Posts By Adam T. Stevens

Calendar

First off, happy belated pi day! Second, someone at work yesterday noted that every month has an ides, but it’s not always on the same day. That led me to this Wikipedia article, which proves not only that I have been pathetically ignorant of the calendar’s origins, but that I’ve not even had a good excuse for being so.

For example, September through December are so clearly enumerations that I really can’t understand how I didn’t get it before, only that they no longer correspond to the right numbers.

The article’s a quick read, and we’ll worth it. One last thing – just like the ides is the middle, kalends is the first day of the month.

Level up!

Loved this article, initially discovered, where else, on marginalrevolution.com, and especially this part (emphasis added):

Somebody three levels above is actually speaking a different language. They probably seem less impressive to you than the person two levels above, because most of what they’re thinking about is completely invisible to you. From where you are, it is not possible to imagine what they think about, or why. You might think you can, but this is only because they know how to tell entertaining stories. Any one of these stories probably contains enough wisdom to get you halfway to your next level if you put in enough time thinking about it.

I don’t imagine you’ll be able to resist reading the whole thing :-)

Better the devil you know

It feels like a safe, true statement, but if I really believed it, no one would recognize me.

It’s amazing how permanent everything feels. Growing up, the changes are within – at each step, your world expands – leaving family, going to college, getting a job, getting married, travelling – until it seems your world has gotten as big as it’s going to get. Then the exterior world starts changing. It was always changing, but your youthful perception of time was too brief to notice. With some perspective, the world seems unbelievably dynamic.

No matter how stable things are, a new stable point is never too far off, either as an organic process or through willful manipulation. It could be better, it could be worse. We like the feeling of control, so sometimes we prefer suboptimal outcomes because we brought them about (or we can convince ourselves we did).

There’s lots of cognitive dissonance, mood affiliation, hermeneutic circles, and just plain problems of perspective. I’m not sure where the best place to stand is, so I’ve got to walk around a lot. From where you stand, you might be able to see where I stand better than I can, so feel free to tell me when I’m about to step off the edge. That, however, could also be an optical illusion.

Either way, let’s keep the dialogue flowing.