Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Slow hunches coming together

Oct 14, 2010 Aaron Krager 1 Comment

Part of the process of developing good ideas is to surround yourself in a community that will have ideas colliding into one other and thus coming up with something more profound. Steven Johnson writes about that in Where Good Ideas Come From. But where is the best place in today’s society to develop new ideas? Easy – the online community. By working together the evolution of ideas can happen at an even faster pace. Now someone has come up with slowhunch.com that will soon be unveiled as an app and online community targeted at developing good ideas. Take a look at what Johnson has to say:

Keeping a slow hunch alive poses challenges on multiple scales. For starters, you have to preserve the hunch in your own memory, in the dense network of your neurons. Most slow hunches pass in and out of our memory too quickly, precisely because they possess a certain murkiness. You get a feeling that there’s an interesting avenue to explore, a problem that might lead you to a solution, but then you get distracted by more pressing matters and the hunch disappears. So part of the secret of hunch cultivation is simple: write everything down.

And here is what the developer of Slowhunch.com has to say:

SlowHunch.com will be a free, open database of hunches. A Wikipedia for ideas. It will be an “open environment”; the “fertile soil” where hunches can make new connections.

Johnson himself even seems to suggest this: “…create an open database of hunches, the Web 2.0 version of the traditional suggestion box.”

This will be that database. But what about features? Here’s a short list:

Users should be able to store hunches quickly and easily. Hunches will be searchable and taggable.
The site must be accessible from anywhere – mobile as well as web. It must be available to capture slow hunches at all times (“runs in the background”).
Users will be able to vote on hunches, ideas and suggestions, Reddit-style.
But the differentiating feature of this app is that hunches will connect with each other in surprising and unique ways. This is the key feature – the Web 2.0 juice – behind this app. This is SlowHunch.com’s “raison d’etre”; its reason for existence. Happy accidents and serendipity.

This community should be a lot of fun. It has a tremendous amount of potential to help people connect with each other and see some real innovation through social networking and crowd-sourcing in a way that has a bigger purpose.

  • http://www.slowhunch.com Chris Whamond

    Thanks for your input and blog post, Aaron. It’s great to have you on board! I should have a first version up and running in a few days. We can start adding hunches after that.

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