I love my daily walk. sometimes I take the puppy, sometimes i go alone. both are fun. I focus on the dog when he comes, but alone, my mind runs all over the place. today, there were scores of birds in the fields, some on the wire, some in trees and I listened to their calls and it struck me that their calls were like code packets. What if (and I know birds have small brains etc) but what if their meanings and language are embedded. In programming (on computers, cars, spaceships etc) when you program, you might have a set of things that you want to have happen, so you write it all out, each instruction and it is pretty long. You can name the set of instructions, for example, you could name a set of instructions Bill. From then on, when you needed that action or set of instructions, you just put Bill instead of all the code. Pretty cool, right? The goal was always to write the instructions as cleanly and concisely as possible to keep the memory usage small, then, use them with names so that your program was small and fast and clean (fewer bugs and problems.) Pretend for a moment that we were all hard wired with a set of common experiences and memories and the same impressions from those memories. When someone referenced 'pie' we'd all have the same experience with pie so, we'd know what it was all about. Imagine if birds have imprinted millions of different impressions and experiences not so much into their brain but into themselves that the call that birds make are just a series of 'Bill' calls, so a short tweet tweet twwwwwweeet dal dee might be a HUGE instruction set informing the flock of a thousand nuances of their current situation. For the rest of my walk, I listened to them... and I think someone told me that there are 50 birds for every person, I listened to their song and the occasional flock moving 50 years as one and I thought.... that is a pretty interesting universe those guys are in.