Monday, June 27, 2016

Getting the mood

Decided should try and make something popular, and have noted that entertainment is just a safe way to control our own moods so thought to myself, why not talk moods? And how do you get the mood of your entertainment then?

So mood is really about feelings where reality can be complex which is why is a better word. I kind of like the idea of mood as potentially a complex feeling constellation, which is why it's not as simple as saying you go watch a movie to feel happy. Complex feeling constellation. That just cries out creativity to me.

So going to brainstorm and make something up. Idea is, if is useful, please share if you wish as my goal was to make something people would go, gotta share that! And make this post popular and that will do it. If not just forget about it.

So two steps to getting that mood:

1. Before a particular entertainment if not sure already of mood it should give pause and reflect on something like it. Like if action movie think of a favorite action movie. If complex drama, think of favorite drama for just a bit, and don't hold on to it. Just a brief feel of it. And that's it. Now do the entertainment like watch the movie, ride that roller coaster, or have that fine dining experience.

2. After find a pause point. That can be a bit of work! Like they will probably rush you off roller coaster car and not appreciate you studying your mood. Maybe if with a group you can some place safe, briefly circle and hold hands, close your eyes and for a few seconds, just feel your mood.

Now you have a reference point and that's it. You got the mood.

And can compare next time. Sort of like on a second date, the first date is compared, and if better? Then why not a third, eh?

If you don't have an experience reference point can research. Like an adventure movie, should yeah, give a sense of adventure, which is freedom, exploration and excitement.

And that's it. Decided to brainstorm and see what happened as why not ponder, how do you get the mood?

If it works, great! If not, then um, I'm just typing some things to see what happens. It's my blog so I can.

Brainstorming posts of mine get light if any editing and just finished, where mainly just look for really dumb mistakes. If this one was good for you then the favor to me is to share somehow with someone who will appreciate it.

James Harris

Saturday, June 18, 2016

With my ideas, what video service?

Sometimes I like to just speculate with what would result using my own ideas for something that people think has to be a certain way. Like YouTube is dominant video service and I use it a lot and like it.

But what would change if they directly implemented my ideas?

Remarkably there would be one main thing for sure: option for YouTube channels to allow download of a video after watching for a fee.

That is, people could STILL watch just like usual, but if they WISHED they could also see the option, for those who wanted to give it for their videos, to pay something like $1 US, or maybe more actually depending, and also download.

And yes if they wished they still might steal like people can do now anyway by doing downloads with options not directly allowed by YouTube.

My theories say plenty of people would buy, rather than steal, if they had the option, even if stealing was possible. And yes, plenty would buy rather than just watch over and over again on the site, like they can now.

If that sounds naive or weird to you then you have a divergence of your point of view with my theory.

So if I created a video service myself that would be standard, as consistent with my idea that most people will buy quality once they see it. But that idea that determining quality is key to making a buying decision is standard off the web.

So why can't you now? Ask the parent company of YouTube why.

If you can I don't know of it. As I remember to put in disclaimers. Better safe than sorry.

Funny enough Steve Jobs broke the thinking on downloads of songs, with iTunes when he forced the ability to buy songs. Of course he was a genius. Without him? Who knows what would have happened there. But for real, for those who make money from sales on iTunes imagine if that option were not there. One guy made it happen.

Why didn't music industry want to do before Steve Jobs so he had to MAKE it happen? Ask them.

James Harris

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Web helps explain quite a bit

One of the puzzles for me for years has been how I can find simple explanations in areas where previously I thought things were SO complicated, and web giving access to LOTS of information is the best explanation.

Comparison is powerful. And with the web for instance I first really consciously realized a sense that the American press actually was capable of carefully manipulating news  was when caught it by carefully reading news articles from here, and comparing with ones from other countries on the same subject. Maybe could have worked to do that in the past? But now it's easy.

That was actually depressing for me. And NOT saying American press always manipulates news but that one instance where worked hard to catch it changed how I viewed them. And that was years ago and should note am certain plenty of hardworking people in the American press dedicated to the truth, but yeah it really is not good for them as a group when any can get caught manipulating, even if is my opinion they were. For me? Of course that's enough and I reference quite a bit through the years and feel justified.

With employment, now plenty of people can just compare wages, or read up on wage information, while when I was early in the workforce was really just go to a job, and see what they offered. Obviously gave much advantage to employers.

And like even in science, before was just about the headlines, but a hobby of mine now is at times going back to check later, and being disappointed when follow-up research, rarely touted, refutes earlier bold declarations.

I blame the television age.

Television is a very limited medium with a short attention span. Big news on mainstream broadcast television can grab a few minutes, maybe with some broadcasts and then it goes back to the usual.

Within days on big network television in the US any particular news is gone, often to be never mentioned again.

But on the web things can just be getting going strongly, days, months or even years later.

With cable news can move in an opposite direction with relentless focus, which can deliver little of substantive value, and often was amazed at how better off five minutes of reading on a subject from several news sources could inform versus hours of relentless, from a cable news source.

But even cable news will move on. While on the web the information remains.

So the web facilitates study of issues from many angles, and also lets you put up ideas which can be widely read. And turns out simple explanations can be powerful and testable, with prediction letting you project what will likely happen, and people easily checking.

So much better, am sure. Especially since seeing how many frauds were pretending to be something they were not, creating huge levels of misery as well, which was often hidden. And we can even see the structure of how that hiding was done! From people who earned respect based on our inability to see enough information to know otherwise.

The web quite simply is an efficient distribution mechanism for information, which is so much greater than prior ones, especially television, there quite simply is no comparison in human history.

So the web is rapidly changing our world, and giving us the means to keep up with the changes.

And people like me? Well, I really want to understand. And talking out what I think I know helps me am sure, as yeah am rather meta on the subject.

James Harris

Monday, June 06, 2016

Our species thinks about itself a lot

Searching for efficient ways to describe myself was a natural thing for me to do, and eventually that idea of focusing on my own things in a self-referential way got me inevitably to pondering just how much we human beings are fascinated by yup, human beings.

We're kind of stuck with it though. And push at it a bit with our fiction, especially science fiction where can try to imagine other sentient species is how it's usually said, but even that is a fiction of our imaginings that we could succeed.

For a long time I was revolted by the notion that man could be the measure, and still don't think that's correct! Science shows us a lot that our reality produced us, someway on which we can all agree though which way is contentious, or most of us as some people...but I digress. Science shows a reality that has rules that don't care about us, so we learn those rules and can do very well compared to yup, how humans did before! Those rules may not care should admit, but the Laws of Physics seem remarkably good at facilitating our existence, but that's a whole other area.

Our species has little choice but to engage in endless comparison with itself, as comparing elsewhere is odd. Like I really like algebra. I find it odd that people hate on algebra so much, but doesn't concern me at all if other creatures can't even comprehend it.

Have avoided using a word in this post I've decided to plaster all over the place elsewhere, just kind of to see. Though self-referential is the equivalent.

Our endless fascination with human beings as human beings is even more pronounced now like with the selfie. Like an endless stream of mirrors facing each other we reflect until some of us are simply reflecting ourselves.

And in a sense that's all that's happening anyway. Humans reflecting humans.

Even when we try to talk something else, there's usually a reflection of something human that drives us.

Do wonder if we will find ourselves as a species with other choices as is more possible clearly now as maybe some computer will get sentient, or maybe some other species will come and visit from space?

But notice how uncomfortable that could be. As for me? I like our species' self-absorption. Am endlessly fascinated by--human.

So to me things are ok just the way they are. Not like reality is listening to me, of course. But I find a certain comfort in saying anyway, which I suspect? Is only human.

James Harris

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Talking from the meta level

To me entertainment offers a way for me to discuss things closer to reality of most people so in this post will discuss meta entertainment, as previously have talked about defining entertainment functionally where emphasize as a way to control mood safely.

And talking of myself as a meta innovator feel can give an example where now will bring up sports and why usually is distinguished from entertainment.

And people say sports and entertainment, as in sports your player or your team may not always win. If you're cheering someone against an opponent then it doesn't help your mood to watch that person get crushed, and lose, right?

So consider tennis, where tennis champions tend to win until they are against other tennis champions, which means they win a LOT. And upsets are a big surprise when lower ranked players manage to win, but of course do happen, as is sports.

Now in entertainment, like in science fiction or more recently in comic book movies, the protagonists tends to win too! But is writers making it happen of course, but now you can see why fits mood of audience. And sometimes they DO lose in some way, right? Like "Star Wars", was followed by "Empire Strikes Back", but heroes win out in "Return of the Jedi".

Have seen situations where some decry the relentless winning, and talk about being "more realistic" where we can study from the meta level, which is like saying tennis should be "more realistic" and tennis champions should lose more! But of course they would not, so functionally is like saying should follow tennis players who lose more. But most of audience prefers to follow those who win more.

And predictably these attempts, where can think of a few but think it better not to call them out here specifically as is just opinion, failed with audiences. Having more depressive scenarios as if more realistic is not correct. It's simply following less successful imaginary people, where you can, and of course there are fans at all levels, simply follow less successful in the regular world too, in sports. It's like saying that fans should group away from the best players to the middle ones. Why? Fans can go where they want.

Now if you're an entertainment executive, I just explained how you can process if some excited writers come to you with what they think is a brilliant approach to making movies or television shows that are more, they think, like real life, when of course that is not true!

And how do we know? Because we just studied entertainment, from the meta level.

James Harris

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Embrace of the real

On an embrace of the real 
Each shining new day

A day to rise or fall 

We contemplate or not 
Drink it in or not 

A Sun shining or not at all

A poem I wrote this morning as a tweet, and it's exactly 140 characters which fascinates me as constrains form. So yeah of course that limits what can be done in that space.

Will include my tweet as well along with another tweet I retweeted before I wrote it as quite simply? I like the look.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Remarkable web search

As often as it is used to me one of the most astounding features of the modern web is search, where yes one company leads the way, and our modern search reality shifts so much.

When I was growing up was an avid reader who loved going to the library and not just to pick up fiction books, which read a lot across a lot of genres, but also to consult the reference section. While also had encyclopedias at home, and in fact, my Mom sold them for awhile. For me the awe of web search is endless as there is less reason to go to the library for those reasons, though should note librarians can STILL help you a lot if struggling to find something. And am a HUGE fan of libraries still, and please support your local library or libraries! They are SO important still.

But like now people can search so routinely they may fail to realize how much it shifts things especially for outsiders--people can come to things of interest from all over the world.

And how do we know those things are of interest? Because of web search.

Of course that doesn't prove correctness, but it dawned on me it does show interest of some kind.

Where yeah reasons can be all over the map, but consider in the past, how you might try to get something of yours into those libraries as a reference for others.

When you talk about the biggest thing on the web which levels the playing field in my opinion, it is web search. Yes, people can potentially come to your content from all over, just by having something on the web, but how will they know it's there?

But web search to me is not intuitive. But how do most realize how it works? You can read up what people who do say about it, or try to figure out from searches you do. But for most, those searches either just work, which they do a remarkable amount of time in my opinion, or they don't!

Either you get what you want within the first few results shown, or rarely you will find it if you keep going through page after page of results in my experience.

James Harris

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Functionally, how do you make money?

My functional perspective has lead me to look at lots of things in different ways, and have functionally defined money itself, as a social IOU backed by society given in exchange for a favor. Turns out I could even conjecture how money gets into society using the US, where emphasize am just some guy putting out his opinions. Am not claiming to be a money expert, nor should anything here or with any of my writing be construed as monetary advice.

Based on my functional approach, can say, in my opinion, the most socially accepted way to make money is by providing legal products or services to strangers in exchange for socially backed IOU's typically called money.

Like for those who work for someone you maybe could say, you make money from an employer by signing a contract to receive pay in exchange for the favor of your labor. So with employment your labor of some kind, where mental labor counts as labor of course, is the service from this functional perspective.

That "getting a job" involves a contract of some kind, and in my country typically involves a written contract is something that people might kind of not think of often. And went to Wikipedia as often do and found that the article Employment contract covered things best here.

But it also had the following intriguing clarification:

A contract of employment usually defined to mean the same as a "contract of service".[2] A contract of service has historically been distinguished from a contract for the supply of services, the expression altered to imply the dividing line between a person who is "employed" and someone who is "self-employed". The purpose of the dividing line is to attribute rights to some kinds of people who work for others....

Yeah that's an interesting Wikipedia article to read I think.

That money flows primary through contracts is an opinion that makes sense to me! And the point then is that you typically need some kind of agreement in advance before you will make money.

That is important as in my opinion you can provide something of great value to people who may be thankful for that happening but they are unlikely to owe you any money, unless there was a prearranged agreement. Which I think can surprise people on the web. You can do something that becomes HUGE and not make any money with it.

My functional perspective fascinates me and talking it out can help me to see how well it merges with well, just about anything related.

Here am pondering how it may shift somewhat how I look at making money itself in the large. One thing that did happen is I realized I hadn't thought a lot about the contract aspect to "getting a job" or that it really is providing the favor of one's services in exchange for remuneration. And am intrigued now with a bit of research at the distinction between being employed or self-employed as had realized it existed of course, but hadn't pondered in-depth how the line is drawn.

To me writing things out in this way not only helps me evaluate my own ideas, but also helps me raise further questions and talking it out public?

Well that just helps my meta process.

James Harris

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Thoughts on innovation and example

Was riding around in a parking lot looking for a space, and started wondering about some automated way that might help people find one. And for me innovation is just a joy, so also started pondering various solutions and at some point thought, hey why not have drones that might routinely look over parking spaces! Get back to the web and thankfully search: drones parking space

And immediately get an article about an idea for using drones to help people find parking spaces! But what makes it more delicious to me is, I recognized the article, and when had first read it months ago felt a LOT of skepticism at the concept. But today, now later thinking was idly innovating with a real world problem--and had started planning this blog post to introduce to the world--was excited about it though, would be appropriately skeptical I told myself. So funny.

Thinking about the subject of being an innovator is meta as well, so seeing myself as a meta innovator it is interesting to look at things in that way as well. And I think it is very pertinent in our times that web search can be so key to finding ideas that are all over.

To me in our times idea generation is just so constant. It's a great thing and it is intriguing to consider how much the web helps show who figured out what.

James Harris