Musing Bytes 5 – Laniakea, Kokaku Kidotai, and PayPal

Musing Bytes 5 – Laniakea, Kokaku Kidotai, and PayPal
30 September 2014

“Deep in the fundamental heart of mind and Universe there is a reason.”
Life, the Universe and Everything, 1982, Douglas Adams

Elizabeth Gibney’s article “Earth’s new address: ‘Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea'” started small.

The supercluster of galaxies that includes the Milky Way is 100 times bigger in volume and mass than previously thought, a team of astronomers says. They have mapped the enormous region and given it the name Laniakea — Hawaiian for ‘immeasurable heaven’.

Based on “Tully, R. B., Courtois, H., Hoffman, Y & Pomarède, D. Nature 513, 71–73 (2014).

The topic added dimensions to the question, ‘Is it bigger than a breadbox?’.  Yes, very much bigger.

The super-cluster spans some 520 million light-years in diameter.

Laniakea Photo from
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However The Universe is, Large.  Depending on your concept of “observable universe“, The Universe is approximately “92 billion light-years” in diameter, but Earth based observations have only viewed up to 13.8 billion light-years “in every direction”.

Still Laniakea is big.  Bigger than anything a human would encounter in the day to day world.  There are no hardware stores stocking 500 million to 1 billion light-year tape measures.

And yet Laniakea looks familiar.


“Well, it’s just that the way the Major’s been looking at us lately is kinda scary.”
Tachikoma, Ghost in the Shell

Motoko KusanagiGhost in the Shell, Masamune Shirow
(c) Production I.G., Bandai Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, Manga entertainment

The conceptual view of Laniakea is reminiscent of Major Motoko Kusanagi’s face, during one of her classic falling scenes.

Motoko GITS Ghost in the Shell, Masamune Shirow
(c) Production I.G., Bandai Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, Manga entertainment

Ghost in the Shell, or Kokaku Kidotai, was first written and illustrated in May 1989 by Masamune Shirow.  Making 2014 it’s 25th Anniversary year.

Getting back to to the topic of known space.  The Universe is expanding, not contracting.  An appropriate time sequence would be the Major rising, not falling.  The galaxies have the flow and appearance of water on a woman’s head, as she breaks the surface of a pool of water.

Taking all this to a philosophical conclusion.  Suppose the Laniakea formation was our three dimensional view of “Laniakea”, a mathematically higher dimensional being, entering our Universe and peeking.

The Goddess could use a hair cut.  Guess where?


“We and our board believe the best way to drive long-term shareholder value is to keep eBay and PayPal together, to capitalize on the opportunities”
John Donaohe, eBay INC CEO, January 2014

The news of eBay INC separating into two entities, PayPal and eBay, circulated quickly today.

EBay Inc. (EBAY) is spinning off its PayPal division, throwing the business into direct competition with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. as consumers step up the use of smartphones and computers to pay for goods and services.

Activist shareholder Carl Icahn had pushed for a split earlier this year

eBay and PayPal are going their separate ways. Today eBay announced that its fast-growing PayPal division would be spun off as a new company in 2015.

While many had anticipated this for years, it took the actions of Carl Icahn to spark the separation.

John Donahoe, eBay INC CEO, will handle the separation, and then step down as CEO.

It is likely the announcement of the split was timed to give eBay INC a last minute boost, before the 3rd Quarter expired.

Our guess is John Donahoe and company are angling to sell the de-clawed and devalued version of eBay INC., soon after the separation.


“Donahoe was the wrong man for the job”
David Steiner, EcommerceBytes, 30 September 2014

In a rare show of public disdain, David Steiner of, started his article “How Will John Donahoe’s Tenure at eBay Be Remembered?” with:

In baseball, there’s a saying after a team has a bad season: You can’t fire the team, you fire the manager. 

John Donahoe’s team at eBay has had a bad season, with growth that didn’t keep pace with its competitors, a public confrontation with investor Carl Icahn, security breaches, site outages,.. you could say that eBay has had a very bad season.

And ended with:

The Donahoe Era was a disaster for small sellers.

Our take on John Donahoe stepping down as eBay INC CEO, and hiding in one or both of the new PayPal and eBay Boards?

There’s something wrong here, there can be no denying
One of us is changing, or maybe we’ve stopped trying

And it’s too late, baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died and I can’t hide

And I just can’t fake it
It’s Too Late, 1971, Carol King & Toni Stern

Grab your own business domain and setup shop online.

Before it is too late.


“The thing that’s always worried me about being one of the few is the way we keep on getting fewer.”
Flight Officer David Campbell (Sir Richard Burton), The Longest Day (1962)


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