Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Mon Jun 7 16:17:46 2004
Sluice and Slice

My leg/knee/hip appears to be getting worse. It probably doesn't help that I've been climbing up and down stairs and biking more since I got the injury. I now don't think I could handle stairs if I wanted to (the thing now has a tendency to just give out, and dump me on the floor), and sitting down on the floor intentionally is quite painful. Even putting my feet up on a table/stand/chair is really bad. I don't think I'll be climbing tomorrow, and I'll leave my bike at CMU and bus back. Nature is really good nowadays at reminding me that a 25 year old body is less resilient than a 15 year old body. On the other hand, for the actual place I lost skin near my elbow, the doctors put some kind of gel on it that appears to have made it heal very rapidly. This is cool -- normally, while I almost never get diseases or anything like that, it takes me a very long time to recover from bruises, cuts, and similar. I wonder what was in the gel that made it heal so fast -- I suspect that by tomorrow, the skin will be intact. I hope that the knee/leg/hip injury will disappear within a week or two, and find myself wondering if this is the kind of thing where I'll wake up tomorrow in agony, about the same, or mostly better. Hmm.

On the upside, I had lunch with N -- she found an interesting veggie place near my favourite Indian restaurant, and while it's not a particularly cheap place to eat, it's very good. If you're in Pgh, the place is called Maggie's, and it's on 320 Atwood.

Also, in the amusing side, last time my life began to shift course in a way like this, I suffered in a different way -- my car broke down. It's amusing to compare the two situations. Some people, those suceptible to mysticism, see such accidental synchronization, and see it as a sign of a deeper pattern, a bifrost bridge to religion.. a personal message from the universe. However, the nature of things possible, simpler even than accepting the statistical premise, demands better from us. This has always been a topic I've been fascinated with -- what kinds of base interpretations of events are possible, what 'stacks' of analysis can, should, and do fit in? For example, people who believe that everything is according to their god's will, and that that will often but does not always make sense, these people may not accept statistics, as the notion of things not being planned, the very notion of frequency/probability may play no role in their worldview. For people who either don't have that tile in their stack of analysis, the only recourse I can imagine to have discourse with them is to rely on a harder tile to deny, the flipside of sophism. It is possible, without resorting to statistics/probability, to rule out many mystic worldviews by saying that the universe has no special message for people by demanding a similar interpretation for other people, and doing consistancy checks. People are thus either pushed to vanity (the universe only gives such messages to me and perhaps a few other special/magick people) or to sophism (nobody else is actually real), or perhaps to a radical cousin to sophism - everybody lives in a universe with some differences in the small details, but with broad enough consensus that people generally don't notice when conversing with each other, these conversations effectively bridging universes. In any case, it's an interesting tack to take.