The Owl of Minerva

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

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