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The experience of beauty is a core element in the existence of life, and yet all of man's systems of knowledge only speak of philosophical metaphors, and not of the act itself. The knowing of what beauty is, is determined by first asking the correct question. My new article 'What is Beauty - How to be Beautiful' is accompanied with one of the many beautiful music videos by Zenchantment. http://www.thelogics.org/whatisbeauty.html
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A fun project for me is a new English/Japanese website for W Energy Advisory with offices in Houston and Tokyo. I am enjoying building the site with lightweight HTML/CSS for fast loading, maximum stability, maximum security, maximum compatibility, cleanliness of character display, and rapid future updates. The site is technically green, with only a couple graphics keeping the site out of the mega-green classification (fast loading is an understatement once the first page is loaded into memory with the header graphic and CSS style sheet; this puppy will load nicely for clients regardless of which device is used). We have also moved the site to a different host which further increased the speed and stability.
 
Laid-out somewhat similar to modified WordPress themes, the new site has the advantage of greater control over fonts, theme modifications, and security than what content management systems offer. With roughly a billion websites now online it is inevitable that a new website will share some similarities with at least a few other sites (menu locations, body placement, etc.), but where this site stands out is its choice of graphics, purpose-driven coding that is typed by hand, and multi-national aim. Since W Energy Advisory is focused on Japanese investments in the USA and Canada (International Energy Investment for Japan) I designed the header graphic with the three national flags on top of classical Japanese art, all of which blend well to communicate the principle message without having to rely on words or stock photos.
 
The first pages are live at http://www.w-advisory.com/ , and soon I will be adding additional pages as we further develop content.
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For too many months I have worked on an article about consciousness, my hoping to add my views to the dearth of sensible theories, perhaps my words finding a usefulness, or at least to present another voice that is never heard. Each field of interest approaches the topic of consciousness with its own interpretation, none of which agree, and it appears that the 2,000 years of debates has found a solution; that there will never be one. http://www.thelogics.org/consciousness.html

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Having a web page ranked #1 for its keywords on a search engine is not uncommon for some of my sites, but I still enjoy a wide smile for each. Search engines rate websites differently, so it is not always easy to be similarly ranked on all search engines simultaneously. Bing/Yahoo has the ethics page as #1, DuckDuckGo ranks it as #2, and Google ranks it as #9 (still the top-ten, but it causes me a sad face ;) ).
 
Interesting to me is that some of my best ranked web pages were not intended to earn rankings, but rather the pages were merely meant to be of a specific type of quality. A search for "first rule of seo" shows my page as #2 on Google, but the same keyword search on Bing/Yahoo/DDG does not show the page in the first thirty ranks. Google favors one style, Bing favors another, and SEO people earn their income by knowing why search engines favor or disfavor pages.
 
The screenshot shows a portion of the wallpaper that I am now using on Windows (XP & 8) and Linux Manjaro (I like the splash of color on a black background: I will surely tire of the photo quickly, but for the moment it is a good change of scenery). Pleasing colors and pleasing ranks, it's why I enjoy my work.
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Corporate Profits and Social Good
 
My occupation requires a lot of reading for me to stay current with new trends, and an increasingly popular trend is for companies to recognize the benefits of doing something good for society without compensation. The concept of social good is not new - it has been around for thousands of years, and it rises and falls with each new generation - but perhaps today's social trend might find the Internet to be the easiest and most productive means of promoting good thoughts.
 
In 1973 I helped a man who was stranded with a flat tire on the highway. When he asked if he could pay me for my help I told him to simply help someone else as repayment (the 'pay it forward' concept that became well known in recent years). If the fellow did as I asked, then my one act of kindness became the origin of thousands or millions of people being kind to each other. The return of investment of my hour of helping a person in need would be rather huge.
 
The majority of my websites are purposefully created without financial profit in mind, but rather with a hope that their positivity might in some small way become a positive influence on visitors and the Web itself. For many of us this is simply who we are, what we are; it is what we interpret as the proper choice and the only choice for business as well as social.
 
One of my customers was a frail elderly woman in poor health, and I serviced her electrical equipment at no charge. I later learned that a new very good paying string of customers had all been recommended by the lady who - previously unknown to me - happened to be the mother of a large family-owned business in Amarillo. Random acts of kindness and caring are always profitable for both income as well as peace of mind.
 
Do something nice for someone; the act feels good today, and the nice act has a return of investment that cannot be matched by any bank. And maybe, just maybe, your act of kindness might return in later years when you will appreciate it far more than a few dollars placed into the pocket today.
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Update of http://www.larrygowdy.com
 
Everyone has different preferences, including website designs. The LarryGowdy.com home page is illustrative of my own personal preference for balances of colors within a blend of baroque and modern. The web page looks simplistic enough, and the coding was indeed fast and easy, but only after several hours of testing different layouts to find the one that pleases my tastes. I had previously created the social media graphics for a different site of mine, and much of the coding for the links was also copied and modified from previously created pages. From start to finish I likely have around twenty hours of work into the one page.
 
Creating a customer's website does consume a lot of time, especially for the design phase. I design each customer's site to mirror the customer's field of business as well as the trend of which tastes the site's visitors will likely prefer. Everyone has different tastes - especially our customers - and it is here that my past experience with dozens of different topics and occupations helps me to choose a design that is likely to be best received by my customers and my customers' customers.
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Manjaro Linux is proving to deserve additional attention, so I updated the first three pages of "What is Linux Compared to Windows" and added part 4. Even my wife is using and loving Manjaro now. :)

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A very cool new Manjaro Linux is now available for download. I've spent the past two weeks working with several of the latest Linux distributions to see if one might be a suitable candidate for replacing Windows XP (or any other version). Lubuntu has a lot of promise, but the Manjaro Mate edition is superbly excellent. I have never before seen a Linux distribution this good, and it is not an exaggeration for me to wonder if Manjaro might now be the very best operating system available anywhere.
 
You can read my review of Manjaro 0.8.9 Mate at http://firstimpressions.websitedesigningamarillo.com/manjaroreview2014.html .

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We do not know how hot and dangerous a major fire can be until we have experienced being near the fire ourselves. The heat is tremendous even at one-hundred yards away and while sitting in a vehicle with the windows rolled up. A fire at a processing plant is extraordinarily dangerous for employees as well as nearby residents.
 
Rotork fire-resistant actuators with the rigid enclosure system have been tested to withstand temperatures of over 2,192 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 120 minutes of protection. By choosing valves with normally open or normally closed fail-safe configurations a plant can plan a valve automation solution that ensures maximum productivity as well as safety.

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Thirty years ago a typical commercial boiler had few safety components; basically a thermocouple, an adjustable thermostat, a snap-disk high-limit thermostat, and that was about it. Tools of the trade generally included a basic voltmeter, a set of pipe wrenches, and a bigger set of pipe wrenches. Boiler efficiency was rarely a consideration since energy costs were relatively cheap; just keeping a boiler running was enough.
 
The new automated controls like Fireye's® PPC4000 Combustion Efficiency System and NXTSD413 Touchscreens are a huge improvement for both ease of use as well as energy savings. A 3% to 5% increased energy efficiency is quite sizable relative to today's energy costs.
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