I'm fascinated by mediocrity as an aspiration, understood as optimization
resistance and withheld reserves. Mediocrity is slouching towards survival.
Mediocrity is pragmatic resistance to totalizing thought. Mediocrity is fat in
the system. Mediocrity is playful, foxy improvisation. If premature
optimization is the root of all evil, mediocrity is slightly evil. Mediocrity
is the courage to […]
Age differences in risky choices: a meta-analysis #heyfeedfox https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3332530/
Alita: Battle Angel
[ by Charles Cameron -- and don't miss the latest message from the Archangel
Michael at the end of this post ] . Alita's embodiment or incarnation: How
Alita is, so very human: And Alitas's backstory -- her previous lives: Coming
to the big screen February 14th, Saint Valentine's Day. ** Or you might prefer
Elderblog Sutra: 2
A necessary, but not sufficient, condition for an elderblog to exist is an
underlying pristine blog that is old enough, and contentful enough, to serve
as a landscape on which an elder game can be played. Ribbonfarm is at 11.5
years, 715 posts, and nearly 1.6 million words. The numbers are merely skin in
the elder […]
11.1: Brown Girl in the Ring pre-read w/ Mendez Hodes: The History of African Religion in Diaspora
This month on Spectology, we're reading _Brown Girl in the Ring_
(<https://amzn.to/2G9dqqZ>) by Nalo Hopkinson, a classic of Caribbean SF &
Fantasy. A young mother must outwit a warlord in post-apocalyptic Toronto in
order to save her community, but to do so she'll need the help of that
community & its gods.
Adrian & Matt are joined by Mendez Hodes (<h...
On writing at speed
Exactly three weeks ago, on 14th January 2019, I began a draft of my first
novel. I won't discuss its contents here, but I thought I'd write about the
experience of writing at speed. Driving that train First of all, how quickly
have I written? As of today, my word count is 42,903 words, written […]
Weirding Diary: 3
A sense of weirdness in the environment can be understood as unfactored
reality. A blooming, buzzing confusion of sensory input that impinges on
awareness without the mediating effects of conceptual thought. This is the
same thing as the void, but we typically conceptualize the void as a
featureless black hole. The reason is that our […]
Evolve: A Quick Reference for Wardley Mapping
"almost everything produced by ML could have been produced, more cheaply, using a very dumb heuristic you coded up by hand, because mostly the ML is trained by feeding it examples of what humans did while following a very dumb heuristic."
this article is so good and also full of hilarious quotes #heyfeedfox
The deliciousness of snakes that bite their tails, &c
[ by Charles Cameron -- continuing my miscellaneous collections, with
metaphor, paradox &c a specialty ] . Two recent headers caught my eye: and: **
You can see why I like those two -- there's something very attractive about
the way those headlines double back on themselves.Writers know this self-
referential form -- the serpent biting […]
The Super Bowl Prop Gambling Game 2019
Spice up your Super Bowl party with Putanumonit's annual prop gambling game.
We should start with Lenin musing on Beethoven
[ by Charles Cameron -- music, mildness and massacres -- do we have a scalpel
that can peel the mildness back to explain where the massacres come from? ] .
Lenin listens, muses: From the Russian film, Appassionate, Here's Lenin
listening and, towards the end, musing, to the music: Vladimir Lenin asks
Rudolf Kehrer to […]
In honor of the SuperBowl, which I as a Brit know nothing about
[ by Charles Cameron -- the curious language and precise scientific timing of
tomorrow's game ] . The curious language of the Superbowl: Memorable Trick
Plays of Super Bowls Past Sometimes trick plays are all about players’
resourcefulness—what they’re willing to do with what they’ve got. Last year,
at Super Bowl LII, Nick Foles, the […]
The Breaking Smart AMA, Part 2
Finishing up the AMA from the prompt 3 weeks ago. | | | | Whew, that was
exhausting, but I finally worked through the backlog of AMAs. I have a few
straggler questions to respond to, but those seemed either repetitive in
relation to the ones I'm sharing here, or not of broad interest. I'll respond
in person to the remaining ones in a day or two.
Anyhow, thanks everybody for playing. This was partly a load-testing
Nobody Knows How to Learn a Language: the first in a forthcoming series of posts about a new theory of language learning. Achieving fluency is rare, existing language learning models are poor, so methods are incomplete or bad.
Shutdown plus First fruits equals two months salary, pouf!!
[ by Charles Cameron -- where economics meets scripture ] . The mundane: Pete
Nischt, 32, of Akron, Ohio, didn’t like the shutdown from the start, and now
his flight from New York to Cleveland was delayed for three hours. In recent
days, as he saw how people who had gone without pay for a […]
Coming at Putin-Trump from an oblique angle
[ by Charles Cameron -- a kleptocratic analysis ] . There's a different take
on what liberals take to be the narrative Mueller will finally spell out (and
Trump dispute) in its full Dostoevskian despair and glory: it's to be found in
Masha Gessen's New Yorker piece, The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia
State: What […]
Jackass and catfish, catfish and gourd
[ by Charles Cameron -- an almost-Darwin-Award-worthy foolishness, coupled
with a masterpiece of Zen art -- just the sort of post I'd love to post, for
my own sake, even if no-one else is listening ] . Unbelievable! That's a
serious journal article about a seriously un-serious drunking game.. And if
you can't read the […]
Umpires, Brexit, and the State of the Union
[ by Charles Cameron -- the UK looks to be teetering over the White Cliffs of
Dover, with 22 miles of channel separating them from the rest of Europe -- and
a hard border with Éire ] . There are few more tumultuous games on earth than
the British House of Commons, with its two […]
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