Monthly Art #44

This is a monthly “newsletter”, containing a list of what I enjoyed the most last month. Whether it was a full length movie, short film, music album, book or even a painting.

What I am watching

“Kumaré is a 2011 documentary film directed by and starring American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, who poses as an Indian guru to satirize the New Age movement.” - Wikipedia

People want to believe in something. And then another guru appears who promises to lead them to enlightenment. And in a way, the effect is achieved. People seem to be happy, full of love and all their suffering is behind them. But it turns out that the guru himself does not believe in what he is doing. He’s a liar. Is it possible to distinguish pseudo cult from “real”? Are there any “real” cults at all?

What I am reading

I wish this post existed earlier in my career. The amount of wisdom per paragraph is mind blowing.

Check out Vasili’s other posts like How to Play Long Term or How to Choose What to Read.

An old article by Nick Szabo, where he shows a relation between an “exit cost” (ability of any citizen of a certain country to do international business) and freedoms.

“At the other end of the spectrum from Hong Kong and Singapore are countries with isolated populations, with poor access to world communications and travel. Add to this countries where tax revenues can be gained from taxing agricultural land or minerals rather than potentially mobile “human capital.” These countries tend to have the fewest freedoms.”

Stuff I found cool

So, how do thousands of fireflies pick a leader to follow, a maestro to keep their flashing in time? The answer, the scientists found, is simple: They don’t.

The example of leaderless consensus algorithm. Made by nature.

Finally an app with eye exercises which keeps me engaged during the process. I think we will see a lot of similar face tracking apps soonish.

So long


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