The Roman Number for Zero?

863-NB-Number-0.jpgThe romans themselves didn’t have a number Zero , what they did have was a blank space, They got that from the Babylonians. The actual concept of zero as a numeric symbol comes out of India

The concept of zero arrived centuries later when the Arabic the concept of Zero did not come about until the 14th Century. It radically changed mathematics..The word nulla (the Latin word meaning “none”) was used by medieval computists in lieu of 0. Dionysius Exiguus was known to use nulla alongside Roman numerals in 525. About 725, Bede or one of his colleagues used the letter N, the initial of nulla, in a table of epacts, all written in Roman numerals.


What is existential nihilism?

Nihilism is the bare bones purely logical truth of life.

The only real way to avoid the truth of Nihilism is to be either deluded or ignorant, ignorant such as in believing in god or simply never questioning the reality of existence. And delusion as in by making a statement such as “life has no meaning, therefore I can create my own” or saying “Life is about living your dreams”

Life is about fundamentally nothing, therefore your dreams and meaning are not “validated” because of this, it’s just that all dreams and thoughts are equally unimportant therefore no belief has any positive value over the other.

I don’t tend to view Nihilism as an ” I am or I’m not” question, think Nihilism is more like a spectrum/scale, and everyone is Nihilistic to a certain extent however small, but few people are true Nihilists.

Nietzsche discusses Christianity, one of the major topics in his work, at length in the context of the problem of nihilism in his notebooks, in a chapter entitled “European Nihilism”. Here he states that the Christian moral doctrine provides people with intrinsic value, belief in God (which justifies the evil in the world) and a basis for objective knowledge. In this sense, in constructing a world where objective knowledge is possible, Christianity is an antidote against a primal form of nihilism, against the despair of meaninglessness.

Related: “Nihilism,” by Eugene Rose. Gives a perspective on the causes of nihilism since ~1700, in ~100 pages; “The Answer You’re Looking for Is inside You,” and “Light Is a Living Spirit.”


Is life an illusion?

Those who avidly pursue riches usually ‘stab themselves all over with many pains.’—1 Tim. 6:9, 10.

We see life as we are. We are manipulated by the media, the government, and our acquaintances. We have been misinformed by the schools, our friends, the clergy, and by our parents and siblings. Our eyes don’t report what we are really seeing, they collaborate with our brain and it filters what we think we see.

Don’t be a victim of the Grand Illusion. No one has it any easier than anyone else, everyone has their challenges. We are all making mistakes. Life is about perception and focus. If we are not able to see and enjoy the good in our lives, all the fame and money in the world could not make us happy for long. We won’t be able to medicate ourselves enough to slay our internal demons (many of us try to do so for many years before we realize that it is futile). The problem is in our head and attitude.

What we are all looking for is peace of mind. Peace of mind is simply the absence of mental stress or anxiety. Worrying about what others have or do is silly. Be the creator of your own illusion. See the good in everything you purvey. Learn from the mistakes you make and move on, without fear.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that we can alter our life simply by altering our attitude of mind. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. We cannot save the entire world in a day. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. We must BE the change we want to see. We can DO what we wish everyone would do. This is the place to start, and this will help us manage life’s constant barrage of changes.

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.

Our attitudes control our emotions. Our emotions control our lives. We control our attitudes.

Get your THINK on and check your attitude. I know you can figure it all out.

Good luck, love, and peace to you, forever.

Learning to say YES

I’ve recently read the stunning book called “Year of Yes“, it is like listening to your long-distance BFF tackle all the bad vibes in her life — insecurity, self-doubt and less-than great relationships — and ultimately come out the other side stronger and even funnier, all while wielding a celebratory bottle of red wine.yearofy

Though it might seem like Shonda has her life together, she’s painfully honest about both her personal shortcomings and early financial struggles. Our fave memory has to be when she’s broke and deciding on her grocery essentials: “Sometimes the toilet paper does not win. Sometimes a broke woman needs the red wine more.”


She focuses on her strengths and forgave her weaknesses. In an interview with Robin Roberts, Shonda revealed her original career goal was to become a literary author. One disastrous novel draft later, she realized, “I am not Toni Morrison,” and that was okay, because she had other talents. Instead of aspiring to be someone else, Shonda dedicated herself to her strengths — television writing — which ultimately led to her success.

“Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer.” In 2014, Shonda revisited her alma mater to deliver a commencement speech. While the entire speech is worth a listen, one of her best pieces of advice is her approach to dreams. She urges Dartmouth graduates to focus on concrete actions, rather than lofty dreams, so that their goals actually stand a chance at coming true.

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She owns her work. Once she found success with her shows, Shonda stopped taking network notes — she had a vision and she was prepared to execute it. In an interview with The New York Times, she told them, “What was great for me about Scandal was I had earned a lot of political capital with the network… I had done Grey’s, I had done Private Practice. What were they going to do, fire me? I wasn’t worried about what anybody else thought. This one was for me.” While accepting criticism can be helpful, it’s important to know when to draw the line, so that it doesn’t derail your creativity.


The greatest lesson from Year of Yes is that saying “Yes!” to new experiences, the goals that you’ve been too scared to pursue and honesty in your relationships will be life changing. Instead, she said “NO” to her fears of speaking up and “YES” to championing herself. She writes that before the year of yes, she was afraid to be herself in interviews, until the challenge made her realize, “If I say nothing of substance, tell them nothing, share nothing, give them nothing… why? Why am I even there? What am I afraid they will see if I am really myself?”Shonda’s biggest “Aha” moments didn’t come from saying yes to crazy activities like bungee jumping off a cliff or sky diving.


Add pizazz to your living space

I like to use Photoshop or the free version called GIMP first to size up my photos to the final printed size to make the image as clear as I can (use the best resolution and largest size photo (3-4 MB is good enough) you can for best results).

To get the best quality engineer print, open the picture in Photoshop and go to “Image” and then “Image Size”. Your photo will probably be at 72 dpi, but we are going to slowly increase the resolution to 300 dpi so you’ll get a clearer print when you print it much bigger. Change your image resolution by slow increments of 10% at a time.

So if you start at 72 dpi, you’ll want to change it to 79, click “OK,” then change to 87, click “OK,” then 95, click “OK,” then 104, etc., until you reach 300 dpi. Once you have the correct photo resolution, you can resize the dimensions of the photo to its final size (most blueprints will print up to 36″ wide, so that’s what I sized mine to) in 10% increments as needed. Save the photo on a flash drive and take it to Staples to have it printed.

If you don’t have a photo editing program like Photoshop where you can resize the photo, you can still have it printed at whatever size you want at the store, it just may be a little more pixelated than if you resize it first.

Save the file onto a usb disk in using a pdf creator or jpg . I use 2 different usb sticks in case they cannot open the file in the shop.

Then go to the shop and print the image off to your desired size

Stuck for ideas ? Click HERE to go gets some pretty print images at good prices 🙂


New York: Liz Christy Community Garden

The Liz Christy Garden is a community garden located at the intersection of the Bowery and Houston Street in Manhattanon New York City Parks Department land

this gorgeous garden – on the corner of two major streets in the city – was almost totally free of people. The city sounds around me were at a maximum, and somehow, inside that gate, I felt it was just me… just me and nature.

The Liz Christy Garden has a pond which is 2.5 feet deep. The fish and red-eared slider turtle communities live there year round. The garden also has a a wildflower habitat, beautiful wooden furniture, a grape arbor, a grove of weeping birch trees, fruit trees, a dawn redwood, vegetable gardens, berries, herbs and hundreds of varieties of flowering perennials. It is divided into individual areas, designed and tended by the garden members; general maintenance is shared. The beauties of this natural place can be enjoyed in every season, including winter during the weekly open hours. For additional information on the history of the garden or this website contact Donald Loggins. To volunteer at the garden contact one of the members in the garden during open hours


The way to become a member of LCBH is to Volunteer! Come to the garden during open hours and introduce yourself to the Gardener who is on duty. They will find you some work to do in the garden and enter your name and the number of hours you volunteered into a log book, kept in the shed. After you have spent 20 hours volunteering (and in the course of that time you will meet some of the other Gardeners), you will be eligible to receive a key to the garden. Afer 40 hours of volunteer work you will be considered a Gardener with voting rights ! One thing that really matters, is your desire to garden, and LCBH is a delightful place to learn and to develop your skills and love of gardening !