Searching for the Adjacent Possible

I’m halfway through a book called “Where Good Ideas Come From,” by Steven Johnson.  The book itself is okay. A lot of it is reviewing progress throughout time as far back as the beginning of time, evolution, through the ages of discovery, Darwin, Tesla, the founders of YouTube or even the telegraph.

It talks about the slowness of the evolutionary process as opposed to the speed of technological and creative development.

It talks about the concept of the Adjacent Possible, which is described as:

… a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.

The strange and beautiful truth about the adjacent possible is that its boundaries grow as you explore them. Each new combination opens up the possibility of other new combinations.

I love this idea. I pride myself on the idea that I’ve surrounded myself with a network of creativity. I have friends and colleagues that inspire me and I them. It’s wonderful.

The book talks about how cities are a place of creativity exploration (which is EXACTLY why I moved to Chicago). The possibilities are much more available. That’s not to say there aren’t sheep or non-creatives in a city. It just means there are more possibilities to find ways to explore the adjacent possible.

One of my best friends, Bill, single-handledly inspired so much of my growth by openly sharing so much of what he knows and I shared as much as I could with him. If I could nickname him, it would be Adjacent Possible.

Where Good Ideas Comes From explains that timing is symbiotic with growth. The timing must be right. Just like the universe has so-called “perfect timing”. Or evolution needed the exactly right conditions to thrive or YouTube needed the exact timing to become as huge as it has, I needed the right timing and environment to become who I am now and where I’ll go from here.

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Confederate flag sticks entire leg into his mouth. Gotcha journalism at its best!

The stupid, it burns. It burns like gasoline on the driest wood covered in a million matches.

Via Cynical-C

a change of heart IS possible. who’d a thought that?

Published on Sep 7, 2018

When Annie Caddell moved in to her South Carolina neighborhood seven years ago, she put up a Confederate flag. Neighbors started to protest, until she had a change of heart. Now, they’re closer than ever.

I can’t help but love a story when people use a life-changing moment to … well … change. To loosen. To live. To love and to support. To do what’s right, in the face of what they thought was okay.

Recommended blog reading: TYWKIWDBI: Wherein I rant about the financing of American healthcare

Go read this blog from one of my favorite blogs ever, TYWKIWDBI. I could repost almost every thing he posts, but this one is a great one.

I’ll start you off:

This morning I’ll post yet another example of a healthcare financing debacle.

There are undoubtedly thousands upon thousands of these, the vast majority of which don’t reach the public eye and are suffered quietly by the powerless victims.  This story about a myocardial infarction successfully treated with stents was posted by Kaiser Health News:

Patient: Drew Calver, 44, a high school history teacher and father of two in Austin, Texas.

… [as he was recovering from his MI and the stent placements], Calver asked whether his health insurance would cover all of this, a financial worry that accompanies nearly every American hospital stay. He was concerned because St. David’s is out-of-network on his school district health plan. The hospital told him not to worry and that they would accept his insurance, Calver said…

And then the bills came.

Total Bill: $164,941 for a four-day hospital stay, including $42,944 for four stents and $10,920 for room charges. Calver’s insurer paid $55,840. The hospital billed Calver for the unpaid balance of $108,951.31.

Approaching thoughts about people who identify as transgender

Tina and I have been watching the most recent season of Queer Eye on Netflix. On S2E5, the fab five work with Skyler, a trans man who recently had top surgery to make his chest flat.

In the episode, some of the fab five admit that they know very little about the transgender community and that they, as LGBTQ citizens, had to educate themselves on different aspects of who they (transgendered people) are, what they’re about and what’s going on with them. For example, stylist Tan France talked about how he lives in a bubble, knows very little about the trans community and isolates himself with his husband in their lives.

During the episode, Skyler talks about who his role models are, who are the celebrities he idolizes and why. He talks about the pain of looking at his chest and seeing breasts when all he wanted to see was flatness. Or how he hated his hips.

He lived for almost 30 years in a woman’s body, and all he longed for was to live as a man.

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Exaggerating jobs numbers, don’t believe everything that you see and hear, sorry not sorry

When I watched yesterday’s press briefing and heard press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders say that she can’t guarantee the president hasn’t used the N word, but — in fact — has black people and hispanics at the top of his care agenda. He cares for black people! He has black friends! Just one less than yesterday since Omarosa left. Now he has two. But two counts!

You can watch the clip above for reference.

After she skated the N-word question, she rattled off bullshit numbers that Trump’s economy has tripled the number of jobs for African American’s in America. See, Trump loves black people! He’s getting them jobs! Three times as many as that asshole Obama! 

The whole time I kept thinking, “She’s not telling the truth. Those numbers are way exaggerated.”

And they were.

From the news Trump calls fake because it doesn’t agree with his “point of view” of personal greatness at WaPo:

Sanders’s statement was false. According to official statistics, black employment in the United States increased by nearly 3 million jobs from January 2009 through January 2017. From January 2017 through July of this year, black employment has increased by about 700,000 jobs.

But this next part is more sobering and more like reality (in other words: boring and not like a TV show with contrived drama that 45 NEEDS like a fucking drug:

The selection of dates is somewhat unusual because it takes into account job gains or losses before Trump and Obama took office. In any event, economists generally regard a president’s ability to shape employment trends as limited.

“If you start the clock on Election Day, Trump’s first 20 months slightly outperformed the beginning of Obama’s second term in African American employment growth,” said Ernie Tedeschi, who served as an economist in Obama’s Treasury Department. “If you start the clock on Inauguration Day, Obama was slightly ahead. But the real bottom line is that the pace of jobs growth hasn’t changed dramatically between the two presidents.”