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Origins: The Hassinger Street Anomaly

I was transmuting the observation of computer guru Alan Kay in his 1984 essay on computer programming, where he wrote, "the gene's way to get a cat to catch mice is to program the cat to play -- and let the mice teach the rest."  That pretty much describes learning in general.  Throw in a couple of beers, and you have a wonderful description of how adult humans learn.

The beers are for dulling the steep pain of the learning curve as well as supplying an enthusiasm beyond that which actually has a reason to exist.  Anyway, the question at hand was, if kids and dumb-looking adults knew how to use iMovie (the "easy" video software that came with my computer), how cum I didn't?  Well, of course, it may have been because I had never tried learning how to work it.  Time to bust out some beers.

That describes the origin of the following, the video in which I learned some iMovie buttons as well as the "mounting to YouTube" ritual.  I would like to call it something "beyond that which is known to man; a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity; the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition; something lying between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge."  But I can't.  Because that's the Twilight Zone.  Which I watched as a kid and is a place I still inhabit.  Apparently.

The interesting thing is that the Hassinger Street Anomaly actually does exist.  I walked past it again this very afternoon.  There is an open area in front that creates an inadvertent mini-park for the neighborhood moms and their semi-ambulatory kids.  Anyway... this is how we live in Makiki...

-- H. Doug Matsuoka
30 August 2010
Makiki, Honolulu


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