One of my favorite books by Seth Shulman is Owning the Future: Knowledge as the Key Factor. It is about the way greedy people are taking over the patent industry and how the knowledge is the shiny new commodity that they are focusing on. Shulman believes that if we don’t acknowledge what is going on “we will lose the public education and public access that are the bedrock of a democratic society.” New software programs, databases, and any new technology are all fair game when it comes to those who use their powers for bad and try to patent what is not rightfully theirs.
This takeover will affect everyone. Every aspect of our jobs, the schools we are attending, and any information that we need to research may have a new and high price tag attached to it or even be unavailable to the general public anymore.
We have taken our information access for granted. We are able to hop onto the Internet and look up anything that we want, any time of the day or night. What if that were not possible anymore without having to pay a fee because the information was patented?
Shulman feels that knowledge is appealing to individuals and major corporations who are eager to control it with trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Shulman is not an alarmist who is trying to grow a following of militants. He actually has solid proof to back up every one of his claims. He is most disgusted by the computer industry where greedy software patents have zeroed in on staking claim to specific numbers. How can you patent numbers you may ask? Shulman is asking the same thing.
The progress in technology is exciting and it is able to bring out the good and the bad in people. The good people are trying to take the new technology and find applications for it to help people and improve areas of our life. The bad people are trying to put a patent on the technology so that you and I will have to pay to access it.
Information in our society is meant to be free and not held hostage by those who are trying to control it and make a buck on it. Shulman wrote this book 15 years ago and it continues to be a problem that has not been addressed. In his book he urges the government to step in and prevent this attack on knowledge and technology.
Another area of interest that has my full and unabashed attention is singularity. What is singularity? It is what would happen if our civilization were to change rapidly through rapid scientific and technological advances. Everything would change and nothing would be the same as we know it now.
Vernor Vinge, a science fiction writer, goes a little further by suggesting that artificial intelligence (AI) will result in the creation of a new super intelligent being that will replace human beings. With the way computers are already more intelligent than most humans, not only would it not take long to create a human with a computer mentality, scientists already have the technology.
It was 1992 that Vinge predicted that artificial intelligence would be a part of our lives in 30 years. It isn’t just the science fiction aficionados who are willing to commit to a future influx of super humans with computer-like brains, longevity experts see a light at the end of the genetic tunnel.
I personally am in awe of this subject. I can’t imagine the world being taken over by robotic-like beings. There are many science fiction movies that depict what it will be like in the future. Most of the people who are in these movies still have enough human qualities to make them familiar and comfortable to watch. But what happens if we have to come up against a super smart robot kind of a person?
Even though I am enamored by Seth Shulman’s call to action, and wonder if we are ever going to see singularity by 2030, the thing that I feel most passionate about is living every moment of your life to the fullest. Having a fulfilling life is my primary goal and I incorporate that into everything that I say or do.
It is hard to judge an event as being good or bad. Putting it into a category is unfair and usually turns out to be just the opposite. If that girl hadn’t dumped you maybe you wouldn't have met your current wife. If you hadn't gotten fired from your job, you wouldn't have started your own business which has enjoyed great success. When you begin to view what happens to you as a lesson that you must learn you will see everything differently. Sometimes the lesson is not revealed until later, but it is there.
Living your life fully every moment you are on this planet is a powerful way to start each day. Once you view life here as a teaching ground from which you are to learn different levels required for growth, you will become more patient, kind, and loving. You will no longer feel like a victim who everything happens to. That is not taking responsibility for your life, ignoring life’s lessons, and living in a lower vibrational level.
I was invited to an archery range inaugural ceremony recently. I’ve always been drawn to history and how humans have evolved from the early stone age to the present century. One of the earliest skills that man learnt to develop is archery. Unlike the other facets of history, bow and arrow use has been documented clearly in sketches and drawings done inside caves. The archery range had various pictures that depicted the birth of the skill and how it had been honed by man over centuries. It also featured various new advanced devices to gauge distance like the rangefinders.
Though archery is not used for hunting or protection, as it was in the ancient time, it has been relegated to a hobby that many love to indulge in, like the archery range I was invited to.
To excel in archery, one needs to master physics so the arrow can be shot accurately. Most often, the cave drawings depict men with bow and arrow rather than the tamer farming profession. This may be due the fascination early man had with the skill. And because skill in archery was vital for hunting for food and protection.
The first record of use of bow and arrow has been found during the end of Upper Paleolithic era between 40,000 and 10,000 years back. Spear forms with arrow heads where used some 50,000 to 40,000 years back in the Middle Paleolithic age, but the bow was not in use then.
In Europe, archery use was first recorded in Hamburg in Germany around 8000 B.C. The bows in use now have been traced back to 3200 to 600 BC in Denmark in the Bronze era. In Sweden and England too, there are records of usage of Stone Age arrows. The arrows have also been used in African continent 64,000 years back. Egyptians too used arrows for warfare and hunting before the time of pharaohs. Regions of Syria, Palestine and Lebanon also have records of arrow use around 9,500 B.C. North Americans started using arrows during 2,500 B.C.
Arrows gained popularity during Iron Age and during the start of civilizations like Indian, Korean, Chinese, Persian and Japanese. Wars were waged in which archers played a significant role. The archery dominance continued all through Middle Age and it is during this age that the advanced bow technologies like crossbow and longbow were introduced.
But firearms use led to a decline in bow and arrow use during 1700s and by 1900 it was relegated to more of a pastime with enthusiasts keeping the skill alive in North America, Asia and Europe.
Archery as hobby
It recent decades archery has become popular as hobby and sport though its use in warfare has been completely stopped. It is also being used increasingly as a recreational hunting tool. There various advances like compound and recurve bows and sophisticated devices like rangefinders have made the sport more enjoyable and easy to practice.
Archery has retained some amount of its erstwhile glory even with it being given the status of a hobby. The archery range I visited and the response it received attests to the fact that archery still holds its sway.
I’ve always found it strange how many different ways there are for a person to make a living. You could come up with an interesting idea or concept, copyright it and go into producing whatever it is you’ve invented, but the number of people who do this is relatively low. The majority of people here in the United States and abroad must work for a living, manufacturing things, filling orders, traveling places, making sales; that sort of stuff. Though you don’t really hear the jobs advertised as much lately, there is also work for sewers and seamstresses, if you’re willing to look hard enough for it.
I know, I know. It might not even seem like a viable career option these days, what with the sweatshops out there and the labor itself not exactly being skilled. Just about anyone can stitch something together, but the thing is, not everyone can stitch well. The demand for a high quality shirt may not be as high as that for a 3-pack of throwaways, but there’s a lot more money to be made producing top-tier clothing, the kind you need top-tier equipment to make, like some of the stuff over at http://sergerpro.com/. That’s a nifty site for looking up sewing machines and similar stuff.
Can you make enough to live from the start? The odds are good that no, you can’t. Even if you do manage to find firms or companies hiring for this type of work, you’ll need to have plenty of experience – experience you can demonstrate – before you can look forward to regular work. You build up this experience by doing your own stuff at home, for friends, whatever, always working in your free time. I’m not going to lie; you won’t get there overnight. But nothing worthwhile has ever been easy or quick, am I right? Sewing for a living is the same way.
Getting into any trade requires building up some experience first. Some people get this in the working world by working, either as a means to make a living or as suggested above, during their free time. Others get this experience from a collegiate world, going to classes, reading books and maybe even trying some stuff out in a hands-on way. Since either way works, the real determining factor will be whether you want it badly enough, which puts careers in sewing and stitching right up there with any other competitive career path. It isn’t only about wanting it either – you have to prove you’re capable.
To get experience in sewing, you can start off using any old machine, or even just a loose needle and some thread. But if your ultimate goal is to make this a profitable endeavor, then eventually you’ll want to get into sewing using some of the finer equipment money can buy, so you can produce some of the finer clothes money can buy. If you find you have a natural talent for making clothes and other goods, then consider investing in something like this to further improve your game and prepare you for working in the industry.
I don’t really longboard myself, but I've seen people doing it before and I'm seeing more people doing it now than I have in the past. I think, sooner or later, longboards will become even more popular than skateboards for a few good reasons. Perhaps these will come across as common knowledge to you, like something anyone should already know. Perhaps they will surprise you instead. You might not care at all either way, too. I can't say for sure how you’ll take this article, but I can say for sure that there are a few good reasons more people are using longboards today.
For starters, they're easier to learn to ride than their shorter, slimmer alternatives. Skateboards may be more mobile and allow for tricks where a longboard does not, but there’s no doubt that longboards, with their increased board size, offer a more stable platform for the user’s footing. You may not be able to grind on rails or do other moves, but you will certainly be able to move, and for some boarders that’s the most important thing of all. It’s crazy, I know, but some people actually use skateboards and longboards to travel and not just to goof off on four wheels.
Second, longboards are useful for more than just upright riding. Depending on the length of the board and its relation to the height of the user, a longboard might serve just fine as a surface to lie back flat upon, allowing the rider to speed down a hill in (relative) safety. Just be sure to look ahead for any kind of traffic and wear some safety gear if this is something you want to try. A helmet is always important when riding, but you can't forget about things like pads for your shoulders and knees, either. You could go without, but the risk of injury is very real on a skateboard and longboard both.
Third, more and more websites focusing on longboards are popping up on the Internet. Shopping sites, review sites and more, which cover models like the Sector 9 Fiji, along with hundreds of other kinds of boards, are becoming more common every day. Perhaps this should have been the first point I made, but it was such a good one I didn't mind waiting a bit to put it out there. If there’s any better indicator that longboards are becoming more popular, then I don’t know what it is.
With all that said, I predict longboards are going to be some pretty hot items and very soon. It might be a good time now to start checking out reviews and looking for a quality longboard for gifting to the boarder in your family or circle of friends. I went looking for someone I know and found http://longboardingnation.com/best-longboard-reviews/ and I know there are many other websites out there too, so there’s no reason to make a purchase without becoming an informed consumer first. Just like skateboards, there are good and bad longboards – a little research won’t hurt.
There are many links between better physical health and improved mental health. Studies abound I’m sure, but I’m not going to cite any of that stuff here. I’ll keep things simple enough that anyone could understand – like by saying increased blood flow and oxygen intake due to exercise and heightened respiration brings more blood and oxygen to the brain, which definitely helps to bolster concentration and make thought processes go more quickly. See? That’s simple and it makes sense because it’s true. Life is precious, far too precious to just ignore your health, so I wanted to talk about that today.
There are other simple things I could say about health too. For instance, that regular exercise and a proper diet could go a long way toward making your body and mind both work closer to top efficiency. That means cutting out a lot of complex sugars and sticking with the simpler stuff, like noodles and rice, as well as paying more attention to the food guide pyramid and what it says you should eat, as well as how many servings of every food group you should go for every day. It is actually a pretty good guide and if you have no other information to work with, it makes a nice start for working towards better health.
Nutrition plays a major role in building a better body and mind but it isn't the only part of the equation. You also need regular exercise; both aerobic to help burn fat and get your body lean, as well as anaerobic to build muscle and strength. A nice GARAGE GYM or similar power rack or home gym system can help you to get both types of exercise in one piece of equipment, making them a nice investment for anyone who is serious about getting into better shape. You’ll even get a little workout for your brain when you have to put the thing together, haha.
All too often, people get hyped about fitness and then buy gear and supplies like vitamins and supplements, but then they don’t follow through and the money ends up going to waste. If you know it’s what you want, then good for you. If you’re still on the fence though, you can get plenty of exercise with stuff you might already have handy too. You can fill gallon jugs with water or sand to make impressive weights which are both solid and come with handles built right in, in a pinch. Similarly, just getting up and walking is an improvement over sitting around.
Also, while boosting your physical activity can help the health of your mind, it shouldn't be the only thing you do to strengthen your brain. There are plenty of mental exercises you can do, just like physical exercises, only designed to sharpen your wit and speed up your reaction times. Simple and fast mathematics are great for this, as are games of association and even playing music. That last one has the sweet bonus of increased dexterity in your fingers, too.
In many parts of the developed world and especially in the United States of America, obesity is almost like an epidemic. Looking at how people are fatter now in general than they ever have been before, I feel a little ill. There are many reasons for why weights have gone up so high, like jobs being less physically demanding, people spending more time seated behind desks than on their feet and the fact that low quality foods high in fat and calories are usually cheaper than healthier fare. If someone you know is severely overweight, or even if you are, there are ways to fix it.
What I’m talking about is boxing. Boxing is one of the few sports (perhaps along with baseball) which are more about endurance than anything else. Unlike American football, which is about hitting hard or running fast, or even our football where players are on and off the field all the time, boxing is a contest between two people – two men enter, one man leaves. That’s not to say it’s a fight to the death or anything, but there’s only one winner, and it’s usually the one who can outlast his opponent, rather than the one who can just punch harder, on account of the different weight classes.
You don’t even have to be a boxer to benefit from the exercises boxers do; you just do the exercises. That means jumping rope, beating on punching bags, running laps, and even things besides exercise like eating foods specifically tailored to building muscle and burning fat. If this sounds like the kind of exercise regimen you want to pick up, then you’ll probably want to pay a visit to http://fightasf.com/ where you can learn more about boxing and the various items that are part of the sport. For instance, boxing gloves are really more about protecting the hitter than the one being hit.
Well, one of the best ways to burn fat and get lean is aerobic exercise. To really understand this, you need to know the different between aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up, boosts respiration, makes you sweat and helps to build endurance. Anaerobic exercise is more about pushing your bodily limits, like trying to lift as much as you possibly can over a short number of repetitions, rather than lifting a smaller amount over a greater number of reps. Jumping rope is a perfect example of aerobic exercise and just one of many things about boxing which can help you or another to lose weight.
Along with protection for your hands, you’ll also want the right gear for training, even if you don’t plan to become a professional boxer. By checking here, you can see more about different kinds of bags, as well as other information on boxing paraphernalia that will help you to get fit while protecting you from hurting yourself. Remember, one of the major causes of injury when working out is doing too much too quickly, or pushing too hard without the right gear. The above website can help with that.