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Living: The Essay

Living

“There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints which, without art, we can’t receive." — Saul Bellow

I have read many books in my life, searching for this ‘other reality’ scribbled out by various authors. I sought the secret everywhere and did the most silly things in my attempt to discover a way in. Until one day I stopped.

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A Beautiful Question

A Beautiful Question

One sees that Thomas is fascinated and excited to discover that reality conforms to his deepest hopes. Doubting Thomas is a hero, a happy man […] Those whose faith is not passive, but engages reality, will receive a second, more fulfilling blessing in the harmony of belief and experience.

A deep and wide walk, led by Frank Wilczek, through the wonderful world of scientific symmeteries and Quantum Chromo-Dynamics.

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Martyr of Hope - A Tribute to Bantu Steve Biko

Bantu Steve Biko

My tribute to one of the true stalwarts of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, one of the greatest intellects to ever grace the African continent, and one of the finest human beings this world has ever seen.

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Viewing Time

Strange Loops

By drawing a clear distinction between reality, and what we know about reality, this essay makes an argument for how to think about, describe and - ultimately - experience time differently. Perhaps even stop it altogether.

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Blue Devotion

Blue Devotion

This essay summarises the ideas behind, and the work done to achieve, The Blue Book. What is this digital artifact really inspired by, where did it come from, and what might it be used for going forward?

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Language In The Ether

Language In The Ether

What does it mean to have an expressive programming language, which compiles down to binary and runs on a shared "world computer"? What kinds of metaphors can we use to engineer valuable meaning in the post-modern world?

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All The Colourful People

All The Colourful People

An essay which discusses colourful and grey people, and how to stand beside one another in such a way that we can help the other turn to face the light in such a way that they refract it to produce the full rainbow spectrum.

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Reading As Layered Ritual

Reading As Layered Ritual

An exposition of Stanley Kunitz's famous poem, "The Layers" which goes into the art of deciphering, the role of "you" as a reader, and the many layers of self and text which must be worked through and seen just as they are if they are ever to be transcended.

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Rough Consensus and Running Code

Rough Consensus and Running Code

A summary of the famous IETF working paper of the same title, updated for a slightly more modern internet as we are experiencing it nearly 30 years later.

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