Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dear @Microsoft, about Excel

Dear Microsoft,

If MS Excel had the following functions, it would be quite a bit more useful:

1) Horizontal Sort
2) Join
3) Use the numerical output of a function as a row-number (or column-name) index
4) Allow the user to compile complex operations for efficiency

There is, of course, some possibility that it already has some or all of this functionality and I just don't know how to employ it.  Please let me know if you need any other information.  I would be happy to serve as the supervisor for this product update. Given a small team of programmers, I predict an approximate 1-year turnaround.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Mystery of Consciousness

Consciousness is no great mystery. It consists of the ability to remember what you were thinking two seconds ago and to think about the fact that you were thinking about it. That's all there is.
Humans have powerful, logical minds. This is a relatively new invention.  The mind is surrounded by ancient chemical signals that flow through it and the rest of the body.  The mind believes it is in control of the body just like humans, in general, believe that they are in control of the natural world.