Sugar Free launches a web series ‘The Sweet Breakup’ a first of its kind in the food space        


by Shrutee K/DNS


Mumbai, August 2017: Sugar Free, a name synonymous with sugar substitute, is the single largest leader in India in the category. The brand always thrives on innovation as key for its growth and has introduced many variants in the category for the sweet binging yet calorie conscious Indians. As an extension to its innovation drive, the brand has unveiled a new campaign ‘The Sweet Breakup’, a one-of-a-kind 5-part web-series in the food category. The series is conceptualized and executed by Maxus Content, the content solutions arm of Maxus.
Talking about the campaign Tarun Arora, Chief Operating Officer & Director, Zydus Wellness said, “Our vision for “Sugar Free” is to make it the brand of choice for consumers seeking low / no calorie options to lead a healthier life style. Hence to address the myths attached with the usage of Sugar Free as part of one’s daily culinary needs made us conceptualize ‘The Sweet Break Up’.  This web series demonstrates in an authentic way that you can indulge into your favourite dessert guilt-free without compromising on the taste. The 5- city trail as part of the campaign only reaffirmed that any sweet recreated with Sugar Free tastes the same when made with sugar. I believe this was the first time a dessert truck was going around India and hence there was a lot of excitement amongst people wanting to know what’s cooking !”
Pooja Verma, Head - Content, Entertainment and Sports Partnerships at Maxus said, “Maxus believes that changing traditional behaviour among consumers with content, needs a compelling strategy which is driven by insights and fused with creative thought. Showcasing Sugar Free as more than just a sugar substitute via ‘The Sweet Break-Up’ campaign is a prime example of our focus. Sweets have a strong relationship with celebrations in our country. With that insight in mind, we brought our campaign together on the message that enjoying sweets while breaking up with unhealthy calories is a win-win outcome for every foodie. The creative vehicle to deliver that message is our one-of-a-kind series where Chef Kunal Kapur joins famous foodie-duo Rocky & Mayur, in recreating delicious Indian sweets with Sugar Free. Through this content solution, the brand stands to generate extensive and meaningful conversations with viewers who love their sweets.”

This campaign marks the culinary journey of Sugar Free across 5 cities Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai, where celebrity chef Kunal Kapur reconstructed 5 different speciality desserts by using Sugar Free products. The brand also had on board the famous foodie duo Rocky and Mayur whose fun banter added to the entertainment element in the web-series. The journey started from Delhi where the chef created the famous Tewari Brother’s Gulaab Jamun followed by Lucknow where Ram Asrey’s famous Malai ki Gilori was made. The truck then headed East to Kolkata where he recreated Balaram Mullick’s Sandesh and then southward to Bangalore where he made a fusion dessert using G Pulla Reddy’s Dharwad Peda and created Dharwad Peda Tiramisu. The final leg of the web series was shot in Mumbai where Chef Kapur added a spin to made Ladu Samrat’s modak and created delicious chocolate modaks. All of these were created using Sugar Free. While the brand has a strong linkage with table top consumptionand pellets as a format, the culinary consumption for powder formats is a gap that needs to be bridged. ‘The Sweet Breakup’ campaign is that step forward by Sugar Free to make consumers aware of the format, its usage and the fact that the taste of the dessert stays as good. What more? One can indulge in sweets now without having to feel guilty.
The Sweet Breakup will be unveiled on-air on youtube.com 18thAugust
About Zydus Wellness Limited: Zydus Wellness Limited is the Consumer products company from the Zydus Group. Zydus group is a pharma major with flagship organization, Cadila Healthcare Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company with significant global presence apart from India. Zydus Wellness has been a pioneer in various categories it operates in. The company focuses on emerging segments and has its DNA of innovations with “Do good benefits” at the core of its business. Zydus Wellness commands leadership in the sugar substitute market, table spreads and the skin care segments. In the sugar substitute market, Sugar Free is a market leader with a market share of 94% and targets health and fitness seekers apart from diabetics.
Nutralite is a market leader in the Fat Spread category and appeals to consumers looking for healthier alternatives to normal butter. It is cholesterol free, does not contain any hydrogenated fats and is also trans-fat free. Everyuth is a pioneer in facial cleansing space in India. It enjoys leadership in the scrub and Peel off Mask segments and is amongst the top players in the overall facial cleansing category with strong “Naturals” equity Zydus Wellness Limited is listed on NSE and BSE and has manufacturing locations in Gujarat and Sikkim.
About Maxus:  Maxus is a marketing communications consultancy that helps marketers build profitable relationships between consumers and their brands. They combine the disciplines of communications planning and customer relationship marketing to deliver Relationship Media, a next generation model powered by creative media thinking and sophisticated, real-time customer data.

Their services include communications strategy, digital marketing, direct response media, social media, data analytics, media investment management, content & sports marketing, marketing ROI evaluation and CRM. Having a talent team of 2,500 people across 55 markets, they are part of GroupM, the world’s largest media investment management group that serves as the parent company for all of WPP’s media agencies.

          Gli infiniti possibili di Giorgio Sollazzi, musicista        
All'epoca ero molto ingenuo e molto presuntuoso e pensavo di poter scrivere “recensioni” di grandi opere musicali del passato. Le pubblicavo su un sito commerciale (che esiste ancora oggi). Quando mi venivano bene, erano “schede" molto pedantesche, contenenti le stesse informazioni che si possono trovare su una qualsiasi garzantina. Infatti, qualche anno dopo, quando Wikipedia arrivò in Italia, smisi di farmi sfruttare dal sito commerciale e trovai quella che probabilmente è la mia vera vocazione internettiana.

Ad ogni modo fu sul sito commerciale che conobbi Giorgio Sollazzi. Anche lui scriveva recensioni. Con la prima, importante differenza che lui è musicista, e quindi sa di cosa scrive, e con una seconda differenza: le sue recensioni erano avvincenti, estrose, godibilissime, anche e soprattutto quando sembrava che non avessero nulla a che fare col brano musicale che - in teoria - ne costituiva l'oggetto. Le recensioni di Giorgio non parlavano precisamente né del brano musicale “in sé”, né della sua ricezione da parte dell'ascoltatore-recensore. Si situavano, piuttosto, in qualche punto lungo la relazione fra questi due elementi, come un acrobata in equilibrio su un filo, o come uno dei fuochi di due specchi parabolici contrapposti. Non per niente “mirrors” (con la m minuscola) era il nickname che Giorgio si era scelto.

A un certo punto Giorgio uscì dal sito e cancellò il suo account. Dev'essere per questo che, cercando ora qualcuna delle meravigliose recensioni di mirrors, non ne trovo nessuna. Qualche tempo dopo si iscrisse nuovamente con un altro nickname e cominciò a pubblicare recensioni di forma più tradizionale, ma sempre molto belle, come ad esempio questa, sulla settima di Beethoven.

L'interpretazione verbale di un brano musicale è sempre un grosso azzardo. "Scrivere di musica è come ballare di architettura", diceva Frank Zappa. Le descrizioni che amo di più sono quelle di musiche inesistenti, come la sonata di Vinteuil in Proust o le composizioni immaginate da Thomas Mann nel Doktor Faustus. Proust mescolava genialmente le carte, inventandosi una sonata per violino e pianoforte che prendeva un po' dalla Sonata in re minore di César Franck, un po' da un quintetto di Saint-Saëns, senza essere né l'una né l'altro; in piena coerenza, d'altronde, con la sua estetica, dove non esistono "descrizioni" "realistiche" del "mondo esterno". Quanto a Mann, Arnold Schönberg s'inalberò quando seppe che la sua musica aveva ispirato quella del romanzo, al punto da pretendere una smentita da parte dello scrittore. E dal suo punto di vista Schönberg aveva anche ragione, in quanto Mann interpretava la dodecafonia come un fenomeno di dissoluzione morale, che era quanto di più lontano dagli intenti del severo musicista.

Ma anche divagare è un'arte, che a me non riesce: ci provo inutilmente, per poi subito ricadere nel mio solito modo di scrivere pedestre e nozionistico. Dunque, meglio rimanere on topic e parlare di Giorgio Sollazzi. Ecco: quando lo conobbi, non attraversavo quello che si dice un buon periodo. Mi ero laureato, avevo fatto il servizio civile, abitavo a casa dei miei in provincia, lontanissimo dall'università e dai miei amici di laggiù. Gli altri miei amici, quelli del liceo, erano sparsi in giro per l'Italia. Facevo pratica in uno studio legale. Ero, in sostanza, disoccupato, e mi sentivo terribilmente solo e senza prospettive. L'amicizia epistolare con Giorgio mi aiutò a tenermi in piedi. Ci scambiavamo commenti e messaggi sul sito commerciale (che fungeva anche un po' da social network), email, ma anche lettere cartacee: ricordo un plico meraviglioso che egli mi spedì con un CD che aveva masterizzato per me. Dentro c'erano un brano di Stockhausen, Il canto sospeso di Nono, un coro dal Trovatore, e non ricordo cos'altro.

A quel tempo Internet non aveva ancora stravolto la distribuzione della musica. C'era Napster, ma con le connessioni lente di allora non è che si riuscisse a scaricare granché. Per ascoltare musica bisognava ancora affidarsi alla radio, oppure ordinare il disco al negozio e aspettare che arrivasse. C'era poi una circolazione semiclandestina di audiocassette duplicate artigianalmente, che passavano di mano in mano come samizdat. Tutta una dimensione romantica, di scoperta, che si è persa dal momento in cui è bastato digitare un nome su un motore di ricerca per avere subito a disposizione l'intera produzione di qualsiasi musicista antico o contemporaneo.

Poco tempo fa ho chiesto a Giorgio se, come musicista, non si sentisse stimolato da questa odierna vasta disponibilità di musiche, e come mai ciò non lo inducesse a scrivere in una tale, enorme varietà di stili e di linguaggi: oggi un brano dodecafonico, domani uno pop, dopodomani uno free jazz, e via dicendo. Non ricordo esattamente il tenore della mia domanda - che comunque era piuttosto stupida, si capisce. Ricordo invece perfettamente la replica di Giorgio: fare come gli suggerivo io - mi ha risposto - avrebbe forse aumentato il suo tasso di libertà ma avrebbe diminuito il tasso di scelta.

In uno dei suoi romanzi, Nicola Lagioia offre alcune riflessioni molto interessanti a proposito del ritrovare sui social network i propri amici di gioventù. Queste amicizie del mondo reale divenute poi virtuali - osserva Lagioia - hanno una strana consistenza umbratile. Simile a quella degli spiriti nell'undicesimo libro dell'Odissea (o nel sesto dell'Eneide), aggiungerei io. Colpa del mezzo, evidentemente, e non dell'amicizia in sé - ma questo è un altro discorso.

Conosco Giorgio da sedici anni e non ci siamo mai incontrati di persona: solo via Internet, e qualche volta per telefono. Però non ho mai avvertito come un limite la virtualità della nostra amicizia. Forse perché nel suo caso manca il confronto con l'immagine mnemonica della persona reale, o forse per il felice paradosso che Giorgio riesce a realizzare nelle sue comunicazioni virtuali, allo stesso tempo lievi e intense.

Sto pensando che “lieve” e “intenso” potrebbero essere i due primi aggettivi che mi vengono in mente ascoltando la musica di Giorgio. Mi rendo conto che come contributo critico è parecchio inadeguato, ma ho già detto che non sono del mestiere. Giorgio ha esposto la sua poetica (o almeno, una delle sue poetiche) in uno scritto che potete trovare qui.

In questo saggio, Giorgio prende le mosse dal personaggio di Amleto (con annesso spettro del re di Danimarca?) per proporre una sua complessa concezione della composizione, come “apparizione” o “evocazione” di “potenziali”. 

Shakespeare era un altro interesse che ci univa quando scrivevamo sul sito commerciale. Giorgio ha molto riflettuto, e qualcosa ha anche scritto, sia in prosa sia in musica, sulla figura di Amleto.


Quanto a me, partendo dalla constatazione che su Internet in italiano c'era ancora poco materiale sull'argomento, mi ero messo in testa di compilare e mettere on line una "recensione" per ciascuno dei drammi del Bardo. Tanto ero sprovveduto, a quell'epoca.

Più tardi abbandonai l'insano progetto, assieme alle mie velleità di anglista, e praticamente smisi di leggere Shakespeare. Oggi amo recarmi, di quando in quando, a visitare l'abbazia cistercense di Morimondo. Questo non c'entra nulla con quanto ho detto finora. Però nell'abbazia c'è un bel coro ligneo di epoca rinascimentale.

Ogni volta che lo vedo recito mentalmente la prima quartina del Sonetto LXXIII.

La migliore traduzione italiana è quella di Ungaretti:

"Quel tempo in me vedere puoi dell'anno
Quando già niuna foglia, o rara gialla in sospeso, rimane
Ai rami che affrontando il freddo tremano,
Cori spogliati rovinati dove gli uccelli cantarono, dolci".

Di solito i commentatori sottolineano il senso di desolazione che promana da quei bare ruin'd choirs, vuoti, semidistrutti e muti. Sta di fatto che Shakespeare, mentre ce li descrive, riesce in qualche modo a farcene riascoltare il suono. Forse questa è una delle cose che il poeta vuole dirci: la memoria, aiutata dall'arte, può riuscire ad evocare la musica di un coro assente.














          Harmonices Mundi        
Ecco qui di seguito il mio contributo alla raccolta Tifiamo asteroide. Cento storie sulla fine catastrofica del governo Letta.

Dai banchi del governo, il Presidente del Consiglio leggeva il discorso di presentazione della finanziaria 2014.

L'emiciclo di Montecitorio era completamente vuoto.

Il nuovo regolamento della Camera, approvato all'unanimità pochi mesi prima, prevedeva solo riunioni in videoconferenza. Gli onorevoli seguivano e votavano da casa, via Intranet, attraverso una rete locale controllata dal Ministero dell'Interno, con notevole risparmio per l'erario.

Il centro di Roma era deserto, recintato: "zona rossa" presidiata dalle autoblindo dell'esercito e da pattuglie mobili dei corpi di polizia. Gli abitanti erano stati invitati a non uscire di casa. Comunque quasi tutti erano già sfollati nelle seconde case in località di villeggiatura, perché non si sa mai.

Dal cielo, per ora, solo il rombo degli elicotteri. In lontananza, dalla periferia della città, si udivano provenire paurosi boati e colonne di fumo nero si levavano all'orizzonte. Stava accadendo qualcosa laggiù. Difficile sapere cosa, perché le telecomunicazioni erano state temporaneamente oscurate e Internet funzionava poco e male, evidentemente per intervento della polizia postale e dei servizi. Ma eravamo riusciti ad intercettare la linea Intranet del ministero, e dalla nostra base potevamo seguire la seduta del parlamento; ammesso che la si potesse ancora chiamare così.

I passaggi principali del discorso di Letta erano commentati da tonanti applausi preregistrati. Licenziamento di metà dei dipendenti pubblici (applausi). Chiusura di un terzo delle scuole e di un terzo degli ospedali (applausi). Abolizione dello statuto dei lavoratori (applausi). Nuova legge molto più restrittiva sullo sciopero, sui sindacati, sulla stampa (applausi), innalzamento a 80 anni dell'età pensionabile (applausi), e ancora tagli, tagli, tagli... Aumento dei finanziamenti alle scuole private. Applausi. Aumento delle spese militari. Applausi.

Arrivato al passaggio sulla chiusura dei Conservatori, Letta si interruppe. C'era un sostantivo tedesco, Sphärenmusik. Cosa diavolo voleva dire? Certo, il testo del discorso era arrivato solo un'ora prima da Francoforte, e la segreteria aveva dovuto farlo tradurre in fretta e furia. "Ma caspita", pensò il Presidente del consiglio, "questo significa lavorare col culo. Anche lì bisognerà licenziare"...

Letta non riuscì a completare il pensiero, interrotto da un fatto improvviso e incomprensibile. Gli altoparlanti della Camera, al posto degli applausi finti, avevano iniziato a diffondere il Capriccio n. 24 in la minore di Niccolò Paganini.

Che stava succedendo? Mentre Letta e gli altri componenti il governo si guardavano intorno, disorientati, la musica fu sovrastata da un sibilo acutissimo, che si faceva sempre più forte.

Dopo il boato assordante, con le orecchie che fischiavano, sentivamo ancora quella musica.
Dove fino a un istante prima si trovava Enrico Letta, capo del governo di larghe intese, si apriva una spaventosa voragine. Dall'enorme cratere si levavano nubi di fumo nero.



(A) "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

(A) Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

(A') Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

(B) When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad!"

"Gocce di pioggia su rose e baffi di gattini
Bollitori di rame luminosi e caldi guanti di lana
Pacchetti di carta marrone legati con corde
Queste sono alcune delle mie cose preferite

Pony color crema e croccanti struedel di mele
Campanelli e campanelli da slitta e schnitzel con tagliatelle
Le oche selvatiche che volano con la luna sulle ali
Queste sono alcune delle mie cose preferite

Ragazze in abiti bianchi con sciarpe di raso blu
Fiocchi di neve che rimangono sul mio naso e sulle ciglia
Inverni bianchi d'argento che si sciolgono in primavere
Queste sono alcune delle mie cose preferite

Quando il cane morde
Quando l'ape punge
Quando mi sento triste
Non ho che da ricordarmi delle mie cose preferite
E allora non mi sento così male!"

The Sound of Music è ambientato a Salisburgo, fra le due guerre. Richard Rodgers ha naturalmente cercato di tener conto della tradizione musicale austriaca: My Favorite Things, come detto, è un valzer; negli altri brani si sentono riferimenti allo jodler, al laendler, al canto gregoriano, ecc. In un numero c'è anche un singolare omaggio ad Haydn: la canzone So long, farewell è eseguita da un coro di bambini che, uno alla volta, abbandonano il proscenio, finché a cantare rimane una sola bambina, così come, nel finale della Sinfonia degli addii, tutti gli esecutori smettono uno alla volta di suonare facendo concludere la sinfonia da un solo violinista.

Come ci si potrebbe aspettare, il testo di My Favorite Things fa uso di un immaginario prettamente alpino, o comunque nordeuropeo: bollitori per il té, guanti di lana, slitte che corrono sulla neve... Se di questa canzone volessimo realizzare un video-clip animato, seguendo pedissequamente il testo, dovremmo adoperare in prevalenza le tinte chiare, e in particolare il colore bianco, la cui presenza, in corrispondenza della terza strofa (quella con le otto battute in maggiore), diventa quasi ossessiva: abiti bianchi, fiocchi di neve, inverni bianchi... (Nella versione cinematografica quest'aspetto "eurocentrico" della canzone è ancora più sottolineato dal forte accento british di Julie Andrews).

Molti si sono chiesti cosa potesse avere indotto un artista come John Coltrane, che da lì a poco sarebbe diventato un'icona della cultura afro-americana, a musicare una sua versione di questo brano, il quale inizialmente c'entrava così poco con il jazz.

Secondo Lewis Porter, è un errore "dare per scontato che Coltrane trovasse la canzone sciocca e che per questo volesse abbellirla". Al contrario, Coltrane ammirava sinceramente questa canzone e, nella sua versione, la trattò "con rispetto". Il "messaggio" della canzone, "che le cose buone ci aiutano a superare le cattive", è secondo Porter "del tutto sensato e prezioso - per nulla sciocco - è solo che utilizza esempi alla portata di un bambino, perché nel copione la canzone si rivolge a dei bambini".

Qui però l'ottimo Porter ha preso una cantonata. Nel film, è vero, Julie Andrews canta la canzone a dei bambini. Il film, però, è del 1965, quindi è posteriore all'incisione di John Coltrane, che a quell'epoca poteva conoscere solo la versione teatrale di questo musical; e, nella versione teatrale, la protagonista canta My Favorite Things in una delle scene iniziali, che si svolgono in un convento di suore, e non la canta ai bambini, bensì alla Madre Badessa del convento.

Sembra, in realtà, che Coltrane non fosse attratto tanto dal "messaggio" della canzone, quanto invece dalla sua manipolabilità sul piano strettamente musicale. Ecco come si espresse Coltrane in un'intervista: "Questo valzer è fantastico: se lo suoni lento, senti un elemento di gospel che non è per niente sgradevole; se lo suoni veloce, possiede altre innegabili qualità. E' molto interessante scoprire un terreno che si rinnova a seconda dell'impulso che gli dai".

Quindi, si direbbe che il valzer di Rodgers fosse per Coltrane quello che il valzer di Diabelli era stato per il Beethoven dell'op. 120: poco più che un pretesto, un canovaccio utile per imbastire una serie potenzialmente infinita di variazioni che poco o nulla hanno a che fare con il tema originale. E, in verità, Coltrane eseguì in concerto My Favorite Things moltissime volte (secondo Wikipedia, sono state documentate su nastro non meno di 45 esecuzioni), creandone versioni sempre più lontane dalla canzone originale, fino a renderla irriconoscibile.

La versione sull'album si compone di un'introduzione di quattro battute, suonata due volte; viene poi esposto un vamp (breve inciso ritmico, costantemente ripetuto, che è per il jazz quello che nel rock si chiama riff e nella musica barocca si chiama ostinato), cui fanno seguito un primo assolo di Coltrane, un altro assolo di McCoy Tyner al pianoforte, e un assolo finale ancora di Coltrane, per complessivi 14 minuti circa. Nel primo assolo Coltrane esegue le prime due strofe (A) in minore, poi c'è un interludio in maggiore, poi altre due strofe (A) in minore. Gli altri due assoli seguono lo stesso schema, salvo che per la parte finale dell'assolo conclusivo di Coltrane, di cui dirò fra poco.



La prima cosa che si nota all'ascolto è che Coltrane ha spostato molto lontano dall'Europa il baricentro etnico del brano. La ripetizione ossessiva, ipnotica, di un inciso ritmico in tempo dispari; la voce acuta dello strumento a fiato (un sax soprano, fino ad allora poco usato nel jazz); il clima di fissità tonale e il senso del tempo molto dilatato, sono tutti elementi che richiamano la musica orientale. (A me il brano fa venire in mente una danza sufi). Porter nota che Coltrane era appassionato di musica indiana, era un ammiratore di Ravi Shankar, ed era profondamente interessato alla musica folk e modale di tutto il mondo, nonché alle scale pentatoniche (pare che certe volte, nelle sue esercitazioni, eseguisse col sassofono determinate sequenze del Concerto per orchestra di Béla Bartók). Sempre secondo Porter, in My Favorite Things si possono anche scorgere influenze musicali provenienti dall'Africa occidentale.

La cosa per me più sorprendente è che, nella musica originale di questa canzone, Coltrane abbia sentito un "elemento gospel". Per quanto ascolto e riascolto la canzone di Rodgers e Hammerstein, devo confessare che questo elemento gospel non riesco assolutamente a percepirlo. Ma è significativo che, per Coltrane, la canzone avesse qualcosa a che fare con le radici stesse della musica nera americana. Questo forse ci aiuta a far luce su un'altra singolarità della versione di Coltrane.

Abbiamo detto che la versione coltraniana di My Favorite Things è basata sulla strofa A della musica originale. Che fine ha fatto la strofa B, quella il cui testo contiene, secondo Porter, il "messaggio" della canzone e che si conclude in modo maggiore?

Alla fine del suo assolo conclusivo, Coltrane esegue anche la strofa B, senza apportare particolari variazioni alla musica. Però la esegue in mi minore, dandole, secondo Porter, "un effetto più pensoso, riflessivo".

Il testo originale della strofa B fa riferimento ad api che pungono e a cani che mordono, per delineare scherzosamente una situazione da "giornata storta", in cui le cose, chissà perché, non vanno per il verso giusto. Ma questa situazione si supera (dice la canzone) richiamando alla mente le piccole cose belle della vita. Se si fa in questo modo, l'atteggiamento cambia e ci si accorge che non si sta poi così male. La canzone si chiude così, trionfalmente, in sol maggiore.

Qui, però, è meglio fare ricorso alla bella traduzione ritmica di Antonio Amurri (quella utilizzata nella versione italiana del film), che ha colto al meglio il senso di questa strofa:



"Se son triste, infelice, e non so il perché,
io penso alle cose che amo di più
e torna il seren per me!"

Immaginiamo ora di sentire queste parole sovrapposte al mi minore del sax di John Coltrane, nelle battute finali del suo secondo assolo (a partire dal minuto 12'33''). L'effetto è di un'ironia indefinibile, profonda, pungente, tristemente consapevole. Uno speciale tipo di sarcasmo, composto e controllatissimo, ma inequivocabile.

Per me (e sottolineo: per me) in questo minuto e dodici secondi di musica c'è l'essenza stessa del jazz. Ogni volta che l'ascolto, mi commuovo.

Provo a spiegarmi meglio.

Il cantante e chitarrista Huddie W. Leadbetter (1885-1949), uno fra i musicisti più influenti della musica nera americana del secolo ventesimo, tentò una volta di definire a parole quel particolare complesso psicologico che porta il nome di blues. Possiamo leggere le sue parole come una specie di negativo fotografico della canzone di Rodgers e Hammerstein:

"Quando la notte sei sdraiato nel letto, e ti giri da una parte e dall'altra senza riuscire a prendere sonno, non c'è niente da fare. I blues si sono impadroniti di te... Quando ti svegli al mattino, ti siedi sulla sponda del letto, e puoi avere vicino a te padre e madre, sorella e fratello, il tuo ragazzo o la tua ragazza, ma non hai voglia di parlargli... Non ti hanno fatto niente, e tu non hai fatto niente a loro, ma che cosa importa? I blues si sono impadroniti di te".

Così commenta Arrigo Polillo nel suo classico Jazz. La vicenda e i protagonisti della musica afro-americana (Mondadori, Milano 2009, p. 43): "Avere i blues è qualcosa di diverso dall'essere triste dell'uomo bianco. E' essere afflitti da un tedio esistenziale, da una malinconia greve che non lascia spazio alle fantasticherie, vuol dire autocommiserazione, rassegnazione, vuol dire disperazione sorda, grigiore, miseria. E' una poesia fondata sulle cose di tutti i giorni, su personaggi familiari, visti in una luce realistica, con occhio disincantato. Non c'è, né ci vuol essere, nel blues, trasfigurazione lirica, che è un lusso da bianchi; non c'è dramma, perché il dramma è fatto di ombre ma anche di luci. C'è invece la consapevolezza di una tragedia in atto, che non finirà mai. Il blues singer non canta la vita, ma il non morire, parla sempre di ciò che non ha e che non avrà mai".

Ecco il senso del mi minore con cui si conclude My Favorite Things di John Coltrane. Non c'è consolazione, e non c'è neanche protesta. E' la constatazione oggettiva di una situazione fondamentalmente tragica. Il "messaggio" della canzone di Rodgers e Hammerstein è sovvertito. Vista in questa luce, non solo la canzone, ma la stessa cultura (musicale e non solo) cui essa fa riferimento, viene radicalmente messa in questione.
          Da lontano        



          Mozart schedato da Buscaroli        
Va subito detto che il titolo del libro di Piero Buscaroli, La morte di Mozart (Rizzoli, Milano 1996, pp. 373) è fuorviante. L'oggetto della trattazione di Buscaroli non è, infatti, "la morte di Mozart", bensì gli ultimi dieci anni di vita del grande compositore. L'intento dichiarato di Buscaroli è quello di demolire tutta una serie di leggende, falsità e luoghi comuni che, secondo lui, si sarebbero accumulati intorno alla figura di Mozart ad opera dei suoi biografi otto e novecenteschi: il Mozart di Buscaroli sarebbe infine quello genuino ed autentico, finalmente restituitoci dopo due secoli di menzogne.

Mi sembra che il punto di vista di Buscaroli sia politicamente determinato e che questa componente politica sia un elemento essenziale del suo metodo. Infatti, Buscaroli è un nostalgico dell'ancien régime, né più né meno. Tutto ciò che deriva dall'Illuminismo e dalla Rivoluzione francese, per Buscaroli, è pura e semplice aberrazione. Buscaroli non accetta nulla della modernità; del feudalesimo, invece, rimpiange ogni aspetto (per esempio anche l'elevata mortalità infantile, p. 261). Questo suo punto di vista radicalmente antimoderno dovrebbe, nelle intenzioni di Buscaroli, garantirgli una completa indipendenza dalle ideologie correnti nella nostra epoca e consentirgli così di vederci più chiaro di ogni altro biografo mozartiano prima di lui.

In altre parole, il libro di Buscaroli non si basa affatto su una ricerca archivistica che abbia prodotto fonti inedite e di prima mano. Si basa, invece, sulla reinterpretazione delle fonti già note, le quali, sotto l'occhio limpido e scevro di pregiudizi di Piero Buscaroli, rivelerebbero alfine quella verità che nessuno, prima di lui, aveva veduto.

Le fonti principali di Buscaroli sono infatti: l'epistolario mozartiano; la raccolta di documenti a cura di Erich Deutsch Mozart. Die Dokumente seines Lebens, Kassel 1961; e le prime biografie mozartiane di Schlichtegroll (1793), Niemetschek (1798), Nissen (1828) e Jahn (1856-59). Sono tutti materiali ben conosciuti e ampiamente utilizzati dalla critica mozartiana. Buscaroli esprime invece il massimo disprezzo per il W. A. Mozart di Hermann Abert (1921), opera considerata fondamentale da tutti ma non da Buscaroli il quale, naturalmente, è anche in costante e aspra polemica con quasi tutta la critica mozartiana novecentesca.

Vediamo allora, più nel dettaglio, qual è il bersaglio polemico della ricostruzione buscaroliana.

Mozart, che all'età di venticinque anni lasciò il servizio dell'Arcivescovo di Salisburgo per trasferirsi a Vienna, dove cercò di mantenersi con i proventi della sua attività di pianista e compositore, è oggi celebrato come il primo grande musicista dell'epoca borghese, colui il quale, per primo, tentò di conquistarsi lo status di libero artista, riscattando così la figura del musicista dal suo ruolo di dipendente delle corti. Nelle parole del sociologo Norbert Elias (1991): "Da outsider borghese al servizio della corte, Mozart combatté fino in fondo, con incredibile coraggio, una battaglia di affrancamento dai suoi padroni e committenti aristocratici. Lo fece di propria iniziativa, per amore della propria dignità di uomo e del proprio lavoro di musicista. E perse la battaglia [...]". Secondo Elias, Mozart perse la battaglia (e la vita) in quanto i tempi non erano ancora maturi per lui: la lotta di Mozart si svolse in una nazione, l'Austria del settecento, che si trovava "in una fase dello sviluppo sociale nella quale i rapporti di potere tradizionali erano praticamente ancora intatti".

Per l'ultrareazionario Buscaroli, questa moderna visione di Mozart come artista rivoluzionario è fumo negli occhi. Con grande insistenza, Buscaroli ci propone invece un Mozart meschino, pavido e conformista, caratterizzato dalla "evidente mancanza di superiori doti intellettuali e morali" (p. 342). "Mai anelò al riscatto sociale e politico della figura dell'artista, cercava un reddito fisso, ma alto" (p. 32). "Il libero mercato dell'arte gli si spalanca, e lui continua a sperare in un impiego a corte, meglio a Vienna, dove potrebbe, tutt'al più, raddoppiare lo stipendio di ora. Uomo libero è solo a parole [...]. I suoi sogni sono quelli di un impiegato" (pp. 183-4).

Tutto il libro di Buscaroli pullula di simili osservazioni, che in verità sono reiterate tanto spesso, quanto poco sono seriamente argomentate. E non potrebbe essere diversamente, dato che, come ho detto sopra, le fonti di Buscaroli sono le stesse dei critici mozartiani che lui tanto disprezza. Se, per loro, queste fonti disegnano una determinata figura e per Buscaroli la figura esattamente opposta, ciò dipenderebbe solo dal fatto che Buscaroli è intelligente e onesto, mentre gli altri autori sono stupidi e/o in malafede.

Un esempio del metodo argomentativo di Buscaroli lo si trova nella trattazione delle dimissioni di Mozart dalla corte arcivescovile di Salisburgo nel giugno 1781. In quella circostanza, com'è noto, il segretario dell'Arcivescovo, un tale conte Arco, per tutta risposta all'insistenza con cui Mozart continuava a chiedergli di accettare la sua richiesta di dimissioni, assestò al musicista un calcio nel sedere. Questo episodio, che ha suscitato l'indignazione unanime di tutta la posterità, viene raccontato da Buscaroli con le tecniche adottate dagli avvocati difensori di chi viene processato per stupro:
A) minimizzare. "Credette di dover ridurre alla ragione il musicista ribelle con la zotica seppur benintenzionata famigliarità elargita a sguatteri e inservienti".
B) Insinuare dubbi sulla veridicità del fatto. "E se fosse tutta invenzione [...]?"
C) Sostenere che la vittima, in fondo, se l'è cercata. "E il giovane genio dal corpo minuto [...] fece tutto quanto poteva per trarlo fuori dai gangheri" (tutte le citazioni sono dalla p. 53).
Il tutto al palese scopo di tessere l'apologia di un sistema sociale, nel quale era possibile che un Mozart venisse preso a calci dallo scagnozzo di un feudatario.

A ciò aggiungiamo il fatto che, della musica di Mozart, Buscaroli parla poco o nulla: al Don Giovanni sono dedicate in tutto 3 (tre) pagine, nelle quali Buscaroli si limita a dirci che Da Ponte copiò il libretto da Giovanni Bertati; e sai che novità! Questo ci dà la misura di quanto la lettura di questo libro possa risultare tediosa e irritante.

Questo, almeno, per le prime duecentosessanta pagine. E' solo quando Buscaroli inizia a parlare degli ultimi mesi di vita di Mozart, che il suo discorso comincia a farsi un minimo interessante. A proposito della genesi del Requiem, Buscaroli propone una tesi che, pur non essendo necessariamente giusta, non è né futile né banale. Secondo Buscaroli (il quale, per una volta, avverte onestamente il lettore di non aver prove di quanto afferma: p. 324), l'incompiutezza del Requiem non sarebbe dovuta alla morte improvvisa del compositore, bensì ad una sua scelta deliberata. Infatti, Mozart fu incaricato della composizione da un nobile musicista dilettante, il conte Walsegg-Stuppach, il quale intendeva appropriarsi della stessa paternità dell'opera: il conte voleva cioè far eseguire il Requiem (dalla propria orchestra di corte) figurandone lui come autore.

Secondo Buscaroli, quando Mozart si rese conto dei termini di questo incarico (che inizialmente aveva accettato per necessità di denaro), maturò un invincibile disgusto per il lavoro che gli era stato commissionato: la sua coscienza artistica e professionale si ribellò all'idea di dover comporre un'opera che non avrebbe mai potuto rivendicare come sua. Sarebbe questo, secondo Buscaroli, il vero motivo per cui il Requiem rimase incompiuto.

Una prova a sostegno della sua ricostruzione sarebbe costituita, secondo Buscaroli (il quale considera il Requiem di Mozart un'opera minore e mal riuscita), dalla stessa scarsa qualità musicale della composizione. Mozart, cioè, sapeva di dover scrivere un'opera che sarebbe andata sotto il nome di un musicista dilettante: perciò la scrisse in modo volutamente sciatto, adoperando ad esempio un "contrappunto opaco, scontato, da manuale" (p. 325), e alla fine si rifiutò senz'altro di completarla, meditandone probabilmente la distruzione.

Buscaroli, però, sembra non rendersi conto che quanto lui scrive in queste pagine finali, a proposito del Mozart autore del Requiem, contraddice in modo stridente quanto egli stesso ha sostenuto nel corso di tutti i capitoli precedenti. Se Mozart, dal 1781 fino all'estate del 1791, era quel piccolo-borghese pusillanime e opportunista che Buscaroli si è sforzato di dipingere, come si spiega questo improvviso scatto di orgoglio e di dignità a pochi mesi dalla morte?

A me sembra, invece, che in queste pagine finali gli occhiali dell'ideologia siano in qualche modo caduti dal naso di Buscaroli, il quale, alla fine, non può a fare a meno di riconoscere a Mozart quelle qualità umane che fin qui gli aveva ostinatamente e faziosamente negato.

Per finire, ho seri dubbi sulla valutazione critica che Buscaroli riserva al Requiem. Non trascurerei il fatto che quest'opera sembra attualmente la più popolare fra quelle del suo autore. Ad esempio, se si digita Mozart nella casella di ricerca di "YouTube", il Requiem è la prima opzione che viene proposta. Senza dubbio, ciò si deve in gran parte al film Amadeus. Ma in parte, secondo me, lo si deve anche alla relativa semplicità di fruizione del Requiem che Buscaroli, a suo modo, evidenzia, pur senza comprenderne le ragioni. Non dimentichiamo che Mozart, poco prima di morire, fu testimone dell'enorme successo del suo Flauto Magico, un'opera scritta per un teatro della periferia di Vienna e destinata ad un pubblico popolare.

Forse Mozart, dopo aver volutamente sfidato il gusto dell'aristocrazia, e dopo l'amara esperienza del mancato sostegno da parte del pubblico borghese, negli ultimi mesi di vita iniziò a intravedere la possibilità di rivolgersi ad un pubblico interamente nuovo, posto al di fuori delle classi dominanti del presente e dell'immediato futuro. E cominciò a orientare la sua scrittura musicale all'obiettivo di conquistare ed educare, se necessario anche calibrando il livello di complessità compositiva, questo nuovo pubblico.

(Trovate la presente recensione anche su Evulon).
          La rivoluzione russa        
La mattina del 20 settembre 1871, il Maestro Franz Liszt si esercitava al pianoforte nello studio della sua sontuosa magione di campagna vicino Budapest, quando fu interrotto da un confuso e concitato vociare proveniente dal portone d'ingresso.

"Che succede, Pierre?" chiese mentre raggiungeva il suo maggiordomo, il quale, bloccando con il suo corpo l'accesso alla casa, stava palesemente cercando di convincere un ospite indesiderato ad andarsene.

Quando Liszt, avvicinatosi dietro le spalle del suo domestico, poté scorgere l'aspetto dell'intruso (un uomo sui sessant'anni, calvo, barbuto, che sembrava assai malmesso, ma parlava un francese forbito con marcato accento parigino), quest'ultimo troncò subito, lasciando una frase a metà, il suo litigio con Pierre e, volgendo speranzoso lo sguardo al padrone di casa, così lo apostrofò:

"Maestro Liszt! Maestro! Vi prego, degnatevi di concedere udienza ad un vostro grande ammiratore, giunto or ora dalla Francia solo per avere l'inestimabile onore di fare la Vostra conoscenza!"

"Padrone!" diceva intanto il maggiordomo, "lasciate che cacci via a calci nel sedere questo vagabondo che pretende di farsi ricevere da Voi! E' inaudito! Come se qualsiasi pitocco potesse..."

"Va bene, Pierre, lascia pure entrare Monsieur... di grazia, come vi chiamate?"

Il viso dello strano ospite si rasserenò. "Mi chiamo Eugène Pottier. Da Parigi. Poeta. Per servirvi. Sapevo che avreste... oh, grazie, mille grazie, Maestro!"

"Potete chiamarmi semplicemente Padre. Come forse saprete, non sono che un umile servitore di Santa Romana Chiesa... Ma accomodatevi nel mio studio, ve ne prego, e raccontatemi di voi..." diceva Liszt mentre accompagnava il suo ammiratore lungo il corridoio. "Venite da Parigi, avete detto?", qui il musicista scoccò uno sguardo sospettoso sul suo interlocutore. "E dove siete diretto, se posso..."

Mentre Liszt tornava a sedersi al suo pianoforte, Pottier si accomodò su un'ampia poltrona disposta in modo da fronteggiare il lato destro dello strumento. Come in una sala da concerto, pensò Pottier un po' a disagio. "Maestro, cioè scusatemi, Padre. Avete già capito. Sono un combattente della Comune. Sono in esilio, ramingo per l'Europa, da ormai quattro mesi. Ma non voglio annoiarvi con il racconto delle mie tribolazioni. Sono venuto qui, attratto dalla vostra fama di grande artista e di uomo già attento alla questione sociale, perché ho un testo, da me composto, che vorrei chiedervi di porre in musica".

Ci furono alcuni secondi di silenzio, durante i quali le palpebre di Liszt si aprirono e si chiusero spasmodicamente per una ventina di volte. "Monsieur Pottier... vi rendete conto, spero, del rischio a cui state esponendo voi stesso e me. Mi è difficile comprendere come siate potuto giungere fin qui dalla Francia. Ma, che la vostra sia stata fortuna o incoscienza, sappiate che la polizia asburgica non è affatto indulgente con quelli come voi, né con chi dà loro rifugio."

Pottier si raddrizzò sulla poltrona. "Né fortuna, né incoscienza, Monsieur Liszt. Siamo stati sconfitti, è vero. Ma abbiamo compagni ovunque, pronti a dare il loro silenzioso contributo alla Causa. E' grazie alla loro solidarietà che sono riuscito a sopravvivere e ad arrivare a voi. La musica che porto con me" - a questo punto Pottier tirò fuori da una tasca della giacca un fascicolo spiegazzato, ingiallito e sgualcito, e lo tese a Liszt - "mi induce a confidare anche nella vostra solidarietà".

Sempre più stupito, ma senza offuscare la politezza dei suoi modi da gentiluomo, il musicista prese l'opuscolo che lo strano visitatore gli porgeva. Era uno spartito a stampa che recava sopra il pentagramma il titolo Lyon e il motto: Vivre en travaillant, ou mourir en combattant. Che si potrebbe tradurre, a un dipresso: Vivere del proprio lavoro, o morire combattendo.

"Dove l'avete trovata?" chiese subito Liszt. "Questa composizione non fa più parte della raccolta delle mie opere. Non viene più ristampata da..."

"Dal 1837" lo interruppe Pottier. "Me la regalò mio padre, il giorno del mio ventunesimo compleanno. Mi spiegò che un grande musicista l'aveva composta per celebrare il ricordo della rivolta degli operai disoccupati di Lione. Mi disse: se vuoi davvero fare l'artista, prendi esempio, figlio mio, e ricordati sempre da quale parte della barricata devi stare!"

Liszt guardò fisso il suo ospite, che ricambiava lo sguardo con fermezza. Poi sospirò. "Monsieur Pottier, i tempi sono cambiati. Persino quella testa calda del mio amico Wagner se n'è reso conto, ed è passato (come direste voi) dall'altra parte della barricata. L'epoca delle rivoluzioni è finita. Per sempre. Anche voialtri, col vostro folle tentativo laggiù in Francia, lo avete dimostrato. Datemi retta: la vostra cosiddetta questione sociale non ha alcuna soluzione. Non su questa terra, almeno. La sola cosa che posso fare per voi è scrivere due righe al priore del convento francescano che si trova a una lega da qui. E' mio amico. Vi darà ricetto e ospitalità, fino al giorno in cui Dio, nella Sua infinita misericordia, illuminerà la vostra mente, come già fece con la mia. Allora anche voi comprenderete, e vi rassegnerete alla Sua volontà".

Pottier rimase in silenzio. Poi fece per rimettere in tasca l'altro foglio di carta che ne aveva tratto poco prima e che stava per consegnare al grande musicista. Ma gli tremava la mano e, senza che lui se ne accorgesse, il foglio cadde per terra. Infine disse: "Bene, Monsieur Liszt. Vi chiedo scusa per l'incomodo e per il rischio che vi ho fatto correre. Mi ero sbagliato sul vostro conto. Ora non vi importunerò ulteriormente e, col vostro permesso, riprenderò il mio viaggio."

Stava per uscire senz'altro dallo studio di Liszt, ma quest'ultimo lo richiamo: "Aspettate, Monsieur Pottier. Non fatemi il torto di rifiutare la mia ospitalità, almeno sino a domattina... Tra poco sarà servita la colazione. Frattanto, accomodatevi, e siate così gentile da attendere che abbia finito i miei esercizi. Fra l'altro, suono meglio quando ho un pubblico ad ascoltarmi. Posso chiedervi inoltre, nuovamente, qual è la meta del vostro viaggio?"

Eugène Pottier si risedette. "Credo che andrò in Russia. C'è molto lavoro da fare, laggiù".

"In Russia!?" esclamò Liszt. Stava per aggiungere: voi siete pazzo, ma si trattenne. "Voi non sapete quel che dite! Ogni giorno, ogni giorno lo Zar incarcera, spedisce in Siberia o manda sul patibolo gente come voi! Ecco, guardate" - Liszt prese in fretta dallo scrittoio una rivista - "guardate questo giornale che mi è arrivato ieri da San Pietroburgo. Sapete leggere il cirillico? Ecco l'elenco dei terroristi che sono stati impiccati il mese scorso per avere cospirato contro la monarchia: Rodion Raskolnikov, Nikolaj Stavrogin, Aleksandr Uljanov... Va avanti per un'intera pagina! E voi volete andare in Russia?"

Pottier ribatté con calma: "Terroristi, avete detto? Uhm... no, non è questa la strada. Noi vinceremo, ma seguendo un altro cammino."

"Ah, sì? E quale, se mi è concesso chiederlo?

"Non lo so. Forse la strada non c'è. Ma so che c'è da camminare".

Liszt sospirò. Guardò Pottier. Poi guardò il giornale russo. Poi guardò il suo pianoforte. Infine ci si sedette e, senza dire niente, attaccò a suonarlo.

Suonava già da un quarto d'ora, e le tortuose armonie della Sonata in si minore si dipanavano con sicurezza sotto le sue dita, come un filo di lana in un labirinto, quando Liszt sentì un suono inconfondibile provenire dalla poltrona del poeta. Liszt portò a termine l'esecuzione della Sonata, poi si alzò dal pianoforte e risistemò delicatamente il poggiatesta imbottito sotto la tempia di Pottier. Quest'ultimo smise di russare, ma non si svegliò. Poi il musicista si chinò a raccogliere il foglio di carta che era caduto dalla tasca di Pottier. Si risedé al pianoforte e lo lesse. Era scritto in versi e iniziava così:

"Debout, les damnés de la terre
Debout, les forçats de la faim!
La raison tonne en son cratère
C'est l'éruption de la fin.
Du passé faisons table rase.
Foules, esclaves, debout, debout!
Le monde va changer de base.
Nous ne sommes rien, soyons tout!"


Il poema andava avanti su questo tono per un'altra decina di strofe. Liszt lo lesse con attenzione. Poi sbuffò forte col naso, mise il foglio da parte e si rimise al piano. Attaccò a suonare una sua composizione che s'intitolava Funérailles. Si interruppe dopo poche battute. Poi, per la prima volta dopo decenni, dalla cassa armonica rintoccarono le possenti note iniziali di Lyon. Ma anche questa esecuzione fu lasciata a metà.

Liszt si prese la faccia tra le mani. Cosa gli stava succedendo?

Infine il musicista sembrò distendersi. Riprese in mano il foglio con la poesia di Pottier e lo pose sul leggìo. Iniziò ad improvvisare. Si udì una melodia piuttosto bella, allo stesso tempo vivace e solenne, in ritmo giambico. (Molto tempo dopo, qualcuno l'avrebbe descritta come una via di mezzo fra Oh, my darling Clementine e La cucaracha).

Subito iniziò a variare. Mentre un ritmo lento, profondo e pauroso rombava nella parte sinistra della tastiera, la melodia si trasformò in un canto popolare slavo che sembrava provenire dall'inizio dei tempi.
Poi il ritmo si fece più veloce, incalzante e sincopato, come di tamburi africani, mentre la melodia, stranamente deformata in semitoni, diede l'allucinante impressione di provenire non più da un pianoforte, ma da una tromba con sordina, o da qualche altro strano strumento a fiato non ancora inventato.

Poi ancora la stessa melodia, resa esile, sottile e tintinnante, si stagliò nelle zone alte della tastiera, sullo sfondo di colpi molto distanziati, come di un gong, che provenivano dalla mano sinistra. Senza soluzione di continuità, questo tintinnio si tramutò nel canto di un muezzin. Poi fu come se, prodigiosamente, tutte queste versioni della stessa identica melodia risuonassero insieme. Pottier, che nel frattempo si era svegliato, non credeva ai propri occhi. Le mani di Liszt si muovevano ad una velocità sovrumana, producendo una fittissima gragnuola di note di ogni altezza, che scemava e poi di nuovo s'intensificava, fino a scoppiare in un'onda di energia di terrificante violenza. Infine, mentre le ultime risonanze dell'esplosione ancora si dissolvevano, la melodia iniziale ritornò piano, semplice ed infantile, lenta, simile ad un carillon che suonasse una ninna-nanna.

La straordinaria esibizione di Liszt aveva intanto richiamato tutta la sua servitù, che si era raccolta ad ascoltare in un piccolo drappello dietro la porta dello studio: erano anni che non lo sentivano suonare a quel modo. Fra di loro, c'era una famigliola composta da una giovane coppia con la loro bambina di tre anni.

"Hai sentito, Sandor?" disse la moglie. "Tu dicevi che il vecchio si era ormai completamente rincitrullito..."

"Sì, Hannah, te lo confermo: il vecchio si è totalmente rimbecillito. Ma per sua fortuna, le mani ce le ha ancora buone. Vieni, Milena!" prese in braccio la sua figlioletta, "ascolta. Un giorno anche tu dovrai suonare così".

Pubblicato il 7 ottobre 2010, qui: http://www.evulon.net/news.php?extend.3549


          (To Heal) - Genesis - Driving the last spike (no replies)        
We came from the North,
and we came from the South
with picks and with spades
and a new kind of order
showing no fear of what lies up ahead
They'll never see the likes of us again

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
Don't you hear me?
Don't you see?


Genesis - Driving the last spike

Leaving my family behind me
not knowing what lay ahead
waving goodbye, as I left them in tears
remembering all we'd said

I looked to the sky, I offered my prayers
I asked Him for guidance and strength
but the simple beliefs of a simple man
lay in His hands, and on my head (my head)

I gave everything that they wanted
but still they wanted more
we sweat and we toiled
good men lost their lives
I don't think they knew what for

I sold them my heart
I sold them my soul
I gave everything I had
Ah, but they couldn't break my spirit
my dignity fought back
fightback

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
Don't you hear me?
Don't you see?

We worked in gangs for all we were worth
the young boys pulling the wagons
We were digging the tunnel, shifting the earth
It was then that it happened.

No one knew how the cracks appeared,
but as it fell they all disappeared
stone fell like rain

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
Don't you hear me?
(Can) Can you breathe?

The smoke cleared, the dust it settled
No one knew how many had died
All around there were broken men
They'd said it was safe, they'd lied
you could hear the cries, you could smell our fear
but good fortune that day was mine
and it occurred to me that the heart of a good man
it seems is hard to find.

Ah, can you hear me?
Can you see?
Don't you hear me?
Don't you see?

We worked, how we worked like
the devil for our pay
through the wind, through the snow,
and through the rain

Blasting, and cutting through God's country like a knife
sweat stinging my eyes, there has to be a better life

Ah but I can hear my childrens' cry
I can see the tears in their eyes
memories of those I've left behind
still ringing in my ears
Will I ever go back again?
Will I ever see her face again?
O, I'll never forget that night
As they waved goodbye to their fathers

We came from the North,
and we came from the South
with picks and with spades
and a new kind of order
showing no fear of what lies up ahead
They'll never see the likes of us again

Driving the last spike,
lifting and laying the track
with blistering hands,
the sun burning your back

Oh, but I can hear my childrens' cry
I can see the tears in their eyes
memories of those I've left behind
still ringing in my ears
Well I'll always remember that night,
As they waved goodbye to their fathers

We followed the rail, we slept under the stars
digging in darkness, and living with danger
showing no fear of what lies up ahead
they'll never see the likes of us again.

Can you hear me?
Can you see?
(Don't) Don't you hear me?
(Don't) Don't you see?


Context

(To Heal)(Management innovation) - '..Teal Organizations to start healing the world..'

(In The Electric Universe) - '..Reading “The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences” caused me to reconsider my views on death..'

(Bazaarmodel - To Heal - Teal) Dream - Semco Style


Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross

You just feel what you want it to be

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'You are only suprised when you have the wrong model.' (minute 9:38)

- Michael Clarage, SAFIRE as Astrophysical Laboratory | EU2016)


Context

Dr. Hannes Tager, who has done significant historical research into the origins and the evolution of the electrical concepts of comets, going back hundreds of years, December 20, 2016

(Electric Universe) - '..the SAFIRE Project has moved into Phase 2..'

(LENR) - It's Not Cold Fusion... But It's Something


(Fusion Power) - LPP Focus Fusion 1; '..FF-1 results are right now far ahead..'

'Thorium reactor: cleaner, safer and sustainable nuclear energy within sight'

'..the first-ever 2000 horsepower (HP) electric class 8 semi-truck, called the Nikola One..'


(Project C - MDE, The Electric Universe, Fusion Power) - Montgomery Childs: SAFIRE Project Update | EU2015

(Electric Universe) - '..a Birkeland current may be responsible for the planetary spacings described by the Titius-Bode Law..'

          Powtoon - Free Accounts for Teachers!        


Powtoon is a fun platform for creating animations.  I've personally used it to create the trailer for the EdCeptional Show.  So far that's all I've done, but I can see it would be a fun way to engage students and excite them about a topic or lesson.  So, that's why I claimed my FREE Powtoons account!

Powtoons is giving away over $5 million of teacher and student accounts before October 2014.  All of these accounts will be valid for 1 year, and include 1 teacher account with 60 student accounts!  You can get yours now at Powtoons ToonUp.



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          Google Classroom for SPED        

Google Classroom is a new offering for districts who use Google Apps for Education (GAFE).  Classroom is a combination of Edmodo and Doctupus; part social network and part document manager.  Once Classroom is enabled you are able to create classes and invite your students to join.  Google creates a folder in your Drive, a place for you to upload and/or create documents to share with those students.  From the main Classroom page you have options for posting Announcements or create assignments.  Assignments can be linked to a Drive Document, Youtube video, weblink or you can attach a file.  Students can then complete the work and turn it in via Classroom.  When using Google Docs you have the option to allow students to view the document, edit one document or it will create a separate document for each student.

For self-contained teachers this immediately solves issues with distributing and collecting Google Doc files.  It's also a place for students to communicate questions with their classmates or you.  While the interface is limited and the themes are pretty basic, I think the potential for this product is astounding.

From my new perspective of a push-in support teacher, I see this as a way to push out modified assignments to students.  Part of our new reading curriculum involves discussion guides and we, as a special education team, are considering modifying them so they are Google Docs.  This would give me a way to push out specific docs, to specific students easily.  I also think giving students a place they can post questions might be useful, especially students who may not want to speak up in class.  I can see it as a way for those students to contact me when we are not together in class.

I'm going to continue to give it a try, and see if there are other ways it can be utilized.  I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on using Google Classroom.  This week Google opened it all users with GAFE account, but there is one caveat.  You and your students must be on the same domain.  This is actually a problem in my district, my email ends in "d57.org" and our students are "students.d57.org" so I cannot create a Classroom unless I have a different login.  This is frustrating, but Google is aware and hopefully they will fix it in the near future.



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          Around the Globe - Fundación Todo Mejora supports LGBT youth        

Todo Mejora means “it gets better”—and it’s this message that the Chile-based nonprofit has worked tirelessly to advocate for. In the wake of continual LGBT discrimination around the world, Fundación Todo Mejora strives to support the LGBT adolescents who face discrimination, including those considering committing suicide. Chile has one of the highest levels of suicide and school violence in Latin America. It’s projected that if nothing is done, in four years, one adolescent in Chile will end his or her life  nearly each day—an astounding metric that Fundación Todo Mejora hopes to change.1,2

Continuing  with our series about impactful organizations using Google for Nonprofits tools, this week we’re highlighting how Fundación Todo Mejora uses technology to spread its message and creates a safe space for these teenagers to find refuge in times of need.

Showing up when searching for help—Google Ad Grants

By implementing a strategic campaign using Google Ad Grants, the nonprofit targeted Google searches common to suicidal thoughts such as “I want to commit suicide”, “Who should I call if I want to kill myself?”, or “Help me, I want to die”. When a local person searches this on Google, Fundación Todo Mejora’s ads show up to intervene with supportive messages, and provide links to resources to find help. One 19-year-old girl who found support from these ads said, "Amidst my depression, I Googled how to commit suicide. Your foundation, ’Todo Mejora,’ popped up in my search results. It made me smile and reminded me the reason to go on.”

These ads have allowed Fundación Todo Mejora to save lives and navigate people to their website where they can find resources and support. As a result, website traffic increased by 20% in one year alone, which means the organization found a way to reach more people in need. This increase also prompted Fundación Todo Mejora to expand their suicide hotline support to 30 hours/week up from 7 hours/week.

Spreading the word—YouTube

To further increase visibility, Fundación Todo Mejora created a YouTube channel where adolescents share their personal stories, which have helped create a community of support, coupled with the call-to-action overlays inspiring others to follow suit, take initiative, and send donations. In their most popular video, with over 62,000 views, Demi Lovato speaks out against homophobic and transgender bullying and encourages victims to reach out for help.

TODO MEJORA - Demi Lovato, cantante

Storage & syncing—G Suite

Fundación Todo Mejora now uses G Suite exclusively for all its day-to-day operations, relying on Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar to work productively. The unlimited user accounts and 30GB of storage per user has saved them time and money that once went towards paying for other storage products. Now, they can save important data in a shared and collaborative space which has helped them streamline their processes, preserve historical documents, and improve communication.

With more time, funding, and organizational processes, Fundación Todo Mejora can focus on expanding their support for youth in need and the LGBT community. Read more about their story on our Community Stories page on our Google for Nonprofits site.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers products at no charge to qualified nonprofits.

1 OECD (2016). Low Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How To Help Them Succeed. PISA. OECD Publishing. Paris

2.Ministerio de Salud de Chile (2013). Situación Actual del Suicidio Adolescente en Chile, con perspectiva de Género [Current Situation of Adolescent Suicide in Chile, with a gender perspective]. Programa Nacional de Salud Integral de Adolescentes y Jóvenes. Chile.


          G4NP Around the Globe - Zooming in on Action Against Hunger        

Every dollar and minute count to further your cause and focus on your mission. We’re pleased to highlight nonprofits who were able to make greater impact with fewer resources by using Google tools—from G Suite to Google Ad Grants–made available through Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) at no charge.

Varying in size, scope, and timezones, these nonprofits from around the world share one thing in common: utilizing the G4NP suite of tools to help their specific needs. G4NP offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more at no cost. This week, we’ll take a look at how the nonprofit Action Against Hunger utilizes these tools to increase productivity, visibility, and donations,  in order to improve lives in  the communities they serve.

Action Against Hunger

In 2016 alone, Action Against Hunger provided nourishment to over 1.5 million starving children(1). In order to save lives with nutritional programs, Action Against Hunger looked to Google for aid—not for food, but for technology. Action Against Hunger now utilizes five Google technologies that have drastically improved their ability to save lives around the globe.

Raising Awareness with Google Ad Grants & Analytics

For major international emergencies, like the Ebola outbreak or the South Sudan famine, Action Against Hunger needs a way to inform people and recommend ways to get involved. With Ad Grants, the nonprofit activates targeted keywords relating to the crises to drive people to their page and empower them to take action. Google Analytics then allows them to track their effectiveness and adjust accordingly to increase engagement and improve their fundraising techniques. With this data-driven strategy and the tools’ ability to optimize campaigns, Action Against Hunger has nearly doubled funding year-over-year. In fact, Ad Grants brought 158,000 people to their website in the past year alone, raising $66,000 which is equal to treating 1,466 hungry children.

Ad Grants brought 158,000 people to their website in the past year alone, raising $66,000 which is equal to treating 1,466 hungry children.

Increasing Productivity with G Suite

When working with a global network and managing hundreds of programs abroad, collaboration and communication are key. After experiencing unnecessary latencies in their operations, Action Against Hunger has since adopted G Suite which streamlined their workflow. The nonprofit is especially fond of Gmail, Hangouts, and Drive where Action Against Hunger employees can message each other quickly, share files securely, and collaborate on Docs in real-time—avoiding duplication of efforts and saving time.

Fundraising with One Today & YouTube

To drive donations and expand awareness to broad audiences, Action Against Hunger uses One Today, a Google app that allows users to easily donate $1 or more towards causes they care about. Campaigning on One Today on World Food Day in 2016,  Action Against Hunger raised more than $1,200 in support of their cause with each dollar going directly helping those in need. Additionally, Action Against Hunger creates and shares content on YouTube to reach their global audience, and is  beginning to use the YouTube donation cards to further increase donations. The large exposure and website referrals from both YouTube and Google+ helped Action Against Hunger raise over $20,000.

Using Google products Action Against Hunger gained extra time and energy to focus on what really matters: feeding the hungry.

To read more about Action Against Hunger’s story and learn how they used Google tools so effectively, visit our Google for Nonprofits Community Stories page. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more inspirational stories about nonprofits using technology to help their cause.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers products at no charge to qualified nonprofits.



          Introducing “G4NP in Three,” a new YouTube Series        

Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more. Whether you’ve been using our products for years or are thinking about signing up for Google for Nonprofits, we want you to feel confident when using our products.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our brand new YouTube series, “G4NP in Three.” Every few weeks, we’ll walk you through one of the many products we offer  from enrollment process to optimization—all in roughly three minutes.

What You’ll Learn

We’ll start with the basics. We’ll cover program eligibility requirements, walk through the different signup processes, and give you tips and tricks on how to best use our products. In the first few videos, we’ll focus on some of our most popular products: Google Ad Grants, G Suite, and YouTube.

Meet Your Hosts

Bri and Jay are volunteers on our video production and G4NP YouTube strategy team. Both work in different parts of the Google organization for their core roles, but have been aligned to G4NP for over a year. They write, edit and star in videos to help educate the nonprofit community and, in addition to hosting, are the co-creators of the “G4NP in Three” series.

Jay

​A​ San Francisco native, ​Jay ventured to Ann Arbor, MI to get his degree at the University of Michigan. ​After graduating, he started at Google where he currently works as a Communications Specialist in People Operations. Aside from his passion for marketing, communications​,​ and diversity in the workplace, Jay’s claim-to-fame is singing for President Obama at the White House.

Bri

Originally from Mountain View, California, Bri attended Chapman University. There she earned a degree in Public Relations and Advertising. After graduation, Bri started a position at Google as an Associate Account Strategist supporting our advertisers. Outside of work, Bri thoroughly enjoys knitting, hiking, and venturing off on the weekends to find the best cup of coffee in the Bay Area.

The first “G4NP in Three” video is now live! Videos will be released every few weeks. Subscribe to Google for Nonprofits on YouTube to stay updated.
G4NP in Three | Ep. 1: What is Google for Nonprofits?

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.



          Improve your nonprofit’s account security with 2-step verification        

While online accounts allow nonprofits to easily communicate with partners, volunteers and donors across the world, this shared network can also leave your account vulnerable to intruders. As your nonprofit continues to grow its online presence, it’s crucial to keep confidential information (e.g., finances or donor’s information) safe. While passwords have historically been the sole guardian for online account access, research from Google has shown that many passwords and security questions can easily be guessed. That's why we strongly recommend that all nonprofits using GSuite for Nonprofits, or Google products like Gmail, use 2-Step Verification (2SV) as an additional protection on their account(s). 

Account hijacking—a process through which an online account is stolen or hijacked by a hacker—constitutes a serious threat to your nonprofit’s operations. Typically, account hijackings are carried out by phishing attempts or hackers who guess weak passwords. Because of this, it’s especially important for your nonprofit to maintain strong and unique account passwords to keep sensitive data safe.

But 2SV goes beyond just a strong password. It's an effective security feature that combines "something you know" (e.g., a password) and "something you have" (e.g., a text, a prompt, or a Security Key) to protect your accounts. Think of this like withdrawing money from an ATM/cash machine: You need both your PIN and your debit card.

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Our free Google Authenticator app is available for Android and iOS devices, which generates a code for you each time you want to sign in to your account.

Now that you know what 2SV is, head over to our Help Page to start improving your nonprofit’s online security now. (Quick tip: Remember to keep your account settings up to date and configure backup options to use if your phone is ever lost or stolen). Stay safe, nonprofits!  

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.


          Unlocking G Suite for Nonprofits: Improve internal workflow and communication        

Whether you have a team of five or 500 a seamless, collaborative workflow is critical in the digital age. Our goal is to make sure that your nonprofit is able to focus on changing the world by using technology to save time -- not waste it. In the digital age though, information sharing can often be complex; your team might not work in the same office, or even the same timezone. Some team members might be in an office with computer access, while others are in the field on mobile devices. Who from your team should be able to access confidential documents?

This brings us to a key question: How do you empower team members to work together towards a common goal, and use technology to enable it?

Great question. We’d like to introduce you to G Suite - (formerly  Google Apps for Work ). G Suite aims to help teams work together in real-time -- no matter where they are in the world.

Today, we’re spotlighting a few nonprofits to share how their teams  are using Google tools and apps to improve workflow and internal communication.

Mercy Beyond Borders - Internal Communication with Sheets & Sites

Mercy Beyond Borders (MBB) is a U.S. nonprofit that aims to forge opportunities for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect, and lead. Utilizing a small office in the U.S. as home base, MBB targets rural areas in Haiti and South Sudan. In both of these areas, cultural norms and poverty prohibit full participation of women. In fact, these areas offer minimal education and opportunities for employment, which often  impedes the development of leadership skills or positions. Mercy Beyond Borders focuses its programs on providing trainings, scholarships, leadership camps, and business loans for women.

To achieve their mission, Mercy Beyond Borders faces the challenge of balancing US-based operations with field work in remote areas like South Sudan and Haiti. Their nonprofit partners range from large organizations to local schools to individuals. So how does Mercy Beyond Borders ensure that all staff, vendors, and partners stay connected and working together in sync?
MBB-trained nurse in South-Sudan village
MBB-trained nurse in South Sudan village. Photo credit: Mercy Beyond Borders

Mercy Beyond Border began using G Suite to streamline its workflow, connecting their team across the globe. Using G Suite, MBB’s team is able to access, share, and collaborate together in real-time. Take a glimpse into how they do it:

  • Track Finances: MBB manages their overseas program budget expenditures in Google Sheets. Using this tool, the domestic office tracks monthly vendor payments in Haiti. This enables the staff to wire more money as needed in order to ensure program success. Additionally, using Sheets enables the team to provide transparency in the organization, clarifying spending and creating a simple overview of total annual expenses. This standardized and collaborative approach to data enables better efficiency and communication between domestic and international offices.

  • Store images: Mercy Beyond Borders regularly takes photos in the field to keep the domestic office up to date on progress and communicate stories to their donors. The team overseas is able to upload the pictures to Google Drive, which allows them to share or retrieve the images at any time.

  • Share Information: It’s imperative that MBB shares frequent updates with the Board of Directors, highlighting current developments, areas for growth, and new opportunities. To keep the Board of Directors apprised of progress, the team created a MBB Board website with Google Sites as a way to provide updates outside of meetings. The site functions as a central hub, where the Board can find all relevant information and resources at their discretion. The website is organized in subsections including internal updates from the Executive Director, background articles on country conditions and descriptions of new partnerships. To take it one step further, MBB also added a comment section for board members to engage in open communication.

“It [G Suite] helps to better connect, engage, and keep Board members up-to-date in between meetings, or  if they are unable to make a meeting (in which case they can view the Meeting Archives page),” said Adrienne Perez.


MyFace - Increasing productivity and improving internal workflow by remote access

Established in 1951, MyFace was founded to address the medical, surgical and psychological needs of those living with facial deformities. The organization offers access to care and treatments --- regardless of the severity of the anomaly, the length of treatment, or the family’s ability to afford care. In America alone, 1 in 650 children is born with an facial cleft. Every year, MyFace helps more than 1,000 patients seek treatment. Of this population, 85% are children, 70% live in poverty, and 95% require long-term care. The costs involved in this are high and verges on insurmountable for low income families. With this in mind, MyFace ensures that all children receive highest quality interdisciplinary and comprehensive reconstructive care by doctors who provide their services pro bono.

As a small nonprofit (their staff of eight including their therapy dog, Bentley), employees are required to perform a variety of different tasks. On any given day, team members might be responsible for website design, grant proposal writing, and marketing strategy. And oftentimes, what one employee starts today is  picked up by another employee tomorrow. Because it’s often all-hands-on-deck, collaboration is particularly key for MyFace.

Our mission of changing faces and transforming lives can be fulfilled with the help of technology from G4NP Carolyn Spector Executive Director MyFace

To address their challenge, MyFace began using Google Drive to centrally store, access, and share information from anywhere at anytime. Drive helped decrease the amount of time that MyFace spends on administrative tasks, like sending documents back and forth or working with out-of-date data or information. Drive’s tools like Docs and Sheets enable the team to collaborate both in and out of office.

MyFace also deals with an overwhelming amount of data and information. The team needs this data to not only be easy to store, retrieve, and share — it needs to be secure, since it contains confidential and personal patient information. G Suite offers that as well, ensuring that all information is kept private and secure. (Want to know more about G Suite security and how safe they really are? Read more about it here).

“Our mission of changing faces and transforming lives can be fulfilled with the help of technology from G4NP because it offers invaluable resources to nonprofits of any size at no cost,” stated Carolyn Spector, Executive Director of MyFace.

MyFace Staff photo
MyFace team. Photo credit: MyFace

Having global teams of different sizes with varying access to technology can make timely communication difficult, if not impossible. While nonprofits like Mercy Beyond Borders and myFace strive to accomplish unique missions, both organizations are passionate about changing the world. And about using the right technology to help. Utilizing tools like G Suite has been key for nonprofits like these in order to improve internal workflow and communications. For Mercy and my Face, making information shared, up-to-date, and secure has been crucial for navigating the Technology Age.

Interested in learning more about the tools available to your nonprofit? Check out our website to see how G4NP can help your nonprofit with real-time, up-to-date communication and data sharing.

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To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received free products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers free products to qualified nonprofits.


          2016 Year in Review        

2016 was a year of many things - changes, challenges and opportunities. But above all else, 2016 was a year where you continued your work to change the world; to bring the world a little closer to finding common ground amongst peace, progress, and innovation.

As 2016 comes to a close, Google for Nonprofits took one final opportunity to reflect on a year past and look forward to the year ahead.  So without further ado, here are the top posts from 2016 from your friends at Google for Nonprofits.

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From LA to Tokyo: YouTube Spaces opens production studios to nonprofits free of charge

From LA to London, Tokyo to Mumbai, Berlin to São Paulo, YouTube Spaces empower nonprofits by providing them exclusive access to the best production resources around — all at no cost. All enrolled nonprofits with 1,000 or more subscribers are now eligible to apply for production access at YouTube Spaces.

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Unlocking your nonprofit's data insights: Linking Ad Grants and Google Analytics

So you’re using Ad Grants - our in-kind advertising solution for nonprofits which allows you to run text ads on Google Search - and you’re looking for more insights? Google Analytics is your go-to tool for providing insights into user behavior, which can be used to inform Google Ad Grants, as well as website optimization. By syncing data and using Ad Grants & Analytics in tandem, you can boost the quality of traffic reaching your site and increase the chance of visitors completing a meaningful action on your NGO’s page.

Benefits of Linking your Google Analytics and Adwords Accounts

Four ways to keep your nonprofit safe & secure online

“How do we keep our nonprofit (and the community we serve) safe and secure online?” In 2016, we partnered with Google’s User Advocacy Group to share four smart tips to keep your nonprofit, your users, and you safe online.

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What do you and your nonprofit want to learn in the new year? Leave a comment below, and we’ll work on learning together in 2017.

Lastly, we so appreciate all nonprofits’ unwavering dedication to changing the world. We wish all nonprofits and their communities a peaceful holiday season and a joyful new year.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.


          A nonprofit's guide to online security: So you want to learn the lingo?        
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web becoming publicly available. For many of us, this is a reminder of just how much the Internet has transformed our daily lives. This rings true for nonprofits too: The Internet has revolutionized the way that nonprofits communicate, fundraise, and recruit volunteers. It has enabled nonprofits like yours to share their mission with a global audience. To raise awareness. And to change the world. 

But the power of the Internet also comes with great responsibility -- namely the need to keep information safe and secure. As a nonprofit, it can be difficult to keep up with online security, especially when terminology seems complicated. Yes, you might have heard of terms like “phishing” or “cookies,” but what do they mean?

Today, you can find the answers to your questions with our quick & easy to guide to online security terminology. In less than five minutes, you’ll be well on the way to helping keep your nonprofit safe on the Internet. 

Let’s get started! Here’s a quick guide to familiarize yourself with common lingo and learn how to distinguish terms that are friends vs foes in the online security realm. 


THE BAD GUYS: MALICIOUS ACTIONS/TERMS

  • Advanced Fee Fraud (419 scams): A technique which tricks users into sending or paying money to fraudsters on the promise of receiving greater rewards afterwards. It is most commonly associated with Nigeria, and 419 is the section of the Nigerian legal code that covers this fraud.
  • Botnet: A network of computers that are infected with malicious software without users’ knowledge, used to send viruses and spam to other computers.
  • Malware: Malicious software with the purpose of infecting devices and systems, gathering personal information, gaining access to systems or disrupting the operations of the device or systems. Essentially, any software that maliciously alters or compromises the system or device.
  • Phishing / Social Engineering Attack: An attempt by hackers who pose as trustworthy individuals or businesses in order to get your personal information such as usernames, passwords, and financial information.
  • Trojans: Malicious programs posing as or bundled with legitimate ones, which are designed to compromise your system. They are usually installed on computers from opening attachments in scam emails or by visiting infected websites. The term comes from the Trojan Horse in Greek mythology.

How to avoid social engineering attacks

THE GOOD GUYS: ONLINE SAFETY TERMS


  • [Internet] Cookie: A piece of data from a visited website and stored in the user's web browser in order to remember information that the user has entered or engaged with such as items in a shopping basket on an e-commerce site.
  • Encryption: The process of encoding data, messages, or information, such that only authorized parties can read it.
  • Firewall: A security system used to block hackers, viruses, and other malicious threats to your computer. It does this by acting as a barrier, acting on predetermined rules, which allows trusted traffic but blocks untrusted or non-secure traffic. 
  • HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol): is the protocol for secure communications over a computer network used on the Internet. It essentially provides authentication of the website and the web servers associated with it. 
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS): TLS is a protocol that encrypts and delivers mail securely, both for inbound and outbound mail traffic. It helps prevent eavesdropping between mail servers – keeping your messages private while they're moving between email providers. 
  • Two Factor Authentication / Two Step Verification: A method of using an additional process to verify your identity online. It combines both ‘something you know’ (like a password) and ‘something you have’ (like your phone or security key) — similar to withdrawing money from an ATM/cash machine, where you need both your PIN and your bank card.

That’s a wrap for now! Pass on these tips to your nonprofit partners to stay safe and secure online, so you can focus on what matters most: changing the world. 

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To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.


          3 Reasons why Chromebooks might be a good fit for your nonprofit        
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When we speak with nonprofit organizations, we often hear about the challenges related to technological resources. So when it comes to investing in new technology, it’s important to consider three primary factors:

  • Security: Does it keep my information private and secure?
  • Compatibility: Does it work with the programs I use?
  • Price: Is it within budget?
To address these questions, Google created the Chromebook, a series of laptops built with ChromeOS. The vision behind Chromebooks is simple — to create a safe, accessible, and affordable laptop. To improve user privacy and security, Chromebooks  automatically update to provide virus protection, encryption and safe browsing. For easy access and collaboration, they’re outfitted with Gmail, Google Docs, Hangouts (and nonprofits receive the full Google Apps bundle with 30GB of space per user at no charge). What’s more, they start at $169 USD & that’s for a laptop that has up to 10+ hours of battery life!
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ASUS Chromebook C201 ($169)

Case Study

Charity:water, a non-profit organization that provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries, has a “100 percent model,” where every dollar donated goes directly to fund clean water projects. As a result, resources are limited. In order to cover operational costs like salaries and supplies, the organization relies on a few passionate and dedicated supporters. With this in mind, Charity:water transitioned to Chromebooks to improve the efficiency of its staff’s workflow. Now, employees can spend more time focusing on their goals and working towards their mission to nourish the world.

Want to learn more?

Chromebooks gives nonprofits unified access to the Google Apps suite, including:

  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides: Allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time. They’re automatically backed up online, and you can also open and edit Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or Excel files.
  • Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts can be used to make phone calls, screenshare, and video chat.
  • Google Drive: Store, sync, and share documents in the cloud for secure and easy access.

As a nonprofit, you also receive discounted access to Chrome licenses, which give you management controls via the Chrome Device Management. Chrome Device Management is a unified way to manage all of your nonprofits’ users, devices, and data. For nonprofits, the Chrome management license is discounted to only $30 dollars — in comparison to $150!

Chromebooks are our vision for providing cheaper, easier to use, and more secure laptops. Installed with Google Apps out of the box, nonprofits can maximize impact, while saving both time and resources.


To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

To learn more about Chromebooks for nonprofits, take a look at Google for Work’s Chromebook’s website. To take advantage of the Google Nonprofit license discount, a Google partner will reach out to you once you fill out the Contact Us form.


          Four ways to keep your nonprofit safe & secure online        
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For nonprofits, the Internet serves as a powerful vehicle for change — creating a way to access information, connect with users, and drive innovation. But navigating the web can also be a tricky task. Online safety and security has become increasingly pertinent for all digital users, including nonprofits. While it’s relevant to all though, it’s unattended by many. This raises the question: “How do we keep our nonprofit (and the community we serve) safe and secure online?”

Today, we’re partnering with Google’s User Advocacy Group to share four smart tips to keep your nonprofit, your users, and you safe online.

1. Secure your passwords

Many of us “know” that it’s smart to pick a strong password, but out of convenience we also continue to use our favorite pet’s name (e.g. “Clifford”) or other not-so-creative passwords like “password.” Although pets like Clifford are great, they don’t make great passwords. Rather, this weak protection creates vulnerable access to some of your nonprofit’s most sensitive information.

Picking strong passwords that are different for each of your accounts is extremely important -- it’s also good practice to update your passwords regularly.  Check out the following tips: 

  • Use a unique password for each of your accounts. Would you give a burglar a key that accessed your home, car, garage, and more? Using the same password for multiple accounts creates the same type of risk. Ensure you’re protecting your data by using unique passwords for each account.

  • Include numbers, letters and symbols in your password. The longer your password is, the harder it is to guess. Adding numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters makes it harder for someone to gain access to your account.

  • Create password recovery options and keep them up-to-date. If you forget your password or get locked out, you need a way to get back into your account. Many services will send this information to a recovery email address to reset your password, so be sure your recovery email address is up-to-date and accessible. You may also be able to add a phone number to your profile to receive a code to reset your password via text message. Having a mobile phone number on your account is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to help keep your account safe.

2. Take the security checkup


Google’s Security Checkup is a quick, easy way to review the following information about your account (and more)!
  • Recent activity: This is a quick overview of your recent sign-ins to Google. If you see any activity from a location or device you don’t recognize, change your password immediately.

  • Account permissions: These are the apps, websites, and devices connected to your Google account. Take a look and make sure you trust—and actually use—all of them. You might want to remove an old phone, or that dusty app you never use.

  • Check your 2-step verification:  Most people have only one layer of protection with their password. 2-step verification adds an additional layer of security to your account by requiring a phone or security key to access your account information.

3. Understand your privacy settings


If you do your personal and business work on the same computer, you will want to also check your privacy settings through Google’s Privacy Checkup. Privacy Checkup allows you to control what information like photos, videos and reviews are shared to the public or to whomever you choose.
  • Manage your sharing: You can decide what information you want to share such as videos, photos and reviews. Perhaps your nonprofit videos are only shared with your friends, when you want them to be shared with anyone. This is a simple way to check to see who can see what.

  • Personalize your google experience: One additional function of privacy checkup is to see what information you’re sharing with Google. Google uses this information to provide better search results and more relevant information to get you answers quicker and more relevant information to share to your nonprofit community.


Review important information about how Google uses data to make services better for you and your nonprofit.

4. Ensure you're switching between your personal & business accounts


We understand that as a nonprofit, you wear many hats and manage multiple business accounts in addition to personal ones. Google makes it easy toggle between accounts — visit your account settings to quickly determine which data you’re accessing, and rest easy knowing your personal and business information are separate.

  • Guest Mode or Incognito mode: Share Chrome with other people in your organization and ensure everyone has their own settings and bookmarks. You can also utilize Guest mode or Incognito mode to open a private browsing session in Chrome without leaving browser history or cookies behind once you’ve logged out.

  • Using Chrome on an unfamiliar device or machine: If you’re using an unfamiliar device or machine, ensure you’ve properly logged out of your account before heading off to your next meeting.


Online security doesn’t have to be difficult. These simple steps will give you peace of mind and protect your nonprofit’s valuable work. If you have any other online security questions or want to recommend a topic for a future blog, please add a comment below. 

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more — all at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more + enroll here.  


          Unlocking your nonprofit's data insights: Linking Ad Grants and Google Analytics        

So you’re a savvy nonprofit that has mastered Ad Grants? Read on! 

You’re a group of community leaders who know the impact of data. And who know that technology can help you leverage that.     

Like many other businesses, it’s critical for nonprofits to translate clicks on ads into a meaningful action on their nonprofit’s website. These actions could be donations, event registrations, file downloads, volunteer sign-ups or form completions — whatever it is that you’re compelling users to do.

Nonprofits like yours, however, often come to us with an important question: “How do we know if our Ad Grants account is actually resulting in these increased actions?” Great question!Our answer is simple, yet we hope it’s powerful too: Google Analytics.

Google Analytics is your go-to tool for providing insights into user behavior, which can be used to inform Ad Grants, as well as website optimization. By syncing data and using AdGrants & Analytics in tandem, you can boost the quality of traffic reaching your site and increase the chance of visitors completing a meaningful action on your NGO’s page. Best of all, Analytics can be used by nonprofits at no charge.

To get started, we strongly recommend defining your team’s marketing objectives. (If you haven’t set up goals yet, check out Smart Goals, which were designed with groups like nonprofits in mind.)

Then, link your Google Analytics account to your Google Ad Grants account to see your data. (Find out how to do so here: Link Analytics and Ad Grants). In doing so, you’ll unlock insights into your Ad Grants campaign. For instance, what happens after someone clicks on your Ad Grants ad and lands on your site? How does it differ by geographical region? Or how does user behavior differ between services offered?

Going forward, you can also track your nonprofit’s marketing goals in Google Analytics to understand how traffic from your Ad Grants campaigns is converted to meaningful action on your website. To do so, import your goals into Ad Grants as conversions.

Now, you’ll be able to see traffic quality data such as bounce rate, pages per session and average session duration for campaigns, ad groups, and keywords within Ad Grants. By adding goals as conversions, you’ll get the data you need to understand which text ads showing for keywords resonate best with your target audience.

Why, you might ask, is all this important for your nonprofit?

Take Science Buddies, a nonprofit that was one of the earliest adopters of the Google Ad Grants program, joining in 2003. Science Buddies then received 171,000 unique visits in 2004 via Ad Grants, with this number increasing by 4.5X to 773,000 unique visits in 2005. By 2006, Google Ad Grants had doubled the traffic to the website altogether. “Ad Grants really put us on the map!” said Kenneth Hess, President and Founder of Science Buddies.

The takeaway here is that the more you optimize, the better chance you have of improving your quality score — a key metric in an Ad Grants account! And more importantly, the better chance you have of authentically connecting with users who are trying to change the world along with with your nonprofit and you. 


Sign up for Google Ad Grants here.

For more information on how to get started and country availability, please visit our Ad Grants Help Center. To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more — all at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here. 


Science Buddies’ statements are made in connection with receiving in-kind donations as a participant in the Ad Grants program.


          HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY, Google Ad Grants        
Happy 13th birthday, Google Ad Grants! We launched Ad Grants 13 years ago to offer nonprofits a free online advertising solution to share their causes with the world. 

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot together about what it means to be a nonprofit in the digital age. And as the industry landscape has changed, we’ve aimed to ensure that AdWords consistently helps to deliver your mission online. 


We’ve celebrated the ability of groups to change the world — one day, one person, one place at a time. At the same time, we’ve also come to understand the challenges of the nonprofit sector by both listening to your stories, as well as working directly alongside you. In doing so, we recognized that nonprofits struggle to find the time or resources to manage an AdWords account. So in 2015, we launched AdWords Express for Ad Grants as a part of Google for Nonprofits.

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With nonprofits’ limited time and resources in mind, we created AdWords Express to be an automated advertising solution that serves the same effective ads on Google Search as standard AdWords. AdWords Express requires less ongoing maintenance than AdWords, while still delivering an exceptional experience for Ad Grantees. 


With AdWords Express, your nonprofit can create an online ad quickly and easily, attracting more users to your website. There’s minimal ongoing management necessary, and AdWords Express runs and automatically optimizes your ads for you. Much like AdWords though, you can still reach customers on desktop computers and mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets), as well as review the effectiveness of your ads in your dashboard. 


Sign up for Google Ad Grants here. For more information on AdWords Express, how to get started, and country availability, please visit our Ad Grants Help Center. 


To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here. 


          From LA to Tokyo: YouTube Spaces opens production studios to nonprofits free of charge        
We know that having a physical space to do your work matters, but it’s not just about where you work — it’s about what you create there. So today, we’re announcing special access to YouTube Spaces, YouTube’s global network of production studios, for eligible nonprofits to learn, connect, and create great content for YouTube.

Given that Google was started in a garage, we’re more than familiar with the limits of physical space. As a nonprofit, it can be difficult to find access to great spaces for video production, especially when time, location, and money are constraining factors. As a result, space often becomes limiting, rather than limitless, to producing great content on YouTube.

From LA to London, Tokyo to Mumbai, Berlin to São Paulo, YouTube Spaces empower nonprofits by providing them exclusive access to the best production resources around — all at no cost. All enrolled nonprofits with 1,000 or more subscribers are now eligible to apply for production access at YouTube Spaces.

But we’re also offering more than just physical space. In addition to our state-of-the-art production facilities, YouTube Spaces brings together creatives of all stripes. YouTube Spaces offers nonprofits opportunities to learn new skills through live workshops, as well as collaborate with the YouTube community through events, panels, screenings, and more! 

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Don’t know where to begin? Once enrolled in and approved by YouTube for Nonprofits, start with theYouTube Creator Academy. From there, nonprofits can take advantage of the workshops offered by YouTube Spaces to establish a successful foundation on the platform. From lessons on building your channel to learning physical production, these workshops will help your nonprofit define its strategy and engage subscribers. Then, it’s time to get the cameras rolling! 

Get out of your garage, and get ready to create something amazing. After all, spaces are not just about where we we work -- it’s about what we create there.

Find out more about the YouTube Spaces here. 


To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Nonprofit must have signed up for the Google for Nonprofits program and be enrolled specifically in the YouTube for Nonprofits product with a YouTube channel that has at least 1,000 subscribers. Qualifying YouTube channels must be free of copyright and terms of use strikes.


          Bella Communities: Utilizing technology & Google tools to drive "volunteer-ship"        

In 2009, Khoi Pham co-founded Bella Communities to address low-income housing issues and resident supportive services. Today, Bella Communities is harnessing the energy of thousands of community leaders, affordable housing owners, neighbors, nonprofits, resident volunteers, and professionals to offer a meaningful livelihood to their low-income housing tenants.  In addition to providing affordable housing, Bella’s signature program aims to mobilize low-income residents with an economic-opportunity modeled volunteering program. This programs enables residents to engage with other nonprofits, building civic engagement and social capital; improving career and personal skills; and earning rent credits to have financial capability and housing stability. Through this innovative “volunteer-ship” training program, they seek to help families “not just get by but also get ahead.” 

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What was the key to their success? We sat down with Khoi to hear exactly how they utilized technology and Google Apps for Nonprofits to achieve their goals.

Which role does technology play in Bella Communities?

Khoi: It’s critical! Technology allows us to communicate with our constituencies efficiently and cost-effectively which is vital for us. We want to empower our low-income residents with the tools needed to achieve economic development. With Google Apps for Nonprofits, we’ve built our own technology platform serving this objective. We have been able to switch from a desktop, web-based platform to a smart-phone mobile application, increasing engagement and participation from our residents using Google Forms. Most of them have skipped desktop to go mobile first!

Do you think technology has changed the way you work?

Khoi: Absolutely. It allowed us to operate in multiple states, virtually and real time! Communication, collection, and sharing data became seamless and effortless, which is fundamental to keeping pace.

Also Google Apps for Nonprofits has allowed us access to technology without heavy IT costs in order to preserve limited start-up resources and marshal them effectively. Google tools are all cloud-based and do not require us to build an internal IT infrastructure, which has enabled quick adaptability and flexibility to change. I have been amazed by the intuitiveness of the tools and how easily they integrate with one another!

Can you tell us more about your homemade program “Resident Volunteership United Program”?

Khoi: A study by the Corporation for National and Community Service showed that volunteers have a 27% greater chance  of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers? That is precisely why Bella Communities designed and tested an innovative supportive service program to simultaneously tackle both financial empowerment and civic engagement mobilization.  The Resident Volunteership United Program (ReV-UP) engages residents living in low-income communities to volunteer with other non-profit organizations in the immediate neighborhood to build community and economic development..

Google Apps was vital to the deployment of this program — we never would’ve been able to do it without that! It allowed us to manage workflow, and most importantly, it allowed us to gather, collect, and share data to build a case for supporting our program.

How are you measuring the success of this program?

Khoi: Using Google Forms and Google Drive, our low-income residents can easily manage their volunteer records online, as well as share and report their activities to the program managers. For the program pilot years, they contributed nearly 3,500 volunteer hours to their communities and generated earned approximately $21,000 in rent credits for their households.

Want to traverse the IT curve without the huge dollar investments? Find out how your nonprofit can better utilize technology with Google Apps for Nonprofits.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate in the nonprofit programs, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

Bella Communities’ statements are made in connection with receiving free products as a participant in Google for Nonprofits, a program which provides free Google products to qualified nonprofits.


          Broadway Unlocked shares five lessons learned from hosting a livestream benefit        
Each year, one in six people in the U.S. will be victims of violent crimes. Two years ago, we became part of the effort to change that, when we began work with Broadway Unlocked. 

Two years ago, we met Jessica Ryan — a woman whose mission is rooted in two seemingly unique spheres: celebrating live theatre and helping survivors of interpersonal violence. Jessica founded the  Broadway Unlocked #giveback concert, a livestream, interactive benefit concert aimed at connecting the two communities and helping raise awareness and donations for the Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC). The CVTC, New York State’s largest and most comprehensive hospital-based victim assistance program, provides therapy and services to survivors of assault, abuse and violence. All treatments at CVTC are free.

In an effort to reach a larger audience and expand the nonprofit’s donor base, Broadway Unlocked collaborated with Google for Nonprofits to broadcast the show and spread the message globally in 2016. On February 22, Google for Nonprofits helped bring Broadway to YouTube for the second year in a row with one night of song and social responsibility through the concert. To bring the show beyond NYC, Google Fiber hosted a watch party at the Fiber space with local Kansas City theatre groups and community members. 

This was a Broadway show unlike any other. This was Broadway with a variety of star performers, including Kyle Dean Massey, Carolee Carmello, Ali Stroker, Natalie Weiss, and Collabro. This was Broadway hosted by Google Fiber. Streamed via Google Hangouts on Air. And fueled in part by fundraising through donation cards on YouTube. This was Broadway on the internet -- crowdfunded and broadcast for one night only.

How did Broadway Unlocked make their globally livestreamed and crowdfunded event a success? We’re turning the mic towards Broadway Unlocked to hear what they learned.

5 Lessons Learned from Hosting a Livestream Benefit

  1. Engaging the community is key: Using Hangouts on Air, we were able to pull off a cross-city sing-a-long! Check it out. The video wasn’t flawless, but we successfully transported Broadway beyond the Big Apple.

  2. Global events can help grow engagement and donor base: Putting on an event in different cities is no easy feat. But it's amazingly rewarding to bring like-minded people and groups together to support similar causes. Hangouts and livestream technology made reaching new communities easier to do in one event. And by engaging these communities, we’ve been able to grow a stronger community and ultimately, donor base.

  3. Interactive video adds another dimension of creativity: Using Hangouts allowed us to engage the audience on the other side of the screen, adding a new dimension unique from watching on a passive screen. Our creative team came up with Musical MadLibs, (our new favorite game!), which really shows how we were able to interact with the crowd through video chat.

  4. Google is a gamechanger for nonprofits: YouTube and Google Fiber enabled us to livestream the concert to theatre lovers and supporters in Kansas City and hundreds of people at home that night. This allowed us to increase the viewership of our benefit by 10X more than if we had only shown the concert to the folks at the Greene Space in NYC.

  5. Crowdfunding and donation cards can help you reach your goals: Through crowdfunding using donation cards on YouTube, One Today donations, live fundraising at the concert, and private donations, we raised more than ever before -- an astounding $50,000. This additional funding will hugely impact our ability to provide treatments for victims of domestic violence in tandem with the CVTC.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate in the nonprofit programs, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

If you are a U.S. nonprofit looking to add donation cards to your YouTube videos, learn more here.

Nonprofits aren't endorsed by YouTube or Google


          Introducing new donation tool on YouTube benefiting nonprofits        
YouTube has over a billion users. That’s almost one-third of all people on the Internet. And everyday those users watch hundreds of millions of hours of video, racking up billions of views – which are now billions of opportunities to do good.

We’re excited to announce a brand new tool that U.S. nonprofits can utilize — donation cards on YouTube! Donation cards make it even simpler to raise money for your cause by allowing your viewers to donate directly from your YouTube video. Even better — Google covers the processing fees, so your organization will receive 100% of the money donated. Donation cards on YouTube are currently available for U.S. nonprofits and creators, but we look forward to expanding into other countries, so nonprofits and creators can digitally fundraise across the globe. 

Using donation cards, YouTube creators can also now raise money through their content to both support your cause and make their videos more impactful! Donation cards for creators in the U.S. enable their subscribers and viewers to donate directly from their videos. Creators can choose any United States, IRS-validated 501(c)3 public nonprofit organization. Your nonprofit will receive 100% of the money donated.

Want to see donation cards in action? Check out this video from Madison Beer. 

Now it’s your turn. To help you get started, we’ve put together an outreach toolkit – including email templates, social media templates, and fundraising best practices – to help your nonprofit share the news about donation cards with your supporters and other YouTube creators. With these tools, we hope you’ll empower as many people as possible to learn about your nonprofit and fuel fundraising on your behalf. 

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate in the YouTube for Nonprofit Program, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

If you are a U.S. nonprofit looking to add donation cards to your YouTube videos, learn more here.
If you are a U.S. YouTube creator looking to fundraise for your favorite cause, learn more here. 

Nonprofits aren't endorsed by YouTube or Google


          Facebook представил свой аналог YouTube — Facebook Watch        
С 10 августа новая функция появилась у ограниченного числа пользователей в США
          Marketing Contractor - Pixability        
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          Comment on PHP PDF generators compare review by Sam        
Thanks for the comparison. This is an old blog, but it's still hard to find a good comparison of PDF generation options. Codecourse on YouTube seems to have a good option of snapshotting a rendered phantom.js page...hope I said that right.
          What's All This About Mortgage Loan Modification Plans?        
The Government has now come up with two plans to help people who have missed payments on their mortgage and are struggling. In this article i wish to introduce you to the one that is called a Loan Modification plan. To qualify, you need to meet the following criteria:-

- Your original mortgage loan cannot be greater than $729,000

- Your mortgage must have completed prior to January 1st 2009

- You will be required to provide proof of your income and expenditure, through payslips, tax returns and bank statements

- If your total debts are in excess of 55% of your income, you have to agree to visit credit counselling

- Finally, you must be living in the mortgaged property and will be required to write a letter in your own handwriting stating that you are in financial hardship

So what can your lender do for you in this situation?

- They can lower your monthly repayments to approximately a third of your monthly income.

- Interest has been known to be dropped to as low as 2%.

- You don't need to pay any fees for the modification as these are covered by the government

- The government are able to reduce your balance by up to $5000 over 5 years as long as you make your payments on time

- Your rate is reduced for the period of 5 years, so you may have to pay more after this period

- You are only ever allowed one modification

Loan Modification Companies have been reported to charge anywhere from $1500 - $5000 to help you with this process. If you don't have that kind of "spare" cash lying around, you will need to complete a "Do-It-Yourself" Loan Modification.

Click Here for More Info On The Do-It-Yourself Loan Modification Kit


          Ludus: un ottimo strumento per creare presentazioni creative ed accattivati online        
Ludus è un ottimo strumento per creare presentazioni creative ed accattivati online che si mette in concorrenza con i vari Prezi, Emaze, Slid.es, Sway e via dicendo. Si tratta di un’applicazione web che funziona principalmente grazie al drag&drop con cui trascinare e modificare qualsia forma di contenuto e di media: video di YouTube, foto trovate in internet, mappe di […]
          Side talk: Not your regular kpop songs        
When we talk about kpop, we often relate it to Girls Generation (SNSD), Super Junior (Suju), Big Bang, 2NE1, AOA, EXO and many more.

I have been into kpop for 10 years already and I have listened to various genre of music in the kpop industry. I believe some songs deserve more recognition. For this post I hope to be able to share or introduce fantastic songs that could spice up your playlist.

Lets start with one of my favourite album of all time:

Blue Brand is a hip-hop album project that compiled various hip-hop songs from by hip hop legends. Verbal Jint, Dynamic Duo, Supreme Team, Dok2, K.Will, and many more. The song lineup is simply fantastic. There are two volume to this album. The first volume was released in 2009 while volume two release in 2010. Below are some great songs you can find in the two volumes!

Kim Jin Pyo (feat Jan Di) - How to be cool when you breakup

Supreme Team (feat Soulman) - You're to blam

Supreme Team (feat Soulman) - Because of you

Supreme Team is a hip hop duo name Simon D. and E-Sans. Unfortunately, the group disbanded recently as E-Sans terminated his contract with Amoeba Culture. Also, E-sans is involved with a marijuana scandal. I really like their songs and they are pretty nice to listen to despite the long rapping. 

Here is another of my favourite song from one of Supreme Team album.

Supreme Team (feat Young Jun) - Then Then Then

Another artist you should check out it TETE (테테). His music is very relaxing and definitely worth listening during the nights and ranning days. I really like Floral ran by TETE especially the remix version. The remix version is an eargasm. Do change

테테 (TETE) - Floral Rain


Tete (테테) - Floral Rain (Acid Punk Dynamite Remix)

Lastly, I would like to introduce all of you to Standing Egg. Its a well known k-indie group but some of you may not be familiar with them. Nonetheless, do check out Farewell For You, Not Yet For Me by Standing Egg.


Standing Egg - Farewell For You, Not Yet For Me

Thats the end of this week side talk. What do all think of the songs I have recommended? Do leave your comments!





          Review: Laneige Water Drop Tinted Lip Balm        
Guess what arrived at my doorstep today


 It came safely and nicely packed with lots of bubble wraps in the evening.

That's right! I bought the newly released Laneige Water Drop Tinted Lip Balm. Compared the prices on Qoo10 and on retail. It is going for S$33. I think I paid about S$25 on Qoo10. But the downside of buying online is that you can't try it before buying.

Realised that the box is slightly dented but all is good because the tinted lip balm inside was not damaged.




Decided to buy because I saw an korean actress wore during a drama that I was following religiously. To be exact the drama is called "House of Bluebird"…it is a family drama so there are lots of episodes. But the good thing about family dramas is that the story are well developed. Back to the topic of Laneige Water Drop Tinted Lip Balm. The lip colour looked natural and sweet on her. I know I won't looked as good as her but I bought it anyway (haha gullible enough to fall for product placement). Below is an image of the actress with the lip balm on.

Credit: Laneige Facebook Page
 The lip balm comes in three colours. They are Pink Peach, Juicy Plum and Fresh Lime. I bought Pink Peach because the actress wore that colour and honestly I am not very confident or wearing bright lip colour so…yea to play it safe.




So above are the photos of Laneige Water Drop Tinted Lip Balm at first look. 


So above is how my lips looked liked after putting it for this first time. Unfortunately, I don't look as sweet as the actress HAHA.

So what is thought about the product after my first application?
For someone who does wear lipstick at all, I find the product easy to apply. I find that it looking like a lip gloss. However, it is more moisturising that the common lip gloss or lip balm. So I feel that the Moisture Upgrade claim is working? The colour is very light in opinion. My sister said it is not obvious at all. So for those who are going for the natural look, you can opt for this product. The tint does stain my lips slightly, I can see that my lip is brighter than usual after wiping the balm off. The balm lasted for about three hours because I ate during that period. I am not sure if this is the average or below average. Anyway my sister thinks that I will fit a brighter colour…I am not to sure about that.

To end off. For those who are intending to buy this product, I saw a video that showed that the Laneige Water Drop Tinted Lip Balm can be used on the cheeks and above the eyes. Do check it out below.


          Color War!!!        



Students and Teachers of US History this is a video of Stanley and Christopher Klos presenting America's Four United Republics Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. The December 2015 video was an impromptu capture by a member of the audience of Penn students, professors and guests that numbered about 200. - Click Here for more information



Having sold his farm, he set out with his own and 5 other families, Sept. 25,1773, and was joined in Powell's valley by 40 men. After passing over two mountains, called Powell's and Walden's, through which, as they ranged from the north east to the south west, passes were found, and approaching the Cumberland, the rear of the company was attacked by the Indians on the 10th of October, when six men were killed, among whom was the eldest son of colonel Boone. One man was also wounded, and the cattle were scattered. This disaster induced them to retreat about 40 miles to the settlement on Clinch River, where he remained with his family, until June 6,1774, when, at the request of gov. Dunmore, he conducted a number of surveyors to the falls of Ohio. On this tour of 800 miles he was absent two months. After this he was entrusted by the governor, during the campaign against the Shawanese, with the command of three forts. 



Early in 1775, at the request of a company in North Carolina, he attended a treaty with the Cherokee Indians at Wataga in order to make of them the purchase of lands on the south side of the Tennessee river. After performing this service, he was employed to mark out a road from the settlements on the Holston to the Kentucky river. While thus employed, at the distance of about 15 miles from what is now Boonesborough, the party was attacked March 20, and 23, 1775 by the Indians, who killed four and wounded five. Another man was killed in April. On the first day of this month at a salt lick, on the southern bank of the Kentucky,in what is now Boonesborough a few miles from Lexington, he began to erect a fort, consisting of a block house & several cabins, enclosed with palisades. On the 14th of June he returned to his family in order to remove them to the tort.. His wife and daughters were the first white women, who stood on the banks of the Kentucky river. Dec. 24th one man was killed and another wounded. July 14, 1776, when all the settlements were attacked, two of Colonel Calway's daughters and one of his own were taken prisoners; Boone pursued with 18 men and in two days overtook the Indians, killed two of them, and recovered the captives.






The Indians made repeated attacks upon Boonesborough; Nov. 15,1777 with 100 men, and July 4 with 200 men. On both sides several were killed and wounded; but the enemy were repulsed; as they were also July 19 from Logan's fort of 15 men, which was besieged by 200. The arrival of 25 men from Carolina and in August of 100 from Virginia gave a new aspect to affairs, and taught the savages the superiority of "the long knives," as they called the Virginians. Jan. 1, 1778 he went with 30 men to the blue licks on the Licking river to make salt for the garrison. Feb. 7, being alone, he was captured by a party of 102 Indians and 2 Frenchmen; he capitulated for his men, and they were all carried to Chillicothe on the Little Miami, whence he and 10 men were conducted to Detroit, where he arrived March 30. The governor, Hamilton, treated him with much humanity, and offered 1001, for his redemption. But the savages refused the offer from affection to their captive. Being carried back to Chillicothe in April, he was adopted as a son in an Indian family. He assumed the appearance of cheerfulness ; but his thoughts were on his wife and children. Aware of the envy of the Indians, he was careful not to exhibit his skill in shooting. In June he went to the salt springs on the Sciota. On his return to Chillicothe he ascertained, that 450 warriors were preparing to proceed against Boonesborough. He escaped June 16, and arrived at the fort June 20th, having travelled 160 miles in 4 days, with but one meal. His wife had returned to her father's. Great efforts were made to repair the fort in order to meet the expected attack. On August 1st, he went out with 19 men to surprise Point Creek town on the Sciota; meeting 30 Indians, he put them to flight and captured their baggage. At last, Aug. 8, the Indian army of 444 men, led by captain Dugnesne and 11 other Frenchmen, and their own chiefs, with British colors flying, summoned the fort to surrender. 



The next day Boone, having a garrison of only 50 men, announced his resolution to defend the fort, while a man was alive. They then proposed that 9 men should be sent out 60 yards from the fort to enter into a treaty; and when the articles were agreed upon and signed, they said it was customary on such occasions, as a token of sincere friendship, for two Indians to shake every white man by the hand. Accordingly two Indians approached each of the nine white men, and grappled with the intent of making him a prisoner; but the object being perceived, the men broke away and re-entered the fort.



An attempt was now made to undermine it; but a counter trench defeated that purpose. Atlast on the 20th the enemy raised the siege, having lost 37 men. Of Boone's men two were killed and four wounded. "We picked, up," said he, "125 pounds of bullets, besides what stuck in the logs of our fort, which certainly is a great proof of their industry." In 1779, when Boone was absent, revisiting his family in Carolina, Colonel Bowman with 160 men fought the Shawanese Indians at old Chillicothe. 



In his retreat the Indians pursued him for 30 miles, when in another engagement col. Harrod suggested the successful project of mounting a number of horses and breaking the Indian line. Of the Kentuckians 9 were killed. June 22nd,1780, about 600 Indians and Canadians under col. Bird attacked Riddle's and Martin's stations and the forks of Licking river with 6 pieces of artillery, and carried away all as captives. Gen. Clarke, commanding at the falls of Ohio, marched with his regiment and troops against Reccaway, the principal Shawanese town on a branch of the Miami, and burned the town, with the loss of 17 on each side. 


About this time Boone returned to Kentucky with his family. In Oct. 1780, soon after he was settled again at Boonesborough, he went with his brother to the Blue Licks, and as they were returning the latter was slain by a party of Indians, and he was pursued by them by the aid of a dog. By shooting him Boone escaped. The severity of the ensuing winter was attended with great distress, the enemy having destroyed most of the corn. The people subsisted chiefly on buffalo's flesh. In May 1732 the Indians having killed a man at Ashton's station, captain A. pursued with 25 men, but in an attack upon' the enemy he was killed with 12 of his men. Aug. 10 two boys were carried off from major Hay's station. Capt. Holden pursued with 17 men; but he also was defeated, with the loss of four men. In a field near Lexington an Indian shot a man and running to scalp him, was him- self shot from the fort and fell dead upon his victim. On the 15th Aug. 500 Indians attacked Briant's station, five miles from Lexington,and destroyed all the cattle; but they were repulsed on the third day, having about 30 killed, while of the garrison 4 were killed and 3 wounded. Boone, with cols. Todd and Trigg and major Harland, collected 176 men and pursued on the 18th.



They overtook the enemy the next day a mile beyond the Blue Licks, about 40 miles from Lexington, at a remarkable bend of a branch of Licking river. A battle ensued, the enemy having a line formed across from one bend to the other, but the Kentuckians were defeated with the great loss of 60 killed, among whom were cols. Todd and Trigg, and Major Harland, and Boone's second son. Many were the widows made in Lexington on that fatal day. The Indians having 4 more killed, 4 of the prisoners were given up to the young warriors to be put to death in the most barbarous manner. 

General Clarke, accompanied by Boone, immediately marched into the Indian country and desolated it, burning old Chillicothe, Peccaway, New Chillicothe, Willis town, and Chillicothe. With the loss of four men he took seven prisoners and five scalps, or killed five Indians. In October the Indians attacked Crab orchard. One of the Indians having entered a house, in which were a woman and a negro, and being thrown to the ground by the negro, the woman cut off his head. From this period to the peace with Great Britain the Indians did no harm. "Two darling sons and a brother," said Boone, "have I lost by savage hands, which have also taken from me 40 valuable horses and abundance of cattle. Many dark and sleepless nights have I spent, separated from the cheerful society of men, scorched by the summer's sun and pinched by the winter's cold, an instrument ordained to settle the wilderness."

From this period he resided in Kentucky and Virginia till 1798, when in consequence of an imperfect legal title to the lands, which he had settled, he found himself dispossessed of his property. In his indignation he fled from the delightful region, which he had explored, when a wilderness, and which now had a population of half a million. With his rifle he crossed the Ohio and plunged into the immense country of the Missouri In 1799 he settled on the Femme Osage river with numerous followers. In 1800 he discovered the Boone's Lick country, now a fine settlement: in the same year he visited the head waters of the Grand Osage river and spent the winter upon the head waters of the Arkansas. At the age of 80, in company with a white man and a black man, laid under strict injunctions to carry him back to his family, dead or alive, he made a hunting trip to the head waters of the Great Osage, and was successful in trapping beaver and other game.




In January 1812 he addressed a memorial to the legislature of Ky. stating that he owned not an acre of land in the region, which he first settled; that in 1794 he passed over into the Spanish province of Louisiana, under an assurance from the governor, who resided at St. Louis, that land should be given him; that accordingly 10 thousand acres were given him on the Missouri and he became Syndic or chief of the district of St. Charles; but that on the acquisition of Louisiana by the United States his claims were rejected by the commissioners of land, because he did not actually reside; and that thus at the age of 80 he was a wanderer, having no spot of his own, whereon to lay his bones.

The legislature instructed their delegates to congress to solicit a confirmation of this grant. He retained, it is believed, 2,000 In his old age he pursued his active course of life, trapping bears and hunting with his rifle. Though a magistrate and sometimes a member of the legislature of Virginia, and much engaged in agriculture; yet he preferred the solitude of the wilderness to the honors of civil office and the society of men.


He died at the house of his son, Major A. Boone, at Charette, Montgomery Company, September 26th, 1820, aged nearly 90 years. His wife died in the same place. He left sons and daughters in Missouri. In consequence of his death the legislature of Missouri voted to wear a badge of mourning for 20 days. A brother died in Mississippi Oct. 1808, aged 81. 

Col. Boone was of common stature, of amiable disposition, and honorable integrity. In his last years he might have been seen by the traveler at the door of his house, with his rifle on his knee and his faithful dog at his side, lamenting the departed vigor of his limbs, and meditating on the scenes of his past life.

Whether he also meditated on the approaching scenes of eternity and his dim eyes ever kindled up with the glorious hopes of the christian is not mentioned in the accounts of him, which have been examined. But of all objects an irreligious old man, dead as to worldly joy and dead as to celestial hope, is the most pitiable. An account of his adventures, drawn up by himself, was published in Filson's supplement to Imlay's Description of the Western Territory, 1793.— Niles Register, March 13, 1813.

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Great movie. It really deserves 'Best Movie'......



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  • 'The Shocking Truth' Reveals 'Wood Chipper' Murderer CAUGHT In String Of Lies!


  • Why would someone be out in a storm with a wood-chipper on the side of the road?

    How did Connecticut state police get a murder conviction without a body?

    Shocking Truth [Fargo - Crafts / wood chipper case] Provides the Answers June 16 on REELZ

    Series Premiered May 21 w/ Goodfellas; Up Next: Exorcist & Amityville Horror

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    During one of The Shocking Truth road trips through the US, a crew drove 1245 km conducting interviews in WI, IL, PA, NY, CT and MA. Dr. Henry Lee was interviewed for his crucial role in the infamous wood chipper murder.

    (Fargo) Friday, 6/16 at 9:00pm ET

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              #Stalking & Critical Thinking on Law & Justice; Erin Moriarty Presents at University of St. Joseph – BOB THIESFIELD Photo Gallery        

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    USJ President Rhona Free w/ CBS '48 Hours' Correspondent Erin Moriarty

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  • BACKGROUND



  • Warm Welcome From Crowd at the University's Crystal Room, Mercy Hall


    Moriarty Noted Connecticut's Stalking Law - Relying on Demonstration of Reckless Behavior - Is More Effective Than Those of Other States Which Require Proof of Intent by Often-Disturbed Stalkers


    Attentive Audience


    The Interactive Event Featured Dialogue w/ Students


    'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Shared Her Stalking Torment and Supported Others in '48 Hours' Broadcast Earlier This Year


    Before the Event, Moriarty Met w/ Students Including Erin Castaldi (left), a Veteran Who Is Studying To Be a Social Worker







  • USJ: Look for more exciting speakers in the fall



  •           Drummer Jonathan Barber, Hartt School Alum, Heads Japan Tour         



    -- photos by Lauren Desberg, Urška Lukovnjak and John Salatto

    Announcement via Jonathan Barber:

    I am thrilled to announce my 1st International Tour under my own name. This tour will be in one of my favorite places in the world..... Japan.

    I shall call this tour the "Drums Around The World Tour." Joining me: Pianist Taber Gable and Bassist Joshua Crumbly. Grateful for this opportunity to share and spread my musical voice across the world.

    May 12(fri) Lifetime / Shizuoka city

    May 13(sat) Body & Soul / Tokyo

    May 14(sun) Le club jazz / Kyoto city

    May 15(mon) Le club jazz/ Kyoto city

    May 17(wed) Star eyes / Nagoya city

    May 19(fri) Swing hall / Musashino city Tokyo

    May 20(sat) Pit inn / Tokyo

    This is just the beginning... Vision Ahead 2017

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    Novelist Chandra Prasad calls author Andy Thibault “Connecticut’s premiere journalistic warrior.”

    Wally Lamb says: “Thibault is a junkyard dog for justice who bares his teeth at pomposity and institutional unfairness and only bites the truly deserving.”

    more COOL JUSTICE includes controversial essays on topics including the Woody Allen sex assault case, the national assault on freedom of information and a 42-year-old cold case in New Orleans. A chapter entitled ‘Persons known & unknown blew up justice in Badaracco case’ examines the politics permeating the investigation and points to the judiciary’s complicity in the failure to solve the Mary Badaracco homicide in northwest Connecticut.

  • Yale’s bogus Woody Allen report, via Huffington Post


  • Thibault was honored by the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information in 2014 with the Stephen Collins Award for his “many contributions to the cause of open and accountable government and a free and vigorous press.” Thibault was one of the few reporters to cover the Boston Marathon bombing trial gavel to gavel. His reports for the NBC News Investigative Unit can be found at

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  • His first collection, Law and Justice in Everyday Life, was published in 2002, featuring an introduction by Howard Zinn and foreword by F. Lee Bailey.

    Thibault has taught at Western Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford and Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He is an investigator for Integrated Security Services of Hartford and Manhattan.

    He is expected to appear in one of a series of true crime documentaries in 2017, filmed in late 2016 by a Canadian production company. Also in 2017, he expects to implement an “Alternative Speakers Series” at a university in Connecticut.





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  •           Resistance at Standing Rock: Dispatches from the Front Lines        

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  • Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters


  • Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields’ for Dakota Pipeline Protesters



  • Oceti Sakowin encampment on Oct. 6, 2016. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win) meaning Seven Council Fires.








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    Corporate – Government Alliance Versus the American People

    Native Americans from tribes across the country have gathered on the windswept plains of North Dakota to pray with Mother Earth to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from pumping 500,000 gallons of oil a day beneath the Missouri River. The natives know the pipeline will most certainly leak or break, as have most U.S. pipelines, fouling the water for the Great Sioux Nation and 18 million non-Natives downstream.

    The standoff -- which began in April -- continues as a new U.S. administration ascends to power with a president-elect who campaigned denying human-caused climate change and threatening the Paris Climate accords. This remains the overriding reality despite a mini walk back by Donald Trump pledging an open mind to The New York Times this week.

    Standing Rock illuminates the brazen alliance that has developed between corporate and government interests. Viewed from the front lines, the law has been turned into a fig leaf for repression and suppression. Only the discipline and spiritual clarity of the water protectors and the native elders has kept people from being killed or seriously injured since April when the movement began.

    The fused police-DAPL force is doing everything it can to incite a violent reaction from the resisters so as to crack down, clear the camps, imprison, or even gun down the natives. More than one commentator has found the atmosphere at Standing Rock similar to what led to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 when 300 Sioux were murdered by government troops who mistook their prayerful Ghost Dance for a war dance.

    A great deal is at issue at Standing Rock. The Sioux and their numerous native and non-native allies face a militarized force whose composition tells us something dark about the complex façade that U.S. democracy has become and suggests the proto-fascist zombi lurking beneath. More deeply, Standing Rock also emblemizes a struggle that is taking place at this moment in human history between two distinct modes of human consciousness.

    One mode is the familiar anthropocentric (human-centered) consciousness that the dominant culture most of us were born into favors—a consciousness that assumes reality is a collection of objects to be extracted, owned, and branded. Humans are the focus of this consciousness, meaning that our concerns about climate change focus primarily on the fate of our own species.

    Distinct from this anthropocentric mind-set is a second, ancient and spiritual mode of awareness that understands that the earth and its landscapes are not objects; they are relationships, including the tangle of relationships that gave us birth. This ancient mode of consciousness is potential in everyone, but for most it has been buried beneath the piles of conceptual objects that we have come to believe constitute our reality.

    The Indigenous Peoples gathered at Standing Rock are guided by this ancient, holistic, earth-mind consciousness, and so they understand that humans are not the most valuable living objects on the planet: we are not in control of the planet; it is not our job to manage nature; rather, our sacred task is to work with Mother Earth and other beings as members of Earth’s family. If we don’t, Mother Earth will make us face this spiritual truth one way or another.

    Guided by their ancient, earth-mind awareness, Native Americans have taken up a role as “water protectors.” “Mni Wiconi, Water is Life” is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.

    Every day scores of Sioux from North Dakota, South Dakota and nearby states, along with Paiute, Shoshoni, Diné, and a sampling of other Natives from the 300 or so tribes whose flags fly at the Standing Rock encampments set out to pipeline construction sites in a convoy to engage in “actions” on the “front lines.”

    There the protectors sing and pray in the face of physical harassment and arrests by heavily armed police fused with a corporate security force.

    DAPL and their overlord company, Energy Transfer Partners, have lavished campaign contributions on politicians in North Dakota and the U.S. Congress so that they could use the state’s eminent domain powers to force purchase of land for the pipeline all across North Dakota, beginning in the Bakken fields in the northwest corner of the state where the fracked crude oil is extracted. Similar eminent domain arrangements were achieved in other states through which the 1,200-mile line traverses before reaching a river port in Illinois. The company promised Congress and the public that the pipeline would carry oil for 100 percent domestic use only, but it is clear from reporting done by the website The Intercept that the oil will be sold on international markets.

  • Though Promised for Domestic Use, Dakota Access Pipeline May Fuel Oil Exports


  • The DAPL line, now virtually complete except for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in the link that crosses under the Missouri River, passes just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The DAPL construction runs through sacred burial and archeological grounds that the Lakota people were given free access to by treaties with the U.S. Government in the 19th Century. In mounting their resistance to the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux have been turned into “trespassers on their own land.”

    In late August, the tribe’s lawyers filed a stop work petition in federal court detailing areas where sacred sites would be disturbed if construction continued on its planned trajectory. The federal judge routinely forwarded a copy of the filing to DAPL. Over Labor Day weekend, when the company would not have been expected to work, pipeline crews leapfrogged to the disputed sacred and preemptively bulldozed them under. Too late, the judge granted the Sioux an emergency restraining order, but, then in a curious move, allowed construction in some areas where sacred sites have been discovered. DAPL has ignored a request from the Obama administration not to work in buffer areas on either side of the river. No fines have been imposed for intentionally bulldozing the disputed sacred sites.

  • The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline


  • Burial ground at center of police confrontations is known historical site


  • In recent live-stream videos from the front lines, DAPL-police snipers can be seen perched on top of a sacred mound called Turtle Island, their high-powered rifle crosshairs trained on the water protectors who are standing in prayer in the frigid lake below.

    North Dakota wants the federal government to pick up the tab for the massive expenditures required to keep the Native Americans under their guns. Alternatively, the CEO of Energy Transfers, Kelcy Warren, has offered to pick up the millions-of-dollars tab.

  • ETP CEO Kelcy Warren Says They Have Offered to Pay Protest Related Expenses


  • Native media have documented that DAPL has already been supplying military-style equipment, drones, armored vehicles, riot gear, water canons, concussion grenades and other armaments. The tax-payer-funded and corporate-sponsored front lines phalanx is led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby states—all interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffs’ Deputies were recalled following protests back home. Residents in the state of Ohio are writing letters and calling legislators to express their distress that their law enforcement has been enlisted into this repressive force.

  • Hennepin Co. sheriff's deputies leave Standing Rock protest


  • Native media’s live stream videos show DAPL security teams in mirror-visor helmets and black ops body armor with no identification, mingling with the police, sometimes directing them when and who to mace or pepper spray. They point out media making video for arrest. The big fossil fuel company evidently has plenty of experience dealing with protestors around the world. In their blank, reflecting visors we can see the soulless Darth Vader face of the government-corporate proto-fascist state the U.S. is becoming.

    Of course, this struggle with the Wasi’chu (Lakota word for the white man, meaning literally “takes too much”) is an old story for Native-Americans. In the 18th and 19th centuries it took the form of the Sioux nations trying to hold back the tsunami of colonizers flooding into their ancestral lands, occupying and despoiling them. The big difference now is that the fire-power of the state (think Custer’s 7th Cavalry or present day militarized police) has been fused with vast profit centers dependent for their existence on plundering the earth in the name of energy-squandering lifestyle survival.

    The provocations the water protectors endure take many forms. There is the psychological pressure of constant surveillance: the heavy police presence on the roads around tribal and reservation lands, the DPLA helicopter and a small plane that circle constantly above the encampments; there is the Bureau of Indian Affairs station set up on a knoll to suck out data from the cell phones of anyone in the area. There is the pepper spraying and tasing of water protectors who are praying. There is the more recent blasting of the protectors with freezing water canons in sub zero weather. There is the constant threat of weapons pointed at them. One twitching trigger finger could set off a slaughter.

    The water protectors are unarmed. The resistance movement does not allow guns in the encampments. One day, at one of the front line actions, an armed man showed up with a pistol and began firing. Possibly he was paid by DAPL to create an incident. The Natives are aware of paid provocateurs or agitators passing through the camps, pulling dirty tricks, looking to start something. Antimedia reported about the man with the gun: “According to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.”

    The news site added, “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protesters… [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriff’s Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Media’s attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.”

  • Dakota Access Caught Infiltrating Protests to Incite Violence, Funding Trolls Online


  • On a hill overlooking Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments, an old army tent houses the field office of the rotating teams of lawyers who come to Standing Rock to help out. They use donations made to the resistance to bail out protectors who have been arrested; they try to negotiate with the police so the protectors can be allowed to pray. The constant arrests on trumped-up charges are an ongoing harassment—people maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and “riot” on the Morton County Sheriff’s novel legal theory that if several people are arrested for trespass that must signify that they were engaged in a riot.

    All this naturally requires court time and money to defend, incarceration in usually unpleasant conditions, including dog kennels. (Though the white allies who are arrested seem to get better treatment.)

    Arrests are to be expected as a consequence of civil disobedience. But some arrests are directed at chilling speech. One lawyer who came to Standing Rock from the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, an activist defense nonprofit primarily involved in climate protests, https://cldc.org/ told Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network that often after the day’s action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make “snatch and grab” arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that they’d be arrested when the action was over and the police told them to leave. They have to pay heavy fines ($900) to get their cars back. She said the arrests and impoundment fines for their cars are unlawful. “The intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So they’re trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.”

  • Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues




  • The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalism—the kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.

    Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: “The county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.”

  • Why Police From 7 Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions


  • The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: “The U.N. special rapporteur said that American law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force against protesters.

    “ ‘This is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,’ [Maina] Kiai [U.N. special rapporteur] said in his statement, which was issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and was endorsed by several other U.N. experts.

  • Native Americans facing excessive force in North Dakota pipeline protests – UN expert


  • “At least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in ‘inhuman and degrading conditions in detention,’ Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.

  • Dakota pipeline protesters say they were detained in dog kennels; 268 arrested in week of police crackdown


  • “ ‘Marking people with numbers and detaining them in overcrowded cages, on the bare concrete floor, without being provided with medical care, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,’ the U.N. expert said.

    “ ‘The excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,’ he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.

    “Amnesty International USA, which has repeatedly criticized authorities for not respecting the rights of protesters, issued another statement on Tuesday noting that U.S. authorities had put up roadblocks to prevent journalists and human rights observers from documenting the protests and the official response.”

  • U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters


  • Living on Earth reporter Sandy Tolan reflected: “You know, at times I felt I was back reporting in the West Bank, and not the Northern Plains…”

  • Standing With the Standing Rock Sioux


  • The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians

    Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month in January 2016. Imagine if the Bundy gang had been pepper sprayed, beaten, hit with water cannon, tased. But the Bundy crew were taking over the refuge to proclaim their belief that public lands should be given free to the profit-making private ranching business. In other words, the Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians.

    The mainstream corporate media has largely ignored the stand-off at Standing Rock. Rallies have taken place around the world at places like Tokyo, Stockholm, and Auckland, but the sad truth is many foreigners have heard more about Standing Rock than Americans have. Not surprising. The news editors, working for corporate media conglomerates, choose what they believe we should know and what fits the larger corporate agenda, and so they devote massively more play to Brad Pitt, to the gossipy politics of who’s-on-first, and to whatever the latest glittering consumer thing is than they do to climate change and issues highlighted by the poor and the powerless, like Standing Rock. What coverage that does exist is usually cursory and misleading.

    Fortunately, alternative media have been on the scene and active at Standing Rock. As someone who taught journalism for more nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing for me to see what the alternative press is accomplishing.

    Amy Goodman of the webcast Democracy Now brought the prayer-resistance movement to national attention over the summer. She was arrested and charged with riot in absentia for her live reports of water protectors being set upon by dogs. The charge was later dismissed in court.

    Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network has done searching interviews and incisive commentary from the scene.

    But my absolute favorite news source at Standing Rock is Myron Dewey’s Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to “follow” him. I went to Standing Rock on Oct. 4-11 with two friends and I have since been able to keep up with developments on the ground through Dewey’s Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing “documentation” of what is happening day-to-day at the movement.

    Here is Dewey at night standing on a hillside next to the Oceti Sakowin encampment. His face appears in the glow of his screen. Then he’s panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as he’s telling us about it. His finger appears in the screen and points out where the fire started. He says the helicopter which constantly circulates over the camp suddenly disappeared 20 minutes before they saw the first flames. He zooms to the area where he and the person he is with first spotted the fire. He says, “It looked like someone using a drip torch.” He says they called 911, but it’s been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasn’t shown up. He tells the people in the camp, his audience, not to worry, though. It looks like the fire was started by DAPL employees to scare them or hurt them. But the Oceti Sakowin is full of Indians who supplement their income by wild-land firefighting, work that also benefits Mother Earth; he mentions that he is himself a “hotshot” firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire won’t harm the camp.

    Now here’s Dewey on a bright morning walking along the road by Oceti Sakowin. A young man appears on screen, and Dewey asks him who he is and why he’s here. He’s from the Paiute nation. “I’m here to protect the water,” he says. Dewey asks him to sing a Paiute song. The young man closes his eyes and sings.

    In another nighttime broadcast find we ourselves looking through a car windshield, headlights illuminating the highway, centerlines whizzing by. We hear voices talking in the backseat. The car drives on and on. We’re just watching the road. Then ahead is a police roadblock. The police van looms. Dewey gets out with his camera and calls over to the officers, asks them where they’re from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level it’s a mundane exchange between a citizen and police, but you experience the edginess of the situation. More deeply, you feel the riskiness and pathos that is involved any human interaction. Dewey firmly exercises his right to have these protect-and-serve police respond to him civilly; he is cordial and respectful in a way that reinforces to them and to his viewers that he is after all not their enemy but a fellow human being. Dewey asks more questions and the lead officer says he doesn’t want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Dewey’s face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey can’t resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if he’s sure he doesn’t want to become famous by putting his face on Dewey’s screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectors’ mission. He never misses an opportunity to educate his adversary, as well as his own people about the larger dimensions of the Standing Rock resistance. When he gets back in the car, someone in the back seat says “Let’s get out of here; this is enemy territory.” Dewey laughs, turning the car around, “It’s not enemy territory.”

    I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Dewey’s unedited video than you ever could from watching any number of dramatically produced, commercially constricted reports on CNN, complete with the drumb-drumb latest crisis theme music.

    Dewey explains to his viewers that what they’re seeing is a “documentation” that’s not edited. “It’s not scripted. It’s not acted out.”

    After a month of watching Dewey’s daily reports I realize more fully than I ever have before how ghastly and vacuous mainstream news reporting is: a production where facts have been emptied of the humanity of real encounters, replaced by the shallow performances of reporters and news sources, slick, clichéd phrasing, behavior slotted into ready made categories, events analyzed and even predigested. The news about reality comes to us compartmentalized in trays like tasteless microwave dinners. Rarely is the reader or viewer allowed to simply experience the event unfolding through the reporter’s eyes or camera. The stories are crafted and slickly packaged. Their very polish and stimulating presentation sabotages their meaning and replaces it with a meaningless, artificial understanding.

    Note that I am not saying that the news these days is politically biased. Some obviously is, but the left or right bias charge is a serious red herring, a mis-direction. In fact, in mainstream media’s very effort to appear neutral and unbiased means events are chopped up and pieced together to fit the templates of a few hackneyed forms of storytelling: the winner-loser story, the conflict story, the individual overcoming obstacles story, the facing bad choices stories, he-said, she-said stories, scandal stories, hypocrisy stories. You’ve seen them all, repeatedly.

    Most of these templates come plated with a cynicism, skepticism, superiority, or sentimentality that grabs our attention by adding a dash of disgust. The current journalistic manner of telling stories reduces and dismisses the story in a way that sometimes makes the commercials and pop-up ads come as a relief. None of the common journalistic templates or attitude has much to do with real life as it’s lived in the moment. It’s not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, it’s how they’ve been conditioned to wrap up experience afterward in a dramatized way that leaches out the nuance, that leaves out the moment-to-moment uncertainty, or as the Lakota call it, the Wakan, the deep mystery of relationships that permeates every event. And that’s what Dewey’s broadcasts have in abundance. You get to see him interacting with the people who show up on his screen. You get to feel his humanity and the mystery of everyday relationships taking place at Standing Rock that he brings to light. It’s certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. It’s not interesting or stimulating in the usual way. It does seem really important.

    So when Dewey sits in his parked car and does an update video on “10 things to know about DAPL” (Nov. 18, 2016), there’s no editing and no script, meaning that you get to see him thinking through what those top 10 things might be. Some points he makes are incisive and comic, others not so much. But the not-so-much ones can lead you to thinking about gray areas, the imprecise observations we all make. He asks a guy who just got in the car to help out with his list and the guy, William Hawk Birdshead, goes immediately serious on him until Dewey says, “I was trying to keep it light.” So the Birdshead says, “Laughter is good medicine.” Suddenly they’re off. Dewey mimics the shifty-eyed look of the FBI guys lurking around the area and denying they are FBI, the DAPL security characters trying to look all steely and tough. We learn that in the encampments they say that “DAPL dresses up like Ninja Turtles.” You can tell that it’s DAPL undercover because those guys never drive rez cars, which are rusted and dented. Nobody is spared. Dewey describes the water protectors just arriving from California as dudes who’ve “got their animal spirits on… They’re all furred up. They’re coming in all mystical and crystals.” He and his buddy laugh, which Dewey says is laughter “in a good way,” because the whole thing going on at Standing Rock is deadly serious but you need laughter, because that’s good medicine for healing. And healing and praying are about “getting reconnected with the Earth.”

    This points to a major difference between anthropocentric prayer as most of us know it and earth-mind prayer. In the prayer that most people are familiar with, an individual seeks intercession for human needs with a transcendent being. The Native prayer is about healing not getting. The prayer is a community ceremony or song or ritual to maintain or restore the balance between and among beings, both animate and inanimate. Prayer is to all my relatives, all my relations, the birds, the water, the wind, the buffalo, my family, even those who oppose me as enemies. Mitakuye Oyasin is an important Lakota phrase that means “all my relations.” When you’re watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock you’re experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. It’s newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether he’s engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what he’s getting at is healing relationships. Watching and listening, you get to be part of that healing.

    What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.

    Our traveling companion for our visit to Standing Rock, Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse, also provides a good way to keep up with developments through the interviews he conducts for his weekly syndicated broadcast from WPKN in Bridgeport Conn. and WBAI in New York City. On Oct. 31, 2016, Tiokasin interviewed a young man who was seized on Oct. 27 when a frontline camp was destroyed by police. Trenton Joseph Castillas Bakeberg, in the bloodline of Crazy Horse, was praying in a sweat lodge when the militarized police swept through the camp. They yanked him out of the sweat lodge and arrested him. The young water protector told Tiokasin:

    “I pray that we’ll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have been… Although there’s some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But there’s also people on our side to stop them. Don’t start a fight. That’s what it’s all about, keeping it peaceful because the elders told us in the beginning that all it takes is one single act of violence, one person attacking a police officer and they’ll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, we’re beginning to see it now in the heart of our own country. All for the greed and the corporate interests of this government. They say we’re a democracy but it’s not showing anymore. The people didn’t want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we don’t care. We want this money. We need this for economic stability of the country and that somehow trumps the interests of our communities and our nation as a whole….We’re standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.”

  • Forcibly removed from prayer at Standing Rock


  • Against a heavily armed, corporatized democracy designed to ensure that only powerful business and political elites rule the land and possess the wealth of its objects, the Native-American people at Standing Rock stand in defense of Mother Earth armed with songs, prayers, and an understanding that Earth’s objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasi’shu possess. Webster defines fascism as “a political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.” It’s an incendiary word, and readers might think ill of me for introducing it here. Certainly we are not a fascist state yet. But for the prayer-resistance at Standing Rock, the clear alliance between corporate and government interests to quell their opposition under color of the law has a fascist flavor.

    It should not surprise anyone that the new US president reportedly holds stocks that directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the DAPL CEO Kelcy Warren gave the Trump campaign a substantial donation.

  • Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline


  • This is how the proto-fascism works. Ironically (or perhaps absurdly), Trump may have been elected by people hoping he would somehow counter the tightening grip of multinational corporations on their lives. One might wish for that to happen.

    At a deep level, Standing Rock may suggest that such absurdities as a Trump presidency occur because our mode of consciousness is impaired or inadequate to the situation it has created on our planet at this historical time. Too many of us have gone dead to the natural world we come from. Our obsessive anthropocentric mode of consciousness has reduced nature and reality at large to a bunch of things we have names for—things that feed our greed. Fortunately, many Indigenous people have retained an acute and ancient consciousness that we are those rocks and trees and clouds, and birds and water that we see outside our windows, and that restoring our relationships with them is incumbent on us.

    John Briggs is emeritus distinguished Professor of Writing and Aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University. He was the English Department’s journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Western’s Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. He is the author of several well-known books on chaos theory, fractals and creativity. He lives in the hilltown of Granville, Mass., where served as a Selectman for five years and as reserve police officer for 10 years.


    When people at Standing Rock talk about the black snake they mean the pipeline, referring to an old Sioux legend about a black snake that will threaten the end of the world. The Lakota prophet Black Elk said that in the seventh generation, the Sioux tribes would unite to save the world.

    Media covering the Standing Rock resistance movement:

  • Digital Smoke Signals


  • Myron Dewey, Facebook


  • The Antimedia


  • Democracy Now


  • The Intercept


  • The Guardian


  • Censored News


  • Unicorn Riot


  • Living on Earth


  • The Indigenous Environmental Network


  • Status of Standing Rock court claim



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  • FLASHBACK: Video - Widow Pressed for Answers 42 years ago


  • Brief highlights of Caporino case:

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    Did Gabe Caporino just disappear or were hidden forces at play? AT

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    Gabe Caporino, a 40-year-old corporate executive from Westchester, NY, never returned to his wife and two teenage daughters after a business trip in 1974. The night he disappeared, Gabe Caporino spoke with his wife and daughters, asking about a school parents' night and confirming a dinner date with friends for the weekend.

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    There isn’t much of a trail for Gabe Caporino, but we know a good bit of what police did and did not do in the crucial days following his disappearance on Thursday, March 7, 1974. We also know some of what his employer, the General Foods corporation, did and did not do.

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    Under pressure from Gabe Caporino’s wife, Grace, now a retired teacher and recognized Holocaust scholar, General Foods sent a team to New Orleans over the weekend. One of them, Bill Bevans of the personnel department, snatched Gabe Caporino’s briefcase from his hotel room. The other GF team members were security director Jack Edward Ison, who had been an FBI agent for nine years; and White Plains, NY police detective James Lynch.

    “Our chief of security Jack Ison will ... take over this investigation,” GF personnel director Frank Dorito told Grace Caporino.

    Indeed, he did.

    On Sunday, March 10, 1974, Ison and his colleagues met privately with New Orleans police, barring members of the Caporino family. This crucial meeting presaged, if it did not predestine, the shocking and abysmal refusal of the New Orleans Police Department to follow up on basic and compelling leads, including the forgery of Gabe Caporino's credit card four days after he was reported missing. This forgery was ultimately documented by the FBI crime lab. Significantly, a Sears employee who witnessed three individuals using Gabe’s credit card recanted after a visit by New Orleans police ...

    ... Officer Roma Kent, who went on to work as a federal public defender, got the clerk to change his story ...

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    CBS producer Barbara Gordon, on assignment in 1974, put it this way: “The New Orleans Police Department is holding hands with General Foods and there is a cover-up down here.”

    The Gabe Caporino case was the subject of a CBS documentary produced by Gordon and reported by Chris Borgen, a retired New York City narcotics detective. The program aired beginning in May 1974 on the show Eye On New York. It was rebroadcast in New York and several times throughout the country on local affiliates – but not in New Orleans.

    As the air date neared, Borgen told Grace Caporino the reporting team received threats that GF might pull advertising from CBS. Borgen recounted the phone call from a GF public relations staffer: “This documentary is not in our best interests. We have a significant advertising budget with CBS.”

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    New Orleans police ... reported the discovery of Gabe Caporino’s rental car in a way that could not have occurred.

    His rented car was found abandoned about 10 days later in front of a school by Spain and [N.]Ramparts streets with the keys stuck outside the vehicle in the door lock. Police officers told me a car in this location with the keys outside the vehicle might have lasted there up to an hour. Additionally, any fingerprints left in or on the car were wiped off.

    “It is certainly not the kind of place where a new car would sit for a week with the keys in the door,” said Gabe Caporino’s nephew Anthony Emma, who made two trips to New Orleans in 1974. “Certainly not the kind of place a new car would sit even locked up without being disturbed for a week ... I always found that hard to believe.”



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    As time went on and the Caporino family struggled to survive, General Foods appealed the awarding of benefits to the widow and children multiple times. At one of the hearings, Jack Edward Ison admitted he was the source of the smears about Gabe Caporino in law enforcement files.

    A hearing officer asked Ison: “How do you know this about Mr. Caporino?”

    “Just things you hear people say,” Ison responded. He was not pressed to elaborate.

    In a particularly disturbing incident on March 16, 1974 – the day that would have been Gabe Caporino’s 41st birthday – family, friends and neighbors gathered at the home in Yorktown Heights. Ison called Grace Caporino. She told Ison family and friends did not want her to be alone on that day. Ison paused and said: “Well, if Gabe has any heart, surely he'll call you on his birthday. Bye, I’ve got to go.”

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    October, 2011. NEW ORLEANS, LA – Thirty seven years ago – with several police officers crowding her – Grace Caporino briefly touched and read a number of pages in a 3-inch-high stack of reports about her missing husband. After a few minutes, they forced her to leave. Today, the New Orleans Police Department still doesn’t want to know or hear anything about the Gabe Caporino case – or the reports ... *

    The current New Orleans police superintendent, Ronal Serpas, ignored two certified letters she sent him last year ...

    The New Orleans Police Department – notorious as perhaps the most corrupt and incompetent in U.S. history – has routinely engaged in public executions of civilians. The coroner tends to call these homicides slips and falls or accidents, even when someone’s face and teeth are kicked in and various body parts have hemorrhaged. Officers have worked as cocaine dealers on the job, hired hitmen to kill civilians, stolen from car dealers and held up liquor stores in uniform. Officers have been heard on police scanners saying: “Is he dead yet? No. Kill him now. String him up by the balls.”

    A short list of recent convictions includes two officers who beat and kicked a local man to death, then covered it up. In the infamous Danzgier bridge trial, also this year, five current and former officers were found guilty of shooting six civilians – killing two of them – and covering it up. Those local citizens were walking to a grocery store.

    Civilians filming police assaulting civilians are routinely charged with inciting a riot. After police shot and killed unarmed trombone player Joe Williams, returning from a jazz funeral in 2004, officers broke up a memorial service for the popular member of the Hot 8 Brass Band. Local attorney Mary Howell told the PBS show Frontline police advised her that “merely having a video camera or camera in a situation like this where the police are interacting with the community was considered to be inciting a riot.”

    After Hurricane Kartina, the National Rifle Associaton sued New Orleans Police for stripping law-abiding citizens of their ability to defend themselves. “They just stole people’s guns and weapons,” Howell said.

    The unofficial body count from Hurriance Katrina is upwards of 1,500. “We do not have a clear understanding of how many people were shot and killed by the New Orleans Police Department,” Howell told Frontline.

    Of course, there are also many officers who keep their oath to protect and serve no matter what the risk from criminals and buffoons in the streets or among their ranks and supervisors ...

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    August, 2012

    ... the New Orleans Police Department actually admitted it had failed to comply with the Louisiana public records law. This happened through a series of depositions of detectives and other personnel [in a Freedom of Information lawsuit in Parish Court] ... “Nobody has gone digging through those files specifically looking for a file relative to the disappearance of Gabe Caporino, have they?” The question was posed by ... attorney, Brett Prendergast.

    “No, sir,” Detective Gwen Guggenheim responded.

    ... A supervised search of the NOPD “storage area” [revealed the following from] ... a dimly-lit and musty room on the second floor by the NOPD parking garage.

    Most of the boxes of files were covered with layers of grime and old insulation. He had to move evidence including sections of a chain-link fence to get at the boxes.

    The files dated from 1890 to the present. Besides homicide cases, there were also files for juvenile offenses and sex crimes.

    There was not a single missing persons file in storage ...

    ... As recently as 1995, then-Police Superintendent Richard Pennington had a detective review the Caporino case and all the reports and documents. Now, the official word is, the file does not exist – just as missing persons don't officially exist ...

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    Retired General Foods investigator Emil Monda, reached ... on the West Coast, said about the Caporino case: “We always thought there was foul play, but never came up with anything.”

    Monda said he did not know why the New Orleans Police failed to follow leads including the forgery of Caporino’s credit card ...


              India 3rd largest target to witness most terror activities, says report issued by US foreign ministry        

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    Special thanks to Sprague (CT) Public Library Director Chris Kolar, staffers and volunteers, who hosted a lively discussion on judicial and political corruption Sept. 22 ...

    Here is a 2014 interview with Kolar regarding her service and the library's renovation, via The Norwich Bulletin:






  • Kolar Q & A







  • Kolar said more than 80 library patrons and guests participated in the Sept. 22 event, which focused on patterns of suspects having their hooks into cops, judges and prosecutors.



    Cases cited via the books more COOL JUSTICE and
    Law and Justice in Everyday life included the hit-run death of Kevin Showalter in New London and the disappearance / homicide of Mary Badaracco in the northwest Connecticut town of Sherman. The group also discussed police and prosecutorial misconduct, the Bonnie Foreshaw case and the use of teams of private detectives to dig up dirt on cops, doctors, a prosecutor and children in the Woody Allen sex assault case.


    Best Intro Ever by a Librarian

    Kolar opened the evening with a few short videos:








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  • Also, the beginning of this video via Huffington Post:








  • Yale's Bogus Woody Allen report









  • Then, Kolar said, "Our guest speaker wandered in off the street tonight and needed someone to talk to ... "


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  • As I visit various libraries around the state, my appreciation grows for the service and capabilities of our hard-working librarians.

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  •           Yêu thÆ°Æ¡ng con người, không yêu lạc thú        
    Abd al-Rahman không bao giờ có thể biết tổng hạnh phúc mà ông có được. Bởi vị vua này không bao giờ biết được công thức đúng để tìm kiếm hạnh phúc.

    Abd al-Rahman đệ tam là một vị vua và một thủ lĩnh Hồi giáo của xứ Córdoba ở Tây Ban Nha thế kỷ thứ 10. Ông là người cai trị tối cao và sống trong sự xa hoa tuyệt đối. Đây là cách mà ông nhận định về cuộc sống của mình:

    “Cho tới bây giờ, ta đã trị vì hơn 50 năm trong phồn thịnh và hoà bình; thần dân yêu thương ta, kẻ địch khiếp sợ ta, và các đồng minh kính nể ta. Giàu sang và địa vị, quyền lực và lạc thú đợi lệnh ta, và ta có tất cả mọi lời chúc tụng trên mặt đất này.”

    Vinh hoa, phú quý, và lạc thú trên cả tưởng tượng. Nghe có vẻ quá hoàn hảo? Ông đã viết tiếp:

    “Ta đã cẩn trọng và kiên trì đếm số ngày mà ta cảm nhận được niềm vui thuần khiết thật sự trong đời mình: chỉ vỏn vẹn có 14 ngày.”

    Vấn đề của Abd al-Rahman, như ông đã nghĩ, không phải là sự hạnh phúc, mà là sự bất hạnh. Nếu điều đó nghe có vẻ như một sự phân biệt không hề có chút khác biệt nào, có lẽ bạn cũng có vấn đề tương tự như vị vua vĩ đại kia. Nhưng với một chút hiểu biết, bạn có thể tránh được sự khổ sở mà ông ấy đã chịu.

    Thế nào là sự bất hạnh? Trực giác của bạn có thể mách bảo rằng “bất hạnh” đơn giản là đối lập của hạnh phúc, như bóng tối là sự thiếu vắng ánh sáng. Điều đó là không đúng. Hạnh phúc và sự bất hạnh chắc chắn là có liên hệ với nhau, nhưng chúng không thật sự là hai mặt đối lập. Ảnh chụp bộ não cho thấy nhiều khu vực của vỏ não bên trái hoạt động mạnh hơn so với với bên phải khi chúng ta cảm thấy hạnh phúc, trong khi vỏ não phải trở nên hoạt động mạnh hơn khi chúng ta không hạnh phúc.

    Nghe có vẻ lạ, nhưng một người vui vẻ hạnh phúc hơn mức bình quân không có nghĩa là người đó không thể cảm thấy buồn bã bất hạnh hơn mức trung bình. Có một bài kiểm tra về mức độ hạnh phúc lẫn bất hạnh, đó là bài kiểm tra Phân hạng Cảm xúc tích cực và Cảm xúc tiêu cực. Tôi đã tự mình làm bài kiểm tra đó. Tôi phát hiện ra rằng, đối với “hạnh phúc”, tôi nằm trong tốp đầu của những người có cùng độ tuổi, giới tính, nghề nghiệp và trình độ văn hoá. Nhưng tôi cũng có điểm khá cao đối với hạng mục “không hạnh phúc”. Tôi là một người u sầu, nhưng u sầu một cách vui vẻ.

    Vì thế khi một người nói, “Tôi là một người bất hạnh,” họ thật ra là đang nói về tổng thể cho dù họ có nhận ra điều đó hay không. Họ sẽ nói, “Sự bất hạnh của tôi là x, sự hạnh phúc của tôi là y, và x>y.” Câu hỏi thật sự là tại sao, và bạn có thể làm gì để làm y>x.

    Nếu bạn hỏi một người cảm thấy không hạnh phúc tại sao anh ta lại cảm thấy như vậy, anh ta hầu như luôn luôn đổ lỗi cho hoàn cảnh. Tất nhiên trong nhiều trường hợp, điều đó có thể đúng. Một số người phải gánh chịu sự đàn áp, nghèo đói hay bệnh tật thể xác, những yếu tố làm cho cuộc sống của họ như một công việc nhàm chán. Không ngạc nhiên khi các nghiên cứu cho thấy rằng phân biệt giới tính làm cho trẻ em cảm thấy không hạnh phúc, và nhiều công trình học thuật chỉ ra mối liên kết giữa sự bất hạnh và sự nghèo khó. Một nguyên nhân thông thường khác mang đến sự không hạnh phúc chính là sự cô đơn, và có khoảng 20% dân số Mỹ khổ sở vì điều này đến độ đủ để xem sự cô đơn là một nguyên nhân chủ đạo của sự bất hạnh trong cuộc đời họ.

    Cũng có những nguyên nhân mang tính hoàn cảnh khác cho sự bất hạnh. Nhà tâm lý học Daniel Kahneman và các đồng nghiệp của mình ở Princeton đã đo “cảm xúc tiêu cực” (các trạng thái tinh thần không tốt) mà các hoạt động và tương tác thông thường hàng ngày có thể mang lại. Họ nhận thấy sự kiện kích động sự không hạnh phúc số 1 trong một ngày điển hình chính là trải qua thời gian với cấp trên của một người (điều này làm cho tôi, một ông sếp, cảm thấy không vui khi được biết).

    Không nghi ngờ gì, hoàn cảnh rất quan trọng. Chắc chắn Abd al-Rahman có thể chỉ ra một vài tình huống trong quãng đời của ông. Nhưng nghịch lý là, lời giải thích đúng đắn hơn cho sự bất hạnh của ông hẳn có thể là quá trình tìm kiếm hạnh phúc của ông. Và điều tương tự cũng có thể đúng đối với bạn.

    Đã bao giờ bạn quen biết một người nghiện rượu? Những người nghiện rượu thường uống để giải toả cơn ghiền hay nỗi lo âu nào đó – nói cách khác, để kiềm hãm một “nguồn” của sự bất hạnh. Nhưng suy cho cùng chính rượu mới kéo dài sự đau khổ của họ. Nguyên tắc tương tự cũng áp dụng cho trường hợp của vua Abd al-Rahman khi ông theo đuổi danh vọng, giàu sang và lạc thú.

    Hãy xem xét đối với trường hợp “danh vọng”. Trong năm 2009, các nhà nghiên cứu từ đại học Rochester đã tiến hành một nghiên cứu, họ theo dõi sự thành đạt của 147 tân cử nhân trong việc đạt được những mục tiêu mà các sinh viên đã đề ra sau khi tốt nghiệp. Một số người có những mục tiêu “nội tại”, chẳng hạn như các mối quan hệ sâu sắc và bền vững. Những người khác có những mục tiêu “ngoại tại”, như đạt được tiếng tăm hay danh vọng. Các học giả đã nhận thấy rằng các mục tiêu nội tại có liên hệ với đời sống hạnh phúc hơn. Còn những người theo đuổi các mục tiêu ngoại tại thường phải chịu nhiều cảm xúc tiêu cực hơn, như sự tủi hổ hay sợ hãi. Những người này thậm chí còn phải chịu nhiều bệnh tật về mặt thể chất.

    Đây là một trong những sự mỉa mai tàn nhẫn nhất trong cuộc sống. Tôi làm việc ở Washington, ngay trong lòng của những cuộc chiến chính trị công khai. Không loại một trường hợp nào, những người không hạnh phúc nhất tôi từng gặp là những người cống hiến hết sức lực cho việc làm cho họ trở nên vĩ đại – các (pundit), những kẻ to mồm trên TV, những nhân vật “biết tất”. Họ tự dựng lên và quảng bá hình ảnh của họ, nhưng thường xuyên cảm thấy tồi tệ.

    Đó là nghịch lý của danh vọng. Cũng giống như các loại thuốc nghiện và rượu, một khi bạn trở nên nghiện ngập, bạn không thể sống thiếu nó. Nhưng thực ra bạn cũng không thể sống với nó. Theo nghiên cứu của nhà tâm lý học Donna Rockwell, những người nổi tiếng diễn tả danh vọng như là “một con thú trong chuồng, một món đồ chơi trong một cửa kính trưng bày, một con búp bê Barbie, một vỏ bọc nơi công cộng, một tượng đất sét, hay, một gã nào đó trên TV.” Thế nhưng họ không thể từ bỏ nó.

    Sự khao khát danh vọng của người thường đã tạo ra nhiều phát kiến đáng kinh ngạc. Một trong số đó là sự ra đời của truyền hình thực tế, nơi những con người bình thường chẳng tên tuổi trở thành những diễn viên diễn về cuộc sống hằng ngày của họ cho người khác xem. Tại sao? “Được chú ý, được săn đón, được yêu thích, khi bước chân đến một nơi nào thì được người khác quan tâm xem bạn đang làm gì, thậm chí là bạn ăn gì cho buổi trưa hôm đó: đó là những gì người ta muốn, theo quan điểm của tôi,” một thí sinh 26 tuổi trong chương trình truyền hình thực tế nổi tiếng “Big Brother” cho biết.

    Và còn đó các mạng xã hội. Ngày nay, mỗi người chúng ta đều có thể tạo cho mình một lượng fan cá nhân nho nhỏ, nhờ vào Facebook, YouTube, Twitter và các mạng xã hội tương tự. Chúng ta có thể “phát sóng” tất cả các chi tiết cuộc sống của chúng ta đến bạn bè và cả những người xa lạ một cách cực kỳ hiệu quả. Điều đó khá tốt để giữ liên lạc với bạn bè thân thích, nhưng đồng thời nó cũng tạo ra một dạng “tìm kiếm tiếng tăm” thứ yếu, nằm trong tầm với của mỗi chúng ta. Và một vài nghiên cứu cho thấy nó có thể làm chúng ta cảm thấy bất hạnh.

    Điều đó hoàn toàn có lý, đúng không? Bạn đăng cái gì trên Facebook? Đăng hình ảnh bạn đang la mắng con cái mình, hay hình ảnh bạn đang bù đầu bù cổ nơi làm việc? Không, bạn đăng hình bạn đang cười toe trong một chuyến leo núi với bạn bè. Bạn dựng nên một cuộc sống giả – hay ít nhất là một cuộc sống thật nhưng không phải toàn bộ sự thật – và chia sẻ nó với người khác. Hơn nữa, bạn tiếp nhận gần như toàn bộ là thông tin về những cuộc sống ảo của những người “bạn” trên mạng xã hội. Chỉ trừ khi bạn cực kỳ hiểu rõ bản thân mình là ai, mình có gì, không thì bạn sẽ khó mà không cảm thấy tồi tệ khi bạn sống hầu hết thời gian để tỏ ra bạn vui vẻ hơn bạn của thực tế, và phần còn lại thời gian thì xem xem người khác dường như hạnh phúc hơn bạn bao nhiêu.

    Một số người tìm sự giải cứu khỏi tâm trạng bất hạnh từ tiền bạc và vật chất. Trường hợp này hơi phức tạp hơn so với danh tiếng. Tiền bạc đúng là có thể giải thoát người ta khỏi khổ sở nếu như nó là phương tiện cho một nhu cầu vật chất đích thực nào đó (như nhu cầu ăn mặc cơ bản của con người – ND, và theo tác giả bài viết, đây là một luận cứ mạnh mẽ cho các chính sách hỗ trợ xoá đói nghèo). Nhưng khi tiền bản thân nó trở thành mục đích, nó cũng có thể mang lại đau khổ.

    Trong nhiều thập kỷ, các nhà tâm lý học đã sàn lọc, biên soạn một lượng lớn các tài liệu về các mối liên hệ giữa các khát vọng khác nhau và sự hạnh phúc. Bất kể các văn kiện này khảo cứu người mới trưởng thành hay người ở mọi độ tuổi, hầu hết các nghiên cứu đều chỉ ra cùng một kết luận quan trọng: những người xếp các mục tiêu về vật chất như sự giàu sang thành các ưu tiên các nhân hàng đầu có khả năng rất cao họ cũng lo âu nhiều hơn, buồn rầu chán nản nhiều hơn, và sử dụng thuốc gây nghiện nhiều hơn, hay thậm chí có các vấn đề về sức khoẻ nhiều hơn so với những người quan tâm đến những giá trị nội tại (những giá trị không chịu phụ thuộc vào các yếu tố bên ngoài để tồn tại và phát triển, ví dụ như các mối quan hệ thân thiết trong gia đình, bạn bè, lương tâm nghề nghiệp, đạo đức lối sống, v.v. – ND)

    Không một ai nổi tiếng hơn thánh Paul trong việc tóm lược những cạm bẫy đạo đức của chủ nghĩa vật chất trong Lá thư đầu tiên gửi Timothy của ngài: “Vì tình yêu đối với bạc tiền là nguồn gốc của mọi tội ác: trong khi họ khao khát nó, họ bị lạc lối khỏi đức tin của mình, và tự đâm xuyên người họ bằng những nỗi buồn.” Hay như đức Dalai Lama dạy rằng, chúng ta nên muốn những gì chúng ta có hơn là có những gì chúng ta muốn.

    Vì vậy, danh vọng và tiền bạc không mang lại cho ta hạnh phúc. Còn các lạc thú của thể xác thì sao? Hãy xem xét lạc thú kinh điển nhất của chủ nghĩa khoái lạc (chủ nghĩa xem sự hưởng thụ các lạc thú là mục tiêu quan trọng nhất của cuộc sống – ND): dục vọng. Từ Hollywood cho tới khuôn viên các trường đại học, nhiều người cho rằng tình dục luôn tuyệt vời, và tình dục với nhiều người khác nhau thậm chí còn tuyệt vời hơn.

    Và ý niệm đó thực ra được gọi với cái tên: “Hiệu ứng Coolidge”, đặt theo tên của tổng thống Mỹ đời thứ 30. Câu chuyện (rất có khả năng là một ngụy tác) bắt đầu với Silent Cal và phu nhân Coolidge trong một chuyến viếng thăm một trang trại gia cầm. Bà Đệ nhất phu nhân nhận thấy có rất ít gà trống, và đã hỏi làm thế nào mà nhiều trứng gà như thế lại có thể được thụ tinh. Người chủ trang trại trả lời bà rằng những con gà trống trong thời kỳ giao phối thực hiện công việc thụ tinh hết lần này tới lần khác trong ngày. Bà Đệ nhất phu nhân liền bảo, “Có lẽ ông có thể chỉ ra điều đó cho ngài Coolidge.” Ngài tổng thống nghe thấy hỏi người chủ trang trại xem liệu có phải một con gà trống chỉ giao phối với cùng một con gà mái. Người chủ trang trại trả lời với ông rằng không, một con gà trống thụ tinh cho nhiều con gà mái. Và ngài tổng thống bảo, “Có lẽ ông nên chỉ ra điều đó cho bà Coolidge.” Ngài tổng thống hẳn đã biết đó là những con gà trống “hạnh phúc”. Và mặc cho những chuẩn mực đạo đức, nguyên lý tương tự cũng đúng đối với con người chúng ta. Đúng không?

    Câu trả lời là không. Trong năm 2004, hai nhà kinh tế học đã xem xét liệu quan hệ tình dục với nhiều người khác nhau có làm cho người ta cảm thấy hạnh phúc hơn. Họ xem xét dữ liệu từ khoảng 16000 người Mỹ trưởng thành đã được hỏi, và giữ bí mật, xem họ đã sex với bao nhiêu bạn tình trong năm trước đó, và họ có cảm thấy hạnh phúc hay không. Kết quả cho thấy, đối với cả nam giới cũng như nữ giới, con số tối ưu là 1 người.

    Điều này có vẻ rất phản trực giác. Suy cho cùng, chúng ta rõ ràng được thôi thúc để tích trữ của cải vật chất, đuổi theo danh vọng và tìm kiếm lạc thú. Làm thế nào mà những thứ này lại có thể làm cho chúng ta không hạnh phúc thay vì hạnh phúc? Có 2 cách giải thích, một theo sinh học và một theo triết học.

    Từ góc nhìn của quá trình tiến hoá, việc chúng ta được “lập trình” để theo đuổi danh tiếng, giàu sang và nhiều bạn tình khác nhau. Những thứ đó cho chúng ta lợi thế về mặt sinh học theo nghĩa chúng ta có khả năng truyền lại DNA của mình cao hơn. Nếu tổ tiên thời tiền sử của chúng ta đã không có được những điều kể trên dưới một hình thức nào đó (ví dụ như tổ tiên chúng ta là những người mài đá lẫy lừng, hay có nhiều lớp “da” khác nhau, tức da thú mà tổ tiên chúng ta khoác lên), họ đã không thể tìm thấy đủ bạn tình để có thể sinh sôi nảy nở và tạo nên dòng dõi chúng ta ngày nay.

    Nhưng đây chính là điểm mà quá trình tiến hoá đã quá trớn: Chúng ta nghĩ rằng những thứ khiến chúng ta cảm thấy bị thu hút đồng thời cũng sẽ giảm mức độ đau khổ của ta xuống và nâng mức độ hạnh phúc của ta lên. Ví như, não của tôi bảo rằng, “Hãy trở nên nổi tiếng”. Nó cũng bảo tôi rằng, “Bất hạnh rất là tồi tệ và có hại.” Tôi ghép hai điều đó lại và được “Hãy trở nên nổi tiếng và mày sẽ bớt bất hạnh.” (?!)

    Và đó chính là trò đùa của Mẹ tạo hoá. Bà không thật sự quan tâm bạn cảm thấy thế nào, hạnh phúc hay bất hạnh – bà chỉ muốn bạn có thể nối dõi tông đường. Nếu bạn gán một khái niệm hết sức chung nhất như “sự tồn tại” với “hạnh phúc”, đó là vấn đề của bạn, không phải của tạo hoá. Và vấn đề không hề được giải quyết bởi những thằng ngốc nhưng hữu dụng đối với tạo hoá trong xã hội này, những kẻ tuyên truyền một lời khuyên mang tính huỷ hoại cuộc sống khá là nổi tiếng: “Nếu làm một cái gì mà làm cho bạn cảm thấy thoải mái, cứ làm.” Trừ khi chúng ta có cùng mục tiêu tồn tại như các sinh vật đơn bào, không thì điều đó thường là sai bét.

    Nếu nhìn dưới góc nhìn triết học hơn, vấn đề nảy sinh từ trạng thái không thoả mãn – tức cảm giác không có cái gì là đủ đầy, và chúng ta không ngừng tiềm kiếm và muốn thứ khác. Chúng ta không thể chỉ rõ chúng ta tìm kiếm thứ gì. Nếu như không cố gắng chiêm nghiệm và rèn luyện tinh thần, chúng ta sẽ trở thành nô lệ cho vật chất, những thú vui xác thịt và sự tung hô của bạn bè cũng như những người xa lạ.

    Chúng ta tìm kiếm những thứ giúp chúng ta lấp đầy khoảng trống bên trong tâm hồn chúng ta. Những thứ đó có thể cho chúng ta sự thoả mãn ngắn ngủi, nhưng nó không bao giờ kéo dài, và không bao giờ là đủ. Và vì vậy chúng ta thèm muốn những thứ khác. Nghịch lý này trong tiếng Phạn gọi là upadana, có nghĩa là một vòng lặp của ham muốn và chiếm đoạt. Như trí đạo trong nhà Phật có nói: “Gieo sự ham muốn của một người vào một cuộc sống không chút ý thức của người đó, nó sẽ phát triển như cây tầm gửi. Như loài khỉ tìm kiếm hoa quả trong rừng, nhảy từ cuộc sống này sang cuộc sống khác… Bất kể ai bị sự ham muốn hết sức tệ hại và đeo bám này chế ngự, nỗi buồn của người đó sẽ nhiều như cỏ mọc sau mưa.”

    Những cuộc săn lùng danh tiếng, những thèm muốn vật chất và việc coi người khác như đồ vật – hay cũng chính là vòng lặp của ham muốn và chiếm đoạt – tuân theo một công thức rất đơn giản, rất hàm súc và cũng rất nguy hiểm:

    Yêu vật chất và sử dụng người khác.

    Đây chính là công thức của Abd al-Rahman khi ông “mộng du” qua những năm tháng của cuộc đời mình. Đó là một phương thuốc của lang băm được rao bán bởi những người tiên phong trong việc tạo nên một nền văn hoá từ Hollywood đến Đại lộ Madison. Nhưng từ sâu thẳm trong lòng, bạn biết công thức đó là một sự tha hoá đạo đức và là con đường dẫn tới những khổ đau. Bạn muốn thoát khỏi những ham muốn luôn đeo bám và khiến chúng ta bất hạnh, và thay vào đó tìm một công thức khác cho hạnh phúc. Nhưng bằng cách nào? Đơn giản là bạn hãy đảo ngược công thức đáng sợ ở trên và biến nó thành qui tắc đạo đức của mình:

    Yêu con người và sử dụng vật chất.

    Tôi cũng biết, nói dễ hơn làm. Để làm được như công thức đạo đức trên cần phải có dũng khí để từ bỏ lòng kiêu hãnh và sức mạnh để yêu thương người khác – bao gồm gia đình, bè bạn, đồng nghiệp, người quen, Chúa trời/Trời Phật và cả những người ta không quen biết hay thậm chí là kẻ thù của ta. Chúng ta chỉ nên chối bỏ tình yêu đối với những thứ thật sự là đồ vật. Và hình thức rèn luyện để đạt được điều này là từ thiện. Có rất ít thứ làm cho ta cảm thấy được giải thoát như việc cho người khác những thứ mà ta quí báu.

    Chúng ta còn cần phải lên án chủ nghĩa vật chất. Đây rõ ràng không phải là một luận cứ dành cho một hệ thống kinh tế nào. Những ai đã từng sống ở một nước xã hội chủ nghĩa đều phải công nhận rằng chủ nghĩa vật chất và sự ích kỷ, dưới chế độ chủ nghĩa tập thể, là vô cùng tồi tệ hay thậm chí còn tệ hơn trường hợp thị trường tự do. Và không có một hệ tư tưởng chính trị nào lại có thể miễn nhiễm với chủ nghĩa vật chất.

    Cuối cùng, chúng ta cần phải tự vấn sâu sắc đối với các ham muốn cơ bản của bản thân. Tất nhiên chúng ta bị thúc đẩy để có được sự ngưỡng mộ, sự huy hoàng và sự tự do sử dụng cơ thể của mình theo ý mình muốn. Nhưng khuất phục trước những ham muốn đó sẽ mang lại bất hạnh. Bạn có trách nhiệm với chính bản thân rằng mình phải đấu tranh. Một khi bạn tuyên bố đình chiến là khi bạn trở nên kém hạnh phúc. Tuyên bố chống lại những ham muốn mang mang tính phá hoại này không phải là sự khổ hạnh hay hay theo chủ nghĩa Thanh giáo (tôn giáo mà những người theo đạo sẽ phải tuân thủ hết sức nghiêm ngặt các qui tắc sống và xử sự – ND). Nó chỉ đơn giản là trở thành một người khôn ngoan biết né tránh những khổ ải không cần thiết.

    Abd al-Rahman không bao giờ có thể biết tổng hạnh phúc mà ông có được. Bởi vị vua này không bao giờ biết được công thức đúng để tìm kiếm hạnh phúc. Chúng ta thì có.

    Nguồn: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html?smid=fb-share

              Exclusive: Ground zero report from Anantnag terror attack site        

    A fresh batch of 3,289 Amarnath pilgrims left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley.

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              Druze Tea        

    Herbal arrangement for tea brewing
    For those unfamiliar with the Druze culture, it is unique to the Levant (Lebanon, Syria and Israel). This minority group originated about a thousand years ago in the Ismaillia sect of early Islam, and was largely prosecuted after splitting off from it. Therefore, mate

    they usually dwell on mountains and have long tradition of bravery since they've always needed to fend for themselves in a rather hostile environment. In Israel, the Druze communities are all located in the north - from Mount Carmel in the largest Druze town Daliat el Carmel and all the way up north to the Western Galilee, the Golan Heights especially around Mount Hermon.

    Near my village alone there are four Druze villages - Jath, Yanuh, Yirka and Julis. We've held strong friendly relationships with our Druze neighbours. Growing up, two elders from the village Yanuh will travel on foot or by donkey and come help us build our village - they taught our parents how to built terraces from the many rocks around here so that we can grow crops along the hillsides, how to cultivate wild olives and do the grafting so the trees grow strong and bear good fruit, and we went every summer to the miller and grind our wheat (when we still grew our own), and every autumn to line up with all the other olive growers and press our olives into fine olive oil and buy handmade olive soap that was made on the spot from the pommace left from the pressing process. As the nearby village Yirka developed into a small town bustling with businesses - we go there also to do most of our shopping and other business (that's where I usually go to the ship my online orders, by the way), and continue to build business and work relations with our neighbours. My house (both the old and the new part) was built almost entirely by a Birka-Born team of construction experts who became my closest new friends since moving here, and their wives come to practice Pilates with me.

    Growing up here, I remember my mom being especially enthusiastic about learning from the Druze women about the bounty of edible and medicinal wild plants around here. From them she also learned to drink olive oil in the morning on empty stomach, and how to make a special scorpion antidote (from the scorpion that stung you, fried in olive oil). I never tried either, and probably never will. But I do love to learn from them about the nearly magical properties of the plants that grow everywhere around here. It's as if there is an entire pharmacy out in the open, here in the wild. 

    Besides, there is much to be learned from the Druze traditional way of living, which is very family centred and values hospitality and taking the time to sit and enjoy a cup of anything - tea, coffee, and more and more coffee. The latter is served everywhere you go - from the hardware store to the mobile phone shop. And of course you can't enter a home without being invited for at least a cup of coffee, and if it's dinnertime - to break bread with the whole family.

    Ka'kat Isfar
    As is widespread in all of Israel - among both the Arab and Jewish population - the Druze adore za'atar, sage and the many wild harvested and then dried herbs from around here. They are  popular as digestifs or medicinal brews for various ailments or as preventative measures: wild sage, white mint, savory, wild oregano, and more are either infused on their own or added, dried or fresh, to black tea.  The love for za'atar is so profound that it is even added to some sweet pastries, such as this traditional ka'akat isfar ("yellow cake") - a mildly sweet yeasted flatbread that is coloured with turmeric and additionally spiced with sesame and nigella seeds, hints of za'atar (this umbrella name could be wild oregano, savoury or thyme - more on that in another post), and hints of mysterious spices that I'm yet to identify (I detected nutmeg and perhaps even some cardamom or allspice but I can't be sure of the latter two). It has become a favourite of mine, but is never found in a pastry shop. Some families would sell their traditional homemade ka'kat isfar when they make it, and the recipes vary. The first one I tried was only spiced with turmeric. This particular version that I'm very fond of was made by a random person I met on one of my traveling tea parties, and I doubt I will be able to taste ever again. The only recipe I found that seems close is written in Arabic and I'm far from being proficient enough to follow a recipe in that language.

    Many of my Vancouver perfume studio guests have been indirectly introduced to Druze culture through the special tea I would brew each winter (we fondly called it "witch brew") of dried hulnejan (a particular type of dried galangal root) and ginger roots, which is simmered forever in a large pot, simultaneously cleansing the air, warming the chest and keeping colds at bay. It is often served with pecan nuts sprinkled on top, and a lot of sugar, which is how most Druze like their teas. I personally prefer it unsweetened, and like to add cinnamon bark which has its own natural sweetness. Sometimes I would add honey but not often.

    But Hulnejan is not the only interesting thing about the Druze tea culture. As it turns out, in the 19th Century, many Druze - especially from Syria - left for Argentina, and they brought back with them mate, and a special fondness for this unique South American concoction. They drink it socially, sharing the same bombilla (the silver straw), traditionally sucked from the tea which is brewed in a dried decorative gourd.

    Mate, Druze-style

    In this photo, I am holding a dainty cup of mate that was offered to me on the streets of Majdal Shams, a remote Druze village come ski tourist town on Mount Hermon (Jabal Sheikh), formerly part of Syria. 

    On Saturday morning, we were having a hard time finding a place to eat breakfast. The breakfast place recommended to us the night before was still closed at 8:30am - it turns out it was them who had the wedding the night before with the parade that blocked the streets) - and so we were directed by a local lady to a corner shop that sells coffee, cigarettes, local cherries and freshly whipped before your eyes malyukh (Druze flat bread that is baked on top of a saj - an iron dome much like an upside down wok) on top of open fire. The bread is baked only on one side, than folded and smeared with generous amounts of labneh (soft cheese made from strained yoghurt), za'atar mixture, and homemade hot sauce that I swear was spiked with cinnamon.  We were also offered black tea "on the house" which turned to be fragrant with "Ootra" - Arabic for the popular Pelargonium graveness. The lady was impressed with my Arabic (very basic, but still better than nothing) and even more so that I recognized what she put in the tea and know the Arabic name for it.

    I chatted her up as I was munching on the malyukh and sipping the tea, and learned that while Majdal Shams is not as big as Yirka - it is a lot more "modern" to her words. There is a high percentage of post-secondary education, most of which was acquired in Syria, where up until the civil war was offered for free to all Syrian citizens. As a background - you should know that up until 1967, the Golan Heights and Mt. Hermon, including the four Druze villages  there - Majdal Shams, Mas'ade, Ein Kiniya and Buq'ata - were under Syrian rule, and their culture is quite different than what you'll find in the Galilee. One thinks of the border between Israel and Syria (sworn enemies since the establishment of the state of Israeli in 1948) as hermetically sealed, but in fact there was a dynamic flow of the Druze population between the countries - especially for weddings and for family reunions, but also for studying abroad. This lady's brother lived in Syria for many years - he went there to study medicine, got married and lived there until the war started, and then requested to return, and came back to Israel via Jordan with his wife and their children.

    We finished our delicious breakfast, thanked the lady and crossed the street to where our car was parked, right in front of a bakery (the only other place that was already open by 9am). In front of it, two ladies sat on a bench and a couple of upside-down plastic grocery boxes, boiling water on a portable gas stove and sipping non other than mate from a dainty little jug. I was so astonished I could not hold my gasp of delight. In return, they offered me to sit down and join them, rinsing the bombilla with boiled water from the kettle and pouring fresh water over and over the mate to bring out the flavour time and again. I was so thrilled that even though we're only two hours drive from home, and are already experiencing new culture that is so different yet invites us to share a cup of tea together.
    I had a couple of jugs of mate with them and thanked the big spirit that's in this world that encouraged me to finally set up on my tea journey. 

              Xin được làm Cát bụi        
    Có những đêm không ngủ, tôi chợt thấy mình tan ra giữa bóng tối rất dày bên ngoài ô cửa sổ. Lắng nghe hơi thở của đêm, nghe những bộn bề trăn trở trong chính bản thân mình. Dừng lại dòng suy nghĩ mông lung về những nỗi buồn phiền, lo âu và cả nỗi hận thù chất chứa đâu đó nơi góc tâm hồn, tôi nghĩ về đêm, về gió, về số phận của một kiếp người…

    “Hạt bụi nào hóa kiếp thân tôi
    Để một mai vươn hình hài lớn dậy.
    Ôi, cát bụi tuyệt vời
    Mặt trời soi một kiếp rong chơi…”

    Đôi khi người ta hay tự hỏi mình rất nhiều câu hỏi bâng quơ như: “Tôi là ai? Tôi tồn tại trên thế gian này để làm gì? Và rồi tôi sẽ đi đâu và về đâu?”...Chúng ta ai cũng có quyền hỏi như thế và mỗi người sẽ tìm riêng cho mình những câu trả lời nào đó. Riêng tôi vẫn thường hay suy diễn vu vơ về mọi thứ xung quanh mình, tôi cứ loay hoay đi tìm chính tôi trong muôn ngàn tấm gương vô hình của cuộc sống. Mà cuộc sống thì luôn đổi thay và đầy bí ẩn. Không nhận được câu trả lời nào, tôi – một hạt bụi chưa được đặt tên tiếp tục cuộc hành trình bất tận của riêng mình.

    “Hạt bụi nào hóa kiếp thân tôi
    Để một mai tôi về làm cát bụi
    Ôi, cát bụi mệt nhoài
    Tiếng động nào gõ nhịp không nguôi…”

    Có thể từ một hình hài nhỏ nhoi nào đấy, ta lớn lên và biết yêu thương, đau khổ, oán trách, giận hờn…tức là đã nếm dần đủ mọi mùi vị của cuộc đời. Lắm khi ta lao đầu vào vòng xoáy của kim tiền, học dần bao nhiêu mánh khóe, thủ đoạn của người đời. Đến một ngày kia, bạn thành công đứng ngất ngây trên đỉnh cao vinh quang chói lọi. Tôi loay hoay đâu đó trong cuộc chiến mưu sinh, có người cô đơn bỏ lại những giấc mơ đi theo tiếng gọi của dòng đời…tất cả, tất cả đều được quy về một khái niệm: Cát Bụi. Lúc bấy giờ, bạn, tôi và họ lại trở về bản chất của mình – những mảnh vụn cuộc đời.

    “Bao nhiêu năm làm kiếp con người
    Chợt một chiều tóc trắng như vôi.
    Lá úa trên cao rụng đầy
    Cho trăm năm vào chết một ngày…”

    Đây có lẽ là điều mà người đời ca tụng Trịnh Công Sơn. Bởi trong bất kì bài hát nào của người nhạc sĩ này dù vui hay buồn, đau khổ hay hân hoan, người yêu nhạc luôn có cái để phải nghe và chiêm nghiệm: “Bao nhiêu năm rồi còn mãi ra đi, đi đâu loanh quanh cho đời mỏi mệt. Trên hai vai ta đôi vầng nhật, nguyệt rọi suốt trăm năm một cõi đi về”, “Mưa vẫn mưa bay cho đời biển động làm sao em biết bia đá không đau”…Và ở bài hát này là “cho trăm năm vào chết một ngày”.

    “Mặt trời nào soi sáng tim tôi
    Để tình yêu xay mòn thành đá cuội.
    Xin úp mặt bùi ngùi
    Từng ngày qua mỏi ngóng tin vui.
    Cụm rừng nào lá xác xơ cây
    Từ vực sâu nghe lời mời đã dậy.
    Ôi, cát bụi phận này
    Vết mực nào xóa bỏ không hay.”

    Cứ mỗi lẫn nghe Cát bụi tôi lại phát hiện ra có quá nhiều bóng tối trong sâu thẳm góc tâm hồn. Tôi thấy mình đã quá hờ hững, lơ đãng với những số phận khác xung quanh, rằng tôi đã sống với cái đích lớn lao chỉ biết riêng mình. Tôi vẫn cầu mong có được mặt trời soi sáng, chiếu rọi trái tim mình, dẫn lối tôi đi trên những con đường xa khuất. Xin hãy xay mòn những ưu tư, toan tính chất chứa âm thầm trên thế giới này thành từng mảnh vụn để ta có thể giẫm lên và chôn vùi chúng. Để một ngày mai xa xôi nào chưa tới, tôi có thể bình thản xuôi tay về với cát bụi trần gian. “Người nhớ cho ta là cát bụi trở về cát bụi xin người nhớ cho”…Và cứ thế tôi thiếp đi trong sự bình yên chưa từng có, tôi sẽ sống xứng đáng với thân phận của mình – một hạt bụi chưa được đặt tên.

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                                                                   â€œA great presence is hard to see. A great sound is hard to hear. A great figure has no form.” Lao-Tzu

                                                                    "Cantando alegre, cruzó el valle, pasó la Sabana y al mar llegó". Calavera y la Popular Independiente.

    Una de mis obsesiones permanentes son los flujos que generan patrones auto-semejantes, es en otras palabras, una obsesión por una nueva rama de la matemática llamada "geometría fractal". Sin embargo, el patrón fractal no es exclusivo únicamente de la geometría. El fractal se puede oír en música, en especial la música de Bach como este concierto donde los patrones son auto-semejantes, sin dejar de notar las diferencias. Son los flujos de muchas cosas que generan ciertos patrones auto-semejantes dibujando formas geométricamente hermosas.  Sin embargo ¿cómo podemos trascender un concepto de la matemática a la filosofía? ¿Cómo podemos utilizar el fractal para ampliar y trascender el rango de nuestros conocimientos? ¿Cómo pueden unas ideas matemáticas y de filosofía del caos aportarnos a descubrir la causa y sentido del todo? A continuación daremos un abrebocas al concepto matemático para luego trascenderlo a la filosofía y al arte y comprender cuáles son las huellas que dejan los flujos de movimiento de las cosas en los seres.

    1. DESCRIBIENDO E INTUYENDO LOS FRACTALES: Auto-semejanzas.

    1.1 Intuyendo al fractal y su causa
    ¿Qué es un fractal? ¿Cuál es su esencia? ¿Cómo es un fractal en términos geométricos? Muchas preguntas pueden surgir legítimamente acerca de lo que es un fractal en términos geométricos o de espacio.

    Un fractal es mejor mostrarlo que describirlo, en él se verá la auto-semejanza. Auto-semejanza que implica que la parte se asemeja al todo y el todo a la parte y para parafrasear a la señorita Antioquia "también del mismo modo y en el sentido contrario". El concepto de auto-semejanza es más intuitivo que racional y o mejor es mostrar la imagen de un fractal, el más famoso, el conjunto de Mandelbrot:


    Los fractales, son entonces estos modelos generados por fórmulas de retroalimentación no-lineal  (Las siete leyes del caos, pág. 138). En últimas son funciones en los términos que aprendimos matemáticas en el colegio. Sin embargo, la definición de la causa de los fractales, "fórmulas de retroalimentación no-lineal", términos que nadie entiende, es válido para los fractales generados por computador como el conjunto de Mandelbrot. Sin embargo, los fractales y más aquellos que son naturales, implican algo mucho más profundo.

    A los fractales naturales podríamos denominarlos la huella del caos (Las siete leyes del caos, pág. 140) o más bien de los flujos de movimiento que son caóticos. En términos Aristótelicos le hemos dado la vuelta al fractal desde la perspectiva de la causa-eficiente. Es decir lo que los origina. Sin embargo, la explicación de su origen era para intuir el concepto de "auto-semejanza" que es en últimas la esencia del fractal.

    Los flujos de movimiento decíamos dejan una huella Â¿cómo es esa huella? ¡Auto-semejante a escalas diferentes! (Las siete leyes del caos, pág. 140) Si se observa el conjunto de Mandelbrot podemos ver que a primera vista tiene una imagen, pero mirando las más pequeñas encontramos que hay un cierto patrón que se repite. La forma en la que se repite la huella del flujo de movimiento se denomina auto-semejanza. Invitemos a los autores de "Las Siete Leyes del Caos" para que nos expliquen lo que es la auto-semejanza:

    "Por mor de la claridad, diremos que el término 'autosemejante' incluye esta idea de las diferencias individuales y la singularidad, así como las similitudes (...) En algunas formas fractales -particularmente aquellas generadas por los computadores mediante fórmulas matemáticas- la autosemejanza tiene algo de mecánica. En otros fractales -de la naturaleza y el arte- lo que es autosemejante se halla mezclado con lo que es diferente de forma tal que constituyen un desafío a la descripción." (Las siete leyes del caos, pág. 142)
    1.2 Fractales naturales y algunas preguntas
    Si el Conjunto de Mandelbrot es un fractal artificial ¿cómo sería un fractal natural? ¡Algo que suele verse mejor desde la ventanilla de un avión! Si alguien quiere cazar fractales que pida la ventanilla de un avión así haya algunos mal encarados que crean que es capricho. Algo como la siguiente foto:

    NUBES FRACTALES

    El flujo de movimiento en el caso de las nubes es el agua, el fluido -término físico- más común en la tierra. La huella que deja son las formas que tienen una retroalimentación del sol, luego del "albedo" que producen devolviendo radiación solar al espacio, los choques de las goticas, la disminución de la temperatura ocasionada por el impacto de la devolución de la radiación que disminuye la evaporación, lo que disminuye la temperatura, aumenta la condensación, disminuye la humedad específica, al enfriar aumenta la presión. Mejor dicho es una situación de una multicausalidad enorme o sea de muchas causas, que se retroalimentan así mismas... 

    Esos fractales naturales son la huella de aquello que los primeros filósofos denominaban el arjé. Los primeros filósofos empezaron a ver que la naturaleza estaba compuesta de algo y el fluir de ese algo era lo que generaba los seres. Ese arjé plural o singular me parece que siempre era algo sometido a un flujo de movimiento capaz de dejar huella: Vgr -Agua, Aire, Fuego, Tierra. 

    Sin embargo, al ver el amplio movimiento. Algunos como Heráclito decían "uno no se baña dos veces en el mismo río", pero ante eso se genera una pregunta ¿cómo puede nombrar al río si siempre es diferente? Parménides se iba al otro extremo de considerar todo como eterno e inmutable. Pero ¿cómo explica que no hay una nube igual a otra? ¿Cómo explica al anciano y al niño? Heráclito diría que son personas distintas, lo que es contra-evidente, pero también sería contra-evidente negar la diferencia, son la misma persona pero con una diferencia en su estado. En todo caso ¿en qué medida habría impactado en su filosofía la geometría fractal? Una pregunta que generará en el lector un flujo de preguntas y respuestas... "¡Un diálogo es un fractal!" dice la Mula Pensante.

    1.3 De la filosofía a la intuición
    Quisiera cerrar este fractal con dos frases que muevan la intuición para comprender lo que es un fractal. Muchas veces la intuición la mente la entiende en forma de paradoja, o las paradojas producen intuiciones, y también del mismo modo y en el sentido contrario:

    "Ver el mundo en un grano de arena,
    y el cielo en una flor silvestre;
    tener el infinito en la palma de la mano
    y la eternidad en una hora."
    Flower world/mundo en la flor
    ¿El mundo en una flor...? ¡Quizás!
    (William Blake en PAPPAS, 1996, pág. 50)
    Dice un texto budista Chan: 

    "Se levanta una partícula de polvo y toda la tierra está allí; florece una flor y amanece un universo con ella" (Las siete leyes del caos, pág. 142-143)
    Finalmente:
    “A great presence is hard to see. A great sound is hard to hear. A great figure has no form.” Lao-Tzu. Y mi pésima traducción: "Una gran presencia es difícil de ver. Un gran sonido es difícil de oír. Una gran figura no tiene forma.". Ahh y es una cita que leí en
    http://www.yamamotomasao.jp/from_the_artist_3.html
    Hago una advertencia a los lectores eruditos desprevenidos y creen tener el dogma en sus cerebros que esto no es panteismo. Es una filosofía que quizás aún no la tenga categorizada en su aburrida cabeza. Es posible comprender la pluralidad de los entes y la trascendencia de Dios y las intuiciones orientales acerca de la parte y el todo. Las interrelaciones entre los entes que participan de la creación de Dios son mucho más profundas y delicadas de lo que parecen. Mejor dicho es una frase de desahogo ante tanto dogmático suelto que en vez de procurar entender y debatir busca clasificar y categorizar. Por cierto, las cosas no son mentiras o verdades porque yo las clasifique en modelos negativos, eso es una falacia denominada muñeco de paja.

    2. DE LA MATEMÁTICA A LA FILOSOFÍA: Familiaridades.
    Me escribe en estos días la Mula Pensante en facebook "el Apocalipsis es un fractal". Ante tal sorpresa le pregunté ¿Por qué? Y lo que me contestó me permitió entender el concepto de Iglesia. Me contestó o tal vez le entendí algo así como "la lucha individual de cada Cristiano es auto-semejante y se retro-alimenta a la lucha de la Iglesia Universal". La cuestión tiene lógica, si la gracias es un flujo de movimiento sobrenatural su huella ha de estar determinada por la lucha individual de cada cristiano. En últimas la gracia es un río que viene de Dios y a Él pretende llevarnos. De la misma forma podemos considerar el diálogo como un fractal que es la huella de un flujo de movimiento de ideas o insultos en algunos casos: insultos o ideas son fractales al fin y al cabo. También vemos fractales en la música, en especial de Bach.

    Esas autosemejanzas geométricas podríamos denominarlas también familiaridades. Los apartes de una melodía de Bach suelen ser similares al todo y así mismo a otras partes. Las nubes suelen ser familiares a las montañas, que suelen ser familiares a los árboles, las olas forman en la arena rizos familiares a las corrientes de los ríos. La auto-semejanza fractal traducida como una familiaridad esencial nos lleva a una intuición que los metafísicos descubren por lógica... ¡hay algo en común entre los seres/entes! ¡Que SON! Filósofos como Ockham por el contrario niegan esas familiaridades y dejan lo común de las cosas como meros nombres flatus vocis.

    Entre las mismas cosas hay una familiaridad, algo común, que viene como huella del rastro de los flujos de movimiento. No significa que todas sean lo mismo, para que haya autosemejanza tiene que haber diferencia. Podríamos llegar a múltiples disquisiciones al respecto, pero esa familiaridad y la retroalimentación que cada cosa hace a la otra y por ende a sí misma, sumada en un flujo de tendencias o fines al bien, ¿no será una prueba de que el arjé es el flujo del amor? Si los entes naturales se retroalimentan a sí mismos para lograr sus fines, todos esos entes tienen una huella de algo amoroso que los trasciende. La misma familiaridad y la retroalimentación que los entes hacen al flujo debe indicar que en ellos hay inmanente algo de amor. ¿Será que el amor es el arjé? El amor es querer el bien del otro, los flujos de movimiento naturales parecen indicar el bien de las cosas o que siempre les hacen un bien, un bien que las trasciende pero que las retroalimenta.

    Escher Metamorfosis. Estos cuadros utilizan los fractales para  dibujar las imágenes, pero el fondo que puede interpretárse es que todas sus imágenes a pesar de ser distintas cuentan con esa familiaridad.

    Me encantaría sentar claro que efectivamente ese amor proviene del Dios que es su causa, pero esto dejaría muchas dudas acerca de cómo de las familiaridades entre los entes que se retroalimentan se puede llegar a concluir que ese arjé proviene del flujo del amor. Creo que es así, pero esto lo digo por fe, no porque tenga la prueba fehaciente. Es decir, la existencia del mundo denota un Dios, pero que lo que mueva el mundo sea movido por el amor, es algo que requiere mayor rigor y profundidad. Apenas voy entendiendo las familiaridades. No sé lo que intuyo y razono.

    3. FAMILIAS Y FAMILIARIDADES: Arte.
    La razón intencional de este escrito era mostrar la auto-semejanza o familiaridad entre las intuiciones o sensibilidades mía y de un primo. El primo Calavera, es el cantante de la Banda Calavera y la Popular Independiente que son un nuevo género musical que busca mezclar la tradicional guasca antioqueña con un poco de rock. Es algo estilo Juanes pero mejor a mi modo de ver. Lo curioso del asunto es que oyendo una de sus canciones que advierto está mal grabada porque todavía no lo han hecho en estudio descubrí que la banda describía la intuición que me persigue hace días, la intuición y vocación hacia los "flujos". Vocación e intuición que me hace desear viajar en exceso en avión y pedir una bendita ventanilla. La canción donde Teo Calavera expresa la idea del flujo y de las familiaridades es "Soñé en el Río":

     

    Al fin y al cabo, las familias tienen la huella de la genética y también de prácticas -virtudes y vicios- de hace muchos años. Oír al abuelo diciendo que el cogía tigres de la cola y que venía El Alispruz, o a la abuelita obsesionada por tener las flores más hermosas de las palmas tienen claros impactos: "soñé una finca para mi madre -dice la canción-, llena de flores mirando al sol" . Son otra forma de "genética" pero a ambos nos tocaron y dejaron huellas en el espíritu que ahora queremos expresar al mundo. Que se expresan de acuerdo al espíritu y vocación individual, pero que tienen su auto-semejanza, su familiaridad. La familia es la portadora del flujo de herencia material y espiritual, esos flujos generan auto-semejanzas y diferencias en sus miembros.

    Teo Calavera hace sus alispruces mediante la música. La canción bellas imágenes describe los flujos de movimiento. La canción describe ese constante movimiento "soñé en el río y el río me llevó, bajó por la montaña..." luego la descripción lleva a la forma de cómo baja el río "Cantando alegre, cruzó el valle, pasó la Sabana y al mar llegó". Ese punto del mar donde se funde con el todo, con una cultura "eran las voces de una nación"  o la paradoja con la totalidad "mientras las olas me iban llevando yo era el cielo y tú mi sol". La canción tiene el mismo estilo literario de García Márquez, un realismo mágico, que describe la realidad sin desdibujarla pero de una forma curiosamente mística. En el fondo refleja ese anhelo de amor, de querer unirse con el universo, con la totalidad de las cosas en imágenes llegando a un mar que refleja ese todo de los anhelos humanos.

    INCONCLUSIÓN
    Ya se me volvió un delicioso vicio -o quizás virtud- de dejar mis escritos inconclusos. La razón es fractal ¡no quiero agotar el flujo del conocimiento! El fin de un ensayo no es el fin de lo que se pueda decir de una cosa, el fin de un ensayo es el comienzo para que muchos en su libre razonar, su creatividad y su inteligencia utilicen esas ideas para algo. Que las utilicen así sea para decir lo ridículo que es un autor o para tomar parte razonable y criticar el resto. Tesis, Antítesis y Síntesis como el Hegel Pop es imposible tenerlas en un escrito.  La dialéctica -que es quizás la ciencia que estudia los flujos de diálogos- no se agota en un escrito, ni en un autor. La verdad no es tan caprichosa como para quedarse en una sola cabeza.

    Por eso que siga el fluir, el movimiento, la dialéctica, las Tesis, Antítesis y Síntesis del Hegel Pop. Que le den duro al ensayo, modifiquen la idea y sea simplemente una ayuda de mi parte en el constante parto del conocimiento que no es oficio particular sino de la humanidad. Ojo, que sea oficio de la humanidad no significa como creen erradamente los marxistas que eso es oficio del estado. El estado es una metáfora de lo contrario al flujo de movimiento. Es oficio de la humanidad en cabezas particulares que libremente lo retroalimentan ¡un buen ejemplo es Wikipedia! En fin...

    BIBLIOGRAFÍA

    PAPPAS, T. (1996). LA MAGIA DE LA MATEMÁTICA. El orden oculto tras la naturaleza y el arte. (M. Rosenberg, Trad.) Madrid, España: Zugarto Ediciones S.A. 

    Peat, F. D., & Briggs, J. (1999). Las siete leyes del caos (Primera Edición ed.). (D. Mas, Trad.) Barcelona, Cataluña, España: Grijalbo.

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    Llegó el Día de la Madre y solo tú sabes cómo poder sorprenderla. No obstante, por ser mujer le gusta cuidarse, quiere sentirse y verse bien, estar saludable e irradiar felicidad a donde quiera que vaya. Pero, Â¿sabes cómo poder ofrecerle a tu mamá ese estado de equilibrio y salud? En Elena del Mar lo sabemos y, por ello, te ofrecemos exclusivas promociones en cada uno de nuestros centros de estética y gimnasios en Bogotá para que tu mamá pueda lucir fabulosa en su día.

    Llevamos 54 años ofreciendo espacios y auténticos procedimientos para que cuides tu cuerpo a través de planes de gimnasios, tratamientos estéticos en spas en el centro de Bogotá y productos para la belleza que hacen de nuestro centro deportivo la más oportuna opción para que mantengas un estilo de vida equilibrado. Además, puedas encontrar y contar con un lugar que te brinda confort y relajación al tiempo que tonificas y recuperas tu Figura Total.



    ¿Qué tratamientos poder regalarle a Mamá?


    Como especialistas en el sector y posicionados como el gimnasio, centro de estética y spa en Bogotá norte de mayor trayectoria de la ciudad, ponemos a tu disposición promociones que no debes dejar pasar en esta fecha tan especial.

    Abdomen Plano. Por medio de 8 masajes y 8 corrientes brindamos la manera más oportuna para que tu mamá cuente con especiales sesiones que le ayudarán a moldear su cuerpo y alcanzar esa Figura Total que tanto está deseando. Tu mamá merece consentirse y este es el momento indicado. Adquiere la promoción aquí.

    6 meses de gimnasio en sede Norte. Esta promoción está de ensueño, a solo $299.900 le asegurarás a mamá un semestre en nuestro centro más exclusivo además de sesiones de Bodyterm, lipoláser, masajes, drenaje y mascarillas. No solo le dirás cuánto la amas sino que le transmitirás las ganas que tienes de verla radiante y muy feliz.

    Bono 2x1. Tu mamá merece ser consentida y es la ocasión perfecta para llevarlo a cabo y hacerla sentir especial. Aunque es su día la puedes acompañar y pasar tiempo junto a tu ser amado. Este bono 2x1 + masajes relajantes, mascarillas y corrientes te permiten brindarle un día inolvidable y lleno de momentos inigualables. Conócelo y adquiere la promoción aquí.

    Elena del Mar como centro deportivo que piensa en el bienestar de cada Mamá y la tuya en especial, te ofrece espacios exclusivos como el centro de estética en Hacienda Santa Bárbara para que la lleves a vivir de tiempos únicos y difíciles de olvidar. Hoy es el momento perfecto de regalarle opciones a mamá para que se siga cuidando y luzca como siempre lo ha querido en su día.

    Recuerda: ella quiere verse bien, resplandecer e irradiar felicidad, nuestras promociones permiten que sea así.

    Artículo tomado de Elena del Mar.

              La polución ¿Cómo afecta tu piel?        
    La piel y la polución
    Cuidar de tu piel y tu estética facial merece de tratamientos especiales y consejos únicos que solo capacitados en el sector pueden brindarte, por ello, Elena del Mar hoy te cuenta más acerca de una de sus sedes que se convierte en un spa en Bogotá norte que mereces conocer, visitar y disfrutar; como también, te daremos algunos tips necesarios para que cuides la piel, en especial, tu rostro de toda la polución que diariamente alcanzas a recibir.


    Primero, Â¿sabes cómo afecta la polución a tu piel? Bien es sabido que los elevados índices de contaminación es uno de los temas que más fuerza toma en diferentes partes del mundo y la capital de Colombia no podía ser la excepción. Los efectos de la alta polución sobre la salud de las personas están fuera de toda duda. Sin embargo, necesitas saber cómo está afectando tu piel y con ello, tomar medidas de limpieza profunda que solo en centros de estética corporal en Bogotá te realizarán de manera correcta. Entonces, te contaremos cómo está formada tu piel y cuál es la principal función.


    La piel…



    Es el principal órgano del cuerpo y su función principal es la de proteger del exterior. Es la barrera que evitará que penetren en el organismo agentes nocivos que pueden provocar posibles daños al cuerpo. Por consiguiente, se encuentra formada de varias capas: la más profunda es la epidermis, seguidamente se encuentra la dermis y la más externa es la hipodermis.


    Será ésta última la que mayor sufrimiento le ocasionan las agresiones externas pero se debe mantener intacta, protegida y cuidada porque de lo contrario, es la entrada fácil para que sustancias tóxicas y microorganismos ingresen al organismo ¿Le estás prestando el cuidado que merece? Solo en un centro de estética facial en Bogotá que te presente diferentes tratamientos y promociones especiales podrás mantener tu rostro en buen estado, en especial, la capa a la cual estamos haciendo alusión.


    ¿Cuál es el efecto de la contaminación?

    De manera determinada, se trata de la polución, la contaminación del medio ambiente, aires o agua que se debe a los residuos de la vida cotidiana, los procesos biológicos y los constantes residuos o gases tóxicos que arrojan los autos, buses y motos. Por tal razón, tu piel debe estar protegida y someterse a limpiezas profundas después de determinado tiempo. Pero Â¿Cómo afecta la polución a tu piel?


    Sinceramente, la polución afectará tu piel en todos los niveles. De manera superficial, se puede provocar el conocido estrés de la piel: no se ve lisa y por ello, se evidencian poros, folículos pilosos, glándulas sebáceas y sudoríparas, las que se convierten en las “entradas de los contaminantes”. De manera más interna y profunda, la piel no podrá intercambiar sustancias con el exterior lo que ocasiona que esta se “desactive”, se apague y se disminuirá el riego sanguíneo en la piel y se perderá firmeza y elasticidad, riesgo de aparición de manchas y mayor sequedad.


    ¡Mantén tu piel en perfectas condiciones!


    Sin embargo, existen soluciones y expertos que han dispuesto lugares especiales para que acudas frecuentemente y limpies tu piel y rostro de manera profunda y como esta parte de tu cuerpo lo merece.  Elena del Mar es un gimnasio-spa que ha dispuesto diferentes sedes donde encontrarás ambos servicios o en algunas, solo disfrutarás de relajación y tranquilidad. Un ejemplo es el centro de estética facial y corporal en Cafam Floresta, donde nuestras instalaciones están equipadas y distribuidas para que empieces tratamientos en tu rostro y cuerpo de manera oportuna y alejes todas las impurezas a las cuales te enfrentas debido a la contaminación y polución de una gran ciudad como Bogotá. A continuación, te invitamos para que conozcas nuestra sede en Cafam Floresta. Además, consulta nuestras promociones para que inicies tus tratamientos sin pensarlo dos veces.



    Renuévate y cumple tus objetivos estéticos gracias a Elena del Mar. Contáctanos.



    Artículo tomado de: elenadelmar.com

              Selective Amnesia of Reagan’s Legacy        

    Amazingly and audaciously, the mainstream media and liberal pundocracy has created a narrative that President Obama’s newly found centrism is molded in the inspirational optimism of President Reagan.  This narrative seems confusing, when many liberals excoriate Reagan’s economic policy as the grim reaper of capitalism coming to instill all the inequities of the free market.


    Reagan, like the Tea Party, believed heavily in the primacy of the individual over the government and limited self-government constrained by the Constitution.  
    Reagan, in his “A Time for Choosing” speech, echoed these sentiments by saying, “A government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”


    On the flipside, President Obama in his State of the Union Address enunciated the greater need for “investment” (i.e. government spending and subsidies) wrapped in the rhetorical trappings of American exceptionalism and greatness.   This deceptive rhetoric attempted to mask the policy that undergirded Obama’s State of the Union address which called for more dubious government subsidies for green energy and an increase in spending for high-speed rail boondoggles.  If American citizens were groping and longing for high-speed rail,  wouldn’t it be flourishing by now after nearly 30 years since the French launched their Paris-Lyon TGV line?

     
    If there is no demand for these industries, how else can government make them appealing, but by way of force, coercion or wasteful subsidizing hoping to create a market for these currently unwanted and inefficient products?

     
    Are we to forget the GM bailout,  Dodd-Frank financial regulation and an intrusive government intervention into our healthcare system?  Do President Obama’s policies even close to matching his own rhetoric in the State of the Union, let alone Reagan’s?


    These pontificators may be well-intentioned, but it is more than condescending to attempt to link President Obama with the former President merely based on oratorical flourishes and Reaganesque-style optimism.  Their ideas on the proper function and role of the government stand in stark contrast.


    As AEI’s Steven Hayward insightfully notes, Reagan believed that modern liberalism unequivocally left him.  

    Reagan's invocation of Paine, as well as his quotation of John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" sermon, expresses the core of his optimism and belief in the dynamism of American society, a dynamism that can have unconservative effects. But he explained his use of Paine in conservative terms way back in his 1965 autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me? "The classic liberal," Reagan wrote, "used to be the man who believed the individual was, and should be forever, the master of his destiny. That is now the conservative position. The liberal used to believe in freedom under law. He now takes the ancient feudal position that power is everything. He believes in a stronger and stronger central government, in the philosophy that control is better than freedom. The conservative now quotes Thomas Paine, a longtime refuge of the liberals: 'Government is a necessary evil; let us have as little of it as possible.'"

    Maybe It is time for President Obama to return to some of Founder's writings in order to rediscover his inner centrism.  He can begin with Thomas Paine.

     


              Shaw returns to join the Clan        
    Returning to Scotland 7s after injury, for this weekend's Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, Colin Shaw took time out to join in training with a club in Kilmarnock which is unique in Scotland.
     
    The Clan is the country's only unified rugby club, where players with a disability train and play in t

              Interesting forum on self-publishing at 2017 Outwrite LGBT Book Festival in Washington DC        

    Today I visited the 2017 Outwrite LGBT Book Festival in the DC Center office space and surrounding atrium at 14th and U Streets in Washington DC.

    This year I did not have my own table;  I’ll get into this elsewhere.

    The most interesting part of the visit was a presentation in DC Center’s largest room (on 14th Street ground level) from LGBT book publishers and literary agents.

    There was a discussion of what an author goes through if he/she wants to control the process.  It’s usually necessary to hire a copyeditor and a typesetter (who is often the same).  It’s necessary to find a book manufacturer, and prices can vary a lot (many companies exist in the Shenandoah Valley and down in the North Carolina Piedmont).  It seems that Milo Yianopoulos has controlled the production of his book “Dangerous” after Simon and Schuster dropped him after a controversy.

    There was discussion of “guerrilla marketing”, and of the tendency recently for trade publishers not to offer advances, which typically have to be recovered from book sales. 

    There was mention of the use of pseudonyms and pen names, and that in a real world some authors really need to keep their identities secret, usually for reasons other than just being  LGBT, like workplace conflicts or possible security concerns for themselves or others around them.  This is rather alarming.


    There was discussion of “sea turtle authors”, often introverts, who do not like to be pressed to sell aggressively, and are perfectly content to let their “eggs” lie dormant.
      

    I asked about print-on-demand publishers, like Author Solutions.  The group did not think well of this business model, and referred to it as a “shadow industry”  They felt money should go to authors directly,, but that only works if the author owns the publishing entity.  I did refer to the fact that POD companies have been pressing authors harder to buy copies of books and build their own stores and credit card operations, rather than depend on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

    I did mention the SESPA bill from the Senate and the implicit threat to web speech, including eventually author websites. 

              Popular Science: "Are We Alone: Searching for Life in Space"         

    Popular Science (part of Time) is offering a supermarket glossy booklet “Are We Alone? Searching for Life in Space”. 96 pages.

    There are some highlights not seen before in other booklets like this.  One is an examination of the seven earth-like planets around the Trappist M-star 39 light years away, with planet E having the best chance for Earth-like temperatures, and an artist’s rendition of the surface of a moderately cold Planet F.

    There is some discussion of the earth-like planet around Proxima B. an M-star and the closest to Earth at 4.2 light years.


    There is a lot of attention to Europa and its subsurface ocean and likelihood of life, as well as Encedalus.  But Titan gets mentioned only in passing with the possibility of silicon-and-methane based life.  Ironically, my own Science Honor Society project in 1960  had speculated about silicon-based life, but I was hardly as accomplished as Jack Andraka (who came 53 years later, however, and that matters).  I had tried some experiments in my father’s workshop with an acetylene torch that I recall very little about now.

    There is also an article about the idea of aliens eating electricity, which has been the subject of horror movies before (“Kronos”).

    There is mention of the possibility of a Dyson Sphere around Tabby’s Star, as well as other theories, and a nice drawing of what it could look like.
     

    There’s also an essay about keeping Mars biologically clean. 

              Nanci Danison's "Backwards" series on the afterlife: I read her first book on Kindle         


    Title: “Backwards: Running to our Source for Answers”

    Publication: 2007, AP Lee, 314 pages, hardcover and Kindle (free), ISBN  1934482005

    This is the first of a series of several books in a series about the afterlife.  The most recent appears to be “Answers from the Afterlife”.  I will probably order that book later and review it in more detail on Wordpress.

    Danison says she experienced an NDE while having a breast examination, from a sudden drop in blood pressure or an allergic reaction.  She describes the experience in the last section of the book.


    Danison describes “God” (so to speak) as “Source” which divides itself infinitely into “Light Beings”.  Somehow a Light Being maps to a soul, which seems to be the granularity of individual identity. The soul then maps to a physical person at conception in the womb. It is possible to theorize that the microtubules in the brain cells are connected to the soul.


    Her idea of higher connectedness to others does not seem to depend on blood lineage. But some religions (like LDS) do maintain that. Furthermore, other animals (ranging from social insects to possibly dolphins) seem to exhibit distributed consciousness which would seem to require genetic allele transfer of information.  But if a soul can find a prospective infant to join in the womb very shortly after conception, there is a moral argument not only against abortion but even deliberate childlessness. 

    She does describe going through a “Core” or black void before coming to Light (like Eben Alexander).  But the afterlife is not a “place” in some geography.  It’s not like the First Dominion in Clive Barker’s “Imajica”. 

              "The Uninhabitable Earth", by David Wallace-Wells, long piece in New York Mag         

    David Wallace-Wells has a long article in New York Magazine July 9, 2017, “The Uninhabitable Earth”.

     The subtitles are “Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak, sooner than you think”, and “When will the planet be too hot for humans?  Much, much sooner than you think”.

    The author thinks that today’s teenagers will see the catastrophic collapse.

    One of the biggest dangers is sudden release of methane from permafrost.

    In some parts of the world, it will not be possible for humans to survive outside.  Their bodies just can cool fast enough.

    There’s also the astonishing statement that the spurt in standard of living in the West really occurred only once, with the industrial revolution.



    The author notes that it may be common throughout the Milky Way for civilizations to rise and fall.  They don’t survive long enough to have a good statistical chance of finding one another across light years.   In the video above, Harvard professor David Kipping notes that methane degrades quickly and says that Wallace could be overstating the methane risk.
     
    It may have been possible for Venus to host life more than a billion years ago, before a sudden catastrophe led to runaway greenhouse effects.  Both Venus and Mars may be sites of tragedies and we don’t know it yet.

    Nev Schulman ("Catflish") shared this in his Facebook feed tonight.


              Milo's earlier article "An Establishment Conservative's Guide to the Alt-Right"         

    I have started reading “Dangerous” by Milo Yiannopoulos on Kindle ($2.99) since this first self-published printing sold out so quickly.  I note also that the Washington DC Metro refused to carry ads for Milo’s book.  (I don’t have the scale to advertise mine on the Metro).

    I have to note already that Milo's definition of "intersectionalism" is interesting.

    Milo refers to a preview essay that he and Allum Bohkari wrote on March 29, 2016 on Breitbart, “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right”, which I thought I would pass along here.
    Milo seems to distinguish modern GOP republicans (who would allow a strip mall to replace a historic building if it made enough money) with “natural conservatives”, who prefer “homogeneity over diversity”, etc.  Living in a large tribe or culture involves sharing common risks.  It’s a lot easier to do what you have to do, even at a personal, intimate level, if you have confidence all your peers have the sane impulse to do it, and that “norms” have some kind of cultural meaning mapped on to virtue.



    All of this, however, does not clearly separate out the populist right.

    The article refers to a National Review article, March 28, 2016 in National Review by Kevin Williamson, “The Father Fuhrer” – Trump indeed, even well before the GOP convention last year.
    Milo says that the alt-right is about western supremacy, not white supremacy.


              New museum about writers in Chicago has few books!        

    Washington Post has a story by Karen Heller about  new museum in Chicago devoted to writers, but, as she asks, “Where are the books”?


    It’s the American Writers Museum.  It is said to be inspired by the Spy Museum in Washington (and maybe the Crime and Punishment museum, which has closed).

    You would wonder if there would be a section devoted to e-books, like Kindle.


    There is still a cultural battle in the writers’ community, as to whether writers have a moral duty to help independent bookstores stay in business, and to become involved with literacy projects. It may be in “our” self-interest to do so. 

              NatGeo: "The Next Earth": what if mankind does have to find a new home?         

    National Geographic has a special coffee table issue “The Next Earth: What Our World Can Teach Us About Other Planets”, by Tom Jones and Ellen Stofan.   Somehow I'm reminded of the 1990s series "Earth II" with Anthony Saboto.

    There is a spectacular photo of Chixulub, Yucatan, Mexico, where a 6-mile long comet crashed 65 million years ago and changed the history of Earth and made us possible.

    There is a lot of comparable geology of Venus and Mars, both of which have volcanoes larger than any on Earth (even the Yellowstone Caldera).

    There is a pretty thorough exploration of what we know about possible life on Mars and in the ocean of Europa, and some discussion of Titan (I have a review of a BBC film about Titan today on my movie’s page).



    But the most interesting photo probably occurs on p. 106, an artist’s sketch of a desert landscape on an Earth-like planet in the Goldilocks zone around Proxima Centauri B, a red dwarf star, the closest to Earth.  The planet is probably tidally locked, which would make the habitable area of perpetual twilight and mild temperatures smaller. Tidally locked planets may have strong winds.

    Stephen Hawking is reported to have said that mankind has about 100 years to escape Earth (by drawings straws?)

              Graduated publication of novels online, with user participation and even editing        

    Some authors have tried a new technique for staged publication of novels.

    The idea is to post one chapter (or a few chapters) and invited comments and even editing help from readers, before moving on to future chapters or even deciding the ending.  The idea reminds me of a style of dinner theater where the audience decides who committed the murder (like "Clue").

    The books of James Strauss seem to fit this model.  A recent project is “30 Days Has September”, based on his experiences as an Army officer during the Vietnam war.  (I, a draftee, was stateside at Fort Eustis and sheltered from combat at the time).

     The chapters seemed to be based on individual days in combat.  I do remember being told in Basic Combat Training that a typical infantry platoon went on patrol every third night.

    The comments appear, under the name of Chuck Barton, on a blog posting by Ramsay Taplin on his “Blogtyrant” site, a post titled “What will you sell if you give away your best blog content for free?”, here.


     
    The idea of gradual publication online to get an audience is interesting.  I think Stephen King has tried it.  But my own idea right now is to finish a complete draft, with all loose ends tied, of  "Angel’s Brother" myself (about 105,000 words) and put them through a copyeditor before it goes anywhere.  There is a draft now (all 27 chapters);  but I have a lot of polishing to do.  I guess I want to be the dictator of what happens to each character in this sci-fi, ongoing apocalypse setting.  I decide who is going to get it.


              NatGeo magazine issue warns Trump on climate change, then describes artificial human evolution         

    The April 2017 issue of National Geographic has two very important items.

    One if “7 Climate Facts You Need to Know Now”, especially in view of President Trump’s pulling out of the Paris accords.

    NatGeo says that extreme weather events even now are related to climate change, and some animals are already going extinct.

    But the feature article is “The Next Human” by D. T. Max, with illustrations by Owen Freeman. The article traces how life in the desert, high altitudes, and later colder climates all affected human evolution. Human behavior may have favored development of starch metabolism.  Environments seemed to encourage a “thrifty gene” which leads to obesity in some native populations when exposed to processed foods, but less so in European populations because of centuries of food preparation technology. Sometimes European men became taller and kept more body hair partly because women regarded them as more sexually attractive, but this did not happen in warmer climates.


     
    There is a section called “Distant Future” regarding human manipulation of genetics, and particularly “Can Humans Adapt to the Red Planet?” On Mars, bodies would become tall and thin in lower gravity and hairless in an indoor controlled environment without dust.


              Dean Koontz's "Moonlight": how a commercially prolific suspense novelist remains relevant as technology and politics change         

    During my first year of employment at USLICO in Arlington in 1990 (what would become my last main job, for 12 years and four owners), I read the Dean Koontz 1989 novel “Midnight”, and shared it (paper, Putnam was original publisher) with a few people in production control in what would become a coffee break book club.

    The novel is remarkable in its huge number of chapters, and organization into three parts each with its own chapter 1.



    The novel starts with a jogger running in a California beach town (Moonlight Cove  -- “In the Moonlight, Do Me” indeed) being attacked by a mysterious alien-like creature, and soon the mystery, somewhat in a “Twin Peaks” -like fashion, is examined from the viewpoint of various characters, whose narratives gradually connect.  (Irving Wallace had used this technique for building plots for Cold War spy novels back in the 1960s).  It seems as though people are getting converted into hybrid creatures and that a sociopathic computer scientist Shaddock is involved.



    I would have thought that this novel would make a good miniseries on a cable channel,, even today, as the premise has less dependence on political circumstances and even technology than most sci-fi suspense novels.  Koontz sometimes gets into Shaddack’s head, anticipating the psyche of a modern terrorist, deflecting the social issues (like gay rights in one passage) in surprising ways.
    I mention the novel because Koontz is often heralded in some circles as the ideal author who writes strictly to sell, and he indeed has a huge career of a long list of novels, divided into various subcategories of suspense.   Literary agents love his approach, because it is so commercial.  So do trade publishers.

    One problem with developing suspense novels is that sometimes they become very vulnerable to changes in world politics, which can come suddenly and be largely unexpected by suspense authors, like the fall of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.  Today it’s not clear who is the biggest threat: North Korea, Iran, ISIS, Russia, China.

    I’ve had that problem, and my own approach to fiction has to start with my own narrative first.  I make no apologies, despite the disruptive advice and sales calls from others.


              Book publishing site reports that Amazon is aggressive in deleting less-than-valid book reviews of self-published books         

    A site called “Just Publishing” offers what looks like good advice to new authors especially with self-published books, especially POD.

    “Why did Amazon delete my book reviews?  Because there was a problem with how you got the reviews”, link.

    I can certainly understand that paying for reviews is unethical (although you would wonder if people pay for Yelp and Angie's List, which both companies adamantly say you cannot).

    I can understand that family is off limits.  But the article also implies social media friends is a no-no.  That’s getting difficult, and I hadn’t heard that before.  People who network enough to sell their books the old fashioned way probably would attract quality Facebook friends and Instagram and twitter followers.  Such a policy would sound a bit self-defeating.

    It is true that there are industry statistics on the expected reasonable ratio of books sold to reviews – it’s high.



    I’ve noticed something else about the POD business.  POD companies often mark the list prices high, which will be only slightly discounted on the Amazon and BN sites, and perhaps some others.  Then they encourage authors to try copies themselves by buying hundreds of copies at maybe 50% off or so.  An author who really wants to operate her own wholesale (with bookstores) and retail (with consumers) could mark them up to about 60% or so and make a profit.  But that would be so time consuming that the author wouldn’t have time for new material.

    It’s frankly very difficult to sell books, or sell advertising on a blog, unless you have built a reputation first in some niche that relates to something people will pay for.  Fiction sometimes provides an exception, but even then it is often niche-like.  Hopefully it’s legitimate (not porn). Given the “gofundme” culture online today (which has become much more prominent than it was two decades ago when I got into this) there is probably opportunity to “sell” in the special needs area – but I have my own psychological and perhaps moral qualms about this.



              Bari Wood: "The Tribe"        

    Today, I had a reason to remember the 1981 novel "The Tribe" by Bari Wood (that is Bari Ev Wood Posterman),

    I read the Signet paperback when living in Dallas, It concerns a modern day NYC cabal of Jewish concentration camp survivors, who get chased by ghosts from the past called golems.

    As I recall, the golem is something of a invention of idol worship, where the celebrant wants to invent a god on Earth.

    This was a graphic and compelling novel.  As far as I know, it never became a movie, but it should have. Maybe the subject matter would drive Hollywood away, but there is a taste of "Rosemary's Baby" in the style.

    I guess a "Tribe" can be a vehicle for distributed consciousness.

    Immigration attorney Jason Dzubow used a cartoon image of a golem for a blog post on "The Asylumist" today, here.  Dzubow, however, called the illustration a picture of Godzilla. (v. Bambi).



              NatGeo presents article "Genius" to accompany is new cable series         

    The National Geographic issue for May 2007 has a feature cover story on p. 30, “Genius: Why some people are so much smarter than the rest of us.”, link (paywall) here .
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    An important measure of genius is whether the person’s output lives throughout the ages.  Beehoven’s output takes on a life of its own. 

    The article gives some attention to the life story of Leonardo DaVinci.

    The years of highest probability of major output are the late twenties into the mid thirties.

    An important and controversial variable would be how versatile the person is with "real life" skills.  The best of today's young adults simply are or were much more mature than I was at ages like, say 16-21. But it helps to be born later. 


    However, there are real prodigies, in coding (Mark Zuckerberg) and in music.  In music, prodigy becomes harder to show after Mozart.  But Eugen d’Albert’s gigantic first piano concerto (as published, in B Minor) was composed before age 20 and shows real intellectual brilliance as to harmony, counterpoint, and form. Brahms, on the other hand, waited until his forties to compose symphonies.  Genius enters new territory in the latest years, as we know from the last nearly-complete symphony of Bruckner.

    There is a new series on National Geographic Channel which I have not seen yet.
      

    The issue also has an article on the Central African Republic, the Burning Heart of Africa, and “United in Protest” against the North Dakota oil pipeline. 

              Popular Science: "The Future of Space Travel"         

    Popular Science offers a “Special Edition” mag “The Future of Space Travel”, 96 pages, from Times Books.

    There are many short illustrated articles in 5 parts, “Places We’re Going”, “How We’ll Get There”, “How We’ll Survive There”, “Other Tools of Exploration.”.

    There is a wide variety of interesting information. One fact is that Proxima Centauri, in a 3-star system that is the closest to the Earth, may have a rocky planet in the “GoldiLocks” zone. The shortest time that it is technologically possible to send a robotic probe on a photon light sail with laser accelerator would be about 20 years, which means it would take 24 years to get the photos and information back as to what the planet looks like.  It is about 8000 times as far to this star system as it is to Pluto.



    The other most interesting section is “The Everyday Life of an Astronaut”.  This would be very important for a voyage to Mars, for example.  It raises questions as to who would go:  what about childless or single people?  The long exposure to zero gravity is bound to cause physical deterioration, so this is not a place for pretty preppies.  Essential body functions are different.  You bathe with soap that does not have to be rinse off but stays on the skin to disintegrate. Without gravity, it is hard for your body to sense when it needs to urinate.
     
    There is an artist’s closeup of Europa on page 8, a closeup on Pluto on p. 16.  There is an article on space mining on p. 16.  I didn't see any discussion of Titan.


              Remembering Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead": At age 24 I loved it, a lot of people hate it         

    Here’s a curious article by Pamela Paul from the New York Times Review on Sunday, April 16, “The Joy of Hate Reading”, or, online, “Why you should read books you hate”   Sounds like good material for a monthly book club.



    Paul describes her experience reading Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”(1943, the year of my birth), which became a film in 1950. I remember reading it in the fall of 1967 (the Signet paperback), my last semester of graduate school at the University of Kansas, before entering the Army in 1968.  My roommate, from a town near the Colorado border named Tribune, was a fan of Rand and objectivism, and students had an objectivism discussion group that met in the cafeteria of McCollum Hall (now torn down and replaced).



    I remember Dominque, Howard Roark, and the suave but conventional Peter Keating.  I remember the climax, where the hero blows up his own building out of contempt for being made to misuse his property.

    I would read “Atlas Shrugged” two years later, while at Fort Eustis VA while in the Army.


              Progressive Policy Institute: "Building a New Middle Class in a Knowledge Economy"         

    Harry Holzer, of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington DC, has offered a position paper through “Progressive Policy”, “Building a New Middle Class in the Knowledge Economy”, a PDF with this link (34 pages).

    Holzer picks up on Donald Trump’s exploitation of the disenchantment of some groups, especially older white males without college degrees, with the job market and their earnings ability.

    He notes that the stability of jobs with regimentation but narrow skill sets has become less, as has the pay, not only because of foreign offshoring, but because of technology and automation. He says that families need incomes of at least $50000 a year to be middle class (possibly $40000 for smaller families) and notes the difficulties of single parents.



    The most effective measure would be to improve trade or vocational education opportunities at the community college level, especially in smaller communities or rural areas.  He also mentions the value of paid family leave.

    What I noticed after my forced “retirement” at the end of 2001 was the tendency for companies to resort to hucksterism to create jobs, and for the employment outplacement services and policy makers not to notice that this was happening so much. This has led to a culture clash:  aggressive attitudes in some communities about preserving telemarketing and door-to-door sales, versus resistance from consumers who see accelerating security problems. We need more manufacturing jobs to reverse this trend toward hucksterism.


              "Jesus and the Apostles: The Rise of Christianity" from NatGeo        

    National Geographic has an Easter season special issue (in supermarkets) for coffee tables, “Jesus and the Apostles: Christianity’s Early Rise”, 128 pages. This booklet succeeds "The Story of Jesus" from NatGeo, March 29, 2016 here.

    The editor, Chris Johns, the Chief Content Officer of the National Geographic Society, opens with “A Matter of Faith”, starts out by saying “Faith … is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof”.

    There follows a keynote essay (p. 28) by Don Belt, “Life in the Time of Jesus”.  One of the remarkable points made by the essay is the rampant lawlessness of ordinary life in the country.  That would continue past Roman times into Europe and contribute to a medieval system of feudalism.  There was a lot of vigilantism and populism in the desire to resist external Roman rule by various Jewish sects.

     All of this is carried much further in the recent film on PBS, (“Last Days of Jesus” ) which brings up the role of Roman deputy Sejanus, kept out of the Gospels out of political repression, not covered in this booklet.

    Another essay, “Taking the Stage” (p. 40) makes the point (as did the film) that it is not completely clear if Jesus saw himself as a Messiah (despite the Temptation), at least until his baptism by John the Baptist and his ministry, which frankly advocated communalism and distributed consciousness.  There are the Miracles (rather like a young Clark Kent’s powers), and a Jesus imploring others to stand by their feelings for him and “believe”, indeed a moral paradox of upward affiliation.  But this was an era when people thought the end of time could come soon.  Did it make sense to have children?



    When Jesus took on the money changers, it’s interesting, as the film points out, that the authorities didn’t resist much.

    “The Gospels” looks at the three synoptics and questions whether there is a common hidden source “Q”.

    The booklet looks at both the Gospel of Judas and later the Gospel According to Thomas, “The Secret Sayings” (of Doubting Thomas).   Could Judas’s have been a forgery?  The booklet does take up a little bit the controversy of “Judas Kiss”, and the 2011 gay sci-fi film of that name may have more to do with that then critics recognize.
     
    The booklet goes on to enlarge the disciples into the Apostles, and account for the formal creation of Christianity by Emperor Constantine by the Council of Nicaea in AD 325.



              "Rich Man, Poor Man": Is Irwin Shaw's 1969 novel a template for today's debate on inequality?         

    I do remember reading the paperback of Irwin Shaw’s “Rich Man, Poor Man”, 1969, Delacorte, while in the Army.  The novel was a large -sized family drama moving around the world, about an upstate New York Family, the Jordache’s, whose two sons Rudolph and Thomas, who turn out so differently. While on one level the novel concerns the “rich and poor”, it also emphasizes that the social and personal connections of wealth and poverty tend to be self-reinforcing. The novel is considered remarkable in literary circles because of the way if manipulates the “omniscient observer” concept of third person narration.



    The  novel became a TV miniseries in 1976 on ABC with Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte playing the two brothers.



    An article by Michelle Singletary in the Washington Post Sunday, April 2, alluded to the novel as she wrote about people who have it all losing it, partly through trying to coast too soon into retirement.  The article is titled “From privilege to poverty” about Pulitzer Prize author William McPherson, author of “Falling” (2014), who died last week at 84. The online title of the article is more brazen, “The next face of poverty could be yours”.

    I’d also look at Robert Samuelson’s column this morning, “Is the American dream killing us?”


              Time: "Innocent: The Fight Against Wrongful Conviction"         

    Time has a Special Edition “Innocent: The Fight Against Wrongful Convictions”, :25 Years of the Innocence Project”, 96 pages, heavily illustrated, many writers.

    There are seven chapters, each with several essays.  The first one starts with the wrongful conviction f a man for a brutal robbery and murder of a money order salesman in Cleveland in 1975.
    One of the biggest topics is DNA evidence.  But it has been surprisingly difficult to get cases retried with new DNS evidence,  Politically motivated prosecutors or the police entice confessions out of vulnerable defendants, especially from child witnesses in sex cases.

    There is some attention to forgiveness and to reparations.



    Chapter Six contains an excerpt from “Ghost of the Innocent Man” by Benjamin Rachlin, this excerpt focused on the Center for Actual Innocence in North Carolina.

    The book should be interesting to filmmakers Andrew Jenks and Ryan Ferguson (who was himself unjustly convicted of second degree murder in Missouri and got out after 10 years (Andrew Jenks’s film “Dream/Killer”, Movies, Jan. 22, 2016), and the MTV series "Unlocking the Truth".


              "Beer Garden Book Club" celebrates birthday with nature books         

    The Westover Market Beer Garden Book Club had its Fifth Birthday party tonight in Arlington VA.

    The featured books were “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail”, by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage, 2012) and a children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are”, by Maurice Sandek.  They are in the bedroom.


    I had time to read the kids’ book.  The “Happy Birthday” song is copyrighted.



    The “Wild” book would remind me of Ken Kwapis’s film “A Walk In the Woods” (movies, Sept. 5, 2015). 



              Joseph Nye delivers major paper on cybersecurity, "Deterrence and Dissuasion in Cyberspace"         

    Joseph S. Nye, the University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard, has a major paper in the MIT Press Journal,  Winter 2016-2017,  â€œDeterrence and Dissuasion in Cyberspace”, with access link to the 71-page PDF here (free).

    Nye discusses for major strategies: (1) Punishment or retaliation (2) denial or defense (3) entanglement (4) taboos or norms.   Some of his scenarios refer to LOAC, or the Laws of Armed Conflict.



    Nye mentions the possibility of threats to power girds, and doubts that they can be fully prevented by “air gaps” between grid or infrastructure pieces and the public Internet

    He mentions the importance of rogue states or non-state actors.  One of his concepts, of norms, would preclude attacks on targets that have civilian use only (this might include political parties). Yet that seems to be the point of attacks by entities like North Korea, or some hackers motivated by ransomware (often in Russia or former Soviet components), or radical Islamists who resent modernism.   North Korea attacked a corporate entity outside its borders, Sony Pictures, in the US, for mocking its leader.  It seems as though a sufficiently radical and nihilistic actor could be motivated by asymmetric targeting of individual speakers in the US or other western countries just to prove it could wreak havoc with all parties associated with a particularly provocative person or private business.


              Terra Battle 2 is coming soon, and you can pre-register for it today        

    That's right, the sequel to Mistwalker Corporation's hit tile-based tactical role-playing game Terra Battle is available for pre-registration on the Google Play Store as of today. Apparently, it is aiming to offer a different gameplay experience but still wants to retain the core battle mechanics of the original. So your guess is as good as mine as to what to expect from the gameplay when the sequel is released.

    Honestly, it's no surprise that Mistwalker Corporation has been toiling away working on Terra Battle2.

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    Terra Battle 2 is coming soon, and you can pre-register for it today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              Mana-esque 'EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap' just released globally on the Play Store        

    One look at EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap and you are instantly transported back to the 90's where Japanese RPGs reigned supreme. This is no surprise of course as the developers behind EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap had a hand in creating some of the most memorable RPGs in history such as Kingdom Hearts, Mother 3, and the Mana series.

    While this 18 minute gameplay trailer should give you a good idea what to expect out of EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap, I would like to highlight some of the more interesting bits about this release below.

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    Mana-esque 'EGGLIA: Legend of the Redcap' just released globally on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              [Hands-on] Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a AAA game in name only        

    Warner Bros. International Enterprises has a mobile version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War that is currently available on the Play Store for pre-registration. Luckily I have gotten my hands on an APK and have sideloaded the game in order to let all of you know how it plays in advance of the title's release.

    I would like to briefly mention that Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a soft-launch title that is currently only available in the US for pre-registration.
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    [Hands-on] Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a AAA game in name only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


              Versus Evil releases Guild of Dungeoneering, an RPG that will increase in price over time        

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    Independent game publisher Versus Evil has so far released two Android games - The Banner Saga and Fear The Walking Dead: Dead Run, a tie-in with AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. Today it's third game hits the Play Store, titled Guild of Dungeoneering, a role-playing game based around restoring your guild to its former glory in your role as Dungeon Master.

    Dungeoneering is already available on Steam for Windows and macOS (the trailer above is for those versions, thus the cursor), so to see it come to Android should be a boost for the platform and Google Play.

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    Versus Evil releases Guild of Dungeoneering, an RPG that will increase in price over time was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


               A conexão e o silêncio ou Desconectar para Conectar         


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              Primer Vistazo a la Campaña de Robert Pattinson para Dior Homme + Detalles sobre la Conferencia de Prensa        
    La espera ha terminado: POR FIN tenemos las primeras imagenes (aunque estén en mala calidad, mejor que nada) de Robert Pattinson en el famoso y esperadísimo anuncio para Dior. OMG tiene muy buena pinta.

    Para ver el video tendremos que esperar un poquito más :(

    Dior: Dior se complace en anunciar que el actor Robert Pattinson es la nueva cara de la fragancia Dior Homme fragrance. #DiorRob

    De la web de Dior Mag

    "El hombre detrás del perfume"
    Él ha vuelto de Autralia dónde estaba rodando la nueva película de David Michod con Guy Pierce, The Rover. Y pronto comenzará el rodaje de Maps to the Stars de David Cronenberg junto a John Cusack y Julianne Moore. Y luego será el turno de Hold On To Me, de James Marsh. Alguna idea? Preciavente, estuvo en Cosmopolis y Water For Elephants. Los cinéfilos deberían haberlo averiguado ya... Y su primer papel? Cedric Diggory en la cuarta entrega de la serie de Harry Potter. Caliente? Y luego... Bueno luego, por supuesto, vino la inolvidable Twilight Saga. No puede quedar ninguna duda, y lo has averiguado: Robert Pattinson dará cuerpo al nuevo hombre Dior, el nuevo Dior Homme.

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    • Yves Bongarçon: Rob dice en el anuncio: "Sueña como si fueras a vivir para siempre. Vive como si fueras a morir hoy"
     
      
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    Conferencia de Prensa: 

    *Es una periodista famosa aquí en España. Ella escribe para revistas como Vogue y GQ ;)*
    #Dior y #RobertPattinson que combinación para esta noche...

    Tiempo para él
    Estamos listos amantes del tumblr, el anuncio de #Dior con #RobertPattinson es muy sexy
    #RobertPattinson está delante de mí hablando, es agradable, lindo, dulce y dice que le encanta el olor de Londres

    "Como un actor tu estas por tu cuenta" #RobertPattinson

    Lo siento no permiten tomar Fotos de él
    Fiesta de Dior Homme en Soho House


    _analeia 

    Rob?

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    Sí, Rob esta aquí

    *Este chico se encuentra en la fiesta y efectivamente ha confirmado que Rob ya se encuentra en Soho House :)*
    Cenando con #RobertPattinson. Realmente genial
    *Natalie Portman también se encuentra allí, recuerden que ella es imagen de Miss Dior*

    Artículos

    • De Women's Wear Daily:

    PARIS - Christian Dior Perfumes ha confirmado que el actor Robert Pattinson es la nueva cara de la fragancia de Dior Homme.
    La estrella de "Crepúsculo" se une a una lista de embajadores famosos iluestres para las fragancias de Dior, que incluyen a Jude Law, Alain Delon, Natalie Portman y Charlize Theron.
    El fotógrafo americano Nan Goldin y el director francés Romain Gavrais grabaron las campañas que protagoniza Pattinson, dijo Dior, haciendo notar que serán difundidas en Europa excluyendo UK, y Asia, excluyendo China y Japón.

    • Comunicado Oficial de Dior - De Marie Claire UK

    Después de meses de especulación sobre la colaboración de la estrella con la marca, la casa de Dior ha lanzado un comunicado oficial hoy confirmando la campaña.
    Ellos han dicho: 'La Casa de Dior está encantada de anunciar que el actor Robert Pattinson va a ser la nueva cara de la fragancia Dior Homme'.
    El comunicado después alaba la exitosa carrera de Robert en un gran número de películas de alto-perfil, diciendo: 'Desde su primer papel relevante en 2005 en la 4º secuela de Harry Potter, la estrella de cine Robert Pattinson ha sido más conocido recientemente por su papel en el éxito de taquilla, The Twilight Saga.
    'Desde entonces él ha probado el alacance de sus talentos actorales eligiendo películas tan variadas como Remember Me de Allen Coulter, Water for Elephants de Francia Lawrence, en la que fue protagonista junto a Reese Witherspoon, o con su papel como Bel-Ami, el famoso personaje de Maupassant.
    En el último tributo a su talento, David Cronenberg le escogió para protagonizar su última película, Cosmopolis, adaptada de la novela de Don De Lillo. Un papel sorprendente como el chico de oro que se estrenó en el Festival de Cine de Cannes de 2012.
    Recientemente ha terminado de grabar The Rover, de David Michod, en Australia con Guy Pearce y pronto estará en el set en la próxima película de David Cronenberg, Maps To The Stars. Después, protagonizará Hold On To Me, dirigida por James Marsh y co-protagonizada por Carey Mulligan'.
    (...)
    Dior Homme añade: 'Hoy estamos emocionados de anunciar que se unirá al privilegiado círculo de caras de Dior. Fotografiado por el artista americano Nan Goldin y grabado por el director francés Romain Gavras, esta nueva campaña publicitaria de Dior Homme será distribuida ahora exclusivamente en Europa (excepto UK) y Asia (excepto China y Japón).

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    Y es que acabamos de saber que la maison le ha nombrado imagen de la nueva fragancia masculina de Dior Homme. El 'estreno' de esta nueva faceta lo podremos ver en septiembre, cuando se presentarán el perfume y la campaña con Robert como protagonista.

    Además, Glamour será la primera de las revistas femeninas en tener una entrevista exclusiva con el actor. Será en el número de septiembre, y en ella nos contará todos los detalles de su nueva faceta como embajador de una firma de lujo. No es la primera vez que Robert Pattinson trabaja como modelo (recordemos que los inicios de su carrera fueron posando) pero sí lo es como imagen de una casa como Dior.

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              [Añadidas Nuevas HQs] Nuevas Fotos y Video de Robert Pattinson dejando el Chateau Marmont (09/05/2013)        
    Robert Pattinson fue visto saliendo del Chateau Marmont. Esto ocurrió el pasado 9 de Mayo. Abajo podreis ver las fotos y el video:


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              Bolo de banana Rápido de liquidificador (Melhor Receita)        

    O bolo de banana de liquidificador tem uma massa molhada, macia e que desmancha na boca. A receita é bem simples, rápida e barata. A receita do bolo de banana é simples e fácil de fazer, além de ser um prato que combina com qualquer momento do dia, seja no café da manhã, depois do almoço ou no café da tarde. A receita é bem simples, rápida e barata, sendo que até mesmo um cozinheiro iniciante pode se arriscar no preparo.

    Prático e muito saboroso, o bolo de banana definitivamente conquistou a preferência das famílias brasileiras. A sua receita tem muitas variações, podendo ser incrementada com açúcar e canela.

    Você pode gostar também:

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    Uma dica importante para que o seu bolo fique saboroso é saber escolher o tipo certo de banana. A nanica e a prata são as mais utilizadas, principalmente quando se encontram bem maduras. Se tudo for feito conforme manda a receita, você será responsável por uma sobremesa deliciosa e nutritiva.

    Bolo de banana

    bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador

    Quer fazer bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador? Então confira a receita:

    Como fazer Bolo de Banana


    Modo de preparo do Bolo

    1. Coloque no liquidificador os ovos, o óleo, o açúcar e, por último, o leite. Bata bem todos os ingredientes, até obter uma mistura homogênea.

    2. Acrescente, aos poucos, a farinha de trigo no liquidificador ligado. Por fim, adicione o fermento. Reduza a velocidade do liquidificador e bata apenas para que a massa possa incorporar o fermento.

    3. Prepare o caramelo para o seu bolo de banana. Para fazer isso, basta colocar o açúcar para derreter em uma panela e depois juntá-lo com água quente. Deixe a calda engrossar.

    [caption id="attachment_3571" align="alignnone" width="598"]Bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador 2 Passo a passo. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    4. Unte uma assadeira com margarina e farinha de trigo. É importante que o modelo seja sem furo central.

    5. Despeje o caramelo por toda a forma untada, espalhando uniformemente.

    6. Corte as bananas em fatias compridas e coloque-as sobre o caramelo.

    7. Adicione a massa à assadeira e leve o bolo para assar, em forno médio pré-aquecido, por cerca de 40 minutos.

    8. Pronto! Agora é só esperar amornar para desenformar. Quando você virar o bolo de cabeça para baixo, as bananas vão ficar por cima. Salpique canela e corte em pedaços para servir.

    Não esqueça: O ideal é desenformar morno e ao tirar do forno virar com um prato para que escorra a calda.

    Bolo de banana

    Bolo de Banana Passo a passo

    Quer mais dicas para fazer o seu bolo de banana? Assista ao vídeo abaixo e veja uma outra versão do Bolo de Banana:

    O bolo de banana de liquidificador tem uma massa molhada, macia e que desmancha na boca. Você levará, em média, 1 hora para fazer essa receita e o rendimento é de 10 porções. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!

    O post Bolo de banana Rápido de liquidificador (Melhor Receita) apareceu primeiro em Receita do Dia.


              Receitas com banana        

    Receitas com banana

    As receitas de banana é uma opção prática e saborosa para você preparar em casa. Elas levam ingredientes simples, ou seja, baratos e fáceis de comprar e ainda possuem propriedades saudáveis. Embora existam muitas variações, os doces de banana possui um objetivo especial: tirar proveito do maravilhoso sabor dessa fruta tropical tornando ainda mais irresistível. A maioria das receitas de banana é uma ótima opção de lanche ou sobremesa. Acompanhe a seguir o passo a passo de todas as receitas com banana:


    Bolo de banana de liquidificador

    Receitas com banana: Quer fazer bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador? Então confira a receita:

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    bolo de banana ingredientes

    Como fazer Bolo de Banana

    Modo de preparo do Bolo

    1. Coloque no liquidificador os ovos, o óleo, o açúcar e, por último, o leite. Bata bem todos os ingredientes, até obter uma mistura homogênea.

    2. Acrescente, aos poucos, a farinha de trigo no liquidificador ligado. Por fim, adicione o fermento. Reduza a velocidade do liquidificador e bata apenas para que a massa possa incorporar o fermento.

    3. Prepare o caramelo para o seu bolo de banana. Para fazer isso, basta colocar o açúcar para derreter em uma panela e depois juntá-lo com água quente. Deixe a calda engrossar.

    4. Unte uma assadeira com margarina e farinha de trigo. É importante que o modelo seja sem furo central.

    5. Despeje o caramelo por toda a forma untada, espalhando uniformemente.

    6. Corte as bananas em fatias compridas e coloque-as sobre o caramelo.

    7. Adicione a massa à assadeira e leve o bolo para assar, em forno médio pré-aquecido, por cerca de 40 minutos.

    8. Pronto! Agora é só esperar amornar para desenformar. Quando você virar o bolo de cabeça para baixo, as bananas vão ficar por cima. Salpique canela e corte em pedaços para servir.

    Não esqueça: O ideal é desenformar morno e ao tirar do forno virar com um prato para que escorra a calda.

    Bolo de Banana Passo a passo

    Quer mais dicas para fazer o seu bolo de banana? Assista ao vídeo abaixo e veja uma outra versão do Bolo de Banana:

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    Bolo de banana caramelizado

    bolo de banana caramelizado

    Aprenda como fazer um bolo de banana caramelizado, umas das receitas com banana que pode ser servida no lanche da tarde para toda a família. Além do modo de preparo ser bem simples e rápido, os ingredientes utilizados nessa receita também são baratos e fáceis de encontrar. Segue o passo a passo!

    bolo de banana caramelizado ingredientes

    Como fazer bolo de banana

    1- Inicie a receita preparando a massa. No recipiente da batedeira, coloque o açúcar, a margarina e as gemas. Misture os ingredientes com uma colher e, em seguida, bata bem.

    2- Acrescente o leite à massa e bata por mais alguns minutos.

    3- O próximo passo é colocar a farinha de trigo, aos poucos, para não dificultar o trabalho da batedeira.

    4- O preparo da massa do bolo não para por aí. Você deve juntar as claras em neve e, por último, o fermento em pó. Bata bem os ingredientes, até obter uma massa homogênea. Reserve.

    5- Agora chegou a hora de fazer a calda. Coloque o açúcar e a água em uma panela, depois, leve esses ingredientes ao fogo médio. Mexa até obter uma consistência de caramelo. O ideal é deixar ferver a calda por 10 minutos.

    6- Providencie uma assadeira retangular. Unte-a com a calda caramelizada, distribuindo a mistura uniformemente.

    7- Corte as bananas no sentido comprido e distribua as fatias sobre a superfície com caramelo da assadeira.

    8- Despeje a massa sobre as bananas fatiadas.

    9- Leve o bolo para assar em forno médio (180 graus) por 30 minutos.

    10- O último passo da receita consiste em desenformar. Enquanto o bolo ainda estiver morno, vire-o sobre um prato e dê leve batidinhas no fundo da assadeira.


     Doce de banana

    sobremesa de banana

    Doce de banana é uma maravilhosa sobremesa. Mais um para a listinha de receitas com banana. Confira o passo a passo desse delicioso doce.

    doce de banana ingredientes

    Receita de doce de banana

    Modo de Fazer a calda:

    1. Descasca as bananas, corta em rodelas não muito finas.
    2. Caramelize o açúcar em uma panela e coloca a água para fazer a calda.
    3. Coloca as bananas e deixe ferver por pouco tempo.
    4. Deixe em um prato e reserve.

    Modo de Fazer creme:

    1. Coloque todos os ingredientes numa panela (com exceção da maisena), mexer sempre até ferver.
    2. Acrescentar a maisena (diluída em um pouco de leite) e continuar mexendo para não criar bolas. Ao ponto de bem cremoso e consistente, desligar.
    3. Despejar sobre as bananas que estão no prato.

    Suspiro:

    1. Bater as 3 claras em neve, em seguida 6 colheres (sopa) de açúcar e fazer merengue para suspiro.
    2. Despejar sobre o creme e fazer picos colocando uma colher aleatoriamente e puxando para cima.
    3. Colocar em forno médio somente para dourar os picos do suspiro. (o forno médio é em torno de 140c)

    Depois de gelado sirva a sobremesa de banana. Sua família vai adorar. Você tem todas as razões felizes para incorporar banana em sua dieta com receitas de banana. Comer em bolos de banana, Pudim de Banana, smoothies, lanches para o café ou sobremesa.


    Sorvete com banana Sautée

    sorvete com banana sautée

    sorvete com banana sautée ingredientes

    Modo de Preparo:

    1. Coloque uma frigideira grande, aqueça a manteiga e doure a banana.
    2. Junte o açúcar, a água, o suco de limão e o cardamomo.
    3. Deixe cozinhar até formar uma calda encorpada.
    4. Sirva quente com sorvete de creme. Sua família vai adorar.

     

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              Sorvete com Banana Sautée        

    Quer mais dicas para fazer o seu Sorvete com banana? Assista ao vídeo abaixo e veja uma outra versão do sorvete com Banana:

    [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5wnx--NBGw[/embed]

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              Torta de banana fácil        

    Receita de torta de banana

    A torta de banana é uma opção prática e saborosa para você preparar em casa. A receita fica pronta em apenas alguns minutos e leva ingredientes simples, ou seja, baratos e fáceis de comprar e ainda possui propriedades saudáveis. Embora existam muitas variações, a torta de banana possui um objetivo especial: tirar proveito do maravilhoso sabor dessa fruta tropical. A massa normalmente é uma farofa leve e crocante, que combina perfeitamente com o recheio molhadinho. Sem falar que existe a possibilidade de trabalhar com uma calda caramelizada para tornar a torta ainda mais irresistível.

    [caption id="attachment_3395" align="alignnone" width="502"]Aprenda a preparar uma deliciosa torta de banana. (Foto: Divulgação) Aprenda a preparar uma deliciosa torta de banana. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    Como fazer torta de banana

    A torta de banana é uma ótima opção de lanche ou sobremesa. Acompanhe a seguir o passo a passo da receita:

    Ingredientes:

    • 8 bananas nanicas
    • 1 xícara de açúcar
    • 1 colher de sopa de fermento
    • 2 xícaras de farinha de trigo
    • 100g de margarina
    • 1 e ½ copo de leite
    • Canela em pó a vontade
    • 3 ovos

    Modo de preparo

    1. Em um recipiente, misture a farinha de trigo, o açúcar, o fermento, a margarina e a canela em pó. Mexa bem, até a mistura adquirir ponto de farofa. Reserve.

    2. No liquidificador, coloque o leite e os ovos. Bata bem, até obter uma mistura homogênea. Reserve.

    3. Chegou a hora de montar a torta de banana e o processo é bem simples. Coloque a metade da farofa no fundo de uma assadeira untada, distribuindo bem essa primeira camada.

    [caption id="attachment_3398" align="alignnone" width="500"]Coloque as rodelas de banana sobre a farofa. (Foto: Divulgação) Coloque as rodelas de banana sobre a farofa. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    4. Em seguida, adicione as fatias de banana nanica maduras, sendo bem generoso com esse recheio. Você pode, ainda, polvilhar um pouco de canela em pó.

    5. Depois das bananas estarem bem forradas. Coloque o restante da farofa de novo.

    6. Despeje o creme líquido a base de leite e ovos sobre a última camada de farofa.

    7. Coloque a torta para assar no forno médio, pré-aquecido. Quando a farofa estiver douradinha, significa que o doce está pronto.

    Dicas para torta de banana

    Imagem abaixo pertence ao blog: Fare la Scarpetta

    Nome da torta: Torta Rústica de Banana com Raspas de Limão Siciliano

    [caption id="attachment_3397" align="alignnone" width="501"]A torta fica molhadinha. (Foto: Divulgação) A torta fica molhadinha. (Foto: Blog Fare la Scarpetta)[/caption]

    • Ao invés de usar apenas leite e ovo para fazer a calda, você também pode acrescentar leite condensado e essência de baunilha para deixar a torta mais saborosa.

    • Além dessa calda branca, você também pode preparar uma versão caramelizada com água e açúcar. O resultado é delicioso!

    • Para deixar a torta de banana diferente e saborosa, experimente derreter dois tabletes de chocolate meio amargo em banho-maria. Depois, despeje essa cobertura sobre a farofa.

    Aqui segue uma outra versão de Torta de banana passo a passo!

    [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w3yeUNwV2M[/embed]

    Prepare uma torta de banana para a sua família. Além de ser muito saboroso, esse doce possui propriedades saudáveis. Essa receita, tipicamente brasileira, fica pronta em apenas 35 minutos e rende 10 porções. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!


    Receita de bolo de banana

    A receita de bolo de banana de liquidificador tem uma massa molhada, macia e que desmancha na boca. A receita é bem simples, rápida e barata.

    [caption id="attachment_4708" align="aligncenter" width="600"]bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador Combine banana e canela para intensificar o sabor.[/caption]

    Uma dica importante para que o seu bolo fique saboroso é saber escolher o tipo certo de banana. A nanica e a prata são as mais utilizadas, principalmente quando se encontram bem maduras. Se tudo for feito conforme manda a receita, você será responsável por uma sobremesa deliciosa e nutritiva.

    Bolo de banana

    Quer fazer bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador? Então confira a receita:

    bolo de banana ingredientes

    Como fazer Bolo de Banana

    Modo de preparo do Bolo

    1. Coloque no liquidificador os ovos, o óleo, o açúcar e, por último, o leite. Bata bem todos os ingredientes, até obter uma mistura homogênea.

    2. Acrescente, aos poucos, a farinha de trigo no liquidificador ligado. Por fim, adicione o fermento. Reduza a velocidade do liquidificador e bata apenas para que a massa possa incorporar o fermento.

    3. Prepare o caramelo para o seu bolo de banana. Para fazer isso, basta colocar o açúcar para derreter em uma panela e depois juntá-lo com água quente. Deixe a calda engrossar.

    [caption id="attachment_3571" align="aligncenter" width="598"]Bolo de banana rápido de liquidificador 2 Passo a passo. (Foto: Divulgação)[/caption]

    4. Unte uma assadeira com margarina e farinha de trigo. É importante que o modelo seja sem furo central.

    5. Despeje o caramelo por toda a forma untada, espalhando uniformemente.

    6. Corte as bananas em fatias compridas e coloque-as sobre o caramelo.

    7. Adicione a massa à assadeira e leve o bolo para assar, em forno médio pré-aquecido, por cerca de 40 minutos.

    8. Pronto! Agora é só esperar amornar para desenformar. Quando você virar o bolo de cabeça para baixo, as bananas vão ficar por cima. Salpique canela e corte em pedaços para servir.

    Não esqueça: O ideal é desenformar morno e ao tirar do forno virar com um prato para que escorra a calda.

    [caption id="attachment_6459" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Prático e muito saboroso, o bolo de banana definitivamente conquistou a preferência das famílias brasileiras. A sua receita tem muitas variações, podendo ser incrementada com açúcar e canela. Prático e muito saboroso, o bolo de banana definitivamente conquistou a preferência das famílias brasileiras. A sua receita tem muitas variações, podendo ser incrementada com açúcar e canela.[/caption]

    Bolo de Banana Passo a passo

    Quer mais dicas para fazer o seu bolo de banana? Assista ao vídeo abaixo e veja uma outra versão do Bolo de Banana:

    O bolo de banana de liquidificador tem uma massa molhada, macia e que desmancha na boca. Você levará, em média, 1 hora para fazer essa receita e o rendimento é de 10 porções. Receita do Dia agradece a sua visita. Bom apetite!

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              éª—人的魔术        


              çœ¾ç›®ç½ç½ä¹‹ä¸‹çš„兇殺        
    转载自 :东林波波簿录



    有時候,你駕車在路上遇到一隻狗或一隻貓擋路,你還會自然而然的踏brake,免得撞死了他。

    自昨天起便名聞國際的律師阿都拉薩跟他的司機,卻是在眾目睽睽之下,用車把怒喊BUNUH的阿忠哥撞倒了兩次。一次讓他倒地,但他馬上站了起來,繼續高舉趙明福的黑白遺照喊BUNUH。

    這一次,車子更快的往前衝,阿忠哥雙腳被撞,猛地往後退了幾步,終於一屁股跌坐在地上。

    他再度站起來,舉著遺照,怒吼 B-U-N-U-H───。

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    阿都拉薩與其司機的應對方法有很多,例如叫保安來拉人。

    例如告訴阿忠哥在庭上無的放矢是職責所在。例如請其他人幫忙勸開阿忠哥。例如請阿忠哥不要糾纏他。例如為自己的埋沒良心說一聲對不起。

    再憤怒,也不可開車撞人。

    要不然,有些人早早就死了。買一顆子彈沒有你想像中的那麼貴。

    眾目睽睽,尚且如此。

    所以讓我不由自住的想,那一夜,在那電子門深鎖的14樓,在一個沒有人沒有電眼看見的地方,到底這些人干了什麼事出來?

    當然,除此之外,想到的還有,當阿忠哥以肉身擋車時、倒地時、怒吼時,我們人在那裡?

    如果,有人與他一起擋車,行兇的人,還敢繼續行兇嗎?

    口口聲聲說自殺的人,還敢自編自導自演自圓其說嗎?

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    電話中的阿忠哥笑嘻嘻的,說是屁股跟小腿有點痛。

    尤其是屁股對上的尾龍骨處。51歲的老骨頭經不起多少次的折騰吧?“不要緊,可以做的我一定要做,在趙明福這件事上,每個人都很重要。所以你們不必做,我來做。”

    背景聲音是慷慨激昂的政治演說。“沒有啦,我的朋友知道我平時吃不起好料嘛,所以載我來蒲種這邊吃馬華的盂蘭勝會──!”

    我哈哈大笑。這倒好,反國陣的,卻去吃馬華的。

    不知道馬華的看到他是要笑好,還是哭好。但是要記得,你趕他的話,是要上報紙的。今天的阿忠哥,已經不是一個被大家視為神經佬的無名氏了。

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    今天的感觸是,被砍的不止伽瑪。

    在馬來西亞,講事實報導真相即將成為一種罪。

    這樣也好,我可以不欠債的棄筆求去了。

              ç¦å»ºç´«é‡‘礦業毒水殺1980噸魚:貪官包庇礦商隱瞞災難!漁民哭訴無門!        


    看到了这个悲剧(虽然无人命伤亡,但是却死了1980吨的鱼),我们的彭亨州政府,州务大臣,州行政议员,卫生部,环境部还有尊贵的劳勿国会议员兼我国旅游部长拿督斯里黄燕燕医生,你们到现在还认为山埃采金是绝对安全的吗?你们可以保证山埃采金不会对村民带来任何健康和生命的威胁吗?醒醒吧!别再自欺欺人了,别再对不起你们自己的良心了。
              æ‰€è°“的领袖        
    恶犬在吠

    转载自 : 普普杂碎

    所谓的领袖,不是看他在平时说了什么,或做了什么;而是看他在关键的时候,说了什么,又做了什么。

    在关键的山埃 采金事件中。。。。。。

    所谓的领袖,是不会敷衍搪塞的说:“这不关马华的事,马华的责任 是帮你们提呈备忘录而已。”

    所谓的领袖,是不会拿他人当挡箭牌的说:“我们马华做不到的,反对党更 加做不到!”

    在关键的大是大非课题上。。。。。。

    所谓的领袖,也不 会自暴自弃的说:“你 们华社不要太天真,任何人都不敢取消马来人特权,如果民联敢这么做,我一定投民联一票。”

    所谓的领 袖,就是在享有特权同时,必须承担更大的责任;在风险或危机来临时,绝对不做缩头乌龟,绝对不会苟且偷生,绝对不会逃避责任,绝对不会厌天厌地,而是有勇 气站出来,独当一面扛起所有压力和挑战!

    所谓的领袖,不是阿猫阿狗,不是鱼虾或蟹,不是看风使舵,不是说一套做一套,不是 出来装模作样“骗吃”的烂货色!


              ä¸çŸ¥é©¬åŽå¦‚何查清真相?        
    转载自 : 抗山埃保家园

    1. 如果请愿不是解决问题的方法的话,那请问马华最佳方法是什么?
    请别忘了,“在山埃采金事件当中,不关马华的事,马华的责任只是“帮”你们提呈备忘录而已”~拿督林锦胜


    2.在影片中拿督林锦胜语不惊人死不休的金句“我们马华做不到,反对党更加做不到!”
    身为政府成员党之 一的马华连自己也无能为力,为何却要求行动党要做到?应当严己宽人,不应宽 己严人,还有不要以五十步笑百步,那是不对的 行为,老师教的。

    3.既然是通过马华管道把有关部门“请”到武吉公满做一连串检验的,那么详细报告就公开出来啊!我们不要只听喊出来的结 果,白纸黑字证明给我们看!

    4.如果我家进贼了,我去报警,警方却叫我自己去捉贼,应该吗?
    我们是受害者,我们作出投诉,调查真相是政府的责任,如今还要我们收集证据去证 明,说的过去吗?

    5.对钟绍安所说过的话马华就铭记于心,久不久拿出来炒隔夜饭,对于州务大臣所答应来武吉公满住的言论,马华竟然患失忆症,无人敢呛声!不是双重标准是什么?
    更 何况,在朝党解决不了问题反讥在野党不力,那政府干脆给在野党来做算了!

    6.法庭虽已作出裁决,但马华必须知道,我们败诉的原因不是因为山埃采金安全,而是技术上的失误~我们必须在10年前就提 出司法审核上诉。

    7.谁真正为民服务,选民心里自有底。下届大选就知道结果了!

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              De acuerdo        

    Tan simple como conocerse.

              Los jacarandá de Buenos Aires        

    Cómo se ven desde lo alto.
    Precioso.

              Cover Game of Thrones        

    Las críticas te las dejo.
    Para fanáticos de Juego de Tronos.


              En el silencio habita la verdad...        

    Nada por agregar, simplemente disfrutar.

              Amor        

    Preciosa historia, para el día de los enamorados.
    El final...


              Año nuevo, melodías nuevas        

    Laura Pausini y Alejandro Sanz, Víveme.

              Tomar la decisión de avanzar        
     
    Realmente emotivo.
    Compromiso.
              Â¿Buscador de películas en youtube?        
    Se llama moviefork.

              Ecriture chinoise des idéogrammes millieu, dessus et dessous - Sophie de chinois facile        

    Bonjour,

    @Alex,

    A priori tous les cours sont dans le sommaire.

    Il faudra que je repasse quand même un peu de temps dessus mais c'est beaucoup de travail !!!

    @Christophe,

    En fait la vidéo est intégrée dans le billet.

    Si vous n'arrivez pas à le voir vous pouvez retrouver l'ensemble des cours sur ma chaîne youtube dont le nom est "apprendre le chinois c'est facile" (à copier dans le champ de recherche de youtube)


              Souhaiter Joyeux Noël en chinois - Sophie de chinois facile        

    Bonjour Sylvie,

    A priori je pense que cela vient plutôt de votre navigateur ou du plugin flash qui doit être mis à jour pour visualiser les vidéos youtube.

    Bien à vous

    Sophie


              Lo que trajo Luna de Queso....        
    Hay personas que son distintas a las demás.Hay personas que tienen el corazón lleno de Luna, y con una varita mágica invisible abren los ojitos de muchas otras personas, ojitos que como cofrecitos han permanecido cerrados a la magia y a la belleza.
    Hace poco tiempo conocí a una de esas personas corazón-de-Luna... la conocí a través de un cuento, y ella era quien lo contaba ... después descubrí que no solo podía pintar lás más hermosas imagenes en los corazones a través de sus historias, sino que además llena de magia, broches, colgantes y tantas tantas otras cosas:::
    Su nombre? Quizá la conoceis como Luna de Queso, o quizá como Lua Seomun... y cada día doy gracias porque se hayan cruzado nuestros caminos... porque mi vida ha cambiado desde que está ella, se ha convertido en uno de los pilares más importantes para mí...
    Y quería enseñaros los preciosos regalos que recibí de ella...

    Cuando llegó la cartera y me entregó una caja ASÍ de grande casi no me lo podía creer... y al abrirla fue una explosión de OOOHHHHS y AAAAHS y por qué no reconocerlo, también de lagrimitas, porque esta caja llegó en un momento muy especial, en unos días algo tristes y grises y recibirlo fue como cuando las nubes nutren un desierto...

    Quereis ver lo que había? tengo que deciros que para mí recibir estos regalos no fue solo recibir "cosas" como os digo llegó en un momento en que por circunstancias me sentía bastante de bajón y ádemás sentía que había perdido el rumbo, y mi conexión con la mágia... pero al ir apareciendo cada uno de los regalos fue como si me susrraran un mensaje que como un mapa me ayudaban poco a poco a volver a encontrarme...

    Y lo primero fue un retrato...Esta preciosa caja en la que ha compuesto un cuadro cosido, en la que salgo yo con todas las cositas que me gustan, sentada en el bosque, tocando el ukelele y tomando café...
    me hizo recordar todas las cosas buenas y bellas que me rodean, y lo feliz que me siento en momentos así, aunque ahora los días sean un poco tristones.
    La cajita es un joyero y venía llena de cosas preciosas, yo lo he llenado con todas mi cositas favoritas (las que caben dentro claro ^:^)

    Y dentro...
    un precioso collar de Ukelele igual que el que lleva Uni!!!
    ESte es el mío!!!! es chulísimo verdad???


    Y aquí el de Uni y su Ekelele, mi ídola!!!!!!!!

    también...

    Mi propia varita mágica de los deseos que prometo suelta chispitas cuando la miro de reojo!!!! y que me dice "la magia está siempre contigo, aunque a veces pienses que no es así... solo tranquilízate y mira con calma alrededor"



     ...esta hoja que me ha hecho como homenaje a mi estación favorita....de que bosque encantado has llegado? todo el otoño estará en mi chaquetita!! lo prometo!!!


    quizá de este ? tan tan chiquitín  y blandito? con sus manzanos encantados... qué preciosos son!!!!!!!


    Hasta una sabia Mama Búho surgió volando de la caja, y me ha prometido ayudarme a encontrar siempre siempre las respuestas, incluso las más difíciles....

    y llevaba en su piquito el reloj de la Sabiduría, que según cuentan las leyendas hace que siempre aprovechemos, disfrutemos y nos maravillemos en cada uno de los momentos que el Espíritu nos brinda...


    Con grandes esfuerzos la pequeña Caperucita asomó su cabecita de la caja para mostrame que como ella hay que ser valiente...qué precioso collar, que bonito es...
    Mi trebol de San Patricio para no olvidar nunca quien soy y de qué pasta estoy hecha!!! No lo olvidaré!!
    preciosos colgantes surgidos de algún cofre encantado... teteras y setas mágicas y buhos y dulces y princesas!!!!!!!!!!! qué maravilla!!!!!!!!!!!
                                 
                               

    Y por último el libro Ars Magica!!! que pasada!!
                                              
                                            
    Ciérrate preciosa caja y vuelve a tu lugar, que no se escape ni una sola de las chispas que me han hecho tan feliz....


    Quisiera dejaros uno de los cuentos de mi Lua ya que habeis visto lo que hace con las manos, quería que veais lo que puede hacer con las palabras, así que dadle al play y volad un poquito...


    Gracias Luna por hacer mi vida tan tan mágica.

              Manual para ser una Chica del Bosque (aunque vivas en la ciudad)        
    Antes de empezar, quiero deciros que blogspot no me deja comentar en casi ningún blog, estoy buscando por internet como solucionar el problema, si a alguien le pasa lo mismo o sabe como solucionarlo, le estaría muy agradecida si me ayudara...
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    Somos muchas.
    Muchas las que hemos nacido y vivimos en la ciudad o en el pueblo y las que sin embargo sentimos que nuestro corazón pertenece a los Bosques. Como puede una mujer que vive una vida normal, en la ciudad, que se levanta para trabajar en una oficina, tener ese algo de la magia de los bosques?

    En Japón existen las Mori Girls, que traducido significan Chicas del Bosque que viviendo en la ciudad sus vidas normales han cambiado su estilo de vida, su manera de sentir, de vestir para transformarlas en las que serían si ellas vivieran en el bosque.



    He recogido esa información de muchas fuentes y he preparado este pequeño compendio en español ya que hasta ahora no existe para inspiraros a aquellas que como yo tienen su alma en un lugar más verde, más salvaje y hermoso... el Bosque.
     
    Hay algunas cosas de las que he leído que no me han gustado, muchas chicas se toman lo de ser una Chica del Bosque como una moda, una manera de vestir, entre las cosas que he leído está por ejemplo "tener una constitución delgada" cosa que me ha dejado con la boca abierta, quiero decir acaso el sentirse del Bosque tiene que ver con el peso? JAMAS!! Eso está en el corazón. Quisiera aclarar que aunque escriba este artículo dando una serie de parámetros es por darle un aspecto práctico y a la vez juguetón, pero el Bosque está en nuestro corazón :)
     
    ESTILO DE VIDA
     
    Las Chicas del Bosque viven su vida como si se tratara de un cuento de Hadas, ¿como vivirías con un estado de ánimo totalmente apacible?

    Disfrutando al ver como pasas de una a otra estación?
     
    Quizá preparando maravillosas meriendas, tomando el té y cocinando deliciosos pasteles...
     
     
    Compra tu Té online AQUÍ
     
     
    Paseando en bicicleta o paseando, siempre con una cámara de fotos en la mano...


      
    Leyendo libros repletos de historias  ymaravillosas ilustraciones... Conoceis a Los Duendes del Reloj?  es un blog lleno de historias con el bosque y las Hadas como protagonistas...

     
    Y Conoceis a algunas de las maravillosas cuentacuentos de nuestro país?... podeis escuchar los preciosos cuentos de Lua Seomún en su blog lleno de Magia e historias que erizan la piel ...También me fascina la magia de Cris Purrusalda, es alimento para el corazón...
     
    Aprendiendo de la Naturaleza, cultivando un pequeño jardín y /o huerto en el balcón.
     
    Coleccionando cosas bonitas , cajas de música, bolas de nieve, cuentos, fotografías ¿qué es lo que te gusta, qué te hace sonreír? colecciónalo y sé feliz!! ^:^
     
    Viviendo sencillamente, de manera natural....
     
    Qué música te inspira el bosque? Quizá Agnes Obel?


      
    Descubre música distinta... Priscilla Hernández, Kokia o Joanna Newsom pueden transportarte muy muy lejos ;)

    Si vivieras en el Bosque no harías todo lo que pudieras tú misma? Aprenderías a tejer y harías este otoño tu propia bufanda?
     
     
    APRENDE A TEJER FÁCILMENTE AQUÍ!

    O harías tus propias conservas?


    APRENDE A HACER TUS PROPIAS CONSERVAS AQUÍ!


    Las Mujeres del Bosque se sienten de maravilla en las tiendas de decoración y de menaje, entre hermosas tazas, teteras, manteles y cortinas...

     
    También en las tiendas vintage y de antigüedades...
    busca en su bolsillo seguro que encuentras un pequeño reloj...
     
    Y sobretodo disfruta la vida y de este maravilloso planeta en que vivimos, está lleno de maravillas ocultas, disfruta de cada pequeño momento: qué bien huele el café! como te estremeces bajo la ducha cuando el agua corre por tu espalda!! que bien saben los tomates!

    Nuestro mundo está lleno de maravillas....

     
    COMO ES LA "MODA" EN EL BOSQUE
     
    EL CABELLO
     
    El cabello natural, corto, largo, liso o rizado pero natural, adornado con un lazo o una diadema...arreglos de mariposas, fresas o cerezasquedarán maravillosos también... los flequillos cortitos quedan muy de cuento, y te hacen sentir protagonista de una maravillosa historia...
    Aquí teneis unas fotografías con tutoriales para peinaros como auténticas Hadas del Bosque




      

    LA ROPA Y EL MAQUILLAJE  

     
     
     
    Lo importante es que sea todo natural y mágico a la vez...
    Maquillaje natural, o ausencia de él, pero quedan tan de cuento las mejillas sonrosadas ^:^ tal vez algo de colorete rosa?



    Las uñas , mejor cortitas que largas, cómo puedes recoger setas y flores con las uñas largas?
     

    Las faldas y vestidos son la ropa de cada día...


    Vestir en los preciosos colores de la tierra, ocres, marrones, blancos,  verdes...y el precioso burdeos, hacen sentir y sientan tan bien!!


    Las Mujeres del Bosque llevan sin duda capitas, caperuzas y ponchos.


    Guardan sus pertenencias en bolsos de piel (yo usaré imitación ^:^)

    Como buena mujer de los bosques, ama los animales y por tanto también los motivos de animales en la ropa: erizos, ciervos, mapaches, osos....

    Lo mismo que los motivos de dulces y pasteles, ya que la Mujer del Bosque se refugia en su cabaña al caer la tarde para cocinar sus maravillosas tartas!!!


    AQUÍ teneis 50 patrones de delantales!!!


    Los motivos de flores tanto retro como liberty nos bendicen con las virtudes y la energía de la esencia de los bosques.

    La Mujer del Bosque como huele? a flores? a Bayas? a cerezas? Como hueles?

    Los leotardos y leggings son superconfortables y divertidos
     
    Teneis muchas más ideas ojeando la revista Spoon

    Descargadla gratis AQUI (ABRIL 2011)
    AQUÍ (FEBRERO 2011)

    Ojalá os haya gustado ^:^yo he aprendido mucho mientras buscaba la información y escribía... muchas cosas se me han quedado en el tintero... pero ya se estaba alargando mucho ^:^
    En mi  nuevo blog: Oh! My Windy Woods! teneis cositas para Mujeres del Bosque, hace poco que la abrí así que está un poco vacía, pero poco a poco espero llenarla de musgo magia, erizos y luciérnagas .... De momento teneis algunas cositas nuevas que he hecho estos días, como las Mariposas para Orejas...



    Y pequeñas criaturas mágicas...



    Estais invitadas a tomar un te!!


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    Como siempre me teneis aquí : tiendapattyrain@gmail.com
      
     


              tachaaaaan!! ganadoras del concurso de los Dos Dragones!!        


    Hola chicas!!

    Trusky y Sirius ya han echado las cartas de la fortuna y han decidido quien serán las dos ganadoras!! siiiiiiiiiiiii


    Lo subo en video, aunque es una locura y un poco largo porque no paraban de chuparme y han tardado un buen rato en decidirse en agarrar un papel!!! Siento la mala calidad porque lo he filmado con la cámara de fotos!!!



    GANADORA DE NEU:  MELMAAAAA

    GANADORA DE NORD: LUNAAAAAAA

    FELICIDADES CHICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!! ^:^

    Neu y Nord emprenderán su vuelo hacia vuestras casas muy pronto!!



    Muchas gracias a todas por participar!!! Lo he pasado muy bien con este sorteo!!! M ha encantado el montón d eblogs preciosos que he conocido siiiii!!!

    Siento no haber dejado comentarios esta semana en vuestros blogs porque he ido muy d ebólido y os debo un monton de comentarios!!



    Muchos besos de calabazaaaaaaaaas!!
              Umaskert maskerade        

    Kjære lesere...

    Til alle dere som nÃ¥ ikke sitter med kaffe i vrangstrupen eller hjertet i rettstrupen vil jeg ønske et riktig Godt NyttÃ¥r! Til alle dere andre...  "God tur til sentralsjukeheimen..."

    Det er 2013! Frimodighetens Ã¥r? Slipp dere fri! Sag av lenkene! Bort med burka, BH og bleier! Kast alle hemninger, kast pÃ¥ hÃ¥ret, kast masken! Alt er lov! Har du lov - har du lyst...


    Fra tid til annen kan Blomsterstjernen være litt lettlurt, litt dumsnill, litt sursøt? Et godt eksempel var da han nylig ble lokket ut pÃ¥ dypet. Agnet smakte rett og slett alt for godt. Han klarte bare ikke holde fingrene av fatet... SÃ¥ hold dere fast! Det ryktes nemlig at han nÃ¥ kan observeres umaskert i et boligblad nær deg! ?! Og ikke hvilket som helst blad heller. Ikke "Hjemmet", ikke "Allers", ikke "Vi over 60"... Nei her snakker vi om Blomsterstjernens eget favorittmagasin (kanskje nest etter Airliner World):


    Det er kanskje mange som innbiller seg at dette er et magasin for uteliggere og hjemløse som drømmer om Ã¥ fÃ¥ seg en bolig? Dere blir nok skuffet. BoligDrøm handler nok snarere om innbydende drømmeboliger, drømmehager og drømme-mÃ¥ltid (bÃ¥de sunne som usunne..). Og i dette hyggelige magasinet har da altsÃ¥ Blomsterstjernen gradvis gÃ¥tt gradene. Fra Ã¥ skrive ett innlegg i 2011, via 4 innlegg i 2012, til formodentlig hele 10 innlegg i 2013! Dersom han da ikke dummer seg ut... Noe han meget vel kan komme til Ã¥ gjøre om han ikke skikker seg vel...

    Formatet er også forandret ørlite siden forrige sesong. Denne gang blir det en slags krysning av kåseri, lobotomi og botanikk. Vi har kalt det LOBOTANIKK... I 2013 får han att på til lov til å lobotanisere seg i hele 1800 tegn! Hver bidige måned! En skriftlengdeøkning på hele 50% i forhold til tidligere sesonger! For en drøm (ihvertfall for dem som liker å skrive langt...)!


    For å gjøre det hele komplett har BoligDrøm fått med seg den svært dyktige Vilde Kamfjord til å illustrere det lobotaniserte. Så til alle dere som vanligvis ikke makter (eller orker) å lese seg gjennom Blomsterstjernens knotete langdryge historier er dette en lettelsens dag! Nå kan man enkelt og greit bare slenge et langt blikk på Kamfjords svært så rikholdige tegninger og vips har man fått sublimert hele tekstens innhold gjennom ett enkelt bilde. Genialt?

    Ulempen (eller fordelen..?) er at all denne lobotaniseringen krever en god del watt. For å få regnestykket til å gå opp må vi derfor låne litt strøm fra Blomsterstjernebloggen. Men som dere sikkert vet: "Energi vil aldri forsvinne, bare gå over i andre former...."

    En annen liten utfordring er at Blomsterstjernen i år har lyst til å nyte litt av sin hage, ikke bare skrive om den... Etter litt rask kalkulering han han nemlig regnet seg fram til at han i 2012-sesongen totalt tilbragte skarve 58 minutter ute i hagen, mens han tilbragte smått imponerende 786543,5 timer foran PC'en og blogget om hagen... Var det i det hele tatt hans egen hage han blogget om?!?


    Om ikke dette var nok, har han ogsÃ¥ et par andre spennende prosjekt som han endelig tenker Ã¥ gripe fatt i nÃ¥ i det nye Ã¥ret. Det skulle derfor ikke forundre meg om dere kanskje vil kunne oppleve en noe redusert stjerne den neste tiden? En stjerne som ikke makter Ã¥ blogge hver fredag. Kanskje heller ikke annenhver fredag. Kanskje heller ikke hver tredje fredag? Men kanskje bare en gang pr mÃ¥ned? Formularet er ikke helt klart enda. Stien blir til underveis. Bare følg sjokoladepapirene som ligger strødd i hans fotspor.

    Men la oss spole tilbake til starten av dette innlegget! 
    La oss komme til dagens hovedpoeng!

     Avmaskifiseringen...

    For alle dere som verken smugkjøper, stjeler eller abonnerer pÃ¥ Boligdrøm kan jeg berette at det uheldigvis er lekket en superhemmelig film av Blomsterstjernens avmaskifisering pÃ¥ Internettet... Den gÃ¥r i skrivende stund som ulm i vÃ¥tt gress gjennom dataverden. Hele 6 stykker har sett videoen allerede!!!

    Mann dere opp! Hold dere fast! Eller bare spol rett forbi...

    Sjekk ut videoen her (husk å skru på lyden - trykk på "play"-knappen):




    Vel bekomme...

    Sørg for å laste ned videoen og deretter kopiere den over på VHS-kassett slik at den kan sees til skrekk og advarsel hver bloggfrie Blomsterstjerne-fredag i det kommende året. Husk at videoen har 18-års grense.
    (Om det har klikket for meg? Nei, jeg er bare lobotanisert...)

    På tross av alt dette her vil jeg bare avslutte med å spå at 2013 blir et fantastisk år!?!
    BÃ¥de for dere og for meg :)

    Godt nyttår & takk for det gamle!
    Vi sees inne i magasinet.









    P.S. Følg gjerne med pÃ¥ Facebook for siste nytt i Blomsterstjernesaken

    P.P.S. Vil dere høre en gladnyhet? Blomsterstjernen har nemlig et medmenneskelig NyttÃ¥rsforsett: Han skal bli 2-3% bedre til Ã¥ besøke og kommentere andre sine blogger i 2013.

    P.P.P.S. Dette blogginnlegget er ikke sponset. Maskemannen taler rett fra hjertet (i halsen)







              Jeg er en robot...        
    Jeg har ihvertfall lenge lurt på det...

    Som en ustoppelig maskin vandrer jeg hvileløst gjennom hverdagen. Hver dag er lik: 

    Kl 5:03 - Blomsterprinsen (snart 3 Ã¥r) mener det er morgen, for lengst...
    Kl 5:48 - Etter 45 minutt med beinharde forhandlinger har husets herre endelig klart Ã¥ overbevise sønnen om at det tross alt er natt.
    Kl 5:55 - Etter 7 deilige minutt pÃ¥ puten ringer vekkerklokken. Tro det eller ei... Jo det er faktisk morgen! 
    Kl 6:05 - Blomsterfamilien kjølhales mer eller mindre ufrivillig inn pÃ¥ badet.
    Kl 6:06 - Blomsterstjernen trenger minst en time i dusjen for Ã¥ vÃ¥kne.
    Kl 6:15 - Verdens hurtigste time er unnagjort, gjerne avbrutt av barn som har bæsjet, dunket seg eller som vil være med i dusjen uten å få verken vann eller såpe i øynene.
    Kl 6:59 - Etter 3 kvarter med latter, grÃ¥t og trass er barna endelig pÃ¥kledd, flidd og tannpusset. 
    Kl 7:08 - Mor og far er fremdeles i en slags krepp-papir-forfatning i det man forlater huset.
    Kl 7:13 - Ankomst barnehagen. Barna avleveres pÃ¥ fineste manér. 

    Et kyss, et klapp og en klem eller to. Et obligatorisk lite vink i døren. Og før man vet ord av det legger man på fullt firsprang etter bussen. En buss som konsekvent er for sen når man er tidlig og for tidlig når man er sen...

    Nærbilde av Blomsterstjernens krepp-papir-hud kl 7:07

    Ja sÃ¥ jobber vi gjerne litt, drar hjem igjen, henter i barnehagen, lager middag, rydder kjøkken, ser barne-tv, lager kvelds til barna, steller dem, leser barnebok, synger 3-4 godnattsanger, legger pÃ¥ firsprang ut døren for litt personlig moro, har personlig moro, gjør seg ferdig med personlig moro, kommer alt for sent hjem etter personlig moro, sjekker at ytterdøren er lÃ¥st, lager kvelds, spiser kvelds mens man ser pÃ¥ Plane Crash Investigators, dobbelsjekker at ytterdøren er lÃ¥st, smugleser BoligDrøm pÃ¥ do, benytter seg av bÃ¥de "Blomsterstjernen oppe"- og "Blomsterstjernen nede"-klutene, trippelsjekker at ytterdøren er lÃ¥st, gÃ¥r til sengs, spretter opp igjen for Ã¥ firpel-sjekke at ytterdøren virkelig er helt lÃ¥st, for sÃ¥ Ã¥ ligge med halvÃ¥pne øyne natten gjennom i pÃ¥vente av at klokken igjen skal slÃ¥ 5:03...

    Hadde jeg ikke vist bedre hadde jeg sagt at dette var døgnrytmen til en robot..?
    Og kanskje jeg heller ikke vet bedre?
    Man vet jo aldri?!?

    Men akkurat i sånne situasjoner er det svært godt å få en bekreftelse fra eksterne, helt uavhengige kilder. Og det får jeg heldigvis til gagns i bloggeverden. Hver bidige dag, flere ganger daglig...

    Blomsterstjernen blir ofte såpass lang i masken at den faller av når han skal publisere sine kommentarer...

    Tja... Det er sikkert mange som lurer på hvorfor Blomsterstjernen så sjelden er inne og kommenterer andre sine blogginnlegg? Er han bare en selvopptatt herremann som kun interesserer seg for sitt eget ve og vel? Bryr han seg ikke om sine medbloggere? Å joda! Han har dere alle akk så kjær... Tidsmangel er vel kanskje hovedårsaken, men det er også en ganske annen faktor som svært ofte spiller inn. Han klarer faktisk ikke å publisere sine ønskede kommentarer! Og det har sin enkle grunn! Han kommer rett og slett ikke gjennom robot-kontrollen...

    Ja hva er det de kaller det igjen?


    Ikke vet jeg. 

    Men dere kjenner sikkert meget godt til denne kontrollen man ofte må gjennom for å bevise at man ikke er en robot som bare skal "tulle-blogge"? Blomsterstjernen havner ihvertfall i fellen hver bidige gang... Hans bevismateriale er til stadighet alt for tynt...


    Bare se min samling av avviste kommentarforsøk fra siste halvtime:


    Blomsterstjernen sprakk!


    Blomsterstjernen røk!


    Blomsterstjernen hadde ikke nubbesjans!


    Blomsterstjernen ble avvist på det groveste!


    Blomsterstjernen ble kastet hodestups på dør!


    Blomsterstjernen ble kroppsvisitert med plasthansker!


    Blomsterstjernen ble sendt på hodet ut av landet!


    Blomsterstjernen ble tvangsinnlagt på forbrenningsanlegg!


    Blomsterstjernen ble skrudd fra hverandre og resirkulert! 


    Robot-sjokk!!!

    I hele 11 av 10 tilfeller blir Blomsterstjernen avvist. Det er med andre ord ofte helt umulig Ã¥ fÃ¥ kommentert andre sine blogger. Dere aner ikke hvor mange gull-, sølv- og bronsekorn dere gÃ¥r glipp av - utelukkende pga denne strenge, tussete kamasutra-kontrollen!

    Men, men. Blomsterstjernen er visst ikke den eneste som sliter med dette problemet... På nettet florerer det av blogginnlegg om folk som klager over disse tilsynelatende unødvendige, irriterende, avanserte robot-kontrollene.

    "Jeg er ikke en robot!!!" skriker en hel bloggverden i munnen på hverandre, så blekket spruter...

    Men Blomsterstjernen vender heller det andre kinn...
    I motsetning til alle disse som velger å klage, velger han heller å innse realiteten:

    Blomsterstjernen er og blir en robot!!!


    BLOMSTERSTJERNEN : "I AM A ROBOT..."

    I sterk kontrast til Marina...
    Ja ho med adle diamantane...





    Og når alt kommer til alt er det kanskje like greit at brorparten av alle hans ord-forvridde kommentarer ikke kommer gjennom sensuren? Det er en mening med alt...

    Maskinell stivbent helge-hilsen fra en som faktisk trives godt som robot (leses med robotstemme):









    P.S. Det er sikkert noen nÃ¥ som godtroende antar at denne Blomsterstjernen drar pÃ¥ forlystelseshus hver bidige kveld? Syv ganger i uken? Gid det hadde vært sÃ¥ vel. Jeg mÃ¥ nok dessverre skuffe dere. Under gjøremÃ¥let "personlig moro" finner man snarere saker som; øving med poporkester, heseblesende blogging, hyggelig konesamvær, pÃ¥tvunget husvask gjerne i kombinasjon med omorganisering av konemors interiør. Fra tid til annen drar han selvsagt ogsÃ¥ pÃ¥ maskerte rekognoseringsturer i inn- og utmark.

    P.P.S. Er det egentlig lov til Ã¥ forfatte blogginnlegg helt fritt for julestoff sÃ¥pass sent i desember? Hva sier bloggepolitiet?!? Men vi roboter trenger av og til et lite avbrekk. Bare et ørlite ett...




              What a great workout to start the day and a NSV all before 7:15am        
    boxing interval workout with johnathan on youtube posted 1/25/13
    Stats 302calories burned in 30 min and avg pulse 120bpm
    today might go swimming and tomorrow is our 2-3mile bike ride with hubs and kids.
    NSV's my size large swimsuit fits well :)
    and taking sophia to the homeschooling meeting at 9:45am :)
    hoping to lose a few more lbs by labor day
    because I AM WORTH IT ! and I AM AN ATHLETE in training
    Jonathan the trainer today said "IF not now when and if no...
              Béla Bartók - String Quartet No. 4        

              Luciano Berio - Linea        

              Luciano Berio - Sequenza VII per oboe        

              Art Tatum - Humoresque        

              The Mars Volta - Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt        

              T2 – It'll All Work Out In Boomland (1970)        

              Petra Haden - The Sheltering Sky        

              KTU - Absinthe        

              Al Di Meola - Calliope        

              Pharoah Sanders - The Creator Has A Master Plan        

              Gary Burton & Jim Odgren - Waltz        

              Gary Burton Quintet - Dreams So Real        

               Allan Holdsworth - The Sixteen Men Of Tain        

              13th Floor Elevators - Roller Coaster        

              The Stranglers & Friends - Tank (live 1980)        

              Colin Scot - Do The Dance Now, Davey        

              Voivod - Post Society        

              The Tommy Bolin Band - Delightful        

              Larry Coryell & Eleventh House - live in Oslo (1975)        

              Billy Cobham - live (1974)        



              Terje Rypdal Trio - live, French TV (1973)        

              Isotope - Spanish Sun        

               Gilgamesh - Bobberty / Theme From Something         

              Nucleus - Song For The Bearded Lady        

              Earthworm Jim molaba más antes        
    Viendo el siguiente vídeo comparativo de diferentes versiones de lo mejor que ha parido -y parirá Dave Perry en toda su vida, aunque MDK2 tiene su aquél, me quedo de calle con la versión de MegaDrive de Earthworm Jim. Todo ilusionado que estaba yo con la versión hachedeizada, y no sé como se las han ingeniado para sacarle todo el encanto visual 2D repleto de animaciones y encasquetarle unos colores pobres y renders incluso hasta para la nevera colgante. Si no me equivoco, la versión de MegaDrive está disponible en la Consola Virtual, o sea que pasando de Wiiware ( de todas formas creo que que por ahora sólo está a la venta para XBLA; PSN y Wiiware a esperar tocan ) y decantandóme por el clásico primigenio. Vivan las 2D, mueran los renders !


              Miedo huérfano ( Orphan-La huérfana )        
    Orphan es la última película del director catalán Jaume Collet-Serra, que para triunfar ha tenido que hacer las Américas marcandóse cine de terror de corte clásico, algo insólito hoy en día: ni abundan los horror films ni menos que no opten por la vertiente remake/gore siguiendo el filón de Saw. En 'La casa de cera', Collet-Serra ya demostró que podía reestirar chicles muy mascados y hacer que sigan siendo interesantes; y también que si te rodeas de actrices con buena planta y mejores razones, todo es más fácil. Elisha Cuthbert y Paris Hilton en pleno affaire cinéfilo le acompañaron en su opera prima, esta vez es Vera Farmiga ( que está en auge gracias a Up in the Air ) y la jovencísima Isabelle Furhman, que desde aquí me declaro fan absoluto suyo: si con trece años es capaz de marcarse semejantes interpretaciones, id apuntando su nombre para futuras quinielas de los Oscars ( o si no, para quinielas de quién será la próxima actriz más deseada de Hollywood dentro de unos años ).


    Tiene trece años, depravaos ! ( en Imdb hay una mejor, pillines )

    Más que terror puramente convencional, La huérfana huele más a thriller con toques de terror. Una familía que acaba de perder a su tercer hijo, decide adoptar a una huérfana para cubrir el vacío que sufren, y la aparentemente perfecta Esther es la niña ideal. En todo momento, Furhman se come al resto de personajes, solo con Farmiga haciendóle sombra la primera hora de película, cuando el equilibrio de protagonismo está más compensado. Un personaje curioso que tiene La huérfana es la niña Maxine, la benjamina de la familía que padece sordera. Primero, choca darte cuenta de lo complicado que es ver gente con minusvalías en cine convencional, sin que explícitamente sea cine denuncia ni nada similar, sino como un personaje más. En este caso, la sordera le da un plus de fragilidad a la niña, ya de por sí de apariencia débil e inocente, y el juego de comparar las dos niñas angelicales ( Esther y Maxine ), sólo que una ya sabes que no es trigo limpio refuerza aun más el peso de la huérfana, ya de por sí reforzado con su imagen super clásica de coletas con lacitos y largos vestidos. Una monada de niña que es imposible no adorar al principio, y acabar horrorizado al final con un giro de guión bastante espectacular, así como las crudezas que es capaz de cometer la niña. Jugar con los niños y su capacidad de maldad es algo que aunque tengamos ya bastante visto en el cine ( a vuelapluma se me ocurre El enviado, La semilla del diablo y su remake La Profecía, o algo más patrio como Quién puede matar a un niño ) sigue rompiendo esquemas y la inocencia del propio espectador. La huérfana es una película bastante redonda, quizás peque de convencional, pero también es un mérito ser capaz de agradar explicando historias ya conocidas. Cambiando el narrador ( en este caso los actores ), la historia siendo la misma puede parecer otra muy diferente.


    truco del almendruco: las dos mitades son iguales, la cara está duplicada. De ahí la perfecta simetría



              Distrito 9, alargando un corto        
    Neill Blomkamp debutó el pasado septiembre con Distrito 9, o como hacer que Peter Jackson te apadrine tu opera prima y tengas a la Weta Digital cubriendóte las espaldas en el tema digital.

    A Blomkamp le molan los videojuegos, y a mí me mola que le mole eso -redundancia dixit. Pero le molan demasiado, tanto que copia lo bueno ( diseños de armas alienígenas, mechas que andan por ahí, planos muy videojuego ) y también lo malo. la simpleza de sus guiones. Que en Doom sólo necesitemos saber que estamos en una colonia espacial con una puerta al Infierno y hay que cerrarla y de paso exterminar hordas de demonios con demasiados cuernos vale, pero en una película la excusa de salvamos el mundo a golpe de láser no casa tanto. O al menos si no la protagoniza John McLane.


    Distrito 9 comienza con una premisa interesantísima, usando la ciencia ficción como excusa para poner de manifiesto los abusos de autoridad, la xenobofia de la sociedad, los intereses e intervencionismo de multinacionales y el finalmente, negocio de las armas. Todo esto con un cabeza de turco, Van Werhe, que lidera el deshaucio del campo de concentración para trasladarlos a otro. Los primers veinte minutos con esta puesta en escena tan atractiva e original, narrada siempre a modo de documental que cuenta los hechos. Ésa era la idea de Blomkamp en su corto Distrito 9 que le valió para finalizar sus estudios de cine y de paso entrar por la puerta grande de la gran H. Aunque el corto se queda algo escaso, la idea es buena, pero no extenderla. O al menos no como lo ha hecho Blomkamp, cogiendo una estupenda idea sci fi y convirtiendóla en una amalgama de láseres, mechas y humanos que petan como globos de hemoglobina.

    Distrito 9 es un estupendo debut para Blomkamp, y haciendo migas con Jackson y el interés mutuo de hacer una película de Halo hace preveer que si no la acaban haciendo algun día, veremos cantidad de películas con made in videogame. Y si ésa es la intención desde el principio, perfecto, pero con Distrito 9 da la sensación que veamos una interesante lección de original enlazada con otra de fan service total. Y es una lástima.
              Desempaquetando el cofre de Monster Hunter Tri        
    Nunca he sido muy fetichista de las ediciones especiales, y menos ahora que hasta los Imagina Ser pueden tener una con su bolsa de vómito especial incluida. Pero las pocas que aparecen en Wii, intento hacerme con ellas. La de The Conduit era sosilla: caja de cartón y libreto con bocetos, declaración de intenciones de todo el equipo y poquito más de un juego sin mucha chicha que sacar. Quizás una réplica del EVA, la esfera con la que ves mensajes ocultos, sí hubiera sido un puntazo. Las otras dos que tengo ( Metroid Prime Trilogy y HOTD Overkill son similares. caja de cartón con portada alternativa más folleto ( satinado eso sí, y con la historia de todos los Metroids y bocetos espectaculares pero algo pequeños para deleitarse la vista ) en el caso de Trilogy y cómic creado para la ocasión para Overkill.

    La de Monster Hunter es otro cantar. una caja cofre que contiene juego + ¡ dos ! manuales, el portugués y el español/italiano, el mando Classic Controller Pro, pequeñísimo, ligerísimo y guapérrimo, pero que tras todos estos -ismos, adviertes que da la sensación de ser un cacho plástico con la mala tendencia de almacenar las huellas en su superfície. También el Wii Speak, una miniatura que aun ni he instalado y la joya de la corona: el busto de Lagiacrus, desmontable, de plástico sí, pero increíblemente detallada. Toda una figura de coleccionismo, by the face. Tanto Capcom como Nintendo se han ganado mi corazoncito con este pack limitado ( gracias a Dios, esfuerzo cero para conseguirlo. Ventajas de vivir en una ciudad media ), hacía muchísimo tiempo que no me ilusionaba tanto abrir un juego. Ahí os dejo algunas fotitos del desempaque del cofre, que me hizo ilusión hacerlas, aunque no sea un unboxing tan vívido como éste. Ah, y el juego... BRUTAL :D




    Alineación al centro¡ You obtained a Wii !

              Trenes corriendo a toda pastilla        
    ¿ Puede haber algo más molón que un tren corriendo a toda pastilla ? Sí, ¡ dos trenes corriendo a toda pastilla ! ¿ Os suena Initial D ? Se trata de un manga/anime arquetípico de prota que quiere destacar en algo y se apunta a hacer carreras ilegales nocturnas con coches que no pasarían la ITV. En Capitán Tsubasa era el futbol, en Slam Dunk el baloncesto, en Amasando Ja-pan el pan y en Initial D, carreras. Un japonés con tiempo libre a adaptado el, famoso por ésos lares, Densha de Go de Taito ( el Train Simulator de Japón ) al estilo Initial D, creando el juego Densha de D. O lo que es lo mismo, trenes que compiten por vías llevando el velocímetro al máximo. Trenes corriendo oigan, y qué bonico es. A ver si EA toma nota y con tanto cambio que le da a Need For Speed nos brinda un spin-off trenístico.



    Fuente
              De-makeando Bioshock        
    Me ha hecho gracia el término que han utilizado en GameSetWach para definir lo siguiente: un demake, o un juego actual que se pasa a la old school, algo así como el Left 4 Dead de NES. Jean-Paul LeBreton, ha adaptado ( o demakeado ) dos niveles de Bioshock, diseñados por él mismo ya que es el jefe de niveles de 2k Marin, al clásico de iD Software Doom 2. Arcadia y Farmer Market's vistos en cuatro polígonos y texturas 16 bits. La única que ha tenido pelotas de hacer algo similar es Capcom y sus Megamanes digitales y Dark Void Zero. Para jugar a estos mapas demakeados, los podéis descargar desde el blog de Jean-Paul si tenéis Doom 2 instalado.


              El paso del tiempo de los personajes        
    Las series actuales tienen repartos de lujo, bandas sonoras que nos hacen estremecer, cotas de producción por las nubes, pero hay algo que no han sabido solucionar: el paso del tiempo de los personajes. Por ejemplo, en Dexter, ¿ como muestran a nuestro asesino favorito de Miami con cinco años menos ? Michael C.Hall es irremplazable, ni sea por unos segundos. Pues nada, le plantamos una melena y cinco años menos ! Ni Corporación Dermoestética. Ahora enfudarle una melena con el cáncer que está sobrellevando sería poco menos que una broma de mal gusto.

    Pero para broma el cambio de look que pega el capitán Lee Adama en la (impresionante) reinterpretación de Battlestar Galáctica. Sin ahondar mucho en la trama para no aruinarséla a nadie, el joven Adama pasa de ser el protagonista de carpetas de quinceañeras ( y la de sus madres también ) a un 'blando' ( como le define su padre en la tercera temporada) en un año de tiempo argumental. La técnica para no arruinar ésa tableta made in Milka es añadirle unas cuantas toneladas de maquillaje y unos cuantos cojines para simular brazos con exceso de airbags. Y claro, hacerle comer como un desesperado en todas las escenas posibles. Eso sí, la escena del barrigón supongo que será el segundo de gloria de alguno de los trabajadores fuera de la galería. El 'Fat Lee Adama' es todo un fenómeno internetil: con twitter, web propia, y grupos en Facebook incluso ( ¿ y qué no lo tiene ? ). Podéis ver el making of de su makeover a continuación.

    En conclusión, los cambios del paso del tiempo en los personajes de la series actuales es poco menos que una chufa, pero oigan, lo que nos reímos de las soluciones caseras bien lo valen.


              Bienvenido a Sanjai        
    Es un simple trailer, aun quedan meses para que salga ( lo hace en agosto ), pero el doblaje del nuevo de Kane & Lynch 2 es de lo más horrible que he tenido la desgracia de oír desde " ¿¿ Me estás nombrando Virreina ?? ". Lo más sangrante es Sanjai. No Shangai, SANJAI. Pobres becarios, pagadles ni que sea un café para motivarles un poquitín. Ah, y oigan, esto huele a juegazo. No porque sea another shooter game, sino porque dentro del celofán de la Fábrica de los Shooters en Tercera Persona, hay um par de tipos que reparten leches y sueltan largatos por la boca. Sí, Kane y Lynch. Puede que ya no resulte tan original la puesta en escena de este dúo, pero aun así, IO Interactive continua teniendo un don a la hora de crear tipos duros y icónicos en el videojuego, como el Agente 47 en la saga Hitman.

    Ver vídeo en castellano

    Versión en inglés



              El toque sexual de Yakuza 4        
    Sabía que había burdeles y demás agradables compañías en la saga Ryu Ga Gotoku, Yakuza para los colegas o el Shenmue comercial de Sega, pero hasta qud no he visto el siguiente vídeo que han puesto en Siliconera no me he percatado de hasta dónde llega el toque sexual del juego... a ninguna parte. Sorprende que lo más explícito sea una manola que se marca el mafioso pensando en su compañera nocturna ( y en poses más bien poco picantes ), al más puro estilo Kratos y su reposo del guerrero habitual en los God of War. Sorprende también que, aunque se hagan primeros planos de la pechos de la chica, esta no gaste de una cien hacia arriba de pechonalidad. Mal acostumbrado que estaré a los DOA o a las muchachas con desproporcionadas dotes del Mr. Itagaki. En fin, que me sorprende que sea un sexo tan light, cuando en los videojuegos estamos más explícitos que nunca.



              The Grinder deja de ser The Grinder        
    Para ser un Smash TV o más bien un Hunter: The Reckoning, posiblemente el mayor logro de High Voltage junto a The Conduit. Me da en la napia que en HV no saben bien qué hacer con The Grinder: primero iba a ser el Left 4 Dead de Wii, hace escasas semanas era multiplataforma siendo muchísimo más ambiciosos y ahora deja de ser un shooter en primera persona para ser un Gauntlet en HD con zombies y hombres lobo ( si fueran crepusculianos se convierte en GOTY al instante ). Y lo mejor de todo: si al principio Wii tenía la exclusiva para más tarde ser una versión más que se retrasaría un año respecto lo previsto ( para que salieran todas a la vez ), ahora Wii se cae del carro.

    HV dice tener la versión de Wii parada hasta nuevo aviso, lo que en este mundillo viene a ser el eufemismo de patitas a la calle. Nos quedamos sin L4D wannabe, nos quedamos si The Grinder smashtiviano, nos quedamos sin los chochocientos juegos genéricos de Wiiware que HV sacó mientras desarrollaba The Conduit para rentabilizarlo ( salieron sólo en Norte América ), Gladiator A.D. ha dejado de ser el juego de Roma ( con incluso el mismo compositor de la série, Jeff Beal ) para ser un tutticolori de dioses antiguos bañados en un filtro Nickeloedon ( últimos vídeos de la GDC aquí ). High Voltage deja escapar su oportunidad de ser algo. The Grinder deja de ser The Grinder para ser Animales de la Muerte sin el toque cartoon, otro juego que se ha perdido en el caos de Nosfinger y compañía.



              Shame on you, Casamassina        

    Casamassina ha vuelto a liarla. No bastan de Halos para DS, Kid Ikarus que nunca se anuncian; el redactor de IGN todavía tiene presente el doloroso frecuerdo de Wii Music y su música en MIDI, que el su live blog del evento de Nintendo soltó que en el trailer de Galaxy 2 sonaba una banda sonora MIDI, nada orquestral. Él abre la boca, y todos lo repiten. La noticia ha dado la vuelta a la Red y casi no hay lugar dónde no se comente lo de 'Galaxy 2 MIDI', solo porque un redactor, que supuestamente se había ido de la sección de Wii del macro-portal por un cambio de aires ( y algo harto de Nintendo ), no estaba muy al caso. Ha tenido que venir Nintendo America a corregir a Casamassina y su meada fuera de tiesto. Nunca un MIDI me había sonado tan bien.










              Te vas a cansar de morir en Shiren The Wanderer 3        

    TinyCartridge recupera un anuncio japonés ( de por allá 2008 ) de Shiren The Wanderer 3, el JRPG para hombres y jugones de verdad. Un juego en el que te hartarás a morir, aunque si es al compás de la Quinta Simfonía de Beethoven siempre es más agradecido. Además, los muchachos de Tiny han preguntado a los editores yanquis del juego, Atlus, cuáles son sus muertes favoritas en el juego. Aunque su versión homónima portátil sí llegó al viejo continete, ya es un milagro milagroso que dos años después, Shiren 3 Wii diera el salto a Estados Unidos, o sea que si estáis interesados en JRPG's para poner a prueba vuestra paciencia, tendréis que tirar de importación.










              Amor retro en Wiiware        

    Para el jugón que ya peina canas, aquel que existía antes que discutiéramos si un juego es hardcore o casual, Wii debe ser el último bastión de la vieja escuela. Además de la consola virtual, en Wiiware mil y un regresos de viejos clásicos ( los Rebirth de Konami, el mismo Excitebike: World Rally que salió el pasado viernes ) pueblan el catálogo. Y poblarán. Como Blaster Master: Overdrive, una puesta al día del clásico de NES de 'dispara y corre' que luce escandalosamente bien por tan solo 1000 puntos. Y cuando no son viejas glorias son los homenajes los que ocupan su lugar. Gaijin Games ha publicado los primeros vídeos de Runner, el cuarto Bit Trip, dónde se puede comprobar su estilo de plataformas rápido, similar al reciente Tomena Sanner o Canabalt. También la esperada adaptación a Wiiware de Super Meat Boy tiene nuevos vídeos circulando por la red mostrando varios niveles del juego de pura jugabilidad clásica. Es imposible no enamorarse de lo retro.





































    Fuente (2 y 3)


              Bajadas de tensión        

    Esta semana High Voltage ha vuelto a ser noticia en todos los rincones de Internet. Los padres de The Conduit, que adoraban a Wii sobre todas las cosas y querían demostrar que en la consola hay lugar para todo tipo de jugadores, anuncia que su The Grinder será multiplataforma. ¿ Perdemos algo importante los usuarios de Wii ? Sólo tiempo, puesto que la multiplataformidad conllevará que el juego se retrase un año más, hasta octubre de 2011. Pero posiblemente tengamos un mejor juego, no ya por el tiempo extra ( que aprovecharán para pulir las versiones HD ) sino porque se el aumento de presupuesto y la ambición del propio estudio. No tengo la menor duda que ahora The Grinder supone un proyecto aun mayor tanto para High Voltage como para la editora ( ¿ puede que otra vez Sega ? HV cuando lo anunció dijo que ya tenía editora, ahora parece que la han perdido). Sin ir más lejos, en apenas seis meses el cambio entre el primer trailer del juego y el último lanzado es abismal. Además no estamos hablando de una conversión tardía o menor, sino de un juego de Wii que se pasa a las otras plataformas, como sucedió con No More Heroes y seguramente sucederá con muchos más con la llegada de Natal y Arc. Wii sigue siendo principal, The Grinder continua siendo uno de los más prometedores de Wii, aunque ya no lleve el 'Only For'.




    El que posiblemente no pueda tildarse de prometedor es Tournament of Legends, otrora Gladiator A.D. El híbrido de sangrientas batallas entre fieros gladiadores pasa a ser un Masters del Universo con exceso de colorismo. Los aguerridos y curtidos gladiadores dejan paso a todo un helenco de luchadores tan mitológicos como tópicos: valkírias, minotauros y demás fauna digna del nuevo remake de Furia de Titanes, de la cual HV admite la inspiración ( y porque no, aprovecharse del éxito que tendrá ). Las refriegas con litros de sangre son sustituidas con peleas inocuas en un estilo de lucha diagonal que se aleja de la algo extraña cámara trasera que tenía originalmente. ¿ Wii Motionplus ? ¿ Modo online ? Son cosas que se dejan para The Grinder, especialmente esto último porque ya piensan en contenido descargable. Uno se alza, otro cae. Gladiator A.D. era una rareza sin pulir que posiblemente hubiera pasado sin pena ni gloria, pero su talón de Aquiles también era su fortaleza. Con Tournament of Legends, High Voltage sigue a pies juntillas lo que han hecho con The Grinder: 'hacer el juego para el mercado, no para nosotros'. Con el L4D de demonios posiblemente funcione, con Tournament of Legends no.


              DE PAI PRA FILHO II        

    Feito histórico: o agora ex-jogador Rivaldo atuando ao lado de seu filho Rivaldo Júnior




    Mais um craque anunciou sua despedida dos gramados. Neste sábado o agora ex-meia Rivaldo anunciou sua aposentadoria aos 41 anos de idade e daqui por diante seguirá com sua carreira de cartola dirigindo o Mogi-Mirim, clube que o revelou para o Brasil e no qual também fez sua última partida.

    Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira, nascido em Paulista/PE em 19 de abril de 1972 ganhou o mundo da bola nos anos 90 e começo dos 2000. Começou sua carreira no Santa Cruz de Pernambuco, mas seu nome veio aparecer de verdade no Mogi Mirim, time que ficou famoso como o "Carrossel Caipira" em 1992 juntamente com os meias Leto e Válber. 

    Passou com brilho por Corinthians, Palmeiras, Deportivo La Coruña, Barcelona e seleção brasileira. Neste período faturou uma Copa do Mundo e o título de melhor jogador do planeta em 1999. Outras passagens foram mais discretas como no Milan e no Olympiakos da Grécia, apesar de também ser ídolo por lá. Já o final de carreira foi um tanto melancólico com atuações por times obscuros ou de menor expressão (à exceção do São Paulo, obviamente) como Bunyodkor do Uzbequistão, Kabuscorp de Angola e São Caetano.

    Mas Rivaldo não colecionou apenas jogadas geniais, brilho, belos gols e troféus. Justamente em sua última partida conseguiu um feito histórico e que muitos atletas sonham com ele: o de atuar com seu filho em uma partida. Aconteceu justamente na última de sua carreira de 22 anos dentro dos gramados contra o São Bernardo pelo Campeonato Paulista deste ano em 18 de fevereiro no empate por 1 a 1. O pai chegou a dar um passe para o filho Rivaldo Júnior, atacante de 18 anos, mas que não resultou em nada.

    Confira abaixo o momento em que o fato histórico ocorreu.


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              30대 후반... 슬슬 명인제약 이가탄이 눈에 들어오네요.        

     

     

    30대 후반의 오감세

    슬슬~ 아니 벌써! ㅠㅠ ì œ 잇몸도 예전같지 않음을 느끼면서,

    중년층 í›„반에나 필요할거라고 생각했던 명인제약 이가탄 CF가 제 눈에도 쏙 들어오는 요즘입니다.

     

     

    오감세 부부는 밤만 되면 배가 슬슬 고파져서 밤참을 잘 챙겨먹는 편인데요.

    그 중에서도 제일 좋아하는 건어물류는 짭쪼롬한 맛에 질겅질겅 씹는 재미로 자주 즐기곤 했습니다.(과거형 ㅠㅠ)

     

     

     

     

    아.... í—Œë° ì˜›ë‚ ê°™ì´ 마음껏 즐기기가 점점 힘들어지고 있습니다.

    쥐포나 오징어를 먹고 잔 다음날이면 아침부터 잇몸이 스리살살~ 아픈듯 안아픈듯 하다가,

    한 1~2일은 잇몸이 ìš±ì‹ ìš±ì‹  하더라고요.

     

      

     

     

    뭐 덕분에(?) 다이어트 해볼까나? 잠시 생각해봐도 그게 몇 분이나 가나요. ㅎㅎ

    욱신욱신 불편한 잇몸으로 그래도 끼니는 거르지 않고 챙겨먹습니다.

    (욱신욱신한것보다 배고픈게 더 힘드니까요. ^^;;)

     

     

     

     

    그러다가 며칠지나면 또 괜찮아져서 다시 질겅질겅 오징어 뜯고 또 욱신거리고...

    이게 반복이 되니 이제는 최고의 야식 쥐포, 오징어가 냉동실에 굴러다니고 있습니다. ㅠㅠ

     

     

     

     

    나는 아직 괜찮아~! 싶던 모든 것들이,

    30대 후반이 되니 하나 둘 예전같지 않음을 느낍니다.

     

     

     

     

    사람의 삶에 있어 제일 중요한 것이,

    숨 쉬는거! ê·¸ë¦¬ê³  잘 씹는 거죠~

     

    꼭 음식 먹으며 잇몸을 많이 사용한게 아니더라도 출산 이후로는 가끔씩 잇몸이 부어오는 증상이 생기곤 했었는데요.

    회사에서 일을 할때도 예민해지기 쉽상이어서,

    이제는 오감세도 의학의 도움을 받아 관리를 해야할 듯 합니다.

     

    주변 동료들을 위해서라도 ㅋㅋ

     

    벌써?! 싶기도 하지만,

    세상에 모든 일이 다 갑작스러운거고, 다 벌써 싶기도 하니까요.

    특히 출산 한 엄마들은 신체적 변화(노화라고 하기 싫어요. ㅋㅋ)가 남성들보다 더 빠른데,

    하나 둘 몸에 불편한 부분이 생긴다면 '난 아직 젊으니까!'라는 생각은 본인을 더 힘들게 할수도 있고요.

    필요하면 생리통에 도움이 되는 진통제를 먹는것처럼, 아플땐 스스로 자기 몸관리는 잘 해야겠죠.

     

     

     

     

    예전에, 아는 분께서 "부모님 치아가 몇 개인지 아는 사람?"이란 질문을 하셨었습니다.

    물론 저도 대답을 하지 못했죠.

    나중에 보니 정말 엄마 치아가 군데군데 없으시고 부분 틀니를 하셨더라고요. ㅠㅠㅠㅠ

    미리 엄마에게 관심을 가지지 못한게, 으읔..... 이건 포스트와 별개로 지금 타이핑을 하면서도 굉장히 죄스럽습니다.

     

    저와 신랑 뿐만 아니라,

    양가 부모님의 ìž‡ëª¸ê³¼ 치아 ê±´ê°• ê¼­ 생각날때마다 신경써야겠습니다.

     

     

     



     

    오늘도 감동인 세상 오감세였습니다.

    건강하고 행복한 하루 되세요~ ^^

     

     

     

    해당 포스팅은 광고사로부터 고료를 받고, 제 개인적인 상태를 사실로 오픈하여 작성하였습니다.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Oxford Ä°ngilizce Sözlüğü (Oxford English Dictionary), YouTuber, hackathon ve Brexit‘in aralarında bulunduğu tam 500 yeni kelimeyi resmi olarak kabul ederek sözlükte yer verdi. YouTuber...
              Get a Free Blogspot Blog at Blogger.com        
    It's easy to blog at Blogger.com. And its absolutely free. This beginner's guide to creating a Blogspot blog at Blogger.com will get you blogging right away. We show you how to take advantage of this powerful blogging platform which is owned by Google. Don't spend you valuable hours wading through loads of random articles when you can find all the information you need right here in one place. Blogspot Blogger Guide walks you through the process of creating a blog, configuring it, and laying the foundations of a profitable and successful blog. Learn about gadgets, layout, templates, search engine optimisation and more. Sign up to Blogger.com and start enjoying the world of blogging confident in the knowledge that we are here to help.

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    Once you have a Google account and have signed in you can create your blog. Follow the steps below to get blogging with Blogspot.

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    Naming Your Blog - Choosing a Title
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    3. When Blogger.com has confirmed your site name (blog address) go back to the top and fill in your blog title. This will appear on your header once your blog is created so include spacing and title case for clarity for example Blogspot Blogger Guide is what I entered here as the URL for this site is http://blogspotbloggerguide.blogspot.com

    3. Assuming you are going to use the default Blogger domain (yoursite.blogspot.com)rather than your own domain name (yoursite.com) click on the Continue button. Before you do this step make certain first that the exact title you want has been entered and you have spelt it correctly.

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    Blogspot Blog Created at Blogger.com

    Click on the Start Blogging button and you will be taken to the Posting > Create a New Post screen. It is advisable to set a few settings on your blog before beginning your posts. These will be discussed in my next article: Set Up a Blogspot Blog at Blogger.com.

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              Mary e Max - uma amizade diferente        


    Eu não poderia deixar de compartilhar e indicar um novo filme, que vi por estes dias e muito me agradou. Mary e Max - uma amizade diferente, ainda que seja apresentado em animação, propõe uma reflexão para o público adulto a respeito das neuroses e fobias que tomaram conta dos consultórios de analistas e terapeutas no mundo contemporâneo. Dirigido por Adam Elliot, o filme conta a trajetória (de aproximadamente 15 anos) de dois personagens: Mary, com 8 anos de idade no início, e Max, com 44. Vivendo em mundos distantes - ela, na Austrália; ele, em Nova York - eles se correspondem durante o período em que dura a história, movidos, a princípio, pela curiosidade de Mary: ela quer saber se na América as crianças nascem do fundo de uma caneca de cerveja, conforme sua mãe lhe ensinara, ou de um outro modo, como de uma caneca de coca-cola, por exemplo. Desde a primeira carta trocada por ambos, há uma reflexão profunda acerca de amizade, confiança, convivência, origem da vida, relações sociais, religião etc, de onde emerge uma profunda amizade que, apesar da distância, passa também pela problemática da incompreensão, da discussão e do afastamento, com um final brilhante. Além das reflexões colocadas acima, o filme nos leva a pensar sobre o papel que assumimos num possível caos que tem se tornado a vida nos últimos decênios, as psicopatologias, os velhos e novos meios de comunicação/aproximação entre as pessoas, a melancolia provinda da modernidade, a distância entre teoria e prática dos estudos acadêmicos, e até mesmo em questões de ordem narrativa, como a narratividade das cartas, entremeadas pela narrativa em terceira pessoa de um observador que vai costurando a história e unindo os universos de Mary e Max. Fica, aqui, a recomendação! Abaixo, o trailer:



              rod hamilton and tiffany seal ~ versatile ambience        


    Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal are an electronic music duo from Baltimore, MD. Their instrumental album, Versatile Ambience, was performed live to cassette. eshe records

    When I enjoy something very much it seems hard to write about it just because I have some kind of fear – so many things to express, such intense feelings... Sometimes it feels like trying to embrace the sea waves. Thinking about this tape I tried to avoid comparisons, but it's impossible not to mention Tuluum Shimmering or Dream Safari or Black Joker or early High Wolf to describe the feeling this recording gives me. Being a huge fan of 2009-11 psych drone tape music, when everything was so lo-fi, psychedelic and sweet, I can't avoid nostalgia while listening to something like this. Blissful vibes of xylophone sound, calm ambiences, tape-hiss-infused loops and weird new-agey feeling of relaxation on the edge with psychedelic revelation... So deeply warm and embracing sound, that it's almost impossible to break the listening into parts – only pressing repeat button feels like right choice. Your trip will feature tropical islands, jungle & mighty rivers, warm deserts and calm oases, therapeutic relaxation sessions, third eye opening, flying with the bees over unearthly beautiful flowers... Okay, think you already get what to expect here! So don't hesitate and grab your piece of this charming exotic beauty. Absolutely recommended and highly gratifying sounds for your inner self.


              channelers ~ video & album premiere        


    Each time I see the news from Inner Islands my days turns into a little celebration. The music this label releases resonates so deeply with my perception of the world, that it feels almost impossible. Of course there are always some space for interpretations and subjectiveness but some things don't need an explanation. They just emerge somewhere between the sounds, between the flips of the tape, in the soft humming of endless water streams shown in this amazing video which label's boss Sean Conrad shot in American deserts and over expanses of Iceland... When the beauty arises, it touches hearts directly, without need in words. That's why we love music so much - it can be pure beauty, without strict material form, just flow of vibrations from one soul to another. It needs just few instruments or voice to appear and an open ear to be heard.


     Â«Reverence for the cycles of life, for the ever-changing sky, for the yearning that drives one forward, for the acceptance
    that keeps one still».
    inner islands

    On the different paths life makes through the space and time there are always cycles, seasons, changes which unfold like an endless spiral. With every new turn we may feel something like deja vu, considering the ability of our minds to forget everything quickly, to think in one dimension. To regain the experience of past cycles in the present, to make them significant and changing, we create rituals - may kinds of them. Starting from morning tea and social interactions and up to religions and annual celebrations. And once again our minds are failing, forgetting the meaning, flattening the experience... So the only way here is awareness, which unavoidably leads to self-invented ceremonies, practices, to the clear feeling of your own unique path. While listening to the music created by any of Sean Conrad's projects this feeling on the uniqueness appears with every album, showing the perception of the world, which may be shared, but at the same time remains thw whole in itself. Like any river is created by the thousands of streams, the Inner Islands is a bright torrent of personal world perceptions, created by many artists and Sean's ability to maintain that stream is amazing. There is a place for many forms and crossroad for many path, but still this unique universe of sound keeps its doors open for any resonating soul. And its essence is always changing, moving with the sun and moon, growing, unfolding... Archipelago of the tiny whirls of creative energy, forming something bigger and powerful than its part taken separately. Each album of Ashan or Channelers seems like a private ceremony, which concentrates the overall aura of Inner Islands. Gathering of winds and waters, celebration of new cycle, which begins with every new batch of sounds released to the world... It may seem unimportant, but this is the thing of such intimate creations - it becomes bigger, when you inside of it. Like gazing at the drop of water, which reflects the whole sky. Each song here is a drop. And each tiny moment of silence between them is the passage from the inner to the outer. It's simply fascinating.


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