12.29.2009

The Five Paragraph Leading Sentence Style (5P)

This definition has been provided to properly define the 5P form so that it may be built upon in the future. It supports a 2K10 Initiative goal of publishing 12 creative essays by end of year. Published examples of this style include:'The Creation Imperative' and 'Of Diamonds and Men'


The Five Paragraph Leading Sentence Style, or 5P, is a written technique for drawing a conclusion. It provides the framework and structure for generating perspective in the fewest words possible. Adjectives that apply to the technique would include: scalable, focused, and conclusive.

Leading sentences tell the story. Every paragraph starts with a leading summary sentence that is supported or explained within the context of the paragraph. This provides a ready summary of the essay's content so that the reader can immediately understand its direction. When read at a glance, the succession of leading sentences should completely outline the essay.

There are always five paragraphs. The first frames the perspective, the next three expand upon it, and the fifth concludes. This is an intentional act of simplification that is chosen, in turn, for three specific reasons: 1.) three is a commonly reductive number that provides ample perspective; 2.) the format is considerate of the limited span of attention offered by the reader, i.e., it is short; and 3.) the paragraph form of 1 + 3 + 1 is visually and conceptually symmetrical.

It ends with a conclusion about the start. To restate fully, you start with an open statement, pontificate from three perspectives, and draw a conclusion. The rhythmic structure produces a deliverable that is densely compacted to increase the force of its message. Not all perspectives may be expressed in this mode, but many can and some are best suited; especially those views understood, but never fully defined.

The 5P technique, when mastered, is conducive to publication. Its short, simple format grants the reader quick access to a forethought conclusion with room for explanation. When utilized as a means of creation, or a reason to create, the five paragraph leading sentence style provides a vehicle for outlining perspectives that both author and reader can follow unto conclusion.


~Dedicated to unrestrained creative energy

9.01.2009

The Next 8 Weeks

"Every time man makes a new experiment he always learns more. He cannot learn less..."  -Buckminster Fuller



~Dedicated to the principles and practices of being a professional.

8.25.2009

Fulleristic Livingry

Buckminster Fuller and I would have been good friends. His historical record connotates equal degrees of eccentricity in both talent and results (mine of future value). Definitely one of those figures whom I know even though we can never have met. This is a compilation of record, thought, and quote which will be periodically updated as I make my way through a few of his best works:

1. Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American architect, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. Fuller published more than thirty books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the best known of which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their resemblance to geodesic spheres.

2. Fuller was sent to Milton Academy, in Massachusetts, and after that, began studying at Harvard. He was expelled from Harvard twice: first for spending all his money partying with a vaudeville troupe, and then, after having been readmitted, for his "irresponsibility and lack of interest". By his own appraisal, he was a non-conforming misfit in the fraternity environment. Many years later, however, he would receive a Sc.D. from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

3. During 1927, at age 32, bankrupt and jobless, living in public, low-income housing in Chicago, Illinois, Fuller's young daughter Alexandra died from complications from polio and spinal meningitis. Allegedly, he felt responsible and this caused him to become drunk frequently and to contemplate suicide for a while, but he decided instead to embark on "an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity".

4. For the next half-century, Fuller developed many ideas, designs and inventions, particularly regarding practical, inexpensive shelter and transportation. He documented his life, philosophy and ideas scrupulously by a daily diary (later called the Dymaxion Chronofile), and by twenty-eight publications. Fuller financed some of his experiments with inherited funds, sometimes augmented by funds invested by his collaborators, one example being the Dymaxion Car project.

5. Fuller believed human societies would soon rely mainly on renewable sources of energy, such as solar- and wind-derived electricity.

6. Fuller introduced a number of concepts, and helped develop others. Certainly, a number of his projects were not successful in terms of commitment from industry or acceptance by most of the public. However, more than 500,000 geodesic domes have been built around the world and many are in use including the world's largest at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, NE.

7. Fuller also claimed that the natural analytic geometry of the universe was based on arrays of tetrahedra. He developed this in several ways, from the close-packing of spheres and the number of compressive or tensile members required to stabilize an object in space. One confirming result was that the strongest possible homogeneous truss is cyclically tetrahedral.

8. He experimented with polyphasic sleep, which he called Dymaxion sleep, and claimed that for two years he was able to sleep only two hours a day.

9. Fuller documented his life copiously from 1915 to 1983, approximately 270 linear feet of papers in a collection called the Dymaxion Chronofile. He also kept copies of all ingoing and outgoing correspondence.

10. Buckminster Fuller spoke and wrote in a unique style and said it important to describe the world as accurately as possible. Fuller often created long run-on sentences and used unusual compound words (omniwell-informed, intertransformative, omni-interaccommodative, omniself-regenerative) as well as terms he himself invented.

11. Fuller also invented the word "livingry," as opposed to weaponry (or "killingry"), to mean that which is in support of all human, plant, and Earth life. "The architectural profession--civil, naval, aeronautical, and astronautical — has always been the place where the most competent thinking is conducted regarding livingry, as opposed to weaponry."

12. Bucky used the invented phrase "Dymaxion" to describe his designs. "Dymaxion", is a portmanteau of "Dynamic maximum tension". He used these three words repeatedly throughut his work.

Source: Wikipedia


~Dedicated to the benefit of humanity without bankruptcy, public housing, and loss.

7.19.2009

Value and Anytime (t)

The One Number Theory is a self improvement program. It works to modify behavior by providing feedback with simple visuals derived from real data; consider it a tachometer of life's momentum and your likelihood improving it. There are three basic goals it seeks to achieve:

Mathematically, the goal is create a scalable measure of momentum. The One Number Theory achieves this with Theta (Θ). It is calculated by subtracting leveraged negatives from leveraged positives to derive a single, one number representation of momentum. This model properly reflects the "progression amidst struggle" that defines the human condition and provides fuel for the cumulative of value that defines men and generations. Basic math concepts are analogous to the calculation of torque or moment, i.e., as a force times a distance. This is best illustrated by a visual of the Actual Case:




As shown, the One Number Theory fixes the distances along datum to create a system that operates within a -90 > Theta > +90 degree range. Success lies within the first quadrant and exponential increases occur once the limits of that quadrant have been reached by modification of the underlying variables. These modifications are the basis for trending, scenario modeling, and peer evaluation.

Operationally, the goal is to automate data collection from the numerous real time data streams that co-exist with modern life such as transaction records, location, diet, ect. What cannot be measured automatically, including subjective measures of feeling, are derived from daily self assessment and annual evaluations, e.g., from an MD, PhD, DDS, ect. Once the data is captured, it may be represented visually using the One Number Theory. The excel worksheet that produced the Actual Case from above is shown here:


Values for the Actual Case were populated by the author over a 1 month evaluation period (with the traits edited to general terms for this post). Variable definitions are on the right; the rest is simply intensity (force) times priority (distance).

Visually, the goal is to reflect momentum and progress. Theta, as a positive or negative angle within a right triangle, depicts momentum in the aggression of the slope and corresponding area of the triangle. Positive angles point upward for progress and the area get exponentially larger as theta approaches 90. Negative angles properly reflect times when our negatives are winning the day (0 > theta > -90) and have ultimately won the war (theta=-90). Here is an illustration of the Imperfect Case to demonstrate the latter:




The successful businessman person by day and raging alcoholic by night is an excellent example of the Imperfect Case; as is the corrupt politician or embezzling minister. All chasing the highest value without due consideration for the balance of negatives.

Theta is a one number display of momentum for any time (t). Value is thus geometrically calculated from Theta as a balance of positives minus negatives. Varying intensities of theta reflect the periods of positive value creation (success), and negative value creation (stagnation, or decadence) that regularly cycle through our lives. The One Number Theory provides the underlying logic for leveraging Theta to direction the allocation of resources in favor of the largest possible cumulative value.


~Dedicated to brain storms.

3.24.2009

Matters of Circumstance


"The people split from slavery with Democracy.  It granted power until they learned to vote themselves money from the treasury.  Greed drove bankruptcy of financial, moral, and social reserves.   Democracy saved the people with slavery."  


A List of Government Bailouts Over the Past Century:

1932 — The Hoover administration creates the Reconstruction Finance Corp. to facilitate economic activity by lending money.

1933 — The Roosevelt administration creates the Home Owners' Loan Corp. to buy $3 billion in bad mortgages from banks and refinance them to homeowners to stem a rise in foreclosures. The government makes a small profit.

1971 — Congress saves Lockheed Aircraft Corp., the nation's biggest defense contractor, from bankruptcy by guaranteeing the repayment of $250 million in bank loans.

1979 — Congress and the Carter administration arrange for $1.2 billion in subsidized loans to bail out automaker Chrysler Corp., then the nation's 10th-largest company. There was no significant cost to the government in the end since the loans were repaid.

1984 — Congress effectively takes over the ailing Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust, which failed with $40 billion of assets. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. injects $4.5 billion to buy bad loans.

1989 — Congress establishes the Resolution Trust Corp. to take over bad assets and make depositors whole. Resolving the S&L crisis takes six years and $125 billion in taxpayer money — roughly equal to $200 billion in today's dollars.

1998 — The government brokers a $3.6 billion private bailout in the collapse of the Long-Term Capital Management hedge fund, although no government money is involved.

2001 — Congress authorizes $5 billion in cash after the Sept. 11 terror attacks to help shore up the airline industry and follows up with $10 billion in loan guarantees.

3.16.2008 — The Federal Reserve agrees to guarantee $29 billion of Bear Stearns' assets in connection with the government-sponsored sale of the investment bank to JPMorgan Chase & Co.

7.11.2008 — Federal regulators seize IndyMac Bank's assets after the mortgage lender succumbs to the pressures of tighter credit, falling home prices and rising foreclosures. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. says it will cost about $8.9 billion out of its $53 billion insurance fund.

9.2.2008 — The Treasury Department seizes teetering mortgage finance institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, temporarily putting them in a government conservatorship with plans to inject up to $100 billion into each.

9.16.2008 — The government announces an $85 billion emergency loan to rescue American International Group Inc., a major insurance company, in return for a 79.9 percent stake.

9.19.2008 — The Bush administration proposes a plan to let the government buy $700 billion of bad mortgages and other forms of toxic debt that have been weighing down U.S. financial companies. Government officials and lawmakers were still scrambling to put a deal together a week later.

9.25.2008 — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seizes Washington Mutual Inc. — the largest bank to fail by far in the U.S. — and sells the deposits and banking assets to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $1.9 billion.

Source: Wikipedia

~Dedicated to Au.

1.20.2009

Obama Inaguration Speech