Countersignalling

Perhaps it’s possible to sublimate from low to high without going through middle class

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Children of Logan

I think it’d be pretty neat for someone to make a video mashup of Children of Men and Logan— they’re kind of the same movie.

There’s a gritty, cynical man who has lost faith in humanity

as part of a dying breed, which no longer bears children

until their routine is interrupted by a strange woman bearing a child

who dies protecting her

leaving the man to shepherd the child to safety in some mysterious eden

while sustaining deadly injuries at the end

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I haven’t written anything in a long time

And tradition dictates that I have to preface any post following some long hiatus with another post reflecting on the length of the hiatus.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming

— oh wait.

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man and machine

our world, that is, a western world, is largely a product of the industrial revolution— out of which emerged an important dual to humanity: the machine

where there was once merely an unassociated jumble of characteristics of man, we now have a sort of orthogonal basis distinguishing the conscious and the mechanical

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Composition and Induction

In a complex world, we often find that the limiting reagent is our ability to make sense of it. The problem with building large systems is inevitably being limited by our own ability to reason about its behavior and make meaningful changes which don’t have unforeseen side effects.

There are two natural systems for overcoming this: induction and composition. They’re terms borrowed from mathematical terminology, with any similar act of malaprop it’s invariably an imperfect metaphor.

With induction, we start with a base case. We think about a minimal, hopefully correct kernel of an idea which has some semblance to the larger system we seek to create. After that, we iterate by thinking not about the system as a whole, but rather the little bit that we’re considering to append to our core in order to expand the scope of its behavior.

In compositional design, the problem is framed as a set of boxes with inputs and outputs, each themselves composed by different boxes within.

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david fincher

learn your craft it’ll never stop you from being a genius

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The Feyerabend Principle

Given any rule, however ‘fundamental’ or ‘necessary’ for science, there are always circumstances when it is advisable not only to ignore the rule, but to adopt its opposite.

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