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the thought index


as human, a part of the whole, stretched and nonfree in personal optical delusion of consciousness, limited in time and space, restricted to experiencing self in thought and feeling, but we can love, oh yes we can love and embrace all that is before us



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flood of thought


teardrop thoughts


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aldous boatman 


the surf index  


pink light 


an arizona coast 






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uncommon minds   


You and I are enough alike.  Yet, with our individual minds, we see nothing precisely the same. 

The object or problem we are both looking at is indifferent to us, and in constant sameness. 

You and I looking at it, studying the same thing, are not seeing the same thing. 


Looking and seeing are not the same, as in radio, transmission and reception are not the same. 

While radio transmits from one point, and is received at a different point,

our mind is both the point of transmission and reception. 

Looking is mind activity going out.  Seeing is that mind activity returning.


Each of us has an individual mind, rather than all of us having a common mind. 

Each of us can open our mind and heart to explore why

different people see different things differently, the same differently as you and me. 


We have uncommon minds.  






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before we think 



Twinkle twinkle, look, there’s another one.


While we are always counting, the human population is right around 6.7 billion people on this planet, with the website count somewhere beyond 162 million.  When I talk about numbers of people and numbers of websites on the planet, I am referring to planet Earth when I say this planet. 


Those of you on other planets that may be reading this will have to do your own count.  I can just hear you snickering out there on some exoplanet, yeh earthling, we can do our own stinking count, and how hard can it be to count websites. 


Getting and keeping the count accurate is not easy.  Counting the human population is easier than counting websites.  When a being is born, on Earth, the newborn will make some noise; cry out to announce they are here.  A new website does not make any similar noise upon arrival.  It appears, right where before it was not. 


It seems that we just barely get the website count finished, then another guy named Tim in Tristan da Cunha, pausing between fishing and tending his vegetable garden, launches his new website, and we start over on the count.    


The five countries, on this planet, with the most internet users are China, US, Japan, India and Brazil.  If just one of these sleepless users spent about a minute on each site, which is probably the average visit time, they could finish visiting all existing websites in about 32,000 years, earth time. 


You may be thinking, and that is a good thing, as huge as the website number of 162 million is, it just seems like there are more websites than that.  Are you thinking that?  Well now, do not confuse web sites with web pages.  By our count, there are 278 pages, on average, per web site.  If you multiply the number of web pages by the number of websites, and remember to carry the zeroes, you will come up with over 30 billion pages, more or less.  Use a real sharp #2 pencil when doing this calculation.   


It is easy to understand how you might think there are more websites than really are there.  You count them; see what you get.  Your numbers will vary if you include parked pages along with hostnames connected to sites that respond.


If you are trying to figure out how to stand out, in this really big dub dub dub crowd, let’s look at your website from a user’s perspective.  You only have a few seconds to catch the user’s interest so make every second count.


Nobody likes to be confused.  Use good clean design.  Make it easy to find things with a clear navigation structure.


Nobody likes to be distracted.  Avoid most of the flash and moving images, unless the product you are selling is actually flash and moving images. 


Visitors to web sites are usually seeking information.  The familiarity of the written word is preferred in many cases, even as delivered in the digital format. 


With way over 162,000,000 variations to date, the style and design of the original web site holds up well. 

This is how it was described in 1945.  “Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and to coin one at random, "memex" will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.

It consists of a desk, and while it can presumably be operated from a distance, it is primarily the piece of furniture at which he works. On the top are slanting translucent screens, on which material can be projected for convenient reading. There is a keyboard, and sets of buttons and levers. Otherwise it looks like an ordinary desk.”  This embryonic computer was not pictured as a hand held or lap top, or thought of as even a desktop; it was a desk.  And now as we string them all together in a web, some good should come of this.

We started counting in 1993, and thought that our website count of 130 was really too many.  Just a bunch of websites, and now, heeeeeeeeere’s another one. 

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