I suppose you’re wondering what a high “personal noise level” is?
Let’s take it from the top: Although it might be more enjoyable for some, the world we live in (more or less together) is a 100% analog place. To make matters more confusing, we’re trying to pretend that it’s a partly digital place.
As a result, we’re completely hosed-up. We’re so confused (did I mention gullible, too?) that we don’t know even the simplest analog details like whether we’re plumbed for external use or internal use, if you know what I mean. Dissonance at every turn and we add to the clutter with food, drink, drugs, and other inputs that muddy the water even more…
Because schools don’t teach bedrock values any more (the 10 Commandments don’t seem to be at odds with any peaceful religion, collection plate aside), today’s youth are simple “contextual processors.
If it were as simple as context processors that were clocked to something as stable as the quartz crystal of bedrock values.
But they aren’t.
Instead, the young of today (which let’s just call under 40) are free-running noise generators. The free-running is programmed, but only after a fashion, by free-running late night hosts, twits, facebookers, tinder tinder, and whatever else.
The “personal noise” results from having a set of core values and having to measure so much against them.
Yesterday, I was pissed that no one has moved to censure congressdope Maxine Waters for suggesting a violent act against the sitting President.
But sometime after noon, Monday I calmed down. Maxine Waters would not likely win office in Texas. Sure, in California, different story.
Perhaps that’s because people in California are not well educated. Even a cursory look at their state budget oughta put that question to rest. Besides, maybe, since Maxine is 79, this is how decline works in old age. I should cut her some slack.
I hung up the phone, deciding not to call a conservative talk show and raise the question with Snerdly.
Personal noise is like that;
Events are being constantly tossed, like big rocks, into the otherwise calm pond of mind.
They start as little ripples in the middle of an issue, but then they work their way out. They get traction, and from traction to distraction, and God forbid from distraction to action – which is why I’m pissed at Waters.
We scan a huge number of sources with our toolkit. The www.computationalfuture.com website where we look at RSS news feeds from a few interesting sources. And then the Nostracodeus software runs. Toss in the daily “news budget” ginned up from a dozen “event calendars” for the day, and a scan of sites like Drudge, the northeast power-minion papers, and it does get to be a bit much.
So I made a little pact with myself.
- Turn off all news content after I’m done writing until the next morning.
- Don’t engage in writing social media content. The “jam-it-up Ure’s” of the social media business model is that they have hoaxed us – the public – into creating their content. It’s like getting in on the ground floor of “Mob starting.” I don’t think it ends well.
- I don’t listen to talk radio often. I’ve suggested to Elaine (who will catch a Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, or Savage from time-to-time, that she give it up. “Look, darling, the world is nuts. Can we keep it at bay from breakfast until about 5 AM tomorrow?”
- There is a ton of alternative content. Amazon’s Alexa plays all kinds of interesting music on demand. (Still pissed Google has spat on PC users by not rolling out a Google Home asp for us, BTW. It’s not the $50 bucks, its the presumptiveness that phones are all that matters…)
- Then there are Ted Talks and the Ted-X series, as well.
- Over lunch Monday, we were amazed just to watch a few birds. One in particular was smaller than a child’s hand and I swear it was louder than a home invasion alarm.
Do You Have any “thinking time?”
Cal Newport’s previously recommended book “Deep Work” makes it abundantly clear. We need to spend time every day working not on the “noise” issues, but on the “deep” issues.
If you’ve noticed a shift in my columns lately, it’s because I’m trying to stay focused on what is really important in life. What of our seven major systems (food, shelter, communications, energy, environment, finance, and transportation) REALLY matter or REALLY have a deliverable associated with them that’s not optional?
Other than the non-optionals, where’s your life going? Who’s doing the programming?
If you’re not spending at least an hour a day with a planner of some kind, I bet you’re not really in charge. It just seems like it.
In my half-hour of quiet planning time, here’s what my list of upcoming “Coping Section” articles looked like. If you think of something you’d like to see added, send me a note. Pleased to do it. We’re here to entertain (and maybe inform) you.
On the Peoplenomics side, I’m working on a subscriber workbook. It’s being written to fill in the knowledge gaps for those (new subscribers) who haven’t been trading stocks since 1970, like this old guy I saw in the mirror this morning.
The quiet time list has me finishing Dimensions Next Door. The main proofing was done this week, and if you’re a proof-reading volunteer, it should be in your hands by this time next week as a PDF.
More exciting, though, our quest for the grand unified theory of UFOs and time warps and foo fighters, Philadelphia Experiment and more, seems to be on a new track…
Point is, you can’t drive distracted, so why FB in the car? It’s a testament to stupid.
What I’m getting to is that Distracted Living is an even bigger crime. But the only victims are ourselves.
Maybe, because modern life has become such a context-only, free-running circus, anymore, it doesn’t matter to most folks.
But it does matter around here. When the clock on your life runs faster (as I assure you it does as we age) you’ll despise every moment wasted on pointless (read: zero payoff) returns on effort.
So our bottom line?
Waste not a minute, want not a Life.
Report from Old Man Labs
Attention Chronicle Project! We may have found another mistranslation in modern Bibles to look into. The idea arises because we have been running the data on Acacia species (as use to build the Ark) and “Hello Saskatchewan, we have a problem.” Something doesn’t make sense.
By way of background: We began working on the problem Monday, but it is a concept that is hard to describe.
If you’ve been following our progress hints, though, let’s just say that there may be a specific set of conditions under which a new phenomenon might be hiding. Strangely, it has to do with relative humidity, acoustical impedance, and Acacia wood.
If you’ve ever walked across the carpet on a cold day and zapped the bejeezus out of yourself from static build-up due to leather or rubber soles, it may be that local relative humidity may control a vast array of phenomenon. Everything from UFO’s to foo fighters, to the Ark of the Covenant.
So how many references are there to Acacia in the Bible? Depends on which version you select. 29. Bible Gateway shows this New International Version entry which relates to our research:
“[ The Ark ] “Have them make an ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.”
No problem? Wrong. A cubit (sacred) is a bit over 25-modern inches in length. So a cubit and a half wide would be how wide? 37-1/2 inches.
Now the problem: It seems odd to us (since most Acacias are native to Australia) that a tree which is generally short, scruffy, and hard to get a 6-by-6 out of, would be called out in the real specifications.
So we have to “send up the question” about Exodus 25:10 because while Acacia for the carrying poles would be a piece of cake, we need to know the right acacia. Remember, the larger African Acacias are thorny and such. Who was hauling around slabs of acacia in Biblical times?
Or, who has monkeyed with the description of the Ark because while there may be some compelling science to be found here, what would have been doing in joinery or glue to build such an Ark?
Damn missing details – or trickery/obfuscation, if you ask us.
Also of interest? If you burn the toast this morning, it’s OK. That’s the smell of the finest burnt gain offering you’re likely to find. From what our research is turning up, the Almighty likes the smell of burned wheat.
It’s not a trivial issue because the acoustic transmission speed of wood is all over the place and it would be nice to know which acacia (nilotica?) is being referenced.
Gosh, research can be tedious. Would more burned toast to curry favor help, I’m wondering?
Write when you get rich,