Thursday, March 21, 2019

Dot Operator Politics

The "dot operator" is ubiquitous in programming, but weren't these languages supposed to extend logic as well as mathematics, in philosophy?  Yes, electrons flooded in an animated these new notations from the inside.  We had new ways to channel energy, to shape it into computations.

Fast forward and it's time to pass the torch to coming generations.  However, curricula have bottle-necked and in many cases tanked.  I network with my people, as best I can, to come up with something more designed, more attuned to present needs.  That means casting the "dot operator" as an operator "within math".  Where the Polyhedrons live.

Last night I wrote a story on Medium recalling the politicization of the math curriculum in the 1920s.  Anti-German sentiments were motivating textbook publishers to purge some of the existing Number Theory, according to a reliable source.  Looking up to some guy named Gauss wouldn't do.

Barriers to "Gnu Math" have been different.  There's a wish to keep K-12 mathematics recognizable by not mixing in much code.  However, if code does enter the picture, then why not usher in the dot operator of object oriented language fame?

If we're going to have "math objects" we might reach into, through the dot, then why not have these be polyhedrons?  Cast polyhedrons as the paradigm objects to which "the dot" gives us access.

Perhaps the only new idea here is to keep calling it math even after we've automated it to such a degree as to be using electronics i.e. computers.

Patrick and I wandered on Mt. Tabor today, with Quinn the dog.  I'm fine with flights of stairs and all that.  Patrick has been playing with a certain Kali Linux, "a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing".  Sounds interesting.

I'd like to be paid to learn stuff I could then turn around and teach in some value-adding manner.  That's what an edit-recombine PWS does in the GST ecosystem:  it adds value.

Making polyhedrons the generic object in object oriented programming, in a math curriculum context, is a way to bring more coding skills into the picture, without waiting for CS to pave the way. 

The attempt to boot up CS (computer science) in every high school, as its own track with its own faculty, whereas mathematics is already under pressure to be more relevant, is a mistake we might all learn from.  Lets hope South Africa doesn't make the mistake of copying Texas.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pi Day 2019


Towards the end of the embedded video, I say "Happy Pi Day" in a talk balloon, when Ramanujan's likeness appears, on a stamp facsimile.

Ramanujan came up with some amazing equations, some of them involving pi, which Hardy really wanted to see proved.  Short of proof, extended precision number types give us ways to investigate what is claimed.  I have some Jupyter Notebooks devoted to that topic.

I also allude to March 14 being an anniversary of Stephen Hawking's death.  I think birthdays are usually considered happier occasions, deaths more solemn, OK I'll say it, more grave.

There's an undertone of mourning for Synergetics too, which never made it into schools, much as the Concentric Hierarchy of Nested Polyhedrons is Sesame Street simple.

No one nests polyhedrons anymore, ever since Kepler's stack failed to jibe with the solar system in any precise fashion.

Those seeking literal truths are more easily disappointed, whereas "as above so below" is really about "analogies across scale" (a topic I begin to address in the embedded Youtube).  Angle and frequency are separable aspects (shape and size).

I advance the thesis that the high priest language currently centers on "whatsons", especially bosons, the God particle in particular, whereas "thinking about thinking" (philosophy) is considered a relatively stale (as in marginalized) set of language games.

CERN stuff is center ring.  It gave us hypertext as another internet protocol (HTTP), recently celebrated this month in the media for turning thirty.

The initially remote vocabulary of Synergetics, with its "quantum modules", was indeed becoming more of a swirling vortex, as particle physics found uses for many of the same names ("spin").

These namespaces became neighbors, with Fuller thinking up a six-edged model for a proton-neutron Feynman diagram.

Maybe some schooling in Synergetics will help one memorize the standard model?

How about organic chemistry?

How does one apply "spherical thinking" in either case?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wanderers 2019.3.13


I was up by 4 AM, deciding to make my daily Youtube earlier rather than later. Carol had set her alarm for more like 6:30 AM, given she intended to attend this Wanderers meetup, about the Green New Deal and its relationship to the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

I was in chauffeur mode for this one, unable to take the indoor lifestyle of a round table discussion.  They talked for two hours.  Between tours outside, including to the tax company down the street, I would sip coffee and listen to the conversation.  Carol managed to get her words in edge-wise, as a respected elder and storyteller.

Sometimes I just don't have opinions I consider worth something and/or any patience for politics.  I'm more the dumb animal, the ox or lion. 

The tax office had a Time article about the Dalai Lama and Tibet, which I perused.

I mused on the impact of Tibetan culture on my own life, which has been considerable, especially if one takes in the Tantric and Vajrayana subcultures of Bhutan (a family home for a spell) and Nepal.  The Newar temple around the corner from the Linus Pauling House has also had ripple effects in my life.

I first started tuning in Tibetan culture in a big way when I was still living in Jersey City.  At this point, I had no inkling that my parents would be moving to Thimphu.  Sometime later, I would be Alan Potkin's best man for the Buddhist wedding ceremony in our living room in Druk-yul (the Dragon Kingdom).

John Driscoll, the architect, was present, after many months of absence from Portland.  Our presenter, Pat Haynes, on the other hand, was on the verge of leaving the west coast for the east, for an indefinite period.

John phoned after I got mom home and we (Glenn, Don, John and I) adjourned to Pepinos for lunch.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Python in the Workforce


This is a test, to see if outsiders can see the video without logging in to the service. Sorry about the audio quality.

Phi Fun in Python




Thursday, February 28, 2019

Curriculum Development


These videos back-to-back show one way to lower a ladder to the younger set, just getting into academic subjects.

I'm starting from the bigger picture (above) and then showing how Python might supply the ladder's rungs.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What is Globalism?


In this "thoughts for the day" video, I challenge the stereotype that a "globalist" is interested in some New World Order featuring some one world government. That we have one world, in the sense of planet, is indisputable (OK, maybe "have" is the wrong word -- it has us), but there's no one world government today. Lets focus on the cybernetic truths of the present moment.

Indeed, what I bring up instead are "virtual nations" or "diaspora nations".  A lot of would-be nations failed to luck out, or had their native lands stolen from them.  Rather than read these out of history, doesn't it make more sense to include them?  We already have supranational corporations, and world religions.  Humans self organize on many "levels".

Although the battle lines were drawn, and the nationalists were keen to intimate that the globalists were the bad guys, no debate really happened.  That a globalist has to be some billionaire oligarch is also highly questionable.  Why do we settle for the "for dummies" version of everything?

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Global Grid


What's going on here?

I'm inserting myself into an ongoing debate, but at a different frequency.

The global grid is not just a Chinese idea.  You need to tune out an important chapter in Western Civ, namely World Game, to think so.  That's what historians have been doing:  tuning us out.

Chinese and Russians enjoy playing World Game with us, because we've done our homework.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Wanderers 2019.2.19

I haven't chronicled a Wanderers meetup in awhile.  Tonight's had all the elements.  Or at least the more unstable ones.  I will explain.

Dick Pugh, the former high school physics teachers, meteor man, and sometime before that, a worker on top secret projects for government labs, also known as the Manhattan Project.  He launched into his well-rehearsed lecture on radioactive decay, through all the byproducts.  Isotopes anyone?

I used a pause to interject Hugh Thomforde's story of going to the Cook Islands to share about pearl farming.  The locals seemed interested until he mentioned the pearls would need to form around  "nuclei".  They suddenly lost all interest, thinking he was starting down that ugly path. Hugh had to further "disambiguate" as we say on Wikipedia.

Dick went on with the radioactive decay lecture (shades of Asimov).  I remembered I needed to buy fish and ducked out through the back door to grab the last sockeye salmon fillet.  I was back in my chair before anyone missed me.

The history books say Japan was the only country nuked, forgetting the fact that the US nuked itself, over and over, and yes, with people there.  Sometimes the people were put there on purpose.  Who knew that lithium might get involved in the chain reaction?  The Bikini explosion was a bit more than was planned for.  Even the mainland got nuked, many locals irradiated, although not on the scale of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

The long and short term health effects on Americans in the vicinity was all a part of the experiment.

After Doctor Strangelove came out, the word went around the circuits Dick was in (top secret) to keep quiet about it. No comments were welcome.  What was eerie about that film was the cockpit sequence, wherein they had the whole procedure realistically displayed.  Dick said they'd redacted some of those parts, in later editions of the movie.

We talked about other topics of course.  Barbara brought up the PDX Death Café events:  "At a Death Café people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives."  How would you like to be remembered?  What were your accomplishments and so on?

I've been looking back on some of that myself, doing a retrospective set of videos.  From the Underground Railroad is my latest attempt to encapsulate what I've been up to, all these years.  At sixty, I'm statistically likely to get some more years, but that's never a promise or guarantee.

Francher has been reading 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep and gave us a synopsis. I see I can get it for my Kindle for $10, however I recently split for Safari Books and might have reached the end of my reading budget.  Besides, I'm still plowing through the free Gutenberg Press version of H. G. Wells, on Washington and the Riddle of Peace.

Don's boat Meliptus almost went down last night. A leak around the exhaust pipe went undetected until he was back to the boathouse and about the close down. He heard the aft bilge pump working. That was his cue.

After stuffing a towel in the hole, he managed to turn the boat around and hoist it up be its rear (no room at the gas dock). Had he not heard the pump, it very likely would have sank to the bottom.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Supermarket Math