What is this about?
This is my attic blog. It's an archive of old blog entries and posts on various blogs and blog-like things. When I close a project down, it goes here. This may move, the links aren't permanent, but if you're interested in reading stuff I've written over the years – go nuts!
CAUTION: it's about as well sorted as you'd expect an attic to be.
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futurist-foresight: nubbsgalore: this is a sea angel (clione limacina), photographed by alexander semenov swimming with its wing like fins in russia’s white sea. these translucent pteropods, measuring only a few centimeters in length, are actually sea snails sans shells. lacking this cumbersome but … Continue reading
Pretty awesome intro to quantum computation.
Why it is nearly impossible for America to pass gun-control laws
One day after 14 people died in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, America’s Senate defeated a bill that would have prevented people on the terror watch list from buying guns. It seems even the mildest measure to curb guns in America is doomed to fail
Perhaps many people were trying to figure out how to do vipassana in the late 1800s. Only four succeeded. They all started from descriptions in the Pali scriptures. The most detailed are in the Satipatthana Sutta, the Visuddhimagga, and the Anapanasati Sutta.
In the mid-1800s, these texts were revered because supposedly they showed the way to nirvana. However, the way they were practiced was for groups of monks to ritually chant the text in unison. This is like a bunch of people who don’t know what a computer is reading the manual out loud, hoping the machine will spring to life, without realizing you need to plug it in.
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wired: Perhaps the only thing more unsettling than close-up photographs of insects is close-up photographs of parasites zombifying insects. Anand Varma spent more than two years photographing creepy-crawlies for Mindsuckers, sometimes capturing the exact moment when a parasite burst forth … Continue reading