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a global matrix

[ side chatter regarding an essay and related video presentation ]

CJ: Unlike the essay, in my closing remarks in the video I compare Pólya to Bucky. In regards to the Inductive Attitude: should we be more like Bucky or more like Pólya?

Any other thoughts on either the video or the essay it riffed off of?

Me: I’ll take a look.

You earlier opened my eyes to Pólya’s intuitionism, another way of saying inductionism.

Mathematics can’t start out by simply proving stuff, as first we need to figure out what’s even worth proving i.e. where to invest our time. …

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Facebook Meme

My take is covid forced the hand of many states in ways I barely understand, to approve mail in voting. People are scared and didn’t fancy standing at the polls. I live in Oregon and we’ve been doing vote-by-mail for decades. There’s tight integration of voter rolls and DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).

I expressed skepticism as the election drew nigh that other states would experience smooth sailing. I predicted real logistical problems becoming more like Oregon on short notice. …

Embedding source code in your Medium stories is pretty easy. Here’s the end result:

Intro to Python

You’re looking at the Python computer language. The code above defines a “type of object” in this case a Python. The three indented methods, each with a strange “__rib__” looking name, define python behaviors: birth, eating, representing.

For more about Python, see my previous story here on Medium.

More advanced Python looks like this (explanation below):

Rational Number class

Like in the Python example, the code defines a new type and its several behaviors. “Rat” means not the animal, but “rational number” i.e. …

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from the GST series (three panels) at Synergetics on the Web

Money is amazingly influential to the extent it stands in for the real goods and services it might be traded for, and that’s the wealth, what it’s good for. Gold is worth something because it’s shiny, doesn’t corrode, is a good conductor. Beads. Jewelry. All forms of tradable item.

Currencies collapse. Money has value only because we can exchange it for something of actual value. What that boils down to is energy shaped to our life and living standards advantage in some way.

Money does not convert to electrical power absent power plants and batteries. Money does not convert into healthcare sans trained personnel and medical knowledge etc. etc. Money is uniquely worthless in terms of what it gets you when it becomes detached from what it represents, the promise of some kind of work on your or someone else’s behalf. …

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I propose we change the name of Capitalism to Ownerism. The game of ownerism is turning everything possible, including just ideas, into ownables. Transform stuff into ownables, then own the ownables, and make ownership a lucrative role. That’s Ownerism in a nutshell. I own it.

Capitalism, on the other hand, is what I enjoy: playing major capitals of things (might be open source, like Portland) against one another. Make ’em compete and thereby grow stronger and more wily. Machiavellian.

Like I’m for knocking DC out of the ring, as a City of Morons. But DC’s owners wouldn’t like that much, I get it, as owning DC is their ticket to Owning Everything (the ultimate goal of Ownerism). …

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Vienna Circle Star

Notes for Critiquing The Mystique of Simplicity in Science, Art, and Life, Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society, Saturday, January 9, 2021. Originally on Facebook.

My thoughts:

(LW = Ludwig Wittgenstein, RBF = Bucky Fuller, EJA = Ed)

LW’s Philo Version 1, the Tractatus, works hard to simplify language to a picture theory of meaning (KISS), which Version 2, the Investigations, sees was way too simple, per your analysis above (about the allure of the “too simple” — gotta watch that!).

Version 2 is more like RBF’s approach to Universe: there’s no one summarizing glance that gives you its meaning e.g. play Big Bang animated GIFs over and over, that doesn’t include the mockingbird on your shoulder. The meaning of “brain” is not magically encapsulated either by its dictionary definition or a glance at some anatomical brain thing. You need to get into how “the brain” does or does not weave together with “consciousness” (another tool) in whatever namespace (grammar, language game) is currently in focus (i.e. you’ve gotta do “brain surgery” on language to appreciate its delicate and quirky associations — all nonsense on closer scrutiny but that’s just a gestalt switch). …

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Third Culture

At Junior English (in Rome) I was starting to be the troublemaker wisecracker who sits in the back as a teacher anti-pet. When I got to OSR (Overseas School of Rome), in 4th grade (Ernie Leichter’s class), I could already add 8 digits across and had done multi-base arithmetic in pounds, shillings and pence (not yet decimalized) and my teachers thought I was a genius.

That relatively high self esteem started to extinguish again in Bradenton FL (blacks and whites sat separately in cafeteria mostly) as I again retreated to the back of the room with the other troublemakers, highly critical of my dummy Floridanian teachers and not really eager to fit in. …

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FastAPI (Python) on uvicorn

The Language Project

The Python language was still hatching from its egg, when the World Wide Web (WWW or W3) started the revolution. The LAMP stack would not be ready right away, but when it was, Python was really lucky to be a P language.

The LAMP stack died with Ruby, but only after showing the way: from now one, we’d have stacks, lots and lots of them.

LAMP: Linux Apache MySQL and some language beginning with P.

Originally, that meant either PHP or Perl, but then Python came along. …


Desk-top here. Two volumes of Synergetics by R. Buckminster Fuller, my American Heritage dictionary, my typewriter, and my Sony Walkman blaring radio programs into my brain. The FM radio programs are octaphase unzippings of narrative lines which I am able to appreciate when I can differentiate the operative polarities that make the local equatorial peregrinations a systematic unfoldment teaching about what, in pure principle, is the outcome when principled oppositions give rise to human consciousness getting “all out of order” event beads stringing in for brain processing. “We have a story to tell you” the event beads whisper. “We come from far far away, from a galaxy matrix of long ago happenings.” …


Kirby Urner

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