Hurricane of Bullshit


What’s up people? As always it’s been a minute. I hope this post finds you in good health.

Racism
You know where I’m going today. I try not to be political. Actually, I wouldn’t consider it political..more like a candid observation. Unless you are fortunate and have amnesia or a tumor, you know all about Donald Trump. If you’re a fan, you should probably stop here and get a taco instead. I am not. Never have been. I am from NY. We know him well. If you don’t know anything about his background there, just google the Central Park 5. I have been in a state of total disbelief and angst since the election. Now before you mentally label me, just know that I don’t subscribe to any political party. Political parties suck. I don’t wear labels. I prefer to base my opinions on facts and my own interpretation of them. If you disagree with me, that’s cool. You’re entitled to your wrong opinion. LOL. Seriously though, people immediately get defensive if you identify with a political party they don’t like. Shit’s gotten to the point of religious fervor. People are so brainwashed by propaganda that they can’t think straight anymore. I feel like I’m in some kind of science fiction movie. Regardless of platform, I can’t believe people voted for that clown. My shoe has more sense than he does. Dude is literally the equivalent of a crooked used car salesman with access to the nuclear codes. Scary shit if you ask me. This guy has given motivation to some very fucked up people in our society. Those Nazi bastards are feeling pretty empowered as of late. They’ll still get their asses kicked but nonetheless you don’t want to encourage their brand of hate. I don’t get how you can hate someone you’ve never met that has done nothing to you and treat them fucked up simply because they were birthed on a different spot on this ball of mud or have a different shade of skin. We all know that’s really just low self-esteem showing its ugly head. You can’t give these people any light. They need to stay in the dark..silenced. Stupid only breeds stupid. We’ve been through this before. The end result will be the same.

Houston
Seeing some of the stories out of Houston remind me of how much we take for granted. When you go through your day to day rituals of life, the last thing you think of is what to do if it all came crashing down. I’m sure that so many people have been traumatized by this disaster and are lost as to what to do next. It annoys me to see the politicians looking to score points on the misery of others instead of helping their situation. I’m seeing reports that some are proposing tying disaster aid to Texas to the debt ceiling legislation. It boggles the mind that one could be so callous and indifferent to those poor people who have already suffered enough.
To add insult to insult, you have Joel Osteen, vulture of the religious, not offering people a place to take shelter in that big ass money trap called a church. After the outrage started making headlines, he gets on TV with that shit eating grin and plays victim. The slick bastard appeared in front of a green screen to make it look like he was on site. What gets me is that even though he’s been exposed, after this dies down people will be flocking to him emptying out their life savings. Not to go on another rant but religion is bullshit. Why would a deity that created the entire universe with a thought need you to donate money? What the fuck does a god need money for? The church fosters guilt in its followers just so that it can take advantage of their need for absolution. It is nothing more than manipulation, just like politics.

As we here in the US focus on the disaster in Houston, there are so many other people around the world that are suffering from floods. The effects of climate change are becoming more and more devastating. Big oil is going to make sure that people are mislead and kept in the dark as to their role in the massive loss of life across this planet.

It will only be a matter of time before the lie has nowhere to hide..

A Share
I don’t have any musical offerings today but I have a couple of short videos I put together that I posted on my Instagram feed (@THP_PIX) and hosted on Vimeo

This is a tribute to my dear friend Lira aka Lola the Showgirl. She recently decided to drop from Twitter and IG. Whatever reasons, she is missed and I hope her journey is fruitful:

 

Lira from The Hargett Project on Vimeo.

This is a tribute to Nigerian model Uche Mba. I wanted to do soomething to celebrate women of color that do not get the mainstream exposure they deserve

Uche from The Hargett Project on Vimeo.

In that same spirit, another celebration of beauty

Beauty Is In The I from The Hargett Project on Vimeo.

 

Grinching


Lol. Sometimes I crack myself up. Especially after a couple of drinks. Anywho, It’s that magical day of the year, Friday. A lot of people are celebrating Christmas, for me it’s a chance to relax.

My house is always cold. In the summer, it’s hard for me to tell how warm it is outside because it stays so cold in here. Right now it’s 75 degrees in here and it’s freaking December. What concerns me about global warming is that it may be worse than we realize. The reason for that is because of the Climate Agreement recently signed by 195 countries. Since when have you known that many countries to cooperate on something? Yeah exactly. We have reached a fork in the road of our destiny. All it takes is for people to have the courage to trust the facts and act.

This has been a very mind blowing few weeks for me processing all of the scientific achievements that have been made recently. There’s been a lot of media concerning the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Einstein is one of my heroes. When I think of him sitting in a room putting together the ideas that lead to a new understanding of gravity in his head, that just does me. I don’t live too far from his house in Princeton. I go there sometimes. It feels weird. It’s hard to imagine such a person existed.

Also I finally wrapped my head around the concepts of electromagnetism. That gave me issues for a long time. I couldn’t grasp the relationship between a field and a particle. I get it now and it kinda gives me goosebumps to think that all of reality is nothing more than intersecting fields.

So, Grinching..I define that as being hateful on Christmas and trying to destroy the mood. I’m an atheist but I get the concept and how people feel about it. The thing is, everybody does it. People that celebrate have a love hate relationship with Christmas. It’s weird in another way from my perspective as to how people do things that they feel are ridiculous but do them anyway. It’s really fascinating. It’s like a real life version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

 

 

Perspectives..


It’s 10:23pm, Wednesday Dec, 23rd…It’s 66 degrees out. The slow boil is on.

The weather is getting more and more extreme. It’s hard to imagine why people deny climate change, but then again I live in a country where they burned people at the stake.

My mind is blown at the moment. 2 physicists were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for measuring the oscillation of neutrinos and proving they have mass. To understand why, you have to consider the size of a neutrino. It is estimated that 3 of them would equal one millionth the mass of an electron. We are talking a particle that is ridiculously smaller than a part of an atom. How the fuck do you measure something that small? Deep.

 

I have a couple of things to share..one is a slideshow..it’s not a big deal. I’m just testing a few options for video since I stopped paying for hosting here. It’s too expensive, plus with all the options there are for cloud storage, audio and video sites, it doesn’t really make sense.

Below that is some more stuff that I’m working on. I reposted an earlier track because I made some changes and cleaned up the levels. I hope you enjoy!

 

 

Many levels


Okay so now that I am officially in bed, I will update you on a few things that have been going through my mind.
I’ve had this curiosity about life, what it means, where we came from, etc. etc. so I have this real deep fascination with astronomy and physics. I have for long time been trying to wrap my head around quantum mechanics. I couldn’t understand how things could be so different on that level. None of it made sense to me and it was always very difficult for me to understand why it didn’t make sense. I saw this discussion may be a month ago, with Neil Degrasse Tyson and a few other guests. He explained something that was a revelation to me. What was even more shocking about being able to grasp the concept of what he was saying was how he made it seem so simple. Suddenly everything changed. The problem that people generally have when it comes to understanding how things work on the subatomic level, is that things don’t behave according to common sense. The question you must ask yourself is what is common sense? Common sense is a preconception that each of us has about reality based on our experience on this level. When I refer to level, I am referring to the macroscopic world. The world of the familiar. We evolved from creatures that needed to be able to understand what was going on in their immediate environment rather quickly to survive. So as a species, we tend to make rapid conclusions based on input. Over time that becomes what we call instinct. It is effectively the basic common denominator of our understanding. We know that when we pour water out of a glass it will flow. This becomes the expected behavior that we share. Anything that deviates from these learned behaviors is considered unusual. Things behave differently on the subatomic level. We cannot process it using the references we have in our mind based on our experiences. This is a simple reason why it’s difficult for us to come to terms with how things are so different.
The same applies on the what I will call super macro level. This is the level of the universe itself. We are so insignificant in size compared to the universe one could argue that we don’t even exist. So basically our understanding of reality depends on our size. Imagine the world from the point of view of an ant. So that was my revelation and I’m very comfortable with that explanation. It’s made me see things in a completely different light.

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Catching up


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Chillax

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything of substance.  I’m on the second week of my two week vacation.  It takes at least seven days two relax for me.  So the first week I spent practically doing much of nothing.  I did my lawn, which by the way needs to be done again, and I attempted to clean my house.  I have a few things that I want to do this coming week, but I’m going to play it by ear.  The key to a vacation is to relax.  Most people, including myself at one time, plan vacations and have all of these activities that they want to accomplish.  There’s nothing wrong with that except you don’t get the rest that you should if you’re always worried about an itinerary.  That stress will counteract any relaxation that you have in mind.  My job is extremely stressful. The people that work with are challenging to say the least and I have a lot going on in my personal life that is fucking with my mind.  So I have one objective, unwind.

Christian Mingle Swindle

I thought that I would take the opportunity to discuss random things that have been going through my head over the past few days. I was just watching this commercial on television for the website Christian Mingle.  What a con.  I feel this way for two reasons, the exploitation of people using a web site to make money on their loneliness, and the façade of some spiritual connection.  I have always been one to challenge religious beliefs and customs. A lot of it doesn’t make sense.  Why are there so many religions?  How could they all be right?  Why would a god that wanted people to believe in him be so elusive?  Why is there evil in the world?  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why don’t I see in the types of things that occurred in the bible today?  Why can’t anyone prove any of the stuff that is described in the bible?  It would seem to me logically if I were a supreme being and I wanted people to worship me, I would show myself and make it known that I was in control. Even more so, why wouldn’t I just make people behave and save myself some grief?  These are questions that most of us have asked at one time or another but only some will openly admit it.  To me it’s logical to ask those questions.   I have come to a conclusion that religion is a man manufactured form of control.  So putting that on the side let’s look at the larger question,  whether or not there is a supreme being.  When you look at the universe in its complexity and vastness, it’s hard to imagine that the Supreme Being would create all of that for the purpose of putting us here. It would be the equivalent of creating the entire solar system to support an atom.  We are insignificant. It is our own arrogance that places us in a position of relevance. This view is the core of most religious beliefs.  The bible states that god created man in his image.  I believe the reverse is true.  We created the idea of god to fill the need to have an explanation for a universe that we do not understand.  When you look at the amount of knowledge that was available at the time when these scriptures were written, you understand that these people didn’t know much of anything.  Imagine being in a position of religious authority and having the responsibility of explaining the creation of everything. That is a heavy burden.  So they took a little poetic license and came up with what they thought was a bullet proof plan, tell everyone that these ideas are from the creator himself and to question them will lead to horrible things. In essence, use fear and ignorance as a form of control. It was a beautiful plan because it still works after all this time.  So let’s put that on the side.  Does that mean that there is no conscious entity in control of things? That would depend on an understanding of consciousness. Our brains only process a small amount of the information that is part of our environment. The constructs of our thoughts are based on sensory input that is subjective. We are only aware of a small fraction of what is happening at any given moment so our understanding of reality is incomplete.  Here typically one would insert the idea that this proves there is a god and he or she is completely unknowable. Nice try but It doesn’t PROVE anything except the fact that there is more to learn.  I could go on further and further into this discussion but that’s essentially the gist of my point.  I don’t say these things to be insulting, rather as a summation of the facts as I understand them.  I put this disclaimer here because a lot of people have an emotional response when it comes to discussing religion so I tend to stay away from this conversation.  When emotions are involved, logic can go right out of the window.

I completely drifted off of the reason why I was disturbed by this advertisement for that web site.  The point is that religion is used as a tool to manipulate people.  This web site is all about getting your money.  The irony of the whole thing is that it is using a religious pretext with tools developed by science to get that money from you.  Part of the add even states that they are finding god’s match for you.  If god wanted you to meet someone, why would you need a web site?  Wouldn’t it just happen?  This segues into another pet peeve of mine, why does a church need money?  If the church is an instrument of the creator then one would think that it should be self-sustaining.  Why would they need a man-made creation, money, to survive? They need money because it’s all a scam.  It is a ruse to separate you from your money. They convince you that you’re doing something good and responsible, when all you are actually doing is lining someone else’s pocket.  It kind of reminds me of a line from the Star Trek movie. “The Undiscovered Country”, where Captain Kirk asked the creature that claimed to be the creator, “why does god need a space ship?”

Science!


Technology is amazing. This week I received my iPhone 4S. I was very excited to find out what Siri could do for me. The one thing that impressed me the most is the accuracy of the voice recognition. The other thing that I discovered is that I need to speak clearer when dictating. This post is done entirely using voice recognition on my iPhone. for many years I have looked for voice recognition software that was accurate enough to use. My issue is carpal tunnel syndrome. Being a systems programmer, I spend a lot of hours at the keyboard. Over the years this has caused me to have problems with my wrists. I am able to manage by using the natural keyboards, but I stopped using them when I bought my most recent keyboard, which was so hot that I could not avoid it.
I’m rather pleased with the purchase. Siri has a lot of potential. I’m impressed by its functionality even in the beta stage. The absolute coolest thing that I have done with it is to set reminders. This may not seem like much but when you think of something, having the ability to just say it and have it stored immediately, is a wonderful thing. Plus you get the flexibility of being able to have a reminder based on location. For instance, I can say remind me to get something when I am at this location. It will then mark your GPS location, and the next time you are there, it will know to remind you. You can also say, the next time I leave my house, remind me to get gas, for example. I can say, tomorrow when I am at the store, call my brother. That is fucking awesome.
As with all new technology, there have been a few glitches, but nothing that rises to the level of it being a major problem. I am impressed to say the least. And, I know you’re thinking this, I’m not an Apple fanboy. I do however really like the iPhone product. I used Windows phones for a bit maybe some three years ago or more. I started with an iPod touch to replace my MP3 player. From the moment I started using it I was completely blown away at how simple it was to use, and all of the functionality. I said to myself, imagine if this was in a phone that would be sweet. And hence that was what led me to purchase my first iPhone. I will say this to you, and it is no exaggeration, that since I bought my first iPhone I have had one in my hand constantly day and night. I sleep with them I wake up with them. I use them for practically everything I do during the course of a day. I use it for remote-control, reminder, media player, camera. You name it, it does it all for me.
Now I understand that there are people who support using android phones, and good for them. This isn’t about hyping one choice over another. It just works for me and I’m very happy. The two main reasons why I prefer using an iPhone are security, and ease-of-use. Well, make that three, they have a very huge app selection. The apps have extended my creativity to a point that I never thought possible in a handheld device. Which leads me to my next purchase, and iPad. Again, since I purchased it, I have not put it down. I can’t think of any other piece of technology I purchased I can say that about.
Okay so, moving along, one of the other things I wanted to share with you is the fact that I have been using Soundcloud for about a month to distribute my music. As of this post I have over 500 listens on my songs. I used to Reverbnation website for about a year now and I have about 700 listens. So in just about a month I have almost equaled the same amount of traffic that I have on the Reverbnation site in one year. I attribute that to the fact that, one, the website is iPhone friendly. Two, you are able to target your tracks to groups of people that are interested in that particular genre. This is excellent for me because of the variation of music that I create for several genres. So all in all I am very happy with the results that I have accomplished within the past month. I am able to expand my creativity to new levels and I am also able to share these things with you much quicker and easier.
Science is a beautiful thing.