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Recordings mentioned in the episode include:

“Deference, Humility, and Awe,” a lecture by Brian Cantwell Smith.

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A new episode of the Fluidity : "Wonder"

Wonder at the vastness, beauty, and intricacy of the phenomenal world: a texture of the complete stance.

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Finding The Complete Stance - And, Textures Of The Complete Stance"

The fundamental method for resolving problems of meaning: by finding nebulosity, pattern, and their inseparable relationship.

Wonder → curiosity → humor → play → enjoyment → creation. Patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting in the complete stance, which resolves problems of meaning.

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Peak Experiences - Plus, Obstacles To The Complete Stance" Peak experiences and the complete stance are similar in texture, but differ in intensity, conceptual content, and causes. Meaning and meaninglessness, pattern and nebulosity all obviously exist—yet we resist recognizing and admitting this. Why?

A new episode of the Fluidity : "The Complete Stance" Meaning is nebulous, yet patterned; meaningfulness and meaninglessness intermingle. Recognizing this frees us from metaphysical delusions. Resolving problems of meaning, by recognizing inseparable pattern and nebulosity, will improve your life. ...

"Vee are nihilists! Vee beleef in nahsink, Lebowski!"

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A new episode of the Fluidity : "190-Proof Nihilism vs Lite Nihilism" Nihilism says nothing means anything—but no one actually believes that. Lite nihilism weakens the claim, to make it plausible. ...

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Nihilism" Nihilism is the wrong idea that nothing is meaningful, based on the accurate realization that there is no external, eternal source of meaning. ...

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Rumcakes and Rainbows" The author has moved the chapter of the book we'll read in today's episode. The chapter now belongs earlier in the book than where we are. It belongs between episode 16, "Meaningfulness", and episode 17, "Eternalism". So, I'm going to back up and read this chapter now, out of order. Meaning cannot be either objective or subjective. But meaning does exist: as interaction. ...

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Developing ethical, social, & cognitive competence"

Taking a break from narrating Meaningness to read an important foundational essay by the author of Meaningness, David Chapman. An overview of the work of psychologist Robert Kegan, a scholar of adult cognitive development. This essay has become very useful for how I see the situations of my own life, & I'm excited to finally share it with you.

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Accomplishing And Exiting Eternalism"

'Accomplishing eternalism would would mean knowing the meaning of everything, and acting accordingly. This is impossible, because there are no fixed meanings.

Learning skills for escaping the grip of eternalism—the delusion that everything is meaningful.

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Eternalist Systems" Systems such as religions and political ideologies reinforce eternalism. They dispel doubt by denying nebulosity. ...

@pluralistic What do you think of these five US House Big Tech antitrust bills?

"Platform Anti-Monopoly Act"

"Ending Platform Monopolies Act"

"Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching Act of 2021. A.K.A. ACCESS Act of 2021."

"Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2021"

"Platform Competition and Opportunity Act"

Back on the laser cutter again after an extended pandemic absence. This new laser cutter is an enormous improvement on the last one!

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Eternalism Is Harmful" Eternalism -- belief in fixed meanings -- makes promises it can't keep. It makes us do stupid, crazy, evil things. And we still love it and keep going back for more. ...

@matt @June Hi, I'm using Krita for and Inkscape. Both are multi-platform and Free/Libre and Open-Source (they are run by non-profit org, based on donation and code is open to volunteer).

I also share my Linux install receipe here:

Good luck −I was a Photoshop teacher 10years ago− and switching to another tool often mean doing many compromises. I hope you'll find features attractive enough on alternatives to ease adaptation and make it fun.

A new episode of the Fluidity : "Eternalism As The Only Salvation From Nihilism" This episode contains the final page of "The Appeal Of Eternalism". Eternalism's final promise is to keep nihilism at bay. There is a better alternative to both! ...

boost from birdsite, Android tip 

boosting thread

1/ Thinking today about how important it is to be able to record video instantly, how many steps it takes on most phones, and how precious those seconds could be.

I found an easy shortcut on Android that I hadn't seen elsewhere and thought I'd share.

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SCOTUS got it (mostly) right here. They vindicated Aaron Swartz and all the other victims who were bullied, silenced and terrorized by the CFAA. They took a huge step towards undoing one of Ronald Reagan's many idiocies.

Van Buren should be punished for corruption - under anti-corruption law, not under a definition of hacking so broad that it captures normal activities we all engage in several times, every day.


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A surprise treasure arrived - made by my Mum!

I think she was eager to make the game's first fan-art - I reckon she got it pretty spot on Ok hand

It'll be by my desk as I work on the game from now on.

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A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Convention info: