MacGyvero (adj.) MacGyverismo (noun) is a portmanteau coined by Pete Ippel and Peter Roberge that aids English speakers in the United States to understand the Chicano concept of Rasquache, that is both functional in American-English and sounds like Spanish.
The intent of MacGyverismo is to create positive associations among Mexican-Americans (Chicanos), original problem solving, new methods, and creative thinking.
Ask an American-English native speaker to think of someone who did the most with the least in tough situations: MacGuyver, the pop culture reference of resourcefulness, comes up consistently…often with a half-smile of nostalgia.
The starting of a car with a cactus, a nickel, and a string may be a bit of hyperbole, and MacGyver has his fair share of parody…yet the general connotation is positive.
Why is that? Because the main actor is white? Because MacGyver isn’t poor or in a marginalized culture?
There is contradiction because when performed by a non-white American, innovative repairs are castigated by pejorative words such as ghetto, hack, and jury-rigged which often have a negative connotation.
MacGyverismo is functional in explaining a complex notion to someone who only has the capacity to describe objects with the aforementioned terms. MacGyverismo imbues an odd sense of respect to an oft-dismissed practice of solving problems with available materials…a key trait of artists in any culture.
Inspired by the exhibition at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, California entitled Chicano Visions
Excited states have a finite lifetime. By the time-energy uncertainty principle, they do not have a definite energy, and each time they decay the energy they release is slightly different. The average energy of the outgoing photon has a peak at the theoretical energy of the state, but the distribution has a finite width called the natural linewidth. Fast-decaying states have a broad linewidth, while slow decaying states have a narrow linewidth…
So you have a high linewidth (bandwidth) life, you have shorter excited state, and vice versa? Regarding to high risk behavior and early death.
Everyone Can Afford Clouds by Pete Ippel
“A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.”
-Blaise Pascal, Pensées #72
Being defined by a world focused on physical limitation, mental disability, and economic bias becomes tiresome. Until action serves all things moot. Fitness never fails, whether it is the condition of being physically fit and healthy, or the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task. There can be no lies if one only speaks the truth, there can be no intellectual property if one shares ideas freely, there can be no fraud if one commits to authenticity.
Everyone can afford clouds.
I mis-heard the right and heard the left when talking with a close mentor about finance. When you suffer from aphasia this is your life, or maybe it’s a natural metaphor. Perception and context matter.
My passion: to empower some free-culture advocating, network-neutrality loving, FLOSS using, empathy having, critical thinking art students. Today we did a bit of brainstorming about what influences/passions can guide us as a group toward a collaborative project.
Keeping in mind the concepts of free and open culture, between now and the next session each individual will be color coding inter-student connections, rather than focusing internally.
Keep an eye on the Mindmeister mind map below to watch our project develop. You’ll probably have the best user experience if you click on the little box at the bottom of the interface controls to open the mind map in a new window.
Here is my general mind map of tags vs. categories. Download the .pdf here.