A role-playing game (RPG and sometimes roleplaying game[1][2]) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a Narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development.[3] Actions taken within many games succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.[4] (more)

a Complex System not "overly" dependent on injections of external energy (money), or hidden side-effects (more)

Seth Godin's Tribes book ISBN:9781591842330 is out. The next frontier of Marketing is in leading (Leadership, not Management) groups of people who are working together to get somewhere. Go down the list of online success stories. The big winners are organizations that give tribes of people a Platform to connect. HughTrain, Tribalism, Brand You, True Fan, Subversive, Engagement. (more)

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Dan Hon: Episode Forty Four: Snow Crashing. If you were going to read Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash again... then you might re-read it substituting all the stuff that didn't exist when Neal Stephenson wrote it with all the stuff that does exist now. (more)

Tom Critchlow: Weird Work. Quantity has a quality all its own as Lenin said. The sheer volume of your work is what works as a signal of weirdness, because anyone can be do a one-off weird thing, but only volume can signal a consistently weird production sensibility that will inspire people betting on you. The energy evident in a body of work is the most honest signal about it that makes people trust you to do things for them. WritingAsOnlineNetworking

Brendan Schlagel: Weaving a public web, or, why don’t I blog more? Part 1 of a blogchain with Tom Critchlow on the theme of networked communities. (Virtual Community?) (more)

s07e17: Snow Crash’s Graveyard Daemons and Ethics Testing: There is a thing my brain does where I take a word like, say, ethics and then puts that word next to other unrelated words (more)

DerekSivers: Cut out everything that’s not surprising. This is my advice to anyone writing something for the public — especially a talk on stage. (more)

Gregory Rader: Start a Movement! Lead a Tribe! – But Only as a Last Resort. Throughout the talk 2008-10-20-GodinTribes Seth assumes causality without actually demonstrating it. Tribes and Movements are assumed to create change…where one is present the other is implied. Unfortunately, none of the anecdotes convincingly demonstrate the connection. (more)

character in a number of Neal Stephenson books: The Baroque Cycle, Cryptonomicon, and Fall, or Dodge in Hell). https://baroquecycle.fandom.com/wiki/Enoch_Root (more)

trilogy of large novels by Neal Stephenson: Quick Silver, The Confusion, The System Of The World https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baroque_Cycle. Basically takes place over the lifetime of Isaac Newton (1642-1727), and he is sometimes a major character in the books. (Though large sections go without a mention of him.) (more)

Forget about smart cities, Playable City ideas – like Bristol’s water slide or its temporary play streets – are a human response to the coldness and anonymity of the urban environment. (more)

Dan Hon: Episode Fifty: Cities; Snow Crashing 5; More Television (more)

In computing, an avatar is the graphical representation of the user or the user's alter ego or character. An icon or figure representing a particular person in a video game, Internet forum, etc. It may take either a three-dimensional form,[1] as in computer games or virtual worlds, or a two-dimensional form as an icon in Internet forums and other online communities.[2][3] Avatar images have also been referred to as "picons" (personal icons)[4] in the past, though the usage of this term is uncommon now. It can also refer to a text construct found on early systems such as MUDs.[5] The term "avatar" can also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or handle, of an Internet user. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(computing) (more)

If you're on a software Product Team, in any role, you should read scifi books to see futures. (Movies could work in theory, I think, but rarely are as deep, and require more re-viewing to learn anything from.) Why? For pattern-recognition in seeing-futures, side-effects, ethical issues, and raising the bar in human progress. (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!