for me, a word associated with Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (boomed by Big Daddy as played by Burl Ives) There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity ... You can smell it. It smells like death. (more)

Building user management in WikiFlux so it will be multi-user. (more)

Using Checkout For Your SaaS Subscription handling. I'm going through this right now as part of (2020-10-12) Building user management in WikiFlux, and am irritated enough to want to reset my brain.... (more)

The illusion of control is the tendency for people to overestimate their ability to control events; for example, it occurs when someone feels a sense of control over outcomes that they demonstrably do not influence.[1] The effect was named by psychologist Ellen Langer and has been replicated in many different contexts.[2] It is thought to influence gambling behavior and belief in the paranormal.[3] Along with illusory superiority and optimism bias, the illusion of control is one of the positive illusions. (all models are wrong, but some are useful)

series of books by Christopher Alexander: he has come to believe that Patterns themselves are not enough, and that one needs a "MorphoGenetic" understanding of the formation of the built environment (more)

Venkatesh Rao: Life Spirit Distillation. Personal growth is a bad frame (framing) for thinking about your life. Here is an alternative: life intensification. (more)

Venkatesh Rao: Jonathan Livingston Corporation. Bird brains are just the right size to solve for specialized survival... There IS however, an ideal species onto which humans can and do project their solving-for-aliveness instincts: corporations (more)

Josh Dickson thinks EverNote is flailing. Much like Drop Box, the core product has changed little over the past several years despite the company being flush with cash, traction, and resources... Evernote hasn't made even good products for a long time. Like many others I've talked to, I was once a heavy Evernote user, and its died a slow death of irrelevance in my work flow. It fails to even do one thing great, and instead tries to make up for it by doing a number of other things poorly... Most business customers are using other products already that more than adequately address the need of a Note Taking application. (Ugh I don't really agree those NoteBook alternatives - GoogleDocs, OneNote - are good, but from the general user's perspective I suppose they're Good Enough.) (more)

Richard P Gabriel has the full text of his Patterns Of Software book available free online as PDF EBook, including forward by Christopher Alexander.

Morphogenesis (from the Greek morphê shape and genesis creation, literally "the generation of form") is the biological process that causes a cell, tissue or organism to develop its shape. It is one of three fundamental aspects of developmental biology along with the control of tissue growth and patterning of cellular differentiation.

Élan vital (French pronunciation: ​[elɑ̃.vital]) is a term coined by French philosopher Henri Bergson in his 1907 book Creative Evolution, in which he addresses the question of self-organization and spontaneous morphogenesis (morphogenetic) of things in an increasingly complex manner. Elan vital was translated in the English edition as "vital impetus", but is usually translated by his detractors as "vital force". It is a hypothetical explanation for evolution and development of organisms, which Bergson linked closely with consciousness – with the intuitive perception of experience and the flow of inner time.

The eight-circuit model of consciousness (sometimes capitalized) is a theory in psychology, first proposed by Tim Leary. It consists of several quantum psychological systems that unify the various interpretations of the main altered states of consciousness into one coherent meta-theory. The most basic part describes, in a simple outline, eight circuits of information (colloquially "brains") that operate within the human nervous system. Leary, Robert Anton Wilson and Antero Alli have all written about each circuit in depth and how each operates in the lives of human beings, both individually and collectively. (e.g. "eight circuits of consciousness") (more)

“Every graph-centric program attempts to expand until it can read/write Twitter. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.” (more)

The beginning-of-the-end of the US Golden Age? See section of A 20th Century Economic Theory. (more)


EBook reader app (more)


This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Digital Garden (17k pages, starting from 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!


Seeking: CTO/Chief Product Officer-type position in funded organization with entrepreneurial culture, in Chicago area. My value: accelerating business-changing product development.


Coming soon: FluxGarden

My Coding for fun.