the travelling salesman and the four color map theorem

World using the four color theorem

The map-colourer's new client wanted a map in which the same colour was not to be used for any two adjacent regions sharing a common border. The map colourer's problem was that he only had three colours, and he didn't want to start colouring in and then find he needed more colours to satisfy the client's request. So he called the travelling salesman who was the only source of pigment in the area.

"Hey Jack," he said, "how soon can you get here? I need more colours, real bad, real quick."

"Well Joe," replied the Salesman, "I've got a bit of a problem myself. I can't start my deliveries until I figure out the quickest cheapest route to deliver all the orders and return to head office."

"So what's the problem, Jack, can't you work out your route like you've always done before?"

"I wish I could," responded the Salesman, "but the thing is I need a new map: my dog ate the last one."

First published December 2008.
Image: (political) map of the world in four colours, Wikipedia 30/10/2014, mouseover for copyright and attribution.

dark days of Earth

The bad guys are bad and the good guys are worse.
Every blessing somehow turns into a curse.
It's blood, sweat and tears, commencing at birth.
Welcome to us in the Dark Days of Earth.

really real

20 x 25 cm oil on board I believe that...

  • the meaning and purpose of my life is to help Everything experience and thereby understand what it is like to be me

  • Everything comprises the whole of Reality across and outside of time past present and future, including the physical universe as well as all immaterial / non-physical aspects

  • Everything encompasses every thing (seems obvious, doesn't it?)

  • Reality is an actual organism, alive and aware, learning and growing

All of the above may be samsara. may be maya, may be a dream. All of the above may be an illusion. But if it is, it's a real illusion. The illusion really exists! And if so, there is no illusion...

Artwork: 20 x 25 cm oil on board "And Then I Tripped..." by SRS 2014. It's small but beautifully formed.

when the time is right

When the time is right, the People will see the truth, and see through the lies and the deception.

When the time is right, the People will no longer tolerate the greed and cruelty and destruction.

When the time is right, the People will unite in righteous anger. They will break the chains that bind them. They will throw off their shackles. They will Rise up, Stand Tall and shout in one bold voice, “NO MORE!”

And then we’ll mow those suckers down with machine guns and flame-throwers.

When the time is right.

The Office of the Lost & Found

The silence lies as thick as always
In the corridors and hallways
Upon the windowsills and tables
And the cornices and gables
The lack of sound is quite profound
In the Office of the Lost & Found
Detail from BUSHFIRE NIGHTMARE, oil painting by CR/MM/SRS

bushfire nightmare

BUSHFIRE NIGHTMARE oils on stretched canvas 90 x 90 cm, not mad about this painting, it's not there and may never be, just got tired of working on it, so I'm declaring it final, even though it isn't up to par BUSHFIRE NIGHTMARE oils on stretched canvas 90 x 90 cm, not mad about this painting, it's not there and may never be, just got tired of working on it, so I'm declaring it final, even though it isn't up to par

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the beguilements of Goleman

Daniel Goleman, Co-Director, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, Rutgers University, USA, speaks during the session 'The New Reality of Consumer Power' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image. Photo by Michael Wuertenberg. Photo-manipulation by Cosmic Rapture. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.Words can't be trusted. They are shifty and unreliable. Their meaning keeps changing.

Take the word "intelligence", for example. Intelligence is much smarter than it used to be.

It used to be that a certain dexterity with numbers, letters and patterns was labelled as "intelligence". Then dexterity with people and relationships was labelled as "emotional intelligence", initially by Daniel Goleman (pictured) and others.

Lurking in the wings, perhaps, is "spiritual intelligence": dexterity with the Universe in general, a cleverness with the divine, so to speak...

The Universe herself is another good example of the treachery of language.

on time

Many people say time is an illusion. Maybe, maybe not. But if it is an illusion, it is a real illusion: the illusion really exists!

bipolar order is universal

Illustration from Codex Buranus (Wheel of Fortune), a collection of texts from the 11th and 12th century. There are many paths to Truth. The way of the intellect is one path, a difficult one to tread. Because the smarter you are, the more you think you know. And the belief that you know more than others inhibits and constrains your capacity to learn -- from others, and from the universe at large!

how to boil a kettle of priests

Rubin's Vase, artwork by SRS/CR/MMDemeaning of life? I believe that the meaning and purpose of MY LIFE is to help X understand and experience what it is like to be ME.

If I may be so bold, I believe that the meaning and purpose of YOUR LIFE is to help X understand and experience what it is like to be YOU.

The meaning and purpose of President Obama's life is to help X to understand and experience what it is like to be President Obama.