I was walking home with an empty aluminum can that had a screw-on lid. As it was cold, the air in the can took up less space. The can contracted into the shape of a square. That amused me for some reason. Why did a round shape contract into 4 sides rather than 3 sides or 5 sides? This incites my child-like curiosity… for whatever that is worth.
Another mildly interesting observation….
While still at work, I was talking to my boss. His son has a learning disability. I asked him about it. His description of his son could just as well have described me as a child. His son… has recall issues with words and facts (such as abstractions like dates and phone numbers), has good spatial ability in figuring out mazes, does math by breaking down numbers, and likes nature which he enjoys learning about (meaning he can remember certain types of facts that traditional schooling doesn’t care about). What was particularly interesting about this is that my boss reminds me almost exactly of my mom, and deals with his son’s disability as my mom did.
Its strange how humans fall into similar patterns as individuals and also in relationships. Is there a connection to why a parent like him (and like my mom) might have a child like his son (and like me)?
Okay, next thought…
I started reading a new fiction book: Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory. I picked it up because it plays off the idea of VALIS from Philip K. Dick. Anyways, the character hears these sounds that no one else hears, and even he has a hard time of explaining the sounds themselves as they aren’t normal. It reminded me of certain experiences I’ve had. I don’t hear unusual sounds or anything, but I’ve had many experiences that are hard to describe.
I don’t know about other people’s experience. I’d guess that everybody has experiences that aren’t easily described, and probably for that reason most people don’t try to describe them or maybe even try to think about them. Its easier to just ignore the unusual.
So, about my experiences… I’ve had certain experiences that are very specific. I’ve had these experiences at different times of my life but not very often. However, every time I experience them, I very clearly recognize them and remember having had them before. The thing is that its hard to recall these experiences when I’m not having them. They are state-specific memories of specific states of experience.
At this moment, I only vaguely recall one of these types of experiences. The closest I can come to describe it is that its like what I’ve felt while under the influence of Nitrous Oxide. Its a cool buzzing sensation as if I were a contracted cloud of energy… or something like that. I have no clue where this experience comes from. I don’t even remember the last time I experienced it… maybe several years. It doesn’t seem to have any rhyme or reason, no explanation or cause. Its just there and then its not.
And the last thought…
For some reason, I was thinking about audio book services. Finding some spoken word on Rhapsody and Last FM reminded me of how much I enjoy listening to people read. Its the main reason I fell in love with Burroughs work. He has an awesome voice.
There is a demand for audio book services. There are many services, but they’re not very innovative compared to the music and movie industries. Why is that? My favorite movie service is Netflix and my favorite music service is Rhapsody. Why isn’t there a audio book service that compares to either of these?
I’d be willing to pay for such a service if it was comparable to Netflix or Rhapsody. So, why isn’t any company willing to offer it? Why does this industry lag behind all others? Is there just not enough demand? Am I unusual? Are most consumers of audio books happy with services that compare to where the music industry was 5 to 10 years ago?
Here I am just wanting to give my money away to some company. Yet, no company seems to want my money enough. Well… their loss… fine, I’ll just keep my money. Ha!
That is the end of today’s broadcast. Tune in next time for more deep insights and probing observations of life.