π is the expression of creativity …

Buddha Union by Vishnu108I have written several blog posts on the subject of Everything. I have posted them under the category Philosophy. I talk about Nothing versus Everything versus, about Duality, Trinity, the question ‘Where does Everything come from?’, Time and Space, etc.

In one of those posts I argue that Creativity must be a quality of Everything. Another quality is (Self) Consciousness. Those qualities are inescapable because otherwise (the) Everything wouldn’t be relevant.

Creativity in itself does not make sense. These things only make sense as part of a Trinity. Where Trinity is like a ‘coin’. A coin is made of stuff and has 2 sides. Creativity is the stuff, and the 2 sides are Creator and Creation.

So what about π ?

I quote from Wikipedia:

The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi” (/paɪ/). Being an irrational number, π cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction (equivalently, its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern). Still, fractions such as 22/7 and other rational numbers are commonly used to approximate π. The digits appear to be randomly distributed. In particular, the digit sequence of π is conjectured to satisfy a specific kind of statistical randomness, but to date no proof of this has been discovered. Also, π is a transcendental number – a number that is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients. This transcendence of π implies that it is impossible to solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and straightedge.

I wonder, where does π come from? Who/what decided on the constant of π ? I remember reading Carl Sagan’s novel ‘Contact‘ in the mid 80’s. In that novel, Sagan has a mind boggling passage in which it is discovered that π contains a pattern, a ‘hidden message from the Gods’. Back then all I could think was ‘Wow’, because it was such a mind blowing idea.

But, Sagan’s Contact, is fiction. Not real, mind blowing or not. Yet, the intriguing mathematical constant π kept cropping up in my musings once in a while. Where did the constant come from? A constant is fixed. So what/who fixed it and how? Well, your simple answer could be, ‘God fixed it’. But unfortunately I can not go for that answer. It is too simple and too lazy. It is like saying ‘It is not my problem, God will take care of it’. Sure, but somehow it doesn’t feel right. As said, this way out is simply too easy.

No way out? Yes there is, if you look carefully that is. Because although the definition and the ratio of π are fixed, the number itself, the infinite row of digits, is irrational. And irrational is simply another word for …. Creativity. No matter how many digits of the row we will calculate, the next digit we find (by calculating) is a creative process. Only by calculating we find the next digit. No calculating, no next digit! So we, once again stumble on this ‘Trinity’ namely:

Creator (Calculator) – Creativity – Creation (Next digit)

As π is a center piece of Mathematics, it shows that Mathematics is founded on Creativity

~ Max

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If you really understand Nothing …

Buddha Union by Vishnu108… you understand Everything

I am getting the impression that not a lot of people have a proper understanding of Nothing. No surprise really because it took me 55 years to understand Nothing. I mean, to really understand Nothing. Most people I guess think of Nothing along the lines of something very, very, very, very small. But Nothing is not something very, very, very, very small. Nothing is really Nothing.

Nothing is the counterpart of Everything

When we ask ourselves ‘Where does Everything come from?’ Most of us have no answer. And, maybe that is not so bad. Because maybe that is the answer.

So, you get clever people who might say that Everything comes from Nothing, is ‘born out of’ Nothing. But this is a misconception. This is not true. It can’t be true. The error is that those people still pose Nothing as something very, very, very, very small. Maybe they will put it more extreme and say Nothing is infinitely small. But you see what the ‘problem word’ here is? It is the word ‘small’. And even ‘infinitely small’ is a form of ‘smallness’!

But Nothing is not ‘a form of smallness’. Not even ‘infinitely small’. Not even a ‘singularity’. Nope, Nothing is really Nothing.

You might ask what use this is for us. What is the use of Nothing?

Well, it gives a very simple answer to the question ‘Where does Everything come from?’. Because it shows us that the question is wrong. The words used are wrong. Everything does not ‘come from somewhere/something/sometime’, no, Everything has always been. Why? Because it is the counterpart of Nothing, and Nothing can not Be. Nothing can not exist, not even as something ‘infinitely small’, not even as a ‘singularity’.

This might be very confusing and difficult to grasp. Therefor I will use a trick to make it more clear. A trick in which I introduce an error, and after that we eliminate the error, and keep the truth, the answer. Here it goes:

Q: ‘Where does Everything come from?’

A: Everything and Nothing live in an eternal cycle. Everything disappears into Nothing. Because Nothing can not exist, it instantaneously in an infinitely small time and space moment ‘gives birth’ to Everything. Think ‘Big Bang’ (which is said to ‘be born out of a Singularity’). Which in turn disappears into Nothing, etc., etc.

Now the ‘introduced error’ is that Nothing still is presented as something very, very, very, very … yes, infinitely small … in which Everything ‘can disappear’ and be ‘born out of’. But Nothing is really Nothing. It does not exist, so you can not ‘disappear into’ it, or be ‘born out of’ it. You have to eliminate Nothing from the equation, because Nothing is really Nothing. So, if you eliminate Nothing from the equation you get:

A*: Everything and Nothing live in an eternal cycle. Everything disappears into Nothing. Because Nothing can not exist, it instantaneously in an infinitely small time and space moment ‘gives birth’ to Everything.

A**: Everything and Nothing live in an eternal cycle. Everything. Nothing can not exist. Everything. Nothing can not exist. Everything. etc.

A***: Everything and Nothing live in an eternal cycle. Everything. Nothing can not exist. Everything. Nothing can not exist. Everything. etc.

A****: Everything lives in an eternal cycle. Everything. Everything. Everything. etc.

A*****: Everything is an eternal cycle.

A******: Everything is eternal.

:)

This is why I am saying ‘If you really understand Nothing …… you understand Everything’

~ Max

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And there goes my lifeline

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My first Apex trigger (The ‘Hello World’ approach)

I’m a programmer, a developer at heart. When I encounter a new programming environment and/or language, I want to ‘see’ it working. No manuals, no training, no nothing. Just get it working on my own. For this we have the ‘Hello World’ approach. The most simple ‘one-line’ code which works and by which you have touched the basic parts of the new environment to get things going.

Here I’m getting to know Apex, the programming language of Salesforce. As I start from zero, I know nothing. I heard someone talk about ‘triggers’. Apparently you can use Apex triggers to perform some stuff. A trigger, in this case, is an action which does something at the moment you make changes to the database (to a record).

Ok, how can I ‘see’ this working? Well, I simply try a very easy thing. In Salesforce there is the Contact object. I create an extra field on this Contact object. A ‘custom field’ which I call ‘Apextest’ (text(50)). And now I want this ‘Apextest’ field filled with the LastName of the Contact (a copy). So, I need a ‘trigger’ which does this copy action whenever I insert or update the Contact (record). And in this trigger I need to specify the ‘copy’ action. Below you will find the steps in shorthand:

– Create custom field Apextest (text(50)) on Contact
– Put it on a Page-layout for you to see it:)
– The Api name of that Apextest field comes out as Apextest__c

Now we need to create the trigger on Contact

– Setup > Build > Develop > Apex triggers
– Click ‘Developer Console’
– File > New > Apex Trigger

Paste the following code

trigger Apextest on Contact (before insert, before update) {
for (Contact c : Trigger.new) {
c.Apextest__c = c.LastName;
}
}

– Save

In the Apex Trigger list (after refresh) you will now see the trigger ‘Apextest’. And it is active

– Goto to Contacts
– Pick a Contact
– Probably the Apextest field is still EMPTY (because the record has not been changed/touched yet)
– Click Edit
– Click Save

Now the (update) triggers which are defined on Contact are activated

– Check the content of the Apextest field

It should hold a copy of the LastName of the Contact

Congratulations, and welcome to the world of Salesforce Apex programming :)

My first Apex trigger

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Battlefield 1 ft Ron Goodwin’s “Where Eagles Dare” Theme

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The Tesla Baarn Crash (September 7, 2016)

Tesla driver dies in a Model S after hitting a tree, battery caught fire, Tesla launches an investigation

http://nos.nl/artikel/2130435-tesla-nederland-onderzoekt-dodelijk-ongeluk-in-baarn.html

So, what happened? I am curious. A Tesla car. 6 am. Nobody on the road. Speeding. My estimate is at least 100 km/h (it is a 80 km/h road)

I gave the matter some thought. Went to the crash site myself. Shot some pictures. There were NO skid marks. The road is a straight stretch. 500m further up is a crossing with traffic lights. The driver surely knew this. My guess is that this man wanted to go to direction Amersfoort. That is ‘turn right’ at the crossing. For most other destinations (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Zwolle, Apeldoorn, even Arnhem) he would have not been on this road, but he would have taken the highway near Hilversum already)

Suppose he was toying with his Tesla (I’m guessing he didn’t have this car very long). Toying with the auto-pilot. And why not. It was early. Nobody on the road. A fairly straight road. Good road and weather conditions.

So, maybe he was speeding. Say 100+ km/h. And the Tesla was on auto-pilot. Now, if he wanted to go to direction Amersfoort he had to go right at the upcoming traffic lights. This upcoming crossing is about 500 meters away. Suppose (for easy calculation) the guy was driving 120 km/h (not uncommon). 500 meters would be 15 seconds. In 15 seconds he would have to turn right. Maybe he fiddled with the change lane/direction. Indicating the Tesla to ‘turn right’. Note that the road does not have a solid white line at the side, but a dashed line(!)

I don’t know about the Tesla … but could it be that ‘indicating the Tesla to turn right’ that the car actually would steer right, change lane, over the dashed line, straight into the tree?

Because this is the best scenario I can come up with. Other scenario’s are: Falling asleep, Heart attack, Doing something else (mobile phone), Suicide, etc. But … I prefer to include the Tesla into the equation. It is such an exceptional one-sided accident. Something definitely went very wrong. Very probably a driver error, but possibly in connection with this modern Tesla and its auto-pilot.

Update (sept 8): Tesla says ‘No auto-pilot’. The speed was 155 km/h.

http://nos.nl/artikel/2130624-tesla-gecrashte-auto-reed-155-en-niet-op-automatische-piloot.html

So, if it wasn’t the auto-pilot. We go to the next best option. Suicide. High speed, big tree, no skid marks. I’m interested in the man’s destination.

Update (sept 8): Calculations

Using v = a . t and s = 1/2 . a . t^2 with v = 43 m/s and s = 480 m

From the crash site to the upcoming crossing (traffic lights) is 480 meters. He was driving 155 km/h. This translates into 43 m/s. The maximum deceleration a good normal car can achieve is 8 m/s^2. If he would continue to drive at 155 km/h he would reach the crossing in 11 seconds. If he would apply maximum deceleration of 8 m/s^2 it would take 115 meters to come to a halt. This translates into 480 – 115 = 365 meters before reaching that ‘apply maximum break’ point. He would reach that point in 8 seconds.

That means that if he had continued with the 155 km/h it would take only 8 seconds to be thrown into the position where he couldn’t even come to a safe stop for the crossing (traffic lights)

So, why didn’t he slow down already? Did he?

To give you an idea. If he would slow down starting at the crash site, it would take 22 seconds to reach the crossing. His deceleration would be 2 m/s^2 which translates to a decrease in speed of 7 km/h every second. That is 30 km/h in 4 seconds. So, if he would slow down controlled starting from the crash site, in 4 seconds his speed would be reduced to 155 – 30 = 125 km/h

One can argue that such a car can handle sportive breaking style. Maybe so, but the guy did crash into the tree, so somewhere down the line something went wrong. Therefor I repeat that there were only 8 seconds left for the driver to slow down if he hadn’t crashed into the tree.

The high speed (on that road) is slightly disturbing
The crash with no skid marks is disturbing
The fact that there were only 8 seconds left to ‘really hit the brakes’ is disturbing

Update (sept 9): Destination / Route

https://www.rtvutrecht.nl/nieuws/1519343/slachtoffer-teslacrash-verongelukte-vlakbij-zijn-bedrijf.html

New info gave the name of the driver and the probable destination (His IT company in Baarn). Looking up his likely home address, I found that the route is only 7 km. So, he, driving at very high speed, would cover this distance in 3-4 minutes. Now, what was the hurry? It was early in the morning, iirc 6h00 6h15. He would arrive at his company at 6h20. Why so early? And why the hurry?

One could argue that the high speed was just because ‘he liked his car’. True. But then we have the time itself. Early in the morning. What made him go to his company so early? What is there to do?

Maybe, he had received an alarm. Maybe there were burglars at his company triggering some alarm. And he got up quickly and raced to his company. It could explain both the early time AND the hurry. But in that case one wonders if the police was contacted about the alarm going off. Still, it is a possibility.

Update (sept 16): Why so early?

In a chance encounter I spoke today with someone who was somewhat close to the victim. He also had been to the funeral. I asked him if he knew why the victim had been up so early. He said that the victim ‘always got up early to go to work’. It was his company after all. He liked his work. This probably answers the question of ‘Why so early?’

I asked him if suicide could be an explanation. But he thought this was very unlikely. There were no signs of this. On the contrary, things seemed to be bright and happy. Which again makes sense. Anyone spending lots of money on a special car like this Tesla Model S seems to ‘enjoy himself and his car’. Nevertheless, things can change quickly. A shock of some sorts can induce a sudden reaction. E.g. if the message comes that ‘You have incurable cancer’, a sudden unforseen (by people) reaction could happen, like suicide. But, as said, there seemed no sign of this on the horizon.

So, what then happened? Driving fast on a straight stretch. A crossing coming up within 11 seconds (or 8 seconds to ‘hit the breaks’). No skid marks. Hmmm, it is still a mystery what happened.












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De Windhond (Soest)

De WindhondThe mill ‘De Windhond’ in Soest. Shot with Lumia 930. RAW processed with Lightroom 5 (2016)

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Welcome in Space

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Battlefield 1 Beta – First ‘Sweet Kill’

From own experience I know I have to give some shooter games like Battlefield the time to grow on me. Typically 5-10 hours. The first few hours are frustrating most of the time. Because of the chaos, of the (new) gun handling, the k/d which drops to 0,2 due to others who are already ‘vets’ while I’m still a newbie wandering around clueless. Anyway, it is very important to start making a few ‘sweet kills’. Because these kills make you play on/come back. Although not having a lot of fun yesterday with my first session with the Battlefield 1 Open Beta, I did make that first ‘sweet kill’. And I recorded it. Here it is

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Battlefield 1 Open Beta (Xbox One)

BF1_XB1_Open_Beta

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The dream of Lt Maximilian Qubit (Operation Flashpoint’s Battle at Le Port)

10th anniversary remix of the Battle at Le Port. Lt Maximilian Qubit, back in 2006 platoon leader in the Le Port battle, is still haunted by the memories. Every night the battle is relived. After the battle he wrote the following poem.

Some will say a battle, is
Good against the bad
But, all I saw were soldiers, equal
Most of them now dead

~ Lt Maximilian Qubit

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Soldiers

Some will say a battle, is

Good against the bad

But all I saw were soldiers, equal

Most of them now dead

~ Lt Maximilian Qubit (Battle at Le Port)

soldiers2a

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10th Anniversary of the Battle at Le Port

In 2006 nearly 200 soldiers (around 100 on each side) fought a heroic and dramatic battle at Le Port. Many soldiers on both sides died. The battle is seen through the eyes of platoon leader Lt Maximilian Qubit. Awed by the horrors of war and the fragility of a soldiers life, he kept using binoculars in stead of his rifle, while commanding his platoon into the small town. His account is universally regarded as being ‘anti-war’ in nature. After the battle he stated he had seen no good or bad but only soldiers, most of them dead.

Battle at Le Port

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Flat RAW -> Silver Efex Pro 2 -> TrueGrain ( Bergger BRF-200 )

Starting with ‘flat’ RAW

Sarah Flat Raw

Applying Silver Efex Pro 2

Sarah Silver Efex Pro 2

Further applying TrueGrain w/ Bergger BRF-200 (dynamics and grain)

Sarah TrueGrain

Showing what further processing can do with a ‘flat raw’. Note: No sharpening or noise reduction was applied (‘analog grain’ was added though). Shot with Nikon D60 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8G | Camera settings: 35 mm, 1/125 sec, f/2.0, ISO 280, 0.00 eV | Flat RAW processed with Silver Efex Pro 2 and TrueGrain w/ Bergger BRF-200 (2016)

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The Bona World of Julian and Sandy

Around the Horn

More info on wikipedia




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Seaside Walk

I’m trying to reinvent my photography. I mounted the Nikon kit lens on my D5100. I like the lens because it is light and easy to zoom. I shoot in RAW. To keep as close as possible to the analog photography of the past, I only worked on the light aspect of the ‘flat’ RAW. Contrast, Shadows, etc. But I did not use any sharpening or any noise reduction. I used the RAW (or DNG, ‘Digital NeGative’) as if it was an analog negative. In analog photography you can not ‘sharpen’ the print. And I guess you can not perform ‘noise/grain reduction’. So, no sharpening, no noise reduction. The noise of the sensor is retained and works a bit like the grain of film. I know noise and grain a somewhat different, but if you let the noise just be, and refrain from sharpening the picture, you get a nice soft image, which does resemble the analog film feel. Shot with Nikon D5100 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR | Camera settings: 55 mm, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/4000 sec, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5 and DxO FilmPack 5 (2012, New York)

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Airways

AirwaysThe sky over La Rochelle (France). Shot with Canon S95 | Camera settings: 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO 80, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5 (Ile d’Aix, 2016)

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The Silver Sea

The Silver SeaShot with Nikon D5100 + Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC (OS) HSM | Camera settings: 50 mm, f/2.8, ISO 1250, 1/20 sec, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with Lightroom 5 (Le Croisic, 2016)

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Summer Harmonies (Grand Piano)

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Le Croisic shot with Sigma DP2 Merrill

Le CroisicLe Croisic shot with my monster IQ camera, Sigma’s DP2 Merrill. Note that this picture is resized to smaller resolution (2400 pixels wide). Camera settings: 45 mm equiv (fixed), 1/60 sec, f/4, ISO 200, 0.00 eV | RAW processed with SIGMA Photo Pro 6.3 and Silver Efex Pro 2 (2016)

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