Monday, October 24, 2022

Diwali: Happiness and the Law

Jo Bole So Nihal -> used as a precursor to Sat Siri Akal meaning ‘Blessed is the One’

Alongside the rich Goddess Lakshmi, the God of intelligence Lord Ganesha is also worshipped. Worship of the duo symbolizes opening the door of wealth with intelligence.

Sikhs celebrate Bandi Shor Divas (often translated as Prisoner Release Day and spelled in different ways) on Diwali

Sikhs celebrate Diwali in order to celebrate the release of Guru Hargobind from captivity in Gwalior and his return to Amritsar.

Guru Hargobind Sahib's father Guru Arjan Devwas arrested under the orders of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and he was asked to convert to Islam.  His refusal led to his torture and execution in 1606 CE. This event is a defining moment in the history of India and Sikhs as the martyrdom of Guru Arjan. After the execution, Guru Hargobind succeeded his father as the next Guru of Sikhs.

Guru Hargobind, on 24 June 1606, at age 11, was crowned as the sixth Sikh Guru.At his succession ceremony, he put on two swords: one indicated his resolve to maintain spiritual authority (piri) and the other, his temporal authority (miri).Because of the execution of Guru Arjan by Mughal Emperor Jahangir, Guru Hargobind was opposed to the oppression of the Mughal rule. He advised Sikhs and Hindus to arm and fight. The death of his father at the hands of Jahangir prompted him to emphasize the military dimension of the Sikh community.

Australia has hundreds of mammal species. We want to find them all – before they’re gone The Conversation

Battery Tech Breakthrough: 10-Minute Charge Time Paves Way for Mass Adoption of Affordable Electric Car SciTech Daily. Original.

Neighborhood parks, private gardens could improve life spans in poor areas.

WOW: Jaw Dropping Photo From Webb Telescope of the Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation.

Ever more land and labour Aeon

Biden’s phantom tech cold war Protocol

THAT’S A SPEEDING TICKET:  AT&T to pay $23M fine for bribing powerful lawmaker’s ally in exchange for vote: AT&T said it’s “committed to ensuring that this never happens again.”

Of course, bribery is an established local custom in the Illinois legislature, and AT&T probably thought it was just respecting the culture.

BORIS BONDAREV: A Diplomat Defects From the Kremlin.

Resigning meant throwing away a twenty-year career as a Russian diplomat and, with it, many of my friendships. But the decision was a long time coming. When I joined the ministry in 2002, it was during a period of relative openness, when we diplomats could work cordially with our counterparts from other countries. Still, it was apparent from my earliest days that Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was deeply flawed. Even then, it discouraged critical thinking, and over the course of my tenure, it became increasingly belligerent. I stayed on anyway, managing the cognitive dissonance by hoping that I could use whatever power I had to moderate my country’s international behavior. But certain events can make a person accept things they didn’t dare to before.

The invasion of Ukraine made it impossible to deny just how brutal and repressive Russia had become. It was an unspeakable act of cruelty, designed to subjugate a neighbor and erase its ethnic identity. It gave Moscow an excuse to crush any domestic opposition. Now, the government is sending thousands upon thousands of drafted men to go kill Ukrainians. The war shows that Russia is no longer just dictatorial and aggressive; it has become a fascist state.

But for me, one of the invasion’s central lessons had to do with something I had witnessed over the preceding two decades: what happens when a government is slowly warped by its own propaganda.

Isaac Mamaysky (Albany), Happiness and the Law: Lifelong Learning as a Path to Meaning and Purpose, 62 Santa Clara L. Rev. __ (2022):

We begin with the premise that the happiest and most fulfilled attorneys are those who live a life of meaning and purpose. While many in the legal profession have achieved this goal, many others are unsatisfied with their career trajectories but feel, for a variety of reasons, that they aren’t empowered to make a change. The article argues that it’s not just possible—but, for many attorneys, should be the goal—to merge personal and professional interests to achieve a career filled with meaning and purpose.

Emily Karlzen, Arizona, Founder and CEO of Arch Rift, to develop an astronaut helmet for commercial space flight.

Mehran Jalali, for building energy storage systems, NYC, grew up in Iran.

Kyle Redlinghuys, a further award, recently launched an API to make the data from the James Webb Space Telescope available.

Pranav Myana, 18, University of Texas, Austin, working on incorporating renewable power into the grid.

Brian Chau, Waterloo (Canada), general career support for writing and podcasting. Here is his Substack.

Cathal J. Nolan, historian, Boston University, to write a book on the relationship between war and progress. Just learned he was born in Dublin.

Cynthia Haven, Stanford University, to write a book on John Milton and the 17th century.  Twitter here.

Harsehaj Dhami, 17, lives in Ontario, to visit a Longevity conference in Copenhagen.  LinkedIn here.

Jackson Oswalt, Knoxville, builds things, AR/XR stuff, for general career support.  In the Guinness Book of World Records for achieving a nuclear fusion reaction at age 12.

Miguel Ignacio Solano and Maria Elena Solano, Bogota/Cambridge, MA, co-founders of VMind, an artificial intelligence project.

Brian Kelleher, 18, Dublin, to improve software for doctors.

Devon Zuegel, to develop a new village and community, Twitter here.

Rodolfo Herrera, Pensamiento Libre, market-oriented Facebook and YouTube videos for Mexico.

Alia Abbas, 19, Maryland, to study biochemistry and materials and for general career development.

There are two other projects not yet ready for public announcement.

Ukraine tranche: There is now a new Emergent Ventures Ukraine.

Julia Brodsky, Maryland, former instructor of astronauts.  To support educational efforts to teach on-line STEM and other subjects to Ukrainian children in refugee camps.

Uliana Ronska, 17, Prague and Netherlands currently.  She is doing research on problems of triangulating fast-moving stars. It was also under her leadership that her team won ExPhO, CETO, and 2 all-Ukrainian Motion physics olympiads.  For general career development.

Demian Zhelyabovskyy, currently at Bromsgrove School in the UK, from Kyiv.  Last year he won first place in the All-Ukrainian Physics Marathon; also he and his teammates won the Experimental Physics Olympiad (ExPhO) and Computer Experiment Team Olympiad (CETO).  For general career support, and for the physics paper he is currently co-authoring.

Tymofiy Mylovanov, representing the Kyiv School of Economics, to nurture talent development for Ukraine.  Tymofiy as an individual was also the very first Emergent Ventures winner.