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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:26:29 GMT
Bid for Twitter by a new coalition backed by Peter Thiel won't come before Q3'16 earnings results on Oct 27, sources say.
Thiel sued Gawker out of existence.
Spoke in support of Trump at the RNC.
Gave $1.25 million to the Trump campaign.
This could be part of Trump's post-election network strategy. Buying Twitter would be a brilliant move. In this context you shouldn't value Twitter as tech properties are generally valued. It's like CNN before the first Gulf War. It's where news makers go to make news. It has no peer, and with network effects, it could be a monopoly for quite some time. To have Thiel in control of that is a very bad deal for everyone who doesn't share his politics. The Gawker suit is all the evidence you need of that.
I don't know who Kontra is, but he has a fair number of followers.
DHH takes the rumor seriously.
Here's what I wrote about Thiel being on Facebook's board.
Obviously Thiel owning Twitter is even more serious.
PS: Ville Vainio observes "He could just do it as a revenge, again."
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:21:23 GMTMy longtime friend Doc Searls has a vision, one that I fully endorse, of turning the tables on vendors, in an interesting way.They talk about Customer Relationship Management, which views the world from the vendor's perspective. Doc proposes Vendor Relationship Management, which is a similar idea, but designed from the customer's point of view.In the CRM view, the vendor creates the products and then sells them to targeted customers. You end up being pitched on things you already have or things you don't want. Occasionally they hit the bulls eye and offer you something you really want. But that doesn't happen often. 3D printing is an example of Doc's VRM idea. The vendor provides the means of manufacturing, you specify exactly what you want. The product is created, sent to you, and theoretically you're happy and the vendor makes a profit. But it depends on the customer becoming a product designer. I might not want to do that. I might just want the perfect product and am willing to pay for someone else, an expert, to design it for me. Responsive advertisingA more satisfying version of VRM goes like this.I am watching a lot of TV these days, with the election and World Series, and the NBA season starting on Tuesday. I like my couch, but since I'm spending so much time on it, maybe it could be optimized. Or maybe I could add a new piece of furniture specifically for TV watching. How this works in the post-VRM world: I find a way to express the desire, and make it available to vendors, either making it public or putting it somewhere the vendors I've authorized can access. Their bots scan all the requests as they come online, decide if they have a product that might fit the bill. If so, they send me a proposal, otherwise known as an ad. But it's different from the ads we have today, it's responsive, to borrow a term from web design. They know what I'm looking for, because I told them, and it can present itself to me in that context.ExamplesOther things I would put in my VRM outbox --I'm always thinking about a new place to live, here's what I'm dreaming about now. A place where I can afford a house with a hot tub and a pool, reasonably close to a major airport and at least one good university. Good bike riding. Nearby friends. Also if you find any AirBnB-type rentals in such a place, let me know, because it'd be great to try it out before doing something more permanent. I'm tired of the usual computer conferences. I don't want to pick up a new skill, or meet programmers, or venture capitalists. I'm interested in academic-style conferences about the convergence of news and technology. Or a conference about creating online spaces for reasonable people in red states and blue states to discuss the issues of the day in a civilized manner. I don't mind meeting other programmers and investors in that context, btw. I am tall, but my legs are average size. I have a very large torso. I have trouble finding a good fall or spring jacket that fits. No problem in summer (no jacket needed) or winter, (bulky jackets are fine). It's that inbetween season that's awkward. Send me a catalog of choices. I have newly configured vision. I have yet to find reading glasses that work well for computer use. I know there are people with experience with this, are there any vendors who specialize in such products?These are just examples meant to illustrate the idea. I think when this idea is fully realized it'll feel something like a search engine combined with email-based alerts. And because it's centered on commerce, on money changing hands, there should be plenty of investor money available. Yet I don't see any evidence that investment is flowing this way. Someday commerce will work like this and it will be as revolutionary in comparison to today's net-based shopping as it was to physical-world shopping a few years ago.BTW, on a humorous note, you could think of this post as a VRM query for VRM itself.[...]
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:23:51 GMT
Let's figure out how to use online systems to create some kind of useful collegial communication across red-state/blue-state lines.
Citizen-to-citizen. No professional politicians, no media, no campaigners. People who have different views about issues like abortion, the deficit, jobs, culture, even race and gender. The thing we have in common is the ability to listen, and appreciate that there are many valid points of view, and we are willing to compromise. We know that in a country that's so large and diverse, no one gets everything they feel they're entitled to. None of us are trying to get everything for ourselves.
Maybe something like the UN after World War II. Right after you fight a war, plant the seeds to help lessen the chance of a new one at least for a few years. Learn the lessons of war. Take steps to foster discussion and listening.
There are people in red states and blue states who aren't trying to make a point, to prove something, to achieve total victory -- people who see a bigger picture, that we're one country, and that you have to practice to be one.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:52 GMT
A status report on the rebooted Share Your OPML project.
I updated the feedlist.json file, but this is the last time that file will be updated, if you've built something that depends on it, you should transition to the next version, see below.
New file -- syo.json includes stats, when the file was generated, how many feeds are in the feed list, and a version number, so this file can be updated without breakage.
At this point the flow of new OPML files has slowed to a trickle. I'm going to leave this here for a while and see what happens.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:05:27 GMT
If Trump doesn't respect the voters before he's in office, what's the chance he'd let an election vote him out.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:14:15 GMT
I had dinner with John Hinderaker at a Harvard blogging conference in 2005. He seemed like a nice guy, and even though our politics at that time were opposite, I thought it was nice that we got along.
Over the years however he has gone more and more off the deep end. If he has any knowledge or intelligence, he's suppressing it. I guess it's a business model?
I let it slide, there are a lot of jerks in right wing blogging. But this howler on his site got me thinking. Like a lot of others in right wing media, he's comparing the recount in Florida in the 2000 election with the 2016 election.
There is no comparison. Gore didn't contest the results of the election, everyone did. I can say that with some authority because I voted Republican in that election. I wanted Bush to win. And I remember the torture leading up to the Supreme Court decision, which we all felt, not just Gore. And I applauded him when he conceded, saying he took one for the country.
That race hinged on which way Florida went, and it was a virtual tie. A few hundred votes either way made the difference. And there were enough voting irregularities in that election so that the outcome was in question.
Nothing like that has happened in this election. For crying out loud we haven't even had the election yet!
Where Gore showed grace, Trump is putting his own greed ahead of our democracy. He is the opposite of grace. He's not taking one for the country, he's forcing the country to take one for him. So what if we have a 240-year tradition of peaceful transfers of power. Anything to keep himself in the news. Even shitting on the continuity of our government.
I wonder what it will take to get the Hinderakers of the world to sober up. Do they get that Trump is a puppet for the Russian govt? If he wins we will be a toy for Putin to play with? We're the greater country John, by far. Why do you support such a midget of a man for president in his hour of maximum despair? What makes you so desperate?
Look I'm not saying you should support Clinton, but how can you support someone in his undermining of our democratic legacy? Is it really his to trash? Is that what you really want? Why?
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:30:39 GMT
Is there such a thing as a VR computer monitor?
If so it might solve a real problem for me.
It's a long story, but because one of my eyes has an artificial lens, I now have to wear a contact lens in the other eye.
I know there are progressive lenses but I haven't gotten a prescription that works for me.
As a result I have to wear glasses while I use the computer and to read.
But my vision when reading the computer screen is awful. Blurry, I see double at times. No matter how I turn my head I can't get a good look at what's on the screen. It's demoralizing. Makes writing harder. Reading is much harder.
On the other hand, my normal not-reading vision is much better.
I don't know if I'm ever going to get the right reading glasses or get a progressive contact lens that works.
All of this is preamble for the question.
Can I get a pair of goggles that can be hooked up to my Mac's video, and give me a clear, adjustable view of my computer screen? Adjustable in the sense that I can vary the correction, like switching between 1-strength reading glasses, to 2 or 2.5 or whatever.
If they weren't too cumbersome, I would use it to read on my iPad too.
Hopefully this question makes sense.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:40:02 GMT
I've been following the FiveThirtyEight polls-plus number through the summer and into the fall. My mood goes up and down with the percentage chance that Hillary Clinton will win.
I've always wondered what exactly does the number mean?
Look at it this way. If the polls accurately measure people's votes, then there is zero probability that she will lose, because the votes add up to enough electoral votes to win the election.
So why is there a non-zero chance of her winning? What could happen that would cause her to lose if the chance of winning is accurate at approx 84 percent?
I gave this some thought and listened to Tuesday's edition of the Run-up podcast and came up with this way of expressing it.
The polls do not accurately measure people's votes.
Here are some ways errors are introduced.
The statisticians at FiveThirtyEight know about these errors, based on past experience with polling vs actual elections, and have theories about how much they affect the outcome. And that's weighed against how close it is. If 9 of every 10 respondents say they are going to vote for Clinton, no matter how big the errors are, they're going to say she's got a near-lock on the election. Not much chance the errors could be so big as to turn that kind of polling into a losing result. On the other hand if it's just 6 of 10 then the errors matter a lot and the election becomes a tossup, "within the margin of error," a pollster might say.
So when they say it's an 84 percent likely Clinton win, that means the numbers overwhelmingly say she's going to win, enough to give the statistician a lot of confidence in the prediction. How much? 84 percent. Heh.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:05:16 GMT
Today, sad news that David Bunnell died yesterday at 69.
My thoughts.. When when he ran the PC and Mac news mags he was accessible. And he helped small developers like my company, Living Videotext. I got to know him better, personally, when I lived in Berkeley a few years back. He was of my generation in the tech industry. The milestones in his career correspond to milestones in mine. When the PC was new we read his PC Mag and PC World. The day the Mac came out there were copies of his MacWorld Magazine on every seat. It's a very sad day for those of us who knew Dave.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:48:53 GMT
I have a small inkling of what it must be like to be a woman in a world of grabby entitled men, because of a near-miss I had on my bike last summer.
I was riding downhill on the west side of Manhattan, toward the Hudson River, which is one of my regular rides. A car weaves in and out of the bike lane in front of me and forces me to hit the brakes to avoid getting hit by him. This is a dangerous move, if you brake too hard you go over the handlebars. Not a good thing, it happened to me a couple of years ago and I was in bed for a week. Lots of blood.
But I didn't go down, and continued west till I came to a red light and I could see the car that cut me off waiting for the light. As I passed I tapped his window and said he cut me off, very loudly so he and everyone else could hear. This is the kind of loop-close you dream of. Usually the cars just speed away and you're left with all that anger and adrenaline in your blood and nothing to do with it.
So I pull up about four car lengths in front of him and wait for the light to change. I hear him getting out of the car, and I think oh shit what if he's a big guy, but I see he's not. He's a little creepy dude.
As he approaches, he pulls a familiar west coast passive-hostile line.
"Why all the aggression?"
Deep breath. I said firmly "Because you almost killed me."
"Oh I get it. I have all this metal around me, and your bumper is your skeleton, so I'm sorry I almost killed you." He gets back in the car and we're all okay.
But that isn't what happened.
He said "I want to give you a hug."
To which I thought, my god a hug is the absolute last thing I want from this piece of shit. I want him to implode and disappear from the face of the earth, or at least get back in his fucking car. But he comes and hugs me. What can I do? Strangle him? I'd go to jail. So I had to let this piece of shit do his thing. And the whole ride and the rest of the day I couldn't get this ugly feeling of having been invaded by something vile and corrupt.
And that was just an unwanted hug.
I don't want to even think what it would be like if it was more than that. And yes, I had the option at any time of snapping his neck, an option most women don't have.
So I have a small idea, a very small idea of how awful it can be.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:17:19 GMT
Imagine that a big banking firm has a corporate event in Central Park. They not only trash the place, but they leave behind such a mess that the park isn't usable again for at least ten years. It's possible it may never recover.
Now no one told the bank they had to have their outing in the common space. They could have bought their own land and trashed that instead.
That's how Google used and then walked away from RSS. We're trying, slowly, to clean up after them, the best we can. And they keep digging out the foundation underneath us.
To create such a mess and then just leave as if it has no responsibility to clean up after itself, I think eventually we will understand that that is corporate narcissism in the spirit of Exxon and Enron. Goldman Sachs and AIG.
It seems so crazy for Google of all companies to trash open infrastructure on the net. It seems their whole business depends on it.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:10:58 GMT
In the old days Steve Jobs used to talk about personal computers being like fractional horsepower motors.
The kind of thing you'd use to create an air conditioner or lawn mower, for example. A Mac was like that, but for computers.
We had much success a few years back with the idea of a fractional horsepower HTTP server.
And we can do the same for social media server.
They're interesting things!
I'm playing around with one such community at screen2.io. Join us there at 9PM Eastern tonight to watch the final presidential debate, share your observations in real time.
The technology is nothing revolutionary, but it is easy, both to use and to set up as a server. It may not be the final toolkit, but it's on the path. If there's a next one it will be even easier.
Facebook doesn't have an exclusive on easy-to-author content management. And the cool thing is, if I create my own we don't need to accept their limits on what we can do with it. I'm thinking of the basics of the web -- linking, styles, titles and podcasts. Essential features that Facebook refuses to support for users. Unacceptable.
And Twitter? Well the 140-char limit is, for me, also unacceptable. There are so many things I can't post to Twitter because I won't hack up my writing to fit into such a small space. You may be a better writer than I am, but I am me, and ideas coming out of my head have to flow through my writing interface. So I'm experiencing a long-term inability to communicate, thanks to Twitter. Again, unacceptable. Finally it's time to do something about it.
As I like to say..
PS: Summary: 9PM Eastern, screen2.io, debate watch party.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:01:42 GMT
You know how years ago reporters would do profiles of people by following them around for a few days. Here's an idea. Do that on social media. Go everywhere they go and see how they interact with others. Key thing, these days they don't have to know you're doing it.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:24:21 GMT
We need a Be Kind To Others Day on social media.
I don't know about you but I'm burning out on how SERIOUS all this shit is.
And of course this famous Captain and Tennille song would be the theme for BKTOD.
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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:54:26 GMT
It's really interesting how many "format collisions" there are with the # character.
This came up when I added Markdown support in screen2.io. When a hashtag appeared at the beginning of the first line, the Markdown processor would remove the # and embolden and enlarge the line text. Not the intention of the author.
How I worked around it. If a # appears as the first character in a post, I replace it with the XML encoding, # -- and so the Markdown processor doesn't see it as anything special and leaves it alone.
When the text flows to Twitter, if that connection is enabled, the # is left alone.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:21:58 GMTOn John Naughton's blog, a link to an article that suggests it might have been a mistake for news orgs to go "digital first." Why? Most of the readers and money are still in the print versions of the news.A disclaimer. Naughton occupies a warm spot in my heart because he was the only print journalist to acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the blog. None of the other great news orgs thought it was newsworthy, either when it happened, or 10 or 20 years hence. That might appear random, but actually it's not.See it's not exactly a good controlled test they've done in journalism-land, which is more of a priesthood than a hotbed of innovation. Yes, there were some journalists in the early days of the web who thought it would revolutionize their art, I even learned from them early-on in an experiment I did with the striking San Francisco newspapers. But for the most they have gone to the Internet with a feeling of necessity not wonder. You almost never hear a journalist or a journalism exec speak of all the possibilities that open up with electronic distribution, in the way a tech person ponders the exciting future opening up in front of them.The big missed opportunity of electronic distribution of news is that there is no cost of goods. You can include as much content as there is. And therefore you can let the sources, esp ones who are good writers, and who have an ability to put their own interests aside, and write passionately about the issues and opportunities of the day, speak directly to the readers, without having reporters filter and dumb-down what they say. If you've ever had the experience of being interviewed by a reporter and then see how your thoughts are expressed, you know how valuable it would be sometimes to cut out the middleman. They go for the salacious, try to make you look like a hypocrite, on the theory (I guess) that that sells subscriptions. Why should I as a reader care if it sells subscriptions? I read in order to be informed and inspired (and yes, titillated and amused).As with everything, the net offers the opportunity to disintermediate. But journalism has instead approached the Internet as the electronic equivalent of the paper distribution system. Nothing more than that. So why should we be surprised if it fails to achieve the potential promised by the hype?As Upton Sinclair once said: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"Imho, that is exactly what's been happening in journalism.Once blogging took hold, there was no excuse for reporters and their bosses to not see the opportunity to help the sources to go directly to the readers. We're still waiting for journalism to embrace that opportunity. Note that other activities online haven't stagnated the way news has. Discussions (Facebook), singles (Tinder), classifieds (eBay), Amazon, airlines, pornography, gaming, entertainment, politics -- all have all embraced online distribution, and all those activities are forever changed.And even news hasn't waited for the news industry. It happens on Twitter now. Why didn't one of the established news orgs see the opportunity to give newsmakers a platform from which to make news? Instead it happened by accident, to a tech org that still doesn't understand how revolutionary what they've created is.Sometimes it's good to flip a statement around and see if it makes sense. "Journalism will always be printed on dead trees." How does that sound? Does that even begin to make sense? Personally, when the web started carrying news I noticed that my print subscriptions to the NYT and WSJ were staying unread, so I cancelled them. [...]
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:44:49 GMT
Cross-posted from Facebook.
I freshened up my Facebook profile.
Took off Small Picture, the company exists but it didn't become what I hoped it would.
I added my time at Harvard to the profile, though they don't have a way to express non-degree work. I was a researcher and in-house innovator. We got a lot done in just two years.
I also added a 100-char bio. "Media hacker, blogger, software dev, residing in NYC. Always playing with new tools and ideas."
Starting to think about next things I want to do.
Also thinking about relocating. I love NY but now I find I want a hot tub and a pool and more suburban living. Maybe Boston or Portland. Not sure.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:11:14 GMT
If I were teaching computer science, I'd start with a working piece of software, probably an HTTP server, and give the students a series of assignments.
Assumptions: The software is documented, has users, and bugs, avoiding breakage is important.
0. Set up and install the software on your own server. Verify and demonstrate that it can handle a request. You can add a new page to the site. Authorize a new user.
1. You've encountered a problem. Write a great bug report.
2. You've got an itch. You wish the software could do X. Come up with a plan for adding the feature, outlining the steps, and how you're going to test the new version. (Two versions of this assignment, one with X specified, and another where the student comes up with X.)
3. Write a doc showing the user how to turn on a feature in the product, with all the configuration options.
4. Here's a bug report. Find the problem and fix it, without breakage. How will you verify that there was no breakage. Document the change, and circulate the change note to the users of the product.
5. One of the features of your product is new and competitors are copying it. It's time to document the file formats and protocols it uses so your competitors can interop with you. Write the spec in clear language with numerous examples so users won't get locked-in to their products, or yours for that matter.
Most important, this would all be with an existing working piece of software that real people use. Most student projects are scaled-down versions of real-world projects. They don't behave like real communities. Esp because the users have expectations about how the software works.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:28:07 GMT
The emails, which were sent to DNC and Clinton staff appeared almost identical to the standard warnings Gmail users get asking them to reset their passwords. Once clicked, the links took users to a page that imitated a Google login page, but which was stealing their password information.
It's great to have insight into the systems that the campaign was using. Presumably by now they have better control over email.
An important point -- what are the chances the hackers also sent phishing emails to members of the Trump campaign and the RNC? Why wouldn't they. And even if the emails weren't disclosed, they could still be useful to the hackers. Think about the potential for blackmail.
Anyway, more articles like this please, translating technical reports into terms that anyone familiar with computer systems can understand.
Basically if you get an email saying "change your password and here's the URL," ignore the last part and go to the site yourself. Or you could probably just skip it, figuring that if they put the URL in the email they're probably phishing you.
Same if you get a phone call saying it's your credit card company and they ask for your password. Say I'll call you back at the number on the card.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:29:47 GMT
The writers of Battlestar Galactica were incredibly prescient.
Some small spoilers follow, so if you haven't seen the series and want to stay a virgin, hit the Back button now.
The basic plot: a fleet of starships are at war with a race of robots that also have starships.
This was the second war, one of the lessons from the first was that you couldn't network the fleet because that was an attack vector from the previous war. I think it might have even been how the humans lost the first war, but my memory is fuzzy.
In one episode they had to, for an instant, reconnect the network, and as soon as they did it was flooded with sentient viruses, cousins of the robots they were fighting. Clever, right? I mean if beings in human-like bodies could be intelligent robots, why not mere pieces of software flying around at the speed of light over a computer network?
This is of course one of the reasons geeks loved Battlestar Galactica so much. The writers were smart and they thought of stuff like this.
Now they were prescient because that is exactly what is starting to happen in a pretty huge way to our civilization, only instead of robots, it's Nazis. We've been seduced by network technology, from Napster to Tinder to Snapchat, Amazon, airlines, your bank, the power grid, cars, everything has an Internet address. We're like the denizens of the BSG world before they learned that there's a price to pay for all that networking.
Trump was the best troll ever, but there were already some great trolls that had a lot of practice. Trump was able to troll himself to the Repub nomination. CNN and CBS et al were able to make billions promoting him as a TV show. Now they're running propaganda programs designed by the Nazis and other really evil people who were very effective at creating chaos before everything was networked.
The election? That's just the first act. Twitter will still be running after the election.
PS: The tech industry appears tuned out, the news industry barely understands the tech.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:09:02 GMT
I just wrote a simple data gathering script that loops over all the OPML files that people have uploaded to SYO and generates a list of feeds that more than one person subscribes to, ranked from most popular to least.
It's obviously a very small sample of users, but it is enough to be interesting and it might give you some ideas for feeds to follow, which is the whole point of doing this.
It's funny that my blog is not #1, but it wasn't the last time I ran the service, that was TechCrunch (since they helped promote the service) and that's totally cool. And the person who is #1 totally deserves it.
If you want to upload your own OPML data, follow the instructions in this post.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:56:01 GMT
I loved my uncle, but I have to say, he judged women by their bodies in the same way Trump does. He didn't do it on TV, in front of rallies. But he also didn't make much of an attempt to hide his opinions.
He had what I felt were very bizarre ideas about sexual relationships. I've tried to even write down some of his ideas, but I can't even find the words. Things he thought of as betrayals were just people being more complex than he thought they were, or people changing.
I heard someone describe Trump as an anachronism, a man who acts as if he just came out of a Las Vegas steam room with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. A man who thinks of women as broads or dames. A pinup girl, a Playboy bunny.
On the other hand, he does hire women for senior jobs. Not sure how to make sense of that.
But most if not all of who he is, as we're learning about his sexuality, is rooted in America's fading past. It's as if the old Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson was back on the air, and life seemed simpler, because the people were younger and happier.
Boys will be boys!
But as we're seeing through Trump, it was also a mean time, not something we should want to return to.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:34:46 GMT
When you look inside other people's families what you see can be disturbing. But to the people inside the family, it's just normal, it's life as usual.
I once dated a woman, I'm not going to say her real name, so let's call her Beth. An attractive, smart woman. I met her at a workshop and we hit it off. We went out a few times and it became a relationship, if you know what I mean.
She invited me to spend the weekend at a house her family owned in the mountains north of San Francisco. She had two brothers, and that weekend they were there too. It was a large house.
Something weird was going on. The brothers were incredibly rude to her, and then after a bit it started to get physical. They would bump into her. Push her. Not exactly hitting her, but the contact was deliberate, and clearly not affectionate. They called her ugly names.
Privately I asked her what was up. She said they had always been like that and I shouldn't worry about it. But I did! I wanted to say something to the men, hey Beth is a good person, stop fucking around. But there were two of them, and it wasn't my family and it didn't seem to bother her. So I didn't say or do anything.
We spent the weekend apart from them. We ate by ourselves. Went for hikes, went to a movie in town.
But I never saw her the same way. I was aware this was happening to me, that something was shifting, and I tried to figure it out. The way her brothers treated her still disturbs me to this day. But to her, and presumably to them, it was normal family life. Each of them had their role to play. Her role was to be the outsider, part of the family, but not really.
I wonder where this behavior originated. Did their father have a sister who the family treated this way? Was the mother a sister of brothers who they pushed around? How does a family get to a place where this is normal?
I mention this now because I see friends trying to figure out Donald Trump. The answer is that we have no insight into what happened in the house he grew up in. What his relationship was like with his parents and siblings. We have little clues, but it's likely even DJT himself couldn't tell you much about it. He doesn't seem like the type of person who has done a lot of self-discovery and digging through his past. It seems as if he just accepted what was given to him as the normal way things are.
September 2005: "Ask a fish to describe water. It can't because it doesn't know that water exists."
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 01:19:56 GMT
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:06:52 GMT
A six-minute podcast that explains why programming requires concentration and why programmers do better in offices with doors that close and windows that open.