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Doug Fort

Mind in The Cloud

The individual mind is immanent but not only in the body. It is immanent also in pathways and messages outside the body; and there is a larger Mind of which the individual mind is only a subsystem. – Gregory Bateson I believe that our consciousness has evolved within historical time. And that this evolution is […]

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Building Stuff From Kits

I grew up with the idea of making things. Homer Price building radios; old science fiction guys building space drives in their basements. The feeling expressed in Cory Doctorow’s Makers. I’ve never built much myself. We didn’t have Legos when I grew up. I sucked at model airplanes. When I was ten or eleven, I […]

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My Mother’s Journal

I’m gathered with the nuclear family for Thanksgiving. My eighty-three year old mother pulls her journal out of her capacious purse. This is a yearly record of the places my parents have gone and the people and things they’ve seen. The contents are pictures, pasted in, wiht annotations in pen. We all gather around to […]

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Software Testing and the Nature of Reality

It ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us into trouble. It’s the things we know that just ain’t so. ~~Artemus Ward (also attributed to Will Rogers and Josh Billings) Ideally, software development expands the consciousness of the developer, and ultimately of the user. Good software enables you to encompass aspects of […]

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