Month: May 2018

afternoon link aggregation

BLOCKCHAIN Scott Locklin: “I don’t want to work on your shitty blockchain project: especially you, Facebook“: Facebook is a narcissism factory which causes moral panics, ridiculous rumor propagation, argument between friends, social fragmentation, alienation and even mass suicide. It’s also so obviously rotting the social fabric of the internet and society at large, even the

twitter aggregations e.g. unplaces, night, void wandering, etc

fuguewave loop 0000006 by brett van donsel “Each of them would soon literally be an island in an archipelago drained of time.”#JGBallard #TheDrought pic.twitter.com/WcqaSLEKBu — is.Ballardian (@TerminalBeach_) May 15, 2018 ..Soleil inversé de la nuit /Giovanna Garzoni (1600–1670) pic.twitter.com/JicMa16Kzw — Laetitia Wilfert (@LaetitiaWilfert) May 25, 2018 pic.twitter.com/uSwxOBdaQe — Archillect (@archillect) May 25, 2018 pic.twitter.com/q5WiOVyzPr —

a.m. link aggregations

MUSIC Music as a repellant — Bach at the Burger King: Baroque music seems to make the most potent repellant. “[D]espite a few assertive, late-Romantic exceptions like Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff,” notes critic Scott Timberg, “the music used to scatter hoodlums is pre-Romantic, by Baroque or Classical-era composers such as Vivaldi or Mozart.” Public administrators seldom

LINKS May 21

DICTATORS Daniel Kalder on what he’s learned upon reading several books written by dictators. Fidel Castro was a great admirer of Ernest Hemingway. He met the hard living, Nobel Prize winning author twice, and kept a signed photo of “Papa” on his desk. Unlike Hemingway, however, Castro was not known for his brevity and could

LINKS May 7

CRYPTO Matthew Pirkowski on the concept of “Distributed Valerism“: Distributed Valerism shifts economic focus away from concerns regarding the centralized management of ownership and toward the long-tail dynamics of value representation, storage, and transaction within a behavioral landscape adapted to the novel physical and game theoretic constraints of an information economy. Where possible, I seek

Fuguewave

My longtime pal Brett, who is the defacto music editor of this site, has been exploring the creation of new musical micro-genres, to which I’m definitely amenable. In his words: …it seems to me that my trippy personal music is best enjoyed alone, so I think I want to somehow target people who are looking for

Extreme Fear & Anxiety at Winkie’s

For my money, this scene captures the fight-or-flight vibe of anxiety and panic attacks — and perhaps PTSD — better than any movie scene I’ve ever witnessed. And, for an interesting psychology-oriented critique of this film, check out the following Jordan Peterson analysis.

LINKS 05-02-18

ADVERSARIAL COLLABORATIONS Scott Alexander has put out a call for “adversarial collaborations”: An adversarial collaboration is an effort by two people with opposing opinions on a topic to collaborate on a summary of the evidence. Just as we hope that a trial with both prosecutor and defense will give the jury a balanced view of