Time to redraw the geopolitical borders

It’s time we face facts. Geopolitical borders are artificial constructs meant to change throughout our species’ history.

Syria, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Georgia (and …?) cartographic representations are up for grabs right now.

There’s room for profitable wargaming, too! Who’s up for thinning a few populations while we send our tired, our hungry, our poor to battle foes we need new propaganda campaigns to deface?

To arms, patriots! I have an investment portfolio to inflate while keeping the P/E ratio within nonspeculative limits.

My billionaire friends are currently sorting out a win-win solution that will lead us to create, strengthen and enforce new international laws while leaving room for our military-industrial complex to grow.

We need a state-sized terrorist group to conquer (an instantly-creatable enemy with no borders) and we now have sufficient evidence that you or your children are aiding and abetting the enemy. That means war on the homefront? We need more hidden internment camps? So be it.

Hahahahaha…..this new mental chess game is maniacally addictive.

Makes Mars exploration and settlement seem so far away…


Welcome to the 2014 Hyper Bowl!!!

Promises, promises!:



“The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is the broadest aggregate Gartner Hype Cycle, featuring technologies that are the focus of attention because of particularly high levels of hype, or those that Gartner believes have the potential for significant impact,” said Jackie Fenn, vice president and Gartner fellow. “Enterprises should use this Hype Cycle to identify which technologies are emerging and use the concept of digital business transformation to identify which business trends may result.”

“The central theme for this year’s Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle is Digital Business (see Figure [above]). As enterprises embark on the journey to becoming digital businesses, they will leverage technologies that today are considered to be “emerging,” said Hung LeHong, vice president and Gartner fellow. “Understanding where your enterprise is on this journey and where you need to go will not only determine the amount of change expected for your enterprise, but also map out which combination of technologies support your progression.”


Better if lectures were given by Doris Lessing?

From boingboing.net:

Levi says, “Lawrence Lessig will be lecturing at the University of Chicago in October, launching a new series with a series of talks on institutional corruption, with separate talks on the problem in Congress, finance, the media, and the academy, then wrapping up with a lecture that covers possible remedies.

Meeting adjourned, no journalists invited

At a private gathering with leading international business figures, the question was asked: “How do we increase the fear of job/subculture security to reduce mass protesting against inequality without inadvertently causing a different kind of protest, rise of the passive-aggressive productivity-resistant worker?”

In other words, concerns about human workers in industries which aren’t ready for automation or replacement by robots…

We congratulated ourselves on the smooth implementation of job description standardisation practices like the ISO 9000 series — getting humans to define and align with rote job performance flowcharts was much easier than we thought — humans will make themselves obsolete faster than they thought possible when faced with job loss due to nonconformance with detailed productivity increases they themselves handed to us.

We thanked our European colleagues for coming up with that idea.

Now, what to do about the majority of workers in small and medium businesses? How do we keep them complacent, happy and otherwise apathetic/numb to our legal pyramid schemes?

Reframing the picture

I’m all for understanding the steps we can take to adjust to increasing erratic weather patterns (including that which we label global warming).

But (there’s always a butt, except with e-cigs, it appears)…

But, shouldn’t we reframe the issues in light of positive reinforcement, or whatever industrial psychological jargon is de rigueur, recommending what we can do to improve our lives, rather than scare people with the usual catastrophic terminology that encourages consumption?

Of course, the more we make hoarding and other fearful hyperconsumption popular, the faster my investment portfolio grows.

Therefore, what is my incentive to promote effective global warming reduction strategies that more than just the usual altruistic types will implement in their personal/work lives?

What…hmm…what about our single-cell organism friends in the ocean?

Can we turn the Sargasso Sea of marine trash islands into heat sinks?

I’ve got to decompress from the novella-sized story in my thoughts and return to my technocratic ways.


Ever tell you about my life as a data analyst working for a sewer company and then, how I can’t just live life, I have to create my own overlays, no matter what?

Maybe not.

What would you do to gather info for a story?

On a day our investment portfolio showed an increase of $100k, I found myself driving 20 minutes (one way), or ten miles, to a Walmart in order to service a SuperFridge unit for a subcontracted amount of $11…


…all for the sake of a future science fiction story (tentatively titled, “The Robot Who Befriended Me On The Job: the Last Human To Work Retail”).


Certainly not for the money, right?


Roundtrip travel = 20 minutes x 2 = 40 minutes

Time at store = 30 minutes

Total time = 40 + 30 = 70 minutes

70 minutes = 1.167 hours

$11/1.167 = $9.43/hour


Vehicle usage = 20 miles

20 miles x $0.56 = $11.20


Conclusion: Driving, alone, ate up more deductible business cost than the payment for the work.

Glad I enjoy writing…sigh…