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Eastern Wisdom

March 30th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

A LinkedIn friend (Richard Gere – lol … just kidding) just sent me this and I felt compelled to throw this up on our blog. Even dalailamaif you are an out and out atheist, you must admit that the wisdom from the east rings of truth; indeed Sam Harris, one of the so – called “four horsemen of the apocalypse” has publically stated that he has spent many years studying eastern philosophy… for which he still has the utmost respect.

        “The tighter you squeeze the less you have.”

        “Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish (your) opinions.”

        “There’s no meaning to a flower unless it blooms.”

         “If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.”

         “Though the bamboo forest is dense, water flows through it freely.”

 

 

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Rain

March 30th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

Rain is a lullabyrain
Softly sung.
Fingers at piano keys
Of sponge.
Roof or window ledge
As makeshift drum.
A book in a lap
Of a drowsy one.

 
But it sings so softly
Like a harp unstrung.
Thoughts I’d gathered
Have become undone.
And it taps so gently
That I must succumb
To the sweet surrender
Of the web it spun.

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No Cage

March 23rd, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

There is no cageno cage

That’s big enough.

To spread its wings

Wide open wide.

To fly from its perch

To gravelled ground.

There is no cage

To which it’s confined.

 

Upon my finger

To which it clings

To fly at will

Or will it sing?

To soar to Saturn

And its rings.

Upon my finger

Afluttering.

 

No cage too small

To wall it in.

To let it grasp

The concept of flight.

It always knew

That it could dart

Out of the realm

Of blackest night.

 

 

Within the throated

Nightingale

The song of sorrow

Won’t prevail.

To change the tune

To grander scale

It must forget

That it can fail.

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I’m Still Waiting For The News of What Happened Before The Big Bang

March 21st, 2014 by Michael Tabor

Last year we confirmed Higgs Boson (the god particle) and just last week scientists discovered gravitational waves or what they perceive as bigba1bigb2faint echoes of the immediate aftermath of The Big Bang. In Layman’s terms (I’m not an astrophysicist either) we now know precisely of what happened a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang (actually I just learned this yesterday, but it wasn’t really a bang, but rather an unfathomable expansion or inflation).

Physicists are excited beyond words with these amazing discoveries as they should be and it truly is mind – boggling that we know as much as we do, but I’m still not SATISFIED. I want to know what happened BEFORE the Big Bang.
This is what we have so far: The Big bang started out as a sub – atomic particle that was so small it’s almost impossible to even fathom the size ( so even with the most powerful microscope in the world, what one sees or actually observes is the reflected light which is wavelength in shape; the wave is approximately 10,000 times the length of the atom itself – & we’re talking smaller than an atom) . What happened next was the sub – atomic particle swelled to the size of a grapefruit and then exploded or as I stated earlier, it didn’t really explode, it just started expanding and inflating at a speed the human mind cannot possibly comprehend; some have even suggested that things were moving FASTER than the speed of light. Another blog, because you can’t go faster than the speed of light, right ? 186,000 miles per second. 671 million miles per hour….or can you?

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Do you think we’ll ever get the answer to what happened before the Big Bang ??? Will we ever be able to wrap our human minds around the concept of nothingness? What about infinity?
Incidentally, we also know that our universe is 13.9 BILLION years old. I say our universe, because now we have things like string theory, which suggests we have multiple universes (most people think we have 12 but others think the # is much higher).

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Happy Saint Yodelers Day

March 15th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

Frankly, I’m jealous. Why do the Irish get to have Saint Patrick’s Day, while I, of Austrian descent have no day to commemorate my heritage? austrian yodelerWhy, think of the possibilities.
Cute little yodelers dressed in fetching alpine outfits marching down Fifth Avenue with their accordions. A float depicting famous classical composers. Couples waltzing dreamily to Strauss. Einstein dancing in lederhosen while reciting the theory of relativity. Julie Andrews floating down with her umbrella. Ooops, wrong movie.
And then, after a long day of singing “the hills are alive” we can all sit down to a hearty dish of schnitzel and noodles with a generous helping of Mom’s delectable apple strudel. Beats corned beef and cabbage with soda bread.
Don’t you think a pretty girl dressed in her dirndl with each of her ten fingers hooked around the handle of frothy dripping beer steins is a whole lot more appealing than…..green beer??? Or….a leprechaun??? Which of the two characters produces the better gold?
Oh sure, I can always lay claim to my American status, but honestly….couldn’t they have dreamed up a handsomer figure of Uncle Sam? He’s as gaunt and gangly as Saint Nicholas on my Austrian side. In fact, I’d say they could very well be one and the same, posing as an interchangeable icon clothed in different costumes. Hmmm…….interesting observation. Where are Uncle Sam’s switches with which to thrash the naughty politicians? Or have the Irish fairies spirited them away? Always getting into the act.

So……whadayathink? As long as we’re contemplating shining a spotlight on other cultures, what about yours? Why don’t we have one big Melting Pot Day so we can be politically correct? We can fondue our favorite politicians, uh, foods.

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The Eleventh Hour – The Tragic Death Of Kitty Genovese

March 13th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

My route to work each day places me in its direct path, whizzes by most times, stops and lingers for passengers at others. kitty genoveseUsually I don’t think about it, but at moments I still do, especially when the past is once again dredged up by yet another news article. But it deserves dredging up. It must not be ignored as Kitty’s cries were 50 years ago today.
The Kew Gardens Long Island railroad station is infamous for the murder of Kitty Genovese that took place on March 13, 1964. An area long associated with my past, I am thoroughly familiar with the surrounding fabric of the neighborhood, with the nightmare now interwoven into an underlying muted shade of gray. I remember when it happened. I was still quite young and yet it made an indelible impression, carried into the years afterward hanging out with friends. The whisperings of “It was right here……..on that spot” still induces tingles on the nerves of my scalp whenever I think of it. The back alley, somewhat secluded then, now inhabits an inviting Irish coffee shop and cozy pub frequented by many. What happened then seems the stuff of myth or legend.
I won’t repeat the details of the event. There are numerous articles to be found that were written at the time and continue to surface today. In essence, Kitty Genovese was murdered this day at 3:15 am upon returning home from her job as manager at (ironically) Ev’s Eleventh Hour Sports Bar. She was 29 years old.
Kitty parked her car in the railroad station parking lot and began the short walk home to an apartment she shared with a friend. She never made it. She was stabbed twice and stumbled into the back entrance of her building which was locked. Her screams for help were largely ignored by at least a dozen people. The attacker fled only to return and trace her steps to finish what he had begun. Unspeakable acts, random, inhuman, and so very very senseless.
Only one neighbor whose name bears mentioning, Sophia Farrar, bravely stepped forward and held the dying woman in her arms until the ambulance that was finally summoned came to her aid. Kitty died enroute to the hospital. It was 4:15. This horrific sequence of events took place within the hour.
Chilling testimonies from those who heard or witnessed portions of the attack but failed to respond prompted psychological research on the “bystander effect” and Kitty’s case has become a textbook classic used in social psychology. It also sparked the 911 system and enacted “Good Samaritan” laws for the legal protection of people who assist those in trouble.
It’s interesting to note that 10 years after Kitty’s demise, 25 year old Sandra Zahler was beaten to death on Christmas morning in an apartment overlooking the Genovese crime scene. Again, neighbors who heard the sreams did nothing. One might ask “Who was Kitty Genovese?” A better one to ask would be “Who are we?”

So……………..whadayathink? Have we learned anything as a society about getting involved in a cry for help? Where’s the compassion? All they had to do was pick up the phone.

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“What A Drag It is Getting Old”

March 10th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

Oops, I’m slower, older, and certainly not as quick – witted, hence, I actually got the song title wrong, it’s actually “Mother’s mid - lifemid-life2Little Helper” by the Rolling Stones. What’s so weird is that the “helper” is valium i.e. it is among the benzodiazepine family such as Klonopine, Librium, Xanax, etc. which doesn’t give you a boost at all, it just makes you tired and want to sleep for eternity – lol.

I’m blogging about this now because though I’m not ‘90’ (I’m 50 – btw, unlike ‘40’ there is nothing redeeming about turning ‘50’ – it s**ks !!!) Right now my my back is killing me, I’m tired, and I looked at the mirror just now and it looks like I’ve been hit by a truck.

Oh well, I now know that none of my grandiose dreams of writing the next great novel, or doing anything remotely important (Is anything really important when you look at the big picture and observe the cosmos ???) are over & that’s that !!! I know this is a snarky remark, but 99.9% of the people living right now will be dead and gone forever before we reach the next century. The good news is that I am not afraid of the inevitable end and I’ve realized that the only, truly important thing is to really appreciate EVERY single day right NOW !!! Being in the near – twilight of my life I’ve also learned to appreciate and love my loved ones (and cats) more than ever.
So Whadayathink ? What do you think ? I don’t want this to be a depressing blog, because, quite frankly, I’m not sure I’ve ever been happier in my life (who wants to live forever – uggghh!!!)

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Man Versus Machine

March 8th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

This argument has been around and has been the stuff of Science Fiction for as long as I’ve beenmanmachine alive and obviously for a much longer period of time than that. The truth of the matter is that until we begin to understand consciousness we have absolutely nothing to worry about in terms of machines getting so smart that they turn on us; at least in a literal way. Yes Watson, the trivia machine, beat the hell out of the smartest Jeopardy players on the planet, but Watson is not alive – has no consciousness. Watson doesn’t even know it’s a machine nor does Watson even know that it exists; Watson never even knew that it played a game of ‘Jeopardy’ against human beings.

I’ve just begun reading an incredibly compelling book called ‘The Second Machine Age’. It, as the title suggests, is about two things: 1. The industrial revolution which essentially ushered in mechanical engineering, chemistry, metallurgy, etc. but most importantly James Watt’s steam engine which we now know, looking back resulted in the biggest and fastest sustained jump in human progress and development.  It allowed us to overcome the limitations of raw human and animal muscle power and we saw the population literally double in just 100 years. Can you imagine that? So from say 6000 BCE when civilization started flourishing to 1760 (approximately 7,760 years), the population was 110 million. 100 years later in 1860 it was more than 220 million.

Now with the second machine age, 2014,  the world’s population is at an astonishing 7 Billion people. Computers and the digital age; EVERYTHING is digitized !!! So WhaDaYaThink ? Will a machine ever be cognizant of itself ? Will man versus machine ever become a reality ???

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What I’ve Learned In A Years Time

March 5th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

1) That patience is a virtue I’m anxious to acquire.what ive learned
2) That the promises made to myself can be broken but not without consequence.
3) That whatever I’m looking for still eludes me even after I think I’ve found it.
4) That there’s always tomorrow but not necessarily for me.
5) That slight changes can dramatically alter things.
6) That moving forward sometimes means shifting in reverse.
7) That I’m smarter than I was a year ago but still make the same mistakes and probably
always will.
8) That if you do a hundred good things but one thing wrong, it’ll be the one thing they
remember.
9) That a smile says more than a 500 word speech.
10) That anger is a fire that should be doused before it spreads and comes back to burn you.
11) That being kind to a fault is no fault of your own but that of the one who takes advantage.
12) That to be your own best friend is the most unselfish thing you can do for someone else.
13) That if we stop dreaming then there’s nothing to wake up for.
14) That I’ve traveled the world over but have never left the room.
15) That I’m not the same person I was a year ago but somehow still myself.

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