Cactus RQ250 TTL Wireless Monolight

Cactus RQ250

Harvest One Limited recently announced the new Cactus RQ250 Li-ion battery-powered wireless monolight and currently have a Kickstarter campaign running where you can get one for a reduced price. It’s a really compact flash, roughly as big as a Canon Speedlight 600EXII-RT flash, but has a lot of interesting features and useful accessories. At a retail price of US$700 it’s not cheap, but it’s trying to be “like a compact sports car” offering advanced functionality in a small package.

Click here for details about this shoot. Model: Zurina Williams.

For my studio photoshoots I’ve been using a couple of Canon Speedlight 600EX-RT flashes for a few years now and I’ve been very satisfied with them. For example, my shoot with model Zurina Williams was done with those. However I find that sometimes I need more light output especially if I want to use certain modifiers. So far I’ve not invested in the bigger lights from companies such as Elinchrom and Bowens because of the small space that I usually work in, and those lights would be overkill for me. The RQ250 having 3.5 times the power output of a speedlight while being roughly the same size looks like a nice option for the future.

I’ve previously done reviews of the Cactus V5 Transceiver and the Cactus Laser Trigger LV5 and have been very pleased with the quality of the Cactus brand. Visit the campaign page on Kickstarter for the details about the RQ250 including a video showing off its features.

The QuantumGate logo

When I first got the idea to develop QuantumGate back in 2006 I designed a logo for it that I could use in communications and in the software that I began working on at the time. The idea I had was that I wanted to show a couple of connected peers in the logomark, and the image that came to mind was what you can see on the right. There was no process behind it and no reasons for the proportions used. I just had the strong intuition that I had to use three circles connected to each other in that triangular arrangement. I wasn’t satisfied with it but I used it and figured I would revisit it again in the future.

Fast forward to 2018, and now I know where the original idea came from. It turns out that the arrangement I used very closely resembles the fundamental geometry behind our reality which I described in details in my 2015 post “The Cycle of Life”. Back in 2006 I couldn’t tell why I wanted to use a design as seen above; it just came to me intuitively and I knew that this is approximately what it should be. But now I know exactly why.

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Introducing QuantumGate

For the last twelve months I’ve worked almost fulltime on one of my projects that I started in 2006 and have been postponing since 2007. I’m now in the final stages of preparing for an alpha release of the source code and accompanying documentation. It’s one of the most ambitious and complex projects I’ve worked on up until now, especially considering the goals that I have for it.

Back in 2006 around the time when I wrote my post “P2P is the Future of the Internet” I set out to develop a new peer to peer (P2P) software platform. I noticed that the existing platforms were vulnerable and had all kinds of issues that needed to be solved, and I wanted to build something that would solve most, if not all, of those problems. I wrote a document outlining what I wanted to build and started coding in my free time. I was already working as a freelancer back then, and I had to give priority to projects from clients so that I could pay the bills. Sometime in 2007 I got so busy that I couldn’t work on my P2P project at all. Life happened and it wouldn’t be until 2013 when I would finally pick up where I left off and start coding again, but not for long because other projects got in the way again.

In early 2017 I finally started working again on my P2P project, and this time I mostly started over from scratch. I decided to discard almost all the code I had written in an older version of C/C++ and started fresh in C++17. I was thinking about the fact that it took over 10 years for me to actually start working on this project again with significant results, and for certain reasons I’m glad it went like this. I now know a lot more about life and the reality that we find ourselves in than I did 10 years ago (I’ve learned a lot), and I feel better prepared than I was back then. I now know and realize in so much more depth why I should be working on this project. It’s been a very interesting twelve months so far and in the coming period I’m going to be blogging about various aspects of the project.

So what is it?

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Bankers fear cryptocurrencies while developers don’t understand the problem

Central bankers worldwide can already see the end of their exploitation coming thanks to cryptocurrencies. The head of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Agustín Carstens, now wants programmers to stop trying to create money:

In an interview with a Basel-based media outlet on June 30, Agustín Carstens took aim at cryptocurrencies and reiterated his belief that they represent “a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster,” according to a transcript published by the BIS on Wednesday.

Asked whether he agrees that cryptocurrency has had a positive impact by making young people think about money, Carstens asserted that cryptocurrencies don’t have the core features to be a currency. As such, the BIS head contended that the activities associated with cryptocurrency represents an effort to create money out of nothing.

“Young people should use their many talents and skills for innovation, not reinventing money. It’s a fallacy to think money can be created from nothing,” Carstens said, adding:

“Glance back into the past and you will see that creating gold or money from nothing has been a regular obsession. It never worked. … So my message to young people would be: Stop trying to create money!”

Carstens’ remarks about money not being able to be created from nothing is hilarious when you consider the fact that the central banking system that we have worldwide today has been doing exactly that for centuries — creating money out if thin air, while robbing the people of their wealth via inflation and usury, and keeping them in perpetual debt-slavery. So fuck you Carstens, you fucking hypocrite.

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Censorship on the Internet getting worse

Alex Jones became the victim of censorship on the Internet this week when a few big companies ganged up on him and took his content down. Apple, Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest and YouTube took down his pages, podcasts and live streams:

Apple confirmed Monday that it had removed five out of six of Jones’ podcasts, including the infamous “The Alex Jones Show.”
Facebook has also removed four pages that belong to Jones.
Apple and Facebook said Jones violated hate speech policies on their respective platforms.
YouTube then removed Jones’ official channel because he continued to livestream on other channels despite a 90-day ban.
Pinterest also removed the InfoWars board, while Spotify took down his most well-known show completely.

This seemed like a coordinated effort by these companies to censor Jones for what they call “hate speech.” These days it’s very easy to block and ban people on social media for “hate speech” as what is considered to be “hate speech” is very subjective which allows for arbitrary rules (“community standards”) to be defined. Anyone who doesn’t conform to the thoughts and ideas that these companies want to promote gets censored and kicked off of their platform:

[…] Silicon Valley big-tech companies made themselves the gatekeepers of ‘goodthink,’ de-platforming anyone who runs afoul of their arbitrary ‘community standards.’

Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars, has often been derided by establishment media as a conspiracy theorist. Yet on Monday, Apple, Spotify, YouTube and Facebook proved right the motto of his show – “There’s a war on for your mind!” – by blocking or deleting InfoWars accounts from their platforms, saying he allegedly engaged in “hate speech” and violated their “community standards.”

Simply put, these corporations appointed themselves arbiters of acceptable political thought, and censored Jones for failing to comply with arbitrary political standards set in Silicon Valley boardrooms, not at the ballot box.

I have a lot of experience with being censored and blocked because of those so called “community standards.”

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More analysis of Akkadian Seal VA/243

Akkadian Cylinder Seal VA/243

A few years ago I posted my analysis of Akkadian Seal VA/243 showing that the ancient Sumerian/Akkadian civilizations probably knew about all the planets in our solar system thousands of years before we did.

Jim Branson has recently done his own analysis, some of it based on my work, and came to similar conclusions. In addition, Branson goes a little further than I did, also analyzing the positions of the planets on the cylinder seal trying to find out why they were positioned that way. Like I mentioned before, if the relative sizes of the planets were drawn on the seal in that way on purpose, it’s likely that the positions were also chosen on purpose and might convey some important information.

If you’re interested in this subject, you might also want to check out Branson’s work and thoughts. As he mentions:

There is evidence that this image not only was perfectly executed but that it also contains information far beyond what we have command of today.

We should all be Part-Time Lovers

The pyramid and the sun featured in the official music video for ‘Part-Time Lover’ by Stevie Wonder

On the morning of April 22nd 2018 I woke up with the melody from the song ‘Part-Time Lover’ by Stevie Wonder constantly looping in my mind for no immediately apparent reason. Literally, I opened my eyes and this melody was playing in my mind.

Although I had previously been familiar with the melody of the song (because I used to often hear it during my childhood around the time the single came out) I didn’t know the title of the song and didn’t know the lyrics. The only thing I knew was that the melody was from a song by Stevie Wonder.

It was strange that I would wake up that morning with that melody playing in my mind, while I wasn’t even thinking about it in the days and weeks prior to that. Later when I got behind my computer the first thing I did was search for all of the songs by Stevie Wonder on Google and YouTube and listen to them one by one until I found the one with the melody that I had in my mind.

It turned out to be the song ‘Part-Time Lover’ and looking at the lyrics, I began to understand why it might have been brought to my attention. Moreover, when I saw the official music video minutes later (embedded below), featuring the pyramid with the sun on top, it made even more sense.

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A conversation with Brittany about Love and Sex

A few days ago I had a short interaction in the comments section on one of my posts titled ‘Everything in Life is about Sex’ with a person named Brittany, who had a few questions relating to love and sex. I want to share the conversation with all of you below. Especially the concepts of male dominance and female submission that we see in interactions between men and women in most societies around the world were discussed. Should you have questions and comments of your own, feel free to add them below to continue this conversation.

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No Mark Zuckerberg, I don’t need your help

Fuckerberg probably thought I wanted to commit suicide

On the morning of March 26th 2018 I got behind my PC with my usual cup of coffee and decided to check my notifications on Facebook. I clicked to open two of them, both in a separate window, and in both windows was presented with a page asking me if I was going through a difficult time, and if I needed help. You can see a screenshot of the page in the above image.

This is the first time I ever saw this on Facebook. From what I can gather, it seems that my behavior on Facebook during the previous days had triggered one or more of Facebook’s algorithms detecting that I was probably ‘going through a difficult time’. Perhaps I was showing signs that other people had previously shown on Facebook who were going through difficult times. Or perhaps this was another one of those psychological experiments being run by Facebook where people were being manipulated and their behavior was being monitored without their knowledge and consent.

It’s quite outrageous that Facebook would presume that they are allowed to monitor my behavior in this way and that I would welcome their help and support in my personal life. I don’t remember signing up for this kind of psychological monitoring, analysis and profiling when I made a Facebook account years ago. I also don’t remember giving Facebook permission to do this.

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An example of the dangers of a government provided basic income

In my post ‘Governments and Basic Income: Why they don’t go together’ I discussed the dangers of relying on a basic income provided by the government. Specifically I mentioned the following:

If every individual’s universal right to life isn’t respected (in the broadest sense possible) then no amount of free money will be able to save them from abuse.

In fact, introducing a basic income in the current anti-social system can even be VERY DANGEROUS when the government decides on that income — making the individual even more dependent on the government for their basic human needs.

Once most individuals in society get comfortable receiving a basic income from the government and get to heavily rely on it for their survival, they’ll be even easier to control and manipulate by the government and the financial elite who control the money supply in society.

[…] In this way individuals in society can easily be manipulated and their thoughts and behavior can easily be controlled. Just look at how difficult it is for most people who work for governments worldwide to speak up against their governments, afraid of the repercussions and of losing their jobs/income.

And if you want a good example of how bad things can get, you just have to look at what’s happening in China today.

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