Nov 22, 2009

My Higgs Field Bosons and Gromely Quantum Cloud XX

Recently, I had the privilege to enjoy the Dallas Nasher Art Exhibition with my
mother and sisters. Thanks Debra for suggesting we go visit the Nasher Exhibit.
There was an exhibit which pressed on me. . .
  Antony Gromely's 'Quantum Cloud XX'.  
With all the activity taking place around the CERN this November 2009,
in France, I looked around and found 'Higgs Field Bosons'  while watching the video below.
The Bosons immediately reminded me of my encounter with the 'Quantum Cloud XX' of Gromely.

Prediction: The appearance of the Higgs Field/Bosons is a response to Will (Intellect and Emotion united). 
Related to: Law of Attraction, mind over matter, cause and effect, Intelligent Design, Creation, Creator, faith healing, invention, desire, energy, mass

May 18, 2009

Socratic Method: Short Stories & James Hoskins

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Socratic Method: Short Stories and James Hoskins

May 18, 2009 01:12 PM PDT

Today on ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews James Hoskins about his latest creative writing endeavors. Hoskins, a philosophy major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has written several pieces based on the debate between ID and Darwinian evolution, including one that pits Socrates and imaginary materialist Hector Dawkins against each other as they argue over the scientific merit of ID. Hoskins also reads excerpts from some of his stories, and describes the inspiration behind them.

Hoskins' work, including his Debate Between Socrates and Hector Dawkins, can be downloaded from ID Arts here.

[PLAY] Click here to listen to this pod cast.

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Feb 26, 2009

Interview With Greg Mortenson "Three Cups of Tea"(part 1)

Near the end of this first part 1 of several interviews, Greg shares about not making much progress in 3 years when the leader of the Muslim community tells him, " If you want to get this done you are going to have to let us do it." He did, he gave them the money. They finished in 6 months. They turned in their accounting of the expense record . . . to the penny. Go to part II for more.

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Feb 20, 2009

Social Networks Are Not Personal

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New to Social Networks?  There are some things you need to consider as you get started.  They are great tools.  However, you need to know how to use and why you use Social Networks like Facebook and twitter

Ben targets his considerable talents  creating an excellent blog : Instigator Blog : Entrepreneurship, business, social media & marketing


 Social Networks Are Not Personal   by Ben Yoskovitz

They’re professional.

There are plenty of social networks designed for personal use, but they all have professional implications and opportunities. And to ignore those issues is a mistake.

Your “Stuff” Is Exposed

Most social networks have some level of privacy to keep prying eyes away from your profile and content, but don’t assume it’s full proof. It’s safer to assume that anything you put on the Internet is public and always will be.

You can’t completely control who sees what you put online. Employers and potential employers can do a quick Google search and find out all kinds of things. The same holds true for a host of other people: law enforcement, creditors, business partners, etc.

But There’s Gold In Them Thar Social Networks

On the positive side, business opportunities abound on social networks, even if they weren’t designed for business. It’s simple. You put people together bound by common interests and get them hooked on participating with one another, and presto, business opportunities emerge.

Since starting on Facebook a month ago I’ve connected with numerous people from a business perspective, which may lead to future opportunities for Standout Jobs. I could have connected with those people via email, but social networks like Facebook (or tools like Twitter) captivate people’s attention; so it’s easier to reach them. When it comes to email, people are overwhelmed and generally hate it. So they’re slower to respond. But send someone a “friend request” on Facebook and they’ll answer almost immediately.

Regardless of whether you’re connecting with people online over your shared love of dogs, photos or cartoon dolls, you’ll build real relationships that can lead beyond the original purpose of the social network.

Social Networks Are Not Personal

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Feb 18, 2009

Down the Rabbit Hole To Atlantis

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Having just read Atlas Shrugged, and witnessing the events of 2009 in the 'Socialist Age of Obama', I am compelled to challenge anyone I know, meet or brush against on the internet . . .to go down this 'rabbit hole' and  rock  your  world.
Since its publication in 1957 Atlas Shrugged, the philosophical and artistic climax of Ayn Rand's novels, has never been out of print and has received enormous critical attention becoming one of the most influential books ever published, impacting on a variety of disciplines including philosophy, literature, economics, business, and political science among others.
More than a great novel, Atlas Shrugged is an abstract conceptual, and symbolic work that expounds a radical philosophy, presenting a view of man and man's relationship to existence and manifesting the essentials of an entire philosophical system – metaphysics, epistemology, politics and ethics.
Celebrating the fiftieth year of Atlas Shrugged's publication, this companion is an exploration of this monumental work of literature. Contributions have been specially commissioned from a diversity of eminent scholars who admire and have been influenced by the book, the included essays analyzing the novel's integrating elements of theme, plot and characterization from many perspectives and from various levels of meaning.
Click here to read 40 pages for this excellent book on Google's Gutenberg Project site.
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Edited by Edward W. Younkins, Wheeling Jesuit University, USA

  • About the Editor: Edward Younkins is one of the leading scholars on the works of Ayn Rand in the world. He is the author of 'Capitalism and Commerce' and 'Philosophers of Capitalism: Menger, Mises, Rand and Beyond'.
  • Reviews: 'Ayn Rand’s complex philosophical novel, Atlas Shrugged, is hugely popular, yet intimidating or confusing to some people. By assembling this impressive collection, Edward Younkins has done something wonderful for both those who enjoyed the novel and those yet to discover it. Younkins and his collaborators examine many different facets of the novel, from the perspectives of a variety of different disciplines: literature, philosophy, economics, politics, history. This is sure to be a thought-provoking and conversation-stimulating anthology.'
    Aeon J. Skoble, Bridgewater State University
    'Edward Younkins appreciates the significance of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged to so many disciplines and thus he has assembled an impressive collection of essays by distinguished experts in many fields to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Rand’s monumental work. Younkins understands the unique nature of “Atlas “; it is a great work of romantic literature, its plot shows in the concrete the importance of economic liberty and a morality of rational self-interest, it outlines an integrated philosophy – Objectivism – by which to guide one’s life, and it offers a vision of the kind of life and world that this philosophy can produce. This collection is a welcomed volume for the millions who love Rand’s magnum opus.'
    Edward Hudgins,The Atlas Society & the Objectivist Center
    'Atlas Shrugged is a thrilling and, in my view, nearly indispensable part of courses on economics and government. Dr. Younkins’s insightful collection of essays by experts in many fields will prove immensely valuable to teachers and students who use Atlas and to any reader who seeks deeper understanding of Ayn Rand’s marvellous novel.'
    John B. Egger, Towson State University
    'A collection of this type is long overdue. Edward Younkins has exhibited an impressive vision in assembling this extraordinary book just in time for the 50th anniversary of Ayn Rand’s masterpiece.'
    Lew Rockwell, Ludwig von Mises Institute
    'Atlas Shrugged has been called the most important novel of ideas since War and Peace. Now, more than 20 years after Ayn Rand’s death, she and her great book are beginning to get the scholarly attention they deserve. This Companion is a fine example of that.'
    David Boaz, Cato Institute
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  • Jan 16, 2009

    Pebble Bed Reactor and Will Atlas Shrug Again

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    I'm reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand for the first time. I just finished chapter 7 and parallels of people, movements, laws, movements and inventions are popping out everywhere.

    I find the Pebble Bed Reactor to be an excellent work of technology which is just right for supplying a healthy world's growing energy needs.  Will the Al Gore (Orren Boyle)- Nobel - Green Peace -Earthlife Africa types prevail over healthy growth, development and social commerce? Will the Pebble Reactor become like the 'Rearden Steel' of Atlas Shrugged?

    Ayn Rand had begun adapting Atlas Shrugged as a television miniseries in 1981, but the project was never completed. She died in 1982.  This project should be revived and completed.

    Read this book.  Then, listen to the news, read the papers and listen to our politicians talk. Addendum: I do not recommend this or blog to the Lilian Rearden types, it will only annoy you.  As for me, I am a 60+ 'wet nurse' sharing my awakening experiences with you, the reader. Enjoy.  Now . .  . to the reactor.

    Graphite Pebble for Reactor : Wikipedia Source (The Rearden Steel Part)

    The pebble bed reactor (PBR) is a graphite-moderated, gas-cooled, nuclear reactor. It is a type of Very high temperature reactor (VHTR) [formally known as the high temperature gas reactor

    (HTGR)], one of the six classes of nuclear reactors in the Generation IV initiative. Like other VHTR designs, the PBR uses TRISO fuel particles, which allows for high outlet temperatures and passive safety.

    The base of the PBR's unique design is the spherical fuel elements called "pebbles". These tennis ball-sized pebbles are made of

    pyrolytic graphite (which acts as the moderator), and they contain thousands of micro fuel particles called TRISO particles. These TRISO fuel particles consist of a fissile material (such as 235U) surrounded by a coated ceramic layer of SiC for structural integrity. In the PBR, 360,000 pebbles are placed together to create a reactor, and is cooled by an inert or semi-inert gas such as helium, nitrogen or carbon dioxide.  Also, the gases do not dissolve contaminants or absorb neutrons as water does, so the core has less in the way of radioactive fluids.

    A rendered diagram of a pebble bed reactor plant layout.  This type of reactor is also unique because its passive safety removes the need for redundant, active safety systems. Because the reactor is designed to handle high temperatures, it can cool by natural circulation and still remain intact in accident scenarios, which may raise the temperature of the reactor to 1600 oC. Also because of its design, its high temperatures allow higher thermal efficiencies than possible in traditional nuclear power plants (up to 50%).

    A number of prototypes have been built. Active development is ongoing in South Africa as the PBMR design, and in China whose HTR-10 is the only prototype currently operating.


    The Atlas Shrugged Part . . .

    The technology was first developed in Germany[1] but political and economic decisions were made to abandon the technology.[2] In various forms, it is currently under development by MIT, the South African company PBMR, General Atomics (U.S.), the Dutch company Romawa B.V., Adams Atomic Engines [1], Idaho National Laboratory, and the Chinese company Huaneng [3].

    In June 2004, it was announced that a new PBMR would be built at Koeberg, South Africa by Eskom, the government-owned electrical utility.[4] There is opposition to the PBMR from groups such as Koeberg Alert and Earthlife Africa, the latter of which has sued Eskom to stop development of the project.[5]

    Pebble bed reactor: Definition from

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    Jan 14, 2009


    Map of available wind power for the United Sta...

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    My friend David Ang turned me on to this new patent.  Great idea. Could even put this on the base supports of all those existing windfarm generators already out there.  Here's a map for all you entrepreneurs out there. 



    Systems, apparatus and methods for generating power from fluid motion, such as wind are provided. The apparatus is a wing-shaped airfoil with cup-shaped indentations that allow the airfoil to harness wind energy throughout a wide range of wind speeds and from different wind directions. The indentations harness wind energy at low wind speeds while the wing-shape generates a lifting force at high wind speeds to harness wind energy. The system comprises one or more of the devices configured in a hollow, generally cylindrical, shape and connected to a ring frame. The system rotates about an axis running through the center of the ring frame. The rotational motion of the system generates electrical power via a generator. The method is a method for generating electrical power from the rotational motion of the system.

    (WO/2008/109784) HUBLESS WINDMILL

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