diversions

Back scratching grid

Just because

If your back is always itchy, this is ready to print. Just have this handy to direct your back scratcher accurately and efficiently 

 

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Dream Interpretation Basics

I have some really vivid dreams. I'll be expanding this section when I get a chance...

Dream meanings are as individual as our personalities and provide valuable glimpses into our inner lives. Most often, dreams are close-up snapshots of a recent situation. Sometimes, a dream portrays a long-lost memory, possibly unearthing some unfinished business from the past. Remember that dreams often have a much deeper (and sometimes completely different) meaning than the obvious. This is why accurate intuition - your own or that of an intuitive dream expert - is needed to decipher the imagery and symbols of the subconscious mind.

If you choose to interpret your own dreams, you may find the following step-by-step process helpful:

  1. Upon awakening from your dream, before you open your eyes, replay the entire dream sequence in your mind. If you had more than one dream, do this for each one. This will help you remember more details.
     
  2. Write a description of your dream, including key symbols or events, and any emotions or physical sensations you felt during the dream or upon waking from it. It's helpful to have a written record of the dream to refer to during the interpretation process, especially if you are going to wait until later to interpret it. Also, the process of writing the dream description may help you remember more details. 
     
  3. Make a quiet space for your interpretation process. Choose a quiet time and space where you won't be interrupted. If this isn't possible when you wake up in the morning, set aside a time later in the day and refer to the notes you wrote in step 2.
     
  4. Connect with your intuition. To do this, it's helpful to use a process such as a short meditation, an intention statement (such as "I call forward my highest inner knowing"), or a prayer (such as "I ask for Divine assistance with the interpretation of this dream, in the best interests of all concerned.") 
     
  5. Review your dream and pay attention to any emotions you feel. Stay with the emotion - just feel it and follow it as it moves through you. Often, going with the flow of emotions is enough to reveal dream meaning. 
     
  6. Think about any events, symbols, or physical sensations in your dream that stand out. Open your mind and explore what they could represent, again paying attention to any emotion you feel. Remember to explore obvious meanings, as well as less obvious ones. When you hit on the accurate meaning, you will likely have an "Aha!" feeling, you may feel a physical reaction, and you will just feel "in your gut" that it is the true meaning. 
     
  7. One tool that is helpful in exploring the deeper meaning of a person, symbol, or physical sensation from your dream is to dialog with them. This dialog can take place either in your imagination or in writing. (For example, "ME: Why did you show up in my dream?" DREAM PERSON: "I represent your supervisor at work, and I am here to clarify some feelings you have about your work relationship," and so on.) Another way to apply this tool is to set up a dialog with your dream as a whole and see what information comes forward. 
     
  8. If you are still not sure what the dream means, you can put it aside until laterdiscuss it with others to help stimulate your thought process, or consult an intuitive dream expert.

 

Common Dreams

"I'm Being Chased!"

Chase dreams are one of several common dream themes, stemming from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. Flee and flight is an instinctive response to a physical threat in the environment. In such dreams, the scenario often features you being pursued by an attacker, an animal, a monster or an unknown figure, who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Consequently, you run, you hide or you try to outwit your pursuer. Your actions in the dream parallel how you would respond to pressure and cope with fears, stress or various situations in your waking life. Instead of confronting the situation, your dream indicates that you have a tendency to run away and avoid the issue. Ask yourself who is chasing you, so that you can gain a better understanding and insight on the source of your fears and anxieties.

The pursuer or attacker who is chasing you in your dream may also represent an aspect of yourself. Your own feelings of anger, jealousy, fear, and possibly love, can manifest itself as the threatening figure. Or the shadowy figure can symbolize the rejected characteristics of your Self. You may be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser. Next time you have a dream of being chased, turn around and confront your pursuer. Ask them why they are chasing you. What are you trying to run from?

If you are the one doing the chasing, then the dream may highlight your drive and ambition to go after something you want. Or perhaps the dream suggests that you are falling behind and having to catch up with everyone else.

Consider the distance or gap between you and your pursuer. This indicates your closeness to the issue. If the pursuer is gaining on you, then it suggests that the problem is not going to go away. The problem will surround you, until you confront and address it. However, if you are able to widen the gap between your pursuer, then you are able to successfully distance yourself from the problem. In essence, the problem is fading away.

A more direct analysis of chase dreams is the fear of being attacked. Such dreams are more common among women than men, who may feel physically vulnerable in the urban environment. These dreams are often brought about by the media, who magnifies fears of violence and sexual assault.

 

"I'm Falling"

Falling dreams are another theme that is quite common in the world of dreams. Contrary to a popular myth, you will not actually die if you do not wake up before you hit the ground during a fall.

As with most common dream themes, falling is an indication of insecurities, instabilities, and anxieties. You are feeling overwhelmed and out of control in some situation in your waking life. This may reflect the way you feel in your relationship or in your work environment. You have lost your foothold and keep up with the hustle and bustle of daily life. When you fall, there is nothing that you can hold on to. You more or less are forced toward this downward motion without any control. This lost of control may parallel a waking situation in your life.

Falling dreams also often reflect a sense of failure or inferiority in some circumstance or situation. It may be the fear of failing in your job/school, loss of status, or failure in love. You feel shameful and a lost sense of self-esteem You are unable to keep up with the status quo and feel that you don't measure up.

According to Freudian theory, dreams of falling indicate that you are contemplating giving in to a sexual urge or impulse. You are lacking indiscretion.

Falling dreams typically occur during the first stage of sleep. Dreams in this stage are often accompanied by muscle spasms of the arms, legs, and the whole body. These sudden contractions are also known as myclonic jerks. When you sometimes have these falling dreams, you may feel your whole body jerk or twitch and actually awaken from this jerk. It is thought that this jerking action is part of an arousal mechanism that allows you to wake up quickly and be on the alert to possible threats in the environment.

According to biblical interpretations, dreams about falling have a negative overtone.It is believed that such dreams relate to how you are acting and walking, according to his own way of thinking and not those of the Lord.

"I'm Naked!"

So you are going about your normal routine - going to work, waiting for the bus, or just walking down the street - when you suddenly realize that you are stark naked. Dreaming that you are completely or partially naked is very common. Nudity symbolizes a variety of things depending on your real life situation.

Becoming mortified at the realization that you are naked in public, reflects your vulnerability or feelings of shamefulness. You may be hiding something and are afraid that others can see right through you. Metaphorically, clothes are a means of concealment. Depending on the type of clothes you wear, you can hide your identity or be someone else. But without them, everything is hanging out for all to see. You are exposed and left without any defenses. Thus your naked dream may be telling you that you are trying to be something that you really are not. Or you are fearful of being ridiculed and disgraced. Such anxieties are elevated especially in situations where you are trying to impress others. Perhaps you are in a new work environment or in a new relationship. You may be expressing fears or apprehension in revealing your true feelings in such situations.

Nudity also symbolizes being caught off guard. Finding yourself naked at work or in a classroom, suggests that you are unprepared for a project at work or school. You may be unprepared in making a well informed decision. With all eyes on you, you fear that some flaw will be brought to public attention. You fear that people will see through your true self and you will be exposed as a fraud or a phony.

Often times, when you realize that you are naked in your dream, no one else seems to notice. Everyone else in the dream is going about their business without giving a second look at your nakedness. If this happens in your dream, then it implies that your fears are unfounded; no one will notice except you. You may be magnifying the situation and making an issue of nothing.

If you dream that you are proud of your nakedness and show no embarrassment or shame, then it symbolizes your unrestricted freedom. You have nothing to hide and are proud of who you are. The dream is about a new sense of honesty, openness, and a carefree nature. Perhaps you are trying to get to the �bare facts�. Alternatively, the dream may be telling you that you are drawing the wrong kind of attention to yourself. You want to get noticed, but are going about it the wrong way.

"I'm Flying"

Flying dreams fall under a category of dreams known as lucid dreams. Lucid dreams occur when you become aware that you are dreaming. Many dreamers describe the ability to fly in their dreams as an exhilarating, joyful, and liberating experience.

If you are flying with ease and are enjoying the scene and landscape below, then it suggests that you are on top of a situation. You have risen above something. It may also mean that you have gained a new and different perspective on things. Flying dreams and the ability to control your flight is representative of your own personal sense of power.

Having difficulties staying in flight indicates a lack of power in controlling your own circumstances. You may be struggling to stay aloft or stay on set course. Things like power lines, trees, or mountains may be obstacles that you encounter in flight. These obstacles symbolize something or someone who is standing in your way in your waking life. You need to identify what or who is trying to prevent you from moving forward. Difficulty flying may also be an indication of a lack of confidence or some hesitation on your part. You need to believe in yourself and not be afraid.

If you are feeling fear when you are flying or that you are flying too high, then it suggests that you are afraid of challenges and of success. Perhaps you are not ready to take the next step.

In reality, we cannot really fly, of course. Thus, such dreams can be representative of things that are beyond your physical limitations. In your mind, you can be anybody and do anything. Another way of interpreting flying dreams is that these dreams symbolize your strong mind and will. You feel undefeatable and that nobody can tell you what you cannot do and accomplish. Such dreams are sure to leave you with a great sense of freedom.

 
"I Failed The Test"

To dream that you are taking an exam, indicates that you are being put to the test or being scrutinized in some way. These dreams highlight some anxiety or agitation that you are experiencing in your waking life. In such dreams, you may find that you cannot answer any of the questions on the test, that the test is in some foreign language or that your pencil keeps breaking during the test. Perhaps time is running out and you cannot complete the exam in the allowed time. Or perhaps, you arrive late and miss the exam. These factors contribute to failing the dream test. These dreams usually have to do with your self-esteem and confidence or the lack of. You tend to believe in the worst about yourself and are often overly worried that you are not making the grade and measuring up to other people's expectations of you. You may also experience the fear of not being accepted, not being prepared, or not being good enough.

Test dreams also suggest that you are feeling unprepared for a challenge. Rarely, these dreams are about the actual content of the test, but rather it is more about the process and how you feel during the exam taking process. These feelings often parallel how you are actually feeling in a particular challenge or situation in your waking like.

Test dreams are also an indication that you are being judged. These dreams serve as a signal for you to examine an aspect of yourself that you may have been neglecting and need to pay more attention to. You may be harboring some guilt because you did not prepare enough for a school exam, meeting, business project, or some project. Most of the time, though, people who have such dreams are unlikely to fail a test in real life. This dream is rooted in the fear and anxiety that you may not meet other's standards. You are afraid to let others down.

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Movies - Crazy Title Translations

Movie title translations!
 

CHINA

The Full Monty: Six Naked Pigs

The Blair Witch Project: Night In The Cramped Forest

As Good As It Gets: Mr Cat Poop

Boogie Nights: His Great Device Makes Him Famous (Genius. Just genius)

Leon: This Hit Man Is Not as Cold as He Thought

Fargo: Mysterious Murder in Snowy Cream

Austin Powers: Trump Card Big Liar

Deep Impact: Earth And Comet Collide

Knocked Up: One Night, Big Belly

Nixon: The Big Liar 

Risky Business: Just Send Him To University Unqualified

Free Willy: A Very Powerful Whale Runs To Heaven

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GERMANY

Airplane: The Unbelievable Trip In A Wacky Aeroplane or The Incredible Journey In A Crazy Airplane (depending on which translation you believe)

K9: My Partner with the cold Snout

Dragnet : Floppy Coppers Don’t Bite, or Yellow Coppers Don’t Bite (again, depending on which translation you go with)

The Parent Trap: A Twin Seldom Comes Alone

Die Hard: Die Slowly

Die Hard With A Vengeance: Die Slowly, Now More Than Ever

Dodgeball : Full Of The Nuts

Girl, Interrupted: Cuckoo (Succinct and to the point…)

Annie Hall: The Urban Neurotic

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ISRAEL:

Knocked Up: The Date That Screwed Me

Superbad: Super Horny

The Naked Gun: The Gun Died Laughing

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ITALY:

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind: If You Leave Me, I Delete You

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FRANCE:

Fried Green Tomatoes: The Secret Is In The Sauce

Dirty Harry: Inspector Harry

Home Alone: Mom, I Missed The Plane

The Matrix: The Young People Who Traverse Dimensions While Wearing Sunglasses

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SPAIN:

The Dark Knight: Night Of The Knight (we really like this one…)

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PERU:

Knocked Up: Slightly Pregnant

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MEXICO:

Juno: Juno: Grow, Run and Stumble.

Snatch: Pigs And Diamonds

Thelma and Louise: An Unexpected End

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DENMARK:

Die Hard With A Vengeance: Die Hard: Mega Hard (That’s just awesome, to be fair)

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HONG KONG

American Pie : American Virgin Man

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ARGENTINA:

Grease: Vaseline

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PORTUGAL:

Lost In Translation: Meetings and Failures in Meetings

Die Hard: Skyscraper Attack

Die Hard 2: Airport Attack

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CZECH REPUBLIC

Bad Santa: Santa Is A Pervert

Hot Shots! : Warm Shots

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FINLAND

Big Momma’s House: The Cop In Drag

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JAPAN:

Army Of Darkness: Captain Supermarket (WTF?)

The Horse Whisperer: Held by Wind in Montana

Being John Malkovich : The Hole Of Malkovich

Mr Holland’s Opus: The Sunny Classroom

Jersey Girl: I Love My Dad The Best In The World

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TAIWAIN:

Get Smart: Is The Spy Capable Or Not

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LATIN AMERICA:

Rain Man: When Brother’s Meet

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People standing next to their net worth in cash

Submitted by js on Sun, 02/28/2016 - 20:16

People standing next to their net worth in cash

People standing next to their net worth in cash

This is what kicked off this "Visualize Everything" section of the site. Its lunchtime so there is not much time to add much to the first page, but let's get started!

But before we do, there are two things I should make perfectly clear....

 

 

We are using $100 dollar bills, not $1 bills.  We'll start with one packet...

This packet is a stack of one hundred $100 dollar bills. It's about 6" by 2-1/2" by 0.43" high.

100 x $100 = $10,000

 

Just some base information  if you want to visualize yourself in the mix

A "Typical" college degreed earner at age 55

Salary at Retirement
$85,000

Annual Pension
$42,500

Equivalent Net Worth
$1,062,500

 

On to some real people!


 

Me
This definitely is not accurate per my actual net worth but lets just say I had $100,000 in net worth. It makes the visual scale up easier to visualize. 
The actual US average net worth is between $25,000 and $84,000 within the 25% -> 65%.

$100,000 in $100 bills

 

 

 

Steve Jobs at 23 years old

$1 million in a single pallete layer stack of $100 bills 

 

 

 

Barack Obama

6 Million

 

JJ Abrams

Below represent 100 million, he's just shy at 95. Poor guy.

 

 

 

 

Tom Cruise

500 Million

 

Tiger Woods

720 Million

 

 

 

 

JK Rowling

1 Billion

 

 

 

Oprah Winfrey

3.6 Billion

 

 

Donald Trump

4 Billion

 

 

 

The Harry Potter Franchise

15 Billion

Mark Zuckerberg

35.7 Billion

 

Bill Gates

79.2 Billion

 

 

 

US Military budget for 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visualize Everything

Submitted by js on Sun, 02/28/2016 - 20:11
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My Risky Scientology Visit

Submitted by js on Sun, 02/28/2016 - 19:54

Risky Scientology Visit

 

 

Three-plus decades before HBO’s “Going Clear” documentary aired, the subject of Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard was a hobby/obsession of mine. Rare individuals that have shaped the lives of numerous of people, whether it be in war, Ponzi schemes, dictators etc. fascinate me to no end. I guess it’s more – “…why would so many people go along with some illogical crap?” What made this particular decision to go deep into the Scientology landmarks during a business trip much more difficult was the fact that I had a well-hardened fear burned in at the conscious and subconscious level during a bad stint of medically induced psychosis after brain surgery.

I had a cerebral AVM, a form of aneurysm, gamma radiation zapped in 1999 and the outcome eight months later was really bad. I was strapped to the bed and put into a medically induced coma but lived through 24/7 steroid psychosis, painting all my five senses with vivid "realities".

 

Some were fleeting, some left me 100% sure I had died in my Cedar Sinai room but recieved planted, comforting memories of my remaining life (wife, kids, retirement) that never happened. The core of my delusions – day after day with Scientology members standing at my bedside asking weird questions and flashing lights in my eye for days. Even though I could not speak, walk, or bathe myself - somehow I did manage to sketch... pieces that I do not remember doing to this day. Now what did I see outside of my 14th floor Cedar Sinai neuro room?

 

The Scientology building.

 

 

The picture above does closely match the view I had. I do remember the fear that all my brain washing was converted to "energy" that was streamed, along with other hospital captives, and beamed out of the Scientology transmission station, the hidden core of the Pacific Design Center.

 

 

 

Ok there's that.

 

 

 

Suffice to say that I am 100% unsettled at the idea or existence of a group that can amass a legion of followers with ideas or perspectives that would be recruits didn't originally subscribe to. I went to the weird Scientology anti-psychiatry(http://www.cchr.org/)  and the "L Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition" museums Sunday afternoon - both took about an hour each. The psychiatry one was like a holocaust museum throughout the ages.

 


This place was creepier in person with the flashing lights and freaky videos 

 

 I got to the last display case of the psyc museum after about 45mins. I that had rows and rows of various antidepressants and other brain meds when the tour guide asked me "Do you know anyone that has ever taken any of these pills before?" I said, "Yeah, I take 7 pills a day and 4 of them are these two". She a almost shit. I explained the whole brain aneurysm thing and that the chunk missing from my brain really wants to send bad signals to my body and Vimpat, Keppra kinda help in not dying. She stared blankly.

The Hubbard museum was a fanciful pile of shit.

 

It was comprised of elaborate ( amazingly beautiful ) dioramas of L.Ron's life that made Howard Hughes look like a lazy, moronic loser.

 

Apparently New York newsstands only sold Hubbard comic books...

 

 

To round off my Hubbard/Scientology experience, I headed off to take pictures of the ultimate Scientology icon, the famed Los Angeles "Celebrity Center" castle on Franklin Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

I walked around the heavily ivy and tarp covered iron bars unit I got to the main circular drive. It had a small sign that read "Private tour avails upon request". F-it... I padded up to the large oak doors at the end of the cobble stone drive walked in.

The ceilings were side-lit paintings of clouds (think Ceaser's Palace) with decending white pillars and gold gilded molding. Various people strode past me as I lumbered through the multi-teired hallways when a uniformed woman looked at my cautiously I and asked, "Can I help you?". She was scanning me up and down in a pretty creepy manor. I mentioned the sign and she seemed a little put out before walking me into her office.  I simply mentioned the sign. Just as she was finishing her "We dont do unschedualed tours to the public.." blow off when I said, "My wife and I are educated moral people that no longer believe in Christianity but have spent the past 6 years feeling a life disconnect". It was something like that, but more drawn out and not so obvious. I continued, "I'm a long time amateur historian of L. Ron Hubbard". She pulled up the handset of her desk phone abnd began to dial, saying said she wanted me to talk to the on-site director.

 

 

 

 

This suited guy shows up and asks me, point blank, what I knew about Hubbard beyond what the internet provides. I said, "I've been a true historian of this man for the past 15 years. 

I know hes the first US Eagle Scout, visited 3 asian countries before the age of 17, penned more than 10 million words making him the most prolific author in the history of the world. While I do not know all the tenents of Scientology, as a Physicst and keen observer of human cause and effect - I feel that Scientology itself isnt sound. What I do want for myself and my family is to benefit from this mans life experiences and digest it so that it makes sense to me. I cant belive this is all a scam as the media portrays, but I do believe that there is a procedural pomp and circumstance that you guys wrap around the 'meat' of his discovery s that is unnecessary and makes Scientology look sleazy"

He asked for my phone number and I gave it to him with two numbers swapped. 

While we chatted, he much have "test called" me cause he said, "Oh your number didnt go through". SCARY! I told him he entered the last two digits backward and DID give him my real number, which he DID verify. Trust established!

 

 

 

We talked for about 45mins while he took me on a long tour. He kept throwing out subtle trick questions that fell flat... I didnt call him out negatively, more like "Oh no no, L. Ron kept detailed notes in his unpublished journals describing how he navigated the seas without a sextant, pretty much inn use today. Whether he was given credit for that is still a mystery to me, as was the documentation from the Defense Dept labling this as 'a great contribution in photography' "

 

 

Are you sitting down? He let me try an E-Meter when we got back to the original area!!!!!!!!!!!!!   While he fiddle with a dial on the side, the black needle settled a bit while I was holding the two aluminum cans. He asked, "Think of something that really upsets you". I told him I was thinking about my frustating drive through LA and how the traffic actually made my heart pound. As I relived my factual frustration, I slowly lostened my grip on the metal cans, making sure the needle stayed dead center. He unplugged the thing and began his shpeal about having me stay for a free four hour evaluation. We schedualled for 5:00pm on Weds. No I was not going.

 

 

Anyway - the guy opened up a set of dark wooden doors and showed me L. Ron's original office!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The whole visit did leave me a tad unnerved and afraid to think nothing could possibly happen in a four hour period even if I knew it was BS.

 

I was given a prep video I was to watch before my audit and the Senior Consultant's card!

 

 

Some of the review questions in my "Informational Packet"

 

 

 

 

Imagine the information one could amass from a person answering the above questions while, basically hooked up to a working lie detector. Within a few hours, the auditor would know your fears, insecurities, weak spots, and desires... slam dunk product production of the ultimate manipulation toolkit. Even if you were not Freud - you could yank the chain  more efficiently  than Mrs. Bates did with Norman.

 

An in all my years of programming, not once has my desktop browser popped up with this security prompt:

 

 


Yikes!

 

 

 

 

So my work week got in to full swing and I had mostly forgotten about my pending evaluation outside of a few retellings to work friends and text messages from my wife urging me NOT to risk going. It was unanimous, no one wanted me to go back even though I said I was mentally prepared and wanted to go to complete my "Scientology Risky Visit" tour. Th  

 

Then the text message started coming....

 

After being asked if I had transportation I decided I've gone as far as I wanted to go. I left this experiment 100% sated, and then some. It's now very clear how people can willingfully be part of this organization, sorry this religion, because the entry point is pretty basic - provide people with what they are fundamentally craving. Ironically in the non-Scientologyy world this is called psychology, support groups, therapy, or just talking opening with family and friends.  I dig and admire that. Strip away the special effects, overtly plush buildings, sci-fy BS, and the perversions of a money-making empire and this could have been something that helps a lot of people.

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Arcosanti - Mayer Arizona

Submitted by js on Sun, 02/28/2016 - 19:49

Arcosanti, Mayer Arizona.
July 21st, 2007

In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. Demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth, its large, compact structures and large-scale solar greenhouses will occupy only 25 acres of a 4060 acre land preserve, keeping the natural countryside in close proximity to urban dwellers.

Arcosanti is designed according to the concept of arcology (architecture + ecology), developed by Italian architect Paolo Soleri. In an arcology, the built and the living interact as organs would in a highly evolved being. This means many systems work together, with efficient circulation of people and resources, multi-use buildings, and solar orientation for lighting, heating and cooling.

In this complex, creative environment, apartments, businesses, production, technology, open space, studios, and educational and cultural events are all accessible, while privacy is paramount in the overall design. Greenhouses provide gardening space for public and private use, and act as solar collectors for winter heat.

Arcosanti is an educational process. The four-week workshop program teaches building techniques and arcological philosophy, while continuing the city's construction. Volunteers and students come from around the world. Many are design students, and some receive university credit for the workshop. But a design or architecture background is not necessary. People of many varied interests and backgrounds are all contributing their valuable time and skills to the project. Week-long silt sculpture workshops and Elderhostel programs offer other ways to be involved. At the present stage of construction, Arcosanti consists of various mixed-use buildings and public spaces constructed by 5000 past Workshop participants.

The residents of Arcosanti are workshop alumni, who work on planning, construction, teaching, computer aided drafting, maintenance, cooking, carpentry, metal work, ceramics, gardening and communications. They produce the world-famous Soleri Bells, as well as hosting 50,000 tourists each year in a Gallery, Bakery, and Cafe open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Guided tours introduce visitors to the philosophy , history, planning and ongoing construction of the site.

 

Entering the site. Not much else around.

Arcosanti

A long and winding 3 miles dirt road.

Arcosanti

Getting closer!

Arcosanti

There it is, I think.

Arcosanti

 

Our guest lodging. Pretty basic and no AC but the heat of the Arizona summer has started to
cool down. It was only ~98 this weekend.

Arcosanti

 

Our view of the Agua Fria basin. It contained no agua and if it did, it would certainly not be fria.
Maybe seca calliente would be a better name.

Arcosanti Room

 

Yikes! The only other visitor in our complex found this scorpian in her room.
Welcome to Acrosanti, enjoy your stay!

Arcosanti Scorpian

 

Great view, goofy guy.

Arcosanti

 

Let the photofest begin! Notice the unpacking hasnt even begun.

Arcosanti

 

Again, very basic room but artistic touches were sprinkled throughout.

Arcosanti

 

Still not unpacked.. probobly shoot more pictures.

Arcosanti

 

A storm joins the scorpian as a welcoming commitee.

Arcosanti

 

"Crack!"

 

Pam enjoying the sunset, lightning and cool air.

 

Taking a picture of Pam taking pictures. There gonna be a lot of that over the next few days.

 

Heading up to the main entrance to the complex.

 

A little artistic homage to our little residence guest.

 

At the entrance to the guest center

 

In the main building. The top floor was the artissan gift shop, guest check-in, and walking tour gathering area.
One floor down was the cool little coffee shop and the bottom floor was the restaraunt.

 

 

The Arcosanti "Solei Wind Bells". Not cheap but these handmade one of a kind bronze bells
paid for the bulk of the complex's construction. The bells is hand cast into a sand mold,
with little artistic variations making each one unique in design and sound that gets
produced.



The meals were pretty good at the restaraunt. "Granola" was definitely strongly felt - two of the breakfast condiments
were (seriously) "hemp" and "active yeast". What the $^#! do you sprinkle active yeast on?


A shot from the bottom floor



Our cool tour guide from Milan



This is the concept model of the entire complex. Each of these complexes is called an "Arcology" - a
self sustained mini city that minimizes the need for wastful "urban sprawl" and
the need for daily car use. One of the big pushes is to bring back the rapid decline of the
connected comunity feel..

 

One of the original underground studio residences. All designed around solar and water
efficiency and resuse. Several families have lived there since the 70's!

 

The back side of one of the lab areas.

 

This section is cool but the photo doesnt do it justice. The arc house that row of lights and
the stage is for performers of some type. Anyway the lights cast the shadows of the
performers on a sheer rock hillside not visible in this pic.

 

A quarter dome area that is used for part of the bronze foundry.

 

I have no criminal record and I'm married so that weighed in my decision not
to strangle this obnixious kid.

 

A cool structure made from oxidized steel stock. You might all it rusted metal junk.

 

A view of the juncture of two complexes.

 

Pam checking out the sites.

 

 

 

The main archway with a studio in the background

 

The archway with a studios behind the little round windows.

This ampitheater had a really cool design. Straight down the center of the aisles were tracks
to allow water from a small pond to trickle down the channel between teh steps. The water
ends up in a semi-circle moat that adds to the cooling of the pavillion.

 

More blown glass and ceramic wind chimes.

 

 

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The shaded foundry pour area. The pine trees are native to the area and concrete was formed around
each of the trees!

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Tough chicks.

Arcosanti Foundry Girls

 

These are the rough pours from the silt casting process. Most of these will be remelted and formed back into
ingots for future use. Note : I tried to buy one of these malformed pours but they would not
sell me one.

Arcosanti Bell Casts

 

One of the semi-submerged dwellings

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Checking out the ceramics studio.

Jonathan Arcosanti

 

The ever present ongoing construction.

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Most of the complex's roof area acts as a catch basin. Water flow from the roof, through the U channel concrete
forms and down to the moss covered cisterns and through a natural filtration bed. Cool.

Arcosanti Tour Guide

The "Y" shaped concrete finger jutting out have two maroon peices of sheet steel sticking out
of them. These will be used to suspend a complex tensioned awning array.

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More awning stantions pertruding from some of the residencies.

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This long bean will one of themain anchor points for the awning structure.

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An outside view of the main building. Our group concludes its tour in the restaraunt.

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Yikes! What a vibrant Arcosanti ambassador to send us off int style. We saw this dude
litteraly on our walk back to pack up. Pam shoots and instructed me not to move..
..luggage gets heavy.

Arcosanti Lizzard

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eBay Lone Chest Hair

Submitted by js on Sun, 02/28/2016 - 19:46

Hmmm, I could elaborate on the background of this but I think you should come away with your own opinion. The winning bidders name was blurred to protect privacy, no one should be condemed for collecting hair. By the way, this auction did take place!

The Actual eBay Auction
(See Below for the shipping preparation)

eBay Chest Hair

eBay Chest Hair

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Mr. Sneaky

Submitted by js on Sun, 02/28/2016 - 19:43

Amidst all the Youtube, tablet, video-on-demand, and software content flooding into our popular culture, I wanted to do something to spark my son’s pure imagination. Mr. SneakyIts been six months since I started hiding "pirate treasure" around the neighborhood with accompanying maps that end up in our bushes. Kyan gets really excited, almost panicked as I try to refute the authenticity of the Jolly Roger marked papers and end up begrudgingly going with him to the local park armed with a pair of flashlights.

So far these excursions end with me re-digging a hole while he beat a stop sign with a tree branch. I like the idea of analog imagination but got tired of scouring the neighborhood for landmarks a four year old would recognize so I came up with Mr. Sneaky.

Its not an original idea but I thought it would be a great thing to keep going with escalating complexity.
I’m not saying deceiving your child is a good thing, not at all. Anyway - here is the Mr. Sneaky project (codename = Mr. Sneaky) in progress.

 

So here is Mr. Sneaky, the first action figure I could find in the clearance isle at target.

 

 

The introductory Mr. Sneaky event - Messing up the bathroom.

 

After we saw this strange doll messing up all the magazines and shampoo bottles, Kyan decided to put Mr. Sneaky in "jail".

 

Somehow Mr. Sneaky breaks out of jail. Luckily we had a security camera running overnight.

 

 

Kyan watching the security video with serious concern

 

Morning #2 - Mr. Sneaky busts back into the bathroom, finds toothbrush to be the ultimate toy

 

 

 

Mr. Sneaky figures out how to scale doors and Walenza across halways

 

 

Oh no - Mr. Sneaky holds an all nighter the day after Black Friday! Even Iron Man can't tell hes dealing from the bottom of the deck.

 

 

Oh no! Mr. Sneaky yanks off all the candy canes!

 

 

Mr. Sneaky gets caught lurking around Mommy and Daddy's room, caught just before he hops back into the vent.

 

What?

Mr. Sneaky on the lamp

 

Kyan finds Mr. Sneaky after a month-long hiding period and, for some reason, makes him part of his Monster Truck Show. Maybe punishment for being so sneaky.

Mr. Sneaky

 

 

Kyan is NOT going to be happy when he sees the Mr. Sneaky hijacked Mommy's balloon as transportation.

Mr. Sneaky

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12-tips-block-out-noise-and-quiet-your-mind

Submitted by js on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 10:08

What’s that noise?

Oh, it’s the million things on the Internet screaming for your attention, it’s your colleagues and family all wanting a piece of your time, it’s the distractions upon distractions that push and pull you in every direction.

Boy it can get overwhelming trying to please everyone, but in doing so you end up neglecting the most important person in your life…

YOU!

It’s time to give yourself some of your own quality time, rather than succumbing to all the distractions in your life.

Here are 12 tips to block out all the noise and quiet your mind.

 

Practice Meditation
 
1. Practice breathing meditation. Breathing meditation is a simple and effective method for calming your mind. Start by finding a comfortable and quiet place where you can sit and observe your breath. Clear everything from your mind and just focus on your breathing. With practice, you’ll be able to meditate longer periods or place your mind on your breath in any surroundings.
 
2. Develop single-pointed concentration. Train your mind to rest upon your object of meditation whether it’s a candle or a spoken mantra. Note any distracting thoughts but decline to pursue them. Bring your mind back to your chosen object. Focus.
 
3. Learn to visualize. Select images that promote happiness and serenity. Perhaps you may want to picture snow-capped mountains or sheep grazing in a meadow.
 
4. Focus on positive thoughts. If your meditation is part of a spiritual practice, you can follow the prayers taught in your tradition. Alternatively, you can soothe your mind by repeating any thought or quote that is meaningful for you.
 
Use the Soothing Qualities of Water
 
1. Take a bath. Cultures all over the world have long appreciated the calming effects of water. A simple warm bath can soothe your nerves. Rest your head on a bath pillow and add some comforting scents like sandalwood or lavender. Turn the lights down low and play soft music.
 
2. Surround yourself with the sound of water. Eat your lunch by a park fountain or install a solar device in your own backyard. You can find recordings of waterfalls online or get a CD with aquatic effects that you can play anywhere you go.
 
Get Back to Nature

1. Go for a walk. In some eras, it was common for people to go on long retreats into the wilderness. Even a short break can do wonders to restore your peace of mind. Visit your local state park or take a quiet walk around your neighborhood. If you work indoors all week, use the weekend to explore scenic trails for biking and hiking.
 
2. Cultivate a garden. Gardening is a great way to slow down and appreciate nature. Devote a section of your backyard to growing flowers and vegetables. If you live in an apartment setting, select plants that will flourish indoors or on a balcony, like some species of palm trees and herbs.
 
3. Spend time with animals. Spending time with animals is so therapeutic it’s even been proven to help people recover from surgery faster. Take your dog for a walk. Watch your cat at play. Sign up for horseback riding lessons.
 
Live in the Present Moment
 
1. Put the past behind you. Dwelling on the past can make it difficult to feel composed. If you’re thinking about past misfortunes, decide if you’d rather devote your energy to more constructive activities.
 
2. Adopt a positive view towards the future. The future always carries some uncertainty. Focus on creating causes for a better future and patiently accepting whatever outcomes arise.
 
3. Enjoy the present moment. Give your full attention to what is happening now. Take advantage of the opportunities before you and delight in the good things that surround you. Steer your mind towards wholesome thoughts and actions. Engage fully with the people who share your life.
 
These techniques have been used by people for centuries to block out distractions and quiet the mind.

What about you, what are your favorite techniques to block out distractions and quiet your mind?

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