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Reasons to like Volume-1 : Data-driving, steering our activities with usage history

Cover of Volume-1 in .epub format
screenshot of Volume-1 version-1 as seen in Apple's e-book reader (Books)
Cover and screenshot of Volume-1 version-1 as seen in Apple’s e-book reader (Books)

Extremely rich […] requires concentration […] there are many concepts and messages. […] The parallel between animal tracks and fingerprints […] I had never thought about it, now it’s crystal clear. […] Can we explain how a hunter or a scientist analyses the tracks of an animal to understand its behaviour, lifestyle, habits, food, social life, etc.? […] Can’t wait to read more.

Hallway (pseudonyme) on 8/5/2021 at 17:33

– Thanks, George! Yes, there are already a few references to add for v1, to support the parallel between how to deal with human and wild animal usage data. Surf Xi gives one of them in the What’s missing post.

NB. I have also put some of the questions in the commentary into the post I don’t like, where they might be useful to others.

Reasons to like Volume-1’s soundtrack: the-little-voice

Bandcamp page for Surf Xi’s the-little-voice album

To buy&download the-little-voice version-zero:

Whispered voice

I listened to almost all the musical extracts which are really, nice, original… There is really something behind it… […] I really like the principle of the whispered voice, you have to keep it, I think it’s very fun […].

Colomban (pseudonyme) on 03/05/2022 (voice message)

– Thank you, Colomban! I’m glad you liked this first sound attempt.

In order to render your message more completely, I also add a link to your suggestions for improving the little-voice.

I listened to the music… […] What I like […] is the need to listen to a message, if not coded, at least “masked”. Like a whisper in the noise.

Wonderman (pseudonyme), on 22/05/2022 around 11:36 (via email)

– Thanks for your message, Wonderman! I’m glad you like this whisper-in-the-noise.

For this first soundtrack, the whispering came naturally, without any ulterior motive, at the first level, because the little-voice embodies-and-doesn’t-embody what some inner voices say, which invite themselves independently of my will, when I write-and-think. It is, as one might say, my own Captain Haddock’s little voice.

I don’t think I consciously intended it to be coded messages, but I’ll look carefully for what I can attribute to these little-voices in Volume-1, and try to spot the passages where what they say could be coded… Thanks for the suggestion!

Thinking about it for two minutes, I readily admit that the first volume of the Data-driving trilogy could provoke at least some feelings of message-coding.

This text is first-written-for-myself, to help me come to terms with my own ideas and feelings, experiencing them through an exercise of iterative writing-reading-wrting-reading… until I agree-or-don’t agree and decide to publish-or-don’t publish these writings. Publication is the act by which I confirm that, as my work stands, I agree with what I think. No wonder, in that case if these messages-written-by-myself-for-myself may seem coded.

Also seemingly coded are the non-academic forms I use to try to express what’s on my mind, for example when I connect words with hyphens and when I create words from the first letters of an expression, like opon, as a contraction of on-purpose-or-not, whose raison-d’être is to allow me to evacuate false-internal-debates which divert my attention from the observation of the facts, the data-of-the-problem, and invite me to give-a-priority-more-importance-to the-fingers-that-point than-the-things-they-point-to?

There is no conspiracy-theory in my texts. I don’t have a theory any more than I know of plots.

Nor do I seek to convey coded messages that would have the function of simulating some kind of secret society, or to link myself to existing societies of influence. I don’t think that this approach would allow me to orient my dynamics in a direction compatible with what I like to do, with my rhythm of work and with my way of being.

I prefer to move forward lightly and avoid the hurdles of hierarchy and authority, the effectiveness of which I do not question when it comes to organising-and-doing-war, but for which I have a major lack of confidence when it comes to organising-and-doing-peace.

However, if I think about it, there are indeed messages in Volume-1 that can be likened to coded-messages. There are, for example, invitations to try to discover something else, too, in a playful way. Something beside, behind, beyond what is written and directly visible, not necessarily in or at the same time, perhaps rather later and elsewhere… So far, the mission of the-little-voice has not been to convey coded messages to serve this dynamic-of-play. Since you bring up the subject, I’ll think about it for future releases. Thank you!

Also expressed in Volume-1 is the ambition to do-right-side-up at least some of what I helped to do-upside-down, the will to demonstrate the possibility of doing so, and the hope that this might encourage a reasonable number of people to conduct their businesses in a way that makes these businesses virtuous-activities-ξ in the sense that they-respect-the-living-ecosystem-in-which-they-are-embedded.

The-little-voice participates in this dynamic. It is its raison d’être. The purpose of these voices-written-and-set-to-music is to try to make less boring the parts of the text that I’m trying to transmit to a reasonable number of people, even though I can see that these parts don’t interest many people a priori.

Reasons to like Volume-2: Data-driving – Practical guidebook

Data-driving volume-2 cover in .epub format
Data-driving Volume-2 screen shot as seen in Apple's Books e-reader
Cover and screenshot of Volume-2 read with Apple’s Books e-reader

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I like […] the overall look and feel, it’s nice with that sand […] it’s very relaxing to have that sand behind. And I like the picture of Xi [pronounced Chi], the surfer Xi, Surf Xi.

Colomban (pseudonyme) on 03/05/2022 (voice message)

– Thanks, Colomban! I’m glad you like the wallpaper. It comes from the cover image, itself derived from a photo by Marei Sellin, published under a Creative Commons license on the website.

It’s funny how you pronounce Chi! I pronounce it à-la-française, Xi, like the Greek letter ξ, Ξ.

It’s not bad either, Chinese-style Surf Chi!

For fun, I just had a look at Xi Jinpin’s biography on Wikipedia, to check if this choice was influenced by the character (not consciously anyway).

So here it is: in 2007, he briefly replaced the Shanghai Party Secretary, but he was not designated as Hu Jintao’s presumed successor until 2008 😅. Given the lack of interest in Chinese issues in my circle at the time, the likelihood that my choice of name in October 2007 was influenced by the character is therefore very low.

That being said, don’t change anything for me, I like Surf Chi!

It also reminds me of a comment by Margolfa, another fantasy, posted about the first volume of the Data-driving trilogy, in which she compared Surf Xi to a digital-Che…

This post made me smile, too, although I’m not a big proponent of revolutions, for reasons I’m trying to explain in Volume-1, with the allegory of hyper-vicious loops.

So there you have it, your Chinese pronunciation has just given me the opportunity to put a spotlight on this aspect of my message which echoes, it seems to me, other comments you have kindly passed on.

See you soon, dear Colomban!

The payment experience

The payment experience is quite smooth and fast. The interface puts the user in a general climate of trust, which is key for me.

ProfEtSir on 18/04/2021 at 22:22

– Thank you, ProfEtSir! However, the experience is still far from satisfactory in my opinion. I invite people who also feel this way to feed the post I don’t like, to give us some real-life observations.

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