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Funny you mentioned that interview (and thanks for the info, I don't track numbers that much). I have been thinking about Terence a lot lately, gearing up to maybe write an essay about our casual friendship. As often, I have been missing him of late as well, especially wondering how he would frame AI. I suspect pretty positively, maybe even as an extrusion of that Transcendental Object at the end of time. But we will never know.
Yeah its nuts these days. I watch myself spin out multiple times a day. One of the reasons I continue to write even though its hard and sometimes seems pointless is that it helps me generate a kind of consistency that does thread through my day, a sort of coherence that offers a groundless ground amidst the turbulence...Glad to hear a bit of it sometimes leaks through!
You can always check the Akashic Records.
Let me know how the translation is...
Here is the tune. I love hearing it through the story of your rabbit hole journey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ4KqFbWfss
My Zen master insists: "no one ever finds out, you'll die trying." And he is supposed to "Know"!!!
I forgot about that line. For me, engaging and immersing myself into the essence of art is a survival tactic at this point...
The Naked Sacred...
Wonderful thought: inhumanity is the only way past death. Makes you think about the immortality projects of tech overlords in an interesting way. The will-to-inhumanity!
Like ambrosia to some...
I definitely recommend spreading them around willy-nilly -- it helps the inoculation process!
“the stink of the bong.”
Erik, you're an adept wordslinger. Still enjoy your last interview session with Terence. And it has over 1.1M million views now on Youtube. What a remarkable influence.
I recently got a Utube song of “Juan Charrasqueado” sung by the great Jorge Negrete in 1945. The emotions and the entire picture came into focus of me listening to this music only because mom loved Mexican music and played it often, in the timeframe of the late 60s. I then decided to find the English translation, I stopped with the words, I can’t imagine an English cover exists… I didn’t stop there, I looked up the translation of an old poem by Pedro Calderon de la Barca called Life is a dream. WTF is going on I cried? I hope no one ever finds out, I think.
I suppose it’s not as bad in prose than music or poetry, and I hope it’s a stick in the eye of AI.
With that said, I’m looking forward to doing TECH GNOSIS in Spanish.
Inhuman techne IS the sort of immortality authors and poets have long sought, but it just used to be a Grimoire or an Obelisk, instead of a trillion node LLM. Its the only way past death, inhumanity.
"Yet the more questioningly we ponder the essence of technology, the more mysterious the essence of art becomes."
-The Question Concerning Technology, Martin Heidegger 1955 (technically under copyright by Harper & Row 1977)
Heard about the bird, 'bout the plane, and the Superman?
Word is we can outlast anyone
Supercede the superfly guys who
Will concede that they are dying flies
This range of suss could be dangerous
Let's test! At best, it's religious
At worst, a thirst, bursting for the next rhyme
All times sacred, even stripped naked
—Pop Will Eat Itself, "Dance Of The Mad Bastards" circa 1990