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CFL & LED Light Bulbs – Energy-Efficient Lighting

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CFL_bulbCompact Fluorescent Light and the advanced clusters of Light Emitting Diode Bulbs:

Energy-efficient lighting is more important now, than it has ever been before.  Many people are struggling to pay their expensive electric bills, and the planet could use any break it can get, when it comes to cutting down on pollution and CO2 emissions.

With that being said, incandescent bulbs are slowly becoming a thing of the past, as they are gradually being phased out throughout the globe.  Incandescent bulbs would have had a better chance of sticking around, if the only other energy-efficient alternatives would have been compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.  Now that LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology is on the rise and these cluster bulbs are starting to become more available, there really is not many excuses left.

Of course, many of you are familiar with the old-style fluorescent lights, which are long tubes that are commonly used to light up warehouses, stores, shops, aquariums, tanning beds, etc.  The compact versions, CFLs, have been around now for several years, and it surprises me still today, just how many people haven’t even switched over to ’em yet!  However, there are some traits that CFL bulbs have, that some folks just plain detest, such as: 

CFLs do contain a small amount of mercury, but if you handle them carefully and keep them out of harms way, it will cut down on the risk of them breaking. Some people complain that CFLs don’t last as long as they claim to, and that they are expensive when you keep having to replace them and am I really saving very much money?  Well, here’s the thing, if you constantly flick them on and off, it will greatly shorten their life.  But, even if you cut their life in half, it will still save you money because they are very efficient.  Plus, the price on those have come down over the years, when compared to their original, inflated price. 

Another complaint is that CFLs make for a poor outdoor light when it is cold outside.  Yeah, they do, as the gas doesn’t heat up enough to produce a full light in really cold temperatures.  Another common complaint is that CFL bulbs don’t work in their dimmer switches.  Dimmable CFLs are available for lights using a dimmer switch, but not all compact fluorescent lights can be used on dimmer switches.

Personally, I’ve used compact fluorescent bulbs for several years and I haven’t had any problems with ’em, outside of the occasional bulb that shoots prematurely.
I just use the basic spiral bulbs, although I have used the fluorescent globe-style bulbs for a vanity mirror in a bathroom (click here for Infinity Mirrors) before, and standard enclosed bulbs for lamps (click here for Himalayan Salt Lamps) or wherever I needed a softer light, and when I lived at another place, we had a chandelier that I used fluorescent chandelier bulbs and/or Candelabra (bulb with a small base and a torpedo shape) CFL bulbs.

I also like the natural daylight effect fluorescent bulbs have.  They make for excellent grow lights for plants and aquariums – especially the traditional tube-style bulbs.  I understand that LED lights are on the rise, but for now, although LED is even more energy-efficient than fluorescent lights, I’m sticking with my CFL bulbs, for now.

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LED_bulbNow, what’s so special about LED lights?  Well, although the bulbs are rather expensive, they produce very little heat and use only a small amount of electricity and they last for a very, very long time.  LED technology has been around for quite some time, but in the past, they were limited to single-bulb use in applications such as electronics, instrument panels, pen lights, etc. Over the last few years, I’ve being seeing strings of indoor and outdoor LED Christmas lights being sold in some stores along with LED night lights and flashlights.  Now, you can find clusters of LED lights within a bulb, although still not easily found like CFLs, you can buy LED light bulbs to replace your standard incandescent or CFL light bulbs that you use throughout your home.
At the time I’m writing this, the Walmart that is closest to me, only sells LED night lights, flashlights, and those strings of LED light that I mentioned a moment ago.  As the incandescent bulbs are getting phased out, the bigger LED lights (small LED clusters within a bulb) should start to become more readily available.  You can always shop online, if this is the type of lighting you desire.  I’ll give an example of how energy-efficient they are:

A 75 to 100 watt incandescent bulb puts out about as much light as a 23 to 30 watt CFL, and a 16 to 20 watt LED light bulb.

I just checked Amazon, and they seem to only have a limited amount of LED products at this time, but you can always browse around or check back later, as they are always adding to their inventory:

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I just found a website that has some bigger LED bulbs available.  Here’s a quick excerpt from their site:  “The high cost of producing LEDs has been a roadblock to widespread use.  However, researchers at Purdue University have developed a process for using inexpensive silicon wafers to replace the expensive sapphire-based technology.  This promises to bring LEDs into competitive pricing with CFLs and incandescents.  LEDs may soon become the standard for most lighting needs. We are following these developments with interest and will report the latest updates in this research.”  Read more, here:  http://eartheasy.com/live_energyeff_lighting.htm

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—End of Post “CFL & LED Light Bulbs – Energy-Efficient Lighting”

What is the average life expectancy for common pets?

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I’m sure this is a very common query, although I was originally going to do a blog post over the average life expectancy for dogs, but then thought it might be better to broaden the topic to cover more types of pets.

The reason why I’ve been searching online for such information, is because I have a dog that has lived for about 14 years and is now having some major problems, possibly a partial intestinal blockage, tumor, heart condition, etc., and she may have to be put down.  I just can’t see my poor self spending $800 to 1,000 dollars or more, for a dog that might not live through surgery or, even if she gets this fixed, she may only live a few more months or another year or so, at best.  Of course, if I had money flowing out of my bunghole, I’d be more than happy to throw several hundreds of dollars out there or even a couple thousand, to prolong her life.  Nowadays, the Vet charges you at rates similar to a human doctor, which is just plain ridiculous, in my opinion…  Anyway, to end that particular subject, she was a great, loyal dog and lived a good life with lots of good food and the freedom to hunt and roam out in the wilderness.  If you’re interested, you can see a picture of her, on the “Mystery of Fire – who in the hell discovered it?” post.

Now, before we get to the average life expectancy of common pets, lets first address that these are just averages from collective info I found online.  Many factors are involved that could lower and raise the common life span of your pet.  For example, outdoor cats, on average, often do good to live more than 5 years old, while indoor cats can live for 10, 12, 15 years or longer.

The type of diet you feed your pets along with the lifestyle you permit, also factors in.  For example, a happy, energetic dog will typically live longer than a neglected, depressed, lazy dog.  …Other factors such as prompt medical treatment when they are ill or if your pets are in need of a veterinarian to diagnose unknown causes for their ailments, etc., all help prolong life, for the most part.  Getting your female pets spayed, such as a dog or cat, will generally add a couple years or more to their average life expectancy, as well.  Just like humans, being overweight is not a good thing, either, but this doesn’t take rocket science or a great deal of trouble, to not let your pets become obese.

Well, since this post was originally going to be about dogs, I went and found a list that was supposedly sourced from the AKC, in 2008…

Common dogs and their typical life expectancy:

Labrador Retriever (12.5 years), Yorkshire Terrier (14 years), German Shepherd Dog (11 years), Golden Retriever (12 years), Beagle (13 years), Boxer (10.5 years), Dachshund (15.5 years), Bulldog (7 years), Poodle (12 years Standard and 15 years Miniature), Shih Tzu (13 years), Chihuahua (13.5 years), Rottweiler (10 years), Pug (13.5 years), German Shorthaired Pointer (13 years), Boston Terrier (13 years), Doberman Pinscher (10 years), Shetland Sheepdog (13.5 years), Cocker Spaniel (12 years), Great Dane (8.5 years), and the Siberian Husky (12 years). Just by looking at that list, you can tell that most dogs don’t live past 13 years.  I have heard before, that mixed breeds often live longer, and of course smaller dogs generally have a longer life span, but there is always exceptions…   

Other Pets and their average life expectancy:

Cats often live 12 to 18 years, but like I mentioned earlier, they generally live a lot longer as indoor pets as opposed to outdoor, as those nosey, curious suckers get into a lot of shit when outside, and are more prone to viruses and diseases, poisons, accidents, etc.  They may have 9 lives as they say, but they often use them up rather quickly, when out in the wild.

Birds have a wide range, when it comes to their life span.  10 to 30 years is a good estimate, but there are some types of birds, like a cockatoo, that can live 70 years or more.  I never understood why people would want to put an animal in a cage that has wings and was meant to fly!  Whatever floats your boat, I suppose…

Fish are another type of pet that has a wide range of life expectancy.  5 to 10 years is a reasonable estimate for most aquarium fish, but this mainly depends on the type of fish and the water conditions you provide and how you care for them.  Some fish live much, much longer, and some live for only a very short time.  I will say, you can’t always go by the book, that’s for sure. If you’re interested in this hobby, I once did a post called “Freshwater Aquariums – A scenic, decorative hobby…

Rats & Mice?  Pets?  Uh, well, some people actually have rats or a cute mouse for a pet, but I could have sworn they sell traps that kill these rodents, as most people don’t take too kindly to indoor mice and rats; ha-ha!  Anyway, if this is your thing, theses “pets” generally have a short life span.  A rough estimate is a rat, 2 to 3 years and a mouse, 3 to 5 years.

Well, this post is getting rather long, so I’ll speed up the pace:

Frogs?  4 to 15 years. Hamsters? Only 2 to 3 years on average, but it has been reported that some can live much longer.  Gerbils? 2 to 5 years, on average.  Rabbit?  5 to 15 years of age.  Hey, some people raise these things for food.  You know, I haven’t ate a rabbit in years; hmm, anyway…  Ferret?  7 to 10 years.  Box Turtles? 40 to 50 years when captive, but some have been known to live around a hundred years!  Pet Iguanas?  Roughly 15 to 20 years, but that is with proper care, of course… 

Life expectancy of common pet snakes:

Corn snake (15-20 years+), Kingsnake or King Snake (15-25 years+),  Boa Constrictor (25-30 years+),  Burmese Python (25 years+), and there are many others.  It seems that most pet snakes can live around 20 years or longer, so there is no need to post each individual one.  I will say, if you’re a snake owner, be responsible, please!

What about that creepy Tarantula?  Males live a lot shorter life, up to 7 years or slightly more, depending on the species, and the females can live up to 25 years or longer.  I’ve even heard of certain female tarantulas living for 35 years or more… Uh, hairy spiders for pets? Not for me…

Well, I think I covered a lot of the pets people commonly have.  Sure, there is more, but this post had to end some time… 😀

—End of Post “What is the average life expectancy for common pets?”

Black Holes & Spiral Galaxies

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Well, I’ve just been running into debatable subjects all week it seems, like I mentioned on my last post about Altruism & Conscience.  I never thought there was much to debate about on whether or not black holes exist, but that the questions would be more about understanding them and how they work.  One of the biggest questions non-scientific people ask, and I’ve been guilty of this too, doesn’t really have to do with the concepts behind it, by what scientists theorize.  That question would be:  What is on the other side of a black hole?  Of course, a creative science fiction answer would be:  Another dimension or perhaps another universe.  Sounds great, but is that true? 

Well, it seems more like black holes create or shall I say “form” spiral galaxies for this 3 dimensional universe, and that black holes are formed from large dying stars.  It sounds more like a recycle bin, galactic garbage can, and a galaxy creator, if ya ask me.  I noticed many years ago, before I ever heard such talk (before the Internet was available and everybody was a genius or a feign online scientist), while looking through my space books and encyclopedias, that spiral galaxies appeared as if they were spiralling down a toilet, as if a hole or vacuum formed it, etc.  Now, many years later, scientists are openly stating such things.  Damn, all I did was look at the pretty pictures, and came to that conclusion as a kid.  Well, I’m not going to blog about the joys of intuition, as that would be another subject; ha!  

The universe is so vast that the size of it, is beyond our comprehension, as we can only theorize, use deductive reasoning, logic, and rational thoughts to a certain point.  …And after a while, it all becomes land of the woo-woos for us humanoids, but ain’t it fun, though? 

Now, back to this black hole stuff…  Here’s an excerpt from NASA’s website:  “Don’t let the name fool you: a black hole is anything but empty space. Rather, it is a great amount of matter packed into a very small area – think of a star ten times more massive than the Sun squeezed into a sphere approximately the diameter of New York City. The result is a gravitational field so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. In recent years, NASA instruments have painted a new picture of these strange objects that are, to many, the most fascinating objects in space.”

I mentioned earlier that they are formed from large dying stars, going by what I have read and studied in the past.  Personally, I haven’t buzzed around the cosmos lately, since my high-tech flying saucers are all out of order at the moment and in desperate need of repair.  But, as NASA states on their website:  “Most black holes form from the remnants of a large star that dies in a supernova explosion. (Smaller stars become dense neutron stars, which are not massive enough to trap light.) If the total mass of the star is large enough (about three times the mass of the Sun), it can be proven theoretically that no force can keep the star from collapsing under the influence of gravity.”  Sounds good to me…  You can read more about this subject, here:  http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/focus-areas/black-holes/ 

Anyway, one of the main reasons why I’m doing this post, is because some clown (along with several others) that was on a discussion forum while claiming to be knowledgeable in all subjects related to science, space, astrophysics, etc., said that black holes are fairy tales and voodoo for stupid mathematicians.  WTF?  This is the same guy that also has to “Google” everything for most of his replies, but somehow got lost in his/her own black hole on that particular subject.  Once again, the word “hole” is what screws some people up, as it does sound like they are describing something that rips a hole through the fabric of space and whatnot, but that’s not what they mean – at least at the moment, but then again, scientific understandings of the universe tend to change over time, so who really freakin’ knows?  

Now, back to this multiple dimension stuff… If we are talking about a possible way to travel through the cosmos by way of a shortcut and/or possibly into another universe, dimension, whatever, I would at least use a theory involving wormholes, artificial or natural, but not black holes, unless I just felt like being funny and wanted to get in touch with my inner science fictional fantasies…

I suppose I won’t delve into the land of wormholes, since there is, at the time I’m writing this, no observational evidence for such, just theory, etc.   If you’re interested, just do what a lot of these self-professed gurus do online, and perform Internet searches for it so you can be an expert within minutes and can call yourself a “scientist,” as well.  After you copy & paste some material into the comment sections and/or use ’em for forum replies, you can achieve the credit that took some people years to learn.  Ha-ha!  Okay, enough jokes about that asinine crap…

Spiral Galaxies…  What a beauty they are to look at, thanks to NASA.  Another good thing about their images, is that they are not copyright material and can be posted and shared by anyone.  Speaking of such, I was going to end this post with a few images of these spectacular spiral galaxies.  Oh, by the way, in case you’re really young or not very educated, we live within a spiral galaxy called the Milky Way, just saying…  LOL!

Oh, and one more thing before I drop down the galactic depictions:  If you’re interested in a book that elaborately covers several topics related to black holes, wormholes, and time warps along with many other interesting subjects, all in an easy-to-understand fashion, go here:

Kip S. Thorne – Black Holes & Time Warps – Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy – The Book

Images of Spiral Galaxies via NASA; click to enlarge:

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Related Blog Link:  “Galactic Cluster – Images from the Cosmos

—End of Post “Black Holes & Spiral Galaxies”

Were we born with Altruism and a Conscience?

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I’ve seen a lot of debates online lately within the comment fields and random forums, and I’m not talking about the typical religion & politics arguments, either.  Actually, I usually try to steer clear from religious subjects and politics, unless I’m just in the mood to stir up some shit; ha-ha!

Anyway, I’m seeing a lot more queries about evolution, consciousness, conscience, altruism, anthropic principles, and so on.  Although those particular  subjects are seemingly more interesting than your basic science versus religion debates, they often start getting to the point where it really doesn’t make a damn difference either way.
At least these people are using their brains for thinking and whatnot, but some times it seems like it would be more productive to focus on your own problems and mundane life, as opposed to being online exchanging thoughts with a bunch of people who are, for the most part,  unqualified idiots that think they have unravelled the properties of the universe simply because they had a little too much drugs, alcohol, or way too much free time on their hands. LOL!

At any less than ordinary rate, I’ll get back to the main subject at hand:

altruism

Were we born with altruism and a conscience?

Hopefully, in due time, I’ll have some gurus show up in my comment field with their opinions, so that anyone who reads this post, can become enlightened with such infinite wisdom, and so on…

As for my answer: I really don’t know for sure. It seems that humans (along with most other life) are born with a lot of natural instincts and pre-installed cognitive functions, so I’d say that we are born with a conscience along with altruism, but it develops with personal experience and your surroundings, etc.  I know at a very, very young age, I sure had a conscience due to my strong feeling of right & wrong.  Altruism sounds like a ‘born with’ trait that evolved right along with survival skills…

Okay, I’d like to think that most of y’all know what ‘conscience’ is:  “consciousness of the moral right and wrong of one’s own acts or motives.”

Altruism is “unselfish interest in the welfare of others.”  “Pure Altruism” is when you give something of value (a reward or benefit) with no expectation of any compensation or benefits, either direct or indirect (for example, receiving recognition for giving).  Although altruism is considered “unselfish,” it often seems selfish to me, when you analyze it a little further.  Feeling good and gaining a higher level of self-importance from giving something to somebody, providing food to someone, helping someone in need, etc., is sort of like getting something back, just not in a material sense.  I suppose it depends on how you look at it, and what type of people we are dealing with.

On a quick change of subject, while searching for online debates featuring the “were we born with altruism and a conscience?” question, I stumbled upon a semi-related topic.  Have you ever heard of the Tabula Rasa?  Uh, well, I haven’t heard of that one before, not that it was a big loss or anything, just saying…  Well, in case you didn’t know what in the hell it was:

“Tabula rasa is the epistemological (a branch of philosophy concerned with the nature of knowledge) theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception. Generally proponents of the tabula rasa thesis favor the “nurture” side of the “nature versus nurture” debate, when it comes to aspects of one’s personality, social and emotional behavior, and intelligence. In Western philosophy, traces of the idea that came to be called the tabula rasa appear as early as the writings of Aristotle.  However, besides some arguments by the Stoics and Peripatetics, the notion of the mind as a blank slate went largely unnoticed for more than 1,000 years.”  You can read more about this subject online, as I’m not taking up much more space for the “blank mental state” theory, as we have enough blank minds out there as it is…

In closure and in my opinion, when dealing with the question about whether or not we were born with altruism and/or a conscience, I’d say there is more debate about the altruism than the other.  With that being said, I’ll provide a couple related links below – one is a fairly large Wikipedia page, and the other link is to some random debate on a philosophy forum that I’ve never been to before: 

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altruism  
* http://forums.philosophyforums.com/threads/why-pure-altruism-43608.html

—End of Post “Were we born with Altruism and a Conscience?”

Alien Abduction – The Day John’s Life changed forever…

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grey_alienDisclaimer: This is a fictional short story, as this tale doesn’t represent any real-life characters.

John was a middle-age farmhand who put a lot of hard work into his family-operated ranch.  He was married, had a couple kids and, for the most part, had a fairly normal life.  John often liked to go out into this big open field after a long day of work, and drink beer around a campfire.  Outside from the dang heat, it was a great place to live if a person liked open space, farming, livestock, and the good ol’ outdoors.

Anyway, it was a warm, calm summer night in Texas…

John was doing his usual, nightly round of throwing back some beers with a few buds, and telling campfire stories and whatnot.
After a while, his friends went home before they drank too much, and John stayed by the fire (not too close, of course, as campfires are nice for light in the summer time, but they emit a lot of unwanted heat) downing a few more beers.

Suddenly, he got this unusual feeling, sort of like a static charge, and then the fire went out, like… poof!  Within seconds, a bright light under a pulsating UFO was above him.
The next thing John knows, he is aboard this mystery craft, as if he was transported, sort of like on Star Trek.

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…Nervous as a preacher in a whore house, he was befuddled by it all.
He was trapped inside some sort of clear tube, and he could see four little grey alien figures in what appeared to be a control room.
The aliens had on dark grey, shiny suits with a big black belt that held a few things, including what looked like some hand-held device.

The inside of the UFO was very uniform, sleek, and was all one metallic color.
Everything inside the spaceship had rounded edges; there were no right angles at all, as if the interior was molded from one piece of metal.

…5 minutes have passed, John was still stuck in a see-through cylindrical tube, and the little aliens with big, black, bug eyes was yet to even acknowledged his presence.

The story now switches over to it being narrated by John, his self, in what he at least “thinks” he recalls from the supposed alien abduction:

One of the aliens points his finger in a stern fashion towards the others and then scurries off to, what appeared to be, the lower deck of the ship.
The other three aliens returned to their seats and were viewing rather large, wall-mounted monitors that looked like space charts.
I don’t know for sure, what in the hell they were doing, but it looked like charts of some type.

Now here’s where I about shit myself while being trapped inside that tube: Out comes from the lower deck of the ship, the grey alien that left a few moments ago and alongside him/her/it, was a much larger being that was a green, reptilian looking creature with some glossy black outfit, holding some glowing sphere in one hand (it wasn’t a Himalayan salt globe, that’s for sure), and carrying some shiny gadgets in the other.
Now, although ignored before, those two extraterrestrials were staring at me intensely.

The grey alien and his ugly green comrade, came near the tube. The grey alien hits a control button and a glossy table rises from the floor, in front of me. I’ve never even thought about a retractable table before, but I was too damn nervous to be impressed with their obvious technological breakthroughs!

After the table erected, the tubular, glass-like chamber that I was still in, started to fill up with some type of vapor or gas, and the next thing I remember, was awakening in the field with my wife screaming at me and telling me to “get my drunk ass up!”

I stumbled in the house, confused as a Chimp getting taught Calculus, and went straight to bed.
The next couple of days were fine, as I convinced myself that it was all somehow a dream.
After that, things grew progressively worse, as I started actually having dreams about what happened after my blackout from the vapor.
I just don’t get it; if I had a blackout from the gas or vapor that was released in the chamber, how can I dream about the ungodly types of experiments they did on me? Disturbing questions started coming into my mind, like: Why did that grey alien stick that probe up my ass? Why did they take scrapings from my tongue and also take hair samples? What was up with that green reptilian being and his/her fascination with my cock?

I feel violated, in an otherworldly way!  My life has changed forever…
I no longer drink beer in open fields anymore, as I now drink stronger alcoholic beverages like Vodka, while staying in the freakin’ house!
I sold the ranch, got out of farming, moved way up north, got me an indoor job, and I currently live in a big, crowded city with lots of pavement and road signs and traffic lights.
I’m trying to make my life as uninviting to those perverted anal probing alien bastards, as possible!
Oh, and another thing, I get so tired of hearing about the “ancient alien theorists” or whatever they call themselves nowadays.
All I got to say to the ancient astronaut theorists, is that I received more than a theory from your lovely ancient alien freaks; I hope y’all get abducted and have your genitals fondled, tongue scraped, hair pulled, and your bunghole explored; cheers!

Hey, at least this story was more plausible than the one found here:  “Alien Encounter

–End of the Fictional Short Story “Alien Abduction – The Day John’s Life changed forever…”

—External Related Links:

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_Probe_(modern_mythology) 
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_and_Barney_Hill_abduction
* http://mundane-blog.blogspot.com/2011/11/cow-abductions-via-aliens-ufos.html

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Anthropic Principle – Books & Resources

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Planet_EarthI recently ran across a silly forum online that was discussing the subject: “If you subtract  mankind from the universe, what is left?”

Yeah, a simple answer to that question would be, “less morons and pollution.”  But seriously, that whole debate reminded me of a similar subject, the Anthropic Principle, that I stumbled upon last year.

…Since I’m not very educated on this particular subject, I’ll just create a reference post instead.  Typically, I like to keep my blog posts all original and basically use freestyle writing, but from time to time, I find it necessary to create link pages with excerpts – in the event that the subject matter is worthy and/or interesting enough, even though I don’t have much to say about it, personally.  I think the last time I’ve had to do this on here, was way back when I did the blog post entitled, “Quantum Mechanics & Chaos.”

Anyway, back to the Anthropic Principle subject:

Okay, I’ll provide a brief excerpt from each resource in addition to an active link, below:

1)  “Weak Anthropic Principle (WAP): the observed values of all physical and cosmological quantities are not equally probable but they take on the values restricted by the requirement that there exist sites where carbon-based life can evolve and by the requirement that the Universe be old enough for it to have already done so.  Strong Anthropic Principle (SAP): the Universe must have those properties which allow life to develop within it at some stage in it’s history.”  Read more, here:  http://www.physics.sfsu.edu/~lwilliam/sota/anth/anthropic_principle_index.html

2)  “Anthropic Bias, a book that since its first publication in 2002 has achieved the status of a classic, explores how to reason when you suspect that your evidence is biased by “observation selection effects”— that is, evidence that has been filtered by the precondition that there be some suitably positioned observer to “have” the evidence. This conundrum—sometimes alluded to as “the anthropic principle,” “self-locating belief,” or “indexical information”—turns out to be a surprisingly perplexing and intellectually stimulating challenge, one abounding with important implications for many areas in science and philosophy. ” Read more about this interesting book, here: http://www.anthropic-principle.com/

3)  “The ultimate question here is whether there is or was some special intention or plan for the appearance of humans in the universe, and, if so, was there or is there some intending entity or intelligence or being or “creator” existing “behind” or “over” the universe and the particular qualities that occur within it.  If the universe or cosmos is purely mechanistic, consisting only of matter and physical entities (forces, energy, fields, etc.), then it seems that the answer to that question of an intending entity or intelligence or creator would be “no.” But then what is the source of those closely balanced features that are observed in the existing cosmos—are they just happenstance or fortuitous coincidences? Can coincidence or lucky happenstance be a sufficient answer to this problem?”  Read more about this thought-provoking subject, here:  http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Anthropic_principle

After reading some of these excerpts, it reminded me of a couple semi-related posts I did last year, with the title:  “Ultimate Queries – Creation Theories”  and “4th & 5th Dimensions, Time Travel & Parallel  Universes.” 

Oh, I also found a related quote online, when searching about this particular topic:  “As we look out into the Universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the Universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.”  -F. Dyson

 Anyway, back to the resources…

4)  “In astrophysics and cosmology, the anthropic principle is the philosophical argument that observations of the physical Universe must be compatible with the conscious life that observes it. Some proponents of the argument reason that it explains why the Universe has the age and the fundamental physical constants necessary to accommodate conscious life. As a result, they believe that the fact is unremarkable that the universe’s fundamental constants happen to fall within the narrow range thought to allow life.” Read more from Wikipedia, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropic_principle

Okay, I just provided 4 excellent resources that covers the Anthropic Principle.  If you’re more interested in taking your studies a little further and would like to possibly purchase some books about this subject, I’ll provide a shopping link below, to help hastened your search:

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Health Benefits of Pepitas – Pumpkin Seeds

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Yep, this is all that cyber-space needs right now – another “health benefits of ___” post/article to enter into the world wide web of propaganda, incorrect info, etc., but I haven’t did one in a while, so I figured that now is as good a time as any.  The reason why I seem a little less than motivated to write about such subjects anymore, is that it gets old hearing about how all of these foods have “health benefits” and how it is such an amazing tidbit of knowledge to realize that eating certain foods may be beneficial to your health.  Pardon me, but I often say in response to such claims, “no shit!”  Candy bars, cakes, pies, twinkies and doughnuts, for example, don’t grow off trees or from the ground; so yeah, I’d say that some of these other naturally grown foods may have more benefits; don’t ya think?

Basically what I’m trying to say, is that anything organically grown from the ground that isn’t poisonous or toxic, will most likely have at least some type of health benefits.  If that wasn’t the case, it would be like saying that some fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, etc., are not good for you.  Now of course, if you are allergic to certain types of foods, it wouldn’t be a healthy choice to eat them, but that still doesn’t take away the “health benefits” that they may have for others.  On a better note, there are, as they say, “super-foods” out there that do seem to contain a significant amount more benefits for your health than other foods, and those are the ones I would concentrate on more, at least when it comes to talking, writing or reading about them.

Anyway, that’s enough senseless drivel for now, so lets get back to the main topic…

Today, I chose Pepitas and/or Pumpkin Seeds to briefly talk about.  As many of you may already know, seeds, nuts, and legumes are packed with a high concentration of nutrients and calories and are often put in the same group – due to similarities.  These energy rich seeds, nuts, and beans are also easy to add to any diet.  …On this post, we are not talking about nuts and legumes, as they are all so very common.  However, pepitas are not as typical and many people have never even ate them before.  Although, I must say, I still prefer sunflower seeds over pumpkin seeds, without a doubt…

Before we go any further, since some of you that are not familiar with the term, may be saying: “pepitas…  what in the hell is that?”  Pepita (from Mexican Spanish: pepita de calabaza, “little seed of squash”) is a Spanish culinary term for the pumpkin seed, the edible seed of a pumpkin or other cultivar of squash. The seeds are typically rather flat and asymmetrically oval, and light green in color inside a white hull. The word can refer either to the hulled kernel or unhulled whole seed, and most commonly refers to the roasted end product.  Pepitas are a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine and are also roasted and served as a snack.  Marinated and roasted, they are an autumn seasonal favorite in the rural United States, as well as a commercially produced and distributed packaged snack, like sunflower seeds, available year-round.

Personally, I just call ’em pumpkin seeds.  I’ve recently ate them for the first time, both hulled and unhulled versions, and they wasn’t bad; they were kinda different, something that seems to taste better as you eat more and more (sort of like an acquired taste), but other than eating them for the health benefits, I’d probably only normally consume them in certain types of cuisines, soups, salads, mixed with other foods and whatnot…

—Health Benefits of Pepitas – Pumpkin Seeds:

* They promote prostate health; maybe that’s why you will often see pumpkin seed extract in male performance pills.  Eat up, guys…

* Many studies claim that the consumption of pumpkin seeds help improve bladder function and how they also supposedly help prevent the formation of Kidney Stones.

* They contain L-tryptophan, a compound that is often touted for being effective against depression.  I knew somebody before, that ate raw pumpkin seeds because it made them “feel happy,” so maybe there is some truth to that…

* Pepitas are packed with fiber, protein, and other healthy nutrients such as: manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, tryptophan, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin K.

* They are a natural anti-inflammatory, which you can read more about this type of subject, here:  “Heart Healthy – Anti-Inflammatory Sources

* Pumpkin seeds are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for parasites, and they are also included in other various types of natural remedies.

* Pepitas contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and also protect against many cancers.  If you’re interested in the cholesterol subject, visit the blog post:  “Cholesterol Myths Debunked

There are other beneficial properties, when it comes to pumpkin seeds, but I just listed a few of the most commonly talked about.  If you’re looking for other informative writings that relate to health and well-being, you may want to visit one of my other blogs that specializes in such things:  “Health & Fitness Guru Blog

—Related Links:  “Health Benefits of Laughing,” “Health Benefits of Beer & Alcohol,” and the “Health Benefits of Hot Peppers.”  Cheers!

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Does Telekinesis or Psychokinesis really exist?

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I’ve been hearing about this type of phenomena for years, even as a small child, but does it really exist?  This amazing feat of mind-over-matter and/or the ability to move objects with mere thought, perhaps may be more properly known as (PK) “psychokinesis,” although I usually hear it called (TK) “telekinesis.”  Personally, I don’t care what you call it; I just want some real, raw proof that it actually exist without all the inconclusive evidence, failed test results, magic tricks, mental delusions and any other grey area that covers the land of utter hooey.

Don’t get me wrong, I used to be more into this type of stuff and my curious mind would rarely rule out something as impossible unless I knew for sure, but as the years pass by, it seems that more and more people are obsessed with miraculous magic, mythical gods, fictitious fantasies full of fairy tales, and so on.  I suppose people are getting bored with actuality and want to create a newfangled, altered reality that simply isn’t even there to begin with.  This brings us to one of the many subjects that fit within the walls of “real or not real” and/or “exist or nonexistent,” and that being Telekinesis – a.k.a. Psychokinesis.

Okay, I’m not going to drag this subject out further than it should, so I’ll be rather quick; if you’d like to add more to this particular blog post when I’m done, there’s always a comment field that you can blast your opinions into.

Now, I’ve read a fair amount about psychokinesis over the years, but never really took it that serious.  I always figured that it would be a big stretch for the mind to be able to noticeably move objects using brain power alone, and that if it was ever able to be achieved, it would take years of practice to be able to barely move a tiny object a fraction of an inch.  What makes the possibility of telekinesis the most interesting to me, is not the actual moving of objects with your mind, but all the scientific laws that it would destroy in the process.  I’m still undecided – when it comes to whether or not it exist.  Personally, I’ve never really messed with it that much because I figured that, even if I did succeed in the manifestation of my TK or PK abilities, my life would not change or be impacted much if I could make a tiny object move a fraction of an inch by concentrating for extended periods of time.  …Talk about a waste of time!

At any rate, when speaking about measurement and observation, parapsychology researchers describe two basic types of measurable and observable psychokinetic and telekinetic effects in experimental laboratory research and in case reports occurring outside of the laboratory.  Micro-PK (also micro-TK) is a very small effect, such as the manipulation of molecules, atoms, subatomic particles, etc., that can only be observed with scientific equipment. The words are abbreviations for micro-psychokinesis and micro-telekinesis. Macro-PK (also macro-TK) is a large-scale effect that can be seen with the unaided eye. The adjective phrases “microscopic-scale,” “macroscopic- scale,” “small-scale,” and “large-scale” may also be used; for example, “a small-scale PK effect.”

So as you can see, some folks are so desperate to prove that telekinesis / psychokinesis really does exist, that they are willing to test down to the microscopic particles, such as atoms and whatnot…  Ha-ha!   Even the macroscopic-scale of measurement during some of these TK tests, involves very tiny objects.

In closing:  The sad reality is that regardless of all the claims thus far, there hasn’t been anyone who has proven to the scientific community without a shadow of doubt, that psychokinesis exist without magic tricks or trickery, bogus tests results, scams, con-artist acts, flimflams, and so on…  I can tell you one thing, if a person can actually look at an object and fling it across the room just by thinking about it, with the way the world’s communication and media is today, they will be on the news and a global star within hours.  Of course, they will also most likely be subjected to a battery of strange lab tests, so if you really can lift your couch up off the floor just by thinking about it, you might want to keep quiet about it unless you like a bunch of people wearing white coats, shoving probes up your ass…  Ha-ha-ha!

Maybe Telekinesis should just be for entertainment on the Television and Psychokinesis should just be a sport for the PsychopathsDoes TK and PK really exist?   If so, is it on a large enough scale to really count?  What’s the largest object you have moved with your mind?  You tell me…

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Related link:  “Egyptian Magic – The Book

Can you see or sense anything outside this 3 dimensional realm?

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The reason for this post, is due to a comment I received on another blog of mine.  A few months ago, I did a post on a “Myths, Legends, & Folklore” blog of mine with a title:  “Share your supernatural, occult, ghost stories…”  On that post, it gave the readers a chance to share any type of ghost stories they have been told by friends, family and/or that they have personally experienced and whatnot, that related to the supernatural, poltergeist, etc.  Well, I also made it very clear how all comments will be deleted that are not related, and so on.  Outside of the usual spam, the only comment I got so far was from some self-proclaimed, all-knowing, occult master of anything outside of our current 3 dimensional realm of physical existence.  Yeah, sort of like the religious folks who seem to know all about everything that can’t be proven… uh, yeah, you get the drift.

However, since I deleted his/her comment on my myth blog (since it absolutely did not relate to the “share your ghost stories” concept), I decided that, due to it still being an interesting subject, I would post it here and make a blog post about it.

The self-proclaimed occult master’s comment was:  “If you have seen a ghost with your eyes while in a state of awake consciousness – you are psychic.  Ghosts do not exist on the third dimension of reality.  Your body and 5 traditional senses cannot see or sense anything outside the physical 3rd dimensional realm.  In order to know, see or sense beyond the traditional 5 senses you must shift your consciousness to a higher vibration, that of the 4th or 5th dimensions. Your eyeballs do not see ghosts or energy – your pineal glad or third eye is the eye that sees.”

Okay, instead of turning this post into a rant featuring my disgust for all of these people who seem to know everything but can never prove a damn thing, I’ll just move right along and maintain a semi-tolerance for asininity.  You know, they do say that often times the true kooks and insane lunatics are simply failed mystics…  ha-ha!

Okay, so the occult master says that we sense and see all of this energy and ghost stuff with our pineal gland.  Well, since I work night-shift, maybe my pineal gland is not active enough to see all of this boogy-boogy, nifty, illuminating bliss that only occurs outside of our physical dimensional realm of reality.  Damn, this sucks!  Y’all lucky bastards… Ha!  The reason why I say mine may not be active enough to see outside of our current 3 dimensional realm, other than the fact that I don’t take illegal drugs, is because the pineal gland’s known primary function is to produce melatonin – and it only does that in complete darkness and I’m in light most of the time – due to working the graveyard/night-shift. 

For example, per Wikipedia: “The pineal gland is a small endocrine  gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces the serotonin derivative melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions;  in humans and other mammals, the light signals necessary to set circadian rhythms are sent from the eye through the retinohypothalamic system to the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) and the pineal;  the secretory activity of the pineal gland is only relatively understood; historically, its location deep in the brain suggested to philosophers that it possessed particular importance; this combination led to its being a “mystery” gland with myth, superstition and occult theories surrounding its perceived functions.”

Okay, now that we have this “3rd eye” concept out of the way, and realize that we have yet to fully understand the mystery of the human brain and its surrounding parts, and that we are obviously designed to see and sense within our current 3 dimensional realm AND why some people and their crazy pineal glands spend all of this time trying to sense things that are not tangible whatsoever, will also remain a mystery until the, uh, uh, I don’t know, the “great awakening into the 5th level of existence” occurs?  Yep, your guess is as good as mine…  Dang, this mystic stuff is fun…  Ha-ha! 

Okay, I’m getting sidetracked here…  Now what about this 4th and 5th dimension that the occult master spoke about?  How do we, as the occult master says, “shift your consciousness to a higher vibration?”  Hmm, fascinating…  You mean to tell me that there are people out there who can shift their consciousness like a transmission with gears, into a higher vibration that takes them into other dimensions?  Damn, this whole time, I always called that “imagination.”  But the occult master, along with many other mystics, call this a “shift in consciousness.”  Where is some good hallucinogenic drugs when you need them?  Shit, I’m all out!  Ha!

All of this “can you see or sense outside our 3 dimensional realm” crap, reminds me of a post I did last year:  “4th & 5th Dimensions, Time Travel & Parallel Universes.”  It was thought-provoking, but I didn’t get all super-mystic or claim to be all-knowing like a lot of folks do – when it comes to these unprovable subjects.

In closing, maybe some people can sense or see outside of this lovely 3 dimensional realm, and maybe I’m just jealous that I haven’t unlocked the properties of the universe like a lot of mystics say that they have.  Maybe I’m just too dumb to understand outside of what can been seen, felt, tasted, or proven to exist.  Maybe that’s why a lot of religions started when they still thought the earth was flat.  Maybe I’d be better off, with my understanding of the universe that surrounds me, if I just started acting like a kid again and started using more imagination along with making stuff up as I go.  You know, it was really fun to believe in Santa Claus living at the North Pole – as it sure made Christmas time more interesting as a small child – even though it was a complete lie filled with fictitious bull-shit.  Surely you remember the Tooth Fairy as a kid?  Was there really piles of gold at the end of the rainbows and how about those Leprechauns, as well? So hell, why should I not give it another shot?  Ha-ha-ha!  I don’t know about you, but the ancient astronauts would probably be slightly pissed about our current level of intelligence on planet Earth.  This place reminds me of Kindergarten through 3rd grade, except this place most likely used to be High School, long, long, ago…  Cheers!

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Metaphysical Crystals & Healing Stones” & “Christian’s Version of “Hell” makes No Sense!

Devil Monkey, Jersey Devil, & the Kraken…

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This particular blog post is more or less a promo for another blogspot blog of mine, that features myths, legends, and folklore – along with other interesting, bizarre, and uncertain topics.  However, the “myth blog” I’m speaking about,  is currently on hold like a few of my other blogs – due to me trying to figure out which domains work better for certain subjects and whatnot – when it comes to search results, SEO, and/or Internet traffic.

Okay, that’s enough chatter about why I’m doing a quick promotional combo post to promote another blog of mine, so lets get on with the featured attractions of mythical madness……

Have you ever heard of a “Devil Monkey” or perhaps a “Jersey Devil” or maybe even the wicked sea monster known as the “Kraken”???

First of all, lets start with a quick depiction of the fierce Devil Monkey:

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WHAT’S A DEVIL MONKEY??? 

Per Animal Planet via the Discovery Channel:  “The United States and Canada aren’t home to any modern-day primates, which makes the appearance of a giant monkey-like creature in rural areas even more bizarre to those who’ve seen it. Dubbed the devil monkey, this primate-looking beast reportedly has pointed ears, a baboon- or dog-like snout, a bushy tail and only three toes on each of its narrow feet. Ranging in height between 3 and 8 feet (0.9 and 2.4 meters) tall, this strange monkey gets around on all fours and travels by jumping. Devil monkeys are supposed to be aggressive, especially toward dogs and humans, and by most accounts, they are carnivorous and feed on livestock. This fearsome monkey makes a wide range of evil-sounding noises, including hoots, whistles and screams.”

For the image credit, a video link, and additional reading about the Devil Monkey, go here:  http://animal.discovery.com/tv/lost-tapes/meet-the-creatures/devil-monkey.html

WHAT IN THE HELL IS A JERSEY DEVIL???

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THE LEGEND OF THE JERSEY DEVIL per Animal Planet via the Discovery Channel: “The legend of the Jersey Devil dates back to 1735. One of New Jersey’s earliest residents, “Mother” Leeds, was wife to a drunkard who did little to help care for their 12 children. When she discovered she was pregnant with a 13th, she screamed “Let this one be the Devil!” The child was born on a stormy night. Seemingly normal at first, the baby transformed into a hideous, growling creature with hoofed feet, clawed hands, glowing red eyes, bat-like wings and a forked tail. The devilish abomination slaughtered its mother and father, several of the midwives and many of its siblings. It then flew up the chimney and escaped to the Pine Barrens.”

For the image credit, additional reading, and a video link about the Jersey Devil, go here:  http://animal.discovery.com/tv/lost-tapes/jersey-devil/

What in the mythical kingdom of malign beings and oceanic mayhem, is the “Kraken” about?

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Kraken are legendary sea monsters of massive size, said to have existed off the coasts of Iceland and Norway.  The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to these mighty beasts of the deep sea, have made them common ocean-dwelling monsters in various fictional works.

The legend may have originated from sightings of actual giant squid (who knows?) that are variously estimated to grow 40 to 50 feet in length – including the tentacles.  These deadly creatures normally live at great depths, but have been sighted at the surface and have reportedly attacked ships, and so on…

To read more about the “Kraken,” visit:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken

Okay, although this post was mainly a bunch of copy & paste material with a few edits and resource links, it is a good example of the interesting subjects you’ll find within the Myths, Legends, & Folklore genre.  To read more about this type of stuff, as well as having original content and commentary (unlike this post), visit the blogspot blog:  “Myths, Legends, & Folklore,” and feel free to leave comments on anything that tickles your fantastic fancy.  There is currently 50+ posts on that myth-related blog…  Cheers!

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