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October 11 2015

  • "Each country's Commission possesses its Archive of the Game, that is the register of all hitherto examined and accepted symbols and decipherments, whose number long ago by far exceeded the number of the ancient Chinese ideographs."
  • "The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. All the insights, noble thoughts, and works of art that the human race has produced in its creative eras, all that subsequent periods of scholarly study have reduced to concepts and converted into intellectual values -- on all this immense body of intellectual values the Glass Bead Game player plays like the organist on an organ. And this organ has attained an almost unimaginable perfection; its manuals and pedals range over the entire intellectual cosmos; its stops are almost beyond number."
  • "Theoretically this instrument is capable of reproducing in the Game the entire intellectual content of the universe. ...On the other hand, within this fixed structure, or to abide by our image, within the complicated mechanism of this giant organ, a whole universe of possibilities and combinations is available to the individual player. For even two out of a thousand stringently played games to resemble each other more than superficially is hardly possible. Even if it should so happen that two players by chance were to choose precisely the same small assortment of themes for the content of their Game, those two Games could present an entirely different appearance and run an entirely different course, depending on the qualities of mind, character, mood, and virtuosity of the players."

  • see also "Fortune Cookies" on the Glass Bead Game Wiki

    The quote is from notes by Herman Hesse on "Magister Ludi" aka "Glass Bead Game"; see an essay
    see also A long book review

    October 10 2015

    June 01 2015


    So much like Hesse's glasperlenspiel!

    "Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That is what we are trying to reach."

    — Wikimedia Foundation Vision Statement

    May 08 2015

    Ooh! So glad that you're still active!

    I've always tracked systems like Soup ... I mean since the web started ... and you're one of the few I actually use!


    I posted a comment to the post after this one. It got no reply.
    At look at your comment on this post here, and see ... it got no reply.

    Those who actually don't care about discussion / discourse have really polluted this concept space.
    Terribly sad.

    April 01 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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
    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

    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

    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

    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

    "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

    "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"?




    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.
    “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

    That which we learn with delight we will never forget.
    — Aristotle interpreted by Bill Moyers
    Reposted bysiriusminerva siriusminerva
    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
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