… and soon it becomes harder to personalize the visualization.
Archive for August, 2010
A well-known Heinz product.
The number of US states Barack Obama claimed to have visited during his presidential campaigning.
My personal take on Sapir-Whorf is that language doesn’t provide an absolute limit to what you can think about. Instead, it limits what you can think about easily. If the first were true, then how would any new concept make it into language in the first place?
An interesting personal sidelight is that I remember having an absolute internal compass until about the age of 11. That was about the time my family left England – I wonder if I’d internalized the subliminal clues where I lived, and coming back to the US changed the clues enough to disrupt my compass for good?
Fruit flies like a banana. I found out just how much when a couple of bananas on a high shelf became “out of sight, out of mind.” I could certainly have used this advice a week or so ago.
… there are hazards.
This reminds me of my high school days in south Texas. The golf course on the local Air Force Base had signs posted that warned you to use a club to reach for your ball, and not to use your hand … the spot of white you were seeing could be a cottonmouth rattlesnake preparing to strike.
There were no crocodilian hazards on the course, but a group of local high school students did introduce such a beast, borrowed from the local zoo, to the pool at the Officer’s Club once.
I read, years ago, about an iaido exercise involving the attempt to split a falling dewdrop with a simultaneous draw-and-strike of a samurai sword. This requires much less skill to deal with dripping water.