Books and Plots – “The Q Woo”

Yeah. I’m at it again. Writing another book. To be more specific, the second part of “The Q Affaire”, which recently hit my little shop’s shelves over here. The second part can be read as a stand alone novel, or as a follower-upper, as we used to say, on de mean streets of Dublin libraries, when we were scoping out those shelves like secret spies, peering through books, pacing the aisles in anticipation of some new thrills to keep us off those same mean streets, our collars turned up, and hat brims dripping puddles as we stalked the tiled flooring, searching out a comfy spot to slump, with brims pulled low, to hide out from the rain for a while.

Yes, you guessed it. Book two’s a little moodier in atmosphere than the first novel, with the first part a comedy thriller with some psychological twists guaranteed to melt your head with madness, as well as keeping you in a sub-hysterical state of mild giggles throughout. I think you’ll find the second part sucks you into the heart of the maze pretty quickly though, and presents many interesting puzzles, and you’ll be sorry when you finally find your way out again, at the end of the book, after being amazed and dazed, for at least some of the rest of it, I would think.

No more Q for you, though, after that. Two books are quite enough, and although Q tries to lead you through an endless maze of confusing twists and turns, and keep you lost, and puzzled, my job is to help you escape it, and give you a map of the territory. Take my tiny paw in yours, then, and we’ll claw our way in, before taking the journey to finding the keys that let us solve the puzzle, and get out in one piece again, but let’s start with an insight into how the book’s being constructed. I’m just hammering it out now, you see, and you might like to see how the thing’s being constructed. Big bits of paper are terribly important, you know. Very. Highlighters, fun, but not essential. Good ideas a must. Well, you probably know what a plan is already, but might glean something of the plot from the themes and metaphors I explain, while trying not to give away too much of the workings of the plotline, when discussing my creative process for writing the book, here.

Q pushers are starting to notice that there are big bits of paper everywhere, as they stalk the thriller section of the library aisles, while I take up the round table with my square papers.

I think you’ll find “The Q Woo” a lot hotter a read, a less stale bake, and certainly less hackneyed affaire than what Q has evolved into, in his second part, somehow. He’s got a oddly dragging gait these days, is distictly wooly smelling from being out in the rain, and generally looking a bit down on his luck. Don’t feel too sorry for him, though, as he’s still got some company, even if the birds don’t fancy him any more, a few coins in his pockets from last payday, and he still can parley vous oh la la the lads and ladies over on other platforms, admittedly in less salubrious surroundings. His rag tag band of patriots soldier on in their fantasy world, between snoozes, and manage to forget how wet their socks are, until the librarian moves them on, come closing time, with the rest of us. Where we go one, we go all, huh? Breathe in, on the way out, ‘cos you don’t want the smell of Q pressin’ up on you.

The first part of the book, which came out at the end of Nov., 2020, can be purchased here, in digital formats, with instant download. The next part I’m crowdsourcing funding for, to publish as one big blockbuster, comprised of the two volumes together, in paperback Kindle format, after part 2 is released as a digital version, for those who read part 1, over on Etsy. You can read about what the funding goes on, not just getting it to paperback, but getting that all important ISBN number, and other important bits and bobs, on the main post, over there. So, hopefully, there’s something to appeal to everyone, format wise, without having to go to the library in the rain, although, who knows, it may hit the shelves there, some time, too. “The Q Woo” will hopefully have reached the completion stage, anyway, with all editing done, by April, 2021, and I’ll be sure to let you know, here, too, when part 2 is available to read on Etsy. A big adventure for 2021. The next part of the adventure started here, and you’re in on it, like a secret library spy! Shush!!!!

The Data Collectors’ Book (The Face That Drove You Mad)

Mark Zuckerberg is a guy that puts a lot of work into how the company he founded is perceived. His version and other people’s versions tend to diverge on some rather relevant issues, and now at least some of the horrible truth is becoming more obvious to the general user of the Facebook, and Facebook are having to scramble to re-invent the services they offer, as well as alter the demographic they target for their attentions, in an effort to keep the sinking ship afloat. Social media giants like Facebook have all sorts of dirty tricks up their sleeves to keep users on board, and the psychology of marketing isn’t the only source of their power, as they hold such huge sway over our behaviour, so it stands to reason that they have many friends in high places too. How can we ever truly be free, if we don’t really take a hard look at what these platforms’ purposes are (and like all my posts, I must point out that I don’t endorse uncritically everything that’s proposed in the following video, as I’m an individual, with my own views, and not a demographic, but I do think the video frames the discussion points, which could be explored further by users of social media)?

Remember the official story of how Facebook started? It all sounded so cosy and friendly, didn’t it? People coming together, and sharing, with Mark the bright spark helping us all to shine.

Sorry Zucky, but your lies suck, and you blow. This isn’t real life, as we know it, and you ain’t the captain of our ship. More and more long time users of Facebook have jumped ship, and are swimming for shore.

We hoping you sink with the ship, and all the rats below deck drown with you. We see you, trying to bail the ship out with buckets, and we hope your true toxic face becomes more obvious to the new users you are trying to drive mad, by pretending to be their bestest friend ever, arranging to meet them in other places at a convenient time, a helpful app, providing a hug in the form of a thumbs up. Well, it’s a Thumbs Down to you, with no hug, from us. We’re so sorry Mark. Honest.

Deep Marketing – #thegame23 and Q

I had a spur of the moment notion last night. I thought, dammit, I’m gonna do another livestream, ‘cos I like where the Q conversation is going, and I got some things to say. They might seem to be taking a rather jaundiced view of Q, but I’m not known for being a yellow-belly, so I took the plunge, and after a quick smoke and scribble on a sticky pad, had my topics organised, and was good to go.

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Discordian Tweets

Marketing, dull, dull, dull. But relevant to the topic, particularly the subject of deep marketing techniques, in relation to the YouTube (and perhaps, now, more main stream trending topic of Q). If you don’t know who the heck Q is, start here, and work your way back to me, ‘cos you are coming in at the tail end of the story. If you are familiar with the Q phenomenon, you might get a different perspective from my livestream chat (lecture, to be honest) about it, streamed over about an hour and a half. I tell you the order of topics in the beginning, so you can skip to the bit you are interested in if you are stuck for time, however, the topics are interrelated, so they make sense when the whole video is watched. Hope you find something of interest to aid you in your Q search for truth. UPDATE: The Discordians latest attempts to conflate Q, Cicada and thegame23, in accordance with the LARPing nature of the movement’s stated aims of turning everything anyone ever believed into such confusing nonsense that all of reality becomes a gluey soup where your mind gets stuck forever, making you incapable of distinguishing reality from fiction, and they get to laugh their socks off at meta-intellectual they are being. Truly nasty people, who don’t care what damage is done to people’s sense of reality, or what damage is done to other’s genuine projects, as they claim credit for the work of others, in order to carry out their OperationMindf*ck plans.

Facebook Discordian groups list
Some of the many Discordian groups in Facebook

 

My recent tweets about Discordia and thegame23, and replies

 

Get Off!

An interesting chat on Irish radio with Sean O’Rourke, about social media, and the growing campaign to persuade people to engage less online. Is it a good idea, or just another manipulation tactic, by a group with vested interests in shutting down discourse?

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Click here to listen to podcast

 

Call me the suspicious type, but I know in the business world leopards don’t stop being spotty overnight, even if they are living in a different habitat, or eating their prey off a different patch of ground. The protestations are as hard to swallow as when an antelope horn goes down one’s gullet sideways. This guy.

And this guy.

And, of course, this guy.

OK, lads. We hear you, and we’ll get back to you on it. Maybe stick a post up, tweet you, make a video, whatever. We won’t ring you though, ‘cos we know your phone is off.

The Creepy Online Family That Wanted to Adopt Me

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The following is an online publication outlining the political/educational aims of The Family, a marketing company that recently tried to recruit me, originally through YouTube, then¬† via their sites and on Facebook (see my previous posts that tell the full story here and here) using weird deep marketing techniques.¬† Are they the new army of moderators that YouTube has employed, I’m wondering? They make up a huge network, with head offices in three European locations. Their Facebook community lists 44,000 follows.

By the by,¬† I also got hacked after visiting their sites – just sayin’!

Sciences Po¬†Published on √Čcole d’affaires publiques. Who are Sciences Po, I hear you ask?
The  course outline document shown later in this post was downloaded from (http://www.sciencespo.fr/public) You can read their Manifesto on their site.

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Have a look at  what their publicity department says about them.TheFamilySaulAlinsky(Shown above is the Saul Alinsky link on The Family)  publicity material available here

 

Let’s see what courses one of their founders, Oosama Aama, can offer you, if you don’t want to start work for them immediately, but wish to get educated by them first. Like their conferences, their courses are free. Isn’t that great? And there I was thinking there was no such thing as even a free lunch. Here’s a course outline. Sounds interesting; very in-depth. You should be quite able to handle that new job at The Family after doing their course.

Digital, New Technology and Public Policy
General Objective
The Digital, New Technology and Public Affairs Policy Stream prepares the next generation of actors to leverage the nexus of interactions between exponential technologies, public affairs and civil society. The digital revolution is transforming the inner workings of our economies, businesses, democracies, social models and public affairs. The aim of this policy stream is to understand the evolution of economic and human activities that are direct results of digital technology and to explore the regulatory measures to be taken by public policy and civil society.
This stream addresses several key questions: How can we enhance the positive impact of emerging technology to address humanity’s main challenges, including equal access to education, renewable energy and global health? How can we minimize the negative externalities of such a process on individual freedom, inequalities and data privacy? How can civil society and public policy harness the¬†power of machine learning to bring about a shift from the public good to the common good?
The program offers the necessary pluri-disciplinary and holistic approaches needed to fully consider the economic, legal, social and institutional transformations brought about by exponential technologies:

The economic and human resource dimensions:
a micro perspective on the digital transformation of the industrial sector and organizations (including private businesses and public administrations); a macro perspective on the global causes and consequences of the¬† uberification” of the economy, and the tension that is emerging between new collaborative economies and established digital monopolies, such as Google.
The legal dimension of tax laws, intellectual property rights, and redefining potential
structural shifts in the labor model and standard employment contracts by taking into
account task fragmentation and unpaid work within the scope of a producer-consumer
system.
The social and institutional dimensions: social welfare 2.0, health care 2.0, democracy
2.0, citizenship 2.0 and more generally, government 2.0.
Specific feature
Core courses (select 4 core courses)
History of Technology Revolution
Digital and Innovative Government
Legal Implications of Innovation on Society
The Network Economy: MicroEconomics of Digital Markets
Regulation & Digital Economy
The Digital Transition of Organisations
Areas of specialization
Big Data and Public Policy;
Digital and Industrial economics;
Regulation of digital economy;
Fiscal and Economic Policy for digital activities;
Digital transformation and Management;
Micro-economics of digital companies and digital markets;
Financing businesses and households in the digital economy;
Health policy in the digital age;
Social policy and social insurance in the digital age: new risks, new approaches;
Data economics and privacy;
The future of work and organizations in the networked economy;
Intellectual property in the age of the networked economy;
Intellectual property in the age of zero-marginal costs;
History of information and communication technologies;
History of technological revolution and Silicon Valley
Published on √Čcole d’affaires publiques
(http://www.sciencespo.fr/public)
Fiscal and Economic Policy for digital activities;
Digital transformation and Management;
Micro-economics of digital companies and digital markets;
Financing businesses and households in the digital economy;
Health policy in the digital age;
Social policy and social insurance in the digital age: new risks, new approaches;
Data economics and privacy;
The future of work and organizations in the networked economy;
Intellectual property in the age of zero-marginal costs;
History of information and communication technologies;
History of technological revolution and Silicon Valley
Suggested electives
Big Data and Government;
Introduction to Coding;
Law and New Technology;
Social innovation, Participation and Government : aggiornamento or Revolution ?;
Monetary, Fiscal and Financial Policy;
Growth and Innovation;
Health and Social Policy;
Urban and Regional Development Policy;
Sustainable Development.
Career Opportunities
The areas of specializations offered lead to careers in various sectors of activities, including media,
SMEs, higher education institutions, research labs, and corporations focusing on a specific
technology-driven industry. Careers can be pursued in both public and private sectors, from
consultancy positions to research and knowledge management.

Programme
Master in Public Policy:
Programme, semester 1
Programme, semester 2
Programme, semesters 3 and 4

Master in European Affairs:
Programme, semester 1
Programme, semester 2
Scientific Advisor
Nicolas Colin, Co-founder & Partner, TheFamily, with Alice Zagury and
Oussama Ammar. Commissioner, Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libert√©s
(CNIL) (nominated by Claude Bartolone, Speaker of the Assemblée nation)

Facebook Group Recommendation
The Discordian Facebook Group OOA G9603 Recruitment Area