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Heidi Specker: Damme

Gestern war ich seit langem mal wieder im Oldenburger Kunstverein um die Ausstellung Heidi Specker: Damme zu besuchen.

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 The Importance of Dancing Like an Idiot

Dancing has a claim to be considered among the most essential and salutary activities we ever partake in. But at the same time, it's an activity that many of us are powerfully inclined to resist and deep down to fear. The point here is not to learn to dance like an expert; it is to remember that dancing badly is something we might actually want to do and, equally importantly, that we can derive key benefits from doing so.


 Grimes—We appreciate power

Cmon you’re not even alive if you’re not backed up on a drive

Sex and rock ’n roll to make you pledge allegiance to Roko’s basilisk. I’m sorry, but you’re lost now. Submit.


 We’re Banning Facial Recognition. We’re Missing the Point.

The whole point of modern surveillance is to treat people differently, and facial recognition technologies are only a small part of that.


 The Egg - A Short Story

A beautiful mind experiment about who we are to each other.


 There’s no speed limit

Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, I think you’ll appreciate this story of how one teacher can completely and permanently change someone’s life in only a few lessons.


 Lao Tzu

In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired. In pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped.


 The dark side of expertise

Everyone has expertise in some things, which is normally seen as a good thing to have. But Dr. Sean Brady gave some examples of ways that our expertise can lead us astray, and actually cause us to make worse decisions, in a keynote at the 2020 linux.conf.au. Brady is a forensic engineer who specializes in analyzing engineering failures to try to discover the root causes behind them. The talk gave real-world examples of expertise gone wrong, as well as looking at some of the psychological research that demonstrates the problem. It was an interesting view into the ways that our brains work—and fail to work—in situations where our expertise may be sending our thoughts down the wrong path.


 Why I Keep a Research Blog

Writing has made me a better thinker and researcher. I expand on my reasons why.

Before I started taking writing seriously, I had a loose grasp of many mathematical and technical concepts; and I was not sure how to tackle open-ended problems. Maintaining this research blog has clarified my thoughts and improved how I approach research problems. The goal of this post is to explain why I have found the process so valuable.


Resource Exhaustion

36C3 is over, and I am drained on the one hand, and on the other still full with input I still need to process. It’s been a blast, let me tell you. And I dare even say the best congress that ever happened to me ;)

I am attempting a write up of the event, it it will take me way more time to flesh it out. It’s just too much stuff that’s happened and is worth writing about in length.

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