American vision, poor leadership, Technology, Vision

Coding for this nubie.

Have neglected this blog for some time. Just had lost my original vision for this Blog. Seems like a new one is developing. And will compliment couple of my blogs, fir3h3ron and Logic and Passion at my.opera/wintercrow.
Have been learning to code for the last 4 months, on my own, yup! self taught. The goal: become a web developer.

What a fool! I had no idea what it meant. A mess of technologies and languages to learn. Am not a spring chicken but like my aunt Rosa used to say:  “El mundo es de los audaces” or The world belongs to those who dare. Sink or swim here I jumped.

Found out that I do like coding and in particular Ruby and JavaScript. This has given new feathers  to my wings.
There are things that bother me about the Busines of technology that interfere with the development and execution of bringing a better lilfe to humanity.   Writing about anything was confusing because of my Zen influence I didn’t just want to be  a compulsive complainer nor a negative always dissonant note.The reality is that just a dash of angst is enough to compel me to blog more often. And hopefully with more quality.

I found this blog that reads like the way I wish I could write. It sets a standard for me, and  have been reading lately. Found it worth pointing to and commenting on:    I, blog  Is insightful and level headed. Check it out. It has an element of gold in that it’s accurate predictions and ballpark accuracy is more than enough.
Today’s quick rant is about one trend that clearly annoys me, the inability of excellent Universities to teach coding  that is relevant and in a manner that is effective. Well, not just efficient but “Effective AND Efficient”.
Standford, MIT and few others are offering on line classes. I did checked them and wow …  a boring pomposity. Time is ticking and I don’t have 4 years to learn how to create a payroll program. There are many other ways to teach the fundamentals like recursion, inheritance, stack versus memory pointers, data structures and algorithms.

There seems a great disconnect between their CS school and their Technology labs.
Why can’t they ask the ‘OnLine’ students “go and buy a $45.00/$25.00 AVR Microcontroller board at your local online vendors or Radio Shack.   Any of  Arduino, Parallax, PIC, RaspberryPI and we’ll teach you how to program it(C, JavaScript, Python, Ruby) …and integrate it with your ISP import code from our servers and make it  start your car. Then explain every step and line of code that passed between your source code to Our school’s server via wi-fi back to your car via Bluetooth.”  Not hard at all.

Where is the willingness.  We could do it in C then in JavaScript and Python and Rails.
Imagination! Vision!
Enough for today. Thanks for taking the time to read my rant. Have a god one.

American vision, Dilemas, GOP's Vision, Leadership, poor leadership, Vision

Political Anger Management with GOP’s Aspbergers like behavior.

I used to admire the GOP during the 70’s and 80’s but… Does the new GOP have Aspbergers?  We love the principles of Liberty they claim to spouse and love their guts and work ethic  BUT … they are exhausting to watch and listen to.   When we watch the news and listen interviews, it would be easy to follow the GOP logic IF AND ONLY IF we agree with their basic assumption: That the new GOP Ideology is American Constitutional Purity and anything else must be stopped or destroyed, at any cost. More and more their reactions are tantrums  to anything that represents friction to the smooth sailing of this New RealGOP ideology. Which is simply the old WASP point of view. Clearly the GOP has very poor leadership skills and goals. Their Vision has  turned egotistical, arrogant and childish.

Their explosive responses reminds me of the reaction exhibited by some autistic  folk I know. They are perfectly fine in many areas and look normal and at times behave normal. We are awed sometimes at their unique talents.  Some autistic folk explode in strong displays of dissatisfaction or anger when told NO. This happens often …moment to moment. It is exhausting on parents and take carers, or taxpayers like in this occasion with the Government shutdown fiasco.

This Government shutdown is hard to understand through the thick smoke of burning ideologies and hate. But it is really simple once we pause to identify our core values detached of favoritism. Fareed Zakaria’s post on How to solve the crisis in Washington deserves reading. It will help the reader to discover how simple is the way to solutions. By comparing the rhetoric of both parties versus the basic teachings about our political system, we will realize how Anger has clouded our thinking through an issue.  And as a society how Anger has slowly isolated us from common sense while believing every body else lost it. How Anger is quietly soothing our sense of loss and becoming our companion.

So how do this happen to a society so advanced, curious, well informed, smart and caring like the USA? Are we burdened with data or has the digestion of information become a chore?

We may suffer with Decision Fatigue Syndrome

Our society became technically complicated and filled with information in all areas of our life: Law, medicine, crafts, business, hobbies you name it. Information became a requirement for negotiations. We are curious and fuel our need to know with more information and data. What no one suspected was that for every piece of information perused a decision is necessary. Do I think this information is data or just info. Do I believe this data? Do I trust the sources? What do I do with this? How does this info affect my goals?

It is important in our society to listen to both sides of an argument. Many political decisions are drastically different AND demand inspection or study of lots of information and make decisions about their accuracy, relevance and behavior in our lives.

Sometimes the data is drastically different from our expectations. Does this new knowledge demand a change in perspective and actions or behavior. And does it demand a character change?   DO I NEED A CHANGE IN IDEOLOGY

“Maybe a better way to describe chronic fatigue when it comes to Aspbergers and related conditions is to call it decision fatigue. The condition of decision fatigue comes from the world of social psychology  Mental fatigue is different from ordinary physical fatigue. ”

 This is how a parent blogs about caring for a child with Aspberger and continues:

“Unlike physical fatigue, you can have mental fatigue without feeling tired. What happens with mental fatigue is that you start to experience everything more intensely. You become more irritated, more easily frustrated. You may have a powerful impulse to eat, drink, spend money, or blurt out something stupid.”

 In short we are asked to make countless decisions in our daily lives.

This leads to fatigue and depression. In the long term it leads to apathy about the opinion of others or Anger.

We can easily get off the Anger and emotional fatigue train. First we can start with basic Anger Management which boils down to Growing up.

Like if ‘Am angry at KLMN because ‘His ideology puts me in danger”‘ then  ‘Growing Up’  beyond anger is pausing long enough to ask of one self: How do I really know this is true? What happened that i came to believe and agree these thoughts were real?
Now Decision Syndrome Fatigue may be one cause.

American vision, Bailouts, Citizen responsibilty, Learn, poor leadership, World events

Detroit Auto makers can’t win even with Goverment baby-sitting

We as citizens need to learn how to identify winners in business, the companies, the technologies and the industries’ consistent performers.

A newspaper headline reports the sad story that clearly reveals signs of a pathological habit of losing as a group. Detroit and Michigan as a general population has criticized Government intervention and crusaded the values of the free enterprise system.

What is becoming clear is that they are not our best American warriors to win this economic war since their Free market skills lag far behind their political talk.

We need to focus on the many successful companies, smaller and less talked about but the hugely successful businesses such as Microwave Data Systems of Rochester, New York. Their success is not in fame but $$ and the professionalism developed by their workforce

Toyota Tops List of $$-for-Clunkers (clik 4more)

(NYT). “While American government officials hailed the month long program, which ended this week, as an overall stimulus to the economy, the biggest winner was Toyota, which accounted for 19 percent of all sales and had two of the top three best-selling models. The cash-for-clunkers program turned out to be a boon for Asian automakers and the small cars they specialize in.

The Transportation Department said Wednesday that participants in the clunkers program bought 690,000 new vehicles. About $2.9 billion of the program’s $3 billion was distributed in government vouchers, which were worth $3,500 to $4,500 toward new-car purchases.

Detroit’s three automakers — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — accounted for 38.6 percent of the vehicles sold. That figure is substantially less than the 45 percent combined market share that the Detroit companies posted in the first seven months of the year.”

Clearly is not that they do not want to win but that they don’t know how in this new world that clearly was created with the help of greedy CEO’s.

America, greedy CEO’s do not represent nor portrait the American Free Enterprise System nor American Capitalism because they do not capitalize companies in America.



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On the Lighter side

Once upon a time at a conference of Economists The Critical Question was asked and the results were typical it is said
Q: How many conservative economists does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer1: None. The darkness will cause the light bulb to change by itself.
A2: None. If it really needed changing, market forces would have caused it to happen.
A3: None. If the government would just leave it alone, it would screw itself in.
A4. None. “There is no need to change the light bulb. All the conditions for illumination are in place.
A5. None, because, look! It’s getting brighter! It’s definitely getting brighter !!!
A5. None; they’re all waiting for the unseen hand of the market to correct the lighting disequilibrium.

American vision, Citizen responsibilty, Learn, poor leadership, system management, system thinking

Crowley-Gates: Failed Leadership & common sense

Everyone has a stake in leadership, At the personal and group levels.

All we shall be talking here is basic stuff learned by anyone who has a job in any half way decent company no rocket science just broken down as basic system  components.

To make the right decisions we have to keep the eye on the ball. While negotiating a situation obstacles show up that will distract us, will steal away our peace of mind and our sober awareness needed to succeed peacefully  in resolving a situation. Taking things personally quickly latches onto memories of self pity or the fear of losing part of our status quo but it is much worse when it frees the seething dog of a festering anger. Invariably this appears certainly real. Yet it is our job to be the mature adults and discern real from not so real, momentary displeasure from long lasting gain. Such as relieving momentary anxiety by buying on credit an expensive item, or satisfying our anger and indignation by making emotionally offensive statements to defend our imagined offended dignity. In life everything grows, escalates and dies.

I believe this is factor in our present financial crisis: Imagine two layers of systems at work, the personal and the society at large & we have developed systems designed to contain personal tragedy to become viral and affect society at large, our undisciplined instincts and emotions at the personal levels are constantly happening, human but not the cause of national breakdown because we have systems in place that check that base personal humanity however we allowed our clouded thinking to disregard the system  in order to secure personal profit.

Recent headlines have brought to us one such case that has tentacles of disruption and clouded thinking, the arrest of a a man that broke into his own home because he had misplaced his house keys. The neighbor reported the break in, the Police officer arrived and was inside the home with the “perp” who claimed to own the home and certainly either the cop failed to ascertain that this man owned the home, lacked real  police skills remember this is not Boston , had an off day or was already predisposed to win “this fight/disturbance call”. The “perp” was not friendly so the cop admits that he calmly told the man I will leave his house go outside to discuss the matter further and one way or the other the Devil found two cocks to put in a fight and the peeing contest ensued, ending in The owning “perp” of the house in jail, photo muged and later released.  However the perp had ace up his sleeve a personal channel to the President of a very powerful nation, no Hondurenian president here at all. This fact appears that he kept to himself for later until sprung out from jail. Or did he tell the Policeman and the cop played his best Joe Friday & booked him anyhow. All of this very human not quite Shakespearean. The only reason why we know about this is because the arrested man is a really close friend to the sitting President of a large industrial nation.

So what really went wrong? That day at that moment in Cambridge, Mass. the leadership of several systems failed to keep the system running smoothly regardless of personalities involved

First the personal level part: Failed Interview

  • University Intellectual know how at graduate level failed for this individual. Forget about the pissing match between one leader of the intellectual class (Harvard Professor) that demanded prescient respect, who is he, The Godfather? and a just the facts Joe Friday cop. The Intellectual spent years teaching our young how to prepare well for interviews, adversity and challenges that will arise and rise above it, succeed, ignore the obstacles and persevere to improve society blah blah blah. The learning from our high Universities was AWOL,  failed one very expected phone call and interview: I broke into my house and  if somone saw me, say a neighbor, chances are that if they care about a neighbor’s property they will call the police so I better prepare my ID for when they arrive and interview me  // THE BALL: Is this officer protecting my property, yes.//  DISTRACTION: I need respect all my books and talks confirm this need
  • The Management of the shift in that Police Department as a system at the shift level that allowed this poorly supervised arrest. This arrest would not have proceeded thus far in my Hometown nor most major cities, racial tensions or not the Cambridge Police system failed the arresting officers regardless of how much loyalty they can mine for among their Blue brethren   // THE BALL: Does this individual owns this residence and is he here legally? Yes // DISTRACTION: I need respect as Police officer first. Fail to communicate data of subject’s high profile to Commanding officer
  • The Cambridge Community neighborhoods, a neighbor that was so keen to help in calling a fleeting break in but fail to ID and vouch that the Neighbor was not a “perp” after all but our old dear neighbor, well clearly no brotherly love here, no matter how you excuse it or rationalize it. // THE BALL: Is my neighbors home ok, did the Police find out, let me check maybe I can help ID the suspect. OMFG it is my neighbor after all Thank God officer everything is ok.  //DISTRACTION: ???

Second: broke down at the society/national level: Fail interviewing for facts

  • Gates is still at his house and other officers are present while Gates is clearly agitated(as shown in video. Where did it come from?) // BALL: ID individual, live alone? where does he work? Professor at HARVARD and agitated Check for background with Campus Security. Influential writer with critical books and videos about racism?? call for chain of command assistance //DISTRACTION: Rush. No stop and think attitude and lets think this over. The Cambridge Police Department should have an ISO9000/MRPII type of procedure and method to handle high profile figures since they are host to a high profile Institutions Harvard and MIT
  • Press conference at The White House: BALL: Does The President has the facts, NO. What is the diplomatic way of handling this situation? Admit to close friendship with Prof. Gates and will look into it, Thank You. //DISTRACTION: Commenting. How did he knew about this so quickly while so busy with great matters of state? Did the professor manipulate and “used” the friendship?
  • Town of Cambridge: // BALL: LEAD and ask all personnel not to comment as it is done across this great land, their job is to serve not agitate nor incite to riot,  it has nothing to do with freedom of speech. // DISTRACTION: ??? Need to come across as conservative and independent??
  • Harvard:  // BALL: Provide basic legal assistance to Mr. Gates seek peaceful and constructive resolutions for the community at large and assess the fallout of incident.  // DISTRACTION: seems that they do not seek interaction with the ball at all
  • The Media: //BALL: reporting facts only //DISTRACTION: Its own comments

The facts are simple, boring and admitted by the players own contradictions. The sad  story of an Ivy League leader who ignored and failed his own studies or successfully manipulated a friendship for personal gain.  Henry L.Gates is heard saying in an audio interview “what he needed was to treat me with respect not assume that i am the perpetrator”. about the police at his house investigating a break in into his house that he knew well in fact because he committed the break in, and if he truly believed to be correct in what he has been writing and lecturing all this years of the facts in racial profiling then he knew in advance that the police had a handicap so why not take the high ground? Class was missing in a possible class struggle. No thankfulness for arriving early to check a break in to his home? No, because that would have been demeaning? This would been demeaning only to royalty.

The Harvard professor is the anomaly here. The unexpected event. The neighbor is the rare alarm that catches the anomaly. So far so good. The neighbor calls 911 here is where the system is set to the ON position and it will not stop until there is resolution one way or the other.

This point onward is where all the systems involved failed including the media that reported it. Did the Professor manipulate the friendship or the situation believing that he had an Ace up his sleeve ( channel to the RedButton). It does not take a rocket scientist to smell undue personal profit here on inside track, Did Mr. Gates lead Mr. Crowley into an unfair advantage (fame and credit to his theories) with his presidential connections counting on the ignorance of the officer. Such behavior has jailed stock brokers in the past, ask Mr. Milken.

And this model applies to AIG, Madoff, Detroit’s bailout and our retirement plans.

What and where is the BALL and what are DISTRACTIONS.

We really do not know what actually occurred and if we did would we communicate it clearly without making things up?perhaps they were polite to each other and got on famously but when they stepped out the realized that they had a job to fulfill to maintain the race struggle and keep the media going blah blah blah

from: Tuesday, February 3, 2009–jr-

Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson and columnist Kathleen Parker

audiio of 911 call