Hermes Trismegistus: Christianity & Divine

Hermes Trismegistus (Ancient Greek: Ἑρμῆς ὁ Τρισμέγιστος, "thrice-greatest Hermes"; Latin: Mercurius ter Maximus) is the purported author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism.

Many Christian writers, including Lactantius, Augustine, Marsilio Ficino, Campanella, and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, as well as Giordano Bruno, considered Hermes Trismegistus to be a wise pagan prophet who foresaw the coming of Christianity.

They believed in the existence of a prisca theologia, a single, true theology that threads through all religions. It was given by God to man in antiquity and passed through a series of prophets, which included Zoroaster and Plato.

In order to demonstrate the verity of the prisca theologia, Christians appropriated the Hermetic teachings for their own purposes.

By this account, Hermes Trismegistus was either a contemporary of Moses, or the third in a line of men named Hermes, i.e. Enoch, Noah, and the Egyptian priest king who is known to us as Hermes Trismegistus on account of being the greatest priest, philosopher, and king.

This last account of how Hermes Trismegistus received that epithet is derived from statements in the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, that he knows the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe.

Another explanation, in the Suda (10th century), is that "He was called Trismegistus on account of his praise of the trinity, saying there is one divine nature in the trinity."

Hermes Trismegistus may be associated with the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. Greeks in the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt recognized the equivalence of Hermes and Thoth through the interpretatio graeca.

Consequently, the two gods were worshiped as one, in what had been the Temple of Thoth in Khemenu, which was known in the Hellenistic period as Hermopolis. Hermes, the Greek god of interpretive communication, was combined with Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom.

The Egyptian priest and polymath Imhotep had been deified long after his death and therefore assimilated to Thoth in the classical and Hellenistic periods. The renowned scribe Amenhotep and a wise man named Teôs were coequal deities of wisdom, science, and medicine; and, thus, they were placed alongside Imhotep in shrines dedicated to Thoth–Hermes during the Ptolemaic Kingdom.

A Mycenaean Greek reference to a deity or semi-deity called ti-ri-se-ro-e (Linear B: 𐀴𐀪𐀮𐀫𐀁; Tris Hḗrōs, "thrice or triple hero") was found on two Linear B clay tablets at Pylos and could be connected to the later epithet "thrice great", Trismegistos, applied to Hermes/Thoth.

On the aforementioned PY Tn 316 tablet—as well as other Linear B tablets found in Pylos, Knossos, and Thebes—there appears the name of the deity "Hermes" as e-ma-ha (Linear B: 𐀁𐀔𐁀), but not in any apparent connection with the "Trisheros". This interpretation of poorly understood Mycenaean material is disputed, since Hermes Trismegistus is not referenced in any of the copious sources before he emerges in Hellenistic Egypt.

Cicero enumerates several deities referred to as "Hermes": a "fourth Mercury (Hermes) was the son of the Nile, whose name may not be spoken by the Egyptians"; and "the fifth, who is worshiped by the people of Pheneus [in Arcadia], is said to have killed Argus Panoptes, and for this reason to have fled to Egypt, and to have given the Egyptians their laws and alphabet: he it is whom the Egyptians call Theyt".

The most likely interpretation of this passage is as two variants on the same syncretism of Greek Hermes and Egyptian Thoth (or sometimes other gods): the fourth (where Hermes turns out "actually" to have been a "son of the Nile," i.e. a native god) being viewed from the Egyptian perspective, the fifth (who went from Greece to Egypt) being viewed from the Greek-Arcadian perspective.

Both of these early references in Cicero (most ancient Trismegistus material is from the early centuries AD) corroborate the view that Thrice-Great Hermes originated in Hellenistic Egypt through syncretism between Greek and Egyptian gods (the Hermetica refer most often to Thoth and Amun).

Commercial Architecture: Sustainable Built Environmental Design


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USWest (Century Link)

Microsoft Headquarters: Building 8, 9, 10

Bon Marche (Macy's), Washington

Westport Shipyards, Washington

Symbols Yachts, Taiwan, ROC

Simpson Marines, United Kingdom

Fairwinds Senior Residence, California

Plaza at Waikiki, Hawaii

Village Manor Bowling Green, Kentucky

Hennessy Plaza, Hong Kong SAR

Pullman Pakunegara/Hyatt Regency Masterplan 

Asia Africa Tower, Indonesia

Bandung Husein International Airport, Indonesia

Bandung Alternate CBD Master Plan Research, Indonesia

Beijing Daxing International Airport, China

Shanghai World Financial Center, China

Solstice Tokyo Quarters, Japan

Bellevue 600, Washington

NHL Northgate Ice Arena & USWSC Center

Fairfield Marriott Alps Resorts & Spas (2021)

Hyatt Place Niseko Resorts & Spas and Residence, Japan (2023)

Kertajati International Airport

Ritz Carlton at Seattle Tower (2025)

Ritz Côte d’Azur Resorts & Les Thermes, France & Monaco (TBD)

COMPASS BDS Navigation Satellite System Command Center


COMPASS BDS Navigation Satellite System Command Center

China launched the latest generation BeiDou system (BeiDou-3) for global coverage. The first BDS-3 satellite was launched on 30 March 2015.

On 27 December 2018, BeiDou Navigation Satellite System started providing global services.

The 35th and the final satellite of BDS-3 was launched into orbit on 23 June 2020.

When fully completed, BeiDou will provide an alternative global navigation satellite system to the United States-owned Global Positioning System (GPS), the Russian GLONASS, or European Galileo systems. It was claimed in 2016 that BeiDou-3 will reach millimeter-level accuracy (with post-processing).

Decacorn, Hectocorn and Popcorn Companies


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by Henry Maynard

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After unicorn, the term coined after a mythical figure, is this decacorn, hectocorn, popcorn really necessary? The classification has been refrained, deemed ridiculous by most VC & business community, only to be adopted by ego-hungry, fame-seeking entrepreneurs and industry professionals which crossed the line, putting the integrity of these entire companies at stake, on the verge of mockery.

Remember. This is quasi, nominal valuation of mostly unprofitable, money-losing companies which does not reflect instrinsic value of the sustainable means of production.

There is only one term "unicorn" coined in 2013 by Aileen Lee, a venture capitalist. Lee coined the often-used Silicon Valley term unicorn in a TechCrunch article "Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning from Billion-Dollar Startups" as profiled in The New York Times.

A unicorn is generally defined by her and VC industry as a privately held startup that has a $1 billion valuation or more – something rare (like a unicorn). We could say 10 billion unicorn, 100 billion unicorn. Unicorn is a term and has a meaning in context, while decacorn, hectocorn does not, and corn is not a measurement unit.

Popcorn company is the satirical term invented in 2018 by Ivan Taslimson, a veteran entrepreneur, after learning the "unicorn" term for the first time in 2017! Despite his former company in December 2005 reaching over a billion dollar valuation pre-IPO (prior to planned 2010 listing on NASDAQ, to be submitted to Securities Exchange Commission). Therefore, technically was a unicorn company.

Later many tech professionals found fabricated words, such as decacorn, hectocorn, etc. which were supposedly a casual designation for 10 billion & 100 billion unicorn respectively.

That prompted uproars from several experts and analysts questioning the credibility and integrity of such outlandish designation or classification. And whether the main objective or motive of founding a company, creating innovative products is truly to be on the something-corn cheesy race? That's when the term Pop-corn company was born, addressing the underlining issue. Since then the term has been highly cited by several online & print news outlets.

"Remember.This is quasi, nominal valuation of mostly unprofitable, money-losing companies which does not reflect instrinsic value of the sustainable means of production."  Ivan Taslimson

Aileen Lee has been assessing tech companies for more than 15 years, says when the desire to become an entrepreneur precedes the specific idea for a business (let alone to become unicorn), this is the wrong way to go about it.

As the founder and partner of Cowboy Ventures, Lee has set about understanding what makes US-based software companies valued at $1 billion or more so successful.

Based on her extensive experience, Lee tells The New York Time's Adam Bryant that she doesn't think starting a company should be the goal.

"It really has to come from a place of having an insight about a problem that you personally have a connection to, or a problem that you see customers are having where you feel like you've got a mousetrap that's much better — not marginally better — than what's out there already," Lee says.

"Starting a company and being a founder is really hard, and most companies fail," she explains. "You really have to have a deep commitment and belief in it and be willing to see it through many ups and downs."

In addition, as the co-founder of Solstice Ventures, Taslimson has been concerned and assertive, on so many instances, when in certain countries, the startup ventures becomes billions, but only the powerful investors & funds get obnoxiously rich, over the top valuation somewhere out there, while the entrepreneurs were put under extreme pressure, scrutiny, all eyes on them, sacrificing plenty of things, drenched to the last drop.

Let alone, with unclear future, because the board can technically oust the founder(s), or something else, anytime when things go wrong, in many cases beyond the founder's control, mistake or force majeure.

As a resilient founder of ventures himself, surviving so many crisis, watching countless mega-ventures went bust since the dotcom bubble burst, he added:

"I developed complete empathy on challenges & hardships faced already in place, to be a successful founder, creating innovative products for the market & value for the investors. Eyes have been distorted, creating vicious chains of reaction. And there are definitely ways to fix the flaws, as I'm eager to improving the whole industry."

"Starting a company and being a founder is really hard, and most companies fail," she explains. "You really have to have a deep commitment and belief in it and be willing to see it through many ups and downs."  Aileen Lee

Sources: Business Insider, Asia First Media. Credits: Rachel Gillett, Patrick Choi
Tg: KPCB, Kleiner Perkins, incubator, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Google, SpaceX, Tesla, Cowboy, Solstice, Hyperloop, Genesis

Aquatecture: A New Architecture Theory

Aquatecture was first coined by American-trained architect Ivan A. Taslimson. The first design manifestation was introduced on a vertical habitation compound at the proposed Asia Africa Tower in 2007, although his theory was formulated much earlier, where dwellings and cities are designed to maintain harmony with water entity.

Aquatecture was first conveyed in 2010 in Barcelona, Spain deriving from his "L'organicisme arquitectònic" insights and permaculture design. His water-inspired design project based in Badung, Bali was the first of its kind in the world.

Robert Barker & Richard Coutts based in London, UK and Rijswijk, Netherlands, developed aquatecture further by publishing Aquatecture, a book published by RIBA publishing in 2016. Water plays a vital role in shaping our built environment, as it has done for centuries. We depend on it, we use it, we live with it and we must respect it.

Aquatecture is the first book to outline new ways of ‘designing for water,’ using examples from around the world to illustrate methods of utilizing water innovatively, efficiently and safely.

The first part of the book explores the historical relationship between water and architecture, examining how cities and civilisations have been drawn to water and have attempted to control it.

The chapters go on to assess how this relationship has changed over time, and introduce readers to a range of brand new techniques that will revolutionise the way we think about water, design and urban planning.

Solutions such as amphibious housing, wet-proof buildings, zero carbon development, rain gardens, flood storage and new methods of waterfront design are discussed and their effectiveness assessed.

Full colour illustrations and international case studies are used throughout the book to bring these new theories to life; practical, technical advice sits alongside truly ground-breaking and ambitious ideas for the future.

This book is an ideal reference tool for all architects, urban designers, planners and sustainability experts who have an interest in creating a beautiful, sustainable, intelligent and pleasurable built environment on land, in water and with water.

From these aspects of design, the resulting architecture works in tandem with the environment, drawing inspiration from the ecosystems around the structure to produce a sustainable and adapted building.

These spaces have spoken of the design exuding "freedom and energy," and ultimately encouraging creativity.

Nature is an incomparable educator. If we take care to look and listen, we will find great answers. The aesthetic visual enjoyment of nature is not enough.

We must look further and deeper into a world of mystery, extraordinary beauty and perfect intelligence.                                   — Evolutionary Architecture


Bibliography: Publications by Wattenbarger, NBBJ, Waterstudio, AISA