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27aug2021

“… We’re on the brink of something.”“Brinks,” says Garden, with casual fondness, “are traditionally stepped back from.”“They are also fine places over which to tip one’s enemies,” says Blue. “Traditionally.”
This is How You Lose the Time War

18aug2021

What is it about society that disappoints you so much?

Oh, I don’t know
Is it that we collectively thought Steve Jobs was a great man
Even when we knew he made billions off the backs of children?
Or maybe it’s that it feels like all our heroes are counterfeit
The world itself is just one big hoax
Or is it that we voted for this?
Not with our rigged elections,
But with our things, our property, our money

We all know why we do this
Not because ‘Hunger Games’ books make us happy
But because we want to be sedated
Because it’s painful not to pretend, because we’re cowards
Fuck society
HOAX, Angerfist

11aug2021

Civil disobedience in the attention economy means withdrawing attention. But doing that by loudly quitting Facebook and then tweeting about it is the same mistake as thinking that the imaginary Pera is a real island that we can reach by boat. A real withdrawal of attention happens first and foremost in the mind.
How to Do Nothing, Jenny Odell

04aug2021

30jul2021

268435179 = -268 + 4(3×5 – 17) – 9 via

After years of studying it, I believe that cryptocurrency is an inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology built primarily to amplify the wealth of its proponents through a combination of tax avoidance, diminished regulatory oversight and artificially enforced scarcity.
Jackson Plamer, read full thread

Disallow: /harming/humans
Disallow: /ignoring/human/orders
Disallow: /harm/to/self
Three Laws of Robotics codified in robots.txt

16jul2021

The Shortcut and Blot, mesmerizing.

It seemed to me that I was half unlearning what I had never learned and yet knew so well – how to live. Yes, I think it was probably then that everything began.
The Fall, Albert Camus

10jul2021

In becoming what one is, a person turns back, into, gathers something of the past, and carries it forward. It is genealogy compressed under high pressure. The present, as such, is but a placeholder where the past and future meet, a fleeting moment where becoming takes place.
Hiking with Nietzsche, John Kaag

02jul2021

Find unequal positive integers x, y, z such that (see answer)

x 3 + y 3 = z 4

It is as if we go through a cycle: The more knowledge we accumulate about a particular natural or man-made phenomenon, the more it changes from something mysterious into something merely “complicated,” then into something simple, until we probe and question the elements of its simplicity, and it enters the realm of mystery once more.
Erno Rubik, Cubed: The Puzzle of us all

22jun2021

Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines – it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

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