Butterfly Effect

Episode #671 December 11, 2021 Every time i interact with someone or something in this life i catch a butterfly.   “When a butterfly flutters its wings in one part of the world, it can eventually cause a hurricane in another.” —Edward Norton Lorenz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va3iR7qNXw8 Every action is the beginning of a causal chain reaction. “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost, For the want of a rider the battle was lost, For the want of a...

Beatles Venn

Episode #670 December 4, 2021 "And let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it be" -- The Beatles, "Let It Be"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LMSOfs10mA The solution for sadness is “Take a sad song and make it better.” To combat stress realize that “Nothing is real.” If i am hurt “I get by with a little help from my friends.” When you are angry “Picture yourself in a boat on a river.” As you make a sad song better when nothing is real “Don’t carry the world upon your shoulder.” In a...

The Decision

Episode #669 November 27, 2021 I realize that some of my recent skydiving stories have not been the best advertisement for making a parachute jump. But these stories have a lesson. This one is about making the right decision. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfLqy83UHk8 The decision The twin turbine Otter roars down the runway. Wheels up and we are flying. Lake Elsinore fades away into a blue green pool as the Ortega mountains rush down. The airplane stabs through cumulous clouds and breaks out into a pure blue sky. 1500 feet. My wife Paula opens the door. Fresh air washes over us. I look...

My Wife My Life

Episode #668 November 20, 2021 “A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy says], is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” — Douglas Adams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaEVAweUkGA Forest tubs It was a sunny summer day in the forest. Peppermint Creek was a rushing playful sparkle. It cut through trees, fern and boulders. The water was so clear that schools of river trout could be seen. Jays and warblers harmonized to the syncopating creek. Paula and I were dressed in shorts and sun shirts. We wore tennis shoes with no socks. The sun baked through the filter of...

Why?

Episode #667 November 13, 2021 A computer consultant can seldom answer the question “Why?”     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVub1QCUCGc Troubleshooting is an art which can uncover a problem, but may not reveal a cause. i have always used the troubleshooting method of split half analysis to determine WHAT the problem might be.  Split half is the process of eliminating everything except the problem. “The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” — Michelangelo Buonarroti A problem exists inside its environment. Removing the filters...

Goodbyes

Episode #666 November 6, 2021 i love to say hello. i hate goodbyes.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rblYSKz_VnI Goodbye is a wrenching away of the bonds i have. It is not fair to me or to the other person. It is a disconnect. i think the distress i have with goodbyes came from when i dabbled in Scientology. While reading the book “Dianetics” i learned that there were relationship requirements between Scientology, its members, everyone else and me. At the heart of this teaching was the communication gap. There were subtleties of tone in communication training. However, an unbreakable precept was that...