Month: June 2019

Expanding our limits by learning a language

It’s called modelling.


The future is the past projected

For time in both “directions” is an analogical projection of the moment just experienced. i.e. the future is the past projected and so is the present. Of course, because we always begin at t=0=1, the moment just experienced is colored by all those not currently being experienced. Everything is negative or positive, relative to where we have placed our origin. We think we can see … Read More The future is the past projected


The Action Movie Fairy Tale

But these movies built a generation of men who are now in their 30s and 40s.

The Modus Operandi of Abusive Relationships

“I make a sketch of the person” said Mr. K., “and make sure that one comes to resemble the other.”


Flying pigs and Russian palatalization

Another month ends. All targets met. All systems working. All customers satisfied. All staff eagerly enthusiastic. All pigs fed and ready to fly. Currently reading:


Vulnerability in Russian is уязвимость.

bruises, broyses, spelled бройсес

Learning Russian by listening to music



Optimism is a political act.

Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience. Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City


A Child’s Curiosity

Babies are not blobs, but true scientists.


The secret fear that keeps you up at night is…

An uprising of octopi. Octopi forming a coalition of the willing at the bottom of the ocean. Going on Jeopardy but the other two contestants are octopi. Number 3 but Alex Trebek is also an Octopus Locking eyes with an Octopus at an aquarium, and in that single moment you know you will help it escape at great personal cost to you and the … Read More The secret fear that keeps you up at night is…


Once you strip away the platitudes, a life of passion and purpose will always cost, as T.S. Eliot reminds us, ‘Not less than everything.’”