Pavement Parking

I must ask for your patience in reading this, as I am using the philosophy of an ancient joke. When asked how to get somewhere, the response was, aah, I wouldn’t start from here if I were you. What is parking? The meaning of the word parking has changed dramatically.Richmond1⁠ writes: park (circa 1845) verb … Continue reading Pavement Parking

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Sir Richard Burton (not that one) on how to learn a language

Get a simple grammar and vocab. Mark absolutely essential forms and words Learn by heart - never more than 15 minutes at a time. Learn 300 words - easily done - in a week. Stumble through some easy book work. Underline every word you wish to recollect. "Having finished my volume" carefully work up the … Continue reading Sir Richard Burton (not that one) on how to learn a language

On Commonplacing

A few useful links 🙂 I don't understand why the big stationers and bookstores seem to be unaware of this subject!  http://theshakespeareblog.com/2014/08/taking-notes-shakespeare-and-table-books/ https://www.nytimes.com/1970/05/03/archives/speaking-of-commonplace-books-commonplace-books.html http://www.historyofinformation.com/detail.php?entryid=4165https://www.chrisnighman.com/research-projectshttp://motivatedmastery.com/keep-commonplace-book-evernote/https://commonplacecorner.wordpress.comhttps://cybertrackerblog.org/category/the-origin-of-science/And why similar systems don't cross reference or be aware of their history!https://bulletjournal.comAnd why "enthusiasts" are doing this :-)https://ahumbleplace.com/commonplacing-curiosity-and-the-desire-for-knowledge-ourselves/      

The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo and a Tale of Three Cathedrals

Once upon a time, a strange Amazonian god sent me a package of words entitled “Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought by Ann Moss.1 I have recently had three male relatives from the generation older than me die, and there were some interesting commonalities in their lives.  One was a physics professor, one … Continue reading The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo and a Tale of Three Cathedrals

How to govern

A policy or strategy must have and demonstrate three things: 1. it is internally logical, 2. it must demonstrate clearly its context and relationships and be aware of habitus 3. it must be humane, fun, intriguing, liminal, paradoxical, of zen, puzzling, open, enabling. 🙂

The New Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo

This is surprisingly easy to construct. At its centre are three things, infinity, nothing and their dance. These three items are very widely discussed. Godel Escher Bach. Complexity and non-linearity, a universe from nothing. It will be necessary to reinvent our classification systems. Dewey cannot manage this and in fact actively prevents us working and … Continue reading The New Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo

The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo

Once upon a time, a strange amazonian god sent me a package of words entitled "Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought by Ann Moss. This collection of alphabetized symbols spoke of another collection entitled The Art of Memory by Frances Yates. This collection notes the scribed utterances of someone called Jonathan Miller (all … Continue reading The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo