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  • Michael Krakovskiy 1:35 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Paul Tholey, , , , Stephen LaBerge, Symbols   

    Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming 

    “[A] solid how-to book…For amateur dream researchers, this is a must.”
    This book goes far beyond the confines of pop dream psychology, establishing a scientifically researched framework for using lucid dreaming–that is, consciously influencing the outcome of your dreams. Based on Dr. Stephen LaBerge’s extensive laboratory work at Stanford University mapping mind/body relationships during the dream state, as well as the teachings of Tibetan dream yogis and the work of other scientists, including German psycholgist Paul Tholey, this practical workbook will show you how to use your dreams to: Solve problems; Gain greater confidence; improve creativity, and more.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:51 pm on January 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Revolution, Ancient Roman government, Badge, , , , Fasces, , Liberty pole, Mark Twain, , Phrygian cap, , , Symbols, Univac security guard   

    Badges And Stuff 

    I picked up for a few bucks this Univac security guard’s shield. Like many security badges it’s based on a New York State Great Seal. The proportions are changed and the figures of Liberty – woman holding a Phrygian cap on a stick (well, actually Liberty pole if you want to get technical) and Justice – woman with a sword and scale. There’s sunrise over Hudson inside the shield, but without the two boats. New York State’s motto Excelsior (which is Latin for “Up Your’s”).

    The plastic laminated id is kind of cool, because it’s a miniature punchcard.

    I guess the manufacturers of rent-a-cop badges are trying to make them subtly similar to NYPD logo, yet different enough not to get in trouble. NYPD badge is based on a similar, yet very distinct New York City Seal. Instead of Liberty and Justice it features American Indian with a bow. The other figure is enigmatic – for the longest time I thought that it was another American Indian holding a dead animal or a tomahawk. In fact, it turns out to be a Dutch sailor holding a “sounding line” – a nautical depth measuring rope. Another useless bit of trivia: Mark Twain chose his pen name from the expression “mark twain”, meaning only two fathoms reading on the sounding line.

    The five stars on the chevron are for the five boroughs, the windmill is for the Dutch origins of New York City. The most unsettling part, is of course the Justice scales that rest on top of fasces, a bundle of sticks with an axe inside – the ancient symbol of authority. Along with the swastika, fasces has been marred as a symbol of Fascism, to which it gave its name.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:02 am on March 17, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , comfortable spaceship chair, Day, , , Sunset, Symbols, ,   

    Sunset as Seen From the Surface of Sol III 

    Taking pictures of sunsets is so damn easy these days. Just bracket like crazy, and voila. Instant purdiness.
    A sunset can make everything look pretty. Even the ugly ass twin brother of the building in which I live. Oooh, how I hate that building. I am thinking of finding out who the architect was and harassing that person over the phone (or in some other way).

    I am thinking about writing a science fiction series about a materialistic spaceship pilot. There would be a story about him going on a quest to find the most comfortable spaceship chair, the best spacesuit in the universe, the most perfect cereal bowl. One mission would be to obtain a room in a skyscraper on a planet that wobbles in orbit in such a way that the people in that skyscraper can watch constant sunsets and sunrises over a glittering dead ocean.

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