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Ξ July 30th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    W. L. Gore & Associates is a company without titles, hierarchy, or any of the conventional structures associated with enterprises of its size. The titles of president and secretary-treasurer are used only because they are required by the laws of incorporation. In addition, Gore does not have a corporate wide mission or code of ethics statement, although Gore does not require or prohibit business units from developing such statements for themselves. Thus, the Associates of some business units who have felt a need for such statements have developed them for themselves. The majority of business units within Gore do not have such statements. When questioned about this issue, one Associate stated, "The company belief is that (1) its four basic operating principles cover ethical practices required of people in business; and (2) it will not tolerate illegal practices." Gore's management style has been referred to as un-management.


The Tao of Linden | Linden Lab

Ξ July 30th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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    Your Choice is Your Responsibility

    There's a dual meaning here.

    Most companies tell you what to do. Then they make you accountable to the person who told you what to do, not to yourself. We don't think this gets the best long-term results with a truly ambitious project like Second Life. At Linden Lab, you are expected to choose your own work, you have to decide how you can best move the company forward. This isn't always easy, but it can be very rewarding for you and it is a huge win for the company. This doesn't mean that you can't ask someone else what to do - it means that you are responsible for choosing who to listen to! You are responsible for listening well and broadly enough to choose wisely."


Engines of Democracy | Fast Company

Ξ July 30th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    Part of his education at GE/Durham has involved something that many teams stumble over: how to get around the truism that committees don't make decisions, people do. At GE/Durham, virtually every decision is made by a team, by consensus. Consensus is another of the founding principles of GE/Durham. It is so ingrained that technicians have turned consensus into a verb: The people at the plant routinely talk about "consensing" on something.

    The average group of 15 or 16 people can't reach consensus on where to go for lunch -- let alone how to run a factory. How to organize a production line, whether to hire someone, how to assess someone's skills for promotion, even how to pick who will work over the weekend -- those kinds of issues inspire strong disagreement. "Everybody doesn't see things in the same way," says Williams. "But we've had training on how to reach consensus. We've had training on how to live with ideas that we might not necessarily agree with." And the team members always have the power to change things that don't work out. Says Williams: "All the things you normally fuss and moan about to yourself and your buddies -- well, we have a chance to do something about them. I can't say, 'They' don't know what's going on, or, 'They' made a bad decision. I am 'they.' "

    From Teams to Tribes

    "Teams," "teamwork," "teaming" -- these are such overused words, such overworked concepts, that they have been all but drained of meaning. GE/Durham isn't so much a team environment as it is a tribal community. There are rules, rituals, and folklore; there is tribal loyalty and tribal accountability. There is a connection to a wider world, beyond the tribe.

Ξ July 24th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

The clothes have no emperor.


    Tufts University

    Is the view supported that consciousness is a mysterious phenomenon and cannot succumb, even with much effort, to the standard methods of cognitive science? The lecture, using the analogy of the magician's praxis, attempts to highlight a strong but little supported intuition that is one of the strongest supporters of this view. The analogy can be highly illuminating, as the following account by LEE SIEGEL on the reception of her work on magic can illustrate it: "I''m writing a book on magic", I explain, and I'm asked, "Real magic?" By real magic people mean miracles, thaumaturgical acts, and supernatural powers. "No", I answer: "Conjuring tricks, not real magic". Real magic, in other words, refers to the magic that is not real, while the magic that is real, that can actually be done, is not real magic.


Etceteras profile – StumbleUpon

Ξ July 19th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

meme chain!


Rafael Barrett – Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

Ξ July 16th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

    Life is a weapon. Where should it strike, against which obstacle should our muscle-power be deployed, how shall we crown our desires? Is it the better choice to burn ourselves out all in one go and die the ardent death of a bullet shattering against the wall, or grow old on the never-ending road and outlive hope? The powers that fate has momentarily let fall into our hands are stormy forces indeed. For him who has a weather eye open and his ear cocked, who has risen once above the flesh, reality is anguish. Groans of agony and cries of victory call out to us in the night. Our passions, like a pack of straining hounds, scent danger and glory. We sense that we are masters of the impossible and our greedy spirit is torn asunder.

    To step on to the virgin beach, to rouse the slumbering wonder, to feel the breath of the unknown, the quivering of a new form: these I crave. Better to distort than to repeat. Better to destroy than to imitate. Let the monsters come, just as long as they be young. Evil is what we are leaving behind in our wake. Beauty is the mystery being given birth. And this sublime fact, the advent of that which never was before, must strike to the very depths of our being, Gods for a minute, what matter to us are the sufferings of the fray, what matter the dark outcome as long as we can throw back at Nature: You did not create me in vain!


Man needs to take a look at

Ξ July 16th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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    Man needs to take a look at himself and say: I am an instrument. Let us banish from our souls the familiar feeling of silent labour and give our admiration to the beauty of the world. We are but a means, but the end is great. We are the stray sparks from a prodigious conflagration. The majesty of the Universe shines above us and makes our humble exertions sacred. Little though we may be, we shall be all, provided we give ourselves completely. We have stepped out of the shadows in order to warm ourselves at the fire; we were born to spread our substance around and ennoble things. Our mission is to broadcast our body parts and our intellect; to open up our insides until our genius and our blood spill on to the earth. We exist only insofar as we give; for us to deny ourselves is to fade away in ignominy. We are a promise; the vehicle of unfathomable intentions. We live for our fruits; the only crime is sterility.

    Our exertions link up with the countless exertions of space and time and blend with the efforts of the universe. Our cry echoes through the infinite vastness. When we move, we make the stars tremble. Not an atom, not a single idea is lost in eternity. We are the siblings of the stones in our huts, of the sensitive trees and the speeding insects. We are siblings even of the imbeciles and criminals, failed experiments, the bankrupted children of our common mother. We are the siblings even of the fatalism that kills us. By fighting and winning we do our bit for the grand endeavour, and we do our bit when we are defeated too. Pain and annihilation have their uses too. From behind the endless, savage warfare comes the song of a vast harmony. Slowly our nerves strain, binding us to the unknown. Slowly our reason spreads its laws into unknown territory. Slowly science marshals phenomena into a higher unity, the inkling of which is essentially religious, because it is not religion that science destroys but religions. Queer notions cross our minds. A muddled and grandiose dream settles over humanity. The horizon is dense with shadows and in our hearts dawn smiles.

    We do not yet understand. We are merely afforded the right to love. Driven on by supreme determinations welling up within us, we tumble into the bottomless enigma. We heed the wordless voice rising in our consciousness and tentatively we toil and fight. Our heroism consists of our ignorance. We are on the move, we know not where and we will not be stopped. The tragic encouragement of the irreparable caresses our sweating breasts.

Rafael Barret - from Moralidades Actuales (in Spanish only)


YouTube – monochroms &Kiki and Bubu and The Shift&

Ξ July 14th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

"you, are your own enemy, and you, are alone."

It's funny cos it's true 😀

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Windward – modeling sustainability

Ξ July 14th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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Klassys profile – StumbleUpon

Ξ July 13th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts |

How are you feeling today?
:music: Sultan's Choice - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

It's a sunny day, would be great for driving round in an open top car with some rock'n'roll, so I guess this works.

I don't however feel like camel today

"Even if the man is pure of heart
And he say`s his prayers by night
Even if the man needs a CAMEL..?
A pretty girl can still be a distraction"

Will you get far in life?
:music: Tokyo Correspondent - Duck Hunt

Ermm Tokyo is pretty far, so I guess that means yes, yes I will!

Duckhunt - Both weird and free, two of my favourite things.


How do your friends see you?
:music: Sarangi - Hooverphonic.

Perhaps this means they don't understand me, as I am in a language they haven't heard of.
The lyrics suggest they might also want to embrace, and then debase me. hrmmm perhaps I should move before they drop by....


Will you get married?
:music: Come Back Baby - Hot Tuna

Seems to be a rockin' day today. Been married once, not sure it's something I would want to repeat.


What is your best friend's theme song?
:music: Solo Pantin - Chkrrr

Very nice, although it suggests that my best friend is probably the lead character in a made-for-tv crime drama set in Northumberland.
Which as far as I know, they aren't.

What is the story of your life?
:music: Grand Designs - Rush...

haha, story of my life indeed, grand designs, small outcomes.... rather accurate this one 😀

A to B
Different degrees...

So much style without substance
So much stuff without style
It's hard to recognize the real thing
It comes along once in a while
Like a rare and precious metal beneath a ton of rock
It takes some time and trouble to separate from the stock
You sometimes have to listen to a lot of useless talk

Shapes and forms against the norm
Against the run of the mill
Swimming against the stream
Life in two dimensions is a mass production scheme

So much poison in power, the principles get left out
So much mind on the matter, the spirit gets forgotten about
Like a righteous inspiration overlooked in haste
Like a teardrop in the ocean, a diamond in the waste
Some world-views are spacious
And some are merely spaced

Against the run of the mill
Static as it seems
We break the surface tension with our wild kinetic dreams
Curves and lines
Of grand designs...


What was high school like?
:music: Ain't got no - I got life - Nina Simone

Ain't got no schoolin'

It ain't wrong 🙂


How can you get ahead in life?
:music: Aquiese - Oasis

Guess that makes sense, being a daoist and all...

how to capture the beautiful bird without breaking its spirit?

become the sky!


What is the best thing about your friends?
:music: We are each other - The Beautiful South


*GROUP HUGS* (not *GROPE HUGS*! don't think I have forgotten you all want to debase me!)


What is in store for this weekend?
:music: E Strano!..Ah, forse e lui...Follie! Follie Sempre Libera Deggio - Maria Callas

Hmm no idea, is that Italian? Fran! oh Fran! what am I doing this weekend?


To describe your grandparents?
:music: Scrap Iron - The Ska-talites

Ermmm not very flattering for them, though the track is fun, bouncy bouncy reggea!


How is your life going?
:music: Platinum - Mike oldfield

It's very shiny, expensive, and occasionally in strange time signatures. Mike Oldfield has the same birthday as me.


What song will they play at your funeral?
:music: If I Didn't Know Any Better - Alison Krauss & Union Station

Suitibly melancholy, and she does have a lovely voice...

on youtube


How does the world see you?
:music: New - No Doubt

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Buy two, get one free!


Will you have a happy life?
:music: The Skank Heads - Skunk Anansie

Not sure about happy. Loud. I think we can say, yes.


What do your friends really think of you?
:music: Twilight Zone (Rave Edit Version) - 2 Unlimited

Presumably they think I am a bit odd, but great to shake their booty on down to....

Techno! Techno! Techno!

*waves light sticks*


Do people secretly lust after you?
:music: Drawback - Beady Belle

Ermm the lyrics sound a bit BDSM related. This would presumably be the same ones who are wanting to debase me.


*runs away!*

How can I make myself happy?
:music: Western Wynde - Steeleye Span.

Basically I guess this means going to bed when it's raining. Well, I do love the sound of the rain when falling asleep.


What should you do with your life?
:music: Batacumbele - Yerba Buena

Sounds like, samba....