Message of the Week – 12.31.2017 ::: A Superposition of Three Types

3 glyph seed chosen at random: 

A radio story – a scientist who was developing dementia, (I think it was dementia?), developed a common symptom: inability to read analog clocks. He retaught himself, eventually, after reconceptualizing the clock as a “Superposition of Three Types”, (seconds, minutes, hours), which it is.

Symbol of symbol
Interval of time
Base unit of knowing
Divisions of measurement
Articles of code
Words to the wind
Transposition of figures
Portability of speech
Fixability of language

McKee: What was your experience in the California legislature when you tried to step outside the framework and look at root causes?

Hayden: I found that through persistent advocacy, I could educate the Senate and sometimes get the votes to pass concrete proposals. For instance, one of the most practical means of steering former gang members toward jobs is to offer free tattoo removal. So I got a million dollars into the budget for tattoo removal. It appealed to religious conservatives, who think that tattoos are the mark of the devil, and liberals were easily persuaded that these kids needed to get the tattoos off their faces and hands if they were to have a chance at getting jobs. But the liberals would support tattoo removal only if the conservatives did, too. That way they couldn’t be attacked for being “soft on gangs.”

A More Perfect Union: Tom Hayden on Democracy and Redemption; thesunmagazine.org, January 2018 (paper), page 10

I practice a very special
form of mindfulness
called not-minding-ness
[ … ]
My sacred principles are:
Read no newspapers.
Watch no television.
Stay the hell offline.
[ … ]
If a spider is crawling over you
let him crawl;
he may well be more evolved
and he comes by his poison honestly.
[ … ]
Relax. The worst has already happened.

Mindfulness, Kurt Luchs, page 23

I came to believe early in life that worrying would ward off disaster and pain, even though it often didn’t.

When I was eighteen, my first love got drunk at a party and screwed some guy she didn’t know. She told me about it in bed a week later and said she was sorry. It hurt so bad I wanted to die. With every new girlfriend after that, I worried this might happen again. And it did, over and over, like some kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.

My bad habit of worrying serves me well at work, though. As a wilderness firefighter, I’ve learned to ask myself throughout the workday, “What could kill me now?” But, as a salty old firefighter once told me, “Expecting the worst is a great way to fight a fire, but it’s a terrible way to live a life.”

I stopped worrying only when life got really bad. In the span of a year and a half I broke my hip in a parachuting accident, my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and my girlfriend died in a helicopter crash. There was no way to prepare for or guard against this pain, which hit me full force. I got to see for myself that real pain, deeply felt, is nothing to fear.

Readers Write: Bad Habits, L.B., Eugene, Oregon, page 29

The Sun’s Readers Write has two upcoming submissions deadlines: Taking Your Time, 2/1/2018, and Prejudice, 3/1/2018.

TINKERING TENETS
[ … ]
EMBRACE YOUR TOOLS
We love tools. Beyond being just plain useful, they’re also an extension your own critical thinking, letting you physically investigate the way things work–to get in there and pry, screw, hammer, and wire your way to a deeper understanding. And when learn how to use a felting needle, multimeter, or hand drill, you open up a world of possibilities that allow you to fix things, remix things, and bring something new into the world.

The Art of Tinkering: Meet 150+ Makers Working at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Technology, Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich, ExlOratorium
(and a wonderful Christmas gift to get!)

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