Another Experiment

I doubt that anyone is following this, but if so, you missed a post in which I complained that Twitter got two copies of the last post, then said I would try removing the link to Jetpack.  Well that didn’t work, neither Facebook nor Twitter got the message. So this time I’m removing the link from Yoast.

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Well, That Didn’t Work, Two Copies on Twitter

OK, let’s try disconnecting Jetpack from Twitter.

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Testing Social Media Posting Again

This is a very very very old image of me, done with a ballpoint pen by my father, who is now 96, by the way.  There is no real excuse for posting it here, except that I wanted to add some image to this post, which I’m creating for the purpose of testing links to Twitter and Facebook.

dpw pen sketch by dpw (circa 1994)

What I am hoping to do is get one and only one entry on each medium.  That’s harder than it seems.  Yoast and Jetpack connect with Twitter, Twitter connects with Facebook, and Facebook connects back to Twitter.  Last time I checked I was getting one copy of each, but who know if that will still work.  Why do I bother?  Nobody seems to read anything anyway.  Well, I don’t want to feel I’m not trying.

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Still Working On Websites, Now Using Yoast

I have an appalling number of websites, and have been going through them one by one, updating passwords, making sure I have the right plugins for WordPress, choosing the right options and optimizations.  I’ve done about a dozen of them now, maybe have of the worthwhile ones, but keep discovering new things to do.  Adding them as properties on the Google Search Console, verifying my ownership of them, generating and uploading sitemaps, all of that stuff.  An enormous amount of work.  Just when I thought I had a handle on the various steps I discovered the Social options of Yoast, which seems worth a try.  Let’s see what happens after I post this post.

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Recent Website Work

I have been working on my websites a lot lately, which includes creating several new ones.  Notable are MakingSocietyWork, DecisionMakingAndEstimation, ErrorCovariance, BipartiteMatching and ContentManagement.  I have added these sites because I am now attempting to put together a network of sites, one for each of the main ideas behind what I am calling the SocialSystemsProject.

Whether anything come of this or not will depend on public reception of my sites.  I am not expecting any.  There are just too many other websites out there, too many distractions, and people just don’t care.

Well, all I can do is work away at it and hope.

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Controversial Social Tech of the Future

I have written mostly about the benefits of future social technology.  Once we get past the stage where social media decreases the desirable signal-to-noise ratio, there will be a stage in which our social environment will include fewer but better connections.  However, there is a problem with this.  Some of the technology to will have shocking abilities, changing the way society works much more than the personal computer and cell phone have done.

There are some people with an astonishing ability to tell if others are lying.  Ordinary people can do this with the aid of laboratory equipment for voice-stress analysis and sophisticated facial recognition software.  What is now done in the laboratory with equipment costing tens of thousands of dollars will soon be available in devices the size and shape of smartphones.

Imagine, if you can, holding a video-conversation with someone, using a device which could indicate in real time whether the other person is telling the truth!

I have written briefly about this on an applications development page.  At the time I was addressing the advantages of such an application: it could be used in a dating or employment finding situation, to verify that the stranger on the other end of the conversation was telling the truth.  But what if that person is a friend or family member?

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Some Visual Links

Click on the image to go to the new Social Technology site:

poor kids and rich kids -- applied social technology

Main Social Tech Website

 

View older but still good pages from the main Social Technology Site:

social technology -- genuine solutions to social problems

No Bandaid Solutions

Click on the image below to see the new online novel, still coming out, chapter by chapter, which is about applying social technology in third world countries.

Online Novel about Social Tech Missionaries

Online Novel about Social Tech Missionaries

A website about languages including programs, data and fiction is at:

Natural, Artificial and Non-Arbitrary Languages

Natural, Artificial and Non-Arbitrary Languages

A website about the fictitious Green Family which appears in so much of the author’s fiction is at:

Green Family Corporation

Green Family Corporation

A complete online novel about the application of social technology in a high-school is:

Social Tech High

Social Tech High

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I got this message from a friend:

"Thanks Mr. Douglas,,for ur standing with us ,,and I think u'r a honest person I respect ur thoughts and ask u to do ur best to inform and broadcast ,telecast this message to The Human Rights Org. Please help the Egyptian people and support them ,we'r call for our freedom through a peaceful demonstrations to get ride of all kind of torture and the government now cut all means of telecommunications.facebook,

twitter .internet repairing to salaugt the un armed people they use all kind of repression and all kind of arms we are now bleeding .they trying to damage our country through burn and rape all storse and banks .we arrest maney of them and descover that they belong tn the police all of them detectives in the police ,please do ur best to inform all kinds of media and show the right picture of the dectator Mubark,we all muslims and christians bleeding together under this un humanity and wild treatments "‎

 

I believe in freedom from oppression and I believe in human rights.  I hope everyone will take this message to heart and try to help.  — dpw

 

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Some Work In Progress

I am stretched thin, of course, as always.   I am still posting chapters of a novel about a missionary movement to spread the use of social technology in third world countries, at http://SocialTechMissionaryOrganization.SocialTechnology.ca/ and (less often) chapters of a sequel to Social Tech High called Connected College at http://ConnectedCollege.SocialTechnology.ca/ — and even chapters of a novel about world languages at http://Languages.SocialTechnology.ca/.   That’s social technology too, though most people think a world-wide second language is unlikely — people who construct languages are often considered a few morphemes short of a sentence.

All this interferes with programming, though I am making some progress.  I am not experienced with animations, and have not done much graphics, either, but I can and will.  I have learned that PIL, the Python Imaging Library has some disadvantages, such as a reluctance to antialias lines.   You can fake it by running the image through a smoothing filter, but that has side effects.   Better is aggdraw, but there is a catch: it is only available under Linux.  I use Windows, though I have some Linux experience.   For those in my situation, having a Windows machine that I don’t want to screw around with, you might check out wubi.  You can get it from http://wubi-installer.org/.  It installs a complete Ubuntu Linux in a large Windows file, so you don’t have to repartition your hard drive and risk some catastrophe or other.   It works fine under Windows 7 (and earlier versions) and is smart enough to install either the 32 or 64 bit version depending on your machine.

Anyway, I’ll use aggdraw with Python on this nice Linux system, and see what I can do.  Unless, of course, some kind person offers to do illustrations and animations for me — I’d much rather someone else do it, but I can do it myself if I have to.

By the way, using StumbleUpon in my spare time, such as when eating lunch, I notice that I tend to ignore websites without content that is immediately eye-catching and informative.  This tells me a lot about what my own websites should look like.  I highly recommend this to other website owners.  Stumble for a while and see what catches your eye, then look over your own site and see if it would catch your own attention if it wasn’t yours.  If you are not already a user, go to http://www.StumbleUpon.com/ and sign up, I recommend it. — dpw

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Strange Registrations

Why am I getting so many registrations from Russia?

Why am I getting so many registrations from Russia?

I hope that means what I think it means.  I did try to learn some Russian once, but I didn’t learn very much and it hasn’t stayed with me.  I never did learn Cyrillic.  So I am trusting that Google Translate knows what it is talking about.  Anyway, that is the question — why am I getting so many registrations from Russia.  I’d like to think that someone over there understands that I am saying something which matters.   Let’s hope so.   My thanks to all of you who have registered, from wherever.  — dpw

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