Tuesday March 31, 2015

The 6 Stages of Technology

These were originally presented in a talk by Stu Feldman, given at a USENIX conference in approximately 1988 or so...

A "technology" can be anything: software, a technique, a process, a document, a product...

(I think Stu originally had only 5 stages. Either what I have numbered 0 was missing or 2 and 3 were combined. I think this is more accurate.)

I've had this posted on my web site for years, but never put it into my blog. I think it will be easier to locate if it's here. ...
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The 6 Stages of Technology ( in category Computerware , Odd Corners , Retrospectoscope ) - posted at Tue, 31 Mar, 14:26 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday March 16, 2015

EEG from the Other Side of the Table

Image 3 As I previously described, I had my brain activity scanned and mapped last June as part of Dario Nardi's neuroscience and personality study. I had a wonderful time, but I had to wonder what the experience was like on the other side of the desk.

Although Dario had taken a few pictures of the computer screen while my scan was in progress, that wasn't quite the same as seeing the process in action. I really wanted a chance to observe a scanning session.

So, when Dario brought his equipment to the Bay Area this past weekend and offered brain scanning sessions to members of BAAPT, I asked if it would be all right for me to attend and watch as long as the person wearing the EEG cap agreed. Dario said yes, I asked a fellow BAAPT member (Ellen), who said "Sure!" and we were set. ...
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EEG from the Other Side of the Table ( in category Personality Type , Special Interests , Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Mon, 16 Mar, 14:49 Pacific | Comments (0)

Monday March 16, 2015

My Brain on a T-shirt

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In June, 2014, I had my brain activity mapped as part of Dario Nardi's neuroscience of personality study.

When I heard that Dario would be returning to speak at our March 2015 BAAPT meeting, I knew what I wanted to do. Each month, I try to choose a t-shirt from my collection that best reflects the topic of that month's program. For March, I wanted a shirt that featured my brain map! ...
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My Brain on a T-shirt ( in category Personality Type , Special Interests ) - posted at Mon, 16 Mar, 13:21 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday March 6, 2015

Fair Use?

PSA: Avoid cartoonstock.com.

I thought use of a cartoon, with full attribution on an unpublicized personal page constituted "fair use".

Cartoon Stock disagrees.

Fair enough.

But without first offering me a chance to take the cartoon down or pay for a license, they sent a threatening letter insisting on a "settlement penalty". My attempt to settle amicably (by suggesting that I pay the licensing fee for past use and/or immediately take down the cartoon) was met first with silence, then with a form letter after I tried again to contact them. My response to the form letter received the identical form letter again. I guess no one is home.

Apparently, Cartoon Stock's "License Compliance Services" employees have nothing better to do than to go after private individuals on backwater unpublicized pages. They're certainly not spending their time answering their email.

I'll pay their penalty fee, but it comes with a cost to them: this post.

Avoid CartoonStock.com.

By my reading of the 7 U.S. Code ยง 107 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use, this blog post itself would definitely count as fair use, being for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting..., however, I do not trust the robots at Cartoonstock.com, so I will link to their 'toon rather than uploading it.

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Fair Use? ( in category Show & Tell ) - posted at Fri, 06 Mar, 14:34 Pacific | Comments (0)