Visual intuition for the Euclidean algorithm

I have a broader goal of demystifying cryptocurrency, and making it generally useful for ordinary people to do ordinary non-criminal commerce with it. Part of that is improving tooling, and part of that is making the theoretical underbelly of cryptography and cryptocurrency more accessible. Here’s the thing: none of this is complicated. All of it […]

The Cannon Conjugate

Gather round children, and let Daddy tell you a story known in the world of computing as "the leftpad debacle". NPM is the computing equivalent of a gay bathhouse where programmers all gather to exchange diseases (the formal term in computer science is "bugchasing" if you want to look it up). Years ago, a programmer […]

Podcast: The Roman Rapist Mindset, measuring your goals and why Euclid’s parallel copy procedure breaks (answer: I did it incorrectly)

This started as one of my Euclid videos, and ended up being an interesting conversation over an entire range of topics. The Euclid parallel copy question got answered, at 01:37:34. The first two hours or so are about the Euclid series as a whole, explaining the idea and what my plans are with the series. […]

Video: Why does Euclid’s parallel copy construction break in this weird way?

Update (2023-04-22): it was because I did it incorrectly. I have a very nonconventional approach to math. There’s a fake question that’s posed a lot in math, which is is mathematics invented or discovered? I previously thought it was a stupid question because it has no impact on how one does math, until I heard […]

Angry dragon problems: when great floods happen, it’s time to overthrow the emperor

Let’s start with debunking the narrative that “dragons are a myth”. The liberal media would have you believe that the Welsh, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Greeks, and even the Eskimos independently invented identical myths about giant fire-breathing reptiles who live inside bodies of water and are the source of chaos in the world. Right. […]

Virdism: why I’m racist

Imagine for a moment that you subscribe to an ideology called Virdism. Virdism is a complex and deep ideology. You probably should call it a religion, rather than an ideology. But that’s neither here nor there. I want to focus on a specific peculiar property of Virdism: Virdism insists as a matter of fact that […]

Interest = competency

Had an interesting insight in the shower just now Moldbug has a quote that goes something like “everyone is right-wing with respect to their domain of competency” (verbiage mine). The example he gave was a 25 year old female kindergarten teacher. (Let’s assume pre-woke kindergarten teacher…). She will have typical 25-year-old girl opinions on any […]

Entropism and the consciousness spectrum

Entropism (at least my version) is derived from the insights of Information Theory. The basic idea is that the physical laws of the universe place hard constraints on what sort of large-scale distributed computation is possible. If you imagine that a civilization as a very large distributed computer program, then these physical laws propagate into […]

QAnal is exactly Entropist mathematics

The two thinkers who have had the most influence on my thinking are Norman Wildberger and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. In a sense, my two big projects are a reflection of each school of ideas: QAnal is Wildberger’s influence, and Entropism is Taleb’s influence. There’s a rough idea here that I haven’t quite figured out how […]