Category: E is for…

Oh YES, folks, the conspiracy wheel is spinning out of control… the “get an education” conspiracy, that is… college, HUNH! What is it good for? It’s good for keeping the unemployed hopeful and busy while there are no (and won’t be) true “jobs” or careers of interest/worth; it’s good for the “educators” / administrators to put their hands all the way into our bank accounts, so we’ll be beholding to them longer than it takes to buy a house. It’s also good for separating the educational market, such that paying $50K to get a BA from one school can do you no good when you want to go to another “school” for your doctorate by adding more education to your handsome list.. Credits transfer between schools? HA!

This attached article (Dear Class of ‘13: You’ve Been Scammed)  is ON POINT and speaks to the foolishness involved in our higher education (don’t get me started on k-12!) scam. For decades we have been encouraged to get a better education, so we can get those higher paying jobs, have a real piece of the pie. Don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain decreasing real jobs, increasing real taxes and telling us all we have to do to escape the cycle is get a degree and show the world who we are.
Yeah right!
I can’t wait to get a minimum wage job at KFC using my proudly earned and time wasting BA! Keep me busy “learning” from virtual schools and virtual educators, so I won’t notice we are still circling the drain.
God Bless America!!!


#CONSPIRACY THEORY, but it’s TRUE!  #theeducationconspiracy #mortgageyoureducation #permanentstudent

C is for… Conspiracy Theory

E is for… Education

E is for…

Welcome to Day 5 of the April 2013 AtoZ Challenge… enjoy…

I may have forgotten to mention my theme – it will be fractals, fractal art, everything fractal up to and including my new book Fractal Dreams! Have a look around my pages and such to see lots more fractals. Also, every Friday I post a FridayFractalFeature (fff, for short) for all to enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and engaging in the A to Z 2013 Challenge! This is my FIRST ever, so I’m pretty excited! So every day I will post a fractal whose title starts with the letter of the day… and perhaps other things fractal related.

E is for….
Element 90 – An amazing fractalist who has created his own software for generating and rendering fractals called Venus, Mars, Saturn (fractal explorers) and Phobos, Terra, Luna and Titan, which are fractal expanders! They are FREE!

the fractal for E is: Electric Haiku



Electric Haiku is not in my book, Fractal Dreams, which is available exclusively at RedmundPro.

Check out all my art at these galleries:

#fractals #AtoZChallenge #digitalart

Disclaimer: I am NOT a mathematician, so please forgive the uneducated tone of my definitions. I am an artist, so I try to explain the math of fractals to the best of my (limited)  ability.

Becoming Balanced…

This comprehensive introduction to our ethereal (or spiritual, if you prefer) self. A beautiful explanation of our wholeness!

Chakra Center

Imagine seven ‘wheels’ of energy spinning in your body along its centerline, from the base of your spine to the top of your head. These subtle energy channels each correspond to different areas of the body as well as specific life situations. They channel energy to where it’s needed, for optimal health and wellbeing.

In many ways the chakras are like intersections in a busy city. They channel traffic, and the traffic grid is designed to keep traffic flowing freely. But as we have all experienced, city traffic can easily become snarled. All it takes is one angry or insensitive driver blocking an intersection, and everything comes to a stop. Traffic ‘upstream’ from the blockage becomes an impassable domino effect of cars clogging the streets and blocking other intersections. And ‘downstream’, the streets are empty.

Check out the chakra chart below to understand your chakras better.

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My only message is: PLEASE VOTE!!!!!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012…
CU at the polls!!!


Have a great day!!!


E is for… ELECTION DAY 11/6/2012
V is for… VOTE


Just wanted to share, if you are interested. It is rather long, but my friend says they are most articulate. Many of us have made up our minds, though not all, methinks… Many of us have this issue on upcoming election ballots…

First video is Oprah’s in depth story about Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, including some thoughts from Harris’ parents. Kind of long, but might be interesting to browse.

Second is former Minnesota governor and his wife, Jesse and Terry Ventura. This one is short.

Just sharin…

thanks for stopping in…


I hope you might share some of my utter and pure delight…


[Robert Winston]
It’s amazing to consider that I’m holding in my hands
The place where someone once felt, thought, and loved
For centuries, scientists have been battling to understand
What this unappealing object is all about

[Vilayanur Ramachandran]
Here is this mass of jelly
You can hold in the palm of your hands
And it can contemplate the vastness of interstellar space

[Carl Sagan]
The brain has evolved from the inside out
Its structure reflects all the stages through which it has passed

[Jill Bolte Taylor]
Information in the form of energy
Streams in simultaneously
Through all of our sensory systems

And then it explodes into this enormous collage
Of what this present moment looks like
What it feels like
And what it sounds like

And then it explodes into this enormous collage
And in this moment we are perfect
We are whole and we are beautiful

[Robert Winston]
It appears rather gruesome
Wrinkled like a walnut, and with the consistency of mushroom

[Carl Sagan]
What we know is encoded in cells called neurons
And there are something like a hundred trillion neural connections
This intricate and marvelous network of neurons has been called
An enchanted loom

The neurons store sounds too, and snatches of music
Whole orchestras play inside our heads

20 million volumes worth of information
Is inside the heads of every one of us
The brain is a very big place
In a very small space

No longer at the mercy of the reptile brain
We can change ourselves
Think of the possibilities

[Bill Nye]
Think of your brain as a newspaper
Think of all the information it can store
But it doesn’t take up too much room
Because it’s folded

[Oliver Sacks]
We see with the eyes
But we see with the brain as well
And seeing with the brain
Is often called imagination


[Robert Winston]
It is the most mysterious part of the human body
And yet it dominates the way we live our adult lives
It is the brain

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This post is 100% inspired today by:
The Collect Call of Troythulu: “We Are Stardust” – Symphony of Science

Check out for more science music videos. You can find links to all the sources used in this video at the website under “additional info” for each one.

I hope you might share some of my utter and pure delight…


[David Attenborough]
How could one species turn into another?

[Richard Dawkins]
How is it that we find ourselves surrounded by such complexity, such elegance?

[Bill Nye]
The genes of you and me
They’re all made of DNA
We’re all made of the same chemicals
DNA – we’re all made of DNA

Only the fittest survive
And that is the key
Natural Selection
That is the key

We are surrounded by endless forms
Most beautiful, most wonderful
Evolution – the greatest show on Earth

There is grandeur in this view of life
Evolution – the greatest show on Earth

The history of life can be thought of
As a many branched tree
The five kingdoms of life
were established early on

Protists- amoeba like creatures
And animals

We find ourselves perched on one tiny twig
In the midst of a blossoming tree of life


We are surrounded by millions of other species
Walking, flying, burrowing, stalking, chasing, fleeing,

Animals strive to reach this one ultimate goal
To ensure the survival of the next generation
This one ultimate goal
To pass on their genes
That is what life is all about


As we look back on the history of life
We see a picture of never ending,
ever rejuvinating novelty

Those animals may seem to us to be very remote,
strange, even fantastic

But all of us alive today
Owe our very existence to them

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! This post is 100% inspired today by:
The Collect Call of Troythulu: “We Are Stardust” – Symphony of Science

Check out for more science music videos. You can find links to all the sources used in this video at the website under “additional info” for each one.

Nora Ephron has died. She passed on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 of complications from myelodysplasia, a blood disorder. Nora was 71.
In the days when magazines like Newsweek “didn’t hire women as writers”, a Newsweek interviewer told her, Nora got a job as a mail clerk. She stuck that out for about a year. In 1962, the International Typographical Union walked out on the Daily News, the NewYork Times, the New York Post and six other major newspapers. During the strike, Nora was hired to write a parody of a popular gossip column. The New York Post liked her so much, they offered her a trial position as a “cub” reporter. Her career took off from there, the Post loved her and she worked happily for them for five years. She became involved with Arianna Huffington’s new brainchild The Huffington Press. She was an intimate part of the birth of that publication, from its conception to the multimedia giant it is today.
Nora became extremely popular as an essayist, novelist, journalist, screenwriter, filmmaker, producer, director, author and blogger. At first she was hesitant to try her hand at “blogging”, not even a recognized activity, at the time, much less a professional one. Of course, she excelled at it. In fact, she preached it, as a viable means of communication in which discussion could be created among members of a “community” who might never have come together.
Throughout her years she wrote such hits as “Heartburn,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Silkwood” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” Her personal life was lived among the literati of the times, hanging with such folks as Betty Friedan, Julia Child, Meryl Streep. She feuded with Gloria Steinem.
Nora was married several times. One of her mates was Carl Bernstein, of the famous duo Woodward and Bernstein. In fact, when the true identity of “Deep Throat” was revealed to be navy veteran and FBI official, Mark Felt, Nora wrote that she had known it all along. She listed all the facts that had led her to her conclusion that it was Mark Felt. But even with her clout, no one really believed her. It wasn’t until Mark Felt actually outed himself that the world at large actually accepted the truth.
Nora has quite a legacy to leave, not the least of which is her strong pioneering spirit in taking an absolutely male dominated environment by storm. In addition to numerous essays, articles, plays and columns, Nora was one of America’s best known humorists. Some of her books, include “I Remember Nothing, And Other Reflections” and “I Feel Bad about My Neck: and Other thoughts on Being a Woman.”
Nora will long be remembered as an outstanding artist, a devoted wife and mother, a dear friend to many, and a pioneer and role model for women.
In her 2010 memoirs, “I Remember Nothing…,” Nora spoke of her lifetime love affair with journalism:

“For many years I was in love with journalism,” she wrote. “I loved the pack. I loved smoking and drinking Scotch and playing dollar poker. I didn’t know much about anything, and I was in a profession where you didn’t have to. I loved the deadlines. I loved the speed. I loved that you wrapped the fish.”

While filming “When Harry Met Sally”, the director (Rob Reiner) asked Nora to reveal something about women. “Women fake orgasms.” she told him. He didn’t believe her and Nora replied “Not always, but sometimes.” Since he still didn’t believe her (“Not with me,” he’d said), they then stormed into “the bullpen at Castle Rock Pictures, where all the women worked.” He asked the whole group ‘Is it true that women fake orgasms?’ He was astounded when all these women confirmed it was true. Hence the unforgettable scene in the movie.

RIP Nora Ephron: May 19, 1941-June 26, 2012. I am certainly proud and fortunate to have known about you!!!

Sources and/or Related:

Huff Post, Arianna Huffington:  “Heartbroken in Manhattan…”

Huff Post, Nora Ephron: “Deep Throat and Me…”

HuffPost Media: “Nora Ephron Dead…

HuffPost Celebrity: “Nora Ephron, Dead at 71…”

Wikipedia:  “Nora Ephron

hUFFpOST: “10 Things We should Thank Nora Ephron For

The Washington Press: “Nora Ephron… dies at 71

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Just wanted to share a recent find. As do all creatives, no doubt, I often wonder how original am I? When I encountered this series, “Everything is a Remix”, it brought the subject of creativity right up to my forebrain, where I continue this debate with myself.

I discovered this most recently, while learning the art of making fractals. After a couple years of intense fractaling, I took a break from them, and recently returned to them. With a very invigorated Muse. Some of the “new” fractals I made/make, are tweaks or manipulations of some previous work of mine. And, in fact, I and many of my friends at my favorite art site, DeviantArt (DA), are even willing to share files, scripts, or parameters (kind of like “the code” for that piece, that can be pasted into whichever fractal generator is being used) of my/their own pieces, so others may learn from them. I have learned SO much by deconstructing (reverse engineering) someone else’s parameters, and (since I NEVER can put it back the way I got it) I end up “creating”  work on my own that, if not right away, then days, months, even years later I might go back to and go “WHOA! who the fark made that‽‽‽” ” and suddenly I say “Oh, I did…”, with great wonder. And pride.

Which, on a side note, is a great idea. Putting whatever your project/medium may be aside for a while – short or long, can be the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself as an artist. Not only will you have grown, refined your skills, and thus have a new “eye” with which to view something; it is SO gratifying to see a piece of art you’ve created, read something you’ve written, etc., and look at it in wonder, impressed by that “it” factor that makes it a standout piece and realize you really ARE good!!!

But, I digress…

Since, I found Part 3, “The Elements of Creativity”, the most interesting of this series I’m posting it first. Really, each Part (episode) is not really too long, so if you should find yourself wanting more of Kirby’s latest project, I’ll also include the other parts/episodes.

Everything Is a Remix – Part 3: “The Elements of Creativity”

Everything Is a Remix – Part 1: “The Song Remains the Same”

Everything Is a Remix – Part 2: “Remix, Inc.”

Everything Is a Remix – Part 4: “Remix, Inc.”

Kirby Ferguson on VIMEO

: Kirby Ferguson on everythingisaremix

Though sourced in the UK, the general ideas are pertinent:

Related articles:
Day SIX of Jeff Goins’ series, 15 Habits of  Great Writers (and, of ALL Artists)
The series above is drawn from Jeff’s ebook “You Are a Great Writer, (So Start Acting Like One)“, which I have and LOVE!!!
Copyright infringement and protecting our rights on the internet: Fight for the Future
Deviant Art: Fractal Resources Group
Is what we do who we are?: SusanWritesPrecise poses the query: “Who the Hell Am I?

HRC Media on YouTube

I really cannot say any of this any better than the eloquent Julian Bond, who declares that “change comes not to those who wait, but to those who agitate”

I hope you will take/make the time to listen to this piece, so that you too, can be reminded of what our country’s constitution was and is based upon.

(Reminder: you can open this vid in another tab or window so you can continue your browsing or surfing or whatever you want to do and still get to hear these inspiring words about who and what we are – global citizens, all sharing this tiny little “pale blue dot” we call home.)

Have a wonderful week, my friends and thanks for stopping by.


peace and hugs,

photo by Norbert Rosing

photo from flickr by Avi Adams

photo from flickr by Avi Adams

Frederick Douglass

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