This is an age of codes. Ultimately a code is a quantity: a particular code is one of a finite number of possible codes. As the age of codes the dominant metaphor is of information-processing machines. We apply this framing device on every level of existence: our neurons are tiny computing machines that create a larger computing machine we call the brain. Organisms are input output machines that take in materials x, y, and z and make them a, b, c.
Eventually I would like to be in some sort of intentional rural community, as in Justin Murphy’s mountain mansions. Inside of these communities there’s opportunities to create new institutions – why not laboratories? Our current research institutions, the universities, seem to be in a bit of a crisis. There’s room for alternative institutions – why not have our own Manhattan Project in the Rockies? This all is insanely aspirational at this point, but seems worthwhile to aspire to!
COVID revealed a truth: the US is brittle. There was a need for fast, rapid action. We have a SOP for pandemics: you close the borders. The nature by which viruses spread is not magic. Instead: the media sternly fingerwags that labeling the virus by where it came from is racist, followed by social measures held in place by shaming. There is a sputtering of action at the beginning, followed by nothing but yelling about masks for 9 months.
This week I built my own static feed site generator. I wanted to build what amounts to a personal Tumblr, a feed of: text / image posts that document the things I’m working on quotes and other media that interests me / half-formed thoughts that I’ll eventually work into a longer post Static sites are websites that do not rely on any sort of server-side rendering. Instead, a set of HTML files are rendered once by the generator when its run.
When I die, what is the narrative I will have lived? What will I have done to have lived a full life? To craft a future narrative and to act on it enables it to come about. Without a goal one will be chosen for you (how many of chosen ‘Defeat Trump’ instead of ‘my-own-rational-goal’?) One has a degree of control over their own telos, and deciding where our time points is imperative!