Favourite things of 2022
This year I decided to get into dancing. I actually got into kayaking, gelato, Haskell. I theorised country music.
This year I quit nicotine. Zyban works! For a while.
- I worked 2103 hours, not counting fun stuff like the blog.
- Proposal about developmental neuroscience and AI.
- Proposal about backfiring AI safety
- Off Road launch and handover.
- Emergency research teams: writing and executive search.
- Running an ESPR camp.
- I learned Haskell tolerably (did Euler).
forloops are now hopelessly ugly to me.
- Epstein-Barr as principal cause of multiple sclerosis
- Immune therapy for MS https://twitter.com/newscientist/status/1513931415712374789
- Q > 1 (fusion).
- Stem cell embryogenesis
- Pan-influenza vaccine
- Small modular reactor, NuScale
- GLP agonist prescriptions take off
- A Neural Network Solves and Generates Mathematics Problems by Program Synthesis
- Generalizing in the Real World with Representation Learning
- Citing Fiction
- So fucking metal. Weapons to come.
- Someone actually thinking about thinking
- The Chemistry Book by God
- Frank Ramsey by Misak
- Robbery Under Law by Waugh
- Learn You a Haskell by Lipovaca
- Automation and Utopia by Danaher
Moral Mazes by Jackall
- When We Cease to Understand the World by Labatut
- Based on a True Story by Norm
- Moby Dick
- Diaspora by Egan
- The Prince of Nothing by Bakker
- Xenocide by Card
- Shards of Honor by Bujold
- Lord of Light by Zelazny
- China Mountain Zhang by McHugh
Worst book: Mathematics for Human Flourishing
Shorts & poems
- The Borders of Infinity (short) by Lois Bujold
- deWitt, Sexual Codes
- [I Want to Be The One]
- Labatut, Prussian Blue
- Thomas Lux, ‘Motel Seedy’, Fridge
- The Utilityverse
Essays and sites
- I hope so much this is wrong. Used to hate the author but I read this blinded and came out very impressed.
- The best essay on psychosomatic disease I’ve ever read. The key is compassion; he understands that even when purely mental or “functional neurological”, disease is real and deserves care. And yet awareness raising and the urge to medicalise seems to have massive costs.
- One of the best products of the Tumblr Mindset. On the surface it’s about transphobia, but this is too narrow.
- With you other idiots, I have been misreading Omelas for ever.
- Jan Kirchner: on scaling academia
- Jan Kirchner: on not reading papers
- metaismurder the charisma of leaders
- buy things
- How the world works
- Lewis-Kraus on MacAskill
- I Should Be Able To Mute America
- https://cungadero.tumblr.com/post/693894720342179840/cungadero-who-wants-a-list-of-some-of-my-best https://just-evo-now.tumblr.com/post/695080473435783168/just-evo-now-just-evo-now-just-evo-now
- I was moved to tears by Stewart Brand, John Bull
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XWEVoI40sE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHOn8u-c2wk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrJ6_GAprFE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Mx42zOet4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoZUjxstIZs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhXSlFjODvs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-DH4owYP1k&list=LL&index=10
https://twitter.com/xuenay/status/1546453510920830978 https://twitter.com/sp_monte_carlo/status/1478783658714673159 https://twitter.com/the_aiju/status/1495582144009285632 https://twitter.com/zacharylipton/status/1488669529005821953 https://twitter.com/punk6529/status/1509832349986562048 https://twitter.com/micefearboggis/status/1554851031670001667 https://twitter.com/DanSchkade/status/1560552093684903938/photo/4 https://twitter.com/jackclarksf/status/1555980412333133824 https://twitter.com/ExileGrimm/status/1436340416513810434 https://twitter.com/ben_j_todd/status/1504439141924278278 https://twitter.com/BasisOfCulture/status/1505248977804951552 https://twitter.com/AgnesCallard/status/1507355908321468422 https://twitter.com/bantablack/status/1510289000812228609 https://twitter.com/land_planarian/status/1511549227658141705 https://twitter.com/XanderManshel/status/1538150707060215808 https://twitter.com/georainbolt/status/1554648828275347456 https://twitter.com/Wiglet1981/status/1580197903007907842 https://twitter.com/ben_golub/status/1582224782728495109 https://twitter.com/drewcoffman/status/1590527437418684417
Films / TV
- The Lighthouse
- Top Secret
- Invention for Destruction
- Uncut Gems
- The General
- Two Crowns
- Backpack Hero
- Star Traders
- Iris and the Giant
- The Devil’s Calculator
- Click Click (2006) by Freschard
- Spinoza (2022) by John Zorn
- Musique Citadine de L’Ere Edo (2007) by Ensemble Hijiri-Kai
- Expert in a Dying Field (2022) by the Beths
- Out of the Blue (1979) by Blue Gene Tyranny
- Live at the Star-Club (1964) by Jerry Lee
- Dragon New Warm Mountain (2022) by Big Thief
- The Songs of Tony Sly (2013) by Various
- 万能青年旅店 (2010) by 万能青年旅店.
- An Elephant Sitting Still (2018) by Hualun
- A Place to Call Home by Pontus Hulgren. Fanfic music!
- ‘As the World Caves In’ by Matt Maltese
- ‘Discourse on Accents’ by Amy Walker
- ‘Better Days’ by Turner Cody
- ‘Make Me Feel’ by Janelle Monae
- ‘I Won’t Lie to You’ by Francis
- ‘Something’ by Lasgo
- ‘Piano Concerto 2’ by Rachmaninoff
- ‘Вот такой пацан’ by TalanT
- ‘Numb’ by Jerry Galeries
- ‘Acroyear2’ by Autechre
- ‘Seychelles’ by Masayoshi Takanaka
- Expert in a Dying Field (2022) by the Beths
- ‘An Ending, A Beginning’ by Dustin O’Halloran
- ‘Fantasy Baseball’ by John Samson
- ‘Swap Meet Louie’ by Sir Mixalot
- ‘Nosetalgia’, the Kendrick verse
- ‘Wow & Flutter’ by Jeffrey Lewis
- ‘Ana Ng’ by They Might Be Giants
- ‘Kids’ by Current Joys
- ‘You Can Have the Crown’ by Sturgill
- ‘Pretty Girls’ by Coco Peila
- ‘Body Terror Song’ by AJJ
- ‘Silk’ by Wolf Alice
- Op 87 by Shostakovich
- ‘Future of HUmanity’ by Tom Cardy
- Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1 9th Gen (£60) ??????