“Love is like sunlight, and God is like the sun. The sun does not choose where there will be sunlight and where there will be none.”



This is a tech-talk on amazing vulnerability of USB devices … but I also made a note of it to exemplify an agitated energy body laguage of many tech people:

via James Wallbank

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Mainstream Microbiology?


Given that only when I reached my 40’s I became aware, appreciative and interested in living soils it is great to see these three teenagers (winning 1st prize at Google Science Fair) already thinking in that direction:

… though I am also somewhat concerned about an underlying scientific / mechanistic view of simplistic intervention in hugely complicated and diverse living systems in which these girls are probably indoctrinated.

I also don’t enjoy seeing this associated with Google … still … hopeful :)


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Primitive Past, Corrupt Future


It seems that some Europeanans (including youth)  have been taken by Jihadi ideas and going to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and other extremist fighting groups. But now they are starting to flow back to their home countries, freshly indoctrinated and who knows with what agendas. The UK is looking to reassert control over the situation … basically with more spying.

I believe (as I’ve already mentioned) this is probably going to be useless because the real challenge is the transporation of ideas not people. Maybe you can prevent extremist-oriented people from going to or coming back from ISIS but you can’t block off the ideas. All it takes for to transmit an idea is a phone call, email, facebook comment, youtube video … etc.

I have many weeds in my garden. I have, from early on, aborted any attempt to fight them – I don’t want to develop a fighting mentality. I believe that weeds are working for me – telling me that there are deficiencies or excesses in my soil which create ideal conditions for them to grow …. and that the weeds themselves, by being, are creating a healtheir soil (by changing its constitution). Indeed, I’ve been watching the weeds for 3 years now and every year they are different … there is a process of natural succession … the weeds of last year changed the soil conditions and made it possible for the weeds of this year to come forth and do what they need to do.

If I want to do anything about the weeds I am probably better off doing as they do instead of working against them (trying to pull them out) – as they themselves do – by changing the soil conditions so that they become less favorable for weeds and more favorable for whatever plants I want to grow.

Those who are travelling to join ISIS fighting may very well be weeds, but they are not the problem, but an important symptom. They are telling us something about the soil in which they grow … the cultures from which they come … the same cultures who are now trying to protect themselves from these “returning weeds”.

Ironically, I see a shared quality between ISIS and western cultures. They are both uncivilized. ISIS is “honest” … it expresses its incivility brutally and directly … their antiquated beliefs are proudly paraded. The west hides its incivility under an elaborate disguise of superficial civility. People dress nicely, they use words instead of bullets, socially devised legal systems instead of beheadings. But underneath that disguise is a ruthless, rotting and cannibalizing civilization where many if not most people are abused, unhealthy, hungry and spiritually bankrupted … ISIS didn’t do that.

What if what we are witnessing is a collission of ideologies. In this case two uncivilized ideologies … one coming from a primitive past the other from a corrupt future. What if their collission is an inevitable evolution? What if their collission is mutually destructive and therefore desirable?

The body fights infections by, amongst other things, developing a fever. A “good fever” changes the conditions which favor the infecting parasites into conditions which favor healing mechanisms that erradicate the infection. A “bad fever” takes out both the parasites and the host.

It looks like we are going to develop a fever … hopefully a “good fever”. This fever is caused by two parasites. Fortunately for us, these two parasites are also attacking each other. Let’s just hope that there are enough gardeners left behind to nourish what is left back to health.


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Humans Need Not Apply


Poignant video about jobs that are going or gone and not coming back:

A few thoughts came to me while watching:

  1. Despite all my following reservations – the story that is described in it is already unfolding and probably unavoidable. However
  2. Food: Not all food is created equal. Most of the industrially produced food is not considered food in my life nor in the lives of many of the people I know. Most industrially grown foods are at best deficient and often out right poisonous (they don’t kill immediately, but they do so slowly and surely .. and there is plenty to kill before the body actually dies). Quality is not part of the food equation, and I believe it is missing from many of the elements that underly the story told of the video.
  3. Scything: There was a flashing image of a man holding a scythe – exemplifying a “primitive” way of doing things in what is becoming an automated machine world. I am a proud owner of two quality scythes and am getting better at using them. I am in the midst of an ongoing project that requires scything and collecting of hay. My scything project is about building and rehabilitating soils. I resisted the temptation to hire a tractor to do the job because doing so would have caused soil compaction (which destroyes soil life). There were other choices I made which are not the default patterns of hay cutting (many of which are detrimental to soil health). These default choices are the kind that were made thousands of years ago and ultimately shaped the middle east as we know it. What other such choices are we making by relying more on automation?
  4. Horses: There is a forgone conclusion in this video thas for some reason isn’t mentioned. If horses have been in decline since 1915 (due to being phased out by machines), then shouldn’t we expect a similar decline in humans?

Self-driving cars may be better than human-drive cars. But that does not apply to food … and other things. We need to be more discerning abut Quality if we want to move towards a better future. Lack of Quality is currently shaping the job market , what effects will Quality have on it?

source: Matt Mullenweg


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The Internet with a Human Face


Text version of an excellent talk on, once again, Internet, security, privacy, advertising, etc by Maciej Cegłowski: The Internet with a Human Face

I tried to summarize excerpts from it … but that didn’t work out well … it is best consumed whole.


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