Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Artemis Sere's Daily Thirteen (20130109)

1.  (source unknown, captured from a Facebook share) "Bruce [Lee] had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” –and we’re still running-”if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level."

2.  I received an iPad for use at work. Very interesting to experience the net and social media via different tablets and experiences. I'm still very partial to my Google Nexus tablet, and love how it works and feels. The iPad is heavy and operates a bit clunkier than I expected. Even the Targus Pad Case it came with has oddly-angled ridges. Also, I'm a big fan of Nexus & Galaxy's Mini-USB, both from a Universal Adapter and root powering perspective. It took me a few minutes to realize that the iPad wasn't charging when plugged into another laptop via USB.  Maybe I'm doing something wrong. I'm not an Apple Cultist, though, so you won't hear me singing praises of the tech. I grew up with Apple, back in the 80s & 90s and AppleMac days. More to come on my iPad UX.

3.  A good scout always has a backup plan stashed where no one expects to look.

4.  Life is a lot like field management in soccer. Run to the open space, create separation from those racing after you.

5.  Don't get full of yourself, or ahead of yourself. Stay hungry. Stay here.

6.  We so underestimate the power of the bug. Viruses are far more adaptive and predatory than we are, yet we spend very little real human resources figuring out how to track and beat them. It's virtually impossible for immunization sources to keep up with the rate of mutation, at least with the amount of serious resources put towards it right now. I may seem like I am against synthetic medicine, but that's only because I don't trust it's current state. Medicine is not presently in the business of curing people. By current economy and standards, it can't. More healing can only lead to fewer customers, and fewer customers is bad for bottom lines and bonus checks.

7.  "A great mind must be androgynous." (Coleridge)

8.  Klout Score 62. Proof that this stuff works. I watch my Engagement stats on, and am watching patterns. Fascinating what takes off and what doesn't, when it takes off and when it doesn't. Have to increase audience to expand test case.

9.  Must pick up Modestep's "Evolution Theory" in a couple of weeks. So pumped for that album. Gotta thank my pal from Sweden, Ola Damberg, for turning me onto them.

10. I don't let scenes define me. I don't worry about fitting anywhere. I am not so square.

11. The key to being a productive artist is accepting that your next work will be better than your last, and not dwelling on the imperfections of the product of the present. Do your best, and know your best will get better if you keep trying, practicing and working.

12. Burning bed, 1977. Hartford tornado, 1978. Pestalozziweg Apartment fire, 1985. Bavarian Boy Scout Camp Tornado, 1986. Car Accident on 36, 2005. Bridge Collapse of 35W, 2007. Coon Rapids Tornado, 2008.

13. Black Coffee Commitment Day 9 Complete.

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