Obligatory Octopus post – this time, an explanation for their brain complexity that suggests a possible common factor for all complex brains: an expansion in the variety of microRNA

www.mdc-berlin.de/news/pres…

Interesting talk by Peter Thule: youtu.be/ibR_ULHYi…

An interesting science v religion take: www.theguardian.com/science/2…

A range of Lisp typography (!)

kazimirmajorinc.com/Documents…

A short, tragi-comic account of GNU/FSF: www.spesh.com/danny/wri…

Getting romantic about the craft of programming :-)

thorstenball.com/blog/2020…

On the difficult market for developer tools: www.kite.com/blog/prod…

Level-headed assesment of blockchain: www.tbray.org/ongoing/W…

“Tools for Thought” as medium, as computation, as cultural practice, as memory aid.

maggieappleton.com/tools-for…

The right “introduction curve” for Kubernetes: matt-rickard.com/dont-use-…

Haven’t had “an Octopus post” in a while: here’s them throwing things at each other:

www.nature.com/articles/…

“The pursuit of beauty”

This reads like a movie of sorts. Unbelievable.

www.newyorker.com/magazine/…

Leading up to arxiv.org/abs/2211….

Inspiring AF !!

Edit: the cost of doing all this:

Zhang’s preference for undertaking only ambitious problems is rare. The pursuit of tenure requires an academic to publish frequently, which often means refining one’s work within a field, a task that Zhang has no inclination for. He does not appear to be competitive with other mathematicians, or resentful about having been simply a teacher for years while everyone else was a professor. No one who knows him thinks that he is suited to a tenure-track position. “I think what he did was brilliant,” Deane Yang told me. “If you become a good calculus teacher, a school can become very dependent on you. You’re cheap and reliable, and there’s no reason to fire you. After you’ve done that a couple of years, you can do it on autopilot; you have a lot of free time to think, so long as you’re willing to live modestly. There are people who try to work nontenure jobs, of course, but usually they’re nuts and have very dysfunctional personalities and lives, and are unpleasant to deal with, because they feel disrespected. Clearly, Zhang never felt that.”

Great old forth blog (from about 15 years ago!): www.ultratechnology.com/blog.htm

A stock-sentiment-tracking service built on Lisp:

feetr.io

Looking at structures found in the Azores: www.youtube.com/watch

A new space station lives !

english.news.cn/20221101/…

On letting go of the GPL, by Martin Kleppman:

For all these reasons, I think it no longer makes sense to cling on to the GPL and copyleft. Let them go. Instead, I would encourage you to adopt a permissive license for your projects (e.g. MIT, BSD, Apache 2.0), and then focus your energies on the things that will really make a difference to software freedom: counteracting the monopolising effects of cloud software, developing sustainable business models that allow open source software to thrive, and pushing for regulation that prioritises the interests of software users over the interests of vendors.

Phenomenal tour of the Great Pyramid, feels like I’m right there!

giza.mused.org/en/guided…

Friedman describes the paradoxesl we’ve been led to, in the absence of clear priorities:

I understand why people want all five — now. I want all five! But they involve trade-offs, which too few of us want to acknowledge or debate. In an energy war like the one we’re in now, you need to be clear about your goals and priorities. As a country, and as a Western alliance, we have no ladder of priorities on energy, just competing aspirations and magical thinking that we can have it all.

Keyboards

I wanted the Moonlander but ergonomics led me to the Kinesis Advantage2.

Today, you can get a mix of both, with the Kinesis Advantage360: arslan.io/2022/10/2…

A “pre-historic” amputation: www.aljazeera.com/news/2022…

A somewhat despairing article, from the Economist: www.economist.com/essay/201…

(except it’s from 7 years ago, and things haven’t got any better …)

Elegant code, or inscrutable code golfing? You decide: “random walk in two lines” asindu.xyz/2022/10/0…

Goddamnit, geeks have been righteously complaining about “feature-itis” and retreating to their hermit kingdoms for so long.

Here is one such complaint all the way back in 1999 (!)

www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/why…