Occupying Portland

I’ve been having a hell of a time trying to figure out my stance on the eviction of Occupy Portland, less than 9 hours from now. Writing this out helped. Yes, Occupations have an asshole problem[1]. Yes, Occupy is about more than tents, and there may be better places to occupy than a kettled-in park […]

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the new timeline of suck

I believe that in the first year of this project, I have committed most creative sins Merlin refers to in this talk, with the happy exception of activities worth promotion to the rank of Salami Commander. The result: tens of thousands of words, which are totally not a book. I tried a few more things […]

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net work / in me shed

I went to the island, spent time with people I like, and watched bats and satellites and stars, stars, stars, which are countable only in the strictest technical sense. Then, in the middle of the night, I swallowed several high-degree polynomials, washed them down with tequila and a squeeze of Zorn’s Lemma, and dreamed. In […]

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for all men x, x is not an island

Nevertheless, I’m heading to an island this weekend, that Nature might provide some workaday transcendance. Rudy Rucker, The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: …[E]xpressing a desire to have a spiritual life might activate, let us say, certain brain centers that release endorphins, which in turn affect the threshold levels of one’s neurons. And these […]

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rubber teardrop + nibbled to death by ducks

My goal for the week was a video update, catching you guys up to speed on Phase II of the master plan. Instead it’s been a week of chaste surge protectors (don’t ask) and video clips going inexplicably green. Hideous, night-vision green. While I troubleshoot this development (I’d pun off ‘development’ but it’s video not […]

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I’m testing out the Foresight Engine, which is likely to contribute some DNA to the Punk Mathematics game. It’s going on right now, for the next 24 hours. How it works: There’s a scenario (in this case, the development of a “smart grid”, which is basically an energy infrastructure that has modern information technology alongside […]

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streams of information

The book’s going well. But any update I write would be, at this point, really boring. “He sits. He picks up an index card. He enters it in the most likely place in the mega mindmap. He makes a checkmark. He picks up an index card.” So, please enjoy this ramble from my thank-god-i’m-not-forced-to-take-another-sick-day-but-boy-am-i-not-well-yet brain. […]

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sullen and bathrobey

I enjoy working from home. My front windows accumulate lovely mathy dry-erase diagrams. Snacks are close. Pants are optional. But, after complaints from Management that my pages were coming in ‘sullen and bathrobey’, I allowed it might be worth trying a dedicated work environment. So, I’ve started working from NedSpace Downtown, a coworking spot in […]

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long live punkmathematics.com!

punkmathematics.com went live today!  If you’re reading this post, you’ve found it!  Here are a few things you should know… -Pre-orders of the book are available on the Merch! page. -We support shipping to all 50 United States as well as UK and Ireland.  We’re working on adding more shipping options.  Tell us where you […]

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a few more rewards (shhh!)

Update #4 originally posted on August 27 Dear Backers, I’ve added 2 Answer-to-Everything packs and 1 Research Patron pack to the reward list. You heard it first! -Tom

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