Thursday, 16 May 2019

314. BOUNDARIES OF REALITY....

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HELLO  out there...

WHOOSH!..... Life of the LIVING!....Peace to the DEAD!... DEATH, as we know it, is all around us. With TIME as a constant, our past, present and future trundle along ... reminding us that LIFE is a fickle reality that, while here - whatever HERE IS, will someday come to an END for all of us.

It's called MORTALITY! .... I recently lost an old Business Partner I worked with on a number of projects. 'Start-Ups' - they call them now. i.e. Ideas that are 'Borne in the Head' > then either get kicked in to action, or fall by the conceptualist's wayside.

He died from what is referred to as 'CO-Morbidities.' Note the word 'Morbid' hidden in the medical assessment term. One of the 'Morbidities' was from Vascular Dementia. This being the effects to the brain of a lifelong habit of eating fatty meats .....I remember him commenting years ago, when serving him my dinner, .... " I'm sorry, but I can't eat your 'GOAT' food...." I fed him a Tofu/ Rice combination with a splashy salad. Well, he's dead and I continue to kick the can, at 5 years his senior.

Ultimately, between Genes, Environment, Motivation and Life-style, we create, than put to practice - i.e. LIVE within our own 'BOUNDARIES of Reality'.  .... This too will pass... finite soon enough :)

As a relatively FREE and fortunate HUMAN-BEING, I will sit on my second-floor deck, a LUCKY beer in hand, and sip, enjoying watching multiple Humming Birds take advantage of the sugar water I allow them as 'energy intake' in my constantly replenished bird feeder. Am I being useful? Or merely indulging myself selfishly? - Likely YES! Am I enhancing their existence? > I don't know! Or am I knowingly feeding 'CRACK-HEADS? Am I, in fact, interfering with NATURE, only to please myself?

Here lurks the crunch in all our individual efforts. WHY do we do what we do? .... We know that as a species we are having seriously negative effects upon our environment. Is the innate selfish need for 'satisfaction' beyond the mere 'fitting in to the over-all equilibrium of life' ultimately going to be our downfall?

Only TIME will tell!


Saturday, 9 March 2019

312. Through the 'Eye of a Needle?' or is it: 'Entering a Blackhole?'

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It has been a while..... and I literally almost forgot about this .....'venture. '
'Hmm,' had to think about what word to use here.
venture |ˈven(t)SHərnouna risky or daring journey or undertaking: pioneering ventures into little-known waters.• a business enterprise involving considerable risk.verb [ no obj. ] dare to do something or go somewhere that may be dangerous or unpleasant: she ventured out into the blizzard.• dare to do or say something that may be considered audacious (often used as a polite expression of hesitation or apology): may I venture to add a few comments? |I ventured to write to her | [ with obj. ] :  he ventured the opinion that Putt was now dangerously insane.• with obj. ] expose (something) to the risk of loss: his fortune is ventured in an expedition over which he has no control.As a super curious 'person' ('whoops,' almost wrote 'guy'...) I constantly check the definition of words, since I have been known to use their meanings erroneously. Going on 80 beans now, and still in pretty fair shape - comparatively - I am actually going through some major character changes. Observing other elders around me, I appear  (observe) - by fact  - to be unlike many. Rather than 'Shutting Down' (Yes, why not Capitalize) I am in fact becoming more self-questioning - in both character and actions, as well as life in general. Although the old adage > "Life is tough and then you die," is a general truth that hangs over all of us, I have an increasing sense the 4 year concentration camp experience as a youth lies at the core of my curiosity. The line: "Why do people do what they do and to each other?" somehow continues to affect my deepest drive to understand, if not the 'meaning of life,' at least the 'raison d'etre' of it all. Since we are close to discover there is indeed NO 'Meaning of Life' per se (always loved the Monty Python version) my main realization is: I am here, acting out as a conscious creature, a 'Hu-man' being > 'Homo Sapiens,' a modern branch of 'Homo Erectus' - a most complicated system, a former FISH ! Can you believe it?   "Findings from the Australian National University after an archaeological excavation in Saudi Arabia found Homo Erectus tended to do the bare minimum to get by, while other species of human were inclined to put in the effort." Just checked out our Google God all-knowing facto-meter here, and I smile at the tail phrase: "- while other species of human were inclined to put in the effort."  That phrase is now blowing my mind! ..... I sit back in my comp-chair and repeat: " - inclined to put in the effort." !!!!   If there is any  'Raison d'etre,' than surely THAT is the Meaning of Life!  ........ to put in the effort!Couple that with 'Survival of the Fittest' and it likely expresses 'The Essence of Life.! essence |ˈesənsnounthe intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, that determines its character: conflict is the essence of drama.• Philosophy a property or group of properties of something without which it would not exist or be what it is.As I presently see it, mankind (sorry: people-kind, persons-kind :) as a species, erect et all, is at a decisionary cusp (guess I just made up that word) and on the decline.  Truth and Reality are up for grabs > globally. The worst of our 'KIND' are over-seeing the hordes. 'WE' the masses are either having a reality check, or perish - deservedly so!To survive as a species, we need to WAKE UP and recognize we have allowed ourselves to "...do the bare minimum to get by"... while self-indulging and allowing the more ego-motivated to run our affairs.  To survive, we need to "put in the effort" > IMMINENTLY! - take charge of our own affairs, and STOP blaming others! To be  negative is easy; to be positive takes time and effort!  (YIP. BooHoo!)     STOP FAKE NEWS!.... Responsibility for EVERYTHING, STARTS at HOME! Can this species come around and venture through the 'Eye of the Needle?' Or are we to enter the Black Hole never to be seen again and not even become a BLIP in TIME? HMMM.... 


Sunday, 3 February 2019

311. REALITY VERSUS THE 'TO-BE-EXPLAINED!'

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I 'm dialing the tel no of a dying friend in hospital and hear:
"I'm sorry, the person you are trying to reach is un-available at this time!"  
Ok, I muse, I'll try again a little later...
"I'm sorry, the person you are trying to reach is un-available at this time!"  
Ok, I again tolerantly muse, I'll try later...
 "I'm sorry, the person you are trying to reach is un-available at this time!"  
Hmm, I venture, something's potentially askew here!

I call his Nurse's station.  'Hello, do you know anything about patient ? in Room ?.. I am trying to reach him on his phone. He continues to be un-available.'
"Oh, that's odd, we know he hasn't had a call for a while..." is the response. I am given the service provider connect tel no. , and informed by someone a million miles away: "That number is presently NOT in service sir. " ....  I then suggest that: "I'm sorry, the person you are trying to reach is un-available at this time!" ... is NOT the correct message to be leaving a caller!

I add: "The person you are (I am) trying to reach..." is more than likely RIGHT THERE, AVAILABLE, and eager to speak with me!" As such your message makes absolutely no sense!
Would you not agree the message would make MORE SENSE if it said:
"I'm sorry, but this phone is no longer in service!"  "To reactivate service, a minimum  payment of some 10 days @ $4.50 pert day is due?!"
... The 'person' - patient is likely dying to hear from me, from anybody!...
"I see what you mean, sir. I'll forward your suggestion..." .

I end up paying for a 10 day service at a total of $54.00 CAD, then speak with my eager, bed-ridden friend, who didn't have a clue. We both feel better.....

Saturday, 29 December 2018

310. CALLING ALL PERSONS....."ME TOO!"

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Before I comment, let me allow you, the reader, the unbiased intake of the below exchange between myself and a, to me, unknown web-developer I discovered on the Net. 
It goes something like this:

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My first email contact:

HI ‘Y’  (Name Withheld) :

I came across your website and services as a web-developer and really liked what I saw. I have been looking to gain a woman’s perspective while working on creating an interactive web-site for quite some time now and wondered if you could be interested to have a look at it and share some of your thoughts.

Sincerely, Jan
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The ‘Y’ person’s first response: 

"Hello, Jan

I had a look at your website and quite frankly I’m not sure why you think that my gender affects my skillset as a web designer.

I wish you all the best in your endeavours.

Best, (name with-held)"
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My ‘X’ response (I am a MALE) to the 'Y' person 

OH dear, for clear communication. 

"I’m not sure why you think that my gender affects my skillset as a web designer.”

I am specifically looking to find your gender  (‘y’s’name) - to HELP me with talents I feel I do not possess! 
It’s me who does not have the skill-set!…

Oh dear! That went down-hill fast :) … can we turn this around? Or is the damage done? 

Sincerely,
Jan  

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‘Y’ person to ‘X’ the Jan PERSON

“Again, I don’t understand why my gender is of any consequence to my work. I highly recommend that you refrain from such mysoginist comments, and hopefully you will find the right PERSON to assist you.”

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Me ‘X’ Person to Y ‘Person’

mi·sog·y·nist
məˈsäjənəst/
  1. a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.
You could not be further from the TRUTH! …. 
I feel you have affronted me with dangerously mistaken assumptions.

I had some other text, …….then realized you have issues with my even considering you not to be me, and potentially of the opposite gender…… We are clearly at a dead end here. 

Be well (Name-withheld) Person.

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Y ‘Person’ to Old ‘Misogynist’ X person

This will be my last comment to you.

By asking me for my help because I am a women has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the work I do or how I perceive it. My gender is completely incidental and I find it very offensive that you have sought out a women as opposed to simply a capable person. How does one’s genitalia affect there understanding of web design, or going further, aesthetics in general?

Your assumption that a woman can help you better than a man is indeed mysogynist; it is a prejudice, whether that is clear to you or not.” 
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Person 2 Person

Very well, as an individual, a woman (you do state) you are a person who choses to find fault with an individual (in this case a man) who is presently specifically seeking for an all-round talent that may also have an opposite gender’s perspective to a seriously complicated and inter-active website. 

My search has absolutely nothing to do with procreative equipment. Having mostly worked with younger males I found to have serious ‘attitude,’ I decided at this stage to find a more gentle, comfortable, and insightful person with the same technical talents, but a potentially differing gender stance. That led me to contact you.

The fact you are taking serious offence at my even entertaining the thought your BRAINS could potentially add a variant slant to my website outlook, is now, as you explained it - an offensive stand, and as such making me a misogynist in your eyes.

I can not apologize for thinking we are all mixed bags of talents. If you find your gender can offer zero perspective on the overall psychological character and insight to a web-design’s presentation, in this case my assumption you might have rendered it, I guess I may be prejudiced.   

Where I live on Vive La Difference, your take appears that ‘Difference' is a dirty word. 
What a strange scenario this has ended up becoming……
you have allowed a certain sadness to overcome me. 

Goodbye. Be well….     
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I am a Male, going on 80 next year. As a caring father I suffered the slings and arrows of the women's liberation movement in the seventies. Many of us ended up biting the dust by losing our families in confused court systems, bent on allowing mother/ women sole custody, regardless our vehement efforts, often merely requesting at least 'Joint' Custody. Our offspring unnecessarily suffered the consequences of these thoroughly inconsiderate actions. 

I do not deny there are male creeps out there who should be taken to task. At long last this is finally occurring. However, the 'ME TOO' movement is going seriously over-board, and likely all will explode soon! 

Are Mothers not in any way responsible for how their sons grow up emotionally? I am speaking here of at least the more modern, Western world. (Cautiously avoiding my thoughts about the East)   
2019 should be an interesting year.....
  


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

309. GETTING TO KNOW YOU…or is it me?

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For the living - TIME = the reality we all share.  And our ‘Timing,’ based on the eternal clock of day and night, is the personal expression each of us contributes as we sojourn through this life on earth. 

In the Developed World - TIME = For Sale; in the UN-developed World - TIME can be = a Curse.

Serial start-up billionaire entrepreneur Bill Gross, questioning why a number of his projects failed to perform well, while equally treated others rendered him millions, discovered that, out of 5 headings: Concept (11%), Team (24%), Business Plan (18%), Financing (12%) - ‘TIMING’ accounted for some 42 % of the project’s potential success. (The 12% allotted financing, unlike 99% of the rest of us, clearly shows he was well-connected.) 

Earlier, another Bill-ionaire – Bill Gates had coined the phrase: “Online, a little late, is too late.” 

I acknowledge that a number of my earlier endeavours failed because of bad market-timing conditions. Though in-demand, my 16 mm Educational Career-Guidance film series, distributed by the largest Book-Publisher, McGraw-Hill, should have stood us well. But the films required a projector, a projectionist in a classroom set-up - with screen and curtains - to create darkness. It proved too cumbersome and costly. – i.e., had we had the Adata USB computer stick in the early 70’s things would likely have turned out very differently. 
As such, an in-demand product fell by the wayside because of cumbersome technology of the Times. 

Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most brilliant humans ever, observing the double maple seed twirling to the ground, realized if it could fly down in that manner, the reverse moving upward should be equally possible; hence the later invention of the Helicopter blade. He was some 500 years ahead of his TIME.

As such, TIMING often carries the need for a number of coalescing ingredients.  

Having discovered this late in life, it would therefore seem crucial to take heed and listen to those who learned from experience. My journey then, to find a concept-product whose TIMING is right (42%) and TEAM (24%) creating some 68% of the total value, necessitates ensuring to find at least the combination of these 2 most important ingredients at the very outset, before, again, diving in to pursue new goals! 

After a ten year determination of doing so, I feel in my bones, the Bio-Regional Cascadia concept’s TIMING is dead on. To prove its total package stands a chance, my continued objective is to ensure my TEAM and I, aiming to create a most user-friendly, visibly pleasing and administratively efficient website, will be up to its maximum snuff. Within this achievement lurks my most major rub to date.

Good Teams are created not only with the finest up-to-date know-how talent of every member performing their specific detailed duties individually, but efficiency and clarity of objectives must be clearly understood, with all its well-defined component personal parts executed properly and solidly integrated into the developing product, until the whole has been concocted to run flawlessly. 

Still, most successful projects continue to be created in the more tactile natural world, like Silicon Valley, where daily meetings and social interconnectivity is encouraged. Individuals are given the opportunity to become comfortable and integrate by getting to know each other. The Online World tends to cut out most of the five bodily senses. Sight, allowing us to read body language by using Skype, or Facetime, is often avoided - on purpose. If sound by using telephone as a conference tool is not 100% clearly functioning, if text, like email, is not well-defined, potentially creating mixed-messages, the Team will not function efficiently. The feel of 'Touch' and closure of a handshake never occurs. As such, with the all-precious and costly TIME marching on, many potentially sound projects are ultimately doomed. 

The online world is a cash-cow for the multitudes who take advantage by hiding behind closed doors,  taking ample TIME, by validating their major hypes with heaps of promises and steep pricing.

Like myself, the foolhardy can't give up and keep trying by finding new talent, allowing over and over again the same process to determine whether this time envisioned results are going to be achieved, proving at long last the 'TEAM' worthy of collaboration. 

Regardless any apparent potential, it continues to be a crap-shoot and few will succeed.

Such is life! Boohoo..... 

     




Friday, 26 October 2018

308. EXCESSIVE PROCREATION > ITS CONSEQUENCES.!

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* Just corrected a spelling error in the title :'Accessive' > Excessive :)>

The following is a para from an article about Bill Gates and the valuable work he and his wife are doing globally, particularly in the 'developing world.'

"There is no topic in the philanthropic world more fraught than population growth. The history of efforts to analyze and address it is filled with bad predictions and, worse, cruel solutions. As development expert Alex Ezeh writes elsewhere in the report, “population issues are so difficult to talk about that the development community has been ignoring them for years.”

AH YES! "the development community." Those whose greed for MORE continues to be the Answer for BETTER!

The fundamental issue lies with a generally mismanaged species, hellbent on expanding its presence on a finite resource - Gaia - 'Mother Eath' - our home and planet.

It is clear that the mostly un-educated poor, regardless their poverty and living conditions, somehow do not comprehend their continued procreation lies at the very root of mankind's survival.
The 'developed' Western World is at least beginning to respond to this most influencing factor!

When a young adult in the nineteen sixties, I was responsible for creating 3 off-spring!
If I were in my twenties again, today, I would seriously reconsider parenthood and likely be motivated to have a single child. 
Although I am myself an only child, I have encountered single children with growing pain handicaps. 

Still, I continue to see parenthood as the most challenging role. To be part of the creation of a new human being, in an enhancing circumstance and environment, can be a most fulfilling experience. 

However, when proceeding to do so in a partnership that ultimately goes its separate ways, brings on its own multitude of aggravating issues that can lead towards wondering why you ventured there in the first place.    
      



Friday, 5 October 2018

307. What matters - Who cares - Why bother?

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I'm in a quandary!

I was ready to quit this at 21, 000 'HIT-views.' When I arrived at the number I thought about shutting it down.  These mostly self-indulgent utterings have been my views on life. 'Why' had I primarily been doing it? Was there a certain satisfaction in knowing there were 'readers,' even if I did not know who they were and never heard from them - i.e. YOU?

So I assessed my feelings about deleting it, and queried how I would make better use of my time.
I had some time ago been assured by 'Google' that "NO" it was not their automatic traveling online BLOT fooling me in to believing there were actual HUMANS reading my expressions. They assured me REAL people were literally visiting the blog.

Admittedly, after my six years indulgence with the Legal System, to literally discover it to be self-servingly corrupt (I do not use this word lightly), I am these days, on the whole, in a somewhat empty and quite somber state of mind - especially with what is transpiring in USA politics, and globally in general.

I 'm beginning to wonder?  Has technology sufficient hold on the common man to have disrupted all sense of belonging? With the power structure controlled by a relatively small group, we are far more than shooting ourselves in the foot.  Has 'we' indeed become a runaway train, destined for doom?

And there I try to continue to be a focused, go-getter optimist entrepreneur - getting NO-where. So far, each time, when confronted with setbacks, I manage to overcome and soldier on, always  remembering my hurdles are puny, compared to the problems of most.

Still the latest project, with all my will power, endurance and belief in good Timing, I am somehow failing to bring to fruition.  I just know what the product needs to be, but for the life of me, with millions of web-developers out there, working with the latest developer, again, just did NOT work out. Left brain V. Right brain, we just speak different languages.  And as a not sufficiently productive harmonious team, I severed my relationship.

So what's going on here? Is it all ME? If so, WHAT is my problem?

You're 'OLD' school Dad. You expect too much! Are you serious, I ask? You do not feel a product should function as close to perfect as you can make it? Don't you demand it from your car? You're OK with a leaking roof? Come on now, let's be serious here. I refuse to go out there half-cocked.

Which is, in fact what it is, at present. Formatted in Joomla, the back-end Admin is a nightmare! It needs to be fully customized, user-friendly, easily administrated. That's it; no excuses.

I have tried a bunch of the online services looking for a capable PHP developer. They all want an arm and a leg + MORE.  So, QUESTION is? With all the hype out there of working together (Angel List etc) WHERE to go to find a knowledgable, trustworthy team-player ?

If anyone reading this has an answer? >>>>> Please get in touch!

With appreciation,
Yours > Truly!