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The Singularity in Our Past Light-Cone

The Singularity has happened; we call it "the industrial revolution" or "the long nineteenth century". It was over by theAclose of 1918.

Exponential yet basically unpredictable growth of technology, rendering long-term extrapolation impossible (even whenAattempted by geniuses)? Check.

Massive, profoundly dis-orienting transformation in the life of humanity, extending to our ecology,Amentality and social organization?ACheck.

Annihilation of the age-old constraints of space and time?ACheck.

Embrace of the fusion of humanity and machines?ACheck.

Creation of vast, inhuman distributed systems of information-processing,Acommunication andAcontrol, "the coldest of all cold monsters"? Check; we call themA"the self-regulating market system" andA"modern bureaucracies" (public orAprivate), and they treat men and women, even those whose minds and bodies instantiate them,Alike straw dogs.

An implacable drive on the part of those networks to expand, to entrain more and more of the world within their own sphere? Check. ("Drive" is the best I can do; words like "agenda" or "purpose" are too anthropomorphic, and fail to acknowledge the radical novely and strangeness of these assemblages, which areAnot even intelligent, as we experience intelligence, yet ceaselessly calculating.)

Why, then, since the Singularity is so plainly, even intrusively, visible in our past, does science fiction persist in placing a pale mirage of it in our future? Perhaps: the owl of Minerva flies at dusk; and we are in the late afternoon, fitfully dreaming of the half-glimpsed events of the day, waiting for the stars to come out.>


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Posted: November 28th, 2010
at 2:57pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,life,weaponry,design,science,"ninja",development,internets,philosophy,education

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Conch Republic Passports

Key West, Fla.A- Dark red and blue "Conch Republic" passports could pass for real travel documents - and that’s part of the appeal.

"Alright Matt, we’re gonna get your passport picture," said Sir Peter Anderson, the so-called Secretary General of the Conch Republic by way of "prime ministerial appointment," as he picked up his digital camera.

I’m about to become a citizen of another country. Except I haven’t left the United States. I’m in Key West, also known as the Conch Republic - since their mock secession in 1982.

The Conch Republic is notAa real country, of course, but trying telling that to Anderson who makes his living off this mythical Margaritaville.

"Absolutely without question" this is a real country, said Anderson from his home office. "When the U.S. didn’t object to our sovereignty after 12 years by the most stringent international standards they lost any right to do so."

Sir Peter calls the Conch Republic the world’s "first fifth world nation." And for him, this nation is big business. He’s trademarked all sorts of slogans and bumper stickers. But most of Anderson’s money comes from selling real looking passports.

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Posted: November 23rd, 2010
at 7:57am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,weaponry,"ninja",travel,ir,americana

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Eric Thomas - The Hip Hop Preacher

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Posted: November 22nd, 2010
at 7:58am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,weaponry,development

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EYEBEAM : Aram Bartholl

This a preview of "Dead Drops", a project by Aram Bartholl which he started off during his ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC. It is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. Aram "injected" 5 USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody. You are invited to go to these places to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. I guess the most prominent location is right next to the New Museum, the other 4 locations are listed on Aram's website.>

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Posted: November 17th, 2010
at 10:21pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: computers,art,web,weaponry,architecture,design,contemporary,et cetera

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The Great Pirates

Through the ingenious scheme of specialization and compartmentalization of knowledge, the Great Pirates were able to expand their business immensely. They were able to expand their influence into different lands through carefully chosen and educated front people. They would chose local strong men in different territories, supply them with what they needed to assume power, educate them to present a proper public facade, but never giving them the knowledge of all the pieces in the game. The local strong man might be maneuvered into a position of King, assumed by his people to be the utmost authority, but in essence simply being another of the specialized agents of the hidden Great Pirates. The Great Pirate would naturally also cultivate agents in the fields of religion, education, science, military, banking, and so forth, and would naturally be able to play them out against each other if any one of them ever got ambitious beyond his assigned role.<

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Posted: November 12th, 2010
at 3:32pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,"ninja",et cetera,development,philosophy

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The Trouble with Wizards

You might useAwizard to describe someone who lacks curiosity about what they're doing. They don't know why their actions work, or sometimes even whether they work. They've learned a Pavlovian response to problems: when you see this, do this.

Wizards can be valuable. Sometimes you just need a problem solved and you don't care why the solution works. Someone who doesn't understand what they're doing but can fix your problem quickly may be better than someone who knows what they're doing but works too slowly. But if your problem doesn't quite fit the intended situation for a spell, the wizard is either powerless or harmful.

Wizards can't learn a better way of doing anything because "better" makes no sense. When you see problemAA, carry out procedureAB. That's just what you do. How can you address problemAA better when "solvingAA" means "doAB"? Professional development for a wizard consists of learning more spells for more situations, not learning a better spell or learning why spells work.

Wizards may be able to solve your problem for you, but they can't teach you how to solve your own problems.>

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Posted: November 11th, 2010
at 1:42pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,"ninja"

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Marc Salem at Gel 2006

Marc focuses on "how the mind creates reality and meaning," according to his site, and this presentation shows how. Chiefly by observing non-verbal communication, Marc is able to distinguish truth from falsehood in a very engaging exercise with audience members.>

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Posted: November 9th, 2010
at 4:44pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,weaponry,fo' real?,science

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Ten Minute Writing Tutorial by Stephen King

I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers’ school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn. It will actually take you twenty minutes or so to read this essay, however, because I have to tell you a story, and then I have to write a second introduction. But these, I argue, should not count in the ten minutes.>

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Posted: November 2nd, 2010
at 4:08pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,"ninja",et cetera,language

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Secrets of the Centenarians

My ninja, please! Most ninjas don’t make it this far… but the elders live far past 100. But, seriously, this is an interesting photo essay/article/interblog from the NYT profiling some venerable old human beings. If you get the chance to take a peek, say in the next 100 years, you will be amazed, astounded, and regaled.

OK, maybe not. But I thought it was interesting.A Here’s the link: click me.

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Posted: October 25th, 2010
at 11:55am by Black Ock

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Categories: life,weaponry,9th dan,health,philosophy

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