Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[DONDEQUIERA] Ouroboros Island

A modern day tale of excess, greed, and wealth destruction.

Once upon a time, on a small island things were going incredibly wrong.  It's citizens had begun to raid deserted or unprotected resources.  You see, what lie within these resources was treasure, and it could be "openly" collected and sold.

While the islands' citizens had waited for someone, anyone to come to their rescue, when help did not come.  They started to live outside of the system that ruled the island.

What they didn't realize when they started this desertion, was that, there just wasn't enough to go around on the outside of the system.  Enough what, you might ask. Anything, everything, from those who languished in poverty outside of the system, to those most well off by the system.  they all wanted the same thing, more.

Over time, the island began to run short of anything, everything.  That's what lead those that languished outside of the system to start their raids.   At first, their raids yielded the low bearing fruit of any unguarded carcass.  The scavengers are always the first to discover a new carcass, but eventually the alpha hunter
catches the scent and moves in to devour the unfortunate prey.

As more citizens decided to live outside of the system, more citizens decided to leave the island. Slowly at first, but then with increasingly more frequency, the shortages on the island led citizens to leave the island for the promise of more, somewhere else.

As these forces ravaged the islands’s economy, the system could not keep up with the demand for more. The rate of the raids on abandoned businesses and houses increased as the island’s production weakened.

Once a thriving business, now merely a shell.

Less than a shell,
simply what couldn't be carried away

From one night to the next,
the scavengers pick at the carcass
And where were these treasures taken?  What happened to them?  Well, that's a funny story.  As it turned out, the system that controlled most things on the island was buying them for pennies on the dollar.  You see, as the treasures were seized, they were sold to treasure salvage pirates who openly operated within the system.  They were a part of the system.

Ye Olde Salvage Yard
Loads come in, bigger loads go out.
The Alphas make another delivery
And collect another bag of gold
As time went on, the excess, the desire, no, the entitlement to progress overwhelmed the island.  When that happened, then the islands and nations of the world began to call it Ouroboros Island.  An island so ravenous that it eats it's own tail.

But unlike mythology, this island wasn’t recreating itself. More like killing itself. If anything, the island was slowly choking on it’s excess consumption, by stuffing itself, there was nothing else left to survive on. In choking to death, the island would die, and it’s citizens would be left to build the system a new. No matter, how long that might take.

Notice: All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.  All places appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real places, past or present, is purely coincidental.

Publicado por Blogger en DONDEQUIERA el 8/26/2014 11:41:00 a. m.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Victor Vasarely Meets Tina Turtle

I've been playing around with Python Turtle, with the intention of adding finished scripts to trinket.io.  A few months ago, I was successful in porting Victor Vasarely's "Plastic Alphabet" in Python and Tk.  So, as soon as I learned about trinket.io, I've been trying to port the script into Python and Turtle.

After using brute force to get some boxes drawn in Turtle.  This weekend I was able to finish the algorithm to get Turtle to draw columns and rows of boxes.  Needless to say, but the power of trinkets is that you can develop Turtle using your preferred Python IDE, and then simply cut and paste the script into a trinket. Enjoy!

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 8/17/2014 07:17:00 AM

Saturday, August 16, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] 8/16/2014 06:50:00 PM

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 8/16/2014 06:50:00 PM

Thursday, August 7, 2014

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Kahn Academy Interactive Javascript

Spin-off of "Intro to Coloring"

Made using: Khan Academy Computer Science.

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 8/07/2014 05:46:00 PM

[Puerto Rico Python Interest Group] Another trinket.io example

One of the many uses of trinket.io is engagement and measurement. For example, If you're teaching a class on Python, you could simply paste a trinket into your blog or website, and then, with each session opened by a client, the visitor has their own interactive Python environment.

When participants have finished the assignment, they can share the result on Faceboo, Twitter, Google Plus, Linked In, Reddit, or Hacker News.  Pretty cool, don't you think?  This portable Python environment really changes everything.  It's a whole new way of engaging with the user group.

Posted By Blogger to Puerto Rico Python Interest Group at 8/07/2014 08:08:00 AM

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

[DONDEQUIERA] Our Government Debt Has A Longer History Than You Might Think

On Monday, August 4th, 1790, the young federal government issued its first bonds, promising to pay between 3 and 6 percent interest. The borrowed money was used for liquidating state debts related to the Revolutionary War and assumed by the new national government. At the time, the national debt was over $71 million.

Realistic Expectations

A problem which was developed over 224 years ago will not be solved over night.  It won't be solved in 4 years, or even 8,  it will only be solved with incremental and continuous cooperation and collaboration.

Publicado por Blogger en DONDEQUIERA el 8/05/2014 01:56:00 p. m.

Monday, August 4, 2014

[DONDEQUIERA] New Blogger Template

Many thanks to BTemplates.com, I'm proud to release a stunning new Blogger template for DondeQuiera.  I was looking for some updates colors, and a dash of the beach or the sea, and I think I got lucky.

I'm still working a few kinks out after the template transition, but it was a long time in coming.  The old template was the last remnant of DondeEs.com, so parting with the Don Dees was way overdue.   Don Dees was a big part of my life, so seeing bits of him disappear brings on a little melancholy.  Oh, course, you can always get a peek at on the Way Way Back Machine.

Publicado por Blogger en DONDEQUIERA el 8/04/2014 02:23:00 p. m.