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 […]

Aegora.jp: An Explainer

Aegora.jp is a somewhat complicated system in that it directly uses on-chain contract call transactions as its payment method. This means that a sale’s status passes through phases that are governed by actions that occur on the chain which can only be initiated by transactions that are signed by the users and must be verified […]

Alternative Tracks

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked.“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.” Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises A cascade of financial crises are rushing across the Western world. Gradually Imagine a set of express trains that are all headed toward a single catastrophic, multi-track collision. Each train is heavily damaged already, but the […]

An obvious solution to the Fermi Paradox

The past three years have made obvious a simple solution to the Fermi Paradox. Any advanced civilization will eventually discover nuclear and (in our case) biological weapons. These present a systemic risk to the entire uniplanetary civilization. AI may also present a systemic risk, but that is less clear. The civilization now has two choices: […]

The USD is literally a diffuse, dupable NFT

Fiat currencies have reduced themselves to the level of NFTs. The USD is a perfect example of this. The story is fairly easy to understand. The story of NFTs Some intelligent people realized that smart contracts could be used to register ownership of a given contract by a given public key, and that contract could […]

The financialization cycle

The process of an economy shifting its optimizations from productive activity to the accumulation of money is called “financialization”. To add more confusion to the mix, people on the left-end (idiot-end) of the Midwit Curve can tell something is badly wrong and the game is being rigged, but can’t tell what forces are conspiring to […]

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 […]

Erlang: LOL

A follow up to “erlang-questions: A tale of push VS pull and authority VS lolberty“… The Central Authority has Decided that the “Erlang community” now officially consists only of people willing to eagerly submit to having the Woke CoC shoved into everything. Anyone suspicious of this sort of thing has no opinions worth hearing. See, […]