March 6, 2011
January 2, 2011
Wow! Thanks to all you planeloads of visitors. =-) I had no idea so many folks had stopped by this last year. And thanks to the those wp monkeys for this report. Keep up the good work!
A special thanks to those of you who bought the book. =-)
There is a free download from Mama Yerba
And here’s the stats review:
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 19 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 96 posts. There were 8 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb.
The busiest day of the year was February 25th with 224 views. The most popular post that day was It’s in the Code.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, facebook.com, WordPress Dashboard, evolver.net, and hilbertthm90.wordpress.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for holography, holographic memory, life os, lifeos, and laser holography.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
It’s in the Code August 2007
Holographic Properties May 2008
Holographic Memory Device June 2008
Holographic Memory May 2008
Information Processing Loops March 2010
September 17, 2010
This is a text version of the Flash Movie promoting my book.
All organisms alive today, plus the remains of all living things that have gone before, all the organic compounds, all fossils, all fossil fuels, all the biomass accumulated by this planet over billions of years, exists because information coded into DNA was accessed, read and acted upon by a cell. Before any one of those cells could grow, before any living tissue could be manufactured, before any polypeptide chains could be assembled, before anything could happen in ANY cell, DNA information had to be processed. Information processing is the very first act of Life.
“So what?” says the guy in the back. Good question.
What are we talking about… Information processing. The first info processor we think of is a computer. Our civilization is driven by computers processing information. What makes computers so powerful is that they represent a fundamental process. Everything we see in this physical Universe is the result of a process. So a computer can be programmed to mimic just about anything out there.
A computer can do this because it processes ones and zeros, following the same basic steps as any process. It starts with input and processes that input into output. Our nervous system processes information from the environment and presents it’s output to us as consciousness. Both are information processing in action.
Okay, at the micro level, information processing is a pretty good model for how things work. When we take info processing to the macro level, we have billions of computers hooked together in a global network, each one cranking out billions of those process cycles every few seconds. Altogether they generate all of the content the internet is displaying right now, including this.
It has taken millions of pretty smart people several decades, to figure out how to build and maintain this incredibly complex network. In the process they have discovered a set of mathematical laws that govern the growth of networks in complex systems. They have found that these laws are the same regardless of scale or implementation.
That is, the rules are the same for computer networks, neural networks, cardiovascular systems, river systems, social networks, bureaucracies and just about anything that grows to move matter or information. All along Nature has been following the same fractal power laws that we have developed for the building of the internet.
So, the internet represents fundamental process, and a global interconnected system of processors, that mimic Natural systems. The language of information technologies provides a common vocabulary for discussing everything from Biological Systems and Evolution to Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness.
What we have here is a universal language that describes information processing and its networks in minute detail. This is the language of the 21st century, taught in schools all over the world. This is the language and model of process that we need to give us a common denominator for a unified theory of reality.
Once we start to look at biological systems as being information processors first, with protein production being secondary output, a very different picture emerges of their structure and organization. Come along with me while we explore this exciting territory.
Get in on the discussion right here. Comments welcome!
September 3, 2010
Each of us is the sum of our history, our total experience recorded within the context of our culture. That is what has shaped us into what we are at this moment. Each of us has our own unique “next step” we are going to take. We don’t all have to be on the same path or the same milestone to learn from each other.
We need to tell our stories, as honestly as we can. Thereby we share our pathways through life, while celebrating their uniqueness.
August 19, 2010
Mama Yerba is offering a free download of the complete LifeOS book as a pdf file.
August 3, 2010
Yeah, LifeOS is finally available in bookstores and on Amazon dot com. =-)
Thanks for all the stimulating discussion.
July 8, 2010
The book is officially done! Now when i sit down at the keyboard for my limited computer session, i am in a fog. My business adviser tells me to get to work and promote this thing, but my fingers just don’t get the message and they take off on their own, flying off on some mission not even on the todo list. My eyes are distracted by the cool pics and videos my friends are posting. Can’t seem to focus on one project, especially that promotion thing. I never have been much for selling my art. When it’s done it’s history.
Self-publishing is hard work. For the last few years i have been dealing with old ideas at the expense of new ones. Not that there weren’t new things discovered in the process, there were many, but they were all within the framework of the subject at hand.
Besides, when i look at my pile of unfinished projects, promotion is buried deep. I am a writer, not a promoter. Until my various departments sort this out, i’m just gonna write. Let the fog swirl around my head and those fingers fly.
July 7, 2010
Hey, it’s true. Way back on March 6th i said that the publishing process had begun. Well, yesterday the printer shipped the first order. I am told that it might take 6 to 8 weeks for Amazon and the others to include it their catalogs, but they will.
Ann Lowe did a fine job on the cover and interior design. It was really exciting to hold the proof in my hand. Ahhh, but this is only a beginning… somebody has to buy it! One step at a time, jim. =-)
March 6, 2010
The part of this self-publishing trip that is the toughest for me, is getting back into business… tax forms, business license and the paperwork. But it is easier than it used to be, with online services and such. Picking a name for the publishing arm of this operation was harder than i thought. All my most recent company names have been used and reused. So, i’m back to the Mother Herb as my logo. Mama Yerba rides again!
February 7, 2010
Had the pleasure of attending the First Friday Fractal show at the Planetarium, at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science, in Albuquerque. Wow! Jonathon Wolfe puts on a fantastic show. I saw one of his presentation in a classroom setting. Although the logic was the same, the impact of flying thru fractals projected on the dome, is something else altogether. What a show! It got me thinking…
One of the amazing things about fractals is that they produce patterns that we can see in Nature. We can see that Nature is using a similar technique to produce patterns involving matter and energy. How does that happen? Does Nature have a formula written down somewhere? Let’s compare the two, looking for the common elements.
The computer generated fractal phenomenon is purely informational. A formula is processed, and the results reprocessed using the same formula. The repeating patterns are the result of processing information. There is no matter or energy represented, only pure information.
A computer is processing pure information, nothing but ones and zeros. In order to compare the two we can look at Natural process as also processing information. Instead of ones and zeros, the Natural system processes atoms and molecules. It manipulates them to produce its fractal patterns in real matter.
The point of LifeOS is that information processing is fundamental, to the interaction between matter and energy, as well as to life itself. Fractals show that, without a doubt, the model of life as an information process is valid. We can assume the rules that Nature follows to produce its fractals exist, somewhere. They are certainly not written down in a mathematical formula, but exist in some medium, that not only retains the same relationship between values as the formula, but adjusts variables and even formulas, to suit the situation.
As shown in the magnetic cactus experiment, it is the magnetic field that adjusts the appearance of spines in cacti. It is the magnetic field in the growing tip of the onion that plots its pattern for growth.
Although reductionists like to jump on fractals to point out how simple process, repeated over and over can produce complexity, the fact that these billions upon billions of simple steps are coordinated to produce a specific outcome, infers a higher control mechanism is at work.
Networks in complex systems grow in two ways… hierarchical and scale free. In biological systems, these two options are woven together into networks that display both characteristics. Organs develope elaborate internal networks that use both types to accomplish their role in a larger outcome. Organs are connected to their peers and the larger networks through external, primarily scale free, type links, but include hierarchical elements, as well.
The coordinating element on all of these interactions is electromagnetic energy, expressed through fields. It is these purely informational fields of energy, distinctly nonmaterial, that guide growth, whether it be in crystals, biological systems or galaxies.
So, i guess this book isn’t finished, just yet.