"Undoubtedly!" said Gainer, as he swung the Clark Street bridge to let the CY Slocum pass through.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Jelly Roll Morton

Black Bottom Stomp

The Chant

After You've Gone

Burnin' the Iceberg

Each Day

Tanktown Bump

Jungle Blues

Pretty Lil

Mamie's Blues

Sweetheart O'Mine

Dr. Jazz

Hesitation Blues

Jelly Roll Morton: A Slideshow Tribute

London Cafe Blues m/Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton pt 1

Jelly Roll Morton pt 2

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mercury's "true colors"

The double image shows Mercury's true colors on the left, and an exaggerated false-color image on the right taken using 11 different color filters. The video was made the same way. Bringing out the color this way can help geologists make guesses about the age and composition of the terrain.

Yeah, OK, but isn't the real reason that colorized pictures are more likely to spark interest in the space program, while at the same time, disseminating false impressions of what the universe really looks like!?

From what I see, the universe has presented itself in dull black and white.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sunset on the North Pole


That's the moon rising overhead!


Monday, October 20, 2008

About the Economic Crisis

I don't know if I believe in the market as much as I do in the little people and what they do to affect it. There are a large number of factors at work in influencing the economy right now. In particular, I can think of several trends and stories that have circulated.

1) Global warming has got a lot of people reconsidering where they want to live.

2) Last year at this time the story broke that there was going to be a food crisis. Again, this would make it more urgent for people to move closer to food supplies.

3) Gas prices in the USA made it even more desperate for people to get out while they could.

I'm pretty sure that this is what happened in the hardest hit US housing markets. A panic ensued based upon drastically changing market conditions.

But I think that what the economy is doing is affected more by the Little Guy than the Big Guys. At the same time, it's all a global economy.

Next: Blog Action Day

Saturday, October 18, 2008

20th Century Timeline


1900-1909
1910-1919
1920-1929
1930-1939
1940-1949
1950-1959
1960-1969
1970-1979
1980-1989
1990-1999

This is an audio visual timeline of the Twentieth. I emphasize the people, places and events by communicating with the technology itself. Photos, drawings, film clips, voice and musical recordings are featured along with links to full text documents. Also see 1850-1899

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Socialist America

Since the Big "D" started to loom and the $700B bailout package was proposed, reports were that the US economy was changed overnight forever.

In the final debate McCain accused Obama of bringing Socialism to America. A $700B bailout for the banking and housing industries amounts to Socialism. And it came about during a Rebublican administration. So I don't think I can buy McCain's argument.

On another line of thought, seems that the first thing coming out of Socialist America is a deposing of traditional democratic processes. Now, I can understand that coming from the traditional political parties but I wonder what the real American Socialists have to say about this?

Is it necessary for socialist states to do away with democratic processes? Maybe it's time to regenerate the old Communist Party of the USA because I don't think they would take lightly that the current mayor of New York is attempting to change the term limits.

Now that we are going to be a fully bonafide socialist state, I am starting to wonder what happened. Something to do with housing. People couldn't pay their mortgages and banks quit lending money. Now they are telling us that there were investments in the portfolio that were not valued correctly. Real Estate was thought to be a no lose investment. All through the 20th century, housing always increased in value because of the real estate it stood on. How could real estate suddenly start tumbling?

Another thing, sure the common economic wisdom for the past century was to "buy real estate because it's value always increases". That's right, real estate always does increase in value, except when it doesn't! And now the capitalist has solid proof of that fact. I, myself am befuddled.

What is even stranger is that the Bailout Bunch are telling us that the government will be able to pay back the 700 billion because the assets will gain in value. Well, now, we know what they are thinking: "Real estate always gains value, therefore these assets will gain value and the taxpayer will be repaid". Yet we have just witnessed that real estate does not always gain in value.

Why would real estate suddenly not gain value? Is it because people could not pay their mortgages? If they can not pay the mortgage then they can not purchase the real estate so it losses value because there is no market. Then why couldn't they pay there mortgages?

First thing comes to my mind is that just prior to the Crash of 1929, 10 years previous to it, the country experienced an unprecedented change of technology which caused rapid economic growth and revolutionary social and political change. About the year 2000, digital technology went mainstream and an economic boom occurred. It was also accompanied by drastic social and political changes. Is there a parallel here?

In light of the past 10 years of economic developments, why would people not be able to pay their mortgages? This is the question to ask.

Now that we are a socialist state, I am dusting off the covers of Das Kapital by Karl Marx and Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. But neither writes about real estate values as being foudational elements of economy. They write about uses of natural resources, production and distribution.

I must sort my thoughts further. It must be true that real estate does always increase in value. Two reasons:
1) Population growth increases while the available space for people does not, so demand is greater than the supply.
2) Land produces resources. A tree is valuable because it can give shade, produce fruit, shed it's limbs and the wood can be used to fabricate items or burned for fuel.

The crisis is not about the value of real estate, but the value of housing. A house has to be constantly maintained. Real estate appreciates while housing depreciates. So even if your house is depreciating, it may not lose value because the property it sits on has appreciated.

So what is happening? Phoenix is one of the hardest hit areas of the housing crunch. All the retirement housing that was developed on desert property is worthless because the land does not produce.

Another thread that I need to consider is that last year at this time it was predicted that there would be a food crisis. The crisis was not one of production but of distribution. Both Marx and Smith will deal directly with the issues of production and distribution.

But how does the housing market come down to issues of production and distribution. While we are at it, how does the ability to pay the mortgage come down to production and distribution? Why couldn't they pay?

Could it be that the real culprit is the digital economy? The conversion from a manufacturing production and distribution economy to an information society?


Earth is a Martian food farm...and we are the meal


Computer controlled rat




Robot with rat's brain



Fingerprint Whorling







Fingerprint Articles









Artie says: What about toeprints?! Because chimps do walk on their feet, we may have trouble finding fingerprints, but I suggest a fine inspection. Seems that their should be a faint rudiment, unlike in human toes where the fingerprint is completely erased.
Depends. Where opposable thumbs are present, if there are fingerprints on the fingers but none on the toes, I think it must be because the fingers are precisely used for the manipulatation of tools. I believe that the whorling of fingerprints must have evolved through handling of objects and tools and contact of each finger with the opposable thumb.





QUESTION: What's on the tail of a New World monkey that we humans have as well, and essentially for the same biological reason, though for us their cultural function gets most of the attention? -- St. J. Davis

ANSWER
: Fingerprints, a.k.a. friction ridges or dermatoglyphics (literally, finger writing), which appear on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet of many mammals, says Nina Jablonski in Skin: A Natural History.

Many have lines and prints on their palms and hands. The lines are easily explainable from the opening and closing of the hands. In the case of humans having these lines on the feet, it is evidence of once having four "hands". New World monlkeys have prehensile tails that they use for grabbing and gripping. Thus the fingerprints on the tail.



Complete fingerprint samples here we see the relationship of each finger to the hand and thumb





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Artie says: This section is concerned with whorling as the ears seem to have whorls from the inner to outer ear. The only other swirling of skin on the body, to my knowledge, is the whorling of fingerprints. How do whorls on the fingertips come about? although there is much said about palmprints, fingerprints and sole, I found nothing about toeprints. What I am looking for is a toeprint in the sense of a fingerprint. Not just the outlined shape of the toes but prints on the toes. I will see if I can examine a newborn baby for toeprints. Another question is: do chimps have toeprints? Why is this important? Because if fingerprints are the result of friction between the thumb and fingers then toeprints would be lost as the opposable thumb straightened and human stood up. So maybe chimps have prints on their toes? I can't find any clear pictures on the web so I'll have to visit a zoo.
BBC NEWS | UK | England | Northamptonshire | Police seek out Roman ... "The oldest fingerprints I knew of previously dated back to the 16th Century." He studied images of the nine pieces of pottery, but was unable to determine ... A short history and some results of the dermatoglyphic studies in ...
The oldest fingerprints found in Hungary were published by. Cseplák (1975, 1982), who found them on the 6500-7000. year-old pottery fragments of a neolithic ...
Animal Fingerprints
Humans are not the only ones with fingerprints! Some primates, including gorillas and chimpanzees, and koala bears have their own unique prints. ...
WonderQuest: Primate fingerprints
Do other primates have fingerprints?
Do primates have fingerprints?
Just as in humans, the fingerprints of primates are unique. While closely related individuals may have similar sets, fingerprints develop in utero, ...
Google Answers: Fingerprints
Here you can see the fingerprints of several different primates: Lisa Roet Gallery ... Just as in humans, the fingerprints of primates are unique. ...
Biometrics: fingerprint
Not only humans have fingerprints: Primates (chimpanzee...): well, that was easy to guess, but don't you know that some primates have also fingerprints on ...
Do Primates Have Fingerprints?
4 Feb 2008 ... Jeff uses the fingerprints of primates he studies to classify them and examine their evolutionary relationships. ...
Sasquatch Research - Ichnology - The Study of Plant & Animal Traces
more information out of fingerprints led him to develop a rare expertise in nonhuman primate prints. He tried to use his special ...
News, Do Primates Have Fingerprints? - Pets - City-Data Forum
5 Feb 2008 ... Q: Do other primates, such as apes, chimps, and monkeys, also have fingerprints? If so, are they also unique to that individual?
AuthenTec | Technology | FAQ
Fingerprints in mammals, including man, seem to have evolved in animals that use their hands constantly and require a high level of manual dexterity. ...
BBC - h2g2 - Koalas' Fingerprints
16 Nov 2006 ... Koalas have fingerprints. Not an outstanding revelation? ... Around 80 million years or so ago, the main lines of mammals split into ...
Do other mammals besides primates have fingerprints? - Ask ...

Transition from Pointed to Rounded Ears in Mammals and Primates





Thursday, October 16, 2008

Blog Action Day

Today is "Blog Action Day" whatever the hell that is. These jokers want to end poverty! OK. I'll tell you how to end poverty: Stop living in poverty.

This gets me.

Who is it that is living in poverty in this world? The First World. You are the ones that are facing disaster.

I have met plenty of "poor" people in this world and it changed me around. The USA tops the list of most impoverished nations on the globe. Get out and go meet the "poor" people of this world. Go live with them. It might enrich you.

I'll tell you one thing for sure. When the economy goes to shit, it isn't going to be the poor that go driving their SUV's off the nearest bridge. It aint the poor that are going to fling themselves out of the windows of their huts!

The poor are going to survive because that's all they ever knew how to do. So when the bottom falls out, I'm going to stick with the poor people because I know that I'll survive it with their help!

Put that in yer jumbled eggs and eat it.

UPDATE Jan 2009 - Since writing this in October of 2008, these "rich" people have started going belly up left and right. I would cast my lot with the "poor"!

Plane crash mystery; search on for pilot who jumped

"INDIANAPOLIS - Federal marshals on Tuesday pressed their search for an investment manager Tuesday who they believe faked a distress call before parachuting from his plane over Alabama, leaving the aircraft to crash more than 200 miles away in Florida."

This is just one story of many attempts to escape destruction. Many suicides. 1929 all over again.

Next: Food Crisis


Saturday, October 11, 2008

19th Century Literature

19th c.

Literature.org - The Online Literature Library
Edgar Allan Poe ... The Online Literature Library is sponsored by Knowledge Matters Ltd. Last updated Monday, 23-May-2005 15:56:05 GMT.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum : Richmond Virginia : Features Poe's Works ...
Take our online quiz and see how much you know about Poe’s Life. Before you take the the quiz you may want to read "A Summary of Facts Known about Edgar ...

Edgar Allan Poe - Biography and Works
20 Nov 2007 ... Edgar Allan Poe. Biography of Edgar Allan Poe and a searchable collection of works.

Read Edgar Allan Poe books online - The Literature Page
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849). US short story author, editor, & poet. We have the following works by Edgar Allan Poe: ...

Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Poems, Tales, Literary Criticism, Letters, Essays, etc.

EAPOE.INFO - a guide to Poe online - by Heyward Ehrlich
A critical guide to electronic resources for Poe research on the World Wide Web and CD-ROM, including electronic texts, commentaries, backgrounds, ...

Mark Twain - Biography and Works
6 Oct 2005 ... Mark Twain. Biography of Mark Twain and a searchable collection of works.

Mark Twain - Complete works of Mark Twain, Biography, Quotes
The complete works of mark twain, searchable format. Also contains a biography and quotes by Mark Twain.

Works by Mark Twain
Read classic literature by Mark Twain at 4literature.net.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Texts
This site contains HTML (web-readable) versions of many of Emerson's best-known ... How to cite this page: Plagiarism, Copyright and Citing Online Sources ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Biography and Works
2 Dec 2005 ... Ralph Waldo Emerson. Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a searchable collection of works.

Charles Dickens - Free Online Library
Free Online Library: books by Charles Dickens - best known authors and titles are available on the Free Online Library.

Literature.org - The Online Literature Library
... The Chimes · The Cricket on the Hearth. The Online Literature Library is sponsored by Knowledge Matters Ltd. Last updated Monday, 23-May-2005 15:56:05 GMT.

Charles Dickens online | The Works and Life of Charles Dickens
The most comprehensive collection of Charles Dickens's works on the web. Including biography, quotes, news and much more.

Charles Dickens - Biography and Works
2 Dec 2007 ... Charles Dickens. Biography of Charles Dickens and a searchable collection of works.

The Thoreau Reader
Annotated editions of Thoreau's works, essays, images, help for students and ... Suggestions for reading large documents on line - A note on scanning errors ...

Henry David Thoreau - Biography and Works
25 Oct 2005 ... Henry David Thoreau. Biography of Henry David Thoreau and a searchable collection of works.

Washington Irving - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. ...

Complete Works of Charles Dickens
Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe



Complete Works of Charles Dickens
Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe

Literature.org - The Online Literature Library

Edgar Allan Poe ... The Online Literature Library is sponsored by Knowledge Matters Ltd. Last updated Monday, 23-May-2005 15:56:05 GMT.



Edgar Allan Poe Museum : Richmond Virginia : Features Poe's Works ...

Take our online quiz and see how much you know about Poe’s Life. Before you take the the quiz you may want to read "A Summary of Facts Known about Edgar ...



Edgar Allan Poe - Biography and Works

20 Nov 2007 ... Edgar Allan Poe. Biography of Edgar Allan Poe and a searchable collection of works.



Read Edgar Allan Poe books online - The Literature Page

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849). US short story author, editor, & poet. We have the following works by Edgar Allan Poe: ...



Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Poems, Tales, Literary Criticism, Letters, Essays, etc.



EAPOE.INFO - a guide to Poe online - by Heyward Ehrlich

A critical guide to electronic resources for Poe research on the World Wide Web and CD-ROM, including electronic texts, commentaries, backgrounds, ...



Mark Twain - Biography and Works

6 Oct 2005 ... Mark Twain. Biography of Mark Twain and a searchable collection of works.



Mark Twain - Complete works of Mark Twain, Biography, Quotes

The complete works of mark twain, searchable format. Also contains a biography and quotes by Mark Twain.



Works by Mark Twain

Read classic literature by Mark Twain at 4literature.net.



Ralph Waldo Emerson Texts

This site contains HTML (web-readable) versions of many of Emerson's best-known ... How to cite this page: Plagiarism, Copyright and Citing Online Sources ...



Ralph Waldo Emerson - Biography and Works

2 Dec 2005 ... Ralph Waldo Emerson. Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a searchable collection of works.



Charles Dickens - Free Online Library

Free Online Library: books by Charles Dickens - best known authors and titles are available on the Free Online Library.



Literature.org - The Online Literature Library

... The Chimes · The Cricket on the Hearth. The Online Literature Library is sponsored by Knowledge Matters Ltd. Last updated Monday, 23-May-2005 15:56:05 GMT.



Charles Dickens online | The Works and Life of Charles Dickens

The most comprehensive collection of Charles Dickens's works on the web. Including biography, quotes, news and much more.



Charles Dickens - Biography and Works

2 Dec 2007 ... Charles Dickens. Biography of Charles Dickens and a searchable collection of works.



The Thoreau Reader

Annotated editions of Thoreau's works, essays, images, help for students and ... Suggestions for reading large documents on line - A note on scanning errors ...



Henry David Thoreau - Biography and Works

25 Oct 2005 ... Henry David Thoreau. Biography of Henry David Thoreau and a searchable collection of works.


Works of Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. ...






Wednesday, October 8, 2008

How to Build a Flying Saucer System



I'm wondering how to go about developing a workable flying saucer? The immediate idea is simply to design a spinning object. There are two ways to do this that come to my imagination. The first is more probable and practical. I wonder if the military has not already experimented with this?

First, I think that it is very much a possibility to develop this technology. Here are some shapes that fly:

This is a very 20th century way to fly. This design was developed through observation of living creatures that fly. It has the important features found in every bird. I'm thinking that we should look for a natural design first. One that can be found in nature. A theory based upon observation. The way we get technology is by observing nature. So if we want to fly, we study birds. That is how we learned to build airplanes. We studied incects and learned how to build helicopters. So let's go to nature to find a model that already works. We will design the first flying saucer in our imaginations, based upon that model.




Helicopters were designed by observing the flight of insects.































And let's not overlook the frisbee which did a lot of flying in the later half of the 1900's! Will a saucer fly? What are the aerodynamic possiblities or probabilies? We can answer that question by experimenting. Try tossing several different shapes into the air. Try a paper airplane. Saucer shapes? What about a frisbee? The basic idea is to get the saucer turning on it's own axis. If we can do that, we will have the saucer in flight for a very short period. But that's better than nothing.
In So, how does a Frisbee fly?, Mike Abrams walks us through the principles of disc flight.

The Physics of Flight also examines how the frisbee flies.

"the tiny ridges on the Frisbee's top surface introduce microscopic turbulence into the layer of air just above the label. Oddly enough, this turbulence helps to keep the upper airstream attached to the Frisbee, thereby allowing it to travel farther"

What else do we know about flying saucers? They are capable of hovering. In fact, we would expect a flying saucer to be more likely to hover than to land.

The Physics of Disc Flight

And what have we accomplished technologically that could be used to build our flying saucer system? How about orbiting satellites?

"Geosynchronous Earth Orbit - It is at the precise distance of 22,238 miles that a satellite can maintain an orbit with a period of rotation around the earth exactly equal to 24 hours. Since the satellites revolve at the same rotational speed of the earth, they appear stationary from the earth’s surface. That's why most earth station antennas (satellite dishes) don't need to move once they have been properly aimed at a target satellite in the sky. The mathematical derivation of the Clarke orbit is a straight-forward calculus problem." (How Do Satellites Work?)

Below is a natural model for flight. This is a sideview of the Milky Way, a spiral galaxy that spins. Notice the distinct shape. Looks like a saucer. So the saucer shape model is quite feasible.


Launch a satelite to orbit the earth, then launch another to orbit the saucer in orbit around the satelite.

One orbits the other able to shift as one or other orbits a planet flying saucer network system of saucers. Why don't they land? reconessaince vehicle landing is risky incapable

The saucer needs a center to orbit. The saucer orbits an orbiting satelite. How to make it hover? By manipulating the base satelite.

http://www.theorderoftime.com/science/sciences/articles/saucer.html

http://au.geocities.com/psyberplasm/

http://au.geocities.com/psyberplasm/ch4.html

Building a flying saucer

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=gmail&q=build%20a%20flying%20saucer

Benefits - safer manueverability
Most useful above the stratosphere?
If the ridges are manipulated such as recessing can the disc fly upside down?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

In the Neighborhood: Nooks and Crannies




I found a few great links on Tales from the Arctic from a blogger who lives in the "neighborhood" (my longitude appr. 75º) in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Nunavut is a newly created province that is administered by tribal natives. All of the blogging up there is comeing from non-natives of European descent, but I am hoping to find some French speaking natives in some roundabout way.

Inuit Myths A site developed through QIA (Qikiqtani Inuit Association) and a variety of Government and Non Government organizations, to provide a resource for Nunavummiut and people from around the world who want to learn more about the Inuit storytelling tradition. There are downloadable copies of Taiksumani (a publication of Inuit Myths that are distributed to schools and libraries) and information of Mythological beings.

Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo a digitalized version of Henry Rinks 1875 collection of Myths and Legends.

Eskimo Folk-Tales a digitized version of Eskimo Tales collected by Kund Rasmussen (1921).

First People an online collection of American Indians, First Nations and Inuit Mythology.






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