Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lighting Striking Sears Tower

This is a slick video I found of lighting hitting the Sears tower in Chicago.    I need to dig up a similar one I have of lighting hitting the MetLife building in New York, which I took when visiting the Church of Scientology in New York

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Sun's new Intel-Based 16-Core Server

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Dubai: Scientology Organization Technology

Skyline von Dubai
Originally uploaded by jochen.westermann.
Skipping through Flickr, I happened to come upon yet another intense photo of the Dubai skyline - something (as you can probably tell) I have been intrigued with of late. Look at the sheer number of cranes here, and you'll see why the local slogan is apparently "Dubai will be great, when it's finished."

Well, one of the things that immediately hits my mind, seeing an affluence of this nature, is to give people tools that they'd need to be able to continue this affluence into the future.

The introductory Scientology text, "Problems of Work", is one that has also been on the forefront of my thoughts since the new Scientology Basics books & lectures were release by Mr. David Miscavige in July of this year. Problems of Work, specifically, is probably the simplest book you'll ever read - yet it has page after page of just jaw-dropping simplicities that can utterly save a business or a culture.

Now, why would I bring that up when referring to an affluent town like Dubai? Dubai is certainly not the same thing as a town like Buffalo - where it itself had its peak years ago, and is now due for a new renaissance. Dubai is one where, if you don't handle the affluence right - and ensure the people have a good game to play and a purpose and a reason for being there -- can crash and burn and you can end up with all manner of crime, people moving away in droves, etc.

This is why a whirlwind of a place like Dubai could stand to make use of key principles covered in Problems of Work like Confusion and the Stable Datum and the solution for worker exhaustion (that ISN'T Red Bull!), and others.

I know from my friends at Scientology publisher Bridge Publications, that there is interest in Scientology basics already brewing in Dubai - but I just wanted to put in another plug for it.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Dubai: A Trip Through the Time Machine

A Trip Through the Time Machine
Originally uploaded by UAE style.
I've posted before on the growth in Dubai which to me is just beyond astounding. It's almost indescribable for a westerner like me, who's used to things staying somewhat the same from year to year.

This gives you an idea what 14 years worth of industrious work can accomplish. This is Sheikh Zayed Road, with the lower photo taken in 1991, and the upper one taken in 2005.

These guys are actually putting a future their for their country which is beyond just oil, which is what I find quite respectable about the whole ordeal. Now, they just need a Scientology church, as there isn't a single one right now in the whole country!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Video

This is a test of the VideoBlogging feature in Flock.  I just found this video of the Scientology Volunteer Minister campaign -- something that is also in translated languges on the Scientology VM site.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Work with Buddhist Monks

I was just browsing around and found this on YouTube on Scientology Volunteer Ministers helping in Banda Aceh.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Give your Sun Server a Squeeze

Sun Server X2100
Originally uploaded by cfq.
Ha! Just saw this one on Flickr when searching for something else. That's exactly how I felt when I first got my stack of x2200's! They've been great ever since - I love those little leaf blowers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Stuttgart - Panorama Photo

stuttgart turnout panorama
Originally uploaded by fasttyper.
I was just browsing around, looking for some nifty German photos, and found this one of Stuttgart. I have friends from the Church of Scientology in Stuttgart - and it's a place I've always wanted to go -- even if just for the Mercedes-Benz museum!

Russia "Dissolves Government" Story

art.putin.afp.gi.jpgI just saw this story about Russia's government being "dissolved" that caught my attention yet again as another ploy to attempt to create a dangerous environment where you have to be afraid for your life and "no stability is possible".  Seriously, what could be more destabilizing than your government 'being dissolved'? 

Read the article, and you'll see that the actuality of the situation is that Putin just replaced his Prime Minister.  The rest of the country still exists, we aren't reverting to communism, and you don't have to stand in line for TP again.

Some people know innately that the media loves to spread nasty news just to get you to read it, and that their stock-in-trade is chaos and confusion and terror. 

Solutions for a Dangerous EnvironmentHowever, others are more vulnerable to such, and actually get upset about things like this.  Quite a few, actually.  So, what technology is one to apply in such a case?  Best suggestion I can make would be getting a hold of the "Solutions for a Dangerous Environment" booklets from the Scientology Handbook.

From this chapter - taken from the works of L. Ron Hubbard:

" A great number of people are professional dangerous environment makers. This includes professions which require a dangerous environment for their existence such as the politician, the policeman, the newspaperman, the undertaker and others. These people sell a dangerous environment. That is their mainstay. They feel that if they did not sell people on the idea the environment is dangerous, they would promptly go broke. So it is in their interest to make the environment far more dangerous than it is."

I would recommend this technology completely as a way to make the environment less dangerous, so you can get on with life.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Auto-Detecting an XML API

I have a Scientology blog over at xeeks.com (www.xeeks.com/scientology) which I started a while back, but literally just dumped because of the fact that I couldn't figure out a way to use any of these nifty app-type clients like Flock or LiveWriter to be able to write to the blog.

It's so much easier to be able to just be surfing along and just hit one hotkey and blog about it, than it is to have to go to some website and log in and then start typing.  It stops being a natural extension of your communication cycle, and instead is something else you have to remember to do sometimes. 

Does anyone know of a way to be able to take a regular old blog like this Xeeks blog and find out how to detect its XML API? 

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Nifty Success from the new Scientology & Dianetics Basics

I saw this one in a success newsletter I got from Bridge Publications, and had to redistribute it. 

This is from someone who's trying to recount how incredible the new Basics are, and what makes them so nifty:

“I would be very hard-pressed to explain exactly ‘what it is’ that has so greatly changed for me and my study on Dianetics, Science of Survival and Self Analysis. Unquestionably there is a very positive change.

“Could it be glossaries? Certainly these are incredible — they always have the words I need to clear and always the most pertinent definitions for the specific usage. In the past this would have required looking up these words in several dictionaries. That is, if I had the inspiration and doggedness to continue digging for the right definition, rather than settling for what was ‘close enough.’ Now the glossaries give me the exact intended definition — worlds different than ‘close enough.’  [see an example of the glossary here]

“Maybe it’s the content? Certainly I’ve had experience of re-reading some LRH reference and getting more out of it. But not to this extent. There are entire major concepts that are new to me and that open up huge levels of understanding!  

“Perhaps it has something to do with the checksheet. I’ve read Science of Survival before, but from a completely different viewpoint, and not as any sort of companion to Dianetics. It is absolutely intended as such, of course. That its usefulness to other LRH technologies and life in general is not diminished in any way, but my appreciation of its original purpose has further endeared this book and LRH to me.

“Probably, it's a combination of these things that has made such a difference to my study of these materials.

“The end effect, and the most important part to me, is that where before I was more of an observer and casual participant of this technology, I feel that now I am a true student of Dianetics and Scientology. These materials and the underlying technology are truly mine as they never have been before. My deepest thanks to all who were involved in allowing me to more fully experience LRH Source. I am indebted.” — J.H.

Ever since these Basics were released by Mr. David Miscavige some months ago, I've been studying them myself -- I'll try to sneak in a win or two I've been having as well into this blog, as  there's nothing to compare with this!

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