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July 24, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 43
THE PEN MAY BE MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD BUT THE WASP GENERALLY TRIUMPHS OVER BOTH
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, sometimes the pen might be mightier than the sword but the wasp generally triumphs over both, I have noticed.
The little dude in the photo decided to pay me a visit as I was decompressing after a morning with the teenager in the house to whom I am distantly related as cousin (same last name) and with whom I enjoy a grandson relationship. God took his last grandfather a little early and because the boy’s father needed some extra income and I needed a change of environment from where I was living with some friends in North Seattle, viola.
It’s been a hard last couple of weeks for all of us in the international community and because we here at the magazine feel connected personally, it has been a difficult fortnight as a media person working at home and living with two other people, one of whom also has a home office, from which he runs a modestly successful business of his own, and the other, a student.
It works well most of the time because it’s a big house and we’re all responsible adults. We work hours appropriate what we do and share basic household responsibilities. as a naturally shared responsibility.
The teenager in the house is special. He’s extremely intelligent and has the awareness of an old soul in a young body. He excels at most of the things to which he applies himself and handles his success with an equanimity more associated with continuing to push his own envelope than in showing other people how good he is.
He loves bikes, cars, music, books, sports, video games and now, I am finding out, photography. He’s also curious and he’s got the mental equipment for the search. He’s still a kid with a kid’s impetuousness, etc., and I pray God he never loses that.
The things he does with it sometimes make the hair on the back of my neck stand up but I’d be real hypercritical if I denied having been there and having done that. It’s not done with malicious intent.
It’s just the envelope pushing part of being a kid, coming into new strengths and new insights. I’m the adult and like his dad, a combat veteran, so it’s like, “Handle it, Rusty, and stop whining.”
He’s interested in what I do and likes the magazine so he’s in and out of the office whenever my door is open. We’re on the second floor so it’s open most of the time, just like his dad’s office is downstairs. So through the monitor, he gets a glimpse of a much larger world, as I experience it from the news/information gathering.
Sometimes what comes through that screen hits hard and I need to go off by myself and do whatever it takes, without letting my other two housemates, see me. There’s nothing weird about it. There’s a place out in the back yard at the end of the fishpond, where I have a director’s chair.
It’s private and it’s a place where I can pray, hit on the pipe, have a beer, talk to myself, write in my notebook and yes, sometimes, even shed some tears and stuff. I always take the camera with me because something else generally happens to make me feel better. Olya refers to them as “your new friends”.
This photo is the fourth of nine in which this “friend” landed on the table when I was taking a break from writing in the notebook. I had the camera in my flannel shirt pocket and I just watched, even as the wind curled up the page like a big wave above this little Heavenly messenger with sting and an attitude to go with it.
It was a nice break from the concerns of the world and, I suspect, a necessary reminder that while nations are important, so are “friends” and “neighbors” like this. When I shared those photos with the teenager in the house, yep, he got the message. He’s working on spiders and he’s staying up late at night with his real expensive camera doing what a lot of his professional peers get paid big money for doing it. The kid’s good. And he’s still growing.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. And Zach, thank you for reminding me that you are also one of God’s creatures, great and small. And a very special one at that.
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FROM THE OLYA
BLOCKCHAIN – A GLOBAL GAME CHANGER
This time I’d like to put attention to blockchain ‘public ledger’ technology that started to come to use in 2015. That is claimed to be a change of paradigm for global digital data storage. To put it simply, all that can be written on paper can be written on blockchain, with only difference being that-in blockchain, it is simply impossible to forge or post fraudulent entries.
All financial information, from credits, transfers, property rights, etc. will be available so in the future, there will be no need for an army of middlemen like notaries and lawyers. That is also a way to defeat bureaucratic obstacles and government corruption.
Companies will become transparent as they make financial data open for a public and via blockchain technology they simply will not be able to deceive or defraud because what they claim can be verified by other sources whose databases also include them. That may also eliminate the need for an audit of the books.
Leading banks and other commercial enterprises already are interested in this technology as it saves recourses to check financial data. JP Morgan is one who urges its asset managers to adopt blockchain technology. IBM launches blockchain cloud service on high security server
A recent article in the Irish Times said that blockchain public ledger technology has the potential to be a global game changer not just for crypto-currencies but for information storage and sharing among all industries to whom reliable records are important.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay safe, my cousin.
Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? Hawaii: What Can I Say?
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