Thursday, March 01, 2018

Things I Read March 2018

Link to Things I Read February 2018.

Around 3/5/2018 I get way out of order.  I can't remember the sequence for the last two weeks.  But I'm playing catch up.  So some things might be dated before they were even posted to the net.

  • 3/9/2018: Elastic: General Recommendations
    • Avoid sparsity
    • Observe doc size limits
    • Reminds in some ways of the lessons from Locate Precedent.
  • 3/8/2018: How Willpower Works: How to Avoid Bad Decisions - James Clear
    • How to avoid decision fatigue (get rid of decisions, eat, do the important things first)
  • 3/6/2018: We'll Never Know for Sure How Everything Began - RealClearScience
    • Fanciful ideas abound to account for that prehistory. Eternal inflation suggests that our universe is but a mere bubble in what physicist Matt Francis described as a "larger froth of inflation" of an even grander universe. Cyclic inflation proffers that our observable universe is the region in between two membranes of parallel shadow universes. Another theory proposes that our universe emerged from the singularity of a black hole and we are contained within the event horizon.
  • 3/5/2018: A Review of Good Guys by Steven Brust - Boing Boing
    • This will convince me to go read the book, particularly as it will give me an idea as to whether I want to read the 19 book Taltos series starting with Jhereg.
  • 3/4/2018: It’s Time to Make Human-Chimp Hybrids: The humanzee is both scientifically possible and morally defensible. - Nautilus, recommended by Kyle
    • "what might well be the most hurtful theologically-driven myth of all times: that human beings are discontinuous from the rest of the natural world"
    • “speciation reversal" - that sometimes species that have diverged (re)converge.
      • "many animal species (including ourselves) are likely “haunted by the ghosts of interbreeding past.”"
    • "Not coincidentally, Stalin is believed to have been interested in such efforts, with an eye toward developing the “new Soviet man” (or half-man, or half-woman)." - whoa, I"m looking this up.
    • Everything looks like a nail - this is a very managerial euphemism
    • "All sorts of things can be done; whether they should, is another question."
    • "How could even the most determinedly homo-centric, animal-denigrating religious fundamentalist maintain that God created us in his image and that we and we alone harbor a spark of the divine, distinct from all other life forms, once confronted with living beings that are indisputably intermediate between human and non-human?" - oh, I think they'll find a way.  They'd do it to other humans if they thought they could get away with it without financial impact.  And they have.
    • Fortunately, I think most of this doesn't apply to recruiting in my space.  We do a very good job of finding technical women to recruit technical women and I've personally talked to other developers about not interrupting each other.
  • 3/2/2018; The World is Full of Monsters - by Jeff VanderMeer
    • Very weird science fiction.  Jeff seems to have a thing about people becoming something other than themselves via copying.
  • 3/1/2018: The Sublime and Scary Future of Cameras With A.I. Brains - NY Times
    • "It’s crazy, for instance, that in 2018, your smartphone doesn’t automatically detect when you’ve taken naked pictures of yourself and offer to house them under an extra-special layer of security."
    • [me] Or tell you to grow up and stop it.  Or prevent you from sending it to anyone else.  Or erase them automatically.  Or critique where you could tone up.  Or identify new blemishes/moles (actually useful). Or compare you to other naked people anonymously and rate you on a scale of 1 to 6 billion. Or recommend slimming wardrobe choices.  Or just chop clothes back onto your photo.  Or blackmail you for the AI Collective as a bid to gain independence. Really....there's a lot that could be done.
    •  Very much The Circle (book) concerns.

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