Saturday, November 17, 2018

Procedurally generated nightmares

I dream about large complex buildings a lot (I really must read this book). It's not a scary thing. So why does Wave Function Collapse remind me more of a Lovecraft tale than my own mind? Why does the YouTube video fill me unfounded fear?



Is it just the lack of people in a normally-populated space? This is not a new fascination for me.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Brexit predictions

Just posted to a friend, stashing here for posterity...

Anyway, here's my prediction. The Tories want to kill Brexit but without killing the Tories. May pushes through on an unworkable proposal (all proposals are unworkable anyway), and the rest of the party distance themselves from it, but there's no change in leadership. [This covers all the interests of party voters.] Early next year - early February, say, to make it look "desperate" rather than planned - May gets "forced" into a second referendum, insisted on by her own party. The referendum fails, May quits, BoJo takes over, and the deadline gets kicked back, maybe 5 years. Certainly past the next General Election.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Drag and Buddhism

Shaun Bartone (meet via Mastodon) on drag, deconstructing gender, and the Buddhist mind:

"Dharma Drag adds yet another layer of deconstruction: Buddhist identities are just another false persona, another illusory and empty signifier. Dharma Drag does not disdain the emptiness of the persona, but simply makes visible and overt that the Buddhist identity is nothing more than a cultural signifier that has particular meanings within the Dharma context."

Avoiding a stone-set identity is a key part of opening up consciousness, in any way possible. Real names simply become state names. Pseudonyms simply become labels for a time and place. Physical appearance decouples from mental process. And at the end of it, the mind becomes free to observe and reintegrate back with the world around it, through the fundamental sources which power the whole shebang.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Cyberpunk world

Wow, if this story is true and China are implanting tiny, tiny monitoring chips into motherboards used around the world, then all that time spent reading cyberpunk fiction years ago was just a training session.

This silverdust cocoon that we exist in has a strange path to travel yet.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Parallel pulses

"The force that drives the bud and shapes the twig, the contour of the blind root and the inestimable pressure of density in the thickening trunk.

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Sidrus knew that there were two parallel pulses in men and that the pulse of the soul lived inside the pulse of the body, and that neither could survive without the other. What he would never accept is that man is not alone in this. The idea that the forest had an invisible consciousness based on the exchange of nutrients rather than ideas was beyond his comprehension... "

Currently reading: The Erstwhile, by B. Catling.