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PCIFP, how do I explain it? It’s pretty old school, let me frame-by-frame it.
When I get interested in something as a reader I get really interested. Maybe it has to do with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch plot I am researching, and how a combination of kombucha, miracle tree leaf, and hemp seeds will be used to create a sustainable vertical garden strung hydroponically above pieces of floating debris in the middle of an ocean-current driven vortex.
Maybe it’s the process by which John Lennon went from I’m a Loser to Julia, as evidenced by anecdotal stories, Kenwood attic home demos, piano musings, assemblages, and photographs.
Maybe it has to do with whether Mueller’s green-lighting of the infamous false intelligence documents that led President Bush to do what everyone knew was a foregone conclusion, invade Afghanistan and Iraq, in any way influences or is equatable with the current investigation into Trump conspiracy allegations.
Whatever it is, I get interested in it and want to collect, save, and access documents related to this. And expand them easily without taking too much time out of my daily work and life flow. My workaround to the fact that feeds as currently constructed deeply turn my off is to simply cut and paste text into Bean documents and keep them in a Desktop accessible folder. This has several drawbacks, including lack of multimedia and not being directly connected with my online activities that netted me the information.
Okay, there is enjoyment to the Google search and cut-and-paste text and url approach, but at a certain point one wants to build, enjoy, share, and expand a library that is attractive and fun to visit. More than that, to maintain an online space during one’s limited minutes, days, and years on earth, that reflects one’s aspirations, interests, friendships, business connections, vocations, and whatnot.
What is the practical purpose of this? To limit the wasted time of the jackpot feed fixes engineered by Facebook et al. and until recently enabled by Apple iPhone and other device.
Okay, so what do you mean by that fancy sounding acronym PC.IF.P?
The concept is that we need to merge the real-time algorithmic, cloud, blockchain, silicon-enabled capacities of technology with our own personal preferences as users, and moreover as people.
I am going to step beyond the Medium framework to describe this, by referencing a series of photos I posted on Facebook over the past month. These are from my own feed, but let me describe them as if I am a casual friend of someone, call him ff (facebook friend). I got to know him because we had a cool moment in travel, or met at some creative’s conference, maybe played music together. Or longstanding relative, childhood friend. The context is irrelevant.
The reality is that I only saw the last photo on the feed (the top one in this article), though ff has been posting little updates about the project for months. I vaguely remember scanning through one of them months ago, wasn’t in the mood or mindframe to react or interact. Other than that, I have no context for a driftwood and plastic assemblage that I find unique and interesting.
I didn’t see the piece come together over the past few weeks, because it didn’t reach my feed. I did not have any way of telling the feed to save this story and add new elements as they appeared to create a narrative that made sense to me about the work or my friend’s life. In addition, I did not realize my friend was in Boracay, which another post I read from another friend a while ago seemed to indicate was completely closed for environmental rehabilitation. Okay now I’m completely lost, but wow thats a cool post, I thumbs up it and done.
Now that post starts appearing in my feed a lot, along with posts by ff that I am not in the mood to read. Such as a shared article in the Nanaimo Gazette about how an earthquake and tsunami is going to devastate the entire West Coast. I don’t see the purpose of thinking about disturbing scenarios out of my control as a human. I decide reluctanly to cut ff from my feed, despite being highly impressed by the driftwood assemblage. Oh wait, I cut ff from my feed because of the driftwood assemblage. The algorithm got me all wrong and I have neither the time or patients to learn the machine on how to get it right.
This little fable should have obvious parallels to Medium and any other platform that has upped the AI machine learning block chain ante in recent years and made the user experience light years from its potential.
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Ghostwriter by day, Damon Arvid is a musician, composer, traveler, and cloud novel author by night. On the music front, he is currently arranging (and burying) the Fabric albums Summon These Days, Slowly Learning, Station to Station, Sunnyside, Namida, and Chasing Sun — WIP is Great Pacific Garbage Patch film soundtrack. All new tunes ledgered, graded, and verified as too legit to quit.
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Medium and the Missing…
(1) Author’s Header
(2) Rating System
(4) Driver’s Manual
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Medium and the Missing… Contents
(1) Author’s Header
(2) Rating System
(4) Driver’s Manual
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