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Update to – Heinlein Lives

Robert and Ginny Heinlein in Tahiti 1980, taken by Hayford Peirce

Robert and Ginny Heinlein in Tahiti 1980, taken by Hayford Peirce

While the Heinlein Centennial was celebrated in 2007, this article in the Wall Street Journal bears another look. “Robert A. Heinlein’s Legacy” By TAYLOR DINERMAN ~ WSJ July 26, 2007; Page D7.

There are some fairly good FaceBook groups providing information, links and discussion of the works, quotes and point of view of Heinlein, real or imagined.

Time Enough For Heinlein ~ Robert Heinlein fan group ~ Heinlein is my hero

For myself, I never tended to goosestep into pushing the writings, or personal life of Heinlein into a cookie cutter corner of human thought or political persuasion.       (more…)

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Big Blue MarbleAfter visiting WonderWebby on Collaboration Guidelines, I went to see the published guidelines from IBM and Sun (via Skrocki), and then back to BluePrints. See how it works? No, really, I know I’m on the ‘path’ when 2 of my fav tech dogs (IBM and Sun) are pushing guidelines for creativity and collaboration, in addition to my day job references a ‘most restrictive’ default administrator policy for blade servers..lol. 😉

So I am using this blog to officially announce “Farnham’s Global Collaboration Guidelines” as a blog posting, as well as a comment to a blog and as a tweet: “Work Hard, Keep Your Day Job, Be Adult, Have Fun, Hug the Dog, Save the World.” (with 17 characters left…ha! 🙂

Really, thanks to all for this new world. BTW, What the dog’s name? (as in, Which one’s Pink?) Global collaboration is not only a great way to do business, and to begin real resources conservation, it is also a lot more fun than waiting in a TSA line to put your socks through the X-ray machine. Later…FF/BE

Amended 10 July 2008 – See “Work Hard”

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Brainstorm (1983)From “I think therefore I am” to “Thinking is the best way to travel” of so much of our knowledge base, VR and our perception of the real world is based upon the most fabulous, as yet unmatched, CPU – our brain. If we can imagine the power of taking a dizzying array of light pulses, sound waves, gaseous chemicals and electrical micro jolts that make up a real handshake, or hug, that our 2.5 lb friend turns into a life-long memory of someone we have met – then we can use that same process and build real sensory images/feelings/smells from the stored power of the brain to ‘replay’ or create new such handshakes from within the ultimate UI. Is “BrainStorm” possible? Maybe…

Go Ask AliceMore discussion of the current efforts to add physical attributes to Virtual Reality – Getting “in touch” with Virtual Reality in the group Virtual Worlds of Tomorrow of the Association of Virtual Worlds.

Also, see the Knowledge Networking group, with meetings in SL.

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26 Feb 2008 Update: Be sure to watch Download: The True History of the Internet on the Science Channel starting March 3…

Original posting 27 Dec 2007: The first computer program I typed in was on my VIC 20 (20K RAM) by Commodore, purchased from Sears, hooked up to a $10 B/W TV from a pawn shop. The language was Basic and the OS was CBM 1.0 (?) , with a copyright by Microsoft, one of Gates, Inc.’s first projects. The ubiquitous 10 PRINT ‘Hello, World.’ 20 END or something like it started many of us oldsters on the Road to Perdition. Actually, that was my first personal computer, my first FORTRAN IV stack went back a few years before that at UT Austin in 1967. (more…)

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Meet with the Knowledge Networking group of the Association of Virtual Worlds in Second Life.

KnowNet in SLWednesday at Work” WED 1100 a.m. SLT
(check the AVW site for location)

With all the talk, blogs, twitters, ads, chat, etc., about Social Networking, a la FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest… it has occurred to me that what we (myself and my colleagues) are really pursuing is better described as Knowledge Networking. Since we are in business, government, education and other serious pursuits, the ‘social’ part of the Web 2.0 worlds seem to scare our managers, and somehow imply that we are playing games or watching TV (or worse) instead of doing real work. The totally serious and productive attributes of the new ‘web’ can be lost when we are briefing our bosses on the travel or training we just took and we pop up a browser of FaceBook or Second Life web pages and the silly stuff hides the good. (more…)

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Mo-Ztu While browsing the stuff available to put in my FaceBook profile, I ran across “Which Chinese Philosopher Are You?” Hmmmm, what an interesting concept. So I took the short quiz, and up popped my new ‘old’ mentor. Mo-Ztu (Mozi) lived 410-390 BCE, during the Warring State Period and was known as a pacifist and a hard worker. He argued against Confucianism and Taoism. His teachings (Mohism) were stamped out later by Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi and in the 20th century have been re-examined as more important than earlier thought. In the short time that I have been looking at information about Mo-Tzu, I have found some concepts of Mohism that could have been written for me, about me, by my father. (more…)

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