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Saturday, December 17th, 2005

A GORDIAN KNOT OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Decorated the tree this afternoon with the kids who are now finally at an age where they can actually hang more ornaments than they break. Dad here had the usual frustrating Xmas light string experience and while I might have wanted to hack the goddamned tree into small pieces with a broadsword at one point, in the spirit of Christmas I refrained.

Ho ho ho.

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

RECOMMENDED READING

I have a ” mega-blogging” session scheduled for Sunday as I have some committments today that are going to preclude writing anything weighty but I will try to put a few items up throughout the day. I come out of a U.S.-Soviet diplo history and econ history background and as such, following economic, ideological and intel developments were always critical to trying to understand the big picture.

There are profound, revolutionary, changes going on in the world right now. Globally, it is 1789, 1848 and 1945 rolled into one. I can’t recall a time period, except perhaps from the “ Benning Revolution” to Hiroshima where U.S. military doctrine and structure needed to undergo ( and went through) such a dramatic shift. And I fear I am understating.

Well, with that in mind, here are some things to ponder:

Dr. Von on “ A Step Toward Quantum Computing“. This is a critical breakthrough technology.

Kobayashi Maru on the little known routing of electronic communications in light of the NSA story.

Dr. Lubos Motl on the concept of Sustainability.

The Drs. Eide on the neuroscience of visual media communication. Want to craft a global, universal, message ?

Disturbing news from GlobalSecurity.org that the U.S. military is just starting to fundamentally invest in building and organizing a first-class counterintelligence information system. All I can say here is, WTF ? Better late than never, I suppose.

Ad hoc design is not strategic policy.

That’s it.


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