Elaine and I are pretty serious about downsizing our lifestyle.
Natural thing that happens with age, and all: More than one level and more than one acre will – over time – become a bit more to maintain than we feel like. The difference between quaffing beer or sipping 18-year old scotch.
Part of the problem, of course, is that we like books. All kinds of books – all kinds of topics – and we love them all.
Pick a topic and we can probably find some guidance on it. Over a thousand to pick from. Not that we don’t trust the machine age and electronic books (we’re a three Kindle household, plus an Echo to see how voice technology goes…). It’s just that electronic books have not yet been taken to their full potential.
Microsoft Office has much better information-conveyance possibilities than does a book.
As good as our Kindles are (2 Fires and a Paperwhite) they still lack mastery of one thing a physical book has: Thumbing. Somehow, the man-machine interface just doesn’t have this one down yet.
Give me a physical book and I can hit the information I’m looking for in just seconds. With a Kindle, it could be many, many minutes – and that’s provided I don’t get bored swiping or trying to find an indexing answer.
Often as not though, the indexing strategy is difficult to articulate into keywords or locational searches and often only fits the “I’ll know it when I see it…” criteria.
When thumbing – which isn’t even primarily a thumb – that happens quickly. You can get a sense or recall how the information in the book was laid out – it’s a feeling. Thus,,in a good book, quickly defines the location of the desired details are located. It’s magical.
Well-written books are a joy this way; and it’s a key part of why the translation from paper to the portable document file (.PDF) format is still lacking. And, since Kindles eat a proprietary semi-clone of .PDF files, the problem has followed there.
Not that we don’t like Kindles, though: We have hundreds of books on them, too.
Initially, books have been limited to the .PDF format by one thing: memory size.
However, now with the age of cloud-based resources handy, there’s no reason not to have a much more robust, engaging, engrossing, and communicative kind of “book” out there.
By communicative, what I mean is many of the books I’m reading of late, such as a reread of Joseph Granville’s work on on-balance volume’s importance to stock trading, could be much more rich.
Whether you’re talking Granville (or my other favorite book Technical Analysis) the authors of such books insert a chart that shows some occult stock market concept, say “flatbasing” in Granville, and then insert a chart that shows the concept but then completely stops.
Not that a chart shouldn’t have a right axis to it… of course it would.
But in this Book2 format I have in mind – to pin the tail on the concept – the right end of an example chart would be extensible. So a chart that in a commodity, for example, that covered from June of one year to June of the next, could be expanded with just a finger move, or two, to explode into a multi-year chart. Or narrowed to a single trading hour.
For me *(and you too, more’n likely) this would add a whole new dimension to chart work.
And this format “Book2” would also have incredible applications in the field of medicine.
I don’t know if you have been following it, but it is just coming out that while the Centers for Disease Control has historically claimed there has been no connection between autism and vaccine administration, the reality is coming out that a couple of highly placed bureaucrats are actually alleged to have censored the data in order to skew the results in an attempt to continue vaccine use!
This story started to break on InfoWars a couple of days ago under the heading “Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents, Congressman reveals.” Related is the C-SPAN video over here which is on the must-watch list.
Now, let me explain how “Book2” could go a long way toward not only giving the public better books to read, but also more honest research.
For one, the Book2 concept is rather large – like extensible XML.
In the case of medical studies, the core functionality improvement of the Book2 format would be that all study data could be forever inextricably linked to any book on medicine. In other words, all the MMR vaccine data could be preserved.
Not only that, but the Book2 format would include a more comprehensive list of sources of data as well as who provided funding for a book’s creation.
In the case of vaccines, it would be very interesting to have books that link snapshots of audited financial data of the authors as a detail of the Book2 format. Why? Well, take books on any disease you can think of and then ask yourself, “Who would stand to make a buck off this research?” To my way of thinking, this sort of thing ought to be included with the basic book material, as well.
And there’s the rich media aspect of Book2 content.
Think about this: How many books have been written about music, composition, artists, photography, film direction, actors and actresses, and on and on – right down to brush strokes in painting – that are completely devoid of any active content?
Yet with a cloud-enabled Book2 format, we could have all of these things: Voice responsive lookups with the Amazon Echo, rich media delivered to that Retina display or 4K screen, active underlying data sets, rescaling of charts, re positioning of drawings, examples of music and art down to the detail level, and in the case of hard sciences, even online zooming electron microscopes to show varying levels of detail that is not possible in the flatland of books.
The technology is not here, yet, but imagine a book with smells: The salt air of the open ocean for that sailing book, or the smell of the stable in that horse grooming book. Wind and water in the face during Hornblower; heat and dust in Lawrence of Arabia.
XML’ified information to better engage a wider range of minds, and thanks to translation engineers, easier (OK, instant) transliteration to share cross-cultural experience..
Information and intelligence, whether we like it, or not are topological phenomena.
The idea that there is a real Bell Curve to the distribution of intelligence is a fraud before a nation of simpletons. For everyone’s brain is not a singular line – a curve. Rather, it follows a topology such that a a person who may “line out” in one standardized test may in fact be a Chopin in music. It wouldn’t be evident without a music test, though, would it?
Wheeler in physics, or a Rembrandt in art. The “curves” don’t adequately capture the topology of genius because testing is almost universally a bad average based on limited scope questions in the first place.
A final note on the Book2 format: It increases the ability of an author to create compelling content.
I can’t tell you how many times in my novel (DreamOver) which is still pouring of the fingers in dribs and drabs, I have come up against the hard limits of the written word.
Not that I can’t do it – of course I can. I learned long ago that writing is the art of drawing a picture with words – and hopefully the words properly-chosen will create roughly the same image in your head, as I intend.
But that world of flat bookery is going away. The library systems as we know it are being virtualized. Gutenberg, Amazon, YouTube and Vimeo…there’s a progression only a fool could miss.
My little sister is going to a library opening in a week or so, having been on the planning group at one point. New libraries sound like a nice thing but I didn’t have the heart to tell her they are an artifact.
But it got me to thinking about how things have changed since all three of us siblings worked as “pages” *(book shelvers and tidy-uppers) at the Seattle Public Library when we were in school under the tutelage of Mrs. O’Brien who knew more about information that even many of today’s cloud engineers, I daresay,.
It was a delightful conversation, but it reminded me of the world we live in.
You know: The one where some day the last order of fish & chips will be eaten. And the one where books will eventually be rich-media events so that knowledge can be more readily consumed.
By people not damned to a life, defined by a line, that misses the beauty of the topology of us infinitely potentiated primates.
In the past, America’s great industrialists built massive free public libraries. But where is the echo today? The fortunes of Gates and Ellison and Buffett do good works, don’t get me wrong.
But the previous age of industrialists left a legacy of minds and seems to me that promotion of a Book2 extensible authoring framework to include more source, more media, and to provide accessibility and extensibility to new technologies would be a worthy legacy.
Still, to prove the point (how poorly we adapt to the future), do you know what Amazon still sells?
The Weaver Leather 5 1/2FT BUGGY WHIP BLACK. And less than $15-bucks. Horse not included.
We confused building the bank accounts with building the future at great peril.
Life Extension Colors
So here’s weird weekend thought #2:
Ever wonder if there is a relationship between the primary colors in your environment and how long you will live?
Here are three Wiki entries to read if you are going to follow along in a meaningful way:
OK, now we can move onto the science questions.
The first is “Since we know that light at certain frequencies has healing power” – and since we know pulsed laser light can increase potato growth by 43% *(among other things), “Is there a relationship between certain diseases people get and the colors that predominate their thinking?:
Lots of neat things are being done with photobiomodulation – besides the conference we’ll be attending in October where application of light to arrest macular degeneration will be on the menu.
Just last week, for example, a paper was referenced in PubMed that concluded “Our results demonstrated for the first time that phototherapy enhances the physical exercise effects in obese women undergoing weight loss treatment promoting significant changes in inflexibility metabolic profile. Lasers Surg. Med. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.”
While things like weight loss and arrest of macular degeneration are possible (early trials of macular degeneration continue) we couldn’t help but wonder if there’s a longevity angle to colors around the home.
Of course, it’s true that being color blind does not impact longevity (missing red traffic lights being an exception!).
There’s a neat tool over here to Convert RGB Colors to the wavelength of light. And most, it seems, of the real healing work takes place from the orange down to near infrared area.
All of which gets us to a couple of very interesting areas of conjecture.
The first is “Why does infrared/near-infrared (NIR) seem to work for healing?”
Turns out, those are the colors that predominate a campfire which has burned off most of the yellow flame and is down to oranges and reds of the coals, and even throws out some heat once the visible spectrum is gone. You can fell heat even if you can’t see it.
Is it possible that this is some kind of throw-back to when humans were first getting acquainted with fire, ran fires at night, sat (and laid) around them and they somehow have magical healing properties?
Perhaps so. We know the colors are right and we know there have been enough humans around fires that a genetic adaptation may have occurred. Is it one we are on the verge of rediscovering, albeit in a terribly advanced technological way?
Further, when ancient man (or woman) was injured in a harsh climate, was there something more healing about fire heat than, oh, hot water, for example?
The reading this weekend suggested that 640-660 nm light had certain positive aspects on blood capacity which sent me off to www.mouser.com shopping for super-red LED’s. Lab time cometh, again.
And last point on all this: Elaine painted our living room in a shade of red/orange/coral called “Fire on the Mountain” a while back. Was this a subconscious life-extension color?
We know that humans bond really well around orange to NIR light. That’s why bear skin rugs in front of fireplaces with a brandy and soft music….or why campfires and stories go so well, too..
But here’s the interesting part.
When you read books about death and dying – and in particular about the Near Death Experience (*NDE) you are drawn to the blue/white part of spectrum.
Now flip up to that color tool I told you about a minute ago. 390-460 nm kind of range. That’s the exit color spectrum. Healing is at the other end..NIR.
So it brings us to the intriguing question: Is there a healthy healing part about light down in the 640-680 nm range and, as death approaches, do we sort of transition naturally up to the higher frequency (shorter wavelengths) in the 390-460 nm range, which brings us to the Big Death Question…Do we continue rising in frequency at death until we rejoin the one wavelength that permeates/Is ALL?
Is this what “ascension” is all about and the “I am the Light” stuff? The science hints, old books claim, and we are retracing some interesting ground, indeed.
Ah…it was one of those weekends, as you see.
I didn’t get jack-crap done this weekend, but the outside world isn’t where the foundation for lives beyond this one is laid, is it?
Write when you break-even…