Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Friday, April 26, 2013

God is Your Architect: OBJECT Lesson: Circle & Triangle by Mike Corthell

A geodesic

Short and sweet -

A practical 'object' lesson: Which is strongest – A circle/sphere or a an equilateral triangle/pyramid?

It depends on what the loading is, a sphere will resist uniform pressure better (as in a compressed gas tank or submarine) though a sphere is often not the most convenient or easy to build, so a cylinder (also based on the circle) is more common.

A triangle can resist a point load better (if applied to a vertex) and combinations of triangles (trusses) are very common in construction.

If an engineer combines the two, see Buckminster Fuller...(and Leonardo da Vinci) there you have it. And this exact concept is seen in creation - the bone structure matrix: 

Bone structure and function*

*As a side note, an interesting one at that, Calcium the element that most makes up bone matter is classified a METAL...http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_is_calcium_classified_as_a_metal#page2

Next: What is 'dark matter'?

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Lucid Explanation of the 'Eternal Now'

Mike Corthell

Below is the clearest explanation I have found so far of the 'eternal now' concept...

This quote from Paul Tillich, comes from his book The Eternal Now, at the end of chapter 11, which deals specifically with the concept of time, and an "eternal now". Here it is:
The mystery of the future and the mystery of the past are united in the mystery of the present. Our time, the time we have, is the time in which we have "presence." But how can we have "presence"? Is not the present moment gone when we think of it? Is not the present the ever-moving boundary line between past and future? But a moving boundary is not a place to stand upon. If nothing were given to us except the "no more" of the past and the "not yet" of the future, we would not have anything. We could not speak of the time that is our time; we would not have "presence."
The mystery is that we have a present; and even more, that we have our future also because we anticipate it in ‘the present; and that we have our past also, because we remember it in the present. In the present our future and our past are ours. But there is no "present" if we think of the never-ending flux of time. The riddle of the present is the deepest of all the riddles of time. Again, there is no answer except from that which comprises all time and lies beyond it -- the eternal. Whenever we say "now" or "today," we stop the flux of time for us. We accept the present and do not care that it is gone in the moment that we accept it. We live in it and it is renewed for us in every new present." This is possible because every moment of time reaches into the eternal. It is the eternal that stops the flux of time for us. It is the eternal "now" which provides for us a temporal "now." We live so long as "it is still today" -- in the words of the letter to the Hebrews. Not everybody, and nobody all the time, is aware of this "eternal now" in the temporal "now." But sometimes it breaks powerfully into our consciousness and gives us the certainty of the eternal, of a dimension of time which cuts into time and gives us our time.
People who are never aware of this dimension lose the possibility of resting in the present. As the letter to the Hebrews describes it, they never enter into the divine rest. They are held by the past and cannot separate themselves from it, or they escape towards the future, unable to rest in the present. They have not entered the eternal rest which stops the flux of time and gives us the blessing of the present. Perhaps this is the most conspicuous characteristic of our period, especially in the western world and particularly in this country. It lacks the courage to accept "presence" because it has lost the dimension of the eternal.
"I am the beginning and the end." This is said to us who live in the bondage of time, who have to face the end, who cannot escape the past, who need a present to stand upon. Each of the modes of time has its peculiar mystery, each of them carries its peculiar anxiety. Each of them drives us to an ultimate question. There is one answer to these questions -- the eternal. There is one power that surpasses the all-consuming power of time -- the eternal: He Who was and is and is to come, the beginning and the end. He gives us forgiveness for what has passed. He gives us courage for what is to come. He gives us rest in His eternal Presence.

I believe  that so-called ‘time’ and ‘space’, which are really one, are no more than media in which all things exist. Life is movement, ceaseless movement and life itself is timeless and space-less. That much is clear. Another thing is clear. Everything is contained within ‘the Now.’ All duration or time is total and complete in 'the Now'. 

There is an ‘eternal’ quality about the Now. It is forever new. 

The fool says...there is no God

The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.
 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on the Lord.
 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    for God is present in the company of the righteous.

Psalm 14:1-5

Monday, April 8, 2013

North Korea: Set for Fireworks

South Korean soldiers with K-55 self-propelled Howitzers stage at a military training field in the border city of Paju on Friday, April 5, as tensions continue to mount on the Korean peninsula.Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea is showing signs it could be preparing to carry out a new nuclear test, South Korea's Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said Monday, according to the semi-official South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Ryoo made the comment in response to a South Korean lawmaker who cited unspecified reports suggesting there had been an increase in activity near the site of the North's three previous underground nuclear tests, Yonhap reported.
The South Korean government had said Sunday that it believesNorth Korea may test a missile about April 10, citing as an indicator Pyongyang's push for workers to leave the Kaesong Industrial Complex by then.
Seoul "is on military readiness posture," South Korea's Blue House spokeswoman Kim Haeng said in a briefing. She said national security chief Kim Jang-soo also based the assessment on North Korea's hint to foreign diplomats in Pyongyang to send personnel out of the country.
The Blue House is the office and residence of South Korea's president, similar to the White House in the United States.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Why Fryeburg Needs an Updated Comprehensive Plan

by Mike Corthell

Everything that we see around us, right now, is the result of change. There is nothing that nature loves more than change.

Fryeburg Maine's comprehensive plan details what has happened to make the town what it is today and what is happening that will change the town in the future. The plan is also a statement by the public of what we like about our town and what we would like the Fryeburg of the future to be. 

In the original public survey 82% of the respondents stated that the town can attract new business and create new jobs without harming it's citizen or the natural environment.

The comprehensive plan is both a blueprint and a road map. If it is used as intended it will help us achieve our community goals. 

As I see it there are six identifiable issues that need to be addressed:

  • Maintaining Fryeburg's rural character.
  • Preserving it's natural environment.
  • Increasing economic opportunities while maintaining the town's natural beauty.
  • Improving the quality of education.
  • Managing traffic flow and maintenance of roads.
  • Find ways to increase and further develop tourism. 

The current plan was developed in 1994 and updated in 1998. It is now outdated.  All towns change over time and it is important that any plan changes also. Real estate and business development can impact the town for good or ill. In short, as the town grows demand for services grows. Sound town planning, much like a solid business plan for a company just makes good sense.

Many people think about starting a business but very few would start one, especially a multi-million dollar business without a well thought-out business plan. Fryeburg's operating budget is in the millions of dollars. Shouldn't our town have a solid, updated business plan too? That is exactly what a comprehensive plan is - a community business plan.

To have an outside firm such as Southern Maine Planners update our Comp Plan would cost approximately $25,000. Right now Fryeburg has $12,000 earmarked toward updating the comprehensive plan. With a good amount of citizen involvement and voluntary committee efforts, much of the $25,000 cost can be reduced. In fact, I believe that we can get the plan revised for the money already allocated - $12,000. 

Fryeburg needs an updated comprehensive plan and a new vision for the future. You are invited to be part of developing comprehensive plan that will set our town on the path to greater prosperity and beauty through responsible, measured progress.