Saturday, February 10, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Responsibility................................


      If you are suffering - well, that's the norm.  People are limited and life is tragic.   If your suffering is unbearable, however, and your are starting to become corrupted, here's something to think about.

      Consider your circumstances.  Start small.  Have you taken full advantage of the opportunities offered to you?  Are you working hard on your career, or even your job, or are you letting bitterness and resentment hold you back and drag you down?  Have you made peace with your brother?  Are you treating your spouse and your children with dignity and respect?  Do you have habits that are destroying your health and well-being?  Are you truly shouldering your responsibilities?  Have you said what you need to say to your friends and family members?   Are there things that you could do, that you know you could do, that would make things around you better?
      Have you cleaned up your life?
      If the answer is no, here's something to try:  Start to stop doing what you know to be wrong.  Start stopping today.  Don't waste time questioning how you know what you're doing is wrong, if you are certain that it is.  Inopportune questioning can confuse, without enlightening, as well as deflecting you from action.  You can know that something is wrong or right without knowing why.  Your entire Being can tell you something that you can neither explain nor articulate.  Every person is too complex to know themselves completely, and we all contain wisdom that we cannot comprehend.

-Jordan Peterson,  12 Rules For Life:  An Antidote To Chaos

Gone, but not forgotten....................


...............................Dennis Edwards of The Temptations fame.

 

Fifty years ago....................


At the bookstore.............John D. MacDonald's Pale Gray For Guilt



     It had been a fine long hot lazy summer, a drifting time of good fish, old friends, new girls, of talk and laughter.
     Cold beer, good music and a place to go.
     That's the way They do you.  That's the way They set you up for it.  There ought to be a warning bell on the happymeter, so that every time it creeps high enough, you get that dang-dang alert.  Duck, boy.  That glow makes you too visible.  One of Them is out there in the boonies, adjusting the windage, getting you lined up in the cross hairs of the scope.  When it happens so often, wouldn't you think I'd be more ready for it?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thinking about the future of................


........................................................automation:

"One thing I’ve learned is a fundamentally Hayekian insight: When it comes to large scale activities, nothing about change is easy, and top-down change generally fails. Just figuring out the requirements for computerizing a job is a laborious process full of potential errors. Many automation projects fail because the people at the high levels who plan them simply do not understand the needs of the people who have to live with the results."

Makes sense...................

But you must also have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances to avoid mistakes both big and small. I like the idea of having strong opinions, weakly held. The whole point of a mental model framework is not to be so rigid that you always do things the same way.
Having a diverse skill set can help make sense of a world that doesn’t make sense most of the time.
-Ben Carlson, as culled from here

Fifty years ago...................


At the movies..................Charlton Heston visits the Planet of the Apes

 

Monday, February 5, 2018