Monthly Archives: February 2015

Phase changes

I’ve been using this phrase a lot, so I have simultaneously been wondering what I mean by it. This brief post lays out the first draft of my ideas. A phase change is a qualitative shift in the dynamic nature … Continue reading

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Who deals

Previously: Solitaire What characterizes any really big logistical disaster is that no one person can be reliably pinned with the blame. Who’s to blame for the Holocaust, the Holodomor (spell check recommends “morphology” here), the Gulag? Everyone is following orders … Continue reading

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Solitaire

A recurring theme in Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago is the idea that the organs of the state always earned their pay. There was a mysterious solitaire player in the shadows, who had somehow orchestrated the incredible complexity of the plans … Continue reading

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Parable of the Caribou perks card

This is a story to illustrate some varieties of trouble that may arise due to high psychoticism. In my wallet is one of those rewards cards that you swipe to get free drinks, upgrades, and such at coffee shops, shopping … Continue reading

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On melon psychology

This is a reprint of a series of posts buried away in the Neanderhall. I work at a strip club for big-eye melon, whose boss is a melon, whose boss is a melon who owns entire city blocks downtown. So … Continue reading

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Hit you in the eye

The writers of the Icelandic Sagas considered it the acme of skill in poetry to “hit you in the eye”. I propose that this is common to all art and literature with cult followings among deep thals, and for a … Continue reading

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The logic of plausible deniability (applied to Game)

Plausible deniability is probably the dominant factor in the sum total of social interactions. I once defined Game as “kino escalation with plausible deniability”, and I still think this is a pretty good summary. (In retrospect, I’d add a little … Continue reading

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