided to concentrate on dropping it even more compared to control group. Awesome perhaps if you drop your LDL really low you drop dead due to stroke even faster. But don’t you dare touch the FDA food pyramid, no no no that Carbohydrate and all other crap promoted by big food and Pharma needs to really make you ‘healthy’.

My favorite part of the video is the graph upsurge where Uffe describes the upsurge in diabetes even though intake of proteins was more or less stable but the carbohydrate intake went up along with the upsurge in diabetes. It also seems like a coincidence that around that particular time we got the promotion of the “Food Pyramid” where people were told they haven’t really maximized their daily dose of wheat products from bread to past and should really really work on stuffing themselves ‘for their own good’ wink wink, no less.

Slowly but surely we got a rise in all sorts of health problems but hey its’ not the ingrained systemic food formula that people are told to follow by medical professionals, schools which put them up on walls, and general health announcements. No sir, its the ‘lifestyle’, you don’t move to much, just eat a little bit more of that bread ‘yum yum’ and go do a marathon lets drop that cholesterol and saturated fat so that you could have that extra special stroke you always wanted.

*I am not responsible for any idiot that does not recognize sarcasm in this post or does something stupid. We are all responsible for our own actions.*

Revitilization and Perspectives

December 18, 2013

Lately I have been wondering what to do with this name and blog in general.

I thought really hard about trying to commercialize a product or a service but it seems being passionate to push something requires “being passionate” about something. Been feeling oddly complacent these past few months even though in some sense it felt as if though my attempts at improve what I have going on in my life been ramped up.

Thus far I am going to simply to try to post about interesting stuff once again but mostly trying to concentrate about pretty venues where one wishes to have been or gone. Although in some aspect I really like historical reflections on things today we see as glitzy and glamorous. People rarely reflect on deeper connotations of their behavioral or possession patterns.

IF by Rudyard Kipling

A good poem

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