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Everything around me was someone's lifework.
25 Apr
Each pace layer has a different cycle time:

Content: speed of thought (seconds)
Apps: speed of user acquisition (days)
OS: speed of updates (months-years)
HW: speed of upgrade cycle (2-4 years)
The pace layers below must move more slowly than the pace layers above, else they could not act as a platform for the layers above.
You want to push all innovation toward the software edges, so that innovation can happen at the speed of thought. When we limit capabilities of software through app store regulations, or couple them to OS and hardware, we slow the cycle time of innovation by years, even decades.
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25 Apr
Rust is using group storytelling to make grounded design decisions. “We are launching a collaborative effort to build a shared vision document for Async Rust. Our goal is to engage the entire community in a collective act of imagination.” blog.rust-lang.org/2021/03/18/asy…
Collaborative storytelling works really well for navigating wicked problems — complex design challenges with multiple stakeholders, contradictory values, and no single optimal solution. Storytelling works because it helps us navigate our values together.
Role Playing Games are overlooked as a design tool for navigating wicked problems. They offer rich scaffolding for collaborative storytelling.
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22 Apr
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uhhh woah how come none of u tools-for-thought crowd told me this was the secret bible? I had to make that Walter Benjamin/Vannevar Bush connection myself when it was here the whole time 😤.
What the heck. William S. Burroughs’ cut-up method is in here too. Big inspiration for Subconscious.
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22 Apr
What's going on here? The Mechanical Turk (fake) pranked inventors into making radical technological advances (real)... Which means all these things were already possible, but they didn't seem plausible.

The Mechanical Turk expanded the range of the plausible.
Reality is under no obligation to be plausible... but inventors are. Which makes plausibility a social constraint on invention.
Demo or die?
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8 Apr
Index cards are pretty nice cognitive technology. We forget, because spreadsheets and databases obsoleted most of the institutional use-cases. But they're still very useful. Thought legos.
Things you can do with index cards...

1/ order and reorder to find a narrative.
2/ Build your own personal deck of Oblique Strategies
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7 Apr
“When we change the efficiency of knowledge operations, we change the shape of society.” aviv.medium.com/when-we-change…
Juxtaposing with this @SeshatDatabank paper. Institutions are like civilizational CPUs, making group coordination decisions, and civilizations scale until their CPUs are swamped by the information environment.
@SeshatDatabank The internet radically increased the efficiency of information distribution. The complexity of our information environment has exploded, and our sensemaking tools are struggling to catch up. Institutions are DDOS'd by the sheer volume of information.
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7 Apr
It’s weird that we don’t treat sandboxes as a table-stakes language primitive. Like modules, functions, sandboxes, classes...
Thinking about the pyramid of doom.
Thinking about the weird and wonderful ways in which WASM will be able to run wherever because of sandbox.
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