by Chris Billowsin Spirit Speculations0 comments
I have worked in health care for the past fifteen years. I have seen at least over a thousand clients and as a professional case manager, my job is to help facilitate a portion of their care. It recently occurred to me that despite the vast array and variety of diseases, accidents, and disabilities these individuals may have what appears to be five general / macro methods that sickness and disability is visited upon us. 1) We are born with it through our genetics such as Muscular Dystrophy, Cystic Fibrosis, etc. 2) We suffer an unfortunate physical event such an Accident, Assault, or Attack. It could be a car accident, an injury suffered at birth like Cerebral Palsy, or we could be attacked and injured by a mugger. 3) We suffer a random or complex microbe event that attacks us such as Bacteria, Virus, or Spore. 4) We suffer from a confused immunity system such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cancer, or Lupus. 5) We self inflict our own unhappiness and injury such as through a failed suicide attempt, alcoholism, smoking, etc. So what is the point of sharing something so depressing? I am not sure, but it just seemed interesting to […]
by Chris Billowsin Spirit Speculations1 comments
What can one say about the earthquake and tsunami that has hit Japan? Very little. It is all very humbling and scary to witness the raw death-dealing power of the planetary body that is supposed to house and sustain us. What will happen next? We will see more earthquakes because that is the way of the Earth. We can also be assured that various marketers and religious leaders will find a cynical way to exploit our fear and questions to their own benefit. There are already a slew of books talking about 2012 being some kind of a apocalyptic date. (I had to chuckle as I was browsing these kinds of books at a local store and along side the various 2012 books was one that talked about the end of the world being in 2009). :-p For the record, here is a list of all recorded fatal earthquakes. It proves that while the Earth gives us life, it is also a ruthless betrayer. We are just guests in its home and the host is erratic and prone to fits. Earthlings beware.
by Chris Billowsin Hobby Heedings0 comments
My first Playlist that I will share with you is about queuing up music to be played. This kind of playlist may not be necessary if 1) you don’t believe in rating your music, and 2) you don’t have that many songs to queue. I have over 20,000 songs, so managing what I am going to play requires some planning. Also, being a bit of a obsessive type I find organizing things to be a source of enjoyment for me. 😉 First of all, create a Playlist in iTunes by going File > New Smart Playlist, then name it. I called mine ‘Rating Queue”. iTunes prompts you with a new window asking how you want to filter the music in your Smart playlist. Use the following filters: 1) Plays is less than 2 (This is important since I listen to songs at least twice when I rate them. Sometimes, I will rate a song as soon as I hear it, other times it will be the second go around). 2) Media is Music (this filters out movies and podcasts and audio books). It will look like this: Now, if you have thousands of songs, your new Smart playlist will have […]
by Chris Billowsin Business Beller0 comments
I finally reached one of my goals for 2011. I have started to amalgamate my corporation’s assets with my sole proprietorship. This will make the ongoing management and accounting duties much easier for me. Copia Enterprises will be rolled into Promaginy. This has coincided with a relaunch of Promaginy.com with a new website design which I am quite pleased with. Check it out. To help me keep some focus since I can be a little manic, I decided to create brands that will be run under Promaginy so that it gives me a defined focus for my various interests. For example, the eCommerce holdings held by Copia Enterprises Corporation will come under a new eCommerce brand, Enlightenet. An example of this was the launch of TheStockOptionsCourse.com. A new gaming brand, Gamenigma, will focus some of my energy on Flash and Browser gaming niches. An example of this was the launch of UG2.com. And as before, I will continue my close partnership with Complex Games and also find ways to cultivate my Tamaya Refuge fictional setting. This is just the start of a series of exciting site and product launches. Stay tuned.
by Chris Billowsin Hobby Heedings0 comments
An ambitious title if there ever was, The World In Six Songs by Daniel Levitin, attempts to explain how music is so integral to human evolution that the entire human experience can be mostly summarized in six meta-songs. Daniel Levitin captured lots of imagination and excitement with his previous book ‘This Is Your Brain On Music’ so expectations were relatively high. Unfortunately, he did not deliver on two levels: 1) This book was not as well received as his first book, and 2) This book did not accomplish what it claimed to do. I have always been intrigued when I see writers attempt to take a complex topic and try to simplify it. Daniel Levitin makes his own attempt by saying that entire human experience can be captured in six different songs: friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion, and love. Each has a different function, but all serve to bind us together and make us stronger as a species. He reinforces the truism that music is what makes us human. While I can’t disagree with him, music is only one function that makes us human, an important one, but not the only one. I can’t help but feel that because Levitin […]
by Chris Billowsin Republic of Bloggers0 comments
Happy New Year. This past year flew by. Turning 40 seems to have sped everything up! 🙂 2010 came with some transitions. It is typical of life to have expectations and find them changing or missing the mark. Some of our financial goals were met (loans paid off) and new challenges taken on (home renovations – yikes!) My posting went down as I expected. I averaged a blog post about one every second week. (There were 25 posts in 2010; 54 posts in 2009; 81 in 2008). My company Promaginy was looking forward to the launch of three new titles from partner Complex Games, but with new market revelations, products had to be reviewed and withheld. One title was launched and it remains to be seen if it sticks. (Yes, pun intended if you realize that the game is Monkey Poo). I expect 2011 will bring some product launches as I have at least two new websites I will be launching and Complex will continue to explore its exciting opportunities. Meeting with an accountant gave me the rationale to amalgamate my business assets, meaning that I am going to deactivate my corporation Copia Enterprises this year. This will make 2011 […]
by Chris Billowsin Hobby Heedings3 comments
Last year at this time I posted about how it is possible to analyze your iTunes library and generate some statistics about it. Well, another year has come and gone and I have been listening lots to my iPod Touch. I have discovered and rediscovered a ton of great music and love how iTunes helps me to organize my hobby. I use two different programs to run the statistics. The most polished one is called SuperAnalzyer and it creates some wonderful statistics and graphs. SuperAnalzyer PDF Document The other program is a fabulous little script written by Scott Yanff. iTunes Statistics Text Document These statistics were taken late December 26, 2010 of my personal library. It is a snapshot of a year of iTunes use and listening. After listening to a song a couple of times I will assign a rating to it. Some changes of note: 12,626 songs has grown to 21,108 songs with over 8,400 songs being added to the library. This is kinda a slow down mostly because I had imported most of my CD collection in the previous year. I have also begun purchasing albums and songs through iTunes so the physical CD collecting is going […]
by Chris Billowsin Political Ponderings2 comments
There is talk that the Euro will become obsolete because the European Union is close to becoming insolvent. Well, I don’t think that will happen since governments can just print more money to keep afloat and deal with inflation by implementing price controls. This creates other problems and only delays the inevitable problem of a massive trade deficit and declining productivity since investors and job seekers will begin to flee. We are seeing the debt tragedy unfold first with Greece, now Ireland, and soon to be Portugal and Spain. All will need other European governments to bail them out because they have spent more money than they bring in. How can so much short-sighted behavior take place in countries as diverse as Ireland, Greece, and the Iberian Peninsula? The terrible answer is that this was done over decades and perpetuated by both conservative and socialist governments. Perhaps the conservatives spent a bit less than the socialists, but nobody ever rectified the fundamental deficit. Basically all governments regardless of ideology gave the voters what they wanted: A bloated social and corporate welfare system that ignored debt and fundamental productivity. Democracy worked and now voters have ended up financially bankrupt. Social Democracy […]
by Chris Billowsin Mental Mischief0 comments
Do you remember the part of The Matrix where Morpheus tells Neo that humans are in fact trapped in a massive neural network that is directly linked into their collective consciousness? It is a way of controlling humans so that the Machines can live off the energy that our body heat produces. That was one of the cooler scenes of the entire series and it leads me to ask you: How do we know that life as we know it is not a virtual reality construction like the Matrix? How do we know we are free or are just allowed to think we are free?
by Chris Billowsin Mental Mischief0 comments
If you have the balanced relationship with money, you see it as a means to an end. Money is a tool that gives you control over your life and more money can give you more control over your life, but to a limit. How we spend our money determines the value of what we experience in life. In a very real way, money has two facets. Its cost to buy the things we want and the value of what we are get. The problem is that we spend lots of time thinking about cost and very little if any about value. In my job I deal with giving out people money to provide their own care. It works really, really well but there are always people who try to get away with stuff. I have had clients spend the money on things that fall outside of the boundaries of what we allow. When this happens, we ask for the money to be paid back. Why? Because there is a double cost to them misspending the money. 1) The monetary cost. The money that was given out is gone. 2) The value cost. The value gotten for the monetary cost is […]