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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:

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"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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Edward Gorey illustration for a Franz Kafka novel.
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@SciencePorn he's thinkin small-time. What he could have done for polio sufferers with 7 billion, he coulda bought them all polio vaccs! DatNoFact · 19 déc. DatNoFact @datnofact. @SciencePorn In 2015, Martin Shkreli bought the rights to Daraprim, used to treat a life-threatening parasitic ...
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The same way Tim Berners-Lee put the Internet in the public domain. Such men are my heroes, truly.
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An S Song - (PFFF ! no 20160821) Theorem - For any speech act S, an S- song is good to know in case you need to S. Proof - see below. Cf. Les parapluies de Cherbourg.
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Viscous Circle - (PFFF ! no 20160818) A technique to improve the viscosity of crude oil could make our chocolate experiencese even more electrifying.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-chocolate-electric-beam-20160620-snap-story.html

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Leave it to scientists to take something as awesome as chocolate and make it even better.
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Intergenerational Immobility - (PFFF ! no 20160816) Researchers discovered that the Poor and the Rich kept the same surnames over centuries:

> The top earners among the current taxpayers were already at the top of the socioeconomic ladder six centuries ago – they were lawyers or members of the wool, silk, and shoemaker guilds; their earnings and wealth were always above the median. In contrast, the poorest surnames had less prestigious occupations, and their earnings and wealth were below the median in most cases.

http://voxeu.org/article/what-s-your-surname-intergenerational-mobility-over-six-centuries

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Intergenerational mobility is concerned with the relationship between the socioeconomic status of parents and that of their children as adults. Societies characterised by a high transmission of socioeconomic status across generations are not only more likely to be perceived as ‘unfair’, they may also be less efficient as they waste the talents and skills of those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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and selfie shoes are an April Fool thing https://miz-mooz.com/blog/selfie-shoes/
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Internet and Human Rights - (PFFF ! no 20160813) United Nation's Human Rights Council, seeking to extend human rights to the Internet:

> Calls upon all States to address security concerns on the Internet in accordance with their international human rights obligations to ensure protection of freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy and other human rights online, including through national democratic, transparent institutions, based on the rule of law, in a way that ensures freedom and security on the Internet so that it can continue to be a vibrant force that generates economic, social and cultural development[.]

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Does anyone else see vetoes, should the resolution come to a vote? : /
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CAKE

Look, you
want it
you devour it
and then, then
good as it was
you realize
it wasn’t
what you
exactly
wanted
what you
wanted
exactly was
wanting

[Noah Eli Gordon]
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"Let them want . . . ."
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