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Month: December 2006

Dialogue in the Dark

For about one hour, a walking stick was my very best friend. This realization came to me as I sat in utter darkness at the end of an amazing experience, clinging to that walking stick. Elisabeth was another trusted friend. She was my guide for the Dialogue in the Dark experience. (The site is in Danish only, but you can get an English-language tour at the museum.) What is the experience? For about one hour, you are in complete darkness. Your only assistance is in the form of the walking stick and the person who is your guide throughout the tour. You experience walking through a park and on a busy sidewalk. Do you know how scary standing on a sidewalk can be when you cannot see? The exhibit has plenty of sounds to recreate the noise of a city sidewalk. At the end of the tour, you visit a…

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Quality and Zen

Did you ever think that the book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was about quality? While transferring my bookmarks from my Opera or Firefox browsers to my bookmarks, I came across the XIO ideas toolbox. Many of the links in my browsers are old, and I cannot remember why I bookmarked them in the first place. As usual, I investigated this link to see what it was all about. One of the ideas in the toolbox set my braincells into high gear. Gumptionology 101. Wow. The article shows how the author, Robert Pirsig, discusses quality in Zen. This is what I consider “a sign”. I never read the book when it first came out, despite good friends raving about it. I put it on my Christmas wish-list a few years ago, trying to catch up on the books “one ought to read”. I keep it dusted while…

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