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Life & Philosophy Psychology Science

Information is the sum of parts

The brain is just a collection of tangled wires with neuron connectivity levels. We call its output ‘information’ because we need some way of describing chemical synchronicity.

The computer works the same way.

On the inside, it’s a collection of chips and wires with various voltage levels. What we see on screen is what we label as information.

Information is the same name we give to brain chemicals and computer voltage to describe the organized chaos.

The squalor is why it works.

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Life & Philosophy

Give it some thought

Photo by Lukasz Saczek

There’s always a ‘why,’ even if the observation is visceral. Feelings are antecedents to descriptions. The problem is communicating your gut into words.

You already know the answer. What you don’t know is how to explain it. You can’t possibly understand anything until you give it some thought.

Reflection is at the core of all deeper understanding. If you’re still struggling to express it, grab a piece of paper and make a list. Reasoning starts from the inside out.

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Creativity Life & Philosophy

Beyond the Obvious

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  • A touch of class
  • An additional wine note
  • A dab of salt

The tiniest ingredients accelerate the play or the taste. However, they can also be hard to recognize to the taste buds or the mind’s eye.

People miss the subtle flick of Mesut Ozil, can’t taste the hint of spicy cherry added to a Pinot Noir, or the enhanced flavor that a little salt adds to tomato soup.

It is impossible to interpret every ingredient unless you have learned to see beyond the obvious.

As a creator, you can increase the number of touches and parts but the viewer/taster is only going to interpret what’s inherently familiar.

Meanwhile, bomb-sniffing dogs can smell each piece of a burger, from the pickles, lettuce, American cheese, right down to the poppy seeds of the bun.

When it comes to human senses, less may be more — but noticing the subtleties makes the added complexity more unique.

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Culture Social Media

As the World Shrinks

The world is speaking its mind yet closing it at the same time. People want to build a walled garden, not just in politics but technology.

Google, Facebook, Apple — the Internet makes the world smaller but more centralized which mirrors itself in chump politicians: Putin, Boris, Trump, and Erdogan. Le Pen is next.

In an age of democratic anxiety, people prefer nationalism and authority, leaders who speak loudly and carry a big stick.

“Anti-intellectualism, disregard for the scientific method and conspiracy theories also set the stage for a big lie.” – Seth Godin

Progress is social. People shape their identities off groups. But those groups are getting smaller and more selective. Even the KKK is coming back. Individuals, meanwhile, are outcasts.

Diversity crumbles when you’re forced to choose a side. The world may be flat, but its people are going back to their cocoons.

Be careful what you wish for.

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Social Media Tech

Through the Looking Glass

We’re restless doing nothing. The thought of boredom leaves us scrolling through email and refreshing Facebook to the same updates. We crave new information, even if it’s useless, even if makes our brain fat.

Technology hinders daydreams spontaneity. Instead of letting the mind wander in dull moments we fill it with screen time. Life, which was once the only screen our eyes could see has been replaced by the mobile device. Google’s Cardboard plans to relegate reality even further, allowing our eyes to venture into 3D experiences. Some people won’t want to come back.

Technology trivializes experience. We live through images. We dive into our screens. Nothing is new, nothing is visceral. Memory drains with a click of the button.

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Photography

Tri-X: Dirty, grainy film

Photo by Wells Baum : Cusco 2017 (Processed with VSCO with Kodak TRI-X 400 preset)

Tri-X is a dirty, grainy, rugged type of film popularized in the 1940s by Kodak.

“Grain is life,” Corbijn says, “there’s all this striving for perfection with digital stuff. Striving is fine, but getting there is not great. I want a sense of the human and that is what breathes life into a picture. For me, imperfection is perfection.”

The analog world may be heavier but at least it feels more like a raw experience. You also don’t know what you’re going to get.

“When I started, I felt that I didn’t want a normal job in photography, I wanted that sense of adventure when you meet someone and take a picture. I felt that digital is more like a job. You look at the screen to see if you have it right, then you take another picture. When I come back from a trip, I don’t know what I have exactly. I have to get it developed, so I won’t know for a couple of days. I like the tension of not knowing exactly what you have.”

Read The Tri-X Factor

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Postaday Quotes

‘Insist on yourself; never imitate.’

Insist on yourself; never imitate.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Postaday Quotes Writing

Brian Lehrer: ‘Write Long, Write Medium, Write Short. But Keep Writing.’

“Write Long, Write Medium, Write Short. But Keep Writing.”

Brian Lehrer

Reminders:

  • The more you write, the more you have to play with.  This pretty much goes for any maker.
  • Tweets are the crumbs to larger ideas and projects like books.
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Photography

Audacious photography

The best pictures are the hardest ones to capture. They’re the most uncomfortable to snap because they require a bit of audacity and exposure not just of your camera but of yourself.

For example, your object may be clearly aware of you and your camera. It’d be more polite to ask them if you can take their picture; however, such approval undermines the challenge and the authenticity of the photo.

How do you take the picture without invading someone’s privacy? There’s something about snapping a pic that’s boldly invasive. There’s the rush of fear prior to the shot and the rush of relief immediately thereafter.

I always had the eye but never had such a versatile device. I love taking pictures on my iPhone and sharing them via VSCO and Instagram. These tools encourage us to see the world, to notice the slightest design in the smallest cranny.

I remember buying a couple disposable Kodak cameras for vacation and just hoping my pictures turned out all right when they finally processed at CVS. Even if they turned out great, they had lost that momentary excitement of the editing and publishing we so much enjoy in the digital age. We’re spoiled indeed.

Do you get as nervous and excited as I do taking pictures? Let me know in the comments.

My VSCO Grid

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Life & Philosophy Quotes

Passing trains

Sometimes the adjacent trains zoom by so fast you can still see the other side, uninterrupted, just through two additional windows instead of one.

Passenger head silhouettes pop in an out of view rapidly, none of which look the same. The people standing up look like giants.

Perspective is whatever you want to see plus awareness. Life moves fast. It’s vital to stick to a vision unimpeded while being equally aware of your surroundings.

You have to know what’s in your way. Sometimes a hurdle is opens the door to opportunity. You’ll never see other possibilities if you solely focus on your primary goal. Tunnel vision blinds.

The environment is open to adherence and mutation. Nothing stands still, time always keeps moving. But everyone can stay composed and open-minded as keen students of life.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald