Stand in the Place Where You Live. Creating Joyful Experiences Part 1

May 8th, 2017

I’m reading Happiness, a book by the Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard. I am struck by the importance of this work, on the level of giving readers the potential to re-imagine themselves. Understanding what role ego plays in the degree to which we are happy seems a key to so many sources of problems we encounter.…

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Our Robot Fantasies: Much Ado About AI

April 8th, 2017

I studied information systems in graduate school, and I remember in the mid 2000s there were numerous articles pontificating on the paperless future we all would enjoy. These writings would wonder at how we would exist, diagram out scenarios for simple governmental tasks like renewing a driver’s license, and discuss the moral and ethical implications.…

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Allowing New Iterations

March 21st, 2017

I personally love going into book stores. It is probably a remnant from when I went to libraries growing up. I also love going into record shops. If you read the above, and think that all seems rather antiquated, you are definitely not alone. Why get in the car, drive down to the shop, when…

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UI and UX, Infinite Purpose

February 19th, 2017

“Perplexity seems to be an inexorable companion to time’s passage”–Yuval Dolev “The present moment is that ambiguity in which time and eternity touch each other”–Kierkegaard. “Time isn’t holding us. Time isn’t after us”–David Byrne “A strong man acts within that which constrains him”–Cromwell. Time can have some fear associated with it. Our age is tied…

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Journal. February 11

February 12th, 2017

“How vulgar, this hankering after immortality, how vain, how false. Composers are merely scribblers of cave paintings. One writes music because winter is eternal and because, if one doesn’t, the wolves and blizzards would be at one’s throat all the sooner”–David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas “With much bad luck, since my mother was American, I would…

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Remaining True to Ourselves

February 1st, 2017

Where do we look for our identity and purpose? In this recent election, it seemed clear that identity and expectation was tied to the external. Building a wall, banning people; these are everything to do with some idea that we can only exist as being in opposition to someone else. Indeed, no discussion from either…

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Reflections Before the Inauguration, from a friend

January 20th, 2017

I wanted to share the thoughts of a dear friend; they are beautiful I do believe America and the U.S. of A. can be an the indispensable force for good. That the world could be spectacularly better because of us. That each of us have to become involved directly in our government. It’s harder than…

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Community Spaces

January 16th, 2017

I went for a run in the park this afternoon. Parks to me are recreational; but they also carry both academic and political connotations. I remember in my 20s being very active in my urban Philadelphia neighborhood; being involved in communities in which I live has always been a natural impulse, so I found myself…

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The New Year

January 1st, 2017

“Fighting isn’t about knowing how. It’s about deciding to.” Neal Stephenson, Seveneves “the philosopher who takes a moderate voice, that says on the one hand this the other hand that, and that all points of view are valid, we admire them for their calmness, but have we got a new idea from them, have they…

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Finding a New (Familiar) Voice

November 27th, 2016

I find solace in books and learning. This is a true thing, that I somehow forget. Reading is a common act these days, but intentional reading is a radical act. I am reading a book that sat on my shelf for a while, Bowling Alone. Robert Putnam’s book sat on my shelf largely because I…

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