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, Cringely.com/ 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, Global Finances, Vision, World events

Euro parity

PPP: Purchasing Power Parity is a 4 centuries old concept that tries to decide the absolute value of a unit of goods across international boundaries such as bushel of wheat.

At the closing of Wend. 19-May-2010 The euro rose from to $1.2429, up 1.8% from $1.2204 in late North American trading Tuesday and recovering from 0.5% drop intraday, when it fell to a fresh four-year low of $1.2143. Down 14% from beginning of the year.

The Euro moves towards parity according to Kit R. Roane a Fortune magazine contributor Based on IMF estimates of 2008 GDP and purchasing power parity among the various currencies, the euro zone is the second largest economy in the world. There are marked differences between PPP and market exchange rates.
The Euro’s rapid decline could be caused by the €1 trillion bail out of Greece and shoring up of weaker EU economies such as Portugal, Italy and Spain.
Germany’s surprising ban on short selling pressured traders to short the Euro, in a report by William L. Watts of MarketWatch, Steven Barrow, currency strategist at Standard Bank said: “If the market can’t vent its frustration by selling euro-zone government bonds or [credit default swaps], it will sell the euro, no matter that the market already seems very short.”
The ban prohibits market participants from naked short selling of euro-zone government bond markets and from purchasing credit default swaps, or CDSs, on government debt unless they own the underlying bonds.

Some believe that the discrepancies in regional economies and vastly percentages of debt

The ripples from a weak EU economy quickly affects markets in Asia and North America, slowing down the recovery from this recession.

Why are we talking Euros? Because results of this week’s primaries did not capture Wall Street trader’s attention the Euro has. We pour money along Germany to saving Greece while England may not have to, considering that the UK has no stake in the euro the crisis affects the U$A strongly straight into our pocket books.

American vision, Dilemas, Vision

Lighter side

A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.

The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks “What do two plus two equal?” The mathematician replies “Four.” The interviewer asks “Four, exactly?” The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says “Yes, four, exactly.”

Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The accountant says “On average, four – give or take ten percent, but on average, four.”

Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says “What do you want it to equal?”

Citizen responsibilty, Leadership, Vision

Lessons lost: Need 4 Vision

Our present financial crisis presents an incredible opportunity to learn lessons otherwise may have gone un-noticed.

This blog has brought forward the idea that we the public have failed in our duty to educate ourselves in maters of money, finance and leadership. Also that our present financial crisis was precipitated by the lack of public oversight in to these matters where poor management and destructive leadership.

Microsoft’s leader is one example we can begin to track.

Mr. Ballmer has made a series of calls to arms against out to destroy Microsoft and has purchased a contract with Yahoo where it will retain control of the technical side and give away nearly 80% of the revenue.

Why? The only possible answer is to destroy or maim Google. This strategy is an old one at Microsoft where they purchased companies like Visicalc and others to develop what now is Office then pretty much gutted snd destroyed the original company.

Microsoft is forgetting a vital detail, these companies are not to get them but they are out to succeed regardless of Microsoft’s performance in the stock market. These companies have a wealth of innovation to crank out and are creating alliances with other industries such as chip manufactures (Intel, TI) telcos, (Sprint, Verizon)

Microsoft stock went up and Yahoo tanked, nothing new since Yahoo lost its most valuable asset and Microsoft failed to see that web sales through SEOs is the bread and butter of Internet Corporations, however Technology is the table and silverware and stove. Windows 7 and subsequent reincarnations eventualy will not be able to stand up to what is becoming the web/mobil technology OS standard Unix derivative systems and Java developed Applications.

Microsoft is making the same mistake Detroit made: Inability to shelve Legacy technologies.