for everyone answering this seriously: yes, I can brainstorm lots of ways

I was just having fun

also, you can move big things with little things (this has to be true, or we'd never be able to bootstrap!)

I recommend this book amazon.com/Moving-Heavy-T…

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13 Sep
this could basically be ripped right out of the novel I'm writing, if it means what I think, and I'd bet it does

oh, is it?


apparently so!


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13 Sep

colors in other cultures are fascinating

the canonical example is Homer's "the wine dark sea" in The Illiad .


There are at least things going on w colors:

* other cultures divide the spectrum up into more or fewer discrete colors

* specular effects (reflectivity / glossiness / etc.) sometimes get conflated with what we would call color


It turns out that there's a general sequence at which cultures add color words. When a culture has just two colors, they are white / bright and black / dark.

red is added next, IIRC

green and blue typically are one color at first, and then split into two

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12 Sep

I wouldn't say "myth", I'd say "metaphor...and intentionally so".

The ancients were no fools. We have electric lights and space craft, but we have no greater understanding of human nature now than in 3,000 BC

"You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die."

"Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"

The tree of knowledge of good and evil is EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS.

It's the gift (curse) of self awareness.

Without self awareness, nakedness means nothing. There is no shame, because there is no awareness.

This is one of my favorite parts in the entire Bible because >>>
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12 Sep
glad to see that we're finally going to stop shaming the colonial era for their effective and useful bloodletting

also, your occasional reminder that phrenology is real and works

I got one of my first red pills in 9th grade or so

* science means testing hypotheses
* people used to believe in phrenology, which was wrong
*now bc we're smart and Science!™ we don't anymore

me: what evidence proved phrenology wrong?

teacher: <blink> it was dumb and old
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12 Sep
"everything is going to suck and we're doomed"

great tweet, buddy

full of actionable steps, but also encouraging

keep up the excellent content

"people who have different crosses to bear than me suck - why do they carry those crosses? LOL, loser faggots"

different, but also excellent content

keep tweeting; great to hear

tired: you won't regret the things that you did, but the things that you didn't do

wired: you won't regret the times you had compassion for some weirdo who is Not Like You, but you'll regret the times you didn't
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12 Sep
This was one of those mornings where I did a half dozen small projects just to clear stuff off my workbench.

Feels good, man.

Carried a 25 year old CRT television out to the barn, to store for a relative who may want it (if not, off to the dumpster).

Organized inner tubes (riding mower front, back, hand truck, wheelbarrow, etc.) and oil filters (tractor engine, hydraulic left, hydraulic right).

Replaced the old crappy plastic doorbell button on front door #2 with a nice metal one.

That kinda small stuff.
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