Corporate Culture in the Transformative Enterprise

 

alberoVitaThe “accelerated” world of the Western or “Westernized” countries seems to be fed by an insidious food, which generates a kind of psychological dependence: anxiety. The economy of global markets cannot help it, it has a structural need of it to feed their iron logic of survival. The anxiety generated in the masses of consumers and in market competitors is crucial for Companies fighting each other and now they can only live if men are projected to objective targets continuously moving forward, without ever allowing them to achieve a stable destination.

The consumer is thus constantly maintained in a state of perpetual breathlessness, always looking for the fresh air of liberation that could eventually reduce his tension. It is a state of anxiety caused by false needs generated by advertising campaigns whose primary purpose is to create a need, to interpret to their advantage a still confused psychological demand leading to the destination decided by the market…

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Fuzzy: a many-valued logic

 

The paths of life to guide us towards the knowledge are many and a straight; well-defined line does not always represent them. Among these, the theory of Fuzzy Logic can help us to better understand some of the methods that maybe for too long we have lost the habit to use, if not even forgotten, because of the residuals of the positivist scientism.

Brief mathematical introduction

blur2All the elements making up the majority of the categories of everyday life (feelings, emotions, opinions, values, quality, etc.) cannot be defined in a unique or exact way. Let’s try to define an event that causes severe pain: a hammer blow on the finger? The loss of a loved one? Tooth extraction? It is evident that the answer can vary in a very consistent way, based on the subjectivity of the individual, the environment, boundary conditions and the general context. This is because the “Strong Pain” is a fuzzy set (which we will call SP), characterized by a function of “degree of membership” which maps the elements of a universe in a real continuous interval between 0 and 1. In practical terms…

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We need creativity: which one?

 

A constant demand for creativity is raising from every corner of the Western world, from any business sector or professional activity, by individual or communities. This term is used everywhere, even in advertising to attract the attention of consumers: as a thirsty wanderer lost in the desert sand, the need for creativity seems to be the source of an oasis of salvation.

albaJulien Ries’ anthropological research showed us that, already more than two million years ago, Homo Habilis looks like Symbolicus, with aesthetic sensibility, sense of symmetry and consciousness of creativity. Gilbert Durand confirms that the specific activity of man, the identity card of Homo Sapiens, is the symbolic activity, an essential part of his creativity. Then, man is creative at the moment when his first activates his imaginative feature.

So we can ask ourselves, how did we miss the creativity of man, of which so much we feel the need, or – at least – where is it hiding now? But – above all – which kind of creativity are we talking about?

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Analog thinking: the boldness to be creative

 

The binary code, although necessary for major social and technological developments, is annihilating the Homo Technologicus, stifling his innate freedom for analog connections.

Rodin1The first widespread use of the binary code was the Morse code alphabet. For decades, this communication system allowed to transmit information over long distances, between ships in the ocean and the mainland, between one continent and another, and today its use is still active in emergency situations. In its disarming simplicity (connect or interrupt two electrical wires), this system proved to be the shortest way to transcribe an alphabet.

Then, the Boolean algebra (binary) represented the language of communication between humans and computers, enabling the translation of instructions and commands towards the processing unit (microprocessor / CPU). This determined the Big Bang of the computers and the technological era…

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The poetic code

Whether it’s just one room or an entire house, renovations are a major undertaking. These projects require time, energy and cash. From investors planning to rent out or flip a property to the average person buying their first home, every renovation decision made now can impact the return on investment in the future.

While finishes, appliances and construction choices aren’t the only factors that affect resale value—they are essentially the only things sellers can control. So, will spending extra on a marble floor in the bathroom today feel still feel a smart idea five years from now? The experts weigh in.

Homeowners Gut Renovating From The Outside In

This old house is entirely new.

JONAH MINTON

Jocelyn Minton, founder of Mind Over Media PR and her husband Jonah Minton spent approximately two years renovating the home they recently moved into.

The house was essentially a teardown. But because the property is located in a historic preservation zone, every square inch of the 1921 Spanish style home had to be gut renovated from the outside in. Just two original features remain—the carport, which was grandfathered in, and the façade, which had to be restored.

The first and one of the most important things the couple did was assembling the best possible team. The Mintons hired Rob Diaz and Anastasia Ratia to build and design their new home. “They had an amazing vision that we knew was going to transform the property into the house we always wanted to live in,” explained Mr. Minton.

They also hired interior designer Demetra Chazanas to help choose furniture and accessories that would look best with the new style of the home. Easily improve your front yard curb appeal by using New England artificial turf.

Many structural elements of the house had to be replaced both for the sake of habitability and resale, including installing a new roof and foundation. All of the electric and plumbing was replaced. The floors were leveled and ceiling raised. The Mintons are also in the process of turning the garage into an additional dwelling unit to add resale value.

The living room.

JONAH MINTON

While the original footprint was just over 1500 square feet, they expanded the home to nearly 2000 square feet. Luckily, there was still space left to build a pool in the backyard.

The Mintons added a master suite which was a feature they wanted not only for themselves, but also for the sake of resale value. The same idea applied to the family room and kitchen, which they opened up by removing a wall.

Resale value was the biggest influence in every decision involving the new kitchen. “We did think about resale value when choosing important pieces like plumbing hardware and kitchen appliances. We invested in top of the line brands to make sure we captured all of the value of the property later on.”

The Mintons originally planned to purchase Sub Zero Wolf appliances, but they realized they could save approximately $10k by going for Thermador instead.  Mr. Minton explained, “We asked our real estate agent, Pete Buonocore, who helped us buy the property, if we would be making a decision that could impact resale later on. He said that it wouldn’t matter [because] Thermador is still a high-quality premium brand. He likened it to buying a Porsche instead of a Ferrari.”

Ultimately, the Mintons were very happy with all of their decisions and didn’t feel they had to sacrifice anything in order to achieve their aesthetic goals while maximizing potential resale value.

Quantum reflections of a winter evening

Winter Workouts to Keep You Active in Cold Weather

Winter Workouts
Statistics show that in 2017 there were 60.87 million people with membership to a gym.  But the real question is how many people actually use their membership. Estimates show that as many as 80% of new members quit within 5 months. However, a gym membership can make sense if you’re trying to create winter workouts.

Let’s face it, as soon as the temperature starts to drop it can be hard to exercise. It doesn’t matter that the cold can actually help your body to regulate its temperature better; allowing you to work out for longer and harder.The simple fact is that cold weather makes it unappealing to exercise. Add in some rain and your interest will quickly vanish. Check out the latest proven reviews.

But, with the right winter workouts you can still feel motivated to work out and get fitter. You just need to know what the best winter workouts are:

Outdoor Winter Workouts

Getting outside is difficult in cold weather; that’s why you need to undertake an activity that will appeal to you. If you enjoy it, then you’ll find it’s easier to stick to your winter workouts:

Activity 1 – Skiing

winter workouts for menSkiing may not be the first thing you think of, especially if you don’t live near the mountains or an established ski resort. However, you don’t actually need snow to ski! There are plenty of dry ski slopes or artificial slopes that can replicate the experience for you.

The great thing about skiing is that its fun and you can wrap up warm before you start. This will help you to feel motivated to do it.

For one of the best winter workouts focus on cross-country skiing rather than the traditional downhill; you’ll find it works your muscles out harder.

If you’ve got snow but are not sure about skiing, then you can always strap snowshoes on and go for a walk. You’ll be surprised at how much effort that takes.

Activity 2 – Ice Skating

winter workouts for menIce skating is something that can be done all year round on dedicated rinks. Skating is a great cardiovascular sport as it gets your heart racing. At the same time, it will improve your core, balance and lower body strength.

That’s a pretty good workout whether in the winter or summer.

Of course, as winter workouts go you’ll need an icy pond or lake, and you’ll have to be sure that it’s safe to use; this is one fun activity for the whole family that just happens to give all of you a workout. Improve your results with Biofit, visit riverfronttimes.com.

Activity 3 – Hockey

winter workouts for menHockey is a great game for anyone to play; in summer or winter.

In fact, it is in the same league as most other team sports. You’ll be running up and down a pitch for up to 90 minutes; that’s enough to get your heart pumping and build endurance.

The great thing about hockey and other team exercises is that you have the motivation to go in order not to let the team down.

Activity 4 – Dog Walking or Running

winter workouts man walking dogDog walking may not seem as energetic as the other options on this winter workouts list, but the simple fact is that you’re moving your body. Any movement will improve blood flow and help you burn more calories.

It may not be as effective as running for thirty minutes, but it does keep you active; helping you to maintain your fitness. If you have a dog it’s something you have to do anyway; just make sure it’s at least a 30-minute walk, these are just some of the best biofit reviews.

If you don’t have a dog, you can probably walk a friend’s dog for them. You can even try running with them; just don’t be surprised if you can’t keep up!

Activity 5 – Enter A Race

marathon race winter workouts for menIf your summer workout includes a run or two then consider booking yourself in for a race at the end of the winter.

Training for it cannot be delayed, which will encourage you to get out and run, even when you can think of hundreds of reasons not to go out in the cold.

Indoor Winter Workouts

You may find it easier to work out in the comfort of your own home. This will save you even having to step into the cold. In fact, your biggest problem might actually be staying cool while you exercise.

Activity 1 – Muscle Workout

man jumping in frozen lake winter workoutsAll you need is a little bit of space and a set of dumbbells or even a kettle bell. Take a look at the free 24-minute workout or our muscle building workout to get started.

Research shows that resistance or weight lifting isn’t just good for building muscle, but also has an array of other health benefits.

You don’t even need weights to get a good workout. Consider trying bodyweight exercises like the farmers walk.

For even more help with your winter workouts sign up for FF30X.

Activity 2 – Indoor Sports

winter workouts men playing basketballYou can join your local zumba or yoga club to get winter workouts. However, you’ll also find that the football team, basketball team, and even the badminton club meet in the winter.

There’s a good chance you can find an indoor sport or at least practice indoors.

Once you sign up, you’ll be committing to a regular workout which resembles a team sport you actually enjoy.

That’s the key; choose something you enjoy and play it. You’ll find it’s a great way to make some new friends as well.

Activity 3 – Swimming

winter workouts man swimmingSwimming is a great fitness activity at any time of the year, but it is exceptionally pleasant to slide into those warm waters when it’s cold outside.

Hitting the pool is a great way to tone muscles, get a cardio workout and have a little fun.

You can even improve your breathing technique in the same way that regular yoga sessions do.

Activity 4 – Rock Climbing

If you’re looking for something a little different then check out the closest rock climbing center to you. Despite the safety ropes, you’ll be testing your mental and physical strength.

In fact, rock climbing will boost your heart rate and can burn as many as 650 calories in a one-hour session. You’ll be working out your arms, legs, back, shoulders and your core!

Activity 5 – Boxing

winter workoutsYou can choose to join a kickboxing class, boxing club or simply hang the bag at home and start punching. Providing you work up a good sweat you will be helping to maintain your fitness.

In fact, if you have a sparring partner, your boxing efforts will focus on dodging, ducking and blocking. This makes your boxing session a cardio workout; just make sure you get the technique right.

The Secret To Staying Active

It can be very easy to give up your exercise program in the colder months, but you don’t have to. The key to successful winter workouts is to choose an activity you enjoy. This may be the free 24-minute workout or it could be taking a dive into your local pool.

Filling old bottles with new wine

 

They are filling old bottles with new wine!” This is what the physicist Werner Heisenberg heard exclaiming by his friend and colleague Wolfgang Pauli who, criticizing the approach of the scientists of the time, believed that they had been forcibly glued the notion of “quantum” on the old theory of the planetary-model of Bohr’s atom. Faced with the huge questions introduced by quantum physics, Pauli instead began to observe the new findings from a different point of view, from a new level of reality without the constraints imposed by previous theories.

Newton himself, once he theorized the law of the gravitational field, failing to place it in any of the physical realities of the time, he merely…

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A WordPress Plugin to list posts in complex nested websites

List all posts by Authors, nested Categories and Titles is a WordPress Plugin I wrote to fix a menu issue I had during a complex website development. To further develop the website, working with conversion rate optimization companies got us a lot of attention from  people. And It has been included in the official WordPress Plugin repository along with a guide to WooCommerce Recurring Payments. The Plugin is particularly suitable to all multi-nested categories and multi-authors websites handling a large number of posts and complex nested category layout (i.e.: academic papers, newpapers articles, etc). This plugin allows the user to place a shortcode into any page and get rid of a long and nested menu/submenu to show all site’s posts. A selector in the page will allow the reader to select grouping by Category/Author/Title. You can also manage to install a “tab” plugin (i.e.: Tabby Responsive Tabs) and arrange each group on its specific tab.

Output grouped by Category will look like:

CAT1
    post1                       AUTHOR
    SUBCAT1
        post2                   AUTHOR
        post3                   AUTHOR
        SUBCAT2
            post4               AUTHOR
            ...
            ...

while in the “Author” grouping mode, it is:

AUTHOR1
  post1               [CATEGORY]
  post2               [CATEGORY]

AUTHOR2
  post1               [CATEGORY]
  post2               [CATEGORY]
.....

The plugin installs a new menu “ACT List Shortcodes” in Admin->Tools. The tool is a helper to automatically generate the required shortcode. It will parse the options and display the string to be copied and pasted into any page.

The Plugin is holding a GPL2 license and it can be downloaded from its page on WP Plugins.

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OpenStack: a .deb guy on (the) board

 

The elections for the new OpenStack board are coming closer
and this time the Open Source community has a great
opportunity of representation: Giuseppe Paternò is standing as a candidate for the board.

Although Giuseppe is considered by HP and Forrester Research
among the top talented consultants in the world,
Gippa (as he’s largely known in the industry) is still “one of us”,
a “nerd” that grew up with a keyboard on his hands.
As he’s one of the candidates of the OpenStack board,
Fabio Marzocca – wishing to know more – has interviewed him.

[FM] The hard question. You’re a techie. Why the hell are you running for the board?

[GP] This is indeed a good question ☺ It all started as a challenge from some clients and friends that are working in the OpenStack project. The truth is that the board and most of the management of the foundation are from vendors. I’m not questioning here if they do a good job or not, it is very likely that they tend to protect their own interests. In my opinion it lacks some “community spirit” that have fostered Linux development such as Debian and Ubuntu. That’s why I’m running for it, to bring the community where it should be.

[FM] Back to Debian and Ubuntu, could you tell us your story with Linux?

[GP] I discovered Linux in 1994, but only in 1996 things were serious. By the time I just finished high school and I applied for a job in a local Internet Service Provider. At 15 years I was well known in the local community as I was installing and maintaining several BBSes, so it wasn’t hard to get the job. I can say it was love at first sight. I started with Slackware (was the first distro), but I moved into redhat first and then debian. When I was working for the IBM Linux Technology Center, I was in charge of helping porting Linux to PowerPC and backporting LVM to make it similar to AIX. Sun was also a good playground as they acquired Cobalt, a hardware appliance based on debian. Then I shifted more towards Enterprise Linux adoption with 6 years in RedHat and then I went to Canonical. I was happy to go back to Debian and Ubuntu community, because I still believe that Ubuntu Developer Summits (UDS) were the real spirit of a Linux community.

[FM] Another hard question. We know you’re somehow involved in the “rebellion” of Devuan.org. What is your opinion about systemd?

[GP] Let me tell you that it’s not totally black/white and let’s see the two sides here. Something like systemd was indeed needed. Each distro has its own way of init’ing the system and for a package maintainer or commercial software maker, maintaining different init behaviour is insane. And as an init replacement it totally makes sense. However, IMHO systemd went too far away, incorporating into its code something that should not happen. A DHCP client into an init system, seriously? I doubt it was in the spirit of the Unix and Linux system…
However, in the real world of “pets vs cattle”, where application matters more than systems, having a systemd as it is, doesn’t change that much.

[FM] OpenStack was incubated in Ubuntu and the roots are quite clear. Is there something else that you would like to see from Debian and Ubuntu in OpenStack?

[GP] Stability, if I can name just one. Currently OpenStack is released every 6 months, which was probably the best choice to speed up the development. However, this is now becoming a weakness, as enterprise customers can’t upgrade their critical infrastructures every 6 months. Traditionally Debian is “maniacally” focused on given a bullet-proof distribution, this is something that in my opinion is missing from OpenStack.

[FM] Gippa, tell us just 2 or 3 topics you will bring to action in case of election

[GP] I’d like to introduce an OpenStack “LTS” process, following the Ubuntu approach: while releasing every 6 months is fair enough for development and testing environments, having a stable release every 2-3 years can give enterprise customers the peace of mind they need while running production environments.
I’d also love to see a consolidation of the core (Nova/Neutron/Cinder/Swift): vendors and developers are introducing new features and projects while I’d love to see –for example- a more stable and scalable Neutron and a more stable connection to Oslo (in particular rabbitmq).
In general, I would encourage more attention to who is actually deploying, integrating and using OpenStack every day. I would also try to foster the ecosystem of ISVs in order to release and certify their software for OpenStack. And – last but not least- to see interoperation between “regional” datacenters: I dream of a world where companies in a given territory can “work together”, and this is only possible through standards. I hope that OpenStack can represent this standard.

[FM] When are the elections and how can we vote?

[GP] Individual Member Director elections for the 2016 Board will be held online from Monday January 11, 2016 to Friday January 15, 2016. More informations on the website.

Enterprise Innovation in a Transformative Society

 

Recent article by professors Karim Lakhani and Marco Iansiti on the Harvard Business Review, “Digital Ubiquity: How Connection, Sensors and Data are Revolutionizing Business”, gave me the opportunity for interesting insights and considerations.

Digital technology evolution and the development of modern “Internet of Things” devices are introducing huge transformative effects within social inter-relationships and its business models. These effects can not be ignored if we want to perceive – with the right clarity and meaning – the innovation process that inevitably comes with it.

The three fundamental properties of digital technology…

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