Musings — Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

Brutal honesty will foster awareness. Which is taken advantage of through daily focus and discipline.

via Musings — Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

Thanks, Dirty Buddha 😉

 

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Writing backwards

Reblogging this for the cool diagram ;-).

The original post is worth reading and is short, so just read it rather than my summary (which, with our tendency to be verbose, would be a lot longer).

Realize Engineering

honey&mumfordschematicMy regular readers will know that I am a fan of the 5E instructional method and in particular combining it with Everyday Engineering Examples when teaching introductory engineering courses to undergraduate students. Elsewhere in this blog, there is a catalogue of lesson plans and examples originally published in a series of booklets produced during a couple of projects funded by the US National Science Foundation. Now, I have gone a step further and embedded this pedagogy in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Energy! Thermodynamics in Everyday Life. If you follow the MOOC, you’ll find some new worked examples that I explain while writing ‘backwards’ on a glass board. My film unit are very proud of the ‘backwards’ writing in these examples, which they tell me is an innovation in education filming-making. Our other major innovation is laboratory exercises that MOOC participants can perform in their kitchens…

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Writing Actually Is Hard Work, ne?

Writing is actually HARD WORK, ne?

They are two well written articles, written by others, which are worth reading.

Our opinion:

We think both ( Mike Minchin, who defines work as difficult physical labor exclusively and Ruth Carmel, who focuses on the challenge of reaching a good enough standard of output, given scarce, unreliable resources of time and emotional ranges) of you have good points, but the core issue is that invisible work is still work.

The rewriting, whether it occurs mostly in imaginary spaces of the inner mind, or on paper, is indeed the bulk of work; and so is finding the motivation to work, which occurs within the soul, dealing with invisible forces of emotion, duty/obligation, and drive/purpose, amongst other potential complications.

A subject work thinking about, and drawing up your own sysplex-models.

Also, welcome our new guest author, and the resident editor from our ranges of origin.

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

pic-victorRuth Carmel writes in response to Mike Minchin’s guest blog post, “Writing is Not Hard Work”:

I’m in the winter doldrums and the writing is slacking off. More precisely, I’m slacking off it. Too much late night television, forgetting to write down my ideas. At least I have an excuse for the moment. One of my sons has winter vacation, so until school kicks in again, it’s him and me facing the world together.

He’s fifteen but less independent than a typical kid his age, so I’m his buddy these days. We spent this morning at a warehouse store. I knew better than to troll the aisles, which I find headache-inducing even when I’m shopping solo. We stuck to business. After we ordered my son’s eyeglasses (cheaper than at the local optician, with its seasonally-appropriate window displays, but less risky than the hit-or-miss of an online pair), we headed straight…

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Thanks x Two

Sometimes people serve to warn you not to let your id-seipherot-time ‘errors overtake your love of life and appreciation for the gentle wealth of growth and development. In any case, check out this story which may be related to my cryptic writ:

Storyshucker

On a recent evening commute, a woman boarded the bus and rushed towards me. Rather than sit, she seemed to fall into the empty seat beside mine, a mound of heavy coat, thick scarf, and several bags. She wedged a bag between her feet and dug through her purse producing a pen and ragged notepad. Flipping frantically through its frayed pages, she peered at me over glasses perched on the tip of her nose.

“I have to make a list of things I’m thankful for.” she said with irritation.

I didn’t ask why, but glanced at her notepad. She was grateful for some important things, with “health” and “job” written so far on her list. She saw me looking.

“I need ideas. What are you thankful for?” She sounded aggravated.

I thought back to when my daughter was small. I told the woman how my daughter’s eyes lit up when we…

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The Fault in Memory

A nice post about memory, good place to start a discussion or philosophical reasoning.

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memory

“Many a man fails to become a thinker for the sole reason that his memory is too good.”

-F. Nietzsche

There is a vast amount of beings that at several moments through out their life, experience an inexpedient urge from within. I would be fibbing to say that I am not one of these beings. Coming across the quote that is provided above for you, the fellow seeker of Truth, I began to contemplate on the sole reason behind the issue of this almost unexplainable feeling.

Some do not care that they are part of this uncongenial group of outcasts… others obsess and conform to the norm of the era. Whichever category fits you best, I hope my explanation and thoughts fill you with complexity and perplexed vibes. I am aware that I may not always see things as you… but if you are taking the time to concentrate…

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