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February Challenge -28: Knowledge

‘To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.’ Henry David Thoreau

I think I can safely say that I enjoy learning: I’m still learning new things on the guitar: after over 40 years of playing, and I learn something new every day in terms of my scribbling, writing and drawing. What staggers me though is some people’s attitude towards learning.

I’ve heard people say things like: ‘I don’t understand computers.’ when they actually mean that they have never even been in the vicinity of a computer. I usually say: ‘Well if you’ve never tried to use them and learn about them, how could you?’ whilst I’m actually thinking: ‘Did you think you could learn about computers by osmosis ? Picking up information and knowledge from the ether!!

Another tack is when people who don’t know about something: pretend that they do. Now clearly if you are a professional whatever, you would be expected to have knowledge of certain things. I’m not talking about those situations: I’m talking about people who will make things up rather than simply saying: ‘I don’t know’.  Though I’m a good guitar player, I would not pretend to know everything about guitars, guitar players and guitar music: that would be absurd. However I have heard people who are unable to admit to not knowing something. What is so wrong with not knowing something? Not knowing something is an opportunity to learn surely?

Finally we have my favorite(!): people who whilst not knowing anything about a subject, will dismiss it: it’s the ‘knowledge’ version of Guiness – – in the seventies, market research, found that a large proportion of people, would say they didn’t like Guiness EVEN IF THEY HAD NEVER TASTED IT!

I’ve heard people say, for example: ‘I don’t like science fiction novels.

I ask: ‘Have you ever read any?

‘No,’ they reply – not even realising the absurdity of their statement.

I try a different tack: ‘So what about H.G.Wells?’

They respond: ‘Oh, yes . .  but that’s not science fiction.‘ What is it, then?

Logic is noteworthy by its total absence.

Ah well that’s a good moan to get me started on a productive week!!




2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 201 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 202 posts. There were 308 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 191mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 8th with 184 views. The most popular post that day was Remake of classic science-fiction.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for, rowland jones italy, rowland jones, sherlock holmes syndrome, and sherlock syndrome.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Remake of classic science-fiction November 2010


Rowland Jones December 2008


‘My Imaginary Lives’ August 2010


What is RAM? April 2010


RAM Exhibition April 2010


Remake of classic science-fiction

Yesterday I was an extra in a remake of Logan’s Run . . . that’s how it seemed, anyway.

I was an a huge self-contained ‘village’ surrounded by young smiling people and we were all surrounded  by brightly coloured ‘objects of desire’. We all followed the directions, clutching pencils and pieces of paper, hoping to acquire our dream before the time of Carousel.

The weather was awful, and the outdoors when we finally escaped was more than reminiscent of the opening of Blade-Runner, with Harrison Ford with his collar turned up against the rain . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . .

So anyway that was my rainy Sunday at Ikea . . .