💡 2021 is the lem year

On 13th September 2021 “we celebrate the centenary of the birth of Stanisław Lem - writer, futurologist and philosopher, whose work ignites the imagination of readers all around the world.”

illustration: Daniel Mróz

Check out the awesome celebratory website: https://lem2021.org/

And some quotes:

  • “There is no such nonsense that people would be incapable of believing it.
  • “It’s impossible to talk to people who cannot see the obvious.
  • “Stupidity is the driving force of history.
  • “The world is actually an hallucination of some Superbrain gone berserk in a manner infinite but bounded.”

✒ self-repair manifesto

via iFixit:

If you can’t fix it, you don’t own it.

  • repair is better than recycling
  • repair saves you money
  • repair teaches engineering
  • repair saves the planet

We have the right:

  • to devices that can be opened
  • to repair documentation for everything
  • to non-proprietary fasteners
  • to replace any and all consumables ourselves
  • to available, reasonably-priced service parts

…and more. Read in full at https://www.ifixit.com/Manifesto.

💬 hofstadter's wit

via https://wit.substack.com/p/untwist-all-the-tongues

Hofstadter is a theoretical physicist, an AI skeptic, a proud Hoosier, a literary scholar, and a strange loop. He also coined Hofstadter’s Law, which states that things always take longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.

He describes himself as pilingual: he speaks English, French, and Italian, “with several other languages having small to tiny fractional values,” adding up to 3.1415…

Here are some of his potentially untranslatable puns:

“A mistress is halfway between a mister and a mattress.”

“Parking is such street sorrow.”

Boids, “a documentary on artificial robot-birds, whose title draws on ‘android’, ‘humanoid,’ etc, while also doing a stereotyped Brooklyn accent on ‘birds’”

💬 the trivial and the fuzzy

“In larger things we are convivial
What causes trouble is the trivial.”
— Richard Armour

Or, when someone keeps saying “Yes, but...”

Especially when it comes to fuzzy concepts:

Sharp distinctions regarding fuzzy concepts are meaningless.

(somewhere on the Internet)