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  2. By some strange coincidence, less than a week after posting this, I got another chance to observe the effects of being above the clouds. Technically, it was fog rather than clouds, but hiking up through and above fog has the same effect: in addition to creating the muted far-mode colors with fewer details that Josh mentions, it also enhances the impression of unusual height, by enabling my subconscious to imagine that the ground (or in this case ocean) beneath the clouds might be a half-mile below where I can see.

    I wasn’t able to observe that I was more in far mode than on a typical hike. I’m pretty sure the unusual feelings were more along the lines of feeling high status, due to some correlation between being higher than my surroundings and being high status, or maybe due to the strategic advantage of having higher ground than any hostile forces. Or maybe just a feeling of accomplishment for having climbed so high.

    At any rate, it feels quite good, and it seems similar to the effects from flying small aircraft.

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  4. how much did Xerox get from PARC’s UI innovations?

    Xerox only commercialized one product from PARC, the laser printer, but that made a lot of money, enough that PARC should be considered a hit, even by VC standards, not a cautionary tale. PARC also spun off Adobe (to make postscript, the predecessor to pdf) and licensed its IP to Apple in return for pre-IPO stock.

    It seems like even if the company couldn’t develop products internally, it should have spun out more start-ups. Here is an excerpt from an interview with Carver Mead in which he says that he proposed this to the CEO, but he said that the company was too dysfunctional even to do that.

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