Readow.ai

“Write the title of the book you last read and liked. You can also enter just any book you like.
The more titles you add to the list, the more our recommendations will match your preferences.”

https://readow.ai/

Artificial intelligence offering book recommendations. All that is needed is a CSV file upload, Good reads API, or similar. It would be great to be able to input a list and both the books to read first, as well as surface the books that should be on the list but aren’t on it.

The Bath, Soyuzmultfilm

The Bath is a story about an inventor, Strangefellow, and the time machine he’s trying to build. It really does work — yet he finds his project caught in the endless red tape, dead ends and labyrinths of Soviet bureaucracy. Ultimately, a time traveler, the nameless Phosphorescent Woman, arrives from 2030 to carry the worthy into the coming “Age of Communism.” The question is: who’s worthy?”

-“The Bomb That Is ‘The Bath’.” animationobsessive.substack.com. January 22, 2023.

I haven’t watched the film yet, but the write-up made me want to bookmark it.

Generalizing the 5/10/15 Rule for U.S. Drug Development, Or The Cycle of the New

“U.S. drug development cycle, which he says “always follows the 5/10/15 rule. For the first 5 years, companies hype new drugs; next 5 years all hidden side effects are exposed, leading to black-box warnings and class action lawsuits; in [the] last 5 years, the companies start dissing their own old drug as the patent runs out to begin the hype cycle for their next new drug.” 

-Jane Metclafe, “2023 Predictions-The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.” neo.life. January 2023

This article on 2023 predictions is worth reading in full. However, I particularly found this piece interesting. Ultimately, this is about how incentives drive behavior. So, we might generalize this rule to something like: “Any novel thing goes through a period that focuses on benefits, another period on the risks, then finally becomes the status quo that will be replaced by some other, new thing.”

Boxing Time & Losing

Over the course of writing this blog, I’ve come to view writing as an important activity, like meditation. And like meditation, I find my motivation comes in fits and spurts. One thing I found helpful with this site is the “don’t break the chain” method. Simply create the expectation and the space that you will sit down and do something for some period of time. It’s alright if you don’t do it. But, if that thing is say, running, and you know that it’s the time and you have your running shoes on. Chances are, you’ll do it.

The problem is when you have people in your life that want to live schedules that are different than yours, or have no schedule at all. So, in a moment of spontaneity, they’ll say something like: “I’m going to run some errands. Do you want to come with me?” Or, you have children, who when they are around behave in this way. I suspect that is why parents are so eager to put them on a schedule. If you don’t box the time, you’ll have none left for yourself or the things you want to do.

Perhaps the place where this is most insidious is social media. Like having children around, it is always there, an inexhaustible hole in which to dump your attention. With children, we do this because giving them our attention is an act of love. However, even love needs limits. But, what are we doing with social media? What benefits does it offer?

It can be entertaining. It is certainly distracting, so you do not have to focus your attention on the problems at hand. But, I cannot help feel that it is not time well spent. Whereas, time writing comments like this one, feels more like it is helping me gain a better understanding of how the world works and how I want to be within it.

Social media is like dipping into the Overmind of humanity. There’s interesting material there, but it needs to be balanced again incorporating it into our lives in a way that is beneficial. I’m currently failing to do that, as the infrequent posts to this blog serve as evidence. But, I’m working on it.

Zuihitsu, 2022-12

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  • The first rule of life: don’t be a dickhead.
  • Men only have money the first month of dating, that’s recruitment budget. Never confuse it with operational budget.
  • Travel is a meat thing. Best for those whose meat is still fresh.
  • Emotional abuse: threats, using relationship history or traditiobal roles to avoid responsibility, pressure, ignoring boundaries, guilting, shaming, and getting other people to manipulate on your behalf.
  • Don’t believe the hype!—Public Enemy
  • Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.—Mark Twain
  • …there is no such thing as information-overload; there is just filter failure.—Clay Shirky
  • How might this experience bring out the best in me and help me grow?
  • Life is self-directed.
  • The planning fallacy, is the tendency to underestimate the amount of time needed to complete a future task, due in part to the reliance on overly optimistic performance scenarios.
  • Stop carrying the world on your shoulders. You ain’t got the build for it.
  • People rarely want advice. Most want to be heard. Learn to listen. Don’t try to fix it, change it, or project your own emotions onto it.
  • A question for wants: if I already had it, would I be glad?
  • Everything is possible. But not everything fits budget and timeline.
  • There’s always a tell, the canary in the coal mine, that announces the change. The hard part is recognizing it.
  • Adjudicating hacks allows systems to evolve.
  • …everybody is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.—Bob Marley
  • Do things for love. Love is not earned. Love is either freely given, or it is not love at all.
  • Art is never finished, only abandoned.—Leonardo Da Vinci
  • The more comfortable you become in your own skin, the less you need to manufacture the world around you for comfort.
  • Get smart in secret and get stupid in public.
  • Do the easy bit first.
  • Looking to the past or present is a great way to miss the future.
  • Authentic love is about freedom, not possession.
  • Be the reason someone feels seen, heard, understood, appreciated, supported, and loved.
  • Choose grow over comfort, discipline over procrastination, improving over impressing, and progress over perfection.
  • Thinking stops at certainty.
  • Without nuance, ideas become more simple and more wrong.
  • It is enough for lazy wits to have the appearance of knowing.
  • Face, accept, float, let time pass.
  • Engage in a conspiracy of love with the whole world.
  • Self-directed learning is never boring.
  • The grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and, for children, it’s tiresome always giving them explanations.—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
  • Most beliefs put ideology above evidence.
  • Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do at the right time.
  • Crickets are the orchestra of the stars.
  • Struggle leads to transformation.
  • We are all living off the fat of a dream gone bad.
  • Launch determines orbit.
  • You are not your thoughts or opinions.
  • When I shit job needs to be done, cover all the angles and try not to get shat upon.
  • To own an idea, you have to spend the cognitive time buying it.
  • Stay cautious, stay alive.
  • The overall aim of most thought is tranquillity, not truth.
  • Bees and flies eat different food. No fly can convince a bee to start eating shit.
  • The problem with stereotypes is people never live up to them.
  • Say, or learn to say: I’m sorry. I don’t know. I was wrong. I need help.
  • Lotteries distract from discontent with irrational hope.
  • Day wise, decade foolish.
  • Without agency, every problem is a catastrophe.
  • Speaking without thought is not the same as speaking the truth.
  • Philosophy is question fandom.
  • The path to self-realization is strewn with embracing uncomfortable truths.
  • Addiction is often an expression of anger.
  • Respect leaves room for questions and challenges.
  • Through play, we re-learn how to trust our own eyes and ears and resist those who would command us.
  • It is enough that it is engaging until we are ready to walk away.

Words & Phrases, 2022

  • no fixed address, homeless
  • asphodel, Greek land of the dead
  • bioreactor meat
  • food’s comforting inner cuddle
  • pay-triots, money-grubbing grifters exploiting a nationalist cause
  • the death of nuance
  • axolotls, Mexican salamander
  • mononymous
  • moral holiday
  • the holiday from history
  • call of the void, wanting to jump from a high place, hit a guard rail
  • det stora oväsendet, “The Great Noise”, witch trials in Sweden
  • metaworse
  • defecation on doorsteps
  • digital context collapse
  • torment nexus, propose a new technology and people will go to great lengths to create it
  • X accelerationism, or the belief that mainstream industries can be pressured or provoked into adopting X as a way to protect their assets from being ripped off by people coopting their IP for X
  • full recluse and cottagecore
  • …a part of eternity lies in reach of those capable of staring, unblinking, at the sea’s deranging expanses
  • COVID Casablanca
  • the election of the unfavorables
  • the dark throat of seeds
  • tourist investors
  • a little whalesong in the yoga studio
  • incipient knuckleheadism
  • dorveille, or wakesleep
  • HVEs, homegrown violent extremists.
  • DVEs, domestic violent extremists
  • songlines, divine pathways
  • Metamates
  • behavioral activation, the theory that your actions can influence your mood
  • bitter-enders, people who sit all the way through the credits of movies
  • crystallized in your chrysalis.
  • definitional collapse
  • anticipatory self-censorship
  • res ipsa loquitur, negligence can be determined from the nature of the injury in the absence of direct evidence
  • Debts to be paid: once for a simple trade, twice for free-given aid, and thrice for the insult made.
  • pluralistic ignorance, something no one believes, but everyone thinks that the vast majority believes
  • shitpost diplomacy
  • the fandomification of global conflict
  • geometric progression
  • riding-crop belief
  • the faces at the bottom of the well
  • a different slice off the same loaf
  • an endless chain of half-built houses
  • ambisextrous
  • a digital iron curtain
  • signs in the sewage
  • the stone that stirs the avalanche
  • cyberapocalypse
  • a personalist regime
  • the opportunity set, like the Overton window but for opportunity
  • convergent evolution
  • context collapse
  • revanchism, from the French, revenge
  • a dog’s breakfast of contradictions
  • a meaningless farrago of fragments
  • a hard school of danger
  • writing in a language that is at the corners of change
  • an arc of implication
  • cowboy economics: driven by the spirit of the limitless frontier, where we shoot (or drill) first and ask about consequences later
  • Risk cannot be destroyed, it can only be shifted through time and redistributed in form.—Christopher Cole
  • algospeak, changing the words you’re using the circumvent automated platform censorship
  • technowashing, the growing obsession with technological solutions to climate change
  • a dead link, a sign of ruin in an otherwise living space
  • Jammern auf hohem Niveau, high level whining
  • phlogiston, a hypothetical substance once believed to be present in all combustible materials and to be released during burning
  • prelude to the poop
  • the agency of the virtual, that which acts without physically existing
  • рашизм, “ruscism” or Russian fascism
  • jerk-light internet
  • left of launch, peripheral processes before things happen
  • right of launch, is addressing the present
  • hipshitical
  • blasts of complete batshittery
  • the wealthy, the pale and the male
  • endless struggle sessions
  • te voya decir la neta, let me give the truth to you straight
  • farkakte, Yiddish for covered in excrement
  • Mamahuhu, literally horse-horse, tiger-tiger in Chinese but means careless person or so-so.
  • a man of desires and grudges
  • buzzsaw of fandom
  • The devil wears Pravda
  • wicing, Old English for pirate
  • almost a Belter—antisocial, independent and intolerant
  • a kind of beautiful madness
  • bagualu, alchemist’s pot
  • Zeitenwende, end of an era
  • cyborg locust brains
  • Incertus, not sure of himself
  • ungatz, nothing
  • timeless turtle
  • grizzled geezers
  • The reality of the naive
  • metastasizing mind worms
  • ceteris paribus, all things being equal
  • pareidolia, assigning meaning to seemingly random patterns
  • siloviki, Russian literally people of force
  • No hoper
  • a Barbie that burped
  • [pills] a thousand tiny promises
  • Lashes to ashes. Bust to dust.
  • mingle-mangle
  • damned by dollars
  • epistemically foraging
  • umwelt, the perspective of the world and environment unique to a particular organism
  • mahraganat—meaning festivals, a style of music in Egypt
  • getihu, Chinese, individual businesses or sole proprietorships
  • eucatastrophe, Tolkien, the crash of good fortune.
  • subterranean secrets
  • lingxiu, Chinese, leader
  • deli bal, Turkish, mad honey
  • honey hunter
  • a black hole of charisma
  • dickle, dill pickle
  • forget-me-nazis
  • crypto-coven
  • KTLO, Keep The Lights On
  • plein, French, full
  • chicken of the underpass, rats
  • incel retirement community
  • asabiyyah, group consciousness or solidarity
  • counterelite, a heresiarch
  • Kalb al-Akrab, the heart of the scorpion
  • autoptic, based on one’s own observation
  • involution, reduction in size, increased complexity
  • eudaimonia, well-daemoned
  • ankang, Chinese, police-run psychiatric hospitals
  • proliferating varieties of absence
  • bezzle, when prices rise faster than real value.—paraphrasing John Kenneth Galbraith 
  • paralysed by choice
  • baizuo, woke educated liberal
  • legal cynicism, losing confidence in police leads people to resolve conflicts through their own means
  • abattoir, slaughterhoise
  • roué, debauched old man
  • wantrepreneurs
  • China’s final warning, when China warned Russia many times about the Taiwan Straight
  • graveyard of stars
  • Sokushinbutsu, living mummification
  • opportunity neglect, a tendency to reject opportunities with low probability of success even when they come with little or no objective cost (e.g., time, money, reputation)
  • dullahan, or gan ceann, Irish, a headless fairy carrying a swollen, greenish head with large eyes under one arm, and rides a black horse.
  • twindemic, flu and COVID-19
  • narrative creation overdrive
  • crosswalk cock
  • chumbox
  • kaiju eiga, monster-movie
  • inceligence
  • fertig lustig, ready/finalized and funny
  • ихтамнеты, in Russian, they are not there
  • fail whale
  • errorphants
  • randy reindeer
  • kurashi, hygge
  • vaca flaca, skinny cow, hunger times
  • shiterative
  • algospeak — vocabulary meant to skirt content moderation
  • Orang-Pedek, Indonesian, short person
  • wodewose, huge hairy wild men
  • Eyedropper of gravy
  • Less than mediocre
  • kalsarikännit, Finnish, pantsdrinking, drinking in underwear
  • feces thesis
  • JAG, Just A Guy, average
  • turd bird
  • Quintero, town in Chile that makes concrete and is so polluted it is called the sacrifice zone
  • peregrinations, wandering to different countries
  • Iblis, a Muslim name for the devil
  • VVVVVV, Vilket Var Vad Vi Ville Visa, roughly “Which was what we wanted to show” in Swedish
  • полный пиздец, Russian,completely fucked up
  • apanthropy: the desire to be away from other people.
  • sympathy grift
  • the daily death march of sorrow
  • ideology over evidence
  • melon felons
  • pyramid of skulls
  • anomaly cluster

cafebedouin.org: 2022 Year in Review

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Reviewing the year, I am happy again with the content. However, I had only 291 posts. I was consistent, posting every day, until June. Then, the wheels feel off. Some months, like September, I hardly posted at all.

Some of this is a function of switching phones in July. I no longer had my newsfeeds set-up correctly, and in the beginning of the year, I had started writing for cryptocurrency projects, which left less time for my blog.

In the coming year, I’ll work to be a bit more consistent. Hopefully, I’ll get back to a daily writing, article referencing practice. Now that I’ve been doing it for six years, there are definitely consistent themes that I think about year in and year out. It’s also obvious, looking at the above, that what other people are more interested in are the technical topics. I mostly write those so, if I have to do it again, I document the process and have an easier time of it next time. It’s nice to know it helps others as well.

Wish you all the best, in the coming year!