Talkshow the Carousel
Here is an idea for a talk show. The host is seated behind a small desk and in front of him, there is a guest sitting in a segment of a giant rotating disc. Only that segment, resembling a pizza slice, is visible to the audience. The segment has sound-proof walls. The first guest is ...
Koushick Suriyanarayan makes your software
The standard Android camera doesn't allow the user to switch between the front and back cameras of the phone while filming. This was precisely the functionality my daughter wanted for her Youtube Channel, so I looked at the App-store for alternative cameras and found some popular, heavily sponsored programs that didn't quite deliver. After uninstalling ...
Corona for nihilists
After we have felt, in our bodies, that we are still worthy even if we create nothing - how would we create? The corona crisis is a special time for nihilists. The clean separation of society in essential and non-essential activities signals that money is not the only dimension of meaning that informs our political ...
The economy now
Those essential services, the doctors nurses shopkeepers farmers truckers, plus we the people sitting at home playing with themselves or each other while connected to the global brain via the Internet - that IS the economy now. It might be hard enough to save that economy, so let's stop talking about the abstract beast 'economy' which was nothing but an upward redistribution scheme selling the masses fake happiness to compensate for their fake work.
Make philosophy relevant again
Misunderstanding: After studying "ethics" for many years in university, I don't know more than the average person about how to behave. I know far less. In that sense, such endeavor is the epitome of uselessness. On the other hand, not knowing seems to be better (and you rightly ask, where does this judgment come from?) ...
== BREAKING NEWS ==
Currently, there is a new virus outbreak originating in the United States. The scientific name of the virus is MOFO45. Precautions include: being nice to each other, reading books, and in severe cases applying a WHO-approved mouthwash.
Burning further apart
Eucalyptus trees depend on fire to release their seeds. Plants need CO2 for their survival. The ignorant, as well as the evil, can point at facts like these to undergird their complacency and inaction in the face of climate change. The ease with which they appear to convince themselves that any worldview matching their lifestyle ...
The Luck of Interest
If you write a book, you have to be that book. Your time must become the time of the book. If you engage in public discussion on social media, the world (the others) will always be a step ahead of you. Only the latest analysis and verdict are worth mentioning - everything else is irrelevant, a mere object ...
Corporate Social Responsibility also means: to manufacture the kind of desires in your customers that don't lead to the degradation of the ecosystem.
Profit maximization is a 'clean', strong forcing idea, i.e. one that allows for the abstraction from local context. It binds human actions together in a social structure that proves very hard to disentangle. Communal welfare cannot abstract from life in this way. The internal motivation hinges on local outcomes and thus erodes, leading either to societal collapse or suppression, which represent more primitive forcing ideas, namely following orders and immediate survival.
The your Work should be your Passion Trap
Almost every day, I read or listen to interviews with people who proudly proclaim that they have found the profitability in their passion. They no longer have to 'work' and have banned all tedium from their lives. Their message is, unequivocally, that we should aspire to do the same. If we just stick with our ...
The Fear to End all Fears
They are coming for me. To them, I will be bare matter, perhaps with the first signs of attempted self-organization. These signs are altogether boring and trivial because my mind - the official word for such attempted self-organization - is far inferior to them. To the purview of their intelligence, I am entirely predictable. There ...
“Can I talk to a real computer please?”
Culturally, the watershed moment will be when people begin to prefer AI over other people. Only if and when that happens, will there be something like a 4th industrial revolution - a revolution that ultimately overcomes homo sapiens itself. From: Kamiel Choi, our last century.
It's not about what you do. It's about what you don't do because of it.
whatever can be explained by inertia shouldn't be explained by a conspiracy
Is literary writing the art of making cultivated loneliness feel like engaging conversation?
"A value debased and an illusion unmasked have the same pitiful form; they resemble each other and there is nothing easier than to mistake one for the other." From: The Joke by Milan Kundera
Rage Against The Water Closet
I want to relate an experience I had today and that has exhausted my battery of expletives. It is as banal as it can be: The flushing mechanism of the toilet in my apartment broke. At first, I scoffed at it, remembering that a friend once told me, "if it's yellow let it mellow, if ...
There are more things between foreplay and orgasm, fellatio, than dreamt of in your philosophies.
All that energy that could be used to work together to improve the human condition, goes to competing for hungry eyeballs.