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Long Drives & Sunday Mornings

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In The Spotlight

It has been far too long since I put this BlogDogIt Spotlight to work  - well, lo and behold - my internet explorations have struck gold once again!

I am a flake of stardust in this vast universe.On January 2 of this year I first encountered the enchanting blogging voice of Christine Asuncion emanating from her blog entitled "By My Two Feet." In the midst of exploring the content therein, I discovered she had only just posted an article with the heading "parting with bymytwofeet" in which she explained how she had exhausted the space allotted to this free wordpress blog and had to close-up shop. At the conclusion of this goodbye message was a casual mention that she will now be blogging at her new site which she is calling "Christine.ity"
~ Thank Goodness!

Regular explorers of BlogDogIt will recognize Christine.ity from the fact that we have been featuring her site via RSS in the margins of our "masodo's musings" topic area, so as to never miss a post from this self-described "flake of stardust."  Among the many qualities she owns in respect to her blogging persona is the fact that, "I take my playlist seriously" So in true BlogDogIt fashion we encourage you all to join Christine in this regard:

Christine.ity's all golden playlist

Enjoy!

 Link to playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYU4MB6l0CvU1iQtPS4bMIUUKa4iKF3lP 


Wouldn't it be nice if someone with marginal hacking skills could somehow convert these youtube videos into mp3 files so those of us with mp3 players could take these tunes out into the world to experience these songs in a more natural habitat? And if only that collection could be downloaded in a group; say in a zip file? That would be very handy. And what if everyone that downloaded this mix would get to know these artist even better and support them in their pursits - that would be totally awesome! #SupportIndieMusic

A Package Deal


Get to know Christine yourself:

https://christineity.wordpress.com/
https://amateureye.wordpress.com/
https://bymytwofeet.wordpress.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtWFXBmXzkMj57bFXxX49uQ/


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Renewed Obsession

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Get a grip on HTML5Not one to let this internet fad get too far beyond my grasp, I have been obliged to explore the inner workings of the new HTML5 protocols for the construction of web pages. My studies have been mostly in the form of deconstructing some of the HTML5 games I have been installing over at the DeBurger Game Room online arcade.

Time TunnelIt must have been within the confines of that more methodical - dare I say, logical - mode of thinking that my pet thought exercise - the previously revealed inspiration for my gravitar icon [
see: Mathematical Obsession? ] - concerning geometry of circumscribed square inscribed with circle, returned once again to my center of consciousnesses. This simple geometric construct has always suggested, to my mind, some hidden, cosmic significance. Beckoning me  with those forces of the universe that can really only be explored through carefully administered mathematics.

Not one to let my inability to carefully administer mathematics hinder me in an attempt, I took it upon myself to create within the esoteric mechanics of the javascript programming language, a representation of this geometric abstraction/distraction that offered an added dimension to my usual 2 dimensional envisagement of form by the inclusion of the fourth with a suggestion of the third; an exercise I entered into with all the certainty of a theoretical physicist albeit without the typically manditory, prerequisite education.

More questions than answersArmed only with the preconceived notion of what I wanted to depict I - by way of the internet - became myself, a virtual cog in the machine with which the global, computational hive-mind works tirelessly to replicate itself through the dissemination of knowledge among the hairless apes in a way that stresses the inevitable futility of resistance.   

Clay TabletIt was while immersed in the vagaries of determining the proper expansion rates of circles in comparison to squares that I happened upon a quite irrational little discovery that I have learned has been known since 1600 - 1800 B.C. Mesopotamia, as evidenced in the Babylonian clay tablet known as YBC 7289 (from the Yale Babylonian Collection. Image to the left †)  The required incantation invoked in order to bring to life my vision of the infinitely expanding, nested shapes was what is commonly referred to as "The Square Root of Two" or more precisely: "approximately 1.41421356237..."

The result of this exercise is presented within the "iFrame" below followed by the code required to draw the effect. Those who do not understand such things should stand in awe of my achievement. Those who can see quite clearly when they peer into the supplied code will rightly bust-a-gut at the hack chosen to render the desired effect. In either case, I hope that when you gaze upon this meager point-plot animation you will remember those early humanoids as well as this somewhat more recently developed model together in that same moment wherein you wonder, "what were they thinking?"

"CubeSphere" by masodo


The HTML5/javascript code to render the above animation:

<!doctype html><html><head><title>Canvas Concentric Test</title></head><body style="background-color:#000000;"><canvas id="L1"style="z-index:1;position:absolute;left:0px;top:0px;"height="360px"width="360px">Canvas not supported.</canvas><script type="application/javascript">var L1, CX, RX, RY, RX2, RY2, RW, RH, stx, enx, WIDTH=360, HEIGHT=360, pxt=1, pls=.1, St1="#fff";function init(){L1=document.getElementById("L1"), CX=L1.getContext("2d"), setInterval(D1, 80)}function D1(){for(pls<1&&(pls+=.1), pls>.4&&(pls=.1), stx=0, enx=8, RW=pls, RH=pls, RX=180, RY=180, RX2=180, RY2=180, CX.beginPath(), CX.clearRect(0, 0, WIDTH, HEIGHT), CX.closePath();stx<=enx;stx++)CX.strokeStyle=St1, CX.lineWidth=pxt, stx>1&&(CX.lineWidth=pxt+1), stx>2&&(CX.lineWidth=pxt+1), stx>3&&(CX.lineWidth=pxt+2), stx>4&&(CX.lineWidth=pxt+4), stx>5&&(CX.lineWidth=pxt+8), stx>6&&(CX.lineWidth=pxt+16), stx>7&&(CX.lineWidth=pxt+24), RH=RH+RH+1, RX-=(RW=RW+RW+1)/4, RY-=RW/4, RX2-=1.41421356237*RW/4, RY2-=1.41421356237*RW/4, CX.beginPath(), CX.strokeRect(RX2, RY2, 1.41421356237*RW, 1.41421356237*RH), CX.strokeRect(RX, RY, RW, RH), CX.arc(180, 180, 1.41421356237*RW/2, 0, 4*Math.PI, !1), CX.moveTo(180+RW/2, 180+RW/2), CX.arc(180, 180, RW/2, 0, 4*Math.PI, !1), CX.closePath(), CX.stroke()}init();</script></body></html>


† A black and white rendition of the Yale Babylonian Collection's Tablet YBC 7289 (c. 1800–1600 BCE), showing a Babylonian approximation to the square root of 2 (1 24 51 10 w: sexagesimal) in the context of Pythagoras' Theorem for an isosceles triangle. The tablet also gives an example where one side of the square is 30, and the resulting diagonal is 42 25 35 or 42.4263888... Source: Bill Casselman and the Yale Babylonian Collection.
 

 

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Interest in Aforetimes

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University of California Libraries

The Human Interest Library, visualized knowledge.
by Fallows, Samuel, Bp., 1835-1922; Ruoff, Henry W. (Henry Woldmar), 1865-1935

Before the internet there actually did exist
an interest in many things among the humans...

Caravel and ImperatorThis book represented a treasure-trove of knowledge-building entertainment for serious young readers in the early years of the twentieth century and - as a confirmed reader of encyclopedias - I find the inclusion of this work in the pages of BlogDogIt to be compulsory. We commend the University of California Libraries for their valuable contributions to The Internet Archive

Enjoy!

Download A Locally Hosted PDF [ HERE ]

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Hacking For Fun And Profit

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GeekLogIt

Welcome to BlogDogItIt has long been my intent to continue running BlogDogIt.com on the Geeklog CMS platform; doing my best to utilize existing features and plug-ins to keep this place on the cutting edge. Not too long ago though, I waxed poetic over my wishing to do something with the platform that - to my knowledge - had never been done with Geeklog. (See:Getting Geeky With IT)

I am pleased to report that after having submitted my work to
Geeklog.net, I was informed by them that my modification - which I have named "RSS Last Post" -  has been accepted and added to their official downloads section under the heading "Add-ons" subcategory "Hacks."

RSS Last Post download page

Get only the latest post from your favorite blogs.
Display in side block or static page.

A great deal of my blogging efforts revolve around promoting others' blogs. For many years I would use the Geeklog Portal Blocks to share their RSS feeds. I soon got the idea to attempt to extract a remote site's latest post and feature it in a static page or block and set about cobbling together this hack. In addition to showing the last post for the blog it also gets the website's logo and link if supplied to their feed (some do, some don't.)

Click the image above to visit the RSS Last Post download page and download the ZIP file - chocked full of tasty PHP Soup. Look around BlogDogIt for several examples of this hack in action.

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Iluminating the Oblivion State

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Oblivion State

Space may be the "final frontier" but that does not mean you have to be an astronaut to scratch your exploring itch. You can climb a mountain if you have one handy or tromp off into the woods and attempt to get lost in nature (if she'll have you.) But if exploration is what you crave, take a tip from Dorothy: "If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard..."

BlogDogIt is pleased to shine this (long-overdue) spotlight into the fascinating diversion of Urban Exploration and invite you to experience the Oblivion State. Oblivion State exists as an online forum for like-minded individuals to share their experiences in this most visually stimulating, awe inspiring, often melancholical quest for some really "big game" images.

Wherever humanity attempts to improve their condition the true impact of these endeavors is often best displayed in the urbanized areas their cities and towns. Begin your expedition here in the comfort of your internet browser (no tetanus shot required.) Think about those astounding sights you pass on a daily basis; those of which you have become numb to the beauty they possess. Open your eyes to the Oblivion State... 

Enjoy!

 Click On The Image To Visit Source Article

All images sourced from http://www.oblivionstate.com/ and remain copyrighted to the photographer with all rights reserved. Used Without Permission - I am hoping your visit to their website will get me off the hook.

Featured Explorers:

[] MiaroDigital [] Ferox [] Andy [] urbexosaurus []
[]
The Amateur Wanderer  [] eyevolve [] jones-y-gog []
[] skeleton key [] hamtagger [] mookster []

 


Be sure to catch my first contribution to Oblivion State:
Impressionists View: Riverside Amusement Park (circa 1979)


 

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Cheating Death Via Targeted Reincarnation

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K+Club

Pirating Plants by Peter Tobey

 

My bookshelf has long been home to one of my all-time favorite non-fiction books: "Pirating Plants: The Gardener's Guide to Getting Something for Nothing" (1975 - Tobey Publishing Co.) This is a book I refer to often for both the information it contains as well as the swashbuckling entertainment it provides. In a purely innocent "where are they now" internet search for its author, Peter Tobey, I found myself emerged in some of the most enjoyable internet I have encountered in quite some time.

Author Peter TobeyThanks to his LinkedIn profile, I discover that not only is Peter Toby alive and well (a genuine concern often expressed toward those of my contemporaries who tend to exist mainly in my memory) but find him to be the CEO of an East Coast boutique marketing agency by the name of Fuse & Company. Among the impressive display of clients listed in this companies portfolio section of their website is one aptly (if not redundantly) named "EncoreAgain."

Cheat DeathAfter exploring the highly effective e-commerce solution developed by Fuse & Company for EncoreAgain, I immediately sought and secured permission to share elements of his self-described "Tobey-esque" website with the readers of BlogDogIt and encourage each and every one of you to visit this most unique creation and by all means take full advantage of the "Once in This Lifetime Offer" presented therein (and only hinted at below...)  

 


 

 Encore Again Logo

double-your-money-back

quoteEveryone understands, intuitively, that death is bad. So are misery, grief and hopelessness. Yucky conditions, each, that doom some lives, gone wrong and headed nowhere. Until now. Suddenly, for a limited time only, change your universe, putting a move on destiny, free.

Cheat DeathWe offer a remedy for every woe. Not just a better life, not merely 'improved.' We're talking a whole new ball of wax: Reincarnation.

Normally, our double-your-money-back offer guarantees the future of your choice for a measly $2.95. But, for a limited time only, you can request a 60-Day Free Trial Reincarnation. If you aren't happy with our service, pay nothing. And, for simply trying us out, keep the glorious Certificate of Guarantee with our complements.end quote

The Re-do Guru

P.S. Finding a better life is just the start. You can also give a really nightmarish existence to some deserving louse. (Can you think of anyone?) Check out our "Send a Scum Some Doom" gift program. This too is free for a little while, certificate and all. Better hurry.

How It WorksNeophytes to the reincarnation process should review our How It Works section.

Step by Step - In easy to understand terms, we review the requirements for pondering, selecting and securing a rich and rewarding future life.

Gifts - Giving a new existence is different from shopping for yourself. We offer some cautions.

Scum - If you know someone whose ethical DNA is directly descended from the stuff growing on the surfaces of ponds, we have a plan for you.

Start now. All you have to do is click How It Works.

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Have you heard these guys?

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TheFairWells

TheFairWells This dynamic duo wails from South Cali and continually deliver to the interwebs an infectious vibe and unique freshness to the delight of every ear to turn their way. To that end, I present this pair for the purpose of promotion with a public proclamation that these particular people posess a potent power in their performances that positively personifies perfection. That being said... please join Paul and Tarah as they pull up a curb and cover Al Green's legendary "Let's Stay Together." I am sure you will agree this is a magical set.

Enjoy!

 

 

But don't stop there... The Fair Wells have beaucoup selections to offer all their fans. So if - like me - you really dig these sultry, southern singer-songwriters then you should - by all means - spend some time exploring their YouTube, SoundCloud and all their linkity-links presented below:

SoundCloud
YouTube
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
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Frequency Mumbo Jumbo

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epileptic_seizures_warning.gifThe number of times a specified periodic phenomenon occurs within a specified interval is called its frequency.

Whether discussing the frequency with which the Earth revolves around the Sun (vise versa for our "Flat Earther" friends) or the waves of the various types of light emanating from that boring ol' Class G Star of ours there can be little doubt that frequencies are not only the spice of life, in many ways they are what give life to our reality. 

Quantum Jitters

In String Theory of Theoretical Physics it is postulated that the smallest particles that make up everything (elementary particles) are nothing more than invisible one dimensional vibrating strings and that the only thing differentiating these various constituents of our very existence is their rate of vibration (or frequency.)

Differing frequencies in the waves of light is what gives us colors (eg. blue is higher frequency than red.) Vibrations of the air are responsible for the sounds we hear (eg. low notes are slow waves high notes are faster waves.) Electromagnetic waves are useful for all sorts of radio related activities (including television and cellular phones.) So it should be obvious that you don't have to be fascinated with frequencies to find yourself totally immersed in them.

hypnotoadThere has been quite a bit of investigating by scientist as well as pseudo-scientist regarding the WSOGMM and how the various frequencies that surround us might be beneficial or detrimental if applied willingly to our person in some form or other. Michael Triggs over at Papercut Suicide has compiled a "listing of frequencies that various parties have claimed can affect the human mind or body in some way." See: Brainwave Frequency Listing for one of the Internet's best assemblage of information on this topic.

There are actually quite a lot of YouTube videos that offer "tone therapy/brainwave entertainment" of one form or another; I have decided to throw my hat into that ring.

The production highlighted in this article is a unique blend of audio and video and draws on an earlier discussion about freeviewing stereo image pairs. Since the act of 3D viewing (depth perception) is actually a mental construct whereby the brain blends information collected by each eye so as to present the consciousness with valuable information regarding the environment of this existence; it is hoped that by combining a few key frequencies and including an alternating stereophonic earth resonance pulse piggy-backed upon the stereo vision brain function that something interesting might manifest itself in the exercise. This approach has yielded an audio/visual experience like none other. Is this a good thing or is this a bad thing? You be the judge...

Time TunnelThe video presented here features positive and negative images of the BlogDogIt signature 'God's Eye' avatar rendered in black and white and alternating left for right at a frequency of 33 cycles per second as the visual component. The legendary Schumann Resonance (normally inaudible) has been rendered by a saw-tooth waveform to serve as the metronome for the piece. The 7.83Hz (cycles per second) 'ticking' alternates between left and right channels in an attempt to force both hemispheres of the brain to take part in the entertainment. The sound track is further infused with pure sine-wave tones of the 9Hz, 33Hz and 108Hz frequency. The 108Hz being responsible for the audible tone and the other two detectable as impressions upon the available auditory sensation.

One Second of Audio Waves

A One Second Sampling Of Raw Audio Tracks


 

The Brain Frequency Listing by Michael Triggs had the following to say about these included frequencies (visit the page for complete details):


7.83 - Earth Resonance, grounding [×], "Schumann Resonance." [TS, ESR+HSW, MAG]; anti-jetlag, anti-mind control, improved stress tolerance [SS]; psychic healing experiments [ESR]; pituitary stimulation to release growth hormone (helps develop muscle, recover from injuries, rejuvenation effects) [HSW]; Earth Resonance Frequency - 'leaves you feeling revitalized like you've spent a day in the country.' [PWM via DW]; reports of accelerated healing/enhanced learning - "the earth's natural brainwave" [MAG]

[HSW] notes that higher octaves of the 7.83 Schumann Resonance can also stimulate the pituitary in the same way that 7.83 HZ can - especially 31.32 HZ. (One needs to be careful to distinguish between octaves of the 7.83 Schumann Resonance, and the other six Schumann Resonances, which are not higher octaves of 7.83 HZ.)


8.6-9.8 Induces sleep, tingling sensations [SS]

9.0, 11.0, 16.0 [bad] documented calcium ion migration (brain tissue) [SS]

There's some disagreement over whether these frequencies offer anything to fear when used for binaural beats. Here's the thread from the Brainwave Generator message board : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bwgen/message/4592

9.0 - 13.0 - Alpha Range (according to [VUG]) - relaxed, not thinking about anything in particular, sometimes a pleasurable feeling of "floating". Often dominant in certain kinds of meditation, alpha waves have for the past twenty years been associated with calm, lucid mental states (the "alpha state"). They're also often detected during dream sleep. This pattern typically occurs in daydreaming, relaxed awareness, guided or focused imagery & smoothly rhythmic athletic activity. There's often a euphoric, effortless feeling of "flow" as the doer is absorbed in activity and subject + object are felt to be united. [VUG via DW]

9.0 - 14.0 Alpha range (according to [AWI]) - Relaxed & detached awareness, visualization, sensory imagery, light reverie. Also, gateway to meditation - provides bridge between the conscious & subconscious mind. [AWI]

9.0 - Awareness of causes of body imbalance & means for balance[×] Blind person phantom touch reading (somatosensory cortex) [RA]; Associated with Sacral/Svadhisthana chakra (Color=Orange) (Body Parts=Gonads, Reproductive System) (Effects=Relationships/Sexuality) (Note=D) [OML]


 33 Christ consciousness, hypersensitivity, Pyramid frequency (inside) ; Schumann Resonance (5th frequency of 7) [TS]

Funky coincidence it lines up with the Christ Consciousness & Pyramid frequency, eh? I've had some interesting results with this one -- particularly when I overlap waves at 9.0 HZ (pyramid outside frequency). The mind tends to wander in funny ways.


 108 Total knowing


epileptic_seizures_warning.gifIt is very hard to say how this audio/visual presentation will effect you so understand that if you choose to experience this video you are doing so at your own risk. Headphones are recommended to make the most of the audio component just as stereo free-viewing is the suggested way to view. Parallel viewing of the native size video or crossed-eye viewing in full-screen mode seem to offer the same degree of stimulation.

 

 

Download the uncompressed  2 minute version in AVI format.
(The original 10 minute video is available upon request.)

Download the original AVI [136MB]

 

Listen to full 10 minute presentation of the original WAV audio

 

Be sure to check out the BlogDogIt YouTube Channel
for some other variations on this theme.

 

 

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