Mostly about us

, , , , on November 1, 2015

“Ethics” is advertising – the article leisurely goes through some good ideas. Here are some summed up thoughts: 1) Signaling; important for the survival of organisms is communication about the qualities of an individual organism to others; all of the characteristics and behaviors of organisms transmit this information through various symbols; humans are no exception and our idiosyncratic behaviors both knowingly and unknowingly share information about who we are. 2) Taking a view of common behaviors through the lens of signalling we can understand that religion is an efficient symbol of ethics, philosophy, and virtues. We can also see that the point of advertising is not to persuade you to buy an object, but convince you that an object is a symbol of a certain wealth, philosophy, and personality. 3) The symbolism of various objects, ideas, and behaviors as signals changes over time, with occasionally dramatic societal consequences. 4) What something means is more important than what it is.

Computer Show – computing from the 1980s, today

Look at Me – we all have stories

Katrina Refrigerators – a cool wiki article

Apollo Missions – engenders a feeling of propinquity

Big 5 personality test – if you want another

George Boole Google logo – hopefully google will continue to become more abstract

Tomasz Alen Kopera

on October 10, 2015

Tomasz Alen Kopera

Tomasz Alen Kopera is an illustrator. Dreaminess is another favorite of mine, reminds me of nebulae.

Haidinger’s brush

, , on July 20, 2015

Haidinger’s brush – learn a new skill – like juggling

Cassini Images – if you’re in quick need of some minimalistic planetary beauty

List of megaprojects – this is what we have accomplished

Himawari-8 – Japanese weather satellite that photographs the earth every 10 minutes

INT – intelligence gathering

Bruce Riley

, on June 30, 2015


Bruce Riley paints. The whole and the details are two separately impressive parts; this is a close-up.

Dinner Time

, , , , , , on March 28, 2015

The question is whether civilization as we know it can survive a transformation from values laid down by a few (the elite) to a global auction offering different and often conflicting values and perceptions. With luck a kind of benign global civilization may emerge. The alternative is conflicts born out of values justifying violence and armed conflicts against those who think otherwise — the easy way.

A New Dark Age by Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

Guide to Dim Sum and Guide to Dumplings – hungering and informative

The Egg by Andy Weir – too chummy, but fine

Name of the Year – curated amazing names, including background on where each one came from. Some samples: Moses Regular, Win Thin, Joko Widodo, Dr. Wallop Promthong, Infinite Grover

Cloud Chamber – watch uranium decay in real time

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – update

Andy Gilmore – update

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