Sitting in my hotel room in Des Moines, waiting for my airport ride. Had a great weekend. Got to have a few conversations about things that really matter to me, and that makes a good con...
I must be closer to a breakthrough somewhere in my life than I thought--I can feel my nafs (a Sufi term roughly equivalent to kinks in my wiring) heating up. I can also see where T and I have some matching, complementary weaknesses that we will have to work through if we're going to operate cleanly on the next level of our career goals--I can see how we each have a tendency to isolate ourselves from each other slightly. We can go a day working in the same house and barely interact, if we're busy enough. That will not do. We both deserve better.
I'm luring Larry Niven onto Buzzword. We'd reached a stall with the fourth Dream Park book, but we may have found an exciting way through it. I'll say more later, but right now I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
A number of you had worked with the Five Tibetans. Is there anyone who was out of shape who worked their way to twenty-one repetitions? What was your experience? How about someone who was already in shape? I'd love to hear it, because I'm listening to what Mushtaq has been doing with his students, and he's getting tremendous results. I'm leaning toward including them in the Seven Secrets (Gawd! What am I going to have to omit?) because if I tell people they can make a real, concrete change in their fitness in about an hour a week, I need to do more than supply hyperlinks to the info. I need to actually lay out one such program. The Tibetans are the best I've seen at combining the following advantages:
1) with slight modifications, anyone can do them.
2) They take no equipment
3) They take little time
4) They take little space
5) You can learn them from a book or video
6) They cover a wide range of basic health/fitness needs.
Now in truth, they were never designed or taught specifically for fitness--they clearly have to do with joint and endocrine health. But it is possible to tart 'em up to make them tougher, once you've reached 21 reps. Anyway...does anyone have an experience on the matter to share?
The weekend box office for Iron Man was over 200 Million dollars worldwide, on a movie that cost 130 million. That's 3 1/2 days, folks. THAT'S why I'm willing to toil in the Hollywood vineyard (well, at least part of it.) IF I can get through the studio development process successfully, and create a profitable film, it might be possible to make enough money to last a lifetime (at the rate I spend it). That's worth the gamble. Artists have a very hard time living a middle-class lifestyle--unless they're married to non-artists who take mundane jobs to help balance out the cash flow. Generally, they are mostly poor as churchmice...with a few wealthy ones. Guess which one I'd prefer to be, all things being equal?
Got into a conversation with a group of fen about what they saw as the sorry state of our education system. My thoughts, of course, go immediately to "all right, what would even a THEORETICAL fix be, quite separate from the question of political implementation. And that, to me, should start with the question: what should the end result of a 12-year public school education be? To my surprise, a clear definition was not forthcoming. More "umms" and "ahhhs" than answers. My definition is incomplete, but would include the following:
"By graduation, every student should be basically capable of replacing an average member of his parent's generation in terms of earning enough money to support him/herself and a family, and being culturally savvy enough to be an honest, voting citizen."
Whatever else should be aspired to, any system that does not seek to replicate itself is dead in a generation. Anyway, those are my partial thoughts on the subject. Yours?
Monday, May 05, 2008
Posted by Steven Barnes at 8:54 AM