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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Meta Innovator

Should mean self-referential innovator directly. That accurately describes me as have by necessity found referencing my own experience with things have discovered or expressed, works best in evaluating at limits of my ability to understand. A base with self in certain areas is not about narcissism but about experience.

How else can I talk about someone with a global product downloaded from over 100 countries over space of a decade? I only really know one person well enough to discuss that person, and that is me. It's just a fact.

Am not close enough to anyone else to whom that applies to talk from such person's experience so if tried, would be relying on other sources, guessing or making things up.

It's easier talking from your own experience and safer, usually.

So that self reference with regard to experience I think is practical, and maybe also more useful to others as then it can be a lot about sharing knowledge.

For example trying to understand my own experience I found it necessary to innovate and figure out a functional definition of entertainment. I needed it to explain follower counts on social media, which I concluded were about being entertaining.

Necessity pushing innovation? To me? That's how it should be. But to explain I need my own experiences, so I need to self-reference.

And I found some math. To find it? Remarkably, just search: some math

Most should see my math blog, which is somemath.blogspot.com come up highly in the list.

This blog at date shown for this posting, only manages around #3 for search: beyond mundane

That global search level may disappoint me in ways as I prefer #1 but shows a competitive reality which is NOT static. It's a constant competition for attention. How should I talk it?

So much of what I do focuses on talking about things where think my perspectives can have value for others, so yeah, still meta. And am also innovative in that I think simple explanations can be best. Like I claim money is just a social IOU backed by society, which facilitates modern civilization by making it worth people's while to do favors for strangers, or receive them, and do so easily and safely.

Go to a grocery store? You can buy things without having to form a lifelong bond with the store clerk. Past humans might look at us in utter amazement.

So yeah Meta Innovator to me seems like a useful term that can encompass lots about how I see myself, and like to talk about, myself not as a selfish self-involved thing, but as a known perspective.

Besides I think I have a duty to innovative ideas where for now at least world is still learning in certain areas. And in our times people sharing from their own experience is helping to spread knowledge more effectively to the globe.

Real world moves with the time, of course. All kinds of human beings can do all kinds of things and being meta is just one of those ways to help people who want to know, understand your ideas.


James Harris

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Reasons to look for different perspective

It is remarkable to me to now talk about growing up in the Deep South, as grew up in rural South Georgia, USA, as just kind of a cool thing, which is still scary to say. And I tend to not bring up topic of race much but that deliberate avoidance can run into needing to explain something and here explaining need for different perspective.

Like one of the things I mentioned is my understanding of political correctness which lots of folks get wrong as really in the US is code for race politics and the view that the notion that all people are equal is politically correct, but in the opinions of some in this country goes against what they see as historical evidence of superiority of one race in particular.

So yeah reason it's "politically correct" is that all men are created equal thing in the US Constitution, which today is more like all people as we shift even from male bias, and there are people who just don't believe it.

So yeah it's not even hard to understand but explained like that it should be obvious. People using the phrase tend to be fighting some of the most famous words in history with code. Not like they can just come out and call it crap, eh?

Obviously for someone like myself who grew up with people also saying was really smart was that question of, how could I make a difference, and hey, what was the truth?

It is a harsh thing to face and I think hard for those to imagine who haven't faced it, when otherwise nice and polite people just take it for granted you are innately inferior to them. Not like they're angry or anything about it, just matter of fact. For them? It's a settled reality, and they operate accordingly.

So LOTS of motivation to look for other answers. And I found them.

Today can seem odd I'm sure to some that there are people confident of their inborn superiority based on race, and others confident that there are some people with such, which actually can be all over the map.

Science says otherwise, and I think the reality that one human species is endlessly obsessed with differentiating itself, without that changing it being one species is gaining ground. And yeah the ability of science to cut through is another reason to me to love science! Which is one of my favorite subjects, and yeah, was huge for me to get a degree in physics.

Much of my life I spent fighting against certain perspectives, only to reach an age where they were crushed, and today people get to grow up different.

But too few appreciate all the systems that were in place, like how many code phrases are meant to announce where you stand. Am sure plenty of people use the phrase politically correct without knowing it is meant to disparage the US Constitution and a very contentious notion about humanity being equal. And how can such things get fixed if not discussed openly?

If you thought it was something else, why? Like maybe it's politically correct to not use religion as a litmus test in a country touting religious freedom if you're afraid of some people? Is that better?

Code phrases are to hide. The web can help illuminate, and help give different perspective. Am sure there are people who trot things out routinely who think they are loyal Americans, even if the phrases they use tell, in code, otherwise.

But yeah not so much into just accepting authority! Grew up a Black kid in the rural South with all kinds of perspectives floating around which I didn't particularly find appealing. Today am glad for a world which has moved so far, and to feel like I should be glad to try to find some things of my own.

Why not? So much can be about perspective.


James Harris

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Power of functional perspective

Years ago I found myself making what I decided to call a functional definition, and last year my latest was for entertainment. I conclude that entertainment is a safe way people use to control mood.

Which may seems so obvious, but means if I'm right can explain when something is not entertaining, as then it did NOT give a person the mood that person wanted.

Which means I can check a movie that is a box office failure, and theoretically, say why it failed.

And that rapid movement to something that seems like more of a big deal is the simple power of a functional perspective. Years ago I came up with a functional definition for science, which I noted can tell you when someone is doing science or not, without you needing to understand their research.

These are not the kind of things that just go idly by in a world efficient with information.

So for instance, television networks if they believed me, could shift to checking mood, on a television show both on desired and after watched, whether it delivered or not.

In science, scientists could face more stringent checks from policymakers verifying that their research is actually science or not.

And that's just with two of my functional definitions.

What was the first one? It was for something in math. I found I needed a definition of mathematical proof, and descriptive ones were insufficient, so I figured out my first functional one.

And that was back July 2005.

So I've been using the concept of a functional definition for over a decade.

What I call functional definitions seem to be extremely effective and powerful with certain types of abstractions, which seem to resist what I call descriptive definitions.

So yeah a descriptive definition works great say for an automobile, but struggles with something like entertainment. While a functional one can be really short, and much more effective I think as gets to the essence.

And it's easy enough to just go look up definitions to see what I mean.


James Harris

Monday, May 23, 2016

Thoughts on past global

One thing have thought more about doing is giving information that could be comforting to people who maybe worry about what's going on with various public things I do, like this blog.

Since the motivation is to be comforting to others is easier to talk past things where global can help to understand a bit about how I do things and why. Like for instance, I realized that from about 2006 or 2007 for sure, from various things started trying to understand web stats showing visitors from over 100 countries and as the years have gone by began pondering as remarkably constant.

For example easiest to check, so I use it a lot, was with my open source project for Java developers, but also my blogs, where my math one got most attention, and this one kind of limped along steady with visits from only about 60 countries annually.

And just checked as typing about made me decide to give it, and last year according to Google Analytics was only 49 countries to this blog for the year. Always feel a little odd checking for some reason. And then there is a part of me that realizes, um, that's not bad.

Realized should check math blog and was only 68 countries all of last year, which I guess is ok. Used to clock at 125.

It's the comparison that can get a person lost on the details.

Oh, quit looking at the city counts though as that would just freak me out.

But since mentioned for this post just checked and was 423 cities last year according to Google Analytics for my math blog. Won't bother for this one as didn't check earlier. Am editing this post now, getting ready to put it up.

Reality is that some or other of mine gets interest that I can check and see from web stats of some kind from around 100 countries every single year and it's been that way for a while. Last year my open source project though only had downloads from 95 countries, which kind of got me wondering.

But again, hey, just last year plenty of evidence somehow I have attention from some people all over most of the planet for things I created. Which is cool. So don't worry about me. That attention is more for use, than anything like celebrity, which suits me just fine.

How do you stay global constantly though? Put up things people from all over, regardless of things like language or national boundaries can use.

So yeah Java is very international so Java code that is useful works, and mathematics is universal, so math things do too. And concepts that resonate well, can jump language barriers as people work to get over the one, or others translate for you. Also Google Translate is on some of my blogs but haven't been able to measure how much it helps, and I don't assume.

That's the rational. But I think also you have to tap into something basic to core humanity.

You need to feel like you're speaking to a world too. Even if going through the motions until it's true. Then it's just more of the same.

Will also say though that not much looks the same to you when you realize that it's not just some quick thing, like one year, and you're global. But is year after year after year, which can lead to self-reference as I will admit asking myself, how?

How can one human being have anything that can grab interest from people around the planet in any way for over a decade, like clockwork? Consistently?

So I study it. And so don't worry about me. Not much fits into nice boxes with my story, which is how I like it.


James Harris

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When beyond promotion

A lot of the web to me is clearly promotional, like if I talk about my open source project here, even though it's free, people could assume am promoting it. And now it's clear that promotion is extremely valuable, as for instance on YouTube artists can go from millions or views at a billion or more, to huge actual sales.

However, often I think can hear a tone that seems to think any view or listen or consuming of information should be a purchase of some kind, which is contrary to basic human behavior. Like, can you imagine if the radio forced you to pay for each song you heard?

The problem I think can be about greed and distrust. There ARE apparently artists for instance who were looking to get paid for every single listen, even where people are just checking out their music. And I'm sure there are executives willing to try and force people to pay for anything and everything as well, even if something were just being promoted. And such people have generated a LOT of hostility.

The problem though is, when should you go from promotion to purchase? And thousands of years of human commerce tells us--when the potential buyer decides.

People typically will try to determine quality and buy something. Like you test drive a car. Or try on clothes.

Trying to force the buy, by the seller tends to make people angry, or generate other hostile emotions or maybe at best, simply run away behavior.

On the web, some have pushed against normal human buying behavior, in my opinion, from simple greed and distrust. They either don't want people checking for quality first, or they don't trust people to buy quality after. And they try to make it seem like any human interest should give them the option to force a buy. Or they talk as if just checking something out, is stealing from them. Such behavior is clearly stalling things, as actually limits business opportunity, generates distrust and anger, and in my opinion is just wrong.

MOST people I suggest to you are NOT thieves. While the modern web, and much of the early rhetoric that came out when people had limited options to buy, where things still are way too limited, were lots about various executives whining about what they saw as relentless thievery by people it sounded to me like they clearly hated.

I will admit I want ALL of those executives out of business. In my opinion they don't belong in business as they hate humanity.

There is a better way. Trust people to buy quality. Then you have to show them quality first, then give them the option to buy. Not complicated.


James Harris

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tweet about scintillating web reality

Was on Twitter and had been tweeting away. And for some reason was thinking to myself I just want to get creative and tweet something just to write something and see what happens.

And I got this tweet:

Which seemed to fit the bill. So I tweeted it and then started staring at it a bit.

And what I think it means is that flashes of truth are part of like a kaleidoscope kind of thing? And easier to get with a mind educated, to find? But coming back to edit, wonder why I wrote kaleidoscope and think more likely was thinking of a mirrored ball.

So then if it's true, then it's purity present, right? So truth is, purity. Yeah. And to me, yes, truth and purity go together. So probably simply turning around a bit the purity of truth.

Which is what I get after I reread it several times. And I think that's about right.

As the writer should I just leave it subject to interpretation though? Well still is. Just giving my interpretation, where I happened to write it, so guess I should know.

Creativity is something else. Really get a kick out of those things where I write something and then have to puzzle over it a bit, and then say, yeah, it DOES make sense.


James Harris

Web audience is real

Sometimes really am talking things out a lot for myself, which helps to build context. For me posting public knowing other people will read helps reinforce, and yes, make it real. And with the web, including social media, did find myself at times concentrating on numbers as abstractions, but remember, I'm not one.

And plenty of times have been on the web looking at something, from someone, and finally would think to myself, to this person I would just be maybe a statistic, as one of, a relatively few people checking something out! But of course to me doesn't feel that way. And has helped me to realize for people who do come across my content, they are NOT just numbers.

If one person is there that matters.

Needing to emphasize that message to myself is ALL about immediate feedback in my opinion and we may be the first humans to have the ability to talk to so many people with so little feedback. And it's just radically different than say, standing in front of an audience of people where you can GET a reaction from them of some kind so easily. Sure maybe you'll get that on web, but lots of times just will not.

But for EACH person coming across what you have public regardless, person's time and attention is important to that person, maybe can be even more than if sitting in an audience.

I want that sentence for me to ponder. And why? Well you're more free, say at home, reading something. As have been in audiences where am like, huh? And look around, to see how others are reacting. But with web things it's just me often. And my opinion can run from amazement and awe, to far, far less, and there's less likelihood there will be other feedback, except yes, some of those web metrics.

Like on YouTube will admit there are times I'm like, huh? And see, oh, millions of views, and tens of thousands of likes, so let me think harder on this thing. But without that? It's just my opinion on what am seeing, and to me? My opinion is very important to me, which is yes, meta.

But maybe that's the thing! The meta me reality of the web for the people coming across what you have is what's missing if you just see numbers and think about how YOU feel if a few hundred or less. But for EACH of those people?

Their attention is a really big deal.

And I think it is a transitory thing, as web is so new really even if it doesn't still seem it, where you can have people who may be calm about a few hundred with some social media metric, but imagine instead standing front of a few hundred people. If still calm then fine. If terrified, then guess what?

You were all along, whether you knew it or not, or accepted it or not.


James Harris

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Hypothetical as speculate social media impact

Going to speculate wildly this morning because I see a use of social media I suspect can have the opposite impact intended, so want to talk it out. And I think it's where old ideas from television advertising run into the impact reality of the modern web, as will imagine a company with a product with one million followers on some social media, where to me that is an audience number.

But for this hypothetical scenario imagine that company posts several things to try and galvanize that follower group to buy something, and one percent or ten thousand interact, and one thousand purchase, which company sees as a good result.

However, I'm like--what about that other ninety-nine percent?

And the company finds it had a one time bump, but a yearly sales decline and found also that its favorability rating had dropped by fifty percent.

Just to put numbers on it, which I'll yank out of the air, say it had a sales decline of one hundred thousand units year over year across all product lines.

Now in this imaginary scenario where I made up lots of abstract figures, we see a company getting one time sales of one thousand units on posts to one million followers, which leads to a sales loss of one hundred thousand units.

Executives have a meeting where they are completely puzzled. They don't understand the power of social media! Maybe they think, they just need to invest in the one area where things seemed to work! So they pressure their social media person to do more of those posts!

Next burst of posts? They get one thousand positive interactions. Now there is a howl of negative feedback. And as company plummets, it dawns on the executives, social media killed their entire company. Company files for bankruptcy as its sales collapse.

And the world barely notices.

Ah, I like that as a fun social media horror story which is just my wild imagination. Is that scenario possible? 


James Harris

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Writing is something I just enjoy doing

Been writing since I was a kid. Had some short story or something that got my teachers excited and remembering that was enough to trigger me writing this post! As thanks to social media know it is teacher appreciation day.

And yeah, having your teachers get excited about some kid story can juice up parents, and others, as well as be something you think about decades later as you watch those words march across the screen with the same joy and satisfaction once had scribbling them out. Or printing as think was young enough yeah, still hadn't learned cursive.

Which means have got quite a bit more experience maybe with writing than those who hadn't thought it might one day be THE job, someway, some how. (Still working on that by the way.)

But can be why I have that creativity with grammar and punctuation, like, I comma how I wanna comma, thank you very much. I know the rules. The ones I think are real? I do follow.

So yes, with decades of writing under my belt, it does make it easier to do things like just sit down and type out a post, if I feel like it. Which this one is just one of those writing to write posts. I have at least one other I'm sure. Maybe I should link some way with a label.

Am pondering a good one. Writing to write? Ok.

Now will have to go find the other one I think there is, and slap that on.

Will do it eventually am sure.

Oh, and yeah, teachers have a HUGE potential role to play in giving that little push that can echo forward for years to come. I very much appreciate it. Not that I might not have written anyway, but is nice to have that early start and that sense of it being recognized early on as something that caught the attention of others.

That was a good way to spend five minutes. Now editing will take much longer.

Editing is where a LOT of the work is, in my opinion.


James Harris