Tomorrow might be the day that my new Google Pixelbook Go ships. Denver snow is happening right now and probably will continue for the next couple of days. Weather might interfere with the delivery. Either way it works out; now is the time to get back to really writing a ton of words every day. Earlier this year, I figured out how to print my entire weblog and save the content as a stand alone document. Printing that many pages was interesting. Part of what made it so interesting was how much of my writing content did not get printed. The vast majority of things that have been written were not posted online. Every day I tend to open a word document and engage in the process of writing something. Each day that happens and those documents are generally stored by year. Online right now my document archive goes back to 2002.
A few documents probably exist from before 2002, but getting to them would probably be problematic. Anything that was stored on zip drive is probably gone forever. A few of my compact disc archives exist from around that time period. Most of that content was of questionable quality to begin with when it was written. From what I can tell the first real round of writing in a style that was published online happened around September 23, 2002. From what I can tell that is about the time I started to really dig into philosophical questions. It also happens to be the year I spent the most time writing novels and short stories. At the time my writing had zero inhibitions. No self censorship happened at all during the course of writing.
One of the things I did notice is that organization used to be a lot more central to how content was presented. Over the last ten years posts have just been entered and they are pretty much stored based on the order they were produced. Some rough categories exist, but for the most part it is just an ongoing narrative with no real organization. Maybe that is ok for now, but at some point things are going to need to tighten up a little bit. The sheer volume of content is unwieldy and difficult to consume. That could simply be a reflection of the fact that it was never really meant to be consumed. Next year I’m seriously considering taking another run at writing a million words and publishing them online. That pretty much means dedicating the time each day to produce 2,740 words per day or 1,000,000 words divided by 365. This little aside so far is just a five hundred word entry. That would fall short of the minimum daily contribution.
My Pandora internet radio service played a video add for me and gave me an hour of uninterrupted content this evening. That was nice and the Kansas CIty Chiefs are playing in the big Sunday night football matchup this week. Both of those things should help me produce more words, but they really are not helping all that much. This ASUS Chromebook Flip C101P has seen better days. Right now the keyboard is missing five keys. They broke some time ago and did not need to be replaced. Fortunately they are not keys that are commonly used.
Two shots of espresso happened this morning without much fanfare. Outside it is snowing like the winter season is now in full swing. Temperatures outside dropped about 40 degrees between last night and this morning. Something about that just seems jarring. I was going to have an “and” after the word “jarring” in the last sentence, but celebrating that point was unnecessary. Things are getting going and that writing thing is starting to happen. Now is the time for great waves of productivity. We are staring at so much change that just keeping up requires way more focus and dedication than ever before.
My thoughts have been really focused on where all the attention is today. People are writing and trying to explain the world. If you take a step back and think about the totality of knowledge we have collected sometimes explained as all the publications accepted by the academic world, then it might become apparent that the pace of change has outpaced our ability to consume it. Right now out in the world out attention is super dispersed nothing really is capable of catching the entire public mind. That is a problem in the macro sense of how we consume knowledge and work together as a society to get things done. In the very micro sense of just a specific field of academic inquiry it is getting harder and harder to consume all publications. That is essentially the problem facing us as we move forward. If you cannot curate the knowledge being built in an academic discipline, then how do we curate the greater stream of knowledge to help people keep pace with change.
That being said. It is really important to absorb that argument. Dilution is occurring as the pace of present knowledge creation increases. I’m willing to accept that argument. A consequence of that argument is that civil society as a whole has become more fragmented as our understanding separates from our shared foundation of knowledge. We used to have a reasonable shared understanding that was used to describe the public mind and how we relate to each other. That shared understanding in my humble view is breaking down at an increasingly problematic pace. Perhaps this argument deserves a better presentation or something more than what has been provided. I’ll try to do better later. Maybe that is the crux of the problem we are facing.
We can only absorb and actively work with so much knowledge. Sometimes I seriously wonder about what choices people make about what knowledge to absorb.
Welcome to Friday. Today happens to be an exciting Friday. It happens to be a day I took off work to engage in writing and do a little cleaning up around the house. During part of my morning, I spent some time thinking about the book “Deep Work” by Cal Newport (2016). Getting time to focus in and really work deeply is increasingly challenging. The number of things that beep, alert, and draw attention are forever increasing despite our best efforts to reasonably silence and control the ones around us.
That made me think about my top 3 favorite business books at the moment. It was pretty easy to figure that one out and it only required a couple seconds to type them up on the screen here.
- Deep Work by Cal Newport (2016)
- Measure what Matters by John Doerr (2017)
- Executing Your Strategy: How to Break it Down and Get it Done by Mark Morgan, Raymond E. Levitt, and William Alexander Malek (2007)
To me the Executing Your Strategy book is full of timeless pearls of wisdom and should be read by every student before graduating college. Seriously, that advice might be offered for free, but that does not mean it is not valuable.
I went down the guitar effects rabbit hole today on the web and YouTube.
- Orange OR15H 15-watt Tube Head
- Orange PPC212 V 120-watt 2×12″ Cabinet – Orange
- EarthQuaker Devices Palisades
- EarthQuaker Devices Sea Machine
- Walrus Audio Deep Six
Today I organized my collection of Crane & Co. note sheets and note cards. Earlier this year I started to look for a nice stationary box. Currently, I am still using an old Sony VAIO neoprene laptop case to store all my stationary equipment. However, I have yet again managed to lose my address book. That small address book as been in my possession for over 10 years. It has been lost a number of times. This time it seems to be lost a little more than usual. It is probably sitting underneath something. That is typically what happens. I end up sitting it under something or it gets knocked behind something.
I’m going to need to engage in some deciding. Some direction has to be taken here shortly to drive all of my attention and energy to building and creating something. Instead of just switching from thing to thing it is time to begin to be devoted to something. That might sound rather simplistic and it should be a rather easy thing to commit to doing, but it turns out it is much harder than expected.