Building Evaluations: Assessing a bedroom for a cancer patient before surgery (case study)

 

A client just got diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is purchasing a new bed for the room she will be moving in.  Before she does, she wanted to make sure the room was energetically okay and that the bed wouldn’t be on a noxious zone.  This is the bedroom she is going to stay in during her recovery.

Luckily, the room turned out to be A-okay.  The electromagnetic field (EMF) readings indicate there are no major frequencies in the room.  And, the earth line crossings are in optimal places away from her head or body.  The most noxious area of the room is in a corner that we had already discussed putting a plant in.

During the assessment we felt an area where she could rest peacefully.  And how she could let go in this room without having to worry about anything but recovering.

 

 

 

Building Evaluations: Assessing a newly purchased home (case study)

Clients of mine just bought a 4-bedroom, single-family home and hired me to assess it for geopathic stress zones.  They are planning to gut the inside but wanted to know what I felt before signing off on the architect’s plans.

One of their main concerns was the bedroom.  They want to find a good place for the bed where it isn’t on any geopathic stress zones.  This is important for good sleep. It is also really important for health, particularly because the husband has heart problems.  The less stress his heart is put under, the better for his overall wellbeing.

Below is a photo of the earth lines in their bedroom.  Where the horizontal and vertical lines overlap is an earth line crossing.  There are three shown in this photo. It is important not to sleep on a crossing.  And, in this man’s case it is important not to have an earth line running across his heart.

An interesting find was an energetic wall in the room, labeled #1 in the photo.  It is not an earth line but felt like one at first.  Also, there were mucky spots in the room, which I labeled as #2.  These spots ran in a line and felt like water could be flowing beneath the house.  The wife had been sleeping on this line and I recommended that she move the bed over a bit.

One comment about the overall house is that it felt separated into three parts:  1. pool table room & front room 2. kitchen & living room 3. bedrooms.  There wasn’t a meeting point so it felt like if the husband spent more time in the pool table room and the wife spent more time in the bedroom, for example, they’d be living separate lives and not able to feel one another.  This could potentially lead to marital problems.  I spoke with the architect and she is planning to redesign the house so it doesn’t feel disjointed.  She is also taking into consideration other findings from my home survey.

 

What to do after installing Xubuntu / Ubuntu / Linux

You just installed Xubuntu / Ubuntu / Linux on your machine. Now what?

The most important thing is to update your system via the apt-get update command in your shell. The reason is that you need to keep your system up to date with the latest packages.  I’m going to explain how to do this using Xubuntu as the sample operating system.

I’ll also tell you how to change the size of the terminal.

How to update your system

1. Open your shell/command prompt

a. Press ctrl-alt-t. Or you can click on the Xubuntu icon on the top left and choose Terminal Emulator.

2. Update

a. In the terminal, type sudo apt-get update.

$ sudo apt-get update

b. Press Enter.

See what happened below when I typed apt-get update instead of sudo apt-get update?  I got a “permission denied” error.  To fix it I included sudo before the command. Sudo means Super-User DO.  This tells the system “you will do this because I said so.”

c. Enter your password and press Enter.

d. Watch Xubuntu update like a speedy mofo…

3. Upgrade (optional, not recommended)

If you want to upgrade, type sudo apt-get upgrade.

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

I don’t recommend upgrading, as it is better to replace the whole operating system than patch upgrades together.

How to change the size of the terminal

a. Press Ctrl + Alt + t to open a terminal.
b. Go to Edit -> Preferences.
c. Click the Appearance tab.
d. Set the default geometry. I set mine to 165 columns and 40 rows.
e. You can also make the font bigger here.
 

extra somethin’-somethin’: wget

You can use the wget command to grab files from github and other locations if you want to use scripts that others have created.

How to create a bootable thumb drive with Rufus to install a program or operating system like Xubuntu / Ubuntu / Linux

The DVD I had to install Xubuntu wasn’t working.  So I was forced to learn how to create a bootable thumb drive.  Honestly, I avoided learning this forever because I thought it was going to be complicated.  It’s not!  Silly me that I waited this long to just fricken do it.

Now, while I explain how to create a bootable thumb drive / USB for Xubuntu, these steps can be applied to any program you want to install.

Before installing Linux on your computer, you should note:

Installing Linux on a machine that’s pre-installed with Windows voids the factory warranty. Therefore, you should create a recovery USB right away. That way if you experience any problems, you can reinstall Windows without having to buy a reinstallation USB (~$70) from the manufacture.

In Windows, ask Cortana how to “create a recovery USB.”  Your system will start the Recovery Drive and then ask you to insert a USB stick.  It has to be 8 GB or more.  The process takes about 30 minutes.

1. Download the ISO

a. Download a mirror from xubuntu.org/getxubuntu. This is the one I downloaded → xubuntu-14.01-destop-amd64.iso.  It’s version 14.04 of Xubuntu.

Here’s how the difference between amd64 and i386 was explained to me:

“Amd64 means you can use more than 3.25GB of RAM. I386 means you are limited to 3.25GB of RAM. For Linux, it’s recommended to use AMD64 (unless your computer is over 5 years old…).”

2. Burn the ISO to a thumb drive

Use Rufus, or another free app like Unetbootin, to burn the ISO to the thumb drive.  Since the title of this article is “How to create a thumb drive with Rufus”, here’s how it’s done with, well, Rufus…

a. Download Rufus from https://rufus.akeo.ie. It’s free.

b. Insert your USB stick into the computer.

c. Double-click on the Rufus executable file.  (rufus-2.5.exe in this example)

d. Rufus will populate the fields.

e. Click the bootable disk icon.

f. Select the Xubuntu ISO file and click Open.

g. Now we are ready to rock & roll.  Click Start.

h. Click OK when this scary message appears.

i. Unless you have something special on your USB stick, click OK when this threatening message is displayed.

j. Kick it until Rufus is done doing its thing.

k. Move to step 3 once it’s done.  It will say “Ready.”

3. Boot the computer from the thumb drive

a. With the USB in, turn on the computer and press F12.  If F12 doesn’t work, try holding down the F2 key first and then power-on the computer. If that doesn’t work, Google “how to boot from a thumb drive.”  Include the make and model of your computer.

b. Choose the option that says boot from USB and click enter.

4. Install Xubuntu

a. Arrow down to “Install Xubuntu” and press Enter.

That’s it!  You are on your way to installing an awesome operating system!

extra somethin’-somethin’: Dual Boot Windows & Xubuntu

Here is an awesome website if you want step-by-step procedures on how to create a dual boot of Windows and Xubuntu:  http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/dual-boot-windows-7-xubuntu.html

 

Apple’s products are not as simple as you think

You click and the app you want launches.

You swipe and get groceries.

You press and take a selfie.

You don’t even need to be of age do to all of this.

Ah, the beauty of Apple products.  They are so undeniably user-friendly.

But are they really as simple as everyone thinks?

In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the first Apple Computer.  The computer was part of a counterculture, per Wikipedia, and was used to produce print-outs, letter labels and databases.  The original Apple 1 was actually a computer kit where buyers had to assemble everything on their own.

Somewhere along the way, this grassroots feeling was mowed down.  These home-brewed computers became factory prefabs.  In the transition from garages to manufacturing plants, along with other things, complexity was introduced to the equation.  Today, we aren’t brewing anything ourselves and have lost control of the thought to be simple devices.

It asks if we want to update.  We blindly click “Yes.” But what exactly is it doing in the background?  Do you have any idea?  Me neither.

On iTunes, we purchase something that we think is ours until we decide to switch to an Android and then – poof – it’s gone.  While this works for some people who want to buy all their products from one company, it doesn’t leave us any room to choose.  We are locked into Apple’s eco-system.

Sure the interface is super easy to use.  And Apple products always seem to work.  I’m actually writing this article on my MacBook (and I’m absolutely in love with my new iPhone).  But neither empower me as a user.  I don’t have control over my operating system nor my software nor my music or apps.

The fact is we as Apple users are in a closed system and have restricted use of our technology.  This keeps us dependent like a breastfeeding child.  What we believe to be our experience of technology isn’t really ours.  Everything is dictated by the mothership and we can not easily move to another mother.

From this standpoint, Apple and its products are not simple.

For a product to truly be simple, it must empower users.  In the case of technology, a simple product must allow us access to the source code so we can use and modify it for any purpose.  It must permit us to convert files to other formats so we don’t get locked into proprietary software.  Also, it must not have so many patents that others can’t develop something more innovative.  And so on.  You get the idea.

Sure, these suggestions are not as financially appetizing, especially for a company generating billions of dollars in revenue.  But from a standpoint of technology and human consciousness, empowering users can lead us to simplicity and possibly to an Age of Enlightenment.

Building Evaluations: Ovarian cancer (case study)

My business partner and I evaluated a home of a couple who lives in Silicon Valley.  The woman was going in for surgery because she was suffering from ovarian cancer.  The discovery of our home survey was striking.  She was sleeping on two types of earth line crossings, both at the area of her ovaries.  (See drawing below.)

In addition, there was an electronic mess behind her bed.  The readings of electromagnetic fields on the upper part of the bed (near the head and upper body) were high. Influence factors include the cord clock radio, cordless phone charger with 110V/12V transformers and the unshielded wiring of the electric installation.

The electromagnetic fields were reinforced by the metal bed and the coil-spring mattress. The headboard measured values beyond the international recommended threshold of 2 milliGauss.  In addition, on the left side of the bed, the readings in the head area are over 20 V/m.

We recommend her to:

  1. Replace the 110V clock radio with a battery driven alternative.
  2. Move the cordless phone at least 4 feet from the body at night. Regarding the exposure to high frequencies from the phone at night, it would be advisable to ban it from the bedroom altogether.
  3. The wiring of the electric installation appears to be unshielded, which means it does not have an earthed metal coating. Ideally there would be an integration of a demand switch which shuts down all electricity at night.
  4. Replace the metal bed frame and the spring mattress with non-metal alternatives. The metal bed holds and reinforces the EMF from installations. As long as the demand switch is not in place and the electric cables are not properly shielded, the radiation effects are strong.
  5. Consider relocating the bed to the opposite side of the room as indicated in the drawing.  If she didn’t want to do that we suggested moving it 2 feet to the right so as to avoid the crossings.

 

 

Make it ug-ly!

Twice today I was told “Make it Ugly!”

First by Andrew Warner.  Then by programmer at a Girls Who Code meetup.

Two different people.  Two different projects.

And “What?!” was my reaction both times.

Then came a sigh of relief.

You mean, I don’t have to be perfect?!

If you weren’t embarrassed by the first version, you launched too late. — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Founder

Whew!

Those heavy clouds hovering above parted.

I don’t have to do it “right.”

Who defines “right” anyway?

In making it ugly I can do it:

1) my way

2) fast

3) simple

4) not perfect

My realizations:

1) My way or the highway.

2) It is a waste to spend too much time implementing something that may or may not work.

3) Complexity has the propensity to take over when too much thought is put into something.

4) Perfection can lead to mass complication and turn into a complete mess.  Yes, just the thing perfectionists try to avoid.

The take-away:

Get whatever you are working on out there, even if it’s ug-ly!

Killing complexity

A result of starting this blog or pure coincidence, I’m not sure.

What I do know is that recently I’ve been focused on reducing distractions that don’t produce results.

Even simple things like…

  • multiple online identities
  • unused domain names
  • mind-numbing apps
  • unproductive projects
  • unhealthy habits

I’m not going to kid myself.

Becoming even more of a minimalist than I already am is not going to move me towards simplicity.

However, it is one step closer to killing complexity.

Building Evaluations: Numb feet (case study)

A couple in Huntington Beach, California, was talking to my business partner and I about the husband’s numb feet.  When we evaluated their bedroom we found an earth line crossing on the side of the bed where the husband sleeps and it was at his feet.

We suggested that they move their bed over a couple inches to the left so the crossing wouldn’t be near the husband’s feet.