Re: [ox-en] The Castle of Crossed Destinies
- From: Adam Moran <adam diamat.org.uk>
- Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 03:22:02 +0000
Three Tales of Madness and Destruction
My mate, who shall remain nameless in the hope that he may unfold for
himself went silently crackers recently. I witnessed it from many positions.
*From working in / owning adjacent businesses.
*From working as business partners
*From acting as his employer
*From acting as his de facto shop steward
*From learning from his business skills - why we physicists have to
spend our maths figuring out cash-flows is beyond my comprehension ...
*From learning from his knowledge of philosophy - he had taken a years
sabbatical from his physics doctorate to go slowly but surely mad in his
search for *proof*.
He also has a good working knowledge of Neuro Linguistic Programming and
has been involved in several 1 - 1 mappings with all kinda folk with
Now here's the rub. His doctoral thesis is on earthquake prediction -
Bam. His conclusion folk, in a nut-shell, is lack of pier-review in the
universities is killing people - Bam. His conclusion is that
appropriately designed cross-bracing would cost less than all the same
old same-old theoretical stuff that's not shared and obscured for no
apparent rhyme or reason.
Bam I use as an onomatopoeia. My mate's cross-bracing technique would
not have saved many in Bam. He designed it with Greece in mind. Oh how
Socrates would laugh / cry now.
"Take the pens off the Engineers and give them shovels !"
... is always the cry of the site staff ... you can't design in a vacuum
... you don't know what you'll find until you dig and then you
redesign, and dig, and redesign and dig, and redesign ... but you do it
and the job gets finished.
Anyway he's fit and working again. I told him about Ginni when he
couldn't look me in the eyes and I told him to beware of despair.
We get all sorts here. From ones who only go to the doctors if they know
what they want, to 17 year old girls turning up at the office in
knee-length rabbit fur boots looking a for priest to talk to. Explain
that phenomena !
Every behavior has a positive intention. Every ones going mad around
here in order not to face reality full on. The war doesn't help. This
pattern is repeated throughout history. We have a library at our disposal.
Below is what I said to her having taking advice from my mate Jack who
has decamped here after ww2. He knew she was being chased by demons; he
quietly played his snooker whilst she explained to me how she knew the
future. Turn out you pockets said Magrait and sure enough skunk,
mushrooms and nightclub promotion fell out.
"Tell me now" I said to her, "In this future that you have seen, do
you see me ?"
"No" she says
"Well then, I suspect that you are in the wrong place."
She left. What can you do Jack, what can you do ?
Bread Crumb Trails and Google keep us entwined presently in this
real-time phenomena. The software will evolve. The telos steps from
metadata to data direct. It steps from static to dynamic to static to
push to pull to .rdf to XML to DDT to ......... you name it - it's
coming. The spam barons are having a field day carpet-bagging - shame on
A life time ago I modeled sewers / rivers using time-series events ... I
think perhaps Stefan you are on to something when you write in terms of
May be this is Hegel's part in this design - building a model of the
real from the rational.
Don't despair at the colour red or from yorkshire folk in general
running amuck on the lists.
We have a lot to learn from every colour and I think on this we all agree.