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#21
What is a Ger?

Ger is our traditional round shaped dwelling that has been used since the Mongols started nomadic life with animal husbandry. Ger is portable, easily assembled and disassembled, and the most natural dwelling on earth.


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A pleasing land of drowsy head it was,

          Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye;

And of gay castles in the clouds that pass,

          For ever flushing round a summer sky.






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#23
(10-24-2016, 01:10 PM)Jack Wrote: For Mr. Kitty's cat lady, (should you have any issues).

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Meet Jackson Galaxy, a musician by night and a cat behaviorist by day. He's helping cats -- and their owners -- work through behavior issues that are taking a toll on their relationships.









Thank you. It's been an adventure but when he curls up next to me and that purrr..... worth it.

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#24
Random word and very strange writing fun; ( an algorithmic variant of William S. Burroughs 'cut up' technique)



 1. take some random words from a random word generator

2. select 3 random photos (use an imaged search using your random words)

3. select some random song/album you have never heard of. (mood inspiration). play song/album

4.write 1-3 paragraphs, beginning middle end (plagerizing random plot generators and such)

here goes... 


random words,


  1. crazy

  2. harbor

  3. pop

  4. snotty

  5. complain

  6. paper

  7. advertisement

  8. mist

  9. furry

  10. absent

  11. crook

  12. insurance

random photos,


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random mix;









voila;

  Ahmed, bullied by Dino when they were both children, (ignoring and not remembering the pleasure), drove past a crowd of furry costumed skiers, carefully avoiding yet another manslaughter vehicular conviction.
 The biannual annual Sugar Bowl gathering, called off again for a lack of summer snow pack, echoed starkly now, deserted.
  Parallel parking for no reason. Ahmed hack-shattered the silence. 
" Harrashicrutz!'" rasped Ahmed, switching off the ignition.
 "Hackulate  vous? Por que Phlemigo?"  responded Dino in his best John Paul Sarte/Sergio Leone amalgam.
 Ahmed, his slime shimmying plasticine tendrils of snot, oozing out of a badly blistered nostril, remembered 'the kiss'.
 "You said you didn't see Fionna at all that day" not so casually insinuated Dino. 
 " Look, if we leave now, we get nothing. Anyway, We need to be feasting, not fighting. After we cadaver gorge my snot will congeal and we can cauterize the dripping discoloured effluence".
 "Fine. Let's snug harbor and entrance awhile".
 The sun set, stars rose. 
   Crickets sang.
     Out of tune.
 



http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=plottwisthttp://www.thesaurus.com/browse/necromantic
http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/necromantichttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screaming
[i]https://www.randomlists.com/random-words[/i]
http://writers-den.pantomimepony.co.uk/writers-character-names.php
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#25
The Mentaculus ; Predicting the future.

It’s often said that the future is unpredictable. Of course, that’s not really true. With extremely high confidence, we can predict that the sun will rise in California at 7:12 on January 30 2016. We know the next total solar eclipse over the U.S. will be August 14, 2017, and we also know there will be one June 25, 2522.

We can predict next year's U.S. GDP to within a few percent, just about every decision we make implicitly includes a prediction for what will occur given each possible choice.

 Yet we are often frustrated at our inability to predict better.



Wikipedia, Quora, and Reddit have created enormously valuable knowledge databases using the aggregation of large numbers of contributions.

The Aggregative Contingent Estimation project has created a wealth of well calibrated probabilities that can be generated for even complex geopolitical events.
The goal of the ACE Program is to dramatically enhance the accuracy, precision, and timeliness of intelligence forecasts for a broad range of event types.
https://www.iarpa.gov/index.php/research-programs/ace


 


Filled with dense illustrations and symbology, the Metaculus functions as a "probability map" that essentially is a Theory of Everything, based on events that will eventually transpire.

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"Dawning of the Age of Stochasticity" David Mumford;

"From it's shady beginnings devising gambling strategies and counting corpses in Medieval London, probability theory and statistical inference now merge as better foundations for scientific  models, especially those of the process of thinking and as essential ingredients of theoretical mathematics, even the foundation of Mathematics itself."




"Probability Theory: the Logic of Science"  Edwin T. Jaynes;

"Our theme is simply probability theory as extended logic.














http://futureoflife.org/2016/01/24/predicting-the-future-of-life/

http://mobjectivist.blogspot.com/2010/06/mentaculus.html

http://www.academia.edu/8156248/The_Mentaculus_Vision
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#27
Machiavelli 

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Crowned / Messengers

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                                                                                            Battle

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I have set my life upon a cast,

And I will stand the hazard of the die.” 



~William Shakespeare Richard III











Time left until coronation 



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#28
The lost labyrinth 



The ‘Lost Labyrinth of Egypt’ is easily considered one of the jewels of lost history.

It was  documented by Greek Philosopher Herodotus;


"This I have actually seen, a work beyond words. For if anyone put together the buildings of the Greeks and display of their labours, they would seem lesser in both effort and expense to this labyrinth… Even the pyramids are beyond words, and each was equal to many and mighty works of the Greeks. Yet the labyrinth surpasses even the pyramids."

It has twelve courts covered in, with gates facing one another, six upon the North side and six upon the South, joining on one to another, and the same wall surrounds them all outside; and there are in it two kinds of chambers, the one kind below the ground and the other above upon these, three thousand in number, of each kind fifteen hundred. The upper set of chambers we ourselves saw […] "Herodotus (‘Histories,’ Book, II, 148)

 Strabo, (a Greek geographer, philosopher, and historian who lived in Asia Minor during the transitional period of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire)., visited Egypt in 25-24 BCE, gave an accurate topographical description, locating the labyrinth and the pyramid in a trapezium shaped area.
 He also mentions a nearby village. 
 In Strabo’s view the labyrinth was a palace, a place for assembling, speaking justice and bringing offerings for the nomes of Egypt.

 Pliny,  (Gaius Plinius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher), described the Labyrinth in the first century A.D. (Natural History, 36.19):
Quote:We must mention also the labyrinths, quite the most abnormal achievement on which man has spent his resources, but by no means a fictitious one, as might well be supposed. One still exists in Egypt, in the nome of Heracleopolis. This, the first ever to be constructed, was built, according to tradition, 3,600 years ago by King Petesuchis or King Tithoes, although Herodotus attributes the whole work to the ' twelve kings,' the last of whom was Psammetichus. Various reasons are suggested for its construction. Demoteles supposes it to have been the palace of Moteris, and Lyceas the tomb of Moeris, while many writers state that it was erected as a temple to the Sun-god, and this is the general belief. Whatever the truth may be, there is no doubt that Daedalus adopted it as the model for the labyrinth built by him in Crete, but that he reproduced only a hundredth part of it containing passages that wind, advance and retreat in a bewilderingly intricate manner. It is not just a narrow strip of ground comprising many miles of 'walks' or 'rides,' such as we see exemplified in our tessellated floors or in the ceremonial game played by our boys in the Campus Martius, but doors are let into the walls at frequent intervals to suggest deceptively the way ahead and to force the visitor to go back upon the very same tracks that he has already followed in his wanderings. This Cretan labyrinth was the next in succession after the Egyptian, and there was a third in Lemnos and a fourth in Italy, all alike being roofed with vaults of carefully worked stone. There is a feature of the Egyptian labyrinth which I for my part find surprising, namely an entrance and columns made of Parian marble [white limestone]. The rest of the structure is of Aswan granite, the great blocks of which have been laid in such a way that even the lapse of centuries cannot destroy them. Their preservation has been aided by the people of Heracleopolis, who have shown remarkable respect for an achievement that they detest.

The ground-plan and the individual parts of this building cannot be fully described because it is divided among the regions or administrative districts known as nomes, of which there are 21, each having a vast hall allotted to it by name. Besides these halls, it contains temples of all the Egyptian gods; and, furthermore, Nemesis [possibly the Greek equivalent of Nymaatre, or Amenemhet III] placed within the 40 shrines several pyramids, each with a height of 40 cubits and an area at the base of 4 acres. It is when he is already exhausted with walking that the visitor reaches the bewildering maze of passages. Moreover, there are rooms in lofty upper storeys reached by inclines, and porches from which flights of 90 stairs lead down to the ground. Inside are columns of imperial porphyry, images of gods, statues of kings and figures of monsters. Some of the halls are laid out in such a way that when the doors open there is a terrifying rumble of thunder within: incidentally, most of the building has to be traversed in darkness. Again, there are other massive structures outside the wall of the labyrinth: the Greek term for these is 'pteron,' or a 'wing.' Then there are other halls that have been made by digging galleries underground. The few repairs that have been made there were carried out by one man alone, Chaeremon, the eunuch of King Necthebis [Nectanebo II], 500 years before the time of Alexander the Great. There is a further tradition that he used beams of acacia boiled in oil to serve as supports while square blocks of stone were being lifted into the vaults.

 The lost labyrinth, full of hieroglyphs sculpted for eternity in its endless stone walls is believed to contain all knowledge of ancient Egypt.

 What secrets does this legendary giant underground complex contain?
 Could this be the most important discovery in human history?
 The labyrinth’s age and ancient origins are unclear, but at the time of Herodotus’ visit it was more than 1,300 years old.

The upper rooms, on the contrary, I did actually see, and it is hard to believe that they are the work of men; the baffling and intricate passages from room to room and from court to court were an endless wonder to me, as we passed from a courtyard into rooms, from rooms into galleries, from galleries into more rooms and thence into yet more courtyards.

The roof of every chamber, courtyard, and gallery is, like the walls, of stone.

The walls are covered with carved figures, and each court is exquisitely built of white marble and surrounded by a colonnade’.

For a long time, the true location of the Labyrinth remained unknown.

Since Herodotus visited the legendary labyrinth of Egypt 2500 years ago, the building disappeared in the mist of time.

In 1888, Professor Flinders Petrie located the actual site of the Egyptian Labyrinth. Sufficient of the original foundations remained to enable the size and orientation of the building to be roughly determined. The Labyrinth was about 304 meters [997 feet] long and 244 meters [800 feet] wide. On other words, it was large enough to hold the great temples of Karnak and Luxor!


 During the 19th century, the remains of the Labyrinth were discovered "11½ miles from the pyramid of Hawara, in the province of Faioum.
 It is unnecessary to imagine more than that it was monumental, and a monument of more than one king of Egypt."

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http://www.messagetoeagle.com/mysterious...ide-world/
http://www.labyrinthofegypt.com/historic-accounts.html
http://www.catchpenny.org/labyrin.html
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#29
The coolest things corner;

1. a 20,000 gallon reef tank.

   



2. a personal Pan Am cabin;







3. A full size train car, (in your basement);



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#30
LOL! Thanks for posting @jack. It does make me wonder that I would choose to have it I had a "coolest thing".
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