Thursday, October 22, 2009

SOCIAL NETWORKS: The Global Linked Forest

It is no longer about eyeballs. NOW is about how we LINK eyeballs. Mining the Link Structure of How People Connect.
What is happening now "socially" on the Internet is what Google did with web page linking for advertising. Instead of considering each page in isolation, they examined the link structure of the entire web and computed a global evaluation of that structure. In other words they began looking at the entire forest instead of just the individual trees. This short article, "The Power of Links and the Value of Global Knowledge" by Paul Buchheit explains it so well.

"...this general approach of evaluating information in a global context is fundamental to many of the algorithms. These algorithms made it easier for Google to spot which web sites were actually important, and which were just pretenders."

Today on the Internet the same applies to people. So how do we apply this to social networks to create value? We create ways to join people. The future will be measured by how we empower people to link together around "what they like" and "how they work". 

Paul Buchheit says this:

There is GOLD in the way we link together around "what we like" and "how we work" data. The eyeball metric to measure advertising rates and to place valuation on "networks" is old-fashioned. The future is no longer about eyeballs; it's about how we LINK eyeballs.

Here is an example. I love this graph! This social graph shows "to" and "from" email contact on a project after a missed deadline. At a glance, project managers noticed clusters around formal departments and several hubs were under-performing creating bottlenecks. Managers intervened and created co-location of more project team members, reduced the communication load on the hubs, and improved performance later in the project. This is the future. And this is what we can do just with email!

Now imagine what we can do when we link what we are watching with what we buy simultaneously, in one click?  Check out the LOVE iTT ticker.!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Is Being Bad Beyond Our Control?

Here is a story I wrote in the 6th grade; age 11. My class got in trouble for talking. Miss Conti asked us to write an essay about why we were so bad. I still use this excuse! When I found this today in an old file I save in a drawer full of papers, I laughed out loud, because I must be "Mrs. Robinson" in the story. A foreshadowing written by an 11 year old version of myself!


On November 29, 1978 in room 413 at P.S. 102 the students in class 6-1 were very noisy and misbehaved. This occurred at 1:20pm. This class was normally well behaved, so this was an unusual happening. Miss Conti, the teacher of the class, was astounded by this odd behavior. To see that it would not occur again, Miss Conti assigned the students a 500 word composition on The Spirit of Noise.

Unfortunately, I had the misfortune of being a student in this particular class at that time and place. I had to do the assignment. To do this properly I did some research on noise. I went to the library to obtain books on noise. There I met an old woman who helped me use the reference catalogs. I told her of my assignment and the reason for it. After listening to me she told me that she worked at the Hayden Planetarium. She worked as an astronomer. Her name was Mrs. Robinson. What she then said really opened my eyes.

Mrs. Robinson told me that certain stars in a remote galaxy were finally in unison with the Earth after 2,500 years. The last time that this phenomenon occurred the Earth exhibited strange reactions in the field of noise. She told me that the higher up you are from street level the more you would be affected. When I told Mrs. Robinson my class was on the 4th floor, she nodded knowingly.

It seems that this galaxy affected the people on Earth in a strange manner. Similar to the pull of gravity only this force seems to affect behavior. Students who are normally well behaved start to talk and make loud noise. Another interesting thing that Mrs. Robinson told me concerned location. It seems that Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, specifically was a focal point for this force. People in other boroughs and other locations were not affected.

In view of this scientific data it seems that even though the class made noise their actions were beyond their control. Anyway it should not occur again for 2,500 years. But Mrs. Robinson said anther galaxy was going to be in a similar location in two months. She said that the stars in that particular galaxy when in unison, make 6th grade children mute for one day. They can't give a correct answer even when they know it! The class should not be held accountable for classwork on that day.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Ask anyone who has lived to be 100 and they will tell you they nap.

Do you want the best anti-aging, metabolism booster, stress reducer, energy enhancement cure?   


So who in the world came up with sleeping 8 hours a night?  It makes me wonder since so many people just can't sleep through the night.  These "8 hour a night" sleep promoters have created more insomniacs (and $10 billion per year in sleep med sales) then ever before in recorded history.  Consider this; it is not lack of sleep that gives people insomnia, it's from the stress of believing they SHOULD be sleeping that actually keeps people up!   

8 hours is fine, but not all at once.  Perhaps "staccato" sleepers, who sleep a few hours at a time, are on to something.  The human body is simply not designed to sleep in large blocks of time.  The same applies to eating habits.  We starve our bodies for 8 hours at night.  We overstuff then starve the tissues.  We literally starve ourselves at night, and add to the aging of our bodies by denying us food during these long hours.  This has definitive effects upon not just our bodies, but disorients our creativity and our degree of concentration.  It makes our instincts "blurry".  And in the process we have disempowered ourselves from our own healing ability.

With suggestion properly given, the body can recuperate in half the time now given to sleep.  To some extent we "drug" the body with suggestion, so that it believes it must sleep away a certain amount of hours in one block. We have trained our consciousness to follow certain patterns that are not necessarily natural for it, and these patterns increase this sense of separation between the waking and dreaming self, even to the extent where our own dreams seem strange and fragmented.  Sleeping pills and other medications also often prevent certain necessary dream cycles that can help the body recuperate, and the consciousness then becomes highly disoriented.  

Sleepwalking is also connected to this long sleep pattern.  Consciousness wants to return to the body, but it has been hypnotized into the idea that the body must not awaken.  Excess nervous energy takes over, and rouses the muscles to activity because the body knows it has been inactive for too long and otherwise severe muscle cramps would result. It is much more invigorating and efficient to have the body active rather than inactive for eight to ten hours.  Some cases of neurotic behavior result from present sleeping habits and physical inactivity.  Ideally, sleeping 3 to 5 hours at a time you gain the maximum benefit; anything over that is not nearly as helpful.  This particular "staccato" sleep schedule would generally aid persons with problems of depression or those with mental instability, even including schizophrenia. 

Many diseases are caused by this division and this long period of bodily inactivity, and this extended focus of attention in either direction of waking or dreaming reality.  The functions of hormones, and of adrenal processes in particular, would function with far greater effectiveness with these alternating periods of activities.  The wear and tear on the body would be minimized, while at the same time all regenerative powers would be used to the maximum.  Both those with a high and low, fast and slow metabolism, would benefit, and fatigue levels would always remain below danger points. 

Sleep in 3-5 hour blocks of time.  
Start with 5 hours at night, then 1-2 naps during the day as needed. No more than 8 hours total per day.

The same way that many light snacks works much better on the body than three large meals a day, short naps would also be more effective.  

Two periods of three hours each would be quite sufficient for most people, and with proper suggestions given as you lay down to sleep would insure the body's complete recuperation.  As we all have experienced ten hours of sleep results in a sluggishness both of the mind and body and is disadvantageous on the system.  In this case your consciousness has simply been away from the body for far too long a time, resulting in a loss of muscular and mental flexibility.  You would retain a far greater memory of your subjective experiences, and your body would be healthier. Six to eight hours of sleep in total would be sufficient with the nap patterns outlined.  People of course, vary in the amount of sleep they need.  Yet even those who think they need more sleep than this, would find they do not if all the sleep time was not spent in one block.  The entire system, physical, mental, and psychic (intuitive) would benefit.  

The divisions between the self would not be as severe.  Physical and mental work would be easier, and the body itself would gain steady periods of refreshment and rest.  As the sleep habits are now, it must wait, regardless of its condition for 16 hours to recuperate.  Due to chemical reactions during the dream state, bodily health with be improved.  Small meals or snacks would then be taken upon rising. This alternating method of sleeping and eating would greatly help various metabolic difficulties.  For many reasons physical activity at night has a different effect on the body than it does during the day.  And ideally both effects are necessary.  At certain times during the night the negative ions in the air are much stronger than in the daytime.  Activity during this time, particularly a walk or outside activity, would be highly beneficial from a health standpoint.  

The period before dawn usually represents a crisis point for people who are severely ill.  Consciousness has been taken away from the body for too long of a period, and such a returning consciousness has difficulty dealing with the sick body mechanism.  The practice in hospitals to give drugs to patients so that they sleep entirely throughout the night is detrimental for this reason.  In many cases it is too great a strain on the part of the returning consciousness to take over again the ailing mechanism.  

The division bewteen the waking and sleeping self is largely the result of how we use of time.  With more frequent, briefer, sleep periods, there will be higher peaks of conscious focus, and a more steady renewal of both physical and psychic dream activity.  A unified, more economical use of energy would result, and also a more effective use of nutrients.  Consciousness as you know it would also become more flexible and mobile. Our sense of time would be less rigorous and rigid. Instead of the "blurry" vision we get now from dreams and "meditation", greater conscious focus would result.  This is listening. Your conscious self listening to your unconscious self.  Creative abilities would be quickened, and the great problem of insomnia that exists for so many people would largely be conquered - for what they fear is often the long period of time in which consciousness, as they THINK of it, seems to be extinguished.  They don't sleep because they want to lose their mind!  But that is exactly what you want to do.  

Where do you go when you sleep and nap?  Naps are key to direct Theta brainwave access.  The more theta you have during waking hours the more creatively intelligent you are.  Your conscious self would recall more of its dream adventures, and these "messages" would be put to good use and enhance the totality of your experience.  Einstein did this: He would nap in a chair and balance a pencil between his thumb and index finger.  As soon as he would fall asleep, the pencil would fall to the floor and wake him up, and he would write down his dreams and thoughts.  E=mc2!   This technique was also used by Tesla, Thomas Edison, Napoleon, and Winston Churchill.  

Doctors, scientists have sought for the answers to disease and fail to find the source because the part of them that asks the question; is it.  So next time you nap, lay down, close your eyes, and ask yourself, what is the cure I need today.  Then simply relax and listen.  Do doctors cure you?  No.  You do.