mudl
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Supreme Leader of the Local Fluff. Problems are inevitable. Problems are solvable. www.mudl.us

Joined December 2020
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The waterbearers, Victor Renault des Graviers

Christian Bale from “The Big Short”

「The US government is inviting inflation with its MMT-tinged policies. Brisk Debt/GDP, M2 increases while retail sales, PMI stage V recovery. Trillions more stimulus & re-opening to boost demand as employee and supply chain costs skyrocket. #ParadigmShift

“The life of the inflation in its ripening stage was a paradox which had its own unmistakable characteristics.One was the great wealth, at least of those favored by the boom..Many great fortunes sprang up overnight…The cities, had an aimless and wanton youth”

“Prices in Germany were steady, and both business and the stock market were booming. The exchange rate of the mark against the dollar and other currencies actually rose for a time, and the mark was momentarily the strongest currency in the world” on inflation’s eve.

“Side by side with the wealth were the pockets of poverty. Greater numbers of people remained on the outside of the easy money, looking in but not able to enter. The crime rate soared.”

“Accounts of the time tell of a progressive demoralization which crept over the common people, compounded of their weariness with the breakneck pace, to no visible purpose, and their fears from watching their own precarious positions slip while others grew so conspicuously rich.”

“Almost any kind of business could make money. Business failures and bankruptcies became few. The boom suspended the normal processes of natural selection by which the nonessential and ineffective otherwise would have been culled out.”

“Speculation alone, while adding nothing to Germany’s wealth, became one of its largest activities. The fever to join in turning a quick mark infected nearly all classes..Everyone from the elevator operator up was playing the market.”

“The volumes of turnover in securities on the Berlin Bourse became so high that the financial industry could not keep up with the paperwork…and the Bourse was obliged to close several days a week to work off the backlog” #robinhooddown

“all the marks that existed in the world in the summer of 1922 were not worth enough, by November of 1923, to buy a single newspaper or a tram ticket. That was the spectacular part of the collapse, but most of the real loss in money wealth had been suffered much earlier.”

“Throughout these years the structure was quietly building itself up for the blow. Germany’s #inflationcycle ran not for a year but for nine years, representing eight years of gestation and only one year of #collapse.” Written in 1974 re: 1914-1923. 2010-2021: Gestation.」

I dunno about all this, BUT it sure makes you wonder what WW2 would have been like if Bitcoin were around.

https://twitter.com/michaeljburry/status/1363226460979228673
https://recision.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/jens-parsson-dying-of-money-24.pdf

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Feb 12

@femme I like that you posted this but I want to dislike it, lol.

Cottbus Technical University Library, Germany.

mudl commented on a post by @femme Feb 11

Chernobyl! Talk about moral panic, lol. Thanks for the share.

In recent history the mining, petroleum, and nuclear industries have all had their share of environmental disasters. These are household names that every school child learns: Chernobyl. Fukushima. Deepwater. Kingston. Valdez. However you may not know that as you read this, the tech industry is having it’s own environmental disaster moment and you may have heard its name: Bitcoin.

For those of you living in a monastery for the last decade, bitcoin is a computer protocol that provides a speculative digital pseudo-asset that is traded between individuals around the world. It is a system that aims to transcend borders, banks and laws. It’s notoriously difficult to frame bitcoin in traditional concepts because it defies many traditional terms. It’s not a currency, it’s not a payment system, it’s barely used to transact, it doesn’t support an economy, it’s not correlated to anything, and it’s unclear if there is any meaningful way to value it.

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I recently saw an interesting interview with former Canadian prime minister Stephan Harper1, where the topic of Bitcoin briefly came up, and I noticed that he referred to Bitcoin as a “private digital currency”.

I think it’s wrong to call Bitcoin a private currency. In fact, I view Bitcoin as a type of commons, a digital commons.

The word “commons” comes from the Latin communis, the same root that gives us “commoner”, “community”, “communism” and “commune”, and describes something “belonging to all, owned or used jointly, general, of a public nature or character”2.

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A highly-flexible new variable font.

Built to maximize versatility, control, and performance, Recursive is a five-axis variable font. This enables you to choose from a wide range of predefined styles, or dial in exactly what you want for each of its a

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Boy Bitten by a Lizard, Caravaggio, 1594-1596

mudl responded to a post by babayaga
Jan 27

@babayaga Totally anecdotal, but insects have been INCREASING in our town over the last 5 years. (We conduct studies monthly on insects types and counts through the company “Earth Enviornment” at our factory here in Japan.

  • New studies, featured in a recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, assess insect declines around the planet.

  • On average, the decline in insect abundance is thought to be around 1-2% per year or 10-20% per decade. These losses are being seen on nearly every continent, even within well-protected areas.

  • Precipitous insect declines are being escalated by humanity as soaring population and advanced technology push us ever closer to overshooting several critical planetary boundaries including biodiversity, climate change, nitrification, and pollution. Planetary boundary overshoot could threaten the viability of life on Earth.

  • Action on a large scale (international, national, and public/private policymaking), and on a small scale (replacing lawns with insect-friendly habitat, for example) are desperately needed to curb and reverse insect decline.

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Jan 27

@StallmanWasRight Pretty dark, but has any terrible doctor blinded a schizophrenic?

It’s a phenomenon that’s stumped even the smartest scientific brains for decades: No one born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia. And though there have been countless studies conducted to test the theory, none have been as comprehensive as one published in Schizophrenia Research in 2018, which looked at whole-population data from 467,945 children born in Western Australia between 1980 and 2001. Over the course of the study, scientists found that of the 1,870 children (0.4 percent) who developed schizophrenia, none were born blind.

The anomaly has led researchers to believe there’s something about congenital blindness that, in fact, protects people from developing the condition. But what? There are two ideas: cognition and vision.

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Narcissus, Caravaggio, 1597-1599

mudl commented on a post by @StiveenSilver Jan 26

@linuxgirl Wild that there is time taken to even spam this escoteric niche community—I assume it’s being done because it’s cheap? mid-as-well post this https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/25/opinion/aleksei-navalny-russia-protests.html

Authoritarianism is failing in Russia (again)

”But the protests also emerged from — and revealed — the impotence of the government. To its discontented citizens it fails to offer anything but crude force and conspiracy theories. (Mr. Navalny is often depicted as a foreign agent, and protests as financed by “the West.”) There’s no vision of the future and little effort in the present to improve people’s lives, now worsened by the pandemic.”

Jan 25
Article
Alexey Navalny is a secret agent of the Federal Security Service of Russia
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mudl commented on a post by @petrichor Jan 18

@petrichor Have you seen his famous English accents demonstration? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLsVh6Qrpew

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Jan 17

Have been reading “The Fabric of Reality” for several months now It takes me awhile to digest things, and I have a 2 year old, but also I can’t sleep after I read a chapter, and I can’t stop once I start (so I tend to tackle it when I feel up to it).

Last night I finished the “Quantum Computers” chapter. Like the previous chapters it is mind blowing. I already knew a little bit about quantum computers, but there was a revelation that just blew me away. Here’s my layman’s (probably incorrect in some way) takeaway.

There are an infinite amount of you in the multi-verse, but you just can’t interact with them. In the infinite amount of you, you just need to be able to interact with the ones that are doing the same thing as you to, quantum computers allow you to do that. They allow you to use interference that differentiates the subtle differences universe (like a proton interacting with a half-silvered mirror in one universe, and not in the other) to process computation across universes.

Here’s the chapter: https://archive.org/details/TheFabricOfReality/page/n141/mode/2up

But, the point is that it stands to be falsified that there are an infinite amount of you that you can interact with through a computer. You can leverage an infinite amount of yourself to solve problems.

It also has profound implications for the internet (as you’ve probably heard before)—because the internet relies on cryptography that uses classical model physics for security. All private data on computers is protected behind a few large easy to multiply, but hard to factor numbers. It’s highly probable that in the next decade or so Shor’s algorithm will be used to factor some big number in minutes that would have taken all the classical computers on earth a million years.

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Have been reading “The Fabric of Reality” for several months now It takes me awhile to digest things, and I have a 2 year old, but also I can’t sleep after I read a chapter, and I can’t stop once I start (so I tend to tackle it when I feel up to it).

Last night I finished the “Quantum Computers” chapter. Like the previous chapters it is mind blowing. I already knew a little bit about quantum computers, but there was a revelation that just blew me away. Here’s my layman’s (probably incorrect in some way) takeaway.

There are an infinite amount of you in the multi-verse, but you just can’t interact with them. In the infinite amount of you, you just need to be able to interact with the ones that are doing the same thing as you to, quantum computers allow you to do that. They allow you to use interference that differentiates the subtle differences universe (like a proton interacting with a half-silvered mirror in one universe, and not in the other) to process computation across universes.

Here’s the chapter: https://archive.org/details/TheFabricOfReality/page/n141/mode/2up

But, the point is that it stands to be falsified that there are an infinite amount of you that you can interact with through a computer. You can leverage an infinite amount of yourself to solve problems.

It also has profound implications for the internet (as you’ve probably heard before)—because the internet relies on cryptography that uses classical model physics for security. All private data on computers is protected behind a few large easy to multiply, but hard to factor numbers. It’s highly probable that in the next decade or so Shor’s algorithm will be used to factor some big number in minutes that would have taken all the classical computers on earth a million years.

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Dec 19, 2020

Recently imbibed. Excellent beans from a roaster in Himeji.

Dec 18, 2020

“Wild Bat Geisha”

The Artibeus Jamaicensis is the bat species found in the forests surrounding the Coffea Diversa Estate in Biolley, Southern Costa Rica on the border of Panama. The wild bats feed on the exotic coffee cherries but, unlike most wild animal coffees, like the famous Kopi Luwak civet cats, the cherries are not ingested whole. Instead, the bat breaks the skin of the ripe cherry with its teeth, feeds on the pulp and licks the sugar-rich mucilage thereby initiating a uniquely natural coffee processing method.

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