Things I Have Seen in Places I Have Been

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FIRE (F+W+E+A - Part 1)

FIRE + WATER + EARTH + AIR (working title) is a series of 1-hour documentary features about the elemental passions of four groups of enthusiasts— pyrotechnicians, aquascapers, arborists, and RCists/rocketeers.

All of these fields are things that each of us can relate to on a basic level; we’ve all popped firecrackers, everyone has had a goldfish at some point, everyone has climbed a tree, and everyone has at least flown a paper plane or maybe shot off a hobby rocket.  But this series will focus on those groups and individuals who elevate these childhood pastimes into art forms, exploring the worlds of people who spend their lives doing these things not just for fun, but for pride, for glory, and, always, for bragging rights.

Part 1 of this series will be FIRE, and it will explore the world of professional pyrotechnics, including a brief history of fireworks, a look at some commercially available products, and finally a visit to the annual convention of Pyrotechnics Guild International, a massive, week-long event in northern Iowa where thousands of spectators come to see the latest and greatest in fireworks technology, and where hundreds of professionals come to engage in a little friendly one-upmanship.  The convention will allow us to see what a meeting of this kind is like for these professionals, view novel innovations in the field, and, if possible, to take a look behind the scenes at how the large displays are built and executed.  The documentary will then cover the convention’s public fireworks shows as a kind of figurative and literal “grand finale”.

Our hope is that this documentary series will be a way of reconnecting people with the sense of wonder and imagination that they felt as children when they first experienced these subjects, when every bang was the loudest they had ever heard, when a fish tank was a glimpse into a beautiful alien world, when every tree was a towering giant, and when they thought a toy would fly forever.

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Hi everyone,I published my first book about a month ago. Its title is Neuroeconomics: an Applied Information Theory, and it describes a new theory that is meant to bridge the gap between neuroscience and modern psychology.From the book jacket:"Over the last 30 years, advances in our technology and in our understanding of the scientific disciplines which those technologies enable have allowed humanity to glimpse the inner workings of some of our most astounding capacities, and have revealed, to even a casual glance, the staggering complexity of even our most casual functions. This progress means that the very nature of psychology is evolving, and with these discoveries have come both new questions and new opportunities to revisit some of the oldest: “What are we made of?”, “How do we work?”, “What makes us tick?”A large number of the currently held explanations for some of these most central psychological questions are beginning to crumble under the weight of new evidence, and greater and greater proportions of our ever-growing knowledge remain unaccounted for and unexplained.Neuroeconomics is the culmination of more than four years of independent research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, physiology, primatology, biology, and chemistry, and it follows in a long tradition of works that have faced similar problems by introducing a new theory that can comprehensively resolve this central academic dilemma.”This book is available for free download at my website (www.dthornebooks.com), and I’d love it if you checked it out.Cheers:)

Hi everyone,

I published my first book about a month ago. Its title is Neuroeconomics: an Applied Information Theory, and it describes a new theory that is meant to bridge the gap between neuroscience and modern psychology.

From the book jacket:

"Over the last 30 years, advances in our technology and in our understanding of the scientific disciplines which those technologies enable have allowed humanity to glimpse the inner workings of some of our most astounding capacities, and have revealed, to even a casual glance, the staggering complexity of even our most casual functions. This progress means that the very nature of psychology is evolving, and with these discoveries have come both new questions and new opportunities to revisit some of the oldest: “What are we made of?”, “How do we work?”, “What makes us tick?”

A large number of the currently held explanations for some of these most central psychological questions are beginning to crumble under the weight of new evidence, and greater and greater proportions of our ever-growing knowledge remain unaccounted for and unexplained.

Neuroeconomics is the culmination of more than four years of independent research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, physiology, primatology, biology, and chemistry, and it follows in a long tradition of works that have faced similar problems by introducing a new theory that can comprehensively resolve this central academic dilemma.”

This book is available for free download at my website (www.dthornebooks.com), and I’d love it if you checked it out.

Cheers
:)

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fishesnstuff:

noussommesou:

Just a sunny day in the fishtank.

29 gal., freshwater
bamboo/grass + peace lily
buenos aires tetras
dwarf gouramis
bosemani’s rainbowfish (male & female)
blind cave tetra
danio
channel catfish

I live natural light on tanks!
What camera did you use?

Just my trusty Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.  It’s practically a dinosaur cause I got it in around 2005 but we’ve been through a lot together. :)

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