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Monday, September 07, 2015

Monday Mechanolatry Mechanomorphic

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Lessig has met his funding goal of one million dollars, and thus is committed to run for President. 

Image result for BrainABC reports: "After exceeding his $1 million crowd-funding goal, Harvard Law School professor Larry Lessig announced today on “This Week” that he is running for president.

 'I think I'm running to get people to acknowledge the elephant in the room,' he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

 'We have to recognize -- we have a government that does not work. 

The stalemate, partisan platform of American politics in Washington right now doesn't work.'”


  The Zen Approach to life...

Matt McGrath writes at BBC that Bhutan, the strongly Buddhist country where up to three-quarters of the population follow the religion, is the only country in the world considered a role model by the Climate Action Tracking organization.

Image result for Zen Bhutan has put forward the concept of "Gross National Happiness", that represents a commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan's culture based on Buddhist spiritual values instead of western material development gauged by gross domestic product (GDP). Bhutan's Constitution mandates its territory to be at least 60% covered by forest – the vast carbon sink a boon for its balancing of humanity and nature.

 Right now over 70% is under trees, and so great are the forests, that the country absorbs far more carbon than its 750,000 population can produce.

 As well as inhaling all that CO2, the Bhutanese are pushing out large amounts of electricity to India, generated by hydropower from their fast flowing rivers. 

The prime minister says that their waters hold the potential to offset 100 million tonnes of Indian emissions every year. 

That's around a fifth of Britain's current annual outpourings.

Bhutan has embraced electric vehicles and the government envisages the capital city Thimpu, as a "clean-electric" city with green taxis for its 100,000 citizens — Bold plans for a city that at present doesn't have any traffic lights! 

"We see ourselves on the one hand being able to use electric cars for our own purposes, to protect our environment, to improve our economy, but also to show in a small measure that sustainable transport works and that electric vehicles are a reality," says Tshering Tobgay. "

"In Bhutan the distances are short, electricity is very cheap and because of the mountains you can't drive exceedingly fast, so all these combined to provide us with the opportunity for the investment."

According to Dr Marcia Rocha, it's not just a question of Bhutan being spectacularly endowed with natural advantages.

 "I think they are a country that culturally are very connected to nature, in every document that they submit it's there, it's just a very important focus of their politics." 

"We may be small, our impact not huge, but we always try many conservation projects," says Kinlay Dorjee, mayor of capital Thimphu. However the modest Bhutanese Prime Minister rejects the idea that his country is the leader of the climate pack. 

"I feel that calling Bhutan a role model is not appropriate, every country has their own sets of challenges and their own sets opportunities."

Now if only Christians would get it.
We know we are made of the earth and will return to the earth.

Therefore we should respect the earth more than we do as a whole.

Has commercialism and materialism blinded us?


When Astronauts see the big blue earth...

“Something happens to you out there,” Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell has said.

 “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.”

Mitchell described this emotion as “interconnected euphoria” and several other astronauts have reported similar feelings of awe.


We still have perfectly good cassettes of Brant Baker teaching the Word of God from the 70's.

Springfield, MO-based National Audio Company opened in 1969 and when other major manufacturers abandoned tape manufacturing for CD production in the late 1990s, the company held on tight.

Now, the cassette maker is pumping out more cassettes than ever before.


Image result for Email addressSome people don't use the same email address over and over again.

 Securely generate a random fake name, address, username, password, and (usable) email address for use with online message boards, social media, or whatever else.

Secure fake name generator 

 Job hunting in the 1930's.Image result for Job hunting

 Armed with a Google search and a theory, a 14-year-old entered the fray on a longstanding historical debate and proved that "No Irish Need Apply" signs actually did exist.


Most people who commit crimes are not the sharpest knife in the drawer...

In January of 2014, Anton Saljanin was hired to drive 1,195 Apple MacBooks, valued at over $1 million, from a vendor in Massachusetts to a pair of high schools in New Jersey. 

Image result for Not the sharpest knife  The day after picking them up, he told police that the truck disappeared overnight while he slept

 Later that day, he told police he just happened to spot the truck abandoned in a parking lot while he was driving down the highway.

 Unfortunately for him, detectives quickly realized none of these things could be true.

 Footage from CCTV cameras and cell-site records for his phone indicated he met with his brother and drove to another suspect's house, where they unloaded the laptops.

  Later, a fourth man helped them sell some of the MacBooks, often at steep discounts.

 The four men have now been charged in federal court for the theft.


From the sliding scale justice files...

Ricardo Taylor, a former supervisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, ran a bootleg DVD operation for seven years, copying DVDs and selling them to other employees via the Department's internal email system.

Image result for Sliding scale justice   You know — exactly the sort of thing our draconian copyright fines were meant to prevent.

 He made more than $19,000 from these pirated movie sales in 2013 alone. 

   His punishment?

 24 months probation. 

  Apparently, using the Internet to share Copyrighted materials at no personal profit is a more serious crime than selling copyrighted works for profit on physical media. 

More details on this local NBC site with auto-playing video.


I am owned by seven cats...

Image result for seven catsIt's no secret that cats of all sizes rub their mouths and faces on many surfaces they come in contact with, both to deposit and pick up scents. But a combination of ingredients in an unusual source — Calvin Klein's Obsession for men — seems to be irresistible to tigers, cheetahs, jaguars and more. The civetone and vanilla, in particular, not only drive captive animals wild, but have been used with great effectiveness in taking a census of and tracking jaguars in protected forests.


I think that all of us are becoming jaded about the security bugs that keep getting reported. But this one is more troublesome than most...

Image result for security bugsJonathan Petit, security researcher at Security Innovation, has created an electronics kit that costs only $60, which can flood LiDAR sensors on self-driving cars with a laser beam that contains fake data, making them think they have objects in front of them. 

This forces the self-driving car to slow down and sometimes abruptly stop. Affected cars include all manufacturers that deploy LiDAR sensors. As of now, Google and Apple are affected. According to this article, so may be Toyota's upcoming car.



I am so sorry, but I always have to laugh when these scientific types tell us how old the Universe is. As if anyone could know that out side of Almighty God Himself...LOL

Image result for The old universeCaltech astronomers have discovered a galaxy believed to be the oldest and farthest ever observed. They estimate it to be 13.2 billion years old.

 The universe itself is about 13.8 billion years old. The discovery may lead to a revision of theories of age and evolution of the early universe. The team published their findings in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.


Researchers have discovered a major prehistoric stone monument 3 kilometers away from the famous Stonehenge standing stones. The enormous Durrington Walls “superhenge” dwarfs Stonehenge and may have as many as 90 large standing stones associated with it.


I want a house like this in a secluded mountain forest by a bubbling brook...


The idea of automated food conjures up an image of Rosie from the Jetsons serving a piece of rehydrated meatloaf.

Fully automated fast-food restaurant Eatsa is nothing like that.

 Recently opened in San Francisco, Eatsa is reminiscent of the 1950s automat, but with a more efficient, modern way of doing things.

Customers order at one of nine different iPad kiosks.

 After ordering, their name will appear on a large status board that tracks customers and their orders.

Below that are numerous cubbies, with doors made of transparent LCD screens that alert customers when their order is ready.

"One of the key reasons we wanted to use technology to automate ordering, besides making it a more efficient process, is we're actually able to get to know our customers," said Tim Young, CEO and co-founder of Eatsa.

 "We're actually able to remember who you are, what you've ordered in the past, so that we can make it much faster for you to get your favorites with one touch ordering."

Just how fast is Eatsa?

 On a crowded day, food takes abut 3 to 5 minutes to arrive.

When the restaurant is less busy, food can arrive as fast as 60 to 90 seconds.

Here is the 1902 originator of this fantastic idea...

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