No Idea

In her essay,
The price of America's quest for an external enemy
Morgan Godvin makes a pretty good point.

We can use this as a catalyst for positive change. Instead of constantly searching for threats from without, this is an opportunity for introspection. Healing comes from within.

Along the way she points out some fairly basic facts of the American Experience.

American history class, after all, is used to promulgate a particular and pre-approved world view.

We are far more experienced at chasing boogiemen than we are at actually protecting American life.

Of course, America will do nothing. Because we can not agree on the facts of anything anymore. The voices shouting about placing blame on China will be reported as if they were the majority when, in fact, they are the minority. The voices trying to move the giant health care industry away from private insurance will be derailed in their fight because of a million little things.

America will not change because we, as a country, can not pause for honest introspection. We are a country of us versus them, of right vs wrong, good vs evil. We are a country that does not believe the fact that the world is not divided along a line.

Okay. Interesting point from Patrick Rhone.

1. Analyze Obamagate without being divisive
2. Analyze Stay at Home without being divisive
3. Analyze the importance of the USPS without being divisive
n. Analyze any hot button issue in our national discourse without being divisive

Summary of Obamagate as far as I can follow:

The DOJ decided to drop the charges against Flynn - who plead guilty to the charges. After that decision, there are allegations that surface that top Obama administration officials requested, or somehow otherwise knew Flynn was the person colluding with Russia for the Trump campaign. The argument now is that any information that was found during the investigation into Flynn is worthless because senior Obama administration officials requested, or knew if was Flynn? Also, since the FBI didn't tell the Trump campaign it was investigating the Trump campaign for collusion with Russia the information and evidence of collusion are worthless because the FBI didn't tell Trump that his campaign was being investigated.

If this summary is correct then all I can say is that the GOP is looking for a reason to explain away the DOJ dropping charges against a person who plead guilty to the charges and the only way the GOP knows how to explain anything is to yell, "Obama".

Patrick Rhone

If you love something digital — writing, journalling, a blog post, anything — and you want to preserve it for hundreds of years, you’ll print it on paper.
Nothing digital lasts. In fact, it has a proven track record of not lasting.

This is just masturbatory projection. I dislike this type of blanket statement of fact.

Paper doesn't last for hundreds of years if it's not cared for.
Who is going to care for your Hobonichi journal once you're gone?
Who is going to preserve the blog post you copied to 60 gsm paper and meticulously calligraphied to look like an old time bible Okay if it looks good enough some one might preserve this

The idea that you have to save and preserve your ramblings and thoughts and tasks and goals and whatever you use your notebook or blog for is just ... well, pedestrian. Your thoughts on productivity, what Apple should release, how Google is horrible, or whatever your writing about will most likely not impact anyone in 10, 20, or 100 years. No matter what format you use.

It's not like we're all looking to some random Roman baker for ideas on how to live our lives now. What ideas are we stealing from The Enlightenment? Not Sherry's recipe for crow pie. It is a select few who get to echo through the ages and let's face it, you're blog about Apple probably isn't going to resonate with anyone soon.

But, hey, I could be wrong and your blog about minimalism is the one that people find in a future that has no idea about Stoicism or the ancient human cultures that birthed the philosophy and you become the new Marcus Aurelius.
Do you care?
You won't be there to see it.
You won't be there to direct it.
You won't be there to shape it.

No, my friends, seek not to preserve your writing for generations to come. Write for yourself and if it gets saved then count it a blessing. But, do not fret about trying to preserve your words. Do not think that you have to preserve your words.

This photo of the sun rising in Belgium is pretty sublime.

I haven't realized the magnitude of the California Stay at Home order until I saw this video.

My daily life has not been changed that much. Mainly because I'm a pretty boring person.

I still have a job that I have to go to.
The neighborhood is a little louder in the early afternoon than it was before.
There is less traffic on the road, but my commute didn't have much to begin with.

Seeing San Francisco during the day with no cars or people outside is striking in that there are always cars and/or people outside.

Two miles does not sound like very far to drive.

"It's just down the road." can mean a 10 to 15 minute drive. But, in the landscape view 2 miles is a pretty big difference.

First view of Half Dome and El Capitan on Hwy 41 driving into Yosemite Valley.

As you come around this corer you can see the granite formations that Yosemite is famous for for the first time. They are impressive, but no match for the better known Tunnel View.

Although you can see Half Dome better the first time, you still get a better understanding of the layout of Yosemite Valley from tunnel view. There is the slightest hint of the valley in the first view, but at Tunnel View it spreads out before you. You see the enormity of El Capitan for the first time.

I've been in Yosemite on vacation this week. Thursday we drove around the Valley and I spent some time walking around and taking photos. Here are some of my favorites from the day trip.

Tunnel View

This is always a stunning view. It was especially clear on the way down to the valley. You can see a control burn in progress.

This shadow of a tree on a very calm Merced river was a great find on one of my walks.

Merced River in the Valley

El Capitan is a force of nature. It is almost impossible to put into words how big this granite wall is.

Bridalveil Falls

The scenery around Yosemite Valley is always impressive. I enjoy all the time that I spend in my favorite National Park.

So, um, yeah, this is way out of my wheelhouse. But, what an amazing video.

I can't believe that there are people out there that do this.


This 5 minute video showcasing the craftsmanship of James and Tilla Waters by Nick Bennett is excellent.

Now I have a new place to shop for hand made ceramics.