pick a landmark

life is
so much easier
when you have
a landmark
to orientate you

it may not be
anybody else’s landmark
(and it shouldn’t be)
but at least
you will know
where everybody else
is in relation to you

that is
the whole point
of choosing
a landmark

Building a philosophy

A famous fashion brand once made a commercial talking about its philosophy. It goes like this: their creations have to be simple, useful, beautiful, dependable, and durable.

To be simple is to have no more components or features than is necessary. To be useful is to serve the purpose that it was created for. To be beautiful is to balance simplicity with functionality. To be dependable is to function as intended. To be durable is to function as intended over time.

These are not bad concepts to hold at all.

Choosing an automatic watch

Men have fewer options compared to women for accessories, let alone jewelry. The watch is perhaps the one accessory that a man can express his fashion sense and tastes.

The choice of buying a watch for the moment versus buying a watch to last a lifetime shows a man’s values and qualities. A well chosen watch shows thought and conviction. It is a statement, an expression of the man.

A watch should standalone as a little piece of art but should match the wearer’s personality and lifestyle. How a man maintains a watch reflects upon how he maintains himself.

Mechanical GMT

Few people realize just what a big deal it is that Seiko brought out an automatic GMT movement last year. Not that GMT movements haven’t been around for long. They have. But that this automatic GMT cost less than USD500 that is the big deal. There are not many automatic GMTs in the USD1000-2000 let alone one sub-USD1000. So when Seiko makes one at this price point people’s antennas are going to prick up.

We are certainly going to see this movement in non-Seiko watches as soon as they release it to the public under their NH brand.

Why I want an 80 hour power reserve watch

The norm for automatic watches is 40 hours power reserve. That is a little over a day and a half.

This in my mind is too short. It means a watch needs to be worn daily in order to be charged, without needing the time to be set again when worn.

This is fine if you only ever wear one watch. Of the watch industry for automatic watches wants me to buy more of their products then a longer power reserve is needed.

I have a 40 hour power reserve dress watch that I used for work. But on weekends it is too formal with my casual clothes. So I have a second watch (a diver watch) to accessorize with my wardrobe. but by the time I comes Monday my work watch has stopped and I have to set the time again.

If I had an 80 hour power reserve dress watch I could come back after the weekend without having to reset the watch. This is why the Powermatic 80 by Tissot is so attractive, especially the Gentleman. To me this is the ideal work watch. Simple, dressy, practical.

Of course, I could just get a quartz watch and never worry about setting the time for years but that wouldn’t be fun at all. There is no romance to that.

Non-self, bundles, non-ownership, selflessness

Buddhism rejects the self and accepts a notion of non-self. It preceded bundle theory and no-ownership theory, which is in some way a formulation of this.

Hume pushed the bundle theory but could not understand what is there if it were only experiences. What he seem to left out is memory.

The self is just a collection of this matter-related memories. In this way, it does not go against the principles of one being “created” by the environment. A person is not independent of the place and time he or she is at or in. She or he is a product of it.

Property is theft, said Proudhon. Self-property is to steal and rob from the world of what you could contribute to it. That could be rightly called selfishness. To act without being the owner of the spirit is selflessness.

Mind and consciousness

The philosophy of mind seeks to answer such questions as: is mind distinct from matter? Can we define what it is to be conscious, and can we give principled reasons for deciding whether other creatures are conscious, or whether machines might be made so that they are conscious? What are thinking, feeling, experience, remembering? Is it useful to divide the functions of the mind up, separating memory from intelligence, or rationality from sentiment, or do mental functions form an integrated whole?

Flew and Priest

The first two questions brings up important concepts – mind and conscious(ness). the first question seems to assume that the mind is already is some kind of existent object. The second question assumes also to be conscious is a state that can be had or not had. And by the act of reification one can either own or not own consciousness, again assuming consciousness is a kind of object. The worst case scenario is that language forces us to talk and think about mind and consciousness as objects because language frames them as such. The third question is more interesting, trying to answer the nature of thought, emotions and experience. The fourth question is about the categories of the contents of thought.

For me, the study of mind must start with the question of the mind’s ontological status, the question of its existence or non-existence. This is true of consciousness as well. If it does then how is it different to existent matter. And if it does not then how do we account for it.

The dominant philosophies of mind in the current western tradition include varieties of physicalism and functionalism. For particular topics see also cognition, emotion, language, memory, mind-body problem.

Flew and Priest

I am tend to the physicalist position here. I kind of disagree with functionalism because the questions they ask tend to assume an existent mind while ignoring the embodied aspect of the mind. In other words, the philosophy of mind should, in my opinion, be relabeled as the philosophy of brain.

Blogging anniversary

Until recently I didn’t know when wordpress.com (not wordpress.org) started – late 2005.

And this blog, signature103, was my first blog anywhere online. I started it on this day in February 2006. This makes me a kind of early adopter here.

The blog is older than my daughter so it’s a kind of journal and journey of this time.

Many of my most important thoughts are made public here. and sometimes I have been affected, both positively and negatively, by comments and interactions. But it was important to be open to the public. Withdrawing from the world is a form of fear.

I started this blog because I had read an article about a lady (whose name I don’t remember) who had put her life into the public domain. It came with dangers of course but it also was freeing. It helped her engage with the world.

I too wanted to engage with the world. And I am thankful to have done so with this blog.

Blogging hasn’t been best social media to engage with the world though but it is still an important one. It has its purpose among all the other ways we engage with the now.

So, thank you, wordpress.com. Thank you, readers.

twentieth reply

with you
love was simple
without doubt

and immediate
that was all
love needed to be

to answer your love
was easy, it was pure
from some place
called the heart

it asked for nothing
but gave everything
and still it is the
same doubtless love

and has remained
as easy to replied to
as twenty years ago