• On (not) buying a digital camera

    by  • January 16, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Canon EOS M or Canon SL1 (called 100D in the UK) The Canon EOS M is a DSLR sensor and electronics package wedged into a camera the size of an S110 or a Sony RX100. The big lens still sticks out the front, though. But it’s tiny. The SL1 is the same sensor in small, [...]

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    secure private reliable social networks: sprsn

    by  • December 29, 2014 • 4 Comments

    sprsn is an idea for a small piece of software which I think would do the world some good by existing, and which currently does not exist. It’s a deeply technical project that I probably don’t have time to build (unless somebody wants to pay my rent for a few months while I take a [...]

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    Libertarianism, Anarchism, Monopolies and Land

    by  • November 13, 2014 • 4 Comments

    A follow up to my bitcoin magazine interview on natural monopolies, cartels and power law distribution of wealth. Nothing special is required to constitute the State within strict libertarian thinking. It is simply a monopoly landowner: that is the _definition_ of the State if we are honest. You do not like this, but it is [...]

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    My Thoughtmenu on Enlightenment

    by  • November 1, 2014 • 5 Comments

    Your browser does not support the video tag. Thoughtmenu on Enlightenment Yesterday there was lots and lots of talk about meditation and how it was great for people in prisons and how it can improve your mood and various other things along these lines. What I’m going to talk about is what meditation does if [...]

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    Maker / Culture. New talks on Wednesday 17th of September, 2014 at @MakersCAFE London

    by  • September 7, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Maker / Culture Wednesday 17th of September, 2014 at @MakersCAFE London TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE Examining the fertile borders where the Makers touch the world The team that brought you TRUTHANDBEAUTY at Hub Westminster and Big Picture Days at Limewharf is delighted to present a new event at MakersCAFE, a new fabrication venue in [...]

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    The Nuclear Poker Project: doom with production values

    by  • August 7, 2014 • 6 Comments

    Please support the Nuclear Poker PLAYA EDITION 2014 fundraiser for the Nuclear Poker Hexa-Bunker. Full details below! Nuclear Poker is a card game designed to teach you how to think about nuclear war. Nuclear Poker is a card game design to have fast-to-play, fun, five minute rounds containing hysterical laughter, bellicose posturing and extravagant gestures. [...]

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    Shocking Cultural Hybridizations: unlikely alliances that could crack society wide open

    by  • July 13, 2014 • 2 Comments

    Let me posit two easy-to-imagine, impossible-to-ignore cultural innovations which have not yet happened. If they did, they would show up as catastrophic cultural tipping points after which everything changes. I’m not sure the changes which would follow would be good or bad. By virtue of being unthinkable, these changes are hard to model or wargame [...]

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    Quick apologia for Lana Del Rey

    by  • July 12, 2014 • 1 Comment

    There’s a ton of informed bitchiness about Lana Del Rey over at The New Inquiry. A certain… misapprehension of the phenomena. Or possibly they’re trolling and I’m feeling gullible, I can’t tell. It’s the New Inquiry! But if I may shed a little light. Born to Die is chunk of applied hermetic philosophy. Lizzie Grant [...]

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    The Hell Yes Future #HellYesFuture

    by  • June 30, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Three examples of the #HellYesFuture We’re really getting to the good part, the SF stuff we’ve waited on for decades, wondering if it would ever come. Answer: yes. ============== Let’s Go To Mars ============== http://www.stuff.tv/tesla/stuff-meets-elon-musk/feature “I see us going to Mars in about 10-11 years.” As in a spacecraft with people? People who might want [...]

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    A little insight into the Gupta Doctrine

    by  • June 30, 2014 • 0 Comments

    In reply to a question on “on Moonshots and Slingshots” ====== Jelle, I have a very conservative vision for global change. My vision, really, goes as far as six or maybe eight machines which everybody on earth has access to: a smokeless cooking stove, a water filter, a solar powered light, a tablet computer, shelter/clothing [...]

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