Filtered for doorways

10.11, Tuesday 14 Apr 2015


The term bardo refers to the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth.

also translated as “transitional state” or “in-between state” or “liminal state”.

Liminality, from the Latin meaning “a threshold”:

the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete.

When you step through a door, the door has width – a couple of inches. For a fraction of a second, you’re not in/out but liminal.

Walking through doorways causes forgetting.

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.

“Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”


Photos of sea mountains.


To make Lemmon Cakes, a recipe from 1670, from the cookery book The Queen-like Closet or Rich Cabinet: Stored with all manner of Rare Receipts For Preserving, Candying and Cookery. Very Pleasant and Beneficial to all Ingenious Persons of the Female Sex by Hannah Woolley.

The history of sugar in Europe.

During the 18th century, sugar became enormously popular. Britain, for example, consumed five times as much sugar in 1770 as in 1710.


Something interesting is happening: Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.

Despite its name, I wonder whether this is the real common thread running through the sharing economy… there’s nothing on the balance sheet.

So look at the Bring Your Own Device trend… maybe this is the same, workplace IT with no technology. So what about facilities with no offices, menswear stores with no clothes.

The realisation that the heart of business is the ops machine and not the assets – orchestration not ownership. That’s a valuable insight.

Take this trend, cross-breed it with the shift to subscription box companies (of which there are trillions because a company that takes advantage of life-term value can out-market one that doesn’t when it comes to customer acquisition), plus fluid workplaces such as holacracy… where do we get? Don’t know. On my mind. Feels like we’re on our way somewhere.

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