Friday, October 30, 2009

Signal to Noise

We are information gluttons. All of us, in our own way, pushing information into ourselves as fast as we can. Even the slow people -- not the stupid people -- I mean the people who just move slower than others, even they are guzzling at the info nozzle for all they are worth.

Information is our mental sustenance. And everything is information. Even the tactile, the solid. We don't think of food as information, but it is. For our brains every single interaction with the world is a piece (rather billions of pieces) of delicious information. And regardless of whether we actually "like" something or not. Too hot, too cold, too painful, too fast, too slow? How the brain exalts in laying down the neural pathways that tell us how we feel about the things we dislike, and the things we like, alike. (Like totally.)

Remember that time you got a ride with that guy who drove too fast down that tiny curving road and all you could do was bite your tongue to hold back your screams?

How many times have you been in a car? You can't remember. But that time with that guy, that time you really didn't like: your brain was going "FUCK YEAH! Ima lay down this memory nice and deep cuz this shizzle is whack!"

MmmmmHmmmm. Your brain is a pervert. And so are you.

It doesn't matter what the information is: we want it, we want it now. And we want control over it. Some background noise is inevitable and often yields the juiciest morsels of new experiences, but we all seek to increase our signal to noise ratio.

Some people seek their information in the physical world, things they can touch and interact with, they sneer at people who spend time "blogging" or catching up on a social networking site. Other people are happy to interact with the internet, which in many ways gives us a high degree of control over our signal to noise ratio. It's all personal preference. But it sure is fun to sit up on a high horse (especially if it is a real horse cuz you're one of those physical-world-is-better folks) and toss your lofty morals down onto the masses who find their information fix in another way.

My horse doesn't feel so high at the moment, more of a pony, or a chicken, or maybe a kitten. Yeah, I have a kitten sized pony that just wants to cuddle and we don't care where you get your information (oh wait, is it too late to change my spirit animal? I would rather have a kitten sized whale. On a stick.) - anyway....I don't care where you get your information today. Just get it, enjoy it, maybe think about how you're thinking and try to start a little feedback loop inside your head.

I'm going to ride off into the sunset on my high pony/chicken/kitten/whale now and leave you with the aftermath of this information. On a stick.

Nerd out.



  1. My wife & I prefer to ride the dolphins off into the sunset but what ever floats your whale :)

  2. Is not just a matter of getting info... it's also about processing the info and analyse so we can judge if it is useful for us or it's a bunch of crap.

    I ride a cheetah =P

  3. Experience is information is interaction is love.

    Love to you and your words (and your high-kitten-sized-whale-on-a-stick).

  4. what bothers me is not where people choose to get their information, but that so much of it is disposable. people seem to need a constant influx of new information, but they don't retain it. they see without learning, listen without understanding, read without gaining knowledge. i'm not saying every experience needs to be deeply analyzed and cataloged, but shouldn't some of them be?

  5. Information cannot be created or destroied (unless, you believe in subatomic black holes whcich devour information, although, black holes may just compress information into ultra dense plates, which shoot out gamma rays once crtical mass is reached, rereleasing infromation into the universe which it never really left) and you cannot hide from that information. Every action and inaction results in the continued feed of information to our brain. At that point, a feedback loop properly tuned, can create any reality we wish to liv in, and we can decide how our own actions effect the information others experience! Life is beautiful!

    And I'm so happy to live in an age where I can connectwith Beautiful minds like yours and think in new and exciting ways! Thanks for cuddling with your kitten sized whale on a stick today =)