Marco '_Y_Power'

developer, musician, traveler, tech wizard

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Rainbow Of Goodness

by marco on April 27th, 2017 at 4:11 pm.

'I really love it, thank you!' These are the actual words that came out of my mouth when someone handed me a broom as Christmas gift, a few years ago: surely I would have used the same words in case I would have received, let's say, an empty CD or a jar of expired peanut butter. If my reaction doesn't sound so absurd to you, chances are you -like me and so many others- are in the 'White Club': the less exclusive club in the world. PAID ADVERTISEMENT: Here at the White Club, we emphasize the fact that we say lies in order to save humanity. That's why we don't say lies but "White Lies", even if that name might create confusion: we indeed do not mean "Pure BS" but instead "Harmless Smarts". I have been told it is an important difference to make. Being smart by definition, we apply our ancient techniques to our modern day society, so that everyone can harness all the benefits, known for millenniums: we do all of it just for the love we have for others. Yes, we are heroes and our words are the light in the darkness, the power of wisdom against the forces of evil... or something like that: each member has its own personal view because we are also an open and equal opportunity entity. We make it ultra easy for anyone of any culture and race to join. It sounds neat, I know, but it is mostly marketing hype. Truth is, there are plenty of clubs of this sort and each one has its own strong logic. For instance: - The Black Club, which underlines the importance to put all your potential in what you do; - The Red & Blue Club, standing at the heart of our decision making process, its philosophy precisely describes the amazing dance-like steps that so many beloved politicians use in their vital day-to-day operations; - The Big Club which, as the name suggests, is followed by the smarter ones among the smart ones: the most exclusive of the bunch and an evergreen for heads of states, presidents and VIPs. Whichever you have chosen, one thing is clear: we all do it for the Greater Good. Never give up. Certainly you won't mind the 'broom for gift' anecdote never actually happened: it is raining outside but we might truly find the rainbow at the end of the storm.

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The facts revolution

by on December 12th, 2016 at 11:16 pm || Posted in: My Work

Visual Chap

Click words or select text to get a quick link, a description and a picture from that Wikipedia® entry: click on pictures to see their license details

I just released the first version of Visual Chap. Here’s the punchline, find my comments below.

Visual Chap is a WordPress Plugin which treats your readers by providing a unique experience  for your content.
A quick, animated, graphical, Wikipedia-powered search for everything you write… or just specific words.

It truly is a time in which we are all deeply scrutinized and many informations about us are easily available throughout the planet: my (and your) family and friends expect me (and you) to have a ‘clean’ on-line presence and applying for a job means making sure no embarrassing details about yourself are shared on the Internet. Ever.

And yet, somehow, the world’s most relevant players seem to be able to get away with any factual lie, among other things.

I believe the best antidote to a ‘post-truth’ era is ‘extreme fact-checking’ and machines all around us can help out with that: Visual Chap is my first attempt in that direction. I’m actually surprised something like this seems to have been flying a bit below the radars so far and many seem to not realize that the lack of correct informations inevitably leads to wrong choices in any field.

I think I can hear you saying: ‘Do you really think Wikipedia is infallible?’.
Never wrong? I believe there’s no such thing. And I also believe it’s valid for anything and anyone. Furthermore, the evaluation of what’s right or wrong changes accordingly to the amount of accurate informations received and therefore evolves over time.
But I will argue that Wikipedia is our best shot, at the moment: if we are expecting big companies to fact-check against themselves, we might be delusional.

Time will tell: in the meanwhile, please enjoy Visual Chap and make sure to spread it around!