Some things I noticed 06/28/2020:
  1. One flare caught, generated by a distant active supermassive black hole called J1249+3449, was pinpointed to the region of the gravitational-wave event S190521g.
  2. There are certain things whose number is unknown. If we count them by threes, we have two left over; by fives, we have three left over; and by sevens, two are left over. How many things are there?
  3. The United States has a large lead over all other countries in top-tier AI research, China is the largest source of top-tier researchers.
  4. The state will behave more like a portfolio investor, investing public capital in diverse enterprises, not necessarily being the majority shareholder in each of them
  5. Japan backs out of US missile system, would consider acquiring weapons able to strike enemy missile launchers, first-strike capability represents a fundamental shift
  6. European officials are trying to ascertain whether [examining options for withdrawing US forces in Germany] is part of a negotiating ploy ahead of a July 11-12 NATO summit.
  7. Zoox’s strategy does not rely on adapting existing cars with self-driving technology. It is developing a purpose-built vehicle with no steering wheel
  8. if there’s ever been a moment when I could have absolutely just formed a dictatorship, they all would have joined me… lucky I don’t have dictatorial impulses no.”
  9. The is a Reddit reader in the style of a certain well-known metropolitan newspaper.


Day 11.

The feeling that one had more time in youth is an illusion. There isn’t less time. That can’t be. What’s actually happening is that the brain has more stuff. Cramming even more things to it takes longer.

Measuring time in absolute units in the context of learning is not helpful. A measure for how fast the brain could process input per unit time would be more appropriate. Yet the many kinds of inputs and variations of brain states make for even more combinations of the two. Creating a yardstick for that is hard.

Sleeping is easy in comparison. There’s nothing like good sleep to give the brain time to make space for new data. It is of interest that the exact same cause as the brain having thoughts make getting to sleep difficult.

Once one makes the intention to sleep known, it’s as if thoughts become aware of being in line to the chopping block. Each one makes their best case right then hoping to survive the upcoming purge. Hear them one by one, but do not engage. It is their way to say goodbye.

Imagine holding a sieve against the current of a river. In fact we do not have to be so fancy. Imagine fingertips touching the sand spread against the coming and going of waves. Or against running water from an open faucet.

In this metaphor, there’s supposed to be some brain, some time, some sleep, and some learning; but they all got away. Sleep and don’t waste water. Enough for today.