Posts tagged ‘definition’

a minor note

A minor note.

What I’ve been babbling about solving is this:  Dooyeveert’s Modal Philosophy employed modes which were essentially absolute.  That is, the validity (the “truth”) of a given mode is reportorial, and you don’t have to consider the origins of the definitions involved.  The tendency to use exclusivity-oriented definitions in this context means essentially that error is inescapable.  Another way of saying this is that the usage of absolute statements in a relative world is at least questionable.

The notion of modes is observably defensible.  It’s at least a way of describing ways in which people organize their perceptions, names, knowledge and assigned protocols in dealing with the environment (which naturally includes other people).  There are some fascinating possibilities introduced by this that I’m thinking about as well.  The notion of modes deals  well with the origin of human structures of knowledge and communication.  There’s also the matter of dealing with political structures and names.

All of this has direct effect on the nature of value.  “A change in values must result in a change in goals.”  The Nuclear Society has led to the Disentitled Generation; what the more current generation is remains to be seen.  My peers, I should say, fell back (predictably and actually without choice) on the dollar, peso, pound or whatever as the sole possible determination of value.  There was nothing else.  Trying to deal with others on any other basis hopefully just made us look like fools, rather than making us look dead.  Honor was the cool thing for comic books and popular films.

This is a minute fraction of what I’ve been scribbling away at.  It is kind of interesting.  I really did read a lot.   So I’m somewhat absent just now.  Assuredly the spirit will run out and I’ll spend more time on the Internet.

September 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

ACRONYMS (or acronumbs)

Every felt like there are a few too many cool little new “words”?  I actually grew up with them, because I was a military dependent.  Apparently the main origin of the acronym is simply situations in which there’s a need for real-time communication.  To boil it down, battle.  “WTF?” on a teletype is a lot faster than typing WHAT IS GOING ON or whatever (teletypes are caps, by the way).


When it gets to the point that there are a lot of identical acronyms (they come out with the same word from different origins), there is potential trouble.  I mean, if it’s a specific usage kind of thing (GMT is differentiated enough that I doubt there’s much misunderstanding between specification of a time zone and something that keeps track of it, and a really bad example) you’re probably okay.  Given time, dedication, concentration and utter stupidity, you can come out with something like…SPOT.

Earth Observation Satellite; PanAmSat Corporation (Pan American Satellite), SPOT satellite image file [bitmap graphics], Satellite Positioning and Tracking, Scientific Programmer’s Object Toolkit, Secure Payment For Online Transactions, Self Protection Option Tool, Sim Pon Obsessed Teens, Single Payment Option Trading, Single Point of Truth, Skillsets Priorities Objectives And Time, Smart Personal Object Technologies, Smart Personal Object Technology, Special Peinture Orange  TTnTrT, Stanford Pre Orientation  Trips.  The attribution here is non-specifically to, although some other resources were used as well.  The list isn’t exhaustive.


By the way, I was looking for a definition from this an article from Techdirt (I can reference the current one, but not the one it referenced, and…well, I’m lazy.  Stupid.  That sort of thing.).  I’m pretty sure it would have been the Smart Personal Object trip, since it was about Microsoft abandoning an idea.  The actual reason I left this paragraph like this is to make a point; the internet as yet isn’t that good as a research tool unless you’ve got access to a database, and I’m not going to write my own cataloging tool at this age.  However, given the time it can yield fascinating results at random.


The point of all this is actually quite simple.  The over-use of acronyms is self-defeating.  They were meant to make communication more efficient.  If you have one word that means “I’m hungry” and “You’re beautiful” you may have a potential problem.  Random attempts to shorten language usage aren’t likely to work, main reason being that there’s so much inescapable judgment intrinsic to communication as we know it.  Expressionist painters are fine but when you want to have a teaching tool the ones who paint what they see do best.  When morality is taught on the basis of legacy and with most intrusion from the outside world being adjudged a violation of rights “error” [we’ll not go down that path just yet either] isn’t just likely, it will occur.


I should restate that.  Reality is basically currently centered on the family.  “What goes on in the family should stay inside the family” is the tacit statement, still, of the government of the United States at all levels.  Intervention is the exception not the rule.  Mind you, that’s not all bad, because the potential abuse of the power to train citizens from childhood is frightening to consider.  What can be abused will be.  Unfortunately, the consequence of the current construction is that some people are raised to be psychotic from childhood.  The definition of paranoia in a specific case must always first arise from an examination of all facts available.  The definition of terms by agreed assumption is the guarantee of error.


Where does this add?  It’s about to stop.  An acronym contains words, and as such quite often those words are rarely even accessed “consciously”.  What you don’t see you don’t examine, you don’t question.  Many of our daily definitions function on the level of acronyms; we don’t even notice, much less comprehend.


At least this, like the other writing, like the reading and thinking…helps distract from the pain.



May 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

toward a definition of social networking

The current usage of this phrase is very much mis-usage. I’m using this blog as “Notes Toward” and it may merely continue as such, with Davies and the then being the significant ones, one of course hidden.

Society is a social network.

A social network is an organized form of communication, generally employing both protocols and hierarchy. The usage of technological artifacts in order to figuratively speed or ease communications is at best nonsensical. The actual medium employed is language, which has set rates of broadcast and reception. An electronic medium used to overcome physical separation (which should generally be the only possible justification for its usage) necessarily eliminates some of the information present in a personal/physical meeting. So…when you as the head of the corporation find yourself absolutely unable to live with the latest technological piece of refined, polished and attractive assistance…first ask yourself what isn’t being done by people with what they already have? Bear in mind that the newest software, like the newest hardware, is the most likely to fail, because it’s the least tested.


May 2, 2008 at 2:03 am 1 comment

about names from a different direction

What follows is actual current poetry.  It is intended to follow in format the poem made of 100 poems that’s posted elsewhere (the Radio Weblog for oregonnerd, that as yet I can’t access); the original was supposed to be written in 100 days, and took me 10.  I expect something between 10 and 20 but make no bold statements, even that it’ll make it to 100 segments.


It’s actually about the big splash about “social networking” as something that apparently didn’t exist before the invention of the web.  Odd.  I thought a social network was a group of individuals who passed information of various types to each other in a somewhat organized fashion–from gangs to poetry clubs to “the guys that meet at [the local bar]”.  I mean, the intended mega-poem is.  About social networking, misnomers…and the kind of society that uses these interesting changes in the language–such as a ‘transparent ploy’ being the same thing as an ‘invisible ploy’.  Suddenly we have management actually talking about how they want their changes to show when they mean that they want their seamless changeover to be, well, invisible.




names’ ledgers

though we
each day name
each other anew

while yet attempting
to see through yesterdays’
lensed assumptions

and as we struggle
toiled and entrapped, entwined
(sysiphus and gorgon at once)

we become
our names, our
damned names



May 1, 2008 at 3:50 am Leave a comment

methodology and methods of definition

The actual problem with a discipline like philosophy is as obvious as it is painful; presumably those who proudly presume to pursue it do so with the proper grandeur of those who can afford invisible clothes.


It would seem to begin with as simple an observation of the concept of “truth”, and even in only one respect; is it simple, or is it complex? and the answer, unfortunately, is that it is complex.  It is, and it ever shall be, and this has been the doom of a great many people.


[definitely notes toward]

April 25, 2008 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment