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Watch “Pink Floyd – The Thin Ice – Live, 1980” on YouTube

19 Feb

Why watch?

That awkward moment, laden with epiphanies, about lyrics often sung – yet not fully understood…

“When you go skating
on the thin ice
of my life
draggin’ behind you
the silent reproach
of a million sleepless nights

Don’t be surprised
when a crack in the ice
appears under your feet

you slip out… with your fears… flowing out behind you… as you call out for

t-h-i-n.  i-c-e!

(with apologies to the purists in the audience)

I mean, what with #Rex and #Pax and about four other layers now disabling me from safely leaving the house???

“Mother, do you think they’ll run the plow…. mother do you think I’ll break my balls… bones!”


“… Mother? should I build a wall???”

What does doodling do? – Andrade – 2009 – Applied Cognitive Psychology – Wiley Online Library

22 Jun


Doodling is a way of passing the time when bored by a lecture or telephone call. Does it improve or hinder attention to the primary task? To answer this question, 40 participants monitored a monotonous mock telephone message for the names of people coming to a party. Half of the group was randomly assigned to a ‘doodling’ condition where they shaded printed shapes while listening to the telephone call. The doodling group performed better on the monitoring task and recalled 29% more information on a surprise memory test. Unlike many dual task situations, doodling while working can be beneficial. Future research could test whether doodling aids cognitive performance by reducing daydreaming. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

@CBS Sunday Morning footnoted their Cover Story for June 22nd 2014 with above; also mentioned Sunni Brown’s “Doodling Revolution” – all of it as I dared doodle at work recently.

Go figure (pun intended!)


“Vanidad – de Vanidades” (at 4GLTE Speeds)

12 Jun


“Off with their Hats!” – on Clear Thinking, Hemispheres and Predominances (#Discrete #Math Class – the Wraparounds)

5 May

Someone remarked about a post of mine… as we were about to wrap the ‘discrete’ math class…


“…Good post. Your posts are fun to read. I got the Ellison reference too…”


... and howzabout a yellow hat?

… and howzabout a yellow hat?


“One is glad to be of service” M.!

Yes – I’m not 100% clear, as for example, within the “Cloud” of some SaaS? we got True/False… and Null?

(Per earlier post, on the Programming Tools for a certain “no-software” product line)

So yes – how much of it can be reduced to an equation?

Dunno, BUT the class has somehow encouraged me to stop… breathe… think… and DO THE MATH!

Meaning, rather than JUST clicking or toggling (as one may argue that’s ALL one can do to a Boolean, right?… or a Boolean NOT in the Best Coast!) sometimes the consequences, well, that’s where all this logic/math/philosophy falls in…

… and yes, I must admit, wished I had paid MORE attention – it’s definitely a skill worth thousands, as I’m married to someone that swims in math all day long (Taxes) and others in my surroundings, I can definitely tell they took advantage of a “clear thinking” angle, that is definitely a major asset.

Good news? sometimes THEY wonder at what us “Right Hemisphere Predominants” can come up with (specially as we toy and juggle with their logic… and make them smile!)… which brings me to another interesting ‘interpolation’

– anyone heard the once popular comparison between a “Black Hat” and a “Red Hat” thinker?

(Yeah, later ‘transmogrified’ into a certain Distro’s ‘Brand’, aha!)

@Kankuchito across the Interwebs…

Mathematics of Belief? #TED “Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains” on @YouTube

3 May

Objective Reality & Subjective Wisdom; Bayesian Decision Math & Feedback Processing Theorems.


Science catching up with Realities, hopefully shared in ways that not only validate the immense Fortune represented by being Human, but also, the immense Responsibility of tweaking our Movements, our Actions in a more Compassionate (Noise-free, according to Prof. Wolpert) Direction.

Bending reality? or how reality manages to bend US? #Mathematics #Discrete Math Class

20 Apr

So I’m doing actual research at the actual library… and I found THIS!

Mathematics and Reality : Mathematics and Reality Oxford Scholarship Online.

Bending reality? or how reality manages to bend US? #Mathematics

Bending reality? or how reality manages to bend US? #Mathematics

Mathematics and Reality

Mary Leng


This book offers a defence of mathematical fictionalism, according to which we have no reason to believe that there are any mathematical objects.

Perhaps the most pressing challenge to mathematical fictionalism is the indispensability argument for the truth of our mathematical theories (and therefore for the existence of the mathematical objects posited by those theories).

According to this argument, if we have reason to believe anything, we have reason to believe that the claims of our best empirical theories are (at least approximately) true.

But since claims whose truth would require the existence of mathematical objects are indispensable in formulating our best empirical theories, it follows that we have good reason to believe in the mathematical objects posited by those mathematical theories used in empirical science, and therefore to believe that the mathematical theories utilized in empirical science are true.

Previous responses to the indispensability argument have focused on arguing that mathematical assumptions can be dispensed with in formulating our empirical theories.

This book, by contrast, offers an account of the role of mathematics in empirical science according to which the successful use of mathematics in formulating our empirical theories need not rely on the truth of the mathematics utilized.


Keywords: mathematics, philosophy, realism, fictionalism, naturalism, indispensability, science, ontology, objects, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280797
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280797.001.0001

Waiting Room Productivity – not so, no #JobsMonday via @LinkedIN App

20 Feb

Hola. Happy Mardi Gras, hope y’all safely reveled this weekend; come Wednesday, though, a reminder about forty days of observation – and other things the Spring Equinox shall promptly bring us…

Anyway, I had hoped to share some of the usual #JobsMonday’s on #SocialMedia via @LinkedIN App; apparently one of their most useful feats, not yet available and relegated to “Desktop Dino” (whom actually happens to be a Laptop, perennially tethered as a broken screen’s RMA dampens it’s mobility!)…

… Which either makes the case for keeping some of them around, as how else do we have access to some features?

So anyway, let’s talk about the weather, shall we?

Yesterday’s utterances about Jeb made me wonder about the potential for a “Six Flags over Tampa” kind of Convention; and sorry to say, @MeetThePress’ RoundTable conveyed an uneasiness, that well, may make for great TV Ad Sales, a protracted nomination and yes, a happy #Incumbent; just picked up an old copy of @Newsweek, and well, history is already being made, in nearby #3rdMetro…


Yeah, there are so many kinds of “weather”, no?


Screenshots don’t look like anything but Late October, Early November at this time; tornadoes may make April a worrisome time, but at this point, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, right?

Saludos! Castilian Digest, soon to follow, BFN/TTYL!