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as a child i think i thought that the idea of my toys belonged to me, and at some point i began to understand 'how the world works' and they became entities projected into my life from afar, rather than something from my life. i don't know who's right.
Vessels & Memories & Deep Feelings / Vessel 10 -- Pikachu
February 24, 2024, 12:29:52 PM
When did you realize
that Pikachu belonged to an inhuman entity
and not you?
Recipes & Ingredients / Lentil Soup (from my inbox) [0?]
February 24, 2024, 12:29:29 PM
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
2 medium carrots, diced
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
6 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed and picked over
2/3 cup whole-kernel corn
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
(optional) pinch each of saffron and cayenne
zest and juice of 1 small lemon
fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

I found this emailed to myself. I hope it works as a recipe. It may be the same as a recipe I've already made, just from a different source? Not sure. Will not expend brain cycles figuring that out.
Restaurants & Packaged Food / Re: Chocolat de Kat
January 02, 2024, 05:34:56 PM
Oops, I missed taking notes on two of them! Here they are:

Milk Choco Galaxy

Close reading / Re: The Best Interface Is No Interface
January 02, 2024, 11:47:33 AM
The Best Form Is No Form

I don't actually believe this, but... well... I'll be back after processing these thoughts.
Close reading / Re: The Best Interface Is No Interface
January 02, 2024, 11:46:54 AM
Some of what Ellis Hamburger discusses in the Foreword is very immediately relevant to my thoughts on 'transcending form'...
QuoteThe point isn't to remove the ring, or to make photos disappear after they've been seen. The point is to understand how we use communication products . . .

. . . The key is forgetting what we've learned about interfaces, and using our instincts (instead of hot trends like "ephemerality") as guides.
Close reading / Re: The Best Interface Is No Interface
January 02, 2024, 11:42:30 AM
I'm going to read this book a second time!
Close reading / Re: On the Internet
December 29, 2023, 01:17:16 PM
Chapter Three, Disembodied Telepresence and the Remoteness of the Real
Close reading / Re: On the Internet
December 29, 2023, 01:16:17 PM
Dreyfus now enters the realm of telepresence; if indeed human interaction is necessary, and the state of telepresence is now, as he puts it, infra-human, what might telepresence offer us in the future...?
Close reading / Re: On the Internet
December 29, 2023, 01:13:21 PM
End of chapter review

What are skills? Dreyfus dedicates most of this chapter to answering that question. It reminds me of Mastery, but more concise. Skills are rules that become intuitions... memories and experiences balled up into a fuzzy cloud of responses.

His argument is, roughly, that human interaction is a necessary or at least very common form of investment, reward, pressure, and that these things — not necessarily human interaction — are requirements for developing skills past basic competence. You have to get emotionally invested to get past basic competence.

Also other humans are useful because you can learn a lot from them through observation of them applying their skills.
Close reading / Re: On the Internet
December 28, 2023, 11:06:50 AM
I first encountered Dreyfus, a process which lead to my reading of this book, via this interview (todo: link) recommended to me by jack.

He speaks about emotional involvement/investment there, but also here in this book.

paraphrasing for now: TO LEARN, ONE MUST BE EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN SUCCESS/FAILURE. (Benner (nurse)'s anecdote, p32) WITHOUT RELATIONSHIPS, WHERE IS THE EMOTIONAL INVESTMENT? "there is still no class before which the student can shine and also risk making a fool of himself" (p33)

brain sparks; parasocial relationships a result of filling some vacuum, wanting a person to pay attention, seeking success/failure feedback; money +/- a similar result of filling some vacuum, rules, wanting to know concretely, was that good or was that bad? feedback, feedback, feedback.
Close reading / Re: On the Internet
December 28, 2023, 10:50:00 AM
Oh, wonderful. He poses exactly these questions/problems himself.

- "neither side gives us any reason to accept their pronouncements. . . . does learning really require face-to-face engagement, and, if so, why?" (27) -- regarding whether human interaction is or is not necessary to education

- "First, we need to get clear about what skill are and how they are acquired."

Dreyfus, I am so glad we're on the same wavelength.
Close reading / Re: On the Internet
December 28, 2023, 10:47:27 AM
Quote from: p26. . . the hope is that somehow the power of the World Wide Web will make possible a new approach to education for the twenty-first century in which each student will be able to stay at home and yet be taught by great teachers from all over the world.

I can already see the problems! Dreyfus focuses on 'education,' but I think this is about all sorts of relationships over the internet... I suppose this comes with the assumption that 'education' is relationship-based in the first place. It isn't, for everyone. However, specifically, 'taught by great teachers' certainly implies a relationship. I wonder if Dreyfus allows for these terms to be generalized or disconnected. OK, I have another question.
- What is the connection between learning and human relationships? Does Dreyfus assume this connection without defending it? If not, what is his defense? What is his justification?
Close reading / Re: On the Internet
December 28, 2023, 10:43:19 AM
Chapter Two, How Far is Distance Learning from Education?

""Without involvement and presence we cannot acquire skills.""

I only really have one question, every other question seems too obvious or to obviously flow from the answer to this one question
- What are skills? (That is, how does Dreyfus define skills?)
Close reading / Re: On the Internet
December 28, 2023, 10:41:12 AM
End of chapter review

That was fast! Still, I'll force myself to ask and answer the questions at the top.

- What are the limitations of hyperlinks?
Hyperlinks don't contain contextual data. Google has solved this with the idea of backlinks and tracking when users go from A to B. The hyperlinks aren't born with contextual data about the nature of the link, but we may infer, deduce, collect contextual data about the nature of the link...

- How do those limitations lead to loss of embodiment
They don't, but the machines themselves don't have embodiment, so following their logic involves denying our own. I suppose I can see how Google resolves that as well, by noting statistical relevance according to the actions of embodied humans, rather than assuming the machine must be able to figure things out on its own, without a body. It uses our bodies, en masse, secondhand.

- How does that loss of embodiment lead to 'loss of the ability to recognize relevance'
I think that is already covered

- What are the consequences of not being able to recognize relevance?
I'm not sure if he touches on this... Dreyfus says "If we leave our embodied commonsense understanding of the world aside, as using computers seems to force us to do, we have to do things the computer's way", but nothing of the consequences.

I won't answer the question posed to myself at this moment, because I think this is a deeper question which will be answered by the whole book rather than this one chapter.