BenTrem tweeted on 2011-02-18

  • @JohnFMoore Right under my nose: @CanadaLocalGov (I think webmasters are so harried / nose to the grind-stone, no time for innovation.) in reply to JohnFMoore #
  • @JohnFMoore Sorry, no joy. That account is just a tweeters list. in reply to JohnFMoore #
  • Who are the folk in local government (municipal, preferably) who'd be saying, "Holy crap we're dying here, give us a hand!" #Gov2 0 #
  • Analog: how do you find accountants who'd make good use of spreadsheet before spreadsheet's ever been deployed? #innovation #ChickenAndEgg #
  • Things are hotting up in #Bahrain – RT @maryamalkhawaja "There are wounded, area is surrounded" 7 minutes ago #
  • Neither BBC nor CNN are showing #Bahrain real-time. Social media, main-stream media, same buncha yuppie dweebs. #RevolutionFatigue #
  • I worked Indymedia w/Seattle dweebs in 2000. 4yrs later, my discourse platform? I'm not A-list, so no traction. 7 f'n yrs ago. #CultureWar #
  • NB: "There is one story, and one story only worth the telling." There is 1 war: war against the complacent / self-satisfied / privileged. #
  • @rebelbuddha see Dennis Fox _et al_ and "radical psychology". Like "liberation theology" it was shunned to death decades ago. #ostracism in reply to rebelbuddha #
  • @PatrickMeier It takes a prime time game show I guess. I've been talking "discourse-based decision support system" for years. cc: @IBMWatson in reply to PatrickMeier #
  • @acarvin Your question reminds me of Indymedia editorial desk … fond memories … but that had a collective working. Even fonder! in reply to acarvin #
  • I guess the true measure of a generation is how well they delude themselves into believing that they invented the wheel. #
  • If the "social media" community were at all authentic, had it any integrity at all, the global Indymedia network wouldn't have shriveled. #
  • We're all for innovation and we're all for revolution so long as status quo rank structure and dynamics are observed and perpetuated. #borg #
  • We despise the oligarchs, and then we base our foreign policy on the very same profit motives that they use to direct their actions. #borg #
  • My 1st big demo was over 30yrs ago … anti-apartheid. Riot shields, dogs, skeery shiet. Truth? I'd rather be there than here. /Venceremos!/ #
  • @Dima_Khatib Don't focus on "Arab regimes" as peculiar. The global picture has truths to reveal! #
  • @jayrosen_nyu Mashable announces TED's new platform for "intelligent discussion" and you got it: modeled on Quora. > http://bit.ly/i2YG5x < in reply to jayrosen_nyu #
  • @jayrosen_nyu "Radical" really means going to the root. And FWIW "rebel" means to throw off basic assumption! #wjchat in reply to jayrosen_nyu #
  • @kensands Didn't Orwell write something about caring more for truth than even for friends? #wjchat cc: @jayrosen_nyu in reply to kensands #
  • #wjchat – My long time Q: doesn't "the story" distort? Isn't job more like rapporteur? depicting facts + others' subjective narrative? #
  • @jayrosen_nyu We need to contextualize tensions. Motto: if it doesn't really matter, then it's "just" news. p.s. I happen to have the "how". in reply to jayrosen_nyu #
  • #wjchat #salience – If you're looking for data, then Wikipedia / #Watson will do the job. If you're wanting #discourse then? see Habermas. #
  • If the body politic was at all healthy then "25% of Children Living in Poverty" would be headline news every day. #wjchat #
  • @TheDailyShow 42 … that.is.all in reply to TheDailyShow #
  • A4 – Context sharing. Insidious group-think propagates by the subtle witholding that takes place with in-group dynamics. #wjchat #oligarchs #
  • 3 SPAM @'s in less than 20 minutes. Uh-oh. #
  • #wjchat – No role model. Army of 1. I was back-stage when we tumbled Chile. It got me thinking fundamentals. We're sophisticated barbarians. #
  • @chrisscottlamb Does this mean Paul Horn and the R&D labs will hear me out about #discourse ;-p #GrandeChallenge cc: @jmancini77 in reply to jmancini77 #
  • @support @twitter – "Rea-time" search results … aren't. Lagging by at least 5 minutes. #
  • 80 / 20 … real-time isn't real-time, Follows sometimes disappear, tweets fail to show up in search … meh … #
  • I was never one for standing in a crowd shouting. More likely to do comms, or security … or medic. "Social software" is 80% bmmrbmrmb. #
  • @kensands Ideals as "moral compass"; I've always loved that homely metaphor because compass needles wander! p.s. are you in BGov? in reply to kensands #
  • @jayrosen_nyuA7 – Dusty: http://bentrem.issuepress.com/2008/12/03/hello-world/ < (click for full size) #wjchat #
  • @jayrosen_nyu A7 – Dusty: http://bentrem.issuepress.com/2008/12/03/hello-world/ < (click for full size) #wjchat in reply to jayrosen_nyu #
  • @louisbshalako /me presses cyber-ear to cyber-door Oh, who, me? Not to worry … cleared Top Secret CodeWord. *snort* in reply to louisbshalako #
  • #Watson is relentless … just what I'd like to see manifest in Xyyyyyy to clear the space for true discourse. @IBMWatson #
  • @tedstrategy The suggestion seems to assume that there was a time when US policy /was/ working. Remember Smedley Butler! in reply to tedstrategy #
  • *wh00h0000!* I knew "Elements of Style"! Now I /defy/ anyone to figure out how. *grin* @IBMWatson #
  • @BrentButt You signed on? oh-woops! c(_)~ in reply to BrentButt #
  • @IBMWatson NB: Ken knew he knew "chiffon" before he "knew" chiffon! #
  • "19th century novelists" … unless the clues are right clever #Watson #039;s gonna put the blue boot down. #
  • @emile_hokayem Recullez pour mieux sauter! in reply to emile_hokayem #
  • "Simplicity Must Permeate #Gov2 0 Efforts" by @mattmiszewski > http://bit.ly/gQgqdX < p.s. couldn't Select/Copy title!!! #
  • Dehumanization 101 – Devalue, deprecate, dismiss … then deny. (Mundane social dynamics, nae?) #
  • Break-through thinking: just combining the ingredients isn't enough. (Social Media) You need intermediate steps. (#Discourse!!!) @PBSNova #
  • @IBMWatson – There's another application that's orthogonal to Quora-style Q&A. hint: http://bit.ly/hd5H6S < #
  • @bcuban I couldn't see myself becoming a sniper so I designed a discourse system instead. p.s. you familiar w/Innocence Project? cheers in reply to bcuban #
  • Gawwwwd I'm slow! I've often wondered what's adaptive about being hairless. Running! We don't over-heat when chasing down prey! *D'uhh!* #
  • @kensands OMG. If I fail to locate your email, please forgive me when I tug at your sleeve for a Follow so I can DM. cheers –ben in reply to kensands #
  • "IBM #Watson Symposium:
    Using IBM's Watson to Make Smarter Humanitarian Decisions" > http://bit.ly/emvIum < #
  • I've turned away from many well-trodden paths. I know that. So I'm not surprised when people don't understand me. But when I'm tired? #PITA #
  • Q: didn't we lose something when "Pro bono publico" ("for the public good") became "pro bono" meaning "free as in lunch"? I think so. #
  • @kensands p.s. By way of context: OLAP for ideas. :-) in reply to kensands #
  • TED goes down the Quora path. Pathological. Symptomatic. Should be diagnostic. meh #
  • #TechDocs – I wonder, how many folk have actually seen a complex manual? PC? Nothing. Car maintenance manual? Closer. Multiply by 100. #
  • Heavy clashes going S fm lulu to salmaniyah. Huge police deployment. Perhaps 50 police suvs. Tear gas plenty. via @emile_hokayem #Bahrain #
  • @monaeltahawy The "golden hour" … even 1 MD (even medic!) can make all the difference. in reply to monaeltahawy #
  • Language works by metaphor, with reference to experience. I say "code", do you think of creating an elaborate spreadsheet? or macro? #mind #
  • How to miss the point and dehumanize us at once: get hung up on "open data". #Gov2 0 #
  • Listening to radio item about "girly-girl" / princess culture; anything that weakens popular culture/body politic empowers the psychopaths. #
  • "Is the traditional business world at war with creativity?" > http://bit.ly/erfPNo < So nice that some folk are still thoughtful! #design #
  • "Tunisia. Egypt. Bahrain?" by @NickKristof > http://bit.ly/ha4ISL < (NYTimes OpEd) #
  • @DavidMTaylor Now imagine that form re-factored so it supported subjective narrative and sylogistic logic for decision support. *G* in reply to DavidMTaylor #
  • #YardWideInchDeep – Say 600 blog posts talk about a certain event or issue. How much of that verbiage is unique / personal? I rest my case. #
  • Culture war against creativity/innovation? Yaa, I'd say so. Try to introduce an improvement. Unless you're A-list you get creeped out. #
  • If TED is so much t.h.e shiet why does the site work so poorly? Not just dead slow: 5th time I upload image. 3 times crashed FF. 2ce stopped #
  • The problem isn't simply that there's a culture of oligarchy; it`s that there's a culture of oligarchy and "just folk" defend it by denial. #
  • @ToughLoveforX Ah, "social ecosystem", now that's grounded. The other is far too general … vague … under-specified. :-) thanks 4 links! in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @ToughLoveforX p.s. is "Hebb assembly" a concept folk use? "Neurons that fire together wire together &tc" in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @DavidMTaylor Help TED on a pro bono / anonymous basis? BT/DT, Cat sleeps on the t-shirt. p.s. the "Debate" layout is my fave counter-e.g. in reply to DavidMTaylor #
  • @DavidMTaylor Now if IBM/Lotus showed interest in discourse-based decision support I might raise my stealth cone a bit. *G* in reply to DavidMTaylor #
  • @ToughLoveforX – Those pages are substantial but … kind of remind me of "Integral Thinking" > http://bit.ly/geYiGz < #ImpedanceMismatch #
  • @ToughLoveforX p.s. a pretty reasonable post on Wilber's thinking: http://bit.ly/elwyYf < #
  • @DavidMTaylor I have the luxury of being results-based. see "Panel Discussion" from today's web-cast > http://bit.ly/hoNFRj < Yes. Right. in reply to DavidMTaylor #
  • I'm sorry, no, I don't accept that BoaF is a recommendation. I see it as a danger, a liability, an actual threat to community cohesion. #
  • #GoatsAndSheep – Shouting "That's absolute rot!" always vents some pressure. Some folk notice that nobody heard the shout. Most folk don't. #
  • #Watson – "25 people working on it for about 4 years" … so, ~~ 100man/yrs #
  • Okay, now, with http://bit.ly/hoNFRj, I know that my life's work has been scooped. Kinda bummed. @IBMWatson #
  • Dec 2003 I derived my design. Spun my wheels til Feb 2011. I didn't quit (35yrs!): I was defeated. Congratulations? *sigh* #AccessingTheOpus #
  • Liability, responsibility, accountability … "meaning" doesn't signify "definition". We very normally operate in the realm of #sophistry #
  • @IBMWatson – Though my work is orthogonal (along the vector of discourse and valence) I see how yours will over-shadowed me. cc: @kensands #
  • Why "valence" and "#discourse"? Imagine losing an argument to someone who says "And that's the fact". You'd feel warm? happy? satisfied? #
  • @ToughLoveforX 140 confound; you see that sorta thinking in "Public Discourse"? I'm lost … 2 diff ideas in your 1 tweet? in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @DavidMTaylor I'm having to re-conceptualize my project. Maybe Watson can help me by standing as counter-example; differential branding? ;-) in reply to DavidMTaylor #
  • @mattmiszewski FYI via @DavidMTaylor just now: IBM's "Smarter City Challenge" > https://smartercitieschallenge.org < #Gov2 0 #
  • #Decisions – If we're simply rational agents, then why the financial bubble? why did so many invest with Bernie Madoff? #
  • Aggregation gives us /something/ … just live an average has /some/ meaning. But without the complex web of relationships, it's dumb. #
  • #SocialDynamics – You might think less of me if I tie half-windsor instead of double? What if I tie four-in-hand? (Which I do. see @ITGeek) #
  • @setihome – I set "Use GPU always" and it rises to 58C. I set "Use GPU never" and heh it rises to 58C. Why is it heating my GPU? #
  • @eric_kavanagh Hear, hear! From minutes ago: http://bit.ly/hXBWub <> http://bit.ly/eWXbi0 < "Information is data that matters." :-) #
  • @nicholaspatten http://buildinternet.com/project/totem/ has demos in reply to nicholaspatten #
  • Average debt for Canadian household: $100K. Now, really, aren't we kidding ourselves about being rational? #
  • Something I hadn't factored in when I opted for #VoluntarySimplicity I'd be disqualified from #innovation #ClassWarfare #
  • @eastgate Mathematicians (and physicists?) talk about the "elegance" of certain solutions. I hope some engineers will go there too! in reply to eastgate #
  • "Art and Engineering: How to Build Better Devices" > http://bit.ly/eE244r < via @eastgate #
  • Impedance mis-match – Couple academics w/ c-suite w/ public at large. Can you see it? The path is there. See the path, contrive the device! #
  • "No result is admirable enough to justify illegitimate methods." @DavidFrum in "How We Got Here" … why I trash-canned my military career. #
  • CTV_Television – Erratum: in Chinahacking story you had E.A. Turzanski. Foreign Policy Research /Institute/, not Group. #
  • @ToughLoveforX "In focus point of interest"; I can read "What interests me most" (I'd understand) or "as a fulcrum / pivotal role". Close? in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @ToughLoveforX I think, if we could customize / fine-tune about 100X as well as we now do, dead-tree editions might serve very well. in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @ToughLoveforX On the other hand, I don't think printing (say) paper.li would pay the freight. A tiffany vase full of popcorn?! ;p in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @SETIHome – heh, works as a great non-destructive stress test for GPU. Adjusting fans while running I dropped temp from 62C to 58C. :-) #
  • Dear Xxxx – Thanks so much for your FourSquare tweet. It reminded me to unFollow you. thanks again –ben #
  • @vwadhwa Flipped open a book by @DavidFrum (2000) and found this gem: http://bit.ly/iilSrS < in reply to vwadhwa #
  • @corneredrats I just refreshed Game Monitor map … zounds! –TogoSmials in reply to corneredrats #
  • @ToughLoveforX Rhetorical question, yes? :-) in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @ToughLoveforX I've been soooo focused on my sector (public engagement in policy decisions) … something like tunnel-vision I'm afraid. in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • Hard problems engage me. They get my juices flowing. Having found a solution … 6yr treading water. "Business" seems fixed to me. #
  • @eastgate OMG I didn't have software engineers in mind. Yes of course. But tell me: does anyone use the phrase "cognitive ergonomics" still? in reply to eastgate #
  • @eastgate p.s. I bet someone has written a real sweet cog-psych paper on elegance and "loading" … betcha. Aesthetics and usability? in reply to eastgate #
  • @eastgate p.s.2 (Like tweeting with new batteries!) Parsimonious … simplest thing that works … minimal cognitive load. Aesthetics! in reply to eastgate #
  • Take a signed policy statement, add "not" to reverse the decision, then claim it's responsible action. Canadian Conservatives are /rotten/. #
  • Dear Conservative Party of Canada – Adding "not" to a signed document does not amount to "adjusting the language" or "making a decision". #
  • Chris Froggat is basically pointing out that, no matter who says what about what when and how, the government is consistent. Facts be damned #
  • @eastgate I suspect there's a confound in "loading". Trivial => lotsa colored popcorn adds to the fun but !trivial has diff criteria. #GTD in reply to eastgate #
  • @ToughLoveforX heh … cheers for the 10K. I've managed to stay focused since AUG76. *G* "Principled practitioner" ehh whot? in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @ToughLoveforX Closest I came to "news on paper"? I imagined a certain work product as place mats in fast food restaurants. *nervous giggle* in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • @eastgate BTW: loaded FF4b and *blink* WTF/FFS … no horizontal rule between toolbars? Excuse me, I should have that as choice! meh ;-) in reply to eastgate #
  • @eastgate Trivia Q … gold-star bonus … DOS hyper-doc system circa '89 … "Peabody" IIRC … ring any bells? in reply to eastgate #
  • @ToughLoveforX Oh good, we're splashing in the same pond. But no, sorry, QR rings no bells. in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • When I peek my subject domain I find that things are where I was 5 or more yrs ago. Army of 1. When I step out of quantum well … popcorn! #
  • ReTw someone – "CRS Report on Government Transparency Asks Right Questions But Doesn't Go Far Enough" > http://bit.ly/dVrFCK < #Gov2 0 #
  • @ToughLoveforX That's a sweet bundle of ideas! (I was out of sync w/U about QR codes. Contact!) An opportunity for distributed curation? in reply to ToughLoveforX #
  • "My Puny Human Brain; Jeopardy wiz Ken Jennings on what it's like to play against #Watson quot; > http://bit.ly/gT3rc9 < via @sbma44 #

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