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Let’s try blogging!

I am reviving this blog in order to concentrate on what is important, as defined by me. Posts herein represent the opinions of nobody but me. In fact, sometimes they are not even representative of my opinion. But there you have it: a lot of text, mostly in English, which should not be read unless you are interested. Management is not responsible for any mind-altering effects you might experience after reading this blog or parts thereof.

 

[a few points to prove that I am knowledgeable, Facebook style]

Chaos theory can be related to complexity, which can be thought of as the basis for all scientific endeavours undertaken since Thales. While perceiving physics through the lens of group theory has proven to be very fruitful, a process that essentially built on the Erlangen Program, it cannot be gainsaid that group theory is not the end all and be all of physics. In some respects it is too abstract, in others not enough. A further abstraction in mathematics that has been proven to be fruitful is category theory. Category theory has since branched into such disciplines as quantum mechanics, linguistics and systems biology. Systems biology is the discipline a la mode nowadays in systems disciplines. By contrast, old disciplines such as weather forecasting are utilising better methods to isolate the issues involved and to edge out whatever ounce of predictability they can get. It is not however required to have predictability always. For example, in arts ambiguity and subtleness can be the whole value of the artefact. Music, as an example of art, displays a fine balance between predictability and randomness. In general, catering for human needs has always proved to be over the limit of scientific understanding. “Scientific” management, and other processes that have tried to deal with a human being as an automaton, have always proven to have fatal shortfalls. It must be galling for humanity to come up with one theory after another for how governance works and then failure happens. Some are still extolling the virtues of Karl Marx’s Capital, while others believe Capital in the Twenty First century to be the bees knees. Relativity as an idea spreads around the sciences and arts as physics while affecting structuralism, but we can’t allow for moral relativism so we use different names. In the end the attitude dominant towards science, instead of increasing its value through constructive criticism, seems to be an attitude that tries to conserve it and effectively turn it into a religion, a phenomenon captured in books such as The Science Delusion. The attitude is effectively: never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you..

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بعض المسؤولية الجماعية

حدثنا أحمد بن منيع حدثنا أبو معاوية حدثنا الأعمش عن الشعبي عن النعمان بن بشير قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مثل القائم على حدود الله والمدهن فيها كمثل قوم استهموا على سفينة في البحر فأصاب بعضهم أعلاها وأصاب بعضهم أسفلها فكان الذين في أسفلها يصعدون فيستقون الماء فيصبون على الذين في أعلاها فقال الذين في أعلاها لا ندعكم تصعدون فتؤذوننا فقال الذين في أسفلها فإنا ننقبها من أسفلها فنستقي فإن أخذوا على أيديهم فمنعوهم نجوا جميعا وإن تركوهم غرقوا جميعا

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The Sudanese Elephant and the Blind Men

This is a simple story. The first aim is to test wordpress publishing to facebook. The story uses the well known Blind Men and an Elephant.

 

Once upon a time, a number of blind men came to an elephant. Everyone of them touches a part of the elephant and describes it according to what they felt. “It’s like a tree branch” says one. “It is like a wall” says the other. “No, no. It’s like a rope, a smooth rope. How can you get it so wrong?”. “Rope, really? More like a pillar. It is strong, round and seems to be built of a single stone.”.

How the story continues is different in the different versions. How the story continues here is up to you: they may collaborate to give a complete description of the elephant. They might clash. A passer by may see the elephant and explain the situation to them. They may agree to disagree. It’s up to you, really.

 

The Sudanese version: a lot of people see different institutions not fit for purpose. The Ministry of Finance is not working right. The telecom industry is broken. Of course the National Electricity Corporation is mismanaged. Ditto for Sudatel. Central Bank of Sudan is not efficient as a central bank should be. Civil Aviation Administration is responsible for accidents. University of Khartoum is malfunctioning. Khartoum Teaching Hospital is disgusting. Grid computing is in the hands of amateurs. Major waste of money in construction projects.

How the story continues is, again, up to you. But, please, remember one thing. Prolonging the breakdown of Sudan is not in the interest of any of you. But that is the subject of the next post. Titled: “the Ongoing Somalification of Sudan”.

 

Have a nice day.

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The Principle of Least Identity

This is a learning principle that may or may not turn out equivalent to the principle of indifference, depending on how it fleshes out ..

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Personal Workflow

Looks like I could use some order.

Having to juggle many balls, I decided that some streamlining is needed. My first approach is to try some variation of the Getting Things Done approach, using Things.

Easing myself into this. I will start by using it as a glorified to-do list. I hope to be able to report progress here (I guess this is the first to-do:).

I am also looking at other software to simplify software development workflow. I will start by using the Mercurial version control system.

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