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Wiio's Law
1 Communication usually fails, except by accident.
1.1 If communication can fail, it will.
1.2 If communication cannot fail, it still most usually fails.
1.3 If communication seems to succeed in the intended way, there's a misunderstanding.
1.4 If you are content with your message, communication certainly fails.
2 If a message can be interpreted in several ways, it will be interpreted in a manner that maximizes the damage.

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3 There is always someone who knows better than you what you meant with your message.
4 The more we communicate, the worse communication succeeds.
4.1 The more we communicate, the faster misunderstandings propagate.
5 In mass communication, the important thing is not how things are but how they seem to be.
6 The importance of a news item is inversely proportional to the square of the distance.

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7 The more important the situation is, the more probably you forget an essential thing that you remembered a moment ago.

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2) At the farmers market a kid started playing rambunctiously with the fallen leaves on the sidewalk. Their babysitter exclaimed, "OMG You have so many leaves in your hair! You're an autumn goddess, I'm so here for it!" It made me feel so warm and happy inside that somebody taking care of a kid would just embrace their joy and be there for it even if it makes a little bit of mess

I had a rough week, but still stumbled into some momentary happinesses:

1) The hispanic student club at uni put on a memorial for a departed Spanish department member. It wasn't just poetry -- Mariachi club performed as well, and there was an amazing potluck with at least six kinds of salsa. I stumbled into the party (it was in what's usually a quiet place to do homework) and ended up staying for lunch because the proceedings were so beautiful and everyone generously welcomed my being there.

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PermaPunk – Visionary Non/Fictions 

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Those who know about us have power over us; obfuscation may be our best digital weapon: "The Fantasy of Opting Out"
(Plus- Tyndale)
“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said ‘I want to be let alone!’ There is all the difference.”*…

Ponder privacy: bit.ly/2OoIEh7

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I've been thinking about the role of induction/observation in , , and , and wrote some thoughts about how these areas might have once overlapped and later bifurcated. Particularly interested in the relationship between and . clerestory.netlify.com/observa

My explanation for studying GIS 10 months ago: something something public service

My explanation now: I liek maps

The one way to avoid resorting to rhetoric is to be unaware of its existence

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The binary advantage 

7 The more important the situation is, the more probably you forget an essential thing that you remembered a moment ago.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiio%2

3 There is always someone who knows better than you what you meant with your message.
4 The more we communicate, the worse communication succeeds.
4.1 The more we communicate, the faster misunderstandings propagate.
5 In mass communication, the important thing is not how things are but how they seem to be.
6 The importance of a news item is inversely proportional to the square of the distance.

Wiio's Law
1 Communication usually fails, except by accident.
1.1 If communication can fail, it will.
1.2 If communication cannot fail, it still most usually fails.
1.3 If communication seems to succeed in the intended way, there's a misunderstanding.
1.4 If you are content with your message, communication certainly fails.
2 If a message can be interpreted in several ways, it will be interpreted in a manner that maximizes the damage.

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Water droplets on the needles of a lodgepole pine. As the name suggests, this tree produces lumber good for building shelter. Indigenous people would travel great distances to obtain this wood.

I think I'm bad at social media because I grew up on Reddit.

Absolutely no one:

Me: My Rosebud was a beautiful exploding pattern in Conway's Game of Life. I have no idea how long I watched it dance, but I paused the game after it died and used grid paper to draw a portrait of the corpse. I vaguely came to the conclusion a few months later that there was no means in my power to revive it, and eventually lost track of the portrait. So it goes.

In Bojack Horseman there's a scene where Bojack is trying to stall Diane from publishing his memoir One Trick Pony, and he says "Did I tell you about my Rosebud?" And Diane says, "YES, BOJACK --" and Bojack interrupts her whistfully while looking off into the middle distance saying "Who was she???"

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