I Ching Diary: the village green and churchyard

churchyard

It would be an exaggeration to say that I’ve been under confinement (Hexagram 47 – 困/kùn) as a result of the snow and wind that have ravaged Britain over the past few days, but I do have to admit to feeling a certain amount of restlessness as a result of being unable to venture much further than the village green and churchyard for my daily walk because of the icy paths and roads.

Continue reading I Ching Diary: the village green and churchyard

VIA at Embedded World 2018: Computer Vision

Computer Vision

A busy second day at Embedded World 2018. I haven’t seen any visitor numbers, but show attendance appears to be very good this year, even though the event is taking place at the same time as the much more glitzy and glamorous Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I take this as a healthy sign of the growing momentum in the industrial and enterprise IoT sectors.

Continue reading VIA at Embedded World 2018: Computer Vision

I Ching Diary: oracle failure at Paris CDG

Paris CDG Airport

I blame the oracle for its failure to warn me at Paris CDG that my luggage wouldn’t be accompanying me to Nuremberg. Obviously, it had nothing to do with the gross incompetence, I mean effortless efficiency, of the airport. I still can’t quite decide whether it’s the worst airport I’ve ever had the misfortune of visiting – an accolade that I’ve reserved for Manila for many years.

Continue reading I Ching Diary: oracle failure at Paris CDG

I Ching Diary: regulation and waiting

I Ching Water

Water above lake: if there is too much of it, the lake will overflow and flooding will ensue. A system for managing the flow of the rivers and streams into the lake is required. In ancient China, notches cut into a bamboo sticks were used for this very purpose. This is the origin of Hexagon 60 (節/jié) in the I Ching, meaning regulation, articulating, moderation, or limitation.

Continue reading I Ching Diary: regulation and waiting

I Ching Diary: questions and answers

I Ching Hexagram 31 Resonance

One way to use the I Ching is to ask it a question and look at the hexagram you produce from your coin throw and the related texts for the answer to it. The trick is to make your question as specific as possible. The more ambiguous it is, the more ambiguous the response. “Should I take the new job I’ve just been offered?” will produce a far clearer answer than “should I look for a new job” – not least because the number of variables involved in considering the latter are infinitely more than in pondering the former.

Continue reading I Ching Diary: questions and answers