Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I am now realising I could just document what I have done this month and add background summaries of our problem about the baby boom.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Going into work early or overnight now, I will work on my resume more and the cover letter for a job application coming up at work. The resume is near its third or fourth final proof read and correction. The cover letter still needs to be started. I am passing up on one job application that closes today.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I have completed reading the first chapter in the book about cyberfeminism. Here is the citation for this chapter:
- Sundén, Jenny. On Cyberfeminist Intersectionality in Elm, Malin Sveningsson and Jenny Sundén. Cyberfeminism In Northern Lights : digital media and gender in a Nordic context (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2007).
This covered the place of feminist studies in social characteristics and looked at the concept of Intersectionality before giving some examples of robots and then looking at these through a gender, sexual difference lens. The author suggests a wider view would also take into account race and class as most robots come from Japan or the USA.
The point of this book is to show the Nordic perspective of cyberfeminism rather than the American perspective as the unquestioned and only perspective. For instance in Nordic countries and this is true in Estonia as well there is no gender in the languages. There is no s/he and it. There also seems to be on the surface a high level of gender equality in Nordic countries with many women leaders. But these leaders are still only handling women's ministries in the government not finance or defence where the power is.
More from the book about occupation health and safety. This time the reading was a survey of management theories.
- Dyck, Dianne E. G., ibid
- The next section of this book in chapter one was a survey of modern and historical management theories. I thought through each example reflecting on my own workplace. This gave me an idea of using health and safety as a sub theme or main theme to thread through my thesis as this would attract some funding from workers organisations.
- Dyck, Dianne E. G. Occupational health & safety : theory, strategy & industry practice (Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2007).
- The coverage included Germany in the early days and also covered a famous fire in the New York City's garment industry where 146 workers many of them young Italian and European Jewish women immigrants died in a fire. They could not escape because doors were locked. Also fire ladders and hoses could not reach the ninth floor so some jumped to their death rather than die in the fire
If I can get all this reading done by 1 AM or 3 AM I will then play an on-line role playing game and try to make 1 million game dollars by mining in space. Then I am off to work early in the morning Monday.
I will also plan to write two pages of my term project, my presentation slides for two weeks from now, and start more work on the thesis outline. I will also study for my mid term occuring in about two weeks from now
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
- LAWLER, G., 1996. Cut Times for Simple Random Walk. Electronic Journal of Probability, 1, pp. 1-24.
- I was supposed to find this last year and we covered this proof but did not actually do it in class last year in SYS5120
Thursday, February 07, 2008
"Reason Exhausted: Science, environment and the end of progress"
The 21st Century will be marked by the ecology and politics of exhaustion. The manic euphoria of Western Civilization for the techno-fix against unresolvable environmental limits belies a stage of development in our relationship to the environment in which such solutions exist only as childhood memories or false propagandistic advertising. I will first probe the limits of our technical engagement with the environment, aiming at disentangling reality from corporate advertising, to show that no amount of virtualization of the world can purchase for us even temporary suspension of basic thermodynamics, geological cycles and historical sense. Such an analysis reveals the exhaustion of the mythologies of Progress, with obvious consequences for the 20th Century narratives of Sustainability and Rights. From this basis, I will then pursue the role played by the scientist, writ large, in the development of such a unique historical crisis. I understand that the current erosion of independent rationality (corporate, governmental, and religious takeover of institutions and their products, particularly the Public University) reflects not only the limit of physical exhaustion of so-called natural resources, but also the end of rationality as a cultural resource in itself. As others have pointed out, this double exhaustion marks the end of a 10, 000 year old story, and the beginning of an uncharted time for humanity and the world. I will attempt to engage with the audience in an exploration of the options available for young people in such a pregnant historical moment.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
- Nash, John C., Smith, Neil, and Adler, Andy. Audit and change analysis of spreadsheets (Ottawa : Faculty of Administration, University of Ottawa, 2003).
- This concerns me at my workplace as I work with Excel spreadsheets at work and must verify numbers in these computer files when they are displayed on my workplace screen as spreadsheets. Because their tool is designed for Open Office and we do not have Open Office at work, I can not actually use the tool these authors created. But I did mean to try out there tool but after reading their paper find out they did not complete the project because they wanted to run the software from a server rather than on the worker's machine.
- Nash, John C., Calof, Jonathan and Nash Mary M. Statistical process improvement, open-source software, and E-Commerce (Ottawa : Faculty of Administration, University of Ottawa, 2003).
- Nash, John C. and Nash, Mary M. Issues in finding and managing duplicate or equivalent files (Ottawa : School of Management, University of Ottawa, 2006).