I bought some lights in preparation for recordings. I also set up a projector and played around with looping the computer camera to the projector which projected on me. Very hard to get the right effect. Have a look at the experiment below. Very crude. And in this case the projection was recorded: I recorded my face before, and then projected it upon me, which my phone captured from the side. I can’t get the right balance of live camera and reflective projection; the complexity of size/angle, and lighting beyond my capacities and tech.


Projective Viewing

The idea is to project live onto myself. It should create an interesting visual effect. A bit like jaxing, where you loop your voice into your listening of some music. There is a slight delay, which may be artificially increased. There’s a sweet spot where one really does become aware of what one is saying as one is saying it. I tend to surprise myself by what comes out. The camera-projector is a variation on this. And it might be useful to play around with this wrt to the viewer, who might then bring into question their projective processes, what they see, what they interpret, what they co-create, or construct. Creating that meta-positionality is important.

Which leads finally to the plan.

The Plan

Combining the last few posts, Academia, Atemporal Fallacy and Light Show, we start to get the idea of what I am up to. I hope to record the various system solutions I have developed, with some background material on how I came up with them to support them. And perhaps some meta commentary. The idea is to bring all the systems together and within one hour describe the super-system, which is inconceivable by any one of us.

It is important to stack the systems, embody them, practice them, all simultaneously. It is not just about pointing out some thoughts, at arms distance, or laughably at telescopic distance. It is about the viewer, like the reader in reflexive reading, being concurrent. And it is about my communicating or sharing in such a way which embodies this too. It is a thing to practice, so that the actual talking/listening is consistent with the larger scale tools we are using, such as sqale, or the fiction being created in Urb, and the exploration in maths with XQ or with business people.

To perform all this over a potential ‘viewership’ of twenty years. A bit like Harry Sheldon of Asimov’s Foundation. The idea is to iterate this over winter, perhaps only to the end of 2020.

Imagine people who might be able to develop the skills if they entertain the possibility of multi-system change in 2021, they will be formidable practitioners by 2030, let alone 2040. Earth-Time-Zero, etc.

Invent some practices, like equinox all gathering to concurrently exist, meditate or attend to specific things. Not quite a ritual. Or the simple math of π^20; requiring only just over 3 people over a year to ‘see’ the possibility; in 20 years, the population of the earth.

Paths Ahead

I can see three paths ahead. I’ve only got 5 months to complete. And because it takes a month to sort things out and give two weeks for people to review, realistically this is 4 months.


ABC State

Extract material relating to ABC State. Use material for Reflexive Reading which applies to ABC State. Define qualities of ABC State. And do further research into other educational material which is related. However, drill into Doll’s work, what his references are and who cites him and his work.

Although this is the easiest to do, and what the reviewers are asking for, it goes against what my supervisors advised initially. Tricky.


Reflexive Reading

Extract Reflexive Reading. Go more into depth with the material I have already explored, ie Shotter, Roth. Also do another literature review of anyone exploring academic reading. Perhaps define the process mathematically, though this goes into XQ territory. Might situate it against Organic Sharing, or second social fact. My supervisors are not confident of supervising me with this, but with a clear research programme, it should be ok. Not the mathematisation, though.



Reflexive Reading edges into Organic Sharing, which brings in the economic. Also, the mathematical mapping of intention links to credits. So, rather than embed this in the Reflexive Reading proposal, let me extract it here.

Organisational Complexity

Option 2 and 3 involve a formal application for Changing Candidacy, which if allowed by the IS department may involve finding another supervisor and department. Given such a short time frame, I doubt this will happen. I could end up doing all this work, without having a supervisory team. So no matter what is written, it will not be read. This would be rather disappointing.


It looks like I am faced with exactly the same issue I faced when I conceived of the idea of doing a PhD. Ended up writing two of the three PhD proposals: one in education, one in economics, and the other I didn’t complete, one in psychology and mathematics. That was two years ago. After a year’s PhD, I have not defined ABC State, introduced Reflexive Reading which is a deep contribution which lends itself to vector-intent and XQ (ie psychology and mathematics) and organic sharing (ie economics hack). I have much more detail on the academic landscape. The mess (as in Ackoff’s term, the mess as opposed to a well defined problem) that is the interface of academia and practice in schools, the mess of theory and method post- post-modernism. The attempt to retain simplistic concepts, render them manageable and analysable and researchable, at the expense of finding application in the real world. The misplacement of ethics, the invisible subject (Roth), the need to evoke the categorical imperative (Kant) as the basis for ethical praxis. and transformative praxis (Bhaskar).

I am confident with Reflexive Reading. I think it is feasible to create a reasonable research project. The ABC State too. The maths, economics, of course because we’ve built a tool that operates it. These are empirical research projects: in each case we can conduct an experiment, and see what the results are. The philosophical or epistemological basis are rooted in several blindspots in academia, however, and my way of navigating this has not met with recognition or acceptance. Therefore, they will continue to appear ‘weak’. Hence the attempt to mathematise Reflexive Reading. This underpins all of them: a mathematical description which relates to the nominal data of ABC, the readership of Reflexive Reading (and social accountability), and the intention-projection of economic. Basically, how number is used for social organisation.

For example, the DIKW ladder in relation to the longitudinal ‘data’ that ABC State derives, the ‘information’ it has for participants (the relationship of their own behaviour to collective state) versus academics (a degree of social cohesion or coherence to group of people); the ‘knowledge’ it contains for teachers and students (namely the reframing of the teacher-student relationship in terms of authority, ie adult-institution empowerment); and ‘wisdom’ as it correlates to the ‘internally persuasive discourse’ (Bakhtin, but also Schon’s ‘reflective contract’ and Doll’s ‘dissipated control’).

The Path Ahead

Do all three simultaneously. This is what I had planned originally, and separated and attempted linearly. This has failed to meet with institutional acceptance. I can’t compute the additional institutional complexity, so let’s do it my way and run all three simultaneously. After all, what is my failure in comparison to the rate of loss globally because of institutional intraction? (And yes, I know that word is invented, but I don’t like the noun form of ‘intractability’ or ‘intractableness’?)

  • Economics: Sqale
  • Fantasy: Urb
  • Education: ABC State
  • Business: Action Cycles
  • Academia: Reflexive Reading
  • Mathematics: XQ
  • Spirit: Zeroing the Distance



The primary objective of this reconfiguration of the happyseaurchin site is to provide a transparent window, which we may find is glassless to enable greater interaction or participation. I am attempting to collate my thoughts, consolidate previous work, and to assimilate or construct or confluence ‘products’. These ‘products’ are meta-tools by which we can alter how we operate. Like watching  river forming an oxbow, carving out its path through the land. All process. It gets a little tricky. I have multiple perspectives, tools, etc, and formalising them requires a reasonable amount of effort. Not brick-by-brick work, more like herding cats.

I’ve introduced the major systems and tools in the fixed pages of this site, and they are indicated to the left. There are a bunch of others, like tango and tai-chi, an online tournament structure, happening hangouts. These generally fit into the systems outlined, and they all involve our embodied presence and action. The text-related ones are relevant for this blog in order to escape the standard written-reading practices, reveal the underlying assumptions of word-thought construction, while providing a creative means for us to progress well through text. We need to subvert the standard writing-reading contract which induces a deadening effect (that all this has already been written for you), in order to reveal the actual process (that it is being written, word for word, as you read). That is, Reflexive Reading. I describe text-tango below.

Why the bed image above? Because some of my best thinking emerges from sleep, the surface of wakefulness where the rules of linear logic are loosened up to enable a more fluid exploration of thinking. Mindflow, I call it. We’ll be encountering that here. You have been warned…

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Unique. Undefined. Unrefined.

Typical text. Although written alive to your live reading, the tendency is for the unsuspecting reading to fall into the standard practice of thinking it has all been written, and that they have to chase for the meaning which is being conveyed.

Relax. We are co-constructing the meaning. Yes, I’m writing this at the moment, but it could be you some day, or another. What matters is that we are sharing the experience.

Text-tango. This involves writing on a single page, deleting and editing as we go along. The process is captured on video, so the temporal nature is obvious. It is self-evident the text is being written.

There may be a finished ‘product’, a block of text, like these columns of text. The editing is not visible. Only the final product. The point of text-tango is to show the original writing and the editing process; both are creative.

Variations. I normally don’t edit typical text, because I think it is unfair. A well crafted piece of writing can become too seductive, where a first-time reader is struck by the well-crafted quality. I prefer the equality of writing live and reading live for the first time, with minimal editing. Closer to synchronous communication, talking rather than being lectured, a common misunderstanding when someone hears me talk. I am not lecturing. I am exploring. We are exploring. The proof of which is a new idea to us both.

Real Blabbing

Use the way-back machine to check out previous material. I will insert links for other material as I go along. Probably a set of links to the right side. I’m 50, so not so up to date with modern blog styles and formats for writing blog posts. As already noted, I have developed multiple ways of changing the way we read and write, which we will experiment with during this blog.

I am starting to compile the different areas of exploration I have conducted over my life, the various ‘processual products’ that I have formulated. That’s about thirty years of adult life. The intention is to produce clear descriptions of them. They are all pretty ‘minimal’: a handful of processes conducted simultaneously. But because they are minimal and processual, they generally go under the radar of people’s attention. As a result my life journey hasn’t appeared ‘understandable’ to others. The attempt is to make this clearer by showing how these different activities are related.

That is slightly misleading. Misleading in that I am misleading myself. I need to bring these processes together, with the hope of defining a minimal mathematical description. These blog posts could be conducted in private, but that would be in the same modality as the construction of the ‘products’. I didn’t want to confuse myself, to have my explorative meanderings, in the same ‘channel’ or modality as the work to construct the ‘products’. By making it public, I can pursue my line of thinking freshly, as indeed I write this, and I do not fall into the error of producing a ‘finished product’, which unfortunately is the objective of the real ‘work’. However much I like Sqale, and see it as a useful tool, or Reflexive Reading, they do require a considerable effort in creating.

I hope this makes sense. It may not. But then again, I am not explaining. I am exploring. The evidence will be in the subsequent posts, in combination with the actual results of what is created. For example, Sqale app. If the Sqale app takes off, then those parts of the blog which relate to it may be useful retrospectively for the reader, but more importantly, the writings are useful for me to sort out my thinking in relation to what we are doing with Sqale which may be influential in Sqale taking off. All too often, we see ‘success’ as a completed result, without the preceding toil and turmoil of its creation. We get retrospective fictions, sure, but they are dramatised; we then get inspired by these retrospective stories (I just watched Ford v Ferrari last night), and then attempt to ‘replicate’ them in our daily lives; in this process we end up replicating the fictive, not the real. Disorders occur. And we are particularly interested in how fiction becomes real, or how we realise things. So it it is important that we employ tools, and adopt methods, which equip us without colouring artificially. Which leads to this transparency. Not so dramatic. More struggle. But definitely real.

The world needs us to be more present and active, more than ever. If not, we shall succumb to the machinery, the machinery of tech, jobs, et al which contributes to so much automation of our lives.


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The above bar of number is not live. I’ll have to update it manually. And I may edit the whole thing considerably. Or I shall create another post which will be pinned to the top which is a generic Welcome with instructions on how to use the blog. But I will do this once I have got a bunch of stuff up. Yes, that makes sense. But for now, we’re done. I need to get on with the actual work. I may find that blogs are too distracting, or the format not as convenient as Gingko, or Apple’s TextEdit or Google’s online docs. May the experiment begin.