Xerographica

France gave us the Statue of Liberty (SoL)… what if we wanted to give it back? Why would we want to give it back? Let’s say that the US was going to give the SoL to another country. Which country would you choose? Personally, I think that I’d choose China. I like the idea of passing the torch of liberty to China. I’m also really curious whether China would even accept the SoL. If they wouldn’t...
Not sure what happened, but for the last few days this website has been painfully slow. For example, on Twitter I wanted to link somebody to this website's top articles… https://honest.cash/top?feedScope=all-time … but it took way too long to load. And when I clicked the button to write this story… the page also took too long to load. Is anybody else having this problem?
Why Not Sell a Kidney? I commented that he didn't address the main liberal concern… exploitation. He replied and so did I… ****************************************************** It’s the liberals who are concerned about exploitation. I am not a liberal. I was simply pointing out that your entry didn’t address their concern, unlike your reply to me. But it should be fairly apparent that most...
Any excuse to promote market governance… ********************************************* If San Francisco truly wants to live up to its values, we need a Planning Commission that reflects the diversity of our city. How accurately do you think any committee can reflect the diversity of a city? The challenge is that it isn’t the easiest thing to quantify diversity. Think of it in terms of bo...
Any excuse to talk about market governance… *********************************** A while back, thanks to this subreddit, I learned about Decred's system of governance. An alternative system would be for decisions to be made via donations. For example, Utilo could use donations to decide its currency. Each and every one of you would have the opportunity to make a donation of any size to Utilo in...
My buddy Koenfucius shared on Twitter an article which discussed a report about fake news. I sent the following email to one of the researchers… Sam Wineburg. ******************************************************* According to your report, “democracy is threatened by the ease at which disinformation about civic issues is allowed to spread and flourish.” But why, exactly, is it so easy for d...
Lawrence Kay is a senior policy adviser at the Open Data Institute. Today on Medium I read his latest story… Open data and the Sciences of the Artificial. My reply… ********************************************** Last Easter, my neighbors bought their daughter a pair of rabbits. Whether by intent or accident, one was male, one female, and we now live in a rabbit-rich world. Persons less fond t...
Robinson Hanson shared on Twitter a story by Lily Lamboy… Democratizing Success: Why We Need to Change Who Defines Merit in College Admissions. My reply… ************************************** We are unwilling to make the assumption that the exclusion of Negroes has relevance only for issues involving race. When any large and identifiable segment of the community is excluded from jury service...
I really love Honest Cash, which is why I spend so much time promoting it. But going around knocking on doors (figuratively speaking) really isn’t the most efficient way to spread the word. The other day I spent $50 dollars on Twitter to promote my tweet about how Honest Cash should display its most valuable content on its homepage… First I entered my credit card info… Personally I would h...
This is my reply to D4D's story… How communism found a way back to the world ********************************************* We are biased toward the democratic/republican side of the spectrum. That’s what we’re used to from civics classes. But the truth is that startups and founders lean toward the dictatorial side because that structure works better for startups. It is more tyrant than mob be...
Minglechain is like a platonic Tinder for crypto people. We've been discussing relevant concepts, here's my latest response… ***************************************************** I’m not convinced that one should have to stake crypto in order to prove interest, and on Honest Cash I feel that’s a contentious issue to upvote personal posts as to me, it may undermine the idea of a meritocratic s...
Matthew 吾馬太 posted on Cent that he recently discovered Eugene Wei’s blog and plans to read all the entries. Compare Eugene’s most recent entry… Status as a Service (StaaS)… to his best one… Protecting Heterogeneous Activity. Eugene’s best entry is about my blog entry, but neither entry is really that great, given that his latest entry doesn’t mention anything about people using their money to de...
Robin Hanson's latest blog entry is his response to Glen Weyl. My comment… If I am standing quietly, without making any movement, then (according to the physiologists) my muscles are constantly at work, contracting and relaxing in an almost random fashion, but controlled, without my being aware of it, by error-elimination so that every little deviation from my posture is almost at once correct...
My post in the Futurology subreddit. Lots of sci-fi robots argue with each other. Is this plausible? Imagine five blind robots touching different parts of an elephant. Maybe at least initially they are arguing about what they are touching, but if they are moderately intelligent then one of them will quickly suggest that they put their heads together. Networking their brains will allow each ro...
Today I read this article… Netflix Is So Big It’s Finally Canceling Shows. Good by Angela Watercutter. My comment… Netflix cancels the wrong shows. In order to cancel the right shows, Netflix would actually have to know our preferences. Fact is, Netflix has absolutely no clue how much I love Lovesick, Detectorists, Campus, Spaced, The Almighty Johnsons, The Sound of Your Heart, The League, One-...
Today I read an Aeon essay by Derek J Skillings… Life is not easily bounded. I emailed him… ************************************************** Maybe dandelions aren’t the best example, given that they are notorious among gardeners for having wind-dispersed seeds. A better example would be Bryophyllum delagoense… aka mother of thousands, millions, gazillions. The leaves and flower stems of this...
In Harmony's AMA on Cent I asked about governance, I received this reply… ************************************* Heya @Xerographica! Great question. Saw your tweet--thanks :) @nickw may want to add to this, but I'm going to lift what he wrote on our forum: "As of now we don’t have a fully formed story on governance yet, but we recognize governance as one of the most crucial aspe...
My buddy Koenfucius tweeted a link to Jason Collins' thoughts on The Paradox of Choice, a book by Barry Schwartz. My comment… ************************************************** Think about evolution. First there was asexual reproduction, which created a bunch of copies, but they weren’t perfect copies, thanks to mutations/mistakes. Enough of these small differences eventually resulted in sexua...
Corin Faife wrote a long story about Cent… For Social Network Cent, Cash Rewards Come at a Price. My reply… *************************************** It’s great that you cited the day-care experiment! All of which prompted us to wonder: what would happen if these day care centers stopped relying on generosity and started relying on a financial incentive — like a fine — to discourage parents f...
Maria Paula Fernández posted a story on Cent about toxicity within the Ethereum community. My reply… ************************* It’s a matter of what is put on a pedestal. Here on Cent, when I click the *flame* button, your story is the second one. The reason why it’s in such a lofty position is because people spent their money on it. This is how Cent works, it really isn’t how Reddit, Medium, ...