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What's NEW in the Wrackline blog?
NEW Tracks: "Jimmie's Top 500 Ambients" (originally "Jimmie's Top 250 Ambients"). 16 new tracks have been added, along with 23 two weeks ago, for an actual total of 594!
NEW ESSAY: "Guilty until proven innocent" It used to be that we were all "Innocent Until Proven Guilty". In many cases nowadays, it's the other way around.
NEW: How Fast do Trees Recover from a Clearcut? You've seen the signs "Planted on XXXX year" in mountain states. This is a little photo essay showing what kind of regrowth ocurrs after various numbers of years. More will be added later.
NEW: "Examples of CSS styles". This is a sample, with CSS code, of all the "styles" used throughout the Wracklineblog. It's in the "HTML/CSS Goodies" section at the bottom of the site links list on the right.
NEW: "Examples of this CSS tables". This is a sample (with CSS code) of the "tables" used in the Wracklineblog. It's also in the "HTML/CSS Goodies" section at the bottom of the site links list on the right.
UPDATED: "New Home Wish List" (added some pictures), and "Eliminate Muscle Pain" Extensive re-write of the "Got Acute Trigs? Need More Tips". link from this page.
Check out "Tips on using the iPhone Camera" Make use of the Little Yellow Rectangle. Learn how to "stop down" for more dramatic pictures. Lock the focus and exposure. Plus two VERY useful gadgits.
Check out "The Standard Superhero Plot"! It's a spoof on Superhero movies, since every superhero movie has essentially the SAME plot! Look in "Essays".
Check out "Wishlist for New Homes"! I have actually not found a more comprehensive list in my own internet searching.
Updated Weekly: "Entries from Jimmie's Journal." The home
page will feature a quote from my journals, which span from 1975 to the present. It is hoped that these little quotes
may lead to a little extra depth of feeling for you, and that some of them might even lead to a greater understanding
of our relationship to the Universal Consciousness. And also, some of 'em are for just for the sake of humor! There's also
a "Previous Journal Entries" link for past quotes. This is also updated weekly (unless, of course, yours truly is busy
fiddling with home improvement or landscaping projects!)
Click the audio player below for some quiet music to accompany your reading, if you want to.
10/30/2010: What Do We Mean By "Means"
The morning began with a gorgeous sunrise, with orange clouds and azure sky on the horizon, fading to bright red clouds and cobalt sky above my head. I imagined being asked by the neighbor's kid "Why is the sunrise like this on some days?"
"Well, it means there is more moisture in the atmosphere. . ." That is, my first thoughts were the scientific explanation about sunlight reflecting on the higher moisture content before an approaching storm. "Red skies in the morning, sailor take warning."
But then I found myself thinking:
"I don’t know what we mean by ‘means’. All we do when we say ‘it means. . .’ is to use some other words to explain something. Philosophy is a lot like that. It goes even further and makes up words to help create meaning.
And once created, the new words acquire a life of their own.
The ceramic of the coffee cup is the material cause of its existing. The shape of the cup is its formal cause. The image in the consciousness of the sculpter is the final cause.
Blah, blah, blah, blah. . .
And then the philosopher says he/she has explained something.
If I don’t know what I am talking about, I will use bigger or fancier words.
If I do know what I am talking about – like the Budda or a Zen Master – I will use fewer words, or perhaps no words at all. I might invite the listener to simply observe the sunrise."
Sunrise behind my home
Click the player to listen to the author's "Ambient 9", a quiet piece.
The Wracklineblog started with the "Hwy 101 Beaches" links. These lead to individual pages covering more than 70 beaches from
Astoria, Oregon down to Brookings, Oregon. Each page has beach/park information, usually a picture of the entrance sign,
and one or more scenic pictures taken by the author.
Here's an illustrated sample
However, the Wracklineblog has expanded, and now has photography tips, an exhaustive list of the most moving ambient music, and a growing health/nutrition section, with vegetarian recipes and nutrition information, and various essays, including the newly-added "excerpts from Jimmie's Journals". Some "HTML coding" references and a cool HTML color tool have also been added.
Wrackline "AD Policy":
NO ads! NOTHING that moves! Period.
However some of the sections have links that will allow you to purchase books and/or other items. For example, the Photography Tips section offers links to purchase the cameras/lenses that were used to create all the pictures in the blog. If you have an interest for any of these books or items, purchasing them by way of these links will provide a little extra income for the author, who is retired.
NOTE: Clicking on these Amazon links takes you to the same location that you would get if you searched for and clicked on yourself. The security level is the same, and there is no difference in price. Amazon has an "Associates" package, in which Amazon itself pays a small percentage to the referring web site.