“Is this as good as it gets, I wondered? Not every good thing in life was present — my beloved was not with me, for instance. Quotidian worries waited in the wings — would there be another storm? Would the roof leak? Had I run out of my beta blocker, with the drug store closed until Tuesday? And how much would it matter if I had?
But yes, I thought, this is as good as it gets. Every luminous moment has worries waiting in the wings, as every dark one is fringed with the absent pleasures against whose gorgeous ghostly outlines it stands out, visible only because of them. Sometimes beauty can only be felt in its own absence. Sometimes love can only be experienced as longing. It is what it is, my friend used to say, and it is not what it is not. Every moment is as good as that moment can get. And what is life, but a string of them?”—The Geranium Farm, via Susan Benthall
Most networkers think of individual persons as being embedded in networks that are embedded
in networks that are embedded in networks. Networkers describe such structures as “multi-
modal.” In our school example, individual students and teachers form one mode, classrooms a
second, schools a third, and so on. A data set that contains information about two types of social
entities (say persons and organizations) is a two mode network.
Of course, this kind of view of the nature of social structures is not unique to social networkers.
Statistical analysts deal with the same issues as “hierarchical” or “nested” designs. Theorists
speak of the macro-meso-micro levels of analysis, or develop schema for identifying levels of
analysis (individual, group, organization, community, institution, society, global order being
perhaps the most commonly used system in sociology). One advantage of network thinking and
method is that it naturally predisposes the analyst to focus on multiple levels of analysis
simultaneously. That is, the network analyst is always interested in how the individual is
embedded within a structure and how the structure emerges from the micro-relations between
individual parts. The ability of network methods to map such multi-modal relations is, at least
potentially, a step forward in rigor.
”—Hanneman, Introduction to Social Network Methods
“In 1947, Carasso achieved a major breakthrough with the introduction of the "Fruit on the Bottom" yogurt product; its perfect balance of tartness and sweetness suited the American palate and made it an instant success.”—Marquis et al., The Dannon Company: Marketing and Corporate Responsibility
“Stretch a bow to its limit and it is soon broken;
Temper a blade to its sharpest and it is soon blunted;
Amass the greatest treasure and it is soon stolen;
Claim credit and honor and you will soon fall;
Retire once your purpose is achieved - this is the way of Nature.”—Tao Te Ching
“Initially, Thordarson thought Khan Academy would merely be a helpful supplement to her normal instruction. But it quickly become far more than that. She’s now on her way to “flipping” the way her class works. This involves replacing some of her lectures with Khan’s videos, which students can watch at home. Then, in class, they focus on working problem sets. The idea is to invert the normal rhythms of school, so that lectures are viewed on the kids’ own time and homework is done at school. It sounds weird, Thordarson admits, but this flipping makes sense when you think about it. It’s when they’re doing homework that students are really grappling with a subject and are most likely to need someone to talk to. And now Thordarson can tell just when this grappling occurs: Khan Academy provides teachers with a dashboard application that lets her see the instant a student gets stuck.”—
I am a follower of Christ.
I am supposed to love my enemies and not judge.
I hate Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists for their religions. Not as individuals- but with a generalized intolerant hatred that I keep hidden.
[I also despise Western converts to these belief-systems].
I hate some of them for their misguided suicidal zeal, others for worshipping horrid idols and graven images, for persecuting/massacring Christians in their nations of origin, for promoting false religion with their resources, for thinking they have Truth and despising the Gospel, for bringing themselves into the Judeo-Christian western democracies and bringing idolatry, false philosophy and murderous fanaticism with them. For not appreciating the bases of western democratic liberty.
“The Young Man in a Hurry is a narrow-minded and ridiculously youthful prig, who is inexperienced enough to imagine that something might be done before very long, and even to suggest definite things. His most dangerous defect being want of experience, everything should be done to prevent him from taking any part in affairs. He may be known by his propensity to organise societies for the purpose of making silk purses out of sows’ ears. This tendency is not so dangerous as it might seem; for it may be observed that the sows, after taking their washing with a grunt or two, trundle back unharmed to the wallow; and the purse-market is quoted as firm. The Young Man in a Hurry is afflicted with a conscience, which is apt to break out, like measles, in patches. To listen to him, you would think that he united the virtues of a Brutus to the passion for lost causes of a Cato; he has not learnt that most of his causes are lost by letting the Cato out of the bag, instead of tying him up firmly and sitting on him, as experienced people do.”—Microcosmographia Academia
We know that Ledgers’ isn’t fancy or pissy-pants; and that it ain’t the best looking store on the block. All we ask is that you step inside to see what we have.
We can promise you ‘SURPRISE’. Our shelves and coolers are jammed packed. The women in Ed’s life are always saying, ‘YOU HAVE TOO MUCH! NO MORE.’ Ed just shrugs his shoulders, and laughs. And like most guys, he walks away, and orders more.
There’s a huge divide between the consumer space and the public sector. Why? The reason is that in government there isn’t a Darwinian pressure to innovate that’s in the consumer space. Consumer companies are one click away from extinction, so they have to innovate constantly. Yet in enterprise IT, which is far inferior to consumer IT, victory is considered winning that contract. Once companies win that contract, the incentives are to optimize their margins, not to innovate or make sure they’re providing better services.
You address that problem by adopting consumer technologies. Why are we even in the business of giving mobile devices at an enterprise level? Let all government employees go out there, pick whatever mobile device they want, and let competition decide which is a better technology, instead of having some random bureaucrat setting a standard for millions of people.
No disrespect intended to the Pakistanis over the border, I’d offer them the same birthday wishes, too, but, much to my surprise, yesterday I learned that Pakistan’s Independence Day is not the 15th of…
This is an extremely well-written article, and makes me both inspired and a little guilty for getting caught up in the same mentality.
“At a BBQ last week with a group of Y Combinator graduates, the conversation went predictably back and fourth, sounding something like this: What batch were you in? How many times did you pivot? How much did you raise? From who? How many users have you got now? What’s your growth rate? Who’s going to acquire you? It’s never about the technology or impact it’s having, it’s about the game of entrepreneurship; getting users, funding and exiting as quickly as you can.”
Jaak Panksepp: (1943-2039) Distinguished psychologist, ethologist, affective neuroscientist, and greatest intellectual troublemaker since Galileo. Successively criticizing analytical psychologists, evolutionary psychologists, and behaviorists for leaving the brain out of their equations for behavior, Panksepp was later forced to recant his heretical views by the APA on the Oprah show, and spent the rest of his remaining years locked in an ivory tower on some Bowling Green. Was later vindicated in 2397 by a consortium of super-intelligent toaster-ovens, but by that time mankind had evolved back to sponges.
Chronic remorse, as all the moralists agree, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean - Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World