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In reply to: Oatmeal
I look at the state of politics and what we’ve done to our planet and I am utterly paralyzed and terrified. I want to spring to action, but what can one person do?
I look to my son and wonder how different his life will look from mine — having grown up in the 90s and 00s.
What is the John Green quote about love: slowly, then all at once?
Despite having gone to work as normal everyday this week, it felt sort of vacation-y, which has been really nice.
I did a lot of biking, wrote a bunch of lisp, and actually started and finished a personal project all this week.
One side effect of sharing space with a 3.5 year old is that not a single one of the flashlights works anymore. Batteries dead all around. Children: slayers of batteries.
Between the kiddo being on spring break, having to travel for a family emergency, and generally making poor life choices around forgoing sleep the last week…I am tried.
I just watched a thing shared by Kottke which I won’t share directly here because it wrecked me and I’m terrified of the future 🥑
Elsewise, not heaps of links — I mean, I saved a bunch, but none seem of the vintage worth adding to the link log this week. More soon!
I continue to play on tilde servers, and noodle hosting my own bulletin board. Dwarf Fortress may have crushed my laptop’s very being, and I dig this song.
My son is 2.5 years old. At this point I’m not worried about the quality of education he’ll receive, the educational philosophy of his school, or anything of that sort. I’m worried if he’ll be murdered at school.
Weekend is off to a smashing start! Last night Avi and I watched Moana and played with trains while Tova was out. After he was asleep I stayed up waaaay toooo late reading and listening to podcasts. This morning we made and ate a pile of cornbread (also while playing with trains)
Some pros of today: I treat myself to a shave and a haircut, and I figured out what a wholly undocumented bit of code does (and documented it). Some cons of today: coming home to a seriously ill dog, and having to drag a wickedly stinky rug across the parking lot to the dumpster.
Big week! Pushing to complete a few huge projects at work, Avi got a cold, then I got a cold, and a few days ago someone called my grandmother pretending to be me in a pinch, asking for money! Luckily someone was with her at the time and they realized it was a scam. 😱
Nothing like an unexpected trip to the emergency pediatrician to brighten up the day. 🤕 Luckily, everything is a-okay, and we’re back to packing now!
I recently read an article by Rachel Nuwer that described how western civilization could be coming to an end. The article made reference to an increase in “nonlinearities.”
…another sign that we’re entering into a danger zone, Homer-Dixon says, is the increasing occurrence of what experts call nonlinearities, or sudden, unexpected changes in the world’s order, such as the 2008 economic crisis, the rise of ISIS, Brexit, or Donald Trump’s election.
The concept of a nonlinearity resonates with me, or haunts me. Especially their increasing. Events — noun or verb — that are nonlinearities toe that roller-coaster spot: they’re terrifying, they’re exciting, they seem dangerous, they’re hard to understand (read perhaps as “difficult to describe”).
To segue poorly: we’ve been traveling for the past two weeks or so. First we spent a few days in Washington DC, followed by ten days in Denver, CO. We’ve had a blast, and it’s been exhausting.
A few weeks ago my parents told us that they’re moving to Denver within the next month or two. We’ve been toying with the idea of moving off the island ourselves, so we figured we’d join them on this trip to explore Denver. It is neat, the mountains are gorgeous, but we’re going to be sticking to Maine for the time being.
…but not MDI. We’ve decided to move to Portland!
…and we’ve sold our house (which is an interesting thing to do while traveling).
Times are changing. We’re excited. We’re scared, or perhaps, trepidatious?
Hard left back into nonlinearities! :boom:
While in DC we celebrated Passover, attending a great seder hosted by a dear friend and her family. It was an amazing seder. Avi was a champion (his second seder!), the food was great, and, most notably, the mid-service discussion was phenomenal. The entire group, made up of young and old, jews and non-jews, had one of those conversations that will stay with me for the rest of my life. In the midst of this grape-juice-stained, matzah-crumb-laden conversation we spoke about paradox. We spoke about how it is difficult to carry paradox. Generally speaking (which is to say “speaking in generalities” aka ignoring vast swaths of reality), we struggle to carry paradox. Black or white is easier than a spectrum :rainbow:
Yes or no
Stay or leave
Left or right
I wonder if nonlinearities are dangerous to the status quo because of a general inability to live with paradox? If we could carry paradox — either and or, neither and both — would nonlinearities be tripped up?
The follow up to that question is how do we get better at living with and accepting paradox?
I don’t actually have a clue, but like many things I’m willing to wager that the answer “is read more fiction,” my go-to answer for a whole lot of things — potentially colored by my desire to read more fiction.