Happy 14th Baktun to all!

By | December 22, 2012

memoryofthefutureWell folks, 21 December 2012 has come and gone, and we’re still here. That’s a good sign. This means that we are now in the 14th Baktun of the Mayan calendar, the start of a new age. A new creation. What that means for the overall state of the world, we can only hope – there’s certainly a lot of room for improvement, to put it mildly. For me personally, it marks at least start of a new website and a new blog. This will be an experimental effort for some time, and I hope you’ll bear with me.

I am titling this blog “Two Boards and Most of the Idea”. That’s a fairly cryptic name, and I will undertake a full explanation in the near future. For now, let me just say that it represents a summary of an old family story told about my favorite uncle Leighton Dudley. He was quite an amazing man in many ways, and I learned a lot from him over the years. I will probably be mentioning him on a number of occasions. Overall, the title represents the idea that the things we build represent combinations of hard and soft things – tools, ideas, wood, thought, computers, bits. Everything human is part solid and part conceptual. Understanding the back-and-forth that takes place between the solid and the conceptual as we create and evolve ourselves, our organizations and societies, our technologies, and everything else that goes into our world is perhaps the most basic level of understanding necessary for our surthrival.

Did I mention that I tend to make up words on occasion? Usually, as in this case, you should be able to figure them out easily enough. I also have a weakness for extended and sometimes dubious metaphors, as you’ll find out soon…

As we go along, I’ll be writing about things social, technical, organizational, economic, political, educational, and anything else that seems important and appropriate. I certainly invite your comments and participation in discussions here; I’m not quite sure I’ve gotten it fully implemented yet, so bear with me as we evolve this system here.

You won’t always agree with what I say, since I write as I do everything else, under the “JD way”. But I hope you will agree that my thoughts and ideas are, if sometimes rather quirky, at least entertaining and hopefully useful.

Thanks for reading and, I hope, participating with me in this interesting new venture!

  • DrEvel1

    I miss you too, Mickey! Yes, you are correct about the “D”. In another couple of days, I’ll be telling the story and thus explaining the otherwise somewhat obscure name for this blog.

  • Mickey

    so “favorite uncle Leighton Dudley” is from where you got the D in JD?
    best for the new year
    I, for one, miss you here

  • http://www.emerydesign.com Kathia Emery

    Hi JD,

    I love your new blog, and am glad you mentioned making up new words. As I read “surthrival,” I at first thought “typo,” and then went back to take another look. Great new word! It’s important that humans not only survive, but thrive. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.