Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Puter Job funnies


The Website Is Down: Sales Guy vs. Web Dude

If you haven't worked in IT this is probably not thàt funny, but hey, explore the reality tunnel ;). Here are some hilarious computer job-related things I remember off the top of my head:

In Networking Operations for a financial company (eww):
* Calling a Russian bank to check their server which is creating an error-msg flood on the monitor screens is always an adventure.
russian: GgGhhHhello?
me: Hello, this is *me* from *company name* calling, could you check your *company name* server?
russian: Surfehrr??
me: *company name*, computer
russian: ooh, computer!
me: yes, reboot please (screw checking it, that's really the modus operandi with major companies)
russian: reboot?
me: turn off... and on
russian: off and on, yes...?
me: yes, thank you, bye

Then you call back fifteen minutes later if nothing happens on the monitor screen.

ISP helpdesk:
* first day on the job, new employees in a meeting room, manager asks: So, how many of you here know what e-mail is?
* You know the old cupholder-cdrom joke, that really happened.
* client calls on phone: You broke my internet again! (: oh my bad, here I thought I was gonna fix it)
* collegue: dude your chat shell connection just got nuked severely and botched a server downstairs (: oh, crap)

Wayne Dyer: Muscle Testing


Wayne Dyer & the Arm test

I tried this with a kinesiologist once, he only had about 70% accuracy with a list of 10 foods (of which a lot are obvious). I was underwhelmed.

Check out this critique of Muscle Testing in Kinesiology of David Hawkins book Power vs Force, here is an excerpt:
What muscle testing, pendulum work and other forms of dowsing do is to allow us to "interview" our own or another's subconscious mind. The more we trust, practice and let go to these methods, the clearer and more consistent the communication. We become adepts at the language of the subconscious, and the information we learn greater and greater trust in the information that we receive. (I know of water dowsers in Ireland that are spot on every time when looking for where to sink a well, which is just as well as a mistake in location would be very costly in time and money.)

Some people, however, claim that these whisperings of the subconscious can potentially give us a method to determine absolute or objective truth to questions relating to matter beyond the health and vitality of the body. Recently, a book called Power vs Force has appeared on the New Age book shelves, and its author, ex-psychiatrist Dr. David Hawkins, has begun a whole program to calibrate "truth" on a scale of 1 to 1000. So for example, he and his team of muscle testers claims that Jesus calibrates at 1000, Mahayana Buddhism at 960, the Koran at 720, love at 500, reason at 400, fear at 100 and shame at 20. 85% of the world's population, according to Hawkins, calibrates at under 200 — the threshold of integrity. [This list makes some alarm bells go off for me.]

Whilst Hawkins' work is interesting and raises some challenging questions, what is concerning is that few in the "New Age" and progressive communities seem to question it. For example, a recent article published on Dr. Hawkins and his work in Kindred Spirit magazine does not challenge any of Hawkins' assertions. The author appears to have swallowed Hawkins's work hook, line and sinker. And yet, the paradigm that Hawkins is promoting is not as healthy as it seems, and could even be a huge step-back in our spiritual development. (Part of the reason nobody criticises his work may well be fear of judgment — criticism may get them calibrated below 200.)

The first clue to the shortcomings of Hawkins' calibration theory is his intellectualism: Force vs Power is a very dry read. Whenever something relatively simple is presented in an intellectual and scientific manner way beyond what is necessary or justifiable, you know that you may well be staring at a nude emperor. Gregg Braden did it with his new work the God Code, and Hawkins does it with his simple muscle testing implications. What happens is that the overly intellectual and scientific context in which a theory is presented ends up giving it a high standing in the eyes of ordinary people, because it is so easy for the authority of the scientific context to bleed into the unsubstantiated nature of the content. So you get a situation whereby the only criticism for works like these comes from those conversant in science — which is mostly the scientific establishment. And "they" would criticise such cutting-edge alternative research, wouldn't they!

Throughout history spiritual truths were often hidden because you could get killed for your beliefs, but more often than not these days they are lying on a deckchair getting a tan, whilst a distracted world passes them by.

If you strip down Hawkins' work to its bare essentials, you have a man that is basically dowsing for God. He is taking the whisperings of the subconscious as absolute measure of all things, even something as abstract as "truth". But surely, to understand whether this is justified, we need to understand what the subconscious is and what truth is. Without examining these terms, we end up making meaningless assertions, such as Hawkins' "a cat's purr calibrates at 500".

Dr. David Hawkins and his books calibrate extremely highly… and so they are as close to truth as you are going to get. (Power vs Force, according to Hawkins, calibrates at 850, which is higher than the Bible or the Koran, or indeed almost anything else ever written by a human being.)

Read the entire article here

Crowd Control Weapons

Goo, ray guns aim to protect @ Yahoo! Video
Click link for video

Ah CNN magic, protestors are terrorists and rational people don't worry about being exposed to the police's crazy new weaponry. Wonderful objective reporting, that's not propaganda at all :p

Justice can't be done in secret. And here's why

We will always try to twist the evidence to fit our theories.
Especially when we are wrong.

Why do people refuse to accept what simply has to be true? Social psychologists use a term to describe this behaviour that you may have come across - it is called cognitive dissonance. This is the tension that arises when a person holds two attitudes that are psychologically inconsistent. And it is tension that is hard to live with, tension that simply has to be resolved.

So what do you do? A brilliant new book by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson - Mistakes Were Made, but not by Me - explains. You believe that you are a good person, say, yet you know you have done a bad thing. There is dissonance. You resolve it by deciding that the bad thing was not that bad. The worse your behaviour, the harder you will try to twist it around in your head until you can reconcile it with your view of yourself.

It is commonly thought that we have theories and that they are tested by the facts. The opposite is true. We have theories and then we strive mightily to fit the facts into them, ignoring those that don't quite work or reinterpreting them if we have to. The more we have at stake emotionally, the more pressing this task becomes.

Cognitive disssonance explains a great deal. Take Gordon Brown. Some people believe that all the strife, all the difficulties he is encountering may lead him to give up. Cognitive dissonance suggests that the more trouble he is in, the more difficult things get, the harder he will work to convince himself that it is all worthwhile and that he is indispensable. His troubles make him less likely to resign, not more.

When groups - police, medics, politicians, social workers, the Family Court apparatus - get together, convinced of their own righteousness, the facts (like Timothy Evans) can go hang. They are certain that they are right, certain they are just and often, you know, they really are. But when they are not, they will never ever admit it, digging themselves in more and more deeply.

There's only one way out. That is to allow others, those without a stake in the righteousness of anyone, to shine a light on proceedings. Not to do so is inexcusable. It is an affront to justice and the rule of law.

Read the full article at times online (this is just an excerpt)

Timewave 2013, "The Odyssey II" trailer


Timewave 2013, "The Odyssey II" trailer

TimeWave 2013, "The Odyssey II" a Film by Sharron Rose... with Terence McKenna, Jay Weidner, Alberto Villoldo, Daniel Pinchbeck, Gregg Baden and more.

Daily Dedroidify: Divination with I Ching & Tarot

The I Ching (The Book of Changes) is the oldest of the Chinese classic texts and possibly the world. A symbol system designed to identify order in what seem like chance events, it describes an ancient system of cosmology and philosophy that is at the heart of Chinese cultural beliefs. The philosophy centers on the ideas of the dynamic balance of opposites (Yin Yang), the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change. The book consists of a series of symbols, rules for manipulating these symbols, poems, and commentary for divination purposes. It does not predict the future, since the future is a co-created state in flux all the time, however it can be used as a guide for specific questions you might have - your very own oracle always at your disposal!

In contradiction to the Greek formed western spirit that strives to understand individuality, the Chinese spirit sees the individual as part of a whole. Through intuition one can ask this divinatory system a question by meditating over or repeating a question over & over by keeping only the question in mind, while using one of the methods for divination. (For the coin method I recommend Richard Wilhelm's work on the I Ching.)
However the Information Age has given us a great new tool to divine:

To use this I recommend repeating your specific question over and over for a few seconds, then click the All at once button while you keep repeating it (and still not thinking of anything else) untill the process has finished. Then review each button from top to bottom as valuable advice is given to you. (You can choose your language Dutch - English - French - German - Italian under the Yin Yang symbol)

disclaimer:
The I Ching warns: "When the oracle questioner is not in contact with the tao, he will not receive a meaningful answer, because it would be forsaken either way."

Example:
I once had a physical affliction, I checked online to see what these symptoms could be part of, and it listed a tumor and other serious diseases among a big list also including minor ones though. So I checked with the I Ching, it reassured me with something like: Joyous Joyous Receiving Breakthrough. Telling me to see a friend (the doctor) etc. And it was right, it was something insignificant for which I received medication and it was healed quickly. If you take the I Ching seriously, and ask your question sincerely it will always give you a significant answer to help you along the way.
Another reason I take the I Ching seriously is, when I repeated a certain question 3 times over 2 weeks, the third time the I Ching replied something along the lines of "The oracle answers the first question, but the second and third time..." :p

Carl Jung considered the I Ching as a Synchronicity Computer.

from Carl Jung's preface to the I Ching:
The I ching does not present itself with proofs and clear results: it doesn't make any uproar of itself and is not easy to approach. As a part of nature it waits for its discovery. It does not boast with facts or power, but for those that strive towards self-knowledge, towards wisdom - if there exists such a thing - it is probably the right book. (...) For one the spirit it radiates will be as clear as day, for another blurry as the dusk, for a third as dark as the night. Who doesn't feel for it, need not use it; who opposes it, need not recognize its truth. Let it go into the world to benefit those that are able to understand its meaning.
Jean Shinoda Bolen devotes an entire chapter to the I Ching in her book The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and Self.

If you prefer a different sort of divination, you can download an interactive CYBER TAROT program. The tarot is a set of cards displaying allegorical representations. IMO they give a more detailed reading than the riddled language of the I Ching, though I value them both equally. The same basic approach rules apply. (Tarot wiki link)

Cyber Tarot is a software program Rushkoff developed with Andrew Mayer, Jason Shankel, and Jennifer Kendall in 1994. It's Mac and PC compatible TarotCard, with two different decks and a bunch of spreads. You can shuffle from your own deck, deal cards into the program's spreads, read divinations, plot trends, and even create your own spreads or load your own favorite decks.
(from Douglas Rushkoff's website rushkoff.com - who I respect a lot less since he fell for the Obama spell, geez.)

Example:
The tarot may not be as random as you think, as you use the same principle of synchronicity with focusing all your thought on your question or subject, you create a synchronistic reading. For instance, I seem to have (only) the key card in phases of several months each, the last phase I was in was the Empress, and I'm currently in the Knight of Cups. When I do a reading for somebody else, the key card is different, but when I do a reading for myself, I each time get the card of the current phase I seem to be in. The night before I left for Thailand I did a celtic cross reading that told me I was gonna have misfortune in the near future, but it would turn out ok. I wasn't worried at all as I was thinking what could possibly happen? Well I woke up a few hours too late and my travel companions were already on the train to the airport :p But I got my sister to drive me and they got the hour of the train wrong anyway, I arrived at the station while the train was coming into the station, ten minutes late :p

Michael Tsarion: Inner Zodiac
78 notes to self tarot blog
another great alternative: Orphalese

UFOs at Festival in Santa Cecilia


UFOs at Festival in Santa Cecilia

Terence McKenna: Alchemical Dreams trailer


Terence McKenna: Alchemical Dreams trailer

From the official site: In the mid-1990's Terence McKenna and Mystic Fire's Sheldon Rocklin teamed up to make this rich and exciting film. Little did they know that this would be their last film. Filmed in Prague with Terence portraying his usual erudite rendition of the Irish Bard, this filmed classic takes us on a journey into the alchemical renaissance of King Frederick V and his wife Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia.

Playing the role of John Dee, court magician for Queen Elizabeth of England, Terence McKenna shows us how the promise of a return to the tradition of alchemy was almost instituted in Europe. He also shows us that this early attempt at the creation of an alchemical kingdom actually lead to the European Renaissance and the institution of Cartesian science and the beginnings of rationalism within the western mindset. This incredible film is not only beautifully filmed but is Terence McKenna’s finest performance and a worthy eulogy to his genius.

Lloyd Pye - Everything you Know is Wrong


Lloyd Pye - Everything you Know is Wrong

Lloyd Pye is an author, researcher, and lecturer in the field of alternative knowledge. He calls on over 30 years of experience to write and speak about the origins of life, human origins, Hominoids (bigfoot, sasquatch, yeti, and others), and the work of Zechara Sitchin. This broad base of knowledge makes him one of the world's leading proponents of the Intervention Theory of origins, which stands in sharp contrast to Darwinism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design.

Thanks Secret Sun