Hal, who’s empty but not dumb, theorizes privately that what passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human (at least as he conceptualizes it) is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic, is to be in some basic interior way forever infantile, some sort of not-quite-right-looking infant dragging itself anaclitically around the map, with big wet eyes and froggy-soft skin, huge skull, gooey drool. One of the really American things about Hal, probably, is the way he despises what it is he’s really lonely for: this hideous internal self, incontinent of sentiment and need, that pules and writhes just under the hip empty mask, anhedonia.
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A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of any of a number of species of plants, a diaspore that, once it is mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem, and tumbles away in the wind. In most such species the tumbleweed is in effect the entire plant apart from the root system, but in other plants a hollow fruit or an inflorescence might serve the function.[1] Tumbleweed species occur most commonly in steppe and arid ecologies, where frequent wind and the open environment permit rolling without prohibitive obstruction.[2]

Apart from its propagules, the tissues of the tumbleweed structure are dead; their death is functional because it is necessary for the structure to degrade gradually and fall apart so that the propagules can escape during the tumbling, or germinate after the tumbleweed has come to rest in a wet location. In the latter case, many species of tumbleweed open mechanically, releasing their seeds as they swell when they absorb water. [3]

The tumbleweed diaspore disperses propagules, but the tumbleweed strategy is not limited to the seed plants; some species of spore-bearing Cryptogams such as Selaginella form tumbleweeds, and some fungi that resemble puffballs dry out, break free of their attachments and are similarly tumbled by the wind, dispersing spores as they go.

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Трехмерное пространство некоторым специальным образом замкнуто само на себя через четвертое изменение, из-за этого в трехмерности всегда будет казаться бесконечным, хотя на самом деле это и не так: оно безгранично, но не бесконечно.
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I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief.
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As I see it, it probably really is good for the soul to be a tourist, even if it’s only once in a while. Not good for the soul in a refreshing or enlivening way, though, but rather in a grim, steely-eyed, let’s-look-honestly-at-the-facts-and-find-some-way-to-deal-with-them way. My personal experience has not been that traveling around the country is broadening or relaxing, or that radical changes in place and context have a salutary effect, but rather that intranational tourism is radically constricting, and humbling in the hardest way—hostile to my fantasy of being a real individual, of living somehow outside and above it all. (Coming up is the part that my companions find especially unhappy and repellent, a sure way to spoil the fun of vacation travel:) To be a mass tourist, for me, is to become a pure late-date American: alien, ignorant, greedy for something you cannot ever have, disappointed in a way you can never admit. It is to spoil, by way of sheer ontology, the very unspoiledness you are there to experience. It is to impose yourself on places that in all noneconomic ways would be better, realer, without you. It is, in lines and gridlock and transaction after transaction, to confront a dimension of yourself that is as inescapable as it is painful: As a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing.
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Степанова: Ко мне по-прежнему ездят гонцы с амазон-кома и возят книжки — а муж шипит, что я захламляю квартиру печатной продукцией. Но мне все время кажется, что иначе, когда выключат электричество, я останусь без книжек.

Сапрыкин: А ведь все понимают, что рано или поздно его выключат.

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remember to smile, because it will only get worse before it gets much worse
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The web is a weird place because it lets you experience emotions but simultaneously not. Emotions in their raison meant to be not just internal experiences (if ever) but means of communication. And you sit there intensively emoting but your emotions never fulfill themselves truly because they don’t get desired response from no one.

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My job requires me to sit around all day and staring at the computer intently and it is conditioning me to become more proficient at it.

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Officially the FBI has stated that Cooper didn’t survive the jump. […] We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he landed. We like to think that immediately after, he was accosted by a group of mountain men who did indescribable things to him. They then took his money, moved to Seattle and opened the first Starbucks.
6 People Who Just Fucking Disappeared – Cracked.com
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Основной парадокс состояния сна и его экспериментальное разрешение - ПОЛИТ.РУ

Очень важный текст про сон, основной тезис которого сводится к тому, что днем мозг общается с органами восприятия, а ночью – с органами внутренними, собирая от них информацию о произошедшем за день и программируя их на следующий день.

Импликации из этого следующие:

  1. Бодрствование и сон – состояния чрезвычайно взаимосвязанные. Чтобы нормально чувствовать себя днем, нужно не столько прилагать усилие в бодрствовании, сколько как следует перед этим выспаться (банально, но теперь хотя бы понятен механизм взаимодействия).
  2. Качество, продолжительность сна и время отхода ко сну напрямую влияют на качество последующего периода бодрствования, не потому, что ты абстрактно «не выспался», а опять-таки по более понятным причинам (подтверждается собственным опытом).
  3. События периода бодрствования напрямую влияют на качество последующего периода сна, в первую очередь события внутренних органов, в основном органов пищеварения (также подтверждается собственным опытом).
  4. Благодаря всему этому можно относиться ко сну не как к явлению природы, с которым приходится иметь дело, а как к вполне рабочему инструменту.

По ссылке от dma (там внутри есть ссылка на еще одно интервью с Пигарёвым).

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Скрам русские придумали, чтобы не работать.
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Особую роль в исторической политике играли культы исторических деятелей, насаждавшиеся всеми средствами пропаганды. В Советском Союзе сложился настоящий исторический пантеон. Первым и главным советским культом был, конечно, культ Ленина, хотя в 1930—1940-е годы культ Сталина играл никак не меньшую роль. В 1950—1980-е годы Ленин вновь стал бесспорным «первым божеством» советского пантеона. Сталин же после «разоблачения» превратился в своего рода «падшего ангела». И, несмотря на периодические корректировки официальных оценок, продолжал играть важную роль в мифологической системе. В сознании многих советских людей эти оценки сосуществовали в «едином пространстве». В итоге вокруг образа Сталина создавался широкий и неоднозначный спектр интерпретаций, выбор между которыми для многих зависел от контекста суждения. Такое положение дел отчасти сохраняется и сейчас. Наряду с двумя верховными божествами воображаемый советский Олимп населяла масса существ низших рангов, совокупность которых являлась символическим выражением организации общества. Пантеон был строго иерархичен. Следующую за верховными божествами ступень занимали полубоги: их образы воплощали собой ценности «новой исторической общности», а также отдельных институтов и социальных групп, «святыми патронами» которых они выступали. Полубогам посвящали диссертации и книги (102 книги общим тиражом 5,3 млн экземпляров за годы Советской власти были посвящены Дзержинскому, 135 книг тиражом 3,9 млн — Фрунзе), кинофильмы и музеи, им воздвигали памятники и т.д. Книги о них часто ориентировались на конкретные читательские аудитории (например, военных). Образы богов и героев, «самых человечных из людей», морально легитимировали режим. Их эмоциональное воздействие на советских людей оказалось настолько сильным, что некоторые из них пережили перестройку и сохраняют значение символов постсоветской общности по сию пору.
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Did you know that teeth is a class marker? Here’s how to determine your class: if you have crooked teeth or a bad bite and nobody in your life pointed out for you that it shoud be fixed, you’re fucked.

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All sorts of people come to my class: the bright and the not so bright, the motivated and the lazy, the experienced and the novice. Inevitably, the people who get the most from the class share one characteristic: They remain focused on the topic at hand.

The first trick to maintaining focus is to get enough sleep. I suggest ten hours of sleep each night while you are studying new ideas. Before dismissing this idea, try it. You will wake up refreshed and ready to learn. Caffeine is not a substitute for sleep.

The second trick is to stop thinking about yourself. While learning something new, many students will think, “Damn, this is hard for me. I wonder if I am stupid.” Because stupidity is such an unthinkably terrible thing in our culture, the students will then spend hours constructing arguments that explain why they are intelligent yet are having difficulties. The moment you start down this path, you have lost your focus.

I used to have a boss named Rock. Rock had earned a degree in astrophysics from Cal Tech and had never had a job in which he used his knowledge of the heavens. Once I asked him whether he regretted getting the degree. “Actually, my degree in astrophysics has proved to be very valuable,” he said. “Some things in this world are just hard. When I am struggling with something, I sometimes think ‘Damn, this is hard for me. I wonder if I am stupid,’ and then I remember that I have a degree in astrophysics from Cal Tech; I must not be stupid.”

Before going any farther, assure yourself that you are not stupid and that some things are hard. Armed with this silly affirmation and a well-rested mind, you are ready to conquer Cocoa.

Nazer – Прочитать. Повесить на стенку.
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