Historic Fiction

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Historic Fiction

All fiction is real, all reality is fiction. The two are commonly mixed such that individual memory has no idea if information collected is a dream or a reality. We have watched many movies that rewrite the events of the story that we learned in school or watched on the news. Books provide depth in context.

Isaac Asimov wrote both science and science fiction. In reading while growing up in the 1960s, I got a much wider expansion of ideas from the past early in life, before a lot was buried in the flood of rewriting the history. Asimov essentially introduced a generation to the concepts of computers via the robot stories.

His other major work introduced a failing galactic empire and a scientists quest to not lose the knowledge base. The three books, Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation, were seminal in setting the foundation of my scientific understanding. Note that I am talking first person singular – as we tell our stories, the focus on I as the hero of the story is a learned behavior of story telling.

The heroes journey is the plot perspective from the individual perspective and ceding that to the group perspective can never be accepted. The groups that influence the behaviors of individuals by dictating a thought pattern are insidiously embedded in the control structure. The elites make common sense rules for behavior – etiquette – and then hold others to standards, rules that bind them to act a certain way. The scripts of movies hold actors and actresses to be in character and enforce specifics of interactive personal behavior.

Most children learn behavior from other children. If a child is not first born, there is no sense of privilege in the spectrum of group play – there is no comprehension of having the parents attention focus. Only children expect everything, because they always have adult focus, they grow quickly to recognize other sources of authority – a different world view.

How your world view was shaped is personal perspective. Your attitudes are learned from people who are looking out for themselves and trying to teach you things about life. Public school has morphed from informing to indoctrinating and children and adults need to play.

As a kid I was a thespian, a stage actor. The plays that we got were movie scripts and adapted books and I got to be a role player in lots of minor characters in the Music Man, Lil Abner and several other musicals. Being tone deaf, I could not hold a tune and was more of an extra grip on-stage. Both mom and lil bro had stage careers in the local community, I turned to chess.

If we need entertainment value, let’s form stage companies and entertain ourselves. With video outlets like ewe tube, there are methods to put out good material with low overhead costs. I would like to film a movie using drones and mini-cams attached to items in the scene. If we develop our acting abilities, we learn that we can play ourselves in any role, if we do our homework on the role.

I need some help. I am developing a small role play game for a group of 34 people. The knew weigh game scale is five to eight people. The 13 to 21 game scale is already conceptualized, so the quest for this mission in to create scenarios for small guilds to come together in a showcase of their ability in a random setting.

If you have been a dungeon master, you grok the need for different scenarios that the players can sharpen skills and collect prizes to warm up for the major level of the game. If you have a fictional realm ready where a story can be applied, let’s talk.

It’s the Law

Last week, I was  working for a friend being a handyman in the state of confusion known as California. The work has been clearing a house for a new tenant. In a way, the task is a metaphor of life – a good sorting of feelings and intent to allow me to make some key choices into the future. Part of the mass phase before the flow gets started.

So part of the collection was several years of recycling. There were amber, green and clear bottles, aluminum, tin and steel cans, beer bottles, many plastics. All were sorted, emptied cleaned out and package to take to the recycling station in Etna. The station is open two afternoons a week, but not in bad weather. We called ahead before taking the 8 mile drive to unload.

Loaded to the gills, the recycling took all the space we had available. We got there and faced an empty lot with one government worker. She promptly informed me that we could only turn in $50 dollars worth of material, because the vehicle had Oregon plates. It’s the law, she said.

I thought, gee, we are pretty close. I unloaded bags and got set to flip them onto a scale. We did not tare the load, strange when payout is involved. But this is government. The sum total came out to $56 dollars. We were informed that the site could accept none of our recycling because we exceeded the limit. ‘It’s the law’.

Okay, then I’ll take the $50 and get scammed out of the $6 and still get the task accomplished, with a little less return for the effort. No, I didn’t understand, ‘it’s the law’, They cannot take any of it. I cannot take back a few cans, I cannot let them have some. I was over the limit and no service was allowed. Since the employee saw the recycling physically, we would have to take it away and come back another day. ‘It’s the law’.

My friend dialed the phone number of the bureaucracy in charge. We had taken time and expense to get there and had other things for the taken space. She got the reply “It’s the law, we cannot let you do that.” The fact that my friend has a California drivers license and proof of local residency was not relevant. Apparently, since we had Oregon plates, we were guilty of defrauding the great state of California by moving garbage over a state line and hence could not make gains off our scam. The honest employees were protecting things because ‘It’s the law’.

I did not see any reason, so I did not resist. If I suggested the employee complain, then she might compromise her no work public paycheck. If she used reason, she showed too much initiative. I shook my head, had a cup of coffee and began thinking of who I knew that had a pick-up with california plates to help me finish the task. No luck, the recycles are back in the shed.

I rented the movie Idiocracy, with Owen Wilson. It’s got electrolytes. The only thing wrong with the premise of the movie is the 500 years of time travel into the future – we are there now.

Namaste’ … doc

Deeper Questions of Thyme

There are not too many other people thinking about the non-economic world. I think that once we have learned a behavior that we grok and enjoy, we hesitate to give up the advantage that our hard work earned from completing the task. We do not have to – in abundance, we will not require advantage and learning will be for joy, not competitive advantage. I learn a skill to add it to my toolbox, not to get ahead because there is no ahead or behind – we are all one and we are each one.

How we control ourselves is dictated by how we spend our time. We have a habit of watching the clock and setting schedules based on the time frame rather than the amount of time necessary to get the actual task done well. When I am in the middle of a task, I do not wish to have an alarm dictate to me the end of task. Nature has an ebb and a flow, time is used as an aggressive overlay.

Think back to high school. A nasty bell rings loudly and everyone goes into frenzied motion closing one thought pattern, then scrambling to the bathroom or the locker to change gears, then have a snippet of conversation before another bell rings and you sit silently for 45 minutes of boredom, hearing words from a drone. The speaker is repeating an already learned concept, so there is no thrill of discovery or insight behind the talk. Just get the prepared words out.

Learning does not have to be such that the word school strikes terror in most person’s minds. Adventures via games teaches new skills in a fun manner. Diving into a play-acted role, you use what you know to complete a task gets you to the point where you have to make decisions as a response to applied stimulus. Keeping on task to meet a time deadline does not have to be an option, if the game continues on in the next session. Each LARP game can be an experiment in social order, with a set of rules that defines the desired outcomes, repeated in different locales, with many themes.

Rules are guidelines, to be followed to enable the game to challenge the participants, yet also get the ideas that seeing the result is the goal of the game. The learning in ancillary because the focus is on doing, applied from personal perspectives. As a player gains expertise in a certain game, she can work out new unexpected ways of getting to the goal, based on intention and interest.

I enjoy the game called reading. Books fall into three major classes for me – fiction, non-fiction and new in concept. When I intend to create a new skill, I read the material much slower than when I intend to entertain myself. There comes a time in every book where the reader has to make a key decision – to abandon, to keep reading, or to burn through the rest of the book.

A page turning novel can draw me into the third category on page one, if the hook is set right. Other times I will read a series over a winter season, like my trifecta of readings of The Lord of the Rings, once every 15 years. Last winter I read the entire Harry Potter series.

Sometimes, I can read the same paragraph twice and get completely different understandings from the structure of the words. I tend to go back to standard texts for fundamentals. The snippets and abstracts that I read focus my depth level of reasoning. When a sentence does not seem to make sense in context, I stop and think and read it again. By the fourth time, I take off my glasses,close my eyes and come back fresh the next time.

The internet has changed the reading game for me in subtle ways. Screen brightness is a big factor – turning down the contrast helps when reading pdf files. I write these essays to be less than 1200 words – to create a product that can be read in 10 to 15 minutes that folks can think about. I survey a dozen different essay news sites for perspective of a variety of issues. I sometimes even read <gasp> main stream media that I don’t agree with, to see what they are saying. Looking through each author’s eyes complements my own vision.

I value reading enough to dedicate time to the task. I also watch videos to get interpretation of events and information that we need to vette in common, to ensure accuracy in our knowledge, information that we supposedly share in common. I wonder if that idea of common belief holds us encumbered to different time lines. Each of us on our own time without a common reference time could easily get out of sync.

Which may not be a bad idea. If we take our life at our own pace, and march to the beat of a different drum, then we still would have the same revolution of day and night as everyone else around us. Before clocks, people timed things by the position of the sun in the sky, the moon and the stars, the seasons of the calendar as segregated by solstice and equinox.

The rate of time passage seems to be a function of interest. The more highly focused on task, the quicker time seems to fly. On the other hand, waiting for an anticipated event can take forever.

I believe that time is a function of size. The less weight you carry, the faster your perception of the speed of time and the slower you perceive the rest of the motion in the world. If a cat weighs 1/20 of a human male, then maybe the cat has a time base of 3 seconds per minute perceived. One human second is 20 cat seconds.

So what takes a human scale minute to do takes 3 seconds on the kitty scale. Cats may experience a dozen days in the 24 hours of a human day. Each resting sleep reaches the REM stage, that creates a brand new kitty day upon resuming consciousness. A kitty staring into space might just be resetting an internal cat clock. A purr session becomes an energy transfer – a dissipation of ‘let’s get happy’ resonance. A 5 minute purr therapy might gain the cat life points, worth hours of kitty zen time. Do you suppose cats control the pace of their own lives?

The duration of an adventure allows the cast of characters to gain experience. As we get comfortable in a role, we gain power and influence through the setting of actions. We trust those we know to have character from a similar perspective. We do not need to feel stress when others see things differently. Perhaps we should feel joy over disagreement as we explore theories of time through alternative perspectives.

Namaste’ … doc