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A Little History...

My first real experiences with a real computer was way back in the mid 1970s when I took Computer Science 101 at a major state university. In that course we learned Fortran and Cobal coding and basically learned about ones and zeros. The computer room was a near freezing arena sized room that took up a whole floor of the building. We fed "The Beast" endless stacks of punchcards produced on steam punk machines in order to do simple calculations like figuring the median age of our classmates or the average temperature in Nome, Alaska. Though my major fields of study were Economics and Political Science, I have spent an inordinate amount of my time since both professionally and privately looking at a computer screen.

The major international manufacturing company I spent near three decades representing in a professional capacity was always extremely leery of the internet. For the longest time we operated on what was called an "Intranet" meaning our company computers could only be used for company business. It was forbidden to even access the internet on company computers. People were fired for doing so. Then over time things changes. Before long the company had a web page and then a Facebook page and so on and so on though it remained taboo for representatives of the corporation to express personal, especially political or religious, views on-line. We were no longer actively discouraged from using the internet personally but it was considered mostly a waste of time. Like all professionals I ended up spending too much of my time at work talking on a cell phone, answering e-mails. making spreadsheets or looking at or for some kind of data of one kind or another on-line. In any case, it was not until after I retired that I ever made a comment on a news site. From mid-2010 until its demise I wasted an obscene amount of my time on Newsvine though I made my first comments on a blog site on the old MSNBC boards back in 2009. That was when Feisty Redhead somehow seemed to always get in the first comment on just about every news story on that platorm. Nobody could figure out how she managed to do it unless she was an insider at MSNBC but then she eventually got banned. TLDR? Yeah, I was afraid of that.

So, compared with some internet heroes I am not a pioneer but I have been in enough rodeos to pretty much know what is going on. In NV's waning days on an invite to NT article by C4P Perrie asked me to please give the NewsTalkers another look. I had occasionally lurked here mainly to see what the recently banned from NV were saying about those on NV. Though I had looked I had never joined The NewsTalkers nor made a comment on this site until recently. Still, being here has that deja vu Groundhog Day feeling. Lets be honest, just about everyone here knows each other no matter what our screen names may be now or what avatars we may be using. Even cryptic references to ancient Newsvine lore are immediately picked up upon and sometimes censored. So, everything new is olde, again. 

Though I am a newbie around here please let me ask that while The NewsTalkers is discussing updating its CofC that everyone try to focus on the big picture. Also, I would be wary of and steer clear of those who are overly concerned with codifying, listing and defining all things.   Instead of banning certain words let us acknowledge that words are not the problem. The problem is how words are used, their context, their tone and their intent. Since we are dealng with words let me share a few bits of wisdom, a few ideas I think are most pertinent to the subject at hand and then ask that you all please consider them.

"I know it when I see it"

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The phrase "I know it when I see it" is a colloquial expression by which a speaker attempts to categorize an observable fact or event, although the category is subjective or lacks clearly defined parameters. The phrase was used in 1964 by United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart to describe his threshold test for obscenity in Jacobellis v. Ohio.[1][2][3] In explaining why the material at issue in the case was not obscene under the Roth test, and therefore was protected speech that could not be censored, Stewart wrote:

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.[4]

The expression became one of the best-known phrases in the history of the Supreme Court.[5] Though "I know it when I see it" is widely cited as Stewart's test for "obscenity", he never used the word "obscenity" himself in his short concurrence. He only stated that he knows what fits the "shorthand description" of "hard-core pornography" when he sees it.

Stewart's "I know it when I see it" standard was praised as "realistic and gallant"[6] and an example of candor.[7]

The Book of Matthew Chapter Seven, Verse Twelve

New International Version
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Can't See The Forrest For The Trees

It means that if you look at things one at a time, you might not realize that a branch of separate "trees" go togehter to make a "forest"

When you are too close to a situation you need to step back and get a little perspective. When you do you will notice there was a whole forest you couldn't see before because you were too close, and focusing on the trees.
Simply that you have focused on the many details and have failed to see the overall view, impression or key point.

Example "can't see the forest for the trees"

He is so caught up in her affectation that he " cant see the forest for the trees"

He is to busy on the outside looking in that he cant see the forest for the trees.

by alberta rogerdena August 23, 2012


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