Earlier this week I discovered that, much to my horror, Koku will no longer accept data input on my phone and the creator of the tool has put the brakes on any further development. This renders the mostly-perfect finance application I've come to lean on for nearly two years almost useless. While the desktop application continues to work flawlessly on the notebook, without a fully-functional mobile client that can record and view transactions, I am loathe to entrust the tool for much longer ... leaving me in a bit of a bind. I need a finance-tracking package that works on my notebook as well as my phone and synchronises data in such a way that no 3rd-party has transaction-level details of my spending habits. Koku offered this with their iCloud integration and encrypted data stores. No other application that I've seen in either the Mac AppStore or the iOS AppStore comes close to offering me what I need ... and what am I to do about the half-decade worth of transaction histories that have been written into this abandoned $65 pair of applications?
Wisdom is often defined in many dictionaries as being the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. This definition, while accurate, is incomplete. Wisdom does require all three of the elements listed above, but it also requires a fourth; pattern recognition. Without this crucial skill, a person cannot be regarded as wise and will instead be considered smart. Should a person learn this truth while in their teens, they will discover all they need to know in order to make it through life with contentedness, satisfaction, and outright cheerfulness.
With autumn in full effect in this part of Japan, tourists from foreign nations are once again appearing on the streets of Nagoya. Fresh off the plane, I see them making their way to hotels, historic locations, restaurants, or to any of the over-priced shops that can be found around the city. I enjoy watching the tourists navigating the sidewalks with their luggage because, more often than not, they are woefully unprepared for the experience. They become roadblocks to pedestrian traffic, and tend to get overwhelmed when they are confronted with a sea of people who wait to the last minute to avoid running into the disoriented visitors. This is all part of the Japan! experience, and every visitor should try to make their way through a mass of busy commuters just once. What I find more interesting, though, is a trend among males coming from North America. Unlike visitors of other genders or from other parts of the world, a large number of North American males look as though they haven't bathed or washed their clothes in weeks. The trend became noticeable in 2009, and it's only progressed since then. But why?
Some questions were raised after the previous post where I shared a thought experiment involving a $1-million price tag per life, mainly with how I was using the price per hour. Reading back, I could have elucidated the idea a little better. The basic premise comes down to this: if every hour we lived was worth a certain value, then we could sell that hour to another person, or we could "spend" the per-hour price doing something we wanted to do. For many people, the time is ours to do with as we choose1. What I didn't discuss in the last post was the ancillary costs to each hour we spend on ourselves, which is what I plan on looking at here.
Corporeal beings have a finite amount of time on this world, and no two entities will have an equal quantity of this elusive resource even if they belong to the same species. This uncertainty is something that a lot of creatures never consider, but humans are different in this regard. My mind has lately been consumed by a thought experiment that both amuses and perplexes me. An old adage states that life is cheap and, given the ease at which one creature will kill another on this world, this may be true. But what if, for the sake of argument, every life on this planet was valued exactly the same? How different would the world be?