Archive for October, 2009

Tip

I’m still recapping my last six months. I went from the idea of a pervasive recommender market (Pythia) to a graph database to operate in (Tipspace) and ended up with the interface for navigating: Tip.

Tip is an interface for interacting with a conversational recommender through an accelerometer-enabled smart phone. You tip the device to navigate the interface:

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Tipspace

Collecting the data for a system like Pythia is difficult. The goal is to get as many different types of data with the hope of catching pertinent patterns in the wide net. (This should have been left till a later version, but) one simple way to collect this data is to make it easy for other people to collect it for you.

Tipspace is a CMS that acts as a distributed graph database by structuring the data in a standard way.

cloud

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Pythia

As I go through a retrospective on the issues with the DoH, one of the main issues was building idea upon idea without properly recording and vetting them. I kept trying to get them sufficiently refined to make sense, and ended up not getting anything completed.

As I work on moving forward, I am recording these partial ideas to get them out of my head. The first is Pythia…

Pythia

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Six Months

I have a call with my adviser on Friday. I’ve been working for the last week trying to sort through the last six months and figure out what I was dreaming of and where to go from here. I recognize that one of my most fundamental mistakes was to go it alone.

dream

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Time Periods

I have a theory that different time horizons are reasoned about in different ways. They could be broken up along a compounding scale:

The basic idea is that what is happening in the next five minutes is thought of in a different way than what will happen in the next day or the next year. These modes of thought aren’t natural, but develop as complexity of thought develops.

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Contact Info

If anyone should want to contact me, my phone # is 202-309-3482. (Text messages cost me money, so don’t send lots.) My e-mail is will@dhappy.org.

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Bash Bugs

I think I found a bash bug. For those not geeky enough to grok what that means, this is cool because bash has been around longer than I have which is ancient for a computer program.

I thought I would share so people out in the real world can understand the intricacy that (sometimes) goes into the creation of their software. ☺

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Finding A Voice

I think that one of the things that people who eschew virtual relationships don’t realize is technology doesn’t and can’t provide an alternative to the physical presence of another person, but some things are possible online that aren’t in other places. People who are unheard in day to day life sometimes manage to find a voice.

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Oscilations

One of lines from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell has been on my mind as of late:

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained;
and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling.
And being restrain’d it by degrees becomes passive till it is only the shadow of desire.

The crux of my problem is I can’t stop believing real systemic change is possible. Our political and economic systems are clearly not working well. Who even understands what sort of developmental effects the Internet is going to have on children who grow up with all the information in the world at their fingertips.

A change is going to happen. What I am trying to figure out is what I can do to help. Charging off and trying to do everything myself was a good plot for a book, but it isn’t how the world actually works.

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How Business Works

I’ve been wandering through sites of folks looking to change the world and I happened across a TED presentation on motivation and business methods:

I really identify with him at that point about halfway though where you can hear the frustration in his voice at the disparity between the world he knows to exist and the way things are run.

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