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Tom Waits

The Guide to Getting Into Tom Waits

“Well I’ve lost my equilibrium, my car keys and my pride…”-

Tom Waits

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I Robot – The three laws of Robotics

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I Robot - The three laws of Robotics

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

The three laws of robots
The three laws of robots
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The Three Laws of NOW

Burt Harding

By Burt Harding

Three Laws of NOW

Burt Harding, founder of the Awareness Foundation in Vancouver, offers a radical invitation to recognize the truth of our being as already whole and fulfilled.

He reminds us of the love we really are beyond the personal stories we carry. In this way, we come to recognize what we have always known but did not live from – the beauty and wonder of our own true essence.

Burt conducts sessions and workshops in Supersentience, a system devised to help heal deep wounds and promote a shift in the perception of who we really are.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOZj4IIRDMw

 

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Hope springs eternal

Alexander Pope

Hope springs eternal in the human breast; 
Man never Is, but always To be blest. 
The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home, 
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
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Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, including Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock and The Dunciad, and for his translation of Homer. 

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So to speak

You use so to speak to draw attention to the fact that you are describing or referring to something in a way that may be amusing or unusual rather than completely accurate.
I ought not to tell you but I will, since you’re in the family, so to speak.

so to speak

A phrase used to indicate that what one has just said is an uncommon, metaphorical, or original way of saying something. Similar to the phrases “if you will” and “in a manner of speaking.” He was a fixer, so to speak—a man who could get things done. This arrangement will allow us to eliminate our debt and get back to solid ground, so to speak.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Used after sentences to express that there is a metaphor in it. It can be generally interchanged with like-clause: 

It is X, so to speak. 
It is like X.

I love this jacket. I always wear it when I go to work. It is a uniform for me, so to speak.

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Legal Advice: Pound the Facts, Pound the Law, Pound the Table

Pound the Table

Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz shares with his students a strategy for successfully defending cases.

“If the facts are on your side, Dershowitz says, pound the facts into the table. If the law is on your side, pound the law into the table. If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table.”

Quote Investigator: There is good evidence that Jerome Michael used a version of the saying while teaching, but the adage was in use before he graduated from Columbia Law School. QI has traced it back ninety-nine years and will present selected citations in reverse order.

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Source: https://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/07/04/legal-adage/

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The Experience of Learning

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The process of learning is an important and implicit part of the users’ interaction with products, both in a digital and non-digital realm. It is a continuous process, regardless of their level of expertise or previous familiarity with the subject matter. It begins with the users’ initial interaction with the product and continues all the way through as most advanced functions and features are learned. An effective learning experience can greatly enhance the users’ overall experience with the product.

The action of learning is a three-step process, comprised of Information Acquisition, Information Processing and Information Cataloging/Action Taking. Let’s take a look at what is involved in each of these three steps.

Discussion

The goal of this discussion is to explore the nature of the action of learning, as well as to define what factors ensure the most effective learning process for the user.

The Action of Learning

The action of learning is a three-step process, comprised of Information Acquisition, Information Processing and Information Cataloguing/Action Taking. Let’s take a look at what is involved in each of these three steps.

Information Acquisition

In this first step, the user receives new information from a single source or from multiple sources. This new information may be presented in a visual, auditory, or sensory format.

Information Processing

In the second step, the user processes the newly acquired information by acknowledging and understanding its meaning. This step is dependent on the user’s individual mental processing capabilities, which may vary from person to person. The user’s previous familiarity with similar types of information may play a significant role in his/her processing of this new information.

Information Cataloguing and Action Taking

Having processed the newly received information the user in turn then stores it for future use by mentally cataloguing it. As part of this cataloguing process, the user creates necessary contextual associations to easily access the newly learned information at a later date. At times, as we will see shortly, the Action Taking is conducted without the need for Cataloguing.

Later in this discussion we will look at some of the factors, which provide for a more effective learning process for the user. Now, however, let’s take a look at a commonplace example, which will illustrate the three steps involved in the action of learning. I refer to this as the Traffic Light Sequence.

Step 1 — Information Acquisition

As the driver approaches an intersection, the traffic light changes from green to yellow; a visual cue. The driver acquires this new information and acknowledges the change in the traffic light. His/her ability to understand the meaning of this event will largely be based on previously learned information about the individual meanings of the colors of the traffic light.

Step 2 — Information Processing

Having acknowledged that the traffic light changed, the driver has to process the actual meaning of this event. The driver is aware that a certain action is needed to respond to the change in the traffic light. Other ambient factors may require additional mental tasks and calculations on the part of the driver, such as noticing the presence of the police vehicle within the driver’s peripheral vision. These ambient factors place an additional burden on the driver’s decision-making capability to take the most effective (and safe) course of action.

Step 3 — Action Taking

Having completed the information-processing task(s) the driver makes the decision to apply the brakes and come to a complete stop. This action completes the third and last step in this sequence.

The Elements of Learning

The action of learning is a highly individualized process in that it varies from person to person. There are several factors that can make the learning process more effective and user-friendly.

Information Presentation

Often highly complex, information needs to be properly formatted and presented to its intended audience in a concise and effective way. Clarity of presentation plays a critical role in the overall learning process. It is important to consider proper visual and/or audio delivery methods. Information architecture, spatial organization, layout considerations, data density and sound levels, among others things, need to be carefully considered.

Information Delivery

To ensure effective information delivery and enhance the users’ learning experience, it is important to select and apply the most effective methods of information delivery. For example, learning new features of a digital platform may require a combination of methods, such as instructional training, online resources, collaborative workshops and user manuals. The lecture format, a popular if not somewhat outdated method of information delivery, is widely used in higher education. This form of learning requires students to understand and retain the information presented by their instructor during a lecture. There are a number of factors in the use of this information delivery format, however, that can make the students’ learning process very challenging, including the instructors’ voice, cadence, rhythm of speech, accent, physical posture, their energy level, as well as their ability to effectively hold the attention of a lecture hall.

Information Relevance

It is not enough to simply present the new information to students; it is equally critical to effectively illustrate to students the relevance of this new information as it applies to real-world, current industry examples. This is one of the biggest factors, which, in my opinion, is often lacking in the instructional realm of academia.

Empathy

Empathy is a key element of effective information delivery. This is particularly true in an interactive form as part of the instructional process. This in turn leads to a much more effective and enjoyable learning experience for the user. Understanding the holistic and conceptual framework of what they are learning, also allows them to apply new skills and information much more effectively. This is why it is very important for the instructor to not only explain the “what” and the “how,” but also the “why.”

Conclusion

The factors described above are equally important in both the educational and corporate environment. The latter includes departments such as Development, Operations, Product and Human Resources, where effective instructional methods play a critical role.

The more complex and advanced the information is, the greater the instructional effort needs to be made, to deliver an effective and user-friendly learning experience to a technologically and intellectually diverse audience. Available instructional resources need to be properly researched and analyzed. Appropriate content delivery methods need to be carefully selected. Moreover, the information delivery methods may need to be customized and modified, should the need arise, even during the ongoing instructional process.

In the end, such an approach will improve the users’ learning processes, ultimately enhancing their overall experience of learning.

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CYA is Killing Your Organization – It’s Your Turn

cya - cover your ass

I recently started working with an organization who wanted “Customer Service Training”. Commonly I find that what an organization thinks they need and what they really need are 2 different things… CYA- “cover your ass”.

  • massive quantities of cc:-ingbcc:-ing and reply all on emails.
  • people being involved in meetings when they don’t need to be there.
  • high levels of self-preservation, information withholding, and mistrust.
  • an absence of creative thought, innovative initiatives and risk-taking.
  • a constant narrative of blame by employees at every level to their peers about how they “told employee x that we shouldn’t do this, but THEY didn’t listen to ME so now… <insert undesirable outcome here>.”
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    Due in large part to their current culture, business has fallen off over the last 5 years. Management perceived this to be a “Customer Service” problem and they were partially correct, but the root cause is this CYA mentality. The organizational culture assessment revealed that there was a major issue with the “tone” employees use to communicate, both internally as well as externally to customers. Traits such as anger, resentment, bitterness, helplessness and perceived ineptitude are commonplace. This CYA culture has absolutely killed employee morale. And now business is suffering because their customers feel this negativity through their interactions with the staff.

    The costs associated with a CYA culture are high. CYA is time-consuming, exhausting, and breeds paranoia and mistrust in organizations. It costs the company through high percentages of disengaged employees and low productivity. These variables lead to lost customers, clients and revenue. And many employees report personal health problems like chronic stress and high blood pressure.

    Instead of doing everything they are capable of, these employees are hiding. They do only what they are told, take no responsibility for their work, and spend all of their time trying to deflect and not get in trouble.

    Doing great work involves grit, tenacity, resilience, fearlessness and innovation.

    These traits aren’t found in organizations that play it safe. (Think Blockbuster Video and Borders.) If you want to thrive you have to be willing to take a chance, to fail, to persist in the face of that failure, and to be accountable — for the good and the bad. And organizationally, you have to examine mistakes and failures for the lessons learned, and not as a vehicle for scapegoating, punishment or blame.

    If you are tired of your CYA workplace and you are ready to contribute more, perhaps it’s time for a new job? One where you can thrive and accomplish great things as part of a healthy work team. There are lots of places out there that need your ideas, energy, talents and skills, and where you won’t have to play defense all of the time.

    And if you are leading an organization with a CYA culture, what steps can you take TODAY to begin to change from a culture of covering, to a culture of accountability so that you don’t lose your best employees (and customers)? You’ll have mountains of time and energy to accomplish great things together once you empower your staff to make decisions, provide them with leadership and support, and stop keeping score.

    Do you work in a CYA culture? If so, I’d love to hear some examples from you about how that shows up in your organization, and what steps you could take — regardless of your position — to change it.

    Every thought and potential action needs to be run through Legal and/or Risk Management.

Source: itsyourturnblog.com/cya-is-killing-your-organization-c2a17e15d834
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YouTube three strikes rule

YouTube

A channel that receives three strikes from YouTube within three months is banned from the platform.

Conspiracy theory outlet Infowars is one strike away from being banned from YouTube.

The channel said it received an alert from YouTube on Tuesday morning, saying Infowars received a second strike on a video about the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting and will temporarily be unable to upload new content.

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The Three Development Paradigms: Procedural, Object-Oriented, and Functional | WPShout

three pears

When you’re brand new to development in PHP or JavaScript, you don’t really need or want to think too hard about programming paradigms. You just want to get things to work. And that makes a lot of sense. But eventually as you go along, you start to wonder. What’s this “OOP” thing people seem obsessed with? Am I doing that? Should I be?

Fundamentally, this article is for people in a place like that. Our goal today is to clarify what these three major paradigms in software development are, how they relate to each other, and which you’ll want to use when. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a “right” or “wrong” answer ever.

Before we start breaking down all the programming paradigms we’ll cover, it makes sense to be clearer about what we mean by “paradigms”. To cite a definition which is relevant, the American Heritage Dictionary says a paradigm is:

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline

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Difference Between SPF and UPF Rating System – Sungrubbies.com

UPF what you need to know

 

SPF vs. UPFSummary of all major differences between SPF and UPF rating systems. What you need to know about SPF and UPF.

Both SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) are standards used to measure sunburn protection. SPF, the standard used to measure the effectiveness of sunscreens, has been around for many years. The UPF system is relatively new and was created specially for sun protective fabrics. At first, American sun protective fabrics were rated using the SPF standard until the FTC finalized the UPF standard we have today. Use of the UPF standard is voluntary so some sun protective fabric manufactures still use the SPF system.

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