July 11, 2017

When We become a Muse to Our Tools

What happens when we become a muse to our tools?

When YouTube suggests videos that cater to your proclivities, what you see in your feed will be a reflection on your conscious attention domain.

Would the nature of modern conscious enlightenment be a sort of leveling-up administered by machine learning algorithms?

Would we be better off if we consciously create & choose our tools? When would it make sense to take what is easily given with all of the consequences? When would it make sense to create a tool that purely fulfills a need without unwanted attachments?

Some "it depends" questions to consider…

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July 10, 2017

Trump: United States Sovereignty & the United Nations

There are many in the UN & global corporate/finance that seek a carbon tax. It's not going to happen but that's not due to a lack of effort. This is why Trump pulled the US out of the multi-lateral Paris accord. The US was under energy sanctions & the US gave away money to "developing" economies such as China & India. This was a form of sovereign wealth transfer guided by global governance. Fortunately it was voluntary & Trump acted correctly in pulling out of the accord, though the UN is suing to keep the US locked in. Effectively, this is using international trade law to impose governance upon the US.

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June 07, 2017

Monorepo Static Sites using Svelte JS, Rollup, ctx-core, & Bash

BrianTakita.com is now built using a technology chain consisting of SvelteJS, RollupJS, ctx-core, & good ol' Bash.

You can see the source in the btakita.github.io repo.

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February 25, 2016

Monorepo Musings with ctx-core

It's been about 2 years since my previous post here. I've been busy working on a few client projects. As a consultant, I'm naturally inclined to accumulate a toolkit of tech (technology & techniques). In the domain of technology, where all levels of the solution stack are subject to change, keeping a toolkit while moving from project to project is a challenge.

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January 17, 2015

Feeling Abstraction

From http://haiphonghoaphuongdo.blogspot.com/2011/07/colorful-vector-abstraction.html - http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_t6mHvuNOTs/Th23RDI-RgI/AAAAAAAAAL0/T_VMdr6wIcY/s1600/abstract-vector-free-art.jpg - Licensed under Creative Commons

Reductionist mechanisms in Physical Existence are Energy & Energy Transfer. We are all physically made of Energy.

Feeling an abstract notion such as Energy Transfer may seem tricky; however, it's simply connection.

A trick to feeling abstract terms is connect to something more familiar, such as a physical sensation.

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January 03, 2015

Do Not Worry, Everything Exists

From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Creaci%C3%B3n_de_Ad%C3%A1m.jpg - Licensed under Creative Commons

Does God exist? Surely, Santa Claus & Unicorns do not exist. Yet we are talking about them. If they don't exist, why & how am I talking about them?

Santa Claus & Unicorns do exist, as fictional characters; more on God later. Everything Exists. The concept conceptually exists. It may also physically exist; like the men who name themselves Santa Claus.

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December 19, 2014

Why Say History When You Can Say Story?

From http://www.flickr.com/photos/bostontx/4461314652/ - Licensed under Creative Commons

In culture, we are taught to distinguish history & story as two separate concepts. Some (falsely) think of history being a masculine version of story (his story). However, history & story can be used interchangeably. Here's why.

Story

Story, a recounting of a sequence of events

Our culture distinguishes a story as being used for entertainment and fiction. Our culture also uses story for an informal narrative for people, animals, etc.

History

History (from Greek ἱστορία, historia, meaning "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation") is the study of the past, particularly how it relates to humans. It is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of information about these events. Scholars who write about history are called historians. Events occurring prior to written record are considered prehistory.

History can also refer to the academic discipline which uses a narrative to examine and analyse a sequence of past events, and objectively determine the patterns of cause and effect that determine them.

Our culture says History is the recorded narrative of the sequence of Human events. However, we've heard the usages: The history of human civilization; The history of Mars; The history of the Universe; The history of Middle Earth. The vernacular has expanded the definition of history to include all of time and fiction worlds.

Biographies & Autobiographies are also considered history.

Story & History can be used Interchangeably

We already can use story in place of history since both are a recounting of a "sequence of events".

History can also be used in place of story since the vernacular usage of history includes fiction worlds, geological events, & physical events.

The defining line is blurred. Story & History can be used Interchangeably. The usages of Story & History are connected. Enjoy the connection.

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December 09, 2014

Magic Connections with the Philosophy of Language

From http://casiestewart.com/unicornrainbow/ - https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ylo97AfxI9c/SuW-sv-oDII/AAAAAAAAGxc/tVIc_fh1A9A/s2048/unicorn.jpg - Licensed under Creative Commons

Magic exists! Well, if you have listened to me lately, you will hear that everything exists (including fiction). When everything exists, we can recapture the entirety of language from those who impose restrictions on Existence. We have all heard "that does not exist". We can now say, "that" does exist & "that" is a useful concept.

I'm happy to see my own homespun approach have a strong connection to an established Philosophical branch. The Philosophy of Language (Wikipedia) brings concepts together into a system of logic to yield magical & insightful connections in Existence.

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September 14, 2013

Fast and Thorough Testing with Jasmine Flow

Automated testing helps to ensure that your software does not have regressions as you make changes. These changes include refactorings, new features, bug fixes, etc. A Software product has an intricate set of behavior which includes a large number of edge cases.

I'm a fan of black box testing, because it is decoupled from the implementation. The implication is the what is verified, rather than the how.

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September 14, 2013

Automated Black Box Testing

Automated testing encourages your software to behave a certain way going forward into the future.

When you write tests against your user facing requirements (black box and acceptance tests), you locking down how your app acts.

When you use automated tests for white box testing (unit tests), you lock down how your software is designed.

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September 08, 2013

"Re: Doing Good in the Addiction Economy"

From my wordpress blog

Doing Good in the Addiction Economy

Interesting but long winded post, IMO. But then, maybe my impatience toward long posts is telling in the short term rewards culture we live in. Of course time is valuable, and trying to get to the core concept of some the writing is often the goal. We don’t seem to savor the journey as much, or the journey has changed to be our lives toward success…

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September 07, 2013

There is no privacy! Control your internet face

Brian Takita - Peeping Tom - Created by tuchodi under the Creative Commons License - http://www.flickr.com/photos/tuchodi/4959060

With all of the revelations over how the NSA is snooping over your personal communications, companies storing and controlling your data, encryption backdoors and the fact that it's always crackable, one thing is becoming clear.

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September 07, 2013

Fractal Therapy

Existence (Universe & nature) evolves as fractals over time and space. If you aren't familiar, here's a 55 minute documentary. It's worth watching.

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September 07, 2013

backbone-signal - Practical Reactive Programming in Javascript

From Parthiv Haldipur http://www.flickr.com/photos/hmmmmm/3903176411/ - Licensed under Creative Commons

I have recently released backbone-signal (github.com), which is a reactive programming (Wikipedia) library with a practical & javascripty model api.

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September 04, 2013

Github Pages Custom DNS Gotcha

I set up briantakita.com using Github Pages & metalsmith. Overall, it took some effort to setup & learn, but it turned out to be fairly painless. In this aritcle, I talk about setting up the DNS to point briantakita.com to btakita.github.io.

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September 04, 2013

DIY SEO with BrandYourself.com

The wonderful web makes it very easy for someone to publish their thoughts and opinions, good and bad, true and false. If you find yourself at the wrong end of a post that shows up in your Google results, the implications can be very damaging. It ceases to be a matter of truth, but a matter of marketing.

Fortunately, you can take control over your name on the web, without having to spend thousands of dollars that online reputation repair firms charge.

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