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THE GREAT BED OF WARE ... This intricately carved, and hilariously huge bed was such a famous symbol the both Shakespeare and Byron used it as a reference ... "The Great Bed of Ware is not only a beautifully carved piece of historical furniture, but the giant four-poster sleeper was a symbol of bawdiness that became so popular, both Shakespeare and Byron used it in their writing. 

Now located in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, the bed was, and is, most famous for its size, which is twice the size of a modern double bed. At around 12 square feet of sleeping space, it is rumored to be able to fit four couples comfortably. It was built sometime between 1590 and 1600 and was likely intended to act as a novelty item that might draw customers to the inns of Ware.

The giant wooden bed is covered in intricate carvings of figures and symbols of lust and virility. It was passed among the inns of Ware, and as people came to stay on its huge mattress they would carve their initials in to the headboard, or drop their wax seal on the posts. The bed became so notorious that it was mentioned in William Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night in 1601 (reflecting how quickly it became an object of conversation), and in Byron's Don Juan. 
The Great Bed of Ware is easily one of the more beautiful works of furniture ever produced, not to mention one of the most fictionally debauched. 

The Great Bed of Ware now sits on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The museum acquired the bed in 1931 and it has never been off display since then. ..."

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Excuse me but it is Caturday and I WANTS one of these babes -- a Catzooka!
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RIP, Mr. A. Tree ... this old apple tree in our front yard -- planted by my father over 50 years ago -- passed away yesterday. In a hot, still summer evening with no wind stirring, his trunk cracked loudly and its apple-laden branches sunk to the earth amid loud popping sounds. A rather spectacular demise.

The tree lived many fruitful years, and supplied the goodness for many pies and jars of jelly -- the last pie baked by me personally last year. His going was not unexpected, his trunk had exhibited large holes for years and was mostly hollow inside. In fact, I was surprised Mr. Tree lasted as long as he did.

An abundance of rain and a good growing season proved fatal. Mr. A. Tree soaked up the water, bloomed beautifully, and brought forth a great many apples, their weight finally overcoming his strength to hold them up to the sun.

Mr. A. Tree, we thank you for your long and faithful service. You will be missed. Rest in the pieces you are now in. Farewell.
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+Manuel Schneider The tree itself is savable.  it is not dead.
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Is Our Universe a Fake? ... Robert Lawrence Kuhn ... "... speaking with scientists and philosophers on "Closer to Truth," I realized that the notion that everything humans see and know is a gigantic computer game of sorts, the creation of supersmart hackers existing somewhere else, is not a joke. Exploring a "whole-world simulation," I discovered, is a deep probe of reality.

David Brin, sci-fi writer and space scientist, relates the Chinese parable of an emperor dreaming that he was a butterfly dreaming that he was an emperor. In contemporary versions, Brin said, it may be the year 2050 and people are living in a computer simulation of what life was like in the early 21st century — or it may be billions of years from now, and people are in a simulation of what primitive planets and people were once like.

Philosopher Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, describes a fake universe as a "richly detailed software simulation of people, including their historical predecessors, by a very technologically advanced civilization."

It's like the movie "The Matrix," Bostrom said, except that "instead of having brains in vats that are fed by sensory inputs from a simulator, the brains themselves would also be part of the simulation. It would be one big computer program simulating everything, including human brains down to neurons and synapses."

Bostrum is not saying that humanity is living in such a simulation. Rather, his "Simulation Argument" seeks to show that one of three possible scenarios must be true (assuming there are other intelligent civilizations):

1. All civilizations become extinct before becoming technologically mature;

2. All technologically mature civilizations lose interest in creating simulations;

3. Humanity is literally living in a computer simulation.

His point is that all cosmic civilizations either disappear (e.g., destroy themselves) before becoming technologically capable, or all decide not to generate whole-world simulations (e.g., decide such creations are not ethical, or get bored with them). The operative word is "all" — because if even one civilization anywhere in the cosmos could generate such simulations, then simulated worlds would multiply rapidly and almost certainly humanity would be in one.

As technology visionary Ray Kurzweil put it, "maybe our whole universe is a science experiment of some junior high school student in another universe." (Given how things are going, he jokes, she may not get a good grade.) ..."

MORE:  http://www.space.com/30124-is-our-universe-a-fake.html
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What we experience is definitely like a '1st person computer game', but ever so slightly more sophisticated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_person_(video_games)
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"In video games, the first person refers to a graphical perspective rendered from the viewpoint of the player character. In many cases, this may be the viewpoint from the cockpit of a vehicle. Many different genres have made use of first-person perspectives, ranging from adventure games to flight simulators".
Unquote.

For more information regarding the Processing System of the Mind, check out my Website:  http://www.conceptual-computer-interfaces.com

Although the sight is still under construction, to date has more than 600 Drawings and Animations, revealing the 'Processing Systems Construct' and 'Source Code'.
There are still some thousands more Drawings and Animations to come.
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Taking a break yesterday up near Winding Stair Gap in the beautiful mountains of Macon County, North Carolina. The antennas are for my ham radios -- 220 in the front, duoband 2 meters/440 behind (W5VE).
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+Ralph Roberts​, was that on HF or 2m?
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JUICE-y Mission to Jupiter One Step Closer to Reality ... by Kasandra Brabaw -- " This month the European Space Agency (ESA) took a major step closer to an ambitious exploration of Jupiter and its icy moons.

On July 16, the agency awarded a 350.8 million euros (about $385 million) contract to Airbus Defence & Space in France, whose engineers will design, develop, integrate and test the mission's JUICE spacecraft.

The JUICE mission (the name is short for JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) was selected in May 2012 as the first mission in the ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program. The proposed mission will launch a solar-powered spacecraft to the Jovian system in 2022, where the probe will spend three and a half years exploring Jupiter's atmosphere, magnetosphere and set of dark rings. But the spacecraft won't focus solely on the giant planet. It will also study three of Jupiter's planet-size, icy moons: Callisto, Europa and Ganymede

JUICE's planned eight-month exploration of Ganymede, the spacecraft's last task, will be the first time any spacecraft has orbited an icy moon. Ganymede is the only moon in the solar system to possess a magnetic field; the spacecraft will focus particularly on that field as well as the moon's crust. Scientists believe Ganymede hides a liquid ocean underneath its surface, and finding evidence of that ocean could provide clues to how planets form and the possibilities of life beyond Earth.

In order to explore Jupiter and its moons, the JUICE spacecraft will be equipped with 10 state-of-the-art instruments, including cameras, spectrometers, an ice-penetrating radar, an altimeter, radio-science experiments, and sensors to monitor the Jovian system's magnetic fields and charged particles, ESA officials said in a statement.
Scientists said they expect JUICE to begin examining Jupiter's system in 2030, after an eight-year trip through space. ..."

http://www.space.com/30107-jupiter-moons-mission-moves-forward.html
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THE ABANDONED CHICKEN CHURCH ... This massive abandoned chapel in the middle of the Indonesian forest is both haunting and fowl ... "Should you be trekking through the thick forests of Magelang, Indonesia, try not to be too alarmed if you stumble upon a titanic, rotting building, shaped like a chicken. Known as Gereja Ayam (unsurprisingly, "Chicken Church"), this mouldering titan was probably whimsical once, but now it seems like the creepy lost temple of a goofy cult.
While the locals have dubbed it the Chicken Church (and it's easy to see why), the name is a bit of a misnomer since the visionary behind the crumbling chapel meant it to look like a dove. The man behind the weird structure was 67-year-old Daniel Alamsjah, who received a holy vision that inspired him to create the dove church. He picked a forested hill near Malelang to build his pious tribute, and created possibly the most bird-like building in the world, complete with giant, squawking head, and ornate decorative tail feathers. 
The prayer house opened its doors (or spread its wings, so to speak) by the 1990s. The church welcomed any religions that wanted to make the trek, including Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians, holding services in the upper floors, while the lower floors provided rehab and juvenile outreach, among other charitable services.
Unfortunately the project was grounded in 2000 when further construction costs became too unreachable and the poor chicken-dove-church was vacated, and left to the forest. Gereja Ayam has continued to rot over the years, becoming a bit more ghoulish (in an avian way), with each year. The insides are now covered in graffiti, and it is said to be a favorite spot for young people to commit "immoral acts." The unfinished basement rooms are even intact, giving it even more of a horror movie feel.    ..."

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Cowee Moutains, 441 north of Franklin NC ... yesterday, beautiful day and beautiful scenery.
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Scarecrow Festivals in the UK ... "Scarecrow festivals are held all over the world, but they are especially popular in the United Kingdom, where the use of scarecrows as a protector of crops date from time immemorial. Scarecrows are usually built from straw and wood, but in medieval Britain, scarecrows were young boys who were tasked with the responsibility of scarring away birds. Known as bird scarers or bird shooers, they patrolled wheat fields carrying bags of stones, and chased away any crow or starling that tried to land in the fields by waving their arms and throwing the stones. When the Great Plague of of 1348 wiped half the population in Britain, landowners couldn’t find enough young boys to employ as bird scarers to protect their crops. So they stuffed sacks with straw, carved faces in turnips or gourds, and made scarecrows that stood against poles. Bird scarers continued to patrol British fields until the early 1800s when new factories and mines opened up and offered children better paying jobs.

Today, hundreds of villages all over Britain bring color, vibrancy and fun to the countryside by organizing Scarecrow Festivals, where residents compete with each other to build the best scarecrow from whatever material they can lay their hands upon — pots and pans, tree stumps and branches, broken furniture and discarded clothing. The scarecrows are then displayed outside their home, in their lawns or on the streets, for all to see. The festivals usually take place in the summer, between May and July, but some towns prefer to hold them in Autumn.

Despite the centuries old tradition with scarecrows, most Scarecrow Festivals in Britain are less that twenty years old. They are organized as a fun activity for both kids and adults and are usually associated with some kind of fund raising for charities.

Some of the towns where the festival is more popular are Kettlewell, Heather, Wray, Barton Mills, Flamstead, Bromyard and many many more. ..."

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Is Our Universe a Fake? ... Robert Lawrence Kuhn -- "... speaking with scientists and philosophers on "Closer to Truth," I realized that the notion that everything humans see and know is a gigantic computer game of sorts, the creation of supersmart hackers existing somewhere else, is not a joke. Exploring a "whole-world simulation," I discovered, is a deep probe of reality.

David Brin, sci-fi writer and space scientist, relates the Chinese parable of an emperor dreaming that he was a butterfly dreaming that he was an emperor. In contemporary versions, Brin said, it may be the year 2050 and people are living in a computer simulation of what life was like in the early 21st century — or it may be billions of years from now, and people are in a simulation of what primitive planets and people were once like.

Philosopher Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, describes a fake universe as a "richly detailed software simulation of people, including their historical predecessors, by a very technologically advanced civilization."

It's like the movie "The Matrix," Bostrom said, except that "instead of having brains in vats that are fed by sensory inputs from a simulator, the brains themselves would also be part of the simulation. It would be one big computer program simulating everything, including human brains down to neurons and synapses."

Bostrum is not saying that humanity is living in such a simulation. Rather, his "Simulation Argument" seeks to show that one of three possible scenarios must be true (assuming there are other intelligent civilizations):

1. All civilizations become extinct before becoming technologically mature;

2. All technologically mature civilizations lose interest in creating simulations;

3. Humanity is literally living in a computer simulation.

His point is that all cosmic civilizations either disappear (e.g., destroy themselves) before becoming technologically capable, or all decide not to generate whole-world simulations (e.g., decide such creations are not ethical, or get bored with them). The operative word is "all" — because if even one civilization anywhere in the cosmos could generate such simulations, then simulated worlds would multiply rapidly and almost certainly humanity would be in one.

As technology visionary Ray Kurzweil put it, "maybe our whole universe is a science experiment of some junior high school student in another universe." (Given how things are going, he jokes, she may not get a good grade.) ..."

MORE:  http://www.space.com/30124-is-our-universe-a-fake.html
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Whenever is the always
Where it goes is the end
Every part that will follow
Just another choice to ponder my friend
After beginning I wonder why
I ever started
There's nothing to follow
Where there's nothing to send
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Killing time at a mountain overlook ... just learned to take a split photo with my S5's front and rear cameras at the same time. COOL.
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if you get a random timer to click pics as you drive...pointing at the brush line and road...you never know what might walk in to one of your camera pics....
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JUICE-y Mission to Jupiter One Step Closer to Reality ... by Kasandra Brabaw -- " This month the European Space Agency (ESA) took a major step closer to an ambitious exploration of Jupiter and its icy moons.

On July 16, the agency awarded a 350.8 million euros (about $385 million) contract to Airbus Defence & Space in France, whose engineers will design, develop, integrate and test the mission's JUICE spacecraft.

The JUICE mission (the name is short for JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) was selected in May 2012 as the first mission in the ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program. The proposed mission will launch a solar-powered spacecraft to the Jovian system in 2022, where the probe will spend three and a half years exploring Jupiter's atmosphere, magnetosphere and set of dark rings. But the spacecraft won't focus solely on the giant planet. It will also study three of Jupiter's planet-size, icy moons: Callisto, Europa and Ganymede

JUICE's planned eight-month exploration of Ganymede, the spacecraft's last task, will be the first time any spacecraft has orbited an icy moon. Ganymede is the only moon in the solar system to possess a magnetic field; the spacecraft will focus particularly on that field as well as the moon's crust. Scientists believe Ganymede hides a liquid ocean underneath its surface, and finding evidence of that ocean could provide clues to how planets form and the possibilities of life beyond Earth.

In order to explore Jupiter and its moons, the JUICE spacecraft will be equipped with 10 state-of-the-art instruments, including cameras, spectrometers, an ice-penetrating radar, an altimeter, radio-science experiments, and sensors to monitor the Jovian system's magnetic fields and charged particles, ESA officials said in a statement.
Scientists said they expect JUICE to begin examining Jupiter's system in 2030, after an eight-year trip through space. ..."

http://www.space.com/30107-jupiter-moons-mission-moves-forward.html
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The image above is an estimate of what the probe will photograph/see when it gets there.  It is still 7 year till it is launched in 2022
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Ralph Roberts is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and worked with NASA during the Apollo moon program. He built his first personal computer in 1976 and has been writing about them and on them since his first published article “Down with Typewriters” in 1978. He has written over 100 books along with thousands of articles and short stories. His best sellers include the first U.S. book on computer viruses (which resulted in several appearances on national TV) and Classic Cooking with Coca-Cola®, a cookbook that has been in continuous print for the past 17 years and sold half a million copies. He is also a video producer with over 100 DVD titles now for sale nationally on places such as Amazon.com. He has also produced hundreds of hours of video for local TV in the Western North Carolina area and sold scripts to Hollywood producers. Previously for Packt, Ralph wrote Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting and Google App Inventor by Example. Ralph and his wife Pat live on a farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina with two horses. Ralph recently finished GOOGLE PLUS FIRST LOOK.and is currently writing GOOGLE DART HEAD START.
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