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Wednesday, January 03, 2007


In celebration of my interest in cartoon human director at Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Italy, and 19th century German philosophy, my friend Brendan gave me a Dashboard Mohammed.

Brendan, who blogs at I Hate Linux, also treated me to dinner at Old Chicago. To encourage any other South Dakota bloggers (I'm thinking of you, Anish David :-) ), here are the ten most recent posts over at I Hate Linux.

Pizza, Pasta, and Pop. A delicious meal!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year, New Design

Despite French cries of protest, another year has turned. And with that, tdaxp has a (slightly) updated look.

The new banner image was taken by me, near the center of Lady of tdaxp's hometown. Other new features include a "Popular Tags" box (currently featuring my posts on 5GW and Resilience, among other topics), new best posts (including Learning Evolved and The Wary Guerrilla), and new linked-to blogs (such as Gene Expression and gnxp).

Happy New Year!

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

MMVI tdaxp

Earlier this month tdaxp celebrated two years. Now tdaxp celebrates its first calendar year -- one that saw my most popular month ever (April 2006) and the second most popular month ever (December 2006).

tdaxp is on a roll!

Of everything on this blog, I am most proud of two posts

As I said last year:

Readers make the blog, comments make the stories.

Without you, tdaxp is nothing.


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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tire Slashed

Some months after Lady of tdaxp's car was ransacked, I had one of my tire's slashed this morning. I lent my car to someone, and doubtless one of his enemy's did the deed. Police are helpful but, of course, little will probably come of it.

Events like are why I support CCTV (closed-circuit television) efforts in Britain and elsewhere. Perfect anonymity is great is you are in no way exceptional and/or a criminal. For everyone else, surveillance can help deter crimes & improve the quality of life.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Help a friend. Take a survey

A closer friend of mine, who also went through the CITI rigamarole, is in the middle of an epic marathon on human-subjects experiments. He has been extremely helpful to me in setting of mine. I owe him a lot.

One of his projects is a simple, three page survey. It will not be used for presentation or publication. There are no complicated forms to fill out.

The survey took me about two pages to fill out. It does not ask for any personal information. Please take it, and help out a friend. :-)

Take the survey now. Let your voice be heard!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Back in South Dakota

Thanksgiving is approaching, and that means being back with loved ones, watching movies, and playing NCAA Football. (Where, predictably, I am winning. :-p ).

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Good Times

My friend Aaron was in town, and together with Lady of tdaxp we enjoyed a night in the Downtown and Haymarket of Lincoln, Nebraska.

The time was a pleasent break from 14 hour days and MediaLab frustrations. Thanks, Aaron!

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

What's new at tdaxp: August/September

A New Middle East imagines a southwest Asia were Jews, Sunnis, and Shia can all win. Who loses? Only the National-Secularists who we empowered in the Suez Crisis.

Be Resilient proposes objective measures for resilience, resiliency, and agility. It is written to be read along with Stephen DeAngelis' Enterprise Resilience Management Blog.

My travelogue of West River South Dakota, The Black Hills, is a companion to my impressions of Tianjin. Just as other Chinese pictures are available in Beijing '06, other South Dakotan pictures are available in America '06.

Two new serials have just been started, Islam without Irony and Classroom Democracy. Islam without Irony will be a way to catalog the angry jihadist cause celebre of the week. It is inspired by Joshua's "Death of an Alliance" series (now up to part 53!) Classroom Democracy, a bit more cerebral, is my first serious stab at learning since Liberal Education, but is much more applied.

Additionally, my series on Jesusism-Paulism has been extended to cover two shocks to Empire. In "Jesusism-Paulism, Part IV: The Fall of Rome" the Christians finally graduate to stage 3 of 4th Generation Warfare, while in "Jesusism-Paulism, Part V: The People of the Book," the Islamic ruleset swept through the lands of Jesus and the Disciples.

Last, Mangan's has been added to the blogroll, and Critt Jarvis has returned, after some technical snafus.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

OODA, PISRR, and tdaxp

I owe an amazing debt to Purpleslog. Mike DeWitt, at his Spooky Action weblog, was describing how the OODA loop could be applied to be business. However, Mike was describing the naive OODA loop while using an illustration of the sophisticated OODA loop to prove his pound. Thus it was that Purpleslog posted a comment, suggesting that Mike check out the tdaxp series Variations of the OODA Loop, to clarify things.

Mike was have really liked what he found, because he quickly pinned a monumental post on the subject -- with plenty of links to tdaxp. From Purpleslog's original comment, I received links for three series:

This is one of the greatest honors I have received as a blogger. For one blogger to describe my writing to another, and have that other write a post like DeWitt's "Advanced OODA Loops, PISRR, and Implications for Change Management," blows me away.

Thank you.

Update: Mike has followed up with another must read: The Friction Between Christianity and Islam

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Ugly Blogspirit Problems

The blog is suffering from its worst blogspirit-led problem to date. How bad? Garbage like this is presented as a blog post:


This, of course, is unacceptable.

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