A webcomic of depression
sarcasm, irony, and ennui
QTJE updates whenever I can drag myself out of bed.

so thats the wrong question remember that were all just the sum of our circumstances the question isnt whats special about me its whats special about my circumstances what played the most significant role in the environment around me that ultimately caused genuine joe to come into being and how can we create a system of feedback that reinforces that kind of environment in other contexts? because the thing thats special about genuine joe that you dont realize until youve tried it the one thing you can take away from having been touched by gj is that learning can be applied on all scaled its a fundamental property of the universe and that means if you can really come to understand how learning works you can control circumstances that means you can give other people your own circumstances if you can just manage that and they can help more people and so on until weve pushed the circumstantial quality of the planet to the greatest limits entropy will allow we can give every mind mastery of its own universe

that was from an interview conducting with james stanley shortly before the start of the mental health program development program which is now nearing completion of its first phase the program has been in the news for very different reasons though why dont you tell us a little about that?

and today its a very special holiday that is near and or dear to mine own heart thank you for reading folks the story will continue shortly

do you think youll make joe again in the new program?

and the synths were a house of cards very expensive to keep running after the funding dried up the synths were mostly scrapped some of us kept a few modules but no one could really afford to use one and no one wanted to store all that junk so the synths are gone and youre not gonna make joe by hand ever since then money just hasnt been interested in rebuilding the program that might change soon though ive been in touch with the white house )

well it was a very special time there are lots of reasons you cant make genuine joe right now first off its illegal but that doesnt stop people making lsd joe is a more complex synthesis than acid though even when you make acid from scratch which you have to do with joe we didnt actually finish joe in the first lull it took us a full year to actual get everything dialed in even then the yield was low we kept maybe one in ten batches and one batch could take a hundred or more hours to finish

and the rest is history

genuine joe was another of those side projects we were about 5 years in by then and our frequently augmented brains had been sifting through lots of data you know doing what brains do one day i ate a few tabs sat down with a notebook and started composing went over it with the wizards for a couple of weeks and then as the synths started winding down for the next lull i started building

anyway we wound up with a lot of spare modules some months there would be little enough synth work that we could put together our own systems on the side have you ever had artisanal small-batch acid?

what the hell is a troll call

i wasnt actually one of the chemists i was an engineer working on the synths we had to make lots of very complex organic molecules in small quantities so we had this whole modular synthesis setup there were some seriously complex electronic control systems so they had this whole team of young hotshots fresh out of college paired with these old wizards who could debug a circuit by smell

obviously the project didnt work out though if youve been reading the news about the presidents new mental health initiative then this should sound kind of familiar back then we simply didnt have the tech to make it feasible from a computational standpoint

the idea was that if we could define a basis of effects describing a wide range of deviations from normal then we could catalog a vast collection of molecules according to their effects and apply the principles of negative feedback to control not just behavior but perception and thought as well