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asciilifeform: shinohai: bot awol ?
asciilifeform: !w poll
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watchglass: : ( Alive: (0.174s) V=99999 (/ Jumpers=0x1 (TRB-Compat.) Blocks=670291 (Operator: asciilifeform)
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watchglass: : Violated BTC Protocol: Bad header length!
thimbronion: Taleb reportedly selling his Bitcoin. WTF happened to that guy?
asciilifeform: thimbronion: remind me, what did he have to do with bitcoin ?
thimbronion: asciilifeform: Did you read Antifragile?
asciilifeform: thimbronion: did, and, as w/ his earlier pieces, not at all impressed.
snsabot: (trilema) 2014-06-18 asciilifeform: herr taleb alternates between ruminating on his personal sense of brilliance and excellent pedigree, and... punching a boxer's bag. how much fun to watch a man punch a bag?
snsabot: (trilema) 2017-04-02 asciilifeform: (d00d who thinks that he's a demigod, but i have nfi what he actually accomplished with ~own~ hands other than the tired old trick of 'turning a billion $ into a million')
snsabot: (trilema) 2018-08-17 asciilifeform: stinks to high heaven, 'i won lottery, hear me roar'
thimbronion: asciilifeform: Guy is an asshole, but he had a point about the idiotic attempts to hide risk and the inevitable blow up.
asciilifeform: thimbronion: is what meant in 'punching a bag'
asciilifeform: bashing usg.'economics' dun require intellectual depth, 'insight', etc. -- is approx. as much of a challenge as bashing lysenko.
asciilifeform: it aint an 'intellectual' construct, but simply ruling ideology of particular gaggle of pedigreed morons.
asciilifeform: which will exist the stage with the physical destruction of said morons, and not earlier.
asciilifeform: *exit the
thimbronion: It was enlightening to mid-2010s me.
thimbronion: He doesn't seem to know what he's talking about though.
asciilifeform: ( y'know, sorta like k. pobedonostsev, was 'philosopher' in last yrs of romanov rule. )
asciilifeform: thimbronion: that's exactly the kind of maculature 'trendy' bookstores in usa littered with for decades.
snsabot: (trilema) 2016-12-01 asciilifeform: asciilifeform refers to this genre of writing as '10th-dimension', after infamous pseudoscientific b00k/www by same name, which consisted of highly refined 'imponade' (to borrow naggum's) , that is, writing designed to pull the reader's intellectual cock and give a sensation of 'profound insight', 'yes, NAO i UNDERSTAND FIZZZIX!' or similar.
asciilifeform: 'felt enlightening' but then realize 'no signs that author actually had a clue' 'even a stolen clue'
asciilifeform: thimbronion: in usa, it is almost national tradition for a gambler who finds self with a 6 fig bank acct, to turn it into a 7-8 by writing a 'how to succeed like me!!' piece of pablum
asciilifeform: no shortage of buyers.
thimbronion: asciilifeform: I assumed he an 8-fig, but could be wrong.
asciilifeform: worx even better
asciilifeform: start w/ 7-8, go to 9-10.
thimbronion: He reminds of the "Classical Liberals"
asciilifeform: taleb's pieces oozed just the 'right' sort of narcissism. and 'truthiness'.
thimbronion: Always ready to stab in the back anyone who falls for their rhetoric.
asciilifeform: delicious (to uninitiated/young folx) flavour of 'make bank, Like Me, by Sticking It To Establishment' etc
asciilifeform: moar on subj, iirc the man has openly shilled for shitcoin artists. (dun have the log ptr handy, tho)
thimbronion: He worships various classical figures, but wouldn't invite any of them should they be alive today to eat squid ink noodles with him due to their "racist" views.
thimbronion: asciilifeform: didn't know he shitcoined.
asciilifeform: thimbronion: when reading his pieces, asciilifeform could barely contain gag reflext, taleb went on, and on, and on... pete_dushenski style, re his glorious pedigree, and 'culture of the levant', esteemed ancestors, etc etc
asciilifeform: *reflex
asciilifeform: i suspect this kinda thing worx very, very well against the rubes described in orlov's 'The Untrustworthy and the Trustful' :
asciilifeform: 'There also seems to be a certain set of traits possessed in abundance by a category of highly effective American financial operators that makes it easy for them to prey on trustful people. It may be the suits they wear, or the English they speak or their general demeanor—let us call it “trustiness,” to go along with the “truthiness” of their financial disclosures. Deep down, trustful people feel privileged to be robb
asciilifeform: ed by such superior specimens.'
asciilifeform: late-era sovok contained quite a few figures resembling, imho more than superficially, taleb -- i.e. 'dissidents' which were nominally in opposition to it (but vanished into insignificance with its collapse) , nominally 'oppressed' (while occupying plum jobs -- 'writer's union' came w/ massive leisure, primo food, vacation house, car, sometimes -- driver)
verisimilitude: The proper term then is ``controlled opposition''.
asciilifeform: verisimilitude: often enuff, doesn't require direct control
asciilifeform: 'useful idiots'
verisimilitude: Indirect control is still direct.
verisimilitude: He who controls the drug supply has an inherent advantage over addicts, no matter how motivated.
verisimilitude: On the topic of book stores, I increasingly find not a single book I actually want, and must have them ordered specially.
asciilifeform: at any rate, very happy to hear that he sold bitcoin. hope to live to see him beg for spare change like eric raymond .
asciilifeform: there are few things on satan's green earth more noxious than a lottery winner cum judas goat 'teaching success'.
verisimilitude: ``Flip thousands of coins, and the few which always came up heads will tell us how, with hard work, we can achieve what they did.''
snsabot: (trilema) 2017-04-02 asciilifeform: lottery winners have not merely 0 to teach, but 'learning' from them tends to make folx dumber.
asciilifeform: lottery winning has a magick property of reliably converting otherwise-harmless folx into scum -- after winnings ~run out~, fella will do ANYTHING to keep the good times rolling.
snsabot: (ossasepia) 2019-12-11 asciilifeform: RubenSomsen: fella was friend of an old meatspace friend of mine. was a kind of esr-style lottery winner, as teenager; developed severe delusions of grandeur 'oh hey lemme make a nanotech cad despite knowing 0' and just as the money ran dry, was offered job as a professional bamboozler / bitcoin disinfo artist, by the reich. and afaik is what he does to this day.
asciilifeform: this is worth remembering when you find yourself turning into present-day taleb, esr, et al., because 'hey i enjoyed book in 2010'.
asciilifeform: *tuning into
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