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Getting Back On a Horse

Getting Back On a Horse

Somewhere I read a piece by George Lakoff, I can’t remember exactly, but I think it was probably in Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think maybe it was Metaphors We Live By but I don’t think so. At any rate, he describes the abundance of certain kinds of metaphors in the Western lexicon. He goes on to contrast kind of broadly with other frameworks for metaphor.

The long and short of the chapter was that Western languages tend toward metaphors of conflict and of family if I recall correctly. If you think about it you will notice a preponderance of metaphors in everyday English which turn a situation into battlegrounds and tribal organizations. And this trend sort of peters out from literal war metaphors to sport metaphors and frankly the lack of diverse material for metaphor in English is kind of a disappointment.

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Reasons for Not Working

Nevertheless, for about a month, my output has really waned. Which isn't to say I've been idle. Lately I've kept up two blogs, this one and the one at Facets which I do more or less professionally and requires more fiddly attention. In fact, my ideas are still out there turning over as rapidly as ever. And that's just my public work, I've been more prodigious in areas which won't get so much attention. Saying all this brings me dangerously close to making excuses. That's something I don't really want to do.

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Flat White Long Black: A Machine That Turns Coffee into Proofs

I didn't really develop a taste for coffee until college. Which makes sense, college is the kind of life situation where drinking coffee is the sort of thing you do regularly. As I've said, either out of utility or out of broad social forces. In college, for whatever reason, whatever pressure, that pushed the first cute sip, falls away into authenticity. I still enjoy tea in the morning, herbal tea at night, but I have a taste for coffee now and I drink more coffee than anything else. The performance is authentic, total, in taste, and regular.

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Flat White Long Black: Cappuccino

Taste is a complex thing which I will look at in terms of coffee in more depth later. But once you're hooked you will develop and refine your taste. Coffee has a very swift learning curve for taste. Quite possibly faster than any other aesthetic experience, but coffee also has high degree of depth for the pallet. So being hooked on coffee--which will happen to you, because of it's pervasiveness and the low resistance to entry compared to other, similar things--will result in developed tastes.

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Flat White Long Black: My Life in Coffee

More than a job or a beverage, coffee and the cultures surrounding it have rather woven through various parts of my life. Often in unexpected ways. Coffee has sort of been a thing that was there at very many momentous points in my life quite by accident. Coffee has been the occasion for a lot of introspection, interaction, growth, and self discovery. A fact which, I think, points at coffee's importance not just in the places coffee is enjoyed, not just society, but frankly in humanity.

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Long Weeks

So when I said that my schedule was going to be changing a little bit over the summer, and that I might not be as prolific as I'd like, and that I was going to have this other consistent writing schedule, I really couldn't have anticipated the end of July. Because it was nuts.

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