It seems weird to me that in children’s books predator and prey can live in harmony and yet everyone still treats skunks as second class citizens.

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suicide, online harassment 

We lost an amazing person in the emulation / retro gaming space last night.

docs.google.com/document/d/12p

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A pastoral lifestyle is lived according to seasons and the changing availability of water and pasture, depicted through art in an idealized manner, typically for urban audiences.

Even before the Alexandrian age, ancient Greeks had sentiments of an ideal pastoral life that they had already lost.

wiki.xxiivv.com/site/pastoral.

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Fix something small that gets in your way. Sew on a button, clean a grimy keyboard.

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My daughters were watching a show and there was a record scratch sound when someone interrupted the party. I wondered, “do they even know what a record scratch is?” And then I wondered, “do I even know if that’s what a record scratch actually sounds like?”

I just received a work email that says (paraphrased), “We will be making a system change on Friday. Effective immediately, do things the current way until Friday.”

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Fight the Power 

The collapse of authority leads to anxiety. Anxiety leads to outrage. Outrage
leads to fear. Fear leads to submission. Don't submit.

putanumonit.com/2020/06/18/fig
putanumonit

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Fnords of the Times 

Tesla wealth hypocrisy billionaire. Trump Musk Trump Musk COVID. Misogynist
racist Silicon Valley.

putanumonit.com/2020/05/20/fno
putanumonit

The part of the selfish gene that stuck with me the most was the chapter(s) on Evolutionarily Stable Strategies. Does a given cooperate/compete strategy lead to a stable population level. (Not necessarily taking over, just winning enough to be stable.) I recently remembered Seth Godin's answer to "How can you tell a shortcut from a hack?" and it made me think, "does it need to be evolutionarily stable to be a proper shortcut?" (shortcut v. hack answer at 19:39 akimbo.link/blog/s-3-e-14-wait )

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Sam Harris’ waking up app is free until the end of the year. His lesson on (the nonexistence of) free will has a good exercise that give me first hand experience that I don’t have as much free will as I thought. He whittled my concept down to: free will is picking off a menu that we can’t control with strong nudges on what to pick and if we’re not paying attention we follow the nudge by default.

For whatever reason I’m reminded of this joke, “Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.” The waitress replies, “I’m sorry, Monsieur, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk?”

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He’s certainly got me in a “god of the gaps” trap but I’m not fully convinced that the last bit of free will isn’t there.

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Sam Harris’ waking up app is free until the end of the year. His lesson on (the nonexistence of) free will has a good exercise that give me first hand experience that I don’t have as much free will as I thought. He whittled my concept down to: free will is picking off a menu that we can’t control with strong nudges on what to pick and if we’re not paying attention we follow the nudge by default.

Neat iPhone trick: if you share a webpage while in reader mode to the built-in Mail app it will clip the whole article into the email. I wish it did this when sharing to notes.

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@Bert if you’re exploring the fringe of possibility space the only way to fail is to die before reporting in.

Is it considered bad form to boost your own reply so that it appears in your main timeline?

I work at a large organization and if I want my career to go anywhere I need to develop a broader view. Can anyone recommend some software to keep track of what’s going on in other departments? I imagine it would be like a business contact manager except for keeping “in touch” with projects instead of people. If you can even tell me what the name for this is, it would be helpful. (Ideally it would link with a people manager too)

Can one be a cynic on a case by case basis or is it strictly a worldview? If you suspect someone is acting in their own self interest at what level of confidence is it no longer cynical and merely fact.

I wonder if the politicians resigning in protest of partisanship realize the void will get filled with increased partisanship.

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