To all #heyfeedfox contributors: please keep the comment short and sweet. Preferably just use the title of the link, or if that's not clear, a 5-10 word precis. Don't do big quotes. Save that for follow up comments. See my latest for examples of good style. https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2018/10/09/refactorings-roundup-09-16-18-10-06-18/
Seems to be much written in praise of polymaths these days, which makes me happy.
During my undergrad I nominally studied literature but somehow got away with taking classes in 15 departments. I wound up working in Linux automation (though I never took a CS class). Any other aspiring polymaths out there?
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I spent about an hour today fanning through various books on Italian architecture in the 15th-16th centuries and came to this conclusion: we have gotten a lot worse at building (partially bc the average person is legally forbidden to make substantial modifications to the property that they own) but we have gotten so much better at architecture.
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5. Business class: cite for a specific idea that you actually need to build on, but in a sufficient way, not necessary. There are other competing sources to cite that would serve as well, so choosing one is some mix of buy-in to a subcultural game, voting, buying influence, and respect,
6. First class: cite for a specific and necessary idea that’s available nowhere else, or is so clearly best of breed it would be small-minded/ungracious to cite the competition. Taleb operates here.
The intellectual influence freemium hierarchy citation airline
1. Basic economy tier: tag on twitter
2. Economy: cite in general terms, mostly to CYA and insure against them sending their troll mobs after you or beefing with you
3. Premium economy: faithfully imitate their patterns, acknowledging influence
4. Mileage program early boarding: summarize their work for others, evangelize
Update + Request
Novel is proceeding, mostly, according to plan. Next step? Publicly post the prologue. Before that, however, I’d like more people to read it and offer their gut feelings, or detailed commentary.
It’s 2k words + I’d like feeback before the end of the weekend. If you’re interested, DM or email me. It’ll come across as a Google doc.
Young sciences are so much more fun. Trying to identify a mushroom, I come across this:
"At the time of this writing (April, 2015) the genus "Polyporus" is headed for major changes; DNA studies (for example Sotome et al., 2008) have made it clear that the genus we thought we had a handle on is actually fairly incoherent, requiring a number of taxonomic changes."
So I recently turned on protected tweets on Twitter
Interesting experience. Slight mastodon feel as a result. Though too many followers to feel truly relaxing. #DListerProblems
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