“Solitude did increase my perception. But here’s the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn’t even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free.”
Christopher Knight aka The Last Hermit, who lived in complete solitude for 27 years in the woods of Maine.
Read the whole story — I really loved it.
“What makes “Captain Phillips” interesting is Greengrass’s insistence on the moral ambiguity of the situation. The Somali pirates are more terrorized than terrorizing, lost in an event that they can’t control.”
“If you want to make it within what I rather helplessly call the system(s), it’s not recommended to ask fundamental questions. What you should do is ask questions that can be answered. And then you answer them. Especially when you’re socialized in the IT world, you’re prone to solutionism: If there’s a problem, a privately funded company will come up with a (technical) solution to solve it and make people’s lives better. You don’t ask why, you just do.”
– Gabriel Yoran, If you question something, people will question you
I’ve been working on a thought experiment for the better part of 7 years, which I just articulated earlier tonight.
“The Smithsonian has 18,000 light fixtures. The Cooper-Hewitt alone has 5,000 buttons and a frightening number of matchsafes. The zoo at the Smithsonian has pandas. Real live ones. We have a lot of dead parrots, apparently. The list goes on. For a while. And people love us for it. People love us for it because by preserving these things we keep open a narrative space in which to consider the meaning of things.”
– Aaron Straup Cope