Thursday, December 7, 2017

Could Hybrid, Dirigible Blimp, Air Trains Help Fight Wild Fires?

On first blush, of course, it would seem a real stretch. And you only need to think for a second or two about the kinds of thermals such large conflagrations create, in very large sections of air column above them, to know it would be a serious challenge to staying in the air at all, much less resist the kinds of structural loading that attempting such a thing would undoubtedly put such a craft through.

So right now it would be hard to say with any certainty. One thing I do know, though, that not nearly enough imaginative effort has been put into any kind of an alternative to what state emergency responders have in their current inventory to put great amounts of fire retardant (whether water or otherwise) were it is needed quickly. And of course as well, it always comes back to the money, or more precisely, the lack of it to do development work on much larger scale ways to go about such important delivery systems.

That being said, I would still like to think that, if any lighter than air approach was going to have any chance, one that borrowed from the principle of the pontoon bridge might have a pretty good shot at it; especially if the trains were fairly large, both in respect to the size of the individual train units, but also in the over all, connected length of the train. What this might boil down to is simply the fact of: can you engineer the linkage between the trains to be of sufficient strength to handle the sudden shifts of one, or more units, suddenly being thrust up, or down, against the current altitude of the remaining units still not in the same thermal event, or combinations of thermal events down the entire length of the train, going in all sorts of different directions. I'd also like to think that, whatever the engineering challenges, a way could be figured out to resolve them. But that is always the way it is with a dreamer.

Seeing as such trains would already have an immense possible impact on other critical transportation needs, and that we could set up refining the design as part of the public works project to create them in the first place, how much more trouble would there be in looking into this application as well? It might give us a new tool to really put massive amounts of retardant were we need it, and if nothing else it might spark a better imaginative approach, and with something just as unconventional.

Southern California wildfire devours homes as residents escape

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Firefighters are focused on defending the Santa Barbara beach town of Carpinteria from the raging Thomas fire.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Three D Printed Bacteria

Can there be any further doubt about the fact that we are in an absolutely new operating environment? I for one do not see how.

And if we are in an absolutely new operating environment, how can we possibly continue with the current economic system; you know, that several hundred year old one that is supposed to give us the means to operate as we need, and want to, in this new era; where not only is human skill something that can be retrieved at the click of some app, but now life itself can be output as just another kind of hard copy.

Think long and hard on what this, and other new technical developments, mean in regards to the statement that we are now confronted with entirely new sets of instrumentality, as well as entirely new sense modalities needing to be able to respond to this new operating environment.

It well and truly is a brand new ball game that we continue to play with centuries old strategies, methodologies, and the old fixations of one sense used to the exclusion of a more balanced approach (as with cultures first fixed on the oral tradition, which then gave way to typography and the domination of print for a while before the onslaught of electricity; whereupon now we face everything possible all at once, and in an ever more encompassing, and saturating way).

Marshall McLuhan made all this quite clear. And I happen to think he made a pretty good argument for it. Which is the reason I think you should take it seriously.

3D-printed live bacteria creates world's first "living tattoo"

Laser holograms create 3D-printed objects in seconds, no layering required

How Long Are We Going To Continue the Immoral, And Horribly Failed War On Drugs

As I have stated several times before, the war on drugs is not only not working, it is doing far more harm than the addictive drugs themselves.

Government is not supposed to be in the business of punishment, or revenge; especially in the area of addiction (the point here being for government to resort to restricting freedom because we cannot trust certain individuals any more). The purpose there should the minimization of harm, and the best way of doing that, in my opinion, is to legalize all of it and then control how it is used; giving it away to those who can't afford it, but not allowing them to leave the administration centers until the drug has worn off (at least for the most dangerously debilitating drugs),

The point then is to offer treatment at every iteration of a dosage cycle, imploring the user to consider carefully what they are doing (with real treatment options available), but accepting, in the end, the notion that you can't help people who don't want to be helped. And if that means allowing people to dose themselves to death than so be it.


Since it decriminalized all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

Monday, December 4, 2017

In My Estimation This Is An Excellent Example Of Visual Suggestion Creating A Body Meaning Space Reality

Keeping in mind, of course, that I do have a bias towards such an interpretation.

It sure feels like it would fit though. And, interestingly enough, though I can feel quite definitely why you might be "suggested" in this way, it doesn't actually work on me.

It does make me wonder of course. Is there some unconscious participation required? Something that doesn't work if you are too consciously aware of the effect in the first place? I know that I've never been able to hypnotize myself either, though I've never had the opportunity to be done so by a professional.

In any case, though, a most interesting phenomenon. Whatever the actual factors going on here might be.


GIFs are literally inescapable on the internet and, mercifully, they're silent. So is this one, except for the sound it makes you hear.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Environmental Instability Leads To Political And Economic Instability, Which Leads To Social Instability, Which Leads To More Environmental Instability

Not necessarily in that order of course, but you get the idea. And we have to be clear here that by environmental we are being very inclusive as to the multi layered matrix of natural systems, and human made systems.

And the human toll only climbs as those who have the means to effect these different systems continue to pretend that, no matter how our ability to do things changes, we can carry on with the economic operating model that is responsible for so much of the over all systems damage in the first place, environment wide, over the last several hundred years of its existence. The very, several hundred year model, that is now so mutated and monstrous. Quite destructively monstrous. We cannot continue to rely on it precisely because to do so will kill very large numbers of us at the very least, before some kind of new equilibrium is found; or will more likely kill our species out entirely as the unchecked, mean temperature rise, makes human life, at least, quite impossible.

15,200 children arrive in Europe on own as migrant crisis deepens

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Boko Haram, climate change, predatory armies, and extreme hunger are converging on a marginalized population in Central Africa.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Another Aspect Of The Complexity Of Dirt, And All That Lies Beneath It

What an amazing thing it is to consider all of the activity. All of the processes to aggregate, transfer, and become even more complex, that go on all around us; every second; at every scale of consideration you might want to imagine. Just in whatever room you might be in and the amazing biota that inhabits your floor; your rug, your furniture, and you. And that's just for starters.

This complexity with dirt is no small thing as well when it comes to thinking about self sufficient habitats off world. Previous experiments with closed systems have gotten it wrong and so there's probably going to need to be considerable work done to better understand those kinds of systems. The kind of research depicted here is a very good step in that direction.

Life goes deeper

Thursday, November 23, 2017

"Matter Without Matter" Strongly Suggests Just How Much Working From Faith Has Entered Physics

I highly recommend reading the linked article below from Nautilus. It is a wonderful recap of where physics now stands as to the true manifestation of matter.

It turns out that a fixed translation, via a specific object, to thus aggregate a stable thing that has mass, is not so easy to track across so many scales of consideration. Made especially more difficult when you keep determining that the objects close to your nominal scale of actual perceptive existence keep demonstrating the annoying tendency to simply be a never ending series of more encapsulated systems of other objects simply whirling about, expressing energy in one form or another within consistent, generalized boundaries (which are of course another can of worms to try and open).

Fortunately this is faith well placed because there have been lots of useful observations that have made making indirect inferences quite reasonable. So it is, therefore, quite reasonable to assume that the whirling processes, for whatever encapsulated system, must produce at least the effect of mass. This must be so because no matter what, inertia will have to be dealt with in the larger frame of reference that the selected "object" has to exist in.

So we must conclude that "assumed mass" is real. This really shouldn't be a big deal, though, from my perspective. After all, isn't that what relativistic mass is when you accelerate said object? The inertia thus created would certainly equate to a given mass, quite beyond the nominal mass of the object itself, especially if were to come to a sudden interaction with another "fixed" object, releasing more energy than the first objectified whirling system, of other, lower scale objects, would possess of themselves.

This conclusion then makes me wonder why physics as a whole isn't investigating relativistic mass a great deal more. It seems to me that this would be a much more useful area of inquiry than, say, continued blasting away at some of these same objects with accelerated protons (or whatever else they might use as a bullet).

I have posted on this before certainly. And I still think that this is a completely wrong headed way to go about observational science. Especially now that really tremendous energies are starting to be applied. The fact of the matter here, as this article makes plain, is that there is just so much in the intervening levels of scale that are being blasted down into, that we cannot know of, and so must take on faith, that there ought to be a great deal more self examination about what kinds of observational prejudice might be introduced when you make interactions for which you have so little true understanding of.

The simple fact of the matter is that they still don't know for sure whether very high energy impacts made by scientists have the very same effect as those made by natural causes. And in fact, how could you ever know that for sure? As I have also stated many times not everything will lend itself to truly objective measurement, or testing, so at some point faith has to come into the picture. And I, for one, don't have much faith in an approach that relies on destruction to this extent.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Two Seemingly Separated Stories, But Both Sharing The Common Thread Of Growing Instability, As Well As How Everything Affects Everything Else; eventually.

This is why it is so important to understand why we must keep faith with the idea of "enlightened self interest." Because in that do we see how we must always strive to address instability with the best balance of thoughtful practicality, and heartfelt empathy. We must do this even if others do not because it necessary, right, and a moral imperative.

With the analysis, and subsequent proposals laid out in my two blogs, we could address the root causes of poverty and start to truly address them in a very straight forward way (getting rig of Capitalism of itself would be a good start). With the technologies, and the proposals I've outlined for applying them, we could start building new living habitat for people here, and abroad. And we could do this in a way that would give us the working means to start building bridges of cooperation with those whom we now have growing tensions with. And there are certainly a great number of other technologies we could also apply, with very creative new ways to do the applications, if we were no longer burdened with the old economics of structurally institutionalized scarcity.

We must also do this, however, precisely because this vast new array of new instrumentality, and the many new ways to use it all, has created an entirely new kind of operating environment. One never experienced before. To think we can continue with business as usual in the light of this is absurdity taken to heights exactly appropriate to the crazy we now see becoming the new norm in life here, and in the rest of the world.

I've said it before, and I will say it again: We must change now or die.

The haves and have-nots: four cities in crisis

The End of German Stability

The collapse of coalition talks bodes badly for Angela Merkel, and for democratic governments everywhere.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Who Knows What Might Emerge If We All (holding our noses) Found A Way To Cooperate With The "Stupid" People

Perspective is everything as they say. The bottom line for me now is that who the "stupid" people are, in any supposed, ultimate objective sense, is irrelevant; at least as far as it compares to simply preserving our species and, oh, I don't know... Maybe even saving some biodiversity on this planet?

I am also thinking we better damn well hope that stupid things are smarter together. It may well be the only hope we have left (after keeping faith with love in the first place of course).


How can something be more than the sum of its parts?

Maybe We Should Consider Replacing The Insane System That Puts The Emphasis On Ever More Mass Production And Consumption...

...Rather than thinking we need AI to replace us. Or that the situation is simply just hopeless altogether.

From my perspective the problem is both a product of insane competition (and the need of everybody to find that one new development that will give them the next cutting edge), as well as the commercialized, commoditization, of Science. Whereupon you then have not only overproduction, but of course really shabby production as well. And naturally the consumption becomes incredibly shabby as well.

Make no mistake, though. We are capable of handling a great deal more than we have demonstrated so far, in the context of complexity, and vastly interconnected systems. The thing is, though, we've never been given the chance to develop in the way that a properly organized, and philosophically balanced, society could produce; especially if that balance was worked around the idea of thoughtful, loving structure. As opposed, of course, to the old, primitive, thinking of the economics of scarcity.

What is really critical now is not only ability to recognize the need for change, but our resiliency in adopting the will it will take to make the needed change happen. If we can tap into these then we can survive, and prosper, as a species, and perhaps even save this planet in the bargain.

It all boils down to personal choice. Your personal choice dear reader. What will you choose?


In the age of big data, the human mind simply does not have the capacity to keep up.

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[Post Note: From my perspective, it is always a case that, with Capitalism, if something can be corrupted, it will be. J.V.]

Aeon -- Against citizen science

Monday, November 13, 2017

Indoor Farming May Be Able To Make A Big Difference For A Bunch Of Reasons

From my perspective, of course, the one nice thing about looking at various approaches to indoor farming, is that it gives communities, who want to be as self sufficient as they can be, have confidence that, no matter the regional environmental specifics, truly amazing things might be possible for these same communities to feed themselves almost exclusively.

That is, however, if we can make the investments in effort to bring these things into existence (and for the greater good, as opposed to singular profit) without regard to abstractions like money. If it is for us, maintained by us, in a way that blends practicality with fairness, it will make all the sense it needs to make.

Could indoor farming help address food shortages?

Saturday, November 11, 2017

In My Opinion, Very Desperate People, Who Are Convinced Of Course That They Do Not Matter Anymore...

...Have found a way to matter; about as inappropriately as it gets, certainly, but still... It puts them out there where all of us have to pay attention.

Equally unfortunately is the considerable probability that the competition is on now for the bigger, and better, body count. You hate yourself as much as you hate everybody else for letting you get this way (you are quite deluded at this point, so your own shortcomings, though always a considerable part of your self hatred, never really get properly connected to your own share of the bad cause and effect you've been subject to) and you want to die anyway, so why not do it with the ultimate middle finger of revenge served cold.

What are we to do?

I can tell you this. What we are doing now is only making things infinitely worse. And a big part of the problem is that we are all so disconnected from each other in our respective communities. Because we have this sense of organizational modality that says that dealing with any problem is simply paying to have somebody else take care of it for you. This does at least two very destructing things: 1. Taking care of the human problems in our own communities becomes a matter mostly of cost. And 2. It destroys any sense that we should connect as a community so that we can identify, and deal with things directly.

I also feel very strongly about this: If our jobs were the running of our own communities, making the effort to share the load across the spectrum of what has to be done each day (as we rotate through our selected list of tasks we do for however many weeks each month as citizens), we would be made more aware of desperate people before things had to get as crazy as they are now. And precisely because each community would need all of its citizens performing to the very best they are capable of performing, we would be naturally incentivized to make whatever practical/creative solutions are imaginations can come up with.

Setting this up, certainly, will not be easy. Even just adjusting to it for all of us used to the old way, will not be easy. The bottom line there, however, is that it is just too frigging bad. Again, in my opinion, if you want the species to survive, not to mention the planet itself, as well as as much of the current biodiversity that we can possibly save, then this is the only way we will be able to do the sort of pivot every new sentient species must make, if it is to survive. The pivot that turns them away from the only economics of evolutionary survival, to the new path of finding ever more meaning, a structure; all done living with the tension of balancing being both thoughtful, and loving.

Just think of this as another reminder of life trying to tell us "Change or die."


If it seems like the shootings are becoming more frequent, it might be because mass murder can catch on like an epidemic.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Of Course We're Going To Need To Get Off Of the Planet

I just think a timetable for this measured in many hundreds of years misses the mark by quite a bit. Assuming, of course, that surviving as a species is a priority.

And make no mistake. We could start doing it within one century if we weren't burdened with an absolutely obsolete economic system. And in fact we must do it within that time period if we're to avoid making the mistake I think many emerging new sentient species make in trying to pivot from their primitive beginnings, as a result of evolution, to a new path of expansion to the stars: namely that they cannot get past the old economics of scarcity that becomes a heavy burden of social, and institutional, inertia left in place in their rise from tribal ignorance and fear based modes of understanding the world around them.

This is where we are now and we are faced with the need to change not only very rapidly, but also so profoundly, so as to counter these great forces that would resist taking a new direction; which certainly takes time because so much new infrastructure is needed to make this tremendous new step; infrastructure that has very significant lead times to put into place. A daunting task to be sure even in the best of times, but one that cannot be shirked simply because of the difficulty.

I'd like to think that the biggest impediment to seeing this as something we could accomplish within the next hundred years is in fact Capitalism itself, along with all of the inherent assumptions it brings along with it as to what is, or is not possible, and why. And if you were also able to put into place a new way of doing things that would expand our possibilities, in ways limited only by our imaginations, you would be well on your way already. But that is the first, big step, we seem so reluctant to make. A step that could be overcome simply by realizing that we have no other viable choice at all. Again, not if survival of our species is priority. And it all comes down to individual choices made by people like you dear reader. Will you just continue to wring your hands, complain, but do nothing? I certainly hope not.

Stephen Hawking Says Humans Must Leave Earth Within 600 Years

Monday, November 6, 2017

In Cosmolosophy there is no problem here for it seeks to work the balance between process and object, seeing both as equally fundamental. Just as it seeks the balance between being and becoming; between the one, and the many; as well as between mind, and the elemental embrace (or love if you like).
In Cosmolosophy it is the process of interplay between mind, and the need to come together and exchange, that is the true divinity, for it expresses the never ending quest for meaning, and the basis upon which the next choice must be made, so that, ultimately, complex structure will continue to create ever more complex structure.

Which is more fundamental: processes or things?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Just As Cosmolosophy Indicates With A New Meaning Space Just For All Of Biological Life

As opposed to Mind Meaning, and merely Physical Meaning, Space.

Trees may not have giga wiggles in them, but you can just bet that they spread the way to rub meaningfully around like nobody's business. And it is just as amazing to feel as it is to realize that there are important truths to be found here.

Also, all of this only serves to remind us of the amazing dichotomy that lies between "The One, and The Many." In natural systems, and in human systems. They all beg the question of how the one, and the many, live with that dichotomy.


Humans have long recognized the song of trees. One biologist argues that listening to forests again can spark a new ecological consciousness, naturally.

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Atoms and astronomical phenomena — the very small and the very large — can be quite basic. It's everything in between that gets tricky.