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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 dispense 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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A logical suspense.
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Melancholy - (PFFF ! no 20150528) A wise accomodation with griefs.

https://youtu.be/MOdOYyDm4xY

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That's so true.Thank you for the link.
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HD 140283 - (PFFF ! no 20150526) Astronomers found a 14 billion years old star. Still bright and shining. Beautiful like a metaphor.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/26/oldest_star_astronomers_have_found_the_most_ancient_known_star.html

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Astronomers have found the oldest star in the Universe. Well, kinda. It’s the oldest one we know of. At least the oldest one we know of for which an age has been reliably measured. OK, enough caveats. What’s going on? Some stars are young; we see them being born now....
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The article says it is less than 200 light years away from the Sun.
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You're welcome.

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One of the most spectacular Sofar shows ever - a 13-minute didgeridoo/beatboxing workout from Smily Didgeridoo in #Tokyo - Jack, Sofar
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Techno-Communism - (PFFF ! no 20150520) We are not the customers of our social platforms, but their prime products:

> The companies are analogous to feudal lords and we are their vassals, peasants and – on a bad day – serfs. We are tenant farmers for these companies, working on their land by producing data that they in turn sell for profit.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/17/sold-our-souls-and-more-to-internet-giants-privacy-surveillance-bruce-schneier

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From TVs that listen in on us to a doll that records your child’s questions, data collection has become both dangerously intrusive and highly profitable. Is it time for governments to act to curb online surveillance?
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Did Steve Buscemi Dig through World Trade Center Rubble Looking for Survivors During 9/11? - (PFFF ! no 20150603) Indeed he did.

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/buscemi.asp

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Actor Steve Buscemi was once one of New York's Bravest and after 9/11 worked 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters digging and sifting through the rubble from the World Trade Center looking for survivors.
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A very good actor in every role he plays
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Platform - (PFFF ! no 20150601) A public statement of principles, objectives, and policies that can vary with time and money.

http://jcmooreonline.com/2014/11/02/the-1956-republican-party-platform-vs-todays/

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A comparison of the 1956 Republican Party platform with today's shows how the Republican Party has devolved since Eisenhower's time. Though there is not an
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White Russian - (PFFF! no 20150529) For my birthday the other day, I received a bottle of vodka, a bottle of kahlua, a quarter of cream, and this video in my inbox:

> Everything I ever wanted. But I wasn't alone.

https://youtu.be/f283Jwt2ePo

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I didn't watch the video (I'm not much of a visual person.)

That said: go for the vodka (if it's good).
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Parable of the Polygons - (PFFF ! no 20150527) Once upon a time, the world of geometry had to choose sides. The battle that took shape angled strangely. Here we are. The end.

http://ncase.me/polygons/

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Bodies - (PFFF ! no 20150524) In D. H. Lawrence's The Border Line, Katherine Farquart made some body count:

> Her world, she had realized, consisted almost entirely of little somebodies. She was outside the sphere of the nobodies, always had been. And the somebodies with a capital "S" were all safely dead. She new enough of the world to-day to know that it is not going to put up with any great Somebody; but many little nobodies and a sufficient number of little somebodies. Which after all, is as it should be, she felt.

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnipeg_General_Strike

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Farm - (PFFF ! no 20150521) Artist John Gerrard wanted to photograph Google's data farms. He asked them. They replied:

> There is no way that is going to happen [1].

Gerrard rented an helicopter and took photos from what may be the last public space. Some of his photos:

http://www.thomasdanegallery.com/exhibitions/98/works/

[1]: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/feb/04/google-data-farm-john-gerrard-internet-art

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Commonplace - #PFFF, see link below.

Music - #BenFm, 

Doodles- #ComputingTherapy, #CubeSpaces

Fountain pens - #InstrumentsOfPleasure

Quotes - #InnerPath, #KnowThyThings, etc.

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

Secondary -- economy, ethology, psychology, typography.

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

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

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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.
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