New Codes @ Houston

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 17:01

I made some updates around CodeWOW, including adding a bunch more moral elements.
Now in Houston, getting a bit more acquainted with the city. Went out for Chinese last night with some awesome people including couchsurfing host, and took in some new neighborhoods.
It feels good to have a chance to rest up and catch up and be in a city. My body's pleasantly sore from riding from the border to Houston. Also, the bike's a bit run down now, and will probably want some TLC.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The decency of crowds

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 16:18

Here's an interesting idea... With people acting individually in a group context, even better outcomes can arise from the cumulative interactions than any one person, even the best, could come up with independently. So a group can behave more helpfully than a person, in many ways.
From The Wisdom of Crowds:
Will Hutton has argued that Surowiecki's analysis applies to value judgments as well as factual issues, with crowd decisions that "emerge of our own aggregated free will [being] astonishingly... decent". He concludes that "There's no better case for pluralism, diversity and democracy, along with a genuinely independent press."

Recent Reading: Why I Write: Timothy Ferris on Writing to Learn

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:28

Why I Write: Timothy Ferris on Writing to Learn

You also create. You're trying to make something original, beautiful, and true.

It's hard work. You're on your own, confronted with a blank page and the fathomless resources of language. Almost anything can be achieved on that page, from enlightening and exciting your readers to baffling and frustrating them. Artists working in other media may make excuses about tight budgets or bad sound or how the soprano had the flu, but writers have nowhere to hide. They get all the credit or all the blame. It's a tough gig, but if you pull it off, it can set you free.