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  • Shareumentarian 12:37 pm on May 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Abraham Maslow, arabesque, architect, architecture, , , belonging, , ceramic, ceramics, Computer simulation, , , eramic tiles, , fractal geometry, green echo, interior design, interlock, japan, , karakusa, linked data, math, musashino art university, , patterns, persia, roots revival, Social Sciences, spice route, tile, tokolo, tokyo, tokyo institute of computer science, we are family, western individualism, wrapping fabrics   

    Bruce Mau Design 12 Strategies and Neemee.com 

    From Bruce Mau Design: “2.  Scale: the end of the discrete object. — Every object incorporates other objects just as it is itself incorporated by other systems.

    This refers to my earlier statement that “Scale is Meaning and Meaning is Scale”.  That statement translated into Culture Waves goes something like this:  “Wave Evidence defines a Human Truth, Human Truths define Human Behavior, and Human Behavior drives Wave Evidence” a bit circular I know but his statement is as well.  Ultimately, he is taking a Macro to Micro and then back again view of the interconnectedness of things. This is all fine and dandy until you get to the question of how this actually happens.  As a design principle its easy to apply this approach to a closed system and then rifle up and down the scales of things to define their connections but when you get to Human Behavior and the milieu of things that it touches it’s a different issue. This is where our Folksonomy and Ontology come into play.  Together they form a Folktology (I suspect that’s a word he will respect if he’s not using it already).

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    The notion that the “end of the discrete object” is here needs a practice to support it, a language to define it and share it.  How do you understand that twelve hundred year old karakusa (in japanese) or arabesque patterns are anything more than innovative pattern making in a world of adaptive computer modeling.  How do you understand that this Green Echo behavioral evidence also has to do with Abraham Maslow’s notion of “Belonging” without making that inference yourself or having someone share it with you.  Besides the fact the Persian origin of these patterns are organic in nature, Green Echo sits Ontologically within Maslow’s Belonging category and the evidence is tagged with these terms, “green echo, belonging, design, deity complex”.  Take a look at the other thoughts within neemee also tagged with those ontological terms and you start to get a sense of the connectability of the CultureWaves Ontology.  The Tag Cloud associated with these thoughts then begins to provide a full picture of the very human concepts associated with these thoughts.  The Neemee/CW Folktology allows individuals to identify and tag discrete objects but then systematically incorporates them into larger connected structures of Human Behavior.

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  • Shareumentarian 3:11 am on February 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: belonging, , Food safety, Grocer, Grocery store, Ice cream, life management, online groceries, Online shopping, Organic food, pop up lifestyle, recession, Self checkout, , virtual forest,   

    online groceries, life management, recession 

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    online groceries, life management, recession

    The recession is going to be a game changer for all of the technology that we have been saying will change our Life Patterns. The QSR world has been kicking grocery stores in the pants for a while but, as might be suspected, the first sign of family budget crunch spells doom for the small luxuries. Paying $300 for that driver you’ve wanted is a legitimate splurge to impress clients but spending $9.99 for the Brewtus Steak Burger at Applebees X 4 for the rest of the family just doesn’t add up to a good feeling. The world of online grocery shopping is fairly nascent but it’s growing, a simple search for “Online Groceries” returned about 82,200 results and simple search for “Online organic Groceries” returned 270 results so clearly there is room to grow. What will the next big food safety scare do to the anonymous, walk in and pick up a couple of tomatoes and a big juicy steak, mentality? Will grocery shoppers start demanding a clear trackable trail of exchange like a fed-ex shipment and if so, the web is where that trail is going to be created and with all of that safety information stored already wouldn’t the next logical step be an online shopping experience, maybe even a drive thru something like a Beer Barn or even McDonald’s, reduce customer wait and nasty erosion creating parking lots all in one fell swoop. Convenience is not the only area for opportunity either. Think of the kind of Lifestyle perspective one could have with a year long list of standard staples in your fridge, but more importantly, the real secrete splurges you make 10 or 12 times a year. Who knew that pickled pigs feet and stuffed roast tongue were a private indulgence, or maybe even a movie and a bucket of Cherry Garcia with the cutie that you’ve always seen at the bread counter but had no idea that she liked action licks and your favorite ice cream as well. Then of course you’ve got that Grandmother attendant at the self checkout lane and her Grocery Blog that tracks all the new trends in organic produce.  The zucchini she recommended last week was the tastiest ever, and it falls within the 100 mile diet as well. I get both a tax credit and a store credit for that don’t I. It’s a wide open world, that of online grocery shopping. Tell your local grocer before they get left behind, or better yet, start it for them and collect a percentage.

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  • Shareumentarian 12:27 pm on January 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3d, amazon.com, analyses, belonging, boards.ie, competition, data set, flexible, foaf, forums, immersive, irish, malleable, , , , perspective, , , sioc, , , threads, touchscreens, , web app, xmluri, z- space   



    There is a moment in baseball when everything crystallizes, or seems to, that is punctuated with  a crack when bat hits ball or vice versa.  We watch for the completion of the sailing ball’s trajectory. Will it be intersected and repurposed for an out or will it make its way past gloves, eyes, and wall for a home run.  Regardless, everything centers on that one moment when all potentiality is personified by that cracking sound as a hit.  This, however, is not the entire story of the life of a baseball.

    That little narrative is in support of 4D Ontologies so bear with me.  A 4D Ontology, quite simply, includes Time along with Definitions and Associations in an Ontological Meaning Based Architecture (OMBA).

    The ball begins its life in the hand of the pitcher who has all intentionality of eluding the bat and making the ball’s life very short.  The batter has a wholly different vision for what this ball can do that involves clearing the way for the batter’s rounding of a cycle through first, second, and third base, finally ending  up across home plate.  These scenarios, fantasies of both batter and pitcher, are snapshots in a much more nuanced reality of those who come in contact with the ball.

    This is where a 4D Ontology steps in and models the relationships of Ball to Game, Object to Time, Insight to Culture.  Ontology visualization in its simplest form, concept mapping, is a cadaver.  Maybe you can figure out how the corpse ended up in the mortuary, what the murder weapon was, and possibly narrow down your suspects but the body lying in front of you is never going to tell you where it was all night.  That’s going to take talking to associates of the deceased and mapping those associations over time.

    The more bits and pieces of the timeline that you can fill in, the more insight you’ll have, if you’re a good investigator. A person’s relationship to time can fluctuate wildly; a lifetime can pass before your eyes in an instant and you can wait an eternity for someone to complete the simplest of tasks. The evidence gathered around insights has the same flexibility relative to time.  Mobile computing languished in time as a replication of the more stationary desktop environment.  Even laptops are fairly tethered without the ability to connect to a phone service.  Virtual Forest™ has mobile computing and Third Screen Usage as mainstream evidence this quarter and embedded Wi-Fi in Fashion and apparel as emerging.  Expect embedded Wi-Fi to jump up to mainstream quite quickly to join its cousin the Third Screen.  Free Speech Texting in China will probably remain in the growing category baring some drastic change that will transform the virtual landscape all together.

    The count is 3-2 with two runners on, one out, the relief pitcher just came in, it’s the bottom of the 9th, and you’re one run down.  Your switch-hitter changed up so he can drop a bloop behind the second baseman and advance the runners if not score.  How many decisions and calculated risks are running through the minds of the players is an educated guess at best but one thing is for sure, they all involve time.

    The skill of the batter is not a fixed value in the mind of the pitcher.  His last at bat he whiffed a low hanging curve and the last game series wore him out by the 9th. The batter is projecting that the pitch to come is going to be weak and wild because the relief didn’t warm up long enough and he’s emerging as a rookie.  The runners and the infield all have their own temporal calculations they’re doing based on past events and future possibilities, but the uninvolved fans are just waiting for the crack of hit or thump of a strike.  Ultimately, the true athletes are in the moment because they have put their training in and have visualized their goals; they have built their own 4D Ontology of exactly what that crack or thump is going to mean.  Growing, Emerging, and Mainstream are associative conditions, they are built up through the relationships they have to each other.  Insights change over time and the “now” is not the most important, it’s the most exciting, but not the most important.

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    • denis 7:36 am on January 14, 2009 Permalink

      I found this very thought provoking even though I am not sure I understand 4D ontology. I embrace bringing time in because time can not be left out of anything. Time is a part of baseball even though the sport does not race against time like basketball and football. It’s more like golf and tennis. You play, you pitch, you hit and whatever time it takes it takes. Insights change because time changes them. Campbells soup only a few short months ago was having trouble selling in a luxury economy. Now a one dollar can of add water soup is selling much much better. It’s more relevant in today’s time.

    • Ian Bailey 4:16 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink

      There are a couple of really good books on this topic – “How Things Persist” by Katherine Hawley (ISBN-13: 978-0199275434) is probably the most accessible. The other is “Four-Dimensionalism: An Ontology of Persistence and Time” by Ted Sider (ISBN-13: 978-0199263523). There are also quite a few initiatives in this area. ISO15926 is a 4D ontology for the oil and gas industry. The defence industry has the IDEAS ontology (www.ideasgroup.org). In addition, there is the BORO Method for producing 4D ontologies.

    • TWDavid 1:03 am on September 28, 2018 Permalink


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