Thursday, February 4, 2016

Relevancy deprivation

Abandoned under full sail
Retirement looms…

Bruce: You left 10 years ago. Any pointers?

Michael: People won’t see you as having power, or being useful, simply view you as old, so they’ll talk to you less.

Bruce: I’ll be less relevant.

Michael: It’s been called a relevancy discrepancy, no, that’s not it. Oh, what’s the word?

Bruce: Deficiency?

Michael: No. Divestment? Nope.

Bruce: Despair?

Michael: Relevancy deprivation. That was it. Ah, this Teflon memory. Nothing sticks.

Relevancy deprivation: Said to have been coined by Australian politician Gareth Evans after losing office in 1996, it refers to the sense of deficit after someone who has invested a lot in their career, is ousted. Perhaps it is the corollary of “what you put in you get out.” The amount you put into a career is proportional to the sense of loss when it ends. Unless you find a new ship.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Storm Trooper White Rabbit

Rabbits are storming across the universe.
They have infiltrated the First Order.
The force is with us.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Three Arrows Metaphor and Multivariate Analysis

Now apply multivariate analysis
Abenomics Arrows are all very well but…

Shin: First arrow: Fiscal stimulus to boost spending.

Taro: Shrinking population means fewer workers, fewer shoppers.

Shin: Second arrow: Government spends more on programs.

Taro: Then we have to increase the consumption tax which further dampens consumer spending.

Shin: Third arrow: Structural reform: lower company tax, put more women to work.

Taro: Decreasing taxes on the wealthy takes from the less wealthy. And can we really turn around cultural attitudes to women in the workforce just like that?
How about a fourth arrow? Increase taxes on the wealthy. Thomas Piketty has data to support that approach.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sugihara Chiune

Sugihara Chiune:
Japanese consul in Lithuania
A humane spirit…

Kristina: What did he do?

Noriko: It’s an amazing story of exponential leveraging. Sugihara Chiune issued 2193 visas, 6,000 people could escape the Nazis, and today there are 40,000 descendants now alive as a result of those visas.

1940 Sugihara Visa:
Russia to Japan to Curacao
Kristina: It reminds me of the Starfish Story.
The Starfish Story:
A boy is walking along the beach and he sees thousands of starfish washed up by the tide. The boy sees a man who is throwing the starfish one by one back into the sea. The boy asks, “Why are you doing that, it won’t help, there are thousands of them stranded here.” And the man picks up another starfish and throws it into the water, and says, “Well, it helped THAT one.”

Friday, January 22, 2016

Predictive spelling or intrusive word overriding?

Helpful prompting or imperious ignorance?

Erica: Stupid autocorrect.

Deidre: The machine takes over?

Erica: It tells you what IT thinks you should write. It has no inkling of what I WANT to say, what word I want to choose. I write "its" and it incorrectly changes it to "it's". I sometimes deliberately misspell. I use the French "chérie" and it substitutes "cherry". It's not predictive spelling, it's intrusive and ignorant lexical countermanding based on a database of misspellings.

Deidre: Soapboxing again?

Erica: All right, so I’m soapboxing. But its algorithm is based on averages. And averages are the measure of mediocrity.

Autocorrect can be tiresome. But it can be deactivated. And eventually, in the Age of Singularity, the program will see inside your mind and correctly guess what it is you want to say before you even write it. Isn’t that somewhat more disturbing?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Half Understood Names: Large Hadron Collider

Alice is curious about the LHC
Large Hadron Collider

Atlas: It’s one of those expressions that’s sometimes on the news, so a lot of people have heard of it, but not many can explain exactly what it is.

Alice: Well, it must be big, and it must involve impacts.

Atlas: At 27 kilometers in circumference it’s big, in fact it’s the biggest scientific tool in the world. And yes, it facilitates collisions.

Alice: Collisions between? That’s the bit I don’t get.

Atlas: Collisions between hadrons.

Alice: Hadrons?

Atlas: Hadrons are two types: baryons and mesons. These contain quarks and antiquarks. Then there are various kinds of leptons and bosons.

Alice: Suddenly the vocabulary load is too dense if you’re not an atomic physicist.
In a sentence of 21 words, seven are unknown to someone not familiar with the standard theory. No wonder the lay person has only a glimmer of what the Large Hadron Collider does. Two clear words sandwich a dense expression.