They Have a Problem

Source: RewardsZone USA

As I understand it, I qualify for a MacBook from these people, the last step is to sign up for an offer. However, it doesn’t appear that you can sign up. Not really. You sign up and I think you’re then supposed to be sent to a page where you would then continue with what should be the last step. But there’s no redirect. In my considered opinion these people are frauds.

As far as I can see I qualify for a MacBook and that they owe me a MacBook. I don’t trust them and I don’t expect to ever receive that MacBook. I’m writing this to let you know about what happened to me, and to warn you should you see any offer like though something like FaceBook or the like. This amounts to a scam as far as I can see, and the sooner they are shutdown and are made to pay for what they are doing the better.

If you’re going to make an offer, make it an honest one. If you must have participants qualify by filling out forms, surveys, and/or accepting offers, then let them fill out those forms, surveys, and/or accept offers without exception.

Just thought you’d like to know.

Oh the Impact

A new brain-computer interface device can translate the neural signals controlling someone’s vocal tract into full sentences of audible speech.

Source: Amazing Device Turns Thoughts Into Audible Sentences

Now think of this out in the wild. It may be for those who can’t really speak for themselves at the moment, but I can see certain parties forcing others to wear something like it to keep track of what they’ve thinking. Fortunately, at the moment it can really only handle those who sort of mumble, but with further development the machines’ capability could extend to actually translated the thoughts that don’t get “voiced”.

In free societies this is likely to be strictly regulated. In despotic, Saudi Arabia for instance, widely embraced. And even where rights are respected there will be those who cheat.

But then it is very likely that most despots will soon learn that you just can’t keep track of everyone’s thought. They’ll have to focus on those they have reason to suspect.

And it just occurred to me that we will be seeing scams claiming that parents will be able to eavesdrop on the thoughts of their teens. More tension and strife, just what families don’t need.

But Then

A driver in Silicon Valley intentionally plowed his car into a crowd of people because he thought at least some of them were Muslim, authorities said Friday.

Source: Driver crashed into people because he thought they were Muslim, police say – The San Diego Union-Tribune

We can be so insecure. Sometimes it mean we persecute and oppress people we despise, other times a person will do what he can to cause physical harm.

I’ll bet that there was something going on in the perp’s life, and that he did what he did because he couldn’t handle what he was going through. The incident in question was him trying to divert attention from his problems and it resulted in injury and may have meant a death. There is more coming in this story, and I can only hope we see all the victims recover.

Another One

Sheriff’s deputies warned of a man with a gun at Chabad of Poway about noon Saturday

Source: One dead, three injured in Poway synagogue shooting – The San Diego Union-Tribune

But this time, or so I’ve heard, the people there took action to stop the man. I can see why, for the perp was angry and out to kill, stop him now or watch as more of your friends die. I support what the people did and I encourage others to follow their lead. Don’t worry about how you do it or who could be hurt, people like the shooter are out to hurt people and more often than you would think the smart thing to do is to take action to stop him.

I Like This

Click plugin icon for detailed information about each version.

Source: – BookPress

This is a WordPress plugin, what it does is it allows you to craft and post a book or books on your site. Of course, you do need to pay a fee to do the latter.

Of course, I do get a commission for each license bought, and I could use the money. That said, I do like what BookPress does and may soon have a book up here. So if you are open to self-publishing and you use WordPress give BookPress a try.

Back in the Office Chair Again

The fellow’s name is Ed Anderson. I know him through Facebook, but he doesn’t appear to have a web site of his own. Ed is the guy who has encouraged me to get back to work on the Dangerous Journeys SRD. At the moment I’m making progress on the Persona chapter, having gotten up to the start of the section on determining statistics. There is tons more to do, and it will get done. If you feel like helping you can make a donation using the button just below.

Donate

Please?

They would help with my getting an iMac, which is designed for artistic types like me. Expect the Persona chapter to get posted here soon.

I Can Only Conclude

And that is, San Diego Transit doesn’t want you using their buses for anything as unimportant as getting around town, or even to and from work. The buses don’t go where you need to go, transfers are not available, and all too often there is a gap between the routes you may need to get to where you need to go. And all too often you can find yourself needing to take a roundabout route to get to a place you young folks could easily walk to.

What it comes down to is, I need to get a bike. However, with my heart condition I find I’m going to need what is known as a ebike. That is, an electric powered motorized bicycle. But, I don’t have the money for one. The prices I’ve seen online say between 1k and 2k $, but since I also need a new(er) computer to replace this old thing, that means I’m not going to have the money for an ebike before I get substantially older.

And then I learn that the folks at Amazon have no blinkin’ idea of how to classify ebikes, lumping them in with regular bikes haphazardly. That makes it damn hard to find an ebike I can put on a wishlist. The cybernetics community in this dang reality are just to precious for anyone’s good.

Can you help?

Misunderstanding.

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Misunderstanding

Basis

As I understand it, post modernism’s basic idea is that we can’t really know anything. The best we can do is to come to an understanding which might fit what we observe, but what we can observe is not, necessarily, what is going on. But then there are those who misinterpret what post modernism is saying and insist that it means that all ideas are equally valid, which is not what post modernism says.

You get right down to it, the fact we can’t completely understand doesn’t mean we can’t understand at all, or that all understandings are of equal value. Some understandings are better than others, because they deal with what we can observe better than others.

Enter Memes

A meme is basically an idea. A thought, a notion. This meme that memes are a sort of joke is a misunderstanding of what memes are. You have this idea, that is a meme. Your meme, your idea, may be a good one, it may be a bad one, but like the gene in biology a meme is tested to see if it is good. Should the meme be given an honest appraisal it will prosper. But not all memes are appraised honestly. The meme as a joke meme is an example of a bad idea embraced by many, and that embrace rationalized on the grounds some like it. The “wild animals can’t really be trusted” meme is based on the idea that all wild animals are a certain way and that they can’t be trusted around us. That is stereotyping and is based on the idea that animals can’t be individuals, and that some can’t have productive interactions with humans.

Yet, when you take the time to observe what an animal is doing, you discover that some can and will interact with humans comfortably, as long as you don’t push. No pressure, just accept what the animal is doing, and there will be times when the individual will be friendly. It is possible for a Virginia Opossum to come to accept you well enough to want to play with you at some early hour in the morning.

As you can see a meme, an idea, can be misinterpreted, but that doesn’t mean the meme isn’t valid, or that memes in general have to be of equal value. Some memes are just better than others and we must needs discriminate among them.

Final Thoughts for This Post.

Now here I thought I would now be able to deal with a certain meme, but it turns out that I’ve opened up something with more in it than I had expected. I was going to now look at the “magick that works” meme, but then other memes popped up in my head. The “Bigfoot can exist” meme is one of them, but like the MTW meme the BCE meme will have wait for later posts. That means that I will be doing a series of posts, under the title of “Misunderstanding”. So I can only ask for your patience. And now that I think of it, I’ll have to do a post on the “Tom Jefferson was wrong about human equality” meme, because he was. Or, rather, that how we interpret what he said is wrong. See you later.

Gratitude

After reports circulated last week that President Donald Trump had pushed for a policy that would release undocumented immigrants into sanctuary cities, Trump appeared to attempt to put the policy in practice via Twitter on Monday.

Source: Trump attempts to enact plan that would send immigrants to sanctuary cities via Twitter

Why, thank you Mr. President. We could use people like this, people with foresight and initiative. People who want a better life for themselves and their families. People willing to take action against oppression and persecution, and you’re sending them to places open to their arrival and eager to see them succeed.

They will add so much to the culture and economy of their new homes, opening new businesses, introducing us to the arts and foods of their old homes. In time now depressed areas may well see an infusion of industry as the derelict is replaced by the vibrant and the infusion of hope sees us responding in kind.

In addition, in about a generation we should see a new political vitality become established, as the voice of progress and civil engagement is renewed and our problems are addressed by those happy to see that their efforts will not be as oppressed as they were in the old land. I mean, we can’t be as bad as their former governments. I mean, we’re not going to but up with it, and our efforts will be supported by our new immigrants.

Expect new leaders to arise from the refugees. Expect them to take advantage of the opportunities they will find in this land . Expect them to succeed, and through that success encourage success amongst their new neighbors. You may well be remembered in the future as the man who revitalized the U.S. and gave us hope renewed. I know you were hoping to see things go very badly for us and them, but keep in mind that your desires to do ill can well result in great good happening to your enemies.

Such an Adventure

Just had a week in the hospital. This time around it turns out that Mercy in Hillcrest and the UCSD Medical Center were busy with  rash of flu cases, so I went to Sharp Memorial in Kearny Mesa. They learned that my heart was fibbing and going a tad too fast. So they decided to keep me and and fiddle a bit with my meds.

Last Saturday they were finally satisfied, so I got to go home. On Monday I’m getting new medicine, and I get to schedule a follow up with my cardiologist. Then I’ve got more things to get for my room.

I’m going to be busy; my kidneys need to be looked at, new meds to take, and I may soon be getting a better walker for long distance ambles. But, I do feel better. Though the really big thing is going to be lining up a new psychiatrist and switching to an antidepressant that should be better for me. Though at the moment I’m amazed there are great and great-great grand parents out there.

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