Thursday, August 13, 2009

sleep and improvisation

Robert Stickgold - thinks that dreams are what we make up.

Making stuff up.
Word improvisation
Musical improvisation.

How different are they ?

johari or nohari

Back to 2006 - the interactive Johari Window. - you can add your own view, or create your own at

Or for the darker side, make your own nohari window (negative traits / weaknesses):

Will knowing what others think of you make you any happier ?
Or would you rather not know ?

Cluck, cluck... cluck.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Bill Moyers special on dying, video

Bill Moyers special on dying, video.
"On Our Own Terms"

Grief is the tax on our affections. As much as we pleasure in our loves, their loss and resulting sorrow is the inevitable price.

The Darkroom of Damocles

The Darkroom of Damocles, by Willem Frederik Hermans
translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke

Who are the "good guys" or "bad guys"? Who can you trust ?

How do you know when you have been betrayed by the one into whose hands you have put your entire trust, and life?

Maybe you will never find out. Perhaps it is better if you remain uncertain, and keep what you believe rather than find out that the truth is ugliest of all the ways things can turn out.

Tension between redemption and justice. Idealistically justice is based on finding the truth, but redemption ? Maybe in some situations redemption and forgiveness have their own value.

chock full of words from another era, another part of the world:
fuller's earth
Rizla (still making the stuff)
Leidschendam viaduct
..and of course many others..