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01/30/2024

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Nancy White

Ah, just having this conversation with another friend-colleague about the way our brains respond to social media/sm habits, particularly as people over (cough cough) 65. I used the term "it has wrecked me." It is sadly reassuring to know the younger generations are feeling similar things.

I'm currently co-writing a book with a friend. We have weekly 90 minute sessions where ostensibly we are "editing" but in reality, we are thinking out loud with each other and the ideas are emerging through conversation. Yeah, we are on a phone with GDocs in front of us, but I find myself standing up and wandering around, free from video and a hard wired headset. I have a little journal on the path I walk through the house to jot things down, mostly illegible, but they are often moments when something gels just a little bit, and we land on a moment of greater clarity, a new insight, or sometimes just a clearer, simpler way to express the ideas.

It slows me down quite usefully. AND after about 90 minutes my focus just crumbles and it is time for a snack, tea and a pee! My body informs me if I listen.

Nancy again

....and, when something is lost, what is found?

steve

Absolutely.. Sometimes it's a realization and a pivot. I found myself relying too much on GPS and came to the conclusion it was damaging my navigation skills., I went mostly cold turky and have found most of the old skills. It looks me about two years of not using a slide rule when I got my first scientific calculator to realism the calculator was a crutch for mental math. For estimates and the playful math one uses early on thinking about things, I've gone back to my head, pencil and paper and a slide rule. It's allowed to me "see" the problem more clearly. Of course for accuracy one uses calculators, mathematica and homebrew programs.

It would be interesting to see cases where a sense of loss leads to invention.

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