Sunday, August 23, 2015

A hairpin: love, lost, Shadowrun Hong Kong

"I keep this to remind myself of the things we have to give up, in pursuit of what we think is best. But few of us ever really know what it is that we want - not truly.

We simply grasp at mirages that we think will fulfill us.

Humans tie themselves to other people with the most tenuous of strings, thinking love will fill the emptiness inside us. When that fails, we tell ourselves it was not meant to be - that fate, or destiny, would have wrenched us apart.

But that is a convenient lie. It is up to us, and only up to us, to make our futures.

So I feel that it would behoove me to never forget the things I have given up in pursuit of 'the better option.' I do not dwell in the past, nor am I haunted by it, but it would be doing S. a disservice to forget what she wanted for me."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Singularity Inductor

What actually transpires beneath the veil of an event horizon? Decent people shouldn’t think too much about that.

—Academician Prokhor Zakharov, “For I Have Tasted The Fruit”

Controlled Singularity

Some would ask, how could a perfect God create a universe filled with so much that is evil. They have missed a greater conundrum: why would a perfect God create a universe at all?

 -- Sister Miriam Godwinson, "But for the Grace of God"

 “Control the power of black holes”

As engineers quickly discovered, it’s one thing to understand Singularity Mechanics and another thing entirely to attempt Controlled Singularity—harnessing and directing the powers of a black hole. Breakthroughs in Applied Gravitonics finally make this technology possible, with a host of amazing and potent applications, from radical new types of weaponry to global power sources. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

I sit in my cubicle, here on the motherworld. When I die, they will put my body in a box and dispose of it in the cold ground. And in all the million ages to come, I will never breathe or laugh or twitch again. So won’t you run and play with me here among the teeming mass of humanity? The universe has spared us this moment.

 —Anonymous, Datalinks

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On the scale where things matter, effective institutions are more valuable than cultures.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Interstellar - the science and the movie

I recently read through 'The Science of Interstellar', a book rich in scientific concepts made accessible through the context of the movie.

I went back to re-watched a few selected scenes and still find myself captivated by the fidelity, realism, and interactions playing out on different scales: the silence of space, filled to suspense by the powerful, atmospheric music; the delicacy of the orbital maneuvers and docking sequences in which everything is decided by a couple of degrees and meters; time dilation that stretch hours into decades; gravity that shape tidal forces on Miller's planet; gravitational lensing on approaching Gargantua.

I wouldn't find a person interesting if he or she simply brush the movie off without even considering the possibilities. The movie is a good litmus test on people's ability to accept and work with abstract ideas. And I believe the more abstract concepts that we are able to hold in our minds, the broader our bandwidth for understanding.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What would John Rawls say about... the GPL?

I sometimes wondered about how Rawl's philosophy would apply to certain contemporary issues and how the general approach can be reconcile with the specificity of the concern.

I say sometimes, because I didn't think about Rawls at all when reading about permissive licensing versus copyleft. But then, I found a most cogent argument in favor of copyleft, and it used the exact argument that Rawls made: "what is the better option for EVERYONE?":
"People who really care about freedom care about it for EVERYONE, and licensing that maximizes freedom for everyone trumps the "strings attached" in that regard, that is such a simple thing to see that it challenges credulity to think that someone who cares about freedom could say otherwise."