Wednesday, October 21, 2009

DON'T USE BLOGGER. BLOGGER SUCKS!

For some reasons, I cannot view this site anymore. I don't know if anybody can. But I could still open the dashboard, edit and write new posts.

Blogger has just deleted my other blog. Now they appear to be doing the same for this blog.


This is from my previous post:


My other blogspot blog -- m-reality.blogspot.com -- is now lost. Years of effort gone to naught.

A week ago, I couldn't go to my post because it was blocked by google saying it has malware. I went to Google help. There were several with the same problems. But no solutions.

The blogowners are supposed to remove whatever malware was put in there because of the hackers or third party gadgets like Bloglinker. But the problem is that the owners could not even access the blogs.

Blogger, without due consideration to the blog owners who spent years in maintaining the blogs, simply and I would say maliciously deleted the blogs. .

It's truly horrible.

This is what we get for using freebies.

Hope those who put in the malware will soon get their karma!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

WARNING TO BLOGGER USERS

My other blogspot blog -- m-reality.blogspot.com -- is now lost. Years of effort gone to naught.

A week ago, I couldn't go to my post because it was blocked by google saying it has malware. I went to Google help. There were several with the same problems. But no solutions.

The blogowners are supposed to remove whatever malware was put in there because of the hackers or third party gadgets like Bloglinker. But the problem is that the owners could not even access the blogs.

Blogger, without due consideration to the blog owners who spent years in maintaining the blogs, simply and I would say maliciously deleted the blogs. .

It's truly horrible.

This is what we get for using freebies.

Hope those who put in the malware will soon get their karma!

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Midheaven and Your Career Path



It is Graduation time again in the Philippines. Young graduates are now about to be thrown into the real world, a world where people work for money, for fulfillment or even for just killing time.

As a guide to the graduates, I am posting here an article I wrote for Mr. Ms. magazine, May 2006:


“Whatever is born or done this moment
has the qualities of this moment in time.”
-- Carl G. Jung



Pioneering psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) studied about a thousand horoscopes and made the conclusion that causality does not have to be A causes B. A and B can happen at the same time. He called this phenomenon synchronicity. In astrology, this means that the characteristics of the heavenly bodies have a synchronous effect on the birth of a person or any other event on Earth. Thus, when a person is born, a map of the heavens (natal chart) would give a fair indication of the characteristics of that person’s life.

In Astrology, it is very important to know at least three things: the positions of the Sun, the Moon and the Ascendant at the exact moment of one’s birth. The Ascendant is the zodiac sign on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. The Eastern horizon is where the sun “rises”. Thus, the Ascendant sign is popularly called the Rising Sign.

Popular astrology is mostly concerned with the Sun sign. The Sun sign represents one’s core personality. But humans are not one-dimensional beings. We have a complex nature.

The Moon sign represents the emotions. This involves the “murkier” side of things which popular astrology does not want to delve into so much. On the other hand, the Ascendant sign is the personality one projects to other people. Thus, if somebody tells you that you do not look like a Leo or a Scorpio, that means that what he/she is seeing is not your Sun sign but your Rising Sign.


Think of the Whole YOU

If you ask other people for advice on your career choice, their advice might be based on your Ascendant, the personality that you project. Thus, they might tell you to go to banking or Real Estate (Taurus) when what you actually want to become is a Secret Agent like James Bond (the quintessential Scorpio).

Or your heart may be telling you to become an actress (Moon Leo) but your talent actually lies elsewhere. If you consult a newspaper or magazine, it probably would be based on your Sun Sign alone.

Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs can be compared to your Ego, Id and Superego. Or, if you were a house, your Ascendant would be your gate, courtyard and main door. Your Sun Sign would be your living and dining rooms while your Moon Sign would be your bedrooms.

When choosing or changing jobs, it is very important to analyze not just your Sun Sign but also your Moon and Rising Signs. But most importantly, look at your Midheaven.


The MIDHEAVEN


The Mediun Coeli (MC) or Midheaven is the “highest point” of the natal chart; It is the point of the noonday sun at one’s date of birth. Technically, it is the point where the ecliptic (apparent path of the Sun across the sky) crosses the meridian (line of longitude) which passes through the birth or event in question

The Midheaven indicates one’s career, life goals and public reputation. This is the key to your success – professionally and emotionally. In esoteric (spiritual) astrology, this represents what you want to do and be acknowledged for in this lifetime.

Our Sun, Moon and Rising signs are personal to us. Perhaps we allow a few friends and relatives to take a peek at our emotional or personal selves. But for the world at large, we want to be known by our Midheaven Sign. This is the kind of person we want the world and posterity to know.

For example, Queen Elizabeth II would certainly not want the world to look at her as friendly, willing, a reforming sprit, rebellious or eccentric (Aquarius rising). She would rather be known as determined, powerful, disciplined and with a sense of purpose (Scorpio midheaven). Scorpio midheaven needs emotional involvement in one’s career and the British queen’s involvement in her career is the prime reason that the English monarchy is still functioning.

In the olden days, the midheaven sign was not given much thought because kings begot kings while farmers begot farmers. But in this age of social mobility where janitors can become tycoons and heiresses can become paupers, the midheaven sign looms vital. For many astrologers, this is the destiny or karmic sign. The Midheaven Sign is what you want to do and are supposed to do in this lifetime.

In order to get a feel of what is the best job for you, analyze your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs and then try to see which is most compatible with your Midheaven Sign.


Job Clusters of ARIES MIDHEAVEN SIGN

Keywords: Pioneering, Physical body, Competition, Immediacy, Independent action, Controversy, Vigor. Example.: Jane Fonda and Pablo Picasso

With an Aries Midheaven Sign, the following is a partial list of jobs that go well with the respective. Sun/Moon/Rising Sign:

ARIES: residential / institutional architect, war correspondent, muckraker, soldier, commodities trader, pro athlete, neurosurgeon, no-desk jobs.
TAURUS: landscape architect, animal husbandry, ENT doctor
GEMINI: sports or crime reporter, PR for architectural firm, advertising sales
CANCER: obstetrician, gynecologist, interior designer, commodities analyst
LEO: stage actor, trial lawyer, chief of surgery or administrator of surgical services, venture capitalist, athletic coach in high school
VIRGO: civil engineer, records supervisor, draftsman, health and safety inspector
LIBRA: labor relations, PR for medical firms, insurance claims adjuster, cosmetic surgeon,
SCORPIO: crime investigator, trial lawyer, reconstructive or exploratory surgeon, institutional architecture
SAGITTARIUS: college athletics coach, architect or engineer for international firm, foreign correspondent, trainer of race horse
CAPRICORN: Corporate lawyer, financial officer for manufacturing or engineering firm, investment analyst for insurance firm
AQUARIUS: civil rights litigator, professor of social psychology, head of R&D in engineering firm
PISCES: Dancer, fine artist, medic or chaplain in the military.

Midheaven Sign as Guide


From the above example, one can see that with your Sun/Moon/Rising signs taken together with your Midheaven sign, you can fine-tune your job description, For example, if you would like to be a reporter and your midheaven sign is Aries, you can have a choice on what kind of reporter to become depending on your other signs. If your Sun sign is Aries, then you might want to become a war correspondent. But if you are a Gemini, then you might rather be a sports reporter. Or if you are a Sagittarian, you might want to become a foreign correspondent

If you want to be a lawyer, and your midheaven is in Aries, then you can choose which sort of law you would like to specialize in – litigation (Leo), corporate (Capricorn) or civil rights (Aquarius).

To continue, here are the other Midheaven signs:

Taurus Midheaven: Needs steady career path. Outdoors preferred. Construction, beauty, sports, horticulture or agriculture, financial management, food industry, fashion, banking, singing, physiotherapy, nursing, counseling (children). Example: Marilyn Monroe

Gemini Midheaven: Communication is key. Also variety and stimulation.. Sales, the media, writing, advertising, retailing, youth work, the hotel industry, interpreting / translation, teaching. Walt Disney

Cancer Midheaven: Requires some continuity in career. Money not the prime consideration. Nursing and the 'caring' professions, social work, restaurant trade, historian, architecture, child care industry, personnel work. Albert Schweitzer and JFK

Leo Midheaven: Likes to be in the spotlight Ambitious and financially motivated.. Acting (specially stage), any artistic work, luxury trades, banking, fashion industry, medical profession, politics or local government, work with animals. Jacqueline Kennedy and Adolf Hitler

Virgo Midheaven: Work best as an 'assistant' rather than a 'leader'. Power behind the throne, secretary, personal assistant, literary/publishing industry, administration or management of any kind, health club/leisure centre management, journalism, copywriting, psychology, the police, librarian, civil servant, animal care and breeding. Eleanor Roosevelt

Libra Midheaven: Needs comfortable working place and good pay.. Peacemaker of the office. Fashion and beauty industry, soft furnishing or interior design, antiques, diplomatic corps, the legal profession, language work, modeling. Mickey Rooney and US Chief Justice Earl Warren

Scorpio Midheaven: requires emotional involvement in the career. Money not a big factor. Needs “security of tenure”. Military, police, detective or forensic science work, investigative journalism, mining, self employment, research of any kind, medical profession, funeral industry, psychotherapist, politics. Mao Ze Dong, Ben Gurion, Paul Newman and Billie Jean king

Sagittarius Midheaven: Needs to be challenged, not very good with routine. Lawyer, outdoor sports, veterinary profession, travel industry, export industry, university lecturer, town planning, space industry, airline industry, the church, writing, international finance. Hitchcock and Solzhenitsyn

Capricorn Midheaven: Very ambitious for status, rather than necessarily for money. Quintessential self-made businessman. Self employment, politics, estate agency, farming, orthopaedics, homeopathy, engineering, exploration industry, dentistry, sculpting, civil service, stock brokerage. MacArthur and Elizabeth Arden

Aquarius Midheaven: Need absolute freedom in their career, and need, above all, to be able to be innovative. Not particularly motivated by money. Cutting edge technology, space industry, airline industry, IT industry, optician, conservation, television work, photography, cartooning, humanitarian work, publishing, the legal profession, telecommunications. Kissinger and GB Shaw

Pisces Midheaven: Often to be found working tirelessly in the background. Exceptional counseling abilities. Needs variety. Dealing effectively with intangibles. The caring professions, work with the disadvantaged and the minorities, the wine trade, the sea or fishing industries, plumbing, the church, the navy, faith and alternative healing, the occult and anything artistic – fiction, poetry, films. Van Gogh, Christian Barnard, Pope Paul VI, Glenn Miller, Albert Einstein, and Bill Gates.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy 2009!



2009 is another year when Jupiter sojourns in the Sign of Aquarius. This means "Let's Party!" and expect some revolutionary changes in ourselves and in society.

Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

How to be a Ladies’ Man or a Femme Fatale

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a Ladies’ Man or a Rudolph Valentino, gathering swarms of adoring girls wherever you go? Or if you are a woman, have you dreamed of being a femme fatale such that when you walk into a room, all the guys turn their heads to admire you? Fret no more, because you can be the macho guy or sexy girl whom everybody adores.

First you have to meditate; i.e., go to the alpha or theta level of consciousness. If you are adept at meditation, you know that alpha and theta levels are states of deep relaxation. If you are not very good at meditation, you can listen to a CD that induces alpha or theta level state of consciousness. Or, if you have a computer program or an audio recording / editing software, you can generate tones with a frequency of 8 to 14 Hertz (alpha level) or 4 to 8 Hertz (theta level frequency).

In terms of magic, the alpha and theta levels are very powerful states to be in.

Sit down, close your eyes and relax. Meditate or listen to the CD or the computer-generated tones using stereo headphones.

It would take a minimum of five minutes for your brain to go down to the desired brainwave frequency level. You would know you are in alpha when you feel very relaxed and are quite oblivious to your surroundings. Theta is even a deeper state of relaxation. You cannot feel your body or your surrounding anymore. You feel like you are floating. When you reach this stage, visualize.

See yourself or imagine yourself walking in a roomful of people or in a beach. You are exuding charm and confidence. Ladies (or gentlemen) see you, and swarm over you. They are all attracted to you. Provide the details – the greater the details, the better. Take note of the admiring faces and adoring smiles.

Energize yourself. Feel your body hair standing on end. See the other peoples’ eyes filled with desire for you. Your emotion must be real and intense.

Feel that you are a Human Magnet who attracts the opposite sex like moths to a fire or bees to a flower. When you are at the height of the experience, touch your thumb with your middle finger and exclaim a word, any word such as "Charm" or "Magnet". This will be your Trigger Word.

Repeat this process at least 8 times more so your mind will match the trigger word with your visualization.

Next time you are in a party or a beach with many girls or guys, touch your thumb with your middle finger and say the Trigger Word.

When you say the trigger word, the energy you have created during visualization would burst forth and immediately affect people around you.

Constant use of this technique is beneficial to your health because every time you say the Trigger Word, your brain would produce “happy chemicals” such as endorphins.

And since like attracts like, you would soon be attracting sexually responsive people to your circle.

But remember, being a Valentino or a Femme Fatale can have its drawbacks. You wouldn’t want to attract somebody like the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Goodbye, Mr. PAUL NEWMAN


Paul Newman is dead. He is 83 years old.


Really, how time flies. I still remember watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when I was in the elementary school. I immediately related to the clever Butch Cassidy character rather than to the faster (at the draw) and younger Sundance Kid character.

This was the first Newman film that I saw although his films like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof were always shown on TV. The next time a Paul Newman film was shown on TV, I tried to watch out for them. Thus, I saw Hud, Cool Hand Luke, the Hustler and of course, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

I am not sure when I saw Sometimes a Great Notion, but after seeing The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and The Sting, Paul Newman became my idol. The Sting remains as one of my favorite films. This was in the early 70s and I was in high school.

When the Towering Inferno came, I was delighted to see so many great actors and actresses together, including William Holden, Fred Astaire and Jennifer Jones, whom I watched in movies on TV. I also liked Steve McQueen, whom I admired in Bullitt, Thomas Crown Affair, Le Mans, Papillon and The Getaway. But even though Steve’s name was billed before Paul’s (Paul’s name was a few centimeters higher), I thought that Newman had the better role. After all, he got the girl (Faye Dunaway), if I remember correctly.

Besides, at 15 years old, I certainly preferred to be an architect rather than a fireman. And Newman was much better looking than McQueen.

Then came The Drowning Pool. I did not see Harper so I did not even know that it was a sequel. I though it was a good detective film but nothing extraordinary. I liked the presence of Joanne Woodward and Tony Franciosa, who was Matt Helm on TV.

In college, I didn’t get to see many films, except during summer. I think I saw only one Newman film, Slapshot, a comedy with Michael Ontkean. But I was quite surprised that Paul found a new career as a race car driver.

I remember talking to a classmate and he mentioned that his dad was old. I asked him how old and he said he was 54 years old. I exclaimed, “That is not old. Paul Newman is 54 and he is racing cars!” My classmate said that I should not choose extraordinary people to compare his dad with.

After college, I thought Paul Newman was already a has-been. Many 1970s actors were no longer doing films by 1980. Paul was a star since the late 1950s. He was still part of the Studio system in Hollywood. Many of his contemporaries were already has-beens by the late 1970s as producers and directors refused to get the stars of the Studio era.

Despite Paul Newman’s back-to-back success with The Sting and Towering Inferno, producers and especially top-notch directors in the late 1970s did not want to have anything to do with whom they call “superstars.” They preferred younger actors like Pacino, DeNiro, Hoffman and Nicholson or even older men but not Hollywood studio superstars like Walter Matthau and Steve McQueen.

To my pleasant surprise, in 1981, Absence of Malice came out to great critical acclaim. And the 50s, 60s and 70s star Paul Newman was still very much in the game. I was also glad that the Flying Nun, Sally Field, was now a great dramatic actress.

Then came The Verdict. I was stunned. I had never seen Paul Newman act in such a great manner. I was sure that he would win the Oscars, and felt angry when he didn’t.

Four years later, Newman starred in The Color of Money with the young Tom Cruise. When I saw in the final scene the Fast Eddie character, after hitting the break, exclaiming “I’m back!”, I knew then that Paul Newman was back at the top and he would definitely win the Oscars.

Finally, after so many nominations, Paul brought home the OSCARS, which could now be displayed alongside his wife Joanne Woodward’s, who won hers about THRITY (30) years earlier.

It is quite usual for Academy Award winners to be swamped with offers after winning the OSCARS. But apparently, it is not the case with Newman. The great "avant garde" directors still did not seem to want Newman for an actor. Perhaps they were intimidated.

After the fall of the Hollywood studio system, younger producers and directors boycotted the stars created by the Hollywood studios. By the mid-70’s, so many of them fell by the wayside like one of the biggest stars of the 50s, 60s and early 70s and Newman’s contemporary, Charlton Heston. Only a handful of them survived. I credit that to the survivors’ innate talents, sense of self-respect and dignity, innovativeness and creativity. Paul Newman was one of those handful Hollywood studio stars who retained their star status in the post-studio Hollywood.

At the end of the 1980s, he did two films --Fat Man and Little Boy, a quite forgettable film, and Blaze, a comedy. I wondered why he even considered doing the Fat Man and Little Boy movie.

The start of the 1990s looked auspicious for the Newmans when Mr. and Mrs. Bridge came out. It was a critical success. Joanne got more critical acclaim than Paul. She was nominated for the Oscars and Golden Globe and won the NY Film Critics Award. For the first time, I saw Paul Newman as an old man. I thought he would never grow old. He was 65. I thought that the film was more a tribute to the enduring strength of Newman and Woodward as real-life husband and wife and as film stars.

I never saw Nobody’s Fool. I read that he was nominated for OSCARS and the Golden Globe. Maybe I’ll buy the DVD soon.

I saw Twilight. I thought it was a bad imitation of The Drowning Pool. And I felt that the cast - Newman, Hackman, Garner and Sarandon - were too old for their roles. It was a great cast for the wrong movie.

At the end of the 90s, he co-starred in Message in a Bottle. I liked the movie but I did not like the fact that Newman just played a secondary role. He still had charm to carry a whole film.

At the start of the 21st century, I saw on TV that he had a new movie coming -- Where the Money Is. Unfortunately, it was not shown in local theaters and I did not see any DVDs around.

In 2002, I saw Road to Perdition. It was a very good film. And he was great. I felt then that his time on the big screen was going to end. He was already doing supporting roles.

Empire Falls was his last appearance. At 78, he still looked strong and charming. He was also a good actor. He won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. It was his swan song. Remarkably, Joanne Woodward was also in that 2-part TV series.


And now Paul Newman is gone. I have admired him in his movies and in his off-screen persona – as a race car driver, a salad dressing chef and a philanthropist. I admire his endurance and even though he and his wife were stars, they never went down the level of Hollywood couples. They maintained their dignity and elegance through the years. He seemed to me the epitome of a modern-day gentleman, a great role model.

They don't make stars like Paul Newman anymore.

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P.S.

I saw Nobody's Fool on DVD. It is a very good film -- perfect for Newman. The other actors did well, too. I now remember why I did not see the film when it was shown in the theaters. In the Philippines, it was billed as a Bruce Willis film, not a Newman film. While I have seen practically all Bruce Willis films, I did not think then that Newman was ready to play second fiddle to Willis. So I decided not to see the film back then. Oh well, better late than never.



Thursday, September 25, 2008

What The Bleep Do We Know?

This is from my QUANTUM CINEMA column in Mr. & Ms. Magazine, May - June 2008 issue:
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I have just finished watching for the nth time the documentary What The Bleep Do We Know? Enthusiasts of the documentary The Secret, which has since been made into a book, should watch this one as it would give the principles of The Secret more scientific grounding.

What The Bleep Do We Know? had its theatrical release in the United Kingdom in May 2005. But the DVD became a top seller even before that time. Like The Secret, it has now reached the status of a cult film with its followers forming clubs and publishing newsletters. And of course, it has its group of detractors, too.

In order to compete with feature films, documentarists or documentarians have resorted to using dramatizations. This is usually the case now for documentaries in the Discovery or National Geographic TV channels. What The Bleep Do We Know? is a documentary with a narrative segment that illustrates further what the interviewees and the narrator are talking about.

Academy Award- winner Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God) stars in this segment as a photographer who feels like a victim in life. She is a mute who recently divorced her philandering husband and is bored with her job. But one fine day, she experienced a quantum leap.


QUANTUM PHYSICS

Although the film talks incessantly of quantum physics, it does not however explain precisely what quantum theory or quantum mechanics is. Rather, it explains the implications of quantum mechanics / physics. The interpreters of quantum mechanics are physicists, physicians, a theologian and America’s leading medium. Three people directed the film – Betsy Chasse, William Arntz and Mark Vicente.

The film’s intention is to provoke the viewer to think. It begins with a voice over: “In the beginning was the Void, teeming with infinite possibilities—of which you are one”. This is accompanied with images of what could be the Big Bang – the beginning of the Universe, according to scientists.
The narrative segment begins with Matlin at a train station. She boards the train, closes her eyes and as the camera closes up on her face, the narrator says, “Are all realities existing simultaneously?” The narrator bombards the viewers with so-many thought-provoking questions: Why do we keep re-creating the same reality? Isn’t it amazing that we have options and potentials that exist but we are unaware of them? Is it possible that we are conditioned to our daily lives, so conditioned to the way we create our lives that we buy the idea that we have no control at all?


WHAT THE PHYSICISTS SAY

The film’s panel of experts claims that quantum physics brings in a new paradigm of reality, knowledge and meaning.

Dr. Amit Goswami, a Physics professor at the University of Oregon says: “Quantum physics calculates only possibilities, but if we accept this, then the question immediately comes -- who, what chooses among those possibilities to bring the actual event of experience? So, we directly, immediately see that Consciousness must be involved. The observer cannot be ignored.”

Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, physicist and author of Taking the Quantum Leap, asks: “Are people affecting the world of reality that they see?” And he answers, “You bet they are! Every single one of us affects the reality that we see even if we try to hide from that and play victim. We all are doin’ it!” Dr. Wolf is also in The Secret.

Dr. William Tiller, Professor Emeritus of Material Science and Energy at Stanford University says. “Our purpose here is to develop our gifts of intentionality and learn how to be effective creators.”

For Dr. Goswami, an individual’s purpose is “To acknowledge the Quantum Self; to acknowledge the place where we really have choice; to acknowledge Mind.”


THE BRAIN AND PERCEPTION OF REALITY

The film emphasizes that we participate in creating reality. The brain, says the narrator, processes two billion (2,000,000,000) bits of information per second. But we are aware of only two thousand (2,000) bits of information per second. We are unaware of 1,999,998,000 bits of information per second. We perceive only a very tiny portion of what is going on around us.

An optimist will see only the positive side of things while a pessimist will see only the negative side of things. Each individual’s brain becomes very selective in choosing that precious 2,000 bits of information per second that would make up one’s reality.

Also, the arrangement of neural connections in the brain constantly changes. Over 70% of the connections between brain cells change every day. Changing our responses to stimuli changes these connections. We do not have to be victims of our own undoing. We can do something -- we can ensure that these changes in neural connections make us more creative, intelligent, and versatile.

THE NEW PHYSICS

Quantum mechanics is just one aspect of the New Physics which has now united the subatomic world of electrons, photons, neutrinos, positrons, quarks, and the astronomical world of stars, galaxies, superclusters, black holes, quasars, wormholes, dark matter, etc.

Quantum mechanics was formulated in the early part of the 20th century by scientists like Niels Bohr, Max Planck and Werner Heisenberg yet its philosophical implications have still to be grasped by most people. The film - What the Bleep Do We Know?- tries to impart such awareness to the public at large and ends with a challenge: “Don’t just take it at face value. Test it out and see whether it’s true!” (end)