Monthly Archive for June, 2007

The Whole World Is Watching


By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: June 27, 2007

Three years ago, I was catching a plane at Boston’s Logan airport and went to buy some magazines for the flight. As I approached the cash register, a woman coming from another direction got there just behind me — I thought. But when I put my money down to pay, the woman said in a very loud voice: “Excuse me! I was here first!” And then she fixed me with a piercing stare that said: “I know who you are.” I said I was very sorry, even though I was clearly there first.

If that happened today, I would have had a very different reaction. I would have said: “Miss, I’m so sorry. I am entirely in the wrong. Please, go ahead. And can I buy your magazines for you? May I buy your lunch? Can I shine your shoes?”

Why? Because I’d be thinking there is some chance this woman has a blog or a camera in her cellphone and could, if she so chose, tell the whole world about our encounter — entirely from her perspective — and my utterly rude, boorish, arrogant, thinks-he-can-butt-in-line behavior. Yikes!

When everyone has a blog, a MySpace page or Facebook entry, everyone is a publisher. When everyone has a cellphone with a camera in it, everyone is a paparazzo. When everyone can upload video on YouTube, everyone is filmmaker. When everyone is a publisher, paparazzo or filmmaker, everyone else is a public figure. We’re all public figures now. The blogosphere has made the global discussion so much richer — and each of us so much more transparent.

poor friedman. in a world he sees upon us he acts not himself but as obsequeous craven in fear of another’s point of view. this is not the lesson to be learned. the lesson is respect for self and others, and learn to live *your* life in the open.

so imagine

e pi i
we live in three states
we
our consciousness
physical
emotional
intellectual

these states express to our consciousness the way three colors combine to make light
three places where the focal point of our consciousness can be
pain or hurt or flash of an idea

we meld these three in ideation
we conceive ourselves

are we ourselves or our self conception

so just imagine we could reach them teach them
disadvantaged kids across the globe
teach them to be smart
engage them in immersive educational game
small money as they learn
more money as they earn
open to every race and creed

cc ogletree cc lessig

steve, here are my thoughts. we are at a turning point in the history of civil rights forall people. we expect a ruling from supreme legal authority that the government may not use race in giving advantage. no government affirmative action.

ogletree and i see kids out there who we know we coulde teach how to learn. tree and i are teachers. we want to teach straight to the disadvantaged. i want to teach playing poker. follow on the the algebra project. follow on from marley marcus garvey.

we want to ask the children of jamaica to help us teach the children of america how to play poker and how to participate as a citizen of cyberspace.
we want to ask the other way around. if we learn to gether we will play a helluva game.
time for citizens to gether

to gether, to come together

we would like to teach our offering in a sweet and elegant online environment expressed openly in embrace to law
icommons
open in law code norm

that is a code environment we have not built yet, thinking of it as an ideal educational environment in which to teach poker in the manner of a school in which i am dean and ogletree principal.

nice moment

email to howard and annie
howard, can you help me put together production of a teaching video of one card war, teaching kids to play poker, candy for chips, shot in a studio so that we can do the full thing of seeing each kid’s card. i bet we can watch them getting the idea. annie please join in the fun.

we move from one card war up to holdem so that beginner can follow the process of flop turn and river, then move online to one penny two penny tables, caution right from the moment of beginning that responsibility managing your money is what this game is all about. learn to price your hand and to understand its value in the ever shifting marketplace of the poker table.

icommons node is our point of publication creative commons
offer going out to all kids and everyone else
join in affirmative action
form a node of our poker strategic thinking society
sign up for our inaugural tournament
come, learn and play with us

we will teach
your child will learn
you will learn
how to be responsible with money
how to think with numbers
how to interact with people
how to judge for yourself what is true

my audio journal this morning, thinking about teaching poker as timely affirmative action now that government affirmative action seems to be flickering out.

is2k7 – university -david weinberger

i missed david weinberger’s closing at 1s2k7 but now get to listen to the podcast. Listen to the conclusion of his talk for a beautiful encapsulation of what is2k7 was about. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/~nesson/is2k7-weinberger.mp3

doctrinalism

Forwarded Conversation
Subject: workshop
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From: Charles Nesson
To: John Coates
Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 3:10 PM

John, sorry i had to leave your workshop early today. thank you for your paper. the issue you raise goes to the heart of what and how we teach. i feel that parsing rules and reasons behind in order to interpret to serve their purpose is the most basic rhetorical skill we teach.
-charlie

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From: John Coates
To: Charles Nesson
Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Thanks — agreed. The paper is proving to be a bit of Rorschach test for readers — not surprisingly, what different people think “doctrine” is and how it functions strongly affects their view of what doctrinal scholarship is, but more surprisingly, people have very different views on what doctrine is.

Here’s einer’s first post: http://volokh.com/posts/1179757913.shtml

Here’s tribe’s reply: http://balkin.blogspot.com/2007/05/larry…

Here’s balkin’s reply: http://balkin.blogspot.com/2007/05/mr-do…

Forwarded Conversation
Subject: workshop
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From: Charles Nesson
To: John Coates
Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 3:10 PM

John, sorry i had to leave your workshop early today. thank you for your paper. the issue you raise goes to the heart of what and how we teach. i feel that parsing rules and reasons behind in order to interpret to serve their purpose is the most basic rhetorical skill we teach.
-charlie

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From: John Coates
To: Charles Nesson
Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Thanks — agreed. The paper is proving to be a bit of Rorschach test for readers — not surprisingly, what different people think “doctrine” is and how it functions strongly affects their view of what doctrinal scholarship is, but more surprisingly, people have very different views on what doctrine is.

Here’s einer’s first post: http://volokh.com/posts/1179757913.shtml

Here’s tribe’s reply: http://balkin.blogspot.com/2007/05/larry…

Here’s balkin’s reply: http://balkin.blogspot.com/2007/05/mr-do…

Forwarded Conversation
Subject: workshop
————————

From: Charles Nesson
To: John Coates
Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 3:10 PM

John, sorry i had to leave your workshop early today. thank you for your paper. the issue you raise goes to the heart of what and how we teach. i feel that parsing rules and reasons behind in order to interpret to serve their purpose is the most basic rhetorical skill we teach.
-charlie

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From: John Coates
To: Charles Nesson
Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Thanks — agreed. The paper is proving to be a bit of Rorschach test for readers — not surprisingly, what different people think “doctrine” is and how it functions strongly affects their view of what doctrinal scholarship is, but more surprisingly, people have very different views on what doctrine is.

Here’s einer’s first post: http://volokh.com/posts/1179757913.shtml

Here’s tribe’s reply: http://balkin.blogspot.com/2007/05/larry…

Here’s balkin’s reply: http://balkin.blogspot.com/2007/05/mr-do…

einer says: Now by doctrinalism I do not mean any scholarship that considers doctrine or takes it seriously. I rather mean the sort of scholarship that simply describes doctrine or that assesses doctrine based solely on formalistic grounds having to do with the logic of it internal structure. It would not, in my book, be doctrinalism to analyze the functional theories that could explain some doctrine or lead to reform of it, or to measure the consequences of doctrine. Heck, that is what I do, and I am not about to declare myself obsolete.

balkin beautiful in response.

hey tony – go open – go long – go far

i feel like now is a time to take it easy. let the fury in the others flow. when they feel they’ve gone too far without feeling opposition they’ll pull back. where is the problem. if our differences are feelings we can work them out. epiei lives in three worlds, a world of emotion, a world of intellectual, a world of pain. we weave these three together into our lives.

last night good bye to tony soprano, left with that moment of black you recognize as the moment you are wiped out, bang, your lights go out. we know this moment in anticipation each of us who loves the burning of the light, the moment of darkness when your light goes out, when somebody turns it off for you, stops the meme creating, challenge to you to carry on. creator of the meme i pray to you, open up the story from the moment you flipped the switch, give us the digital archive of story for us to make magic with, dedicate it, creative commons. like a bolt of lightning rising to a rainbow let the stories rise each of us imagining what another’s life could be with help from friends.

thank you david lynch. thank you. thank you. life goes on and off and on like into eve online.

we are in a new domain. we weave story into rhetorical space to tell the story we live.

light up avatars in second life. let us live. let us play poker.

bok extended – i want to teach poker strategic thinking- open access all ages all nations

“alewis@fas.harvard.edu”
to nesson

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11:15 pm (12 hours ago)
Did you hear what Bok had to say about Harvard yesterday?

Basically he was asking the same questions you are trying to answer:
 http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007…

To begin with, we need to be asking ourselves just whom we should be educating.
Universities have long concentrated on teaching young people between the ages of 18 and 25. But quietly over the last quarter-century, two great changes have occurred. Professionals everywhere have come to recognize the need for lifelong learning, so much so that at Harvard today, between 60- and 70,000 nontraditional students come each year, for a week, a month, a year of further education. In addition, technology now makes it possible for universities to educate people anywhere in the world. Thanks to the Internet, Michael Porter of our faculty can offer his course on corporate strategy in business schools in 70 countries of the world, ranging from Finland to Ghana.

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 http://icommons.org/isummit-07/

go with derek on life long learning to all the nations of the world
okay i want to start with poker for all people who play it and discussion of the prohibition on poker for all who might like to play but feel enjoined by religion or government not to.

suppose we divide the world we wish to speak with into these two sets
the playing world seems easy to me
excitement and interest is there and vast room for extending intellectual stimulation
the enjoined world is harder
could we engage in an engaging civil discourse on the question whether poker is a game of skill; could we get serious and respected muslim scholars to sit in discourse with me

accept muhummed as doctrine. let us engage.

They ask you about intoxicants and games of chance. Say: In both of them there is a great sin and means of profit for men, and their sin is greater than their profit.

some muslim scholars favor chess but only if it is not played for money
chess is a game that can be played not for money and is surely a game of skill

as a game of skill it avoids the injunction of the heiffer, 2:219. whence then comes the injunction against playing for money, or may we understand this as a line drawn to allow chess to be played with least intrusion on the sensibility of those who abhor gambling. this line extends the realm of freedom for people who love chess played not for money and have the leisure to play. this leaves out chess players with the skill to win but not the means to play. why is this a result muhummad would have wanted?

in second life we can imagine muhummad here today, or can we, are we prohibited from doing so by an injunction that will not let us even in our imagination go inside his mind to try to see and think and feel like him. let his symbol be the necker cube. let his truth be deep and infinite. let me ask the scholars round the table if they would join with me in search of it through the game of poker played not for money.

up speaks a scholar who wants to pursue the truth of the necker cube with me by playing poker not for money but for the element of chance in poker

chess is different from poker. in chess there is no element of chance and hence chess is unquestionably a game of skill. poker is a game of chance, albeit one in which skill may predominate over chance, but nonetheless a game of chance. let us search for truth of the necker cube with you by playing chess instead of poker.

how should i respond to him that might persuade? can i teach the truth of the necker cube with chess? can i teach it with poker not played for money?

where does the money injunction come from?

so im thinking i want to say in dubrovnic, help me teach a poker strategic thinking course. include in it a clinical component for law and government students of representing internet poker against criminal indictment and poker playing against religious and moral censure. help me construct and project this course on the frame of internet poker with cooperation if we can get it from every internet poker company on the net. help me build a research program that asks relevant questions and seeks answers to the from data and knowledgeable people. help me establish a fred friendly seminar program, a series of talks and lectures, a multiplicity of engaging forms in which to explore strategic poker thinking. help me project the idea and its execution through all media, all languages, open access.

here’s one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever seen

encore

barney’s hearing/ben decker sends me barlow

how do you teach majong players to use the internet quips barney

i’m wathching the stream of barney’s hearing
how is this being recorded
will it be edited
how and when is edit happening
what tools have we now to bring truth up to time

compulsive gambling at a game of skill
think about it
what is that
i don’t believe the compulsive gambler epithet thrown at poker
show me a compulsive learner of skill i show you a student
i am a student expressing truth
thinking poker is a way of thinking about truth
mainline to the necker cube
the riddle of three hats
poker a game three can play

opening witnesses good

they open with security
technology of the filters to keep the children out fails twenty percent of the time
teenagers fighting to get in to bars with fake id’s and fighting to play poker online
curious witness

now religion reverend hogan
son in jail for robbing a bank
the black hole of addiction
this can’t be real
i have to meet this kid
hey greg
you’ve got a friend out here
you need pokertracker and a lot of help from 2+2
either that or you are pathalogically stupid
which, as i think of it, is a possibility

cute guy with curly gray hair looking up and talking aristotle
let’s look at what our society is wanting
look at society wanting to play poker
who is calling the shots in the society of those who don’t want us to play
distinguish games of chance from games of skill
who pays the bills of those who put the opposition witnesses together
how is the program put together
who makes the witness list

i’m fighting for freedom to play poker
the law as old as momammed divides between gambling and games of skill
here it is simple
gambling on lotteries is irrational from any rational gambler’z point of view
games of chance give hope and take money at bad odds
playing games of skill is how you learn

maam congresswoman from indiana nails it
how can you bet a race horse race over internet and not bet poker
how do you know what party i’m in
you’re on that side of the room
why do we have pockets in our country in which locals can decide they don’t want to learn
folds fraid their man gonna gamble off their paycheck before they bring it home
who is this wonderful lady
the gentle woman from indiana

i’m for a constitutional right to play internet poker
i claim a right of expression to play poker with anyone and everyone on the net
i claim a right to learn and teach poker as researcher and professor
i am eon
dean of cyberspace
this is my school
i make it ours

gotta go get stiches out
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email
Benjamin Decker
to me, Andrew, Zander

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10:45 am (2 hours ago)
Hi Professor Nesson. My Dad forwarded over your response.

How are you feeling? I hope well! I was so sorry to hear about your back. To be honest, when we first heard, we weren’t sure if it was real — after your avatarial address, we were half expecting you to scooter in on one wheel through the back door! Again though, thank you so much for inviting us to the conference. It really was amazing.

I stole the Goldsmith and Wu book from my Dad, and there’s one quote I thought worth sharing. It’s a John Barlow:

“Imagine discovering a continent so vast that it may have no end to its dimensions. Imagine a new world with more resources than all our future greed might exhaust, more opportunities than there will ever be entrepreneurs enough to exploit, and a peculiar kind of real estate that expands with development.” And “imagine a place where trespassers leave no footprints, where goods can be stolen an infinite number of times and yet remain in the possession of their original owners, where businesses you never heard of can own the history of your personal affairs, where only the children feel completely at home, where the physics is that of thought rather than things, and where everyone is as virtual as the shadows in Plato’s Cave”

Have you seen this one? What’s on the table here I think is definitely *both* (and equally) cyberspace and virtual space (by which I mean the web and metaverse constructions respectively).

Best wishes, and feel well!
Ben

birds of a feather – dubrovnik icommons

what internet poker can do for internet. help confront and mediate authority in new engaging ways. come get a complementary berkman poker deck. take a seat at a berkman table. let me introduce you to a founder. let us talk about how we play the game. thank you to my fellow founders.