Tag Archive: Human Condition

Sep 07 2013

Being Weird

Weird (adj) – suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie strange or bizarre archaic: of or relating to fate or the Fates If you’ve met me in a social context only a few times for short periods you probably haven’t noticed. However, if you’ve known me for a while you’ve probably cottoned on to …

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Apr 07 2013

Extending the Fifth Ammendment

There is this thing that has always bothered me about criminals – the real bad ones who get sent to prison for long periods of time for doing real bad things. What bothers me is the fact doing what they do isn’t just morally bad, it is stupid. Really, really stupid.

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Mar 16 2013

RSS is dead. Long live RSS!

It’s rather obvious isn’t it? For the social media companies any open and well supported standard way of sharing information streams between individuals is rather antithetical to a business built around a walled garden. RSS was such a standard and thus they avoided using it in preference to their own, controlled, streams. Two years ago …

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Aug 08 2012

Welcome to the Group Mind

Today John Scalzi opined “. . . if I want to have a thought of mine preserved for eternity, I put it on my blog; if I don’t care if I ever see it again, I put it on Twitter.” I rarely comment on ‘Whatever’, but this time I did have something to say. In …

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May 26 2012

The Tyranny of Metaphor

The problem with complexity is (wait for it) it’s complex. Humans don’t do complex well. Cognitive psychologists talk a lot about the ‘Rule of Seven’ (plus or minus two): referring to the fact that humans can only track about seven things in their head at a time. Think about that for a second. How many things …

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Apr 22 2012

Prometheus would be proud

From the Wikipedia article for ‘techné’:  The term is often translated as craftsmanship, craft, or art. It is the rational method involved in producing an object or accomplishing a goal or objective. Yet another meta-mind convenience-concept of the Greeks (good for ‘thinking about thinking’), techné both describes a magnificently human behavior pattern and links it to similar patterns …

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Mar 16 2011

It’s the little things that matter

I imagine that very nearly every man and woman who reaches an age comparable to mine finds themselves looking back at their life and finding the whole of it wanting. Finding themselves a failure when compared to the ambitions of their younger selves. I believe this to be true, no matter how great (or small) …

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Jul 12 2010

Whoohoo! I won my name back!

About a year and a half ago I wrote about how my personal domain name (jackwilliambell.com) was stolen by domain vultures. (Go read the sordid tale, I’ll wait.) So, basically I told them to choke on it. They sent me a few more emails trying to entice me to make another offer. I ignored them. …

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Apr 19 2010

What? ADD? Me? No one would ever believe it!

My life has seen fit to remind me recently that I am probably ADD. Most specifically in the sense that ADD (of the type I probably have) has genetic origins. Plus my boss has suggested I get evaluated for it by a professional. After discussing this with scarlettina I took an ADD quiz she found. …

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Mar 03 2010

Can I start a healthy habit in my sleep?

This morning in early wakeup mode (I wake slowly), while still in something of a post-sleep haze, I found myself pulling on sweatpants and sneakers. Next thing I knew I was locking the front door and setting out on a very brisk walk. (Let me pause this for a moment to note that my normal …

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