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Playing around with

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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. /Oscar Wilde/

Personal assistants are becoming more widespread in today’s world. Human-like conversation is more comfortable for us than simple request-response in CLI interface.

I have a small personal project that is used as storage for books I’d like to read (a simple spreadsheet is enough actually, but who cares). Add here extremely easy Telegram integration. And soon you’ll have the restless desire to play around with your personal companion (I prefer “companion” instead of “personal assistant” to get some mercy when humanity will be enslaved with robots).

But you also need some natural language processing to make conversation smoother. Fortunately, there is nice startup called that helps to build natural conversation experience way easier. Just started to play around with it and I loved the result.

First steps with in La project


Connecting MTP device on Debian 8

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Finally I succeeded with connecting my Android device via MTP protocol.

Command line solution was quite easy. But it took some time for me to try few possible solutions.

Full instructions can be found on Debian wiki. But I’ll make some notes for myself here.

Setup jmtpfs

# aptitude install jmtpfs

Create mount folder and setup rights

# mkdir /media/Phone
$ sudo chown $USER:$USER /media/Phone

Plug-in device and mount it

$ jmtpfs /media/Phone

Unmount with

$ fusermount -u /media/Phone


Goals of Cognition

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There is no such thing as “right,” the very concept needs to be replaced with “progressively less wrong”. /Paul Grobstein/

Today’s short note is about “finding things out”.

For me, it seems that my personal cognition process can be described with two steps.

  1. Finding a better model for some process or phenomenon.
  2. Accepting it.

Defining this steps separately can be useful for distinguishing impartial research from personal preferences. I understand that it can’t be done entirely. Nevertheless such technic can be helpful sometimes.

Frankly, I’m even not sure if I do care (in most cases) that my discussant will update his own vision. But, obviously, it’ll be reflected on the model of him/her in my head.


Adventure Motorcycle Inspiration (Big List)

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Only two things we’ll regret on deathbed – that we are a little loved and little traveled. /Mark Twain (?)/

If you are excited for (motorcycle) adventures as I am (hey you, once you are reading my crappy blog - this note is especially for you) - check out one of the huge lists of HU Travellers Meeting attendees. For example HU Travellers Meeting California 2014.

The more I read about people like these and the more I meet them - the more I’m convinced that there is nothing supernatural in traveling. Just put your wheel or foot on the road and let it goes!


Don't sacrifise epistemic rationality

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The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. /George Carlin/

Seems that I’m gonna post all Julia Galef’s videos. Or not?

Anyway, I liked her clear style of making explanations and light minded ideas.

Today’s video is about winning without consciously avoiding updates about Universe.


Meta-updating. Easy explained

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The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. /Richard P. Feynman/

Unfortunately, I see that many people that are arguing only about their vision on some subject. But they usually don’t discuss why they believe in X or Y. And in my experience when I’m moving to meta-discussion (discussion about discussion) to understand the roots of the differences of opinions - sometimes I’m blamed for “pedantic behavior”.

Today I watched the very nice video where Julia Galef (Center for Applied Rationality, Rationally Speaking Podcast) explains why meta-updating (and meta-discussions) are useful for resolving disagreements.


Why I don't 'understand' subtle hints

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Any fool can know. The point is to understand. /Albert Einstein/

It’s almost stereotypical that male human beings prefer clear and straightforward statements and all that subtle hints are completely confusing for them. But it’s not true. At least, not for all. At least, not always. Okay, at least, sometimes it’s not true for some of us.

And here I’m gonna tell some weird vision about what’s wrong with some subtle hints.


Trust in Relationships?

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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. /William Shakespeare/

See previous post for better understanding what’s going on here.

Yesterday this thought popped out in my head. Usually, people talk about “trust” when they are talking about relationships (mostly about romantic one).

But I didn’t mention “trust” in my principles. So I asked myself “Why?”, thought a little and switched to another activity. The answer has arrived when I was riding on the empty road today.


Important Relationship Principles

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Hell is other people. /J. P. Sartre/

Some time ago I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about principles upon which I’d like to build high-quality relations with another people. For a long time, they were just some implicit stimuli inside my brain. I’ve always walked around but never proclaimed them loud and clear even to myself.

But one night when I drifted in the ocean of thoughts instead of sleeping as all adequate people do, I catch myself on that feeling that I have something to write down. I did it. In few (?) days I improved that text, translated it and committed to github. There were three important principles about building mature inter-person relationships (not only romantic one) as I see it. About a month ago I’ve added the fourth principle.

You can find the latest version of “Interpersonal Relationship Principles” on github.

But I’m gonna make a quick mention about each principle here.



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A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. /Dorothy L. Sayers/

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. /Ernest Hemingway/

This is just another one attempt to build public space for personal thoughts about life, technologies, Universe and us. I failed with all previous variants so I don’t expect too much from this as well.

Anyway, there is nothing interesting here. Move along.



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