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Love gives room for another to give it their all and loves them even in failure.

Having too much money means that there are very few situations where it’s possible to give it your all and denies yourself the vulnerability necessary for love.

Not allowing enough space is similar in that the other needs to fully put themselves and ONLY themselves on the line. Otherwise there’s always an excuse.

You have to be able to fail with no excuses.

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"Anyhow, that’s the setup. We’ll dive in next time."

was cliffhanger at the end of the 2015 piece "The Boydian Dialectic" :refactored:

boost to peer-pressure (acylote-pressure?) Venkat into finally publishing the follow up ☯

Re: Mediocratopy
"One of the great milestones on the road to maturity is the ability to give up being special or grandiose and to accept yourself as being average, living an average life. If you can derive happiness out of the ordinary and out of being ordinary, then you have truly come a long way. If you do accept yourself and life in that way, you will no longer have to whip yourself into perfection." - The Pathwork Lectures.

We can use the principles and patterns underlying stable, healthy, and sustainable
living systems as a model for economic-system design.

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Algorithms that return “fruit” 

I wonder if there’s a method of programming that returns data as “fruit”. The part you want to “eat” is surrounded by inedible skin or thorns.

That is, are they any benefits of removing the constraint of having clean interoperable data.

Is there a way of programming that is less factory design and more garden tending?

Does anybody here have any resources on billing models for custom software development agencies?

"Because our enemy is not piracy, our enemy is not someone that is going to steal our idea. Our enemy is Obscurity. That we are not known and not trusted. But if we are trusted for the right reasons, you have more leverage than ever before." - Seth Godin

"How can I get more confidence? [...] I think its the wrong question. Because as soon as you ask that question, you are viewing the world as a threat. You are viewing yourself as inadequate.
[...] The right question is: How can I be more generous?
[Then] we get out of our own head, and we have the chance to live in a connection economy, that's based on abundance. Abundance of information, abundance of trust.
As opposed to an industrial economy that's based on scarcity. " - Seth Godin

Debugging insight of the day:

Focus on solving the problem, not the mystery.

There is a trade-off between deep understanding and fast problem solving.

When deadline looms, don't nerd-snipe yourself and keep a flexible mind, focused on the problem.

Are Silicon Valley's valuations a symptom of unevenly distributed hyperinflation?

Calling all armchair & real economists:

What are your thoughts on quantitative easing and the state of the US Dollar?

So turns out I can boost my own post, but when I delete the boost the original post gets deleted -.-

"The Design is the Implementation"

talks about a powerful idea that i have been intuiting aswell.

the aesthetics of your data model do matter if you want your app to have interactions that feel right.
i feel this is one of the bridges to alexander, this is what will make software feel alive rather than dead.

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How well known is Scott Mccloud’s “Path of Creation” concept from his book Understanding Comics?

To date it’s the best method of modeling mastery i’ve seen.

The 6 steps for drawing comics for example are:

6/ surface: copying.
5/ craft: perspective, anatomy, etc...
4/ structure: storytelling
3/ idiom: new techniques

2/ form: expressing sth. about art, an explorer stretching boundaries

1/ idea/purpose: expressing sth. about life, art as a tool

All creation is surface to core and back out

Various communal living forms on a gradient from "practical community" to "intentional community" fit your request:

Flat-shares, co-living, student housing cooperatives, frat houses, eco-villages.

Pragmatic, ideology free, flat-shares are really common, even post-university, in Germany at least.

@scottwerner @jamescgibson
Yes I also feel like what has persisted from the GoF book in programmer lore (I haven't read it) has really nothing to do with what Alexander is talking abiut

I found Richard P. Gabriel whilst researching the concept of "habitable code", which seems to fit my intuition about what makes for good code.

A codebase should be views as Living Structure not as a exercise in High Modernism.

“We need to
learn how to write software “before” we worry about development methodologies —using principles and approaches of a fine arts education in creative writing”

“Patterns of Software” explores the work of the architect Christopher Alexander as it relates to the creation of software.

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@vgr any chance there's a recording somewhere or have you written more about the ideas in this presentation: I've shared slide 42 in a bunch of conversations lately and would be really interested to hear/read more about what you have to say about it.

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