Old Languages

The first people may have left their names with us.  They are biblical names, but may have been the original tribal names prior to the Isrealites.

Azreal is the name of the Angel of Death in Muslim theology.  Notice how close it resembles the anglicized “Isreal”   Could it be that way back that hte warriors of Isreal were so feared as to be called, “Angel of Death?”

Here are some names (sounds) associated with the names of ancient languages, dieties and angels

An, Mar, Je~Jo, Ab, Ra, Ba, ohm, om, el, am,… etc.  These are like last names telling association.  

These are just guesses but, 

An might mean ‘of God’

Mar might mean of a particular higher being

Je means of “Who created the earth”

Ab might mean “came forth from”  Abba for example is “father”

Ra is of the son

ohm and om may mean peace or harmony

el is a suffix that means angel

am mean of the energy of life, or birth or start.

So if you have someone named Daniel in the old testament, that would be a person whose  is D an i el.  Or D of God, an angel.  See what I mean.  

When looking for God’s name, it might be interesting to comb back through oldest tests and look at how people were named.  Abraham for instance.

Ab 

Ra

am

Or one who came forth from (Ra) energy of life or start.  Very  

well named since from him two major religions sprang forth, Muslim and Judaism  

Not saying this is correct, because all this has passed through so many tellings and translations.  But fun to think about.  

I think it would be fun if my name were Mariel.  But who knows what my name really is and what it means.  Only God knows.

mapsbynik:

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading
Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.
Map observations
The map tends to highlight two types of areas:
places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and
places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention.




©mapsbynik 2014 Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth Made with Tilemill USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection


While I’m delighted that the US isn’t one big block of pavement, this map is a bit misleading.  Not only are industrial places not mark as residential (parking lots et. al), but neither are things like volcano culderas, the middle of rivers, lakes, and streams, the peaks of mountain tops where it is called “the dead zone” for the lack of oxygen, BIG fields of corn, soybeans, etc”
While people are jumping up and down over the succesful ‘emptiness’ of the US, do not be fooled, and don’t be foolish by pointing to this map for any data regarding population, unless you’re doing population density studies, and then overlay!! :)

mapsbynik:

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading

Quick update: If you’re the kind of map lover who cares about cartographic accuracy, check out the new version which fixes the Gulf of California. If you save this map for your own projects, please use this one instead.

Map observations

The map tends to highlight two types of areas:

  • places where human habitation is physically restrictive or impossible, and
  • places where human habitation is prohibited by social or legal convention.

©mapsbynik 2014
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
Block geography and population data from U.S. Census Bureau
Water body geography from National Hydrology Dataset and Natural Earth
Made with Tilemill
USGS National Atlas Equal Area Projection

While I’m delighted that the US isn’t one big block of pavement, this map is a bit misleading.  Not only are industrial places not mark as residential (parking lots et. al), but neither are things like volcano culderas, the middle of rivers, lakes, and streams, the peaks of mountain tops where it is called “the dead zone” for the lack of oxygen, BIG fields of corn, soybeans, etc”

While people are jumping up and down over the succesful ‘emptiness’ of the US, do not be fooled, and don’t be foolish by pointing to this map for any data regarding population, unless you’re doing population density studies, and then overlay!! :)

(via mothernaturenetwork)

Plea for Help

When we sing, or perform music, there is a message in the music that is conveyed whether we feel it is or not.  I think that each listener hears or perhaps more accurately pays attention to perhaps a part of the message more closely than another.  And in some instances when there is music with no words, the message becomes individualized to the listener.

But when music is a prayer, there is someone that hears.  Such was the case today.  I definitely, or someone did, heard a plea for help. 

There is a person that is hurt and scared

I don’t know what they have been through.  Their head hurts.  It is tender to the touch as if bruised.  They are young (my children’s age), male, slender, and trying to put on a brave front.  The only clue I have is when I wore a cloth headband on my head, my head hurt, and when I took it off, it didn’t.  The head band happened to be red.  Not sure what that means.. could be a head wound of some kind?  

There are days like this that I wish that the people causing hurt to others could feel the pain they inflicted on them, and could feel the emotions that went with it.  Maybe there would be less of it in this world.

As for now, I can only offer compassionate caring to a person I don’t know, can’t see very well, not know the circumstances, or where they are and can only feel.

This anxiety that I have been feeling has been going on for two days.

Good Things the Mayor of Chicago has done

Good things that Mayor EM has done.

1. Rent-a-bike program

2.  Trying to sort out the retirement and pension funds

3.  Renegotiating the parking issues in Chicago Neighborhoods

The issues with the schools is not his fault, as the backlog of issues with the schools developed over the last 70 years.

Suggestions

We used to track kids in Elementary so that the top performing students could take it as fast as they could and the bottom performing students got math as well, but at a slower pace.  Tracking started in fourth grade.

Each semester the teachers would talk over performances of students and those who were outperforming the other students could get bumped up into the faster paced classes.  Those who were struggling could get a semester of getting some extra help and time on things by being drop down a track, but then get back up when the student showed mastery and that they were out pacing the rest of the class.  

It is a performance based system that the student had control of that had good outcomes.  At the end of the day, all the students learned math and English and Science and didn’t feel dumb because they had 25 other students that were performing at a similar pace.

However, in my opinion, one of the best things we could do in this country is start kids in Kindergarten at the age of 4, not 5, in order to get an extra jump in skills compared to what our system does now.

It saves a year on pre-school costs, baby sitting costs, and gives kids access, who need it, breakfast and lunch.  A year makes a difference at that age, because it becomes 20 to 25 percent of the child’s life experience and environment.

The things I’m not nuts about are casinos (I hope no more go in) and the proposal of lighting up the river walk like one is passing a neon billboard.

Mayor Daley did a good job with continuing Burnham’s plan of making it a city of parks.  Former Mayor Daley did the right thing when he focused on making Chicago one of the greenest cities.  

We should keep that, and let the fantastic ideas that materialize be the ‘bright lights’ that shows Chicago off the best and staying energy efficient.

Hugh Laurie

What I Iike about this man the most, is how approachable he is.   I think he would be a really interesting person to spend a good dinner and with a nice aperitif on comfortable couches.  Nothing too out of the ordinary, which in itself, would be extraordinary. :)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmH3OIhQrcs

I think he would be outstanding as Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”

Evolving Sentience

IF, and I’m not sure how widespread this phenomena is, but if empathic abilities between species and families are increasing, then it is more important for me and others to be able to listen with the voice of response quiet in our minds.  You know the response voice that is formulating a response before the person we are listening to has finished what they are saying?  

It’s harder to control of course when we get excited about what is being said like eager and engaged children.  Sometimes if we or others interrupt it isn’t because we want to silence what is being said, so much as are overly hungry for the richness of the dialog being said.

But what is music, and rhythm without rests?  What is the light without darkness?  Heat without cold?  etc.  We paint our human experience with these extremes into a rich canvas of the senses, but it is important to remember that our pallet is not the only one.

In the social and built environment it is especially important to understand the values of these contrasts and the need for different pallets.

Possible Location of More information on finding a needle in a Haystack

You might want to try 

120 degrees E by 7 degrees N from last location approximately.  How it could have ended up in the Sulu sea, not sure.  

I think you also need to look at the South china Sea, at about 110 E and 7 N.

I would definitely look at the Northwest Danger Shoals area too and maybe as far as Zamboanga City.

But my best guess is that it is along those lines somehow.

The imprint is definitely of a blue oval shape on the bottom of the sea or shape of the sea.  And there is an oval inside of that, and finally an oval inside of that and an oval inside of that.  However, except for the first oval, not sure about the nesting of the other two.

It’s a hunch, but not anything I’m sure about.  Hopefully you’ll find something.  If not, someone may have already found it and not realized what it was and just thought it was a cool or valuable for scrap.  Something they found on a beach.  Maybe telling the public and offering a reward might help along that vector.  I think if it washed up, it would be in north Indonesia along the beach cities and surrounding islands of that area.

I sure hope you find what you are looking for. 

Bring Spring Indoors

Tired of blustery days while waiting for the second sign of spring?  Try gardening indoors.  This time a year I always try to keep bouquets going in my home.  I just decided I liked fresh flowers and we all need that ‘Spring’ kind of feeling right now.  I also keep a lot of tropical plants indoors during the winter, and believe it or not, some outgrow their plants.  This time of year is the perfect time to repot them in preparation for being moved to the 3-season porch.

Awaiting the NTSB on the CTA accident

At least no one died.  This is good.  Now did anyone sustain life threatening injuries, which is also good.  What does bother me though is the difference of hours.  Those recorded by CTA and those that the operator said she worked.  I know when I worked at NIRPC, they would not count nor record hours that I worked outside of a strict window.  Why this was true, I’m not certain.  I did work hours outside of the 7 hour a day to try to keep up with the work when illness struck my family, but my immediate supervisor would never allow me to claim those hours and only would allow me to record 7 hours a day even when I had worked 9 and would not allow me to roll those hours over onto days when I could not work a full 7 hour shift because my child was sick or didn’t have a morning sitter before school.  

If that happened there, could that have happened at CTA too?  Hard to say because an accident like that can shake a person up and the person could have been confused.  But, I can understand how people looking at the records and the person reporting how many hours she/he had worked could both be telling the truth.