16
May

Cybernetics: An Introduction (10 minute videos)

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History of Cybernetics and Systems Science
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From The Cybernetics Society

The UK national learned society
and professional body promoting
pure and applied cybernetics

Ten minute videos introducing cybernetics:

Javier Livas introduces cybernetics and its application to management, organization, the mind, the state, law, the financial system, chaos and the redesigning of Government:

Tags: crisis, cybernetics, management, Organization, requisite variety

14
May

Inducted into Certified Genera…

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Inducted into Certified General Accountants Quarter Century Club — at Sheraton Wall Centre http://gowal.la/c/KVe2

Graduation night 1985

Tags: accounting, Certified General Accountant, CGA, professional

14
May

Structured Procrastination

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“…structured procrastination, an amazing strategy I have discovered that converts procrastinators into effective human beings, respected and admired for all that they can accomplish and the good use they make of time.”

read this  delightful post by John Perry, a professor in Stanford’s philosophy department

Tags: philosophy, procrastination, time management

11
May

Blame the culture

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Vigilante Veneration

Vigilante Veneration

My sons collected the  “mutant” comic books before they went “big time” – I think without too much ill effect.  But what if ? – could the “model” described here be considered “useful” ?

Tags: comics, culture, model, Pop Culture

10
May

Silly Theory

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Schrödinger equation of quantum mechanics (1927).
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“It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is quantum theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that quantum theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.”— Michio Kaku

“Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.”— Karl Popper

Tags: quantum theory, theory

10
May

Gathering more field stones th…

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Gathering more field stones than writing; but short piece accomplished in time available meant beating procrastination at least this once!

10
May

5 pages writing: check. Progr…

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5 pages writing: check. Progress using the Weinberg Fieldstone Method: Priceless.

9
May

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong ?

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This entry is part 5 of 3 in the series Seeing Red
I made this map myself by creating an azimutha...
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I was listening to an interesting , albeit very unstructured, discussion  on the radio the other day and one of the participants finally burst out: “Your model is simply wrong.” As if THAT settled the whole matter. Well I’m sorry, but that was not ‘game, set and match’ at all. However,  in the “interest of time,” the host stepped in and moved the discussion to another important matter of the day.

Tags: cybernetics, model, models

9
May

The Fieldstone Method

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Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method by Gerald M. Weinberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“With wit, charm, humor, and wisdom, Gerald Weinberg shows you exactly how to become a more effective consultant” says the Goodreads’ description for one of my favorite books Secrets of Successful Consulting…. well simply substitute effective writer for the italicized words and you’ve got the gist of this book.

Tags: Books, writing

19
Apr

And in spring a young man’s mind….

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German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein.
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Well the car “parked” at the red light in front of me certainly did give cause to wonder about the efficacy of “hands free” cell phone laws.

But my train of thought was broken by the mad honking from the car behind me — a driver who apparently wasn’t quite as willing as I to give the young couple in the car in front a bit of time after the light turned green …. but then he probably wasn’t thinking the same thought that crossed my mind…. I couldn’t remember it precisely at the time, but a quick search refreshed the memory; yes it was mister relativity who allowed: