Week 7 write like a motherfucker

May 23rd, 2021

I released my second twitter game trap. And the third one is on its way.

This week, I reread one of my favorites Dear Sugar column. write like a motherfucker. From the first time I read, I still remember:

The unifying theme is being a warrior and a motherfucker. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And “if your Nerve, deny you –,” as Emily Dickinson wrote, “go above your Nerve.” Writing is hard for every last one of us—straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.

Watching Sophie Wilson (one of the designers of ARM) talk about the future of microprocessors was super interesting. It's always nice to hear people who know a lot about their area. But it's particularly nice to see her high level analysis of the microprocessor world. Quotes:

Traditional scalar computation will not increase very much (indeed, it hasn't increased very much since 2006, though it has got more power efficient). [...] Gains beyond 6-8 operations peak per cycle very limited and very hard to attain. [...] As we go forward, increasing amounts of the silicon die must be "dark" (unpowered).

In order to maintain Moore's Law, it now takes ~18 times as many scientist as it did in the 1970s. [...] Research productivity is declining at a rate of 6.8%/year in the semiconductor industry.

Predictions are hard to make - especially about the future. [...] Our limit to visibility goes out ~10 years.

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