jueves, octubre 26, 2006

FOXNews.com - Bush Signs U.S.- Mexico Border Fence Bill 

FOXNews.com - Bush Signs U.S.- Mexico Border Fence Bill - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum

I don't get it. Here we are a nation of migrants. A leadership which demanded the Berlin wall to come down, and now we are into fencing the border to keep neighbors away.

that fences make good neighborhs you might say.... I don't know.... it seems to me that the virtue of decency falls in that... trust and caring for humanity.

this place is really getting weird...

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domingo, octubre 22, 2006

bits and pieces 

they are scattered... and the idea is how to gather them into a coherent whole... not that I could not tolerate chaos... there is something creative about that... but the post about the designing of educational/presentation materials in a neutral fashion is still working in my brain. You see... an attempt to lessen a charge in a communication renders it incomplete... it seems to me more appropriate to represent reality in its fullness and enjoy the differences and similarities of that representation.

And about representation using text... it is interesting to witness the competence to convey a self in text, even when it is biased in its form, as in my use of English at the moment. But it seems that the media here is available to explore divergences in the use of words. Ok, I'll refrain for erring in poor grammar.

but, to the initial concern with neutrality it seems to me that as a preference it also becomes charged with value and therefore, not neutral. .. as in the proper use of English without accents... oopps, better run the speller!

Oh well, more of the same for a change.

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viernes, octubre 20, 2006

Google For Educators 

Google For Educators

This looks interesting!!!! Google is offering a package of tools for educators to use in some organized fashion as in developing educational projects. There are a couple of webcasts hapenning and a list of the tools owned by Google which are available for free.... earth, maps, Blogger, Calendar, Picasa.....

I know, I know... you tube is not in the list yet.... and yes, Skype is owned by e-Bay not Google.... somehow, I am still not fully convinced that a comercial group has the virtues of opersource... but I LIKE GOOGLE! they feel nice.... in general. I like Yahoo too actually, but lately its been strange not to see much happening by chat... people must be in packaged places.... like the one Google is aming to develop... we'll see.

anyway, check this out

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lunes, octubre 16, 2006


Here is an "interactive" chart with a model which offers interesting possibilities. It is not just the content that is covered, but the fact that it represents a lot of ideas succinctly. Gotta find out how to make one of my own....!

Neat stuff.

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domingo, octubre 15, 2006

the Constant Observer: Tim Westergren hangs out at Hampshire--Illuminates the Music Genome Project 

I just realized that this woman who was there at Hampshire hearing Pandora's founder sitting behind me is someone I've been wanting to meet.... and did'nt-- formally. Hey, I'll link here hoping I will meet her in the future.... Interesting!

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sábado, octubre 14, 2006

I have a habit to enter a post every time I log in for one reason or another. 

this time, I added a script in the templet to track statistics about page views linked to a blogging community I subscribed a while back. One I had completely forgotten about. MyBlogLog


With the overwhelming amount of online options that are available, the overload makes my senses numbed. time to hit refresh!

time to stir the energy somewhere.

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martes, octubre 10, 2006


Culturally Generic Writing

Among the many email lists I receive, this one sparked my attention… enough to search for its web version and activate the “blog this” option that is now always available on my task bar.

The issue of a “culturally generic” language is interesting to me because it actually entails a negation of its instrumentality to create culture. It’s a paradoxical premise that a universal culture is attainable through a value free language. So if language creates culture, then it is a laden tool unable to convey neutrality. However, there is a belief that there is the possibility of attaining a global language… symbolically it would be.

Oh well…. Just a few thoughts.

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lunes, octubre 02, 2006

I met the founder of PANDORA: Tim Westergren 

and he spoke at length about the Music Genome Project.

Notice there is a link on the right bar leading to the one effort that has caught my attention as deserving support. As soon as I get my finances in order and become rich, I will send them a contribution.

He spoke about the history of the company and about the intent of supporting musicians by giving them exposure to the huge population available online. The amazing thing about the project is how it catalogues the listener's preferences and utilizes it for fine tuning the music selection that is offered. Preferences in music are also utilized for pushing advertisement. I was surprised to realize that each desktop received different advertisement according to demographic and music preferences.

There were a couple of interesting issues in the discussion. One was someone's conceptualization that Pandora was about music and not social engineering-- which I did not agree with. I also disagreed with his views that bloggers are an objective group not biased in their reviews by bravery… (I did promise to wear the t-shirt and cap he gave me.) There was a mystique in the understanding that the quality of music is based on a trained ear... a discussion about the subjective or rather, their claim of objectivity in categorizing good music based on a good ear.... OOOOOk, I am not a musician, BUT how about the opportunity to teach about music, or further, about telling me how you perceive me as being.... (regarding my patterns in choice of music... or as he calls it... thumbing).

I listened to his business model and was surprised that he was concerned about patents, and marketing, and somewhat conventional in his approach. I mentioned how I could see the great potential of making his database open content, and urged him to go for broke tomorrow when he meets with the "guys" at Harvard's school of business and at MIT.

Interesting guy and fantastic project..... If I had a rating system, it would be broken by Pandora's Music Genome

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