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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A gentler way to global really

There is a different way to consider some of my recent disclosures where to me are actually things on repeat, like how was preparing for global attention in 2004, when a math journal decided to go wacky on me, and keeled over and died, after I got a paper published and a chief editor tried to literally simply delete it out of the electronic version.

One way which was how I saw it at THAT time was that I'd been stymied. And quite upset, went through quite a bit of distress wondering what was wrong with the world, as my preparations for news interviews were clearly in vain. And now over 13 years later could seem kind of, sad.

Except now know reality is the news DID gallop around the world, just not on traditional sources, and maybe more perspective on how when blogs arrived, and I got one, discovered when I finally got web analytics as it finally arrived that I was getting visits from over 125 countries.

Which did NOT make sense to me at the time and was then in San Francisco, having a lovely time, which was split between my day-job working at a major insurance company doing clerical work, including writing checks oddly enough, and hanging out at The Mint, which is a San Francisco bar dedicated to karaoke. May as well give them some free publicity, though have no clue how they're doing these days as has been over 5 years since was there.

Now with a good sense of how the web is SO very different with its ability to distribute information, is odd to think that entire time was in San Francisco, was this person globally...there are words still refuse to use. I feel safer there. Is more comforting for my mental equilibrium.

Were there signs of my actual reality? Am sure there were. And debate with myself whether this situation or that thing, or oh, wow there was something...am not sure. Which also helps my mental equilibrium. What will say is, was WONDERFULLY positive so much for time there, where met a lot of interesting people. And they probably wonder more about me as often was really quite a bit, how should I describe? I like to say, fun.

Really then wasn't my fault. Was a problem of news organizations lack of efficiency, in my opinion, which continues. Have learned enough to realize do not have the full story there.

Left San Francisco in 2012, kind of to find even more solid ground to continue pondering things. And now can say, no, the press is NOT necessary for certain things. Where I know in far great detail what that means. The press actually is usually better at showing, yes. Was wondering how to continue but that is good. The press is usually better at noticing certain things.

While the web is the new thing that can throw the old style ones a bit of a loop I guess, which was brilliant for me, as gained a gentler path to global. So many questions could not only keep me guessing, but force me to at least try to be humble, you know?

Which with me? Is indeed, a great thing.

Trying to joke, but actually have had plenty of humbling experiences where learned much from them. And would not have had them a different way. Is remarkable to finally have a better grasp as web reality is becoming more routine, and discover, things went better for me than I realized, especially back then.

Over 13 years and counting to gain perspective? I'll take that, with learned gratitude.


James Harris

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Web enabled reality check

Deciding should focus on how to be commercial was a great thing for me, as eventually of course realized that if you do business with others, then they can need an explanation for who you are and what you can bring of commercial value. Which pushed me to both explain and resolve things where found this blog doing most of that work!

Where now have a better grasp myself, where yes, back in 2004, found myself in a very weird position of having two math things had found myself, where had a published paper in a peer reviewed math journal, the real deal, where that journal had gone wacky on me. Against the established process, the chief editor had tried to pull my paper after publication. That can sound one way though, but really was WAY out of bounds for how things are supposed to be done. The chief editor was completely out of line, and breaking lots of rules for academics and journal editors.

But what was I supposed to do? Had relatively fresh research, and that was just one thing, where knew if full implications were picked up by world, my life would turn upside down. Was literally the kind of story that should have rocketed around the globe on traditional news media. And part of me was just waiting for what I thought was inevitable, based on my understanding of news organizations.

Thankfully, I shifted gears, before too long and moved on to other things, and even literally moved to San Francisco, summer of 2005 in June, where had adventures.

First though, put up my own webpage with my math, and tried to figure it all out, while still figuring out more math. And also in 2005, before I moved, blogs arrived which I know because that's when my posts start on them. Actually went to check, and my first post on my math blog is March 2005. So yeah was months before moved in June to San Francisco. Glad for the technology as my memory isn't as precise.

And thought, great! Because was paying for a website, so free with blogs was a godsend, and eventually web analytics for blogs arrived and was floored by country counts, which still am to this day, though think that was 2007? Am not sure when.

What I had discovered there was the direct connect. The web could enable my math ideas and later other ideas to simply travel directly, and there was global demand.

Turns out I hadn't needed formal giddiness from establishment math people that would drive headlines. Though yeah had math authority approval as have explained, though didn't understand authority then that well, or my own need for it completely. And only recently did I get a functional understanding of authority, as information needed from some entity. Trying to go from memory for once.

Was SO huge for me, I refer to my original in this post on my blog Seriously Commercial, and will give that as well to check against--authority relative to one entity is when some other entity has information needed.

For those who wonder, how easily could journalists check me on the value of my published paper?

VERY easily, if they suspected AM correct, they need only refer some establishment mathematician to the paper which is kept up by EMIS, which is an established authority, and simply ask for comment on it, as to correctness.

That did bother me for years. But I think people believe am questioning authority, when am saying you need to check authority. Like if you go to a medical doctor, and check that person actually went to medical school, has certification and training relevant to position, and other things.

Checking authority is very different from questioning authority.

Which I know better now. Maybe even for me, there was a feeling I was questioning authority as didn't understand it, but really no, as I was relying on the establishment. Oh yeah, and had validation FROM that establishment. Just then weird behavior like a chief editor breaking established rules, and other mathematicians simply not doing what they should do given the importance of my results.

For others of course could look like something else. Especially with so many prestigious organizations involved, and a new thing, the web at the center of it all.

Even for me has taken years to get a firm foundation on what those web stats mean. Like yeah, those are indications of real people who know about me or my ideas--all over the world. Years ago was a puzzle because had a lot of notions about what it meant for instance, to be global.

Now I like to say had collapse of a lot of preconceived notions. But think the world is still in that process and we have a transition from authority often perceived in position, to a world where authority is more about valuable information held, like that police officer? In our times that person can more readily be checked if makes a false arrest, by people more likely to check person's authority to act in making one. Like is so easy to web search maybe, and get to trusted authority to GIVE you the relevant law. (And helps with video evidence or other evidence to support regardless.)

In the past it was simply easier to go with seeing power in a position and trust that others had made certain person in that position had needed knowledge to fulfill duties of the position responsibly, and in some areas will always be that way. That medical doctor? Better be properly licensed, for instance.

Otherwise web authority is a thing of our times. And for me, the web has enabled me both to get the information out there, and check the reality of its consequences, for me, and for others.

Web authority more and more rules, in more ways than one, know from my own experience.


James Harris

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Answering some mystery?

Finding answers for me has been refreshing and some of my answers have greatly helped explain things that were mysterious to me. Like with important ideas? Really did take it for granted that main thing was presenting to some relevant expert, who would snap up something important with glee!

That preconceived notion got tested though with my own ideas, when shared with relevant experts, and didn't get that expected, where feel like I then did the rational thing--I severely questioned my own ideas.

However, had an explanation within one of my ideas which got published in a math journal with a wacky story where chief editor tried to literally pull from electronic publication by just deleting out, and after one more edition the journal shutdown. Um, here's a link to its archives. The archives are maintained by a European organization I think is wonderful, as they clearly take math publication very seriously. They even separately link out to my original paper, and no point to give that link here. (If really want it go to my blog Some Math.)

Ok, so yeah, problem with the result is it could undermine the careers of number theorists, a type of mathematician, who might find out they, um, have no valid research as a result.

And then it's like, duh! Of course such people might not exactly have a passion for the truth in such a situation! But am just talking number theorists and maybe, though now feel more confident, very likely based on their behavior. Though yeah, a dead math journal was probably a clue.

For me, a good word for implications of my own research is, unsettled.

As much as wanted a certifying authority, publication even with that weird, was certifying. By the rules, was validated, and am now a published mathematical author. However that feeling of having the foundations of your understanding shattered, can still be there with your own ideas.

I talk about my ideas like are people. That is from a sense of the willfulness, which is my imagination. Like running away from implications so much only to realize will catch you eventually, is a sense of WILL. My ideas are relentless.

But my need to try and settle my feelings lead to so much. Driven by a need to be certain, found a functional way to check a mathematical argument. Once pondered power of what I call a functional approach decided to look for one for science. Why? To talk climate change in a more effective way.

When had a functional definition of science, oh yeah, and one for money in there somewhere though NOT formalized, also had reason to find ones for other things, including one for entertainment. And is SO simple. Isn't that weird?

Ever wonder how it could be possible that entertainment could be so simply defined as just a way to safely control mood and that be something I can claim to have made up a couple of years ago?

Just check definitions out there for entertainment and notice if there is anything like mine.

My guess is that our human ancestors understood that intuitively on such a level it was just understood, and they didn't have much time for entertainment anyway. Too busy trying to survive.

With our greater time for leisure, entertainment has risen in dominance without people feeling a need to properly abstract it. While I did end up having a need, in order to explain something else. Was explaining social media audience counts, which I think is more accurate though not as much used, as so many clearly prefer to claim as, followers.

The linkages explain much but for me, means am a person read all over the world. Which was unsettling as well. And understanding there has been so much more fun.

If those math people had acted as a proper authority, might never have figured out half the things I have. And to me would have been such a loss, though, how do you know what you don't know? Or even more directly applicable, what you never knew?

Guess I would have been happy with what I had actually. Like am now.

Maybe it was destiny. Used to hate that word. Now I mutter it to myself often.

Well there I've gone again to do my best to explain, from my perspective. Eventually some other folks WILL probably get properly gleeful over the truth of the story, and who knows what THEY will say.

For now at least I DO try, to help resolve, some mystery.


James Harris

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

My methods with moods and science

Really feel good about locking certain things down, where for me has been life changing, and worth it to talk out how that works. One of the most profound hypotheses have had, was that authority relative to one entity is when some other entity has information needed. Which was just stunning for me, as realized for a LONG time had been seeking approval from some authority with my own ideas.

And relying on that word hypothesis, as decided to explain things a bit differently, like when I suggested over two years ago that entertainment was a way to safely control mood? Was a hypothesis.

With THAT could start looking at myself and others to determine if fit with it, or if needed to be adjusted or dismissed based on real world evidence.

Importantly considering whether or not people use entertainment to safely control mood, could lead to what I like to call predictive certainty, like how you have a good idea when you flip a light switch, whether it will come on or not. And if it doesn't, can probably figure out why.

So yeah, was working on a science of entertainment, and no, when I put ideas like that out, am not certain at THAT point, but am checking relying on a simple meta process:

Introduce a better idea, and expect people to choose better.

That thing is rather cool, as it has multiple meanings. Will pick one and note that with entertainment hypothesis, figured that people, including myself, could choose better with their entertainment! And yeah, have with mine, which was so epic. For the first time in my life, felt a great sense of control, when could pick better for my moods versus do the equivalent of channel surfing, which had learned before which was a LOT more hit or miss. Often? Mostly miss.

Now can often figure out my mood and go get the entertainment I want, like when mood is for a space epic. Yeah wanting to escape into the depths of deep space? Lots of emotions can fuel that mood. But also can realize not enough at quality I like, and wish for more. (More great space epics please, entertainment industry.)

Therefore, my secondary hypothesis was that pickier people would start pushing entertainment industry, and that earlier established processes might resist! Which would lead to collapse of revenue in those areas, EXCEPT for those who delivered. Quality entertainment would still work, of course. Give people what they want and why wouldn't they want to get it?

And with movies is just one area, but a highly visible one.

Which steps through my meta process, yet again, where this time have used a more traditional word, noting that ideas presented are often hypotheses and the presentation itself is part of the process, where then I can just check what happens, in the real world.

And better is better. I like using phrases that are tautologies. So yeah, is better IF the hypothesis is correct to know what you're doing in selecting entertainment, and as YOU choose better, and people around you choose better, you not only find greater sense of fulfillment from that entertainment, you pressure entertainment industry, to DO better.

Which I think is great. And that completes this discussion of my meta process, how what I do is a science, includes some of predictive certainty, but focuses more on the benefits of better.


James Harris

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Finding process worked well

One thing recently realized was that I did develop a process for putting things out on the web, which was honed over 20 years plus. Which is rather cool. And now can have a sense of a feel for a system that goes back to 1996.

When looking at a well-honed process can be fun to figure out how arrived, and how some of the details work, where understand now that much don't understand really of how it works.

Which is ok.

Have a constant level of attention, just there from my ideas, as have explained before.

The process more and more, is more about how that attention moves across various things to the extent that I can possibly guide, which is probably, not much. And less about putting out new ideas.

People will go where they want for the information they need. Or more simply, audience rules.

The sheer number of people needed for some of the web stats I have is a mystery to me, as the tech companies have THAT data, and I can more notice trends or speculate. Which I like to do.

Maybe reality is that part of me would just as soon not know what those numbers are. And point of mentioning? Is thanks for the support! Have clues about countries more than anything else.

Not surprisingly then, the process I have now really is country level. Is simpler that way too, but rather abstract, to the extent I even understand it.

Waves of attention can study on the daily, as to me that is how attention works now, as information waves constantly propagate around the globe enabled by the web. Our planet pulses with information bouncing around the various information distribution networks, so much more easily called, the web.

And at times I will go out and web surf a few attention waves. But my web surfing? I think is a little different...a LOT different from how that term is usually used.

Where yeah, there are times will check out there over the globe and see massive attention waves? And be like, nah. Going to just watch from a distance.

Often though, am out there in it. Enjoying the ride. With a process that makes it possible.

From putting ideas out there, to processing attention as a result, to getting a feel for an attention wave? Process over twenty years in the making, makes possible.


James Harris

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

For me point of sharing my ideas

Realizing would have to resolve certain things to make money, where first endeavored to understand money completely, found myself talking my own story thoroughly, as part of what would need to be able to do, if doing business with others. Which was useful, and now has me with a better grasp of the point of sharing my ideas for me.

And yeah, my feeling for a LONG time was that IF found some great idea could just show to experts in that area and WHOOSH!!!

Figuring they'd be excited and then I would get a LOT of guidance on what should happen next and routinely in the past would be practicing speeches, and interviews with the press.

Then would watch in consternation as experts did NOTHING like that, and so check the ideas. Oh, ok yeah is correct. Check research around, and IS this a big deal problem to solve? Oh, ok, yeah it is...so what's going on? Then I'd get upset, or frustrated, and was disappointment in that community I realized, which helped me greatly. Like am NOT a part of these communities. Am just someone who found some cool things to share. Like really emphasize am not a mathematician, and don't want to be, especially now.

Being a meta innovator means I get to range. Not stuck in a particular discipline which turns out is very important, and makes dysfunctional community behavior less potent. Still puzzling though.

Ideas do not care. Not like an idea will check with you to see to what human community you belong, you know? Discovery is.

Web does make the difference though, as actually would rather have objective evidence from third party sources that an idea draws interest from people all over the entire planet, as communities can get that wrong. Communities despite their best efforts are nowhere near as precise, unless relying on the web should add. Web authority has changed the game, and probably is necessary for a person to do what I do confidently, as otherwise, how would I know really? Web enables.

So the point of sharing ideas for me is to share something useful to others, where if there is extraordinary usefulness, expect an extraordinary response.

You figure excited people will talk something, and share with others, and most important?

Have questions about where those ideas can go.

One of the reasons I noted a sad, irony to the math things. They really don't have the option to ignore some of the things I found, if they wish to progress. And with over a decade with some things can just look and see they did not. And you wonder about decisions people make, and yeah, there are consequences.

So yeah, am more into the fun which DO feel myself, with a lot more freedom as have explained much, so there isn't that nagging suspicion that maybe I'm just missing something.

Where that freedom to just enjoy the ideas, their implications, and often now the changes can try to detect in the real world? Is a thrill like no other.

Sharing cool ideas is SO grand.

The best ideas do work. And that has so many meanings as they work in so many ways.

So yeah can better explain my story now, for business purposes. And it does amaze me how that kind of pressure can actually be helpful. That's cool to me too, because I did not understand that aspect before.


James Harris

Friday, September 22, 2017

More into fun with innovations now

Was good for me to talk how with my math things have received confirmation more than once, but my problem with mathematicians is they haven't contacted the press, danced with joy, and screamed and shouted about them, like I have. Those press people too, will be like, you DO know we go to YOU, not the other way around?

But that really was back to 2004 when was most intense and as time went on and recognized the situation, realized math people just were not going to act as excited as I expected they should.

Moving on helped me tremendously, and had more adventures instead. Where now am still fascinated not just with coming up with a functional view of entertainment as way we safely control our mood, but with how rapidly those ideas may be making changes.

Like consider, one of my most massive ideas for math introduced in 2002, and now over 15 years later, math community still manages to muddle along as if it doesn't exist far as I can tell. Which to me is more amusing lately, by the way, but also sad.

While my ideas for entertainment? Now over two years old and can look at US box office and debate with myself, as witness things fit with expectations, but still, how to be sure? There is SO much complexity there actually where try to talk simply as possible for dramatic purposes and to aid communication. My ideas are much about providing a predictive framework anchored around a simple core. Regardless is fun to contemplate!

What is the difference then in this area?

My biggest results in mathematics were in esoteric areas well away from how things operate, in the real world. To me the current people in those fields have proven their irrelevance. Am sure they'd disagree, but time will tell. Like I say, not like the math will change.

Entertainment though, well that is kind of important to so many more people, on the daily, you know?

Like me!!! And still ready to jump and shout. But I no longer contact the press about my things. Have learned SO much through the years. And now?

Innovation is so much about the fun in my life. And maybe is helping add more fun, to yours.


James Harris

Thursday, September 21, 2017

When knowledge compels

Having ideas outside of your own areas of recognized authority is kind of fun, where all along had plans if found something to rely on that which is. So like with math? Go show to some mathematicians and that should be that, which I did. Would get recognized as correct, and then...nothing, except once where things got even weirder than just nothing.

Was not the reaction I expected.

So to recap a bit, early on when first started looking for my own math thing, which began in 1995, made a bunch of mistakes. And at FIRST talked to mathematicians then as am good at reaching out. Felt guilty then, and came across Usenet which I accessed through Google Groups where could talk math as much as I wanted. There also made mistakes as brainstormed but for a bit posters there would point out my errors, until 1999, when they refused for six months with a HUGE one.

Was so certain too that I had this great discovery, and had NOTHING. They made fun of me for six months, until I finally released emotion holding on to the desire of success, and immediately could see the mistake. Math does not care. My need to be right? My fantasies of world adulation? Worthless.

When I finally let go, promptly found myself expanding possibility with a new technique, where had invented my own mathematical discipline, and time of error? Was gone, for the most part.

Did make some more mistakes but no longer relied on others pointing out as developed better methods, learning from that six months. And eventually had something sent to math journals until one published. Then things got really weird. But yeah, for those who don't know, am a published mathematical author with ONE paper. Math journal's chief editor later tried to pull my paper, leaving an odd hole. A little bit later the entire math journal shutdown.

So yeah, have gone to the establishment authorities in mathematics, found confirmation, where just talked one so far with that paper actually. There are others, where to me things get weird.

Like got SO mad with one mathematician where went to university when he suggested, who was really polite, but who after listening to me explain in detail, he just said, ok and went home. I went home which was a four hour drive back, and got to email. And my emails got nastier and nastier and walked up the chain of the university, until they blocked me.

How? How? How could he listen, understand was correct and just then do NOTHING else regarding the result?

One mathematician took a sudden sabbatical when sent one of my results. When returned after months claimed he'd never seen it, and no was not interested in looking at it now.

Another mathematician to whom I emailed my innovative way to count prime numbers, replied such a thing as how it worked couldn't be done. And I replied, but you have it. He did not reply further.

Let's talk an entirely different area than math, where considering I think helped me. As recently finally joined the ride sharing revolution by going some place through Lyft. Where Uber is more international now so will mention for reference. And was great!

Yet why are not taxi companies embracing wholeheartedly these wonderful ideas shown, like letting people give you address on web from a smartphone? Or paying on web entirely for ride so not doing so directly with driver? (If any are I haven't noticed. But should put this aside just in case.)

Those are the big ones, right?

Instead news I've seen is a relentless battle against companies introducing such innovations though usually that is with Uber. Will note haven't seen anything with Lyft, but also they are not as big yet.

Why wouldn't taxi companies merely adopt all the innovations rapidly? Making it easier for me to get a ride, as I LOVE those features? Not so into trying to get a dispatcher on the phone. Waiting for the taxi, wondering where it is. Call back dispatcher, who is maybe more grumpy now, even if he's explaining delay. Looking out constantly till taxi arrives. Get in taxi, ask hesitantly, take credit cards? And hear, no.

And am like, huh?

People in establishment positions can find that knowledge isn't as important to them, as how they've done things.

Oh, so yeah, notice I hedge often when discussing my results, and will say usually not officially recognized, except for that one published paper or something along those lines. Or will say my ideas are not promoted properly through establishment folks or something of that nature.

But yeah, have had confirmation routinely. Just what does NOT happen after has been dramatic.

Learned to curb my enthusiasm. Ponder the situation. To me knowledge should compel experts in an area. But not like I can make another person do what I want, and really shouldn't try.

To me? The excitement should drive you.

Oh yeah, didn't give any dates. Was talking much ancient history for me, with things primarily from 2003 and 2004. But yeah, why bother people who really aren't interested? There is not much point. So mostly I just leave mathematicians alone now.

Do send them things every once in a while just so can say I did my due diligence.

These days they do not even bother replying.

Knowledge has to compel people, which requires interest, or why would they do anything with it?


James Harris

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Questing for truth

What I do is so much about personal motivation should be noted which motivated this post, to note. And even explaining is hard where did not even really have enough of the concepts in mind in the past, let alone getting much approval, by standard means.

Imagine you spend relentless hours day after day for YEARS working at something where part of you thinks you know why, until it gets really hard. And even when you feel you have success? There is a new wrinkle as you have to learn how to talk it to others.

That can be fun! Better to make it be. As that's the search for truth when you're making tools up as you go along, like inventing your own mathematical discipline. Or defining science, functionally. Or wow, trying to work out how much your ideas about entertainment?

Are changing--the real world.

And you get dragged along a lot, by your ideas.

Or at least I know I did. Until got too tired of that to not work harder to understand.

When your challenging reality makes you, worry might break you, and wonder how you found solid ground.

Truth becomes a word muttered, over and over. The search then becomes also to maintain sanity.

Started out one way, kind of as a lark, and figured some things out. Then found out that with the web, attention can be pulled to you, without that making much sense for some time. And without traditional external validation from establishment humans, worked hard at finding that solid ground.

So got practical. Like I needed a functional definition of mathematical proof. Of course I did, to check my math.

And learned the true power of skepticism: Don't really know I have a solid idea until try rejecting it, and tossing it away, and it does not even notice.

Ideas do not care. Best ideas CHANGE things, with or without your approval.

Figured out techniques for handling goals to try and keep up with things. And creativity? Starts getting wild. Like search: short timeline reachable goals

And web lets you know when across a world, in so many places, there are those paying attention, even when you're not sure why.

But better with them, even so abstract, than left with just your thoughts and endless questions that drive your mind. Refining, and honing skills. Searching relentlessly...for something. Truth.

The framework of process eventually becomes your way of staying just ahead, of the adventure, as questing for truth? Becomes your life's quest.


James Harris

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Talking refining my ideas

The back and forth of the web is extraordinary, so required, and realize don't talk it as much. Maybe because is so extraordinary and can be difficult for me to understand how it all works. But readily admit put ideas out, see what happens, and dismiss ideas or adjust as needed based on that information.

But how do I get it?

In the past started with brainstorming ideas with a hostile audience, where some would gleefully point out mistakes, where was talking math. So yeah, either it's right, or it's wrong. With no in between math is a great way to learn this process. As I realized: why would I want to keep a bad idea? So the faster could get rid of it, the better!

Those folks didn't get a clue until finally they refused to point out an error to me, and I knew process was done there. I finally figured out the problem myself--after six months. Notice? If they'd kept to the process I'd have been able to dismiss that approach six months sooner!

Now like with an idea that entertainment is about safely controlling mood, can use my global reach to check more directly. With audiences better educated they should be pickier, and also tend to jump more forcefully on things they like. Which we can study in the US box office.

There is a constant stream of data there as a weekly thing with movies coming out. So can also check for predictive certainty. Like for this upcoming week, by looking at coming films. Make guesses. Which will admit I rarely do. Well movies are just one form of entertainment. Maybe I should though eh? Guess am no longer really checking the ideas there, which noted recently rely on two primary abstractions.

Also have talked something I call mood line. That is how well an entertainment product holds the mood, and one would think learning to hold with simpler moods would be easier, like humor, or horror. Understand? Easy.

Over time, quality entertainment will be the norm across moods at a higher standard, if ideas are useful! Time will tell. So if right? Good. If wrong, would just toss the ideas. That functional approach is about wanting better.

Public wins because we get better entertainment.

Entertainment industry? Must adjust. It has no choice in the matter. If entertainment executives refuse, they bankrupt their organization. People who DO adjust can make LOTS of money. Easy.

Sounding way confident there, but realize have a couple of years now, processing data, much through the web.

These days I don't need direct feedback from people who can figure out how I do things, and hold information to keep me from evaluating ideas. With my reach I can just watch what happens, in the real world.

Simple meta process: Introduce a better idea, and expect people to choose better.

That can take some time though, so with web have other ways also where am not sure exactly how they all work. Partly that protects me from blabbing about them and having people adjust. Like how I lost six months before.

And the process is RAPID. There are times am evaluating ideas in MINUTES. At most will consider an idea for a few days before trying to MOVE ON.

With me? I don't hold on to things that do not work.

The ideas that work for me have proven themselves. And then they're like my best friends ever.


James Harris

Monday, September 18, 2017

How do people know though?

So far into an online process where noted really was on web, with my broad definition which is ANYTHING solving the information distribution problem, since 1996, is fascinating to consider the how of a blog like this one with a readership from 63 countries so far this year according to Google Analytics.

Back then was arguing on Usenet where eventually was through Google Groups, where am not sure when that happened, where wasn't really there to argue but to play with some math ideas. Guess wasn't as bad at that as some of the people who would start obsessively replying to me would claim.

Often was just brainstorming though. Trying out idea, after idea, after idea and tossing as soon as realized it didn't work. Until had exhausted EVERY possible way of attacking one particular math problem, after having deluded myself had solved it, where a TON of people knew the error but wouldn't tell me. And I finally could see it myself and mentally collapsed.

By then was known around the globe JUST in this math area but insultingly, as these math people were not happy with my innovative techniques for tackling math problems, they'd say relentlessly while relentlessly stalking my posts.

And I didn't even bother acknowledging most of them by then. Was focused on my ideas and only considered posts that helped me evaluate them, for the most part. At times was drawn into other things but insult wars? Boring.

Oh, so yeah, had FINALLY thought had something perfect and argued that for SIX MONTHS until saw had a dumb error, and mentally collapsed. There was nothing salvageable. The shock felt is hard to express. But it came and after a time, maybe some weeks I guess, it went.

Pulled myself back together. Chastened and debating with myself, realized I just liked the process and enjoyed playing around with math things JUST for the fun, which sounded good to me. Guess realized I wouldn't stop, but could shift my motivations!!! And then why stop? I was having fun, and not taking TOO seriously, any more.

And then promptly realized that one problem? Where had tried everything?

I had tried everything possible with basic techniques was using. How might I expand possibility?

And in a couple of weeks had invented my own mathematical discipline, though didn't realize it fully then. That was December 1999 and did kind of feel like significant was just before year 2000. Is kind of hard to do something like that. And skepticism is max, and you end up testing every part of it, over and over and over again.

But was back and ended up arguing with math people, and skeptical of my own things, wanted something else to feel more confident, so started thinking about prime numbers. And in a couple of weeks had my own way to count prime numbers. Which to me is one of my wildest stories. Took about two weeks and went LOOKING for something like that for my FEELINGS. And had it August 2002.

So at that point there were people who am sure knew. And they could just look at this thing.

Later also to feel better as was STILL arguing with math people where wonder now wonder why I still bothered, I decided to write a software app, to have something solid, you know? Math things were solid but a tool, felt a different kind. So I wrote Class Viewer and put on SourceForge.

It roared around the globe in certain circles before Google was really big, so watched wondering when was in thousands of...what were they called? Directories. Editing and finally came to me. And not surprisingly took over search: Class Viewer

Have had it ever since for the most part though recently seem to have #2 a lot, and that was since 2004.

So yeah, for people who know certain things, would make sense to keep up with what I'm doing lately. Just the things I've mentioned here, which are more highlight items as I kept doing more things would justify constant global attention.

Which is the basics of how people know to do things like follow my blogs.

Have been putting up big things online since 1999. Oh cool that rhymed. Um, going to stop that now.

Decided to just label metaspace. In essence am discussing the meta of how I maintain global reach.

Gist of it seems to be a relentless poring out of ideas online over two decades, with some more than significant enough to grab and hold attention of people across many countries. How many people though? Realize I have lots fewer clues there.

The key then is the enabling power of the web, for information distribution, with a driver of an idea production which actually is rather high. I've pumped out so many have no clue how many actually.

Just quit bothering to count even the ones I consider globally important.

Just seemed so arbitrary the determination. How do I know say, that functionally defining money is significant at global level? (I think it is.) But definitely think entertainment is? And sure a new way to count prime numbers should be, but what about some other math thing? Besides, what do I care really?

Is up to others what value they see in ideas or not, and with global it is about value to others.


James Harris

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Creativity and finding solid ground

Yesterday found myself in a creative mood and brainstormed a television idea and had here at first, but FINALLY am sticking with saying not just giving away, so realized should be on my blog Seriously Commercial. Before Saturday was a free day there, as it has a day based format, so decided to label as Saturday Creative.

So yeah that makes sense! And thought would give some info for people who saw and wondered where it went.

Feel like have done a lot of work to get to a system that gives me flexibility to put out my various ideas and be creative in the right places. So really glad now established a blog for commercial things, as creativity can just come at you, rapidly. In the past have had blog posts which simply disappeared as realized didn't really fit overall direction of a blog, and had no place else for them.

For those who wonder have sense of solid ground now with my process of putting out ideas. I like to write, enjoy the creative process, and make no pretensions about how speculative I try to be. I'm pushing the limits of what I think I know and took up label of meta innovator, which is a challenging label.

But like, I've invented my own mathematical discipline, found my own way to count prime numbers, defined mathematical proof functionally, and functionally defined science and also entertainment, among other things. And I really like to have fun. I think I live up to the label, meta innovator.

So yeah, when I was a kid, really liked hanging out in the library. Of course. Love that as a fitting seemingly non sequitur.


James Harris

Friday, September 15, 2017

My perspective and correctness quest

Maybe a shorter behind the scenes might work. Have done several lately which got really long quickly, but will tell myself upfront, to keep this one short. And yeah got into idea of trying to figure some things out myself back in 1995, and realize now web was for the most part here, with Usenet and Internet with World Wide Web, which arrived in 1989, but so much was ahead, like social media on it, where I include blogs.

But timing for me was perfect as was using email for a bit bugging actual mathematicians when thought had some good ideas which got guilty fast, and they were nice. But was clear when your obvious mistakes are pointed out, when you're out of your league. So was kind of relieved to find on Usenet were math places public, and should have been ok. But the haters. They were just nasty, and no sense to it, but I was like, is free speech! And I'd keep posting even when they'd insult relentlessly as that was how they'd try to force people off. Was not going to reward their bad behavior with success for it. And that was long before the hater thing was really understood.

Regardless I was having so much fun though.

And that just made the haters more mad that insults didn't work the way they wanted. And I'd get lots of attention for my innovative approaches, which was fascinating really and I was wrong a LOT, but hey, mistakes come with trying. And reality is was making fewer and fewer mistakes as I learned. But regardless would own up when pointed out to me, which was why was so disappointed with my last spectacular mistake run, when found out some of those math folks had known of a mistake for SIX MONTHS while I went on and on. And didn't tell me what it was (they did say I had one though should admit). Getting kind of long already. Time to tighten up.

Oh but still so much fun! And by then was global, which was by 1999, but just with math things, and you're doing detective work to even figure that out. And web metrics is still primitive I think, even today with advanced tools, as so many people opt out.

Oh, oh but main thing is: you want to be correct! Is WAY easy to start getting people cheering you on, and believing in your things, which can be so FAST, and hurt when have to come back and say, sorry had some mistake. I got tired of that years ago. So is easy to be very upfront when speculating, or guessing, or trying out some new ideas to say hey, these things might go away!!!

These days the process is well worked out. And I don't work to convince. I try to share well.

So yeah is over 20 years now since started arguing things out, and trying out ideas, and battling at times with the haters, to the rather more mundane things like here on Beyond Mundane? Ok, isn't really mundane. Is beyond mundane. I don't argue. I work at how I share. Um, I think have covered what wanted to cover.

So yeah, not so much into doing things meant for fans--not claiming to have any--while do appreciate people interested in the work, as SO much disappointment had to deliver to people in the past when sketchy ideas collapsed. And now while on a constant quest for correctness, have a process to limit that bad news delivery. And is easier anyway, to just share some ideas where focus more on how that is done, and leave it up to others to decide if works for them or not. (So LOVE being a fan, but seems weird to think of having any. Maybe should figure out a way to get over that? But how? Maybe... Or...)

And the fun? Well that has just been a constant. And the adventure just keeps coming. And enough behind the scenes! Still kind of a long post I think.


James Harris

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Functional perspective elucidated on defining entertainment

Will talk through what I call a functional perspective with my definition of entertainment as being something that helps a person safely control mood.

Reason I call it functional is that it can immediately let you explain how for instance, riding a roller coaster can be exciting for one person, who feels safe with it and wants that thrill, but NOT entertaining for another person who maybe would prefer to curl up with a good book.

There are actually two abstractions involved: controlling mood, and feeling safe.

Defining mood is another subject, where I like description--a constellation of emotions. Though can be rather simple, at times.

Like if you want to laugh? You can deliberately go watch a funny movie, and if you do NOT want to laugh, why would you bother? And some folks can go watch a movie they expect to make them cry.

Here's a tweet that talks that as well.
But also if you are in the mood for a quiet evening with friends in a warm and inviting surrounding taken care of by attentive strangers who will bring you food, then a nice restaurant can fit the bill, and bill you accordingly as well. Why I chuckle at people who wonder why you'd pay so much more for ambiance.

We pay one way or another for mood with any entertainment. Because there is work involved for those providing.

Like you want to be a great host? You better work! Your guests will know the difference.

Ever been to a party where suddenly you just lose the mood or never even feel it? Best to just go ahead and leave or DRAG through the evening. I'm the go ahead and...I'm the liven up the party type.

That we can try to buy a mood is a lot about the business of entertainment.

People who don't bother? Probably have more boring lives which may fit THEIR mood. You know like that person who never goes to restaurants, never goes to movies, never watches movies and never reads books or watches anything really, but is fine with it.

That person is NOT me. I love my entertainment, and LOTS of it.

Of course such a person could have a hobby. But then also probably would find money spent with it at some level. And have talked money elsewhere, functionally.

We've covered a TON of territory with a functional definition where examples are not meant to convince! The examples help to elucidate to comprehend the relevance of the abstractions.

Notice, if you just go, a ha! Then you don't need any of those examples, as just getting entertainment is a way people use to control mood safely, as I change it up a bit, would do it for you.

If so, good for you! I like working through functional examples to understand the abstractions better.

Oh, if you're NOT convinced, notice I don't care. If I'm right, even if you don't believe me, others who know you could look incredulously at you, if you claimed one thing, and then promptly ask: So what are you all in the mood for? Just nothing TOO wild and crazy you know?

Now though general principles are worked through in a quick post to understand how I do things with my functional definitions in other areas.

A functional definition in contrast to a descriptive one is definitive in letting you know you have the thing and I think works best with abstractions where description is less useful. Like go look up an establishment dictionary definition of entertainment and compare.

Oh, and also notice focused on just two primary abstractions to encompass entertainment, where ranged widely so could talk a restaurant, and there is no reason to think that my interest here indicates any interest in being an entertainer myself. Also shows that for me the entertainment industry is more vast as a concept than may be for others.


James Harris

Friday, September 01, 2017

Pondering the money conundrum

Having a connection in one's mind between success and money can make you feel like a fraud, talking the subject without much of it, but have readily admitted my probing into what money is, has been driven by a lack of it. Before didn't think about it as much, when usually had enough.

And web is great that way in terms of free things like Blogger where can have blogs up, without worrying about money there, and I use my blogs to work through problems. Often really am just thinking out loud, as putting up things public helps me focus, and dismiss bad ideas more quickly.

With the basic functional idea that money is a social IOU backed by society, could figure out much. Recognizing money flows had a HUGE impact for me as realized yeah, mostly flows through contracts. And then realized that pay on the job is really about services gaining remuneration under a contract, where noted recently it pays to be polite! Duh.

Having been someone who maybe took jobs too for granted in the past, have finally accepted that yes, while having global reach is really cool that can be a consideration for a business to NOT take you on as an employee. But also will admit got frustrated years ago wondering why wasn't making more money working with all that global reach I like to blab about so often. So figured that one out too.

Which results in my newest blog Seriously Commercial which is yet to actually go fully commercial, though consider the foundations laid. Gist of it is that looks like much of what I need to do is provide promotional services to others, but must do with best practices, which have worked out to my satisfaction. That was a lot of work on this blog as well, figuring out promotion.

In our times people want GREAT referral. Which to me means they both understand why you're promoting something to them, feel is a benefit, both before, during and after any business transaction, and with any part leading up to the possibility of it. Their choice, always. Is a huge thing really.

Also for me though there are significant requirements generated by learning to be global where probably benefited by keeping money separate to the extent I have. Makes you really picky. Oh, you thought the opposite maybe? (Who knows. Part of me is like, well if you're desperate for money, could force to NOT be picky, right?)

Well, consider how hard it is to maintain interest on our global stage with relentless competition for attention.

You think people and organizations that do it manage by NOT being picky?

For me, looking them over from my own perspective, appreciate I never realized fully just how picky they were! And to move in those circles, have to emulate. Otherwise even if managed to exploit situation for a bit, would watch it rapidly collapse.

(My ability to exploit would collapse. Would STILL get the global attention though. Oh.)

And you know what? Have kind of gotten used to the positive global attention. Sort of grows on you.

One brilliant thing though have learned is that success and money really weren't as connected as I thought. And thinking about success has helped me appreciate the people who get it done, for real, more than before. Success maybe is a moving target more than I realized, and is not so easy to grab with any one thing, like money. Which isn't putting down having it.

Main thing with money now realize, is having enough.


James Harris

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Enjoyment of explanation

With a burst of posts explaining things, I think, am glad to have them. Can be odd to consider that lots of times have a better grasp of my own story only after trying to explain to others. But why? Or maybe I just think it can be odd. It really does make sense.

In finding explanation can communicate to others tend to have to focus on common ground in some way, versus just focused on your own feelings which can lead one astray.

And I get a LOT of support in various ways where much is interest for ideas but maybe some is people wondering about these things.

Global attention reality of the web didn't come with an instruction manual.

(At least it didn't for me, if you got one--please share.)

Feel much better now than in the past when wondered if it would ever make sense! And now am very much enjoying that sense of, yes.

And can get to the obvious even for myself, like imagine if the enterprising folks who started Uber and Lyft had instead argued with taxi companies that they should let people book rides and pay for them on the web. Such great and simple ideas! They'd still be arguing with nothing changed am sure.

Yup.

That's like me with the math. Arguing with the establishment, rather than implementing the changes and presenting to a ready audience. Oh wait, I DID do that to some extent, though definitely didn't monetize. Ok. I have no problem with that. There have been math ideas could have potentially turned into a paid product, but had bigger things to do. Still do. But, my need for approval from the establishment was WAY too high, as that can simply be childish, like looking eagerly for approval from a parental authority. THAT have corrected. Figuring out authority helped me fix.

And appreciate appropriate authority more now, and not less.

So yeah, much progress in my own understanding from work done through blog posts, and satisfied with my own approach, so far.

But am also thankful for the entrepreneurs who DO start the companies without bothering to argue with the establishment. They just get it done.

Then for the rest of us? So much nicer to have more options to get to where we want to go.


James Harris

Monday, August 28, 2017

Where ideas should move things

Will readily admit that important in my story is a reality that there are just certain things I don't want to do. And with my ideas have angled for a situation where the ideas move things. Like readily admit they DO draw attention from all over the planet. Haven't elaborated on how that works, so will here.

Like with math, when I introduce a discovery which can be useful, can just post on my math blog and then watch the country counts jump. And THAT is just what shows as for instance people with ad block or whatever hides information sufficiently for them to not show, will not. And I can see the interest play out about what I would expect based on value of that particular discovery. And watch it peak over a certain time, and then diminish as discovery has successfully propagated globally to saturation.

So there are people as I'd expect USING it and then we get to the question of, so are they talking about it? I guess maybe, but am not a certified authority, and is a prestige area where there are establishment authorities.

Some experts in any number of industries or working for institutions may actually be incapable of talking about a discovery from someone like me, without it being certified by establishment authorities--at least officially.

Possibly they could challenge mathematicians, but can you imagine any doing that really? I find that hard to visualize.

With years of this going on, am confident can say--they're stuck.

Then again, that's if they even care who discovered.

With reference we often use things without thinking of such details. I know I do. And even when told? I usually forget. Just too many things out there discovered by lots of people. If I need a tool? Just give me the tool. I rarely care who made that tool.

However, some people am sure DO. And regardless to some extent can track what interest is drawn.

Have watched that LOTS of times through the years and sometimes get curious with certain countries and still the quiet, and to me is just the usual. World uses the ideas, and I just don't have to deal with official recognition.

Covered math but similar things happen in other areas. And like with my entertainment ideas? Is fascinating how that actually works. And yes, those ideas went global as well. However, am puzzling over why for now, seems most of the impact has been in the United States. Um, I have rules applied to myself to limit how directly I impact any entertainment in any country. To me is just the right thing to do. It's not like most people would even have a clue. But I would know.

My ideas do not sit and wait. What actually happens is, I watch what they do after I release them to the world, like here, and make adjustments as the data arrives. Has been that way for YEARS. And the ideas are tireless.

Once unleashed they usually make changes I can detect. Is just for me to keep up with what interests me.

Why would they make changes?

When are better, people do tend to pick up better ideas rapidly, develop better techniques and use them, and I can detect how things shift as I know what to expect, as are my ideas.

And guess is helpful to admit, if global jump in interest does NOT happen? Then I go back to check the ideas. Or if there are not the expected changes. Has helped me find out something was off, though am rarely just wrong, any more. Other times just find out my expectations were off. And the ideas are working.

Will admit have been surprised at SOME of the things they are doing to the entertainment industry, especially in the US. But for the most part was within my expectations.

Monitoring is TONS of fun, of course. We're talking entertainment.

I just want better entertainment.

From my perspective has been a great adventure, where I enjoy how things have played out.

Has worked well for so long, but I have ran into a problem. Seems so silly but so far haven't figured out a work-around. Have gleefully worked regular jobs through entire time, funding my own hobby.

But you know what the trouble is with global attention? Eventually I guess employers aren't so keen on hiring that guy who is known all over the world. Silly people.

I'm so much fun!

Which is the pressure am facing now. Pushing me to move in a different direction.

Am working through the problem space now, which is how I use my blogs. And this blog is figuring it out.

My blogs are really good at what they do.


James Harris

Accepting my attention reality

Occurs to me is easier to give various perspectives on my experiences over last twenty plus years doing my own research that still miss certain aspects. So here is yet another. Which makes this a post I consider behind the scenes which is labeled as such.

Like by 1999 had already built a bit of a reputation arguing with math people on Usenet. To me was weird as said was just some guy trying to figure out my own math things, but there were people there who hated me anyway. Haters are a problem better understood now. Back then their behavior was a big challenge for me.

Main thing though is had already garnered quite a bit of attention in certain kinds of obscure circles, arguing math, especially as had collapse a certainty of important math discoveries, more than once.

Last one took about 6 months before I discovered my error, after having spent months arguing with people who knew the mistake. And took as an opportunity to make fun of me with more passion, and luckily I figured it out myself. To me was lame behavior, seeing the error but not pointing it out to me. Not behavior one forgets.

Thought about giving up on math research after this stunning and very humiliating thing, and decided instead to quit caring about finding something great, and should just focus on fun! That is, I decided I should accept I enjoyed the effort, without looking for reward, which I did.

And promptly as soon as had that release and peace with continuing, invented my own mathematical technique using what I decided to call tautological spaces. Like once I relaxed, found a path which really was my own mathematical discipline. But I didn't know that then. So yeah, started singing karaoke to gain experience with public facing, around the time had a feeling eventually would need public facing skills.

But was 2002 when I knew for sure.

Then I found this clever way to count prime numbers close to what was known, but also with a neat trick that did SO much is hard to explain. But like that thing pushed me into calculus, which meant diverging from using only simple techniques, which mathematicians call elementary methods, which had decided to do at beginning of my hobby of chasing my own research started in 1995. Oh yeah, have some posts on my prime counting way on this blog. And link is here to one.

Cool thing about that was no doubts about it being correct so no possibility of repeat of previous collapse of my ideas. And hey, was with prime numbers! Figured no way that could not move things.

Then my own math discipline sent me down very weird paths, as wrote my one paper that got published, then math journal chief editor tried to delete out. And months later math journal shutdown. Or as I prefer to say, the math journal keeled over and died. Oh that was in 2004.

That was weird.

And concerned about how to know if a math argument was correct or not, still not wanting a repeat of that pain of being wrong, I came up with a functional definition of mathematical proof. Later I'd do more functional definitions, including my latest on authority. But my latest formalized one, where is written like a dictionary definition is of entertainment.

Oh yeah, so consider by 2004 had my own way to count prime numbers, and had witnessed an entire math journal implode on my one math paper finally published, and am trying to figure out what to do with my life. And NOTHING was going as expected.

But can be safe in saying that these things could not have happened without others noticing and now realize yeah, was global in a HUGE way, at least in math circles for sure. But not much official that I could see and YES was bugging mathematicians. And getting nowhere through it all.

In 2005 went to San Francisco, California, USA and was the BEST thing in many ways, but in lots of ways I was an emotional mess.

My ego was stroked by the global attention which I could detect though mostly through Usenet, and by knowledge of my discoveries, but in check by lack of official recognition, and still needing a regular job to make money. But karaoke was more like a celebrity experience for me.

By 2010 began to focus more, and had blogs by then including this one. My ego was even more in check, and began to pull back from ranting and raving about my situation or relentless talking about how AWESOME I must be with such discoveries.

Would leave San Francisco in 2012.

By 2012 was even more focused but math research had fallen to the side. And was more into other things like political theories and figuring out money, since it dawned on me would be nice to make some. So yeah, struggling with needing to make money? WILL push you to polite and getting along better with your fellow humans.

And now have reached a lot of peace with it all.

Put active research behind me, but promptly found one more math thing which shouldn't have surprised me. You kind of need to relax into research I think.

And, have finally pondered my global reality enough to get a better sense of it. Is still unsettling, but far more settled. Is often surprising, but at least makes sense to me now in ways just did not before.

Guess it does help having over a decade experience knowing you are globally known. Do appreciate the time.

It has been a great adventure. So many highs and lows. Unbelievable highs. Daunting lows. And now? More calm and appreciation. Learned so much!!!

Which is yet another take on things along with the others. Stopping myself as this thing is way longer than I thought it would be when I started. Who knows though where will be after editing.

Of course, like usual, I like to write, edit a bit, post and then edit more. Is my process.


James Harris

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Conversations with myself on work

Talk to myself a LOT and writing is work, but also I do work at other things. But also thought it'd be fun to write down some of the things I have told myself for years, like work is more fun.

And you CAN work seven days a week--just switch off between tasks.

Will not even think of retiring, ever, and again, am considering writing work, and figure will still be writing for as long as I can. My only big thing though is figuring out how to make money, within my values.

So yeah, have to add that within my values part with making money, as otherwise makes no sense, as to how I can garner as much attention as I claim I do, without that meaning big bucks.

There is more on the work things I say to myself though. Like don't like to admit, am afraid of relationships, interfering with work! And weekends to me are those times when other people often are not working when I am, as I can detect the world slow down. Also during holidays, which was a strange thing to realize.

I can feel the world at work, which is actually about objective measures which have discussed. That is, noticed that cycles of visits to various things I have on the web ebb and flow with things like the weekday or holidays. My web things tend to draw people when needed, like when they are at work, as my focus is functional.

Am NOT an entertainer.

There is a HUGE difference though between mental activity, and anything physical. Where no, am not into endless physical labor. And even with mental, I need it to be creative which is still exhausting, but after I have something.

Like will edit this post, and eventually get to a point will just try to read it, as if I didn't write it. And maybe laugh a bit at admissions of truths. Wasn't always this way either. Maybe I should change back.

Ooh, what happened to me? How did I get such perspectives? Guess from situations where was having more fun doing things like am doing now, than anything else. Ok, sounds good to end this thing. And after that--editing! More work. Yes!


James Harris

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

What global takes and gives

Better thing about the web is that ability to put something out here and have people all over the world or just in your little corner of the world, consider and maybe appreciate it. Which is a give and take process as you give content and take feedback. Or try not to take it, or discover if you can take it.

The constant refinement is giving us a different kind of person on the global stage, often with experience that was impossible to gain in the past.

Going through a system that is more like what I call a silo, you could find people looking for a chance to even get to heavy exposure. Or get to ANY exposure.

While on the web you can just decide to put something up, like on social media.

You then become the executive for your decisions, executing your plans and deciding much, long before you can usually garner enough attention to be subject to decision-making from established executives, if you want it.

Which I think is great.

The refinement of constant feedback possible from the web is key to a very different type of person on the global stage--like me!

Which expands the range of content.

If you have something interesting? You can interest others.

Web enables. Your choice.


James Harris

How much effort?

Reflecting more as assess current status and decided made sense to talk how much effort I feel have put into finding my own ideas, which have noted began back April 1995. There was some confidence there I think as noted the date to within a month. Later have decided April 15th sounds good for the day. Where my vague idea was to use modern problem solving techniques on old presumed hard math problems, just in case that fresh look with a try anything simple perspective might reveal things missed before.

Oh yeah, so yes, made a rule to use only simple approaches. Am so glad I did that! Where only diverged from it a bit with one thing, where I found myself needing calculus. But even then I didn't go beyond partial differential equations of the first order. So still didn't use really complex mathematics. Was important to have that rule to not get bogged down in certain ways. There IS a lot of modular which was key to a lot, and now just seems so cool. Yes modular is in mathematics as well as so many other things in our world and is one of the most powerful simplifying abstractions available.

So yes, a hobby, which was a good way to look at it. Just my own interest in doing something, on my own time, without anyone else involved in decision-making or anything of importance relative to it.

However, did put in much effort maybe because I enjoyed it so much and like many who try such things very quickly thought I had success! Where with one thing? Um, yeah. But I don't talk it as much as wrote a math paper and sent to a reputable journal and had an editor reject my proof as too simple. That will rattle you. Too simple? Are you kidding me? (Is correct I know now but still don't push that hard, as it's just such an emotional thing to me.)

But trusted established authority then, so moved on. That was 1996.

Will admit as was also living my life otherwise, did wonder at times at how much time was spending on my hobby which was a lot! Generally ALL my free time, except for when partying or going out like to nightclubs which did back then. Later would focus more on bars.

Was 1999 when feeling confident and deciding should learn better to face the public, started doing karaoke. Which was a great decision. Little did I know then I had invented a new mathematical technique which would carry me quite a bit from then on, with my latest discovery less than four months ago. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but part of me was also VERY skeptical.

My feel of how things went from about then until 2002 was that I worked at my hobby 7 days a week through entire time, while also finding time to work, and do other things. But by then could work on math problems in my head. And even told myself that I worked on them in my sleep.

Reason for one of my favorite tweets:

So yeah am talking to myself. Through the years conversations with myself were of course very common, especially when wondering about how much time was spending, and whether could be justified. For a hobby of finding my own ideas, I seemed to be working at it more than anything else.

Didn't really slow down too much till probably 2008? Seems so vague now. By then probably was NOT still every single day. But still most of them. And was also a more and more refined process which was less scribbling on paper and more and more was me working on things with my mind and only going to paper when necessary. Which was good. In the past had at times actually ran out of things to scribble equations on.

And finally started branching out into other areas, which I think maybe was more by 2012?  Or maybe 2010? And then was full force by 2014. And recently I finally suspended formal research, though promptly figured some other things out. Oh yeah, by then was really accepting WAS formal research as struggled to stop it. Tried a few times and now seems to be finally sticking. And now am more into assessing, finally feeling like did ok.

So we're talking about 22 years. And to myself about 7 of those were working every single day, most of the waking day, and confident was working on math problems in my dreams, which um, is probably actually true.

Which sounds about right. And glad to write it down! Have thought about it before but remember being more confident on details while now is more vague. So better to put it down before I forget.


James Harris

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Structuring your connections

Web removes the information distribution problem. So you can put something on the web, and other people can make a connection--as your computing devices are doing that, making connections--to get that information. Like your device asks for a web page which gets built for you and you read content, or look at a picture, or listen to some music, or other as we get so many options!

However, the problem still in place to me is the structure around those connections to facilitate what you share, keep up with it, and help others get to things as efficiently as possible. And you can end up just building something.

Like with me, the four blogs are foundations of structure. Can place content on one like here which is meant for indefinite periods of time, and have learned that approach. Like go back far enough and will see posts that are topical to a time. Now things that are more time-centered in the now, I tend to put on social media.

And with me, social media has different purposes. So my Twitter jstevh focuses more political but is actually far broader, but that's simpler to say. While my Google+ account can go deeper into topics, and I use it often more to start creative things, where they help me even more with Collections to create structure.

My Pinterest jstevh lets me collect images that capture my attention on the fly, with a looser structure but there still is a LOT there. And I could go on, but those are the main ones.

That structure helps other people access my content or content from others I share, find what matters to them most, and it helps me keep up with all of it!

In time am sure web will develop building structure in a more formalized and standard way as just part of the usual. Of course websites tend to have structure, and organizations I think more than most folks will find need to structure what they have on the web, but I think my system goes way beyond most have seen.

Developed over time. Thought at first would use things one way, like this blog, and found in time was better to use another. Now this blog has a very specific purpose with content here that is very deliberately here, versus somewhere else.

That makes things vastly easier for me.


James Harris

Monday, August 21, 2017

Some thoughts on responsibilities

Have been gratified with how so many things have gone, where feel like have done much to talk the big picture recently, but feel it would help to clarify on some areas that might seem obvious as well as talk what responsibilities I may feel with information I have.

Like have brought up race, but don't think have talked recently my conclusions from years ago that race was irrelevant as a factor with reaction to my ideas. Biggest help there was with the reach. With ideas that have simply gone global rapidly based on objective measures from third parties, can relax from concern that my being Black in the US has any impact. It does not.

So far this year alone, this blog according to Google Analytics which am checking for this post, has had visits from 63 countries. And from 241 cities within those countries. Which is only even showing people that Google Analytics can see. Is more like an indicator really than an exact measure. I use as a rough baseline. I kind of roughly think to myself have reach of a small university. Oh, and that's just this blog.

Regardless, if had felt that race was relevant, there are of course prominent Black people within the US, whom might have reached out towards at any time, and reality is: If I want to talk to someone? I usually can.

The ideas which I like to share so much, are usually results of substantial investments in time, energy and contemplation on my part. There rarely are in human history instances where so much is wrapped up with a single person, and skepticism is a great thing. Actually have been more concerned in the past that race might have moved things more quickly than was helpful, though with established authority that would have been ok. What I didn't want was to be put forward as maybe even some joke by some news agency or other reputable party, for being someone fighting for attention for his ideas.

Reality is am not fighting for attention at all. Got the attention from the outset. And even was able to talk to leading authorities for instance in math. Like I said, if I want to talk to someone, I usually can.

Perception may have been different, but recent posts talking authority I think explain it well that I was long focused on established authority. Now is more of a shrug. It's not like I need them when my ideas draw attention already. Actually for most established authorities in areas where I have ideas, my reach already exceeds theirs. Like math journals? Most are tiny in comparison to what I have now. I just wanted that comfort.

Which worked for me! Reality is, is hard to find how I was NOT benefited. I've quit trying to find a way. Just feel like, maybe was just meant to be. Sure was hard emotionally, but my need for validation from established authority was a personal thing. Was about emotion really. Talking it out, helps me let it go. (Also it just made sense! Go to the experts. Who wouldn't?)

My responsibility in my mind is to focus on correctness, and do my best to share effectively.

Effective sharing is important as even valuable and timely information can be missed simply because of how it is presented.

And that really is about it.


James Harris

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Work pushes polite

Much as a I like to note get attention driven towards me, less fun to admit that does not in and of itself bring money! Which surprised me a bit. Studying money carefully, concluded is a social IOU backed by society given best in exchange for a favor of some kind. Like someone favors you with a cup of coffee and you return the favor, by paying for it at a coffee shop. Money starts struggling the more important the thing! Which is also why it's easiest to make money with the least important things, and impossible with MOST important, like love.

And further realized that we work through contracts, which allow for what I call limited social trust, which outline the boundaries of what one will do in exchange for pay. In contrast for community, one should NOT be money motivated, and community work is harder to figure out pay, and for instance teachers, police and firefighters will do much that their pay does not and cannot cover. Just to pick one to highlight--for example a firefighter can die saving people from a fire.

For most people though, you do not work for community, like as police, or a firefighter or a teacher or a person at a state agency to name some general examples, at least not in my country. People working for community still need to be paid well, of course. But harder to figure out what is proper level.

When not working for your community? Get paid for ALL work you do on or for your job, please.

It is horrible though that some can be involved with unscrupulous people who may ask to see if you will naively do things outside your contract so that they can steal from you. I've been there. Found myself doing extra on a job for a manager who I now realize knew was being wrong. And I did not realize. Am smarter about it now.

Oh yeah, so work for most actually involves convincing strangers that you can do valued services under a contract, so you can follow such guidelines, in exchange for remuneration. That is, you get paid to do a job. And convincing strangers? Certainly helps when you are polite!

Should admit my ego which is stroked by endless attention from over 100 countries annually has had help being kept in check by me figuring out must behave to get work!

And that's a great thing too.


James Harris

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Valuing lessons learned

Has been a harder road for me, which I realize I now strangely relish. When I found my prime counting function back August 2002, went to established authority, and left a high paying job as a software developer to focus. Was a leap of faith, which I now recognize as faith in those establishment authorities.

Did not work out well.

As money dwindled also found my sense of reality went too. How did I know anything or believe anything?

Things were coming back together when moved to San Francisco summer of 2005. One of the more pivotal moments for me? Staring at a smartphone. Appreciating functional, and finding ways to logically rebuild my view of reality.

That arrival of a functional perspective has been pivotal in my life from then on.

San Francisco felt perfect. Was like a dream in so many ways. Working at clerical duties by day, including LOTS of data entry which was like an odd kind of paradise, typing in numbers hour after hour while working on math problems in my head. And at night? So much time at the Mint, a local karaoke bar. When first got to the City, was going most nights of the week!

Felt like was living a really great movie. If I gave more details would sound like it too.

So much my faith in established authority remained.

When was surprised by being laid off, on the day of the parade for the SF Giants for winning their first World Series, seemed like an opportunity to me! Found myself focusing yet again on establishment authority and decided to work at my web presence while relying on savings, yet again. You'd think I've have learned the first time, eh?

However have learned SO many lessons. And this time took my functional approach across things like money, and science, and eventually entertainment. Oh yeah, and some politics. Maybe even falling in love with the thrill of answers to things I hadn't even known to ask before.

Thought I knew so much about so many things before, where was so wrong. Like what is money, really?

Sure have a degree in physics and a vast knowledge of lots of things, from human history to mythology and, am I bragging now? Regardless, so much more to try to learn, and share.

Sharing became part of my modus operandi enabled by the web.

So many ideas found, and put on the web, like on this blog.

So are just out there now. What value? I love that question.

Reminds me how pursuits have often had an idealistic quality to them in human history, when NOT money focused, where pursuit of knowledge to me is the greatest one. But explaining to others? Not fun. Struggling financially most of the time. Even less fun. Feeling worthless at times? Heartbreaking.

Until focus returns. How do we value what?

Questions can be so much about the life found. If not asked, what reason to take that path less chosen?

I ask a LOT of questions. Answers? Think have found some.

Most importantly have learned a certain peace with myself and my reality. Foundations secure, in my mind.

And write then I edit, and wonder to myself. So yeah, lots self-reflective where is easier to just use that convenient word meta. As I reference my own experience, and in editing wonder about that much self focus.

That editor part of me kind of shrugs and just continues. This aspect of myself gets the last word, of course.


James Harris

My surprise on authority

Asking questions fascinates me, and can find am surprised at answers. Where recently wondered to myself, what is authority?

However, rest of it is, wanted what I call a functional answer, as before thought I knew what it was. But with a functional definition the pressure is different and the answer was more compact than I expected--even though knew functional answers usually are--and came to me more quickly than I expected.

I concluded that functionally authority relative to one entity is when some other entity has information needed.

Like with medical authority, a person can need the knowledge of a medical practitioner which in my country is usually a doctor, who has been thoroughly trained in the needed knowledge. That is so important, it is legally enforced that to claim medical knowledge needed by others a person has to have proof.

Find myself reaching for examples, as worked to understand. It just seems so short, and wondered how could include political or police authority, and realized those are based on knowledge needed as well. Like a lawyer must have extensive knowledge of the law, and a police officer must have the required knowledge to make a legal arrest, while a judge must have needed knowledge as well to adjudicate.

All have needed knowledge relative to a defendant who is under their authority.

Oh yeah, but what about political authority? Reality is, knowing how to convince people to elect you can get you places where people can question if you have the needed knowledge.

Functionally, at least in my country for most positions considered political, getting elected requires knowing how to get elected, which to me shows maybe found limits or maybe just don't want to think about much for this post.

Practically that functional approach helped me out immensely, as yes I have ideas, but realized had appealed to establishment authority, as I should in the past. When surprised at the response, like with my math ideas, concluded appropriately I should question my results, and reconsider their value.

Which is the short version, not talking about so much else emotional! Let's just say I wasn't exactly happy with certain things and expressed myself, but for a long time was focused on getting establishment authority to recognize certain things I'd found or found out. Now over two decades later for one thing, and well over a decade with several others, do like my process.

Often I'd simply dismiss. Which to me is a good idea if you think you have valuable ideas! Try to just dismiss and walk away if the establishment does not concur.

Reality is that humanity has learned much over thousands of years, and even in recent fields, dedicated efforts to learn over decades among a group of establishment experts is vastly more likely to be correct than the musings of one particular person, especially one who lacks that training!

Good news with correct and valuable information is that it does not care what we think of it. Like proof that someone committed a crime? Is not necessarily liked, especially not by that person.

However, what people pay attention to? Can make a HUGE difference as to whether or not proof is evaluated, whatever the area.

And the web simplified my life there in certain ways. Yeah have an evolved perspective, where it DOES help when have spent years trying to process attention which web enabled.

I could put information on the web, and check to see if drew attention, which is not proof in and of itself but can be indications of authority, which again functionally I now see as knowledge needed.

Web authority then draws on the power of the vast number of human connections that make up the web, and as the years have gone by have grown to appreciate how shifts how authority operates.

In our times, political authorities talk to constituencies through the web, which is neutral in and of itself, as some for good, and others for things I'd personally say are wrong. Even medical authority can find the web is important for distributing medical information. Where of course you need to have reputable sources.

And web authority is so much about the source for that information.

Reality is that much of web authority by my functional definition, is in connecting a person with needed knowledge that is correct. Cool.

Oh yeah, was asking myself some questions--now answered. Is my process, you know?

Writing a blog post focuses the mind certain ways, and making it public? Then I edit and refine, feeling the pressure of that attention, which for me?

Is usually global.


James Harris

Monday, August 14, 2017

Surreal web attention

For me attention on the web felt upside down when finally had web analytics. Was like wondered so much as had done some things, and would guess but finally got Google Analytics on my blogs, and was underwhelmed. Then did first yearly overview and couldn't quite process all the countries. So would often repeat, and repeat and repeat till told myself not to give country counts. And still would.

But was it real? That classic question now for me after around a decade, and answer is, yes. Real people all over the world who for me were just visible a bit by web analytics, as mostly quiet otherwise. Which didn't bother me as had spent years arguing with people about math on something called Usenet, which was old tech before the World Wide Web dominated. And actually I like to use web for everything giving modern connection reality, including Intranet and Usenet.

So yes, you all are real. Had to realize, hey am talking to my audience here with a post! Of course you know you're real, as you're reading.

And yeah, so attention was surreal. Used to use that word so much till was word of the year some year and was thinking shouldn't use so much, but is still surreal. Spend so much time just thinking, trying to figure it all out. And wondering if will go.

Have established it will not though, and web is new, with new rules.

Web attention reality is facilitated by availability of information and ease of global distribution which means that content can be endlessly found by people with an interest. And will be constantly pulling interest, with certain types of content. Things like math, software, photographs and other things that move easily and can be used or appreciated by people all over the world.

It is VERY important to me to understand the reason. Is actually comforting. It's not about me really, is about the information shared.

Which is cool. I use that word cool a lot. Turns out that cool is something that is...should I give the definition of cool. Probably not.

So yeah, rather than build up to some level of attention with lessons learned along the way, I had global in a very quiet way from the moment could even check. And was unsettled. I like that ease of using a word for years of processing something. Now am more settled with it.

Yeah, it's that simple. Right.


James Harris

Friday, August 11, 2017

Meta matters, innovation and attention reality

Found myself taking on the label of meta innovator as descriptive where talked in an entire post, but also functionally can say is like, there are situations where can be curious about area where am not an expert, and maybe find some useful innovation.

And one of my favorite examples of an outsider making a difference, for perspective I talk in this post, where bring up case of modern shipping containers and how putting things in rectangular objects could revolutionize global shipping. Which seems simple enough, but someone has to make it work. And was innovation that came from some former trucking company owner named Malcom McLean working with engineer Keith Tantlinger, according to quote from Wikipedia article read again for this post. Re-reading my own writing, to help with this latest.

The reality that innovation can come from so many places including from people not expert in an area is maybe more graspable with some simple ideas. I like simple ideas, like consider that shifts in how things are done are constant as humanity keeps--discovering, inventing and innovating. While people can become expert in an area learning how things were done best at one particular point in time. Which may not be the best way they can be done now.

Have a perspective with my own ideas as have pushed innovation in healthcare insurance which would allow everyone to get from any health insurer with no possibility of denial. If possible that would be a really big deal. But why might it be? Simple answer: cost of administration has dropped significantly thanks to computers. Linking to a post that gives more detail on my blog Lost in Commentary. Whether that will happen is another matter, but main point is focus on what shifted from the past, and in this case?

Computers have fully arrived. And with better handling of what is commonly called big data, where web has really pushed innovation there too.

Notice that noticing that does not need me being an expert on insurance industry. Though turns out I worked for 5 years in a clerical capacity at a major insurer but was in area of insurance covering construction defects.

Regardless of any experience I have in insurance industry, to me that idea just is about looking around at what has shifted.

But now then you can understand resistance.

Why should people expert in the old switch to the new that is possible?

To me what I thought were commonsense notions in that regard never worked out. So guess will speculate.

People who are experts in an area don't necessarily like an outsider suggesting things.

And with my innovations have yet to get sustained formal acceptance that I've seen from within any particular field. It can be exasperating when you get an expert to agree with you that you're correct too, then have that expert just do nothing else.

(Oh yeah, had a paper published in a mathematical journal once. But it didn't really work out at ALL how I thought would go. Guess should link to explanation on my math blog for the really curious? Here's a link to a post from 2013.)

Also, people are more territorial I think than I ever imagined possible.

Rather than the fantasy of acceptance would rather have for best ideas. Especially when is possible to prove are best.

And practically can be why we see much innovation by a company being created, like consider how much is around getting a car to take you somewhere, leveraging the web, and how many fights are still happening around the globe for the companies within that space!

And that means serious headwind for a zone where there are now two multi-billion dollar companies I think, which am sure is true for Uber and not sure how big Lyft is now.

However am not so much into starting a company around a particular innovation right now, as am more into innovating even further by leveraging web attention to focus on the ideas themselves, like with my functional ideas, like my definition of entertainment.

The web can simply draw attention to ideas regardless of expert opinion. And not supersede the experts or undermine their expertise where it remains valid, but instead actually augment.

To me it seems reasonable to suggest we may find that meta innovators simply become known as people who are just good at something that has an occupational potential as a service that can be marketed. That would be so cool! My dream job is a goal still in the distance.

Web to me is key, as lets you distribute ideas easily, and potentially connect with people who can use your ideas regardless of what I like to call silos or gatekeepers who might prefer funneling ideas through carefully built channels which tend to squash innovation and preserve the status quo.

That explains how as a meta innovator can talk about my ideas getting picked up immediately, and used around the world, where here can talk some of the attention reality where the people in the field can resist--why do I like to use that word? Reality I've seen is simply the silent treatment I like to say.

Really to me has looked like lots of just trying to act like nothing had changed. Which can get weird.

Term I like to use for it is social inertia.

Thanks to web best ideas win in many ways quickly, but still there can be all kinds of resistance and areas where there are people who try to ignore them, or fight them, like with the ride sharing.

In time though that resistance goes away as what were innovations become just accepted ways to do things.

Simply better is just too powerful.

Like consider how important modular shipping containers are today, for such a simple idea, which many can see stacked on huge ships sailing around the globe.

Most am sure, hardly think about them. I would ponder them often. But I love their story.


James Harris