do you ever get the sense that a big storm is brewing? I wonder what weather forecasting was like before Doppler radar and the barometer. was it as simple as the old sailors, “red by night, a sailor’s delight, red by morn, sailors be warned?” or was it when a storm was coming right up on you with the dark skies that you thought, “hmm…this isn’t going to be good?” today, despite all the access to data and information, it seems like the world is thinking it will find a way stop an oil supertanker of the new humungous container ships traveling at full speed in a few hundred feet despite the realities of those pesky facts called physics saying it will take several miles.
While I can come up with ways to stop such a ship faster, I doubt any of them are good for the ship, people, or the environment.
I am working feverishly on two main projects, the first is the cool and ever-evolving Agrowspace where it still amazes me what is possible in growing nutritious food and multi crops in any climate, anywhere on the world and yet we don’t throw out the bathwater to the indigenous assets found in that area. now we have actual cool home designs, farms, villages…if you ever would have told me that my sketching out a “stupid” idea on a coffee shop table would have led to where it is today, I would have laughed.
the same can be said about the project with Augmanity that we have dubbed the “woo woo room” in that I might not think there is a great reason for the market to have such places where people can go to help themselves, but at least inside the USA, we have gotten so out of balance on many areas, that the rooms are actually needed. you can see this just walking around in any city, observing people in public spaces, and with the larger idea of all the Augmanity technologies – you get a weather report on humans.
despite being a species well adapted to innovate, make tools, and change. a lot of humanity is about simply staying in one space and insulating oneself from anything different. I don’t know if that last statement is correct, I do think people are inquisitive and curious about things different, but I am not seeing as many that want to actually go try something different, rather they want to see it from afar safe distance. I call it roller coaster thrill syndrome. it is where you take something that is very, very safe and brings in the sensation of thrills and dangers, let people ride and have a very safe experience, yet have enough “different” than the norm of one’s life to have people think, “wow, I really was wild and did something radical!”
if you are a guy sitting on an actual rocket blasting into space, or a fighter pilot actually dogfighting and someone is shooting missiles at you…to me that is radical and very real. the faux or augmented reality simply is a precursor to a segment of society that will be in a virtual wall-e state in a few years. I pray I am wrong, however, much like trying to stop a supertanker in a few hundred yards…unless people have a massive EMP experience to wipe out the power and the connectivity and reset themselves with their fellow human, expect the worst and not the best
I remember in the early 90’s. I was too excited about the prospect of the internet and what it could be like to want to go to sleep. I thought, “what will I miss?” in hindsight, I had no idea there were so few people actually on it. as the masses came into the internet space, I became less interested, sans one idea for humanity. today, net neutrality has been bought and sold inside a country where I really believed the words of the constitution, declaration of independence, and the Gettysburg address.
while I know it takes time for the reality to match up with the ideal, I don’t see the world moving closer, rather it is farther to those ideas. then again, I don’t think many Americans, particularly anyone that has not been out of the country on any non-tourist type adventure will really see or realized what great gifts we have, and how we are squandering them, much like a small child seems to have a tantrum.
“I don’t like him…he is different than me!”
I keep trying to wrap my head around a country basically formed by people from all over, yet today I am watching every different group screaming that it somehow needs to be treated special because of its unique race, creed, color, religion, political, monetary, class, ethnic, sexual slant – and while the people inside each group are finding it easier to find each other, it is not making anything else that is different from that group inclusive. it reminds me more of that child’s toy where you had to put the square, circle, triangle into the corresponding shape.
you could not put the circle in the triangle, nor the square in the circle. yet If you just stepped back a bit, you would realize everyone is part of a bigger thing.
I call it humanity. I don’t really know why it is so goofy these days. while I see a storm coming, what I also know is that the storm can be averted if each person does their part and starts working on themselves.
nice dream, no? me thinking people want and will change themselves and make the planet better. the reality is that it will require too much effort than most will give since in the west we have developed an instant gratification life.
yes, I can come up with a lot of ways to shorten the stop distance of a supertanker or new-fangled cargo ship – but it would be a waste of a lot of resources when a simpler solution would be, “slow down a little further out at sea.”
a storm is a brewing…no wonder we are working in controlled environment agriculture that you can plop anywhere on the planet. the sad reality is we might soon need it if we don’t get a little wiser with ourselves and the planet. today we have all this data, yet it feels like everyone is so busy looking at their grain of sand that they can no longer see the beach, much less the storm that is approaching.