Thursday, March 24, 2011

Relativity

I've covered some miles in the Scion (which I still haven't named evidently: suggestions please) the past 10 days: Maine, Vermont, several Boston/Cape back-forths. I'm withering slightly under the miles and time they take up. With the drive time, I've been thinking lately about the difference between objectivity and relativity.

The most compelling objective questions from this week:
1) What's a lot of money? The other interesting question here is what is money, but table that for next time.
2) How much is a long time?

The tendency is to answer either question based on an assumed object: How much X is a lot for Y?
Without a Y the answers have ranged from:
1) $10 to $10 million
2) 1 week to 5 years

Remember being in Westwood and saying the other side of town (2 miles) was too far? Or being in Manhattan and not wanting to go to a party/restaurant/park in Brooklyn?
It costs $40 in busfare to do a roundtrip night between Boston and NY. This keeps all things and people NYU feeling very close by. Despite piles of technology that let you see pictures of your friends and feel connected to their lives, a certain lug couldn't feel further away.

Blogsaver Time: (Credit to Kelsey, awesome video): http://www.econesting.com/2011/03/16/bookin-it/
Notice the clock in the background- Cool ideas and projects take time, stay the course.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Halfway Home

I've half written a lot of blogs lately: one about Charlie Sheen's stranglehold on America's attention span, another about Japan, a third about problems with local government attitudes towards public schools and music programs. Too much (too often) gets started and put aside.
Intentions are usually born in a flurry of motivation and energy which soon dwindles takes progress with it. Now that daylight savings has passed there's a buzz of excitement for Spring, and everyone's planning what they want to do this summer. Camping anyone? Skydiving? I have some bold plans for golf too.

There's a line in Amelie that translates roughly to "It's a hard world out there for dreamers." But on the other hand it's an easy world out there for the person who start projects and finishes the ones that are important to him/her. On this note, quick update on some things I'm in the middle of:

1) Almost finished editing (finally) the first chapter of the book. I'll post a page or two here, email me if you're interested in becoming a (cough: unpaid) editor.
2) Two weeks into guitar lessons and I'm very glad I signed up for them. A few of the people who (I think) will read this have mentioned wanting to get into dance or music this year. Go do it, really.
3) Getting ready for Tough Mudder with Bobby. I told him I'd tell people he says hi, so Bob says "hi".
4) Team Greenstorm has filled out lease paperwork for an apartment (location below) for which we're waiting on a thumbs up. Cross your fingers it works out. I'm excited for the fun/happy/fulfilling year that I'm sure we would have together.

(Thanks Google Maps. Notice the spitting distance to JD's brunch)

NY People: I'll be down on 3/26 and would love to see everyone who's around.

Have a good Tuesday,
JP