Adonis Diaries

Missing Hunter: A male cat?

My niece is living in London and decided to shelter two cats, a male and female cat.

The Hunter male is missing and Joanna has taken a day off to search for him.

That behaviour would not have happened in Lebanon.

Here our cats and dogs live outside homes: They are fed for a various purposes and Never to be kept in the warmth of a house.

Joanna Choukeir Hojeily's photo.

Hello everyone, I’m afraid Hunter is still missing.

It has been 4 days now. If you live on or near the Progress Estate (Eltham SE9), please kindly check your garages and sheds in case he should be locked in?

Also please check underneath bushes and shrubs.

If he is injured he might be hiding and unable to jump over fences to make it back home.

If he has been chased by another animal he may be disorientated and hiding in fear.

He is a confident indoor/outdoor cat with a strong attachment to home and to his sister at home.

He has never gone away for more than an hour or two or missed a meal so this is very unlike him.

Thank you for spreading the word and helping to bring Hunter back home.

Note: Hunter might come back to check on his sister and then vanish again.

I guess Hunter decided for a diet cure. People keep feeding them around the clock.

Over 100 Palestinian youth shot by Israel live bullet for throwing stone within 3 days 

Is the third Intifada growing hot after decades of indignities and utter apartheid practices?

In just 24 hours, Palestinian Red Crescent: 77 Palestinians injured by live, rubber bullets

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) says nearly 80 Palestinians have been injured from live rounds and rubber bullets in clashes with Israeli forces and illegal settlers in the past 24 hours.

The PRCS’s spokeswoman Errab Foqaha said on Sunday that a total of 77 Palestinians had been wounded in the past day.

According to the data, 18 Palestinians were injured from live rounds and 59 from rubber bullets.

Another 139 Palestinians have also been treated for tear gas inhalation and six for injuries sustained in beatings by Israeli security forces or settlers.

State of emergency

On Sunday, the Red Crescent also declared a level-three state of emergency in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem), which indicates that the given situation requires a significant response from a humanitarian system.

It also reported at least 14 attacks against its staff and vehicles by Israeli forces and settlers over the past 72 hours.

Earlier in the day, Israeli police deliberately shot dead a Palestinian youth identified as Fadi Samir Mustafa Alloun near the Damascus Gate of al-Aqsa Mosque compound after accusing him of attempting to stab an Israeli settler. (Palestinians working for Israel telephone company were fired for posting the picture of martyr Alloun on Facebook)

This is while a video showing the moments leading to Alloun’s death show him running toward an Israeli police patrol as a group of settlers are chasing him.  (Trying for Israeli police protection!)

Following Alloun’s killing, tens of Israeli settlers stormed Palestinian homes and properties in the area, shouting anti-Arab and anti-Islam slogans.

They also stormed Alloun’s home and reportedly abducted three of his family members.

A day earlier, Palestinian sources said two Israelis were killed and two others wounded in a clash between a Palestinian youth named as Mohannad Rafiq Halab and Israeli settlers in the occupied Old City of al-Quds.

In recent months, Tel Aviv has applied harsh restrictions on entries into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds since.

Figures show that, on average, 39 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces per week since the beginning of the year.

Note: Apparently, France is about to lodge a complain to the UN against Israel settlement expansion and Obama has called on Netanyahu warning him that this time around he should not expect a US veto.

Indian Mob Attack (Narendra Modi PM followers):  Fuelled by Rumors of Cow Slaughter

NEW DELHI — A 52-year-old Muslim man died this week after he was beaten with bricks and sticks by a mob in a village outside New Delhi in response to rumors that he had slaughtered a cow and eaten beef.

Murder charges have been filed against at least 10 people in connection with the attack on the man, Mohammad Ikhlaq, and his son Danish.

The two were dragged out of their home in the village Bisada, shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, the police superintendent for the region, Sanjay Singh, said. The son, 20, was in critical condition.

The mob “dragged my father and brother out, pulling them by the hair,” said Shaista Ikhlaq, Mr. Ikhlaq’s daughter, who denied that the family had slaughtered a cow or had been eating beef.

“My father’s head was smashed. His lips tore and his teeth were broken as they beat him with bricks and sticks.”

Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and it is illegal to slaughter the animals in Uttar Pradesh, the state where the attack took place. (Uttar Pradesh province was mostly Moslems 2 centuries ago)

At least two other Indian states have adopted or tightened bans on the slaughter and consumption of beef since Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won parliamentary elections last year.

A court in Jammu and Kashmir, where Muslims are a majority, recently ordered the authorities to strictly enforce a law that had been in place since the 1930s.

Superintendent Singh said Wednesday that before the attack, a resident of the village asked a priest to announce that a slaughtered cow had been found near an electrical transformer and to request that residents gather at a temple. The police said villagers had also used social media to assemble the crowd.

Shortly after about 100 men assembled there, someone in the crowd said Mr. Ikhlaq was responsible for the slaughter.

Ms. Ikhlaq said the mob tried to attack her and her mother before they turned to the men.

“What we want is justice,” she said. “This was preplanned. If they suspected we had slaughtered a cow, why did they not file a police complaint against us with the proof? We would have happily taken the punishment as laid out in the law. But who gave them the right to kill my father?”

Six men from the area, ages 22 to 25, have been arrested, and the police are seeking four others.

Meat found at the Ikhlaq family’s house has been sent to a laboratory for forensic testing, and the results are expected in about two weeks. (That’s funny: as if a person was murdered and eaten). The police did not search the area near the transformer.

“What we had in the fridge was mutton,” Ms. Ikhlaq said. “We did not even slaughter or make any offering this festival season. Not even a chicken, let alone a cow.”  (Cannot afford meat)

Muslims in India traditionally sacrifice goats or buffaloes for Eid al-Adha, which was celebrated last week.

There are only about 50 Muslim families in Bisada, which has a population of 20,000, and Mr. Ikhlaq’s family was the only one attacked.

Sam Harris shared this link

“We are more attached to the cow than [to] our own children.”

What could go wrong with a religious principle like that?

Ten men were charged with murdering a Muslim man over rumors that a cow had been killed, raising questions about a group allied with Prime Minister Narendra…|By DAVID BARSTOW

The opposite assumption may also be true

How much weird and just how different?

Derek Severs talk

So, imagine you’re standing on a street anywhere in America and a Japanese man comes up to you and says,

 “Excuse me, what is the name of this block?”

And you say, “I’m sorry, well, this is Oak Street, that’s Elm Street. This is 26th, that’s 27th.”

He says, “OK, but what is the name of that block?”

You say, “Well, blocks don’t have names. Streets have names; blocks are just the unnamed spaces in between streets.”

He leaves, a little confused and disappointed.

 So, now imagine you’re standing on a street, anywhere in Japan, you turn to a person next to you and say,

“Excuse me, what is the name of this street?”

 They say, “Oh, well that’s Block 17 and this is Block 16.”

 And you say, “OK, but what is the name of this street?”

 And they say, “Well, streets don’t have names. Blocks have names. Just look at Google Maps here. There’s Block 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.

All of these blocks have names, and the streets are just the unnamed spaces in between the blocks.

And you say then, “OK, then how do you know your home address?”

He said, “Well, easy, this is District Eight. There’s Block 17, house number one.”

You say, “OK, but walking around the neighborhood, I noticed that the house numbers don’t go in order.”

He says, “Of course they do. They go in the order in which they were built.

The first house ever built on a block is house number one. The second house ever built is house number two. Third is house number three. It’s easy. It’s obvious.”

 I love that sometimes we need to go to the opposite side of the world to realize assumptions we didn’t even know we had, and realize that.

So, for example, there are doctors in China who believe that it’s their job to keep you healthy. Any month you are healthy you pay them, and when you’re sick you don’t have to pay them because they failed at their job. They get rich when you’re healthy, not sick. (Able to work and earning a living to be able to pay anything)

 In most music, we think of the “one” as the downbeat, the beginning of the musical phrase: one, two, three, four.

But in West African music, the “one” is thought of as the end of the phrase, like the period at the end of a sentence. So, you can hear it not just in the phrasing, but the way they count off their music: two, three, four, one.

2:12 And this map is also accurate. (During the Arabic domination and many centuries later, Europe was shown below Africa: The upside )

There’s a saying that whatever true thing you can say about India, the opposite is also true.

So, let’s never forget, whether at TED, or anywhere else, that whatever brilliant ideas you have or hear, that the opposite may also be true.

Domo arigato gozaimashita.

Dealing with old unsorted and rotting garbage: Applying the Wrapped Membrane Method

On September 21st 2015, we showcased in our R&D facility the feasibility of a technique called the Wrapped Membrane Method (WMM).

Today, October 5th 2015, we got to try the WMM on two pickup loads worth of unsorted garbage in the Metn area.

The estimated volume of waste used is about 22 cubic meters; we used a double membrane of 200 microns thickness each, giving us a total of 400 microns (0.4 millimeter) thickness. Size of finished wrapped membrane came to 11 meters by 4.25 meters.

The Average height of the piled waste was 0.5 meters.
Album showcases each step of the technique.

Ziad Abi Chaker added 52 new photos from October 5 to the album: Applying the Wrapped Membrane Method.
'We first prepared the ground by removing sharp stones and any other material that could shear the membrane...'
'We laid the first membrane on the cleared surface...'
'And opened the 1st membrane to 4.25 meters width. The length of the used membrane is 11 meters.'

State of Emergency declared by Palestinian Red Crescent:

14 ambulances targeted by Israeli force

77 Palestinian youth fell by live bullet in a single day of demonstrations

Scores detained on administrative charges

PRCS Declares a State of Emergency following the escalation of the attacks against Palestinians and its ambulances in the Past 72 hours

(Al-Bireh-4/10/2015): PRCS declared a level 3 state of emergency in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in response to developments on the ground and increased attacks by occupation forces and settlers.

PRCS also activated its central Operations Room at its HQ in Al-Bireh, with all PRCS’ staff, teams and volunteers put on standby.

PRCS announced that fourteen attacks were carried out against its staff and vehicles by occupation forces and settlers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the past 72 hours, in a serious escalation of violations against PRCS, its teams and the humanitarian services they render.

Tanya Habjouqa shared this link

Amid a worrying escalation of violence in the West Bank, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society has declared a ‘State of Emergency’ following attacks against Palestinians and its ambulances over the past 3 days.|By Palestine Red Crescent Society

On Sunday the 4th of October, Israeli occupation soldiers attacked a PRCS’ ambulance in the line of duty in front of Al Quds University in Abou Diss, firing rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at it. (Palestinian university students are shared the uprising, possibly a third Intifada)

On the 2nd of October, occupation soldiers attacked an ambulance in Al Eissawiyeh to the North of Jerusalem.

They then proceeded to arrest an injured Palestinian from inside the ambulance.

In Boureen (Nablus Governorate), settlers prevented a PRCS’ ambulance from discharging its humanitarian duty and smashed its windshield.

The next day, 5 PRCS’ paramedics were beaten up by soldiers in Jerusalem.

That same day, another group of soldiers attacked with their batons another PRCS’ ambulance in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Also on the same day, occupation soldiers severely beat another ambulance crew in Jabal Al Taweel (Al-Bireh), wounding two paramedics.

They then kidnapped an injured Palestinian from inside the ambulance, firing tear gas grenades and rubber bullets at it.

PRCS underlines that these practices constitute a blatant violation of key IHL provisions, mainly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 on the protection of civilians in time of war, which legally applies to the oPt.

This Convention affords protection to the personnel engaged in the search for, removal and transporting of and caring for wounded and sick civilians.

It also calls for the respect of human life and dignity in times of military occupation. In particular, such practices constitute a crying violation of article 63 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which states that recognized National Red Cross (Red Crescent, Red Lion and Sun) Societies shall be allowed to pursue their activities.

PRCS urges the International Community, represented by the UN General Assembly and Security Council, to shoulder their responsibilities by taking the necessary steps to make Israeli occupation authorities comply with IHL provisions, and to put an end to the targeting of civilians and their properties.

It calls on these parties to compel Israel to respect IHL provisions regarding the respect of medical and PRCS’ emblems, and recalls that the occupying power is obliged to protect emergency, medical and relief personnel and to facilitate their safe access to the sick and wounded. End.

Note: 77 Palestinians injured by live, rubber bullets in 24 hours: Red Crescent
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) says nearly 80 Palestinians have been injured from live rounds and rubber bullets in clashes with Israeli forces and illegal settlers in the past 24 hours.

Guideline: Design for all 5 senses. For max pleasure: like sex

Do you know that about 90% of designs target the eyes and the ears?

And what about the other 3 senses that are the most potent for generating emotional memories and best recollection?

There is this idea that sex gives the best pleasure because it engages the 5 senses.

The assumption is that all senses feel satisfactory reactions with both partner. This assumption is hardly tenable.

If a single one of the senses is contradicted then the entire experience is a failure.

For example, what can remedy for a bad smelling partner? All the perfume cannot cover up for this deficiency. Particularly if you tend to fart inadvertently. Perfumes are expensive items because the rich people used it in abundance and wealthy people used Not to take bathes. What could remedy for bad breath?

What could be your reaction if the skin feels dry and as hard and rough as leather?

The eyes are essentials for first time attraction. Afterwards, seeing is almost irrelevant since the main senses will take over. You can make love wearing many layers of external cloths. Or cover the face. Or wear socks for ugly feet.

You can have sex not listening to music.

In an age of global strife and climate change, I’m here to answer the all important question: Why is sex so damn good? If you’re laughing, you know what I mean.

0:22 Now, before we get to that answer, let me tell you about Chris Hosmer.

Chris is a great friend of mine from my university days, but secretly, I hate him. Here’s why.

Back in university, we had a quick project to design some solar-powered clocks. Here’s my clock. It uses something called the dwarf sunflower, which grows to about 12 inches in height.

Now, as you know, sunflowers track the sun during the course of the day. So in the morning, you see which direction the sunflower is facing, and you mark it on the blank area in the base. At noon, you mark the changed position of the sunflower, and in the evening again, and that’s your clock. Now, I know my clock doesn’t tell you the exact time, but it does give you a general idea using a flower. So, in my completely unbiased, subjective opinion, it’s brilliant.

However, here’s Chris’ clock. It’s five magnifying glasses with a shot glass under each one. In each shot glass is a different scented oil.

In the morning, the sunlight will shine down on the first magnifying glass, focusing a beam of light on the shot glass underneath. This will warm up the scented oil inside, and a particular smell will be emitted. A couple of hours later, the sun will shine on the next magnifying glass, and a different smell will be emitted. So during the course of the day, five different smells are dispersed throughout that environment.

Anyone living in that house can tell the time just by the smell. (Bonus: You may rotate a nasty smelly scent as an Alarm clock and not wake up with total nerve breakdown)

You can see why I hate Chris. I thought my idea was pretty good, but his idea is genius, and at the time, I knew his idea was better than mine, but I just couldn’t explain why. One thing you have to know about me is I hate to lose. This problem’s been bugging me for well over a decade.

Let’s get back to the question of why sex is so good.

Many years after the solar powered clocks project, a young lady I knew suggested maybe sex is so good because of the five senses. And when she said this, I had an epiphany. So I decided to evaluate different experiences I had in my life from the point of view of the five senses.

To do this, I devised something called the five senses graph. Along the y-axis, you have a scale from zero to 10, and along the x-axis, you have, of course, the five senses. Anytime I had a memorable experience in my life, I would record it on this graph like a five senses diary.

2:44 Here’s a quick video to show you how it works.

 (Video) Jinsop Lee: Hey, my name’s Jinsop, and today, I’m going to show you what riding motorbikes is like from the point of view of the five senses. Hey!

Bike designer: This is [unclear], custom bike designer.

(Motorcyle revving) [Sound] [Touch] [Sight] [Smell] [Taste]

JL: And that’s how the five senses graph works.

For a period of 3 years, I gathered data, not just me but also some of my friends, and I used to teach in university, so I forced my — I mean, I asked my students to do this as well. So here are some other results.

The first is for instant noodles. Now obviously, taste and smell are quite high, but notice sound is at three. Many people told me a big part of the noodle-eating experience is the slurping noise.  (Slurps) Needless to say, I no longer dine with these people.

Next, clubbing. Okay, here what I found interesting was that taste is at four, and many respondents told me it’s because of the taste of drinks, but also, in some cases, kissing is a big part of the clubbing experience. These people I still do hang out with.

And smoking. Here I found touch is at [six], and one of the reasons is that smokers told me the sensation of holding a cigarette and bringing it up to your lips is a big part of the smoking experience, which shows, it’s kind of scary to think how well cigarettes are designed by the manufacturers.

What would the perfect experience look like on the five senses graph? It would, of course, be a horizontal line along the top. Now you can see, not even as intense an experience as riding a motorbike comes close.

In fact, in the years that I gathered data, only one experience came close to being the perfect one. That is, of course, sex. Great sex. Respondents said that great sex hits all of the five senses at an extreme level. Here I’ll quote one of my students who said, “Sex is so good, it’s good even when it’s bad.” So the five senses theory does help explain why sex is so good.

In the middle of all this five senses work, I suddenly remembered the solar-powered clocks project from my youth. And I realized this theory also explains why Chris’ clock is so much better than mine. You see, my clock only focuses on sight, and a little bit of touch. Here’s Chris’ clock. It’s the first clock ever that uses smell to tell the time. In fact, in terms of the five senses, Chris’ clock is a revolution.

6:25 And that’s what this theory taught me about my field.

You see, up till now, us designers, we’ve mainly focused on making things look very pretty, and a little bit of touch, which means we’ve ignored the other three senses. Chris’ clock shows us that even raising just one of those other senses can make for a brilliant product.

So what if we started using the five senses theory in all of our designs? Here’s three quick ideas I came up with.

This is an iron for your clothes, to which I added a spraying mechanism, so you fill up the vial with your favorite scent, and your clothes will smell nicer, but hopefully it should also make the ironing experience more enjoyable. We could call this “the perfumator.”

So I brush my teeth twice a day, and what if we had a toothbrush that tastes like candy, and when the taste of candy ran out, you’d know it’s time to change your toothbrush?

Finally, I have a thing for the keys on a flute or a clarinet.

It’s not just the way they look, but I love the way they feel when you press down on them. Now, I don’t play the flute or the clarinet, so I decided to combine these keys with an instrument I do play: the television remote control. Now, when we look at these three ideas together, you’ll notice that the five senses theory doesn’t only change the way we use these products but also the way they look.

In conclusion, I’ve found the five senses theory to be a very useful tool in evaluating different experiences in my life, and then taking those best experiences and hopefully incorporating them into my designs.

Now, I realize the five senses isn’t the only thing that makes life interesting.

There’s also the six emotions and that elusive x-factor. Maybe that could be the topic of my next talk. Until then, please have fun using the five senses in your own lives and your own designs.

Oh, one last thing before I leave. Here’s the experience you all had while listening to the TED Talks.

However, it would be better if we could boost up a couple of the other senses like smell and taste. And the best way to do that is with free candy.




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