Monday, April 24, 2006

Tram Awards Planning Nears Completion: Budget Does Not Grow!

The Lighter Notes met last night and much music was made. The new percussionist sounds pretty legit. They tell me he’s a Ph. D. which could raise the IQ level in the old group by a few points. I am fairly well along in all planning phases of this extravaganza/nightmare. It'll be interesting to see what happens. I have to admit it does feel a little like one of those weird contests on the Apprentice. Maybe though, just maybe, it will be memorable.
I’ve heard from some of you and I’m looking forward to meeting you.
I didn’t invite any candidates but it’s a free country. I’d love to see the candidates turn out but they have to make that call – not me. There is one thing for sure, blast or bust, it will be over soon enough, and then it’s back to regular life, which these days, ain’t bad either.


At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's hoping it's a success!

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's hoping it's a success!

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will "Oregon Dreamer Dollars" be accepted?

They don't exist yet, but might soon. There is no reason to let the federal level folks get all the Seigniorage.

We could make the Bond Rating folks look instead to a free market exchange rate to measure the value of Oregon's tax backed instrument of choice.

It seems only natural that we could use "Oregon Dreamer Dollars" as a means of exchange to buy beer and pizza, just like Oregon Commercial Banks get to freely exchange "Full Faith And Credit" bonds with someone else setting the exchange rate.

If only we were a separate country, like Argentina, we might see the error of the ways of our leaders that pledge to deliver ever more future taxes to an outside set of folks. Suppose all bonds were to be repaid not in "US Dollars" but in "Oregon Dreamer Dollars."

-- Dollarization
-- Call it Dreamerization, I suppose.
-- pdxnag (aboriginal rebel)

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In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

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Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! hypnosis


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