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Ben Tremblay's Blog (6)

Drinking the Koolaid: "Light and Love Delusion" as the new jingoism

Micah Sifry quoted this in his post about the IntenseDebate deployment on Change.Gov:

""I just wanted to say thank you for giving us a place to make our thoughts and comment heard. It's about time the government provide a centralized place for citizens to express their opinions where they feel they will be heard." [Emphasis by him there.]



My response to him on… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on December 3, 2008 at 6:30 — 2 Comments

Embarassment of Riches (two senses of) [updated]

*Originally posted 29NOV08; 12:30PM PST*



When I started doing web-work I was already long familiar with how tech_doc types just don't rate. (Brutally frank, but simply so.)



Because of that I felt somewhat self-conscious publishing yet more ... a couple of thousand hits per month year after year isn't nothing, but it ain't no A-list!



That said, a dozen years later ... old habits die hard. Having just now re-visited an MIT wiki that carries on, brick by brick, I… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on December 3, 2008 at 0:30 — 3 Comments

Not much of a post, but ...

... this snippet I sent while in conversation with David is something like a snapshot:




To give you a sense of where I'm at on my secondary project (something to start driving some income), this is what I'm welding into the main page of my new MultiUser WordPress theme, the anchor for the "retail" aspect of my project:



1ace-click-scroll-div uses dolphin.js ... but… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on November 21, 2008 at 2:30 — No Comments

Praxis ... can't actualize it without _techne_.

Teche, as Heidegger used the term in this essays on technology.



An example / case in point (Shows how dealing with the concrete conditions ratiocination?):



I know that one of the promised benefits of E2.0 is "emergence" in the sense that it "surfaces" (active verb!) innovative thinking.

That "surfacing" function is, for me, key to a sense-making system. Take a typical good thread in, say, OpenDemocracy.net ...… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on November 14, 2008 at 21:30 — 2 Comments

A flurry ... perhaps a cluster ... someday, a constellation?

A shoe dropped last night. Perhaps not "the other" shoe, but ...

... in any case I finalized (a good beta?) of my issues list. No, that's wrong. I stopped twiddling with it. Well ... stopped for a while.



But looking at it gave rise to another idea for a site.



So I've deployed WordPress "Multi-User" and brought IssuePress.com into… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on November 14, 2008 at 18:38 — No Comments

The natural order of things

I can't think of a single instance where dealing with a task in the field allowed me opportunity to use a deprecated method.



On the other hand I can think of a number of times when someone with superior rank / status / standing made declarations for action that were entirely inappropriate ... and entirely ignored.



At the risk of yet.again being cryptic: the society that doesn't acknowledge the social dynamics of innovation is bound for catastrophe.



Tactic… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on November 12, 2008 at 21:00 — 6 Comments

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