Note: this post originally appeared as a blog arc on my old Triquatrotiticale blog. I’m resurrecting the complete arc here as it’s referenced in That Think You Do‘s “The Liz Effect” chapter
For those of you who weren’t in the loop, NextStage has been taking it’s desktop tools and turning them into web tools. The first to come out of that particular shute is NextStage’s Sentiment Analysis Tool. I’ve written about that tool before in Sentiment Analysis, Anyone? (Part 1) (happy to resurrect, if you wish) and Canoeing with Stephane (Sentiment Analysis, Anyone? (Part 2)) (ditto). Here I’ll be sharing how to use and understand the Level 1 version of that tool.
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Pictures are mirrors. Today I didn’t like what I saw.
There are two pictures here. Scroll down to see the second.
I hope, should there be a lesson for you in this, it is neither as painful nor as necessary as mine.
Take a moment to answer the question in the first picture.
Give yourself time. Go wild with it. Explore it.
Scroll down and let me know your response to the answer.
Continue reading “What I learned about myself by looking at a picture”
Yesterday I saw a tweet “If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?”
I would determine what type of argument they most value and invoke that type of argument to their detriment, offering logical discourse as an alternative.
“Don’t Trump supporters know they’re wrong?”
The question is invalid.
‘Wrong’ implies a morality. Any question of ‘right and wrong’ requires a concept of a godhead, obeisance to some authority capable of inviolate decisions. Telling someone they’re ‘wrong’ requires them to understand guilt and shame. That’s the province of religion and we’re suppose to keep church and state separate in America.
Questions of morality require a recognition of a higher authority, of something superior to one’s self.
I think what you’re after is ‘error’. What most Trump supporters can’t do is admit they made a mistake. This has nothing to do with Trump specifically. Western society especially has made it a point of honor – saving face – not to admit a mistake. Admitting a mistake causes two things immediately; it recognizes responsibility and it requires change.
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On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.
And that simple little movie, Groundhog Day, became iconic of personal change, self-recognition and the will to be better.
But most people focus on the repeating of a hellish day, not that Bill Murray worked to make it better and worth living.
So how about today and just for today, you work to make yourself better so that your day can be better.
In a world where alternative facts
are de rigueur, it’s worth noting a slight mistake made in a BBC documentary entitled “Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial” (it’s a brilliant documentary. Let’s hope we never repeat the reason for its making).
There’s a line close to the beginning about Hitler and Goering; “…together they destroyed German democracy.”
Sorry, that can’t be correct. Unless they were the only ones doing anything at the time. History says otherwise. There were lots of people in Germany, lots of people in Europe, lots of people in the world at the time. Still are.
To say that two people brought down a country…wow…that’s pretty much stating that the rest of the country, continent and world were idiots.
Continue reading “Blind Idiots”