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Friday, February 1st, 2013

Memorianic prophecy 0m3 says: “Memory is infinitude of memories.” In monistic aspect plural interpretation of Memoidealism memory is also an attribute of itself. Memorianity considers all memories of the same substance as eternal Memory. All memories are distinct, yet they are one essence. There is only one Memory in memories. Each memory is only distinct in relation to other memories. In M-Memory M stands for Multiplicity. One analogy here is the concept of Trinity with the infinite number of hypostases instead of just 3.

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On Matter and Substances

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

What is a role of perceived memory deficient matter in Memorianity where Memory consists of memories (Memorianic Prophecy 0m3)? Matter are boundaries of memories as illustrated on this schematic diagram:

We can also reverse monistic aspect pluralism of Memoidealism and consider substances as boundaries of memories too.

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Phenomenology of Software Diagnostics: A First Sketch

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Influenced by stages of Husserlian phenomenological investigation I propose the following stages for the investigation of phenomena as it appears in software execution artifacts such as memory dumps, traces and logs:

1. Bracketing the outside source code as reduction to patterns of phenomena independent from causal software engineering explanations.

2. Constructing the computational world for the given incident (the so called horizon of computation).

3. Comparing with “computed-in” experience of past computational worlds from which all universal patterns of computational structural and behavioral phenomena emerged.

PS. According to the above software diagnostics is a phenomenological science of patterns. Most probably this sketch will be revised soon. In the mean time here’s a funny coincidence. The first step in a phenomenological method is the so called epoché. I provide my own interpretation of this - “exception processing of crash” hypothetical episteme. Similar to EPOCH metaphysical grand conjecture that our World is just one enormous exception processing handler after Big Bang.

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Webinar: Introduction to Philosophy of Software Diagnostics

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Learn from this Webinar about phenomenological, hermeneutical and analytical approaches to software diagnostics and its knowledge, foundations, norms, theories, logic, methodology, language, ontology, nature and truth. This seminar is hosted by Software Diagnostics Services.

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Facets of Systems Science

Monday, September 17th, 2012

If you liked An Introduction to General Systems Thinking book then you really need this comprehensive introduction which is more formal. Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of pages, you only need to read part 1, the first 218 pages as the rest is a collection of articles you can read selectively later on. For me one of the great features was the coverage of systems literature including some mathematical treatment books (including category theory in addition to famous Rosen’s books such as Anticipatory Systems). I also liked the discussion of critics of general systems theory that points to the fact that it should be called general systems-theory not general-systems theory. Highly recommended.

Facets of Systems Science (IFSR International Series on Systems Science and Engineering)

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Max Mode D’Emploi

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Bought this book in Russian translation and quickly read from cover to cover. Very lively introduction without any utopian suggestions to change the world like in another introduction I read previously: Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism. A few funny cartoons like an employee who fires himself to save his company. Recommended to read before more cryptic The Philosophy of Marx by Étienne Balibar.

Marx (mode d’emploi)

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Killing Time

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

A lively autobiography of Paul Feyerabend that shows human side on every page and prompts a reader to think about life and love after turning the last page in contrast to much more formal autobiography of Saunders Mac Lane I read previously.

Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend

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Notes on Memoidealism (1.14)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Here we map objections (and further development) of Berkeley to Locke’s epistemology outlined in the previous note to memoidealistic epistemology:

1. There is no need for special substance to contain primary qualities.

Memory is of the same substance as memories.

2. Ideas exist independently of us in God.

Ideas not contained in memories of specific individuals can be contained either in memories of other individuals or outside memories in Memory.

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Notes on Memoidealism (1.13)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Here we try to map memoidealistic epistemological counterparts to Locke’s theory of perception.

1. Ideas of sensation

Sense organs receive memory snapshots from other memories

2. Ideas of reflection

Memory snapshots from mind reflecting snapshots from other memories

3. Substance

Memory as a foundation of Universe

3. Primary qualities

Qualities associated with Memory as a substance

4. Secondary qualities

Qualities associated with memories as parts of Memory

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Semiotics: The Basics

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In 2008 when writing the first version of this review I admitted that Semiotics was a big gap in my education which mostly lied in natural and computer sciences. I knew less about social sciences and tried to fill various gaps. The reason why I came upon this discipline is that I’m interested in signs and their interpretations, especially their relation to various structures. I started reading this book in September, 2008.

Semiotics: The Basics

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As a by-product of reading I was able to provide the kind of a theoretical explanation for the phenomenon of bugtations:

Bugtations: a semiotic approach

Now after more than 3 years of intermittent reading I finally finished this book. In the mean time I was able to apply Semiotics to memory dump and software trace analysis (Memiotics) and now I also use it in connection with Software Narratology (an application of literary narratology to software narratives such as traces and event logs). What is also good about this book in addition to clearly explained concepts is a very good closing chapter summarising the whole book and the field, extensive reading guide, summary of leading schools, and a very good glossary. There is also an online book with extra materials:

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Bugtation No.156

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Philosophy is about memories, people’s memories.

Dmitry Vostokov, The Last Presocratic, Founder of Memodealism

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Commodities as Memories (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Whereas Marx considered commodities as having surplus values and Baudrillard considered them as semiotic signs, philosophy of Memoidealism considers them as containing memories and linked by memories. People use commodities to evoke memories (either personal or collective) and use them for further communication. You can find such examples everywhere and the use of memories (including superstructure and means of production memories used to store the personal ones) has increased dramatically. We call this analysis XRAM to distinguish from original Marx analysis and its derivatives and extensions. In the future memories will also have exchange value and replace money.

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Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

This book I bought in a local Costa bookshop and found it was written by an Irish sociologist Kieran Allen. Shortly before my interest in Marxism was inspired by seeing a link to Irish communist party website and socialist bookshop in a booklet for Dublin Culture nights festival. It was a bit funny to see communists as part of Irish culture festival especially for me from former Soviet Union. Anyway, later I saw on streets that Marxist festivals are popular in Ireland nowadays. So let’s go back to the book. I found it very good and even lucid in explaining various Marxist ideas and vocabulary. A good start for more advance reading such as “Capital” (I have all 3 hardcover volumes from an Indian publisher and plan to have leather bound edition from Russia if I have enough surplus and MEW German edition) or specialized books such as “A Dictionary of Marxist Thought”. What I also tend to agree with the author is that Stalinism is a mirror of Capitalism (there is also a book “Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization” that I’m reading). I leave an application of a dialectical method of double negation to a reader here. Now the weak points of the book: 1) it doesn’t cover post-Stalinist era; 2) subsequent analysis of alternatives sounds a bit naive for me who really lived in socialism and can compare it to capitalism both in post-socialist country and now living in real capitalist country. The book also has a good reading suggestion list and I even thinking now on reading Voloshinov book “Marxism and the Philosophy of Language” (in Russian, although there is an English edition). Anyway, I would recommend Kieran’s book with reservations (about alternatives) as a first introduction to Marxist thought.

Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism

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Bugtation No.151

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Word of Memory.

Dmitry Vostokov, Memoriarch

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On Matter

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

If memory is the foundation of everything and the first principle then what about matter? We view matter as curvature of memory (currently metaphorically) and also as a constraining “filter” device that limits (and processes) memories. The latter view of limits is similar to some theories viewing brain (body) as a constraining device for mental reality (consciousness)*.

(*) Irreducible Mind (Kelly & Kelly et al.), pp. 28-29

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Forthcoming Volume 6 of Memory Dump Analysis Anthology

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The new 6th volume contains revised, edited, cross-referenced, and thematically organized selected blog posts about memory dump and software trace analysis, software troubleshooting and debugging written in November 2010 - October 2011 for software engineers developing and maintaining products on Windows platforms, quality assurance engineers testing software on Windows platforms, technical support and escalation engineers dealing with complex software issues, and security researchers, malware analysts and reverse engineers. The sixth volume features:

  • 56 new crash dump analysis patterns including 14 new .NET memory dump analysis patterns
  • 4 new pattern interaction case studies
  • 11 new trace analysis patterns
  • New Debugware pattern
  • Introduction to UI problem analysis patterns
  • Introduction to intelligence analysis patterns
  • Introduction to unified debugging pattern language
  • Introduction to generative debugging, metadefect template library and DNA of software behaviour
  • The new school of debugging and trends
  • .NET memory dump analysis checklist
  • Software trace analysis checklist
  • Introduction to close and deconstructive readings of a software trace
  • Memory dump analysis compass
  • Computical and Stack Trace Art
  • The abductive reasoning of Philip Marlowe
  • Orbifold memory space and cloud computing
  • Memory worldview
  • Interpretation of cyberspace
  • Relationship of memory dumps to religion
  • Fully cross-referenced with Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, and Volume 5

Product information:

  • Title: Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 6
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (December 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-908043-19-1
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (January 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-908043-20-7

Back cover features 3d memory space visualization image created with ParaView.

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On Kindness

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

This is a little book that I bought in local bookshop adjacent to Costa and quickly read from cover to cover while commuting. I was interested in this title because my relative studies kindness (and benevolence) as a topic in Russian literature so I thought by reading that book I could better discuss it. Approx. one third of the book narrates the evolution of the meaning of kindness from Classical Greece and Rome to earlier Christianity, Augustine, then to Hobbes (Leviathan), Enlightenment, and finally, Rousseau (Émile).  The second third is a lengthy treatise on the interpretation of kindness from psychoanalytical perspective (Freud, Winnicott). The final third is about the role of kindness in the modern Western society. Interesting read (although a bit repetitive sometimes) that prompted me to buy Leviathan: With Selected Variants from the Latin Edition of 1668 and to reconsider the role kindness in a modern corporation workplace.

On Kindness

This is a cover of the book that I bought (published by Penguin):

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The Trinity of Memory Worldview

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Memory Worldview consists of 3 parts:

1. The Science of Memoretics

2. The Philosophy of Memoidealism (including Memory as the first principle)

3. The Memory Religion (Memorianity)

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Philosophical Self-Interview

Monday, September 12th, 2011

In 3×3 format:

Q. What philosophical school do I belong to?

A. I consider myself the last Presocratic philosopher.

Q. What is my difference from the first Presocratics?

A. The philosophy of Memoidealism that I founded postulates that Memory is the essence of things, the first principle, like fire.

Q. Can I name 3 great philosophers?

A. 3 V’s: Giambattista Vico, Circle Vienna, Dmitry Vostokov (*). The circle is not one philosopher though but a cloud memory aggregate. If you insist on a person I would then replace it with Voltaire.

(*) The idea came to me after reading that Ayn Rand could only recommend 3 A’s - Aristotle, Aquinas, and Ayn Rand.

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The Will To Be Memorized

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

After reading many history books I found that the real historical, sociological and psychological force (often seen unconscious from outside) is the will to be memorized (saved in memories, in memory dumps, also called as the will to be remembered) and not the will to power (Nietzsche). As often with the will it is also linked with vices and virtues. For the vice side we site Michael Burleigh“Concern with posterity was apparent among the Nazi leadership, […]” and what we see now “… B-movie villains were self-consciously assigning themselves parts within an A-movie which runs and runs” today (documentaries, books, magazines, TV and the so called ‘Hitler industry’ “by the way of continuity”). As a more recent example, the recent tragedy in Norway clearly shows the desire of the protagonist to be memorized (masqueraded as a political agenda).

This is not to say that the will to power is not important, it is important by the way that by being memorized you actually exert more power in the future. Memorianity (memory religion) and its philosophical foundation (memoidealism) promote the will to be memorized as a virtue if all your deeds are seen as a virtue (see Memorianity and Morality).

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