I actually found a new appreciation for music education because of this.

Social dancing is wanishing, I think, and collectively improvising music is also rarer than it used to be before recorded music. Both are the most obvious ways to teach the Dance archetype of communication, and I wonder whether we as a society are not losing something because of this.

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And it's fun exercise trying to spot them around, e.g. in conversations on social media.
It's interesting to think about which ones are applied and when. There is a lot fluidity and surprisingly also overlap. A night with friends can have any of these forms, and usually jumps between them ( yes, even Chain of command, occasionally).

Or think about sex. It's pretty obvious which one communication archetype makes for good sex, and it's definitely not rigorous debate.

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I think there are distinct communication archetypes, like these:
- Chain of command: One says what to do, the other does it. Mistakes are ignored.
- Rigorous debate: there is correct and incorrect and rules to distinguish them. If mistake is discovered, it's to be pointed out and corrected.
- Dance/music jam: Do, don't tell. Every action is also a message, interpreted by the partners and acted upon. There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.

Maybe there is more.

I appreciate the bookmark feature of the mastodon so much I had to write a post about it.

It's just great.

@Gargron just so you know :)

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On the stone upon which the anvil stood were carved letters, filled in with gold:
"Whosoever leaves their sword in this anvil and this stone, they are the rightful ruler of this land."
The assembled knights shook their heads.
"Give up my sword? Never!"

The Bart & Homer climate meme going around is a bit doomy for our taste. Here's a better version!

diamond open access oceanography 

From @carabonate@twitter.com "Who else is interested in starting a diamond open access oceanography journal (peer reviewed, free to publish, free to read)?

This query is motivated by AGU's recent decision to make GRL gold open access with a $2900 USD per article fee." #oceanography #marineScience #openAccess #publishing

Basically, there's two classes of people who tend to comment online:

So-called "experts" (a.k.a., bourgeoisie, not to be confused with the Marxist term) who want social prestige and recognition. A good example of this is the "blue checks" on Twitter.

"Mass-men" who discard all forms of self-expression and culture in favour of populism and group conformity, and readily dismiss all art as contrivance and pretension.

The goal of any prospering community should be to eliminate both classes.

Fedi is the most strange thing in the world.

On normal social media, you write a message and people just ignore it forever.

Here, you write a message, it stays ignored for 1 or 2 years, and then all of a sudden, for no reason, with no explanation, someone finds it somehow, boosts it, and it gets 200 likes and 120 boosts.

What the fuck.

I'm sure someone will boost this message in 2021 or 2022.

Just posted a "finished" draft of the short story I started working on a couple of weeks ago. It's "finished" insofar as it has an ending and I wanted to stop fussing.

It's kind of about a virtual massage therapist and an AI who's training to terraform an asteroid.


TIL about "thought-terminating clichés". rationalwiki.org/wiki/Thought-

A thought-terminating cliché is a saying, often a tautology, that is repeated in order to relieve the stress of cognitive dissonance by avoiding all further consideration of a matter. Everyday examples include "it is what it is," "it's just common sense," and "you gotta do what you gotta do."
Thought-terminating clichés are an important aspect of mind control as used by cults. For example, the Unification Church uses the cliché "you think too much," while Alcoholics Anonymous says "your best thinking got you here" and "utilize, don't analyze."
* The Lord works in mysterious ways.
* All's well that ends well.
* You never know until you try.
* You never succeed for not trying.
* Do, or do not, there is no try.
* Make of it what you will but…
* If you don't like it, don't buy it.
* That's just your opinion.
* I'm just saying.
* Do your own research.

RT @monsoon0@twitter.com

There’s been some discussion on Twitter, inspired by the award of the #AlternativeFieldsMedals (in category 2) to @zdeborova@twitter.com, about what “non-rigorous” maths means. /1

🐦🔗: twitter.com/monsoon0/status/15

RT @ehtelescope@twitter.com

We finally have the first look at our Milky Way black hole, Sagittarius A*. It’s the dawn of a new era of black hole physics. Credit: EHT Collaboration.
Link: eventhorizontelescope.org/blog

🐦🔗: twitter.com/ehtelescope/status

Very nice piece on the excellent work of @sees_lab@twitter.com on Bayesian symbolic regression!

RT @QuantaMagazine@twitter.com

The latest "machine scientist" algorithms can take in data on dark matter, dividing cells, turbulence and other situations too complicated for humans to understand, and provide an equation capturing the essence of what’s going on. @walkingthedot@twitter.com reports: quantamagazine.org/machine-sci

🐦🔗: twitter.com/QuantaMagazine/sta

Joke with mild mention of war and python supremacism. 

Python is the best language because its logo has been in Ukrainian colours long before the war. Truly prophetic.

Long time no post... but I wanted to show off something I made!


An implementation of the Library of Babel, as described in Borges' famous short story. Explore it's pages from your browser, or search for some specific text to find it's location.


this is cool: A mix of experiment and explorative explanations, embedded in the context of #replicationCrisis and a sprinkle of robust statistics / outlier.

How random are you?


Hiding all Bot accounts?

Anyone remember how? I definitely used to have it and am already annoyed seeing some bot posting hacker news stories (and what?). I could have sworn there was an option to just hide them all.

I wonder if Fediverse devs and power users realize there's about to be a massive infusion of capital into ActivityPub projects—and this capital will change everything.

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