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    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2016 edited
    Glad you told me about your big screen set up.
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2016
    The music is a bit disjointed and the ending is a bit weak but if you want to go for a ride of what some people are doing this is ten minutes well spent.
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2016
    If you are 91 today then you were probably born in 1925.

    That would mean you were born when the USA only had electricity in it's cities where rural areas and many small towns didn't have electricity.

    That would mean you were born just 40 years or so after indoor plumbing started being available where cities like Chicago began spending money on water and sewer systems starting around 1885.

    That could mean you grew up without a telephone which began spreading out in the 1870's, fifty years before you were born.

    It means the idea of using traffic lights and having rules cars must follow was still being shoved down peoples throats against massive resistance to those ideas.

    It means the idea that doctors should wash their hands hadn't been around more than a few decades where the idea of germs was quite new.

    Looking forwards, it means you lived long enough to see telephones become obsolete and electricty being able to be taken directly from the sun, where the idea that free trade was ideal began to end (starting in January), and where humans became aware they are the most powerful force on earth surpassing even what all weather and all geological events does. Humans now move more earth around than all such events combined.

    Learning that absolutely everything changes all the time where now no generation lives the world of the generation before or the generation after and that the primary force on this planet has become us, is the millennial generation's lot. Living their whole life knowing that's true is what their children will experience.

    Subsequent generations will know you can't just take more water, fish more, dig more, cut down more trees, or add more fertilizer because you still turn soil into sand and still wreck the water within a few generations.

    It's in the 21st century that humankind learns it must manage the full cycles of things and must find sufficiency within those limits - or die because there is nowhere new to expand to.

    That is the most hopeful and optimistic thing I can imagine for all the generations that follow the learning of that truth.

    Faces of Earth - A Human World
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2016
    Here's the last one in this particular story line of our earth. All of the parts I posted here were produced by different people. Only you will experience the narrative in exactly this way.

    This one tells the story of how we are just right in the goldilocks zone of this system (where water can be present in all three states).

    The mind might ask how such a set of circumstances could be created without intent but that just proves you can never underestimate the sentient being's mind to see things in terms of themselves. The truth is that only where such circumstances exist, would there be a sentient being asking the questions.

    Long ago I wrote a bit about two people looking at the stars. "Look at all the stars out there. Do you think there could be life on any of them?", asks the first one. "Well lets see we know of one star and it has life on it." Answers the other. Sentient beings are aware of themselves in the thing and it's likely no matter where they are they would largely interpret their existence as something special and important going on. It's wired in self perception that continued existence is the primary goal.

    The truth as I've explained is that no sun anywhere can turn hydrogen into anything more than iron. That is a limiter determined by physics which I've also explained is universal in it's application across the known universe. But you have copper in your blood and that simply must come from an event of immense power such as a super nova many hundreds of millions of years before our solar system began.

    It's when we get outside our base programming that we come to the understanding that we are not and the earth is not made up of unusual stuff nor of stuff that is unique to here. We are not children of the earth. We are children of the universe and have bits of earlier universe within us. When a super nova goes, it obliterates dozens and hundreds of sun systems around it, turning many of them into dust. That dust is blown light years across that galaxy until circumstance causes an area of dust to start attracting and as more and more dust gravitates together, the center heats up and often ignites. The hydrogen atoms fuse into helium and a new star is born. Look up nebulae and stellar nursery. We are tracking new star formation in them as we speak.

    I've told your future. Our solar system won't explode. But there are dozens of potential super nova stars around us with the potential power to start us around again and with luck some of your future molecules will end up on another star system and maybe it will have a stable goldilocks planet and perhaps one day a sentient being will look at the stars and wonder if there is life out there and then if the molecule you once used could speak - then you could tell that being their future.

    Earth Story - A World Apart

    Optional - look up a periodic table. Find Iron in the upper middle (Fe for Ferrous) and take a look at all the stuff that with certainty doesn't come from around these parts.
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2016
    Well, I would say it's time to bring all the geology programs and the talk of astronomy together into the most beautiful journey of our milky way galaxy.

    Remember that since we're inside our galaxy, when we look at a dark sky and see the thick wavy stripes running across the sky, we are looking through our own galaxy edge on. Above and below our spiral plane, we can see in our own view that there are less stars above and below the plane of our galaxy.

    Also, when we look at the pictures of other galaxies and of nebulae inside our own, there are some bright big stars in the picture. Those stars are between us. In the case of other galaxies we're looking past the stars in our own galaxy, then across a vast distance of largely empty space, and then way out there is the other galaxy we're looking at.

    This is an hour and a half long. It's as beautifully done as it is informative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    Inside The Milky Way
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2017
    I haven't heard from you recently.

    I've been thinking about time and myself and what all this means. What kind of vitality and exuberance is in life that it does all this? I sit in Ontario talking to someone in Florida sending some thoughts and music knowing we've been in the same war, are looking into the same night sky, and speaking at least for myself, don't have a clue what's going on.

    I think of Sidney Carton who didn't exist except in the mind of Charles Dickens who wrote him changing places with his brother even though he had not previously been a noble man and taking his place at the guillotine in the aftermath of the French revolution saying, "it is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done". In ways I never dreamed of, I understand more of what he meant. The hardest thing of my life is the best thing I have ever done too. Not as artsy, but I'm willing to bet not something Sidney Carton could have done. A sacrifice yes; but not one that takes years of persevering pain to accomplish.

    I'm including a song. I debated putting it up. I heard it in the background of a car commercial and looked it up. The structure is odd until I thought about what it is to live with an old yearning and what defines that experience. Repetition. Do-si-do, around we go.

    Asaf Avidan and the mojos - Reckoning Song

    One of the most powerful ways this kind of thought was expressed was by Johnny Cash who re-did a punk rock band's song his own way. It is a strong thing but it goes against my own grain in one way. He is angry that his empire of dirt is ending and is ripped up by everyone going away in the end. I visited that place and spent some time there but I did not stay. I know that feeling and I get that feeling. It's a waste of time. When it looks for me it will find me; that was always true; and no effort on my part is required.

    The things I lose that sear right through my heart and soul makes me family in all of life and not a singled out victim. Every person who has ever lived and who lives now and who will ever live all share this with me. It's the way of it. And only the fortunate truly suffer at the thought of it all ending; a testament of truth like no other that the life we otherwise struggle in, is actually dearly held.

    Johnny Cash - Hurt

    I hope you're doing well.
    • CommentAuthorMoon*
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2017
    Hi George,

    How are you?
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2017 edited
    Yes George, how are you?
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2017
    A flashmob as I've explained before is a group that surprises an unsuspecting audience with an unanticipated performance. It's one of the things people do.

    Friedrich Schiller was a poet around 1800. He wrote one that he later felt was 'detached from reality' and wasn't very good. In English it's translation is this:

    Joy, beautiful spark of divinity,
    Daughter from Elysium,
    We enter, drunk with fire,
    Heavenly One, thy sanctuary!
    Your magics join again
    What custom strictly divided;
    All people become brothers,
    Where your gentle wing abides.

    Who has succeeded in the great attempt,
    To be a friend's friend,
    Whoever has won a lovely woman,
    Add his to the jubilation!
    Indeed, who calls even one soul
    Theirs upon this world!
    And whoever never managed, shall steal himself
    Weeping away from this union.

    All creatures drink of joy
    At nature's breast.
    Just and unjust
    Alike taste of her gift;
    She gave us kisses and the fruit of the vine,
    A tried friend to the end.
    [Even] the worm has been granted sensuality,
    And the cherub stands before God!

    Gladly, as His heavenly bodies fly
    On their courses through the heavens,
    Thus, brothers, you should run your race,
    As a hero going to conquest.

    You millions, I embrace you.
    This kiss is for all the world!
    Brothers, above the starry canopy
    There must dwell a loving Father.
    Do you fall in worship, you millions?
    World, do you know your creator?
    Seek him in the heavens;
    Above the stars must He dwell.

    It's not very good as poetry really and we can see why he thought it would never amount to anything.

    Except a local composer liked it and even though he was by then stone deaf, he used it in his last full symphony, his ninth.

    Here is a flashmob in Minneapolis playing a shortened version of Beethoven's ninth in part, "Ode To Joy":

    Beethoven wrote the music but he used Schiller's poem for the words in what has become the planets most widely loved piece of music.

    The entire Beethoven's ninth symphony played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. One hour and five minutes.
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2017
    Thank you, Wolf, for this gem.
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2017
    And one more time....

    The Beatles last album was Abbey Road. It has a medley in it that speaks to my story; Golden Slumbers ("once there was a way back home"), Carry That Weight ("boy you're going to carry that weight a long time"), and The End ("and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make"). This is the remastered version. The visuals are the day of the photo shoot crossing Abbey Road back and forth until they got that shot that became an icon.

    The Beatles, Abbey Road, Carry That Weight