Liberating Abundance

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is intelligence collected from publicly available sources. In the intelligence community (IC), the term “open” refers to overt, publicly available sources (as opposed to covert or clandestine sources); it is not related to open-source software or public intelligence.

Working with Wikipedia helped me understand what relevance and notability had in common. Opening up a development environment to the general Internet public made possible the building of a mostly complete repository of knowledge called by founder, Jimmy Wales “The Sum of all Knowledge”. The flagship tokens, “Be Bold” and “Assume Good Faith” were the driving forces for the energy that was directed at Wikipedia 1.0. Nowadays, Wikipedia is thought of as ‘complete’ but that is far from the case. Much work can be done to fill in missing facts, figures and images. Of course, this work is voluntary but compensation comes in a myriad of forms much more valuable than national currencies of any sort. If you’re one of those “show-me-the-money” people, don’t worry. You aren’t included. learn more


Wisdom Is Born of Pain


The longer I live, the older I get. I have learned so many things the hard way, but I do learn from most of my mistakes, thank God.

The biggest mistakes I’ve made came from trusting the wrong people with privileged information. I gave in to the demand to answer questions that were neither fair nor reasonable to people I did not have to answer to. I have been used, even by close relatives and spouses, to find out things about my friends that were none of their business.

It’s ironic how much treachery and betrayal, usually over trivial matters, is woven tightly into the fabric of society, to the point that children betray parents, in-laws betray in-laws, and even wives betray husbands. The vice-versa world of dollars and secrets sometimes leaves us tearing up what God has put together, forcing us to support things that make no sense at all to anyone.

Sacred trust may have something to do with guarding the heart. Friendships are the most precious commodities on earth and my most vehement desire in life to accommodate my less fortunate friends in a shelter of my own design. I wish to become a gracious host so I can demonstrate real hospitality. Allowing people into one’s personal space requires courage and trust. Intentional, sustainable communities of the future will require high levels of advanced communication far beyond the shallow conversations of our day. Gama-grass

Even in our sleep, pain, which cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart until, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. From Agamemnon by Aeschylus 458 B. C.

The whole planet these days is a theater of war and hostility. The tragedy of the commons continues. *sigh*

Meaning E


SYZYGY17 is a convergence of both people and their meanings. Identity has nothing to do with a card in my pocket or yours. It has to do with how I am known by you. Like John said:

I know you

you know me

one thing I can tell you is you’ve got to be free…

From ‘Come Together’ – Beatles

So come together in Carbondale, Makanda, Paducah or in the field out in front of the Army Base. E pluribus unim.

Citizenship, Watershed and Commonwealth


This needs another round.

See also


Citizenship Papers: Essays – Wendell Berry – Google Books.

Everyone that knows Wendell understands why he doesn’t use computers. Although I don’t know him personally, my sister and brother-in-law do and I’m staying at their place across Kentucky from the Berry’s in Henry County over here in Ballard County. Debby and Toby, much like Tonya and Wendell are a bit shy when it comes to using the web but those who know me understand why I’m not.

What is it about the web that simply can’t be trusted? I don’t even think about it much any more but I know it’s still there. Like a stream, I just flow around it. The work I do these days, as in the past, involves online community and offline community and I am a living interface between those two parts of the ecosystem. I hope to represent my circles well – honestly…

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Stop the Hollyweb! No DRM in HTML5.

In case you didn’t know by now, Hollywood is trying to take over the world-wide web, too. When will enough be enough?

DRM (Digital ‘Rights’ Management) – for most people, ‘rights’ are actually ‘restrictions’ whether they are aware of it or not. For those with little or no money for lawyers, expensive equipment and only limited Internet access, the built-in rights management proposed for the next version of HTML (HyperText Markup Language) will further break the Internet into ‘have and have-not’ sections. — learn more

Applied Math and Media


Growing up during the Cold War in Kentucky gave my world-view a little less than complete treatment as to who I would become, what I would do for a living and how my relationships would later serve mainly to break my heart and hang me out to dry. In spite of all that, I managed to survive to my current age of 61 and am determined not to let the remainder of my life on Earth get dominated by the Evil One. I have wasted plenty of breath trying to convince certain close relatives and distant friends that something positive is going on in the world, completely separate and apart from what is reported on TV News programs. (There’s a reason they are called ‘programs’ by the way.)

Recently, I was introduced to an awesome term which to me represents that “lost chord” that The Moody Blues sent me in search of about four decades ago. If you’ve been following me along in my various web-spaces and spheres of influence (and confluence), you’ll “get”, as I have, the full scope of what this little term ‘syzygy‘ means in all of its glory as a generalized principle much akin to the meta-term SYNERGY of the 20th Century, which I learned of through reading books by R. Buckminster Fuller. Just have a look:

Syzygy (mathematics)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Syzygy (disambiguation).

In mathematics, a syzygy (from Greek συζυγία ‘pair’) is a relation between the generators of a module M. The set of all such relations is called the “first syzygy module of M“. A relation between generators of the first syzygy module is called a “second syzygy” of M, and the set of all such relations is called the “second syzygy module of M“. Continuing in this way, we derive the nth syzygy module of M by taking the set of all relations between generators of the (n − 1)th syzygy module of M. If M is finitely generated over a polynomial ring over a field, this process terminates after a finite number of steps; i.e., eventually there will be no more syzygies (see Hilbert’s syzygy theorem). The syzygy modules of M are not unique, for they depend on the choice of generators at each step.

The sequence of the successive syzygy modules of a module M is the sequence of the successive images (or kernels) in a free resolution of this module.

Buchberger’s algorithm for computing Gröbner bases allows the computation of the first syzygy module: The reduction to zero of the S-polynomial of a pair of polynomials in a Gröbner basis provides a syzygy, and these syzygies generate the first module of syzygies.

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