On a Carousel in a Kaleidoscope

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This perfectly illustrates my previous last week. Apologies for my absence last Sunday evening. For some reason carousels [in North America we call them merry-go-rounds] make me think of kaleidoscopes. Kaleidoscopes remind me of one of my aunt’s ex longterm relationships. This man had an entire wall in his living room of what seemed like floating, dark wood shelves. On them were a multitude of framed pictures (a talented photographer with a home-installed dark room), Galileo thermometers, and kaleidoscopes. These latter devices were as small as a hand to as long as the length of an arm. Their worth evidenced by their weight: plastic, brass, solid silver, or gold. Their weight an insight into their carriage. Each a contribution to … Read More

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Validation

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Some addenda to my previous Ode to Sleep post: Quartz Obsession on sleep deprivation. Coincidentally appropriate Nobel Prizes were allocated. Of course there are outliers. Elon Musk and Martha Stewart are known to sleep very few hours a night. Really though, all the Nobel Prize awarding this week has me reflecting on the worst of science and one bad habit in particular. I remember the myriad projects I turned in as far back as eight years old. And just as early, I recall questioning the word hypothesis. It seems to imply an anticipation, how things will turn out. A real experiment is considerably more random, thus static variables. We are fallible, the dynamic variable: experimenter; questioner; builder of the project; … Read More

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Two Questions III

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Yes I skipped last week. I was busy clarifying not asking. One thing I always often ponder when traveling: Why don’t people uproot and move their lives more often? The main reason we move is for a job or for a significant other’s job. The other reason is love. Maybe we love a city so much, we’d rather live there and figure some of the logistics later, e.g. American expats in Paris or Berlin, a southerner taking their liberal beating heart to Seattle or Portland, Oregon. Of course we can move for the love of another, but this is still predicated on who has the more locked down, financially lucrative job. For this flight of fancy, let’s assume money is … Read More

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Internet Nexus

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Wait a second while I close down a couple open tabs in my browser. I need a clean slate to begin… I’ve been noticing a discouraging trend. Let me set the stage: Currently, we are on in the throws of 1 billion more people coming online. (mainly by cell phones) We are also greatly advanced in artificial intelligence not yet in accordance with our lives. The ‘Internet of Things’ is still a colloquialism more than reality. Example: When my almond milk container is at its lightest 1/4 cup, my refrigerator does not yet automatically order it from Amazon Prime Grocery. I still must make this decision myself. But when I go to Amazon and search any item, all of the sudden ads … Read More

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A New Year Experiment

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I can give or take resolutions. People generally change when they need to, not when they necessarily just want to. The want and the need must be aligned. Frankly, we evolve into something else as time goes by. ‘When the timing is right’ is such a lovely cliché, because it is true. Without adding to your year-end listicles of ‘Best Of this’ or ‘Favorite Things that’, I thought I’d showcase many options to pick or experiment with. 21 Self-Improvement Experiments and Where They Are Today Don’t be deterred by the length -it reads fast and it’s cool; they are few sentences synopses. I’ve read David’s blog for a very long time, so Ive read him though most of these and … Read More

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