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The State of Things: Its the end of the world as we know it… or is it?

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The State of Things

Its the end of the world as we know it…

*shrug* 

One perspective is the math. If we take growth models and apply some of the statistics we have on the corona virus and extrapolate that the contagion lives on some surfaces up to 9 days, is airborne, it takes days-weeks to incubate in a host,  and can infect people before hosts show symptoms then it stands to reason that its been making its way through major population centers from mid-January and at this point will probably end up as ubiquitous as the flu. End of the world? Probably not. 

Yet, the end of the world as we know it is a bit more complex than simply one virus making the rounds. If we look at the effects this is having as another perspective there is a lot of interesting takeaways. 

Markets: Capitalism has many mantra’s and one is never to let a good crisis go to waste.  Usually, in times like this, we see a run up on Treasury bonds, gold, and investments like bitcoin. Indeed the FED injected 1.5 trillion into the bond market, but it made a little splash and may as well have been a stone thrown into a wave. The reasons could be varied and is more likely a combination of reasons than one specific takeaway. In the lineup, we have a potentially overextended investment sector that lacks liquidity (cash money) to buy up these assets which in a word or two is not good. Another factor could be a general fear of the unexpected as the root cause of this particular crisis is a new flavor and investors are waiting to get more information to guide their next steps. Speculation could continue, but I feel the takeaway here is the novelty of this crisis combined with a global intertwined society has put the entire world’s markets on new and unknown economic ground. 

Supply Chains: Where does your TP come from? The vast majority of toilet paper is bought from 3 companies, but where do those 3 companies manufacture this white gold? If you guessed not in the USA you’d be pretty right. If you guessed not in the majority of the developed world, you also are pretty right. The generic medicines that every hospital in the western world relies upon? Without the ability for pharmaceutical companies to rake people across the coals with 1500% markups those have all be off-shored. You’re electronics, the computer chips in your cars, household items? Yup, those all reside in countries where the labor cost (read: slave/child/indentured labor) and manufacturing cost (lack of regulations/safe working conditions/and general oversight) are low. Indeed the vast majority of products that aren’t concerned about intellectual property fall into this category. It is the reason when you type a product into amazon you get thousands of results. 

Social – in our ‘modern’ age people’s ability to deal with actual people is dismal in most places and downright hostile often enough that we have all sorts of rules and laws to attempt to ‘protect’. The erosion of the historical community has been happening long before this global hysteria, but it is through events like this where the effects of that degradation are keenly felt. As the constant moving target of what to do is being replaced with closures, cancellations, and warnings the seemingly ever-present distractions of society are being replaced with hysteria. No more events, sports, concerts, social gatherings? Oh my! 

Politics: A plethora of bloodsuckers seems perfectly fitting in this current situation. It seems that at all levels of political systems across the world there is a consistent message of ‘we care, but we don’t care’. Rather through indecision, inaction, or over-actions, we’re seeing the host of responses lean to the extremes. In any crisis, measures taken should follow their namesake and be measured. Yet we find ourselves embroiled in a cacophony of a mixed response. 

The Global Society: If the above explorations indicate anything it is that we are all connected. Despite that interconnectedness we remain divided as a race of people. Those divisions, those absolutes are responsible for the ineptness, delays, grandstanding, and indecision that is currently magnifying this pandemic into something that is more than itself. It is our archaic adherence to the absolutes we use to define our various tribalisms, divisions, and professed differences that are derailing the various systems of the world that have evolved to be what they are. 

Indeed all of this combined suggests that we stand upon a precipice of change even if those changes are responses to the above situations they will have lasting impacts for a time to come. Historically when there are times of burden, great upheaval is more likely to occur. With an election looming in the US a magnifying lens will be focusing on aspects of government and private industry that have worked exceptionally hard to remain outside that lens of discernment.  The gimmick of “look over here not over there” loses significant potency when people can’t get toilet paper to wipe their ass. 

It may well be the end of the world as we know it, but the world won’t end just yet

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Ultra Training Update #1

New Year!

Ultra Running Training Update

Total distance 36.6mi
Total duration 07:39:00
Average pace 12:32min/mi

Cold weather, cold showers, body composition changes, and a cold.

Progress, perhaps not exactly at the level I want, but on every front i’m making progress. Re-wiring routines to influence behavior is a prococess. Often I read and see advice and motivational videos say do “X” get “Y” Results – this always misses the key compenent that underlies the process and is consequently where people experience the most failure in changing habits, diets, routines, and ultimately behavior. Between the path of x and y is a repeating cycle of will/intent vs old behavior it is a cycle because everyday these two balance themselves. If our continued intent is strong enough we override that old pattern and begin laying the foundation for a new pattern. Some days we slip, but when we slip something interesting happens – it doesn’t wash away all that previous work and intent. Instead, studies show, that it is more of a self-contained map that retains this intent and effort, and with each success and failure we add to the map until it becomes as easy or easier to navigate than our previous map it becomes our go-to pattern. The old map doesn’t disappear, but it is less and less easy to read as all of the new experiences we have are now more tied to the new map. Yet every now and them we find ourselves existing in an old cycles, reading olds maps, perhaps for nostalgia, perhaps a response to something unexpected that our new map doesn’t have a legend for. These trips down literal memory lanes lasts much shorter, but are important reflection points. It is basically a crossroads between the maps, and when you re-affirm your intent to utilize and expand the new map our brains now say -“Ok, new map it is!” – until the next junction, and next, and next, and for some behaviors that have been with us for long periods of time this can happen for years.

Sometimes, I find it helpful to compare this to programming as via our choices we are directly programming not only our experience, but our response to that experience – this programming loop of cause and effect is recorded in our memory. As the choice loop continues to run the equation of choice changes because it is the sum of experience weighed against intent and balanced by the potentiality of that reality.

All that is a fancy way of me saying I haven’t ran this week. 🙂 a slight cold didn’t help. Like tuning a radio station – you get that slight bit of feedback before you find that resonance.

However, I have made a lot of progress on a lot of other important fronts – poco y poco – little by little.

If I can climb these other supporting mountains of change in my life I know the running will be that much easier journey.

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Ultra Running Week#2 Update: Behind The Scenes

Week2

Ultra Training Week

Total distance 36.6mi
Total duration 07:39:00
Average pace 12:32min/mi

0 miles.

I decided that I should focus on getting the knee right and wanted to get a good chunk of the technical work done on the site. So I took the twofer. This site, all the graphics, the custom coding, the social media automation, etc is all some machination of open source projects, my skill, and useful/interesting interactions. So, for the curious I decided to open up the curtain a bit, talk about what is going on from the technical side of this project and some of those goals as that journey runs parallel with my physical journey.

As all of my projects I take a pretty fluid approach so the mechanics and scope can certainly change.

I want this website to be an interactive piece of this journey. To accomplish that it takes a pretty broad array of technical skills, but thankfully I have experience in all of them from previous adventures (Check out AddictiveAngler on youtube). However dusty those skills may be they all seem to be intact and it has been energizing getting all of the wheels greased and geared. So what am I doing?

The Website itself will be an interactive Vlog of my experiences – tracking my runs daily, capable of real-time chat, and an extension of my book.

To Accomplish this i’m building the site itself on wordpress as it offers some baked in solutions via plugins that accomplish a lot of the heavy lifting and require very little programming from myself
The Plugin Run Log, links with the Strava app (and many others, but I enjoyed Strava’s interface and simple setup I have an entirely self contained option as well).

Then I’m using The Adobe Creative Suite for video/photo editing, Open Broadcaster software for all podcasting recording and fruity loops for audio editing.

Phew… like I said a set of skills – and the best way to help your skills out is bootstrapping!

In Reverse… For fruity loops – Looperman is a free loop resource
OBS has loads of tutorials videos on youtube
Templates and tutorials for adobe products can be found in many many places, find some here to start your project.

I’m hoping a Googlefi plan will give me the opportunity to cover some races into a live running tracker but that is a bit down the line.

I’ll be testing out everything tomorrow and hopefully begin with the videos this week!

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