Enlightenment

Do we now invent HISTORY?

the_history_channel_demotivator_by_party9999999-d5jtuxaI found the title image above while online using a google search “History Channel Parody”.  So I think it is clear that others are getting the message as well.

I’ve often heard that people question why “The History Channel” does not show much “history” content anymore.

I think that people forget that a channel like “The History Channel” is a business first and foremost, but if they’re true to their name, they will try to deliver what they suggest by title that they will deliver.

By having a variety of “Reality Shows”, the History Channel is actually delivering on it’s promise of “history”. We’re witnessing it first hand.  We watch the present as a show.

The question that comes to my mind, is how accurate of present day “history” are the shows?

Are they scripted?  

Do they have some other self serving purpose of “The History Channel”?

Are they detailed and authentic recordings of a tiny slice of “Humanity’s History”?

My epiphany moment came when I realized that “The History Channel” is literally creating a historical account of humanity, and the way of life we live in this ‘snapshot’ of time.

What does this mean?  Do we even care? Who cares?

I think that the question that each of us must both, ask and answer,  is.

What is our message to the future?

 

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Enlightenment

Hear No Evil,

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil . . . 

What does it mean? To you?  Here are a couple of ways that I can think of, what about you?  What version do you use?


No one shall hear of your deeds, nor look for your deeds, if you yourself,  remain silent regarding your deeds?

Don’t listen to gossip, nor tend to other peoples affairs, nor speak of others affairs.

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Uncategorized

You are your best DIY project

Last night while watching TV,  I noticed a commercial from “Cigna” the insurance company.  The commercial was not selling anything except for healthy living.  Encouraging people to exercise and take an interest in themselves for a change.  The commercial never said “Get off your ass and exercise”,   It would seem that someone has come up with the concept that an insurance company can actually make more money by encouraging people to take their life, their mental and physical well being into their own hands instead of running to a doctor for a pill.  

Through a series of motivational images and a robust website Cigna is encouraging people to stay active live a better life, and love themselves.  With areas of the site dedicated to health, food, and fitness I think it’s a positive way for Cigna to try and decrease it’s health care costs by getting it’s insured to feel better about themselves.

With all the commercials out there selling something that you really don’t need, it’s nice to see a company try to make money by asking you to look at yourself, and improve your life instead of waiting for someone else to do it.

I wonder how long before a fitness guru gets sponsored by an insurance company, and they start giving away products like “Hip Hop Abs” or “P90X” as a way to offset and reduce the cost of healthcare.

Am I missing something?  Have I fell for the bait?  I’d be interested to know if anyone else has thoughts on the topic.

Cigna - Go You

Go You campaign image

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facebook profile
Cool Technology, Enlightenment

Has facebook turned us all into life bloggers?

Just a few years ago the only people who were posting photos and documenting details of a life were people who thought they could make some money ‘travel writing’ for a blog site.  Now it seems everyone is quite happy in posting little details about their life’s little ups and downs. We’ve somehow turned our lives into a “TV channel” that represents our actual lives, and the events they contain.

It seems to work like this. Your friends are your different channels. The facebook news feed is where you browse the channels for anything that looks interesting. Each of us are in fact a channel for someone else to enjoy.

As for myself, I think my channel may be considered by some to be an acquired taste.

When you look back at your life In 10 years what will your channel look like?

I’d appreciate your thoughts and feedback on the topic.  It seems that facebook has become love hate for some people.  I’ve several friends who despise facebook and refuse to post.

I am of the opinion that in the future we’ll scroll through facebook like we used to thumb through a family album to remember the events of our life.

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Cool Technology

Google Glass

 

Google Glass

My latest toy is Glass.

Last year I had filled out the request, and wrote a little something about what I would do if I had glass.

I forgot about my “application” to buy the Google Glass.  I did not get “selected” for the first generation of glass, but I’ve had a chance to get my hands on one of the second generation units.

What can I say, I’m a camera nerd.

Photo(s) taken with glass

Tha Liv'n Room

Tha Liv’n Room

#throughglass

Accidental Art

#throughglass

Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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Cool Technology

Drobo5N Unboxing

This post is a continuation of my video from YouTube about unboxing my Drobo5N yesterday (12/24/2013).

If you didn’t get here from the video on YouTube below is a link to it.
Link to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlE7M_M02SU

The Drive was sort of my Christmas present to myself.  Could have bought an Xbox One, but instead bought a NAS drive.  :)

First Thoughts, Wow! What a cool box.  I broke down and purchased two 4TB drives to start it off with.  I picked them up at the local Tiger Direct.  Originally I only intended to get a couple of regular drives, but for 20 bucks more (each) I picked up some “NAS” drives.  Cost me about $400.00 for the drives.

After that I copied some files of an external Seagate GoFlex Desktop drive and then I cannibalized it so I could stick the 3 TB drive into my Drobo.  So I’ve now got a total of 11TB of actual disk space inserted.  About 7 TB of drive space is available to me so far.

Below are some screenshots of the Drobo’s Dashboard:

Dashboard : Shows all Drobo’s discovered

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Dashboard: Shows how much drive space is used vs free

Drobo Dashboard: Drive Usage

Dashboard: Detected Drives, Size of Drive, Health Status

Drobo Dashboard - Drives Health

Dashboard: Built in apps

Drobo Dashboard - Apps

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Photography, Water Stuff

Let’s go Swimming

I swim from time to time at the beach near a place called Lauderdale by the Sea.  It’s about two miles from where I live, and I go here to jump into the water and see whats happening.  Some days I get to see giant schools of fish, other days everything seems to be be hiding, or on vacation on this exhausted reef just offshore.

All in all it’s usually a pleasant experience, save the one from the other week where I met a Portuguese Man of War floating by doing his thing.

One of the things about swimming in the ocean is that there is always the possibility, that you could end up some other creatures meal.  The separation of man from beast is facinating to me.  Sometimes I like to imagine that humanity in all of it’s complexity is just a bunch of  smart animals doing their thing.  Much like the Man-O-War is doing it’s thing, and a shark chill’n near a reef finger is doing his thing.  We just do our thing with a mask, or a wing, or a rope.

For me to be happy I dont have to see a million fish, or tons of reef life.  I’m just happy to be alive, and able to experience the moment.

It feels like a long time since I have been able to take a dip and visit my sea friends.

This year I am hoping to extend my experience with the small nurse sharks that frequent the waters near my home.  I want to interact with them, and possibly handle them if the moment feels right.

For now, I have limited my interaction to a few gentle touches on the tail to gauge their reaction to me, and to test myself to see if I have the nerve to push the envelope and pet one like I might pet a kitty cat.

My home movies are not the things of Youtube legend.  They are mostly private memories, short and sweet, sometimes lacking a beginning or proper end.

Below are two more videos of my swims near lauderdale by the sea.  They contain a few more fish than the first one in this post.

Enjoy!

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