George Dyson's article on Analog computing https://onezero.medium.com/the-future-of-computing-is-analog-e758471fbfe1 is interesting, but the Von Neumann book behind some of his thinking is mind-blowingly good: https://ia800800.us.archive.org/4/items/TheComputerAndTheBrain/The%20Computer%20and%20The%20Brain_text.pdf
The Future of Computing Is Analog #heyfeedfox https://onezero.medium.com/the-future-of-computing-is-analog-e758471fbfe1
On listening to albums
For many years I’ve been working on watching all the films in the 1001 Movies
You Must See Before You Die book. Not the one linked, with Lady Gaga on the
front, but a 2003 version which quickly lost its sleeve, and over long years
of consultation its cover, and now sits as a well-loved, […]
@vgr Great Life Spirit Distillation post. Thanks to that and its links I'm about halfway through Seeing Like a State. I'm really enjoying it, though I have a more mixed view of modernist architecture than he does. He reminds me a bit of David Graeber. Also been thinking a lot about waldenponding, to which I'm prone, and about Deep Work, toward which I strive, despite having no interest in "belongingness". I'm not sure that deep work must be T-shaped. Is it just the isolation that worries you?
Pretty great article on a controversial new paleontological find https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died
Dopamine in Daniel Deronda
The opening of George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, besides being transcendently
beautiful, is about dopamine. Sound far-fetched? Dopamine wasn’t discovered
until 1957, whereas Daniel Deronda debuted in 1876. So what am I on about? The
opening sequence is about the relationship between desire, longing, suffering,
and addiction; in short, about the reward system. Wikipedia says that […]
I've previously thought about this question, whether there's a moral cost to indulging one's dislike or hatred for something through vitriol, how that weighs up against saving other people's time.
My recent thinking has been that it's hard enough to get the motivation to read/experience difficult stuff so better to err on the side of the (more difficult to write, as most of those writers note) positive review.
After thinking for years that I needed to take better notes on what was going on with friends, reading this finally got me to try it out. https://sivers.org/dbt Basically I set up MonicaHQ in Docker. Does anyone else do something similar?
I've written 42,903 words of a novel draft in 3 weeks and here's what I've learned so far http://bit.ly/writing-at-speed
I've been thinking a lot about mastery lately. Mastering ideas, concepts, or skills, to reach a high level, or new insights.
I think of mastery per se as a worthy goal, but a friend has argued that it can indicate obsession or compulsion, and he thinks high-level mastery is sometimes pathogenic.
Do you have a view on mastery, whether good or bad? For the purposes of this question, let's say mastering that has a neutral impact on the world, like privately learning an idea or skill.
I'd never heard a convincing case for giving up caffeine, but this could be an interesting one. Has any habitual coffee drinker experimented with stopping? What were the effects? https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/how-caffeine-can-cramp-creativity
I'm listening to the (excellent) Audible collection of Alistair Cooke: "Letter from America." Found this one quite moving: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4gwT0zqn8VjFF0W9XXdnvfQ/william-kapell-1922-1953-5-november-1953
Exciting news for readers: US copyright freeze is about to end, meaning that every year going forward new classics will enter the public domain. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/books/copyright-extension-literature-public-domain.html
Top 10 Books I read in 2018
I've just begun my fiftieth book of the year, The War of Art, by Steven
Pressfield. Like the last book I read, I discovered it via Derek Sivers, who
reviewed it on his site. It's been an interesting read so far, on overcoming
one's own resistance to ambitious endeavours. It's inspirational, but so far
The Power of Talk: On Different styles of communication https://hbr.org/1995/09/the-power-of-talk-who-gets-heard-and-why #heyfeedfox
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