Power of Branding and Freedom of Poetry

Maya Angelou once said (I'm paraphrasing) '' the purpose of all life is to be able to live like a poet one day. '' She went on to say that since poets already live like poets, their lives were not a postpone project, but the-ultimate-goal-realized by default.

How many times we have heard of those retirement dreams … the narratives that inevitably start with '' one day I'd like to … '' and continues with a description of one idyllic state or another … a beach house in Key West … playing golf eight hours a day in Arizona … buying a summer house in Florida and moving for good … writing (ah, at long last) that great novel, the chapters of which are lying somewhere inside those moldy cardboard boxes in the basement … to take the oath of chastity and join a monastery or a yoga ashram … take that trip to the Far East … or maybe even to throw itself with passion into a cause that is much larger than one's own limited life, like a political party, a crusade, a fund-raising juggernaut perhaps … on and on.

But underneath it all the aim is to arrive at that sublime state of inner peace and gentleness, something ill-defined but real, fuzzy but warm, a feeling that we feel is our birthright. Underneath it all we do not all point the gyroscopes of our lives to that nebulous state of elation and redemption that we sometimes refer to as '' poetic ''?

The rest is mostly a life-long process of branding ourselves as a desirable product in this increasingly globalized and fickle marketplace.

A brand is a total image with a price, a consistent package with defined and perceived borders. We are engineers. Attorneys. Machinists. Singers. Doctors. Teachers. Experts. Go-to guys. Ministers. Project managers. Historians. Curators. Tank drivers. Chefs. Shrinks. Plumbing … and, yes, Poets. Poets come in branded varieties as well. There is even a '' Poet Laurate '' for the whole United States (for the last few years we were extremely fortunate to have Billy Collins and Stanley Kunits and Ted Kooser as the PT Person).

All branding by definition shuns contradiction and ambivalence like a plague.

Fuzzy logic is fine for hi-tech digital cam-recorders but not for the experts that command healthy speaking fees. CEOs and four star generals are not expected to wear their troubling questions on their sleeves. Researchers at NIH do not get grants and doctors for not knowing what to do in the face of a new virus strain.

If things do not make sense outside a certain framework, then a branded professional knows how not to step outside that framework. A brand provides reproducible solutions to carefully-worded questions. Existentential panic does not command a premium price on the capitalist auction block.

Poetry, on the other hand, is a vulnerable exploration into everything that is left out by branding. It has no guarantees. No guidelines.

You can certainly encourage people to write poems. But I'm not sure at all if you can '' teach '' how to write poetry with the kind of money-back-guarantee bravado that is commonplace for a successful brand.

It is the only Odyssey that each person has to take all alone, go out and wander in the world, meet his demons, take them on one by one, beat them and return home victorious … only to do the same all over again the very next day.

Poetry, to use an analogy that Billy Collins has used in an Alaskan Quarterly Review interview, is like finding something curious sticking out from the sand in a desert and removing all that sand to discover the rest of the intriguing object. In that, poetry represents a vast freedom to rediscover all that is hidden from or by power.

Poetry raises all the in-between states and ambiguities censored by branding. So it is subversive by default.

However in that subversion there is also a deep affirmation of the most basic human value of all – freedom. That's despite the only thing branding can not buy and sell in the marketplace. A brand's power depends only on consumption. Poetry, on the other hand, is free the moment it is produced.

Our world needs more poets get into branded power play. Certainly someone like Leopold Sedar Senghor, a poet who became a statesman, will be remembered for his uplifting and dignified approach to international conflict. And conversely, I hope more branded professionals get into poetry as a way to humanize the market place of good and services.

What if the United Nations held a Poetry Workshop for one day of the year, with mandatory participation for all heads of state?

What if everyone in the world voted for the best Power Poet of the year through the Internet and the winner was declared on Valentine's Day?

Or what if Fortune 500 companies had poetry classes for their managers? Would not that be the ultimate out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving bonanza on stereoids?

And what would happen if before one country attacked another, the presidents and top generals from both sides were forced to lock themselves in a room and write at least one poem, expressing why they hate the "other guys" and why they must fight? What if those poems were then distributed to the citizens of both nations and the world? Perhaps they would still go on and fight. And otherwise, just a tiny little shivering perhaps, they would not.

Without poetic abilities, branding easily degrades into a repetition of the past. If you are building a bridge, repetition of the past experience might actually be a beneficial discipline since no one wants to re-discover trigonometry every time there is a river to cross.

But in much more complex affairs of the heart, of which I consider international politics to institute just a small subset, the vulnerable freedom of a poem could be the only thing standing between our endangered humanity and the discovery of our birthright freedom – and even perhaps salvation.

Avoiding Common Mistakes in Furniture Arrangement

Proper furniture arrangement can be the key towards making your home look more appealing.

Of course, it is a common experience for a lot of homeowners to have a little confused about how to organize their furniture. Keeping things in order can be a real challenge for the unaware. Not knowing where certain furniture should be placed can mean you will have a hard time figuring things out once you need to do the actual arrangement.

This dilemma can be avoided if you will keep a few practical pointers in mind. Read on and I will share some effective tips to help make furniture arrangement as easy as it should be.

1. Decide how much furniture should be displayed.

Instead of displaying all the furniture you own, a wiser idea is to simply select the best ones. Check their current condition and decide which of them describes being displayed. Begin with your biggest furniture pieces because they are harder to get rid of.

If you are planning to sell your home, you'd want the prospective buyers to focus on your properties instead of its displays. This can be a little tricky to pull off but setting your own limits can be more rewarding in the long run.

2. Determine a room's purpose and set a focal point.

It is highly critical for every room to have its own function. Doing so will allow you to decide which furniture should go to which room. Your couch, for example, describes to be in your family room since that's where family members gather to watch television or enjoy activities together.

Also, setting a focal point can make any room feel a little more organized. Whether it's a nice bookcase or a headboard, you will have fewer problems achieving a cleaner look for your home.

3. Group appropriate furniture together.

Only after deciding the room's focal point would you be ready to group different furniture together.

Think about it – which furniture pieces are commonly displayed together? The quick answer for this is that chairs and desks are partners. A table, on the other hand, will be perfect for your sofa. Speaking of which, coffee tables should be big enough.

These are some of the things that you can do to ensure that you have a well-organized home. By following these general rules, you will be able to minimize the clutter and achieve your home's full potential.

PayPal IPN – Creating Listener Code to Process IPN Messages

You have finally decided IPN is the solution to your website application. You do not want to pay someone else to do it. It can not be that hard, can it? Where can you get some practical advice from people who have been there, done that. This article will answer these questions and help you decide if you are able to write that code. If you find it too complicated there are a few commercial products out there that will handle everything for you so do not lose heart if you find yourself stuck.

PayPal IPN

Instant Payment Notification is better known as PayPal IPN and is PayPal's interface for handling real time confirmation of purchases. A typical use for IPN is where you want to use the software to download.

PayPal provide 3 different types of account. Personal, Premier and Business. You will need Premier or Business to use IPN.

Listener

PayPal IPN messages are not synchronized with actions on your website. You detect IPN messages from PayPal with a piece of code known as a listener.

You specify the URL of your listener in your PayPal account's profile but you can override this for specific transactions when you setup a button or API operation. You can also temporarily turn off the sending of IPN messages, useful if your site is down for maintenance. They are still generated and stored until you switch sending back on again.

You must perform a number of checks on the IPN message received from PayPal.

  • Check the email address to make sure it is yours
  • Check that you have not already processed the transaction identified by the transaction ID
  • Make sure that the transaction's payment status is "completed"
  • Verify that the payment amount actually matches what you intend to charge

PayPal Sandbox

When you are developing your website you really do not want to be trying to get it working by experimenting on a real money system. Any early bugs in the system could leave security holes but even if you write perfect code it is best not to do your testing using real money.

PayPal provides what they call a sandbox, almost identical to the live PayPal system. You can setup fake customers with fake money and make as many test purchases as you want. The perfect system to fully test your web application.

There is a Sandbox Forum on the developer network. It's a great place for advice.

Testing your Listener

The Sandbox has an excellent IPN Simulator (under Test Tools) which lets you choose the transaction type, fill in all the parameter values ​​and send a test IPN to a specified address.

IPN History

PayPal provides an IPN history page under the My Account tab. Click on History to see it. It includes everything you want to know about each IPN message including the following Status values.

  • Sent: indicates that PayPal sent the message to your IPN listener
  • Failed: indicates that PayPal did not receive an acknowledgment to the message
  • Queued: indicates that PayPal is ready to send the message
  • Retrying: indicates that message was resent between 1 and 15 times and PayPal continues to be resend the message
  • Disabled: indicating that the message will not be resent because the merchant's account has been disabled

Conclusion

The best place to search for information is the PayPal Integration Center which has guides, code and links for everything to do with integrating your website with PayPal.

The one place you MUST visit is the PayPal IPN Forum on the developer website. As well as a constantly changing list of discussion topics about IPN, there are some good sticky posts about troubleshooting tips, IPN variables, template code etc.

PayPal IPN is a difficult subject but the combination of an excellent testing environment in the form of the sandbox and the good quality advice provided through the forums should make it possible for you to get your website application up and running.

Electrical Pentobarbital Anesthesia With Respect to Pacing

A recent study tested the role of the chemical Ang II on cardiovascular tissue by applying it (along with electrical currents) to 24 dogs.

An electrical cardiac stimulator is first used on 24 mongrels with pentoarbital anesthesia inducing a blood pressure of some 100 mm / s. AERP is found to be paced at an uninhibited level and the saline group has an endogenous atrial effect that can be monitored only by a femoral vent structure.

Drug infusion of an Ang II blockade on an electrical modeled solvating matrix derives a mongrel assessment that begins and ends in a random order. This process lasts for over 30 minutes and has a pacing of up to an hour when combined with electrical interference and tachyphylatic drugs.

Saline controls respond to stimuli such as diastolic electrical thresholds and S1 / S2 intervals at pharmacological automatic systems. Cardiac Fukuda simulators have square wave impulses of 1-2 m / s impulse derivation.

Thresholds continue to the limits of canine endurance with frequency of the AERP blocked by the electrical current.

One of the key conclusions to draw from the preliminary testing is that the tachyphylactic phenomenon has its basis in an atrial electrical Ang II stack and this has a severe impact on the time parameters placed within each of the AERP shortening matrices.

Another conclusion we can draw is that cessation of pacing has a severe effect on the nervous system within the cardiac structure of each dog. Levels of candesartan and captopril remained similar to experiments involving electrical currents at twice the strength and can be thought of as near-independent from this chemical cocktail.

When Ang II levels reach some 153 / + – 7, the rate of cardiac impulses shortens to a level consistent with experiments on various tachphylactic phenomena. Pacing has a variation similar to the baseline of a systolic pressure system and this can be combined with the earlier conclusions to indicate there is no infusion pressure when electrical systems have their highest cardiac current form.

Shortening of the electrical remodeling under AERP states has a closed-chest form that has implications not only on canine superstructure but the muscle growth of adolescent humans.

Candesartan levels are directly correlated with the introduction of electrical system form and this has an increase in all but the lowest values ​​after only 10 minutes with in each group, a significant increase on the minor form of the electrical products.