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miércoles, 26 de octubre de 2011

“¿Dónde empieza la boca?..."

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¿Dónde empieza la boca? ¿En el beso? ¿En el insulto? ¿En el mordisco? ¿En el grito? ¿En el bostezo? ¿En la sonrisa? ¿En el silbo? ¿En la amenaza? ¿En el gemido?
Que te quede bien claro; Donde acaba tu boca, ahí empieza la mía.
Mario Benedetti

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“¿Dónde empieza la boca?..."

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¿Dónde empieza la boca? ¿En el beso? ¿En el insulto? ¿En el mordisco? ¿En el grito? ¿En el bostezo? ¿En la sonrisa? ¿En el silbo? ¿En la amenaza? ¿En el gemido?
Que te quede bien claro; Donde acaba tu boca, ahí empieza la mía.
Mario Benedetti

Men in Space...

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It is no accident that, whatever their human flaws, and how ever moribund the human space program has become (a trend that the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission may have helped to reverse), astronauts and cosmonauts are still widely regarded as heroes of our species. A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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Men in Space...

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Eric-lafforgue-papua

It is no accident that, whatever their human flaws, and how ever moribund the human space program has become (a trend that the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission may have helped to reverse), astronauts and cosmonauts are still widely regarded as heroes of our species. A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Faster-than-Light Neutrino Puzzle Claimed Solved by Special Relativity

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http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/27260/#.TqRPpyhQ0YE.twitter

It's now been three weeks since the extraordinary news that neutrinos travelling between France and Italy had been clocked moving faster than light. The experiment, known as OPERA, found that the particles produced at CERN near Geneva arrived at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy some 60 nanoseconds earlier than the speed of light allows.

The result has sent a ripple of excitement through the physics community. Since then, more than 80 papers have appeared on the arXiv attempting to debunk or explain the effect. It's fair to say, however, that the general feeling is that the OPERA team must have overlooked something.

Today, Ronald van Elburg at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands makes a convincing argument that he has found the error.

First, let's review the experiment, which is simple in concept: a measurement of distance and time.

The distance is straightforward. The location of neutrino production at CERN is fairly easy to measure using GPS. The position of the Gran Sasso Laboratory is harder to pin down because it sits under a kilometre-high mountain. Nevertheless, the OPERA team says it has nailed the distance of 730 km to within 20 cm or so.

The time of neutrino flight is harder to measure. The OPERA team says it can accurately gauge the instant when the neutrinos are created and the instant they are detected using clocks at each end.

But the tricky part is keeping the clocks at either end exactly synchronised. The team does this using GPS satellites, which each broadcast a highly accurate time signal from orbit some 20,000km overhead. That introduces a number of extra complications which the team has to take into account, such as the time of travel of the GPS signals to the ground.

But van Elburg says there is one effect that the OPERA team seems to have overlooked: the relativistic motion of the GPS clocks.

It's easy to think that the motion of the satellites is irrelevant. After all, the radio waves carrying the time signal must travel at the speed of light, regardless of the satellites' speed.

But there is an additional subtlety. Although the speed of light is does not depend on the the frame of reference, the time of flight does. In this case, there are two frames of reference: the experiment on the ground and the clocks in orbit. If these are moving relative to each other, then this needs to be factored in.

So what is the satellites' motion with respect to the OPERA experiment? These probes orbit from West to East in a plane inclined at 55 degrees to the equator. Significantly, that's roughly in line with the neutrino flight path. Their relative motion is then easy to calculate.

So from the point of view of a clock on board a GPS satellite, the positions of the neutrino source and detector are changing. "From the perspective of the clock, the detector is moving towards the source and consequently the distance travelled by the particles as observed from the clock is shorter," says van Elburg.

By this he means shorter than the distance measured in the reference frame on the ground.

The OPERA team overlooks this because it thinks of the clocks as on the ground not in orbit.

How big is this effect? Van Elburg calculates that it should cause the neutrinos to arrive 32 nanoseconds early. But this must be doubled because the same error occurs at each end of the experiment. So the total correction is 64 nanoseconds, almost exactly what the OPERA team observes.

That's impressive but it's not to say the problem is done and dusted. Peer review is an essential part of the scientific process and this argument must hold its own under scrutiny from the community at large and the OPERA team in particular.

If it stands up, this episode will be laden with irony. Far from breaking Einstein's theory of relatively, the faster-than-light measurement will turn out to be another confirmation of it.

It's now been three weeks since the extraordinary news that neutrinos travelling between France and Italy had been clocked moving faster than light. The experiment, known as OPERA, found that the particles produced at CERN near Geneva arrived at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy some 60 nanoseconds earlier than the speed of light allows.

Ref: arxiv.org/abs/1110.2685: Times Of Flight Between A Source And A Detector Observed From A GPS Satellite.

The result has sent a ripple of excitement through the physics community. Since then, more than 80 papers have appeared on the arXiv attempting to debunk or explain the effect. It's fair to say, however, that the general feeling is that the OPERA team must have overlooked something.

Today, Ronald van Elburg at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands makes a convincing argument that he has found the error.

First, let's review the experiment, which is simple in concept: a measurement of distance and time.

The distance is straightforward. The location of neutrino production at CERN is fairly easy to measure using GPS. The position of the Gran Sasso Laboratory is harder to pin down because it sits under a kilometre-high mountain. Nevertheless, the OPERA team says it has nailed the distance of 730 km to within 20 cm or so.

The time of neutrino flight is harder to measure. The OPERA team says it can accurately gauge the instant when the neutrinos are created and the instant they are detected using clocks at each end.

But the tricky part is keeping the clocks at either end exactly synchronised. The team does this using GPS satellites, which each broadcast a highly accurate time signal from orbit some 20,000km overhead. That introduces a number of extra complications which the team has to take into account, such as the time of travel of the GPS signals to the ground.

But van Elburg says there is one effect that the OPERA team seems to have overlooked: the relativistic motion of the GPS clocks.

It's easy to think that the motion of the satellites is irrelevant. After all, the radio waves carrying the time signal must travel at the speed of light, regardless of the satellites' speed.

But there is an additional subtlety. Although the speed of light is does not depend on the the frame of reference, the time of flight does. In this case, there are two frames of reference: the experiment on the ground and the clocks in orbit. If these are moving relative to each other, then this needs to be factored in.

So what is the satellites' motion with respect to the OPERA experiment? These probes orbit from West to East in a plane inclined at 55 degrees to the equator. Significantly, that's roughly in line with the neutrino flight path. Their relative motion is then easy to calculate.

So from the point of view of a clock on board a GPS satellite, the positions of the neutrino source and detector are changing. "From the perspective of the clock, the detector is moving towards the source and consequently the distance travelled by the particles as observed from the clock is shorter," says van Elburg.

By this he means shorter than the distance measured in the reference frame on the ground.

The OPERA team overlooks this because it thinks of the clocks as on the ground not in orbit.

How big is this effect? Van Elburg calculates that it should cause the neutrinos to arrive 32 nanoseconds early. But this must be doubled because the same error occurs at each end of the experiment. So the total correction is 64 nanoseconds, almost exactly what the OPERA team observes.

That's impressive but it's not to say the problem is done and dusted. Peer review is an essential part of the scientific process and this argument must hold its own under scrutiny from the community at large and the OPERA team in particular.

If it stands up, this episode will be laden with irony. Far from breaking Einstein's theory of relatively, the faster-than-light measurement will turn out to be another confirmation of it.

Ref: arxiv.org/abs/1110.2685: Times Of Flight Between A Source And A Detector Observed From A GPS Satellite.

TRSF: Read the Best New Science Fiction inspired by today’s emerging technologies.

An Ode to Sulfur Hexafluoride.

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Sulfur Hexafluoride, a molecule made of one sulfur atom surrounded by 6 fluorine atoms. The really cool thing about SF6 is that it’s about 6 times denser than air, thus allowing little aluminum foil ships to seemingly float in mid air such as in the video above. Being inert it’s also breathable and has the opposite effect to inhaling helium (as can be seen in this video staring Mythbuster’s Adam Savage). Unfortunately SF6 is also the most potent green house gas monitored with a global warming potential 22,800 times that of CO2 as such it’s be banned in just about all applications aside from in electrical engineering where it is used to stop arcing as it does not conduct electricity.

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An Ode to Sulfur Hexafluoride.

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Sulfur Hexafluoride, a molecule made of one sulfur atom surrounded by 6 fluorine atoms. The really cool thing about SF6 is that it’s about 6 times denser than air, thus allowing little aluminum foil ships to seemingly float in mid air such as in the video above. Being inert it’s also breathable and has the opposite effect to inhaling helium (as can be seen in this video staring Mythbuster’s Adam Savage). Unfortunately SF6 is also the most potent green house gas monitored with a global warming potential 22,800 times that of CO2 as such it’s be banned in just about all applications aside from in electrical engineering where it is used to stop arcing as it does not conduct electricity.

lunes, 24 de octubre de 2011

"Insiste en tu abrazo, redobla tu furia..."

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Insiste en tu abrazo,

redobla tu furia ,
crea un espacio de injurias
entre yo y el espejo,
crea un canto de leprosa
entre yo y la que me creo.

 alejandra pizarnik

"Insiste en tu abrazo, redobla tu furia..."

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Insiste en tu abrazo,

redobla tu furia ,
crea un espacio de injurias
entre yo y el espejo,
crea un canto de leprosa
entre yo y la que me creo.

 alejandra pizarnik

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Libia y Gadafi, lo que NO conoces

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Libia y Gadafi, lo que NO conoces

Libia y Gadafi, la verdad que se supone NO debes conocer
En 1951 antes que Gadafi llegara, Libia era el país mas pobre del mundo.Después de cuatro décadas de Gadafi y antes de la invasión de la OTAN el 2011, (por EUA, Francia, Italia, Alemania, etc), Libia tenía el nivel de vida más alto de África, más alto que Rusia, Brasil y Arabia Saudita.




1 - La electricidad era gratis para todos

2 - En Libia la casa es considerada un Derecho de la humanidad.

3 - Recién casados reciben el equivalente a $50 mil dólares para comprarse
una casa.

4 - Todos los préstamos de cualquier clase son con 0% de interés por ley.

5- Gaddafi prometió una casa a todos antes de poner una casa para su padre
y mantuvo su promesa: su padre murió sin casa.

6 - Sólo un 5% de Libia antes de Gadafi podía leer y escribir.

7- Con Gadafi la educación es gratis y de alta calidad y el nivel
de alfabetismo es de 83%.

8- La atención médica es gratis para todos y de alta calidad.

9 - Si los libios no pueden hallar educación o atención médica del nivel
adecuado que necesitan, el gobierno les da los fondos necesarios para
conseguirlos fuera del país.

10-Si los libios compran un coche, el gobierno paga el 50%.

11-El precio de la gasolina es 14 centavos de dólar el galón.

12-Cualquier libio que quiera ser agricultor recibe gratis, tierra, una
casa, animales, equipo de agricultura y semillas.

13-El 01 de julio de 2011, 1.7 millones de libios marcharon en la Plaza Verde de Trípoli para protestar por el bombardeo de la OTAN. Esto es el 95% de la
población de Trípoli. Libia sólo tiene cinco millones de habitantes.

14-El banco central de Libia pertenece a Libia, no como en la mayoría del
mundo occidental que pertenecen a una organización de Rothchild.

15-El banco de Libia lanza moneda sin deuda.

16-Gadafi pedía pago del petróleo en otra moneda y ya no en dólares. Es
en dinars africanos respaldado en oro. A esto Sarkozy, el presidente de Francia, lo llamo “un peligro para las finanzas del mundo”.

17-El primer acto de los rebeldes fue crear un nuevo banco central de
propiedad del grupo europeo Rothchild. La familia Rothchild es propietaria de la mitad de la riqueza del mundo. Ese banco crea dinero de la nada, sin
respaldo, para venderlo con grandes intereses y que los préstamos no se
puedan pagar. Hasta nuestros hijos serán esclavos de esas deudas.
(Ver mas sobre el grupo europeo)

18 -Gaddafi no vendió a su gente a los bancos de Rothchild como lo hizo
Obama en EUA, Sarkozy en Francia y Cameron en Inglaterra. Libia no tenía
ninguna deuda.

19-¿Quién está detrás del bombardeo contra Libia? Los libios tenían mucho
más que los ciudadanos de EUA, Inglaterra , Francia etc. Los libios tenían
un líder que velaba por sus intereses con integridad y coraje, no obedecía
los intereses de los banqueros.

20-Libia compartía su tesoro con otros países de África. Sin la tiranía de los bancos de Rothchild todos podemos vivir libres sobre la Tierra sin cargar enormes deudas con grandes intereses. Los bancos y sus políticos
comprados están robando trillones de dólares, euros y libras todos los años.
Fuimos globalmente esclavizados. 

21-Se estima que más de 30 mil libios ya han sido asesinados por los
bombardeos de la OTAN y por los rebeldes.

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Libia y Gadafi, lo que NO conoces

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Libia y Gadafi, lo que NO conoces

Libia y Gadafi, la verdad que se supone NO debes conocer
En 1951 antes que Gadafi llegara, Libia era el país mas pobre del mundo.Después de cuatro décadas de Gadafi y antes de la invasión de la OTAN el 2011, (por EUA, Francia, Italia, Alemania, etc), Libia tenía el nivel de vida más alto de África, más alto que Rusia, Brasil y Arabia Saudita.




1 - La electricidad era gratis para todos

2 - En Libia la casa es considerada un Derecho de la humanidad.

3 - Recién casados reciben el equivalente a $50 mil dólares para comprarse
una casa.

4 - Todos los préstamos de cualquier clase son con 0% de interés por ley.

5- Gaddafi prometió una casa a todos antes de poner una casa para su padre
y mantuvo su promesa: su padre murió sin casa.

6 - Sólo un 5% de Libia antes de Gadafi podía leer y escribir.

7- Con Gadafi la educación es gratis y de alta calidad y el nivel
de alfabetismo es de 83%.

8- La atención médica es gratis para todos y de alta calidad.

9 - Si los libios no pueden hallar educación o atención médica del nivel
adecuado que necesitan, el gobierno les da los fondos necesarios para
conseguirlos fuera del país.

10-Si los libios compran un coche, el gobierno paga el 50%.

11-El precio de la gasolina es 14 centavos de dólar el galón.

12-Cualquier libio que quiera ser agricultor recibe gratis, tierra, una
casa, animales, equipo de agricultura y semillas.

13-El 01 de julio de 2011, 1.7 millones de libios marcharon en la Plaza Verde de Trípoli para protestar por el bombardeo de la OTAN. Esto es el 95% de la
población de Trípoli. Libia sólo tiene cinco millones de habitantes.

14-El banco central de Libia pertenece a Libia, no como en la mayoría del
mundo occidental que pertenecen a una organización de Rothchild.

15-El banco de Libia lanza moneda sin deuda.

16-Gadafi pedía pago del petróleo en otra moneda y ya no en dólares. Es
en dinars africanos respaldado en oro. A esto Sarkozy, el presidente de Francia, lo llamo “un peligro para las finanzas del mundo”.

17-El primer acto de los rebeldes fue crear un nuevo banco central de
propiedad del grupo europeo Rothchild. La familia Rothchild es propietaria de la mitad de la riqueza del mundo. Ese banco crea dinero de la nada, sin
respaldo, para venderlo con grandes intereses y que los préstamos no se
puedan pagar. Hasta nuestros hijos serán esclavos de esas deudas.
(Ver mas sobre el grupo europeo)

18 -Gaddafi no vendió a su gente a los bancos de Rothchild como lo hizo
Obama en EUA, Sarkozy en Francia y Cameron en Inglaterra. Libia no tenía
ninguna deuda.

19-¿Quién está detrás del bombardeo contra Libia? Los libios tenían mucho
más que los ciudadanos de EUA, Inglaterra , Francia etc. Los libios tenían
un líder que velaba por sus intereses con integridad y coraje, no obedecía
los intereses de los banqueros.

20-Libia compartía su tesoro con otros países de África. Sin la tiranía de los bancos de Rothchild todos podemos vivir libres sobre la Tierra sin cargar enormes deudas con grandes intereses. Los bancos y sus políticos
comprados están robando trillones de dólares, euros y libras todos los años.
Fuimos globalmente esclavizados. 

21-Se estima que más de 30 mil libios ya han sido asesinados por los
bombardeos de la OTAN y por los rebeldes.

This is All the Wisdom of an Old Creepy Son of a Bitch

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viernes, 21 de octubre de 2011

Go Beyond The Cover

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Go Beyond The Cover

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"But I recognize no infallible authority..."

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"But I recognize no infallible authority, even in special questions; consequently, whatever respect I may have for the honesty and the sincerity of such or such an individual, I have no absolute faith in any person."

Mikhail Bakunin

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miércoles, 19 de octubre de 2011

Esto hay que Recordarlo Periódicamente: Gravísimo - Porfirio Muñoz Ledo

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lunes, 17 de octubre de 2011

Making stuff is what got us smiles from our parents...

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Making stuff is what got us smiles from our parents and top billing in refrigerator art galleries. And since we are, as a generation, more addicted to positive reinforcement than any before us, and because we have learned firsthand the futility of finding that affirmation through our employers, we have returned to our stuff-making ways, via pursuits easily mocked: the modern-day pickling, the obsessive Etsying, the flower-arranging classes, the knitting resurgence, the Kickstarter funds for art projects of no potential commercial value.

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Making stuff is what got us smiles from our parents...

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Making stuff is what got us smiles from our parents and top billing in refrigerator art galleries. And since we are, as a generation, more addicted to positive reinforcement than any before us, and because we have learned firsthand the futility of finding that affirmation through our employers, we have returned to our stuff-making ways, via pursuits easily mocked: the modern-day pickling, the obsessive Etsying, the flower-arranging classes, the knitting resurgence, the Kickstarter funds for art projects of no potential commercial value.

Right Here All Over (Occupy Wall St.)

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domingo, 16 de octubre de 2011

"The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness..."

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The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature. 
  —Swami Vivekananda

"The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness..."

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The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature. 
  —Swami Vivekananda

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"Life’s but a walking shadow..."

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Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare

"Life’s but a walking shadow..."

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Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare

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"I wanted so badly to lie down next to her..."

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"I wanted so badly to lie down next to her..."

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“Why do people have to be this lonely?..."

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“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
— Haruki Murakami

“Why do people have to be this lonely?..."

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“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
— Haruki Murakami

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"you must have a series of wins, every single day..."

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As a programmer you must have a series of wins, every single day. It is the Deus Ex Machina of hacker success. It is what makes you eager for the next feature, and the next after that. And a large team is poison to small wins. The nature of large teams is such that even when you do have wins, they come after long, tiresome and disproportionately many hurdles. And this takes all the wind out of them.
— Rethrick Construction

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"you must have a series of wins, every single day..."

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As a programmer you must have a series of wins, every single day. It is the Deus Ex Machina of hacker success. It is what makes you eager for the next feature, and the next after that. And a large team is poison to small wins. The nature of large teams is such that even when you do have wins, they come after long, tiresome and disproportionately many hurdles. And this takes all the wind out of them.
— Rethrick Construction

"Our democratic system has been transformed into totalitarianism..."

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Our democratic system has been transformed into what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin labels inverted totalitarianism. Inverted totalitarianism, unlike classical totalitarianism, does not revolve around a demagogue or charismatic leader. It finds expression in the anonymity of the corporate state. It purports to cherish democracy, patriotism, a free press, parliamentary systems and constitutions while manipulating and corrupting internal levers to subvert and thwart democratic institutions. Political candidates are elected in popular votes by citizens but are ruled by armies of corporate lobbyists in Washington, Ottawa or other state capitals who author the legislation and get the legislators to pass it. A corporate media controls nearly everything we read, watch or hear and imposes a bland uniformity of opinion. Mass culture, owned and disseminated by corporations, diverts us with trivia, spectacles and celebrity gossip. In classical totalitarian regimes, such as Nazi fascism or Soviet communism, economics was subordinate to politics. “Under inverted totalitarianism the reverse is true,” Wolin writes. “Economics dominates politics – and with that domination comes different forms of ruthlessness.
— Chris Hedges

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"Our democratic system has been transformed into totalitarianism..."

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Our democratic system has been transformed into what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin labels inverted totalitarianism. Inverted totalitarianism, unlike classical totalitarianism, does not revolve around a demagogue or charismatic leader. It finds expression in the anonymity of the corporate state. It purports to cherish democracy, patriotism, a free press, parliamentary systems and constitutions while manipulating and corrupting internal levers to subvert and thwart democratic institutions. Political candidates are elected in popular votes by citizens but are ruled by armies of corporate lobbyists in Washington, Ottawa or other state capitals who author the legislation and get the legislators to pass it. A corporate media controls nearly everything we read, watch or hear and imposes a bland uniformity of opinion. Mass culture, owned and disseminated by corporations, diverts us with trivia, spectacles and celebrity gossip. In classical totalitarian regimes, such as Nazi fascism or Soviet communism, economics was subordinate to politics. “Under inverted totalitarianism the reverse is true,” Wolin writes. “Economics dominates politics – and with that domination comes different forms of ruthlessness.
— Chris Hedges

sábado, 15 de octubre de 2011

“The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately..."

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The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their “vital interests” are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the “sanctity” of human life, or the “conscience” of the civilized world.
James Baldwin

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“The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately..."

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The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their “vital interests” are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the “sanctity” of human life, or the “conscience” of the civilized world.
James Baldwin

viernes, 14 de octubre de 2011

“I was a fugitive. I was a wanted, a hunted man..."

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“I was a fugitive. I was a wanted man, a hunted man, with a price on my head. And I was still one step ahead of them. I was free. Every day, when you’re on the run, is the whole of your life. Every free minute is a short story with a happy ending.” 
― Gregory David Roberts

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“I was a fugitive. I was a wanted, a hunted man..."

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“I was a fugitive. I was a wanted man, a hunted man, with a price on my head. And I was still one step ahead of them. I was free. Every day, when you’re on the run, is the whole of your life. Every free minute is a short story with a happy ending.” 
― Gregory David Roberts

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“I was a fugitive. I was a wanted, a hunted man..."

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“I was a fugitive. I was a wanted man, a hunted man, with a price on my head. And I was still one step ahead of them. I was free. Every day, when you’re on the run, is the whole of your life. Every free minute is a short story with a happy ending.” 
― Gregory David Roberts

“I was a fugitive. I was a wanted, a hunted man..."

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“I was a fugitive. I was a wanted man, a hunted man, with a price on my head. And I was still one step ahead of them. I was free. Every day, when you’re on the run, is the whole of your life. Every free minute is a short story with a happy ending.” 
― Gregory David Roberts

Gravity May Have Thrown Off Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Calculations

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Gravity May Have Thrown Off Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Calculations

The Earth has variable gravity (as seen in the “lumpy” image above) that you and I can’t feel. But could the faster-than-light neutrino experiments have been doomed by omitting this? From Forbes:

In any good heist, synchronized watches are essential for determining timing, so that a precision plan can go off without a hitch.  Similarly, the clocks in a speed measurement need to be synchronized to ensure that velocity is calculated correctly. The basic problem with OPERA’s calculations, Contaldi suggests, is that the clocks used to measure the neutrinos’ velocity weren’t properly synchronized.

In the case of the faster-than light measurements, the clocks were synchronized using GPS timestamps. But, argues Contaldi, that’s not good enough. That’s because the gravity on different places on the Earth isn’t constant. The gravity at the CERN site where the neutrinos left, for example, is actually slightly greater than the gravity at the OPERA detector site. As a consequence, time would appear to move more slowly at CERN from the vantage point of the OPERA detector. Failing to take this into account, Contaldi contends, means that “[t]he resulting measurement that the neutrino velocity differs from c is not only unsurprising but should be expected in their setup.”

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jueves, 13 de octubre de 2011

I wish I was special [but I´m a Creep]

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I wish I was special [but I´m a Creep]

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Beautiful Polyflower

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This colourful shot by nanotechnology researcher Luca Boarino of the National Institute for Meteorological Research in Torino, Italy, resembles a close-up of a psychedelic sunflower. The delicate texture was created using nanospheres of polystyrene resin. Applied to a silicone surface, capillary forces caused the spheres to crack as they dried, completing the flower look.

Beautiful Polyflower

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This colourful shot by nanotechnology researcher Luca Boarino of the National Institute for Meteorological Research in Torino, Italy, resembles a close-up of a psychedelic sunflower. The delicate texture was created using nanospheres of polystyrene resin. Applied to a silicone surface, capillary forces caused the spheres to crack as they dried, completing the flower look.

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martes, 11 de octubre de 2011

Medium Aevum: Medieval London: 10 disgusting facts

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1. The inhabitants of medieval London (human and animal) produced 50 tons of excrement a day.

2. In medieval London, there were no pavements - people had to walk on the bare earth. Except, unfortunately, it wasn’t bare earth - the ground was covered with the excrement of both people and animals, as well as animal entrails and rotting food.

3. Eventually, many streets became impassable, so muck-rakers were hired to clean them as best they could. Though the job was abhorrent, the muck-rakers were paid much better than the average working man.

4. In the 14th century, Sherborne Lane in East London was so disgusting that it was officially known as Shiteburn Lane.

5. It was illegal in medieval London to empty chamber pots out of windows. Not that this always stopped people doing it, of course.

 

6. In 1369, King Edward III demanded that butchers be banned from slaughtering animals within the City of London because of the stench from blood and offal. Rotting meat was commonly dumped in the Thames.

7. In 1345, a law was passed stating that anyone dumping refuse in the street would be fined two shillings - at the time, a considerable sum.

8. Pigs owned by the Hospitallers of St Antony, a charitable order, were allowed to roam the streets of medieval London freely.

9. Between 1348 and 1665, there were 16 outbreaks of the plague in London. During the Black Death of 1348-49, a third of London’s inhabitants died or fled.

10. Other causes of terrible smells in medieval London were the tanneries, where leather would be boiled. People rarely washed or changed their clothes.

Medium Aevum: Medieval London: 10 disgusting facts

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1. The inhabitants of medieval London (human and animal) produced 50 tons of excrement a day.

2. In medieval London, there were no pavements - people had to walk on the bare earth. Except, unfortunately, it wasn’t bare earth - the ground was covered with the excrement of both people and animals, as well as animal entrails and rotting food.

3. Eventually, many streets became impassable, so muck-rakers were hired to clean them as best they could. Though the job was abhorrent, the muck-rakers were paid much better than the average working man.

4. In the 14th century, Sherborne Lane in East London was so disgusting that it was officially known as Shiteburn Lane.

5. It was illegal in medieval London to empty chamber pots out of windows. Not that this always stopped people doing it, of course.

 

6. In 1369, King Edward III demanded that butchers be banned from slaughtering animals within the City of London because of the stench from blood and offal. Rotting meat was commonly dumped in the Thames.

7. In 1345, a law was passed stating that anyone dumping refuse in the street would be fined two shillings - at the time, a considerable sum.

8. Pigs owned by the Hospitallers of St Antony, a charitable order, were allowed to roam the streets of medieval London freely.

9. Between 1348 and 1665, there were 16 outbreaks of the plague in London. During the Black Death of 1348-49, a third of London’s inhabitants died or fled.

10. Other causes of terrible smells in medieval London were the tanneries, where leather would be boiled. People rarely washed or changed their clothes.

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Wynton Marsalis. Un raro arreglo [pero padre]...

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A Remarcable Curiosity: Georges Danton and his Head

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"Danton's height was colossal, his make athletic, his features strongly marked, coarse, and displeasing; his voice shook the domes of the halls".
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”With a gesture, the professor then directed our eyes to the right, indicating the human face made up entirely of muscles, nerves and cerebral tissue - this, he told us, was all that remind of Danton’s head which, as a consequence of remote events had become his property…

It seemed as though life once more inhabited this recently immobile remnant of faces. Certain muscles appeared to make the absent eyes turn in all directions, while others periodically went into action as if to raise, lower, screw up or relax there area of the eyebrows and forehead; but those of the lips in particular moved with wild agility, undoubtably due to the amazing gift of oratory that Danton once possessed.

(The words) were disjointed fragments of speech, once publicly uttered, and surged pell-mell from the pigeon holes of memory to be reproduced automatically on the lower part of the ruined mask. The intense twitching of the other facial muscles, likewise originating in the manifold recollections sent up from the depths of the past by certain climactic hours full of parliamentary activity, showed how expressive Danton’s hideous snout must have been on the platform.”

- Raymond Roussel’s Locus Solus.

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A Remarcable Curiosity: Georges Danton and his Head

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"Danton's height was colossal, his make athletic, his features strongly marked, coarse, and displeasing; his voice shook the domes of the halls".
___

”With a gesture, the professor then directed our eyes to the right, indicating the human face made up entirely of muscles, nerves and cerebral tissue - this, he told us, was all that remind of Danton’s head which, as a consequence of remote events had become his property…

It seemed as though life once more inhabited this recently immobile remnant of faces. Certain muscles appeared to make the absent eyes turn in all directions, while others periodically went into action as if to raise, lower, screw up or relax there area of the eyebrows and forehead; but those of the lips in particular moved with wild agility, undoubtably due to the amazing gift of oratory that Danton once possessed.

(The words) were disjointed fragments of speech, once publicly uttered, and surged pell-mell from the pigeon holes of memory to be reproduced automatically on the lower part of the ruined mask. The intense twitching of the other facial muscles, likewise originating in the manifold recollections sent up from the depths of the past by certain climactic hours full of parliamentary activity, showed how expressive Danton’s hideous snout must have been on the platform.”

- Raymond Roussel’s Locus Solus.

lunes, 10 de octubre de 2011

“We tend to think animals are lower than us..."

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“We tend to think animals are lower than us, but all the scientists in the world couldn’t design and operate a bumblebee’s wing. We can’t jump or run very fast, and we can’t carry vast weights like an ant can. We can’t see in the dark and we can’t fly except crammed in a noisy tube like sardines, which doesn’t count. Humans compared to animals are almost totally deaf, and we can’t smell a fart in an elevator by their standards. 

We are finite and separate, and neurotic, while the consciousness of an animal is at peace and eternal. We strive and go crazy to become more important. Animals rest and sleep and enjoy the company of each other. We think we have evolved upwards from animals but we have lost almost all of their qualities and abilities. 

The idea that animals don’t have consciousness or that they don’t have a soul is rather crass. It shows a lack of consciousness. They talk, they have families, they feel things, they act individually or together to solve problems, they often care of their young as a tribal unit. They play, they travel, and medicate themselves when they get sick. They cry when others in the herd die, they know about us humans. Of course they have a soul, a very pristine one. We humans are only now attempting with the recent rise in consciousness to achieve the soul that animals have naturally.”

 - Stuart Wilde

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“We tend to think animals are lower than us..."

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“We tend to think animals are lower than us, but all the scientists in the world couldn’t design and operate a bumblebee’s wing. We can’t jump or run very fast, and we can’t carry vast weights like an ant can. We can’t see in the dark and we can’t fly except crammed in a noisy tube like sardines, which doesn’t count. Humans compared to animals are almost totally deaf, and we can’t smell a fart in an elevator by their standards. 

We are finite and separate, and neurotic, while the consciousness of an animal is at peace and eternal. We strive and go crazy to become more important. Animals rest and sleep and enjoy the company of each other. We think we have evolved upwards from animals but we have lost almost all of their qualities and abilities. 

The idea that animals don’t have consciousness or that they don’t have a soul is rather crass. It shows a lack of consciousness. They talk, they have families, they feel things, they act individually or together to solve problems, they often care of their young as a tribal unit. They play, they travel, and medicate themselves when they get sick. They cry when others in the herd die, they know about us humans. Of course they have a soul, a very pristine one. We humans are only now attempting with the recent rise in consciousness to achieve the soul that animals have naturally.”

 - Stuart Wilde

Fear is a Vasoconstrictor

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fear is a vasoconstrictor
la paura è un vasocostrittore
el miedo es vasoconstrictor
la peur est un vasoconstricteur
Angst ist ein Vasokonstriktorpost
恐怖は、血管収縮薬である

domingo, 9 de octubre de 2011

The Price Of Existence Is Eternal Warfare

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The Price Of Existence Is Eternal Warfare

COIL is a hidden universal. A code. A key for which the WHOLE does not exist. Is NONEXISTENT, in silence and secrecy. A spell. A spiral. A serpents SHt round a female cycle. A whirlwind. A double helix. DNA. Electricity and elementals. Atonal noise, and brutal poetry.

COIL is amorphous. Luminous and constant change. Inbuilt obSOLescence. Inbuilt Disobedience. A vehicle for obsessions. Dreamcycles in perpetual motion. We are cutthroats. Infantile. Immaculately Conceived. Dis-eased. The Virus is Khaos. The cure is Delirium.

COIL are Archangels of KHAOS. The price we pay for existence is eternal Warfare. There is a hidden coil of strength, dormant beneath the sediment of convention. Dreams lead us under the surface, over the edge, to the Delerium state. UNCHAINED. Past impositions and false universals. Reassembling into OUR order.

COIL. Who has the nerve to dream, create and kill, while the whole moves every part stands still. Our rationale is the irrationAL. Hallucination is the truth our graves are dug with. COIL is compulsion. URGE and construction. Dead letters fall from our shedding skins. Kabbala and KHAOS. Thanatos and Thelema. Archangels and Antichrists. Open and Close. Truth and Deliberation. Traps and Disorientation.

Coil exist between Here and Here. We are Janus Headed. Plural. Out of time. Out of place. Out of Spite. An antidote for when people become poisons.

COIL know how to destroy Angels. How to paralyse. Imagine the world in a bottle. We take the bottle, smash it, and open your throat with it. I warn you we are Murderous. We massacre the logical revolts. We know everything! We know one thing only. Absolute existence, absolute motion, absolute direction, absolute Truth. NOW, HERE, US.

“Not Knowing What Is And Is Not
Knowing, I Knew Not”

- Hassan i Sabbah

 
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