Where there is life there is hope.

I noticed that my stuff has gone dark lately and i am only looking at depressing things…
So… …

Kinshasa/ Congolese Symphony Orchestra

Strangely the most badly oppressed people in the world have the most uplifting stories and ideals. I took the following quote fom a completely different by-way but see how they met:

The music for District 9 was scored by Canadian composer Clinton Shorter, who spent three weeks preparing for the film. Director Neill Blomkamp wanted a "raw and dark" score, but one that maintained its South African roots. This was a challenge for Shorter, who found much of the South African music he worked with to be optimistic and joyful. Unable to get the African drums to sound dark and heavy….

As I said:
Badly oppressed people in the world have the most uplifting stories and ideals.

Maybe it is all about escapism. Is it better to be a Lotus Eater than a Haar Bringer?


18 thoughts on “Where there is life there is hope.

  1. Originally posted by Armand Diangienda – conductor:

    I was unemployed unfortunately. This made it possible for me to found the orchestra

    Necessity compels, it's my suppose. Though 'la necesidad tiene cara de perro' is the usual way to say it over here.You didn't publish the video interfase, why?Anyway. May I..
    Remove it, if you want..PS:Originally posted by weatherlawyer:

    I noticed that my stuff has gone dark lately and i am only looking at depressing things..So…

    Nice effort, Michael. Gracias.

  2. Originally posted by Unasia:

    Theresa…you must eat before you post..or you seem grumpy.

    I might also use smilies.. Don't you think?Originally posted by Mirelle Ikina – Soprano:

    To sing helps me to think. As soon as I am singing, I forget my problems. When I am sick and I listen to the music, it gives me strength.Music gives me strength.

    Or better, I would have to listen to music before..

  3. if you listen to broadcast news or reddit…its about all you get. I try to find the least bias news and take it in metered doses. I do post from others places, if its good message to get out, get it out.Theresa…you must eat before you post..or you seem grumpy. I recall war stories of orchestras and band members offering music at the worst of times. Music offers hope I think.

  4. I have a friend, a good one by the way, that he have taught me to use smilies with delicate discrimination (especially being in his own blog)

  5. http://www.compositiontoday.com/show_video.asp?video_id=452881Originally posted by tdjmd1:

    You didn't publish the video interface, why?

    I got it from oleGrumpywanbenobbly. He'd fixed his comments section by then.Originally posted by tdjmd1:

    The Lord of the Weather

    Supposedly a sun god his facial features remind me more of the lunar aspects. Also Horus is known for changes, the sun itself, isn't. The sun doesn't hover.In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.The moon hovers like a hawk, exactly like a falcon. Also notice the Ankh or Tau for earth suspended directly below the crescent of the hair; encompassing the Tau.No idea what the stick is supposed to be. It doesn't look like a spear or a fork. Maybe a goad?While on the subject its hat looks daft. Only a woman could wear such a stupid thing.

  6. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    Supposedly a sun god

    Yep.. Horus : The Egyptian God ofthe Sky, god of War and god of Protection. But you can pick him differentely dressed: according to occasion I guess..

  7. I noticed that my stuff has gone dark lately

    It started off with the book mentioned here:"I've been led to believe it was the British met Office that scoredwith the hole in the weather allowing the Normady Landings.According to this:http://weathersage.com/texts/boesen/chapter7.htm"It was a real downer especially with my experience of trying to get things at least discussed through the rigid aegis of FUD produced by the quacks in charge of most sciences these days.Or more accurately their succubii.More from the initial post:"The reason for Krick and Hoizman's stubborn optimism was a "wedge development" or high-pressure belt over the Atlantic which they expected to reach the British Isles on June 4, pushing a cold front ahead of it into France and bringing clearing weather in its wake. The wedge had not yet shown up on the daily weather charts, however, so Krick and Holzman decided it was useless to argue and accepted the majority opinion.Also, this brought a fleeting measure of peace to Colonel Yates down at Portsmouth, who had phoned Krick and Holzman that it would make his job a lot easier if they would agree with the others. Yates didn't say so, but the strain had become too much for Group-Captain Stagg, who had collapsed, leaving Yates to carry the whole load. Nor did it help Yates that the Russians were sending Eisenhower cables advising him not to go.But at the first conference on June 4, at three o'clock in the morning, with the Admiralty now saying that the outlook was even blacker than they at first thought, Krick and Holzman fought for their views."Colonel Krick presented in great detail the Widewing viewpoint in order that the reasons for our optimistic position would be made perfectly clear to the other members of the conference," Hoizman wrote in his notes of the meeting. "Our final statement was that we were in fair agreement with the wind forecast for Sunday (the day now begun), but not the cloud forecast for that day, and that beyond Sunday we had no confidence whatever in the conference forecast (which was for all bad weather)."But it was no use. The conference forecast prevailed, and the invasion of Normandy was canceled for both Sunday and Monday, June 4 and June 5.So matters stood through the day until the five o'clock discussion in the afternoon. Suddenly the British wavered. The Admiralty now said it favored Krick and Holzman's picture over that of the Air Ministry, which went on seeing the worst, including fog on June 6 over the beaches in Normandy.When all again talked things over, at three o'clock in the morning of June 5, Dr. Petterssen began to retreat from his position, indicating he was no longer sure of his pessimistic stand. The Admiralty, which had wavered the day before, wavered some more, saying that "developments seemed to be going somewhat better than they had hoped for." Krick and Holzman "continued to reiterate their optimistic picture."With a hold on Europe solidly established, General Eisenhower removed the British from all forecasting functions and assigned this responsibility exclusively to the forecasters of the United States Strategic Air Forces.He elevated Krick to chief of his weather information section, in due course stationed at his forward headquarters at Rheims, forecasting for all operations in the re-conquest of the continent.http://groups.google.com/group/sci.military.naval/browse_frm/thread/645cc9d28f58cd97#

  8. Above the moon is the sun?Or the zodiac, more likely both. Notice the snake has no start or finish like an Ourubros. The ankh is in the same place.If the style dates from the time of the Hyksos the Ankh is probably the representation of a man, the governor of the planet earth.Odd that whilst the ankh is firmly in the grip of the left hand, the rod is not in the grasp of the right. If it isn't a goad could it be a plummet?It doesn't look the part though. An ankh looks more like a plummet would. And an ox goad is a sign of someone, something or an agency that teaches.That's about my limit with hieroglyphs.

  9. Farther away but somewhat nearer home:http://ifixit.org/3001/how-one-teacher-built-a-computer-lab-for-free/How a Lamer turned a broke school into one with computer classrooms from one that had absolutely no money for them.Originally posted by ifixit.org:

    How One Teacher Built a Computer Lab for FreePeople assume that getting technology into classrooms is expensive. An underfunded school needed computers for the classroom. In 2007, Robert Litt (a 6th Grade teacher) acquired 18 donated computers. The operating systems were slow. Some computers had malware.frustrated.Wiping the disks and reinstalling the operating system would be expensive so he began to research his options. Alameda County Computer Recyclers suggested he use GNU/Linux. He came upon a local Linux user’s group, and with their help he got Linux up and running on his 18 donated machines. Suddenly, they were fast. They were clean. They worked well in the classroom.His principal gave him four hours a week paid leave to find more computers for a full lab for ASCEND. Finding computers was less difficult than anticipated. Most families and businesses have an old computer sitting in storage. He called and asked for donations. Most people would rather their used computers do good than rot in a landfill or get shredded; they usually don’t know how to get them where they are needed. “Underfunded schools are starving in the midst of plenty,” “Discarded computers are our nation’s most wasted educational resource.”In fact, donations were easy enough to find that Robert began turning down equipment that had less than 512 megabytes of RAM or was made before 2002. He accepted “broken” computers however. “Many are actually just software problems,” he found. When he installed Linux, many worked just fine. Six months later, Robert had his first full ASCEND lab, filled with donated computers running free, open-source software. But he wasn’t done. Donations kept pouring in. Soon, he got in touch with a local non-profit called Partimus (http://partimus.org/) dedicated to “providing computers and Free Software system administration support” to schools in the Bay Area. Partimus helped Robert set up an install server to install Linux on multiple machines at once. This year to date, he has acquired over 70 computers for ASCEND.It’s within every teacher’s capabilities. He had absolutely no computer repair or tinkering background. “My background is being a 6th grade teacher,” he says. “I am self-taught 100%.” He used free resources available online and troubleshot as he went along.Robert advocates open-source software even for schools that aren’t lacking technology. “The digital divide is growing in a hidden statistic, the actual teaching of technology in a meaningful way.”With recycled computers, there’s no need for even 3% of classrooms to be without computers.

    Robert speaking at Maker Faire


  10. I always wanted to make a wooden bike but never got around to it:Originally posted by Ifixit:

    In Ghana, eleven men clean and prepare a huge pile of bamboo. What are they making? Bikes.Inexpensive, lightweight bikes strong enough to stand up to Kumasi’s long rainy season.These men are employees of Bamboo Bikes Limited, the Ghana factory of the Bamboo Bike Project, dedicated to providing more affordable transportation options in rural Africa and teaching job skills to last a lifetime. It was started by a group of scientists and engineers from The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York and sponsored by the Millennium Cities Initiative.


  11. Having said that I am waiting for the install of a Linux OS to go ahead from the language choice bar to the next phase. It has stalled on download updates and third-partyware whilst installing.Have you ever heard such a damnably stupid fault?How is an OS to recognise my internet connection before I install the OS?It did't have this problem on the larger drive yesterday and this drive was OK with loading the Zorin OS earlier today.

  12. Maybe off subject, but I had hoped and thought, where I help at, that they often have troubled teens to come in and volunteer. I thought 'teach em to use tools, let em make something, or take things apart. Give someone tools, tech em to use em..they will.

  13. Originally posted by Unasia:

    where I help at, that they often have troubled teens to come in and volunteer. I thought 'teach em to use tools, let em make something, or take things apart. Give someone tools, tech em to use em..they will

    I got involved with a project like that. It turned out the people running it were just milking the system. It was a nightmare. It is so easy for things to go wrong. You can only do what you do not what others aught to.Here is something I just read. 20 things about deserts:1 Sure, our planet looks like a watery blue marble from space, but one-third of Earth’s land surface is partially or totally desert. 2 The world’s largest desert is Antarctica. That’s right, an area doesn’t have to be hot to qualify—it just needs to lose more moisture than it gains.3 There are parts of the Atacama Desert in Chile where no rain has ever been recorded. Scientists believe portions of the region have been in an extreme desert state for 40 million years—longer than any other place on Earth.4 And yet more than 1 million people live in the Atacama today. Farmers extract enough water from aquifers and snowmelt streams to grow crops and raise llamas and alpacas.5 If you get lost in the desert, you don’t have to urinate on your shirt and wear it on your head like Bear Grylls to avoid dying of thirst. You can suck water from the branches of some palms, such as buri and rattan.6 Contrary to lore, cacti are not a sure thing. If you want a sip from a barrel cactus, you’ll need a machete to carve it open—and choosing the wrong species could give you headaches and diarrhea.7 Then again, if you are lost in the desert, headaches and diarrhea might not be your biggest problem.8 You’re better off with a prickly pear cactus. But wait until night so you don’t expend water sweating.9 The world record for crossing the Sahara by bicycle was set in 2011 by Reza Pakravan, 36, a market security analyst in London, who made the 1,084-mile journey in 13 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes, and 14 seconds. He started in Algeria, cycled south, then turned east through Niger and Chad to reach Sudan.10 Pakravan’s guide hauled the 6,000 calories of food and 7 liters of water he consumed each day.11 Next time maybe he’ll drive: The $1 billion, 2,900-mile Trans-Saharan highway will link Africa’s most populous city, Lagos, Nigeria, to Algeria and Tunisia.12 Workers on the highway occasionally stumble across dehydrated corpses.13 To build a stretch of road through the Mauritanian desert, engineers erected nylon curtains and planted drought-tolerant trees to hold back the dunes. Extreme temperature fluctuations killed the trees and buckled the road. A multilayered roadbed composed of seashells solved the buckling, but the shifting sand still, well, shifts.14 About 46,000 square miles of arable land turn to desert every year due to climate change and practices such as forest clear-cutting. Desertification threatens the livelihoods of more 
than 1 billion people in 110 countries, the U.N. says.15 About 1,000 square miles of Chinese land turns into desert every year, fueling deadly, globe-circling dust storms.16 In northeastern China, a Green Great Wall of shrubs and trees now being planted may win back the edges of the Gobi Desert. The wall will eventually stretch 2,800 miles from outer Beijing through Inner Mongolia.17 Combating desertification doesn’t require high tech. In Burkina Faso, one village increased crop yields 50 percent just by positioning stones to slow runoff and digging pits to collect rainwater.18 German particle physicist Gerhard Knies calculated that in six hours, the world’s deserts receive more energy from the sun than humans consume in a year. An 8,100-square-mile stretch of Saharan desert—an area the size of Wales—could power all of Europe.19 That calculation inspired the 2009 formation of the Desertec Industrial Initiative, a project that aims to construct a network of solar and wind farms stretching across Africa and the Middle East. It would connect electricity to Europe via high-voltage DC cables.20 Desertec would cost an estimated $500 billion, but by 2050 it could supply enough renewable, nonpolluting electricity to fill 15 percent of Europe’s demand.http://discovermagazine.com/2012/jul-aug/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-deserts

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