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The First Crack


My God! I feel like I’m cracking out of a shell!

I have been without any measurable Internet bandwidth for the last three months. I suspected that the local Costa Rican monopoly ICE was capping the use of their so-called “unlimited” high-speed Internet access. After twice denying it, they finally admitted that; if you went over 3 GB you wouldn’t have as much bandwidth but, they still denied that it was “capping.” Go figure!

Anyway my physical location here in Costa Rica is in a “hole”, electromagnetically speaking.

I’ve been waiting to try this new outfit here in Costa Rica called Movistar. They were claiming to give 10 times the speed. Well, they do, which means I now have a remarkable 200 Kbps which is just about 10 times the 15 Kbps I was getting with cabletica. Nothing like the Meg I was used to working with, but it keeps me workable. The problems arise when you’re trying to edit a blog with a spotty, extremely low bandwidth Internet connection. Things become impossible. I couldn’t even listen to the radio without buffering; edit a website? No way!

I know this is probably going to take a while to straighten out but, it looks like I might be able to do it after all. I’ve had a lot of insights these past few months and number of things have changed in my life; some worth sharing some not. I plan to try to put up some regular posts to see what areas I would like to pursue.

My new connection with the EPGSIG and with Mark¬†Siegmund and his blog Tet-World (both on Facebook) is promising a bunch of insights from the direction of Buckminster Fuller as well as from Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game; a nice convergence with my own areas of interest.

So, excuse me while I rummage around in here; it appears rather like a musty attic and could use some heavy duty cleaning up.

Let’s see, where shall I start?

Inside

I hope you have the patience to download the [FULL ANIMATION].

If you are on a slower connection it may appear jerky until all of the images have downloaded. As long as the images are changing, they are still not completely downloaded. If you do drugs you may want to have a friend watch it first.

What we are looking at here is my initial introduction to a new form of modeling and model building. Based on Buckminster Fuller’s Synergetics, I am developing a way to model some of the more difficult images to envision in modern physics. In the future I hope to expand greatly on this model and to, perhaps, receive feedback on the concepts presented.

What you are seeing here is the Synergetic Model of what the nucleus of an atom looks like. We aren’t going to bother with “what atom?” or atomic weight just a generic proton (nucleus) and electron combination. We will produce several variations on this theme and see if any of them coincide with other scientific, philosophical, or theological views.

A Glimpse

Here is our Glass Bead Game:

In 1943 Herman Hesse published a book entitled “Der Glasperlenspiel” for which he later received the Nobel Peace Prize. In it, he envisaged a society where the best and the brightest were encouraged to become practitioners of “The Glass Bead Game”, a system of notation similar to musical notation which any practitioner could use to explain any concept. It functioned much as mathematics does for science except that mathematics has a few flaws which prevent even the most avid devotees from always attaining competency.

I first read this book about 45 years ago and it left an indelible mark on me that I didn’t even consider until I realized, after re-reading the book 25 years later, that I have been looking for this fictional Glass Bead Game for all of that time. I was born a model builder, I think. I have done it all my life and I realized that the Universe itself hasn’t been modelled in any satisfactory fashion as near as we can tell. And yet, so many of us are striving for this very understanding. Isn’t this what humankind has always done? Sought answers? In an interview I can’t recall the source of, an Ultra-orthodox rabbi was asked if he thought his religion conflicted with his work in genetic engineering. As best as I can recall his answer was something like, “If God didn’t want me to figure it out he wouldn’t have put it in front of me. He knows me.” Good answer!