Archive for October, 2015

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This also made sense in context

October 30, 2015

“Take it out of your crotch, and put it in your elbows.”

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Philosophy Tuesday

October 27, 2015

This is a philosophical statement. It is intended to spark thinking and examining.

“We are embodied spirits who need raw material, both physical and spiritual, to create. But we forget that we are also social beasts who need not slash through the bramble of those needs alone.

In Buddhism and other ancient Eastern traditions, there is a beautiful concept connoted by the Pali word dana (pronounced DAH-nah), often translated as the virtue of generosity. But at its heart is something far more expansive — a certain quality of open-handedness in dynamic dialogue with need and organically responsive to it. The practice of dana has sustained the Buddhist tradition for two and a half millennia — monks give their teachings freely, and the lay people who benefit from them give back to the monks by making sure their sustenance needs are met.

In a sense, dana is the art of not-having-to-ask — a natural and intuitive recognition that the energies poured into creating meaning (and what is art if not the making of meaning?) must be replenished in order for that stuff of substance to continue flowing through and fertilizing the ecosystem of interconnectedness in which all beings are entwined.

In the modern West, governed by the invisible hand of tit-for-tat mentality long before Adam Smith articulated its grasp, we’ve had to master the art of asking as a coping mechanism making up for our intuitive but atrophied mastery of the art of not-having-to-ask.”

Maria Popova

The above quote hit me like I didn’t expect it to. Reading through, I was overcome with emotion and wonder and possibility. The notion of listening to others, of really being in tune with others, of responding generously to others. Of being in a world where support is given, yet support is also not expected or demanded. Where there is enough flow that we are taken care of. It is commerce without the zero-sum game. It is offering what we can, not what we can get away with. It is an interchange of people, small groups who interchange, who support each other. It is that we do not devalue some work, some people, some positions, it is a valuation of all who make our world(s) run.

And on the personal level, the level that hit me the most, it is a profound listening by friends and families and the feeling of being freely supported while you, in turn, support them.

There’s no taken for granted, or taken for a ride.

There is no “transactional equation.”

There is needing to go it alone and make it alone.

There is simply kinship and appreciation and lives being made.

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Architecture Monday

October 26, 2015

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I love the cavelike space evoked within this building, its hard and massive exterior forms rendered texturally interesting and inviting within, a feeling of solidity and stability and peace, illuminated and brought to life by the wonderfully detailed and carefully positioned glazing that interconnects the split stone-like chunks that make up the building. It’s as though a descent into the earth, into our earliest of shelters, a return.

A simple exterior form that is both sculptural and primal. An interior of rich interconnecting volumes that belies that planar exterior. The use of different forming techniques both inside and outside to give a different texture and feel to the same concrete mass. It is a building that has mass and who’s massing gives it a strong presence, but not one that crushes within. Weighty comfort.

A bold and vibrant space, full of life and vitality.

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Curiosity WOW!

October 24, 2015

A satellite view of the duplicate curiosity rover hanging out in its yard at JPL!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+MarsYard+III/@34.2023023,-118.1700275,77m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x80c2c26e1fd5a69b:0x2894373e1a284496!2sJet+Propulsion+Laboratory!3b1!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x5f4781eb309f35a4!6m1!1e1

It’s amazing how big the rover is (compare it to the car out on Pioneer road). Watching the live stream from the JPL control room during landing was wickedly exciting, a “moon landing” moment for me. Crazy that it has been 3 years already since that evening…

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It Made Sense in Context

October 23, 2015

“A clear case of not enough brandy, and needing more butt.”

(from a recent push hands practice)

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Gaming Thursday: RPG System 12: 2xDamage

October 22, 2015

The more I’ve been thinking about resolution systems and consequences (using damage as the generic term, since it’s readily familiar to most of us), the less I am liking separate “to hit” and “damage” rolls or systems. It’s got a long and storied tradition in RPGs, but I think its time may have passed. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Wonder Wednesday

October 21, 2015

wudang purple

@ Mount Wudang