Predicting the Future

Our task is not to predict the future; our task is to design a future for a sustainable and acceptable world, and then to devote our efforts to bringing that future about. We are not observers of the future; we are actors who, whether we wish to or not, by our actions and our very existence, will determine the future’s shape.

Herbert Simon

May 29, 2024

On Screwdrivers

Or, actually, what POSIWID means.

Dan Davies:

The purpose of a system is exactly what is being worked out every day, as that system reproduces and maintains itself, decides what events it is going to react to and how it is going to balance present interests and future possibilities. And so the doing of things is, identically, the creation of purpose.

I like that: the doing of things is, identically, the creation of purpose.

May 13, 2024

Seven fireplaces

Rick Perlstein had dinner with Marc Andreesen:

All that talk about human potential and morality, and this man afire to reorder life as we know it jokingly welcomes chemical enslavement of those he grew up with, for the sin of not being as clever and ambitious as he.

There is something very, very wrong with us, that our society affords so much power to people like this.

April 25, 2024

You should watch Adam Savage talk about a pencil

April 25, 2024

Williams F1 only just stopped using Excel to manage their build

I can’t even.

It is not an exaggeration to say that up to and including at least the initial work on the 2024 Williams, its car builds were handled using Microsoft Excel, with a list of around 20,000 individual components and parts.

According to Vowles, the Excel spreadsheet was being migrated to a digital system at the same time the car’s technology base” was going through its own colossal overhaul.

April 1, 2024

Mark Pesce thinks Autonomous Agents are the Future


The amount of computational power that will require is staggering.

Pesce quotes Wim Vanderbauwhede:

As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible.”

April 1, 2024

Pop culture, according to the right wing, should be frivolous. Because before the internet, it was something sold to girls by corporations run by powerful men. Famous pop stars through the ages, like Frank Sinatra, America’s first Justin Bieber, or The Beatles, the One Direction of their time, would be canonized as Great by Serious Men after history had forgotten they rocketed to success as their generation’s Tumblr Sexymen.

– Ryan Broderick: Taylor Swift vs. the manosphere

February 1, 2024

A manager’s deliverable is a decision

Johanna Rothman in the alpha list.CTO Podcast

January 19, 2024

Five things I like right now


Smoove and Turrell is peak Northern Soul. Just the thing for getting into the groove of the new year.


Are we still in the doldrums post the writers strike? Nothing new is very good. Season 2 of Reacher is pretty good, I guess.


Gosh, the Thursday Murder Club books are good.

Also Ali Abdaals Feel Good Productivity was not what I expected, in a good way.


Biscotti which must be assertively crunchy”. The recipe in this old Guardian article is very good.


Going to need to plan out the year, somehow.

January 19, 2024 now

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