Tim Carmody’s keynote speech at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference. Beautifully articulated.
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Tim hooked me the instant he mentioned diagramming sentences.
I loved diagramming sentences in middle school.
I remember diagraming sentences in seventh grade. I don’t remember loving it, though I now love puzzles. (Probably explains why I still can’t name the parts of speech.) I have, for a long time, wondered about reading (as sitting with a book on my lap) v. reading (scrolling down lines of text or other media as delivered on a screen). Media, whatever form it takes, delivered on a screen is media. The moment, the now.
The great words written. If delivered on the screen can engage me for a moment. The screen calls immediacy into play in a way a book doesn’t. A book on the lap calls settling in into play. I think Tim is correct, we’re on the cusp of the new. I’m quickly passing into geezerdom, if I haven’t already.
“I was there when I had to walk five miles in the snow to borrow a book. Had to pay two-cents a day penalty for every day after fourteen it was late before I returned it. Before you could download Stranger in a Strange Land immediately into your brain and grok it.”
I haven’t sat for long in a chair with a book in my lap for years, now.
And my focus is scattered, distracted.
I’m not making a case for holding the old, I don’t think. Just sadly noting how I’m different the past few years.
I don’t know if it’s good or bad.
The acceleration of things I’ve been good at losing relevance is dizzying.
I’m with you there.
I vote for a sentence-diagramming party at Clusterflockstock. I need a refresher.
I was never taught sentence diagramming. This is probably why I can’t write a sentence.
Next time a bunch of us get together, I will lead a short diagramming workshop, after which we will play a diagramming drinking game.
Speaking of which. Are we getting together this year? If so, where, when?
I’m in the process of not getting laid-off but being reassigned so I don’t really know what the heck my life is going to look like post 3/15 in terms of availability so, I can’t commit to anything but would love to get together.
Let’s get together
yeah yeah yeah
Otherwise, you can all visit me one or two at a time.
I sure hope we get together. I regret that I don’t have a suitable place to offer.
To review, what’s wanted:
• Reasonably easy access to and from a major airport
• Common area(s) where all may gather
• Private areas for sleeping and for “quiet time”
• Nice (but not necessary): a kitchen, even if it’s simple
Deron, does this cover the basics?
Deron, how many folks (on average) attend clusterflockstock gatherings? Seems there were twenty or so people last year.
Yep, that just about covers it: a place for everyone to sleep, and a room big enough for everyone to gather if we want. I think twenty last year was the most. We’d have to count each year to remember.