Secret Google Barge off San Francisco is an Offshore Data Center

Cnet has learned that Google is building a secret data center off the coast of San Francisco.  Made of connected shipping containers that are painted white, the entire structure sits on a barge.  Google has been quiet on the project, denying any involvement.  Signs on the outside confirm the secret nature of the project, stating all cell phones or recording devices are strictly prohibited.  Thats funny coming from a company that made a fortune with such devices.  This coincides with the recent released Google Glass head-mounted recording device.  The sea-bound nature is surprising because it suggests that google is perhaps trying to operate in international waters, outside of US jurisdiction.  Google is perhaps trying to bypass privacy rights.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57609509-93/san-franciscos-bay-barge-mystery-floating-data-center-or-google-glass-store/

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A shocking look at what happens when we recycle our electronic things.

Sometimes Interesting

Ever wonder where those old used computers end up? How about all those old CRT monitors, cell phones, keyboards, and PDAs? We’re told when we drop off our old electronics for recycling that they will be properly disposed of; in some cases we pay recyclers to ensure our old electronics are disposed of in the correct way.

It is easy to wipe our hands of these discarded items, feeling we’ve done our part – but have we? What we don’t know is what the “recyclers” do with these parts and where the discarded items end up. You rarely hear about electronic waste sites; perhaps it is time we start paying more attention.

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Is your house too small? Probably not enough

Americans love big houses.  It’s the symbol of success.  The showpiece of our wealth.  The epitome of making it.

We dream of them.  Envy people who have them.  Even sign our names to them for thirty years just to get bigger one’s

But are they really better than small houses?

After all, once you buy a big house, you have to fill it up.  You can’t have empty rooms, right?  Thousands and thousands of dollars are spent on furniture, window shades, tvs, kitchen appliances, landscaping, painting, etc..   All that for a few people to live there.

But also consider the energy use of such a big house.  With energy prices constantly rising, we can’t always turn a blind eye to wasting energy that we seem to take for granted.  The larger the house, the more energy it will use. Not to mention all of the cheap, toxic materials now being used to build houses are definitely not healthy living environments.

While the Tiny Green Cabin featured in the video is a bit too small, it’s at least taking a fresh look at a big problem.  I think houses should focus on high quality earth-based materials with no off-gassing or contaminates and a well thought out design maximizing light, air flow and daily functions.  This also might prevent the owners from purchasing and storing otherwise unneeded crap that seems to accumulate over the years.  We all have some of those impulse purchases that were used only once and now just take up space.  If I had a smaller home I probably wouldn’t have bought any of them.  That means I wouldn’t have wasted my money and not further increased the Trade Deficit with China.

Well, maybe it’s a good time to clean out my closet.

…maybe, tomorrow.

Addiction to electronic devices is real, sometimes with deadly consequences

Duane Hoffmann / msnbc.com

The dangers of video games can be hard to recognize.  After all, it’s just games, right? Not so.  The video games I grew up with were the simple, original Nintendo style games that were low graphics and cartoonish in appearance.

I must admit, I was at one point in my life addicted to video games.  I was in high school and I couldn’t wait to get home to play Final Fantasy VII for playstation.  Months went by with the same desire to play as much as possible.  I eventually stopped after my memory card fell hard to the floor and erased my data.  I was so mad.  But I also realized that this was a serious addiction.  After that experience, I largely stayed away from video games as I noticed that I was living some kind of double life that left me confused and lost.  My real world which was boring and then my video game world that was exciting and entertaining.  I stopped playing but my brothers didn’t.  I would watch as they spent hour after hour fixated on the screen like possessed machines.  I know why; it was more gratifying than the real world to them.  Like lost souls drifting in a vast, dark ocean looking for just something to grab on to.

Sometimes, people get sucked into a game and aren’t really aware that they are fully consumed by it.  Unfortunately, in Taipei this happened to a young man who fell victim to these video games.  He died after a gaming binge at a internet cafe.  He ignored his own bodies warnings about dehydration and stress and eventually stopped breathing right at the computer.  He may have been saved if rushed to a hospital immediately but the neighboring gamers didn’t notice that he was in trouble. In fact, for nine hours no one noticed.  People were all around him.  Simply amazing, and sad.

In this world, it would be good if we are aware of all of the mind altering devices that are out there.  They have the ability to distort your reality.  So much so that you may lose your life.  Whether it’s the computer, tv, radio, cell phone, or unknown future device, we should be cautious.  The life you save may be your own.   Look for the warning signs of an addiction.

sources: Michele Martone Jr,

Gamer’s death at internet cafe goes unnoticed for nine hours | Games Blog – Yahoo! Games.t

Caveman Diet May Be What Your Missing For A Healthy Life

The next time someone calls you a caveman, you should say “thank you”.

A study has been carried out which placed otherwise unhealthy people on a “caveman” type diet.  This diet consisted of lean meats and fish and fresh vegetables.  Missing were the carbs, pure sugars, salts, and chemicals that are found in Western diets.

Our bodies were designed for this type of diet.  The lack of nutrition and raw, pure foods from our diet is nothing short of a disaster as it leads to obesity and many other aliments and diseases that have ravaged our society.  The people who ate this diet, which is called the paleo-diet, lost weight, lowered their cholesterol, reversed some diseases and all in the matter of weeks!  This is a far cry than what is currently happening in most peoples lives.

Take for example the day of a typical office worker:  Wake up, shower and get dressed. Grab a quick coffee and maybe a breakfast sandwich (processed eggs, hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, chemicals, bleached GMO derived flour).  Then drive to work and endure typical morning traffic (Hydrocarbon pollution, stress, cursing?, disconnection from human activity, feeling of being locked in a steel and glass box, hopelessness as you think of being late and getting reprimanded or fired)   You then arrive to work and take a seat at you desk and work on you computer (that’s it…   just sit at your desk, hour after hour, starring at a screen that really has no connection to anything real or human). You take an occasional break from the relentless focus at the optical human manipulating device (computer) to go to the vending machine to get a snack (mostly everything in there is made of bleached flour, refined chemically made corn sugar syrup, salt and chemicals).   During  lunch, you can spend some money on the food court items (Some fresh food with mostly processed foods mixed in) or bring in a frozen meal for a quick, easy, cheap way to eat (highly processed, loaded with salt, chemicals, HFCS, and bad fats with very little nutrition).

After a couple more cups of mood-boosting coffee (God knows you wouldn’t feel like doing anything without it),  you endure the same traffic on the way home and then crash on the couch.  You flip on the TV because that’s what everyone is talking about at work and, besides, your tired and definitely aren’t up to working out or any other laborious task (that’s what you pay the housekeepers for) that might have gave you a decent workout.  Dinner time, what should you eat?  Pizza (Domino’s delivers) or Chinese (they always deliver) or BurgerKing  (maybe not because they DON’T deliver; that sucks!) or some frozen, prepared meal in the freezer (you can zap it in no time between commercials; nice!).   Frozen dinner it is (Well, you could always cook something if you actually knew how to cook, but you were too busy with you homework and friends to actually learn from your mom how to cook; priorities people, priorities please!).

After dinner (in front of the TV and you didn’t notice you also ate the whole bag of potato chips, damn, how did that happen),  you take your meds (doctor always know what best, right?)  and shower-up before bed.  As you try to fall asleep with the TV on (wow, that would be weird if it were off) your mind is racing and it won’t stop.  You got bills to pay, that office gossip thing is bothering you, that pain in your chest isn’t going away, you look terrible and feel terrible also, got to buy a new car soon because Jim just did, and you can’t let that happen, oh no, your the king of new cars.  Your tossing and turning and can’t sleep, but you have those pills you can take (that’s right! those knock  you out quick)  because it must be safe since you bought them at CVS (they wouldn’t allow something to be sold if it weren’t safe, right?).  Also, the FDA has the best interest of the people of this great county as their number one priority (the interest of being the sustainably sick maybe)

Now, this is a blown-out-of-proportion story of an average citizen’s day, but make no mistakes about it,  something similar is happening to most people. We need to return to Ancient Human Nutrients (AHN) and a simplified, logical lifestyle that respects our need to exercise the physical attributes that are designed into our bodies.  We are not robots that live, repetitive, controlled, manipulated lives.  We are human beings.  We are animals.

sources:

Michele Martone Jr

Rupert Shepherd B.Sc. “Eat Like A Caveman To Lose Weight.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 13 Nov. 2011. Web.
12 Feb. 2012. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/237563.php&gt;

Eat Like A Caveman To Lose Weight.

The “Cloud” can be the beginning of the “Matrix”

With all this recent talk and advertising about the “Cloud”, I can’t help but compare it to the “Matrix” that is portrayed in the similarly titled movie. This is a potentially dangerous development in regard to human privacy and communication.

The idea of storing your personal and sensitive information on a vast network with an unknown amount of databases organizing and storing and, no doubt, filtering and eavesdropping your information is absolutely ridiculous.  Have we really put so much trust into corporations?  After all, how do you think companies like Google make money?  They filter your behaviors down to what websites you visit, what you type, the content of your google docs, your email, translating your voice into text so it can be filtered and computed and then charging advertisers (and who know who else) for that info about YOU.

The fact that we have pretty much giving up our right to privacy in order to receive free online resources doesn’t go over very well with my gut.  You know the saying, “Nothing is free in life” has to be remembered in our conscious when we are using the computer.

How about some new claims that cell phones can record and upload conversations even when you not using the phone?  Yes, that’s right.  Who is protecting the American people?  Sadly, I think were on our own.

Living in a world that is not only always connected to the internet but dependant on the internet is a scary idea and I’ll explain why.  We lack the proper privacy laws that really protect our data, even from database search engines.  The internet is not given to us for free by our government; it always requires a monthly service charge.   So in a sense, it is a corporate imposed tax on the American people.  Now some tasks cannot be performed without a computer and an internet connection, for example, New York State sales tax payments cannot be performed now without the internet.  What?  That should also require that everyone knows how to use the internet and that the internet connection is free.  What about the older business owners, like barbershop owners and shoe repair owners, that now have to find some way to do this previously old task so the New York State tax department can lay-off more people in the  mail processing department and computerize the whole process to take-away any “human errors” in that may have occurred.   Guess what?  This new computerized “super efficient” system overcharged my account by $500 last year.  After wasting an hour on hold waiting to talk to a representative (result of more jobs that were lost), they told me it was a “computer error.”  The irony.     Oh, the irony.

When you see an opportunity to perform a task without the internet, try to do it, before we end up in a world where we are entrenched in the “cloud”.   Last that I recall, everything gets confusing and obscured in a cloud.  Things can be easily hid and manipulated from us.  Please pass along.