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Now I think that the only thing that can be done is to fix one's owns pathologies. This should eventually lead to being properly aligned with one's self. Thereby being able to offer one's own vulnerable sides and giving loving attention to the difficult person without any ulterior motives.

This creates a situation in which the person feels actually seen and can finally "quit the bullshit".

Call it "metta", "not being in the box" or "unconditional positive regard".

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I've been thinking about @vgr's Zeroth Mile diagram

Overall, I like it. It's better than "last mile" framing.

If I was drawing the map for myself, the "Boundary of Science" would go through the middle of the human dot and the human attention box. Having it at the edge could give the misleading impression that things from beyond that boundary can't get at people. That they are safely off in the distance somewhere. That boundary can be as close as inside your body.

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The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
The second highest form of intelligence?
Posting wise quotes online
— Jiddu Krishnamurti

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@alec yeah a search like that would be cool! im curious how well the standard techniques (centrality measures between pages, topic modelling) amount to finding interesting pages

for new readers, start here, best of, etc compilation pages tend to be really useful, and i wish more blogs had them

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@alec ha, I think I asked him about that on Facebook once and he said that he was considering some other format than essays, or just got distracted in general.

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@alec Hi Alec, thanks for the link. Yes, we're using Pandas extensively.

Part of our problem is that data passes between SQL, JSON, CSV, Pandas data frames, and other Python data structures, and it's hard to enforce consistent typing across all those boundaries.

We're working on a set of "validators" that can be run at various points in the pipeline to flag data points that have out-of-bound values or invalid types.

Maybe researching algebraic type systems can help us design validators better

"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 ☯

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some ways of discovering interesting pages on a domain, with ribbonfarm as an example. would love to hear yours 😃

sort by captures on the wayback machine:*/ribbonfa*

twitter search:

pocket explore:

reddit sort by votes:

"When We Eat, or Don’t Eat, May Be Critical for Health

A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms."

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Question to those who have experienced it: how did you outgrow the binge/bust cycle of (what is typically) your mid-20s?

Conscious decision to refocus, side effect of increased obligations, physical body development, something else?

I find that when I have a free day, I'll default to grinding through a work/project backlog rather than doing things I *know* are healthier and would rather be doing (more sleep, free-associative creative activity, reading, etc).

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- tired: america online
- wired: append-only log

given your interest in railroads:
have you read this piece?

i'm not really a railroad geek myself but that article really got me interested

would love to see all of this information in map form :)

Of course the land has to be managed like this for ever otherwise the carbon will not stay..

Here is a paper with some numbers:

Seems quite hard to measure at the moment here is an introduction by the Food and Agriculture ogranization of the United Nations

There are a lot of ideas in this thought space, but it is really hard to parse what is original and what is reinventing the wheel as they are not using standard terminology..

For example can anybody tell if the ZigZag/zzturcutre is any different from a graph or hypergraph?

Only recently did I stumble over the longest running in history: Xanandu

There is a great story from 1995:

They announced a working deliverable in 2014 but it is really... well look for yourself.

Basically the inventor of the word hypertext never managed to realize his vision.

"A regenerative culture will have to facilitate the healthy personal development of a human being from ego-centric, to socio-centric, to species-centric, to bio-centric, and cosmos-centric perspectives of self."

Creating a regenerative culture by Daniel Christian Wahl

Ascent of Humanity
by Charles Eisenstein

"The Age of Separation, the Age of Reunion, and the convergence of crises that is birthing the transition"

"The Ascent of Humanity is about the history and future of civilization from a unique perspective: the evolution of the human sense of self."

Full text online version:

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More data cleaning horror stories:

an empty address field gets turned into a null, which gets turned into a Python None, which gets turned into the string "None", which is then turned via Google Maps API geocoding into "44.934329, 7.5238781".

That is the latitude and longitude of "None", a small town southwest of Turin, Italy. 🤦

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