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  1. Apr 2019
    1. The thinker merely responded to what spoke to him

      Has a better understanding of the process of insight been written? I'd venture not!

    2. Supposing that technology is not merely means

      Supposing indeed. I feel much of the problem with Facebook lately has been its headstrong insistence that it is merely a means, and nothing more than that. It is technology, and we all know that technology is means, just means.

      Here, Heidegger upends that argument.

    3. through which what we call the `real' isrevealed as standing-reserve

      I just love this. "through which what we call the 'real'". I don't think Heidegger opines as much on what 'reality' is as quantum rhetoric does (and will), but it feels good and useful that he tips a nod to it, and humans' relationship with it.

    4. frames nature such that it exhibits itself as acalculable unity of forces, it therefore orders its experiments precisely for the purposeof asking whether and how nature reports itself when approached in this way

      To me, this is an incredibly insightful comment on the nature of science. 'asking whether and how nature reports itself when approached in this way.'

    5. attachment

      I'm not sure that I quite understand what 'attachment' refers to here.

    6. itself

      To what extent, I wonder, is this a form of 'greed'. It feels that there are several of the Deadly Seven embedded in the dangers that Heidegger enumerates in this piece, greed being the one that comes to mind for me when he speaks of the 'danger of destination-ing'.

    7. What, then, was art

      I love that Heidegger starts with a serious look at "what is technology" and ends with "what is art?" Has a more trollish essay ever been attempted? And yet he writes in earnest, he is earnestly seeking to an answer as to the essence and his path leads him to 'art'.

      It feels, now more than ever, that we are also, as a people, questioning what is art. Heidegger calls this out, as being the nature of getting too pulled into the using, the means of technology, such that we forget its essence, forget what it means to have art. And the saving virtue is that we would come to ask this question, and to seek it out, questioningly.

    8. .

      Failing that, get off my lawn.

    9. Otherwise known as niftynei.

    1. AbstractThe work described in this thesis is the result of a research programstarted in 1981 to find better ways of programming Telecom applica-tions. These applications are large programs which despite carefultesting will probably contain many errors when the program is put intoservice. We assume that such programs do contain errors, and investigatemethods for building reliable systems despite such errors

      I love that he went to get a phd after he'd already invented Erlang.