Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christmas card 2010. Circa May 12th

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A synoptic screed


Intemperate as it's expression may be, it behooves me to set out for the records my skepticism about the benefits of modern communication. 

Better communication and more pervasive interconnections between human beings has been widely heralded as the key condition for peace on earth. I do not see the basis in reality. Civilization is arguably defined more by how conflicts are regulated than how bloodless they are. People become accustomed to a certain amount and certain kinds of antipathy and competition in life. In these conditions - called peace -we may discover by personal encounter the sort of violence characteristic of a peaceful order. It is one thing to acknowledge this but, I assure you, the naive experience of peace can be a most striking novelty.

Accelerating interconnections does, however, deliver the promised disequilibrium. Revolutionary change can involve beneficial outcomes, but the order of nature is not as easily reformed as voting conventions. Horsemanship, shipbuilding, steam-power and gasoline – all have brought humankind closer together. Any of these can boast of expanded horizons of culture, trade and opportunities. They have also had the effect of catalyzing the most appalling warfare.

Internet activity is also bringing us together! Blessedly, we are simultaneously spared the loathesome responsibility of loving one's neighbor first hand. It facilitates a physical and psychical distance that dampens the sense of inter-personal responsibility inherent in proximity. Today, old enmities are rekindled, misunderstandings and rumors spread among cliques, but spirited arguments are carried on without a shot fired – sure. They are also carried on in a spirit of contemptuous indifference. Modern annihilation requires more of callousness than hot blood.

The internet epoch will surely live up to it's globalist billing. I'm sure it will inspire global interdependence as much as any technology that will ever be devised – excepting perhaps religion. That humanity is more interconnected than ever is precisely my point: It provides also conditions to internationalize the perennial struggle for existence. I don't hold with the utopians who assume that this will tend make our race a more peaceable one. Although recent history is rife with cautionary examples of man-made plagues, whose visitation we should fear, I observe many intellectuals warming to their hollow promises - again!

One may sagely point out that I might count my blessings to be here in Canada during 2014. This is very true, and I count myself among the luckiest human beings to have walked the earth. Now, if only I could find a sober optimist.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2-tipS-fA5A#t=541
 
The Rainmaker


An Officer of the Government, with a great outfit of mule-waggons loaded
with balloons, kites, dynamite bombs, and electrical apparatus, halted in
the midst of a desert, where there had been no rain for ten years, and
set up a camp.  After several months of preparation and an expenditure of
a million dollars all was in readiness, and a series of tremendous
explosions occurred on the earth and in the sky.  This was followed by a
great down-pour of rain, which washed the unfortunate Officer of the
Government and the outfit off the face of creation and affected the
agricultural heart with joy too deep for utterance.  A Newspaper Reporter
who had just arrived escaped by climbing a hill near by, and there he
found the Sole Survivor of the expedition--a mule-driver--down on his
knees behind a mesquite bush, praying with extreme fervour.

"Oh, you can't stop it that way," said the Reporter.

"My fellow-traveller to the bar of God," replied the Sole Survivor,
looking up over his shoulder, "your understanding is in darkness.  I am
not stopping this great blessing; under Providence, I am bringing it."

"That is a pretty good joke," said the Reporter, laughing as well as he
could in the strangling rain--"a mule driver's prayer answered!"

"Child of levity and scoffing," replied the other; "you err again, misled
by these humble habiliments.  I am the Rev. Ezekiel Thrifft, a minister
of the gospel, now in the service of the great manufacturing firm of
Skinn & Sheer.  They make balloons, kites, dynamite bombs, and electrical
apparatus."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

End project of unearned implixcit degree belt.

Polyester rope
3//4 inch
Eyelet?

kevlar rope

Static ropes
Low stretch ropes
Kevlar dupoint.
HMPE, Aramids, and LCP: These are all generic fiber types. HMPE refers to Dyneema or Spectra; Aramids refer to Kevlar, Technora and Twaron, while LCP refers to Vectran. These are all considered very high performance fibers exhibiting very high strength and extremely low stretch but come with a high price tag. found onracing sailboats and larger yachts for running rigging.

Stantard 2600 lbpd

Thursday, May 29, 2014

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volt

And the steel mug was affixed  to a hardened mass of milk.  Once it is established that it has been gripped hard enough to pull it from the goo - not a good deal of strength necessary, only the probity of grasping the handle or body firmly.

The conductivity detectors which taste the acrid currents of human sweat. It notes the effect of grasping the glass, with sub-sensible levels of electrical activity. 

Then an enormous current passes through the cup and through the aqueous moisture of the hands, and blown through nails on window panes and leave a blasted, roiling stew of rubber boots.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The fields around the Glenmore Reservoir  are carefully tended, level fields of grass.  The mosquitoes are an endless, continuous cloud.  Millions and millions and millions of them.  They have no trouble whatsoever moving at walking speed.  It is their natural cadence.

They have not begun biting this early in spring, although of course will take a taste if given inducement.  But if they were in the biting season, we would have been covered by a grey veil slowly tinting red.

Endless endless waves of mosquitoes.  They will all be dead this time next year.