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I'm Wheezing Like a Bus Stop

I could waste your time with details, but a summary will do.
  • My only reading these days is just before bed. I'm reading an excellent translation of the Tao te Ching by "Red Pine". I can generally get through one or two poems. I am convinced at this point that Lao Tzu was a Shaman-philosopher, not a political philosopher, but this may, too be subject to change.
  • There has been a generational change in computing again, and I was on the wrong side. I still believe that one person should be able to understand all sides of a complex program. I now see that this is a thing of the past. It's a bit daunting, because if these visions SF writers have of AIs inhabiting the net come to pass, we've already lost. On the other hand, ant-like collaboration is now required, not optional. This means that the direction we are going is closer to Kropotkinesque self-regulating structures, not individual competition of the simpleminded Huxley-and-Smith variety. This will be reflected in our Economic structures. It makes the Anarcho-Syndicalist that has walled itself up in my heart measurably more hopeful. Apres Moi, la Deluge indeed.
  • This will be an excellent year for tomatoes. All our plants are doing well and already producing abundant unripe fruit. Cherokee purple (my favourite) in particular, but also a tall, very crinkly-leaved weird variety that looks like some kind of topiary. I'm going to have to post a picture. Maybe a tomato-journal this summer instead of boring old flowers.
  • I am the anti-carpenter. And yet I have obtained wood for deck-repair and I'm repairing our deck. We have been here nearly ten years now and have not painted the house nor stained the deck. Both these things are being done by people far more experienced than we, but prior to, I did promise to effect repairs. There will be blood, sweat, and tears, but no surrender.
  • I have been neglecting all my writing and writerly friends very badly. This will likely continue until some closure is reached in the current mass of for-pay stuff.
  • The only lactic-fermentation experiment this summer has been a quart of asparagus, head down in brine and moved to the fridge after three days of fermentation. The texture is similar to soup asparagus and the flavour is reminiscent of black pepper and malt vinegar with a strong asparagus overtone. Green salad days are coming to an end, and we're moving into the Niçoise period of summer, with the first green beans coming in the CSA, and the greens becoming chard and kale. I have been eating a lot of greens, but I've never noticed any major health effects. But I do now. Whenever I cut or scratch myself, and I do this regularly being both a klutz and a fool, I stop bleeding nearly immediately. Also, my cardio has suddenly become easy. Instead of wheezing and dialing back after about twenty minutes of that-machine-they-call-wave-but-is-really-just-ice-skating, I'm able to keep the pace up through the whole half-hour. My blood pressure has also dropped to the level it was when I was fifteen or so, just before I started smoking.
  • I am required away again on six things that have just been listed into the air from the other room, so that will have to do for today.

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asakiyume
Jul. 8th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
Après toi, it's ripening tomatoes and Niçoise salads, it seems.

Great news on the cardio fitness!
barry_king
Jul. 8th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
No, I'm the Berry King, not the Sun King. And we brought in currants this week! And strawberries/gooseberries/raspberries/blueberries, tho not ones we grew. I'll be making our squash tomorrow with our own currants. And we have at least a handful of the black variety.

Ah, but tomatoes! Looking forward. And I've been meaning to ask. Have you ever read "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" before?
asakiyume
Jul. 8th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
I have not! What manner of item is it? It has a whiff of nonfiction about it. Actually, what am I talking about. I am on the computer; I can look it up...

Aha! I have *heard* of it! But the way you hear a message at the end of a game of Telephone/Chinese Whispers--not conveyed with reliable accuracy. The premise as expressed in the John Updike quote on the guy's website is intriguing.
barry_king
Jul. 9th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
Oo. I think you'd like that one. It's one of those books that either it blows your mind or you throw it across the room as a load of hokum.

What I like about it is how many little bits of the ancient world that don't fit into the neoclassic order he picks up, dusts off, and says "well, how do you fit this in, then?"

I mentioned it talking to helivoy about intentions in "Pythia"; she averred that the cognitive science side of the work is gaining corroborative evidence, despite the questionable elements of history.

Of course it's the bits of history I like, but we stand on opposite sides of an academic chasm.

asakiyume
Jul. 9th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
You did? I can't find it on the comments on the entry where I mentioned it, but there seems to be a comment thread missing... or did discussion extend to other entries? I can't recall.

When you say opposite sides of an academic chasm, do you mean her in academia and you outside it? Or...?
barry_king
Jul. 9th, 2012 07:55 am (UTC)
Oh, this was offline—in email exchange. Which I suppose is technically on-line, since somewhere something has to be online to deliver email. In the same way that I'm technically outside academia, yes, although I wander through to collect wool on occasion, and don't have much truck with institutional tradition.
asakiyume
Jul. 9th, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
Did you see her eventual essay? She and I had a lively conversation.
barry_king
Jul. 9th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
Yes, you certainly did! She alerted me to it by email, and I thanked her for the review. She had an interesting take on the story, and gave me some advice on my sloppy Greek grammar.
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