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Patching Things


[Quick design, not too shabby]

Errrm, how are we going to patch all the devices once they’re out there for the Internet of Things ..? We already know for sure we’ll need that, as there will be a long time of not-cheap-enough-to-replace-en-masse-ness crossed with too many out there to not care, and almost unthinkable legacy issues, etc.
So, patching we will need. But how, if the stuff isn’t designed to allow that (capacity, connectivity, security) ..?

So I outdid myself; only one day after drafting the above, this appears, with quite an overview of all the Internet of Things risks out there (already). Heartily recommended!

Mo’nay


[Prime Valencia]

Just to drop it here. May take a textbook full of source-annotated analysis, but just feel there is something in the following:

In Negri & Hardt’s Empire (of which I like parts of the analyses, not necessarily the conclusions/synthesis/solutions!), the analysis goes about Worker Production being larger than Worker pay, the rest flowing to Capital, of which a tiny part is shaved off as Capital Owner ‘pay’. The rest of the surplus seeking redeployment ‘outside’ of the system and how the outside may no longer exist.
Haven’t read on far enough, but I feel that when Capital (surplus) folds back onto itself, it creates a sort of Non-Worker Production in the form of investment in financial instruments created out of thin air for no other reason than creating ‘value’ (quod non); with money producing ever more … money, surplus.

And that’s the bubble that deflated ‘recently’, it was no longer sustainable, stretched too thin.
And that’s why ‘the 1%’ wants to keep ‘capitalism’ as is, with creation of more worker proletariat squeezing out the middle class to lower Worker pay to (literally) starvation levels, in order to keep and increase their own cut of surplus and inflate the bubble in some other direction again.

Whereas ‘we’ need not money as an end goal, but as place- and time-shifting grease against the frictions of barter. There are no markets, there’s demand, and there’s supply.
Well, more on this later.

Wired / Tired / Expired, January 2014 edition


[Classic, yet still modern on the ultra side]

Well then, as promised, the first of my Wired / Tired / Expired jargon watch overviews:

WIRED TIRED EXPIRED
In-car Glass pictures on socmed Hipster beards Movember leftovers
Just because Don’t hide your anxiety (about / , ) lack of self-sufficiency Really ..? Trying to be Wired while being very late ..?
Un-US’ing your infrastructure Revelling at Snowdon-news Forgetting about Echelon through the ages
You may try, of be ordered to, but won’t succeed. You know that, but must act as if you relly try. Isn’t that bandwagon behaviour? Through the aeons, rather; APTs have been around since Man gathered in groups
Blended economies Bottom-up networked SME utopias Wanting to destroy the 1%
Like, integrating; weaving the networks of SMEs into the fabric of Big Corp conglomerates / networks Believing the whole world will one day be only one big mesh of networks of ad-hoc cooperations of S(M)Es merrily workingtogether with forming, storming and performing, without the need for norming or (somewhat longer lasting) organisation Keep on dreaming
Books; ~ high-quality paper editions eBooks Cheapo (hardly) soft covers
The collectors’ kind, or at least pretty editions that are (and have) treasures of culture to be kept, nurtured and celebrated Come on, you download them, but at best browse through them and forget everything about them before they’re ‘undownloaded’ from under your noses… And you don’t read but They track you, as in this. Like the stacks of cheap paper with hardly a cover to speak of
Mix-‘n-Match retro (only the best) OR innovative Period retro Retro medium- to lowlights
Picking from multiple periods on the best style elements, and fitting them together in a sensible way. If nothing suitable is available, jump to actual innovation and modernity, consistently Picking from just one style period as if not just anyone can Not picking the best style elements; missing the mark of truly understanding the styles
Smart data analysis Marketing data analysis Big Data
Using what you have, to full fruition. Targeted, not trawling Thinking that you’re on par with the big boys, but don’t have a clue about all the socmed data that you don’t have Oh come on; which desert have you been lost in ..?
And, for the Dutch:
? Droog Vet
If it were known, it would immediately be Tired Outed in the general press Come on! Even your granny knows about it

OK, any suggestions for next month’s edition ..?

Icarus’ Deception


[On the lake]

As part of a new project, I herewith present the first ‘Book By Quote’: An attempt to subjectively summarise a book by the quotes I found worthwhile to mark, to remember. Be aware that the quotes as such, aren’t a real unbiased ‘objective’ summary; most often I heartily advise to read the book yourself..!

So, now then; Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception, Penguin Books, december 2012, ISBN 9780670922925

Industrialists have made hubris a cardinal sin but conveniently ignored a far more common failing: settling for too little. It’s far more dangerous to fly too low than too high, because it feels safe to fly low. We settle for low expectations and small dreams and guarantee ourselves less than we are capable of. By flying too low, we shortchange not only ourselves but also those who depend on us or might benefit from our work. We’re so obsessed about the risk of shining brightly that we ‘ve traded in everything that matters trying to avoid it. (p.2)

The safety zone has changed, but your comfort zone has not. Those places that felt safe – the corner office, the famous colleague, the secure job – aren’t. You’re holding back, betting on a return to normal, but in the new normal, your resistance to change is no longer helpful. (p.3)

Creating ideas that spread and connecting the disconnected are the two pillars of our new society, and both of them require the posture of the artist. (p.5)

It took a hundred years for us to be brainwashed into accepting the industrial system as normal and safe. It is neither, not for long. (p.6)

Competence is no longer scarce, either. We have too many good choices – there’s an abundance of things to buy and people to hire. What’s scarce is trust, connection, and surprise. These are three elements in the work of a succesful artist. (p.10)

The simplest plan is to keep it all, to embrace what worked before, and to hide, mostly to hide, from the open vistas of the new postrevolutionary world. It’s so easy to do, and if the world moves slowly enough, you can even do it succesfully for a while. No longer. (p.21)

Capitalism is driven by failure, the failure of new ideasto catch on or the failure of the organization that fails when it is beaten by new competition. Industrialisation is about eliminating the risk of failure, about maintaining the status quo, and about cementing power. (p.27)

After nearly a century of effort, the industrial system has created the worker-proof factory. (p.28)

Within a generation, the Homeric myths of bravery and guts were supplanted by the workaday unbrave myths of Leave it to Beaver and Archie Bunker. Sure, there will be superheroes in the comic books hidden under our beds, but these heroes were never meant to be us – they were the idle pastimes of boys who hadn’t yet come to realise that the army has no room for Captain America and that, yes, in fact, Spider Man couldn’t get a job. Our parents bought us Batman underoos and Superman T-shirts, but it was clearly stated: Yo can pretend to be a hero, but you are not one, and you will grow up to be an obedient member of society. (p.75)

The fear has been shifted. It went from the wild animal’s fear of survival, the fear of the dark and of predators, to the industrialist-invented fear of noncompliance, fear of authority, fear of standing out. The industrialist offers us a trade. We can trade in our loneliness for the embrace of the mob and trade our innate fears for a steady paycheck. We can trade our yearning for something great in exchange for the safety of knowing that we will be taken care of. In return, all he asks is that we give up our humanity. (p.79)

Until we have a humility shortage, then, the real problem is this: We continue to fly too low. We’re so afraid of demonstrating hubris, so afraid of the shame of being told we flew too high, so paralyzed by the fear that we won’t fit in, hat we buy into the propaganda and don’t do what we are capable of. (p.90)

Our economy has worked overtime to emphasize and reward the lizard. … The rest of us,the story goes, are drones, the worker bees that are unentitled to the benefits reserved for the few. (p.101)

“We want talent”, they say, “as long as that talent is true, productive, and predictable. We want talent if talent means more product per dollar, more effort per day, more of what we think we’re paying for. …” ( p.114)

But lying low is now a recipe for ending up far outside your safety zone. The industrial economy sold you on the bargain that avoiding attention meant avoiding shame and that obedience led to stability. (p.125)

The kind of art I’m describing doesn’t seek to please the masses. The masses (by definition) aren’t pleased by the new. They are pleased by what others think. Harry Potter’s first fans were enthralled by the art that J.K. Rowling challenged them with. The next hundred million readers embraced a mass cultural phenomenon, not an unproven book from an unknown author.
Your goal as an artist is to move the audience of your choice. (p.128)

And so a car guy learn to tell the difference between a car design that’s going to sell and one that’s not. And a cop learns to recognise the symptoms of behaviour that might lead to trouble. Until they don’t. At some point, we stop seeing patterns and start looking for shortcuts. … We profile because it speeds up, but mostly we profile because it’s safer. (pp.148-149)

The problem with labels is that once they’re applied, it’s impossible to see what lies beneath. When the world changes, then, our labels cease to function and we’re blind to the opportunities that are presenting themselves. (p.149)

It’s best to get as many people as possible into a room. And then go somewhere else. (Jason Fox, p.173)

The industrial economy won’t disappear, but the agenda will increasingly be set by those who make connections, not widgets. (p.175)

And this is why art is rarely for the masses. The masses don’t appreciate the flash of originality and are happy to buy the copy or the knock-off. But that’s fine, because the masses matter less than they ever did before. The masses are interested in what’s popular, and the weird, the ones who get the joke, have more influence than ever in bringing ideas to them. We’re all the masses sometime. We’re part of the masses when we don’t appreciate nuance, when we merely want what is good enough, when price matters more than impact. The explosion of niches, of diverse tastes amplified, of weirdness, means that the masses are easier to ignore now. (p.179)

The simple reason that creativity, leadership, and brainstorming books and courses fail is that people don’t want them to work. We’ve been brainwashed into becoming afraid of art. (p.179)

We think we’re being safe and smart and conservative and avoiding flying too close to the sun. But all the generator is doing is pushing us closer and closer to the waves, so that we’re flying too low, daring too little, and blowing our best chance ever to matter. (p.183)

The pain-free life will elude you. You can work to smooth out all the edges, to eliminate all risk, and to be sure that everyone you encounter likes you. (I hope that seeing this in writing helps you see the absurdity of that mission.) But in the unlikely event that you accomplish this, you’ll soon be beset by the knowledge that it won’t last long at that it’s only a matter of time before someone comes along and ruins the entire thing. (p.188)

Freedom isn’t the ability to do whatever you want. It is the willingness to do whatever you want. (p.189)

In short, you can screw up with impuny as long as you screw up like everybody else. (David Putnam, p.203)

We’ve built a postdeception society, one where our future is created by those who replace the status quo, not those who defend it. (p.208)

It may take seven years for a fast-moving Internet company to become an overnight success. (p.211)

The best art is made by artists who don’t know how it’s going to work out in the end. The rest of the world is stuck with the brainwashed culture that the industrialists gave us, the culture of fear and compliance. But culture is a choice. … Others have always done that art, always chosen that culture of hope, but you haven’t done it enough (’too risky’, the lizard says), because you’ve been held back by a need for proof, by a reliance on assurance, and by the fear of humiliation. (p.218)

Judging money


[Picture’s perspective lines skewed to create akward feelings… AMS again]

@JudgeJoice_ tipped a couple of days ago about a judge with humour (in Dutch, unfortunately no English translation available). They seem to exist even in the Netherlands…

All very nice to rule that if defendant claims to not have received a loan because the bank only transferred some bits from one account to another and no ‘real’ money switched accounts (the scandal! the fraud! the defendant claimed), and hence no ‘real’ money would need to be repaid, but the defendant did all sorts of transactions with third parties where she presented the fake money (quod non) as ‘real’ herself, then the defendant would have no trouble ‘repaying’ the loan without ‘real’ money wouldn’t she?
With the court siding with the claimant (bank), heh, but coating the whole judgement with all sorts of ‘yeah, banks are Naughty not nice’ “analysis” of the situation.

By doing so, the judge came close to, on the one hand, dismissing ‘real’ money as worthless scraps of paper (mostly, to amount to anything) with only vague promises of ‘repayment’ in something that would actually be money or so: Since dropping the gold standard for <nothing>, no-one has ever explained what that would be – no, not even gold as that would be just an alternative currency with skyrocketing / flatfalling exchange rates.
And, on the other hand, the court also came close to recognition of Bitcoin et al. as sufficiently real money to count as currency. Why would some (unelected! no, you elect politicians, the administration is de facto not controlled by them) government be trusted, whereas a transparent, transparently operating self-formed community of Bitcoin much less so?

But I seem to be repeating myself re this little postlet

Now with the addition of a court’s ruling to the same effect. Thanks, it’s official now.

Bandwagon stuff


[Tension through perspective angles not being perfect; near AMS]

As in this text; just ½ a % into 2014 and our prediction is reiterated with some force. Seems like we may have predic’hinted at something that actually may happen this year.

Hey, we’re already ½ a % through 2014 and I haven’t seen news on anything ‘cyber’ yet. Let’s keep it up! And let’s have a hard laugh about those faux wannabe hipster beards. Aren’t they so last year!

The Up-Ramp


[Utreg once again]
May your 2014 be the up-ramp to an even more worthwhile life.

And, one more prediction, almost after-the-fact’ly…: News about social media will slowly cease to be news. Ergo, it’ll be niche news (albeit by the truckload), on all sorts of socmed application, that we’ll see so much of in 2014. Outright socmed introductory stuff, will be for the leggards. Business(wo)men, etc.

In comes this (in Dutch); ‘nuff said. All candidates for my Wired/tired/expired list.

Floating up levels


[Airplane, close to AMS]

Seems like true professions work the same as life philosophies (‘religions’ et al.).

The masses, the first 85%, work like worker bees. Need to be kept in check as they are ‘unfree’ (in a sense…) to think for themselves, need to just follow the rules even if these create moral / consciousness conflicts.
The next 10-13% are petty-little-rule-whizards. You know them all, they know nothing about Why. Think they are the next 2% … But are evil as they ruthlessly hunt down anything non-compliant.
The last 2% (or less), are the true Understanders, philosophers. That have Insight, Wisdom.

Yet another reason to manage the masses with care (as in: empathy), be suspicious about the penny-wise, and seek out the calm and quit ones.