I mean, if the mirror is facing upwards as a bowl of water, that’s one thing. But if the mirror is vertical, it’s another thing. I guess being the “center of the mirror”, it would have to be a bowl of water on the floor because how could you be 18″ from the “center of the mirror” if it was vertical? SO I think the mirror is a bowl of water on the floor.

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That’s why one’s own education is important – and articles like these serve a valuable purpose. I absolutely adore the democratization of information of the internet. I was an early internet advocate in the early 1990s as I was VERY VERY very very lucky to have been in a place and time (and scholarship funds) to have had access. I wanted EVERYBODY online. But I also wanted free text. One of my first databases was a thing called “MemoryMate”. It was an early freeform database, allowing for some structure or no structure intermingled at will. I worked a little with “dBase” after this, and then Access and SQL and whatnot, but I liked the freeform way best. Early internet, I loved the aesthetics of Gopher but found myself using Veronica and Archie (freeform text searches) and not its nicely laid out hierarchical system. I rooted for Gopher but WWW won out with its hyperlinks and hypertext networked format. But hypertext, while great for moving from document to document, soon founded itself into curated hierarchies which was difficult to use. Google took a side feature (search which all programs and sites had somewhere) and made it their only feature (so it seemed). My answer is: watch the watchers. Learn to curate data and spot bs. But I wouldn’t lament regular people wanting computers to do the work for them. That’s precisely why we have them. Or filing systems. Or any of it.

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Information is traditionally curated throughout human history. I understand the lament of the article but I think it is the lament that there are “skills of a few that many should learn but don’t” – much like children once had to memorize everything but then paper became a crutch for them to rely on instead, a lament in 19th century schooling.

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i’m working with yEd right now — really easy once you get the hang of it it’s better than files and folders, although there is a standard hierarchical view available that shows you one facet of the groups as SET But organization is non linear. a library card catalog was indexed in at least three ways that was in the days of index cards but they had cross-referencing and it was a whole science and still is

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The amount of fraud that happens today I couldn’t even fathom. The rules really don’t exist as they did and maybe they didn’t back then either corporate model I think has been bust for some time – human resources are all automated now i hear and were troublesome even back then — Who can rip who off first. I feel for anybody on either side of this whole work thing

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my favorite one of them was one guy that I never got along with in my three or so years at Schering-Plough. until he found out I was leaving. I think I told you about him back then he said “I can tell you what brand of cigarettes you smoke with just a few questions” he asked me three questions and then said “Merit”. I told him that I smoke menthol light 100s but when I can’t Merit is my favorite non menthol he almost doubled over laughing – “you’re a… you’re a middle aged middle class black mother with two kids in the suburbs !!” I smiled big and said a genuine “well thank you!” “that’s a high compliment!” And it is

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