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You can read a lot of my philosophy and life belief in my art. I think I'm an artist first. Hence the armchair prefix to the philosopher title.

Someting I wrote about evolution, entropy, and the magic of information.

This is the spot where eventually I'll pour out my armchair philosophy. It will be fun to see if/how it grows and changes over the years, and how that has to do with stuff that's actually going on in my life. For starter's here are my Axioms of Living. Basic rules that I try (and often fail) to live by.

Josh's Axioms Of Living

  1. Life is Holy and Every Moment Precious
    Lifted from Kerouac. I believe in the essential worth of life and the time we have to experience it. Unless you accept this as basic, nothing else is worth bothering about. You have to first sit down and say, "Hey, my life is a real thing, and I want to make it the best it can be." This is the bedrock of everything else I believe in: the core assumption I make that experience is good. Common synonym: "Thou shalt not kill."
  2. The Truth Always Feels Better
    Just a simple little reminder that holding it in or trying to cover for things is not a good way to run the ship. This revelation should share credit with Andrew, who helped me realize this when we were but College Sophomores. Common synonym: "Thou shalt not bear false witness."
  3. The Most Important Thing is to Stop Struggling
    This doesn't mean you don't resist evil, or that you don't battle for the light, but that you accept what is and work with the flow of life and not against it. It's built on the core assumption (life is holy) that there's always something positive to be had in the flow of life. This was revealed to me by Robin vis-a-vis Mark and a big night of struggling. Common synonym: "Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream."
  4. Presence is Perfection
    This is how I get out of my nit-pickey, perfectionist, self-critical, hyper-aware, out of body hell. Being "in the moment", as they say in acting school, is harder then you might think. But if you can manage that, you've got it made. Common synonym: "let your mind go and your body will follow."
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Trips

Trips in Space and Time 8/02/03

Big Wheels in Berkeley
I scored a set of west-coast wheels today at the Ashby BART station flea market. It's a very tall schwinn road bike, black, deceptively heavy but smooth-riding. Thirty-five dollars to boot. I oiled and cleaned the works, dialed in the bakes and took it out for a shake-down cruise immediately. Nice riding on a beautiful saturday, realizing how out of shape I am as I wheezed my way though the hilly area behind the Berkeley campus.

After about an hour I started to get the swing of it. Made some minor mechanical adjustments (including a free wheel truing at the bike collective on Shattuck), drank a few liters of water and started finding my groove, cruising up and around and ending up with a beautiful view of the whole bay. The roads here are not kind to the speed inclined -- too many stop signs and crosswalks and lights -- but it was good to get out and proj for a while. This changes my summer dramatically.

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