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Career Advice

I thought I would start a list of career advice.

  • never stop learning and developing your skills — it has never been easier or less costly than today with the vast internet resources
  • don’t be confined by artificial barriers
  • don’t outshine your boss – instead cleverly get them to show you off
  • don’t talk about other people in the workplace, even if you are saying what you would say to their face
  • don’t spread rumors or speculate openly
  • I highly advise against dating within your workplace or even your field if you might cross paths professionally.
  • don’t flirt in the workplace
  • don’t assume anything about anyone. They will tell you what they want you to know.
  • ask questions.
  • if that little voice in your head is concerned, listen to it before you speak or act
  • check your work via multiple methods
  • be organized and leverage and re-use your previous work.
  • don’t be a workaholic. Keep a work vs. non-work balance.
  • have fun
  • be creative
  • be aware there is zero loyalty from your employer to you. They will drop you like a hot potato with no recourse.
  • if it’s legal in your state, always leave your smartphone on voice recording and save the recordings.
  • do not trust HR. they are not on your side.
  • let people know if they cross boundaries (e.g., harassment, discrimination, etc.) if egregious or repeated, document a complaint.
  • never mix your personal business on your work computer or vice versa – this includes email, chat, web browsing, etc.
  • don’t put your personal devices on employer networks (wifi, vpn)
  • never mix your personal cell phone and your work cell phone. Get your own personal phone.
  • share your work readily with others.
  • keep your work on storage that is backed up nightly. Lots of people work entirely off of cloud, network file servers, wikis, etc. Your laptop may get stolen or crash. I’ve seen so many people lose a tremendous amount of work due to keeping it solely on laptop without a recent backup.
  • learn how to talk with people. Learn about EQ and develop your skills.
  • avoid email for communication to the largest degree possible — it ends up in isolated islands of information that are inacessible to others. Use shared collaborative media – like wikis, github, etc.
  • assume everything you say, write, or do could appear on the front page of the New York Times or YouTube tomorrow or this evening.
  • delegate, delegate, delegate

J Mark Morris : San Diego : California : August 9, 2020 : v1

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About Dad

I’m sad about my Dad’s sudden passing a week ago on June 12, 2020.  He was 85 years young and had a great life. Even though I got to spend a lot of time with him the last four years, it is never enough, and the last interval seems too long, even though we had a FaceTime call several days before, and I texted with him often.

I’ve annotated the messages we sent to each other since our last FaceTime.

J Mark Morris:

A snap I sent to Dad

I sent Dad the following link of a blog article I had written about Lawrence Krauss and one of his videos. Dad had been following along on my efforts to explain to the world the fundamentals of nature and the universe. He said he was confident I was right even though he admitted he didn’t understand the science. That was both a positive and fair statement.

Lawrence Krauss : 5 Minute Physics : Episode 26

Frank Morris:

         Reacher killed dozens in Blue Moon. Interesting on planning.

Dad is referring here to the Jack Reacher novel “Blue Moon” which I had read and recommended to him. Originally Dad had hooked us both on this series about an ex-Army Military Police, but after many years the quality decreased and we both lost interest. I happened to listen to the audiobook of “Blue Moon” and realized it was back to original quality or better, and alerted Dad who then read it as well.

J Mark Morris:


         How is your cold?

Frank Morris:

         Ninety per cent healed

         Cuomo was terrific this morning

We both enjoyed Governor Cuomo, and his appearances with Chris.

J Mark Morris:

         Ill watch it!

Frank Morris:

        The amphitheater I got built on the riverfront in Brandenburg just got a roof over the stage. Probably the lead woman in the community remembered my contribution and noted it.

        Nice, huh?

J Mark Morris:

         Yeah that is great!

Frank Morris:

         Got my 1200 dollar government check on the way with my tax man.

J Mark Morris:


         Cuomo great today!

         This is the way a leader behaves, reasons, and drives change for the better in response to the citizenry, according to principles, in a multiple crisis situation. #luvguv

Frank Morris:

         Cuomo is terrific. Thanks for the taping. Going to bed

J Mark Morris:

I had sent Dad a link of Lex Fridman’s interview with his Dad.

Frank Morris:

         I just watched and appreciated Alexander Friedman. Very very good.

J Mark Morris:

         His Dad is cool.

Frank Morris:

         I keep thinking about the Friedman vid. If we had watched it together I would put it on pause and explain what I was seeing. The father’s hand movements etc clearly revealed his going from left to right brain. From science to poetry. I also thought about how I have never had any peer (save Dixie) to share my wide intellectual loops which caused me to tone down and actually circumscribe my scientific tangents (Freud and Darwin). Very interesting. Very.

J Mark Morris:

         I thought you would like it!

         Why does the son feel a distance between them?

Frank Morris:

        Several thoughts.

        1) The father went into teacher mode and never went buddy-buddy

        2) Like his father he greatly admired and loved his mother.

        3) Perhaps he picked up on his mother’s disappointment with his dad because his first love was being in his head and not his heart——though it was clear to me that the father really loved his wife. – who to him was poetry.

        By the way, do you reflect on chemistry with your physics theory?

J Mark Morris:

         Some chemistry

Frank Morris:

         4) If doing therapy with the younger Friedman I would ask him to go back in his mind to when his father moved the family to America. He hated that move and developed a module angry at his father.

J Mark Morris:

         Yeah, that is what I thought.

Frank Morris:

         Sent you some photos. Should be there Thursday.

J Mark Morris:

         I’m driving with Do Not Disturb While Driving turned on. I’ll see your message when I get where I’m going.

         (I’m not receiving notifications. If this is urgent, reply “urgent” to send a notification through with your original message.)

Frank Morris:


J Mark Morris:


Our texts ended with the following two humorous clips I had sent Dad. I hope he watched them and had a good laugh.

J Mark Morris : San Diego : California : June 19, 2020

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Earth’s Spacetime Gold Rush

How are resources managed in each quanta of spacetime around earth above ground and below ground? Is the surface of the earth, and the projection outward from the center of the earth, the defining volumetric border at various levels of government domain and property ownership?

Do property owners own the space above and below their property? It sort of makes sense, right? I mean you certainly have domain to at least scores of feet above ground as well as dozens of feet underground, right? Well, not necessarily. It depends on the laws and code in your area. Furthermore, depending on regulations, businesses may be able to license portions of ‘your radial range’ for a variety of purposes, including drones, or below ground subtransit.

Let’s say you have an interest in a land property with a certain boundary geography. What is the precise mathematical term for the projection from the center*** of the earth through the property’s boundaries and continuing radially outward to some arbitrary radius? Now ask yourself, what portions of that volume does the property owner, or larger community/government have domain?

*** I understand that there are many technical complexities to this idea including, for example, that the ‘center of the earth‘ fluctuates in a variety of dimensions and transformations.

Drones will fly new highways in the sky. Is anyone seriously thinking about this and what it may be like to see and hear the drones flying via the corridor maps overhead? Consdier that drones are only one of many new resource levels that are being claimed.

I could be late to the party with this realization, as I have done zero research on this idea, but are we collectively, for the most part, ignoring that the resources of many radial strata are being leveraged by businesses? Are we oblivious to a modern day GOLD RUSH happening above and below us?

Let’s stipulate to the networks already transiting your properties and communities that facilitate business interests in oil, gas, utilities, subway, landline and mobile communication networks, and etc. Let’s further acknowledge the fortunes build and tragedies endured due to the development, exploitation, and protection of those resource networks.

What new terrestrial networks are evolving? Here are a few examples, and there are many more:

  • We are on the verge of heavily trafficked transportation airzones with corridors for drones.
    • I have no idea what the zone corridors are on a geographic map, by radial altitude.
    • I presume that some government entity is licensing airzone corridors and what can fly in each corridor.
    • What is net impact and benefit to the property owner or resident in a domain?
  • Elon Musk is interested in establishing “subtransit” through tunnels prepared by The Boring Company.
  • Elon Musk is pursuing a large number of low earth communication satellites. The interests of Elon’s satellite business conflict with the interests of terrestrial astronomers.
  • In the future, we may have neutrino communication direct through Earth! Even in such a case, it may be that non-overlapping corridors of communication would be preferred.
  • Low flying people transport. (e.g., flying cars, etc.)
  • Automated transportation overlaying existing road networks.

Here are my interests in the radial projection through the boundaries of my properties or my governmental entities borders.

  • I strongly prefer there be zero negative impact to my property or community from anything done underground, at ground level, or above ground.
  • I strongly prefer not to be disturbed by drones or transport in any way (e.g., sight, sound, touch).
  • I would permit authorized delivery drones or transport vehicles to enter my property subterranean projection and airspace.

J Mark Morris : San Diego : California : January 17, 2020 : v1

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My Favourite Things

Intellectual and Entertainment

  • Exploring and expressing Neoclassical Physics and Quantum Gravity (NPQG) which is my theory/model/narrative of nature, physics, and cosmology.
  • Long form conversational interviews and comedy
    • Joe Rogan,
    • Eric Weinstein,
    • Bryan Callen,
    • Sam Harris,
    • Jordan Peterson,
    • Lex Fridman
  • Comedy
    • Whitney Cummings,
    • Call Her Daddy,
    • Tom Segura,
    • Joey Diaz
  • New York Times
  • Apple News+
  • Video
    • Amazon Prime video
    • YouTube Premium (to avoid ads).
    • Netflix
  • Physics and Cosmology communicators on YouTube
    • Anton Petrov,
    • Dr. Becky,
    • Ask a Spaceman,
    • Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder,
    • Dr. Kirsten Hacker.
    • Deep Sky Videos,
    • PBS Space Time,
    • Sixty Seconds,
    • Skydivephil
  • Mindfulness
    • Rick Steves (travel),
    • Steph Taylor Live (travel),
    • Kraig Adams (travel hiking)


  • British spellings.
  • Helvetica Neue font.
  • New York Times mini-crossword and spelling bee.
  • Puns and clever word play.


  • Kindle books
  • Audible
  • WordPress
  • Python (Socratica training on YouTube)
  • PyCharm
  • iPad Pro
  • Macbook Pro
  • iPhone 11 Plus
  • Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pens.
  • 2019 Amazon Fire TV Cube, 4K Ultra HD, streaming media player.
  • Zennio optical (online glasses)
  • PromptSmartLite teleprompter software for use while recording


  • Chocolate
  • Carne asada
  • Chorizo and eggs
  • Green beans – well cooked
  • Sauerkraut
  • Cabbage – raw or cooked
  • Guacamole
  • Beef stroganoff
  • Spaghetti with meatballs or sausage and parmesan cheese sprinked in abundance.
  • Fruits from my orchard.
    • persimmon, cherimoya, sapote, mandarin, white peach, nectarine, apple, plum, loquat, fig, tangerine, orange, lemon, mulberry, surinam cherry, pomelo, avocado.
  • Meats prepared in a smoker


  • Cotton shirts, socks, sheets, quilts (yellow and/or blue)
  • Fleece jackets
  • Layers
  • White ankle socks
  • Slip on shoes

Travel and Transportation

  • Southwest Airlines
  • Europe
    • Portugal (all over),
    • Paris,
    • Many more places on my wish list.
  • My Ford F150
  • Corvette C8 (wishlist)
  • My Zero SR electric motorcycle

People and Animals

  • Kids
  • Grandkids
  • Close friends
  • Parents
  • Uncles and Aunts
  • Dogs (I don’t have one)

Tesla (none of which I have, yet)

  • Model S (unlikely)
  • Pickup truck (2022?)
  • Power wall (2020)
  • Solar roof (unlikely)

Beauty and Nature

  • Fall color
    • Skyline Drive in Virginia
  • Views
  • Mountains
  • Trees
    • Ginkgo,
    • Oak (including majestic and California scrub),
    • Hickory,
    • Arroyo Willow,
    • Maple in fall,
    • Pines in winter snow.
  • Temperatures in the sixties and seventies.
  • Walking, hiking.
  • The smell of fresh cut grass, a pine forest, an earthy hike after a rain.
  • Beach walks starting at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. The beach there is amazingly flat, clean, and compact. It makes for very pleasant walking.

Music Genres, Bands, Songs

  • Rock and roll
  • Blues
  • Pop
  • Hip-hop
  • Jazz (live)
  • Some electronica and new age
  • Female vocalists
  • Flash mob orchestras
  • Songs
    • All the Leaves are Brown : The Mamas & the Papas

J Mark Morris : San Diego : California : January 1, 2020 : v1

Creative Ideation Justice Reason Ethics Physics

Kirsten Hacker : True Genius

In the first few days of October 2019, fascinating writings by Kirsten Hacker caught my eye. Kirsten writes books and social media posts about a variety of topics, including physics and justice, which are two of my favorite subjects. So on a lovely Saturday in October, I dedicated time to consume more of Kirsten’s media and ideas. My first impression is that we have a number of similar observations on social issues in physics and life. I also saw some tantalizing technical physics posts that appear to dovetail well with my work on Neoclassical Physics and Quantum Gravity. I plan to study Kirsten’s writing more and blog about potential integration with 𝗡𝗣𝗤𝗚. It is truly wonderful and promising to find someone, especially an individual as bright and creative as Kirsten, thinking and writing along similar lines in physics and cosmology. And on top of all that, Kirsten has a Ph.D. in physics and ample experience in the field.

Kirsten has published several books available on Amazon, and has written on Quora and Medium for quite some time and now here on WordPress.

Reading Kirsten’s article True Genius reminded me of my reaction to Walter Isaacson’s writing on Albert Einstein’s treatment of Mileva Marić. Einstein’s treatment of Mileva Marić is infuriating. In 2018, I listened to the Audible version of Walter Isaacson’s book Einstein while walking in the park over a series of days. Isaacson lays out the facts, and my conclusion is that Albert Einstein used and leveraged Mileva Marić in nearly every way imaginable. I lost a huge amount of respect for Einstein upon learning of the extent of his exploitation of Mileva intellectually and personally.

“Albert Einstein used and leveraged Mileva Marić in nearly every way imaginable.”

J Mark Morris

Yet, I have wondered, often late at night, …. Is there more to the story? I’m not big on conspiracies, but there is still the occasional question in my mind, Did Mileva, or Mileva and Albert, discover the fundamental reality of nature, and keep it secret? Or through collaboraton, was such a secretive course of action determined by 1927 Solvay? If so, why? If so, what is the provenance of that knowledge since that time?

Kirsten’s posts also notice a pattern in the fields of physics and cosmology that are difficult to explain. Is the vast confusion and paucity of fundamental progress in these fields due to lack of imagination, incompetence, the natural artifact of power and funding struggles, or conspiracy? If you read Unzicker, you will find that Einstein had a classical particle based solution and he abandoned it. Unzicker calls this a great mistake. Later, circa 1927, De Broglie’s pilot wave ideas seemed to have been abandoned. And again with Bohm and what is now called de Broglie-Bohm mechanics. And then there is Halton Arp and his ideas. There does seem to be a pattern here. There has been an immense negative pressure and paucity of funding on any classical theory. The overwhelming marketing and funding has gone into the mostly impossible to understand quantum mechanics which has been held out as the single path forward. As if quantum mechanics were a religion following a bright shiny light. Amplify all that with the bizarre notions of a Big Bang, a singularity, dark matter, and dark energy. Really? From there you can invent anything to WOW the funding agencies and the public. Many worlds! Wormholes! and on and on. All pure nonsense!

J Mark Morris : San Diego : California : October 6, 2019 : v1

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Maximizing Your Tweet Audience

Here is my understanding of the reach and behaviour of the various forms of Tweeting. This is based on using the Safari browser to access Twitter via the web.

  • Original tweets
    • Goes to my followers and anyone I @mention, skipping followers if the @mention is first in the Tweet.  (Hence “.@mention”)
    • It is deletable.
  • Responding
    • Is visible to anyone who traces from (i.e., clicks on) the parent tweet, and this could be a lot of people if the parent tweet was posted by someone with a large number of followers.
    • Goes to my followers and anyone I @mention
    • If you put in a link, it will display a blurb in a box
    • Doesn’t embed the parent tweet (good or bad depending on use case)
    • It is deletable.
  • Retweeting
    • Only goes to my followers.
    • Can not @mention
    • It is deletable by going to the original tweet and clicking on retweet to un-retweet.
  • Quote tweeting
    • Goes to my followers and anyone I @mention
    • Shows the parent tweet in a box.  (good or bad depending on use case)
    • It is deletable.
    • If you put in a link it will not display a blurb in a box

Based on these characteristics, it seems that RESPONDING is the best free method for Tweeting if you want to get your message out most clearly and to the most people.

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Poe’s Law

I am intrigued by Poe’s Law about writing, especially social media posts,  for which there are no contextual or body language clues with regards to sincerity.  Here are some thoughts on clarifying Poe’s Law and related concepts.

“Poe’s law is an adage of Internet culture stating that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers or viewers as a sincere expression of the parodied views.” – Wikipedia Poe’s Law

I haven’t found a precise definition of Poe’s Law that stands up to scrutiny.   Often the definitions rest on the concept that at least one person will misinterpret a statement of satire, parody, sarcasm, or facetiousness.  The law also says it is impossible to create satire so extreme that at least one person won’t misinterpret it as sincere.  

The creator’s intent is either:

  • sincere
  • satire

The interpreter’s can percieve the post as being:

  • sincere
  • satire
  • unsure

This yields six combinations.  The sincere-sincere and satire-satire combinations are fairly uneventul because both people understand the polarity of the communication.  The unsure interpreter can take steps to clarify if desired.  The real issues occur when we have sincere-satire and satire-sincere because the ideator and interpreter have miscommunicated.

If the interpreter now applies the LIKE tag to a post, then a third person, an observer, can interpret the LIKE as being:

  • sincere
  • satire
  • unsure

So now we have 18 combinations of the interpreter’s possible interpretations of the LIKE.

Anyway, this is leading nowhere fast. My takeaway is that it is unwise to conclude you understand the views of another social media ideator or interpreter based on their posts, comments, and likes. As with any communication it is better to clarify any potential misunderstandings.

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Tweet Sequencing

This is an esoteric topic. As I post more on Twitter, sometimes with messages that need more than the 240 character per tweet limit, I have been researching and pondering Tweet sequencing.  It may seem to be a minor concern, but still I would like to choose a good system for future reference and/or readership. First I’ll cover the intricacies of the stream itself.  Then I’ll have a few comments on the absolutely abysmal Twitter client interfaces and logical thread modeling.

Here are some of the properties to explore of various methods:

  • Do the sequence indicators go at the beginning or end of each tweet?  At the beginning they clearly signal that a sequence is in progress, yet they are somewhat distracting.  At the end, they might be missed when quickly skimming.
  • How many characters are required for tweet sequencing both within each tweet and overall?
  • What sequence character set to use?
    • positive monotonically increasing integers?
    • roman numerals
    • lower case letters
    • upper case letters
  • What delimiter characters to use? I believe a delimiter is required to differentiate the sequencing indicators from the message.
  • How to end the sequence.
  • Can the sequence be appended to later?  Note the constraint that tweets may not be updated.  End of sequence tweets can be deleted and replaced transparently only if they have no replies and no likes.
  • Sequence control

System 1: Positive Monotonically Increasing Integers with a Delimiter

  • Example
    • 1/
    • 2/
    • 3/
  • Can always be appended.
  • No way for reader to tell when list is ended.
  • Uses the fewest characters per tweet. AFAIK

System 2: System 1 with a total count or place holder for total count in each tweet.

  • Example
    • 1/n
    • 2/n
    • 3/n
    • 4/4
  • End is indicated when numerator and denominator are equal integers.
  • Can not be appended
  • Somewhat awkward or redundant.

System 3: System 1 with END used for the last tweet in a sequence.

  • Example
    • 1/
    • 2/
    • 3/
    • END/
  • No positive method to ensure reader did not miss tweets prior to the END tweet. This is not a major concern if the poster properly linked the sequence by replying to each one in turn.
  • Efficient use of total characters.

System 4: System 1 with OVER.  (Original idea. Novelty unknown.)

  • Example
    • 1/
    • 2/
    • 3/
    • 4/OVER |
  • Borrows from radio use of OVER call.
  • OVER indicates “I’m done, your turn,” providing powerful sequence control.
    • Enables pause.
    • Enables continuance on a response to the OVER tweet.
    • The original poster may continue numbering additional points, usually after a delay, always ending with n/over.
    • The lack of an OVER tweet implies, but does not guarantee, that the sequence poster is currently working on the next tweet in the sequence.
  • Efficient use of total characters