Monthly Archives: January 2011

VI Canis Majoris vs. our human quest for modern technology

An American friend of mine pointed out recently some fascinating material and facts about to date the largest star that has been discovered in our universe: VI Canis Majoris, a giant monster star gracing the sky of our universe. If planet earth were to be the size of a golf ball VI Canis Majoris would then be in comparison the size of Mount Everest pushing the limits of our physical sky to a mere six miles height!  We could cover then the whole state of Texas with twenty two inches of golf balls or fit the planet earth seven quadrillion times into VI Canis Majoris possessing a diameter of about 2.800.000.000 km! Numbers, which are for our limited human mind quite difficult if not impossible to grasp or even appreciate.  In our own and “earthy” communication ways limited physical human beings are forced to adjust and adapt to universe distances within light years! I do  struggle with quadrillion figures and to tell you the truth cannot even start to comprehend what it represents! As I checked “how long ago” quadrillion seconds is I discovered the following number: thirty one million seven hundred nine thousand seven hundred ninety two (31,709,792) years ago. That’s hard to grasp or comprehend and the latest double discovery stunned me even more as astronomers observe most distant galaxy cluster… and it’s at the earliest stage of development yet seen. The proto-cluster – Cosmos-Aztec3 – is roughly 12.6 billion light-years away from planet earth.

Twitter, PCs, Windows, Android, Facebook, Social media and the most modern technologies dwindle, disappear and vanish away in a stage of non existence compared to the majesty and awesomeness of our universe. Did you know that planet earth could be fitted one million time in our sun star? Did you know it takes around 8 minutes for the sun light to reach planet earth and cover the 93 million miles separating it from our earth?

And yes technology as we know it is quite awesome and bouncing billions of daily emails back and forth is impressive but how much more is there in store for us? How much more technology are we going to develop? Who could even live long enough to circle Canis Majores in an aircraft flying at 900 km/hour since it would take 1.100 years! The endlessness and awesomeness of our universe as well as the creative physical power we have been given fascinates me and I have only been living 50 years! I marvel in awe and wonder at what is ahead? One upcoming billion people on FB? Not much compared to billions of light years traveling through our universe before finally reaching planet earth! Life is just a vapor, insignificant and humility overwhelms me when I reflect on the vastness of the creation surrounding us! Who am I to counsel and advise? Who am I to demand and judge? Human arrogance vanishes away and respect of others should sink in after reading such statistics! Humans ought to realize that our little planet earth is only part of a much greater purpose in store for us spiritually, emotionally and physically!  May we learn and grow to appreciate not only technology but also the mind boggling state and purpose of our endless universe… Follow me on Twitter at


Social Media Integrity: Forging ourselves a good name

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A few days ago I was reading Joel Comm: Where is the integrity in Internet Marketing and could not avoid reflecting on how important it is for human beings to show character, integrity and treat others the same way they desire themselves to be treated and considered. In this busy digital world where everybody is “connected” one way or the other using for the most of us three to five main social media platforms, it has become even more important to forge ourselves a solid reputation and communicate content instead of rubbish! I really mean rubbish and do not think we should clutter our beloved twitter followers’ Ipads or Iphones mailboxes with non-sense unless we are Hollywood stars sipping on a hot drink at the next door coffee shop corner. Relevancy and respect within the message we pass on will remain and as the bible admonishes us in Pro 22:1, seek for yourself a good name: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold”. It becomes increasingly tedious in this digitally over-wired 21rst century information age to juggle around all the information we get and zero in on relevant content! Even Twits can be now automatically delivered to your Outlook mailbox by using Twinbox and there you have it: Countless daily twits roaring into your mailbox! Being selective becomes then mandatory; spammers, cheap marketers and internet fast lane fortune seekers will be avoided and revoked by intelligent and sensible people striving to bring contribution and content. I can only praise people like Jay Baer or Michael Stelzner, who bring input and show a deep and high degree of professionalism in what they take pride in doing. It is refreshing to know that some do care and want to serve and help their community before being concerned about making heaps of money. We all know bills have to be paid but greed and selfishness will not survive, short gain and fast acquired riches will not withstand the test of character and integrity. Social Media will sift them out. Patrons are not silly when the food they are served is not good enough they usually never return. Social Media savvy and adept digital-citizens prefer to be fed gourmet food with fine delicacy and tasty drinks. It has also to be affordable and bring results. Selecting whom to follow is important but pondering on who is following us is also a bit of a mirror showing us how we do come across in our ongoing “public media campaign”. The old proverb admonishes us that we do reap what we sow or scatter, some are spreading an awful lot of non-sense out there and yes I will join the ranks of leaders like Joel Comm, Jay Baer and Michael Stelzner in fostering quality and content because every single word we write remains and a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.