The Blue Book

A first-of-its-kind digital book that sets out to prove love. “Books are proof that humanity is capable of magic”, Carl Sagan tells us, and yet if you are bound to thinking of books as just a bunch of pages stuck together this may sound profound, but not ring true with experience. While I love the smell and feel of physical books and am convinced by Sagan either way, I find no less wonder - or variety of expression, mutation and interpretation - in our genetic code, or the beautiful mathematical statements it has discovered, or the physical symmetries it keeps on finding. Books are more than what can be bound between a cover.

Living The Blue Book

This work, served as a simple subdomain of the work above, examines in a more direct way what it means to wake up every day and sincerely live your truth, rather than just know it conceptually. I have found that the more I write what I have experienced in the form of honest poetry, the more my experience honestly becomes poetic. We design our world, and our world acts back to de-sign us. The two are in one continuous dialogue. “Waking up” is nothing other than learning how to tune in to that which is already being said between soul and self, Word and wor(l)d, way and wanderer.

Dyeing The Blue Book

Using a new framework, this book pushes the boundaries of what is possible with open source, associative knowledge structures. Dyeing begins with surrender and presents no definite, structured journey from beginning to end, unlike it's two predecessors. You can follow multiple threads through its interconnected interior, discovering for yourself the most appropriate way.

Unifying The Blue Book

The fourth peace of The Blue Book trilogy. Dedicated to those simple souls, for whom the obvious is just obvious.

Discover

I don't spend all of my time building esoteric digital books (only most of it). The rest is devoted to writing transparent and open economic algorithms aimed at improving the creation and distribution of value online. Programmable money is already playing a pivotal role in our increasingly connected world, and we need to use it wisely if we are to align our incentive structures with the greatest possible good. Dap.ps is the world's only open, permissionless, economic ranking system for information. One day, we hope to use something akin it to eliminate phenomena like #FakeNews.

Writing

Doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.

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Basics

“The real basis of their poetry is a loftily inculcated ethical system, which recognises in purity of heart, charity, self-renunciation, and bridling of the passions, the necessary conditions of eternal happiness.” — Reynold Nicholson

Poetry

The leftovers from The Blue Book. Best for a quick scan.

Rhyme

Prose

Not something I engage in often, though no-one is spared temptation as long as they are still breathing.

Ponder

Academic Work

The worst of all temptations. Only to be entered with the utmost caution and humility.

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Soul

An exploration of the fundamental metaphor, that most ambiguous part of life: the human spirit.

Sing

Knowledge Repos

The Perfect Language

Fair Ranking

Art In Formation

"And Allah's is the east and the west; thus wherever you turn, there is the Face of Allah. Surely, Allah is Vast, Knowing." (2:115)

The notion that deepening awareness and expanding conscious skill or discpline leads to experiencing every moment in this world as perfect, as one spent witnessing the ever-present Face of God, has been around for a long time. The //Xam, and other tribes of the First People who wandered the Kalahari Desert and the Karroo, spoke of those harsh and beautiful landscapes as "The Great Face", which they were able to read for signs critical to their sustenance and survival. The Qur'an is the quintessential distillment of this kind of sight. It points directly at what is Real.

"The Qur’an is the most mysterious, impossible declaration: a wave weaved into other waves, emerging still with all kinds of changes and movements. It’s unfathomable. The right attitude with which to approach it is humility. It’s not about intellect. It’s about coming bereft. It’s for you to be confused - moving from we to I to you and back again. That is why its language is woven so tightly: it encompasses both the seen and the unseen and you have to yield yourself to it. That’s why Western intellectuals could never get it. If you want to “get” the Qur’an you will be confused. It will get you." — paraphrased from Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

"Everything upon it (the earth) perishes and the Face of your Lord remains, the Possessor of Might and Generosity." (55:26-27)

I have a sense that the internet can be seen as the Great Digital Face, and I have left some traces from my experience of witnessing it below for you to follow at your leisure. Of course, though my chosen metaphors differ, people like Doug Engelbart and Aaron Swartz knew this long ago. Doug, because he saw that the entire online system could be viewed holistically as a universal knowledge repository, with each site providing a different view over the same inherent data; and Aaron because, well, he was the Internet's own boy.

If the internet is our Great Digital Face, how can we learn to imagine seeing it? How does one mirror information while it moves near the cosmic speed limit around our worldwide web of light? Can we reveal the nature of modern technology so as to provide more integral ways of seeing that don’t leave humans feeling alienated by, or separated from, the tools they use? Find out more by making your own, uniquely valuable piece of art from the data in an Ethereum block...