Nick McKeown wants to redefine the internet by thinking about its essentials: the forwarding rules for data packets. I reported about his remarkable lecture on this blog and wonder when I will be able to let him know how my numerical metadata could make a difference. But there is no point doing it before I’ve got the algorithms ‘black boxed’ such that open source developers can make good use of it.
I am redefining disability by using Nordic walking sticks rather than crutches.
I am redefining ageing by doing hot Yoga regularly since 2006. 502 classes in London and some 100 classes in Berlin when I cared for my mum.
In my scientific work, I am re-defining too much, as a journalist friend pointed out to me. Well spotted!!!
If Einstein had had access to a computer, he would have found what I discovered thanks to my ‘software-aided thinking': metrology is the missing link between mathematics and physics. He wrote: As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
At CERN where I used to diagnose software, science starts with theories and experiments are carried out to prove them.
Even in other sciences, men want to match their own models with their own data as proof.
All our teaching is book-based. In Western languages that means reading from top left to bottom right as a ‘visual bias’ and linear expression of thought.
We are living in a world where ‘power’ is defined by men who are in positions of power in organisations that run along male ideas.
Academic and commercial culture foster competition rather than creativity.
Only Connect by Ian Hamilton Finlay (Photo credit: yellow book)
I am blessed with a very special friend who most generously invites me to exquisite restaurants and special cultural events. Last night she had picked Poetry & Medicine at Kingsplace where I had not yet been.
Four poets and a ‘moderator of conversation’ made me realise:
the mind will pause when it absorbs poetry rather than prose;
poetry is healing, as its beauty transcends the ‘ordinariness’ and speed of prose;
its beauty comes from the specialness of a narrative, from paying particularly focussed attention, like in prayer;
the wonders of words, the rhymes and rhythms, the evocation of images and, ultimately, touching a chord inside – that’s poetry for me.
It’s this touching that made me have tears in my eyes and shivers down my back last night. It’s the re-membering of feelings and moments that is healing – especially relating to the pain of losing loved ones. It reminded me of the most remarkable poems my mum had collected for her children – for they had given her strength in difficult times – beautifully handwritten, in a special book.
The dinner in a restaurant where only waiters serve who speak at least five languages, topped the evening of re-connecting with a most dear and special friend.
John Burnside who had worked in IT for 10 years, spoke about ‘authorised knowledge’ which made me appreciate why I know what I know, once again, from yet another angle! Next, I shall dig into my ‘poetic prose’ and upload it to The 3d Metric Universe. What results of a glorious evening!
I just love it how people are visually and verbally creative on the web. And I love it when they are smart in the use of software and ultimately create really cool or smart software.
Commercial creativity is another kind of spiritedness. It requires not just the one-off inspiration of a good idea, but the tenacity of carrying a money making process out and through in all its aspects.
One money making process is to sell your time for creating blog posts. People per Hour sell or advertise people who do exactly that. On the web. Cool! I’m not doing that. Even though I could. I’d rather do it for free for people who need it but can’t afford it: victims of white collar crimes. But then I’m a pensioner. I’m beyond the race created by money for money. And thus we’ll see when and how my smart knowledge portals will come to aid those who want to see more from their data and pay for it. Meanwhile I keep marvelling at what people do on the web. I only look at good and positive things though. I do want to keep my spirit healthy and happy. Hope you, too!
The German language creates minds with a penchant for philosophy, mathematics, music and precision engineering. A Bulgarian once said; “you always have to know where you’re going, for you need to know at the beginning of the sentence what you’re going to say at the end, because that’s where the verb goes.” The action. The doing.
Here, it’s a computer project animating model railways in Miniatur Wunderland: a mammoth miniature project started ten years ago. The website has had its first 10 million visitors and the Facebook page has over 200,000 fans.