Heaven Sent

It’s day 7 of the rewrites. This one is another digression. But of course it is. If there is no point then what is not a digression?

Death is mere non-existence. That’s not how most people think of it though. So to describe as dying what happens to the previous day’s self after sleep might not be helpful. That’s a mistake from yesterday.

There are other analogies. Theseus’s famous ship comes to mind. But that’s a very old tale and nobody rebuilds anything anymore. Capitalism rewards the production of disposable goods and all that. So sleeping is a git merge and waking up is a pull request instead? But then what is a fork?

Fork is what Kage-bunshin no Jutsu does and why Naruto is such imba. Each time he merges his clones it’s like he has lived so much longer faster. It’s not at all dissimilar to entering the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in Dragon Ball. Narrative tools to explain away how characters get good at what they do make a good point.

In the documentary Inside Bill’s Brain, Mr. Gates’ secretary made an interesting remark. The billionaire he said was very sensitive in managing his time and being punctual. Of all the resources available to him the one thing he cannot have more of is an extra hour a day. Back to reality.

I better stop before this line of thought stops hitting sweet nostalgic heartstrings. If I continue it might regress to below the mean and get too long. I will continue this thought tomorrow unless something else comes up.

Enough for today.

Some thoughts: The git vcs comparison needs a little more fleshing out. A fork is a clone, no issues there. But the analogies for sleeping and waking up needs clarification. REM sleep, let’s say, is the merge. But when one wakes up using the same master branch, did the master “die”? It’s confusing because a yes answer here is a no answer to the original ship question. Not that it’s relevant to the “argument” because it already presumes both. So, whatever.

Some more thoughts: Reading about nCoV while having flu-like symptoms is such a mood. I am self-quarantined by default though, so no worries for me.

Some things I noticed 01/31/2020:
  1. On feigenbaum constant, mention of which should automatically include this song, apparently.
  2. Dude was able to hold back dropping the F word for 6 minutes. Impressive.
  3. Nice but still Flash?
  4. Scrcpy
  5. This reminds me of that trapped in a tower Doctor Who episode (Capaldi)
  6. Trippy sphygmomanometer
  7. nCoV reporting by Sky News
  8. There should be a market for this. (There probably already is.)
  9. Creep Google Autocomplete edition


It’s day 6 of the rewrites. This entry was in its entirety a commentary of the previous day’s entry, told in a roundabout manner. Well, so is this paragraph so what gives?

I wrote a blanket statement yesterday claiming that humans write for self-reflection. Now that I had time to think about it more I realize it is very seldom the case. Not in an intentional manner, at least.

In fact, it is more often the case that people write to communicate. When it is to oneself, that’s when writing as self-reflection is a subset of this activity.

It’s tempting to add to this the idea of dying when falling asleep and being different waking up. It is late though, so I’d continue this train of thought tomorrow, unless something comes up.

Enough for today.

I should have written instead about the inspiration for the title though. It’s from a comment author M. Gladwell made describing F·R·I·E·N·D·S characters as “perfectly matched.” That’s when happy people look happy, and sad people look sad.

In the real world, he said, it is seldom the case one could see in other people their actual inner state of being. As for me, it seems true, though I only appreciate him for naming the idea. Putting a label to an abstract thought gives it a handle somewhat. One could then play with it with ease along other mental models one has.

Easily,” Hemingway App. What is so wrong with that word?

Some things I noticed 01/30/2020:
  1. estuve pensando que tengo que escribir más en español, aunque no sé mucho, así tecleé «si no es ahora cuando» y encontré esto por casualidad
  2. a more powerful decoder was the key to higher conversational quality” – Ja 1:19. Also, pretty sure I score low on this newfangled SSA metric.
  3. A cascade of virtue-signalling and nothing else, most of it.
  4. Choppers don’t have black boxes.
  5. Realpolitik, open-source ed.
  6. Tailscale. Too cluey; didn’t read.