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I wonder if I should use [[ntlk]] a bit in the Agora -- currently it's all regexes, all the way down, but some lever of text understanding would go a long way w.r.t. surfacing actually related content.

I'm also wondering if I should do the Wikipedia integration client-side-first or with some support from [[agora server]]. Nice thing of keeping it wholly in the client is that it would keep the server-side rendering path lean (no network calls, only filesystem).

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  • [[Buildings]] continuously [[change]], as they change us and we change them.
  • [[Buildings]] tell [[stories]].
  • A feature of [[Apple]] (the company) is that it conceals most [[stories]] in favor of one story.
  • Decay is constant.


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  • The rear naked [[choke]] is the most [[gentle]] way to end an [[unarmed]] [[fight]]. Similarly, slowly cutting off [[energy]] to your enemy's processing [[center]] may be the gentlest way to end a [[war]].


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  • Of [[Bernard Moitessier]]: "he only remains of the [[ocean]] and hates [[school]]."
  • When we we deal with [[buildings]], we deal with dead people and lose. They make our world more [[solid]]. They are attempts at permanence, at an unchanging immortality.
  • "A building is always [[building]] and rebuilding."
  • A good way to look at something more more as a [[whole]] is to ask 'what happens to and in X over [[time]]'?
  • In the port of Long Beach during the supply chain slow down of 2021, it was said (by Flexport) that [[maintenance]] was a bottleneck. There was a shortage of skilled laborers to conduct that maintenance, and many appointments were no-shows. Why were trucks missing their appointments? Possibly a lack of pricing that would encourage trucks to show up?
  • You cannot fully anticipate function.
  • What is necessary? What may become necessary?
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  • SHA256 is one way to fingerprint [[data]].
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  • Follow the [[rhythm]] of the [[environment]].
  • What do you need to make do and mend? If you specialize in something, you will over prepare for that thing and underprepare in everything else. If you have something new, ask: how will it break? how will you maintain it? who knows how to maintain it when it breaks?
  • Prepare for the worst.
  • In Disneyland, horses wear horseshoes with a polyurethane coating that help them clop louder. Is there something that makes footsteps quieter?
  • Disney counted the number of steps that a person would walk before throwing trash on the ground- that was about thirty steps, so they make trash cans thirty steps apart.
  • Nerdwallet optimized everyday finance calculators and generators to match Google searches, so that when you search for a 'mortgage calculator', etc, you find Nerdwallet. Similarly, Shopify comes up when you search for a business name generator.
    1. Figure out how people find what they're looking for. 2. Make what you have easy to find wherever they're looking for it.
# 2021-10-17

Elsewhere in the garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA [[backlinks]]).

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  • A [[DAO]] is a [[group]] that moves in line with a software [[record]] using computer money. collapsed:: true
    • For example, a [[software]] [[protocol]] (a record) may be used to decide how a group automatically gives money to its members.
    • Using a software record to put an if-then statement that can be used to decide how a group sorts money led to thinking that it could be possible to put what a group wants into software that will shape it to keep doing what it wants.
    • When the first [[DAO]]s came along, people pointed out that a DAO could be hard for a bigger outside [[group]] to put in order (or [[censor]]).
    • The first popular [[DAO]] was called The DAO. It raised lots of money but people broke into it and robbed it, which broke it.
    • DAOs were first popularly described in detail by [[Vitalik Buterin]], of [[Ethereum]]. Maybe because of this, they continue to be most associated with Ethereum.
    • In 2021, [[DAO]]s are mostly used to get people together by having software describe how they get money and how to choose how people get money within the DAO.
    • Most [[DAO]]s are attempts at making sure members of groups own the group, instead of one person or a little group within the group owning everything that the group does. In this sense, it is hoped that DAOs are a midwife for whole, strong, and healthy groups. That is, if DAOs do really well, people will simply have strong groups and they will mostly forget about all the software stuff.
    • For a group, [[culture]] is bigger than [[structure]], since [[culture]] is the structure of how people are together.
    • Sometimes, [[DAO]] tools are thought of as a chat and a bank account. In 2021 people typically use Discord and a Gnosis Safe Multisig, which is [[software]] that allows people to require more than one key at a time to open digital locks.
    • Many DAOs are like the first popular [[DAO]], but they focus on a specific [[niche]]. A lot of them use Snapshot [[governance]] to decide how to choose how people get money within the DAO. With Snapshot, decisions are voted on publicly and weighted by the number of tokens used in a vote.
    • A lot of people want to use [[DAO]]s to find ways that the people in a group can control the fruits of that group, instead of just one person or a few people in the group or people outside the group controlling the fruits of the group. In this way, DAOs are the heir to Cooperatives, which are a type of business organization.
    • Most [[DAO]]s use one token for one [[vote]], however, this places more votes in the hands of people who have more money to buy tokens. So some DAOs give [[tokens]] to people who appear more connected to the mission of the DAO.
    • [[Tokens]] often emphasize [[relationships]] of [[money]] instead of relationships of world or [[people]].
    • [[Tokens]] are used to get [[money]], to give people a way to join in the discussion of how to choose how people get money, and to help decide what a [[DAO]] wants.
    • Since [[tokens]] make who controls a [[group]] more explicit, using tokens may be a way to sneak what Cooperatives (the business type) want into corporations. Since tokens could be sold to anyone, this leaves [[DAO]]s more open to change than a normal company.
    • When [[guilds]] in [[MMORPGs]] had to figure out how to distribute loot from killing bosses like dragons, they came up with a random method, a random method with participation, and then they used something called Dragon Kill Points- which was basically a money that you got for doing things that the guild felt was necessary for its flourishing. A social credit system. collapsed:: true
      • Let's not forget that we in the FCC simply gave things to whoever we felt needed them without using any of these systems.
    • The Leftovers DKP was one such guild social credit system from World of Warcraft. Some players came up with databases for what loot cost in Dragon Kill Points, and included the transactions and bids in public for that database. All the DKP spent is then given to everyone who went on the specific raid that got the loot.
    • [[Tokens]] that follow the Dragon Kill Points model essentially use a distributed social credit system- turning reputation into a legible collectible, as opposed to using one-vote-for-one-token-bought.
    • Shadow economics is when a group uses an economic structure it will not identify itself as.
    • A lot of people feel that [[DAO]]s will beat regular companies by being more cooperative than regular companies.
    • [[Ronald Coase]] theorized that companies formed because exchanging things has hidden costs in communication and that companies fill this gap. [[DAO]]s may be able to reduce these costs- by doing things like removing the need for a [[bureaucracy]]. For example, Gnosis Safe allows people from all over the world to move and manage money in minutes, while doing the same thing with a regular bank could take days, weeks, or months.
    • A weakness of many [[DAO]]s is that they get together to promote a way of accomplishing a mission rather than for a mission.
    • [[Culture]] is bigger than tooling.
    • Instead of [[swarms]] of individuals, it's likely that effective [[DAO]]s will simply bring together small teams to work together, like the [[tumens]]. This means that the network will be one of a more dynamic, multi-layered ever-changing [[hierarchy]], rather than one without a hierarchy. A [[heterarchy]].
    • DAO-to-[[DAO]] tools aim to help this heterarchy happen.
  • In Dune, they slow down their cuts with their blades to penetrate the kinetic shields. This is what Karuhat does in Muay Thai- he slows down the strike to pass the defense formed by expectation.


Researchers who analysed the joint impact of cuts to healthcare, public health and social care since 2010 found that even in just the following four years the spending squeeze was linked with 57,550 more deaths than would have been expected.

Austerity in England linked to more than 50,000 extra deaths in five years

  • Money and capital

If money, according to Augier, 'comes into the world with a congenital bloodstain on one cheek,' capital comes dripping from head to toe, from every pore, with blood and dirt."

[[Capital]], Vol. 1

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  • Mathematicians are people that do a lot of [[thinking]].
  • When you use a category, what other categories do you have to ignore to use that category?
  • We come up with general [[rules]] to avoid case-by-case judgments.
  • You need [[rigid]] [[rules]] for [[shapes]] when you're building something with material that may not fit together if they are not put together in a particular way. This we call [[geometry]].
    • Such a rule is: two [[shapes]] are the same shape if you can [[change]] one into the other by squeezing or stretching instead of gluing or ripping.
    • In [[topology]], we don't care about size. It's just if the shapes can be stretched into each other. Because of this, a triangle, a square, and a circle are all kinda the same shape. collapsed:: true
      • S-one is the [[shape]] of a rubber band or a necklace. So it can be stretched to be a [[circle]] or a [[square]] or rhombus, etc.
      • A [[line]] is a [[shape]] in [[topology]]. You can bend a line into an almost-circle, but the ends won't join, so it stays a line.
      • A figure-eight is also a [[shape]] in [[topology]]. You can stretch it however but the place where the line crosses on itself cannot be changed, in the same way that the ends of the line cannot cross.
    • There are [[infinite]] [[shapes]], given these rules. Since you can just add crossing-points and end-points to denote a new shape and you can keep adding those indefinitely, there are infinite shapes.
    • If you want to show there is an [[infinite]] amount of something, show how there's a way to keep on making more of that thing. This is called the [[infinite family]] [[argument]].
    • How are proofs accepted as proofs?
    • Since there are so many [[shapes]], people who research [[topology]] focus on [[manifolds]]. A [[manifold]] is a smooth, simple, and uniform shape such as a [[circle]], [[line]], [[plane]], or [[sphere]].
    • A [[shape]] is a [[manifold]] when it has no end, crossing, edge, or branching points. It also has to be the same everywhere.
    • People want to know what all the kinds of manifolds are.
    • You can have [[manifolds]] that are like sheets, or like dough. If the world does not suddenly stop somewhere, and if it doesn't cross over itself, it may be a manifold.
    • [[Manifolds]] that you can make out of string are one-dimensional manifolds. Since manifolds can't have end points, there are only two kinds of one-dimensional manifold: an infinite string (R-one) or a circle (or S-one). So basically this is any closed loop or shape that goes on forever.
    • In the second [[dimension]], [[shapes]] look like 3d shapes but they're made of 2d material- sheets. Two dimensional shapes are [[sheet]] like all over- there are no edges and no cliffs (or places where they just stop).
    • Through [[stretching]] and [[squeezing]], you can turn a [[sphere]] into almost any other continuous 3d shape, such as a [[cube]].
    • In math, a [[sphere]] is hollow, while a [[ball]] is filled. collapsed:: true
      • A [[sphere]] can be stretched or squeezed into a cube, cylinder, cone, etc, etc.
    • A [[sphere]] in [[topology]] is called S-two. Recall that the [[circle]] is S-one. So we may find the equivalent of R-one (a [[line]])in two dimensional space, too.
    • The earth might be flat in terms of [[topology]]- a [[manifold]] has no end or cross point, so all points might look the same if you look at it from the point of view of one point. So you can't see the curves- which means that if you live on a sheet, it would look like a flat plane.
    • "More [[dimensions]] means more [[freedom]] of [[movement]]."
  • [[Process]] is what drives to the front.
  • We come up with [[categories]] to [[limit]] our possibilities when the possibilities are too much to cut out a path from.
  • What are the fewest [[categories]] you need to move?


Semana 2021-10-15


Seminario Literatura ENS

  • Hacer tarea en grupo
  • Leer El nombre de la rosa (inglés)

Seminario Lingüística ES

VL Literatura ES

  • Terminar de leer Campos de Níjar

Seminario Literatura ES

  • Leer texto de Carlos Arcos Cabrera
  • Leer [[El síndrome de Falcón]]
  • Leer [[Bolaño]]
  • Leer [[Huasipungo]]
  • Posible temas para paper:
    • Leer "El gaucho isufrible" y ver cómo se posiciona Bolaño con la tradición e identidad argentinas
      • parece que es un texto muy analizado
    • Leer Antonio di Benedetto y ver su propio posicionamiento respecto de la tradición, latinoamérica, etc.
      • o en relación con Bolaño mismo
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  • Thoughts, beliefs, and feelings are lived by [[movement]].
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  • You are here to settle all argument.
  • [[Authority]] is what is like an author, and an author is a male agent who [[nourishes]] to [[enlarge]].
  • It costs much less [[energy]] to [[move]] yourself than it does to move others.