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THIS PAGE IS ABOUT matteodimaio.net. I started this site in July 2021, inspired mainly by Gwern’s in terms of form and function, but drawing intellectual stimulus from other blogs in the rationalist-sphere.

It written completely in html+css, (with javascript on the home page and certain others to run GoatCounter for analytics) and hosted for free on GitHub pages.

It certainly is not positioned as encyclopedic or authoritative in any way. My main goal is to build a pleasingly-designed repository of essays, stories, poems, links and interesting thoughts, predominately for my own reference; they may be of use to others, even as simple fodder for criticism/refinement of ideas.

As a budding transhumanist, I'm interested in the idea that the Cartesian 'self' can be deconstructed not only by physical extropianism — for example mind uploading, Neuralink-style mind-brain interfaces etc — but also by more ubiquitous contemporary technology. R.e. Moore 2013:

As we store more of our memories externally and create avatars, it is also becoming increasingly apparent that the boundaries of the self are unclear and may not be limited to the location of a single body.

Thus this website is a more refined, permanent part of such a "me" — the Notes section will be my running thoughts, etc etc. In this way, hypertext becomes a mental prosthetic; the website and me a cyborg. But anyway.

Each page on this site should be expected to evolve over time, with more footnotes, corrections, refinements etc, a la Long Content" (Apart from some of the NCEA essays, which are mainly here so I don’t loose them, and also as an easy point of reference for teachers/students marking/referencing.)

In the interests of intellectual honesty [and as a functional disclaimer], let me say that I'm not very convinced about much I put on here; instead, they are ideas I am interested in, would like to explore and discuss. If it’s here, it’s probably too niche or long or unfinished for a column or article somewhere else.

Style

Dating

I've always been fascinated by alternative calendar systems; but which one to use? Certainly an existing format as:

The contenders were the Human Era system, and the Long Now's custom of adding a "0" to Gregorian time. For this year, they would produce 12021 and 02021, respectively. While I am generally convinced by the tenents of the HE calendar--namely that the start of the Holocene is a more important event to base our calendars off than the (likely erroneous) birth of Jesus Christ--the Long Now convention seems to emphasise the vastness of future time instead of the vastness of past time. Namely, because the "0" at the start of a Long Now date seems to convey semantically that whole 10,000 years we have left to fill. Given I care marginally more about the future than the past, I've thus opted for the Long Now dating convention.

Design

I credit the design inspirations as follows:
  • https://practicaltypography.com
  • gwern.net
  • Tufte CSS
  • Indieweb
  • Low Tech webring
  • Medieval monks
  • Conventions include: side notes, link icons like this one, drop caps, in Unifraktur Magentia, image dithering, attempted monochrome ~vibe~, etc.

    Metrics

  • The size of the home page, for example, is kept to a slim ~291 Kb
  • Traffic stats can be found here
  • Epistemic status tags

    Like much of the format and style of this site, I've stolen epistemic status tags from the rationalists. I'm working towards standardising them, but they are as follows:

    • Certain
    • Highly Likely
    • Likely
    • Possible
    • Unlikely
    • Highly unlikely
    • Remote
    • Impossible

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    Mistakes and corrections will be posted below:

  • Just heaps of spelling and formatting mistakes currently that will hopefully disapate as the site matures
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