Singularity

If you’re reading this and have read more than one of my other posts you know I make stuff up. Here’s some more.

I imagine that I remember a couple different definitions of singularity. One is the point when man-made stuff such as computers, exercise greater humaness than their creators.

Another has to do with time and space and somesuch stuff that makes it interesting.

I’m making up another and that is the point where entertainment and information becomes weird. I suggest that we are here.

Impeachment has become entertainment. This is the stuff that we expect our hired(elected) officials to do. Why are we watching it on TV? Is it healthy to put public eyes on public servants doing their duly authorized work? I think no, but invite other perspectives. The delivery of articles of impeachment are no more entertaining than listening to our hired(elected) officials dismiss clear and admitted commission of crimes.

The singularity is here because consumers behave as if there is no difference between what is actually happening/has actually happened and entertainment about what a producer said happened or might happen. The singularity exists because the producer knows this and produces content based on a catalyst known only to the producer.

See. I can still make stuff up.

Missed you yesterday!

No, wait…did you miss me!?
I’m concerned about the overall mental health of our country and the risk this presents to our democracy. We already know that isolation leads to decline, mental, social and potentially physical. We all learned that if we’re not a good friend then we won’t have good friends. Good friends who support you in your struggles and celebrate with you when you overcome them.

The world is too small and interconnected to behave as if you are the only one who matters. It is absolutely possible to look out for #1 and retain the support, admiration and goodwill of #2 and beyond.

That’s all for yesterday.

Two for one today

I completely forgot about this until now so here’s what you get.

Tried to use the home virtual machine and found it not working. After a couple hours of trouble-shooting I did it… read … and learned that the AMD Ryzen series of processors need the CSM (compatibility support module) disabled and UEFI full on. Seems to work just fine. That along with another tweak I had to make (maxmem) just to get it to install suggests that AMD might need to get more involved in the open sources community.

That’s it for today unless it’s not

Pepsi … bad move

I’m trying to see this a different way, but I can’t. I can only ask again … why?

You’ve seen the Pepsi commercial with the tall, non ethnically identifiable guy, dancing(?), under dance floor lighting which morphs into a sports stadium. The cameraman pans to him, showing him on the big screen just as he takes big ole sip of Pepsi. Okay, cute commercial. Memorable.

Later I see the same commercial except, it’s a clearly brown or black man who is dancing with equal vigor as the other guy, except this guy is holding the tube lights they use to communicate with pilots on airport grounds. He’s wearing the standard, fluorescent-striped work gear. The initial scene is dark and dance floor like. I said I sure hope this brother is not at work. Just then, they show his dancing from the perspective of a co-worker who is driving one of the little cart pulling trucks. The scene then morphs into an operating airport gate area.

Why is that for similar reasons (advertising) the other guy is shown ‘cutting up’ at a football game and the black guy is ‘cutting up’ on the job. Why is that okay?

So I missed yesterday

I met the goal today and it’s not even 9:00am.

Here’s a little something. Today is the 1st Sunday Pastor is not in the pulpit due to his sabbatical. There were no men in the pulpit, which I wouldn’t have given a second thought if other’s had not clued me in to the radicalness of such a thing in the Baptist Church. I never thought is was an issue and I thank my parents for raising me as they did so such things don’t bother me.

There it is. Maybe I’ll write about one of my current projects somewhere on the cooktop later today. Maybe I’ll save that for tomorrow.

Entertainment or Strategy(NATO Conference)

The shows that I saw today on BBC and CNN and MSNBC remind me of reality shows. We do know that reality shows are not a reflection of or a retelling of reality. Right… Right!? Reality shows are entertainment, and their existence cheated or leapfrogged the entertainment industrial complex. (depending on your perspective)

Anyway, the sniping between Trump and Macron … the deflection to Turkey … the America bashing by Trump … this was entertainment and NOT helpful toward any rational policy except that of maximum personal gain. That’s why I hope there are some adults back home, keeping the greasy side down.

I hope and pray that

there remains a layer (or 3) of Civil Servants across government who understand and respect the role of government and how to manage government as it is now and as it will be in whatever politically chosen future state.

Someone won

If an enemy wanted to do harm to THESE United States, there is no stronger evidence of their success than the president sitting on his ass on global television, demonizing half (somebody look it up) of the nation. Who got punked in this deal?!

Healthy Organizations

During a major transformation in a huge organization that I worked for, we decided that aligning our focus around a few core principles was critical to a successful transformation. It led to the establishment of a simple value system that placed equal value on Employee Satisfaction, Customer Satisfaction and Business Results.

Simply put, if employees are not satisfied (we’ll discuss what that means in the next paragraph) then they will not perform well and thus the organization will not deliver on its’ mission. If customers are not satisfied they will find other means of getting whatever it is that the organization is offering. and if the organization does not deliver the business results, then the organization will never thrive and potentially be out of business.

Employee satisfaction does not mean you pursue happiness for employees. Research shows that employees are satisfied when they believe they have the tools, information and processes they need in order to do their job effectively. It also involves trust in the organization’s leadership and direction.

Customer satisfaction is determined largely by the organizations view of the services they offer and ways to measure if they are helpful to customers as they try to use those services.

Business results are evaluated by definitive, relevant and accurate measures or performance. Those measures are determined internally or provided by external stakeholders.

The essential element to use this model is metrics. Have you identified, documented and communicated the right things that will be measured?