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Musical E.T. Search: Part II
Readers on the Big Bang
Lennon Exclusive
Online Jobs at Home
CD Reviews


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From the Editor's Desk - May 2001

To all our Readers,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we unveil the May issue of The Standard Triumph. We open with Part II of Dr. Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg's article on the possibilities of Extra Terrestrial Music Intelligence and its effects on the human mind/brain. We follow with a response by one of our columnists, Dr. Thomas Jones, on the topic which has resulted in a great deal of debate (and mail) at the offices of our publication. As a public forum for the exchange of ideas, we encourage our readers to respond to articles they read here with their own thoughts and commentary. 

We are especially delighted to present this month the second, exclusive column by the prolific and talented Bill Harry, Beatles historian and music maven extraordinaire. Mr. Harry attended the Liverpool College of Art with John Lennon, and founded the seminal music paper Mersey Beat in London that helped launch the band in the early sixties. He has been the publicist for a host of groups and artists, including Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull, and David Bowie. He is the author of thirteen books on the Beatles, and has compiled an archive on the Beatles that spans more than thirty years. Here we present a segment of Mr. Harry's book, The John Lennon Encyclopedia, in which we learn about John's view of Jesus Christ.  The book, which has been released in the UK, won't reach these shores until October. Until that time, we hope to bring you more of Mr. Harry's fascinating stories and discussions of a man he knew better than almost anyone. If, however, this only whets your appetite for more Lennon contacts, you might try visiting Mr. Lennon at the John Lennon Artificial Intelligence Project (JLAIP), where you can have a talk with the great man himself. 

Following the Lennon article, we continue our look into online business matters with Elena Fawkner's detailed discussion of the pros and cons of working for yourself at home on the net.  Finally, we present a CD review with a special peek at the latest CD from the sons of Ricky Nelson, Matthew and Gunnar. It's worth a peek, if only to look at the picture of two generations of Nelsons on the sleeve.

The folks at The Standard Triumph are committed to searching out and encouraging the most provocative, interesting and fascinating information we can get our hands on.  If you happen to be the producer of such material, or have some comments that might fall under such a rubric, please contact the editor at editor_standard@yahoo.com.

Rachel Schwartz
Managing Editor
The Standard Triumph

SETMI: Search for ExtraTerrestrial Music Intelligence Part II
by Dr. Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg
drgizmo3@earthlink.net

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Breakout

It seems absurd that astronomy, the oldest science, cannot tell us what the universe is made of.
                                        
Jeff Kanipe, Editor, Astronomy

 

Reprinted with kind permission from www.alexgrey.com. To this thermionic techno-shaman, the major breakout of the next century is very predictable: we will began to have experiences that move beyond our normal four dimensional reality and finally sense what Einstein predicted almost one hundred years ago .... reality is far more complex than what we, with our feeble "modern model" of reality have fathomed.  Those of you who are pushing the frontiers of quantum physics and cosmology know what I am talking about.

We also know that we humans were making music long before we created thought or used language. This preeminence of music over thought is rarely discussed, and the obvious continuum between music consciousness and the creation of mind seems a taboo subject. We can be sure music consciousness came first because we have discovered Neanderthal/Stone Age flutes that have diatonic scales. And these instruments (www/webstar.sk.ca/greenwich/OG-EZ.HTM) predate the appearance of thought and language by 20,000 years!

How do we know that pre-thought man was creating symbolic rhythmic sounds?  Anthropologists can measure their intervals. Our genius for organizing harmonics into meaningful patterns preceded our genius for thought... or is it all the same? This shouldn't surprise us because what is language if not rhythmic patterns of symbolic sounds?  This means we had developed the capacity to create rhythmic symbolic sounds before we created thought and language, because you can't have one without the other. The meaning of sound is that it has meaning because our survival depended on our brain's ability to ascribe meaning to harmonics.

The Twang Before the Big Bang

You are all aware of The Big Bang; the notion that the universe started with a big explosive harmonic.  This is the central intellectual theorem of cosmology, and it is all wrong, and I am the first to name it.   The Big Bang was not the primal moment of creation.  Something happened before it, and it was a Twang.

I am not the first to have heard the Twang Before the Big Bang.  Jimmy Hendrix and millions of other music souls heard it too. I am only the first to name it.  Those of you who have the newly evolved Nth Dimensional mind have this primal sound in you, in the same way cosmologists have the secondary harmonic, The Big Bang (The Big Bang is a meme, as is the Twang), in them.   It shouldn't surprise you that all theories of creation start with a very big sound.  This is an archetype of mind. Om!

Let me explain why the BIG BANG was not the primal sound. The Big Bang is an intellectual construction, a metaphor of a scientific four dimension mind; a meme of the old paradigm, like musical accuracy.  A couple of obvious points: (1) the true reality of the universe is not four dimensions, but N dimensions, and asserting that the primal creation can be known with a feeble four dimensional mind is arrogant. Yet, paradoxically, there is great scientific humility about scientist's weak understanding of the nature of the universe's reality.  Astronomers now admit just how little they know.  And how little do they know?  Put on your safety belts, because....

THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF FOR THE EXISTENCE OF MUSIC

For scientists, music simply does not exist, because there is no scientific proof for music's existence.  It can't be weighed, measured, or quantified.

Now you and I and billions of others know that music exists because we experience it in our body... only. Out there is only noise... and it only becomes music when it enters our being.  Music has no independent existence. Music is only an emotion, a deeply felt concrete physical experience. But for scientists, this, one of the world's most common emotions, does not exist because music only exists within us, like love, hate, courage, and hope: experiences that can't be quantified.   The most common and compelling human experiences, those which constitute the very foundations of our culture, do not exist for scientists, just as God or any other spiritual force does not exist for them, because they can not be scientifically measured.

Editor's Note:  Part III of this article will appear in the June issue of The Standard Triumph. For those interested in more of Dr. Gizmo's work, he is the author of Understanding Tube Electonics and The Search for Musical Ecstasy.  He is also Guildmeister of the Triode Guild at http://www.meta-gizmo.com. 

More Thoughts on the Religion and the Big Bang
by Tom Jones
jones3745@erols.com

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astronomer  Like David Maggin and others, I have ambivalent feelings about the involvement of religion in modern science.  I have a scientific world view. I don't believe in God, heaven, hell, life after death, ESP, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, talking to plants, ghosts, goblins, witchcraft, and the list goes on.

It seems to me that when religion gets mixed up with political issues, public passions multiply.  Once this side or that side becomes convinced that it is God's will that their side prevail, soon the guns start blazing away. Much of the passion in the Balkans involves ethnic Albanians (Moslems) and Slavs (Orthodox Christians). And of course, the Israelis and Palestinians kill each other regularly in the name of God.

Segue to astronomy: Usually, with some exception, when it comes to scientific and technical matters, I tend to side with the mainstream professionals in matters where I lack special expertise. In computers and artificial intelligence I feel free to espouse my own views, while in fields like physics and astronomy I side with the professionals. Referring to the "big bang" theory, there is incontrovertible evidence of the "red shift" in which the spectrograms of some stars show what is usually interpreted as evidence of Doppler shifts, indicating the presence of stars that are receding away from the earth. 

The great astronomer, Edwin Hubble, plotted the red shift vs. the apparent distance from earth, as measured by the Cepheid variable stars, and found almost a precise linear relationship.  The steady-state people, Fred Hoyle et al., are a minority.

On the other hand, the "big bang" is not evidence of the existence of God.  Some experts feel that the "big bang" was an uncaused event. Others believe that the Universe has always existed, and that nothingness is unstable, with a non-zero probability that a big bang will occur.  Still others believe that the question of what caused the "big bang" is meaningless, or at least unanswerable, and that there is a "time horizon", a tiny fraction of a second after the "big bang", beyond which we can never, in principle, get any information.

Editor's note: Dr. Jones is a regular contributor to The Standard Triumph, and those interested in his work may find more information at his website: http://yours.at/freemeds.

Exclusive Excerpts from: The John Lennon Encyclopedia
by Bill Harry

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Editor's Note: Following is an excerpt from Mr. Harry's book, The John Lennon Encyclopedia (scheduled for US release in October), describing John's early musings about religion and God.  Mr. Harry has graciously permitted The Standard Triumph exclusive rights to reprint portions of the book here.

BillHarry.gif (2900 bytes) John first began to attend Sunday School at St. Peters Church, Woolton at the age of eight and his Aunt Mimi was to comment, "Religion was never rammed down his throat, but he certainly believed in God, all through his childhood."

His friends who attended Dovedale Primary School will him remember that at the age of ten John drew a picture of Jesus, which was exhibited, in the school hall.

John was very aware of the teachings of Jesus Christ.   At the time of his Bed-ins he said: "We are all Christ - and we are all Hitler.  We want Christ to win. We're all trying to make Christ's message contemporary.  What would he have done if he had advertisements, records, films TV and newspapers?  Christ made miracles to tell his message.  Well, the miracle today is communications, so let's use it."

When Paul was sixteen and John eighteen, they both decided that they'd write a musical about Jesus Christ, but nothing came of it.

During his career, John mentioned Jesus in various interviews.  At one time he said, "I believe Jesus was right, Buddha was right, and all of those people are right.  They're all saying the same thing, and I believe it.  I believe what Jesus actually said, the basic things he laid down about love and goodness, and now what people claim he said."  He also commented, "If Jesus being more popular means more control, I don't want that.  I'd sooner they'd all follow us, even if it's just to dance and sing for the rest of their lives.  If they took more interest in what Jesus, or any of them, said, if they did that, we'd all be there with them."

When John did use communications to get a message across, such as his belief that the Beatles were more famous in the modern world, in some instances, than Jesus - there was a terrible outcry.  He was also censured when he used the word "Christ" in the song "The Ballad of John and Yoko". The line "Christ, You know it ain't easy," caused an uproar in various places. In his song "God", John also used the line, "I don't believe in Jesus."

John originally wanted both Christ and Hitler to be represented on the "Sergeant Pepper" sleeve, but his suggestion was vetoed.

On December 3, 1969, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber asked John to play Christ in their new musical "Jesus Christ Superstar", but changed their minds the next day.

During his trip to Canada in 1969, John was once again asked about the furor which his statements about Christ had created.  He said, "I think I said that the Beatles have more influence on young people than Jesus Christ. Yes, I still think it.  Kids are influenced more by us than Jesus Christ. Some ministers even stood up and agreed with it.  It was another piece of truth that the fascist Christians picked on. I'm all for Christ. I'm very big on Christ. I've always fancied him. He was right".

"As he said in his book, you'll get knocked if you follow my ways. He was so right about that. We got knocked. But I'm all for him. I'm always saying his name, I use it in songs, and I talk about him".

In 1970, the religious musical "Jesus Christ" was scheduled to make its debut at St. Paul's cathedral.  John was offered the role of Jesus and suggested that he'd accept the part if Yoko could appear as Mary Magdalene. Negotiations fell through and neither of them appeared in the production.

Look for more from Bill Harry in future issues of The Standard Triumph!

Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
by Elena Fawkner
http://www.ahbbo.com

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Working from home... You've read many articles about the advantages and disadvantages of working for yourself from your own home. But how many articles have you read that give equal time to the advantages of working for someone else compared to working for yourself? This article seeks to redress the imbalance by comparing and contrasting the respective pros and cons of running your own home-based business and working for someone else.

Commuting:  When you work for yourself from home, your commute is, at most, a few steps from one end of the house to the other.  When you work in a traditional paid "job" your commute may be a five minute drive, or it may be an hour and a half or worse.  Both ways. That can add up to a substantial chunk of time over the course of a week, a month or a year.

Children:  If you work from home, you can be around for your kids. If you work outside the home, you may be spending a fortune on child care if your kids are too young for school, and worrying about what they're up to between the end of the school day and when you get home if they are not.

On the other hand, having kids around while trying to run a professional business from home can be a major distraction and constant source of interruption. You may find you need to use childminding services occasionally so that you can take care of business undisturbed.

Independence and Autonomy:  When you work for yourself, you call the shots, you make the decisions, and you do it without anyone looking over your shoulder or breathing down your neck.  When you work outside the home, you are subject to the decisions (good and bad), whims and control of your boss.

On the other hand, along with decision-making autonomy comes an awful burden. If you get it wrong, you may not make any money this week.

Working Hours:  When you work for yourself, you can set your own hours. When you work for a boss, you work when and for however long you are told (within limits, of course). In addition, boss hours may not fit in with your body clock.  One of the advantages of working for yourself is that you can choose to work during peak concentration times, and take off during sluggish periods. If your peak time is 5:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m., you can set your schedule accordingly, using afternoon hours to catch up on brainless work.

Although setting your own hours may sound like freedom to you, all too often, working your own hours translates into working at all hours, so you must be able to set limits for yourself.

Status:  If you're a professional in the paid workforce, you may enjoy a certain status and prestige. On the other hand, working for yourself, you may find it difficult to be taken seriously by others. Whether that's a relevant factor in your work environment depends on how important things like "status" and "image" are to you. If they really matter, take the issue seriously. Although it may sound shallow, if it's going to be a thorn in your side, give it some serious thought.

Boundaries:  When you work for someone else, you are part of a ready-made structure. There is work time, and time to go home. When you work for yourself, these boundaries can become blurred so that you may find it hard to turn off work. You are, after all, living in your work environment.

Personal Discipline:  If you are a self-disciplined person, working from home may suit you well. But if you find it difficult to motivate yourself, and often procrastinate over work-related tasks, you may find the distractions of being at home particularly hard to resist. If you find yourself doing laundry and gardening instead of working, you may have a problem.

Cash Flow:  This is one of the biggies. THE big advantage of working for someone else is the regular paycheck. Leaving aside worries about downsizing, assuming you do your job competently, you can expect to receive a set amount of money at regular intervals. When you work for yourself, however, the amount of money you earn, and frequency with which you receive it can be uncertain.

On the other hand, the money you make working for someone else is limited to a set salary. When you work for yourself, the sky's the limit - provided you're successful.

Expenses and Benefits:  When you work for a boss, she is responsible for capital expenditure and day to day expenses. It's not your problem. When you work for yourself, however, you're responsible for capital equipment purchases (computer, photocopier, fax machine) and maintenance. You're also responsible for paying your utilities, phone bills, printing costs and advertising expenses.

Similarly, when you are employed by someone else, you can participate in an employer's pension plan, receive paid health insurance and vacations and numerous other benefits. Working for yourself, it has to be paid for out of your pocket.

Risk Management and Licenses: Your employer pays for insurance to protect the business unit from risk. The types of insurance he takes out will depend on the nature of the business, but will include product liability, business interruption and the like. Again, as a home business owner, you must foot these bills yourself.

Your employer is responsible for ensuring that the business obtains and maintains all necessary business licenses. If you're the boss, it's your responsibility.

Vacations:  When you're an employee, you get paid vacations. When you're self employed, you don't. If you decide to take a few weeks off, who will run the business for you? Can you really just walk away? For the self-employed, vacations can be few and far between.

Taxes and Retirement: As an employee, the most you have to worry about is paying your state and federal income tax and claiming credits to which you are entitled. As an employer you must also deal with self-employment tax and a myriad of other business related tax matters. An accountant becomes an absolute necessity. Also, remember that no one is withholding tax from your salary. Make sure to put enough aside to pay the taxes. And remember that when you work for yourself, you must provide for your own retirement plan.

Security:  Security is relative. For some it comes only from working for someone else. For others, this is merely an illusory form of "security" since none of us really knows what's around the corner. We could be laid off. For some, the only real security comes from being in control of their destiny: working for themselves.

Skill Set:  As a self-employed person you need a broad skill set. Not only must you possess the skills necessary for your immediate work, but you must be able to handle office jobs that a secretary would handle in the paid workforce. This requires you to be a generalist, which may dissipate your focus on the core of your business. When you work for someone else, you are usually more able to specialize and develop an expert status in one area, increasing your marketability in the workforce.

Hard Work:  Some people think that leaving the paid workforce to work for themselves means they will work fewer hours. The reality is usually the opposite. In the early days of establishing a home business, you will probably find you need to work harder and longer, and still make less money than you did in your paid job. This should get easier with time, but only after hard labor.

Getting Paid:  When you work for a boss, you get paid like clockwork - even if your boss hasn't been paid yet by clients. Working for yourself, whether your client pays you often determines whether you get paid at all. You must, therefore, be diligent in following up slow payers, and taking appropriate action in response to non-payers.

Office Politics or Out of the Loop:  Office politics are not a problem when you're on your own.  But, you're also out of the loop. This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. If you try to get back into corporate life, you may find that employers label you "not corporate enough". They may also figure - unfairly - that you couldn't make it in the corporate world, which is why you left to start your own business in the first place. And now, you're a failure there.

These are just a few of the issues you need to consider when thinking about whether to work for yourself or for someone else. It's crucial to be brutally honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your emotional and mental make-up. A good way to dip your toe in is to consider moonlighting - starting a home business on the side while continuing to work full-time. Sure, this will mean burning the candle at both ends, but it's better than making a mistake it will be difficult to undo. Another alternative is telecommuting.  Work for someone else from the comfort of your home. These positions are rare and usually negotiated by long-term employees in positions that lend themselves to individual, as opposed to team, projects. But don't let that discourage you. If you have particular expertise in a field that lends itself well to telecommuting and your boss won't go for it, start looking around for companies that will hire you on this basis.

Copyright 1999-2000 Fawkner Publishing

Editor's Note: Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online... practical ideas, resources and strategies for your home-based or online business. For more useful information visit http://www.ahbbo.com.

CD Reviews: SKY, SVEK, The Nelson Brothers
by Melanie
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SKY - Superhero SKY - Superhero
http://www.skytheband.com/

Think of Canada and you may find yourself imagining endless ski slopes and dreamy mountains - a place of purity and perfection. And SKY is just another example of what is so perfect about Canada. This CD single release entitled Superhero is just what the doctor ordered, with an infectious groove and pulsing rhythm - a dance tune without the usual tacky over-production so often found with this type of artist.

Svek - After the Rain Svek - After the Rain http://www.virginmusic.com.au/artist_releases.asp?artistid=10078&productid=1220

Swedish House Label, Svek makes the world stand up and take notice with this twelve-track album of Jazz Electronica. Stephen Grieder has a way with dance/house tunes, and works with an array of artists including: Joel Mull, DJ I.N.C., Jesper Dahlback, Sunday Brunch, Universal Funk, Forme, and Szerementa Program. Each adds a different flavor of electronica, challenging a variety of Jazz/Funk interpretations of musical expression.

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson - Like Father, Like Sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson - Like Father, Like Sons
http://www.thenelsonbrothers.com/

This fabulously talented duo, Matthew and Gunnar, sing the legendary songs of their father, Ricky Nelson, bringing back memories of "those wonderful '50s" and some of the best music written during that period. My favorite track, the rock'n'roll lullaby "Garden Party", is there, along with other greats like "Travelin' Man", "I Believe What You Say", "It's Late", and that crowd pleaser "Hello, Mary Lou". A real nostalgia trip for all ages.

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