owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ en http://owensoft.net http://owensoft.net/favicon.png owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2447/ Stage show (The people project) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2447/ <p>It has been a while since I have been to full stage show. So long that it seems that they have start a new trend of making the VIP area almost twice as big as the regular section. Might as well they did not sell regular tickets and just make the whole thing VIP. Back in the day the VIP area was just a thin strip in front of the stage. And to add to all that the VIP tickets are sold out months before the actual event.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2447/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2587.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2447/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2588.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2447/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2589.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2447/#comment">add comment</a></p> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:20:26 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2446/ Modern life-living in the future is a money pit (Technology) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2446/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2446/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2586.jpg" /></a><p>Seriously I cannot afford to buy the new iphone and a data plan because I have too many hobbies. Too many hobbies is like having a disease that you constantly need to buy medication to treat. A disease that never gets better because the medication has side effects. So I end up in a circle or a square or an endless shape that folds back onto itself. </p><p>I am distracted but I must have those new t-shirts that just dropped because they look and feel so awesome on the java script online start-up my friend on facebag just launched. I simply must have them but I need to get a credit card or some mobile money.</p><p>I should get 4k HDR monitor too but my computer cannot push that many pixels so I will have to wait until I can buy a new video card. Maybe I should just buy a whole new computer because since I upgraded to windows X I have been having all sorts of issues. The new computer will finally fix those driver issues and allow me to play all the free games I got on the steam summer sale on super-ultra settings. Or I could just get one of those new pro consoles? But then I would need a subscription to play online. Too many hobbies. </p><p>I could skip the iphone cult and join the Android cult but there is no guarantee that it will keep getting updates or it will not brick itself in 6 months. I have all my songs in itunes. If I go android I have to buy the absolute most expensive version on the market. Or skip the whole smartphone thing altogether but how will I get a girl if me no have a phone and whatsapp and lots of likes on instagram? I will certainly be lost without my favorite apps that allow me to follow everyone everywhere.</p><p>Worse if I have a tendency to drop phones in toilets and at a bad angle on concrete causing the screen to smash. There might be drugs available for this sickness. Or I could take up tennis to improve my hand eye coordination. Struggles. My life will be incomplete if my phone does not feel good in my hand.</p><p>Scratch all that I will just keep my old phone. Who really needs VR? And mobile data plans are too expensive, I will just get the 4k smart TV and subscribe to an online video streaming service so that I can watch movies at 4k at home in peace while paying a small fee every month. If I need data on the road all I need is to pot into a coffee shop and leech off thier free wifi. But then I will need to buy food there or they will catch on to my leeching ways. </p><p>I totally forgot that streaming 4k video is going to require a really fast home internet. hmmm. There are some good deals on broadband internet but I probably will have to get a bundle with phone+cable+internet just so that I can get decent internet speed and that will run me into even more expense and extra crap.</p><p>Better yet I could simply stick to browsing instagram on the cheapest package but I am not sure I want to stare at hyper embellished photos all day. I better avoid instagram because it is just another looker pit with auto-play video advertisements. I might not beable to resist the temptation to buy everything I see and red eye people. I just want to do my hobbies in peace without waiting 5 hours for my playstation 4 to download a 50 gig update for a game I bought on disc. </p><p>I could start a youtube travel channel or something. All I would need is a really good camera and join the gym so I can look ripped and meet a hot fashion model who has an apartment in the center of town. Get a car so I can visit all the cool places to take pictures and videos for my subscribers while I go to all the parties and make money from my side sponserships. </p><p>But alas. I got too many hobbies.<br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2446/#comment">comment</a></p> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:57:34 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2445/ King of Sorrow (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2445/ <p>Everyone has a flaw or 2. The more time you spend with people the more you know. We are flawed by nature. It is like living in a cage with a tiger. The most you can hope for is that you are not there when the tiger is hungry and has nothing else to eat. Or worst yet you decide to eat the tiger and the tiger tastes bad. You just have to do your best to understand what you are taught. Gleaming as much as you can amidst the chaos that is all around. Knowledge, wisdom and understanding.</p><p>I want to write an article about the perils of driving in Jamaica. That in fact it is not the speeding that kills but the inconsideration of people towards each other and of course the physics of stopping suddenly. But I fear that if I do this I might jinx myself and crash and die in a burning ball of flames and everyone will say that that was the guy that wrote the article on how to drive in Jamaica. I am not sure if I have already paid enough for my future sins.</p><p>It is like that time a police man made me take a bly instead of giving me a bly. To normal people this would seem fine but to me it is like giving me a cross to drag through the streets like Jesus. If someone gives you a bly there is no problem it is a like a blessing but if you &quot;take&quot; a bly - GOD HELP YOU! Instead of paying the price you are beholden to return the favor to someone else which is like a curse of gratitude. Its complicated, you will figure it out when you are older.</p><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2445/#comment">make a comment</a></p> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:34:29 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2444/ Old tree by the sea (The random photo journal) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2444/ <p>Treasure Beach, Jamaica</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2444/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2581.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2444/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2582.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2444/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2583.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2444/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2584.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2444/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2585.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2444/#comment">add comment</a></p> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:08:59 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2443/ Automation - A slow creep (Articles) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2443/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2443/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2579.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2443/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2580.jpg" /></a><p>Everyone I see talking about Job/Labour Automation seems to be <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axiom' title='postulating'>postulating</a> that it is going to actually be useful. Just like how VR and internet of things are going to be game changers in 2020 or 2030. In my humble opinion that point in time is far far away no matter how many articles are written about it. People are going to be making burgers for minimum wage until burgers are free at which point there will be a monthly subscription to eat them.</p><p>I understand that some people&#039;s entire goal in life to postulate but it has become a meme now. Solving problems and making shortcuts are not the same thing. If I have an A.I. That schedules my meetings using google data then I could fire my secretary. Hence she would be automated out of a job right? But then what happens to all the other stuff? Do I just keep looking for shortcut services to eliminate every individual from my entire workflow until I am the only person that still gets paid?</p><p>But then again what is google doing behind the scenes? Somebody has to be hiring people somewhere. Google would need all my meeting attendees to be participating/using the same services to make it easy for the artificial intelligence to know what everyone is doing - all the time. At which point we reach get into the economics of a data monopolies, cults and mafias. They would need to find away to get rid of apple. Plus Faceook is not going to share information with Google.</p><p>Of course it could all be open source data which has privacy concerns for some people but for others the connected future requires a loosening of ones belt. Give us your data for free and we will give you cool stuff with a little surcharge for the power users. And then again &quot;open source&quot; has been twisted into a platform trap for software developers. There is no point in open sourcing something that no one can independently use or compile. Open source is the new &quot;vender lockin&quot; with service level agreements, NDAs and API keys. Remember open source Java?</p><p>But back to automation. ?Even if everyone in the meeting is on the same platform and the A.I. can somehow figure out the best time to meet given traffic, weather, location, climate change etc. What significance is this automation to the meeting as a whole? Is the tech industry automating low hanging fruit? Or is this a slow creep to collect enough data to the point at which we can actually automate the entire meeting?</p><p>As soon as I fire my secretary I assume that new industries will popup under the guise of innovation to provide services to fill the missing gaps. Who best to provide these services than the same artificial intelligence that now knows how to efficiently plan meetings.</p><p>I have already wrote about <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2294/' title='sharing black holes'>sharing black holes</a>. It seems that this a necessary part of achieving nice things and flying cars that are promised by the technology over lords. ? Why cant we just go straight to automating the hard stuff instead of this slow data collection creep? They should go right to the top and automate CEOs and Managers out of the system enabling a totally level workforce freeing the time of everyone else to perform simple menial tasks at their own pleasure while being paid a universal basic income. </p><p>However automation seems to directed at the lowest common denominator in certain specific areas. Some of which are yet to be discovered. The internet could very well replace teachers entirely at some point in the future. Or software development could be totally automatic based on a few simple parameters. But no one is really sure, everyone is postulating that it will happen?, over the horizon, under the rainbow, eventually at some point in the future. Kicking back in in their lounge chair.</p><p>But seriously I would be happy if they automated one thing I care about and let me live in peace, setting parameters and flipping switches instead of taking it over, making a open source monopoly, killing the competition and then selling it back to me as a monthly subscription service.</p><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2443/#comment">Post your comments on this article</a></p> Sat, 06 Jan 2018 10:43:16 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2442/ Abundance (Logbook) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2442/ <p>Wow, 2018. We have crossed the hump and are now barrelling straight down through another set of birthdays, holidays and global catastrophes.. I thought the Christmas period would never end as I try to eat three cakes by myself. The Christmas tree is still standing because I dread the chore of taking it down and repackaging it in a box in which it will surely not fit. What is life without change?</p><p>The date for the ending of Whatsapp support for me phone has come and gone but I do not care really. Idle chatter is only going to keep me from doing what I want to do and dreaming about the future only stops you from doing what you can do now. So its back to BBM or email or phone calls. Probably I will start walking around with my camera again and updating my website more often.</p><p>I try not to be a heavy weight on the shoulders of other people. Because I am not certain of anything. Or I like to exist as a part of a greater whole and I do not want to pretend to be special. Do it for the love. Every dance might be your last so I am always cautious as a survival mechanism. Nothing really matters except for the trees that you climb, the good memories and the falls you survive.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2442/#comment">make a comment</a></p> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 07:28:56 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/ Jack Sprat, Treasure Beach, Jamaica (The Jamaica photo project) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/ <p>Restaurant and Bar. Fish, chicken, cold jelly, fries and burger. Pretty much anything you want. Plus beach with life guard on duty. Happy 2018 everyone.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2568.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2569.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2570.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2571.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2572.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2573.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2574.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2575.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2576.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2577.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2578.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2441/#comment">add comment</a></p> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 15:04:10 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/ Deep in the bushes of Manchester (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/ <p>This is my third attempt . The first 2 times I turned back because I had passed more forks in the road than my brain can process which is 3. This trip was aided by Janique running google maps on co-pilot. She was still getting the hang of it because google maps has the habit of re-routing if you do not page attention to it.</p><p>No matter what google maps tells you there are times the shortest route is impossible. Wasted 2 hours driving through narrow cobble stone roads at 30 kmph. When you start seeing bushes growing in the road you should turn back and go the route with the more used roads. If you stop seeing signs of road work, patching, white lines you know you are off the grid. Luckily cellphone data worked all the way. There was one occasion where we had to reverse into a driveway so that another car could pass along a narrow section of the road.<br />If you are going to Treasure Beach head down Spur Tree Hill. It might be the longer route but the roads are better - much better.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2561.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2562.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2563.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2564.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2565.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2566.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2567.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/#comment">comment</a></p> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 07:27:44 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2439/ Treasure Beach, Jamaica (Into the Blue) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2439/ <p>Black sand, blue sky</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2439/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2557.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2439/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2558.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2439/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2559.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2439/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2560.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2439/#comment">comment</a></p> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 07:15:53 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/ El Quijote Park, Cuba (Traveling without moving) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/ <p>If you are going to make a statue make one as awesome as this. Havana has parks everywhere.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Porque somos de España en Lorca,en Machado, en Miguel. Porque España es la última mirada de sol del Pablo nuestro. Porque no hemos nunca medido el tamaño de los molinos de viento y sentimos bajo nuestros talones el costillar de Rocinante.&quot;</p></blockquote><p></p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2551.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2552.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2553.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2554.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2555.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2556.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2438/#comment">add comment</a></p> Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:03:20 -0600