Barn Raising Quilt project for Doctors Without Borders (Sock Summit 2009)

purlyman's picture

I keep going back to this pattern and just noticed that there's a project in need of volunteers through June 9th in conjunction with Sock Summit 2009 in Portland Oregon. Read about it here. I'm going to do a couple of squares.

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OzarkMtMan's picture

Grok is pronounced Guh Rock.

Grok is pronounced Guh Rock. It is supposed to be very gutteral, and the best human interpretation falls short of the Martian pronunciation.

It was coined by Robert Heinlein in his awesome classic sci-fi book 'Stranger in a Strange Land. The hero, or anti-hero, Valentine Michael Smith, used the term to mean understanding something. But it meant much more than mere understanding. It implied grasping the full content of being, as if one become one with the object. Then the object became one with the subject. That is "Groking the fullness of it".

If you have not read the book I would highly reccomend it! And sci-fi is not at all high on my reading list. I prefer older classics. Nevertheless it was one of the most moving and meaningful novels for me since I first read it in the late seventies. It used to be required college lit reading, as one of the finer examples of it's genre.

You let go of it, it let go of you.

Velcro Confucious

albert's picture

Thanks, Arrow; I've been

Thanks, Arrow; I've been kind of itching for a good read.

albert's picture

I don't have an East

I don't have an East Coast/West Coast dictionary- what is "grok"?

AndrewNiehus's picture

I think it is supposed to be

I think it is supposed to be "gawk at."

purlyman's picture

Or maybe "grok". See

Or maybe "grok". See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grok.