Coming from work on Making GoogleAssistant CoachBot, trying to get new domain working without SSL, before getting SSL working, having weird issues... (more)

Stafford Beer (born Anthony Stafford Beer, 25 September 1926 – 23 August 2002) was a British theorist, consultant and professor at the Manchester Business School[1]. He is best known for his work in the fields of operational research and management cybernetics. (cf CyberSyn)

Cybernetics-based BigGov experiment? (more)

Charles Lambdin: Dear Agile, I’m Tired of Pretending. Agile actually tends to mask the core problem, which is a systemic, bidirectional lack of vertical trust. The Agile trainers leave, having made things worse, with the managers speaking Pig Latin and the dev teams now speaking Esperanto. The teams think management is broken and management thinks the focus should still be scope and deadlines and efficiency, ignoring that the deadlines are arbitrary and the requested time estimates are a form of waste. (Did you know story points were actually invented to obscure time and help alleviate this problem? That backfired too, didn’t it? Theory vs. practice.) (more)

UNIX/LinuxOS model of passing output from one program as input into another. (more)

ZenHabits guy

Seminal work about HyperText by Ted Nelson, inspired generations of programmers. (more)

investigative satirist, died Jul'2019 (more)

Mark Ames says: In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple’s Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google’s Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers wages lower by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees, sharing wage scale information, and punishing violators... On February 27, 2005, Bill Campbell, a member of Apple's board of directors and senior advisor to Google, emailed Jobs to confirm that Eric Schmidt "got directly involved and firmly stopped all efforts to recruit anyone from Apple."... Later that year, Schmidt instructed his Sr VP for Business Operation Shona Brown to keep the pact a secret and only share information “verbally, since I don’t want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later?” (more)

William Vincent Campbell Jr. (August 31, 1940 – April 18, 2016) was an American businessman and chairman of the board of trustees of Columbia University and chairman of the board of Intuit Inc. He was VP of Marketing and board director for Apple Inc. and CEO for Claris, Intuit, and GO Corporation.[2] Campbell coached, among others, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Sundar Pichai at Google, Steve Jobs at Apple, Brad Smith at Intuit, Jeff Bezos at Amazon, John Donahoe at eBay, Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, Dick Costolo at Twitter, and Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook... (more)

BigCos in technology. see esp GAFA and High Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation.

High-Tech Employee Anti-Trust Litigation involves a 2010 United States Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust action and a 2013 civil class action against several Silicon Valley companies for alleged "no cold call” agreements which restrained the recruitment of high-tech employees. The defendants are Adobe Systems, Apple Computer Inc., Google, Intel, Intuit, Pixar, Lucas Film and EBay, all high-technology companies with a principal place of business in the San Francisco-Silicon Valley area of California. The civil class action which was filed by five plaintiffs, one of whom has died, accused the tech companies of collusion to not recruit one another's employees between 2005 and 2009. (more)

DHH on Stimulus 1.0: A modest JavaScript framework for the HTML you already have (more)

Thirty7 Signals is working on a WebApp Framework for Mobile devices, using HTML-5. The code will be comprised of local JavaScript, with the network just being used for data. The apps will work Off-Line, when live data transfer isn’t required. Sam Stephenson adds in the comments: Hey folks, there's nothing to see here right now. We spent three weeks experimenting with some new tech to see what we could build, and ended up with something that looks a bit like Ruby On Rails, but entirely client-side and written in Coffee Script. The project driving the framework—an HTML5 mobile UI for BaseCamp—has been on hold for about a month now, and we're still a ways off from having anything to show. It just isn't a priority for us right now. When (or if) we do have something we'll be sure to post about it on our blog. It sounds like it might be mainly about having client-side Template Language talking to a CRUD-based API... (more)

aka Gerald M. Weinberg. Here's a longer bio. Died 2018. (more)

John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American philosopher and teacher who greatly influenced education in the United States. (more)

In narratology and comparative mythology, the monomyth, or the hero's journey, is the common template of a broad category of tales and lore that involves a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.[1] The study of hero myth narratives started in 1871 with anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor's observations of common patterns in plots of heroes' journeys.[2] Later on, others introduced various theories on hero myth narratives such as Otto Rank and his Freudian psychoanalytic approach to myth,[3] Lord Raglan's unification of myth and rituals,[2] and eventually hero myth pattern studies were popularized by Joseph Campbell, who was influenced by Carl Jung's view of myth. (more)

conferences, etc. - see also Live Performance, UnConference (more)

The Readium Foundation ( develops technology to accelerate adoption of Epub v3 and the OpenWeb Platform by the global digital publishing industry. was formed in February, 2013 as a non-profit membership organization. Current projects include Readium Web (an EPUB 3 rendering engine for browser-based cloud readers (Browser Based Ebook Reader)) and Readium SDK (an EPUB 3 rendering engine for native apps). (more)


This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Thinking Space (est 2002) of Bill Seitz (a Product Manager and CTO) (also a Wiki-Junkie).

My Calling: Reality Hacking to accelerate Evolution by increasing Freedom, Agency, and Leverage of Free Agents and smaller groups (SmallWorld) via D And D of Thinking Tools (software and Games To Play).

See Intro Page for space-related goals, status, etc.; or Wiki Node for more terse summary info.

Beware the War On The Net!