Tag: musing

Life & Philosophy Poetry

The space between our ears

The space between our ears, where what we know or think we know contrasts the reality of what we should see.

For some people, mental chatter precedes vision. The ignorant always risk being blindsided.

We are the opposite of a child, turning a blind eye to the openness that foments growth. As adults, we stop asking ‘why' at the most fundamental level.

But the obstacle is the way.

Stuck in a cobweb of exciting lies, unable to dust away the boredom of truth. Reality is too sober, but that's also why it works. It keeps us grounded in the facts.

Culture Tech

Before the popular rise

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Some people enjoy the process of discovery. They have access to niche communities and discrete resources, tending to “get it” before everyone else.

These people are also the incubators of trends, filtering the good from the bad before deciding what goes mainstream. Naturally, they lose interest as soon as something or someone like an artist becomes a commercial sensation.

But the internet flips the trendsetters on their heads. It connects a mass of niches and then builds on top of their ideas. Take a walk around New York–hipsters are a cohort that share similar interests and look the same.

There will always be an exception; the authentic curator enjoys digging the abstract art before saying a word to anyone else. But what's also cool is to educate and share artifacts. If few are interested in uniqueness, let it be.

Popularity is rarely a barometer of what matters.

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Uncategorized

Does Everything Need a Name?

The first thing people do when encountering something new is seek identification. People are always on a need to know basis.

But as soon as people know, they just as quickly forget. We only remember that which is immediately useful; otherwise everything is just a generality (e.g. “That guy,” “it,” or “that thing”).

The mind requires that we call something, something; it doesn’t cope with uncertainty. If we really need to know but can’t come up with an identifier, we can just as easily use our imagination to make it up.

Names are just noises. We aren’t all what we hear, nor what we see. Everything still lies in question.

Productivity & Work Tech

Denying the GPS

Rarely do we override the GPS because we know a better way.

We depend on technology to reveal answers 99% of the time.  We override technology 1% of the time, and even then we have our doubts.

The irony, of course, is that while technology makes our lives easier, we forfeit the chance to think and learn new things.  We know more than ever but we experience less.  

Experience puts the bones in the goose.  There’s no evolution without a beautiful struggle.

The computer is a second brain, threatening our primary neurons.  The machine is replacing the animal in all of us.