Re: META: List Focus

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sat Oct 06 2001 - 16:06:16 MDT

On Sat, Oct 06, 2001 at 02:06:27PM -0700, Spike Jones wrote:
> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > I did an informal experiment yesterday: I refrained from posting on the
> > extropians list (in order not to distort the experiment), and simply
> > categorized every post for how relevant to extropianism or transhumanism
> > it was...
> As one of the worst offenders, I hear ya loud and clear Anders. I propose
> a one week moratorium on all discussions of politics with a suggested
> temporary voluntary moratorium on cutting up and wisecracks. Whereas
> politics can have an extropian focus, our discussions are often repetitive
> and unproductive, perhaps no better than other lists in many ways.

Well, wisecracks are hardly the main problem. After all, the goal
is to create gods that pun. I *like* your list-jestership.

The politics moratorium might be reasonable, although ideally it
should be a moratorium on non-extropian political discussions
rather than politics in any form.

> I have written a spreadsheet that calculates local gravity of the earth
> as a function of depth. It is a much more interesting function than I
> had thought. I will post it to anyone who wants it, offlist. You can
> use that to find the gravity experienced by the passengers in a frictionless
> underground vacuum tunnel. spike

Interesting. I don't have the time to look into it (I burned my
saturday afternoon calculating minimal surfaces and learning how
to produce a certain 3D file format; the result can be viewed at, but it sounds
just like those engineering calculations that made the list so
fun to read in the old days.

I wonder if that local gravity non-monotonicity can be *used* for

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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