Google jam

BoingBoing linkittää Steven Berlin Johnsoniin, joka on written a fascinating essay about his new creative process, which involves a suite of tools that store his notes and works in unstructured databases, and tease out and suggest subtly connected ideas, so that as he writes, his computer jams with him, suggesting neat tangents to his subjects.

Koska Google is building a huge computer with a custom operating system that everyone on earth can have an account on, meillä on pian what I'm calling "the emergent Internet operating system." ja se tarkoittaa, että jammailu koneen kanssa onnistuu aina vain kätevämmin - ja yhdistyminen koneiden kanssa tuo myös ihmisiä lähemmäs toisiaan, Anyway, I feel as if the Global Village became real to me that night, and, indeed, it has become the Global Dinner Party. All at once. The small world has become the intimate world.

New Scientist kertoo, että The meaning of a word can usually be gleaned from the words used around it ja Paul Vitanyi and Rudi Cilibrasi of the National Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, realised that a Google search can be used to measure how closely two words relate to each other. So the proper unit for this kind of exploratory, semantic search is not the file, but rather something else, something I don't quite have a word for: a chunk or cluster of text, something close to those little quotes that I've assembled in DevonThink.

Visualize probability density or probability mass - probability as a lump of clay that you must distribute over possible outcomes. Imagine looking at your hand, and knowing nothing of cells, nothing of biological chemistry, nothing of DNA. You know some anatomy, you know your hand contains muscles, but you don't know why muscles move instead of lying there like clay. Your hand is just... stuff... and for some reason it moves under your direction.

In Transition Kingdom, turbulence is the Queen, each possibility is her subject. Danger or richness? It is for us to decide. Here is an extraordinary space of freedom and creativity that has been given to us. Transitioners are Cultural Creatives particularly aware of themselves as transformation agents.

"Culture Jamming" sticks where rational discourse slides off. It is, simply, the viral introduction of radical ideas. It is viral in that it uses the enemy's own resources to replicate iteself -- corporate logos, marketing psychology, clean typography, "adspeak". It is radical because--ideally--the message, once deciphered, causes damage to blind belief. Fake ads, fake newspaper articles, parodies, pastiche. The best CJ is totally unexpected, surprising, shocking in its implications.

Kuten tic Touretten syndroomassa; defined as brief, intermittent, repetitive, nonrhythmic, unpredictable, purposeless, stereotyped movements (motor tics) or sounds (phonic or vocal tics).

"Well, we could just call it city mode and country mode and just do it." And then the rain stopped. Years later I read that Oren Lyons, faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onandaga Iroquois, said of his tribal council tradition: "We just keep talking until there's nothing left but the obvious truth." Once "the obvious truth" has been found, there is no need for a "decision." Such truth not only sets people free -- it allows a group or community to self-organize.

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