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Hey everyone, I 3D print carbon fiber so airplanes can be much lighter in a few decades. Want to start a VC fund for our early stage customers.

Also, working on health stuff as a hobby: small e-commerce sleep product - Carbonshade, and trying to couple high fat diets with peak bagging and bikepacking. Would like to shift planet to higher fat if possible.

Haven't been to a refactor camp, but I follow Ribbonfarm and Breaking Smart.

Turns out topological composites are only the 2nd class of Type I matter humans have discovered/developed. The 1st one led to a rather significant unfolding of events in the world. Can you guess what I'm referring to?

I think I might finally be onto a framework that I can use instead of stamp-collecting-style 1st order description of stone-->bronze-->iron-->'information age'. I imagine this approach, while more confusing to the historian, will be of utmost importance to the psychohistorian.

Programmable matter exists outside of Sci-Fi. All we need is property + spatial variation (e.g. stuff Mantis Composites makes, topology optimizing isotropic materials is not enough).

I'm going to dub all the previous matter for structural materials humans have had as Type 0 matter. Within structures, I'm dubbing programmable matter as topological composites, and we can call it a form of Type I matter.

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Sleep, circadian rhythms, experimenting Show more

Is it inevitable that people come to dislike anyone they get to know well enough after enough time? Lifelong relationships are not enough to counter since we don't know what would happen with 125 years.

Movie recommendation: Green Room. It's better than Inglorious Bastards. In particular, the more visceral (rather than fantastical) experience surrounding Nazi deaths simply works much better for 2018. Can't wait to watch Blue Ruin (same director)!

Hypothesis: at the 2nd cuil (1st meta state), the NPC and non-NPC reverse roles.

If we accept Shrödinger's answer to life being a thermodynamic phenomenon then the non-NPCs, through their dynamic and lively optionality, are simply functional matter executing on behalf of the universe. (Perhaps just a contrived nihlist take)

On the other hand, the NPC rests in local energy pockets of good mediocrity and perhaps having this as a starting point is a better path to the vita beata.

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I wish I was a little bit taller
I wish I was a baller

my brain:

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Me: *were. The subjunctive is not used frequently in English, but get it right.

Meaning-making seems to be a process that exists in tension with freedom-making.

John Boyd's “the fundamental goal of humans is to improve their capacity for independent action.” captures the tension. You have repeated reorientations to get increases in capacity. Each orientation is a "meaning" but is just a waypoint in the freedom process.

At a micro-level this is the "flow" state. Marginal creative destruction.

Anyone here know about biology?

How valuable would it be if you could have an ultra centrifuge reach 2 or 3 million Gs instead of just 1? Any big opportunities this would unlock or just nice to have?

I am always perplexed when I meet genuinely randomly mean people. Tonight had 2nd encounter I can remember in years. Different from people who are just inconsiderate/selfish or evil in some calculated or disturbing way.

Something unsettling about it in that it feels more uncanny valley than a charming sociopath, bizarre really. Anyone have any insight into this? Both occurences were while drinking so maybe that's related.

The world operates by a de facto notion of “useful person”: somebody with a predictable nonzero probability of affecting history within the bounds of what has been consensually scripted by recognized useful persons. Only useful persons are recognized as fully human.

If you don’t fit this definition, you’re to be either feared or pitied as subhuman. Fodder for whatever impersonal extractive market process driven by fear/pity traps you first. You’re then doomed to a life of face-saving theater.

Capitalism arises from pure physics. It is as inevitable as 2nd law of thermodynamics: globally true, locally suppressible.

Tyranny prevails in the same way humans harness negentropy within the world with external energy from the Sun.

Positive stereotypes bias you to seek such traits and creates a blind spot towards diversity within the stereotyped group.

E.g. if you think “asians are smart”, then you’ll unconsciously reject artists and writers. If you think “women are empathetic and kind”, then you’ll unconsciously reject those who are more aggressive.

Tired: Nanomaterials are very very strong

Wired: Nanotech is BS --Elon Musk

Inspired: The concept of a material as the substance/s of which a thing is made, as a model by which things can be understood at various scales, is an abstraction that will be bled by our anisotropic meso-architectured meta-materials. Intrinsicality is for physicists.

tl;dr I think we broke the notion of 'materials'... sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. We hope to have things up and running again shortly.

The greater the knowledge the greater the gap between what can be done and what is desired. Premature knowledge seeking is the root of all ambition.

A big part of expertise is being aware of the full range of "Things we might as well try because they won't do catastrophic damage."

The boldness of experts appears shocking from the outside.

Thread of examples?

Anyone have any grand unified theories on the dynamics of technological advancement in civilization and its kernels or know of blog posts on this topic? Preferably something atemporal.

Whereas Carlota Pereze describes *what* happens in technological revolutions, I want to know why and how technology emerges and advances.

We used to have vaporware startups, now we have quark-gluon plasma startups. Unlike vapor, they are far denser with bombastic and physical displays of real systems, that are practically useless, and quickly decay after burning through large pools of cash.

It is theorized that such startups could stabilize as strange matter in neutron stores, but no biz model exists. Regular matter might decay into strange matter, and perhaps investors hope to catch this outside minimum 10^17 yr waiting period.

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