Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cauliflower and Potato Puree

Although a bit different from what I normally cook, It is really good.  The recipe is below, give it a try.  I'm sure you will like it!

2 cups mashed potatoes 
5-1/2 cups coarsely chopped cauliflower, about 1 small head
1/2 cup milk
6 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
3 Table Spoons of  butter
1 Teaspoon of salt

Heat potatoes; keep warm. Cook cauliflower in boiling water 7 minutes or until tender; drain.

Place milk, garlic and bay leaf in small pot; bring to simmer. Cover and cook over low heat 10 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Place cauliflower, milk (with garlic), butter and salt in processor. Puree until smooth, scraping down sides. Combine potatoes with cauliflower mixture in large bowl and stir until blended. 

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Sunday, December 05, 2010



My new group Orion just released a Mini Album You can listen to it and purchase a digital copy here ->
ラップ&ボーカルの3人からなるユニット『ORION』! POPS、HIPHOP、ELECTRO系グループとして、都内を中心に活動開始!11月27日この新ユニットORIONのNEWアルバムが早くもリリ~~~ス!!ここでお得情報。このNEWアルバムは -> で聞けてしかも即購入可能!彼らの新情報はこちらー>

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

My new favorite Japanese song is.........

闘え!サラリーマン』  ケツメイシ

頑張れ オレ!(HEY!)



We areジャパニーズサラリーマン

頑張れ オレ!(HEY!)



We areジャパニーズサラリーマン

おしぼり フレフレフレフレフレ!

ネクタイ 振り回せ!



おしぼり フレフレフレフレフレ!

ネクタイ 振り回せ!



頑張んだ あんたがやんなきゃ






報連相ならしっかりと また


何だかんだで出来ちゃって また


とっとと会社を飛び出して 外回り 出先


いい事もなけりゃやってられん だって


月1 キャバクラ 膝枕 コレが


今日の疲れは酒に流す 日本代表

サラリーマン達は 明日も闘う

頑張れ オレ!(HEY!)



We areジャパニーズサラリーマン

頑張れ オレ!(HEY!)



We areジャパニーズサラリーマン







唯一の娯楽 軽めの一杯


ほろ酔い気分で 電車に揺られ

意気揚々 御帰宅です



言える訳もなく 言い訳もなく


明日からまた 会社の為に



頑張れ オレ!(HEY!)



We areジャパニーズサラリーマン

頑張れ オレ!(HEY!)



We areジャパニーズサラリーマン

「家族と仕事 どっちが大事?」

って闘う 家族の為毎日

月から金 休日出勤


派閥 転勤 パワハラ リストラ 偽装も我慢



仕舞に可愛い同僚 部下と逃避行




ヘリでランチフライト 時の人



人生の愚痴 苦みで酒飲め

笑えない今日も明日も頑張れ オレ!!!!!

全てを今 放り出して



顔で笑って 心で泣いて

会社の為に めくるめく季節の中で

頑張れ オレ!(HEY!)



We areジャパニーズサラリーマン

頑張れ オレ!(HEY!)



We areジャパニーズサラリーマン

おしぼり フレフレフレフレフレ!

ネクタイ 振り回せ!



おしぼり フレフレフレフレフレ!

ネクタイ 振り回せ!



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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nov 27th Live at Ageha

Good Morning! Up early and headed to rehearsal for our performance on the 27th at Ageha. Still got a few tickets left so hit me up.�

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

江戸壱ラーメン - Edo Ichi Ramen

江戸壱ラーメン - Edo Ichi Ramen
A chicken and soy sauce based soup and thick noodles.  overall I give it a 80.  The soup was great, the noodles were average.  the only reason it didnt get a higher score was because of the raw bean sprouts and the 100 yen per slice fee for the char shu.
One thing that helped the score though was the Chefs politenes and you could see the joy he finds in making ramen when you look at his face.

Suginami Ward, Tokyo Address 2-3-6 Takaidohigashi
Phone: 03-3331-3166
11:30 to 20:00 hours
Closed Sunday, holidays
Seven seats in the back seat (you also eat standing at the counter)
No Smoking (no ashtray)
Inokashira Line Nearest Station "Takaido"
No parking

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Typhoons and Apple Butter - 台風とアップルバター

With a typhoon currently passing through Japan, I had some time on my hands and decided to make some apple butter.   Apple butter is basically a concentrated for of apple sauce where the sugar in the apples caramelizes and turns dark brown. It gets its name from the fact that it has a thick butter like consistency. Apple butter is pretty easy to make. You essentially just simmer some apples, sugar and spices until the the apples start to turn dark and then puree them. In addition to being easy to make the apple butter is really good.


  • 8 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup apple juice


  1. 1. Fill a pot with diced apples, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, syrup, and salt. Cover, and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and dark golden in color.
  • 2. Puree the mixture.
  • 3. portion for immediate use can be Placed in jam jar or mason jar and store in refrigerator.
  • 4. You can Pack the unused portions into small, freezer-safe containers leaving 3/4 inch space at the top. Store in the freezer.
  • Footnotes

    • You can add a dash of nutmeg if you like as well


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    Inafune leaves Capcom

    Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has left Capcom, one month after revealing his Mega Man Legends 3 Project for 3DS, six months after being promoted to Global Head of Production and 23 years after joining the company. He was also the CEO of Capcom's online games subsidiary Daletto. 

    According to his blog post announcing the departure, Inafune declared he had no more "stairs" to climb within Capcom. "It would probably be good for me to sit gracefully in this seat and become a leading figure in the industry," he wrote. "However, I cannot do this. Settling down means death for a creator. As long as you are a creator, you cannot settle down." Inafune has been particularly unsettled lately, making frequent, harsh criticisms of the Japanese game industry, and (in what seemed like a frustrated joke at the time) declaring that he hated his job.

    I think I know what happened here: It wasn't that Capcom higher-ups, uh, encouraged him out for his critical statements, or that Inafune received a more lucrative offer from one of the Western publishers he has become so fascinated with -- it's just that his Mega Man Legends 3 character design got last place.

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    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    面白話 A Funny Story











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    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    IS03 aka I must have this phone!

    Everyone knows I am a huge tech head so it is natural for me to want a smartphone. The problem is I have never been a fan of the Iphone so my only option, living in japan, have been mostly windows mobile os type phones that lacked the basic functions which make Japanese mobile phones so great.  

    It took Japan’s handset makers and carriers a while, but interest in Android is picking up steam over here. Sharp, for example, announced two Android tablets for release later this year just last week. Earlier this year, the same company presented the IS01 (full details), an Android-based smartbook distributed by Japan’s No. 2 mobile carrier, KDDI au.

    And today both companies announced [JP] the IS03, an Android-powered cell phone for next month. And the device boasts some pretty impressive (and quite unique) specs. It’s basically the first smartphone that meets the specific demands of Japan’s spoiled cell phone users.

    Here are the main specs:

    • 3.5-inch screen with 960×640 resolution capacitive touchscreen (same as the iPhone 4)
    • world’s first “combination LCD” that combines a main display and a memory LCD (which shows the time and battery life even when the main display is off)
    • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
    • 9.6MP camera with CCD sensor and auto focus
    • Android 2.1 with Flash Lite 4.0 support
    • Wi-Fi IEEE802.11b/g
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    • ports: microUSB, microSD/microSDHC (32GB max.)
    • apps for YouTube and Twitter pre-installed
    • battery life: 200 hours standby, 230 minutes talk time

    What’s interesting is that the IS03 marries smartphone features with those that have just been made available to Japan-only feature phones so far. These specific features are the main reason why a lot of Japanese iPhone users, for example, still keep using their old feature phones.

    The IS03, however, also comes with these features:

    • e-wallet function (for offline payments, for example at McDonald’s or in convenience stores)
    • digital TV tuner (supporting Japan’s mobile TV standard)
    • decoration mail function (critical especially for teenage users)
    • KDDI-specific mobile email address (KDDI users can switch to the IS03 without changing their address)
    • business card reader
    • direct access to KDDI services like online music service LISMO or the KDDI au one market (limited to feature phones so far)

    Sharp seems to have designed a real winner for the Japanese market, but the company hasn’t said yet if the IS03 will ever hit international markets, too (it’s a CDMA device, at least).

    This video (shot by DigInfoNews today in Tokyo) provides more insight (in English):


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    Wednesday, October 06, 2010

    The Mi Zong standing meditations postures

    The Mi Zong standing meditations postures from the Lotus Health Institute

    1. Earth - Wu Chi (spine)

    1. Earth - Wu Chi (spine)

    Start by doing the standing exercises for five minutes a day. After three weeks, increase this to ten minutes, three weeks later, increase to 15 minutes and 20 minutes after a further three weeks. Stand with your feet a shoulder width apart, toes pointing forward, either parallel, or turned slightly outward; unlock your knees. Let your hands hang loosely by your sides and drop your shoulders. Imagine that, like a puppet, your whole body is hanging, suspended from your head. A string holds your head from a point at the top of your skull, directly in line with the tips of your ears. Feel yourself sinking down, relaxing, as you hang from the string. Breathe calmly and naturally through the nose. Stand quietly, allowing your whole system to calm down, for up to five minutes. As you do this, mentally follow through the points on the illustration, starting at the top of your head. Your eyes look forward and slightly downward; drop your chin so that your throat is not pushed forward. Release any tension in your neck. Relax your hips and belly. Let the bottom of your spine unfold downward so that neither your belly nor your bottom is sticking out. The dantien lies 3-6 inches below your navel, one third of the way into your body. It is in line with the suspension point at the top of your head. From below your kneecaps, your roots extend downward. From your knees upward you rise like a tree, resting calmly between the earth and the sky. Your weight is evenly distributed between your left and right feet. These roots sink deep into the earth. The weight of your body rests in the middle of the soles of your feet. Return to these points again and again until you are able to assume the Wu Chi position naturally and perfectly.

    2. Moon - Monk Gazes At The Moon (brain)

    2. Moon - Monk Gazes at the Moon (brain)

    Slowly bring both your arms upward and forward to form an open circle in front of your face. Visualize holding a full moon or a crystal ball.

    3. Mercury - Air (lungs)

    3. Mercury - Air (lungs)

    Stand like a crane with arms extended and fully stretched from shoulders. Hands raise no higher than shoulders and hang limp with fingers pointing to the ground.

    4. Venus - Water (kidney) Stand by the Stream

    4. Venus - Water (kidney) Stand By The Stream

    Imagine that you are standing in a stream with the current flowing toward you. Bend your knees, and sink down about 4 inches. Imagine that you are suspended from the top of your skull and that your wrists are supported by an invisible strap that runs from the back of your neck. Two balls float on the surface of a running stream, you remain motionless, steadying them. Your body sinks down so that your feet and calves reach down into the soil of the bed of the stream and take root.

    5. Sun - Fire (heart)

    5. Sun - Fire (heart)

    Raise palms to face outward at shoulder/ heart level.

    6. Mars - Fire (blood) Stand Like a Candle

    6. Mars - Fire (blood) Stand Like a Candle

    Raise your hands outward so that the backs of your hands are level with your cheeks. Make a pyramid with your arms with your face in the middle. Imagine that your wrists are supported by a strap that runs around the back of your neck. Your open hands hold an imaginary balloon in front of your face. Press gently outward on the balloon as if to guide it away from you, but do not tense.

    7. Jupiter (liver) Standing Like a Tree

    7. Jupiter (liver) Standing Like a Tree

    Slowly bring both your arms upward and forward to form an open circle in front of your chest at about shoulder level. Your open palms face your chest. (The distance between the fingertips of your hands is 6-9 inches. The tops of your thumbs are no higher than your shoulders. Your wrists are as wide apart as your shoulders. Your elbows are sightly lower than your wrists and shoulders. The inner angle between your upper arm and forearm is slightly more than 90 degrees.) Imagine that you are holding (resting on) a large inflated balloon between your hands, forearms, and chest. Your armpits and upper arms rest on two small balloons. Your thighs gently hold one balloon in place. A huge balloon takes you weight behind you, like a beach ball on the sand. The weight on your feet remains slightly forward.

    8. Saturn - Monk Holds a Bag of Rice (spleen)

    8. Saturn - Monk Holds a Bag of Rice (spleen)

    Begin in wu chi, turn the palms forward, lift the hands until they are at hip level and parallel with the ground as if holding a big bag of rice.

    9. Return To Earth - Wu Chi Posture to Complete the Cycle (Sacred Nine)

    Stand until calm and relaxed.

    Points to remember:

    • Keep eyes open, tongue on the roof of the mouth.
    • Relax while holding the correct posture, check for tension over and over again. Use your mind to travel through your body from top to toe, relaxing every joint, tendon and muscle. Imagine creating more space between the bones at each articulation point.
    • Women: increased blood circulation may make menstrual flow heavier, therefore decrease standing time during menstruation.
    • After completing the cycle, rub your hands over your face, as if you were giving yourself a wash, this increases the flow if chi in your hands and the circulation of chi through your facial skin.
    • General sensations most commonly experienced by people in the first six weeks of training include numbness or tingling in some parts of your body; aching, sometimes associated with old wounds, and muscle fatigue; warmth; shaking or trembling (just continue to stand, this will subside); asymmetry, one side of body or one limb feels longer, hotter, higher; comfort/relaxation, this is the goal.

    The Inner Smile

    An inner smile radiates powerful healing energy. Starting with the eyes, practice the inner smile by closing your eyes and smiling sincerely into them. Relax and let a deep, loving smile shine through your eyes. By relaxing your eyes you can calm your entire nervous system. Continue by smiling down the front line (from the eyes down through your vital organs towards the genitals effortlessly like a waterfall): into the face (especially the jaws), neck, heart and blood circulatory system, the lungs, liver, kidneys, adrenals, pancreas, spleen, bladder and genitals. The Middle Line: Smile down from the mouth to the stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, simultaneously swallowing saliva. The Back Line: smile down the inside of the vertebrae of your spine, one by one.

    Get more information at the Lotus Health Institute website.

    L. "Taz" Hicks
    OnMugen Productions

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    Saturday, October 02, 2010


    Up early Saturday with the kids!

    The Fall Undokai運動会 and Lion won his race!
    We got second in the Parent/child race.

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    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Beef Stew

    • It's getting cold out and the perfect match for this weather is a nice stew!

  • Beef Stew

  • Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • Directions

    1. Dredge beef cubes in flour until evenly coated.
    2. Melt butter in a skillet, and cook coated beef cubes until evenly browned.
    3. Transfer beef to slow cooker and add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, cloves, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Pour in water and stir.
    4. Cover and cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours or on HIGH 5 to 6 hours. Serve hot!!

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    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    Chuck Brown Still Cranking at 74

    What do you know about go-go? Well, if you hail from the DMV - that's D.C., Maryland or Virginia - then you know as much about it as you know about crabs, cherry blossoms and Ben’s Chili Bowl.  

    One of its greatest practitioners is the legendary Chuck Brown, who’s been the leader of the go-go scene for several decades.  I just got my copy of Chuck Brown‘s new CD We Got This and it confirms what we already knew. Washington. D.C.’s Godfather of Go-Go shows no signs of slowing down at 74 years old. He invented this music almost 40 years ago and hasn’t stopped playing it since.

    The package includes three discs: a 5-song EP of new songs from the studio, a concert recording from Chuck’s birthday show at the 9:30 Club, and a DVD video recording of the same concert (you get everything but the video with a digital download). Like his last album We’re About the Business, the studio material was produced by Chucky Thompson, who plays multiple instruments on every track. So it’s not surprising that these five songs feel like an extension ofWe’re About the Business. The biggest difference being the guest stars Thompson brought in from outside the D.C. area to help out on the new EP.

    All For You features Marcus Miller who’s been mixing jazz, with funk and r&b for decades. He’s no stranger to go-go either. When he was leading Miles Davis’ band in the 80s and they were looking for a drummer to supply that funky go-go sound, Miles and Marcus pulled Ricky Wellman from Chuck’s band. He also wrote E.U.’s monster hit Da Butt for the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s School Daze. His bass parts here are way up in the mix and appropriately funky for a song about playing music and living a party lifestyle.

    Funky Stuff is a mid-tempo duet with Ledisi that features her jazzy sound over a light go-go beat.  Jingle Jangle features the call and response sound that works so great live at the go-go, but sounds a little forced on a studio recording. Love features Jill Scott. It’s a kinda sequel to her hit It’s Love which prominently used a go-go beat. If any song here become a hit locally or beyond, this is likely the one. Marcus Miller is on this one too. Seniorita has a nice Latin groove that goes back to Chuck’s days playing with Los Latinos band and also reminds me of Berro E Sombaro from the Bustin’ Loose album. I hope this one become a part of Chuck’s regular live set.

    “Love” is the first single from “We Got This!”

    </object><span>Love by Shore Fire</span>

    While the new studio material is enjoyable, the main reason to acquire We Got This is the live show — which certainly cannot be accused of lacking variety. At the 9:30 Club, Brown's rock-solid band performs everything from Beyoncé Knowles' "Single Ladies" to Kool Moe Dee's "Do You Know What Time It Is" to some jazz standards, including Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne," Lionel Hampton's "Midnight Sun," Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing," and "Moody's Mood for Love" (the King Pleasure/Eddie Jefferson-associated vocalese response to saxophonist James Moody's 1949 recording of Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields' "I'm in the Mood for Love"). But the fact that Brown's festive 9:30 Club gig incorporates jazz, blues, and hip-hop and includes songs from different musical eras doesn't mean that the go-go aesthetic is compromised; go-go is always the main ingredient, and Brown and his colleagues sound quite focused no matter how much they keep the audience guessing. Surprisingly, the only disappointing part of the 9:30 Club set is a two-minute performance of "Bustin' Loose" that is too brief for its own good; Brown's best-known song should have been savored, not rushed through and treated like an afterthought. But all things considered, We Got This is a release that die-hard go-go enthusiasts will be happy to add to their collections.

    Track list:

    Studio Album:
    1.      All for You featuring Marcus Miller
    2.      Funky Stuff featuring Ledisi
    3.      Jingle Jangle
    4.      LOVE featuring Jill Scott with Marcus Miller
    5.      Senorita

    Live Concert DVD and Live Concert CD:
    1.      Wind Me Up!
    2.      Rappaz R. N. Dainja (instrumental)
    3.      We the People
    4.      Funky Beat
    5.      I’m Your Man
    6.      It Don’t Mean A Thing
    7.      Midnight Sun
    8.      Moody’s Mood for Love
    9.      Woody Woodpecker
    10.     Give the Bass Player Some
    11.     Harlem Nocturne
    12.     Ego featuring Cherie Mitchell
    13.     Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) featuring Cherie Mitchell
    14.     Run Joe
    15.     Give It Up For Little Benny
    16.     Do You Know What Time It Is? Featuring Whiteboy and Little Benny
    17.     Cat in the Hat featuring Little Benny
    18.     Freak-A-Deek
    19.     One on One featuring Little Benny
    20.     Lock It featuring Little Benny
    21.     Chuck Baby featuring KK
    22.     Bustin’ Loose

    Bonus Music Videos:
    Block Party, The Party Roll


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    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Taz and the 3文字48

    Spent the day in the studio with Hironobu Tanaka, the production director for AKB48, working on overtures and live intros for the new additions to the franchise.  For those that didnt know, Me and Mr. Tanaka have worked together on all the intros and overtures the groups use at their live shows, over the years. Including the original AKB48, there are 5 franchises.  They are AKB48 (Akihabara), SKE48 (Sakae, Nagoya), SDN48 (Saturday Night), and the two newest additions NMB48 (Namba, Osaka) and Team OGI. Fortunately, since we were only doing overtures and intros, the girls werent there.  If they were it would be really crazy trying to get anything done because there are soooooo many (way more than 48) of them.  LOL!   Anyway, for more infor on the AKB48 franchise click the links in the paragraph above or go to the Japanese page

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    Monday, September 13, 2010

    めちゃ×2イケてるッ!オーディション! New Member Audition! めちゃ×2イケてるッ!オーディション!

    Sunday I took a trip to Odaiba to participate in the audition for the new member of Mecha Ike (めちゃ×2イケてるッ!).  Was a long day in the sun with my fate being decided with a O-X quiz.  Watch the video to see what happened:)


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    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    ○× Quiz

    we still waiting to start

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    Mecha Ike Audition

    Finally got my number. Now I wait until 1pm for the audition.

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    Mecha Ike

    Finally made it to Odaiba. I heard about an open audition for the member of Mecha Ike and decided to give it a shot. Lot of people here but they only choosing 1 person. Hope my character is enough. Wish me Luck!

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    Thursday, September 09, 2010

    The Beautiful Music (Remixes)

    Recently I had the chance to remix the song titled "Beautiful Music" by a good friend and artist named David Whitaker (  I had originally planned to to do a minimalist acoustic version only:

    Beautiful Music( OnMugen acoustic remix)

      <span>Beautiful Music(OnMugen acoustic remix) by Azian Black</span>

    but i really got into the vibe of the song and ended up making this one as well:

    Beautiful Music (OnMugen dream remix)

    Both are free to download and I hope you enjoy them.


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    Thursday, September 02, 2010

    The Pyramids: Power Plants or Tombs

    From "The Giza Power Plant - Technologies of Ancient Egypt" by Christopher Dunn 

    Page 221
    The Northern Shaft served as a conduit, or a waveguide, and its original metal lining--which passed with extreme precision through the pyramid from the outside--served to channel a microwave signal into the King's Chamber. The microwave signal that flowed through this waveguide may have been the same signal that we know today is created by the atomic hydrogen that fills the universe and that is constantly bombarding the Earth. This microwave signal probably was reflected off the outside face of the pyramid, then focused down the Northern Shaft. Traveling through the King's Chamber and passing through a crystal box amplifier located in its path, the input signal increased in power as it interacted with the highly energized hydrogen atoms inside the resonating box amplifier and chamber. This interaction forced the electrons back to their natural "ground state." In turn, the hydrogen atoms released a packet of energy of the same type and frequency as the input signal. This "stimulated emission" was entrained with the input signal and followed the same path. 

    The process built exponentially--occurring trillions of times over. What entered the chamber as a low energy signal became a collimated (parallel) beam of immense power as it was collected in a microwave receiver housed in the south wall of the King's Chamber and was then directed through the metal-lined Southern Shaft to the outside of the pyramid. This tightly collimated beam was the reason for all the science, technology, craftsmanship, and untold hours of work that went into designing, testing, and building the Giza power plant. The ancient Egyptians had a need for this energy: It was most likely used for the same reasons we would use it today--to power machines and appliances. We know from examining Egyptian stone artifacts that ancient craftspeople had to have created them using machinery and tools that needed electricity to run. However, the means by which they distributed the energy produced by the Giza power plant may have been a very different process from any we use today.

    "Mind your wants, because somebody wants your mind!" - George Clinton.

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    Monday, August 30, 2010

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    20 "Ultra" Years!

    My son recently became a fan of UltraMan so, I took him to the "Ultraman Festival 2010" in Ikeburo. This year marks the 20th year for the festival.

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    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    Organized Religion?

    The overbearing MY WAY OR YOU'LL BURN IN HELL/
    can best believe I'm not buying what you trying to sell/
    cause no man or wo(man) either/
    can make me a believer/
    or conform to their way of thought so I can ascend through the ether/
    the organized teach/
    to the organized sheep/
    but the religion/
    that they teaching em/
    is organized (BLEEP).

    What is religion? There are as many answers to that question as there are religions, probably more. I for one broadly define religion as structured belief, that is a set of beliefs with some connecting theme or structure.

    I used to be a very cynical, person. I believed that all religion was superstitious nonsense. Over time, I became more tolerant, and tried to understand religion and religious people. I found that most of them were not superstitious nutcases, but kind, sensible people, no different than anyone else.

    As I examined the religions of the world, I realized that they exceeded my definition of religion. It was then that I realized that I have no problem with religion, only with organized religion.

    Now, to most people religion and organized religion are one and the same. That i because non-organized religion is no longer common or recognized. And yet, there is nothing to stop me ore someone else from creating my own religion and never telling anyone about it. The problem is, organized religions often bring out the worst of religion.

    Before you start tearing my throat out or write me off as a religion-basher, hear me out. As I said, i define religion as structured belief. As such, one of the problems with organized religion is that it expects all of it's members to conform to the same system of belief. This is why there are so many branches of religions. When a group from a certain religion disagrees with one or more of that religions beliefs strongly enough, they break away and form there own religion.
    However, this conformity is a minor problem when compared to some of the other issues with organized religion. The first of organized religion's failures is inflexibility. If I change my mind about a subject, I can just alter my beliefs to compensate. In an organized religion, the beliefs of the religion are set in stone, and can not be changed unless a majority of the religion's members disagree with said beliefs. Even then, many religions claim that their beliefs are the word of a higher power, and fear that changing these beliefs is an admission that this higher power made a mistake. Yet how can something perfect be unchanging? Reality dictates that the perfect action or response in one given situation will likely not be the perfect action or response in another. Being perfect is being perfect for the situation, and as such requires adaptability.

    The second failure of organized religion is it's exclusivity. Many religions believe in a "good place" and a "bad place". Of course there are many that don't, but a great deal of mainstream religions do. Now, to go to the good place one must be a good person, and the opposite is true for the bad place. Yet a startling number of religions also say that one will go to the bad place simply for not believing in their religion and that one will go to the good place simply for believing in their particular religion, regardless of morality. As such, admission to the good place, which began as a reward for good behavior, has been reduced to a spiritual lottery. You take your ticket and hope that you picked a winning number. As such, the original intent of the good place and the bad place (to provide incentive for good behavior and to act as a deterrent for bad behavior, respectively) has been lost. One's manner and actions no longer matter, only their choice of belief.

    The last major failure of organized religion is their need for survival. In order to survive, an organized religion must attract new members and steer people away from other religions. The way this goal is accomplished, sadly, is often through scare tactics, demonizing of competitors, and advertising. Organized religions can not simply state their beliefs, they also tend to state that all other beliefs are wrong. In this way, religion has become difficult to distinguish from business. In fact, many of the tactics that religions employ would seem underhanded, even in the business world. Many businesses wish they could get away with claiming that those who buy from their competitors will suffer eternal torment after they die.
    Not all organized religions are like this. Some are just gathering of people with similar beliefs. Yet these religions tend to be smaller, largely because the tactics that other organized religions employ, while underhanded, work.

    Organized religion does suck, why you ask?

    For example, on one hand you have a woman, an Atheist, who died just before she turned 80, she lived a fairly pure life. She had only fucked one man, her husband, who died at 59. She did fall in love after, but decided not to pursue. She never stole, only drank once. She was always nice and respectful to everyone, never spoke or even thought a bad thought in her entire life. She had three children and raised them according to her standard, as outstanding people, who knew that their mother would always be there for them.

    On the other hand, we have a businessman, died at 59, smoked and drank all his life. He had 2 children, but didn’t see them that much, for he was always pre-occupied with his work. He never thought of anything but himself. He once cheated, but confessed, he stole more than once, but confessed this too. He went to church every week, and prayed every day.

    According to most organized religions who has more chance of being allowed to ascend? The religious dickhead, or the righteous Atheist? Now what I thought, is that God should embody all that is good in the world. Sending you to hell because you don’t honour him by praying to him. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good person, it just matters if you follow HIS rules. That even sounds a little like dictatorship and self-glorification.

    So the entity that’s supposed to embody all that’s good, is a self-glorifying dictator! Now that’s plain brilliant! Couldn’t have thought of that! 

    Listen, I'm aware of all the good religion is supposed to bring to the world. Hell, communism is fantastic in theory, but it just doesn't work. WAY too many people have gotten it wrong, and that's why organized religion sucks. To those who belong to such an accepting religion, please do not be offended by what I have said, these words are not meant for you. And to those who do belong to a mainstream organized religion, I make no judgment of you individually, only a judgment of organized religion as a whole.

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