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

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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.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

[DONDEQUIERA] Are we really that different?

A brief examination of Puerto Rico's uniqueness.

This past season, Neil deGrasse Tyson brought us the remake of Carl Sagan's Cosmos.  I watched the whole season and I am now more resolute than ever.  While our socio-economic problems in Puerto Rico are incredibly complex, the only way forward is through the application of science and the scientific method.

Many in the community believe that Puerto Rico is an anomaly.  They are quick to dismiss scientific fact and excuse our aberrant behavior as justification for our uniqueness.  Fundamentally, they submit that Puerto Rico is different, and because it is different, then we are not able to learn anything from anywhere else that can help us grow our economy or improve our condition.

Just how different?

Let's assume for a moment, that Puerto Rico is different.  Then I ask, just how different are we?   Are we so different, that we are completely different?  If we are not completely different, then what do we share and with whom?  I think it's only human nature to believe that everything about our condition is unique.  But if we accept that, then it only follows that we share our humanity with the rest of the inhabitants of planet Earth.  Sure there are pockets of variation, our environments are different, our languages maybe different, but they are not wholly unique.

How are we the same?

Accepting that we are more alike the rest of the world, does not dismiss that Puerto Rico is a special place and that its' inhabitants are special as well. These are not mutually exclusive conclusions.  However, if we are to be honest, then we must admit the following:
  • We are Homo Sapiens
  • We live on Earth
  • We have Taino, Spanish, African, and American origins
  • We were a colony of Spain for nearly 400 years
  • We speak Spanish
  • We are an economic colony of the United States
  • Et cetera, Et cetera, Et cetera...
As we enumerate all of the ways that we are the same, then we have to also accept the scientific implications of our similarities.  The scientific method shows us, that once something has been proven to be true,  it is no longer open to interpretation.  This is something we have Tyson to thank, for reminding us on Cosmos of the unwavering persistence of science.

Advancing Puerto Rico

As we struggle to break out of our economic down turn and reverse our condition, I continue to be confused by our resistance to use science to make improvements.  I reject the opinion that we accept the status quo; I reject that we actually prefer things the way they are.  Few parents want their children to live in a world worse off than the one they grew up in.  With a large portion of the population living below the poverty line, I reject that they want to remain there.

I can only hope that we can bring science to bear on our plight.  If we can find all the ways we share our situation with others, then we should be able to apply the rigors of science to show us what to do next.  If others are able to progress, then we must learn how to apply the same patterns they used, to force change.  We must not shrink from the difficult task of investigation.  We must continue to work to find the patterns that hide within our fear,s and expose them to the sunlight of scientific fact.

Publicado por Blogger en DONDEQUIERA el 8/02/2014 12:52:00 p. m.