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Why Not Events | Awelon Blue 

Abstractions in event systems are fragile. Event fusion is highly sensitive to local, arbitrary ordering decisions for merging events that otherwise appear simultaneous. Even in a deterministic system, it is difficult for two observers to achieve consistent views of complex event streams without sharing actual implementation code. Consequently, event systems are difficult to reason about …

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Discussion with Alan Kay about Visual Programming | Don Hopkins 

So it seems to me that there is a lot of room for new and different ideas for children's environments for learning powerful ideas. They have to be above threshold and in the spirit of real science and mathematics. Two cautionary examples are Interactive Physics and SimCity.The first assumes that Newton was absolutely right and …

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Complexity Is Bugs 

You could also say "complexity is a bug", referring to the complexity of a given solution that exceeds the essential complexity of the problem. The reasoning is that a "bug" is an instance of poor quality, translated concretely to someone's dissatisfaction. And excess complexity is a source of dissatisfaction to anyone seeking control over the …

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Samuel Butler: Thought and Language 

The whole power of spoken language is vested in the invariableness with which certain symbols are associated with certain ideas. If we are strict in always connecting the same symbols with the same ideas, we speak well, keep our meaning clear to ourselves, and convey it readily and accurately to any one who is also …

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Philip K. Dick and the Alchemy of Information 

37. We should be able to hear this information, or rather narrative, as a neutral voice inside us. But something has gone wrong. All creation is a language and nothing but a language, which for some inexplicable reason we can't read outside and can't hear inside. So I say, we have become idiots. Something has …

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Rampuri & Hadot 

technosophy word. Have y'all ever heard of Baba Rampuri? He is an interesting cat. He traveled to India in 1969 and never came back, instead joined up with a group of ascetics called the Naga Babas, whose ancient order has since inducted him as their first international member. He has written a book about it, …

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Stallman on Word 

You sent the attachment in Microsoft Word format, a secret proprietary format, so it is hard for me to read. If you send me plain text, HTML, or PDF, then I will read it. Distributing documents in Word format is bad for you and for others. You can't be sure what they will look like …

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Dorian Taylor’s Iconocodes 

The issue I have with code is that as a medi­um it is too damn pre­cise. You sim­ply can't op­er­ate over any con­cept until you have de­fined it ex­act­ly, whether or not it ex­hibits any fi­deli­ty to its ref­er­ent. Then there are the myr­i­ad con­sid­er­a­tions pe­cu­liar to the im­ple­men­ta­tion. It's like dig­ging the Pana­ma canal …

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Dorian Taylor’s Cultural Artifacts 

If you are in the busi­ness of man­u­fac­tur­ing cul­tur­al ar­ti­facts, I rec­om­mend the fol­low­ing change in per­spec­tive: con­sid­er that rather than mass-pro­duc­ing things that you sell off into the ether, you are me­di­at­ing a shared so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence among ac­tu­al peo­ple, in­clud­ing your­self. via Toward a Coherent Appreciation of Authors and Artists — Dorian Taylor.

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Complementarity and Relativity 

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Bohr’s Complementarity 

All properties of physical entities exist only in pairs, which Bohr described as complementary or conjugate pairs which are also Fourier transform pairs. Physical reality is determined and defined by manifestations of properties which are limited by trade-offs between these complementary pairs. via Complementarity physics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Agamben’s Messianism 

“he term ‘sojourn’ does not refer here to a fixed period of time: …it does not designate chronological duration.  The sojourning of the Church on earth can last -and indeed has lasted- not only centuries but millennia without altering its messianic experience of time.  This point requires special emphasis as it is opposed to what …

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Agamben’s Paroikia 

“In the eyes of the Church Fathers -as well as the eyes of those philosophers who have reflected on the philosophy of history, which is, and remains (even in Marx) an essentially Christian discipline- history is presented as a field traversed by two opposing forces.  The first of these forces -which Paul, in a passage …

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Anonymity as Culture: CCC 

Though A-culture overlaps with the political activities of Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street, those groups, in their partial or total earnestness, lack the former’s recreational spirit, and consequently factionalism can more easily prove terminal to them. A-culture’s seclusion facilitates homogeneity, and thus the persistence and autonomy of the space of play, which is A-culture’s only …

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Coleman on Anonymous 

While government officials and law enforcement are painting Anonymous as one of HL Mencken's "imaginary goblins" poised to menace the public, it's worth noting that national governments around the world have aspired to control the internet, and have been developing statutes that erode individual rights and privacies, long before this entity came to prominence. Anonymous …

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Baudrillard’s Marx 

Baudrillard’s challenge to Marx is that his writing no longer explains contemporary society. In this, Marx, like all theorists, succumbs to unavoidable reversibility – the inversion which is the fate of every theory and critique Baudrillard, 1975:50. Baudrillard was also among the first to point out that we had already entered a post-Marxist age in …

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Magicology 

Countless anthropologists have managed to overlook the ecological dimension of the shaman's craft, while writing at great length of the shaman's rapport with "supernatural" entities. We can attribute much of this oversight to the modern, civilized assumption that the natural world is largely determinate and mechanical, and that what is experienced as mysterious, powerful, and …

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eco-linguistics 

It is by a complementary shift of attention that one may suddenly come to hear the familiar song of a blackbird or a thrush in a surprisingly new manner—not just as a pleasant melody repeated mechanically, but as active, meaningful speech. Suddenly, subtle variations in the tone and rhythm of that whistling phrase seem laden …

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quantum interpositions 

Most intriguing are the links between entanglement and energy production. Our bodies run on adenosine triphosphate, a chemical made in cells when electrons move through a chain of intermediate molecules. The process happens much faster than scientists can explain - apparently because of entanglement between the electrons. That would certainly tie in with the way …

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