For years, HoogyWeb sat collecting dust, and in that time I’ve changed a lot, so I’m wiping this slate clean, removing most of my old posts, and starting over.
This blog is no longer a random collection of thoughts on technology, politics, religion, and other topics for which I am truly unqualified. Instead, this blog will be about a transition that has been going on in my life over the past few years. And yes, it was started by a girl – my wife, and in general my favorite person. Maybe I’ll talk about her in another post. I will say that getting married has taught me a few important things.
- My life is not about me.
- My possessions are not mine, and it’s better that way.
- Collectives working together work better than individuals.
My transition has been slow, it’s ongoing, and I have no idea where it will take me, but like any good story I’m noticing it has a story arc, and even a little foreshadowing. I have a feeling that it’s leading me to a life much less about success for myself, and much more about the mutual support others in a sustainable, ecological way. It is a transformation away from “me” and toward “we.” As a result, it is no longer about how I, one lone human organism in a sea of humanity, can compete with other humans. It is instead about how I fit as one cell into the puzzle of the superorganism that humanity is poised to become.
Specifically, this story arc has taken me from “conservative by upbringing,” (without any real understanding of what that meant,) on through a time of questioning everything, toward a more moderate way of thinking, and ending somewhere that some might consider radical. Maybe I’ll tell you about that as well, but again, this blog is not about politics. It’s about a shift of thought.
In that shift, my goals have changed radically. Where I once wanted possessions and success, I now want self-sufficiency, a bit of land to share, a skill to give, and a community.
It’s not much of a goal, and it’s a lot. Maybe I’ll get there. Maybe you can offer tips on how I might. Maybe we can get there together. Stick around and we’ll see.
Oh I do so love XKCD. While I don’t normally post links to comics, this one makes a great point… one I could stand to learn. So I decided to give it it’s own blog entry.
Permalink: Duty Calls (xkcd.com)
I’ve been working on a lot of music lately. Sometimes, ideas and concepts come from unusual places. This time, it came from software.
I was trying out Sibelius, an excellent music notation program. I usually don’t go about writing music in a transcription app, but I was dragging notes around on the staff when ideas came to me, so I went with it. Continue reading
It was recently asked of me by a former student how I play multi-octave scales on the guitar. The answer involves a seven-note scale system I developed about 10 years ago while a in college. With it, I can fly up and down the neck relatively easily. I’m sure someone else on earth – probably many individuals – have the same scale system since it’s based on basic common sense. So, I thought I’d blog it for the rest of the world to enjoy. Continue reading