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Site Design

Imported Older Archived Posts

I’ve imported my old archived posts dating back to August 2005, as I’ve been revisiting them and noticing repeating patterns that I think are important to reintroduce back into my website.

That said though, most of these older posts do not have their original accompanying images but I think I’ve got an archive somewhere of some of these images that I can add back at a later date.

Actually upon closer inspection, it looks I’ve got my work cut out for me, as there’s some other issues with the imported posts, like excerpts that were automatically added somehow. Not sure if this was an import issue or something that happened a while back (although I’ve revisited my older posts before and never noticed this issue then).

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Quotes

Suffering From Wrong Perceptions

Much of our suffering comes from wrong perceptions. To remove that hurt, we have to remove our wrong perception.

Thích Nhất Hạnh
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Pets

Good Night Sweet Prince

The time finally came last week to say goodbye to our sweet Prince Sam. Even though he was probably one of the most needy pain-in-the-butt cats at times, he was definitely one of the most affectionate and lovable cats we’ve ever had as well. He will be sorely missed indeed.

Sandra mentioned that she hasn’t been without a cat for 37 years, so we’re going to give ourselves a little break and wait until mid 2023 before getting a kitten, thus giving us some time to take a mini-vacation without having to worry about someone always having to take care of our feline friends.

Photo taken October 5th, 2013
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Play

Play is More Than “Play”

I stumbled across this interview yesterday. It’s evident that most people, including even the interviewer, are completely misinterpreting the meaning of Brandi Heather’s work around play because she’s using it within a much larger context and meaning beyond what people conventionally perceive it to be. She’s not talking about playfully tossing a football around at work but more about “playing” beyond the boundaries of the existing, outdated, rigid social structures within our society today that are effectively standing in the way of the potential creativity and innovation within us all. 

I talk in the book about our kids losing this ability to play when we standardize and structure everything but we’ve actually done it in our business and in our educational worlds as well.

Brandi Heather

And because of this dependency and addiction on having everything so “standardized and structured” with such certainty and control, thus leaving no room for people to play within their lives (in the sense of exploring and discovering who they fully are), she then goes on to indicate the adverse affect of this loss of play within our lives.

We’re seeing people unable to cope and navigate things that are new and different and unknown to us.

Brandi Heather

In reflecting upon this all, I think the only way you can make people truly aware of the power of play in their lives is by helping them to become aware of how so much of their existing reality, their world and even their sense of self-identity, are constructs of our collective playing and imaginations which become “reality” for others. But these collective playings and imaginations are not The Reality but rather just one possible reality. We can playfully imagine another, if we so choose to do so.

Steve Jobs has an eloquent quote about this below but most people misinterpret it and think it only applies to technology and physical things. It doesn’t. It applies to the social structures and cultures within our lives as well. For example, our institutions are a social construct that were playfully imagined at one time in the past and became a “reality” for us, a part of our daily lives. But we can just as easily play and imagine something new, if we so choose to do so (especially now that they are so inadequate for the times we are living within).

When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life. Have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life.

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. And that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use.

Steve Jobs
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Play

The Fear of Being Unconventional

I previously said that, “I don’t see how I can effectively communicate and continue my work anymore because the depth of it is often misunderstood and paradoxical to conventional minds.” This is just a cop-out because I’m afraid of expressing something beyond the conventional. So it’s not like I can’t do it. It’s more I’m fearful of doing it.

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Play

Playing Beyond The Conventional?

Can I use “play” as a way of simplifying the complexity and depth of vertical development, making it more accessible and understandable? If so, it means showing the conventional “role playing game” we’re playing within now, as a foundational starting point.

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Music

Where We’re Going

by Gerry Cinnamon

I hope one day, love
You can open up your eyes and you will see
It’s only destiny
Where we’re going this shit don’t matter

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Music

What Else Is There?

by Röyksopp

It’s about you and the sun
A morning run
The story of my maker
What I have and what I ache for

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Personal Knowledge Management

Users’ Guide to Knowledge Management with Concept Maps & Mind Maps

…the difference between a novice and an expert learner is the number and density of the connections across the different concepts or knowledge units.

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Personal Knowledge Management

Concept Maps – The Hidden Gem of Personal Knowledge Management

Hence, concept maps are excellent for capturing and holding this knowledge horizon so you can return to the known unknowns when you have time and need to dig further.