Digital Beard Stroking: Money and Power and Money and Power and Money…

Money and Power and Money and Power and Money… In case it’s not abundantly clear, I like to write about efficacy a lot (that and motivation.  We’re allowed to have obsessions, aren’t we?).  I’ve considered several aspects of effecting some sort of change in the world around us (be it […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Fun pt 2, Can’t Spell Overanalyzing without-   Recently updated !

Fun pt 2, Can’t Spell Overanalyzing without- In my earlier article on fun, I admitted that I couldn’t figure out why some subset of games were fun.  As I’ve had some time to reflect on it and consider the myriad of other games I’ve been addicted to in the intervening […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Pokemon Go Ahead And Charge My Card

Pokemon Go Ahead And Charge My Card Amid all the talk of Pokemon Go lately, it seems obvious that I should find some sort of topic so I can latch onto the coattails of the phenomenon.  While I already discussed the notion of teams and tribes last time (which definitely is […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Tribalism and Team Games   Recently updated !

Tribalism and Team Games Tribalism is an underlying concept that’s arguably intrinsic to the human condition.  It’s evident in every culture, every society, every continent.  The concept of delineating an “us” versus a “them” exists in every group of people across the globe.  At first glance, this may seem to […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Dalliances to Obsession, the continuum of pastimes

Dalliances to Obsession, the continuum of pastimes Dalliances, hobbies, obsessions and passion.  Which are you following now? We all have interest in our lives in varying degrees.  There’s things we’re somewhat interested in, where we maintain a passing familiarity.  There’s things we’re keen on, where we go out of our […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Stories pt 2

Stories pt 2 Last time, I focused on the integral part of narratives in human culture and our proclivity to remember stories over rote memories or facts.  This week, I’ll be moving into a discussion more about the individual implications of that.  One of the biggest being justification vs motivation, […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Stories

Stories One of the greatest mistakes you can make, when looking at people, is to assume that we are a rational, logical species.  (I, myself have made this mistake on a few occasions).  This assertion doesn’t hold up to the slightest bit of scrutiny (insert scathing political satire here).  Anyone […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Paradox of Change

Paradox of Change Humans are paradoxical.  Many of our characteristics exist in direct opposition to others.  We drift down a very narrow path between two extremes in many different contexts.  Freedom vs Security. Comfort vs Excitement. Light and Dark. Good and Evil. Pepsi and Coke.  One of the precarious balances […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Novelty makes the world go ‘round 1

Novelty makes the world go ‘round Humanity is fundamentally a novelty seeking species.  We’re always driven to experience new and different things.  We lose respect for the old experiences and constantly seek the next dose of experience.  Even as we seem to frown on those that would be deviations from […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Alien Worlds 3 – Re-Epistemology, rewinding our own minds

Re-Epistemology, rewinding our own minds Alien Worlds – Alternate Dimensions: A series of brief what-ifs meant to hold up a mirror against our own experiences and expectations by exploring alternatives built on different assumptions and presuppositions. Epistemology, aside from my favorite word to bewilder coworkers, is the study of knowledge. […]