Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible.. Thank you, Lord , that I can see. Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising.. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud.
Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced.
Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.
Thank you, Lord, for life.------------------------------
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers the entire course content..Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
How do I find what courses are available? How do I search the site?
Grab some larnin' from the University of Washington's free online courses; Greek mythology, American Revolution, Heroic Fantasy are just some of the offerings. If you get tired of that, you can study economics at the University of Nebraska.
Teach yourself sign language from Michigan State University. Browse through the vast treasures at the Library of Congress. View free videos on all sorts of subjects from Annenberg Media, a major supplier to most distance learning universities, or read the core documents of American democracy.
Feel like a little light reading? You can study theology at Covenant Seminary; course offerings are delivered via a combo of free downloadable .pdf files and podcasts, and include subjects ranging from Church History to the Modern Reformation.
Learn mathematics with this extensive list of free online math courses from Whatcom Community College. Visit Carnegie Mellon University and take Biology, Causal Reasoning, Statistics, and more, all for free.
Penn State University offers a free Swedish language course, in addition to a free Hungarian language course. Or, you can take an Italian language and culture course from Brooklyn College. California State also offers a free Conversational Mandarin Chinese course, and you can learn Turkish via the University of Arizona.
The University of Washington School of Medicine offers free CPR classes online, complete with video and instructional guides. You can also take health courses from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; anything from adolescent health to population science.
Prepare for the US citizenship test from the Missouri Southern State University. Learn linear algebra from the University of Puget Sound. Learn about bioterrorism (really) and other hazards from the University of North Carolina.
Get free online mathematics textbooks, videos, and lecture notes from New York University. Take advantage of Tufts University's open courses on dentistry, medicine, nutrition, and more. Learn about cognitive science from Hampshire College.
Take eight different courses via the Sofia Project, a collaborative effort between select California community colleges. Brigham Young University offers independent study in subjects such as Family History, Family Life, and Religious Scripture Study. Get access to ten free seminary courses from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Take advantage of Stanford University's free CS education library. Go to college by taking free classes at MIT. Go to Berkeley with your iPod.The University of Pennsylvania has an extensive online library; over 25,000 books are listed here.
Just debuted, you can take free courses from Yale (funded by HP) on such diverse subjects as the Old Testament or Physics. Watch or read free online lectures in archival format from Princeton. Get a free Introduction to Probability text from Dartmouth.
European site called Open University's OpenLearn supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Contains many online course and a different style content management system. I was unable to find anything interactive or any streaming media, though it does have forums for each course. Appears to function mostly as a large educational ebook library. Visit: OpenLearn
From the creators of wikipedia, Wikiversity describes itself as being a community seeking to create and use learning materials and activities. Wikibooks is also incredibly powerful already containing everything from a detailed guide to learning French to Organic Chemistry and Nanotechnology. Visit: Wikiversity
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health offers health based lecture notes and assigments. You'll find the JHSPH OCW website uses the same familiar navigation structure as MIT OCW. The notes are formatted much more cleanly but I haven't seen exams, and their search bar seems to be broken. Visit: JHSPH OCW Course Listings
Visit: Johns Hopkins University Podcasts
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university ranked equal with Berkeley. Though registration is not required they have a registered user mode that allows you to keep track of your scores and progress. Currently 11 courses are offered. The courses are basically ebooks in a frame-based easy to use navigation system with an occasional powerful interactive Java Applet for practice and testing. Visit: Carnegie Mellon OLI
Ranked as the #1 public school in the United States, Berkeley offers podcasts and webcasts of amazing professors lecturing. Each course has an RSS feed so you can track each new lecture. For printable assignments and notes you can check the professors homepage, which is usually given in the first lecture or google his name. Even though the notes, homework and tests are not directly printed in the berkeley website, as they are in MIT and other courseware sites, it's not a problem to find them. Visit: Berkeley Webcasts
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Visit: UC Berkeley on Google Video
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The world's first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in Boston in 1761, organized by the Charitable Society. The first recorded parade was New York City's celebration which began on 18 March1762 when Irish soldiers in the English military marched through the city with their music. The New York parade is the largest, typically drawing two million spectators and 150,000 marchers. The predominantly French-speaking Canadian city of Montreal, in the province of Québec has the longest continually running Saint Patrick's day parade in North America, since 1824;shamrock, in one of its corners. Ireland's cities all hold their own parades and festivals, including Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Derry, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Waterford. Parades also take place in other Irish towns and villages. The St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland is part of a five-day festival; over 500,000 people attended the 2006 parade.
For some free Irish Clip Art go here http://www.eirefirst.com/clipart.html
Corned Beef and Cabbage
- 3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
- 10 small red potatoes
- 5 carrots, peeled and julienned
- 1 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges
- Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.
- Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.
- Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.
- FROM http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Corned-Beef-and-Cabbage-I/Detail.aspx
Real Irish Bread DOES NOT HAVE RAISINS!
"If your "soda bread" has raisins, it's not "soda bread! It's called "Spotted Dog" or "Railway Cake"! If it contains raisins, eggs, baking powder, sugar or shortening, it's called "cake", not "bread." All are tasty, but not traditional Irish Soda Bread!" http://www.sodabread.info/
White Soda Bread
4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour.
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
14 oz of buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees. Lightly crease and flour a cake pan.
In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.
Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape)
Shape into a round flat shape in a round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.
Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot). Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.
Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.
Monday, March 09, 2009
The date December 21st, 2012 A.D. (184.108.40.206.0 in the Long Count), represents an extremely close conjunction of the Winter Solstice Sun with the crossing point of the Galactic Equator (Equator of the Milky Way) and the Ecliptic (path of the Sun), what that ancient Maya recognized as the Sacred Tree. This is an event that has been coming to
resonance very slowly over thousands and thousands of years. It will come to resolution at exactly 11:11 am GMT.
NOTE: The astronomer Philip Plait has stated very clearly that the Mayan calendar does not end in 2012 at all, that it is like the odometer on your car, as each section of the odometer reaches 9 and then clicks over to 0, the next number to it starts a new cycle, so that when all the numbers again reach 0 all the way across the odometer - the last number will change from 1 to 2 and the new cycle starts all over again.
"The eclipse is the path traveled by the sun, moon, and planets through the sky. Twelve constellations lie along the ecliptic, and the sun passes through all twelve during the course of one year. The ecliptic cross over the Milky Way at a 60 degree angle near the constellation Sagittarius. As such, it forms a cross with the Milky Way, and this cosmic cross was called the Sacred Tree by the ancient Maya. (The cross form was also known as the "crossroads." Amazingly, the center of this cosmic cross, that is right where the ecliptic crosses over the Milky Way is exactly where the December solstice sun will be in A.D. 2012. This alignment occurs only once every 25,800 years.
With this particular context in mind, we are now prepared to examine more closely the reasons why the Winter Solstice in the year 2012 is so important. In the Mayan long count calendar a cycle of 5,200 years ends on this date, and it just so happens that it also points to a rare astronomical alignment. In fact this alignment only happens once every 26,000 years.
The auspicious year of 2012 indicated in the long count calendar illuminates the fact that the Precessional movement of the Winter Solstice Sun will gradually bring its position into alignment with the very center of our Galaxy.
For the Maya, this is like the last stroke of Midnight on New Year’s Eve, only in 2012 the New Year is the New Galactic Year of 26,000 solar years. The Galactic Clock will be at zero point and a New Precessional Cycle will begin.
Precession is the change in the direction of the Earth's axis of rotation relative to the fixed stars, with a period of roughly 26,000 years. This gyroscopic motion is due to the tidal forces exerted by the sun and the moon on the solid Earth, associated with the fact that the Earth is not a perfect sphere but has an equatorial bulge. The sun and moon contribute roughly equally to this effect. In addition, the orbital ellipse itself precesses in space (anomalistic precession), primarily as a result of interactions with Jupiter and Saturn. This orbital precession is in the opposite sense to the gyroscopic motion of the axis of rotation, shortening the period of the precession of the equinoxes with respect to the perihelion from 26,000 to 21,000 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milankovitch_cycles
two calendars were based on 260 days and 365 days respectively, the whole cycle would repeat itself every 52 Haab' years exactly. This period was known as a Calendar Round. The end of the Calendar Round was a period of unrest and bad luck among the Maya, as they waited in expectation to see if the gods would grant them another cycle of 52 years.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayan_calendar
The cult of Cygnus is integrally related to the shamanic process of entering the sky-world (heaven if you like) via a perceived sky-pole that terminates in something known to mythologists as the cosmic axis, synonymous with the north celestial pole. This is marked in the night sky by the Pole Star, or North Star, currently Polaris in Ursa Minor, although this is simply the latest in a series of pole stars which feature during the Earth's 26,000-year precessional cycle. As the perceived guardian of the entrance to the sky-world, Cygnus as the cosmic bird, positioned at the most northerly extent of the Milky Way, is at the heart of ancient cosmologies and religions worldwide. It has been a major influence on the design and orientation of sacred architecture, which, in addition to the megalithic monuments of Britain and Ireland, includes the Pyramids of Giza, the ancient effigy mounds of the United States, as well as various ancient temples in Mexico, Peru and India.
n the knowledge that ice cores extracted from both Greenland and Antarctica have revealed that there was an enormous increase in comic rays c.15,000-12,000 BC made me strongly suspect that Cygnus's X-3's production of cosmic rays might easily have been responsible for causing subtle changes in both human behavior and evolution in Late Palaeolithic times, the impetus eventually for the Neolithic explosion in Upper Mesopotamia towards the end of the last Ice Age, c. 9500-9000 BC, and finally the rise of civilization. It was a unique and very bold assertion, and then in December 2005 an American scientific think tank known as the Meinel Institute announced that it too now believed that a binary star, a so-called blazar, producing powerful jets of cosmic rays was responsible for a rapid acceleration in evolution towards the end of the last Ice Age. Moreover, it has emerged that as early as 1995, British anthropological writer Denis Montgomery outlined his own belief that cosmic rays from the Cygnus region were responsible for sudden changes in human behaviour during the Upper Palaeolithic age. It is a powerful story told for the first time in THE CYGNUS MYSTERY.
Life on earth seeded?
|Louis Godfrey of the School of Pure and Applied Physics at the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Kerala, conducted tests on the red rain. He confirmed that the microscopic particles are indeed living cells (see picture), which although very similar to those of blood, bear a quite different appearance and also come alive and even divide in 'hostile' environments such as oil. This information was finally reported in 2006 not within some new age journal or on a UFO website, but in a scientific paper that was published in a peer-reviewed journal (see www.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0601022). The story is also being followed closely by NEW SCIENTIST magazine|| |
The red cells from the red rain of Kerala.
Dr Wickramasinghe and his team have now determined that the red cells contain DNA, although it is of a type not recognized at present. They are now running further tests designed to better identify the DNA in order to decide whether or not it is of terrestrial or extraterrestrial origin. I sense we are getting close to a dramatic revelation indeed, and one which is going to have enormous ramifications for religion and philosophy.http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/news/news19.htm--
Read Divine Plan and Galactic Alignment
by John Major Jenkins
this is a small part....
"For billions of years the earth has lived its life in an ocean of many different cosmic cycles, some large and some small. The basic metaphor for all cyclic processes is the day-night cycle of 24 hours. Midnight is the moment of greatest darkness and is the nexus that divides the death of the previous day from the birth of the new day. From this moment, the light begins to increase. At midnight, maximum darkness is reached and the new day begins to dawn. But it will take 1ž4 of the full day-night cycle before the light of the sun breaks free from the horizon, corresponding to 6 a.m. At that moment night has ended and the period of daylight commences. Noon occurs another 1ž4 cycle later, and is the moment of maximum daylight. After 12 noon, the darkness principle then begins to take over. Another quarter cycle later, at 6 p.m., the sun descends below the horizon and becomes hidden. Darkness rules and consciousness sleeps. At midnight the cycle begins again. This metaphor helps us understand the manifestation of the Divine Plan on earth, but human spiritual unfolding occurs in a cycle that is much larger than the day. The largest earth-cycle that human beings can become aware of is the precession of the equinoxes, a period of 26,000 years. Caused by the slow wobbling of the earth on its axis, this is the Platonic Year, and like the day it also has its dark and light sides.
According to traditional doctrines, the earth experiences periods of increasing spiritual darkness and periods of increasing spiritual light. The two doorways into these different phases are called the "solstice gateways." The two solstices of the year are like noon and midnight. The doctrine of the World Ages is found in many traditions, including cosmologies found in the ancient Vedic and Mayan civilizations. In the yuga doctrine of ancient India, humanity experienced a Golden Age of light over 12,000 years ago. But the spiritual light began to fade and humanity moved through successive World Ages, each one darker than the last. Today, we are now at the end of Kali Yuga, the darkest age. In the day metaphor, this period from the Golden Age to the end of the Darkest Age corresponds to the period from noon to midnight. It is the period when darkness is increasing. The key to understanding the larger light-dark cycle is this: the ancient World Age doctrine is based upon the precession of the equinoxes. There are approximately 13,000 years of increasing darkness and 13,000 years of increasing light."