landmark taught me confusion is a racket, so lately i've been thinking of The Game i need to be playing (tmlp kinda thing). thought pin the tail on the donkey a good idea (seriously, desperately), but quickly learned the donkey was dead. decided to borrow one of the non-prof computers & work on finalizing & completing stuff over the weekend. i know: friday resolutions look great until sunday night. my problem is re-discovering The Zone after surviving a failed partnership, moving from LA & completely trashing my new pc. the remaining wheezy artifact suffers from the slow creep of major system shutdown.
re-thinking The Game driving home tonight came up with: The Right Stuff. defining a game at landmark (i'm rusty on tmlp stuff) means defining the "clearing" (or maybe the being) in which what there is to do shows up. the game defines everything & everything emerges from the game. so the important thing is defining the game. how do i know i've got the right game?
two things. discovering The Model Student and some synchronicity involving The Right Stuff.
after posting this i had to teach one of my students Dreamweaver. i gave Lou the Learning Dreamweaver MX (2 CD set) from lynda.com—just for a quick overview since i had nothing else prepared. originally, lynda.com was the preferred learning tool when i started this job. however, the students who showed up weren't exactly lynda.com material. being new to this space i got stuck on who i thought the potential students were, causing me to make inadequate & misguided curriculum decisions. however, watching Lou this week made me do a 180° because his attitude & behavior illustrated, what i quickly called, The Model Student. he started the 2nd CD today & wanted to take it home with him this weekend.
light bulb: the model student defines the curriculum and the model student needs to know the design model.
additionally, my director seemed pleased to know he was right all along (i was quick to fill him in on the "discovery"). he'd let our subscription run out cos it no longer seemed useful—he immediately reactivated it. now there are three sets of curriculum i need to blend together to fit his program.
the second thing that tells me i'm on track with this game. after setting up my temporary pc tonight i was in the kitchen thinking of a response to something posted here earlier. i was thinking of the choices on a form, Caucasian & African-American, for someone who is part white and part black. decided to do a post on The Right Stuff and i needed Tom Wolfe's definition. found some quotes from the book & this article by James Landrith, Defining “The Right Stuff”. before linking to another site i like to check it out a little. discovered Landrith is the editor and publisher of The Multiracial Activist, serves on the Steering Committee of the Racial Privacy Initiative, etc etc., and is from "multiracial" descent, is "interracially" married with two "multiracial" children. check out Landrith's weblog.
perfect. appears i'm receiving synchronistic Right Stuff pings. it found me, not me it.
other than actually working on the mop site and getting that done by monday—looks like i'm working on becoming a full-fledged rebel physicist by monday (maybe this is the third on track clue?).
i do so love when magic & desperate measures coincide.
As to just what this ineffable quality was. . .well, it obviously involved bravery. But it was not bravery in the simple sense of being willing to risk your life. . .any fool could do that. . . . No, the idea. . .seemed to be that a man should have the ability to go up in a hurtling piece of machinery and put his hide on the line and then have the moxie, the reflexes, the experience, the coolness, to pull it back in the last yawning moment--and then to go up again the next day, and the next day, and every next day. . . . There was a seemingly infinite series of tests. . .a dizzy progression of steps and ledges. . .a pyramid extraordinarily high and steep; and the idea was to prove at every foot of the way up that pyramid that you were one of the elected and anointed ones who had the right stuff and could move higher and higher and even--ultimately, God willing, one day--that you might be able to join that special few at the very top, that elite who had the capacity to bring tears to men's eyes, the very Brotherhood of the Right Stuff itself. —Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff
note: i never graduated from high school (took the GED). what i got flunking 7th grade & part of 8th grade was reading Rolling Stone magazine in the school library. i attended a free school & hung around a bunch of liberals & wood chips. and that's where i first read "The Right Stuff". nice. eventually, i would read the entire book & see the movie. won't be surprised if the movie is on this weekend. i'll keep you posted.
while making run to the border, remembered another ping popper. pesky piet clued me on blender—3D modeling & animation, etc. showed it to my students weeks ago. lou asks about blender today and i go: what's blender? totally forgot about it. i've seen carroll's site before but never fully checked it out. from his intro to Rebel Physics: A decade ago I became convinced, from my researches in another field, that time must have a richer structure than that offered by the single dimension that we commonly ascribe to it. Thus I went looking for evidence of 3 dimensional time concealed in the data of fundamental physics. I think that I may have found it.