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Excellence and Elastic Studio

April 18, 2005

Your dream and mine, Elastic Studio.  You might not have heard about it, it’s been kept on low-key between myself and my closest friends.  A project you’ll definetely hear about in the future.

I’m still working hard on producing my treatise on Happiness and Contentment. You’ll never view the concept of setting goals the same. It’s been a real study, and there’s still more I need to work on, but this is actually real. I don’t feed the “Set you goals crap” and leave it at that. What should determine what goals you set is the real question. Have I ever mentioned I hate that concept?

I’ve already made my mind up to be excellent in all things. I take no shortcuts. What is excellent? Excellent isn’t setting goals for yourself, but living completely selflessly. Excellence doesn’t complain but finds the good in all things. Excellence studies all purposed topics to the degree of absolute simplicity. Excellence studies constantly and can answer even the toughest of moral dillemmas. Excellence studies for others. Excellence walks the straight and narrow. Excellence believes in others. Excellence thinks about God and doesn’t wander aimlessly through life. Excellence leans neither to the left, nor the right and doesn’t distort justice. Excellence is trusted. Excellence is patient and doesn’t rush into things. Excellence refuses to slander those in authority. Excellence is surrounded with good council. Excellence brings peace.

Excellence is the greatest of all and is the servant of all — Excellence endures, and I will become excellent.

Coding should begin soon for Elastic Studio. What is Elastic Studio? As of it’s first release it will be my personal research tool. The tool’s main purpose is to interrelate all disciplines and be the perfect research software. In a nutshell I read texts in electronic form and can flag any body of text and link it to the concept of ‘studies’. Studies can really be about anything or any subject. For me, there will be a Study on each philosophical topic and be completely broken down. For example, take Happiness. Each study has a hierarchy underneath it, this would be Happiness’ Study hierarchy.

1. The desire for happiness: its naturalness and universality
2. The understanding of happiness: definition and myths
2a. The marks of a happy man, the quality of a happy life
2b. The content of a happy life: the parts or constituents of happiness
1. The contribution of goods or fortune to happiness: wealth, health, longevity
2. Pleasure and happiness
3. Virtue in relation to happiness
4. The role of honor in happiness
5. The importance of friendship and love for happiness
6. The effect of political power or status on happiness
7. The function of knowledge and wisdom in the happy life: the place of speculative activitity and contemplation

3. The argument concerning happiness as a first principle of morality: the conflicting claims of duty and happiness
4. The pursuit of happiness
4a. Man’s capacity for happiness: differences in human nature with respect to happiness
4b. The attainability of happiness: the fear of death and the tragic view of human life
5. The social aspectsof happines: the doctrine of the common good
5a. The happiness of the individual in relation to happines or good of other men
5b. The happiness of the individual in relation to the welfare of the state: happiness in relation to government an ddiverse forms of government

6. The happiness of men in relation to the gods or the after-life
7. The distinction between temporal and eternal happinesss
7a. The effects of original sin: the indispensability of divine grace for the attainment of natural happiness
7b. The imperfection of temporal happiness: its failure to satisfy natural desire
7c. Eternal beatitude: the perfection of human happiness
1. The beatific vision
2. The joy of the blessed: the communion of the saints
3. The misery of the damned
7d. The beatitude of God

As I’m reading each and every text I can then ‘link’ each chunk of text to their respective place thus perfectly organizing all texts. I can instantly look at a concept, such as temperance, and read what every major philosopher and great thinker has said about temperance (and each branch of temperance). Not just that though. I plan to start reading my Bible completely in electronic form in Elastic Studio. Every verse I read I plan to link it to the various topics that verse talks about. I can click on ‘Temperance’ and know not only what philosophers have said, but have access to every verse that the Bible (and other sacred texts) list on the subject. Not keyword searching like most Bible software does, but true research links. I can instantly cross-compare religions/philosphies finding similaries and differences. I plan to read the Koran and as I read through it, I can link each section of text to the proper study.

Also, you don’t have to link the text to just Studies. You can link text to other texts in the software and post notes as well. For example, I plan to go through the Bible and each historical reference that is made actually link that to actual historian’s historical texts that can furthur explain what happened.

It also has support for a custom dictionary per text, or per author. Philosophers always break words down so far that you have to be careful what they mean when they say a particular word. Each text and author has a dictionary. As I read a philosophical text, I plan, for every main concept/word they define to put that in their dictionary. Then whenever that word comes up in the text you can hover over it and see their defintion (if you happened to forget — and if you’re jumping around texts, that’s something that could easily happen). Words can also link to a study if they happen to be a study.

Also, in Elastic Studio, you can organize texts based on several basises. Take the Bible for instance. You can have multiple table of contents per text. For me, I can navigate the text via Story, via subject, or the classic Book/Chapter/Verse format.

Elastic Studio is excellence for studying — it’s made for hardcore researchers.

The next thing comes the Elastic Studio network which links all these ‘hardcore’ guys together. After I, using it personally, set up a good basis of content and studies, I plan on adding network support and sharing of research. Hardcore Buddhists can go through the Vedas and link each verse to the proper studies. Hardcore Hindus can link their Sutras to studies. Doing everything is a little hard for me, but the network will kick in and things are going to move then. Eventually people all over will help me properly document all the world’s greatest books and texts. The ultimate reference system will be born.

There’s so many more things. One neat thing is a concept I recently introduced that removes information overload. Basically, people, when reading other people’s works, can flag whether content is a ‘new’ view on whatever. If the article/document gets enough people reading it saying it’s ‘new’ and there’s not a proper study (or sectoin within a study) to account for it yet it’s flagged and the ES Council looks into it and updates the hierarchy. The Council assigns someone to each subject to write a ‘Synopsis’ on every subject that will be as all-inclusive as possible. These papers are embedded in each study. Other people’s content, obviously not everyone can post their papers on the subject — we’d have information overload. These people will be subject to a rating/voting system — their papers will be there but listed via their rating. Highest ranked articles are going to be what’s stressed.

I know this is a good project because I read hours everyday and I would use it — I know others will too. In fact, this is my dream. It’s what everyone wants. Everyone. I plan to be a main member of this council and espouse and debate views on every subject.

Once the network starts building up I plan to add a section in the ‘Network Browser’ called ‘Current Issues’ where a hierarchy of life’s most difficult issues will be there. My commentary will always be up there, but others will be able to espouse their views as well. I plan on using it to get people thinking about God and what’s important. Revenues will be used to help organize content and build subject hierarchies. A main plan later is to build streaming videos of the ‘Elastic Studio Council’ talking over issues. Take the recent Terri Schiavo deal. That’d be a big thing under ‘Current Issues’ and we’d talk about every major philosophical view of morals, our laws/legal system, and how it interrelates with this case. Unlike the news networks who give bits and pieces, there will only be one video on the subject on our network — a single, all-inclusive video debated in entirety. No shallow arguments — no cut-offs for commerical breaks.

There will also be polls and other things later, but that’s the idea. I have it already designed out screen by screen in the software. I just now need to make it functional, which won’t take me too long — the screens and the overall software concept is the hard part. I’ve been working on this project for a good two years. It’s finally ready to be written.

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