"I know by now that no position is more comfortable than another. Even the most comfortable position after a period of time would become intolerable." --Marina Abramović, 1981 journal entry.

The great promise of the Internet was that more information would automatically yield better decisions. The great disappointment was that more information actually yields more possibilities to confirm what you already believed anyway. - Brian Eno

I love how the word 'wonky' can mean both

'highly complex technical argument able to be grasped only by an ultra-sophisticated intellectual elite'


'a tottering structure built on a shaky foundation that one accidental brush with reality will bring crashing down'

On the subject of trees, apparently they can feed each other and maybe even communicate through their root structures. Or are they individuals at all? (warning: puns like "wood-wide web") smithsonianmag.com/science-nat

There's a painstaking effort to breed a blight resistance gene into the once-mighty American chestnut tree. Old school genetic engineering.

The Las Vegas strip fascinates me because of the massive scale of beautiful infrastructure created for the sake of hedonism and consumption. Can't help thinking it's what Burning Man would become if freed of artificial constraints.

Just finished "Old Path White Clouds" by Thich Nhat Hanh. It's a story of the Buddha's life. For much of the book, the Buddha wanders about meeting new people, and no matter how skeptical or resistant they start out, as soon as he's finished talking to them they beg to be ordained as monks or lay disciples in his new religion. It's like a zombie apocalypse where the zombies are the good guys.

Yep, terrible idea.

I'll hang on to it and make some actual pancakes when my niblings visit this summer.

Lowlights of bicycle commuting: When you get into a leap-frog game with a bus. You have about the same average speed, factoring in the bus stops. Frequently, the result is breathing lots of exhaust, unless you just want to stop off and get a beverage while you let it pull far ahead.

This is probably a terrible idea, but I ordered a Pancake Bot to try using with paint.

Tried setting up dlvr.it to syndicate Mastodon to a Facebook page and to Twitter. This is a post to test.

Art experiment #2 for today: homemade stay-wet palette. I didn't like the commercial ones that use a sponge for moisture, too squishy. So I'm trying sandstone, in the form of coasters. For the palette surface, I'm trying tracing paper (on left, almost invisible) and silicone free parchment paper (on right), and both seem to work splendidly. Challenges: The sandstone takes >8 hours to fully saturate apparently, and if I move up to a bigger piece it's going to be fragile.

Art experiment #1 for today: homemade paint. This is Irgazine Ruby, also known as Pyrrole Rubine. Mix is 50% pigment paste and 50% binder, and the binder is 30% urethane 70% acrylic. I ground the powdered pigment to make the paste, but I didn't have a glass muller yet, so I used an espresso tamper. I packaged it in a jello shot syringe, wanted to try that instead of the traditional tube, we'll see how well it works.

"The Waiting Time Paradox, or, Why Is My Bus Always Late?" by Jake VanderPlas jakevdp.github.io/blog/2018/09

This is really interesting, even if most of the math went over my head. Another good example of this paradox (besides the classroom one) is the "your Facebook friends have more friends than you" thing technologyreview.com/s/523566/

"But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them." nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion Rings true. The likes of Paul Nicklen on Instagram kinda make me go "welp, guess I don't need to take any photos, they'd just dilute the internet."

"Thanks to machine-learning algorithms, the robot apocalypse was short-lived."

@hackerfriendly: "Maybe we need VR mnemonics, like for practicing lucid dreaming. Remind yourself to check if you're awake and you don't have a computer strapped to your face."

Did you know that communitywiki.org/trunk exists?

It's a new project where you can find people in the Fediverse and follow them by topic.

Also, you can request to be included. It's a really cool idea.

If you are new to Mastodon or you are looking for more interesting people to follow, you should check it out.

Project management observation: Things happen because it has become easier for them to happen than not to happen.

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