" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

April 30, 2018

Oceans of Insight?

I was listening to a '11:11' podcast called -
Heather Lyn Mann: Ocean of Insight 
"This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries—life–threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more.
Throughout, the ocean becomes Mann’s teacher, transforming her with uncompromising lessons on how to harmonize with natural order, the exact moments and ways to let in fearlessness, resilience, happiness, impermanence, balance, compassion, skillful action, and beginner’s mind."
And I noticed at the time in the media that there was a proliferation of people taking to the sea, or wanting to live on the ocean and their concern over our oceans.
This article above in my local paper even made mention of a national TV drama series called 'Harrow', which is about a forensic pathologist who lives on a boat in my hometown of 
Brisbane on the Brisbane River.
I've been watching the show on the internet at the ABC iView site, as Friday night when it screens on TV is not a good time for me to watch it when it clashes with Friday night football.
Ioan Gruffudd who plays Dr. Daniel Harrow in 'Harrow' also played Fifth Officer Lowe in the movie 'Titanic'.
"Going with the flow" and crimes on and of the ocean seem to be themes floating on the surface of the "collective unconsciousness" at the moment.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic pollution dwarfs previous estimates and is 'growing exponentially'
"New findings show that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a rotating soup of plastic in the north Pacific Ocean, contains up to 16 times more waste than previous surveys were able to detect.
A team of scientists has conducted what they say is the most comprehensive study to date of the patch's size and the debris floating in it.
Using a combination of drag netting and visual surveys from boats and an aeroplane, they estimated the patch is 1.6 million square kilometres in area — almost the same size as Queensland.
Mother Earth and Plastic Really Don't Go Together Do They?
Maybe everything isn't so awesome when it comes to our oceans?
Not even the remotest part of the ocean like Point Nemo is safe from trash now and you wouldn't want to be becalmed in that part of the ocean when the space agencies are doing a dump, as that could be deadlier than a white whale.
Becalmed: A Little Sailing Humour
In the Doldrums of Everyday Living
The Doldrums
Point Nemo
2018 and that Sinking/Synching Feeling?
Maybe I need to get myself an anchor tattoo?-)
Tattoos and Tokens of Hope and Hopelessness
To Sea in a Sailing Ship
Ah, the good old days of the sea.
Time to read my copy of Moby Dick and remember the days when there was no plastic in the oceans, just lots of slaughtered whales;-)
Sorry Nick, but it ain't all good in the world at the moment no matter how you want to float it.
Fighting the GOOD Fight?
The Night Ocean?

And You Still "Like" Facebook?!

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook
"Love it or hate it, Facebook is one of the biggest success stories of the past century.
Billions of people have profiles, and for many users it's the only source of online news or social interaction.
And Facebook collects as much information as possible on each of these users, ostensibly to better target advertising campaigns.
So, what happens when someone starts using this vast collection of data for something else?
"Online platforms, from social media apps to ecommerce sites, want you to feel safe.
If you feel secure, you engage — share posts, send emails, join groups.

For companies like Google, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook, which make the majority of their income from advertising, more action equals more data.
All the better to understand you and sell that understanding to brands."

UPDATE: 2nd May, 2018
Just keep feeding your Facebook while you read '1984'.
What could go wrong?-)

UPDATE: 3rd May, 2018
Cambridge Analytica: Scepticism over data firm's claim it is bankrupt, shutting down

Lest We Forget: It's a Funny Old World We Live in ... and a Tragic One at That, But with No Meaning Whatsoever?

Nobody has to tell me that life is no bed of roses, I've seen enough of life to know that it isn't, but I do find that there is a reason to it all no matter how painful it seems on a personal and collective level.
I saw a news story where Patton Oswalt was praising his late wife's book for shedding light on the life of a serial killer who was arrested on April 25th, 2018.
Golden State Killer: Patton Oswalt praises late wife Michelle McNamara for book on case
"Two years ago, almost to the day, crime writer Michelle McNamara was found dead in her Los Angeles home.
She left behind not just a husband — comedian Patton Oswalt — and a seven-year-old daughter, but a half-finished book on the Golden State Killer, who terrorised Californians in the 1970s and 80s.
Through his grief, Oswalt collaborated with journalists Billy Jensen and Paul Haynes to finish the five-year-old project.
It was released as
I'll Be Gone In The Dark in February.
Overnight, at an event in Illinois to promote the book,
Oswalt suggested the Golden State Killer would be caught soon.
"He's running out of time," he told the audience.
How prescient that turned out to be.
Within hours, police in the United States announced the arrest of a 72-year-old former police officer in connection with the killings, and Oswalt praised his late wife for her persistence.

In Australia and New Zealand April 25th is ANZAC Day, a day the nation stops to remember the soldiers who fought in wars and gave their lives for the two countries.
After I read that news story about Patton Oswalt's late wife's book about a serial killer who was caught on April 25th, I watched the Bobcat Goldthwait directed TV Special documentary on Netflix called 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation'.
"It's chaos. Be kind."~ Michelle Eileen McNamara 
"Patton Oswald, despite a personal tragedy, produces his best standup yet.
Focusing on the tribulations of the Trump era and life after the loss of a loved one, Patton Oswald continues his journey to contribute joy to the world."
It is a tragically funny old world, but is it as truly as chaotic as it seems?
Maybe when we are sitting at the poker table of life it seems so, but maybe once we cash in our chips it might make a little more sense in the overall game of life and death.
It doesn't make it any less painful though when it comes to a loss.
"Kelly chats with Patton Oswalt about the role of comedy in society at the ‘Just For Laughs’ festival in Montreal.
This conversation and the one that followed at the bar helped inspire The Tao of Comedy."
Meredith Salenger
Patton quotes the line from the movie 'Apocalypse Now',"Charlie don't surf" in his 'Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time' TV special and his new wife once starred in a movie called 'My Apocalypse'.
Patton's new wife was born on Pi Day in 1970 I see.
Stephen Hawking Dies on Pi Day?!
Life is a much longer game than we think, I think;-)
Death and Comedy?