### The hyperfinite timeline

Take an interval. Cut it into H pieces, where H is hyperfinite. This serves as the index set of a stochastic process, among many other uses. Imagine that for each of the H steps, you flip a coin to get -1 or +1. Then move an infinitesimal distance left or right based on the sign. This is Brownian motion. Each infinitesimal piece of the timeline is profitably thought of as a Planck time.

## Blog power laws

### Gaoxing Guy

August 2016: Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan Province, China[^maybe it should be timespace instead of spacetime, better to put the time first, what if the place identifier no longer exists? Plus timestamps are orderable.]

## Why

### A Prince, a Pauper, Power, Panama

Instrumental convergence is an issue I think about a lot because it’s so natural. Being rich and powerful almost never works against you.

### Braindead Way to Derive Taylor Series of Exponential Function

$$e^x$$ was first defined by a formula for continuous compound interest:

### What is the prime factorization of zero?

Fundamental theorem of arithmetic1: every whole number can be split into a product of prime numbers in a unique way.

1. Which deserves its name more than any other fundamental theorem, even the fundamental theorem of calculus.

### Use of emphasis in speech

Through a somewhat messed up example:

### Generating a lot of language data with a theorem prover

I spent the last hour looking and failing to find the paper that made this specific claim:

### "Litany Against Fear" in Present Tense

I love the Litany, but think it could benefit from more present tense. A litany is an entreating. That’s why they’re recited over and over. It tells one how to treat something as they are currently experiencing it.

### When it's time to party we will party hard

The best feeling in a party is just sinking into a chair and talking about whatever you feel like with another. The best feeling in a party is doing something you’ve never done before and finding you enjoy it, or glorious wipe out like in that motorbike scene in 10 Things I Hate About You. The best feeling in a party is discovering someone strange in the same ways as you and feeling understood and not broken but just different and being ok with that.

### these are people who died

they were all my friends and they died.

### divine carrot

(some writing without hesitation or editing. possibly with repetition and deviation.)

### the frog

i went to kauai with my parents last summer. we walked across some trail that left me covered in mud, and near the entrance to the trail we saw a frog lying on its back, feebly twitching. i figured it would die. i left it there.

### what it’s like to get nail phenolization

phenolization: (partially) destroying nail matrix with phenol to prevent ingrown nails.

### Why 0 to the power of 0 is 1

A set/category theoretic interpretation.