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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Cragen Re:Meditation (552 comments)

(Replying to my own comment) I would also like to note that my mother-in-law had such a stroke that she was given last rites. Twice. Got medivac-ed to the Fairfax VA Hospital, etc. And recovered 99%-wise. Over about 9 months. Lost her sense of smell. (talk about mixed emotions.)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Cragen Meditation (552 comments)

Assume she can hear. Have a qualified teacher* teach about listening to the breath, then to the mind. Good for all, espcially for those in "captive" situations, which, if one really investigates, is every single one of us. Good luck.

(*Or just do this: (Tell her this>:)

1. Just count breaths from 1 to 10. Repeat.

2. When a thought or emotion takes one away (as it will, even for practiced meditators), gently bring one's attention back to the breath.

3. When that gets boring, watch the mind. Try to watch the thoughts and emotions arise. When #2 happens, gently bring your attention/awareness back to the mind.

4. Eventually, one will wonder who is having the thought. That is a good time to try to find out who the "I" is. Focus the attention on the "I" feeling. If more curious, or more info wanted, google meditation and find the type of practice or teacher that appeals to you. )

Or show her the movie (on a tablet maybe) the movie "Spirtual Revolution". Pretty cool.

about 2 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

Cragen Re:And the question of the day is... (327 comments)

People don't get paid to leave stuff alone. It seems that 90% - 95% of the changes belong in "changes get me paid" category. After 30 years of doing this, I am nearly completed underwhelmed by all the stuff changing. Doesn't really seem like much in the way of real benefit either to the customer or the business. Rather like the movies, tv, & books, where original and good are very rare.

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

Cragen Re:Yahoo, kill yourself! (300 comments)

I disagree. I would say "no" to being tracked for any reason, if I have a choice. I do NOT want web services to "personalize" my needs and preferences. I am a big boy and do not need your help, nor your attempts to route my attention, however small that period of attention span is.

about 3 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Cragen Re:Reality? (293 comments)

Well, if you gotta use "over 20 technologies", that's just overkill. Less than 5 would be very cool, though.

about 2 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Cragen Re:jim stone (293 comments)

I am guessing "Boston Bean".

about 2 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Cragen Re:One word: FUD (271 comments)

Agreed. Has it 10 years already? This article (and attendant requests for funding) seems to come out around every 10 years. This is, at least, the third time I have seen the EMP "bogey-man" series of articles. And I have worked with the US Army, who do take EMP (and HEMP) threats very seriously. And are already funded accordingly.

about 3 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Cragen Re:If you make this a proof of God... (612 comments)

I cannot prove any "he" (or she) exists. I can prove "we" exist. But we (most of us) have no idea what "we" really are.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Cragen Re:If you make this a proof of God... (612 comments)

Well, a "studied examination of the underlying spiritual lessons from all human religions", in this case, can lead to a valid perspective. I do think that the proof of that statement can be found (more easier by us lesser folk) by practical, serious meditation on the nature of one's self (body and mind). For anyone who thinks he is a Person, just how much control over your body or mind do you really have? In math, one failure in the proof invalidates the whole thing. As always, it is always the "unhappy" who search for a better life or way of life (I think) so the phrase might ring a bit unreal to those who are not searching for mental relief, but I have found the phrase to accurately portray our reality. Indeed, either "We" or "You" would be appropriate. Rather like glasses of water, only the containers differ in nature, and that is probably a delusion, too.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Neurofeedback At Home, Is It Possible?

Cragen Re:That reminds me a lot of (68 comments)

Mindfulness, a meditation technique in both Buddhism and Hinduism (and recommended widely in western psychological practice), is a widely misunderstood practice. It is simply the practice of "watching one's mind". "Happy", like "sad", "depressed", etc., is a feeling that comes from one's mind. Eventually, one realizes that the mind *is* the problem. (Well, the "gross" level of the "mind" is another way of putting it.) One then learns that ignoring that gross level of the mind is the next step in the process. That step results in the gross level of the mind eventually "wearing off" like mud on one's skin or silt settling in a glass of water. So, "Happy", "sad", etc., is then realized to be a part of that gross level of the mind. Mindfulness need not have all the religious or psychological trappings, but they also make people relatively happy in the meantime so perhaps the devotional techniques can be helpful. (I couldn't get into that stuff, but that's just me.) All the other stuff people do prior to learning the above is just relatively-"blind" people looking for help, which oddly is very hard to find.

about a year ago
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Interviews: Ask Lead Developer Ben Kamens About Khan Academy

Cragen Re:Where are all the CS courses? (69 comments)

Where are my mod points when I NEED them? This^(googleplex). There is a HUGE gap between the basic intros and actual useful (soph, junior & senior level courses) information. In fact, this is probably what is holding back ANY info. "revolution". Until then, there are no truly useful answers in the crowd.

about a year and a half ago
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Has the Mythical Unicorn of Materials Science Finally Been Found?

Cragen Re:The Invisible Unicorn Argument. (238 comments)

I dont know how to categorize the substance of God, I just can see how something can exist with no "physical substance".

Ah, well. My new definition of "God": Anything that is not ME. (The definition of "ME" is still under construction.)

about a year and a half ago
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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

Cragen Aha! (247 comments)

Ah, apparently I have been saving this for YOU. SEE YA! lol

about 2 years ago
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Ask the Space Command Team About All Things Sci-Fi

Cragen What Science Fiction or Fantasy are you reading? (100 comments)

Is reading SFF is a factor in the SFF Movie Industry producers such as yourselves? If so, what Science Fiction or Fantasy are you reading right now? Or What has been, so far, your favorite SFF book? And (Or) who is your favorite SFF author? Thanks for the great memories of watching your stuff the first time.

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Successfully Reaches Orbit

Cragen Ref: "giant load off his back" (282 comments)

Oh, NO! That "giant load off his back" means he's experiencing weightlessness which means he stowed away on the capssule! Abort! Abort! (Grats!)

more than 2 years ago
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DEA Wants To Install License Plate Scanners and Retain Data for Two Years

Cragen Don't travel abroad if License Plate Scanning ... (295 comments)

Don't travel abroad if License Plate Scanning bothers you. Google it, boys. Most countries now do it on all their borders, in the least. Users (countries) don't always advertise it but the makers of License Plate Scanning systems are all over the web. You guys need to travel more. Welcome to the rest of the world.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT And Harvard Start New Online Education Partnership

Cragen Re:Online needs to change (60 comments)

I think learning SHOULD be more like RPG's. The step by step approach in MMORPG's keeps me going. :) At least for the first few years of a subject. There used to be a reading program like that back in the 60's for 10-11 year olds in Ohio that used short stories. (don't remember the name) It had a range of reading comprehension where the level of comprehension was color-coded. I was SO worked up to become a PURPLE reader.

more than 2 years ago
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Pakistani Court Rules On Internet Censorship: Unconstitutional

Cragen Re:LOL (79 comments)

Your reply leads me to suspect that you probably have never stepped foot out of your own city, much less country. You have no idea how few rights people in most of the world have and how repressive the governments of countries like Pakistan, China, Iran, etc., are. I have to just laugh at your real ignorance of the rest of the world's situation. While the US has its problems, reporters aren't being shot down in "broad daylight" as in Brazil, Mexico, etc. I really do suggest you go spend a few years in just about any country not in NATO. Heck, even Europe is quite a bit more repressive than the US. Mouth-off to an EU policeman and he or SHE will beat the living crap out of you in public with no fear of reprisal. So, walk down the street when you want, yelling your hatred, and feel safe. This is the ONLY country (so far) in you can fairly safely do that. Go ahead. And have a nice day.

No, really. You should move. Besides it clearing the air considerably here, you really do need to go see that if you spout that silliness in a non-NATO country (and also IN some NATO countries) that you will not need a fair trial because the local police or military will have killed you in plain site of everyone. And all the witnesses will just walk away. It's sad, but true. So, good luck.

more than 2 years ago
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Opus Dei To Hunt Down Vatican Whistle-Blowers

Cragen Re:Now even the Pope hates the truth? (286 comments)

No, sorry, Your statement is akin to saying "Why hate on Ford (or GM), dudes?"

And, for the record, the dictionary definition of the word "cult" is simply any section of a genre of any religion. Only here in America have people mis-used the word to indicate what they regards as "whackos". So, , by definition, Catholicism is definitely a cult of Christianity. (And generally a group of "whackos" who have drank their own brand of kool-aid, their own completely unsubstantited "beliefs", which are no more substantiated than the belief in spaceships flying in the wake of comets. Just more "believed". Good grief.

Have a nice day.

more than 2 years ago

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