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You are here: > News > August 26, 2014

MARIANA LIGHTS: Doctoral dissertation launching regarding exotic free energy based urban lighting

A dialogue I had with Brazilian, Mariana *** about her proposed doctoral thesis topic on the impact that exotic free energy devices could have on city lighting, enabling the personality of the city to come through like art, much more so than what is presently available.

Shortcut url for this page: - For now, points to the present page, showing my belief that this concept is going to be huge, eventually.

Hong Kong night lights. Courtesy  Superimposed by Sterling with a photo of Mariana that she posted to Skype 8/22/2014 10:47:19 AM, per the dialogue below. This is to illustrate conceptually how the rollout of exotic free energy technologies could significantly broaden the scope and variety that urban scenography could deploy. Posting this, I think of an analogy that can be drawn. At first, when I was chatting with Mariana, she had a profile photo she had taken with the webcam, with her face half way out of field, and no smile, almost depressed looking. I encouraged her to update her photo, having remembered her as being so much more pretty. So also, might we say that the present face that most cities of the world convey today is not as beautiful as they could be or actually are in heart.
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For any newcomers to our site, what I mean by "free energy" is devices that harvest the wheelwork of nature. This includes conventional modalities like solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal, etc. By "exotic", we are referring to modalities that have not yet been acknowledged as legitimate by the mainstream, such as cold fusion, electromagnetic overunity, magnet motors, zero point energy, etc. There are at least 25 genres of each: conventional and exotic.

While the energy is free for the taking from nature, the devices that do the harvesting are not free; but for the most part, the exotics are poised to be much cheaper than even polluting sources, such as oil, gas, and coal.

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News        

On July 3, 2013, I had a short layover scheduled in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on my way to Porto Alegre to speak about exotic free energy technologies at the 13th International Conference on Free Software. The gate situation there was very odd. If I remember right, you had to do down an escalator to the ground floor, where there were like ten gates departing from three portals via busses. The waiting area had a few seats, but was mainly more like an open lobby. It was nothing like the usual gate where there is a dedicated number for the gate, with seats where you can site while waiting for the plane to board.

As I walked back and forth with a puzzled look on my face, wondering what the heck was going on, I went up to a friendly-looking lady and asked if she spoke English. She did; and she explained the best she could about how things worked there; and she assured me she would tell me when my plane would be leaving, as hers left after mine, which ended up being delayed. So we had a nice chat while waiting; and what had been a stressful situation was turned into a pleasant one.

I don't recall what we talked about, but apparently it had quite an impact on her, influencing the topic of her master's thesis, and defining the topic of the doctoral dissertation she is about to embark upon.

She has permitted me to post this edited version of our Skype dialogue. Times are Mountain [GMT-6]

[8/19/2014 5:55:42 PM] Mariana: Hello Sterling! Do you remember me? We met at the airport in Sao Paulo last year when you were waiting for a flight to Porto Alegre. 

How are you doing? We never got the opportunity to talk again! 

I told you back then that I was going to try to study in the US for my doctorate and you suggested me to work with the impact of breakthrough technologies when I told you I study public lighting. 

I would like to ask you if we could talk about it a little bit more, because I loved the idea, and I'm applying for the scholarship next week, and have to write about it. The area of study of the scholarship is Renewable energy, and I'm finishing my masters in urban lighting... 

Can I count on you for a little help? :) Thank you so much for your attention.

[8/19/2014 6:35:13 PM] Sterling: I'd be glad to. I'm presently using iPhone, for next hour or so, but it can take Skype calls

[8/19/2014 8:00:55 PM] Sterling: P.S. Yes, I definitely remember you. Very nice and intelligent [...], etc Not surprised that you have exciting ambitions.

[8/20/2014 11:52:58 AM] Sterling: WORDING IDEAS:

What if a distributed energy technology were developed that removed the need for fuel or wires, harnessing energy from the wheelwork of nature that is inexhaustible and ubiquitous. In actuality, such devices are in development, so the possibility that this could indeed materialize is not only high, but the time-frame could be fairly soon. The devices are not free, but the "fuel" is, since nature provides it for free. And many of the developing technologies look like they could not only be ecological but economical -- more affordable than present technologies.

The purpose of this dissertation is to discuss what urban lighting might look like in such a scenario. No wires. No batteries. Just install a permanent light where you want the light.

Another side issue is that many years ago, before the dawn of "planned obsolescence", permanent filaments were developed. If we reintroduced those, then these light fixtures could run for decades with no service other than cleaning. 

[8/20/2014 2:33:09 PM] Mariana: Hello Sterling! I'm really sorry for not answering you earlier. The computer was on, but I was not able to Skype. First of all, thank you very much for your time. I really appreciate the attention. Your ideas are GREAT and I'm very excited!

[8/20/2014 2:34:14 PM] Mariana: Sadly my English is not in very good shape, so I think I would have some trouble to hear you and talk to you.... I think that writing and reading will be more productive, and I won't waste your time... if that's ok to you.

[8/20/2014 2:36:08 PM] Sterling: If I remember right, your spoken English was actually pretty good -- understandable. We were able to communicate.

p.s. You might consider changing your Skype profile photo. I remember you being very pretty and lively, and in your present photo you look kind of depressed.

[8/20/2014 2:37:50 PM] Mariana: Oh! Thank you for your feedback! LOL I guess I just took a random picture when creating the account for Skype.

I'll change it later today :)

Let me see if I got it right -- your idea....

You think I could only research what urban lighting might look like in such a scenario... Not necessary for ME to CREATE something... like new technologies... 'cause that's has been already made. Right?

[8/20/2014 2:42:43 PM] Sterling: Your role would be to conceptualize what urban lighting would look like, how it would be deployed, what its costs might be, what its maintenance would entail, how it would be received by the population, how it would improve safety, how it could be motion-detector activated (the room I'm sleeping in presently has a motion detector dim light that turns on when there is motion in the room at night) in some situations. That would be part of the dissertation.

Another part would be to address a list of possible technologies that might materialize to fulfill this concept.

If you've got an inventor gene in you, then maybe you could come up with something.

You might also want to have a section exploring the parable significance of "ye are a light to the world", how providing light effects people on a spiritual level; how evil is equated with darkness, and goodness is equated with light.

[8/20/2014 2:47:39 PM] Mariana: Oh, that's nice! I'm actually talking about psychological effects of light in my masters dissertation.

[8/20/2014 2:48:27 PM] Sterling: What's the title of your dissertation?

[8/20/2014 2:49:17 PM] Mariana: I have it here in English already... let me copy for you.... with an abstract.

[8/20/2014 2:49:54 PM] Sterling: Great

Did you know I went to Sao Paulo / Porto Alegre again this year? same reason, same conference.

But I didn't spend time in Sao Paulo and Cambuquira this time.

[8/20/2014 2:51:32 PM] Mariana: Oh, nice! Did you like it?

[8/20/2014 2:51:45 PM] Sterling: Love traveling. Enjoy Brazil. Great people.

[8/20/2014 2:52:40 PM] Mariana: Oh good! let me know when [you] come again :) I can suggest places for you to visit! 

I'm not sure about the English (some words may be not so well translated) but that's the idea: The artificial lighting as a reading instrument of the contemporary urban landscape.

[Masters Thesis] Abstract 

This article presents the analysis of urban artificial lighting as a facilitator element in the reading and understanding of the construction and configuration process of cities. Through a multidisciplinary study on the cities, which has involved the construction of concepts such as Landscape, Perception, History, Communication, Lighting, Law and Urban Management, aims to recognize the artificial lighting as an aid in reading the nocturnal landscape of contemporary cities and provide subsidies for lighting design interventions that should be through Lighting Master Plans (LMPs), proposed as a management tool to assist in the process of structuring landscapes of contemporary cities, to improve urban places-man relationship. There are three main functions of urban lighting: functional, security, and from the 1980s, scenography. Thus, besides the already established functions performed by artificial lighting since the beginning of the Public Lighting (PL) in urban scale, the light is a revealing element of space, thanks to the scenic character who acquires from the final decades of the twentieth century. Currently, there are two most recurrent methodologies of urban lighting: the movement of French origin L'Urbanisme Lumiθre, broader and inclusive, and the already global City Beautification, which corresponds to more timely interventions and disconnected from other variables such as their environment, culture and history. The performance of artificial lighting in urban design allows us to offer a variety of readings as revelations of the age of the city, giving your landscape the desired intonations. It appears that the design of artificial lighting can create conditions of comfort and visual compositions, reveal some urban sectors, enhance the appearance of objects and create the appropriate information intended to highlight the atmosphere.

Keywords: Artificial Lighting. City. Urban Landscape. Lighting Master Plan.

The Unser bridge over I-40 in Albuquerque was inaugurated September 4, 2012. It features lighting that changes in color, intensity, fluctuating together, in rhythm. Here's a video about it's launch. Start at 1:33.
Driver Distraction

Yes, one issue that would need to be address with such amazing lighting would be the distraction it might be to the driver, taking their attention away from the road and the vehicles, pedestrians, animals, and obstacles around them. Drivers would have to be more disciplined than they are now.

This certainly makes a case for Google's driverless vehicles, which wouldn't be distracted by light art shows taking place, allowing the passengers to enjoy that, while it navigates the vehicle safely down the road.

[8/20/2014 2:56:29 PM] Sterling: Another Keyword: Art

When I traveled to Albuquerque last month, they had a bridge that was decorated in lights so beautifully that it was almost a dangerous distraction. Stunning to look at. The whole architecture of the bridge was lit up.

[8/20/2014 2:57:13 PM] Mariana: My master in is an Urban Planning, History and Architecture of Cities Program, so I have to direct the study more to a historical and psychological side...... but now, for doctorate, I believe the Technology and sustainability would be more important to evidence.

[8/20/2014 2:57:43 PM] Sterling: I think you may be onto something that you've not recognized. The artistic value of light in defining a city's personality.

[8/20/2014 2:58:17 PM] Mariana: Oh, I talk about it :) That's the City Beautification (its a not American line of study... which Brazil follows.... different from the European line of study)

[8/20/2014 2:58:35 PM] Sterling: Free energy will make artistic lighting all the more plausible and possible, opening up venues and possibilities previously not conceived.

[8/20/2014 2:59:18 PM] Mariana: Yes, great thought! To evidence that the free energy make artistic light more plausible and sustainable

[8/20/2014 2:59:31 PM] Sterling: When you don't have to worry about where to plug things in, there is almost no limit. Also, consider the possibility of 3-D art with drones that can stay afloat indefinitely.

Moving art, computer synchronized. Like Disney's water art, but with synchronized drones. You could have a moving masterpiece in 3-D. What a welcome to a city!

[8/20/2014 3:00:38 PM] Mariana: Oh wow!

[8/20/2014 3:00:39 PM] Sterling: Drones with GPS to position them properly.

[8/20/2014 3:00:48 PM] Mariana: That's great!

Because I talk about lighting as a kind of urban piece of art.

[8/20/2014 3:01:23 PM] Sterling: Heaven on Earth becomes that much closer

When people think of that kind of thing, they usually think of the gawdy Vegas and other casino cities. But light could/should be used for inspiration as well, not just lust-enticement.

[8/20/2014 3:03:02 PM] Mariana: Yes, definitely!

Do you have a source where I could find the new techs to list? just to exemplify in the project I have to send next week for the evaluation

Can you explain to me better the part you said about "planned obsolescence"?

[8/20/2014 3:05:14 PM] Sterling: I keep the best ones at 
Also you'll want to check  and 
That last link is an important point for you to make -- how many burgeoning technology genres there are -- surely at least one of these will emerge, and eventually maybe all of them.

And there are many players/teams/inventors in each genre.

Feel free to draw from my PowerPoint slides at 

"Planned Obsolescence" is when engineers purposely make products sub-standard so they break after x years so customers have to buy more. [4-6] decades ago, things were built to last. No more. Planned obsolescence is one of modern society's ills that needs to be remedied.

[8/20/2014 3:09:28 PM] Mariana: Ah, I see... and agree!

[8/20/2014 3:11:40 PM] Sterling: Let me suggest a thought form for you to plant in your soul. Most doctorates are written and forgotten, tucked away somewhere collecting dust. Not my Dad's master's thesis -- the Allan Variance. It has become the basis of international time keeping and telecommunications.

I think your doctorate could have that kind of far-reaching, global impact. You should aim for that. It should become a meme. Every city should pride itself in its light art. It should be something people look for as they enter a city.

[8/20/2014 3:13:04 PM] Mariana: Another topic I talk about in the masters dissert. is "light pollution" that is generated by the public light that is miscalculated (excess of light) or misplaced, when they illuminate not only the street, but also the interior of the building (through the windows) and also the sky (making the stars not visible anymore). Do you think something about it?

Yes, that's my goal. To make something relevant to society... some guideline for government, to illuminate the cities, but in a right way!

Have you heard about this kind of pollution? [It] is something that is already studied... I only present [it] as one more variable that's being done wrong.

[8/20/2014 3:16:24 PM] Sterling: Hmm. On one hand, I think of heaven on earth as being full of light. You've heard the phrase "cities of light", which refer to refuges in the end times that will be protected from the corruption elsewhere on the planet. So in that context, "light pollution" is a misnomer, like saying "she is too happy." There is no such thing. Happy is good.

On the other hand, I can relate to the thrill of going to remote areas without light pollution, where you can see all the stars.

But on that latter point, when these FE technologies finally arrive, so also will space flight capabilities. We'll be able to go off planet and get our star shows up there.

[8/20/2014 3:20:05 PM] Mariana: That's an interesting point of view :) I like the part when I said that "is a misnomer, like saying "she is too happy." Cause things have consequence, so we can see this way.... a consequence... the real problem of the light pollution is that and you illuminate for than you need, it means with spend more energy than necessary.... (more energy, more money, more nature explored to generate electric energy).

[8/20/2014 3:20:33 PM] Mariana: But if we are talking about breaking technologies, that wouldn't be a concern, right? Because we are talking about free or cheaper techs, without nature damage.

[8/20/2014 3:21:35 PM] Sterling: Energy is going to be so cheap that cost will no longer be a consideration, only responsibility about how it is used -- to be wise stewards of the Earth.

We will be able to live anywhere -- on mountains, under the ocean, in the desert (which we will transform to lush gardens). You could live in the air if you wanted to, with perpetual propellers keeping your house aloft. Use your jetpack to fly to/from work. no more gridlock (but that is a topic outside of lighting).

Most will work from home, so flying will be for other transpiration needs, including recreation. Imaging visiting the grand canyon in a jetpack, or flying through the arches in Moab, Utah.

We could have cities floating on the ocean.

[8/20/2014 3:26:40 PM] Mariana: Yes, we have to think for this reality.

I will have to leave now, because I'm teaching classes tonight.

[8/20/2014 3:32:13 PM] Sterling: What are the classes?

[8/20/2014 3:32:20 PM] Mariana: But I cannot express how thankful I am for you attention. Thank you for your time and ideas..... I'll read everything again, think about it and put something in the paper... so we can talk more about it.

[8/20/2014 3:33:58 PM] Sterling: Catch you later; good luck in your classes.

[8/20/2014 3:34:00 PM] Mariana: I teach interior design and lighting design for architecture students in college.

I'll try put all these ideas in the paper so we can discuss it.... :)

Thank you and have a great night!

[8/20/2014 3:35:12 PM] Sterling: You writing [the] article in English, though you're in Brazil? or just translating it as well?

[8/20/2014 3:36:07 PM] Mariana: I write in Portuguese but some magazines that publishes the articles ask us to translate at least the abstract. for big publishers.... But I will have to write this doctorate project/proposal in English to send for evaluation next week. so I can already sketch my thoughts in English for us to discuss :)

Later (y)

[8/20/2014 9:13:46 PM] Sterling: Don't forget to update your photo. Looking forward to seeing your SMILING face! :D

[8/21/2014 7:02:17 AM] Sterling: Mornin. (highfive)

From our Top 5, here are ones I'd recommend as being most likely for individual light fixture applications: - this is one you definitely should mention in your report as a likely candidate for distributed, isolated power generation for lighting.,_Inc. - for bigger power needs such as cell towers, freeway lighting - after they get to market with their heater (under way), their next target will be to power portable devices. - solid state, high power capability - for jetpacks. I talked to him again yesterday.

[8/21/2014 10:24:13 AM] Sterling: Here's one we've not been able to report on yet (we're first in line to announce when they're ready). Harvests environmental vibrations across a wide range of frequencies, simultaneously, in the most efficient manner available. Inventor is a PhD from MIT, now doing grad work at Cambridge. 
here's their website: ***

I also have an audio recording I did with the CEO, but then they asked to not publish it and to wait a few months until he is more up to speed on how to talk about the technology. The file I'm sending you contains my notes from that interview.

Imagine these devices powering light fixtures, increasing and decreasing in intensity as noise and other vibrations increase/decrease. So they would naturally dim as the city goes to sleep, then brighten as it comes awake.

Every city light array should (not by law, but by recommendation) include a portion that shows the noise level through the light intensity.

[8/21/2014 11:45:20 PM] Sterling: Question: would you mind if I published an edited down version of our dialogue above? I'd pass it by you first. I think you'd benefit from the feedback that might come in that way. And, who knows, we might even get an inventor to poke his head up who has hitherto been silent.

[8/22/2014 10:33:35 AM] Mariana: Hello! :) How are you today. Yesterday I had classes all day long, so I couldn't get online. But now I'm catching up with our conversation. Thank you for the links and files you sent! I'll look carefully all of them. I really appreciate! About you publishing a version of our dialogue, I'm ok with that :) no problem at all. You are right, we could get feedback from it.

And let me change my profile picture now before I forget.

[8/22/2014 10:44:30 AM] Sterling: I was telling my dad about your dissertation topic..., and he said that Vancouver, BC, Canada has one of the most stunning city light displays that he has seen (he's also a world traveler for his work).


The name "Mariana Lights" is a name I proposed for this approach of using lighting to artistically define the personality of a city.

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