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Pico #Iyer: Where is home? | #TED Talk Transcript |

25 Dec

“…And home, in the end, is of course not just the place where you sleep. It’s the place where you stand” [… where you become yourself… – Proust]

– Iyer




A Dare from Bill – and a Table Topic! #CareToShare

14 Jun

Actionables – on #Discrete #Math’s Class’ Takeaways

3 Jun


(Beside the Corpus we’re about to dissect as a team, of course?)


Meaning: yes, it’s been arduous to say the least – individuals have been akin to a “walk through the valley of the shadows of middle school”… as yeah, it’d been nice if I had PAID attention way back when (although most of my ‘tutors’ admit to the fact that this class is WAY out there in content/complexity!) so that it’d all make more ‘sense’

That said –

Yes, the DQ’s when the ‘dots’ finally connected… the pieces fell into place… the ‘theory’ found a way to escape into ‘real world applications’, those I’d say validate the value of the class.

As after all, as they taught me at The Art Institute: “You should only break the rules – once you’ve mastered them”

So what are these rules we’re defining here?

Obviously, this is the domain of the Left Hemisphere (have I mentioned “Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain” already?… hope I have!… ) and yes, Proofs, Work, Rules and overall feedback is what we want to see – lest the bridge were to fall, the insurance not be underwritten, and yes, the derivatives of our current economic system were to fall apart (at that, anyone watched “Margin Call” with Quinto, Spacey, Irons?… hehehe!)

So was I able to figure out, that after all, there’s been a proverbial ‘method to the madness’… yes!

… and you can take that to the bank!



“That’s why I’m telling everyone about one of the most brilliant books I’ve ever read, Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud* (and why I’m reading his Making Comics, even though I don’t even like comics).

I’ve always been fascinated by how readers’ understanding of information can be shaped by presentation. In Power Money Fame Sex: A User’s Guide, I used tip lists, boxes, font changes, boxed quotations, photographs, all sorts of elements to make my information memorable.”

Read the first one… amongst the art school’s library stacks – whilst playing librarian… MIND blowing!… as McCloud it’s NOT talking about Comics – but about communication, graphics, gestalt… Shapes!

(Have I even mentioned Monsieur Bezier here?)(THAT’s a LOT of math!)

Might as well, right?


(PLENTY of MTH221 to go around, right?)

The Bézier curve always passes through the first and last control points and lies within the convex hull of the control points. The curve is tangent to P_1-P_0 and P_n-P_(n-1) at the endpoints. The “variation diminishing property” of these curves is that no line can have more intersections with a Bézier curve than with the curve obtained by joining consecutive points with straight line segments. A desirable property of these curves is that the curve can be translated and rotated by performing these operations on the control points.

So how does the beam intersect with the columns?... and rises to the sky?... do the math, man!

So how does the beam intersect with the columns?… and rises to the sky?… do the math, man!

and so on and so forth… so NO I’m not a mathematician – but I enjoy what they’ve given us, and I’m pretty sure somehow in the recesses of my synapses connections are made an an underlying level that perhaps, help connect all these ‘dots’


#Foundationals: “Policies are many, whilst principles are few; and as Principles are timeless, so are Policies ephemeral” (#Discrete #Math – on Boolean Algebra Practical Applications)

3 Jun

Yup… at the core network?


I am, I am NOT

False/True – or empty, according to a recent post that I plucked from my current customer

Meaning, when asked:

“…two founders of Boolean algebra and its applications (Boole and Shannon).  After performing some research, share with the class some practical applications of Boolean algebra.  Please cite your source…”

In other words, seems like at the ROOT of all these decision points in our flowcharts lies this Boolean extrapolations.

As recalcitrant stalwarts that they are, mainstay stewards of the ‘process’ as in the end, this “ON/OFF” paradigm appears to cover a LOT of practicalities.

Such as:

– Circuits (yeah, electrical ones!)
– Databases (Ellison’s got a foundation, of course!)


(On Manufacturing Efficiency)

Boolean algebra finds its most practical use in the simplification of logic circuits. If we translate a logic circuit’s function into symbolic (Boolean) form, and apply certain algebraic rules to the resulting equation to reduce the number of terms and/or arithmetic operations, the simplified equation may be translated back into circuit form for a logic circuit performing the same function with fewer components. If equivalent function may be achieved with fewer components, the result will be increased reliability and decreased cost of manufacture.

(Then they go “Checkmate” on un-simplifying the first equation?… neat!)

Note how the last rule (A + AB = A) is used to “un-simplify” the first “A” term in the expression, changing the “A” into an “A + AB”. While this may seem like a backward step, it certainly helped to reduce the expression to something simpler! Sometimes in mathematics we must take “backward” steps to achieve the most elegant solution. Knowing when to take such a step and when not to is part of the art-form of algebra, just as a victory in a game of chess almost always requires calculated sacrifices.

“Live Long and Prosper” I guess it’s what I need to say now?

Cheat Sheet!

o summarize, here are the three new rules of Boolean simplification expounded in this section:

Then, just to extrapolate to the other end of the Continuum…

“As most people are well aware, mathematical expressions are used to make computations and other math problems simpler and smaller. Boolean Algebra is used to do the same thing, except it does it with logic circuits instead of other mathematical problems.

The first thing that needs to be known for Boolean algebra is the meaning of the various signs. There are three of these, all deriving from the three basic gates. They are AND, OR and NOT.

The AND operation is also known as conjunction. It gives the product of two binary bits. Using A and B as inputs, it would be written as AB or sometimes A·B. This of course means that A is multiplied by B, which is exactly how an AND gate functions.

The OR operation is also known as disjunction. This operation gives the sum of two binary bits. Again, using A and B as inputs, it would be written as A + B, which is how an OR gate functions. NOTE, the “+” does necessarily mean the same thing that it does in normal mathematics we are all used to. In Boolean algebra, it stands for OR. For example, 1 + 1 would equal to 1, not 10, the binary equivalent of two. If either of the inputs is 1, the output is 1. The NOT operation is also known as negation. This operation gives the opposite of a single term. For example, the negation of A is written as . While the negation of AB would be . We can relate the AND, OR and NOT operations to the corresponding gates…”

(Sounds familiar by now? GOOD!)

How does that tie into coding?

Check out the code samples HERE

Again, all ‘sponsored’ by those we hope to eventually hire us!

So yes, as I’ve oft-repeated: “Policies are many, whilst principles are few; and as Principles are timeless, so are Policies ephemeral”

(Betcha there’s an Equation out there for that!)

“Tank!… I need an EXIT!… NOW!”

... endpoints of the cloud...

… endpoints of the cloud…



AllAboutCircuits.Com. Boolean Rules for Simplification. Retrieved from:

ThinkQuest.Com – Boolean Algebra (2013) Retrieved from:

10 things you still need to know about social media / social business.

9 Feb


Five languages? A Polyglot libro! #Kudos!

First stop today!

The BrandBuilder Blog

Since I am bouncing around Europe this week, (come say hi at #tsc12 if you can), now is a good time to republish this list from a few months ago. It is still as relevant today as it was then:

1. “Social” is something you are, not something you doIf your company culture doesn’t focus on building relationships with your customers, then chances are that you won’t use social media to do it either. The “media” doesn’t dictate how social a company is or isn’t. It simply enhances its ability to be a social business – if in fact it is – or illustrates the extent to which it isn’t.

2. You cannot effectively outsource customer relationships to an agency. Research and intelligence, sure: that can be outsourced. Creative? That too. Implementing technologies and helping you with strategy? You bet. Marketing, PR and advertising?…

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