C is for Conundrum

Sometimes I hear bits and pieces of song lyrics in my head. I find many of them to be particularly relevant, like Dave Matthews asking you "what would you say", or The Who exhorting you to "pick up your guitar and play".

Of course, it’s much easier said than done. There are so many other distractions, as well as necessary duties in life, that there is often little time left for anything unscheduled. As much as I love playing music, I often find that I need to have a goal in mind in order to make time to play.

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A Message from the Kogi

The Kogi or Cogui, or Kágaba, meaning "jaguar" in the Kogi language, are an indigenous ethnic group that live in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains in northern Colombia. Their culture has continued since the Pre-Columbian era.

They have a message for the rest of the humans living on Planet Earth.

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Why Finding A Niche Market For Your Business Is Important

If you are planning to launch a home-based business or a small business, you might be having some thoughts about niche marketing.

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The Five Key Laws of Quantum Physics

Science has a way of advancing at parallel times in different spaces (i.e. the same technologies that have historically been invented by two separate people in different locales at the same time).

Quantum experiments in the past have used beams of light to explore the working priniciples, and more recently two or more groups have demonstrated teleportation of quantum states of massive particles.

So this isnt the first time in my life that I've become excited about the prospect of Quantum Computing given the black-box nature of Shrodinger's notion that 

*observing a system affects its outcome.

Since the most useful information derived from computing is the kind whose end state you can observe, I think of Quantum Computing as a complex rube-goldberg pendulum inside a box. You only get one result when you measure the system, but it's all the unknown paths that are of great value.

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More Adventures On The Way To Visit Don Juan

More Adventures On The Way To Visit Don Juan

"Freedom is an adventure with no end..."

When I think of traveling, going on a journey, riding down a dirt road, hiking a trail, following a path or taking a trip, certain writers like Jack Kerouac, Colin Fletcher and Carlos Castaneda come to my mind.

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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP)

The Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy could be thought of as the most interesting website on the internet. Not only because of the content, but also because of the site itself. 

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Storing Data in a Hologram

The traditional way of taking a three-dimensional photograph, or hologram, involves splitting a laser beam in two, reflecting one half (known as the object beam) off the thing that is to be holographed, and then recombining it with the other half (known as the reference beam) and exposing a photographic film to the result.

The process of recombination produces an interference pattern that is recorded on the film, and when this pattern is viewed in suitable lighting, an image that looks three-dimensional becomes visible to the eye.

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If you can't explain it to a six year old

If you can't explain it to a six year old

Around the world, a priority for governments is science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Because of a perceived shortage in STEM skills and knowledge, governments have put certain policy measures in place in order to address the situation.

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Discoursing in Dystopia

Back in the Renaissance, the Italians used a term, "terriblisma," to describe the strange mixture of fear and excitement they felt when they were observing catastrophes that were on the scale of all so-called act of God disasters. Apparently, our modern culture has a more contemporary version of this emotionally complex sense of fascination with all things Dystopic.

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MIT's "Open Knowledge Systems" Initiative

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has some of its course materials available online -- for free.

With an Internet connection and a Web browser, you can access MIT's pilot project: OpenCourseWare which includes the syllabus, lecture notes, exams (with answers), and videotaped lectures of 32 MIT courses.

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Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT)

Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next market buzz, IoT is also referred to as the Internet of Objects. The idea behind IoT is to sense, collect, transmit, analyze and distribute data in order for people to process information and get the knowledge required.

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Science Follows Science Fiction

Science Follows Science Fiction

The best-selling science fiction novel in history, is the Hugo and Nebula Award winning Dune (Frank Herbert, 1965).

It is also noted as the first major ecological science fiction novel, because the story contains many descriptions of the life that inhabits the desert planet Arrakis, in a complex and unique dry-land ecology that includes giant sandworms and the Fremen. Dune explores the interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, and had a great influence on the environmental movement in the years immediately after it was first published.

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5 Steps to Get You Started as an Online Entrepreneur

First, you must decide what you want to do. If you're not clear on what you want to achieve, how can you set goals? So before you sign up at various sites, set up profiles, and jump right in, you need to make some decisions about what you want to achieve.

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Benefits of Fungi Consumption - Part 1

Benefits of Fungi Consumption - Part 1

Among the Kindoms of Living Things, the Fungi kingdom includes the yeasts, molds, mildews, mushrooms, and other similar organisms. 

Fungi are not plants, they're not animals, they're a kingdom of their own, even though many people think of them as plants --perhaps because they don't move around, they just sit there-- but in fact fungi are much more closely related to animals than they are to plants.
 
We typically think of Fungi as mushrooms. But the mushrooms are just the fruiting bodies, a small part of the fungal life that's all around us, a single interconnected network that could be described as a third mode of life.

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Story Tellers Telling Stories

Story Tellers Telling Stories

Using ideas that can be easily comprehended is inherent for any story teller.

The best stories have always conveyed meanings beyond the simple scope of the character descriptions and the interactivity of story elements.

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Time Shifty-ness

Time Shifty-ness

Part I: Time...the Final Frontier

Traveling backwards or forwards in time is something that I ran into long ago. And please don't try to interpret that as a way that I'm "dating" myself. Language changes with time, but I'm still pretty hip about slinging the lingo. Or I will be. It's a little difficult when dealing with the tenses. Where was I? Oh yeah, It all started when I read about that place in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, where a gentleman by the name of Rip Van Winkle, took a nip of some special liquor and napped for 20 years, and woke up and found that a lot had changed.

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The NO DEAD TREES Collection

  • Storing Data in a Hologram

    The traditional way of taking a three-dimensional photograph, or hologram, involves splitting a laser beam in two, reflecting one half (known as the object beam) off the thing that is to be holographed, and then recombining it with the other half (known as the reference beam) and exposing a photographic film to the result.

    The process of recombination produces an interference pattern that is recorded on the film, and when this pattern is viewed in suitable lighting, an image that looks three-dimensional becomes visible to the eye.

    Read more

  • MIT's "Open Knowledge Systems" Initiative

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has some of its course materials available online -- for free.

    With an Internet connection and a Web browser, you can access MIT's pilot project: OpenCourseWare which includes the syllabus, lecture notes, exams (with answers), and videotaped lectures of 32 MIT courses.

    Read more

  • C is for Conundrum

    Sometimes I hear bits and pieces of song lyrics in my head. I find many of them to be particularly relevant, like Dave Matthews asking you "what would you say", or The Who exhorting you to "pick up your guitar and play".

    Of course, it’s much easier said than done. There are so many other distractions, as well as necessary duties in life, that there is often little time left for anything unscheduled. As much as I love playing music, I often find that I need to have a goal in mind in order to make time to play.

    Read more