September 1st, 2005

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Sea Slugs, Anamnesis, Asteroid #7650 Kaname & the Namazu

{Hypselodoris kaname}

Asteroid #7650 Kaname discovered 16-Oct-1990 by Japanese comet hunter Tsutomu Seki [1] at Geisei Observatory; named after amateur astronomer Kaname Nakamura.

Opisthobranchia :: (Greek opistho-, behind; brankhia, gills; gills to the right and behind the heart”) :: highly evolved gastropods, characterised by a single gill behind the heart, from which the subclass derives its name and two pairs of tentacles ... Many have brilliant colours, warning their predators to stay away. These wonderful creatures are hard to study, because their presence is so transitory, turning up, sometimes in very large numbers, at unexpected moments. Members of this order include what are commonly known as sea slugs and more specifically groups such as the canoe shells, sea butterflies, sea hares, and nudibranchs.

Sea Slug :: A tiny snail from the California seacoast has become an invaluable model for researchers to study the memory process and the workings of the human brain. A marine snail called the sea slug (see photo), which resembles a common pond snail without the protective shell, has been conditioned to respond to light flashes. The snail's response to the light flashes exhibits a primitive memory response. The sea slug is used for this type of research because it has the largest known, clearly identifiable brain cells in the animal kingdom. Researchers are thus able to use them to study the roles of brain cells and nerve impulses through the cells. The study of the snail's memory process, known as pattern recognition, may eventually help scientists develop computerized robots that may be used for a variety of tasks. The results found from this work in snails are currently the basis for more advanced studies in a mammalian species, rabbits, and in computers. After studying and recording the snail's ability to recognize patterns, researchers are translating the mechanics of pattern-recognition into its electronic components, developing primitive computer-based memory systems.

{Learning & Memory in Aplysia @ brembs.net}

Hypselodoris apolegma :: Yonow (2001) chose the specific name "Apolegma" as it is Greek for the hem of a robe, which refers to the white margin which is not sharply distinct from the violet mantle.

Catfish of the Month no. 99 Chinese Catfish, Namazu Silurus asotus :: The Namazu (the Japanese name for Silurus) is a giant catfish that lives in subterranean waters deep beneath the earth. On its head rests the kaname-ishi, a giant stone that resides in a shrine in the city of Kashima (near Tokyo) [because of its geographic location, the stone is often erroneously referred to as the Kashima stone]. The purpose of the stone is to pin the catfish still, but the weight of the stone alone is not sufficient for that. The Kashima Deity (Kashima daimyojin) must assist by pushing down on the kaname-ishi. The Kashima Deity sometimes falls asleep, is distracted, or has to leave for a meeting (in which case the deity Ebisu fills in, but Ebisu is frequently lax). Whatever the case, these lapses in vigilance cause the pressure on the namazu to be relaxed, giving it some freedom of movement. The thrashing of the namazu would result in an earthquake, the intensity of which depended on the vigor of its movements. Eventually, the earthquakes would subside and it was deemed that the Kashima Deity was back in control of things. The image (left) shows the Kashima Deity back in control of the Namazu after his temporary lapse, and all the lesser namazu (aftershocks) bow down in submission.

Namazu to kaname-ishi Namazu and the foundation stone :: Fires rage and the earth shakes while a tired-looking Ebisu – fi lling in for the Kashima Deity who is out of town to attend a meeting in Izumo – dozes. And what else is going on? For one thing, money (large gold coins) is falling from the burning city. The person on the left is the thunder deity. He seems to be engaging in a peculiar pastime of the less sophisticated Edoites – extreme farting, or “thunder farting.” The object of this new sport was to make more noise than your opponents. What might look like excrement are actually small drums, which emphasize the “thunder” element. The guy on horseback at right is the Kashima deity, rushing back from his meeting (with other major deities – they have a convention every year) in Izumo. So, the Kashima deity is out of town, his temporary replacement, the likeable but less diligent deity Ebisu, is sleeping on the job, and the thunder deity, who should be working, is off at the Ryôgoku Bridge literally farting around. And these incompetent deities have allowed a major disaster to unfold in the form of a fire-ravaged, post-earthquake Edo.

Trying to get the kaname-ishi back in place :: This image is based on scenes from the kabuki and nô theatre. Here, the Kashima Deity is using a rope and pulleys to re-position the kaname-ishi back on top of the namazu's head.

JAPAN (Mythaeum) :: The stone Kaname-ishi is in the centre of the earth, penetrating downward to the earth’s interior (Japan).

Earthquake Researches in Japan :: In Japan an old legend ascribes earthquakes to the movements of a creature called Jishin-mushi, "earthquake insect", having, as was related by Mr. O. Hattori, to the Asiatic Society of Japan in 1878, an oblong, scaly body, 10 legs, feet like a spider's, and the head of a dragon. On this head, however, at a place called Kashima, rests the Kaname rock, with which it is the duty of the Kami or deity of the district to keep the creature as quiet as possible. Hence the old earthquake couplet: No monster can move the Kaname rock, Though he tug at it never so hard, For ever it stands, resisting the shock; The Kashima-kami on guard. Later in history the Jishin-mushi became a monstrous cat-fish.

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Asteroids Holbein, Kaname, Lalage, Beryl & Zambesia

added asteroids: HOLBEIN, KANAME, LALAGE, BERYL & ZAMBESIA.

thought this was interesting: AQ 147 = SEA SLUG = AXXIARG = BOB DYLAN = OLD ONES = PARANOIA

Dylan himself, in the liner notes to Biograph, said: "The bootleg records, those are outrageous.... You're sitting and strumming in a motel, you don't think anybody's there...and then it appears on a bootleg record. With a cover that's got a picture of you that was taken from underneath your bed and it's got a strip-tease title and it costs thirty dollars. Amazing. Then you wonder why most artists feel so paranoid."

AQ 144 = OMNICIDE = GOG-MAGOG = END OF MAN = PARSADAL

Parsadal associated with AXXIARG (or Axziarg) one of the Enochian Parts of the Earth.

AQ 372 = HYPSELODORIS KANAME = DISSIMULATING TOOL

Of Simulation & Dissimulation (Francis Bacon) :: The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three. First, to lay asleep opposition, and to surprise. For where a man’s intentions are published, it is an alarum, to call up all that are against them. The second is, to reserve to a man’s self a fair retreat. For if a man engage himself by a manifest declaration, he must go through or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech, to freedom of thought. And therefore it is a good shrewd proverb of the Spaniard, Tell a lie and find a troth. As if there were no way of discovery, but by simulation. There be also three disadvantages, to set it even. The first, that simulation and dissimulation commonly carry with them a show of fearfulness, which in any business, doth spoil the feathers, of round flying up to the mark. The second, that it puzzleth and perplexeth the conceits of many, that perhaps would otherwise co–operate with him; and makes a man walk almost alone, to his own ends. The third and greatest is, that it depriveth a man of one of the most principal instruments for action; which is trust and belief. The best composition and temperature, is to have openness in fame and opinion; secrecy in habit; dissimulation in seasonable use; and a power to feign, if there be no remedy.

AQ 117 = (7650) KANAME = SPICY
AQ 265 = OPISTHOBRANCH = MAGICKAL PORTAL

i drew this in 2003 (also seen here):

Anamnesis of BABALON :: "There is a part of me, accesible only to those who have forsaken all, the HAMIEN. (The knights of the Earth, the Lamed Vau, the illuminated ones). This is Her portal. Be careful, young warrior, for some beings are not so benevolent as I". She then gives me the following names, arranged in two circles, PORPLONG, GORGOTHA, and ANL drawn around on eight points of two interlocked circles. PORPLONG is drawn on the left circle starting from the upperleft side and going deosil; GORGOTHA is drawn starting from the upperright side of the right circle and goes widdershins. ANL is drawn in the middle of the circles, A in the middle of the left circle, N in the vescicula piscis where the two circles cross, and L in the middle of the right circle. BABALON says nothing, but She implies that to contact that part of earth which I have called Her Neschamah, one should trace the two circles, starting with PORPLONG, then with GORGOTHA. The vescicula piscis in the centre is the portal through which the HAMIEN can reach the innermost secret part of the earth. I saw the portal before me, but as I had neither vibrated the names and I wished not to enter it yet, I declined Her offer to pass through. I decided to stop there and then.

{Oct-2003} {Nov-2003} {Marid Audrans Pages} {Pentagram of Babalon} {Anamorphosis & Anamnesis} {Sea Slugs} {Chronoskrators} {Celestial Lotus}

did a search for PORTAL @ hermetic.com:

•  The House of Khabs :: But, as soon as they had closed and seated the Portal behind them, they heard a great crash, as though the Vault had collapsed upon itself, and although they tried they could not again open the Portal. Again they consulted the ROTA, as they had of old, and came to an understanding. They learned that the formulae of initiation had changed with the revolution of the Aeons. That the Way was not of Death but of Birth and the Founder had passed on to be Born again. They also learned that the Portal would not again open for Two Hundred and Ten years, until the Keys of the New Aeon had been discovered and used…”

•  Portae Lucis Method of Jean Dubuis :: The description of Portae Lucis involves three key components: astrological timing, passivity on the part of the aspirant, and the use of psychically loaded, or charged, talismans to assist in filling our energetic requirements for the experiment ... The technique described by Jean involves a fairly advanced level of astrology and its relationship to magic and alchemy. However, for the sake of simplicity and easier availability, the use of planetary genius’ can be substituted. However, information on both methods of timing will be explained, allowing members to chose the methods best for themselves. In addition to astrology and/or planetary genius’, the technique involves the use of A) classical Renaissance talismanic magic; B) a modified version of the Tree of Life C) a passive approach on the part of the experimenter, as opposed to a more active and involved system of mechanics. It is this extreme passivity that appears to be a problem for many who have been exposed to the Portae Lucis technique for the first time. Unlike Qabalistic or Enochian magic, where energies are imagined and directed, here, the products to be charged are simply exposed to the planetary power during an astrologically favorable time, or simply unwrapped during the correct planetary hour, and allowed to absorb the energies in an a gentle and natural fashion. It is no more complicated than dropping a sponge in a basin of water and allowing it to slowly absorb the water to its fullest capacity on its own. The same products are then exposed several times to insure maximum harmonious charging, and are stored in silk, plastic, or other non-conductive materials so that they maintain their psychic charge.

•  The Cipher Manuscript :: the right portal goes to 4=7

•  The Great Work of Insect Metamorphosis :: Pupa is a Latin word meaning "doll" or "puppet." The task of the Pupa is to refrain from activity (enter into a Magical Retirement) while Transformation takes place. The Pupal stage corresponds to the "portal" or "K.E.W.," the bridge between the Man of Earth and the Lover. The Transformation to Adult, or Imago, which takes place within the Pupal case occurs as follows. The Instar contains seed cells within its body, called Imaginal Buds. During the Pupation period, the imaginal buds secrete chemicals which lyse or destroy the surrounding cells. Meanwhile, the buds themselves grow and divide to replace the destroyed cells. Eventually, all the cells of the Instar are destroyed and replaced by cells of the Imago. This process, the Instar transforming itself into the Imago, is referred to as Imagination.

•  The Book of Gate Called Pan :: 9. IO PAN - Who abides in this Place that is No-Place, unlit. Who is Watcher from Without and Portal Keeper of Genetic Slumber. Lethe is he filled by and Soma is his sperm, Solar/Lunar are his cycles. The Eleventh sphere is his home and the mouth with which he births devouring ++ Here are some more titles of pan "Watcher from Without," the Beast or Awareness outside of our rational conscious minds (id beast) and "Portal Keeper"- he is the guardian of the instinctual genetic animal, powers latent in our deep minds. Lethe was the drink given to the souls of the dead so that they might forget past memories in able to reincarnate purely. Soma in Greek means 'body'- our bodies are the sperm/egg of Pan, "all is Flesh" as AOS once said. We are all manifestations of the DNA evolutionary program in the flesh, one big Wave.

•  Liber O vel Manus et Sagittae :: The Signs of the Portal ("see" Illustrations): Extend the hands in front of you, palms outwards, separate them as if in the act of rending asunder a veil or curtain (actives), and then bring them together as if closing it up again and let them fall to the side (passives). (The Grade of the "Portal" is particularly attributed to the element of Spirit; it refers to the Sun; the Paths of Samekh, Nun and Ayin, are attributed to this degree.<> See "777" lines 6 and 31 bis).

•  {Gamma}{delta} DE ARCANO NEFANDO :: O my Son, learn this concerning Magick, that the Yang moveth, and thus giveth itself up Eternally; but the Yin moveth not, seeking ever to enclose or restrict, reproducing in its own likeness what Impressions soever it made thereon, yet without Surrender. Now the Tao absorbeth all without Reproduction; so then let the Yang turn thereto, and not unto he Yin. And that thou mayst understand this, I say: It is a Mystery of O.T.O. For the Sun ariseth not and entereth to strike upon the High Altar of the Minster by the Great Western Gates, but by the Rose Oriel doth he make Way and Progress in His Pageant. O my Son, the Doors of Silver are wide open, and hey tempt thee with their Beauty: but by the narrow Portal of Pure Gold shalt thou come nobly to thy Sanctuary. Behold! Thou knowest not how perfect is this Magick; it is the dearest-bought and holiest of our Arcana. What then is like unto my Love toward Thee, that bestoweth upon thee this Treasure of my Wisdom? My Son, neglect it not; for it is the Exorcism of Exorcisms, and the Enchantment of Enchantments.

•  The Rite of the Milk of the Stars :: In the Supreme Pentagram Rite, the Spirit pentagram is drawn before the elemental pentagram is drawn, again with the relevant sigils and gestures. Also, words of power are vibrated during the several drawings. There is one point of contention about the gesture given during the Spirit pentagram. Regardie’s Stella Matutina versions indicate the use of the L.V.X signs while Crowley mentions the Portal signs of the Rending and Closing of the Veil. This latter is attributed in the Portal rite to the Spirit pentagrams. It is my preferred mode as the following description makes plain: With the forming of the Spirit pentagram the “Gate of the Element” is formulated. With the rending of the Veil the Gate is opened. The Elemental pentagram is then drawn beyond the Gate in the Realm of the Element as a beacon summoning the beings and forces of the element. The Grade Sign is given in salute to the approaching forces, indicating the practitioner’s being of the godly nature of the element. It has been my experience that this form works better for me than the LVX mode.

•  The Body of Light in the Western Esoteric Tradition :: Within the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the first 3-3 ½ years is spent learning very basic magical procedures, coupled with the memorization and intellectual comprehension of a vast amount of qabalistic, alchemical, and astrological knowledge. The techniques given by Regardie in The Golden Dawn, such as the Supreme Rituals of the Pentegram and Hexegram, and the Rose+Cross Ritual, are not generally taught until the 5=5 Grade, or Adeptus Minor. On occasion, they may be given in the preliminary section, known as the Portal Grade. All magical tools are also constructed after being received into the Second Order, or Adeptus Minor grade. Only after this period are planetary rituals, talismans, and related techniques as seen in Regardie’s work undertaken.

•  Liber LIBER CLVII: The Tao Teh King :: The Nature of the Tao. The Tao is one, and the Teh but a phase thereof. The abyss of this Mystery is the Portal of Serpent-Wonder.

•  The Temple of Solomon the King :: The third and fourth Books of this essay consist of purely symbolic pictures. For the Key of the Portal the neophyte must discover for himself; and until he finds the Key the Temple of Solomon the King must remain closed to him.

•  Confessions of Aleister Crowley (84) :: The first part of the initiation had occupied thirteen Chokmah days counting from November 3rd, 1914 to June 9th, 1917. I was able to recognize my guide. During the past days I had done much work in analysing and interpreting the mysterious events which had characterized my sojourn in America. From this time on my progress was far less unintelligible than had hitherto been the case. I was therefore not surprised when an officer appeared at about the expected date, and her physical appearance told me at once where I had got to in my journey; for the god whose place is on the Threshold of the Temple, whose function is to guard the portal of the sanctuary and introduce approved candidates to the assembled deities, is Anubis. This god is always represented with the head of a jackal. (This has sometimes been interpreted as a dog; whence the dog-headed Hermes in the mythology which the Greeks borrowed from Egypt.)

•  On the Nature of Anubis :: Note that both officers are charged with guarding the portal to the Neophyte temple. The role of Anubis as the guardian of the temple is reflected in the Golden Dawn’s interpretation of the 125th Chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which is depicted on the black pillar of the Neophyte temple. A sub-lecture on the pillars within the First Knowledge Lecture explains the significance of this scene: The 125th Chapter is concerned with the entry of an initiate into the Hall of the Two Columns of Justice, and commenced with a most beautiful and symbolic description of Death, as a journey from the barren wilderness of Earth, to the Glorious Land which lies beyond. This chapter describes the introduction of the initiate into the Hall of Truth by ANUBIS, who, having questioned the aspirant, receives from him an account of his initiation, and is satisfied by his right to enter. He states that he has been taken into the ante-chamber of the temple and then stripped and blindfolded, he had to grope for the entrance to the Hall, and having found it, he was reclothed and anointed in the presence of the Initiated. He is then asked for the Pass-words and demands that his Soul should be weighed in the Great Balance of the Hall of Truth, whereupon ANUBIS again interrogates him concerning the symbolism of the door of the Hall, and his answers being found correct, ANUBIS says: "Pass on, thou knowest."

•  Syllabus 6=5 :: By the power of his Cross he is permitted to invoke the Deity Names of the four Elements, and be sealed by that great ancient form of the Cross, the Qabalistic Cross - to have the 4 Elements of his body consecrated and strengthened for service. He is ready in the Spirit of Sacrifice for service, but can he face the World Karma, the world Gethsemene? Slowly the great monsters of the world's subconscious arise - with such he must be willing to cope. ++++++ A.B.S. came in a grey-blue cloak and hood that he has worn once or twice before. Can he give us any teaching about the 6=5? He speaks of the whole system of the Order as it corresponds with the Life Cycle. Of the 0=0 as being the first awakening; and the four minor grades as corresponding to the four seasons of the year. But those grades are all as it were bringing things to the candidate. All given to t he candidate on this material plane. The Portal and 5=6 are so to speak the opening of a door or window and showing the Candidate something which he looks at. But the 6=5 is the actual raising of the candidate to a different plane himself. Persis got a picture of the candidate looking two ways. In the 6=5 he looks a different way for the first time.

•  Moonchild (XII) :: This is of course the danger in every magical experiment; and this constitutes the evergreen glory of every man who adventures upon it; for at each new portal he enters, naked and new-born, to confront he knows not what malignant enemies. The sole excuse for the existence of our miserable species lies not in intelligence, but in this masterful courage, this aspiration to extend the empire of the spirit. Even the blackest of magicians, like Douglas, or the stupidest, like Arthwait, is a higher type of being than the bourgeois who goes along with his nose on the ground picking up gold bricks in the mire.

•  Moonchild (XVII) :: "Why, this Black Lodge stunt, Count. It's a humdinger. I guess it's a hell of a favour, but I see a dollar at the end of it, and old Doc. Butcher buys a one-way ticket." Douglas grew portentous. "Are you aware of what you ask?" he thundered. "Do you understand that the ineffable and Sacrosanct Arcanum is not to be touched by profane hands? Must I inform you that Those who may not be named are even now at the Gate of the Abyss, whetting their fangs upon the Cubical Stone of the Unutterable? Oh ye magistral ministrants of the Shrine of the Unspeakable Abomination! Hear ye the Word of Blasphemy!" He spoke rapidly and thickly in a tongue unknown to Butcher, who became alarmed, and even took his legs off the table. "Say!" he cried. "Have a heart! Can the rough dope, Count! This is a straight proposition, honest to God!" "I am already aware of your sincerity," answered the other. "But infinite courage is required to confront those formidable Entities that lie in wait for the seeker even at the first Portal of the Descending Staircase!"

•  Liber LXXXIV vel Chanokh :: THE OPENING OF THE PORTAL OF THE VAULT OF THE ADEPTS.

•  Liber Porta Lucis :: I behold a small dark orb, wheeling in an abyss of infinite space. It is minute among a myriad vast ones, dark amid a myriad bright ones. I who comprehend in myself all the vast and the minute, all the bright and the dark, have mitigated the brilliance of mine unutterable splendour, sending forth V.V.V.V.V. as a ray of my light, as a messenger unto that small dark orb. Then V.V.V.V.V. taketh up the word, and sayeth: Men and women of the Earth, to you am I come from the Ages beyond the Ages, from the Space beyond your vision; and I bring to you these words.

•  John St. John :: So, therefore, there is one place, O thou thief of my heart's love, Adonai, to which thou must come at last; and that place is the tomb in which lie buried all my thoughts and emotions, all that which is "I, and Me, and Mine." There will I lay myself and await thee, even as our Father Christian Rosenkreutz that laid himself in the Pastos in the Vault of the Mountain of the Caverns, Abiegnus, on whose portal did he cause to be written the words, "Post Lux Crucis Annos Patebo." So Thou wilt enter in (as did Frater N. N. and his companions) and open the Pastos; and with thy Winged Globe thou wilt touch the Rosy Cross upon my breast, and I shall wake into life --- the true life that is Union with Thee. So therefore --- perinde ac cadaver --- I await Thee.

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Typhoon Talim hits with force

Typhoon Talim hits with force

BY CHIU YU-TZU AND JIMMY CHUANG STAFF REPORTERS Thursday, Sep 01, 2005 :: Powerful Typhoon Talim has been battering Taiwan since yesterday afternoon, leaving schools and offices closed in several counties. The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday predicted that abundant rainfall would trigger potentially devastating disasters, such as floods and mudflows, in not only the northern parts of the nation but also the south. All cities and counties announced last night that there will be no classes nor work today in their respective areas, except Kinmen County, which said schools and offices remain open today. Beginning yesterday afternoon, huge waves, heavy rains and powerful winds were observed in eastern Taiwan. In Hsinchu County, several roads connecting townships in mountainous areas, including remote Wufeng Township, were destroyed due to sudden landslides triggered by heavy rains. In several areas, schools and offices were ordered to close earlier yesterday. The CWB expected that Talim's center would pass over Taiwan from the eastern coastline between Ilan and Hualien counties. Forecasters said that Talim, with a radius of 250km, has been formed by solid-structure clouds. According to Hsieh Ming-chang, a division chief at the CWB's meteorology division, the weather in Taiwan will be significantly affected by the storm system. "We predict that violent gusts [of wind] could be experienced in the counties of Ilan and Hualien," Hsieh said. Forecasters said that people in Taiwan and its offshore islands, including Penghu, Green Island, Lanyu and Matsu, had to be on the alert for powerful winds.

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surviving humanity

Apes 'extinct in a generation'

Parasite Rex :: No, this is not the long awaited sequel to RAWHEAD REX but rather a pretty disturbing nonfiction book by Carl Zimmer. It's a book about the horrific and bizarre behaviors of parasites. Zimmer says it's possible that the evolution of sex was influenced by parasites. And he ends the book with a very persuasive and colorful description of humans as parasites of Gaia (Earth). He warns against "killing" our host

forgot to mention: brain cells working on: {a} human as parasite, {b} Gaia's evolutionary strategies (or, how do you survive a human?).

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When the Levee Breaks

thanks to lady </a></b></a>elnigma who noticed george is dazed & confused.

excellent essay (via hyperstition) by Lee Harris about evolution vs. creationism that avoids being one dimensional. reading it started thinking about engineers & galloping gertie — barely five months old, on 07-Nov-1940 the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed after tortuously tying itself in knots. "the most spectacular failure in bridge engineering history" collapsed because of the wind.

the brooklyn bridge was the first steel-wire suspension bridge; construction began in 1869 & the bridge was opened for use on 24-May-1883.

At the time the bridge was built, the aerodynamics of bridge building had not been worked out. Bridges were not tested in wind tunnels until the 1950s - well after after the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the 1940s. It is therefore fortunate that the open truss structure supporting the deck is by its nature less subject to aerodynamic problems. Roebling designed a bridge and truss system that was six times as strong as he thought it needed to be. Because of this, the Brooklyn Bridge is still standing when many of the bridges built around the same time have vanished into history and had been replaced.

Lessons From the Failure of a Great Machine

At the time the 1940 Narrows Bridge failed, the small community of suspension bridge engineers believed that lighter and narrower bridges were theoretically and functionally sound. In general, leading suspension bridge designers like David Steinman, Othmar Amman, and Leon Moisseiff determined the direction of the profession. Very few people were designing these huge civil works projects. The great bridges were extremely expensive. They presented immensely complicated problems of engineering and construction. The work was sharply limited by government regulation, various social concerns, and constant public scrutiny. A handful of talented engineers became pre-eminent. But, they had what has been called a "blind spot."

That "blind spot" was the root of the problem. According to bridge historian David P. Billington, at that time among suspension bridge engineers, "there seemed to be almost no recognition that wind created vertical movement at all."

The best suspension bridge designers in the 1930s believed that earlier failures had occurred because of heavy traffic loading and poor workmanship. Wind was not particularly important. Engineers viewed stiffening trusses as important for preventing sideways movement (lateral, or horizontal deflection) of the cables and the roadway. Such motion resulted from traffic loads and temperature changes, but had almost nothing to do with the wind.

This trend ran in virtual ignorance of the lessons of earlier times. Early suspension bridge failures resulted from light spans with very flexible decks that were vulnerable to wind (aerodynamic) forces. In the late 19th century engineers moved toward very stiff and heavy suspension bridges. John Roebling consciously designed the 1883 Brooklyn Bridge so that it would be stable against the stresses of wind. In the early 20th century, however, says David P. Billington, Roebling's "historical perspective seemed to have been replaced by a visual preference unrelated to structural engineering."

Just four months after Galloping Gertie failed, a professor of civil engineering at Columbia University, J. K. Finch, published an article in Engineering News-Record that summarized over a century of suspension bridge failures. In the article, titled "Wind Failures of Suspension Bridges or Evolution and Decay of the Stiffening Truss," Finch reminded engineers of some important history, as he reviewed the record of spans that had suffered from aerodynamic instability. Finch declared, "These long-forgotten difficulties with early suspension bridges, clearly show that while to modern engineers, the gyrations of the Tacoma bridge constituted something entirely new and strange, they were not new--they had simply been forgotten."

An entire generation of suspension bridge designer-engineers forgot the lessons of the 19th century. The last major suspension bridge failure had happened five decades earlier, when the Niagara-Clifton Bridge fell in 1889. And, in the 1930s, aerodynamic forces were not well understood at all.

"The entire profession shares in the responsibility," said David Steinman, the highly regarded suspension bridge designer. As experience with leading-edge suspension bridge designs gave engineers new knowledge, they had failed to relate it to aerodynamics and the dynamic effects of wind forces.

in engineering, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is referred to as an example of DESIGN FAILURE. as a quality assurance engineer i hear something completely different when someone starts talking about INTELLIGENT DESIGN. engineers build things for people & the things we build must work. if we design a bullet-proof vest we must assure that it stops bullets & we must assure that our production processes maintains a standard of quality. the Deming Prize is awarded by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) who created the prize in appreciation of Dr. W. Edwards Deming contributions in implementing quality control in Japan after WWII.

The Paradigms of Quality: Evolution and Revolution in the History of the Discipline (PDF):

It was in Japan however where local adaptations to the business environment were strongest, and where the seeds of the next paradigm were sewn most strongly. Decimated by World War II, Japan's industry had to be built from the ground up. With few precious resources to draw upon, Japan had to rely on its own industrial creativity to rise to a level of competitiveness in commerce. Japan had done little prior to World War II concerning the discipline of quality. In the 1940's several important organizations were formed: Japan Management Association (1942), Japan Standards Association (1945), and the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) (1946); all aided in the reconstruction of the country (Nonaka, 1995). Americans on-loan from Bell Laboratories introduced JUSE members to Shewhart's 1931 book and the Z.1, 2, and 3 quality control standards, and several members became intrigued by the concepts. In 1950 JUSE Managing Director Kenichi Koyanagi requested Deming, who had been in Japan several year previous to aid in census-taking, to deliver lectures concerning quality control methods (Walton, 1986). Deming's courses included "Training of Quality Control Engineers and Statisticians in Industry" and several lectures for top management (Kilian, 1988). It was here that Deming told them "...they could capture markets the world over within five years" and reminiscing "They beat that prediction. Within four years, buyers all over the world were screaming for Japanese products" (Walton, 1986, p. 14).

You can install a new desk, or a new carpet, or a new dean, but not quality control. Anyone that proposes to 'install quality control' unfortunately has little knowledge about quality control. Improvement of quality and productivity, to be successful in any company, must be a learning process, year by year, top management leading the whole company —W. Edwards Deming

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Deming's 14 Key Principles

Deming's 14 key principles for management for transforming business effectiveness.

  1. Create constancy of purpose.

  2. Take the lead in adopting the new philosophy.

  3. Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality.

  4. End the practice of awarding business on the basis of cheapest costs.

  5. Improve constantly.

  6. Institute training on the job.

  7. Institute leadership.

  8. Drive out fear.

  9. Break down barriers between departments.

  10. Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets.

  11. Eliminate management by numbers, and management by objective. Substitute leadership.

  12. Remove barriers to pride in workmanship.

  13. Institute education and self-improvement.

  14. Put everybody to work to accomplish the transformation.

Asmodeus

Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold

Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold
by Edward Taylor
{Analyzing Symbolic Images in Poetry}

The Bear that breathes the Northern blast
Did numb, Torpedo-like, a Wasp
Whose stiffened limbs encramped, lay bathing
In Sol's warm breath and shine as saving,
Which with her hands she chafes and stands
Rubbing her Legs, Shanks, Thighs, and hands.
Her pretty toes, and fingers' ends
Nipped with this breath, she out extends
Unto the Sun, in great desire
To warm her digits at that fire.
Doth hold her Temples in this state
Where pulse doth beat, and head doth ache.
Doth turn, and stretch her body small,
Doth comb her velvet Capital.
As if her little brain pan were
A Volume of Choice precepts clear.
As if her satin jacket hot
Contained Apothecary's Shop
Of Nature's receipts, that prevails
To remedy all her sad ails,
As if her velvet helmet high
Did turret rationality.
She fans her wing up to the wind
As if her pettycoat were lined,
With reason's fleece, and hoists sails
And humming flies in thankful gales
Unto her dun Curled palace Hall
Her warm thanks offering for all.

haven't been to work in over two weeks. surprisingly, my sister (who lives up the block) has not been by at all. (totally amazing coz she's such a worry-wart). my niece ran away to apartment tuesday night walking in just as i had figured out this. she's a little fey so i thought her timing was perfect (even picking up the last crystal i'd been working with). my sister came by to check up on her, but stayed in the car as little niece ferried messages. woke up today with Cafferty on CNN talking about racism & class in america ... and G talking about pyrexia.

in the shower when my sister walked in (perfect timing) looking all worried. bottom-line: she left smiling. found the 220 chart the night before driving to her house (living in LA at the time) & showed her the chart & did a tarot reading for her. somehow communicated what was going on the last two weeks & told her about the 827 chart. walking out the door she noticed a wasp on the inside of the screen door, which i flicked away. it landed on the ground & sat there for a moment, then flew away.

we both work in the same city & she told me we're up to thirteen murders since i've been gone. took out my crystal box & had her select a crystal for protection. told her about asteroid Pamela suprised to hear myself say: i kinda cast the asteroids to get an idea of what's going on. tell her the asteroids i used for the family ... so, um, adding family names to the 827 list since big sis kinda frowned because i neglected these.

adding: 14871 Pyramus, 632 Pyrrha (Pyrexia-Feminine), 5283 Pyrrhus (Pyrexia-Masculine), (1243) Pamela, (4450) Pan, (29) Amphitrite, (70) Panopaea, 1664 Felix, 71445 Marc, 4356 Marathon, 10386 Romulus, 12870 Rolandmeier, 1780 Kippes, 10870 Gwendolen, 11798 Davidsson, 19447 Jessicapearl, 5250 Jas, 1017 Jacqueline, 7687 Matthias, 8321 Akim, 820 Adriana, 572 Rebekka, 3855 Pasasymphonia (Wasp), 10051 Albee (Bee), 4220 Flood, 78577 JPL, 17031 Piethut, 1021 Flammario, 5323 Fogh, 5264 Telephus (Telepinus), 7608 Telegramia, 15913 Telemachus, 4246 Telemann, 11278 Telesio (Telepresence) & 2556 Louise (Louisiana). and (1991) Darwin (Intelligent Evolution).

wasp symbolism

Hornet, Wasp, Yellowjacket :: Use of Female Warrior Energy, Sisterhood, Understanding Female Societies, Communal Living.

The Spirituality of Making of Iron Gall Ink :: In the Middle Ages every technical process was linked to a spiritual process. Ink making was no exception. As we follow the spiritual development of an ink make, keeping in mind that what takes place does so not only physically, symbolically and mentally, but also within the soul, on a spiritual level within the ink maker. the final product of the process of ink making is a transformation, a fundamental integration of disparate aspects of the self: the physical, mental and spiritual. Our key to enter into the workings of such profound integration is the symbolism of the ink maker's materials. The basic material of iron gall ink is oak gall, which consists of wasp eggs and an oak tree. A wasp is considered an inverted symbol of the bee. The bee represents the Virgin Mary and goodness; its inversion means evil. The wasp, instead of spreading the word of God symbolically as the bee does by pollinating, just scavenges and lays its eggs. Oak trees, where the eggs are often laid, are the sacred tree of the Druids and as such, a symbol of deep and aged wisdom. The meeting of the two forms the gall. As the oak tree protects itself from the wasp eggs, symbolically it is trying to arrest the spread of evil through fibers of wisdom. So the medieval scribe took this ultimate symbol of good and evil and transformed it eventually into the ultimate good- God's word.

to dream of wasps :: The unit is not the individual, it is the hive; appearances to the contrary, individuals are more like cells than like independent creatures. They are Feminine creatures, for the most part; only bits of the Masculine are allowed to exist, only briefly, just long enough for reproduction. +++ The wasp or bee woke up Telepin - sleeping (or dead) god in Hittie mythology. It revived life-power in the world.

Telepinu(s) the noble god :: An agricultural god, he is the favorite and firstborn son of the Storm-god. He 'harrows and plows. He irrigates the fields and makes the crops grow.' (Gurney p. 113) He flies into a rage and storms off, losing himself in the steppe and becoming overcome with fatigue. With his departure, fertility of the land, crops and herds disappears and famine besets man and god. Hannahannas's bee finds him, stings his hands and feet, and wipes his eyes and feet with wax, purifying him. This further infuriates him, and he wrecks further havoc with the rivers and by shattering houses and windows. Eventually, the evil and malice is removed through magic by Kamrusepas, but not before Telepinus thunders with lightning. Telepinus returns home, restoring fertility and tending to the life and vitality of the royal family. His prosperity and fertility is symbolized by a pole suspending the fleece of a sheep. In other versions of this myth, the Storm-god or the Sun-god and several other gods are missing instead. He is asked by his father to recover the Sun-god from the Sea-god, and so intimidates the Sea-god that he is given his daughter as a bride.

Hittite treaty between Suppiluliumas and Kurtiwaza :: At the conclusion of this treaty we have called the gods to be assembled and the gods of the contracting parties to be present, to listen and to serve as witnesses: The Son-goddess of Arinna who regulates kingship and queenship in the Hatti land, the Sun-god, the lord of heaven, the Storm-god, the lord of the Hatti land, Seris and Hurris, the mountains Nanni and Hazzi, the Storm-god, the lord of the KI.LAM, the Storm-god, the lord of the encampment, the Storm-god, the lord of aid, the Storm-god of Bettiyarik, the Storm-god of Nerik, the Storm-god, the lord of the mounds, the Storm-god of Halab, the Storm-god of Lihzina, the Storm-god of Samuha, the Storm-god of Hurma, the Storm-god of Saressa, the Storm-god of Sapinuwa, the Storm-god of Hissashapa, the Storm-god of Tahaya, the Storm-god of . . ., the Storm-god of Kizzuwatna, the Storm-god of Uda, the Hattian Patron-god of Karahna, Zithariyas, Karzis, Hapantalliyas, the Patron-god of the field, the Patron-god of the shield, Leliwanis, Ea and Damkina, Telepinus of Tawiniya, Telepinus of Durmitta, Telepinus of Hanhana &etc. —Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, James B. Pritchard, editor

The Brazen Men :: The Hittites, to name just one of the cultures born out of these times, were not parasites and not unsophisticated...at one time the king of the Hittites was the only man who dared write to the Pharoah of Egypt as an equal, and Hittites were among the first smelters of iron. They were not backward, merely focused, driven by myths of the loss and recovery of the god Telepinus, a myth which resembles in part the old Greek tale of Demeter's retreat from the world: Telepinus walked away and took grain, breeze...and satiation to the country, the meadow, the steppes. Telepinus went and lost himself in the steppe; fatigue overcame him. So grain and spelt thrive no longer. So cattle, sheep and man no longer breed. And even those with young cannot bring them forth. The vegetation dried up; the trees died and would bring forth no fresh shoots. The pastures dried up, the springs dried up. In the land famine arose so that man and gods perished from hunger. The great Sun-god arranged for a feast and invited the thousand gods. They ate, but they did not satisfy their hunger; they drank, but they did not quench their thirst. This myth is remarkable for a variety of reasons. First, due to its resemblance to the portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh where the gods themselves are almost destroyed due to the near-destruction of mankind and the resulting paucity of offerings. Secondly, the formula the thousand gods puts one in mind of animism, where all things are alive in spirit and the early sources of diverse mythologies such as the Greek idea that every river, tree and mountain had their own god or spirit, the Roman idea of the household gods, the sophisticated pantheon of the Vedic peoples of India. In addition, Telepinus' retreat reminds one of the flight of Demeter from the world following the kidnapping of Persephone by Hades (unfortunately, the actual reason for Telepinus' retreat is lost from the translation) to the part where the Storm-God of the Hittites, much like Zeus of the Greek pantheon, is moved to personally search for him. The similarity of these disparate concepts across even linguistic divides, from ancient Sumerian to Semitic Akkadian to Indo-European Hittite and beyond, indicates a primal transmission of a legacy so potent that it transcends even the powerful ability of language to dilute and dissolve concepts into itself, like the metaphorical salt in water the Upanishads would describe, an invisible and subtle essence.

Final Amputation Pathogenic Ontology in Cyberspace :: Telepresence as Electronically-Mediated Schizophrenia - In its purest sense, telepresence, one of the simplest and most direct of all holosthetic technologies, creates a profound sense of disembodiment, one that in almost any other state of being would be called pathogenic. It is a form of electronically-mediated schizophrenia, where the self, through its various holosthetic extensions, removes itself from itself.

Telepresence Art :: In principle, telepresence and virtual reality coincide only when a person immersed in the synthetic environment of cyberspace can remotely control an actual telerobot in our tangible space and receive feedback from his or her teleactions. On the other hand, researchers are already implementing networked virtual reality. This means that eventually several people from different countries will routinely meet in a remote database and interact through their graphic projections using telecommunication systems. In this case, then, we might also start speaking of being "telepresent in cyberspace." Telepresence is being pursued by scientists as a pragmatic and operational medium that aims at equating robotic and human experience. The goal is to reach a point in which the anthropomorphic features of the robot matches the nuances of human gestures. In this search for an "operational double," to use Baudrillard's term, humans wearing flexible armatures will, scientists believe, have a quantifiable feeling of "being there."