📚 node [[2022 01 31]]
  • Back to the workweek :)
    • I cancelled my holidays Mon-Tue to make for a better handoff for my project
    • But I do intend to take some time off through the day / work part time
    • Let's see if that works :)
  • [[agora]]
    • [[agora editors]]
      • I like how [[logseq]] shows me the tasks marked as NOW below my journal -- I was missing something like this! It seems the Agora could relatively easily do the same :)

      • I need to also try TODO/DOING/DONE though (I'm in mode NOW/LATER/DONE)

  • #push [[pomodoros]]
  • [[daniel]]


Mr. [[Eduard Bernstein]] submitted to me a manuscript by [[Engels]] of scientific content with the request that I express my opinion as to whether this manuscript should be printed. My opinion is as follows: If this manuscript were to originate from an author of no interest as a historical personality, I would not advise publication; for the content is of no special interest, either from the point of view of modern physics or even for the history of physics. On the other hand, I can imagine that this text would be considered for publication as it forms an interesting contribution toward the illumination of Engels’ intellectual personality.

— [[Albert Einstein]], Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 14

[[Varn Vlog]] notes

  • efficiency is work / energy input
  • systems are brittle when they take on too much stress and break
  • brittleness is related to cascade failure
  • centralization doesn’t lead to efficiency necessarily. centralization requires more energy input
  • deleuze and guattari believed that capitalism was rhizomatic (like grass, nodes in the system were expendable because the whole system was so diffuse)
  • deleuze did not account for agency in the system
  • we don’t evolve for efficiency we evolve for survival
  • debates over centralization have to take into account this energy efficiency

[[Regrettable Century]] notes

  • evidence of capitalism starts in the Italian city states in the 1100s
  • Banaji believes that capital can even be found as early as Rome
  • after the collapse of Rome taxes were still collected in the same way
  • in Rome, the weakened metal base of the currency meant that it was unreliable outside of the empire
  • Roman society was big on manumission, and one tension the late empire faced was the fact that it wasn’t getting new slaves because it had stopped expanding
  • Roman slavery was not chattel slavery
  • Roman slaves ended up become tenants
  • Serfdom involves an agreement to a lord, that the subject must hand over some kind of extraction to the lord, and the lord in exchange offers protection
  • Peasants don’t have bonds, serfs do
  • Sheriffs initially were for tax collection purposes
  • Most of the time punishments were physical, imprisonment was pretty rare
  • European punishments were relatively rare in general
  • Absolutism and divine right of kings were ideas of modernity, not the feudal era
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