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|Saturday, April 26th, 2008|
|Corporate Espionage & Social Network - Ramblings
I believe that this
is an example of corporate espionage, as in a William Gibson short story, or something from the Shadowrun universe.
This kind of data would be invaluable to an insurance company, or even to a marketing company.
I think we are on the verge of entering into a privacy-free way of living. Livejournal, and similar blogging sites, and the bloom of social networking sites demonstrate that people are ready to embrace a controlled form of life without privacy. The money in these ventures is in the potential information-harvest. For example, Facebook is probably worth 5 times what it was bought for when they figure out how to implement a good direct-sales scheme.
Ebay... Amazon. A plugin "program" for Facebook could destroy them. A smart algorithm could calculate likely purchases by relying on friends interests & purchases, much the way google's pagerank system supposedly works. Utilizing a backbone like Me.dium hooked into a suite of similar shopping programs (like the vampire/slayer/zombie/werewolf frontends) you could even have people "go shopping" realtime. All of the programs to turn a social website into a goldmine for a retailer exist. The hard work is in putting them together while avoiding seeming intrusive.
|Monday, June 4th, 2007|
|Thoughts at work
My last hour of work today was spent putting the following words to a thought:
Obsession is what motivates the greatest.
- Those of us that cannot find an obsession are doomed to mediocrity or less.
Talent is what enables the greatest.
- Those of us that obsess counter to our natural aptitudes are doomed to mediocrity or less.
- Those of us that obsess, yet use poorly maintained tools are doomed to mediocrity or less.
I think that the wording needs a bit of a tweak, but I only had an hour.
|Monday, February 26th, 2007|
|Monday, February 12th, 2007|
First: Does anybody have a good telling of where the term TUB comes from?
Second: So what makes a TUB a TUB and not just a marathon? At first I thought it was the sheer volume of content. When you use that as the only criteria for a TUB theme you end up with sets of movies that don't seem to be TUBs. Is it that it has to be the same story, or a continuing one, such as "Every Movie Version of Romeo & Juliet" or "All of the Friday the 13ths"? Does it have to also have a Science Fiction angle, such as "All 4 Harry Potter Movies" or "All 6 Star Wars". Or does it just have to have a geeky aspect?
Third: I'm thinking of doing Quarterly TUBS, starting with a run of All of Mel Brooks' Movies.
|Saturday, January 13th, 2007|
|Sunday, July 23rd, 2006|
|Shpongle, Little Brother and Thievery Corp.
Hey all (that still read my journal on the rare posting occasion),
Simon Posford will be doing 2 sets (one as Shpongle and one as Younger Brother) at a weekend music & camping festival. Among the other acts will be Thievery Corp.
Get the details at http://www.campbiscov.com/
It opens on thursday evening and runs through saturday. Assuming I can get the days off, M and I will be there.
|Tuesday, April 25th, 2006|
|Middle Class Trains (Continued)
First off I'd like to say that while Blogs (LJ in this case) are nice for putting a quick idea out there they generally suck for having a decent on going discussion with a group of people. Hence the reason for a second post, instead of another reply.
On to the topic!
So, a slight modification seems to be in order. Let's get rid of the whole stopping thing, and do a giant conveyor belt instead. So it would work kinda like the Speed-walks that are in most giant airports (or as escalators would work if people weren't so lazy about walking up stairs). Make it 1 lane, and have it going between 30 and 60 mph compared to the ground. You would get onto it at special on-ramps that would be made up of a series of smaller sections of the conveyor belt at incremental speed steps to smooth the acceleration out. There would be a small section of 2 lanes for getting on/off of the main lane. I know, this too would be fantastically expensive (though possibly less expensive than the train idea), but it would be used far more often (and produce far better efficiency) than the HOV lanes.
I'm guessing Round 2 will be all about crashes and whatnot. Any ideas on how to minimize their damage. Oh, and why would this idea never work :Þ Current Mood: Mellow'ncholy
|Middle Class Trains
So, here's my postulates:
Most of the country gets from point A to point B in a car, either a Taxi/"Limo" or one they own/lease.
For long distance trips we either drive, fly or take a train/bus.
If we take a train it is because it is cheaper than flying, and we aren't in a hurry.
If we fly or take a train/bus, we use taxis or rent a car to get around the destination city.
The reason our public transportation system is underused is because they are generally not as convienient as our Cars
Here's my proposal:
Build a High Speed Train ( >100 MPH )that connects major cities together.
Dedicate 3/4ths of the "passenger space" on the train as Car Ports (Enclosed parking spots).
Boarding would be accomplished by driving through a toll booth and into the Car Port.
It may even be possible to have some sort of a boarding lane on highways that would work like a fast version of the thing in a car wash that pulls your car along at the desired speed.
Ok, I'm ready for this idea to get shredded. Have-at-me! Gesundheit.
Alternatively we could all use Segways (or other small short range vehicles) in cities and have all of our highways converted into Segway Transporters (See above, except exchange Cars with Segways). Current Mood: None
|Tuesday, April 11th, 2006|
On Point had an excellent show today about immigration. It was taking the approach not of how do we handle the Mexicans that are already here, or how to prevent future illegals, but the bigger picture of what the past 5 years of immigration between the US and Mexico actually means for the two countries. The general consensus of the pundits was that this is the beginning or early middle of an inevitable merger between the two countries. I think the message that I got from the show was that we should be proactive in our attempts to increase the standard of living and education of the Mexican nation, thereby reducing the potential negative impact on our own way of life that the eventual merger will have.
I was left with a trio of questions though:
1) Is it merely education that needs fundamental improvement, or is it also infrastructure?
2) Is the Mexico's southern border and coastlines small enough that we would be able to prevent a similar immigration/expansion issue with their southern neighbors?
3) How much would it cost to actually improve the Infrastructure as well as the High School and College systems. Current Mood: focused
|Friday, April 7th, 2006|
I think that in all of our democracy propaganda we forgot to mention the concept of responsibility. For instance, Hamas seems to think that just because it was elected that the world shouldn't be able to penalize it for it's attitude because that would be like penalizing the citizens that elected it. This is crap. If you elect an idiot, and the world takes measures to minimize the damage the idiot can do to their view of the well being of the world, then you will be paying the bad consequences of your freedom. However, by electing people that enrich you, then you reap the good consequences of your freedom.
There should be deep concern here, because this problem has roots in the socialistic attitudes that prevail in most of the wealthy nations, specifically in places like France and the U.S.A. Entitlements such as government sponsored long-term welfare, health care, job security, and social security/pensions enable the blame to be shifted from the individual to the government or other outside sources. However, the cost of this shift of blame is in personal freedom. Current Mood: groggy
|Thursday, March 30th, 2006|
I was pondering modern correspondence recently when I realized that historians 100 years from now may not consider our time to be devoid of useful information on individuals. For the longest time letters were written and kept, often outlasting multiple generations of people, only to be found 100s of years later to shed light on the perceptions and lives of an age long past. In contrast, it is exceedingly rare to write a personal letter that will survive a year. Our digital media requires constant (from a historical perspective) refreshing or it will degrate into a mass of metalic trash.
The actual thought that got me to making this post was contemplating what it will be like in 30, 40 or even 50 years. To look back on the turn of the century and how transient and meek our technology was. How hard it was to get into space. How nearsighted we were.. are. Thinking about how 80 years ago it was rare to have electricity really makes you wonder what we will be able to achieve in the next 80.
danlong Current Mood: contemplative
|Friday, January 13th, 2006|
So I'm confused. You have 2.5 million people come to a city and bulge it's population as part of a pilgrimage. The pilgrimage consists of moving back and forth between two hills, running around the city, then heading towards three large pillars and you only get 7 days to do it. I'm not going to make any more comment on the rituals of this pilgrimage other than this statement. Ok, so here is where I get confused... 400 people get stampeded in a surge during the last leg of the ritual and people start denouncing the government that owns the land. 400 people out of 2.5 MILLION die during a 7 day marathon pilgrimage and there is an uproar that the event could have been managed better. Let's say that there was an accounting error and there were actually 500 people that died. That means that 0.02% (that's 2 people out of every 10,000) of the pilgrims died. I think that the Saudi government should be congradulated that so few died, not criticized for not better preparing for 2.5 MILLION people showing up. I'm sure I could say this many many more ways, but I'll stop now.
|Wednesday, December 14th, 2005|
|Evolution vs. Holocaust
So I heard this bit about how that crazy leader in Iran is purporting that the Holocaust was fabricated to justify creating the nation of Israel. This got me to thinking about truth and evidence. After a short conversation with creatrixx (who had read my original post over my shoulder) I realized that I hadn't though about my original statement as well as I should have.
So, which do you think has more evidence; Evolution or the Holocaust. If you can cite bit of that evidence, please do so.
|Thursday, October 27th, 2005|
So I was listening to the BBC last night and heard this article on how Walmart is looking to drastically decrease its burden on the environment, perhaps by 50% or more in 5 to 10 years. The interview made me pointed out just how frighteningly organized and efficient Walmart is. It turns out that they are not looking to be environmentally friendly, they have just run out of ways to increase their efficiency. The executive they were interviewing said that they are aiming to increase their entire tricking fleet's efficiency by 25% in the next year or two, and as much as 50% in 10 years. He also said that for things like the cardboard boxes that they ship stuff in, they have to pay for it twice, once to bring something into a store, and once to get rid of the the box. I don't know exactly what they plan on doing to reduce that kind of waste, but the fact that they are looking at this stuff to improve their bottom line says a lot about just how efficient they are in all other areas of the retail business.
One of the only markets that Walmart hasn't yet entered is the Recycling market... I wonder if they will be offering trash removal and recycling services in 5 years??
|Wednesday, August 31st, 2005|
Now that we have observed the true technological success of the levees down in New Orleans. They seem to function far better at keeping the water in. I think when they rebuild they should take a look at how Venice works things, and make some modifications for future hurricanes. This will solve 2 problems. First, the marshlands that have been destroyed by the lack of routine flooding will hopefully begin to grow again. The marshy swampy coast has lost a full 20 miles in the last 40 years. In theory it is this loss that has allowed Katrina to come so far ashore with such force. That missing 20 miles of buffer might have been nice to have this time around. The second problem that a Venice style set-up would relieve is that you wouldn't have the same level of flooding from hurricanes. You could even set it up so that you could have stores in the basements with water tight doors to the normal streets, for easy access during the dry season.
|Monday, July 11th, 2005|
Shpongle has just released a new album.
It is being sold directly from the artist's indie label.
You can also get it on Vinyl (2 LPs).
The shipping costs are reduced for each additional CD that is purchased.
This is the final CD of original music that Shpongle is going to make.
You can't buy it in a store in the US.
The CD costs 12 GBP (English Pound).
How many copies are you going to buy?
I'll be putting an order in next monday.
|Tuesday, March 29th, 2005|
|2 Posts? In One Day??
I guess I just have a lot on my mind. But to the Point! I think that the reason the list of Popes prophesied by St. Malachy ends soon is not because the catholic church fails, nor is it due to the beginning of rapture (the pre-Apocalypse). I think it ends because as the final pope's health deteriorates, and his organs begin to fail, he will slowly transform into the first true cyborg. (Truly Chilling, isn't it). We will have figured out a way to stave off Alzheimer's by then, and will conquer most other mental disease brought on by old age. Eventually the last pope will be a brain-in-a-can. And he will be our conduit to the almighty!!! (wow, I'm even waxing religious). And this is why I am not into organized religion. It's silly.
|Taxes and the AARP
Last night I heard a report that the AARP was starting up it's campaign to crush support for Bush's Social Security Reforms. I have mixed feelings about his reforms, so I didn't really care one way or the other about their position. What really bugged me was in financing the propaganda that supports their agenda, they draw on a budget that is larger than the entire budget of the US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!!! It seems that all I hear about on the news is how our government doesn't have enough money. First off, most people complain that we pay too much in taxes, and that's despite all the loophole's and tax breaks that people take advantage of. I hear that social security is flawed and will be unable to support itself in 10 to 20 years. I hear that we have to keep cutting school programs. And then there is the AARP, probably one of dozens, that has a far smaller population base than the US chamber of commerce, and yet it has a larger budget. Why? Here is an example of why special interest groups are detrimental to our society. If for just one year, all the special interest groups like the AARP donated money to the US treasury, the government would have 5 to 10 times the budget that we currently have. It would be possible to get ahead of social security, and instead of the current workforce paying for the currently retired, the current workforce would be paying for their own retirement. Instead of trimming programs from schools we would be able to add them back in. Instead of worrying endlessly about how much we spent on the Big Dig and similar programs, we could look to fix and update our electricity grids, and our other aging and ailing infrastructures. Just one year. The worst case scenario is that we would squander the money... just as we do now.
|Thursday, March 17th, 2005|
So the papers recently have been going on and on about baseball, and its woes concerning performance enhancing drugs (commonly called steroids). It got me to thinking about game balance. While thinking about game balance is usually only the concern of hard-core "gamers" I think it is highly applicable to sports' "doping" issues. So, to my position on doping: I think we should allow anyone over the age of 21 to use as much performance enhancing drugs as the would like, and can afford. First, the performance balance between individuals and teams will not be affected if every professional athlete allowed access to the same drugs. Second, pharmaceutical companies will begin to develop specialized enhancers with minimal side effects. The money that the athletes will be able to pay out could potentially be poured into therapeutic research. Finally, modern professional athletes usually have to have a baseline of physical requirements that are simply out of the norm. Usually to such a degree that 200 years ago they would have been considered giants or from some other sort of mutant race...
|Tuesday, February 15th, 2005|
So, again today I heard about the Kyoto Treaty and the US absenting from it. While I do believe that curbing environmental poisoning is in the best interest of the whole world, I am not sure the Kyoto Treaty is going to have a positive effect. The reason I say this is because of an article I recently read about BP. Apparently, in order to comply with the Kyoto treaty, they are building a new facility in or near the Sahara. The reason this facility is notable is because it will have 0%, or nearly 0% emissions into the atmosphere. Instead, BP has decided to pump all of the carbon dioxide and other waste gases deep underground, into the earth itself. Even if the gases leak back out of the ground and into the atmosphere, BP has satisfied the conditions of the Kyoto Treaty. The thing that is disturbing about this is that other companies are looking at this and saying, "There's a good idea". Even in the US where we have time to devise and invest in true solutions, they are saying, "That's cheap, and follows the rules". I am nervous that the Kyoto Treaty is merely going to cause unprepared companies to take action far worse than merely polluting our atmosphere, and that because it is easy, others will stop pursuing a superior alternative.
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