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New Economy Thoughts & Micro-Adjustment Navigation

by Mike Levin SEO & Datamaster, 08/01/2013

Birth: “What? Why?” So, people search. Really, all people search. Some people search for better. Sometimes searching for better works. All better people search while they can.

I help people search. That is my self-appointed new role. MikeLev.in is now the Google HelpOutGuy.com.

Want to be better? Learn to communicate well. Don’t be a chump, following the most common paths. Look at your full array of potential tools. Learn the ups and down of different tools. Imagine you using the tool expertly. Imagine that forward in time. Could you be happy? Is that life? If yes, go! Google.

You have a bunch of things to do to micro-adjust your course. With a current higher-up on the way out and your current immediate boss speaking on your behalf to the new higher-up higher up. I have a lot of thinking and doing to do. There are varying opinions about what my job role should be, and I’m sure compensation, and all that sort of happy fun stuff. I’ve survived tremendous turmoil in my life, being around while Commodore crumbled and trying to save it because it was an AWESOME path forward (formative), a start-up that resisted starting up but finally did greatly because of me, despite all odds (formative), a door-opener as a VP at a small NYC PR-firm where I did a Web 2.0 app (formative) to the first job I was ever technically fired from (formative) to where I am right now (very formative).

I am on a long, strange route. And I am allowed to think loudly (into the Tiger journal) and esoterically. SEO is dead. WHO YOU ARE is really going to start to control search results. I built that up with several broad brushstrokes with my on-the-way-out boss. I explained to him what I see playing out. He described it as preachy. Yep, it has very religious overtones, but tech and religion bcome very indestinguishable as they merge towards the same questions. But in the meantime, Google lays the groundwork so that the odds favor them. And then, you put a bunch of things into play that are likely to play out. That’s where the top of this journal-entry mantra came from. It goes like this:

People are still going to search. And no matter how good of a job Amazon did in stealing away that most lucrative (in an AdWords-sense) of product-search - and I don’t deny that they did - people are still going to search. Because people aren’t always going to need precisely what Amazon sells. But people are always going to search. Same with Facebook. There is Facebook fatigue. You don’t need an always-on family newsletter with communication back-channels. But you do need search. You don’t NEED Amazon or Facebook merely to live. You do need Google. If you had to be stranded on an island with only one website, which would you choose?

THAT’S Powerful. Perfect example of why this is daily-journal and not a refined article. I keep this thought preserved in stream-of-conciousness format for mining and refining later - future iterations of the idea, if you will. There is great value in this. SEO is indeed dead. It was a kickstarting process that Google went through in its birth. It was an easily gamed, easily spammed system that could thrive during the initial spammy vomiting of information onto the grid. Nodes on the grid slurped it up and has it archived for future information anthropologists to mine and learn all about viagra and low interest-rate mortgages.

This daily journal entry contains many of the critical core pieces to my future. My professional repositioning requires a rise to celebrity that’s built on genuine expertise. That genuine expertise is not making Microsoft Word documents that convince people of the efficacy of an idea. The idea is to produce an effect beforehand, and then gradually reveal to people why that effect is being felt - what that is they’re feeling. How are things forever different now, and who’s most benefiting and who’s in trouble?

I need to stay in touch with the issues of our day - specifically as new technologies bring about new issues of the day, which it will do at an accelerating rate. It just sunk in that only Tuesday’s New York Times has a science section. Everything else is business, tech, or regular old news. In other words, the Lizard-brain, Monkey news. Not the higher-order cerebral cortex news (science).

An old-timer in the new world, with old-timers abilities that provide eerie uncanny amounts of power and ability in the new world. Hardly anyone can figure out how, much less why. But I’m actually making a mission of teaching it, so it is actually there for anyone open to the message. Knowledge is seizable. Knowledge MUST be seized. The skill of seizing knowledge and acting upon that knowledge in meaningful ways in order to seize more knowledge and make this game last a long time, and teaching it to others, is a lot of what this stuff is about.

That’s all layered on top of molecules that carry blueprints on how to build factories for building molecules that carry blueprints, that found this neat little hack where the mere existence of the molecule puts this whole inter-related process with other molecules in place in just such a location as to where the conditions are favorable, that life can actually self-boot, and a molecule with its initial first taste of self-replicating ability can occur.

Yeah, I’m trying to solve much bigger problems here than just putting some money in my pocket, feeding some kids, providing an education, and forging a path through life with a similarly enjoying-it-all companion. I’m going for the big resonating through time ding in the universe thing on the order of magnitude as Einstein, if I can pull it off. The rationale behind why thought experiments can hack existence more regularly than Einstein. Einstein factories? Maybe. My tribe is already a long way along in that direction.

Google’s about to be the Amazon of personal brands, as Google+ kicks in, and HangOuts become HelpOuts. Here’s an answer I provided to the question today of:

David Amata Q: Just installed Levinux and updated it with python…now what? I am teaching myself Linux as a way to increase my knowledge since I do tech support for a major computer company whose products run on an open source Debian based platform. How do I build on what I have now?

A: Ah! Great start. Big answer required. How to distill?

You are undergoing a mind-shift with a text-based GUI if you had little prior experience. Your first question is whether you really need the be that old-school. It depends on your interest: Debian as a desktop environment (like Mac’s and PC’s) or Debian as a headless server. Levinux takes you the headless server route. So, let me know which you want before I answer more in-depth.

Bernard Artola: CLI is they best way to learn.

A: Thanks for the set-up Bernard. That’s of course the question that I want to answer. If you want to learn the command-line interface (CLI)… the shell (Bash)… the terminal (ssh)… the TUI (retroactively applied opposite to GUI)… call it what you will, then Levinux… and Unix/Linux in general… may be for you!

If so, then you’re a rare breed who realizes lowish-level hardware control where the code execution privileges and real on/off switches exist is the right place to live. You always have to know how to turn something off… and less occasionally, on… that’s where the command-line lets you live.

After downloading Levinux and building it into Python and running the few sample scripts in my video, the next step is really up to you to bootstrap yourself, given the basic get-you-started tools and path I have provided. It’s not quite as harsh as: if you have to ask that question, Levinux may not be right for you… but it is in that neighborhood.

That’s why I’m not going overboard with progressing this thing fast. Levinux will mature as I do, and I am ready to manage the process of what I’m trying to unleash. To do that, I have to have a business-plan to make a little money to become financially non-dependent on a bigger client-finding machine. In other words, I’d have to strike out on my own to do it right.

I expect I’m on a 20-year time-frame to get it all correct, but I presume you don’t want to wait. So, your next steps is to find a Python tutorial that interests you, and see if you can’t actually make it happen on Levinux. Avoid things with large database aspects like MySQL.

However, SQLlite DOES get installed with Python, so that’s on the table, and I’m thinking of going there on a tutorial soon… along with a great documentation system built on bottle.py, and an open source project that leverages a bunch of APIs, JSON, XML and some non-http protocols to do some really awesome stupid data tricks and expand peoples’ world and mind.

So start some path along those lines, and let me know how far you got. I’ll help you get over the obstacles. That’s how I’m making a market for my own brand of expertise. Keep trying. Never give up. But when you do, I’m going to be the Google HelpOutGuy.com. All advice until then will be free. So quick, try something and let me know how far you get. Oh, and practice vim.

Publish this.

Into another terminal window (this one is running vim):

clear hg commit -m “Out with the daily journal” hg tip hg diff -r1056 journal.txt sed ‘s/^+//’ fmt -w 2500

Okay, it’s now in WordPress on my HostMonster site. Time to go review it in WordPress. Copy and paste this last paragraph in manually for completeness. But the postit.py script and piping through sed handled most of the other conversion from hard line-breaks in my journal.txt to non-breaking paragraphs so the soft word-wrapping of HTML rendering can do its thing. Do any required remaining editing in WordPress. Ponder how few people can do what you just did. Revel in how right your opinion is about getting and staying close to implementation being key — no matter what manager-type higher-ups say. Anyone can be a full-team show. Few people can be a one-man show, and yes, certain parts may take a bit longer, but you’re turning yourself into the renaissance man the new economy needs as an early example of valuable new information age content.

BAM! Another little layer laid for later.