After a fun Monday at work, Melissa and Jamison took me to Cannon Beach. We got there about 15 minutes before sunset.
I reached a milestone yesterday: I donated my 24th pint of blood — 3 gallons!1 I used to have a rule: no talking about needles while I’m driving.2 We want to keep the driver conscious. I decided my fear of needles wasn’t optimal and decided to donate blood to get over it.
If you want to donate blood, too, but think you might want a donor buddy, feel free to contact me. We can do this!
Collections are cool. We find all sorts of things, label them, and put them in small, square boxes. Rocks, stamps, coins, galaxies. Along the way we learn geology, geography, history, cosmology.
We also learn classification, taxonomy. We get better at putting things in small, square boxes.
Sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic. Definitive, commemorative, special. Mint, used. Spiral, bar, irregular, barred spiral, lenticular, peculiar.
What do we do when reality is more complex than our taxonomy? What if we collect colors and discover the rainbow is a continuum?
Some might say, get more small, square boxes. And maybe that’s okay as long as we recognize that small, square boxes can’t fully capture reality. That small, square boxes can’t change reality. That small, square boxes can’t change a rainbow.
With my many trips to Cannon Beach already this year, I’ve started to notice changes in the sand level on the beach. Another trip, the rocks on the inland side of Haystack rock were completely covered by sand. Yesterday, the rocks were exposed and surrounded by water even though the tide wasn’t in. Even though I wasn’t able to talk anyone else into going with me1 it was a good day at the beach. Warm weather, sunshine, and cousins.2
Your name. Your location. All your friends. Your family. Your work history. Your schooling. Your birthday. Your checkins. Your events. Your hometown. Your likes, photos. Your relationships. Your religion and politics.
And not just for you, but for one and a half billion other people.
While you’re at it, also read My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data.
To be honest, I’m not even sure I know what the Facebook platform’s terms of service dictated that I do with user data acquired from Facebook. Technically, users could revoke certain app permissions later, and apps were supposed to remove any impacted data that they had stored. I doubt most apps did that, and I suspect users never knew—and still don’t know—that revoking access to an app they used eight years ago doesn’t do anything to reverse transmissions that took place years ago.
Insert pithy statement about closing the stable door after the horse has bolted here.
And be nice to others.
Just a friendly reminder to live your life. Take risks. Be wild. Be free. Dance in public. Fall in love. Make new friends. Share. Laugh. Cry. Eat cake. And be nice as hell to others.
Words to live by.
- What are my employees’ strengths? And how can I give them more projects that align with these strengths?
- What is my company’s larger mission?
- What does success look like in 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, etc.?
- What growth stage is my company/product in and how does that align with the product lifecycle?
- How has the company culture changed and what are the values the employees are reinforcing to their peers? Does this match what I/we say the culture is?
- Does my team view change as a negative or positive? Do they resist it or welcome it?
- Have I been spending my time effectively? Am I prioritizing enough time on the projects that are driving results?
- What processes or meetings are I doing that are no longer relevant or not working like I wanted them to?
- How has my audience/prospect changed over time? What do I need to adapt to get ahead of this change?
- What gaps exist that are preventing me from hitting my goals?
Do you have a favorite question?
Another week, another opportunity to visit Cannon Beach.
Since our visit the previous weekend, massive breakers scrubbed the Oregon coast. Ecola Creek rerouted north again, much closer to bluffs. The loose sand that was on the beach washed away. The tsunami evacuation maps normally posted on the seawall are gone. Have they also washed away?
Ordinarily, we would walk from Second Street down to the Rock, take some pictures and walk back. But it was a cold, blustery, cloudy day. After a hot drink and walking down the steps to the beach, we decided to drive to Tolovana Beach Park and walk to the Rock from there instead. Our assumption was that this would be a shorter walk. Checking the map, I’m not convinced this is the case, which makes me feel a lot better — and confirms what the walk felt like.
Another great day on the Oregon coast! I can’t wait for the next one.
Many years ago, I noted that you could name a star and get the name recorded in the Library of Congress for free — with just a tweet. This is possible because every single tweet is currently being recorded in the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress has announced starting January 1, 2018, it will only record tweets on a selective basis.
You still have a few days left. Name any star. Create and print your own certificate.
Most importantly, go outside, look up, and enjoy the night sky.
Update. I wrote on Facebook in response to a friend who noted this could be “the perfect anniversary gift”:
You’re not limited to naming just one star. In researching this post, I found a bunch of star registries. Most of them don’t claim to get them “registered” with the Library of Congress, just recorded in their “registry.” I have a Google Sheets spreadsheet handy… ;-)
For that matter, you’re not limited to naming just stars. Name a galaxy. There’s one 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda that you could (re)name. Then, in a dark spot on a romantic summer evening, you could find 200-400 billion stars honoring your love — no telescope or binoculars needed. :-)
Update 2. If you’re lost in the night sky, I have a book recommendation for you.