???Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted.??? [John Lennon]
(Photo taken in English Bay, Vancouver, aboard Chi-Ling)
“Honor yourself in deciding how to spend your time, and then let yourself be and enjoy it. Moments come and go too quickly to waste one worrying about another that???s past. So enjoy your moments today, whatever that means to you, and know in doing that you???ve had a successful day.”?? [from tinybuddha.com]
A new term for me today, “slurls” — slurred URLs. The sometimes unfortunate results of putting company names into URLs without spaces. Read the following URLs. I mean read them.
- www.whorepresents.com – Who Represents, celebrity agent database
- www.lesbocages.com – Les Bocages, tree nursery
- www.expertsexchange.com -?? Experts Exchange, where programmers can trade advice
- www.ladrape.co.uk – La Drape sells high-end quilted bedspreads
- www.angelfire.com/alt/americanscrapmetal – American Scrap Metal, recycling
- www.speedofart.com – Speed of Art, art designers collective
- www.therapistfinder.com – Therapist Finder directory
Andy Geldman, author, has compiled 150 pages of slurls in his book Slurls: They Called Their Website What? Gelman said, “In a world without spaces we mentally insert out own. And you might not stick yours where I stick mine.”
Check out the hilarious slurls quiz on Facebook.
Bees fascinate me. I’d like to have my own bee farm, but alas condo living doesn’t allow for it.
Here’s a fascinating video about the bee waggle dance, in which forager bees tell their buddies back at the hive about EXACTLY where to find some great nectar.
I got the above from a very interesting article about Complexity and Swarm Intelligence, in which the author uses bee and ant behaviors to illustrate his thoughts. Bee behavior demonstrates systems, network theory, the power of working with a quorum, the significance of novelty within swarm intelligence, self-organization, and the process of group-decision making where there’s no leader to snuff out dissent.The article illustrates “how something approaching intelligence arises in a complex system comprising of non-intelligent individuals” and “how honeybees in a beehive, and ants in an ant colony, operate as a single, intelligent, super-organism.”
The 2 points in the article I found most fascinating are:
#13: The evolutionary (internal rules)
part of the behaviour of the bees can also be explained in terms of
emergent behaviour. The networked swarm is adaptable and resilient,
and it nurtures small failures so that large failures do not happen
frequently. This helps not only survival and propagation, but also
favours NOVELTY. The large number of combinations and permutations
possible among the interacting agents has the potential for new
possibilities. And if heritability is brought in, individual
behaviour and experimentation leads to PERPETUAL NOVELTY, the
hallmark of evolution.
#14: The beehive can teach us a thing
or two about decision making by groups of individuals, particularly
the compromise between good decisions and swift decisions. Swift
decisions may be necessary at times, even at the risk of some
How to understand human intelligence as a kind of swarm intelligence. Human intelligence emerges from the interactions among neurons, in spite of the fact that any particular neuron is as dumb as can be.
Yesterday the twittersphere was all a-buzz about the first person to reach 1 million followers — Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) won the competition with CNN (@cnnbrk ). Today the global media is all over it. The best part: Kutcher, CNN, and Oprah have all pledged to donate thousands of mosquito nets to fight the spread of malaria.
Something else that impressed me about the whole event: the global community aspect! Where else, even on the internet, can you experience millions of people all chatting live, together, in the same interface, at the same time, about the same thing?! We have so many ways to communicate with others around the globe, but twitter is clearly unique in this way.
Looking at twittervision 3D is like watching the earth talk to itself in non sequitors. Yesterday, though, the earth was united in its tweet-topic. Talk about a global party line! Makes me know that tweeps can make a difference, can make change happen, if we all get together and talk about it. Er, tweet about it.