Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fun with the I Ching

Preoccupation with prophecy always leads to interesting revelations, but how much can a random toss of three coins, six times count in life? More than one would think, especially when combined with your own natural intuition. We ask leading questions when it comes to our own fate and tend to steer it down a path towards epiphany (apocryphal or true is up to debate).

So, I ask the coins (and sometimes the cards) about my near future. Turning 27 with a multitude of possibilities yet before me, I would like a clue as to whether this week, this month, this year is going to be productive in any way. And the answer comes: 8, 8, 6, 8, 7, 7

This string of numbers translates to:
Contemplation of the divine meaning underlying the workings of the universe gives to the man who is called upon to influence others the means of producing like effects.
Thus a hidden spiritual power emanates from them, influencing and dominating others without their being aware of how it happens.

Oh, so that's what that tingling sensation beneath the third rib was....but it continues...

Six in the third place means:
Contemplation of my life
Decides the choice
Between advance and retreat.
This is the place of transition. We no longer look outward to receive pictures that are more or less limited and confused, but direct our contemplation upon ourselves in order to find a guideline for our decisions. This self-contemplation means the overcoming of naive egotism in the person who sees everything solely form his own standpoint. He begins to reflect and in this way acquires objectivity. However, self-knowledge does not mean preoccupation with one's own thoughts; rather, it means concern about the effects one creates. It is only the effects our lives produce that give us the right to judge whether what we have done means progress or regression.
Gentleness that is adaptable, but at the same time penetrating, is the outer form that should proceed from inner calm.

I think I had a lunchtime discussion about this recently. Yes. Interesting.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

"And The Band Played On"

Train wrecks occur all at once with perhaps a few previous indicators to let the omniscient know of their inevitability. Faulty wiring, a drunk driver.
The time period before the AIDS epidemic was filled with countless train wrecks with too many previous indicators of destruction to enumerate, but the book "And the Band Played On" does make the attempt.
In fact, the sheer volume of unfortunate, ignorant, and clearly destructive circumstances leading to our era's Black Plague attributes to a feeling akin to swimming through broken glass to reach the edge of an ocean of suffering. Of course, we haven't reached the edge yet, but, with the newest developing technologies in prevention and identification, we believe in the edge.
This book is a literal must-read. In an era so defined by its major diseases, everyone must be aware of the history of AIDS to better fight against it and to develop the compassion towards those suffering its consequences.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Effects of Web 2.0 Technology

As we network more and more, sending e-mails and sharing blogs, the threads of connection become more numerous, but are they as strong as prior types of relational connections? Can you really know someone online from a mere profile? It is possible, but the writer must be hyper-aware of their audience and the interaction of the writer's words with their audience's belief systems. Furthermore, the extent to which one can include esoteric references depends on the collective knowledge of their core audience. In this, some cadres collectively adore commiserating over "inside" knowledge. The secret for marketing then becomes being able to relate this sort of knowledge (literature, mathematics, engineering, etc.) to a general audience, combining it with shared knowledge to make it more memorable.
Our collective unconscience and meta-informational systems are merging to a greater extent every year and it is the job of a Web Professional to keep ahead by all means of networking and information gathering available.

To this end: Technorati Profile


Wednesday, August 1, 2007


in "Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science"

Static, by confusion, redefines. With its dual paradoxical meanings, it is etymologically off to a good start. When applied to poetry, we have a non-metaphorical collusion of cosmic principles.

The study of poetics, for me, has never provided an exact answer for the very pertinent question of why one writes poetry. But during the course of my reading, I have found that the poetry I love and the poetry I write generate static.

Now, static means the following: non-moving or noise (in the mathematical sense, a chaos). And by poetical static I of course mean mentally chaotic eddies. Like the definition of chaos, great poetry explodes meaning into ambiguity where it at once coalesces into significance.
In addition, “the reading process instantiates the symbiotic relationship between complexity and noise, for it is the presence of noise that forces the system to reorganize itself at a higher level of complexity(1).”
The life-altering poetry causes previously formed mental connections to rearrange themselves according to a higher understanding.

(1) Ed. N. Katherine Hayles, "Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science", pg. 20.