Our normal Sunday fare is foregone today in honor of the solemnity of the day, and its meaning, worldwide.
Easter Confessional: I found a great deal on a Wen 6510T spindle sander on eBay overnight. So, we haven’t lost sight of what really goes on in the shop…
It’s a dandy time for us Junior Makers – sent on an Earthly mission to photograph the zoo and bring some postcards home (life review process when you die) when we all return to the One down the road. More on that in a second along with a side order of woo-woo, as a bonus.
Where’s the Beef?
Our own Makings around here will be a simple Prime Rib. 6-pounds and boneless. I might make a bottle of bubbly open, too.
Fire the oven up to 500 degrees and hold it there for a quarter-hour ramp up. After which the seasoned prime rib (melted butter, herbes de provence, cracked pepper, and sea salt) goes in for 5-minutes per pound at 500.
Right: At the end of the 30 minutes? Simply turn the oven off as the roast “rests” its way to done for exactly two-hours. Use 4 minutes per pound at the hot end of cooking for a rarer finish.
It’s likely not what a cardiologist would recommend. But we know a BoneSaw who likes a good slice of beef, like the rest of us. Observe please: We carefully shop medical opinions on prime rib the same way government makes pandemic decisions.
Without regard to science.
Just now, we arrive at point 2:
Unity Is Coming
Our second “Making” of today is a finely crafted observation that should have ended atheism decades ago. It’s found in than the pages of Scientific America in Fact or Fiction?: Energy Can Neither Be Created Nor Destroyed.
The key part to reflect on, being The Day and all, is this:
“The law of conservation of energy, also known as the first law of thermodynamics, states that the energy of a closed system must remain constant—it can neither increase nor decrease without interference from outside.”
We don’t know how the evidence could be more clear.
Because we are all, each, and every one of us energy-centered critters. You have your brand of crazy, we have ours, but in the end, we’re all just energy caught in a biochemical web on this plane; snared in some moment of orgasmic joinery long ago, then planted for 9-months before “blooming” into a discrete Life. Then the grind is on: 50-years of tax-whipping and boundaries imposed by others who don’t seem to care what we think. That, brothers and sisters is the two-way street.
Naturally, the accomplished atheist would argue we are only chemical reactions; nothing more. Yet absent the spark of Life (electrically) what is all that noise on the monitors? It’s not anion discharge, It’s electrical. We are an electric tribe. Resistance is futile, as it were.
Where does the energy go? The papermoves toward that answer. What’s taking so long?
One reason the global free-wheeling internet must be broken apart is Truth Seeking humans are beginning to assert the obvious. We really can (absent bot swarms) mainly get along and even get the difficult questions right, nows and then.
Being energetic creatures, why can’t more people just follow Bill and Ted’s great spiritual advice? We’re all two-legged GoPro’s on the movie set.
Troubling thing is that poseurs and pretenders to power make more money and assert excessive dominance by installing potholes on the road of Life, collecting ever-higher taxes, and requiring excess work to more quickly deplete the planet. Work that might be usefully be directed to heart and mind expansion.
Damn shame, this. Good day to remember our shortcomings.
Like we mutter sometimes in the shop: “Life is not a drill.”
An Easter Woo-Woo Story
As ShopTalk readers might remember, I put a website up a couple of years ago called https://ultra-make.com. It’s a placeholder for additional thinking I’d like to do – and direct some community effort toward – in whatever years remain. CNC and 3D printing. The whole “emailing of things” which will – in time – wreck the central control Globalism model.
But I’ve had a problem. There are a few really good 3D printing sites, a ton of incredible How-To’s on Youtube, the best of which is probably Chuck’s Filament Friday. (CHEP – YouTube)
Why put time on task on my site, unless there’s a worthy addition to the discussion and the body of knowledge?
I had been reflecting on this, while looking at the renewal bills for the Ultra-Make site, when a new load of antique magazines on DVD came in from eBay.
Back issues of old magazines – whole collections of old ones – are a treasure house for any writer. I indulge often; buying a dozen of DVDs at a time.
Among this load was a DVD titled “American Penny Magazine.” Great concept which is only partly materialized in today’s world. The info I’m seeking is just too damn spread out.
One of the gems was this masthead:
Content Was King After All…
Before the advent of “hit and run” (SMS) messaging, people used to take time to study content, think about what they’d read and then act on it. Often in a reasonably paced, non-IPO frenzied way.
Wouldn’t you know? In a few short years (13 roughly) an American version of the magazine showed up.
This looked like nugget of an interesting direction for Ultra-Make, since Make Magazine is highly project-oriented, Family Handyman is too crafty for some (like apartment and condo denizens), and not homesteady enough for others. PopSci gets the new products right, but StudyFinds is a must visit for us, as are the rising Hot-To videos on Youtube. I want the link-rich journal and the latest application notes./
I was thinking like a Sunset Magazine or Southern Living but for people with Raspberry Pi’s and soldering skils, a bent toward power tool restoration and hotrod building.
Regular – you know – Americans.
Now the Woo-Woo Part
So there I was, idly thinking about this when I noticed my eyes kept coming back to rest of the front page of American Penny Magazine.
Hold it! Why is an 1845 magazine cover so interesting, bubble up the question. There was a picture of Tiberias and mountain in the Holy Lands.
Tiberias? Huh? No depth of knowledge on this one. The Wiki on the place simply explains:
“Tiberias is an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Established around 20 CE, it was named in honour of the second emperor of the Roman Empire, Tiberius. In 2019 it had a population of 44,779.”
For some reason, I just held my eyes on that mountain in the picture…a distant memory was trying to come into focus…
It all clicked in a flash. A picture Elaine has done (paper and ink) which she had sketched while idly doing kitchen chores popped out of eidetic space. Scanned into Ure’s Fantastic Filing System on February 23, 2016, read the timestamp.
I laid them out, one over the other, and while not exactly, there sure seemed some similarities:
Well, what do you know?
Not exactly, like I said, but enough resemblance that she had goose bumps for a couple of hours after; coming in gentle waves.
Neither one of us is sure what to make of it. Not perfect, but what is down there in the minds of each of us? What past knowledge might we have – suppress – and not effectively mine for learning – except by fortunate accident?
Might there be – hidden right there in our art links to our past lives, our DNA carryforwards from hundreds of generations before?
In years ahead, we appreciate that humans are off to make idols of ourselves in artificial intelligence. Sure, bigger weapons, smaller phones, more deadly viruses seems a waste of it to us, too.
Seems to us some modest government funding for learning to mine our past lives more effectively would be a higher ROI. Learn to call forth the Old Lessons and Lost Knowledge that we’re busily overwriting. Perhaps more people could also see us as a race of energy beings, just hanging in these parts to show from “Life Review film” and then move on…
And thus, spake the Sermon on the Drill.
We will now press forward.
Write when you get rich,