a guy asked why they don’t see me much in the coffee shops here. I mentioned, since I learned how to brew my own coffee to a level that is better than the coffee shops, why do I need to spend money and go? the coffee shop has seemingly died a slow death since the 80’s and 90’s as a place of social gathering of differences to a place where different people all come with their little box and no one really interacts. it was like yesterday, I took three bright young folks from the opera internship program to lunch and really got an optimistic slant to the youth of this nation.
but the coffee is percolating. I thank the government labs that they either didn’t want to clean or were too lazy to clean what are perfectly fine commercial Bunn machines. what can I say, I debated spending the 10 dollars on it but figured, “I should be able to fix anything wrong with it…it is a coffee maker.” truth be told, there really wasn’t anything wrong with it, or the others I subsequently purchased for less than the cost of one cheap machine you can get in a store.
what I wish was here in the lab right now was simply blank wide-open space versus sections of a building, road cases and tools that surround me and clutter the refining of all the plans and models. I am a bit bummed in the computer modeling right now, as that is taking more time. I am not what I was years ago when I lived on the computer and really was fascinated and interested in 3d modeling and animation. today, I am more interested in actually building tangible things versus presenting ideas that few ever take the time to build.
perhaps that is what I am seeing more of today. the dumbing down of content to a few syllables, a picture and the most basic information to tell a story. this is actually a hard thing to do, much like using few words to write a good song – but what my eyes and ears are hearing is nothing really amazing – but rather material that is shoved out the pipelines of commerce to keep the machines and shareholders appetites for money for nothing going.
tis odd times indeed. the more the world goes into stuff, the more I want to go the other way with minimalism and simplicity.
I found of the two…the later brings a richer and more meaningful life. but that is just my walk on this planets experience. stuff is really fun and nice, but one day I got honest with myself and truly appreciate the reality of depth. I had no idea it could be so difficult to live that way in this world. it is like when one of the young minds yesterday said, “when I figure you out…” I smiled. “what is there to figure out? what you see is what you get.”
he is on his rise up in the world of shows and entertainment. one day, maybe 10, 20 or 30 years from now, he might have that moment I had. “this business is really interesting, but we have gone past giving people a simple moment of escaping the reality of life – and we created a pipeline of people staring into the box like it is some pavlovian experiment.