Holistic Health & Healing

Welcome to the last home holistic health reference guide you’ll ever need to buy. “The Home Reference to Holistic Health & Healing” by Brigitte Mars and Chrystle Fielder could have easily without exaggeration been called “The ULTIMATE Home Reference to Holistic Health & Healing”. Mars and Fiedler not only put together a reference manual, but also a guide to living a healthier life. Honestly I’m not sure why you’re still reading, you should already be buying the book. However if you’re still hanging around I might as well tell you a little more about “Holistic Health & Healing”.

When I was first contacted about this book I assumed this was going to basically be a big dictionary, or encyclopedia, whichever reference manual better suits the subject matter. Color me surprised when “Holistic Health & Healing” showed up and I found that instead of a dry list based book Mars and Fielder divide the book into conditions that can affect your ability to be happy and holistic ways to treat yourself for those conditions.

For instance the first one is stress. They start out talking about stress in general and how your body reacts to it. Next, nourish your body with nutrients including foods to eat and avoid. That’s followed up with herbal stress relief which mentions things such as chamomile “being a gentle relaxant that tones the nervous system”. They discuss adrenal health which can suffer from chronic stress. Then there is aromatherapy, homeopathy, deep breathing, meditation, yoga, the Relaxation Response, “The Power of Now”, gardening, walking, a slow hobby, journaling, massage, reflexology, acupressure, and 43 other tips. I assume now you see why I call it ultimate! And it’s like that for easing anxiety, enhancing mood, resting easy, boosting brain power, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing energy, improving immunity, reducing chronic pain, recovering from grief and trauma, and cultivating joy and happiness.

Of course I like the scads of information the authors provide. I also appreciate any holistic health guide that encourages the reader to seek professional medical attention for many symptoms. Author Brigitte Mars also wrote the book “Rawsome: Maximizing Health, Energy, and Culinary Delight with the Raw Food Diet”, so when it comes to dietary issues “Holistic Health & Healing” recommends a raw foods diet. Personally, if I was going to take that kind of dietary shift, I would talk to a professional nutritionist or my doctor first. Just saying. I also want to remind readers to take care when sourcing supplements. It wasn’t that long ago that we learned many herbal supplements were filled with fake ingredients.

“The Home Reference to Holistic Health & Healing” by Brigitte Mars and Chrystle Fiedler is a powerful manual. Make it your first, and last holistic health book purchase today.

The $10,000 Martini?

I’m not the kind of television viewer that goes out actively seeking shows with titles such as the “World’s Most Expensivest (insert whatever here)”. That’s not to say I haven’t watched shows or read articles about stupidly expensive food, drinks, travel locations, etc. Well, I became aware of a web series that GQ Magazine is doing and their first feature is a must see.

The series is “Most Expensivest Shit” with your host the rapper 2 Chainz. It’s already in its second season! The first episode of season two features 2 Chainz and his buddy Big Sean trying out a $10,000 vodka martini.

The video is only 4 ½ minutes long. You really just need to check this out.

I love how 2 Chainz keeps looking at the camera with a face that says, get out of here, is this for real? He’s hosting the show, and it’s like he’s wondering if he’s being pranked.

Seriously people?

Also, do any of us really think those diamonds are imbuing any flavor to that vodka? I vote no. It is the bar world’s costliest gimmick. Fellas, you want to dazzle a lady, spend that $10,000 on actual, physical, jewelry that she can wear immediately. Not a vodka martini that has a diamond that you’ll need to pay to get set into jewelry at a later date.

With all of that out of the way, I enjoyed “Most Expensivest Shit”. The follow up episode where 2 Chainz checked out a store that specializes in rare and expensive sneakers was a good time too. You can watch it here.

The Seen and Unseen Dimensions of Time

By Carisia H. Switala, MTS

I assume most people are aware of the recent “Voice of an Angel” story reported on the news about an 18-month old girl who was found alive in an overturned car 14 hours after it crashed in a Utah river. The four police officers who rescued the little girl said they heard a woman’s voice calling out for help. However, the girl’s mother died in the crash and there were no other people in the car. The officers really believe something otherworldly took place. Perhaps this story is a good example of the temporal and eternal dimensions of time merging together allowing the mother to call for help from the unseen dimension.

After years of research, I came to the realization that time is an elusive concept. Most individuals believe that looking at their watch and hurrying to get to work on time is the extent to which this concept is relevant. However, in my opinion, time is so much more than a measurement of sequential events. For many years, philosophers and scientists have been trying to explain time. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, believed that time is the measurement of change. Whereas Sir Isaac Newton, an influential seventeenth century English physicist and natural philosopher, believed that space was a static container and time was an absolute flow. Newton hypothesized that absolute time exists independently of any observer and moves forward at a steady pace throughout the universe. He also thought that humans perceive ordinary time as a measurement of objects in motion like the sun.

Saint Augustine, an early Christian theologian and philosopher, believed that time was only in the mind and a human invention that cannot be applied to the universe or to God. Augustine’s view was that God existed in a timeless void. However, as the human mind evolved into a thinking machine that applies science to philosophical questions, the idea of relativity introduced the opinion that time is a physical dimension governed by physical laws. This opened up a more expansive view of the world and the universe.

I believe that the ancient idea of eternity, endless time, is a very profound and complex aspect of the subject. What seems like the passage of time in a changing world is but an illusion in a three-dimensional space.

It is difficult for humans to visualize space. The standard human experience of space can be described in terms of three dimensions: width, depth, and height. Once the fourth dimension of time is added to the equation, parallel dimensions and universes become a clearer possibility in a space-time continuum. This advancement in thought and knowledge reveals the endless nature of time and the continuation of life, defusing the idea of a timeless void. It is a perspective that views eternity as endless time, not the absence of time as Saint Augustine suggested.

We measure the passage of time in seconds, minutes, hours, and years, but this doesn’t mean that time flows at a constant rate. Just as the water in a river rushes or slows depending on the size of the channel, time flows at different rates in different places. Einstein believed that the past, present, and future all exist simultaneously. In other words, time is relative. So relativity makes it possible, with the proper technology, such as a very fast spaceship, for one person to experience several days while another person simultaneously experiences only a few hours or minutes.

After I delved into scientific theory, I discovered that the idea of parallel universes in quantum mechanics suggests that all possible quantum events can occur in mutually exclusive histories. These alternate, or parallel, histories would form a branching tree, symbolizing all possible outcomes of any interaction. If all possibilities exist, any paradoxes could be explained by having the paradoxical events happening in different universes. This concept leads to the conclusion that time travel is possible, and a time traveler should certainly end up in a different history than the one he or she started from. Hence, relativity and ancient notions of time variation and parallel universes are very similar.

My research into philosophy, theology and science inspired me to merge scientific and religious views about time into one reality of infinite time. The Bible contains many time-centered passages and reveals eternity to humanity. Science is also on the verge of discovering the possibility of opening up the fourth dimension of time in order to make breakthroughs in time travel. When these two disciplines work together, who knows what incredible insights into the seen and unseen dimensions of the universe will be revealed. The result will most likely be humanity’s inspiration to attain absolute knowledge of the mysteries of eternity.

The new paradigm of time I discerned is endless time. It encompasses the eternal dimension of the universe that allows for infinite life. This dimension contains the unending transformations of nonstop creation. And life doesn’t have to start in the temporal world in order to be infinite because life is eternal and therefore has no starting point. The illusions of the third dimension emanate from a static view of space and time where objects exist and events take place in a linear sequence. Perhaps one day the next brilliant scientist will be able to mathematically prove the existence of eternity.

About Carisia Switala, MTS:
The idea for Carisia Switala’s book “Eternity’s Secret: What the Bible & Science Have to Say About Time” was conceived of several years ago while she was a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School (of which she is holds a Master’s of Theological Studies from). After a strange experience following her mother’s passing-away, Switala finally reached a point where she decided to write a book focusing on the insights and knowledge she had acquired from her scholarly pursuits. She lives with her husband, Lekan Obadeyi, near Washington, D.C. To learn more visit: http://www.carisiaswitala.com/

The Three Magi Reunited

Something pretty special is happening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC right now. For the first time in more than 130 years three paintings of the Magi, or the wise men, by Peter Paul Rubens are reunited for the public. These paintings remained together in the city of Antwerp until around 1876, after which they made their way to Paris where they were sold separately in 1881. They now reside in three different museums: the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Museo de Arte de Ponce near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The National Gallery’s painting was given to the Gallery in 1943 as part of the Chester Dale Collection and it was stipulated that it cannot travel by the bequest. That means, who knows when the Magi will be reunited again!

However, it’s not just the once-in-a-lifetime-ness of the exhibition that makes it noteworthy in my mind, it’s the story of the art itself. (Before you think I’m some art history bad ass, the National Gallery passed this awesome info onto me.) This is also about the relationship between the artist and Balthasar Moretus the Elder, head of Plantin Press, the largest publishing house in 16th and 17th century Europe.

by Peter Paul Rubens

Balthasar, a close childhood friend of Rubens, commissioned the paintings around 1618. Balthasar and his two brothers were named after the Three Magi (Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar), so these paintings had a special personal meaning for both the artist and the patron. Earl Powell III, director of the National Gallery of Art says, “At the time, the Adoration of the Magi was a common subject in art, but these intimate paintings take the kings out of their usual narrative setting. Rubens conjured them as tangible flesh and blood believers.”

Peter Paul Rubens: The Three Magi Reunited is in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC until July 5, 2015. http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/2015/rubens-the-three-magi.html

Geek Month in Review: April 2015

by JB Sanders

Spring flowers!

World’s Largest Airship Nearly Ready for the Skies
The airship is set to return to the skies (with helium!), now in an industrial capacity.

Fiction to Invention: Timeline
Great infographic on the time it took for something that appeared in science fiction to turn into fact.

All the Best Supervillains Have Them
Elon Musk made a twitter post that seems especially appropriate.

Chinese Farmer Builds Transformer Figures
Doesn’t sound all that exciting, does it? Did I mention that these “figures” are life-sized (as in 20-feet tall)? And made out of car parts? They look pretty awesome.

I Think There’s a Movie In This
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking to find people to live in an abandoned mining town that has a reputation for being haunted. You should totally do it! All the cool kids are. And I’m certain that nothing would ever go wrong with living in a haunted ghost town. Definitely.

Wanna Buy a Village?
Speaking of abandoned properties, there’s a little village in Connecticut — all 64 acres of it — that is up for sale again. It was a mill town, then the mill burned, then it was a Victorian recreation village, and then it was planned to be a created community.

The Invisible Infrastructure
Really fascinating visualization of all the airplanes going into and out of the UK airspace in the course of a day.

Ancient Computer Festival
Marvel at the vacuum tubes! Wonder at the giant cabinets! See the original iMac doorstop. All this and more at the Vintage Computer Festival East.

Chernobyl Fox Makes Sandwich
Yup, we got us some mutants. No doubt.
Note: auto-playing vide

GM Futureliner — the Car of the Future, In the 1950’s
They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore — because they NEVER made them like this. A vehicle both huge and odd-looking, it does have the whiff of a 1950’s future. They were put together by General Motors as traveling exhibits to showcase GM tech. And they are monstrously big: 33 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 11’ 2” high.

The Internet of Cows
Researchers in San Francisco are attaching special pedometers to cows. They’ll track all sorts of data about them to help dairy farmers with their herds.

About John:
John’s a geek from way back. He’s been floating between various computer-related jobs for years, until he settled into doing tech support in higher ed. Now he rules the Macs on campus with an iron hand (really, it’s on his desk).

Geek Credentials:
RPG: Blue box D&D, lead minis, been to GenCon in Milwaukee.
Computer: TRS-80 Color Computer, Amiga 1000, UNIX system w/reel-to-reel backup tape
Card games: bought Magic cards at GenCon in 1993
Science: Met Phil Plait, got time on a mainframe for astronomy project in 1983
His Blog:http://www.glenandtyler.com/

Geek Month in Review: March 2015

by JB Sanders

Snow, snow go away…

Jurassic Park Computer System
So, there’s this website out there that simulates the computer control system in the original Jurassic Park movie. Give it a whirl.

Low-Tech Old-School Secret Drawers
Lovely antique small writing desk, with a TON of secret drawers and hidden compartments.

Oldest Surviving Movie Footage of New York City, Annotated
Great video showing what appears to be the oldest movie footage of New York City, from May of 1896. Annotations show a map of the current NYC on the left. Pop-up highlights over the video call out landmarks and other points of interest. There’s movie footage from 1896 to 1906, going backwards in time from newest to oldest. Fascinating stuff.

Geek Makes Secret Door Into His Home Theater
But that’s not the best part — the awesome thing is that it’s a secret door, modeled on the secret back entrance in Moria. Yes, that Moria — as in, Mines of Moria, Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, etc. It even — oh, but I won’t spoil it. Suffice to say it has features.

That’s Not a Table! It’s a Machine!
Watch this crazy complex table go from a small size to a larger size simply by turning. It’s based on an 1835 patent.

Easily Build a Hidden Safe
Ok, it hasn’t got a TON of room, but it’s got the nice benefit of being difficult to spot. Plus who doesn’t like hidden drawer-type-things that you can do yourself for $3?

Zombie Infection Simulation
Watch as zombies spread out from the point of infection, in hour-by-hour time, until they engulf the US. You can even slider-bar the parameters to make zombies faster or slower, and more or less infectious. Science!

Comic Book Cartography
Some 4-color plates of famous geography from yesteryear. Browse the contents of the Bat Cave, or the hidden secrets of the Baxter Building.

About John:
John’s a geek from way back. He’s been floating between various computer-related jobs for years, until he settled into doing tech support in higher ed. Now he rules the Macs on campus with an iron hand (really, it’s on his desk).

Geek Credentials:
RPG: Blue box D&D, lead minis, been to GenCon in Milwaukee.
Computer: TRS-80 Color Computer, Amiga 1000, UNIX system w/reel-to-reel backup tape
Card games: bought Magic cards at GenCon in 1993
Science: Met Phil Plait, got time on a mainframe for astronomy project in 1983
His Blog:http://www.glenandtyler.com/

Be a Good in the World

Let’s face it, the world is kind of in chaos: famine, disease, wars, drought, poverty, racism, sexism, and other bad things that end with ism. It’s enough to make even the most active and organized among us throw their hands up in the air and say, “It’s too much!” You know why we say that? Because it is. However what if each of us took the time to do small things daily to make your life or the lives of other better? That’s the premise of “Be a Good in the World: 365 Days of Good Deeds, Inspired Ideas and Acts of Kindness” by Brenda Knight.

The title pretty much spells it out, contained within are 365 neat ideas to help make the world a better place. On November 16, you can learn to say “thank you” in a bunch of different languages so you can always show gratitude. January 27 you’re introduced to oceana.org in case you want to adopt an animal. For July 12 you’re encouraged to grow your own garden. Why not give it a try? Tomorrow, May 12th, you’re told to “Ask ‘How Are You?’ and Mean It!”

Ask someone how their day is going and start a conversation. Sometimes people want to talk more than they let on and your interest will show them you care. One day, you’ll get the chance to tell some kind-hearted person exactly how you are. Your answer to that question might not always be pretty, but it will feel wonderful to be heard.

It’s wonderful to be reminded that even a small act of kindness can make a difference in the world. And if we all try to do better, even if it is in small ways, maybe things won’t have to be so bad. That’s how Knight’s “Be a Good in the World” inspires.

And for my first Brenda Knight inspired act of good, I’m giving away a copy of her wonderful book “Be a Good in the World”!

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Contest ends 05/15/2015 at 12am Eastern.