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The Million Dollar Question

August 11th, 2011. Chiba, Japan.

A mix of confusion and awe as I step off the platform.

I must have made a mistake. But maybe a good mistake.

Birds caw and cicadas click gently, filling the warm afternoon air with sounds of nature. The train platform is open to the air and on the other side of the tracks is a high fence. Beyond it, a bicycle and walking path leading to a park.

Children are running around and playing in the park, but surprisingly quietly. Very Japanese.

The Wheaton Scale

On Mental Models

This is something Jacob from ERE uses frequently. Recently, I've found it a useful concept to explain relations or dimensions to people.

Paul Wheaton is a permaculture guy. Now I'm not particularly interested in permaculture, but I like the dimension he's talking about with his scale:

(Note: Sepp Holzer is another permaculture guy that Paul Wheaton likes)

As you can see, the Wheaton scale describes the size of a group that a person is in, in relation to some dimension (in his case: intensity of practicing permaculture) and to the total of people in existence.

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