Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cat mourning dead kitten

I had read that sometimes Elephants mourn deceased members of their tribe, standing for a long time besides the corpse. At home, I have observed my female cat mourn one of her kittens as well. It has been particularly heartbreaking.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Plática multi-disciplinaria entre alumnos sobre sostenibilidad global

Fulanito Sutanares, un estudiante de profesional como tú, se ha preocupado por mantener un espíritu crítico y por cultivar amistades de diversas carreras. Además, tiene amigos adultos fuera de la universidad. Puede entonces mantener una perspectiva amplia ante los problemas que se le presentan y que a veces solo pueden resolverse con la colaboración entre varias disciplinas.

Recientemente, escuchó una plática sobre sostenibilidad que lo dejó intrigado y decidió reunir a sus amigos para ver que piensan al respecto...

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Centralization / decentralization movement and Brexit

While I was working on developing information systems for large companies several years ago, I was aware of a recurrent reorganization movement that was frequent in these enterprises. Sometimes, the organization was decentralized, meaning that branches or foreign or product units were largely independent from Headquarters; but then a re-organization occurred, with headquarters integrating the distributed units and dictating policies that everybody must follow. A few years later the units, possibly residing in several parts of the country, would complain that these policies were affecting sales, for instance, because Headquarters was not aware or sufficiently sensitive of local needs. Then a new reorganization occurred returning to the distributed organization, which a few years later was again reorganized to save supplier costs for instance, and so on...

Friday, April 22, 2016

Alessandro Baricco: simplificación y conocimiento de la realidad

¿Que relación puede tener un mapa del metro, un poema de Dante, y Emmanuell Kant? Bueno, puede arguirse que Kant tiene que ver con todo; pero ¿con un mapa del metro?. En una reciente conferencia en el Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, el escritor italiano Alessandro Baricco estableció esa curiosa conexión... 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

El deseo de año nuevo que funciona

Cada año se nos olvida que si seguimos siendo como somos, obtendremos los mismos resultados que hemos obtenido hasta ahora. Eso pasa con nuestros "deseos de año nuevo" - sin crecer, sin desarrollarnos más, pretendemos que ¡ahora si! logremos lo que deseamos. Y no importa qué tantas personas nos deseen "que se cumplan todos tus deseos" como si eso bastara para que se cumplieran...

Así pues, este año te deseo "crecer para hacer crecer", pues únicos entre los seres vivos, nuestro desarrollo y el que logremos apoyar en los demás no tiene límites. En este año que comienza puedes decidir crecer...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Power to the programmers! is it ok?

Have you noticed how your behavior is influenced by computer code written by programmers hired by technology companies? They write the code that sometimes requires you to identify yourself with a credit card; also the code that allowed the U.S. government to spy citizens; and the code that makes it difficult to identify who is the real sender of an email message and so on. As well as the code that dictates different behaviors among users of different apps.

As more of our life is intermixed with the internet, more power is assumed by unelected programmers. Is that ok? See my review at Amazon of Lawrence Lessig's "Code 2.0" book.

Surfaces and Essences by Hofstadter & Sanders - a summary/review

In this accelerated life when available time gets ever squeezed, I had never read huge books like Tolstoi’s War and Peace… until I encountered Hofstadter & Sanders “Surfaces and essences”, a 500+ page book which may some day be considered a literary masterpiece like Hofstadter’s Pulitzer-prize-winning book, “Godel, Escher, Bach”.   I have always been captivated by Hofstadter’s thinking depth, and clear and witty writing style; qualities rarely found together in academic researchers. See my review at Amazon.

(Acknowledgement: editorial improvement of the review by Joana Kennington of More English