Analogia

un libro inaspettato, eclettico e pieno di storie che non conoscevo, fondamentalmente autobiografia dell’autore, figlio di Freeman Dyson, cresciuto a Princeton ai tempi d’oro di von Neumann, nascita dei computer, della bomba H e del progetto di suo padre dell’astronave a propulsione nucleare

ma è anche un libro sui kayak, sulle popolazioni artiche e sulle propaggini più a sud, gli ulimi indiani di america, Geronimo e la Ghost Dance, i profeti del riscatto e della venuta dei fantasmi. Esplorazionio, epidemia e stragi.

Il tema che scorre lungo l’autobiografia è quello della dicotomia digitale-analogico e della teoria del continuo, ma è bella anche la storia delle valvole e come si costruiscono i kayak con le pelli, la “wave piercing hill” utilizzata nei design tradizionali alle alueutine e perso nella stabilizzazione del design ai tempi dei russi

e bello avere una casa sull’albero abusiva con vista su Vancouver, costruita con un albero vecchio di 600 anni, si può ancora fare ?

parallel reading

Arctic by Lopez read in parallel with Dispossed by Le Guin, both give me great pleasure, escapade from reality and utopia

I started How Fascism Works by Stanley first, then I started The Curse of Bigness by Wu which goes down faster, Two facets of the same problem, I like both

On Audible I am listening to the Odissey, irregular listening not doin much driving lately.As i progress I read some of La Mente Colorata by Citati, a pleasure to read, such rich language

Also, I stalled a bit in reading PhiKal by Shulgin and I also started and currently moving slowly on Pollan Come cambiare la tua Mente, in Italian, both book on psycheledics

What else? I am sure I have some other book in progress but I can’t recall right now which one, I should search in the app

Oh well yes,I started a book on venture capitalist, Sand Hill Road by Kupor and Algorithms to live by Christian, behaviourism, improve yourself, of suggestion by my son. Bit out of luck lately, these books

Randomized trials and twitter

this is a lot #meta and also a but #GAC (italian, unnervingly obvious)

112 papers were randomly chosen to be shared on twitter by a group with ~58k followers or to not be shared. Papers that were tweeted accumulated 4x more citations compared to non-tweeted papers over 1yr.

Meta you know, a randomised trial of paper surely describing randomised experiments

GAC because it’s the network baby, read Barabasi’s link e you know that if you look for a job and tell family and frineds you get nothing, but if tell people outside your usual creche you will find. So tell a 58,000-strong Twitter group.

Barabasi went on writing precisely a book to explain the infallible formula of success, the book is titled

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success

C’ un tenente drogo in viaggio verso le retrovie ora

gli indiani hanno costruito la strada

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verso una valle inospitale, un deserto dei tartari

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dove scorre il Galwan, incerto confine tra India e Cina https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galwan_River

negli ultimi tempi, ammasso di trupper al confine, schermaglie a pietrate perch un trattato vieta di sparare https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/20/india-china-border-brawl-superpowers-throw-stones-tensions-heighten/

fino a oggi, 20 indiani morti, a pietrate e mani nude ? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53073338

Il Deserto dei Tartari un capolavoro che vive al di fuori del tempo

UPDATE e questo deve essere l’inizio della terza guerra mondiale combattuta come prevedeva Einstein https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-53089037

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Banquets and purges in USSR

Branko Milanovic reads a russian book on banquets hosted by Stalin over the years and the disappearance over time of the politburo guests, metaphoric political cannibalism http://glineq.blogspot.com/2019/09/dining-with-stalin.html.

It also quotes a book on Nazi banquets High Society in the Third Reich by Fabrice d’Almeida

and Molotov’s memories Molotov Remembers: Inside Kremlin Politics

(unrelated but alliterated, Thiel has weird banquets with smart people and only entertains one fool, Trump https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/peter-thiel-dinners-are-the-hottest-ticket-in-la-whats-his-endgame  )

1984, and then the Handmaid

1984 was so common sense in 1984 that Apple made a spot on it

I tried and read Orwell’s “1984”like 3 times without success. O loved 1985 “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, which I only recently read.

Maybe 1984 was also the expiry date of Orwell’s book and Atwood appriopriately rewrote a dystopic totalitarian future which is still actual today

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38447.The_Handmaid_s_Tale

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