Like most of my fellow Earthians, I am concerned about how to make theworld work better.There are many issues that I care about such asdemocracy,energy,the environment,globalization,education, and the problem of violence to name but a few.Here I will document my thinking about what needs to be done for Humanityto achieve its option for success.
The challenge before us is tremendous.Buckminster Fullerargued that our choice is between utopia and oblivion. Fullerdocumented that Humanity now has sufficient know-how to make goodour option to succeed:we can substantially solve our most pressing problems.Recentcrises remind us that the option of oblivion is continually before us.The steady stream of religiously- and politically-motivated violence,the widespread availability of the instruments of destruction, and thecontinuing deterioration of the environment give us pause and remind usthat Universe is willing and able to revoke our species' "right"to survive and may do so at any moment.I think our survival depends and will forever depend on the Integrityof each individual human being to act "in support of eternallyregenerative Universe".The balance hangs on the choices that eachindividual citizen makes to resolve or mitigate the complex of problems(large and small) that threaten the effective operation and regenerationof the life support systems on Spaceship Earth.It is up to each ofus individually ... We have the power!Our dailychoices determine if Universe will extend its grant to Humanity of the"right" of survival for one more day.Therefore, it is ourresponsibility as individuals to dare to do what little we can to steerthe world closer to omni-success and away from the brink of oblivion.We can make a difference.We cansucceed.We must succeed as the alternative is oblivion.But it will be touch-and-go every day.
Please consider what you can do to support eternally regenerativeUniverse.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important thatyou do it.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
My own working assumption of why we are here is that we are here aslocal-Universe information-gatherers and that we are given access to thedivine design principles so that we can therefrom objectively inventinstruments and tools -- e.g., the microscope and the telescope --with which to extend all sensorial inquiring regarding the rest ofthe to-the-naked-eye-invisible, micro-macro Universe, because humanbeings, tiny though we are, are here for all the local-Universeinformation-harvesting and cosmic-principle-discovering, objectivetool-inventing, and local-environment-controlling as local Universeproblem-solvers in support of the integrity of eternally regenerativeUniverse.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller
Integrity is the most continually importantissue in human affairs.We must, each of us, persevere to consider andre-consider our values and the value of our actions.Integrity implieshonesty ... honesty with oneself and with others.Integrity impliestruth: being true to the facts of experience and true to oneselfand true to others including all Humanity, our Earth-Ocean-Air World, Universe,and God.Integrity requires consideration andre-consideration of the whole and all of the parts and their synergeticinterrelationships.Total, complete integrity is impossible for finitehumans to fully achieve.For human beings, Integrity is a never endingprocess requiring diligence, discipline, dedication, and continualre-dedication.
The following is a list of web sites that address the issue of Integrityfrom a number of perspectives that seem to me to be supportive of thesuccess of Humans in Universe:
The Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science Revolutiondesignates the thread in Buckminster Fuller's philosophy that emphasizesthe need to radically re-orient Humanity's problem-solving efforts by theemployment of the practice of science in a comprehensive and anticipatoryfashion toward the design of effective solutions to better meet the needsof 100% of Humanity.The emphasis is on the design of comprehensivesolutions ... ones that work sustainably because they have anticipatedcomprehensively all factors relevant to the problem space.
The success of all humanity can be accomplished only by a terrestriallycomprehensive, technologically competent, design revolution. This revolutionmust develop artifacts where energy-use efficiency not only occasions theartifacts' spontaneous adoption by humanity, but also occasions theinadvertent, unregretted abandonment and permanent obsolescence of sociallyand economically undesirable viewpoints, customs and practices.
-- Buckminster Fuller
The essential message of Fuller's design science is that human beingshave access to the design laws of Universe, and a responsibility to use theextraordinary phenomenon of mind to discover and apply such principles. Ourfunction is problem-solving. Synergetics, the discipline behind Fuller'smore-with-less philosophy, above all encourages us to experiment. Thismaterial is superbly suited to nurture and enhance creativity, demanding bothnumerical rigor and intuitive leaps. ...
A design science revolution is imperative.
-- Amy Edmondson
I maintain a references and resource pagefor the Design Science Revolution.According to UNICEF's State of World's Children 2004 "Girls' education:There can be no excuses. Education is the most effective tool availableto promote global development".
A list of resources on Girls' Education
Right now, the crisis in public safety is the most critical issuefacing all Earthians (the human capability to destroy is tremendous anddifficult but necessary to control).In my view the problem with boththe "war on terror" and the terrorists themselves is that violence isseen as an effective means to their ends.Experience since September11th corroborates the observation, that violence generally begets moreviolence.The recent calls to war of the leaders of India, Israel, the USA, andNorth Korea serve to further jeopardize the security of the planetas a whole.We need a sound, incisive, effective, comprehensivelyconsiderate path toward security.
Security is mostly a superstition.It does not exist in nature ... Lifeis either a daring adventure or nothing.
-- Helen Keller
War is obsolete.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller
"There can be no political stability and no assured peace withouteconomic security. ... [US policy must therefore] be directed notagainst any country or doctrine, but against hunger, poverty,desperation, and chaos."
-- General George Marshall
My nascent plan for addressing the globalsecurity problem.
Here is a list of sites advocating peaceful means for improving security:
Linux -- An Operating System for Business and Humanity
Linux has tremendous stability,power, and flexibility; it is ideal for business applications.I knew that Linux would become a winning system as early as 1994 andworked hard to master it thoroughly.I think Linux's most important strengthsare its open source licensingand its world-around, Internet-connected, cooperative, community-baseddevelopment approach.This vibrant community from which Linux emerged andto which it gives strength and support is unique for an industrial tool.I have supported the Philadelphia Area Linux communityin several ways.First, with my stint as UNIX SIG leaderat The Philadelphia AreaComputer Society (PACS).Then with the organization of Philadelphia Linux Users Group(PLUG).Finally, with the formation of PhiladelphiaArea Debian Society (PADS).
The Linux consulting practice which I started in 1995 has expandedto tackle ever more ambitious projects via a pioneering company formedin 1999 and named LinuxForceInc.LinuxForce is a leading technology services providerspecializing in the development, implementation, management andsupport of Linux-based systems, with a particular expertise in DebianGNU/Linux and Ubuntu.In 2009, LinuxForce launched a new website Remote Responder to explain itsservices to provide systems maintenance & monitoring with support& emergency coverage.In conjunction with the educational effortin support of our the Remote Responder services, we launched a new blogon Managing FOSS for BusinessResults (where FOSS is the acronym for Free and Open Source Software.
I advocate using Linux in enterprising smallbusinesses.I contend that Linux provides tools for small businessesto build competitive advantage in their niche markets.Since Linux andit's main distributions are freely available in source form, the motivatedentrepreneur can launch her business without the overhead of evaluatingillions of commercial offerings (many of whichwon't do exactly what will be required anyway).Instead one canfocus on integrating (and, if necessary, modifying) pre-existingLinux "tools" to meet needs.This is the power of theUnix"toolkit" approach to software: each software "tool"is designed to work synergetically with other "tools".Once onelearns how to use software as a tool, one will be frustrated by systemsthat try to do everything in one big application(one of the more extreme ideas along this line being the web browser asan operating system).Open source software allows the businesspersonthe ability to make custom software relatively easily and relativelyinexpensively.Moreover, when one shares their improvements with therest of the Linux community, they will get helpful feedback about howto improve the system further in a mutually cooperative feedback loop.For more information on unexpected occurrences of cooperation see Robert Axelrod'sTheEvolution of Cooperation.
Debian is a Linux distribution,i.e., a collection of software based around the Linux kernelpre-configured for ease of installation, administration, and use.I have found Debian to be relatively easy to configure and upgrade(upgradeability is the biggest strength of Debian over other Linuxdistributions including Red Hat which is IMO much inferior in thisregard).Hence Debian has become the cornerstone of my Linux use.
Debianis a volunteer run project (there are presently some 1000 people workingon Debian).Debian's open development make it very valuable to smallbusiness.First, since all of the Debian software comes with full sourcecode, one can relatively easily fix any bugs that are important to yourbusiness (no need to wait around for the vendor to fix them!).Secondly,if a package is crucial to your business and the current maintainer istoo busy to fix a bug, someone on staff can volunteer to make an interimrelease or perhaps take over maintenance of said package.In this wayall of the important software gradually gravitates to developers whosebusiness depends on the reliability of that software.I think thisprocess of gravitation to the competent, concerned developers is one ofthe reasons Debian has become so stable.Finally, one can monitor theprogress of development and contribute to the direction of the systemby participating in some of Debian's numerous mailing lists.In sum,Debian gives small businesses the software leverage they need to beextra competitive.
- My company, LinuxForce maintainsa timeline of Debian milestones and noteworthy news, and an explanation as to whyDebian is so significant.
- In 1999, I started the Philadelphia Area DebianSociety which supports Debian in the Philadelphia Area.PADS meets on the third Wednesday of the month.
- I continue to work closely with thePhiladelphia Linux UsersGroup (PLUG) since I helped organize it in 1995.We usually getgood turnouts with at least 15 people attending.PLUG meets on thefirst Wednesday of each month.Afterward we usually adjourn to alocal eatery to socialize.
- I wrote an awk script scriptto process the logs for the Livingston, Merit and Cistronimplementations of Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service(RADIUS) specified inRFC2138 and Radius Accounting inRFC2139.Several similar scripts are available, but most of themhave several shortcomings.Thanks to Edward S. Marshall for hismajor improvements to my original version!
- Until early in the 2000s, the most flexible SMTP (mail) transportsoftware available was sendmail.Sendmail used to have frequent security holes.Back in themid-1990s, I found a way to configuresendmail that avoids many security problems.Note:Ino longer use this approach since it is not followed by the Debiansendmail package and because sendmail is better maintained nowthere is no need for these measures like there were in 1996.
- For three years (from December 1993 through December 1996) I was theUnix SIG leader at The PhiladelphiaArea Computer Society (PACS).In that capacity I wrote29 articles for their monthly newsletter.I preparedan annotated index of my 29articles in The Databus.
- When I worked for Net Access,a local Internet Service Provider, I wrote a document entitled Connecting to Net Access with Linux which Ino longer maintain.It may still be useful to Linux users trying toestablish a SLIP or PPP account to an ISP.The general Linux ISP-HookupHOWTO may be of equal or greater use.
- I once maintained a number of packages for Debian GNU/Linux.I continue to submit bug reports and offer help and encouragementas much as possible.
- I have a very old list of Linux Links at https://www.CJFearnley.com/lynx_bookmarks.html#Linux.
BuckminsterFuller -- an Inspirational Voice in my life!
I have read almost everything Bucky ever published as well asmuch that has been written about him in the late 1980s and early1990s.I have built many geometrical models to investigate hissynergetics(a mathematical/physical/philosophical system about the shape of thinkingand the nature of Universe).Fuller's philosophy and values have stronglyinfluenced my own.Fundamentally, I think one needs to puzzle thingsout for oneself.So I mostly stopped reading the Fuller literaturein the mid-1990s.Instead, I've immersed myself in the complexity oflife's problems:How to make the world better?How to eat?And so on."Philosophy if not mechanically applied is worthless" -- torephrase something I remember Fuller once wrote.
I maintain the Buckminster Fuller FAQwhich I started compiling in the early 1990s.Thesource is written in SGML and hasbeen converted to plain text,PDF, LaTeX,postscript, and lyxby the SGML-Tools package.The following older versions of the FAQ are available in SGML sourceformat only: v.1.1, 1 August 1998,v.1.2, 1 April 1999, andv.1.3.0, 10 May 1999.
I maintain a list of Buckminster FullerResources on the Internet that are relevant to his work.
In 2002, I begin work to form the Synergetics Collaborativea new organization to build the Synergetics field of study as developedby R. Buckminster Fuller.
On 5 March 2003, I presented a "10 minute" talkLinux and Synergetics at thePLUG meeting.
On 6 October 2002, I presented these two papers to a gatheringon Synergetics in Falls Church, VA.
In 1994, I generated the following images of basicpolyhedra using POV-Ray:Tetrahedron,Octahedron,Icosahedron (vertex view),Icosahedron (face view),Cube or Hexahedron,Cube Tetrahedron,Cube in Rhombic Dodecahedron,Icosahedron in Cube,Rhombic Dodecahedron,Star Tetrahedron,Octahedron in a Tetrahedron,Truncated Ocatahedra,Vector Equilibrium.
In 1995, I make these Geodesic Spheres usingdome.
In 1991, My essay ReadingSynergetics:Some Tips was published inTrimtab.
I've been thinking about how 19 human beings could so severely hate thatthey would so coldly give their lives.An American, Nathan Hale, said "Iregret that I have but one life to give to my country." The 19 attackersof September 11th were so convinced of their case against the USA thatthey took Hale's patriotic sentiment to a new and ghastly level.Why?
Why do they hate the USA so much?This question pains me more than any other.
As conscientious citizens of Spaceship Earthwe need to address the deeper issues of hatred,violenceand its causes, because the level of hatred on display in New York andWashington on September 11th will not go away with military and policeactions alone.
What will it take to rid the world of the type of hatred that fromtime-to-time leads to abhorrent violence?
It is not for me to change you.The question is, how can I be of service toyou without diminishing your degrees of freedom?-- Buckminster Fuller
to see all of my favorite quotes and poems.
- Collection of digital photographs of me on-line (inapproximately historical order):1,2,3,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,40.
- Here are some pictures of my girlfriend, Jeannie Moberly: 1, 2, 3 (she is the one on the right), 4 (She is the second from the right), 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49.
- I recorded a recitation of Robert Burn's poem "To A Mouse": (2.4MB WAV file) (Text for "To a Mouse").
- Gov. Howard Dean's speechTheGreat American Restoration provides an incisive vision forthe type of restoration that we all intuitively know America needs.Dean's fast growing support is the result of his powerful vision, hisenergy and dedication to restoring American values, and his talentin expressing his salient message clearly, strongly and succinctly.My tendency is to be apolitical: to focus on what we can do tomake the world better and not about convincing others about howto make our government better.But I feel strongly enough aboutrestoring the American values of financial strength through fiscalresponsibility, health care that no one can take away, responsiblestewardship of our land and natural resources, leading in the worldcommunity and not becoming a new Rome, and making the Americanflag stand for freedom and justice for all, all around the world.Dean's principled, pragmatic, unique voice is already changing thetenor of debate in this country to stand for these important values.His message resonates very strongly.For these reasons I am endorsingthe Howard Dean for America campaign.
- Several famous people share the day ofanniversary of their birth with me includingJoan Baez, Simonede Beauvoir andRichardNixon.
- These Apples were made based on code writtenby John Kirk.
- My favorite Edgar Allan Poe story is MellontaTauta.I like Poe's argument that the way of Intuition isthe true path to knowledge unlike "the one of creeping and theone of crawling".Poe's argument that "a perfect consistencymust be an absolute truth" reminds me of Fuller's definitionof Universe and his definition of God asthe intellectual integrity operative in Universe.
- I like hiking theHorse-Shoe Trail.
- I use lynx to browse theWeb (for the most part).I like lynx because (except when I'mlooking at geometry, architecture or some other inherently visualmaterial), I simply want information and I want it fast.And lynxis fast.But I'm also using it to help maintain my web pages andto experiment with HTTP and HTML.Good web designers developtheir sites so that they are accessible to ALL users.There are two other pages that advocate this theme further:The Dehanced for Lynx page athttp://world.std.com/~adamg/dehanced.htmland The Campaign for a Non Browser Specific WWW page athttp://www.anybrowser.org/campaign/.Finally, here are my lynxbookmarkreferences (poorly organized, sorry).
- A webalizerreport of my web site activity is athttps://www.CJFearnley.com/stats/webalizer.
- The Alternatives to MarriageProject expresses my view that legal documents do not make forsuccessful life partnerships.For many, it is liberating to beunmarried and proud of it.
- The problem of feral cats requires vigilence.A Report on Trap/Alter/Release Programs shows that the most humane solution is to trap feral cats, "fix" them and re-release them into the "wild".In general I am impressed by the Feral Cat Coalition's humane approach to the problem of feral cats.Save the songbirds!
- When I was an ISP consultant I wrote a web page about Community-Oriented Internet Service Providers.
- I currently live in PA-Senate, 26, PA-7, PA-164.
- My 1998 résumé is available in four formats:LaTeX, TeX DVI,postscript, and text.
- My old .plan tells a bit more about mygeneral life plan and projects circa 1997.
- Do Enjoy!
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