Well, it’s been ages since my last update.
Weekdays have become a blur of working and working out and playing guitar and cooking and chatting. Lather, rinse, repeat. I’ve started doing the NYTimes crossword puzzle, which to my surprise I’ve found is quite fun. Also, we’ve been watching this guy as much as possible. He just cracked a million dollars this week. Go Ken!
It’s weird that he’s making all these appearances on the Today Show and stuff now, even though the show was filmed in February. I guess he has to act like they’re being filmed now. I wonder if he’s slipped up at all.
I love my new digital camera. My affair with cameras has been long and tortuous, and a little bit torturous too, I guess. (I just wrote a long blurb about it here, but then realized how boring it was and deleted it. Didn’t have a camera, had to mooch pictures, finally got one and then it got stolen, etc.) Anyway, here are some recent pictures:
I love estimating. I’ve found a partner in crime in N-d (for explanation of the d, see 20-Across in the 14 July NYTimes crossword puzzle). We must annoy the hell out of everyone else, but we just like doing it. Usually I’ll do it in my head, but now that he’s around, we follow a much more vocal process. We’ll estimate all kinds of stuff: how old the forest we’re hiking through is, how far we’ve really walked on the hike so far (and what techniques the cartographers might have used for their trail measurements), how long it took to build the bridge we’re driving over, how much a particular yacht or apartment costs, the number of people at the Pro Sports Club that are from Microsoft, the value of all the infrastructure in the U.S., the probability that a date will go well, whatever. We don’t have to know much about the subject, just enough to get started.
I think it’s a good mental exercise because even if you don’t know the specifics, it makes you think about how things work. A good estimate requires you to analyze the mechanisms underlying any process. For instance, estimating a forest’s age makes us think about the height of the trees, the rate of their growth, the historic weather and possible occurrence of forest fire that might influence that rate, and so on. Even if the numbers we make up for each of these factors are way off, at least we’ve gained an appreciation for the forest as a complex growing entity rather than some staid bunch of trees that we’re walking through.
In short, estimating prevents you from taking things for granted. Just about everything you use or see has a history or process behind it; I figure it’s good (and entertaining) to appreciate these things.
This theory occurred to me recently about why people lose touch with popular music (and not because they stop being rebellious). I’ll write about it next time.