“The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle; reinvent. Build a tangled bank.”
— Steven Johnson
For some people it’s easy to be organized and focused on one thing to the exclusion of all others. This however has never been my way. I tend to let my distractions grow into new projects of their own and then get distracted from them by what I have to work on in the first place. The different areas of my life overlap and form fractal patterns with odd synchonicities and strange convergences. Thus I think of ways of describing complex ideas using characters from old sitcoms (tho Neil Gaiman came up with the best one when he described Endora-Samantha-Tabitha as a prime example of the triple goddess in literature. Still these archetypal connections do prove useful at expanding awareness of a concept. Conversations with friends tend to evoke blog entries and blog entries connect to conversations and it all becomes a jumble that brings about dividends of understanding. Would I make faster progress and get more done with a more ordered and disciplined mind and work schedule? Quite possibly but my road would not be nearly as interesting nor as fun and I’ll take the sphegetti trail narrow or wide any day.
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