So you want to live forever…

Lots of people have this dream of living forever. Well, they should be more specific with that dream because I’m convinced that most people forget something crucial. I’ll let you guess what that is.

My Dad is 91 years old since last September. His eyes are failing. Also his memory, legs, and arms aren’t what they used to be. And since this week even his dentures are failing. Yes, go ahead and laugh, because how can dentures fail? Well, when you get old your body shrinks. And that includes your jaws. And that in turn means that your dentures won’t fit any more. (Oh, right, hadn’t thought of that, huh?)

Are you already on the right track to the crucial bit?

You may want to live forever if you don’t get older. If you stay as healthy are you are now, or better still: if you can be like you were in your prime, let’s say 23 or 25 years old. There. Gotcha. You’re probably not 25 any more, so your wish comes a bit late. Think of how horrible your body will be when you’re 129. Or 241. Of course you don’t want to live forever like that.

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Ecclesiastes 1:18

Ecclesiastes 1:18
For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

Yes, it’s in the bible, folks. Better believe it. Don’t get too smart, that will only give you grief and sorrow, and who are you going to turn to then?

It’s better to stick with the original sin idea. Then at least you’re guilty of something you didn’t do yourself.

(Keep them dumb and controllable.)

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Stonehenge was indeed a circle.

In a Dutch news article I saw something that I appreciate to learn about.

Stonehenge bij Amesbury, Zuid-Engeland

Stonehenge near Amesbury, South of Engeland

Because of the drought in the UK, the caretaker of the Stonehenge premises discovered that Stonehenge originally was a full circle, something that many people already suspected. Scientist now say that proof is available.

The simple fact that the garden hose of the caretaker wasn’t long enough to water the entire area, certain parts of the grass turned brown. One of the people working there discovered that those dark patches exactly matched the spots where the missing stones had been expected to stand. Even this many years later, the consistency of the ground is still so different that the marks (by changing the way plants grow) are visible to date.

Using a drone, pictures were made from the air in which the entire shape of Stonehenge became visible. Also other marks, like older excavations, were clearly visible through their changed colour. The caretaker now ponders if he should stop watering other parts of the monument at the next drought. Perhaps more things will emerge then.

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Avatar geekery.

Kaltxì. Oel ngati kameie. Hello. I See you.

Avatar dagger

Yes. I had to. I needed some Avatar/Na’vi cutlery so I found those gems at “Heavenly Swords“.

Avatar dagger

Why three at once? Because those three together are cheaper than the one that is for sale on Amazon. And Amazon won’t ship it to me. Also, P&P (for Americans: shipping) for 3 at once is much smarter as these things go overseas.

Jake's knife

This up here is Jake’s knife. Perhaps not the entirely real thing but close enough for my hands. :-)

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Mark 10:25

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

US Catholic Church a $170 billion business (money.msn.com)

…an extra £30 million a year on top of the £12 million already granted by the Government to The Church of England. (wikipedia)

Roman Catholics: The Vatican’s Wealth – Bankers’ best guesses about the Vatican’s wealth put it at $10 billion to $15 billion. (Time.com)

So…

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(Image used with permission under Creative Commons Licence. Original artwork by http://e-dinaphotoart.deviantart.com/)

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So… what is the most important here?

I’m really curious what you think because I already know what I think.

Let me give you a list:

  • NYSE (New York Stock Exchange).
  • Nikkei (Japan Stock Exchange).
  • NASDAQ (US Stock Exchange).
  • AEX (Amsterdam Stock Exchange).

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Did you miss your favourite one? Or do you already know what’s most important? Let me tell you that none of them is important. These places deal with man-made ideas that are worth millions of other man-made ideas. The whole thing is a farce that has taken over so much space in the minds of people that it’s become a figment of importance while the whole thing is nothing but a waste of time. Not money, because that’s the other man-made idea. Money’s nothing but paper and metal that should be put to better use.

Stock markets are fickle and unhealthy. They can crash (proof is in 1920, 2008 and others) and they can kill people. Not by falling on those people, but those innocent, lost souls have tied their well-being to those stock markets so much that a crash (or a drop in the value of shares, yet another man-made silliness) drives them to suicide. For all the paper and metal in the world I don’t see a reason to kill myself over that.

If you read all the way to here, do you (still) think that stock markets are important? Give me clean air, fresh water and pleasant people to share honest food with. We need a brave new world. One that has learnt from the mistakes we’ve made and are still making with the current one. Brave, because it will take a lot of brave people to start creating it because you can bet that there will be a lot of opposition from the people who think that stock markets are the most important thing.

Man over money. Instead of money over man, the way things are now.

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Doctor Who

Yes. The new Doctor has spoken. And acted.

I don’t watch many things televised but Dr Who is one of the items I won’t miss. The new Doctor, for me, is a great one. A step back towards the style of the original ones, before the funny young boys took over. Mind you, I had fun with those boys (David Tennant and after a while also Matt Smith) but I like my Doctors on the dark side with a twist.

I adored the hints towards Tom Baker’s Doctor in the first episode of this new season. Tom Baker was my first Doctor and you never forget your first Doctor. For me the new season of Doctor Who is off to a good start. The new title sequence is fantastic:

and I disagree with Clara: the interior looks smashing. I’m already looking forward to the next episode.

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Android and its ROMs

Yes, ROMs. Not Romulans, as this is not Star Trek. Alas.

A while ago I got an Android update on my smartphone. It was for Android 4.4.2. I installed it and I was not a happy camper: suddenly only Google’s own apps could manipulate the SD card! The trick would be to ROOT the phone (breaking it open, in a way, to give me all the permissions again). It was quite an experience.

How to root your phone: first you need a Recovery Rom. Best known are CWM (ClockWork Mod) and TWRP (no idea, I didn’t use this one).

I used Philz Touch CWM rom. Note: find the version that works for your phone. Mine was N7100. Make sure you pick the right one. Please use Google or Bing or so to locate this file, there are many versions. Search for “Philz Touch recovery tar md5“. You will also need a Windows-program called Odin. This is what you need to put the recovery rom on your phone. The last one I know of is Odin3 3.09.

Online you can find information how to do this, but the quick rundown is: run Odin. Point the ‘AP‘ location to the tar.md5 file with Philz Touch Recover. Put your phone in DOWNLOAD mode. Connect USB cable. Wait for Odin to recognise the phone. Press start. Wait until Odin reports Success.

Once you did that you can locate a ROM you want to put on the phone. The one I finally had success with was the TigraRom v4. This one runs Android 4.3, is rooted and gave me back read/write access to the SD card. This is the one I’m currently running. To install a new ROM, first backup your stuff. Then make sure you’ve backed up your stuff. Find the ROM that works for your phone. Really, read that again. Download it and put the ZIPfile on your phone or on the SD Card. Boot your phone into Recovery mode (usually Volume-up and Power, but my phone also needed the Home button pressed so look that up for your phone). You’ll be put into Philz Touch Recovery.

Start sweating: select Wipe Data/Factory reset and confirm you want to do this. return to this menu (is easy). Select ADVANCED and select Wipe Dalvik Cache. Confirm.

Then select ‘Install Zip’.  Locate the zipfile on your device and make it so. This is where the magic happens: the new ROM is loaded onto your phone. After that: reboot system now. That’s all there is to it. After that it’s up to you to find if the ROM works for you. I found Tigra to work after 8 or 9 disappointments. Flashing a ROM gets easy after a while, trust me. ;-)

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Qwerky

Before you wonder what this is: it’s a keyboard. Yes, I know it looks like a typewriter. That’s the beauty of it. It’s a ‘Qwerkywriter’, crowdfunded via Kickstarter. This keyboard can connect to devices via USB and BlueTooth. And I ordered one by pitching in on the Kickstarter. I find this an amazing thing to look at. It breathes steampunk and back to basics typing.

Love it.

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Your car. The prize and the price.

You are undoubtedly aware that your car is expensive. It’s expensive in ways you may not even have considered. First of course there is a lot of money involved in actually buying the thing, after deciding on the right colour.

Fun bits like insurance, taxes and inevitably fuel costs are something that you take into consideration as well.

But did you ever stop to think how much of the time you use that precious car? For most people it will stand around unused for at least 80% of the time. If not more. 80% of a day is 19 hours. Do you drive your car for 5 hours a day? If so, well, poor you (unless it’s your job to drive it). Do you drive it 3 hours a day? Then your car is standing around used for over 85% of the time!

It’s also a sad truth that many people who use their car for 3 hours a day even sit inside it while the car’s standing still.

Most drivers are familiar with the popular traffic jam that pops up more and more these days and weeks.

I am convinced that there are more efficient ways of transport and commute. Most people probably are aware of that. The problem is that so much has been invested in our addiction to the car that it’s hard to kick that habit. And “big oil” isn’t going to help us get rid of our car, their income, anytime soo.

 

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