I'm at this party, though I don't actually see anyone or anything besides a Tiki bar. On the bar is a book which a guest left for me to read. It's a huge fucking book, hardback, must be a thousand pages, I mean, this is another War and Peace we have here sitting on this otherwise deserted Tiki bar. I look at the title... Chirps. So, I'm about to leave the empty Tiki bar and a voice says, "Don't forget your book." I reply, "Yeah, yeah, I'll remember." Then I woke up and repeated the name Chirps several times to get it anchored. I'm drinking coffee while scanning online dictionaries, finding meanings expected and unexpected... but only one sounded right. Trouble is, I didn't know what the hell they're even talking about, so how can it "sound right?" See what I mean...?
So I poke around some more and find this on Wikipedia, then I find this bit about transmitters... A radio signal is an electromagnetic wave, which is traveling through space. It may be distinguished from among all other radio signals by its frequency. (found it here), then I find this tidbit... Chirp, which is really pulse-FM, uses normal modulation techniques while sweeping the signal across the entire band. Since all the power is on a particular frequency at any given time, the sweep must not be allowed to rest and must be fast. (found it here). That led me to an article on modulation which I kinda understand. But it's the pictures which fascinate me.
You see, for the past couple of weeks I've had some difficulty visualizing my infinitude of selves as part of my thought experiments based on the many-worlds theory put forth by modern science. And, as has been documented countless times throughout history (here's one about the double helix), once the problem was seated nicely at the table of my subconscious sleeping self, an answer appeared. I had to do a bit of detective work, but, once I saw the pictures, things began to gel.
Here's a couple, after which I'll explain what's in my head.
Everytime I tried to visualize my self merging with all my other selves, I came up short because I didn't have a clear mental representation. The pictures, above, have helped me better visualize this merging of selves. (I used it this morning, again, while weight training. There's this one exercize, the back of neck press, that always pains me in my left shoulder due to an old injury. This morning I visualized my selves on the order of this picture, and once I held the image, I imagined the selves, which are the waves in the picture, coming together, kind of like this.) Ok, so this is just mind stuff and doesn't validate anything... except, perhaps, the power of the mind to influence our daily lives.
PayPal just froze the account of the Bradley Manning Support Network, a group raising funds for the legal defense of alleged Wikileaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning. The group can no longer accept donations through PayPal, or access the money in its account.
The Bradley Manning Support Network didn’t do anything illegal. PayPal even admits there’s no legal reason to shut down the group’s account; it’s an “internal policy decision.”
We need to stand with other Bradley Manning supporters. Can you sign your name to our letter to PayPal demanding the company restore service to the Bradley Manning Support Network?
PayPal’s decision to purposefully block funds to help Bradley Manning is no accident. Two months ago, PayPal also arbitrarily blocked donations to Wikileaks.
Just days after PayPal blocked service to Wikileaks, PayPal executives apparently began a campaign to find excuses to block funds for the Bradley Manning Support Network. The group says its leaders:
“...fielded lengthy calls from executives at PayPal regarding website content, the intended use of the funds being solicited in support of Bradley Manning, and accountings of the recent purchases (primarily envelopes, paper, and postage stamps) made with PayPal funds.”
Even this wasn’t good enough for PayPal, which decided that the only way to allow the Bradley Manning Support Network to use PayPal would be to give the company direct access to its checking account - an extraordinary and unreasonable demand.