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John Backus @backus San Francisco, CA

The “revving up,” the “working up.” Hopefully wrong on average. Shameless. Started @getcognito and @bloom

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Joined Twitter 8/31/12


a large part of being someone's friend is setting up opportunities for them to play the kinds of roles they want to… https://t.co/EiafB1vCFS
Retweeted by John Backus @djmicrobeads @rsnous @unravelofstack (All of my software opinions basically come from programming for my own start… https://t.co/UteSLACHCP @djmicrobeads @rsnous @unravelofstack Understanding when it’s appropriate, when it isn’t, and what the differences are is super helpful btw @djmicrobeads @rsnous @unravelofstack I bit this bullet and all it’s bullet cousins really hard and I’m here to tel… https://t.co/F9TO2fM7Ia @nayafia @devonzuegel IME, most domain experts think the world would be a lot better if their discipline was more w… https://t.co/XLuOWMI6gK @nayafia @devonzuegel I feel like insiders for a particular domain often end up feeling weird towards the main labe… https://t.co/0MGuCO6vs5 @ctbeiser @vgr @timoreilly Nice I’d follow Chinese Venkat @alain @devonzuegel @kevinakwok 3 downward facing dewclaws out of 5 @devonzuegel @kevinakwok @alain All of my friends have their own reinvented rating system. I rate this 3 👎This is technically not a subtweet because so many of you decided to dunkThis 538 big five personality quiz is a honeypot. Super easy to dunk on… just gotta dismiss a little science 😈
1/18
2019
This is just from a random 2013 blog post I was reading recently (https://t.co/UILt4gq23F by @KevinSimler) but I wa… https://t.co/3yJIZJb7r5Wow, so much context shifted since this was published in 2013! • Brand of TED tanked • “Power posing” - mainstream… https://t.co/CgHP6YtHAo"the myth correction makes it hard to discuss more nuanced gains" often true in general https://t.co/ZyDidcqXbT
Retweeted by John Backusscouring the natural environment for randomly-dropped power-ups: not for video games any more! Moscow parks a "Fa… https://t.co/kGGO8Rrpv6
Retweeted by John Backus @gojomo "randomly-dropped power-ups" 💯 @Bradleyduaneinc @alexeyguzey damn what cryptocurrency were you using back thenPeople buy and sell drugs in Moscow by hiding them in public places ("dead drops"), revealing the location to peopl… https://t.co/h4zCkMAMl7 @sarthakgh @avibryant Yeah I’m conflicted @gplewis @farnamstreet Very nice. I haven't read this page. TODO for sure
1/17
2019
@gplewis @farnamstreet Oh nice. Link?Definite optimism "process knowledge" … meaning I'm the only one here whose ~./bash_history contains the clues nece… https://t.co/1Wv8lWH4VP @kevinakwok @ArtirKel @nayafia @michael_nielsen @g_rossolini @kane I haven’t contributed in a while and don’t have… https://t.co/LZSaOfvXqE @kevinakwok @kane @g_rossolini @ArtirKel @michael_nielsen @nayafia Make a script to bundle a week of pocket TODO in… https://t.co/tFGnD2aDQg @kevinakwok @kane @michael_nielsen @g_rossolini @nayafia Hahahaha @BrianTHeligman @michael_nielsen @g_rossolini @nayafia I use Calibre to convert them all of the jank Amazon desktop… https://t.co/vGm7Y68atP @michael_nielsen @g_rossolini @nayafia Yeah, I’ve done all sorts of ridiculous things to get stuff on my kindle. I… https://t.co/TkNL9WI8xF @g_rossolini @nayafia @michael_nielsen Totally separate from this thread, I love the idea of having buttons everywh… https://t.co/GBQUDzSNR2 @avibryant Well put. Read the article because of your description and felt the exact same way. The one example pict… https://t.co/wrp2EoY3Wn“Introducing Gnutella, a brand new p2p file sharing protocol!” GNU: wtf? Nutella: yeah wait wtf? https://t.co/W4xL8TzpXu
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1/16
2019
@BikeAccidentQZ The post talks about them not having access to clear enough water. Take a look if you’d like: https://t.co/62KRpkLFyvOffice politics and perception management framed as spending counterfeit social status. https://t.co/UILt4gq23F https://t.co/tjA6t0rGal @gijswijs Damn that’s wild. /cc @literalbanana you might like this @YangTerrence It's from a blog post which is one of the top 10 blogs I've ever read does that count? by… https://t.co/EEssZqO2rRAdults in previously uncontacted tribes felt shock and terror when shown their own reflection for the first time. https://t.co/mulYZKFgO4
1/15
2019
@quantadelic @gwern Yea. I was excited to research in part because it violated many of my intuitions/arguments for… https://t.co/QF3z39gFuOWhen I've written about decentralization and crypto trends, I give as many examples as possible. It isn't a stylist… https://t.co/3iji4QEfsvThis post claims DNMs are moving to a system where people pay crypto for coordinates of hidden drug stashes (effect… https://t.co/lzZshekQZF @devonzuegel @SlackHQ omg finally someone on my side about 👍 being slightly rude /cc @rsnous @devonzuegel @SlackHQ Can’t dilute 😃 and strip it of meaning like we did for 👍. Maybe a good thingPrivacy, security, and decentralization: • Protection against worst cases at cost of flexibility • Widely confused… https://t.co/eyPzpyv2UQ @mattdlockyer Ah yeah this series by Simon is great. Part of me is bummed that I'm not the only person writing abou… https://t.co/7tC8pv8LAV @vgr https://t.co/ZE3Mpd4KcM
1/14
2019
@rsnous Same. Well put
1/13
2019
@rivatez Thanks I hate this @rivatez Alright every time I buy something from Amazon Smile and effectively donate $0.001 I’ll reply to this tweet to let you knowAlso, before someone says it, yes I get that it matters for charities to be effective. I like EA. When I give money… https://t.co/gqQg4Ih7qFIf people are more likely to be philanthropic if others know (conspicuous giving, virtue signaling, w/e) then we sh… https://t.co/dw6gz3Lguy @loomstate1 🔴 @diachronist Oh that’s in the thread somewhereA little colored dot next to every Twitter user’s display name that is some shade of green, yellow, or red based on… https://t.co/7tEHhXzjK6 @nwilliams030 Next time I buffer some tweets I'll give you a heads up and we can do this all again @nwilliams030 wow what the heck nicole @diachronist @michael_nielsen @noahlt Michael’s response to my tweet earlier https://t.co/2zTyhDEC93 @grantadever Hey while it may be a feature idea inspired by software engineering, I think it is also a good idea on it’s own! @vgr @fortelabs I legitimately couldn’t tell if the Amazon part was a joke or not. For other onlookers, it’s real: https://t.co/YjeYDuies8
1/12
2019
@udiWertheimer @simonhmorris Thanks. Those months of research reframed everything. "Minimum viable decentralization… https://t.co/U0oabOqGFZ @udiWertheimer @simonhmorris I also use p2p history to validate the fat protocol thesis and talk about cryptoeconom… https://t.co/RC9L2cxoP4 @udiWertheimer @simonhmorris I wrote about a bunch of this stuff last year and dug into other p2p history. Here is… https://t.co/2NP0fO6TXE @infiniturtle “This feels too obvious” held me back from sharing for at least a year. Prodding from @devonzuegel helped me get past that @michael_nielsen @noahlt Right! That is why I was very excited about @posobin's HN classics site (plugging again:… https://t.co/535eRCt9QT @michael_nielsen @noahlt haha I've had the experience many times now but our exchange on the Feynman essay did trig… https://t.co/7qffmNde76 @noahlt I should have seen this coming @rogerclark Well said and appropriate scare quotes for "waste time." Adding on, I think you can view re-treading bo… https://t.co/O9sXjNdiOD @jGage718 @sarthakgh To be clear too, I view myself as doing this (I'm reminded of it all the time when I share cla… https://t.co/4DbqmiCzhvI have a theory: The people that feign surprise ("You JUST learned about X?") are more often other 20-somethings lo… https://t.co/CeKFaOQ4R220-somethings play a valuable ecological role in Twitter communities IMO: Discovering ideas/content for the first t… https://t.co/SCBHl8Qf6s @AshishPandey https://t.co/6YRxDConNP @michael_nielsen It's a great essay and a nice ending. Didn't expect a little punch of emotion at the end like that. Love Feynman @michael_nielsen Love it. This is my first read through thanks to @posobin's "HN Classics" :) https://t.co/OvGpKdvsMFFeynman on his first day at a new job: > That sounds like a bunch of baloney. Give me something real to do. goals https://t.co/T7RohQ8wxKA version of Twitter where you use specific hashtags, kinda like slash commands in IRC, for altering your profile.… https://t.co/Z7GuQ1EkWwI haven't read this, but I love it: "A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder."… https://t.co/EGBveSDNfq
Retweeted by John Backus @gypsy_panther @visakanv Hey wait a minute are you being SARCASTIC @jpridgely Anyways, yes I see the value in being the bridge but I think it is possible that Gen Z will be way more… https://t.co/l6oaUpFGKs @jpridgely Yeah don’t take it too seriously, just pointing out the bridge part @visakanv My irl friends are mostly also very online and mix fluidly into url friend groups @visakanv Also I think “fully online” kinda requires all your (irl) friends to be too. Part of the guilt IMO is tha… https://t.co/IrXpY5umGm @visakanv you’re clearly not normal thoughThe millennial “onlineness” struggle: Born too late to be fully offline, born too early to be fluidly and fully on… https://t.co/dyu7vpMvVz
1/11
2019
@kacperwikiel Yea I get that. This is actually why the I2P part kinda bugs me more. It’s just, effectively, misleading IMO.When researching, this pattern drives me nuts: “the truth, and a thing that kinda happened once.” Most darknet art… https://t.co/vmOaf8oCdl @rsg @sarthakgh @soleio To the point of if the web and web browsers were invented today, I think it gets to a deep… https://t.co/l5ibX11em4 @rsg @sarthakgh @soleio Thanks! By the way, I like the comparison of crypto wallets (for ETH) to browsers and have… https://t.co/CjLVTnJ9Ijan italo calvino novel in which six people recount how randomly choosing an open tab to read in full changed their… https://t.co/jSyNzaHbiz
Retweeted by John BackusI never tweeted it but a while back a bunch of the postrat twitter folks made two giant “canon” documents with all… https://t.co/gAN5WDhlc8
Retweeted by John Backus.@metamask_io is so much nicer since making sites _request_ to see your ETH address, rather than showing it by defa… https://t.co/NrF5gyKllD
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1/10
2019
Always have an extra word in your startup's name so you can drop it when you get big
Retweeted by John Backus @devonzuegel @rsnous @ctbeiser @Changliu1991 Devon... please... we’ve been over this @ctbeiser @devonzuegel @Changliu1991 Devon was mad about an automatic hand dryer being to high for her once so I’m… https://t.co/x91RXnUdkb @nayafia @chrisburnor For UberEATS! @devonzuegel @kevinakwok Quit cyber bullying me. I’m not the one here who reads every tweet on their feed @kevinakwok Well, this isn’t my best metaphor @kevinakwok Nothing unnatural about putting something in the fridge for a bit @kevinakwok Buffer it
1/9
2019
@Avi0xnc Yes, but it also isn't even founder variance. I think it'd be true if you cloned the same founder at the m… https://t.co/aFptYdYHIS @Disruptepreneur Yeah this was my actual take but felt the need to add a bit of humility to the statement for reaso… https://t.co/cLdnrV4Nik @rsnous I believe that people and the systems they're in have a complex relationship that flows two ways, lol. Does… https://t.co/U3hlKJar8CIf you could implant the _exact same idea_ into multiple entrepreneurs' brains and wait 5 years, you'd likely still… https://t.co/Ni268wshY6🤔: “Hmm, I’m thinking about <territory>” 🤡: “<map>, you’ve discovered <map>”
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1/8
2019

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