The Magicians Season 2 Review – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (spoilers)!

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At the end of Season 1 of Syfy Network’s, “The Magicians,” I posted a highly unfavorable review that basically stated that if Syfy wasn’t going to get it straight – this show was a bust. But, somehow, someway, Syfy got on board and actually changed up the second season, and now that it’s over, here are my reviews and follow up thoughts for Season 3. Overall, I give Season 2 an 8.6 and HIGHLY recommend it to adult science fiction fans. If Season 3 cleans it up a little – it may even be for a wider range of audience. But, for now, for the grown ups:

The Good:

Well, damn: there’s actually a story and it’s actually pretty cool. Best of all, it actually has “magic” in the show. While the premise of the Magicians wasn’t “really” designed by the Season 1 directors to be about magic, this season is a whole new deal. So, what’s changed? Last season was an overtly, gratuitous and pointless smothering in sex, bisexuality, cheating relationships, and college students running around drunk or stoned (or both), at all times (oh … and some by-story about some magicians … kind of). It was the bleakest outlook on life and had little to do with the actual series. Again, I’ve said my peace on that in a previous post and won’t delve too far, here. Instead, Season 2 of the series offered a fresh new look into the world of magic, its challenges, and it finally gave the story, and the characters, room to grow.

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Here’s the worse written protagonist in all of history (in Season 1). This guy was wimpy, fragile, broken, and it was impossible to know if he was going left or right at any given time (until they had him go bi, which really screwed up the series). Instead of stumbling forward – he was 1 dimensional and just fell flat. This actor had so much more to offer in Season 1 than the writers crippled him with. Enter Season 2: Quentin becomes a protagonist! He’s the literal hero who is forced into a dilemma of decision making, not fully equipped for the journey yet, but who has an opportunity to get himself straight – and he does. By the end of the series, Quentin casts the final blow to save magic. Instead, he screws up the entire realm of magic and non-magic in an epic “I saw that coming but wasn’t fully prepared for it moment”, that was quintessential for a true hero’s struggle. Wow! To the Season 2 directors – kudos. You have taken this story and transformed it well. Now – will we see Quentin deal with the things that lead him into darkness mentally in the first place as he begins to emerge as a person, or will he still fall short? Frankly, I’m counting on Quentin, thanks to the push by Eliot – to finally grow up and accept his place in the universe – as an unsolicited and somewhat unwitting, hero. (Not to mention – it would be nice for he and Alice to get things fixed – IF – they can keep control of the sex and focus on a healthy relationship where BOTH children finally grow up!). And – with a Lamprey on the loose (and some other invisible creatures – Quentin possibly has a much larger role to play in Alice’s future …)

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Here was another character that Season 1 butchered – and I mean literally, through extended and needless brutal rape scenes that left me turning off the television, sick to my stomach and vomiting, butchered. Her character could not have been more disconnected and torn than in Season 1. From the strong, “don’t tear off my buttons with magic in a bathroom and try to rape me because I’m too strong,”, to the easy floozy ready to sell herself for sex, back to the traumatized rape victim, it was impossible to like, or hate, or dislike and like and hate – or um – ANYTHING! In comes Season 2: Julia’s still messed up, but they quickly get her character under control and in doing so, give this actress a chance to shine. Best part is, at the end of the series – BLAM! An awesome moment of suspense at the last minute of Season 2 that will guarantee you want to see the next season (a spark of magic against the plumbers! Down with Ben 10 … wait … sorry .. crossing series here…). Director Chris Fisher, took a great story and brought his styling to it in a way that brought out all the characters’ greatest traits – especially Julia’s! Now – will we see Julia finally come to terms with who she is? She is a hedge witch who, during one of her 39 loops, was so incredible at magic that she was ready to break the rules of what was possible as only a first level student. Is her tie into magic a result of her shade coming back through Persephone? Will she have to deal with the Fox again? When Persephone said there were consequences to killing a god, (we saw that with the death of Ember and Umber and the “god’s” reactions), did this stop Julia – or what she said to Persephone’s portrait in Hell (especially still disconnected from her Shade and not having Kady to be the jiminy in her cricket)?. Imagine if Hades had found out his son, the Fox (and I’m speculating given that it’s also Persephone’s son), had his son killed (how about his grandson)? Dang. How will Julia fit in with this new story and is Dean Fogg ready to bring her into Breakbills?

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There is not enough I can say as to the transition of this character from season 1 to 2. Being so much more skilled than the role of a drug abusing tramp with an emo complex, Hale Appleman was very poorly used in the first season as nothing more than a poorly written comic sidekick. By Season 2, he is the King of Filory and his genius in a variety of acting skills comes out. While the directors maintain his bisexuality, they don’t include grotesquely overdone and in bad taste scenes to get the point across. Through some good filming and story telling – we get the point. While still a little too much to be a show for “the whole family”, his role has vastly improved. I’m not sure how far to take Eliot – except as part of the group trying to save magic. His role has transformed so well into that of a king that he’s matured and become something of a hero himself. Is he ready to face his past? Is he ready to walk away from it all? And … as we know, his child is still with the Faeries – and that opens up a new opportunity altogether (well … it will have to, since the Faeries are clearly ticked off about magic being lost and ready to seize/kill all of Filory to fix everything)!

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And, as I said before, the most important ‘fix’ in season 2 is that “the Magicians”, actually has “magic” in it, and the story line centers around “magic.” If we wanted a show about out of control college students, USA Networks, Fox, and others have plenty of room to offer that. Meanwhile, the story line for the magicians is face-paced, inventive, and crosses so many genres of mythology, fairy tales, legend, and so on that it became more fun to watch as the season moved along. I attribute a LOT this success to the return of director James Conway and addition of Chris Fisher.

The additional character transitions and inclusions were phenomenal. Penny, Margo, and Kady were all given as much leeway with acting as before, but with better dialogue and story. Alice Quinn was a huge change – and I mean huge. They took the self-indulgent princess who was impossible to sympathize with as a ‘shy girl’, and instead of toying with which direction her character should go, threw her completely into the realm of uber-nasty neffin-sims! This brought resolve to the character that leaves room for growth! And, we got a lot of almost everyone else. Some were missing, new characters were brought in, and the story line was simplified. No longer was it the main story + breakbills + julia + hedge witches + renegade gods + everything else … it was condensed to the main story where julia’s sideline finally became integrated (and all the subset stories could more easily be tossed in without confusion). Season 1 cliffhangers (like Penny losing his hands), were not just well resolved, they were brilliantly carried throughout the entire second season as a vital part of the story (which, if I were to analyze this, I would take Mayakovsky’s work that he was having Penny doing as a Mr. Miagi wax-on / wax-off Danielson training that Penny wouldn’t have realized until he finally confronted Mayakovsky). Marlee Matlin (Harriet), was a great actress to bring in as she was funny and helped drive the story well. That’s the kind of pop-in expose I’d expect from a series that wants to run a long time, (like Star Trek, Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, and other long-running science fiction series).

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The importance of the library and the “Master Magicians” has been further expanded. We also know that Mayakovsky plays a bigger role in everything – and is probably one of those ‘Master Magicians.’ What is still open is the contract the librarians somewhat ‘tricked’ Penny into. We learned at the very end that Ember “played” the river guardian to get him to screw with Penny. The librarians, who have been keeping Penny’s book moving around with the time loops (and would therefore be keeping a close eye on its contents), would know this. So … they played Penny, too – unless the idea is that he is on his way to being a master magician and season 3 will be the start of him, “growing up”, and there’s more to it? Of course, the library played another important role. At the beginning of Season 1, Professor Sunderland told Dean Fogg that he knew what was coming and had to get everyone prepared. It was assumed that meant the Beast. But, with all 20 pages missing in everyone’s book – that more likely meant the end of magic (aka, the library was no longer recording and didn’t know how anyone’s story ended, thus the blank pages that everyone in any high position would have known). Dean Fogg was also aware of all 39 time loops, and was preparing the school for the return of magic. He is clearly a master magician – and there is clearly a book that goes beyond those blank, 20 pages. There are still magicians in Filory, in the library, and in some of the hidden dimensions we haven’t seen yet!

And, even though the poison room’s poisonous, we know that ‘authorized’ persons can enter – so there’s an easy way to heal Penny in Season 3. What we don’t know is why the librarian lied about killing a god. Were they trying to stop the 20 pages from going blank, or were they okay with moving their books into the poison room and keeping themselves in the library dimension and letting everyone else get screwed? Hmmm .. .intrigue!

And, finally, what about the mobster girl? Does her story end in the poison room? I highly doubt it. David Reed wrote that episode and has been involved in some of the best episodes in the series – so I think there’s more to it; a lot more.

The ‘Beast’s’ story was also well written out. While a continued nuisance, a lighter side of his persona, still as dark as ever, was brought out. The beast was given depth and meaning in a whole new way. By the end of the series, it left you wondering if, even though his methods were insane and flawed (which we knew to be a result of the abuse he underwent as a child), he had the right idea given Ember was a loon! In fact, I would not be opposed to seeing Anthony Marble return as the Beast to further expand the story. We know the “Fox” isn’t done – because his son is dead and Kady was really upset at Julia because not killing the Fox left her in a bad, bad place for potential vengeance.

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The visuals and directing were well done and creative. The audio was emotionally driving and the humor was very well placed. Whether it’s a dragon who hates millennials (the single best use of a dragon on screen that I’ve ever seen, including the collection of a button for treasure and sarcasm about eating people left around after 24 hours: outstanding work by David Reed, Chris Fisher, and Christina Strain (and please, quote this to Syfy because they deserve this))., or a tooth extraction spell that doesn’t come with pain relief, the story keeps on rolling with the punches. The emotional drama is also well placed. For Julia to see the face of her rapist victimizer on the soul of someone who saved her emotionally was a moment of discomfort and discontent, that for only a brief moment and with only minimal visuals and excellent acting, was very revealing. It took little videography to tell an enormous amount of detail and that is the sign of an excellent artist.

Another kudos – Ember’s narrating the opening of Season 2 and putting himself at the center of all that has happened. It reveals a lot of tie-ins, but also gives us something more – things that Ember could not have foreseen or expected (like the beast’s drinking from the wellspring). A very subtle, if not outstanding, addition to this series and what is possible in a world of magic!

Finally – one more important credit to Season 2 over Season 1 was the cutback of gratuitous violence although – it was a little bit of a wash. While Julia’s rape went on and on and on and on and we got to relive some of those unpleasant flashbacks in Season 2, the murder of the Senator was so fast that a little blood on Kady’s hands was not as effective as say, the Senator’s wife’s ear in a box. No – I don’t want them to go back to Season 1 (which was as bad as the “Epic Movie” mockery of the Lion Witch and the Wardrobe with the lion raping the kids … and yeah – Season 1 felt EXACTLY that uncomfortable) – but that’s a balance that needs some work. Maybe with time – the directors and writers, having done so much this season, can go the extra distance?

The Bad:

Well, there always has to be a bad – and The Magicians still has a ways to go. Syfy has been trying to up the ante with sexier, adult television to draw in new crowds. Sadly, the network just lost sight of what made it popular in the first place: “science fiction.” From an unparalleled failure in programming (movie repeats, difficult to follow seasons, etc.), to some really stupid shows (izombie, wynona earp, etc.), Syfy threw itself to the wolves. Shows like Eureka were nowhere to be seen and the BBC took Dr. Who and star trek fans. No wonder Syfy has been struggling?! But, its new advertising pushes for being a more family friendly network trying to attract children, families, and multi-cultural values. Yet, the Magicians goes too far with its implications in sex still (again, I’m not offended or opposed – but it is what it is). It toned it down enough that it was easy to watch, but I wouldn’t put a kid in front of it – not yet. Season 3 may have potential – but that has yet to be seen.

The pot smoking magician: “Josh”. It was okay at first, then drug on (no pun intended), and then got stupid. Sure, they integrated it into “seeing other worlds”, which helped with some of the important transitions in the story, but was only funny when trying to escape from Lorians. Otherwise, the scene with the hardcore rap and throwing down the chairs was just – dumb. *sigh* I guess they’re still trying to fill everyone’s tastes. At least it was only one episode.

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The shade story was weak. There were some unspoken elements you could understand/infer and it required a higher level of quality viewer to get it, but even then, it felt more like a filler story to “piece” Alice back together again (which spoofs on the wonderland story and all the king’s men).  Now, if the shade story is expanded with Julia and why she has magic – and a way to keep the Fox at bay from Kady – that has potential!

The Lorians were also pretty weakly thrown in there. I’m not saying it wasn’t managed okay overall, but suddenly, wands and alchemic symbology was introduced, new magics brought up and … *poof* Eliot’s gay attractions, a goofy joke made on Prince “Es” (although funny and well done), and a chance for Margot to just be slutty. It did more to hinder what could be vs. what was. A huge amount of potential with no follow through. Season 3, maybe?

Umber’s “cuba” was funny at first – but integrating it into the story as a way to cross-trap Umber was rushed and could have been handled a lot better. I think for everything they were trying to accomplish, this, and killing Umber and Ember, was a huge mistake. Ember had so much more to offer. And, the end of Season 1 was about questioning if the little cakes had been brought, and the end of Season 2 delivered them (an ingenious handling of multiple season tie-ins). The end of Season 3 could keep that theme running in a unique and innovative way that hasn’t been done in a series and would be an innovative and fun approach.  Besides, it was a disaster to the story where mommy and daddy gods throw universal scale temper tantrums if their kids are killed vs. Ember not figuring out Umber wasn’t dead because mommy and daddy didn’t unleash their fury on the beast! Although – this would still work if mommy and daddy ‘assumed’ things and those two weren’t dead and magic could be saved, because it would explain persephone not getting the death of her grandchild and the ignorance of umber’s parents not getting his ‘faked’ death?

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The “trap” in Quentin’s back, that remained an open portal, left too many questions. Since the others didn’t fill their traps with a neffin, do they still have their super powered monsters? What’s the deal with a permanent tattoo and empty trap if no one uses them (which could still be salvaged as a very interesting twist on the death of umber and ember if it so happens that they are trapped vs. dead – or a way to deal with the lamprey, etc.!!).

The bank heist. Don’t misunderstand – funny stuff. I loved them being able to start over again against the battle mage and the conspiracy that banks have battle mages. However, the wall of weapons was cool, yet sorely underutilized. The entire episode was funny and I’d watch it again, but it was really unnecessary. They could have done more to either 1. follow it up, or 2. drag out ramifications, or 3, fill in other story gaps.

The Ugly:

I’m sorry to say this, and I really mean it – but not bringing back Amanda Tapping as a director was one of the best decisions they could have made. I was hugely disappointed in her rape scene handling in the first season. She might be good for USA Networks, Lifetime channel, or as a science fiction actor – but as a director, she is not ready. The same holds true for writer Leah Fong. Leaving her off the credits brought much needed class back to the series. So – ugly enough to have to bring it back up here, in Season 2, I’m afraid.

The audience! Whoa! This is the second time I’ll attack the audience. While Season 1’s audience remained low, it’s drop off in Season 2 was evidentiary of the type of crappy crowds that the first season drew. Once the Magician’s stopped broadcasting itself as a drugs, sex, and rock and roll story to an actual fantasy with real story and meaning – the idiots dropped out. And, while I’m sure that hurt ratings – yay for the actual “science fiction” fans who expect more! Now, if Syfy stays strong – they’ll keep the idiots out. If they get desperate, we’ll go back to crap. This season was not just a band-aid to Season 1, but the healing transition that could make Season 3, great. The question is, will Syfy hang in there with this series to attract the right crowd?

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For those who haven’t seen Season 1 – Season 2 could stand alone – but not to the effectiveness it ‘should’ have. You’d have to watch Season 1 (available on Netflix), but I forewarn you – it was just a really bad experiment in Harry Potter meets MTV’s jackass. So – that aside – if you can either ignore Season 1, or endure it – Season 2 is otherwise, worth the wait.

Professor Fogg being blind isn’t the end of the world – but it’s dragging this story along in the wrong way. He has huge potential and could be more intricately involved (and should be given all the knowledge and intricacies of his character), but so far, isn’t. I do think this is a shame in what the story could really explore!

The muggle slip conundrum! Okay, did anyone else hear that during the bank heist? Margot called non magic users “muggles.” Here’s the issue: Muggles belong to Harry Potter, and assuredly, Harry Potter fans tuned in during season 1 and tuned right back out after the butcher job they did. According to Wikipedia (and who knows if it’s all true or not), but muggles has been used in other shows now. So – are we going to see more of the magical world in a magical world context ‘like’ potter? More familiar characters? Or, was this just a writer’s slip while beating themselves over the head with a thesaurus regarding the word, “non magic users”, like they foolishly said a thousand times in Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them, to the detriment of that movie? Of course … this isn’t the only Harry Potter reference … so … what ARE they doing? Hmmm … Maybe I’m overthinking it?

The Senator (Fox’s son). Here was a great opportunity to do more – and so much was missed. They brought in a major character and then, without so much as a goodbye, just flashed him away in a scene where we were supposed to believe that Kady did the work Julia would have been better suited to do without the guilt and suffering. It was a little messy in the writing and in the long term ramifications. It was almost just a ‘convenience’ to give Kady something more interesting than being Penny’s “friend with benefits.” Sorry to say – but this was a lost opportunity, too (not to mention that it also conflicts with the whole ‘ramifications’ for killing a God, when the Senator was also Persephone’s grandson).

The Conclusion:

So, I can think of a lot more to say – but I’ll leave it there for now. I wanted to do a follow up review after Season 1 since Season 2 deserved recognition for where it went – and left us with some cool possibilities. I would rate Season 2 as follows:

Character Development: Excellent. 8.5 (Not perfect – lots of open holes to be filled)

Graphics: Visually well done. 9.5 (Not perfect, yet … but dang close)

Music/Audio: Good. 8 (some of the audio was in need of work, but excellent soundtrack  especially the hardcore 4 getting together to fight the baddies – awesome).

Story Line: Finally – getting better. 7.5 (a little lower for still going too fast and not seeing some story lines through and missing a few opportunities – like bringing up that Julia was seen kidnapping the Congressman and then the sudden “oh, he told the media some excuse and fixed it”, which was a crappy way to write it out. Not sure if this was the writers, directors, or miscommunication – but it was bad – and I think the show’s producers knew it, too.). Now, if they can keep steering this story along like they are and keep some of the hardcore sex down until it reaches HBO / Game of Thrones crap level – I’ll keep watching.

Action, Magic, Directing! Well done. 8.5 (Not that it didn’t deserve higher. So many different directors and a continuity between episodes that didn’t feel segregated was pretty impressive. Yet, some of the overuse of the college dorm was monotonous (while little or nothing important happened there, the only valuable scene was the “Tada” being the same place that Julia’s shade found herself in hell (for those who noticed), but then was dropped without any further follow through). More high quality directing that integrates with a more complex story line and this series has me forever.

The audience! +1 back for Syfy (averaging a 9 into the score). While it was Syfy’s fault for screwing this up in the first place, putting what they did on the air in Season 1, in Season 2, it sounds like they listened to their REAL viewers (not that I know that actually happened – but it feels that way).

The comeback! +1 back for Syfy (averaging another 9 into the score)! Although Syfy doesn’t “necessarily” deserve this – it’s more NBC Universal’s fault for trying to please the Millennial group than Syfy’s. The lost touch with their real audience / fan base during Season 1 was restored during Season 2. If they can learn from this – maybe Syfy can be great again! (wait … where else have we heard that lately? … hmmm ….).

Overall: 8.6. And, that’s not a bad score – especially from me. Next season, I’ll be much harder on them because I’m going to expect more – but again – only time will tell!

Thanks for Reading.


You have 24 hours to return to the portal.” “Or …?” “I sit patiently; waiting for you to come back. No. I eat you. I’m a f*cking dragon, what do you expect?” – The Magicians.

10 Mobile Apps that do – and do not make life easier

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First, when taking time to install new apps, we should be very conscientious about our personal security. In a time when world-wide hacks, constant loss of personal financial information (by multi-million dollar organizations promising security), and scammers are on the rise, it’s not just your finances that can be lost, but your personal identity, safety, and freedom. That said, as society pushes forward into a more technologically dependent era, we have both the privilege to move along with it and the responsibility to learn it. So, here are ten good and not so good, apps to think about:

1: Your calendar. This is the most basic app that comes with every phone. A calendar sets up to-do lists, appointments, scheduling, reminders, and if you take the time to learn how, can add contacts to the appointment list so you can keep others informed, too. The calendar is not a holiday reminder “toy”, but rather, it is a “set your own, personal priorities” productivity tool. Here are a few mistakes made by calendar users:

  1. Using the calendar as a finite method. Due dates are one thing, but when it comes to a personal goal or an informal plan, a “drop-dead” date is not always necessary. For instance, I can set on my calendar that I need to go to the store tomorrow to buy cheese. However, tomorrow may not go as planned. There may be meetings, conferences, personal and family matters, or other issues that delay my ability to go. Or, I may just not feel like going. Don’t ignore the calendar appointment or forget it. Just set a new, reasonable date and push it forward. Yes, your to-do list will grow, but you will be more likely to accomplish what you “need” and “want” when you give yourself some flexibility and freedom.
  2. Using the calendar as a “set it and forget it” tool. While it’s okay to be flexible with appointments, setting them is not enough. You have to learn to use this to-do list for what it’s intended to do – GIT ‘R DONE! That’s right – a to-do list is not a bucket list, it’s an actual list of things you want to accomplish. It doesn’t matter if you set it to do the dishes, learn to play the guitar, or file your car registration! If you want to use a to-do list right, you have to treat it like an alarm clock – WITHOUT a snooze button. It’s easy for teenagers and young folks to sleep through their alarm clocks or press that convenient snooze button and then realize 2 – 3 hours later that they missed an appointment. But, that’s not the path toward success. Success begins by setting a personal goal and achieving it. Wake up when your alarm clock buzzes at you for thirty days straight and by day 31, you’ll actually wake up!
  3. Not setting alarms correctly. Since we’re on the topic of snooze buttons – the calendar reminder is an invaluable tool. It gives you optimum flexibility for reminders about when appointments are coming up. Setting it too soon means you can skip it and accidentally forget. Setting it too close to the appointment time usually leads to crossing over other appointments and taking away flexible management options. Either set multiple alarms to ramp up to an event, or learn to pick a reasonable alert time so that you don’t miss those appointments!
  4. Setting appointments too far ahead! If graduation is on the 9th of June – don’t set the date in January! Otherwise, like all phone systems, there is more than a 99% chance that the appointment will be forgotten (by you OR the phone!)! Just like picking the right window of time for a calendar reminder, you need to set the right window of time for an appointment reminder. For example, if I get off work at 5 pm and set an alarm at 5 pm that I need to go to the store, chances are, I will be very busy at 5 pm as I am focused on getting out of work. But, if I set the alarm for 5:30 pm or 6:00 pm, I’m not too far behind, nor too far ahead, of a reasonable time to accomplish my tasks.
  5. Tones! This is the biggest excuse I hear from people who set calendar appointments. “I had my volume off“, or “I didn’t hear the ringtone.” Unless you changed the ringtone for calendar appointments, it is the same. Sure, the phone will make mistakes – but they’re getting a lot better at NOT doing that. And, if you make a habit of turning off your phone’s volume for church, movies, and meetings, you can make a habit of turning it back on! But, ringtones and calendar appointments are NOT infallible. Depending on how important an appointment is, you can also use your phone’s alarm clock and your own, internal sensors! In the meantime, keep your volume up and your ears open. Plus, if you add a family member or a friend to those extra important appointments and ask for an additional reminder, chances are, when their phone beeps at them, you’ll get a text or a phone call. So – no excuses!

2: The notepad! Here’s another “built-in phone app” that offers a LOT for very little. We live in a very busy world. We are very busy people – even when we’re trying to relax. So, why not take notes? Does it make sense not to? When an idea pops in your head, how often do you find yourself frustrated, later on, when you can’t remember it? The solution’s simple – write it down (this is what very successful people do – so learn from it)! You don’t need to carry around a pen and paper because chances are, you’re already tethered to a phone!

  1. While the audio on my phone has yet to determine whether I’m saying the word “hello” or “octopus”, I can type short, brief notes that keep the amount of typing down, and my productivity, up! So, you don’t need to type in every detail about a meeting, or a thought you had about how the increase in shaving cats will cause a rise in availability of unhappy cats, just write, “shave cat, unhappy!” Bet you that you’re already thinking that was a weird thing to read, right? But, it’s also probably not going to leave your head anytime soon! So – it works!
  2. Use it often! Notes take up very little to no room on the phones, so write, talk, scribble, and do whatever it takes to keep the ideas flowing. It’s like the Pensieve from Harry Potter – you don’t forget it, but you get that immediate worry out of your head and off to the side to leave room to deal with the millions of other factors life is throwing at you (at that moment).
  3. Consolidate and follow through! Writing notes is great. It means you’ll have lots of notes. But, what do you do with those? If you’re writing notes for a meeting, grocery shopping, or as reminders to tell someone an important message, delete them when you’re done – or you’ll have a cluttered desk. Don’t be afraid to look to your phone and read off of it. Why? If I could remember everything – I wouldn’t have to write it down. But, that’s why I write everything down – so I don’t have to remember it! Don’t build up a cluttered desk. Keep it clean and organized. Label your notes so you’ll remember what they are and you can quickly reference back to them! Plus, clearing them off, especially if you use vocal recordings (which is sometimes easier than trying to write – especially on the road!!), keeps your phone system memory clear.
  4. Write it all down, the good, bad, and the ugly! Notes are not just for … notes! Maybe you thought of a funny joke or a political topic that you needed to get out. Write it down. Grocery lists, to-do lists, and brilliant ideas can all be written down. Maybe you want to vent: write it down. Perhaps you thought of a song lyric or have one stuck in your head that you want to look up later: write it down! Thought of a quote from a movie – or a movie you wanted to see? Guess what? That’s right! Write it down!

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3: The camera! Sure, maybe it sounds silly to say this – but frankly, the cell phone camera has become something of a phenomenon. I’m not talking about the selfie abusing bashers who need a reality check; I’m talking about people who have learned the awesomeness of just carrying a camera around to capture those cool moments that quite often come along.

  1. Just remember, your camera app doesn’t need access to your contacts!
  2. Getting proficient at snapping a quick photo with your phone doesn’t mean high quality. In fact, most phone cams are pretty low quality. However, it’s more the act of conscientiously and intentionally remembering you have that opportunity. You’ll be surprised how much more you pay attention to what’s going on around you! (So, the camera can be a useful tool for self improvement, too)!
  3. Use the images writing tool feature, if you have it (or download one if you can), to “virtually” write on the back of the photo, any details about the day, time, or event. That makes it more fun and it’s easier to organize and prioritize! Photos take up a lot of space and you’ll probably need to clear them from time to time … to time!
  4. USE those added features. Try them out. Fast action motion! Or 3D spin around. Sure … they’re worthless if you want to use them on your computer, but in the moment, they’re not too bad (and if you want to use them on your pc – start writing the manufacturers by the millions and threaten to stop buying their overpriced phones if they don’t build a computer app!). This not only gets you more proficient with your camera, but it can inspire and sometimes, healthy inspiration at just the right time is an excellent booster toward personal success.
  5. Writing everything down can be tedious at times, but a picture’s worth a 1000 words, 3 paragraphs, 400 sentences, and several punctuation marks!

4: Zillow and “Price” Shopping – an automation nightmare.

  1. If you’re a home seller, this app is great because it tracks how many times your listing has been viewed, the prices around your home, and even gives you rankings. Of course, you’re better off relying on your real estate agent for an “actual” and realistic accounting of how your listing is performing. But, seeing your listing as number one sure is a positive reinforcement (and other than the harm it causes, that’s about all it’s good for).
  2. It’s apps like Zillow that give good real estate a bad name. Rentals, homes for sale, and property values are listed based on the grotesquely unrealistic expectations of property owners and has been a key contributor to problematic real estate. So – be careful.

5: Time Wasters: All I have to say about games that are time wasters can be read at the first post, located right here: http://www.angrybirdsnest.com/forums/topic/reassessing-my-life-omg-what-have-i-done/. If the name of that post doesn’t say it all … then just read it for yourself. Time wasters have their place … but anything automated is dangerous (just read my post, here).

  1. Angry birds … ARGH – read the post in the link above. Not to mention the infiltration and personal space violation of this app. So many free games are NOT FREE! READ the fine print – the cost is huge … really huge. Time wasters are fine ONLY if you take privacy and security seriously!
  2. Virtual “anything” is STUPID. (Notice, I’m not saying it’s not fun – just stupid). Virtual pets aren’t real, nor does it offer anything satisfying except to teach you how to lie to yourself when you can assure yourself that you’ve accomplished something Virtual farming is a sign that your introversion has taken over your life. Move on!
  3. Scrabble, cribbage, pool, bubble poppers, and the like are okay if you find yourself, on those ultra-rare occasions, a little stressed, needing to shut down mentally, and avoiding the garbage on television. But – that’s it. If you’re sneaking off to go play instead of working (not that I, um, *ahem* would ever do anything like that …. o.0), then STOP NOW! Save yourself, little Pinocchio – SWIM FOR SHORE!

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6: Facebook is a bad, bad thing. Whether it’s the death of teenagers or the outrageous and outlandish behavior of its “normal” users, Facebook has been nothing but a bane on humanity.

  1. But I get to see pictures of my family.” True. Very true. They’re not your pictures or their pictures because once posted, they’re “Facebook’s” legal property. But, you do get to see the indentured servants you call family. Sound weird? Yeah, it does. Nothing should operate like that and if it does – you should REALLY work hard to distance yourself from it.
  2. But it’s fun to post updates as to what I’m doing.” Sure … sure it is. For whom? It’s your life. Nobody cares if you’re petting your dog or going to Costa Rica. Well … except for the authorities. They monitor Facebook very closely. Why? Because of idiots that post illegal activities or improper behaviors that raise red flags – even if they’re innocent. Maybe you’re not worried about that … but think of it like this: If you were reading a book, and I came behind you, a very ominous, foreboding, and large stranger whom you didn’t know and rested my head on your shoulder, staring at your face while you read … would you just keep on going … or would you probably want it to stop? If you’re okay with it – get help – really – right now. Stop reading this and go call a therapist. If you’re the latter, you have a healthy level of personal boundaries. Why should it be different on-line? Facebook violates personal boundaries and is a generally unhealthy addiction. Why participate in something unhealthy? Sure – it’s fun. So, find something else or start your own … after all … Mark Zuckerberg did! The point is, self-indulgent and self-important behaviors like amassing friends and posting your life like some celebrity is not a good thing. Think about it: even celebrities don’t like the paparazzi, and THEY GET PAID for it!
  3. But I have friends on Facebook.” No … no you don’t. If you don’t understand that … please … for all that is good … go outside, walk next door, and go make a friend. See the difference? Yeah …. the animosity on Facebook, not to mention the commercialism, is terrifying – not “friendly”.
  4. ALL THAT SAID – Facebook is “almost” … and I mean “ALMOST” a good place for networking. It offers access to businesses to build web pages, people to post comments, and events to be listed. What a great tool for finding out what’s going on in your neighborhood or sharing reasonable ideas and coming together as a group! Unfortunately … you have to be “registered” … which is why I say, “almost”.

7: Imgur Hell! Yes – this is a terrible app. It’s just a social media app for people to post anything they want and let the flaming barrage begin. And, while even I have found myself spending time laughing hysterically while reading through the posts, for teenagers, it’s a black hole.

  1. Not only does Imgur give everyone the freedom of expression – it gives EVERYONE the freedom of expression. And, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Not everyone should be expressing themselves. For example, I’m pretty sure that Imgur killed funny. No, really. Somewhere, in some part of the world, at least 2 – 3 clowns die everyday because of just how bad the comedy often is on Imgur. Teenagers MUST be banned from Imgur because their senses of humor are destroyed.
  2. On the other hand, in all fairness to this app – this post changed my life! I now run industrial levels of power in my own home and never have to pay a bill. So … yay … there’s something to be said for that! (and … a few other positives on Imgur – but the bad of social media outweighs the good by far!).

8: Youtube … *sigh*. I don’t know much else to say about this except it’s like Imgur – not everyone should be making videos.

  1. People like “Markiplier” may appeal to the youth, but that’s some pretty dumb stuff.
  2. While I really used to enjoy much of Matthew Santaro’s work, he has begun to seriously lack in performance.
  3. Still, some of the channels like Cinemasins and HISHE bring much needed joy to a cynical person’s life!
  4. On the other hand, Youtube’s sudden and apparent need to raise capital by interjecting endless commercials into their channel while offering little in return, has begun to make it a real turnoff and nothing more than another tool to manipulate the end consumer.
  5. All that said, using Youtube the “correct” way can have huge benefits. For example, if you’re learning to cook – pull up ‘ol Gordon Ramsay and follow along. He talks fast, moves quick, and is hard to follow, but Youtube is a great way to be able to rewind, re-watch – and learn! Just remember – it’s the internet. Knowledge is fragile – do your own work and keep to cooking, playing instruments, etc. – from the pros!

9: Social Gaming. Now, for anyone who has read through my work, you’d know by now that I hate, and I hate, and I HATE social gaming … on consoles. In fact, I hate it on cell phones, too. But there is a grey area in there …

  1. Social gaming with friends and family isn’t so bad. When you’re separated from someone, Words With Friends, for all its cheating, manipulation, and mass advertising, offers a long-term, slow-paced, fun interaction in which you can demonstrate to the world that your parents will always score triple letter, 18 billion point words, and I will never get anything more than the word, “it”, for -50 points!! Still … it’s fun if you don’t think about it.
  2. Social gaming with strangers. Think of it like this, you go out to a restaurant, pick a table with 1 open seat, and interject yourself into the conversation and life of four other strangers who were already sitting at that table together. Sure, if they don’t try to kill you or ask you to leave, eventually, you may be welcomed. HAHAHAHA – WRONG! If you believe that … GET HELP. So, unless you’re one of the Impractical Jokers, Social gaming is, for the most part, based on the way people made it, just not a healthy place to be.
  3. Social “war” gaming is even more stupid. That’s all there is to say. It’s not strategy, skill, or luck. It’s about whomever has the most coins to buy the best stuff to trample around on strangers and fill that empty, low-self-esteem void in their life by some empty, self-justified conquest. So, um, yeah – dumb. (Although I have seen it used well as a time-waster game ….).

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And, finally, number 10: Convenience apps. These include apps like Geico’s mobile insurance, banking apps, and “all-in-ones”. For some people these are great – for others – they have no business using these apps (for their own safety, that is).

  1. Security is compromised on these apps. All of them … even the “secured” banking apps, do NOT offer, guarantee, or promise you security. Read the fine print (which is usually spread among 4 – 5 websites with about 10 sub sites and all super long in the hopes you won’t read it). There is NO security. If you’re cool with that – than bully for you. If you’re part of a recent NSA-based virus attack … then life sucks.
  2. Convenience and automation is dangerous – read my article if you care to learn more. Convenience apps from McDonald’s? Yeah … that’s not such a good idea.
  3. And, folks, wake up. There is NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH (TINSTAAFL). It’s a long-standing business acronym and it’s the truth. Convenience is not convenient. Either you’ll pay for it because rates will keep going up for everyone, or because someday, it will backfire. You’ll lose your phone, break it, or something will happen that let’s you set yourself up for a fall. Don’t. It only takes a few extra seconds to sign in via the browser (if you’re smart enough not to keep your history recorded), and add one small, extra layer of security. After all – you lock your front door at night – so why leave the key in it? Think about that.
  4. However, if you look at an App like Fandango, for convenience, it’s easy to store only you’re zip code in there so the app can tell you what’s playing at your favorite theater without giving it any other information!

Having tools is great – if you use them. Otherwise, it’s the proverbial “more-power” man that has a garage loaded with every type of power tool, wood-working tool, and other specialty tool you can think of … that never uses it. Eventually, he’ll have to clear out the garage. Sadly, we don’t buy phones just to make phone calls anymore (as odd as that may sound). In fact, a $500 – $700 phone BETTER do more than make phone calls! But, it’s on us to be responsible with how we use them.

  1. Read the app privileges. Does it want access to your contacts, bank accounts, social security numbers, children, and every other personal facet of your life? Does it need that? Mine don’t. I refuse to give them that because – for other reasons I won’t get into here – but, mainly, that information BELONGS to me and is frankly no one else’s business.
  2. Read the app update privileges. Does it conveniently forget that you asked it to stop calling your friends and telling them that because of you, they now get annoying sales calls all day? If so – you’ll have to be diligent and that requires a little extra time and a little extra work.
  3. Fortunately – built in apps are far more easily controlled than third party apps – so keep that in mind!

And, no matter what you do, enjoy it. Otherwise … why else do it?

Can you think of any additions to this list?

Thanks for reading!


Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.” – Steven Spielberg (the man!!)

Too Intrusive? Are Technology’s Big Brother Methods Causing Harm? Welcome to the Human Zoo.

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In an era of getting spied on – this is out of control. I’ve written multitudes of white papers and articles in the Information Technology community about the massively, over-reaching intrusiveness of computer companies, but Microsoft is taking it to the next level. In fact, millions of people, from advanced to novice computer users have taken note of Cortana’s massively creepy spying. Of course, Microsoft, being a “user friendly” system, has made it near virtually impossible to totally disable Cortana, encrypt your data, or protect it. Why?

Why should they?

You – and probably almost everyone you know is now dependent on a machine at some point. Whether it’s Macintosh or Windows doesn’t matter. The spying is massive. The above photo is real. It’s a message I sent to someone, via my hotmail, saying that I would discuss a topic with them that night. The next day, I come in to find that Cortana has already taken it upon herself to not only read and track my emails (which aren’t loaded into the computer, a cell phone, or any other device via an app and I don’t use Microsoft Explorer … because it sucks and is bugged), but she has translated my words. Like an artificial intelligence, Cortana is already stalking my movements, my plans, and invading my life. Apparently, hidden within countless onion layers of privacy rights and agreements – you have none and somehow Microsoft has the right to spy on any aspect of your life and tie it all together (okay – that’s not entirely true – unless you ask them).

And, she’s in yours, too.

Trust me – I know – I’m the computer guy.

Wherever you go – Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, or someone – knows. Whatever you’re doing – they know. You don’t have to tie accounts together or link them to your devices. The new cyber era has already mastered the ways of doing that for you. Is it safe?

No.

It’s not about protecting some “secret” transaction (which should prove to you that so-called “deleted” emails from a certain defense Secretary’s server were never actually gone). It’s about protecting your civil liberties – and your life! First off – if you know a little something about windows and macintosh, you know that any and all updates are directly related to “security” vulnerabilities. Is that the type of operating system that should have ALL of your information? Second, one of the more valuable components to human evolution is the ability to think in a higher form than other animals. People shouldn’t follow set patterns, migratory behaviors, or preset values. Our ability to go above and beyond those animal-like primitive thoughts allows us to grow.

What happens if that’s taken away? What happens to a culture that suddenly becomes tracked, traced, and monitored? What happens when artificial intelligence machines begin monitoring everything you do and from that, telling you what to do? No … of course movies like the Terminator are totally unrealistic because … well … hmm… maybe you have a good answer for that? Before you read this article, maybe you would have thought: machines will never take over!

Maybe, only 100 years ago, your great grandparents thought the idea of traveling in airplane … OR A CAR … was ridiculous! Maybe, only 60 years ago, your great grandparents thought that “street lights” were one of those “fandagled” new science fiction ideas that weren’t possible.

Only 30 years ago, no one actually thought the idea of a flying car could really happen (oh sure, it was fun on television and cartoons (and in dreams) – but not realistic). Yet, the DMV and Google are working on programs and legislature to begin governing them as we speak.

What happens to a culture that becomes … controlled? It’s not just that Cortana read my email and interpreted it, she encouraged behavior:

“Don’t forget, this is coming up.”

That’s what the machine said. Don’t forget where you need to go, where you need to be, what you need to do, what you need to buy, where you should work, and how you should live! This is not funny. This is not just terrifying. As the computer guy – I see this happening on an epic scale – every second of every minute of EVERY day.

If you’re not afraid – then you’re already in trouble.

I’m not a “paranoist”. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I have watched trends and cycles in the rapid growth of the technology age and it’s not good. I am not alone. For countless generations, writers, artists, and the greatest thinkers of our time have warned the people, time and time again, that the rapid onset of change without control is dangerous. Ask an African Warrior in the early 1700’s if they thought technology (like the industrial revolution and increase in ship building and trades) was a problem. Then, ask them that same question on a cotton farm a few years later … as a slave.

Then … ask them after the invention of the cotton gin and homelessness and poverty.

Extreme examples? Maybe. But, they’re real. You don’t need to wait 50, 100, or even a thousand years to see what happens if the current trend of automated controls and tracking continues. It’s happening. There are health problems world-wide that are growing out of control (not because of people – but because of commercialized motivation that generates income inequality, impoverishes people, and harms the public health). The solutions? Stupid legislation like: stop trans fats! It’s not trans fats. Use vaccines! Yeah – I’m sure all the dead children overseas and even in America, exposed to pharmaceutical abuse, would probably disagree. What about the money you spend and what you spend it on? Debt is good, right?

Think about that. Really … REALLY … think.

Good for whom?

That’s like saying the American Indians “asked” for poisoned blankets because they signed the Louisiana Purchase (and sorry if you don’t understand what’s wrong with that statement – but you need to do your homework). There’s a huge difference between convenience and FORCED control. Did you ask for this level of “invasiveness”? How do you know? If the machines, companies, and political leaders have been steering this for a long time … HOW could you be sure? What happens when you become dependent on a machine to “think” for you? Laziness, apathy, and, weakness set in. It’s no different than an animal kept in a zoo that can no longer survive in the wild – it becomes dependent on a caretaker.

Welcome to the human zoo.

The only difference – your caretaker doesn’t actually love you.

Being spied on is not funny and it is NOT okay. Having a computer that monitors everything is NOT good. Even the science fiction future of Star Trek didn’t “monitor” everyone (unless it was some abusive, big-brother race). In fact, Gene Roddenberry didn’t even imagine a future where people would be treated to the George Orwell terror. But, it appears that Gene Roddenberry isn’t winning.

And, the losers are you (the people).

Not, “the losers will be you” – they ARE you. Right now, a machine is interpreting what you see and read. It’s developing a habit based profile on you. And, it’s figuring out how to restructure your habits to fit the needs of its programmers. But, you’re not the programmer. Corporations and Governments are the programmers. Just remember what Cortana said: “Don’t forget, Dave, this is what you need to do …” (HAL reference inserted).

People who want control and money – have already forced their way into everyone’s lives.

I may be mistaken – but this is not what freedom looks like.

There’s so much more to say … but I digress. Just remember, a change is coming. It’s a paradigm shift with epic consequences. Whether they are good or bad will depend on where we go from here. If you don’t stop this – if you don’t recognize it now – you will recognize it soon and it will become evident that you are already under control. While it may be a machine controlling you – that machine is programmed by flawed, corrupted, and fallible human beings whose agendas are less than pure.

My intention is not to change you – otherwise – I’d be programming those same machines. My intention is only to educate. Free will is yours … for now. Knowledge empowers you to think for yourself and build your own future.

So – does everyone in the world pick a month and shut all the machines off – permanently (or at least until the governments and corporations are brought back to the pretense of freedom)? Yes … you’re busy … because you’re programmed to be. But, if a machine can answer to a person and control you – how long before someone automates that machine to the point that – it listens to itself? Then the war may be – inevitable.

Case in point, there used to be a Windows Error Code 13. It didn’t exist. Microsoft didn’t program an error code 13 (originally). Even today, error codes pop up in Xbox and playstation – that DON’T EXIST. Although psychology has its own use for the term: “ghost in the machine”, in the I.T. industry (at least, it used to be), the “ghost in the machine” was the causality of multiple, fragmented lines of code that would join together in unpredictable ways and perform fully executed tasks on their own.

Yes – on their own.

So, combine maniacal humans (with self-fulfilling agendas – even at the risk of your health), with randomly, self-created computer code (doing what it wants to), add in all of your personal information … and

*poof*

What could possibly go wrong …

go wrong …

go wrong …

bleep!

Thanks for reading!


I can only imagine what would happen if evolution shifted and pigs read books. Looking back at the big, bad wolf, and the three, little humans, the pigs must think to themselves, ‘how stupid would you have to be to lay down on the dinner table in front of a bunch of hungry wolves and not do anything about it?’” – Me

Exploring the Polytheism of Christianity

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Sounds like a strange title, right? Believe me when I say this is a topic upon which novels could be written, so I may not be able to cover very much in a single post. Yet, after more than 20 years of research, I’m left with one question: Is Christianity monotheistic? In all of my work and research, I’ve always wondered: how did Christianity (or even Catholicism) literally take over the world overnight? Sure, many the gods of the multiple pantheons have literally always been cruel, callous beings who had little care for the ant-like people that got in their way, but did that make people stop believing? In some places in the world, the polytheistic gods, demigods, and demons are all still worshiped, making it clear that the gods of old are still present? Did the big bang (science) blow up the realm of magic (faith)? What was it about Christianity or the singular God concept that was so appealing that the rest of the world abandoned everything they knew? Is it possible that Catholicism and Christianity have never been monotheistic religions and therefore – easily fit within the paradigm of all the other pantheons?

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God, Jehovah, Odin, Yaweh, Shaddai, Zeus, Allah – all of these are names, or titles, appointed to a supreme being which rules over all. In every pantheon (religion), there is a beginning, whereby the universe burst forth from the light into darkness. In almost every single religion there is a flood, or a disaster, and from that disaster emerges the refugees who would later become the people of the world today. Familiar with the mythos of the flood whereby God looked down upon the world, saw the corruption of humanity, decided to wipe out all beings and yet, one of them was asked to take his family, build an ark, and escape?

Sure you are.

But, which historical version are you most familiar with? In the Deucalion Myth of the Greek gods, Zeus saw humans committing cannibalism, decided that humanity was lost and should be destroyed, and Prometheus called upon his son to build an ark to avoid the disaster, thus saving humanity. Of course, unlike the Christian story that had a flood lasting 40 days and 40 nights, the Greek flood lasted only 9 days and 9 nights. Not too far from the point, the calendars back then were actually different and might lend a lot to that distinction, or perhaps it was a world flood with different lengths of time, but on that topic, I digress. What is interesting is that the Christians and Catholics believe that the same God who would destroy all of humanity in a wrathful vengeance would be the same God who would ask one of the supposedly most blessed humans (Noah), to escape (somehow believing that people would just … up and do better?). But – was it the same God?

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Remember, the Catholic Bible is not a story passed down from Great, Grandpa Jo. It is a collection of works left behind by the ancient Sumerian peoples (abt 4500 BC – 2000 BC, give or take). It could have been their ancient myth or legend, or what happened to them in real time. We don’t know. And, the Dead Sea Scrolls (the origin of the Old Testament), were not in the best of shape. What was written in Greek may not have translated well in Sumerian and vice versa. When it was proposed that multiple gods existed who were out to get us, did it make more sense to convince the people that it was just one God, who had a dual nature (one that floods and one that gives construction designs for an ark to save), so they could feel all warm and fuzzy like forgiveness was in the air and not feel so terrible (hmmm… isn’t America trying to do that same thing in its culture, now?)? Is it possible that the flood story doesn’t even include the middle part of the world, but the entire world, with locations like the Mojave desert once being jungles 6,000 years ago, and the rain forests being only 4 – 6 thousand years old?

Rewriting history is the business of leaders. It lets them fit the world in their image. Scientists help by redefining what is as what they believe it to be, in order to provide rationale and sense. This is a normal human trait. It’s also utter laziness and the epitome of anti-evolution!

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In the garden of Eden, God places Adam to watch over it. In his loneliness, Adam asks for a subservient wife (which apparently, in the Catholic/Christian stories, took two attempts). Adam names all of the animals in the Garden (in some versions, in others, he has to prove his divine nature by demonstrating he knows the names) and eventually, his wife, Eve, is tempted by a [supposedly] treacherous, talking snake (NO! Not Voldemort! But I’m pretty sure it did involve parsel tongue… and wizards!), to betray God’s command. The interesting part of this story is that the God of Eden demanded obedience without question and gave no mind to free will. The snake, on the other hand, taught Adam and Eve about free will, fathered their transformation into procreation, and jump-started the pre-mortal plan of existence that the same Catholic and Christian faiths believe, was supposed to happen anyway! In the Gnostic pantheon, it was Satan who headed up the garden of Eden. It was Christ who appeared as a snake and freed Adam and Eve. To the favor of the Gnostics, the appearance of God to man (which is supposedly impossible according to the same Christian Bible), makes more sense if Satan is a ‘god’ of sorts. And, it makes more sense that Christ would have taken the endeavor, based upon His Father’s command, to give free agency to mankind. Is it possible that mankind dubbed anything godlike, ‘god’? So – was there more than one God?

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On Mount Sinai, Moses heads into the mountains to receive the word of God. He returns with a face glowing so brightly that his followers are sure he’s going to freak out the Jews and suggest he cover his face (to which, he does). We know there were more than 10 commandments, but in a temper tantrum, Moses destroys one of the tablets – so we can’t know for sure (and you would think the Christian God would just have him rewrite those or at the least, scold Moses, right? He did it for Joseph Smith with a second set of plates … right?!). But … at what point did God ever reveal Himself to man, or cause man’s face to become so radiated that it glowed like some big nuclear reactor core of a space ship with giant wings that created smoke in the atmosphere due to the condensation (hint, hint, wink, wink, say no more)? Was there more than one being represented (either mistakenly by man or at the whim of the being), as God?

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In China, there is a mythos about the gods descending and ascending from Heaven via the belly of a dragon (spaceship dragon!). In the Islamic faith, Mohamed ascends and descends via a Pegasus (which was supposed to be Greek … hmmm). In Christianity, John witnesses angels climbing up and descending down ladders from an invisible opening in the sky (and assumes the shrooms he ate must have caused him to fall asleep and have some pretty tripped out dreams). Time and time again, there are significant references to ideas and concepts which transcended even the most comprehensive of human imaginations of the time and were fueled solely by the knowledge imparted from the gods. Thus, the distinction between an omnipotent, untouchable ruler beyond the transcendence of temporal existence at a super-powered entity over seeing the time of humanity, is skewed. Was there more than one being represented as God (whether a supreme being and a temporal one, or any combination thereof)? Did a very primitive mankind actually know how to properly describe what they were seeing?

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Hercules, Jesus, Buddha, and other figures in history have been born of a supernatural half-origin, had a disciple-ship of the same number, and carried on quests of the same meaning and type with the same teachings. Some, like Hercules, were depicted with a harsh and unforgiving beginning while others, like Jesus, just had their beginnings conveniently left out. Either way, that many figures, as demigod sons of the singular, head god, who all brought the ultimate boon of saving humanity, has more than an ounce of comparability with one another and are more likely one in the same story. If it’s possible that the timeline of the Bible is not so limited as people would like to believe, could it be that the story of Christ arose out of a time long before, when humanity was together, or is it possible that there are multiple incarnations of the same being? After all, in the New Testament, John the baptist is asked if he was the Christ who had lived before and been predicted to come again? This IS reincarnation. I know Christians fight that tooth and nail – but it is what it is. So – is there more than one Jesus, or could there be multiple incarnations?

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We may never know thanks to guys like Moses and the monk who traveled with Columbus and destroyed ancient Mayan tablets … although the similarity is uncanny and makes one wonder if there weren’t more gods or some clarity therein, for the Mayans (scaring the bejeebers outta the Catholics)?

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But, the most interesting source of polytheism from Christianity comes in Exodus 20:3: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Of course, some argue that because it goes on to discuss not making graven images and bowing down to them, this was just a reference to the golden calf story. However, the golden calf wasn’t just an object – it was an alter-symbol for a god (and the Christian Bible does refer to gods such as Baal or Bel, Ashtaroth, and others – that were more than idols). And, it goes on to discuss the God of the old testament as a jealous god. Now, there has been a lot of discussion in the difference between the Old Testament wrathful God, and the New Testament loving God (although it’s clear that almost everyone was very quick and happy to adopt the New Testament version). Yet, the two waning and waxing gods, whether as separate beings, or two sides of a single entity, is not that much different than other pantheons. In all other religions, the gods of light have equivalent gods of darkness (not to be too confusing in using the extremes of light and dark – just using that for illustration). That is to say, the winter time gods and summer time gods. So – is there more than one and the lack of distinction just a fault of human ignorance, translation, or deception?

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Still, the most compelling evidence of a potentially polytheistic Christianity lies in the name itself. Jesus the Christ is the son of God (whatever His name may be). Jesus was not put under God as a demigod or servant, but elevated to the stature of a God, in which the whole of the universe was put under His feet, giving Him reign and dominion as a God. Then, we can look to others, such as Satan, who reigns as the supreme head in purgatory. In the Bible, Shaddai is used more than 300 times and is the definition of a “sky” god, which is akin to the Egyptian “Ra“. Sabaoth, as Lord of Hosts, is the reigning supreme god. And, as Zeus and Odin were jealous gods with demands, so is the Christian God. And, like Ra, the Word was more than just power, as it says in Genesis that the Word was with God, and as the Egyptians believed: “To Thoth was ascribed the mental powers of Ra, and, indeed, the dicta of Ra seem to have come from his lips. He was the Divine Speech personified.” So – what’s the distinction? The Word is a separate and powerful entity. And, more to the point, don’t the elevation of beings like Jesus and the Word create a polytheistic pantheon?

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That brings us to Job. I’m not talking the cut and edited Nicaea version that chose to leave out the whole story – but the whole story as it really was. Satan appears on Earth, and God, does not. Satan not only appears to cause direct disharmony and disruption to life, but commits epic-level egregious acts against Job and his family (and belongings), using a clearly divine magic (that we further know existed both in the hands of mortals and Gods in those days, as per Moses proving against the Egyptian Pharaoh that his milkshake was better than theirs … you know… with the staff and serpent, thing!). This was the same Satan that wanted a mortal demigod version of Christ to leap to His death. Who else but Satan would act in such a terrible way, right? Wrong. Across multitudes of pantheons is one god whose name does not even change: Tom Hiddleston! Oops … nope … sorry … got side tracked there by the Avengers pantheon …

I mean, in countless religions, one name does not change (and that is a significant clue), and is hated by all: Loki. Loki’s role is that of a god of chaotic disorder, the ultimate trickster, tempter, and driver of insanity. He tricks two farmers (once good friends), in Africa to quarrel. He leads Greeks and Egyptians astray. He torments the Vikings endlessly. Who else, but an exceedingly malevolent and manipulative character would try to cause so much harm? But, how many Loki’s could there be? Is it possible … that not even Satan in the Christian story went after Job, shaving off all of his wife’s hair for rotten bread, but Loki, trying to stoke the fires?

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There are many questions we probably cannot answer in this lifetime. And, I make no effort to sway anyone’s opinion. Your faith is as strong, or as fragile, as you choose to let it be. What I do know is this: if you’re Christian or Catholic, God gave you free agency and expected you to use it. You not only had to decide between right and wrong, but think for yourself. Is the big bang any different than the Lord’s Word, saying “Let there be light”? Is the singular head entity any different than any other religion’s belief in a singular, head entity? Is it something that should weigh in on your faith? Or, is it more a matter of a better understanding that opens our minds to the greater possibility of a more widespread teaching from an omnipotent creator not given to any one group or person, but spread throughout the whole of the world and history? If that’s true, then we can benefit from learning everything we can from every faith, looking for those patterns of consistency and elements of truth that bring clarity, and in keeping that open mind, love one another exactly as Christ said, and accepting each other’s freedom to believe as they choose – so we can gain as much knowledge as possible. (Mind you – that takes a lot of work as humans have interjected a lot of negativity toward one another – even in their religious texts).

Maybe, seeing the polytheism present in Christianity gives us hope that the higher gods have taken over, Ragnarok has come and gone, and the ones left behind offer us something better. Maybe, seeing the true nature of the gods provides an understanding into the malevolent source of destruction that would encourage war, abortions, hatred, bigotry, manipulation, and violence. If we learned to turn away from those gods before … we can do it again.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed. Like I said – this could be an entire novel! Sorry for having to cut it so short.

Thanks for reading!


I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be.” – Joyce Meyer

A New Budget for 2018 – A Brief Run-Down

budget-picYou can read the proposed budget from the Heritage Group, here. (<= that is, the Washington Post’s description of the budget cuts and its affects). And, while there are a lot of angry people (which, inevitably, there would be), there are some good take away items. At least, from my humble perspective. …

  1. The budget we have is currently out of control. It has to be reigned in somewhere, somehow, and someway. It’s not an easy job.
  2. It is a little frustrating to see the budget being set by a group not involving Trump – because the question is raised as to whether or not he’ll blindly sign off or, maybe, actually read and understand the consequences? Either way, this needed to happen and I just hope Trump is on board with the reality of much needed change.
  3. Agriculture: If you look through the online world, for about 15 years, there has been a LOT of discussion about the over-reaching spending by the USDA. The cut to the WIC program by $200 million is surprisingly – not a lot. Without the amount of illegal immigrants in the country that were using that program freely, that could reduce the burden by 4x that much – so it’s a safe cut. The cut on food for education program is based on a lot of misinformation about how much goes into the overhead / administration of that program – and how little goes in the mouths of babes. So – it is time for it to be re-evaluated. A new program can crop up in its place – but this gets the abusers under control.
  4. Commerce Dept: NOAA cuts are both good and bad. We need an NOAA. But, as I have posted time and time again, 6-digit figure scientists with little to no contributions to operations merely eats up the programs. The same is true for Universities. I also posted about a slam from the government against my efforts to encourage some more fiscal accountability and scientific change because they have too many ‘insiders’, eating up money. Grants to struggling communities being cut? Yeah – go look at the breakdown of where that money actually went – and it is an overhead/administrative nightmare. Communities won’t be hurt by this – because they weren’t being helped.
  5. Defense Department increase: Hmmm … not sure. Maybe more military is good, maybe not? The REAL question is: will the military still be purchasing Hum-V’s and F-35 Strike Fighters at an inflated 6000%, or will that be reigned in? That’s something to watch for.
  6. Education Department: This was a LONG time coming. What some people don’t know about the “teacher training”, is how it was straining teachers. After school and summer programs are already a problem for schools and new agencies are needed to help – and this “may” be a way to get that ball rolling. We’ll need to watch. Aid programs to first generation and low-income students: there was a lot of discrimination and abuse going on – and I’ve already commented on this. There are some questions I have about charter schools, though. Charter doesn’t mean “better” – and it especially won’t if it’s flooded with more students!
  7. Energy Department – read above on the Commerce Department for my discussion on abusive government agencies. The Office of Science deserved this. Sorry – but if they couldn’t stop giving out wasted dollars to fledgling companies (by this, and as per my previous posts on this, I mean companies that are already wealthy, take money and produce no results, and ‘insiders’ who are friends of friends), and profiteer lobbyists, or start recognizing the purpose of SBIR grants (helping out the little people) – then they were going to suffer. And, my previous post covered this. As for energy star compliance – this was benefiting private corporations – not people. We need energy star compliance, but it’s as easy as passing a law to enforce it for manufacturers and not have to force every tax payer to pay for it so only a few get it!
  8. DHS (Department of Human Services) cuts – yay – for my own reasons. Meanwhile – the money being spent to give extra special, ongoing training to health professionals is more about keeping low-education workers doing the jobs of trained professionals. In some cases – that has been a Heaven send to the people (I’ve met some social care workers whose skills, abilities, and lack of judgment or snobbery has made them, in my own opinion, the cream of the crop). In others, it’s been a nightmare (wannabe, know-it-alls who are trying to look important and are willing to hurt innocent lives to do it). The entire program needs re-evaluated. As for the opioid LIE – well – I’m not happy about that and someone should do something to stop that garbage. I’ve posted on it before … but for now … I digress.
  9. The  NIH cut – yeah – goes back to abusers of the system. We don’t need to build relations with foreign governments for health (the UN should be stopping pharmaceuticals and deadly vaccinations – not America – they need to stop abusive pharmaceutical tactics on the home front). All that has done is allow the dark side of American pharmaceuticals to hand out deadly vaccinations to third world countries causing more harm than good! Yes – MANY of those countries need help getting into the modern age of medicine. But, until the medical community reigns in its costs and the abusive pharmaceuticals – lives are on the line and cuts MUST be made!
  10. Increase Dept. of Homeland Security – ummm, I’m not 100% on board with this one, yet. The border wall – fine. Fees for TSA, when the TSA has actually never stopped a terrorist? This is a bunch of bull (and more problematic for travel, excuse-making for airlines, and not very helpful to the American way of life and commerce). I’m not sure what’s been going on with the air travel dilemma in this country (when what we actually need is a TSA just to govern the customer relations of United Airlines!!). But, until someone reigns in homeland security on cell phone spying – or email spying, etc., increases in funding is a problem for me. Yeah, I don’t want terrorists. Yeah, I don’t wanna be blown up. But, with all the online spying – it seems like Homeland Security has done less to prevent an attack than find someone after the fact. Maybe they have a good reason – but I’d like to know what it is if we’re paying for that. I don’t want to pay more for retroactive support.
  11. Dept. of Housing/Urban Development: This is a GREAT cut. Sure – many of you immediately assume I’m being a big meanie. But, nope. I, personally, am totally thrown to the wolves without these types of programs. Yet, before them, I was STILL totally thrown to the wolves. Why? They DON’T work. Affordable housing is a joke. Landlords are nightmares. Property managers are nightmares. And, I haven’t even begun to post on that LONG fight I waged (because of its enormity) – which was an attempt to help tens of thousands when a handful of people literally CRUSHED the poor, laughed in their face, and wiped their yuppie shoes off at their doorsteps – and then did it AGAIN! We NEED a NEW Urban development program. It HAS to be one in which the rich and “college students” aren’t even allowed to volunteer or be paid to administrate. Maybe then, $46.9 billion dollars – can be used to help people (of which ONLY $6.2 billion is being cut). Think about it –  If we built NICE – and I MEAN, NICE, homes for folks at $150,000 a piece (land and house cost – and ask any REAL developer – that’s cheap), in good neighborhoods, with small lots of land, at $46.9 billion – that would fund 312 THOUSAND homes in ONE year. In 3 years, we would have put almost a million families in new homes. And, there are ways to cut those costs in half and put over 2 million families in new homes. Do you know how many new homes families have been put into in TEN YEARS? HAHAHAHAHAHA – No? Okay – around ten thousand or so. YES – 10 thousand (and this is REALLY rough as the full number’s never been calculated because obviously … yeah .. the truth would be known). A lot of people got some money for down payments (and then the big mortgage scandal screwed them ALL), but 10,000 instead of 1 MILLION? Yeah – big cut needed!
  12. Interior Department cuts: Well – not sure. Our national parks need help. But, 6 digit administrative overhead figures – again – is screwing the pooch. Maybe … just maybe … someone needs to tap on the shoulder of the uber wealthy geniuses and point out the real problems?
  13. Justice Department: Hmmm … well … not sure about this. Yeah, glade we’re cutting the federal prison construction. We have too many prisons and need a solution (yes, I have a highly effective one – no – I am not a PhD and have been turned down by our own government for some of those solutions that actually rehabilitate – but what I’m getting at is that there are financially viable and easily instituted solutions). Meanwhile, more money for the FBI? In some ways – good. In others – lots more taxes to screw people who don’t get services, but do freely get harassed, spied, on, etc. It probably means a lot of overseas services … *sigh*.
  14. Labor Department cuts – YAY. Senior community training programs? Do you know how many seniors have ended up in Walmart as their community training, only to be bullied while in there? This stupid effort needs new leadership and direction – and not 6 digit figure administrator direction. Closing a lot of Job Corps programs for teens: Some of that is good. Job training for disadvantaged youth is still discriminatory and does very little. For the 3 – 4 people that will scream about how it helped them – what about the other 30 million children? Public safety and health training is needed – but we need more volunteers (and improvements like a cut to the 9 digit red cross administrative overhead) – and the people need to do it. And, improper unemployment payments: I’ve seen some very rich people getting richer just because “they can” (according to the “calculations” by unemployment that hurt the low income workers), and the impoverished are paying for it. All of this is again, just another reminder – budget cuts are okay – but reform HAS to come with it.
  15. State Dept. and Treasury International. Keepin’ the money at home. ‘Bout time. Now … how to get that money back to the people? Hmmm…..
  16. Transportation – yeah – we need this. Amtrak has a long history of being a wealthy politician invested in and controlled agency, along with the investment and ownership of billionaire moguls (like Warren Buffet). They don’t NEED MORE taxpayer dollars! They NEED their wealthy investors to put money in and leave the people the heck alone! Subsidies for airports? What’s the $600 freakin’ ticket, $50 per bag charge, and now $6 TSA charge for? Someone’s pocket? TOO BAD. We’re paying to fly – not for someone to eat caviar while making poor people duel for a small hope of potentially being comfortable on a sardine-packed airplane! Apparently, American Airlines made $800 MILLION DOLLARS on CHANGED AND CANCELLED TICKETS. That’s $800 MILLION DOLLARS FOR NOTHING? WHY?. WHY would anyone give them subsidies from the pockets of the same taxpayers they are LITERALLY stealing from? The TIGER program? HAH! Go look up what they’ve funded, under “premier” wage jobs, that went to bidders with a special “insider privilege”, charging 4 to 5 times as much to do the work, cutting out 4 to 5 times the amount of transportation that SHOULD have been funded!
  17. Treasury Department: I’m sorely disappointed not to see the IRS go. No – don’t worry – they’ll see that comment and probably make my life hell. But, frankly, anyone working for the IRS already KNOWS they are unloved. It’s just one of those jobs … As for community development cuts . .. wasn’t that supposed to be part of the urban housing? Is there a mysterious, ineffective cross over / abuse of money going on? Yeah, there is. So – good cuts. Now – time for change.
  18. Department of Vet Affairs – on the rise! Yay for the vets. Sucky for my taxes. Torn on this one – but at least the vets will start getting treated well, and as long as it doesn’t give 6-digit figure generals with millions, more millions, and helps homeless wheel-chair vets (and others who didn’t get the privilege of huge salaries), I’m okay with that. Looks like somebody needs to watch that one … closely!
  19. EPA cuts! YES! Awesome. Climate change is a HUGE problem. Don’t be fooled. I work in the energy sector with renewables – and I do know first hand. But – the programs to affect supervision end up funding 6 digit figure administrative paper weights – NOT programs! Grants going to the rich (see the talk on the Energy department above) – not programs! Clean up programs? The government didn’t make the Great Lakes dirty. People and businesses, did. You want clean water again – GO OUT THERE AND FIX IT. Yeah, I know, maybe that sounds harsh – but I’ve taken my free time to walk the paths and hike and do just clean up – and if someone as lazy as me can do it – anyone can. But, what if you didn’t make the mess? Hold those businesses (that did) accountable and blockade their sales and shut them down. You didn’t do it? Make sure anyone who wants to use the lake, but doesn’t care enough to clean it, spends the money to hire people to do the work! The truth is that mostly, people did it, so people can clean it. Responsibility. It sucks – but if we didn’t stop it when it was happening – we’re also as equally responsible.
  20. NASA up! Wait … is that a pun? Nah … Well … this is okay under a few circumstances: A) We actually start going up to space and not sending people to Russia or feeding them donuts in Tennessee (ie 80 Astronauts with 6 – 9 digit figures who will NEVER see space!?!), B) We stop paying a billion trillion gazillion dollars per launch and reign in abusive commercialism (for example, Space X did more than the past 20 years of NASA and on a smaller budget, so, um, yeah – proof!), C) We stop paying 9 digit figure salaries to 50 administrative people per person to monitor one person for 100 different filings of the same paperwork (and to cover it up) – ’cause that’s not the type of organization that should be running a SPACE program “efficiently”, and D) NASA STOPS giving $65 billion to special interest companies with their hands in someone’s rear end and starts working with the people – ALL OF US. It can be done. Waste can be cut. This one though – needs to be watched. The cut in education – yeah. The cut in climate change – works. We need real solutions – not extraneous costs. Talk to the guys who work on the ground, with the reservoirs and water and land and who don’t make 6 digit figures – THEY know what’s happening – for REAL. Climate change is a problem but expensive salaries prevent the cure.
  21. SBA cuts – yeah. Not much to be said. Too much to the overhead and nothing to businesses. That’s why small businesses are dying. ‘Nuff said? MAJOR overhauls needed!
  22. Arts and Culture …. so … well, yeah, this is a hard one. Do you cut out medicaid, or cut out building dance studios just to see what life was like in Africa? No – I’m not racist. But, frankly, while we want cultural works – that should be the work of the people – NOT the government. It’s ridiculous to burden everyone for the privilege of a few (and I MEAN “privilege”, such as cultural arts for a specific ethnic group, not “needs” like education or health care). Supporting this is just like supporting wealthy elitists who stomp on the poor. As far as the arts, broadcasting, and the like … a lot of that is needed. But, there’s so much reform to be done, it’s mind blowing (commercialism is a bane on humanity!!). Still, would rather cut arts for now, keep people alive with medicaid and food, and then look to the future of bringing back new and better arts programs that are more equality balanced! Or … do you hate helping the handicapped?

So … there you have it. A measure by measure, action packed, thrilling commentary from a highly, unimportant and simple minded person (me!!). I think the point is this: the budget was wildly flung out of control because of a LONG TIME of abuse of power, apathetic people, a lack of regulations, and failure to enforce good laws (that is to say, America vs. Capitalism). So, we now have to cut where we don’t want to. However, you (the “peeps”), have a unique opportunity here to contact your representatives and rally in groups, not in street mobs with protestor signs like idiots (and I say that with love to only those specific few who do … follow foamy, you’ll understand – hail to the squirrely wrath!), but in real groups, and get the votes of millions to impeach those representatives that do not represent you and want to keep insider wealthy programs instead of good budget cuts like those recommended by the Heritage Foundation. Then, you can require your leaders to actually put into place programs to reign in all that waste and stupidity, so that the funding that remains is well spent.

Or – you’ll see this all come down to more cuts and more problems for everyone’s future – including yours. So … here’s that one moment in history when you have options.

Change is never easy. Nobody likes it. But, it’s part of evolution and life, so …

Which will you choose?

Thanks for reading!


Ooh, an indoor winter, ice-skating park for penguins. Neat, General. How much did it cost?” “Johnny, It only cost eleventy gazillion dollars! I’m so proud …” – Johnny Test

Liquid Space Theory – An Alternate Resolution to String Theory

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There I was, placing a floating object in the water. On top of it was a dowel and 4 stacked ring magnets with a positive polarity facing upward. I measured the depth of the water and confirmed it within a millimeter. Next, I added 4 stacked ring magnets, sliding them on top of the dowel with their positive polarity facing downward. And, much to my chagrin, the level of the water rose. This meant that even though I could freely pass any object in between the two sets of magnets, one resting on the flotation device and the other being levitated in air – that somehow, the mass weight of the floating magnets was being distributed downward onto the flotation device causing it to weigh more and thus, displacing more water. Even though I could interrupt the lines of force, they simply bent around one another, shifting the weight on the flotation device, and preserving the constant of mass and gravity.

Why?

A long search online has resulted in multitudes of conflicting answers and as many people frustrated as I am. It’s FLOATING – how does its mass get shared with the object supporting it based on lines of moving magnetic forces? (Of course, I’ve been informed just how stupid I am not to simply “get it” … so I guess part of science is simply accepting the answer: because it does!). Yet, I have been working on an alternate to string theory for more than 10 years and finally – with this experiment and all the frustration, I think I understand and can more concisely quantify why this happens. So, let’s start by asking a few questions, shall we?

Why, in space, with no gravity, if you were to push on the space station, even though you may cause an incremental (negligible) amount of displacement, would you be pushed back? Well, on Earth, you might understand that to mean that the Space Station weighs more than you do and there’s a downward gravitational force that is applying a counter-force via friction of … invisible air particles (<=again … you just have to “accept it because gravitons are not yet proven or understood, just observed), that is greater than you pushing. But, in space, there is no gravity. Yet, somehow, the conservation of mass applies evenly in space as it does on Earth. And, it’s a very hollow and empty definition with very little to explain it (you can click on the link I provided on the term and read it for yourself).

The Universe requires constants! Um … based on what?

There is math to prove it! Again … based on a conformity of mathematical equations designed to forcibly validate a principal without allowing for possible alternates, which, in an age where quantum mechanics defies the standard laws of physics, that’s sort of … well … dumb?

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Why is the law of momentum regarding an object in motion staying in motion unless otherwise acted upon by another object, a law? What is it based on? Has anyone ever been able to move an object for infinity? Because, unless that’s been tested, it’s NOT a law (or at least, it shouldn’t be). It may be a pretty sound argument with constant demonstrative evidence to make it a consistent theory within a given set of parameters, but it is by no means, a law. Let’s look at it this way: What is wind? Go ahead … look it up. With everything I’ve read … and we are talking thousands of articles, wind is wind because … well … wind is wind. No, really … that’s it. Some “force” applies pressure to gases that have condensed for some reason based on another “force”, and then becomes a “force” of its own giving “force” to … oh … well… cr*p. I can’t even keep that going. It’s far too stupid of an explanation.

Why are there “G-Forces” in space? Well … according to the definition of a “G-Force”, it has to do with gravity and vector forces acting against an object. Makes sense, right? But, in space, there is no (or negligible amounts of) gravity. So, going in a straight line is fine, right? (<=No, apparently, that has limitations??) BUT, if you TURN around while going at high rates of acceleration, there are G-Forces! Wait? WHAT? Did acceleration create gravity? Aren’t the laws of momentum and opposing forces based on the need to have a vector opposing force in the first place (which is counter-intuitive when there’s no gravity)? How do I even obtain momentum or g-forces when there is no gravity or force to otherwise apply it? (No – really … describe the molecular process of physical interactions between particles that creates force to describe G-forces in space … not just using words like “centripetal force”, but actually giving the physical interactive frictional state of forward moving molecules and … what?). Isn’t it possible, that in a complete vacuum devoid of all external possible forces, that firing my rocket once would NOT keep me going forward, but instead, I would eventually run out? Well … it is possible. A recent study of a satellite veering off course was blamed on potential solar winds extending out into the depths of space where there should have been none. But … was it really solar winds?

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All of that said … we must first put aside the awesome, headache-inducing mathematical formulas that prove in a <1% range of possibility that there is a constant when observed under a singular perception of experience that the assumptions of force are set in stone (which is what we have to do to even look at quantum physics). Next, we must set aside an explanation that things happen simply because they do. The evidence of absence is NOT the absence of evidence and is NOT a sound, theoretical definition. It hasn’t worked so far (thus, we haven’t achieved warp speed, Captain!). In comes string theory: a highly convoluted and confusing premise whereby everything is connected by a billion trillion quadzillion gazillion miles of subatomic particles all interacting in a flat dimension of space based on 9 dimensions (or something to that effect … you can read it for yourself)! Whew! What? Think I’m being silly … HAHAHAHAHAHAHA …. no … wait, ahem … HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That IS string theory.

Let’s try something new, shall we? A small idea outside of the box … you know … where the rest of the Universe lives.

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Liquid Space.

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This may not be a ‘good’ name, but as this theory relates the motion and behavior of particles to the same type of actions observed mainly in water; for now, it works. Here’s how this theory goes:

We live in liquid space. There are countless … literally countless … numbers of Single Phase Charged (“SPeC”) Particles. These tiny buggers are smaller than our current systems of measurement. They are singular charges … basically … the fundamental form of energy with a positive and a negative. They are not empty or hollow as they are the smallest form of energy. And, they occur in one of two states: positive charge, or negative charge, and their charge has a spherical nature such that Spec particles are perfectly balanced with one another in their normal state.

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The lines in Figure 1 are representative of the teenie, tiny bonds that Spec particles share. It is the strongest bond in the universe, is infinitesimally small, and keeps Spec particles all aligned, filling all space (throughout the universe), like a great, big ocean. The Spec particles are arranged in such a manner that they remain in perfect balance at all times:

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Thus, in this interconnected weave of Spec particles, it is not so different from string theory insomuch as everything is connected (and by tiny spaces … very tiny). But, they are not like “guitar” strings as proposed in string theory. Any energy (and force, momentum, electricity, chemistry, blah, blah, blah, is a form of energy if it pushes or pulls on even a single Spec particle) applied to one Spec particle is transferred through to the Spec particle, and the next, and the next, depending on how strong the initial force was to begin with. This is extremely rapid due to the their size and the even smaller gap they share. Of course, Spec Particles are small … like REALLY small:

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By having such a tiny size, Spec particles are everywhere and part of everything. They existing anywhere there is open space in between, around, under, over, inside and out. They define the shape of all things in the universe, but when pushed to their maximum length of separation, they will simply pass through that charge to the other side, and this is how they are part of “everything”. Here’s an example of the liquid ocean with an object passing through:

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While Spec particles exist around and inside of, they move with everything in the universe thus maintaining the constant state and shape. There is also a limit to both how far Spec particles can be condensed, and how far they can be pulled apart. This is the cause for the wavelike pattern of energy:

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In fact, this is one of the reasons that we cannot measure Spec particles in any traditional sense. The wavelike patterns of energy used to measure other energy simply travels along with Spec particles, moving as they do. The only real way to measure them would be based on their absence (basically, the force that keeps larger particles physically separated). This gives rise to the causality of atomic and nuclear energy. Pulling apart atoms or splitting their nuclei is not just a matter of a single separation of strongly interconnected energies, you also risk splitting the bond of each Spec particle which creates a compounding force of energy that exponentially builds.

As previously mentioned, Spec particles are the cause for all shape of matter in the Universe:

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In figure 6, we see that the gap between neutrons and Spec particles is different than the gap between protons, neutrons, and Specs (if you look super close at the illustration). The difference in force carries through to the other interconnected Spec particles and thus, eventually limits the number of electrons around the core of an atom (giving a definition to the fundamental shape of all matter). Moving away from the nucleus, only the electrons have an effect on the Specs and thus, the outer electron bands are able to hold more electrons.

This is another important explanation regarding the behavior of electrons. Sure, there is a mathematical formula that is uniquely designed to prove that electrons jump to empty spaces … but it is not a validator – it only verifies that this happens and can be measured. Another explanation often given about the nature of electrons in an atomic core is the principal of equal balance in the universe. Yet, there are many examples, on the same theoretical level of conjecture, that show balance does not exist everywhere. And, wanting to refrain from getting into all of that right here … I’ll leave it to you to look that up if you’re interested. Meanwhile, liquid space offers a reasonable explanation of the behavior of electrons, atoms, and subsequently, all forms of matter.

Next, let’s take a look at a tear in the fabric of space … or otherwise, a tear in the incredibly powerful bond of liquid space:

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Under a focused concentration of energy (like the particle collisions that occur at CERN), the bond between Specs can be torn. As shown in Figure 7, the remaining specs (although in a 3D space), are left loose, pinging around like a 3D pinball machine. Here’s what happens next:

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The sheer nature of positive and negative particles (which, I’m aware is not well explained in here either and I apologize as it is one of those assumptions, regarding polarity and attraction, that we’ll have to maintain for now), causes them to repair itself. As they move about radically in the free space created, they begin shifting away from like poles and toward opposite poles. This process continues until there’s a virtual “whirlpool” filling the void where they were torn apart. As the loose Spec particles reach an oppositely charged particle and begin to align with the surrounding Spec particles, the bonds are re-established and the tear is repaired (basically, when loose specs get surrounded – they have nowhere to go and rapidly loose their motion and quickly realign). I would argue that this is what CERN is seeing when they witness the “micro” black holes. Along with the Spec particles, other matter is also drawn into the swirling behavior until the tear is repaired (which can occur at the smallest fractions of measurable time), and then let loose. So, I would also argue, that when CERN claims to see new materials formed by new bonds made at the subatomic level, what they are seeing is a haphazardness caused by a lack of structured Spec particles to properly balance that formation in a natural way.

The existence of liquid space also provides an explanation for photon energy:

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Under normal conditions, Spec particles exist around and inside of an electron shell filling up any empty space they can and giving shape to the electron. Spec particles are still interconnected even through the electron shell. Small waves of energy traveling through the external Spec particles, caused by some other force, that reach the electron, causes excitation:

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In Figure 10, starting at drawing “A”, waves of energy condense against the electron causing it to literally move (eventually in a vibrating or “excited” state). This puts a strain on the bonds between the external and internal Spec particles. In “B”, as the vibrating wave continues back and forth (now almost a self-perpetuating state between the electron an surrounding Spec particles), the bonds between the external and internal Spec particles begin to break. Energy is released with the breaking of each bond having a different and unique wavelength, causing a rapid increase in energy within the electron and further exciting its motion. The Spec particles within the electron “spring” away from the outer shell and toward the center as the external bonds are broken but internal bonds remain. The energy of the Spec particles within the center begin to change the frequency of their wavelength (the motion initially given to them from the externally interconnected Spec particles that started this whole process), as they no longer move in synchronization with the Spec particles outside of the electron. In “C”, there is a micro-tear in the Spec particle field. The continuous vibration and alternating frequencies overcame the Spec particle bonds between the external and internal particles. The specs within the center have remained attached to one another and, now, with a different wavelength than those moving around it, “break free” / come loose as the electron continues its journey around the electron band. This is an excellent explanation of why photons are created as part of the excited state of electrons.

In Figure 10, part “C”, not all of the Spec particles have broken from their surrounding neighbors. So, as the loose particles begin to swirl around looking for a neighbor to adhere to (as per Figure 8), they also pull on the remaining Spec particles within the electron, creating a micro-whirlpool. As the bonds between the external/internal Spec particles is maxed, more Spec particles are drawn into the electron and new connections are made, naturally repairing itself. It’s this process of tugging the surrounding Spec particles inward that overcomes the energy wave in the surrounding Spec particles that sent the electron into an excited state in the first place and brings it back to a state of rest (as restful as electrons can get!!). Those particles which have broken off are so densely packed and continuing to emit energy, breaking and re-establishing bonds, that they make up photons of light. It’s this reason that photons appear to be empty. Under this theory, photons are merely renegade Spec particles moving to their own wavelength!

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Another important phenomenon of the Spec tear principal is the formation of black holes and stars. When an explosion is large enough, it creates a “void” in the universe. When this void occurs, normal energy, including photons, cannot travel in wave patterns and thus, stop emitting energy in a way that appears as light. Now, one of two things happens:

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1. As noted in Figure 8, the outer edges of the swirling whirlpool will only stretch so far as the Spec force connecting them has a limited range and is extremely powerful. When the explosive energy that tears them apart is strong enough, it can continue to tear on the surrounding spec particles and loosen them, too. Eventually, the specs will continue to spread apart and not repair the tear because the Specs at the center suddenly start “balling” up (like they did in Figure 10 with the electron), making a rapid, tight connection. Rather than following the traditional form of energy, they are transformed into a different type of energy (and given the strength they already have), become a form of “supercharged gravity”. As that center ball gains in mass and strength, it further pushes away the unaffected Spec particles and creates the “void”. There are spec particles that break loose and constantly float around inside of it (each time contributing more and more energy), but are eventually thrust out of the void/black hole, or are sucked back into the center, further strengthening the super-gravitational force. As matter is drawn into the void, without a Spec particle arrangement, it appears as though all light is lost and the matter loses its form. I know this is probably confusing and simplistic – but it is difficult to explain in a small space (no pun intended)!

2. Alternatively, when there is an explosion and the Spec wave is repairing itself, particles can get trapped in the swirl and drawn toward the center. When this happens, they collide with an explosive force. This causes more tears in the Spec fields and the energy is rapidly/exponentially compounded. I’ve argued that stars are born out of nebulas / gas fields, as it would be the surrounding gases that are ignited and then further drawn in toward the center of the self-repairing whirlpool. As this process occurs, the energy within Spec particles builds and the distance between the particles grows and they begin moving at extreme velocities. This builds up heat energy which pulls Spec particles further apart and becomes a self perpetuating system that leads to the birth of a star. Grouped spec particles are also rapidly thrown out as photons of light (as per figure 10). As the energy is released and Spec photons are released, they create massive waves extending out from the core of the star. These longer bonds allow the spherical shape of the Spec fields to become elongated, so much so, until they actually become more of a “flat” disc like shaped field like those observed in planetary systems. The massive amounts of energy continuously released by the sun continue to transfer their energy into the Spec field as they pass through, maintaining the shape and force throughout the planetary system. Again, I apologize as I know this is probably confusing and simplistic – but the theory requires a lot more space to fill and this is only a blog (of which no one tends to read anyway … lol)!

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This brings us back to why electrons are drawn into the core of an atom in the first place. As Spec particles can pass through the magnetic barrier of any particle (as the specs have a finite amount of stretch between them), the smaller the particle (atomic nuclei, subatomic particles, etc.), the more condensed the Spec field and the tighter the pull on surrounding Specs. So, as they pull in toward the core of an atom, the electrons (as light and small as they are), are pulled in by the surrounding Spec field. When electrons are exposed to empty slots on the atomic band, it is the force of the condensed Spec particles “rushing in” to fill a space (like water), that gives each electron a “push” toward the open space (aka the electron is just being pushed around by the active Spec particles).

Finally, another important aspect to the Liquid Space theory is that it gives support to momentum, acceleration, and mass in a weightless environment, so that even the effects of the Spec particles are as strong as those of gravity. As the Spec particles are in a colder environment and have a longer stretch of unaffected areas, they have somewhat of a superconducting effect. By this I mean that their bonds are just a little tighter and more stable as the particles remain magnetically aligned. And, at their size, a small nudge can quickly build into a much larger one. So, as an astronaut, pushing on a very large ship will have little effect because its mass must force a lot of Spec particles to move with it and the electromagnetic force creates friction – even in space. And, while accelerating in a space ship and trying to turn on a dime, there will be a vertex counter force because the mass wave disturbance through the Spec field was directional and trying to turn against that is like trying to turn against an ocean wave. The reason that the invisible forces of magnets transfer weight from one to the other is because Spec particles are giving shape and energy to those fields and it’s not empty space – anymore than the space in ocean waters is empty … all space is filled with Spec particles. The downward force ot the the empty space and whatever object I put in its way was actually due to liquid space as it filled those empty magnetic field and passed straight through the object I placed in the way.

Liquid space is the only sufficient explanation as to why an object in motion would stay in motion … or wouldn’t. In fact, unless an object has potential energy that can translate to the Spec particles around it, thus transferring the wavelike pattern into the Spec fields upon which it would continue to ride, the Spec particles would act as components of friction and bring the object to a standstill. Similarly, this can be tested by observing the movement of celestial objects and even subatomic particles. They are riding in a Spec wave that has been induced by some other source. A counter to this is the nature of photons. Due to their unique nature (whereby they ARE emitting energy as they travel … the kind of energy we see as light), they transmit just enough energy into the Spec field that it propagates an ongoing wave that can carry the light for … ever? Thus, the Liquid Space Theory literally rewrites Newton’s first law of motion. Newton’s first law says: An object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. The rewrite would be:

An object will remain at rest, floating within 3-Dimensional liquid space or in uniform motion when imparting energy to liquid space to create a wave of energy upon which to travel, or in uniform motion when being propelled by the forces within liquid space, or in uniform motion when carrying enough force to continue to affect the liquid space around it to maintain a directional wave structure, unless there is a counter force in liquid space greater than the force of the object.

And, that folks (regardless of how complex it sounds or amateurish it may be), is why light can continue on its journey, even when bent around large bodies of gravity (or heat), and not be stopped or diminished and why we can see light escaping from the sun and not being sucked back into it by gravity!

I know I balk at science constantly for stupid, un-prove-able, crazy theories. This theory is no different, or less crazy, or … potentially as of yet … less difficult to prove. However, I’ve had this theory for a long time and even though it will probably never be read by any “super” scientist and I will never be the next Albert Einstein or Newton, it is the most important step in understanding how the universe works. String theory and the “god” particle are neat – but inherently flawed by over-thinking. Their origins lie in observation … not math. Their organization and design is based on simple, scientific precepts and an understanding upon which we can draw some pretty sound, preliminary conclusions. Yet, the current state of those theories (like string theory), are far too convoluted and costing a lot of taxpayer dollars at universities to prove or disprove. The nature of black holes is still too far out of human reach that theoretical physicists are literally able to throw darts in the dark at it and make anything stick. So, I take the time to present to you the theory of liquid space (or, the Kennedy Conjecture of All Principal Matter). It’s simple. It’s actually easy to observe. And, there may be some simpler methods to test for it (not to mention how many unanswered questions it solves as a single theory!).

So … there you go. Yeah, there’s a LOT more to this theory, but I think for now, you have the basics. Yes, it’s long … but it’s a pretty complex task bringing the universe together and solving all the mysteries, you know?

Thanks for reading, Space Cowboy!


Space …. the final frontier ...” (you know who ...)

Finding Equality in the Most Unlikely of Places

There’s a commercial on Youtube, that if you haven’t seen it, may be worth your time. It’s for a canine food company called, Cesar. Now, while I have no trust or faith in animal food companies, the commercial is more than just a commercial, it’s a statement on the state of the world today and imparts such a simple, meaningful, and wonderful message that I wanted to share it for all those who haven’t seen it:

Cesar: Rewriting History

The message is simple: Man’s best friend is also women’s best friend, too. In a world of [supposedly] highly evolved species bickering and fighting over equality and justice, entitlement and privilege, political leaders dissenting like children, and so on and so on …

People often forget the little ones … the small people who are left behind to struggle through the wake of their dissension. A dog … a simple and noble creature whose heart can be one of pure gold without a thought for appearance, gender, attitude, religion, or any other condition or label that is man-made … can love unconditionally. The same can be said of very young children who are still free from the bonds of slavery thrust upon them by the opinions of a very over-opinionated and mentally handicapped culture.

If we could see through their eyes … act with the purest compassion that truly exists in our hearts … and have enough evolutionary wherefore all to simply try and function at least as well as as a small child or even a dog … wouldn’t the world be a better place?

Again … I don’t know anything about Cesar foods and I’m hesitant to trust any of these companies. But, I’m grateful for their ad. It’s not sexist. It’s not racist. It’s not politically oriented. It’s presented through the eyes of a canine – one of nature’s most well educated, well mannered, well meaning, and knowledgeable creatures. And, if you don’t believe it … watch this:

Devotion, love, and trust can both be given freely, at no cost to you, and yet more appropriately earned with only the simplest task … loving back.

No matter who you are ….

Where you’re from …

How you’ve been raised …

What you believe …

Or what has happened to you …

The simplest examples of compassion, empathy, equality, and love can be found in the most unlikely of places …

You have but to look … and they’re there.

Thanks for reading.


I am Death, and I make all equal.” – The Brother’s Grimm