The Cost (and Benefit) of Abstraction – This originated with Seb [via Spike] [via Lilia]. I commented on Spike’s blog that least abstraction “necessary” is a good qualification, because we certainly couldn’t do without it – in fact humans succeed because they are evolved to be good at it. The problem is that abstraction is […]
Entries from March 2003
0 March 30, 2003 at 4:27pm by Psybertron
0 March 30, 2003 at 4:09pm by Psybertron
Zero-Tolerance equals Zero-Intelligence – Morons in the News [via McGee's Musings]. Can’t quite see how this Richard Gayle quote get’s to be here [Quote] Oh. What a wonderful Catch-22. A 6 year old is facing expulsion for having a plastic butter spoon in his backback. A spoon he got in the cafeteria and wanted to […]
0 March 29, 2003 at 12:39am by Psybertron
Edward Goldsmith – Spike Hall picked-up on my Dawkins’ Hyper-Rationality article and suggested some similar threads from The Way by Edward Goldsmith. He quotes Chomsky and sounds very close to Pinker in so far as the brain is evolved to think this way.
0 March 29, 2003 at 12:29am by Psybertron
As I was [here], Did I imagine it or did I just see an episode of the Simpsons featuring the Ayn Rand Child Care Center ?
0 March 28, 2003 at 12:31pm by Psybertron
URL Host Name to IP Address Look-up from IceHouse, via Blogger.PS – Dummy here didn’t know you could ftp direct through any browser – I thought tools like Cute FTP were necessary. Doh!
0 March 27, 2003 at 5:26pm by Psybertron
As We Know It – A truly excellent blog from Paul Kelly. Will add to my side-bar, (and blogroll when I get that organised). I blogged earlier the link to a couple of articles I picked-up from the Knowledge Board RSS Klog Aggregator, though Paul’s blog doesn’t actually appear in the K-Board blogroll (?), and […]
0 March 27, 2003 at 3:46pm by Psybertron
Blogging was for Hippies ? – Gerry McGovern [via James Robertson] says [Quote] the “hippie” period of “anything goes” in website design and information architecture should well and truly die – if information architecture is to solve problems cost-effectively, it will have to become rigorously defined.[Unquote]I have interests in standardisation too, in fact that’s how […]
0 March 27, 2003 at 3:06pm by Psybertron
Blog Tools – This from BlogComp, [via Lilia's blog]The main current deficiencies in Blogger Pro for me are Categorisation and RSS Aggregation. Although I host my blog content with my own ISP, I make use of Blogger’s own hosted tools and service. I’m not really in a position to have the software hosted elsewhere, unless […]
0 March 27, 2003 at 2:56pm by Psybertron
Leadership by e-Mail ? Posted this comment against this article, and again against Lilia’s blog on the same subject. No problem with the concept that “real” networks of communication tell you far more about the way an organisation actually functions than any organisation charts, roles or procedures. This is well established fact in organisations that […]
0 March 27, 2003 at 11:01am by Psybertron
Dawkins’ Hyper-Rationalism – Posted an essay on this subject after recently reading Dawkins’ “A Devil’s Chaplain”. Methinks the Charles Simonyi professor, for the public understanding of science at Oxford University, doth protest too much when he attacks lack of knowledge with scientific rationale alone.
0 March 26, 2003 at 11:12pm by Psybertron
Rorty and Dennett on Knowledge Board aggregator. Interesting opinions about Rorty and Dennett in connection with Darwinian Evolution, Post-Modernism and Nietzsche amongst other things, from Paul Kelly’s blog – “as we know it”. And here was I thinking I was the only one following this philosophical line of investigation in Knowledge Management blogging. I get […]
0 March 26, 2003 at 6:49pm by Psybertron
Categorisation of Posts – I wonder of BloggerPro is going to support this Moveable Type based categorisation of posts, also like Drupal I understand.
0 March 26, 2003 at 6:46pm by Psybertron
LinkBack Referrer SystemMust try this, along with blogroll too.
1 March 26, 2003 at 4:43pm by Psybertron
Feedster Search Engine for Aggregated RSS Feeds. Was originally called Roogle apparently. [via nycsmith]AAAAGGGHHH!!! – Feedster appears to have completely swamped the Knowledge Board aggregator (see previous blog). I expressed some concerns earlier about the incestuous nature of feeds, subscriptions and trackbacks exploding into multiple links and, even worse, circular links. My link to you […]
0 March 26, 2003 at 9:23am by Psybertron
New K-Blog RSS Aggregator on-line at Knowledge Board. Interesting new addition to the Knowledge Board KM WebLogging community created by Gary Lawrence Murphy at Teledynamics. This is very good – dead simple, but excellent. I do already use RSS, but the teledynamics page combining the various Knowledge Blogs is a really useful idea. I shall […]
0 March 25, 2003 at 1:18pm by Psybertron
The Great Separation – Weird but intriguing site this – includes a blog of sorts updated during 2002 and most recently in Jan 2003. Currently a triumph of flash design over content – very post-modern, but hints at considerable promise.
0 March 25, 2003 at 11:55am by Psybertron
Counting Sheep – Didn’t I just read this in Dawkins, talking about big numbers – Blind Watchmaker wasn’t it ? Spookily, Disenchanted (linked to Qubits) relates quantum cryptography to intuitive “folk” view of large numbers. What would Dawkins think of it, I wonder ? (In Devils’ Chaplain he rolls current Quantum “hype” into the unscientific […]
0 March 25, 2003 at 9:30am by Psybertron
Stalled a bit recently in reaction to “hyper-rational” rants by Rand (objectivist) and Dawkins (scientist) which boiled my blood and knocked my confidence a bit. Picked-up Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil – Preface to a Philosophy of the Future”. I struggled earlier with Zarathustra, as I was warned I would, but so glad I came […]
1 March 25, 2003 at 9:06am by Psybertron
Hyper-Rationalism – I think I’ve found the right word for what’s been bugging me. I’ve been struggling for over two years in this blog and for half a lifetime before that, to avoid being perceived as a mystic, an unscientific woolly thinker, when I warn against the dangers of scientific rationale in decision making. In […]
0 March 23, 2003 at 6:10pm by Psybertron
Navier-Stokes to the Rescue – At the risk of being branded a mystic I’ll mention this spooky little synchronicity.I’ve just been reading Dawkins’ A Devil’s Chaplain and written an article prompted by it (Stop Press – Article now on-line here). As an aero engineer I chose, in that article, to follow an aeronautical analogy, picking […]
0 March 23, 2003 at 5:41pm by Psybertron
The only flag which will be flown – Treefrog [via Kuro5hin] reporting pre-battle speech by Lieut. Col. to 1st Batallion Royal Irish. But US Marines reality is a cock-up …