I Wonder What BrewFan Is Going to Post About Today? January 15, 2012Posted by BrewFan in Art, Economics, Law, Philosophy, Sex, Sports, Technology.
Has the OODA Loop Gone Mainstream and Digital? January 6, 2012Posted by Michael in Economics, Science, Technology.
Our economy may be going through yet another fundamental change, from the Information Economy to the Feedback Economy. Forbes thought the idea was buzzworthy enough to reprint the article linked below. The concept begins with the familiar paradigm of the OODA loop used by fighter pilots.
Military strategist John Boyd spent a lot of time understanding how to win battles. Building on his experience as a fighter pilot, he broke down the process of observing and reacting into something called an Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act (OODA) loop. Combat, he realized, consisted of observing your circumstances, orienting yourself to your enemy’s way of thinking and your environment, deciding on a course of action, and then acting on it.
The most important part of this loop isn’t included in the OODA acronym, however. It’s the fact that it’s a loop. The results of earlier actions feed back into later, hopefully wiser, ones. Over time, the fighter “gets inside” their opponent’s loop, outsmarting and outmaneuvering them. The system learns.
According to the author, this “system learning” is now becoming digitized for everyone by communications infrastructure, massive platforms, data mining and machine learning, all linked to human experience.
We’re drowning in data. Bits are faster than atoms. Our jungle-surplus wetware can’t keep up. At least, not without Boyd’s help. In a society where every person, tethered to their smartphone, is both a sensor and an end node, we need better ways to observe and orient, whether we’re at home or at work, solving the world’s problems or planning a play date. And we need to be constantly deciding, acting, and experimenting, feeding what we learn back into future behavior.
We’re entering a feedback economy.
You can read the whole thing here: The feedback economy – O’Reilly Radar. It’s an interesting perspective, and not overly technical. However, the article gives only cursory consideration to the delicate legal and privacy issues associated with data collection, mining and machine learning.
A cautionary perspective is posted below the break.
Turkey Danger November 23, 2011Posted by Retired Geezer in Technology.
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Here’s a Public Service Announcement for your Thanksgiving safety:
Suddenly I See September 20, 2011Posted by Retired Geezer in Heroes, Technology.
I blatantly stole this from Patterico.
If it is gone, you can blame K.T. Tunstall’s record company.
Are You Ready For Some Football?!?!eleventy!!1 September 7, 2011Posted by BrewFan in Art, Ballistics, Entertainment, Gardening, Lurkers, Nature Shit, Politics, Sex, Technology.
Tags: Is that a football in your pocket?
Did you know the World Champion Green Bay Packers are opening the NFL Season tomorrow night? Get the beer on ice and settle back in the ol’ recliner and enjoy the show. Do you know the history of the Lambeau Leap™? Now you do.
Recovering Fundamentalist August 30, 2011Posted by BrewFan in Art, Ballistics, Food, Religion, Technology.
Rocket Stove August 26, 2011Posted by Retired Geezer in Man Laws, Technology.
Public Safety Announcement.
Everybody should have a way to boil water or cook food if your power is off.
Mrs. Geezer and I bought one of these, it works great. We cooked a meal with a handful of sticks.
Bud the Neighbor could have built one for us or we could have made our own out of a few tin cans but the price was right. We bought ours from StockStorage.com for $135, including shipping.
They have a few different models including a Stainless Steel one. I’m thinking about getting another one so we can use two burners at the same time.
YouTube has a bunch of videos on how to make your own.
Tree Trimming – with a Helicopter March 28, 2011Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Man Laws, Technology.
Flyin’ Brian has worked for an Oil Drilling company for the last 5 years.
The company was sold recently and the bean counters have decided to phase out the helicopter and consequently his job.
He is in North Carolina auditioning for a job trimming trees.
This is what it looks like.
Here’s a link with Guns n’ Roses music. I couldn’t embed it.
Darn Those Joos! March 23, 2011Posted by Michael in Heroes, News, Technology.
When there is a catastrophe like the earthquake in Haiti, wouldn’t you think that the Joos could take a break from their own problems (like the bombing in Jerusalem today), and from their conspiracies by the Elders of Zion to control the world banking system? Couldn’t they lend a helping hand with the ill-gotten gains they earned by oppressing working people?
Oh wait, they did.
Thanks to Retired Geezer for the link.
Bonus photo from Geezer of our esteemed President and First Lady is below the break.