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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


LIVE YOUR LIFE AND LET LIFE BREATH FREE

-At 94, Ernest Borgnine is still reading scripts, still acting, still learning.

KITCHEN, SYMONA
To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:Article Submission - 03/01/2011


Dear Arthur
This is something which I had not given much thought to, until I recently watched 'Transcendent Man', a documentary about Raymond Kurzweil's theory of the 'The Singularity'.

He has so far correctly predicted the Internet and the Human Genome project and if he is correct on this one, I will live to see my own immortality.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2048138,00.html

BR


Worth a listen (and see the "movie")


Laurence Fishburne: Thurgood

Laurence Fishburne: Thurgood

Elvis hosts actor Laurence Fishburne to talk about his role as Thurgood Marshall, which is currently being presented by HBO as a filmed version of the acclaimed play Thurgood.

Fishburne offers a lively look at his various acting roles as well as what it is that attracts him to those parts, including the roles of Dr. Raymond Langston (CSI) and Ike Turner (What's Love Got to Do With It), and of course Morpheus in "the Matrix." He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner. Fishburne also discusses his love of language, his mentors, and why he is drawn to playing African American characters such as Thurgood, who have had a positive effect on American society as a whole. He selected the one man show  "Thurgood" after he read the script and found out how much Thurgood did for African Americans, the legal cases he pursued, and the reality of Thurgoods actual style of speech and teaching (which Fishburne earned praise for duplicating). He talks about the characters, acting, history and the spirit of people who live to fight, to change the world and that one man can make a difference (on person can change the world). Use the link to listen to the full interview. Fishburne drove home the communciation reality that language, vocabulary and the way you use words are the most powerful tool, weapon and peace makers we have. 

Social Security and Medicare

The average income of Americans over 70 lives on under 28,000 a year, counting Social Security and pensions. The average medical premium, not counting social security, is $1,750 a month. The age of families taking in their elders, for the most part, has passed, leaving "independent" senior on their own.

You do not have to be a mathematician to figure out, no matter how you feel about its roots, that we must continue the "socialistic" policies of medicare and social security to keep people alive and solvent.

If you want to blame the individuals, you are barking up the wrong tree.

When they were younger none of their retirement or medical plans anticipated the now high cost of living, the increased cost of medical care and in reality, that Americans would now live past 80 years old.

Now as to Obamacare. There are not taxes for the user, the patient. It is not socialism in any way other the mandate that you must have health insurance, which is being argued in court with decisions going both ways at this point. The Socialism cry comes from those who do not want to see any government intervention into their lives. That argument is a valid one, but I have to ask, if not government who and how? Study the Great Depression, or the indentured servitude of the late 19th century. Is it socialism for the government to provide a floor of protection from poverty, major, education, infrastructure and safety and security?

Oh an the president did not formulate the health plan. His ideas bore little resemblance to what came out of Congress, but to use the fallacy of "ad hominem" (to make human) one side politically has labeled it "Obama care" with the goal of attacking and defeating the president, not any compromise or improvements to the system that existed prior to the bill (under which I could not get insurance for pre-existing conditions, and medical bill continued to be the fastest rising cost in America of all "commodities").

Just asking.

Eureka! Insights

How do we get insight? Where does it come from? Does it just pop up out of nowhere?

How do we find insight when we need it the most.

A researcher, James Webb Young, has come up with a method to increase the potential for "insight."

1. Gather Knowledge. A constant effort to expand your general knowledge helps provide a base upon which to build. Specific research on any given project or problem uses that foundation to form a structure, much like the framing of a building on a sound foundation. Make sure you start well in advance and allow enough time for facts, observations and thoughts to sink in. This process is not one that will work on night before cramming or fast deadline solutions, unless you already have a solid foundation in background knowledge and in the specific subject area.

2. Work hard on the problem. Hard thinking, gathering diverse views and solutions, strong writing and revisions, models or prototypes if needed, According to Young, it is important to work yourself to a standstill, when you are ready to give up. Whether or not you go to complete exhaustion, it is important to signals that tell you have you have done as much as you can, for now, and to "flash" ideas that come to you. Write them down at this point, do not keep working.

3.Take a break. Allow our subconscious mind to work its magic. Turn you attention to whatever you enjoy doing that stimulates your imagination and emotions. Go to a movie, read a book, play a sport, take a long drive, do something with friends, take your loved one out to dinner, mow the lawn... Do what works for you. For Archimedes it was a long bath. For Newton it was a stroll in the orchard.

4. The Eureka Moment. When an idea appears as if it came from no where, it is a Eureka Moment. It really comes from steps one to 3, even if you did not consciously take those steps. This is the power of your unconscious or subconscious mind.

5. Build on the idea. An idea is only as good as what you do with it. Keep working to tease out its implications, critiquing for weaknesses and translate into action.

6. If needed, repeat steps one to five.

Eureka


In part from Lateral Action: the Creative Pathfinder, on line.

HBO ramps up its online service HBO Go


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HBO, which once was wary of putting any of its content online, is now throwing everything on its shelves on HBO Go, its digital platform.
The pay cable channel, which has about 30 million subscribers, is now making more than 1,400 titles available on HBO Go. That doesn't mean every show or movie that HBO has ever run will be available, just the ones it owns or has rights to put online. Previously, only about 600 HBO programs were on the site.
Among the series now available in their entirety are classics "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "The Wire" and "Deadwood."
HBO Go is available for free to anyone who pays to get HBO via cable or satellite. However, only a handful of distributors are offering it via broadband. Comcast, Cox, Verizon and AT&T all have deals with HBO, but other major distributors, including Time Warner Cable, which is Southern California's largest provider, do not as yet.
While HBO Go will offer everything HBO owns or has rights for, HBO's on-demand service still has a more limited offering. That has to do with the bandwidth capacity of cable and satellite operators. The pay channel hopes to be able to get more of its content available via on-demand.