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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
10th November 1903
The Windscreen Wiper is patented
On this day, the patent office awarded U.S. Patent No. 743,801 to a Birmingham, Alabama woman named Mary Anderson for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice or sleet from the window.” When she received her patent, Anderson tried to sell it to a Canadian manufacturing firm, but the company refused: The device had no practical value, it said, and so was not worth any money. Though mechanical windshield wipers were standard equipment in passenger cars by around 1913, Anderson never profited from the invention.
People scoffed at Anderson’s invention, saying that the wipers’ movement would distract the driver and cause accidents. Her patent expired before she could entice anyone to use her idea.
In 1917, a woman named Charlotte Bridgewood patented the “Electric Storm Windshield Cleaner,” an automatic wiper system that used rollers instead of blades. (Bridgewood’s daughter, the actress Florence Lawrence, had invented the turn signal.) Like Anderson, Bridgewood never made any money from her invention.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Online promotional work
Twitter Followers = 2,036 (no change)
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Unfollowers eliminated = 1
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Considering I had not a lot essential to do on Monday, the day flew by with alarming speed, but then, most days do, even on the Weekend Job. I do accept it but find it fascinating how the perception of time changes with age. I now watch the seasons cycle with astonishing rapidity from my Consulting Room window.
In the absence of pressing appointments or clients, I'm finding my circadian rhythm is to wake early then to need a nap or meditation between 12 and 2 for 1-2 hours then I'm good until bedtime. When I'm sleepy I can physically feel the sleep hormones in my blood - it's most fascinating. This is what Enlightenment does - you are filled with awe, wonder and fascination.
Perhaps the most interesting consequence of Awakening is the elevation of your consciousness above your character, which you can see for what it is - basically a particular eddy in the energy flow of the universe, and a lens through which Consciousness is focused. The character, with all its quirks, carries on as normal while you sit above it like watching the protagonist of a movie where the script writes itself.
Of course this viewpoint is only sustained in the calm - the unexpected can instantly cause Consciousness to dissolve back into the character again. My aim is to use the calm to raise Consciousness so far above the character that when adversity, trauma or unwanted distraction strikes, Consciousness stays where it is and doesn't have to clamber back out of the character after every incident.
I'm not entirely sure this is even possible, but giving it a go is in itself a fascinating experience. Being intuitively and subconsciously driven is certainly much more comfortable than all those conflicting, confusing and upsetting thoughts, so I tend to believe that my spiritual development is moving in the right direction.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
In what ways do you intend to develop and improve yourself?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Mainly dry but heavily overcast with a strong unseasonably mild south-westerly wind
Temp = 14 degC throughout
Sunrise at 07:24
Sunset at 16:17
Weathertrack: Britain is in a strong flow of south-westerly air along which weather fronts will cross the country
Air Pressure: 1014 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
When reaching for the stars, please use a good deodorant :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Bill Burr on Ebola & The Problem With First Ladies
Experts estimate that in a lifetime, a human brain may retain one quadrillion separate bits of information.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The secret to happiness lies in building a strong inner self, a self that no trial or hardship can diminish.