JULY 2013

* red visitor

"Only the owner of the hut had the drudgery of carrying home the firewood; the visitor does not know the cost of the fire he is enjoying."


After one of the most large scale and successful cyber attacks in early internet history (American networks hit by the Honker Union of China), western Nations regarded the act as Piracy. Later it was discovered that the chinese used the word Hei-ke for their attack, pronounced as Hacker. Hei ke means "Black Visitor", which explicitly refers to the color of the modern pirate symbol. Hon Ke means "Red Visitor". From the Chinese perspective (during that first cyber-attack) the chinese were not computer pirates but computer "corsairs." All corsairs are pirates except in the eyes of the state that is sending them on a mission. that being said, not all pirates are corsairs. Some pirates form stateless hordes and attack everything in sight, with no regard for national allegiance.
(Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism, Harvard Business Review)


At this point it's magic. Nevertheless, the fact is it does happen -- you can have this experience. It represents a synesthesia in the presence of ongoing communication. It is, in fact, telepathy. It is not what we thought telepathy would be, which I suppose if you're like me, you imagine telepathy would be hearing what other people think. It isn't that. It's seeing what other people mean. And them also seeing what they mean. So that once something has been communicated, both parties can walk around it and look at it, the way you study a Brancusi, or a Henry Moore in an art gallery.

By eliminating the ambiguity of the audio signal, and substituting the concreteness of the visual image, the membrane of separation, that allows the fiction of our individuality, can be temporarily overcome. And the temporary overcoming of the illusion of individuality is a much richer notion of ego-death than the kind of white-light, null-states that it has imagined to be. Because the overcoming of the illusion of individuality has political consequences. The political consequences are that one can love one's neighbor, because the commonalty of being is felt. Not reasoned toward, or propagandized into, or reinforced, but felt.
(Terence McKenna)

Steve Jobs


"Don't let the noise of other opinions drown out your own inner voice."

"Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did."

"The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again."

"Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal."

"Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there's another side to the coin, and you can't remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important-creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could."

"My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time."

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

"That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works."

"As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what's happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don't seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids."

Steve Wozniak


"Artists work best alone. Work alone."

"I learned not to worry so much about the outcome, but to concentrate on the step I was on and to try to do it as perfectly as I could when I was doing it."

"Our first computers were born not out of greed or ego, but in the revolutionary spirit of helping common people rise above the most powerful institutions."

"I hope you're as lucky as I am. The world needs inventors--great ones. You can be one. If you love what you do and are willing to do what it really takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It'll be worth it, I promise."

"When you don't have the hardware resources, you have to take advantage of what you have inside the chip."

"Every dream I've ever had in life has come true ten times over."

"Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked."

"A lot of hacking is playing with other people, you know, getting them to do strange things."

"Everything we did we were setting the tone for the world."

My goal wasn't to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.

I think everything I have done in my life, my reasons at the time were right no matter how things worked out.

For some reason I get this key position of being one of two people that started the company that started the revolution.