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December 17 2019

Pretty weird. This "threading" is what we had //before// FB. FB doesn't have it ... and wins big.

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Subject: Re: Duplicate from FB [was playing catch up]

Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:13:10 -0700

From: Bernard D. Tremblay (ben) <ab006@chebucto.ns.ca>

Organization: Ben Tremblay & Associates

To: Albert Tremblay <tremblayalbert@yahoo.com>

On 12/12/2019 5:41 PM, Albert Tremblay wrote:

I enjoyed the radio program. I might listen again to get a little more out of it.
I'm pret near allergic to how the world is going down in flames.
So very often folk don't reply at all. And so often what they reply is basically "I liked that". As though they don't have time to do more than click "Like" ... or maybe don't have any other thoughts than Like / Dislike. Either way, we're completely screwed. Can't have a society with people who are thoughtless/mindless.

      Bernard D. Tremblay (ben) Dec 8 at 8:51 PM
      "Something I got thinking about as a kid:
      Real good bullshit was actually like stealing. Getting something that wasn't actually mine.

      Much later, maybe in Zen, I realized that good solid convincing bullshit was actually a real good way to avoid something.

      So, double whammy! at least 2 ways that bullshit was addictive ... quick buzz / cheap thrill.

I think i have equated false speech to stealing at some point but not sure when. Pergury right?
Perjury ... which probably most often means actual lying.
I wrote bullshit because I meant bullshit ... in a way of giving false impression. For example, giving the impression of liking something but actually not giving more than the very slight damn ... just enough to click Like or type out a short "I like that" ... deception. Misleading.

It's good to be critical and skeptical for sure, far too often people are swept along with bad ideas.
... and did you notice how you blew off the topic by pivoting to something different?
Pretty typically this is where bullshit would come it ... to create a false picture, a false imagine, rationalizing and justifying, explaining away, which very neatly avoids the topic completely.

No reason to think our bad habits will evaporate on their own.
Thoughtfulness ... mindful awareness ... not stuff many people care about.

      "If what you're doing is what you want to do, that's okay. If you're doing it the way you want to do it, that's really fine."

I'm doing most of the things I want to do.
I think you misunderstood me.
I am far to disorganized at home. it's bothering me.
Fabulous example of how what you'd like to do (cleaning up / sorting things out) isn't getting done.

im doing some cleaning now, got to avoid doing nothing.
Even with something as unrelated as responding online ...
And I don't mean this as task or work or chore. When we aren't drawn to what we want, then likely we don't stay away from what we don't want ... which means our wiring is basically fucked up. And we don't pay attention! not even to that!

I think they way would have been to do it before it got so bad, as always.
Good one.
Another easy way of evading stuff: letting it get so bad it's dreadful.
Paying attention becomes truly unpleasant!

I am not doing it the way I want to in the sense that it is often on the back of mind like a distraction.
Bingo ... //that// is exactly what I was trying to get at.
Good eye ...
      "...When we don't pay attention to what we do, we don't know what we're doing.
      When we don't know what we're doing, we don't understand whatever happens next."
Interesting how we have quick reflexes but sometimes not avoid an obstacle that we are of.
"Are aware of" I'm guessing is what you meant.

Selective attention ... we can be almost perfectly blind to what we want to avoid.
So? so we aren't even aware of the fact that we're in evasion mode!
When things are bad, all on their own they get worse. Kinda like gravity. Nothing magical required!

On one hand mindfulness is like with reflexes every thing moves in unison.
Sorta/kinda. Actually this here is a real deep topic in dharma ... "one taste" and such like.
Phenomenon arise simultaneously with the experience.
I suspect Tibetan language is better than English in describing this stuff.

There is no hesitation no gathering of motivation.
hmmmm ... neat idea ...
The distractions are like an obstacle that you see but you don't avoid.
Something I've never quite settled: when I'm totally in evasion mode, to ignore something that I really should be paying attention to ... don't I actually need to pay attention to it for at least a short moment? to ignore it precisely?
Anyhow yaaa ... that's the nature of habit: it kicks in as quickly as reflex!

I think that is what it is like when you are paying full attention it is like the right answers come just like reflexes.
Again bingo.
Natural awareness. Kinda like "all beings have Buddha-nature" ... mindfulness is actually our real nature. We just get fucked up to a whole long string of little things and big things and random things etc etc etc. Hence: karma!

If i am distracted I can act as though i am paying attention but the answers just aren't there.
The "as though" part is where habit kicks in ... like automata ... less mindful than a chicken pecking at feed.

ill go back over previous emails when we get on the same page hopefully
"Follow your bliss!" :-)

good night
have a good one

March 30 2019

30MARCH2019 and I find that Soup is still working!

May 31 2017

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


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

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
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