organized meditation

January 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

david lynch foundationi was surfing the internet and i found out that david lynch, the famous writer and director of great movies such as the elephant man, wild at heart, blue velvet and mulholland drive, founded “david lynch foundation“, a charitable organization, in 2005 to promote transcendental meditation (t.m.) throughout the world. the organization has a long list of famous names undersigned it, such as clint eastwood, paul mccartney, ringo starr, moby, laura dern, donna karen, russel brand, david norton, and so on.

the campaign goals include funding scholarship for the students to learn tm, military post war and post-trauma treatments, provide help to homeless shelters to overcome the traumatic stress, provide service to american indian societies and health care organization to help with disorders such as chronic diseases and addiction, offer prisons with the tm education services for the prisoners, etc. also the foundation is not limited to the united states, it is active internationally.

in today’s world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence—bliss—the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us. this is the way to save the coming generation.

from david lynch message on the dlf website

the whole concept sounds very promising unless you look at it from an anti-religion perspective when it has its own controversies on the systematically promoting a type of religion in schools, and boost it in societies like prison and military groups, among vulnerable people who consider it as a solution to their problems.

anyhow, i like the idea and in my opinion it doesn’t matter what you name it, meditation, psychotherapy, anonymous groups, etc. the real quest is to show people that there are solutions to their problems, and to give them hope and a path to follow to reach their goals in life. to give them a new tool, to teach them a new technique and to show them a new path, so that they can use it whenever they need it. and as a matter of fact, i am really happy that capable and influential individuals such as david lynch is providing service to other people to promote peace, health and a better living.

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ebrazos

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

amd launched its new g-series platform codename ebrazos. it’s a continuation of the amd fusion family of apus (accelerated processing unit.) the platform can have a single or dual low power bobcat cpu, with a powerful gpu capable of supporting microsoft directx 11, unified video decoder 3.0 (h264, mpeg2, vc-1, wmv and divx hardware decode accelerator), 3d visual effects and open-gl and open-cl. a distinguishing feature of ebrazos is the low power consumption (9 watts for single core and 18 watts for dual) together with a very high end gpu. the target market is the digital signage, laptops, casino gaming, set top boxes, etc.

the recommended controller hub for this platform is a55e which provides gigabit ethernet, mac and raid support.

amd g-series block diagram

courtesy of amd

 

congatec provided conga-baf in com-express form factor, fujitsu d3003-s in mini-itx form factor, and also kontron announced the debut of its g-series support on com-express in embedded world trade show in nuremberg.

food for mind

January 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

your body is one of the best and the most complex machines you ever get to use and enjoy. you need to learn how to use it, take care of it, pamper it and keep it strong. you have to be cautious about how you are treating it and make sure you are not abusing it, the most obvious examples are foods, clothes and hygiene, however there are things we usually miss.

you know how you are so careful about what you eat or how you wear clothes to avoid catching cold and so on and so forth, the same is true for the books you read, the movies you watch, and the musics you listen to. books and movies are full of ideas, good and bad, full of thoughts, sentiments, pieces of information, all could be categorized as useful, harmful, wasteful and so on. music can be joyful, depressing, relaxing etc. you may not relate the book or movie to your life, but the poison will reside in your subconscious and ends up in a short story you write, in your talks, in your dreams and basically in your life unconsciously. you can easily see the analogy to foods and drinks. eatables may contain vitamins, minerals, and useful ingredients as well as germs, viruses and harmful additives.

the other factor that we have to consider is the amount of time a book or a movie takes up from our life compare to the quantity and quality of the ideas it gives back. which is very similar to the calories a food contains. huh…maybe we can come up with education facts on the books and movies instead of nutrition facts!

remember you have to carefully choose what to read, what to watch and what to listen to as often as you can.

larger than a movie

January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

saw eat, prey, love, the movie….

i realized i’d better off reading the book as elizabeth gilbert seems to have much more to say than it can be said in a movie. the movie was a good time passer, lots of beautiful scenes and positive ideas, and of course is recommended however i think i really do need to read the book.

liz’s second book “committed”, which seems to be a sequel to her eat prey love will be released on february 1st. probably gonna buy both.

if you could clear out all that space in your mind, you’d have a vacuum with a doorway. and you know what the universe would do with that? rush in. everything else will take care of itself.

in the end, i’ve come to believe in something i call “the physics of the quest.” a force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. the rule of quest physics goes something like this: if you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.

a bath house for gods?

January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

spirited away was one of the most amusing, mind bending animations that i saw. the movie attracts different types of audience in terms of age, and level of understanding. you can watch the movie as a fantasy movie with a hint of pure love and end up loving the movie, at the same time you can see it as an intellectual animation with variety of subliminal messages and metaphors, and end up loving it.

the story was told as a simple rite of passage story like alice in wonderland and home alone on the surface. however, hidden in the context you could find hints to a few issues like polluting the rivers, generation conflicts and such, as well as highlighting the lost values of the society and human beings, and the shift towards anti-values like greed and gluttony. throughout the movie there were multiple instances of degrading the human as individual and society, like their reeking, eating like pigs, and their indifference towards their destiny.

hayao miyazaki is a well-known japanese director and artist, with a long list of watch worthy animations like princess mononoke, my neighbor totoro, howl’s moving castle and of course spirited away.

the ending title is nicely accompanied by youmi kimura’s “always with me” song.

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somewhere, a voice calls, in the depths of my heart
may i always be dreaming, the dreams that move my heart
so many tears of sadness, uncountable through and through
i know on the other side of them i’ll find you
everytime we fall down to the ground we look up to the blue sky above
we wake to it’s blueness, as for the first time
though the road is long and lonely and the end far away, out of sight
i can with these two arms embrace the light
as I bid farewell my heart stops, in tenderness I feel
my silent empty body begins to listen to what is real
the wonder of living, the wonder of dying
the wind, town, and flowers, we all dance one unity
somewhere a voice calls in the depths of my heart
keep dreaming your dreams, don’t ever let them part
why speak of all your sadness or of life’s painfull woes
instead let the same lips sing a gentle song for you
the whispering voice, we never want to forget,
in each passing memory always there to guide you
when a miror has been broken, shattered pieces scattered on the ground
glimpses of new life, reflected all around
window of beginning, stillness, new light of the dawn
let my silent, empty body be filled and reborn
no need to search outside, nor sail across the sea
cause here shining inside me, it’s right here inside me
i’ve found a brightness, it’s always with me

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nothing known as destiny

January 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

sex and lucia, was about how you are able to define your course of destiny, and how your life is treated as a storyline which you can define its path. it says you are the decision maker in what happens to you, although you need a ghost writer to weave the details. bear in mind it needs to pass its due time, aka the patience, and you have to trust and believe in the writer.

the means to reconsider your life’s course was alluded by falling into a hole in the magical island of the story. lucia used it once and the change she was after (i guess) happened almost at the exact time that she was going to give up (she was about to use the hole again at the end of the movie.) moreover the hole was a dark rocky hole that you could not see what happens to you if you fall in it, so you have to really believe in its magic or you have to be really desperate to fall into it.

the first advantage is at the end of the story. it doesn’t finish, it falls in a hole. and the story starts again halfway. the other advantage, and the biggest, is that you can change course along the way… if you let me. if you give me time.

the other interesting aspect of the movie was that most of the incidents were not final, they were suspended to the imagination of the audience. you can only guess what happened; you never know how luna died, what happened to lorenzo, and what happened to belen, and her mother. the same thing is true about the narration; looks like you are watching the movie from the perspective of lucia and her knowledge which is based on her reading of lorenzo’s book. however at the same time it could be lorenzo who is compiling the whole story, or elena.

sex was very highlighted, all the main relations of the movie were based on sexual relationships; lucia and lorenzo, triangle of belen, her step father and her mother, elena and lorenzo, carlos and elena and so on. the only important relation i saw that was not based on sex was lorenzo and luna, which was destroyed at the end because of the sex.

the cast of the movie was amazing, beautiful paz vega (lucia) acted flawlessly. tristan ulloa (lorenzo), najwa nimri (elena), and elena anaya (belen) were all incredible. julio medem successfully mixed their acts into unbelievable scenic settings, which resulted in a very fun to watch movie.

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