Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Dream A Little Dream Of Me



Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper, I love you
Birds singin' in the sycamore tree
Dream a little dream of me
Say nighty-night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
While I'm alone and blue as can be
Dream a little dream of me
Stars fading but I linger on dear
Still craving your kiss
I'm longin' to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me
Stars shining right above you
Night breezes seem to whisper, I love you
Birds singin' in the sycamore trees
Dream a little dream of me
Say nighty-night and kiss me
Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
While I'm alone and blue as can be
Dream a little dream of me
Stars fading but I linger on dear
Still craving your kiss
I'm longin' to linger till dawn dear
Just saying this
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me
Dream a little dream of me
Dream a dream of me
Come on and dream come on and dream
Dream a little dream of me
I said dream, dream, dream a little dre-dre-dream
Come on and dream
Dream a little dre-dre-dream of me
What you sayin' hey baby come on and dream
Dream a little dream, dream of me
Dream
Dream
Dream
...

Songwriters
KAHN, GUS/ANDRE, FABIAN/SCHWANDT, WILBUR

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bitcoin in the Philippines: A Perfect Cryptocurrency Storm



So how is it that the Philippines – a developing country with its share of geographical and economical problems – manages to be leaping to the front of the pack when it comes to bitcoin?

Some western entrepreneurs now regularly visit the country to check out the cryptocurrency scene’s progress, including Nick Sullivan from Silicon Valley-based ChangeTip.

There are two main ingredients that have brought about this state of affairs.

The first is remittances. The Philippines is the third largest recipient of money from its workers overseas, after China and India, with $22bn received in 2013.

Ron Hose, founder of bitcoin exchange Coins.ph, adds that “internal remittance, people in the Philippines sending money to family and friends in the country, probably adds $50bn to $70bn on top of that”.

Both flows of money can earn the legacy money-transmitting companies up to a 10% cut on average remittances of $200 – an industry that bitcoin companies could do very well in disrupting, lowering fees and still making good profit in the process.

The second ingredient is the incredible level of social interactions of the Filipinos. It’s not a myth to say that people are over-friendly and connecting the dots, making it both the selfie capital of the world and one of the most active social media nations.

Mobile penetration is already beyond the 100% milestone and, combined with the youngest population of South-East Asia and rapid growth, you have what some call the ‘perfect digital storm’.

Read more:  http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-philippines-perfect-cryptocurrency-storm/




Produced for SQ1.tv, this Bitcoin documentary looks at the history, the ideologies, and the conflict between the politics of the early-adopters and the VCs/entrepreneurs pushing to take Bitcoin mainstream.

SQ1.tv interviewed many of the leaders in the Bitcoin movement including Gavin Andresen, the former lead developer; Jeremy Liew, a venture capitalist; Erik Voorhees, one of the notable libertarians in the movement; Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of Coinbase; Peter Vessenes, head of the Bitcoin Foundation.


And by far the most out-of-this-world way to use bitcoin:


Richard Branson's commercial space company, Virgin Galactic, will accept Bitcoin in exchange for a ride into space. Yeehaw!!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

UPDATE: Scotland Makes "Once in a Lifetime" Decision on Thursday... and they say... NAE



A West Highland terrier scampers past Scottish independence graffiti on a World War II defensive emplacement, near Pitternweem, on the east coast. Photo: by Kieran Dodds, Panos via National Geographic


A day to come seems longer than a year that's gone. -- Scottish proverb





SNP leader Alex Salmond has said the Scottish referendum is a "once in a generation opportunity".

Speaking to Andrew Marr he said that a simple majority, however close, would be accepted by both sides in the campaign and there would be a "generational" gap before another independence referendum.

The latest opinion polls ahead of the 18 September referendum have suggested the vote is too close to call.



10 questions on Scottish independence you were too afraid to ask

From passports to pandas, your questions answered about how an independent Scotland could change our lives.





The Simpsons' groundskeeper Willie has a few things to say prior to the Sept 18 Scottish elections.



Scotland the free: Remain part of Great Britain? Or should the Scots 'go it alone'?

Charles Wooley admits this story is personal.

You see, it's the story of his birthplace - Scotland - and the historic decision it must make in September.

Scots will vote on whether to remain part of Great Britain or to 'go it alone': to finally be free from the "Sasinacks", the English, who have lorded over them for centuries. There will be many whose knowledge of Scottish history extends only as far as Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart.

But for Charles, the argument over Scottish independence has been life-long and one that has his own family divided.




The Great Dictator Speech by David Hayman


Why Scotland voted "Nae"




The following post-referendum poll from Lord Ashcroft does a good summary of who voted how and why. However, the most telling distinction is the following:

Voters aged 16-17: YES: 71%; NO: 29%
Voters aged 65+: YES: 27%; NO: 73%

How will last night's vote look like in 5, 10 or 15 years when today's 17 year olds are Scotland's prime demographic?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-19/scotland-referendum-who-voted-how-and-why


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scorpions - Wind Of Change #Scotland


Music video by Scorpions performing Wind Of Change. (C) 1991 The Island Def Jam Music Group

"Wind Of Change"

I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
An August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change

The world is closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future's in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change

Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever
I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change

The wind of change
Blows straight into the face of time
Like a storm wind that will ring the freedom bell
For peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Only Existing Photo of Einstein Blackboarding His E=MC2 Formula


At a public lecture Einstein gave in Pittsburgh in 1934, four hundred students were present when Einstein mathematically derived his famous mass-energy equivalence equation: E=mc2. This is thought to be the only surviving photo that shows Einstein working on that derivation, pulled from a halftone newspaper clipping by David Topper and Dwight Vincent of the University of Winnipeg, who discovered it in 2007.


If you look closely, you’ll see the mass-energy equivalence in the lower left hand corner of the blackboard on the right. You might notice that the famous equation says Δ E0=Δ m and E0=m instead of the expected E=mc2, Topper and Vincent explain in their paper: "It is the right blackboard that contains the equation. But its format may disappoint or confuse the average viewer, because from the start of the lecture Einstein employed the convention of setting the speed of light c to unity. Hence a close look at the lower left section of the right blackboard in [the picture] reveals the relation Δ E0=Δ m, and below it is E0=m. As far as we know, [this photo] is the only extant picture with Einstein and his famous equation."

h/t The Daily Galaxy via http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com