How I Got To This Point

Those few who read this site know what I’m trying to achieve. Most don’t know how I got to this point. Cocktails mutterings, explanations to acquaintances, and other vague comments aside, I embarked on this long, strange trip because of one person. The weird thing is that I didn’t know him until recently, and but for a couple of extreme coincidences, our paths might never have crossed. And yet, here I am, a middle-aged man chasing a dream…..a quixotic pursuit for sure.

My friend and his wife are among the few who are peering intently into the near future, looking at a world awash in data, information, and the myriad methods that are being created to deal with this fundamental shift in our existence. They are excited, hungry, and impatient. They have lit the fire in me, as well.

Today, in a post she writes about the changing that is occurring all around us, and says:

All over the world, people are trying things and talking about problems and solutions and possibilities in almost any arena you can name: medicine, technology, politics, business, media, art … you get the picture. The vast amounts of information on Teh Interwebs let me check in with Effect Measure Seth Godin and TED and BoingBoing and many other sites that show intelligence, understanding and, most importantly, movement. and

Things are happening. Companies are removing restrictive coding from music files. Candidates are finding new ways to fund campaigns. Whether you would vote for Obama or not, the method employed by his campaign to raise money is brilliant, innovative and new. People are exploring technology frontiers in creative ways (check out this and this and this, if you don’t believe me.)

The big challenge for right now, for anyone who wants something better, is to keep exploring, keep learning, keep moving along. To be open to changing our minds as we get new information. We are no longer envisioning a new world, we’re paving the road to get there.

…keep exploring, keep learning, keep moving along. To be open to changing our minds as we get new information…….

Thanks for putting the inspiration into words.

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“Life’s hard, son. It’s harder when you’re stupid.” — The Duke.

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. - Joseph Addison
The term informavore (also spelled informivore) characterizes an organism that consumes information. It is meant to be a description of human behavior in modern information society, in comparison to omnivore, as a description of humans consuming food. George A. Miller [1] coined the term in 1983 as an analogy to how organisms survive by consuming negative entropy (as suggested by Erwin Schrödinger [2]). Miller states, "Just as the body survives by ingesting negative entropy, so the mind survives by ingesting information. In a very general sense, all higher organisms are informavores." - Wikipedia

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