Thursday, June 30, 2016

On Cleaning Fountain Pens

Here is a very thorough post (with pictures) on how to clean fountain pens. It's called "Zen and the Art of Fountain Pen Maintainance." I leave it to you to judge how much it has to do with Zen.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ars Vivendi

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

“Un maître dans l’art de vivre ne fait pas de différence entre son travail et ses loisirs, son esprit et son corps, son éducation et sa distraction. Il met en oeuvre sa vision de l’excellence dans tout ce qu’il fait et laisse les autres déterminer s’il travaille ou se divertit. A ses yeux, il semble toujours faire les deux”. -

Francois Auguste René Chateaubriand

I wish I were ... but I have always been painfully aware of the difference between work and play.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Republic on Bullet Journaling

In this artcle, we hear that the "craze for bullet journaling shows that sometimes pen and paper is best—as long as the results can be Instagrammed." I am not sure that bullet journaling actually shows that "sometimes pen and is best," even though it seems undoubtedly true to me that pen and paper is sometime. Whatever may be the case, some of you will enjoy the article.[1]

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1. On a related matter, see here and here. I am somewhat of a skeptic. Whatever you do or think changes the brain for better or worse. What it will be, depends on many variables--or so I would argue.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Oppenheimer on Selective Practice

Robert Oppenheimer wrote in 1958 in a review of a boook called A Study of Thinking by Jerome Bruner, Jacqueline Goodnow, and George A. Austin (Swanee Review, 66, 481-489):
Man has a great capacity for distinction. His capacity of otherness is almost unlimited. We are concerned throughout with the discovery and creation of order in man's cognitive life. Rational life begins with the selective practice of ignoring differences, failing in truth to perceive them; rational life begins with failure to use discriminatory power in anything like its full potentiality. It lies in the selection, arrangement, and appropriate adequation to the objects of perception and thought, of limited traits, of a small residue of potential wealth.
This has the greatest relevance to note-taking, or it seems to me. I would add "connection," though it might already be covered by "arrangement."