owenSoft.net - homepage filter http://owensoft.net/ en http://owensoft.net http://owensoft.net/favicon.png owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/ Souvenirs Cuba - part 2 (Traveling without moving) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/ <p>For larger items I am not even sure how you would be able to bring them back</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2529.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2530.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2531.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2532.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2533.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2534.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2535.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2536.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2430/#comment">add comment</a></p> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:12:44 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/ Souvenirs Cuba - part 1 (Traveling without moving) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/ <p>There are literally infinite variety on offer but the cheap stuff is mostly key rings and fridge magnate for 1 CU. You could easily spend all your cash just buying this stuff. Resist the urge to buy from the first person you see and its often best to only buy a few at a time because better stuff is always around the corner.</p><p>I am not sure how you will be able to carry some of this stuff on the plane back home but in the next post I will show some of the larger stuff on offer.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2523.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2524.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2525.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2526.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2527.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2528.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2429/#comment">add comment</a></p> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:03:08 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2428/ On the menu: Smirnoff (Pimp Juice) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2428/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2428/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2522.jpg" /></a><p>at the juice bar</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2428/#comment">comment</a></p> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:41:49 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2425/ Redefining Artificial Intelligence is the new hotness (Articles) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2425/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2425/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2518.jpg" /></a><p>The trend in A.I. 2017 seems to be a move to change the definition of AI rather than ACTUALLY making the AI we want. Instead of AI we are getting side quests. The A.I. game is hot now and everyone wants to be in on it. On one hand you have the common assumptions that AI will take our jobs, make our lives easy or ultimately destroy us all. And on the other hand you have the marketing and video tutorials which are primarily postulating to the lowest denominator. AI has left computers and gone into the &quot;cloud&quot;. The cloud a mysterious black box of proprietary software which no one understands but everyone seems to know all too well the instant virtues that this new cloud AI will provide. Having things in the cloud is especially useful for people who like to speculate/talk in <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presumption' title='presumptions'>presumptions</a>. </p><h4>The cloud as AI magic sauce</h4><p>In essence the cloud is just another computer somewhere in a data center. But common people will have you believe that it is some fantastic mysterious thing. In reality whatever you can do in the cloud can be done on any computer given enough time and sample data. Having cloud stuff is useful because its out of reach and therefore unverifiable until it happens. <span class="h"><em>Its not AI, its someone else&#039;s stolen data.</em></span> But of course no one has the time, especially the people praising the potential virtues of A.I. They would rather sit around watch science fiction movies and wait for Netflix, Google, Amazon or whichever big company to sell them A.I. If you &quot;talk about it enough and retweet it will become reality&quot; is the new-age-social-media version of building something in your garage. Social media has become the purview of professional talkers. Visibly large but shallow and without substance upon closer inspection. Not unlike clouds. </p><p>Most of these cloud services are actually data collection points that use big data to train software into the appearance of intelligence.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;What was &quot;Big Data&quot; in the past is now A.I, deep learning, neural nets - it depends on who is doing the branding. With enough data you could pretty much mimic anything and there is alot of data out there that is freely available or better yet you can fool people into giving it all to you by latching the collection system on to some other service on which they are addicted. Something I like to call a <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2294/<br />' title='sharing black hole'>sharing black hole</a> - you put data in but nothing comes out. But data by itself is not really A.I. Alexa is not AI. Alexa is not even a sign of how far AI has come. Its a search engine.</p><h4>What AI used to be</h4><p>The base goal was to make A.I. that simulates human intelligence but that goal is still a pretty hard and steep hill to climb. Steep hills are what technology is all about. This philosophy is what keeps technology focused on its goal. If you ignore a thing like the Turing test and begin to dilute terms like &quot;Artificial Intelligence&quot; into meaning a mixture of &quot;heuristics&quot; or &quot;rules-based&quot; or &quot;Neural networks&quot;, &quot;deep learning&quot; or &quot;Pattern matching&quot;, BI or &quot;deep learning&quot; - you also devalue the end goal. Alexa and big data search is all software that we can already do. We just keep putting more and more computing power into doing the same things over and over and calling it by different names. Remember the Office clippy man? Some people today would call that AI as well.</p><p>The thirst for new and exciting advancements in technology is so high that pundits will say/write anything to make it more real. Almost as if like they can feel it on the tip of their tongues; next week, next month, next year, 10 years time this hot new thing will be common place like the air we breath! <span class="h"><em>The lower the hanging fruit - the more they talk about it and the better it tastes.</em></span></p><h4>Fake it until you make it</h4><p>Then again if you look at how technology is evolving in today&#039;s smartphone environment you are surrounded by smoke and mirrors. Smartphones are pretending to be full fledged computers while providing less functionality. Social media pretending to be &quot;real-time&quot; even though you are seeing a filtered view of everything that is actually happening. You have cached data all over the place pretending to be real-time. The lag in everything is getting greater and greater as we try to do more and more with limited bandwidth. All this while being totally invisible to a consumer base that is trained to not expect reliability from things that claim to be reliable. <span class="h"><em>Software is eating the world BUT only in situations where it is convenient.</em></span> Everything is getting hacked. Everything is amazing if you have no clue how any of it works.</p><p>The incessant need to feed the hype has given rise to a league of retweeters and likers who will say and twist anything to the point at which no one knows what they are talking about. At deeper inspection few things hold up. AI refrigerators, AI televisions, AI image stabilization, AI assistants are all deviations of the same thing. People criticizing it either have limited imaginations or will slow the train that is gonna bring us nice things, a virtual kick to someone&#039;s favorite puppy. </p><h4>Conclusion</h4><p>We might get the breakthrough tommorow or later tonight. But get good and stop making things up based on hype. If something is doing what it says its doing then that is good. But do not change the goal posts or redefine old concepts to match new toys simply to blow hot air under it in the hopes that it will float. The bullshit tide is high. Do it for the love, <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wq_K61Mh1A' title='not for the likes'>not for the likes</a>. Do not settle for less than you expect. Do some research. Elevate yourself from being a spectator. One needs to be passionate in life. Mediocrity is a waste of everyone&#039;s time. Go deep or go home.<br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2425/#comment">Post your comments on this article</a></p> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:26:20 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/ More Cuba (The random photo journal) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/ <p>You have got to remember to backup your files before your computer crashes out completely and you lose everything. So while I was doing that I have a fresh set of 2016 Cuba pictures that were left on the cutting board. Dont be surprised if I post a whole new set later. Everything is going to be fine.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2512.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2513.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2514.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2515.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2516.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2517.jpg" alt="Viva Cuba Libre" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2424/#comment">add comment</a></p> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:06:08 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2422/ Professional programmers write tests (Articles) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2422/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2422/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2507.jpg" /></a><p>People have been trying to push this meme for so long its ridiculous. It is almost like the time when these same people tried to postulate that OOP was the &quot;one true way&quot; to code but instead just kept changing the goal posts year after year until they just stopped talking about it all together. Side stepping whatever issues that arose. Now when the people who <a rel='external' href='https://martinfowler.com/bliki/SemanticDiffusion.html' title='ordain'>ordain</a> &quot;<a rel='external' href='https://martinfowler.com/tags/agile%20adoption.html' title='fashionable jargon'>fashionable jargon</a>&quot; realize that TDD is not rising to the front of the hype train fast enough they resort to chastising anyone one who is not in lock step with their opinions. This latest attempt is to associate the use of TDD with the entire software development as a profession. If (and that is a big &quot;IF&quot;) TDD can prove its worth then it will but do we need cheerleaders that preach it from hills and high chairs? But of course it can&#039;t. All I can say is that it seems like low hanging fruit. <span class="h"><em>Folks, if you&#039;re coding, and not writing tests, simply put, you&#039;re not a professional and you&#039;re not going as fast as you could be. Lawyers have other lawyers check over their stuff. Accountants have double entry bookkeeping.</em></span></p><p>In a world full of buggy, auto-updating software, embedded advertisements, and cloud services that become insecure the moment you start using them - the last thing we want is to shackle new developers with a false sense of security by telling them TDD will make them professional. No matter how many tests you have you will not be saved from badly written code, missed deadlines and total rebase over a weekend. We need new and better code, not new religions for writing old code.</p><p>People in the business of making memes and <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra' title='mantras'>mantras</a> are trying to by impose their workflow unto others in a kind of elitist push to make the world a better place. Next year it will be Elixir or CSS modules or GO or Bitcoin or some other made up metric for standardizing the programming workflow into some kind of cult. What really matters is the problems you solve and NOT the stack that you use to solve them. The devs that create more problems than they solve and write un-maintainable code will do so irregardless of stack, tests or build tool. Everyone is responsible for the code they write and TDD will not save you from that mess you have written. Of course it will make a nice bullet point on your marketing brief.</p><p><a rel='external' href='XML all over again'>XML all over again</a><br />Oh lets not forget XML. XML was suppose to make all the world&#039;s data interchangeable and editable by human beings in case they somehow got root access to your production environment. And on a whim decided to dick around in your shit and make changes to your hardcoded references. But then we took the XML thing too far and started to dump logic and all sorts of crap into it until it became a buggy unmaintainable ginormous mess. <span class="h"><em>That is what programmers do, we take things and push them to the limits until they break. What is life without choas?</em></span>. XML was everywhere and now its JSON, what will it be next?</p><p>Tests have been around forever, even before we had whole separate departments of people who would painstakingly test every piece, section by section just to ensure that everything worked as expected. Even today with the best tools existing-ever there are Android devs that still test on their code on target hardware because no matter what you do something in the operating system will end up causing the code to crash. This is a whole other problem of <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Externality' title='externalities'>externalities</a>. </p><h4>How we deal with externalities</h4><p>Now we have modern browsers so no need to test in anything besides the latest chrome, no need for fallback, javascript all the way down. <span class="h"><em>Because if you are not using a modern browser you might as well be dead.</em></span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Post modern <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2332/' title='javascript babies'>javascript babies</a> are everywhere. Web dev programmers complain about one set of things while oblivious of anybody else in the programming field who have other concerns such as hardware, performance or compatibility. <span class="h"><em>Oh your browser is not modern enough to handle my fading buttons! You need to upgrade your operating system!</em></span> When the web devs are not being <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development' title='Agile'>Agile</a> they are trying to destroy SQL databases because they are a pain to test and do not work well with <a rel='external' href='https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2000/08/09/the-joel-test-12-steps-to-better-code/' title='source control'>source control</a> and one click build scripts. Document stores were all the rage at one point. Whenever there is something that is incompatible with the build environment it must be destroyed or replaced with something 10x as complicated.</p><h4>Where is it all coming from</h4><p>If you write enough code and you wear you headphones at the disco you will begin to see patterns in programming; you have punch cards then assembly and then we kept making languages simpler and simpler until we started using multi-core processors because programming were so simple we had too much code and physics was not playing nice. Today we have software which is so large that you cannot even compile it on a regular computer. Imagine compiling 200 mb of source code! Code is so easy to write that we actually have too much of it and we are now thinking up ways to write more of it faster but what we fail to realize that some of these problems are caused by continuously focusing on the wrong things. When OOP was on the rise everyone said it would solve all our problems yet it only resulted in spaghetti code, then we tried to solve it with factories and MVCs, interfaces, the list goes on and on. Now we are trying to solve OOP with TDD. We have so much code now that we have no idea what to do with it, we open source it, give it a way but free people want to work on it.</p><p>So you have a tonne of code that is glued together by random people who have already left the company. what do you do? Write mock objects! Run the tests! Tests pass! <a rel='external' href='https://xkcd.com/1428/' title='Move fast break'>Move fast break</a> things!</p><p>I am not even going to mention game developers and low level micro-processor programmers. <span class="h"><em>I am loading a 10mb file into 5mb of RAM at runtime - how is TDD going to help me solve this problem? Answer: Its not going to solve anything.</em></span> They have no time to install CSS Modules so they can add 10 seconds to their build time. Their concerns are memory, input and output. These are the problems they are trying to solve. They are not interested in the struggles of millions of new programmers who have no idea how to build a crash-free rocket-ship or a flying car using Node.js after completing a 2 week online bootcamp. If you want to solve those issues then solve them separately.</p><h4>Conclusion</h4><p>It is all about context. Yes TDD is good for somethings. It would be nice to have an <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_regress' title='infinite regress'>infinite regress</a> that you could solve instantly with the push of a button. Or maybe you have a large team of disparate people working remotely on the most bloated piece of crap software in existence and you have great tests. But please do not try to attach you workflow to wide and diverse industry of people who are simply trying to solve problems before they die. Only time will tell if TDD is a solution to anything besides the problem need to hire testing teams and spending hours looking for bugs. But at least make it solve some current problems instead of creating a separate maintenance nightmare for everyone.</p><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2422/#comment">Post your comments on this article</a></p> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:40:12 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/ Hellshire, beach erosion Dec 2017 (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/ <p>Since my <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2235/' title='last visit'>last visit</a> to the beach new structures have been built. I recently watched a reporter on television interview a meteorologist on whether the recent Montego Bay heavy rain event on Nov 22 2017 could be attributed to climate change. The question was skillfully curved. I watched in awe as the same pointless question was asked over and over again expecting a different answer. Then it dawned on me; something I probably already knew. It is not that the climate is &quot;changing&quot; per se but that we as human beings (inhabitants of the environment) are remaining the same. Our new ability to shape the environment around us has lulled us into a state of complacency.</p><p>We are beginning to feel that the world is beholden to our constant whim and fancy. The climate &quot;will&quot; change as it always has but we are unable to adapt to these changes. The environment will do what it wants including changing slowly, suddenly, sporadically, or randomly in ways which are yet too complicated for us to predict. The real question is how long can/will we remain the same while everything around us changes? </p><p>It is apparent that we will do all that we can to maintain the status quo and find scape goats to simplify complicated issues.</p><p>Related videos; Montego Bay heavy rain event on <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKRQmFJn09o' title='Nov 22 2017'>Nov 22 2017</a>, Hellsire beach <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_yqz61gbiE' title='in the old days'>in the old days</a>, A recent independence day at <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4vovET3uVM' title='hellsire beach'>hellsire beach</a></p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2499.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2500.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2501.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2502.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2503.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2504.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2505.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2506.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/#comment">comment</a></p> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:47:56 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2420/ November 2017 bug fixes (ChangeLog) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2420/ <p>I think I have squashed all the bugs now. 90% of the page font is default size which is masterful. 10 years ago I would never have thought it could be done.</p><p>Change log;<br /><ul><li>Fixed a longstanding bug in pagecache that so that any user can rebuild the cache once they make a change. Instead of just admin users.<li>Redid the profile edit page with new autoform<li>Fixed layout problems with registration screen<li>Messed around with how user profile pics are stored.<li>Reduced number of questions asked during <a rel='external' href='/v4/user/register/' title='registration'>registration</a> interview to 5<li>Fixed the pg gallery so that the older small images do not get stretched to fill the screen space<li>When editing posts/items the photo grid shows up as expected (long standing bug) in both views<li><a rel='external' href='/v4/sitemap/' title='sitemap'>sitemap</a> fixed <li><a rel='external' href='/v4/archive/photo/' title='archive photo'>archive photo</a> page fixed and new link added.<li>Fixed the <a rel='external' href='/v4/search/' title='search page'>search page</a> and some date output bugs that were left over from when I was thinking about React.<li>The full sidebar only shows up on page one of pages that have navigation</ul><br /></p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2420/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2496.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2420/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2497.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2420/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2498.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2420/#comment">post a comment or feature request</a></p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:19:16 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2419/ Such Great Hieghts (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2419/ <p>Cars are constantly moving towards chaos like sand on a beach. No matter how much you wash them or take care of them they are slowly trying to separate into little pieces. Right now I have break disc wobble and I will either have to get the disks skimmed or replaced. Maintenance is something that will always be necessary unless you can afford to buy a new car every few years.</p><p>Human beings are very short sited by nature. Naturally. I myself will choose (more times than not) short term dis-satisfaction over long ambiguity. Cause nothing really last forever. Whether it be good or bad, the pendulum always swings because it has to. There is no other way. Riding the breaks. You have to give up some things to live. And everything you get takes away something else. Whether you know it or not we are not special, we are not machines. No one is perfect. Today, right now is both the best days and the worst of days and only for a time and forever.</p><p>So this is where I am. For the first time in a long time I am going to have to work through Christmas. Things change I guess. I am off schedule and have probably lost my way. But you gots to do what you gots to do. After all in the end the only things that matter are the things you give away.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2419/#comment">make a comment</a></p> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 22:50:02 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/ Leaves on the water (The random photo journal) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2488.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2489.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2490.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2491.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2492.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2493.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2494.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2495.jpg" /></a><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2418/#comment">add comment</a></p> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:56:55 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2416/ Poker (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2416/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2416/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2487.jpg" /></a><p>The game of poker. One that requires skill, strategy and the very important ability to give no signs of what hand you have been dealt. The making of the poker face, perfected out of necessity in a personal and professional war room. It serves so many purposes, I could go on and on. Frankly I hate it. I’ve always thought the greatest thing on the planet is to truly express every thing as you feel it. But alas everything must be carefully planned and executed on time with the right resources and never letting your opponent ever have clue about anything until the very moment.</p><p>Done so easily and without thought. The display of blankness leaving your opponent completely clueless and at your knees. Waiting….. Waiting….. For your carefully planned flick of a switch. Human robotics.</p><p>Why? It’s safeguard and great safe-fail, designed to have minimal disruption or harm in the event of a failure. And of course you sit and watch the play for failure so very often. All the while knowing that this long game of strategy for which you’re fully equipped to wait it out. But there is hardly a win and failing fast is the least painful. A quick brush and a forgotten bruise. Taking too long to fail leads to painful consequences. But there must be a win. Why play the game if there isn’t. Like the lottery, when you win it’s big.</p><p>So I step out on to a new planet, leaving the suit and armor on earth where it belongs. It has no place here. Everything is done in reverse except for that well served play that’s non-negotiable.</p><p>There is an enormous knot in the pit of the stomach, sometimes leading to immense joy and at other times a nervousness born out of vulnerability. A quandary that only happens to the exposed. No poker face? Naked!</p> <p><strong>by DLBG</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2416/#comment">make a comment</a></p> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:55:28 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2417/ Beautiful Words (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2417/ <p>There is something magical about words and their ability to convey deep meaning, affection and everything that affects the human race. Nicely packaged or rawly thrown. That’s not a real world by the way but yet that’s the wonderful part. New words are made everyday.</p><p>I tried it. I went out naked in the sea. Lightening struck, it was beautiful but I could see the danger lurking beneath its beautiful waves. Amazing power and prowess. So easy to lose yourself in its glow. Get dressed, you can’t be out here naked. You’ll get hurt like you’ve never been before.</p><p>I put on my dress and armor and look at its delightful glow from a distance, loving it so deeply but never forgetting its power.</p> <p><strong>by DLBG</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2417/#comment">make a comment</a></p> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:55:28 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/ No Vending in this market (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/ <p>As the Coronation Market in Downtown, Kingston keeps expanding and we keep importing more cars at some point we are going to have to make a choice between them both. Cars or food? Small business entrepreneurs or Used cars sales?</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2471.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2472.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2473.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2474.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2475.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2476.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2477.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2478.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/#comment">comment</a></p> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:33:53 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/ Off to the market (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2479.jpg" alt="Kids on a handcart" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2480.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2481.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2482.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2483.jpg" alt="The best of Jamaican street food" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2484.jpg" alt="Pumpkin" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2485.jpg" alt="Spices and melon" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2486.jpg" alt="Breadfruit" /></a><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:22:27 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/ November 2017 - Redesign (ChangeLog) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/ <p>Kinda late down in the year for a redesign but the <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2409/' title='old design'>old design</a> was over 2 years old and I figured that I would get a early start since I have both the motivation and the time (which is a rare occurrence in life).</p><p>This time around I am going for simply, clean grays inspired by <a rel='external' href='http://wiki.xxiivv.com/' title='xxiivv'>xxiivv</a> and <a rel='external' href='http://v-os.ca/' title='v-os.ca'>v-os.ca</a>. No new <a rel='external' href='/project/masthead/' title='mastheads'>mastheads</a> as yet but might add some in the future if I feel up to it.</p><p>I fixed some bugs here and there as well. <a rel='external' href='/v4/user/' title='Registered'>Registered</a> users can switch back to the old theme if they so desire.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2467.jpg" alt="Recent posts page" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2468.jpg" alt="An article page" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2469.jpg" alt="Another blog post" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2470.jpg" alt="The archive page" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/#comment">post a comment or feature request</a></p> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:34:47 -0600