April 6th, 2009

alan's flowers

Friendship -

Spring is when we, like flowers, come firmly out into the air.   We've had our winter shelter and gestation period and now here we are, out in the light, ready to play.

Pablo Neruda wrote in his poem,  Every Day You Play:

I want
to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.


And there is Shakespeare:

The friends thou hast and their attention tried, grapple them to your soul with hoops of steel.

Hoops of Steel.   We are friends here.   Friendship.   Somehow today I more clearly feel the fragility, strength, and honoring of those bonds.   

Friend Ship - a ship in which we sail. 

muir woods

Truth - on thin ice under the Bush Administration!

I always wonder how people think they won't be found out in a lie, but the Bush administration continues to confound me.   Did they think we would never notice?   Did they believe they could hide news so dire and why would they want to?  I suppose we will never know the reasons for the Bushies.  

The U.S. Geological Survey last week released a detailed map of the Antarctic coastline and found dwindling and even disappearing ice shelves.

The map itself was finished in the middle of last year, but the previous Interior Department didn't want to release it and other Antarctic maps, said map co-author Richard Williams Jr., a glaciologist for the USGS. The report with the map bears the 2008 date and the previous interior secretary's name on it.

Arctic sea ice thinnest ever going into spring

Monday, April 6, 2009


(04-06) 13:19 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --

The Arctic is treading on thinner ice than ever before. Researchers say that as spring begins, more than 90 percent of the sea ice in the Arctic is only 1 or 2 years old. That makes it thinner and more vulnerable than at anytime in the past three decades, according to researchers with NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado.

"We're not set up well for summertime," ice data center scientist Walt Meier said Monday. "We're in a very precarious situation."


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alan - lilies in the shade

Zero and Infinity!

I am going through old journals and I come across this note on the O, which represents zero and infinity. It seems that Aristotle argued that the number zero should be outlawed because it disrupted the consistency of other numbers. Dividing any number by 0 led to an incomprehensible result which later became a definition for infinity.

I decide to google Aristotle and zero and infinity. There isn't an infinity of information yet, but this brings up a fascinating site.


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Ken Wilber -

Jurriaan Kamp interviews Ken Wilber in Ode Magazine this month.   Wilber believes there is " remarkably consistent story of the evolution of consciousness."   The flow is from "me" to "us" to "all of us."   Each stage "transcends and includes"; "the new level goes beyond the preceding one, yet still includes and embraces its values."

"Wilber compares the process to a cell that transcends but includes molecules, which in turn transcend but include atoms.  "To say that molecules go beyond atoms is not to say that molecules hate atoms," he writes, "but that they love them: They embrace them in their own makeup."

It seems the catch is to learn to communicate between the different groups, and so that is where he works. 

He says:  "Take a wide view.  Why are human beings here?  Not just for greed and ambition.  Try to expand what you think we are doing here.  What are you doing with your life?  How can you refresh your own vision? Look inside, and hopefully you are not disappointed about what you find."