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April 01 2014

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At the outset, we asked delegates not to use the meeting to advocate for their preferred view of what sport is or what it should try to achieve. Instead, we asked them to look on one another as a resource, and to see themselves as part of a team of experts whose collective experience was needed to catalogue different views, goals, issues and options around sport; to identify how these things are connected with each other, if at all; and to test the limits of the tensions and opportunities they create. It effect, we asked the participants to use the workshop to explore and describe the policy space rather than to advance their particular interests."

"The task of “mapping” the policy space thus replaces debate with dialogue, competition with collaboration. It recognizes that the interests, goals and approaches of the stakeholders can and do vary greatly, and, as a result, that a search for the one right path—or even the best path—is almost certain to fail. Nevertheless, mapping does not abandon the idea that a new policy can help organize the community around a set of goals. The point is rather that such a policy will not prescribe a single path to alignment because the community does not agree on a single, well-defined view of the key goals and the core business.
Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement by Don Lenihan on Public Policy Forum

December 14 2013

November 22 2013

Honesty? authenticity?

A very fine fellow points me to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Husky

I point him to http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=blow%20off

All he can think is that he's been assaulted.

Why would I possibly say more. Liars only hear lies; cheaters only see cheating.

October 24 2013

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Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Lord Alfred Tennyson "Ulysses"

October 07 2013

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Inquiry involves, first, being struck by a question. If the answer is to be found by means of some familiar routine, you simply do what is needed (look up the number in the phone book, or whatever). If the answer is not so easily found, however, the next step is to make a conjecture which, if true, would answer the question at issue; figure out its consequences; check out how well those consequences stand up to any evidence you already have and any further evidence you can lay your hands on; and then use your judgment whether to stick with your conjecture, modify it, abandon it and start again -- or suspend judgment until more evidence comes along.
— "Epistemology Legalized; Trust, justice, and the American way"
Susan Haack
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We could do this with discussion of policy issues.

"Scientific inquiry," Susan Haack writes, "is continuous with everyday empirical inquiry -- only more so." The "more so" arises from various "helps" employed by scientists to amplify their powers of inquiry; these include observational instruments, controlled experiments, theoretical models and analogies, mathematics, peer review, specialized communities of researchers, and a mixture of cooperation and competition. Haack's guiding metaphor for science is a crossword puzzle: Theories and lines of evidence become more convincing as they interlock; ideas are provisionally "penciled in," but some become so well-supported as to be virtually certain.
Defending an Old-Fashioned Prig - TCS Daily

June 01 2013

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I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."
—Thomas Jefferson, 1816
MetaGovernment Wiki

May 28 2013

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Dialogue: “a process which embraces the instructive power of alternative view points as an often inadequately appreciated but nevertheless substantial feature of the environment in which knowledge is created, extended and transmitted

-John Sexton, President, New York University

NYU La Pietra Dialogues Florence - Who we are

May 22 2013

Just a little note to Thomas

The sort of mind-blurt I email myself from time to time. (Quite a collection, over the years.)

Innovation and Collaboration
How do institutions and corporate entities enable innovation?

I'm looking to a consortium of strategic partners to support an information initiative.

Say someone in a university setting who's had experience facilitating use of online learning sees a substantial improvement. How would they proceed?

Say someone in a setting where the distinction of help desk / support desk is meaningful and significant, and they see the possibility of developing yet another aspect of this. How would they proceed?

May 21 2013

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Gartner Group's 1996 report urged that “by 2000, Information Democracy will emerge in forward-thinking enterprises, with Business Intelligence information and applications available broadly to employees, consultants, customers, suppliers, and the public.”
Beyond Excel: Taking Business Intelligence to the Next Level

May 14 2013

Full spectrum: Inter-disciplinary branching / pedagogy

(A note I emailed myself a little while back.)

While at Dalhousie as a mature student studying cognitive and social psychology I had a conversation with the chair of the history department, who's introductory course I had taken in second year.
I suggested that some aspects of cog-psych (What we might now call "social cognition") might shed some light on matters of historiography.

I suggest today that this approach can be enabled by our best information practices i.e. studying a topic in one discipline brings up points that might be best treated by another. Say, in Poli Sci, studying the war in Iraq, we would touch on the cultural aspects of policy, on matters of macro- and micro-economics ... in short, psychology, economics, sociology and anthropology would come into play.
Conventional techniques strive to focus, quite appropriately. But student engagement, I suggest, would be best nurtured by a more full-spectrum approach.

April 23 2013

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"It is not enough to observe, experiment, theorize, calculate and communicate; we must also argue, criticize, debate, expound, summarize, and otherwise transform the information that we have obtained individually into reliable, well established, public knowledge."
- John Ziman. 1969. "Information, Communication, Knowledge," Nature 224: 318-324; abstract online at <http://bit.ly/cNPB1d>.
— Richard Hake - Google+ "Some Google Plusers might be interested in a recent post…"

April 22 2013

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"Discourse participants mutually grant each other communicative freedom to say "Yes" and "No", i.e. to claim certain "truths".
— Yuri Mishnikov's
The Critical Theory of Jurgen Habermas in Sociological Research

April 10 2013

When is "spiked up over 200" the same as "levelled at 150"?

Not.

Weekly:




Monthly:


I dunno ... the two don't seem to track. See the spike over/above 200 in weekly? I don't see that in monthly.
Almost as though monthly is using data that's slightly older than weekly.


All this from Ceph eqiad Cluster Report for Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:42:43 +0000.

#Cloud #Monitoring #Ganglia

p.s. haven't used LiveJournal for many months ... years? It's just so plop.fizz effective! This was dead easy.
bentrem
“Think simple” as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.
— Frank Lloyd Wright
Introducing Horizon — Horizon documentation

April 06 2013

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That which we learn with delight we will never forget.
— Aristotle interpreted by Bill Moyers
Reposted bysiriusminerva siriusminerva
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It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?
— The correct quotation appears in Thoreau's letter to his friend, H.G.O. Blake, on 16 November 1857
The Henry D. Thoreau Mis-Quotation Page | Walden Woods

March 21 2013

Herb ... these are universals.

You select a piece of text. You click B or I, which marks up the text.
Or you select a piece of text, then click the Link button, and enter a URL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_interval_training), which marks up a bit of text to make it an active link.

January 29 2013

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In the end, it appeared that actually the tone set early on in a comment thread looked like it influenced comments much more than anything intrinsic about the format or identity system used.

There’s no doubt that software design and features do influence community behaviors, but not as much as decent community management and personal engagement from journalists does.

How Facebook comments affect trolling for news websites — Tech News and Analysis (GigaOm.com)
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So the question is not, Do we have policies that might work? It is, Can we mobilize the political will to act? And so, I've been spending a lot of time just thinking about how do I communicate more effectively with the American people? How do I try to bridge some of the divides that are longstanding in our culture? How do I project a sense of confidence in our future at a time when people are feeling anxious? They are more questions of values and emotions and tapping into people's spirit.
Barack Obama is Not Pleased | New Republic
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