Journal: A Paradox Arises From Vague Predicates

September 4, 2012

in Journal Notes

Tuesday location:  Seven     ||     7:35 am – 8:55 pm

  • Project:  Ride Studio Cafe – Patria – is working with Molly Hurford on a book signing.  Molly’s got a new bike that’s just been published:  Mud, Snow, and Cyclocross – How ‘Cross Took Over US Cycling.  It’ll be great to see her at RSC!
  • Product Development:  Chainstay design of the day.  Stef A. is working on some SolidWorks training so we can expedite, organize, and track our endless design updates.  We’re already seeing good results on the reorg but we have a ways to go.  Stef is taking the lead.
  • Graphic Design:  Seven brochure 2013:  About a week to go for printing deadline – actually it’s less than that.  I can’t get my head around it at 9:30 pm right now. We’re tweaking the colorways; cooling them down a bit; and, of course, making them a bit more complicated.  Trying to figure out how we’re going to get all the photography completed on time.  I estimate that we’ve got 230 image placeholders.  We’ve got about 30 confirmed images.  Only 200 more to go.  That’s 90% complete, right?  I can’t even ponder the writing portion; I’m thankful that John L. is on it.
  • Conversation:  Today I had a valuable discussion about the futility of striving for permanence.  While I know it’s not possible, and I know that I’ve spent many years of my life trying to make permanent things that can’t be, it’s still very engaging to work toward.  Maybe it’s kind of like perfection; you’ll never get there but it doesn’t mean you don’t work to improve every day.  Somehow it’s very freeing for me, now, to internalize the impermanence of everything; it somehow helps me to work harder.  Difficult to explain.
  • Note:  I know I’m working too much when I’m brushing my teeth and trying to type at the same time.  Doesn’t work, but that doesn’t stop me from trying; again, and again, and again.

Post title:  Sorites paradox.

An example of this paradox which arises when one considers a heap of sand, from which grains are individually removed. Is it still a heap when only one grain remains? If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap?

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