Ancient Mariner's Rules Introduction
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My own set of Gibb's Rules -- the Ancient Mariner's Rules?
#0. My introduction to the set of rules.
Note that I started this list with the number zero. It is something most assembly language programmers would understand but for non-programmers -- consider the fact that there are in fact two competing sets of numbers in the world -- cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers. I am not going into the weeds on this topic but you should remember from the Year 2000 issue that there was a differing opinion on when the millenium started -- on the first day of 2000 or as some believed -- 2001. I worked for many years with asians and I remember one guy who was born the same year as I was but when the actual number of years old came up his age in years depended not on his birthday (in May) but in fact he considered himself a year older after the chinese new year -- not on his birthday as a western person would. My friend Phuc probably had it right when I think about it. Consider a six month old baby. What age would you call the baby -- in years? The term 'integer' will not work here either as the rounding becomes a problem with a four month old as 0 years and a 7 month old as 1 years old. A baby that is between one and two years from his birthday is clearly a one-year old to us but in the asian method I must assume they are saying that a six month old baby is in his first year of life. I suppose you could just call the little kid a .5 year old but you are really breaking down the divisions to less than years. A child who answers the question of his age with years and months is perhaps my kind of child.
Gibb's Rules refers to the set of rules on NCIS. I call myself the Ancient Mariner as a kind of triple-entendre. 1st -- I was and always will be a marine (like Gibbs). 2nd -- I have actually been in a ship a couple of times crossing deep water (once skirting a typhoon). 3rd -- As you may have noticed in the webpage address -- I have been immersed up to my armpits frequently in water -- fresh and salt (marine) -- as part of my large-scale fish hobby and in the couple of times I have owned a fish store.
These rules are not entirely rules but sometimes just ideas -- I would like to re-write the leading sentences to become witty aphorisms. The ideas are in no particular order -- more or less just as I came to write them down -- except for the first one on making a living and the second one on spinning. Those ideas should go first as all else in life is affected by those ideas. The ideas here could also be descibed as 'thinking about thinking' -- but that seems cumbersome. In my studies on how the brain works a good model for the actions of memory was the hologram in the way that a hologram is created by laser light from all directions -- or it appears that way. You can rotate a holgram and see all sides or faces of the object but for my purposes consider that you could trace the lines creating/illuminating the object from the object outward or inward -- this is the matrix of the thought or idea. For some people just the object is there but for me the lines connecting the object or idea to its origins or validity are also there in most cases. At the very least there is a line in the matrix connecting the object or idea to proofs or experiments giving validity to the idea -- or the line to the proof not being visible might give one the thought that the idea is hypothetical. In a kind of opposite to my way of thinking consider the idea that many people may be acting like a photographer editing a photograph and 'cropping' the picture. The lines connecting the ideas to proofs or origins have been intentionally or unconciously deleted. Note that for the ideas listed here I do not just give the idea itself but that in most cases the research or connections that brought the idea to my mind is detailed -- an attempt to show the 'uncropped' matrix lines.
Currently on television there are a number of detective shows and a common plot item has the detective or consultant studying a picture on the mantle in the room where the body is lying in a pool of blood. Because the photograph is one taken by an amateur it has some details visible to the inquisitive mind of the sleuth and he comes up with the next line of inquiry in the search based on something in the background of the picture. But if the picture was made by a professional photographer there would be a staged background and worse than that -- the resolution of the picture would be great enough to allow enlarging just the faces and of course cropping out most or all of the background. If you take a look at any of my web pages that have pictures you will usually see that I have a small picture near the text describing it but there is a link below or on the picture that allows a click to enlarge the picture to a much higher resolution -- because the details are important to me. Are the ideas and concepts in your head 'cropped' or do at least some of the details and connections to sources remain? Are the sources of your knowledge 'cropped' versions perhaps written by professional historians who are similar to the professional photographer I tried to get you to visualize above -- cropping out all of the details?
It helps me to understand a complicated issue by finding a way to make an analogy that describes it. You may use the words allegory or metaphor or as I just used in the description of the possible workings of the brain -- model -- the hologram as a possible model. On some of the pages you may see a little robot. His name is Idd. I intend to use him to help illustrate ideas that involve a webpage, video, spreadsheet, textfile or picture. The original robot and his name come from a cartoon my dad created way back in the 1960s. See the webpage link on my 'articles' page for the original drawings my dad submitted to United Features Syndicate over fifty years ago.
My Dad's cartoon webpage
His cartoon was rejected but I have decided to make him live again in a way I think my dad intended. We could find no details on the storylines my dad had in mind for Idd if his cartoon had been picked up but in one of the panels he submitted he had Idd used as a kind of projector with stored videos coming out of one of his eyes. I have started 'storyboarding' my own version of Idd as an alien artifact that has been collecting data on Earth for thousands of years. All of the important events in the history of the world may have been recorded by such an alien artifact and Idd has either been there personally or has access to the data collected and stored for his alien creators.
Idd projecting an image of a former co-worker.|
One of Idd's co-workers was a vintage erector-set (meccano) robot. Idd has access to a lot of data and has a lot of stories to tell. Perhaps he has a video of the 'grassy knoll' in 1963 Dallas.
You can still buy the original tin robots made in Japan in the 1960s but the prices are exorbitant. Replicas of the originals are sometimes available. This one was available when I edited this text (Sunday, March 10, 2013) for about $80. Click on the pic to go to the website.
One of Idd's superiors .|
An image of another of Idd's former co-workers. If you find one on ebay now it will no longer have the alien mechanism -- they used an advanced technology that automatically dissolved all of the alien circuitry. Idd's failsafe autodestruction module had a one-in-a-billion flaw -- and failed to activate.
On re-reading this set of articles I realized that I have inserted the words nominalistic, universalistic, and hypothetical in many of the numbered items. It might be adviseable to read #52 and #55 first to understand why I use those words so much. Learning of the different 'patterns of thought' was a seminal idea for me -- a kind of epiphany. Without understanding the issues in Pribram's book (in #52) you may do some kind of 'mental skip' (explained in #55).
One last convention I occasionally use is 'cdm--' or 'end of quoted article' to indicate that the quoted text is over and you are back to my personal comments. Something like this seems necessary since these articles are written in a text editor (Editpad) and later converted into HTML in the same editor for the webpage. These articles are usually in the non-blue border web page format that does not use a stylesheet to handle formatting. Indenting the quoted text and all of the switching between fonts and font sizes requires some dedication to the art of stylesheets that I have not yet acquired -- sorry.
The use of old-style tables for my pictures and data reflects my failings in knowing how to do the proper things for word-wrapping around pictures. I am inclined to think that any attempt to use current stylesheets will eventually become 'broken' when the next battle in the 'browser wars' takes place. You may notice that the wide-blue-border webpages (that use a stylesheet) don't stretch to fit your horizontal width -- I am not a worthy enough coder to even know why.
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