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June 5, 2014
by LittleGeeky
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The Burning Times : on Vaccination (part 5)

THE CURE

The answer is absolutely not to abolish all things criticized previously, for the opposite of an extreme is also an extreme and extremes wander ever away from truth. Rather, temperance is the best course for correction. Life flourishes where edges meet, intellectual and material center points. Stark opposition brings the illusion of balance to the untrained eye: a one-for-one representation. However the equal presence of opposites alone does not promote life, it merely creates voltage; the more stark the extremes, the greater the contrast, the greater the tension. Providence arises when opposite perspectives are adopted for the sake of more thorough intelligence, but the Center is what all “sides” are committed to defending… the very opposite of divide and conquer. It does no good to suggest that capitalism on the whole is wrong, for no one can be blamed for seeking meaning, amenity, and resource for oneself and one’s beloved… the error lies in extreme application, and ruthless method. The failure is not merely moral either… simple strategy seeks achievement of the immediate objective (personal gain), grand strategy considers the post-conflict impact of methods used and the environment in which success is expected to persist … method that undermines the endurance of success is not worth the victory it brings. Interestingly, an honest assessment of post-conflict success endurance always takes on a social consideration and ambition-moderation flavor. Militant success can only serve to open time and space for civil success; a lack of planning for the latter is a guarantee of failure. Capitalists who voluntarily temper own earnings in comparison to their employees, who give back to community and environment, whose honest purpose is to serve rather than to amass; these are a boon to any society … it is the ruthless who must be given no quarter. The same can be said of all positions of power such as political office holders.

All conflicts start and end in the mind and are most always won before the first arrow is loosed. A number of forces are at play in our culture that need readdressing in order to bring the wolf to his knees. There is a sadly pervasive assumption that one cannot possibly understand things outside the scope of his own profession. Not only does this limit people’s ambition to seek the breadth of knowledge that clears the battlefield of fog, it foments false animosity amongst those enveloped in it, especially towards those who jump the curb or climb the pole to get a better view. This is further perpetuated by the stove-piped reverence of “expertise”. While there is something significant to be said for the weight of experience, and one should certainly not fail to consider the counsel of the battle-tested, we go wrong when we allow a respectful consult of those with experience to turn into a poisoning of self-esteem; the idolatry of expertise leads to a natural doubtfulness in one’s own ability to develop such skills. Fortunately in this age, the damaging effects of this influence are slowly  being eroded by the wealth of internet tutorial demonstrations of skill. The point however expounds the urgency with which internet communications must remain open, lest they fall to the predatory division and conquering actions of those who would leverage policy to their own benefit; for all order is predicated upon a strength and consistency of communication.

In truth, all knowledge is an artifice of language… if you can learn a language you can learn a paradigm; and what many I suspect would find surprising is that when you take an honest approach, study widely and deeply, and will to challenge all assumptions, one sees that the basic structure of all knowledge is fairly resonant … you can study particles and gain insight into people, and vice verse. Humility is a lost and critical art. People try so hard to be right instead of trying to be honest; we are entrenched in the notion that all resource (including basic life sustainment) flows according to credit rather than need. Flexibility in posture is the key to maintaining logical viability just as it is to maintaining physical viability on the battlefield; many wars have turned on obstinacy. In the end, “Evil contains the seed of its own destruction.” Logically put, the organization that depends upon falsehood for continued existence must constantly exert force to persist. In time energy is expended, reach is overstretched, strength is drained, and the order becomes unsustainable. In the face of such capital exploitation, the fastest way to defeat the wolf and sustain as few casualties as possible is to remain calm, use one’s own eyes, develop self-sustainability where possible (there is no sharper evidence of an industry’s desperation for input than its appeal to forbid people from doing things themselves), and work to stop feeding the beast… develop the ears to hear.

“Nullius in Verba”, motto of The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge

Roughly translated : “Don’t take anyone’s word for it” … or “See for yourself.”

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June 5, 2014
by LittleGeeky
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The Burning Times : on Vaccination (part 2)

CURRENCY

To my knowledge all medical practice today, to include studies of all sorts, are based upon an out-dated model of the physical world. Most scientific disciplines are hamstrung in practicable accuracy by the adoption of conventions of convenience. For example, we say that pi=3.14 …. which is not true. Yet the longer we drag out the equation, the further we get from accomplishing our end-state. In fact, by some peoples’ belief that pi is never ending, calculating pi to its end would lock us up functionally forever. There is benefit to this approximation in getting objectives accomplished, but it is still technically an art of rounding and a fundamental truth of judgment is that you cannot assess how what you don’t know (because you didn’t look or otherwise) affects the accuracy of what you think you know, this truth is the nature of FATE. The habitual exercise of practitioners disposes them to becoming very good at what they do … and simultaneously inherently resistant to new interpretation, even to the extent that they become unable to comprehend how their skill, however honed, just doesn’t apply anymore, or reap the consequences that the previous generations’ conventions of convenience and low-resolution assessment of consequence data have led them to believe. If there is some school of medicine that teaches students about quantum mechanics, and discusses the discovery that cells appear designed to exploit quantum communications pathways as well as the (what would be extraordinarily wide-ranging) implications of how the body ACTUALLY works based on the new concept, I would love to know about it and would happily adjust my assessment.

APPROACH

Prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is demonstrable in math as well as strategy. It is much better to avoid a direct assault on fortified defenses… the odds are not in your favor. Consider how much investment is made by commerce in the marketing industry. It is much easier to play on peoples’ psychology and convince them that they need something that they don’t than to try to just force them to buy. Yes, marketing is expensive, but less so than extinction. Studies in personal influence constantly indicate that convincing the boss to enact your will is far more effectively achieved by getting him to believe it was his own idea. Conversely, no evidence in the world will turn the mind of someone set against it, no matter how true. In fact the whole social dialog is spoiled as an effective battlefield when all anybody does is cast evidence into an arena, the approach is far too direct and doomed to failure by all who try it. Ironically, though the opening saying seems to spring from the profession of health, the premise of vaccination acts completely contrary. The parts of the body responsible for preventing disease in the first place are bypassed completely and the illness is then left to ravage the ill-prepared internal structure of the body … hey, let’s train the forces by dropping paratroopers into the undefended headquarters… wait. Far better to engage in practices that actually strengthen the body’s natural defenses which have been developing for about 200,000 years longer than our human comprehension. I am humble enough to admit that I do not “know” if it works or not, but experienced and studied enough to quickly identify that the underlying premise is massively shaky… which is not helped by the fact that since time’s dawn there has never been a socially or environmentally conscientious capitalist… he wants “his” … not “ours”… and will hide behind all manner of shield of indignation to avoid critics (such as an appeal to “rights”). The idea of weakening the agent so that the body has a “fighting” chance is also fallacious … the body’s fighting chance has been entirely bypassed and the only thing left is for the body to endure. Further, only a fool believes that simple retardants are discriminatory. Preservatives retard biological activity … this does not stop just because it happens to be inside a body… nor does the action of supposed virus-crippling additives; their effects may be somewhat minimized depending on local chemical conditions, but mitigation itself requires a redirection and expenditure of resources that would otherwise have been used to enrich or energize the body structure.

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June 5, 2014
by LittleGeeky
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The Burning Times : on Vaccination (part 3)

CONSISTENCY

Often the sell is that those who do not vaccinate increase the risk to the collective. The only premise by which this makes any sense at all is an appeal to the effect of massing: a population that makes for a fertile breeding ground becomes a vector of approach for the disease. However history shows that vaccination does not keep you from contracting the disease, is not life-long as it was originally conceived to be (how convenient for the profiteer), is likely to have side effects which we often fumble clumsily trying to check and cause additional problems, is administered within an operating paradigm that cannot rightfully be claimed to be close to complete and is founded on a formation of chemistry that is horrifically out-dated … and to a precarious extent that convenience fails to shield it in justness from the consequences of its possible inaccuracy.

However, this is all circumstantial observation. The real blow to the argument is that it is completely inconsistent. If biomassing was of sufficient concern to the industry that it should amount to a just assault on citizens liberty then hospitals would only be an emergency room, and the majority of other treatment … especially of those most “contagious” would be managed as far from others as possible, including others with the same affliction. Despite the incredible sanitation efforts of hospitals (which because we live in a biocompetitive world has ultimately led to the survival and development of harder-to-kill organisms), nothing diffuses the propagation of influence nearly as well as distance. Understanding that such an organization would suffer from greater costs and communications complexity, our choice to consolidate to save expense rather than disperse to increase effectiveness is a further reflection of our promotion of profit over morality, and even over actual effectiveness… and again the capitalist profits from the functional conflict … he’s paid for the service rendered at the facility while virtually ensuring that those who gather there will in one form or another perpetuate the perception of its need or that of collateral services: there is no focal profit in cure.

BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE

A concept at odds with itself when we allow ourselves to be drawn into the “needs of the many” argument. In Star Trek, the notion is one of sacrifice and is noble in being voluntary. What people fail to realize is that sacrifice immediately looses any meaning when it is expected or forced in any way (consider the Soldier who is hailed by a Congress when in Service, disregarded as self-invited of his consequential injuries, and then abandoned when separated), be it by compulsion or by scorn. There are no acceptible losses. Period. It is unavoidable that everything will fail, in some time and some way. We must understand that when undertaking a course of action, some will be harmed. However this does not make it acceptible. What we do when we appeal to this curtailing of conscience is abandon responsibility for it, and therefor impetus to continue looking for alternative perspectives or approaches. This is, at times, a temporarily forgivable lapse by a fatigued citizenry, but an insidious and unforgivable condition to be fomented and exploited by those whose activities habitually consume the general well being in favor of their own.

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June 5, 2014
by BookGoddess
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Firefly Fan Geeks

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Geeky Mommy Writing:

 

When you share an amazing heart spilling over comic like this one on your facebook page and someone says they don’t get it, it is like being stabbed in the heart. This, this, this! This is part of the reason Firefly failed! The network didn’t promote it and they aired it all out of order and they didn’t give it a chance!

Firefly Fans

If you hadn’t guessed, my husband and I are big firefly fans! Not only are our two dogs (with smallish droppings) named Simon and Kaylee, we even named one of our children Zoey.
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I think the name Zoey was my husbands petty attempt to get at least one of his crew to take orders! LOL It by the way didn’t work. We would have been better going with River, on her violent days, with no safe word. How did we end up with a kid that hits so much when we don’t even spank. (We are geeks, we do the research, it isn’t advised people!) Geeky Dad reminds me that chances are this is just a phase she is in and will grow out of it. I need said reminder often!

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(A Sleepy Geekling playing with Dads Hat!)

I don’t think our younger children are yet ready for the Shiny understanding of Firefly but our oldest daughter knows it when she sees it! (heart swoon)

If it wasn’t for my Fibro, a painful chronic condition, I would have a firefly tattoo because truly the joy from that show adds to our lives. Firefly the show is a bit like great mythology I think! Entertaining and sometimes deep with some amazing characters!

May 3, 2014
by LittleGeeky
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“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?”

“She’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.” – Han Solo, Pilot of the Millennium Falcon.

Behold! A Geeky Toy for a Geeky Dad!

This totally awesome shiny spaceship was built, filmed, and posted by Geeky Dad.

 

Once upon a time, in a cute little novelty toy store not so far away …

I ran across this totally awesome, shiny model kit of the Millennium Falcon. When I was but a wee Padawan, I used to enjoy making models … sort of. My bedroom window was bedazzled with a handful of plastic constructs lovingly put together in a somewhat haphazard manner, and not a sticker or speck of paint to be seen. A gray aircraft carrier here, a naked stealth bomber up there … some kind of yellow Russian helicopter off to the side. All ghosts of an interest I tried to nurture but lacked the patience for. After all, Legos were so much more dynamic, quick to build, and satisfying to smash.

Now I find myself, a mere two decades later, again enjoying modelling; and this time I can call it done after the building is complete (insert fist-waving Wookie cheer). This here beauty is brought to us by a company called Fascinations and it’s from their Metal Earth line. They have a fairly large variety of models ranging from real and imaginary spaceships, to vehicles, to buildings and bridges. They even have a golden colored Golden Gate bridge. The Millennium Falcon comes in a small thin package containing two light metal sheets. All the pieces were stamped into the sheets and easily removable. The parts are joined in a tab A into slot B fashion… a good pair of tweezers definitely helped here.

These little gems are now all over my Pinterest like Ewoks on Stormtroopers.

Beyond Metal Earth, Fascinations also has an interesting collection of fun and educational toys, gifts, trinkets, and fixtures such as hovering lamps and artificial jellyfish aquariums. The company’s website is linked below. Search your feelings, strap in, engage hyperdrive, and check em’ out. Punch it Chewy!

Fascinations.com

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Metal Earth Millennium Falcon.

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April 5, 2014
by LittleGeeky
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Why you should play Minecraft with your Geeky Kids

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 POST BY GEEKY MOMMY

These are 3 of our 4 geeky kids!

Ok, so thats not them!

It could be them!

You see 3 of our 4 children currently play Minecraft. Yes, they are homeschooled because we just that big of geeks that we love learning and love sharing that with the little geeklings. The other reason could be that we are a military family and move a decillion times and their education we believe would be in tatters! Don’t worry about their socialization, if your a real geek too you will know better than to believe such homeschooling myths. Your better than that right?

So your children play Minecraft, possibly a lot, and maybe you don’t play it with them. I am here to tell you that as a parent, you should. I am not saying play all the time because no adult who does anything at all can keep up with how much most little geeks play. You should though at least try.

I know, I know, the graphics are terrible, they almost make Atri look epic. (Don’t argue with me on this!) The first two times I looked at the game I was turned off by the graphics. I couldn’t wrap my head around why anyone would be playing such a game when there are games like Never Winter. I however was wrong (and I am girl enough to admit it too!)

We bought an account for my husband and our at the time 7 year old son, and before I knew it they loved it, and then we had to get an account for our teen daughter, and our then 5 year old daughter and of course I joined in too. Why? Because they are only young so long and what they enjoy I want to try and understand better and support.

So that is reason #1, play to understand your child’s interest and #2, please to support their interests! 

Reason #3 is because playing together is family time and strong family bonds are known to promote independence in adulthood! (source study University of Haifa)

Reason #4 is that you will learn from your child, this aids in building confidence.

Reason #5 is that it can be a lot of fun! Or least funny! The above image is of the house the 8 and 6 year olds built together. It even has a mailbox! They put up a fence around it but didn’t light things up enough so when I want walking by I got to giggle at 3 little zombies trying to break into their house! It reminded me of them. I knew soon as my 6 year old daughter would see them that she would try something or other to keep them as pets…. Yes, she tries everything she can to make monsters into pets and it is some how adorable, though also some times deadly.

These are just a few of the reasons to get down to learning how to play minecraft with your kids. More to come!

I hope you enjoy this new little blog as our family shares our little geeky side with the web!

November 4, 2013
by LittleGeeky
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Hello world! From a not so Little Geeky Family!

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This little geeky blog was started in the middle of the night like so many great things by two geek parents thinking about our 4 little geeky kids. Of course we are all a little geeky in different ways and some more than others but geek is definitely a word people think of when they think of our not so little family of 6.