Substance in our Life

“What once motivated me seems to have fallen away.”

The substance of our life that gives it meaning is false. The imperatives that drive you forward are imposed from your environment — in one way or another.  This provides a false substance. “I’m driven therefor I am.”

There are occasions when this false substance may fall away. This can be as a result of accident, illness, shocks, or special forms of self work. At first glance we might interpret this as a lack of substance. Continue reading

Alan Alda Helps Scientists Get Their Mojo

In his 2012 Wired article “Cultivating Genius” Jonah Lehrer speculates that the key to cultivating genius is the presence of meta-ideas that create a breeding ground. (See article here)

The meta-ideas discussed in the article are:

  1. Human mixing: diversity, and open immigration.
  2. Education: open, experimental, and universal.
  3. Support from risk-taking backers.

As usual the key to solving the problem is not to meet it head on. Instead of direct attack on the problem, zig when zag seems indicated. Or zag when zig seems indicated. This is not an effort at being a contrarian. Rather an acceptance of the truism that some problems are better handled by inspiration rather than perspiration. Continue reading

Embrace — The Sculpture

EmbraceHey, just showing an artist friend how easy it can be to post a picture of their new artworks. In this case, my sculpture Embrace (see above) is not actually new. You can see many images at different angles by checking out my other website

Well, that’s it for the little demo. Hope you visit my art website.

Mobile Friendly & Google Search

Most every webmaster that has availed themselves of the Google Webmaster Tools and more specifically Google Analytics will have received notifications along the following lines:

Google systems have tested 8 pages from your site and found that 100% of them have critical mobile usability errors. The errors on these 8 pages severely affect how mobile users are able to experience your website. These pages will not be seen as mobile-friendly by Google Search, and will therefore be displayed and ranked appropriately for smartphone users.

What they mean of course is that your website will be shown at the bottom of a 100,000+ website listing — somewhere on search results page 425. Basically no one will see your site and you will be effectively removed from the internet. Yes, there will be connectivity that would theoretically allow people to access your website. But, practically speaking, your site will be in a locked filing cabinet stored in a disused lavatory in the basement with a broken stairs — and don’t forget about the lion. Continue reading

Good To Know

Here’s a few tidbits, gaggle of truisms that you might find useful.

The 80/20 rule.

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. (Check out the wikipedia article for more background).

Basically this means 80% of the audience opinion will come from 20% of the lecture. 20% of the comedy set jokes will generate 80% of the laughter.

So does this mean that we could perhaps drop 80% of what we do and trim our efforts down to the 20% that “get the job done”? Maybe…, but it is not certain. Some times the 80% is part of the process.

Many songs are 80% silence and 20% notes. What if we removed the silence and trimmed the song down to just the notes?

I  suspect that in many situations a little “trim” is in order. But, let’s not be too quick to judge what is the 20% and what is the 80%.

Parkinson’s Law.

Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. (wikipedia) Or, in other words, you can probably get the job done faster than you think. E.J. Gold refers to this as the busy desk syndrome. Meaning if you want to get something done fast put it on the desk of someone that is busy. A busy person has great throughput. A non-busy person might look like they would have more time available to do your task. But, Parkinson’s Law tells us that however few tasks they currently have the work they do for those tasks has expanded to fill available time. Continue reading

The Royal Oops

Artemis has come up with a method of jamming 35 times more data density into cell phone networks. You can view a video demonstration about is here:

Here’s a couple of possible viewer comments:

  • Wow, that’s amazing.
  • Holy Sh-t, wifi hubs popping up everywhere … densely modulated RF all over all over the place … f**k it, I’m going to the woods

I agree with both sentiments.

Growing up with an over-active imagination fueled by a hefty diet of 1950s black and white scifi films I know what can go wrong when scientists get uber enthusiastic. Continue reading

Confusion, Kerfuffle, Confabulation oh my.

Below is a response sent today to someone wondering about the mornings ICW talk. I have not included even a summarized portion of the original email. Didn’t seem the way to go. So what you have hear is one side of the conversation. The other side is left to inference.

I hear what you are saying. And, yes, it gets hot on occasion and it gets hard at the bottom of the bowl.

The particular practice that was/is being presented through the Ashram Ground Floor City Planners experiment would not have been facilitated by handing out step by step directions with proper preparation and planning. Continue reading

Intro to SlimeMold Telepathy Course

Half of the method for telepathy is learning to look in the right place. The other half of the method for telepathy is learning to stop looking in the wrong places.

When listening to your own mind ramble on, the associated thoughts, impressions, pictures, perceptions, and feelings all seem to originate from a place that many of us call “inside my head.” When telepathically in touch with another, his or her thoughts, impressions, pictures, perceptions, and feelings will also seem to originate from that same place — the one called “inside my head.” Why heck darn when you get right down to it every thought, impression, picture, perception, and feeling is rattling around in that place you have come to call “inside my head.” Continue reading

Lucid Living

The phrase “Lucid Living” intentionally draws inference from “Lucid Dreaming.”  The goal of Lucid Dreaming is to awaken in the dream coming into an awareness of self — with operational presence and attention.

Lucid Living has a similar goal: to awaken coming into an awareness of self with operational presence and attention.  Only in Lucid Living one is wakening while in the walking around sleep state rather than the horizontal sawing logs sleeping state.

Your dreaming carries on with or without your awake presence. In the same fashion your life carries on with or without your awake presence. Continue reading

Virtual Reality Training 2002

Below is an article from 2002 on the topic of Virtual Reality Training. It was tempting to update the article to reflect current games and even remove the typos. But, I figure any positive gain in grammar would be more than offset by the negative of losing the original flavor of the piece.

So here’s the problem.

When you’re in the unbridled states of the bardos you are free, totally free to be who you are, to run the race guided by nothing more than you in the highest — without change, unedited, you without the plain brown wrapper, nothing more nothing less.

You will move through the bardos unshackled by anything other than your own body of habits. That’s either the good news or the bad news depending upon the work you have or have not done. Continue reading