What is Important to Chris Bacolas?

My family is very important to me. If it were not for them, I would not be who I am today. No other success can compensate for failure in the home. I believe that this kind of success always starts with an enduring love and respect for family. The most important lesson I have had through the bond I have with my family is to love others selflessly.

In the grand scheme of things all human beings are a part of God’s family. No matter your background we are all children of the living God. Recent discoveries by Peter Ralph of USC Dornsife has confirmed that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else on the planet.

“To conclude, the most important things in life to me are God and Family.”

 

 

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Sheriff Joe Busts Obama!


100% proof positive, Obama cannot provide proof of his identity!

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Christopher Bacolas & Local Folktales

There is a cave under the highest butte of the Piestewa Peak range, Arizona, where a party of Tonto Indians was found by white men in 1868. The white men were on the war-path, and when the Tontos fell into their hands they shot them unhesitatingly, firing into the dark recesses of the cavern, the fitful but fast-recurring flashes of their rifles illuminating the interior and exposing to view the objects of their hatred.

The massacre over, the cries and groans were hushed, the hunters strode away, and over the mountains fell the calm that for thousands of years had not been so rudely broken. That night, when the moon shone into this pit of death, a corpse arose, walked to a rock just within the entrance, and took there its everlasting seat.

Long afterward a man who did not know its story entered this place, when he was confronted by a thing, as he called it, that glared so fearfully upon him that he fled in an ecstasy of terror. Two prospectors subsequently attempted to explore the cave, but the entrance was barred by “the thing.” They gave one glance at the torn face, the bulging eyes turned sidewise at them, the yellow fangs, the long hair, the spreading claws, the livid, mouldy flesh, and rushed away. A Western paper, recounting their adventure, said that one of the men declared that there was not money enough in Maricopa County to pay him to go there again, while the other had never stopped running–at least, he had not returned to his usual haunts since “the thing” looked at him. Still, it is haunted country all about here. The souls of the Mojaves roam upon Ghost Mountain, and the “bad men’s hunting-grounds” of the Yumas and Navajos are over in the volcanic country of Sonora. It is, therefore, no unusual thing to find signs and wonders in broad daylight.

I decided not to disclose the Author of this folktale.

 

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Nuclear Energy – Stepping Stone for Future Space Exploration

A new era of space exploration is dawning through the application of nuclear energy! Everything from rovers on Mars and the Moon, power generation at future bases on the surfaces of both and soon for rockets that enable interplanetary travel, even nuclear propelled space crafts that can travel close to the speed of light!

There are many sceptics out there that believe that interstellar space travel is merely a fantasy. A sci-fi odyssey that can never happen.. Or can it.

Project Orion was a study of a spacecraft intended to be directly propelled by a series of explosions of atomic bombs behind the craft (Nuclear pulse propulsion). Early versions of this were proposed to have taken off from the ground with significant associated nuclear fallout.

A 1955 Los Alamos Laboratory document states (without offering references) that general proposals were first made by Stanislaw Ulam in 1946, and that preliminary calculations were made by F. Reines and Ulam in a Los Alamos memorandum dated 1947. The actual project, initiated in 1958, was led by Ted Taylor at General Atomics and physicist Freeman Dyson, who at Taylor’s request took a year away from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, US to work on the project.

In my opinion, this was a monumental shift in the science of space travel. Similar projects have been theorized and the time of interstellar space travel is seemingly approaching.

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Christopher James Bacolas is Appalled

By Daniel Nazer on July 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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Once again, political campaign videos are being censored by copyright law. This time, Mitt Romney is the victim. After President Obama created an ad mocking Romney’s tuneless performance of America the Beautiful, Romney responded with an ad featuring a few seconds of Obama singing Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together. Unfortunately for Romney, his ad was hit by a takedown notice from BMG Rights Management and was removed from YouTube.

BMG’s takedown notice is baseless. Romney’s video plays a tiny snippet of President Obama singing the lyric “I’m so in love with you.” At the same time, the video suggests that Obama has shown love only for large donors. Accurate or not, this is core political speech and the ad uses the original content as fodder for its commentary. Moreover, the video does not harm Al Green commercially. Indeed, this kind of attention is much more likely to improve the market for Green’s songs. Fair use law clearly protects Romney’s use.

In a statement, BMG said:

Our duty is to protect the rights of our songwriters and other clients without regard to political party or cause. In this case, the use of the music in question was not approved by the rights holder. As a result normal take down procedure was followed.

But BMG misses the point. It is simply irrelevant that the music was not approved by the rights holder; fair use exists precisely to allow for use without permission. In reflexively shutting the video down, BMG is asserting rights it does not have.

If Romney’s ad was protected, why did it get taken down? Under the DMCA’s takedown process, the copyright holder is usually able to remove content even when its claim is weak. To get the material back online, the poster must then file a counter-notice. The material will typically stay down for at least ten days. As others have pointed out, ten days can be an eternity in a political campaign.

This is a recurring problem. During the 2008 election, both Obama and McCain had videos removed as a result of baseless takedown notices. The upshot is that copyright holders can act as private censors, using DMCA to silence speech at the height of a political campaign.

Update: Romney has succeeded in getting his video back up on YouTube. Rather than wait the full ten business days under the DMCA, YouTube has restored the video. In this case, it appears that the widespread news coverage might have led to a quick resolution. Unfortunately, this is the exception, not the norm. Private censorship of campaign videos is likely to continue.

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Northern Lights! And Sounds?

When I think of the northern lights I remember pictures showing green and red and gold auras. It is a pretty cool light show!

But the northern lights of Earth are more than just dazzling light shows — they also generate their own strange applause too, a new study reveals.

The same energetic particles that create the dancing, dazzling northern lights high up in Earth’s atmosphere also produce strange “clapping” noises just 230 feet (70 meters) from the ground, researchers said.

The results vindicate folktales and reports by wilderness travelers, which have long described sounds associated with the northern lights (which are also known as the aurora borealis).

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Overcoming the Bad Economy as a Designer

The economy and the stock market have taken a toll for the worse, this is very apparent. If you are like me you keep hearing that things are bad, but you have no real clue how it really is going to affect you. Either way, you would probably like to be prepared especially when the other option is potentially being out of a job. I just recently felt the first effects of the economic situation when a client we thought was going to sign a contract right away resisted at first because of the current economic situation. While the impact to their business may not have been felt yet, people are afraid that it might any time soon, so the natural reaction is to scale back spending.

As business owners, freelancers, or even employees this can be potentially devastating if we don’t make adjustments to show our value and remain competitive in times of economic despair. While I may not be an economist I do know two things that will help you stay afloat during these troubling times.

Innovation is Still Important

If you can offer something that no one else can then you will find that your services are still in demand. This does not mean that you have to be the only person that can do something, just the only one that is convenient. If you are thinking that you aren’t innovative, you are also most likely wrong as well. This situation is a great time to sit down and look at what your strongest skills are and how you can leverage them. Thinking more about differentiating yourself from your peers will help you find something that you do that is innovative.

Remember Return on Investment

When people are really worried about spending money, showing them how their investment will make them money in the future will calm their fears. This is a great time to show your clients that you are thinking about their financial situation as well as your own. By doing things like informing clients of more efficient ways of handling a project, or mediums that may better suit their needs, you not only show that you have their interests in mind but that you also care about the outcome of their project. If you can save them a couple of dollars along the way, you have set yourself up to ensure future work down the road.

If you have any other items to add to the list that you feel may be helpful, please share them in the comments below.

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