The second law of thermodynamics tells us that entropy always increases: even if some arrangement of matter temporarily produces order in one part of the world, it will leak disorder elsewhere, and the house always wins. Stand against the second law and not only can’t you win, but you can’t…

In some states, the only thing necessary to qualify as a town is to have a general store. As a result, many small towns have sprung up around general stores — much as they used to around greens, churchyards, train stations, and harbors. Most cities that appear like this do…

When Saint Cat was 16, her parents had her engaged to the Moon. “He is rich”, they said, which was true enough, “and he can support you in your old age.” But he was old, and set in his ways. “He is not unkind”, they said, which was true enough…

Both Neoreaction: A Basilisk and Postcapitalist Desire try to act as a vaccine against the Nick Land infohazard, but what i’ve found more effective is actually The Vision Of Escaflowne. (ymmv)

I think the mistake Nick Land makes is the same one as evil Isaac Newton / Emperor Dunkirk. It’s…

I wrote a bit about my techniques a few years ago:

https://enkiv2.medium.com/against-trendism-how-to-defang-the-social-media-disinformation-complex-81a8e2635956https://enkiv2.medium.com/trendism-cognitive-stagnation-21c8e003df83

My favorite techniques for circumventing trendism (my term for the style of algorithmic recommendation that suggests what "people like you" think is "hot right now") involve randomness. While reverse-chronological feeds are not hyper-targeted to *you*, they are still…

a common idea that really annoys me:

that if something was developed with defense funding, then even if it has no obvious military application, it must have a non-obvious one

it’s sort of the same kind of mistake as “facebook is mind control”

here’s the thing:

to do anything new…

i hate that cryptocurrency (and especially proof-of-work cryptocurrency) has been so strongly affiliated with decentralization in people’s minds.

one of the benefits of decentralization is that it makes payment & metering hard, which disincentivizes commoditization.

metering & charging for access to truly decentralized systems without central gatekeeping is still not…

Discordianism has already become ‘historically important’, because of its impact on major geopolitical events.

As pope, I declare: discordians have a sacred duty to create ‘textual chaos’, and extend the ‘textual chaos’ present in the variations of the PD.

Future historians, being servants of the season of bureaucracy, are our…

John Ohno

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software. http://www.lord-enki.net

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