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Sequentiality is an illusion. When something happens sequentially energy was expended to create order. In computers sequentiality is imposed, think network packets, disk writes, and CPU instructions, requests/responses. That reminded me how chemical reactions are typically driven by thermal fluctuations, but energy must be expended to sequentially ratchet mRNA through a ribosome to create amino acids. That got me thinking about time and how everything appears to us to happen sequentially. Then shouldn't time require energy? On that topic there's a discussion, or two, or three, that says no, but I'm afraid I still don't get it.

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Yellow Leaves

Old leaves yellow on the Bay tree
New leaves spring green beside them
Cold winds blow as winter wanes
Yellow leaves snap
Stumble to the ground
Becoming next year’s dirt
All’s green again

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Humans’ biggest advantage over other species is our ability to coöperate. Coöperation is difficult to establish and almost as difficult to sustain. For any individual, freeloading is always the best course of action. Reason developed not to enable us to solve abstract, logical problems or even to help us draw conclusions from unfamiliar data; rather, it developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups. If reason is designed to generate sound judgments, then it’s hard to conceive of a more serious design flaw than confirmation bias. This lopsidedness, according to Mercier and Sperber, reflects the task that reason evolved to perform, which is to prevent us from getting screwed by the other members of our group. Living in small bands of hunter-gatherers, our ancestors were primarily concerned with their social standing, and with making sure that they weren’t the ones risking their lives on the hunt while others loafed around in the cave. There was little advantage in reasoning clearly, while much was to be gained from winning arguments. We’ve been relying on one another’s expertise ever since we figured out how to hunt together, which was probably a key development in our evolutionary history. So well do we collaborate, Sloman and Fernbach argue, that we can hardly tell where our own understanding ends and others’ begins. If we—or our friends or the pundits on CNN—spent less time pontificating and more trying to work through the implications of policy proposals, we’d realize how clueless we are and moderate our views. This, they write, “may be the only form of thinking that will shatter the illusion of explanatory depth and change people’s attitudes.”

If you have a samsung tv you may experience periods where the screen goes black. This happens to a lot of people and it doesn't seem like there's any response from samsung.

Here's a list of things to try that I've gathered from fellow sufferers. It's your typical try everything because nobody knows what's happening debug cycle...

1. Don't buy a samsung tv. They don't seem to care about this problem.

2. Update your firmware.

3. Reset the tv to factory defaults. This seems to work for a while, but the problem comes back.

4. Plug the TV directly into the power outlet. No power strips.

5. Try different HDMI ports.

6. Use High-Speed, Category 2 HDMI cables.

7. Disable the Samsung syncplus app. Not sure what this is.

8. Disabled instant on.

9. Get a new cable box.

10. Try a different display update frequency. Our tv doesn't have this so I'm not exactly sure what this means.

11. Try this series of steps:
1. Disconnect all HDMI sources from the inputs.
2. Unplug the power from TV/LCD for 10 minutes.
3. Plug the TV/LCD back in.
4. Connect the HDMI cable one device at a time.
5. Turn on the device (ex. PS3).
6. Repeat steps 4-5 for each HDMI port.

We've tried 2, 3, 5 with no lasting results.

6 is on the way.

Just retried 3 along with 4 and 11. Seems OK last night. We'll see if it lasts.

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Hey, just letting you know I created a new service that is a simple way to answer all your US tax and accounting questions. Kind of like an Uber for getting your questions answered.
It's called Probot. There's a web interface, a slack bot, and a Facebook messenger bot.

Please take a look and let me know what you think.

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Sugar, smoking, global warming...

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This is fascinating history.

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