- The tedious, annoying, banal “crypto-grifters” on the Blockchain cruise
- There are still new Nazca lines to be discovered!
- On the extent of “trolling by bots” on Twitter
- On Trump’s strangely stable approval rating
- This one is going to be weird: me sharing someone’s sharing of something Mark Fisher once wrote, as a tribute to him
- The title says it all: The Failure at the End of History
- Someone’s ways of dealing with OCD
- AGM–114R9X … or, targeted killing with minimum collateral damage
- A prehistoric turtle had a shell nearly six feet long!
Saw this list of Mac software that Jack Baty uses and … realized I have a lot of overlap !
The only “big stuff” from that list I don’t use are “The Brain” (because I really don’t want one more tool after Tinderbox, iThoughts, OmniOutliner …) and “Things” (because OmniFocus is just fine for me).
- “Artificial intelligence”, a few centuries ago
- The “shape of the universe”
- Interesting breakdown of The Matrix (and I’ve seen a few)
- Old-time analog computers that … are a bit of a lost treasure
- A hard-to-believe-but-yet-it’s-true story about … falling from the sky
- Notes on Zettelkasten
- Hard enough getting a robot spacecraft to an asteroid and landing there, now it’s coming back(!!)
- Imagining what the Great Pyramid would’ve looked like originally
In addition, the structure would likely have been topped with a pyramidion, a capstone made of solid granite and covered in a precious metal like gold. The sheer size of the pyramid must have been enough to blow ancient minds, but seeing it all shiny and topped in gold… well, no wonder they thought their rulers were gods.
- As I’m in the stage of “looking around at schools”, found this piece on NYC schools relevant.
- For those who care, something about Yggdrasil
- Recently re-discovered The Cyborg Manifesto, from which this quote:
Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves frighteningly inert.
- an illustrated version of Gravity’s Rainbow
- On how the future arrived … differently
- on the deep romantic chasmof libertarianism, neo-liberalism, and early computer culture
- Looks like one or another, “Brexit” is gonna happen
- Hilarious (and painful to read) view of “the hyped-up-startup matrix”
- For those who care, something about Gilgamesh
- Something I recently began looking into: Lego vs Playmobil (!)
- Voyager 2, still sending messages from 2 billion miles …
(or, “Dispatches from ebbs and flows in a mind-web”)
I’ve been toying with the idea of an email subscription option, with no success:
- I considered TinyLetter earlier on but never got round to setting it up.
- I considered Medium once, but the aesthetic constraints never appealed to me.
- WordPress has subscriptions too, but I do NOT want every single post to be an email update, I “mix in” a microblog within my blog, and don’t want to have the overhead of keeping that separate.
But it does make sense to have my monthly curations (the programming-specific one and the general one) be email-subscription-friendly …
… and then I discovered Substack, which seems to be a soft spot here — easy to use, easy to set up, hopefully not a hassle for you to consume from either — which inspired me to start a pilot project of sorts to use Substack to optionally serve these out.
For now, then, these posts will be duplicated there, available both on WordPress and as emails from Substack, so … pick whatever works. I myself have found it easier to subscribe to a small list of people that way, and once I saw folks like Matt Taibbi using it, it seemed “a credible enough platform” to use.
So, if you want to receive just the curation posts, by email, [Here’s the link] to sign up for updates on Substack.
(and here’s the link to (what will be) my Substack Archive)
(I feel I’m making up for the lack of links for the last three months …)
- Running a blog for 25 years!
- The active core of our galaxy
- Craziness of San Francisco policy
- The effects of light at times, levels, places, where it shouldn’t be
- Seas boiling with methane in Siberia
- On the myth of progress w.r.t. technology
- Storing food, 400 millennia ago
- Sam Harris and faithless dharma
- Newly discovered moons of Saturn
- Using lira maps to find lost Maya cities
- A look at failed social networks
- Diving and exploring, to new depths
- The hopeless situation of San Francisco
- A review of “Neoreaction a Basilisk”
- Autonomous Black Hawk coming soon
- This almost sounds like retro science-fiction, but … the exquisite precision of time crystals
- Aerospike engines vs rocket engines
- Discovered Szukalski’s art from a hundred years ago … (!)
- Wonderful interactive description of the connections between the earth and the sun
- A dreaming Octopus …
- The link between graphene and the structure of spacetime
- Watership Down and politics …
- Looking at America’s food supply chain …
Roughly every three years, I find I’ve amassed too many books, and have to give some (around 50-75) away.
There was a great “used books store” in downtown Mountain View, which (tragically1) had to close up shop and move away, and the time after that, I went to the local Goodwill, and this time I’m thinking of donating what I can to the local library, we’ll see.
It’s somewhat disappointing that there isn’t any record of the hundreds of books I’ve given away over the last decade and change … so this time I thought I’d make a list.
Now the idea of making a list of the books I have, has come up in the past, but it has either
- been on paper
- or otherwise not accessible any more
- or not re-attempted because there’s just no easy way to do it.
I have this love-hate relationship with Airtable, it seems — I’ve written before about how their pricing is geared towards enterprises and lacking a good “personal use plan”, but … the fact is, for something like this, it’s dead simple to use.
What I recorded here is the name of each book, an image of the cover, and whether it’s hardcover/softcover2, and … I was going through them at the rate of about fifteen seconds per book.
Here3 is the result: an accessible list of everything I’m about to give away this time.
P.S. I realized something else: in case you live nearby and want to pick up anything on this list, leave a note on the list (it’s read-only, but comment-able), and I’ll figure out a way to hand them over.
- https://www.sfgate.com/books/article/BookBuyers-closes-its-doors-in-Mountain-View-7288142.php ↩
- Not sure why I did this, it’s something I thought would matter … ↩
- https://airtable.com/invite/l?inviteId=invfJzu4jolUgZd7t&inviteToken=ffd7628ff3a544f4f40ecd56c4406bdefbf232cfca5b0a274b3a62890945e512 ↩
- Growing cotton leaves on the moon
- A reading list of “hard science-fiction” with a focus on computers
- Locating our Sun within the Milky Way
- Video tours of communal living in Russia (cramped!)
- On documentaries in India
- On the future of mathematics
- On the consequences of blind disruption
- On avoiding talking about economic news
- Remembering color pictures from Venus
- Using Notion for blogging (something I’m going to seriously consider soon)
- From right before the WeWork implosion
- On “cancel culture”
- On the changing understanding of what democracy means (on that note, another one on Trump and Tocqueville)
- On techno-optimism
- On meritocracy