What’s cool? Who can be trusted? Why does one start-up go public, while another, which seems to do the same thing, fizzles? What logic, if any, pertains to where the money flows? These are the anxious questions that pervade Silicon Valley now, I think, more than ever — the vague sense of a frenzied bubble of app-making and an even vaguer dread that what we are making might not be that meaningful.
in a realm that is safe
you will be my friend and i will be yours
and if not,
then please know
all that you know.
in a way no one else will ever.
It is not endurance that leads to freedom from depression – it is love, and there is no such thing as time. We’ve walked so far to revisit the same places over and over again, but there you have it – here we are.”
Seems to me, the complicated, laggy relationship between time, free will, and the outcomes of choice causes lots of problems for us humans.
For instance, I’d argue that such deep complexity makes the act of prediction based on cause and effect quite a slippery target; future outcomes are always shifting based on your present intentions and actions, conscious and otherwise.
Seems to me, predictions based on logic in complex systems or situations fail more often than those based on intuition, which, unlike linear systems, don’t need clear answers to yet provide value.
Upshot: maybe this is one great basis for understanding the process of the journey as the only destination? After all, if every destination is different than imagined before arrival, what’s the point of having a destination at all, except to point your feet in the right direction?
Taibbi, on point as usual. When does this stop?
An international drug trafficker is a criminal and usually a murderer; the drug addict walking the street is one of his victims. But thanks to Breuer, we’re now in the business, officially, of jailing the victims and enabling the criminals.
This is the disgrace to end all disgraces. It doesn’t even make any sense. There is no reason why the Justice Department couldn’t have snatched up everybody at HSBC involved with the trafficking, prosecuted them criminally, and worked with banking regulators to make sure that the bank survived the transition to new management. As it is, HSBC has had to replace virtually all of its senior management. The guilty parties were apparently not so important to the stability of the world economy that they all had to be left at their desks.
So there is absolutely no reason they couldn’t all face criminal penalties. That they are not being prosecuted is cowardice and pure corruption, nothing else. And by approving this settlement, Breuer removed the government’s moral authority to prosecute anyone for any other drug offense. Not that most people didn’t already know that the drug war is a joke, but this makes it official.
So if we apply the amount of computing power now being devoted to Bitcoin mining to Folding@home, we could now be pumping out 666 peer-reviewed papers about chronic diseases.
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
- Henry David Thoreau
HT: Body wealth
It’s that time again… Moving everything to my new blog! The following picture still approximates the intended vibe here.