Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crazy lyrics – Welcome to jamrock – Demian Marley

For long time I think this is one of the best Reggae tracks around.
Recently I had the chance to read its lyrics and now I love it much more.
real hardcore

Welcome to jamrock – Demian Marley

Welcome to Jamrock, camp whe' da' thugs them camp at
Two pounds a weed inna van back
It inna your hand bag, your knapsack, it inna your back pack
The smell a give yah girlfriend contact
Some boy nuh know dis, them only come around like tourist
On the beach with a few club sodas
Bedtime stories, and pose like them name Chuck Norris
And don't know the real hardcore
Cause Sandals a no 'back-to', da thugs Dem wi do whe' them got to
And won't think twice to shot you
Don't make them spot you, unless you carry guns a lot too
A bare tough thing come at you
When Trenchtown man stop laugh and block-off traffic
Then them wheel and pop off and them start clap it
With the pin file dung and it a beat rapid
Police come inna jeep and them cant stop it
Some say them a playboy, a playboy rabbit
Funnyman a get dropped like a bad habit
So nobody pose tough if you don't have it
Rastafari stands alone!

Welcome to Jamrock, Welcome to Jamrock
Out in the streets, they call it murder!

[Verse 2]
Welcome to Jamdown, poor people a dead at random
Political violence, can't done! Pure ghost and phantom, the youth
Dem get blind by stardom
Now the Kings Of Kings a call
Old man to Pickney, so wave unno hand if you with me
To see the sufferation sicken me
Them suit no fit me, to win election them trick we
Den them don't do nuttin at all
Come on let's face it, a ghetto education's basic
A most a the youths them waste it
And when them waste it, that's when them take da guns and replace it
Then them don't stand a chance at all
And that's why a nuff little youth have up some fat matic
With the extra magazine inna them back pocket
And a bleach a night time inna some black jacket

All who not lock glocks, them a lock rocket
Then will full you up a current like a short circuit
Dem a run a roadblock which part the cops block it
And from now till a morning not stop clock it
If them run outta rounds a bruck back ratchet

Welcome to Jamrock (Southside, Northside)
Welcome to Jamrock (East Coast, West Coast, huh, yo)
Welcome to Jamrock (Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey) Hey!
Welcome to Jamrock
Out in the streets, they call it murder!!!

Jamaica Jamaica! Jamaica Jamaica! Now!
Jamaica Jamaica! Yo! Jamaica Jamaica!
Welcome to Jamrock, Welcome to Jamrock

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Forced Gap in the Inner Nature or Mind The Gap

In these hectic times it becomes harder and harder to have a long chat with someone. I think best during conversations and conflicts. That is why I enjoy long drives so much. Driving across town is always a great way to listen and unload.
So a few days ago I had the chance to have a drive with a good friend of mine who is always very busy, but during our drive he had to talk to me between cell calls.

"Got any more questions buddy?"
He asked me a series of questions that got me thinking; "How would your life change if you get a raise of $1,000 a month?" he asked.
I answered that basically my life won't change that much. I'll probably buy a new laptop or something. Maybe one more takeout dinner a month. But I won't move to a bigger apartment, won't buy more clothes, and won’t buy any stupid gadgets.

Future vs. Present 
"So I guess you're a future kinda guy"
During my economics studies, I was taught there are 2 kinds of individuals. There's a ‘future loving’ individual who prefers to consume less now so he can save and consume more in the future.
The second kind is a ‘present loving’ individual who prefers to consume most of his income now while knowing he will have less to spend later.

After giving it some thought, I realized that deep down I'm a future loving man who is forced to live as a present loving one. I consume all my income when actually I'd rather be saving.
That forced gap between my inner nature and wills and Between my current situation is the source of the basic unhappiness that follows the regular Joe. As implies in my name, I don't think I'm special. I believe there are many like me that experience that gap as well.

No more Grey Pupon?
After sharing my thoughts with my friend he commented that my definition is inaccurate. While I called it the forced gap, it is actually not forced.
Nobody twists my arm to live in my current standard of living which I’m accustomed to.
To emphasis his point he asked me to participate in a small mental exercise; “what if instead a raise of $1,000 you'll get a pay cut of $250 a month?” His claim was that a pay cut won't be the end on the world for me.
Maybe I will have to cut back on luxuries But after a while it won't be so noticeable.
Now, let’s say my salary stays exactly the same but I only imagine a pay cut while actually I’ll be saving $250 of my monthly income. If I do that for about 6 months, after I’ll go back spending as usual, I’ll suddenly feel much richer and probably manage to continue saving a bit.

Lose the banana and grab a calculator
After his words I continued thinking about it while he was yelling on the phone.
The regular Joe has an economics degree. What pushed me to study economics was my interest in human behavior.
If you think of physics, mathematics, chemistry, all of them would be around, applying their rules on us, mixing and pulling and outputting, if we were to discover them or not. People invented economics. It evolved with us. As complicated as our society became, we invented economy to further serve our needs.
It always freaked me out that a science invented by us submits to the same laws and rules the world around us does. The last crisis was the result of a very complicated economy applied without concerning human emotions while actually economy is the sum measurements of human emotions.

Design flaw
It seems I drifted a bit but as I thought about my friend's question, I realized that his theory has one major flaw.
Some things I can't give up
It doesn't take into account my feelings. The theory doesn't take into account my happiness. For me to save $250 a month basically mean giving up cables, stopping dining out or down grade my Internet connection. Everything else is just spent on rent, food and bills.

The only problem is I love TV because it helps me relax, I love eating out because during the week I barely see my girlfriend and we need this quality time together, and I really feel my Internet connection is too slow now so down grading it is out of the question.

In order to maintain or stay in a similar level of value (=happiness) achieved by my resources today, I must use ~100% of them. Although my inner nature wants to only use 70%-80% and save the rest.

So we reached the core of the problem. The reason for the regular Joe’s unexplained inner unhappiness.

What I can now proudly call “The forced gap in the inner nature”.

So, who knows anybody on the Nobel prize committee?

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Sunday, January 9, 2011


I love eating. A lot. For me there is no correlation between hunger and food. Much like the vague connection people like to make between fatigue and sleep. The same goes for sex and horniness.

With one difference, in sex you have a pleasure peak. A physical release that lets you know you may rest and your need is fulfilled. After that point you can relax and go on without it for a while. When I eat I never reach my pleasure peak.

Let me rephrase that, I never notice my pleasure peak. I'm constantly under the impression I can have one more bite.  I only know  I've gone too far when it's already too late and I can’t breathe or move.

There is no "Real-time" physical indication that lets us know we are satisfied  with our meal. 

Shouldn't be the other way around? How come nature creates a release from a positive desire and let you go wild with a much more fattening one?

Just imagine how wonderful it can be if, when full, you would feel a kind of gastro-orgasm. Than you can light up a cigarette and call a cab because you have an early meeting.

In the picture: Gastro-orgasm

I guess now many of you read this and think "off course you can feel full during the meal by eating slowly and chewing 32 times each bite". well, save it. This post is not for you.  As I said, I like to eat and in the house I grew up in (3 brothers), if you don't eat fast you don't eat.

There is also the more practical side to the matter. If people will eat only what they need than it is safe to assume we would need much less meat or fish. much less food will be imported and the price levels will be much more stable. The end for our wasteful way of life.

So here is a challenge for the scientific community / pharmaceutics industry / a really smart model.

It can be the next Viagra but for a much larger audience (no double meaning intended)

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wind Bulb

Wind Bulb is a small wind powered light. Designed by WenCheng Hsiao & Jin-Dian Cheng, it fits perfectly for apartment balconies. A tiny propeller on top generates enough power to keep the light on. It is neatly designed, make use of renewable energy and easy to install.

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