Exciting Multimedia CD by Branden Books Publisher Adolfo Caso

Observations in Poetry and Pictures:

The Words and Images of Adolfo Caso

By Adolfo Caso *

The Dante University Foundation, Inc.

ISBN: 0937832464

70 Pages, MultiMedia

I do not immediately understand all poetry-yet the words speak to my heart and it responds. So, oftentimes, I read and reread a selection until the words flourish in my understanding. When I opened Adolfo's CD, I found that I went through it three times before I forced myself to stop. And now, as I write this review, I begin again … watching, reading, listening and enjoying!

This work is a delight! This is a magnificent array of sights and words that capture you from the introduction to the end.

My eyes were first drawn to his photography. Immediately it spoke to me as I relished someone else's interest in rock formation and its beauty. I thought of my own rock garden scenes and wanted to share and talk about the visions he had presented to us. I want to go to these places that have been captured; I want to walk near and touch the images – are they really so beautiful? I want to sit and study this beauty, see it from different angles than those that have been captured. . Each picture is intriguing, beautiful, and evocative-there is no choice but to immediately go now to read the words!

Adolfo and I briefly met many years ago in Chicago … then I dared to know him through his book, The Straw Obelisk, But, Adolfo's poetry and photography allowed me to come to know him, yes, as a true artist. His claim that he did not have the talent to become an artist is only partly true, for his talents have been demonstrated through words and camera. Come, let us review his words now:

Run:

Fulfill those Urges

That surge inside your soul,

Kiss:

If you do not do it now

You will miss the bliss

That attracts the young. *

* Part of "Why Dream," p.4.

Here they are; here they are,

The God-made couple

I bought my hand to her breast

And there beheld Paradise. *

* Part of "Evening in Spring," p.10

Whether the words are of love, man's flight into space, Kennedy's death, or the many other issues expressed, they solicit passion, wonder, and tears. We hear the music that he hears. We laugh or we cry with Adolfo; we empathize through his words. And it is good to share his thoughts. For those of you who know the language, the final selections are provided in both Italian and English and as he shares memories of Naples and Milan, it will be a special blessing for many of you.

During my third time through, I noticed a little mark above the directional arrows. Clicking in curiosity, I am amazed to find Adolfo, sitting at a little bistro table, an espresso before him … and he's talking to me! He tells me about why he writes, he shares intimate thoughts as we sit there. Other times, I click and a lovely female voice is reading along with me, articulating each word carefully, so that I may enjoy each word more fully.

I was impressed … no doubt about it! This book in macromedia form is something that will be held close and enjoyed over and over. Adolfo, I applaud your works, I embrace your words to my heart and I delight in the sights you have shared. There is no doubt whatever … get this CD!

* Adolfo Caso is owner / publisher of BrandenBooks

Future Shock: Voice Recognition Identification Technology

Backgrounder: Kay Hughes, flight attendant for today's non-stop coast-to-coast flight is busy checking her catering order and prepping the cabin. Bob Harmon is the captain and Jeff Mortowski is his first officer. Both are located in the cockpit going over the pre-flight checklist. The pax are from various companies in the New York area or individuals on personal business who have bought seats on his flight.

The Story: Kay woke up with a start as the alarm on her clock radio blared. Reaching across her pillow, she noticed the time, 5:15, and hammered the snooze button in the hopes of grabbing another five minutes of sleep. Tired as she was, her mind began to race as she considered the day ahead. In less than four hours she would be enroute to LA with an aircraft full of passengers. Slowly the thought of additional sleep became less important as she considered all that she had to do before leaving Teterboro. Quietly she slipped on her robe and slippers, poured herself a cup of coffee, and slinked into the shower.

As Kay walked across the tarmac, she saw the fuel truck pulling up to her aircraft and the cater at the gate waiting for a security clearance. It was 6:48 and already she could feel the heat lifting off of the pavement. Another scorcher she thought; at least LA will be cooler.

Kay greeted Jeff who was busy extending the fuel delivery; she then climbed onboard the GV and brave a similar greeting to Bob who was occupied with updating paperwork. Bob finished what he was doing and briefed Kay with the day's schedule. Minutes later Kay turned to assist the approaching caterer with the day's order. Within the hour, the first of the passengers began to arrive. Each sat in the lobby of the FBO waiting to be boarded. At precisely 8:00 am, Kay left the aircraft and walked down the ramp to the FBO. She whispered to the waiting security agent who signaled to the FBO customer service representative to make the boarding announcement. "Ladies and Gentlemen, Jet Aviation Flight # 001 departing TEB for LAX is now boarding. flight. "

Kay turned and left the FBO and walked back to the aircraft. Both pilots were onboard completing their preflight preparations. Kay stand at the bottom of the steps leading up to the aircraft waiting for the security agent to bring the passengers to the plane. She knew that with fourteen passengers the security clearance would take a bit longer than normal.

Kay considered waiting inside the cabin to keep cool, but knew that it was important that she greeted the passengers at the base of the steps in case one of them needed assistance climbing up. "" It must already be 85 degrees out here, "she thought as she watched the heat vapors rise off the pavement.

After what seemed like an inordinate delay – Kay's hair was slowly losing style in the heat – Bob poked his head out of the cockpit and said, "Sorry for the delay, but we used another one." Startled, Kay stammered, "You mean one of the passengers failed security clearance?" Bob replied, "Not only that but he is on the FBI's wanted list of suspected terrorists." The remaining passengers checked out okay, but we'll be delayed until the agents finish interviewing them to see if they know the guy. " Despite the heat, Kay shivered as she thought of the potential chain of events a terrorist onboard the aircraft might unleash.

Her fears graduated subscribed when Jeff reminded her that the VOICE RECOGNITION IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY (VRIT) unit in the FBO was flawless in the near six months of use. Over that time, twenty-six people with a criminal element were dropped, most of which had been charged previously with petty crimes [such as tax evasion] and were either on the run or would be in violation of their parole restrictions had they left the state. Today marked the first time that a suspected terrorist was caught and as the squad car sirens wailed, Kay knew that this day would be anything but normal.

The above account is fiction , but it pre-supposes a couple of things that could occur in the intervening years that would bring about similar results, ie, additional and more widespread terrorist attacks being a preliminary consideration. In addition, a change in the way we do business, ie, selling seats to individuals instead of selling the entire flight to a company or an individual would have to occur – no longer would you have a lead passenger who could identify all of the other passengers. VRIT is now within reach and will, more than likely, become the norm of the day. Essentially, it works this way: a person speaks into a device that immediately matches the voice pattern with one in the database. The database identifies the person and when a match is made, the person is clear [unless the database turns up a warrant for their arrest].

Naturally, in order to get onboard a flight we would require passengers to be part of that database. This could occur if VRIT becomes as mandatory as holding a social security number or a driver's license. Foreign nationalities would have to be keyed into the same system to make it work, so the potential for a worldwide Orwellian-type system would be great.

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Russ Cooper, a managing partner with COMPUTEK, a Wall Street company that has developed the latest generation of VRIT. He shared with me that both the FBI and CIA use an older generation of VRIT and his company is marketing the current one. Their customer base potential is impressive: government agencies, security firms, airports, airliners, automobile manufacturers, you name it. Wherever a positive id on a person is needed, their technology might be utilized.

According to Russ, the technology is fail-safe. When I mentioned that a voice impersonator like a Richard Little type could sneak by, he claimed that VRIT would still know who he was even with the "Richard Nixon" voice. Similarly, voice patterns are distinguishable even when disguised.

We did not discuss "price" as he was not marketing his product directly to me. I can only imagine that the costs involved would be significant, but then I began to think that they could possibly be offset by lower insurance premiums if insurance companies see the benefit of "guaranteeing" passenger security.

So what role could the flight attendant play in utilizing VRIT? Perhaps in lieu of a security agent [especially in an out of the way places like Bozeman, Montana], a VRIT unit would be assigned to your aircraft – much like a cardiac defibrillator monitor – and you would greet each passenger as they boarded the aircraft. Before the aircraft could be cleared for takeoff, the passengers would speak into the hand VRIT and be given a security clearance on the spot.

Let's return to our story and amend it with the security check being placed directly in the flight attendant's hands:

Kay walked down the GV's steps carrying her mobile VRIT device and waited as the passengers exited the FBO and made their way to the aircraft. She announced, "Welcome onboard Jet Aviation flight # 001 bound for Los Angeles. Please speak your name into the VRIT unit. if you need additional assistance, the captain will be glad to help you. "

One by one the passengers filed by, saying that their name and waiting for the green clearance light to flash. As they spoke, a signal was transferred to an orbiting satellite and then beamed to VRIT headquarters in Washington, DC. As the last of the passengers approached, Kay continued to greet each one and wait for clarification. Finally, when all passengers were cleared, she climbed the steps and had both pilots speak into the VRIT unit. At last, Kay laid the unit in the First Officer's hands in order to have him run clearance on her. Kay cleared her throat, spoke her name, but after an extended pause, the VRIT beeped loudly and signaled red. The color in Kay's face drained away and she turned to flee. Within moments several arms arrived forward to appreciate her as sirens wailed in the background.

All she could think about was running away …

Startled, Kay awoke from her dream as the snooze alarm blared away.

Medical Equipment – Development and History of Medical Equipment

At the doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic, patients rarely consider the medical equipment around them. Medical equipment is an integral part of diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy. Even the simplest physical exam can often require a variety of high-tech medical equipment.

In 15th century Europe, during and after the horrors of the bubonic plague, autopsies began to be performed at universities, and a primitive form of ‘scientific method’ began to take hold in the minds of the educated. Practical surgery and anatomy studies began. These curious medieval Europeans laid the foundation for modern science. They also laid the foundation for the well known process of identifying a problem, creating a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis by most importantly observing and experimenting; interpreting the data and drawing a conclusion.

Medical equipment prior to and even during the scientific revolution was based on classical Greek and Roman theories about science, which were not based on science at all, but on philosophy and superstition. Human health was viewed as a balance of 4 internal ‘humors’ in the body. The 4 humors– blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm, were analogous to the 4 elements of the universe to the classical thinker, fire, air, water, and earth. Ailments, both physical and mental, were caused by an imbalance of humors. The ideal mind and body balanced all 4 humors, gracefully. To heal, doctors prescribed foods or procedures which would balance the fluids in the body. Some of the prescriptions seem to make sense– fevers were treated with cold, dry temperature to combat the hot, wet over stimulation in the body. But when that failed, often the next step was blood letting. Unnecessary purging and enemas were also common cures, which might have helped some people, but also might have caused more problems than they solved. George Washington’s death has recently been attributed, not to the strep throat he probably had as he died, but to the bloodletting and mercury enema given to him to cure it.Not-quite-scientific medical cures are still available and used by many, even today.

Since the 15th century, Western science has focused on examining and observing the body, and has created tools to make this easier. X-ray imaging and today MRI devices are merely extensions of the first autopsies and anatomical studies, which strove to understand how the human body actually operates. Diagnostic instruments like ophthalmoscopes, blood pressure monitors, and stethoscopes are likewise extensions of the medieval examination. Exam tables, gloves, and other medical accessories are simply the newest versions of tools that have been used for centuries. Medical technology and medical knowledge feed off of each other. Take for instance hypertension. Although devices for measuring blood pressure have existed for over 100 years, only in the last 20 years have the connections of blood pressure to disease, genetics, and lifestyle been fully explored. As the importance of measuring blood pressure increased, new technologies were explored to keep accurate measurements and records. It wasn’t until the prevalence of automatic blood pressure monitors that a correlation could be made between readings taken by a human and readings taken in a controlled, isolated environment. The medical equipment and the medical knowledge then form a constantly twisting Gordian Knot, one side tightening, as the other loosens, back and forth.

What does the future hold for this push and pull of technology and scientific inquiry? Recent developments in nanotechnology and genetics, along with more and more powerful supercomputers might create a situation where what it means to be human actually changes, due to technology. For example, scientists have actually created simple life forms out of previously non-living DNA material. While it doesn’t seem that dramatic at first glance, it’s an important development. Medical equipment acts as an extension for investigation of the how’s and why’s of the human body, and as science catches up and surpasses the investigations, completely new kinds of medical diagnosis, monitoring and therapy may result. Imagine the ability to grow new organs inside the body. Limb re-growth is possible in other organisms, why not in humans? And if it is possible, would the developments be truly ‘human?’ The future is unknowable; the only aspect about it we can understand is that it will look nothing like we could have previously imagined. In retrospect, we’ll see the signs, like we always do, but this is hindsight, not foresight. Presently, technology marches forward and it continues, as a process, to change human life.

The Biggest Online Dating Mistakes Men Make

Dating has completely changed from your parent's era, or even your own if you are an older individual entering the scene after a long absence! Today, online dating is everywhere and if the television and online ads are to be believed people are falling in love all over the place! Unfortunately, this is not really an accurate depiction of the online dating world. Sorry, no magical instant connections in most cases. Do not be alarmed, however, there are some things you can do, or more accurately not do to create a more successful experience. Here are just a few of the biggest online dating mistakes men make.

Bedroom Focus

What type of dating site are you using? If it is one billed as a romantic gathering place where most clients are trying to find "the one", you are not going to get very far with a bedroom focused approach. Do not bombard the women with requests to "slip into something more comfortable" and take pictures or other such non-sense. There are places you can meet others with this same agenda, just be sure that is the type of site you are using if it is your goal! Otherwise you are going to wind up with a number of rejections and sometimes even a few women who will tell you where to go.

Read, Read and Read Again!

People are visual beings and it can be hard sometimes to realize you should read the profile, particularly if the woman depicted is as they say, smokin 'hot! Yet, you really should read her profile because somewhere along the way there are bound to be some deal breakers for her, for instance if you smoke or drink. Probably one of the biggest complaints women have about online dating is the fact that men do not go past their profile picture. Remember, you are here to meet women you are compatible with on many levels, not just physical.

Long Winded

When you have mastered the above issues, it is time to send out some emails. While you should read everything she posted on her profile you do not need to have hit every point in your return email. Sending her a War and Peace sized missive will likely get you relegated to the trash before the first paragraph is read. Keep it engaging, simple and short for the best results. Think about it, online dating clients are likely getting several emails per day!

Sites

Where are you spending your online dating budget? There are so many sites out there it is enough to make your head spin and you may be tempted to opt for the cheapest alternative. This could be a big mistake! You will be much better served to stick with the big names in the business, particularly if you are new to the process. These companies have a proved track record and a much larger clientele. More members means a better chance you will meet someone you are compatible with.

Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the biggest mistakes men make in online dating. Other things you will want to avoid are poor spelling, bad pictures, incomplete profiles (yours) and lying on your profile. What is the point of making yourself out to be someone you are not?