Sparrowhawk

Episode #625 January 23, 2021 “The danger in trying to do good is that the mind comes to confuse the intent of goodness with the act of doing things well.” — Ursula Le Guin “The Finder.”     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL7XdoS5Je4 In Ursula Le Guin’s second book of the Earthsea Trilogy (“The Tombs of Atuan”) the wizard Sparrowhawk liberates the Princess from the labyrinth under the castle. Throughout the escape Sparrowhawk uses magic spells and incantations to counter the destruction being caused by evil forces. He bridged the path where earth had fallen away. He repelled falling rocks that would strike them....

Legacy

Episode #624 January 16, 2021 A legacy is not just a fortune left for relatives and friends to squabble over. It is a reputation and a wisdom that lives on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz1wUmmDHSc An old friend of mine, Ron Coogan, left a legacy that has taught me patience and cunning. He had a pool table in his garage where i would play with him often. Ron wasn’t the best shot, but he had a light touch. He would hit the ball in the general direction of the pocket. He did not aim to sink the ball, but to get the ball close...

Instinct and Intuition

Episode #623 January 9, 2021 In my role as consultant i employ instinct and intuition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZolkohYKFk Instinct is an innate hardwired tendency toward a particular behavior. All animals and, arguably, some vegetation have instinct. Birds know where north is. Plants reach toward the sun. Bees dance to show the hive where the nectar is. Humans seek out a mate. Some thinking in psychology (Maslow) is that humans have no instinct. Maslow would have us believe that awareness is strictly built on a pyramid of esteem, then on belonging, then on safety, with a foundation of basic physical needs. The physical...

Gauges

Episode #622 January 2, 2021 We all use gauges routinely in our lives.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odtgM_9oJ6I When driving a car my eyes go regularly to the speedometer, tachometer, temperature and fuel level gauges. My Prius also had a graphic gauge which showed the apportionment between the electric and gasoline motors. This gauge allowed me to assess the charging level of the battery system. There are also proximity gauges in my car in the form of rear view mirrors and my own depth of vision. When a pilot is visually scanning he spends 1 to 2 seconds in 10° increments scanning the...

Being

Episode #621  December 26, 2020 Sometimes i just let it be.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6T5C-jzSH0 i brought my old car to the shop one day and gave the mechanic a long list of problems to be fixed. He said, “I can fix these critical things so the car will keep running. Don’t repair these other things. Just drive the car until it quits.” Let it be. My old computer began to run really slow. i checked the operating system. It was not too new. i found that there was plenty of storage and adequate RAM. No malware was present to slow things...

Christmas tree

Episode #620 December 19, 2020 My house has a commanding view of the valley below — a perfect opportunity to display a  Christmas tree for all to see. i decided to make the tree a lighted one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0EXDwf2090 A step by step plan was required. The engineering and execution was accomplished in the following steps: The center post: i chose to use black PVC pipe for the center post. So that the tree would be visible from the length of the valley i made the post 12’ tall. 3” diameter pipe fit through an umbrella hole in my metal table...