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Money and Power —

“A US government report last year said the nation should invest more in supercomputing, to keep pace with China on defense projects such as nuclear weapons and hypersonic aircraft, and commercial innovations in aerospace, oil discovery, and pharmaceuticals.”

But nothing about using it to study the global environment or, more specifically, reversing the trend of the rock we all live on drying up and dying. Wonderful.

https://www.wired.com/story/the-us-again-has-worlds-most-powerful-supercomputer/


Random Reddit user comment on the concept of, “I was born in the wrong generation” (Music) —

“A lot of the time people aren’t really talking about the music itself- they’re talking about the social scene which surrounded the music. You’ll never be able to experience 60s Swinging London, late 70s Hip Hop, 80s Hair Metal LA or 90s Seattle for yourself. You can listen to the music, but that time and space have gone.

I don’t really resent people who say they might have enjoyed a past social scene more. Yeah mostly people would feel the same no matter what era they live in. But I kinda understand those who feel alienated by the way we interact with music now all streams and downloads, sitting in our room clicking buttons to make it happen. Feels so transient.

The kind of mass social movement created by music and defined by fashion seems to be gone now. Everyone listens to everything, labels are seen as corny and people don’t define themselves by music or sub-genre much anymore. We don’t even have to really go anywhere to listen to new music (or even talk about it) since it’s all done online.

It’s a misplaced desire for something real, solid and geographic, which often comes out very silly sounding. It really isn’t much about the music.” –OdaibaBay (original post here)


Backwater – Meat Puppets —

Yet another song that was stuck in my head when I woke up. I’d never payed attention to the lyrics though I’ve heard this song a million times. Like so many other mornings I don’t recall hearing this song anytime recently. For some reason, thinking that the reason for this is my sub/unconscious mind speaking to my conscious mind is a bit more intimidating than some external source.

“Backwater” – Meat Puppets (Youtube link)

And when I wake up in the morning
To feel the daybreak on my face
There’s a blood that’s flowing through the feeling
With a knife to open up the sky’s veins

Some things will never change
You just stand there looking backwards half unconscious from the pain
It may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling there is something that will never change

And when I should have been done a long time
Laughs and says I’ll find ways
Just when we shelter under paper
The rockets come at us sideways
Some things will never change
You just stand there looking backwards half unconscious from the pain
It may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling there is something that will never change

It may imply
Good vibes
Flow from time
Oh loosed on

And when I wake up in the morning
To feel the daybreak on my face
There’s a blood that’s flowing through the ceiling
With a knife to open up the sky’s veins

Some things will never change
You just stand there looking backwards half unconscious from the pain
It may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling there is something that will never change
Some things will never change
You just stand there looking backwards half unconscious from the pain
It may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling there is something that will never change


Fluoride Controversy —

So I was reading this article on Slashdot about a reporter visiting a Flat-Earther Convention and they mentioned receiving a gift of non-Fluoride toothpaste (and began talking about the “conspiracy theory” behind it). This was my comment, which I think accurately sums up my thoughts on Fluoride:

“So I’m not a “Flat-Earther” or whatever you call them (simple argument is, explain how the math behind satellite communications work if Earth is not spherical).. but I do believe Fluoride shouldn’t be ingested. Everything I’ve read on the subject points toward Fluoride being beneficial as a topical agent only (i.e. when applied directly to teeth). Ingesting it (for instance via public drinking water supply) causes harm as it passes the blood-brain barrier and collects in the Pineal Gland [wikipedia.org], calcifying and causing issues related to the early onset of puberty and other hormonal/chemical imbalances throughout life which inhibit normal, healthy function. I’d welcome any constructive countering of my stance. My simple conclusion is, if Fluoride is classified as a neurotoxin and, as such, you’re not supposed to swallow Fluoride toothpaste or varnish, it’s probably better not to swallow it from drinking water either.”

Aside from that, someone had commented with something that made me lol regarding the Flat Earth theory: “”If the Earth were really flat, cats would have pushed everything off of the edge.”


Just discovered libre.fm and Jamendo music sites —

Just discovered libre.fm and Jamendo. All I can say is that I feel very satisfied to have found couple of decent, curated collections of Creative Commons licensed music. I’ve been listening to Jamendo’s Rock radio for a few hours now and it’s all really good.

I think I’ve found a couple of new members of my little tribe.


Dream —

I had a dream last night about my grandmother (my mom’s mom). She was about the age she was when I was very little, very chipper and happy, very aware and conscious. I don’t recall what we talked about but I feel it was mostly small talk. I wasn’t aware in the dream that she had died IRL; I wasn’t incredibly lucid. I just remember being happy to see her and thinking, ‘Wow, she must have had some coffee or something because she’s very aware, talkative and happy!’ =}

When I woke up, I had the Boys II Men song stuck in my head, “It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”. I’m pretty sure I had not heard it in waking life recently.


DubFX – “Made” —

This is what true artists do to make it.

LYRICS:

I’ve got my eyes open wide to the ceiling
I’m lying on my back in the center of a room
I’ve got a voice giving me a funny feeling

Its telling me the world’s going to end real soon
I’ve got to get a job otherwise I’m unappealing
Do my little dance for the man and consume
So I let my energy build for the healing
So I can reign down with my super sonic boom
I’m held down by a fog on my way to the top
All clouded and the pressure won’t rise
I’m on a mission to the sky with the stars in my eyes
Yet the weather won’t compromise
Like a ball on a chain that is strapped to my brain
I’m a prisoner inside of my dreams
So I will appreciate the future of a day
Where the clouds open up and scream
And I sing now

I ain’t gonna spend my time wandering why I never made it
I’ve already made it
I ain’t gonna spend my days thinking about why I never made it

Like the pages of a novel at the bottom of a shelf
I grow stiff yet I keep my pride
Like the one raindrop in the center of a rose
I’m in heaven with a world outside
Like another metaphor to describe my vibe
I’m just a vessel for my conscious needs
So I will appreciate the future of a day
Where the clouds open up and scream
And I sing now

I ain’t gonna spend my time…

It’s times like this I need to lose my inhibitions
Raise my fist and forget about decisions
Help assist in the party that I’m giving
Take on the vibe and soon you will be singing
That it’s times like this ya need to lose your inhibitions
Just raise your fist and forget about decisions
I’ll help assist in that party that we’re giving
Take on the vibe and soon ya will be singing
I ain’t gonna spend my time wandering why, I never made it
I’ve already made it.


Eulogy —

Ben Kenney is a madman. What an awesome song, what an awesome musician.

LYRICS:

If I die from
Something so much less than smart
Know you’ve always held my heart
Even if we’re torn apart
If I leave you
Underdone and under whelmed
Just remember how it felt
Try to think of how it felt

I want my eulogy to say
He was the kind of friend that no one could replace (could replace)
And I want my family to know,
That I love them more than words will ever show (ever show)

If I miss my
Chance to make things right with you
Know how much I want it too
Know how much I need it too
Maybe someday
We’ll look back at this and laugh
Maybe this is all we have (x2)

I want my eulogy to say
He was the kind of friend that no one could replace (could replace)
And I want my family to know,
That I love them more than words will ever show (ever show)

I want my eulogy to say

If I die from
Something so much less than smart
Know you’ve always held my heart
Even if we’re torn apart

I want my eulogy to say (x4)
And I want my family to know,
That I love them more than words will ever show


Toes —

Standing on your toes for a picture
You know the recipe

Wash through the masses
With hidden corpses
With your own forces
With smiles and lies
Comprimise

Majority
Kill me

The stage is so relentless
Watered down and bent, this
The state is so relentless
Bend, this


My Predictions for Things to Invest in —

  1. Desalinization technologies
  2. Renewable (solar/wind) energies
  3. Open and moral A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) systems
  4. Autonomous vehicles (cars, but moreso drones/quadcopters, including passenger and freight/non) and autonomous vehicle networks
  5. Freight/shipping services (FedEx/UPS/etc.)
  6. Open Source security-focused hardware and software
  7. Electronic voting machines with paper receipts

Facebook Privacy —

You know, I would hope that people in general would have understood that Facebook is free for a reason when they signed up. You need to keep your defenses up just because of the nature of their business. They sell ads, ok? With a network so large you need to expect that “big players” are going to utilize it for their own ends.

So what’s the big surprise about privacy atm? Come on. You’re posting about your entire life. They own that data. You’re stupid if you think that was never the case.


He’s doing it —

He’s doing what he set out to do.

Just because Bannon is out doesn’t mean the goal has changed.

Look at his words, his actions. He is sabotaging stability on multiple fronts. You can’t say that what he’s doing is a mistake or that he’s overlooking alternatives. It is plainly obvious to me that they are deliberate and completely intentional. How can such a wide group of people not see this? Can loyalty obstruct truth? I think we all know the answer to that.

He thinks he’ll make this country great again – but his path for doing so includes causing unnecessary dismantling of economy, culture and faith in our country. He masks these large and sweeping moves by keeping the masses busy with his daily distractions, his never ending moving target of angry tweets and accusations. We can’t zero in on him if we’re constantly trying to prove his obvious falsehoods on a daily basis, there’s too many. It’s on purpose.

I feel like such a fucking tool for even living in this country right now. What the hell am I supposed to do?


“The Media Is” —

“The media” is.

Rather, the media is simply a conduit. A platform. A “thing”.

It can be used for good or for evil – to spread truth or spread lies. It 100.0% relies on whomever is using “the media” to choose the context, accuracy, editorial spin, on whatever facts or incidents have occurred.

I think what people call “the media” (a monolithic conglomerate of mass media and news agencies/outlets) cannot be measured by a single point. Or can it? Of course there is influence, but is there hierarchy? Is the Associated Press sort of “big daddy”, spoonfeeding to others what news is worthy of reporting on?

I don’t think there’s a real answer to these questions. “It” is too fluid. It depends on the perspective of those asking the questions.


When You’re High —

You crave the wonderful heightened sensations and pleasures given from food, music, touch, and sight but your general stability becomes compromised – which manifests itself as anxiety to non-real issues, apathy towards effort and ultimately altogether creating an aversion towards the (at that point in time) seemingly underwhelming and boring world of sobriety.