Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Thursday, 2018.03.22
A musician may compose a brilliant piece in an afternoon. An artist will dash
off a masterpiece in a single sitting. A writer will write significant passages
as if they were dictated. Each might say, "It happened so fast!" But in reality,
it took all of them years of dedication and struggle to come to that moment of
climax. Thus even the virtuoso performance is the tip of a lifetime of struggle,
and the gem of meaning is set in the metal of long perseverance.

		Deng Ming-Dao, "365 Tao - Daily Meditations", #130


Life B.T. (Before Television)

When the younger generation asks us elders, “What did you do before there was television to keep entertained?”, it’s a difficult question to answer. Not hard difficult, but embarrassingly difficult:

We had the The Swing Wing:

“It’s a what?” It’s a Swing Wing! Because “Self-induced Whiplasher” just wouldn’t sell as well, you know.

But that’s not all! We also had Clackers! What fun! What hilarity when those things busted into pieces and flew in all directions. More thrilling than lawn darts! And they say only video games cause brain damage.

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James Lileks elaborates.