Tumblr or Powerball.
Are these things that we really need?
The proof of how useless some of their answers turned out to be is how little effect they have. No one after reading Aristotle's Metaphysics does anything differently as a result.Fortunately Paul leaves a bit of wiggle room. There may be, after all, some utility to philosophy:
If I say this, some will say it's a ridiculously overbroad and uncharitable generalization, and others will say it's old news, but here goes: judging from their works, most philosophers up to the present have been wasting their time.
These seem to me what philosophy should look like: quite general observations that would cause someone who understood them to do something differently.And this is what I hope for. It would be a fun and fine thing to be able to apply what I learn from Deacon and others to the other topics I am interested in - including follow-ups to Christopher' Alexanders A Pattern Language and my own investigations into the visual display of huge amounts of data.
There is a significant side effect: any edit to the original Skitch drawing automatically updates Blogger and appears in the post with the next refresh. Whether this is a good thing or bad thing could be debated. The modern tradition is that once a blog post is posted it should not require further editing. Perhaps this is the precursor to post-modern blogging.
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The fastest-growing resource in the world is computing power and storage.
How To Be An Optimist In A Pessimistic Time
Consider this: the only thing anyone knows about you on the Internet comes from what you write, or what others write about you. You may be brilliant, perceptive, and charismatic in person—but if your emails are rambling and unstructured, people will assume that's the real you. Or perhaps you really are rambling and unstructured in person, but no one need ever know it, if your posts are lucid and informative.