- Economics: Sqale
- Fantasy: Urb
- Education: ABC State
- Business: Action Cycles
- Academia: Reflexive Reading
- Mathematics: XQ
- Spirit: Zeroing the Distance
SUPER SWEET HEADING
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…
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.
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.
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.