Sunday, July 27, 2014

Becoming a Professional Nerd

When I was in college in the 1960s, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, I read an article about computers becoming one of the emerging new technologies and that there would soon be a big demand for programmers. It sounded exotic and potentially lucrative so I decided to become a computer programmer.

Getting in on the ground floor of an emerging technology wasn't a bad idea. I started writing programs in 1965, when IBM cards carried 80 characters of data and a 4k computer was the size of a Buick. By 1977, I had become an independent computer programming contractor and, in 2001, I began teaching college computer courses. It's been a good run.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) recently published a list of 10 emerging technologies. If you actually find this comprehensible and exciting, you may have what it takes to become a professional nerd.

1) Epigenetics – At any given moment, a single human cell may have 20,000 active human genes. Chemical modifications can interfere with the process of the creating protein thereby shutting down the genes. Epigenetics is a branch of genetics examining such chemical variations and diagnosing cancers at the early stages. 

2) Nuclear Reprogramming – Biologists believe that stem cells will be beneficial in treating such diseases as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. They're attempting to produce the properties of embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos, thereby placating Christians who consider research using human embryos to be immoral.

3) Universal Authorization – The development of an online identification system to protect the privacy of Internet users and online businesses. This involves an "interoperable authentication system" that would allow users to sign on just once then go from website to website, or access multiple sites, securely.

4) Cognitive Radio – Wireless devices, such as laptops, cell phones and sensor networks, are becoming increasingly more common. However, the bandwidth range allotted by the FCC for such gadgets is limited, thus mathematical modeling based on game theory is required to allocate unused spectrum areas among devices.

5) Diffusion Tensor Imaging – As a newly developed variation of MRI, this allows scientists to study the connections between different areas of the brain, and differentiate between normalcy and schizophrenia.

6) Nanobiomechanics – The study of minute mechanical forces on a human cell allows medical researchers to view ways in which diseased cells differ from healthy cells. This is particularly helpful in detecting cancer cells.

7) Comparative Interactomics – In molecular research, an array of interactions among genes, metabolites, RNA and proteins is known as the interactome. By comparing the pathways of the interactomes of different species, biotechnologists hope to discover new drugs without the need for experiments done on animals.

8) Nanomedicine – Through the use of multipurpose nanoparticles, medical researchers hope to diagnose and treat cancer, as well as most other diseases. An injection of nanoparticles would make it possible to locate cancerous or inflammatory cells, latch onto them and change them (or destroy them) directly.

9) Pervasive Wireless – Pagers, cell phones and other wireless gadgets employ a diverse array of protocols (distinct codes). In an attempt to tie collections of protocols together, these devices would be linked to a pervasive wireless network making them compatible (and linked) by utilizing a common protocol.

10) Stretchable Silicon – First, electronic circuitry was embedded onto rigid silicon chips. Then it became flexible by stamping organic semiconductors onto plastic sheets, thus "smart" credit cards could carry bendable microchips. The next step is allowing complete electronic circuits to work properly when bent or stretched.

One of the problems with a technical profession is that it's always changing and you must continue to keep up or be left in the dust. After 40+ years of computer technology (programming, systems analysis, managing and teaching), I've had enough. I'm down to my last nine brain cells and am saving them for the next time I do taxes.

Technology doesn't always make life easier -- I'm still trying to figure out how to use my new can opener.

Quote for the Day -- "The future is not a gift -- it is an achievement." Albert Einstein

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and has given up writing computer programs for writing books, blogs and tweets.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ascention into Infinity

The purpose in life is to discover the purpose in life, thereby expanding your wisdom in a quest for eternal bliss.

Ascension is the raising of your consciousness -- a change in vibration (electromagnetic frequency) in terms of your being (atomic structure).

The ascension process is the sole purpose of life in the cosmos. It involves descending into the lower dimension of matter (reincarnating into a carnal world over and over again) and rising into the upper dimension of spirit -- integrating the duality of good and evil into a realm of oneness of blissful contentment.

There is no good or evil, no imperfection. The totality of everything (known and beyond) is a Supreme Oneness, and as such it is as it should be (perfection). The micro may seem highly flawed, small pockets of imperfection within an unfathomable universe and beyond, but the macro (Supreme Oneness) is a collection of flawed micros that become portions of an ultimate perfection.

Earth is an orb of ignorance, suffering, injustice, pain and materialism in a 3-dimensional plane of existence (3rd Density). Ascension will allow the eternal soul of individuals to rise to the 4th or 5th Density -- higher astral planes of existence where harmony in spirit resides.

Reincarnation is the passage of the soul through many carnal lives. We are spiritual beings experiencing a carnal existence of pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow. Our true soul remains in a higher astral plane of existence while our projection of self cycles through incarnations to help the soul grow to the full potential of a unity consciousness (benevolent cooperation versus selfish competition).

The earth is a training ground for the soul -- the earthly body expires -- the soul resides in an astral state of review -- the soul must choose between seeking earthly desires or accepting eternal bliss as an individual consciousness of love and benevolence. It is also a choice between a "physical" body (in a potentially hostile environment) capable of experiencing carnal pleasures versus a heavenly body (pocket of energy) with an individual consciousness of compassion and love (a heavenly angelic spirit).

Since desires are difficult to satisfy, the temptation is to return to a carnal existence once again. And when desires are granted, the temptation is to repeat the experience.

Thus, the cycle of reincarnation becomes a trap -- seeking excitement and repeating the pleasure of excitement.

Reincarnation is a series of necessary steps for individual souls, a learning experience, to progress in spirituality to attain enough patience and grace to be able to merge with the Supreme Oneness and add to the perfection of the Supreme Oneness.

Time is accelerating like a bullet train.

Mother Earth is about to experience a great change, a massive cleansing.

An individual choice must be made -- benevolence versus materialism -- Service To Others (STO) versus Service To Self (STS).

The Journey of the Soul through Eternity includes overcoming carnal desires and ego gratification.

Reincarnation is part of that journey, a learning/growing experience. It is not you versus the universe -- it is you versus you.

Eternal damnation is for those who cannot rise above earthly desires (who cannot become STO) and are doomed to recycle (reincarnate) into a 3rd Density existence forever.

Eternal Bliss is for those who realize no one succeeds unless everyone succeeds.

Quote for the Day -- "Your own positive future begins in this moment -- all you have is right now." Lao Tzu

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books, including ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS, PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY and 11:11 EARTH TIME. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and occasionally talks to trees.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rendlesham Forest UFO & Hy Brasil

In December of 1980, a number of U.S. military personnel, including airmen Jim Penniston and John Burroughs, were stationed at the Woodbridge Royal Air Force base in Britain. At the time, the installation was being used by the U.S. Air Force.

On December 26, military personnel spotted strange lights in the Rendlesham Forest, just outside the base's boundary. Some 40 military personnel and area residents witnessed the lights. It was initially assumed that an airplane had crashed in the forest. Penniston, Burroughs and others were sent into the forest to investigate the lights.

Penniston and Burroughs spotted a 9-by-6 foot triangular craft with swirling yellow and blue lights, hovering a couple of feet off the ground. Their radios malfunctioned and they could feel static electricity emanating from the craft.

They approached the object and took detailed notes of symbols etched on the surface of the craft, which appeared to resemble Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Penniston also touched the craft, causing him to receive subliminal coded messages.

After about 45 minutes, the craft "brightened" and began to rise above the trees, then took off at an "impossible" speed and disappeared.

When they returned to the base, both of their watches were off by 45 minutes.

Later, Burroughs attached sketches of the craft, and Penniston attached sketches of the strange markings displayed on the craft, to their official U.S. Air Force witness statements.

The following night, the mysterious light returned to the forest area whereupon a female base security officer and her partner entered the area to investigate. The craft shot a beam of light at their vehicle, disabling it, then flew off

The strange lights returned for a third night in a row. The Deputy Base Commander, Lt Col Charles Halt, was informed and together with a small group of men went out into the forest to investigate. As they entered the area, radio communications were subjected to interference and mobile generators that the group had brought to illuminate the forest began to black out. Halt and his team then encountered the UFO craft, which at one point fired beams of light down at his party and at the Woodbridge facility.

Lt. Col. Hall had initially assumed he would be able to debunk the reports of a UFO craft, but wound up in a situation he was unable to explain.

Follow-up investigations revealed three small soil imprints in a triangular pattern beneath where the craft had hovered and possibly landed. Plus, radiation levels in the area were high.

Three weeks after the incident, Penniston and Burroughs became seriously ill from what appeared to be radiation exposure.

During this period, Penniston felt compelled to write out the coded message he had received, which consisted of an extensive series of ones and zeros, in a notebook. Once he had recorded the entire string of ones and zeros he was somehow mysteriously able to recall, he was then finally able to sleep well. The notes made no sense to him but he kept them anyway.

Some 30 years later, as the History Channel was making a documentary of the UFO incident in Rendlesham Forest, Penniston's notebook of ones and zeros were discovered to be a message in binary code (commonly used by computers) and was deciphered by submitting the sequence to a binary code interpreter through Internet programmer Nick Ciske.

With very few minor flaws, part of the message reads:


52^ 09' 42.532" N
13^ 13' 12.69" W


 It was soon determined that the two lines of "numbers" in the message were global map coordinates.

Ironically, this is the map coordinate of the "lost" island of Hy Brasil, an island west of Ireland that seems to mysteriously exist and disappear over time.

The accounts of Hy-Brasil are similar to those of Atlantis but whereas Atlantis was reported by one or two ancient historians, Hy-Brasil has been documented in many first person accounts. Thought to be the home of a highly advanced civilization led by an enclave of high priests, accounts of Hy-Brasil tell tales of advanced technologies, giant cattle, and city towers. Led by priests who proclaimed to have a universal knowledge, the citizens of Hy-Brasil were reported to be highly intelligent and wealthy beyond imagination.

That the island was difficult to find is not hard to envision.  Legends of Hy-Brasil tell of an island that was shrouded in fog for much of the time.

The book, IRELAND -- A JOURNEY INTO LOST TIME, by P.A. O'Siochan, refers to knowledge of a lost island inherent throughout Celtic history and literature, off the west coast of Ireland, called Hy Brasil -- Hy meaning "island" and Brasil meaning "mighty" in Gaelic.

Hy Brasil has appeared on maps as early as 1325 when Italian mapmaker Angelino Dulcert, included the island of Hy Brasil some 200 miles west of Ireland, southwest of Galway Bay. The island was circular, with a river (or strait) running east-west across the diameter.

Hy Brasil had appeared on maps in the 15th century. The island has been documented by many first-person accounts over the course of time.

In 1480, men from Bristol, England, searched for the island.

In 1497, explorer John Cabot found the island and reported that the island had been discovered in the past men from Bristol.

In the 1500s, famed navigator Pedro Alvarez Cabral claimed to have reached the island during one of his voyages.

In 1674, Captain John Nisbet claimed to have seen the island on a voyage from France to Ireland.  His ship was in familiar waters when a fog rolled in. As the fog lifted, the ship appeared to be dangerously close to some rocks, so they anchored in three fathoms of water to get their bearings, whereupon four crew members rowed ashore to visit Hy Brasil They spent the day on the island and returned to the ship with gold and silver, claiming an old man who lived on the island had given it to them as a gift.

Upon return to Ireland, Nisbet reported that the island was inhabited by large black rabbits and a magician who lived alone in a stone castle whereupon a second ship, under the command of Alexander Johnson, sailed to Hy Brasil and returned to port stating they had also found the island, confirming the reports from the Nesbit experience.

In 1872, author T.J. Westropp and several friends claimed to have seen the island appear, then disappear.

According to local legend, Hy Brasil is shrouded in fog and the mist lifts for only one day every seven years. It is believed to be occupied by a highly advanced civilization of priests and monks.

In February of 2012, A private pilot named Niger Gosseur filed a report that there was a huge blanket of fog over the ocean off the western side of Ireland. As he flew over the area, his flight instruments became eratic for a period of three minutes. When he looked below, he observed a green land mass, where there should not be a land mass. The fog then engulfed the land mass as he continued toward Ireland. He believes he saw the island of Hy Brasil.

There were a total of seven global map coordinates deciphered within the binary coded message that Penniston had recorded -- the other six coordinates pinpoint a location in South America, a location in China, an island in Greece, an ancient city in Central America, Giza in Egypt and Sedona, Arizona.

All six of these additional locations are considered by many to be global grid energy vortexes -- perhaps Hy Brasil is also a global grid energy vortex.

Perhaps it may be a key to the lost island of Atlantis or perhaps it is some sort of base for extraterrestrial activity or perhaps it's simply a mysterious island that appears one day every seven years.

Or perhaps all of the above.

Very mysterious, indeed.

Quote for the Day -- “Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form itself on the edge of consciousness.” Raymond Chandler (THE BIG SLEEP)

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and occasionally disappears in a thick fog even when no fog is present.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Last Navajo Code Talker

On June 4, 2014, Chester Nez passed on to the Great Beyond at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age 93. He was the last remaining of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers.

He had been recruited as a teenager in 1942 by the U.S. Marine Corps and assigned to the 382nd Platoon at Camp Pendleton on the southern California coast during World War II.

The U.S. Military chose Native American Navajo as a "code" language because it was determined that the Navajo language had a certain syntax quality that was almost impossible for a non-Navajo to learn and it also has no written form.

Nez and other Code Talkers were shipped out to Guadalcanal in 1942. They worked in teams of two -- one Code Talker relaying the messages and receiving the messages, while the other Code Talker would listen for errors as he was turning the crank on the portable radio. The Japanese enemy was unable to break the code of transmitted messages to and from the field,

"That was my first combat experience, and there was a lot of suffering and a lot of the condition was real bad out there," Nez told Larry King on CNN in 2002 while promoting his book titled "Code Talker."

The Code Talkers were forbidden to tell anyone about their mission, including family and fellow Marines. At first, their Marine comrades didn't know what the specialized Navajo Indians were doing, but that changed over time when the importance of their task became apparent.

Later, Nez also saw action in Peleliu and Guam.

Nez wrote in his book, "When bombs dropped, generally we Code Talkers couldn't curl up in a shelter. We were almost always needed to transmit information, to ask for supplies and ammunition, and to communicate strategies."

Even though the Japanese could not break the code, they were able to pinpoint the position of the transmission, causing Code Talkers to be on the move to avoid Japanese fire.

The Navajo Code Talkers were one of the most important military secrets of World War II.

Nez was discharged in 1945, but later volunteered to fight in the Korean War.

In 2001, the original 29 Code Talkers were awarded the Congressional Gold Metal by President George W. Bush

I'm writing this piece on June 15, 2014 -- Father's Day.

My father was drafted during World War II. He became an officer and flight instructor at the U.S. Army Air Force Base in Blytheville, Arkansas, where I was born. After the war, my parents moved back to their hometown of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Weston K. Burquest passed on to the Great Beyond on December 8, 2011, at age 92.

Happy Father's Day -- Rest in Peace

Quote for the Day -- "The recognition of the Code Talkers came late, but it has been good for my Navajo people." Chester Nez

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and occasionally talks to trees.