Sunday, December 17, 2006

Municipal Development Concept: Sister Cities In Arms

Hello All,

What if on the county US level across the States we paid more than lip service to our honoree sister cities. For example, here in my Florida county of Sarasota we have six designated sister cities. They are: Dunferline, Scotland; Hamilton, Ontario; Perpignan, France; Tel Mond, Israel; Vladimir, Russia; and finally Siming District, Xiamen China.

Sister cities usually align themselves due to the cultural demographics of their adopted city. In this case many citizens from other countries have chosen as their adopted home my city and county of Sarasota.

Now instead of only an official designation in name only for a sister city. Why not put some muscle into it where it belongs, where the county or province local governments draw up a developmental wish list. Such a wish list of municipal development be it in infrastructure or other citizen initiatives would need to be approved or ratified. Once done so from each of the other sister cities in kind via a larger collective barter system. One of the other sister cities picks an item of need from another city and pours needed aid into the initiative. Be it a: trade development package, disaster relief, needed skilled personnel, student exchange programs, resources, charitable aid, block grants or loans.

Such a slew of available menu options to aid other sister cities will help foster civic pride within one's own city and those whom are being aided. Not just from the public government sector, but from the private commercial and private charities that become inter-dependent in such a web of relationships.

This is truly a "Win / Win" scenario when sister cities step out of their own bubble mind-set and look beyond their own geographic boundaries.

Food Concept: Sweet Pasta

Hi All,

This dessert type of food treat came to me whilst I was eating lunch with pasta filled with garlic paste. My "A Ha!" moment came shortly afterwards, since I enjoy many types of eclectic dessert treats.

Picture Ravioli filled with chocolate instead of the typical meat or cheese fillings. The sweet fillings can be: milk, dark, white chocolates, caramel, taffy, cotton candy, and fruit jams. The pasta itself can be plain or it can be sweetened to include various different flavors onto itself. Such as a chocolate flavored pasta, or any of these varieties such as: peanut butter, vanilla, cookie dough, mocha, strawberry, etc... Besides it doesn't just have to be ravioli type of pasta it can be any other type of pasta that allows fillings to be present.

This is even a better dessert treat if accompanied with a sauce topping like hot fudge, or caramel. Mmm, can't you just picture it now. :o)

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Today I'll return to the former line-up of quotes that left off at number #773 from mid-November.

Enjoy my own authored wisdom based spiritual quotes.

773) Revenge is an empty road leading no where. It is ripe with hatred and offers only destruction to its intended victim(s). It is truly one of the many inroads to perdition. Surrender such hatred with forgiveness for the sake of your own inherent sanity and well being. That is the way to reconciliation for ones own sake by mercy. Otherwise hell on Earth will persist to your own undoing. ---Ivan / Atrayo.


774) "Precept of Time & Eternity"

In a moment one can understand eternity. As a concept of no time at all. Eternity is but an instant, one moment in time but paradoxically it consists of no time at all. This instant for eternity to a mortal is incomprehensible due to a linear view point. From the point of view of eternity it is a fully non-linear moment. Linear time scale is set at the slowest time dilation for mortal creation. For eternity which consists for an instant, it is set at full velocity ahead. Or full momentum without any restrictive dilations of time. To understand a mundane moment is to understand all of creation in but an instant. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.


775) When you bless one soul, you will bless them all. Since we are all one meta-entity (spirit) in this realm and in many other forms of existence. We are one akin to a web of conduits to each other. One can not be effected well without affecting all those in their realm of influence. A blessing, a miracle, and grace are all methods to reveal ones holy identity in this life. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.


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Our walls of division do not rise all the way to heaven. ---Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. ---Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

What you resist, persists. ---Carl Jung.

Beauty seen makes the one who sees it more beautiful. ---David Steindl-Rast. "A Listening Heart".

Prosperity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want. ---Geoffrey F. Abert.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quote Of The Day

Hello All,

Tonight I would like to only share two of my spirtitual quotations I have just writtened in the last couple of hours. May you find the truth in them as I have sought it for myself. Amen.


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778) Many have forgotten and few remember, but isn't that what a journey is for?

We came into this warm mortal being so that the Earth may have a tender unconditional love. All creatures have returned from paradise to be of service in this time of transition. Surrender your worries unto her/him who is eternal, so that your love may grow abundantly. With such a bounty of absolute love will pour forth life in its myriad and blessed forms.

Be one with your very own Holy Spirit. To regain what you have forgotten what is already yours to give fully. Giving in service with a joyful spirit will be your personal salvation, for now and always in eternity. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

779) What is love? Where does it come from?

Love is the life force of creation. It comes from the dimensions you call heaven. As hate comes from the planes of hell. It is all one meta-reality combined into many sphere's, much like that of Earth. Your mortal guise may reside here on this world. But your spirit as well as that of your life resides simultaneously in many realms at once.

As an inkling sliver of God we all can transverse many realities simultaneously. Since God's Spirit makes it so. We can bring Love from Heaven or we can bring Hate from Hell. It is always our choice in the: beginning, middle, and the end. For it is all one place in this instant moment we call eternity. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare. ---Benedict De Spinoza.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Storage Concept: Closets With Walled Drawers

Hello Everyone,

This concept is mostly for home builders if not for some commercial locations. Since space is at a premium always when it comes to real estate. What if in allocating additional closet space one adds sets of drawers to the wall(s) of a closet location.

Say for a residential "walk-in closet" that most are practically large enough to fit an austere bathroom within. Having one side wall with a roll-out drawer chest embedded in that location. Will yield additional closet space for what is usually empty space within a walled off section of a home. (lest any inside electrical wiring)

An added special feature could be an electric powered drawer chest. Where instead of manually opening up a walled drawer set. One can push a button on a individual drawer for it to slide out and in.

In a commercial location this can be handy for office supplies. Or for storing additional inventory depending on its size in a larger sized depositing drawer system.

For creative architects this is another option for your clients who value additional storage locales within a property. This is a no-brainer idea who's time has come.

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Here is a fresh batch of three new spiritual quotations penned by my hand. Besides other notable quotations I believe are worthy to share on this blog of mine. Besides here is a little diddy on how these inspired quotations come to me. They have a dual purpose as my Spirit Teachers know so well, that I need sustenance of the soul. So these automatic writing statements are as much for myself as they are for many more to come down the years yet unborn. May you enjoy them as I have in sharing these universal truths.

769) To love oneself or another with full support, even though one does not see eye to eye on many topics or ideologies. Is what is termed as unconditional love in expression and practice. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

770) Our faith when coupled with unceasing gratitude will open one's attitude. To one of wholeness and properious thinking by living such a set lifestyle. It is a path of awakening to your Spirit within and its abundant treasures from the vault of God's bosom. Be still and know when one maintains harmony of Spirit, one's attitude can surmount obstacle after obstacle. Have faith in yourself and your creator with full thanksgiving. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

772) In Heaven there is no error or sin, no wrong doing of any kind. Thus for all creations of God may enter paradise without any indignity upon them. All this is forgiven with unconditional compassion for all children of God. There is no need to judge your neighbor falsely, nor persecute them without witness to the point made above. Accept yourself as a Divine creation with a mortal guise, and relinquish all baggage that humanity imposes on you. Let go of these misleading traits so as to be who you truly were meant to be. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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For perfect love casteth out fear, and fear can only be from the material things that soon must fade away. And thus hold to the higher thought of eternity. For life is a continual experience.
---Edgar Cayce Reading 1175-1.

Renew your brilliance. It is the privilege of the Phoenix...Dare... dawning many times, like the sun. ---Baltasar Gracian.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair. Samuel Ullman. 1840-1924.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. ---Philo of Alexandria.

May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being. ---Apache Blessing.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Part 2: Amusement Park Concept: Project Name "Epic Dream Parks"

Hello Everyone,

Last year in my September 2005 entry on this blog site I provided a "Part 1" submission on what I envision as the next generation amusement park model. What originally was intended to be updated in weeks turned out to over a years time.

September 2005 Entry Link:
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http://atrayosoracle.blogspot.com/2005_09_01_atrayosoracle_archive.html

Now without a further adieu here's additional ramblings of this MMORPG / FPS (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game & First Person Shooter) amusement park of tomorrow.

Entertainment Complexes:
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Bringing in disparate entertainment business models all under one roof for a seamless game park experience. For example reworking the conventional arcade parlor outlets, besides adding "Laser Tag" type arenas for a real life FPS experience in the park system.

The Arcade Parlors would be interconnected like a franchise where all of the arcade kiosks are on the same network. Be they arcade parlors within the park system or down the street from the local neighborhood major mall locale. Those off-site arcade franchise sites would be considered to the online at home gamers playing the MMORPG / FPS via the internet. As a real life themed way station or outpost in the frontier of the online game world system that the park system will also utilize simultaneously. So those in the park system will intermingle in game play with those at home playing on their online game account. Including those visiting the arcade parlor kiosks sorta like an Internet Cafe just for gamers.

For the "Laser Tag" arenas which would be less messy than a paintball arena model. All park patrons or those Laser Tag arenas that are also franchises that are off-site from the park system. Will have armbands signally which side of the fictional game world conflict they are in at the time. So to differentiate players within their own side there will be a ranking system similar to what Electronic Arts as a game developer for FPS games in their Battlefield 2 series. Taking it a step further those in the laser tag park arenas or those in the off-site franchise locations. Will be able to buy a generic "Arm Band" ala a velcro seal where they can signify their in-game world rank and merit awards. So if a player in said ranking system unlocks the rank of sergeant. They can purchase via a online e-commerce account or at the Laser Tag arena gift shop. Velcro like badges much like those in the US Military wear on their shoulders. So a player will gain access to be able to purchase their sergeant badge for their armband. Besides any other sideline medals and awards gained during the life of the account holder for that particular game avatar.

So if during FPS real life game play in the "Laser Tag" arena. They get fragged (killed fictionally in-game) the game system will grant the opposing player points that they knocked off a sergeant in the laser tag arena. The point system will contribute greatly to the merit based ranking system for the players of the park system, online game, and arcade parlor participates.

Event Coordinators
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In typically "Pen & Paper" role playing games there is often a referee that acts as a "Dungeon Master" (DM). Taking such a role to the amusement park system of tomorrow. There would be DM's that would coordinate events for the park patrons, online gamers, and the arcade parlor customers. There will also be two tiers of event coordinator staff. The first tier is the entry level staff members that are DM's in training. That would impersonate NPC's (non player characters) in the game world that would typically be enemy combatants to the players / customers. So a tier 1 event coodinator would level up a certain mob (creature) that interacts with the park patrons, online gamers, and those of the arcade network. The creatures could be benign quest givers or adversal in gameplay combat. The Tier 1 staff during the course of their employment have the chance to game alongside the customers. Where if they max out an entry level mob they graduate to the next mob in order to level them out and so forth until they reach the full rank of a Dungeon Master. For example a Tier 1 events coorindator starts off in a new comer (newbie) zone pretending to be a werewolf gaming against the customers. Eventually this tier 1 staff member reaches the next order of creature to inhabit which will be in another zone of the game world. Lets say a sailor npc giving quests to the park customers, online gamers, and arcade participates. So this Tier 1 staff member would need to mature through the event coordinator system as if in a circuit of roles until they graduate as a full blown "Dungeon Master".

The Dungeon Master Tier 2 event coordinator staff members are like the manager level. They coordinate various tier 1 staff members who are their underlings. They're secondary role is to offer high level or high profile events to the park patrons, online gamers, and arcade customers. Be it a raid on a settlement with a horde of NPC's and some Tier 1 staff intermingled. Such a settlement could be a off-site franchise arcade parlor locale that is considered a frontier location in the game world. Thus increasing the business revenue of said franchise arcade location in a special event. Same can be said with a "Laser Tag" arena within the park system or a franchise location located off-site.

In Closing for this entry on the "Epic Dream Park" system of amusement parks of tomorrow. That introduces several parallel entertainment business models into a seamless complex hub for gamers. Will continue to evolve the existing models of the arcade parlors and online games that cater to the MMO demographic. Besides reining in the laser tag arena's into the over arching lore and game play stories generated by the customers themselves. Thus creating entertaining memories to be cherished for many years to come. Be it with the family at large or your new extended family of fellow hobby enthusiats.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello Readers,

Today I'll also deviate from the numerical line-up of quotes for another of my highly regarded quotes I've just written. Then return to the normal order of spiritual wisdom based quotations I've writtened.

Enjoy.

771) From our perspective here on earth as mortals we fell from grace in the symbolic chronicle of "Adam & Eve". This is only partly true and the rest of this understanding is skewed by conditional foresight.

From the perspective from Heaven there was no falling from grace. Just a transition of one form of living into another. Much like the catepillar transforms itself into a lovely and gentle butterfly.

From the human perspective we are sinners and full of fault. In the eyes of God we are growing and full of life. We may have transitioned into this world of form. But who is to say that we have actually left the side of God within his throne in Heaven. We are in both places at once as by a miraculous act of his grace. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

(Now returning to the regular sequence of quotes)

767) What is Beauty?

Beauty has an inherent balance by its aesthetics. A symmetry of order that fills us with a sense of awe and appreciation. Beauty is living art whether by its contrast or gesture. It is a representation of the Divine in all of us. A sacred union of souls that transcends often our comprehension of its depths of magnitude. Beauty is what it is, wonder that is manifested! ---Ivan / Atrayo.

768) What is the hallmark of a dignified spirit? It is carrying out the precepts of silent and humble conduct. That one is not grand standing in order to receive praise or adoration from the vanity of others. So as to enact a sense of confirmation of being valued. One is independent from such leanings and also binded to the lovely nature of modest conduct. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows. ---Henry David Thoreau.

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. ---Thomas a Kempis.

Do not let those things which may not in the present be understood weary thy soul, but know that sometime, somewhere, you too, will understand. Keep the faith. ---Edgar Cayce. Reading 5369-2.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ---Blessed Mother Teresa.

If we do only what is required of us we are slaves, the moment we do more, we are free. ---Cicero 106-43 B.C.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

E-Commerce Concept: Merchandise Catalog Presentation

Greetings Reader,

Today many if not all e-commerce retail outlets online today relay on 2-D presentations of their merchandise. The typical thumbnail picture leading to a full blown picture of the item in question. If one is lucky there will be different cut-shots of the merchandise displayed at the online retailer.

Now picture (all pun intended) the e-commerce retail merchandise thumbnail with a 3-D presentation. IE a clock that is ticking to your local time, beverages in glassware being consumed by a model, clothing being used as intended by a human model in short animated loops. If your demographic is for children's merchandise one would have the company mascot doing these various presentation animated loops. From playing with the toys, to modeling clothing, to singing certain MP3 media in small clips.

From the thumbnail merchandise media presentations we traverse to the full blown pictured merchandise. That will show the merchandise used as intended all streamed from the e-commerce website, without obliging the end retail user to download anything. Cusory information can accompany the retail items that are being shown and used by the models or animated figures. In some cases AI speaking mannequins can assist the customer in selecting or handling a POS (point of sale) transaction online. The AI package can include repeated "Live Acted" previous customer testimonials of product usage. In other instances the pending customer can select which animation or human acted model to be displayed. For example if house decor is to be displayed the customer with a click of the mouse. Can select how they're pending order of merchandise is to be used in a mock up virtual setting in the retailer space. This can extend to intended uses of retail clothing ensembles selected to jewelry, watches, and accessories.

These are the few of present functions that E-commerce retailers can use today in enticing increased sales in the online sphere of transactions.

Recorded Media Prediction / Observation: Analog To Digital To True Holography

Hello All,

Most of what I'm stating today is mostly a no-brainer. Since 2/3's of it have occurred to date in terms of recorded media in presentation and technological improvements. From the days of Analog media be it in LP's, 8-Tracks, or other magnetic tape media like cassettes and VHS / Betamax formats. Notably analog media in most circles still outperforms in terms of quality playback than next generation digital media. However subsequent generations of digital playback may make this point moot sooner than later. Perhaps with thrusts of improvements coming from the second generation of DVD introductions. Like the new formats of "BluRay or HD-DVD" being introduced most recently in the consumer marketplace. This can be working hand to hand with future generations of MPEG play back skipping entirely the old format of the MP3.

Where will recorded media lead us in the next decade and beyond? Perhaps the much lauded Holy Grail of 3-D that has been described in science fiction for nearly over a generation now. That of "Holographic" technology that exists today, but not in sufficient portable technology that consumers demand today. Holography today is still in that old IBM PC mainframe sizes of old that is a pain to transport anywhere.

But in the years of tomorrow this to will no longer be a limiting factor. Expect new iterations of true 3-D technology to leap beyond the present pseudo three dimensions that digital technology offers us today. Holography will be the new vanguard of not just data media but also in display technology. Unlike the present dinosaur esque 2-D displays we're still lugging around from the latter half of the 20th century. Be it the now classical transistor tube displays to the CRT's transforming into the present deluge of: LCD's, Plasma's, & HD TV's.

Holography of tomorrow will present us with displays in its first few generations that are more so vertical 3-D projector like in presentation. Than present day horizontal displays with a 2-D display. These first 3-D projector like displays can be rotated by the human hand or voice commands. Where the end-user won't need to fumble with a awkward virtual reality glove or microphone. But motion sensor technology of tomorrow will take this fuss out of the equation.
Do expect the first generation of holographic display technologies to have it's glitches. Chief amongest them is particle quality where the presentation will be too transparent where foreign light sources will degrade the quality of viewing. This will phase out over time where the holographic displays will yield substantial improvements in filtering out foreign light sources in the commercial and personal use options. Other potential glitches will be corruption of data that is no stranger to us with digital technology of today. But in holographic circles will blend data stream images causing a corrupt image to be displayed and viewed. Basically a mutation of images that onboard processors will need to compesate when the transmission becomes hazy.

Lastly holographic technology will yield substantial productivity improvements in how data and images are manipulated and shared. Top amongest them is confercing where large summits of group gatherings will choose the holographic chat room of tomorrow rather than the long distance trek to another location. The television of tomorrow will also host various game shows, TV interviews, and such as future fads in how this holographic media is consumed amongest the masses. This will entail cultural shifts that will take at least a generation to be fully absorbed into mainstream society. Much like in today's western cultures warming up to digital entertainment be it in the form of: PC & Video console games, to the more recent distribution of media in MP3 formats and such.

This reality is coming the hard part is predicting actually when it will occur over time. Due to many competiting forces seeking top dog pole positions in the display and recorded media industries.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Here is another 3 spiritual wisdom based quotations for you to have a thought provoking experience. Whether you agree fully or not with the topic they represent. Or are able to expand on their inherent meanings in our comments section, thank you for your pending feedback.

763) A secret place in time is what is termed as eternity. It is a living phase of existence often overlooked by mere mortal activities. Its impacts are varied from a raised consciousness due to the interconnectivity of all life. Or the transition of events that are not in a neat modus operandi. Eternity as a force is not one of conformity, but of action guided by the orchestration of life. It is a vast ocean of movement that on the surface is misunderstood. But at its depths performs paradoxically like a ballet. ---Ivan / Atrayo.


764) Where there is symmetry there is beauty. Whether it be of one order or another of scale. Its harmony transcends limitations imposed on it by others. Who lack a full comprehension of its subtleties and graces. The function of a system full of symmetry does not distinguish between friend or foe. Since both are one and inclusive to the other in the grand scale of life. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.


766) Those that expect God to swoop down from the heavens with his winged angels to save us from ourselves. Is grossly mistakened with that picturesque fictional interpretation. God will however by our developed Faiths transform us from within our very being. Where humanity will serve each other and the world at large by compassion. Coming to each others aid when needed and deserved by permission. Make no mistake about this God will rescue us, but only through his creations and not outside of them. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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Diversity challenges harmony but paradoxically nurtures it when diversities gifts are respectfully honored. ---Carolyn Baker, Ph.D.

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others. ---Joseph Addison.

You have pain now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. ---John 16:22.

Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. ---David Steindl-Rast. "A Listening Heart"

But I do know that self Love, (unconditional) can give a person a sense of satisfaction, where you attract others because of love, not so much because of need. ---Carol Harquail.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Property & Casualty Insurance Incentive For US States

Hi All,

Lately across many US States effected by hurricane property and casualty insurance companies that are pulling up stakes from renewing or writing new policies. Thus as a survival mechanism on their part they've headed to the hills instead of losing their shirts. Thus abandoning many policy holders or future ones to fend for themselves in disillusionment.

This has to be seriously mitigated and turned around in many southern and coastal US States. I've even heard that insurance companies in Rhode Island have become skiddish and have either shot up their rates or stopped from issuing new policies. We have across our nation have had this veil of false security lifted from us for either good or ill. Now creative solutions and incentives from State governments are needed.

Such measures may warrant that residential or commercial properties may not be able to insure the structure if they are located on or near a beach front community. Including island / isle keys off the mainland due to the high risk factor for the insurance industry. Those property areas in the future may only by for the brave or fool hardy. Which in turn may in a chain of events scare away future construction developments. If there is any insurance in those vicinities it may be just for residential furnishings or business inventories. This may prove more beneficial for mother nature allowing natural barrier sediment within inlets to replenish. So to accumulate by proving beneficial in certain natural barriers to be recreated. This is especially the case if some islands / isles that were once developed that are abandoned later on due to do a "no insurance zone".

My suggestion is to have US States cover the "Doughnut Hole Deductible" for the insurance industry and policy holder customers. The Doughnut Hole Deductible is the portion of a policy after the customer deductible has been paid in full. Then the State government pays a deductible amount in the middle value of the writtened policy. This will insure that the Insurance industry isn't as skiddish as before and indicates that the government will share in the burden. Instead of fully depending on a catastrophe fund until it is wiped out during repeative natural disaster events.

This will also remove to a degree some of the scare that a State government will become the insurer of last resort. Thus insuring that the insurance industry stays involved in writing new policies and honoring past policy customers with renewals.

Textiles Concept: Bullet & Knife Proof Clothing (Not Vests)

Hello All,

For the last couple of decades bullet proof clothing technology has been restricted to various sorts of vests. Whether they are kevlar lining, ceramic plates, or a combination there of for such protective vests.

What I envision is further improvements with synthetic textiles that are lighter and can be woven into regular clothing material as in a mesh. Where the: military, police, security guard protective vests will morph into protective clothing. Be it the typical: police, military, or security guard uniform that can stop a bullet or a knife blade thrust. Perhaps early versions of this protective clothing may be very itchy in wearing. So personnel may need to wear underalls that allows them to wear this futuristic protective clothing. The underalls may be material that retains heat or cools when appropiate whilst out during field work.

Eventually the industry with subsequent protective clothing iterations will mitigate this "itchy factor". Overall law enforcement, military & security personnel will have uniforms that provide a defensive edge whilst worn. Alleviating the need to wear these present day bullet proof vests with ceramic plates, or other bulky vests. Thus helping in carrying out their duties in a efficient manner that assures safety beyond just the torso. And/or wearing full SWAT assault gear to get a similar level of protection.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Lately it seems it is a Sunday when I'm updating my blog site. Typically on the Christian day of Sabbath, well it is a worthy form of worship in my opinion nonetheless. With that said every now and again I channel by automatic writing a "WoW!" spiritually based quotation. This one below just came from my pen to paper today Sunday August 20th. Enjoy it as I continue to reread it and say to myself "I just wrote this?"

765) How do I find enlightenment? One doesn't find enlightenment, it finds you by grace. One does not earn enlightenment, one fulfills it much as one fulfills honesty. It is all a matter of practice and not a matter of receiving. It is peace in action and not peace by inaction. It is the way to reconciliation of our mortality with our spirituality. It is life in abundance versus life in misery. It is kinship with others versus isolation from existence. It is being one with creation, instead of acting separate from reality. We are enlightened when we live on purpose with "Love & Truth" as our service to Life. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

(Back to the regular sequence of quotes)

761) To have the spirit of youth and the wisdom from age. Is to have used the eternal fountain of life within our very souls. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

762) Take life one step at a time and don't attempt to jump mountains. Walk gently and you'll walk the most in your lifetime compared to all others in this reality. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.


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Love is friendship set on fire. ---Jeremy Taylor. Anglican Bishop 1613-1667.

As has been indicated, a little more patient, a little more tolerant, a little more humble. But ... not a tolerance that becomes timid-this would make rebellion in self. Not a patience that is not positive. Not a humbleness that becomes morbid or lacking in beauty. For as orderliness is a part of thy being, so let consistency-as persistency-be a part of thy being. ---Edgar Cayce. Reading 1402-1.

You already possess everything necessary to become great. ---Crow Tribe Proverb.

In thought and in action, I am considerate and generous to others. My good can not be depleted by giving. The good that I share is returned to me, increased and multiplied. ---Daily Word Message For 08/02/2006.

Our efforts bear fruit. With every exercise we become more patient, more clear-sighted, and stronger. ---Omraam Mikhael Avianhov.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Revenue Source Concept: Municipal Governments Spending Criminal Assets

Hello All,

Many local and State governments are running up record deficits, if not are on the verge of backruptcy if not in it already. What if local or State governments can spend convicted felon criminal assets to boost their bottom line. But here's the twist they do not spend it directly, they use it as a form of secure collateral.

So once a felon is in a State of Federal prison convicted of his crimes. His assets that are over a certain dollar amount, let's say like $100,000. Be they in the form of: liquid cash, real estate holdings, antiquities or collections, and financial stocks & bonds. Are all ripe for being utilized as a form of secure collateral to raise financing much like a municipal or State bond is issued.

Any interests or directly leveraged monies made from such formerly frozen criminal assets. Aren't paid to the convict once he is released from the prison system. Consider it as a form of paying their dues for their crimes against the public and paying for their expenses while incurred in the prison system.

This isn't theft since once a convict is released be it by parole or their prison sentence is up. Their financial assets are returned to them. Minus any incurred interests or financing that the city or State government was able to utilize from such assets.

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello Readers,

I forgot to mention in my last entry this past July 2nd. That this humble blog of mine has reached its one year anniversary, Hooray! Now to the good stuff that I hope is one of the reasons why you enjoy this original blog site in content.

758) If one insists on following the crowd rather than following their instincts. One will time and again miss out on opportunities and innovative turns for good. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

759) For our loved ones, friends, strangers that have traveled onward before us. Each time we remember and cherish their presence in our lives. We give them life once more in a tender fashion by grace. We make them Immortal in the Eyes of God for he has blessed us in our union with our loved ones, friends, and strangers. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

760) To love fully and well, especially unconditionally. Is to usher forth the fragance of heaven into your room. Heaven can be brought anywhere there is a lover of life. Like the glass blower creating a masterpiece. Love is shaped and formed by the purest of desires of goodwill. Such a lovers grace for ones own divinity can invoke the Will of Heaven and glories to be established where needed. That is the power of Heaven & Earth in holy matrimony that has moved mountains. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. ---Thomas Merton.

Common sense is not so common. ---French Saying.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ---William James 1842-1910.

Love transforms you from death into life: it quickens you to be able to see where you can not see and feel where you can not feel. ---Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. "Alchemical Wisdom".

Love is the first ingredient in the relief of suffering. ---Padre Pio.

He that would be a leader must be a bridge. ---Welsh Proverb.

Do good and don't worry to whom. ---Mexcian Proverb.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Sorry by the lack of updates, I've been distracted with my other two hobbies as a gamer and entering numerous free sweepstakes online. Today I'll share another three of my own quotations including some extra famous quotes of other notables.

755) Humanity and any other sentient life out in the cosmos is a living paradox much like us. We are equally capable of atrocities guided by the selfish whim of free will. Yet so are we also capable of brilliant acts of good will towards each other. It is all based on the disposition of the being guided by their inner sense of wonder or travesty. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

756) If one is to live an abundant life. One must seek out all manner of ways to be challenged. Otherwise the spicket of the flow of life will only trickle in. One needs to perturb the flow of life so as to engage it fully. Rich engagement is the fruit of enlightened labor of one's passion. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

757) We are but a reflection in the mirror of the Almighty Creator of Life. When we gaze upon the brilliance of the purely white light within ourselves. We reveal our truest hidden nature of grace, which is God's immorality within our living beings upon this reality. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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Diligence is the mother of good luck. ---Benjamin Franklin.

Emptiness is bound to bloom, like hundreds of grasses blossoming. ---Eihei Dogen.

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. ---Frank A. Clark.

Fulfilled life is possible in spite of unfulfilled wishes. ---Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. ---Johan Wolfgang van Goethe (1749-1832).

Thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives. ---Jalaluddin Rumi.

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. ---Plato.

Enjoy everyone.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Fast Food Prediction / Concept: Touch Screen Cashiers & Automated Food Pick-Up Slot

Hi All,

This concept is more like a prediction of sorts where fast food restaurants will be within the next ten years or so. As technology continues to outpace many of us. It will certainly start to remove the need of people at certain job roles. That is where this prediction that will over take fast food restaurant franchise chains. Removing the need for many cashier and cook personnel at such fast food outlets.

Picture a typical McDonalds restaurant with its front counter where cashier stations are at for order taking. Now picture instead of being greeted by a human cashier. Imagine a ATM like touch screen self-service cashier facing the customer inputting their order. Where they can swipe their credit/debit card, frequent customer ID tag, or place cash on a tray that is drawn into the cashier station.

The cashier touch screen station while idle will be displaying McDonald commercials or other special deals and promotions for the next pending customer.

The cooking area that is often very visible to the fast food customer. Will be automated in a conveyor belt system that is prepares the meal. Picture a coffee vending machine where the cup drops in first than the brewed coffee. This automated cooking and meal preparation system will be self-cleaning for the most part.

Still each fast food restaurant locale will have technicians to maintain the automated cooking and meal preparartion system. Including one tech for the ATM like touch screen cashier stations.

The customer will pick up their order on a tray of food or a bag at a designated pick up slot. The drive thru window will have a voice automated cashier station for the driver / customer. That can also display whilst idle commercials and deals of the restaurant at the time.

That's what I envision as the future of your local fast food restaurant chain.

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

I seem as of late to be doing only bi-monthly entries to my blog site. For those of you who are wanting more, especially with my own authored quotations. It's difficult since i'm publishing these newest quotes as I write them. So I often only share three quotes at a time for your enjoyment.

That's just a little bit of background for my motive of only updating this blog site twice a month.

752) Our reality is but an echo of our mind. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

753) One who seeks to prosper holistically must follow the Will of God. Doing so will align ones self with the character of God. Journeying by such a benevolent pathway will yield sage like realizations. Of God's mighty being and all it encompasses in creation. Allowing oneself to dominant their personal reality by grace & wonder for the good of all. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

754) Unconditional Love is the great ressurector of all goodness that yields a wonderous pathway. For the seeker of that which is divine & graceful within ones self. Shall unfold indirectly channels for good to be received and given like a full circle of life. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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Love makes labour light. Love alone gives value to all things. ---St. Teresa of Avila.

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ---Eden Phillpotts.

...to express love in thine activities to thy neighbor is the greater service that a soul may give in this mundane sphere. ---Edgar Cayce Reading 499-2.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

In another of my bi-monthly entries to this blog site. Here goes another iteration of my favorite segment of "Jewels of Truth".

749) Those who have questioned God's existence by stating where is he? Can be assured that God can not be seen by mortal eyes, but by faith alone. Only with spiritual senses can one: see, smell, touch within, taste, and hear their creators being in all of our lives sensibly. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

750) The creative arts are very close to our soul. It is no wonder why the inner splendor of our spirit manifests so readily in our lives. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

751) The Lord our maker creator of Heaven and Earth. Will not allow life to be a function of fultility for those who adhere to his being. Life has always consisted of burdens and trials. However the mortal life can be eased by unconditional faith in one's creator of life. Such a faith will not erase one's burdens. But will give each one the strength and wisdom to surmount by grace and mercy their burdens & trials. Do not give in so easily to despair, have faith in your own personal salvation by your own good works. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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Fulfilled life is possible in spite of unfulfilled wishes. --- Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Emptiness is bound to bloom, like hundreds of grasses blossoming. --- Eihei Dogen.

If you can find a path with no obstacles it probably doesn't lead anywhere. --- Frank A. Clark.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Energy Renewal Concept: Dried Out Sewage To Be Used As Fuel

Hello All,

This concept may leave you with the suspicion that I slipped and smacked my head and lost my senses. But before you come to such a judgment allow me to explain this in a summary statement.

In third world countries including in rural China they dry out the livestock fecal matter to be used as a substitute of log burning. Which means they do not need to cut down their forests that puts them at jeopardy of an eventual flood. Haiti a couple of years ago in a Hurricane lost like 10,000 souls due to wiping out their forests for cooking fuel. The torrent floods that the down pouring of that hurricane drowned or buried them deeply in mud.

Manure can be processed to be dried out and used as a furnace fuel instead of using wood or coal. Municipal sewage plants instead of processing the sewage and than flushing it into the sea or local waterways. Which still is poisoning those aquatic eco-systems that will not be sustainable for many decades to come.

Be it sewage generated by people or livestock this rich in nutrients discharge. Can be harnessed and used as a "Green" source of renewal energy. Much like many present day municipal land fills are creating methane for local city usage.

This is a win / win solution without doing any further damage to the environment. Be it from wood or coal burning, including discharging additional sewage waste into our waterways.

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hi All,

Here's another segment of my authored quotations and those from others across time.

745) Our reality and that of the afterlife are one and the same. It is like two sides of the same coin. One side consists of the physical realm of creation. And the other as the ethereal sprectral side of life. Neither is greater than the other, they are both different in properties. But yield one unified field of conscious reality. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

746) Courage is needed when fear needs to be overcome in any circumstance. Bravery is the inner courage that crosses you over an overwhelming predicament into the light of greater good.
---- Ivan / Atrayo.

747) Simple ideas are God's way of saying innovation is genius and divine. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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We're meant to strive for completion, not for perfection. (like God) ---Jane Fonda. On Larry King Live CNN talk show for 4/18/06.

Anyone who creates, heals. ---Sir Ben Kingsley. On the Tavis Smiley talk show for PBS on 4/05/06.

Make visible what, without you might perhaps never have been seen. ---Robert Bresson.

Even in a world that's being ship wrecked, remain brave and strong. ---Hildegard von Bingen.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Food Item Menu Concept: Chicken Fast Food Restaurants Having Corn Dogs & Hot Dogs

Hello All,

Right now many fast food restaurants specializing in chicken variety as menu items are always looking for more added appeal for their customers. What if a chain of fast food restaurants perhaps like: KFC or Popeyes began offering chicken menu items such as: corn dogs and hot dogs.

In the US south it is customary that hot dogs get garnished with "cole slaw" as an added topping. KFC has a very tasty cole slaw offering as is and a chicken hot dog goes right along with their menu. Especially for a "Kids Menu" item this has further appeal since it isn't as messy as eating fried chicken. The batter of the corn for the corn dog can have one of KFC's specially offered spices as an added incentive.

These two menu items are a very value added additions to any fast food chain of chicken only menu item restaurants.

Beverage Concept: Coca Cola Coconut Flavored Drink

Hi All,

This flash of an idea came to me when I was listening to "Very Best of Harry Belafonte's" by RCA records on CD. One of his songs is titled "Coconut Woman". My creative mind got ahold of that and this is what popped forth.

What if Coca Cola (Coke brand) or some other cola soda pop company created a coconut flavored beverage. Doing so they can license Harry Belafonte's song "Coconut Woman" as its marketing blitz. Since many beverages nowadays go for the gimmick of injecting nutrients into their drinks to give them an added healthy boost. They can supplement the drink with fortified "Iron" just like in the Coconut Woman song.

Here are the lyrics to "Coconut Woman" sung by Harry Belafonte:

Coconut woman is calling out. And everyday you can hear her shout. Coconut woman is calling out. And everyday you can hear her shout. Get your coconut water, four for five. Man it's good for your daughter, four for five. Coco got a lotta iron, four for five. Make you strong like a lion, four for five.

A lady tell me the other day. No one can take her sweet man away. I ask her what was the mystery. She say coconut water and rice curry. You can cook it in a pot, four for five. You can serve it very hot, four for five. Coco got a lotta iron, four for five. Make you strong like a lion, four for five.

Coconut woman says you'll agree coconut make very nice candy. The thing that's best if you're feelin' glum. Is coconut water with a little rum. It could make you very tipsy, four for five. Make you feel like a gypsy, four for five. Coco got a lotta iron, four for five. Make you strong like a lion, four for five.

Coconut

Coconut

Coconut

Coconut

Coconut

This once noticed is a no-brainer for a Calypso like marketing commerical for a cola company to launch.

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Today I want to skip ahead with my first quotation for today. And then go back to the former sequence of released quotes for your ponderance.

748) There is an ancient truth that has been seldom remembered across the ages of creation. This truth is one of release from any evil in one's life by circumstance or curse. It is to forgive with a great unconditional open heart by love. Be it your plight or the issuer of a wicked curse. Such a forgiveness of compassion invites the God of life, light & love into the situation. By steadfast conviction to such a brave resolution of forgiveness. Opens up the heart of true benevolence for mercy and grace to pour forth. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

743) To see the Kingdom of God (dess) one must look with the eyes of a child. With innocent bewilderment and awe ushered forth with plain simplicity. So the grandeur of creation to be recognized as surrounding us during this very moment. This awareness is a very powerful reality of mind. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

744) Unconditional love is the key, the way, and the salvation. This is not some poetic musing, the energy (emotion) we depict as love has several properties (powers) that when used in a certain way, yields quanitative results. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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For the Lord gives wisdom; from the mouth come knowledge and understanding. ---Proverbs 2:6

What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is nothing compared to what lies within you. ---Mohandas K. Gandhi.

If the eye of the heart is open, in each atom there will be one hundred secrets. ---Attar.

We can't control our destiny, but we can control who we become. ---Anne Frank.

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ---Native American Prayer.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Kitchen Concept: Latex Glove Manual Jar / Bottle Cap Opener

Hi All,

This concept is one of those "Aha!" moments for its simplicity sake. Picture a latex glove that is thicker than the typical surgical latex hospital gloves. More so like a rubberized / latex material for hands of various adult sizes. The palm area of this manual jar / bottle cap opener glove has a ribbed gripping surface.

So instead of hurrying off to get a wet paper towel, or a butter knife to depressurize the jar lid. Let alone to use one of those expensive electric jar openers. That are no good when the power is out. For which this jar / bottle cap opener glove can be used in like a disaster relief kit for households.

One just puts on this latex like glove and voila one is able to grip and open those pesky jars and bottles. Of course the kitchen jar / bottle opener glove can be offered in right or left hand models. Including various appealing designs besides a generic white colored glove.

Electronic Protection Concept: Electronic Vibrating Anklets For Those With Restraining Orders

Hello All,

This concept of mine is from my library of older concepts in reams of note pads. The concept for today applies itself to those with legal restraining orders against them. Where legally they are prohibited from going into the proximity of the person who feels victimized. Be it a well documented case of domestic violence, stalkers, or other cases of potential violence.

We all have been to a restaurant where often we're told that the waiting time is so and so minutes. Than we're handed a wafer like electronic like coaster that vibrates and lights up when our turn is up to be sitted. Now taking inspiration from these wafer electronic alerts in the restaurant industry. We morph that with an electronic anklet similar to what those who are under "house arrest" wear. But in this case both the issuer and recipient of the restraining order are required to wear this electronic anklet bracelet.

So if a predator stalker, boyfriend or husband is closing in on the yardage restriction of proximity of a restraining order in effect. Than as they get closer the monitoring agency will start to receive color coded signal alerts from what the US government uses for the national "Terror Alert". IE green (low), blue (guarded), yellow (elevated), orange (high), red (severe). Both parties of the issuer and recipient of the restraining order wearing the anklets will start to receive alerts at the yellow (elevated) level. For example at the yellow status alert the anklets will begin to create a benign light show on the electronic anklet. At orange (high) alert the anklet will go beserk in the lightshow effect. At red (severe) alert the proximity anklet will be in full alert mode with the lights and vibrations.

At the monitoring agency they'll receive their first alerts during the yellow (elevated) stage. If it continues to orange (high) alert than the police squad car is dispatched immediately to track down the aggressor. At red (severe) alert it is treated as a crime in progress with all appropiate agencies involved. Be it rape crisis agencies, or for battered woman, or family crisis to be ready to document the incident and arrest the aggressor.

The electronic anklet could also be developed as a wrist watch type of device. Of course it couldn't be removed just like those under house arrest. So the electronic alert anklet or bracelet is for short to mid-term usage only. Since a long term use would be very obtrusive for both parties and/or have pyschological impacts. That is until a surgical implant is developed for under the skin for a similar alerting device with restraining orders.

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Since I've got the word out that this blog exists beyond the usual search engine submissions. I need to update the blog at least for the next couple of weeks. Here are two more new quotes of my own penship. Besides a couple more quotations from those whom I value their insight for the human condition.

741) Spontaneity of action in the pursuit of social governance is key for those who value dignity above pragmatic conduct. It is the fresh air one needs to rejuvenate one's hope in governance no matter the scale of the endeavor. If not dogmatic rigid approaches of political conduct choke the life out of its people and issues facing the loyal and adamant of heart. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

742) Without abundance in one's heart much less on the level playing field of a nation and its people. There can not be the pursuit of liberty in all its forms vital to any representative democracy. For without a prosperous spirit there is little charity much less service to each other in seeking personal liberty. ---Ivan / Atrayo.


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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. ---Abraham Lincoln.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence but rather we have those because, we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit. ---Aristotle.

Let us learn to skillfully draw good out of what would otherwise cause us harm. ---St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier. "Embrace the World"

Friday, March 10, 2006

Cable Or Satellite TV Service Plan Concept: TV With No More Advertising

Hello All,

Right now American consumers if not other's in Europe or elsewhere have access to DVR (TiVo like) or digital video recorder technology. Where they just fast forward enmasse past unwelcomed and unsoliticited television advertising that keep the cable channels broadcasting. Before VOD (Video on Demand) technology begins to roll-out across our nation again with limited or zero advertising. There is another unimplemented alternative for cable and satellite TV service providers to pursue.

That is a premium service for subscribers to pay a monthly fee above what they pay already on their TV bills. Where TV ad spots would exist cable (or satellite) TV subscribers would manually choose a music channel to play during a program intermission for advertising. For example Comcast my local cable TV provider offers "Music Choice" to it's digital cable subscribers. Which is a slew of music genre channels with no advertising what so ever. Now consider this premium service where customers can pay upwards to $10 dollars US a month to block out intrusive TV advertising. That the cable and network channels have to broadcast otherwise they go off the air. In the meanwhile until Cable and Network television find another revenue model to keep broadcasting.

Cable and Satellite subscribers can block out akin to a parental lock all TV ad spots. Where that filler TV time plays a commercial free music channel of the choice of the customer. Or it can play a news channel like CNN or Headline news without including those prospective channels advertising. Akin to having 24/7 news channels on a content cache of programming omitting their advertising. So whilst the TV viewer with this service plan enters an ad spot period they can watch news or what have you during this break period.

This has never been done to my knowledge lest even discussed as I understand it. Besides it may consist of little upgrading to cable or satellite TV service providers to offer such a service plan. Since it is practically an "Oxymoronic" concept where cable and satellite television subscribers have to pay to watch advertising on the TV programming they enjoy.

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Here is another iteration of the "Jewels of Truth & Favorite Quotes of the Day" segment. May you enjoy it as I have enjoyed writhing them up.

739) A man's (woman's) purpose is two fold, first to serve himself as best he can without committing offense to himself or others. Second, to serve others with a good heart as a means of personal soulful enrichment. This is the purposeful life that liberates all who beckon it fruitfully. --- Ivan / Atrayo.

740) Winning in life should not be dictated by the standards of a society, especially by others. Winning is a personal choice set by hopefully modest gains dictated by worthy goals that are achievable by an individual. And, winning must not come at an expense too great to pay. Lest one reaps hardship and regret along the way. By pursuing objectives that are punitive rather than complimentary in nature. Winning is a personal benchmark always to be valued but not exalted above others. --- Ivan / Atrayo.

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Outwardly one's life may suffer every kind of limitation, from bodily paralysis to miserable surroundings, but inwardly it is free in meditation to reach out to a sphere of light, beauty, truth, love, and power. --- Paul Brunton. "Meditations for People in Crisis"

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. --- Dale Carnegie.

Prediction / Commentary On US Outsourcing & Offshoring Of Jobs.

Hello All,

For one I enjoy the news from CNN "Lou Dobbs" program. With that Lou Dobbs aggressive stance albeit insensitive at times is part of what I consider an example of the "fourth estate" of investigative journalism vital to any democracy as in an informed citizenry.

I hardly have in the past of this blog site have made commentary statements. Although I may have made a couple predictions here and there I believe. This post is amongest those on the topic of US jobs if not soon to be: European, Canadian, & Austalian labor markets to follow. Being offshore where on a wholesale basis US based multi-national companies go offshore. And/or send middle class jobs abroad to the eventual point that the US economy will begin hemorrhaging lacking a middle class.

To use a current analogy that Lou Dobbs is very adamant against "Illegal Aliens" versus legal immigrants. Where Mexico last year received worker remittances totally around 16 billion dollars US. Exceeding the combined incomes of Mexico's petroleum industry on an annual basis. Expect that within a decade when outsourcing and offshoring becomes the standard norm in the USA. That US workers will join the leagues of developing nations sending workers overseas like they do in Asia and the Middle East. But in this case US overseas workers will be remitting their incomes to their US based families. Much like many illegal immigrants do today in the US with my example above with Mexico.

There is so much exploitation of either side of the fence on the issues with capitalism world wide. That the US may need to develop a 21st Century version of "Affirmative Action" for the US worker. Otherwise due to economic discrimation more US firms and jobs will continue to be sent overseas. Causing this nation to lose super power status and return to Industrial Nation status in the global community of nations.

However I clearly understand where thousands of years ago historically where Chinese and Indian dominance as civilizations in the ancient world occurred. Like a pendulum on the historical scale they are reverting back to such a super power status. This can not be stopped nor should it be stopped for the well being of the world and the citizens of those nations. However it shouldn't be a "Win / Lose" scenario for us either to the point our nation if not the Western Hemisphere goes down the tubes in the process. Of course greed, corruption, power, and influence may be "some" of the motivators for this current global paradigm shift of super power status. As it always has occurred through out history the just will benefit in the end. While the injust benefit during the short to mid-term periods of growth.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ship Life Boat Concept: Submersible Safety Life Boats in the High Seas

Hi All,

I recently saw a documentary program on workers at sea that help steer away icebergs from oil drilling platforms in the north Atlantic seas. Where they stated if a mariner falls into those frigid waters that in 10 minutes they are as good as dead if not rescued.

What if besides those typical inflatable deployable rafts in an emergency a ship uses. Or the deployable smaller life boats cruiseliners use that are often to the sides of a ship with lowering cranes.

That a variety of life boats is introduced that is a submersible life boat for those oceans where waves are commonly over 12 feet. Akin to a life boat that can be submerged in water for prolonged periods without drowning the survivors. Those that specialize in submersible submarines can create a larger passenger model. The submersible can be deployed either via those mini-yacht life boats that launch from via the cranes. Or where the newer cruise ships with a open ended lower aft for recreational water sport activities for passengers launch while at anchor. The submersible can be located there likewise instead of having lower floor passagener and crew race to the upper decks during a ships sinking emergency.

On a working ship in the high seas such as the one originally cited above in the north Atlantic seas. The submersible life boat can hang to an attached module to the bridge or some other commonly used corridor of the crew. That acts like a hallway while not in use much like a module would be used on the orbital space station platform. During a capsizing ship in the high seas it can be an emergency conduit used to escape to and launch for survival.

So a new outlook of passenger survival on a ship of any sort can be utilized for a submersible life boat variety. It's up to engineers and ship wrights if they wish to incorporate a similar concept for their ships.

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Amendum: The submersible life boats can also be attached to the ships hull. Either by the waterline or beneath it via a hatch like airlock connection per submersible on a cruise ship. Rather than attaching the submersible life boat via the cranes or aft of a ship as noted above.

Science Fiction Movie Theme Concept: The Book of Enoch

Hello All,

Recently I saw a program on my local History cable channel discussing the omitted books of the Christian Bible. Than the topic of the "Book of Enoch" appeared which I believe is in the Torah (Jewish) and Quran (Islamic) sacred scriptures.

The Book of Enoch as I understood it during the presentation is that "Enoch" grandson to Adam & Eve and son to Cain. Has many redeeming humanity like his uncle Abel. Where an arch angel named "Uriel" instructs and shows him parts of creation. Among one of it's moral stories is where 200 angels (soon to fall from grace) had offspring with human females. Thus spawning giants that became increasing violent and destructive in pre-Noah flood times. Eventually these fallen angels and Lucifer were cast to the underworld where Lucifer tries to get Enoch to beseech God for clemenacy, which doesn't work.

Now what if in a delicate manner this biblical tale is told in a science-fiction manner. Where these Angels are actually a superior technological race here on the Earth in our pre-history. And allow this tale to unravel under the sci-fi genre. This could even become a multi-sequel set of movies released by a studio.

This has educative tones where those truly interested in the Torah or Quran could further pursue the truer version of "The Book of Enoch". Whilst still entertaining audiences and capturing there attention on this subject matter. Much like Mel Gibson's movie on Christ and the novel series of "Left Behind" has on consumers. (and soon to be movie)

Amusement Park Ride Safety: Roller Coaster Side Cushion Barriers

Hi All,

Recently in my local news I heard of a teenage youth falling out of his roller coaster car. While it was making a sharp right hand turn he some how managed to stand upright and fall onto the grass about 10-12 feet to the ground. He got cuts and bruises only thankfully whilst the State is inspecting the ride.

My suggested concept is to add at certain chokepoints or throughout the sides of a roller coaster ride barrier absorbing cushions. Perhaps something like stunt men use doing film making on a movie. (I.E. like when they fall off a building) These barrier cushions would in effect either withstand a rider some how God forbid falls off onto the impact cushion. Or perhaps a foam cushion barrier that can withstand a roller coaster car derailing off the tracks in a freak accident.

This is a preventive measure for possible life saving safety barrier for a amusement park ride or State Fair attraction. The barrier whether foam or air cushion can be decorative so as to blend in with the artistic theme of the roller coaster ride.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Music Entertainment Concept: Music Blending

Hello All,

This concept deals mostly with music videos which typically only one music video is made per song. What if more than one music video is made for the same song. Whether they are made back to back when the album releases. Or after the fame of the musician(s) is well known like a new compilation of music videos for the same "Greatest Hits" collection on DVD.

There can also be the same song sung differently by genre. Such as where the song is sung in a pop manner it can go through a redux and be sung in: rock, blues, gospel, country, etc... This would take skilled talent from the musicians. But would cater to many musical fans of many genre demographics for potential retail consumers.

One inkly of an example where this was done is when years ago Janet Jackson sung "Black Cat" in her Control album. The Black Cat song was done in an unlikely departure of genres for Janet Jackson. Which the song was sung in a rock style where all of her songs are usually pop related.

This can only make existing album catalogs of music studios have new legs. Especially if generating new residuals of income to pursue from new and old musical artists.

Food & Beverage Concept: Muffin Drink

Hi All,

Here is one of the fewer concepts I have on novel food & beverage creations for retail consumption. What I call the "Muffin Drink" can be considered mostly a breakfast and snack drink with milk. Unlike dunking a cookie into milk for a snack. The Muffin Drink takes a mug like glass where either a: muffin, cupcake, or brownie is dropped into the milk. Then after a few moments a dessert spoon is used to eat the soggy muffin. Or just drink the entire concoction as a drink. The milk can be served warm or cold, besides flavored with strawberry, chocolate, or vanilla ala Nestle Quik.

Where usually when a muffin is eaten there are sticky fingers involved, but not with a "Muffin Drink".

Jewels of Truth Quotation & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hello All,

Today I only have one quote to share with you by my pen. Otherwise a few extra "Favorite Quotes of The Day."

738) Firm actions done gradually with gentle hands often leads to immeasurable success.
--- Ivan / Atrayo.

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Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. ---Napoleon Hill.

Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement. ---Thomas N. Carruther.

Think of life as a game, but not as a competition. ---Neale Donald Walsch. "Tomorrow's God"

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

MMO Game Design: Stopping The Phat (Loot) Farmers

Hi There,

Currently many MMORPG game titles are suffering from unwanted commercial sweat shop labor harvesting game item drops that are outside the legal restrictions of a game title. Where the Ebay or IGE E-Commerce outlets are the resellers of these black market virtual goods.

Here's a nifty and geniusly simple game feature that will restrict "phat farmers" from ruining game play from your regular customers. Have loot item drops be restricted by a "Quota System". For instance say a level 25 fighter goes into the newbie proving training grounds. And begins to shut out lower levels from leveling and obtaining their requisite loot level drops.

The "Quota System" would in affect handicap the loot farmer from taking heaps of lower level loot items. They would be restricted to an unpublished looting quota of said game drops items that are 10 to 5 levels beneath them in game character development. This can work in tandem with those present avatar creation restrictions per server. Just in case a Phat Farmer attempts to create a new avatar to find a work around from the quota loot system in place.

That's how you nip it in the bud before it plagues your regular customers. Ala what happened in Lineage 2 by NC Soft when they launched their game title a couple of years ago.

World Level Game Design: FPS Scrolling Capture Points

Hi All,

For the past few months now I have been enjoying "Battlefield 2" published by EA. (Electronic Arts) The game developers for this FPS (First Person Shooter) game title have resorted to only offering "capture the flag" game maps. Which was a disappointment after enjoying a lot of Unreal Tournament 2004 with their variety of objective based game maps.

With that stated what if a newer evolution of FPS game maps is offered up for player enjoyment during these FPS rounds of game play? It's a twist on the static capture the flag game maps which means capturing the same flags adnausem. Where as when a FPS round starts the first few flags are offered for capture on a game map. When conflict erupts at a particular game flag a hidden timer begins counting off. When the timer reaches zero whomevers flag is flying makes that flag uncappable. However if the timer elapses and the flag is still neutral the timer cycle begins anew until the flag gets capped.

When the first set of flags are conquered than the game map scrolls over to the next set of neutral capture the flags. So there can be numerous sets of unlockable flags during the course of a game round. Without so much taxing the client or server hardware resources during game play. This can potentially prolong the time of game map battles.

So for a FPS game title like BF2 (Battlefield 2) a player can play one set of flags and get their stats recorded like an automatic save. And then has the option to continue playing without needing to load a new map or a pause in FPS game play. Where now the game maps are offered individually upon load up in a FPS game title. It can be further seamless for game title enjoyment.

If any "Game Modders" are out there reading this please try it out. And beat the game developers to it who are often burdened by internal bureaucracy.

Game Design Concept: Rabbit Hole Gaming

Hello There,

As most gamers especially MMO ones are often qualified at least as "armchair game designers". Due to the fact they have consumed a lot of game content during the course of their hobby. With that said I would like to offer up another avenue of the TMA (Transmedia Access) term I have heard mentioned. Which is basically multiple game hardware devices all hooking up to the same game title. But each varying according to the type of game play offered. IE cell phones or portable game devices offer up a strategy layer, video game consoles an RPG layer and PC's the FPS component layer of game play to a specific game title.

My concept of "Rabbit Hole Gaming" piggybacks onto this TMA direction to gaming hardware inter-connectivity. Where say for example that cell phone of portable game device gamer encounters a puzzle in-game. After successfully solving it s/he obtains temporary access to a strategy portion of the game world. That often trickles down to the PC or video game console gamers during the course of their game session.

For the video console gamer during his/her own RPG game play can encounter a pogo.com like java like game. Where upon unlocking such a mini java based game it would further their active quest in their quest journal. For The PC gamer whom during their FPS combat discovers a hidden area where non-combat related game skills are needed. Much like the video console gamer a java like game appears where a level has to be completed. Much like the fantasy based "Rogue" class has to unlock a trap in a treasure chest. This PC gamer has to complete a java based puzzle game level akin to a locked safe tumbler that plays like "Tetris". That would unlock additional game content in this randomly spawning hidden area in the game world.

Rabbit Hole Gaming is what binds further the enrichment of game play for all game hardware platforms. Tapping into the same game title simultaneously, where often one game platform will affect all the others. Where the often lauded gamers effecting their course of the game world has been cited but achieved often with mediocre results.

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(Note: This entry has been updated on 9/28/10)

Noting this original concept was posted to my blog site back in early 2006. Where now the advent of Apple gadgets be they iPhones to iPads will push out portable gaming even further. TMA (Trans Media Access) which was coined by someone else in game development has yet to fully materialize in any games. Yes, recently your smart phone can be alerted to progress on a Facebook game for instance. But this is still in its infancy from being embraced as a whole as a game feature.

Picturing a portable gaming device be it a smart phone to a Sony PSP that interacts with a MMO game title using a strategy layer. (including real time or turn based strategy) A video game console and a PC / Mac utilizing both RPG and FPS elements to game play. Where all forms of hardware connectivity integrate voice chat features, by having a less of a reliance on text chat messages.

If not an MMO game title consider a multiplayer game title that is not just for the FPS genre. That uses TMA game features to enhance game play, perhaps something to how the "Never Winter Nights" RPG series allowed for multiplayer servers.

"Rabbit Hole Gaming" can certainly push the boundaries of gaming for a game developer & publisher that is bold enough to seize it. The gamers are ready for this transformation, but are the deciding business suits willing?

Business Model Concept: A Gamers Pub (Tavern)

Hi All,

Those of us who've played RPG's be it in the genre's of: pen & paper, singleplayer, or MMO games in a fantasy setting. Have often discovered the Middle Ages pub or tavern in the game world. But what if that notion of a player hub in a game world which in MMO's hasn't often worked as intended. Was brought forth into our world of the "bricks & mortar". Where as it wouldn't be a Internet Cafe, but truly a modern adult bar (pub) for adult gamers. With a continuous local LAN set up for adult gamers. Be it for FPS matches with a local tournament ladder and for local clans of gamers to hang out together in person.

Perhaps the bar owner could work out a deal with a local game software outlet for discounts on merchandise. And/or offer sponsorship for an excelled clan (squad) for national or International FPS competitions. The bar (pub) can offer raffles for adult gamer goodie bags and so forth.

This could very likely be the next incarnation of a business model aside from Internet Cafes. Since some Internet cafes already offer a Barnes & Noble type of coffee shop and bakery like a local StarBucks is doing with a wireless Internet hotspots.

Jewels of Truth Quotation & Favorite Quote Of The Day

Hello Readers,

Here's one of my most recent quotes and one "Favorite Quote of the Day" to add for your enjoyment.

737) Mankind may cast out each other by vehement judgments. However God will not cast out his creations no matter what mankind decrees. Lest humanity itself as individuals chooses to live by condemnation. Then by choice and belief it shall be so. --- Ivan / Atrayo.

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How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. --- William Shakespeare.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quote Of The Day

Hello There,

Here are my three latest spiritual / wisdom quotes for you to enjoy.

734) To find God one must not or need not travel to the far reaches of the Earth. In search of past sacred shrines or become a devout pilgrim. God is in your midst not beyond your own breath. However to have a relationship with God. One must move mountains of fears and turmoil's within one's: mind, heart, and spirit. Blessed are those who allow God to flood their being with the living waters of the nurturing love of his Spirit. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

735) Those who say "Seeing is Believing & Believing is Seeing" are both correct. Since these statements are a paradox of truth and inclusion. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

736) Those who live by someone else's personal standards whether as a: child to parent, lover to lover, or employee to employer shall live in misery. One must live by their own standards otherwise heartaches will follow. Another persons standards may be: unrealistic, overly ambitious, or completely erroneous for such a person to live to fully. So follow your own inner light and be guided by such a benevolent holy spirit within. For this is the path to personal awakening and fulfillment. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ---Dale Carnegie.

MMO Marketing & Sales Concept: Manufacturer Game Coupons or Mail-In Rebates

Hi All,

Recently there have been a slew of MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game beta's (secondary software testing stage) being conducted. From such MMO game titles like: Dungeon & Dragons Online, Auto Assault, RF Online, Pirates of the Burning Seas, and so forth.

I got to thinking what if as a "Thank You Bonus" to alpha or beta tester players to a MMO. Give them via a link for a online print out or direct through postal mail a game publishers manufactures game coupon or mail-in rebate form. Much like Symantec does with mail-in rebate promotions for redeemable cash with a proof of purchase submission. Or a $5 to $10 US discount coupon that can be used at any retailer or a specific cross promotion with a select retailer. Ala Best Buy or a E-Commerce website like Ebgames.com (Electronics Boutique) as common US retailers of game titles sold enmasse.

This has yet to be used as an enticements by game publishers. Except of course those magazine inserts from a certain retailer that give a discount of using their clip off coupon. Or purchase one single player game title and get a discount for the game title you really want to purchase to begin with.

So those in the game industry marketing and sales departments please take heed.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Musical Band Concept: Traveling Bar & Stage Show

Hi All,

This concept came to me literally in a dream during my family visit this past December 2005 in Miami. The premise is rather simple of taking past musical band showcases and putting them on wheels. Not as a major concert traveling circuit, but as a smaller outlet via a traveling bar with it's stage show.

The bar will serve liquor or what have you with the stage show of past great or one hit wonder bands. There could also be just secondary members of a past famous band that perform accapella to the bar audience. The traveling bar and stage show will support a music based charity. Perhaps something akin to VH-1's music charity for public school programs. The "Hard Rock Cafe" franchise would be an ideal promoter for this concept traveling to locales their restaurant / bars aren't showcased at presently.

There will be the cover charge for entering such a event of the traveling bar & stage show. However door prizes can be offered including those in the audience before the stage can have a spotlight on them. Which signals they've won the grand prize of the night that can be a prize package of the performing artists: poster, T-Shirt, Anthology CD, DVD, etc... Than the performing band or artist of that night sings to the spotlight table from the stage.

The traveling bar and stage show can be booked for school field trips likewise during the day. Besides perhaps the military USO could use such a venue of entertainment for the troops that are State side or deployed.

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes Of The Day

Hi There & A Happy New Year To All!

Without further adieu here are is one my latest quotes. With one of my quote / commentary hybrids that usually come from pen to paper.

732) In life building barriers is usually easier than building bridges. However some barriers do give way to become an eventual bridge to cross. No matter with time both "barriers & bridges" are taken for granted in there existence. Doing so especially for bridges will be a very costly mistake taking years to recover from as a pathway in life. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

733) Religions & Philosophies are numerous as languages and dialects. One is a manner to comprehend creation and the other is a means to communicate the: thoughts, ideas, concepts of such a life in creation. Then all religions and philosophies are a myriad expressions of this same life we are all partners in together. If we cast out our partner by faith and persecution we cast out ourselves by the same breath. If we bind up our partner even if s/he is a foreigner to us we further liberate ourselves by grace itself. All religions are worshipping the same God, whether in singular or plural form. The difference is to make them foreigners is to view the path they've takened to divinity. Via their: customs, culture, language, and ethnic bio diversity. That is the only major contributors to the methodology of worshipping the same God in myriad ways. Amen. ---Ivan / Atrayo.

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An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. ---Sir John Templeton.

Gratitude invites a sense of suffiency. ---Wayne Muller 9/05/04.

Real hero's are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and benefits and commitments. ---Kevin Costner.