Sunday, July 12, 2020

Some ideas are like electric chairs. one must sit in them gingerly, tentatively, and never all at once.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Big Money - P.G Wodehouse


1. Berry and Biscuit, both impecunious, scions of nobility

2. The former forced to become a working stiff, a wage slave, rush-to-reach-the-office-on-time

3.  The latter keeping up appearances, 'the touch' being the chosen and fallen-to way of generating income.

4. Biscuits 'Guvnor', a Lord, with a large estate eating taxes, lives the same way.

5.  Biscuit always dreams of fortune, is always open for the large jackpot, not beneath walking up to strangers and saying' I know your secret' and acting on the outcome. Berry shows no such appetite for fortune - he'd rather be out prospecting in the West, and be known as  ' as tough as they come'

6. Biscuit sniffs Hoke's scam, walks up to Hoke, says ' I know your secret', and is prepared to raise money to buy up all Horned Toad stock the next morning.
If the story has a comfortable ending with a large buffer of money,  it is this activity that brings it about.

7.  Berry facilitates by knocking out Hoke ( and  his Retainer, by knocking out the Captain).

the body is not a machine. it is a biological system. meaning if there is no immunity to a current pathogen, it can manufacture the tools needed ( antibody thinggies - templates, alerts)  and alert the. cops (wbc) to watch out for these.
a computer or a car cannot do that.
but an economy and state can ?

Friday, July 10, 2020

I started out reading (about)  'The System of Objects'  , my stand on OOP  (against) notwithstanding. I noticed that the content was more arcane than usual ;  I am used to going through multiple steps to 'get' a point being made, but in this case, the point never arrived.

Only later did I realise that  this system of objects was not like that system of objects,  like the one I had in mind - such as the one written by Luca Cardelli,  who is neither a chocolate ( blue ones have salt)  nor a female who played Velma,  but is(was?)  a computer scientist in the employ of Microsoft (when he wrote about Object Calculi )

As per the writer, things are, then man makes copies of them, which function well as proxies, then later the deluge of kitsch replace the reality, then we end up with William Gibson sitting in the back of a limo saying "We live in a mediated world".

I always thought Gibson was talking while standing on the shoulders of McLuhan(s).

Mouse : Do you know what it really reminds me of? Tasty Wheat. Did you ever eat Tasty Wheat? Switch : No, but technically, neither did you.

--- The Matrix (1. there's only 1 Matrix. there are no sequels, there are two other movies that share the name but are in no way related)

Mouse is talking about the taste of 'Tasty Wheat' and how no one has ever eaten some. Coz the matrix, of course. But are there real world parallels ?

Of course .

If you talk to older folk, like my grand parents, they'll tell you that the rice we eat tastes nothing like the rice we used to get ,that was real tasty etc etc. Modern day rice looks and tastes like plastic etc etc

A few hundred years of human breeding has 'taught' rice to grow up and out in three months, and not fall prey to a host of diseases and pests, and most importantly , be discoverable in a corporate's labs as well as lend itself to documentation.

Funny how the destiny of a plant is tied to its compatibility to an offshoot of Gutenberg's invention.

Of course, bananas looked like this without human intervention

attribution : Warut Roonguthai / CC BY-SA (

the key is to work on something at which you get better with time. technology is a quicksand laden with landmines. you can spend all your life on building things with tech and come out a novice in a year as a few hundred dev stacks roll out. what makes the trap stickier is that they don't throw away what is there ,so you cleanly level up, there are still java developers who don't know reactive, and there are still folks who know mysql who don't know replication etc etc...

unless you get a handle on the business end of things , you are going to be in deep wank-land, coz it's nice to build a neural network that can recognise pictures of kate winslet etc etc , and  the line between business and hobby code is thinner than f, but one pays and the other doesn't.
and that makes all the difference.

Monday, July 06, 2020

What if there's just one particle in the entire universe, one super small sub atomic particle, and a very powerful probability generator which makes the particle appear all over the place, and simultaneously ?
if there's no conservation of mass, then is it not possible that at the subatomic level, the particleS are just a manifestation of a 3 piece probability function, and that time is an illusion there fore they seem to appear in sequence, but are actually different throws of the same dice (particle) ?

I think I sound so smart, but I wouldn't be surprised if I cringe at these lines at some time in the future

God's Debris makes so much sense ....

Saturday, July 04, 2020

time is an illusion

"Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so"

Am I conscious this moment ?
Was I conscious a moment ago ?

- Susan BlackMore , Ten Zen Questions

As per Wen the Eternally Surprised, time is an illusion and there is only the present moment. The universe is destroyed  at the end of it and created anew .

Scott Adams, God's Debris. goes on to say that between the destruction and creation, probability comes into play. And this accounts for all change.
In other words, Probability is, and in each iteration of the world, it manifests so that it looks like a thing is changing.
Brains are delusion generators and come up with stories  like aging and growth to explain chance.

// Hogfather quote - justice mercy

Zen harps on 'there is nothing' so does all buddhism

Right knowledge in Buddhism is Jhana or deep absorption states where the self is silent,
Nirvana is when the self is silent

therefore, it follows that the current noisy self is just a large distraction, a newspaper full of text and color and no content.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

it is highly stressful for all to co-exist in presence. my recommendation is all activities have their own closed working areas as much as possible and some common tasks which need co-operation to be open areas.
 open overlapping work areas are a panopticon and a personality killer.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

a philosophy which explains everything, or rather , enough things sufficiently well, becomes a science which becomes a technique

science has world universal abstractions, philosophy has its own abstractions, and technique deals with only real world objects.

when a philosophy-turned-science-turned-technique achieves subscribers and a single point of power and authority and then a hierarchy, it becomes a religion.

the first philosophies/abstractions were  stories  - and oral societies and religions formed around them.
then came the text symbols stories and their religions of the books
then came math ,and industrial societies. all three of them coexist today.

but capitalism and division of labour is still a religion, a faith in God that one believes, and assumes that it explains our life and things that happen to us.

today's newspapers and journal articles tell us stories embedded with numbers to indicate that a math machine is behind the scenes working.

the newspapers of tomorrow will be equations and graphs, and the dashboards are already being built - the gdp equation, the health equation , the war equation, the currency equation....

( I guess it follows that the newspapers of the future will be read only by computing machines - this must be true at some level - with machines reading user stats of cat sites and remarking 'oh quite!' )

a side-note, though obvious - math is the bedrock of science.  all of science involves capturing behaviour in symbol arrangements.

a religion acquires subscribers, then a hierarchy and power structure amongst them, and then followers and recruits and the lay. we can call it head and body for the sake of convenience.

philosophies which don't benefit all require partial knowledge on the part of the body, and just like the 80/20 can be applied to the 20 of the 80, partial knowledge on the part of the 80 of the  head.

we can call it the brain and senses, or supremo &  party,  or  king & ruling family.

a lot of social abstractions are like money in the bank - you can see it as long as everybody doesn't ask to

a horse is a social abstraction. each horse you meet will deviate from the definition of the horse that you might form, and with each horse you see and whose features you add to you definition, each future horse would deviate from it in some way. ultimately, what a horse is is only a set of features in your head that you just say is a horse.
 the 'just comes into play, say, when boston dynamics will ask to run its horses in the derby.
 the 'just' is also the key word here, and your opinion should never be 'just', as per pirsig and kant.

i see from my window that the Bangalore smog is back, and the horizon of squat ugly concrete buildings is hidden, thankfully.

a philosophy generator, therefore , need no universal truths or agreed upon abstractions to work with, rather  it just needs to generate patterns with a base set of 'elements'. hence the runaway success of the I-ching.

a philosophy generator might be a strange idea, but a hypothesis generator is not.

 prevalence of  genetic programming is proof of this.

you see, we live in a world where symbol lists can produce real world changes.

the symbol list that you know  as 'real' , for eg, "Manuel, bring the car around" or "would you like fries with that"  is only a specific version of the general symbolic logic framework you swim in,like water, oblivious.

earliest symbol lists were things like 'Offler needs a sacrifice', then came printed word 'the country needs you', and now we have 'you have x new messages!'

and we can compute them very fast now.

functional programming brings us closest to dna, and godel, church and turing were talking about manipulating such sequences long back.

come to think of it, dNA is a symbol sequence made of matter, rather than being electro-magnetic  like the text in this document.

'We live in a mediated world'. - William Gibson

abstractions grow on your mind and become a body  in itself. the better more exhaustive it is, the more it mediates. eventually all reality stops passing through the jvm of abstraction and does not reach the bare metal ever. Some cultures manage this platforming too.

computer programming has many parallels to this abstractions/symbols becoming reality

meditation seeks to undo the damage of the abstractions on the brain. de-semantic-ize symbols, scrub meaning from them, so to say.

(Java successfully adapts whole new paradigms into its existing syntax. it might be possible to learn new things with existing human language, but sapir-whorf might disagree)

side -note : if you consider a person growing up and 'learning' things (this is always in a local, specific way - one learns what one's nearby people   and subscribing organisations know or allow to know),

then when one leaves those circles, 'unlearning' is needed. The abstractions/symbols need to be un-mapped. If you consider the abstractions to be 'stratified' when unlearning is required, then reading this - (art :delanda's destratified ) will explain the success of LSD in curing mental disorders, or increasing creativity.

side-note : all art is just representing reality differently, or rather showing equivalence of abstractions.

side-side-note :  The most important thing in art is The Frame. - Frank Zappa

side-side-side-note - a thing is defined by what it is not, eg borders. hence consciousness lives only in borders.

like programming languages, most reality eventually passes down into your abstraction

side -note : while most programming languages  go down the Tao scale towards myriad things, LiSP ascends towards the Tao, with less  ).

five colors blind the eyes, five notes deafen the ears ..

it follows that songs and stories are the most potent of tools of control. and a bard would be the most powerful at organising people until religions drew in song and story within its fold inside the stone walls of churches or mosques.

when you play, a different part of your brain lights up in your head, than when you recite a rote poem. only when you attain skill enough via rote-repeat does this first part light up again.

inside out - the abstract thought chamber. too much thinking 'flattens out' an imprint and makes it dessicated, as abstraction is the removal of all real world connections. (SICP)

cultural assist:

tao te ching . John C Wu Translation . Terebess

Autumn Leaves, Eric Clapton, Gabriella Quevedo(youtube)

ran prieur - LSD overdoses cure bipolarity , lyme disease pain etc ...

version control for writers. never throw anything away.
 “What do I miss, as a human being, if I have never heard of the Second Law of Thermodynamics? The answer is: Nothing. And what do I miss by not knowing Shakespeare? Unless I get my understanding from another source, I simply miss my life. Shall we tell our children that one thing is as good as another-- here a bit of knowledge of physics, and there a bit of knowledge of literature? If we do so, the sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation, because that normally is the time it takes from the birth of an idea to its full maturity when it fills the minds of a new generation and makes them think by it.    Science cannot produce ideas by which we could live.”  ― E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

problem with software engineering is that it's an art masquerading as a science.
the source of neurosis is the belief that things are determinate.

Arting allows cross pollination of abstractions and allows a viewer to get free of the particular manifestation of the abstraction.hence all growth is via art

Slava akechmet - shakespeare as important as e mc2

How can lsd cure mental conditions? It rewires by messing up the traijing sets of the bio neuralnetworks

It follows that bytes in the brain form our realities like in a compiter

Humans are pattern recognizers, all kodels are false some are useful

Just like the mel programmers are pushed aside by compiler optimizers, data scientists who know which model to apply will be pushed aside by shotgun blasts of genetic programming or algos

Is it true is it right is it good ?
Is it permamnent is it universal is it appealing to almost all ? Does it match a story you ready have in your gut ? Is it something others will tolerate you doing ,even appreciate ? Will it bring profit ? Is it legal? Will you have fu doing it?

When a component can detect its own action, we have feedback, the basis of intellihence

Weiner was a 'made' genius, the kindninaspired to be, by memorising 2^64

People in Chicago wear t-shirts to hide for the fact that their souls are ever wearing a suit.
The structure of writing — there’s a start , then comes a middle, and then an end.
The challenge will be to write a lot of pieces, and adhere to the structure above. The simultaneous challenge will be to keep the story meaningful.
Zinsser said you’ll never write anything definitive. Aim to bite of a corner and make it your own.
Adding a constraint of ,say 300 words — a hundred for the start, same for the rest. A picture for each ? no, adding images, drawing , scanning ,cutting to fit, attributing — no end of distractions. Though it might work if required as an editing step.
The art of working in a straight line, from conception to finish — don’t fool yourself- it is a skill and a craft. If not present, the duty to make it so is incumbent upon us. There is no greater line to adulthood, to maturity, than this.
An aside on straight lines. There are none in nature. Apart from the zero, the straight line is mankind’s biggest invention. It functions both as an abstraction , and also a guide wire for the experiment of thought.
straight lines gave us maps that don’t represent the territory, yet allow for infinite conquest and transport networks.
writing is a form of thinking. it’s uses the simplest form of symbol capturing/ memo ing to record that one has thought.

shipping is the moment of truth. only when you ship can you know where you stand. it connects your work and the real world , only after you ship can you mark
remember our formula - act, measure, mark, exceed

JVM platforms hide the bare metal from you, making you a consumer, a mediated citizen. Java libraries do the work for you, leaving you the job of creating objects and feeding them to the priests to feed to the machine. earlier ( hackers,levy) big metal had acolytes to feed the machine the  cards.
today we have the JVM and its million libraries.

it is not for nothing that it is said " low level programming is good for the programmer's soul"