Darwinism, Storytelling, and the Futurist ET Myth

first_imgBoth in this opening scene and later in the story, the film epitomizes a futurist ET myth that Michael Keas excavates and describes in his excellent recent book Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion.  Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Darwinism is partly responsible for the slide into ugliness and formlessness in the arts. It is also a key contributor to the postmodern turn toward a hermeneutics of relativism and nihilism, championed in the deconstructionist criticism of thinkers such as Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida. But that’s an essay for another time.  Recommended Here, suffice to say that Darwinian materialism’s impoverishing effect on literature is so much of a problem that my alma mater, a Christian university in Texas, published an anthology of literary works that are not nihilistic and materialistic, just to provide balance for the typical literary anthologies assigned to students in freshman and sophomore English.  Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tags2001: A Space OdysseyAfricaBibleCharles DarwinChristianityDarwinian materialismdominoEnglish literatureFlannery O’Connorfuturist ET mythFyodor DostoyevskyH. G. Wellshuman brainhuman originsIsaac Bashevis SingerJacques DerridaJohn MiltonJohn UpdikeMichael Keasmonolithquantum leapRobert ArdreyRoland Barthesscience fictionStanley KubrickTexasThe Territorial ImperativeThe Time MachineUnbelievableweapons,Trending Photo: Humans and hominids, by Carolyn WIlczynski, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.The classic science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which I referred to here yesterday, doesn’t begin in space but in the prehistoric past, with a little tribe of pre-human hominids. The opening scene shows an African landscape where water is scarce. The words appear on screen, “The Dawn of Man.”  “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Editor’s note: This essay originally appeared in Salvo Magazine as “Art for Nothing” and is republished here with permission. Culture & Ethics Darwinism, Storytelling, and the Futurist ET MythJonathan [email protected] 13, 2020, 7:04 AM This is the ET myth that Kubrick reenacts in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s the artist whose vision of reality has been impoverished by Darwinism grasping for meaning and purpose in a mirage. A bit later our protagonist is toying with some animal bones and thinking. Suddenly, he gets an idea. He picks up one of the longer bones and tentatively strikes the ground with it. He grows a little bolder. He tries striking some of the other bones. He grows more excited, thrilled by the idea now dawning on him: the bone can be used as a tool . . . as a weapon. He raises his arm and brings the bone crashing down on an animal skull, which smashes to bits. To grasp what Keas means by a futurist ET myth, some additional background is helpful. Darwinian materialism, taken at face value, strips life and the world of higher meaning and purpose. (H. G. Wells deserves credit for facing those implications in The Time Machine.) But many who accept Darwinism don’t want to go there. One escape hatch is the idea of humanity rescued and exalted by a race of wise and advanced extra-terrestrials — a substitute god to replace the God of the Bible Darwin is said to have killed with his theory of evolution. center_img It’s called Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith. It includes short stories and poems from various great authors who maintained faith in a cosmos that is more than matter — John Milton, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Flannery O’Connor, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Updike, and various others.  These opening minutes of the film convey several themes. Most obviously, they reinforce the Darwinian idea that humans descended from ape-like ancestors. There is also here the central premise of Robert Ardrey’s Territorial Imperative — man as a violent territorial animal, programmed by millions of years of evolution to kill and conquer.  This little ape-like tribe lacks the mental capacity even to use animal bones as weapons, and they’ve been driven from their watering hole by another little tribe. The next day, a strange, tall black monolith appears in their midst, shaped roughly like a domino, but perfectly smooth and geometrical. It emits a strange noise. The ape-like creatures draw near, terrified but also fascinated. Eventually one of them touches the monolith. His fellow tribesmen follow suit. An Escape Hatch A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Jonathan WittExecutive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureJonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.Follow JonathanTwitter Share Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man And lastly, the film provides an explanation, if only fictional, for the great gap between apes and humans: an alien monolith came down and, upon being touched, bequeathed our ancient ancestors with a major brain boost, setting us on a trajectory stretching from primitive bone tools to the glories of space travel.  The implication is clear: the alien monolith has somehow bequeathed to him and his little tribe a sudden quantum leap in brain power. In the next scene they use the animal bones to drive away the tribe that earlier drove them away from their watering hole. When the victory is complete and one of the enemy hominids lies battered and motionless at their feet, our protagonist tosses the bone up into the air in ecstatic triumph.  At this point the film drops into slow motion and, as the bone spins through the air, the scene switches to a scene in space, with the bone suddenly replaced by another human tool of a similar shape, though far larger: a space vessel in the near future of the modern age. Faith in More than Matterlast_img read more

Swiss Show Jumpers Wins Longines Battle at La Baule

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP In a spectacular start to the Europe Division 1 series, Switzerland pipped reigning series champions Belgium in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of France 2019 at La Baule (FRA) today where the host nation lined up third.Clear rounds are key to success, and there were plenty who managed to leave all the poles in place on the track set by crack French course designer Frederic Cottier despite a testing time-allowed of 75 seconds. But double-clears are even better, and when the Swiss posted two of the the five recorded this afternoon, thanks to superb efforts from team pathfinder Niklaus Rutschi (53) and anchorman Steve Guerdat (36), they beat the Belgians by a single penalty point.It was Guerdat who clinched it when last into the arena, shouldering unbelievable pressure as only this man can. But it was Rutschi who set it all up with a fantastic performance from his 11-year-old gelding Cardano CH. He had every reason to be proud this evening.“It’s a dream come true! We have this horse since he was a foal and we are good friends together. Last year he was injured so he had a long break, but he’s right back to his best now. He’s one of the best horses in the world – he’s scopey, he’s careful and he just needs his rider to his job properly,” said Rutschi.It was neck-and-neck between the Swiss and Belgians at the halfway stage when both sides finished the first round with four faults on the board. The Irish were close behind with five while last year’s La Baule winners from Brazil were sharing fourth place with the French on eight faults. Germany carried 10 into the second round, but the British and Canadians were already looking vulnerable with 18 and 19 faults respectively before the action resumed.However the spotlight shone brightly on a new young British star when Amy Inglis (22) followed a first-round clear with a single time-fault in round two with her lovely mare, Wishes.French hearts were lifted with three rock-solid second-round clears that saw them climb up the leaderboard when both the Irish and Brazilians faltered, but it was the Belgians and Swiss who would slog it out for the win in the closing stages, and it went right down to the wire.A clear from Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Chilli Willi gave the Belgians a great start to round two. And when Niels Bruynseels’ second clear of the day from Utamaro D’Ecaussines was followed by just a single time fault from Pieter Devos and Claire Z they looked bullish because even without the services of their final partnership, Gregory Wathelet and MJT Nevados S, they could finish on no more than five faults.Rutschi’s second clear of the competition was followed by eight faults from Bryan Balsiger (21), but Paul Estermann (55) pulled it back for the Swiss with a foot-perfect run from Lord Pepsi and that set it up for one final showdown. If Wathelet could return a zero score then the Belgians could discard Devos’ single time fault and it might just force a jump-off with the Swiss.But the vertical that followed the 4-metre-wide open water had hit the dirt plenty of times during the day. “It was difficult because the horses were inclined to look at the crowd in the tribune behind, instead of at the fence”, Rutschi explained this evening. And when that fell, then Devos’ four faults was the discard as only the best three results from each of the four-member teams are counted, and now Belgium were definitely finishing on those five faults.So as Switzerland’s Guerdat rode into the arena with the brilliant mare Albfuehrens Bianca with which he claimed individual bronze at last year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, USA the result was hanging in the balance. A fence down and it would be all over, a single time fault and it would go to a jump-off but a clear round would win it. And you could hear a pin drop as the London 2012 Olympic individual gold medallist and three-time Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ champion steered his fiery mare through the track one last time.“Being able to give the win to your country is one of the best feelings. It’s for these kind of moments that I love our sport,” said Guerdat, after clinching it, Bianca still bursting with energy as she bounced through the finish one more time.Today’s result puts Switzerland at the top of the Europe Division 1 league table at this early stage of the eight-leg series which now moves on to their home ground in St Gallen (SUI) in two weeks’ time. Each team in this series has four opportunities to collect points towards qualification for the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2019 in October where, along with the much-coveted series trophy, one last Olympic qualifying spot will also be on offer.Full results here. Tags: Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

The three faces of Donald Trump

first_imgEven among people who think about Trump all the time, there was wide variance in the answers. (If you want to play the parlor game? Send an email explaining your reasoning to [email protected])No one opted to put all their chips on one square. Trump is too much of a kaleidoscopic character for that. But there were some interesting general trends.One is that political practitioners were much more likely to give Trump credit for being a genuine tribune. He may frequently tell lies, the theory goes, but he is not a phony. He puts his essential nature on plain view, and this has given him extraordinary latitude to shatter norms in ways that would be politically fatal to conventional candidates. Many of these people believe he may not have a well-developed philosophy, but he has some consistent ideas about trade and national sovereignty that have harnessed a genuine gust of history.One strategist who is regularly analyzing polling data in the race but not formally aligned with either candidate said Democrats will make a mistake by spending much time trying to argue about Trump’s character or redefine his persona. The only thing that moves numbers, this person said, is arguments that he is ineffective in responding to the pandemic or other pressing policy challenges.Journalists typically see it differently. Very few give Trump much credit for being a tribune—they think he is too self-absorbed and improvisational to think more than passingly about ideas or people beyond his immediate circle, or what he sees on TV. What’s more, while many commentators and editorial pages fully embrace the Trump as tyrant thesis, many working news reporters tend to put just as many or more of their chips on Trump as buffoon. Even a dictator like Putin has a certain discipline to his ruthlessness and has thought deeply about his historic project of regaining Russian power on the world stage. One prominent reporter who follows Trump said he has authoritarian sympathies but is not a full-fledged fascist. People underappreciate how much of a “people pleaser” Trump is, eager for applause and affirmation, and that Trump has “no theory of the case” to be a plausible American incarnation of Putin.Let’s give the last word, then, to someone who does have a deep understanding of the Russian incarnation of Putin. Michael McFaul, a Stanford foreign policy expert and Obama’s ambassador to Russia, agrees with Timothy Snyder that all three baskets of Trump interpretation are somewhat true. It’s also true that Trump may share some broad ideas about politics and power but, “he’s certainly not as ideologically sophisticated as Putin.” (The closest analogue, he suggested, was the puffed-up but ultimately ineffectual figure of Benito Mussolini.) In the end, it will be up to historians to decide who Trump really was, and that argument is likely to last far longer than his presidency. But the inability to agree on Trump matters in the moment as well—and perhaps very urgently.The Republican National Convention that ended Thursday night was less a party event than a kind of re-coronation, an effort by the party to embrace the president and soften his edges—which were then continually re-sharpened by the Trump family itself. The Democratic National Convention was a demonstration that there are still competing interpretations of what threat he really represents, and thus how to beat him. For Democrats, and to some extent the news media, the now-familiar challenge is that denunciations of Trump are more likely to strengthen his hold on supporters than to dilute it.From the start of his first campaign in the summer of 2015, there have been three dominant interpretations of Trump and the Trump phenomenon. These three models go up and down in terms of which one has the most currency among the news media, the political class and the public broadly. But it is notable that the entrees at the analytical buffet have not changed:Interpretation One: Trump is the political equivalent of a pro wrestling celebrity. He cares about (and is skilled in reaping) media attention and self-affirmation and not really much else—including ideas, or history, or party-building, or how specific policies fit into a larger whole, or how one day in the presidential spotlight connects in some linear way to the next. This is Bill Clinton’s buffoon thesis. It’s not that someone like this can’t cause a lot of damage, but, as a political type, it is different in character than …Interpretation Two: Trump is the American equivalent of Vladimir Putin. In this light, Trump is more than just a self-absorbed improvisationalist. To the contrary, he operates with clear purpose: To weaken the mechanisms of democratic accountability and attack all constraints on his power. Obama offered a mildly more understated version of this thesis at his virtual convention address, standing before a giant blow-up of the U.S. Constitution. It is this thesis that justified his dire warning to voters: “Do not let them take away your power. Do not let them take away your democracy.”Interpretation Three: Trump is a tribune of Americans whose voices are mostly unheard by conventional politicians. Trump may be a bit coarse or hammy, by these lights, but he does possess an intuitive sense of politics and history—of how the system had tilted too far in the direction of self-dealing global elites, diluting frank assertion of national interests and undermining the interests of average Americans. Here was Barack Obama: “I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies. I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care.”The subtext: America, this is serious. Trump isn’t just a bad president, he’s an actual threat to our way of self-governance.From the start of his first campaign in the summer of 2015, there have been three dominant interpretations of Trump and the Trump phenomenon.Buffoon and tyrant aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. But they point in very different directions. And the tension between the two highlights a curious reality.Five years after Donald Trump leapt on the stage of presidential politics and instantly came to dominate it—and after two national conventions almost totally consumed by discussion of his character and motives—there still isn’t a stable consensus on just who Trump is, and what gives him power.There are three distinct pictures of Trump jostling for primacy in American politics: the would-be tyrant of Obama’s speech, the clownish dilettante of Clinton’s and a third view that holds him up as a legitimate, if flawed, tribune of a wide swath of America. So, by one interpretation, Trump is making a mockery of democracy. By another he represents an assault on democracy. And by the third he is an authentic expression of democracy.Does one really have to choose? No, it is not essential. Both parties are now headed into the general election with coalitions that include devotees of all three interpretations. Democrats, obviously, draw most support from believers in the buffoon and tyrant categories, along with some people who once believed he was a tribune of their cause but are now disillusioned.Republicans, obviously, have just spent a week—capped by Trump’s speech Thursday night—trying to revive support for the idea that Trump has a singular understanding of how to represent ordinary Americans from liberal excesses and elite indifference. But the GOP coalition also includes some who think a dash of American authoritarianism is just what the doctor ordered for current maladies, or who appreciate the buffoonish elements of Trump’s persona precisely because they know it drives his critics crazy.What’s more, views can change over time. Obama was once firmly an adherent of the buffoon thesis. By some accounts, his mockery of Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, while Trump was in the audience, helped embolden the Republican to run for president. Even after the 2016 election, the New York Times reported the other day, Obama was calling Trump “a cartoon,” and only later did he come to believe that the man posed a more fundamental threat to constitutional values and rule of law.Addressing the interpretive challenge posed by Trump, “There’s no reason to choose among the three,” says Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who wrote the 2017 bestseller On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. “They may be in tension, but there is a way to put them together.” Snyder is one of the leading intellectual apostles of the idea that Trump is a genuine danger, with parallels in the bloody history of Europe. Buffoonery can serve the authoritarian’s purpose, he noted, by distracting attention from important matters, and most authoritarians in history have tapped into some vein of popular support, even if that is marked by prejudice and exclusion.Confronting Trump, however, has always been a good bit more complicated for his foes than simply indexing all the reasons they don’t like him and trying to persuade voters why those reasons are sound. That is because Trump’s appeal depends on being criticized—in the same way a plant can’t thrive without both water and light. It’s useful to consider the distinction between politicians who have absolute appeal versus those who have relative appeal. One good example is Ronald Reagan. To many conservatives, he has absolute appeal—his political and personal traits represent the beau ideal of how presidents should act, in any time or in any circumstances. Many progressives feel the same way about Barack Obama.But even many—possibly most—Trump supporters don’t think his raffish, roguish, divisive and disruptive style represents the ideal of how presidents should act. They just think his brand of politics is right for this moment. His appeal is relative—compared to the hypocrisy or venality or ineffectuality of conventional politics. Data from the Harris polling firm for Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies indicates roughly 40 percent of people who support Trump as a president either dislike him as a person or are indifferent.So critics can roll their eyes and make fun of Trump as a buffoon if they wish. The risk from a liberal perspective is that this looks complacent—do you think an authoritarian in our midst is a laughing matter?—and from a pro-Trump perspective it looks like you are patronizing his supporters. The joke may be on you, just as it was on Obama at the end of his term.Or critics can raise their voices in alarm that he is an incipient American fascist. The risk is that this looks overwrought—and thrills Trump supporters, who love their candidate precisely because he offends liberal pieties.After the 2016 election many Democrats for a season invested a lot of psychic energy in the notion that Trump might indeed be a tribune of the people and that efforts must be made to better connect with his supporters. The problem with this is that no one’s heart is really in it. Most Democrats actually believe, as Hillary Clinton got caught saying out loud in 2016, that Trump draws significant support from racially charged and nativist politics that appeal to ignorant voters and “deplorables.” The phoniness of pretending otherwise would be self-evident.Since all three can be somewhat true, I played a parlor game with a dozen or so political sources and journalists who follow Trump closely. I gave each person ten chips and said they could distribute them on the three squares however they wished. Put all ten chips on one interpretation, if that seems right, or split the difference with four on one square and three on the two others. Two former Democratic presidents last week tried to build up by Joe Biden in part by taking down President Donald Trump. When they did, there were some important distinctions in how they spoke about the man in their party’s crosshairs.Here was Bill Clinton: “If you want a president who defies the job, is spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media, he’s your man.”The subtext: America, we all know this guy is a buffoon. Most likely, McFaul said, Trump is not an “active autocrat” but he is an “indifferent democrat”—someone who doesn’t care about political or constitutional niceties whether he’s playing the tribune, tyrant or buffoon. Now Democrats have just over 9 weeks to decide which face of Trump is most credible—and most alarming—to the most people. Also On POLITICO Trump administration weighs accusing China of ‘genocide’ over Uighurs By Daniel Lippman and Nahal Toosi Richard Grenell claims he watched Trump ‘charm’ Germany’s Angela Merkel By Lara Seligmanlast_img read more

Geoex Outbids Spectrum in MCG Acquisition

first_imgNorwegian multi-client seismic data specialist, Spectrum, has decided to withdraw the offer to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares in MultiClient Geophysical (MCG).The withdrawal follows the increase of the offer price by Geoex, a company bidding along Spectrum to acquire all outstanding shares in MCG.The important factor in the decision was the announcement by MCG board to recommend to the shareholders to accept the higher Geoex offer, Spectrum noted.“Spectrum has therefore resolved to withdraw the offer and that all acceptances received under the offer shall be released with immediate effect. Any blocking in VPS of MCG shares held by shareholders that have already accepted the offer will be released,” the company said.To remind, Spectrum made an offer to acquire all the outstanding shares at a consideration of NOK 1.25 per share, compared to the initial offer of Geoex of NOK 1.20 per share.The new offer by Geoex increased to NOK 1.40 per share.last_img read more

Comment of the Day: All We Are Saying is Give Twine a Chance…

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Contests#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Today Marshall Kirkpatrick posted a less than favorable review of Twine, the semantic web knowledge management system that is currently in private beta. Marshall made some great points; and ultimately his post will serve as both excellent feedback for Twine’s developers and a wakeup call that this Semantic Web stuff is hard. However Twine should also be encouraged that a couple of their early beta users jumped to the product’s defence.One of them, David Scott Lewis, pleaded: “Marshall, don’t give up on Twine. Just watch it, pledge to write another review in July and then another in December. You’ll become a true believer over time.”Congratulations David, you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher – courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Netflix Queue Widget.Update: David, please contact editor at readwriteweb.com with your real email address 🙂Update 2: Twine founder Nova Spivack has written a response to our post on his blog.Here is David’s full comment: “Marshall, Marshall, Marshall. You’re a great writer, generally right on top of things. Matter of fact, of the Web 2.0 A-list bloggers, you’ve demonstrated the most knowledge of the Semantic Web. You even get — which few do — that recommenders are an important part of a comprehensive solution.This being said, you’re way off on Twine. First, you’ve been on Twine only since March 7th. Second, you have only three connections, Rafe, Nova (their CEO) and yours truly. As a result, you haven’t had a chance to explore Twine for social knowledge sharing. Third, you’ve subscribed to only three Twines. That’s it!! You did choose two of the most active Twines, but you didn’t explore how Twine can be used beyond geekdom. In contrast to what Gabe has tried to do, Digg, et al, Twine has a lot of value when exploring broader topics. See the China, Public Policy, and Futures Twines as three examples. Honestly, you need to get a lot more engaged before you can really comment. At this point, you’ve had minimal engagement. And, as you know, I’m the MOST engaged private beta tester, so I believe I’m in a good position to make an objective observation. (Remember, I was a VP-level analyst at META. So I have the street cred for making objective observations on emerging technologies; I’m not just some blogger or the like.)In fact, here in Qingdao (China) we’re starting to use Twine as a combination social network + social bookmarking site + threaded online discussion group + wiki. We have two groups that are slowly getting engaged with Twine. One is a local ecumenical Christian fellowship for expats, the other (which is much more active at this point) is for the de facto Chamber of Commerce for Westerners living in Qingdao. Although we haven’t rolled out Twine for the general membership, the “Chamber” Executive Committee has adopted Twine as its key communications and knowledge sharing tool. Matter of fact, the head (yes, THE head) of one of the largest U.S. operations in China is getting addicted to Twine … as is his wife!! We’ve even had the 17 year old adopted daughter of one of our local Kiwis start a Twine which already has among the most members. Started four or so days ago, it’s already among the top dozen or so Twines. (It’s the Connecting People Together Twine.) And I’ve even created a TUG (Twine Users Group) for Qingdao which I’ll officially launch after we’ve had a chance to roll out Twine to at least a few hundred fellow expats … and we’ll likely follow with a TUG in Shanghai, too.To be very frank, I was personally concerned about rolling out Twine to media types such as yourself. It’s not ready for prime time, but nobody ever said it was. It’s in PRIVATE beta. Hand holding helps … and I’ve done a lot of hand holding. But I’m also dealing with a crowd that has NO IDEA what social bookmarking is, what a wiki is. Yet, I/we have demonstrated that Twine has a great deal of utility for newbies; it’s not just for semweb geeks.Unfortunately, you entered Twine just when the UI changed. This was bad timing. The new UI should have been rolled out to the existing private beta testers BEFORE (and NOT concurrently) with letting in selected media personalities. I concur that the UI needs some work, as does the daily e-mail Digest. Hey, it’s a work in progress.But, Marshall, the core tech underneath Twine’s hood is what really matters, is the power (and competitive advantage) for Twine. The UI can be improved. I’ve already seen a lot of improvement in the UI; it will get a lot easier to use.Without being modest, I can tell you that there are two power users of Twine: Myself and Hrafn Thorisson. (If you check the Explore page, you’ll see this.) Both of us are extremely active in two private Twines, the Product Community and Evangelism Twines. We also have a lot of direct discourse with Nova — “direct” as is by private e-mail. I can tell you first hand that Nova and his team (Peter, Scott, Chris, Jim, James) are highly responsive to our suggestions. Don’t be too concerned: When someone needs to piss on Twine, we do the pissing. But they clean up the mess, make Twine better. And they respond in fairly short order, too. Hey, not everything can be changed overnight. Changes, however, do happen on a fairly frequent basis, more so than in any other beta I’ve been part of.Marshall, don’t give up on Twine. Just watch it, pledge to write another review in July and then another in December. You’ll become a true believer over time. BTW, feel free to contact me if you want to toss around any ideas, need uber user feedback. My contact info is on my Twine profile page; don’t use the e-mail address that I provide for my R/WW comments. Thanks!!” richard macmanuscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Legal Issues to Watch Out For

first_imgCloud Computing success is often tied strongly to the fine print of the  contract with your cloud computing vendor. Forbes recently published a list of issues that you’ll want to understand before signing off on a cloud computing contract.  Some of the points discussed in the article include:Service Levels.  It’s important to make sure that the service levels that the vendor is committing to match up with the requirements for you and your users intend to use the application.  Clearly applications which are considered mission critical to your organization will require much more stringent constraints around permissible downtime and required performance and response time.   Make sure your Service Level Agreement (SLA) addresses availability, planned outages, critical and noncritical outages, service credits and termination in a way that is consistent with how you plan to use the application.Remedy for Violations. What is your remedy should the vendor not live up to his part of the agreement?  Is the cloud vendor required to notify you in known cases of downtime or sluggish performance?Representations and Warranties and  Indemnities.   A representation is a fact about the present or past and a warranty is a promise about the future.  There is typically a representation that the cloud software will perform certain functions and within certain specifications.    Warranties and Indemnities provide the protection and ensurance that the cloud vendor has the rights to be able to be providing the service.Confidentiality.  The cloud vendor needs to agree and uphold the privacy and confidentiality of the data that you will entrust them with.  The agreement should detail the security measures that the vendor will employ to ensure that your data will not be compromised.Backups and Recoveries.  Are they done, how frequently, and what are their cost?Upgrades.  How often do upgrades occur and how much notice will you receive prior to the change?Migration.  How easy is it to get data back from the cloud vendor should you want to migrate your data somewhere else later?last_img read more

Simplifying iOS Game Logic With Apple’s GameplayKit’s Rule Systems

first_imgSimplifying iOS Game Logic With Apple’s GameplayKit’s Rule SystemsYou are here: HomeWeb DesignSimplifying iOS Game Logic With Apple’s GameplayKit’s Rule Systems Posted on 25th April 2017Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share When you develop a game, you need to sprinkle conditionals everywhere. If Pac-Man eats a power pill, then ghosts should run away. If the player has low health, then enemies attack more aggressively. If the space invader hits the left edge, then it should start moving right.Usually, these bits of code are strewn around, embedded in larger functions, and the overall logic of the game is difficult to see or reuse to build up new levels.The post Simplifying iOS Game Logic With Apple’s GameplayKit’s Rule Systems appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: Simplifying iOS Game Logic With Apple’s GameplayKit’s Rule Systems Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more

Marketing Day: Facebook reorganizes internal teams, video ads & IAB’s Newfronts

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Facebook reorganizes internal teams, video ads & IAB’s Newfronts Marketing Day: Facebook reorganizes internal teams, video ads & IAB’s NewfrontsYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Facebook reorganizes internal teams, moves existing executives into new leadership rolesMay 9, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesCEO Mark Zuckerberg has split Facebook’s product and engineering teams into three divisions.Nanigans, releasing a survey showing that retargeting is ‘broken,’ pitches its solutionMay 9, 2018 by Barry LevineBoth consumers and marketers are unhappy with follow-up ads, but the Boston-based firm contends that better measurement and prediction are the answers.Two kinds of video ads help break through the dilemma of interruptive marketingMay 9, 2018 by Barry LevineAt an IAB breakfast last week, two firms presented documented examples of how marketers can avoid ad skipping and competition from second screens.IAB’s Newfronts: Online program makers pitch action, cross-platform mini-brands and the shape of the new TVMay 9, 2018 by Barry LevineYouTube is settling into its role as a star-maker, even as other program producers are booming with content ideas and social energy.Beyond keywords: What really matters in SEO contentMay 9, 2018 by Jessica FosterGoing beyond keywords to write high-quality content that attracts new customers and is SEO-friendly is the way to go, says contributor Jessica Foster. Here she shares eight ways to create content that satisfies people and engines.Ask the SMXpert: Keyword research and copywritingMay 9, 2018 by Debra MastalerContributor and SMXpert Christine Churchill answers keyword research and copywriting technique questions from attendees who participated in the SMX West 2018 Keyword Bootcamp.Registration for MarTech is open!May 9, 2018 by Marketing LandResponsible for implementing marketing technology and operations that drive growth, profitability and extraordinary customer experiences? Then join us at The MarTech® Conference, October 1-3 in Boston. MarTech delivers a vendor-agnostic, graduate-level marketing, technology and management conference that will help you succeed in this software-powered marketing world.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:Fuel Cycle expands its audience research platform with launch of exchange for third-party toolsMay 9, 2018 by Barry LevineDescribed as the first of its kind, the Exchange integrates analytical and other third-party tools within the platform.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:“They genuinely wanted to listen”: Inside the Snapchat Creators Summit where 13 Snapchat users met the boss, DigidayApple cracking down on applications that send location data to third-parties, 9to5MacConsumer Attitudes Toward Data Privacy Survey 2018, JanrainInternational Ecommerce Strategy: Enterprise Tools for Global Growth, ShopifyJeff Zients Joins Facebook Board of Directors, Facebook NewsroomReach People in Emerging Markets with Mobile Video, Facebook BusinessThe Role of Automation in Digital Transformation, MarketoWhat is Intelligent Content and How Can It Help Marketers?, CMS WireWhy Brands Need to Take the Plunge Into VR Today, Content Marketing InstituteThe post Marketing Day: Facebook reorganizes internal teams, video ads & IAB’s Newfronts appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Facebook reorganizes internal teams, video ads & IAB’s Newfronts Posted on 10th May 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Hundreds Bid Farewell to Count Prince Miller

first_img Scores of musicians and members of the entertainment fraternity were among the many well-wishers from across the United Kingdom (UK), Jamaica and Belgium who filled the pews of the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road in London today (September 4) to say farewell to Clarence ‘Count Prince’ Miller, musical pioneer and actor.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, in a special tribute read by High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, said Count Prince Miller was a tower of a man who contributed to the growth and development of the Jamaican entertainment industry and Brand Jamaica.“Count Prince Miller will also be remembered among the resilient and determined Jamaicans who must be recognised for their tenacity and endurance, as they emigrated to the United Kingdom and found their place in the centre of our colonial history,” she said.“The ‘Count Prince’ set up house and was determined to make his mark as part of what our own cultural icon, Miss Lou, referred to as Jamaicans ‘colonizing England in reverse’,” Miss Grange noted.Count Prince Miller, who died on August 16, was remembered in song, music and poetry, including a special selection by a choir made up of members of the Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame production, in which Count Prince Miller played National Hero Marcus Garvey.Other tributes were paid by Count Prince Miller’s long-time friend and fellow member of the Vagabonds, Jimmy James; and Managing Director of the Gleaner Voice Group, George Ruddock. The sermon was delivered by the Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who spoke of Count Prince Miller’s kindness and generosity of spirit.She noted that he went out of his way to help others, including many young people.An offering was collected towards the Alpha Boys’ Home.The Thanksgiving service was followed by a reception at the Jamaican High Commission, which included more tributes from close friends, Dr. Myrna Hague-Bradshaw, veteran singers Winston Francis, A.J. Franklyn and Dennis Alcapone as well as saxophonist Lascelles James.His cremated remains will be interred in Jamaica. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, in a special tribute read by High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, said Count Prince Miller was a tower of a man who contributed to the growth and development of the Jamaican entertainment industry and Brand Jamaica. Story Highlightscenter_img Scores of musicians and members of the entertainment fraternity were among the many well-wishers from across the United Kingdom (UK), Jamaica and Belgium who filled the pews of the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road in London today (September 4) to say farewell to Clarence ‘Count Prince’ Miller, musical pioneer and actor.last_img read more