“Ordinarily, if an average man comes face to face with the nagual the shock would be so great that he would die. The goal of a warrior’s training is not to teach him to hex or to charm, but to prepare his tonal not to crap out ... You call it explaining. I call it a sterile and boring insistence of the tonal to have everything under it’s control. Whenever it doesn’t succeed, there is a moment of bafflement and then the tonal opens itself to death. What a prick! It would rather kill itself than relinquish control. And yet there is very little we can do to change that condition.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

Doug Engelbart

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I’d never heard of Doug Engelbart (and that’s a pitty) until after he departed from his body on June 2. His visionary talk about computing from 1968 is mind blowing. Two things struck me … one, the obvious, is the vision he had and the way he brought it to it life. The second was how he had also (inadvertently?) planted the seeds of the a major shortcoming of user experience – the technical/engineering approach that trumps the emotional aspects of human life. 45 years later and I still don’t use a computing device to make a shopping list – pen and paper still works much better for me. MAYBE (

Anyways, fantastic talk:

Doug Engelbart 1968 Demonstration from Nathan Garrett on Vimeo.

via Albert Wenger

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