Signs of the Times

In my recent travels I came across scenes and signs that are indicative of developing culture while pertaining to the biking and solar realms that provided key impetus behind the code’s initial development.

Perhaps you are familiar with the trend in paved recreation paths intended for walkers, joggers, and bikers amid urban green spaces. For the most part, I have observed civility between and among these users. I personally don’t care for the rare encounter I have with skaters who come at you like snakes ready to strike. However, a more frequent and disturbing encounter involves a subset of fellow bikers who seem to regard these paths as their own race tracks.

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The near miss collisions of these wannabes around blind curves and user congestions, together with claims from elders who are frightened out of getting the benefits they need from these paths, and the above sign I came across along a dry river path in the Tucson, Arizona area tell me the problem is a growing one. This adds to the danger of ready rattlers during certain temperature ranges.

In a different locale, on a path snaking over the sand of a broad southern California beach, I came across a biker more like myself. His bike, parked just out of the picture below, was heavily loaded down, even without his solar array and sun shield. A number of questions came to my mind, but after asking permission to take the photo, I sensed he did not want to be taken further from his work, and so after sharing my opinion that more homeowners should follow his example, I left him to mouse away with his laptop in the shade.

SoCal Beach Solar

Although he was obviously homeless, I felt respect for how he was making the best of it and not demanding sympathy waiting for someone to give him something with or without a sign as many do. I don’t know why he needed that much area for his flexible panels or why he plopped them atop sparse vegetation. Although an eyesore, his set-up was not that much worse than many rooftop set-ups one sees these days. Finally, note how he compensates (intentionally or not, I don’t know) for the albedo degradation and global warming increase that the blackness of his panels causes with the white covering over his canopy.

Such concerns are lacking in the Paris Climate Agreement which President Trump announced he was pulling out of, and which will actually cause the  planet to heat up faster owing to its obsession with carbon while ignoring the kinetic aspect of it contribution, and the contributions of other energy sources.

Feynman Lecture Auditorium Entrance

If only the debate could receive input from Richard Feynman with his ability to get back to basic physics and the essence of the problem. The debate would be cover. Alas he is gone and his classroom empty* and the debate rages on with politics and big money driving it, instead of truth.

Feynman Lecture Auditorium

*thanks to the very gracious Cal Tech staff lady for offering me a peek at the room

 

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GDC by Field of Interest

The purpose of this post is to bring attention to a new “by field” link situated on this site’s navigation bar. What it leads to is a pathway by which architects and builders, or engineers and makers can get to the specific parts of the code that is most relevant to their particular interests.

Up till now, about the only way for one to get to those areas was to start at the beginning and slog one’s way through the code’s subject matter until arrival. In this age of instant gratification, such a prospect can be off-putting because code development entails a lot of abstract reasoning, and because there is a good chance some of that reasoning will first be applied to a construct or artifact far afield of what is sought to be given shape to.

The reason I put off the code-by-field approach is that in steering a designer directly to the relevant application, important context will then be missing. But I have come to think that that does not pose so much of a problem as one can always get that logical underpinning by simply going to the beginning. Hopefully, going directly to the application and its example first will spark enough interest to do so.

My next biggest concern about going straight to the relevant application is that the examples of such are necessarily the most simplified possible, and coming upon one a designer may conclude thats all there is to it. About all I can do in that case is to cross my fingers and assert once again that that is not the case as I did in the snowflake post, and by repeating that the built world’s seeming endless variety of 3D rectilinearity are but variations of the most simple cube.

The architectural functions listed in this new approach of accessing the code are residential; commercial; civic; institutional; industrial; agricultural; religious; and landscape. Engineering fields are civil; mechanical; aerospace; naval architecture; electrical; agricultural; and solar. Professions dealing with earth’s surface are urban planning; farm planting; and landscaping. Of course some overlap and a bit of redundancy is inevitable.

Finally, another page offers specific links to those who might, with no thought to application, be interested in the code’s abstract reasoning and its relevance to nature in the realms of math (geometry) and physics, respectively.

No specific links are provided for philosophers or artists because these can hypothetically start anywhere and appreciate the code’s simple underlying essence, its interplay of absolute and relative concepts, or how it poses a 3 (or 4) dimensional picture frame for the natural and manmade worlds – or not.

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Lurking UOA Pitfalls

A few months back I wrote a post concerning what I believe encapsulates the prime general virtue of Geocentric Design Code. As such, utilitarianism of access (UOA)  qualifies a social philosophy that pertains to effecting the most good for the most people.

Because authentic good originates only from God – and not from the vagaries of human beings – utilitarianism here is specified further by access which pertains to very basic conditions necessary for souls to enter Heaven or the Kingdom of God. Those conditions are 1) the existence of living souls, 2) freely returning the love by which the Moral Being created those souls, and 3) being informed of the choices within such freedom. So UOA pertains to affording the most access for the most people – while in no way claiming that the access will be utilized as hoped for.

It is in the specifications of the UOA conditions where the pitfalls lie, or as the saying goes – “the devil is in the details”. This is especially true of UOA because it, as well as the code hoping to realize such, is an outside/in approach. Generally speaking, the pitfall for each and all of UOA’s goals lie in the human tendency of replacing that which is supposed to be served with the narrower goals themselves, disregarding their ultimate purpose. From the beginning of human history to the present time, replacements have appeared in the differing guises of rituals, technology, etc.

With replacement, the common attitude is “we don’t need Him anymore because . . .” Often replacement escalates to “brave” competition that ironically uses “principles” taken from godly behaviors while gutting the Source of such, with the result of many being fooled by the hollow high grounds attained.

In the code’s realm of physical design, its specific UOA pitfalls pertain to: environmental sustainability (to support more living souls); greater personal independence and less materialism (for the freedom requirement); and geometric framing and orientation (to inform that freedom).

The pitfall of the latter, Judeo-Christian friendly symbolism notwithstanding, are found in the potential for something akin to idol worship. As to whether such occurs can be impossible for mere humans to determine, let it be known for the record that when the architect of a totally geometric endeavor hears the new age phrase “sacred geometry”, he believes there is no such thing.

Regarding how the code addresses freedom with the personal independence and anti-materialism it is conducive to, the former can work against that which it serves if it becomes so anti-social (and thus fruitless) as to totally deny the interdependence necessary for people to work out their differences. On the other hand, by taking the latter to extremes, spiritual growth can degenerate into a sort of sublime selfishness, or it can prematurely preclude what is necessary to house the spirit! Amid the fights on where to draw the lines, what should be kept in perspective is that the freedom of interpretation, and to act on it in however seemingly small a way, is there regardless.

Lastly, there is the area of environmental sustainability which UOA holds necessary to support the emergence of more souls farther into future. Perhaps the greatest specific crimes in the over elevation of this otherwise noble goal – aside from the general pitfall of worship of creation over Creator – are preservation of species that have come and gone without our input for eons while seeking to reduce our own population such that the majority of environmentalists assent to, if not encourage, vast swaths of the population selling their souls in an increasingly shame-free “progressive” society of perverse (but most importantly non-reproductive) sexual lifestyles.

Although the code, by treating the 3 UOA objectives in an wholistic manner, mitigates the pitfalls, it is a limited outside-in endeavor nevertheless. With or without it, (relatively) recently instilled moral conscience via The Word into the heart of man is still the realm where what really counts to Him (and us) ultimately transpires. Against the 4 plus billion years of survival-of-the-fittest evolutionary momentum preceding this transformation of home sapiens to humankind, there is but ONE WAY to prevail against the rebellions fired by such – as stated boldly in the book of John (chapter 14) and given perspective in the 1st epistle of Peter (chapter 1).

So if the code, like other things claiming virtue, is really 6 of one, half a dozen in theory and how it is applied with a high potential for abuse, why proceed at all with it? My answer uses a stadium analogy, where a lot of people can be packed together by reason of an orderly design. Some are on one side, others on the opposing side. One side wins, the other loses. I humbly posit that half and half is a better outcome than perhaps the one out of a hundred or thousand gained in chaos.

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Snowflakes Galore

Out of the blue, my father recently offered up the observation that no two snowflakes are alike.

This idea caused me to marvel for two reasons. For one, I didn’t recall ever having heard this before. And never having given it any thought,  my take was that there was a fairly limited variety of the natural constructs. But sure enough, after resorting to the Wikipedia article on the topic, I found that my father’s statement was at least very close to being true. There was one instance where two snowflakes had been observed to be identical. But who knows? Upon closer inspection maybe they would have been shown to be different.

The second reason for my marveling had to do with the relevance to geocentric design code, or more specifically its guiding geometric patterns. The transport template in particular – applicable to rollers, floaters, and flyers – possesses a strong hexagonal aspect, the same geometry as the vast majority of snowflakes.

With code-designed applications, the simplicity of the patterns and using the simplest possible examples within those patterns – be they houses, bicycles, or spacecraft – might give one the impression that the code is nothing more than a set of design offerings. On the contrary, code patterns are infinitely customizable, with an infinite variety of ways in which they may be applied to real constructs. Thus no two constructs need necessarily be the same.

Furthermore, in comparison to snowflakes which are generally symmetric, code pattern-guided constructs often don’t have that requirement.

With regard to construct uniqueness, the same goes for rectilinear cube-based abodes drawn from the patterns afforded by the celestial co-cubes – even those situated along the same precise latitude with the same roof pitches.

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All code constructs are united by being drawn from the same patterns and the same rules determining their use. But within that reality, though they can easily be made identical, code constructs can just as easily be unique, even without having to resort to material or color variation to do so.

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A CBA (like) Roofline

On a recent visit to the Tucson, Arizona area, I was reminded of the stark beauty of its skyline, with near and far off jagged mountains surrounding the lushness of its desert lowlands where I slept under the stars, the huge bright constellations rising spectacularly over the silhouetted range I snuggled against, my hunger for intense celestial exposure satisfied, as was a craving to behold the facsimile of Christ’s birth in the scattering of darkened hill fire lights as portrayed in the opening minutes of the Ben Hur motion picture classic.

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As this trip was also a working vacation, I frequented a familiar library in which the biking climb to the plateau it situated upon was invariably rewarded by a most welcome example of a key CBA architectural feature. In truth, the building’s tilt is somewhat shallower than what reflects the latitude of its location, and its alignment is skewed from true south; but the planes of the orthogonally intersecting roof sections, together tilted to supply consciousness with an upward cue, well convey an inkling of how the code’s signature architectural style would appear.

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