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NEW: "Music Theory: Pythagoras and Musical Scales". Pythagoras had a profound effect on music with his discovery that the most consonant notes have the simplest fractional ratios.
NEW: "Music Theory: Chords and Triads". Here's the "theory" behind all those harmonious-sounding 3-note chords.
RECENT: "Gardening Made Easy - Spring Maintenance". Make your plants shine by aerating the soil, applying natural fertilizer, and spreading mulch
RECENT: "Gardening Made Easy - Planting". Added a new section on planting trees even if your soil is no good!
UPDATED: "Growing blueberries". Added some improved pictures of blueberry varieties.
UPDATED: "Jimmie's Top 500 Ambients". Added a new album and purchasing info for one of the artists. Current count is actually 685 ambients!
RECENT: "Don't Just Incubate. Fight Back!" This article suggests that, while there are no cures - or even guaranteed preventatives - for viral infections, trying an ancient herbal compound may be better than doing nothing.
RECENT: "Home Theater Made Simple". How to set up your own Home Theater system. Also has a Magic Decoder Ring for all the BUZZWORDS.
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 "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 "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.
7/15/2020: Plants create form out of "nothing"
I was standing in the dry field overlooking the lake, with the summer breeze stirring all the flowers. The small pathway revealed a dry, dusty, rocky dirt which crunched with each step. I have a picture of the soil - it's the first one below.
"Pretty sterile soil", the gardener in me mused. The number one rule – as I understood it – was that your soil had to have high amounts of rich organic material and be nice and friable. This tan gravelly material couldn't possibly grow anything.
"Wrong!", said the numerous plants surrounding me – some as tall as I was.
One vibrant tall plant with bright green leaves and big white saucer-shaped flowers tinged in lavender was example enough that plants can produce life without any (apparent) raw materials. (This would be the second picture below.)
"How can that be", I mused. "How can all this plant material rise out of such dessicated dirt?"
I had noticed this phenomenon in the past. I had brought home a tiny paper cup with a seed
and a bit of soil from somewhere - perhaps a garden exhibit or something. In a few days a two foot high plant had risen
out of that pitiful amount of dirt.
I remember being amazed, looking at all that stalk and leaf structure topped by a giant sunflower, and the only apparent source of material was the 5 or 6 tablespoons of soil in the paper cup.
So there I was, watching the lively green tall plant with the big saucer-shaped flowers, as
it danced in the summer breeze along with countless other types and shapes of plants, each violating the principles of
known good gardening rules, and just enjoying the exhuberance of life.
I remembered the term "photosynthesis". "Oh, of course, it's photosynthesis," I thought. "Isn't that supposed to mean plants can synthesise (i.e. create) material from just sunlight, carbon dioxide, and perhaps a few minerals?" What is further interesting about this photosynthesis is that the wording usually goes like this: "Photosynthesis involves the conversion of light energy into chemical energy." It's a lot easier to imagine "miracles" when one is talking about energy instead of material.
(We would do well to think of "disease" in this way.)
In any case, when I woke up the next morning, the nighttime creativity yielded a thought: "Perhaps this creation of life out of apparent 'nothingness' is a fractal microcosm self-similiar to that of the Great Spirit creating the macrocosm out of nothingness at the time of the Big Bang."
Later in the morning another understanding also came to me.
"Oh, that's right. If we say that all things are alive, that all things are participants of the Universal Consciousness, then of course it would be expected that plants can easily create "material" form out of nothing."
So there are signs. . .
So here's the "dessicated" soil I was talking about.
And here is the big plant with the saucer-shaped flowers on top.
And here is a sample of the riotous growth rising thriving effortlessly in the dry field, serving perhaps to remind us folks with the big brains how simple it all is.
Click the player to listen to the author's "Ambient 8"
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.
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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.
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