Wow, cool! Yes, bees have certainly “raised their profile” of late considering how apparently f*cked we are all going to be soon (that’s the second time I’ve had to resist typing bee in this sentence lol).
Is this not an area you want to develop? Looks like you have the experience and a community there that could be developed, I guess it depends if it fits into your ‘Ikigai’ fully - from what I see so far there would definitely need to be(!) some crossover with art.
That’s what I’m trying to do here with Holochain - for my sins I was named as one of the most influential people in Open Source, that was ten years ago around about the same time I built the back-end of Books for Keeps children’s book review website. They were the first people to ever star rate children’s books and there was a big furore at the time but then they became the place where if you didn’t get reviewed by them then it was bad. The site is still used a lot mostly by teachers but also parents. It took me months to clean up all their data which had been manually entered for years by one guy - things like you’d have the authors as “steve andsarah blundell” so I’d have to go through the database a thousand times dealing with each anomaly at a time. The result was worth it though as you can click on an author or an artist and see which books they’ve been involved in and what role they played in it.
I had the idea at the time it could grow into a collaborative book-making online space as every author, illustrator etc. had their own account linked to the books and articles etc. they’d been involved in but I just couldn’t get buy-in from the quite conservative board that were and are operating it. They didn’t see the opportunities I did (and still do), but I am learning about different peoples frequencies and some people (“steel/how” energy) need to see the actual thing to believe and understand, they’re more the numbers people, and there’s people like me who have their head in the sky with ideas (dynamo/what) and like connecting with people (blaze/who). Then there’s the people who are good at timing - they have their ear to the ground, like the ebay seller who sells vintage car models or perhaps bees… they’re tempo/when energy - Traders like that ebay seller. Anyway point is if you’re aligned with your frequency then I’d highly suggest sticking with that and collaborating with ones that will support that, so if your own business and you are a trader that would be a ‘lord’ energy first, someone who takes existing assets and makes the most out of them, then after that it would be a star energy, that’s my profile, people who don’t create, they promote. So if you notice I’ve been rambling on about a thousand different things in this thread as if I’m trying to extract what (lol I am “what fm” as a dynamo!) it is exactly you want me (as I’m the one reading it) to promote. Hah I love this sh*t!
So, I guess my next question is a) what about the bees? Is this your beesnees? Or are you looking to change because something is missing from your Ikigai? and b) do you have someone else who helps you with the business in terms of that ‘lord’ profile?
If you’re looking to be no.2 in someone else’s business then you would be looking to a ‘Supporter’ profile, you can usually tell who they are because they’re basically supporting all the time. I do that a little as it’s one of my ‘wings’. They know ‘who’. And if you’re looking to be a no.3 in someone else’s business (3 is the minimum to get stable) then you’d be looking to a Star profile like me who’s playing no.2 to a mechanic profile… hah ah ok so that’s why I’m rambling on about this, because the mechanic profile (mix of Steel and Dynamo energies) creates a better system. They see systems and they create the “what” from the knowing of the “how” as they sit between Lord and Creator profile, and that sounds highly like Art, or his co-creator whom I don’t know so can’t guess.
Wow, such rambles. So yes, I guess this conversation fits because we are both trying to help ourselves otherwise we wouldn’t be bothering, and we want to help the Holochain project too, apologies if this rant is confusing, there’s methods in my madness…
Oh and before I saw your reply I was making a list of influences I have had recently like today on art and how Holochain and the agent-centric nature of it could be expressed within the world of ‘art’. So I’ll continue with that…
Saw this amazing live feed from Iceland volcano:
…and this amazing drone footage sweeping right over the top of it:
and this amazing 3D Holochain art:
…and this article about realtime collaboration on Holochain:
Decentralized Next-level Collaboration Apps with Syn
So all things are making me think that what Holochain/Holo is opening up is perhaps a new market in collaborative Art. I think that’s why this conversation interested me because of the lack of awareness of Holochain and the forthcoming blockchain BS. One way of massively raising awareness (remember my profile is shining the light on others, although I do have a tendency to think my creations are good so another reason I’m trying not to create anything here just promote, although like the estate agent, they still ‘create’ the estate agency, they don’t create the housing market or the houses etc. another example Oprah. anyways… back to the story…) one way of massively raising awareness is through art. It’s the ‘Purple Cow’ as Seth Godin calls it. But now I think about it and as I am typing it I realise that is my trying to create something, so let’s go back to shining light on others… this bee thing, for example, if that were turned into an agent-centric success and we saved the bees then that would also solve the awareness problem and the bee problem, and that would be(!) a Good Thing.
In the IoT world I see things like devices to measure stuff, video stuff etc. being useful in your bee world, and that’s where the agent-centric world would excel.
My particular interest is also in Collective Intelligence (yeah Steve why not just drop in another huge area here), in particular a new meta language called IEML - Information Economy Meta Language, being developed by Pierre Levy. I discovered it when I was in Toronto back in 2005 and wandering around a second hand book shop I saw this book “Becoming Virtual” and thought “well, if there was ever a book with my name on it…” and it was a huge mind-expanding read, where Pierre talks about the virtual not being the opposite of the real but the potential. It is all there, just needs “observing” lol. Anyway he’s now written a language which is the next level of the net so would work really well with Holochain, and after years of trying to understand how best to propagate IEML I realised it would probably be through IoT so you have a device saying “it’s raining here”, or “it’s X temperature” etc. providing the facts in IEML so you can calculate meanings from that. Perhaps that would be an awesome application for the bee world, so from knowing this particular data we can extract certain meanings from it.
Ah, yes, I met this guy at Chelmsford software meetup who was doing some project with bees, must admit he annoyed me a little but you can’t get on with everyone right lol -
17 January 2013
Project Beeswax to use mathematics to help beekeepers improve productivity
The research project will hopefully help bees pollinate plants.
Mathematical science is being applied to find the best positions for beehives to optimise pollination through a partnership between the University of Essex and Andrew Lewis, from Chelmsford-based Simul Systems Ltd.
Anyway, here’s a couple of IEML graphics and booksforkeeps screenshots to make this post pretty
IEML is super-amazing, imagine a world where you can express anything and it is computable and outputtable in any spoken language. It means we can create our own languages, our own ‘symbols’, so it’s not just the Nikes of this world who can enjoy their power. We can level the playing field for everyone.
Books for Keeps are doing a fundraiser for the revamping of their website - of course it’s not broken in 12 years cos I built it lol. But it’s also not that simple to use either, that’s because when I left it they were supposed to be working with a front-end developer to design it, I just switched rounded corners on - even the ‘view/rearrange’ tab is there which is a dev-only thing. Oh well, one can but try. The guy who founded it is retired and quite upset too that the data might be lost - there’s no way they’re going to migrate all that and design new for the 10k budget. I ended up moving from my lovely 2-bed seafront flat in Brighton to a small pokey bedsit because I totally underquoted them but promised I’d do what I said I did, that was in my early days of business. Now I seem to just give it all away for free lol. On that note…