Sunday, 11 June 2017

Am I alone in my musical appreciation?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RENk9PK06AQ
It is billed as the world's ugliest music.  A long lecture by a mathematician explains the principles of Harmony and then argues that it is because of what he calls 'repetition'  that gives all Art, including Music its 'beauty' presumably the only interesting aspect of Art.  Then he explains how something that is not just random, but even more 'dissonant' in that it avoids all repetition.  The resulting succession of notes is played on a piano so that no pair of notes have the same interval.

Amongst all the negative comments attempting to ridicule the music, presumably comparing it to Pop, I wrote:
Dare I admit that I enjoyed it very much. It was the unexpectedness of the progression that delighted me. It must be possible to generate 'harmonies' by this method so the 'music' or 'soundscape' has genuine dissonance.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

‘Why We Still Love the Windsors



Why We Still Love the Windsors' by Jane Connors in the Weekend Australian 21-22 is a sad lament by a Republican who appears to know our Australian Monarchy is not going to collapse soon, and even recognises the inevitable succession of the Prince of Wales, but still keeps this endlessly failing initiative alive, to divide our nation and prevent the rest of us from fully enjoying our Monarchy.

She quotes Miles Franklin, an expatriate like Germaine Greer who pops back here from living elsewhere to tell us how we should be.  She is ‘confounded and annoyed’ like the ‘radicals of the 1890s’ who ‘did not consider it possible to sensibly reconcile the independent spirit driving Australian Federation with the fawning servility of the colonial past.’

So, if as M Connors says, the Australian Crown endures despite everything, why can she not just accept it and learn to live with it and enjoy it.  She suggests the reasons are patriotism, race and our distances, and adds the ‘images endlessly reproduced’ that enforce ‘the appeal of pageantry, celebrity, glamour and fun’. 

While she mentions ‘continuity’ she totally ignores the principle reasons for retaining the Crown: Constitutional stabililty and not risking something that works, and ensuring that Absolute Power, represented by the ghostly ‘reserve powers’ can never ‘corrupt absolutely, or removing checks and balances from the already powerful politicians.

 In true Republican fashion, the on-line version that is the link above has the headline:  'Why Australia still loves the British royal family' because they choke on calling Her Majesty our Australian Queen.

Friday, 13 January 2017

The Game of a Royal Princess

The game of a Royal Princess
This is an entertaining story of a princess who is clearly wishing she had the right to substitute for Her Majesty as her cousins do.
On the subject of royal princesses, it would be beneficial if Her Majesty were to entitle the late Diana, Princess of Wales to the title of princess in her own right, as happened for Princess Alice.
Many people already call her Princess Diana, and it would stop her being called Princess of Wales, so the title could be used, eventually, by its true owner, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

President Trump, US Commander in Chief



So, now we know exactly what the Russians were doing: exactly what we might expect from an ‘enemy’ in this digital Century: they were fighting in CyberSpace.  The Russians have had a continuing policy of destabilisation that was aimed at Democratic Political systems in general, to delegitimise them and reveal their supposed failings to the oppressed people under their system of centralised regime.
So, WikiLeaks may have received text that originated from Russia but did not come directly from Russia.  We should all have guessed that was the situation after Mr Assange said it wasn’t Russia with whom his entity dealt.
So, it doesn’t change Mr Trump’s intention to work with Mr Putin and Russia in a more friendly manner than the traditional animosity.  There is a possibility they will be less bellicose if they follow their ‘enemy’s’ example; it is almost as if Mr Trump is being ‘a true Xian’ and forgiving his enemies and treating them as he does his friends.
So, the Russians were delighted at Trump’s victory, but we would have expected that and hacking into their eMails that reveal it is hardly troubling news.  Isn’t it just a little bit ironic that the US Espionage people have been doing exactly what they are trying to detect?  They are using the same sorts of espionage tactics to find out if the Russians hacked them, as the Russians used to do the hacking.
So, there is no actual evidence that the election result was swayed by anything the Russians did.  Their intention is more to discredit the Election Process, rather than help any individual candidate.  Perhaps the Democratic Computer Systems were much easier to hack.  They did not interfere with the computerised voting or registration.
So, Mr Trump is unfazed at the existence of hacking, uses it as a further example of the utterly lax and failed policies of his predecessor, and promises to fix the problem as a priority after he takes over so there won’t be any more from the Russians and also the Chinese – don’t forget the Chinese, folks.  After all, Industrial Espionage goes on all the time and he must have been well acquainted with it and been successful at guarding against it.
So, there we have it! 
 Footnote: The Russians would be foolish to think a Trump win will mean a weaker adversary, because he takes his role of Commander in Chief more seriously than perhaps any President than the WWII actual Commander in Chief, Eisenhower.  He has promised to greatly increase the US military.

Monday, 21 November 2016

The future Duke of Clarence, perhaps.

It is usual within the our Royal Family for Princes to become Dukes on marriage.  Prince and Princess William became Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  Exactly which Dukedom is announced at the time.  York has been used for second sons, but it is his Uncle's title so Harry will need another.  New Whig is tipping that Prince harry will be the future Duke of Clarence  a title held by Queen Victoria's Uncle, who was briefly William IV.   

Monday, 14 November 2016

Ways of looking at the world.



It is my belief that our physical universe is a four dimensional phenomenon  that moves through time) and that the three dimensional universe that we all perceive is actually just our perception.
This is best understood by thinking of us living in a two dimensional universe.  This has been often used as a way of thinking, including ‘Flatland’, and other fictional and educational descriptions.  If this two dimensional world is just our perception of the three dimensional universe that actually exists, then it would be like looking at the world on the sides of a cube, where there are six ways of looking at the same reality, but seeing it as a flat, two dimensional realm.

If this analogy holds, then our three dimensional perception of the underlying four dimensional universe would actually exist in eight different forms, equivalent to the six sides of the cube.  An alternative interpretation would be to see the three orthogonal directions that form the basis of Cartesian space as looking at the unbounded world rather than on the side of a cube, but accepting that this view, while in the same linear direction can be viewed in two, opposing ways, so that there are six orthogonal directions, with our analogy giving us eight three dimensional universes, that are all simultaneously existing in four pairs of opposites. 

It is necessary to see one and minus one as two different forms of unity. The entire Number Line is derived ‘a priori’ from the successive addition of unity to non-existence, and the further manipulation of the so-created ‘positive integers’.  While this Number Line can be extended to include the infinitude of negative numbers, in many relationships there Is no negative equivalent, or the positive and negative relationships are separate and distinct, often mirror images of each other, rotations, or other symmetries.  It is only in our simple minds that we think of the number-continuum extending through ‘zero’ but the truth is that it extends out each way from this central point that is actually non-existence itself; our perception of ‘zero’ as a ‘number’ is to ascribe existence in some ontological form to the essence on non-existence.  This is one of the flaws in the Logical System that purports to deduct ‘reality’ from First Principles.  

Having accepted unity and negative unity as separate entities, in the same way we can accept positive and negative electrical and magnetic charges as different, but related entities, then we can go on the understand the square root of unity has four different forms.  While the square of unity is unity, as are all the ‘powers of one’, the reverse perception produces quite a different landscape because there are four forms of Unity that can be squared to give us the same unity.  Now, however, we must include the square root of minus one as also existing as a valid ontological manifestation of Unity.

In Mathematics it is quite common, if not almost universal, to include the number line based on this pair of forms of unity: square root of minus one and negative square root of minus one, and to do calculations in Electronics using oscillating circuits and fields of electromagnetism, one must use what are called ‘complex numbers’, as if this dimension actually existed in our real world, though we are unable to sense it directly with our physical senses.  It is not unreasonable to believe that the actual, real, ‘material’ universe that we somehow exist within (and in ways and for reasons that are beyond present human knowledge we are able to ‘know’ about) includes this higher ‘unreal’ dimension.  

This necessitates a tesseractical world-view rather than our existing cubic perception of our environment.  Having eight different ways to perceive this within our three dimensional minds, means that we all have these different ‘universes’ to inhabit, and more important they come in four pairs of opposites.  This is why so many people hold world-views that are inimical to what some other people believe is the only true, possible reality.  It is like looking into one facet of a cut gem, while the other facets reflect different views of the surroundings in a kaleidoscope of apparently different realities, while only the truth, the essence of the whole, lies within.