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Letters & Words

● Letters: D uring first grade our classroom had two alphabets above the chalkboard. There were letters in the Spanish alphabet that did not exist in the English alphabet like Ñ and LL. It was evident to me that people were just making stuff up, and we were learning it. In the same spirit I'd like to introduce a new letter. The Letter "Th". By eliminating a stroke or two. In one year the English writing world can collectively save 30 billion seconds, which is 8,333, 333.33 hours, which is also 347,222 days, which is 951 years, by simply merging the two letters. Whatever, you only wish you had this much free time on your hands. But you don't because you still write "th" as two letters. :-) Words: Words in the dictionary did not just magically appear. Someone had to invent them and say "This is a word". I am grateful for the tool of words, but what if you cant find the right word to describe what you are experienci

Advert ● is ● meant

Advertisement: ● ad·vert 1 (ād-vûrt') Pronunciation Key intr.v. ad·vert·ed, ad·vert·ing, ad·verts 1. To turn attention. I don't know where advertising started, but advertising has essentially become a way of turning your attention from anything of actual importance concerning a product. Advertising is often geared to appeal to your emotions and self image. Look at these creative car commercials. (each is +30- seconds.) What do any of these automobile commercials have to do with the practical uses of a car? If you find out. Let me know. These ad's are not meant to inform you. They are meant to entertain you, and influence you to do something like ask your friend "Did you see that one new car commercial where Grace Jones is cheating on her husband then her car turns into a transformer and starts to dance!? You haven't!?? Well you gotta watch it!" Know your advertisers. They work very hard to know you. Further reading on marketing:

Perpetual Witch-Hunts

● If history repeated itself would you even notice? I nto the far reaches of modern history. Groups of people have been attacked and labeled witches. Here is a loose time line of these events using the context of witches... Concerning North America: 1619 - ? African Witches 1692 Salem Witch-Hunts 1935 Jewish Witchcraft 1942 Japanese Witchcraft 1950 Communist Witches 2002 Maher Arar the Syrian Witch 2007 - ? The Muslim Terrorist Crusades During the Salem Witch hunts people were cited witches for many reasons. Here are two examples. If someone fell ill they blamed the spooky lady who lived under a tree, or sometimes someone with more social power wanted a womans oil... I mean land. I'm getting ahead of myself. They deemed her a witch. (Pointing at you = Witch) Throughout the U.S. Africans have been seen as witches. (African = Witch) In Germany there was the Jewish Holocaust. Many Germans fell for the propaganda of their leader, who proc

Watch Yourself

● A little history of Watches: A watch is a timepiece worn on a person, as opposed to a clock which is not. The term now usually refers to a wristwatch, which is worn on the wrist with a strap, while a pocketwatch, the common type before World War 1, is carried in a pocket and often has an attached chain to lift it out. Watches evolved in the 1600s from spring powered clocks, which appeared in the 1400s. The first known use of a wrist watch was by the Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont. While testing out his new aeroplane in the early 1900s, Dumont found it necessary to keep track of time. He asked his friend Louis Cartier for help, and Cartier built him a leather bound wrist watch. Dumont used his popularity in Paris to popularize the item and sell it to other men. Lets Compare Two: The Watch: Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control Automatic 18k Gold watch. Cost: $7,995 Cost of my car: $1,400 What it does: This watch tells you the tim

Reconsidering Karma

● ● Reconsidering Karma: C ountless times I've heard the statements: "They'll get theirs" and "What comes around goes around". In a situation like that what good will it do you, to your life, to your situation for a person to later experience adversity? In the past I've found myself thinking things like that. As if the universe was keeping tabs, and was going to somehow strike the person down in a clandestine way. But, in retrospect I see that it was usually a relief for the frustration of not being able to do anything about it at the time, or washing my hands of my capabilities in the sacred geometry of the universe. It's clear to me that governments more than any other entity have calculated the consequences for their actions, and if Karma were a source of dependable retribution they cover that base as well. Since, Karma would most likely come from other humans these possible threats could be accounted for. You bein

Places that Don't Exist

Since I don't have the time or money to make these things happen in real life... and you are all on here most of the time anyway. I decided to make Jacksonville virtually more interesting than it already is. (CLICK PICTURES FOR FULL SIZE) A Jazz Restaurant and Coffee House on Ocean St. and Union St. Murals on N. Laura St. & State. (Was that you driving past there? Yes... Stand in awe of my gif animation skills. A vegetarian restaurant named "Xochi" on Laura St. (Down Town) A revolving restaurant at the top of the JEA building. (Down Town) A Bo Jackson Mural view from Broad St. How about murals on the big blank wall where Ocean and Union meet for inspiration? An African American history Museum on Phelps and Hubbard St. One of the worlds largest Aquarium Museums on Laura St. (Down Town) A coffee house on N. Laura St. Ummm... Oh, come on! Have a sense of humor.