Charles Cameron, progenitor of Sembl, is a vagabond monk.
My friend William Benzon posted a photo on his New Savannah site today, and it prompted me to make this post. Here’s Bill’s photo, under his post’s title: Cruise with Moss ….. The moss is a bit untidy, and so is the cruise ship, as you can see more clearly by clicking on the image […]
[ cross-posted from Zenpundit -- here's today's windfall apple from the tree of creative delight ] On March 31st, 2012 (or very likely the evening of the day before), I posted a graphic on Zenpundit, where I often blog: The upper image illustrates Theodore von Kármán‘s mathematics of turbulent flow, the lower image Vincent van […]
In this piece — written in 2003 or perhaps earlier — I offer an exploration of Andrew Wiles’ proof as described in the book, Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh, in the light of the Glass Bead Game posited by Hermann Hesse in his Nobel-winning novel Das Glasperlenspiel, together with my own suggestion that the […]
You don’t have to be playing a Sembl or Hipbone game to make a great Sembl move — you just have to see a rich semblance between two concepts in (previously) widely separated fields of thought. Thus Pierre Deligne of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, who won the Abel Prize in mathematics this year, did […]
A Sembl move… about making a Sembl move?
[ cross-posted frpom Zenpundit -- a terrific example of the DoubleQuote form, essentially showing a single Sembl resemblance, and thus the smallest form of Sembl game -- and why the form is useful ] . Some time in between t-zero and t-aleph-null, some time between the First Day of Creation and Judgment Day, some time […]
[ a Jungian view, Hipbone/Sembl and the feminine, also an early use of the games in dream-analysis online ] I just received an email from Eve Jackson, an old friend of mine, Jungian analyst and Buddhist practitioner, who has recently been exploring my HipBone Games and expressed her interest in their web-based development as Sembl. […]
[ first post in a series on the inspirations and developments that led to Sembl, and the aspirations that flow from them ] . Hermann Hesse is just about due for a revival. While other novelists on the whole explored the “real world” around them, the outside world, the world of other people and things, […]
[ cross-posted from Zenpundit -- kids, computers, creativity and games ] . . It’s quite a triumphant story, with African kids in the foreground and Nicholas Negroponte and MIT playing the role of proud parents pushing them forward from behind… With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per […]
[ cross-posted from Zenpundit -- importance of analogy as an under-developed cognitive skill ] . There was a interview with five prominent “science writers” in the Guardian a few days back, titled Science writing: how do you make complex issues accessible and readable? and one of the writers, Steven Pinker, makes two highly interesting observations: […]