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  1. Sep 2021
    1. <small><cite class='h-cite via'> <span class='p-author h-card'>Cathie LeBlanc</span> in Cathie LeBlanc on Twitter: "@ChrisAldrich @AndySylvester99 @finiteeyes wrote a summary of a new book you might be interested in: https://t.co/Eor8pRBgkz" / Twitter (<time class='dt-published'>09/13/2021 08:53:46</time>)</cite></small>

      I'd also heard about this book last week via Joel Chan's tweet: https://twitter.com/JoelChan86/status/1433798115807711237

      @RoamBookClub next book? Extended Mind draws on distributed cognition, which is a powerful theoretical perspective for understanding #toolsforthought and #BASB https://t.co/CJixnXajw3

      — Joel Chan is synthesizing knowledge (@JoelChan86) September 3, 2021
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  2. Aug 2021
    1. What if something happened to your box? My house recently got robbed and I was so fucking terrified that someone took it, you have no idea. Thankfully they didn’t. I am actually thinking of using TaskRabbit to have someone create a digital backup. In the meantime, these boxes are what I’m running back into a fire for to pull out (in fact, I sometimes keep them in a fireproof safe).

      His collection is incredibly important to him. He states this in a way that's highly reminiscent of Jean Paul.

      "In the event of a fire, the black-bound excerpts are to be saved first." —instructions from Jean Paul to his wife before setting off on a trip in 1812 #

  3. Jul 2021
    1. From Wikipedia I got the info about Nabokov. Jean Paul’s 1796 narration Leben des Quintus Fixlein is subtitled “aus funfzehn Zettelkästen gezogen; nebst einem Mustheil und einigen Jus de tablette” (literally: drawn from fifteen card indexes). Arno Schmidt’s so-called “book” Zettels Traum (roughly “index card’s dream”) looks like the collage it really is. You should just take a look at Zettels Traum and see for yourself! 

      Some interesting examples here. Hadn't known about Nabokov. I knew of Schmidt, but not the title or subject of this particular book.

  4. Jun 2021
    1. "In the event of a fire, the black-bound excerpts are to be saved first," instructed the poet Jean Paul to his wife before setting off on a trip in 1812.

      Writer Jean Paul on the importance of his Zettelkasten.

  5. May 2021
    1. The novelist and storyteller Jean Paul assembled some 12,000 paper scraps over the course of his lifetime, but died in 1825, well before the advent of standardized box systems that made it convenient and easy to store such multitudes of paper slips, as well as to realize what remained a dream to Paul: the dream of a more complex order between the paper scraps than that imposed by the linear arrangement of the written page.

      Another example of a sizeable zettelkasten prior to 1825.

  6. Mar 2021
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  8. Jan 2021
    1. and institutional structures (street layout, fire prevention measures, moral codes etc) ensure that some sort of order prevails. The hand behind the invisible hand is visible.
    2. The economist Paul Romer, who attended the 2019 event, was quoted in the New York Times as saying:I picture an economist showing up at Burning Man and saying: ‘Oh, look! This is the miracle of the invisible hand. All of this stuff happens by self-interest, and it just magically appears.’ And there’s this huge amount of planning that actually is what’s required beneath it to make the order emerge.

      Practical/contemporary explanation of the idea behind the 'invisible'hand'

  9. Dec 2020
  10. Oct 2020
    1. This result of Erd ̋os [E] is famous not because it has large numbers of applications,nor because it is difficult, nor because it solved a long-standing open problem. Its famerests on the fact that it opened the floodgates to probabilistic arguments in combinatorics.If you understand Erd ̋os’s simple argument (or one of many other similar arguments) then,lodged in your mind will be a general principle along the following lines:if one is trying to maximize the size of some structure under certain constraints, andif the constraints seem to force the extremal examples to be spread about in a uniformsort of way, then choosing an example randomly is likely to give a good answer.Once you become aware of this principle, your mathematical power immediately increases.
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  14. May 2020
    1. Paul Graham

      If you haven't read PG's essays, stop now and do so (http://paulgraham.com/articles.html). You can find my summary of his stuff here (https://blas.com/on-paul-graham/) but be warned that it's still nearly 200 pages. His writings contain an incredible amount of wisdom and have hugely influenced my own thinking and you will see that throughout The Latticework

  15. Apr 2020
  16. Mar 2020
    1. Paul Robeson

      from "Testimony of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, June 12, 1956"

      Mr. SCHERER: You are here because you are promoting the Communist cause.

      Mr. ROBESON: I am here because I am opposing the neo-Fascist cause which I see arising in these committees. You are like the Alien [and] Sedition Act, and Jefferson could be sitting here, and Frederick Douglass could be sitting here, and Eugene Debs could be here.

      "Land of My Fathers" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziJoep1cDlY

  17. Aug 2019
    1. Let your reasonableness[d] be known to everyone.

      Everyone should aspire to have a reputation for . "reasonableness" or "gentleness" - both Christians, Jews, and Gentiles .

    2.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

      This verse is often taken out of context, often to imply that God will give you whatever you want if you just ask.

      If you look at the two verses that proceed it, Paul wrote that he had "learned in whatever situation I am to be content". The next verse talks about being "brought low" and facing "hunger". This verse offers no support for easy success or a "Prosperity Gospel".

  18. Jan 2019
    1. Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out. [ Urbigenous Library ]

      On page 63 of Paul J. Nahin's book "Holy Sci-Fi!: Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect" written on the chapter with the heading "Time, Space, God's Omniscience and Free Will"; he writes about the required timing for the stars to go out at just the exact time: "The required omniscience of God's part is, of course, due to the finite speed of light. Many (if not nearly all) of those stars must have been extinguished by God long ago, long before King Tut was born (and certainly before the priests even began their work three centuries before), in order for their synchronous vanishing to appear on Earth just as the Mark V finishes its job and when George and Chuck look towards the heavens"

  19. Oct 2018
  20. May 2018
    1. 49-50<br> George Polya<br>Most famous for his classical problem book (known as Polya-Szego), he is also revered as the godfather of combinatorics.

      L. J. Mordell and Gabor Szego<br>Speaking of Szego, here he is (right). Mordell was a great number theorist, known for, among other things, the deep conjecture (related to Fermat's last "theorem") that was proved by Falting (#579) in 1983.


    1. 577-578<br> J. E. Taylor<br>Jean, another Council shot, works on minimal surfaces; she has been known to talk about soap bubbles, of course, and crystals too.

      R. A. Askey<br>I caught Dick during a Bloomington visit in March 1984. Hist specialty is special functions, such as ultraspherical polynomials and Jocobi polynomials; a part of his work was involved in de Branges' solution of the Bieberbach conjecture.


    1. This was back in 2013 President Obama looked at that chemical attack, and at that point in time, his general was saying, hey, it's not a slam-dunk, because you can detect there were Syrian claims, you can detect Syrians dropped bombs, but it's sometimes hard to know if they dropped an existing vehicle of weapons, and Syria has been known to use chemical weapons, or if the Syrians did it.

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    2. I will do two things, balance the budget, balances over five years with a 1 percent across the board cut, but also expand health savings accounts larger than anyone has tried in the past.

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    3. A 1 percent cut each year is about $13 billion, actually balances the budget in five years.

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  21. Feb 2018
    1. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then, but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived.

      Frankenstein was horrified by his creation now. he even implies that a mummy would be better looking then him.

    2. . I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body

      He worked towards this goal for many years. his only goal was to bring life to this inanimate body. and now it was about to be a reality.

    3. I brought my work near to a conclusion.   The Monster’s Creation   It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils.

      Frankenstein finally reached his goal.all his hard work paid off this night. he was about to become the father he longed to be.

    1. Mankind seem to agree, that children should be left under the management of women during their childhood. Now, from all the observation that I have been able to make, women of sensibility are the most unfit for this task, because they will infallibly, carried away by their feelings, spoil a child’s temper.

      Wollstonecraft describes that children need their mothers management. Children have tempers due to being spoiled and pampered and need discipline by educated women.

    2. I lament that women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions, which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, they are insultingly supporting their own superiority. It is not condescension to bow to an inferior. So ludicrous, in fact, do these ceremonies appear to me, that I scarcely am able to govern my muscles, when I see a man start with eager, and serious solicitude to lift a handkerchief, or shut a door, when the LADY could have done it herself, had she only moved a pace or two.

      Wollstonecraft speaks of men lusting after woman as though they were a prize. Wollstonecraft points to individuality just as we see in current day society.

    1. “They are both gone up to the church to pray. Because I was happy upon the heath, And smil’d among the winter’s snow, They clothed me in the clothes of death, And taught me to sing the notes of woe. And because I am happy and dance and sing, They think they have done me no injury, And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King, Who make up a heaven of our misery.”

      This reminds me of the book of Job. Job is a righteous man, Satan goes to God and says "he, Job, would curse God if God stopped blessing him". Job was a wealthy man with plenty of cattle, land and a big family, but Satan tells God to take that all away and Job would curse God. and Blake is saying similar things when he says "they clothed me in clothes of death, and taught me to sing the notes of woe." Blake and Job both were put through tough trials, but yet knew there was a God that would see them through.

    2. He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb: He is meek & he is mild, He became a little child: I a child & thou a lamb, We are called by his name.

      This isn't the first time I haven't read this poem. I love Blake's analogy of The Lamb the clear message of this line is about Jesus, he came meek and mild and like a child, but is also the lamb who came to take on the sin of the world. This is Blake's way of showing who The Lamb really is.

    1. I’m a storyteller. And I would like to tell you a few personal stories about what I like to call “the danger of the single story.”

      I believe as a writer it is very hard to tell your story. Sometimes there is dangers in doing so because many might not relate or they will relate so well that they will want to keep those emotions suppressed. i know from personal experience when talking or writing about a personal story it allows me to express a side of myself that i wouldn't have normally done.

  22. Jan 2018
    1. The world of YouTube is not complete without a controversy. This can be about a father forcing his kids to vlog daily and earn monetization money, or a prankster killing himself accidentally just for the sake of a YouTube video. Usually, a successful YouTube video is not a viral story unless it’s part of creative brainstorming which provides something new that their audience never saw. But in this situation, experiences that don’t become content is what Logan Paul is looking for his next video. It’s because, for his latest vlog, Logan Paul uploaded a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim on YouTube in Japan’s Aokigahara forest which is also known as Japanese Suicide Forest. A video which he deleted afterward and apologized for uploading it, claiming he was trying to raise awareness of suicide.
  23. Nov 2017
    1. Online kommunizieren "Social-Media-Verweigerer" auch durch ihr Fernbleiben von Facebook und Co.

      Wer den Social Media fernbleibt, ist vielleicht online, vielleicht auch nicht. In beiden Fällen können die, die online sind und bei Social Media mitmachen, denjenigen, der fernbleibt, nicht «sehen», auch nicht als Leerstelle. Wer nicht bei den Social Media mitmacht, existiert – aus der Innensicht – in gewisser Weise nicht. Es sei denn, das Fernbleiben wird innerhalb der Social Media thematisiert. Und das kann nur, wer mitmacht oder prominent mitgemacht hat. Aus den Social Media heraus könnte zwar nach außen auf jemanden verwiesen werden, der nicht mitmacht – aber wäre das Kommunikation? Doch nur dann, wenn diese Person innerhalb der Social Media bekannt ist. «Ich mache bei Euch nicht (mehr) mit!» mach bei Social Media keinen Sinn. Ich würde also behaupten: im Zusammenhang mit Social Media ist Nicht-Kommunizieren durchaus möglich.

  24. Dec 2016
    1. Modern Bibles still translate Romans 2.26 as if Paul is referring to an uncircumcised man who is keeping the whole law

      Romans 2:25-27 read: 25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. 26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? 27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the[c] written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.

      The translation of this passage seems fairly accurate. The word rendered "requirements" is dikaiōmata, which can properly be requirements, ordinances, but is often specifically "a righteous deed". Translation is translation, not interpretation.

  25. Sep 2016
    1. “I saw Donald Trump give a spirited voice to those of us who don’t like the status quo, and I see emerging in front of us the potential for what a unified Republican government can get you, which can be the solutions,” Ryan said at a news conference Tuesday. “I think he passed a number of thresholds... and showed that for 90 minutes he could go toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton.”

      This one will be great in his political biography.

  26. Jan 2016