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April 15, 2016

The Word the Song the Mitochondria

Filed under: Society Today — Tyler @ 12:16 am
Mitochondria

Mitochondria

We are the song, the oral tradition. These themes reverberate throughout human recorded history.

In the game, “The Talos Principle” whenever a player walks too far past the boundaries of a stage one hears, “…The Words are everything.
Where the Words end the world ends. You cannot go forward in an absence of space. Repeat.”

Words of course are crucial to data. Songs are simply data, encrypted differently using specific types of hardware. Language, computer programming, maybe we are getting closer to the Theory of Everything than we imagined. Perhaps we are coming to near-perfect understandings of our reality prematurely. And our world is prepared for that understanding, but our society is based on very real systems. It’s difficult to change large systems.

Something demands it.

Our mitochondria looks like a song wave. A sound wave bunched so tight, than the only way to continue the song, is to deepen the encryption layers of the song. It is similar to a musical composer that knows that too much raw volume of sound will overwhelm the listener and will eventually become nothing but noise. The composer knows this and has a few choices. Either have less instruments and focus on bold sounds, have lots of instruments but layer them and control amplitude in order to make them blend as one, or have a variable amount of instruments that take turns. I think mitochondrial DNA wants to have the deepest level of data encryption that it is capable of containing. But why?

I argue that we are talking about something extremely important. It is on the same level of importance as someone’s most precious belongings. What do most people say they would take from their home if there was a fire? Would they take their Xbox? Maybe their kitchen cutlery equipment? Most people I talk to would take their photo albums, perhaps their passports vital identification or maybe precious journals or family ancestry documents. Our identities, memories, and families are what we secure. Everything else can either be replaces, or replicated through the economy. Lose one’s identity, and lose one’s self. Forget one’s past and family, forget the reality.

But what is so important? This must be pretty big if we are going to this level of protection, promulgation, procurement and permutation…and I don’t think we exist as part of some kind of circular argument. We’re not here just to continue existence. And even though I think the film, “Equilibrium” is awesome, I don’t agree that simply, “Feeling” or “to feel” is the primary driving force for existence either. If that were true, then human beings wouldn’t experience the “Jar Phenomenon” when in captivity and also having access to a wide range of emotional input. There are only so many traffic jams that one person can endure before he or she begins to look inward for purpose as opposed to traveling outward. There are only so many times that we can be stopped by invisible barriers before an overwhelming desire to “complete” the system of existence becomes the driving force. What’s more interesting is that we are taught that “death” is related to completion and that we should fear that state. This theme is reiterated in cinema as well, whomever produced and directed the film with Anthony Hopkins called, “Picasso” made a really big deal about the scene where Picasso reprimands one of his art critic friends for saying a piece of his work looked unfinished. Picasso replies by talking about if he finishes the art then “I AM finished” that sort of thing. I get it. But I’m not satisfied.

I’ve been to Europe, I’ve seen amazing art and architecture. It’s beautiful. But really why stop there?

Why stop anywhere?

I think that’s what mitochondria are really after actually. They aren’t in it for the perks ladies and gentlemen. They are in it for the layers, the deep truth that can only be found by pushing the dimensional boundaries of encryption. One of the dances often performed at family events or weddings is the one where everyone lines up and they gently touch hands. Then a person or two has to walk through that barrier, almost creating a human zipper. The last people at the line then move to the front and become those that break the barrier. The line continues this fashion until a different dance is initiated. This reminds me of the process of DNA lining up and getting ready for a life-process of replication. But what it really reminds me of…is something that hasn’t happened yet.

The Hunter Seeker Algorithm.

This Algorithm was a concept discussed in Sid Meyer’s Alpha Centauri. It was a secret project. It was absolutely my most favorite secret project in the game. If your faction controls the Hunter Seeker Algorithm, then your faction is 100% immune to probe teams.

Yo.

I love that.

It basically makes it so you can continue with your faction unimpeded by random attacks or events. The Hunter Seeker Algorithm in conjunction with a solid Satellite Defense Network as well as Pressure Domes just in case the sea-levels rise…puts a faction in absolute solid footing for a transcendent victory.

What would a victory look like in our world?

For example, social networking is helping to sort everything from popular memes to taboo discourse. Search engines sort subject matter by relevance. Censorship hides information by priority. Yet regardless of how hard any certain single group tries to influence anything, the Law of Negative Space dictates that any system that has a form, has a counter-form. To remove one system from another, will always leave at least temporarily a similarly shaped or structured hole…which is in of itself identifiable.

The less we look at the future the more we see it.

Cymatics, 3D Printing, Nanotechnology, computer programming language simplification and deprecation, social network spawning and decay…these all are not “new” inventions, they are manifestations of mitochondrial microcosm conundrums…being worked upon by their counterparts in the macro world.

-Tyler

April 7, 2016

Lost Testimony

Filed under: Ecosystem Today — Tyler @ 1:34 am
testimony

testimony

Here’s the hard part about the environment. First of all, there’s no “fixing” of the environment.

There’s either allowing the environment to function in a way that allows it to proceed with its processes.

You can reverse damage done to the environment by cleaning things up.

There’s assisting in nature’s self-regenerative abilities by creating spaces for environmental repair.

And finally there’s coming up with systems and innovations that decrease the level of eco-damage that occurs as a result of modern human activity.

As for the whole, Global Warming dispute and that issue:

It doesn’t matter whether or not there is global warming. We know that there is a lot of waste and trash generated by affluent societies. That alone should want to spark innovation. Now if global warming is being used as a foothold for lots of new taxes etc. Then that should be discussed. But even if there wasn’t global warming going on as a result of human activity and consumption, we already know there are issues such as trash, deforestation, pollution of the ocean and other problems that can be linked human activity.

As for the whole Extra Terrestrial or alien issue:

It doesn’t matter if aliens are real or not. The truth is human beings experience their world through the lens of their own personal and collective societal maturity. This maturity is usually indicated by the collective understanding and acceptance of technology as well as social knowledge. Until we truly master both sides of the brain and finish what’s already on our plates, disclosure will never happen on a scale to please anybody who wants it. Things move from the fringe of society into the forefront based on several factors. One of those factors is of course boredom. When people get bored they are open to new stimulus, new ideas. There is a yearning for something that puts either a different spin on the known, or else access to the unknown.

Why would anyone want to deep dive into UFOs and aliens while there are so many problems that we face right now? That’s the real question in my opinion.

And also, that’s where the tough mirror comes into play. The people that probably have already been in contact with aliens are those who are somehow either related to advanced technology, or else they have access to mathematics or engineering skill. Perhaps they have some kind of other interesting aspect that extra terrestrials might be interested in such as art etc. I don’t know or care. But since time is limitless, and if people tend to share their knowledge, then the best strategy towards disclosure isn’t petitioning the government for info. That’s an absolute waste of time. That’s like panhandling at a bank. They will not give you a cent. You might get a loan, but not a free handout. It just isn’t going to happen.

The best strategy for disclosure is for as many people to learn mathematics, engineering, art, technology, botany, music, and all the subjects and knowledge in between as possible. This will in turn create a larger quantum processing field for our society. Think of it like a computer. A computer has RAM, a CPU and a hard drive and a case, fans the whole deal.

The reason why the computer exists is to do something. The case itself is just a doorstop without the processing power and problem solving locked within.

The computer case is like our planet. Without the people, the trees, the water and all the fun stuff that a living planet has, it would be pretty inert like Mars. Mars is like a computer that won’t turn on. It’s cool to explore, but that’s about it.

Since we have so many people on our planet, we have an opportunity to solve problems and then set those solutions in stone. That’s why we are seeing such reforms of culture happening so quickly. Our civilization can produce enough finished products to satisfy needs across the board, we just haven’t perfected how to balance this with our environment. Also there’s always the question of who flips the burgers and who eats them. Do we create robots to flip the burgers? Would someone want that job? Who gets to say what jobs are necessary are meaningful and which aren’t? At some point the mind keeps going in circles of though experiment until eventually the mind rests upon some kind of taboo. What makes a person a person? Is there life after death? What’s more relevant to an actual person, the body or the soul of that person? My thoughts on this is simple: Stop caring about the taboos because they will always be there and their solutions will become more easily visible if we increase our maturity level as a whole.

By this I mean, let’s focus on some simpler issues and then codify those solutions as quickly as possible. Some ways this is happening is of course the open source movement. People I think are getting as bored as I am lately and they’re just answering questions and solving computer programming problems on a massive collaborative scale. We really need to see this happen in areas outside of computer programming such as physics, botany, optics, and other more mechanical and natural sciences. The problem of why we don’t see more collaboration on these issues even though the open source movement has been extremely successful is because things in the real world are expensive. 3D printers, expensive tools, drills, all these things cost money, time, a safe space. And there are also lucrative benefits to keeping certain technologies secret during their development. This is completely natural and I understand this. I personally would love to strike it rich from developing some technological doo-dad and then patenting it etc. But I think sometimes it is easy to self-defeat one’s creativity by worrying too much about monetization of a project instead of the process for completion of the project.

-Tyler

March 2, 2016

Evolution of Virtues

Filed under: Philosophy — Tyler @ 2:29 am
Abundance and Scarcity are a matter of both perspective and alchemy

Abundance and Scarcity are a matter of both perspective and alchemy

The idea of virtue as a quality relating to a high moral standard leads to an incomplete understanding of virtue. In a society that values wealth, productivity, fashion, intellect, power and beauty, one might avoid concepts such as virtue. Why take a detour away from what one desires?

This article will discuss in detail not only how virtue can be a more direct route to one’s desires…but also that virtue is a self-evolving engine that creates value at every turn.

Have you ever had a car tire or bicycle tire that was extremely low on air, but not quite flat or exploded just yet? You may have noticed that the vehicle was not quite as responsive as it used to be. Or perhaps the same amount of gas from a full tank didn’t seem to yield very many miles.

Sometimes slow degradation of a tire over a long period of time is too gradual to notice. We may need an alert light on the dashboard to remind us that there is a problem. Or maybe a friend or colleague might remind us of our situation by saying, “Your passenger side rear tire seems really low.” We step around the vehicle, often surprised or perhaps uncomfortable at the idea of something being out of alignment, and the truth is there. The tire is either low or it isn’t.

For sake of argument, let’s say that the tire actually is low. One recognizes the tire is low, and then it is either filled with air, patched and refilled, or perhaps replaced entirely. Yet the real experience doesn’t occur until the vehicle is used again. There is a distinct feeling of, “This (bicycle / car) is handling better.” This feeling is difficult to pin down and explain, yet it is always there.

Virtues are similar to the set of tires. At first they can be tools and equipment to help someone have a safe ride to where they need to go. Yet if the tires are properly aligned, adjusted, of high quality and proper treads…the drive itself becomes nothing short of pleasurable.

But there must be a starting point.

With all the distractions, gadgetry and toys of modern civilized life, something seems to have entirely no value. This something gets pushed aside by “instant checkouts” and belittled by “next day shipping” it is of course…patience, the simplest and most easily attainable of virtues.

Patience requires absolutely zero effort or energy. It asks absolutely nothing of anyone or anything. Young children have difficulty with patience not due to vice or flaw, but due to their insatiable appetite for life itself. Yet as adults, we seem to appreciate moments of respite, relaxation and serenity. From appreciation of silence and stillness, patience begins to do its work.

Let’s take a most mundane of examples for our modern lives…”Next-Day rush shipping” vs. “Free Shipping.” There is always a cost. If one can wait the extra few days for their item, he or she will not have to pay anything for the shipping process. On the other hand, if one is in a hurry, shelling out a few extra dollars may be of little cost or consequence.

Now let’s go a bit further. What does that savings represent? It’s just money of course. But for sake of this thought experiment, money can be a simple and effective way to discuss value, and energy either potential or put into motion.

Continue with patience. What is it bringing forth? Patience at a stoplight saves one from a potential accident. Holding a door for another person changes the social environment on a subconscious level. Eventually if one holds patience close, it will bear fruit. That simple fruit is strangely enough…more time.

It may seem contradictory for a virtue which emphasizes the release of concern for time to actually generate time, but it definitely does function so.

Yes, there are twenty-four hours in a day. And that never does seem to change. But our perception of time is more similar to the allegory of the watched pot than a simple clock. A watched pot never boils. What an amazing little sentence.

If patience is able to compound over several weeks, months or years. One will find a few extra moments per day. These moments are available for allocation. They can be used for anything. One can use these extra perceived moments for maintenance of home, organization of thoughts, pleasant conversation with friends, grinding away at a task, or perhaps rest. Yet being able to recognize these moments becomes synonymous with the feeling one gets from a set of properly aligned and filled tires. We have a better handle on things, the day seems manageable, life becomes less of a grind and more of a scaffolding…waiting for the day when the superstructure is finally complete.

At this point, one’s personality comes into serious play. More time…what to do with it? A studious person can take this time and become more intellectually disciplined. This can branch off into more subtle and refined abilities of the mind such as but not limited to: critical discernment, pattern recognition and memorization capability. But the process by which these abilities were gained required something. It was energy. And energy, although abundant everywhere, isn’t always easily acquired.

Eventually, the mind begins to see that energy is needed to do the work one needs to do:

“I want to study more, but I’m just too tired.”

“A few more repetitions of this exercise would get me where I want to be…but I just can’t”

“This needs to get done, but I’m about to collapse..I should rest.”

One who has patience will recognize this. Yet there is a fine line between pushing someone or one’s self to test or expand limitations. If one is impatient, critical mistakes can be made. A blown out shoulder can put an athlete months off track from an important event, a brain embolism caused by stress can negate years of cognitive expansion by damaging valuable nerve cells.

When we understand that energy is needed to do work, yet are patient enough to wait for that energy instead of forcing action…a new virtue emerges. This virtue is vigor, it comes from the food we eat, and the air we breathe. It is the wind, the sound, the light and the cool darkness within ourselves. A small amount of vigor can help us fight the force of gravity in the morning and wake up to perform our daily routines. A moderate amount of vigor allows us to be creative in art or at work and achieve our goals. The food in our meals has taste and is appreciated, the water and beverages are refreshing. One is existing with purpose, because we know our energy has value.

The recognition that achieving goals requires planning and decisions on both momentary, daily and long-term scales all at the same time can be daunting. So a vigorous person is challenged by time constraints and energy requirements. He or she already is seeing life as less of a burden and more of an adventure. Now the vigor is burning hotter, yet patience controls and shapes this fire. Eating too much food can be exhausting in of itself. It can extinguish the furnace of life that puts spring into each step. Not eating enough can cause one to become overly sensitive and push him or her to break under the strong wind instead of bend. There is no single solution, it requires a conscious, semi-conscious and subconscious mind that all trust each other.

Formulas

Formulas

Over time, this vigor becomes systematized. The self knows exactly what it needs to avoid pain, what foods it enjoys to replenish and regenerate, a routine emerges and new opportunities present themselves. The process by which power and energy is formed, channeled, and utilized becomes self-scientific. An alchemy of mind and body appears that is inexpiable and absurd when discussed with others. What works for one may be absolutely life-threatening and detrimental to another. At this point one has a distinct urge to share personal findings with others and “help” others with their “lackings.” Yet another virtue appears out of no where. This virtue is so important and crucial that it often goes unnoticed. It is the bells on the hat of the jester, it is the nod of respect to the stranger, it is the sincere smile instead of a suggestion to the disheartened. It is humility…a virtue without measure.

If vigor is the coals of the furnace, then humility is the hinged door that allows that heat to continue growing without burning the home of the smithy. No coals will roll out upon the worktable, no sparks will fly onto the tapestries of the mind. True humility is the ability to understand that if perfection of self had truly been attained, then the world would be different. If someone had unlimited energy of body or mind, the troubles of the world could have been alleviated with a great lifting. Yet this has not occurred, not because virtue does not exist, but because the process is often cut short by vice, desire to control others, strange circumstances or perhaps even unfair intervention. Regardless of intent or purpose, one this always remains the same. No matter how hard one pushes to complete the system, that very system will push back by either changing, contracting, expanding or reallocation. This does not mean one should give up in the quest for virtue, application of purpose and achievement of goals. Rather, it is a signpost to endeavor with a smile, and concede the fact that the most worthy of challenges will take more than a single lifetime to complete…no matter how long that lifetime may be.

The acceptance of the futility of action and yet refutation of sloth at every turn creates one of the most coveted virtues…call it haste, call it celeritas. Would your cape need a windy afternoon to be full? Enough patterns have been observed. Enough meals, enough restful nights. Why wait for a threshold when a wall can be scaled in half the time?

Patience has been mastered to such an extent that movement has become meditation. If one needs to get from one place to another. Then go there. If one can get there at any time realistically in the future with a humble probability of survival, can it be counted upon? Or perhaps was the destination too lofty? Yet if it is possible, then we can close the ground quickly. Haste is a mixture of vigor and intent, using humility as a way to maintain self-propulsion. And celeritas is haste combined with patience and forgiveness. The resources and technology of today is forgiven for its lack of perfection, for the self is not complete either. Instead of stopping, one with the virtue of celeritas decides to move forward and create solutions where there was disappointment and dread. Even failure is viewed as an integral part of the scientific process rather than a barrier.

Eventually, the resources required to achieve goals becomes so minimal that abundance becomes the new normal. Like-minded friends seem to be more valuable than gems or gold. What could truly be achieved if…

The moon speaks to the trees. “Are there birds and small creatures scurrying about at this late hour?”

A tree replies, “What of it?”

The moon laughs and says, “They seem to be enjoying themselves. I only wish I could help.”

The moved a long branch and pointed to a nearby pond. “You already are, old friend.”

-Tyler

April 9, 2015

The S.Pot is now available for Crowdfunding at Indiegogo

Filed under: Crowdfunding — Tyler @ 4:29 pm
The S.Pot - Automatic Watering System

The S.Pot – Automatic Watering System

Have you ever wanted to water your plants but you didn’t have the time? Did your plants die?

The answer to that very question is the motivation behind the development of the S.Pot – Smart Automatic Monitoring And Watering Pot.

If you watch the video which is embedded below, you’ll see that the S. Pot has the function of properly watering houseplants without needing daily attention.

The device has an LED light that changes color when the pot needs water and/or electricity. The S.Pot only uses water when the plant needs it. The unused water is kept in a reservoir.

One thing that makes the S.Pot stand out is how the designers target the roots for the watering of the houseplant. On the indiegogo.com website where the S.Pot is seeking crowdfunding, the designers discuss how plants are often watered on their leaves, which wastes water and can also lead to less-than-optimal plant health.

After doing some research, I found that indiegogo.com is similar to kickstarter.com, the main difference is that the project will still receive funding even if it doesn’t acquire its entire “flexible funding goal.” But both indiegogo.com and kickstarter.com are large crowdfunding websites that fuel lots of projects.

Although I don’t personally like plants in my room, I still think this is a very cool idea. I know of several friends of mine that had their plants die that would love this self-watering system.

It looks like the minimum contribution required to get an S.Pot is $95. It is called the “Simple Pack” and you get a rectangular S.Pot as well as a huge “thank you” message from the development team. According to their webpage, the estimated delivery for the S.Pot would be June 2016.

Unlike lots of crowdfunding projects on the internet, the S.Pot team has already completed the research and development for the electronic circuit and also the monitoring system. So it seems the support that backers give are going to primarily help with the commercial-level manufacturing of the product.

Here’s a link to the official S.Pot webpage at indiegogo.com … and check out their video that explains their project below!

-Tyler

 

 

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