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title Ask HN: What are some skills you have that are worth learning? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23758188 date [2020-10-03 Sat 15:51]

"the things you own, end up owning you",

title Ask HN: What are some skills you have that are worth learning? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23758188 date [2020-10-03 Sat 15:52]

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ~ Robert Anson Heinlein

title Perlisisms - "Epigrams in Programming" by Alan J. Perlis https://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:03]

  1. Dealing with failure is easy: Work hard to improve. Success is also easy to handle: You've solved the wrong problem. Work hard to improve.

title Perlisisms - "Epigrams in Programming" by Alan J. Perlis https://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:03]

  1. The proof of a system's value is its existence.

title Perlisisms - "Epigrams in Programming" by Alan J. Perlis https://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:04]

  1. Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.

title Perlisisms - "Epigrams in Programming" by Alan J. Perlis https://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:05]

  1. Think of all the psychic energy expended in seeking a fundamental distinction between "algorithm" and "program".

title Perlisisms - "Epigrams in Programming" by Alan J. Perlis https://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:05]

  1. The goal of computation is the emulation of our synthetic abilities, not the understanding of our analytic ones.

title Perlisisms - "Epigrams in Programming" by Alan J. Perlis https://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:06]

  1. Perhaps if we wrote programs from childhood on, as adults we'd be able to read them.

title Perlisisms - "Epigrams in Programming" by Alan J. Perlis https://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:07]

  1. Recursion is the root of computation since it trades description for time.

title Humans are more closely related than we commonly think | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24686904 date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:15]

An intuition about the "appearing trillions of times in a family tree" is to realize that family trees are actually a binary tree extending backwards in time--i.e. each person has exactly two parents, who have exactly two parents, and so on. So N generations back, there are 2^N individuals. Obviously, there weren't 2^100 people on Earth at any point in time, so this backwards tree starts folding back on itself, containing duplications. Go back far enough and there is a set of individuals who were alive at a particular point in time that completely cover that forward tree.

title Ask HN: What is your favorite motto? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24436135 date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:28]

"A witty saying proves nothing."

-- Voltaire

title Ask HN: What is your favorite motto? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24436135 date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:29]

"Conformity or rebellion?"

“Neither one. Both ways are simple-minded– they are only for people who cannot cope with contradiction and ambiguity.” - Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age

title Ask HN: What is your favorite motto? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24436135 date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:30]

"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."

Lazarus Long, from Heinlein's "Time Enough for Love"

title Ask HN: What is your favorite motto? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24436135 date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:30]

“It is not necessary for a man to be actively bad in order to make a failure in life; simple inaction will accomplish it. Nature has everywhere written her protest against idleness; everything which ceases to struggle toward an ideal, the constant effort to get higher and further, which develops manhood and character.”

― James Terry White

title Ask HN: What is your favorite motto? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24436135 date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:31]

‘If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. ’

  • Kierkegaard

title Ask HN: What is your favorite motto? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24436135 date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:32]

"More broadly, nobody is going to teach you to think for yourself. A large fraction of what people around you believe is mistaken. Internalize this and practice coming up with your own worldview. The correlation between it and those around you shouldn't be too strong unless you think you were especially lucky in your initial conditions."

title Ask HN: What is your favorite motto? | Hacker News https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24436135 date [2020-10-07 Wed 00:36]

“If you’re not willing to go too far, you’ll never go far enough.”

title Some thoughts on a strategy to force a reduction of hours of labor | The Real Movement https://therealmovement.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/some-thoughts-on-a-strategy-to-force-a-reduction-of-hours-of-labor/ date [2020-10-11 Sun 18:40]

Free time is the abolition of production, distribution and labor as the organizing principle of society.

title Some thoughts on a strategy to force a reduction of hours of labor | The Real Movement https://therealmovement.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/some-thoughts-on-a-strategy-to-force-a-reduction-of-hours-of-labor/ date [2020-10-11 Sun 18:41]

The very idea of placing an embargo on labor time is so outrageous as to be unthinkable. It will take some time for people to adjust. People who today would not consider walking off the job to win union recognition have to be convinced to walk off to emancipate themselves from wage slavery entirely.

title SoyWiki http://danielchoi.com/software/soywiki.html date [2020-10-11 Sun 19:35]

Because the link pattern is so minimal and succinct, writing wiki links interrupts your flow of thought less than other wiki link patterns. Comment: this is why i dont like camel case. having to decide a name at all can be limiting.

title Ribbon Farm - Internet of Beefs https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2020/01/16/the-internet-of-beefs/

It is, of course, an absolutely silly way to conduct a conflict one intends to decisively win and replace with a pragmatic peace. In a real conflict, you would seek an overwhelming advantage, and ideally, to win without firing a shot, at no cost. On the IoB, knights seek balanced matches, actual fighting, and no outcome, at the highest cost possible

Mooks believe this too, because it is a pleasant cons▜░▒▜▒▚ theory that lets them off the hook: regular human beings are naturally nice and peaceable, and evil powers-that-be dehumanize them into zombie-mook armies through their evil Bond-villain ex-machinations. And the only reason they are fighting on Side X is because the worst of the Bond villains are on the other side. They are merely honorably choosing the least among many evils.

State and non-state actors act to enable the IoB because the existence of the knights makes it valuable to do so. The knights exist profitably because the mooks enable them to. The IoB is an economy of opportunity created by the human condition at the end of history. It is a consequence rather than the cause.

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