When the mind wanders, the monastic theorists observed, it usually veers off into recent events. Cut back your commitments to serious stuff, and you’ll have fewer thoughts competing for your attention.
When I check my notifications on mobile (android) the number of notifications doesn't go down until I actually click on each one individually.
The way it works on web, where just checking notifications clears the counter, is definitely preferable :)
HOW TO READ A BOOK: ANALYTICAL
“You have to break it up between its form and its function. What looks and behaves like the memory crystals versus what has sci-fi promised us about storage. Our principals of what constitutes massive storage keeps going up, and up, and up.” - Chris Noessel
"We're an empire now, and when we act we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality–judiciously, as you will–we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too"
-Senior advisor to George W. Bush, 2004
Gellner’s assertion that ‘The way in which time and its horizons are conceived is
generally connected with the way the society understands and justifies itself’ (1964: 1)
Every language in the world has a way in its grammar to express direct causation: a local application of force that has a local effect in place and time. You pick up a glass of water and drink it: direct causation. You bomb a hospital, destroying it and killing those inside: direct causation.
No language in the world has a way in its grammar to express systemic causation. You drill a lot more oil, burn a lot more gas, put a lot more CO2 in the air, the earth’s atmosphere heats up, more moisture evaporates from the oceans yielding bigger storms in certain places and more droughts and fires in other places: systemic causation. The world ecology is a system — like the world economy and the human brain.
From infanthood on we experience simple, direct causation. We see direct causation all around us: if we push a toy, it topples over; if our mother turns a knob on the oven, flames emerge. And so on. The same is not true of systemic causation. Systemic causation cannot be experienced directly. It has to be learned, its cases studied, and repeated communication is necessary before it can be widely understood.
Many proposed total utopian spaces (islands cut off from
the rest of the world, per Fredric Jameson’s discussion of the utopian genre in science fiction), including, as already mentioned, OMA’s Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture (1972) and Superstudio’s planet-spanning Continuous Monument (1969), while others sought the utopian through the maximal perforation of boundaries by ludic interfaces and absolute grids, including No-Stop City (1969) or Constant’s New Babylon (1959 – 1974). The merger of cities into planetary-scale conglomerations was imagined, among others, by Constantin Dioxiadis as Ecumenopolis, a single planned urban form across the whole world, and Paolo Soleri as Arcology, enclosed megacities
rising into the lower atmosphere, so large that they constitute their own ecosystems. The impetus for these massive, even planetary-scale architectural propositions may be a positive or negative reaction to the Buckminster Fullerian vision of Spaceship Earth as a single design problem, and attempts to see the whole of society in terms of the whole of space (part of the desire for totality important to Jamesonian utopian desire and dystopian anxiety). 48
"All my computer work has been about expressing, and representing, and showing interconneciton among writings especially. And writing is the process of reducing a tapestry of interconnection to a narrow sequence. And this is, in a sense, illicit, this is a wrongful compression of what should spread out. In today's computers, they've betrayed because there's no system for decent cut and paste, and they've changed the meaning of cut and paste and pretended them to be the same thing.
Humanity has no decent writing tools