August 28th, 2017

August 28th, 2017
The next HDTS Kip's Desert Book Club book is my pick: Mark Sundeen's book "The Man Who Quit Money" is a true story about Daniel Suelo who deposited his worldly wealth (30 dollars) in a phone booth in autumn of 2000 and has lived without money ever since. Visit www.highdeserttestsites.com for details on the September 4th meeting (one week from today)

August 19th, 2017

August 19th, 2017
Anyone else reading these? Sapiens was one of my favorite books last year and now I'm unpacking Homo Deus – So much in both about our (human) ability to create fiction and how this is what separates us from other animals and earlier homo species. A critical read right now in light of current political events. ⠀"When examining the history of any human network, it is therefore advisable to stop from time to time and look at things from the perspective of some real entity. how do you know if an entity is real? Very simple – just ask yourself, "can it suffer?" When people burn down the temple of Zeus, Zeus doesn't suffer. When the euro loses its value, the euro doesn't suffer. When a bank goes bankrupt, the bank doesn't suffer. When a country suffers a defeat in war, the country doesn't really suffer. It's just a metaphor. In contrast, when soldier is wounded in battle, he really does suffer. When a famished peasant has nothing to eat, she suffers. When a cow is separated from her newborn calf, she suffers. This is reality."

August 19th, 2017

August 19th, 2017
Tamarisk tree got a radical trim yesterday – feels like waiting for an awkward haircut to grow out. (Branches kept breaking whenever there was a windstorm)