Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell plays a blues tune. "K-Twist".
The Big Bang. Most people say it as if it's a given. A fact. But it's really a theory. Science, if it's good science, involves Observation and repeatability. But none of today's scientists, or you or me, were present at creation, or to observe the Big Bang. And we can't recreate it all over again, ourselves. So we don't know. We speculate on how the Universe began.
I seem to remember reading that The Big Bang Theory didn't come along until 1927.
So, what did the general public believe in, say, 1925?
Even after 1927, in the 1950's, there was astronomer Fred Hoyle and his "Steady-state Theory." I think it makes more sense. As far as The Big Bang goes, how did the "beginning ball of stuff" get here? It was always here? What caused it to explode outward? How long was it "just sitting there in space" before it finally went "bang"? The Steady-State idea can also say "all the stuff of the Universe was always here", too, and that as some things unravel or break up, other parts are "jelling", coming together and new stars, planets, solar systems, etc. are being created. To me, that seems simpler and even somewhat easier to believe.
The idea of The Big Bang is widely accepted but I think it often "wins" just because people don't bother to look for other explanations, or better one's. Question authority. What other ideas are there? Fred Hoyle's Steady State is one. Are you aware of any others? Are any of them just as believable, or more so?
#Science #Astronomy #Opinions
The Invaders. This was a 60's Sci-fi TV show. You can buy season 1 & 2 on DVD from Amazon.com
This was before the world-wide web, before cell phones and before Star Wars. It's in color.
We all like to think we are right in our opinions.
But when two people disagree, how do we decide?
Is someone a loud-mouth or are you just too quiet? What is too loud? What is too quiet?
Is someone organized or too persnickety?
If you are business-like, do you see more informal types as sloppy and bohemian slackers?
If you are informal, do you see many others as too business-like, stiff and needing to relax?
I think the problem is two things:
1. All of us are in a sense "judge and jury" on these things and we use ourselves as the guideline. Anyone who is MORE a certain way than we are, is "too much" and anyone who is LESS a certain way than we are is "slacking" and needs to get with it. We measure others against ourselves. So what to do? I think a Big Help would be to:
2. DEFINE what WE mean by: quiet, loud, sloppy, meticulous, too much, not enough, etc. Say where you draw-the-line, and why there.
But too many people don't do that. It's too easy to say someone who doesn't do it our way is wrong or weird. And we're too abrupt and impatient to make an effort to understand the other person.
It would be much better to calmly ask why they do it they way they do, and listen. If more of us did that more often, it would go a long way to a better understanding of each other. Then, it's easier to relate and communicate and we feel more comfortable around each other. And those, are always good things.
They are called: The Moai. These are mysterious large rock statues on Easter Island, west of Chile, South America.
Why were these built at all? For what purpose? Who do they represent? How were they made?
What is the meaning? For more info, see: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/easter/civilization/giants.html
If you ever make it to the North Oregon Coast, you gotta see Cannon Beach and/or Ecola State Park. Gorgeous!
#OregonCoast, #CannonBeach, #EcolaStatePark
Here it is! Your Friday-night, "I made it through the work-week" song. (Yes, there will be more).
Even a Crouton, likes to have fun. :) Turn it up! -(and Tweet or tell your friends about this Blog. - www.croutonscoolstuff.weebly.com). Enjoy!
Ever People-watch? What makes people tick?
I have, and like, this book: Life Types. You can get it from www.Amazon.com
(Copy & paste that long address into your web-browser).
We all have different personalities. Some people we really "click" with. Others, can be difficult. Our differences can make it hard to communicate. Therefore, understanding each other better is a good thing. This book, Life Types
is a good tool for that. At least it can give you more insight into why people are the way they are. No, I don't think this "has all the answers". For example: There are 16 personalities. Each one has 4 letters. Example: ISTP. (Introvert, Sensor, Thinker, Perceiver). There is a "profile" for all 16 types. And for me, that's the problem. 2 or 3 of them seem to fit me about 75%, but there's usually also 1 or 2 things that dont fit or are way-off. Still, I think this is all useful and good to know about, anyway. Insight & understanding are good things. They help us communicate better.
The Types, deal alot with our Preferences. Examples:
Are you more of an Extrovert, or Introvert? E vs. I (1st letter of the 4). Are you more Big-picture and possibilities or are you more just-the-facts and here-and-now. N vs. S (2nd letter of the 4). Do you make decisions MORE on logic and efficiency (thinker, T) or more by how everyone will feel about it (Feeler, F). Note: for all of these, it is NOT a matter of being one or the other. We all CAN do both/either. Feelers can think and Thinkers can feel. It's about Preferences and what we usually do, what we naturally gravitate towards when we can freely choose. And (last letter) are you a J or a P? Judger vs. Perceiver. The names to all these can be a little misleading. If you are a Judger, you likely are structured, like closure and schedules. If you are a Perceiver, it does not mean you perceive better, it's that, unlike the judger, you are less scheduled, "like to stay open to whatever comes next."
But strengths, if overdone, can become weaknesses. A Judger may roll up his/her sleeves and get-it-done. But others can see them as inflexible and too stiff if everything doesn't go according to plan. A Perceiver can be easy-going, less hasty in decisions and more willing to look at more data, but too much of that can result in not coming to a decision or meeting deadlines. So, it's a matter of which way do we lean to more often--and--to what degree do we do it? Again, the book is called: Life Types. A good read.
There are also websites on this. One that I liked reading was: www.personalitypage.com/html/portraits.html However, I would ignore those "words/"Names" that you see beside each of the 16 portraits. I feel these are arbitrary and subjective. i.e. who wants to be "just": the Mechanic? And wouldn't it seem really cool to be: the Visionary? I don't go by those. I'm more interested in what is said about each type in it's profile, and how that was arrived at. Also, I like the book Life Types better than websites I've looked at. My opinion.
I hope all this didn't sound "too Nerdy." I like the outdoors, too. Sometimes I like good music and a cold beer. I read quite a few things. I may or may not believe them. I like to hear opposing views. Pro and Con. Even if something isn't perfect or still-needs-some-bugs-worked-out, it can still be useful. Insight is good and curiosity keeps Life interesting.
#Psychology, #Personality, #Myers-Briggs, #16Types #Books, #MBTI
What's a Blog without OPINIONS? Keep checking back. There will be more, and yours, are welcome, too. Which leads me to: Branding.
It's all the rage these days. Everybody needs to have a "brand." Supposedly.
But, does anyone bother to ask Why? Not really. Most people hear other people say it and just follow along. I still remember, and it wasn't that long ago, when most people and businesses didn't even have a "Mission Statement." Or a "Brand."
Think about it. Suppose you have a product. Or an Image to convey. Why not simply focus on Quality, ease-of-use and a 90-day guarantee (for most things) and call it good? Whether it's a new website or tires on your car, etc. Why not simply provide the same quality and service you would want or expect from others? Simple!
I call it "Integrity." And I don't need to spend tons of money, or pay a marketing dept. to agonize over "image. " That will happen automatically (and positively) if:
1. The product is good
2. The service is good
3. The price is good
4. The reliability and smooth functionality is good.
5. The guarantee is good.
Why not just do this anyway? Standard procedure. Good word will get around just fine.
Flip Wilson. Comedian. Very popular on TV in the 1970's. He had some comedy record albums, too.
Here, he plays "Reverend Leroy and The Church of What's Happenin' Now."
Like to eat? Need good recipes? Look here:
Try some different categories. Good variety of foods.
#Cooking, #Recipes #Food
Does your house need work? Want to fix it up? This should help. Good info. See also the videos.
I like the 1st tune in this video. Nice finger-tappin' groove to it. Please check out my other posts. I welcome your comments. :)
Chances are, you have done more blogging than I have. I thought I'd give Weebly a try. Lots of people use Weebly and it looked easy to use in some youtube videos I watched. But have you used anything else? Like Wordpress? Wix.com or Jimdo? or Typepad? or Squarespace? Which was easiest to figure out and use without asking for help? Which gives you more control over fonts, sizes, colors, backgrounds and columns? Which is easiest to find other users who blog about topics you are interested in?
I would love to hear your feedback or comments. Thanks.
Like Sci-fi? This was on TV in the very early 70's. "The Immortal." It was a good show.