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Benoit St-Pierre
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The PFFF! Project

My G+ stream mostly contains the English version of a project called PFFF!, a French interjection akin to "pfft". The name is also an acronym which stands either for Paquet de Faits, de Figures et de Formules, i.e. "a bunch of facts, figures, and formulas" or Pensées sous Forme de Fiches Futiles, i.e. "thoughts under the form of futile entries". You can sift through them by searching with the tag #PFFF .

The project started as a mailing list sent to close friends, est. 2006. My original intent was to do something with the ideas I collected through the years on index cards and in notebooks: anecdotes, quotes, factoids, etc. I may have more now than I ever had.

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The mailing list format means I post once a day, perhaps twice when I absolutely must reshare a post. I suggest you do the same: tweet like you would be tweeted, plus like you would be plussed, or else I might not follow you. 

This project also implies I do exactly the opposite of what Guy Kawasaki [1] says we should, which is to provide free, original content. If everyone but me followed Guy's suggestion, you'd be all posting my PFFFs.  If you prefer to receive a PFFF ! in your inbox from 3 to 6 times a week, please send me a private message.

My personal archives contain thousands of entries, most of which have not being published on my stream. I don't know how many  there are actually. The numbering system does not help me count them, as it follows an ISO dating scheme for the purported shipping date. I don't care much to count the PFFFs as the project seeks to become a kind of Book of sand:

> A fictionalized version of Borges himself meets an elderly Scottish Bible seller, who hands him a cloth-bound book that he bought in India called The Book of Sand, "because neither the book nor the sand has any beginning or end". Upon opening the book, Borges is shocked to discover that the book, which is written in an unknown language and occasionally punctuated by illustrations, is in fact infinite: if one turns the pages, more pages seem to grow out of the book.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Sand

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Once upon a time, I built a Posterous for the project, but got tired of editing the Markdown carriage returns as Posterous was closing shop. Then I built a tumblog, but got tired of the strange Tumblr URLS. Then I built a Wordpress site, which was becoming kinda neat, but got tired of rebuilding the database after the site got hacked.

So here I am, on G+. 

Eventually, it will become a part of a linkbait website that will make me very rich, at least content-wise.

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[1] To whom I wish all the happiness offshore paradises can provide:

http://www.reddit.com/r/business/comments/xuz2q/rich_dad_poor_dad_contains_much_wrong_advice_much/
"The Book of Sand" (original Spanish title: "El libro de arena") is a 1975 short story by Jorge Luis Borges. It has parallels to "The Zahir", continuing the theme of self-reference and attempting to abandon the terribly infinite. The story appears in a book of the same name, the Spanish language ...
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Your Own Grandpa - (PFFF ! no 20150417) Everybody can be one's own man or woman, but can everybody become their own grandpa or grandma?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYlJH81dSiw

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So who has to pay child support to whom in case of a divorce?
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Baotou - (PFFF ! no 20150415) My tablet's battery may be dying and the images of rare earth mining in Baotou makes me hesitate to replace it.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150402-the-worst-place-on-earth

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Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.
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Billions upon billions of rare earth Ming vases, +kristien marie.
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The Best of Both Possible Worldviews - (PFFF ! no 20150412) Possibly Inspiring:

> The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

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Testing PicMonkey.
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Punch Every Day - (PFFF ! no 20150407) My 1% inspiration for the day:

> Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face [M. Tyson].

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A demotivator. 
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Original Ideal - (PFFF ! no 20150404) Humans are genetically attracted by invisible goaltender masks.

http://originalideal.com/

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What do we find instinctively beautiful in the human face and how does this translate to self-image? What assumptions would we make about another person if we could see their ideal self-image? Original Ideal combines portrait photography and neuroscience to isolate the subjects' ideal self image ...
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only in Canada   ; )
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Get me off Your Fucking Mailing List - (PFFF ! no 20150418) David Mazières and Eddie Kohler propose the "peer-reviewed" version:

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/21/7259207/scientific-paper-scam

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It was 700 times!  Maybe they got the message!  
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You Might Also Listen To - (PFFF ! no 20150416) You like music. You like graphs. You like single-serving sites. You'll love this:

http://www.music-map.com/

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Nice! Thanks for this discovery! :-)
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Cake and Cunnilingus Day - (PFFF ! no 20150413) One day left until the most important celebration of the year:

http://www.cakeandcunnilingus.com/

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Cake and Cunnilingus Day - a holiday combining oral sex on women with cakes and desserts. A woman's answer to steak and a blowjob day!
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Nice combo!
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What Did Bowie Do? - (PFFF ! no 20140411) Still one month to draw my own tattoo and have a japanese tattooist ink it on the back of my left calf. 

http://supbowie.com/

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Love and Money - (PFFF ! no 20150408) There are two problems in the world, and one is insoluble:

> Here’s a look at the evolution of the rom-com, via your wallet

https://medium.com/matter/money-all-right-money-money-money-869391578f65

Don't miss the Meg Ryan era!

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How much does it cost to live in a Nora Ephron movie anyway?
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i got confused.  the premise sounds promising but the follow-through wasn't convincing.  i do think romance is evolved survival instinct.  some form of mind trick to secure resources and pass on the genes.
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Art. That is all.

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indeed. That's the only God I believe in.
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Puppet of many masters.
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An essay in artful conceptualism
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Projects

Commonplace - #PFFF, see link below.

Music - #BenFm, 

Doodles- #ComputingTherapy, #CubeSpaces

Fountain pens - #InstrumentsOfPleasure

Quotes - #InnerPath, #KnowThyThings, etc.

Interests

Primary -- metaphilosophy, poetry, rhetoric, social justice.

Secondary -- economy, ethology, psychology, typography.

Tertiary -- anthropology, chess, communication, logic, theology.

Desinterests

Catz lolz, business talk, gamer's games, synthetic photography, indulging self-help, unelegant self-promotion, tech news.

Bragging rights
A good Samaritan (photo by Philippe Ducros). A decent conversationalist. Taurus ASC Sagitarius. Fierce ISTP. Dude since 2013-12-01. Member of the G Peace Circle.
Education
  • University of Quebec
    philosophy, cognitive sciences, 2013
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