A is a B... never. (more)

Arnold Kling on the differences between BigWorld and SmallWorld. The Department of Homeland Security appeals to those of the Intelligent Design faith. It was created under the theory that the reason that government failed to prevent the 9/11 attacks was that it was not centralized enough. What we needed was a larger organization, with more missions and less ability to focus. As a hard-core Intelligent Design believer, Brad De Long believes that DHS could be effective with the right administrators. To skeptics (including many of its employees), DHS is a clusterfxxx no matter whom you put in charge. Generically, Intelligent Design theory supports bigger government. Because you believe that centralized solutions can work, you argue in favor of them. Every time you observe a phenomenon that strikes you as less than perfect - people without Health Insurance, people whose income fluctuates (Income Mobility), people who are overweight (Obesity) - you ring a bell and yell "Market Failure!" You presume that every social flaw can and should be addressed by government action... Transactions within the small organization are based on informal rules and tacit understanding. Responsibility for the success of the organization is shared. Members often trust one another completely and feel intensely loyal to the organization. When a few key members articulate a need for change, the rest of the organization will go along... Large organizations exist, in spite of their awkwardness, because they create or exploit Economies Of Scale.

I've had 3 of these (more)

Anne-Laure LeCunff: Interview with Conor White-Sullivan of Roam Research. In 2008 or so, I got really interested in collective intelligence. I mean, it’s pretty obvious now with coronavirus that the systems that we have, the institutions that we have, aren’t able to make fast decisions—fast, informed decisions in uncertain times. (more)

What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? She was on the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s brand-new, $44 million website called VAMS—the Vaccine Administration Management System, built by the consulting firm Deloitte. (more)

Yascha Mounk: Why I'm Losing Trust in the Institutions. Who should be first in line to get the vaccine against Covid-19? (more)

The Mutualist Economy: A New Deal for Ownership - Ideas - Berggruen Institute. Tracing how federal government policies have worked to support personal and public wealth building across three periods: the First Industrial Revolution of the mid-19th century, the Second Industrial Revolution of the early 20th century, and the Information and Communication Technology revolution of the late-20th century. (more)

Paul Krugman: Stagflation revisited. Nakamura, together with Jon Steinsson, has been at the cutting edge of empirical macroeconomics. For example, N/S made a big impact during the stimulus/austerity wars with a paper using the differential impact of military spending across states to estimate multipliers. The new paper uses a similar approach to estimate how much impact unemployment has on the inflation rate. (more)

Herman Martinus: My product is my garden. I’ve been part of the internet startup scene for a while. There are so many different camps: the bootstrappers, the VC-backed tech-bros, the crypto “investors”, the people marketing their courses on marketing courses, the newsletter gurus, the micro-saas homeboys. (more)

The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election. There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Donald Trump’s assault on democracy. (more)

Zvi Mowshowitz: Covid-19 2/4: Safe and Effective Vaccines Aplenty. The vaccine data is in. It’s pretty great. We now have six known safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines. The problem is that due to our unwillingness to properly fund the process of scaling up, we are stalling out at about 1.3 million doses per day for a population of 330+ million people each of whom needs two doses. (more)

Drew Austin: #150: Bright Size Life. I haven’t really kept up with animated films lately but whenever I periodically check in, as I did last week by watching Pixar’s latest, Soul, I’m once again stunned by how much better they keep getting (more)

The United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) is a business-oriented American lobbying group. Politically, the Chamber usually supports Republican political candidates, though it has occasionally supported conservative Democrats.[2][3] The Chamber is the largest lobbying group in the U.S., spending more money than any other lobbying organization on a yearly basis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Chamber_of_Commerce (more)

Reality is the sum or aggregate of all that is real or existent, as opposed to that which is merely imaginary. The term is also used to refer to the ontological status of things, indicating their existence.[1] Philosophical questions about the nature of reality or existence or being are considered under the rubric of ontology, which is a major branch of metaphysics in the Western philosophical tradition. Ontological questions also feature in diverse branches of philosophy, including the philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophical logic. These include questions about whether only physical objects are real (i.e., Physicalism), whether reality is fundamentally immaterial (e.g., Idealism), whether hypothetical unobservable entities posited by scientific theories exist, whether God exists, whether numbers and other abstract objects exist, and whether possible worlds exist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality (more)

The interestingness you get passively in an urban village. (more)

Urban Design Framing: hoping to combine the best aspects of city and village (more)

Digital therapeutics, a subset of digital health (e-health), is a health discipline and treatment option that utilizes a digital and often online health technologies to treat a medical or psychological (mental health) condition.[1][2][3][4] The treatment relies on behavioral and lifestyle changes usually spurred by a collection of digital impetuses.[5][6] Because of the digital nature of the methodology, data can be collected and analyzed as both a progress report and a preventative measure.[7][8][9][10][11][12] Treatments are being developed for the prevention and management of a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including type II diabetes, congestive heart failure, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, asthma, substance abuse, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, and several others.[1][13][14][15] Digital therapeutics often employ strategies rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_therapeutics (more)

The rise of the ambient video game (more)

Bill Seitz is a Product Manager/CTO with a track-record of bringing a business perspective to building agile product-development teams for start-ups, and is seeking senior role in entrepreneurial organization building disruptive Internet-driven products. (more)

(from 2003) Given that there are a limited number of musical tones, it seems to me there's a limited number of songs that could be written. Could you auto-generate songs and then demand licenses for every new ditty that came out? How about if you simpify the idea to reduce the number of combinations? Just go for a accomplishing a "similar sounding hook", which might be enough to cause trouble. (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.