Relationship Advice: 15 Things to Discuss Before Moving in Together

Relationship Advice: 15 Things to Discuss Before Moving in Together

Moving in with your partner can either make or break your relationship.

While taking this step may seem like the next logical thing to do as you improve your relationship, taking this step a little too early will cause the demise of your partnership.

With this said, you have to see to it that you consider and talk about the following points before you move in with your loved one.

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At Google this weekend. Seeing a CMU telepresence robot now.

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I’d like to discuss an idea I’m formulating to improve climate modeling called "Global Swarming." The core idea is to deploy tens of thousands of ocean probes by leveraging the creative smarts and logistics coordination of the web.

As someone who served as an expert witness in the Dover "Intelligent Design" trial, and who has worked in the "creation-evolution" arena for a long time, if there is any interest I would be happy to run a session on "What happens post-Dover?" What will be the next wave of anti-evolutionism and anti-science? What needs to be done to combat it and raise the American public’s awareness of the evidence for evolution? Why is this issue critical to the success of basic research in this country? How do scientists, educators, and tech folks fit in?

I’d like to brainstorm about programmable matter ProgrammableMatter. Programmable matter is any substance which can be programmed to change its shape or physical properties. We are currently working on constructing programmable matter and investigating how to program it. I would be most interested in talking about how one might program ensembles.

I’d like to present on OpenWetWare, a wiki promoting open research among biologists and biological engineers. With 65 labs and 1200 users on OpenWetWare, I can provide practical examples of how scientists are currently making use of the web(2.0) to support research and education in new ways. I’ll also talk about where the site is headed in the future, and how foocampers could help make it easier for scientists to share more of their secrets online.

I’ll bring a memory stick with the recent radar images of what appear to be hydrocarbon-filled lakes on Saturn’s moon, Titan, and some movies from Titan. I’m also happy to discuss the interesting phenomenon of "instant public science" done by enthusiasts everywhere who have instant access to the latest space science data from the web. BTW, Nature magazine’s piece on exciting questions in chemistry (this week) included a mention of Titan, which should be on every organic chemists’ hit list for places to visit.

I am interested in discussing the dichotomy of design and evolutionary search as divergent paths in complex systems development. – jurvetson.blogspot.com

I could begin a session about Systems Biology, with a general theme of building towards whole cell or whole organisms models in biology. I have some (whacky) ideas about this in addition to having done some real science on this subject.

I could present about novel circuit-focused neurotechnologies I’m developing, for advancing the study of brain function and consciousness, and for treating neurological and psychiatric disorders. Although I’ve been exploring this question in academic research settings – and I’m gearing up to set up my own university laboratory – I’d like to brainstorm about how to build the significant community of clinicians, engineers, scientists, and psychologists that we’d need to make strong scientific progress on the timeless, unyielding problem of understanding the nature of consciousness.

I could talk about/demonstrate: digital fabrication in the lab and its impact in field fab labs around the world, mathematical programs as a programming model for enormous/unreliable/extended systems and their application in analog logic circuits and Internet 0 networks, and microfluidic logic to integrate chemistry with computation

I could contribute to a session on powerlaws in nature, markets and human affairs. They’re found nearly everywhere, from earthquakes to species distributions to cities to wars. We used to think the world was mostly defined by gaussian distributions (bell curves) with neat medians and standard deviations. But now we see that powerlaws, where low-frequency events have the highest amplitude, are far more common, and they’re infinite functions where concepts like "average" are meaningless. What are the factors that create powerlaws and what does nature have in common with economics and social networking in this instance?

I’d like to talk to the assembled folks about a project we are running to help scientists move large datasets without using the internet (which can be very slow or expensive.

I hope to demo a viral database and talk about efforts to build real time surveillance via the WHO.

I’d like to discuss the range of applications being discussed in HE (HigherEd) that permit faculty and research groups to store and share a wide range of scholarly assets, including research data, texts (articles such as pre-prints and post-prints), images, and other media. These next generation academic apps provide support for tagging, community-of-use definitions, discovery, rights assertions via CC, and new models of peer review and commentary. Early designs typically implicate heavy use of atom or gdata for posting and retrieval, lucene, and ajax.

I can offer a brief introduction to the Human Genome, and the field of Comparative Genomics which focuses on comparing our own genome to that of other species. I’ll try to give a taste of some of the startling revelations, seeming paradoxes, and many open questions that make working with this three billion letter string a ball.

I could offer the opposite point of view, looking at the very simplest organisms, what they do, how they work, and what life looks like when the genome fits on a floppy.

I would like to talk about the future of the scientific method. How the scientific method was one invention the Chinese did not make before the west, and how the process of science has changed in the last 400 years and will change even more in the next 50 years. I’d love to hear others’ ideas of where the science method is headed.

I could offer some (possibly naive) ideas on how we could design evolvability into the scientific process by learning from the evolution of cellular complexity. I can also include some examples from language evolution and software evolution.

I can describe our general approach for open collaborative biomedical research at The Synaptic Leap.

I have in mind a presentation related to my project on Milestones in the History of Data Visualization – an attempt to provide a comprehensive catalog documenting and illustrating the historical developments leading to modern data visualization and visual thinking. The talk might encompass some of (a) some great moments in the history of data visualization, (b) ‘statistical historiography’: the study of history as ‘data’, (c) a self-referential Q: how to visualize this history. The goal would be more to suggest questions and aproaches than to provide answers – in fact a main reason to present would be to hear other people’s reactions.

As we’re on the topic of visualizations, I could give a talk about the rise of the geobrowser/virtual globe and how it is revolutionizing the geospatial visualization of information. I can showcase some of the best examples of scientific visualizations, show how geobrowsers are helping humanitarian causes and discuss the social-software aspect of Google Earth and other expected ‘mirror worlds’, where geospatial information is shared, wiki-like. Above all, I would love to brainstorm the possible use of geobrowsers in the projects of other campers.

I’m willing to give a talk about imaging projects in the Stanford Computer Graphics Laboratory, such as our large array of cameras, our handheld camera whose photographs you can refocus after you take the picture, and our work on multi-perspective panoramas (the Google-funded Stanford CityBlock Project). These projects are part of a trend towards "computational photography", in which computers play a significant role in image formation.

I’m a Hugo Award-winning science-fiction writer, and I’m working on a trilogy (my 18th through 20th novels) about the World Wide Web spontaneously gaining consciousness once the number of interconnections it has exceeds the number in a human brain. I’d love to talk a bit about my ideas of how such a consciousness, at first an epiphenomenon supervening on top of the web infrastructure, might actually come to access the documents and input sources available online and how it might perceive external reality, and I’d love to brainstorm with people about what sort of interactions and relationships humanity might have with such an entity.

I could talk about the current and future generation of astronomical surveys that will map the sky every three nights or so (e.g. the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope). They are designed to be able to address multiple science goals from the same data set (e.g. understanding cosmology and dark energy through to indentifying moving sources such as asteroids in our Solar System). With hundreds of thousands of variable sources detected each year (on top of the ten billion non-variables) the flow of data presents a number of challenges for how we follow up these sources.

I could talk about insights gained as part of the NSF-funded Pathways research project (Cornell U, LANL) that looks at scholarly communication as a global workflow across heterogeneous repositories and tries to identify a lightweight interoperability framework to facilitate the emergence of a natively digital scholarly communication system. Think introspecting on the evolution of science by traversing a scholarly communication graph that jumps across repositories. I could also talk about work we have been doing with scholarly usage information: aggregating it across repositories, and using the aggregated data to generate recommendations and metrics.

I’d love to show the prototype of an NSF-sponsored web-based simulation designed to help students learn about the nature of science. I’ll bring the server on my laptop; we can all connect and play cosmologist. Advice welcome. More at NatureOfScienceGame

Making Open Access Affordable (free): There is a move afoot to put all science literature in the public domain (it is mostly funded with tax-free or tax money). There is a move afoot to put all science data in the public domain (ditto). These are unfunded mandates. We can not do much about the funding, but we computer scientists can do a LOT to drive the needed funds to zero by making it EASY to publish, organize, search, and display literature and data online. This also dovetails with Jill Mesirov’s approach to reproducable science – future science literature will be a multi-layer summary of the source data – words, graphs, pictures on top and derivations + data underneath. Many working on these issues will be at this event. We should have a group-grope.

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for small labs with BIG data. It is embarrassing how many scientists use Excel as their database system – but even more embarrassing is how many use paper notebooks as their database. New science instruments (aka sensors) produce more data and more diverse data than will fit in a paper notebook, a table in a paper, or in Excel. How does "small science" work in this new world where it takes 3 super-programmers per ecologist to deploy some temperature and moisture sensors in a small ecosystem? We think we have an answer to this in the form of pre-canned LIMS applications.

Related to this I could talk a bit about how our work on myGrid has been aiming at taking the escience capabilities offered to large well funded groups down to a more ‘grass roots’ level – grid based science is traditionally the realm of people and groups with serious money but we don’t think this has to be the case.

I could present a software demo of a new web-based collaborative environment for sharing drug discovery data – initially focused on developing world infectious disease research (such as Malaria, Chagas Disease, African Sleeping Sickness) with technology that should be equally applicable for scientists collaborating around any private or public therapeutic area. This demo is a collaboration initiated between Collaborative Drug Discovery, Inc and Prof. McKerrow at UCSF which could shift drug discovery efforts away from today’s fragmented, secretive, individual lab model to an integrated, distributed model while maintaining data and IP protection.

Our present vaccine production infrastructure leaves us woefully unprepared to deal with either natural or artificial surprises – think SARS and avian influenza (H5N1), which can both easily outpace our technological response. There are superior technological alternatives that will not be widely available for years to come due to regulatory issues, and I would like engage the other campers on ways to address this problem. In particular, I would like to explore the potential contribution of distributed, low cost science – garage science – to improving our safety and preparedness.

The "Encyclopedia of Life" is a buzz phrase being bandied around by biologists – the idea is having an online resource that tells you what we know about each species of organism on the planet. It’s an idea that seems obvious, but how would we achieve this given the scale of the task (number of known species about 2 million, those waiting to be found maybe 2-100, we really don’t know), the rapidly dwindling number of experts who can tells us something about those organisms, the size of the literature (unlike most sciences, taxonomists care about stuff published back as far as the 18th century), and the widely distributed, often poorly digitized sources of information? I’d willing to chat about some of the issues involved, and some possible solutions

I would like to share briefly with you the results of a five year project to create and publish the world’s first totally integrated Encyclopedic vision of food – its origins, variations, complexity,nutrients, dimensions, meanings, enjoyment, history and a thousand and one stories about food. The result is a new kind of truly multidimensional Encyclopedia of Food and Culture that I edited with a whole team of scientists and scholars, and Scribner’s (Gale /Thompson) published in 2003. The Encyclopedia has been well reviewed and we won, among many awards, the Dartmouth Medal (the top prize in the reference world) in July 2004. I am bringing a three volume HARD copy with me and will put it on display at the “Table” for everyone to peruse at your leisure -(it is designed to ‘catch you’ – so if you are a browser and you love food you may have trouble giving it up for others to read!)I would also be delighted to talk about a new kind of World Food Museum that is designed to make the Encyclopedia come alive (please seem my bio statement for more).

I would like to present Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Citizen Science work as an example of several of the broader citizen science interests described in the Wiki. These include: Challenges of involving the public in data collection for professional research, scientific tradeoffs and possibilities, internet data collection tools, dynamic graphing and mapping tools, data mining, sustainability, webcommunity building plans for the future, and recruitment models within the contexts of conservation science and ornithology.
I would also like to demonstrate the new Pulluin software chip that fits in a TREO palm cell phone. It has a bird ID tool, lets you hear vocalizations, see pictures, and enter data into one of our citizen science projects, eBird. The ideal way to show you this toy would be to take interested campers on an early morning bird walk. If I can get enough signups, I will try to get eBird project leader, Brian Sullivan, to come up from Monterey, providing he is available. We would probably carpool to the shore to bird. If you are interested, email me and tell me which days, Sat., Sun., or both, you would be available.

Who are we? I’d like to give a short talk to argue for the importance of addressing an old question with a new meaning: What is it like to be human? Why do we dare, care and share? Why are we curious, generous and open? We have to deal with these questions before artifical intelligence, genetic engineering and the globalisation of cultures have changed us irreversibly. Many areas of activity in science, technology and the arts offer new perspectives: Sexual selection, algorithmic information theory, perception, nutrition, experimental economics, game theory and network theory, etc. They point to a coherent view of humans as flows and processes, rather than things and objects. Openness is essential. Attention is essential. Time is ripe for a new collective effort at producing a view of human being relevant to our age.

Robotics for the Masses – I would like to present two new technologies that we are public-domaining imminently. One is Gigapan, a technology for taking ultra-high-resolution panoramic images with low-cost equipment. We can generate time lapses of an entire field with enough detail to see individual petals in detail as they bloom and wither. The second is the TeRK site, which is designed to enable non-roboticists to make robots for tools without becoming robotics experts. I will bring Gigapans and TeRK robots with me and would love to show them doing their techie things. Both of these strands have the potential to be useful scientific tools.

Science, not near as much fun as math! :~) But without it the world remains untouchable. Do you want your child with maximum understanding? We better equip the rest to understand her, so that she is heard when speaking about this exquisite world. But how to reach as many as can be reached? Free is not near enough, full access comes close. The challenge is to deliver science, as the compelling, engaging, tantalizing world that it is, the very first frontier to cross into who we are. The quality of that experience needs freedom of expression. NASA World Wind is a bold step towards that. We are delighted to share the not-so-secret secrets thereof.

I could discuss how our fundamental discoveries on bipedal bugs and octopuses, gripping geckos and galloping ghost crabs have provided biological inspiration for the design of robots, artificial muscles and adhesives. I can include a demo of artificial muscles from Artificial Muscle Incorporated. I will bring two robots in development – a gecko-like climbing robot from our collaboration with Stanford and an insect-like hexapedal robot built by our UPenn colleagues. I will carry with me live death-head cockroaches that serve as our inspiration. I could facilitate a discussion of neuromechanical control architectures. I will introduce briefly our new center at Berkeley (CIBER – Center for Interdisciplinary Bio-inspiration in Education and Research) and a new journal – Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. I welcome this group’s creative suggestions not only for the next generation of robots, but also for novel designs using tunable skeletal structures, artificial muscles and dry adhesives

I would be interested in discussing and debating technical and nontechnical issue involving Social Semantic Search and Analytics. There is a significant interest in Social Search, and some interest in Semantic Search. Here is a scenario that probably involves more futuristic capabilities but a modest verion of this can lead to lower hanging fruits involving "little semantics" and "weak semantics" which would involve less infrastructure in creating and maintaining ontologies (albeit my experience shows building and maintaining large ontologies is doable, see Semantic Web: A different perspective on what works and what doesn’t: (a) a research paper is published ;Eg: Semantics Analytics on Social Networks www2006.org/programme/item.php?id=4068], (b) there is a popular press article with numerous factual errors and unsupported conjuctures e.g., this one, (c) there are several versions on popular web sites along with numerous blog postings containing emotional reactions See for example, (d) Tim O’Reilly digs into the facts and sets the record staight in Datamining Social Networking Sites. How can we track the string of these stories along various dimensions [thematic, spatial, temporal] while provding overview, ranking based on various criteria, contextual linking, insights on individual postings, and more? I am interested in more than clustering and linking through statistical analysis which are good to put some stories in font of a reader,but would not sufficiently help someone who needs to creat a cogent understanding of an event or a situation.

I’d like to discuss the planning of a Mountain View Consensus, in response to Bjørn Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus, a ranking of where to spend money on the world’s biggest problems. The frustrating thing about the Copenhagen Consensus is that it is published as a report – so if you think the compund interest rate should be 2% higher, you can only speculate on what the effect would be of changing it. For the Mountain View Consensus we would publish findings as a collaborative spreadsheet, with annotations for the values that different participants place on each variable, and the opportunity for anyone to add annotations. Also, while Lomborg invited only economists, we would include scientists and engineers who understand the technologies, and venture capitalists who understand risk factors and chances of technology bets.

I have two projects I’d like to share at Science Foo–and i’m eager to hear your thoughts on how best to build and deploy them both:
1) An open source project–the Family Medical History Tool –that could graphically capture essential medical data and which could be shared by family members (with this goes a myriad of challenging issues around privacy, HIPPA laws, etc.
2) We’re initiating a "citizen science" approach to a retrospective clinical trial providing open and transparent results real-time. We believe that additional data could be rapidly collected to demonstrate a correlation between drug metabolism and genotype for the 2D6 gene and the drug tamoxifen. Preliminary data shows that 5-10 % of women who are 2D6 poor metabolizers taking tamoxifen (to avoid a reoccurrence of cancer) may be getting nothing more than a placebo effect, and worse, run a 3 times greater risk of a cancer reoccurrence.

I could give a talk and lead a discussion on the status and prospects for advanced nanotechnologies based on digital control of molecular assembly. I’d start by describing machines that already do this (in biology) and how they are being exploited to make nanostructures. I’d then outline a path forward to some very powerful technologies that today can be studied only by means of physical modeling and computational simulation. There are potential applications on a scale relevant to the climate change problem.

Churchill Club Top 10 Tech Trends Debate
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I just got back from the Churchill Club’s 13th Annual Top 10 Tech Trends Debate (site).

Curt Carlson, CEO of SRI, presented their trends from the podium, which are meant to be “provocative, plausible, debatable, and that it will be clear within the next 1-3 years whether or not they will actually become trends.”

Then the panelists debated them. Speaking is Aneesh Chopra, CTO of the U.S., and smirking to his left is Paul Saffo, and then Ajay Senkut from Clarium, then me.

Here are SRI’s 2011 Top 10 Tech Trends [and my votes]:

Trend 1. Age Before Beauty. Technology is designed for—and disproportionately used by—the young. But the young are getting fewer. The big market will be older people. The aging generation has grown up with, and is comfortable with, most technology—but not with today’s latest technology products. Technology product designers will discover the Baby Boomer’s technology comfort zone and will leverage it in the design of new devices. One example today is the Jitterbug cell phone with a large keypad for easy dialing and powerful speakers for clear sound. The trend is for Baby Boomers to dictate the technology products of the future.

[I voted YES, it’s an important and underserved market, but for tech products, they are not the early adopters. The key issue is age-inspired entrepreneurship. How can we get the entrepreneurial mind focused on this important market?]

Trend 2. The Doctor Is In. Some of our political leaders say that we have "the best medical care system in the world". Think what it must be like in the rest of the world! There are many problems, but one is the high cost of delivering expert advice. With the development of practical virtual personal assistants, powered by artificial intelligence and pervasive low-cost sensors, “the doctor will be in”—online—for people around the world. Instead of the current Web paradigm: “fill out this form, and we’ll show you information about what might be ailing you”, this will be true diagnosis—supporting, and in some cases replacing—human medical practitioners. We were sending X-rays to India to be read; now India is connecting to doctors here for diagnosis in India. We see the idea in websites that now offer online videoconference interaction with a doctor. The next step is automation. The trend is toward complete automation: a combination of artificial intelligence, the Internet, and very low-cost medical instrumentation to provide high-quality diagnostics and advice—including answering patient questions—online to a worldwide audience.

[NO. Most doctor check-ups and diagnoses will still need to be conducted in-person (blood tests, physical exams, etc). Sensor technology can’t completely replace human medical practitioners in the near future. Once we have the physical interface (people for now), then the networking and AI capabilities can engage, bringing specialist reactions to locally collected data. The real near-term trend in point-of-care is the adoption of iPads/phones connected to cloud services like ePocrates and Athenahealth and soon EMRs.]

Trend 3. Made for Me. Manufacturing is undergoing a revolution. It is becoming technically and economically possible to create products that are unique to the specific needs of individuals. For example, a cell phone that has only the hardware you need to support the features you want—making it lighter, thinner, more efficient, much cheaper, and easier to use. This level of customization is being made possible by converging technical advances: new 3D printing technology is well documented, and networked micro-robotics is following. 3D printing now includes applications in jewelry, industrial design, and dentistry. While all of us may not be good product designers, we have different needs, and we know what we want. The trend is toward practical, one-off production of physical goods in widely distributed micro-factories: the ultimate customization of products. The trend is toward practical, one-off production of physical goods in widely distributed micro-factories: the ultimate customization of products.

[NO. Personalization is happening just fine at the software level. The UI skins and app code is changeable at zero incremental cost. Code permeates outward into the various vessels we build for it. The iPhone. Soon, the car (e.g. Tesla Sedan). Even the electrical circuits (when using an FPGA). This will extend naturally to biological code, with DNA synthesis costs plummeting (but that will likely stay centralized in BioFabs for the next 3 years. When it comes to building custom physical things, the cost and design challenges relegate it to prototyping, tinkering and hacks. Too many people have a difficult time in 3D content creation. The problem is the 2D interfaces of mouse and screen. Perhaps a multitouch interface to digital clay could help, where the polygons snap to fit after the form is molded by hand.]

Trend 4. Pay Me Now. Information about our personal behavior and characteristics is exploited regularly for commercial purposes, often returning little or no value to us, and sometimes without our knowledge. This knowledge is becoming a key asset and a major competitive advantage for the companies that gather it. Think of your supermarket club card. These knowledge-gatherers will need to get smarter and more aggressive in convincing us to share our information with them and not with their competitors. If TV advertisers could know who the viewers are, the value of the commercials would go up enormously. The trend is technology and business models based on attracting consumers to share large amounts of information exclusively with service providers.

[YES, but it’s nothing new. Amazon makes more on merchandising than product sales margin. And, certain companies are getting better and better at acquiring customer information and personalizing offerings specifically to these customers. RichRelevance provides this for ecommerce (driving 25% of all e-commerce on Black Friday). Across all those vendors, the average lift from personalizing the shopping experience: 15% increase in overall sales and 8% increase in long-term profitability. But, simply being explicit and transparent to the consumer about the source of the data can increase the effectiveness of targeted programs by up to 100% (e.g., saying “Because you bought this product and other consumers who bought it also bought this other product" yielded a 100% increase in product recommendation effectiveness in numerous A/B tests). Social graph is incredibly valuable as a marketing tool.]

Trend 5. Rosie, At Last. We’ve been waiting a long time for robots to live in and run our homes, like Rosie in the Jetsons’ household. It’s happening a little now: robots are finally starting to leave the manufacturing floor and enter people’s homes, offices, and highways. Robots can climb walls, fly, and run. We all know the Roomba for cleaning floors—and now there’s the Verro for your pool. Real-time vision and other sensors, and affordable precise manipulation, are enabling robots to assist in our care, drive our cars, and protect our homes and property. We need to broaden our view of robots and the forms they will take—think of a self-loading robot-compliant dishwasher or a self-protecting house. The trend is robots becoming embedded in our environments, and taking advantage of the cloud, to understand and fulfill our needs.

[NO. Not in 3 years. Wanting it badly does not make it so. But I just love that Google RoboCar. Robots are not leaving the factory floor – that’s where the opportunity for newer robots and even humanoid robots will begin. There is plenty of factory work still to be automated. Rodney Brooks of MIT thinks they can be cheaper than the cheapest outsourced labor. So the robots are coming, to the factory and the roads to start, and then the home.]

Trend 6. Social, Really. The rise of social networks is well documented, but they’re not really social networks. They’re a mix of friends, strangers, organizations, hucksters—it’s more like walking through a rowdy crowd in Times Square at night with a group of friends. There is a growing need for social networks that reflect the fundamental nature of human relationships: known identities, mutual trust, controlled levels of intimacy, and boundaries of shared information. The trend is the rise of true social networks, designed to maintain real, respectful relationships online.

[YES. The ambient intimacy of Facebook is leading to some startling statistics on fB evidence reuse by divorce lawyers (80%) and employment rejections (70%). There are differing approaches to solve this problem: Altly’s alternative networks with partioning and control, Jildy’s better filtering and auto-segmentation, and Path’s 50 friend limit.]

Trend 7. In-Your-Face Augmented Reality. With ever-cheaper computation and advances in computer vision technology, augmented reality is becoming practical, even in mobile devices. We will move beyond expensive telepresence environments and virtual reality games to fully immersive environments—in the office, on the factory floor, in medical care facilities, and in new entertainment venues. I once did an experiment where a person came into a room and sat down at a desk against a large, 3D, high-definition TV display. The projected image showed a room with a similar desk up against the screen. The person would put on 3D glasses, and then a projected person would enter and sit down at the other table. After talking for 5 to 10 minutes, the projected person would stand up and put their hand out. Most of the time, the first person would also stand up and put their hand into the screen—they had quickly adapted and forgotten that the other person was not in the room. Augmented reality will become indistinguishable from reality. The trend is an enchanted world— The trend is hyper-resolution augmented reality and hyper-accurate artificial people and objects that fundamentally enhance people’s experience of the world.

[NO, lenticular screens are too expensive and 3D glasses are a pain in the cortex. Augmented reality with iPhones is great, and pragmatic, but not a top 10 trend IMHO]

Trend 8. Engineering by Biologists.
Biologists and engineers are different kinds of people—unless they are working on synthetic biology. We know about genetically engineered foods and creatures, such as gold fish in multiple other colors. Next we’ll have biologically engineered circuits and devices. Evolution has created adaptive processing and system resiliency that is much more advanced than anything we’ve been able to design. We are learning how to tap into that natural expertise, designing devices using the mechanisms of biology. We have already seen simple biological circuits in the laboratory. The trend is practical, engineered artifacts, devices, and computers based on biology rather than just on silicon.

[YES, and NO because it was so badly mangled as a trend. For the next few years, these approaches will be used for fuels and chemicals and materials processing because they lend themselves to a 3D fluid medium. Then 2D self-assembling monolayers. And eventually chips , starting with memory and sensor arrays long before heterogeneous logic. And processes of biology will be an inspiration throughout (evolution, self-assembly, etc.). Having made predictions along these themes for about a decade now, the wording of this one frustrated me]

Trend 9. ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple. Cyber attacks are ever more frequent and effective. Most attacks exploit holes that are inevitable given the complexity of the software products we use every day. Cyber researchers really understand this. To avoid these vulnerabilities, some cyber researchers are beginning to use only simple infrastructure and applications that are throwbacks to the computing world of two decades ago. As simplicity is shown to be an effective approach for avoiding attack, it will become the guiding principle of software design. The trend is cyber defense through widespread adoption of simple, low-feature software for consumers and businesses.

[No. I understand the advantages of being open, and of heterogencity of code (to avoid monoculture collapse), but we have long ago left the domain of simple. Yes, Internet transport protocols won via simplicity. The presentation layer, not so much. If you want dumb pipes, you need smart edges, and smart edges can be hacked. Graham Spencer gave a great talk at SFI: the trend towards transport simplicity (e.g. dumb pipes) and "intelligence in the edges" led to mixing code and data, which in turn led to all kinds of XSS-like attacks. Drive-by downloading (enabled by XSS) is the most popular vehicle for delivering malware these days.]

Trend 10. Reverse Innovation. Mobile communication is proliferating at an astonishing rate in developing countries as price-points drop and wireless infrastructure improves. As developing countries leapfrog the need for physical infrastructure and brokers, using mobile apps to conduct micro-scale business and to improve quality of life, they are innovating new applications. The developing world is quickly becoming the largest market we’ve ever seen—for mobile computing and much more. The trend is for developing countries to turn around the flow of innovation: Silicon Valley will begin to learn more from them about innovative applications than they need to learn from us about the underlying technology.

[YES, globalization is a megatrend still in the making. The mobile markets are clearly China, India and Korea, with app layer innovation increasingly originating there. Not completely of course, but we have a lot to learn from the early-adopter economies.]

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Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer Portscapes
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The project by Swiss artists Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer emerges from the medium of the collective human voice, the tradition of the aspirational social anthem alongside the artists’ long standing interest in energy use. The project started with the transportation of a wooden stage along the Rhine from Basel (where the Rhine begins), near the artists’ home, to Rotterdam (where the Rhine joins the sea). Upon arrival a local choir performed this anthem of hope-in-action (composed by the artists in collaboration with musician Mathias Vette) on the stage, against a backdrop of local industry, to mark man’s changing relationship with fossil fuels and energy use.

The choir performances took place on the 7th and 8th November in Rotterdam’s Haven Museum and in Maasvlakte respectively.

Roman Keller and Christina Hemauer’s participation has been made possible thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia.

portscapes.nl/eng/roman-keller-christina-hemauer
www.lttds.org/projects/current/Portscapes/Portscapes.html

‘Portscapes’ is commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advice and support from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space) and is curated by Latitudes.

All images: Latitudes | www.lttds.org, some are courtesy SKOR / Photo: Paloma Polo, please check individual credits

Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer Portscapes
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The project by Swiss artists Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer emerges from the medium of the collective human voice, the tradition of the aspirational social anthem alongside the artists’ long standing interest in energy use. The project started with the transportation of a wooden stage along the Rhine from Basel (where the Rhine begins), near the artists’ home, to Rotterdam (where the Rhine joins the sea). Upon arrival a local choir performed this anthem of hope-in-action (composed by the artists in collaboration with musician Mathias Vette) on the stage, against a backdrop of local industry, to mark man’s changing relationship with fossil fuels and energy use.

The choir performances took place on the 7th and 8th November in Rotterdam’s Haven Museum and in Maasvlakte respectively.

Roman Keller and Christina Hemauer’s participation has been made possible thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia.

portscapes.nl/eng/roman-keller-christina-hemauer
www.lttds.org/projects/current/Portscapes/Portscapes.html

‘Portscapes’ is commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advice and support from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space) and is curated by Latitudes.

All images: Latitudes | www.lttds.org, some are courtesy SKOR / Photo: Paloma Polo, please check individual credits

Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer Portscapes
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The project by Swiss artists Roman Keller & Christina Hemauer emerges from the medium of the collective human voice, the tradition of the aspirational social anthem alongside the artists’ long standing interest in energy use. The project started with the transportation of a wooden stage along the Rhine from Basel (where the Rhine begins), near the artists’ home, to Rotterdam (where the Rhine joins the sea). Upon arrival a local choir performed this anthem of hope-in-action (composed by the artists in collaboration with musician Mathias Vette) on the stage, against a backdrop of local industry, to mark man’s changing relationship with fossil fuels and energy use.

The choir performances took place on the 7th and 8th November in Rotterdam’s Haven Museum and in Maasvlakte respectively.

Roman Keller and Christina Hemauer’s participation has been made possible thanks to the support of Pro Helvetia.

portscapes.nl/eng/roman-keller-christina-hemauer
www.lttds.org/projects/current/Portscapes/Portscapes.html

‘Portscapes’ is commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advice and support from SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space) and is curated by Latitudes.

All images: Latitudes | www.lttds.org, some are courtesy SKOR / Photo: Paloma Polo, please check individual credits

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Yellow Sweetclower, Common Melilot, Melilotus officinalis….Cỏ Ba Lá ngọt ….#4
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Taken on March 28, 2012 in Waco city, Texas state, Southern of The United States of America.

Vietnamese named : Cỏ Ba Lá ngọt .
Common names : Yellow Sweetclower, Common Melilot, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot.
Scientist name : Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam. Sweetclover.
Synonyms :
Familly : Fabaceae – Pea family
Kingdom : Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom : Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision : Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division : Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class : Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass : Rosidae
Order :" Fabales
Genus : Melilotus Mill. – sweetclover
Species : Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam. – sweetclover

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SynonymsM. arvensis.
Known Hazards The dried leaves can be toxic. though the fresh leaves are quite safe to use. This is possibly due to the presence of coumarin, the substance that gives some dried plants the smell of new mown hay, if taken internally it can prevent the blood clotting.
HabitatsGrassy fields and roadsides, avoiding acid soils[17].
RangeEurope to E. Asia. Naturalized in Britain.

Physical Characteristics
Melilotus officinalis is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.7 m (2ft 4in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It can fix Nitrogen.

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Habitats
Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Root; Seedpod.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Root[46, 105, 172]. Consumed as a food by the Kalmuks[183]. Young shoots – cooked. Used like asparagus[183]. Young leaves are eaten in salads[13]. The leaves and seedpods are cooked as a vegetable[8, 55, 172]. They are used as a flavouring[46]. Only fresh leaves should be used, see the notes above on toxicity[62]. The crushed dried leaves can be used as a vanilla flavouring in puddings, pastries etc[177, 183, 238]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Flowers – raw or cooked[172]. The flowers and seeds are used as a flavouring[2]. The flowers also give an aromatic quality to some tisanes[7].

Medicinal Uses

Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Antispasmodic; Aromatic; Carminative; Diuretic; Emollient; Expectorant; Ophthalmic; Vulnerary.

Melilot, used either externally or internally, can help treat varicose veins and haemorrhoids though it requires a long-term treatment for the effect to be realised[254]. Use of the plant also helps to reduce the risk of phlebitis and thrombosis[254]. Melilot contains coumarins and, as the plant dries or spoils, these become converted to dicoumarol, a powerful anticoagulant[254]. Thus the plant should be used with some caution, it should not be prescribed to patients with a history of poor blood clotting or who are taking warfarin medication[238]. See also the notes above on toxicity[21]. The flowering plant is antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diuretic, emollient, mildly expectorant, mildly sedative and vulnerary[4, 7, 9, 13, 21, 238, 240]. An infusion is used in the treatment of sleeplessness, nervous tension, neuralgia, palpitations, varicose veins, painful congestive menstruation, in the prevention of thrombosis, flatulence and intestinal disorders[7, 238]. Externally, it is used to treat eye inflammations, rheumatic pains, swollen joints, severe bruising, boils and erysipelas, whilst a decoction is added to the bath-water[9, 238]. The flowering plant is harvested in the summer and can be dried for later use[7]. A distilled water obtained from the flowering tops is an effective treatment for conjunctivitis[7].
Other Uses
Green manure; Repellent.

The leaves contain coumarin and they release the pleasant smell of newly mown hay when they are drying[238]. The leaves are dried and used as an insect repellent[169, 172], especially in order to repel moths from clothing[13, 100, 238]. They can be put in pillows, mattresses etc[178]. Poorly dried or fermented leaves produce a substance called dicoumarol. This is a potent anti-coagulant which is extremely poisonous in excess, it prevents the blood from coagulating and so it is possible to bleed to death from very small wounds. Dicoumarol is used in rat poisons[238]. The plant can be used as a green manure, enriching the soil with nitrogen as well a providing organic matter[238].
Cultivation details
Prefers a well-drained to dry neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny position[238]. Prefers a clay or a saline soil[13]. Dislikes shade. Established plants are drought tolerant[238]. The flowers are rich in pollen making this a good bee plant[4, 7, 8, 13]. If they are cut back before flowering, the plants will grow on for at least another year before dying[115]. The dried plant has a sweet aromatic fragrance like newly mown hay[245]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

Propagation
Seed – sow spring to mid-summer in situ[87]. Pre-soaking the seed for 12 hours in warm water will speed up the germination process, particularly in dry weather[K]. Germination will usually take place within 2 weeks.

**** health-from-nature.net/Yellow_Sweetclover.html
Common name: Yellow Sweetclower
Latin name: Melilotus officinalis
Other names: Common Melilot, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot
Family: Fabaceae
Habitat: The plant is native to Europe and Asia. It can be found in open fields, along roadsides and pastures.
Description: Yellow Sweetclover is a herbaceous annual or biennial plant. It can grow up to 2 meters in height. It has erect, channeled and furrowed stems, usually pubescent near the tip. Leaves are alternate and compound, with oblong and serrated leaflets. Flowers are small and yellow, grouped in terminal and axillary racemes.
Parts used: Whole plant
Useful components: Coumarine
Medicinal use: Yellow Sweetclover is considered to be an antibacterial, anticoagulant, astringent, laxative, carminative and emollient. The plant is very helpful in removing gas from the digestive system and in inducing urination. It can improve blood circulation, and be of great help in treatments of varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It can also be helpful in treatments of wounds, cuts and bruises. Used in form of a tea, Yellow Sweetclower is beneficial in cases of nervous tensions, painful menstruation, insomnia and palpitations.
Safety: Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore, it is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption of any herb.

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Anthoxanthum odoratum Carphephorus odoratissimus Dipteryx odorata Dipteryx oppositifolia Galium odoratum Hierochloe odorata Jumellea fragrans Melilotus albus Melilotus officinalis
The leaves and flowering tops of Melilotus officinalis, Willdenow (Melilotus vulgaris, Eaton and Wright; Trifolium officinale, Linné).
Nat. Ord.—Leguminosae.
COMMON NAMES: Sweet clover, Yellow melilot, Yellow melilot clover.
ILLUSTRATION: Johnson, Med. Bot. of N. A., Fig. 120.

Botanical Source, History and Description.—Yellow melilot has an erect, sulcate stem, about 3 (2 to 4) feet high, with spreading branches. The leaves are pinnately trifoliate; the leaflets obovate-oblong, obtuse and Smooth, with remote, mucronate teeth. The flowers are yellow, in one-sided, spicate, axillary, loose, paniculate racemes; the calyx half as long as the corolla; the legume ovoid and 2-seeded. The petals in this species are of about equal length. It is an indigenous annual, growing in alluvial meadows, and flowering in June. The whole plant is scented, having nearly the odor of the sweet-scented vernal grass, Anthoxanthum odoratum. The taste of the plant, when dried, is somewhat pungent, aromatic, and bitterish. A closely related species, the Melilotus officinalis of Desrousseaux (M. diffusa, Koch; M. arvensis, Walroth) of Europe, is collected also with the foregoing species. It has light-yellow flowers having short carinas, while the fruit is a transversely-rugose, obovate, usually 1-seeded legume. An American species, having white flowers, probably has virtues similar to yellow melilot. It is the Melilotus alba, Lamarck (Melilotus officinalis, Pursh; Melilotus officinalis, var. alba, Nuttall; Melilotus leucantha, Koch). In this species the standard is longer than the other petals. It is known as White melilot, White melilot clover, or Sweet-scented clover, and is a biennial, with an erect, robust, very branching, sulcate stem, 4 to 6 feet high. The leaflets are variable, oval, ovate, ovate-oblong, truncate, and mucronate at the apex, remotely serrate, and 1 or 2 inches long; stipules setaceous. The flowers are white, numerous, the racemes more loose and longer than in the first species. The petals are unequal, the banner longer than wings or keel, and the calyx shorter than the corolla by more than one-half. This plant grows in similar situations with M. officinalis, flowering in July and August, and having a sweet fragrance, which is improved upon being dried—(W.).

Chemical Composition.—The characteristic constituent of melilotus is the aromatic, crystallizable coumarin (C9H6O2), which is the anhydrid of ortho-coumaric acid (C6H4OH.CHCHCOOH). The latter, and hydrocoumaric (melilotic) acid (C6H4OH.CH2CH2COOH) likewise occur in the plant. Cumarin forms with melilotic acid a crystallizable compound (Zwenger and Bodenbender). Melilotol of Phipson (1875), is a volatile oil, probably the anhydrid (lactone) of melilotic acid. As much as 0.2 per cent has been obtained by distilling the fresh herb with water. Chenopodin, a crystallizable principle occurring quite frequently in various plants, was observed by Reinsch (1867) as a deposit from an alcoholic extract of Melilotus alba; it is probably identical with leucin (amido-caproic acid, C5H10NH2COOH) (Flückiger, Pharmacognosie, 1891).

Coumarin is also the odoriferous principle of many other plants, occurring, e. g., in Tonka beans where it was first discovered; in Liatris, Asperula odorata, etc. (see list of coumarin-bearing plants in Husemann and Hilger, Pflanzenstoffe, p. 1037). It was found in melilotus only in small quantity (about 0.04 per cent, in combination with melilotic acid). Coumarin is now obtained synthetically by the action of acetic anhydrid and sodium acetate upon the sodium compound of salicylic aldehyde (C6H4OHCHO). It forms hard, colorless prisms, melting at 67° C. (152.6° F.), and boiling at 291° C. (608° F.). It sublimes, however, at ordinary temperature, in the form of white needles; sometimes it is found in crystals on the herb. Coumarin is soluble in ether, volatile and fatty oils, in acetic and tartaric acids, also soluble in boiling alcohol, and requires 400 parts of cold, and 45 parts of hot water for solution. Hot alkalies convert it into ortho-coumaric acid.

Ɣ Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Melilotus (species), placed between woolen clothing, is used in Europe to guard against the ravages of the moth. The medicinal properties of melilotus are undoubtedly chiefly due to coumarin. Ɣ Many observers have found it peculiarly effective in certain painful disorders, particularly neuralgias of long standing and associated with debility. It is adapted to idiopathic neuralgic headaches, and to neuralgic affections not depending upon reflex causes, although it has given good results in headaches arising from painful disorders of the stomach. Recurring neuralgia, especially from cold or fatigue, have been promptly relieved by small doses of the drug. It relieves ovarian neuralgia sometimes as if by magic, and in dysmenorrhoea its beneficial effect is observed when lameness and soreness are prominent symptoms, and particularly when the trouble seems to follow the great sciatic nerve. Rheumatic cases, showing marked lameness, are also said to be cases for its exhibition. It is likewise of value in painful dysuria, colic, painful diarrhoea, and menstrual colic. Gastralgia, neuralgia of the stomach, and other abdominal viscera, have been promptly relieved by it, and a prominent symptom in these disorders, that has been met by the drug, is the coldness of the extremities. We should remember melilotus in painful states, with coldness, and marked soreness or tenderness to the touch. Dose of specific melilotus, 1 to 10 drops; of a strong tincture, 1 to 20 drops. The leaves and flowers of these two plants (M. officinalis and M. alba) are boiled in lard, and formed into an ointment, which is found of utility as an application to all kinds of ulcers. The Vanilla, or Seneca grass, used for a stimulant purpose, is the Hierochloë borealis.

Specific Indications and Uses.—Idiopathic headaches; long-standing neuralgias; coldness, tenderness, lameness or marked soreness of parts; painful menstruation with lameness or sensation of cold; menstrual colic; ovarian neuralgia; colic with diarrhoea and much flatus.

Related Drugs.—TONKA BEANS. These are derived from the Dipteryx odorata, Willdenow (Coumarouna odorata, Aublet, a large, papilionaceous tree inhabiting Guiana. The fruit consists of an oblong-ovate, 1-seeded legume. The seed, or part employed, is somewhat 2-edged, appearing compressed, blackish-brown in color, and has a brittle, shining, or fatty-like skin, is deeply rugose, and has an oily, pale-brown kernel. The seeds possess an aromatic, bitterish taste, and a balsamic, agreeable, vanilla-like odor. The chief constituent, and the one upon which its odor depends, is coumarin (see Melilotus), which is often found between the two halves of the seeds, and upon the surface, as an efflorescence. Coumarin was first observed in Tonka beans, in 1820, by Vogel, who held it to be benzoic acid. Guibourt soon afterward declared it to be a different substance, and gave it its present name. Tonka beans are about 2 inches long. A variety known as English Tonka beans, are smoother, smaller, and do not contain as much coumarin as the preceding, 108 grains having been yielded by 1 pound of true Tonka beans. The English Tonka bean is the seed of Dipteryx oppositifolia, Willdenow. Tonka depends undoubtedly upon coumarin for its virtues. Pronounced narcotic effects have been observed from coumarin, which is also a cardiac stimulant, and finally paralyzes the heart. Dr. Laurence Johnson attributes the evil effects of cigarette smoking to this principle, for among the substances used in preparing cigarettes are plants containing coumarin, notably Liatris odoratissima. A fluid extract of Tonka bean has been used in pertussis.

FAHAM LEAVES.—The leaves of Angraecum fragrans, belonging to the Orchidaceae. They have a strong and delicious aroma, and a sharp, aromatic taste. Introduced at one time in France as a substitute for ordinary tea. Fifteen grains are infused in a cup of cold water, brought to a boil for 10 minutes, poured into a closed container, and sweetened when partaken of. It comes from Mauritius and the Isle of Reunion, and contains coumarin.

Yellow Sweetclower, Common Melilot, Melilotus officinalis….Cỏ Ba Lá ngọt ….#6
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Image by Vietnam Plants & The USA. plants
Taken on March 28, 2012 in Waco city, Texas state, Southern of The United States of America.

Vietnamese named : Cỏ Ba Lá ngọt .
Common names : Yellow Sweetclower, Common Melilot, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot.
Scientist name : Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam. Sweetclover.
Synonyms :
Familly : Fabaceae – Pea family
Kingdom : Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom : Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision : Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division : Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class : Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass : Rosidae
Order :" Fabales
Genus : Melilotus Mill. – sweetclover
Species : Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam. – sweetclover

**** www.bachkhoatrithuc.vn/encyclopedia/4668-02-6339309819081… :

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**** plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=meof
**** en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melilotus_officinalis

**** www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Melilotus+officinalis : Click on link to read enough information, please.
SynonymsM. arvensis.
Known Hazards The dried leaves can be toxic. though the fresh leaves are quite safe to use. This is possibly due to the presence of coumarin, the substance that gives some dried plants the smell of new mown hay, if taken internally it can prevent the blood clotting.
HabitatsGrassy fields and roadsides, avoiding acid soils[17].
RangeEurope to E. Asia. Naturalized in Britain.

Physical Characteristics
Melilotus officinalis is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.7 m (2ft 4in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It can fix Nitrogen.

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Habitats
Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Root; Seedpod.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Root[46, 105, 172]. Consumed as a food by the Kalmuks[183]. Young shoots – cooked. Used like asparagus[183]. Young leaves are eaten in salads[13]. The leaves and seedpods are cooked as a vegetable[8, 55, 172]. They are used as a flavouring[46]. Only fresh leaves should be used, see the notes above on toxicity[62]. The crushed dried leaves can be used as a vanilla flavouring in puddings, pastries etc[177, 183, 238]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Flowers – raw or cooked[172]. The flowers and seeds are used as a flavouring[2]. The flowers also give an aromatic quality to some tisanes[7].

Medicinal Uses

Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Antispasmodic; Aromatic; Carminative; Diuretic; Emollient; Expectorant; Ophthalmic; Vulnerary.

Melilot, used either externally or internally, can help treat varicose veins and haemorrhoids though it requires a long-term treatment for the effect to be realised[254]. Use of the plant also helps to reduce the risk of phlebitis and thrombosis[254]. Melilot contains coumarins and, as the plant dries or spoils, these become converted to dicoumarol, a powerful anticoagulant[254]. Thus the plant should be used with some caution, it should not be prescribed to patients with a history of poor blood clotting or who are taking warfarin medication[238]. See also the notes above on toxicity[21]. The flowering plant is antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diuretic, emollient, mildly expectorant, mildly sedative and vulnerary[4, 7, 9, 13, 21, 238, 240]. An infusion is used in the treatment of sleeplessness, nervous tension, neuralgia, palpitations, varicose veins, painful congestive menstruation, in the prevention of thrombosis, flatulence and intestinal disorders[7, 238]. Externally, it is used to treat eye inflammations, rheumatic pains, swollen joints, severe bruising, boils and erysipelas, whilst a decoction is added to the bath-water[9, 238]. The flowering plant is harvested in the summer and can be dried for later use[7]. A distilled water obtained from the flowering tops is an effective treatment for conjunctivitis[7].
Other Uses
Green manure; Repellent.

The leaves contain coumarin and they release the pleasant smell of newly mown hay when they are drying[238]. The leaves are dried and used as an insect repellent[169, 172], especially in order to repel moths from clothing[13, 100, 238]. They can be put in pillows, mattresses etc[178]. Poorly dried or fermented leaves produce a substance called dicoumarol. This is a potent anti-coagulant which is extremely poisonous in excess, it prevents the blood from coagulating and so it is possible to bleed to death from very small wounds. Dicoumarol is used in rat poisons[238]. The plant can be used as a green manure, enriching the soil with nitrogen as well a providing organic matter[238].
Cultivation details
Prefers a well-drained to dry neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny position[238]. Prefers a clay or a saline soil[13]. Dislikes shade. Established plants are drought tolerant[238]. The flowers are rich in pollen making this a good bee plant[4, 7, 8, 13]. If they are cut back before flowering, the plants will grow on for at least another year before dying[115]. The dried plant has a sweet aromatic fragrance like newly mown hay[245]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

Propagation
Seed – sow spring to mid-summer in situ[87]. Pre-soaking the seed for 12 hours in warm water will speed up the germination process, particularly in dry weather[K]. Germination will usually take place within 2 weeks.

**** health-from-nature.net/Yellow_Sweetclover.html
Common name: Yellow Sweetclower
Latin name: Melilotus officinalis
Other names: Common Melilot, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot
Family: Fabaceae
Habitat: The plant is native to Europe and Asia. It can be found in open fields, along roadsides and pastures.
Description: Yellow Sweetclover is a herbaceous annual or biennial plant. It can grow up to 2 meters in height. It has erect, channeled and furrowed stems, usually pubescent near the tip. Leaves are alternate and compound, with oblong and serrated leaflets. Flowers are small and yellow, grouped in terminal and axillary racemes.
Parts used: Whole plant
Useful components: Coumarine
Medicinal use: Yellow Sweetclover is considered to be an antibacterial, anticoagulant, astringent, laxative, carminative and emollient. The plant is very helpful in removing gas from the digestive system and in inducing urination. It can improve blood circulation, and be of great help in treatments of varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It can also be helpful in treatments of wounds, cuts and bruises. Used in form of a tea, Yellow Sweetclower is beneficial in cases of nervous tensions, painful menstruation, insomnia and palpitations.
Safety: Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore, it is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption of any herb.

**** www.henriettesherbal.com/eclectic/kings/melilotus.html

Anthoxanthum odoratum Carphephorus odoratissimus Dipteryx odorata Dipteryx oppositifolia Galium odoratum Hierochloe odorata Jumellea fragrans Melilotus albus Melilotus officinalis
The leaves and flowering tops of Melilotus officinalis, Willdenow (Melilotus vulgaris, Eaton and Wright; Trifolium officinale, Linné).
Nat. Ord.—Leguminosae.
COMMON NAMES: Sweet clover, Yellow melilot, Yellow melilot clover.
ILLUSTRATION: Johnson, Med. Bot. of N. A., Fig. 120.

Botanical Source, History and Description.—Yellow melilot has an erect, sulcate stem, about 3 (2 to 4) feet high, with spreading branches. The leaves are pinnately trifoliate; the leaflets obovate-oblong, obtuse and Smooth, with remote, mucronate teeth. The flowers are yellow, in one-sided, spicate, axillary, loose, paniculate racemes; the calyx half as long as the corolla; the legume ovoid and 2-seeded. The petals in this species are of about equal length. It is an indigenous annual, growing in alluvial meadows, and flowering in June. The whole plant is scented, having nearly the odor of the sweet-scented vernal grass, Anthoxanthum odoratum. The taste of the plant, when dried, is somewhat pungent, aromatic, and bitterish. A closely related species, the Melilotus officinalis of Desrousseaux (M. diffusa, Koch; M. arvensis, Walroth) of Europe, is collected also with the foregoing species. It has light-yellow flowers having short carinas, while the fruit is a transversely-rugose, obovate, usually 1-seeded legume. An American species, having white flowers, probably has virtues similar to yellow melilot. It is the Melilotus alba, Lamarck (Melilotus officinalis, Pursh; Melilotus officinalis, var. alba, Nuttall; Melilotus leucantha, Koch). In this species the standard is longer than the other petals. It is known as White melilot, White melilot clover, or Sweet-scented clover, and is a biennial, with an erect, robust, very branching, sulcate stem, 4 to 6 feet high. The leaflets are variable, oval, ovate, ovate-oblong, truncate, and mucronate at the apex, remotely serrate, and 1 or 2 inches long; stipules setaceous. The flowers are white, numerous, the racemes more loose and longer than in the first species. The petals are unequal, the banner longer than wings or keel, and the calyx shorter than the corolla by more than one-half. This plant grows in similar situations with M. officinalis, flowering in July and August, and having a sweet fragrance, which is improved upon being dried—(W.).

Chemical Composition.—The characteristic constituent of melilotus is the aromatic, crystallizable coumarin (C9H6O2), which is the anhydrid of ortho-coumaric acid (C6H4OH.CHCHCOOH). The latter, and hydrocoumaric (melilotic) acid (C6H4OH.CH2CH2COOH) likewise occur in the plant. Cumarin forms with melilotic acid a crystallizable compound (Zwenger and Bodenbender). Melilotol of Phipson (1875), is a volatile oil, probably the anhydrid (lactone) of melilotic acid. As much as 0.2 per cent has been obtained by distilling the fresh herb with water. Chenopodin, a crystallizable principle occurring quite frequently in various plants, was observed by Reinsch (1867) as a deposit from an alcoholic extract of Melilotus alba; it is probably identical with leucin (amido-caproic acid, C5H10NH2COOH) (Flückiger, Pharmacognosie, 1891).

Coumarin is also the odoriferous principle of many other plants, occurring, e. g., in Tonka beans where it was first discovered; in Liatris, Asperula odorata, etc. (see list of coumarin-bearing plants in Husemann and Hilger, Pflanzenstoffe, p. 1037). It was found in melilotus only in small quantity (about 0.04 per cent, in combination with melilotic acid). Coumarin is now obtained synthetically by the action of acetic anhydrid and sodium acetate upon the sodium compound of salicylic aldehyde (C6H4OHCHO). It forms hard, colorless prisms, melting at 67° C. (152.6° F.), and boiling at 291° C. (608° F.). It sublimes, however, at ordinary temperature, in the form of white needles; sometimes it is found in crystals on the herb. Coumarin is soluble in ether, volatile and fatty oils, in acetic and tartaric acids, also soluble in boiling alcohol, and requires 400 parts of cold, and 45 parts of hot water for solution. Hot alkalies convert it into ortho-coumaric acid.

Ɣ Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—Melilotus (species), placed between woolen clothing, is used in Europe to guard against the ravages of the moth. The medicinal properties of melilotus are undoubtedly chiefly due to coumarin. Ɣ Many observers have found it peculiarly effective in certain painful disorders, particularly neuralgias of long standing and associated with debility. It is adapted to idiopathic neuralgic headaches, and to neuralgic affections not depending upon reflex causes, although it has given good results in headaches arising from painful disorders of the stomach. Recurring neuralgia, especially from cold or fatigue, have been promptly relieved by small doses of the drug. It relieves ovarian neuralgia sometimes as if by magic, and in dysmenorrhoea its beneficial effect is observed when lameness and soreness are prominent symptoms, and particularly when the trouble seems to follow the great sciatic nerve. Rheumatic cases, showing marked lameness, are also said to be cases for its exhibition. It is likewise of value in painful dysuria, colic, painful diarrhoea, and menstrual colic. Gastralgia, neuralgia of the stomach, and other abdominal viscera, have been promptly relieved by it, and a prominent symptom in these disorders, that has been met by the drug, is the coldness of the extremities. We should remember melilotus in painful states, with coldness, and marked soreness or tenderness to the touch. Dose of specific melilotus, 1 to 10 drops; of a strong tincture, 1 to 20 drops. The leaves and flowers of these two plants (M. officinalis and M. alba) are boiled in lard, and formed into an ointment, which is found of utility as an application to all kinds of ulcers. The Vanilla, or Seneca grass, used for a stimulant purpose, is the Hierochloë borealis.

Specific Indications and Uses.—Idiopathic headaches; long-standing neuralgias; coldness, tenderness, lameness or marked soreness of parts; painful menstruation with lameness or sensation of cold; menstrual colic; ovarian neuralgia; colic with diarrhoea and much flatus.

Related Drugs.—TONKA BEANS. These are derived from the Dipteryx odorata, Willdenow (Coumarouna odorata, Aublet, a large, papilionaceous tree inhabiting Guiana. The fruit consists of an oblong-ovate, 1-seeded legume. The seed, or part employed, is somewhat 2-edged, appearing compressed, blackish-brown in color, and has a brittle, shining, or fatty-like skin, is deeply rugose, and has an oily, pale-brown kernel. The seeds possess an aromatic, bitterish taste, and a balsamic, agreeable, vanilla-like odor. The chief constituent, and the one upon which its odor depends, is coumarin (see Melilotus), which is often found between the two halves of the seeds, and upon the surface, as an efflorescence. Coumarin was first observed in Tonka beans, in 1820, by Vogel, who held it to be benzoic acid. Guibourt soon afterward declared it to be a different substance, and gave it its present name. Tonka beans are about 2 inches long. A variety known as English Tonka beans, are smoother, smaller, and do not contain as much coumarin as the preceding, 108 grains having been yielded by 1 pound of true Tonka beans. The English Tonka bean is the seed of Dipteryx oppositifolia, Willdenow. Tonka depends undoubtedly upon coumarin for its virtues. Pronounced narcotic effects have been observed from coumarin, which is also a cardiac stimulant, and finally paralyzes the heart. Dr. Laurence Johnson attributes the evil effects of cigarette smoking to this principle, for among the substances used in preparing cigarettes are plants containing coumarin, notably Liatris odoratissima. A fluid extract of Tonka bean has been used in pertussis.

FAHAM LEAVES.—The leaves of Angraecum fragrans, belonging to the Orchidaceae. They have a strong and delicious aroma, and a sharp, aromatic taste. Introduced at one time in France as a substitute for ordinary tea. Fifteen grains are infused in a cup of cold water, brought to a boil for 10 minutes, poured into a closed container, and sweetened when partaken of. It comes from Mauritius and the Isle of Reunion, and contains coumarin.

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Here is the Original Chinese, with Google Translation into English:

NOTE: Philip McMaster’s Chinese name is "Da Long" or "Tai Lung" (Big Dragon)

Sustainable development, everyone’s responsibility
作者:本刊记者李源发布日期:2010-2-8  点击数:145 Author: reporter Li Yuan Release Date :2010-2-8
本刊专访商务可持续发展麦克马斯特学院创始人Philip McMaster Sustainable development in business with Sinorama Philip McMaster, founder of McMaster Institute for Sustainable Development in Commerce

Philip McMaster(大龙)来自加拿大,他是商务可持续发展麦克马斯特学院的创始人。 Philip McMaster (Tai Lung) from Canada, he is a business sustainable development, the founder of the McMaster Institute for Sustainable Development in Commerce. 作为热心推广可持续发展理念的人士,他创建了三根手指“和平加一”可持续手势符号。 Passionately committed to promoting the sustainable development concept as a person, he created a 3 finger "Peace Plus One" sustainable gesture symbols. 就是在表示胜利、和平的V手势中加入一根手指,当有人做出这个手势时,就表示支持社会、商业、环境的和谐发展。 Is that the victory of peace V-sign to add a finger, when someone made this gesture, the respect of support for social, business, environment, harmonious development. 作为香港中文大学的MBA教授,Philip McMaster和他的组织对亚太商务人士就可持续发展理念做了一项调查,“结果令人堪忧,这让人更认识到推广可持续发展有多重要。”大龙对《中外管理》说。 The Chinese University of Hong Kong MBA professor, Philip McMaster and his organization of the Asia-Pacific business people on the concept of sustainable development to do a survey, "The result is worrying, it makes more aware of how important the promotion of sustainable development." Tai Lung on "Chinese and foreign management", said.
那么,针对调查的结果,大龙将给出哪些建议呢? So, for the results of the survey, Tai Lung will give what proposal?
中国哲学更适合未来发展 More suitable for the future development of Chinese Philosophy
《中外管理》:能先给我们介绍一下您针对商务人群所做的研究和调查吗? "Chinese and foreign management": Can you give us brief for business studies and surveys done by the crowd do? 这项调查的主要结论是什么? The survey’s main conclusions?
大龙:我们这个调查研究的主题是为个人或商业行为的可持续发展寻找方法。 Big Dragon: The theme of our research is for personal or business practices to find ways of sustainable development. 这项调查让我们看到商业发展在未来的三个趋势。 The survey Let us see the business development in the next three trends. 在未来,成功的商业将是那些注重差异化竞争、个人社会责任和企业社会责任的。 In the future, a successful business will be those that focus on competitive differentiation, personal social responsibility and corporate social responsibility.
第一个问题对全球来说都是一样的,特别是中国。 The first question to the world as a whole are the same, especially China. 增长模式已经相当有限,成功的企业必须找到新的盈利模式,提高效率,聆听市场真实的需求。 The pattern of growth is quite limited, successful companies must find new profit model, improve efficiency, to listen to real market demand.
在这一点上,中国胜出的机会非常大。 At this point, the Chinese winning would be great. 因为到目前为止,中国的商业模式效率还有很大可提升的空间。 Because so far, China’s business model can improve the efficiency of there is a great space. 但是如果中国抓住以上三个趋势,提高生产中的附加值,完成从OEM到ODM(原始设计加工)再到OBM(自由品牌制造)的发展,创造具有知识产权的产品和服务,就能成为可持续发展的领跑者。 But if China to seize the above three trends, raising production value-added, complete from OEM to ODM (original design processing) and then to OBM (Free brand manufacturing) growth and creating new products and services with intellectual property rights can be leader of sustainable development. 还有更重要的是,中国企业应该积极适应国际标准的管理和治理模式。 There are even more important is that Chinese enterprises should actively adapt to the international standards of management and governance models.
中国的很多公司仍然在旧的理念中挣扎,还没有真正认识世界的真实现状。 China, many companies are still struggling in the old concept, has not really understand the real situation of the world.
西方的商业模式已经有了明显的缺陷,如果中国企业不具备辨识和修复这种缺陷的能力,那么他们的产品质量、环境质量、社会和谐以及中国的声誉,甚至世界贸易能力都会严重受损。 Western business model has had obvious defects, if the Chinese enterprises do not have the recognition and the ability to repair this defect, their product quality, environmental quality, social harmony and China’s reputation, and even the world’s ability to trade will be seriously damaged. 这就是我们致力于让中国公司“可持续思维”,并成为世界的领跑者和创新者的原因。 This is why we committed to making China’s "sustainable thinking" and become the world’s leader and innovator reasons. 因为只有平衡人类、地球和利益(社会、环境、经济)才能拯救商业。 Because only a balanced human beings, the earth and interests (social, environmental, economic) in order to save the business.
《中外管理》:根据你的调查,亚太地区的商务人士在环保、社会责任可持续发展上的认识、态度和表现怎么样? "Chinese and foreign management": According to your survey, the Asia-Pacific region, business people in environmental protection, social responsibility, sustainable development, knowledge, attitudes, and how did it perform?
大龙:根据我们的调查,亚洲商务人士的社会责任意识很差,对可持续发展的态度很不积极,而环保方面的表现也很有待提高。 Tai Lung: According to our survey, the Asian business people poor sense of social responsibility, sustainable development, attitudes are very positive, while the environmental performance is also to be improved. 因为中国和其他太平洋地区的国家一直在用西方的发展模式,而忽略了他们自己的智慧和数千年的文化传统。 Because China and other Pacific region countries have been using the Western model of development, while ignoring their own wisdom and several thousand years of cultural traditions. 我 们调查了很多著名的“思想领袖”,并和他们讨论商业和经济,他们的忠告永远是:“不要盲目跟从西方,睁开你的眼睛,看看这个世界其他的地方发生了什么,看 看整个地球的状况。你将看到中国传统的和平、和谐和平衡思想,以及先贤的智慧在今天是多么重要。不仅是在中国,对于全世界都一样。” We investigate a lot of the famous "thought leaders" and their discussion of business and the economy, and their advice is always: "Do not blindly follow the West, opened your eyes, take a look at other places in the world what happened, take a look at throughout the state of the planet. you will see the Chinese tradition of peace, harmony and balance of thought, as well as the wisdom of sages how important it is today. not only in China, the same for the world. "
商人要树立个人社会责任 Merchant must establish individual social responsibility
《中外管理》:那么您的建议是什么,他们该怎么做呢? "Chinese and foreign management": So what is your suggestion, how they should do?
大龙:要成为一个优秀的商人,中国公司要建立起在中国传统的道家、儒家、佛家基础之上的智慧和有意义的声誉。 Tai Lung: To become a good businessman, the Chinese company to set up in the traditional Chinese Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism based on the wisdom and meaningful reputation. 中国商人要成就“Dragonpreneur”——这是我创建的一个项目,Dragonpreneu意味着具有中国特色的企业家精神。 Chinese businessmen to success "Dragonpreneur" – This is what I created a project, Dragonpreneur with Chinese characteristics means that the entrepreneurial spirit. 它有五个要素就像龙爪的五个手指,包括:优秀的沟通、优秀的关系、优秀的财富管理、优秀的创新和创造,以及优秀的领导力。 It has five elements like the Talon of the five fingers, including: good communication, good relationships, good wealth management, outstanding innovation and creativity, as well as excellent leadership.
《中外管理》:除此之外,您对于商务人士的生活方式和可持续发展之间的关系有什么建议? "Chinese and foreign management": In addition, your way of life for business people and sustainable development of the relationship between the have any suggestions?
大龙:让商务人士高兴的事儿就是挣钱。 Tai Lung: Let the business people happy to do is to make money. 但是最富有的人会发现钱不能买来健康和快乐。 But the most rich people will find that money does not buy health and happiness. 人们把财富仅仅定义成钱。 It is only defined as money, wealth. 但是对钱的重视超过了限度,它就更容易失去它的意义,而生活中的其他部分,如时间和健康就变得更加重要。 But the importance of money over the limit, it is more likely to lose its meaning, and life in other parts, such as time and health becomes more important. 时间是有限的,它对我们每个人都是公平的。 Time is limited, it is fair to each one of us. 但是健康不同,我们可以为好身体、好环境投资,并得到回报。 But health is different, we can provide good health, good environment for investment, and be rewarded. 相反则我们早晚会受到惩罚。 On the contrary then we will sooner or later be punished.
拥有健康的可持续生活方式(LOHAS)善于平衡知识、计划、组织和工作。 To have a healthy and sustainable lifestyle (LOHAS) good balance of knowledge, planning, organization and work. 改善商务人士的生活方式很简单:学习个人的社会责任,并在日常生活中实践。 To improve the business people’s way of life is very simple: to learn individual’s social responsibility, and practice in everyday life.
我一直在大学里,业务领域里以及生活里推广企业的社会责任,但是我现在不认为企业的社会责任能解决所有商业社会和环境的问题,但我相信个人的社会责任可以。 I have been at the university, business areas, as well as life to promote corporate social responsibility, but I do not think that corporate social responsibility to resolve all of the business community and the environment, but I believe that an individual’s social responsibility can be.
公司是不完美的,我们个人也是不完美的,所以我们必须采取更积极更前瞻的行为,我们可以从错误中学习,建立起个人的智慧、知识和经验,引导我们的公司走向更可持续发展的未来。 Company is not perfect, we as individuals are not perfect, so we must take a more active and forward-looking behavior, we can learn from our mistakes and build personal wisdom, knowledge and experience to guide our company toward a more sustainable development future. 作为一个商人,我们对家庭、社区、国家,甚至这个世界负有责任。 As a businessman, we are family, community, country, and even the world’s responsibility.
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Interview with Philip McMaster by reporter Li Yuan of SINO-FOREIGN MANAGEMENT Magazine about the 3 Finger "Peace Plus One" Sustainability Symbol and the World Sustainability Project in "Sino-Foreign Management Magazine www.zwgl.com.cn/article_info.asp?nid=913

Here is the Original Chinese, with Google Translation into English:

NOTE: Philip McMaster’s Chinese name is "Da Long" or "Tai Lung" (Big Dragon)

Sustainable development, everyone’s responsibility
作者:本刊记者李源发布日期:2010-2-8  点击数:145 Author: reporter Li Yuan Release Date :2010-2-8
本刊专访商务可持续发展麦克马斯特学院创始人Philip McMaster Sustainable development in business with Sinorama Philip McMaster, founder of McMaster Institute for Sustainable Development in Commerce

Philip McMaster(大龙)来自加拿大,他是商务可持续发展麦克马斯特学院的创始人。 Philip McMaster (Tai Lung) from Canada, he is a business sustainable development, the founder of the McMaster Institute for Sustainable Development in Commerce. 作为热心推广可持续发展理念的人士,他创建了三根手指“和平加一”可持续手势符号。 Passionately committed to promoting the sustainable development concept as a person, he created a 3 finger "Peace Plus One" sustainable gesture symbols. 就是在表示胜利、和平的V手势中加入一根手指,当有人做出这个手势时,就表示支持社会、商业、环境的和谐发展。 Is that the victory of peace V-sign to add a finger, when someone made this gesture, the respect of support for social, business, environment, harmonious development. 作为香港中文大学的MBA教授,Philip McMaster和他的组织对亚太商务人士就可持续发展理念做了一项调查,“结果令人堪忧,这让人更认识到推广可持续发展有多重要。”大龙对《中外管理》说。 The Chinese University of Hong Kong MBA professor, Philip McMaster and his organization of the Asia-Pacific business people on the concept of sustainable development to do a survey, "The result is worrying, it makes more aware of how important the promotion of sustainable development." Tai Lung on "Chinese and foreign management", said.
那么,针对调查的结果,大龙将给出哪些建议呢? So, for the results of the survey, Tai Lung will give what proposal?
中国哲学更适合未来发展 More suitable for the future development of Chinese Philosophy
《中外管理》:能先给我们介绍一下您针对商务人群所做的研究和调查吗? "Chinese and foreign management": Can you give us brief for business studies and surveys done by the crowd do? 这项调查的主要结论是什么? The survey’s main conclusions?
大龙:我们这个调查研究的主题是为个人或商业行为的可持续发展寻找方法。 Big Dragon: The theme of our research is for personal or business practices to find ways of sustainable development. 这项调查让我们看到商业发展在未来的三个趋势。 The survey Let us see the business development in the next three trends. 在未来,成功的商业将是那些注重差异化竞争、个人社会责任和企业社会责任的。 In the future, a successful business will be those that focus on competitive differentiation, personal social responsibility and corporate social responsibility.
第一个问题对全球来说都是一样的,特别是中国。 The first question to the world as a whole are the same, especially China. 增长模式已经相当有限,成功的企业必须找到新的盈利模式,提高效率,聆听市场真实的需求。 The pattern of growth is quite limited, successful companies must find new profit model, improve efficiency, to listen to real market demand.
在这一点上,中国胜出的机会非常大。 At this point, the Chinese winning would be great. 因为到目前为止,中国的商业模式效率还有很大可提升的空间。 Because so far, China’s business model can improve the efficiency of there is a great space. 但是如果中国抓住以上三个趋势,提高生产中的附加值,完成从OEM到ODM(原始设计加工)再到OBM(自由品牌制造)的发展,创造具有知识产权的产品和服务,就能成为可持续发展的领跑者。 But if China to seize the above three trends, raising production value-added, complete from OEM to ODM (original design processing) and then to OBM (Free brand manufacturing) growth and creating new products and services with intellectual property rights can be leader of sustainable development. 还有更重要的是,中国企业应该积极适应国际标准的管理和治理模式。 There are even more important is that Chinese enterprises should actively adapt to the international standards of management and governance models.
中国的很多公司仍然在旧的理念中挣扎,还没有真正认识世界的真实现状。 China, many companies are still struggling in the old concept, has not really understand the real situation of the world.
西方的商业模式已经有了明显的缺陷,如果中国企业不具备辨识和修复这种缺陷的能力,那么他们的产品质量、环境质量、社会和谐以及中国的声誉,甚至世界贸易能力都会严重受损。 Western business model has had obvious defects, if the Chinese enterprises do not have the recognition and the ability to repair this defect, their product quality, environmental quality, social harmony and China’s reputation, and even the world’s ability to trade will be seriously damaged. 这就是我们致力于让中国公司“可持续思维”,并成为世界的领跑者和创新者的原因。 This is why we committed to making China’s "sustainable thinking" and become the world’s leader and innovator reasons. 因为只有平衡人类、地球和利益(社会、环境、经济)才能拯救商业。 Because only a balanced human beings, the earth and interests (social, environmental, economic) in order to save the business.
《中外管理》:根据你的调查,亚太地区的商务人士在环保、社会责任可持续发展上的认识、态度和表现怎么样? "Chinese and foreign management": According to your survey, the Asia-Pacific region, business people in environmental protection, social responsibility, sustainable development, knowledge, attitudes, and how did it perform?
大龙:根据我们的调查,亚洲商务人士的社会责任意识很差,对可持续发展的态度很不积极,而环保方面的表现也很有待提高。 Tai Lung: According to our survey, the Asian business people poor sense of social responsibility, sustainable development, attitudes are very positive, while the environmental performance is also to be improved. 因为中国和其他太平洋地区的国家一直在用西方的发展模式,而忽略了他们自己的智慧和数千年的文化传统。 Because China and other Pacific region countries have been using the Western model of development, while ignoring their own wisdom and several thousand years of cultural traditions. 我 们调查了很多著名的“思想领袖”,并和他们讨论商业和经济,他们的忠告永远是:“不要盲目跟从西方,睁开你的眼睛,看看这个世界其他的地方发生了什么,看 看整个地球的状况。你将看到中国传统的和平、和谐和平衡思想,以及先贤的智慧在今天是多么重要。不仅是在中国,对于全世界都一样。” We investigate a lot of the famous "thought leaders" and their discussion of business and the economy, and their advice is always: "Do not blindly follow the West, opened your eyes, take a look at other places in the world what happened, take a look at throughout the state of the planet. you will see the Chinese tradition of peace, harmony and balance of thought, as well as the wisdom of sages how important it is today. not only in China, the same for the world. "
商人要树立个人社会责任 Merchant must establish individual social responsibility
《中外管理》:那么您的建议是什么,他们该怎么做呢? "Chinese and foreign management": So what is your suggestion, how they should do?
大龙:要成为一个优秀的商人,中国公司要建立起在中国传统的道家、儒家、佛家基础之上的智慧和有意义的声誉。 Tai Lung: To become a good businessman, the Chinese company to set up in the traditional Chinese Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism based on the wisdom and meaningful reputation. 中国商人要成就“Dragonpreneur”——这是我创建的一个项目,Dragonpreneu意味着具有中国特色的企业家精神。 Chinese businessmen to success "Dragonpreneur" – This is what I created a project, Dragonpreneur with Chinese characteristics means that the entrepreneurial spirit. 它有五个要素就像龙爪的五个手指,包括:优秀的沟通、优秀的关系、优秀的财富管理、优秀的创新和创造,以及优秀的领导力。 It has five elements like the Talon of the five fingers, including: good communication, good relationships, good wealth management, outstanding innovation and creativity, as well as excellent leadership.
《中外管理》:除此之外,您对于商务人士的生活方式和可持续发展之间的关系有什么建议? "Chinese and foreign management": In addition, your way of life for business people and sustainable development of the relationship between the have any suggestions?
大龙:让商务人士高兴的事儿就是挣钱。 Tai Lung: Let the business people happy to do is to make money. 但是最富有的人会发现钱不能买来健康和快乐。 But the most rich people will find that money does not buy health and happiness. 人们把财富仅仅定义成钱。 It is only defined as money, wealth. 但是对钱的重视超过了限度,它就更容易失去它的意义,而生活中的其他部分,如时间和健康就变得更加重要。 But the importance of money over the limit, it is more likely to lose its meaning, and life in other parts, such as time and health becomes more important. 时间是有限的,它对我们每个人都是公平的。 Time is limited, it is fair to each one of us. 但是健康不同,我们可以为好身体、好环境投资,并得到回报。 But health is different, we can provide good health, good environment for investment, and be rewarded. 相反则我们早晚会受到惩罚。 On the contrary then we will sooner or later be punished.
拥有健康的可持续生活方式(LOHAS)善于平衡知识、计划、组织和工作。 To have a healthy and sustainable lifestyle (LOHAS) good balance of knowledge, planning, organization and work. 改善商务人士的生活方式很简单:学习个人的社会责任,并在日常生活中实践。 To improve the business people’s way of life is very simple: to learn individual’s social responsibility, and practice in everyday life.
我一直在大学里,业务领域里以及生活里推广企业的社会责任,但是我现在不认为企业的社会责任能解决所有商业社会和环境的问题,但我相信个人的社会责任可以。 I have been at the university, business areas, as well as life to promote corporate social responsibility, but I do not think that corporate social responsibility to resolve all of the business community and the environment, but I believe that an individual’s social responsibility can be.
公司是不完美的,我们个人也是不完美的,所以我们必须采取更积极更前瞻的行为,我们可以从错误中学习,建立起个人的智慧、知识和经验,引导我们的公司走向更可持续发展的未来。 Company is not perfect, we as individuals are not perfect, so we must take a more active and forward-looking behavior, we can learn from our mistakes and build personal wisdom, knowledge and experience to guide our company toward a more sustainable development future. 作为一个商人,我们对家庭、社区、国家,甚至这个世界负有责任。 As a businessman, we are family, community, country, and even the world’s responsibility.
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I’ve been waking up at 5am every single day for a while now. I get bored hearing people around me snore. Sooo… I tag myself on this :)

Pick your Artist: Morrissey

1. Are you a male or female:
girl least likely to

2. Describe yourself:
The end of the family line

3. How do you feel:
maladjusted

4. Describe where you currently live:
we’ll let you know

5. If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
moonriver

6. Your favorite form of transportation:
Interesting drug

7. Your best friend is:
used to be a sweet boy

8. You and your best friends are:
lost

9. What’s the weather like:
sunny

10. Favorite time of day:
tomorrow

11. If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
that’s entertainment!

12. What is life to you:
everyday is like sunday

13. Your relationship:
whatever happens, I love you

14. Your fear:
nobody loves us

15. What is the best advice you have to give:
Hold on to your friends

16. Thought for the Day:
sing your life

17. How I would like to die:
first of the gang to die

18. My soul’s present condition:
suedehead :)

19. My motto:
such a little thing makes a big difference

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The significance of the end product in art
March 22, 2010 at 10:58pm
Before we see this, ‘the significance of the end product in the arts’, we need to first look at some teachings from the past to get some sort of a big picture, so we can get to see the place of the artist and his work in the universe.

There seems to be an obstacle to satisfaction in the process of making art. The difference between the mystic and the artist is that the mystic is quite happy to be standing still. For him, ‘stillness speaks’, but for the artist he has to keep feeling his way through his art until he realizes it is not going to come to an end. The process drives the artist through all the crevices and you come up with mainly dead ends. The manifestation of this process is the art work. The end product is only part of the process. The art work throws light on that journey. It shows the viewer, through its excavations, its mistakes, through the coming together of form, through the history of the works, something of the ‘Intelligence in nature.’

‘….Earth in its entirety is indeed a living, breathing organism with an intelligently (albeit instinctively) coordinated sense of its own existence and purpose.’ (J.S Gordon, ‘The rise and Fall of Atlantis.’)

The process of making art is but a mini replication of the greater. There is something of the way a work of art falls into place when it is completed that is similar to the way the universe has fallen into place amid the chaos into order. Only an artist struggling with form to make art can truly feel this when it happens. You know it by doing. And it is repeated with each work. He/she starts to feel a coming together and senses that ‘intelligence in nature’ at work. After a while you take the invisible forces at work for granted and make it part of the process. It becomes a way you finish off a work of art. You know it will naturally bring itself to completion. And you will instinctively know when it is not there yet.

Art is a valuable database for the natural Truths and the structure behind the intelligence. It comes through the personality of the artist and through the flavour of his own form in his mind.

Today, even the scientists are confused about what they know of the structure of the universe. So let us look at some ancient literature as to what they say about the invisible forces of the universe. This is relevant to the artist as he is working up against this in his process of the work that he is trying to manifest. The idea of his work comes of the form that is in his mind and his mind, whether he likes it or not, is connected to the structure of the intelligent universe, both visible and invisible.

‘In 1988, Professor James Lovelock, a fellow of Britain’s prestigious Royal Society, put forward the then apparently revolutionary idea that every part of the Earth, including its rocks, oceans and atmosphere, as well as all organic entities, was a part of one great living and intelligent organism.’ (‘The Rise and Fall of Atlantis.’)

If you open up the Sikh holy book, these are the first few lines you will read.

The one God
Whose name is Truth.
The Creator.
Who is present in all Creation
Who fears none.
Who hates none.
An immortal being beyond time.
Unborn
Self existent
attainable only through divine grace.

Meditate.
True in the Beginning.
True throughout the Ages.

True even Now.
says Nanak (Sikh Guru),Truth will always be here.

The truth comes from everywhere, so at times it is OK to just look over the edge of contemporary thinking, over the pages of cool contemporary magazines and art books, to see where the process is coming from. You must remember cool is yesterday and today, time rolls back to the days of Kandinsky at the turn of the last century. It was a time of the NEW in art with the advent of abstraction. Like Kandinsky did in his time: he looked at the Kalevala: Finish mythology, and he was fascinated by the life of the Shaman: a person who has been to the brink of death and then back again, now all knowing. He carried the book ‘Thought Forms’ from the Theosophical society with him at times. Then came, ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art’, by Kandinsky. In today’s contemporary art schools: spirituality is not a valid reason for subject matter for the work. But as science and mysticism comes together we start to very rapidly see what our limitations are and what the work is all about and that the final product of the creative process is only part of a bigger happening. The Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, reminds us in the very first few lines, just how vast the process of the creative wave really is. It gives you an idea of an underlying intelligence that permeates all and will always be true.

The spark in ones own mind can come from many different places. This is also a component of how the Whole perhaps works. I was at a talk by J.S Gordon on his new book, ‘The Rise and Fall of Atlantis’, but more on some of the reasons for climate change by looking at the history of the formation of the universe, from chaos to order, and an underlying order that is cyclical, yet very precise. This explained the cataclysm that ended Atlantis. And it is here again today. It was by looking at this structure of the universe and its possibilities that the point was made, that perhaps within our galaxy, we live within a sphere of consciousness that is contained, because of the forces that hold the different parts of the universe together (see diagram below).

These forces interact, but can remain distinct. And this can also be reflected by our own group spheres we live by and hence the limitation. We cannot perceive outside this bubble. More importantly we have to create this circle of limitation for us to generate an idea, to think coherently. This is where the flavour in our work comes from. The personality that is created in this sphere comes through in the work. It was the fact that the conscious whole had to be capped for the mind to create, to work, was what fascinated me. Remember that the artist works within the limits created by his own mind and also within the limits of his medium: the painter limited by a flat two dimensional space and its edges. He first looks from outside the canvas, from the vast universe and all it holds, both the tangible and the intangible and then filters it down into the image that he creates. It implodes through the artist into his work. The vast forces of the universe was also organized in this way. From big to small. As above so is below. Our minds are limited to function. ‘That is why with each work of art, the process always leaves the artist with a taste of dissatisfaction in his mind.’ I am trying to recall what was said. That is perhaps why the looking never ends. But then if you see it as it is, then you have it. The transformation comes from accepting this fact: that we operate within limits and we will never see all. The process will allow you to see this.

‘Man was seen as being unable to make his escape from one cycle of existence (or state of being) to another – except subjectively and at the critical points of transition between one celestial cycle (or state of being) and another…..’ and also ‘ It was for this reason also that each new cycle was seen as producing its own ‘zeitgeist’……..We use the expression ‘zeitgeist’ to mean the influential ‘Spirit of the Age’, from its literal meaning in German, although the modern interpretation of that expression gives it the flavour of no more than some sort of unspoken communal human perception of, or instinctive urge towards, cultural change.’ (J.S Gordon, ‘The rise and Fall of Atlantis’)

And also there is ‘zeitgeist’ and there is ‘zeitgeist’. To the ancients, the ‘Spirit of the Age’ was an ‘avatar’. With us, what you see now is of the last 100 years. The ‘zeitgeist’ is what you are living in today: the flavour of the century. And I think today, it is now in transition again, with the recent banking failures, the population sees how vulnerable the man-made system is, and its group consciousness will see it make a change. Add to this a couple of volcanic eruptions because of the ‘compressional and expanding forces’ of the universe, an earthquake here then there and you are looking at change. People get bumped around in this process and they start to ask questions or rather they start to think. We don’t see it until we live through the process of the system, dismantling the system. It is not very dissimilar to what the artist feels as he follows the process of making art. But we, the group, consciously will do it ourselves. We are in the process of making something new for us to live in, because we see the Truth in the limitations of the past. ‘As they did historically in ancient Rome, Greece, communist Russia…..’ Nature allows us to make and break systems. Well the artist, he sits coolly among all this and also functions just like it, in his own bubble: and he wonders why he is not seeing it yet. As the greater process functions, so does the artist as he lives creatively making art. Though the artist deals with the material object, the devotion to his craft has attuned him to non-material concerns. He is a function of the greater process: a micro entity of the ‘intelligence’: contained in a sphere with his own limitations and trying to decipher the big picture with his art.

‘The ancients saw the universe as a concentrically organized sequence of fields of consciousness, this being to them a universal principle.’ (‘The rise and Fall of Atlantis’ J.S Gordon.) As you can see from the diagram earlier we sit smugly in the center, in our little worlds, with our limitations and think we are the biggest thing since sliced bread. You know what I mean. Now if this is the big picture and we are really enclosed in the sphere of limitations not being able to see the landscape of the structure we live in: then we have to accept this. Progress comes from accepting this. We see that everything we make is an illusion, every idea is not real, but it may be an indicator of the manifestation of the invisibility and vastness of the space we live in, then perhaps we can unfold and progress. It is to bring on a settlement so a new space can become.

History of the universe has been a cycle of chaos and order. The making of us and the destroying of us: order and chaos. Atlantis was an example of this. In this cataclysm the new is created. As in art, it is only the look for the NEW is relevant. It is a personal opinion. It is the driving force for the unfolding of the race and evolution. ‘…..The ancients saw consciousness unfolding and then evolving……’ (‘The rise and Fall of Atlantis’). To bring this to a close quickly it is sufficient to say, from looking at J.S Gordon’s work on Atlantis, that these cyclical nature of the universe would bring on a series of states or ‘planes’ of consciousness within our local solar universe, that little circle in the center of the diagram. We evolve through 7 planes of consciousness (The current race is 5 and on the 5th plane). The flavour of this evolving nature of the races is one of involution becoming more egocentric, with increasing amounts of mass desire and by the 3rd race more grounded increasingly in physical matter. By the 4th race the concept of Mind, desire and physical form is fully integrated. ‘From the middle point of this race (4th) the process of evolution commences, the desire principle now becoming increasingly personalized and dominant in each individual and each local group. Correspondingly, in the present Fifth Race, it is the mind principle which is becoming increasingly individualized and dominant in the integrated personality and the local group.’ The seventh race returns to the first race and both races are spiritual in nature and the cycle repeats itself. As it did in Atlantis, the catastrophe will bring an end to one form for it to evolve to another. Another diagram from the book on the different races, ‘The Rise and Fall of Atlantis’ by J.S Gordon ISBN: 978-1-905857-43-2)

We are now in the 5th race, though still tied up to the object, desire, materialistic in the way we live but we are in transition. In the 5th race (us) the mind principle becomes prominent in the individual. We have just been through a process where the illusion of the structure we made for ourselves to live in started to show its weak areas. We could at one time almost see the possibility of the illusion crumbling. It had changed the lives of some, where all of what they thought was secure they lost: their homes, money etc. The mind gets stuck on things like this. When a lot of minds get stuck on such matters we get change. The structure of the ether changes. You witness the ‘rise and fall’. There is an awakening of the ‘Intelligence’ in the mind. I like to finish with a quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti on how the intelligence is woken by the discovery of a fact behind the illusion.

‘You see, intelligence is not personal, is not the outcome of argument, belief, opinion or reason. Intelligence comes into being when the brain discovers its fallibility, when it discovers what it is capable of, and what not.’ I think what K is trying to say here is exactly what is going on now in all our minds. Does this structure we live in now: is it real. We saw glimpses that it may not be real, only an illusion. When you see a fact, and its relationship to a fallacy, there is something in you that alters. A new presence makes itself felt in you because of that experience. The presence is a kind of ‘intelligence’ that can now operate through you. ‘And only when that intelligence, is functioning can the new dimension operate through it.’ The new you, as a result of seeing a universal Truth, now continues the evolutionary process towards the 6th race. So, as for the artist, in a different way, when he gifts you with the NEW in his work, he changes you forever and invokes that ‘intelligence’ to function in the NEW you.

Hamilton revisited – The dual nature of John Sloan Gordon
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By Gary L. Roy

“I wonder if the people of Hamilton appreciate the man in their midst…. A man whose advice and criticism went deeper than just correcting a line or subduing a tone or colour for his students…” – Arthur W. Crisp NA

“He would burst into the classroom without knocking and ridicule her or scold her about some trifle. Poor Mrs. Gordon maintained a tense little smile and made no protest… But the pulse in her throat throbbed more noticeably.” – Doris McCarthy RCA OSA

One man. Two masks. A life of contradiction: John Sloan Gordon.

When Gordon died on October 12, 1940, so closed a significant chapter of Hamilton’s vibrant art history. Canada’s first pointillist. Disciple of the instructional methods of the French academies. Champion of bohemian intellectualism. Lauded as they were during his lifetime, Gordon’s accomplishments in painting and in art education, once eulogized, would pass quickly into yet another institutional vertical file. However, his life is much more than a historical moment. It is a monument; a testament to the creative history of Hamilton and one of the pioneers who helped develop it.

Next month will mark the anniversary of Gordon’s death. To honour his life, we revisit the man, the art and the accomplishments that would later establish his enduring role within Hamilton’s history.

Sloan was born July 8, 1868 to Thomas and Janet Gordon of Brantford, Ontario. A year after his birth they moved to Hamilton, where Gordon grew up and went to school. He worked at the art department of the Howell Lithographing Company and later left Howell’s to open his own studio, devoting his energy to freelance illustration and advertisements. He began his fine art career at this time, taking courses at night from local artist S. John Ireland, and winning gold and silver medals from exhibitions held at the Hamilton Art School. His early success inspired him, and in 1895 he enrolled in art studies offered by the Julian Academy in Paris.

At the academy, he took drawing and painting instruction, and learned to model in clay. He also studied for a short period at the Academie des Beaux Arts and returned to Canada in 1897.

Sloan was much more than a talented, internationally trained artist and teacher. He was a gifted, yet unpredictable, creative force, who led a distinguished commercial art career; was elected a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1898; had an oil purchased by the National Gallery in 1909; and became an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1923. He also helped establish the Hamilton Art School. In 1909, he was made principal of the school, a post he held until he retired.

It was at the school where Gordon developed his most enduring and controversial contribution to the artistic history of Hamilton. His public lectures combined art history, biography, composition theory, and discussions of colour and light. He illustrated his points with prints from his own extensive collection, as well as spontaneous drawings in chalk on the blackboard. He enriched his talks with personal experiences and notes from his travels, as well as references to the literature, sculpture, architecture and music of the period being discussed. For Gordon, the education system should not just give art instruction and develop students’ abilities, but should also provide them with opportunities to give back to their country.

Gordon mentored a number of students who went on to become major artists of their day, including New York muralist Arthur Crisp NA; Saturday Evening Post stalwart and Society of Illustrators president, Arthur William Brown; and impressionist Albert Henry Robinson.

Besides his lectures, Gordon was an outspoken critic of the changes taking place in the art world during the early part of the 20th century. He said Futurist art was art that could not be taken seriously, as it was made by men “who wanted to be conspicuous, and could only be that, by being eccentric.” His acerbic outlook on the avant garde was soon to be tested from an unlikely source: his bride.

In 1920, Gordon married Hortense Mattice, a painter of china and pleine air landscapes, who taught at the Hamilton Art School. They took every opportunity to bring their educational methods and their students’ work to the attention of European educators. The work was new and distinctive, and attracted a lot of positive attention from the Europeans. They queried the Gordons, “How are Hamilton students able to do things our students do not seem to accomplish?” The response came quickly from Hortense and John: “Our students are not encouraged to copy, but to think for themselves, and environment does the rest.”

While the Gordons appeared to share common ground with respect to the academic welfare of their students, they differed significantly in their appreciation of what constituted significant achievement in art. The difference would lead to explosive, public clashes that would come to signify Gordon’s contradictory nature.

Hortense incorporated discussions of avant garde art theories into her classes, while John was blunt and dismissive about modern art. Inevitably, clashes occurred and they came to be known within Hamilton’s artistic community as “the turbulent Gordons”. What may have begun as ideological ‘fencing’, quickly descended to embarrassing gossipy incidents, exacerbated by John’s increasing dependence on alcohol. How he missed a Christmas dinner because of the ‘scotch flu’. How his sudden and stormy departures were inevitably accompanied by the musical tinkling of bottles in a suitcase. How he stormed into his wife’s classroom and belittled her mercilessly.

Gordon’s tumultuous relationship highlights his creative contradiction – as a man who lived staunchly dedicated to the artistic traditions of the past, while nurturing a generation of future artists. It is this lasting, yet complex impression – one of inspiration and intrigue – that resonates today.

The last word fittingly to Arthur Crisp: “Hamiltonians ought to be happy and proud that they had a man of his attainments…. I am sure that my career would have been less than it is had I not had the guide, philosopher and friend that J.S. was to all of us.”
John Sloan Gordon’s works appear occasionally at catalogued auctions and other secondary market venues. Expect to pay 0-0 for drawings, 0-0 for watercolours 10” x 12”, and 0- ,200 for comparably sized oils.

With artist files from the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Special Collections of the Hamilton Public Library, from “Climbing the Cold White Peaks” by Stuart MacCuaig, and “Hortense M. Gordon, A Dedicated Life”, Chatham Cultural Centre publication.

Alfred Joseph Casson, born in Toronto, began to study art with J.S. Gordon at Hamilton Technical School and was apprenticed to a lithographer. Returned to Toronto in 1916 and studied with Harry Britton at the Ontario College of Art; also at the Central Technical School. Met Franklin Carmichael in 1919 and worked with him at Sampson & Mathews, as a commercial artist. Became a member of the Group of Seven in 1926 and a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters, 1933. A.R.C.A. in 1926, R.C.A. in 1939, P.R.C.A. 1948 – 52.

ohn Sloan Gordon, Artist and Educator

Principal, Hamilton Art School 1909-1932

John Sloan Gordon began teaching art in 1897 shortly after returning to Hamilton from Paris where he had been studying at the Academie Julian. He took part in organizing the Art League of Hamilton which eventually became part of the Hamilton Art School. In 1909 he became Principal of the Hamilton Art School and in 1923 was named Director of the School of Fine and Applied Arts after the amalgamation of the art school with the technical school. "Though Gordon’s own art career was partially eclipsed by his pioneering work in Canadian art education and his dedication to teaching, it was a career of distinction nonetheless. When he returned from Paris in 1896 he became a ‘leading representative in this country of the Impressionist school of painting’. Today he is remembered as the first Canadian exponent of Pointillism… In 1909, the National Gallery in Ottawa bought his Old Mill, Brantford, a work in oil considered to be typical of his style."

Stuart MacCuaig

Climbing the Cold White Peaks:

A survey of artists in and from Hamilton 1910-1950

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I totally missed my Flickr Birthday this year.

My very first upload was on January 19th, 2005. Over 3 years here. Seems like only yesterday I was a newbie during the pre-Yahoo days.

During this time I’ve had three cameras, 2 brain tumors (which have come and gone, thankfully), 2 failed relationships, and have made a ton of friends. I’ve uploaded 3,936 photos and have had 217,942 views as of this writing. I’ve celebrated my 9th, 10th and 11th annual 30th natal birthdays, moved to Florida and back again, been to too many meet-ups to count, seen more nekkid pics than I ever really wanted to, started 6 groups, ran into 3 more ex’s and several 1 night stands, gained and lost a lot of weight, quit smoking twice and have seen approximately 2,342 photos of cats – many of them jumping. For the record, I prefer dog photos.

Thanks to Flickr in part, I’ve worked for Orange Magazine, have had many other freelance photo gigs, became an ad for Flock, and even had a brief stint as an advice columnist.

My most interesting photo to date is here.

Thanks to Ingrid for getting me to join and Quiplash! for gifting me with my first pro account.

Many thanks to everyone at Flickr for giving me three years worth of fun, laughter, friendship and eye candy.

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