Friday, August 26, 2016

Escape the Beaten Path (Water): Electricity is like blood @ ThinkPlace

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right… and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”
~ John Adams

This observation about liberty reminds me of a Latin slogan located in the library in Kezmarok Si vis pacem, para bellum is a Latin adage translated as, "If you want peaceprepare for war" or " If  you see peace, plan for war"

Pavlina Pizova Brings Back Memories of All Those Folkloric Misadventures in High Tatra Mountains ... A Czech bushwalker made an 'H' in the snow with ashes as she desperately waited for help, while holed up in a remote New Zealand South Island hut for almost a month after her travel companion's death Grieving Girl: Czech bushwalker rescued after a whole month without hot food or water 

The water of the good Mother of Heaven is always delicious especially under High Tatra Mountain in Vrbov. A town that is like MEdia Dragon over 700 years old and one of this royal town's property belonging to my maternal grandfather features the complex of thermal pools filled with thermal water full of the best healing minerals.  Its composition is the richest of all thermal springs known in the Mittleurope ...
Although never formally encouraged by the Church, Vrbov Voda (water) is considered non-liturgical holy water and many sick Catholic folks tend to flog to it from every corner of the world ;-)  My mum and her sisters, one of them was my Godmother Sidka, Anka, Ilonka ... were happy to leave the family property in the public hands after the fall of communism... We are sure that the Icy patron of the town, Svety - Saint Servac - Eva, Gitka, Lidka, and Aga you to refer to St Servac as their youngest brother's birthday saint ;-) St Servac has allegedly got a lot to do with the healing process even if is just a placebo effect as it works ... The Bible shows us that He healed: by the Word; by the faith of the sick; to release service; to restore life; to deliver from demons ...It is amazing what simple yet smart composition of oxygen, nitrogen, carbonic acid, carbonates of lime and magnesia, a trace of carbonate of iron, an alkaline carbonate or silicate, chlorides of potassium and sodium, traces of sulphates of potassium and soda, traces of ammonia, and traces of iodine can do for people ...

Temperature of water in pools is from 26 °C to 38 °C. The swimming-pools are open all the year round. Thermal mineral water has beneficial effects on kinetic and nerve systems...
How to Stay Rich in Europe: Inherit Money for 700 Years

There is a hell of a good solar system next door to Vrbov  . . . All the MEdia Dragon Jedi Please Lets Go before the Russians and the Chinese get us! Proxima Centauri b confirmed! Potentially habitable planet orbits the star next door

Speaking of Wealth, let us remember what Bukowski said about the rich families be it Imriches, Jordans, , Murdochs or Packers, "Bad luck for the young poet would be a rich father, an early marriage, an early success or the ability to do anything well."
Because it is his birthday,  this is the link to a great site with more about Charles Bukowski

It is not the first time East Latituders has been caught taking liberties with the truth and falling in love with German Pole Jozef Karl Bukowski ...

Private citizen to pay for FOI into census failure after being slapped with an exorbitant fee by ABS 

“One of the most common requests by our clients,” says Natalie Slessor, Head of Workplace, Lendlease, “is ‘I want a workplace that doesn’t feel like a workplace’”. What they usually mean is they want a work environment that feels authentic, even homely, and not clinical or manufactured.” The internet has permanently changed the retail landscape, and bricks and mortar retail businesses have had to profoundly re-think their reason for being. For innovative brands it has meant placing greater emphasis on experience, on telling a brand story, on providing opportunities for social interaction. Other institutions, such as universities and education providers, have also had to reinvent the use of their physical spaces. When courses are available online, campuses are being put to better use in order to service the needs of students in new and innovative ways   The Reinvention of Working

A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, while vacationing in South Florida, I was lying on a beach when, all of a sudden, a single-engine Cessna came puttering across the sky, toting an aerial advertisement that read: “THE REAL YOU IS SEXY.” I sat there for a moment blinking in the sun. It was a message that seemed to fly in consummate symmetry with the insecurities of its audience: sunbathers with calf implants and spray tans, toupees and silicone breasts.
Can art help find “the real you”? Identity now comes under more scrutiny than ever. Cue the rampant questions of pretension, authenticity,
coolness... Act Naturally: Pretentiousness, Coolness, and Culture

Casualty of Culture on Not So Beaten Path ... by Sarsha Simone  

The economic value of book awards.  And “Perhaps even more impressive: the original English edition tops the current bestseller lists in both Germany and France.”  Cold River is again a total failure ...

“Yet people don't buy what you do; they buy  why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” 
―  Simon SinekStart with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

A Gawker Post-Mortem: The inside story of the trial, its dirty PR campaign and the Russian oligarch who sponsored Nick Denton’s legal case 

“We have many spaces that are organized from the top down, that are well-renovated and secure, and that people don’t use. We call those places the hospitals of culture. What interests us is a new model of collective creativity, not just working away in our own corners but making something together.” Organic Cultural Spaces Versus The Top-Down Kind 

AIPIO Forum with Mariana Zafeirakopoulos on Designing Intelligence Analysis

Is there perfection in art? Sam Anderson conducts an aesthetic investigation in Florence, home of Michelangelo’s “David" and Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot... David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue

 “Michelangelo’s David will explode.” (NYT)  And “The most popular target for photographers was the David’s genitals.” 

An ellipsis indicates an absence, making it the language’s most unusual punctuation mark. Where did it come from, and how did it get so weird? yada yada yada: The Mysterious History of the Ellipsis, From Medieval Subpuncting to Irrational Numbers 

Bukowski said, "Bad luck for the young poet would be a rich father, an early marriage, an early success or the ability to do anything well."
Because it is his birthday,  this is the link to a great site with more about Charles Bukowski

It is not the first time East Latituders has been caught taking liberties with the truth and falling in love with German Pole Jozef Karl Bukowski ...

Why Good Women Try to Change Bad Rich Dragons - Amen To This Top Secret Research ...

U.K. equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube announced that it planned to raise £5 million ($7 million) from its members in July and attracted around £39 million ($51 million) in pledges on its preregistration site. This UK crowdfunding platform has broken a funding record

Our lives are shaped by an inescapable confluence of choice and chance. “The things we want are transformative, and we don’t know or only think we know what is on the other side of that transformation,” Rebecca Solnit wrote in her beautiful inquiry into how we find ourselves by getting lost. But the truth is that most of the time we don’t know or only think we know what is on this side of any transformative experience — we live much of our lives opaque to ourselves, lost within our own psyches, confused and conflicted about what we really want. Milan Kundera considers this the central ambivalence of love and life.  
Kundera: Life on a Möbius Strip: The Greatest Moth Story Ever Told, About the Unlikely Paths That Lead Us Back to Ourselves

Stealing Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage: An Overview of the Economic Espionage Act, Charles Doyle, Senior Specialist in American Public Law. August 19, 2016

Today, The Wall Street Journal has an article about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). It had assigned "Mystery Shoppers" to apply for mortgage loans at BancorpSouth. The mission was to uncover alleged discrimination.

This visualization shows you 24 hours of global air traffic – in just 4 seconds

 Sculptor Ernst Neizvestny has passed away; see, for example, Ernst Neizvestny, Russian sculptor who stood up to Khrushchev, dies at 91 at DeutscheWelle, or Ernst Neizvestny: A Principled and Uniquely Talented Artist by Ruth Morse in The Moscow Times.
       My introduction to Neizvestny was John Berger's classic, Art and Revolution -- a book that made a tremendous impression on me (ca. anno 1983). (See the Vintage publicity page, or get your copy at or  (via M.A.Orthofer)

"about competition" by Charles Bukowski from Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way. © Ecco, 2004.
the higher you climb
the greater the pressure.

those who manage to
that the distance
between the
top and the

and those who
this secret:
there isn’t

Jean-Baptiste Henri-Dominique Lacordaire (1802-1861):
“If you know how to read, you do not need many books […] Learn to meditate on a few lines, even from a mediocre author; nothing bears fruit unless it is rooted in meditation.” 

Electricity is like blood. If it is tainted, the whole body will get sick. No matter how expensive the audio equipment is, it will be no good if the blood is bad.
Electricity is like blood

I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful - for all of it. 
~Kristin Armstrong Squirrel Steals GoPro, Accidentally Takes Us On A Beautiful Tour Of The Trees

As told to me by Kurt Wold: One day Kurt came to dinner at the artist Norman O. Mustill’s house and noticed a birdcage. “Norm,” he said, “you have a bird!” He walked over to ... He walked over to it and said, “Hi budgie, budgie...”

Here’s why time seems to go by more quickly as we get older. So is there a limit to how long a human life might seem, even if it were actually endless?

Social scientist explores how important qualities of our interpersonal relationships can empower us in the workplace ... At work, we are vulnerable to all sorts of power dynamics from simply speaking our own ideas and opinions about a project or course of action to feeling unsupported by our managers or teammates. How can we respond most appropriately to the situation at hand, rather than from our emotional triggers or self serving perspectives? What Can We Learn From The Domestic Executive?

Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life 

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
~Vaclav Havel

Wiradjuri: Ms Ella Havelka (Not related to little Vaclav Havel)  made headlines in 2012 when she was invited to join the prestigious ballet, but behind the curtain, she had a difficult journey to the stage Havelka Name Meaning Czech: from a pet form of the personal name Havel
 "Ballet is not something that a lot of Indigenous people explore; it's such a gruelling profession and you have to start so early and it's so expensive."
Dubbo Girl ....
Ella Havelka's journey to become Australian Ballet's first Indigenous dancer

“Every dancer knows, soon enough, that standing still is remarkably more tiring, and painful, than moving. The blood pools in your feet and lower legs, which swell and throb. And when you are in the corps de ballet and learning new choreography, you spend much more time standing in the back of a studio than you do dancing. The cursed burden of being an understudy.”  Everyday Ballerina 5: Summer of 1992 

Robot lawyer looking to solve the problem of homelessness. [Slate]

Daniel Schwartz, of the law firm of Shipman and Goodwin, writes the Connecticut Employment Law Blog, long on my reading list. Some highlights of his visit: “After setting fires, firefighter wants job back” (Erie, Pa.); man jumps from train, then sues (“If you guessed that alcohol would somehow be involved, you are correct”); and recurring arguments of the durably demagogic “pay equity” debate. [archive / Twitter]

Rich people are bragging about their luxe panic rooms New York Post

“The transformation of the financial services industry is top-of-mind for everyone in the field and blockchain might be the hottest topic in the rapidly changing world of Fintech. But how can this technology really help financial firms? This report from World Economic Forum takes a pragmatic approach to answering this question. The report builds upon the findings from Deloitte/World Economic Forum report Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services and looks at the impact of implementing distributed ledger technology across nine sectors of financial services. Our findings suggest this technology has the potential to “live-up to the hype” and reshape financial services, but requires careful collaboration with other emerging technologies, regulators, incumbents and additional stakeholders to be successful…”
The Economist tears Warren Buffett a new one (albeit patching at the end) for not practicing what he preaches ...

Why scientists of Indian origin are leaving a better life and returning to India Times of India

If the allegations prove true, it wouldn’t be the first time a lawyer had robbed a bank (more on that Louisiana case). But anyway, if so, she really should have known better. This is not how lawyers do it. [Greenwich Time]

 They've announced the winners of this year's £10,000 James Tait Black Prizes (which apparently get a lot of mileage out of calling themselves 'Britain’s oldest literary awards').
       You Don't Have to Live Like This (by Benjamin Markovits) took the fiction prize; see the publicity pages from Harper Perennial and Faber & Faber, or get your copy at or
       (There's apparently also a non-fiction prize, and that went to a Shakespeare-book by James Shapiro.)

In all but name, the Church of Anti-Discrimination is now established. Will it leave room for dissenting faiths, like Orthodox Judaism? [Richard Samuelson, Mosaic; response by David Bernstein]

Family becomes firing squad as intruder is shot by almost every member of the household

American Lawyer, Where the Lawyers Are: Top US Legal Markets by Head Count:
The following U.S. cities have the largest counts of big-firm lawyers. Plus, we list the most dominant firms in those markets.
 Across the world there is much gloom and doom about the impact of technological changes on jobs, as automation and other innovations are seen to threaten not just blue-collar jobs but also many forms of office work. It is true that the way that most of our economies are organised at present, heavily reliant on market mechanisms with less and less public intervention to alleviate the adverse effects, there could well be an increase in technology- driven unemployment.
Care Work as the Work of the Future

Economic miracles are still possible

Judge Refers Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Criminal Prosecution New York Times

The world’s biggest internet landlord, Equinix, has just opened the doors to its latest property in Australia and its chief executive, Steve Smith, isn’t ruling out the prospect of picking up some more real estate down under.
Data centre giant Equinix eyes further expansion in Australia

Is IBM’s reputation at an all-time Aussie low?

'Set-up': Mehajer hits back over 'terrifying' videos