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16 August 2011

I was sitting outside in the sun a bit ago and had an acute feeling of having my brain stuffed with information that, when it comes down to it, the living organism that I am has no need of. I wondered what it was like for someone a thousand years ago, whose head was only full of useful information necessary for day-to-day life. Mine's bursting with information about things I can't see (atoms, germs, black holes, dinosaurs, etc.), entertainment trivia (the photo of Franco Corelli cooking soup with his dog, flux capacitors, the costumes for a 1958 production of Il Barbiere with Maria Callas and Tito Gobi, Muffin the Mule, etc.), people I'll never meet, some of whom are dead and some were never alive at the same time as me (Hitler, my mother's friend Morag who was married to a pilot, Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin), internet culture detritis (TIL, Foreveralone, 404, numa numa, nyan cat, BSOD). My head is like those inflated zentai suits: never intended to be treated in that fashion the risk of explosion or at least leakage seems high.

No wonder my head buzzes like a beehive and no wonder, too, many people have skewed priorities and unrealistic views of the world. I wonder what it was like long ago. It seems as though there'd be no distractions from the concentration on real matters at hand, such as smelling the breeze, planting seeds, stalking game, sweeping, and so on, except for actual, real distractions like sudden hailstorms, a friend shouting, nosebleeds, etc., which would cause a bifurcation - not the mind-split-in-a-million-directions-at-once that we have all the time.

When I'm creating stuffs I am single-minded, though. It's always been quite a refuge.


posted by - 2:02 PM

In Ye Olden Dayes we would have a lot of fun gabbing over the laundry boiling pot, though it was hard to understand the older women because they had no teeth.
i'm guessing it was not so idyllic. heads would be filled with why your daughter was talking to that fellow with the weird haircut, how many rabbits your man would get on the hunt, would it be more than your sister's man the stranger used those sticks to make fire, what kind of sticks were they anyway? what happened to those 3 guys who were away for a year did they really see a wide water with giant fish jumping and bellowing? etc etc, what was the name of that story the neighbor tribe acted out during the full moon, what happens to the moon anyway? which spirits have i angered today (go thru them one at a time) and what might they do to me and how can i avoid it or appease them.
*collapses in mental exhaustion*
I have to update my server code to reflect the new electronic environment so that my feeds are aimed at the calibration servo-mechanism rather than at the reciprocal server won't store in my cookies because then my vectors will all be skewed and I will have to reboot my hard drive but before I do that I will have to replace the mother board so that the evil conspiracy of robots will not find me ever again!

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