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Florensky’s “Aesthetics of Morality” 

Florensky understood that in the creation of beauty, be it artistic or personal beauty, that we are inspired in our action from a spiritual ascent. However, we often prevent that ascent from achieving its final end, and therefore, create an illusionary shell which can confuse and overwhelm us. He recognized, therefore, that it is not …

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Patent Law Reform? 

There are so many software patents -- hundreds of thousands, with 40,000 new ones each year -- covering so many inane operations, that entrepreneurs can't reasonably avoid infringing. via A Different Kind of Twitter Revolution: Patents Will Not Be Used as Weapons - Atlantic.

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A Conversation with Alan Kay 

I would compare the Smalltalk stuff that we did in the ’70s with something like a Gothic cathedral. We had two ideas, really. One of them we got from Lisp: late binding. The other one was the idea of objects. Those gave us something a little bit like the arch, so we were able to …

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circulation vs. capitalization? 

"" Seth Godin tells about self-publishing his new book, Stop Stealing Dreams.

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‘Design’ a misnomer? 

Dorian Taylor argues for a 'decoupling' of the understanding of a problem from the construction of an algorithmic mechanism for its solution...  My question: to what extent does work done under the rubric of 'design' commonly conflate these categories?  And to what effect?

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The Art of Unix Programming 

great 2003 book (free fulltext) by Eric Raymond :

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sweet human clock 

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PKD 

"How to Build a Universe that Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" - Dick, Philip K. (L. Sutin ed.)--The Shifting Realities of PKD” =b

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McClintock’s Cosmopolitics of Education 

In this art of study, each component of culture has a part to play, and every component of art, literature, science, and thought can be seen as educational in a rigorous sense. Robert McClintock (1971, 165)

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Process and Reality 

Whitehead is important, 'the most quoted, least read' philosopher, coming out of the most mature phase of the great pragmatic phase.  I found this great excerpt from P&R, about the necessity of reconciling the efficient causation of the sciences with the final causes of the scholastics...  Starting on p.84 at "Thus the notion of order..." …

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