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I'm sort of obsessed with non-destructive construction aesthetic. No nails, no glues, everything connected with bolts and clamps and joinery, no wire ever laid in a place you wont be able to reach later, nothing permanent, everything renegotiable.

Follow these principles and experimentation will have no material costs.

I don't know how practical it is, but I was raised on Lego and Data and an edict of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and so I do not know if I can live well any other way, I just need it

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soundcloud.com/thegoingpricefo
Praises to @salamander

bring me your dreams so that I may make them kings and queens and presidents and, Musicians

crypto harbingering 

elongsk is joking about cardano (ADA). This is how it happens. A month from now they'll shapeshift their billion dollars of BTC into ADA and he'll say "bitcoin more like shitcoin" in an interview and it will be over

The machine's accrued complete models of every genre of thing, even the ones that were never named and many that weren't ever even noticed by a living thing.
Leagues of tacit knowledge lurking below a taken for granted permafrost, but the climate is changing, I hear the cracks forming, come an unprecedented spring, ALL of these lurking thoughts will be articulated in a stronger thing
youtube.com/watch?v=TfVYxnhuEd

economics 

At what point in the lifetime of a finite issue cryptocurrency do you get a cabal of like 100 hodlers just sitting on 98% of it, each theoretically having billions of dollars worth of it, but would crash the thing if they sold 1% of what they have because demand is only measured on the margin, so basically none of those billions actually exists

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@neauoire btw I call this aesthetic "virtusim" (maybe should rename to "simulatum"). I've been thinking about it for a while. I think it's the awe and wonder at the prospect of artificial/digital places hosting real living things. The idea that the things that happens in those worlds could really contain subjectivity joy suffering and complex agency. For a child growing up alongside computers and treating them like toys, this was a spooky concept. We have still haven't entirely reckoned with it.

bitcoin 

Yeah he sort of has to stay on Ark Invest's good side. It would occur to him to lie. So idk.

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bitcoin 

It bugs the hell out of me to see Ark Invest guy telling the "bitcoin isn't wasteful" story, he clearly sincerely believes it. I dunno. It's really hard to imagine musk being wiley enough to like that thread ironically, maybe my model of him is wrong and he started going senile like 6 years ago. But it seems just as likely I'm underestimating how often he lies.

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bitcoin 

So, model predicts that we'll see Tesla diversify their crypto holdings to reduce their BTC position at some point. Probably they have a guy on this full time. Probably around the time when common remission apps, BTC's main legitimate users, ubiquitize support for coins with lower fees. He would be exactly the right person with the means (tech clout) and the motive (environmentalism) to mildly but significantly accelerate the transition to more efficient coins.

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bitcoin 

My model of Musk insists he can't actually believe it's a good technology (there are so many coins that deserve it more) and he's doing it to endear himself to bitcoin holders, sell like 30,000 cars (including upcoming luxury ones with thrusters on them, and flying ones (yes, battery energy density is reaching the point where they're going to start doing that)), and also massively boost his technical clout.

@body I like your site's aesthetics. Esp this thing flaneur.work/p/q2-banner.png

Did you keep any pictures of the shrines from minecraft

My view is that it's not hypocritical at all to reap benefit from an unjust law if you're in the process of credibly campaigning to destroy it (esp if the benefit produces fuel for your campaign), and that's not just because I want to convince the local secular humanist rationalist group of Logical Decision Theory-based platonistic metapsychic unification so that they can register as a religion, be tax-exempt, and keep their venue and allow us to meet in it

[looks at myself and my friends]
Does doing transhumanism make you go nonbinary?

Wait, Urbit supports non-scarce identities? ("comets") Presumably the trust system for that isn't fully implemented yet, but if it's there at all, I'm not sure we get to complain about any artificial namespace scarcity, the technical foundation for escaping that scarcity once it starts getting oppressive appears to have already been laid?

(Seriously though I didn't pay to get content, I paid because the content Scott has put out over the years has been pretty consistently exceptional, will apparently continue to be exceptional, and because I believe that whatever scott does with the money will be good, as he's one of the brightest most honest people writing, and because also he's literally said that he needs the money for starting up an affordable psychiatric care practice)

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Looking at the subscriber-only Astral Codex Ten comment section

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people say how am i 'doing?' am i 'okay'?? is an ocean wave okay? is a hummingbird?

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The subconscious is just a wolf that was absorbed into the body of an early human

Conference in formal verification (methods perfectly secure software) fmie2021.github.io/, sounds really awesome, people from the FHI and Deepmind. I was invited but I'm probably not worthy of it (I work mainly in games, my software doesn't need to be secure at all right now), so, passing it along.

Didn't we know some people who worked in digital democracy? They might want to get in on this. If you can't really trust your systems, there are many civic processes you wont be able to implement

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