Newsletter No.213 — Apr 03, 2022

Why Christopher Alexander Still Matters ⊗ The Future of Sustainability ⊗ The Cleanest Way to Address the Crisis

This week → Why Christopher Alexander still matters ⊗ The future of sustainability: ‘the same, only faster’ or deep transformation that challenges the fundamentals of our systems? ⊗ The largest, cheapest, safest, cleanest way to address the crisis ⊗ Belonging, care and repair ⊗ The miserable lives of cyborg truck drivers ⊗ Peek into the future

A year ago → A favourite in issue No.167 was Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter by Ted Chiang.

Quick reminder that I launched a members’ Discord. We’re still getting our sea legs, we’ll soon start a rotation of various people posting stuff to broaden things beyond my own readings, and you can still become a member for just $20 to open it up more.

One talent I don’t seem to have is for writing book reviews, so I wont even try but I have to mention that I just finished Reap3r by Sentiers friend and reader Eliot Peper and loved it. I’m not sure if it’s a case of finding patterns where they aren’t any, but it definitely feels like there’s a lot of overlap between the topics in Eliot’s books and this newsletter (and he manages to conjure up another place I want to hangout at). Quantum computing, AR, VCs, black ops, podcasting, journalism, all mix in a great ride. And I hope I don’t spoil anything too much by saying so, but if you’ve ever read or watched something and thought “well they should just,” the conclusion is a refreshing “ah! of course, well done!” (Ok, I guess that was kind of a review.)