GOOGLE yourself.

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(Image from Mashable.com)

Most Christians know the acronym W W J D ( What Would Jesus Do) as a source of giving themselves a different perspective on a situation than the one they might usually adopt ( coming from one’s self ). It is a useful term but a little awkward to say – it does not glide easily off the tongue.

Google has become an almost universal source of information ( guidance) for our computer literate society today world wide, believers and non-believers alike, over all religious beliefs, not just christianity.

I would like to introduce a new way of using Google, or GOOGLE as above.

 

Consider that GOOGLE can stand for:

 

Get

Out

Of

God’s

Living

Entity!

 

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What do i mean by that? – Simple. Those who would seek to follow only God’s Will for themselves have a MAJOR obstacle… their own will frequently gets in the way. We want to do and be ‘good’ but we do that which if we really look at it is the wrong thing. This is most often because we are inclined to do what we do based mostly upon what we know or think and we actually know of think in a very limited capacity compared to the entirity of all there is to know or be.

 

So as a commonly seen ‘reminder’ to take the wider perspective, to do based upon the knowledge of God and not just our own limited view, GOOGLE yourself. Get Out Of God’s Living Entity ¬†(your mind/body) – empty ‘yourself’ so as to allow God back in unhindered by your personal perception. Have patience and trust in God. Let Him guide your action through your pure spirit.

 

God Bless.

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In Just 60 Little Seconds of Your Life…

My blog’s been feeling a little ‘heavy’ lately – deep things going on. Our life should be a life of moderation ( of most things ) so to lighten the mood a little…

 

What Happens in an Internet Minute

 

640 thousand Gigabytes of data EVERY minute!!!?

OK – minute’s up – now get back to work! ūüėČ

Desire

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Desire: to wish or long for. “When you wish upon a star”. De-sire comes from the latin de+side (star) – desiderate.

A couple of blogs i have read lately have got me thinking on the subject of Desire.

Our desire(s) could be said to be at the very heart of our being. We can do something to ‘Our Heart’s desire’, our heart aches with desire. Many of the verses in Proverbs and Psalms speak of the vital connection between the heart and our desire as a link to God. “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4; “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Prov 13:12

Throughout the ages philosphers from Plato to Immanuel Kant have considered desire as an important motivating force in human life. Even Buddhism which considers it necessary to eliminate sensual desire  (that causes all suffering)  in order to find Nirvana concedes that a novice is to work on motivational forces through skilful application of desire.

Our greatest desire determines our main priority in life; our priorities strongly determine our choices; our choices lead to the actions we take and our actions we take determine the kind of life we live. How we behave and who we become.

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So what is your greatest single desire?

Is it a desire of self ( one that gives you personally the greatest degree of personal or sensual pleasure) – or a desire to follow the Will of God or of something greater than (external to) just yourself? ( Humanity?, Ecology? Nationality?)

If your greatest desire is to something other than self (but including, as a small part, the self) do you only act in harmony with that desire? Or do you sometimes slip into ‘selfish’ mode and consider your needs over those of others and the greater good?

Could this be behind the ‘conscience’ that sometimes causes us to have a niggling feeling of guilt when we do a thing, or not do a thing?

Maybe in order to reduce the instances of that ‘niggle’ we might consider the idea more carefully?

Any thoughts?

Interesting….a Blog Award.

I feel honoured that a fellow blogger Michael, whom i respect as a man of great integrity and a devout spirit considers¬†this¬†blog to be worthy of nomination for the “Interesting Blog Award”.interesting-blog-award

Rules for the acceptance of this award are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you  (Tick!)
2. List five random facts about you  (Tick!)
3. Nominate a minimum of five blogs for the award  (Tick!)
4. Answer the five questions and ask nominees 5 questions of your choice (Tick!)
5. Let them know you have nominated them (Tick)

Five random facts about me? Ok…

I’m a Dual National. Was born British, but became an official Aussie¬†citizen¬†also in 1995 (after living here for over 20 years).

I have an above average ( some would say way above) memory, i even demonstrated ‘the power of the mind’ ¬†(to hold and retain information) at seminars. I was even told by the event co-ordinator after my first session to ‘make a couple of mistakes’, otherwise people won’t believe it and think you were faking or a plant ( i wasn’t, i remembered everything over 20 audience members called out, in the order the called them and with the exact features they described, perfectly in a single hearing¬†without¬†any prior set up).

I enjoy taking and framing macro (close up) floral photography that highlights the sometimes overlooked beauty in the small details of plants and insects.

I’m a numismatist also, my speciality being Australia.

I have a plastic tube emerging from my abdomen that’s been there for over 12 months and so far has not been used; some time in the future ( hopefully not soon) it will be used to do the job my kidneys are struggling to do, which is filter toxins from my bloodstream – at least until such time as i may be granted someone else’s kidney as a transplant. ( you only really need one – i currently have less than 10% total function in both mine).

Answer the following 5 questions ( Thanks Michael)

1. How is it that you started blogging? – ¬†Can’t remember my first blog now, was probably around 10 years ago. Just did it because i liked the concept of the internet and having my voice be able to reach a wide audience. I felt there were some things that needed to be said and this was my way to say them.

2. What does your worship consist of? ¬†Hmm.. have had to think about this one. ¬†God for me, is the only being worthy of Worship; given that all i am is due to Him and His spirit in me all i do is worship to Him. That however makes me somewhat ashamed because a lot of the things i do i do for me more than i do for Him. Knowing that, and believing i do wrong in that, leads me to want to do ‘better’ and that is why i am seeking His guidance in my life from this day forward.

3. Do you do any volunteering? Why? Not currently, although the last time i was involved i felt were the most contented days i had ever felt ‘working’. It is something i must get back into – i have no excuse.

4. Do you believe miracles still happen today? Why? I did not used to believe in Miracles, never feeling like i had ever witnessed one or heard of a reliable witness to one, personally, however, i am open to the belief in Miracles occuring today as i believe God has the power to do anything and once my belief and understanding is sufficient i intend to actively participate in them – to His Glory.

5. Do you acknowledge God where ever you go? Why? I never deny God, but i might not always openly acknowledge Him when i am with others or if i get too caught up in my ‘self’ and not be in spirit. This happens far more than i prefer and am doing various exercises to overcome it. I’m a work in progress.

My five questions i would ask my nominees are:

1. Do you get more out of  blogging your thoughts Рor from reading those of other bloggers (including Comments)?

2. What stops you from commenting on a post you ‘like’?

3. What is the single greatest external ( ie. not of your own creation) force or influence on/in your life as it is today/now?

4. What is guaranteed to induce in you the greatest Joy?

5. Are you a net giver or net taker of Love? Why?

I nominate the following 5 bloggers for the Interesting Blog Award.

1. http://hardwiredtochrist.wordpress.com/

2.¬†http://www.davidyerle.com¬†-David Yerle Writes…

3. http://kellyhartland.wordpress.com

4. http://chattyowl.com

5.http://wontoforate.wordpress.com

May this award pass on all Glory to God, Originator/Creator of all that is.

Orchids

It’s been a while since i did a photo post.

Orchids are amongst the largest family of¬†flowering¬†plants with over 26 000¬†natural¬†species and up to 100 000 cultivated¬†varieties, including the rare and relatively expensive vanilla plant, which chef’s value highly for their seed pods

A show by an Orchid growers society last weekend gave me a great o¬†opportunity¬†to capture some of Nature’s incredible and awesome beauty ( with but a small helping hand from Man, some of these flowers had never grown in the ‘wild’ but needed careful¬†tweaking¬†by the hands of craftsmen to exist.

I’m sure you’ll agree that when man and God work in harmony, the results can be spectacularly special.

(Left clicking on any photo below will open up a slideshow, but i prefer to Right click and open in a new tab as this gives a bigger image that shows more detail of any photo). ūüôā

How Successful is Your Communication?

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Something we all realise from time to time is that what we say does not always perfectly convey to someone we are communicating with exactly what we meant.

There are two main reasons for this:

1. Our mind is not constructed in exactly the same internal way as that of any other person making a ‘perfect’ exchange of ideas from one mind to another problematic. ( difficult to do just right ūüėČ )

2. The problem of language. That is trying to find a way of transforming our thoughts into a medium (such as the English or any other language system) that someone else can understand and agree with in order to ‘see’ what we mean.

There is not all that much we can do about either reason: we cannot all think exactly the same way because we have all built up our mind by experiencing many different things since we were born. What we can do is try to remember this when we offer our ideas, words, thoughts to anyone else and do our best to make things as clear and as not open to different interpretation as we can. This requires constant conscious efforts on our part and a realisation that people are going to take what we say slightly differently to what we meant.

This is true for all forms of communication, written, spoken, non-verbal (body language/facial expression) or if we use visual forms to communicate ( movies, sign-language, etc)

The second problem though, language has problems built into it – problems we might rarely think much about.

This was brought home to me most clearly in a course i took on communication with a very simple demonstration i would like to share now.

I didn’t say he killed his wife.

A simple easy to understand sentence of just 7 little words – how difficult could it be to understand something like that? We all understand what each word means – there is no confusion about any single word – right?

But what exactly did i mean when i said that?

To be clear here, try emphasising one word out of the sentence… then do the same for a different word, do it for all words separately.

eg. EYE didn’t say he killed his wife – meaning either: i never said he did even if i thought it, OR, i might have repeated it but i was not the FIRST one to say it – someone else was.

i DIDN’T say he killed his wife – meaning i never said or thought it, or, i don’t currently recall saying it.

i didn’t SAY he killed his wife – meaning either i ‘implied’ he did without actually saying the words, or, i may have written it or given the impression that was my belief in a way that did not use spoken words.

For each word you emphasise you can put a different meaning to the sentence. There are at LEAST 7 different meanings to those seven words in that order!

Often we can determine the intended meaning from the context around it. Context is very important and is one reason why say quoting a single verse from the Bible may not give all people the idea you intended. People need more than just the words said to get the whole idea behind a thought.

More often, if we don’t, people will put their own individual interpretation on what is said. or easily discount it totally.

This is particularly true of the written word – blogs, letters, emails, and even moreso in SMS where context is usually not present.

The reason for this is that of all the things we communicate to another, which used to only be face-to-face, before people learned to read and write and before the telephone the actual words we use comprise just 9-10%.

The tone of our voice transmits around 40% of our meaning and the rest – a whopping 50% – is transmitted by our body language, our expression as we say something or our physical stance, tapping of feet waving of arms etc.

Quite obviously the 90% of our communication that is non-verbal cannot be transmitted via the written word alone.

Emoticons were developed to help improve the ‘interpretation’ of our words by aiding our ability to transmit our emotion along with the words we write.

Something to remember whenever we write.

Where’s Your Fault Focus?

Came across a little gem in a post i follow today…

It’s easier to focus on the faults of another than to look inside self.

S.P.I.R.I.T. Ministries.

 

All too often we do the easy thing when we know we should do the harder thing.

Many Thanks, Michael.

Time and Tides Wait for No Moon!

If you will forgive the slight bastardisation of the old proverb i will endeavour to explain.

I have queried the ‘common’ scientific ‘wisdom’ concerning our planet’s tides in a previous post, and to date have not had a single reply to my query (why is the Moon said to have the greater effect on our tides when it can be shown the Sun’s gravitational pull is about 170 times that of the Moon at the surface of the Earth?)

Today i was reconsidering the subject and found a direct contradiction between accepted scientific argument and the simple facts. In science this should not be so!

‘Anyone’ (who does not actually know better by simple¬†observation)¬†will¬†tell you that the Moon’s gravitational pull on Earth causes the water directly facing the Moon to ‘rise’ upwards causing a high tide. They will likewise probably try to convince you that when the Moon and the Sun are both in a direct line with the Earth that this pull and resulting ‘bulge’ of the ocean’s surface is at it’s maximum causing a ‘Spring tide’ or highest tide in any month.

Spring and Neap (low) tides. The Sun is to the left of this image.

Spring and Neap (low) tides. The Sun is to the left of this image.

The smarter ones will even explain that because the earth’s surface is not smooth and even, having points both higher and lower than the level of our oceans in irregular pattern, that some tides can be much higher than others and sometimes not exactly occurring when you would otherwise expect them to.

This generally satisfies all but the most questioning minds on the matter Рwe believe what is said by those who seem to know what they are talking about.

It is a mistake to not question things – to just believe blindly when someone who seems to know what they are talking about says ‘This is so’.

Here’s my point. While it is true that Earth’s surface (eg coastline) is complex and does make for unusual tides (Bay of Fundy has tides of 50+feet while most places it is only 2-5 feet difference between high and low tides) there is a place where there is but a small amount of land in a massive (1/3rd the surface of the Earth!) amount of water. If there is anywhere the actual effect of Moon and Sun on the tides should be able to be fairly observed, it is Hawaii!

And guess what? Looking at the tide tables for any month on Hawaiian islands shows something quite ‘wrong’ (at least as far as the experts would tell you was the case!)

4/9/2013 10:18 AM -0.20 ft. Low 6:18 AM 6:50 PM
4/9/2013 4:57 PM 1.69 ft. High 6:18 AM 6:50 PM
4/9/2013 11:19 PM 0.10 ft. Low 6:18 AM 6:50 PM
4/10/2013 4:47 AM 1.09 ft. High 6:18 AM 6:50 PM
4/10/2013 10:44 AM -0.19 ft. Low 6:18 AM 6:50 PM
4/10/2013 5:32 PM 1.76 ft. High 6:18 AM 6:50 PM
4/11/2013 12:04 AM 0.13 ft. Low 6:18 AM 6:50 PM
4/11/2013 5:20 AM 0.96 ft. High 6:17 AM 6:51 PM
4/11/2013 11:11 AM -0.16 ft. Low 6:17 AM 6:51 PM
4/11/2013 6:08 PM 1.78 ft. High 6:17 AM 6:51 PM

These are the tide tables for Waikiki, Hawaii in April 2013, (New Moon was  11 April) . High tide (red) and Low Tide (blue) are shown, whereas on the New Moon, the green figures show the greatest daily difference between a high and low tide (1.95 feet)

4/26/2013 10:54 AM -0.37 ft. Low 6:05 AM 6:56 PM
4/26/2013 6:03 PM 2.13 ft. High 6:05 AM 6:56 PM
4/27/2013 1:00 AM 0.00 ft. Low 6:05 AM 6:56 PM
4/27/2013 5:55 AM 0.73 ft. High 6:04 AM 6:56 PM
4/27/2013 11:33 AM -0.33 ft. Low 6:04 AM 6:56 PM
4/27/2013 6:52 PM 2.14 ft. High 6:04 AM 6:56 PM

The above table is for the Full Moon (Moon on opposite side of planet to the Sun!) on 26 April. NOTE: ALL tides are more extreme during Full Moon than for the New Moon when both bodies should have their force added to one another and should therefore be more extreme!

The diff in tides for a New Moon ( pull together) = 1.95ft

The diff in tides for a Full Moon ( pull opposite) = 2.5 ft??

But the weirdness does not stop there, Thinking about the time of day the tides are supposed to occur consider this diagram.

Position of the Moon at High Tide??

Position of the Moon at High Tide??

Imagine you are looking at the Earth from over the North Pole and imagine the topmost blue crescent is the Pacific Ocean with Hawaii roughly where the HighTide arrow is pointing to. Considering the ‘Full Moon’ table data (Highest tide in April 2013), then the Moon is directly¬†above¬†Hawaii and the Sun would be directly below (opposite side of earth to the¬†full¬†moon!) In other words – it is midnight (near enough) in Hawaii.

So?

By the predicted (verifiable) tide times High tide occurs SIX HOURS BEFORE midnight! (6:03 pm) The lowest tide is an hour before Midday (10:54 am – ¬†when we should be having the second ‘high tide’ then!)

The highest tide of the Month is when the Moon is almost 90 degrees away from the vertical, close to the Horizon. How can the Pacific Ocean bulge outwards at it’s highest point on the tiny amount of land available when the Moon still has a half of the sky to travel through before it is pulling the bulge to it’s highest point from the surface?

Just to make the point more obvious… the Low Tide arrow above is pointing to where Hawaii is relative to the moon when there is a High Tide in Hawaii!

Can anyone offer a sound explanation for this scientific anomaly?

 

ImagesL K.Cooley @ home.hiwaay.net and Wikipedia

Bob’s Quotes: #6

Bob Says:

ONE who goes in TWO minds, is but HALF-Hearted.

Why Time Travel is (Probably) Impossible… Addendum

(Subtitled: Ooops! I forgot one) ūüėČ

There is yet another reason why Time Travel is ( probably) impossible, specifically involving the method of light/hyper light speed.

I did not make it clear ( because it makes it even more complicated and confusing to those who don’t like maths) but there is a reason why Time seems to slow down at near light speed. And it is the same principle that creates this latest nail in Time Travel’s coffin so i better give you the lowdown before i come to the clincher.

Around the end of the 19th century Hendrik Lorenz and others were considering the implications of the recently discovered electron and came up with a formula known as the Lorentz Transformation (later refined and corrected by mathematician Henri Poincare in 1905 and which helped Einstein produce his special theory of relativity).

Basically this formula describes how physical equations that describe some events in our ‘normal’ reference frame here on earth have to be modified when their speed relative to someone doing the observing of events is considered.

Forgive the math but it simply (?) says:

ő≥ = 1/‚ąö(1-v¬≤/c¬≤)

Anyone who remembers their high school maths knows that as the denominator of a number gets smaller, the resultant gets bigger, and that you can never divide 1 by zero since the answer is something infinitely large.

Looking¬†again at the equation above we see that as our velocity = v starts to get very close to c – the speed of light – v¬≤/c¬≤ gets very very close to one, so 1 minus something¬†very,¬†very close to one becomes very, very close to zero! The square root of that number is even closer to zero and so¬†ő≥ becomes massively large.

Using the Lorentz Transformation as it applies to Time between two observers moving apart at speed = v

To = ő≥Tv tells us that for the person who sees themselves as ‘stationary’ (To), Tv( time to the moving person ¬†in the spaceship) appears to be Tv = To/ő≥ or, our ‘time’ divided by a huge number if v ~ c¬†meaning their time appears very much slower,

Similarly, for the moving observer (although to him he sees us as moving away from him while he is ‘stationary’ in the spaceship with his clock) To = ő≥Tv ¬†so he sees time as moving very fast on Earth compared to his clock back on board.

The same transformation applies to the momentum of any object travelling at speed.

This says that the momentum of the moving object appears to have¬†ő≥ times the momentum of a ‘stationary’ object (a stationary object actually has zero momentum relative to the stationary reference frame¬†since¬†momentum = mass times velocity p= mv, if v=0 then p=0)

But p=mv is true only for ‘low’ values of v at light speed we have to use p= ő≥p so an object has ‘infinite’ momentum if v = c

The energy require to increase an object’s momentum to infinite would also be infinite.

 

In other words it would take more energy than we can ever accumulate to travel fast as or faster than light speed.