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Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers of orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld. Haweve, sins xe Wely, xe Airiy, and xe Skots du not spik Ingliy, xei wud hev to hev a speling siutd tu xer oun lengwij. Xei kud, haweve, orlweiz lern Ingliy az a sekond lengwij at skuul!
Progress, M.J. Shields

Some thoughts on writing Why I write and why I won’t and Write 5x more but write 5x less


Even the dogs may eat of the crumbs which fall from the rich man’s table: and in these days, when the rich in knowledge eat such specialised food at such separate tables, only the dogs have a chance of a balanced diet.
Sir Geoffrey Vickers



Securing Artificial Intelligence: Problem Statement and Securing Artificial Intelligence: Mitigation Strategy Report, two reports from ETSI provide another good introduction to the work on securing AI.

“(…) I die at every instant, and I am reborn, new and without memories: live and whole, no longer inside myself, but in every thing outside.”
Luigi Pirandello. One, No One and One Hundred Thousand


“I guess, I’ve always believed that nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do. Most people think the opposite – that all things are withheld from them which they have conceived to do and they end up doing nothing.”
Russell Kirsch


On the 100th anniversary of publication of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus: The World Is All That Is the Case – “Tractatus is less the greatest philosophical work of the 20th century than it is one of the most immaculate volumes of modernist poetry written in the past hundred years” and Ludwig Wittgenstein: a mind on fire – “My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands me eventually recognises them as nonsensical, when he has used them – as steps – to climb up beyond them. (He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder after he has climbed up it.)”

My belief is there is a mirror-image of the long tail that is equally important to those wanting to understand the process of innovation. It states that the bulk of innovation behind the latest “wow” moment (…) is also low amplitude and takes place over a long period—but well before the “new” idea has become generally known, much less reached the tipping point.
To my mind, at least, those who can shorten the nose by 10% to 20% make at least as great a contribution as those who had the initial idea. And if nothing else, long noses are great for sniffing out those great ideas sitting there neglected, just waiting to be exploited.
“The Long Nose of Innovation”, Bill Buxton

Any ordinary Joe or Ananda
would be ridiculed for insisting yes
and no in the same breath,
but not Vishnu.

All gods may contradict themselves
without flaw,
say men,
who always give their God
the benefit of a doubt
in any argument.
“Until the Sacred Cows Come Home” by Jim Culleny



“… 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


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


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

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