Snippets

A collection of various article snippets about everything and pretty much nothing at all.

Adam And Eve

You do not necessarily need to know the Bible, to know the story of Adam and Eve. For those, who do not have any idea, the brief essence is: First there was Adam, then there was Eve. According to the Bible, she was made out of one of his ribs. Thinking of Dolly (the first cloned sheep), this sounds like an early DNA cloning, doesn't it? The Bible is full of such stories, but that's not the topic here. Whether or not Adam felt lonesome without her is not known. However, many modern Adams are perfectly happy without; because live is so much easier.

The money Adam earns remains in his pockets, and the things he buys are usually more practical rather than dumb amusement. Left alone, there is no arguing whatsoever. Yet every now and then he longs to share at least some of his time with Eve. That is OK, as long as he does not let himself being fooled into some permanent relation. As soon as he falls into that trap, he loses. The same story in the Bible ends somewhat like re-produce and populate.

There is nothing there like abandon all hope and surrender. Any such appears first a few thousand years later. For the time being let us call it The invention of moral, Part II. Part I. occurred right after Eve was fully developed. To my understanding she was made for the joy of him. You would not really expect any demands from a toy, would you? However, that is exactly what happened. Rather than joy, she brought misery. The first excitement soon turned into a deep pain; and has remained just that ever since.

Adam got kicked out of paradise, and was left high and dry with his mistress. As time went by, Eve was granted so many rights, not even the brightest of lawyers could possibly understand them all. Poor fellow, who runs into trouble with her. She will chew him up until there is nothing left. It is not surprising that an increasing number of Adams are turning their backs on Eve; sick and tired of all the trouble she causes. Strange enough, this trend seems to be more prominent in communities with a strong touch of macho-ism. Well, you do not have to reverse your biology from He-Adam to She-Adam, though.

Anyway, the same applies to Eve, too. While this could simply be a normal process in the evolution of our species, I have a strong feeling it is not. Moreover, nature has provided Adam only with what is required to re-produce. He really does not need Eve. She has been a more or less useless piece in the middle right from the beginning. With all his technology, Adam could easily carry on without her. He was probably not so much lonesome, but more likely bored. He thought of some experiment to pass the time, but it went all wrong. Maybe some future Adam will fix it.

Deep Purple

The so-called Deep Purple Mark II, with Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), and Ian Paice (drums), is what many consider the best Deep Purple line-up ever. Each of them was a genius at the time, creating the typical image long since associated with the classic Deep Purple. None of the numerous changes (Roundabout) of later times was nearly half as productive and energetic.

Deep Purple Mark II. line-up circa 1970
Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Ian Paice Ian Gillan, Jon Lord

The number of official Deep Purple albums is impressive, although many are just samplers rather then real productions. The number of unofficial Deep Purple bootlegs is even bigger. Years ago I collected just about each and everything I could get my hands on if only it was related to Deep Purple one way or another. Well, one grows out of it eventually.

My very first Deep Purple album was the Mark I. & II. double album sampler; way back in the days of good old vinyl. If you'd ask me to pick my personal Top 3 Deep Purple Albums I'd likely say Concert for Group and Orchestra, In Rock, and Made in Japan, albeit I find it difficicult to skip the first three Deep Purple albums, namely Shades Of Deep Purple, The Book Of Taliesyn and Deep Purple. Well, some things are forever. I'm tempted to manifest that first impressions hardly ever betray.

Ever since Deep Purple reunited around 1984 I have hardly heard any outstanding tracks, left alone classics. It's all pretty much alike, sometimes as dreadful as those 1980's pop-rock things. I guess my point of view has become slightly more critical over the years. At times I think Deep Purple had been better off calling it a permanent quits back in 1972. Follow this link to visit the official Deep Purple homepage.

Europa Quo Vadis

Where are Europe and the Euro heading? Will the European Union collapse in the wake of increasing problems to maintain its currency stable and reliable? The problems in relation to the Euro currency have finally escaped from behind the curtains. The situation is dire.

To begin with, the crisis isn't so much about the currency. At least some of the E. U. member countries should have never entered the currency in the first place. They just don't have the required infrastructure. But well, Brussels is providing plenty of maintenance cheque's. Basically, Europe means Germany and France. England never fully committed herself and is in fact about to leave the union following a recent referendum.

However, one must not forget that the Euro has manifested itself as an integral part of global economies. Thus, the collapse of the Euro would initiate a snoball effect of international economic problems. Some may be thinking So what? The world was fine before the Euro, it'll be fine after. Not quite. International markets are quite sensitive to the pit-falls of a defaulting currency. A defunct Euro may well trigger global chaos.

The solution might turn out quite simple in the end. Time and again debts owed by various countries have been written off. Perhaps Europe should do exactly the same for itself and just erase all those silly figures. Who cares for numbers anyway? Common folks failing to pay their debts go to jail, governments get a write-off plus a bonus to carry on business as usual. What exactly is the point of a multi-billion bailout funds if, instead of putting a remedy to the cause, they only postpone the inevitable?

Human Pestilence

Humanity is a word often spoken in close conjunction with the human race. However, while there actually may exist a handful of Samaritan aiding a few others in need, the vast majority are of the greedy kind. Just one of the reasons for an ever increasing number of problems concerning the human race and, in the end, nature itself. One would need to be blind and deaf not to realise the problems. Many are apparently just that.

Ignorance is probably the strongest of all human instincts. Let us create an imaginary test-tube world and inhabit it with a few upright walking Dummies to substitute our test-humans. We make it rain heavily to fill a couple of oceans, plant as many trees as we can and throw in some deer. Then we see to it that soils are fertile to grow some plants and fruits. So far, so good.

Now, we insert a little intelligence and watch the movie. All goes well, so it seems; at least for some time. The number of humans is yet too small to cause any serious damage to the environment. Unfortunately, they develop a heavy breeding habit. Next, they start moving into all directions until we can find them all over the place. This temporarily reduces the local populations, gaining us a little extra time before reaching the critical mass.

From here it takes only a short moment to initiate the first primitive wars over territories. Unlike humans, animals hardly ever kill except for feeding. The loser is usually still alive, able to stake a new claim somewhere else. Humans on the contrary have a tradition of self-extinction. It seems the smarter they get, the only thing evolving is the thrill to kill. At the end of our little experiment we have collected enough destructive potentials to blast the whole planet out of the universe.

For the time being, camp-sites turn into villages, cities, Metropolis. Territories become kingdoms, states, countries. This is followed by the invention of currency and politics. Country borders are given the label of frontiers and geographic regions turn into continents. Some are allied, others are not. For some weird trick of nature, resources are not available equally sufficient in all parts of our test-world. Those living in the poor regions strive for the over-rich soils; naturally. However, those inhabiting these are not particularly keen to share.

This of course creates more problems. By now our test world is hopelessly overpopulated. What began as a small, local incident soon turns into all-out war. Well, one way to get rid of excess productions. At last, some bright ones come to think of it and a relatively long period of global peace follows. It is interrupted by an increasing number of local conflicts. The rest of the world hardly pays attention, dividing itself into First and Third World. Whatever happened to the Second World remains a secret.

It is understood by almost all economists that the world's resources in total are plenty. However, it is a matter of distribution and humanity to transfer goods from the over-rich to those in need. We remember: Humanity is the act of giving freely. We also remember: Any such humanity exists in extremely limited amounts. Then the First World realises the forthcoming shortage of one of the most vital resources of all: drinking water.

Various techniques come to the aid in replacing fossil resources; to some degree. However, any of these requires time; much time. Moreover, it is to no avail if only a few countries apply and follow the rules. Especially the Third World, but all the same some of the First World countries don't give a penny.

The long road of our dummies in paradise to humans on the edge is nearing its end. At this point we jump ahead some 50 years. We dry-up most of the existing drinking water resources, initiate an immediate shortage of fossil resources and remove most of the forest. As a result, the First World fortifies itself, while the Third World mobilises millions of non-educated, starving zombies. To make it a little more interesting, we rise the global temperature by some two or three degrees. With the existing pollution, this shall be quite sufficient to wreck havoc upon the planet.

The result is going to be once more World War, likely to trigger the ultimate overkill. The next morning the planet welcomes us with a massive cloud of debris and fall-out. Nature will recover, somehow; and maybe there will even be a new human race; later, much later. However, if so, it is pre-determined to turn into yet another pest; rather than a co-existing part of nature, before it self-destroys itself again. The good thing about it is, that nature almost always finds a way to cure itself from the human pestilence; at least if they leave the planet in one piece. Game over.

Language Versus Dialect

There seems to be common confusion about what is a language and what is not. Typically, one would refer to English, German, French, etc. However, this is not quite correct. Why? The simple answer is, because they all originate from the same language family. Thus, it would be more accurate to refer to them as dialects, rather than languages.

If one queries any decent encyclopedia on the topic, chances are, the result would return something like 300 plus languages spoken on planet Earth with literally thousands of local dialects. Again, these findings would have to be dismissed if we were to come back to the original language families.

To stay with the above example of English, German, and French, it is fairly easy to establish Germanic and Latin-Roman origins. Hence, any one of these particular languages might just as well be referred to as a regional dialect of the same core language family. In fact, any such would seem far more logical than to categorise them as independent languages. The same rules can be applied to other languages or dialects. If we take a look across Asia, there seem to be plenty of variants to substitute English, German or French.

This is equally true for the Arab and African world. In particular for Africa, where there appears to co-exist one common dialect, Swahili, which is spoken across a considerably large part of the continent. So we are back at the beginning, asking: What exactly is a language? What separates language from a dialect, or vice verse, when we know, both are sharing the same roots? To narrow the gap a little, it may be useful to know that there are very few language families indeed.

Lets paint a picture. We start by drawing 5 circles, each of which is filled with a different colour. We organise them in a form so that they all overlap to some degree. What we get is similar to a kaleidoscope of colours. OK, so what's that got to do with languages? Assuming each of the original circles would represent a language family, it takes little imagination to associate the resulting colours of the kaleidoscope as languages or dialects.

The closer we look toward where they blend, the harder we can distinguish them as being different. Let us consider these regions as being the dialects, while moving away from the centre we could assign languages, and toward the outer parts of the circles we come back to our original language families. All in all a rather simple example. Yet, if we were to repeat the image substituting the colours with geographic regions, the resulting kaleidoscope, while not quite as colourful, should be sufficient to confirm that there are very few language families with thousands of dialects sharing this or the other language family.

Maya Fifth Sun

Everybody seems to be going nuts about yet another prediction of the end of the world to come. Well, here is my own two pennies to either make you feel a little better; or just keep on doing whatever it was and keep waiting for the next doomsday session, also known as the end of the world. The original text can be found at the Library of hAlexandria and is copyright 2003 by Dan Sewell Ward, all rights reserved.

There is a rumour going around that at the end of the Mayan calendar the world will end. An alternative view is that the world will not end! [A third alternative is that time as we know it will end, but the world may continue merrily along; in some fashion or another!] Historian and anthropologist Carlos Barrios is reputed to have said that "Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012."

Barrios claims the Mayan elders are angry about this. According to them, the world will not end. It will be transformed. There is in fact a difference. The Mayans comprehension of time, seasons and cycles has proved itself to be vast and sophisticated. The Maya developed 17 different calendars. Some of them claim to chart the time accurately over a span of more than 10 million years; but how would anyone know?

The particular Mayan calendar that has steadily drawn global attention since 1987 is called the Tzolk'in or Cholq'ij. This calendar was devised ages ago and is based on the cycle of the pleiads. As such it is held as sacred.With indigenous calendars native people have kept track of important turning points in history. For example the day-keepers, who studied the calendars, identified an important day in the year: One Reed, Ce Acatal as it was called. That was the day when an important ancestor was prophesied to return "coming like a butterfly."

In the western calendar the One Reed date correlates to Easter Sunday, April 21, 1519, the day Cortez and his fleet of 11 Spanish galleons arrived from the east at what is today called Vera Cruz in Mexico. When the Spanish ships came toward shore, native people were waiting and watching to see how it would go. The billowing sails of the ships did indeed remind the scouts of butterflies skimming the ocean surface.

This event initiated a new era - one that had been anticipated through the Mayan calendars. The Maya termed the new era: The nine Bolomtikus or Nine Hells of 52 years each. As the nine cycles unfolded, the Mayan land and freedom were taken from the native people. Disease and disrespect dominated. What began with the arrival of Cortez lasted until August 16, 1987, a date, many people refer to as the harmonic convergence. Millions of people took advantage of the latter date to share in ceremonies at sacred sites, praying for a smooth transition to a new era: the world of the Fifth Sun.

"From that 1987 date until now", Mr. Barrios says, "We have been in a time when the right arm of the materialistic world is disappearing, slowly but inexorably. We are at the cusp of the era when peace begins and people live in harmony with mother earth. We are no longer in the world of the fourth sun, but we are not yet in the World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time of transition. As we pass through transition, there is a colossal global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war and ongoing earth changes."

[All good calendar changes have transitions. They are really essential.] "All this," Mr. Barrios says, "was foreseen via the simple spiral mathematics of the Mayan calendars. It will change everything." Mayan day-keepers view the December 21, 2012 date as a rebirth, the start of the World of The Fifth Sun. It will be the start of a new era, resulting from and signified by the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the earth aligning itself with the centre of the galaxy. And while the so-called World of the fourth sun will indeed end, the result is true to the idea of death and rebirth. The key is not focusing on death, but on rebirth!

At sunrise on December 21, 2012, for the first time in 26,000 years, the Sun rises to conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. This cosmic cross is considered to be an embodiment of the Sacred Tree, the Tree of Life, a tree remembered in all the world's spiritual traditions. Some observers say, this alignment with the heart of the galaxy in 2012 will open a channel for cosmic energy to flow through the earth, cleansing it and all that dwells upon it, raising all to a higher level of vibration. "This process has already begun", Mr. Barrios suggested. "Change is accelerating now and it will continue to accelerate. If the people of the earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape without having destroyed too much of the earth, we will rise to a new, higher level."

Neo Classics

To have this out right from the very beginning: I am no friend of so-called Neo Classics; regardless the epoch. Without going to far back, I shall set a simple time-scale beginning with the post second world war years. I'm fairly sure you've heard of Elvis; you are probably even a fan. When Elvis (The Pelvis) became famous, there was a public out-cry; mainly across the land of the free.

Some even went to burn his, and similar records, adding a label of devilish to it, or to discriminate the new style in a number of other ways. As of the late 40's, and then the 50's, there was a sort of mute revolution; a rebellion rather; throughout the arts, including music, writing, and movies. It seems, the time was ripe for some drastic changes. To prevent any type of epic discussions, I shall not go into too deep a details, but continue scratching the topic's bare surface. Many of the names we praise in our modern halls of fame had little significance in their own times; quite a lot where considered dis-ordered Neo Classics.

Funny enough it's those Neo Classics of old we now refer to as The Great Masters. While it seem to deny logic, it really isn't. Each time has a decadency of its own. The standards or levels may differ, but decadency it is nonetheless. You could go back all the way to Babylon and quite easily find the trails decadency. Given sufficient time to pass, decadency adopts and transforms itself into wisdom. If you were just thinking this to contradict my opening, I must object. True it is, I am not fond of Neo Classics, yet very well aware of their part in history. As such, I'm not ruling against it. That would implement, I veto process; which I'm not. Now, let us come back to the time-scale I had set-up earlier.

After the 50's had prepared society for changes, the 60's took over. Unfortunately, it was all a bit of a chaos. Nobody really knew what to make of or how to use it. And yet, music, literature, and movies from that time represent an immense portion of what is now considered Classics; and rightly so. Next came the 70's. The frontiers had been stretched, society's mind and consciousness prepared. While there are still many great pieces from that time, we must understand that the 70's were introducing the next level of decadency. Everything painted a touch of pink.

The 80's further paved the way for an all new class of decadency. Moral standards before any were reduced to the ridiculous, fading out of fashion. Education began dropping to all-time lows, and so on. This process continued and even got worse throughout the 90's. With the advent of the new millennium, decadency is flowering as never before. These days, decadency seems the ruling body. It has become the very foundation of society. I don't know about you, but at least speaking for myself I find it rather difficult to find anything of significance in the arts and media of the past 20 years.

Of course, there are always the odd exceptions from the rule. Nothing is neither good nor bad only. Summarising, I'd say, we are living a high-tide of Neo Classics; and who knows, maybe one day in some distant future all the meaningless void of present arts and decadency have once more transformed into The Great Masters. Only time will tell.

Parallel Reflections

Parallel reflections are the fundamental if - else conditions of our lives. The if's and else's we encounter from the moment we are born are a variety of one or more possible Parallel Reflections. For example, we are waiting for the traffic lights to give way. Just when we are to proceed someone comes asking the direction. This causes us to wait an extra five minutes or so, which in return makes us miss the train. However, the train derails. If not for the delay we might have been boarding it and thus, probably died in the crash.

Everything we do not simply affects our own lives, it also changes those of others. A different theory has it that parallel reflections are independent of each other. Events in one do not trigger anything in another. The topic is fiercely discussed by experts and interested individuals alike. Since our lives are a chain-reaction of constant if's and else's, the number of possible parallel reflections is infinite. If we had not forgotten to post the Lottery ticket we may be rich. If we were rich our lives would be most certainly different, and so on.

If we look long enough into the mirror our mind begins to see beyond the visible image. Memories long forgotten, desires deeply hidden. Usually, these are part of our here-and-now personality. However, at least sometimes they might just as well be fragments of one or more previous lives, parallel reflections. Whichever your own findings, parallel reflections are a parallel fact. The trouble is to tell, which version is ours. If we knew the answer, the topic would lead itself to a parallel ad-absurdum. Welcome to the wonderful void of parallel reflections.

Planet George

The Holy Georges have various sub-Georges to execute various tasks. The most famous of them are probably the CIA Georges, which operate in public secrecy the fields of assassination, genocide and similar atrocities. The second most famous; and equally sick; are the CNN Georges, specialising in vividly promoting the CIA George's performances; in particular the nasty, and the messy ones.

Now, if you found the brief intro funny enough not to storm off this page, allow me to ask you a fairly simple question: Would you believe anyone printing masonary counterfeits and using them as official currency; proclaiming a Holy Crusade in the twenty-first century? You wouldn't, would you? Well, either would I. Welcome to Planet George!

Holy Georges

The CNN Show - Lies And In Colour

Forget Hollywood! We Fake Better!

Commercial sponsored by CIA and Fellow Georges

Wheel Of Georges

Any similarities with living or dead persons are

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George? NO! Thank You!

Social Hype

One doesn't seem to exist anymore without a face here and a bird there, or unless you carry at least three gimmicks beginning with an i, as in idiot. Sorry, I object! I perfectly do exist. Why would I waste my time in so-called social networks? Escaping into cyberspace neither pays rent nor buys the bread. Jamming up a bunch of lines of social code is no magic.

Fortuna on your side and BANG, yet another social nillionaire. I'm just not interested in the story of your life or your hair dresser's latest gossip. As simple as that, period. Some extra cash in the spending pockets is always nice, but that doesn't require astronomic virtual bank accounts.

The whole issue is a perfect mirror of society. It's' amazing how the internet has transformed into anecdotes of hollow phrases; a global madhouse more than anything. If such is the future, I'd rather opt out. The end of the world will come soon enough. For those of the almighty social hype perhaps a click sooner, socially.

Unity Calendar

Have you ever wondered why our current calendar is like it is? Personally I find it most confusing having to figure out which day was on which date, or which month has exactly how many days over and over again. Well, I'm certainly not going to convince any of the expert gurus, to change the present layout, but perhaps you'll agree with the logic of with my slightly different approach. So here it is, my Unity Calendar.

Existing months January through December remain in place. An additional month, Unity, is added between December and January. Each month has 4 weeks with 7 days, resulting in 28 days per month. Multiplied by 13 months this gives a total of 364 days per year. An additional Unity Day, is added at the end of Unity to complete the 365 days cycle. In normal years Unity Day is followed by January the first, whereas in leap years it is followed by Unity Twins, which is then again followed by January the first.

For months from January through to December the layout would be identical as illustrated below. Since the same layout is shared across each month, they all begin on Monday 1, and end on Sunday 28. This should make planning ahead less of an headache as compared to the same date falling on different days each month, each year with the existing scheme. The only exception applies to the additional Unity month, which would see an extra Unity Day being added after 28, plus Unity Twins in leap years. However, since neither Unity Day, nor Unity Twins occupy a fixed date or day, they don't interfere with the layout.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  1   2   3   4   5   6   7
  8   9  10  11  12  13  14
 15  16  17  18  19  20  21
 22  23  24  25  26  27  28

Because the Unity Calendar doesn't have dates for 29, 30, and 31, existing birthdays would require adoption. For someone born on either one of these days of any month of the existing calendar, the new date would have to be switched to the next logical candidate. This could be accomplished by simply counting the missing days over into the next month. For example, if the birthday was January 29, the new date would be set to February the first, January 30 becomes February the second, and so on.

If it had been February 29 (leap year), it would be changed to March the first. In case of December 29, 30, and 31, the new dates would be Unity 1, 2, and 3. The same algorithm applies to any existing festive days. Perhaps the only exception would be for those being born in a leap year on Unity Twins. Since Unity Twins only occurs every four years, the date would have to be adjusted to either one of Unity Day or January the first. Not necessarily a problem.

Star constellations don't really care whether it's April 15 or October 28. Their positions across the skies remain perfectly the same. Time, and in particular the attempt trying to measure it, is a human invention. It literally doesn't exist in nature. Some simple maths should show how easy it would be to adopt existing figures to match the Unity Calendar. My model is certainly not going to change the established routines, but I'm tempted to say it would make a lot more sense compared to the existing calendar scheme.