The Music of Chemistry

What a wonderfully unique take on substances that we put in our bodies. That doesn’t mean I agree with all the positions, but it was so nice to hear something new from someone who is passionate about exploring substances for what they are, not the fear that comes with them.

My only suggestion (in what is an otherwise fascinating interview) is for Hamilton to help communication his fascination by adopting the phrase that “drugs are the music of chemistry” to help answer the first question of the interview.

Time to Explore

I have an app on my wrist that used to tell me when to breathe.

I muted notifications. I already know how to breathe.

What the app describes as breathe though isn’t necessarily a bad idea, it’s just that the app uses a term I don’t appreciate. Taking the time to let air flow in and out of my body isn’t something I need to budget time for. It just happens.

I think it’s more important to budget time to explore.

When was the last time you noticed something normal and asked questions about it?

I did this once at the dentist (an experience I don’t necessarily enjoy) and found myself being fascinated by the multitude of specially designed tools used to create the experience that would improve my oral health. Among the things I mentally explored were the specific qualities of steel (iron & carbon mixed) in order to produce the thin metal tools used. The chair was hooked up to electrical and vacuum systems, contained foam designed during the space race of the 1960s, and X-rays developed when space was still the subject of science fiction.

A simple experience I took for granted contained a history of artifacts that combine to deliver value via oral health.

Taking the time to explore isn’t just fun. The insights can help you appreciate the world around you.

Give it a go on something that’s routine today. You don’t have to go to the dentist to see the good in the world around you.

For the record, I still don’t like going to the dentist, but I know I’ll at least find something new there that I can appreciate.

Fun With Fonts (France Edition)

We often marvel at the technology we have today and talk about it incessantly.  A quick google search reveals more than 2.8 million sites showing rumors of the iPhone 7.  While I’m a huge fan of modern technology, I’m also a huge fan of old technology.  Some of the oldest technology we use today is our lettering and numbering systems.  If you think about these things as a technology that has and still has incremental growth and improvements over time they’re really quite impressive.  We didn’t just go from no letters to letters.  We evolved to the letters we have and it’s been a tremendous evolution.

Recently I got to take a trip back to Western France and visit sites virtually untouched by the war.  This meant instead of seeing the beautifully rebuilt buildings of Germany I was able to see the original structures of a very old city.  Looking at the lettering in the town was a testament to our modern sensibilities and older expressions.  There are samples in the gallery of sevens that look like backwards fives.  Other numbers appear to almost be placed in a cuneiform manner as they were chipped in.  All in all the collection I gathered was a remarkable romp of a snapshot of letters.

It’s nice to know with all of this talk about our modern technology that we’re still using it to explore the older ones as well.  Google Trends for Alphabet and Font do pretty well up against the iPhone7.

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