Approaches to Life: Quantity

As one experiences life, there are many buckets or personas that life sceintists can place people into.  The buckets include efficient precision (those who plan carefully), sponteneity (people who live in the moment only), and quantity (those who are more concerned with sheer volume than quality).

There are people that require many years of observation to place them into the correct persona.  On the other hand, some people only take seconds and leave behind many clues.  Take the photos below:


Clearly this individual used A LOT of duct tape and after watching the recent Mythbusters Duct Tape Hour, I couldn’t let this one go unnoticed.  If you notice in the second picture, the lack of precision in regards to the placement of the mirror, precision and planning probably was not used in this project.   While the end is functional, the quantity approach definitely fits here.


The Rise of Social Gaming


Yesterday, I posted an infographic illustrating the relationship between Facebook and Zynga. Today I found a glorious graphic that illustrates just how hot social gaming has become. Zynga has more than double the revenue generation of the second place developer, Playfish. I didn’t know that virtual pigs and tractors were so popular and people are willing to pay for virtual stuff. Now THAT is fascinating human behavior!

How to Live Given the Certainty of Death | Yale Philosophy Lecture

Came across this lecture by Prof. Kagan who addresses living life with certain death through value, immortality, and balance. Really interesting lecture that has sparked some inspiration. The value of life on a chart! If goals have value, then each goal increases your score… if you lie, your score is docked. You might even get bonus points for immortality in the form of a book. Hmmm… this could be interesting. Perhaps even touches on my concept of life effiiciency.

Nature’s Come Back

After the Tea Fire of 2008 swept through the foothills above Santa Barbara, burning more than 200 homes, I knew it would take a long time for our neighbors and nature to come home.  While the house that I live in survived the fire, returning after that long scary weekend to scorched earth and devastation was heart-breaking.

However, the landscape is slowly turning from brown, black ash to green again.  In fact, there are numerous breathetaking sites to enjoy as life replaces scorched death.


Take the picture above, taken today at Parma Park above Santa Barbara.  The strangely curved, scorched branches mimic fire while the leaves represent life trying to fight free of death’s grasp. 

The image is an excellent example of using patterns to enhance mood and drama.

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