As I was reading…
December 3, 2009 1 Comment
I was having a conversation with one of the British subcontract managers yesterday that struck me as quite refreshing given my current environmental circumstances, as it began with a quickly-glanced at picture of a coat of arms, covered property ownership in the Emirates (U.A.E.) and how yes, you may own a house but the land it sits on belongs to Qataris and yes, they can make you move your house off of THEIR land, to eventually end with a discussion of Stephen Hawkings, his theories, and the origination of both black holes and the inverse, the Big Bang. These types of conversations are something that I like to refer to as “nebulous” conversations, because unlike a standard train of thought conversation that has a starting point and a well-defined goal, such as stories repeating linear events (or what we call bullshit stories out here), these begin at the center of a cloud and move from topic to topic based solely on your own internal relevance process. This is the brainstorm version of a standard conversation; with the only established architecture, the only fixed point of reference, being the starting point.
Think of it as a conversation that exists only to explore; to conversationally get in the car, throw out the map, and see where the road takes you. It’s a great mental exercise and if you find the right person it’s a HELL of a lot of fun as there is not one once of predictability to where you will eventually end up.
This actually leads into my interpretation of the internet and following links. You may start out at a prestigious, upstanding news site , follow a few more links , jump shark to a different topic within the source site of the article you chased, begin reading a post about the current status of “Climategate” , work your way down to the comments, and end up with a gem that had me chuckling all morning.
God is dead.” –Nietzsche, 1882
“ManBearPig is dead.” – Internet, 2009
Sorry Al Gore. You have now effectively been laughed into obscurity, and I started it all by talking about a coat of arms.