Monthly Rewind: November 2023
Hmmm, that's interesting!
Monthly Rewind is a recap of the previous month's highlights at Infinite Loops HQ
“It is really hard to quit the first time, not so tough the second time, and by the third time it becomes a habit.”
- Paul Assaiante
“Premature optimization is the root of all evil.”
- Donald Knuth
“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself--that is the first duty of the educator.”
- Maria Montessori
“The privileges of knowledge have to be bought at the cost of the consolations of ignorance.”
- John Fowles
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Katherine Dee: On Attention, Astroturfing and the Nostalgia Trap
A guide to internet culture.
“It is very tempting to start drama because that's how the attention economy works […] It's difficult for people who think of themselves as writers or anthropologists or basically anything else besides an entertainer to pursue that life.”
Roon: On Shape Rotators, AGI & Tenet
Vignettes of different worlds.
“It's a wordcel world at the end of the day.”
Ben Westhoff: Fentanyl, Inc.
Navigating the worst drug crisis in American history.
“[T]he rule of thumb with all these new drugs is, the old version may have been addictive, may have had its issues, but the new versions like fentanyl are much, much worse.”
Will Schoder — On Curation, Consumption & Compression
Finding the true meaning of happiness.
“I think stories in general are one of our most powerful tools to fight entropy. We dive into the chaos and come out with a more ordered existence, a lesson in how to fight the chaos.”
Venkatesh Rao & Tim Beiko — The Summer of Protocols
The most important framework you’ve never heard of.
"Civilization progresses by increasing the number of actions we can do without thinking about them.”
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Infinite Books | “2023 marked the launch of Infinite Books. From anthologies of wisdom to science fiction, there is a fleet of exciting projects coming down the pipeline!”
This Book Will Transform How You Think About Capitalism | “To me, it's fairly obvious that a faceless group of bureaucrats picked by politicians wouldn't even be able to imagine an iPhone.”
Zanies Episode 3: Fake it Till You Make It | “This was psychological warfare at its most entertaining, and Henry was a master general with an intuitive understanding of the battlefield.”
Introducing: The Life of David Rhoiney | “This is a story of ambition, ruthlessness, sacrifice, hubris, intelligence, stubbornness, loss, and, ultimately, hope. This is the story of how David Rhoiney reached the top.”
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