is hard for me to look at something without seeing the states buried in
To show you what I mean, I deleted the other text from the picture to
right. Virginia, Utah, and Massachusetts have nothing in particular to
them, but they have been associated on my desk for so long there must
something connecting them. Which one has a paper thin respect for the
of nature? Who would know? I live in California, where an eighth of the
people inhabit a world that is so complex most of us have no idea how
connects to the political system. We simply do the best we can to pay
bills and stuff like that.
In case you were wondering, this
is a picture of the Java Solutions
CD that I have used as the coaster on my desk since 1997, when I
glued the 1991 cent over the center hole to make it more than a piece
litter on my desk. I have used it for so long now that it is an old
The wear marks I covered up with candy wrappers are part of its charm.
shown in this picture are the four blue coffee beans that gave it the
quality that all Java stuff seemed to need at that time.*
I think of this as the
"information virus CD". That started when the
guy in the next cube dumped it because the thing had some sort of
virus. At the time I was new to the idea of figuring out how to
my relationship with issues of scale. Consider the red, white, and blue
blobs to the right of Utah. What could they represent that would be
of as a way to save energy?
I go through all this because I
think we need to engage our imaginations
in the battle to protect the intergenerational equity that a healthy
represents. Without something like that, the greedy will plunder the
of our ecosystem as surely as they have made many fertile croplands
suburbs. That old slogan "think globally, act locally" only works with
if our views of reality scale well.
Tian Harter, 4/26/2002
I remember fondly the days when my girlfriend's
daughter played Cosmic
Osmo (pronounced Oz-mo) on my computer.
*Not long after I made this
thing, I took a course in Java programming from
Tony Green. He said "Java will be a real language when it gets beyond
coffee metaphor." I think we are still waiting.