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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 182

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Documentary: Nero didn’t burn Rome. He didn’t persecute the Christians. St Peter didn’t die during Nero time. No foreign military expansions were conducted. Nero was an artist and didn’t appreciate the cruelties of the elite senators.  He surrendered himself with ministers from sons of freed slaves and built wonderful achievements. He did assassinate his mother Agrippa for fear of dethroning him. And he did assassinate his ex-wife Octavia.

What taxonomies Human Factors have to conceive?  How about the classification of human errors when operating a system, their frequencies and consequences on the safety of operators and system performance?

One alternative classification of human errors is based on human behavior and the level of comprehension. Mainly, skill-based, or rule-based or knowledge-based behavioral patterns. This taxonomy identifies 13 types of errors and discriminates among the stages and strength of controlled routines in the mind that precipitate the occurrence of an error, whether during execution of a task, omitting steps, changing the order of steps, sequence of steps, timing errors, inadequate analysis or decision-making.

Another taxonomy rely on the theory of information processing and it is a literal transcription of the experimental processes; mainly, observation of a system status, choice of hypothesis, testing of hypothesis, choice of goal, choice of procedure and execution of procedure.  Basically, this taxonomy may answer the problems in the rule-based and knowledge–based behavior.

It is useful to specify in the final steps of taxonomy whether an error is of omission or of commission.  I suggest that the errors of commission be also fine tuned to differentiate among errors of sequence, the kind of sequence, and timing of the execution.

There are alternative strategies for reducing human errors by either training, selection of the appropriate applicants, or redesigning a system to fit the capabilities of end users and/or taking care of his limitations by preventive designs, exclusion designs, and fail-safe designs.

I now take one task at a time. Now that time is worth everything, Time is irrelevant to me. I could be happy.

In my mind, “geek” and “nerd” are related, but capture different dimensions of an intense dedication to a subject. The distinction is that geeks are fans of their subjects, and nerds are practitioners of their fields of interest.

  • geek – An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.
  • nerd – A studious intellectual of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia.

Then I learned of the double standards since my tacit demotion is that we must keep at work the details of moral standards accepted at work, and never transfer it outside the premises. This attitude is categorized under State Secret interests… Home moral standards are off-limits in the active function.

Nabih Berry, chairman of Parliament, khosser. 3amaarat al khorafaat 7awla shakhsihi inharat. reje3 la noktet al bidayat. Za3eem militia: ya ana al mou2assassat yamma al fawdat

Ra7 yedfa3 kteer Nabih lamma zarak Hezbollah. dha3dha3 misdakiyyat sayyed al mokawamat bi binaa2 dawlat mou2assassat wa al doustour

Kallam jameel la Jobran Bassil min Paris lel al mo2tamar wa fil Magazine. Al ghawghaa2 ajbaret Cote d’Ivoire ma te2der t2ammen 7imayyah la Jobran

Sa3d Hariri PM karrar yebneh dawleh: mosh kel siyassi bi mohemmeh la barrat laazem 2albo yo2bot.

Kel 3ayleh badda toshnok al kaatel bi doun mou7akamat. Al amen lazem ye jor ha2oula2 lel mou7akamat, abel Hisham.

Fi ehmaal bi 3akaar, B3albak, Hermel? Nouwaab wa wouzara2 hal moukata3aat ba baddon ya3mlo investment wa business bi manate2on

Beirut Tech Spaces? Techno craze sweeping Lebanon? For how long?

Are we redefining the semantics like “geek”, “nerd”, and “hacker”…?

Beirut.com posted:

“With the boom of social media fluctuating across the Arab world, it’s not surprising that new tech spaces like Lamba LabsGeek Express and TechnoFuture Lebanon are blossoming in Lebanon’s stagnant economy.

These spaces provide outlets for the tech-savvy, creative and curious mind, solidifying the mainstream notion that geek is totally in—even in the plastic high-maintenance culture of Lebanon.

Manifesting the human persona of Reddit, Geek Express, created by Tarek Dajani and newly opened on December 18, is the colorful mesh of five different concepts—presented within the artful constrains of an old-school grotto in the heart of the Beirut Digital District.

Enclosed within its bronze rock walls, Geek Express unveils its five treasures—a fabrication area, museum, coffee shop, workshop area and Sparkfun selective distributer stand—corner by corner, each more captivating than the last.

The fabrication area boasts a wide variety of tools, including a 3D printer, eggbot, hologram machine, and a Maker Bot Replicator 2.

Their cafe, serving up Urbanista’s best, provides cozy seating and free wifi, and a prime view of their Star Trek-named self-tweeting Bonsai Tree, @TiberiusGE.

Beirut.com was given a tour by GE Manager Bassem Dghaidy and Marketing Manager Lina Moubarak, who explained that Geek Express “Is all about the space. We’re trying to make it fully equipped for artists, geeks, designers, engineers.”

Dghaidy is one of the founders of Lamba Labs, remarking that GE hopes to partner up with both Lamba and TechnoFuture, as it provides technological equipment that services both spaces.

Another technology driven enterprise on the Lebanese scene is TechnoFuture, and within it, TechnoKids Inc., which aims to enrich Lebanon’s scientific education, providing classes, workshops, and hands-on projects for interactive and stimulating learning.

Beirut.com interviewed Omar Hussein, Chairman of TechnoFuture, via email, who explained that the need for TechnoFuture is to bridge the gap between schools, universities and the market. Hussein spoke of the success stories of TechnoFuture Lebanon’s sister initiative, TechnoFuture Egypt, who’s students have already contributed to their scientific communities in remarkable ways.

Already headlined as one of the main technology communities in Lebanon, Lamba Labs was created a year and a half ago as the brain child of six founders.

A self described grassroots community that caters to the hacker-space initiative, Lamba has the main aim of creating a place to empower youth, and hopes to soon be a legally recognized NGO.

“We’re a hackerspace,” explained Marc Farra, one of the co-founders of Lamba. He emphasized that the word “hacker” should have a positive connotation, underlining that “to hack is to take something and make it better. Hacking culture is the democratization of invention.”

Though Lamba Labs has many similarities with Geek Express—including a workshop and media space hosted at Karaj, art and tech supplies and even a 3D printer—the main difference between the two is Lamba’s focus on community rather than consumerism. GE is to LL as a creative space is to the hacker/geek community.

Farra explained “We’d be Lamba without a space…. a space is just an extension of the community” Maya Kriedieh—another of Lamba’s co-founders—added that “the community spirit exists and will persist, even if Lamba Labs does not.”

Unlike LL and GE, TechnoFuture targets the younger population, specifically youth ages 4-17. They provide education in the fields of Robotics Programming, Technology and Engineering, Business, Life Sciences, and more.

Hussein explains that TechnoFuture is all about the education, not the competition. “All of the organizations that are involved in this field have more or less the same values that I have, which is enabling our youth for a better future.”

Overall, the three initiatives share one main aim: nurturing the creative culture of science and technologies in the Lebanese population.

Phrasing this mindset beautifully, Kriedieh explained that many people feel that they need to travel for lack of opportunity in Lebanon: “[Lamba] has sprung from the need in Lebanon [for a place] where like-minded people can meet and collaborate on a different framework. We all like sharing, lets just do it together.”

“Our main goal now is to raise awareness of the maker culture, that inventing really is possible in Lebanon and that we have the talent to do and create,” remarked Dghaidy. “We have the potential to do crazy things.”

Beirut Tech Spaces: Where Being a Nerd is Awesome

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