Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Moving Meetings

There’s never a day – or at best a week – that goes by in the modern working world where you don’t have to deal with meetings.  Recurring or one-off, they are as much part of the water we swim in as is email.

Even retirement has meetings.  Damn.

With meetings comes rescheduling.  Now a critical question arises: What just happened to a meeting that someone “moved up?”  How about “moved back” or “moved forward”?  Can you tell?  Does the answer remain the same from day to day or even minute to minute?  If you know the answer, do all your peers agree?  Ask around.

We can talk about how we move through three dimensions of space pretty easily.  Our vocabulary of movement was built for it.  “Forward”, “back” and “up” all have plain meanings – at least relative to the speaker.  Once we talk about moving through time, though, we want to use different words.  “Earlier”, “later”, and “sooner”.  “Before” and “after”.   When words for relative positions in three dimensions are being used in reference to the fourth, trouble begins.  To me, the hardest one to comprehend is “back”.

I think a fundamental switch happens to the meaning of “moved the meeting back” when you consider two ways of visualizing our movement through time.  (We’re all time-travelers, proceeding into the future at the rate of one second per second.)  Think: do you see yourself as striding a path toward the future?  Or do you stay put, while the time frame moves toward you and then past?  

If you yourself are moving through “stationary” time, then a meeting that moves “back” recedes into a more distant future.  But if you stay put as the future comes at you and the past recedes behind you, then a meeting that moves “back” reaches you more quickly.

There’s a hidden problem with “move the meeting back”.  Once exposed, it offers a way to express the idea much more clearly: the verb “move” is as generic as can be, and does not convey enough information.  How much clearer is: “I pushed the meeting back.”  Because pushing is always moving something away from the speaker, now the meaning is unambiguous.

Annie’s Song

A purer love song might not exist.

Believe Women!

#MeToo and #TimesUp are more important than we might think because they show that we are starting to ascribe credibility to women approaching that which we automatically ascribe to men.

But this is about to get put to its toughest test yet when Christine Blasey Ford sits down with a Rethuglican Senate committee to fill them in on her violent run-in with Brett Kavanaugh, Pumpkin’s pick to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court (seeing as how Michael Cohen is not available).

I have visions of another Anita Hill situation.  I hope not.  But having faith in this patriarchal society to do the right thing by women is not much of a +EV position.  Also, this way I remain capable of being pleasantly surprised. 

In any case, a lawyer buddy of Kavanaugh’s tweeted last week (before Ford’s identity was even known)

“Wonder if accuser will say she was sober at time of alleged incident at drinking party. If drunk, how drunk? Cognitive dysfunction, impaired memory, mistaken identity, all compounded by 35 years? (I am of course not saying her drunkeness would excuse anyone else’s conduct.)”

So – he wonders if she was drunk.  Then he assumes she was but wonders how much.  Then he assumes however much she was drunk, it was plenty because she, of course, has all kinds of mental breakdowns as a result.  Inability to think, or remember events, or identify people.  And even though she was blind, blackout drunk (see what I did there?) it does not excuse someone else’s bad behavior toward her.  But of course, none of this has the least little thing to do with his buddy, ol‘ Brett.

When he got called on this, his reply was along the lines of, Are you saying that extreme drunkenness does NOT cause these mental deficiencies?  He’s already entered into evidence the fact that she was extremely drunk because… he imagined it, and he has a penis.  So, QED.

No, it does not HAVE to go this way.  Not now, in 2018.  Not even with the pussy-grabber-in-chief squeezing his blackheads in the west wing.  But is that the way to bet?

Surprise me, America.

via Rebecca Solnit, whose book, Men Explain Things to Me is the awesome and you should grab a copy RFN.

FEMA Test Announced

Thursday afternoon at 2:18 PM Eastern there will be a test of Wireless Emergency Alerts.  This means, if you have a phone, you’re getting a text from Pumpkin.  You cannot opt out.

I’m sure he will not take this opportunity to be unprofessional or unpresidential.  He will only tell everyone, “this is a test” and let it go at that.

I’m really looking forward to it!

Last Fair Deal Gone Down

Has it?  Maybe.  

The fix sure appears to be in.  We’ll find out for sure in November.

Primary day in NY – go vote!

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