Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sounding Off

We have a delegation in Nicaragua looking into development projects. This might be through Friends, though perhaps through FWCC to better protect overseas investors from Americans' xenophobia (have you noticed how guru yogis from India get demonized, whereas the Protestants fan out across the globe "saving souls"?).

The CSN is likely to be accused of offering gambling, given the heroics have variable outcomes (sometimes you wipe out) and there's money involved.

The USA is actively defying the WTO these days, which has pointed out the hypocrisy of harboring casinos in properly zoned zip codes, but then saying similar facilities are disqualified from providing their services over the Internet.

Tight regulations, left over from Prohibition Days (ongoing) have turned many normal human activities into social crimes against the state. The USA is one of the most illiberal nations on the books, thanks to its chief hypocrites.

In any case, to have brick and mortar studios on the ground, we only need prototype in private residences, by invitation, to get around the OLCC and so forth. We have already done this many times, as you will find memorialized in this blog, so no news there.

The "Duke's Equations" (as some of us call them -- a reminder of Duke's Landing days) have already been mastered. The games come over the wire, and the money goes from some place where it's authorized, and not in contravention to any law of the seas. Ships helping other ships in distress, is what it comes down to. We should not be prevented from offering humanitarian aid, even if we don't demand obedience to some Christian hierarchy (or whatever religious old guard).

Anyway, enough fulminating and pounding the podium or I'll sound like I'm just another preacher with a large choir to back me up. That's not my usual style of marketing, I can assure you.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Welcome back to PDX, Nirel. Good to catch up some.

Related chatter on the design science and fashion meme: a focus on utilitarian gear, like the old fashioned Boys Life, but far more diversified and internationalized.

"Survivalist" conjures the wrong image as it's more just about perpetuating DIY skills, developing self reliance as well as a healthy sense of community (they go together).

Learning to grow one's own food or how to fix a farming tool is hardly "radical" unless you've been boxed in by supermarkets your whole life and don't know any different.

Synchronofile has published some data on design science fashion elements. Groups like to differentiate on the basis of costume (or uniform). I see no sign of convergence or conformity to a single standard.

Patrick Barton (Portland Energy Strategies) and I have been yakking about the "smart meter" as related to "smart house" concept for quite awhile, with "urban, semi-urban, rural and wilderness" one of the spectra, when contemplating "dwelling machines" or "sheltering systems".

What do these eco-village (not cube farm) installations have to do with CSN?

They're potentially financially powered by games pulled from stock, with heroics logged (journaled), values reflected, in the profile of the player. CSN games may not be available through other venues or may only be playable as group activities (some games aren't for solo play).

By analogy, you go to a sports bar for more that what's on the LCD.

You and your peers (friends, chronies, co-conspirators) win for these tribes, help sponsor, even as you go and live among them sometimes, as a valued community member (MVP).

My Project Earthala meme is well developed in sister journals. Think of some school for future diplomats in the Oregon high desert, as one of many worthy funding recipients, accredited through CSN circuits.

Part of the equation is STEM and/or STEAM (= STEM + Anthropology): what is a "mathematician" in this day and age, and might she likewise be an "energy strategist" (an optimizer, a doing-more-with-less pioneer).

Speaking of more-with-less, I was sharing with Steve Holden about my friendship with Kenneth Snelson last night, while sitting in the Blue House parking area (where we store the bike trailers, a small part of the fleet).

Kenneth grew up in Pendleton, Oregon, but upon becoming a world class artist with an international following, he settled in Manhattan. In so doing, he picked up a lot of Jewishisms in the form of sayings and memes, some of which he would teach me about in our at times extensive correspondence. We talked about "mitzvah" quite a bit.

Today, I'm attending what I call an "install mitzvah" where we help someone through the initiation process required to get some new process running on their computer (in this case Python on a Mac). Chairman (Rabbi) Steve will be present.